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Jacintha Saldanha died when people laughed and made merry at her cost. Was there a plot against her? 

The 46-year old Indian was at the reception of King Edward VII hospital when she took the fateful call. The caller, introducing herself as British Queen, asked after Princess Kate, who was under treatment there. Jacintha didn’t suspect any prank in the call. Who would think of silly pranks when the queen called? She connected the call to Kate’s nurse.

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New Delhi: From Dec 16, when the 23-year-old was raped in a moving bus in Delhi, to Dec 29, when she died of her grievous injuries in a Singapore hospital, a sequence of 13 days that stopped a nation in its tracks:

Dec 16: The physiotherapy intern and her friend on the way back from a movie get into a bus at Munirka in south Delhi. She is gang-raped and tortured in the moving bus and her friend beaten. The couple is stripped, robbed and thrown out of the bus. Spotted by a toll plaza patrol vehicle and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Even though 2011 turned out a good year for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, 2012 is one he would rather forget.

Sworn in on May 18, 2011, the chief minister earned high praise for the manner in which he set about his work. He had only a slender margin of four seats in the 140-member Kerala assembly but that did not appear to impede his functioning.

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The horrific rape of a 23-year-old woman by a gang of six men, who stripped, assaulted and robbed her and then dumped her on the roadside along with her male friend has outraged the nation. But for working women in the Indian capital, it is an everyday scary situation that could happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone of them.

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There are times when you keep thinking just one thing: ‘relax’. After working on files at the desk, on the computer, over the counter, and after taking into account the accounts of others, after working out successful plans for a difficult CEO, after doing all the bits, odds and ends, the office-going you, the work-place going you, you the professional, you the doctor, you the teacher, you the plumber, you the carpenter, you the salesman—you the human engine want to relax.

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December 6 (Friday) will mark 20 years since the day a mob of Hindu 'karsevaks' (religious volunteers) brought down the centuries-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, triggering riots in the country as well as in neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh. A timeline of the dispute:

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There is a set of topics from which you can’t escape. They are all over the place. While you gasp for breath in a rush-hour train or run to catch an evening bus, or push the trolley at a shopping mall suddenly somebody brings up the talk about uploading, downloading, updating, forwarding, blocking, sending, posting, SMS-ing, phishing, walls, firewalls, and gateways.

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Inder Kumar Gujral was India's prime minister for a brief 11 months in 1997-98. But the mild-mannered, soft-spoken politician, whose personality flew against the political archetype, will be remembered primarily for his keen interest in protecting and promoting India's external interests and the eponymous Gujral Doctrine - his mantra for India's neighbourhood policy when he was external affairs minister twice in a decade.

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Bangalore: A staunch Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) man, B.S. Yeddyurappa, who Friday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Karnataka assembly, rose from being a clerk in a rice mill to the party's first chief minister in south India - and eventually its albatros.

He ended his 40-year association with RSS and the Jan Sangh, which later became the BJP, on a bitter note and is out to damage its prospects of retaining power in the assembly elections due next May.

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A few weeks ago India’s premier car maker Maruthi launched ‘Alto-800”. Market watchers say it is an answer to Hyundai’s small car series, Eon. There was a neck-to-neck Ad war, each praising their edges while downplaying the other’s. 

People got excited. They visited shops and googled for details, comparing prices and relative merits of various models in all continents. It was like the opening day of a Rajani starrer.

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