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Hindustan Times Sunday, December 21, 2014 | Last Updated 20:11 IST 

Gujarat conversions spark anger, Cong says RSS-VHP flexing their muscles

Youth Congress protest conversions
Congress and other opposition parties slam the VHP for coverting over 200 tribal Christians to Hinduism by holding rituals at Aranai village in Valsad district in Gujarat.

Four more death-row convicts executed in Pakistan, more in line

noose
Four more death-row convicts were executed on Sunday in Pakistan for their involvement in an attack on General Pervez Musharraf after the country lifted a ban on the death penalty.

Bihar: 45 detonators seized, minor boy injured in blast

bomb threat
The Police on Sunday recovered 45 detonators from a house in a locality coming under Adampur police station area in Bihar's Bhagalpur town even as a minor boy sustained injuries while fiddling with one of the detonators, a police officer said.

BCCI has to accept DRS now, insist Vengsarkar, Harbhajan and Azhar

Virat Kohli, Mitchell Johnson
With close decisions going against India of late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the BCCI give its nod to the contentious Decision Review System (DRS) as refusal to accept technology is hurting the team badly.

BJP leader, aides caught on camera thrashing pvt company staff

UK: Foreign grads to be sent back after course ends

N Korea hack was 'vandalism' not act of war: Obama

BJP MLA does U-turn, denies threatening voters

Uttarakhand: Minor boy's genitals chopped off

Man guns down 2 New York cops, kills self

Russia makes FB block page of Putin's top critic

TN: DMK leader Napolean joins BJP at Shah rally

UN official, BARC scientist new members of NDMA

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Losing game? The BJP's own goals may not amuse the referee

niranjan jyoti
In the last couple of weeks a few members of Parliament, all from the ruling side, showed off their prowess at scoring own goals, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

Secularism in crisis, it is now time for Modi to speak out

Modi
Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
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Multimedia

In pics: Taliban militants massacre children in Pakistan school
Bigg Boss 8
Assembly elections 2014
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
Wake Up India
Clean My Mumbai

Pakistan cries foul over Kabaddi World Cup defeat

Kabbadi
“Khuda da khauf khao. Ae kabaddi karvaun dahe ho......Unjh hi sadi team nu bahar kadh deo...” (Have fear of God. Do you call this kabaddi? It is better you declare us losers without waiting for the results).

Sir Elton John marries long-term partner David Furnish after 21 years together

Elton jhon with David Furnish
British pop legend Elton John married long-time partner David Furnish at their Windsor estate on Sunday, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media.

PK review: Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani's attempt to create a better world

Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt
PK has characteristics that’ll remind you of the penetrating power of Gandhian philosophy. He is not a naïve guy, but he believes in others’ virtues. He gets bitten, cries and then goes back to the work he has been doing, like most of us.

Shawl we have a dress code? This and other puns from Big B and PM's same pinch

Amitabh Bachchan
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan met in Delhi. And it was what the two wore that aroused amusement in the Twitter universe. Watch out for all the pun-ny comments!

The Big Story
If not now, then when: It is time to review our moral reservations against euthanasia

suicide
With the government's decision to scrap Section 309 of the IPC and decriminalise attempt to suicide, perhaps it is time to review our ethical reservations against mercy killings, even though, legal experts fear misuse.

Bigg Boss 8: Praneet Bhatt is the latest contestant to take the kick

Praneet Bhatt
Praneet Bhatt is the latest contestant to be evicted from reality show Bigg Boss 8. He is best known for essaying the role of Shakuni Mama in Star Plus' Mahabharat and is now the tenth participant to be ousted from the house.

When terror comes home via television and risks damaging your child

young minds
From terror attacks in a Peshawar school that left 148 dead to the 17-hour armed siege in Sydney, news channels often have more graphic images of violence in one news bulletin than video games and films with adult ratings. And here's what this does to children.

Manipur: The place where polo was born?

Manipur International Polo
Britishers may have introduced polo to the world, but Manipur claims they taught them the game. The sport died out during the communist era, but is now catching up again. A look at the space it gets in the state's cultural calendar.
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BCCI has to accept DRS now, insist Vengsarkar, Harbhajan and Azhar

Virat Kohli, Mitchell Johnson
With close decisions going against India of late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the BCCI give its nod to the contentious Decision Review System (DRS) as refusal to accept technology is hurting the team badly.

'Numbers don't lie': Aus media make fun of Dhoni's away defeats

Dhoni

MS Dhoni's tourists fell 2-0 behind in the four-match series with a four-wicket loss to Australia in the second Gabba Test on Saturday, with the home side one win away from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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Atletico de Kolkata trump Kerala Blasters 1-0 to become ISL champions

ISL

Atletico de Kolkata defeated Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the final to lift the ISL football trophy. A last gasp goal from forward Mohammed Rafique helped the Sourav Ganguly part-owned franchise clinch the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Fifa will not reopen 2018, 2022 World Cup ballots

Sepp Blatter
Defiantly declaring that Fifa is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said on Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.
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Sania and I have a strong relationship: Shoaib Malik

Sania Mirza Roger Federer IPTL Delhi Indian Aces
Pakistan cricket's senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik insists that he is having a happy married life with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and that there are no differences or problems between the couple.

Yearender: Prizes shared but Djokovic and Serena still rule

Djokovic kisses trophy
Grand slam titles were shared around like slices of pizza in 2014 but for all the welcome variety Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ended the year still setting the standard.
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‘Govt to push insurance bill, won’t buckle under pressure’

Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government was determined to push the much awaited insurance bill seeking to increase the FDI limit to 49% from the current 26% and would not allow political obstructionism to derail the reform process.

Year-end high: Flipkart announces $700 million funding

Flipkart

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, on Saturday announced a US $700 million (Rs 4434 crore) investment even as 2014, the year that has seen huge fund flow into India’s rising consumer internet industry, is about to end.

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Fiat's Abarth 595 Competizione reviewed

Fiat's Abarth 595 Competizione reviewedAbarth 595 Competizione – the name boldly implies that it has a lot more zing than the 500 Abarth we drove in 2012 or the Nuovo 500 of 2008.

Volkswagen's new Passat reviewed

Volkswagen's new Passat reviewedBig, very comfortable, luxuriously equipped and seriously capable, the Passat is a car that has been getting progressively more successful with every generation. The new, eighth-generation car is now one of the most successful Volkswagens around and is a car that is even more luxurious than the one it replaces.
Students

Why is a regulator needed?

Delay in enacting The Distance Education Council of India Bill 2014 could jeopardise the future of lakhs of students

School students released a charter of demands

SSC studentsGive school students the power to speak up they should be helping the government make policies on health and wellbeing. Every state should have a student speaker to interact with parliamentarians and other policy-makers on issues affecting children.

Social messages conveyed creatively through art

Gopi Birla MemorialThe 3rd International Life Skills, Values, Gender, School Health & Wellbeing Summit hosted a vibrant mix of stalls on diverse issues. Delhi Public School, Mathura had made creative posters on anti-bullying. GG International School, Vallabhnagar, Pune, promoted the value of creative skills at their stall.
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Bebo

Bebo is back as a messaging app

Sixteen months after the social network, which was once bigger than MySpace, was shuttered, its original creators have brought it back to life as a social messaging app with a hashtag twist.

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

Apple co-founder Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies.

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android: sources

Google car, driverless car, self-drive carGoogle Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.
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