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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Last Updated 08:40 IST 

J-K: Suspense continues over govt formation, guv invites PDP, BJP for talks on Jan 1

N N Vohra
Letters have been sent to both the parties as the poll verdict delivered a hung House, with no side getting a majority in the 87-member assembly. The PDP emerged the largest party with 28 seats and the BJP finished second with 25. PDP's 'workable agenda' for BJP

Many Trinamool leaders waiting to join us, claims Bengal BJP chief

Jubilant
Sensing a growing uneasiness within the Trinamool Congress, the BJP is hopeful about a major defection in its rival in West Bengal, where the saffron party is trying to find its foothold and expand base.

Revival plan: SpiceJet eyes Rs. 1,200cr equity infusion, govt unimpressed

SpiceJet
Ailing budget carrier SpiceJet has told aviation ministry officials that it is hopeful of receiving an equity infusion of Rs. 1,200 crore and arranging another Rs. 600 crore through external commercial borrowings by March.

Too many roles causing India skipper MS Dhoni's 'unrest'?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived in Indian cricket as a breath of fresh air in 2004-05. Not a product of any finishing school, his see-it-hit-it approach and cool temperament won him a legion of fans.

Microsoft CEO meets Modi, keen on ‘Make in India’

Assam attacks: Counter-insurgency ops intensified

Mulayam defends ‘songs, dance’ in Saifai festival

5 Muslim families in Agra ‘convert’ for better future

No market bubble, growth to pick up in 2 yrs: Rajan

Airtel stands by decision to charge extra for VoIP

AAP, BJP battle it out over Malaviya legacy

Centre links MGNREGA wages to Aadhaar number

Centre carries out another bureaucratic reshuffle

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The age of the Twitterrorist

Shami witness
Through the year, we saw social media networks providing tools for jihadi outreach that the Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, would surely have envied. It has become the vehicle of choice for anyone seeking attention.

Why 2014 was an extraordinary year for our Republic

Youth Congress protest conversions
The year 2014 was an extraordinary one for me. What made it so is the change I have seen at our — India’s — basic core, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
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10 years after the devastating Tsunami
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - 48 days to go
Bigg Boss 8
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
2014: Year in review
2014: Year in review

Ugly review: Anurag Kashyap's best movie is dark, simple and hard-hitting

Rahul Bhatt
Watch the movie for the its cinematic brilliance, for the simple, touching and mind-blowing message. Watch it for Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh. Skip the movie if blood and shootouts is all you want to see in an Anurag Kashyap venture.

5 really 'different' films that made Bollywood proud in 2014

Kangana, Revolver Rani
Being different is a taboo in the Hindi film industry. But, every year new filmmakers come to the forefront with pathbreaking concepts. Here is a list of five such films which made Bollywood proud in 2014.

Then and now: Tales of tsunami devastation and rebuilding in 15 pics

T Shankar, Reverse sterilisation, Nagapattinam, Asian Tsunami
Photos shot days after tsunami struck the country captured the scale of the damage. Ten years later, HT's national photo editor Gurinder Osan revisits the places he had clicked on his 2004 tsunami assignment in Tamil Nadu. See the pictures from then and now. Full coverage

Jharkhand: BJP ends trend of selecting tribal CMs with Raghubar Das

Jharkhand Raghubar Das
Ever since the BJP-AJSU alliance got the convincing majority of 42 seats and the BJP’s tallest tribal leader Arjun Munda lost the elections, Das’ name was on top of the list of chief minister candidates.

Oil price conundrum and its side-effects

Oil markets
The fall in price from $115 to $60 per barrel translates into a $1 trillion shift in wealth from the producer to the consumer nations such as India.

Viral video: Gujarat cop caught on camera dancing with woman

Gujarat cops
A video purportedly showing a Gujarat policeman dancing with a woman has gone viral. The video, which is a reminder of an incident in UP's Shahjahanpur where a drunk cop allegedly forced a dancer to perform at gunpoint, was reportedly circulated on WhatsApp.

Night at the Museum 3 review: Watch it for Robin Williams

Williams played the wax model of Theodore Roosevelt in the Night At The Museum; With Ben Stiller.
Despite a promising cast, this third and final film of the franchise lacks energy and inspiration. This is not to say that it does not have its moments, but they are few and intermittent. An extra star to the film though for having one of the very last performances of Robin Williams.

2014: 5 remarkable turning points for Bollywood this year

Deepika Padukone
It takes a lot for Bollywood to veer away from tried and tested formulas. This year was no different, except a few aberrations that sort of smacked of the changing mindsets within the industry. We prefer to call it turning points. Here are five of them.
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India vs Aus: Smith's 3rd ton of series takes hosts to 389/7 at lunch

Steve Smith

Steve Smith led an Australian run onslaught with his third century of the series as India ran out of ideas early on the second day of the third Melbourne Test on Saturday.

Record-breaker McCullum gifts New Zealand 'special day'

Brendon McCullum
New Zealand's big-hitting skipper Brendon McCullum was hailed on Friday for his rollicking 195 to dramatically turn the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
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EPL: Chelsea, Manchester City win Boxing Day matches

Diego Costa Chelsea
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United showed their rivals no seasonal cheer on Friday as they consolidated their positions in the Premier League table with one-sided Boxing Day victories.

Del Bosque upbeat despite year to forget for Spain

Vicente del Bosque
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year's World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.
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Chennai Open: Banking on veterans to get in the crowds

Bhupati
In an apparent attempt to get better crowd response than last year, the organisers of the Chennai Open are looking to get a 'retired' Mahesh Bhupathi back in the fray.

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.
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Budget build-up: States want sales tax power on e-commerce

Arun Jaitely
States demanded more resources, infrastructure and a wider ambit to bring e-commerce under sales tax on Friday as they met finance minister Arun Jaitley to set the ground for the first comprehensive budget.

Jet Airways offers discounted fares in flash sale

Jet Airways
Jet Airways, India’s second largest airline by the number of travellers flown, on Friday launched a flash sale of tickets for travel next year, the second such sale in less than a week.
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Weekend fix for the soul: Laugh out loud

laugh When it comes to relieving stress, giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor orders. There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and fight disease. It is also scientifically proved that we are thirty times more likely to laugh at something when we are with people.
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Tata's new hatchback, the Bolt, reviewed

Tata's new hatchback, the Bolt, reviewedThe Bolt is Tata’s newest hatchback on the X1 platform. The successor to the Vista, the carmaker’s new big hatch comes with an all-new exterior, an all-new interior and a new turbo-petrol engine too.

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.
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The big deal about e-jobs

Expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 34%, the e-commerce sector is hiring ­aggressively from the IITs and IIMs.

‘Japan can learn a lot from India’

Professor Akio TanabeProfessor Akio Tanabe of Japan’s Kyoto University and convener of Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS), who was in the Capital recently, talks about Indo-Japan relations, how the two countries can contribute to the world and exchange opportunities. Excerpts from an interview.

Tackling tricky chemistry

ToxicologistsChemistry has been a tricky subject for many students taking the Class 12 Board exams. From theory to numerical problems, aspirants need to prepare well to overcome every challenging question in the exam. Here are some suggestions which will not only help you do well, but in competitive exams too.
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Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays

Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live and Sony Corp's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.

Microsoft adds Skype group chats to Office Online

SkypeOffice Online users will now be able to start a chat while working on Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word documents.

Tizen TV no substitute for Samsung's long-awaited answer to Android

SamsungGlobal smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path.
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