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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Last Updated 02:15 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 Dec 23 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

Assam attacks: Counter-insurgency operations intensified as residents flee

Bodo killings
India sought cooperation from Bhutan and Myanmar, as its security forces launched a major offensive against a tribal militant group that massacred over 70 people in Assam this week, officials said.

Mulayam defends ‘songs and dance’ as Saifai Mahotsav gets underway

Bollywood celebrities
UP’s biggest and one-of-its-kind rural festival, the 17th edition of Ranvir Singh Memorial Saifai Mahostav, got off to a spectacular start at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ancestral village on Friday.

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.

Jet Airways offers discounted fares in flash sale

5 Muslim families in Agra ‘convert’ for better future

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

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

'TMC leaders waiting to join BJP in droves'

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: It's dark and dystopian

Ronit Roy, Ugly
If fairy tales exist, so must nightmares. But Bollywood so often escapes into the former - happy, carefree romances, or unreal stories of achievement - that Ugly comes as a shock.

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

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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McCullum registers New Zealand's fastest Test century

Brendon McCullum
Skipper Brendon McCullum (195) smashed the fastest hundred (74 deliveries) in New Zealand Test history to put the hosts in command on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval on Friday.

India vs Aus: Hosts 259-5 at stumps on Day 1 of third Test

Steve Smith

Steven Smith once again proved the difference for Australia as the new captain scored an assured half century to steer his team through a mixed day with the bat on the opening day of the third test against India.

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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.

Real Madrid win, but Club World Cup debate is on

Sergio Busquets
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.
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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.

Revival plan: SpiceJet eyes Rs. 1,200 crequity 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 next year.
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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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