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Hindustan Times Monday, December 22, 2014 | Last Updated 05:56 IST 

Bug spreads to Kerala, 30 Christians 'converted' by VHP

VHP activists protest
The VHP on Sunday claimed to have converted at least 30 Christians in a ghar wapsi ceremony in Alappuzha district, adding that 150 more families would be welcomed into the Hindu fold in the run up to Christmas.

Peshawar school carnage: Pakistan makes several arrests

Pakistani Rangers
Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in Peshawar. The Pakistan government had earlier bombed the militants' hideouts in the country's tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Highway toll may be exempt for private vehicles, levies kick in

Delhi Gurgaon toll booth
The Nitin Gadkari-led road transport and highways ministry's plan to spare buses and non-commercial vehicles from paying toll would cost the exchequer Rs. 27,000 crore over a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.

Aviation industry grows but bleeding airlines on the verge of collapse

IndiGo Airlines
The combined losses of all carriers over the last seven years add up to more than Rs. 60,000 crore. And the future doesn’t look very rosy: analysts estimate that heavy losses will continue.

ED to quiz Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia

Delhi: 3 die trying to keep warm on coldest day

3 killed, 4 injured in powerful Manipur blast

Uttarakhand: Minor boy's genitals chopped off

Markets to remain volatile, 2015 outlook positive

BJP MPs among 200 yet to adopt villages

Nursery admissions: Delhi schools bend quota norm

7-year-old gang raped by 4 minor boys

Bihar: 45 detonators seized, boy injured in blast

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A tale of two Right wings

Kishtwar violence
Hindu extremism is benign — unlike Islamic extremism — because it does not have a reason to be more potent than it already is, writes Manu Joseph.

Parliament winter session: More pluses than minuses

Lok Sabha
While there are many positives to take from the winter session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Modi's silence on the conversion issue despite the Opposition asking for one, is unfortunate.
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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

Looking for a bank loan? Get ready for some additional paper work

Can you trust your lender?

If you are looking for a bank loan to purchase a house, or even a car, you may need to get your credit worthiness — which shows your loan repayment capacity — assessed by more than one rating agency.

Video: BJP leader, aides caught on camera thrashing pvt company staff

 Gagnendra Singh
BJP leader and Satna district panchayat president Gagnendra Singh and his supporters allegedly thrashed five employees working at a major private vehicle manufacturing company's shop at Satna in MP.

Sony case underlines cyber security needs for India

Edward Snowden
Hollywood, the glamorous film industry of the world’s biggest votary of free speech, the US, has withheld the release of 'The Interview' after threats linked to North Korean hackers upset over the comedy built around the assassination of its leader, Kim Jong-un.

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.

My appetite for chess has recovered: Anand

Vishwanathan Anand
Buoyed by winning the London Chess Classic, five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.

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

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

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 DRS as refusal to accept technology is hurting the team badly.
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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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A window of opportunity for the Indian economy

Food inflation down
India’s wholesale inflation rate has slumped to 0% in November, a five-and-a-half year low. The fall in the inflation rate coincides with the beginning of a spike last year that took the rate to 7.52%.

Special court verdict in Satyam case likely tomorrow

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Days after Satyam founder B Ramalinga Raju was convicted in SFIO cases, a special court in Hyderabad is expected to pronounce its verdict on Tuesday in the multi-crore Satyam Computer Services Limited (SCSL) fraud.
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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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