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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 25, 2014 | Last Updated 15:40 IST 

Assam death toll reaches 79; Rajnath for 'zero-tolerance' policy against Bodo militants

Assam violence
Union home minister Rajnath Singh said Thursday the Centre had adopted a 'zero-tolerance policy' against Bodo militants in Assam who attacked Adivasis across two districts and sparked violent clashes that left 79 people dead in the strife-torn state.

Delhi acid attack case: Police detain two, suspect involvement of minor

Acid attack in Delhi
Two days after a doctor was injured in an acid attack in Rajouri Garden, the Delhi Police detained on Thursday morning two accused in connection with the case. Sources claim a minor involved in the attack knew the doctor.

Skipper MS Dhoni sticks to denial mantra on Kohli-Dhawan spat

Dhoni
After two days of silence, the skipper finally responded to stories about the unrest incident on Friday by sticking to a narrative of denial which has been exercised many a times in the past by the Indian cricket establishment.

IS militants capture Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

Jordanian pilot

Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa. There were contradictory accounts as to whether his aircraft had been shot down or not.

Modi visits Varanasi on Good Governance Day

US: Anger after latest police killing of black teen

Pak: Extremist held for 2 more weeks for murder

BJP denies reports about meeting NC leaders

Won't say no to BJP if they knock on my door: Omar

Oldest litigant in Babri Masjid case M Farooq dies

Chinese varsity bans Xmas, says it is 'kitsch'

RIL in shipping pact with Japan firm to import ethane

‘India will achieve double digit growth in 3-4 years’

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Let's talk about poverty first before faith and conversions

A ragpicker
Poverty should be debated much more vociferously, even within religions, than conversion, which is a symptom of deprivation, writes Faizan Mustafa.

Assam violence: The horror never seems to end

Assam violence
A strong political will and a coherent strategy could at least minimise ethnic killings in the northeastern state of Assam.
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After violence-hit year, Pope Francis urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Xmas

Pope Francis
Pope Francis led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Wednesday calling for 'tenderness' and 'warmth' after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

In pics: Massive 27-car pile-up on Yamuna Expressway, 2 killed

Yamuna Expressway accident
Two persons were killed and 40, including six British tourists, were injured in a massive pile-up of 27 vehicles triggered by dense fog, at the Yamuna Expressway Wednesday morning. The accident led to another pile-up on the opposite lane, police said.

'The Interview' made available on YouTube, Google Play

The Interview
'The Interview' is available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.

Bharat Ratna Malaviya had a long association with HT

Malaviya
If you are reading HT today, a part of the credit can justifiably go to Madan Mohan Malaviya – who was awarded the Bharat Ratna, posthumously on Wednesday. He owned the paper during its critical initial years in the 1920s, and served as its chairman from 1924 till his death in 1946

Talk like Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Some of the best speeches by the former PM


Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Vajpayee was often commended for his ability to stump his critics, especially in Parliament, with a passionate speech. Perhaps, one of his most memorable Parliament address was from 1996 during the confidence vote of his 13-day-old BJP government.

Airtel wants you to pay extra for using Skype, Viber, more

Skype
If you use services like Skype or Viber to make calls over Airtel's mobile data network, be prepared to pay extra. Yes, we know you already pay Airtel for for that data. Doesn't matter.

Bigg Boss 8: Karishma and Gautam surprise everyone, dance together

Karishma Tanna
Both Karishma and Gautam look great together, but only when they are fighting each other! Now, get ready for the biggest surprise on Wednesday's episode: The two can be seen dancing with each other... and Gautam even sings 'Tere liye hi toh signal tod taad ke' from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani for Karishma.

Yet another DD blooper: Modi pic, Santa caption; employee removed

Doordarshan
In an instance that came to be seen as symbolising the carelessness which often marks Doordarshan’s functioning, a picture with an unrelated caption posted by its Twitter account sparked derision through the day in the digital world.
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No need for us to sledge, Indian team is whingeing among themselves: Steve Smith

Steve Smith Steven Smith
The speculation around the mood inside India's dressing room on Thursday became a subject of ridicule for Australian skipper Steve Smith, who said the home team does not need to sedge the tourists as they are busy 'whingeing among themselves'.

School students torn between board exams and World Cup that matters

Virender Sehwag
Is cricket your life, as is casually thrown around? Are you appearing for board examination in 2015? If your answer to both is yes, the schedules will be out to get you. The World Cup starts Valentine’s Day and ends March 29. This will be a testing period unlike any other.
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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

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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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Sensex gains over 6,000 pts; gears for best rally in 5 years

Bombay Stock Exchange
Riding high on the sentiments, the stock market is gearing up for its best performance in five years with a rally of over 6,000 points in the benchmark Sensex in 2014 -- which also saw the investors' wealth hitting Rs. 100 trillion level for the first time in history.

Govt looking to cap economy class fares at Rs. 20,000

Air India Airlines Boeing 787 dreamliner
The government is considering a proposal to regulate domestic fares so airlines cannot charge passengers more than Rs. 20,000 for a one-way economy class ticket.
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Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with treats for friends, family and pets!

Christmas treat What is a festival without its food, more so a Christmas without its share of cakes, mulled wines and turkey roast. A host of bakeries and restaurants are hopping on Santa's sleigh with special offerings. Find out who's got to offer what.
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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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Apple planning a smaller iPhone for 2015

The current iPhone is barely three months old, but the rumors and reports about what we can expect from its replacement -- which won't be unveiled until September 2015 -- have already begun in earnest and are pointing to an iPhone 6S with a smaller screen.

PlayStation games coming to Samsung TVs

SamsungFrom 2015, owners of new Samsung Smart TVs in the US and Canada will be able to play hundreds of PS3 games via Sony's PlayStation Now service on their new television sets and all they'll need is a wireless DualShock 4 controller.

Facebook teams with NFL to score with online video

A Facebook userFacebook said Thursday it had teamed with the National Football League to show ad-sponsored video clips at the leading social network.
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