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Hindustan Times Monday, December 29, 2014 | Last Updated 14:21 IST 

Missing AirAsia flight: Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet

AirAsia flight
An Indonesian helicopter saw two oily spots in the search area for the missing AirAsia jetliner on Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects hundreds of miles away, but it was too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.

26/11 plotter Lakhvi's detention order suspended by Pak court

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
Mumbai attack key planner Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is likely to be released from jail with Islamabad high court on Monday suspending the notification detaining him under a public security order after he was granted bail by a court in the 26/11 case.

Bangalore blast: NIA to assist probe, home ministry calls it terror attack

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The National Investigation Agency would assist in the probe into the blast outside a Bengaluru restaurant that killed a woman and police teams have been sent to Pune and Chennai to investigate terror links.

Google's Gmail blocked in China, Great Firewall suspected

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Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday.

Jaitley rejects RBI chief's criticism of 'Make in India'

SP, BJP in war of words over Azam Khan

When schools become money-spinning machines

Hundreds still awaiting airlift on burning Italian ferry

IIT-D director resigns after Sachin academy fiasco

Mufti-Modi talks likely after PDP-BJP parleys

Assam violence: 2 lakh take shelter in relief camps

VIP treatment in jail for Saradha accused

Imphal: 8 skeletons found from abandoned school

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India should imbibe Obama's zeal to protect free speech

The Interview
There is a lesson India can learn from 'The Interview’ saga — when the rights of an organisation or a person are threatened, it is the duty of the State to step in and ensure that they are protected.

Modi govt must stop the celebration of Godse

Nathuram Godse
Honouring Godse with a statue is so shocking that it can paralyse people from even constructing an argument to counter the move. But that is exactly the reaction the extreme Right wants.
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10 years after the devastating Tsunami
World Cup 46
Bigg Boss 8
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
2014: Year in review
2014: Year in review

Manipur skeletons: Govt must speak for the dead people

Irom Sharmila
While there is no actual record of how many people disappear in Manipur every year, some human rights groups estimate that 300 go missing per year and most are victims of extra-judicial killings.

You thought 2014 was a good year for Hollywood? 2015 could be even better

Dump Jamie Dornan, pick your favourite Christian Grey
2014 gave us hits in bulk (read Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl, Interstellar and several others) and 2015 promises a lot too. From Fifty Shades of Grey to Minions via The Avengers and Pitch Perfect 2, we pick ten blockbusters-in-waiting as we head into the new year.

PK crosses Rs. 200 crore in India in just 9 days

Aamir Khan dressed as a cop in PK's motion poster
PK, a film that 'stirs thought and discussion', continues to perform well at the Indian box office. It has earned Rs. 214.14 crore so far. Featuring Aamir as an alien, the film takes a hard hitting swipe at organised religion, god and godmen.

Airtel backtracks on plans to charge you extra for VoIP calls -- for now

Airtel
Airtel has said that it will wait for the consultation paper by TRAI on issues relating to services offered by OTT (over the top) content players like Skype, Viber and more.

Farah Khan to host Bigg Boss 8; Rahul Mahajan, Ajaz among 5 wild card entries

Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Mehek Chahal, Ajaz Khan
Farah Khan will take over as the host of Bigg Boss 8 after Salman Khan begins shooting for his next. The show is also set to introduce Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Ajaz Khan and Mehek Chahal from previous seasons as challengers.

94% pickpockets nabbed in Delhi Metro are women

Metro
According to figures compiled by the CISF for 11 months, from January to November, show that a total of 293 women pickpockets were held as compared to 22 men in metro in the national capital region.

Frequent sex can reduce one's lifespan, says BJP MP from Bhopal

Alok Sanjar
Having sex frequently can reduce your lifespan, if BJP MP from Bhopal Alok Sanjar is to be believed. It seems Sanjar had his foot in his mouth when he came to attend a programme in Bhopal on Sunday.

Censor Board not to remove any scenes from Aamir Khan's PK

PK
After more than 20 complaints against Rajkumar Hirani's Aamir Khan-Anusha Sharma-Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer PK by Hindu organisations, makers say they never meant to offend sentiments.
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Live - India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 4: Australia look to extend lead

Chris Rogers
Australia lost in-form batsman and captain Steve Smith early in the second session as play resumed after light rainfall. The home team still hold the advantage in the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the lead has been extended above 200.

Dhoni's captaincy once again about mystifying tactics: Ian Chappell

M S Dhoni

Dhoni exacerbated his flawed captaincy with a strange innings and the late surge of wickets prompted by the lion-hearted Ryan Harris meant India had squandered an opportunity to lead on the first innings. Too often this has been the story of India’s tour.

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Rampant Cristiano Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo
Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.

Atletico close to sealing Torres deal

Fernando Torres
Atletico Madrid are close to sealing a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club, assistant coach German Burgos said on Saturday.
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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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Sensex surges 265 pts in early trade on global trends

Bombay Stock Exchange
Rising for the second straight session, the benchmark BSE Sensex on Monday spurted by over 265 points in early trade led by gains in metal, realty and auto stocks amidst a firming trend at other Asian markets.

Rupee extends weakness, down 13 paise vs dollar

Indian Rupee
Falling for the fourth straightsession, the rupee on Monday weakened by another 13 paise to 63.70 against the US dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market due to appreciation of the greenback against other currencies overseas.
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Probiotics supplements can ease anxiety and depression

depression Supplements to boost probiotics -- the helpful micro-organisms that reside in our bodies -- can alter the way people process emotional information and ease anxiety and depression, new research suggests.
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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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Twitter goes down for some Android users

If you are facing a problem logging into your Twitter account from an Android device, you are not alone. There have been several complaints from users of logging out of their Twitter accounts from Android apps and some third part accounts like TweetDeck.

Facebook apologises for grief caused by "Year in Review" posts

FacebookSocial networking site Facebook has apologised for the bad memories its new "Year in Review" feature stirred up in people who lost their close family members, friends and homes in 2014.

Sony says PlayStation still has problems, gradually coming back online

Sony PlayStationSony Corp's PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.
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