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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 20, 2014 | Last Updated 17:57 IST 

Bhagwat says conversions will continue, Amit Shah bats for anti-conversion law

Mohan Bhagwat
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP president Amit Shah pitched for an anti-conversion law, at a time the Modi government is facing opposition heat over the issue.

Devyani Khobragade stripped of duties, says she hasn't broken rules

Devyani Khobragade
Diplomat Devyani Khobragade has reacted to the action taken against her by the ministry of external affairs saying she has not broken any service rules in talking to the media.

Peshawar attack mastermind is Umar Mansoor, father of 3

Umar Mansoor Omar Mansoor
The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed 'Slim'. His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded this week's massacre at a school in Peshawar. Pak executes 2 militants after lifting ban on death penalty

Dhoni complains against umpiring, says 50-50 calls not going India's way

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the 50-50 decisions are not going India's way after his team fell behind 2-0 in the series against Australia at the Gabba on Saturday.

Fifth phase polls: Good turnout in J-K, Jharkhand

J-K: Sarpanch shot dead by suspected militants

Yet another Microsoft exec makes sexist remark

Obama signs massive defence budget, $1 bn to Pak

Mother held for allegedly stabbing to death 8 kids

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

Obama slams Sony for cancelling The Interview

Govt wants higher walls, armed guards in schools

BJP no match for us politically: Mamata Banerjee

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Test of Pak’s seriousness about terrorism is how it treats Hafiz

 Hafiz Saeed
In some ways, deploying drones and a ground offensive against the TTP are easier than tackling the LeT, which takes advantage of proximity to the establishment and corrodes Pakistan from within.

PM Modi must take a clear stand against motor-mouth MPs

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
The word in the BJP is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is angry. We are told that at two consecutive meetings of the party’s MPs, Modi let his displeasure be known to the motor-mouth MPs, writes Barkha Dutt.
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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

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.

'Selfie with Mufflerman' by AAP to raise funds for Delhi polls

Arvind Kejriwal
Karnataka unit of Aam Admi Party today announced the launch of a new fund raising campaign called "Selfie with Mufflerman" to collect donations for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

In pics: Cold wave continues in north India

Cold wave
Cold wave conditions continued unabated in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana with dense fog engulfed at several places, affecting vehicular movement in all three states.

India vs Australia: Aussies win by 4 wickets after Indian batting collapse

Virat Kohli, Mitchell Johnson
A listless India crashed to a four-wicket defeat in the second cricket Test against Australia at Brisbane with an inept batting display by the top-order on Saturday. Australia now lead the series 2-0.

Seven men took turns raping me, threatened to kill: Gurdaspur rape survivor

Gurdaspur rape survivor
'Their families put pressure on us to withdraw the case. They offered us Rs. 30 lakh for each man to take back the case. When that did not work, they approached us through the panchayat's members, asking my father-in-law to save the boys from jail,' recalls Gurdaspur rape survivor.

Rajasthan: Youth dies as mobile phone explodes during charging

Is Nokia bracing for a comeback with the Nokia N1 tablet?
A 24-year-old youth died after his mobile phone exploded while it was being charged in Korma village under Nainwa police station in Rajasthan, police said.

Modi has to go beyond 'Gujarat champion' identity: Harish Khare

Harish Khare
Harish Khare's new book, ‘How Modi Won It: Notes From the 2014 Election’, is a masterful personal account, laced with diary notes from the months leading up to elections, and insightful analysis of where the Congress slipped and Modi succeeded.

Pisaasu review: A funny, not scary ghost

Pisasu
Mysskin-helmed Pisaasu is not a run-of-the-mill horror story and bears an unmistakable resemblance with Patrick Swayze-starrer Ghost. However, while Swayze's ghost infuses neither horror nor mystery into the plot, Pisaasu has these elements, though in a vague sort of way.
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Whats eating Ishant Sharma? Missing veggie food at lunch

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Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes' death, Indian team's relations with Cricket Australia is turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu.

Eoin Morgan replaces Cook as England's World Cup captain

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England's World Cup captain, The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Saturday.
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Atletico de Kolkata, Kerala Blasters set for supercharged ISL final

Luis Garcia Atletico de Kolkata
A high voltage clash between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters promises to provide the perfect finale to the inaugural Indian Super League in Mumbai on Saturday.

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

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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cities

Land acquisition rules delaying investments: economic review

A plot in Industrial Area's Phase 2 turned into a dumping yard. Sant Arora/HT
The stringent land acquisition rules are probably blocking investments and key projects, the Mid-Year Economic Analysis 2014-15 tabled in Parliament indicated on Friday, suggesting changes to the existing law.

GST bill in LS; FM says it’s a win-win for Centre, states

Arun Jaitley

The government on Friday tabled in Parliament a bill to introduce a country-wide unified goods and services tax (GST), a key reform initiative that had remained stuck for years due to lack of political consensus among the Centre and states.

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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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