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Hindustan Times Sunday, December 21, 2014 | Last Updated 00:57 IST 

Surveys predict BJP govt in J'khand, hung assembly in J-K

Jharkhand assembly

If the exit polls are anything to go by, the BJP’s dream run will continue with a clean sweep of Jharkhand and a second-place finish in Jammu and Kashmir when results to the assembly polls are announced Tuesday.

RSS chief dares political rivals, says ‘ghar wapsi’ will continue

Mohan Bhagwat
'Those who have lost their way were separated from us. If they want to return home, we will bring them back home,' Mohan Bhagwat told a first of its kind gathering of Hindu groups and their supporters in central Kolkata.

Losing game? The BJP's own goals may not amuse the referee

niranjan jyoti
Leaders in BJP come from different backgrounds and with different ideological priorities. The problem is that the core agenda of some leaders may be different from the govt's, writes Sanjoy Narayan, HT's editor-in-chief.

Modi clears appointments of new R&AW, CRPF chiefs: PMO source

RAW
PM Modi cleared the name of Rajinder Khanna as chief of the country's external spy agency R&AW while Prakash Mishra, who was in the race for the director of the CRPF, has been made director general of CRPF.

Khobragade stripped of duties, denies breaking rules

Long-delayed elections kick off in Ebola-hit Liberia

Student throws acid on teacher for denying marriage

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 rips into Sony, Jong-un; N Korea demands joint probe

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Police corruption, past and present

Demotivated, unfit, under-equipped: such are the words that come to mind when thinking of our guardians of the law. The media dwells on economic reforms, but surely police reform matters more.

Secularism in crisis, it is now time for Modi to speak out

Modi
Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
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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

Atletico de Kolkata beat 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.

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 on Saturday announced the launch of a new fund raising campaign called "Selfie with Mufflerman" to collect donations for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

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

Hero's welcome for South Africa's first Miss World in 40 years

Rolene Strauss, Miss World 2014

Hundreds turned up at OR Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.

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 to withdraw the case and 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.
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Dhoni complains against umpiring, says 50-50 calls not going India's way

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
India and controversy are never far when it comes to Australia tours. It was ‘Monkeygate’ in 2007-8 while skipper MS Dhoni blamed seniors’ slow fielding three years back as India slumped to a 0-4 defeat.

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.
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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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‘Govt to push insurance bill, won’t buckle under pressure’

Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government was determined to push the much awaited insurance bill seeking to increase the FDI limit to 49% from the current 26% and would not allow political obstructionism to derail the reform process.

Year-end high: Flipkart announces $700 million funding

Flipkart

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, on Saturday announced a US $700 million (Rs 4434 crore) investment even as 2014, the year that has seen huge fund flow into India’s rising consumer internet industry, is about to end.

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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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