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Hindustan Times Friday, December 19, 2014 | Last Updated 23:16 IST 

Pak executes 2 militants after lifting ban on death penalty

Dr Usman
Pakistani authorities on Friday night executed two men, Aqeel alias Doctor Usman and Arshad Mehmood, convicted for attacks on the army headquarters and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, days after Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty.

BJP no match for us politically, says TMC chief Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee at a press conference

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she did not consider the BJP a political threat in her state, saying the party was using the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against her because it posed no challenge to the Trinamool Congress.

India cries shame, red-faced Pak keeps Lakhvi locked

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Opposition and ruling parties joined the chorus of outrage in the Lok Sabha on Thursday over a Pakistani court’s relief to 26/11 plotter Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, before the terrorist was detained again. Lakhvi detained for 3 more months 

BJP washes hands off conversion row

India's Johnson goading tactics backfires badly

Lakhvi arrest staged, Abu Jundal told police

8 kids dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

North Korea behind Sony hack: FBI

President Mukherjee discharged after angioplasty

Pakistan troops kill 77 Talibans near Afghan border

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren booked

BJP suspends MLA for threat to ‘skin alive’ official

Bihar cop kills Dalit colleague for taking front seat

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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

'Brain dead' child's heart transplanted in a two-year-old in record time

Surgeons
The heart of a brain dead one year and 10-month-old infant was harvested in Bengaluru and flown to Chennai on Friday by a special aircraft to be transplanted in a two year and eight-months-old child, in record time.

PK review: Aamir Khan steals the show, it's a winner all the way

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.

Peshawar school attack survivors vow to fail militants by continuing their studies

Peshawar
The students who survived a brutal attack on an army-run school here by Pakistani Taliban have vowed to continue their studies despite the gory incident, saying such acts of cowardice cannot deprive them of their right to education.

Modi top rated policy-maker, says Harvard survey

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has edged out US President Barak Obama and other world leaders to be rated as the world’s top policy maker, according to a new report of Harvard’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government.

Farah Khan to replace Salman Khan as Bigg Boss host

Salman Khan
This will be for the first time in four years that Bigg Boss 8 will be aired without Bollywood actor Salman Khan hosting the weekend episodes.

Japanese scientist resigns over stem cell scandal

Haruko Obokata
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells.

Surat partners Microsoft to become a smart city

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The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Friday announced its partnership with Microsoft India to transform Surat into a smart city by introducing several citizen centric services with the help of the global software giant.

Coming soon to India: internet of everything

internet
It's the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things. Citizens, companies and governments around the world are embracing it and turning to digitisation for more efficiency, writes Dinesh Malkani for our series HT@90.
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India vs Australia 2nd Test: Smith, Johnson and tail give Australia edge

Steve Smith

Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia's tail wagged vigorously as the hosts barged their way back into the second test against India on day three in Brisbane on Friday.

India's Johnson goading tactics backfires badly

Mitchell Johnson batting
The tourists lit the fuse with their sledging of Johnson and bowling short to him and two hours later were left lamenting a smoking knock from the ICC Cricketer of the Year.
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Atletico de Kolkata prevail over FC Goa; advance to final

Fikru Tefera of Atletico
Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League football tourney.

Kerala Blasters trump Chennaiyin, book ISL final berth

Fikru Tefera of Atletico
Kerala Blasters struck the match-winner deep into the extra time in a thrilling second leg semi-final to book a berth for the summit clash of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament on 4-3 aggregate over Chennaiyin FC.
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Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave

Swiss Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and US Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

IPTL: Watching Federer, other stars dream for Indian fans

Sania Mirza Roger Federer IPTL Delhi Indian Aces
Aimed at whetting the appetite of Asian fans, generally starved of top-level action, the reaction in India to the IPTL was crucial to the inaugural tournament's fortunes.
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Tata, Singapore Air venture Vistara to take off on January 9

Vistara
Based in New Delhi, the full service Vistara will begin operations with a fleet of new Airbus A320-200s with 148 seats, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd said in a statement. Vistara will offer flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad initially.

Sensex gains 245 pts on rosier growth prospects, global cues

Bombay Stock Exchange

Markets rallied for the second consecutive day on Friday as investors cheered the government’s estimate of 5.5% economic growth in 2014-15 amid strong global cues. A rally in IT stocks after Accenture Plc raised its revenue forecast for the current fiscal also boosted sentiment.

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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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