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Hindustan Times Friday, December 19, 2014 | Last Updated 04:51 IST 

Pak won’t learn, bails 26/11 butcher Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

Lakhvi
A court granted bail on Thursday to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a lynchpin of the Mumbai attacks, sparking fury in India and underlining fears that the Pakistan establishment will let the 26/11 trial die a quiet death.

Doublespeak or all-out war? Focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

Nawaz Sharif
Many wonder if the Peshawar attack will be a watershed in Pakistan's long history with militancy. But the country has had many potential turning points in the war on terror that at the time were called game changers.

Fresh ‘conversions’ in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar trigger tension

Youth Congress protest conversions
The conversion row threatened to flare up again Thursday with reports that over 70 Hindus had embraced Christianity in Bihar and UP, and Hindu groups declaring they would hold immediate ‘ghar-wapsi’ events.

Co-founder Ajay Singh heads SpiceJet rescue op

Kerala dilutes liquor policy, Sundays won’t be ‘dry'

AAP charges Prasad, Tewari with conflict of interest

MP: 14-month-old boy falls into borewell, dies

LN Mishra murder: 4 convicts get life imprisonment

Ashram eviction: Three of a family 'commit suicide'

Observe 'Good Governance Day' on Dec 25: UGC

PM Modi steps in to speed up stuck projects

Nigeria: Boko Haram abducts 185, including children

What happened at Sydney cafe: Witness' account

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Kabul should not slip away: India needs to overcome trust deficit

Ashraf Ghani
India must be mindful of Pakistani machinations and demonstrate that it can decisively secure its interests in Afghanistan -- considered the ‘gateway to Central and South Asia’, writes Amitabh Mathur.

The Cold War finally ends: US policy was misguided on Cuba

Obama on Colbert
Barack Obama recently agreed a landmark climate deal with China, passed executive orders on immigration and has now taken the historic decision to establish full diplomatic ties with Cuba.
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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

The making of a Smart India: Let's not lose this opportunity

Emaar MGF launches Imperial Gardens on Dwarka Expressway
We're on the cusp of something special. Creating a Smart India makes sense economically, politically and socially. Technology, coupled with a mature assessment of the benefits of sustainable living, will provide us the answers.

PMO pushes private FM channels to air Mann Ki Baat programme

Modi in Australia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat has been a hit on the airwaves three months in a row. But the show’s success, it turns out, is partly driven by the mighty hand of officialdom.

Acting blind to beg on Delhi streets earned him 5 seconds of fame in Aamir's PK

Manoj Roy
Manoj Roy, 39, is from Assam. Son of a daily wager, he lost his mother soon after birth. Roy dropped out of school to beg after his father fell too sick to work. And a few days ago, magic happened!

Aamir Khan's PK: 5 things to watch out for

Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, PK
The huge promotional drive for Aamir's PK has generated a lot of interest among the viewers and they would be expecting a lot from the film. Here is a list of five such things.

Madhya Pradesh’s Irani community wants name off swindlers' list

An Irani selling sun glasses at Sendwa in Barwani district.
For the Irani community settled in Madhya Pradesh, the flair for conning people by a section among them is their biggest problem, an unwanted, unwavering spotlight from which there is no escape.

Will Pakistan take the right lessons from Peshawar?

Pakistan, Peshawar, Pak school attack, peshawar school attack
The Peshawar massacre is Pakistan’s 26/11. While the assault on Mumbai aimed at crippling the Indian economy, the barely concealed objective behind the mass killing of students is to bring the Pakistan army on its knees, writes Vinod Sharma.

'You are beyond evil': Anupam Kher to militants behind Peshawar attack

Anupam Kher
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi and actor Anupam Kher pen tributes for the victims of the Peshawar massacre. In an open letter to terrorists, veteran actor Anupam Kher writes: 'Words cannot adequately despise the monstrosity which you have committed'.

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work, says Europe’s top court

obesity
The decision followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint by Karsten Kaltoft. Kaltoft, who never weighed less than 160kg during his employment, argued that his obesity was one of the reasons he lost his job.
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Safe-hands Ravichandran Ashwin happy with no 'slip' ups

Indian spin bowler Ravi Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin believes India still have work to do in the slip catching department but the lanky off-spinner is delighted that the hard work he has put in fine-tuning his technique is paying off.

Uniform rehab, training thanks to Greg and NCC

cricket fans
Among the major outcomes of the  plan released in 2011 to strengthen Australia’s cricket structure is the National Cricket Centre. The facility, close to the Allan Border Field which housed the older national academy, is evidence of it.
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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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cities

When SpiceJet’s loss is gain for other airline companies

SpiceJet
The first official confirmation that SpiceJet’s unending woes were aiding rival carriers came on Thursday when aviation regulator DGCA released the passenger data for November.

US Federal Reserve to take ‘patient’ approach on raising rates

SpiceJet
The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday said interest rates will remain where they have been since 2008, near zero, but indicated a hike may come around the middle of 2015.
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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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BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

Xiaomi's Redmi 1S will launch in India on December 23

Xiaomi Redmi NoteThe Delhi High Court has finally allowed the Chinese smartphone maker to sell its phones in India after banning them last week for infringing on Ericsson's patents.

Huawei to launch 4G handsets below Rs. 10,000

HuaweiTo cash in on the next generation high-speed mobile data services, Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei said it has plans to launch 4G smartphones for less than Rs. 10,000 within six months.
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