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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Last Updated 03:34 IST 

Won't differentiate between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban: Pak PM Sharif vows to fight terror

Nawaz Sharif
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed on Wednesday to launch a war on terror as mass funerals got underway a day after 148 people were massacred by the Tehreek-e-Taliban at a military-run school in Peshawar.

Inside Peshawar school: Eerie silence and the stamp of Taliban brutality

Devastation inside Peshawar school
An eerie silence hung over the blood-spattered corridors and classrooms of the Army Public School on Wednesday -- the silence of 132 dead children, their lives cut short by Taliban gunmen. Video inside

Conflict of interest? Sunny, Srikanth, Shastri, Ganguly under SC lens

BCCI, gavaskar, ravi shashtri, kris srikanth
The BCCI submitted on Wednesday a list of individuals with both commercial interests in IPL and ties to the cricket board to the Supreme Court, which is looking into the issue of conflict of interest.

SpiceJet ‘grounded’ as oil companies refuse fuel; fares go north

Spicejet
SpiceJet -- which seems to be headed the Kingfisher way if it doesn’t get the funds it needs in a hurry -- ended up operating only 70 of its 239 daily flights on Wednesday. On Tuesday, only 35 flights had taken off.

Lashkar may target Agra-Delhi highway: New intel

US, Cuba seek to ‘normalise' ties, swap prisoners

Isro to test-fire its heaviest rocket, Mk III, today

Railways may drop concessional travel passes

MP: Booked for rape, ashram leader on the run

Manipur: Brothers die in underwater competition

Don’t appoint CVC, VC without permission, says SC

JMB planned to kill Bodo leaders, blast Assam: NIA

Over 230 bodies found in Syria mass grave: Report

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Peshawar killings: Time cannot heal all wounds

Peshawar
The attack has demonstrated that the Taliban nexus remains equipped with a fighting force to strike at vulnerable targets, especially institutions associated with the military, writes Razeshta Sethna.

From Hughes to #illridewithyou: Aussies show the way

Sydney, Lindt cafe
Australia recently moved the world with the way it treasured Phillip Hughes. This week it impressed again by the exemplary response of its people, parts of government and media to a terror-like situation.
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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

'Delhi should've been Indraprastha or Hastinapur': Naidu's remark draws ire

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Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s suggestion that Delhi should have been called either Indraprastha or Hastinapur has not gone down too well with Delhiites, though he later clarified that he was not 'proposing anything'.

'Samjho kuch ghalat hai': Prasoon Joshi's lyrical tribute to Peshawar victims

Peshawar, Pakistan
Noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi has penned a poem exclusively for HT to pay homage to the Peshawar victims who died in an attack by Taliban gunmen on an army-run school on Tuesday. He has also done a rendition of the poem in his voice. Video inside

Despite change, prostitution stigma stays with this Madhya Pradesh tribe

Mukesh and his wife Divya who are being hounded by some of their own Banchra community members
Efforts of the younger generation of Madhya Pradesh's Banchra community have not yielded much of a result. The elders still want to sit idle and make their girls work as prostitutes in the name of tradition.

We’ve deferred Dec 25 ‘ghar-wapsi’, haven’t cancelled it: RSS affiliate chief

Rajeshwar Singh Solanki
Rajeshwar Singh Solanki, chief of the Dharma Jagran Samiti, the group behind mass conversions in Uttar Pradesh that sparked outrage, tells HT that the December 25 conversion event has only been deferred and the group will continue to oppose churches.

No consensus over fundings, Swachh Bharat fails to go beyond photo-ops

Narendra Modi
The urban leg of Swachh Bharat Mission could be going to the cleaners as the central government and the states have yet to clean up their act on the funding pattern to sustain the Rs. 62,009-crore programme.

'They raped me, threw me before a train that severed my legs'

Wake up India
'After the rape, my mother‘s behaviour towards me began to change. She started mistreating me and beating me. I got Rs. 2 lakh as compensation from the government and she wanted a share in that.'

Gifts galore: Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis
Thousands of people sang 'Happy Birthday' and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope. Argentine priests handed Pope Francis a cake and he blew out the candles before his open-top jeep moved on.

A Job well done: Apple wins decade-old iTunes update suit

iTunes
A California jury on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit, which accused Apple of monopolistic practices, by technologically preventing iPod and iTune customers to buy from rival companies.
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India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Vijay ton puts India in driver's seat

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay scored 144 and shared a century stand with Ajinkya Rahane as India's batsmen dictated terms to an Australian attack that fell short of expectations Wednesday.

Pak cricketers shattered after terror attack: Younis Khan

Younis Khan
Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Younis Khan feels playing the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand would be very difficult as the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar had left the players shattered.
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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

Cabinet okays GST Bill; next stop Parliament

Australian inflation
Plans to introduce India’s most ambitious reform initiative, the unified Goods and Services Tax, has entered the final leg, with the Cabinet on Wednesday approving a fresh Constitution Amendment Bill.

Co-founder Ajay Singh may be SpiceJet’s white knight

Ajay Singh, spicejet,
HT had first reported on August 7 that Singh was in talks to buy out promoter Kalanithi Marans’s stake in the airline. Singh has held meetings with senior aviation ministry officials over the last couple of days, sources said.
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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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Samsung

Samsung developing ApplePay competitor: report

The world's biggest smartphone maker is in talks with LoopPay, a mobile wallet and payments startup, about a tie-up that could turn Samsung smartphones into virtual credit cards accepted at a larger number of stores than any other existing service, ApplePay included.

Instagram adds five new filters for still images

FacebookInstagram has reportedly added five new filters to give users more options to experiment with still images. The five filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua.

Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million

A Facebook userGrowing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its userbase in India to 112 million -- the second largest after the US.
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