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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Last Updated 17:41 IST 

J-K: PDP says 'options open' on forming govt, Article 370 and AFSPA issues non-negotiable

J-K
The PDP sought assurance from the BJP Saturday over certain issues like safeguarding Article 370 and revoking the controversial AFSPA that form the 'core agenda' of the regional party.

Assam violence: Army chief visits state, border security stepped up

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Army chief General Dalbir Singh arrived in Guwahati Saturday to assess the ongoing operation against militant outfit NDFB(S) that massacred nearly 80 people in Assam this week.

Sony hacking row: Now, North Korea compares US prez Obama to monkey

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North Korea has compared US President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the United States for shutting down its internet amid the hacking row over the movie 'The Interview'.

Pakistan army kills 55 militants near Afghan border in fresh assault

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At least 55 militants were killed in airstrikes and a gun battle with ground forces in Pakistan's troubled northwest where the military launched a major offensive this year, officials said Saturday.

Sun TV network’s top official held for ‘harassment’

AI execs's daughter violated safety norms: Plaint

Black cobra's bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed

Hughes' bat to be taken to top of Mount Everest?

Pak court says legal loopholes led to Lakhvi's bail

Maharashtra: 8 dead, 3 hurt in warehouse fire

Pak Rangers resort to unprovoked firing in Jammu

Kerala: VHP to carry on with 'ghar-wapsi' drive

Delhi: Banned Uber seeks support through petition

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The age of the Twitterrorist

Shami witness
Through the year, we saw social media networks providing tools for jihadi outreach that the Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, would surely have envied. It has become the vehicle of choice for anyone seeking attention.

Why 2014 was an extraordinary year for our Republic

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The year 2014 was an extraordinary one for me. What made it so is the change I have seen at our — India’s — basic core, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
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10 years after the devastating Tsunami
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - 48 days to go
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Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
2014: Year in review
2014: Year in review

Black cobra's bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed

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A white tiger that was brought to the Indore zoo about a month ago from Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) succumbed to a snake bite on Saturday.

Ugly review: Anurag Kashyap's best movie shows mirror to human follies

Rahul Bhatt
Watch Ugly for its cinematic brilliance; for a simple, touching and mind-blowing message. Watch it for Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh. But skip the movie if blood and shootout are all you want to see in an Anurag Kashyap venture.

Travellers' paradise: Top 20 destinations Indians loved in 2014

Rahul Bhatt
2014 was a year of standard choices with few changes thrown in here and there. If Gujarat charmed travellers in the domestic circuit, there were some variations in choices for outbound travellers as well.

Egypt bans Christian Bale-starrer Exodus, calls it historically inaccurate

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The studio owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc declined to give a reason for the ban, but films that depict biblical figures have been prohibited before in the country. Reports said the country cited 'historical inaccuracies' as the reason for the ban. 

Viral video: Gujarat cop in uniform dances with bar girl, gets suspended

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A video showing a Gujarat policeman in uniform dancing with a bar girl has gone viral. The video, which is a reminder of an incident in UP's Shahjahanpur where a drunk cop allegedly forced a dancer to perform at gunpoint, was circulated on WhatsApp.

Salman Khan: The Bollywood brat who finally re-branded himself

Salman Khan
Salman Khan turns 49 on Saturday. Since his debut in the early 1980s, the flamboyant Bollywood star has been an all-inclusive package of entertainment, trend-setter and a mass hero who has shed his bad boy image to become a transformed humanitarian.

The Interview review: It's a silly, yet indispensable movie

The Interview
James Franco and Seth Rogen are both in their elements in The Interview. They are enjoying what they are doing and it shows. The jokes are infantile and sometimes fail to hit their target. This is no cult film or satire, it is a dumb comedy that is strangely enjoyable.

2014: How Sonakshi Sinha and Barack Obama inspired us to stay fit this year

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Are you one of those so called lazy fitness buffs? If yes, to get you moving, we bring you this year's celebrity fitness freaks who inspired all. The best part is, you won't feel the need to look at those skinny runaway models anymore!
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India vs Aus: Smith's 192 takes hosts to 530; India 108/1

Steve Smith

Steve Smith put Australia in command of the third Test with a memorable innings to leave India with a massive task to stay alive in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in Melbourne on Saturday.

Too many roles causing India skipper MS Dhoni's 'unrest'?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived in Indian cricket as a breath of fresh air in 2004-05. Not a product of any finishing school, his see-it-hit-it approach and cool temperament won him a legion of fans.
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EPL: Chelsea, Manchester City win Boxing Day matches

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United showed their rivals no seasonal cheer on Friday as they consolidated their positions in the Premier League table with one-sided Boxing Day victories.

Del Bosque upbeat despite year to forget for Spain

Vicente del Bosque
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year's World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.
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Chennai Open: Banking on veterans to get in the crowds

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In an apparent attempt to get better crowd response than last year, the organisers of the Chennai Open are looking to get a 'retired' Mahesh Bhupathi back in the fray.

Sania and I have a strong relationship: Shoaib Malik

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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.
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Revival plan: SpiceJet eyes Rs. 1,200cr equity infusion, govt unimpressed

SpiceJet
Ailing budget carrier SpiceJet has told aviation ministry officials that it is hopeful of receiving an equity infusion of Rs. 1,200 crore and arranging another Rs. 600 crore through external commercial borrowings by March.

Budget build-up: States want sales tax power on e-commerce

Arun Jaitely
States demanded more resources, infrastructure and a wider ambit to bring e-commerce under sales tax on Friday as they met finance minister Arun Jaitley to set the ground for the first comprehensive budget.
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Ancient Buddhist stupa and Kushan-era coins discovered in Pakistan

Buddha Ancient Buddhist sculpture dating back to second to fifth century BC have been found in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during an excavation work. Precious coins of Kushana period were also found around the stupa.
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Tata's new hatchback, the Bolt, reviewed

Tata's new hatchback, the Bolt, reviewedThe Bolt is Tata’s newest hatchback on the X1 platform. The successor to the Vista, the carmaker’s new big hatch comes with an all-new exterior, an all-new interior and a new turbo-petrol engine too.

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.
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The big deal about e-jobs

Expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 34%, the e-commerce sector is hiring ­aggressively from the IITs and IIMs.

‘Japan can learn a lot from India’

Professor Akio TanabeProfessor Akio Tanabe of Japan’s Kyoto University and convener of Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS), who was in the Capital recently, talks about Indo-Japan relations, how the two countries can contribute to the world and exchange opportunities. Excerpts from an interview.

Tackling tricky chemistry

ToxicologistsChemistry has been a tricky subject for many students taking the Class 12 Board exams. From theory to numerical problems, aspirants need to prepare well to overcome every challenging question in the exam. Here are some suggestions which will not only help you do well, but in competitive exams too.
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Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays

Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live and Sony Corp's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.

Microsoft adds Skype group chats to Office Online

SkypeOffice Online users will now be able to start a chat while working on Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word documents.

Tizen TV no substitute for Samsung's long-awaited answer to Android

SamsungGlobal smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path.
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