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Hindustan Times Friday, December 19, 2014 | Last Updated 20:41 IST 

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, says they have nothing to do with it

Youth Congress protest conversions
The BJP on Friday distanced itself from the conversion controversy saying the party has not been involved with the 'homecoming' of non-Hindus and has not contributed to such activities.

Pakistan hits back, kills 59 Talibans near Afghan border

Paramilitary

The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since Tuesday's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

India's Johnson goading tactics backfires badly

8 kids dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

President Mukherjee discharged after angioplasty

BJP suspends MLA for threat to ‘skin alive’ official

Bihar cop kills Dalit colleague for taking front seat

Government tables GST bill in Lok Sabha

Of $5.4bn pledged for Gaza, only 2% delivered

Ex-BSP MP Dhananjay Singh acquitted in rape case

Pages from Vadra-DLF deal files missing: Khemka

Tihar jail security increased after terror attack threat

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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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In pics: Taliban militants massacre children in Pakistan school
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Assembly elections 2014
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
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Clean My Mumbai

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.

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.

Pope says will not be around in 10 years

Pope Francis
Greeting athletes and officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee, the 78-year-old pontiff wished them well with their bid to host the 2024 Games, but said he would not be around to watch them.

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.

Knock knock. Who's there? Amazon's best-selling holiday author

Amazon Kindle

It sounds like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com this holiday season? Rob Elliott. Rob Elliott who?

I's new trailer takes the story further... Vikram's doing it for love

He is beauty, he is the ugly truth: Shankar's man-beast in I
The much anticipated Tamil film, I, just upped its curiosity quotient with its new trailer. Vikram's monster is, actually, a wronged man with a heart of gold, we are told. And it hints at the whys and, possibly, hows too.

I was raped, my family faces social boycott: Bihar woman

Muzaffarnagar
'I have not stepped out of my door since four men raped me at Bihta, a few kilometres west of Patna, on November 19. I do not leave my house as I cannot face people.'

First teaser: Farhan Akhtar, Big B promise a thrilling treat in Wazir

Amitabh Bachchan, Wazir
The first teaser of Bejoy Nambiar's next directorial venture Wazir is finally released. Watch out for Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan's intense looks for the movie.
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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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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 points on better growth prospects, global cues

Bombay Stock Exchange
The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday surged by 245 points to a one-week high of 27,371.84 as investor sentiment got a boost from the government estimate of 5.5% economic growth this year amid strong global cues.
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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 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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