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Hindustan Times Monday, December 29, 2014 | Last Updated 18:43 IST 

Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at 'bottom of sea'; anger grows among relatives of passengers

Military and rescue
A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search.

Pak court suspends 26/11 attack mastermind Lakhvi's detention; India lodges protest

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
A Pakistani court on Monday suspended the detention order of 26/11 lynchpin Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, unconvinced with the government’s argument to detain him following his bail on December 18.

Saffron groups protest against Aamir Khan's PK; vandalise theatres

Aamir Khan dressed as a cop in PK's motion poster
Activists of right-wing groups like Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal on Monday vandalised theatres screening PK in some cities alleging the Aamir Khan-starrer ridiculed Hindu gods and goddesses and demanded a ban on the movie.

Bangalore blast similar to those in Chennai, Pune: sources

Bangalore blast church street
The National Investigation Agency would assist in the probe into the blast outside a Bengaluru restaurant that killed a woman and police teams have been sent to Pune and Chennai to investigate terror links.

Govt clears ordinance to ease land acquisitions

Gmail blocked in China, Great Firewall suspected

Five dead on blazing Italian ferry; rescue ops still on

Kathmandu: Jet Airways flight hits bird, catches fire

Sena dares Centre to nab Dawood in Osama-like op

Jaitley rejects RBI chief's criticism of 'Make in India'

SP, BJP in war of words over Azam Khan

When schools become money-spinning machines

IIT-D director resigns after Sachin academy fiasco

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India should imbibe Obama's zeal to protect free speech

The Interview
There is a lesson India can learn from 'The Interview’ saga — when the rights of an organisation or a person are threatened, it is the duty of the State to step in and ensure that they are protected.

Modi govt must stop the celebration of Godse

Nathuram Godse
Honouring Godse with a statue is so shocking that it can paralyse people from even constructing an argument to counter the move. But that is exactly the reaction the extreme Right wants.
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10 years after the devastating Tsunami
World Cup 46
Bigg Boss 8
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
2014: Year in review
2014: Year in review

AirAsia's brash CEO Tony Fernandes now searches for right words

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes
A flamboyant executive who loves race cars and soccer--and is known for speaking his mind, sometimes inappropriately-- Fernandes has opened air travel to millions who previously couldn't afford it. Now, one of his planes and 162 people onboard is missing.

2014: A year to reckon for sporting afficiandos

Germany World Cup
The Football World Cup held in Brazil was undoubtedly the biggest sporting event of 2014. But the year also saw the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, T20 world Cup and many others. Here are 9 events which ensured that sports afficiandos had something to talk about throughout the year.

Manipur skeletons: Govt must speak for the dead people

Irom Sharmila
While there is no actual record of how many people disappear in Manipur every year, some human rights groups estimate that 300 go missing per year and most are victims of extra-judicial killings.

PK crosses Rs. 200 crore in India in just 9 days

Aamir Khan dressed as a cop in PK's motion poster
PK, a film that 'stirs thought and discussion', continues to perform well at the Indian box office. It has earned Rs. 214.14 crore so far. Featuring Aamir as an alien, the film takes a hard hitting swipe at organised religion, god and godmen.

You thought 2014 was a good year for Hollywood? 2015 could be even better

Dump Jamie Dornan, pick your favourite Christian Grey
2014 gave us hits in bulk (read Guardians of the Galaxy, Gone Girl, Interstellar and several others) and 2015 promises a lot too. From Fifty Shades of Grey to Minions via The Avengers and Pitch Perfect 2, we pick ten blockbusters-in-waiting as we head into the new year.

Airtel backtracks on plans to charge you extra for VoIP calls -- for now

Airtel has said that it will wait for the consultation paper by TRAI on issues relating to services offered by OTT (over the top) content players like Skype, Viber and more.

Farah Khan to host Bigg Boss 8; Rahul Mahajan, Ajaz among 5 wild card entries

Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Mehek Chahal, Ajaz Khan
Farah Khan will take over as the host of Bigg Boss 8 after Salman Khan begins shooting for his next. The show is also set to introduce Rahul Mahajan, Sambhavna Seth, Ajaz Khan and Mehek Chahal from previous seasons as challengers.

94% pickpockets nabbed in Delhi Metro are women

According to figures compiled by the CISF for 11 months, from January to November, show that a total of 293 women pickpockets were held as compared to 22 men in metro in the national capital region.

Australia set India near record task to win 3rd Test

Chris Rogers
An unbeaten half-century by Shaun Marsh put Australia in a strong position on Monday, setting India a near-record task if they are to win the third Test in Melbourne.

Dhoni's captaincy once again about mystifying tactics: Ian Chappell

M S Dhoni

Dhoni exacerbated his flawed captaincy with a strange innings and the late surge of wickets prompted by the lion-hearted Ryan Harris meant India had squandered an opportunity to lead on the first innings. Too often this has been the story of India’s tour.

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Rampant Cristiano Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo
Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.

Atletico close to sealing Torres deal

Fernando Torres
Atletico Madrid are close to sealing a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club, assistant coach German Burgos said on Saturday.
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Chennai Open: Banking on veterans to get in the crowds

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

Sania Mirza Roger Federer IPTL Delhi Indian Aces
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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Sensex rises 154 pts as metal, auto stocks lead rally

Bombay Stock Exchange
Rising for the second straight session, benchmark Sensex on Monday gained 154 points to end at 27,395.73 powered by a rally in metal, auto and consumer durable shares on growth optimism, amid strong Asian cues.

Rupee plunges to over 13-month low of 63.67 vs Dollar

Indian Rupee
Extending losses for the fourth straight session, Indian rupee on Monday declined by ten paise to log over 13-month closing low of 63.67 against the Greenback following sustained dollar demand from importers.
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From Chastain to Jolie, here are the top celebrity gowns of 2014

Jessica Chastain On the red carpets of 2014, actors and singers showed off spectacular gowns created by some of the boldest designers on the planet. As the year draws to a close, we remember some of the looks that left a lasting impression on the fashion world.
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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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Twitter goes down for some Android users

If you are facing a problem logging into your Twitter account from an Android device, you are not alone. There have been several complaints from users of logging out of their Twitter accounts from Android apps and some third part accounts like TweetDeck.

Facebook apologises for grief caused by "Year in Review" posts

FacebookSocial networking site Facebook has apologised for the bad memories its new "Year in Review" feature stirred up in people who lost their close family members, friends and homes in 2014.

Sony says PlayStation still has problems, gradually coming back online

Sony PlayStationSony Corp's PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.
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