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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 25, 2014 | Last Updated 18:26 IST 

Amit Shah will take call on govt formation in J-K, says Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday the BJP will play a 'crucial' role in Jammu and Kashmir's next government, while stressing the party had many options.

Revenge attacks after rebel bloodbath in Assam villages

Assam violence
Home minister Rajnath Singh vows zero tolerance against Bodo outfit blamed for attacks, declares 'zero-tolerance policy against of terror'. Military helicopters scour remote areas for rebels.

In Varanasi, Modi names Ganguly, Kiran Bedi for Swachh Bharat

Modi
Visiting Varanasi for the second time after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi thanked all who contributed in taking forward his government's cleanliness drive at the historic Assi Ghat.

Rave party busted in Gurgaon, more than 40 youngsters detained

Rave party

At least 44 youngsters including four women were detained after a rave party was busted in Gurgaon in the early hours of Thursday in a joint raid conducted by officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau and police.

Delhi acid attack: Police detain four accused

US: Anger after latest police killing of black teen

IS captures Jordan pilot after plane crash in Syria

Pak: Extremist held for 2 more weeks for murder

Oldest litigant in Babri Masjid case M Farooq dies

Chinese varsity bans Xmas, says it is 'kitsch'

RIL in shipping pact with Japan firm to import ethane

‘India will achieve double digit growth in 3-4 years’

11 militants were involved in Peshawar attack

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Let's talk about poverty first before faith and conversions

A ragpicker
Poverty should be debated much more vociferously, even within religions, than conversion, which is a symptom of deprivation, writes Faizan Mustafa.

Assam violence: The horror never seems to end

Assam violence
A strong political will and a coherent strategy could at least minimise ethnic killings in the northeastern state of Assam.
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Ugly review: This one is a grim, gripping and shocking movie

Rahul Bhatt
Watch the movie for the its cinematic brilliance, for the simple, touching and mind-blowing messaage. Watch it for Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh. Skip the movie if blood and shootouts is all you want to see in an Anurag Kashyap venture.

Skipper MS Dhoni sticks to denial mantra on Kohli-Dhawan spat

Dhoni
After two days of silence, the skipper finally responded to stories about the unrest incident on Friday by sticking to a narrative of denial which has been exercised many a times in the past by the Indian cricket establishment.

Bigg Boss 8: Sonali ditches Upen and rewards Dimpy

Bigg Boss 8, Sonali Raut
In Thursday's episode of Bigg Boss 8, it is time for Judgement Day and captain Sonali is asked to choose a good contestant. Sonali names Dimpy for the reward and Dimpy in turn gets to name the person who needs to be punished.

Sanjay Dutt returns home, shows off his eight-pack abs

Sanjay Dutt
Released on a two weeks' furlough by the Yerwada Central Jail, Sanjay Dutt said he had lost oodles of weight while in jail. He also obliged the shutterbugs by posing for pictures, eight packs and all.  

Ho ho ho! US military hones on Santa's flight path

Christmas China
Santa Claus has embarked on his annual Christmas Eve mission to deliver presents to millions of children after a smooth take-off from his North Pole base, at least according to US military officials who track his reindeer-powered sleigh.

Tension ahead of his movie debut, Sirsa dera head already shooting sequel

MSG
The Messenger of God, a movie starring and co-directed by the Sirsa-based dera's head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the sect's followers have gone into overdrive to promote their guru's big-screen debut, set to release on January 16. An unfazed dera says 70% of the shooting for a sequel — MSG-2 — is done too.

School students torn between board exams and World Cup that matters

Virender Sehwag
Is cricket your life, as is casually thrown around? Are you appearing for board examination in 2015? If your answer to both is yes, the schedules will be out to get you. The WC starts Valentine’s Day and ends March 29. This will be a testing period!

In pics: Massive 27-car pile-up on Yamuna Expressway, 2 killed

Yamuna Expressway accident
Two persons were killed and 40, including six British tourists, were injured in a massive pile-up of 27 vehicles triggered by dense fog, at the Yamuna Expressway Wednesday morning. The accident led to another pile-up on the opposite lane, police said.
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Indian team is whingeing among themselves: Steve Smith

Steve Smith Steven Smith
The speculation around the mood inside India's dressing room on Thursday became a subject of ridicule for Australian skipper Steve Smith, who said the home team does not need to sledge the tourists as they are busy 'whingeing among themselves'.

Delhi cricket officials ‘go nuts’ this time

A panoramic view of Dharamsala cricket stadium in the backdrop of black clouds.
A DDCA official was accused of stealing peanuts from the Rajasthan Ranji team dressing room at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, during its game against Delhi. The visiting team manager Vijendar Yadav has filed a written complaint.
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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.

Real Madrid win, but Club World Cup debate is on

Sergio Busquets
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.
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Chennai Open: Banking on veterans to get in the crowds

Bhupati
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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Sensex gains over 6,000 points in 2014; gears for best rally in 5 years

Bombay Stock Exchange
Riding high on the sentiments, the stock market is gearing up for its best performance in five years with a rally of over 6,000 points in the benchmark Sensex in 2014 -- which also saw the investors' wealth hitting Rs. 100 trillion level for the first time in history.

Govt looking to cap economy class fares at Rs. 20,000

Air India Airlines Boeing 787 dreamliner
The government is considering a proposal to regulate domestic fares so airlines cannot charge passengers more than Rs. 20,000 for a one-way economy class ticket.
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Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with treats for friends, family and pets!

Christmas treat What is a festival without its food, more so a Christmas without its share of cakes, mulled wines and turkey roast. A host of bakeries and restaurants are hopping on Santa's sleigh with special offerings. Find out who's got to offer what.
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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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Apple planning a smaller iPhone for 2015

The current iPhone is barely three months old, but the rumors and reports about what we can expect from its replacement -- which won't be unveiled until September 2015 -- have already begun in earnest and are pointing to an iPhone 6S with a smaller screen.

PlayStation games coming to Samsung TVs

SamsungFrom 2015, owners of new Samsung Smart TVs in the US and Canada will be able to play hundreds of PS3 games via Sony's PlayStation Now service on their new television sets and all they'll need is a wireless DualShock 4 controller.

Facebook teams with NFL to score with online video

A Facebook userFacebook said Thursday it had teamed with the National Football League to show ad-sponsored video clips at the leading social network.
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