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Hindustan Times Friday, December 26, 2014 | Last Updated 02:56 IST 

J-K suspense on, BJP eyes chief minister's post, NC tie-up

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
The National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) willing to do business with it in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP was eyeing the chief minister's post in the border state, sources said.

Revenge attacks after rebel bloodbath in Assam villages

Assam violence
Retaliatory attacks ringed villages in Assam on Thursday at a time military helicopters scoured remote areas in line with the Centre’s promise of zero-tolerance to Bodo militants who triggered a ghastly sectarian bloodshed that left over 75 dead.

Ghar vapsi: 58 converted to Hinduism in Kerala on Christmas

Kerala conversion
At least 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families were converted to Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam, Kerala as part of the 'ghar vapsi' (home coming) programme.

Delhi acid attack: How a simple syringe led cops to mastermind

acid attack

The police got the lead in the acid attack case, sources said, when after the victim said the accused squirted acid through a syringe used for medical purposes. The unique method used by the assailants gave away the mastermind.

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

Munda pulls out of race, Raghubar set to be named Jharkhand CM

Monkey scam brewing in Delhi: Maneka Gandhi

Reliance Cap ropes in Sumitomo Mitsui bank as strategic partner

'Others' hold key to govt formation in divided J-K

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

8-year-old girl raped by unidentified man in Jaipur

Biting cold, dense fog claim 12 lives in north India

Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen

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Intelligence agencies must learn to coordinate, improve capacities

Governments like India not only need to cover shortfalls in recruitment to intelligence agencies and other security forces, but they ought to place high priority in developing professionals who can sensitively analyse data.

Festivals belong to the people

 Santa Claus
The decision by the Narendra Modi government to declare Christmas as ‘Good Governance Day’ troubles me: It is a completely unnecessary attempt to confuse the spirit of a festive occasion with political symbolism, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
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If you want to enter paradise, be a suicide bomber: Boko Haram to 13-year-old girl

Zahra'u Babangida
A 13-year-old Nigerian girl says her parents gave her to the Islamic terror outfit Boko Haram to take part in a suicide bomb attack in Kano. Nigeria has suffered numerous suicide bombings in recent months carried out by girls and young women.

44 held in Gurgaon rave party bust

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Forty-four people, including four women and a Swiss national, were detained by the police from a rave party around 40 km from Gurgaon in the wee hours of Thursday.

Video: Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend, brings him back to life

A monkey tries to quench his thirst in Shimla.
Onlookers at a train station in Kanpur watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.

Malaviya too favoured ‘reconversion’ of Muslims, Christians

Madan Mohan Malaviya
A Congressman who also stayed active in the Hindu Mahasabha, Madan Mohan Malaviya shared many Hindutva concerns, including his support to “reconversions”, an issue that is breathing fire yet again.

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.

Put part of retirement fund in safe products instead of relying on PFs

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The current market volatility may discourage small investors, but building an equity component into one’s investment portfolio is vital as it would accrue higher benefits when salaried people retire and start dipping into their savings.

Now, scientists create artificial sperms, eggs

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For the first time, scientists have created primordial germ cells — cells that will go on to become egg and sperms — using human embryonic stem cells.

Officials rush with food, monkeys too weak to eat

Block of ice
The forest department is exploring the possibility of setting up a trauma centre for the affected monkeys. Going hungry for over 20 days, monkeys looked too weak to rush to 14-odd feeding points.
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Captain Dhoni in denial mode again 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.

India mull on Rohit-Raina conundrum

Ajinkya Rahane

India are contemplating a possible swap in the middle-order and it is Rohit Sharma who could lose his place to Suresh Raina in the third Test starting at the MCG on Friday.

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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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Teetering SpiceJet to submit revival plan to govt today

SpiceJet
SpiceJet is likely to submit a revival plan to the aviation ministry on Friday based on the proposed investment by a consortium of investors led by the airline’s co-founder Ajay Singh.

DBT for LPG world's largest direct benefit transfer scheme

cooking gas agency
At present, a subsidised LPG cylinder costs Rs. 417 per 14.2-kg bottle while its market price is Rs. 752, the difference being the subsidy component.
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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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