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Hindustan Times Friday, December 26, 2014 | Last Updated 23:27 IST 

Don't bulldoze regional parties in J-K: Congress to BJP

Ghulam Nabi Azad
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday asked BJP not to indulge in 'arm-twisting' tactics and be 'insensitive' while 'bulldozing' its way on govt formation in J-K. Suspense over govt formation; BJP in bargaining position

J'khand: BJP ends trend of selecting tribal CMs with Raghubar Das

Jharkhand Raghubar Das
Ever since the BJP-AJSU alliance got the convincing majority of 42 seats and the BJP’s tallest tribal leader Arjun Munda lost the elections, Das’ name was on top of the list of chief minister candidates.

Then and Now: Tales of tsunami devastation and rebuilding in 15 pics

T Shankar, Reverse sterilisation, Nagapattinam, Asian Tsunami
Photos shot days after tsunami struck the country captured the scale of the damage. Ten years later, HT's national photo editor Gurinder Osan revisits the places he had clicked on his 2004 tsunami assignment in Tamil Nadu. See the pictures from then and now. Full coverage

Jet Airways offers discounted fares in week-long flash sale

Jet Airways
Jet Airways, India’s second largest airline by the number of travellers flown, on Friday launched a flash sale of tickets for travel next year, the second such sale in less than a week.

'Facilitator' of Taliban school attack killed in Pakistan

Airtel stands by decision to charge extra for VoIP

RBI can't flip-flop on interest rate: Rajan

All states in favour of early GST roll-out: Arun Jaitley

Delhi fog: 8 trains cancelled, 79 behind schedule

The Interview review: Why this Kolaveri Di, N Korea?

Assam: Forces launch ops against Bodo militants

14 killed, 750,000 affected in Lanka floods

Centre carries out another bureaucratic reshuffle

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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

Youth Congress protest conversions
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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Ugly review: It's dark and dystopian

Ronit Roy, Ugly
If fairy tales exist, so must nightmares. But Bollywood so often escapes into the former - happy, carefree romances, or unreal stories of achievement - that Ugly comes as a shock.

5 really 'different' films that made Bollywood proud in 2014

Kangana, Revolver Rani
Being different is a taboo in the Hindi film industry. But, every year new filmmakers come to the forefront with pathbreaking concepts. Here is a list of five such films which made Bollywood proud in 2014.

Night at the Museum 3 review: Watch it for Robin Williams

Williams played the wax model of Theodore Roosevelt in the Night At The Museum; With Ben Stiller.
Despite a promising cast, this third and final film of the franchise lacks energy and inspiration. This is not to say that it does not have its moments, but they are few and intermittent. One extra star to the film though for having one of the very last performances of Robin Williams.

2014: 5 remarkable turning points for Bollywood this year

Deepika Padukone
It takes a lot for Bollywood to veer away from tried and tested formulas. This year was no different, except a few aberrations that sort of smacked of the changing mindsets within the industry. We prefer to call it turning points. Here are five of them.

Now, you can book your entry ticket to the Taj Mahal online

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The e-ticketing facility, a collaboration between ASI and ICRTC, for the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb was launched by minister of state for culture and tourism Mahesh Sharma in Delhi on Friday.

Viral video: Gujarat cop caught on camera dancing with woman

Gujarat cops
A video purportedly showing a Gujarat policeman dancing with a woman 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 reportedly circulated on WhatsApp.

Bigg Boss 8: Salman Khan gets a day off on his birthday

Salman Khan
Salman Khan will not host Saturday’s (December 27) episode as Bigg Boss has decided to give him a day off. However, contrary to reports that Kapil Sharma will host the episode instead, the TV star will simply visit the house and not host the show.

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.
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India vs Aus: Hosts 259-5 at stumps on Day 1 of third Test

Steve Smith

Steven Smith once again proved the difference for Australia as the new captain scored an assured half century to steer his team through a mixed day with the bat on the opening day of the third test against India.

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.
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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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Budget: States want sales tax power on e-commerce, more resources, infrastructure

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.

Revival plan: SpiceJet eyes Rs. 1,200 crequity 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 next year.
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Weekend fix for the soul: Laugh out loud

laugh When it comes to relieving stress, giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor orders. There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and fight disease. It is also scientifically proved that we are thirty times more likely to laugh at something when we are with people.
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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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