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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Last Updated 11:38 IST 

Isro test-fires India's heaviest rocket GSLV Mark III

GSLV Mark 3
GSLV Mk-III is conceived and designed to make India fully self reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weigh 4500 to 5000 kg.

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pak reels from Taliban massacre

Peshawar
The dark day of December 16, when Taliban slaughtered more than 130 pupils, methodically gunning down children, ended the childhood innocence of the traumatised survivors.

My rapist is now an advocate: Victim narrates the tale of horror

Dehradun rape victim
'It’s been four years since I was raped by a student leader, but he still roams free. The rape was one incident, but the events that followed crushed me day after day.'

PM won't make statement in Parliament on communal violence

Narendra Modi
Despite the Opposition’s insistence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be present in the Rajya Sabha for a discussion on communal violence in the country, the BJP has clearly ruled out any statement from the PM regarding the issue.

Militant killed by security forces in Kupwara

Two die of swine flu in Hyderabad

LeT may target Agra-Delhi highway: New intel

US, Cuba seek to ‘normalise' ties, swap prisoners

Railways may drop concessional travel passes

MP: Booked for rape, ashram leader on the run

Manipur: Brothers die in underwater competition

Don’t appoint CVC, VC without permission, says SC

JMB planned to kill Bodo leaders, blast Assam: NIA

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Peshawar killings: Time cannot heal all wounds

Peshawar
The attack has demonstrated that the Taliban nexus remains equipped with a fighting force to strike at vulnerable targets, especially institutions associated with the military, writes Razeshta Sethna.

From Hughes to #illridewithyou: Aussies show the way

Sydney, Lindt cafe
Australia recently moved the world with the way it treasured Phillip Hughes. This week it impressed again by the exemplary response of its people, parts of government and media to a terror-like situation.
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Multimedia

In pics: Taliban militants massacre children in Pakistan school
Bigg Boss 8
Assembly elections 2014
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
Wake Up India
Clean My Mumbai

Live - India vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 2: Australia lose 3 wickets before tea

 David Warner ,Umesh Yadav
Australia stumbled into the tea break on 121 for three on the second day of the second Test in Brisbane on Thursday after paceman Josh Hazlewood had taken five for 68 on debut to help dismiss India for 408.

'Delhi should've been Indraprastha or Hastinapur': Naidu's remark draws ire

Pic 2
Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s suggestion that Delhi should have been called either Indraprastha or Hastinapur has not gone down too well with Delhiites, though he later clarified that he was not 'proposing anything'.

You are beyond evil: Anupam Kher to terrorists involved in Peshawar attack

Anupam Kher
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi and actor Anupam Kher pen tributes for the victims of the recent massacre in Peshawar. In an open letter to terrorists, veteran actor Anupam Kher writes: Words cannot adequately despise the monstrosity which you have committed.

Christmas release of The Interview cancelled amidst terror threats

The Interview
Bowing down to the threats of terrorist attacks from hackers, Sony Pictures Entertainment cancelled the Christmas release of the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview. Sony announced that there is no further release plan, ruining any hope of a delayed theatrical or a video-on-demand release.

'Samjho kuch ghalat hai': Prasoon Joshi's lyrical tribute to Peshawar victims

Peshawar, Pakistan
Noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi has penned a poem exclusively for HT to pay homage to the Peshawar victims who died in an attack by Taliban gunmen on an army-run school on Tuesday. He has also done a rendition of the poem in his voice. Video inside

Despite change, prostitution stigma stays with this Madhya Pradesh tribe

Mukesh and his wife Divya who are being hounded by some of their own Banchra community members
Efforts of the younger generation of Madhya Pradesh's Banchra community have not yielded much of a result. The elders still want to sit idle and make their girls work as prostitutes in the name of tradition.

We’ve deferred Dec 25 ‘ghar-wapsi’, haven’t cancelled it: RSS affiliate chief

Rajeshwar Singh Solanki
Rajeshwar Singh Solanki, chief of the Dharma Jagran Samiti, the group behind mass conversions in Uttar Pradesh that sparked outrage, tells HT that the December 25 conversion event has only been deferred and the group will continue to oppose churches.

Inside Peshawar school: Eerie silence and the stamp of Taliban brutality

Devastation inside Peshawar school
An eerie silence hung over the blood-spattered corridors and classrooms of the Army Public School on Wednesday -- the silence of 132 dead children, their lives cut short by Taliban gunmen. Video inside

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Conflict of interest? Gavaskar, Srikanth, Shastri, Ganguly under SC lens

BCCI, gavaskar, ravi shashtri, kris srikanth
The BCCI submitted on Wednesday a list of individuals with both commercial interests in IPL and ties to the cricket board to the Supreme Court, which is looking into the issue of conflict of interest.

Pak cricketers shattered after terror attack: Younis Khan

Younis Khan
Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Younis Khan feels playing the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand would be very difficult as the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar had left the players shattered.
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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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cities

Sensex regains 27K-mark; Nifty over 8,100-level in early trade

Bombay Stock Exchange
Snapping their five-day losing trend, Sensex soared over 395 points to regain the 27,000-mark and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 8,100-level in early trade on Thursday, following rebound in bluechips, boosted by a global markets rally.

Rupee up 40 paise against dollar in early trade

Indian Rupee
After three sessions of weakness, the rupee strengthened by 40 paise to 63.21 against the dollar in early trade on Thursday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on increased selling of the US currency by exporters and banks amidst higher opening in the domestic equity market.
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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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BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry returns to its roots with the Classic

After brief teasing this fall, BlackBerry has officially launched the Classic, a new smartphone that fits between the Q5 and the Passport in the brand's latest range. Featuring a 3.5-inch screen and an optimized keypad, the model is available now for $449 in the US or €429 in Europe.

Make any pair of glasses smarter with Sony's latest gadget

SonySony has developed a little clip-on module with an integrated display, processor, Bluetooth and wi-fi that can be clipped onto everything from reading and sunglasses to skiing goggles.

Samsung developing ApplePay competitor: report

SamsungThe world's biggest smartphone maker is in talks with LoopPay, a mobile wallet and payments startup, about a tie-up that could turn Samsung smartphones into virtual credit cards accepted at a larger number of stores than any other existing service, ApplePay included.
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