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Hindustan Times Sunday, December 21, 2014 | Last Updated 17:33 IST 

Gujarat conversions spark anger, Cong says VHP-RSS flexing their muscles

Youth Congress protest conversions
Congress and other opposition parties slam the VHP for coverting over 200 tribal Christians to Hinduism by holding rituals at Aranai village in Valsad district in Gujarat.

Rajasthan BJP MLA does U-turn, denies threatening voters

BJP MLA Bhawani Singh
After he was caught on camera threatening voters with consequences if they do not vote for BJP, party MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat on Sunday said he was only asking them to choose BJP over Congress as the latter had 'done nothing for them'.

'Numbers don't lie': Aus media make fun of Dhoni's away defeats

Dhoni

MS Dhoni's tourists fell 2-0 behind in the four-match series with a four-wicket loss to Australia in the second Gabba Test on Saturday, with the home side one win away from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic

A Facebook user
Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from Internet users on Sunday.

Man guns down 2 New York cops, kills self

TN: DMK leader Napolean joins BJP at Shah rally

UN official, BARC scientist new members of NDMA

Sony hacking has all elements of a thriller

I'm terrified at the sight of khaki: TN rape victim

Three killed, four injured in Manipur explosion

UK ex-envoy to India John Freeman is dead

Pakistan cries foul over Kabaddi World Cup defeat

Nasa plans airships, city for manned Venus mission

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Losing game? The BJP's own goals may not amuse the referee

niranjan jyoti
In the last couple of weeks a few members of Parliament, all from the ruling side, showed off their prowess at scoring own goals, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

Secularism in crisis, it is now time for Modi to speak out

Modi
Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
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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

PK review: Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani's attempt to create a better world

Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt
PK has characteristics that’ll remind you of the penetrating power of Gandhian philosophy. He is not a naïve guy, but he believes in others’ virtues. He gets bitten, cries and then goes back to the work he has been doing, like most of us.

Shawl we have a dress code? This and other puns from Big B and PM's same pinch

Amitabh Bachchan
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan met in Delhi. And it was what the two wore that aroused amusement in the Twitter universe. Watch out for all the pun-ny comments!

The Big Story
If not now, then when: It is time to review our moral reservations against euthanasia

suicide
With the government's decision to scrap Section 309 of the IPC and decriminalise attempt to suicide, perhaps it is time to review our ethical reservations against mercy killings, even though, legal experts fear misuse.

Bigg Boss 8: Praneet Bhatt is the latest contestant to take the kick

Praneet Bhatt
Praneet Bhatt is the latest contestant to be evicted from reality show Bigg Boss 8. He is best known for essaying the role of Shakuni Mama in Star Plus' Mahabharat and is now the tenth participant to be ousted from the house.

When terror comes home via television and risks damaging your child

young minds
From terror attacks in a Peshawar school that left 148 dead to the 17-hour armed siege in Sydney, news channels often have more graphic images of violence in one news bulletin than video games and films with adult ratings. And here's what this does to children.

Manipur: The place where polo was born?

Manipur International Polo
Britishers may have introduced polo to the world, but Manipur claims they taught them the game. The sport died out during the communist era, but is now catching up again. A look at the space it gets in the state's cultural calendar.

In India, things take time but they get done, says German ambassador Michel Steiner

Michel Steiner
His style of diplomacy has got him into the headlines. Remember the 2013 Zubin Mehta concert in Kashmir organised by his embassy? Here, Steiner talks of his decision to invite Narendra Modi for lunch, Sanskrit replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalayas, and more.

Tipu’s Tiger: UK sculptor’s royal mischief becomes a big hit

Tipu's Tiger
An automated sculpture of a tiger and Queen Victoria based on Tipu Sultan’s iconic ‘Tipu’s Tiger’ automaton that was brought to England after his defeat at Seringapatnam in 1799 has become a hit after a major trust rejected it for its anti-royal family overtones.
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Ishant fined 50% of match fee for 'using foul language'

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Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been fined 50% of his match fees for breaching ICC's 'Code of Conduct' during the second Test match between India and Australia, while Steve Smith was fined 60% for his team's slow over-rate.

Dhoni complains against umpiring after 2nd defeat

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
India and controversy are never far when it comes to Australia tours. It was ‘Monkeygate’ in 2007-8 while skipper MS Dhoni blamed seniors’ slow fielding three years back as India slumped to a 0-4 defeat.
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Atletico de Kolkata trump Kerala Blasters 1-0 to become ISL champions

ISL

Atletico de Kolkata defeated Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the final to lift the ISL football trophy. A last gasp goal from forward Mohammed Rafique helped the Sourav Ganguly part-owned franchise clinch the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Fifa will not reopen 2018, 2022 World Cup ballots

Sepp Blatter
Defiantly declaring that Fifa is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said on Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked.
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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.

Yearender: Prizes shared but Djokovic and Serena still rule

Djokovic kisses trophy
Grand slam titles were shared around like slices of pizza in 2014 but for all the welcome variety Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ended the year still setting the standard.
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cities

‘Govt to push insurance bill, won’t buckle under pressure’

Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government was determined to push the much awaited insurance bill seeking to increase the FDI limit to 49% from the current 26% and would not allow political obstructionism to derail the reform process.

Year-end high: Flipkart announces $700 million funding

Flipkart

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, on Saturday announced a US $700 million (Rs 4434 crore) investment even as 2014, the year that has seen huge fund flow into India’s rising consumer internet industry, is about to end.

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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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Bebo

Bebo is back as a messaging app

Sixteen months after the social network, which was once bigger than MySpace, was shuttered, its original creators have brought it back to life as a social messaging app with a hashtag twist.

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

Apple co-founder Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies.

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android: sources

Google car, driverless car, self-drive carGoogle Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.
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