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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Last Updated 22:54 IST 

Prosecution surprised over Lakhvi's bail; reports say Pak govt will challenge ruling

Lakhvi
A court in Pakistan gave bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi despite evidence against him in the case which was nearing its end, prosecution said on Thursday, disclosing that they will challenge the decision.

PM Modi steps in to speed up stuck projects worth $300 billion: Report

Narendra Modi, Bam Dev Gautam
Narendra Modi, who has a pro-business image, has faced criticism in recent weeks that his ambition to spur investment and boost economy has yet to be realised, more than six months after he won the LS polls.

Nigeria on edge: Boko Haram abducts 185 including women, kids

Bokoharam

The attack, conducted Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 people. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school.

What happened at Sydney cafe: Witness' account

Sonia in hospital with respiratory problem, stable

Conversion row in RS: Jaitley flays 'arrogant' Oppn

India's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III test-fired

57 militants killed in airstrikes by Pakistan army

J'khand: Suspected Maoists open fire at cops

SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail till April 2015

Pak should hand over Hafiz, Dawood to India: Naidu

Militant killed by security forces in Kupwara

Swine flu claims three lives in Hyderabad

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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

Thakur Saryu Prasad Singh: The man who made the Sorens in Jharkhand

Thakur Saryu Prasad

When a young and impoverished Sibu Soren launched his much-touted tribal uprising against the oppressive moneylenders in the state’s Santhal Pargana division, this wealthy landlord from Bokaro stood by him through thick and thin.

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.'

'You are beyond evil': Anupam Kher to militants behind Peshawar attack

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

Acting blind to beg on Delhi streets earned him 5 seconds of fame in Aamir's PK

Manoj Roy
Manoj Roy, 39, is from Bedeti in north-central Assam’s Sonitpur district. Son of a daily wager who lost his mother soon after birth, he dropped out of school to beg after his daily-wager father fell too sick to work.

Aamir Khan's PK: 5 things to watch out for

Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, PK
The huge promotional drive for Aamir's PK has generated a lot of interest among the viewers and they would be expecting a lot from the film. Here is a list of five such things.

Gurgaon: Man arrested for hoax bomb threat calls, says wanted to have fun

Delhi Metro passengers
A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday for making bomb threat calls for two consecutive days to police control rooms in Gurgaon and Delhi, police said. The man told police he wanted to have some fun.

Sony hacking: US suspects North Korea's role, considers options

James Franco and Seth Rogen
The US believes North Korea is behind the hacking at Sony and the threat of 9/11-type attacks that forced the company to cancel the release of a movie lampooning Kim Jong-un. The case is being investigated by the FBI.

Church of England's first female bishop is a Manchester United supporter

Libby Lane,
The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The church gave its final approval to the appointment of female bishops last month, bringing to an end a tortuous process that set liberal and conservative believers at odds.
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Conflict of interest? Gavaskar, Srikanth, Shastri 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

Coal India workers threaten 5-day strike, stokes output worries

coal
The labour unions of state-run Coal India Ltd have threatened to go on a five-day strike beginning January 6 to protest government plans to sell off a stake and end the company's monopoly in mining and distribution.

SpiceJet resumes operation, pays cash to buy jet fuel

SpiceJet
Troubled airline SpiceJet resumed operations on Wednesday after being forced to cancel over 150 flights with oil marketing companies refusing to refuel its planes forcing the budget carrier to pay Rs 3 crore last evening to buy jet fuel.
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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 launches Classic in last-ditch effort

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

Xiaomi's Redmi 1S will launch in India on December 23

Xiaomi Redmi NoteThe Delhi High Court has finally allowed the Chinese smartphone maker to sell its phones in India after banning them last week for infringing on Ericsson's patents.

Huawei to launch 4G handsets below Rs. 10,000

HuaweiTo cash in on the next generation high-speed mobile data services, Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei said it has plans to launch 4G smartphones for less than Rs. 10,000 within six months.
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