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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 20, 2014 | Last Updated 12:06 IST 

Diplomat Devyani Khobragade stripped of her duties, placed on 'compulsory wait'

Devyani Khobragade
Taking a serious view of the statements made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the media, the ministry of external affairs has stripped her of her duties as director in the development partnership division.

Peshawar attack mastermind is Umar Mansoor, father of 3

Umar Mansoor Omar Mansoor
The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed 'Slim'. His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded this week's massacre at a school in Peshawar. Pak executes 2 militants after lifting ban on death penalty

Fifth phase: Brisk polling in J-K , Jharkhand

Jharkhand polling

Amid tight security, polling began on a brisk note on Saturday for the fifth and final round of elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand. In Jammu and Kashmir 213 candidates including deputy chief minister Tara Chand and four other ministers, are trying their luck in 20 seats.

India vs Australia Live: Aussies win by 4 wickets, despite scare by pacers

Virat Kohli, Mitchell Johnson
Australia won the second Test in Brisbane by four wickets, but not before India had them on the backfoot with pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav running through the top order.

Mother held for allegedly stabbing to death 8 kids

Obama slams Sony for cancelling The Interview

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

Govt wants higher walls, armed guards in schools

BJP no match for us politically: Mamata Banerjee

BJP washes hands off conversion controversy

India protests, Pak keeps Lakhvi in jail for 3 months

5.5% growth, no rate cuts till March: Mid-year review

8 kids dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

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Test of Pak’s seriousness about terrorism is how it treats Hafiz

 Hafiz Saeed
In some ways, deploying drones and a ground offensive against the TTP are easier than tackling the LeT, which takes advantage of proximity to the establishment and corrodes Pakistan from within.

PM Modi must take a clear stand against motor-mouth MPs

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
The word in the BJP is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is angry. We are told that at two consecutive meetings of the party’s MPs, Modi let his displeasure be known to the motor-mouth MPs, writes Barkha Dutt.
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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 in a never-seen-before avatar, another winner from Hirani

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.

Seven men took turns raping me, threatened to kill: Gurdaspur rape survivor

Gurdaspur rape survivor
'Their families put pressure on us to withdraw the case. They offered us Rs. 30 lakh for each man to take back the case. When that did not work, they approached us through the panchayat's members, asking my father-in-law to save the boys from jail,' recalls Gurdaspur rape survivor.

Modi has to go beyond 'Gujarat champion' identity: Harish Khare

Harish Khare
Harish Khare's new book, ‘How Modi Won It: Notes From the 2014 Election’, is a masterful personal account, laced with diary notes from the months leading up to elections, and insightful analysis of where the Congress slipped and Modi succeeded.

At reform home, Dec 16 gangrape convict tries his hand at painting, cooking

painting, juvenile convict
Described by the police as the most brutal among the six persons who raped a medical student on a moving bus on December 16, 2012 and left her to die, the lone ‘juvenile’ who escaped the death penalty now lives as a nervous man.

'Brain dead' child's heart transplanted in a two-year-old in record time

Surgeons
The heart of a brain dead one year and 10-month-old infant was harvested in Bengaluru and flown to Chennai on Friday by a special aircraft to be transplanted in a two year and eight-months-old child, in record time.

I have a story idea for Shah Rukh Khan: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap
He has backed several content-driven, small budget films in his career. Here, the ace director talks about working with A-listers, the new generation of actors in Bollywood, the failure of his TV show Yudh, and writing a story for a film with Shah Rukh Khan.

Winds of change sweeping through Madhya Pradesh’s Bedia community

The Bedia community is synonymous with Rai dance – frowned upon by many for its suggestive moves.
The Bedia community is synonymous with the Rai dance - frowned upon by many for its suggestive moves - performed by young girls in a group with drummers and singers. Also read: Despite change, prostitution stigma stays with this MP tribe

Clooney slams Hollywood for not backing Sony after hacks

Actor George Clooney arrives for the European premiere of Leatherheads at the Leicester Square Odeon cinema in London.
George Clooney is miffed with studio heads and Hollywood bigwigs as he tried to get them to sign a petition in support of Sony Pictures following the hack attack on its computers but no one came forward.
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India complain about nets after Dhawan injury

Shikhar Dhawan
India have complained about the uneven bounce on the practice pitches at the Gabba nets after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were injured warming up for the fourth day of the second test against Australia on Saturday.

Alastair Cook sacked, England install Eoin Morgan in his place

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.
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Atletico de Kolkata, Kerala Blasters set for supercharged ISL final

Luis Garcia Atletico de Kolkata
A high voltage clash between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters promises to provide the perfect finale to the inaugural Indian Super League in Mumbai on Saturday.

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

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

Land acquisition rules delaying investments: economic review

A plot in Industrial Area's Phase 2 turned into a dumping yard. Sant Arora/HT
The stringent land acquisition rules are probably blocking investments and key projects, the Mid-Year Economic Analysis 2014-15 tabled in Parliament indicated on Friday, suggesting changes to the existing law.

GST bill in LS; FM says it’s a win-win for Centre, states

Arun Jaitley

The government on Friday tabled in Parliament a bill to introduce a country-wide unified goods and services tax (GST), a key reform initiative that had remained stuck for years due to lack of political consensus among the Centre and states.

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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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