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Hindustan Times Saturday, December 27, 2014 | Last Updated 11:47 IST 

Assam violence: Army chief in state today as forces launch ops; border security tightened

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Army chief General Dalbir Singh will review the situation in Assam Saturday, as security forces launched a major offensive against a tribal militant group that massacred over 70 people in the state this week.

J-K governor writes to BJP, PDP; discussions on for new govt

N N Vohra
Letters have been sent to both the parties as the poll verdict delivered a hung House, with no side getting a majority in the 87-member assembly. The PDP emerged the largest party with 28 seats and the BJP finished second with 25. PDP's 'workable agenda' for BJP

Traveller's paradise: Top 20 destinations Indians loved in 2014

N N Vohra
2014 was a year of standard choices with few changes thrown in here and there. If Gujarat charmed travellers in the domestic circuit, there were some variations in choices for outbound travellers as well. But overall, consistency was the order of the day.

Salman Khan: The Bollywood brat who re-branded himself

Salman Khan
Salman Khan turns 49 on Saturday. Since his debut in the early 1980s, the flamboyant Bollywood star has been an all-inclusive package of entertainment, trend-setter and a mass hero who has shed his bad boy image to become a transformed humanitarian.

Many Trinamool leaders waiting to join us, claims Bengal BJP chief

Too many roles causing India skipper MS Dhoni's 'unrest'?

Maharashtra: 5 dead, 4 hurt in warehouse fire

Govt not impressed with SpiceJet revival plan

Sun TV network’s top official held for ‘harassment’

Microsoft CEO meets Modi, keen on ‘Make in India’

J'khand: Raghubar Das to take oath as 10th CM

Mulayam defends ‘songs, dance’ in Saifai festival

5 Muslim families in Agra ‘convert’ for better future

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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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10 years after the devastating Tsunami
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - 48 days to go
Bigg Boss 8
Bye bye wedding cliches. Hello 'wedding of my dreams'.
2014: Year in review
2014: Year in review

Ugly review: Anurag Kashyap's best movie is dark, simple and hard-hitting

Rahul Bhatt
Watch the movie for the its cinematic brilliance, for the simple, touching and mind-blowing message. Watch it for Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh. Skip the movie if blood and shootouts is all you want to see in an Anurag Kashyap venture.

The Interview review: There is nothing scandalous about this film

The Interview
James Franco and Seth Rogen are both in their elements in The Interview. They are enjoying what they are doing and it shows. The jokes are infantile and sometimes fail to hit their target. This is no cult film or satire, it is a dumb comedy that is strangely enjoyable.

2014: How Sonakshi Sinha and Barack Obama inspired us to stay fit this year

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Are you one of those so called lazy fitness buffs? If yes, to get you moving, we bring you this year's celebrity fitness freaks who inspired all. The best part is, you won't feel the need to look at those skinny runaway models anymore!

Viral video: Gujarat cop in uniform dances with bar girl, gets suspended

Gujarat cops
A video showing a Gujarat policeman in uniform dancing with a bar girl 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 circulated on WhatsApp.

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: It has nothing new to offer

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. An 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.

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

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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
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3rd Test: Smith propels Australia to 530, India off to steady start

Steve Smith
Skipper Steven Smith slammed his highest score of 192, as Australia were all out for 530 just before tea on day two of the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Record-breaker McCullum gifts New Zealand 'special day'

Brendon McCullum
New Zealand's big-hitting skipper Brendon McCullum was hailed on Friday for his rollicking 195 to dramatically turn the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.
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EPL: Chelsea, Manchester City win Boxing Day matches

Diego Costa Chelsea
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United showed their rivals no seasonal cheer on Friday as they consolidated their positions in the Premier League table with one-sided Boxing Day victories.

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.
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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

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.
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Budget build-up: States want sales tax power on e-commerce

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.

Jet Airways offers discounted fares in 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.
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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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