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Hindustan Times Thursday, December 25, 2014 | Last Updated 11:58 IST 

Captain Dhoni sticks to denial mantra on Kohli-Dhawan spat

Dhoni
After two days of silence, the skipper finally responded to stories about the unrest incident on Friday by sticking to a narrative of denial which has been exercised many a times in the past by the Indian cricket establishment.

Delhi acid attack: Cops detain two, suspect involvement of minor

Acid attack in Delhi
Two days after a doctor was injured in an acid attack in Rajouri Garden, the Delhi Police detained on Thursday morning two accused in connection with the case. Sources claim a minor involved in the attack knew the doctor.

Assam: Death toll mounts to 79, Rajnath to visit violence-hit areas

Assam violence

At least three more bodies were recovered in Kokrajhar district on Wednesday night, taking the death toll to 79 in Assam where Bodo militants gunned down Adivasis, including women and children, across two districts on Tuesday evening.

Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

Jordanian pilot

Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa. There were contradictory accounts as to whether his aircraft had been shot down or not.

US: Anger after latest police killing of black teen

Won't say no to BJP if they knock on my door: Omar

Varanasi turns into fortress for PM Modi’s visit

Chinese varsity bans Xmas, says it is 'kitsch'

‘India will achieve double digit growth in 3-4 years’

11 militants were involved in Peshawar attack

Govt fastracks reforms in coal, insurance sectors

Police file chargesheet against Uber cab driver

Delhi: Acid attack survivor fails to identify attackers

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Let's talk about poverty first before faith and conversions

A ragpicker
Poverty should be debated much more vociferously, even within religions, than conversion, which is a symptom of deprivation, writes Faizan Mustafa.

Assam violence: The horror never seems to end

Assam violence
A strong political will and a coherent strategy could at least minimise ethnic killings in the northeastern state of Assam.
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After violence-hit year, Pope Francis urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Xmas

Pope Francis
Pope Francis led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Wednesday calling for 'tenderness' and 'warmth' after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

Man thinks he's Matthew McConaughey after waking up from coma

2 Matthew McConaughey
A London-based barber once woke up from a coma with the firm belief that he was Matthew McConaughey. 25-year-old Rory Curtis suffered a brain hemorrhage after he crashed into a lorry and was then hit by six cars on the M42 in Tamworth, Staffordshire back in August 2012.

In pics: Massive 27-car pile-up on Yamuna Expressway, 2 killed

Yamuna Expressway accident
Two persons were killed and 40, including six British tourists, were injured in a massive pile-up of 27 vehicles triggered by dense fog, at the Yamuna Expressway Wednesday morning. The accident led to another pile-up on the opposite lane, police said.

'The Interview' made available on YouTube, Google Play

The Interview
'The Interview' is available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.

Bharat Ratna Malaviya had a long association with HT

Malaviya
If you are reading HT today, a part of the credit can justifiably go to Madan Mohan Malaviya – who was awarded the Bharat Ratna, posthumously on Wednesday. He owned the paper during its critical initial years in the 1920s, and served as its chairman from 1924 till his death in 1946

Talk like Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Some of the best speeches by the former PM


Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Vajpayee was often commended for his ability to stump his critics, especially in Parliament, with a passionate speech. Perhaps, one of his most memorable Parliament address was from 1996 during the confidence vote of his 13-day-old BJP government.

Airtel wants you to pay extra for using Skype, Viber, more

Skype
If you use services like Skype or Viber to make calls over Airtel's mobile data network, be prepared to pay extra. Yes, we know you already pay Airtel for for that data. Doesn't matter.

Bigg Boss 8: Karishma and Gautam surprise everyone, dance together

Karishma Tanna
Both Karishma and Gautam look great together, but only when they are fighting each other! Now, get ready for the biggest surprise on Wednesday's episode: The two can be seen dancing with each other... and Gautam even sings 'Tere liye hi toh signal tod taad ke' from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani for Karishma.
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Joe Burns to make debut batting 6th for Australia

Virat Kohli, Mitchell Johnson
Joe Burns will make his test debut batting No. 6 for Australia in the third test match against India beginning Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke to do commentary during Boxing Day Test

Aus 3
Australia's injured skipper Michael Clarke will join the Channel Nine commentary team for the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne, which will also mark the return of Bill Lawry behind the mike.
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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.

Real Madrid win, but Club World Cup debate is on

Sergio Busquets
Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.
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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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Govt looking to cap economy class fares at Rs. 20,000

Air India Airlines Boeing 787 dreamliner
The government is considering a proposal to regulate domestic fares so airlines cannot charge passengers more than Rs. 20,000 for a one-way economy class ticket.

Ajay Singh-led group to invest $217 mn in SpiceJet

SpiceJet
A consortium of investors led by SpiceJet co-founder Ajay Singh is likely to invest $217 million (Rs 1,378 crore) to pick a substantial stake in the embattled airline, sources told HT.
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Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with treats for friends, family and pets!

Christmas treat What is a festival without its food, more so a Christmas without its share of cakes, mulled wines and turkey roast. A host of bakeries and restaurants are hopping on Santa's sleigh with special offerings. Find out who's got to offer what.
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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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Apple

Apple planning a smaller iPhone for 2015

The current iPhone is barely three months old, but the rumors and reports about what we can expect from its replacement -- which won't be unveiled until September 2015 -- have already begun in earnest and are pointing to an iPhone 6S with a smaller screen.

PlayStation games coming to Samsung TVs

SamsungFrom 2015, owners of new Samsung Smart TVs in the US and Canada will be able to play hundreds of PS3 games via Sony's PlayStation Now service on their new television sets and all they'll need is a wireless DualShock 4 controller.

Google and Microsoft stand with Sony against hackers

HackersGoogle and Microsoft joined forces with Sony on Wednesday, using their online might to release "The Interview" film to online audiences despite threats from hackers.
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