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Documentary on Dec 16 rapist triggers controversy, Delhi Police crack whip

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s documentary featuring interviews of the men convicted of the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman was at the centre of a controversy on Tuesday as Delhi Police said they would go to court to stop the airing of the film.

Foreign secy Jaishankar resumes dialogue with Pak, eyes 'common ground'

India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to work together on narrowing their differences and finding common ground on mutual concerns, the first tentative step towards resuming dialogue after a six-month freeze in ties following the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks last year.

Trouble-torn AAP may be headed for peace, but rift seems far from healed

A raging row within the Aam Aadmi Party appeared to have blown over as a rebel faction against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal struck a conciliatory note on Tuesday, but sources said differences were likely to simmer under the surface.

Wagging finger, barrage of expletives: HT journo describes abuse by Kohli

Kohli then called  Sumit Ghosh, reporter of Bangla daily Ebela reporter, and had a short conversation with him. The next moment Sumit, an old friend of mine, walked toward me and said, “Sidhu, he has apologised to you for his behaviour. He mistook you for a reporter from another English daily... It was mistaken identity.”

‘Jihadi John’ once claimed 9/11 was wrong, says audio tape from 2009

An , has surfaced in which ‘Jihadi John’ – unmasked as Mohammad Emwazi – claims that he was not an extremist and terms the September 2001 twin tower attacks in New York as ‘wrong’.

PM Modi breaks silence, disapproves of J-K CM Sayeed's comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday disapproved of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's statement that Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants created a conducive atmosphere for elections in the state.

This story must be told, says filmmaker who interviewed Dec 16 rapist

For a person who made a documentary film on the December 2012 gang-rape in Delhi and subsequent nationwide protests as a "gift to India", it comes as a bit of a shock for Leslee Udwin to be accused of giving a platform to the convicted rapists.

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.

Virat Kohli swears by girlfriend Anushka, abuses HT journalist after training session in Perth

Top batsman Virat Kohli suddenly lost his cool after the Indian cricket team’s training session in Perth on Tuesday and abused journalist Jasvinder Sidhu, who is covering the World Cup for Hindustan Times.

Shanti Bhushan's U-turn: 'Prashant, Yogendra must support Kejriwal'

Aam Aadmi Party founding member Shanti Bhushan called for truce in the party on Tuesday, hours after his son and party leader Prashant Bhushan virtually accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of running a personality cult.

India reiterates concerns on terrorism: Jaishankar after talks in Pak

Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar reiterated India's concern over cross-border terrorism and the Mumbai attacks trial as he met his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary during his visit to Islamabad on Tuesday.

Delhi CM Kejriwal to go on 10-day leave amid AAP's rift

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to take 10 days off from work for naturopathy treatment starting March 5, sources in the Aam Aadmi Party said on Tuesday. Kejriwal would leave for Bangalore a day after the party's national executive meeting on Wednesday, the sources added.

Congress too used Vajpayee's policies, says Modi

Accused of copying the UPA government's polices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday listed the initiatives of the Vajpayee government that the Congress pursued from 2004.

Shiv Sena slams Asaduddin Owaisi's demand for Muslim quota

Shiv Sena has hit out at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi's demand for reservation for muslims in Maharashtra and said that he should try to get his demand met in Pakistan.

BJP-led govt trying to 'radically alter' 2013 land bill: Arun Jaitley

Amid protests over land acquisition bill, finance minister Arun Jaitley has said that the BJP-led government is trying to "radically alter" the 2013 land bill to ensure developmental activities especially in rural areas.

A year on since Flight MH370 vanished, what's the latest in the hunt?

Nearly a year has passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern times.

Team Kejriwal vs Camp Dissent: Battle's on after Bhushan's criticism

It has been a while since undercurrents of dissent started swirling within the Aam Aadmi Party. The murmurs became louder and stronger with a letter written by Admiral L Ramdas, the AAP's internal lokpal, pointing out the growing resentment within the party's ranks and the need to analyse Arvind Kejriwal's position as the national convener.

Arvind Kejriwal says 'deeply hurt and pained' by AAP crisis

Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan said on Tuesday he felt the AAP should be absolutely firm on its ethical principles but Delhi chief minister and party convener Arvind Kejriwal once told him they needed to make certain compromises in politics.

President nod to blanket ban on cow slaughter in Maharashtra

The slaughter of cows, bulls, bullocks and calves, is now completely banned in Maharashtra under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (amendment) Act (MAPA), 1995, which received President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod on Monday.

Who killed Russia's Boris Nemtsov? Mystery may never be solved

Nemtsov had been one of few Russian liberals brave enough to denounce Putin’s extensive undercover military support for the separatist rebels in Ukraine. He described the way Putin had annexed Crimea, using masked special forces, as “illegal”, though he recognised a majority of Crimeans wanted to join Russia.

Large scale deforestation can cause 18% decline in India's rainfall

Large scale deforestation in the high latitudes – the boreal regions – could affect rainfall in the monsoonal regions of tropics, new research by the Indian Institute of Science published on Tuesday shows.

US: Sikh boy racially abused in school bus, video goes viral

A young Sikh boy in the US state of Georgia has been called a "terrorist" by a group of school children, with the video of the abuse now going viral on the Internet.

Jaishankar arrives in Islamabad, Pak hopes visit will kickstart dialogue

Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who started his 'Saarc yatra' on Sunday with Bhutan and visited Bangladesh the day after, will be in Pakistan on Tuesday to hold talks with his counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and later call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

RSS is a 'club of bachelors', says MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi

Stoking a controversy, senior MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday termed the RSS as a "club of bachelors" and said that those who advocate producing more children have no right to say so as they themselves are not married.

I will continue to work for AAP, says Yogendra Yadav

Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav, who is in the middle of a rift within the AAP, has said he will be a part of the party as long as it continues to work for the people and nurture their hopes.

BJP slams PDP's demand for return of Afzal Guru's remains, says terror has no religion

BJP has condemned the demand made by a group of PDP MLAs that the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru be returned, asking its ally to shun "this type of politics".

It’s a crisis of success, but AAP will resolve it: Anand Kumar

AAP’s national executive member Anand Kumar tells Hindustan Times that talks are underway to find a conciliatory path between Delhi chief minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal, and the Bhushan-Yadav duo.

Sonia Gandhi brushes aside questions about Priyanka, Rahul

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has refused to comment on speculations about a larger role for Priyanka Gandhi and appeared annoyed over questions on Rahul Gandhi's whereabouts.

Dec 16 rapist blames victim, says a girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy

One of the men convicted of the brutal 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi has triggered outrage by claiming the victim was to blame for her fatal sexual assault.

AAP leaders Yadav, Bhushan may be asked to step down from key panel

In the midst of allegations, counter-allegations and leaked letters, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to hold a meeting of its national executive on Wednesday to discuss the roles of senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan in the party.

Selling girls a business in Jharkhand, everybody has a share in the 'trade'

Revelations by some rescued girls have blown the lid off the flourishing human trafficking racket in Jharkhand’s tribal hinterlands, a hotbed of modern day slavery where family members, neighbours, local politicians and even NGOs are involved in well-organised rings.

MLAs of PDP party demand Afzal Guru’s remains; Omar terms move attempt to buy vote

The PDP demanded the return of executed terrorist Afzal Guru’s mortal remains on Monday, a day after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gave a rocky start to the party’s coalition with the BJP by crediting separatist leaders, militants and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of assembly elections.

Dalmiya, who turned India into cricket's financial powerhouse, returns as BCCI president

Jagmohan Dalmiya, who turned India into cricket's financial powerhouse before being unceremoniously dumped by his peers, returned as the BCCI president on Monday in place of scandal-hit N Srinivasan.

Samsung, LG and HTC challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

Furore in Parliament over Mufti's statement on J-K polls, BJP dissociates itself from Pak remark

The aftershocks of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s comments crediting Pakistan for peaceful polls in his state rocked Parliament on Monday, with an   in the Lok Sabha and a cornering of the ruling party in the Rajya Sabha.

Rainy Monday in Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar highway closed due to heavy snowfall, landslides

People in Delhi woke up to a rainy morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 14.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast more rain and an overcast day ahead.

'Jihadi John' Mohammed Emwazi won't have the same impact unmasked

For one thing, with his identity known, and the global distribution of pictures of him looking slightly goofy in an ill-fitting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, Emwazi may become less sinister to viewers, less able to send chills up the spines of people who abhor Islamic State's claim to be killing civilians in the name of Islam.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed 'stands by' his statement on Jammu and Kashmir polls

Soon after taking oath on Sunday, Sayeed had said credit must be given to people from across the border, an oblique reference to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militant outfits, for "allowing conducive atmosphere" for assembly polls.

26-year-old girl alleges rape by friend in Noida mall

The victim, a resident of Badarpur area of Delhi, had approached Saket police station and filed a Zero FIR against his friend identified as Yogesh Kumar.

AAP's internal lokpal claims 2 camps; Bhushan adds to rift buzz, Ashutosh calls 'churning' clash of ideas

A storm was headed for the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday with senior leader Prashant Bhushan accusing the party of running a "one person-centric" campaign that revolved around Arvind Kejriwal during the Delhi elections and was contrary to the party's principles.

Hindus must boycott films of Khans: BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi

Hindus should boycott the Khan triumvirate of Bollywood as they promote love jihad, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should marry an Indian girl and settle down.

Unease in Kashmir, hope in Jammu as PDP-BJP join hands to form govt

As the PDP-BJP combine finally joined hands to run the state together, Kashmir and Jammu remained vertically split in their reactions to the coalition government.

Yogendra Yadav speaks on AAP crisis, says reports on rift laughable

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Monday slammed the "fabricated" and "bizarre" reports about the crisis in the party involving him and colleague Prashant Bhushan.

Modi govt restrains NIA’s hands in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case

In what could be an indication of the Centre’s changing approach towards probes into instances of so-called “Hindu terror”, the NDA government asked the NIA not to challenge the Andhra high court giving bail to two accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, sources told HT.

Rift deepens between Naidu, Modi over Budget allocation

Three financial documents – finance commission report, railway and general budgets – presented in the past week have exposed a political rift developing between the allies Narendra Modi and Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Government will offer last chance on black money stashed abroad

Indians holding black money abroad will be given a chance to disclose overseas bank accounts or wealth and avoid a jail term, minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha has said.

Mumbai attacks mastermind Lakhvi living in luxury in Pak jail

Six years after he was accused of financing and executing the Mumbai attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is living in luxury in a jail in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi, with access to mobile phones and the internet and receiving scores of visitors every day.

Union Budget 2015 shuns big-bang reforms: Experts

The government's budget was praised on Sunday as balancing the need to boost business and help the poor, but some experts were disappointed at a lack of big-bang reforms to Asia's third largest economy.
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