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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

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

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.

SpiceJet's turbulence is far from over

The airline industry, the world over, is prone to spectacular booms and busts. That India is no exception is borne out by what has been happening to SpiceJet, a once-promising budget carrier that is now struggling to take off.
Despite constitutional protection, positive discrimination policies and earmarked budgets, India’s 104 million tribal people remain among the poorest and most nutritionally deprived social groups.
Hindus seem to be celebrating Christmas this year with a zest that's quite remarkable even for this party-loving faith.
Despite its great potential to be an engine of economic growth, the river has become a symbol of many of India's modern problems, writes Onno Ruhl for HT@90 series
Urban planning needs to redesign systems for providing services and then redesign the utility to supply most efficiently and to all, writes Sunita Narain for HT@90 series.
Self-flagellation isn't practised by Shia Muslims to atone their sins. It is a symbolic practice, which recently drew attention, to signify that Shias would not have hesitated to lay their lives down for Imam Hussain.
It's the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things. Citizens, companies and governments around the world are embracing it and turning to digitisation for more efficiency, writes Dinesh Malkani for our series HT@90.
The winters have been late this year but many have already died in north India. According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, 3,500 homeless people died in the city due to cold last winter.
India must be mindful of Pakistani machinations and demonstrate that it can decisively secure its interests in Afghanistan -- considered the ‘gateway to Central and South Asia’, writes Amitabh Mathur.
The disappointing negotiations and the inadequate agreement signed at the annual UN climate change conference COP 20 in Lima, Peru, have once again delayed the urgent action on mitigating climate change and enhanced the uncertainty of outcomes.
Hollywood, the glamorous film industry of the world’s biggest votary of free speech, the US, has withheld the release of 'The Interview' after threats linked to North Korean hackers upset over the comedy built around the assassination of its leader, Kim Jong-un.
Hindu extremism is benign — unlike Islamic extremism — because it does not have a reason to be more potent than it already is, writes Manu Joseph.
From terror attacks in a Peshawar school that left 148 dead to the 17-hour armed siege in Sydney, news channels often have more graphic images of violence in one news bulletin than video games and films with adult ratings. And here's what this does to children.
In the last couple of weeks a few members of Parliament, all from the ruling side, showed off their prowess at scoring own goals, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.

In the confusion about the government declaring December 25 as Good Governance Day, some schoolkids have already allegedly submitted write-ups about the event. Here they are:

Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
Demotivated, unfit, under-equipped: such are the words that come to mind when thinking of our guardians of the law. The media dwells on economic reforms, but surely police reform matters more.
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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