HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014


New Year bonanza: Car makers offer up to Rs. 1.5 lakh discounts

With the year-end approaching and sales growth still bumpy, most auto makers are offering attractive discounts and offers on new car purchases - from hatchbacks to luxury. On offer are free insurance, extended warranties and exchange and loyalty bonuses.

Burden of history sits heavy on Madhya Pradesh’s gun-making community

For generations, the people of Sikligar community have been making guns, a craft they first picked up to arm the military wing of Guru Govind Singh in the 17th century. After Independence, arms-making was declared illegal and so was their profession.

Bill Cosby breaks silence, praises wife for support amid rape accusations

Bill Cosby, 77, has stayed silent even after more than two dozen women have come forward to accuse him of having drugged and sexually assaulting them. The alleged incidents go as far back as the 1960s.

Kissing doesn't lead to pregnancy, I am not pregnant: Diandra Soares

Model Diandra Soares, the latest contestant to be evicted from Bigg Boss 8, has rubbished pregnancy rumours and said she was not pregnant. She was seen getting intimate with her co-contestant and actor Gautam Gulati on the show.

An American whom Afghans regard as 'grandmother of the nation'

Nancy Hatch Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of an ancient land scarred by modern wars.

WhatsApp could be heading to your desktop soon

The Facebook-owned company hasn't announced anything officially yet, but the cat was let out of the bag by Pavel Durov, the head of Telegram, a WhatsApp clone that has over 50 million monthly active users.

Target northeast: How RSS plans to make region saffron

With the ongoing debate on conversions, the work of the RSS and its affiliates in the northeast raises questions about their attempts to bring tribal animists into the Hindu fold.

Tech giant Google studies the use of colour in business

Google is one of the major US corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.

Shocking picture at Sydney cafe siege site: People take selfies

As a gunman takes people hostage in a café in Sydney, some people decide to take selfies just 100m away. And after these pictures made their way to Twitter and Instagram, hundreds expressed shock and anger.

Viswanathan Anand beats Michael Adams to win London Chess Classic

Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round. The victory confirms Anand's presence in elite chess for some time.

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World; special award for Aishwarya

Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London on Sunday. The event also featured a special award for 1994's Miss World, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.

New aircraft may fly anywhere in the world in 4 hours

A British firm is developing an aircraft that would take passengers anywhere in the world in just four hours while flying at five times the speed of sound. The aircraft, which comes with a $1.1 billion price tag, will be called the Skylon.

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu and also known as Qoysiletu, was found guilty and put to death in Inner Mongolia in 1996, but doubt was cast on the verdict when another man confessed to the crime in 2005.

2 Indian hostages, both Infosys employees, safe

Two Indians, who were among those taken hostage at the Sydney cafe, were safe at the end of the 16-hour siege, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Monday night.

Christmas cutie: Prince George photos released; he looks charming, cheerful

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released the images of the third in line to the throne ahead of Christmas. With a sly grin and robust rosy cheeks, Prince George looks cheerful and self-assured -- for a toddler.

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