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HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

India

BJP’s CM aspirations key to J-K pact talks

Political parties remained cagey Wednesday on their plans to reach out to each other to cobble together a government in Jammu and Kashmir, where results declared a day earlier threw up a fractured mandate.

Yet another DD blooper: Modi pic, Santa caption; employee removed

In an instance that came to be seen as symbolising the carelessness which often marks Doordarshan’s functioning, a picture with an unrelated caption posted by its Twitter account sparked derision through the day in the digital world.

Varanasi turns into fortress for PM Modi’s visit

Central security agencies and the state government are going all out to ensure fool-proof security to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Varanasi visit in view of threat perceptions to the PM. 

Wrong candidates, rebels stopped BJP from increasing tally in J-K

The BJP failed in its attempt to become the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir mainly because of its loss in the Ladakh region, where it couldn’t win a single seat. The BJP could have also added five more seats from the Jammu region.

Assam toll touches 70; IB and cops ignored inputs, failed to stop killings

Both the Intelligence Bureau and the Assam police had specific inputs about Tuesday’s killings of Adivasis in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts by Bodo militants, sources said.

Assam violence: NDFB(S) is unpredictable, say officials

According to Assam police chief Khagen Sarma, Tuesday’s attacks on mostly Christian adivasis could have been in retaliation to an offensive against the outfit that ‘neutralised’ several top guns.

RBI's move to cap free ATM transactions questioned

The Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned the Reserve Bank of India’s decision to put a cap on free monthly withdrawals at banks’ own ATMs to five transactions and three for other banks’ ATMs.

Modi outlines ‘good governance day’ plan

The government is gearing up to observe Good Governance Day in a big way. PM Modi has set December 25 as the deadline for all central ministers to bring out e-books showcasing the achievement of their respective ministries.

Rahul to meet party workers to finalise Cong’s new strategy

An All India Congress Committee session is likely to be held before March to ratify a comprehensive report that would be prepared after detailed deliberations between leaders and workers across the country.

Bharat Ratna Malaviya had a long association with HT

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

Atal’s younger sis feels award came late, relives time they spent together

A house in Pratap Nagar locality of Agra had reasons to celebrate on Wednesday. It is home to Kamla Dixit, the younger sister of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Former Waqf chairman gets 7-yr jail in rape case

Former chairman of Kota Waqf Board Hashru Pathan has been sentenced to seven-year imprisonment in a rape case of 2011.

‘My grandfather’s contribution to India is immense’

The NDA government’s decision to confer the Bharat Ratna on him hasn’t really come as a surprise. There were talks that he would be given the award posthumously, it had been on the cards.

Omar Abdullah resigns as J-K chief minister

Omar Abdullah called on J-K governor NN Vohra and submitted his resignation as chief minister on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said. Vohra accepted the resignation, but asked him to continue till alternative arrangements were made.

J-K: No headway in govt formation

Hectic decision-making to form alliances, which was expected as voters threw up a hung assembly, was missing on Wednesday as a large section of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has insisted on leading any coalition government with either the single largest party PDP or even the NC.
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