Sarita Devi reacts: Happy that I can participate in Olympics, thank Sachin Tendulkar for support
Boxer Sarita Devi thanked the Sports Minister, Boxing India, SAI, Sachin Tendulkar and the entire nation for supporting her. Even as the International Boxing Federation AIBA has imposed one year ban on Sarita as she refused to accept her bronze medal in the Asian Games which took place in Incheon this year, the boxer expressed happiness that she would get a chance to participate in the Olympics.
Sarita will be eligible to return to action by November 2015, in time for the women's Olympic qualifiers for the Rio Games in 2016. The world boxing body also handed down two-year bans, ending Oct 1, 2016 to the 29-year-old boxer's husband Thoiba Singh.
Peshawar attack aftermath: Devastation inside school reveals shocking tales
The full devastation of a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school that left 142 people, mostly children, dead was revealed on Wednesday.Walls inside the Peshawar school were pockmarked with bullet holes while the floors were streaked with blood. Torn notebooks, pieces of clothing and children's shoes were scattered about. After the attackers entered the school, they made their way into the main auditorium where many students had gathered for an event, military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa told reporters during a media tour of the school.
The militants then made their way to the auditorium's stage and started shooting at random. As students tried to flee for the doors, they were gunned down. Overnight, the body of the school principal, Tahira Qazi, was also found among the debris from the rampage.
Exclusive: Prasoon Joshi pays a moving tribute to Peshawar victims through this poem
Noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi has penned a poem exclusively for Hindustan Times to pay homage to the Peshawar massacre victims. He has also done a rendition of the poem in his voice.
Taliban attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, which killed 132 students and nine staff members. The attack took place on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a military-run high school attended by more than 1,100 people, many of them children of army personnel, and opened fire witnesses said.
Malala Yousafzai on Taliban attack: I am heartbroken
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemned Tuesday's attack in a school in northwest Pakistan, saying she and her family were "heartbroken". Gunmen from the Pakistani Taliban stormed a military-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.
The violence has underscored the vulnerability of Pakistani schools, which was dramatically exposed in the attack two years ago on Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman outside her school in the Swat Valley for daring to speak up about girls' rights. She survived, becoming a Nobel Prize laureate in 2014 and a global advocate for girls' education. Out of security concerns, she has never returned to Pakistan.
School children across India pay tribute to victims of Taliban attack
School children across India observed silence and paid tribute to the victims of Taliban attack on a school in Pakistani city of Peshawar, which killed 132 students and nine staff members. The attack took place on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a military-run high school attended by more than 1,100 people, many of them children of army personnel, and opened fire witnesses said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock and appealed to schools in India to observe two minutes of silence marking solidarity in the wake of the disgusting attack. The Taliban, waging war against Pakistan in order to topple the government and set up an Islamic state, immediately claimed responsibility of the attack.
Pakistan mourns massacre victims of Taliban attack, prepares for mass funerals
Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest. A three-day official mourning period started on Wednesday, a day after seven Taliban gunmen, explosives strapped to their bodies, stormed the army public school in the city of Peshawar.
Students were gunned down and some of the female teachers were burned alive. Army commandos fought the Taliban in a day-long battle until the school was cleared and all the attackers dead. The massacre was the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country and horrified a nation already weary of unending terrorist attacks.
Peshwar attack: Taliban's act of terror is inhuman, say Indian muslim clerics
Muslim clerics in India denounced Taliban attack in a high school in Peshawar city and said it was time that Pakistan took action against militancy. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.
The attack on a military-run high school attended by more than 1,100 people, many of them children of army personnel, struck at the heart of Pakistan's military establishment, an assault certain to enrage the country's powerful army.
Sydney Seige: PM Tony Abbott joins tearful Australians in laying flowers at memorial
Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe. The siege ended early Tuesday with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined the outpouring of national mourning and laid a bouquet at Martin Place, the plaza in Sydney's financial and shopping district where the crisis occurred that has since become the site of a makeshift memorial.
The only change is increase in number of rapes: Delhi gangrape victim's parents
Two years after a 23-year-old girl was gangraped in Delhi, the victim's mother says number of rape cases and complaints lodged by victims has gone up but the change is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, Delhi gang rape victim's father said the government should take strict action against the culprits and punish them at the earliest.
The victim, a physiotherapist student, was repeatedly raped and tortured in a moving bus in New Delhi by five men and a teenager and then thrown off the bus bleeding onto the street. She later died of injuries. The day, December 16 marks the second anniversary of the fatal incident.
Peshwar attack: Chaotic scenes as Taliban storm school
Half a dozen militants attacked an army school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, leaving at least 130 people dead and dozens more injured, officials said. Pervez Khattak, chief minister of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province, told reporters that the attackers killed at least 100 students, and a Khattack aide later said the total death toll has risen to 104.
When he spoke to reporters, Khattak said the death toll could rise as several attackers were holed up in the principal's office and other locations at the Army Public School and Intermediate College in Peshawar. The attackers were holding an unknown number of hostages, Khattak said.
Peshawar school attack: Pak Taliban hold students hostage, at least 80 children killed
In the latest major offensive, 500 students have been held hostages and around 84 are feared to be killed after Taliban militants stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar in broad daylight. Five or six militants reportedly wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the gunmen had been ordered to shoot older students but not children.
Security forces arrived at the Army Public School, located on busy Warsak Road near cantonment, and kicked off rescue operation. Police and military officials said two of the attackers have been eliminated while one blew himself up during retaliation by security forces. They said the terrorists attacked central auditorium of the school where a function was underway.
Sydney gunman had 'infatuation with extremism': Australia PM Tony Abbott
Sydney attack gunman Man Haron Monis was once prosecuted for sending offensive letters to families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan.
The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 workers and customers hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of "Merry Christmas."
After waiting 16 hours, police decided to storm the Lindt Chocolat Cafe early Tuesday after they heard a number of gunshots from inside, said New South Wales state police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
Watch: Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss crowned Miss World 2014
Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest's glitzy final in London on 14 December, 2014. The newly-crowned winner talks about her 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience of being in the competition, and the tragic killing of Miss Honduras.
Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, was judged the runner-up and Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women from 121 countries.
What I think of Narendra Modi: Voices from Srinagar
Ahead of the fourth phase of Jammu and Kashmir elections, Srinagar speaks on their opinion about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The central district has traditionally registered a low voter turnout. But, this time around, BJP is drawing up an aggressive campaign and is also posing as a viable alternative to the ruling parties.
Will BJP make inroads into the state? What is the key agenda for voters in the 2014 assembly elections? We try and find out through these voices from the Lal Chowk area of Srinagar.
Sydney siege: Australian police say they are talking to the gunman behind the hostage crisis
Australian police say they are talking to the gunman who is holding hostages inside a cafe in Sydney. New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the authorities' approach is to resolve the siege peacefully and police will work into the night if the situation continues.
News reports said two women wearing uniforms of the cafe managed to flee from the store, in addition to three men who emerged earlier.
Venkaiah Naidu: One Indian among hostages inside Lindt cafe in Sydney
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said they have received information that there is one Indian among the hostages inside the Lindt café in Sydney. He added that External Affairs Ministry is keeping in touch with the Indian embassy as well as that of the counterparts.
Earlier in the day, an armed man took an undisclosed number of people hostage at the Martin Place Cafe in Sydney and displayed a black flag with Arabic script in the window, sparking a security alert in Australia. Authorities in Australia have reportedly sealed off surrounding streets in Sydney, evacuated people from buildings, and suspended rail services following the incident.
Watch: People flee the Sydney cafe where hostage situation is on
A total of five hostages have been seen fleeing from the cafe in Sydney, Australia, where a gunman is holding hostages. It remains unclear how many hostages are still inside. State Deputy Police Commissioner, Catherine Burn, says, "I can confirm that five people have now emerged from the location on Martin Place. The first thing that we will do is make sure that they are ok. And then we will work with them to find out more information."
She further added, "Police negotiators have had contact and they continue to have contact. And a peaceful resolution will be what we are working towards. We have our negotiators on site."
Watch: How the Sydney hostage situation erupted in a cafe
An apparent hostage situation is unfolding inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city Sydney, where several people could be seen through a window with their hands held in the air. Television footage shot through the cafe's windows shows several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass. Police say "specialist officers are attempting to make contact (with) those inside a cafe."
TV footage shows two people inside the cafe holding up what appears to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it. Zain Ali, the head of the Islamic Studies Research Unit at the University of Auckland, says it's difficult to read the message but he believes it's the Shahada, or declaration of faith, largely because a black flag with white writing in a contemporary context often contains that message.
Sydney crisis: Hostages held in cafe, Islamic flag seen in window
A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney Lindt Chocolat Cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. State Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said police had not made direct contact with the gunman, did not know his motivation and were not sure how many people were being held inside.
The cafe is located in Martin Place, a plaza in the heart of the city's financial and shopping district that is packed with holiday shoppers this time of year. Television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass, and two people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it.