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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

 India

Rajasthan BJP MLA does U-turn, denies threatening voters

After he was caught on camera threatening voters with consequences if they do not vote for BJP, party MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat on Sunday said he was only asking them to choose BJP over Congress as the latter had 'done nothing for them'.

If not now, then when: It is time to review our moral reservations against euthanasia

With the government's decision to scrap Section 309 of the IPC and decriminalise attempt to suicide, perhaps it is time to review our ethical reservations against mercy killings, even though, legal experts fear misuse.

In India, things take time but they get done, says German ambassador Michel Steiner

His style of diplomacy has got him into the headlines. Remember the 2013 Zubin Mehta concert in Kashmir organised by his embassy? Here, Steiner talks of his decision to invite Narendra Modi for lunch, Sanskrit replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalayas, and more.

VHP says Hindu values will be restored in country

Asserting that Hindu values will be restored in the country, Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Sunday said they have never wanted to convert the world but only to 'win over its heart'.

Counselling, rehab biggest challenges for rape victims

Emotional, psychological and timely financial support is crucial for rape survivors and their families to recover and to fight a tedious legal battle that is known to drag on for years in many cases.

‘We wanted to end our lives’

“We wanted to end our lives. We are physically and mentally broken,” said the eldest daughter, who, along with her two younger sisters, was allegedly molested several times by her father and two of his friends.

4 months after plaint, cops arrest father for molesting daughters

A man has been arrested for allegedly molesting his three daughters, one of whom is a minor, over the past 10 months. Action was only taken on Friday, even though the sisters had on two previous occasions complained to the police, who “found the allegations hard to believe”.

Attempt to harass my daughter: Devyani Khobragade's father

Taking strong objection to the disciplinary action taken against his diplomat daughter, Devyani Khobragade, bureaucrat-turned-politician Uttam Khobragade has alleged that the development could be an attempt to harass her.

‘Infighting in army to blame for Adarsh’

Claiming the land allotted to Adarsh housing society does not belong to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), members of the controversial building held that it was rivalry between former Maharashtra chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former defence minister AK Antony that was responsible for the entire controversy over ownership of the land.

Flab-trap: Cosmetic surgery post weight loss on the rise

IT professional, Anita*, 51, was ecstatic when she lost 15 kg in just five months. But, the sudden weight loss had ended up making her look much older. Last month, she borrowed money from friends to get a facelift at a clinic in Bandra. “I was tired of looking fat. My marriage and work life were being affected and that’s when I decided to lose weight. I nearly starved and lost all the extra kilos but I ended up looking much older,” said Anita, who spent Rs75,000 on the cosmetic procedure.

Coming soon: New helpline, website for senior citizens

Come 2015, www.humarisuraksha.com, the website for registration of senior citizens in the city, and 1090, the dedicated helpline for them, will become redundant, only to be replaced by a new website and a helpline for senior citizens – 1291.

‘Metro fares won’t change till Jan 8’

The present fare structure of Rs10-15-20 for the Metro service  will continue till January 8, 2015, the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) told the Bombay high court (HC) on Saturday.

Spread Christmas cheer among less privileged

Special menus and wishing trees at restaurants, gifts for taxi drivers and even an app that lets you donate to NGOs without leaving the house — there are plenty of options for the do-gooder looking to spread Christmas cheer this year.

Reclaiming beach from filth

Around 150 cyclists from Bandra got together on Saturday morning to clean the Juhu beach. The cyclists started at 6.40am and pedalled for an hour to reach their destination. Students from the Matunga-based Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), members of the Bandra Cycling club, Palm Beach riders, C3 club, Mira-Bhayandar, Sharptune and several other citizens cleaned close to half-a-km of the Juhu beach stretch, as part of the Hindustan Times Clean My Mumbai initiative.

‘Kalyan man should not meet my son Anees in jail’

Waiting in front of the court room for approximately five hours, 59-year-old Shakeel Ahmed looked tired. Ahmed is worried his son Anees Ansari might meet collegian-turned-ISIS militant Areeb Majeed in the prison.
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