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Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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Restoring Ray's classics: Apu trilogy to be screened across US

More than two decades after the original negatives of Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed Apu Trilogy were damaged in a fire in a film lab in London, technicians and experts on three continents have put in thousands of hours to produce new high-definition versions of the films.

Updated on May 03, 2015 09:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Did Steven Spielberg steal Satyajit Ray's story for ET?

Nearly a quarter of a century after Satyajit Ray’s death, the jury is still out on whether a script written by the acclaimed director in 1967 was the genesis Steven Spielberg’s hit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

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Updated on May 02, 2015 03:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nepal: India ramps up 'Operation Maitri', airlifts more than 2,200

India has ramped up its relief operations in quake-ravaged Nepal, with the focus on deploying medical and engineering teams and opening up road links to speed up the evacuation of hundreds of stranded Indian nationals.

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Updated on Apr 27, 2015 06:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nepal quake: India launches 'Operation Maitri', airlifts many

The Indian military has mounted a massive relief operation in quake-hit Nepal, using its fleet of transport aircraft to rush in rescue teams and relief materials and ferry back stranded Indians.

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Updated on Apr 26, 2015 03:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nine miltant groups of NE form united front with Chinese blessings

Nine militant groups of the northeast, including the NSCN-Khaplang and the ULFA faction led by Paresh Baruah, have come together to form a new unified front during a meeting held recently in Myanmar, security sources said.

Updated on Apr 24, 2015 12:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

When Led Zeppelin recorded in Mumbai and rocked a Colaba nightclub

A relatively lesser known aspect of Led Zeppelin's recording career is a session that Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant put together with a group of classically trained Indian musicians at the EMI Recording Studios in Mumbai, then known as Bombay, in 1972.

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Updated on Jun 04, 2015 08:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Documents reveal Nehru govt shared information on Netaji's family with MI5

The row over previous Congress governments snooping on the family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has taken a new turn with declassified British and Indian documents showing that the results of the surveillance were shared with Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency.

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Updated on Apr 12, 2015 02:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pooja Chandrasekar: She's only 17, but has scored admissions to all 8 Ivy League Schools

At the age of just 17, Pooja Chandrashekar has developed an app that analyses speech patterns to predict whether a person has Parkinson’s disease and set up a nationwide organisation to encourage young American girls to pursue careers in technology and computer science.

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Updated on Apr 15, 2015 05:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Trial and farce: How Pak ensured 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi walks free

Trial was in-camera, judges were changed eight times and Ajmal Kasab's testimony was not considered.

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Updated on Apr 10, 2015 09:37 PM IST
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India will have biggest Muslim population by 2050, Islam could catch up with Christianity

Hinduism will become the world’s third largest religion by 2050 while India will overtake Indonesia as the country with the largest Muslim population, according to a new study.

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Updated on Apr 03, 2015 03:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Expats stranded, cloud on trade: How Yemen crisis may affect India

New Delhi has been focussed on the immediate problem of evacuating more than 4,000 of its nationals from Yemen but the civil war in the Arab country could have grave long-term trade and economic implications for India.

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Updated on Mar 31, 2015 09:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Happy 70th birthday Eric Clapton, the 'slowhand' guitar god

Eric Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday on Monday, music still throbbing in his veins. HT takes a look at the life and career of the master musician who has melded the blues and rock over the decades to win over generations of fans.

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Updated on May 02, 2015 02:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

#Duty, #Disgust: VK Singh's tweets after Pakistan Day event spark speculation

Minister of state for external affairs VK Singh posted a series of cryptic tweets on Monday night that seemed to suggest he was unhappy about representing the government at the Pakistan Day function after his followers on Twitter criticised him for attending the event.

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Updated on Mar 24, 2015 12:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pakistan National Day event: VK Singh in attendance, food the biggest hit

VK Singh, former army chief and minister of state for foreign affairs, represented the government on Monday at the Pakistan National Day reception at the High Commission in New Delhi amid the controversy sparked by Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit's comments that India was not against his interactions with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2015 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

India reacts to Pak's invite to Hurriyat, says no place for a third party

The government on Monday ruled out a role for separatists in resolving the Kashmir issue, saying there was no place for a third party in Indo-Pak ties, as it tore into Islamabad on a day the Pakistani high commissioner met Hurriyat leaders in Delhi.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2015 11:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sand mining racket fears none and profits everywhere

The death of IAS officer DK Ravikumar has again focussed attention on the widespread illegal practice of mining sand from riverbeds and the threat posed by the entrenched sand mafia to upright officials who take them on.

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Updated on Mar 17, 2015 02:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pakistan scuttles move to ban JuD but leaves dirty secret on web

Pakistan’s interior ministry apparently scuttled a move to outlaw the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a front for the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, overruling the country’s key anti-terror authority that had put the so-called charity on a list of “terrorist organisations”.

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Updated on Mar 10, 2015 02:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pak army chief warns India ahead of Jaishankar’s visit

Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday warned his force would give a “befitting response” to alleged Indian violations of the tr, says wuce along the Line of Control, less than a week before the Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit to Islamabad.

Updated on Feb 27, 2015 11:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Islamabad

Foreign secy's Pak visit won't yield immediate results: analysts

India and Pakistan are unlikely to make any rapid progress in resuming their peace talks when foreign secretary S Jaishankar visits Islamabad next month to begin the slow and tortuous process of trying to put stalled bilateral relations back on track.

Updated on Feb 27, 2015 11:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Maldives ex-prez denied bail, dragged into court by police

Former president Mohamed Nasheed was manhandled by policemen and dragged into a court building in the Maldives capital Male on Monday, a day after he was arrested on terrorism charges for his 2012 decision to detain a top judge.

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Updated on Feb 23, 2015 09:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Male

Chaalis saal baad: Sholay to release in Pakistan on March 20

Almost every fan of Bollywood movies has probably seen Sholay at some point of time but Pakistanis will finally have a chance to see it on the big screen when it hits theatres on March 20, nearly four decades after its release.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2015 02:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Guard up: Does brutal Islamic State pose a threat to India?

A whole new approach and new methods will be needed to cope with terrorist group which banks heavily on social media and the internet to spread its message.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2015 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

BJP clarifies after vision document calls NE people 'immigrants'

People from the eight northeastern states, which share borders with Bangladesh, China, Bhutan and Myanmar, have been the target of dozens of racial attacks in Delhi and other metros in recent years.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2015 12:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

IS announces expansion into AfPak, parts of India

The Islamic State militant group has named a breakaway Pakistani Taliban commander as its chief for Khurasan, the historic name for the area encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India.

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Updated on Jan 29, 2015 08:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Want normal ties with India based on mutual respect: Sharif

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday described India as an “important neighbour” and said Pakistan wanted good relations with all countries of the region.

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Updated on Jan 28, 2015 01:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi:

Pak assembly stirs pot, condemns Guru's hanging

Pakistan parliament on Thursday passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru and demanded that the body be handed over to the family.

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Updated on Mar 15, 2013 08:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Islamabad

26/11 case: Pak court given photos of LeT camps, Boats

Photographs of LeT training camps in Sindh and motorboats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai are among evidence presented to an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in the 2008 strikes.

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Updated on Dec 10, 2012 12:20 AM IST
PTI | By, Islamabad

Hizb chief warns Pak against withdrawing support

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has vowed to turn the guns on Pakistan if it stops backing jihadis in Jammu and Kashmir who, he claimed, were fighting "Pakistan's war".

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Updated on Jun 08, 2012 12:31 PM IST
PTI | By, Islamabad

ISI chief told Pervez Musharraf not to come

Pakistan’s ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha held a secret meeting with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Dubai and advised him not to return to the country, according to a media report.

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Updated on Jan 25, 2012 12:23 AM IST
PTI | By, Islamabad

Gilani, Kayani meet over security issues

Amid persisting speculation about President Asif Ali Zardari’s health and the PPP government’s fate, Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani and powerful army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani met to discuss national security.

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Updated on Dec 11, 2011 12:57 AM IST
PTI | By, Islamabad
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