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Hindustan Times Friday, April 18, 2014 | Last Updated 00:16 IST 

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Lok Sabha
Early voters line up to vote in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Bhopal. (HT photo)
 
Key dates
World's biggest display of democracy
Your date with elections — here is the detailed schedule of Lok Sabha polls 2014.
 
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Ganga aarti
Vinod Sharma, political editor at Hindustan Times, deduces the election warzone in Uttar Pradesh explaining...
 

EC allows Shah to campaign, no decision on Azam Khan

Amit Shah
The Election Commission on Thursday allowed BJP leader Amit Shah to resume campaign in Uttar Pradesh. This came after Shah told the commission that he will not use derogatory or abusive language in poll campaigns.

Top Admiral seeks early retirement after Dhowan takes over as navy chief

Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha
Hours after the government announced Admiral Robin Dhowan as the new navy chief, Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha on Thursday applied for voluntary retirement after being passed over for the top job.

Kejriwal faces fresh poster attack; parties indulge in potshots

AAP Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday faced a fresh round of attacks through posters, which wished for his "speedy recovery" along with prayers to give him a "sound mind". Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

Video shows Uma calling Modi 'vinash purush'

Don't talk about money here, Ramdev tells BJP candidate

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

Heart-rending texts from South Korea ferry students

Maharashtra: Faulty EVMs 'transfer' votes to Cong

BJP creeping up on Mamata, expects 10 seats

Ukraine says will restrict entry of Russian men

Modi 'encounter minister', a 'compulsive liar': PC

Spitfire Mayawati keeps her calm, speaks no evil

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

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our take
Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi
Rajnath's claim that BJP party will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.

A NOTA vote is a cop-out

voter, voting, indelible ink, voting ink mark
Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi.
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Multimedia

Check out: Ranbir Kapoor's Bombay Velvet look revealed

Bombay Velvet
Till now, Ranbir Kapoor's look for Bombay Velvet was kept under wraps. However, we came across this picture that shows him shooting for the film. The actor plays Johnny Balraj, a street fighter, in this film directed by Anurag Kashyap.

What’s in a name? They’re all Kejriwals

Ghoghalgaon kejriwal
While every political party is deriding Aam Aadmi Party chief as a 'deserter of Delhi', he is nearly deified in this small settlement, where people believe only he can rid the country of corruption.

Street 750: Built for Asia, made in India

Harley Davidson's Street 750
When early last year Harley Davidson unveiled two new motorcycles, it injected a high dose of expectation in the market since they were SMALL bikes — by Harley standards — a 750 cc and a 500 cc.

Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce

Chitrangada and Jyoti
It has been confirmed that actor Chitrangada Singh divorced golfer Jyoti Randhawa in November last year. The custody of their son has been granted to the actor.

Killer with noose around his neck spared execution by victim's mother

Noose
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday.

LS polls: HT readers tell us what changes they want to bring about by voting

Lok Sabha elections
As voters waited for their turn to cast ballots, in the biggest display of democracy in the world, we asked them what changes they want to see in the country through their votes. Take a look at some of the best responses.

Salman Khan returns to small screen with Mission Sapne

Salman Khan
Starting April 27, we will see Bollywood stars transform into aam aadmi for Mission Sapne. The TV show will feature Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Drashti Dhami, Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Mika.

India’s Titli lands at Cannes Film Fest

Ranvir Shorey
India’s Titli, directed by debutant Kanu Behl, will be a part of the Cannes Film Festival’s A Certain Regard. Produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, Titli features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora in the lead roles.
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IPL 7: Royal Challengers thrash Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets in an Indian Premier league match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Thursday.

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IPL 7: Kallis silences doubters, helps KKR beat holders MI

J Kallis
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, despite Lasith Malinga’s sensational form which saw him finish with four for 23 could not respond when it came to the chase.
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Barca facing first trophyless season in six years

Lionel Messi
Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years.

Real fans jam streets to celebrate Copa del Rey win

Real Madrid fans
Thousands of fans took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday, setting off fireworks and waving flags, to celebrate Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
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French Open kitty goes up to $34.5 million, up by over 10%

French Open
Prize money for this year's French Open will top €25 million ($34.5 million), more than 10% up on 2013, the French Tennis Federation announced on Tuesday.

Djokovic strolls into Monte Carlo third round

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic opened his Monte Carlo Masters title defence with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes on Tuesday to reach the third round.
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There's no one in BCCI to take on Srinivasan, rues Manohar

Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan
Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar on Thursday rued that there was no one in the Board to take on N Srinivasan who is facing the heat over the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

HT @IPL | KKR vs MI
IPL 7: Kallis silences doubters, helps KKR beat holders MI

J Kallis
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, despite Lasith Malinga’s sensational form which saw him finish with four for 23 could not respond when it came to the chase.
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cities

Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations

Wipro

India’s third-largest software services exporter, Wipro, on Thursday beat expectations with a 41% year-on-year growth in consolidated net profit to Rs. 2,230 crore for the quarter ended March 31. 2014 aided by IT spending by customers.

Samsung looks beyond gadgets with new version of app services

 Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Moving beyond electronics and consumer durable segment, Samsung India is eyeing a leadership position in application and content segment with the launch of its instant messaging platform, 3.5 ChatON.

Little-known small stocks surge in broad-based rally

A businessman watches a stock indicator in Tokyo.
The bull run in the markets due to strong foreign inflows and expectations of a more stable and investor-friendly government at the Centre is boosting not only large caps but smaller companies as well.
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Victoria's Secret fashion show to be held in London this year

Victoria's Secret "We are pretty excited... The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is the biggest fashion event in the world, for sure, and we're very proud and honoured to announce that we are headed to London this year. Yes," Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima said.
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Teri university

Go green, taste tech power and study social sciences

It’s admission time TERI and Ambedkar universities, which are rolling out their admission schedules, have great new offers this year. Also check out the new programmes at IGDTUW and DTU

Women powered by technology

Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical UniversityThe Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women is adding PhD programmes to its list of new courses this year.

AUD aims to reinvent social sciences

Student volunteersWant to go in for a dual major? Ambedkar University has the right options for you with some unique social sciences and humanities offerings
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ChatON

Samsung's 'ChatOn' now available on major mobile platforms

Samsung Electronics launched 'ChatON Version 3.5', a free messaging application, across all major mobile platforms - Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry - with largest file sharing capacity of 1 gigabyte.

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip

twitterTwitter Inc said it bought social data provider Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its business customers. Founded in 2008, Gnip has a four-year-old partnership with Twitter.

Google unveils email scanning practices in new terms of service

GoogleGoogle Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads.
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