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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Last Updated 13:36 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)
 
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World's biggest display of democracy
Your date with elections — here is the detailed schedule of Lok Sabha polls 2014.
 
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Siddaramaiah, File
HT's senior associate editor, Shekhar Iyer, explains why the state is crucial for Congress.
 

Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

AAP Arvind Kejriwal
The AAP on Wednesday opened its war room in Varanasi's Mahmoorganj area, opening up a new front in the high-profile battle between Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi.

"Mom, I love you": Texts from students on sinking S Korea ferry

South Korean ferry
Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight on Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.

Missing jet MH370 search refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

Bluefin 21
A deep-sea drone had completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results.

India heading for highest ever voter turnout

Robin Dhowan takes over as Indian Navy chief

Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear

Live: Voting for 10 seats begins in Madhya Pradesh

Live: Nearly 30% voting in Rajasthan till 12:10pm, 3 AAP workers held

Live: 27.89% voter turnout in Udhampur till 11am

Modi need not apologise for Gujarat riots: Sukhbir

Alleged killers, arsonists and rapist in the fray today

AAP volunteers claim assault during polls in 'most watched' Bangalore

'India's ratings to depend on new govt policies'

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Narendra Modi does not figure in the Dalit khichri

BJP Narendra Modi
In villages near Varanasi inhabited by people belonging to the Musahar caste, there is no propaganda about Modi. They are only looking for some relief from their daily grind and rely on the BSP and the Congress.

Apology not enough, give some relief to riot victims

1984 riots
The political class must be held accountable for not giving the victims back some semblance of normal life. This has to be the foremost priority for which no amount of remorseful words can compensate.
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Multimedia

Nobody knew that US mom who killed 6 babies was pregnant

Megan Huntsman
A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them.

After Jayalalithaa’s barb, Modi picks Muslim as speech translator

Modi
BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi had a Muslim woman functionary of the BJP to translate his speech in rallies in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, a day after AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa dubbed the BJP's election manifesto as 'anti-secular.'

Hema Malini, Jaya Prada and other star politicians' films banned on Doordarshan

Actress Hema Malini at the launch of an advertising campaign in New Delhi.
Films of stars Hema Malini, Jaya Prada, Nagma, Smriti Irani and Jaaved Jaaferi, who are all contesting Lok Sabha elections, have been banned from being telecast on the national television channel Doordarshan, officials said Thursday.

Roads washed in dry Bankura to protect Moon Moon Sen

TMC Moon Moon Sen

The local panchayat authorities washed the metalled road winding through the village, to protect Moon Moon Sen and her daughters, from the dust, when women waited for long hours at roadside taps to get a bucket of water.

Former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi prepares to stump Arun Jaitley

Bishen Singh Bedi
Batsmen gone, bowlers have come into the attack to bother Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Arun Jaitley. Already outgoing MP and former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu is not batting for Jaitley in the Amritsar.

Sony sells more than seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide

PlayStation 4
Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

Tinsel town to election battleground, celebrity candidates rule Google too

Their glamour on the cinema screen has always attracted fans and now celebrity candidates, who are contesting the Lok Sabha elections, are hot on the internet too.

Lok Sabha elections phase five: Key figures and facts

A women voter in Lucknow
In phase five of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 121 constituencies across 12 states will go to polls on Thursday. Here's a closer and detailed look at the eight crucial states.
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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.

Kevin Pietersen out of action, Delhi Daredevils face challenge

Kevin Pietersen
The big gun won’t fire for Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. As the revamped team prepared for a fresh season, it was their newly anointed skipper, Kevin Pietersen, who made all the news.
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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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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.

Kevin Pietersen out of action, Delhi Daredevils face challenge

Kevin Pietersen
The big gun won’t fire for Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. As the revamped team prepared for a fresh season, it was their newly anointed skipper, Kevin Pietersen, who made all the news.
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cities

Myntra founders set to make Rs. 427 cr from Flipkart deal

Flipkart
Mukesh Bansal (39) and Ashutosh Lawania (37), who founded online fashion retailer Myntra.com in 2007 with Rs. 50 lakh, will be worth a combined Rs. 427 crore when Flipkart.com completes a deal to buy their company in six weeks.

HCL Tech Q3 net profit up 59% at Rs. 1,624 crore

HCL
IT services firm HCL Technologies on Thursday posted 59% increase in net profit at Rs. 1,624 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Sensex gains around 200 points as IT sector recovers after earnings

Sensex
The BSE Sensex and Nifty rise nearly 1%. IT outsourcers recover from steep falls on Wednesday after Tata Consultancy Services Ltd and HCL Technologies Ltd post better-than-expected earnings.
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Laziness could be hereditary: study

Lazy Could genes be to blame for a lack of motivation to hit the gym? A recent study conducted at the University of Missouri suggests this could be the case, where, researchers came to the conclusion that there is such a thing as a genetic predisposition to laziness.
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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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