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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Last Updated 23:18 IST 

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Women voter queue to cast their votes at Gailpuri booth in Alwar, Rajasthan. (AFP photo)
 
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Polling official cheking electronic voting machine (EVM)
Scroll through the basic facts and figures of Lok Sabha phase 6 elections.
 
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Shekhar Iyer, HT's senior associate editor, detangles politics in Tamil Nadu, explaining the importance of...
 

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Digital democracy: who is winning war for votes on Twitter

Voter awareness

The action in the Lok Sabha elections is on the ground and in polling booths, but many a battle line is being drawn in the digital space, much of it on Twitter. Here is the lowdown on the frenetic political activity on the site.

Sonia betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh along with other party members
BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "betraying the country" by not taking up the post of the prime minister in 2004.

Modi files nomination in Varanasi, invokes 'Maa Ganga'

Narendra Modi

After a show of strength on the streets of Varanasi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday filed his nomination papers for one of the most keenly watched contests in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

'Fakir' from New Delhi AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is a crorepati

Aam Aadmi Party
In his characteristic style, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tried to strike a chord with the people of Varanasi on Wednesday. "I am a fakir," he told them repeatedly.

Jharkhand: 8 killed as Maoists blow up bus carrying poll staff, cops

Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request

Couple, three children charred to death in Delhi

Former US test site sues India, other nuclear powers

'Kids born out of live-in relationship not illegitimate'

Do phased polls distort democratic process?

Mumbai betters 2009 turnout, registers 53% polling

No Modi wave in country, says PM Manmohan Singh

Phase 6: Criminal cases against 15% candidates

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For all to see: India's prejudices in poll season

Eid at Agra
It may be currently spurred by the BJP and its allies, but the hate speech of the election season is only a reflection of India’s deep-seated prejudices and discriminatory practices against its own citizens, writes Samar Halarnkar.

AAP must show Shazia Ilmi where she is wrong for its own good

Shazia Ilmi
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has condemned her statement, but that is not enough. The party should pin her down on the point she is wrong and have its stand clear to the public.
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Multimedia

Vadodara to Varanasi: Modi's assets up Rs. 14 lakh; BJP says party transferred fund

Modi
Narendra Modi on Thursday disclosed total assets worth Rs. 1.65 crore - a rise of Rs. 14.34 lakh from his declaration for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat a fortnight back.

Kejriwal wins Time 100 readers' poll, Modi second, Rahul 40th

Kejriwal in Amethi
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal has won the TIME magazine's readers’ poll of 100 most influential people in the world with the highest percentage of 'yes' votes. BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi came second, followed by singer Katy Perry.

Indo-Canadian film Siddharth wins Best Film at Beijing film festival

Siddharth
An Indo-Canadian film project, Siddharth, won the best film award at the 4th Beijing International Film Festival, ahead of favourite, China’s martial art epic, The Grandmaster, directed by acclaimed Wong Kar-wai.

Modi vs Kejriwal in Varanasi: Mother of all battles this Lok Sabha polls

Modi-Kejriwal combo
The Varanasi battle became the most watched electoral contest after Kejriwal announced his candidature against Modi, saying there was a need to defeat both Modi, and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. 

Won't date an actress, I am crazy and volatile enough: Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan
As he turns 27 on Thursday, Varun Dhawan talks about relationships, future projects, his birthday plans and his first co-star, Alia Bhatt in an exclusive interview with HT.

I'll not act all my life; will move to writing, direction: Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut
"I want to work with actors like Aamir and Irrfan. I feel that I should collaborate with talented people and make the most of my limited time as an actor. I know for a fact that I’m not going to be acting all my life," says Kangana.

Bangladesh woman who survived 17 days under factory debris marries, finds new job

Reshma Akhter
She was the 'miracle' seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Of course, Samrat will remind you of Sherlock: Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal
In a conversation with Hindustan Times, the actor alongwith with his co-star Madalsa Sharma, talks about his next release, Samrat & Co and whether or not it is Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock rip-off.
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IPL 7: Kolkata Knight Riders post 150/7 against RCB

Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli
Kolkata Knight Riders recovered to score 150 for seven after Varun Aaron's three-wicket burst in their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday.

IPL 7: KKR devise ploy to keep RCB batsmen quiet

Virat Kohli
The tactics are clearly to slow down and take pace off the pitch, forcing the RCB batsmen to manufacture shots. Yusuf Pathan and Shakib al Hasan too stuck to a similar brief — be slower through the air.
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Benzema guides Real Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo
Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over title holder Bayern Munich Wednesday and a slight advantage in their Champions League semifinal.

United must move fast with vital window looming

David Moyes

Manchester United must move quickly to appoint a new manager and give him maximum time to operate in what will be a critical transfer window for the club.

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Grand Slam winner Djokovic to become a father

Novak Djokovic
The Serbian six-time Grand Slam winner is currently sidelined with a right wrist injury picked up at last week's Monte Carlo Masters but announced the good news on his twitter account.

Nadal wins but Ferrer crashes out in Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal
Nadal, the top seed, put his loss last week in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals to Ferrer out of his mind in a match lasting just over two hours against compatriot Ramos in a battle of left-handers.
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Aaqib, Pakistan’s real king of pace in the desert

Aaqib Javed
His ability to work up a sharp pace and swing and reverse the ball made Aaqib Javed a dangerous customer, but caught in the Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis era meant he got to play only 22 Tests for Pakistan.

BCCI lost chance to set things right, say ex-players

BCCI
The Supreme Court rejecting the three-member inquiry panel proposed by the BCCI on Tuesday to probe the spot-fixing scandal has shown the sports body in an even more poor light.
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cities

Facebook Q1 revenue grows 72% on rising mobile ads

Facebook
Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.

Bharti Infratel Q4 net profit jumps 64%

Indian currency notes

Bharti Infratel on Thursday reported a 64% jump in its net profit at Rs. 472 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The company had reported a net profit of Rs. 287 crore in the corresponding period last year.

Markets closed on Thursday for elections

Bombay Stock Exchange
Indian debt, currency and equity markets will be closed on Thursday as Mumbai takes part in the five-week long Parliament election process set to conclude in mid-May.
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Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s style-logue

Kate Middleton From high street to high-end, Kate Middleton has the ability to go from casual to couture, effortlessly. During her ongoing travels with husband Prince William and son George, The Duchess has given us a lot of fashion food for thought. A look at her latest styles.
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Doctor

Ready for the medical test?

It’s back to the All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) for medical aspirants across the country. To be held on May 4, 2014, the AIPMT will be conducted again for the first time since 2012 after the Supreme Court quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in July 2013.

‘Being versatile is crucial’

Graphic designerGraphic designers are in great demand now with opportunities across sectors. Here’s a quick overview of what a career in graphic design entails

Go green, taste tech power and study social sciences

Teri university

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

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Apple

Apple splitting stock as iPhone sales soar

Apple on Wednesday courted investors with stock split plans as hot iPhone sales pushed up profits while underscoring pressure for the company to unveil "the next big thing."

Samsung apps a turn-off according to report

SamsungThe company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still has some way to go.

Lytro lights up the camera market

Lytro IllumThe company's first pro light field camera and software platform offer new dimensions of creativity to professionals and photography enthusiasts alike.
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