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Hindustan Times Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Last Updated 19:18 IST 


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Salman Khurshid
Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid at an election rally in Agra.
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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 poll warzone in the state.

Varanasi may go the Modi way for development, but tough fight from Kejriwal on the cards

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal
Many Varanasi residents believe BJP's Narendra Modi is the solution to all their problems with his development agenda and PM nominee status, reports Darpan Singh.

Muslims should be communal for their own good: Shazia Ilmi

Shazia Ilmi
Days before Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi has landed into a controversy because of her alleged 'Muslims ought to be communal this time' remark.

Mumbai: St Xavier principal defends election advice after BJP protests

Narendra Modi, Hema Malini
The principal of St Xavier's College in Mumbai has courted a controversy after sending an advisory to his students which is critical of Narendra Modi's 'Gujarat Model' of development.

Corpses in Korean ferry reveal attempts to escape

Possible MH370 debris found on Australian coast

Uddhav ahead in battle of Senas after Modi boost

LS polls: Mystery of the missing Manpreet Badal

Demolition drive starts in Delhi's wildlife sanctuary

Mini skirts at Jama Masjid provoked Bhatkal: cops

Pak army wants Hamid Mir's TV channel closed

Jharkhand court issues warrants against Giriraj

SC sets guidelines on govt ads showing politicians

Class 6 student gang-raped by minors in Jharkhand

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Poverty line
Why BJP's plan of full reforms is easier said than done

BJP supporters
One advantage of not being in power is that we can dream of reshaping the world exactly as we please. The BJP has had this luxury for some time — now the reality is about to hit it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

Tired of current situation, Muslims in search of an alternative to Cong

Muslim voters
For the past two or three decades, Indian Muslims have been searching for an alternative to the Congress, which, most of them hold, is responsible for their present terrible socio-economic condition, writes Shahid Siddiqui.
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NYPD all caught up, Twitter campaign backfires badly

New York police on Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality.

Indian gay student forced into arranged marriage granted asylum in Australia

anti-Putin rally
A gay student, who fled India to escape his oppressive family and an arranged marriage, has been granted refugee status in Australia. The 25-year-old commerce graduate lives with his ­boyfriend in New South Wales (NSW).

Fireworks mark William Shakespeare's 450th birthday

William Shakespeare
An elaborate party has been planned at Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the 450th birthday on Wednesday of William Shakespeare, who has been identified in a survey in India and other countries as Britain's greatest cultural icon.

Aviation regulator allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

Indian smartphone makers
'Please put your mobile phones on the flight mode'. Now on, you may hear an airhostess announcing this before your flight takes off instead of asking you to switch it off.

UK tourist recounts 'hellish' time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

Buddha tattoo
A 37-year-old British nurse recounted Tuesday her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

States where most money is spent in conducting general elections

Maharashtra topped list with Rs. 155 crore in 2009; expenditure incurred by top five states comprise 50% of total election spend.

Why Rani Mukerji got married now

Rani Mukerji, Aditya Chopra
Rani’s father, Ram Mukherjee, is unwell, reveals her uncle Subbir Mukerji. He says, "We were waiting for it (the wedding) to happen for a long, long time… My cousin’s (Ram) health is not well, which is why it was done now."

Book review: 'Cricket changed my life' is spot on

Abraham Benjamin
The tale of ruthless professional cricket, IPL and setting stars. Intended or otherwise, Dasgupta has made a case for why cricket and Indian cricketers need the domestic T20 league.

IPL 7: Punjab crush Hyderabad, Maxwell scores big again

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell produced yet another blistering knock of 95 (43 balls) and Lakshmipathy Balaji picked up a four-wicket haul as Kings XI Punjab notched up a crushing 72-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

IPL 7: Upbeat CSK face Rajasthan challenge

Brendon McCullum
After recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the IPL in Dubai on Wednesday.
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Chelsea may field weakened team vs Liverpool: Mourinho

Jose Mourinho speaks during a press conference

Chelsea could field a weakened team in their top of the table Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday, said manager Jose Mourinho after Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid.

UP football official arrested over sexual harassment charge

Sexual harrassment
Varanasi police on Tuesday arrested UP Football Association’s secretary general Mohd Shamsuddin following an allegation of sexual harassment by a woman footballer.
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Sharapova survives scare to progress at Stuttgart


Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed three hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday.

Monte Carlo Masters: Another heartbreak for Federer

Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions when he beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.
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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

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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Markets hit all-time high levels, profit-booking likely now

Bombay Stock Exchange
Continuing its record breaking performance, the Sensex on day spurted by over 118 points to end the day at all-time closing high of 22,876.54 on select buying in blue-chip stocks like L&T, HDFC Bank and BHEL amid persistent capital inflows.

Rupee at 61-level again as FII inflows slow down

The rupee on Wednesday depreciated by 31 paise to finish at one-month low at 61.07 against the dollar on sustained dollar demand from banks and importers.

GM seeks US court protection against ignition lawsuits

General Motors
General Motors Co filed a motion in a US court to enforce a bar on lawsuits stemming from ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights proposed class action litigation that seeks to set aside the restriction.
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Giant selfie installation proves our obsession with photo sharing

Parminder Nagra selfie A California-based artist has created a giant mirrored structure that comments on our increasing obsession with selfies. "Screen Identity" is a seven-foot wooden sculpture of a smartphone that features a mirror as its screen. It is big enough to frame the entire body of those who approach it.
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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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Lytro Illum

Lytro lights up the camera market

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

Google extends reach into mobile apps with new ad feature

Google officeGoogle Inc will allow marketers to run online ads that send consumers to a page directly inside a mobile app, furthering the Internet company's effort to extend its multibillion-dollar advertising business to smartphones.

Twitter releases new Facebook-like redesigned profile to all

TwitterTwitter's new Facebook-like profile design, which was earlier available only to a certain group of users, has finally been made public.
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