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Hindustan Times Friday, April 18, 2014 | Last Updated 09:20 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...

Phase 5
Voting wave sweeps India, all states beat 2009 turnout

fifth phase voting

Voter turnouts higher than the 2009 poll figures marked the fifth and biggest round of Lok Sabha elections covering 121 seats across 12 states amidst largely peaceful balloting on Thursday. A good turnout is considered a strong sign of anti-incumbency, a cause of worry for the Congress.

Beyond the Bite
Choiceless by choice? 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. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Don't talk about cash here, Ramdev to BJP nominee

Yoga guru Ramdev faced embarrassment when, at a press conference, he didn't let BJP candidate Mahant Chandnath Yogi speak about the 'difficulty in getting money for electioneering'. A microphone that was on gave him away.

South Korea ferry death toll rises to 25

EC lifts ban on Amit Shah, allows him to campaign

At exit gate, UPA government tries to sneak in lokpal

Chatwal pleads guilty to US polls laws breach

It’s war, but Rahul Gandhi’s young army missing

Cong digs out Uma Bharti CD to vilify Narendra Modi

Kejriwal mobbed, cops disperse protestors

After Dhowan news, top Admiral seeks retirement

BJP creeping up on Mamata, expects 10 seats

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

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

A Modi follower waving the BJP flag during the rally
Rajnath's claim that BJP 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.

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.
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Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

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.

Raj Thackeray gets into spat with TV anchor over pro-Modi stand

The Raj Thackeray show
“This is an interview, and not an interrogation” was MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s reprimand while threatening to walk out of a one-on-one with a news channel on Wednesday.

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.

MF Husain’s last paintings at London exhibition

MF Husain paintings
The last nine paintings of painter MF Husain commissioned by the Lakshmi Mittal family are, for the first time, to be put up for public display at an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum next month.

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.

Yuvraj, Kohli hammer Daredevils with match-winning partnership

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was redemption time for Yuvraj Singh too. The man who came under fire after failing to get going in the World Twenty20 final defeat against Sri Lanka, made RCB feel good about their big buy first up.
After final flop, Yuvraj justifies the big bid price

CSK, Rajasthan Royals look to come out of corruption shadow

Ben Hilfenhaus
In the news for wrong reasons off the field, both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will finally have focus back on their cricket when they open their IPL-7 campaign on Friday.
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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.

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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Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations


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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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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