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Hindustan Times Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Last Updated 03:28 IST 
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Past the half-way mark, Elections 2014 now enters a politically-critical stage where the remaining four phases accounting for 311 seats will see polling in the most significant states with big players in the fray — their fates in the hands of 500 million voters.
 

Now, AAP's Kumar Vishwas cries threat to life, seeks FIR against Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

Kumar Vishwas
There was high drama in Amethi when Aam Aadmi Party candidate Kumar Vishwas on Friday staged a sit-in at a police station demanding an FIR against his Congress rival Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka and some of their party workers alleging threat to his life.

In Varanasi, BJP releases booklet to ‘expose’ Arvind Kejriwal

AAP Arvind Kejriwal
After posters mocking Aam Admi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come up with a booklet 'AAP Aisa Hai' to attack Kejriwal, who is contesting against BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.

Seniors slap Noida college student 400 times, make MMS

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An 18-year-old student of a Noida-based media institute has alleged that three of his seniors molested and physically assaulted him, terrorised him with a firearm, and attempted to blackmail him by threatening to upload a video of the incident on the internet.

Will not apologise: Azam, questions EC relief to Shah

EC notice to Mulayam for 'violating' model code

6 charred to death as bus catches fire in MP

Vice-principal in ferry mishap commits suicide

Hotel AC conks off, Mamata alleges murder plot

Cong seeks stay on release of Gujarati film on Modi

Sonia Gandhi has 3 foreign bank accounts: Swamy

Indian-origin doc unfairly sacked, rules UK tribunal

Several SP MLAs are in touch with us: Kalyan Singh

Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy

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India needs a thinker, not a despot on its peacock throne

Aurangzeb

Can people who showed the door even to a person as esteemed as Vajpayee, vote into office a govt headed by one who has split the country into those who worship him and those who fear him? Perhaps they can, perhaps they will, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Ajit Pawar’s threat may have harmed NCP’s chances

Ajit Pawar
It is difficult to tell whether it was to harm or help Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule that Ajit Pawar made an appalling statement a day before the elections there. But he has gone too far this time.
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Movie review by Anupama Chopra: It's a state of confusion in 2 States

2 States
In 2 States, the story is the weakest link. The film is bolstered by talented actors, gorgeous songs by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, nice styling, sumptuous production design and a few sparkling moments. And yet it is a slog.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Johnny Depp goes dystopian in Transcendence

Johnny Depp
Despite its love story underpinnings, Transcendence is strangely devoid of emotion. While there’s no denying Pfister’s visual pizzazz, it’s the script with its confusing dramatics and tedious techno jargon which is a let-down.

Amitabh Bachchan deserves Dadasaheb Phalke: Lata Mangeshkar

Bhoothnath Returns
She was prompt in expressing her elation at Gulzar being honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The legendary singer, however, says, "Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) deserves it. Unko milna hi chahiye (He should get it)."

Ranbir Kapoor may star in Hirani's biopic on Sanjay Dutt

Ranbir Kapoor
Director Rajkumar Hirani plans to make a biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Reports suggest that Dutt's wife Manyata will co-produce the biopic with Hirani and Ranbir is likely to play the lead.

BJP is rallying around Modi because it doesn’t trust itself

MNS chief Raj Thackeray
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray is extending “unconditional” support to Narendra Modi as PM, even though he doesn’t trust the BJP. Thackeray spoke at length to HT at his Shivaji Park residence in central Mumbai.

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True grit Tejas: he beat pain to win 'India's Strongest Man' title

Tejas Jaishankar
After an accident left him with 42 fractures and three shattered vertebrae, doctors said Tejas Jaishankar would barely be able to walk. Two years since, he has won a title called India's Strongest Man which involves weightlifting and exercises. Here's his story.

Inside a BJP war room: A day in the life of a candidate

Uday Singh
Uday Singh is fatigued. It is 3.30 in the afternoon and the BJP two-term MP from the constituency cannot even keep his eyes open. He has had less than three hours of sleep and addressed over three dozen corner meetings the previous day.

NHRC orders Rs. 50,000-fine for delivery on roadside

NHRC
The NHRC on Wednesday asked the government of Rajasthan to pay Rs. 50,000 as monetary relief to a woman, who gave birth to a baby by the roadside in Bhilwara, after the medical staff at the Community Health Centre refused to admit her.
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IPL 7: Rahane guides Rajasthan to four-wicket win vs SRH

Ajinkya Rahane
A patient half-century by Ajinkya Rahane and some disciplined bowling display helped Rajasthan Royal notch up a comfortable four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

IPL 7: Maxwell finally proves his worth for Punjab vs CSK

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell's 43-ball 95 powered King's XI Pujab to a six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in their IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Friday with an over to spare.
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Chelsea ready for make-or-break stretch

Alex Song
Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland believes there are plenty of curve balls to come in the Premier League title race and bottom side Sunderland could provide one of those when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Brazil players push for reforms

Brazil World Cup
Brazil’s old guard may hold sway with 73-year-old Marco Polo del Nero confirmed as the man to succeed octagenarian Jose Maria Marin as head of the Brazilian football Confederation.
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Rafa’s shock defeat on clay, Federer scrapes through

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Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot and close friend David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer scraped into the last-four.

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.
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Yuvraj showed it’s too early to write him off just yet

Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli
There are no guarantees in life, and even the statistics-driven world of sports is no exception to that rule. Yet, Yuvraj Singh could not have anticipated the avalanche of derisive anger that was directed at him after the World Twenty20 final.

Motive questioned, but funds showed the way

Abdur Rehman Bukhatir
Way back in 1981, a businessman and cricket lover, Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, put together a disparate group for a purpose that went beyond merely hosting matches. The Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) thus emerged.
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Tech giants glow pink again as key markets edge back to normal

Infosys
The Big Four of India’s software-led services industry that includes business process outsourcing (BPO) pleasantly surprised the markets this month with solid results for the January-March quarter.

700 trainees opt for exit plan at Nokia’s Chennai plant

Nokia
Finnish handset maker Nokia, struggling to shepherd its Chennai plant into its agreement to be bought by US software giant Microsoft amid tax disputes in India, has got some success with 736 of its trainees accepting the voluntary separation scheme.

RIL sees flat Q4 net, but full-year profit hits record

Reliance
Reliance Industries Ltd on Friday reported a marginal rise of 0.8% in its net profit in the fourth quarter, even though the company’s quarterly profits were the highest in more than two years.
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Most women want to dress like Jennifer Lawrence, Duchess Kate

According to a survey, which polled over 2,000 women aged between 18 to 30, shopaholics were asked to reveal three celebrities whose fashion sense they admired and would most like to have the wardrobe of. The results also put Beyonce on third position.
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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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Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game

ZyngaSocial games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

XBox OneMicrosoft Corp has sold more than Five million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November, the company said on Thursday.
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