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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Last Updated 09:50 IST 

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Lok Sabha
Early voters line up to vote in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha voting 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.
 

India heads for highest ever voter participation

 Gaya
India's voters have come out in emphatic numbers as never seen before in during the first four phases of this summer's general elections. If the trend continues, the 2014 polls may have the highest voter turnout ever even though the hot summer is considered a big stumbling block.

Lok Sabha polls
Alleged killers, arsonists and rapist are in the fray today

Poll Mania
In the crucial fifth leg of the staggered elections, 16% candidates with shady criminal records will test their political fortunes. About 10% of them face serious charges, such as assault, arson or rape.

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.

Live: Voting for 10 seats begins in Madhya Pradesh

Won’t be vindictive, says BJP's PM candidate Modi

Nitish faces uphill task as Modi, Lalu battle it out

Fears grow for the missing in S. Korea ferry capsize

Is the TDP-BJP alliance in trouble?

Can’t pass off exit polls as opinion: EC to media

Willing to defreeze Sahara accounts, says SC

EC censures Amit Shah, Azam Khan for remarks

BJP will make army training compulsory: VK Singh

Anna Hazare's office gets threat calls

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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

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.

Know your leader: All about key candidates in fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls

HT Leadership Summit
In the fifth phase, heavyweights such as former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, Union minister Sachin Pilot and actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, among others, are in the fray. HT takes a look at the big-ticket fights.
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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

HCL Technologies Q3 net profit up 59%, beats forecasts

HCL
IT services exporter HCL Technologies beat market expectations with a 59% rise in March-quarter profit, helped by increasing demand for outsourcing services.

RCom to hike pre-paid call rates

Allahabad
Following a trend set off by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications announced increase in tariffs by up to 20% for pre-paid customers across India from April 25.

Don’t accept Diageo open offer, experts tell USL shareholders

Vijay Mallya speaks at an event
Diageo Plc’s new open offer to take a controlling 55% stake in Vijay Mallya-led United Spirits may not be successful as long-term investors are likely to hold on to their shares in hopes of a further upside over the next couple of years, analysts said.
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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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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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Twitter buys social data provider Gnip

Twitter 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.

Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services: Report

A Facebook userFacebook Inc is preparing to join the mobile-payments race with remittances and electronic-money services on the social network, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing several people involved in the process.
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