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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Last Updated 22:07 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...
 

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal faces fresh poster attack; parties indulge in potshots

AAP Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday faced a fresh round of attacks through posters, which wished for his "speedy recovery" along with prayers to give him a "sound mind". Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

Cong releases video showing Uma Bharti calling Modi 'vinash purush'

 Uma Bharti
The Congress on Thursday released an old clipping that shows Bharataiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti calling the outfit’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi ‘vinash purush’ (a man who causes destruction).

Don't talk about money here, Ramdev tells BJP candidate

 Haridwar
Yoga guru Baba 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.

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

Heart-rending texts from South Korea ferry students

Maharashtra: Faulty EVMs 'transfer' votes to Cong

Ukraine says will restrict entry of Russian men

Modi 'encounter minister', a 'compulsive liar': PC

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

India heading for highest ever voter turnout

Robin Dhowan takes over as Indian Navy chief

TN: Beaten up by students, teacher commits suicide

Wipro's Q4 profit rises 28.8%  to Rs. 2,226.5 cr

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our take
Modi’s personality may force BJP’s potential allies to bargain realistically

Narendra Modi
BJP president Rajnath Singh’s claim that his party 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.

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.
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1,000 Kejriwals in this MP village, every ringtone is 'mein hoon aam aadmi'

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.

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.

Salman Khan returns to small screen with Mission Sapne

Salman Khan
Starting April 27, we will see Bollywood stars transform into aam aadmi for Mission Sapne. The TV show will feature Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Drashti Dhami, Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Mika.

India’s Titli lands at Cannes Film Fest

Ranvir Shorey
India’s Titli, directed by debutant Kanu Behl, will be a part of the Cannes Film Festival’s A Certain Regard. Produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, Titli features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora in the lead roles.

National Awards: are they rewarding enough?

Shahid
The winners of 61st National Awards were announced on Wednesday. Beyond recognition, what does it mean for the actors and filmmakers? We break it down in terms of money and find the country's highest cinematic honour lacking.

Filmistaan trailer out: Bonding with the terrorists over Bollywood

Filmistaan
If you are a Bollywood lover, nobody can harm you, not even the terrorists. That's what Nitin Kakkar's Filmistaan is all about. The film also won the Best Hindi Film award at the 60th National Awards.

Parivar backs TV's 'super bahu' Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani
Gandhi family bastion, Amethi, is most likely to remain one. But by the time the last voter here would have cast her vote on May 7, Smriti Zubin Irani would have somewhat shaken and stirred Rahul Gandhi's constituency.

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.
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IPL 7: Daredevils score 145/4 vs RCB, Duminy, Ross Taylor shine

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Delhi Daredevils scored 145/4 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier league match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in Sharjah on Thursday.

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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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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.

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.
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cities

Sensex jumps 351 points, snaps 3-day losing streak

Sensex
Sensex rose more than 1.5% on Thursday to snap a three-day losing streak as lenders such as ICICI Bank surged on value buying, earnings expectations and hopes of gains in bond portfolios after the central bank's biggest debt auction.

A star abroad, RBI boss, Raghuram Rajan, riles bond traders at home

Raghuram Rajan
Since taking the helm of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan's agenda to reform markets has put the noses of Mumbai bond traders firmly out of joint by upending practices that provided them with a relatively secure rate of return.

Myntra founders set to make Rs. 427 cr from Flipkart deal

Flipkart
Mukesh Bansal (39) and Ashutosh Lawania (37), who founded online fashion retailer Myntra.com in 2007 with Rs. 50 lakh, will be worth a combined Rs. 427 crore when Flipkart.com completes a deal to buy their company in six weeks.
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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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ChatON

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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