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Hindustan Times Friday, April 18, 2014 | Last Updated 03:09 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...
 

Amit Shah promises to behave, EC allows him to campaign

Amit Shah
The election commission on Thursday allowed Amit Shah to resume his campaign in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP leader told the commission he would not use derogatory or abusive language.

At exit gate, UPA government tries to sneak in lokpal

singh
Barely a month away from completing its term, the UPA government is trying to push through the appointment of India’s first ever lokpal — a corruption watchdog to probe allegations against public officers in high places.

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

A thoughtful Rahul Gandhi watches the India Vs West Indies Test match.
In May 2012, the Youth Congress boasted of being the only organisation in the world to have more than 1.3 crore members. Two years later, when Congress desperately needs this youth wing, it has gone missing.

Cong digs out Uma Bharti CD to vilify Narendra Modi

Kejriwal mobbed, cops disperse protestors

Spitfire Mayawati keeps her calm, speaks no evil

BJP creeping up on Mamata, expects 10 seats

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

Modi mounts assault on Dravidian parties

SP leader Mulayam Singh dreams of PM post

Train deviates 700km, arrives 26 hrs late

Edward Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

Anger boils over in search for missing S Korea ferry

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

Narendra Modi
Rajnath's claim that BJP 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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Multimedia

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 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 news channel Times Now 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.

Killer with noose around his neck spared execution by victim's mother

Noose
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday.

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.
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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.

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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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cities

Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations

Wipro

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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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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