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Hindustan Times Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Last Updated 10:51 IST 
Congress
Pitted against a strong anti-incumbency factor and an aggressive Narendra Modi, the Congress internal assessments have shown little hope of victory in the Lok Sabha poll. Instead, the party is now pulling out all its stops to get at least 120 seats.
 

Mandate 2014: BJP gets strategic RSS heft for poll push

Modi
Finally, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which claims to be a cultural organisation and the BJP’s intellectual mentor, is adding teeth to the Parivar’s push for Mandate 2014.

Singh is King, globally: PMO

Manmohan Singh
Reeling under the attack of the ‘book bombs’, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Friday stepped up the defence of the otherwise reticent Manmohan Singh.

South Korea ferry tragedy: captain arrested, divers spot bodies

South Korea ferry tragedy
Investigators on Saturday arrested the captain accused of abandoning the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board, as divers finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted bodies inside.

Drone diving to record level in MH370 search

Bike accident on JNU campus kills three students

Kumar Vishwas cries threat to life, seeks FIR against Rahul, Priyanka

Reports of gunman at LA Times building: police

Russia warns US against further sanctions

BJP releases booklet to ‘expose’ Arvind Kejriwal

Seniors slap Noida student 400 times, make MMS

Will not apologise: Azam, questions EC relief to Shah

EC notice to Mulayam for 'violating' model code

Hotel AC conks off, Mamata alleges murder plot

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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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Multimedia

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.

Golden lie: man tells doc he swallowed bottle cap, gold bars found instead

Gold biscuits

In a bizarre case, doctors of a city hospital found 12 gold biscuits each weighing 33g inside the abdomen of a 63-year-old businessman. The businessman had come to the hospital for surgery, stating that he had swallowed a water bottle cap.

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station cargo run

 Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday to deliver a cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA.

Modern Delhi unaware of its vast heritage

Purana Quila
Delhi is endowed with two imperial capitals, a whopping 174 Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monuments and not to mention scores of smaller, often unidentified, heritage structures.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an influence 'all over the planet'

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was an enormous influence on a huge number of writers worldwide, in particular through his 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

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.

Stricter vigil helped prevent suicides on Delhi Metro premises

All about TODs
According to the data compiled, a total of 53 persons jumped in front of speeding trains and 20 of them died. The others, many of whom sustained critical injuries, were rescued by Delhi Metro operators and other staff deployed at the stations.

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

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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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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BCCI meet to find new pathway in IPL case tomorrow

BCCI
The Cricket Board's all-powerful Working Committee is to meet in Mumbai Sunday afternoon at its headquarters to find a pathway to satisfy the latest directive of the SC in the case related to corruption in last year's IPL.

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.
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cities

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.

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.

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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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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Amazon

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Nearby FriendsFacebook 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.
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