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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Last Updated 12:21 IST 

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Army officers patrol near a polling station in Bijbehara, some 42kms south of Srinagar. (AFP photo)

Number game
Polling official cheking electronic voting machine (EVM)
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Ganga aarti
Vinod Sharma, political editor at Hindustan Times, deduces the poll warzone in the state.

Modi to file nomination soon; blogs action plan for Varanasi, seeks people's blessings

Narendra Modi
Hours before filing his nomination papers from Varanasi in one of the most keenly watched contests in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi praised the "glorious past" and talked about the "glorious future" of the holy city in a blog.

The 'fakir' from New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, is a crorepati

Aam Aadmi Party
In his characteristic style, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tried to strike a chord with the people of Varanasi on Wednesday. "I am a fakir," he told them repeatedly.

Phase 6: Criminal cases against 15% candidates; 10% face serious charges

Kerobokan prison
Considering the record number of criminal cases against him, SP Udayakumar, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the iconic Kanyakumari seat could be a notorious criminal. Only that he is no thug but India’s best-known anti-nuclear campaigner.

Angry parents seek autopsies of S Korea ferry victims

Bodies retreived from the ferry being taken in ambulance
Parents of the victims of S Korea's ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show their children were alive inside the submerged vessel and only died because the emergency response was so slow.

Ambani's daughter Isha set for big RIL role?

Kejriwal lashes out at BJP for attack on Bharti

Malaysian flight turn back after technical difficulty

Brother-in-law of Prince Charles dies in New York

Australia rules out link between debris and MH370

Parties find it tough to ignore dons of eastern UP

BJP sniffs major poll gains in West Bengal

Pakistan targets militant hideouts near Afghan border

Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia coast

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For all to see: India's prejudices in poll season

Muslim voters
It may be currently spurred by the BJP and its allies, but the hate speech of the election season is only a reflection of India’s deep-seated prejudices and discriminatory practices against its own citizens, writes Samar Halarnkar.

AAP must show Shazia Ilmi where she is wrong for its own good

Shazia Ilmi
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has condemned her statement, but that is not enough. The party should pin her down on the point she is wrong and have its stand clear to the public.
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Sachin Tendulkar turns 41! Starts birthday with voting

Sachin Tendulkar votes in Mumbai.

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 on Thursday and will be celebrating his birthday in his home town in the midst of Indian Premier League action in the United Arab Emirates after being with his franchise Mumbai Indians in the initial phase of the T20 league.

Jodie Foster weds girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

17th Annual Women in Hollywood
Jodie Foster is a married woman .A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Foster and Hedison have been dating since last summer.

Voting in Mumbai begins for 6 Lok Sabha constituencies

Voting in Bangalore
Several high profile voters including industrialist Anil Ambani and wife Tina, actors Rekha, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar voted within the first hour.

Outrage after bus driver who crushed Gurgaon doc, child gets bail

There is widespread outrage over the bail granted to the errant Haryana Roadways bus driver, who mowed down a 44-year-old cardiologist and three-year-old daughther in Gurgaon on Monday.

Assam: 110-year-old voter sees Indira Gandhi-like strictness in Modi

Satyabhama Das
Arguably India’s oldest voter at 110 years, Satyabhama Das finds in Narendra Modi the strictness of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. And she won’t mind it if the country returns to the Emergency era to raise moral standards in Indian politics.

Alia and I are very fond of each other: Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan
As he turns 27 on Thursday, Varun Dhawan talks about relationships, working with his father, his birthday plans and his first co-star, Alia Bhatt in an exclusive interview with HT.

Vaishno Devi image on coin dragged to court; Centre, RBI asked to explain

Gold coin
Faced with this question filed in a petition by one Nafis Qazi, the Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned the legality of commemorative Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 coins issued by the RBI carrying the image of Hindu goddess Vaishno Devi.

I’m not going to be acting all my life: Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut
"I want to work with actors like Aamir and Irrfan. I feel that I should collaborate with talented people and make the most of my limited time as an actor. I know for a fact that I’m not going to be acting all my life," says Kangana.

IPL 7: KKR devise ploy to keep RCB batsmen quiet

Virat Kohli
The tactics are clearly to slow down and take pace off the pitch, forcing the RCB batsmen to manufacture shots. Yusuf Pathan and Shakib al Hasan too stuck to a similar brief — be slower through the air.

IPL 7: CSK save the day as Bhatia, Kulkarni’s heroics fall short

Dwayne Smith
Royals’ chase never really took wings. Failing to rotate the strike and hasty shot selection by their batsmen showed Shane Watson and his boys were yet to adjust to the slowness of the wicket, writes Sai Prasad Mohapatra.
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Benzema guides Real Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern

Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo
Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over title holder Bayern Munich Wednesday and a slight advantage in their Champions League semifinal.

United must move fast with vital window looming

David Moyes

Manchester United must move quickly to appoint a new manager and give him maximum time to operate in what will be a critical transfer window for the club.

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Nadal wins but Ferrer crashes out in Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal
Nadal, the top seed, put his loss last week in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals to Ferrer out of his mind in a match lasting just over two hours against compatriot Ramos in a battle of left-handers.

Sharapova survives scare to progress at Stuttgart


Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed three hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday.

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Aaqib, Pakistan’s real king of pace in the desert

Aaqib Javed
His ability to work up a sharp pace and swing and reverse the ball made Aaqib Javed a dangerous customer, but caught in the Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis era meant he got to play only 22 Tests for Pakistan.

BCCI lost chance to set things right, say ex-players

The Supreme Court rejecting the three-member inquiry panel proposed by the BCCI on Tuesday to probe the spot-fixing scandal has shown the sports body in an even more poor light.
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Facebook Q1 revenue grows 72% on rising mobile ads

Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.

Bharti Infratel Q4 net profit jumps 64%

Indian currency notes
Telecommunications tower operator Bharti Infratel Ltd reported a 64% jump in its quarterly profit, beating estimates on higher revenue from leasing mobile phone masts to phone carriers.

Indian markets closed on Thursday for elections

Bombay Stock Exchange
Indian debt, currency and equity markets will be closed on Thursday as Mumbai takes part in the five-week long Parliament election process set to conclude in mid-May.
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Giant selfie installation proves our obsession with photo sharing

Parminder Nagra selfie A California-based artist has created a giant mirrored structure that comments on our increasing obsession with selfies. "Screen Identity" is a seven-foot wooden sculpture of a smartphone that features a mirror as its screen. It is big enough to frame the entire body of those who approach it.
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Ready for the medical test?

It’s back to the All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) for medical aspirants across the country. To be held on May 4, 2014, the AIPMT will be conducted again for the first time since 2012 after the Supreme Court quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in July 2013.

‘Being versatile is crucial’

Graphic designerGraphic designers are in great demand now with opportunities across sectors. Here’s a quick overview of what a career in graphic design entails

Go green, taste tech power and study social sciences

Teri university

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

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Lytro Illum

Lytro lights up the camera market

The company's first pro light field camera and software platform offer new dimensions of creativity to professionals and photography enthusiasts alike.

Google extends reach into mobile apps with new ad feature

Google officeGoogle Inc will allow marketers to run online ads that send consumers to a page directly inside a mobile app, furthering the Internet company's effort to extend its multibillion-dollar advertising business to smartphones.

Twitter releases new Facebook-like redesigned profile to all

TwitterTwitter's new Facebook-like profile design, which was earlier available only to a certain group of users, has finally been made public.
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