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Hindustan Times Friday, April 25, 2014 | Last Updated 03:55 IST 

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Women voter queue to cast their votes at Gailpuri booth in Alwar, Rajasthan. (AFP photo)
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Narendra Modi turns river city into a sea of saffron

Narendra Modi
On a day when well over 100 million voters decided the fates of several political heavyweights, only someone with the star power of Narendra Modi could steal the show by doing something as mundane as filing his nomination papers.

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Digital democracy: who is winning war for votes on Twitter

Voter awareness

The action in the Lok Sabha elections is on the ground and in polling booths, but many a battle line is being drawn in the digital space, much of it on Twitter. Here is the lowdown on the frenetic political activity on the site.

Maoist attack on poll party in Jharkhand kills 5 cops, 3 officials

Maoist attack
Killing of three polling officials and five policemen returning from election duty by suspected Maoists on Thursday evening marked the end of the three-phased polling for Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand.

Statue of Malaviya 'cleansed' after Modi garlands it

Phased polls may distort democratic process

After Priyanka, Rahul rakes up Snoopgate

MH370: Angry scenes as relatives meet airline staff

Fire kills family of 6 in Delhi, mother suspect

'Rahul leads a bachelor’s life out of compulsion'

India’s June-Sept monsoon likely to be weak: Govt

Punjab police scuttle Sonia’s road-show

Government puts brakes on Lokpal appointment

Ex-CAG to hold Kerala temple audit, says SC

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Moving finger
Politicians often attempt to threaten press into silence

In any democracy the Press should be subject to the law but not to any power held by elected politicians. Wouldn’t such powers curtail the ability of the press to investigate and expose the crimes and the conduct of politicians? Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Secularism deserves better champions

Muslim woman
A defence of secularism in the country entails the defeat of both the Congress and the BJP in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, writes Indrajit Roy.
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Mark Shand's 'heart was English, but his soul was Indian'

Mark Shand
Conservationist, wild-life enthusiast and travel writer Mark Shand, who died from a fall in New York on Wednesday aged 62, had a lifelong love affair with India and its elephants, for whom he raised millions of pounds from celebrities to better their living conditions.

Vadodara to Varanasi: Modi's assets up Rs. 14 lakh; BJP says party transferred fund

Narendra Modi on Thursday disclosed total assets worth Rs. 1.65 crore - a rise of Rs. 14.34 lakh from his declaration for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat a fortnight back.

Won't date an actress, I am crazy and volatile enough: Varun Dhawan

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

I'll not act all my life; will move to writing, direction: 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.

Kejriwal wins Time 100 readers' poll, Modi second, Rahul 40th

Kejriwal in Amethi
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal has won the TIME magazine's readers’ poll of 100 most influential people in the world with the highest percentage of 'yes' votes. BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi came second, followed by singer Katy Perry.

Of course, Samrat will remind you of Sherlock: Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal
In a conversation with Hindustan Times, the actor alongwith with his co-star Madalsa Sharma, talks about his next release, Samrat & Co and whether or not it is Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock rip-off.

Indo-Canadian film Siddharth wins Best Film at Beijing film festival

An Indo-Canadian film project, Siddharth, won the best film award at the 4th Beijing International Film Festival, ahead of favourite, China’s martial art epic, The Grandmaster, directed by acclaimed Wong Kar-wai.

'Fakir' from New Delhi AAP leader 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.

IPL 7: Mumbai Indians face a tough task against CSK

Brendon McCullum
With defending champions Mumbai Indians getting off to the worst possible start this season, Friday night’s game against the in-form Chennai Super Kings once again threatens to prolong their poor run.

Lynn moment powers Kolkata Knight Riders against RCB

Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli
Brilliant catch by Australian Chris Lynn in the last over gave Kolkata Knight Riders a thrilling win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL in Sharjah on Thursday. VIDEO INSIDE
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'Chosen One' banner removed from Stretford End after Moyes sacking

David Moyes

The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford.

Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar stolen in sticker heist

Brazil's Neymar Da Silva
Avid World Cup sticker collectors in Rio de Janeiro were given a shock this week when a van carrying hundreds of thousands of Panini stickers was stolen during a delivery.
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Defending champ Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart

Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Grand Slam winner Djokovic to become a father

Novak Djokovic
The Serbian six-time Grand Slam winner is currently sidelined with a right wrist injury picked up at last week's Monte Carlo Masters but announced the good news on his twitter account.
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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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State-owned banks set to get fresh capital

There are strong indications that public sector banks, creaking under the load of bad loans that yield no interest or suffer defaults, are set for a fresh dose of capital injection to cushion the impact and sustain lending for growth.

iPhone sales up 55% in India, crows Apple

Apple iPhone 4S rules the roost
iPhone maker Apple, which announced unexpectedly high quarterly profits on Wednesday, said iPhone sales in India had risen by 55% for the January-March quarter from a year ago.

If you don’t get a decent raise, expect a detailed feedback

Companies including Virtusa Corp, Dalmia Bharat Group, Lupin and Convergys and those in the Tata and HCL groups have offered feedback slips or verbal feedback from bosses to employees — to make them know where they lacked.
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Duchess of Cambridge Kate’s style-logue

Kate Middleton From high street to high-end, Kate Middleton has the ability to go from casual to couture, effortlessly. During her ongoing travels with husband Prince William and son George, The Duchess has given us a lot of fashion food for thought. A look at her latest styles.
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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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Apple splitting stock as iPhone sales soar

Apple on Wednesday courted investors with stock split plans as hot iPhone sales pushed up profits while underscoring pressure for the company to unveil "the next big thing."

Samsung apps a turn-off according to report

SamsungThe company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still has some way to go.

Lytro lights up the camera market

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