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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Last Updated 07:34 IST 

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Salman Khurshid
Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid at an election rally in Agra.
Number game
Polling official cheking electronic voting machine (EVM)
Understanding poll numbers is quite easy. All you need to do is follow the basic facts and figures through...
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Ganga aarti
Vinod Sharma, political editor at Hindustan Times, deduces the poll warzone in the state.

AAP leader Somnath Bharti beaten by alleged BJP supporters in Varanasi

Somnath Bharti
Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti was thrashed allegedly by BJP supporters during filming of a television show in Varanasi on Wednesday, news channel visuals showed. WATCH VIDEO

Varanasi may go the Modi way, but Kejriwal will give tough fight

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal
Many Varanasi residents believe BJP's Narendra Modi is the solution to all their problems with his development agenda and PM nominee status, reports Darpan Singh.

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.

Used 'communal' word in an ironic manner: Shazia Ilmi

Modi’s Varanasi show today, Kejriwal files papers

Anti-nuke icon most criminal of them all

Facebook profits nearly triple to $642 million

South Korea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

BJP takes on St Xavier's principal over poll advice

Vaishno Devi image on coin dragged to court

EC seizures can fund half of election costs

2G scam: SC asks for details on Aircel-Maxis deal

Neta-voter disconnect in Bihar poll priorities

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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.

Poverty line
Why BJP's plan of full reforms is easier said than done

BJP supporters
One advantage of not being in power is that we can dream of reshaping the world exactly as we please. The BJP has had this luxury for some time — now the reality is about to hit it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.
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Six things to know about Mumbai constituencies, candidates

Taj Mahal Hotel
Star candidates, high-profile politicians, two estranged cousins, a confident newcomer, raging controversies and a close contest — the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai have all the elements for an action-packed thriller.

Isha Ambani set for big RIL role?

Isha Ambani at a Reliance event. (Agencies)
Isha Ambani, the 22-year-old daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, who has been working as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in the US since May last year, is likely to play a larger role in the group’s consumer-facing businesses.

Google offers refund for fake anti-virus app

Google is venturing into hardware
Search engine giant Google recently had its oops! moment after the company discovered that an anti-virus app “Virus Shield” available for $3.99 on its Play Store actually offered no security protection to users who had downloaded it.

Why Rani Mukerji got married now

Rani Mukerji, Aditya Chopra
Rani’s father, Ram Mukherjee, is unwell, reveals her uncle Subbir Mukerji. He says, "We were waiting for it (the wedding) to happen for a long, long time… My cousin’s (Ram) health is not well, which is why it was done now."

WATCH: Ranveer Singh raps for safe sex

Ranveer Singh
Here's a condom advertisement that does not focus on objectification of sex and women but on the use of condoms instead. Ranveer Singh's latest ad comes across as a breath of fresh air.

This 'fakir' from New Delhi 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.

Indian doctors ditching Britain in droves

For the first time in recent decades, the number of Indian doctors coming to Britain has shown a major decline, mainly due to a growing private health sector in India, immigration restrictions and perceptions of unfair treatment at work in the National Health Service.

Shocking! Link between power and politics in India

Electricity poll
University of Michigan study shows how electricity is used to win votes and why political factors affect line losses in ways that technical and economic factors alone cannot explain.

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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After fighting him in court, Raheja leaves Rs. 11,000-crore fortune to son

‘Work on 95% projects will come to a stop’
Real estate magnate Gopal Raheja, who passed away in March, has reportedly left his entire estate to his son Sandeep, with whom the senior Raheja was fighting a court case at the time of his death, accusing the son of trying to grab his Rs. 11,000-crore business.

Kiran Shaw apologises after praising Rohan Murty in tweet

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw on Wednesday apologised after her tweet on Rohan Murty, son of Infosys chairman Narayana Murthy, kicked up a controversy.

Coming: 2-step verification for web payments

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Expressing concern over the rise in cyber crimes, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to introduce a two-way authentication process to ensure customer safety.
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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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