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Hindustan Times Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Last Updated 16:54 IST 

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Women voter queue to cast their votes at Gailpuri booth in Alwar, Rajasthan. (AFP photo)
Number game
Polling official cheking electronic voting machine (EVM)
Scroll through the basic facts and figures of Lok Sabha phase 6 elections.
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Ganga aarti
Vinod Sharma, political editor at Hindustan Times, deduces the poll warzone in the state.

My coming to Varanasi is like a child going to his mother, says Modi after filing nomination

Narendra Modi

After a show of strength on the streets of Varanasi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday filed his nomination papers for one of the most keenly watched contests in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Manmohan says no Modi wave in the country, confident of majority win

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday dismissed that there was any Modi wave in the country and said it was a creation of the media. He also urged all citizens to participate in the democratic process and cast their vote.

The '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.

Live: Maximum city Mumbai huffs and puffs towards 40% mark

Aamir Khan
Mumbai North saw the highest polling percentage at 40.07, while Mumbai South recorded the lowest at 29. From big fights to controversies: six things to know about Mumbai polls

Phase 6: Criminal cases against 15% candidates

Gujarat: Modi only worried about chair, says Sonia

Giriraj Singh files application for anticipatory bail

What's in a name, Presidents Abe and Obama?

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

Beni Prasad gets EC notice for model code violation

Parents seek autopsies of S Korea ferry victims

Ukraine: Shooting, violence in Slavyansk town

Ambani's daughter Isha set for big RIL role?

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

Eid at Agra
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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Modi vs Kejriwal in Varanasi: Mother of all battles this Lok Sabha polls

Modi-Kejriwal combo
The Varanasi battle became the most watched electoral contest after Kejriwal announced his candidature against Modi, saying there was a need to defeat both Modi, and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. 

Bangladesh woman who survived 17 days under factory debris marries, finds new job

Reshma Akhter
She was the 'miracle' seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

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.

Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote on 41st birthday

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.

In the Shand of time, he left his Mark on elephant conservation in India

Mark Shand
Mark Shand, the brother of Duchess of Cornwall Camilla and brother-in-law of Prince Charles, died in New York on Wednesday after falling and suffering fatal injuries on his head. He was 62.

New technology to detect drowsy drivers

2015 Ford Mustang

Researchers have developed a new technology that can detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. The technology is based on steering wheel movements -which are more variable in drowsy drivers.

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.

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.

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

Bharti Infratel on Thursday reported a 64% jump in its net profit at Rs. 472 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The company had reported a net profit of Rs. 287 crore in the corresponding period last year.

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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How to deal with unpleasant memories

sad When these negative memories creep up, thinking about the context of the memories, rather than how you felt, is a relatively easy and an effective way to alleviate the negative effects of these memories, a new study has revealed.
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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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