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Hindustan Times Friday, April 18, 2014 | Last Updated 11:28 IST 
Mayawati addressing a rally
The provocative slogans that one associated the BSP with are missing, perhaps indicative of the inclusive politics Mayawati adopted in the 2007 assembly polls. This, says activist GP Madan, also reflects her confidence about what she does or doesn’t.
 

Beyond the Bite
Choiceless by choice? A NOTA vote is a cop-out

voter, voting, indelible ink, voting ink mark
Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Raj Thackeray gets into spat with TV anchor Arnab over pro-Modi stand

The Raj Thackeray show
“This is an interview, and not an interrogation” was MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s reprimand while threatening to walk out of a one-on-one with a news channel on Thursday.

Korea investigates capsized ferry crew as rescue hampered by tides

Ferry capsizes off South Korea coast

Strong tides and murky waters off South Korea's southwest coast were hampering efforts on Friday to find survivors from a ferry accident over 48 hours previously that left hundreds of passengers, mostly students, missing.

EC lifts ban on Amit Shah's campaign in UP

Varanasi: Kejriwal faces protest by Modi supporters

Don't talk about cash here, Ramdev to BJP nominee

2 youth tear woman's clothes for resisting molestation

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

No govt in place, infra projects go slow in Delhi

Chatwal pleads guilty to US polls laws breach

S Korea ferry death toll rises, hopes fade for missing

Woman ‘orders’ dog to attack neighbour in S Delhi

Phase 5: Voter turnouts higher than 2009 poll figures

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our take
Potential BJP allies will have to contend with Narendra Modi

A Modi follower waving the BJP flag during the rally
Rajnath's claim that BJP will win 272 seats on its own cannot be happy news for the sizeable number of allies the party has gathered. More so, because this time they, by all reckoning, will have to contend with a person, Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi does not figure in the Dalit khichri

BJP Narendra Modi
In villages near Varanasi inhabited by people belonging to the Musahar caste, there is no propaganda about Modi. They are only looking for some relief from their daily grind and rely on the BSP and the Congress.
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Multimedia

Space for life?
Second Earth? NASA finds planet in habitable zone that could have liquid water

Kepler-186f
The exoplanet, located some 500 light years from Earth, orbits in what is seen as the sweet spot around its star: not too close and not too far, so it could have liquid water, considered a crucial component to possibly hosting life.

Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

Amitabh Bachchan deserves Dadasaheb Phalke: Lata Mangeshkar

Bhoothnath Returns
She was prompt in expressing her elation at Gulzar being honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. The legendary singer, however, says, "Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) deserves it. Unko milna hi chahiye (He should get it)."

Ranbir Kapoor may star in Hirani's biopic on Sanjay Dutt

Ranbir Kapoor
Director Rajkumar Hirani plans to make a biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Reports suggest that Dutt's wife Manyata will co-produce the biopic with Hirani and Ranbir is likely to play the lead.

FIRST LOOK: Ranbir Kapoor in Bombay Velvet

Bombay Velvet
Till now, Ranbir Kapoor's look for Bombay Velvet was kept under wraps. However, we came across this picture that shows him shooting for the film. The actor plays Johnny Balraj, a street fighter, in this film directed by Anurag Kashyap.

Street 750: Built for Asia, made in India

Harley Davidson's Street 750
When early last year Harley Davidson unveiled two new motorcycles, it injected a high dose of expectation in the market since they were SMALL bikes — by Harley standards — a 750 cc and a 500 cc.

MF Husain’s last paintings at London exhibition

MF Husain paintings
The last nine paintings of painter MF Husain commissioned by the Lakshmi Mittal family are, for the first time, to be put up for public display at an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum next month.

Chitrangada Singh, Jyoti Randhawa granted divorce

Chitrangada and Jyoti
It has been confirmed that actor Chitrangada Singh divorced golfer Jyoti Randhawa in November last year. The custody of their son has been granted to the actor.
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Yuvraj, Kohli hammer Daredevils with match-winning partnership

AB De Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was redemption time for Yuvraj Singh too. The man who came under fire after failing to get going in the World Twenty20 final defeat against Sri Lanka, made RCB feel good about their big buy first up.
After final flop, Yuvraj justifies the big bid price

CSK, Rajasthan Royals look to come out of corruption shadow

Ben Hilfenhaus
In the news for wrong reasons off the field, both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will finally have focus back on their cricket when they open their IPL-7 campaign on Friday.
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Barca facing first trophyless season in six years

Lionel Messi
Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years.

Real fans jam streets to celebrate Copa del Rey win

Real Madrid fans
Thousands of fans took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday, setting off fireworks and waving flags, to celebrate Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
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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.

Djokovic strolls into Monte Carlo third round

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic opened his Monte Carlo Masters title defence with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes on Tuesday to reach the third round.
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There's no one in BCCI to take on Srinivasan, rues Manohar

Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan
Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar on Thursday rued that there was no one in the Board to take on N Srinivasan who is facing the heat over the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

HT @IPL | KKR vs MI
IPL 7: Kallis silences doubters, helps KKR beat holders MI

J Kallis
Defending champions Mumbai Indians, despite Lasith Malinga’s sensational form which saw him finish with four for 23 could not respond when it came to the chase.
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cities

Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations

Wipro

India’s third-largest software services exporter, Wipro, on Thursday beat expectations with a 41% year-on-year growth in consolidated net profit to Rs. 2,230 crore for the quarter ended March 31. 2014 aided by IT spending by customers.

Samsung looks beyond gadgets with new version of app services

 Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Moving beyond electronics and consumer durable segment, Samsung India is eyeing a leadership position in application and content segment with the launch of its instant messaging platform, 3.5 ChatON.

Little-known small stocks surge in broad-based rally

A businessman watches a stock indicator in Tokyo.
The bull run in the markets due to strong foreign inflows and expectations of a more stable and investor-friendly government at the Centre is boosting not only large caps but smaller companies as well.
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Victoria's Secret fashion show to be held in London this year

Victoria's Secret "We are pretty excited... The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is the biggest fashion event in the world, for sure, and we're very proud and honoured to announce that we are headed to London this year. Yes," Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima said.
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Women powered by technology

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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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Nearby Friends

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Samsung's 'ChatOn' now available on major mobile platforms

ChatONSamsung Electronics launched 'ChatON Version 3.5', a free messaging application, across all major mobile platforms - Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry - with largest file sharing capacity of 1 gigabyte.

Twitter buys social data provider Gnip

twitterTwitter Inc said it bought social data provider Gnip to provide enhanced data analytics capabilities to its business customers. Founded in 2008, Gnip has a four-year-old partnership with Twitter.
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