HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

FIR against Misa Bharti for 'disturbing poll process'

An FIR was lodged against Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) nominee for the Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat, on Thursday after an election official accused her of pushing him and disturbing the polling process.

SP leader Mulayam Singh dreams of PM post

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed that third front would form the government at the Centre, with SP as its largest component, and said he would stake claim for the Prime Minister’s post.

Election mystery: why has spitfire Mayawati gone calm

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.

Edward Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of US intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions.  

Anger boils over in search for missing S Korea ferry

Worsening weather fuelled the sombre mood, with persistent rain and choppy seas hindering dive teams already struggling with low visibility and strong currents.

Train deviates 700km, arrives 26 hrs late

Exhausted passengers of the Okha-Ernakulam Express train finally reached their destination, Ernakulam on Wednesday evening, 26 hours later than the scheduled arrival time.

Modi mounts assault on Dravidian parties

Modi is the first political leader posing a serious challenge to the two Dravidian parties in four decades since the Congress was edged out of power in the state in 1967.

Kejriwal faces fresh poster attack; parties indulge in potshots

Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday faced a fresh round of attacks through posters, which wished for his "speedy recovery" along with prayers to give him a "sound mind". Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

2 youth tear woman's clothes for resisting molestation

Two youth tore woman's clothes when she tried to resist their molestation bid at Siyani Gate area in Ghaziabad on Thursday.

Heart-rending texts from South Korea ferry students

Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight on Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.

Maharashtra: Faulty EVMs 'transfer' votes to Cong

A malfunctioning electronic voting machine (EVM) reportedly "transferred" all votes cast to the Congress candidate in Sindhudurg district here, in the second incident of its kind on Thursday.

Ukraine says will restrict entry of Russian men

Ukraine said on Thursday it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where pro-Moscow rebellions have broken out.

Coalgate: CBI questions Jharkhand ex-CM Koda

CBI has questioned former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of a state coal block in 2008 to two firms of Congress’s Lok Sabha MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal.

Modi 'encounter minister', a 'compulsive liar': PC

The BJP’s PM nominee and finance minister P Chidambaram began a fresh round of verbal duel on a day the biggest phase of the Lok Sabha elections were held.

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

Malaysia warned Thursday that the cost of the search for MH370's wreckage in the Indian Ocean will be "huge", the latest sobering assessment by authorities involved in the challenging effort. Missing jet MH370 search refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

India heading for highest ever voter turnout

India's voters have come out in emphatic numbers as never seen before in the first four phases of this summer's general elections. If the trend continues, the 2014 polls may have the highest voter turnout ever even though the hot summer is considered a big stumbling block.

Admiral Dhowan takes over as Indian navy chief

The government on Thursday named Admiral Robin Dhowan as the new navy chief, 51 days after DK Joshi resigned, accepting moral responsibility for a rash of recent accidents.

TN: Beaten up by students, teacher commits suicide

A teacher at a private polytechnic institute allegedly hanged himself at his house here as he felt 'ashamed' after being beaten up by his students.

Wipro Q4 net up 41%, beats expectations

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.

BJP circulating fake 'thank you' note to Ansari: AAP

Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday accused BJP of circulating a 'fake' letter in which Arvind Kejriwal has purportedly thanked local Muslim strongman Mukhtar Ansari's Qaumi Ekta Dal for not contesting Lok Sabha elections.

CAG can audit accounts of telecom firms: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday held that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) can audit the account books of private telecom companies which share revenue with the government for using spectrum.

Kejriwal vs Modi: AAP opens war room in Varanasi

The AAP on Wednesday opened its war room in Varanasi's Mahmoorganj area, opening up a new front in the high-profile battle between Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi.

Amit Shah did not violate the model code: BJP

BJP on Thursday came out in defence of Amit Shah, saying Narendra Modi's close aide, who was censured by the Election Commission for controversial poll speeches, did not violate the Model Code of Conduct.

Rahul's security gets notice for his car top ride

The Special Protection Group (SPG) has been asked to explain whether it violated the motor vehicles act when the Congress leader sat atop one of its vehicle during a road show in Gwalior on April 10.

12-year-old girl becomes UK's youngest mother

A 12-year-old girl and her13-year-old boyfriend have become the youngest parents in UK following the birth of their baby daughter. She gave birth to a daughter over the weekend and both are said to be in good health.

51.2% polling in Madhya Pradesh till 5pm

A total of 51.2% voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm for 10 Lok Sabha seats during the second phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh today amid reports of booth capturing at Pithua and Bakehana in Sagar Lok Sabha seat.

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

MH370 search refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

A deep-sea drone had completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results.

Overwhelmed by voters' response in Bangalore: Nilekani

Nilekani, co-founder of outsourcing giant Infosys, is battling for a seat for the ruling Congress party in the southern city of Bangalore, the country's IT hub for giants such as Microsoft and Google.

Pistorius forensic expert continues testimony

The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.

Modi need not apologise for Gujarat riots: Sukhbir

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said there was no need for Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Alleged killers, arsonists and rapist in the fray today

In the crucial fifth leg of the staggered elections, 16% candidates with shady criminal records will test their political fortunes. About 10% of them face serious charges, such as assault, arson or rape.

Bangalore: 12% turnout till noon, AAP attacked

Polling in Bangalore turned sour when AAP volunteers claimed they were assaulted in Mayaganhalli, Ram Nagar police station. The alleged attack was reportedly carried out by revenue minister DK Shivakumar's men. Bangalore has seen a voter turnout of 12% till 10am.

'India's ratings to depend on new govt policies'

Standard and Poor's may upgrade India's outlook if the government that is elected next month addresses some of the country's fiscal and economic challenges through steps such as passing a goods and services tax.

Nitish faces uphill task as Modi, Lalu battle it out

Nitish Kumar, the successful chief minister of Bihar, is in a strange situation: He is watching a Narendra Modi-powered BJP, and old rival Lalu Prasad, battling - to eat his lunch.

Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear

Pro-Russian separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three of the militants were killed, bloodshed likely to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.

Can’t pass off exit polls as opinion: EC to media

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday asked media organisations not to telecast or publish exit polls under the garb of opinion polls, virtually banning the practice it termed "disturbing".

Jharkhand begins voting amid Maoist attack

Over 8.5 million voters across six constituencies are expected choose their pick among the 106 candidates in the fray.

Won’t be vindictive, says BJP's PM candidate Modi

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, said on Wednesday that a government under him would not be “vindictive”. Hang me if I have committed crime, no apology: Modi

Will Priyanka's Indira Gandhi avatar bring her into politics?

Has she finally grown out of the family pocket boroughs and is ready to take on the world outside? Her growing resemblance to grandma Indira Gandhi somewhat confirms the idea. 2014 polls a battle of two ideologies: Priyanka Gandhi

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized more than 24 hours ago.

TDP, BJP may part ways over Naidu’s kin, ‘weak’ candidates

The TDP-BJP alliance, announced just 10 days ago, seems to have run into choppy waters over the BJP’s selection of candidates in Seemandhra.

Willing to defreeze Sahara accounts, says SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday did not give any relief to Subrata Roy, but said it was willing to defreeze the company’s bank accounts and allow it to sell properties to raise Rs 10,000 crore, the amount fixed by the court for the Sahara chief’s release.

EC censures Amit Shah, Azam Khan for remarks

The Election Commission on Wednesday censured Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan for making controversial remarks during campaigning.

BJP will make army training compulsory: VK Singh

Former Indian Army chief General VK Singh (retd) on Wednesday, while lauding the role of jawans belonging to Himachal Pradesh, said that the BJP would make army training in educational institutes compulsory if it came to power.

Anna Hazare's office gets threat calls

The callers have been threatening Hazare with dire consequences if Nationalist Congress Party candidate Padamsinh Patil loses the coming Lok Sabha election from Osmanabad constituency.

Srinivasan, 12 players named in Mudgal report: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said N Srinivasan has been named in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing probe report and thus can't discharge any function inside the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Airlines go for another fare cut to woo fliers

At least three domestic airlines that collectively cater to more than 50% domestic fliers in the country started another discounted sale to woo travellers during the slack monsoon season of June to September.

I wanted to fight for power, says Misa Bharti

Lantern is the symbol of RJD that Misa’s father Lalu Prasad heads. She is contesting her maiden election from the Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency.

6 dead, 290 missing after S Korean ferry capsizes

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.
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In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

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Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

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"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

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