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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014

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Mumbai voters take a break this Lok Sabha election

The relatively low turnout in the Lok Sabha election in Mumbai has made one thing clear and that is if there is any wave in the country in favour of an individual or a party it has not been felt in the financial capital of India.

Monsoon is playing the truant ‘little boy’, again

The weather-disrupting phenomenon, El Nino, is likely to cause India’s monsoon to be “below normal”, the India Meteorological Department said in its official forecast on Thursday.
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.
Last February, thousands of young people flocked to Dhaka’s Shahbag Square, demanding capital punishment for those convicted of the 1971 war crimes.
For the past two or three decades, Indian Muslims have been searching for an alternative to the Congress, which, most of them hold, is responsible for their present terrible socio-economic condition, writes Shahid Siddiqui.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the most talked about topic these days, especially after the enactment of the Companies Act 2013.
When a porn star, a terrorist’s partner, or a tainted celebrity is shown by the media as coveted by journalists, industrialists, and crème de la crème of society; the message to the youth is that this too is an option, writes Dheeraj Sharma.
In the election race you see the kith and kin of larger-than-life personages all the way from Mahatma Gandhi to AB Vajpayee, P Chidambaram, Mulayam Singh, Digvijaya Singh, Rajnath Singh and so on, writes Yash Paul Narula.
So we have two models to choose from. One, where the investor is wooed and social indices are given short shrift. The other where the investor is frightened off and social indices are commendable, writes Lalita Panicker.
How will history see Manmohan Singh? History’s overall verdict on Manmohan singh’s tenure as prime minister is likely to be positive, writes Mark Tully.
Politicians wrongly believe that Muslims exercise their votes en masse on the instructions of an influential cleric.
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.
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.
As the campaigning for the 2014 polls closes in the city, Smriti Koppikar makes some observations and asks a few questions. At the best and worst of times, the city's trend is not that impressive.
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.
BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi, might dismiss Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s toffee and balloon analogies as the obsession of a child
The serious acts of omission and commission executed by the UPA 2 government must be rejected in these elections lock, stock and barrel. But, then, the alternative that is being projected as the ‘messiah’ does not have a different set of policies to offer, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has swamped the Indian media ever since his declaration as BJP election campaign chief in June 2013. With the D-Day (May 16) less than a month away, here’s an analysis of what seems to be working for him or what could go wrong.
Gitanjali Medical Centre is one of four hospitals getting 24x7 critical care using Philip’s InteleICU solution, which allows specialists at a command centre to closely monitor and treat people in multiple ICUs across several states.

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