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Narendra Modi turns river city into a sea of saffron

On a day when well over 100 million voters decided the fates of several political heavyweights, only someone with the star power of Narendra Modi could steal the show by doing something as mundane as filing his nomination papers.

Digital democracy: who is winning war for votes on Twitter

The action in the Lok Sabha elections is on the ground and in polling booths, but many a battle line is being drawn in the digital space, much of it on Twitter. Here is the lowdown on the frenetic political activity on the site.

Maoist attack on poll party in Jharkhand kills 5 cops, 3 officials

Killing of three polling officials and five policemen returning from election duty by suspected Maoists on Thursday evening marked the end of the three-phased polling for Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand.

Statue of Malaviya 'cleansed' after Modi garlands it

A group of people claiming to be Samajwadi Party workers on Thursday "cleansed" with Ganga water the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya at BHU campus here hours after Narendra Modi garlanded it.

Phased polls may distort democratic process

The EC may have issued strictures against opinion polls in order to ensure that voter preferences don’t get affected during the polls. But attempts are underway to use the multi-phased polls to shape voter preferences on the ground.

After Priyanka, Rahul rakes up Snoopgate

Taking a cue from his sister, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a Snoopgate attack on Narendra Modi, accusing him of getting the phones of women tapped and using the Gujarat Police to stalk them.

MH370: Angry scenes as relatives meet airline staff

A meeting between relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 and Malaysia Airlines staff descended into chaos Thursday, with police stepping in to separate both sides amid angry scenes in a Beijing hotel.

Fire kills family of 6 in Delhi, mother suspect

A family of six was burnt to death in southeast Delhi’s Zakir Nagar on Thursday after a 30-year-old woman allegedly set her husband and four children on fire before immolating herself.

'Rahul leads a bachelor’s life out of compulsion'

Yoga guru Ramdev has refuted allegations that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben had been kept in isolation in one of his ashrams in Rishikesh.

India’s June-Sept monsoon likely to be weak: Govt

India’s June-September monsoon will likely be weak, the India Meteorological Department said in its official forecast Thursday. It put the odds of an El Nino, a weather pattern that puts India and Australia at higher risks of a drought, at 60%, in line with some global projections.

Punjab police scuttle Sonia’s road-show

Politicians love them, but there is nothing the security establishment hates more about Indian elections — heavily-guarded politicians trying to reach out to unmarked people at road-shows.

Government puts brakes on Lokpal appointment

Indicating that the decision might be left to the new government, solicitor general Mohan Parasaran told the Supreme Court on Thursday that no meeting chaired by the prime minister was scheduled in this regard and no appointment would happen immediately.

Ex-CAG to hold Kerala temple audit, says SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to hold a special audit of the property of Kerala’s famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple.

Former US test site sues India, other nuclear powers

The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive US nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries including India on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request

The Indian Navy had to politely refuse an unusual request from the Chinese navy chief, Wu Shengli, when he came aboard stealth warship INS Shivalik and wanted to be shown the Combat Information Centre (CII) or the all-important tactical room of the frigate.
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