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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

India

Will to vote: What it takes to reach polling booths

India votes across 91 constituencies in phase three
In the fortnight gone by, elections were held on 232 seats across the country. The voter turnout, so far, has been 64% (approximate figure). If the trend continues, this year's general elections may have the highest polling percentage.

Sonia calls off Mumbai tour due to health concerns

Congress Sonia Gandhi
The Congress' Mumbai rally will now be addressed by Sonia's son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar will address the rallies in Nandurbar and Dhule.

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BJP deliberatley fielded 'weak' candidate in Amethi: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of deliberately pitting 'weak candidate' Smriti Irani, an actor-turned-politician, against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

Indian employers rank stress No 1 lifestyle risk factor: Survey

stress
According to the inaugural Asia Pacific edition of a survey conducted by professional services company Towers Watson, stress is the number one lifestyle risk factor, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity.

Interview | Mani Shankar Aiyar
'Modi like Hitler, Gujarat Cong didn’t attack him consistently'

A Modi follower waving the BJP flag during the rally
Former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar feels the Congress failed to build upon Sonia Gandhi’s observation that Narendra Modi was a merchant of death. Excerpts from an interview.

Opposition-ruled states lag on infra projects

Development is the sole poll plank of Gujarat chief minister and PM hopeful Narendra Modi. In all his election speeches, Modi promises to bring the momentum back to the infrastructure sector if his party came to power.

Transgenders celebrate first victory in battle for recognition

A Modi follower waving the BJP flag during the rally
After years of waiting and especially after the reimposition of section 377 (criminalisation of homosexuality), the Supreme Court's landmark verdict came as a pleasant surprise to the transgender community.

Heroes and legends
A fresh palette: Japanese comic art form Manga finds a devoted following in India

manga comic book
Manga, the Japanese comic art form, is finding a devoted following in India, amid a growing number of dedicated clubs, libraries and cosplay or comic costume events.

PIL seeks CBI probe into Vadra firm’s licence

Robert Vadra
A PIL has been filed in the Delhi HC, seeking a CBI inquiry into the licences granted to several real estate companies, including the one with which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra is allegedly associated.

Bribery probe against VK Singh to be closed

The CBI, may close its probe within 10 days into allegations that a former army L-G had offered Rs. 14 crore as bribe to former army chief VK Singh for clearing a pending deal for purchase of 1,676 high-mobility vehicles.

Transgender stands for office after SC ruling

transgenders
Describing the Supreme Court judge's ruling as a "milestone", 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn prejudices against country's several million transgenders.

Giriraj Singh stands by his statement Modi critics would have to move to Pak after polls

Sushil Modi
While the BJP top brass "disapproved" of its Bihar leader Giriraj Singh's controversial statement that critics of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would have to move to Pakistan after the elections, Giriraj stood by his comment. Poll: Should Giriraj Singh apologise for his statement?
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