HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014


Across the board, a royal welcome for ‘political guru’ Narendra Modi

Modi-Kejriwal combo
A local saying in Kashi is that no one is “chela” (disciple), everyone is a “guru” (the teacher or boss). It is not uncommon to hear people greet each other with a “ka guru” or “ka raja”, which roughly translates to “hello boss”, “hello king”.

Mark Shand's 'heart was English, but his soul was Indian'

Mark Shand
Conservationist, wild-life enthusiast and travel writer Mark Shand, who died from a fall in New York on Wednesday aged 62, had a lifelong love affair with India and its elephants, for whom he raised millions of pounds from celebrities to better their living conditions.

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Narendra Modi turns river city into a sea of saffron

Narendra Modi
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.

After Priyanka, Rahul rakes up Snoopgate

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi
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.

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.

No sign of sharp polarisation in Bihar Muslim hub

Kashmiri Muslim woman
Although the turnout in the seven north-eastern Bihar seats on Thursday was higher than that in the last elections, it fell short of expectations created by the much talked about pre-poll ‘wave’ and the perceived ‘polarisation’ along religious lines.

BJP warms up to Bengal as Modi plans visits to state

Modi Agra rally
Banking on a countrywide wave in favour of Narendra Modi and anti-incumbency sentiment against Mamata Banerjee government, the BJP seems to be taking West Bengal seriously in this election.

'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.

Mumbai’s affluent queue up to get finger inked

Priya Dutt
Residents from the tony towers and high rises of South Mumbai to Bandra, Juhu, Versova and Lokhandwala, known for lower voter turnouts, saw healthy queues on Thursday morning.

Ex-CAG to hold Kerala temple audit, says SC

Sree Padmanabhaswamy
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.

Modi rakes up Kosi in Bihar

BJP Narendra Modi
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday asked people to ensure that no political party opened its account in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.

poll ploy
Modi ties Kashi, himself to multi-faith

Narendra Modi
Analysts say the BJP drives its campaign at two levels, melding its broader development agenda with polarising Hindutva issues.
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