HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014


One dead in Odisha post-poll violence, prohibitory orders clamped in Kendrapara district

Prohibitory orders were clamped on Saturday following the death of a person in post-poll violence and an assault on a block development officer by an irate mob for alleged poll malpractices in two separate incidents in Odisha's politically-volatile Kendrapara district.

Those opposing Modi will have to go to Pakistan, says BJP leader; poll rhetoric heats up

Despite a spirited intervention by the EC – when it recently banned election speeches in UP by Amit Shah and SP strongman Azam Khan for divisive statements – hateful, intimidating and threatening poll rhetoric is showing no signs of ebbing.

Kerala temple's wealth pilfered: expert tells SC

At least 17kg gold was pilfered from the vaults of the richest Hindu shrine of the country, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a legal expert has told the Supreme Court and requested it to disband the trust currently running the temple's affairs.

'No vacancy' for leadership role for Priyanka in Cong: Tharoor

With Sonia and Rahul Gandhi at the top, Congress has 'no vacancy' for a leadership role, party leader Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday amidst speculation that Priyanka Gandhi could assume a bigger responsibility in the organisation.

No proof of Ajit Pawar threatening villagers: Police

The Pune rural police on Saturday said there was no concrete proof against deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in a case pertaining to an alleged threat to 'cut off water supply' to Masalwadi village if the people there did not vote for cousin Supriya Sule.

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees: caught in the straits of sorrow

The Sri Lankan Tamil issue is a powerfully emotive one in Tamil Nadu. However, over a lakh refugees in the state live on low rations in dingy camps, have no rights, and suffer from a lack of judicial redress, writes Paramita Ghosh.

TDP, BJP cadre say peace fragile, problems remain

Smiling for the cameras, leaders from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the BJP on Friday announced that the alliance was back on track. But on the ground, cadre and candidates from both parties admit that the tie-up is an uneasy one.

LS polls: AAP shows how to keep the books cleaner

The AAP, whose main political agenda is corruption, has taken some landmark steps for transparency in campaign financing, an issue most parties skirt one way or the other. 

Women-only party with a difference roots for Modi

In the multi-pronged poll war now on in the holy city, two young Muslim girls have created a flutter. They have formed a women-only party claiming 35,000 members and support BJP’s Narendra Modi for PM.

Mamata sees BJP ploy in softening of Modi’s stance

BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi’s calibrated soft stance towards Trinamool Congress has not amused its chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Facing Modi, Congress targets to win at least 120 seats in a battle for votes

Pitted against a strong anti-incumbency factor and an aggressive Narendra Modi, the Congress internal assessments have shown little hope of victory in the Lok Sabha poll. Instead, the party is now pulling out all its stops to get at least 120 seats.

Will not apologise: Azam, questions EC relief to Shah

UP minister Azam Khan on Friday ruled out an apology for an alleged hate speech and questioned why the Election Commission had not lifted the ban on his campaigning like it did for BJP leader Amit Shah.

Battle for 311 seats: Will it be a BJP coup or Cong miracle?

Past the half-way mark, Elections 2014 now enters a politically-critical stage where the remaining four phases accounting for 311 seats will see polling in the most significant states with big players in the fray — their fates in the hands of 500 million voters.

AAP's Kumar Vishwas cries threat to life

There was high drama in Amethi when Aam Aadmi Party candidate Kumar Vishwas on Friday staged a sit-in at a police station demanding an FIR against his Congress rival Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka and some of their party workers alleging threat to his life.

Compensate pregnant woman for admission refusal: NHRC to Rajasthan govt

The NHRC on Wednesday asked the government of Rajasthan to pay Rs. 50,000 as monetary relief to a woman, who gave birth to a baby by the roadside in Bhilwara, after the medical staff at the Community Health Centre refused to admit her.
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