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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.

Sonia betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: Rajnath

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "betraying the country" by not taking up the post of the prime minister in 2004.

Modi files nomination in Varanasi, invokes 'Maa Ganga'

After a show of strength on the streets of Varanasi, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday filed his nomination papers for one of the most keenly watched contests in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

'Fakir' from New Delhi AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is a crorepati

In his characteristic style, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tried to strike a chord with the people of Varanasi on Wednesday. "I am a fakir," he told them repeatedly.

Jharkhand: 8 killed as Maoists blow up bus carrying poll staff, cops

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.

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.

Couple, three children charred to death in Delhi

Five members of a family including three minor children were charred to death in a fire at their rented house in the Zakir Nagar area on Wednesday night in a suspected case of suicide.

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.

'Kids born out of live-in relationship not illegitimate'

The Supreme Court has clarified that children born out of a live-in relationship, where the man and woman lived together for a long time as husband and wife, could not be called illegitimate.

Do phased polls 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.

Mumbai betters 2009 turnout, registers 53% polling

After a sluggish start, polling picked up in Mumbai in the post-lunch session on Thursday, as the city recorded an estimated voter turnout of 52.67%. From big fights to controversies: six things to know about Mumbai polls

No Modi wave in country, says PM Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday dismissed that there was any Modi wave in the country and said it was a creation of the media. He also urged all citizens to participate in the democratic process and cast their vote.

Phase 6: Criminal cases against 15% candidates

Considering the record number of criminal cases against him, SP Udayakumar, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the iconic Kanyakumari seat could be a notorious criminal. Only that he is no thug but India’s best-known anti-nuclear campaigner.

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.

Gujarat: Modi only worried about chair, says Sonia

Sonia Gandhi on took on Narendra Modi in his bastion questioning his Gujarat development model and asking voters not to elect the forces whose ideology hinges on "hardline" thinking and "hatred".
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