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Uma Bharti admits she had misjudged Modi, calls Robert Vadra a 'thief'
BJP leader Uma Bharti added that she had realised her mistake of misjudging Narendra Modi within three days in 2007 itself.

Over 2 lakh names reportedly missing from Mumbai voters list
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan blamed corporate leaders for not checking in advance if their names were on the list or not.

Beni Prasad Verma calls Narendra Modi an 'animal' despite EC notice
Congress leader Beni called Narendra Modi an 'animal' and said that he needs to be taught a lesson.

EC lodges complaint against IT firms for working on polling day
EC took action after complaints from employees that they had been asked to report for duty despite the provision for a holiday as per the law.

IPL 7: Kolkata Knight Riders clinch thriller, beat Bangalore by 2 runs
Defending a moderate score of 150, Kolkata Knight Riders bowled superbly to leave Royal Challengers Bangalore stranded at 148 for 5 in 20 overs.

SC verdict on Centre's plea against release of Rajiv assassins today
The Centre had filed a petition challenging the Tamil Nadu government's authority in ordering the release of all seven convicts.

Varanasi: SP workers 'purify' Malviya's statue after Modi garlands it
SP workers said that they washed Malviya's statue with Ganga water to purify it as Modi had touched it.

AP bifurcated after approval from most parties, says Congress
Reddy said that despite approving the bifurcation, the TDP, the BJP and the YSR Congress point fingers at the Congress.

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High turnout in 11 states, UT
Voter turnout remained high in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections held in 117 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and a Union Territory on Thursday.At least nine polling and security personnel were killed and 12 injured in suspected terror attacks when they were returning with EVMs in Jharkh­and and Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reports.By and large, the Election Commission said, polling remained peaceful, except for some stray incidents of violence, including a rigging attempt by some miscreants at one of the polling booths in Kokrajhar in Assam where a police officer was
Political bigwigs, celebrities get 'marked', do their bit
A host of prominent political personalities and celebrities exercised their franchise, with the hope of ushering in progress, when the state went to polls on Thursday, as part of the nine-phased general elections.While AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on emerging out of a polling booth, preferred to reserve her comments till the results are declared, the opposition’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi exuded confidence that his party would win more seats this time. “I request all political parties and the general public to cooperate with the Election Commission to ensure a pe
'Consistent' Tamil Nadu sees 72.8 pc turnout
Tamil Nadu on Thursday registered an estimated 72.8 per cent polling, which was marginally lower than the 72.9 per cent in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. However, the process was peaceful, with no untoward incident reported from any part of the state.Giving the provisional statistics of the quantum of votes polled at the end of the single phase of elections for the state, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said that Dharmapuri, from where former Union health minister and PMK Youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss was contesting, recorded the highest of 80.99 per cent. He said that it was followed b
Fear keeps voters away in S Kashmir
Fear was palpable on the faces of people in this south Kashmir district on the day of polling on Thursday with recent terror attacks on panchayat members and politicians vitiating the atmosphere. The poll boycott call by separatists added fuel to the fire.Nobody in the militancy-infested Tral town was ready to talk to media openly as to why they were abstaining from voting. However, through whispers they were seen telling each other that they don’t want to meet the fate of sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Mir, who was killed with his son three days earlier in Batgund area of the Tral, 35 km from Sri
At 62.9 pc, Rajasthan sees record turnout
Braving the rising temperature, voters turned up in good numbers for the second phase of elections for five Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, which concluded on Thursday. According to the chief electoral officer, 59.20 per cent of 81 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the second phase, which is 9.5 per cent higher as compared to the previous polls in 2009. Altogether, 62.9 per cent voters cast their ballot in the 2014 general elections in Rajasthan, which is the highest turnout so far in the history of the state.“Around 59.20 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the sec
SC names ex-CAG to audit Kerala temple
The Supreme Court on Thursday set up a fresh administrative committee under the chairmanship of Thiruvanathapuram district judge for better management of Kerala’s Sree Padamanabhaswamy Temple.It also appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai for conducting special audit in 16th century shrine, known to have wealth of Rs 1 lakh crore.A bench of justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik directed for handing over the keys of the ‘Kallaras’ (vaults), containing gold and other precious materials to the chairman of the administrative committee.In a scathing explanation of
Karnataka: Pvt engg colleges to retain existing fee
Much to the relief of thousands of engineering aspirants, the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) on Thursday acceded to the state government’s request to continue with the existing fee structure and seat matrix for engineering courses during 2014-15. Speaking to Deccan Herald, M K Panduranga Setty, secretary, KUPECA said: “At KUPECA meeting we agreed to cooperate with the government and retain the fee structure and seat sharing matrix of last year to benefit students. The government has promised to implement provisions of the Karnataka Professional
Toll reaches 181 in South Korean ferry disaster
Death toll from a sunken South Korean ferry rose to 181 Friday morning as divers kept searching bodies or possible survivors inside the submerged vessel.On the 10th day since the ferry carrying 476 people capxxxxd off the country's southwestern coast on April 16, seven more bodies were recovered from the ship overnight, raising the death toll to 181, with 121 still missing, Xinhua reported. The number of the rescued has been unchanged at 174 since the first day of the deadly incident.Rescue operations were hampered Thursday as tidal currents became faster than expected. Weather forecast s
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Cong sub-manifesto promises OBC quota for Muslims
In its additional manifesto, Congress has said it will work towards earmarking a quota of 4.5% for backward Muslims in the existing OBC reservations.
Congress's 'stop-Modi' plan includes supporting, joining non-NDA coalition
“If Congress gets around 140 seats, it can consider heading a coalition as was the case in 2004. The party is flexible about leadership,” party sources indicated.
Indian Mujahideen planned fidayeen attack on gathering of Bollywood stars
The outfit under the leadership of Yasin Bhatkal had planned suicide mission to target Bollywood stars as they believed that the film industry was corrupting the youth.
Giriraj Singh granted bail by Patna court
Patna district and sessions judge Birendra Kumar granted bail to Singh in the context of an FIR lodged at Patna airport police station on April 21.
SC verdict on release of Rajiv assassins today
The fate of the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case – V Sriharan alias Murugan, A G Perarivalan and T Suthendraraja alias Santhan – will be known on Friday, when the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on their premature release.
Empty spaces at tribute for SKorean ferry victims
The pictures, flowers and spaces are banked up the entire wall of the gymnasium at their school on the outskirts of Seoul.
IITian who built Google+ announces resignation
Vic Gundotra, the high-profile Indian executive who headed the Google+ team at Google, is leaving the company with immediate effect. The announcement was made by Gundotra on his Google+ page.
Government to release MH370 report: Malaysian PM
Malaysia will release a preliminary report on the disappearance of f.light MH370, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
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NTT Docomo to sell entire stake in Tata Teleservices exit India report
Japans NTT Docomo Inc will unload its 265 stake in lossmaking Indian mobile phone joint venture Tata Teleservices Ltd and exit the country as it struggles with tough price competition sources familiar with the matter said on Frida
Malaysia to release MH370 report PM
Malaysia will release a preliminary report next week on the disappearance of flight MH370 prime minister Najib Razak said as his government battles criticism over the transparency of its investigation
US warns Russia against expensive mistake
The United States warned Russia Thursday against making an expensive mistake in Ukraine as Moscow ordered new military exercises on its shared border after Kiev forces attacked proKremlin rebels
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
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
Punjab police scuttle Sonias roadshow
Politicians love them but there is nothing the security establishment hates more about Indian elections heavilyguarded politicians trying to reach out to unmarked people at roadshows
Modi wave makes a big splash as Varanasi spills onto streets
It was a heros welcome that awaited Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi here It also highlighted largely in the saffron colour the burden of expectations he has to carry as the BJPs prime ministerial choice
Modi extolls Varanasis multifaith legacies reaches out to Hindu Muslim Dalit voters
Narendra Modis musings on Varanasi represent one of his most unequivocal endorsements of Indias cultural and religious diversity Yet analysts say the BJPs campaign has so far been strategically driven at two levels
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Kerala prince plans Carnatic concert in London
Prince Rama Varma, a vocalist and Saraswathy Veena exponent, will be hosting an evening of Carnatic music in London.
Narendra Modi to address five rallies in whirlwind tour of Punjab
Narendra Modi - who spent much of Thursday in a sea of saffron at Varanasi in what was billed as the biggest road show of these elections - is back to packing in multiple election rallies into his day...
BJP candidate Giriraj Singh, accused of hate-speech, gets anticipatory bail
A court in Patna has granted anticipatory bail to BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his alleged hate speeches during election campaign.
Ahmedabad: Nitin Gadkari fails to reach in time, rally cancelled
Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari's rally in Ahmedabad this evening was cancelled as he could not reach the venue before 10 PM.
BSF recovers 10 kg heroin in Punjab
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel recovered 10 kg heroin following a shootout with smugglers from Pakistan in the Amritsar sector, BSF officials said on Thursday.
Government starts the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
The government has initiated the process for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh by the appointed day on June 2 when Telangana comes into existence.
Eight polling officials, including 5 policemen, killed in Maoist attack in Dumka
Eight members of a polling team, including five jawans of the Jharkhand police, were killed this evening when a bus carrying them was blown off after hitting a landmine allegedly planted by the Maoist...
Clash in Rajasthan's Dausa during voting, turnout nearly 60 per cent
A clash between villagers and police that also left many media persons injured in Rajasthan's Dausa marred voting even as nearly 60 percent of the eight million-plus electors cast their ballots in fiv...
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Samajwadi Party workers clean statue of Madan Mohan Malaviya after Modi tribute
Varanasi, Apr.25 (ANI): Workers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) cleaned the statute of freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya here on Thursday, after BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had paid tribute before it before heading to the collectorate to file his nomination papers. Modi, who took part in a road show in Varanasi, also paid tribute before the statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Taking potshots at Modi, SP workers said the sanctity of the statue had been defiled with the former touching it. "We see Modi as a communal person who divides Muslims and Hindus in India.
Capt. Amarinder writes open letter to Modi
Amritsar, Apr.24 (ANI): Former Punjab Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar, Captain Amarinder Singh today questioned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi whether he is coming to Amritsar to give his stamp of approval to Bikram Singh Majithia's criminal politics. Captain Amarinder also reminded Modi of the promise he had made to people of Punjab about Punjabi farmers of Gujarat that they won't be forced to leave Gujarat but has not done anything about it so far.
Congress complains to EC over Modi filing his nomination on polling day
New Delhi, Apr.24 (ANI): The Congress party on Thursday moved to the Election Commission to register case against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, for filing his nomination papers on polling day and holding road show to influence voters. "We want the Election Commission to register a FIR against the BJP leaders, who were present there, and that includes their candidate from Varanasi - Narendra Modi," said Congress leader Anand Sharma.
Logo, posters and webpage of 'Festival of India in China' launched
New Delhi, Apr.24 (ANI): Union Ministry of Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh on Thursday launched the logo, posters and webpage for the Festival of India in China which will be celebrated from May 2014 to March 2015. The same were simultaneously launched in Beijing by Ashok K. Kantha, Ambassador of India to Beijing. Speaking on the occasion, Ravindra Singh said that pursuant to the mutual understanding reached during the visit of the Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang to India in May 2013 and that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China in October 2013, the year 2014 was designated as the India-China Year of Friendly Exchanges. As part of the Year of Friendly Exchanges, Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Embassy of India in Beijing, along with the Consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, are organizing the Festival of India in 12 cities in China.
Punjab Congress President Bajwa moots exchange of Kartarpur shrine territory across border with Pakistan
Batala/Gurdaspur, Apr.24 (ANI): The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Partap Singh Bajwa today proposed that the sacred Kartarpur Sahib shrine situated across Ravi in Pakistan opposite Dera Baba Nanak of Gurdaspur district should be exchanged with some other Indian territory. The PPCC chief said he had took up this issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in May, 2012 and suggested that this territory be exchanged with some Indian territory which is across Ravi in the same sector. He said Dr. Manmohan Singh was not averse to this proposal in principle. He said there was a precedent for such exchange of territories after partition, and added that the Hussainiwala area across Satluj where the samadhis of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sujkhdev were located had been transferred to Pakistan.
Two NCB officials sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in bribery case
Lucknow, Apr.24 (ANI): The Special Judge (West) Anti-corruption, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) has convicted Diwakar Tripathi, then Superintendent and Rajiv Kumar Singh, then Upper Division Clerk (UDC), both of Narcotics Control Bureau in a bribery case of Rs. 2,00,000 and sentenced them to undergo five years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 90,000 each.
Modi says BJP's 'Tsunami wave' will wash away Congress
Saharsa/Darbhanga (Bihar), Apr.24 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said that BJP's "Tsunami wave" will wash away the Congress. Speaking at a rally here, Modi said, "There is Tsunami like wave in the entire country and this Tsunami will washout the existence of Congress party." The rally on the day of the sixth phase of the general elections, in which voters of 117 constituencies in the nation's 11 states and one Union Territory cast their ballots.
Sonia accuses BJP of crossing all boundaries of corruption
Valsad (Gujarat), Apr.24 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of crossing all boundaries of corruption. Addressing an election rally in Valsad district of Gujarat, Gandhi hit out at the BJP and said Congress party only brought Right to Information Act (RTI). "BJP leaders, who have crossed all the limits of corruption, allege Congress party for indulging in corruption.
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LIVE: High turnout in sixth phase of LS poll 2014
LIVE: High turnout in sixth phase of LS poll 2014 New Delhi: New Delhi: High voter enthusiasm today marked the sixth phase of polling covering 117 constituencies spread across 12 states as the race to the Lok Sabha crossed the half-way mark with stakes high for Congress and BJP.
Revealed: IM planned fidayeen attack on Bollywood stars' gathering
Revealed: IM planned fidayeen attack on Bollywood stars'  gathering New Delhi: In a startling revelation, Indian Mujahideen operative Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu disclosed during interrogation that the terror outfit had planned to launch a fidayeen attack on a gathering of Bollywood stars.
Sonia betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: BJP
Sonia betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: BJP Kathlal (Gujarat): BJP president Rajnath Singh yesterday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "betraying the country" by not taking up the post of the Prime Minister in 2004.
Arvind Kejriwal richer than Narendra Modi
Arvind Kejriwal richer than Narendra Modi New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is richer than BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who filed his nomination papers from Varanasi today.
6 of a family die in a mysterious fire in Delhi
6 of a family die in a mysterious fire in Delhi New Delhi: Six members of a family including four minors were charred to death when a major fire broke out inside their house under mysterious circumstances.
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Modi barely escaped SIMI-IM attack in Patna
Flawed execution by SIMI operatives resulted in many bombs, including the one under Narendra Modi's stage during his Hunkar rally in Patna in October 2013, not going off
So what will 'Prime Minister Modi' do?
A checklist of what may happen if Narendra Modi were to become prime minister. For one, the prime minister's residence will go vegetarian for the first time; Amitabh Bachchan, deservingly, will be conferred the Bharat Ratna; and the people can expect a lot of emotion-loaded communication from the prime minister, feels Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com
Review: Revolver Rani is a confused film
Revolver Rani could have been the movie of the year. It ended up as a confused film that can't decide who, or what it wants to concentrate on instead, says Paloma Sharma.
India's Internet speed lowest in Asia-Pacific region
South Korea was once again the only country with an average connection speed of over 20 Mbps.
Ten financial lies we tell ourselves
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The Hottest Sporting Buzz is here! Djokovic set to become a daddy
Novak Djokovic is set to become a father after announcing on Thursday that he and fiancee Jelena Ristic are expecting their first child.
'Happy birthday to Sachin Paaji! Legend forever'
The cricket fraternity took to Twitter on Thursday to convey their wishes to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on his 41st birthday.
What the US trade body wants from the new govt
USIBC encourages a dialogue between industry and the two governments to address how a constructive approach can protect Intellectual Property Rights.
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NTT Docomo to sell entire stake in Tata Teleservices exit India report
Japans NTT Docomo Inc will unload its 265 stake in lossmaking Indian mobile phone joint venture Tata Teleservices Ltd and exit the country as it struggles with tough price competition sources familiar with the matter said on Frida
Malaysia to release MH370 report PM
Malaysia will release a preliminary report next week on the disappearance of flight MH370 prime minister Najib Razak said as his government battles criticism over the transparency of its investigation
US warns Russia against expensive mistake
The United States warned Russia Thursday against making an expensive mistake in Ukraine as Moscow ordered new military exercises on its shared border after Kiev forces attacked proKremlin rebels
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
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
Punjab police scuttle Sonias roadshow
Politicians love them but there is nothing the security establishment hates more about Indian elections heavilyguarded politicians trying to reach out to unmarked people at roadshows
Modi wave makes a big splash as Varanasi spills onto streets
It was a heros welcome that awaited Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi here It also highlighted largely in the saffron colour the burden of expectations he has to carry as the BJPs prime ministerial choice
Modi extolls Varanasis multifaith legacies reaches out to Hindu Muslim Dalit voters
Narendra Modis musings on Varanasi represent one of his most unequivocal endorsements of Indias cultural and religious diversity Yet analysts say the BJPs campaign has so far been strategically driven at two levels
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India: Election Violence in 2 Regions Leaves 7 Dead
A major day of voting in the world’s biggest elections was marred by violence on Thursday as gunmen killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states.
How Suicide and Politics Mix in India
An unexpected protest is rumbling from what was once one of the country's most placid voter blocs: its farmers.
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India: Court to Hear Appeal Over Restoration of Ban on Gay Sex
The announcement by India’s Supreme Court that it would hear an appeal of its ruling in December that re-criminalized gay sex is unlikely to lead to a serious reconsideration of the decision.
Strong Hand Hasn't Fared Well in India
The desire for a benevolent despot has taken hold among the elites, a sentiment suggesting that Narendra Modi's timing is good.
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Winning With Compassion and Respect
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Fear factor on Modi is unfounded

Unseen pictures of Narendra ModiThose who are spreading the fear of Modi as a communal leader and even more as a fascist dictator in the making, are either far removed from and ignorant of our changing ground realities in India or are spreading this canard most cynically for electoral support by those amongst whom this fear is being spread.



Millions vote in seventh phase of Indian election

Indian women wait to cast their votes during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections at a village near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. With 814 million eligible voters, India is voting in phases over six weeks. Results are expected May 16. Poster in Hindi, right middle reads, "Your vote is the life of democracy".(AP Photo /Manish Swarup)Barring the Kashmir Valley, millions voted Thursday across a dozen states in India to elect 117 MPs even as the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi filed his nomination in Varanasi, turning the Hindu holy city into a sea of saffron.



Modi will win both Varanasi and Vadodara: Rajnath Singh

BJP president Rajnath Singh addresses during an election campaign in Farrukhabad of Uttar Pradesh on April 22, 2014. (Photo: IANS)Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Thursday extended his best wishes to the party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, who filed his Lok Sabha nomination from Varanasi.



Aam Aadmi Kejriwal is richer than ‘crorepati’ Modi

AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal Files His Nomination In VaranasiKejriwal declared movable and immovable assets worth Rs 2.14 crore belonging to him and his wife, while Narendra Modi has declared assets worth Rs 1.5 crore.



Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

A woman cries while praying during a candlelight vigil for passengers of the capxxxxd ferry Sewol in AnsaA boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other crew members who abandoned ship have been arrested on negligence charges.



Modi files nomination, says coming to Varanasi is like a child going to his mother

India’s main opposition and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi greets supporters as he moves on a vehicle to submit his nomination papers in Varanasi, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Modi's carefully crafted and well-financed campaign presents him as a can-do politician who has turned his home state of Gujarat into a haven for business and industry, and has pledged to bolster India's growth. During his campaign, Modi has not played up his party's Hindu agenda, but experts say his decision to run in this holy city is meant to send a clear message to all voters about his commitment to the BJP's brand of religious nationalism, which emphaxxxxs India's Hindu identity. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)Campaigning for the 2014 elections is at a fever pitch. Here we bring you the latest news from all over India as the battle of the ballot intensifies.



Kashmiris shun polls as Modi challenges for power

Akhtar, wife of Pandith, a village council head, who was killed by militants, sits with relatives inside her house in GulzarporaMohammad Amin Pandith, a smallholder and father-of-three from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was lured from his home at night by a man in army uniform, dragged along a potholed lane and shot in the back of the head.



Sri Lanka deports British tourist for her Buddha tattoo

A tourist walk past the Buddha statues as she arrive at a temple in ColomboSri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island's main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is very sensitive about its religion. Naomi Coleman, a 37-yar-old nurse left on a London-bound flight after being detained since her arrival on Monday from neighbouring India. I have come twice to Sri Lanka, but I have never faced this with my tattoo," Coleman told Reuters by telephone shortly before she was deported.



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Giriraj Singh, accused of hate-speech, gets anticipatory bail - NDTV

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Giriraj Singh, accused of hate-speech, gets anticipatory bail
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The Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, has said that his current political tsunami will wash out the ruling Congress Party. Addressing an election rally in Bihar's Saharsa District last evening, he said: "There is tsunami-like ...
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Can Jayalithaa release 7 convicted of Rajiv killing? Verdict likely today - NDTV

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Can Jayalithaa release 7 convicted of Rajiv killing? Verdict likely today
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to decide today whether to allow the release of seven people convicted of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Today's verdict will be delivered on the last working day for the outgoing Chief ...
SC likely to announce verdict on releasing Rajiv Gandhi's killers todayIndian Express
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Uma Bharti admits she had misjudged Modi, calls Robert Vadra a 'thief' - IBNLive

Uma Bharti admits she had misjudged Modi, calls Robert Vadra a 'thief'
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New Delhi: The vitriolics continue this election season. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti has once again hit out at the Gandhis calling Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra a thief who will be punished irrespective of his ties ...

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YSR Congress candidate dies in road crash - Daily News & Analysis

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YSR Congress candidate dies in road crash
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YSR Congress candidate from Allagadda and MLA Shoba Nagi Reddy succumbed to grievous injuries in a road accident on late Wednesday night while returning home after an election meeting. The four-time MLA of Allagadda in Kurnool district and YSR ...
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Mumbai records highest voter turnout in more than two decades - Hindustan Times

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Mumbai records highest voter turnout in more than two decades
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On Thursday, Mumbai shrugged off some of its apathy and came out to vote, with 52.66 % (initial estimates by the Election Commission) of the total registered voters making it to the polling booths. Congress candidate from South Mumbai Milind Deora cast his ...
Mumbai voter turnout: Still big losers compared to DelhiFirstpost
India certain to record highest voter turnoutDaily News & Analysis
Watch: Mumbai voter turnout crosses 50 per centNDTV
Free Press Journal -Times of India -The New Indian Express
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India likely to have below-average monsoon in 2014 - Business Standard

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India likely to have below-average monsoon in 2014
Business Standard
India is likely to have a below-average monsoon rainfall in 2014, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its first monsoon forecast on Thursday. According to the forecast, the drop in rainfall expectations could result in drought and increase ...
El Nino ghost haunts IndiaIndia Today
Met office sees below-average monsoon in 2014Reuters India
Trouble for farmers, as monsoon to be below normal this seasonFirstpost
Daily News & Analysis -The New Indian Express -Daily Bhaskar
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Poll day passes off peacefully, say police - Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis

Poll day passes off peacefully, say police
Daily News & Analysis
The Mumbai police claimed that only nine cases have been registered in the city during the voting process for the Lok Sabha election on Thursday and 13 persons have been arrested in these offences. Only one case of impersonation was registered in city.
Almost Half of Mumbaikar Shrugs It OffThe New Indian Express
MNS-Sena men clash over alleged cash distributionKashmir Times

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Two killed in Rayavaram train mishap
Two persons were killed when a goods train rammed into an autorickshaw at an unmanned level crossing near Rayavaram close to Markapur town in Prakasam district on Friday. The driver of th...
Cyberabad police seize Rs. 8 crore
In one of the biggest cash seizures in the country during this general elections, the Cyberabad police on Friday seized Rs. eight crore from three persons travelling in two private buses.Ac...
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Giriraj Singh granted anticipatory bail
Three FIRs have been lodged against the BJP leader at Deogarh, Bokaro and Patna for his hate speeches
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Congress cashes in on voter dichotomy in Vidisha double poll
BJP's Sushma Swaraj fights against Lakshman Singh of the Congress for the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh.
An unusual request from China’s Navy Chief
Admiral Wu Shengli, China’s Navy Chief, this week caught Indian officials off guard by asking for an impromptu tour of the most sensitive nerve centre of the advanced Indian missile frigate, INS S...
Underground steps found near temple entrance
A structure resembling a passageway or a drain filled with mud and sand also found
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Unending Voyage of Self-discovery and Nation's Tryst with Dynasty
The level of political discourse has never fallen so abysmally low and the analysts are busy developing an aesthetic of vulgarity.
Rupee opens up 3 paise against US dollar
Indian rupee slightly gained in opening trade on Friday
Seabed Search for Missing Malaysian Jet to Widen
The seabed search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is set to widen as a sonar scan of the most likely crash site deep beneath the Indian Ocean nears completion without yielding a single clue.
City-based Realtor Held for Duping NRI
Subhra, who lives in Qatar, wanted to purchase100 acres of land for business purpose
Jena Seeks Reports on Internal Sabotage
Several senior leaders have asked Jena not to destroy the party in the State and try to take every faction with him
Vacate Nijog Building by May 31, Orders HC
If the Nijog building was not vacated by the set date, the ASI would be permitted to take action on its own - division bench
Another El Nino Year Likely
Last year, the country saw monsoon rainfall of 106 per cent of the LPA while Central India - of which Odisha is a part - recorded 123 per cent of the predicted precipitation
Capital Mahila Police Team Assaulted
A group of people of Adaspur under Olatpur police station assaulted a quick action team of Bhubaneswar Mahila police station on Wednesday night. The locals also broke the team’s vehicle and detained them for more than three hours.

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