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LS polls phase 6: Voting for 349 seats over, high voter turnout in TN, WB
A majority of over 18 crore voters in 11 states and a Union territory exercised their franchise in the sixth of the nine-phase elections.

From Vadodara to Varanasi: Modi's assets rise by Rs 14 lakh
The rise in Narendra Modi's assets is on account of a higher cash in hand and increase in his bank balance.

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.

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.

LS elections: Increase in voter turnout in Mumbai, 53 pc polling registered
The highest turnout was in Dindori (ST) at 64 per cent, while the lowest was in Kalyan at 42 per cent, election office sources said.

Lok Sabha elections: 60 per cent voter turnout in seven seats of Bihar
Voting percentage rise was maximum in Kisanganj and Katihar seats this time as compared to the last elections.

Lok Sabha elections: 73 pc voting recorded in Tamil Nadu, 83 pc in Puducherry
The elections have turned out to be an acid test for arch rivals AIADMK and DMK, besides show of strength for the BJP-led NDA combination.

Former US nuclear test site sues nations including India, US
Marshall Islands sued the US and eight other nuclear-armed countries including India.

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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
TN booths give red carpet welcome to voters
A red carpet welcome, air-conditioners, reception lobby, background music and cool buttermilk greeted voters in five model polling stations here, as part of the new initiative by the election officials to make voting an enjoyable experience.The unique facilities drew accolades, especially from young and first time voters. Also, to enable voters to identify election officials, presiding officers, polling officers and volunteers were clad in a special dress with their identity cards.According to a senior official from the Election Department here, these polling stations also had seating arrangem
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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.
LS polls: Bengal, Assam lead the way as sixth phase sees brisk polling
With Thursday's phase, states like Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have wound up polling.
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.
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.
SC verdict on release of Rajiv Gandhi 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.
Collegium best way to name judges: CJI P Sathasivam
The collegium system has come under attack from the political class, which has termed it a non-transparent system where judges appoint judges.
UPA bid to appoint CSIR chief raises eyebrows
The move to appoint Dr Suresh Das as director general (DG) of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been opposed by minister for science and technology Jaipal Reddy.
Indian Navy set for major reshuffle
According to indications, Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba, commandant of the National Defence College, could be moved to the naval headquarters or to a command as part of the reshuffle.
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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
ExCAG to hold Kerala temple audit says SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to hold a special audit of the property of Keralas famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple
After Priyanka Rahul rakes up Snoopgate
Taking a cue from his sister Congress vicepresident 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 wo
Rahul leads a bachelors life out of compulsion
Yoga guru Ramdev has refuted allegations that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modis wife Jashodaben had been kept in isolation in one of his ashrams in Rishikesh
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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.
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...
From Vadodara to Varanasi: Narendra Modi's assets rise by Rs 14 lakh
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today disclosed total assets worth Rs 1.65 crore - a rise of Rs 14.34 lakh from his declaration for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat about a fortnight back.
Violence and threats of it have Kashmiris spurning the election
Mohammad Amin Pandith, a father-of-three from 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.
A political journey in Varanasi, a constituency the world is watching
India's cultural capital has been transformed this election season into its political headquarters. Today, Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, filed his nomination in Varanasi. That ...
India likely to have below-average monsoon this year
India is likely to experience below-average monsoon rainfall in 2014, the government's weather office said on Thursday, if the El Nino weather pattern affects the four-month-long rainy season.
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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.
Marked improvement in sixth phase of LS polls, says EC
New Delhi, Apr.24 (ANI): The Election Commission on Thursday said that by and large there was a marked improvement in the voter turnout for the 11 states and one union territory, which went to polls during the sixth phase of 2014 General Elections. Briefing media in New Delhi, election officials said that the voter turnout today showed a marked improvement over the voter turnout in 2009. In Bihar, where voting was conducted on seven seats with 108 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 60 percent as compared to 52.7 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. The voter turnout was recorded to be 63 percent as compared to 53 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
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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.
LS Polls 2014 (Phase VI): Know the politicians whose fate will be decided today
LS Polls 2014 (Phase VI): Know the politicians whose fate will be decided today New Delhi: The sixth phase of Indian elections will decide the fate of many leading politicians across 12 states on April 24.
Live: Cheered by thousands, Modi files nomination
Live: Cheered by thousands, Modi files nomination Varanasi: The Hindu holy city Thursday became a sea of saffron as BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi set out to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election, backed by thousands of cheering supporters.
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.
Amethi seethes with anger at Rahul Gandhi
Amethi seethes with anger at Rahul Gandhi Amethi: Amethi, seen as the Gandhi family's pocket borough, is seething with anger. This Lok Sabha constituency in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh has since 1977 never been as angry with a Gandhi as it is with Rahul, the scion of the family and the incumbent MP. Amethi voted his father Rajiv Gandhi four times (1981 to 1991) and mother Sonia in 1999.
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Euphoric crowd chants 'Ab ki baar Modi sarkar' in Varanasi
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's supporters seemed desperate to get a glimpse of their leader as they waited patiently on balconies and rooftops along the 4 km route of his road show, reports Sharat Pradhan
PIX: Mumbai's netas come out and vote, citizens stay indoors
Rediff.com brings you glimpses of the day's polling activity from across Mumbai.
PHOTOS: Kolkata pull off last-gasp win over Bangalore
Images from Thursday's Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Sharjah.
PHOTOS: Fans wish Tendulkar on 41st birthday
India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 on Thursday and will be celebrating his birthday in his home town in the midst of Indian Premier League action in the United Arab Emirates after being with his franchise Mumbai Indians in the initial phase of the T20 league.
Hyundai's, Mahindra's hot SUVs that will rival EcoSport
Compact SUVs have caught fancy of Indian buyers as they have all features of a full-fledged SUV - higher ground clearance, spacious, and high seats.
Preity Zinta: Each vote counts!
Here's what your favourite Bollywood stars are tweeting.
Lessons for Modi to put the economy on track
Modi might be tempted to hit the brakes on spending. But an austerity drive could be self-defeating in a weak economy.
Quiz: Identify the object in the picture
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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
ExCAG to hold Kerala temple audit says SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to hold a special audit of the property of Keralas famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple
After Priyanka Rahul rakes up Snoopgate
Taking a cue from his sister Congress vicepresident 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 wo
Rahul leads a bachelors life out of compulsion
Yoga guru Ramdev has refuted allegations that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modis wife Jashodaben had been kept in isolation in one of his ashrams in Rishikesh
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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.
Pictures of the Day: Ukraine and Elsewhere
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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.
Pictures of the Day: Ukraine and Elsewhere
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Winning With Compassion and Respect
The winner of this year’s 2014 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award honors Daniel Berehulak for his sense of compassion and respect for his subjects.
An Indian From India Photographs Both
After encountering confusion over her roots, an Indian photographer created a set of diptychs in which she recreated classic poses of Native Americans.
China Southern Pays U.S. Fine Over Monkey Cargo
The state-owned carrier paid a fine of $11,600 levied by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act in transporting over a thousand macaques to Chicago without proper registration.
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FOURTH Malaysia Airlines jet forced to abort flight - The Independent

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FOURTH Malaysia Airlines jet forced to abort flight
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The flight, jointly operated by Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary Firefly Airlines, left Penang in the north-west of Malaysia at 6.55am this morning. According to a statement issued by Firefly Airlines, around 15 minutes into the flight it was ...
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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.



Heavy voter turnout, stray incidents in West Bengal

An elderly gentleman shows his fore finger marked with phosphorous ink after casting his vote at a polling booth during the sixth phase of 2014 Lok Sabha Polls in Guwahati on April 24, 2014. (Photo: IANS)Disregarding the sweltering heat, voters turned up in huge numbers and nearly 80 percent of polling was recorded with an hour still left for balloting to end in six Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal Thursday.



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Modi show in Varanasi brings North Indian voters to city booths - Times of India

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Modi show in Varanasi brings North Indian voters to city booths
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CHENNAI: Modi wave or not, the road show by BJP's prime ministerial candidate before filing his nomination papers from Varanasi on Thursday had a telling effect on Chennai's North Indian community, who turned up in large numbers at polling booths ...
Narendra Modi's Banaras act done with...Economic Times
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Ten killings in 6th phase first blot on elections - Economic Times

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Ten killings in 6th phase first blot on elections
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The trend of high voter turnout in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections continued in the sixth phase of polling held on Thursday in 117 seats spanning 11 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Though polling was largely peaceful, it claimed ten ...
LS polls phase 6: Voting for 349 seats over, high voter turnout in TN, WBIBNLive
66% so far, after 58% in 2009Indian Express
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Government starts the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh - NDTV

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Government starts the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
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New Delhi: The government has initiated the process for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh by the appointed day on June 2 when Telangana comes into existence. The exercise for the distribution of assets, water and allocation of central cadre officers between ...
'People of Seemandhra look to me for development'The Hindu
People can suggest new capital for Seemandhra: CentreDeccan Herald
Separate Telangana state not a loss to Andhra Pradesh, Chiranjeevi saysTimes of India
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8 killed as Maoists ambush bus carrying poll officials in Dumka - Times of India

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8 killed as Maoists ambush bus carrying poll officials in Dumka
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DUMKA: Eight persons, including two election officials, 5 police personnel and one cleaner, were killed when Maoists ambushed a poll bus near Sarsa village under Shikaripara police station of Dumka district soon after voting ended in the prestigious ...
Red stain on happy endingCalcutta Telegraph
5 policemen, 3 poll officials killed in Jharkhand Maoist attackIndian Express
DISTURBING PICS: Maoists attack poll party in Jharkhand, kill 5 cops and 3 ...Daily Bhaskar
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Ramdev trusts under IT scanner - Times of India

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Ramdev trusts under IT scanner
Times of India
HARIDWAR: Bank accounts of three trusts run by yoga guru Ramdev came under the scanner of the department of income tax after the district magistrate of Haridwar received a complaint alleging money from these trusts was used to fund the election ...
EXPOSED: Baba Ramdev 'secretly funding for BJP', yoga guru's three trusts ...Daily Bhaskar
Ramdev's trust moves HC against EC diktat on yoga campsPress Trust of India
Bank Accounts of Ramdev's Trusts Under EC ScrutinyOutlook

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Development back on Didi lips - Times of India

Indian Express

Development back on Didi lips
Times of India
KOLKATA: Is Mamata Banerjee changing tack? It is for her to answer, for she can prove it wrong the next day. But the signs are that Mamata is scaling down her high-decibel cacophony and reverting to the development plank with which she kicked off her Lok ...
Never did politics for money: Mamata BanerjeeIndian Express
Mamata Banerjee government suppressing Saradha facts: Left FrontDaily News & Analysis
Never did politics for money: MamataPress Trust of India

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Supreme Court orders audit of Padmanabha temple by former CAG Vinod Rai - Economic Times

Economic Times

Supreme Court orders audit of Padmanabha temple by former CAG Vinod Rai
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday entrusted the task of auditing the Padmanabhaswamy temple accounts and properties to former the Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG) Vinod Rai, acting on allegations by a court officer of pilferage of gold ...
SC orders special audit of Padmanabhaswamy templeTimes of India
'Kerala temple wealth will be protected'Deccan Herald
Ex-CAG to hold Kerala temple audit, says SCHindustan Times
The Hindu -Business Standard -Outlook
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Modi, Kejriwal on Time's 100 most influential people list - Times of India

Times of India

Modi, Kejriwal on Time's 100 most influential people list
Times of India
NEW YORK: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal are among the world's 100 most influential people, according to a list published by the Time magazine. The Time has named the 100 most influential ...
Arvind Kejriwal beats Modi in Time readers' pollKhaleej Times
Kejriwal wins Time 100 readers' poll, Modi second, Rahul 40thHindustan Times
Modi, Kejriwal, Arundhati Roy among Time's 100 influential peopleIANS

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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
Support to BJP only because of Modi: Raj
"You cannot judge yet how this election will turn out," says MNS leader
‘Outcome unpredictable despite Modi wave’
RAJ THACKERAY formed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena after breaking away from the Shiv Sena eight years ago. In 2009, the party was a game-changer, splitting the saffron vote. In the ongoin...
Over fears of Brahmin ire against him, Rajnath sweats it out
“Rajnath Singh has to sweat it out. He played the wrong game and could pay the price for humiliating Brahmins,” says a senior BJP functionary, belonging to the Brahmin community, in Lucknow. “Some...
‘People of Seemandhra look to me for development’
People in Andhra Pradesh who fought for and against bifurcation of the State have now shifted their focus to development. They now look to him for ushering in development, claims NARA CHANDRABAB...
The odd man out taking on Punjab’s ruling family
High stakes battle in Badal bastion between CM’s estranged nephew Manpreet and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur
Sonia loses bonds worth Rs. 10 lakh
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Lok Sabha polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has disclosed loss of tax-free bonds worth Rs. 10 lakh purchased from the Indian Railway Finance Corp. M...
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New Indian-South Africa `academic bridge` launched
Indian High Commissioner Virendra Gupta has launched a new academic programme here under which unemployed South African youths can benefit from internships in India.
Delhi Lt-Governor`s revival of officials` public meet faces hiccups
Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung`s attempt to revive the culture of public hearing by Delhi government officials faced hiccups today as a section of officers remained absent to hear citizens grievances for redressal.
Reprobe ordered in mosque demolition case against Jindal firm
A local court today directed police to reinvestigate the case against a Jindal Group firm for allegedly demolishing a 16th century mosque to facilitate mining operations in Bhilwara district in Rajasthan.
Rahul to tour UP, Andhra Pradesh on April 25
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing public gatherings in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh Friday (April 25), according to a statement issued by his office Thursday.
Failure rate of EVMs much less than expected: EC
Election Commission on Thursday defended the efficiency of the voting machines saying the failure rate was less than usually expected.
Young is out of fashion this election!
The young blood gets negated once again when it comes to ticket distribution in India.
Lok Sabha polls: High turnout in sixth phase, over 80% polling in West Bengal
Nearly 110 million people peacefully voted Thursday in 117 Lok Sabha constituencies in 12 states in a staggered election that will see three more rounds to decide who gets to govern India.
2014 Lok Sabha polls may witness highest ever turnout of voters
Voters have come out in "highest- ever" numbers to cast their votes in six phases in the 349 Lok Sabha constituencies in 24 states and UTs where elections were completed, EC said on Thursday.
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Chennai Players at the Back End of Queue
Despite the feats of Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani, there have been few takers for the Cue sports and Tamil Nadu is no different.
UN Chief Says Ukraine 'Could Spin Out of Control'
A statement released by the office of the UN Chief's spokesman stresses that "military action must be avoided at all costs."

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