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Voting Special: Flaunt your Finger Open in new window
Source Icon Rediff
Rediff.com had asked its beloved reader to flaunt their voting finger proudly for the world to see.

Kejriwal?s appeal for clean money raises 1 crore in 2 days Open in new window
The Hindu
Of the Rs. 80 lakh, about Rs. 16 lakh was donated by people of Uttar Pradesh

Ladybird impresses Open in new window
The Hindu
Ladybird, Jager Bomb and Victoria Falls impressed when the horses were exercised here on Thursday morning. Inner sand 800m: Act Of Valour (V.Jodha) 51, 600/38. Moved well. Sea...

Modi displayed sign of bigotry: Tharoor Open in new window
The Hindu
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said here on Thursday that by refusing to wear a skullcap offered to him at a meeting, the BJP?s prime ministerial candidate,...

A positive development from the Merlin affair Open in new window
The Hindu
For a brief while, Merlin K. Joseph virtually flew at the National Open in Ranchi last September. The 24-year-old Railway star shook the athletics fraternity with a blazing 11.35s run in the 100m...

Fire in Mamata?s hotel room in Malda Open in new window
The Hindu
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a narrow escape on Thursday after a fire broke out in the hotel room in which she was staying in Malda, where she is campaigning for the April 24 Lok...

BJP workers misbehaved with Kejriwal, says AAP Open in new window
The Hindu
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged here on Thursday that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers misbehaved with its party chief and candidate here, Arvind Kejriwal, and tried to block the way of its...

Djokovic, Nadal race into Monte Carlo quarters Open in new window
The Hindu
Defending champion Novak Djokovic raced into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals in dispatching Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-0, 6-1 in 47 minutes on Thursday.Eight-time champion Rafael...

Army?s alleged role in Sri Lanka: SC quashes plea Open in new window
The Hindu
?We are deeply concerned over the killings? But this issue is beyond the domain of this court?

Chandran appointed Lead Doping Control Officer Open in new window
The Hindu
Sports medicine expert Dr. P.S.M. Chandran was on Thursday appointed Lead Doping Control Officer, by the BCCI and the IDTM (International Doping Tests and Management, Sweden), for the seventh edit...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87 Open in new window
Source Icon Reuters
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87.

?Left, secular parties the only option? Open in new window
The Hindu
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here on Thursday that while voters across India had decided to oust the Congress from power because of corruption and anti-people policies, the country wou...

RR looks to put behind controversies Open in new window
The Hindu
One of the worst hit teams in last year?s spot-fixing scandal, Rajasthan Royals will be keen to clear its off-field image with good on field performances when it begins its IPL campaign by taking...

Beleaguered CSK takes on a revamped KXIP Open in new window
The Hindu
With a lot of potential off-field distractions, two-time former champion Chennai Super Kings will look to bring the focus back on its cricket when it takes on a revamped Kings XI Punjab in it...

It?s a battle between two ideas of India: Rahul Open in new window
The Hindu
Taking the fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party to Madhya Pradesh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday told a well-attended rally in Khandwa that the 2014 elections were an i...

Poll panel files case against Misa Bharti Open in new window
The Hindu
The Election Commission filed a case against the daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad, Misa Bharti, the party candidate for the Patliputra Lok Sabha seat, for allegedly dis...

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence Open in new window
Source Icon Reuters
GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

Dhowan's appointment a rare departure from principle Open in new window
The Hindu
The last departure from seniority principle in Navy was in 1990

Fresh Sahara plea to be heard on Monday Open in new window
The Hindu
Sahara on Thursday submitted a fresh proposal to the Supreme Court to secure the release of its chief Subrata Roy and two directors, from the Tihar jail. But the court declined to hear the matter...

Chidambaram gave watches to voters: Modi Open in new window
The Hindu
The BJP?s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, on Thursday accused Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram of distributing wristwatches to voters in nearby Sivaganga constituency, where the Mini...

Bale leads Madrid 2-1 past Barca for Copa del Rey Open in new window
The Hindu
Gareth Bale filled the void left by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, sealing Real Madrid?s 19th Copa del Rey title with a late goal in Wednesday?s 2-1 win over Barcelona.Ronaldo?s extra-time...

I'll stake claim for PM: Mulayam Open in new window
The Hindu
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh on Thursday claimed that an alternative front would form the government at the Centre with the SP as its largest component, and said he would stake claim for...

Impressive turnout in State at 65 pc Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Karnataka witnessed an impressive voter turnout as more than 65 per cent of its 4.62 crore electorate exercised franchise during the single-phase polling for the State's 28 Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday.The polling is a healthy improvement when compared with 58.81 per cent registered in 2009. Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said the overall polling percentage is likely to go up. Voting statistics from various districts were still trickling in till late in the evening on Thursday. Around 5 pm, poll watchers were expecting the turnout to touch 68 per cent, making it an all-time record. The polling was held between 7 am and 6 pm. The Election Commission is expected to announce the final figures on Friday. The highest turnout in the State was in 1999 Lok Sabha polls when 67.58 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise. The three constituencies of Bangalore witnessed a relatively poor turnout, an average of about 54 per cent. The two national parties interpreted the increase in the turnout in their own way: While the Congress claimed that it was because of various welfare schemes being implemented by the Siddaramaiah government, the BJP said it was the reflection of angst of people who are seeking a change at the Centre. The keenly fought polls remained by and large peaceful and voters turned out at polling booths in large numbers despite minor incidents of violence, searing summer heat and rainfall in some parts of the State.Jha said repolling could be ordered in one booth each in Sringeri and Govindarajnagar due to faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs). There have been reports of voters boycotting polls from pockets of Karwar, Sirsi, Chamarajnagar and Bidar in protest against poor basic amenities in their villages, he said.The highest polling was recorded in Dakshina Kannada (75 per cent), followed by Chikkaballapur (73 per cent). The lowest was in Gulbarga (51 per cent) followed by Bangalore North (52 per cent).In Mayaganahalli in Ramanagara taluk, under Bangalore Rural constituency, three workers of the Aam Aadmi Party were thrashed allegedly by Congress supporters after they took pictures of money being distributed to voters.

Good voting, too, across 11 states Open in new window
Deccan Herald
A good turnout of voters marked the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections held at 121 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states on Thursday. Polling remained peaceful, except for few disruptions, rigging attempts at some polling booths and violence, including a Maoist attack in Jharkhand that left three CRPF personnel and a driver injured. Eleven parliamentary constituencies of Uttar Pradesh witnessed 62.52 per cent turnout, seven per cent higher than the last Lok Sabha polls.About 56 per cent voters in Bihar sealed the fate of 117 candidates in seven parliamentary constituencies. West Bengal recorded a 78.89 per cent turnout. Voter turnout reached 54.41 per cent in 10 parliamentary seats of Madhya Pradesh, 63.44 per cent for three seats in Chhattisgarh, about 55 per cent of 19 constituencies in Maharashtra, with 74 per cent voting in Manipur, 70 per cent in Odisha and 62 per cent at six constituencies in Jharkhand. Udhampur (J&K) saw a turnout of 69 per cent, while Rajasthan recorded 63.43 per cent of voting.

RIL sends notice to Gas Wars authors Open in new window
The Hindu
It warns of legal action if the sale of the book is not stopped immediately



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