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I am victim, but Govt won’t be vindictive: Modi

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday shrugged off the need for his apology for the 2002 Gujarat riots and said the Congress should first seek forgiveness for its sins. In two different TV interviews, Modi elaborately defended his functioning as the Chief…

1st decisive battle for BJP, Cong today

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

The BJP and the Congress will have much at stake as the country goes to the fifth phase of elections for 121 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday. Out of these constituencies, the Congress has 36 MPs, while the BJP has 40 at present. An electorate of 16.61 crore from 12…

BJP Maha-Yuti steals march on Cong-NCP

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai

Some electoral reverses await the ruling Congress-NCP alliance, as 19 constituencies, ten in western Maharashtra, six in Marathwada, two in Konkan region and one in North Maharashtra, go to Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, under the lengthened shadow of the Modi phenomenon and some other regional factors. In Thursday’s second phase…

Women pillion riders can’t take law for a ride in city

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Rajesh Kumar | New Delhi

Despite opposition by certain quarters, the Delhi Transport Department has finally decided to make helmets mandatory for women riding pillion on two wheelers in the Capital. Citing the risks involved in riding pillion without a helmet, the department has sought permission from the Election Commission of India for issuing a…

SC keeps indicted Srini out of BCCI for fair probe

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Abraham Thomas | New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday revealed that the conduct of as many as 12 leading players, along with suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan, was under scrutiny in the confidential report on IPL betting prepared by Justice Mukul Mudgal panel. Maintaining that a fair probe into the IPL betting scandal was not…

Real heroes get reel honour

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Divya Kaushik | New Delhi

Earlier heroes emerged out of stories. Now stories emerge out of heroes. Heart-warming tales of struggle, belief, passion and commitment with only a touch-up of drama, were received with open arms by the audience. Box office success of biopics like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Shahid and documentary Gulaabi Gang indicated the…

Bollywood slugs it out over secular politics

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Karan Bhardwaj | New Delhi

The film industry has engaged in a wordy tussle over a first of its kind open letter by more than two dozen well-known film and music personalities appealing to voters to elect a secular party in the Lok Sabha election, appearing much like an unofficial campaign propaganda for a certain…

Campaign gets vitriolic

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | PNS | Amethi/New Delhi/Sultanpur

The battle for votes for the crucial fifth phase ended on Tuesday, but before that big players went all out against each other. The highlight of the day was the bitter exchange of barbs between the Gandhis —Varun and Priyanka, and the BJP’s concerted attack against Sonia Gandhi for slamming…

SC recognises transgenders as third gender

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | Abraham Thomas | New Delhi

Eunuchs will now be known as the “third sex”, distinct from males and females, ruled the Supreme Court in a path-breaking decision on Tuesday. Going a step further, the court directed States to treat them as “socially and educationally backward class” to provide them reservation in Government jobs and admissions. To…

Nitish loses Kishanganj before poll as nominee deserts turf for Cong

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | Amarnath Tewary | Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar received a severe jolt on Tuesday as Janata Dal (U) candidate from Muslim-dominated Kishanganj withdrew from the electoral fray in favour of the Congress nominee. JD(U) candidate Akhtarul Iman had recently defected from the RJD. Earlier, he was the RJD MLA from Kochadhaman Assembly constituency in…

Sunday Edition

Maunam: Power of Silence

13 Apr 2014 | CHAITY BISWAS

There is a difference between ‘practising’ silence and ‘becoming’ silence. CHAITY BISWAS underlines it by explaining the distinction between maun and nishabd, two significant words indicating silence The existence that uses the senses for perception is essentially a product of reverberations, a play of sound or nada...

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2nd phase poll in UP today

17 Apr 2014 | CHAITY BISWAS

Eleven parliamentary constituencies of Uttar Pradesh go to polls in the state’s second phase election on Thursday. With over one lakh security personnel deployed for security, the Election Commission hopes to provide a conducive atmosphere to the voters to elect their representatives without any fear...

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I share a personal relation with Narendra Modi, so I launched his website in Urdu. It's not BJP's strategy for Muslim voters.

Noted film writer —Salim Khan

Those who funded the BJP will seek favours. They will seek rich returns. The nation will be on sale.

Union Minister —Kapil Sibal

The BJP may say anything, but the truth is that its purpose is to propagate communalism and division.

Congress campaigner —Priyanka Vadra
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