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       HEADLINES: Election work: KPCC asks for report from DCCs                                              Housewife’s murder: Neighbour arrested                                              CPM expects to win 14 seats                                              Alappuzha DCC to complain against Shanimol                                              Alamcode murder: Woman, paramour arrested                                              Jharkand polling underway amid maoist violence                                              Admiral R.K. Dhowan takes over as new Navy chief                                              Rajasthan Polls: Over 30 per cent polling till noon                                              Irom Sharmila not allowed to vote in Manipur                                              Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry                                              Missing plane:Robotic submarine completes third search mission                                              Monitoring gay rights situation in India, says US                                              Bopanna, Qureshi move to quarterfinals of Monte Carlo Masters                                              World T20 final defeat still rankles Yuvraj                                              Dropped Kallis catch cost Mumbai Indians the game: Malinga                                              Daredevils score 145/4 against RCB                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         ITI fitter developers bore-well robot to rescue kids    
CHENNAI: It was "borewell robot", an indigenous device developed by a Madurai-based social worker, that saved a 3-year old boy who fell into an abandoned borewell in a village in Tirunelveli in southern Tamil Nadu.

         Irom Sharmila not allowed to vote in Manipur    
IMPHAL: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law.

         Hema Malini, Jaya Prada's films banned on Doordarshan    
LUCKNOW: Films of stars Hema Malini, Jaya Prada, Nagma, Smriti Irani and Jaaved Jaaferi, who are all contesting Lok Sabha election, have been banned from being telecast on the national television channel Doordarshan, officials said Thursday.

         Defective Pune EVM 'transfers' all votes to Congress    
PUNE: Early morning voters, including many senior citizens, were bewildered when an electronic voting machine (EVM) reportedly "transferred" all votes to the Congress.

         Muniyappa gets EVM direction changed to suit "Vastu"    
KOLAR: An election official changed the direction of EVM allegedly at the request of candidate and Union Minister K H Muniyappa to make it "Vastu" compliant, following which he was shifted from a polling centre in Kolar Lok Sabha constituency.

         AAP alleges assault on its workers by Cong supporters    
BANGALORE: AAP today alleged that four of its workers were assaulted by supporters of Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar during voting near Ramanagar in Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituency, where his brother is the Congress candidate.

         CAG can audit telecom operators: SC    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday said the national auditor CAG can audit telecom operators. An apex court bench headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan upheld a Delhi High Court order to this effect that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can audit the revenue receipts of telecom operators.

         Admitting Delhi 'mistake', Kejriwal has dialogue with voters    
VARANASI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who admitted he should have consulted the people before he decided to quit as Delhi chief minister and resign his government, has launched a major dialogue with voters here while calling for the defeat of BJP icon Narendra Modi.

         Rajasthan Polls: Over 30 per cent polling till noon    
JAIPUR: Over 30 per cent of total 3.48 crore voters cast their votes in the first phase Lok Sabha polls being held on 20 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan till noon. “Polling is under way on a very peaceful note so far, and about 80, 000 security personnel are deployed in the state”, DGP—Law and Order Navdeep Singh told reporters here.

         Admiral R.K. Dhowan takes over as new Navy chief    
NEW DELHI: Robin K. Dhowan on Thursday took over as chief of the Indian Navy nearly two months after Admiral D.K. Joshi quit the post in the wake of a series of mishaps. Admiral Dhowan (59) who has been the acting Navy chief since Joshi’s exit, has been appointed the Chief of Navy Staff superseding Western Naval Commander Shekhar Sinha.

         Alliance in trouble: 'TDP miffed at BJP's weak candidates' for Andhra assembly polls    
HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure over fielding of "weak" candidates by the BJP for the May state assembly elections, TDP has said the move will only be "detrimental" to the alliance. In a teleconference with his party leaders late on Wednesday night, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu is said to have remarked that the candidates being fielded by the BJP for assembly were "not even capable" of getting elected as a ward member.

         100 million vote in sixth round of Lok Sabha election    
NEW DELHI: Nearly 100 million people voted in 12 Indian states Thursday in the sixth round of parliamentary election to pick 121 MPs in a battle vital for all major stakeholders.

         Jharkand polling underway amid maoist violence    
RANCHI: A CRPF jawan was injured during a gunbattle with ultras of the CPI (Maoist) in the forests of Bokaro district on Thursday Bokaro is under Giridih Lok Sabha seat where polling is underway. According to CRPF (26th Battalion) Commandant Sanjay Kumar, the encounter took place near Tulbul village during a long range patrolling at Jhumra Hills under Gomia police station of the district.

         Reject Modi's ambition, religious fanaticism: Sonia Gandhi    
KANYAKUMARI: Stepping up her attack against BJP and Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi today said they represented a dangerous combination of religious fanaticism, power and money and asked the country to reject the "ambition of that individual".

         Fifth phase of LS poll in 121 seats tomorrow    
NEW DELHI: India will witness elections in the maximum number of seats in a single phase tomorrow when polling will be held in 121 seats across 12 states as Lok Sabha elections will cross the half-way mark in the more than a month-long exercise.

         'Ship of Theseus' named best film at 61st National film awards    
NEW DELHI: Anand Gandhi's powerful debut 'Ship of Theseus' was today declared the best feature film while biopic 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards here.

         National Award: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' named for wholesome entertainment    
NEW DELHI: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directed biopic "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" has been named the best film in the wholesome entertainment category at the 61st National Film Awards here.

         Southern film industry bags 17 National Awards    
NEW DELHI: Tamil family drama "Thanga Meengal", Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", Kannada film "Prakruthi" and Malayalam drama "24 North Kaatham" were among the southern movies that pocketed 17 awards at the 61st National Awards here Wednesday.

         I should have consulted people before quitting: Kejriwal    
VARANASI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said he committed a "mistake" of not consulting people before resigning as chief minister of Delhi. "I think we made a mistake on (the issue of) resignation. Resignation in principle was (however) right," Kejriwal told NDTV here.

         N D Tiwari not to contest from Nainital    
LUCKNOW: Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will not contest from Uttarakhand's Nainital Lok Sabha constituency seat, his close aides said Wednesday. Sources said the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh wanted to contest one last time and had also pleaded with the party leadership to field his son Rohit Shekhar but his pleas were not yielded to.

         Modi to meet Tamil actor Vijay    
CHENNAI: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will meet Tamil actor Vijay Wednesday. “(I’m) indeed privileged to be invited to a non-political meeting with Narendra Modiji. (I’m) looking forward to (meeting) him,” posted Vijay on his Twitter page. They are scheduled to meet in Coimbatore.

         Priyanka starts campaign in Rae Bareli, takes on Modi    
RASETA (RAE BARELI): Priyanka Gandhi today kick-started the poll campaign in her mother Sonia Gandhi's constituency Rae Bareli projecting the next Lok Sabha polls as a battle between two ideologies and making a veiled attack on Narendra Modi, saying only one man takes all decisions in BJP.

         Congress says Modi running away from giving an apology    
NEW DELHI: Lashing out at Narendra Modi for sidestepping the issue of apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Congress today said that he is someone who "runs away" from giving an apology. The Congress said Modi wants to prove to the country that a dictator never apologies.

         Six juvenile home inmates run away    
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Six inmates, including three murder accused, have fled from a government juvenile centre here after attacking the guards, police said today. The inmates ran away from the juvenile home here last night by snatching keys of the main gate from the guards, Deputy SP Sanjiv Vajpayee said.

         Poll official found dead in Bihar    
BHOJPUR: A polling official was found dead today on the banks of the Sone river near Sandesh Bazar in Bhojpur district. The body of Ramakant Singh, an employee of tubewell department at Ara, was recovered from the river bank this morning.

         Elderly couple found murdered at their residence    
KOTA: Bodies of an elderly couple bearing serious head injuries have been found in Talwandi area here, police said today. 60-year-old businessman Rajendra Agrawal and his wife Geeta, 55, were found dead in one of the rooms of their house. A case of theft and murder is being suspected, they said.

         Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar go to polls tomorrow    
BANGALORE: Karnataka will go to the polls on Thursday in a single phase with the battle lines clearly delineated for a bipolar contest between the ruling Congress and BJP in all but six of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies. Both principal players see tidings in their favour. After a heartbreak defeat in the May assembly polls last year, BJP is gung ho about a comeback, while the Congress is portraying a picture of confidence of bagging 20 seats.

         Vice Admiral Robin K Dhowan likely to be next Navy chief    
NEW DELHI: Vice Admiral Robin K Dhowan may be the next chief of the Indian Navy as the defence ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the post which has been lying vacant for nearly two months since DK Joshi quit suddenly in the wake of a series of mishaps.

         Petrol price cut by 70 paise a litre    
NEW DELHI: The price of petrol was on Tuesday cut by 70 paise a litre, excluding local levies, the second reduction in rates this month as appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar made oil imports cheaper.

         50 passengers injured as train derails in Assam    
GUWAHATI: Over 50 passengers were injured, 19 of them seriously, when the engine and 10 coaches of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express derailed at Teghiria in central Assam in the wee hours of Wednesday. The derailment damaged 100 mts of railway line leading to cancellation of eight trains on the route.

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