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The BJP said it will contest Lok Sabha election in Bhopal, where it has fielded Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, as a fight against the Congress' "conspiracy" to defame Hindu religion by linking it to terrorism. Its spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao claimed that the conspiracy has been "exposed", claiming that Thakur has been discharged in some cases.

06:04:20 on 18 Apr

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Actor Denise Richards is set to star in the sci-fi action movie Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate’s Cove. According to Variety, the film is the first in a proposed franchise about time-travelling seamen who try to retrieve a treasure map from kids in a local town called Pirate’s Cove.

05:45:48 on 18 Apr

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11 Work Buzzwords We Should All Stop Using

Between corporate jargon, business buzzwords, and all the acronyms we toss around, it can seem like we speak an entirely different language at work than in the rest of our lives. We use a lot of these terms in the interest of efficiency, but a lot can get lost in translation. Cutting these out will help you communicate more clearly and increase your success.

05:34:44 on 18 Apr

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Lok Sabha voting begun by 7 am in almost all the booth in Tamil Nadu. Yet voting in some polling booths in Tamil Nadu was delayed on Thursday owing to technical problems with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Reports said, people travelled in the roof top of buses, and in foot boards, to cast their votes in their native.

05:29:51 on 18 Apr

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Congress Working Committee member and Rajya Sabha MP A.K. Antony on Thursday said that the Left forces were mere onlookers in this Lok Sabha elections. Antony's statewide "yatra" touching all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the 14 districts of the state is on its last leg in Kollam, about 70 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

05:27:44 on 18 Apr

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Sikandar Kher who was seen rocking it as Colonel Khan in the movie RAW met up with Pinkvilla recently and opened up about working with John Abraham, his camaraderie with him, his process as an actor and more. The actor is at his candid best and should not be missed. Check it out.

05:25:28 on 18 Apr

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Days after a picture of a groom, who had come to vote wearing his wedding attire, was photographed outside a polling station in Bijnor, pictures of a new married couple arriving at a polling station in Udhampur to cast their votes have gone viral on social media. The pictures of the bride and groom were shared by ANI along with details of the polling station.

05:22:51 on 18 Apr

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday made a pitch for a strong government at the Centre and mocked the "helpless" dispensation of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is heading the Congress-JDS coalition. Modi said the Congress wanted a "helpless" government and told the voters to look at the "helpless" Kumaraswamy.

05:21:40 on 18 Apr

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Latest PUBG Mobile Update Brings Zombie

PUBG Mobile update 0.12 is out now for Android and iOS on Google Play and the App Store respectively. This much awaited update to the popular battle royale game brings new modes like Zombie: Darkest Night as well as host of features such as being able to spectate matches of your friends.

05:20:04 on 18 Apr

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Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that the Indian cricket team is missing a trick in their choice of personnel for the ICC World Cup 2019. Gambhir leaves that India should include four seamers keeping the English conditions in mind and that can be a problem for the side in the tournament.

05:19:59 on 18 Apr

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Giving a fillip to the well-oiled poll machinery of LDF in Wayanad, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday urged Kerala to repeat the 2004 Lok Sabha results. The LDF had won 18 out of 20 seats in 2004. In Wayanad, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is taking on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, whose candidature had created much discomfiture to the CPM and the LDF.

05:19:23 on 18 Apr

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Sam Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress chief, said, "As an engineer, as technical expert, I'm not satisfied with EVM (Electronic Voting Machine), but I've not been able to pinpoint because we don't have an EVM. If someone gives us an EVM to study for one year, we'll be able to tell you something."

05:14:59 on 18 Apr

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Actor Sara Ali Khan may have joined the film industry only last year but she has already earned her spurs with her debut film Kedarnath and the blockbuster Simmba with Ranveer Singh. However, it didn’t come easy for the starkid who weighed over 90 kilograms before making her debut. Sara has spoken about her struggles with PCOD that led to her excessive weight gain.

05:13:59 on 18 Apr

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Rajanth Singh relies on a sizeable chunk of Shia votes to comfortably clinch the seat. Out of the nearly 3 lakh Shias living in Lucknow, almost half are registered voters. Rajnath has inherited most of the legacy votes in Lucknow, which went to the BJP thanks to former PM Vajpayee’s charisma. However, Rajnath Singh still needs to secure at least a portion of Shia votes.

05:08:04 on 18 Apr

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on ISS extended to nearly 11 months, which would set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, the US space agency said Wednesday. Koch, 40, arrived on the ISS on March 14 with two other crew members -- an American and a Russian -- for what was initially planned to be a six-month mission.

05:05:37 on 18 Apr

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Assam woman dies after casting vote

A woman in Assam died at a polling station in Mangaldoi constituency. The deceased, identified as Bharati Kakati collapsed soon after casting her vote. Voters across eleven states and one Union territory are exercising their electoral franchise today to elect representatives to 95 Lok Sabha seats.

05:04:05 on 18 Apr

Tamil Nadu recorded 39.49 per cent voting till 1 pm in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, with Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin among the early voters. Sahoo said the polling exercise has been going on peacefully all over the state. Meanwhile, chaotic scenes unfolded at the Koyambedu bus terminus here.

04:59:47 on 18 Apr

People’s ability to think logically suffers when they are faced with arguments that go against their political belief systems, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, also shows that when confronted with the unsound reasoning of opposing groups, people become better able to identify flawed logic.

04:59:20 on 18 Apr

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Jet Airways, once India’s largest private airline, Wednesday decided to temporarily suspend operations. The airline will need at least Rs 5,000-6,000 crore for revival and get back to normalcy. The company said it will now await the bid finalisation process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders.

04:55:54 on 18 Apr

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In its second letter to the EC today, the Bengal BJP has cited a poll code violation by West Bengal minister and TMC leader Ratna Ghosh Kar at TMC workers meeting on April 16. The saffron party has stated that the TMC leader had openly incited violence against the Central forces and threatened them.

04:55:06 on 18 Apr

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An IAS officer was suspended by EC for checking PM Modi's helicopter in Odisha. Mohammed Mohsin "had not acted in conformity" with instructions on SPG protectees, said the election body's order. NDTV has accessed both the instructions cited in the suspension order. There is no mention of exceptions for the vehicles of the Prime Minister or other SPG protectees.

04:48:56 on 18 Apr

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The leading lady of Bollywood Deepika Padukone wrapped the first schedule of Chhapaak in Delhi. Deepika Padukone began the shoot for Chhapaak in the capital on 25th March 2019 and wrapped the first schedule today. After finishing the shoot, the actress headed back to Mumbai.

04:47:10 on 18 Apr

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TN elections: 59.97% polling till 3 pm

A total of 59.97% voter turnout was recorded in Tamil Nadu as of 3 p.m. Chennai City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan said polling within city limits had been peaceful, without any untoward incident until afternoon. He visited several places in the city and reviewed bandobust arrangements.

04:37:43 on 18 Apr

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Braving the hot sun, R. Swamidass, a fragile senior citizen, made it to the polling booth at Amala High School in Kariyapatti under the Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituency with great difficulty. As he walked on the verandah, he noticed a neatly packed unused wheelchair. Mr. Bhageerathan had one question. “What for was that bought by the government?”

04:37:09 on 18 Apr

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Citing sexual harassment charges, a lawyer has moved the Supreme Court challenging the continuation of Rahul Johri in the capacity of BCCI CEO. Rashmi Nair, who claims to be a women issue activist, filed the petition in the apex court and has insisted that there was every reason for BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain to revisit the case against Johri.

04:36:41 on 18 Apr

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram has exuded confidence that the DMK-Congress led Secular Progressive Alliance would emerge victorious in Tamil Nadu for the seventh time. He said the secular progressive front had been victorious in the Parliamentary elections in the State for six times since it was formed in 1971.

04:33:06 on 18 Apr

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India’s elections kicked off last week, with the first of seven phases that will carry on until May 19. On that day we will get the first indications of how voting has gone, since exit polls can only be published after voting in all phases is complete. Counting will begin on May 23. So what are political analysts and political junkies going to do between now and May 23?

04:25:11 on 18 Apr

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A case has been registered against the Samajwadi Party candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Circle officer of Chandausi, Poonam Mishra, Thursday said, "SP candidate Shafiqur Rehman Burq had made derogatory remarks against the Prime Minister during an election meeting on April 11."

04:22:18 on 18 Apr

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For the third time in the last three years, Google has been fined for violation of the European Union’s antitrust rules. The European Competition Commissioner said that Google indulged in ‘illegal practices in its search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position’. Google has so far been fined a total of € 8.25 billion for antitrust rule violations.

04:20:45 on 18 Apr

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No Confidence in Bengal State Police: BJP

Following episodes of violence across West Bengal today on polling day, the Bengal BJP has written to the EC demanding deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to cover 100 per cent polling booths. The state unit has cited no-confidence by both the BJP and the common people in the West Bengal State Police as they fail to curb violence.

04:19:38 on 18 Apr

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Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease. Elder fraud is a huge problem, and Monday’s study doesn’t mean that people who fall prey to a con artist have some sort of dementia brewing.

04:18:24 on 18 Apr

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The ruling AIADMK in TN Thursday alleged violation of the model code of conduct by DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran, the candidate from Central Chennai Lok Sabha constituency, saying he sought votes on polling day. Murugavel alleged that Maran addressed the press after casting his vote and said "he voted for change of government" and he "request" the people also to do so.

04:16:30 on 18 Apr

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Prithvi Shaw had a memorable evening with his idol Sachin Tendulkar in his team hotel in Delhi on Wednesday and shared a picture with the legendary cricketer having dinner with him. Shaw, who plays for Delhi Capitals, is gearing up to take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. Tendulkar is the batting mentor of Mumbai Indians.

04:15:51 on 18 Apr

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Gammar Bam's team had driven eight hours on one-lane mountainous roads and shaky bridges of Arunachal Pradesh. Now they were trekking on a slippery path hugging a cliff. For Mr Bam and his team of polling officers, that meant a four-day journey of over 300 miles - to ensure a single voter in Arunachal Pradesh could cast her vote.

04:15:48 on 18 Apr

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As voting is going on for the 95 seats in the second round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election on Thursday, India Today has identified 16 stronghold constituencies. Stronghold constituencies are the ones where a particular political party has retained the seat for three or more Lok Sabha elections, and are considered safe for candidates.

04:11:59 on 18 Apr

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Rarely seen promoting a political leader, India's richest man seems to have decided to take side openly in this general election. Mukesh Ambani, in a video released by Congress candidate from Mumbai South Milind Deora, is seen promoting Mr. Deora along with Uday Kotak of the Kotak Mahindra group.

04:11:37 on 18 Apr

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Does Caffeine Help A Headache Or Not?

If a cup of coffee is your go-to remedy for a pesky headache, here’s some confusing news: You may or may not be making your headache worse. According to experts, caffeine can both relieve and worsen a headache; the outcome depends on multiple factors specific to you and your habits.

04:11:03 on 18 Apr

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West Bengal Cong president Somen Mitra said his party won't seek support from Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to form the next government or support her bid to become the PM in case the general election results throw up a hung Parliament. Cong had sent party leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Mallikarjun Kharge and a letter of support from Gandhi to Banerjee's 'United India' rally.

04:09:11 on 18 Apr

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The excitement of being a voter for the first time and casting my first vote all came to an end today, as I could not find my name in the voters’ list for the second phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. What’s worse is that this has happened to me for the second time. Is there a game being played or is it that the officials are not doing their job?

04:07:00 on 18 Apr

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Even though rivals have really upped the game in terms of smartphone photography performance, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL camera remains one of the better options around. A lot of that is because of the extensive use of artificial intelligence (AI). Now, Google is adding some new selfie-focused features to the camera app for the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.

04:04:14 on 18 Apr

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For the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections in TN, the EC had announced to achieve 100 percent voting and it had assured that necessary steps to ensure peaceful voting in all booths. As per the announcement, EC had promised wheelchair access for physically challenged and elderly voters. But it was reported that some poll booths failed to make the necessary arrangements.

04:04:06 on 18 Apr

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Shakti Bhargava, the man who hurled a shoe at BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao today , is himself facing inquiries by the IT department. Shakti Bhargava is the controller of Bhargava Hospital and many other companies. He hurled a shoe at GVL Narasimha Rao when the latter he was addressing a press conference about Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya joining the BJP.

04:01:55 on 18 Apr

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A non-bailable offence charge has been registered against BJP state president P. S. Sreedharan Pillai for making remarks that hurts religious sentiments. Attingal police charged the case on the complaint filed by V. Sivankutty. The case has been registered against Sreedharan Pillai for making a statement that creates religious intolerance and tensions.

03:58:42 on 18 Apr

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Voting was disrupted at polling station 6/10 Kyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai in Inner Manipur. People stormed the polling station and destroyed the EVM, a FirstPost report suggested. Shots were fired by security personnel to disperse the mob. More details are awaited.

03:50:38 on 18 Apr

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Indian women are voting more than ever before. In many states, their turnout is now higher than that of men. But political discussions in the country rarely feature women – even in the media. Aarefa Johari and Nayantara Narayanan travel to find out in Half the Vote, a series that brings you the stories and perspectives of women – only women – on life and politics.

03:49:08 on 18 Apr

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Jammu and Kashmir recorded nearly 30 per cent polling till 1 pm in Udhampur and Srinagar Lok Sabha constituencies Thursday. Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency recorded 44.9 per cent polling, with Kathua district registering the highest of 49.7 per cent voting till 1.00 pm. Srinagar Lok Sabha seat registered 9.1 per cent polling, with highest 11.4% polling recorded in Shia.

03:47:29 on 18 Apr

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The Twitter handle of Tamil Nadu elections CEO has been involved in creating awareness amongst voters over the last few weeks. With the IPL season going on currently in India, the Tamil Nadu elections CEO choose to use this opportunity to take a subtle dig at Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are currently placed at the bottom of the points table.

03:46:01 on 18 Apr

The popular acceptance of the phrase has resulted in its transformation as the go-to exclamation for people when they want to point out somebody doing bizarre or crazy things. The first-look poster for the film which was released on 17th April, has created quite a buzz on the Internet. However, The poster has drawn intense flak for exploiting mental health issues.

03:45:58 on 18 Apr

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Jassie Gill and Rhea Chakraborty recently featured in a single titled Surma Kaala which has become a rage. The song has already hit several milestones and continues to be trending on YouTube. Jassie and Rhea recently spoke at length about the song, the inspiration behind it and their enviable chemistry. Don’t miss the video.

03:41:59 on 18 Apr

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Polling is underway in 95 constituencies across India, in the second phase of elections, on Thursday, 18 April. The seven-phase voting will end on 19 May, and the results will be announced on 23 May. The Election Commission officials searched the luggage and chopper of Karnakata Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, when the second phase of polling was underway in Karnataka.

03:41:21 on 18 Apr

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Bihar politician Tejashwi Yadav called PM Modi a "fake backward" person, accusing him of falsifying credentials as an underprivileged individual and not really doing anything for OBC communities. The comment came a day after the Prime Minister accused the main opposition Congress and its allies of "abusing my backward caste" in their attempt to accuse him of corruption.

03:31:06 on 18 Apr

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Polling for Tamil Nadu's 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls in 18 assembly segments kickstarted today morning. Many enthusiastic voters turned up despite the summer heat to cast their vote. TN Elections CEO took to Twitter and put out a special message, urging the singles and committed people in the state to vote.

03:25:35 on 18 Apr

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Distressed airline Jet Airways (India) Ltd. finally halted its entire operations from Wednesday night after its want for emergency funds got rejected by its lenders. In a video discussion with Mint’s Associate Editor Shrija Agrawal, the experts discuss what went wrong at Jet Airways, also adding what is the way forward.

03:21:59 on 18 Apr

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Unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary personnel Thursday shot dead at least 14 passengers after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, in the latest targeted killing in the country. Around 15 to 20 unidentified gunmen wearing uniforms of paramilitary Frontier Corps were involved in the attack.

03:19:19 on 18 Apr

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Lack of basic amenities are often cited as reasons by people to boycott polls, but residents of Bhainsapalli village in Odisha did not turn up for voting on Thursday morning for a strange reason. The locals are unhappy that a new railway station has not been named after their village although a part of its built-up area lies in its jurisdiction.

03:19:14 on 18 Apr

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Amit Shah said Kashmir is an integral part of India and cannot be separated from the country till a single BJP worker is alive, irrespective of whether the party is in power or not. Addressing an election rally in Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, he said when the Modi government is re-elected at the Centre, infiltrators will be identified across the country and deported.

03:19:14 on 18 Apr

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On 17 April, BJP announced Sadhvi Pragya's candidature from Bhopal, making it the 1st time a terror accused has been nominated as a candidate from a political party. However, many believe that Sadhvi Pragya has been given a clean chit by the court. This, however, is untrue. While Sadhvi Pragya is currently out on bail, she still faces trial under sections of UAPA and IPC

03:12:29 on 18 Apr

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A retired IAS officer, who adopted Islam three years back while serving as ACS in the Rajasthan government, has again introduced himself as a Hindu while filing his nomination papers as the BSP candidate for the Jaipur Parliamentary seat. On December 31, 2015, the then IAS officer Umrav Salodiya triggered a controversy by converting to Islam.

03:11:11 on 18 Apr

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5 DIY hairstyles you can steal from

Winter is officially here as the worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones premiered its’s eight and final season in the early hours of Monday and it won’t be an exaggeration to conclude that the audience wants to see more of where the show is heading. Take a cue from the leading ladies of seven kingdoms including Sansa, Arya and Daenerys to try your next interesting hairdo.

03:05:19 on 18 Apr

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Security forces opened fire on protesters in Hafroo village of Chadoora Township in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Reports said that intense clashes erupted in the village amid polling for the second phase of parliamentary polls. Earlier, clashes erupted in several parts of the district amid polling for the second phase of parliamentary polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

03:02:16 on 18 Apr

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A man flung shoes at BJP leaders addressing a press conference at the party's headquarters here on Thursday. It was not immediately clear why the person, who identified himself as a doctor by profession, threw the shoes. He was immediately bundled out by security guards at the party office and will be handed over to police.

02:58:37 on 18 Apr

After losing all the 16 elections he contested in, 76-year-old Fakkar Baba from Mathura still has the josh in him to go another round, this time with Hema Malini from the BJP. Find out what drives this independent candidate in Motorcycle Diaries. He said though he is fighting against Hema Malini, he is a big fan of hers and Modi will win the elections.

02:56:57 on 18 Apr

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Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah and CM Biren Singh jumped the queues to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday, alleged voters. Some of the voters who had lined up at the booths even before the polling stations opened at 7 am said they were not amused. They pointed out that many other politicians had stood patiently in queues with the locals.

02:53:24 on 18 Apr

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Voters across eleven states and one Union territory will exercise their electoral franchise today to elect representatives to 95 Lok Sabha seats. A BJP worker got killed in Purulia, of West Bengal. Though family members are yet to a formal complaint with police, they said that Sishupal Sahish was murdered by Trinamool Congress cadres.

02:53:06 on 18 Apr

Beleaguered over the countermanding of polls to Vellore Lok Sabha constituency, where his son DM Kathir Anand was fielded, DMK treasurer Durai Murugan on Thursday accused the Modi government of 'unleashing' the central agencies like Income Tax (I-T) department to 'hunt' the Opposition during the run-up to the general elections to the Lok Sabha.

02:49:59 on 18 Apr

Prabhas makes his Instagram debut

Ahead of his next release Saaho, Prabhas has made his Instagram debut. The actor posted a photo in his Baahubali avatar for his over 850k followers. Prabhas started his Instagram account a few days ago but his first post went up on Wednesday. Through the Baahubali franchise, Prabhas became an international icon and he, now, has fans all across the world.

02:47:58 on 18 Apr

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Around 500 voters in Nagaraja Kandigai village in the Tiruvallur constituency boycotted the election in protest against the functioning of a polluting sponge iron factory in their locality, said an official. The villagers are up against the Chennai Ferrous Industries Ltd. No vote had been cast in the polling booth set up for the people of Nagaraja Kandigai village.

02:44:32 on 18 Apr

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While the temperatures of Delhi are shooting with every passing day, Deepika Padukone continues to shoot for her upcoming film Chhapaak in the capital. Beating the heat, Deepika Padukone is taking extensive care to shield herself from the rising heat, along with the help of her team. Interestingly Deepika Padukone has been sipping on "Sattu" at regular intervals.

02:40:08 on 18 Apr

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T.N: 39.49 per cent polling till 1pm

Tamil Nadu has recorded a voting percentage of 39.49 till 1 p.m. 384 EVMS and 692 VVPATs have been changed so far. An EVM was found without a poll button for Cuddalore Lok Sabha TTV Dinakaran's AMMK candidate Kasi Thangavel. Polling has been adjourned in Cuddalore for now.Brisk polling was recorded in the early hours of Thursday across Cuddalore.

02:39:10 on 18 Apr

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With a wall of red-orange flames rapidly advancing, and Notre Dame's vast chambers reaching oven-like temperatures, the commander of the Paris fire brigade made a painful choice Monday evening. He told his firefighters to retreat. But Jean-Claude Gallet, the commander, had a backup plan: Colossus, a 1,100-pound tank-like robot.

02:38:21 on 18 Apr

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Voting in three West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies in the second phase on Thursday was marred by incidents of violence, including an attack on CPI(M) candidate Md Salim’s vehicle. Clashes erupted in Chopra Assembly segment when police used force to disperse a group of people who blocked the National Highway 31, claiming they were not allowed to vote.

02:38:18 on 18 Apr

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A clash broke out on Thursday, 18 April, between supporters of the Congress and those of independent candidate Sumalatha, who is contesting from Karnataka's Mandya constituency. In the second phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, voter turnout at 2 pm stood at 36.51 percent in Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu, the voter turnout was 39.49 percent as of 1 pm.

02:33:15 on 18 Apr

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Polling is underway in 95 Lok Sabha seats spread across 11 states on Thursday. The EC is predicting that this year’s general elections will surpass the previous record of highest voter participation, out of which roughly 2.5 crore people are expected to vote for the first time. With such a wide number of first-time voters, here’s a step-wise guide to voting in India.

02:00:19 on 18 Apr

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The Election Commission has brought 305 new Electronic Voting Machines and 525 VVPAT units to polling stations where faulty functioning of equipment was recorded during tests dubbed "mock polls" at 6 a.m. on polling day on Thursday at over 66,167 polling stations, said state Chief Electoral Officer Sathyabrata Sahoo. Tamil Nadu recorded 30.62 per cent voting by 11 am.

01:53:21 on 18 Apr

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An IED blast took place between Koracha and Manpur Road at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh, targeting an ITBP Road Opening Party (ROP) at 11 am on Thursday. ITBP constable Man Singh received minor injuries. Singh is out of danger and fit to perform duties after receiving first aid on location. Polling in the area is still underway.

01:48:13 on 18 Apr

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MS Dhoni, struggling with back spasm, handed over the reins of the captaincy of Chennai Super Kings to Suresh Raina when the defending champions took on SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. Although Dhoni was not a part of the on-field action, he was still the centre of attention in Hyderabad. After the home team's win, Dhoni was seen sharing a light moment with SRH players.

01:45:55 on 18 Apr

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Election officials have ordered an inquiry after some voters recorded their voting process at a polling booth in Maharashtra and posted it on Facebook, police said. As per Election Commission guidelines, voters are not allowed to carry their mobile phones within a 100-metre radius of polling stations on the day of voting, an official said.

01:40:27 on 18 Apr

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Karan Johar’s much-anticipated multi-starrer magnum opus Kalank hit the theatres yesterday and the reviews are already out. The movie is doing well at the box office and has already garnered Rs 21.6 crores on its opening day, emerging as the biggest opening of 2019 so far. However, seems like audiences were not so thrilled about the film.

01:36:29 on 18 Apr

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Total votes polled in Kanyakumari 4,89,136 at 1 pm. The turnout is 32.75%. The Congress candidate in this constituency H Vasanth Kumar is the richest candidate this election with assets worth Rs 417 crore. Union Minister Pon. Radhakrishnan will be hoping to retain the seat he won in 2014. The polling has been extended by two hours in Madurai due to the Chithirai festival.

01:30:43 on 18 Apr

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In a historic moment, the inmates of the Institute of Mental Health voted in the polling booth set up at the centre by Chennai Corporation electoral officers. This booth falls under Chennai Central constituency. Till 10 am, around 60 inmates voted and their excitement was evident since they were first-time voters. They came in batches and patiently waited for their turn.

01:19:20 on 18 Apr

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A Delhi Court Thursday reserved its order on a plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, who had sought seven-day interim bail to celebrate Easter with family. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would pronounce order at 4 pm after hearing the argument of lawyers from both sides.

01:12:11 on 18 Apr

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Even as everyone has spoken about how both Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have been gifted a fresh lease of life by being named in India’s stand-by list for the upcoming World Cup, the one name that has missed all is pacer Ishant Sharma. Just like Pant-Rayudu-Navdeep Saini, Ishant and Axar Patel are also part of the reserves named by the Indian selectors.

01:08:06 on 18 Apr

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Voting is underway in 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is mainly between the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the BJP, in the second phase of parliamentary polls. It is a high stakes battle for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance that is grappling with dissidence among grassroots-level workers over seat-sharing.

01:05:33 on 18 Apr

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to stop political quarters from offering loan waivers and other monetary schemes in their election manifestos, citing that these plans involve public money and can also adversely affect the economy. The petition has been listed for hearing on April 22 before a bench headed by Justice SA Bobde.

01:00:29 on 18 Apr

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Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 kicks off. Actor turned politician Rajnikanth cast his vote in Chennai. Former FM P Chidambaram cast his vote in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga district. Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde cast his vote in Maharashtra’s Solapur. Ninety-five Lok Sabha seats across 11 states are voting today.

12:56:38 on 18 Apr

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Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

The interim ban by the Indian Supreme Court has led to the removal of the Chinese app from Google Play and Apple stores. But digital activists say the move might be reducing India to a “nanny state”. The call to ban the download of the app disproportionately restricts the speech of would-be users, which presumes that everything on the app or all of its users is negative.

12:50:46 on 18 Apr

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Asserting that people of Tamil Nadu have decided to vote for a change to throw out the AIADMK regime in the State and the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Opposition DMK President M K Stalin on Thursday accused the EC of 'functioning like an ally of the ruling governments'. He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had used the EC to intimidate political rivals.

12:44:39 on 18 Apr

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is a naval officer in the latest poster of his Eid release Bharat. With that thin-lined moustache and sunglasses, the actor reminds us of Chulbul Pandey of Dabangg. Katrina Kaif too sports a new look. Unlike the previous one, here the ‘Madam Sir’ is seen in a more traditional avatar as she dons a salwar-kurta.

12:38:41 on 18 Apr

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Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah cast their votes in Munshi Bagh Area in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Omar Abdullah said, "Now that Lok Sabha polls are due to conclude, we can only hope that Centre along with EC, gives people of Jammu and Kashmir an elected government which is their right." The overall poll percentage in the state is 6.1 % up to 9.00 am.

12:34:36 on 18 Apr

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TN polling percentage is 30.62% by 11 am

Tamil Nadu voting percentage by 11 am is overall:30.62 per cent. Central Chennai Shows lowest voter turnout at 22.8 per cent as at 11 a.m. Arani in North TN leads at 36 per cent. Polling has stopped in seven booths in Madurai constituency after a sticker pasted on an EVM, with a suspicious signature mentioning the letters 'AIADMK', sparked confusion among voters.

12:29:35 on 18 Apr

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Teacher on Poll Duty Dies of Heart Attack

A teacher, who was on election duty at a polling booth in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, died of a heart attack today, an official said. The deceased, Tukalu Ram Nareti, an assistant teacher in a government school, was deputed as the polling officer at Kamta booth (no.186) in Antagarh area of Kanker Lok Sabha constituency where voting was underway.

12:17:42 on 18 Apr

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BSP chief Mayawati emerged from her 48-hour gag order on Thursday morning all guns blazing, targeting the BJP and election commission. The attack coincided with voting for second phase polls in 8 Lok Sabha constituencies of a polarised region of western UP. Her attack was primarily focused on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

12:09:40 on 18 Apr

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The new array of haute hoods are a long way from hoodies (which we binged on during 2016) and rainproof outerwear. Designed to jumpstart your evening look—adorning slick one-pieces, column dresses and side-split gowns—these are about as far from sporty as you can get. This is a trend that is bound to key celebrity appearances during the 1940s, 1980s and 2000s.

12:06:59 on 18 Apr

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UP: 600 villagers boycott polls in Gajpura

Protesting against the fact that their polling booth is in Dhampur area, which is far away, villagers of Gajpura which falls under Bijnor have decided to boycott the election. The number of protesters has gone up to nearly 600, prompting officials of the district administration to reach the village in an effort to convince voters otherwise.

12:01:27 on 18 Apr

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Secret single behaviours,” or SSBs, for short, are the weird things women do when they're home alone. An SSB can be any weird little habit or indulgence people enjoy when they’re home by themselves — the kinds of things they would probably be too shy, uncomfortable or embarrassed to do in the presence of another human being, namely a significant other.

12:00:17 on 18 Apr

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Villagers in Raiganj allege booth capturing by Trinamool Congress. Protesters block the highway, lathicharged by security forces. Villagers are alleging violence and intimidation. CPM candidate and sitting MP Md Salim's vehicle attacked in Raiganj, West Bengal. BJP worker found dead in Bengal, BJP blames TMC workers.

11:54:39 on 18 Apr

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Among the key contestants in the fray for phase 2 are HD Deve Gowda, DMK’s A Raja and Kanimozhi, and actor-turned-politician Hema Malini and Prakash Raj. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and a host of Union ministers, among others, canvassed extensively for their party candidates contesting in the second phase.

11:49:30 on 18 Apr

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Vijay Mallya lashed out at PM Narendra Modi once again on Thursday, a day after the fugitive liquor baron questioned the Centre for bailing out ailing Air India and not doing enough for private airlines. Mallya cited a statement by the PM as he also took a dig at banks over contradictory statements made in British courts regarding the recovery of money he owes them.

11:41:32 on 18 Apr

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Facebook said it may have "unintentionally uploaded" email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what seems to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media company. Business Insider had earlier reported that the social media company harvested email contacts of the users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

11:33:42 on 18 Apr

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Officials of the Election Commission Wednesday watched the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the directions of the Supreme Court. Now the EC will take a considered view on whether the ban should continue and submit its decision to the Supreme Court by April 19 in a sealed cover. The Supreme Court had on Monday directed the EC to watch the full biopic.

11:28:49 on 18 Apr

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