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50-55% polling in first phase
NEW DELHI, APRIL 20.Violence, booth-capturing and smashing of electronic voting machines marked the first phase of polling held for140 Lok Sabha seats in which an estimated 50-55 per cent of the 175 million voters exercised their franchise. The ...

Exit polls show BJP front ahead but contest tightening
NEW DELHI, APRIL 20. Amid signs of a tightening contest, exit polls conducted by five television networks have projected the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies to be ahead, getting between 70 and 93 of the 140 Lok Sabha constituencies that ...

18 killed in poll-related violence
NEW DELHI, APRIL 20. At least 18 people, including a duty magistrate, a freelance journalist and seven naxalites, were killed in incidents of violence and booth capturing in the first phase of polling for the 140 Lok Sabha seats spread over 13 ...

A chance to enjoy being free
HARI BUDHA (POONCH), APRIL 20. Of the many marvels of the modern world, four-year-old Mohammad Khaliq had, until this morning, seen just one: the Kalashnikov. Today, he and a gaggle of friends had a second encounter with a changing world, in the ...

BJP meet today to review poll campaign
NEW DELHI, APRIL 20. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders will meet at the residence of the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, here tomorrow to review the ongoing election campaign, assess its impact and, if necessary, make a mid-course ...

ON THE ROAD WITH.../RABRI DEVI
`Laloo is the hero, I am the heroine'
"I'm the heroine," declares the Chief Minister, Rabri Devi, as she hits the trail in support of her party's candidates across the State. It would be easy to dismiss this as just hype, but the truth is she might well be a bigger performer than her ...



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