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Mid-term reviews: How BJP, Congress fared in the April by-electionsThe results of the April by-elections to 11 state assembly and two Lok Sabha seats have been a mixed bag for the two national parties.

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Naidu inspects the Polavaram project on the Godavari
Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu overreaching with his ambitious water conservation project?The Chief Minister has promised to do the equivalent of waving his magic wand to build 20,000 check dams covering 13 districts in 90 days at a cost of Rs 720 crore by July.

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Mamata Banerjee's man takes Amma route, doles out freebies in Maoist landJhargram MP Uma Soren used Rs 16.39 crore of her MPLAD funds to pay for new ceiling fans, water purifiers/coolers and LED lamps in 3,000 state schools.

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CM Amarinder Singh at a meeting with senior police officials in Chandigarh
Punjab's PCOCA prognosis to tackle crime in the statePunjab's security officials feel only a stringent law can bring down crime in the state.

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BJP state president Kummanam at a party rally
BJP's open door policy in Kerala to prepare for 2019 Lok Sabha electionThe Bharatiya Janata Party has thrown open its doors to politicians of all hues in a bid to cobble together a credible political alternative in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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A Hindu Yuva Vahini rally in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on April 5 (Photo: Reuters)
Journalist Dhirendra Jha's new book Shadow Armies shows how Sangh Parivar worksThe RSS and BJP disassociate themselves from the "dirty work" done by groups that share their ideology, dismissing it as the activities of the "fringe" while offering tacit support and political protection.

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Sasikala checkmated by OPS: Why common ground within AIADMK in Amma's absence is toughBut since no AIADMK legislator wants to risk an early election, a way will have to be found to prop up the government.

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A dead tiger on the Bhopal-Hoshangabad railway line
Big cats dying on Madhya Pradesh's train tracksBut forest officials confess they cannot explain why big cats in particular should be vulnerable to trains. Shouldn't they find out?

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Dynamic fuel pricing in Jamshedpur, Chandigarh, Vizag, Puducherry, Udaipur from MayCome May 1, and public sector oil companies will resort to dynamic fuel pricing at their fuel retail outlets, where prices of diesel and petrol will change daily in accordance with changes in global crude oil prices. 

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How BJP's national executive meeting in Bhubaneswar sent out a familiar message: There is no alternativeThe BJP is at its political zenith, winning so handsomely in so many states that it is emboldened to go after more seats, certain that the landslide of 2014 can be consolidated further.

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GlasshouseHere is this week's Glasshouse.

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Baahubali alias Prabhas
Baahubali alias Prabhas is his own superheroWhat does it mean to play a role larger than life? Baahubali alias Prabhas tells all.

NATION

Mallya outside Westminster court after getting bail. Source: PTI
Noose tightens around Vijay Mallya, all stops pulled for extraditionFrom hiring top lawyers to exerting diplomatic pressure, the government is pulling out all the stops to extradite fugitive liquor baron, Vijay Mallya.

Leisure

Jeff Gillette and Samir Parker in a Mumbai slum. Photo: Danesh Jassawala
Painting the (Shanty) TownFrom Aamir Khan's brush with Beijing fans to Richa Chadha's candid interview, here is what we have on LEISURE this week.

NATION

KCR holds up a potato plant at his farm in Medak district. Photo: A. Prabhakar Rao
Telangana's KCR eyes 2019 re-election with more quotas for Muslims, STsTelangana Chief Minister KCR goes all out on quotas and sops to consolidate his party's position in the 2019 assembly polls. But mounting state debt could play spoiler.

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National Health Policy 2017 welcome move: Naresh Trehan, India's leading cardiac surgeon and Medanta founder The decision to significantly increase public health expenditure, to 2.5 per cent of GDP, in a time-bound manner was long overdue.

Smart Money

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Why Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF) is still in your interestFor risk-free retirement savings, the Voluntary Provident Fund now scores over the Public Provident Fund.

Smart Money

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What digital bank accounts offerThe uncertain benefits of digital bank accounts.

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S.S. Rajamouli
Baahubali maker SS Rajamouli: If you have a good story told well, it will workFilmmaker S.S. Rajamouli talks about what it took to make his mega venture, the Baahubali series.

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Baahubali: The Conclusion
Baahubali 2: The epic story behind making of the epic blockbusterWhat is emblematic of Baahubali holds good for its creator.

Business

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Why Christian burials have turned larger than life in KeralaA thriving service industry has sprung up in god's own country, offering a bouquet of ways to mark the ending of a life - in style.

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The Tibet card: How India should respond to growing Chinese pressureChina responded more angrily when the 14th Dalai Lama visited Arunachal Pradesh for the seventh time. Beijing has said it would take "necessary measures" to defend its sovereignty.

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Youngest entrant PV Sindhu
India's most powerful: Record 17 new names in Top 50 A total of 17 new names joined the list of 50 most powerful individuals in the country. Find out who made it to the list and who did not. 

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RBI banking on bad debt"The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) takes pains not to be misunderstood," writes former chief economic advisor Ashok Desai.  

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Kulbhushan Jadhav
Pakistan's show trial of Kulbhushan JadhavWhen India's external affairs ministry described Jadhav's trial as farcical, Pakistani media speculated if Indian security agencies, in a tit-for-tat response, abducted a retired Pakistani army officer.

Glass House

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GlasshouseFrom BJP MLA's threat on beheading people who oppose the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya to  Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' launch of  'Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy' (This is me, the CM, speaking) on radio, find out more in this week's Glasshouse.

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China denies it rescued hijacked vessel in Gulf of Aden with IndiaIndian and Chines navies rescued a hijacked merchant ship near Gulf of Aden. China now says operation was carried out by 16 Chinese personnel in their naval aircraft.

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China has no business telling us what to do: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema KhanduSpeaking to India Today's Kaushik Deka, Khandu reiterates that Arunachal Pradesh is and must remain a part of India. 

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Maharashtra finally brings law to protect journalists against violent attacksA detailed compilation of 'attacks on the press' by the Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti (PHVKS) prompted the Devendra Fadnavis government to act. 

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Palace intrigues: How Scindias keep it all in the familyShivraj Singh Chouhan must have known by now that there are more Scindia royals within the BJP than in the Congress.

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O. Panneerselvam, centre, canvasses for his AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) candidate in RK Nagar
How AIADMK factions turned RK Nagar bypoll into a desperate referendum on their legitimacyDenied the AIADMK's familiar 'two-leaves' poll symbol, RK Nagar has become a desperate, make-or-break battle for both factions

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Why Srinagar bypoll turnout shows the alienation of Kashmiris is near totalThe alienation of the people is near total, as manifest in the abysmal turnout during the Srinagar byelection.

Leisure

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Restoration Drama: The story of Delhi's famous architectureFrom restoring Delhi's famous architecture to Baahubali themed clothes, leisure of the week is your weekly dose of relaxation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
India's 10 most powerful politicians: No prizes for guessing Modi tops the listThey certainly derive their authority from the positions they hold, but that is not the sole source of their power. 

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National Security Adivsor Ajiv Doval
The game changers: India's 10 most competent bureaucratsAs Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government completes three years in office in May, so also does a highly centralised style of functioning that he brought in.

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Farmer Samatul Mondal in his fields in Howrah district (Photo:Subir Halder)
Lost rice strains to be revived in West BengalTraditional rice strains are flourishing again in West Bengal. An indigenous grain revival project at the Agricultural Training Centre in Fulia in West Bengal's Nadia district has already helped cultivate seeds for some 400 varieties for distribution to local farmers.

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WhatsApp turns cheatsapp for exams in BengalStudents are misusing the social media platforms like WhatsApp to cheat in examinations.

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Jagan greets the Telangana and Andhra CMs during Ugadi celebrations in Hyderabad
Endgame for Jagan as CBI files chargesheet in disproportionate assets caseCancellation of his bail and the flight of his cadre could spell doom for the politician. The CBI's prosecutors allege Jagan flouted his bail conditions besides attempting to vitiate the judicial process.

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MP's corporate loan defaulters get one-time settlement dealThe Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has announced an amnesty scheme for corporate groups who owe the state-run MP State Industries Development Corporation (MPSIDC) for loans it extended under the Inter Corporate Deposit Scheme (ICDS). 

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Arrests made in Patna for possessing liquor (Photo: Sonu Kishan)
Bihar's sobering statistics: 1 year of prohibition, Rs 5,000 crore short, but laurels galore for NitishBihar completes one year of prohibition on April 5, find out how the state fought its battle with alcoholism. 

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Devendra Fadnavis
Fadnavis changes tack, fuels speculation of mid-term electionsThe CM pulls up ministers over performance, fuelling speculation of mid-term elections

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Scent of dissent: Scent of dissent: No Shiv Sena contributors for Bal Thackeray memorialSena MLAs get fidgety, say party leaders in state cabinet giving them the cold shoulder.

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How clean is your money?For all the fuss about going clean and cashless, anonymous political funding just got easier, courtesy the Finance Act 2017.

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Pravin Togadia (Shailesh Rawal)/ Zafaryab Jilani (Vikram Sharma)
Are Ayodhya talks possible? VHP's Pravin Togadia, Sunni Waqf Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani answerVHP international working president, Pravin Togadia, and Sunni Waqf Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani speak to India Today about the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute.

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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was cleared by the NIA of any role in the 2007 Ajmer blasts
NIA's failure to charge Sadhvi Pragya, RSS' Indresh Kumar indicates fate of Hindu terror casesThe National Investigation Agency had cleared Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and RSS leader Indresh Kumar of involvement in the 2007 Ajmer dargah bombing.
 
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