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India: National
-Bollywood stars cast vote, urge people to take to polls

Mumbai, Apr.25 (ANI):Bollywood starts and celebrities added a dash of glamour to the elections on Thursday as they took to polling booths in Mumbai.

Renowned actors from the Bollywood urged people to cast votes on the second biggest day of polling.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan, his wife and veteran actress Jaya Bachchan could be seen arriving at a polling station in Mumbai. Followed by their son, Abhishek Bachchan and his wife, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,.

Bollywood actor Ranbir

-Fire in Delhi slum, more than 1100 huts gutted

Delhi, Apr. 25 (ANI): A raging fire has devastated a slum cluster in Delhi's Masoodpur area on Friday.

Local-eyewitness say that more than 1100 out of 1200 houses were gutted in the blaze. No loss of life has been reported so far.

Fire tenders have been sent to the spot to douse the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. (ANI)

-Maoists kill eight in Jharkhand's Dumka District

Dumka (Jharkhand), Apr.25 (ANI): Eight members of a polling team, including five Jharkhand Police personnel, were killed late on Thursday night when a bus carrying them was blown off by a landmine allegedly planted by the Maoists.

The incident took place near Asnajore Village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Shikaripara Police Station in Jharkhand's Dumka District.

Reports quoted Jharkhand Police Spokesman Anurag Gupta, as saying that the team was returning to Dumka

Business
-Microsoft's fiscal Q3 profits plunge despite stronger Windows sales

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Microsoft's Q3 profits reportedly slipped by 0.4 percent and its net income went down by 6.6 percent, inspite of stronger sales of Windows.

According to The Verge, the software company published its Q3 2014 earnings report, and the company has made $5.66 billion in net income on $20.4 billion in revenue.

The company recorded a strong growth in Windows OEM pro revenue, which plummeted by 4 percent.

While there is no confirmation on the number of

-Facebook crosses ƇB mobile-users' milestone in Q1

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Facebook has now reached the 1.01 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets.

According to Tech Crunch, Facebook's daily active users on mobile are at 609 million for the quarter.

However, mobile users doubled over the last year and now stand at 341 million.

The above figures are without Instagram users or those on Facebook Messenger, which themselves stand at over 200 million monthly users. (ANI)

-Apple makes 24 acquisitions in 18 months

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company has made 24 acquisitions in past 18 months.

According to CNET, Cook said that Apple looks for companies with great people and technology that fits culturally, and they don't have a rule that says they can't spend a lot.

Cook added that the company will continue making acquisitions, and try to keep it quiet.

He added that they are not in a race to spend the most or acquire the most; the race is to

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