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A week in review: Here are the top stories from this week

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A look back at some of our biggest and best stories from this week. From covering political rallies to much-awaited clash of the titans in South Mumbai to SpiceJet’s business class experiment to TIME's 100 most influential pioneers, we bring you our top ten stories from this week. Here's a quick recap, in case you missed them.

A week in review: Here are the top stories from this week
A look back at some of our biggest and best stories from this week. In case you missed them, here's a recap:
1. Covering political rallies: The heart is in the villages
The buzz around the general elections in India is truly electrifying. Rallies of national leaders of political parties hitting out at their opponents, the elaborate security cover, villagers filling up large grounds after arriving by the truckloads: the pervasive drama that marks this five-year power show is not easy to string together as a single event.
Full story here
2. From slums to A-list actors' bungalows, here's all about Mumbai’s North Central constituency 
All six constituencies in Mumbai will go to polls on April 29 in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. A total of 156 candidates will be contesting the elections from Mumbai this time, out of which 27 candidates will be fighting for the high-profile North Central seat.
From the narrow gullies of Chandivali to the posh Bandra West, Mumbai North Central constituency will see an interesting battle between its two prime candidates- Priya Dutt of Congress and Poonam Mahajan of the Bhartiya Janta Party.
All details here
3. In Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha seat, a battle royale between two Olympians 
One of the most watched contests in the ongoing Lok Sabha election will be the battle for Jaipur Rural seat in Rajasthan where Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympian Krishna Poonia is taking on Olympic silver medallist and Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
Full story here
4. Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Stage set for a clash of the titans in South Mumbai
The parliamentary constituency of South Mumbai is poised for an interesting battle between Shiv Sena’s sitting MP Arvind Sawant and Congress’ Milind Deora.
Riding on the Modi wave, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Shiv Sena swept the 2014 polls in Mumbai, with Sawant defeating Deora by over 1 lakh votes. Sawant may not be an easy candidate to beat this time either. Here's why
5. Why low-cost carrier SpiceJet’s experiment with business class seats is fraught with risks
Low-cost carrier SpiceJet announced that it will start operations with aircraft previously operated by Jet Airways starting Friday. The airline will deploy the first batch of five planes into operations.
Full story here
6. Jason Unsworth, who seeks to buy Jet Airways, in talks with potential investors to finance the deal
As lenders shortlisted Etihad Airways, NIIF, TPG Capital and Indigo Partners to revive Jet Airways, an unknown British entrepreneur has shown interest in taking over the struggling airline. Meet Jason Unsworth, the founder and CEO of Atmosphere Intercontinental Airline, who has submitted a bid for Jet Airways.
7. When taking a personal loan makes sense vs when it doesn’t
One of the best things about a personal loan is its usage flexibility as it can be used to meet any requirement, unlike its counterparts like a home loan or a vehicle loan. However, it’s the same usage flexibility that makes this unsecured financing facility dearer too.
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8. Here's a quick look at five novel features of WhatsApp in 2019
WhatsApp is known for adding new features to its messaging platform on a regular basis to improve the overall experience of the users, and every year we see it getting better and  better. Started as a simple and basic messaging platform, the app now offers features such as group video calling, stickers and more. Take a look 
9. These 3 Indians made it to the 2019 Time 100 most influential people list
From two LGBTQ+ rights advocates to the richest man of India; from the actor who has gripped the Internet with her medieval era show about dragons and dead people to the first female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; from the President of the United States to a prime minister whose leadership qualities inspired the world at the time of crisis, the TIME 100 Most Influential People List of 2019 includes some of the best from various walks of life. Check out
10. New Echo Show comes with a bigger display, better speakers
Amazon decided to house its smart assistant Alexa in a speaker a couple of years back. Since then Alexa has become a household name that sits insides the tech giant’s Echo speakers. Now, in an attempt to add a face to that name, the tech giant has launched a new Echo Show. Here's a sneak peek of the new gizmo
11. Shagun Kapur Gogia, daughter of the late Ashok Kapur, named Yes Bank director
Yes Bank has appointed Shagun Kapur Gogia as additional director to the board of the bank with immediate effect. Shagun is the daughter of Madhu Kapur and the late Ashok Kapur, who co-founded Yes Bank along with Rana Kapoor. Madhu has been fighting a legal battle with her brother-in-law Rana for a board seat for her daughter. The appointment comes after a truce between the two factions.
12. 'It was humiliating,' says IAS officer punished for allegedly searching PM Modi’s chopper
IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin has been in service for 22 years but had so far kept a low profile, as most IAS officers do. Over the past ten days, however, the Bengaluru-based officer has been pushed into the spotlight for being on the wrong side of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in an incident involving none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read more