1) Seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections held: Moderate to high turnout marked the polling on Wednesday in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on a day when Narendra Modi sparked a major controversy by violating the election law by making a speech and displaying BJP's poll symbol in a booth. The fate of some of the top guns of Congress, including Sonia Gandhi, and BJP like Modi, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi and Arun Jaitley were decided in the seventh round that covered 89 constituencies across seven states and two union territories.
2) Real Madrid rout Bayern Munich to reach Champions League final: Real Madrid reached their first Champions League final for 12 years with an historic 4-0 win at Bayern Munich in Tuesday's semifinal, second leg to knock the holders out. Having won last week's first leg 1-0 in Madrid, Real won the semifinal 5-0 on aggregate as Pep Guardiola's Bayern suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition.
3) UAE leg of IPL 2014 ends: Kieron Pollard’s valiant half-century went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderbad registered a 15-run victory over Mumbai Indians in a Pepsi IPL 2014 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night. It also marked the end of IPL matches in UAE, which hosted 20 successful matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The tournament will now return to India.
4) BHEL to set up solar power plant in Yemen: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) has signed an agreement with Yemen’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy for setting up solar photovoltaic (PV)-based power plants at different locations in the Gulf nation. The agreement was signed by BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B. Prasada Rao and Yemen’s Minister of Electricity and Energy Saleh Hassan Sumie.
5) British actor Bob Hoskins died: British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from “Mona Lisa” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died aged 71. A family statement released on Wednesday by publicist Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.
6) Switzerland, Norway are world's most expensive economies: Switzerland and Norway are the world's most expensive economies, followed by Bermuda, Australia and Denmark, according to a new ranking by the World Bank. The economies with the lowest prices are Egypt, Pakistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Laos, according to a review of economic data which seeks to compensate for exchange rate effects and measure spending power across countries.
7) Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Lionel Messi's Champions League Goal Record: Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Lionel Messi's all-time record for the most goals in a single Champions League season after notching his 15th score. The Portuguese superstar, who remained on 14 strikes before the semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, scored in the 33rd minute to surpass a record set by Milan's Jose "Mazzola" Altafini in the 1962-63 season and equalled by Messi in 2011-12.