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0815 HRS
24.03.2019

THE HEADLINES:


  • Political activity gains momentum across the country as filing of nominations for first phase of Lok Sabha Polls ends tomorrow.

  • BJP announces 286 candidates so far and Congress 218.

  •  Election Commission asks  media to telecast exit polls  only after last phase of Lok Sabha elections is over; includes websites and social media platforms in the advisory.

  • Indian Navy rescues 192 people in cyclone hit Mozambique;provides medical assistance to about 1400.

  • Thailand goes to polls  in its first general election since 2014 military coup.

  • At least 115 killed in ethnic clashes in Mali.

  • India to clash with South Korea in their second round-robin match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Hockey at Ipoh this afternoon.

  • And in IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets.

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Political activity gains momentum across the country as tomorrow is the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Ninety one constituencies, spread over 20 states and union territories, will go the polls in the first phase on the 11th of next month.

The BJP yesterday announced another list of candidates, taking the total number to 286, so far, for election to the 543-member Lok Sabha. Union Minister JP Nadda briefed the media.

इट बिकॉम्स टू इट इज सक्सीड्स जिसमें वन इनडिपेंडेंट सपोर्टेड एंड 285 बीजेपी सीट्स डिक्लेयर्ड। आगे चलकर के जो बाकी सीट्स हैं वह हम अपनी इलेक्शन कमेटी की जो अगली मीटिंग होगी उसमें हम लेंगे और उसको हम डिक्लेयर्ड करेंगे।

Mr  Nadda said, sitting MP Anurag Thakur will contest from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. Veteran party leader Shanta Kumar has been denied a ticket.

A list of candidates was also announced for 6 seats in Telangana, 3 in Uttar Pradesh and one each in Kerala and West Bengal.

In Bihar, BJP and allies JD(U) and LJP released a list of 39 candidates for the 40 seats in the state. BJP has denied tickets to seven sitting MPs, including Hukum Deo Narayan Yadav. In a joint press conference in Patna, the BJP declared Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's name from Patna Sahib replacing Shatrughan Sinha. The party has also changed the seat of Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Nawada to Begusarai. Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh will contest from East Champaran and Ram Kripal Yadav from Pataliputra.

The LJP is yet to announce the name of its candidate for the Khagaria seat.

Dissatisfied with the grand alliance for ignoring the CPI(ML) in the seat-sharing deal in the state, the party has announced that it will contest four seats from Ara, Siwan, Karakat and Jehnabad.

The CPI has said, it would field former JNU student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai seat.

The Congress has also announced a fresh list of candidates, taking the total number to 218. The party has fielded Ashok Chavan from Nanded in Maharashtra and renominated Mallikarjun Kharge from Gulbarga seat in Karnataka. It has fielded former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat from Nainital and veteran BJP leader BC Khanduri's son, Manish Khanduri, who joined the party recently from Garhwal.

The Congress and the NCP have announced their seat-sharing pact in Maharashtra. The Congress will contest 26 seats and NCP 22 seats.

Former Prime Minister and senior JD (S) leader HD Deve Gowda will contest from Tumkur Parliamentary seat in Karnataka while former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti will fight from Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases till the 19th of May. The counting of votes will take place on the 23rd of May.

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The Kerala Congress has suggested that party president Rahul Gandhi should contest the Lok Sabha election from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, besides Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Talking to reporters in Pathanamthitta district, AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy said, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has requested Mr Gandhi to contest from Wayanad, but he has not yet commented on the proposal.

Congress spokesperson Ranadeep Surjewala said, a decision in this regard is yet to be taken by the Congress President.

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Union Minister Arun Jaitley has accused the Congress party of riding on the ‘caravan’ of falsehood and forgeries to influence voters ahead of Lok Sabha polls. In a Facebook post, Mr Jaitley alleged that forged and fabricated photocopies manufactured and provided by the Congress were passed off as BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s diary. 

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The Election Commission(EC) has said, exit polls can only be telecast on the evening of 19th May after the last phase of Lok Sabha elections gets over. The poll panel has issued an advisory to the media in which websites and social media platforms were included for the first time.

"The Poll Body said, TV, radio channels, cable networks, websites and social media platforms should ensure that the content of their programmes during the 48-hour period before the end of polls in each phase do not contain any material that may be construed as promoting or prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate. The Commission said, the advisory shall among other things include display of any opinion poll and of standard debates, analysis, visuals and sound-bytes. The Election Commission said, it will monitor the broadcasts made by news broadcasters from the time elections are announced until the conclusion and announcement of election results. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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An Indian naval crew has rescued more than 192 people in the Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in Africa. Three Indian ships, INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul are undertaking Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief in coordination with local authorities and the High Commission of India, Maputo. Medical assistance has been provided to around 1,400 people in medical camps set up by the Indian Navy. Helicopter Chetak took several sorties to facilitate an aerial survey by Disaster management officials of Mozambique, for evacuation of people in coordination with local authorities and for dropping of food and water packets in the cyclone affected areas.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, Indian Navy ships have also been providing fresh water in relief camps, undertaking community service including clearing of debris and repairing damaged roads.

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Voting began in Thailand this morning in the country's first election since the military ousted an elected government in a 2014 coup. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Army Chief who led the coup, is hoping to extend his hold on power after engineering a new political system that aims to stifle the influence of big political parties not aligned with the military. About 51 million people are eligible to vote.

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In Mali, at least 115 people have been killed in one of the deadliest attack by the fighters of an ethnic militant group at a village of the central province yesterday. Local authorities said, militants attacked the Fulani village of Ogossagou-Peul. According to Human Rights Watch, militants from the Dogon group, known as Dan Na Ambassagou, have been blamed for scores of attacks over the past year.

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One hundred and eighty seven stranded passengers were airlifted by the Indian Air Force to and fro Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. State Coordinator, Kargil Courier Services said, the Air Force airlifted 71 passengers from Jammu to Kargil, 69 from Srinagar to Kargil, 27 from Kargil to Srinagar and 20 from Kargil to Jammu.

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Today is World Tuberculosis Day. The theme this year is, 'It's time'. It focuses on the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders to scale up access to prevention and treatment of the disease. We have a report from our news desk.

"World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24th March every year to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB and to step up efforts to end the global epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB. Tuberculosis is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. In India, the government has taken many steps in order to tackle the problem of TB by 2025. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind has urged all stake holders to come together to achieve a TB free India. He said, consistent with the spirit of this year's theme, India has renewed its commitments and intentions to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global targets. Ankush Vats, News Desk."

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In Men's Hockey, India will clash with South Korea in their second round-robin match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in the Malaysian city of Ipoh this afternoon. The match will begin at 1:35 PM (Indian Standard Time). In the tournament opener yesterday, five-time winners India defeated Asian Games gold medallist Japan 2-nil to begin their campaign on a positive note. Varun Kumar and Simranjeet Singh were the goal scorers. 

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In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings began their title defence with a stunning seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener at Chennai last night. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bowl first bore fruit as Chennai spinners bundled out Virat Kohli-led Bangalore for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs.

There was no opening ceremony this year as the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators, administering the BCCI, decided to donate the money budgeted for it for the welfare of the armed forces and CRPF personnel and to honour the families of Pulwama martyrs.

In today's fixtures, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata at 4 PM, while Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai at 8 in the evening.

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 Newspapers Headlines

  • Lists of candidates announced for the Lok Sabha polls by different political parties dominate front page headlines. The Hindustan Times lead says "Parties name candidates ahead of filing deadlines".The Asian Age reports "Wayanad in Kerala may be Rahul's 2nd seat". On actor Shatrughan Sinha being denied a ticket by the BJP, the Pioneer writes "Prasad replaces Shotgun in Patna Sahib". The Tribune takes note of BJP veteran Shanta Kumar's fate as it reports "Shanta not on list as BJP names all Himachal Pradesh candidates".

  • Congress functionary Sam Pitroda's remarks on the Balakot air strike have been sharply rebutted by BJP President Amit Shah. The Indian Express reports "Shah says Congress insulted forces, seeks Rahul apology".

  • An unpublicised letter written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistan's National Day has evoked a sharp reaction from the Congress party. The Hindu reports "Stop writing love letters to Pakistan, Congress tells PM".

  • Most papers take note of an audio tape that has surfaced hinting at possible discontentment involving Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan. The Asian Age reports "In mood to resign : Chavan heard in viral audio clip".

  • In a front page story that cautions us that tens of thousands of people may not be able to file their IT returns for the coming financial year, the Hindu writes "Initials hurdle hits PAN-Aadhar link ; Decades old software does not allow initials while applying for tax ID card".

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