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News at Nine

2100 HRS

2100 HRS.

18th May, 2019


  • All arrangements are in place for seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections tomorrow; Voting to take place in fifty nine constituencies.

  • Prominent candidates of various political parties in the fray include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shatrughan Sinha, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shibu Soren.

  • Four terrorists killed in two different encounters in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Buddha Purnima is being celebrated in the country today.

  • In Sports, Sudirman Cup to kick start in China tomorrow; P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to lead India's challenge.


All arrangements are in place for seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha elections tomorrow. 59 constituencies, spread over 7 states and one union territory, will go to polls in this phase. Voting will take place for 13 seats each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, all four constituencies of Himachal Pradesh; three in Jharkhand and lone seat of Chandigarh. Polling, which will begin at 7 AM, will end at 6 PM. Prominent candidates in this phase include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and union ministers - Manoj Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri, Kirron Kher, Sunny Deol and Ravi Kishan of BJP, Sukhbir Badal of SAD, Meira Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha of Congress and Shibu Soren of JMM. Counting of votes will take place on the 23rd of this month.

In Himachal Pradesh all the four Lok Sabha seats, Shimla, Mandi,, Kangra and Hamirpur will go to poll in this phase.

"In view of tomorrow’s election tight security arrangements have been made, around 47 companies of Central Reserve Force and 19000 state police with home guards have been deployed. To conduct smooth voting over 7000 polling stations of the states all the polling parties have reached their respective destinations. Special arrangements have been made by election department for Divyang, Senior Citizens and Women. 10 polling stations will be managed by Divyang whereas 136 are exclusively operated by women. The election commission has also setup 186 model polling booths in the state. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Shimla

Punjab and Chandigarh are also ready for poling.

'In Chandigarh BJP candidate Kirron Kher, Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and Aam Admi Party candidate Harmohan Dhawan are in fray., While in Punjab the various known faces including Sunny Deol, Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar, Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hardip Singh Puri, the President of Shiromini Akaki Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal are in fray. The polling parties have reached their destinations and security forces  have been deployed in the state. Meanwhile Shiromini Akali Dal has demanded more deployment of security force in Bathinda, Ferozepur and other sensitive constituencies. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh"

In Uttar Pradesh, 13 seats in last phase will go to poll. 

"Voting in the high-profile constituency of Varanasi will be keenly watched not only in the country but also across the globe as it will decide the political fate of senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More than 18 lakh voters will cast their vote tomorrow. Elaborate security arrangements are in place for safe voting on all 13 constituencies. Inter-state and inter-district boundaries have been sealed and security personnel are checking at every barrier. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Varanasi"

In Bihar voting will take place in Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat and Jahanabad. There are 157 candidates including 20 women in the fray.

"Jawans of Central para military forces and 81 thousand polling staffs have reached at their respective booths this evening. Over two thousand micro observers will oversee poll process tomorrow. There will be arrangements of live webcasting at 273 booths. Patrolling has been intensified to avert untoward incidents. A helicopter and an air ambulance will be kept ready in Patna to meet any eventuality. Polling time in  ten  Naxal affected  assembly segments of Patliputra, Sasaram and Karakat will be from 7 am to 4 pm.  With K K Lal from Patna, Abhishek Kumar AIR News."

In Madhya Pradesh, polling will be held for 8 Lok Sabha seats in the last phase.  Our correspondent reports that around one crore 49 lakh voters will decide the fate of 82 candidates that include 6 women.

"There will be a total of 18 thousand 411 polling booths in this phase. Of these, around 36 hundred polling stations are marked as critical. More than 81 thousand election personnel and 56 thousand security personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth and peaceful voting. One thousand 157 polling stations will be fully operated by women polling personnel while 61 polling booths by Divyanga staff. 4 thousand Q Less polling centers have also been made for the convenience of the voters. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

Our Kolkata Correspondent reports that Polling personnel have already reached their destinations to ensure free and fair voting. Over 1 crore 49 lakh electorates will decide the political fate of 111 candidates there.

Besides State police, around 676 companies of Central force and 461 quick response teams have been deployed. Vigils along Inter-state and International border with Bangladesh have been intensified. Prominent candidates in the fray include former Union Minister and Trinamool Congress nominee Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Sougata Roy and C. M. Jatua, former Mayor of Kolkata and CPI(M) candidate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, BJP nominees Anupam Hazra and Shamik Bhattacharya and Mita Chakraborty of Congress. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata.

The News Services Division of All India Radio (AIR) has made elaborate arrangements for providing authentic and latest results of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in four states. For the first time, AIR, the biggest radio network of the country, will continuously broadcast special programmes on election results for 40 hours.


All preparations are in place for Panaji assembly bypoll scheduled tomorrow. The bypoll was necessitated due to the demise of former Goa chief minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar in March this year. The seat was held by BJP since 1994, when Manohar Parrikar was elected from there for the first time. The key battle would be among BJP’s Sidharth Kunkolienkar, Congress’ Atanasio Monseratte, Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik and Goa Suraksha Manch’s Subhash Velingkar.   


The Election Commission has taken a serious exception to media reports about its internal functioning in respect of handling the Model Code of Conduct. The commission described the reports as unsavory and avoidable controversy. It said this has come at a time when all Chief Electoral Officers throughout the country and senior officers of the Commission have been working very hard ahead of the last phase of election and counting.

In a statement issued in New Delhi today, the Commission said its three members are not expected to be template or clones of each other. It also recalled that there have been so many instances in the past where there have been a vast diversions of views as it can and should be. The Chief Election Commissioner said that he has never shied away from a public debate whenever required but there is a time for everything. In its meeting recently, it was unanimously decided that some groups shall be formed to deliberate the issues which arose in the course of the conduct of Lok Sabha Elections this time and the Model Code of Conduct is one of them.


The Election Commission has issued notice to Congress candidate from Khandwa parliamentary constituency Arun Subhash Chandra Yadav for alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct.  The Commission has sought Yadav's reply within 24 hours failing which it shall take a decision without further reference to him.

The poll body had received a complaint from the BJP alleging that Congress was illegally indulging in distribution of NYAY Scheme enrolment pamphlets in Khandwa, Burhanpur, and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh.


A CPI(M) delegation today met the Election Commission and urged it to deploy central forces present in West Bengal to build confidence among people for the final phase of voting tomorrow. The delegation including party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and politburo member Hannan Mollah met the Chief Election Commissioner in this regard.


The Odisha cabinet formally recommended to the Governor for dissolution of the outgoing assembly this evening. The last cabinet meeting of the present BJD government headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, the new government will be formed by the party which will secure majority in the current elections. The term of the fifteenth assembly, which was formed on May 25, 2014, is going to end soon. Counting of votes will take place on 23rd May.


In Jammu and Kashmir, four terrorists were killed in separate encounters with security forces today. Talking to AIR News, state Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said that all the four slain terrorists belong to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

"Today operation was launched in different places by police along with Army para militant forces. One was Taral,  Awantipura where three militants were eliminated. All three belong to Hizbul Mujahideen. One of the slain militant is Shawkat Dar who was involved in the killing of Army Jawan, Aurangzeb some time back. He was a very dreaded militant and he was responsible for number of militant activities in that area. The other operation was launched in Sopore area in which a militant was killed and he also belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen."

Quoting Police sources our correspondents reports that arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site.


Buddha Purnima, marking the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, is being celebrated in several parts of the country today.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted people on the occasion.

In Jammu and Kashmir people from all walks of life and students from various schools were gathered for a procession in LEH Ladakh  to mark the day.

"With majority of Buddhists, across the Ladakh region, the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with all religious traditions. The procession led by the LBA Women in colorful traditional attire accompanied by the Monks from various Monasteries of the region carrying religious texts and followed by the students. The vibrations echoed in the Leh streets as the religious and the traditional music is playing all along and thousands of students chanting the Bodhi Chitta mantras for spreading peace and compassion across the world. Ramesh Chandra, RNU Leh."


Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has conceded defeat after his Labour party suffered a shock defeat in national polls today saying he would resign as party leader. He told his supporters in Melbourne that Labour party will not be able to form the next government. He said, in the national interest, he called Liberal leader and Prime Minister Scott Morrision a short while ago to congratulate him.

Meanwhile, Mr Morrison praised his countrymen for delivering his party a miracle election victory after his Labour challenger conceded defeat.


India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway in Nanning, China tomorrow. The Sudirman Cup is a mixed team Badminton Championship held every two years. Korea is the defending Champions of the tournament as they defeated China in the 2017 edition.


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