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News at Nine

2100 HRS
21.10.2019

THE HEADLINES


  • Polling concludes peacefully for assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra; Nearly 65 percent voting recorded in Haryana while over 60 percent in Maharashtra. 

  • Voting also held for bypolls to Satara and Samastipur Lok Sabha seats and 51 Assembly constituencies in 17 States; Counting of votes for both assemblies and by-polls on Thursday.

  • Winter session of Parliament to commence on 18th November.

  • India says, it is ready to sign Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement on Wednesday; Asks Pakistan to consider waiving fee on pilgrims.

  • And India close to series sweep as South Africa trail by 203 runs after losing 8 wickets in the follow-on in final Cricket Test at Ranchi.

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Over 60 per cent polling was recorded in the Assembly Elections in Maharashtra while Haryana has recorded nearly 65 per cent voting till 6 P.M. The polling was undertaken for 288 seats in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana today. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi this evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said, the voting percentage is likely to increase.

Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, the polling was by and large peaceful and smooth in both the states. Mr Sinha said, voting in naxal-affected areas was also peaceful.

"Adequate security forces were deployed in both the states, the naxal affected areas of Gadchiroli and Gondia were totally peaceful apart from other places being peaceful. This time, the Commission had also engaged the Community Radios in a big way and more than 50 Community Radios across Maharashtra and Haryana, they were very proactive for voter education and awareness."

In Maharashtra, the BJP is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies, while the Shiv Sena has fielded candidates on 124 seats. On the other hand, the Congress has fielded 147 candidates and its ally NCP 121. Among other parties, MNS has fielded 101 candidates, the CPI 16 and the CPM 8. The BSP has fielded candidates in 262 constituencies. A total of 1400 Independents are also in the poll arena.  Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress.

We now go live to our correspondent Dhananjay in Nagpur for more s.

Question 1 : Dhananjay,  Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is contesting from Nagpur South-West seat. How was the competition there? 

Question 2 :  Dhananjay, tell us about the main contests in rural Vidarbha and how was the voter turnout in the Naxal-affected areas ?

Thank You Dhananjay for the details.

Now let us listen to our Mumbai correspondent on the overall polling scenario in Maharashtra:

"In the battle of nerves, the fate of 3237 candidates contesting the Maharashtra assembly polls have been sealed in the EVM machines. On one hand, the BJP Shiv Sena is looking forward to make a strong comeback to power, the Congress NCP hopes to revive their fortunes. Barring few instances of sporadic violence and glitch in EVM machines, the overall voting took place on a peaceful note and in a transparent manner. Senior citizens, first time voters, B-town celebrities, leaders from political parties, captains of the industry, divyangs and the transgenders  enthusiastically participated in performing their national duty. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

In Haryana, total 1,169 candidates including 104 Women are in the fray. Both BJP and Congress are contesting all 90 seats, while Indian National Lok Dal has fielded its candidates at 81 seats in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal.  

 We now go live to our correspondent Jitendra Dwivedi in Karnal.

Q.1 : Jitendra, how was the overall scenario during polling in the state?

Q.2 : Jitendra, with polling over, what are the security measures being taken for EVMs and VVPAT Machines?

We now bring you more details from our Chandigarh correspondent:

"In Haryana, the polling remain peaceful and colorful today. The pink booths attracted women voters in large numbers. The impact of SWEEP programme of Election Commission was also witnessed throughout the day. The women, more than 100 years of age were seen casting their votes. In Narayangarh, an 118 years old woman and in Karnal, 101 year old woman exercised their right to  franchise. The first time voters were also seen celebrating this unique experience of polling. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal reached the polling station on cycle to caste his vote. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."

Bye-Elections  were also held in two Lok Sabha seats and 51 Assembly seats across 17 states today. The two Lok Sabha seats where by-polls took place are Samastipur in Bihar and Satara in Maharashtra.

Assembly constituencies which went to bypolls today are 11 seats of Uttar Pradesh, 6 in Gujarat, 5 seats each in Kerala and Bihar, 3 in Sikkim, 4 each in Punjab and Assam, 2 each in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and one seat each in Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Pudducherry and Arunachal Pradesh.

We now bring you a report on bypolls held in 11 Assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh:

"Barring some incidents of glitches in EVMs overall polling was peaceful in state. Heavy security arrangements were in place on all the polling centres of 11 seats. In morning polling was a little slow but as the day progressed people came out in large numbers to cast their votes. At Gangoh seat in Saharanpur polling percent was highest in state. Voter turnout was quite low at Lucknow Cantt constituency where it recorded around 28 percent, almost half compared to average 50 percent in last 2 assembly elections. A total of 109 candidates were in the fray. This time there was 4 cornered contests on all seats where BJP, Samajwadi party, Bahujan smaj party and congress have fielded their candidates. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."

Counting of votes for both assemblies and by-polls will be taken up on October 24.

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The Winter Session of Parliament will commence from 18th of next month. It will conclude on 13th of December.  The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has communicated this to the secretariats of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Last week, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs  had met under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to decide on the dates of the next session.

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New Delhi today told Islamabad that it is ready to sign the Agreement on Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on Wednesday but  termed Pakistan's continuous insistence on levying a service fee of  20 US dollars per pilgrim per visit to the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib as a matter of disappointment. The External Affairs Ministry said, it has consistently urged Pakistan that in deference to the wishes of the pilgrims, it should not levy such a fee. It also said, understanding has been reached on most of the elements for facilitating the visit of pilgrims from India. It said, in view of the long-pending demand of the pilgrims to have visa free access to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib and in the interest of operationalization of the corridor in time before the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak falling on the 12th of next month, India has agreed to sign the Agreement.

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India today slammed Pakistan for unilaterally stopping postal mail service between the two nations, saying the move was in contravention of international norms.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi today, Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said, Pakistan resorted to the move without giving any prior notice to India. He said, the Department of Posts has thought of an action in this regard.

"पाकिस्तान ने पिछले दो महीन से इसको बंद कर रखा है, तो हमारे पोस्टल विभाग ने ये कार्रवाई सोची है क्योंकि जिस प्रकार से पाकिस्तान का यह निर्णय है, it is directly in contravention of the World Postal Union's norms. अब जब उसने भारत की चिट्ठियों  को रोक दिया तो यह कार्रवाई हुई है।"

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today warned Pakistan to stop encouraging terrorism against India. Mr Rajnath Singh said, efforts to destabilize and weaken the country were thwarted and given a befitting reply by the Indian army. He was speaking after inauguration of Colonel Chewang Rinchen Setu on Shyok River in West of Eastern Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control with China.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has congratulated Joko Widodo on his re-election as the President of Indonesia. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Indonesia is India's close maritime neighbour. Mr Modi expressed confidence that under the dynamic leadership of Mr Widodo, our friendship and  comprehensive strategic partnership will further deepen.

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In the ICC World Test Cricket Championship, South Africa were 132 for eight at stumps in their second innings against India on the third day of the 3rd and final Test at Ranchi. Dean Algar retired hurt when his score was 16. India are close to series sweep as Proteas still trail by 203 runs.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of nine for two, visitors were forced to follow on when they were bowled out for 162 in their first innings in response to India's 497 for nine declared. India lead the three-match series 2-nil.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “Awareness towards vital Health issues: Osteoporosis & Iodine deficiency disorders” 

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM.

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