- Campaigning for 53 Assembly seats in 12 districts of
Uttar Pradesh going to polls in the fourth phase ends; Polling on Thursday.
Secretary S Jaishankar holds talks with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in
Beijing ahead of a key strategic dialogue to improve bilateral ties.
People's Front president Shurhozelie Liezitsu to be sworn in as new Chief
- Seven Maoists killed in an encounter in Narayanpur
district of Chhattisgarh.
- In Tamil Nadu,
the case filed by DMK in Madras High Court seeking to nullify the
trust vote fails to reach for hearing; DMK serves a notice of no-confidence
motion against Speaker P. Dhanapal.
national highway remains closed for second consecutive day following landslides
triggered by rains; heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh.
CRICKET; India beat South Africa by one wicket in the final of
ICC Women World Cup Qualifier 2017 at Colombo.
Campaigning for the fourth phase of Assembly elections
in Uttar Pradesh ended this evening. Voting for 53 seats, spread over 12
districts, will be held on Thursday. The districts include Raebareli,
Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Chitrakoot and
total of 630 candidates, including 50 women, are in the fray.
the last day of campaigning, Allahabad was the major centre where BJP president
Amit Shah, SP-Congress alliance leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi BSP supremo Mayawati and BJP ally Apana Dal
President Anupriya Patel conducted road shows and also addressed public
the last day of campaigning, Allahabad was the major centre where Bhartiya
Janata Party President Amit Shah and Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance leaders
Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi and BJP ally Apana Dal President Anupriya Patel
conducted roadshows and also addressed public meeting. Large number of people
attended the both the shows and greeted the leaders in the route. Mr. Shah
addressed the people during the journey and sharply criticized the Samajwadi
Party Government in the state. Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo Mayawati has
addressed two rallies in Gonda and Bassi districts and directed Bhartiya Janata
Party and Samajwadi Party on several issues. A total of 680 candidates
including 50 women are in the fray in the forth phase of elections. Sunil Shukla,
AIR News, Lucknow.
will be a litmus test for BJP, in Bundelkhand region where the elections in
2014 were dominated by the party sweeping all the four Lok Sabha seats.
of the region has been the central point in all public meetings with the issues
of public coming to forefront. Common issues voiced by the people include
proneness to drought affecting the productivity of agriculture and crops in the
region, inadequate progress made by Industrial sector specially agrobased
industries and employment opportunities. Bundelkhand is known for pulses
cultivation and there has been a demand for upgradation of agricultural
infrastructure and technological improvement in water harvesting for sustaining
crop productivity. Other issues voiced by the people in this election are law
and order situation and migration of
agricultural labourers. With Sanjeev Jasrotia, this is Samrat Bandopadhyay,
Election Commission today corrected its poll percentage figures for
Uttarakhand. It said, 65.64 per cent of the total electorate in the state cast
their votes as against 68 per cent announced earlier. Six days after assembly
elections were held in the state, office of the State Chief Electoral Officer
released final figures of polling percentage in Dehradun today.
Maharashtra, moderate to brisk polling has been reported during elections of
ten Municipal Corporations and Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis today.
According to preliminary estimates, around 62 per cent of voters exercised
their franchise for the Municipal Corporations and 65 per cent voted during the
second phase of voting for Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis. With this,
the fate of over nine thousand candidates vying for 1,268 seats of civic bodies
has been locked in voting machines. The Municipal Corporations which went to
polls today included Brihanmumbai, Thane, Pune, Solapur, Nashik along with
Nagpur, Amravati and Akola in Vidarbha region. The counting of votes would be
taken up at different places throughout the state in decentralized manner on
Secretary S Jaishankar today held talks with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi
ahead of a key strategic dialogue tomorrow to improve bilateral ties hit by
Chinese reluctance to support India's admission into the Nuclear Suppliers
Group (NSG) and back a United Nations ban on Jaish-e-Mohd. leader Masood Azhar.
Jaishankar, who arrived in China from Sri Lanka, met Yang, who besides being
the State Councillor is Beijing's Special Representative for border talks
between India and China.
the meeting, they expressed strong commitment to develop positive relations.
Referring to the first Strategic Dialogue to be held tomorrow, Mr Jaishankar
said, this is not just a meeting between him and his counterpart, it is
preceded by consultations on a host officials. The Foreign Secretary flagged
India's concerns on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and
counter-terrorism in an interview with China's-state run Global Times. He said,
counter-terrorism is one area in which China and India should make special
People's Front president Shurhozelie Liezitsu will be sworn in as the new Chief
Minister of the state tomorrow. He will be administered the oath of office and
secrecy by the Governor PB Acharya. He was invited by the Governor to form a
new government yesterday after emerging as a unanimous choice for the post and
formally staked his claim.
Nagaland Tribes Action Committee has called off its statewide bandh following
the resignation of TR Zeliang as the Chief Minister.
In Chhattisgarh, seven Maoists were killed in
an encounter in Narayanpur district today.
on specific inputs, a joint team of police & District Reserve Group (DRG)
was sent from Dantewada's Barsur this morning into the deep forests near
Pushpal village of Abujhmad. The Maoists hidden there suddenly started firing
on the team, which was retaliated
promptly by the forces. At least 7 Maoists were killed while many others were
injured in the resultant encounter. Apart from the bodies of these insurgents,
weapons have also been recovered from the spot. The three of the killed Maoists
carried cash awards of 5 lac rupees each on their head. There have been no
casualties on the side of security forces. With Naresh Mishra from Dantewada,
Tushar Karmarkar, AIR News, Raipur.
Chennai, the case filed by the DMK in the Madras High Court seeking to nullify
the trust vote results failed to reach for hearing today. It is likely to come
up for hearing at a later date. Besides, two more public interest litigations
were filed against the trust vote in the High Court today.
the principal opposition DMK served notice of a no-confidence motion against
Speaker P. Dhanapal. The party working president and Leader of the Opposition
in the Assembly MK Stalin charged that the Speaker’s actions during the special
session of the Assembly on 18th of this month for the trust vote has been
partisan and against the laid up norms.
the trust vote in the Assembly last Saturday preceded by pandemonium, eviction
of the DMK members and walk out by the Congress, the House was adjourned sine
die. It is expected to be convened soon for the Budget Session.
opposition DMK is spearheading its campaign against the trust vote by chief
minister Edappadi Palaniswamy both legally and politically. However, reaction
from the ruling party is mute so far, though the government is announcing a
series of welfare measures involving huge financial allocations. The High Court
in a separate case has directed the State Election Commission to hold the local
bodies elections before May 14, and its results would be viewed as an indicator
of the popularity of the present government. Jaya Singh, AIR News, Chennai.
Standard Operating Procedure for protection and care
of children in street situations was released in New Delhi today. Speaking on
the occasion, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said
government is committed to the well-being of every child in India. She said the
Procedure will help Government ensure that health education and protection
mechanisms are made available to children living on streets.
Our correspondent reports National Commission for
Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) collaborated with Civil Society Organization
(CSO) and Save the Children to develop the strategy for street children.
Operating Procedure was drafted after taking inputs from 35 NGOs as well as
children who survived from the street. Children living in streets are among the
most vulnerable groups as they have little or no adult supervision and
protection. They also do not have access to education and basic health care
which exposes them to abuse, exploitation and neglect. A survey by Save the
Children last year found over 84 thousand children living on the streets in
Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Hyderabad and some other cities. By 2030, with the
increase of population in urban areas, child population is also expected to
increase. As such, it is important to integrate the needs of children in street
situations into urban policies and planning. With Sant Bahadur, Suparna Saikia,
AIR News, Delhi.
Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second day
today following closure of 300-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The
highway was closed following landslides triggered by rains at some places.
official of the Traffic Control Room said, men and machinery have been pressed
into service to clear off the muck left behind by landslides and traffic is
expected to ply from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow.
Himachal Pradesh, heavy snowfall occurred in high altitude tribal areas and
other higher hills today while mid and lower hills had widespread rains.
The high altitude tribal areas recorded 50
cm of fresh snowfall in the day today. Shimla and surrounding areas were lashed
by a thunderstorm accompanied by intermittent rains. The cold wave condition
has once again intensified after change in the weather. In Lahaul-Spiti
district due to danger of avalanches the authorities have issued general alert
and advised people to remain in their homes. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News,
domestic stock markets moved higher yet again, to once more end at a multi-month high.
Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained 100 points, or 0.4 percent, to a
five-month closing high of 28,762. The Sensex has now advanced over 600 points
in four trading sessions. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange rose 29
points, to also close at a five-month high of 8,908. Gold gained 250 rupees, to
29,950 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 50
cents, to 56.58 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.
India beat South Africa by one wicket in the final of
ICC Women World Cup Qualifier 2017 at Colombo this evening. India achieved the
target of 245 runs on the last ball of the 50th over.
For India, Deepti Sharma was the highest scorer with
71 runs while Mona
Meshram made 59 runs. Harmanpreet
Kaur remained unbeaten at 41. Earlier, Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed three
wickets to help India bowl out South Africa for 244 in 49.4 overs.
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