Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec. 9 and Dec. 14 to pick a new assembly, the election commission said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a crucial battle that is seen as a test of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies to revive a sputtering economy.
Chief election commissioner AK Joti said all polling stations will have VVPAT machines, an anti-fraud system with a paper trail that briefly shows the candidate and symbol a person voted for. Continue reading
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BEIJING: China on Saturday warned world leaders and politicians against meeting the Dalai Lama, saying it would be perceived as a “major offence” as the spiritual leader is a “separatist” trying to carve out an independent Tibet.
Foreign officials also can’t get away by saying they were meeting the exiled Tibetan leader in a personal capacity as they still represent their governments, Zhang Yijiong, who heads the Communist Party’s Tibet working group, told reporters on the sidelines of the party congress here.
NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said after a meeting with visiting American counterpart that India will not send troops to Afghanistan, but pledged to help the troubled country build infrastructure and stamp out terrorist safe havens. Continue reading
Venkaiah Naidu elected as India’s 15th vice-president. Naidu defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
While Naidu received 516 votes, Gandhi got 244 votes, said election officer Shemsher K Sharif. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio address that the Goods and Services Tax is not just a tax reform, it is an economic model that will promote the culture of honesty.
“The GST, which I call the good and simple tax, has shown a positive impact on the economy in a short time,” Modi said in the 34th edition of the Mann Ki Baat as the ‘one-country, one-tax’ regime entered its 30th day. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: On Monday, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al- Jaafari said that the Iraqi government has “no substantial information” on 39 Indians taken hostage by the Islamic State terror group in Mosul in 2014.
“We have no substantial evidence that they (the Indians) were killed or they are still alive, so we cannot give anything in that regard,” al-Jaafari, who is on official visit to India, told reporters here. Continue reading
GUWAHATI: On Wednesday, TR Zeliang sworned in as Nagaland’s 19th chief minister after the state’s governor, PB Acharya, dismissed Shurhozelie Liezietsu for failing to turn up for a trial of strength in the assembly.
Nine legislators of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) skipped the floor test too, forcing assembly speaker Imtiwapang Aier to adjourn the special session of the House. Continue reading
New Delhi: On Wednesday Election Commission said that it cannot accept the demand to ban politicians convicted of a crime from contesting polls, prompting the Supreme Court to criticize the poll panel for shying away from the issue.
LUCKNOW: On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that he was not a fulltime politician, and serving the public was the only reason for his foray into politics.
When asked about his chances of becoming India’s future PM, Adityanath said he considered himself fortunate to have been given the responsibility of heading Uttar Pradesh by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. “After I have successfully carried out my responsibilities, I would like to return to my matth. I don’t think it’s acceptable to devote my life to politics,” he told HT. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On Wednesday,the Supreme Court warned the central government , it must write a law on the appointment of election commissioners or face an intervention by the judiciary.
Appointment of the election commissioner should be more transparent. Presently, the government appoints election commissioners without consulting other political parties.
The court came with this issue a day after the government named Achal Kumar Joti as the next chief election commissioner succeeding Nasim Zaidi for a period of six months. Continue reading