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  • Voting underway in 18 constituencies in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections; Around 40 per cent polling recorded till 1:30 pm.
  • Notification issued for Rajasthan and Telangana Assembly polls; Scrutiny of nominations being held for Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate two national highways and an inland waterways terminal in Varanasi this afternoon.
  • Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away; Karnataka government declares three-day state mourning; Last rites to be performed tomorrow.
  • Public Service Broadcasting Day being celebrated today.


Polling is underway for the first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh. Voting is taking place in 18 constituencies spread over 8 districts. In 10 Maoist-affected constituencies, polling started at 7 AM and will conclude at 3 PM. In the other 8 constituencies, polling began at 8 AM and will end at 5 PM. 190 candidates are in the fray. Around 40 per cent voting was reported till 1:30 PM. Our correspondent reports that elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.


"Polling is progressing peacefully in Maoist affected 18 constituencies of Chhattisgarh. Long ques can be seen in front of polling booths. Out of about four thousand three hundred polling stations, 53 reported delayed start due to technical reasons. Prominent faces trying their electoral luck in first phase are Chief Minister Raman Singh, Congress legislator party deputy leader Kawasi Lakhma, former prime minister Atal Bihari vajpayee’s niece Karuna Shukla and CPI leader Manish Kunjam. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur.

The remaining 72 of the total 90 seats in the state will go to polls on the 20th of this month in the second and final phase.

Meanwhile, two CRPF personnel were injured in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur district today. The exchange of fire took place when the CRFP team was on an area domination operation in Pamed area.


In another incident, Maoists triggered an IED blast at Katekalyan area of Dantewada district. No one was reported hurt in the incident.


The notification for Rajasthan and Telangana Assembly elections was issued today. With this, the filing of nominations in both the states has begun. The last day for filing candidature is next Monday. Scrutiny will take place the next day, with the last date for withdrawal of nominations being the 22nd of this month.


Both the states will go to polls on the 7th of next month to elect new Assemblies. Rajasthan has 200 seats, while Telangana has 119.


The BJP has released its first list of 131 candidates for Rajasthan. Our correspondent reports that the names of the candidates were finalised at the party's Central Election Committee in New Delhi last evening.


"BJP retained 85 MLAs and added 25 new faces. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will contest from Jhalrapatan, which she has represented since 2003. Name of 12 women, 32 youth leaders, 17 SC and 19 ST candidates are also in the list. MP from Barmer Col. Sona Ram was given ticket from Barmer assembly constituency. On the other hand, Congress may release its first list of candidates this evening after the meeting of party’s central election committee. Jiterndra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur ."

Meanwhile, scrutiny of nominations is being held today for Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. The last day for withdrawal of nominations is Wednesday. Elections in both states will take place on the 28th of this month.

Our Bhopal correspondent has filed this report:

"A total of 4 thousand 157 nomination forms were filed for assembly election between 2 November to 9 November for November for all the 230 assembly constituencies of the Madhya Pradesh. Election commission has permitted Candidate, their election agent, one proposer of each candidate and one more person authorized by candidate in writing to present at the time of scrutiny of the nomination forms. Nomination forms are being scrutinized by the Returning Officer one at a time and video of scrutiny is also being made for transparency. In case of any objection, a brief inquiry would be conducted, by the Returning officer before taking any decision in this respect. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.

The counting of votes for all the five states - Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram - will be taken up on the 11th of next month.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the money collected through demonetisation was utilized for developmental works in the country. Addressing an election rally in Bilaspur city of Chhattisgarh today, Mr Modi said, development is the first priority of the BJP government.

"अगर इस देश को हमारे आजादी के दीवानों के सपनों के जैसे पूरा बनाना है। देश को विकास की ऊंचाईयों तक ले जाना है। देश को गरीबी से मुक्‍त करना है। उनका हक दिलाना है और फिर ये भारतीय जनता पार्टी राजनीति में एक नई धारा लेकर के आई, उसे करके दिखाया वो मंत्र है विकास।"  



BJP President Amit Shah today said, the party has made Madhya Pradesh a developed state from a BIMARU State and now the aim is to make it prosperous. Addressing booth workers of the 230 Assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing, Mr Shah said, the 15 year rule of BJP in the state, under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is a perfect example of how a democratic government can run.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation two national highways and an inland waterways terminal on River Ganga at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh this afternoon. The total length of the two highways is 34 kilometers and they have been constructed at a cost of around 1,500 crore rupees. An official release said, the over 16 kilometre Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of over 750 crores, while the 17 kilometer Babatpur-Varanasi road was constructed at a cost of over 800 crore rupees. Our correspondent reports that the projects will provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.


"People are  eagerly waiting to receive their revered leader Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi who in a short while will reach here. He will dedicate and inaugurate 17 projects here today. In order to welcome Shri Modi, the town is richly decorated and heavy security arrangements are put in place. MS Yadav, AIR News, Varanasi."


The inland waterways terminal, to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on River Ganga as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. Our correspondent reports that the launch will be a major push to India's inland waterways transportation sector.


"India has a vast network of inland waterways in the form of rivers, canals, backwaters and creeks. Freight transportation by waterways is under-utilized in India compared to other large countries. The trade done along the inland waterways in India is just 3.5 per cent of the total trade as compared to 47 per cent in China and 40 per cent in Europe. The Centre is developing inland waterways as it is much fuel-efficient, cost-effective and environment-friendly. Water transport takes lesser time to transport cargo over water, as the chances of congestion and accidents on waterways are minimal. India can reap huge benefits from developing inland waterways, as it enhances domestic cargo transportation as well as cruise, tourism and passenger traffic. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


Union Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru early this morning. He was 59. Our correspondent reports that the BJP leader was reportedly suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment in Bengaluru.


"A pall of gloom has descended in Bengaluru after the sad demise of sic time MP and Union MInister Ananth Kumar. His mortal remains is kept in his residence and will be shifted to the BJP office in Bengaluru tomorrow morning before being shifted to National College grounds for the public to pay their last respects. The cremation is scheduled tomorrow afternoon at ground 1.00pm. The Sate Government has announced one day holiday as a mark of respect to the departed soul and three days mourning. Flags are flying at half mast and people are seen paying their tribute to the departed leader across the state. T. B. Nanjundaswamy, AIR News, Bengaluru."

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore have expressed grief over the demise of Mr Kumar.

In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, it is a tragic loss to public life in the country and particularly for the people of Karnataka.

Speaking to media after returning from a 3-day state visit to Paris, Mr Naidu said:

"It felt very sad about the demise of Sri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister. He was ill for some time never expected that this will happen. He is a very intelligents hard working, dedicated political worker. My heart felt condolences to his wife and children."


In his condolence message, Mr Modi said, Ananth Kumar was a remarkable leader, who entered public life at a young age and went on to serve society with utmost diligence and compassion.

Mr Jaitley said, Ananth Kumar will always be remembered for his work as a parliamentarian and a political leader.

"राजनीतिक दृष्टि से उनका सबसे महत्‍वपूर्ण योगदान मैं मानता हूं कि उस कार्यकाल में जब कर्नाटक में पार्टी बहुत छोटी थी, तो उन्‍होंने पार्टी की बागडोर संभाली थी, तो पार्टी ने 2004 के चुनाव में सबसे बड़ी पार्टी बनी कर्नाटक में और उसके बाद पूर्ण बहुमत लिया 2008 में। जिसने दक्षिण भारत का द्वार बीजेपी के लिए खोला। श्री अनंत कुमार जी की भूमिका बहुत अधिक है। देश को, कर्नाटक को, हमारी सरकार और पार्टी को एक बहुत बड़ा नुकसान हुआ है।"

BJP President Amit Shah and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi are also among a number of leaders who have extended their condolences.


Public Service Broadcasting Day is being celebrated today. The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the first and last visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. Gandhiji had addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

A function has been organised at the premises of All India Radio in New Delhi to mark the day.


In Maharashtra, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is changing the lives of people by fulfilling their long awaited dream of owning a house. The scheme was launched by the Central Government in 2015 with the aim to provide affordable houses to the poor. Here is a ground report from our Aurangabad correspondent:

"In Maharashtra, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is being implemented successfully. Under the scheme, as many as 11,778 beneficiaries have received the benefits of this scheme in Parbhani district. These beneficiaries have been provided ready to live constructed houses by the government. Shri Panchapal Chavan, a resident of village Kawada in Jintur Tahsil of Parbhani district told.

The central scheme is benefitting both rural as well as urban people in the state. Under this scheme, the state has already built 2.50 lakh houses and allotted it to the beneficiaries. Now the government has fixed the target of building more than 6 lakh houses under this scheme. Ramesh Jaibhaye, AIR News, Aurangabad."


The Singapore FinTech Festival, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, began today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address in the Fintech Conference, which is a part of the fest, on Wednesday. Mr Modi is the first head of a country who has been invited to give the keynote address, which is generally given by heads of world financial or technical institutes. The Prime Minister will also launch a global platform which will connect fintech companies with the world's banks.


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