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19th April, 2019


  • Sixty six per cent polling recorded for second phase of Lok Sabha elections.

  • Campaigning gaining momentum for third phase of polling; Filing of nominations ends for fifth phase.

  • Government suspends LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir from today.

  • North Korea demands US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's removal from nuclear negotiations.

  • Good Friday, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, being observed today.

  • In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals by 40 runs to go second in the points table.


Sixty six per cent polling has been recorded for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. Ninety five Parliamentary constituencies, spread over 11 States and one Union Territory, went to the polls in this phase yesterday. Briefing the media in New Delhi, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said:

Puducherry recorded the highest 78 per cent voting, followed by 76.07 per cent in West Bengal. In Tamil Nadu, 38 of the total 39 seats went to the polls. Where 72 per cent voters cast their votes. Voting also took place for 35 Assembly seats in Odisha and 18 in Tamil Nadu. 64 per cent polling was recorded for both Lok Sabha and Assembly election in Odisha.

Meanwhile, campaigning is gaining momentum for the third phase. Polling will be held in 116 constituencies, across 13 states and 2 Union Territories, on Tuesday. Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held public rallies in Bagalkote and Chikkodi in North Karnataka and at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala yesterday.

Mr Modi will address a convention of traders at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi today. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold public meetings at Raichur and Chikodi in Karnataka. BJP President Amit Shah and Mr Gandhi are also scheduled to address rallies in Gujarat today.

"Top leaders of BJP and Congress are campaigning in Gujarat today. BJP President Amit Shah will address his first public rally at Bodeli in Chhota Udepur while second public rally will be held at Dharampur in Valsad district in South Gujarat. At the other end, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address his public rally at Bajipura in Bardoli. Senior BJP leaders Vinay Katiyar and film actor Paresh Raval also scheduled to address public rallies in Gujarat, while senior Congress leader Kapil Sibbal also in Ahmedabad for party’s poll campaign.Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

In Uttar Pradesh, after a gap of almost 25 years, Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP Chief Mayawati will share the dias of at public rally in Mainpuri today.

"One can call it the most hyped rally of the election of uttar pradesh when formally burying the 25 year old rivalry  BSP chief Mayawati will seek votes for Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri. SP chief Akhilesh yadav and RLD supremo Ajit singh will also be present in the rally. A joint rally of mayawati and akhilesh yadav is also scheduled in bareilly district today afternoon in support of alliance candidate from aonla ruchi veera. Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister of state Yogi Adityanath will resume his poll campaign today after a ban of 48 hours by election commission. Congress general secretary and incharge of eastern UP Priyanka Gandhi vadra will also lead the road show in kanpur today. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR NEWS, Lucknow."

Filing of nominations for the fifth phase ended yesterday. 51 constituencies, spread over seven states, will go to the polls on the 6th of next month. Scrutiny of nominations will be held tomorrow, with Monday being the last date for withdrawal of candidature. In Jammu and Kashmir, eight candidates filed their nomination papers for the Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency yesterday.

"Ladakh parliamentary Constituency is one of the largest in terms of area and logistically most difficult constituency in the country. It is spread over 65,000 square kilometers between two international borders with Pakistan and China. The candidates of main parties from Leh are competing with independent candidates supported by influential religious groups from Kargil. Two candidates from main political parties are associated with the Leh Hill Council. Sitting Chief Executive Councillor and BJP Candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal is banking on their Councillors. Congress Candidate is a two time Chief Executive Councillor of the Leh Hill Council. Both candidates are presently focussing on strengthening the party cadre at the Grass Roots. Leh District PDP President has joined BJP, while BSP has extended its support to the Congress. With Yangchan Dolma, Ramesh Chandra, AIR News LEH."


The Election Commission has warned senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to desist from using references to Defence Forces for political propaganda. The warning came on the leader's remarks during a public meeting at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on the 3rd of this month. In its order, the poll panel asked Mr Naqvi to be careful in future.


The Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer has banned the 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' advertisement of the Congress party and ordered an end to its broadcast. The Joint Chief Election Officer Rajesh Kaul issued a notice to all the district officers saying that the media certification and inspection committee has cancelled the ad certification and it should be banned across the state. The BJP had complained to the Chief Election Officer saying that the ad was offensive and defamatory in nature.


The Election Commission will submit its report to the Supreme Court today on whether the ban on the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi should continue. Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, the EC will submit to the apex court its view on banning the film's pan-India release in a sealed cover.


The Election Commission has sought a report from the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer on an alleged biopic on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee titled 'Baghini' which is slated to release on the 3rd of next month. The BJP had approached the poll panel seeking a ban on the release of the movie till the election process is over.


Senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi has filed a defamation case against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his reported statement that all thieves have Modi in their surname. Sushil Modi has filed the case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Patna.


The government has suspended the LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir from today. The Home Ministry has issued an order in this regard. Our correspondent reports that LoC trade is meant to facilitate exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in J&K.

"The Home Ministry said reports have been received that the LoC trade is being misused on very large scale. It said, anti-national elements are using the route as a conduit for Hawala money, drugs and weapons, under the garb of this trade. After the Pulwama attack, Government had withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan. Inputs have also been received that in order to evade the consequent higher duty, LoC trade is likely to be misused to a much larger extent.The objective of allowing LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir was to encourage local trade and exchange of locally made and grown products. However, this facility was misused by some influential local businessmen in nexus with unscrupulous elements to trade in products from third countries. With Dipendra, Shiela, AIR News, Delhi.


A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time has been postponed indefinitely after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the organisation sponsoring the talks, tweeted the news of the postponement yesterday.


North Korea has demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The demand came after it test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, its first such test in nearly half a year. In a statement, Director General of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, Kwon Jong Gun accused Mr Pompeo of misrepresenting the meaning of North Korea's requirement for the negotiations. US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said, the weapons test conducted by North Korea did not involve a ballistic missile.


Good Friday is being observed all over the world today to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday, that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Goa, special masses and processions are taking place in all major churches, including those at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa; and at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and Don Bosco grounds in Panaji.

"At the Panaji church square, large crowds in formal clothes participate in the mass and the Way of the Cross. Priests celebrate the mass in Konkani, describing the sufferings of Jesus Christ. The ceremony of the Way of the Cross takes place as a re-enactment of scenes from the Crucifixion. An image of Jesus carrying the large wooden cross is taken in a procession through streets by clergymen. Bands playing sombre music accompany the procession to create an atmosphere of mourning. Several Good Friday programmes are organized in South Goa’s Salcete taluka. The main programme is held on Moti Hill in Margao city at Piedade Saaibin chapel. Processions in Margao lead to the city’s Holy Spirit church. Other events are also organized in Majorda, Nuvem, Velli, Asolna and Cuncolim in South Goa.With Mukesh Thali, Saikat Sarkar from Goa for AIR."


In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 40 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the national capital last night. Opting to bat, Mumbai posted 168 for 5, courtesy a superb batting performance. Hardik Pandya's end-of-innings cameo of 32 off just 15 balls was the highlight. In reply, Delhi managed to make 128 for 9 in the alloted 20 overs. With the win, Mumbai has replaced Delhi at the second spot in the eight-team points table. The table is led by Chennai Super Kings.

Today, sixth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders will take on rock bottom Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata at 8 in the evening.



  • The second phase of polling yesterday is the front page lead in all the dailies. The Hindustan Times reports "Another 95 seats sealed in 2nd round of polling". The Pioneer observes "Phase-II turnout 1.3 percent less than 2014" .The Asian Age writes "Stray violence, glitches in EVMs reported".
  • Drawing attention to the controversy over Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's "Modi ji Ki Sena" remark at an election rally, the Statesman writes "EC lets off Naqvi with warning for remark".
  • In the backdrop of the BJP announcing the candidature of Sadhvi Pragya for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, the Indian Express reports "Bar Sadhvi from polls, trial still on: Malegaon victim's father to court".
  • On the hardening of India's stand againstt Pakistan, the Asian Age informs us "India halts all trade across LOC with Pak : Intel agencies found weapons, drugs and fake currency were being smuggled in".
  • The Tribune highlights a historic verdict of the Supreme Court on the death penalty. The paper writes "Mental illness can spare from gallows : Health state can be a mitigating factor".
  • The grounding of Jet Airways is prominently noticed in the press. The Times of India reports "Air India, Spice Jet line up to take Jet's slots, lease its planes".
  • External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's comments on the Balakot airstrikes are keenly tracked by the press. The Pioneer writes "No Pakistani soldier or civilian killed in Balakot air strike, says Sushma".
  • The Times of India has a picture of the world's highest polling booth covered in a blanket of snow. At 15,256 feet, this booth will serve 48 voters from Tashigang and Gete villages in Himachal Pradesh.


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