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22.05.2019

tHE HEADLINES:

  • All preparations are in place for counting of votes for 542 Lok Sabha seats and Assembly elections in four states.

  • In Jammu & Kashmir, two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says India is committed to consistently strengthening framework for comprehensive cooperative and sustainable security.

  • ISRO successfully launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B capable of enhancing India's surveillance system.

  • And in India Open International Boxing tournament, Shiva Thapa and Amit Panghal to play their Men's Quarter Final matches at Guwahati today.

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All arrangements have been put in place for counting of votes for 542 Lok Sabha seats and four state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow. The counting will begin at 8 AM. Counting of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System, ETPBS and Postal Ballots will be taken up first.

Counting personnel will randomly select five EVMs from each Assembly segment for matching with VVPAT slips as directed by the Supreme Court. The Court yesterday rejected a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and hassle free counting.

News Services Division of All India Radio has made elaborate arrangements for providing authentic and latest results of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in four states. For the first time, AIR will continuously broadcast special programme on election results for 40 hours. AIR News will mount "Special Janadesh 2019" bilingual programme in Hindi and English from 7 AM tomorrow to 11 PM on Friday.

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In Uttar Pradesh, as a precautionary measure, the Election Commission has banned victory processions after declaration of results. More from our correspondent covering counting in the high profile Parliamentary seat of Varanasi.

"Varanasi constituency is the centre of attraction for people not only in the state but also the rest of the country as well abroad  because senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fighting from here. People from all walks of life are eagerly waiting for the poll outcome tomorrow. There are 26 candidates, including two women, in the fray. Congress has fielded Ajay Rai and SP-BSP-RLD Alliance's candidate is Shalini Yadav. More than 800 counting personnel have been deployed for counting. MS Yadav reporting for AIR News,Varanasi ."

Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh is geared up for the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state held on 11th April. A report:

"In the run for the 60-seat Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, BJP has already won 3 seats uncontested. For the remaining 57 seats, 181 candidates are in fray, out of which 11 are women candidates. In the last Assembly elections in 2014, Congress had won 42 seats, BJP 11 and others 7. After the assassination of NPP Candidate and sitting MLA from Khonsa West Assembly Constituency, Tirong Aboh yesterday, the security across the state has been beefed-up. Director General of Police has informed that all necessary security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of the counting. Rakesh Doley, AIR News, Itanagar."

In Andhra Pradesh, fool proof arrangements have been made for counting of votes for 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly constituencies for which voting was held in the first phase on 11th April. Counting will be held at 55 centres in 36 locations across the state. More from our correspondent:

" State Chief Electoral Officer Gopala Krishna Dwivedi said nothing is left for suspicion and transparency will have precedence over speed in declaring the results. Meanwhile, a three-tier security and a four-tier in vulnerable areas is put in place at counting centres to ensure no untoward incident takes places during counting. Over 25,000 police personnel including 35 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, 61 companies of Andhra Pradesh Special Police, are deployed for election duty. Over 14,500 CC cameras, 5,000 communication equipment  and 68 drones are pressed into service for maintaining law and order.  With GK Rao, Suprasanthi for AIR News,Vijayawada."

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In Odisha, due to severe heatwave, air conditioners have been arranged at most of the counting centres. A report:

"In Odisha,  the  election for 146 Assembly seats  were held with 21 Parliamentary seats  in four pases.  Election in Patakura Assembly constituency has been postponed due to  death of BJD candidate.  For counting of votes,  elaborate arrangements  have been made at  63 centers in 30 districts." Sudhansu Dhada, AIR News, Bhubaneswar .

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Election Commission has established a 24 hour EVM Control Room at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi. This will monitor complaints related to polled EVMs. The complaints related to storage issues at strongrooms, security of strongrooms, permissions to candidates to post their agents at strongrooms, CCTV monitoring, movement of any EVMs and complaints during counting related to EVMs can be informed at control room number is 011-23052123. The number has 5 hunting lines.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, two local terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district today. The encounter at Gopalpora village in Damhal Hanjipora area broke out after a joint team of the army and J&K Police launched a cordon and search operation following credible inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. As security forces zeroed-in on the hideout, the terrorists hiding inside opened fire triggering a gunfight.

A Police spokesman said the identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. He said their bodies and arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. The authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the district as a precautionary measure. 

In another incident in the state, one Army jawan was seriously injured and a few others sustained minor injuries in an IED blast near a forward post along the LoC in Mendhar area of Poonch district today. According to reports, an Army patrol was going through Dhera Dabsi when the explosion took place. The injured soldiers were evacuated to a nearby army health facility. Further details are awaited.

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National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has said that technology will play a pivotal role in guarding the borders in the days to come as security challenges are increasing day by day. He was addressing the 17th Investiture Ceremony of Border Security Force, BSF in New Delhi today. Mr Doval said, every day is a new challenge for people working with national security, so they have to reinvent themselves.

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A Delhi court today reserved for June 7th an order on a complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Rahul Gandhi for his alleged remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal reserved order on the complaint filed by advocate Joginder Tuli  which has sought direction to the police to register an FIR against Gandhi for allegedly making derogatory remarks in 2016.  

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that India is determined to consistently strengthen cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SCO, framework for comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. She was addressing the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of SCO in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan today. Ms Swaraj said, India’s commitment to regional connectivity is evident from its involvement in the International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement and India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. She said, India is ready to share its expertise with other SCO Members in various fields including IT, Space, Finance and Renewable energy.

Ms Swaraj said, India subscribes to a rule based, transparent, open and inclusive multilateral trading system, centered around WTO and firmly oppose unilateralism and protectionism.

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Indian Space Research Organisation today successfully launched its earth observation satellite RISAT-2B from Sriharikota.  ISRO's trusted workhorse PSLV-C 46 carrying the satellite blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 5:30 this morning. The 615 kg satellite was released into the orbit 15 minutes after the lift-off.

Soon after the launch, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said this particular mission is really important:

"With this satellite launch, PSLV has crossed a landmark of launching 50 tonnes to space, comprises of 353 satellites launched so far to the orbit, out of which 47 belongs to national satellites, the remaining satellites belongs to Student satellites as well as foreign satellites. " 

Our correspondent takes a look at the features of the RISAT-2B.

"RISAT-2B is a radar imaging earth observation satellite which will provide services in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Disaster Management. It will add to India’s capability to observe the earth in all weathers and all conditions. The satellite is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures in any condition. It has special imaging capabilities to take strips of images and mosaics of images. It can provide India's armed forces with the ability to keep track of activities across its eastern and western borders. The satellite will enhance the country's surveillance capabilities manifold. It will also enhance India's defence capabilities to monitor cross- border activities." With Anupam Suparna Saikia,AIR News ,Delhi.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon every citizen to adopt sustainable ways to lead life and become change agents by conserving natural resources. In a tweet on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, Mr Naidu said, people must teach children the importance of preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance. 

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Electronic postal ballots was used for the first time for service voters in general elections 2019. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio News, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said, 86 per cent votes were cast by defence personnel serving within India as well as abroad.

Tune into the FM GOLD and Indraprastha Channel of AIR at 9.30 tonight to listen to this interview.

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In India Open International Boxing tournament Shiva Thapa and Amit Panghal will play their Quarter Final matches in Guwahati today. Twenty Two Indian women boxers including MC Mary Kom have assured medals by entering the Semi Finals of the tournament. 

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