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18th December, 2017

tHE HEADLINES:

  • BJP all set to form government for sixth straight term in Gujarat; Heads for a win in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani wins from Rajkot West constituency; State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani also wins from Bhavnagar West.
  • In Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is leading in Arki constituency; BJP's Chief Ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing from Sujanpur.
  • BJP attributes the performance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and development-centric policies.
  • Sensex surges over 200 points following poll results.
  • Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day amid uproar over Prime Minister's remarks against Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • Twelve people killed in a fire at a shop in Mumbai.
  • And, UN Security Council to vote today on a draft resolution rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to retain sixth straight term in power in Gujarat. The party is also leading in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Out of 39 results declared so far, the party has bagged 22 seats. Congress gets 14 seats. Prominent winners include Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani and incumbent Minister Babubhai Bhimabhai Bokhiriya. The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh is leading in Aki constituency. Bjp's Chief Ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal is trailing in Sujanpur constituency.

In Gujarat, of the total 182 seats, BJP has won 18 seats out of 32 results declared so for. Congress has got 12 seats. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has been elected from Rajkot West constituency defeating senior Congress leader Indranil Rajguru by a margin of over 20 thousand votes. State BJP President Jitubhai Vaghani has won from Bhavnagar West seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Dilipsingh Gohil. Young Leader and independent candidate Jignesh Mevani is leading from Vadgam with a huge margin of more than 20 thousand votes. Party candidate and incumbent Minister Babubhai Bhimabhai Bokhiriya has been declared elected from Porbandar seat. He defeated his nearest Congress rival Arjunbhai Modhavadiya by a margin of 1,855 votes. Sitting MLA and BJP candidate Suresh Patel has won Maninagar constituency by a margin of over 75,000 votes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had represented this seat in the 2012 Assembly elections. The party has also won Mahuba and Rajkot West. The Congress candidate Imran Yusufbhai Khedawala has wrested the Jamalpur Khadia seat from BJP. The party candidate Indrajit Sinh Parmar has won from Mahudha constituency defeating his nearest BJP rival Bharatsinh Parmar by a margin of 13,601 votes. 

NCP leader Kandhal Jadeja is leading in Kutiyana seat. Senior tribal leader and founder of Bharatiya Tribal leader Vasava Chhotubhai is ahead in Jhagadia seat. Gujarat Assembly speaker and BJP candidate Ramanlal Vora has established a lead in Dasada seat. Senior BJP leader Atmaram Parmar is also ahead in Gadadha seat. However, Deputy CM Nitin Patel is trailing in Mehsana. Congress candidates Arjun Modhwadia, Paresh Dhanani and Shaktisinh Gohil are leading. OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress ahead of polls is leading in Radhanpur seat. Our correspondent has more:

BJP workers across the state are celebrating the stunning victory of the party in the assembly election. Celebrations broke out at the Gujarat BJP headquarters 'Kamalam' in Gandhinagar since morning. Party supporters are gathering in large numbers at the office and distributing sweets among themselves. The BJP supporters are taking out processions on roads and waiving the saffron flag to celebrate the joy of victory. The party is all set to retain power for the sixth term in the row. Deputy CM Nitin Patel has expressed happiness over the performance of the party. With Yogesh Pandya, Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad.

In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, 7 results have been declared so far. BJP gets 4 and Congress 2. BJP's Kishori Lal defeated his nearest Congress rival Paras Ram by nearly 6,000 votes in Anni reserved constituency. Suresh Bhardwaj of the party emerged winner by nearly 2,000 votes over his nearest independent candidate in Shimla. Anirudh Singh of Congress won Kasumpti seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Vijay Jyoti by a margin of nearly 9,400 votes.

Congress candidates who are in the lead include Vikramaditya Singh,

Asha Kumari, GS Bali, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and Mukesh Agnihotri.  Other BJP leaders who are trailing include Sarveen Choudhary, Kishan Kapoor, Maheshwar Singh, Anil Sharma and Satpal Singh Satti

Among BJP leaders in lead are Anil Sharma, Kishan Kapoor and Jai Ram Thakur.

Counting of votes started this morning for both the states. In Gujarat, while the BJP is seeking a sixth straight term in office, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback in power after being in the opposition for over two decades. Counting is being held at 37 centres in 33 districts amidst tight security.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP and Congress are contesting from all the seats.

As the BJP pulled ahead of the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flashed a victory sign after he arrived in Parliament today.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, the results in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were an approval of the government's policies. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Mr Singh said, BJP will get majority in both the states and form the government.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said, it is a victory for those who reposed their trust in BJP's good governance and development model, as well as of the party workers.

In his remarks, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, it is a lesson for the Congress and other Opposition parties that questioned the Gujarat model of governance.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, the Opposition's tactics failed to click in Gujarat.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, Congress fought well in Gujarat.

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The latest trends available from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh so far:

Gujarat - Total seat 182

            Result declared - 32

            BJP - wins 18 and leading in 85

            Congress - wins 12 and leading in 61

            Others - win 2 and leading in 4 seats

Himachal Pradesh - Total seat  68

            Results declared - 7

            BJP - wins 4 and leading in 37

            Congress - wins 2 and leading in 21

            Others - win one and leading in 3 seats

            Latest reports indicate that Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel is leading in Mehsana.

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At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange opened with a huge loss of 867 points, this morning, as reports of vote counting pointed to a close fight between the BJP and the Congress in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections. But later, as available trends showed the BJP surging ahead in both the states, the Sensex recovered smartly, and jumped 212 points to 33,675, a short while ago.

The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange climbed 74 points, to 10,407.

And at the foreign exchange market, the rupee also recovered smartly from sharp initial losses, and was down just 7 paise, to 64 rupees 11 paise against the dollar a short while ago. In early trade, the rupee had tumbled as much as 68 paise.

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The latest results and trends available from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh so far:

Gujarat - Total seats - 182

            Result declared - 40

            BJP - wins 22 and leading in 78

            Congress - wins 16 and leading in 61

            Others - win 2 and leading in 3 seats

Himachal Pradesh - Total seats - 68

            Results declared - 7

            BJP - wins 4 and leading in 37

            Congress - wins 2 and leading in 21

            Others - win one and leading in 3 seats.

The News Services Division of All India Radio will broadcast a live bilingual programme on 'Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Results' at 9:30 tonight. Experts sitting in the Delhi studio will interact with the experts in our Ahmedabad and Shimla studios. This can be heard on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies.

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Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day today following uproarious scenes by opposition Congress members, who demanded an apology from the Prime Minister for his remarks against Dr Manmohan Singh. Earlier, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed brief adjournments on the issue. The agitating members in both the Houses trooped into the well of the houses forcing adjournments.
In the Lok Sabha, the issue was raised by Mallikarjun Kharge during the Question Hour, while in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma raised it as soon as the House met for the day.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today sought the gross additional expenditure of 66,113 crore rupees as second batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2017-18. Presenting the statement in the Lok Sabha, Mr Jaitley said, of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregating to 33,380 crore rupees gross additional expenditure matched by savings of the ministries or by enhanced receipts of 32,732 crore rupees. He said besides, token provision of one crore 30 lakh rupees is being sought for enabling re-appropriation of savings in cases involving New Service or New instrument of service.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today announced the resignation of three sitting BJP members of the House. Making the announcement in the House, she said, Mr Yogi Adityanath, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Nana Patole have resigned from their membership.

Our Correspondent reports that Mr Adityanath and Mr Maurya were elected to Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council after becoming Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the State. Mr Nana Patole, a known rebel MP has tendered his resignation due to several reasons including farmers’ suicides, demonetization and introduction of Goods and Services Tax.

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In Mumbai, 12 people lost their lives in a fire at a shop at Khairani Road this morning. The fire broke out at around 4:30 AM. Fire Brigade officials said, three fire engines, and four Jumbo Tankers were used to douse the fire. Our correspondent reports that the situation is now under control.

The fire brigade official received the call arouund 4.30 in the morning and immediately three fire engines and 4 jumbo tankers were sent to douse the fire in Bhanu Farsan Shop at Sakinaka in Mumbai. The fire was brought under control immediately. But 12 workers who were sleeping inside the shop on a loft were trapped due to intense heat and smoke. The loft subsequently collapsed and the workers were charred to death. The firemen removed the charred bodies from the debris but their identity is not yet known. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained and enquiry is on. Shalesh Patil, AIR News, Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Delhi Metro’s Kalkaji Mandir-Botanical Garden section on the 25th of this month. This was confirmed by Delhi Metro Rail sources. The 12.64-kilometer new route will enable commuters to travel directly from Kalkaji Mandir to Noida's Botanical Garden. It will be the Metro’s first-ever corridor to use communication-based train control  signalling technology that will facilitate movement of trains with a frequency of 90 to 100 seconds. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety granted the necessary approval for this section after inspecting the stretch last month.

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The United Nations Security Council is due to vote today on a draft resolution rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The draft resolution was submitted by Egypt, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, following an emergency meeting earlier this month. As a permanent Council member, the US is likely to veto the resolution. According to reports, the resolution does not mention the US or its President Donald Trump by name, but expresses deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem. The draft reportedly also appeals to all UN members to refrain from setting up an embassy in Jerusalem.

Protests have broken out across Islamic countries over the US decision.

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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to summon a high-level meeting of the organisation's various bodies to achieve the global commitment of eradication of child labour by 2025. During last month's 'Fourth Global Conference on the Eradication of Child Labour', in which more than 100 countries took part, governments had pledged to take immediate action towards eradicating child labour in all its forms.

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Indian opener Rohit Sharma's third career double hundred in the just-concluded series against Sri Lanka has pushed him up two spots to fifth in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings among batsmen. It is the first time that Rohit has crossed the 800-point mark as he ended the three-match ODI series which India won 2-1 with 816 points.

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Australia has won the third test match of Ashes series against England at Perth by an innings and 41 runs. England were bowled out at 218 runs in their second innings.

Australia had declared their first innings at 662 runs, while England could muster only 403 runs in their first innings.

Australia now leads the five-match series 3 nil.

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