of votes for Assembly Elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh begins; results
expected by noon.
- Election Commission
withdraws show cause notice issued to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for
alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct; Also decides to set up a panel
to suggest amendments in the election law in the wake of changing communication
- In Punjab, Congress sweeps
local body polls.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi
appeals to the people to share positive experiences from this year on MYGOV
portal to bring in the new year with positivity and happiness.
- National Investigation
Agency to file a fresh request before the Interpol for Red Corner Notice to
controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
- Cold wave conditions prevail
in several northern states.
- In wrestling, India clinch 20 medals including nine gold on the second day of
the Commonwealth Championship in Johannesburg.
counting of votes for assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh has
begun. It started at 8 AM and results are expected by noon. In Gujarat, polling
was held in two phases on December 9 and 14, Himachal Pradesh went to polls in
a single phase on November 9.
In Gujarat, counting is taking place at 37 centres
amidst tight security. Our correspondent reports 33 control rooms have been
set up and more than 30,000 personnel have been deployed to monitor the
counting of votes will be held at 37 centres across the state's 33 districts,
amidst tight security. The much-awaited result of the assembly polls is
expected to be clear by noon. The political fate of a total of 1,828 candidates
including CM Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel, senior Congress leader
Shaktisinh Gohil, young leaders Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani will be
decided today. While the BJP is seeking a sixth straight term in office in the
state, the Congress is aiming to stage a comeback in power after being in the
opposition for over two decades. The results are expected to have a bearing on
the 2019 parliamentary polls as well. With
Yogesh Pandya, Aparna Khunt, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."
In Himachal Pradesh, counting for all 68 assembly
seats is being held at 42 centres. 2,820 officers including 940 micro-observers
have been deployed for the purpose. Web-casting, videography and CCTVs are
being used at all counting stations.
Our correspondent reports, one polling booth from each
constituency is being selected by draw of lots for counting of VVPAT slips.
Minister Virbhadra Singh will be at his residence in Shimla while BJP’s Chief
Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal will be in his home town Hamirpur to
keep watch on election results. The election department has made three-tier
security arrangements at counting centers and no one will be allowed to carry
mobile phones there. Highest ever polling of 75.28 percent was recorded to
elect 13th state assembly and the women outnumbered their men counterpart in
polling by about one lakh votes.
Meanwhile the met office has predicted clear weather in the state today
but the current cold wave will continued as minimum temperatures would stay two
to three degree below normal. With
Shishu Sharma Shantal, Arti Rana, AIR News, Shimla.
The Election Commission has withdrawn the show cause
notice it issued to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi for alleged violation
of the Model Code of Conduct during Gujarat elections. It said yesterday, the
provision under which the notice was issued is now under review. The poll body also
decided to set up a panel to suggest amendments to a provision in the election
law barring campaigning 48 hours ahead of polling, following complaints that
the commission failed to keep pace with information technology.
The order comes in the wake of controversies over
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's FICCI meeting, Rahul Gandhi's TV interviews and
the release of BJP manifesto in Gujarat -- all after campaigning had ended in
On the issue of release of Election Manifesto, the Commission said
that there is no time limit prescribed in the Model Code of Conduct for release
of the manifesto by the political parties. The Commission observed that it has
also not issued any instructions in this regard. The poll panel, however,
advised the BJP not to make mention of election matter pertaining to the area
going for poll during the last 48 hours of the closing of the voting in future.
The Commission delivered this order on the Congress' complaint that BJP
violated the poll code by releasing its election manifesto on 8th December, a
day before the first phase of polling for Gujarat Assembly elections.
Punjab, Congress has made a clean sweep while Shiromini Akali Dal and BJP
blamed booth capturing and inaction on the part of State Election Commission
for defeat in the Civic polls. More from
"The congress emerged as a
clear cut winner in Civic polls.The party won all the three Municipal
Corporation s polls and 20bout of 29vMunicipal Councils and Municipal
Panchayats polls.Surprisingly, in Balachaur Municipal Council, Independents won
all the 15 seats. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and State Congress
President Sunil Jakhar have hailed the results as a clear vindication of
policies of the state government.The opposition parties Shiromini Akali Dal and
Bharitya Janta Party has alleged large scale rigging at Patiala and misuse of
government machinery in the polls. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News
State Election Commission has ordered repoll at booth number three of ward
number 37 due to damage to EVM in polls.
The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill,
2017 is scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The lower house will
also take up the The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill,
The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill and Acquisition of Immovable Property
Rajya Sabha is scheduled to take up The Companies
(Amendment) Bill, The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, and The Indian
Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the
people to bring in the new year 2018 by spreading the message of positivity,
gratitude and happiness. He urged them to share 5 positive experiences from the
year 2017 in the form of short stories, videos or photographs to inspire other
fellow-citizens. He said, let us welcome the new year with hashtag
PositiveIndia. People can share their
experiences on <<<www.mygov.in>>> portal till
the 25th of this month.
In his Mann Ki Baat address on the 26th of last month,
Mr Modi said let us begin 2018 with a message of positivity.
President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that all parties should reach a consensus
to clear the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill. The bill seeks to provide
33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state legislatures. At a
state-level convention of women's self-help groups (SHGs) in Bhopal yesterday,
the Vice President said, Women are given reservation in local government bodies
and efforts are on for women's reservation in Parliament. Stressing that
women's empowerment could create a new India, he said the focus should be on
"Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" programme of the Modi led government at
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said that
it will file a fresh request before the Interpol for issuing Red Corner Notice
against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. An NIA official said, its
previous plea was rejected on the grounds that it has not filed any charge
sheet against Naik. The agency said that since a charge sheet has now been
filed in a special court in Mumbai, it will move the Interpol for a Red Corner
Notice against Zakir Naik.
The controversial preacher is being probed on terror
and money laundering charges. He fled from India in July last year after one of
the terrorists involved in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka claimed he was inspired
by his speeches on waging jihad.
India continued to reel under cold wave conditions with most places recording
the minimum temperature below the freezing point yesterday.
wave further intensified in most parts of Himachal Pradesh as mercury dipped,
despite a sunny day yesterday. Local MeT office said, the high altitude tribal
areas and mountain passes realed under arctic conditions. Keylong recorded the
maximum temperature at zero degree Celsius. All natural sources of water such
as lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major snow-fed rivers have
frozen. The local MeT office has predicted a dry spell in the region for the
next six days.
Jammu and Kashmir, weather was dry and shallow fog occurred at isolated places.
Normal life came to a virtual standstill in Pahalgam where the mercury was
recorded at minus 9.2 deg C. The Mughal road remained closed for vehicular
movement for the eight consecutive day. The minimum temperature has dipped
further. More from our Leh correspondent:
dry weather for the past two day, this landlocked area is continued to reel
under bone biting cold wave conditions. Yesterday at Leh town, the minimum
temperature has stayed at Minus 10.4 Degree Celsius. Normal lives remain
affected for most of the time in all parts of Ladakh. Water bodies including
River, Streams and Lakes have started to form a thick layer of ice sheets. WITH Yangchan Dolma IN LEH SUPARNA SAIKIA AIR
Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi, despite a sunny day, icy winds pushed the
minimum temperature below the normal level.
Punjab, Bathinda recorded the lowest temperature at 2.7 deg C while, Chandigarh
recorded a minimum of 7 deg C. Hisar recorded the lowest at 4 deg C in Haryana.
Uttar Pradesh, temperatures dropped overnight across the state with Muzaffarnagar recording 5.1 deg C, the
lowest in the state.
Rajasthan, minimum temperature in the capital Jaipur dipped to 8 degrees
Celsius while Fatahpur of Sikar district quivered at minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.
clinched nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals on the second day of
the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg yesterday. A report:
Kumar, who returned to international wrestling after more than three years,
defeated New Zealand's Akash Khullar via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg
freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal. Another Olympic medalist, Sakshi
Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, clinched a gold medal defeating
New Zealand's Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women's freestyle category.
The Indian women won a medal in each of the 10 weight categories in the
tournament. The gold medallists included Kiran, Divya Kakran and Ritu Malik
among others. Pooja and Ravita were among the silver medallists while Kavita
and Manu Tomar took the bronze medals. India swept the greco roman category
winning 10 gold medals and as many silver medals on the opening day of the
Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg on Saturday. ABHISHEK KUMAR
Bandobast for Gujarat counting" headlines the Pioneer. Election
Commission takes no chances, 40,000 deployed across State today says the
reports of the government's direction to halt the current process of linking
DBT accounts with aadhaar for 10 days from today till the software is amended.
than 180 girls were abducted daily in India last year is a scary data revealed
by National Crime Records Bureau - makes for front page news in the DNA.
a colourful picture of an illuminated TAKHAT SHRI HARMINDER SAHEB GURUDWARA on
the occasion of 350th PRAKASH PARV SHUKRANA SAMAROH in Patna, Yesterday.
other stories covered by newspapers are - DTC losing 9 crores a month due to
congestion/ a UP based paper company making tableware from sugarcane waste
bagasse/ Women company directors at 30 Sensex companies being paid 46 per cent
less than men/ IIT Madras beating IIT Bombay in placements this year/ Many
Palledars or coolies who lift grains sacks taking pain killers before going to
bed and Rohit Jigyasu first Indian to be elected to International Council on
Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) board, a heritage body.