- Polling begins for 51 seats spread over 12 districts
in the fifth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
- IAS officers in Bihar protest against the arrest of
SSC chairman Sudhir Kumar; Bureaucrats not to obey verbal orders from anyone
including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
- Army cancels recruitment exam held yesterday
following question paper leak; 18 persons sent to three-day police custody in
connection with the case in Maharashtra.
- Information and
Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu says US should take strongest action in
the killing of Indian Engineer; Governors of Kansas and Missouri condemn the
- And in Sports:
Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai to lift maiden Hockey India League Title in
Polling is underway for the fifth phase of assembly
elections in Uttar Pradesh. Voting is taking place for 51 constituencies spread
over 12 districts of Terai and eastern regions in this phase. These districts
are Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Barabanki, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shravasti,
Balrampur, Gonda, Basti, Siddharthnagar and Sant Kabir Nagar. Polling, which
started at 7 AM, will end at 5 PM. A total of 607 candidates including 40 women
are in the fray. BJP is contesting 50 seats as it has left one seat for its
ally Apna Dal. BSP has fielded its candidates in 51 seats, whereas Samajwadi
Party is contesting 43 seats and its ally Congress on 14 seats.
Our correspondent reports that elaborate
arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polls.
"The election commission has deployed
above 2500 micro observers in addition to General Observers to ensure free and
fair voting. In view of the sensitivity of the area six police observers have
been deployed to keep eyes on security arrangements. Political fate of 9
ministers of state government will be decided in today's voting. Election
commission has taken several measures to improve poll percentage as only 57
percent votes were cast in this phase in previous assembly polls. Sunil Shukla,
AIR News, Lucknow."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the
people of Uttar Pradesh to participate
in the 5th phase of polls. In a tweet, Mr Modi urged them to vote in large
numbers and become a partner of this festival of democracy.
campaigning is in full swing for the remaining two phases of Uttar Pradesh.
Polling for the last two phases will be held on the 4th and 8th of next month.
"Campaigning for sixth and seventh phase
heated up in all the constituencies of 14 districts going to poll in these two
phases. Several top leaders including
Prime Minister going to address a rally at Mau today. Congress vice president
Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati , BJP president Amit Shah, RLD chief Ajit
Singh, Samajwadi party head and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address
rallies, in different areas of Azamgarh, and Gorakhpur divisions today. Sanjay Pratap Singh, AIR News,
The IAS officers in Bihar have protested against
the arrest of Senior IAS officer and Chairman of Bihar Staff Selection
Commission Sudhir Kumar in connection with question paper leak of clerical
examination in the state. Bihar IAS association has also decided not to take
verbal orders from anyone including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unless given in
writing. A resolution was passed in this regard at an extra ordinary general
meeting of the association in Patna. The association also decided that its
members should wear black arm bands to work till arrested IAS Sudhir Kumar is
released from jail and the case is transferred to CBI for free and fair probe.
This was disclosed by Bihar IAS officer association member Deepak Kumar Singh.
"जो इनकी गिरफ्तारी है, वो बिल्कुल ही गलत है। उन्हें तुरंत रिहा किया जाए और निष्पक्ष जांच के लिये इस पूरे मामले को तुरंत सीबीआई को सौंपा जाए और साथ ही हम लोगों ने भविष्य में इस तरह के मामले किसी भी अन्य पदाधिकारी को साथ नहीं हों, इसकी एक पूरी एक व्यवस्था की जाए सिस्टम में और हम लोगों ने यह भी कहा है कि जो अध्यक्ष पद है कर्मचारी चयन आयोग का, वह एसोसिएशन का कोई भी सदस्य स्वीकार नहीं करेगा आगे से और हम लोग किसी भी मौखिक आदेश को नहीं मानेंगे, जब तक वो लिखित में न हो।"
IAS association yesterday met
Governor Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a
memorandum listing out their demands. The members of the association
also formed a human chain as a mark of solidarity with Sudhir Kumar. It may be
noted Sudhir Kumar and his four family members have been arrested in connection
with question paper leak case.
All-India examination for recruitment into the army
across the country has been cancelled after police busted a recruitment racket
in Maharashtra following leak of question papers of an examination conducted by
the army recruitment board. The exam will be conducted after one month. More
from our correspondent :
"As many as 18 people were sent to three days
police custody by the local court in Thane in connection for their alleged
involvement in the army recruitment question paper leak. Thane police also
detained 350 students for questioning and later let them off. The police
officer said following a tip-off about the leak, Thane police, conducted raids
at various places in Nashik, Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra, and some others in
Goa. Defence Minister for the state Mr. Subhas Bhamre has ordered internal
inquiry into the matter and further action will be taken based on the findings.
Radhika Aghor, Air News, Mumbai."
India has demanded the “strongest action” from the
US government after Hyderabad’s engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and
his colleague from Warangal wounded in an apparent hate crime in Kansas City.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the US
should respond to the incident. He said, US President and people of America
should come out openly to condemn such actions and then take the strongest
action. Mr Naidu and his Cabinet colleague Bandaru Dattatreya met the slain
engineer’s family in Hyderabad yesterday.
In the US,
governors of Kansas and Missouri states have strongly condemned the shooting
incident that resulted in the tragic death of an Indian engineer last week.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said that this sort of senseless violence is
never acceptable. Law enforcement will continue to thoroughly investigate this
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens thanked his state
law enforcement official for arresting the shooter who had fled the Kansas city
after shooting the two Indian men.
accept applications from today to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17(Series
IV). The application for the bonds will be accepted till 3rd of next month. The
bonds will be issued on 17th of next month. More from our correspondent:
issue price of the Gold Bonds will be 50 rupees per gram less than the nominal
value. In order to move towards the digital payments, the cash payments for the
Bond will be acceptable up to 20,000 rupees. Minimum investment in the bonds
shall be one gram with a maximum limit of subion of five hundred grams
per person per fiscal year. The Gold Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock
Holding Corporation of India Limited, designated post offices and recognized
stock exchanges. The bonds' tenure will be eight years with an exit option from
the fifth year to be exercised on the interest payment dates. With Shashank
Kumar, Vasundhra, AIR NEWS DELHI."
In Tamil Nadu, nine persons drowned when a
fibre-reinforced plastic boat they were travelling in capsized in the sea near
Thiruchendur in Thoothukudi district
yesterday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister expressed his condolence over loss of
lives in the tragic accident and announced two lakh rupees compensation to the
kin of each deceased. More from our correspondent:
"The death toll is feared to rise as
Coast Guard and local fishermen are still continuing the search for missing
persons.The accident occurred because of rough sea as 38 persons from
Tiruchendur and Tiruchirapalli hired fishing fiber boats for ride in sea near
Manapad. The boat capsized and local fishermen saved 11 persons. Nine persons
mostly children drowned to tragic death. The injured persons have been admitted
to government hospitals in Tiruchendur . No safety guidelines were followed
including wearing life jackets and case has been registered against the boat
owner. K Devi Padmanabhan AIR news Tiruchirapalli."
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy
will meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi this evening. During
his meeting with Mr Modi, Mr Palaniswamy is expected to stress his demand to
get early Presidential nod for the State Bill seeking exemption from the
entrance test NEET for medical examinations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to
Chandrashekhar Azad on his martyrdom day today. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, we
can never forget his valour and ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
have lifted their maiden Hockey India League title. In the final in Chandigarh
yesterday, they defeated Dabang Mumbai by four goals to one. Uttar Pradesh
Wizards claimed the bronze medal in the fifth edition of the tournament. In the
encounter between the two losing semi-finalists, UP Wizards beat Delhi
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- Most newspapers have noticed the Army recruitment
board's question paper leak prominently on their front page.
- "Police bust Army recruitment racket" is
the DNA headline.
- "Questions rise as White House stays silent on
Indian's killing" is the Hindustan Times headline. The paper adds that the
White House's silence against the "race crime" has irked many in
- Spiritual sects, squatters and slums are eating
away the remainder of Delhi's green lungs reports the Mail Today. The paper
quotes from the Delhi forest department's affidavit before the National Green
- The DNA front page story is headlined "Ramjas
violence: Professor suffers internal injuries". The Asian Age report on
the same story writes that fearing violence, Ambedkar University has postponed
an upcoming event on Kashmir.
- The Economic Times lead reports that India is
lobbying the WTO to ease the flow of services and allowing IT professionals to
work across borders with great ease. The government has suggested multiple
entry visas on cross border movement of services, writes the paper.
- The Times of India leads with a report about the proposed
razing of Delhi's Iconic Centaur Hotel to make way for aircraft parking.
- Govt eases norms for senior citizens to boot heirs
out of their property reports the Hindustan Times. Elderly parents can now
throw out their abusive and greedy children from a self acquired home by simply
complaining to the deputy commissioner, says the report.
- And finally, standing travel in buses and metros is
routine for most commuters, but the Indian Express reports that 7 Pakistan
International Airlines passengers travelled standing from Pakistan to Saudi
Arabia. The paper adds that the airlines has denied the report and launched a
A man from Kerala
who allegedly joined Islamic State terror group, has been killed in a drone
attack in Afghanistan. Twenty-four-year-old Hafeesudheen TK hailed from Padne
village in Kasargod district of north Kerala. The family members of
Hafeesudheen received a message yesterday about his death on mobile app
Telegram. The information was sent by an accomplice of Hafeesudheen, who went
missing from north Kerala in June 2016. Hafees was among the 21 persons from
Kerala, who allegedly left to join the terror group. Intelligence agencies
believe the message originated in Afghanistan. There were reports that the
group was living in a remote area of Afghanistan.
NITI Aayog is organizing a two-day high level
workshop on advancing passenger mobility and transportation in New Delhi today. Several ministers including Urban
Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari
and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will be attending the meet.