LokSabha Elections 2019 Live

                           

  • Apr 18, 11:23 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: Sitting MP and CPM candidate Mohammed Salim reportedly injured in attack on his vehicle. Stones were pelted at his car.

  • Apr 18, 11:19 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: Villagers in Raiganj allege booth capturing by Trinamool Congress. Protesters block highway, lathicharged by security forces. Villagers are alleging violence and intimidation, CNN-News18 reports.

  • Apr 18, 11:14 AM (IST)

    BJP MP and candidate from Mathura Hema Malini: Development in Mathura is all due to my efforts. The SP-BSP are only engaged in fighting with each other. There is a huge Modi wave here.

  • Apr 18, 11:14 AM (IST)

    BJP General Secy candidate from Raiganj constituency Debasree Chaudhuri:TMC workers are trying to capture booths at Raiganj Coronation High School. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn’t election campaign.

  • Apr 18, 11:11 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: CPM candidate and sitting MP Md Salim’s vehicle attacked in Raiganj, West Bengal, India Today reports.

  • Apr 18, 10:58 AM (IST)

    SP-BSP-RLD alliance will be wiped out after polls, says Rajnath Singh

    Launching a scathing attack on the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that it would be wiped out after the elections.

    “Once bitter enemies, two parties with opposite ideologies have come together to counter PM Narendra Modi. They were aware that they will not be able to fight Modi on their own and that is why they have come together,” said Rajnath Singh, who was addressing a rally in Shahjahanpur, seeking votes for BJP’s candidate Arun Sagar.

    “No party has the courage to counter Modi and that is why parties across India are coming together,” he added.

    “The turnout and the trends of the first phase have given a clear indication of a ‘Modi wave’ and that is why they (other parties) have again started the EVM cry. I cannot understand when they win, the EVMs are perfect and when we win, they start saying that the EVMs are tampered with,” he said.

  • Apr 18, 10:56 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: Train services temporarily suspended for security reasons in Kashmir, reports suggest.

  • Apr 18, 10:52 AM (IST)

    Update: Polling has temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur’s Shastri Nagar due to fault in electronic voting machine (EVM).

  • Apr 18, 10:48 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 10:47 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: Election Commission flying squad has seized Rs 11.85 lakh cash in Sion area of Mumbai City district. More details awaited, ANI reports.

  • Apr 18, 10:39 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: BJP worker found dead in Bengal, BJP blames TMC workers.

  • Apr 18, 10:37 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 10:24 AM (IST)

    Update: Voter turnout till 10 am in Bihar is 19.5%.

  • Apr 18, 10:19 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: A polling official deputed at polling booth number 186 in Kanker of Chhattisgarh dies of heart attack during election duty.

  • Apr 18, 10:17 AM (IST)

    Protests erupt in Darjeeling

    Protests erupted in Chopra under Darjeeling constituency after villagers took a person to the police. Villagers alleged that the person, said to be a Trinamool Congress supporter, was obstructing them from casting their votes.

    The villagers were being led by policemen to a booth after they blocked NH31, alleging they were not allowed to cast their votes. While they were being led to the polling station, the villagers stopped on the way, said they don’t have any faith on the state police and began demanding that central forces escort them.

  • Apr 18, 10:10 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 10:06 AM (IST)

    Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy after casting his vote in Ramanagara:Dynasty politics isn’t an important issue now, the country’s problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics & regional politics, this country developed in several states.We’re not bothered about criticism from the BJP.

  • Apr 18, 10:01 AM (IST)

    Update: Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote at a polling station in Besant Nagar in Chennai South parliamentary constituency.

  • Apr 18, 10:00 AM (IST)

    Interesting trivia about Phase 2

    Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway. Here are some interesting nuggets about this phase:

    * 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states and one UT to go to polls.

    * Nearly 15.80 crore voters to decide fate of 1,629 candidates.

    * More than 1.81 lakh polling booths set up for the purpose.

    * Tamil Nadu, where all seats but one are going to polls, 67,664 polling booths have been set up. The state has the most number of booths in poll going states Thursday.

    * With 970, Puducherry has the least number of polling booths in this phase.

    * Election in Vellore constituency of Tamil Nadu was cancelled by EC as it felt excessive use of money power has vitiated the poll process.

    *  No fresh date has been announced as yet.

    * Fearing law and order issues, election to Tripura (East) has been postponed to April 23.

    * Out of the total electors, 8,02,60,815 are men, 7,76,62,567 women and 11,136 are transgenders. EC identifies them as ‘others’.

    (Source: Election Commission).

  • Apr 18, 09:55 AM (IST)

    IN PICS | Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Nirmala Sitharaman and others cast votes in Lok Sabha polls

     

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    IN PICS | Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Nirmala Sitharaman and others cast votes in Lok Sabha polls

    Polling across 95 Lok Sabha seats spread across 11 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry is underway

  • Apr 18, 09:52 AM (IST)

    Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy: I urge citizens to vote for the future and development of the country depends on them. It’s my personal request, not only for me but this elections is important for everyone, several problems need to be solved.

  • Apr 18, 09:50 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 09:49 AM (IST)

    DMK chief MK Stalin: The Election Commission isn’t behaving in a neutral fashion, The EC needs to be impartial.  We can only complain but the corrective mechanism can be done by EC. Tainted EVMs must be changed.

  • Apr 18, 09:41 AM (IST)

    Polling percentage recorded till 9 am

    Assam (5 seats): 9.51%

    J&K (2 seats): 0.99%

    Karnataka (14 seats): 1.14%

    Maharashtra (10): 0.85%

    Manipur (1): 1.78%

    Odisha (5): 2.15%

    Tamil Nadu (38): 0.81%

    Tripura (1): 0.00%

    Uttar Pradesh (8): 3.99%

    West Bengal (3): 0.55%

    Chhattisgarh (3): 7.75%

    Puducherry: 1.62%

    Courtesy: ANI

  • Apr 18, 09:24 AM (IST)

    15,000 MCC violation cases filed in Maharashtra

    Over 15,000 cases of alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct have been registered in Maharashtra since March 10, PTI reports. Valuables worth Rs 118.12 crore have been seized.

    “The enforcing departments [Income Tax and police] also lodged total 15,095 FIRs against the offenders for violating the model code of conduct, with most of the cases pertaining to storage and distribution of illicit liquor, followed by possession of firearms,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde.

  • Apr 18, 09:23 AM (IST)

    BSP chief Mayawati: Today is the second phase of polling and the BJP and PM Modi seem to be just as nervous as the Congress was during the last general elections for fear of defeat. The real reason is the narrow thinking and actions against the poor, the labourers, the farmers, as well as Dalit, backward and Muslims in the society.

  • Apr 18, 09:22 AM (IST)

    Update: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and his wife, Kannika, cast their votes at a polling booth in Koratagere, Tumkur, reports ANI. Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Devegowda is contesting from Tumkur.

  • Apr 18, 09:22 AM (IST)

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    Election officials seized over Rs 129 crore cash, gold and precious metals worth over Rs 284 crore from across Tamil Nadu in the run-up to the elections.

  • Apr 18, 09:18 AM (IST)

     

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  • Apr 18, 09:17 AM (IST)

    Tight security in central Kashmir as Srinagar goes to polls today

    Three central Kashmir districts have been put on high alert and there is tight security bandobast for the polls for Srinagar parliamentary seat.

    The government forces, both police and paramilitary, have been put on high alert particularly in Srinagar district, where 857 polling stations in 408 locations have been declared “hypersensitive”.

    On Wednesday, government forces in huge numbers were deployed in Srinagar city, where many areas were sealed with barricades and barbed wires.

  • Apr 18, 9:12 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 9:06 AM (IST)

    BJP have completely taken over AIADMK: Kanimozhi

    DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi cast her vote at a polling station in Chennai’s Alwarpet. She later said, “People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP has completely taken over AIADMK.”

  • Apr 18, 9:03 AM (IST)

    Raj Thackeray continues to slam PM Modi & Amit Shah, asks voters to remove them

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    MNS chief Raj Thackeray continued his diatribe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, and appealed to people to ensure that they did not remain in power after the Lok Sabha election.

  • Apr 18, 9:01 AM (IST)

    Update: Voting procedure was halted at booths 261 and 263 in Bolangir Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha due to EVM malfunction. The voting has now resumed.

  • Apr 18, 8:57 AM (IST)

    Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate from Bangalore South: Good men should be elected. People are really very excited to vote for Narendra Modi again. We will win with a good margin.

  • Apr 18, 8:56 AM (IST)

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  • Apr 18, 8:55 AM (IST)

    Update: Karnataka PWD minister HD Revanna offered prayers at a temple in Paduvalahippe village in Hassan before casting his vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

  • Apr 18, 8:53 AM (IST)

    PM Modi failed on every front: Omar Abdullah

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    “Every vital sector of the country is narrating the grim tale of failure. The self-anointed chowkidar has failed on economic front (as) his much touted note ban wasn’t able to yield the anticipated results.

  • Apr 18, 8:49 AM (IST)

    Update: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan cast their votes at polling station 27 at Alwarpet Corporation School in Chennai.

  • Apr 18, 8:38 AM (IST)
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  • Apr 18, 8:35 AM (IST)

    Beed DM Astik Kr Pandey: Five places have reported EVM and VVPAT malfunction since morning in Beed constituency. Those are Georai, Mazalgaon, Kej, Ashti, Parali. However, all those machines have been replaced immediately and polling is going smoothly at all locations.

  • Apr 18, 8:31 AM (IST)
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  • Apr 18, 8:30 AM (IST)

    JUST IN: Voter turnout in Bihar (5 constituencies) is 5.73% till 8 am, ANi reports.

  • Apr 18, 8:28 AM (IST)

    Initial glitches reported at polling booths in Agra, Mathura

    Initial glitches reported at polling booths in Agra and Mathura, delaying start of polling at 7am.EVMs changed at some places.

  • Apr 18, 8:27 AM (IST)

    Here are the key candidates contesting in Phase 2:

    Hema Malini – Mathura

    Raj Babbar – Fatehpur Sikri

    Dayanidhi Maran – Chennai central

    A Raja – Nilgiris

    Kanimozhi – Thoothukudi

    Karti Chidambaram – Sivaganga

    HD Devegowda – Tumkur

    Farooq Abdullah – Srinagar

  • Apr 18, 8:24 AM (IST)

    Criminal Candidates

    Among 1,590 candidates contesting in the second phase of the election, 251 have declared criminal cases against themselves, with 27 candidates having five or more pending criminal cases.

  • Apr 18, 8:22 AM (IST)

    Update: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote at polling booth 54 in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency.

  • Apr 18, 8:19 AM (IST)

     

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  • Apr 18, 8:14 AM (IST)

    2 Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

    At least two  Naxals have been killed in an encounter with District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the forest area of Dhanikarka under Kuakonda police station limits.

  • Apr 18, 8:12 AM (IST)

    Chowkidar Amit Shah

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    New India of ours is setting higher benchmarks in every field, whether it be on earth, water, sky or even space.

    I appeal to all the voters in phase two, especially the young, that you must vote to keep this momentum going. In your one vote lies country’s pride and progress.

  • Apr 18, 8:10 AM (IST)

    Update: VVPAT at polling station number 200 in Silchar, which was not working earlier today, has been restored. Sahadat Ali, Sector Officer, said, “The VVPAT is fine now, people can cast their votes.”

  • Apr 18, 8:09 AM (IST)

     

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    Tamil Nadu: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan queue up outside polling station 27 at Alwarpet Corporation School in Chennai to cast their votes.

  • Apr 18, 8:06 AM (IST)

    Karti Chidambaram: The main factor is that the people of Tamil Nadu want the fascist BJP government out. They want a secular government led by the Congress.

  • Apr 18, 8:03 AM (IST)

     

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    Karnataka: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at polling booth 54 in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency to cast her vote.

  • Apr 18, 8:00 AM (IST)

    3 seats in West Bengal votes amid tight security

    The Election Commission has deployed 194 companies of central forces in West Bengal in the three constituencies that are going to polls today, PTI reports.

  • Apr 18, 7:59 AM (IST)

    Update: Reports of EVMs malfunctioning in West Bengal. GJM leader Binay Tamang unable to vote in Darjeeling. Congress’ Deepa Dasmunsi unable to vote in Raiganj.

  • Apr 18, 7:57 AM (IST)

    Polling in 2 seats scheduled for Phase 2 cancelled

    The Lok Sabha election in Vellore, scheduled for today, was cancelled amid allegations of suspected use of money to influence voters.

    Polling in Tripura East Lok Sabha seat too was postponed to April 23 over law and order concerns.

  • Apr 18, 7:54 AM (IST)

    Lok Sabha Polls Phase 2 | From caste to potatoes, these factors are likely to impact voting in eight seats of UP

    While falling sugarcane prices posed a threat to the ruling BJP in the sugarcane belt of Uttar Pradesh which went to polls in the first phase, low prices of potatoes is a major concern for the saffron party in the second phase

 

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Which constituencies will vote on Phase 2 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019?

  • Tamil Nadu (39 seats): Tirvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukoodi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari
  • Karnataka (14 seats): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamrajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur, Kolar
  • Maharashtra (10 seats): Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur
  • Uttar Pradesh (8 seats): Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri
  • Odisha (5 seats): Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Aska
  • Bihar (5 seats): Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Banka
  • Assam (5 seats): Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous district, Mangaldoi, Nawgong
  • West Bengal (3 seats): Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj
  • Chhattisgarh (3 seats): Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker
  • Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats):  Srinagar, Udhampur
  • Manipur (1 seat): Inner Manipur
  • Puducherry (1 seat): Puducherry

 

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What are the major parties in the states voting in Phase 2?

While national parties Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have their presence in most states in the country, regional parties are also a force to reckon with. To begin with, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh that has formed an alliance will prove to be a forceful third front in the state. Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha is facing stiff competition from the BJP this time. In West Bengal, the BJP is trying to take on Mamata Banerjee’s formidable All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), while Atul Bora’s Asom Gana Parishad in Assam has joined forces with the BJP against the Congress in Assam. In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena is in coalition with the BJP, while Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress will fight the ruling party. In Tamil Nadu, DMK and AIDMK are the two most prominent political parties.

How to check the name on voters’ list for Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019?

Log on to the National Voter Services Portal’s Electoral Search page (NVSP) and check your name on the voter’s list by entering your details. You can alternatively put in your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) number.

What to do if you don’t have a Voter ID card?

Log on to the NSVP Electoral Search page and click on search by details. Put in your details, such as name, gender, age, assembly constituency etc. Based on your details, a result will pop up, which means that your name is in the voter’s list. In case, there is no pop-up, it means your name is probably missing from the voter’s list.

                           

Law and order, security arrangements

The Election Commission claims to have taken various measures to ensure free and fair elections. Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Armed Police (SAP) have been deployed across the states going to polls in the vulnerable pockets. The forces will also be deployed in the expenditure sensitive constituencies and critical polling stations. On the poll-eve, the CAPFs/SAP will control the respective polling stations and provide security to the electors and polling personnel. Further, the entire force deployment in the assembly segments will be under the oversight of the central observers deputed by the commission.

How is EC monitoring election expenses?

The EC has issued comprehensive instructions for the effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates. State Excise Department, Commercial Tax Department, Narcotics Control Bureau and police authorities have been asked to monitor production, distribution, sale and storage of liquor and other intoxicants (including narcotics) and inducements in the form of free goods during the election process. The functioning and operations of the flying squads/mobile teams will be closely monitored using GPS Tracking and the use of cVigil App. For greater transparency and for the ease of monitoring of election expenses, candidates are required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account. The Investigation Directorate of the Income Tax Department has been asked to activate air intelligence units in the airports of the state and also to gather intelligence and take necessary action against movement of a large sum of money.

What can you do if you report any violation of Model Code of Conduct?

Through the ECI’s mobile app, cVIGIL, people report about any violation of Model Code of Conduct, any incident of intimidation or inducement within minutes of having witnessed. cVIGIL is an Android-based mobile app, which is user-friendly. “All that one has to do is to simply click a picture or to take a video and briefly describe the activity before uploading it on the cVIGIL mobile application. If the complainant desires to remain anonymous he has the option to do so,” says the EC. The district control room allocates cVIGIL cases to the flying squads, which further investigate the matter. The status of the complaint is also with the cVIGIL complainant in 100 minutes.

 

 

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#MakeInIndia #IndiaBoleModiDobara Apple to shift mass production of iPhones from China to India: Report

                           

Apple has been producing older models of iPhones in Bengaluru for many years, but it will now expand its manufacturing to the newest models.

Apple’s iPhones will be mass produced in India by Foxconn Technology from this year onwards, marking a shift of the company’s production from China, Bloomberg reported. Terry Gou, the group Chairman of the Taiwanese manufacturing company, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him to India.

Apple has been producing older models of iPhones in Bengaluru for many years, but it will now expand its manufacturing to the newest models. It was reported earlier this month that Foxconn will start trials of producing iPhone X and iPhone 7 in India before launching a full-scale assembly in its factory in Chennai.

“In the future, we will play a very important role in India’s smartphone industry,” Gou said at an event in Taiwan. “We have moved our production lines there.”

India’s smartphone market is the fastest-growing in the world, leaving behind a stagnated China. Due to Chinese competitors like Xiaomi offering advanced features at lower prices, Apple is losing its market share in the country. It hopes to ramp up its sales in India by manufacturing locally which would let it dodge the 20 percent import duties.

 

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It is unclear how Apple’s foray into manufacturing in India will affect its relationship with China, which has been its production hub for years with Foxconn and other partner companies.

There are two assembly sites of Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where it also manufactures Xiaomi and Nokia devices. As the US and China engage in a trade battle, it might be helpful for Apple and Foxconn to find a third market to focus on.

Sources told the wire agency that Foxconn’s Indian assembly line, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, would serve local and export markets before Apple’s new iPhone models in September. Foxconn’s initial investment will be about $300 million to set up, with lined-up investments depending on capacity expansion.

 

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Defending champion India on Wednesday defeated Maldives by 6-0 in the 5th South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship.

Keeping its unbeaten record India easily defeated Maldives in its first group match in Nepal’s Biratnagar.

Indian girls dominated the first half and took a 5-0 lead. In the second half, India could manage only a single goal. India has remained unbeaten in SAFF championship since the beginning of the tournament in 2010.

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Ind-Pak tension: Imran Khan says IAF pilot will be released tomorrow

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Pakistan will release a captured Indian pilot as a “peace gesture” on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said.

Mr Khan revealed the decision in parliament after a speech in which he said Pakistan was focused on de-escalation.

Pakistan shot down the pilot’s jet on Wednesday, as tensions rose with India over the disputed region of Kashmir.

The capture of Abhinandan Varthaman was a major setback for India. Both sides are under pressure to calm tensions.

  • Villagers recount dramatic capture of pilot
  • India and Pakistan in uncharted waters

India struck targets in Pakistan on Tuesday after a deadly militant attack on its security forces earlier this month that it blamed on its neighbour.

Pakistan said it had no choice but to retaliate with air strikes on Wednesday, which led to a dogfight and the Indian fighter jet being shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

What did PM Khan say?

 

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“As a peace gesture we are releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow,” Mr Khan told Pakistani lawmakers in the National Assembly.

He also repeated his call for the de-escalation of the situation, saying that Pakistan and India “have to live in peace”.

Amid the rapidly escalating tensions, Mr Khan on Wednesday pushed for talks with Delhi to prevent the risk of a “miscalculation” between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held an urgent meeting with the country’s security chiefs on Wednesday, is yet to publicly comment on the crisis.

Delhi has been demanding an immediate release of the pilot, who is being hailed as a hero in India.

What happened to the pilot?

The Indian Air Force pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, had been reported “missing in action” by Indian officials.

Images then circulated of his capture, which were both condemned for what appeared to be a physical attack at the hands of residents in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and praised for the actions of the Pakistani soldiers who intervened to create a barrier.

Pakistan’s information ministry published – but subsequently deleted – a video showing the blindfolded pilot, who could be heard requesting water, just after he had been captured.

Villagers in Horran threw stones at the pilot, who fired several warning shots in response, eyewitnesses later

 

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Why was PM Modi awarded the Seoul Peace Prize 2018?

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“The success that India has achieved in the last five years is due to aspirations, inspiration and efforts of the people of India. On their behalf, I accept the award and express my gratitude,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the Seoul Peace Prize, at the award ceremony in Seoul, on Friday. (PIB/PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Friday awarded the Seoul Peace Prize 2018for his “contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth”. Modi, who is the fourteenth recipient of the award, received an honorarium cash prize of $200,000 that he gave away to the Namami Gange Programme (National Mission for Clean Ganga). A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event.

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The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India & our country’s culture of peace and harmony. https://www.pscp.tv/w/bz-JuzMyMjExNTJ8MWdxR3ZuZ21Eb2xHQnXk3VYfTPOXaO-BIjZWb3c-uUaZpwevyVRJZvC8RvjZ 

Narendra Modi @narendramodi

The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India & our country’s culture of peace and harmony.

While expressing his gratitude for the prestigious award at the ceremony, Modi said, “The success that India has achieved in the last five years is due to aspirations, inspiration and efforts of the people of India. On their behalf, I accept the award and express my gratitude.” The prime minister also said that he was honoured that the award is being conferred on him in the year that India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Established in 1990, the Seoul Peace Prize was an effort to crystallise the Korean people’s yearning for peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of the world. It was initially established to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul, Republic of Korea – an event in which 160 nations from across the world took part, creating harmony and friendship and a worldwide atmosphere of peace and reconciliation.

Previous winners of the award include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and international relief organisations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. The prize has been awarded to those who have made their mark through contributions to the harmony of mankind, reconciliation between nations and to world peace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd after receiving the Seoul Peace Prize at the award ceremony in Seoul on Friday. (PIB/PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd after receiving the Seoul Peace Prize at the award ceremony in Seoul on Friday. (PIB/PTI)

How is the Seoul Peace Prize winner selected?

The committee includes over 1,300 nominators, including internationally renowned Korean and foreign figures in political, economic, social, cultural, athletic, academic and other fields. The prize is given biennially and the nomination begins in November. The nominators should send back the forms after filling in the name of their candidates and their achievements three months before the advised date for the award giving ceremony. The final winner is selected through a vote by members of the committee.

What do the Seoul Peace Prize winners get?

The awardee receives a diploma, a plaque and honorarium of US$200,000.The two-page, traditionally patted certificate has the emblem of the Seoul Peace Prize printed on the left side. The text of the certificate appears on the right side, in both Korean and English. The gold-plated, crystal plaque is fashioned after the traditional Taegeuk(two comma-shaped symbols united in a perfect circle) design.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L), inspects the guard of honour during a ceremonial reception, in Seoul. (PIB/PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L), inspects the guard of honour during a ceremonial reception, in Seoul. (PIB/PTI)

Why was PM Modi selected for Seoul Peace Prize?

Last year while conferring the prize, the Award Committee said it had found Modi to be the ‘perfect candidate’ after assessing over a hundred candidates proposed by over 1,300 nominators from around the world. A statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs read, “The Seoul Peace Prize Committee has decided to confer the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in recognition of his dedication to improving international cooperation, raising global economic growth, accelerating the Human Development of the people of India by fostering economic growth in the world’s fastest-growing large economy and furthering the development of democracy through anti-corruption and social integration efforts.”

The award also credited Modi’s contribution towards regional and global peace through a proactive foreign policy with countries around the world under the ‘Modi Doctrine’ and the ‘Act East Policy.’

 

 

 

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Budget 2019 Live Streaming: FM Goyal announces full tax rebate for income up to Rs 5 lakh

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Feb 01, 02:02 PM (IST)

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    Feb 01, 01:48 PM (IST)

    Krishna Karwa, Research Analyst at Moneycontrol analyses how the Budget announcement in the consumption space affected sentiment

    Higher disposable incomes will also augur well for Future Consumer, a leading retailer of FMCG products, The stock is 5 percent up, in tandem with the upmove seen in FMCG stocks

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    Feb 01, 01:48 PM (IST)

    The Budget fine print shows financial support of Rs 384 crore has been provided to MTNL. The stock is up about 1 percent at Rs 13.9 a share.

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    Feb 01, 01:44 PM (IST)

    Investment by households is also a significant contribution to the capex cycle. That part of the capex cycle has got a stimulus in this Budget, says Vetri Subramaniam of UTI AMC

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    Feb 01, 01:40 PM (IST)

    The Budget has proposed new expenditures pressuring fiscal consolidation efforts, according to Moody’s

    Moody’s believes continued slippage on fiscal deficit is credit negative for the Sovereign.

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    Feb 01, 01:35 PM (IST)

    An analysis on how the Budget impacted the auto sector by Nitin Agrawal, senior analyst at Moneycontrol
    Auto share are spiking today on the back of the announcement of the tax benefits to middle class taxpayers that would lead to an increase in disposable income and hence discretionary consumption.

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    Feb 01, 01:32 PM (IST)

    Here’s a quick review of the income tax relief announced by FM Goyal to clear any confusions over whether it was an exemption or rebate 

    The rebate under Section 87A of the Income Tax Act has been enhanced to Rs 12,500 from Rs 2,500 earlier. The threshold has also been enhanced to income of Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3.5 lakh earlier. This will benefit taxpayers only to the extent of an annual income of Rs 5 lakh. The basic exemption limit and tax-slabs remain the same.

    What this means is the benefit is applicable only to those whose earnings are under Rs 5 lakh but not more than that. Also,  those earning less than Rs 5 lakh will have to pay tax initially and seek a rebate while filing their returns.

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    Feb 01, 01:22 PM (IST)
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    Feb 01, 01:22 PM (IST)

    There has been a lot of confusion on the income tax measures announced. Moneycontrol’s review of the Finance Bill suggest

  • Feb 01, 1:16 PM (IST)

    DEA Secy Garg said the roll-out of farm income support scheme starts in November. He pointed out that this scheme does not include those getting government support.

  • Feb 01, 1:16 PM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 1:14 PM (IST)

    Measures for the salaried class will be effective April 1, Subhash Chandra Garg, Economic Affairs Secretary told CNBC-TV18.

    The revenue loss from the change in income taxes will be roughly Rs 24,000 crore, he said.

  • Feb 01, 1:11 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 01:02 PM (IST)

    Budget is unquestionably pro-growth and fiscally prudent, says Union Minister Arun Jaitley

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    Feb 01, 12:58 PM (IST)

    In terms of new highs the market is making and the improving breadth I won’t be surprised if we tested new highs before general elections, Ramesh Damani tells CNBC-TV18

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    Feb 01, 12:56 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:56 PM (IST)

    Consumption to GDP ratio in India is extremely low and taxes had slowed down consumption. The tax moves announced today will be significant in reviving consumption, says HDFC’s Deepak Parekh

  • Feb 01, 12:50 PM (IST)
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    Feb 01, 12:46 PM (IST)

    Sensex gives a 300-point salute to the raft of announcements, as the market expects an uptick in consumption. Will the Budget be enough to put this market in firm bull market territory? Time will tell. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:45 PM (IST)

    Notional rent on unsold real estate inventory – Tax to be levied after 2 years from date of completion of project. Previously, it was 1 year. Real estate stocks such as Oberoi Realty, Godrej Properties, Sunteck Realty, HUDCO rally. – Krishna Karwa, Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

    Goyal concludes his Budget speech with the quote, ” Ek paav rakhta hun, hazaar raahein phoot padti hai.” which literally means one step opens up a thousand roads.

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:44 PM (IST)

    Also, this Budget shows NDA’s desperation. This probably the best way to gain back trust of the voters. Or, if the coin flips (by chance), the next Government will have a really tough time to live up to all the promises the Modi Govt is making right now. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:41 PM (IST)

    Arun Jaitley might be missing all the fun while Piyush Goyal is cutting the cake that he (Jaitley) baked. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

    This is not just a budget but lays out the path to progress of the country, he says

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

    TDS limit hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 on Post-Office savings.

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    Feb 01, 12:40 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:39 PM (IST)

    No tax on notional rent on second self-occupied house and no tds on house rent up to Rs 2.4 lakh

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    Feb 01, 12:38 PM (IST)

    FM raises standard deduction from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.

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    Feb 01, 12:37 PM (IST)

    All interest income above Rs 40,000 from bank deposits will now get taxed and not Rs 10,000

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    Feb 01, 12:36 PM (IST)

    Income upto Rs 5,00,000 to be exempt from income tax, to boost consumer spending. Positive for FMCG stocks and auto stocks. – Ruchi Agrawal – Senior Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    Standard deduction has also been raised to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    So those with income up to Rs 5 lakh and another Rs 1.5 lakh in investments totalling Rs 6.5 lakh will have to pay no tax. Will benefit nearly Rs 3 crore middle class income earners

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    Feb 01, 12:35 PM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal serves the whole thaali….and keeps the dessert for the end…….#TaxRebate….. – Viju Cherian – Opinion Editor

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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)

    That puts Rs 12,500 per annum in people’s pockets—more than Rs 1,000 per month, more than double what the farm package gives to small and marginal farmers. – Manas Chakravarty, Group Consulting Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)
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    Feb 01, 12:34 PM (IST)

    It finally comes. From ‘Thank you tax payers’, to doubling the slab for tax rebate. Now, tax payers would say: “Thank you Mr FM”. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:33 PM (IST)

    Govt announces tax exemption for income up to Rs 5 lk/yr: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:32 PM (IST)

    The shortest interim Budget was given by HM Patel in 1977. This could be the longest. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

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    Feb 01, 12:31 PM (IST)

    Individual tax payers with taxable annual income up to Rs 5 lakh will get full tax rebate

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    Feb 01, 12:30 PM (IST)

    Some benefits must therefore also be passed on the middle class tax payers. Keeping this in view I propose to reduce the tax burden on tax payers. The salary earners, pensioners and senior citizens should not wait to get clarity on their taxes, he said

  • Feb 01, 12:29 PM (IST)

    Goyal thanks taxpayers for their contribution toward the well being of the society and providing basic amenities to the poor. “The tax you pay will provide healthcare to 50 crore brothers, sisters and children,” he says

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    Feb 01, 12:28 PM (IST)

    Confident of reaching Rs 80,000 Cr divestment target: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    Will focus on debt consolidation along with fiscal consolidation, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    Confident of reaching Rs 80,000 crore divestment target, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:27 PM (IST)

    From ‘what we have done’ Budget, it has suddenly turned into a ‘Dream Budget’ — all about dreams and wishes towards 2030. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:26 PM (IST)

    In Piyush Goyal’s Budget, there’s place for everybody — Kissan, Jawan, Gau mata, and even the traders. But, not the income-tax paying salaried class. Well, they don’t figure in the scheme and theme of Election. – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:26 PM (IST)

    Expenditure target for FY20 is at Rs 27.84 lakh crore and FY20 fiscal deficit target is at 3.4%

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    Feb 01, 12:24 PM (IST)

    Expenditure target for FY20 at Rs 27.84 lakh cr: FM Goyal.

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    Feb 01, 12:24 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:23 PM (IST)

    FM sets FY20 Fiscal Deficit target at 3.4%.

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    Vision statement: As Keynes said, in the long run we are all dead – Manas Chakravarty, Group Consulting Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    See India as a modern, technology-driven, high growth and transparent society as part of Vision 2030

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    Feb 01, 12:22 PM (IST)

    Micro irrigation schemes to be given attention – allocation amounts awaited – allocations to be positive for Jain irrigation, KSB pumps, Kirloskar brothers and Shakti pumps. – Ruchi Agrawal – Senior Research Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:21 PM (IST)

    “India will lead the world in transport through electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage devices”, FM said.

    Several international automotive companies like Suzuki, Nissan, Hyundai, Toyota, Renault are lining up multiple EV launches through direct imports as well as giving a boost to local manufacturing of EV. – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:20 PM (IST)

    Placing an Indian astronaut in space by 2022 is also a part of Vision 2030

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    Feb 01, 12:19 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Electric vehicles a key part of govt’s vision for 2030: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Fisheries stocks – Apex Frozen, Avanti Feeds, Waterbase have declined after initial surge on interest subvention announcement. Allocation amount for schemes awaited. – Anubhav Sahu – Principal Analyst.

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    Feb 01, 12:18 PM (IST)

    Making India digital will also play the most important role in achieving the vision. Goyal says, adding the third dimension will be making India pollution free. Making renewables a major source of energy supply and promoting electric vehicles will help, he says

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    Feb 01, 12:16 PM (IST)

    Aspire to become $10 Tn economy in next 8 years thereafter: Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:15 PM (IST)

    The government is laying out the vision for the most important dimensions for the next 10 years to make India a $10 trillion economy and enhance ease of living including development of roads, railways, seaports, health, among other things.

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    Feb 01, 12:15 PM (IST)

    India poised to become $5 Tn economy in next 5 Years: FM

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

    We are poised to become $5 trillion economy in the next 5 years, says Goyal

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    Feb 01, 12:13 PM (IST)

    The plea by Hero Motocorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors to bring two-wheelers under the 18% GST slab from 28% GST slab seems to have gone unheeded. – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor.

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    Feb 01, 12:11 PM (IST)

    Despite high speculation, no changes in tax slabs and no investment incentives for salaried investors and tax payers. – Nayanika Chakraborty – Senior News Co-ordinator.

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    Feb 01, 12:08 PM (IST)

     

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    Feb 01, 12:07 PM (IST)

    Our govt wants GST burden on homebuyers to reduce. So we have requested the GST Council to set up a group of ministers who will now work out how to reduce the burden on homebuyers.

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    Feb 01, 12:06 PM (IST)

    Most items of daily use are now in the 0-5% slab making GST beneficial for the middle class

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    Feb 01, 12:04 PM (IST)

    Reducing tax for the middle class has been a priority, he says.

  • Feb 01, 12:02 PM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 12:02 PM (IST)

    Here is how production of various crops and pulses fared under Modi government

    From the MSP of rice and wheat to the area under cultivation for pulses, see how the Modi government has influenced key agricultural indicators.

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Unmanned system to be created for scrutiny of income tax returns.

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    He now talks about Direct and Indirect Tax reforms

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    99.54% returns have been accepted without any scrutiny: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    All income tax returns to be processed within 24 hours and refunds to be issued simultaneously: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Direct tax collections from 6.38 lakh crore rupees in 2013-14 to almost 12 lakh crore rupees; tax base up from 3.79 crore to 6.85 crore: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:01 PM (IST)

    Tax scrutiny will also now be done electronically and there will be no interaction between the tax authority and the taxpayer.

  • Feb 01, 12:00 PM (IST)

    Simplification of direct tax system will benefit taxpayers; direct tax reduced and tax interface made simpler and faceless to make life easier; resulting in increase in tax collections and return filings: FM

  • Feb 01, 12:00 PM (IST)

    Tax collections have increased significantly. The number of returns filed have also risen: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    In the last 5 years under all categories of workers, minimum wages increased by 42% which is the highest ever : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    Tax collections have increased significantly from Rs 6.38 lakh crore in FY14 to almost Rs 12 lakh crore in FY19 with nearly 80% growth in the number of taxpayers, Goyal notes

  • Feb 01, 11:59 AM (IST)

    Single window clearance for shooting films for Indian filmmakers.

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Single window clearance for filmmaking to be made available to Indian filmmakers, anit-camcording provision to be introduced to Cinematography Act to combat film privacy: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    34 crore JanDhanYojana accounts opened in last five years; Aadhaar almost universally implemented; ensuring poor and middle class receive government benefits directly: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Allocation for Northeastern region proposed to be increased to Rs 58,166 crore in this year, a 21% rise over the previous year: Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:58 AM (IST)

    Railway capital expenditure goes up from Rs 53,060 crore in FY19 to Rs 64,586 crore in FY20 – positive for railway capex linked companies. – Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research.

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Our government hopes to create 1 lakh digital villages in the next 5 years. Jan Dhan, Aadhaar mobile, and direct benefit transfer have been game changers, Goyal notes. Aadhaar is now near-universally implemented and helped ensure poor get the benefit of govt schemes directly in their bank accounts, he says.

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Villages to be converted to digital villages. Target over the next 5 years is to create over 1 lakh digital villages

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Allocation for North Eastern Region proposed to be increased to 58,166 crore in this year, a 21% rise over previous year: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    2% interest subvention to farmers for animal husbandry : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:56 AM (IST)

    Cost of data and voice calls in India is possibly the lowest in the world: FM.

  • Feb 01, 11:55 AM (IST)

    The operating ratio of Railways is seen at 96.2% in FY19 and 95% in FY20, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:54 AM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 11:54 AM (IST)

    Indian Railways budget outlay Rs 1,48,658 crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    Installed solar generation capacity in India increased by 10 times in the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    Inland freight waterways have commenced from Kolkata to Varanasi. North-eastern states may also be connected in due course.

  • Feb 01, 11:53 AM (IST)

    1. India has achieved over 98% rural sanitation coverage.
    2. 5.45 lakh villages declared #ODF
    3. #SwachhBharat now a national movement

  • Feb 01, 11:52 AM (IST)

    Goyal talks about 100 plus airports now in India. But the number is far below the government target. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    India is the fastest highway developer in the whole world, 27 kms of highways built each day, projects stuck for decades completed; #SagarMala will help faster handling of import and export cars: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    All farmers affected by severe natural disasters to will continue to get 2 per cent interest subvention and additional 3 percent on timely loan repayment: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Our soldiers are our pride and honour. OROP, pending for the last 40 years, has been implemented by us: Piyush Goyal.

    Already disbursed Rs 35,000 crore for our soldiers under OROP, Substantial hike in military service pay has been announced.

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Indian Railways has experienced the safest year in its history. All unmanned level crossings on broad guage network have been completely eliminated, Goyal highlights

  • Feb 01, 11:51 AM (IST)

    Domestic air passenger traffic has doubled in the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Construction of rural roads has been tripled; 15.8 lakh out of a total 17.84 lakh habitations have been connected with pucca roads under #PMGSY.
    #PMGSY allocated 19,000 crore rupees in 2019-20(BE) : FM

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Bharat has got the full attention of the Govt. Farmers, cattle, unorganised segment, rural women, are among the major themes. But will these spur rural income? No disruptive intervention, yet. – Prince Thomas, Corporate Bureau Chief.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Defence Budget increased to Rs 3 lakh crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Domestic passenger traffic has doubled in the last 5 years and this will mean new jobs in the aviation sector.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Rs. 1 crore loan can now be obtained under 59 minutes: FM. Promises, and claims – Sounak Mitra – Associate Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Over Rs 35,000 crore has been allocated under the ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme so far by the BJP government.

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

    Goyal allocates Rs 3 lakh crore for the defence sector for FY20. If necessary, additional funds will be provided for safety and security of our army personnel, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:49 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    Goyal now moves on the defence sector. We had promised to implement One Rank One Pension. We have already disbursed over Rs 35,000 crore after implementing the scheme in true spirit, he said.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    India’s youth have turned into job creators from job seekers. The country has become the second-largest hub for startups: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    9 nine priority areas identified; National  Artificial Intelligence Portal to be developed soon: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:47 AM (IST)

    To ensure cleaner fuel and health assurance, we embarked on PM Ujjwala Yojana, a programme to give 8 crore free LPG connections to rural households, out of which 6 crore connections have been given already: FM Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:46 AM (IST)

    75% of woman beneficiaries under PM MudraYojana, 26 weeks of maternity leave and Pradhan Mantri Matritva Yojana, are all empowering women: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:46 AM (IST)

    Goyal now throws in the term artificial intelligence. More power to Digital India. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Pension scheme to benefit 10 crore workers in the unorganised sector. Those who join at 18 years of age will have to contribute a mere Rs 55 per month. The government will contribute equal matching share in the pension account.

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Govt e-marketplace GEM has transformed public procurement making it transparent and efficient. Transactions of over Rs 17,000 crore has been done.

  • Feb 01, 11:45 AM (IST)

    Have so far given loans worth Rs 7.23 lakh crore under the Mudra yojana with more than 70% of beneficiaries being women

  • Feb 01, 11:44 AM (IST)

    Committee under NITIAayog to be set up to identify and denotify nomadic and semi-nomadic communities; Welfare Development Board to be set up under MSJEGOI for welfare of these hard-to-reach communities and for tailored strategic interventions : FM.

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    Workers who receive grievous injuries will now get Rs 6 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh through EPFO: Piyush Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    There are a total of 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector in numerous industries. We must provide comprehensive social security coverage: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:43 AM (IST)

    6 crore households have been given cooking gas connections so far, the target by the end of next year is 8 crore households.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    You have to give it to this government. While they sometimes fall to the temptation of naming new schemes after past leaders, many of their new schemes carry a simple convention — they carry the the term “Pradhan Mantri”. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    FM Goyal moves on the welfare of women in the country. Nearly 8 crore free LPG connections were planned to be provided to relieve women from use of woodfire for cooking. So far 6 crore connections have already been provided.

  • Feb 01, 11:42 AM (IST)

    Welfare department board to be set up under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

  • Feb 01, 11:41 AM (IST)

    50% of the GDP comes from the sweat and toil of 42 crore workers in the unorganized sector: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:41 AM (IST)

    For workers and labourers, a new pension scheme will come up to ensure an increase in Centre’s contribution by four percent. The pension has been increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000: FM Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    A bevy of new scheme launches announced — shall we settle the debate, then? This is no “Interim Budget”. – Nazim Khan, Senior Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    Instead of rescheduling of crop loans, those farmers severely affected by natural calamities will get 2% interest subvention and additional 3% interest subvention upon timely repayment: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    10 crore workers to benefit.

  • Feb 01, 11:39 AM (IST)

    Goyal announced allocation of Rs 500 crore for mega pension scheme

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)

    Mega Pension scheme for the unorganised sector will see equal contribution from the government. Pension of Rs 3,000 to be paid out after retirement age

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)

    Monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for workers in unorganised sector.

  • Feb 01, 11:38 AM (IST)
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  • Feb 01, 11:37 AM (IST)

    Gratuity payment limit has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:37 AM (IST)

    Nearly 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector contribute significantly to our economy. We must provide them a comprehensive social security coverage. So other than Ayushman Bharat, our govt proposes set up of Shram Yogi Mandhan, a pension scheme for unorganised sector workers

  • Feb 01, 11:36 AM (IST)

    2% interest subvention to farmers pursuing animal husbandry and fisheries: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:36 AM (IST)

    Govt will set up *Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog* to look after the welfare of cows, including genetic improvements and sustainable development. ” Yeh sarkar kabhi Gau mata ke samman mein peeche nahi hategi. (This government will never shy away from honoring our Mother Cow)

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    New Pension Scheme – employee’s contribution is 10%, government’s contribution increased from 10% to 14%.

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    ESI eligibility cover limit has been raised to Rs 21,000 per month from Rs 15,000 per month

  • Feb 01, 11:35 AM (IST)

    Vix now down 5%. Market relaxed about the farm package – Manas Chakravarty – Group Consulting Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:34 AM (IST)

    Farmers struck by natural calamities will now get 2-5% interest subvention under the crop insurance scheme, Goyal said.

  • Feb 01, 11:34 AM (IST)

    12.5 crore farmers to be covered under direct income support – PM Kissan.  Annual cash benefit of Rs 6000 (to be paid in three tranches) per head. The total outlay is only 0.4% of GDP. This will not lead to big surge in agri input demand but will only benefit basic staples consumption. – Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research.

  • Feb 01, 11:33 AM (IST)

     

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  • Feb 01, 11:33 AM (IST)

    FMCG stocks rally with the farmer support announcements.

    Marico, HUL, ITC up 1-2%.

  • Feb 01, 11:32 AM (IST)

    2 percent interest subsidy to be given to farmers involved in animal husbandry activities, to be given through kisaan credit card scheme, additional 3 percent subsidy on timely payment of loans.

  • Feb 01, 11:32 AM (IST)

    Stock of Mahindra & Mahindra, the market leader in tractors, is up nearly 2% on the BSE while that of Hero Motocorp the market leader in two-wheelers, stock is up by 3.35%.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    Separate Dept of Fisheries to be formed.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    The prices of medicines have come down with control of drugs, stents and knee implant prices.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    India is the second largest fish producing nation in the world and provides livelihood to 1.45 crore people. Towards development of this sector the govt will create a separate department of fisheries. Propose 2% interest subvention for those in fisheries.

  • Feb 01, 11:31 AM (IST)

    Rural FMCG demand has anyway been robust in FY19. The direct income support should add to this growth, for mass consumption items – Ravi Krishnan, Deputy Executive Editor.

  • Feb 01, 11:30 AM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal, finance minister said, “There is a need a structured income support to the poor land holder to procure seeds, equipments and other needs. To support them we have formed PM KISAN. Under this the vulnerable farmers, upto 2 hectares will get direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year. The amount will be transferred directly into bank accounts of the farmer in three installments. About 12 crore farmers will benefit from it. The scheme will kick off from December 1”.

    This is a positive for tractor and two wheeler sales – Swaraj Baggonkar – Senior Assistant Editor

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    Health cards, quality seeds, irrigation facilities etc have been taken into consideration to improve the well being of farmers, he noted.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi to support farmers in procuring basic farm inputs like seeds and fertiliser, to benefit seed and fertiliser companies.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    This will cost the govt around Rs 75,000 crore.

  • Feb 01, 11:29 AM (IST)

    Direct Benefit Support of Rs 6,000 to farmers with landholdings below 2 hectares – to be transferred directly into bank account of beneficiary farmers in three installments of Rs 2,000 each, funded by Govt of India – around 12 crore farmers to benefit from the scheme.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    The Kisan yojana will be effective December 1, 2018, and the money will be directly transferred into their account. Expect spend of Rs 75,000 crore on this scheme, says Goyal. Rs 20,000 crore allocation will be added to the revised estimates of the FY18-19, he said.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Govt approves PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Farmers owning upto 2 hectares to get Rs 6,000 per year.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest healthcare programme, was launched to provide medical care to nearly 50 crore people, resulting in Rs 3,000 crore savings by poor families: Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:27 AM (IST)

    One million people were treated so far under Ayushman Bharat. Have announced 14 new AIIMS since 2014.

  • Feb 01, 11:26 AM (IST)

    In 2014, 2.5 crore families were living without electricity, forced to live in the 18th century. We have achieved almost 100% electrification, says Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:26 AM (IST)

    Farmers with less than 2 hectare land will be given Rs 6,000 per year as direct transfer

  • Feb 01, 11:25 AM (IST)

    Keeping in view the distress in farm sector, we revised MSP in favour of our hardworking farmers. Small and fragmented land holding has led to decline in farm income. To provide support to small and marginal farmers and improve their income the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi yojana has been introduced

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s largest behavioural change movement Swachh Bharat was initiated; more than 98% rural sanitation coverage has been achieved, says Piyush Goyal.

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    Rs 1,70,000 crore spent on bringing food at affordable rates to poor people: FM

  • Feb 01, 11:23 AM (IST)

    We are happy to announce that the 22nd AIIMS hospital is going to be set up in Haryana, Goyal said highlighting lower prices in terms of medicines, stents etc  have led to massive scale up in healthcare over the last 5 years.

  • Feb 01, 11:22 AM (IST)

    PMGSY allocation Rs 19,000 crore, same as budgeted for 2018-19.

  • Feb 01, 11:21 AM (IST)

    20 minutes into the speech, the Budget continues like a campaign pitch for the government.

  • Feb 01, 11:21 AM (IST)

    We launched the world’s largest healthcare program Ayushman Bharat to provide medical treatment to nearly 50 cr people, he reiterates. So far 10 lakh people have been treated under this scheme within the short span and nearly Rs 3,000 crore has been saved by those covered under it.

  • Feb 01, 11:20 AM (IST)

    Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee program’s allocation increased by Rs 5000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore, Madhuchanda Dey – Head Research, Moneycontrol.

  • Feb 01, 11:20 AM (IST)

    The government is committed to providing electricity to every house. LED will help save Rs 50,000 crore in electricity bills in the next few years.

  • Feb 01, 11:19 AM (IST)

    Auto stocks firm, market appears to be betting on a likely farm package boosting demand for automobiles.

  • Feb 01, 11:19 AM (IST)

    One crore 53 lakh houses have been made which is 5 times the earlier run rate

  • Feb 01, 11:18 AM (IST)

    Pradhan Mantra Gram Sadak Yojana allocation is set at Rs 19,000 crore, he said, adding, kids will no longer have to walk from home to school. They will now have a bus service there.

  • Feb 01, 11:18 AM (IST)

    MGNREGA allocation has been set at Rs 60,000 crore for FY19-20, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:17 AM (IST)

    Election speech on in full swing.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Rs 3 lakh crore recovered by banks through IBC, says Goyal. Now bigger businessmen also concerned about repaying debt, he adds.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Have recovered Rs 3 lakh crore so far from the banking system clean up, Goyal points out as he moves to the initiatives in the real estate sector.

    RERA 2016 and Benami Transaction Prohibition Act are helping to bring transparency in real estate, he said

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    Goyal takes dig at UPA government, by saying that his government has ended the practice of ‘phone’ banking at state-owned banks, and ushered more transparency.

  • Feb 01, 11:14 AM (IST)

    “The Rs 1 trillion GST collection in January would have given some comfort. Still Rs 2.8 trillion needed in the next two months to achieve budgeted estimates.” – Ravi Krishnan – Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol.

  • Feb 01, 11:13 AM (IST)

    We have noticed that Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra and Oriental Bank have come out of the PCA framework and our efforts to clean up the banking system will help others too very soon, Goyal says

  • Feb 01, 11:12 AM (IST)

    Earlier there was pressure on only small businessmen to repay loans but now even defaulting managements of big companies are under pressure to repay loans in time

  • Feb 01, 11:11 AM (IST)

    Our govt had the power to ask RBI to review the NPA situation of banks and stop the culture of phone banking, says Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:11 AM (IST)

    Current account deficit target for FY19 – 2.5% of GDP.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    Fiscal deficit revised target for FY19 – 3.4%.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    So, that’s a miss on the fiscal deficit target of 3.3% this year. Even this should be taken with a pinch of salt given the possibility of off-balance sheet items.

  • Feb 01, 11:10 AM (IST)

    He’s proud of restoring fiscal balance. Does that mean he will stick to the target?

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    Piyush Goyal’s remark that farmer incomes have doubled, greeted with boos from the opposition benches.

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    Goyal starts with recounting a litany of achievements for the Modi government. Reads like a poll pitch so far.

  • Feb 01, 11:09 AM (IST)

    2018-19 revised fiscal deficit target at 3.4%, Goyal points out

  • Feb 01, 11:07 AM (IST)

    If we had not controlled inflation, our families would have been spending 35-40% more on basic amenities today, says Goyal

  • Feb 01, 11:07 AM (IST)

    We brought down average inflation to 4.6% lower than inflation during tenure of any other govt, he says.

  • Feb 01, 11:04 AM (IST)

    “We have reversed the policy paralysis,” says Piyush Goyal as he rises to present the Interim Budget, “India is solidly back on track.”

  • Feb 01, 11:02 AM (IST)

    One thing hasn’t changed. The Budget Speech starts with a din

  • Feb 01, 11:02 AM (IST)

    There is hope the government will also focus on pushing the sales of electric vehicles in the country. The finance ministry on Tuesday had lowered customs duty on electric vehicle parts to 10-15% from 15-30%. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) welcomed the move.

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Union Minister Piyush Goyal presents the Budget 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

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Telangana Elections LIVE : As polling nears end in 119 constituencies, Telangana recorded a Final Voter Turnout Of 73.2 %

As polling nears end in 119 constituencies, Telangana recorded a Final Voter Turnout Of 73.2 %.

–After Jwala Gutta, IPS Officer’s Name Missing;

–Manish Sisodia Slams EC

56.17% Turnout Till 3 PM; Sania Mirza Casts Vote In Hyderabad

PV Sindhu after casting her vote In Hyderabad

48.1 per cent voter turnout till 1 PM in Telangana.

8.97% Voter Turnout Till 9 AM

As many as 1,821 candidates including a transgender are in the fray in the election.

For the first time, Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.

224 video-surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams have been pressed into service.

Polling will start at 7 am and end at 5 pm, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, polling ends one hour before (4 pm).

The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

The Congress has stitched together “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS, led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR).

The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.

Security was beefed up at bordering areas which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.

One lakh police personnel including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states are engaged in poll duties.

Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm Wednesday.

Over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations across.

More than 1.50 lakh polling officials including reserve staff are in the process of giving final touches Thursday to make the election to the 119-member House a smooth affair.

After a high-voltage campaign that saw war of words among contending parties, voting for the Assembly elections in Telangana will begin on Friday with the Congress-led alliance challenging the ruling TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest.

 

India’s youngest state, Telangana, goes to polls on Friday, 7 December, to constitute its second Legislative Assembly. The single-phase polling will see voting in all 119 constituencies.

The main contenders for this election remain to be the KCR-led TRS, which was in power for the last four years, and the Congress-led ‘Mahakutami’ (or ‘Grand Alliance’), which included the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) among many others.

  • Telangana is going to polls nearly seven months earlier as the TRS government dissolved the Assembly before its term ended
  • The Congress is considered the main Opposition in the state and is leading a grand alliance called ‘Mahakutami or Prajakutami’
  • TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao will remain the caretaker chief minister till the new government is formed

What You Must Know About Telangana Polls 2018

What Do the Pre-poll Surveys Say?

The Aaj Tak-India Today survey predicts a massive victory for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), with 43 percent voters predicted to cast their ballot for the KCR party. The Congress, on the other hand, is expected to garner 18 percent of vote share.

Interestingly, 11 percent of those surveyed wanted KCR to be the next prime minister, while 44 percent voted for PM Narendra Modi and 39 percent for Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Another survey conducted by VDP Associates, claims that the TRS is all set to win at least 80 seats, while the Congress is expected to win around 20 seats. The survey predicts that the BJP will win seven seats, with the AIMIM getting eight.

The Main Contenders in Battlefield Telangana

The main contenders for this election remain to be the KCR-led TRS, which was in power for the last four years, and the Congress-led ‘Mahakutami’ (or ‘Grand Alliance’), which included the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) among many others.

The BJP, although not a main contender, is expected to swing some percentage of vote share its way. In all, there are now as many as nine political parties vying for power in the state.

Early Polls in Telangana

A united Andhra Pradesh has voted for both state Assembly and the Lok Sabha at the same time — from 1999 till 2014. However, since August 2018, media reports suggested that KCR was getting ‘battle-ready’ to dissolve the Assembly and go to polls in winter 2018, along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

KCR dissolved the Telangana Assembly on 6 September, his supposed ‘lucky’ date.

Hours after dissolving the Assembly, he released a list of 105 candidates who will fight the elections from Husnabad, the very place he launched his 2014 campaign.

 

 

 

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