April, 2009


Moderate Polling in MP

Bhopal: According to initial reports an estimated 50 per cent voters cast their ballot in 16 Parliamentary segments of Madhya Pradesh during the Phase III of the five-leg polls for the 15th Lok Sabha on Thursday. Speaking to correspondents in the state capital,  Chief Electoral Officer J S Mathur said that save a few stray incidents the polls were by and large peaceful. Mathur suggested that a re-poll could be ordered in two polling stations of Sagar and one in the Morena LS segment, he said recommendations for the sameRead More

Lok Sabha Elections: 50 pc Polling in Phase III

With the mercury soaring to record levels, moderate voting was witnessed in most of the 107 parliamentary segments across nine states that went to polls on Thursday during the Phase III of the staggered five-phase elections for the 15th Lok Sabha. With speculations and political heat adding to the soaring mercury, most contenders have now started to resign to the fact that the country is headed for another coalition government. A total of 144 million — of the country’s total 714 million voters were eligible to cast franchise during theRead More

Mild Violence Mars Phase III Polls

The third phase of polling was marred by mutual conflict between activists of the Congress and the BJP New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Besides, there was an incidence of dispute between election official and a party activist in Bihar While in West Bengal, Maoist rebels allegedly triggered a landmine to deter voters. In New Delhi, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Sunil Jindal, suffered injuries when a suspected supporter of the Congress attacked him during a debate in the national capital. According to police, one person was injured whenRead More

Pakistan Had Misguided Perception of India as a Threat: Obama

Citing shift in Pakistani army’s way of thinking in past some time, US President Barack Obama has said it has begun to realise that the Taliban pose the biggest threat to the country, rather than India. In a press conference in Washington DC, he said: “You’re starting to see some recognition … that the obsession with India as the mortal threat to Pakistan has been misguided.” Obama said that Pakistan’s biggest threat right now comes internally … and Pakistani military should take much more seriously the armed threat from militantRead More

BJP or NDA Will Be Nucleus of Any Non-Cong Govt: Jaitley

At a time when a hung parliament is nearly clear in sight and political parties have begun their game to garner the magic number to come to the power, BJP has ruled out any possibility of backing a Third Front government in the event of the NDA not getting the majority.  The party wants the “nucleus of any non-Congress government to be the BJP or the NDA”. “The question of a BJP or an NDA support to a Third or a Fourth Front is a ruled out possibility,” BJP generalRead More

BJP’s Ad Campaign Banned in Rajasthan

Acting on a complaint, the Election Commission has proscribed an audio and video advertisement campaign of the BJP which allegedly mocks at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. According to official spokesman, State Chief Electoral Officer, Vinod Zutshi, while issuing the order, instructed the BJP and Lok Seva Sansthan to immediately discontinue the ad campaign and file an amendment advertisement for approval if desired. Objecting to the content of the video, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee’s (RPCC) legal cell had complained to the EC. The EC reviewed the VCDs and audio cassetteRead More

Cong, BJP Workers Fight it out outside Poll Booth

Bhopal: Amid voting for third phase of Lok Sabha elections, workers of the Congress and the BJP indulged in a fight outside a polling booth in Chandrapura in Bhind District on Thursday. According to eye-witnesses and officials, fight even gave rise to the incidents of firing between the two rival factions. They confirmed that several electronic voting machines had also been damaged during the conflict. Commenting on the incident, BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad said that it was a one-off incident and added that polling in the state was by andRead More

Defying Poll Boycott, Kashmiris Vote in Large Number

Just as last assembly polls, Kashmiris came out in large numbers to cast their votes resisting the anti-poll boycott call given by the separatist faction of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. After the heavy deployment of security forces, the valley had been bearing a curfew like situation a day before. In Anantnag, people queued up the polling stations from early morning to exercise their franchise, hoping to elect a government that would deliver on its promises. “We want to elect a candidate who will help us and workRead More

Hearing Put off in Quattrocchi’s Case Till Sep 8

Hearing a case against Bofors gun deal accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, a Delhi court has adjourned the proceedings of the trial till September 8, 2009. Advocate Ajay Agrawal, hours after Interpol took Quattrochi off its list, had moved the court requesting the court to stay the operation of any withdrawal of red corner notice against Quattrocchi According to reports, the hearing was adjourned by the court after CBI presented its status report regarding revoking of red corner notice against Quattrocchi in multi-crores Bofors scam. CBI sought two months to consider itsRead More

Kasab Demands Perfumes, Toothpaste as Judge Puts off Trial

A special court trying Mumbai terror attack suspect Amir Ajmal Kasab has adjourned till May 2 its ruling on the reports regarding medical investigation of the suspect’s age. The accused has asked for providing some facilities like an Urdu newspaper, perfumes and toothpaste in prison. Special Judge ML Tahilyani adjourned the trial till May  2, while Kasab, in a letter to his lawyer Abbas Kazmi, requested him to seek approval of the court for these articles and also permission to walk in the verandah outside his cell   Kazmi presentedRead More