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Massive military crackdown against militants in Arunachal

New Delhi: Union minister Kiren Rijiju Wednesday said security forces in Arunachal Pradesh have launched a massive operation against the insurgents who killed an MLA and 10 others in the state. He said when members of local community are involved in insurgent activities and maintain links with militants, the security operations can result in collateral damage. “A massive military operation …

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EVM tampering reports spark political row

Lucknow/New Delhi: Barely two days before the Lok Sabha vote count, a political row erupted on Tuesday over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and a concerned former president Pranab Mukherjee also stepped in to say the onus is on the Election Commission to put all speculations around these voting machines to rest. Already locked in a battle with the …

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Oppn leaders meet, discuss political situation

New Delhi: The leaders of 22 Opposition parties met the Election Commission on Tuesday ahead of the Lok Sabha election results and asked it to ensure transparency and fairness in the counting process by verifying EVM results with VVPATs. The Opposition leaders, including from the Congress, the DMK, the TDP and the BSP, submitted a memorandum to the poll panel, …

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SC rejects PIL on tallying of VVPAT slips with EVMs

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of voter verifiable paper audit trail  slips with electronic voting machines  during the counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls. A larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has already dealt with the matter and passed an order, said a vacation …

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PM expresses concern over ‘needless controversy’ on EVMs

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern over the “needless controversy” created by the Opposition over EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again. At the BJP-led ruling alliance meeting, which was attended by 36 parties, a …

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Concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters’ verdict: Pranab

New Delhi: Joining the ongoing controversy over electronic voting machines (EVMs), former president Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday expressed concern over the alleged tampering of voters’ verdict saying the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lies with the Election Commission, which should put all speculation to rest. He also said there can be no room for speculation that challenge the very basis of …

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EVMs ‘absolutely safe’ in strongrooms: EC

New Delhi: The Election Commission Tuesday asserted that EVMs used in the Lok Sabha polls are “absolutely safe” in strongrooms, dismissing allegations that the voting machines used in the elections were being switched with fresh ones ahead of counting of votes on May 23. Referring to the allegations and complaints, the Commission said it would like to “emphatically and unambiguously” …

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MP govt to reopen 12-year-old murder case against Pragya Thakur

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to reopen an old murder case against BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, a day after exit polls predicted a victory for her from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. The Congress-led government in the state will seek a legal opinion on reopening the murder case of ex-RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, in which Pragya Singh was …

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SC stays Delhi HC order disallowing black money law to operate retrospectively

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed the Delhi High Court order which had held that the 2016 black money law cannot be allowed to operate with retrospective effect from July 2015 to book and probe offenders. A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra also stayed the May 16 order of the high court, which had restrained the Income …

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‘Even a drop of pollution in Ganga matter of concern’

New Delhi: Even a drop of pollution in Ganga is a matter of concern and the attitude of all authorities should be stringent to protect the river, the National Green Tribunal has said while seeking concrete action plan on the issue. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) …

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