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Polling ends for fifth phase in Bengal

Kolkata : Polling officially came to an end at 6 p.m. on Saturday for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of the West Bengal assembly polls on Saturday.

Polling began at 7 a.m. for 31 constituencies in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly districts besides four in South Kolkata. And as per the last reports, over 72 percent turnout was recorded.

However, balloting continued in most places beyond the scheduled deadline as there were still a lot of people in queue outside the booths.

Awaiting their leader, Patels to begin 'lollipop' protest on Sunday

By Darshan Desai

Ahmedabad : Not impressed by the Gujarat government announcing 10

percent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes, including Patels, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) spearheading the quota agitation is launching from Sunday a week-long Swarnim Lollipop Mahotsav protest across the state even as it waits for its leader Hardik Patel to be freed after nearly 200 days in jail.

BJP destroying peaceful communal atmosphere in Kerala: Antony

Thiruvananthapuram : Hitting out hard at the BJP, former defence minister A.K. Antony on Saturday said the party is "trying to destroy the peaceful communal atmosphere of the state and hoped the party is not able to open its account in the Kerala assembly.

Talking to reporters here, Antony also attacked the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). He said that in order to keep up the tempo of the development activities in Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is the "best bet.

Bengal polls' 5th phase: Over 57 percent vote in six hours

Kolkata : Amid tight security and braving the sweltering heat, over 57 percent of the electorate cast their votes in the first six hours of polling for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of West Bengal's assembly polls on Saturday.

Voting began at 7.00 a.m. for 31 constituencies in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly districts besides four in South Kolkata.

"Poll percentage till 1.00 p.m. was 57.10 overall. In Hooghly it was 59.83 percent, in Kolkata South 46.35 percent and in South 24 Parganas 58.24 percent," said an Election Commission (EC) official.

India universities' delegation experiences UK's version of 'Chai pe charcha'

Birmingham : A delegation from 13 Indian universities got an exposure to the United Kingdom's own version of what can be called "Chai pe charcha" or how to transform a tea factory into an innovation hub for small and medium enterprises.

The delegation, selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, spent time this week in Birmingham City University's Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, the International Office and the Department of Enterprise Innovation and Business Engagement here.

Draft bill for Delhi's statehood ready: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that a draft bill for statehood of the national capital was ready.

"Draft bill for statehood of Delhi ready. Will be soon placed in public domain for comments and suggestions from the public," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said in a tweet.

Kejriwal has been batting for full statehood for Delhi, claiming the move will help him implement his plans better in the city.

Polling begins for 53 Bengal assembly constituencies in phase five

Kolkata : Polling began for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase on West Bengal assembly polls on Saturday.

Voting began at 7am for 31 constituencies in South 24 Parganas and 18 in Hooghly districts besides four in South Kolkata.

Nearly 1.24 crore (1,23,97,832) voters across 14,642 polling stations, including 77 auxiliary booths, are eligible to decide the fate of 349 candidates -- 43 of them female.

The Election Commission is using 16,838 EVMs and 1,024 Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).

NHRC notice to Rajasthan over death of 11 children in home

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Rajasthan government over the death of 11 children, living in state-run rehabilitation home, under mysterious circumstances within a period of the last 12 days, a statement said on Friday.

Taking a sou motu cognizance of the entire issue through media reports, the commission has said that the issue is a human rights violation of the victims.

Determined to rejoin college as haven't violated any rules: Professor Saibaba

New Delhi : Delhi University Professor G.N Saibaba on Friday said that he is determined to rejoin the Ram Lal Anand college as a teacher despite the attacks on him and a a notice from the institution not to enter its premises without permission as it creates "law and order problems".

"Although the college has asked me not to enter the campus, I'm in full capacity to join back as professor since I haven't violated any rules," Saibaba, who was arrested in 2014 by Maharashtra Police for alleged Maoist links and is out on unconditional bail, told IANS.

680 central forces companies, night teams for Bengal poll fifth phase

Kolkata : As many as 680 companies of central forces will be deployed in poll-bound districts of South 24 Parganas, Kolkata and Hooghly during the fifth phase of polls on April 30, Election Commission officials said here.

"(A total of) 680 companies will be deployed. There has been slight realignment of observers. In each of the three poll going districts, two police observers will be deployed," an official said.

Earlier, officials had said while Kolkata and Hooghly will have two police observers each, while in South 24 Parganas, three observers will be deployed.