India Politics

India Politics

121-year old votes in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi : The first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday witnessed a 121-year-old woman cast her ballot.

Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told reporters here that Noor Bi, 121, voted in Ramban district of the state, becoming the oldest person to vote in the first phase of election.

He, however, said it needs to be ascertained if she is the oldest voter of the state.

BJP sweeps Rajasthan civic polls

Jaipur : Rajasthan's ruling BJP swept the civic bodies polls in the state, winning in 27 of the 46 civic bodies where elections were held on Nov 22.

Out of the six municipal corporations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won on 5 while in Bharatpur, independents left both it and the Congress behind.

In Jaipur Municipal Corporation, BJP candidates won 64 of the 91 wards. The Congress was able to win only 18 wards while independents won the remaining nine.


70 percent polling in Kashmir, 62 percent in Jharkhand

New Delhi : Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday recorded a "high" poll percentage of 70 percent in the first phase of the state assembly elections, while the percentage in Jharkhand was 61.92, officials said here.

They said the percentage was likely to go up further.

Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told the media here that balloting in Jammu and Kashmir was incident free.

He said 70 percent voters cast their ballot and there could be an increase of about two percent after all votes cast were taken into account.


New style of governance with iron hand

(Six months of Modi rule)

New Delhi : In the six months he has ruled India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has demonstrated a new style of governance, of a "taskmaster" in his own words, peppered with some out-of-the-box thinking that has won him admirers and raised hopes among the people at a level unseen in recent years.

Congress working committee condoles Murli Deora's death

New Delhi : The Congress Working Committee, the party's highest decision-making body, Tuesday expressed its deep sorrow at the death of former union minster Murli Deora.

The meeting, chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said Deora stood with the party in all circumstances like a rock.

"Particularly during the time of Indira Gandhi, when the party faced big challenges, he did not feel weak even for a moment. Whatever posts he held, whatever work he did, his contribution was very valuable and will be remembered for long," the CWC said in a condolence resolution.


Electricity to all in Bihar by 2015: Manjhi

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Tuesday said that electricity will be provided to all the people of the state by increasing its availability to 5,000 MW by 2015.

"We have decided to provide electricity to all in the state by next year," Manjhi said after releasing the report card of his government here.

He said the electricity availability at present is 2,800 MW to 2,900 MW in the state, which is higher from what it was in 2005.

"We are trying to provide 20 to 22 hours of electricity on an average in all district headquarters," he said.

A happening six months of foreign policy under Modi government

(Six months of Modi rule)

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : A very happening six months of foreign policy has been one of the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, with interactions with most of the world, including even the distant islands in the South Pacific.


Polling ends peacefully in Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar : Polling ended peacefully Tuesday in 15 assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir that voted in the first phase of the five-phase assembly elections, officials said.

"No major incident of violence has been reported from anywhere," a poll official told IANS in Jammu.

Over 65 percent turnout was recorded.

Election commission officials, however, said the percentage was likely to change as the final figures were yet to be received.

Although polling ended at 4 p.m., voters who entered the polling station by that time are entitled to vote.

Balli returns to the BJP

New Delhi : Harsharan Singh Balli, who ought the 2013 Delhi assembly elections on a Congress ticket and lost, Tuesday returned to the BJP fold ahead of the state polls.

"I committed a mistake and now I am repenting it. The mistakes that I have committed in the last one year have been forgiven by the BJP," Balli said.

Balli quit the BJP after he was denied ticket for the Hari Nagar seat in the December 2013 Delhi assembly polls due to a seat sharing arrangement with the BJP's ally Shiromani Akakli Dal (SAD).


Bill moved in Lok Sabha to change CBI chief's selection

New Delhi : A bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act was introduced in the Lok Sabha Tuesday to include the leader of the single largest opposition party as a member of the selection committee to choose the CBI chief.

The current Lok Sabha does not have a recognized Leader of Opposition. Under the statutory provisions, the post goes to the party that has at least 10 percent of the house's strength as elected members, currently pegged at 55.