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Counting of votes begins in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Counting of votes polled in the Maharashtra assembly elections Oct 15 started Sunday across the state's 36 districts.

A total of 4,119 candidates are in fray for the 288-member assembly.

The contest is between five major parties - the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

Election officials are hopeful the first proper trends will be available by 10 a.m.


Report paints bleak picture of RTI law at 10th year

By TCN News,

New Delhi: A comprehensive and scathing report on the Indian Right to Information (RTI) documents extensive weaknesses in the system and makes major recommendations for reform.

The 150-page examination provides a detailed picture of dysfunction, including “huge” backlogs, an ineffectual appeals process, lack of compliance with orders and penalty awards, and weak records management.

Hazare's statue vandalised in Gurgaon

Gurgaon: Social activist Anna Hazare's life-size statue installed in the posh Civil Lines area here was beheaded in the early hours Saturday, an activist said.

Last year, Hazare had written to the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Rajnath Singh, seeking his help in the installation of his statue here.

Hazare had written that the party's Haryana spokesperson Umesh Aggarwal (now BJP candidate from Gurgaon assembly seat), was putting obstacles in the way of the installation of the statue.


Freed from jail, Jayalalithaa returns home to rapturous welcome

Bangalore/Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday walked out of a Bangalore jail after bail formalities were completed and reached Chennai to a spirited welcome by her AIADMK cadre, who were out in force despite the heavy rain.

AIADMK cadres were jubilant and celebrated the release of Jayalalithaa who spent 21 days in prison after being convicted in a corruption case last month, before the Supreme Court accepted her bail plea.


On eve of results, hectic politicking in Maharashtra

Mumbai: On the eve of the counting of votes in the Maharashtra assembly elections Sunday, hectic politicking was underway over the prospects of various parties, possible alliances and speculation over the next chief minister.


Congress to table no-confidence motion against Trinamool government

Kolkata: The Congress in West Bengal has decided to table a no-confidence motion against the Trinamool Congress government next month, state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said here Saturday.

The Congress members would utilise the discussions to attack the Trinamool on issues like the Saradha chit fund scam, the student protests at the Jadavpur University, and the Burdwan blast, he said.


AAP promises to bring RWA Act

New Delhi: The AAP Saturday promised 700 welfare association representatives of the city that the party will bring the Resident Welfare Association Act to give them legal sanctity once it returns to power in Delhi.

Former chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal said: "We will set up a Citizens Local Area Development Fund after giving legal sanctity to RWAs by passing an RWA Act in the state assembly."


Hazare's stir threat over money stashed abroad

Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra): Social crusader Anna Hazare Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfil his poll promise of bringing back money stashed abroad, failing which he would launch an agitation.

In a strongly worded letter, Hazare said that during the Lok Sabha election campaign Modi had promised countrymen that his government would bring back black money in foreign banks "within 100 days".


Maintain pressure on terrorists for peaceful Kashmir polls: Indian Army chief

New Delhi: Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Saturday advised his commanders to "maintain relentless pressure" on terrorists to ensure the peaceful conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at the culmination of the Army Commander's Conference, parts of which were made available to the media, he stressed on the need to "maintain relentless pressure on the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir so they cannot disrupt the forthcoming elections".

Haryana vote count Sunday to decide fate of 1,351 candidates

Chandigarh: The fate of 1,351 contesting candidates will be decided Sunday as the counting of votes for the 90-member Haryana assembly takes place.

"All arrangements have been made for counting of votes tomorrow. Counting of votes would be carried out at 90 counting centres in 57 places in the state," Haryana chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said here Saturday.

Majority of the results are expected to be out by Sunday afternoon.