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Delhi sealing drive: Traders stage protest, Kejriwal convenes all party meeting

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New Delhi, March 13: Traders staged a protest against the ongoing sealing drive and observed a day-long bandh in the national capital on Tuesday. 

This is the third trade bandh being organised in the last two months.

“Over seven lakh traders from about 2,500 trade associations of Delhi are participating in a trade bandh on Tuesday on the call of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). Both wholesale and retail markets will also observe the bandh,” stated Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary of CAIT.

In the meantime, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal convened an all-party meeting at his residence.

Ajay Maken and Arvinder Singh Lovely from Congress present. BJP’s Manoj Tiwari was also invited but BJP members did not attend the meeting.

The sealing drive is underway against business establishments using residential areas for commercial purposes without paying conversion charges.

It is being conducted by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee.

So far more than 1500 1,500 commercial establishments have been sealed across the national capital.

The apex court fixed April 2 for the final hearing in the ongoing sealing drive.

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Over 69% voting in Haryana municipal polls

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Chandigarh, Dec 16 : Over 69.39 per cent voters cast their vote in the municipal elections in Haryana on Sunday, a senior state election commission official said here.

State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh stated the polling in all 110 wards of the Municipal Corporation, Hisar, Rohtak, Yamuna Nagar, Panipat and Karnal, and 25 wards of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) Aand Pundri (Kaithal) respectively, was completed on Sunday evening.

The overall percentage in these elections remained 69.39, Singh said.

The election to the posts of mayors will be held directly for the first time. Singh said 59 candidates (40 men and 19 women) contested the election for the seats of Mayor.

Voting was held on Sunday for five municipal corporations and committees in Haryana.

Elections to the five municipal corporations and committees of Hisar, Rohtak, Yamunanagar, Panipat and Karnal were held. Voters braved the cold weather to come out and cast their votes.

The voting started at 7.30 a.m. A total of 14,01,454 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise.

Haryana Police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the elections.

Over 7,000 police personnel, including women police officials, were on duty.

Officials said for the first time in the electoral history of municipal elections in the country, none of the above (NOTA) was introduced as an option in the electronic voting machines (EVMs).

While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) contested the elections on their respective party symbols, the Congress has chosen not to use the party symbol for candidates backed by the party.

The elections are being considered important before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly polls likely to be held in October 2019. The BJP has been in power in Haryana since October 2014.

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Karnataka: 6 dead, 5 injured in boiler blast at sugar factory in Bagalkot

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Bengaluru: At least six people were killed and five critically injured after a blast took place in a boiler in Nirani sugars factory at Mudhol in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

 

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Congress will do its work on farm loans waiver, BJP should perform its role : Gehlot

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Jaipur, Dec 16 : Ashok Gehlot will take oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan on Monday but BJP has started issuing statements on  farm loan waiver.Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said that Congress will do its work of waiving farm loans and BJP should rather perform their role as an opposition.

 “Congress will do its work. They should do theirs, if they don’t public will question them. The responsibility they have today is what we had in the last election & we worked. Now it’s their duty to work,” Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said on BJP’s demand for farm loan waiver.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, along with several senior party leaders, will be present on December 17 at the oath-taking ceremony of Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot .

The programme, in which Sachin Pilot will also take oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister, would be held at 10 a.m at Albert Hall here.

Former Prime Minister and Congress veteran Manmohan Singh would also be present.

The other leaders expected at the ceremony include former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda, former Union Minister Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, DMK working President M.K. Stalin, party leader Kanimozhi, JMM leader Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi.

While Gehlot will take the oath as Chief Minister for the third time, Pilot will take the oath for the first time as Deputy Chief Minister.

 

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