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EC to get 40 lakh VVPAT machines, EVMs by Sept 2018: AK Joti

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Agartala, Nov 29: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A.K. Joti on Wednesday said the Election Commission will get 40 lakh VVPAT machines and EVMs by September 2018 for the upcoming high stakes 2019 general elections.

The Centre has sanctioned Rs 5,000 crore to the pol panel to procure 40 lakh of these machines.

“We need over 23 lakh EVMs and 16 lakh VVPAT machines for the 2019 elections,” the CEC told the media here, news agency IANS quoted.

Government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Electronic Corporation of India Limited will supply the voting machines.

A VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machine is basically a printer, which is either attached to the ballot or control unit according to length of the connecting wire. The gadget has a outlet from where the voter casts his vote.

After this a paper slip containing the poll symbol and name of the candidate is printed through the machine. It allows the voter to verify his/her choice. After being visible to the voter from a glass case in the VVPAT for seven seconds, then the paper slip will fall directly into the collection box below.

The panel had decided that from June onwards all elections in the country would be held through EVMs attached with VVPATs, he asserted.

Speaking about the EVMs and VVPATs, the CEC said they are battery-operated standalone machines with no Internet or mobile links and cannot be operated or controlled from outside or by any remote system.

Joti said the poll panel, following a Supreme Court order in September 2013, had tried to make the electoral process more transparent and the use of VVPATs with EVMs was a step in this direction.

Election Commission officials led by the CEC had arrived in Tripura on Tuesday to chalk out the preparedness for the February 2018 assembly elections.

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“PM Needs To Understand…”: Rahul Gandhi On Recession

The centre is expecting the recent easing of farm and labour laws, along with tax incentives, to bolster manufacturing and lure more foreign investment.

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New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at the government over reports that the economy has gone into a recession and crores have been left unemployed. He pointed to the basic job scheme MGNREGA, which was launched by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, as having made to remain idle with “three crore people still looking for work”.

“Under PM Modi, India’s economy is officially in a recession for the first time ever. More importantly, 3 crore people are still looking for work under MNREGA. Economy cannot be ordered to grow by diktats. PM needs to first understand this basic idea,” Mr Gandhi tweeted, in what was seen as an allusion to PM Modi’s often overnight announcements that result in sweeping policy changes immediately.

Under PM Modi, India’s economy is officially in a recession for the first time ever.

More importantly, 3 crore people are still looking for work under MNREGA.

Economy cannot be ordered to grow by diktats. PM needs to first understand this basic idea.

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 27, 2020
From sudden demonetisation in November 2016 to the announcement of the lockdown in late March necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, which led to hardships, opposition leaders have been attacking PM Modi over decisions that they say were taken without considering their impact on a vast number of the population.

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) also shrank for the second straight quarter through September, although it showed signs of a pick-up after the easing of pandemic restrictions that triggered a record contraction in the previous quarter.

The GDP in July-September quarter contracted 7.5 per cent on year, data released by the National Statistical Office today showed, compared to a decline of 23.9 per cent in the previous three months.

Annual growth of 3.4 per cent in farm sector and 0.6 per cent in manufacturing during September quarter raised hopes of an early recovery as the government gears up to distribute COVID-19 vaccine whenever it becomes available.

The centre is expecting the recent easing of farm and labour laws, along with tax incentives, to bolster manufacturing and lure more foreign investment.

India is not alone in suffering from economic troubles because of the pandemic. Several other nations have seen their economy shrink as manufacturing slows down.

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Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition, only interest was Congress: CWC

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee on Friday met and offered condolences to the family of veteran leader and Treasurer Ahmed Patel who passed away on November 25 due to Covid-related complications.

The CWC, in its resolution, said that “Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition. The interest of the Congress was his only interest and the advancement of the Congress agenda was his only agenda. He was deeply religious but secular to the core. Ahmedbhai’s simplicity, austerity, accessibility and generosity were legendary.

Recognising his contributions over four decades to the party, it stressed on “his unique capacity to reconcile competing aspirations and forge unity and comradeship among the leaders and its members”.

Patel passed away at the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Wednesday morning. Amid thousands of well wishers, his mortal remains were laid to rest on Thursday in his ancestral village in Gujarat’s Bharuch district, with many top party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, present to pay their last respects.

The last rites were carried out at the Sunni Vohra Muslim Jamaat graveyard in Piraman village. As per his wish, his body was buried beside his parents’ graves and all Covid-19 guidelines and protocols were followed during the funeral.

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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Delhi Riots: Jamia student released on parole to sit for exams

The court said that clearing the exams is necessary for Tanha to pursue M.A. in Persian, and that leniency must be shown to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said exams.

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday released Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha — who was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to organise riots in North-East Delhi in February this year — on three-day custody parole to appear for his compartmental examination in December.

Tanha, who is pursuing his B.A. (Hons) in Persian, had moved the court seeking interim bail from November 30 to December 7 to prepare for three backlog exams scheduled to be held on December 4, 5 and 7.

“The court deems it fit to allow the accused on custody parole for appearing in the said examinations. Accordingly, custody parole is granted to accused Asif Iqbal Tanha on December 4, 5 and 7,” Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat ordered.

The court said that clearing the exams is necessary for Tanha to pursue M.A. in Persian, and that leniency must be shown to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said exams.

After advocate Sowjhanya Shankaran, representing Tanha, submitted that her client didn’t not have the required reading material to prepare for the exams, the judge directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to provide necessary assistance, provided it is within the permissibility of the jail rules.

Tanha was arrested on May 19 in connection with the case and has been in the custody since then. On October 21, he was granted one-day interim bail for taking the entrance examination for M.A Persian at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

In September, his named figured in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the riots that broke out in North-East Delhi in February after clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act supporters spiralled out of control, leaving 53 people dead and 748 injured.

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