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Election Commission to use EVMs with VVPAT in Gujarat polls: SC told

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New Delhi, Aug 9 : The Election Commission on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it will be able to use EVMs with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar was told by the poll panel that it will be able to conduct the Gujarat Assembly polls later this year using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with paper trail if it gets 73,500 VVPAT machines by September from the manufacturers.

An affidavit filed by the poll panel said: “If the said consignment of VVPATs is delivered on time (September), the Election Commission expects to be able to conduct the elections to the Gujarat legislative assembly completely with the use of VVPATs.”

Currently it has 53,500 VVPAT units, said the poll panel, adding that the number of VVPAT units required for conducting election to the Gujarat legislative assembly is 70,000 units.

The VVPAT machine is connected with EVMs and dispenses a paper proof for the voters so that they can verify that their vote is cast correctly.

Taking note of the submissions of the Election Commission, the court disposed of the plea filed by Gujarat Patidar leader Reshma Vithabhai Patel seeking the use of either ballot paper or EVMs with VVPAT for the assembly elections.

Patel, also convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti which was at the forefront of the Patel quota agitation, alleged that the EVMs were not fully reliable, foolproof, tamper-proof or hack-proof.

The Election Commission maintained that EVMs currently used for conducting Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the country “cannot be tampered with”.

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Publicy drinking in Goa will soon attract heavy fine: Manohar Parrikar

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Panjim, July 17: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that drinking alcohol at public places in the coastal state will attract a heavy fine from August 15.

“Mind you, there will be a heavy fine if you are found drinking (in public) from the month of August. We’re issuing a notification very soon. I intend to do it before August, so that we can implement it from August 15,” Parrikar said in a function here.

Chief Minister Parrikar also warned that littering the state with beer bottles would also invite a steeper fine.

” Similarly littering will also have a heavy fine of Rs 2,500. I have caught two-three college students going there with beer bottles. This is not done,” Parrikar said.

He further stated that bottles thrown on the rocks along the riverfront were putting other people at risk.

Earlier this year, the Chief Minister stoked a controversy for his ‘girls drinking beer’ remark.

Addressing the inaugural of the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat in February, Parrikar had said: “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer”.

“Today’s youngsters are crossing tolerance limits”, he added.

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Supreme Court asks Parliament to make new law against mob lynching

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New Delhi, July 17 : Criticizing the Central government for its failure to stop mob lynching incidents by vigilante groups/cow vigilantism across the country, the Supreme Count on Tuesday asked Parliament to create a new penal provision to deal with cases of lynching across the country .

Issuing a series of directions to the government  to tackle with the rising cases of lynching incidents, a bench of CJI Dipak and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud  said ‘mobocracy can’t take over’ and that law and order is the government’s responsibility.

The Supreme Court ruled, “No citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed.”

The  court sought a compliance report from centre and states. The top court called lynching incidents ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.

 Stating that no citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself, the top court said that it is the duty of state to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.

While fixing the matter for further hearing on August 28, the Apex Court asked Parliament to see whether a new law can be made into the issue.

“The State is duty-bound to ensure law and order and to prevent mobocracy,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered while hearing a case against cow vigilantism.

Court said mobocracy can’t be allowed and has asked the Centre and States to file compliance report on the issue.

 

 

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Foreign currencies worth Rs 2,10,00,000 recovered at Jaipur airport

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Jaipur, July 17: The Currencies of Muscat, Bangladesh, and Qatar, worth Rs 2,10,00,000 in Indian National Rupee, recovered from a Dubai-bound passenger by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and police at Jaipur airport on Tuesday. 

The matter has been handed over to Income-Tax department.

On Monday, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 1550 pieces of US 100-dollar bill currency notes worth 1,05,40,000 INR, concealed between layers of the walls of cardboard boxes, from two passengers at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata.

Further probe is underway.

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