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HC refuses AAP request for EVMs with VVPAT in Delhi civic polls

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New Delhi, April 18: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined Aam Aadmi Party’s request to use second-generation EVMs with paper trail in the April 23 civic polls in the national capital.

Citing nearing date of elections, Justice A.K. Pathak said, “nothing can be done at the eleventh hour.”

“We cannot stay the election nor pass an order to use electronic voting machines which are not there.”

The Delhi High Court meanwhile has sought a response from the Election Commission of India and the Delhi State Election Commission by Friday which is the next date of hearing.

The State Election Commission counsel Sumeet Pushkarna opposed the plea of the AAP and its candidate Mohammad Tahir Hussain for use of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the upcoming civic elections on the ground that the polls are slated for April 23. He said changing all EVMs with VVPAT is not feasible in four days.

The counsel also said the EVMs in the sate are the same that were used in 2015 assembly elections, when AAP came to power.

On this Indira Jaising, appearing for the AAP and Hussain, contended that the poll panel was duty-bound to use the VVPAT-linked EVMs, and pointed out Supreme Court order of 2013 when it termed the second-generation EVMs as the “safest”.

Jaising said the EVMs compatible with VVPATs were used in Uttar Pradesh and Goa polls and the Election Commission of India has 13,000, apart from additional 3,000, second-generation EVMs with them.

Raising concern over the EVM security, Jaising said: There is a demonstrable problem in Dholpur in Rajasthan — no matter what button you press, the vote will go to the BJP.

The VVPAT is connected with EVMs and dispenses paper proof so that voters can verify that their vote has been cast correctly.

The AAP and the Congress say that the EVMs without VVPAT can be tampered with.

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Delhi metro’s Blue Line faces snag

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Train services on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) were affected for close to 30 minutes on Wednesday due to signalling issue at two interlocking stations, the DMRC said.

“Due to signalling issue at interlocking stations of Subhash Nagar and Rajouri Garden of Line-3, train IDs were lost around 12.30 p.m. for trains falling in this zone, resulting in delays as they were locally controlled,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said in a statement.

“Central control for these two interlocking stations was restored at 1 p.m. and trains are now being regularised as per normal IDs,” the statement added.

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Prisoner escaped from Delhi’s LNJP hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Police

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New Delhi, Feb 19: A prisoner on Monday escaped from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital after throwing chilli powder into eyes of Delhi Police personnel who had brought him there.

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Rs 1 cr heist at Shiva temple in Haryana

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Saketri Shiva Temple. (File Photo0

Chandigarh, Feb 19: Thieves took away jewellery and valuables worth nearly Rs 1 crore from a historic Shiva Temple in Haryana’s Panchkula district, police said on Monday.

The theft took place in Saketri on the intervening night of February 18-19. The entire theft was caught on CCTV.

“The thieves broke open locks of the temple and took away gold and silver jewellery and valuables,” a priest at the temple said.

The Haryana Police is investigating the matter.

The temple, located around 10 km from here, attracts hundreds of devotees daily. Thousands of people offered prayers at the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri on February 13-14.

The temple had received lakhs of rupees in cash as offering which had been deposited in the bank only two days back, the priests told the police.

However, the valuables of the temple and offerings made after had remained in the temple complex.

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