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




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.

Wefornews Bureau


Nine-year-old raped, killed in Uttar Pradesh



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Lucknow, April 20: Less than a week after an eight-year-old was lured from a wedding function and raped and then murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district, a nine-year-old was raped and killed in the district the same way on Friday, police said.

The accused is a boy who was part of the cooking team hired for a pre-wedding ceremony in Kailtha village.

He lured the girl to a field behind the venue where he raped her and then strangled her as she tried to raise an alarm, the police said.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she died, an officer told IANS.

Police are looking for two other youths allegedly involved in the crime.

On Monday, another girl went missing from a wedding she had gone to attend with her family in Etah. Her body was found the next morning in a field. A drunk youth, found lying beside her, was arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering her.


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Rains lash J&K plains, fresh snowfall in hills




Srinagar, April 20: Day temperatures dipped in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday as widespread rain lashed the plains and fresh snowfall occurred in the higher reaches.

“In the last 12 hours, fresh snowfall has occurred in Zojila Pass, Drass and other higher reaches,” the Met office said on Friday morning.

The same conditions would continue till Saturday after which the weather will start improving, it added.

The minimum temperature was 8.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar, while it was 4.4 in Pahalgam and zero in Gulmarg. Leh town recorded 6.1 and Kargil 2.6 as the minimum temperature on Friday.

Jammu’s minimum was 18.3, Katra’s 15.6, Bannihal 8.4, Batote 8.5 and Bhaderwah recorded 8.9 degrees Celsius.

As the day and night temperatures dropped in the valley, the woollens came out.

With just past a dry winter spell in Kashmir, the spring rains were more than welcomed by the people. It will help better the flow in rivers, streams, springs and lakes in the Valley.


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Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely



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New Delhi, April 20: It was a hot and sunny morning in the national capital on Friday with the maximum temperature set to touch 39 degrees Celsius. The Met predicts rain later in the day.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted some respite soon. “Light rains and drizzles are likely to occur towards the afternoon or evening,” an IMD official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 52 percent.

Thursday’s maximum temperature settled at 39.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.


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