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MCD polls: Cong pledges empowerment of RWAs, timely delivery

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New Delhi, Apr 18 : The Congress’ manifesto on urban infrastructure for the MCD polls, released today, promises empowerment of resident welfare associations (RWAs) and time- bound delivery of 13 civic services.

Highlights of the manifesto include dedicated fund for Chatth Puja arrangements, Bhagidari scheme revival for participatory governance, simplification of building by-laws, ensuring women’s security by installing LED lights and house tax exemption for self-occupied properties and senior citizens above 65 years.

Releasing the manifesto, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken accused both the BJP and the AAP of making “false promises” to people on tax issues.

“Kejriwal says house tax will be waived after the AAP’s victory in MCD polls. Perhaps, he does not know or is just making false promise because house tax can not be waived totally, although exemption in some categories is allowed,” he said.

The Bhagidari scheme to promote broad-based civic participation in local governance, launched by the Congress when it was in power in Delhi, but “neglected” by the BJP- ruled civic bodies, will be revived and more importance would be given to the RWAs in civic matters, Maken said.

If the Congress wins the civic bodies election, the scheme will be implemented in a big way by engaging elected RWAs in parking arrangements in residential colonies, the Delhi Congress chief said.

The right of citizens for time-bound delivery of services will be boosted by issuing a charter of 13 civic services, within three days of assuming office in the corporations after the polls, he said.

“Government employees concerned who fail in ensuring time-bound delivery of these services will be fined Rs 250 per day beyond stipulated time limit,” Maken said.

Once the Congress comes to power in the civic bodies, no conversion charges will be imposed on properties under mixed land use, if it has been paid for 10 years. The civic bodies will set up utilities maintenance department (UMD) for upkeep of multilevel parkings, toilets, night shelters and community halls, he said.

Rural and urban villages will be provided with hundred per cent drainage systems, roads will be widened, parking space will be provided and overhead electricity lines will be replaced with underground wirings, the manifesto promised.

All asphalt roads will be replaced with concrete ones to make those pothole free. A summer action plan will be prepared to avert waterlogging on roads through desilting of all drains by June 1 every year, it said.

The Congress is engaged in a triangular contest with the BJP and the AAP, in the elections for 272 wards of three municipal corporations in the national capital, scheduled to be held on April 23.

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Voting for Tripura Assembly elections begin, 11% voters turnout till 9 am

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Agartala, Feb 18: 11 percent voter turn out to vote in Tripura assembly election till 9am, ANI reported. 

Tripura CM Manik Sarkar casted his vote at a polling booth in Agartala, he is an MLA from Dhanpur constituency.

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Voting for the Assembly elections in India’s northeastern state of Tripura began on Sunday morning amidst tight security, official said.

“Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.,” said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer.

In all, 2,536,589 people, including 1,250,128 women and 47,803 first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 292 candidates, including 23 women and many independents.

“Apprehending troubles by some tribal outfit, a record 50,000 para-military and other state security personnel have been deployed while two air surveillance team led by senior officials are conducting surveillance by helicopters,” the election official.

With inputs from IANS

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Lok Sabha By-Polls: Congress announces candidates for Gorakhpur, Phulpur seats

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Lucknow, Feb 17: The state Congress on Friday announced faces for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, where by-elections are scheduled to be held on March 11.

The party named Dr Surheeta Chatterjee Kareem, a gynaecologist, as its candidate from Gorakhpur, while it chose Manish Mishra, son of former IAS officer J N Mishra, for the Phulpur seat.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, while Phulpur MP Kehsav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Congress state president Raj Babbar confirmed the candidature of both nominees.

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US intelligence chiefs say Russia still meddling, threatening 2018 elections

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

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WASHINGTON — Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare to “degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances,” the nation’s top intelligence official said Tuesday.

“Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding that every facet of society is being targeted with cyber intrusions.

In strong language, Coats said Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 elections and is targeting the 2018 election cycle.

“There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful,” Coats said.

The national intelligence director’s comments come against the backdrop of continuing congressional and criminal investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Kremlin coordinated their activities with President Trump’s campaign.

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