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MCD polls: Congress constitutes screening committee under Anand Sharma

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New Delhi, March 29: With Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls just around the corner, the Congress Party on Wednesday constituted a screening committee for the elections.

Congress leader Anand Sharma will be the chairman of the committee, while Randeep Surjewala and Manicka Tagore will be the members.

Reportedly, Congress is ready to grab its lost sheen in the capital with this MCD election. Congress has decided to bring its popular leaders from neighbouring states to campaign for the party.

The party has announced that Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will hold rallies in Delhi. Singh will attend a public reception in west Delhi on March 30.

As per HT report, leaders from Rajasthan, Haryana and UP will also join to campaign for Congress. A senior party functionary said Punjab’s finance minister Manpreet Badal, Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Hooda, Sachin Pilot from Rajasthan and former MP and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar will campaign for party candidates in different municipal wards.

He also said Haryana leader Ajay Sharma, who was All India Congress Committee (AICC) coordinator and campaign in charge during Punjab assembly elections, is appointed as the incharge for Delhi municipal polls. Sharma, along with Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmishta Mukherjee, will prepare the schedule for the regional leaders’ rallies.

However the schedule for the rallies is yet to be worked out.

Earlier Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said, “If the party wins, it will make the municipal corporations self-reliant in two years and develop Delhi as the cleanest and most beautiful city in the world.”

He also said the top priority will be payment of dues, including Rs 1,563 crore arrears to sanitation workers and regularisation of temporary staff.

MCD polls will be held on April 23. The poll panel has already started sending requisitions to various departments of Central and state governments including civic bodies to spare their employees for the same.

The counting of the votes will be held on April 26.

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Tripura Election 2018: Around 79% turnout in Tripura Assembly polls: CEO

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Over 78 per cent of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters had cast their votes on Sunday in a peaceful manner to elect a new Assembly, said state chief electoral officer Sriram Taranikanti.

However, he said that the polling percentage might go up as huge numbers of voters were still in queues at 10 p.m. on Sunday night in around 100 of the 3,174 polling stations across the state.

“Over 78.56 per cent of the 2,536,589 voters in Tripura had cast their votes. The polling percentage will go up when the final figures come after completion of the remaining around 100 polling stations,” Taranikanti told the media.

He said that 191 (6 per cent) VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) and 89 (5 per cent) EVM (Electronic Voting Machines) malfunctioned causing delay in balloting.

“We have decided to conduct re-poll in a polling station under Karamchara assembly constituency even as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) demanded re-polling in some polling stations,” Taranikanti said adding that there is no incident during the polling throughout the state.

In a separate media briefing, the BJP demanded a re-poll in eight polling stations and the CPI-M demanded re-poll in three polling stations.

Ruling Left Front convenor Bijan Dhar alleged that at least five election agents of Left Front candidates were injured and shifted to hospitals when workers of BJP and its electoral ally IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) attacked on them in different places of Tripura.

“Forward Bloc candidate Biswanath Saha and some women were injured when the central para-military forces carried out a baton charge in two separate places in western Tripura,” he said, demanding action against the attackers.

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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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