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New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Chief Election Commissioner O.P Rawat said some political parties have raised the issue of  malfunctioning  of  EVMs and demanded that ballot papers should be used in all future elections including the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The Opposition, led by the Congress, reiterated their stand that voters doubted the genuineness of EVMs and the issue to be sorted out.Congress leader  Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “Transparency in election process is important to secure democracy, to make the election process secure, EVMs were introduced but this should come along a transparent process as 30% of the VVPATs that are to be used should be cross-checked.”

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Chief Election Commissioner O.P Rawat said, ” Some political parties have said that there are problems with EVMs and VVPATs. These things have been noted down by the Commission.”

“All political parties were very positive and constructive in suggesting ways and means to further improve the integrity of elections. The Commission will take all the suggestions, examine and whatever needs to be done to improve the delivery of elections will be done,CEC said.

“Some of the parties said going back to ballot is bad as it would bring back booth capturing,” Chief Election Commissioner added.

“In MP, 60 lakh electoral rolls were duplicates or invalid entries. Similarly in Rajasthan 45 lakh duplicate/fake voters’ have been found. If this is the case in just 2 states, one can imagine the scenario in the whole country,” Singhvi said.

Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) patron Sharad Yadav on Monday urged the Election Commission to clarify doubts regarding electronic voting machines (EVM) and demanded that elections should be held on ballot paper.

“There are doubts over the EVMs in the minds of the people. And despite the Supreme Court order of May 2017, the Commission has not fulfilled its promise over VVPATs,” Yadav told the media here.

He said people might not take part in elections fearing that EVMs were faulty. “Which is very dangerous. The elections should be held through ballot paper.”

Yadav pointed out that many developed countries were using paper ballot.

In all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik has demanded that 2019 Lok Sabha elections should be conducted through Ballot papers  and TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said there is a  consensus among political parties on the said issue.

AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik said, ” Ballot papers should be used in 2019 Lok Sabha polls  as it was adopted by other major democracies to help restore the credibility of the electoral process”.

Coming out in support of Congress ,TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said, “The use of ballot papers is important for fair and impartial elections. We want to make it clear that we do not consider EVMs as tamper proof.”

Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha said , ” If the poll panel is bent on conducting elections through electronic voting machines then preparation must be done to implement 100% VVPAT machines  and the paper trail verification  should be there in 20 % booths.

Upset with the current situation with more parties joining the Congress party chorus for  restoration of the old system of conducting elections through ballot papers to replace the electronic voting machines, BJP leader and Union Health Minister J P Nadda  said, ” Congress is unable to see the future , VVpat is of good use  and it should be used in future but Congress must remember that UPA government was formed through EVMs.

BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said, ” Election must be conducted through ballot papers.”

Chadha added that many developed nations in the West gave up EVMs to conduct elections by paper ballot as they believed EVMs were vulnerable to tampering.

“We hope that the Election Commission would take cognizance of the matter and would appropriately respond to our plea,” he said.

 

 

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Corona testing reaches 8K per million, nearly 63% cured

“The cumulative number of samples tested as of now is 1,15,87,153. As a result of these efforts, the testing per million for India is presently 8,396.4,” the Ministry said.

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New Delhi, July 12 : As India on Sunday recorded 8.5 lakh coronavirus cases, the testing per million crossed 8,000 figure with 62.93 per cent patients recovering from the disease, a positive sign amid pandemic.

Focussed and coordinated steps taken in tandem by the Centre along with the states and the Union Territories (UTs) through a ”whole of government” approach, bolstered by effective clinical management of COVID-19 after early detection and timely diagnosis, led to a consistent increase in the recovered cases, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In the last 24 hours, the Ministry, however, said a total of 19,235 people were cured of COVID-19. This has resulted in the cumulative total number of recovered cases rising to 5,34,620 on Sunday.

“The recovery rate has presently improved to 62.93 per cent,” the Ministry said.

As more people are recovering due to all-round efforts, the recovered cases exceed active cases by 2,42,362, it said, adding medical attention is being provided to all the 2,92,258 active cases.

The present health infrastructure dedicated to providing medical attention to the COVID affected includes 1,370 Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH), 3,062 Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC), and 10,334 COVID Care Centres (CCC).

For the successful operation of these facilities, the Centre has so far provided 122.36 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, 223.33 lakh N95 masks, and 21,685 ventilators to various states and UTs and central institutions.

Enabling factors like removing all impediments for COVID-19 testing and facilitation of widespread testing by states and UTs continues to result in a steady rise in the samples tested every day and during the last 24 hours 2,80,151 samples have been tested, it said.

“The cumulative number of samples tested as of now is 1,15,87,153. As a result of these efforts, the testing per million for India is presently 8,396.4,” the Ministry said.

A crucial supporting factor in progressive rise in testing numbers is continuous expansion of the country-wide diagnostic lab network, which as on date comprises 850 labs in the government sector and 344 private labs, totalling 1,194 labs.

Of the total 1,194 labs, 624 are Real-Time RT-PCR based testing labs that include 388 government and 236 private. A total of 472 TrueNat based testing labs are there in the country which include 427 government and 45 private. The CBNAAT based testing labs are 98 — 35 government and 63 private.

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NTPC wins prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2019

NTPC has also initiated Contractors’ Labour Information Management System (CLIMS) through which payment to contract labourers is paid on the last day of the month at project sites.

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Delhi, 12 JUL 2020 : NTPC Ltd, a central PSU under Ministeybof Power and India’s largest power generation company, has won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category. Also, the company has received Commendation for Significant Achievement in category of CSR.

NTPC always strives for sustainable development of its communities around the power stations. Its flagship CSR program GEM (Girl Empowerment Mission), a 4 weeks residential program has been institutionalized in the vicinity of its power stations for benefit of school going girls from underprivileged background to support in their overall development.

NTPC has also initiated Contractors’ Labour Information Management System (CLIMS) through which payment to contract labourers is paid on the last day of the month at project sites.

CII-ITC Sustainability Awards recognize and reward excellence in sustainability practices. It is considered to be the most credible platform for sustainability recognition in the country.

With a total installed capacity of 62110 MW, NTPC Group has 70 Power stations comprising of 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle Gas/Liquid Fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV Power Stations.

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India leading successful fight against COVID-19: HM Amit Shah

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New Delhi, July 12 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said India was leading a successful fight in managing the coronavirus pandemic at a time when health services of most countries were collapsing.

The Home Minister said that the whole world was concerned about how India – a huge densely populated country with a federal structure – would fight this pandemic, but today “the most successful fight against this pandemic has been fought in India.”

“We are on a strong pedestal in the fight against COVID-19 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the motto ‘One People, One Thought, One Nation’,” Shah said while launching the Central Armed Police Forces’ (CAPFs) nationwide tree plantation drive in Gurugram which has set a target of planting 1.37 crore saplings.

Shah said only governments are fighting this pandemic across the world, but here in India, 130 crore people besides state governments are united in fighting this threat. His remarks came when the country recorded 28,637 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total tally to 8,49,553 while the death toll from the disease climbed to 22,674.

In this fight, Shah said our CAPFs are playing a very important role whether it be markets, railway stations, whenever state governments have sought support in managing crowded places or the local police have sought the support of our security forces in enforcing the lockdown.

Mentioning that we should harness natural resources and not exploit them, Shah said this balance has been disturbed today due to consumerism and as a result we are facing the challenges of climate change and global warming. He said several programmes are being run on environmental protection but only tree plantation can check pollution and save the earth.

Shah said Prime Minister Modi while participating in the Paris World Environment Summit had cautioned the world against over exploitation of nature and the world accepted his formula in the Paris declaration on tackling climate change. Shah pointed out that various programmes of the government of India such as eight crore free cylinders to rural households are also environment friendly.

“I commend the brave CAPF jawans and applaud them for not only protecting and securing the nation but also having undertaken this massive campaign to plant more than one crore saplings of long lasting trees,” he said.

On the occasion Shah planted a sapling of the ‘peepal’ tree.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, DGs of the seven CAPFs and senior officials were also present. To mark the plantation drive, more than 10 lakh saplings are being planted at various locations of the CAPF throughout the length and breadth of the country.

These saplings are being planted by the CAPF personnel by contributing voluntary labour. Till June 30 this year more than 20 lakh saplings have been planted by all CAPFs across different regions of the country.

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