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odisha panchayat polls: voters find names missing from list


by: pti | jajpur | published:february 13, 2017 9:16 pm image for representational purposes.though the first phase of panchayat elections in jajpur district remained by and large peaceful, many voters who had voters’ identity cards were seen returning disappointed after not finding their names on the voters’ list. “i have exercised my franchise in every election for the last 25 years. i am surprised that my name is not on the list today,” said lata samal of kumari under dharmasala block in the district. samal said she went from both to booth to find out her name on the voters’ list, but was unsuccessful.watch what else is making newslike samal, a number of voters across the block were seen returning home without casting their votes because their names did not feature on the voters’ list at






publication of exit polls violation of election laws: election commission


new delhi: the election commission today took cognizance of reports on conduct of exit polls by an organisation and its publication by a daily, saying it is in violation of poll laws as assembly polls are still on. a commission spokesperson said resource development international had carried out the exit poll and the publication of its results by a hindi daily is in "clear violation of section 126 a and b of the representation of the people act and wilful disobedience of lawful directions of the ec under section 188 of the indian penal code." he said report have been sought from the chief electoral officer, uttar pradesh on the issue. using powers under the representation of the people act, the poll panel bans exit polls to ensure that its results do not influence voters. so far, assembly






polls show french far-right marine le pen winning election first round, but losi


by: reuters | paris | published:february 9, 2017 9:07 am far-right leader presidential candidate marine le pen (file p o) far-right leader marine le pen looks set to win the first round of france’s presidential election in april, according to a new survey issued on thursday, with other polls indicating she will lose the runoff to centrist emmanuel macron. harris interactive said a poll of voting intentions for the april 23 first round indicated that le pen, who heads the anti-immigrant and anti-eu national front, would get 24 percent, with macron taking 21 percent.watch what else is making news:francois fillon, a conservative who was favourite to win election only two weeks ago but has seen his paign damaged by scandal, trailed on 19 percent. only the top two candidates go through to the






punjab polls: aap to deploy 15,000 volunteers with spy eras


chandigarh: aap aadmi party (aap), which is eyeing to wrest power in punjab, will deploy 15,000 volunteers equipped with spy eras outside the polling stations in the state tomorrow to keep a "close watch on distribution of liquor or cash to lure voters". besides, aap's national convenor and delhi chief minister arvind kejriwal will stay put here to keep a "tab" on the polling so as to "check any illegal activity" during the high-stakes embly election. "we will deploy 15,000 volunteers outside the polling stations in the state. they will be equipped with spy eras, on hole eras and key chain eras to keep a check on any illegal activity going on to influence voters," a party leader said today. "they will check whether any voter is being "induced by liquor or cash by political opponents", he






mns rewards wives of men who targeted ae dil hai mushkil with bmc poll tickets


remember the time when director karan johar’s ‘ae dil hai mushkil’ was set to hit the screens in october 2016? there was a huge hue and cry over the release of the movie which featured pakistani actor fawad khan. it was then that the maharashtra navnirman sena (mns) workers tried to barge into mumbai’s metro cinema to protest against the diwali release. four months later, wives of two mns members, who were arrested, have been given tickets from the party to contest the brihanmumbai municipal corporation (bmc) polls. wife of mns divisional president shekhar gawhane, priti gawhane, is the party candidate for ward 222 (dhobi talav, chandanwadi). shekhar was among the 12 mns members who were arrested in october.also, wife of another mns worker sachin gangawane who was also among the 12 members






poll panel using ‘rath’ to educate voters in maharashtra


by: pti | mumbai | published:february 4, 2017 7:28 pmin a bid to raise voter awareness and encourage people to exercise their franchise, maharashtra state election commission (sec) has come out with a float that is traversing across the city in run up to the polls to brihanmumbai municipal corporation (bmc). an official from sec said the “rath” is aimed at encouraging voters to come out in large numbers on february 21, the polling day for bmc, as well as to increase general voter awareness.watch what else is making newsthe ‘rath’, built by j j school of arts, was part of the republic day parade at shivaji park in central mumbai. “there are many ways through which the sec is trying to create voter awareness and this is one of them. the unique design of the float and its bright colours attr






gujarat polls: 37% women in 4.48 lakh first-time voters


written by avinash nair | ahmedabad | published:february 4, 2017 5:55 am people queue up to cast votes in the panchmahals on tuesday. bhupendra ranadespite more women being added to the electoral rolls in gujarat, females form only 37 percent of 4.48 lakh first-time voters in 18-19 age bracket. these first-time voters were among the 11.34 lakh voters who have been enrolled by the election commission during the last four months.compared to 2.81 lakh male voters, only 1.66 lakh females were added in the 18-19 age group, as per the “final roll 2017” published by the election commission (ec) in january 2017. though this takes the total number of first-time voters to 8.18 lakh in gujarat, the disparity between female and their male counterparts seem to be worrisome when compared to other age






up elections 2017: up polls: critical phase as yadav belt votes today | uttarakh


lucknow: the third phase of the up assembly polls on sunday is in the home turf of sp's supremos. it is in this part of central up, which includes mainpuri and kannauj, that the sp has traditionally done best and if it is to have any hope of continuing in office come march 11, it must win the bulk of the 69 seats in this phase. five years ago, in 2012, it won 55 seats leaving just 14 for the rest. with a vote share of 34.1%, it was comfortably ahead of its main rival bsp's 26.6%. the bjp and congress were far behind — both under 15% — despite the presence of large urban areas like lucknow and kanpur in the mix. however, by 2014, the situation changed dramatically as it had in the rest of the state. the bjp's vote share was up from 14.3% to 42.9% and not surprisingly it led in 52 of the 69






64% turnout in phase-1 of up polls amid stray incidents of violence


lucknow: an estimated 64 per cent voter turnout was witnessed today in the first of the seven-phased uttar pradesh polls which passed off peacefully in 73 assembly constituencies, barring some stray incidents of violence. chief electoral officer t venkatesh said at some places, there were reports of election slips being snatched, leading to pelting of stones and clashes. the turn out was estimated at around 64 per cent till the close of polling, he told a news conference here at the end of polling. the first phase witnessed a three per cent rise in voter turnout as in the same phase in 2012, covering these assembly constituencies, it was 61 per cent. etah recorded 73 per cent turnout, muzaffarnagar 65 pc, bulandshahr 64 pc, noida 60 pc and ghaziabad 57 pc, he said. a total of 2.60 crore v






around 2,600 kg drugs seized during punjab polls: election commission


new delhi: with drug menace being one of the major poll issues in punjab, around 2,598 kgs of drugs and other narcotics valued at rs 18.26 crore were seized in the state which went to polls on urday, the election commission said. talking to reporters here, deputy election commissioner sandeep saxena said that 12.43 lakh litres of liquor valued at rs 13.34 crore was also seized since the announcement of polls on january 4. "cash of rs 58.02 crore was seized by police and other authorities. out of this, rs 31.68 crore was released after verification and rs 25.19 crore was handed over to the income tax department," saxena said. apart from that, around 164 kg of gold and 26.5 kg of silver worth rs 26.04 crore was also seized, the election commission said. it added that around 55 cases of paid






assembly elections 2017: state assembly elections latest news, polls dates, live


14 feb, 2017, 06:05pm ist82 candidates have declared serious criminal cases, including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.






odisha panchayat elections 2017: polling date, counting of votes, and results


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 14, 2017 11:17 am the timing of polling is 7 am to 12:00 pm. (representational photo)the three-tier panchayat polls in odisha began monday amid cases of poll violence reported in different parts of the state. the state is scheduled to hold the panchayat elections in five phases between february 13 and february 21. the timing of polling is 7 am to 12:00 pm. on polling days, counting of votes starts from 1 pm till the completion. the first phase polling was held in 188 zilla parishad seats spread over 65 blocks in 29 districts where 716 candidates contested.gram panchayat elections in state of odisha in year 2017:panchayat election posts:sarpanch, panch, ward members, zila parishad members and otherstotal number of seats:the state electio






bsp helped bjp by diverting votes in 2014 polls: akhilesh


pilibhit (up): in a searing attack on bsp, uttar pradesh chief minister akhilesh yadav today claimed the party led by mayawati had diverted its votes in favour of bjp in the 2014 lok sabha polls as he cautioned the people against voting for his rival parties. "bsp could not get even a single seat in the last lok sabha elections (and) when the matter was looked into in depth it was found that on many seats bsp had got its votes transferred in favour of the bjp," he claimed addressing an election meeting in favour of his party nominees here. "the bsp chief (mayawati) has formed government three times with bjp in the past and this time round too they are looking for such a possibility (if required) and so their leader is out to mislead the people, especially muslims, so as to divide their vo






55% of voters approve of trump's travel ban, poll shows


more voters approve of president trump's controversial executive order on immigration than they do of nearly any other of his orders, a new poll out wednesday found. more than half (55%) of registered voters said they approve of the order — which bars people from seven muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the u.s. — while only 38% said they disapprove, the latest morning consult/politico poll found. that would represent the highest rating found in a morning consult/politico poll for any of the executive orders trump has signed so far. the high mark ties the 55% who said in a morning consult/ politico poll that they supported trump's executive order last month to revoke federal government funding for so-called "sanctuary cities."trump says u.s. won't be safe and secure






maharashtra sec bars opinion and exit polls from feb 14-21


by: pti | mumbai | published:february 14, 2017 2:41 amthe state election commission (sec) today said opinion and exit polls for the 10 municipal corporations and 25 zilla parishads (zp) in maharashtra have been barred from february 14 to 21. state election commissioner j s saharia said political parties and candidates will not be able to issue advertisements in print and electronic media after the campaign period ends.watch what else is in the newssimilarly from february 14 midnight to february 21 opinion and exit polls are being prohibited from being telecast, saharia added.the first phase of zp polls is on february 16, while the second phase is on february 21.polling for the ten municipal corporations will take place on february 21.






bjp, shiv sena will join hands after civic polls, says raj thackeray


by: express news service | pune | updated: february 17, 2017 4:36 am raj thackeray (file photo)attacking the bjp and shiv sena, mns chief raj thackeray said on thursday that it is just a matter of time when the bjp and shiv sena will come together to share power. he said, “this would happen soon after the elections”. “the bjp and shiv sena have been contesting elections separately since assembly elections. they make serious allegations against each other but join hands to share power. they are merely fooling the public,” thackeray said at a public rally.watch what else is making news:the two parties in power at state and the centre do not have any good work to showcase, he said, adding, the voters do not have anything to do with the fight between the two parties but they do it to gain att






55% of voters approve of trump's travel ban, poll shows


more voters approve of president trump's controversial executive order on immigration than they do of nearly any other of his orders, a new poll out wednesday found. more than half (55%) of registered voters said they approve of the order — which bars people from seven muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the u.s. — while only 38% said they disapprove, the latest morning consult/politico poll found. that would represent the highest rating found in a morning consult/politico poll for any of the executive orders trump has signed so far. the high mark ties the 55% who said in a morning consult/ politico poll that they supported trump's executive order last month to revoke federal government funding for so-called "sanctuary cities."trump says u.s. won't be safe and secure






will not participate in delhi gurdwara polls: aam aadmi party


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 15, 2017 8:26 pm the aam aadmi party today said it will not take part in the delhi sikh gurdwara management committee (dsgmc) polls directly or indirectly.the aam aadmi party today said it will not take part in the delhi sikh gurdwara management committee (dsgmc) polls directly or indirectly. stating that a gurdwara was not a place for politics, aap said other political parties should also not be allowed to take part in the february 26 dsgmc polls.watch what else is making news“sikhs are authorised by law to choose the management of gurdwaras in delhi. we are of the clear view that gurdwaras are not places for politics and are rather places of worship. gurdwaras do not belong to the akalis, congress or any other political party.“we think it is only






voters in ecuador choosing between change, continuity


quito, ecuador –  ecuadoreans are choosing sunday between a candidate who vows to continue president rafael correa's populist platform or one of several more conservative contenders who pledge to attack corruption and cut taxes to stimulate the andean nation's flagging economy.polls suggest it will be a tight election, with no candidate likely to garner enough votes to win the first round. but a third of voters until recently were undecided amid low-energy campaigning as the charismatic correa prepares to retire from politics.polling places opened without incident sunday morning.the outcome will be watched closely in latin america, where conservative leaders in argentina, brazil and peru have assumed power in the past 18 months after the end of a commodities boom that boosted leftists like






there’s a very simple reason democrats probably won’t filibuster gorsuch: polls


president trump’s supreme court nominee neil gorsuch will likely be confirmed to the high court since republicans control the senate and democrats may want to hold their powder until the next court opening. but, americans’ initial positive reactions to his nomination are another reason for gorsuch -- and trump -- to be optimistic about his confirmation chances.in several polls conducted this month, gorsuch received net positive ratings for his approval. he had a +13 point net approval rating among americans in a gallup poll, the same as in a cnn/orc poll and a cbs news poll. in a quinnipiac poll, gorsuch received a +20 point net approval of his confirmation among registered voters.approval of gorsuch’s pick clearly outpaces trump’s popularity overall, which continues to languish in negativ






no whiff of bjp in air, let alone a storm: akhilesh yadav hits back at narendra


bijnor: "no whiff of bjp in air, let alone a storm," uttar pradesh chief minister akhilesh yadav today said as he hit back at prime minister narendra modi for his jibe at the samajwadi party-congress alliance for the state embly polls. during an election rally in aligarh on sunday, pm modi had remarked that the bjp "storm" had forced chief minister yadav to desperately seek the help of anything, "even a pole", to retain power. addressing a rally here, akhilesh hit out at modi, saying, "not a whiff of bjp is to be seen in the air, they are talking about a wave." training guns against arch-rival bsp, he cautioned the minority community voters against voting for the mayawati-led party, which he said has thrice formed government in the state with support of bjp. on tie-up with congress, he sa






panchayat polls: 73% turnout in phase-ii, pm modi thanks odisha for backing bjp


written by debabrata mohanty | bhubaneswar | published:february 16, 2017 2:12 am over 73 per cent polling was reported in the second phase. the final results will be declared on february 23.prime minister narendra modi on wednesday thanked the people of odisha for their support to the bjp in the ongoing panchayat polls with the party continuing to fare well in the second phase of the elections, winning over a third of the zilla parishad seats that went to the polls.“our opposition parties are spreading a lot of lies, but they should now know that their lies won’t work any more. bjp was weak in odisha and very few leaders were voted to parliament from the state. but bjp got an unprecedented support in the panchayat polls for which i express my heartfelt gratitude to the people of odisha,”






how drugs are used to woo voters in india’s punjab


addicts using heroin in jalandhar. while inducing voters with household appliances, alcohol or cash is widespread in some parts, candidates in punjab woo addicts with free drugs.gurdaspur, india: opium addict rajendar usually has to beg, steal or borrow to get his fix but at election season in india’s punjab province, a packet is delivered to his home in a bid to win his vote.“like all addicts, i love elections and wish we had them every month,” the 38-year-old says with a twinkle in his eye.“it’s the easiest time to get hold of what you need and everyone gets what they want. normally we have to go out and find a dealer but at election time it gets delivered to your home for free.”rajendar, a farm labourer who is married with two children, is one of tens of thousands of addicts in punjab w






liquor trade picks up in panchayat poll bound odisha


by: pti | kendrapara | published:february 20, 2017 2:19 pmdemonetisation, announced on november 8, 2016, by prime minister narendra modi might have hit the liquor trade hard in odisha but the sales in the recent times have shot up, thanks to the ongoing panchayat polls in the state. the liquor trade had taken a severe beating following the scrapping of high value rs 500 and rs 1000 currency notes but the sale has gone up in the recent times in kendrapara and jagatsinghpur districts since panchayat poll process was set in motion on february 1.watch what else is making news“sales had dipped after november 8 announcement but it has gone up by at least five times now. we used to sell liquor worth rs 40,000 to rs 50,000 a day but now, due to polls, it touches rs 2 lakh a day.“this rise is cert






punjab polls: punjab embly polls: the complete fact sheet | punjab elections 201


1. embly seats there are a total of 117 embly seats up for grabs. of this, 83 seats are open to general candidates, while 34 are reserved for scheduled castes. 2. electorate the state has 1.9 crore registered eligible voters, of which 1.05 crore are men and 94 lakh are women. the 2012 embly polls witnessed a 78 per cent voter turnout. 3. candidates there are 1,145 candidates contesting the elections this year. however, there are only 81 female candidates, just 7 per cent of the total. there is one candidate from the third gender. 4. the contest party wise, the congress has fielded the highest number of candidates. congress: 116 aam aadmi party: 112 sad: 94 bjp: 23 bsp: 110 5. big fightslambisad boss and punjab chief minister parkash singh badal faces former congress cm and patiala roy






up voters want solar power, reveals survey


kolkata: with uttar pradesh going to polls on february 11, 2017, a survey commissioned by 8minutes future energy ltd has revealed a growing preference for solar power among voters in the state. according to the digital survey conducted recently in ociation with indiaspend and fourthlion, 87% of voters in up would opt for solar energy if it helped improve air quality and reduce pollution. further, 8minutes also released a report prepared by equitorials, a financial analysis firm. it highlighted that uttar pradesh will only achieve about 28% (510 mw) of its target of installing 1.8 gw of solar power by march 2017. therefore, given its current power deficit, there is a clear need for the state to ramp up its solar power capacity addition to meet its power requirement and its renewable energy






over 2 crore people to cast votes in 67 seats


about 2.28 crore voters will exercise their franchise during the second phase of polling in uttar pradesh on february 15. of 2.28 crore voters, 1.23 crore are males. a total of 720 candidates are in the fray in 67 assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts.of the 67 seats, the samajwadi party to fight on 34, mayawati-led bahujan samaj party (bsp) 17, and the bharatiya janata party on 10 and the congress on four.polling will take place in sambhal, moradabad, rampur, bareilly, amroha, pilibhit, lakhimpur kheri, shahjahanpur, bijnore, saharanpur and budayun districts.you may also likethe maximum number of 28 candidates are in kaanth constituency and the least (5) in ghanaura. the staggered battle to pick a 403-seat uttar pradesh assembly began on february 11 when 73 constituencies wen






delhi bjp workers burn effigies of aap government


by: pti | new delhi | updated: february 15, 2017 4:43 pm new delhi: bjp workers burn effigy of delhi cm arvind kejriwal at vikas marg in new delhi. (pti photo)with the mcd polls a couple of months away, delhi bjp workers on wednesday staged protests across the city and burnt effigies of the arvind kejriwal-led aap government. calling the delhi government “inefficient and corrupt”, the bjp men accused it of “failing” to honour the promises made to the people. following the appointment of manoj tiwari as its president in december 2016, the delhi bjp is focusing on slums, unauthorised colonies and rural parts of the city, while blaming the aap government for “neglecting the needs and problems” of the people living there.watch what else is making news“the protests and effigy-burning programme






le pen kicks off paign, promises french ‘freedom’


opinion polls see the 48-year old daughter of national front (fn) founder jean-marie le pen topping the first roundlyon, france: france’s far-right party leader marine le pen kicked off her presidential paign on urday, hoping promises to shield voters from globali ion boost her chances at a time of french political turmoil.opinion polls see the 48-year old daughter of national front (fn) founder jean-marie le pen topping the first round on april 23 but then losing the may 7 run-off to a mainstream candidate.but in the most unpredictable election race france has known in decades, the fn hopes a two-day rally in lyon, where le pen is spelling out her electoral platform, will help convince voters to back her.in 144 “commitments”, le pen proposes leaving the eurozone, taxes on the job contract






hbo's 'silicon valley' returns april 23rd


hbo's tech-industry ire silicon valley will return for its fourth season on april 24th. despite its usual lead-in game of thrones likely getting a late start on its seventh season, pied piper & co. are returning in their usual spring window. we don't have any details on what they're getting up to over the next ten episodes or even a teaser trailer, but we did get a quick visit with some of the cast members via instagram.






uttar pradesh elections 2017 live updates, pm narendra modi addresses a rally in


to woo voters ahead of assembly polls in the state, prime minister narendra modi is addressing a political rally in kannauj area of  uttar pradesh.here are the live updates:1: 39 pm: i would like to thank people of odisha for their unprecedented support during panchayat elections: pm modi1: 37 pm: bjp was never strong in odisha but the results of the local-level polls show the support for bjp is increasing across the state: pm modi1: 35 pm: what our isro scientists have achieved today will ensure that their names will be written in golden letters forever: pm modi in kannaujearlier during his rally in lakhimpur kheri, pm modi asserted that people of uttar pradesh have proved through the first phase of polling held on february 11 that no matter how many alliance you form, your sins will neve






voters set to return to polls for run-off in april


jakarta: jakartans are expected to return to the polls on april 19 to vote in a showdown between the polarising incumbent, basuki "ahok" tjahaja purnama, and former education minister anies baswedan after neither candidate won a majority in wednesday's vote between three gubernatorial candidates.the official result will not be known until early march but according to quick count results, which have proven accurate in the past, ahok was narrowly leading anies with 43 per cent of the vote after a peaceful polling day. jakarta's governor basuki "ahok" tjahaja purnama casts his ballot on wednesday. photo: jefri tariganthe embattled ahok, who is fighting blasphemy charges that could see him jailed for up to five years, told his supporters the fight was not over yet."three to four months ago the






voters set to return to polls for run-off in april


jakarta: jakartans are expected to return to the polls on april 19 to vote in a showdown between the polarising incumbent, basuki "ahok" tjahaja purnama, and former education minister anies baswedan after neither candidate won a majority in wednesday's vote between three gubernatorial candidates.the official result will not be known until early march but according to quick count results, which have proven accurate in the past, ahok was narrowly leading anies with 43 per cent of the vote after a peaceful polling day. jakarta's governor basuki "ahok" tjahaja purnama casts his ballot on wednesday. photo: jefri tariganthe embattled ahok, who is fighting blasphemy charges that could see him jailed for up to five years, told his supporters the fight was not over yet."three to four months ago the






eyeing mcd polls aam aadmi party to raise demonetisation issue


by: pti | new delhi | updated: february 13, 2017 5:20 pm aap’s delhi convenor dilip pandey claimed that cash crunch has returned after the polling in western uttar pradesh seats. (file photo)aam aadmi party mlas will fan out across the markets of delhi from friday with the poser – how much black money has demonetisation managed to unearth. aap’s plan to hit the streets, following a brief hiatus after the polls in punjab and goa, is being seen as primarily aimed at the upcoming mcd polls. in a press conference here, the party’s delhi convenor dilip pandey claimed that cash crunch has returned after the polling in western uttar pradesh seats.watch what else is making news“the ghost of note ban is back to haunt people. cash crunch is back and atms are empty. modiji misled parliament and the






maharashtra civic polls campaign ends, spotlight on sena-bjp fight


by: pti | mumbai | published:february 19, 2017 7:06 pmthe gruelling campaign for civic polls in mumbai and nine other cities across maharashtra ended this evening, with the bjp shiv sena rift casting a shadow over the stability of the devendra fadnavis government. dubbed as a mini assembly election, over 1.94 crore voters across the state are entitled to exercise their franchise to choose representatives for 10 city corporations on february 21. on the same day 11 zilla parishads will go to the polls in the second phase. the first phase of the polls in 15 zilla parishads was held on february 16.watch what else is making newsthe electioneering assumed an unusually shrill pitch in the final phases largely due to the acrimony between bjp and shiv sena, fighting the civic polls separately for






support to maharashtra government temporary: shiv sena


mumbai: the shiv sena today said its support to the bjp-led government in maharashtra was "temporary" in nature and that the future of chief minister devednra fadnavis "remains uncertain". the fresh attack on the chief minister came a day ahead of the crucial civic polls, campaign for which was marred by mudslinging by the state's ruling coalition partners. "the chief minister is going around giving assurances about mumbai everyday at a time when his chair depends on the support of the sena. his own future remains uncertain, yet he wants to change the future of mumbai. he should not forget that temporary support has been given by sena only to let maharashtra remain stable," an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'saamana' said. it said the fact that the chief minister is being forced to "be






mehbooba govt ‘thrusting’ panchayat polls on people: j&k congress


by: pti | srinagar | published:february 5, 2017 8:38 pmjammu and kashmir pradesh congress committee today accused the state government of “thrusting” the panchayat elections on the people and claimed “it would cost” chief minister mehbooba mufti “dearly” as the time is not yet right for the polls. “you are thrusting the panchayat polls on the people. we warn you (mehbooba) that it will cost you dearly and the consequences will be grave for you,” state congress chief g a mir said.watch what else is making newshe was referring to state rural development and panchayati raj minister abdul haq’s statement last week that the panchayat polls in the state would be held in march and preparations were on for the same.addressing a day-long convention of congress workers at sher-i-kashmir internation






punjab assembly election winner may hold civic polls in advance


written by anju agnihotri chaba | jalandhar | published:february 18, 2017 1:53 amtalks about holding corporation elections have begun as the new government may go for these polls a couple of months in advance. election to the municipal corporations of jalandhar, ludhiana, patiala, bathinda and amritsar are due in august and these five are the big and older civic bodies of punjab. earlier, sad-bjp, congress and bsp used to contest civic polls.watch what else is making news:this time, new entrant aam adami party will also be in the fray. sources said some parties have already begun the process of identifying candidates for the corporation elections. in 2012, though the civic polls were held in may, the newly elected councillors were sworn in only after completion of the five-year tenure of






americans are more split on the trump travel ban than you might think


president trump's travel ban, which is currently on hold because of a decision by the 9th circuit court of appeals, is at the heart of a roaring debate about what kind of country we have — and what kind of country we want. it has set off huge protests and scads of legal challenges. and yet, the public at large remains relatively evenly divided on the ban (but don't call it a ban).national polls using random telephone samples have found support for the proposal ranging from 42 to 47 percent with slight majorities opposed (51 to 55 percent); trump has cited web and automated polls that show support cresting in the mid-50s, though those polls rely on less rigorous samples of the public.the varying levels of support should not surprise regular poll watchers given the complicated policy details






bjp continues good show in odisha panchayat polls


written by debabrata mohanty | bhubaneswar | published:february 20, 2017 2:52 am bjp has so far got a majority in malkangiri, mayurbhanj, kalahandi, deogarh, subarnapur, sambalpur, bargarh and bolangir zilla parishads.bjp continued its stellar run in the odisha panchayat polls by claiming a majority in at least 8 of the 30 districts, while the ruling bjd got a comfortable majority in 13 districts, at the end of the fourth phase of the polls sunday. bjp won 63 zilla parishad seats on sunday, taking its tally to 259 seats. bjd has so far won 374 seats, a major slide from its tally in the 2012 panchayat polls. congress has so far won in only 48 zilla parishad seats, its worst-ever performance ever in the panchayat elections in the state.watch what else is making news:bjp has so far got a ma