Polity

Panchayat by-elections in Rajasthan postponed

The Rajasthan State Election Commission has postponed by-elections to 11 panchayat samitis and one zila parishad scheduled for October 27, while citing “practical difficulties” in holding the polls even after the nominations were filed by the candidates. The political parties were looking forward to the bypolls which were very close …

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Modi steps in as CBI begins to probe its own leadership

Modi steps in as CBI begins to probe its own leadership

As the Central Bureau of Investigation’s second-in-command Rakesh Asthana was embroiled in a bribery case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval swung into damage control, asking CBI Director Alok Verma to ensure the government’s image was not tarnished. Mr. Verma briefed the Prime Minister on Sunday …

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Low turnout again in J&K civic polls

In phase two, Kashmir Valley records just 3.4% polling as against the 78.6% registered by Jammu’ The Kashmir Valley recorded a turnout of just 3.4% in the second phase of the urban local body elections in the State on Wednesday in contrast with the Jammu region’s 78.6%, taking the average …

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Sabarimala review pleas take dissenting judge’s line

Justice Indu Malhotra had warned that permitting PIL pleas in religious matters would throw open the floodgates to ‘interlopers’ Justice Indu Malhotra’s rationale that courts should not allow “interlopers” to file PIL pleas challenging religious practices is a common thread in the review petitions filed in the Supreme Court on …

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Kargil, Leh witness good turnout

National Conference says it’s a superimposed election; BJP claims victory of democracy In contrast with the scene in Kashmir, voters queued up outside polling booths in large numbers in Kargil and Leh towns in Ladakh, with 78.2% and 55.2% casting their vote, respectively, in the first phase of the urban …

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Just 8.3% polling for local bodies in Kashmir Valley

Overall turnoutis 56.7%, sayspoll official Jammu and Kashmir recorded 56.7% turnout on Monday in the first phase of urban local bodies elections for 321 wards, with just 8.3 % voters turning up in districts in Kashmir. Polling remained peaceful as no major incident of violence was reported in any designated …

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Three petitions challenge Sabarimala ruling in SC

They claim original PIL plea was filed by non-believers Three separate petitions on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its September 28 judgment allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple.‘Reform’ does not mean rendering a religious practice out of existence on the basis of a PIL …

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EC sets month-long poll schedule for 5 States

The Election Commission on Saturday announced that the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana will be held from November 12 to December 7. The results for all the five States will be declared on December 11. The model code of conduct came into effect in four …

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HP governor advocates separate ministry for Himalayan states

‘Separate ministry for Himalayan States’ A separate ministry should be created at the Centre to resolve the common issues of the Himalayan States as the problems of this region are different from those faced in the plains, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat said on Friday.PTI Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/hp-governor-advocates-separate-ministry-for-himalayan-states/article25140172.ece

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Ethics panel debates checks and balances

MPs discuss ‘declaration of interest’ Parliamentarians are deliberating on having checks and balances while making their personal information public. In a meeting of the Rajya Sabha’s Parliamentary Committee on Ethics (PCE), members on Thursday discussed amending Rule 293 of the Rajya Sabha’s procedures, which makes the “declaration of interest” by …

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