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Election Commission announces poll dates for 4 states, 1 UT

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Election Commission of IndiaNew Delhi: The Election Commission of India today announced the Schedule for the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

The terms of the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry are normally due to expire as follows:

Tamil Nadu 22 May 2016

West Bengal 29 May 2016

Kerala 31 May 2016

Puducherry 02 June 2016

Assam 05 June 2016

As per the established practice, the Election Commission holds the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the States whose terms expire around the same time, together.

By virtue of its powers, duties and functions under Article 324 read with Article 172(1) of the Constitution of India and Section 15 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, the Commission is required to hold elections to constitute the new Legislative Assemblies in the States of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry before expiry of their present terms.

The total number of Assembly Constituencies in the States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry and seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, as determined by the Delimitation Commission under the Delimitation Act, 2002, are as under:

State      Total seats   Reserved for SC     Reserved for ST

Kerala          140               4                                 02

Tamil Nadu    234              44                               02

West Bengal  294              68                               16

Puducherry      30              05                                —

Assam*          126             08                               16


(*In Assam, territorial determination of Assembly Constituencies is as per Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 1976)

3 states, 3 days — PM sets off to Assam, AP and Odisha

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pm2New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today begin his three-day visit to the states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha where he is expected to participate in various events like inauguration of petrochem projects, adressing tea estate workers, attending an Annual conference at Sibasagar, inaugurating South Asian games, gracing the maritime exhibition, temple visit, NISER opening and oil refinery unit commencement.

PM Modi tweeted today that he would be making his presence felt in numerous events which are scheduled during his visit to the three states of AP, Assam and Odisha. PM tweeted — Will join several programmes in Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha during my 3 day visit to these states.

The schedule of events have all been detailed out. In Dibrugarh , the Prime Minister would be inaugurating the first ever petrochemical project in the Northeast, and India’s biggest wax producing unit, which has been developed using indigenous technology. The project would give fillip to PM’s pet tag line — Make in India, as technology for the project has been home-grown and minds have met together on the drawing board to carve out the production unit based on technology rising out of Indian think-soil.

PM Modi shared his schedule of events via tweets. He tweeted further — Looking forward to addressing tea workers at Moran and attending 85th Annual Conference of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha at Sibsagar.

Additionally, PM Modi would be inaugurating the much awaited 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati. This event is expected to unite atheletes from all SAARC countries, and would extend a carpet for mutual strengthening of people-to-people ties between the closely placed nations. On this regard, PM tweeted — I welcome all athletes from SAARC nations who are participating in the games.

Tomorrow, a major event has been outlined which would witness Prime Minister’s presence and give the opportunity of showcasing achievements and future plans in an exhibition, which would find the attention of PM’s views, as an opportunity to present the works in front of Prime Minister of the country awaits in Andhra Pradesh, which is — the maritime exhibition in Vizak, as PM is scheduled to attend International Fleet Review and maritime exhibition in Visakhapatnam.

Day 3 would bring the Prime Minister to Bhubaneswar, where, on February 7, PM would dedicate to the nation — the National Institute of Science Education and Research campus. PM Modi, while in Odisha, would also visit Jagannath Temple in Puri. Proceeding to Paradip, the Prime Minister would be dedicating to the nation — the state of the art Indian Oil Refinery at Paradip.

On Dimapur lynching

Jamsheed Rizwani

dimapur lynchingIn a report to the central government, the Nagaland government has ruled out rape.The person who was lynched by a mob which pulled him out of the Dimapur jail was therefore innocent of rape….. What caused the violent lynching seems to be the effect of simmering animosity by the local people against immigrants from other states and particularly against illegal Bengali migrants from Bangladesh, Bengalis from West Bengal, Nepalis, and other immigrants from Assam or elsewhere who in their eyes are taking over their own homeland.

The lynching was therefore caused by a deep-rooted feeling of being outnumbered by non-indigenous immigrants. Yet, Nagaland is still one of the states of the Indian Union. The different Naga tribes are generally very hospitable and have acquired a cosmopolitain vision of the world. I must therefore say that much needs to done to cement the unity of the states and of the people.

Racism and prejudices against outsiders still irrigate the frustrated minds of those who seek a place under the sun. “Outsiders are buying out our land”; “they are taking away our jobs” are frequent remarks we hear. Xenophobia still runs deep in our country – the occasional attacks targeting people from the North-East in Delhi and other metro cities are a reminder to the Central and state governments that they need to take a closer look at what is important to maintain the cohesion of the Union.

An Indian citizen should be free to live, worship, and work in any nook and corner of the Union. It is also for us lambda citizens to fight against prejudices, the government can’t do everything. Saluting the Indian tricolor and standing up when the national anthem is placed only have meaning when each of us have the same sense of belonging to the same nation….. Nationhood is something which needs to be worked on constantly at every single moment and on every occasion….. Only when we have done away with our prejudices against other Indians, can we justly say we have something to be proud of….. WE ARE INDIANS! JAI HIND!

Fake Indian currency, porous international borders and smuggling menace

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Feb 8: Most of the fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in circulation in India is being smuggled into the country through the porous international borders. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed serious concern and asked the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to take the lead role in curtailing the menace of FICN. Addressing the ‘Passing Out Parade’ of Assistant Commandants of SSB at Srinagar in Uttarakhand Friday, Singh said the SSB is at the vanguard of porous International Borders through which most of the FICN is now being smuggled into the country. The Home Mnister asked the SSB to remain vigilant on the presence of fundamentalist and anti-India forces in the areas in vicinity of the borders. He noted that the SSB is actively guarding India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders and despite being ‘open borders’ there has been peace on both the fronts. The Union Home Minister also lauded the role of SSB in anti-insurgency operations against the armed separatist National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam. He said that the SSB has almost destroyed the backbone of the NDFB. Singh said the SSB should also think of operating FM radio channels in the border areas so that the Prime Minister’s ‘Man Ki Baat’ programme could also be heard in the remote locations. he also suggested that the SSB can open India Cultural Centres in border districts to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders. SSB was founded in 1963 to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders and the force has been successful in its mission, Singh observed. //