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Explained: Procedure of counting votes in Presidential polls
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
The counting of votes in the Presidential election takes place under the supervision of the Returning Officer. The invalid votes, ones which are not cast in the prescribed format, are removed first. The ballot box of the Parliament House is opened first, while those of the states follow next, in an alphabetical order. There are total eight rounds of counting.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 11:14 am on 20 Jul
Nagaland CM wins vote of confidence in Assembly
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang won the vote of confidence in the state assembly on Friday, garnering the support of 47 out of 59 MLAs. Zeliang was re-appointed the CM after former CM Shurhozelie Liezietsu was sacked for not appearing for the floor test. Zeliang was the CM before Liezietsu, but was forced to resign after a protest by tribals.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 03:06 pm on 21 Jul
BSP chief Mayawati's resignation from Rajya Sabha accepted
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati's resignation was accepted on Thursday by Hamid Ansari, the Chairman of the House. She had resigned from the House on Tuesday saying she "wasn't allowed" to speak on the Dalit issue. It was after Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien reminded her of the three-minute-limit as she spoke during the Zero Hour.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 02:25 pm on 20 Jul
Counting of votes for electing India's 14th President begins
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
The counting of votes for electing India's 14th President began at 11am under the supervision of the Returning Officer. The invalid votes, ones which are not cast in the prescribed format, will be removed first. The ballot box of the Parliament House will be the first to be opened, while those of the states will follow next, in alphabetical order.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 11:11 am on 20 Jul
Kovind leading with over 4 lakh votes in Presidential polls
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
In the ongoing counting of votes in the Presidential elections, NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind is leading the polls with more than twice the value of votes secured by Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kovind has 1,389 votes with a value of 4,79,585, while Meira has 576 votes with a value of 2,04,594. The counting has been completed for 11 states.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 02:40 pm on 20 Jul
AIADMK MLAs fight to occupy chair next to CM Palanisamy
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
A fight broke out between AIADMK minister Udumalai Radhakrishnan and Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman to sit on the chair next to Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy at a public event in Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister was forced to intervene and separate the two, asking Jayaraman to sit on a different chair amid shouts from the supporters in the crowd.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 12:40 pm on 23 Jul
Indira Gandhi a towering personality: Pranab during farewell
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee in his farewell speech on Sunday remembered Indira Gandhi, calling her a towering personality. He also mentioned an incident when on being asked about her gains after the Emergency, she replied, "In those 21 months we comprehensively managed to alienate all sections of people". "Nobody after that asked a question about Emergency", he said.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 12:22 pm on 24 Jul
It's like any other day for me: Prez candidate Meira Kumar
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
The Congress-led Opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar said that it is like any other day for her, on being asked about her feeling before the results are announced. She said that she fought the elections with “great belief and confidence”. She further thanked "all the party members who got together and unanimously decided to name [her]".
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:31 pm on 20 Jul
Ambika Soni to step down as Congress' General Secretary
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Congress leader Ambika Soni on Friday announced that she is stepping down as the party's General Secretary in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, citing poor health as the reason. However, she will continue as the Member of Parliament for Congress in Rajya Sabha, and will also serve her additional responsibilities in the two states till new appointments are made.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 11:46 pm on 21 Jul
Prez Kovind has the anti-Ambedkar thinking of BJP: Mayawati
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday said that President Ramnath Kovind has shown that "he has the anti-Ambedkar thinking of the BJP" by not paying tribute to BR Ambedkar's statue in the Parliament premises. Adding that Kovind should have laid flowers of reverence on Ambedkar's statue, she said Kovind became the President because of Ambedkar.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 08:34 am on 26 Jul
Congress sacked me 24hrs ago, I'm a free bird now: Ex-Guj CM
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday said that he was expelled from Congress party a day before his birthday. During his birthday rally, Vaghela said, "I am not a bonded labourer in any party, I am a free bird now." Calling himself a victim of intra-party conspiracy, Vaghela said he will not be joining the rival BJP.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:41 pm on 21 Jul
FIR against ex-Delhi Minister Tomar in fake degree case
short by Parmeet Kaur / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Bihar's Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University on Thursday lodged an FIR, against former Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, over his fake law degree. The FIR was filed about four months after the university cancelled Tomar's degree. An enquiry held by the university in 2016 had found that Tomar had fraudulently procured a law degree from the university.
short by Parmeet Kaur / 10:54 pm on 21 Jul
Mamata to start 'BJP Bharat Chhodo' programme from Aug 9
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) would launch the 'BJP Bharat Chhodo' (BJP Quit India) Movement on August 9. "We are residing in India at a time when we do not know whether we have our democracy or not," she said while addressing the Martyr's Day rally, commemorating the 1993 Kolkata firing.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 07:15 pm on 21 Jul
No direct runway access for Lalu, Rabri at Patna airport
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
The Aviation Ministry has issued an order withdrawing the direct runway access given to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi at the Patna airport, according to reports. The privilege was reportedly withdrawn owing to the fact that neither of the two leaders hold any constitutional post at present.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 09:30 am on 24 Jul
Centre blames Mamata Banerjee for Darjeeling unrest
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
The Central government on Friday blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the unrest related to demands for separate state 'Gorkhaland' in Darjeeling. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, "There must be peace. If the quiet hills have been set on fire, then the reason is the Chief Minister's attitude and her handling of the issue."
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 07:09 pm on 21 Jul
Separatists have no respect for Indian Constitution: Swamy
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Reacting to the recent arrest of several separatist leaders, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, "The separatists don't abide by our Constitution. The separatists should have been arrested much before." He added, "We should book the separatists according to the law." Notably, separatist leader Shabir Shah was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday night on charges of terror funding.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 01:07 pm on 26 Jul
MLA's assets grow 2,406% in 5 yrs, calls it misunderstanding
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A Mizoram Congress MLA showed an increase of 2,406% in his assets after being the MLA for five years. In 2008, Lalrobiaka had shown his movable and immovable assets at ₹5.81 lakh, while in 2013, he showed his assets at ₹1.4 crore. The legislator called it a 'misunderstanding', saying he didn't include details of his ₹1 crore residence in 2008.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:25 pm on 21 Jul
Jethmalani quits as Kejriwal's Counsel, seeks ₹2 crore dues
short by Mishika Bangia / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Senior Lawyer Ram Jethmalani has quit as Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Counsel in defamation cases filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asking Kejriwal to settle his dues over ₹2 crore. It came after Kejriwal denied of having instructed Jethmalani to use objectionable remarks against Jaitley during court proceedings in May. Jethmalani said Kejriwal had used more offensive language against Jaitley.
short by Mishika Bangia / 10:57 am on 26 Jul
Samajwadi Party MP links Hindu Gods' names with alcohol
short by Radhika Chugh / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
While speaking in the Rajya Sabha about cow vigilantism, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal linked the names of Hindu Gods with alcohol, following which Rajya Sabha members raised slogans demanding an apology from him. Ordering that the statement be removed from records, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said Agrawal should not have made these "derogatory" remarks.
short by Radhika Chugh / 09:20 pm on 19 Jul
Report Sunanda Pushkar case status in 3 days: HC to police
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
The Delhi High Court has asked the police to submit the status report in the Sunanda Pushkar death case within three days. The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, seeking CBI enquiry into the case. Swamy alleged that a "lot of evidence was destroyed" in the case.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:37 pm on 20 Jul
No separate VVIP lanes at toll plazas: UP govt
short by Mishika Bangia / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
The UP government has revoked its decision to provide separate VVIP lanes at toll plazas for MPs and MLAs stuck in traffic jams. Additional Chief Secretary Sadakant issued letters to all magistrates "modifying" an advisory dated July 13 that ensured separate VVIP lanes, which he said, "raised a number of questions". All existing facilities will benefit all citizens, he added.
short by Mishika Bangia / 11:23 am on 25 Jul
2 AAP MLAs cross voted for Kovind in Delhi Assembly
short by Parmeet Kaur / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
In addition to four BJP MLAs, two AAP MLAs from the 70-member Delhi Vidhan Sabha also voted for the NDA backed presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who won the polls on Thursday. Prior to the polls, AAP had announced support to the opposition's candidate Meira Kumar. The two MLAs who cross-voted are suspected to be among the few suspended legislators.
short by Parmeet Kaur / 03:01 pm on 21 Jul
Financial year may soon begin from January: Jaitley
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the financial year may soon begin from January in sync with the calendar year. "The matter of changing financial year is under consideration of the government," he told the Lok Sabha. In May, Madhya Pradesh became India's first state to shift its financial year format to January-December from the present April-March cycle.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 08:27 pm on 21 Jul
Mayawati's resignation from RS may not be accepted: Reports
short by Radhika Chugh / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
BSP chief Mayawati's resignation as Rajya Sabha MP may not be accepted since it does not follow the prescribed format, according to reports. Mayawati has cited not being allowed to speak about Dalit atrocities in the Rajya Sabha as the reason for her resignation. However, parliamentary procedure dictates that a parliamentarian cannot cite a motive or reason for resigning.
short by Radhika Chugh / 02:25 pm on 19 Jul
BJP to launch separate cell for young women in Delhi
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi plans to launch a separate cell for young women between the age group of 18 to 25 years for the first time, according to reports. The independent 'Yuvti Prakoshth' (Young Women's Cell) will focus on those females who stay at home and are not politically active due to different reasons, the reports added.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 11:00 pm on 19 Jul
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