Amethi And …? Rahul Gandhi To Contest 2nd Seat From South, Say Sources

Rahul Gandhi is contesting Lok Sabha election from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi (File)

New Delhi: For the first time ever, Rahul Gandhi will contest a second seat from south India apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has decided, according to sources. That seat could be from Kerala, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu.
The decision emerged hours after the Congress Working Committee, the party's top policy-making body that includes top leaders like former prime minister Manmohan Singh, met for discussions. There is already buzz about Wayanad in Kerala.
Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest in the south, along with his traditional Amethi seat, follows requests from various state units, said sources.
It will help Congress prospects in that region, party leaders feel.
Even DMK leader MK Stalin had requested for RG to contest in Tamil Nadu.
BJP's Smriti Irani had said that Amethi drove Rahul Gandhi away.
The BJP has scoffed at the Congress chief's plans, interpreting it as ..


Samajwadi Party Lawmaker Disowns Brother-In-Law For Joining BJP

Dharmendra Yadav's brother-in-law Anujesh Pratap Singh Yadav joined the BJP on Sunday in Agra.

Lucknow: A day after his brother-in-law joined the BJP, Samajwadi Party's Badaun MP Dharmendra Yadav on Monday said his name should not be linked with him as he cannot have any relation with anyone from BJP.
Dharmendra Yadav's brother-in-law Anujesh Pratap Singh Yadav joined the BJP on Sunday in Agra.
Reacting to the development, Dharmendra Yadav, said, “I have come to know that Anujesh joined the BJP. The media has presented him as my brother-in-law in their reports.”
“I want to clarify that I cannot have any relation with any BJP leader, so I do not have any relation with Anujesh. I request the media not to report him as my relative,” the third-term lawmaker said in a statement.

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“Only Time Will Tell”: Delhi BJP Chief After Meeting Sapna Chaudhary

Sapna Chaudhary shared pictures w Manoj Tiwari on social media

New Delhi: Politics seems to be the new stage for actor, singer and former Bigg Boss star Sapna Choudhary. A day after hitting headlines over a photo with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and denying speculation of her joining the Congress, Sapna Chaudhary was seen with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari in pictures on social media today.
“Yes, I met Sapna yesterday. In her press conference, she clearly said that she hasn't joined the Congress and she won't be campaigning for the party,” Mr Tiwari told news agency ANI. “We want to make Narendra Modi ji the Prime Minister again. I will be happy if Sapna Chaudhary campaigns for the BJP in future,” Mr Tiwari added.
The BJP leader accused the Congress of using the Haryana performer's picture without her consent. “Congress has used her old pictures to spread the news that she has joined the party and will contest from Mathura. She is the biggest superstar and Congress has stooped..


Ravichandran Ashwin Tweets Request To PM Modi In IPL Season

R Ashwin urged voters to exercise their voting rights in the April-May national election (File)

New Delhi: Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow cricketers playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) to cast their votes wherever they are playing matches.
The format of the lucrative league requires players to play in numerous Indian cities. On the other hand, voting rules mandate that a voter can only exercise voting right in the city of residence.
R Ashwin urged voters to exercise their voting rights in the April-May national election.
“Ashwin first tweeted and urged the people to cast their votes and choose their rightful leader. His tweet reads, “Always thought voting is the fulcrum of our democracy and I definitely would like to urge the entire country, each and every one of you from every nook and corner of our country to vote and choose their rightful leader,” he tweeted.
“I would also like to request you Narendra Modi sir to enable every c..


HAL Rolls Out 16th Light Combat Aircraft Tejas; Meets Target

Production of the Tejas fighter began in 2014 with a capacity of eight aircraft per annum.

Bengaluru: State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Monday said it has rolled out its 16th Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fighter in the initial operational clearance (IOC) configuration to be inducted into the fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF).
“We have produced 16th LCA as per the target till March 31. The customer flights are expected to be completed by the end of March,” city-based HAL said in a statement.
The defence behemoth has an order from IAF for 40 LCAs (16 each in IOC and final operational clearance (FOC) configuration and eight trainers).
The Tejas aircraft was inducted into the IAF squadron 'Flying Daggers' on July 1, 2016.
In February, HAL received drawings and documents related to FOC with limited clearance for Tejas from military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA).
“The first a..


Jaganmohan Reddy Is Chandrashekar Rao’s Slave, Says Chandrababu Naidu

KCR has pulled down our hard earned properties in Telangana, said Chandrababu Naidu.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday fired a fresh salvo at YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy, accusing him of being a slave to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) as he is afraid of him.
“Mr Jagan is afraid of KCR and his son KTR (KT Rama Rao) and he is acting as a slave to them. Mr Jagan knows only how to loot and does not know how to earn. Mr Jagan is building graveyards for the people of Andhra just to save himself,” Mr Naidu said in a teleconference with TDP leaders and booth conveners.
Attacking KCR, Mr Naidu said: “KCR has pulled down our hard earned properties in Telangana. Now, they are conspiring to pull down the properties we are building in ''Navya Andhra''. We have to save our own properties with self-respect.”
He accused the KCR of attempting to install an inefficient government in the state.
“If YSRCP is voted ..


More Paper Trail Machine Slips Must Be Counted, Top Court Tells Poll Body

VVPAT machines are used to check the functionality of the Electronic Voting machines.

New Delhi: The count of slips for VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail Audit) machines used has to be increased for the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Supreme Court told the Election Commission today. Asking why the Commission did not increase the number or VVPATs for counting and tallying it with EVM on its own, the court asked it to explain within three days what difficulties it was facing in this regard.
“We want you to increase the counting of VVPAT slips. Right now, you are counting only one VVPAT in one polling station. On your own, can you increase this number,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.
Explaining that one VVPAT is used for counting in each assembly segment, the Commission said, “We have adequate reasons to believe our system is working fine. Even then we want to improve”.
“No institution, including the judiciary should insulate itself from suggestions,” said Chief Justice Gogoi..


Poll Panel Should Not Allow Defaulters To Contest Polls: Bank Body

The AIBEA also said that loan defaulters should be made ineligible to hold any public office.

Chennai: Terming the political parties' assurance in their manifestos to waive off education loans as undesirable, an apex banking body has urged the Election Commission to get an undertaking from poll candidates that they are not bank loan defaulters.
A top official of the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) asked the poll panel to notify that bank loan defaulters are ineligible to contest the ensuing elections.
The AIBEA also said that loan defaulters should be made ineligible to hold any public office.
The union plans to file a public interest litigation (PIL) to declare that job reservation rules will become applicable for all public sector promoted companies.
“Any loan waiver is not desirable as it will give a wrong signal to the borrowers,” CH Venkatachalam, AIBEA General Secretary, told IANS on Monday.
“But when the economy is not doing well and corporate loans are..


Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Ban On Roadshows During Polls

The petition said roadshows cause damage to the environment.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.
“We are not inclined to entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepka Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.
Mr Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC's instructions and cause damage to the environment.

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“Visited Mathura 250 Times”: BJP’s Hema Malini Says Not An Outsider

Lok Sabha Election 2019: Hema Malini will contest against RLD's Kunwar Narendra Singh from Mathura

New Delhi: Hema Malini, named again as the BJP's candidate from the holy town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh for next month's national election, dismissed as “absolute rubbish” any talk about her being an outsider. “I am a Gopi of Lord Krishna,” the 70-year-old veteran film star and danseuse told NDTV after filing her papers for the April-May polls.
For a while as the BJP tried to finalise its candidates, Hema Malini's name was discussed for a different seat. Reports said local BJP leaders were against the re-nomination of Hema Malini. She says the objections were from “rival ticket-seekers” or others in the BJP angling to contest in Mathura.
This morning, she prayed at a well-known temple in Mathura, along with chief minister Yogi Adityanath, before filing her nomination and launching her campaign.
“I have visited Mathura over 250 times,” she said, asserting that she ha..