Connect with us

National

Bengal bypolls: Polling underway in 4 Assembly seats with CAPF deployment increased

Published

on

Bengal bypolls: Polling underway in 4 Assembly seats with CAPF deployment increased

Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Polling is underway for four Assembly constituencies in West Bengal, with the Election Commission (EC) deciding to increase the deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

Although initially it was decided that a total of 55 companies of CAPF would be deployed for the bypolls for these four Assembly constituencies, however, at the last minute, the EC allotted 15 additional companies, taking the number to 70.

The maximum deployment has been at Bagda in North 24 Parganas district at 20, followed by 19 at Ranaghat- Dakshin in Nadia, 16 at Raiganj in North 24 Parganas district, and 15 at Maniktala in Kolkata.

The four Assembly constituencies have a total of 1,097 election booths, of which 142 are sensitive.

The maximum number of sensitive booths is at Ranaghat-Dakshin at 62, followed by 39 at Bagda, 21 at Maniktala and 20 at Raiganj.

In the first hour of polling, not much enthusiasm was evident among the voters in any four Assembly constituencies, a picture opposite to what was witnessed in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, when the long queues were seen in front of the polling booths since the first hour.

ALSO READ:  PM Modi holds roadshow in Mumbai with an eye on 6 LS seats

In the first hour of polling on Wednesday, there had been no report of violence or poll-related irregularities.

However, Manoj Kumar Biswas, the BJP candidate from Ranaghat-Dakshin, complained to the mediapersons that motorcycle-borne armed supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress had been intimidating voters from the constituency since Tuesday night.

“I have brought the matter to the attention of poll-related officials. I hope that the polling will be peaceful throughout the day,” Biswas said.

As per the results of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections as well as the Assembly-wise results in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, BJP was comfortably ahead at Bagda, Ranaghat-Dakshin and Raiganj, while the ruling Trinamool Congress had been marginally ahead at Maniktala.

In the case of bypolls for Raiganj, Ranaghat-Dakshin and Maniktala, it is a three-cornered contest between Trinamool Congress, BJP and the Congress-Left Front alliance.

However, in the case of Bagda, the contest is four-cornered, as both Congress and the All India Forward Bloc have fielded candidates there.

ALSO READ:  EC releases absolute numbers of voters turnout for first five phases

–IANS

src/khz

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

National

FM announces financial aid to Assam, Sikkim for flood management

Published

on

By

FM announces financial aid to Assam, Sikkim for flood management

FM announces financial aid to Assam, Sikkim for flood management

Guwahati, July 23 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech on Tuesday announced providing financial assistance for flood management and related projects in Assam and Sikkim.

While presenting her seventh straight budget in the Lok Sabha, she said that Assam grapples with floods every year from the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, originating outside India.

“We will provide assistance to Assam for flood management and related projects,” she announced.

Announcing financial assistance for Sikkim, the Finance Minister said that recently Sikkim witnessed devastating flash floods and landslides that wreaked havoc across the state.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the Union Finance Minister for proposing special assistance to the state to meet the challenges posed by recurring floods.

Reacting to the Union budget, the Chief Minister in his statement on social media said: “We are extremely grateful for the special assistance Assam will receive under this budget to help meet the challenges posed by floods.”

ALSO READ:  Apni Party leader says NC demonises investment to Kashmir as attack on identity

FM Sitharaman while presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha proposed assistance to the flood-affected states like Bihar, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim with flood management and development support, including financial backing for flood control projects.

–IANS

sc/bg

Continue Reading

National

NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

Published

on

By

NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Adopting a tough stance, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has slapped a notice on the OTT platform Netflix for allegedly showcasing adult content that is accessible by kids, on Tuesday.

NCPCR has served the notices to Netflix India Vice-President (Content) Monika Shergil and Policy Head Ambika Khurana, directing them to appear before it in person on July 29 in Delhi.

The notice was served following a complaint lodged by former journalist Uday Mahurkar of Save Culture, Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF) with the NCPCR.

As per the complaint by SCSBF, Netflix is illegally showcasing the most horrendous pornographic content on its platform, which is easily accessible to minors.

The NCPCR had already sent a letter to Netflix on June 10 to take the necessary steps and submit an Action Taken Report within 10 days, but that was not complied with.

It has pointed out that “the unrestricted accessibility of explicit content on Netflix to minors” constitutes an offence under the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 11.

ALSO READ:  PM Modi to address rally in Bihar's Darbhanga today

The relevant section states: “A person is said to commit sexual harassment upon a child when such person, with sexual intent, shows any object to a child in any form or media for pornographic purposes.”

The NCPCR has warned that failure to comply with the notice could attract legal consequences, and directed the top officials to appear before it on July 29.

–IANS

qn/pgh

Continue Reading

National

President Droupadi Murmu to visit Maharashtra on July 28

Published

on

By

President Droupadi Murmu to visit Maharashtra on July 28

President Droupadi Murmu to visit Maharashtra on July 28

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) President Droupadi Murmu will visit Maharashtra from July 28 to 30.

She will visit Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nanded and Latur during her visit.

Among various programmes, she will attend the function to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Maharashtra Legislative Council on July 29 in Mumbai.

Her programmes planned for July 28 include a visit to the Mahalaxmi temple at Kolhapur, the inauguration of the mineral water plant at Savitri Mahila Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha and the extension building of Shobhatai Kore Warana Mahila Sahakari Patsanstha (credit society).

On July 29, the President will attend the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Symbiosis International Deemed University at Pune and later attend the Centenary year function of the Maharashtra Legislative Council at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai.

On July 30, she will inaugurate the Buddha Vihar at Udgir in Latur district and visit Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib at Nanded.

On the same day, she will fly back to Delhi.

ALSO READ:  Atishi alleges 'foul play' in water leakage, urges CP to deploy cops to patrol major pipelines

–IANS

sj/dan

Continue Reading

National

Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

Published

on

By

Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also holds the Finance portfolio, and Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday at the Cabinet meeting were reportedly engaged in a war of words over the allocation of development funds.

The verbal duel between the two leaders shocked the other cabinet members as it took place in the presence of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Girish Mahajan demanded additional funds for his department for the 25/15 scheme (the projects suggested by the elected representatives under this scheme are implemented mainly in rural areas) from the Finance Department headed by Ajit Pawar.

However, Pawar got agitated and reportedly asked Mahajan, “Where will we get the money, what land parcels the government should sell now to mobilise the funds?”

Mahajan also replied to Pawar and insisted that the funds need to be mobilised for the implementation of the 25/15 scheme in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly election.

ALSO READ:  PM Modi hails defence giant Lockheed Martin's Make in India, Make for World drive

He referred to the proposal seeking the Cabinet’s approval for the allocation of crores of rupees for a monument in the Sinnar constituency in Nashik district represented by an NCP legislator.

“If your (Pawar) stand is not to spend or demand additional funds for want of money then why the money is being allocated for the Sinnar monument?” asked Mahajan.

In the recently presented state budget, Pawar announced a slew of welfare schemes worth almost Rs 1 lakh crore which has put an additional burden on the state exchequer.

The Finance Department has hinted that the state government may have to raise loans for the implementation of those schemes.

–IANS

sj/dan

Continue Reading

National

Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

Published

on

By

Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the state’s opposition has reacted to the Budget without reading it.

“We have a slew of state projects which have got the budgetary allocation of Rs 7,545 crore. Our opposition leaders reacted without reading the Budget,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He also gave a list of the projects and their allocated funds: Irrigation projects in Vidarbha Marathwada (Rs 600 crore), Maharashtra Rural Road Improvement (Rs 400 crore), Economic corridor for inclusive development (Rs 466 crore), Eco-Friendly Sustainable Agriculture Project (Rs 598 crore), Maharashtra Agriculture and Rural Transformation Project (Rs 150 crore), MUTP-3 (Rs 908 crore), Mumbai Metro (Rs 1087 crore), Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (Rs 499 crore), MMR Green Urban Mobility (Rs 150 crore), Nagpur Metro (Rs 683 crore), Nag Nadi Rejuvenation (Rs 500 crore), Pune Metro (Rs 814 crore) and Mula Mutha River Conservation (Rs 690 crore).

ALSO READ:  Apni Party leader says NC demonises investment to Kashmir as attack on identity

“When the public elects you, there is an expectation that the elected representatives should read the provisions. I see that many big announcements have been made for Maharashtra,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He added that the Union Budget is a future-oriented budget keeping in mind the youth, poor and farmers of the country.

“Many advanced countries are struggling with the economy and in such a situation, India has shown a growth of 8.2 per cent. This growth is a growth that reflects the strength of India’s economy. Social sector expenditure has doubled in 2023-24 from nearly Rs 11 lakh crore to Rs 23 lakh crore,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He said that the expenditure on the health sector has now almost doubled to Rs 5.85 lakh crore against Rs 2.5 lakh crore in 2017-18.

“Through this budget, an investment of Rs 11 lakh crore will be made for infrastructure. The Centre has brought two schemes for the states, interest-free loans of Rs 1.5 lakh crore for 50 years and 15 years,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

ALSO READ:  EC releases absolute numbers of voters turnout for first five phases

He said that also, a big announcement has been made regarding the new pension scheme.

“As in the state, we have made some rules along with all the employee unions. The Central government is also working along the same lines. This budget has been presented with an eye on the future and not just raining slogans,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

–IANS

sj/dan

Continue Reading

Trending