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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Live Updates: 24% voter turnout recorded till 11 am


Bengaluru: Karnataka is all set to vote today for electing its 15th Legislative Assembly after a fortnight-long bitter campaign by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). Vote count will take place on May 15.

“Preparations have been made to conduct a free and fair polling in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies across the state amid tight security,” state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told reporters here on Saturday.

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday postponed voting in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar segment to May 28 in the voter ID cards case, and earlier countermanded polling in the city’s Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant B.N. Vijay Kumar on May 4. A single-phase polling will be held in 222 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 26 in Bengaluru from 7.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.


Here are the Live updates of Karnataka Assembly Elections: 

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 Sri Sri Ravishankar casts his vote at a polling booth in Kanakapura. #KarnatakaElections2018

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10.6% voting recorded till 9 am

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 We have!!! Have You!!! #KarnatakaElections2018

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 We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress #KarnatakaElections2018

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HD Deve Gowda casts his vote and says,  ‘We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.’

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 Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda casts his vote at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district #KarnatakaElections2018

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Due to complaints over the functioning of EVMs, voting is yet to begin at some polling stations.

 

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 Bellary: BJP's B.Sriramalu performed 'gau pooja' (cow worship) before casting his vote. He is contesting against CM Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency. #KarnatakaElections2018

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 People queue up at polling booth number 144 in Badami constituency. CM Siddaramaiah is contesting against BJP's B.Sriramulu from here. #KarnatakaElections2018

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 Voters arrive to cast their vote at booth no. 123A in Puttur.  #KarnatakaElections2018

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 BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa casts his vote in Shikarpur, Shimoga. #KarnatakaElections2018

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Voting for high voltage Karnataka polls begins.


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 Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today. I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation.

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 BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa performing puja at his residence, ahead of the assembly polls in #Karnataka. Voting to begin at 7 am.

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 Preparations in Karnataka's Kalaburagi ahead of assembly polls, voting to begin at 7 am.  #KarnatakaElections2018

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 #Karnataka: Preparations underway in Mangaluru ahead of assembly polls. Visuals of security at a polling booth in Mangaluru. #KarnatakaElections2018

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Karnataka Assembly Elections: Polling in Karna’s Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat postponed to May 28


New Delhi: The Election Commission today ordered postponement of elections to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar assembly seat in Karnataka saying there is “definite inference” to suggest that efforts were made to induce voters.

Polling in the constituency will now be held on May 28 now and counting will be on May 31. The decision comes days after nearly 10,000 voter identity cards were recovered from a flat in the constituency, leading to a slugfest between the BJP and the Congress.

Karnataka goes to polls tomorrow.




16-year-old girl raped and burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh


Sagar (MP): A 16-year-old girl died after she was allegedly raped and set ablaze in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, triggering a sharp reaction from the opposition Congress.The incident took place last evening in Jujharpur village, which falls under Khurai assembly constituency, police said.

The constituency is represented by state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who blamed pornography and “perversity” for such incidents. State Congress chief Kamal Nath described it as a brutal incident and said “the head of the state”, a reference to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was busy with national politics and the Karnataka elections.

Giving details of the incident, police said Ravi Chadhar, 28, a resident of Jujharpur village, allegedly entered the girl’s house when she was alone and sexually assaulted her.


Chadhar, who has been arrested, allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her afire when she threatened to tell her father about what had happened, said Kamal Singh Thakur, in-charge of the Bandri police station near here.

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She died immediately, Thakur said. He added that the tragedy was noticed by her younger brother who was playing outside and saw smoke billowing from the house.

“Her parents were in Bandri (around 25 km from Sagar) to attend a function. Her younger brother was playing near the house. The girl’s brother told us that he rushed back home when he saw smoke from the house. He also told us he saw the accused standing near their house,” the officer said.

Slamming the BJP, Kamal Nath said one more innocent life had become a victim of rape “…Such incidents are shameful for the state,” he said on Twitter.

“Incidents of rape and farmer suicides are on the rise in Madhya Pradesh and the head of the state is busy campaigning in Karnataka and national politics,” he added. The home minister announced financial help of Rs 2 lakh to the family members and assured them of all possible help.

“I am leaving for the residence of the girl… Perversity in society is responsible for the rise in such incidents across the country. To an extent, porn sites are responsible for such incidents. We have shut down 21 such sites and also written to the Centre to take action in this regard,” Singh said.

Singh added that the state government had enacted tough laws to award death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age and fast tracking the investigation and trial for such rape cases.

Chadhar has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).




Delhi: Woman molested by rickshaw-puller outside metro station; gets no help from police


New Delhi: A woman alleged that she was molested by a rickshaw-puller in an inebriated state outside New Delhi metro station and claimed when she dragged him to the nearest “police post”, she did not find any policeman there to assist her for 45 minutes. She also claimed that she had made a call to the New Delhi railway police station but had not got any response.

She posted about the incident on Twitter. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma replied to her on Twitter saying that the matter would be looked into. Police have registered a case in the matter and two policemen — an assistant sub-inspector and a head constable — have been suspended over the call going unanswered. Police said that the room where the woman took the rickshaw-puller to was the beat officer’s room where they take rest in between patrolling.

The woman claimed that she had deboarded at the New Delhi metro station since she had to go Paharganj. She asked the rickshaw-puller whether he would drop her to Paharganj but he demanded Rs 180, the woman claimed.


She realised that he was drunk and started walking ahead but he came behind her and started asking her to come with him. She hit him with a water bottle in her hand and with the help of locals, took him to the beat officer’s room, she said.

She said that there was no policeman present at the post and when she called in helline numbers, she was told that the force would be sent to help her but she claimed that no one came while she waited at the police post along with some locals and the accused. She also claimed that the rickshaw-puller kept mocking her and saying that no one would come to her help.

In a reply to her post, Verma wrote, “Have spoken to the complainant… An action is being taken on her complaint by the local police in Central district. With regard to the absence of staff in the police post, matter is being enquired. Strict action will be taken for the negligence.”




Supreme Court Collegium unanimously agrees on elevation of Justice KM Joseph


New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium today unanimously agreed in principle to reiterate the recommendation for the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph as a judge of the apex court, after his name was returned by the Centre.

The five-member Collegium, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, after hour-long deliberation decided that Justice Joseph’s name should be accompanied with the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court.

The Collegium, in a resolution, said there was a need for further discussion on the issue of sending other names to the Centre and deferred its meeting till May 16.


“The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [Parent High Court: Kerala] as a Judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated.

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“However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required,” the resolution said.

“In view of the aforesaid, the meeting stands deferred for being held at 4.15 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018,” it said.




ISIS suspect planned to assassinate PM Modi by sniper attack, Gujarat ATS chargesheet reveals shocking details


A charge sheet filed by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) against two ISIS terrorists, Ubaid Mirza and Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala, last month, claims that an unidentified associate of one of the two arrested men talked about assassinating Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The charge sheet against Mirza and Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala — both arrested last October — was filed before the chief judicial magistrate at Ankleshwar in Bharuch district. ATS arrested them from Ankleshwar on October 25, 2017.

The chargesheet mentions that the intention to assassinate PM Modi was expressed in a conversation on a messaging application by one Ubaid Mirza, an alleged member of ISIS. “Yeah, let’s take out Modi with a sniper rifle.” According to reports, Mirza has been arrested and files were extracted from his phone and pen drive.

ATS added that Kasim Stimberwala had resigned three weeks before he was arrested. Stimberwala was planning to flee to Jamaica to join the jihadi activities under Shaikh Abdullah Al Faisal. ATS officials have discovered a work permit in his name from September 22, 2017, to September 2019. According to reports, ATS has collected this information from suspected IS agents who have now turned informants.


As per mentioned in DNA, the chargesheet says, Mirza, on September 10, 2016, at 11:24 pm, had messaged: “Pistol buy karna ho surely….then I will try to find a contact with him (If a pistol is to be bought, I will try to find a contact with him)”. It is not clear that to whom Mirza was referring as ‘him’.

At about 11:28 pm, Mirza received a reply from a social media contact calling himself `Ferrari’: “Yeah, let’s take (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi out with a sniper rifle Insha-Allah”. When ‘Ferrari’ mentioned a Russian-made gun, Mirza promptly replied, “I want it”.

In another WhatsApp chat with Ferrari on July 26, 2016, Mirza was told that ISIS handlers had asked its modules and lone-wolf attackers in India to use machetes and big chopping knives to target people. Instead of taking the risk of buying guns and assembling explosives, one can target people, “especially foreign citizens”, using chopping knives, Ferrari told Mirza.




PM Modi arrives in Nepal for 2-day visit, to hold talks with Oli


Janakpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on a two-day state visit to Nepal during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership to build mutual trust.

Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut received Prime Minister Modi at the airport. This is the third visit of Prime Minister Modi to Nepal and the first high-level visit from India since the formation of the new Government in Nepal this year.

 

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In Janakpur, Modi will visit the 20th century Janaki temple and offer special prayers. Later, Prime Minister Modi will be accorded a civic reception by the Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City at Barhabigha ground. Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has reached Janaki temple to welcome his Indian counterpart.

Ahead of his visit, Modi said India would remain a steadfast partner of the Himalayan nation in its quest for growth and development. Describing his trip to Nepal as a reflection of his government’s commitment to “neighbourhood first” policy, Modi had said the Himalayan nation has entered a new era and India would continue to support it.




Another ‘gem’ from Tripura CM Biplab Deb: Rabindranath Tagore returned Nobel Prize in protest against British


Newly-elected Tripura CM Biplab Deb is in the news for all the wrong reasons, again! In a video being circulated on social media, the 46-year-old chief minister is seen telling his audience that “Rabindranath Tagore returned his Nobel Prize in protest against the British.”

Deb made these remarks at a function in Udaipur to mark birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore did receive the Nobel Prize for poetry in 1913. He, however, had denied Knighthood in protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre in 1919, reported NDTV.

This is not the first instance of Deb making ludicrous statements as he had said that internet existed during Mahabharata’s time. Then he questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as Miss World in 1997, saying she was “not an Indian beauty like Aishwarya Rai”. However, he later apologised.

The Chief Minister also stated that mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services, but civil engineers should. It looks like that Deb needs to be told by BJP’s high command to not make this kind of weird and bizarre statements as it is bringing bad publicity to the party and Deb should focus on governing and developing Tripura.

 




Canadian Sikh minister Navdeep Bains asked to take off turban at US airport


Toronto: A Canadian cabinet minister says he was subject to a discriminatory security check at Detroit’s airport that caused Canada to complain to US government officials.  Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said yesterday that he was asked to remove his turban at Detroit Metro Airport on his way back to Canada last year.

He says there were challenges with the swab machine and he was recalled from the gate and brought back to security where he was asked to take the turban off. He says when they realised who he was they allowed him to travel and not take it off. Bain says he complained to Canada’s foreign minister who then complained to US officials. He says US officials expressed regret and apologised and he’s accepted the apology.




Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Congress accuses BJP candidate B Sreeramulu of bribery charges


New Delhi: In a huge embarrassment to the BJP, just 48 hours before polling in Karnataka, a video of a sting operation surfaced in Bengaluru in which the party’s Bellary MP B Sreeramulu is seen talking about Rs 160 crore he had paid as bribe to a Supreme Court judge in a mining case. He is purportedly talking to the judge’s son-in-law in the tape. (The Free Press Journal cannot vouch the authenticity of the video.)

BJP President Amit Shah dismissed the tape as “yet another fake video” when asked about it at a press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday, just before the close of campaign.

At a press conference, the Congress alleged that the video shot in 2010 showed Sriramulu and four “middlemen” discussing “bribe deals” with then chief justice KG Balakrishnan’s son-in-law Sriranjan in a case involving the Obulapuram Mining Company owned by Janardhana Reddy.


 
It will be recalled that the illegal mining activities were stopped by the High Court. Later, in May 2010, the aforesaid judge allegedly passed a favourable order.

Though an 8-year old incident, the disclosure has come as a massive blow to the BJP since Sreeramulu is also a candidate in the Assembly elections and a Deputy CM aspirant. A close associate of what is known in Karnataka as the “Reddy-Yeddy Gang,” Sreeramulu already has three cases pending against him.

The Congress was quick to tweet, asking the people of Karnataka: “Would you want to hand over keys to such a Chowkidar Modi who has given tickets to such crooks?” Incidentally, the then Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan had passed the favourable order on the last day of his tenure. He retired on May 12, 2010.

His son-in-law, purportedly seen in the video, denied the charge as “purely political” soon after Amit Shah asked the media not to believe the video. In reply to a question, he said the BJP has nothing to do with Bellary’s controversial mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, asserting that his word is final. Shah was responding to Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa’s claim that Reddy was helping the party.





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