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Election Updates from UP and Odisha

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Hemant Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 26th February 2022

UP election 5th phase: 61 Assembly seats up for a fight

Tomorrow UP will go to the polls in the 5th phase of its Assembly elections, covering 61 constituencies, mainly located in the eastern part of the state, over 61 seats across 12 districts, the main constituencies include Pratapgarh, Prayagraj, Ayodhya,  Amethi,  Chitrakoot Rae Bareli, Gonda, and Sultanpur.

There are 692 candidates in the election fight, in the 5th phase.
Among those contesting the elections are UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is contesting from Sirathu assembly segment, Congress party legislative leader Aradhana Mishra, independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya from Kunda seat, and UP cabinet ministers Siddharth Nath Singh from Allahabad West, Nand Gopal Gupta Nadi from Allahabad South and Raj

The campaign for the fifth phase ended at 6 pm on Friday, State’s Chief Election Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said.
The voting will start at 7 am and end at 6 pm and the remaining two phases will take place on March 3 and March 7 while the counting of votes will be held on March 10.

Odisha Panchayat polls: BJP in lead

State Election Commission (SEC) officials said counting for 315 Zilla Parishad Zone seats began at 8 a.m. on Saturday under strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. Trends are currently available for 299 Zilla Parishad seats with BJD leading in 249 seats, BJP in 32, and Congress in 13, they said.

As per early trends in Odisha Panchayat polls, the ruling Biju Janata Dal was leading in 249 Zilla Parishad Zone seats, while BJP candidates were leading in 30 and the Congress in 13, election officials said. Meanwhile, the counting of votes for 315 Zilla Parishad Zone seats began on Saturday at 8 am in various block headquarters under strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, election officials said.

Trends are available for 299 Zilla Parishad seats with BJD ahead in 249 seats, BJP in 32, Congress in 13, on the other hand, the counting of the remaining 307 Zilla Parishad zone seats will take place on February 27 and the 229 Zilla Parishad zone seats on February 29.

If discrepancies are found between the ballot paper account prepared by the presiding officer and the actual ballot paper in the ballot box, the actual ballot paper will be considered, and the counting will be carried out accordingly, SEC secretary R N Sahu said.

The counting of votes will be done from Saturday, for 3 days and the polling was held in five different phases on the 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, and 24th of February. Overall voter turnout this time was 78.6 per cent, slightly higher than the 78.03 percent in 2017.

According to Sahu, the counting is done strictly following COVID-19 guidelines, and CCTV cameras are installed in counting halls. Each counting table has one counting supervisor, two counting assistants, and one fourth class employee… 

 After the ballot papers have been sorted by colour, the 50 bundles of ballot papers are being counted. It was reported that 2.2 lakh candidates contested the elections, but 36,523 ward members, 126 sarpanches, 326 panchayat members, and one Zilla Parishad member were declared uncontested winners by the SEC.

Stay tuned for more upcoming poll news.

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25 Hindu Pakistani Refugees living in Rajkot to vote in Gujarat elections for the first time.

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Amna Lakdawala, 25th November 2022, Mumbai Uncensored:

25 Hindu refugees who had left Pakistan because of religious persecution were granted citizenship by India in August, and they can now vote, thanks to the Central Government!

A precious possession was presented upon the 37-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Sunil Dev Maheshwari, in August: Indian citizenship. He is now qualified to vote in Gujarat’s next assembly elections, which will take place next month. After receiving citizenship in Rajkot, Sunil and 24 other Hindu refugees from Pakistan will cast their first votes in an election in India.

“I have lived in this nation since my parents and I arrived in Gujarat in 2009 after fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan. The best day of our lives was August 12, when 25 Hindu Pakistani immigrants were given full Indian citizenship in Rajkot. We are pleased that we will be allowed to vote this time because we have received an Aadhaar card as well as other Indian credentials”, the man remarked.

Sunil is a marketing executive for a local private company that resides in a rental home in Rajkot’s Bhagwatipara neighbourhood. In 2014, he wed a Hindu refugee from Pakistan; they have two children. “Now that we are citizens of India, no one can refer to us as Pakistanis because we are no more foreigners. We are quite happy to be Indian”, he continued.

Approximately 500 Pakistani Hindu immigrants are reportedly residing in Rajkot and waiting to be given Indian citizenship, according to sources. 25 Pakistani migrants, the majority of whom were Hindus, received citizenship from the minister of state for the home, Harsh Sanghavi, in Rajkot in August. As per sources, many refugee families waited 16 years for citizenship and will now participate in the largest democracy in the world by casting their votes.

Before any of this, the central government changed the Citizenship Act, enabling Pakistani minorities to become citizens of India.

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पीएम नरेंद्र मोदी ने यूपी के बुंदेलखंड एक्सप्रेसवे का किया उद्घाटन

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Nazneen Yakub, Mumbai Uncensored, 16th July 2022:

उत्तर प्रदेश के 296 किलोमीटर लम्बे बुंदेलखंड एक्सप्रेसवे का प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने उद्घाटन किया। बुंदेलखंड एक्सप्रेसवे के उद्घाटन के दौरान वहां मौजूद यूपी के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ इसके साथ ही यूपी के उपमुख्यमंत्री केशव प्रसाद मौर्य और ब्रजेश पाठक भी मौजूद रहें।

प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने उद्घाटन करते समय यह कहा कि बुंदेलखंड एक्सप्रेसवे से चित्रकूट से दिल्ली की दूरी तो 3-4 घंटे कम हुई ही है, लेकिन इसका लाभ इससे भी कहीं ज्यादा है। ये एक्सप्रेसवे यहां सिर्फ वाहनों को गति नहीं देगा, बल्कि ये पूरे बुंदेलखंड की औद्योगिक प्रगति को गति देगा। हम कोई भी फैसला लें, निर्णय लें, नीति बनाएं, इसके पीछे सबसे बड़ी सोच यही होनी चाहिए कि इससे देश का विकास और तेज होगा। हर वो बात जिससे देश को नुकसान होता है, देश का विकास प्रभावित होता है, उसे हमें दूर रखना है।

बता दें कि बुंदेलखंड एक्सप्रेसवे में करीब 14,850 करोड़ रुपए की लागत लगी हैं। यह एक्सप्रेसवे इटावा, औरैया, जालौन, महोबा, बांदा, और हमीरपुर जिले को कवर करेगा, चित्रकूट जिले के भरतकूप क्षेत्र के पास गोंडा गांव में समाप्त होगा। यह एक्सप्रेसवे चित्रकूट को लखनऊ-आगरा एक्सप्रेसवे से जुड़ेगा।

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List of world leaders with whom PM Modi held bilateral talks at the G7 Summit

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Megh Shah, Mumbai Uncensored, 12th July 2022:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi as always, had a busy schedule when he landed in Germany for the G7 Summit. As per the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, the PM held a total of 6 bilateral meetings in addition to the interactions between him and all leaders present at the Summit. The list includes:-                                                                                                       
  • Meeting with – Mr. Alberto Fernandez (President of Argentina)                  

Issues discussed – Cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, climate action, renewable energy, nuclear medicine, pharmaceuticals, electric mobility, defence cooperation, agriculture, food security, traditional medicine and coordination in global bodies.                                                                                                                                

  • Meeting with – Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa (President of South Africa)                                                                                       

Issues discussed:-Deepening bilateral cooperation in areas like trade and investment, food security, defense, pharmaceuticals, digital financial inclusion, skill development, education,  insurance, health, and people-to-people contacts. Welcoming the WTO agreement reached in June 2022 that supports the production of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries (India and South Africa were the first countries to submit a proposal on waiver of Covid-19 vaccine patents. The two countries also discussed regarding India and South Africa’s permanent UNSC membership in a reformed UN.                 

  • Meeting with – Olaf Scholtz (Chancellor of Germany)                      

Issues discussed:-  The two leaders reviews the progress made in bilateral cooperation after PM Modi’s visit to Germany in May this year. Discussions covered issues like climate action, provision of climate financing and technology transfer. Both leaders also agreed on the need to further deepen trade, investment and people to people ties.                                                                                                                            

  • Meeting with – Joke Widodo (President of Indonesia)

Issues discussed:– Increasing trade and investment between the two Asian countries. Discussions on Indonesia’s current and India’s forthcoming G20 Presidency.          

  • Meeting with – Ursula von der Leyen (President of European Commission)

Issues discussed:- The leaders expressed their delight at the resumption of negotiations between India and the EU on Trade, Investment, and GI Agreements. They examined India-EU collaboration in a variety of areas, including digital cooperation, climate action, and technology and innovation.                                                                            

  • Meeting with – Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)

Issues discussed:- A productive meeting was held in which the leaders discussed India-Canada bilateral relations and agreed to further strengthen trade and economic linkages, cooperation in security and counter-terrorism, as well as people-to-people ties.

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