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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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Congress claims scam of Rs 10,000 crore in housing scheme for project-hit people

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congress has alleged a scam of nearly Rs 10,000 crore in allotment of TDR in a PAP housing plan by the BMC

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 20th may 2022

‘’There is a clear TDR scam that has took place in BMC worth Rs. 9380 crores. It is in the context of @mybmc project to construct 14000 tenements for project affected persons in the city. We are filing a complaint with Lokayukta and requesting them to conduct an enquiry into it.’’ Tweeted Ravi Raja, Leader of opposition, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

The party said the BMC has given undue benefits to various developers amounting to INR 9,380.25 crores within the type of credit score notes throughout these initiatives by allotting Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and premium for the construction of the housing units in December last year and January 2022. As these credit score notes can be utilized any time, and are transferable, the civic physique is about to lose the quantity over the subsequent few years, Ravi Raja stated in an announcement.

“Developers finalised for the project will get credit notes of Rs 5,602 crore. The BMC is giving them hefty premiums, construction TDR and land TDR and land cost,” said Raja.

He accused the civic body of giving benefits of around Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 crore to developers in the PAP rehabilitation project. He also mentioned that a letter has been sent to Mumbai Municipal Commissioner-Administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal, the Lokayukta and the Central Vigilance Committee.

BMC’s general body on 9th January 2022 cleared a proposal to construct 4,000 units for project-affected persons (PAPs) in Chandivli using a controversial ‘cashless’ scheme. Each unit would cost around Rs 59 lakh to the BMC. These houses are supposed to be given to people who will be relocated due to various projects of the BMC like construction of storm water drainage, water pipelines, bridges, etc. 

BMC had in 2021 floated a plan to give credit notes instead of money to contractors to build 12,000 housing units for PAPs for nearly Rs 9,000 crore.

The proposal to build 4,000 PAP units by way of credit notes and transfer of development rights (TDR) was placed before the general body for approval. BJP opposed the plan, it was cleared by the ruling Shiv Sena.

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Govt. Plans to Cut Cooking Oil Tax

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The Indian market after seeing an unprecedented rise in the prices of edible oils plans to cut taxes on edible oil to keep the prices in check.

Khushi shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th May 2022

The war, combined with weather disruptions that limited harvests in other vegetable oil-producing regions, led to a supply shortage of sunflower oil. The ban by the world’s biggest palm oil producer and exporter on 28th April 2022, on the export on the widely used edible oil and all the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine that already upended the global agricultural trade in the world, sent oil prices skyrocketing in the market.

India is particularly sensitive to rising vegetable oil prices as it is dependent on imports for 60% of its needs. Inorder to keep the prices in check ,India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils is planning to cut taxes on some edible oils to cool the domestic market after the war in Ukraine. 

India has tried to reduce prices in the past, including reducing import duties on palm, soybean oil and sunflower oil, and limiting inventory to prevent stocking the oil.[ In September 2021] The import taxes on palm oil had been slashed to 2.5% from 10 %, while soy oil and sunflower oil had been reduced to 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent. 

The reduction in these taxes were aimed at bringing down prices of the edible oils in India and boost consumption, effectively increasing overseas buying by the south Asian country.It would also bring down edible oil prices ahead of key festivals, when edible oil demand rises in the country

However, The moves so far have not been effective enough to cut down the rates of oil in the market 

India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils, wants to reduce the agricultural infrastructure and development cess on imports of crude palm oil to below 5% . According to reports, it is said that the government is now considering reducing import duties on crude varieties of canola oil, olive oil, rice bran oil and palm kernel oil from 35% to 5% to help boost domestic supplies. The new tax amount is still being deliberated The cess is levied over and above basic tax rates on certain items, and is used to finance agriculture infrastructure projects. The base import duty on crude palm oil has already been scrapped.

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Woman alleges rape by Shivsena MP Rahul Shewale.

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KHUSHI SHAH – Mumbai Uncensored, 29th April 2022

Rape is such a thing in our country that has been systematically  used against the vulnerable to silence and to dominate. Rape in  our country has been more easily commercialised than it has  received justice. 

Shiv Sena Member of Parliament, Rahul Shewale, a son to  Ramesh Sambhaji Shewale, an Indian Navy officer was accused  of rape by a 26-year-old girl on Thursday, while the MP went on  to deny it. The woman has filed a written complaint at the  Sakinaka Police Station. 

An officer of Sakinaka Police Station said, “There is a written  complaint in this matter and FIR has not been registered yet.  Police are probing the matter.”Further investigation is underway. 

The parliamentarian issued a statement denying the rape charge  and termed the complaint as a conspiracy aimed at maligning his  

political image. He confidently maintained that he was ready to face any police  investigation and said people behind the conspiracy will be exposed.  

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