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EC: More than 79,000 complaints on violations of poll code so far

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday said it received over 79,000 complaints through its cVigil app regarding violations of the Model Code of Conduct since the announcement of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Over 79,000 election code violation complaints received through cVigil app: ECI

According to the election commission, more than 58,500 complaints (73 per cent of the total complaints) were against illegal hoardings and banners

Election Commission of India (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 02:44 PM IST

PM Modi, Bill Gates discuss AI, digital divide and India’s leading role in tech

Speaking on climate change, Modi emphasised the need to stop using parameters like electricity and steel to define levels of development and adopt terminology like ‘green GDP’ and ‘green employment’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 01:03 PM IST

Nominations for Phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls to begin tomorrow: ECI

The second phase of polls will be held in 88 constituencies in 12 states and UTs, besides some parts of Outer Manipur constituency in the strife-torn northeastern state

Union minister and BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari files his nomination papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the presence of Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 04:25 PM IST

In letter to Kharge, Anand Sharma takes a stand against Congress’s caste census push

Anand Sharma, who also opposed the nationwide caste census back in 2010, said the Congress always believed in an inclusive approach, which is non-discriminatory

Congress leader Anand Sharma said the Congress’s push for the caste census was a departure from the historic position and a matter of concern. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 06:04 PM IST

Election Commission orders transfer of non-cadre DMs, SPs in four states

It also directed the transfers of the Senior Superintendent of Police Bathinda in Punjab and the SP Sonitpur in Assam in view of their “kinship or familial association” with elected political representatives

EC is continuing its strict crackdown by transferring bureaucrats with close ties to the ruling party in their respective states. (Representative file photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 12:15 PM IST

President accepts Pashupati Paras’ resignation, gives Rijiju additional charge

Pashupati Paras resigned from the Union Cabinet a day after his party was not assigned a single seat in the NDA seat-sharing deal in Bihar.

RLJP president Kiren Rijiju. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 02:03 PM IST

BJP will cross 400 seats, Modi will become PM for third time: Nitin Gadkari

Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said every project of the government was executed in a transparent, non-corrupt and time-bound manner

Union minister Nitin Gadkari. (File Photo)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 04:18 PM IST

Kharge announces Congress’s five guarantees under ‘Nari Nyay’

These include financial assistance of ₹1 lakh per annum for poor women, a right to half the new posts under the central government and working women’s hostels in every district

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. (File)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 03:28 PM IST

Kharge calls SC direction to SBI on electoral bonds victory for transparency

The Supreme Court rejected SBI’s plea seeking time until June 30 to compile and match the information involving 22,217 donations

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 02:21 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

‘Using SBI as a shield’: Kharge’s swipe at BJP over bank’s request or time to SC

The SBI request to seek time till June 30, if allowed, will mean disclosure of donors and recipients of EBs will come only after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting at Anantapur in Anantapuramu on Monday. (Congress-X)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 04:01 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

BJP slams INDIA bloc over Lalu’s comments on Modi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Modi left his kin for the nation’s service and now considers the entire country his family

Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 04:44 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Cong to decide next course of action in Himachal after observers submit report

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the observers spoke to the party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, who told them to meet all the lawmakers

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in Shimla on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 04:35 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

MLAs leaving as Congress has failed to fulfil its promises in Himachal: Thakur

BJP leaders in the state have claimed that the Congress government has lost the “moral right” to stay in power and demanded a floor test in the state’s ongoing Budget session

Union minister Anurag Thakur (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 02:43 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Farm loan wavier, legalising MSP to be in Congress manifesto, claims Partap Singh Bajwa

Punjab opposition leader Bajwa promises large loan waiver for farmers if INDIA bloc forms govt, criticizes response to farmers' protests by Central and Haryana govt.

Punjab assembly leader of opposition Partap Singh Bajwa
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 07:38 AM IST
ByShriya Ganguly, New Delhi

Congress blames BJP-led govt for INLD leader Nafe Singh Rathee’s murder

Member of Parliament Deepender Singh Hooda cited INLD leader Abhay Chautala’s allegation that the government failed to provide Rathee with security

Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 04:00 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

‘Alliance of the corrupt’: BJP slams Congress-AAP seat-sharing pact

Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi said the Congress and the AAP have formed the alliance so that they could place the blame on each other after they lose the Lok Sabha seats

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi. (File)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:22 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

National Election Fund an alternative: Ex-CEC Krishnamoorthy after SC verdict

Krishnamoorthy also said that both the electoral bonds scheme and the previous method of funding elections promoted an “obnoxious nexus between corporates and political parties”

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the electoral bonds (EB) scheme on Thursday. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT file photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 01:17 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Congress asks Modi to apologise for failing to keep MSP promise to farmers

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera slammed the government while referring to Rahul Gandhi’s promise to make MSP a legal right

Rahul Gandhi has promised to make MSP a legal right. (ANI)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 02:57 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Only 0.7% of flights cancelled this year, says aviation minister Scindia in LS

Our fleet size has doubled in the last 10 years and the number of air traffic movements per week has grown by 22% only in the last two years, Scindia said

Union minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia (File Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 01:59 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

‘Not easy to sail in 2 boats’: TDP MP Jayadev Galla on taking a break from politics

TDP MP Jayadev Galla is also chairman and managing director of Amara Raja Energy & Mobility Limited, the firm that makes batteries under the Amaron brand name

New Delhi: TDP MP Jayadev Galla at Parliament House complex during the Budget session in New Delhi on Feb. 1 (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 06:57 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Finance minister rebuts Congress claim over stopping release of funds to states

Nirmala Sitharaman said it was not possible that any finance minister can intervene to stop payments due to a state government

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 02:36 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Govt holds meeting with focus on expediting immigration process at airports

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia also emphasised the ministry’s dedication to position India as a global leader in air travel and the industry’s common goal to create multiple aviation hubs

The deployment of new technologies such as e-gates and e-biometrics for immigration was also considered. (Jyotiraditya M. Scindia | Official X account)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 05:25 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Tharoor demands law to deal with violence against healthcare professionals

Responding to Tharoor’s query, Union health and family welfare minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the existing laws have sufficient provisions to protect doctors from violence

Senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor (File Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 03:35 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Oppn rallies behind J’khand former CM, BJP hits back

Opposition leaders in India have accused the ruling BJP-led government of suppressing the voice of the opposition through federal agencies. This comes after former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren was arrested on money laundering charges. Soren has moved the Supreme Court against his arrest, and opposition leaders have criticized the government for its actions. The BJP, on the other hand, has alleged that Soren indulged in corruption and that his arrest is in accordance with the law.

Former Jharkhand CM and JMM executive president Hemant Soren greets supporters while being taken to Birsa Munda Birsa Munda Central Jail from PMLA Court, in Ranchi on Thursday (ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 08:48 AM IST
ByShriya Ganguly, New Delhi

Congress MP Singhvi hits out at central govt over Jharkhand issue

Singhvi also criticised Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan for allegedly delaying the appointment of a new chief minister for over 18 hours

Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi was addressing media persons on the Jharkhand issue. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 03:26 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

‘Conspiracy to end quotas’: Rahul Gandhi aims at govt over draft UGC guidelines

The Congress’s fresh attack over the guidelines comes after the Union education ministry on Sunday responded to concerns around the draft UGC guidelines

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters during handing over of the National flag as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered Bihar from West Bengal, in Kishanganj, Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 07:31 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Foundational pillars of the Constitution under attack from govt itself: Kharge

Addressing Congress workers and leaders, Kharge said the Constitution contains important principles like equality, fraternity, secularism and justice

Kharge hoisted the Indian flag at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office in Bengaluru. (ANI photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2024 01:29 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Kanhaiya Kumar lashes out at BJP after Rahul’s yatra faces hurdles in Assam

The Assam police on Tuesday booked Rahul Gandhi, Kanhaiya Kumar and Congress leader KC Venugopal.

Congress leader and All India Congress Committee in charge, NSUI, Kanhaiya Kumar (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 05:19 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly

Cabinet nod to creation of 3 joint secretary-level posts for 16th Finance Commission

These newly created posts are required to assist the Commission, which was constituted in pursuance of Article 280 of the Constitution via a notification dated 31 December 2023

The commission has been tasked with providing recommendations on tax sharing between the Centre and the states. (File photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 03:31 PM IST
ByShriya Ganguly
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