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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Record turnout: 70% polling in 1st phase
77% in Gurez, 70% in Bandipora, 80% in Sonawari, 76% in Kangan, 53 % in Ganderbal, 75.6% in Nobra, 66% in Leh, 60% in Kargil, 71% in Zanskar, 68.83% in Kishtwar, 72.54% in Inderwal, 79% in Doda, 70% in Bhaderwah, 68% in Ramban (SC), 70% in Banihal
11/26/2014 1:40:47 AM
Jammu: Defying separatists’ election boycott call and braving cold weather, voters turned out in large numbers today to record over 70 per cent polling without any incident in 15 constituencies in the first of the five- phase polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Election Commission officials said the poll percentage figures released so far were tentative and that it was likely to go up by two to three per cent as voting was going on at some places even after closure of voting at 4 pm. Polling began at 8 am in cold wave conditions. A 61 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 2008 Assembly polls for these 15 seats--6 in Jammu division, 5 in Kashmir Valley and four in Ladakh. Today's polling was spread over seven districts. "Polling has gone absolutely peaceful without any incident. It was 100 per cent flawless polls and there was not a single incident which vitiates poll process," Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told reporters in Delhi. Dealing a serious blow to separatist politics, thousands of voters had lined up before polling stations with nearly 10.52 lakh voters being eligible to vote. Separatist groups like all the factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF have called for a boycott of the polls and a general strike ...
Jitendra introduces ‘landmark’ Amendment for appointment of CBI Director
11/26/2014 1:40:16 AM
NEW DELHI: The Government today introduced in the Lok Sabha a historically "landmark" Bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 thereby paving the way for smooth appointment of new Director of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) in place of the present incumbent who is attaining superannuation on 2nd December. The Bill moved on behalf of the Government by Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and M...
Sees hope in high voter turnout
NC will emerge as single-largest party again: Omar
11/26/2014 1:40:01 AM
Srinagar: Seeing a hope in high voter turnout in the first-phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said people turning out in large numbers to cast their votes should not be necessarily seen as anti-incumbency wave. "Experts who would like to suggest a high turnout means anti-incumbency should look at the Lok Sabha polls where low turnout cost us all three seats (in the valley)," Omar wrote on microblogging site Twitter. The 15 assembly seats in Jammu...
Congress will dash expectations of political analysts: Azad
11/26/2014 1:39:43 AM
JAMMU: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their "huge participation" in the first phase of Assembly elections and said his party's performance will dash expectations of political analysts. "The trend of the first phase reinforces the fact that people of the state crave for speedy, equitable and balanced development of the state with adequate employment opportunities for the youth," the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said in ...
Army chief reviews security situation
11/26/2014 1:38:59 AM
Srinagar: Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag today reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and also on the Line of Control as the state voted in the first phase of Assembly polls. He was briefed by 15 Corps Commander in Srinagar on the existing security situation scenario. Suhag appreciated the initiatives taken by local commanders in greater integration and coordination with all forces functioning in the state, Army sources said. Ensuring a violence-free election in JK is a major task for the Army and the force has been put on high alert. Some militant groups have given a poll boycott call in the state. 15 constituencies of the state went to polls in first of the five-phas...
Modi govt being run by big industrialists: Rahul
11/26/2014 1:38:52 AM
Poonch: In a sharp attack on the Modi government, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today alleged it was being run by big industrialists and said a Rs 6,000 crore loan was facilitated to the Adani Group for a project in Australia but the promise of Rs 1,000-crore aid for flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir remained unfulfilled. "It is unfortunate that while the Rs 1,000-crore aid promised by the Prime Minister for the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir has not been released, State Bank of India is giving Rs 6,000 crore to Adani, an industrialist," Rahul told a public rally in Poonch today. "When he (Modi) went to Australia, an industrialist, Adani Sahib, accompanied him and the State B...
Voting trends show people want change: Mufti
11/26/2014 1:38:45 AM
Srinagar: Expressing satisfaction over the peaceful culmination of the first phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir with an "encouraging" turnout, opposition PDP today said the trends emerging from the voting show that people of the state want change. "People are participating in this election to write a new script in the state's political history and the trend shows that they are enthusiastically voting for change," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a series of election rallies in Langate Assembly segment of Kupwara district. Hailing the state administration and the Election Commission, Mehbooba said, "I also express my appreciation for ECI and the state administration ...
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