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Big Stories Today: Supreme Court gets tough with Centre, Delhi over air pollution, Delhi shuts schools for a week, Zika cases nearly 100 in Kanpur, Assam Rifles commandant, others killed in Manipur

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Schools shut for a week, government officials to work from home, construction activities not to be allowed between November 14-17, says Delhi CM Kejriwal after emergency meet on air pollution

Schools in Delhi will shift completely to offline classes starting Monday, all construction activity will be shut down, and government officials will work from home, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after chairing an emergency meet on air pollution in the city.
Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called an emergency meeting to tackle severe air pollution in the city. The move comes after the Supreme Court asked authorities to take immediate measures.

Mahua Moitra appointed as State in-charge of Trinamool Congress Goa, with immediate effect

The Member of Parliament from Krishnanagar Lok Sabha, Mahua Moitra has been appointed as the State in charge of All India Trinamool Congress, Goa with immediate effect. Elated by the news of being appointed as the State in-charge, Mahua Moitra in a tweet, said that she is looking forward to doing her very best. She further thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Assam Rifles commandant, others killed in ambush in Manipur

As per multiple reports, a convoy of a Commanding Officer of the Assam Rifles unit was ambushed by terrorists in the Singhat sub-division of Manipur’s Churachandpur district.
Col Viplav Tripathi (CO-46 AR), wife, and his son died on the spot and the other injured were shifted to Behiang Primary Health Centre.

Manipur Chief Minister in a tweet condemned the attack on a convoy.
He said: “The state forces and paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”

Maharashtra LoP Devendra Fadnavis condemns violence, appeals for peace, section 144 imposed in Amravati

Maharashtra Leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that he condemns protests and violence happening in Maharashtra.
He said: “Tripura Police have exposed fake photos posted on social media. I appeal to the people of Amravati to maintain social harmony and peace. There should be action against leaders giving inciting speeches.”

Amravati’s minister Yashomati Thakur has informed that Section 144 has been imposed in Amravati in view of violence during protests against Tripura violence.

90 active Zika virus cases in Kanpur, 31 recovered

Active Zika virus cases on Saturday in Kanpur now stands at 90, informs chief medical officer of Kanpur City, Dr Nepal Singh. 13 more Zika virus positive cases reported in the city yesterday, he added.

Kerala’s southern districts expect heavy rains, IMD issues orange alert

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post on Saturday that heavy rains are expected in the southern districts of Kerala. Emergency relief camps will be set up in landslide/flood-prone areas. In the wake of orange and yellow alerts issued by the Indian Meteorological Department, caution is needed in hilly areas, he added.

Minutes after the SC demanded emergency plan, Delhi CM Kejriwal calls emergency meet on city’s air quality

Minutes after the Supreme Court signaled the scale of the crisis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called an urgent meeting to discuss the poor air quality situation in the city.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Environment Minister Gopal Rai and the Chief Secretary will be attending the meeting, a Delhi government spokesperson said.

Stone pelting reported at different places in Maharashtra during a protest march against violence in Tripura, government appeals for calm

Incidents of stone-pelting during protests against recent communal violence in Tripura were reported in Nashik, Amravati and Nanded districts of Maharashtra, informs Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil.

He said: “Muslims across the state had taken out a protest march today against the violence in Tripura. During this, stone pelting was done in Nanded, Malegaon, Amaravati, and some other places. I appeal to all Hindus and Muslims to maintain peace.” READ STORY

Bihar Panchayat polls sixth phase counting underway

The results for the sixth phase of the Bihar panchayat election 2021 started coming in on Saturday morning. At least 848 panchayats in 37 districts will see the results in this phase. The counting will be completed on Sunday.
The results today will decide the fate of 94,188 candidates. The state election commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting votes. READ STORY

Read Also: Maharashtra: Stone-pelting reported in 3 cities during protests against Tripura communal violence, govt appeals to maintain peace

If possible, impose 2-day lockdown, says CJI Ramana over Delhi air pollution

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday told the Centre that air pollution is a serious situation and masks are being worn at home also. The observations came while hearing a plea on worsening air quality in the national capital. The court suggested imposing a two-day lockdown in the city amid worsening air quality.

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Deserted by key supporters, the Kamal Nath story looks set to wind to an end in Chhindwara

Nath’s closest allies in his near 50-year reign—Deepak Saxena and Kamlesh Shah—have deserted him. His local team of corporators has also decided to jump ship leaving a gaping hole in Nath’s campaign trail.

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By Neeraj Mishra

The Congress has lost Chhindwara only once since Independence when the wily Sunderlal Patwa was sent there by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to test Kamal Nath’s hold on the constituency. Patwa won the 1997 by-election by a slim margin in the backdrop of Nath having forced his wife to first contest and later vacate the seat for him. Nath, however, returned to his winning ways the very next year and has won the seat nine times.

It seems possible that Chhindwara, the lone surviving Congress seat, will be lost again this time and may be forever. A day ahead of polling, the town was drowned in saffron. Not so much the effect of vigorous campaigning by Vivek Sahu of the BJP but the Ram Navami festival which brought out saffron flags on every rooftop.  The effect is likely to last since the polling is today. At 77, Nath is unlikely to contest another election here and his son Nakul seems like a pale shadow of his father unable to even make a forceful speech. The days of running Chhindwara from Shikarpur kothi are gone.

Nath’s closest allies in his near 50-year reign—Deepak Saxena and Kamlesh Shah—have deserted him. His local team of corporators has also decided to jump ship leaving a gaping hole in Nath’s campaign trail. Nakul had won by a margin of 37,000 votes in 2019 and the biggest lead had come from Kamlesh’s Amarwada Assembly segment. With Saxena in control of Chhindwara and forced to show his strength in his new party, it is highly likely that Nakul will not be depending on these segments. Instead, the Congress campaign was focused on Pandhurna, Parasia and Chaurai.

Amit Shah was in the region a couple of days ago and warned all BJP workers—old and new—against lethargy. His message was clear, the BJP wants all 29 seats this time. Cabinet Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya is camped here and using all his political acumen for the desired results. One such tactic was to raid the Shikarpur Kothi of Kamal Nath for his assistant Miglani who handles almost everything for him. With Miglani temporarily neutralised, BJP is best placed to repeat its win in Chhindwara in 1997.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024:  Nearly 40% voter turnout till 1pm

Chennai recorded an average voter turnout of 34% as of 1 pm on Friday. According data released by the Election Commission of India, Chennai (North) recorded 35%, Chennai (Central) recorded 32.3% and Chennai (South) recorded 34%.

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The first phase of voting for the 18th Lok Sabha elections started taking place in 21 states and Union territories on Friday. Nearly 40% voter turnout was recorded till 1pm across the states. Seats in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and Puducherry go to elections on Friday.

There has been a substantial increase in the voter turnout charts across the Northeast states, with Tripura leading at 53.04% until 1 pm, as per the data released by the Election Commission of India. Other northeast states like Manipur (46.92%) and Meghalaya (48.91%) are also witnessing high voter turnout. After Tripura, West Bengal is experiencing a high voter turnout of 50.96%.

Chennai recorded an average voter turnout of 34% as of 1 pm on Friday. According data released by the Election Commission of India, Chennai (North) recorded 35%, Chennai (Central) recorded 32.3% and Chennai (South) recorded 34%.

Over 33% voter turnout was recorded in the first 6 hours of voting on Friday in 12 parliamentary constituencies of Rajasthan. According to the Election Commission, voting started at 7 am amid tight security arrangements and 33.73 % voting took place till 1 pm. The highest voter turnout of 40.72 % was recorded in the Ganganagar Lok Sabha seat while Karauli-Dholpur saw the lowest turnout of 28.32 %. Jaipur recorded a poll percentage of 39.35 %.

Over 37 % voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm in the Lok Sabha election being held for five parliamentary constituencies in Uttarakhand on Friday. Elections began at 7 am and the five constituencies recorded an overall poll percentage of 37.33 % up to 1 pm. The Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar seat recorded the highest turnout of 40.46 %, followed by Haridwar with 39.41%, Pauri Garhwal with 36.60 %, Tehri Garhwal with 35.29 % and Almora with 32.29 %.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah was accompanied by Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel.

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Ahead of the upcoming general elections, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah submitted his nomination today from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. During his nomination, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhuperndra Patel accompained him.

Former deputy prime minister and BJP chief LK Advani, who earlier served as a representative of this seat during Shah’s successful run for re-election.

Soon after filing nomination, Shah said, today he has submitted his nomination from the Gandhinagar seat. He said it is a matter of pride for him that this seat was represented by the former Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and the seat where Narendra Modi himself is a voter. He also said he has been an MLA and MP from this seat for 30 years. The people of this region have given him immense love, Shah said.

With an astounding vote share of 69.67 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Shah maintained the BJP’s stronghold in Gandhinagar with a resounding victory. Election turnout has been consistently high in the city.

In 1984–85, Amit Shah joined the BJP. His political skills and organizational prowess were recognized, and he soon became the national treasurer of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

Amit Shah’s political career took a significant turn in 1991.

Shah became the national president of the BJP in 2014, and he was promoted to the position of Home Minister five years later.

In the context of Indian politics, Gandhinagar is a historical landmark. The former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, won seats from Gandhinagar and Lucknow in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections. However, he decided to stay to his Lucknow seat, opening the door for other leaders to set their mark in Gandhinagar.

Meanwhile, Congress has fielded its party secretary Sonal Patel from Gandhinagar.

Gujarat is scheduled to go for a single phase of elections on May 7. The results of the election will be announced on June 4.

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