Technical glitches, poor management hit CAT exam again

New Delhi, Nov 29 - The highly competitive Common Admission Test (CAT) for entry into business schools was hit once again Sunday by technical problems and poor management, affecting students in as many as 49 test centres in 14 cities across the country.

The exam went online for the first time this year. But from day one Saturday, technical glitches and computers crashing affected the exams from being conducted in many centres across the country.

The CAT determines admissions into the country's prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other B-schools.

Half of new MLAs have criminal records

At least 50 per cent of the state’s newly elected legislators have criminal cases pending against them and 63 per cent are crorepatis.

Data compiled by the National Election Watch (NEW), an umbrella of more than 1,200 non-governmental organisations, and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealed that 184 out of the 288 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), are crorepatis.

According to the data, 143 newly elected MLAs have criminal cases pending against them. These include 15 cases related to murder, 11 cases of dacoity, five of extortion and six offences related to kidnapping.

The NEW examined 3,297 candidates’ affidavits.

Naxalite-hit Gadchiroli does what Mumbai doesn’t

NaxaliteDespite threats from Maoists, more than half of the population of Gadchiroli turned out to exercise their franchise.

Voters braved violence to register a turnout of above 60 per cent. The turnout in the 2004 Assembly polls was 67 per cent.

Last week, Left-wing extremists killed 17 police personnel at Laheri. Over 50 companies of central paramilitary forces were deployed in the district to avoid Maoist interference in the elections.

However, Maoists struck at several places to disrupt polling on Tuesday. They attacked police personnel and poll staff in several villages across the district.

33 per cent polling in Haryana till noon

elections About 33 per cent voters in Haryana had exercised their franchise till 12.45 pm on Tuesday for the assembly elections in the state.

Barring incidents in Guhla assembly segment where a person, Jyoti Ram who was the polling agent of an Independent candidate died at Hemomajra village in Kaithal district and Meham assembly segment in Rohtak where supporters of Congress nominee Anand Singh Dangi and supporters of an Independent, Sunil alias Kallu entered into a scuffle at a polling booth, the polling by and large has been uneventful so far.

Violence mars last day of poll campaigning

Assembly polls By the time campaigning for Maharashtra’s Assembly polls ended on Sunday, the state saw an unprecedented string of violent campaign-related attacks across parties.

In Pune, unidentified gunmen fired two rounds on Shiv Sena candidate from Wadgaon Sheri Assembly seat, Ajay Bhosale’s vehicle in Koregaon Park on Sunday. Bhosale escaped unhurt, his driver Shakeel suffered serious injuries.

Without naming them, Bhosale accused his opposing candidates of the attack. “We have some clues and are working on them,” said Pune’s Assistant Commissioner of Police Sangramsinh Nishandar. No arrest was made till Sunday evening.

EC bans Opinion and Exit polls ahead of Oct. 13 State Assembly polls

Election Commission of IndiaNew Delhi, Oct. 10 : Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday prohibited dissemination of results of opinion and exit polls related to State Assembly elections to be held in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday (Oct. 13).

The ban period comes into effect from Sunday (Oct. 11) three o’clock in the afternoon and will last till the end of polling on Tuesday (Oct. 13) at five o’clock in the evening, the Election Commission stated on Saturday in a official release.

Goregaon: Road to chaos

Anand Ghurye (46) has a problem that afflicts all of Goregaon: there is so much traffic, it’s virtually impossible to cross the roads.

“Residential buildings are coming up fast and the number vehicles is on the rise,” said Anand, who runs chain of astrology classes across Mumbai.

There’s another reason for the jams: Motorists from Malad and Oshiwara have to go via Goregaon if they want to go to Link Road or SV Road. Also, there are four lanes, but two are always blocked by parked rickshaws and cars.

“It’s the same problem getting to Western Express Highway. It takes over half-an-hour from Link Road. The government needs to think of developing better road connectivity,” said Anand.

Small parties, big nuisance value

Maharahtra Navnirman SenaThey might be small parties, but just as the Maharahtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has become a major worry for the Shiv Sena, several smaller parties in Maharashtra are becoming a headache for the Big Four.

Parties like the Republican Party of India (RPI), Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, Lok Bharati Party and Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP), representing niche sections like Dalits, farmers and teachers, could skew the outcome of the state election.

Cong, NCP may clash over CM’s post

Cong, NCPThe tussle for the top post in Maharashtra is on not only between Congress leaders but also between the Congress and its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

DP Tripathi, NCP spokesperson, had said the party that gets more seats should also get the chief minister’s post. Though the Congress was a couple of seats behind the NCP in the 2004 polls, it managed to keep the CM’s post. The Congress is unlikely to give up its claim to the post if the combine is voted to power.

Munde Jr in Beed: A dynasty in the making

Pankaja Palve-MundeShe probably didn’t bargain for this when she signed on as BJP candidate.

Thirty-year-old Pankaja Palve-Munde wrinkles her nose as she sloshes through ankle-deep mud to the village square of one of the 168 villages on her campaign schedule.

There, she talks to a gathering of women about power cuts and better pay for daily wage earners, then walks through the crowd, greeting potential supporters eager to catch a glimpse of ‘Munde Dada’s porgi (daughter)’.

Poll panel list shows Shinde's daughter as NCP candidate

Mumbai, Oct 4 : In a serious goof-up, the Maharashtra election department "changed" the political party and symbol of Congress candidate Praniti Shinde to that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Praniti, daughter of central Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, was duly declared the party candidate for the Solapur City central assembly constituency, falling in her home district Solapur, for the Oct 13 poll.

However, the list of candidates published by the state election commission shows her as an NCP candidate contesting on the party symbol of a clock.

Conservatives to field 'Indian-trained tantric' in Britain polls?

pollsLondon, Oct 4 : A nightclub owner and self-proclaimed "tantric master" has been selected by Britain's largest opposition party to stand at the next general elections, a newspaper reported.

Andrew Charalambous will bid to be the Conservative MP for Edmonton constituency - a suburban London seat currently held by the ruling Labour Party on a majority of more than 8,000 votes, the Evening Standard reported.

The paper said Charalambous has been described on his website as "a tantric master initiated in India. He has dated some of the most beautiful women in the world".

NRI group bats for farmer's widow in Maharashtra polls

Nagpur, Oct 4 : Bebitai Bais, the widow of a farmer who committed suicide, has the support of a group of non-resident Indians settled in the US for her bid to contest the Maharashtra assembly elections.

In an email addressed to Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishore Tiwari, the group said: "It is heartening to know that the farmer's widow has taken on the mantle to fight the elections against other political parties, who have ignored the agrarian crisis till now. Her candidature to highlight the farmers' situation is certainly the need of the hour."

Bais, who launched her campaign in Wani constituency with a candle light march by nearly 100 widows at Both-Bodan village in Yavatmal district Saturday, is the candidate of the VJAS.

‘We’ll double per capita income’

Ashok-ChavanThe Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance has promised that the per capita income in the state would go up to Rs 1 lakh from the present Rs 55, 000 in the next five years.

The allies, along with the Republican Party of India (RPI), made the assurance in their joint election manifesto released at Nariman Point on Friday.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and NCP leader and deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal released the manifesto in the presence of other senior leaders.

Electoral rolls in Puducherry to be revised

PuducherryChennai, Oct 1 : With parliamentary elections over in May, election to its lone Rajya Sabha seat recently completed and no major poll in the near future, Election Commission officials in Puducherry are planning to revise the electoral rolls in the union territory.

S. Kumaraswamy, chief electoral officer of Puducherry, told IANS Thursday: "We plan to start the electoral roll revision beginning next year subject to permission from the Election Commission of India."

The current rolls show 762,028 voters, with women outnumbering men -- 395,240 to 366,788.

The union territory has 30 assembly and one Lok Sabha seat.(ians)

Cong election committee meets to finalise candidates for assembly polls

Congress releases list for Rajasthan pollsNew Delhi, Sept 20 : The Central Election Committee of the Congress party met here today to finalise candidates for Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi attended the meeting.

The assembly elections in three states will be held in a single phase on October 13. Counting of votes will take place on October 22.

Maharashtra has a 288-member assembly with 29 seats being reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and another 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).

Afghan president praises courage of voters

President Hamid Karzai Kabul  - President Hamid Karzai hailed Afghans for voting in presidential and provincial elections on Thursday despite a spate of Taliban attacks that left nearly 50 dead.

"The Afghan people dared rockets, bombs and intimidation and came out to vote. That is great," said Karzai, frontrunner among the 30 candidates vying for the nation's highest office.

"Despite problems and intimidation, the elections ended successfully," the president told a press conference in his fortified presidential palace.

Polls show Tories taking a 68-seat majority in next general elections

Polls show Tories taking a 68-seat majority in next general electionsLondon, Aug. 6 : Britain’s opposition Conservative Party has reached the 40 per cent support level, which is seen as crucial for delivering a clear general election victory.

The weighted average of five polls last month puts the Tories on 40 per cent (up three points), Labour on 26 per cent (up two), the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 19 per cent and other parties on 15 per cent (down five).

Muted reaction of world leaders to Iranian election

Mahmoud AhmadinejadThe international reaction to Iran's controversial presidential election was muted at best on Saturday with few world leaders making any statements on the contested result.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected as Iranian president with more than 62 per cent of the vote, sparking accusations of fraud from his main rival Mir-Hossein Moussavi.

Mandela arrives at ANC last mass rally

African national Congress leader Nelson MandelaJohannesburg  - Former South African president and African national Congress leader Nelson arrived Sunday at a mass rally being staged by the ANC in Johannesburg.

The revered 90-year-old, who these days seldom appears in public, entered the stadium to enormous cheering as the rally went ahead three days before general elections that the party is expected easily to win, albeit with a reduced majority. (dpa)

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