General Politics

J&K To Soon Hold Polls

J&K To Soon Hold PollsThe Election Commission is expected to soon announce the Assembly poll schedule in the coming few days.

The commission, on Friday, deliberated with the Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh on the issue of assembling 4,000-5,000 Urdu-speaking government employees for poll duty.

According to the sources, the states agreed to help out the EC and have asked for time until Friday to revert with a detailed account of the staff they can allocate for poll duties in the Valley.

Committee appointed to look after ‘Sabarimala’ shrine

An eleven member high powered committee was appointed by the Kerala High Court to oversee the arrangements that will mark the festive season at temple Sabarimala. Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar was appointed as its Chairman.

Along with the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the proposed committee was appointed with the consent of a Division Bench comprising Justices P R Raman and T R Ramachandran. The TDB’s President and its members, its commissioner, secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of Police or his nominee, Special Commissioner to Sabarimala, PWD Chief Engineer and Pattanamthitta District Collector were appointed as its members.

Free trade bubbles up in final US election debate

Free trade bubbles up in final US election debateWashington - US presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain clashed on free trade and its value to a sputtering US economy during their last television debate of the election campaign.

Republican nominee McCain said Wednesday that opening up trade would foster millions of jobs in the United States but acknowledged that re-education programmes for US workers losing their jobs would have to be improved. He called for an end to tariffs on sugar cane-based ethanol from Brazil to help the United States diversify its energy sources.

An Unknown Caller Threatens Mamata Banerjee With Dire Consequences

An Unknown Caller Threatens Mamata Banerjee With Dire ConsequencesIn a time of increasing tension between the CPM and the Trinamool over the Singur issue, Mamata Banerjee allegedly received a threat call on Monday, October 13.

A leader of the Trinamool medical cell, Majhi, received the call around 1.45 pm on Monday when a number of Trinamool leaders were gathered at the office-cum-residence of Banerjee. According to Majhi, the unidentified caller cursed Mamata Banerjee and threatened her with dire consequences. Another such call was received on the same number at 2.10 pm.

India to hold polls in five states from November

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N GopalaswamiNew Delhi  - India will hold assembly elections in five states in November and December, the country's Election Commission announced on Tuesday, in what could prove to be a test for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition.

The voting will be held in the national capital New Delhi as well as central states Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, northern Rajasthan and north-eastern Mizoram from November 14 to December 4, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami told reporters in New Delhi.

Mayawati Withdraws Land For Sonia’s Dream Rail Coach Project In UP

Sonia Gandhi's dream railway project for her constituency was derailed by Mayawati just two days before Sonia accompanied by Railway Minister Lalu Yadav was to perform the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony of the factory, on Tuesday, October 14.

The BSP government in Lucknow cancelled its order for allotment of 189.25 hectares of gram sabha land for the erection of a rail coach factory at Lalganj in Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency, Rae Bareli.