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Tag: Elections 2019

BJP, Congress in direct fight with each other in 373 seats: Report

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are contesting 435 and 420 seats in this Lok Sabha elections, respectively, and they are in a direct fight with each other in 373 seats, according to PRS India, an NGO. The independent research institute also said that as many as 8,039 candidates are in […]

Endgame Surpasses Avatar, Titanic; Becomes Fastest Grosser

Los Angeles: Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” has surpassed the $2 billion mark in its second weekend, obliterating the record for the fastest film to reach that milestone. “Avengers: Endgame” is now the second-highest grossing movie of all time with $2.188 billion globally, passing “Titanic” in just 11 days. It took “Avatar”, the previous record holder […]

Voting begins in 51 seats in 5th phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting began on Monday across 51 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over seven states, largely in the Hindi heartland, in the fifth of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise. A total electorate of over 8.75 crore is eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase which covers the remaining 12 constituencies in Rajasthan, as well as […]

Op-Ed: Will Patnaik Be Lucky Again?

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president, Naveen has been extremely lucky in politics. Making a reluctant entry into the political arena in 1997 following his father, Biju Patnaik’s death he won the Aska Lok Sabha by-election without much difficulty. Back then he could barely speak Odia and the opposition sought to make […]

Akshay Kumar dodges question about not voting

Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar chose to ignore and walk away when he was questioned about not voting in the Lok Sabha elections here. Akshay, who recently grabbed headlines for his “non-political” interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been widely trolled for not casting his vote on Monday. “Chaliye, chaliye (let’s go, let’s go)” is how […]

Elections 2019: Odisha records polling of 73.08 % vis-a-vis 73.49 % in 2014

Bhubaneswar: After the conclusion of four phase polling in Odisha barring the Patkura Assembly segment, Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar today informed that the State has recorded an average polling of 73.08 percent. While 73.76 per cent votes were polled during the first phase, the voter turnout in the second and third phase was recorded […]

EC lifts poll code in Odisha ahead of cyclone Fani

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission has approved the lifting of model code of conduct in 11 districts in Odisha to facilitate speedy relief and rescue operation in view of cyclonic storm Fani, a poll official said on Wednesday. This will expedite the precautionary measures afoot in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack […]

Maharashtra records lowest turnout in final phase of polls

Mumbai: Maharashtra recorded a voter turnout of 57.32 per cent in the fourth and final phase, covering 17 parliamentary constituencies, which is the lowest compared with all the earlier phases so far, Election Commission (EC) officials said here on Tuesday. In the first phase on April 11, the percentage in the seven seats that voted […]

Divyang voter levels serious allegation against poll officials in Jajpur

Jajpur: A divyang youth, who had gone to cast his vote at booth number 59 under Jajpur Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, has levelled serious allegation against the poll officials appointed at the centre. The youth, Biranchi Narayan Sahoo, alleged that after completing his document verification when he asked a poll official to take him […]

No bridge, No vote: Hundreds boycott polls in Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj: Despite widespread awareness to cast vote, as many as 450 voters of three villages in Mayurbhanj district refrained from exercising their adult franchise during the fourth phase of general elections in Odisha on Monday alleging delay in construction of bridge in their area. Hundreds of residents of Balama, Talabalama and Madakami villages in Kundabai […]

BJD fields Late Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s wife from Patkura

Kendrapara: Following the demise of BJD’s Patkura Assembly constituency candidate and veteran leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla due to protracted illness, his wife Sabitri Agarwalla has been named as the party candidate for the constituency. Sabitri’s candidature was announced by BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. “I will try my best to continue the development […]

Amid violence, over 76% turnout in Bengal till 5 pm

Kolkata: Amid widespread violence, including the attack on a Union Minister, clashes outside polling booths, hurling of bombs and EVM snags, over 76 per cent of the electorate voted till 5 p.m. in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Monday. Long queues of men and women were seen outside the […]

Op-Ed: Focus Shifts To The Fate of Top Notch Leaders

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With the final round of polling coming to an end in the state the focus would now shift to the fate of some of the key players in these elections. Speculation is already rife about what may happen to Kendrapara’s BJP candidate, Baijayant Panda who has been hogging the limelight for […]

Bollywood celebrities galore to cast their vote in Mumbai

Mumbai: Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Urmila Matondkar, Madhuri Dixit Nene and a stream of other Bollywood celebrities on Monday voted in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections here in Mumbai and urged others to step out and make their vote count. “This is the moment that matters… Every vote is a voice that […]

Babul Supriyo's car vandalised, heckled by Trinamool

Asansol: Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Babul Supriyo, whose car was vandalised outside a polling booth and he himself was heckled repeatedly during the Lok Sabha elections in Asansol on Monday, expressed his disappointment with the role of the central paramilitary forces. The singer-turned politician’s car was vandalised in Barabani area in […]

Woman poll staffer dies of heart attack in MP

Bhopal: A 50-year-old woman poll staffer died after suffering a heart attack ahead of voting in Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat of Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Monday. Sunanda Kotekar, who was deployed at Lodhikheda polling booth in Saunsar area of Chhindwara, felt uneasy on Sunday night, Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. She […]

Markets closed due to Mumbai elections

Mumbai: All major markets, including BSE, National Stock Exchange, forex and money markets are closed Monday due to elections in Mumbai.

Voting begins in 72 seats in fourth phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting began on Monday across 72 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over nine states, mostly in the Hindi heartland, as the fourth phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total electorate of 12.79 crore is eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase covering 17 seats in Maharashtra, including Mumbai’s six seats, […]

Sunny Deol has deep passion for a better India: Modi

New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Gurdaspur parliamentary seat, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday. After his meeting with Deol, Modi shared a photograph of him with Deol and tweeted: “What struck me about Sunny Deol is his humility and deep passion for a better India. Happy […]

On-duty poll officer dies in Balasore

Balasore: Couple of hours ahead of the fourth phase elections, a poll official died on way to a polling booth in Nilagiri area of Odisha’s Balasore district. The deceased has been identified as Purnachandra Panda. Panda, an employee of Barabati School, was to be deployed at booth no 28 (Ayodhya High School) in Balasore for […]

EC flying squad seizes over Rs 7 Lakh cash in Cuttack

Jagatpur: Ahead of the final phase polls in Odisha, a flying squad of the Election Commission of India today seized more than Rs 7 Lakh cash from a petrol pump in Jagatpur, Cuttack. Acting on a tipoff, the flying squad today launched a surprise raid on the petrol pump in Jagatpur. The flying squad seized […]

BJD's allegations baseless, malicious: OTV

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) once again levelled baseless and false allegations against Odisha Television Limited (OTV) today accusing that around 10 to 12 teams of the television channel tried to influence voters by distributing cash while seeking support for BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda. A delegation of the BJD met the […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: A Cry For Change

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Change has been the cry in this election in Odisha. It has been the refrain of voters in a majority of constituencies. The obvious implication of this is that anti-incumbency factor has come into play in the state for the first time since chief minister, Naveen Patnaik took up the reins […]

'Avengers: Endgame' breaks box office records in India

New Delhi: “Avengers: Endgame”, the final chapter from the Avengers franchise, has broken box office records in India by registering an opening day collection of Rs 53.10 crore, becoming the biggest Hollywood opener in the country till date. From Iron Man to Captain America to Hulk to Black Widow to Thor — Marvel superheroes have […]

Pradhan trains gun at Naveen; slams for unleashing 'terror' in Kendrapara

Bhubaneswar: With the campaigning for the fourth and final phase in Odisha coming to an end today evening, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has gone with all guns blazing at CM Naveen Patnaik. The ruling BJD has camped party’s senior leaders and workers from across the State in Kendrapara. The ruling party did so to […]

Will missile hub Balasore prove perfect victory launchpad for BJP in 2019?

Bhubaneswar: With national security taking spotlight this election and when Balasore, India’s Missile launchpad, is voting Monday,  the moot point is will the top biller of this election prove a projectile for the BJP’s fortune in the Lok Sabha (LS) seat? While BJP has deployed party’s top gun Pratap Sarangi from the Balasore LS, BJD […]

Op-Ed: Patkura Marks A New Low In Odisha Politics

By now, everyone knows Indian politics is a cynical, no-holds-barred game where there is no place for any human emotions or sensibilities. Conspiracy, intrigue and back-stabbing are the rules of this ruthless game. But even by these accepted standards of politics, what has just happened in respect of the Patkura Assembly constituency last week certainly […]

Youth lathicharged during CM Naveen's road show
Youth 'lathi-charged' by Bolangir cops during CM Naveen's roadshow DIES

Bolangir: In an unfortunate incident, a youth succumbed to the injuries today he had allegedly sustained in a lathi-charge by police during CM Naveen Patnaik’s road show in Bolangir days before the second phase polls in Odisha. The deceased has been identified as Niranjan Sahu of Agalpur Phatamunda of the district. According to sources, police […]

BJ planning egg attack on Naveen Patnaik?
BJD planning egg attack on Naveen to garner sympathy votes?

Kendrapara: One of the most sensitive among the coastal belts, Kendrapara parliamentary constituency this elections, has undoubtedly turned out to be the political hotbed of Odisha. Amid intensified campaigning by all three major political parties, BJP national vice-president and Kendrapara Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant Panda today expressed apprehension that BJD is conspiring an attack on […]

Op-Ed: Who Will The BJD Support At The Centre?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Major newspapers in state today have carried full page advertisements of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) telling people that Odisha is going to play a major role in the formation of government at the Centre this time. Asserting that no national party would get a majority at the Centre and regional […]

Kakatpur BJP MLA candidate manhandled, attacked by rival group

Puri: Pre-poll violence continued to mar Odisha elections 2019 with BJP candidate for Kakatpur Assembly constituency, Rabi Mallick being latest victim. Mallick was allegedly detained and attacked by supporters of his rival party. The incident occurred when he had gone to Srirampur village for some election-related work on Thursday night. As per reports, Mallick along […]

Engine snag makes Rahul land in Delhi; Odisha rallies to be delayed

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that there was engine trouble in his flight to Patna and was forced to return to the national capital due to which his election rallies will get delayed. “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in […]

Last 5 years were of hard work, next 5 of results: Modi

Varanasi: Making an emotional appeal in his constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged people of Varanasi to give him five more years and promised that while the last five years were for “hard work (purusarth) and change (badlav)”, the next five would be for “results (parinam) and India’s prestige (pratishtha)”. Making a sharp […]

Sans facilities, polling staff forced to spend night under open sky in Balasore

Balasore: As many as 50 polling staff from Khudra had a harrowing time as no arrangements were allegedly made for their stay in Balasore on Thursday. As a result, the poll officials were forced to spend the night under the open sky. The poll officials from Khurda have been deployed for the conduct of fourth […]

Odisha elections 2019
Political heavyweights intensify campaigning ahead of fourth phase polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Political heavyweights from different parties have intensified poll campaigning for six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly seats in Odisha which will be going to polls in the fourth phase on April 29. In a marathon campaigning in Bhadrak today, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari took part in the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh of the BJP and […]

These responses to Sunny Deol joining BJP will leave you in splits!

Best known for his roles in the movies “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” and “Border”, Bollywood actor Sunny Deol put an end to all speculations over his recent meeting with BJP president Amit Shah and joined the national party on Tuesday, showering praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sunny is third member from his family to […]

‘Thala’ Ajith Faces Public Ire, Apologises?

Social media can be a cruel place sometime! Recently, a video of South Superstar Ajith Kumar went viral social media in which a woman purportedly rebuked the ‘Viswasam’ star for standing in queue during voting at a poll both in Tamil Nadu. A twitterati shared the video and captioned it: Incident of History. Entertainment arrived. Ajith […]

Op-Ed: Maoist Threat Looms Over Nature Retreats

Bhubaneswar: During my recent visit to Sundergarh district for election coverage I took the opportunity to have a look at the famous Khandadhar waterfall located close to Bonai town. Though I was brought up in Rourkela, which I still call my city, I had never seen this waterfall before. It was a mesmerising sight with […]

Modi remains No. 1 choice to be PM: Survey

New Delhi: Narendra Modi continues to be the first choice for the Prime Ministership staying ahead of his nearest rival Rahul Gandhi by leaps and bounds, according to the latest finding of the CVOTER-IANS tracker. A survey conducted on April 19 shows that Modi was ahead of Gandhi by more than 30 percentage points as the […]

Gambhir richest among LS candidates in Delhi

New Delhi: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is the richest among all the candidates in fray for the Lok Sabha election in Delhi with total assets worth Rs 147 core. The cricketer-turned-politician, who will be making his electoral debut from East Delhi, has shown an income of nearly Rs 12.40 crore in the income tax returns […]