Polling in the 16 constituencies of Jharkhand today ended with 70.42 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise in the fifth and final phase of elections to the 81-member state assembly as the day passed off peacefully.
Diplomat Devyani Khobragade at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said on Saturday.
BJP President Amit Shah today said his party is against forceful conversions and asked other political parties in the country to support a Bill in this regard if they are 'sincere' in their approach to secularism.
A day after introducing the long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the government is "extremely determined" to push insurance sector reforms and will not allow political obstructionism to stop it.
As Jammu and Kashmir votes in the fifth and final leg of Assembly elections today, several high-profile candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, will try their luck in 20 seats spread over three districts, amid a strong security deployment.
Taking a serious view of the statements made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the media, the Ministry of External Affairs has stripped her of her duties as director in the partnership development division. The ministry has said that Ms Khobragade did not take due permission before making statements and put her under "compulsory wait".
Amid tight security, polling today began on a brisk note for the fifth and final round of elections in Jammu and Kashmir in which 213 candidates, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and four other Ministers, are trying their luck in 20 seats.