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  • 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: 95 Seats Vote Today, All Of Tamil Nadu, Half Of Karnataka - 5-Point Guide
    More than half of the 95 seats voting in the second round of Lok Sabha elections today are in Southern India, representing nearly nine crore voters. People in 38 constituencies of Tamil Nadu, 14 of the 28 in Karnataka and the lone seat in Puducherry began queuing up early on Thursday in the second phase of the mammoth, seven-round general election in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term. The main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big in the southern states if they hope to oust the BJP.
  • Elections 2019: 66% Voting In Phase 2, Faulty EVMs Reported In Many States - 10 Points
    Sporadic clashes in Bengal and Tripura on Thursday marred the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in which 66 per cent polling took place. In both places, candidates came under attack and voters clashed with the police, alleging that they were not allowed to vote. Polling was peaceful in Tamil Nadu, where election in one of the 39 Lok Sabha seats was cancelled following cash-for-vote allegations. The election, held simultaneously with by-polls on 18 assembly seats that would decide the fate of the AIADMK government, was preceded by multiple raids involving huge amounts of cash. 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and one in the Union Territory of Puducherry voted in this round, which featured four union ministers and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. The counting of votes for the seven-phase election, will be held on May 23.
  • Odisha Votes In Second Phase Of Assembly Polls: 10 Points
    The electoral fate of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik will be decided today as Odisha cast votes to elect representatives to 35 assembly constituencies in the second phase of the elections. Polling is also being held in Aska, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Bargarh and Bolangir Lok Sabha constituencies and the assembly segments under them.
  • Jet Airways Crisis Explained In 10 Points
    Jet Airways, the cash-starved Indian carrier, has suspended all operations from Wednesday night after the State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders turned down its request for emergency funds. The airline, founded by Naresh Goyal, was under Rs 8,000 crore debt and was struggling to stay afloat. Until recently, the airline was the second largest carrier in India by market share. So where did it all go wrong?
  • Jet Airways Suspends Operations, Hopes To Be Back Soon: 10 Points
    Jet Airways, once India's top airline now hit by a debt-crisis, said on Wednesday that it was suspending operations temporarily, having failed to secure emergency funds from its lenders. The airline, saddled with more than Rs 8,000 crore of bank debt, has been teetering for weeks after failing to receive a stop-gap loan of about Rs 1,500 crore from its lenders, as part of a rescue deal agreed upon in late March. Today, Jet said that the lenders rejected its request for around Rs 900 crore while trying to identify an investor willing to acquire a majority stake in the airline and attempt to turn it around.
  • Tamil Nadu Votes Thursday: All You Need To Know
    Tamil Nadu votes in a national election for the first time after the death of its two iconic politicians, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, left a vacuum that will be hard to fill. After losing its charismatic leader Jayalalithaa, the ruling AIADMK has been struggling with infighting and a fierce power struggle. This election marks many firsts for the state that sends 39 members to parliament. Two legendary actors, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, have taken the plunge after holding out for many years. Only Kamal Haasan's new party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) is debuting in the election.
  • Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After Rahul Gandhi's 4-Seat Offer, Arvind Kejriwal Retort:10 Facts
    Rahul Gandhi, speaking for the first time on the hard-nosed negotiations with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on an alliance in Delhi for the national election, tweeted today that the party was ready to give up its claim on four of seven seats but Arvind Kejriwal had done a U-turn. "Our doors are still open, but the clock is running out," the Congress president posted. "What U-turn? Your tweet shows your interest in alliance is just pretence," Arvind Kejriwal retorted, accusing Rahul Gandhi, once again, of helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Electoral Bonds Stay, Top Court Asks Parties To Submit Funding Details
    Electoral bonds, which have become controversial as they enable big anonymous donations to political parties, will not be stopped in the middle of the national election that started on Thursday. In an interim order, Supreme Court asked all parties contesting the polls to furnish details of funds received through bonds in a sealed cover to the Election Commission by May 30. The details would be in the election body's "safe custody", the top court ruled, putting off its decision on bonds.
  • Row Over Veterans' Letter To President On Forces Being Used For "Agendas"
    The President's office has denied receiving a letter from over 150 veterans expressing "alarm and disquiet" at the armed forces being used for "political purposes", sources in the office said. The letter, reported to have been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, the first day of the national election, refers to the "unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and claiming the armed forces to be 'Modi ji ki Sena". Triggering a controversy, several senior retired officers, including two former service chiefs, denied having signed the letter.
  • 2 Dead In Clashes In Phase 1 Of Voting, EVM Glitches Reported: 10 Points
    Reports of Electronic Voting Machine malfunction, missing names from voters' list and sporadic violence in which two died in Andhra Pradesh, marked the first phase of voting in the mammoth, seven-phase exercise that began today to choose who rules the world's largest democracy for the next five years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP became the first party to gain majority on its own in three decades, is seeking a second term in power with promises of national security, development, farm relief and welfare measures. At the forefront of the opposition charge is a re-energised Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, who accuses the government of corruption and crony capitalism. Polling ends on May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23.
  • Supreme Court To Decide On Classified Rafale Documents Today: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court will decide today whether classified documents sourced by the media without authorisation can be considered evidence and a basis for re-examining its December verdict, which gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government over the deal for Rafale fighter jets. Citing internal notes of the defence ministry, a series of reports published by The Hindu said the ministry had objected to "parallel negotiations" for the jets by the Prime Minister's Office. Pointing to the documents, a series of petitions called for a review of the verdict. Last month, the court said concept of confidentiality in documents has undergone a huge change since the Right To Information Act was put in place.
  • BJP Lawmaker, 4 Others Killed In Blast By Maoists In Dantewada: 10 Points
    A devastating Maoist attack just two days before the national elections killed the BJP lawmaker of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on Tuesday. His driver and three security personnel also died in the attack. Bhima Mandavi, 40, was out for campaigning. The police said he had gone to the area against their advice. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack and said it was "deeply anguishing". The Election Commission has sought a report, but said polling in the state will be held as per schedule. Dantewada votes on April 11 in the first phase. Elections will also be held in the state in two other phases, on April 18 and 23.
  • Doubling Farmers' Income, Ram Temple: 10 Big Points From BJP's Manifesto
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi called his party's manifesto or Sankalp patra, a document promising good governance, security and prosperity of the country. BJP chief Amit Shah in his introductory message claimed that India is a "maha-shakti" now. During the period between 2004 and 2014, when UPA was in power, India had "slipped in the eyes of the world" but now it is among the top six economies, he said, adding that PM Modi has done justice to every sector of the society, by giving cooking gas connections in rural areas, housing and affordable healthcare for all and welfare schemes for farmers. While bringing the economy on track, the Prime Minister has shown the world how a scam-free country can be run said Amit Shah. "PM Modi has struck the source of terrorism and sent a message to the world that no one can play around with the borders of the country," Amit Shah said.
  • "Will Send You To Jail," Ranbaxy Singh Brothers Told By Court: 10 Points
    The former promoters of pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy, Malvinder Mohan Singh and his brother Shivinder Mohan Singh, were told by the Supreme Court today that they could go to jail for disobeying orders to pay dues to Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo. "We will go into the issue - why you violated our orders. We will send you to jail. We have given you a chance but you are unable to pay," the court said.
  • NaMo TV "Doesn't Need Go-Ahead", Say Government Sources: 10 Points
    NaMo TV, the channel exclusively featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches and pro-BJP content, is an "advertising platform" that does not need the government's approval, sources in the Information and Broadcasting ministry have told NDTV. The ministry has been asked for a report by the Election Commission following opposition complaints against the channel, launched without fanfare just days before the national election.

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