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Govt has agreed to proposal to allow voters above 65 years to use postal ballot: CEC 

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, however, said the facility of voting through postal ballot will not be extended to those Covid patients having comorbidities.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Poll model code of conduct is good enough, doesn’t need legal backing: CEC Sunil Arora

In an interview with ThePrint, CEC Sunil Arora made light of criticism lobbed at EC for allegedly failing to check hate speech during Delhi polls.
Aadhaar Card

Modi govt tells EC it will amend laws to link Aadhaar with voter IDs to enable remote voting

Govt assures poll watchdog it will soon take the proposal to Cabinet for approval as this would require amendments to Representation of People’s Act.
Election Commission

Election Commission proposes making paid news and false affidavits electoral offences

CEC Sunil Arora, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra also discussed linking of voters list or electoral roll with Aadhaar numbers to clean up duplicate entries.

EVMs can’t be tampered with, says CEC Sunil Arora as he rules out return to ballot system

Speaking at an event, the CEC said the Election Commission will engage with political parties in coming days on various electoral reforms and the model code.

EC had flagged concerns over electoral bonds to Modi govt after Lok Sabha elections too

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had written to the law minister reiterating a range of bond-related reforms that were pending with the government.

Constitutional protection for commissioners, 1 candidate, 1 seat — reforms EC to push again

EC had last raised the pending reforms with law ministry on 2 September and will now reiterate them in a meeting with the law secretary.
TN Seshan

TN Seshan, former CEC who cleaned up India’s electoral system, dies at 86

Known for his no-nonsense approach, Seshan is credited with enforcing model code of conduct and bringing in electoral reforms in the 1990s.
CEC

Should EC make dissent in its decisions public or does it promote needless public scrutiny?

Two former chief election commissioners have said that a dissenting opinion by an election commissioner must be mentioned in the poll body’s order.

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu protests outside poll panel’s office saying it’s tyrannical

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu wrote to the chief election commissioner saying the EC is autocratic, with a partisan attitude.

On Camera

Against the 1000 questions TV news had after Sushant Singh’s death, we have just six

#JusticeForRajput is the popular hashtag on Republic TV and Times Now. But who will look into all the injustices they have committed in the name of 'Breaking News'?
RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Delays feared in RBI’s debt recast plan as Kamath panel seeks clarity on members, deadline

RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.