Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

Topic: ECI

EC allows authorised media persons to cast vote through postal ballot in upcoming polls

Railways employees, All India Radio and BSNL workers are among others that have been categorised as essential services who can cast their vote through postal ballot.

EC announces poll dates for 5 states, voting to take between 10 February and 7 March

UP elections will be held in 7 phases between 10 Feb and 7 March, while Punjab, Uttarakhand & Goa will vote on 14 Feb. Manipur will vote in 2 phases on 27 Feb and 3 March. Results on 10 March.

ECI revokes Sonu Sood’s appointment as Punjab’s ‘state icon’, he says voluntarily stepped down

Sood said the decision was mutually taken by him & EC in light of his family member contesting in Punjab Assembly polls and 'like all good things, this journey has come to an end too'.

On EC recommendation, govt hikes poll expenditure limit for candidates ahead of assembly polls

Revised poll expenditure limit for candidates is Rs 40 lakh instead of Rs 28 lakh in big states, and Rs 28 lakh instead of Rs 20 lakh in smaller states.

EC Rajiv Kumar wanted to file separate affidavit in Madras HC, denied due to ‘lack of precedence’

The split in the EC came over the Madras HC’s censure and ‘murder-charges’ remark. The body was reportedly not unanimous in its approval for the plea on a gag order on media.

Did Ashok Lavasa case change it all for EC? Why India needs a TN Seshan: Ex-IAS officer

The election commissioners should have controlled the madness in West Bengal, but their partisan attitude has only strengthened the negative impression about civil services.

ECI orders repolling in four polling booths in Assam on 20 April

The ECI order said that repolling will be held at Ratabari contituency's polling station after an EVM was found in a car belonging to the wife of a BJP candidate.

A ‘partly free’ India and Haryana’s 75% quota law amid rising unemployment

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SC stays HC order asking political parties to conduct virtual campaign for MP bypolls

The Election Commission filed a plea, saying it oversees the conduct and management of polls and the Constitution expressly forbids judicial interference in the process.

EC announces bypolls to 64 assembly seats & 1 Lok Sabha constituency

Spread across 18 states, the bypolls will be held on 21 October and the votes will be counted on 24 October.

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What it will take to vaccinate the world against Covid

A Q&A with vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, author of 'Preventing the Next Pandemic', on developing a low-cost Covid vaccine, and why Omicron won’t be the end of the pandemic.
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Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.


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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.