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EC asks health ministry to remove Modi’s image from Covid certificates in poll-bound states

EC move comes after a Trinamool complaint saying PM's photo on such certificates was a 'misuse' of official machinery ahead of polls. EC had asked for a report from Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal.
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EC seeks report on PM Modi photo on Covid certificates after TMC alleges poll code violation

EC gives Bengal’s chief electoral officer 24 hrs to furnish report. BJP had defended Modi’s photo on Covid vaccination certificates saying PM’s handling of pandemic has been exemplary.
File photo of BJP election campaign hoarding featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

ECI directs petrol pumps to remove hoardings featuring PM Modi’s image within 72 hours

A TMC delegation met ECI officials Wednesday and alleged that use of Modi's photographs in hoardings informing people of various central schemes violates the poll code.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh sings at his granddaughter's wedding | Twitter/rinkudhillon

When Amarinder turned wedding singer for granddaughter, and Anil Vij sang ‘Kasme waade’

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Election Commission

EC sees ‘no ground for disqualification’ of 12 Manipur BJP MLAs in office of profit case

MLAs were facing disqualification in 2018 office of profit case for holding position of parliamentary secretaries. EC has said two now-defunct laws granted them exemption.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Why NRIs won’t be able to vote in Bengal, Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry elections

Several issues need to be ironed out before the proposal can be implemented, including identification of voters and venues for voting.

Plea in Supreme Court challenges EC’s decision to hold polls in 8 phases in West Bengal

The plea, filed by lawyer M L Sharma, also seeks direction to CBI to register an FIR into the alleged chanting of religious slogans during electioneering in West Bengal.
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Everyone on election duty to get Covid vaccine before polling day, says EC

Announcing the assembly elections dates for 5 states, the Chief Election Commissioner said voting will be allowed for an additional hour, keeping in mind Covid safety guidelines.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EC to announce poll dates for Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal & Puducherry today

The terms of legislative assemblies of four states — Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and West Bengal — are coming to an end in May and June.

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Downside of dowry crackdown — women’s decision-making power falls, domestic violence goes up

Researchers from Rice University in US studied the relationship between dowry payments and Indian women's post-marital status by using amendments to the anti-dowry law.

Tax cut on fuel prices should be joint call of Centre, state govts, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The FM said that both states and the Centre draw revenue out of taxes levied on petrol and diesel, while adding 41% of the tax collections made by the Centre go to the states.

Defence

Covid vaccination approved for kin of armed forces personnel, veterans in service hospitals

The process is likely to commence next week after completion of registration of armed forces medical facilities on Co-WIN.
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There’s no stopping Modi govt because Rahul Gandhi is flaunting his muscles as Congress sinks

We can complain about undermining of institutions, misuse of agencies, discriminatory laws, use of sedition, rail-roading of legislations. But, on all key issues, Congress is MIA.