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A board put up by the District Magistrate (East Delhi) at the house of a coronavirus-affected patient in east Delhi | Manvender Vashist | PTI

EC allows use of indelible ink to mark home quarantined, but lists two conditions

The Election Commission suo moto reviewed its guidelines on the use of the indelible ink and notified the health secretary.
Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai

Civic polls put off in Andhra Pradesh amid COVID-19 scare; uncertainty looms large in Bengal

While elections to rural and urban local bodies in Andhra Pradesh have been put off indefinitely, gram panchayat polls were suspended for six weeks.
Representational image of Mirage 2000 fighter jets, which IAF deployed for the Balakot air strikes

Why an IAF Air Marshal and his wife fought just before Balakot air strike

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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.
Election Commission

EC hits former CEC Quraishi with ‘selective amnesia’ barb over his code violations record

EC has written to the former CEC claiming that during his 2-year tenure, only 9 showcause notices for MCC violations, and no FIRs, were issued in 11 state and union territory elections.
People outside Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC orders criminal records of candidates be published within 48 hours of selection

The Supreme Court observed that there has been an alarming increase in number of candidates with criminal background in the last four general elections.
IT raids

Gujarat to Delhi, BJP’s ally is Election Commission. And Congress must be blamed for this

Be it Modi and Kejriwal bypassing the MCC or Anurag Thakur and Adityanath’s vitriolic remarks, poll watchdog’s selective actions could have been avoided.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

These parties don’t have a fixed symbol but still got cash through electoral bonds

In its latest affidavit in the Supreme Court, EC says as many as 70 registered unrecognised parties received funds via electoral bonds since 2017.
Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh

Delhi voter turnout was 62.59%, says Delhi chief electoral officer after ‘delay’ row

The Delhi chief electoral officer made the announcement amid a controversy over what was described as an inordinate delay in finalising turnout figures.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.