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EC needn’t have snapped at L-G Murmu. Nothing wrong in talking about elections in Kashmir

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Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi

In fresh twist to Maharashtra CEO row, state says BJP man’s firm wasn’t given poll contract

Maharashtra govt is looking into allegations that a voter awareness campaign assigned to Signpost India was actually executed by BJP youth wing member’s company.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Did Maharashtra poll panel use BJP IT cell to issue ads? EC seeks report on journalist claim

Journalist Saket Gokhale has alleged that, during the Fadnavis regime, Maharashtra CEO issued ads via an agency owned by BJP IT cell convener.
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No talk of postponing polls, Bihar parties raise web campaign expense limits at EC meet

Bihar political parties held a meeting with EC Friday, but did not raise the issue of postponing the upcoming assembly elections.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

All eyes on EC as opposition chorus to defer Bihar polls gets louder but BJP, JD(U) look set

BJP says RJD doesn’t want election now as it fears of losing, while opposition is asking why ruling alliance wants the exercise when people are dying due to Covid.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora | PIB

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.
Representational image | A BJP activist wears a mask with pictures of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, in Kolkata | PTI

The case for postponing Madhya Pradesh and Bihar assembly elections

The Election Commission’s insistence on holding polls in the time of Covid will risk lives and damage democracy.
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IAS officer barred by EC for checking Modi chopper gets show cause notice for Tablighi tweet

IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin has been issued a show cause notice by Karnataka government for a tweet praising Tablighi Jamaat members.
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.

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People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

The question of herd immunity — specifically, whether some cities and regions are acquiring it sooner than expected and thus have higher than expected protection against Covid-19 — has been attracting more attention lately. Even if this hypothesis is true, however, it still leaves the world with some truly significant challenges and mandates a continuing vigorous fight against the pandemic. The evidence for herd immunity can be seen in Sweden, for example, where the case and death rate have plummeted, even though the Swedes still don’t wear masks or engage in extreme social distancing. In London, the bars, movie theaters and many other venues are open, yet the health situation appears to be stable, again with a low death rate. Of course both Sweden and southeast England were hit hard by the coronavirus early on, so if they acquired herd immunity, it may be because they had a larger percentage of the population get infected and develop some form of protection. Some researchers are suggesting that regions acquire at...
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Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

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IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
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.