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People queued in huge number to cast their votes in the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Voters turn out in large numbers in first phase of Bihar assembly polls

Election Commission has put in place elaborate mechanism, including keeping sanitiser and gloves handy for voters and polling staff at booths.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EC sets up committee to revise candidates’ expenditure limit in Lok Sabha, assembly polls

Considering the the difficulties candidates will face in campaigning amid Covid-19, the government Monday enhanced the existing expenditure limit by 10%.
Former Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath | ANI

EC issues notice to Kamal Nath on ‘item’ jibe, says remarks were violation of model code

The poll body gave the Congress leader 48 hours to explain his stand regarding the remark, failing which it will take a decision without further reference to him.
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Bonus for govt employees at taxpayer expense wrong. Everybody must sacrifice in this economy

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RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav during an election campaign rally at Masaurhi in Patna | PTI

EC pulls up parties for flouting Covid norms amid campaigning in Bihar

In an advisory issued to all parties, the poll panel said chief electoral officers must invoke appropriate punishments against candidates and organisers for such violations.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Poll predictions in media by astrologers, tarot readers violation of electoral law, says EC

New Delhi: When there is a ban on `, prediction of poll results in the media by astrologers, tarot readers and analysts is a violation of the electoral law, the Election Commission said on Thursday. The EC's advisory, re-issued ahead of the three-phase elections in Bihar beginning later this month, asked the media, both electronic and print, to "refrain" from airing and publishing such programmes during the prohibited period to ensure free, fair and transparent polls. The advisory was first issued on March 30, 2017 in which the poll watchdog cited Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act. The provision states that "no person shall conduct any exit poll and publish or publicise by means of the print and electronic media or disseminate in any other manner, whatsoever, the result of any exit poll during such period as may be notified by the Election Commission...." The March 2017 advisory was issued...
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EC doubles broadcast time allotted to parties in Bihar on Doordarshan, AIR ahead of polls

The additional time to be allotted to a party has been decided on the basis of its poll performance in the last Bihar Assembly election in 2015.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Polling officers to deliver forms for postal ballots to elderly in Bihar, says EC

Forms will also be delivered to those with disabilities and are part of the Election Commission’s efforts to make the procedure to opt for postal ballots more convenient ahead of the Bihar polls.
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No assembly bypolls for 7 seats in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam & West Bengal, says EC

The Election Commission decided not to announce the conduct of elections in the 7 vacancies in legislative assemblies, after it received specific requests from the states.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Bypolls for 1 Lok Sabha, 56 assembly seats to be held on 3, 7 November, says EC

The bypolls to 54 assembly seats will take place on 3 November, and those for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and two assembly seats in Manipur will be held on 7 November.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.