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Polling through mobile phones? Telangana to conduct dry run of first e-voting system in India

Developed by the Telangana State Election Commission, the e-voting system requires one to download an app to cast their vote. However, experts say it's a security risk.
The Election Commission of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

EC directs Bengal chief secretary to ensure no celebrations take place over poll results

The Election Commission in a letter said the state government must ensure that adequate steps are taken to avoid post-poll violence.
Union Ministers Bhupendra Yadav, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and Anurag Thakur come out after meeting Election Commission, in New Delhi on 28 September 2021| PTI

BJP delegation meets EC ahead of Bhabanipur bypoll, seeks ‘free & fair’ election

A BJP delegation urged EC to impose Section 144 and deploy central forces in Bhabanipur on the polling date. It also demanded that patrolling be intensified in the constituency.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

EC announces bypolls to 3 Lok Sabha seats, 30 assembly constituencies on 30 October

The election body took the decision to hold bypolls, across 14 states, after reviewing the situation related to pandemic, flood, festivals and getting feedback from concerned states/UT.
Trinamool Congress supporters protest against BJP national vice-president Dilip Ghosh in Kolkata's Bhabanipur constituency, on 27 September 2021 | Twitter screengrab/@DilipGhoshBJP

BJP’s Dilip Ghosh demands deferment of Bhavanipur bypoll after alleged attack

BJP leader Dilip Ghosh had gone inside a vaccination camp in Bhavanipur when he was allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress supporters Monday.

In Pakistan, no civilian govt won a battle with media. Last military govt also paid price

Going it alone on key policy fronts is a familiar aspect of PTI’s governance. This is what happened in the case of PMDA when no media stakeholder was consulted.
The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file photo

EC seeks urgent SC hearing on fixing timeline for release of EVMs, VVPATs used in 6 states

The Election Commission also sought that a timeline be fixed for filing election petitions relating to assembly polls of Assam, Kerala, Delhi, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
File photo of Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC tells parties to publish candidates’ criminal records, directs EC to monitor compliance

Supreme Court says all its appeals to lawmakers to prohibit involvement of those with criminal backgrounds in politics have 'fallen on deaf ears'.

Delimitation commission to visit J&K to meet all political parties, officials from 6-9 July

The commission will interact with state officials to gather information concerning the delimitation process mandated under the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, EC said.
File photo of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat | Twitter/@ANI

Unelected Uttarakhand CM Tirath Rawat faces many hurdles to retain post & time is running out

According to rules, Lok Sabha MP Tirath Singh Rawat has time only until 10 September to resign and get elected to the Vidhan Sabha, as the state has no legislative council.

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India and US flags | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Why US and India are taking on China with a ‘Middle Eastern Quad’

China has been wooing Israel and the UAE. Now they both seem to have been pulled away to be part of a second Quad, or the first murmurings of a new world order.

Pushing to have LIC IPO done by March 2022, FM Sitharaman says

Sitharaman said any delay won't be due to a lack of political will. The 65-year old insurer's internal valuation hasn't been done & the process will take time, she added.


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Army bets on technology & not more troops on ground in Eastern Command to deal with China

The 4 Corps under the Eastern Army Command has set up an integrated surveillance centre manned by soldiers from both the Army and the Air Force which tracks the LAC 24x7.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.