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MPLAD Fund Row: Mariyam
Elections for A & N Parliamentary Bibi rebuffs Bishnu’s claim Constituency scheduled Port Blair, Mar 05: The of the Zilla on April 10, counting on May 16 Adhyaksha Parishad (South Andaman), Mohammed Sajid Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, Mar 05: The Elections for Andaman & Nicobar Parliamentary Constituency is scheduled on 10th April, 2014 and Counting shall be on 16th May, 2014, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of A & N Islands, Mrs. Rina Ray said today. Addressing a press conference at Port Blair this afternoon, the CEO said that with this announcement of the Election Schedules, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect. She said that on 15th March 2014
Notification will be issued and the Last Date for Filing Nominations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be 22nd March 2014. “Scrutiny of Nominations will be carried out on 24th March 2014 and
Last Date for Withdrawal of Candidature will be 26th March 2014. Date of Poll is 10th April 2014 and Counting of Votes will be carried out on 16th May 2014,” Ray added. She added that as per the (See page 7)
RSC Open Sea Swimming Championship gets good response Port Blair, Mar 05: The RSC Open Sea Swimming Championship from Ross Island to Aberdeen Jetty was held today. The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A.K. Singh graced the occasion as chief guest. The event was organized by the Regional Sports Council in collaboration with the Dept. of Sports & Youth Affairs, A&N Administration. The Lt. Governor was the chief guest of the ceremony organized at the Secretary, prize distribution culminating point. The Chief
A&N (See page 2)
Miss. V.K. Mariyam Bibi today soundly rebuffed the claim of Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament that the Zilla Parishad (SA) has to refund a sum of Rs.1.14 crores to the MP LAD fund. According to information provided by the office of the MP, the amount claimed as refundable pertains to 19 works, of which 14 works were cancelled in 2010 because no progress had been made on these works. The amount released against these works, which was only the first installment of the agreed estimates, has already been refunded to the MPLAD fund. Giving details of the amount received by the Zilla Parishad for carrying out
works under the MPLAD Scheme, she clarified that the money claimed as refundable had been given for 19 works, some of which were approved as far back as 2003 when there was only one Zilla Parishad in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Many of the works for which the money was given are today completed (See page 2)
Lt. Governor visits Prothrapur Jail Jail inmates present Cheque of Rs.44,600 to Lt. Governor for LG’s Relief Fund
Port Blair, Mar 05: Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A K Singh, today visited Prothrapur Jail and inspected the basic facilities available for
the Jail inmates there. Interacting with the Jail inmates at a brief function held in the Jail premises, the (See page 7)
LG releases books on the history & geographical facts of the Islands Port Blair, Mar 05: Three books titled-”Recreating the History of A&N Islands” by Mr. R.N. Rath and Dr. (Mrs) Nirupma Rath, “Memories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands” by M. Ahmed Mujtaba and “Volcano at Barren Island”, by Arif M Mustafa were today released by the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A. K. Singh, at a simple function held today at Raj Niwas. In his brief address on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the authors of the books for their literary contributions and efforts in bringing out books on the history and geographical facts of the Islands. He stated that they will go a long way in not just educating the people of the Islands but also from mainland about the Islands. He further observed that writers and authors should base their writing on facts and research and added that as-
pects like inculcating the spir it of free enterprise among the youth should also figure in their writings. Suggesting that the authors should also write on the PostIndependence period of these Islands, the Lt Governor said that moder nization and progress achieved after the Independence era has also to be documented and recorded. He fur ther stated that the Administration is bringing out a Coffee Table Book reflecting the beauty
RSC Open... Administration, Mr. Anand Prakash was the guest of honour. Congratulating the winners, participants and organizers, the Lt. Governor said such events should be organized at regular intervals in the islands. He said “we are blessed that we are staying in the Islands which has a peaceful and serene environment” and this needs to be preserved at all cost. Turning his attention towards the unfortunate boat tragedy which took place in the Islands, he said the incident could have been prevented. He vehemently stated that the safety of the tourist is of paramount importance and the Administration is trying to make all tourists visiting these Islands feel welcomed, safe and secure. The Lt. Governor called upon the inhabitants of these Islands and the stakeholders to maintain the safety of these Islands. He further added that the Administration is committed and determined to take the Islands forward. Earlier, the event was flagged off from the historic Ross Island by Director General of Police, Mr. Sudhir Yadav in the presence of Secretary, Sports
and glory of these Islands and called upon the authors and writers of the Islands to share their valuable contributions in the form of write-ups and articles for this Coffee Table Book. Earlier, all the three authors shared their views on their books. The Chief Secretary, Mr. Anand Prakash, senior officers of the Administration, family members of the authors and prominent citizens of the Islands were present on the occasion. (From page 1)
& Youth Affairs, Mr. Rakesh Bali. The Open Sea Swimming Championship witnessed a total of 82 participants of which 72 were men and 10 women. In the men’s open category, Mr. P.B. Barua of Territorial Army (154 TA) was the winner while Mr. S.K. Raut (154 TA) and Mr. Saw Cheku (154 TA) bagged the second and third position respectively. Similarly, in the women’s open category, Kum. Naw Polisju (Mayabunder) bagged the first position while Kum. Neelam Madhuri Minj (Garacharma) and Kum. Holika of A&N Police won the second and third position respectively. In the above 50 years men’s category, renowned sportsperson Mr. S.K. Roy (Bachu) (PAO Account Officer) secured the first position while Mr. Prshish Kumar (Pahad Gaon) and Mr. Mohammed Ali (PWD Assistant Engineer) secured the second and third position respectively. The winners were awarded with a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs. 25,000, Rs.15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. The participants of the competition were also awarded with a medal, certificate and a cash prize of
Rs. 1000 each. Age was not a barrier for Mr. Nandi, age 74 who completed the event from Ross Island to Aberdeen Jetty and as an encouragement he was awarded a cash prize of Rs.5000 along with a certificate and medal. Elaborating on the success of this mega event, the Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs, Mr. Rakesh Bali said the safety of the swimmers was of paramount concern. He said lot of effort was put in to ensure this including medical examination, (See page 8)
Special Camps for Voters in all Polling Stations on 9 th March Port Blair, Mar 05: The Election Commission of India has announced a detailed schedule for the Parliamentary Elections 2014. Accordingly, the elections to the A & N islands parliamentary constituency is to be held on 10th April, 2014. As per the directions of the Election Commission, special camps will be held in all the polling stations across the islands between 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday, 9th March
MPLAD Fund... works although the office of the MP is treating them as cancelled works. “These works had been approved by former MP Shri Manoranjan Bhakta, but were sought to be cancelled by Shri Bishnu Pada Ray. This cancellation itself is a violation of the scheme under which the works were being carried out. Under provision 3.15 of the MPLAD Scheme guidelines, no Member of Parliament can cancel works approved by the former Member of Parliament during his tenure. The works that were cancelled sometime in 2010 were already in progress when they were cancelled and on the other hand the full amount that had been estimated for these works was never released by the office of the MP,” Mariyam Bibi claims. According to MPLAD Scheme guidelines, it is envisaged that approval of any work presupposes availability of land for the purpose, and site should be handed over to the executing agency right away. However, the works were cancelled mostly for non-availability of
to provide one more chance to the left out electorates to enrol their names in the electoral roll by filling form No, 6. The respective Booth Level Officers shall be available with the copies of the relevant part of the electoral rolls and necessary forms at the special camps. The Returning officer for A & N Parliamentary constituency, P Jawahar appealed to all the eligible vot(See page 8) (From page 1) land. This has been disclosed in the cancellation order itself. The money released against those works, has already been refunded to the Deputy Commissioner (South Andaman) for crediting to the MPLAD fund. Five of the nineteen works stand completed today, their construction having been initiated before the cancellation order was issued. The South Andaman, Zilla Parishad has been informing the office of the Deputy Commissioner about progress on these works from time to time. It is due to clerical oversig ht that these works are still categorized as cancelled works.For the benefit of the public, these works have been completed by the Parishad inspite of the fact that the full amount of Rs.77,98,791/- sanctioned for the works by the District Administration upon recommendation of the MP was never released. Today these works stand handed over to the user agencies and are serving the public purpose for which they were conceived.
LOK SABHA POLLS FROM 7 BEST to conduct APRIL, COUNTING ON 16 MAY IV training & exam New Delhi: Lok Sabha elections will be held from 7 April to 12 May spread over nine days in the highest number of polling days so far involving an electorate of 81.4 crore, the Election Commission announced today.Counting of votes in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies will be held on a single day on 16 May, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath announced at a press conference flanked by ECs H S Brahma and S N A Zaidi. Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously in the states of Andhra Pradesh, comes into force with imme- small number of five constituincluding Telangana region, diate effect, he said. The first encies in three states will be Odisha and Sikkim. Sampath polling day on April 7 will covered on the fourth day on was at pains to clarify that it cover six Lok Sabha constitu- April 12. The largest chunk is not a nine-phased polling encies in two states, while the of 122 Lok Sabha seats will and the whole exercise will be second on April 9 will cover go to polls in 13 states on over in 72 days, three days seven constituencies in five April 17, the fifth day of poll, less than the last elections. states. 92 constituencies will while the sixth day will witThe Model Code of Conduct go to polls in 14 states on the ness polling in 117 seats in 12 for parties and governments third day on April 10, while a (See page 5) ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Volleyball tournament Port Blair, Mar 05: The Re- Ground, Nayapuram from Samiti jurisdiction over ph. gional Sports Council, South Mar 15, 2014 onwards. All no.9933218422 and Shri Andaman will be organizing concerned Gram Panchayat Habib Ahmed, Ferrargunj volleyball knockout tourna- under South Andaman juris- Panchayat Samiti jurisdiction ment at two different venue diction may submit the list of over ph. no.9933253701 on or that is Mini Stadium, 12 players to Shri D. Das before Mar 13, 2014, a comGaracharma and Volleyball Gupta, Prothrapur, Panchayat munication said. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Isles players to participate in All India Chess tourney
Port Blair, Mar 05: The Delhi APWD, Kumar Anmol Chess Association is con- Agarwal, Kumar Anugrah ducting All India FIDE Rated Nair, as players and ManTournaments for the players ager-cum-Coach, Shri H. rated below 1600 and 1700 Dinesh, ALHW will be takconsecutively from Mar 21 ing part in the event from the to 24 and Mar 26 to 29, Andaman Nicobar Chess G over nment Emp loyees “Pen Down Show” by al- 2014. A chess team consist- Association, a communicaFederation and an assur- lowing them 15 days time ing of Shri Shailender Singh, tion said. ........................................................................................................................................... a nc e wa s gi ven b y t he for it. Secretary (Health), A&N T h e r ef o r e t he Administration and Direc- Association has decided tor of Health Services for t o C a l l O f f t h e “ P en a cc or di ng a p p r o v a l o f Down Show” which was implementation Hospital s u p p o s e t o c o mmen c e Patient Care Allowance/ w.e.f. 05.03.2014 at all Pat ient Car e Allowa nce Hospitals, CHCs, UHCs, (P CA/P CA) on pr ior ity P HC s, D is pensa r ies of basis and r equest ed the H ea lt h D ep a r t ment a ll d el eg a t i o n t o c a l l o f f over the Islands.
‘Pen Down Show’ called off Port Blair, Feb 05: Followed by the meeting held with Secretar y (Health), A&N Administration in his chamber on 04.03.2014 at 6.00 p.m. along with Director of Health Services a nd A & N H ea lth Department Ward Attendant, Aya a nd Safai Kar machar i Association delegation headed by Mr. P. K a n na n , P r es i d ent ,
Port Blair, Mar 05: The A&N different grades of Deck & Administration has initiated a Engine. Govt. of West Bendialogue for conducting exams gal has also entrusted the con(Nautical and Engine) under duct of examination as per I.V. IV Act 1917, Chapter III, Sec- Act, to Board of Examinations tion 20, at Port Blair by the for Seafarers Trust through Board of Examinations for Mercantile Marine DepartSeafarers Trust (BEST), ment, Kolkata. Mumbai through PO, MMD, All aspiring candiKolkata. The training for con- dates desirous of obtaining IV duct of these exams by BEST, Training and appearing in the will be imparted at Dr B R IV Exams (Nautical and EnAmbedkar Institute of Tech- gine) are requested to collect nology, Port Blair. the application format in per Board of Examina- son from Assistant Engineer, tions for Seafarers Trust is a Port Management Board durcollaborative body of Institute ing office hours on any workof Marine Engineers India and ing day or can be downloaded Company of Master Mariners from the website and an ISO 9001-2008 Certi- www.and.nic.in. The applicafied Organisation, set up in tions in the prescribed format 2005 to participate in activities should reach the office of that would assist Administra- Chief Port Management tion and the Industry as and Board, Port Management when required. Further, Board, Post Box 52, Port BlairMaharashtra Maritime Board 744 101, A & N Islands by 25th has signed MOU with BEST March 2014, a communication for conducting Inland Vessel from the Chief Port Adminiscompetency examination for trator said. ...........................................................................................................................................
Sena slams 'businessman' Gadkari over meeting with MNS chief 06.03.2014
EDITORIAL..... Special, strategic relationship: India is an essential partner in America’s broader engagement with Asia US vice-president Joseph Biden declared last July that India and the US will shape "peace and prosperity in the 21st century''. Through hard work and firm commitment, we have established a lasting partnership that is equipped to meet not just today's news but tomorrow's global challenges. Our successes are significant: a nearly fivefold expansion of US-India trade between 2000-12 to reach almost $100 billion, a thriving defence relationship that is founded on a common strategic vision and a commitment to expand our partnership across most fields of human endeavour — from education to innovation, intelligence sharing to counterterrorism, space collaboration to energy cooperation — including in areas that once seemed impossible given where our relations were just a few short years ago. That does not mean our relationship does not have real challenges to overcome. Given recent events, many wonder whether USIndia ties have plateaued. Participatory democracy prides itself in the rough-and-tumble of open discourse across our vibrant media and our respective political cultures. When differences of opinion arise, we sort through them in a healthy, open, vigorous public debate that befits our values.I assure you the challenges to the bilateral relationship pale in comparison to the strength of our enduring commitment. As India's ambassador to the US eloquently noted just two weeks ago, "The grand strategy underwriting our ties is fundamentally sound." It is becoming widely accepted that our converging interests will shape Indo-Pacific strategic and economic geography, and with it the future of the 21st century and half the world's population that call this region home. Our counterterrorism, intelligence and law enforcement cooperation will keep our peoples more safe; our diplomatic and service-toservice partnership in the Indian Ocean will keep vital sea lanes free for navigation and commerce; and the co-development and co-production of defence platforms will enhance the security of both our nations for generations to come. So what should we strive to accomplish, given what we have already forged? During his trip, Biden articulated a vision of a half trillion dollars of bilateral trade, quintupling our current levels. We must strive to create more open and transparent trade and investment regimes that make all our citizens more prosperous. Stronger enforcement of intellectual property and patent protection is not just good for American companies but will also protect India's entrepreneurs, content creators and investors. We should strive to conclude a bilateral invest-
ment treaty that will greatly boost our ability to achieve the ambitious goal set forth by Biden. In a globalized world, a relationship like ours can't be focussed on developments in Delhi and Washington only, nor can it be limited to our bilateral interests. India is an essential partner in America's broader engagement with Asia, where our interests naturally converge. Over the course of this century, our governments need to work with partners across the Indo-Pacific region to ensure that all countries can enjoy the benefits of peace, stability and freedom that come with open societies and open markets. To that purpose, we should seize the historic opportunity afforded by Myanmar's opening to connect South and Southeast Asia into an integrated economic landscape. Through our trilateral dialogue with India and Japan, we are doing just that.We are similarly working together to ensure a prosperous, stable, secure future for Afghanistan by working to connect the economies of South and Central Asia. India has committed more than $2 billion in aid to increase prosperity and stability in Afghanistan. It has improved its transit trade with Pakistan and Afghanistan.The US is helping Afghanistan access regional energy supplies through efforts to advance the CASA-1000 hydropower initiative and the TAPI natural gas pipeline. We are also helping increase regional trade through rail and road connectivity. In short, we are helping link up the markets of the least economically integrated neighbourhood in the world to India, one of the most dynamic economies in Asia.At its core, our relationship is between our two peoples and our societies. Our educational institutions, research facilities, corporate boardrooms, families, media and stateand local-level governments are forging strong, diverse linkages that buttress the work governments are doing. Our landmark civil nuclear agreement will enable American companies to assist India in building state-ofthe-art reactors, capable of lighting cities and powering factories even through the hottest of India's summers or coldest of winters. We are also pioneering cooperation in areas such as sustainable and renewable energy, weather and monsoon forecasting, water resources, forestry and agriculture and space research.Working together, we have advanced the US-India relationship in ways that will deliver undeniable benefits for both our peoples. We have forged a partnership that advances our values and interests even as we witness the emergence of a truly globalized world — brought closer by technology and innovation, but still contending with the ills of inequality, conflict and environmental degradation. And at this strategic moment, the opportunity for the US and India to work together to improve lives in both our countries and the world has never been more important.
MUMBAI: Continuing to target Nitin Gadkari over his plea to Raj Thackeray not to field candidates in Lok Sabha polls, Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the senior BJP is a "businessman, who has inked a deal with the MNS chief." Gadkari, who enjoys a good rapport with Raj Thackeray, had met him at a suburban five-star hotel two days back, triggering speculation that BJP was trying to win over the MNS chief into NDA for upcoming elections even as he said there was no reason for Shiv Sena to be annoyed by his meeting with Raj. "There is no doubt in the mind of the people of Maharashtra that BJP leader Nitin Gadkari is a thorough businessman. In the field of politics also he has developed a skill to get whatever he wants without investing any capital," Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said in the editorial of his party mouthpiece 'Saamna'. "Gadkari is so skilled that without offering any 'dakshina' (money given for one's services) to the MNS chief, he has sought his support. "And there are reports that without paying or accepting
any toll, the MNS chief has agreed to accept Gadkari's plea," the Sena chief said taking a dig at Raj over his recent agitation against toll. "Gadkari asked the MNS chief not to field MNS nominees to avoid division in vote against Congress, which may harm Narendra Modi's chances of becoming the Prime Minister," he said. If Gadkari has such reservations, then it may also arise questions in the mind of common people whether the Modi wave is really strong enough, Thackeray said. "Modi is a strong leader and he has created a storm. There is a strong wave in favour of Modi not only there in Maharashtra, but in the entire country and Shiv Sena is strongly behind him. The Mahayuti (the five-party opposition alliance including Sena, BJP) has entered into the fray to win as many seats to support Modi become the Prime Minister," he said. "If Modi is great, the people of Maharashtra will wholeheartedly vote for him. Therefore, nobody should be concerned about the division of votes," Thackeray added.
LOK SABHA POLLS FROM 7 APRIL, COUNTING......
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states on April 24. The sev- with two constituencies will two-day poll on April 7 and tions, Sampath exhorted the by candidates to ensure that enth day of polling on April 30 have a single day polling on 12 while heartland Uttar 1.1 crore election officials to no omission is made out. A will choose representatives in April 17. Gujarat (26 seats), Pradesh will choose 80 MPs rededicate themselves to the candidate will have to file a
89 constituencies spread over nine states and the eighth day on May 7 will cover 64 seats in seven states. Polling will conclude on the ninth day on May 12 with elections in 41 constituencies in three states. Andhra Pradesh, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats, will go to polls on April 30 and May 7. Elections in the respective assembly segments will be held simultaneously. The first day of polling on April 30 will cover 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats in t he Telangana region and the second on May 7 will cover 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 Assembly seats in t he Seemandhra region. Sampath explained that irrespective of the appointed day for the creation of the new state of Telangana, elections will be held in the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies as they exist today. The corresponding Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies would go to the respective states once the bifurcation process of the state is complete. Arunachal Pradesh will have single day polling on April 9 to cover two constituencies, while Assam with 14 Lok Sabha seats will have a three-day poll on April 7, 12 and 24. Battlestate of Bihar with 40 constituencies will have polling on six days beginning April 10, 17, 24, 30 and May 7 and 12. Naxal-hit state of Chhattisgarh will witness a three-day poll on April 10, 17 and 24 to elect 11 MPs, while the small state of Goa
Haryana (10) and Himachal Pradesh (4) will have a single day polling on April 30, April 10 and May 7 respectively. Kerala (20) and Karnataka (28) will also have a single day polling on April 10 and 17 respectively. Jammu and Kashmir with six Lok Sabha seats will witness polling on five days on April 10, 17, 24, 30 and May 7, while Jharkhand with 14 seats will go to polls on three days April 10, 17 and 24. 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh and 48 seats in Maharashtra will go to polls on three days - April 10, 17 and 24. Two seats in Manipur will go to polls on April 9 and 17 while its neighbours Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1) and Nagaland (1) will go to polls on a single day on April 9. Odisha (21 LS seats) will have a two day polling on April 10 and 17 to elect 10 and 11 constituencies respectively. On the same days, assembly elections will be held on 70 and 77 assembly segments respectively. Punjab will have a single-day polling on April 30 to elect 13 MPs, while Tamil Nadu (39 seats) and Puducherry (1) and will go to polls on April 24. Uttarakhand (5) will go to polls on May 7. Voters in Rajasthan with 25 seats will exercise their franchise on April 17 and 24 to elect 20 on the first day and 5 MPs on the other day. Sikkim's lone Lok Sabha seat will go to polls on April 12 while simultaneously electing its 32member Assembly. Tripura with two seats will witness a
on six days on April 10, 17, 24, 30 and May 7 and 12. West Bengal will go to polls on five days to elect 42 MPs on April 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12. NCT of Delhi with seven seats will have a single day poll on April 10. Likewise the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh and Lakshadweep will choose their lone representatives on April 10, while Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu will elect their sole representatives on April 30. The total electorate in the country as per final published E-rolls with January 1, 2014 as the cut-off date is about 81.45 crore compared to 71.3 crore in 2009, an increase of more than 10 crore electors. Over 2.3 crore new electors in this age group of 18 to 19 years, constituting 2.88 per cent of total electors have been added. The last election had seen an increase of 0.75 per cent in this age group. The number of electors enrolled as "Others" gender that comprising transgenders is 28,314. There are also 11,844 overseas electors in the current electoral rolls and another 13,28,621 service electors. The Chief Election Commissioner appealed to the political parties and candidates to uphold the peerless democratic traditions of the nation by maintaining high standards of political discourse and fairplay in their election campaign. Reassuring the nation of its commitment to hold free, fair and credible elec-
tasks associated with the conduct of elections as a sacred duty. He also called upon all voters to reinforce the democratic ethos of the nation by turning up at polling stations and exercising their right to vote in an informed and ethical manner. Bye-elections to 23 vacancies in Bihar (2), Gujarat (7), Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram (one each), Uttar Pradesh (4) and West Bengal (6) will be held simultaneously on the dates of Lok Sabha elections in these states. The Commission also allowed a last chance to all such eligible voters whose names have been deleted from the electoral rolls for some reason to be registered again. "The EC has directed that a special camp be organised at all 9.30 lakh polling stations on March 9 for this purpose," Sampath said. The electoral rolls are ready after being updated with January one this year as the cut-off date and will be put up at polling booths for a final check by voters. The EC will use EVMs for the Lok Sabha elections and a total of over 17 lakh EVMs will be deployed during the polls. For the first time in parliamentary polls, a system of paper trail for electronic voting will be introduced in some constituencies on a trial basis and the Commission is in the process of procuring 20,000 EVMs which will be deployed for this purpose. The EC is also introducing a system of optional e-filing of affidavits
hard copy of the affidavit along with the nomination paper. In case a column is left blank, the Returning Officer will send a notice to the candidate for filing a fresh one, failing which the nomination is liable to be rejected following a Supreme Court directive in this regard. The Commission has also issued guidelines to political parties asking them to explain the rationale of financing the promises they make in their election manifestos. The guidelines that followed Supreme Court directions in this regard have now been made part of the Model Code. From the coming elections, candidates in a parliamentary constituency in bigger states can spend up to Rs 70 lakh on their campaign, up from Rs 40 lakh in 2011. In the 2009 elections, it was Rs 25 lakh. Another first in the Lok Sabha elections will be the introduction of "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in voting, which came into vogue in the assembly elections a few months ago. A total of 1.1 crore poll personnel, half of them being security forces, will be deployed for the smooth conduct of polls and to ensure that they are free and fair. A database of the civilian staff to be deployed for conducting polls has been prepared and at least 5.5 million civilian staff would be deployed. The list of central government employees to be deployed for poll duty as micro-observers in sensitive polling stations has also been prepared. PTI
Stonehenge may just be a giant musical instrument! onehenge may have been the home of early rock music, according to a new study which suggests that the prehistoric monument was built as a giant musical instrument. Researchers in the UK bashed more than 1,000 types of rock and found that the bluestones, which formed the earliest stone circle, produce a unique sound. While most rocks make a dull thud, the bluestones 'sing', researchers said. This unique sonic property could be why neolithic men dragged the huge stones 321 km from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, to Salisbury Plain, in Wiltshire, 'The Times' reported.The theory could also explain why the stones were arranged in a circle â€” so that the sound they made resonated.The researchers, from the Royal College of Art, were granted access to Stonehenge by English Heri-
tage and allowed to 'play' the structure. "We found it was a noteworthy soundscape, with a significant percentage of the actual rocks making metallic sounds like bells, gongs, tin drums, etc, when tapped with small, handheld 'hammerstones'," said Paul Devereux, one of the leaders of the study. "There had to be something special about these rocks otherwise why would you take them from Wales all the way to Salisbury Plain? "The stones may
Deep sea species make 95% of world's fish
SYDNEY: Fish that live in the mesopelagic zones constitute 95 per cent of the world's fish biomass, marine biologists have found.Mesopelagic fish live between 100 and 1000 metres below the surface. The discovery highlights that mesopelagic fish in the earth's oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought."This very large stock of fish that we have just discovered that holds 95 per cent of all the fish biomass in the world is untouched by fishers," said the researchers.Scientists have have been thought to have attributed the secret behind their vast population to their magical qualities because of capacity to avoid fish nets their exceptional sonic nature. We have percussionists who have been able to get proper tunes out of the rocks. This is real rock music," Devereux said. According to Rupert Till, from the University of Huddersfield, who has made a separate study of the sounds of Stonehenge, the monument's acoustics were well known to the Victorians. The research is published in the archaeological journal Time and Mind.
and prowling eyes of the birds.They have large eyes to see in the dim light, and also enhanced pressure-sensitivity. "They are able to detect nets from at least five metres and avoid them," noted professor Carlos Duarte of University of Western Australia.Duarte led a sevenmonth circumnavigation of the globe in the Spanish research vessel Hesperides with a team of scientists collecting echo-soundings of mesopelagic fish.He said most mesopelagic species tend to feed near the surface at night, and move to deeper layers in the daytime to avoid birds.
Kejriwal in Gujarat, says no evidence of development in state RADHANPUR:Taking on Narendra Modi on his home turf, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the BJP PM of trying to stall his visit to Gujarat after he was briefly “detained” by police and said he did not find any evidence of development claimed by the chief minister. As he embarked on his four-day tour to verify Modi’s claims of providing water, power, education and healthcare to people of his state, the former Delhi chief minister was taken to Radhanpur police station in north Gujarat and allowed to go after half an hour. AAP’s state convenor Sukhdev Patel claimed that Kejriwal was
detained but police denied it saying they had only “briefed” Kejriwal on the model code of conduct which came into force today with the declaration of poll schedule. Kejr iwal alleged that the police had acted on the “orders from the top”. “We came to know in the morning itself that all the DSPs have been instructed to stop Kejriwal under any circumstances. Modi has also been sending some people with black flags. We know they will resort to such tactics,” Kejriwal said. “They stopped us and claimed that we were violating the model code of conduct. I told them that none of our vehicles is car-
Elections for... direction of ECI, Special Camps shall be held in all Polling Stations on 9th March 2014 throughout the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “The BLO’s shall be available with copies of the Electoral Roll and Form-6. This will give an opportunity to persons to avail of one more chance to check whether their name etc. is on the Roll and to take action to include their names,” the CEO added. Sharing Elector’s data Mrs. Ray said that total number of voters in all three districts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 2,57,859, out of which 136357 are male and 121502 are female. She said that there will be total 386 polling stations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to ensure convenience
of voter and smooth polling. “The Pilopatia Polling Station no. 369, Campbell Bay located in Nicobar District has the minimum number of voters i.e. 9 and Atlanta Point, Polling Station no.185, located in South Andaman District has the maximum number of voters i.e. 1313,” She added. The CEO informed that the southernmost Polling Station of the country is Shastri Nagar(P.S. No 384) in the Campbell Bay Subdivision of District Nicobar. She said that total number of Polling St ations has increased from 345 in 2009 to 386 and total votes from 2,41,353 to 2,57,859. “From this election, the option of NOTA (None Of The Above) on the ballot
Lt. Governor... Lt. Governor appreciated the compassionate gesture shown by the inmates, who presented a cheque of Rs 44,600 to the Lt. Governor as a contribution towards the LG’s relief fund. The donation itself reflects the feeling of humanity and caring attitude of the Jail inmates, who despite living a stressful and hard life thought to help the needy people of these Islands by their contribution towards the noble cause, the Lt. Governor said. The inmates have contributed towards the LG’s Relief fund by donating the money from their wages. The Lt. Governor interacted with the inmates including the foreign nationals. Describing Jail as a reformation center, the Lt. Governor directed the Jail authorities to ensure that basic
facilities are provided to these inmates, which should be up to the mark. He also issued direction to the Secretary (Law) to make available sports and recreational facilities for the inmates. Directions were issued for upgrading the library facilities and providing informative books and magazines besides newspapers so that these inmates are aware of the developments taking place outside. The Lt. Governor also met the women inmates in the jail and enquired about their well being. He also saw the handicraft works of the women inmates. The Lt. Governor also visited the kitchen block and had a taste of the food prepared for the inmates. Thereafter, he visited the medical block and
rying stickers or any symbol of our party. So we were allowed to go,” Kejriwal said. But police had a different version. “He was not detained. Since the election dates are announced, we just wanted to make sure that he follows the model code of conduct and take due permission. Thus, we took him to police station to brief him about the same,” Parikshita Rathod, Patan district superintendent of police told PTI. Kejriwal was heckled at some places by protesters who showed black flags and shouted slogans that AAP is “anti-Narmada” and called him an “agent of Congress”. (From page 1) paper will be introduced. Photo Voters Slips will be given at the doorstep of all electors towards the date of poll. This will serve as a reminder to the voter and an invitation to vote. It will contain details such as EPIC No, location of the Polling Station, etc.,” the CEO said. Acc ording to the CE O 100 percent EPIC coverage has been achieved in t wo distr ic ts namely N& M Andaman and Nicobar of A&N which is duly confirmed by t he Electoral Registration Officer through the two District Election Officers and in South Andaman district 99.4% EPIC coverage has been achieved and efforts are being made to attain 100% EPIC coverage in South Andaman also. (From page 1) interacted with the inmate patients there. Directions were issued to evolve some mechanism so that doctors and nurses are available on call duty to take care of the health needs of the inmates. The Lt. Governor also visited the workshop block where inmates are being imparted training in different trades such as carpentry, furniture making and handicrafts from cane and bamboo, tailoring and weaving. A memento was presented to the Lt. Governor by the jail inmates on the occasion. DGP, Shri Sudhir Yadav, Secretary (Law), Shri G.Theva Neethi Dhas, the IG (Prison) Shri Pankaj Kumar Singh, Superintendent Jail, Shri K. C Meena and Jailor Mohd Haneef were present on the occasion.
AAP has fielded NBA leader Medha Patkar from North East Mumbai. Kejriwal, on his route from Ahmedabad city to North Gujarat on the first day of his four-day tour, interacted with villagers, visited government hospitals in backward areas and addressed small gatherings where he urged people to reject BJP and Congress. After visiting a few villages in North Gujarat, he
said that “no evidence of development is to be seen”. “Gujarat government and the media says there is ‘Ramrajya’ in this state. (They say) Education has developed, health issues have been resolved, cor r uption has been finished...So we have come here to see that development in Gujarat,” he had said on his arrival at the city air port this morning.
1985 cut-off for domicile in Uttarakhand: SC DEHRADUN: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 2013 Nainital high court order granting domicile and caste certificates to people residing in Uttarakhand since 1985. More than 40 lakh people who live in the state's four plain districts will benefit from the order, said senior government officials. A Supreme Court bench of Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhyay and Justice Kurian Joseph dismissed former chairperson of the Utt arakhand Rajya Nirman Andolankari Samman Parishad Ravindra Jugran's petition challenging the HC order. Dehradunresident Jugran said he is taking legal advice and is con-
templating filing another review petition in the apex court. On August 17, 2012, the high court had stated that any person living in Uttarakhand since November 9, 2000 — the day when the state was formed — was entitled to get domicile and caste certificates. The order was challenged and on May 25, 2013 a HC bench changed the cut-off date to 1985. Jugran moved SC in September 2013, saying the order was in violation of the Constitution and a presidential order, which entitles anyone staying anywhere in the country since 1950 to get domicile certificate of that place.
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PM's group clears 147 projects worth Rs 5 lakh crore NEW DELHI: Set up to track stalled mega investment schemes, the Prime Minister's Project Monitoring Group (PMG) has cleared 147 projects, entailing an investment of around Rs 5 lakh crore. "PMG has facilitated clearance to 147 projects worth about Rs 5 lakh crore in which more than 200 issues, including environment and forest clearances, were involved," said PMG chairman Anil Swarup while addressing the media here today at a CII conference on reviving investments. In 100 out of 147 projects facilitated by the PMG, Rs 3.1 lakh crore investments have been made as per the industry figures, Swarup said, adding that these entailed a total investment of Rs 3.8 lakh crore. A large number of projects related to coal, and the monitoring of the schemes has ensured that fuel supply agreements have been signed between power firms and coal companies for about 70,000 MW, out of the targetted 78,000 MW. He asserted that monitoring of the schemes was creating a pressure on the ministries which were expediting the process and was hopeful to roll out digitisation at least in the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) by July. "First we have taken
digitisation process with MoEF and are discussing with other ministries including mines. Hopefully, we will be rolling out by July 1. We are not changing any process so we are not going to attract Election Commission's attention. We are tracking the files," he said. PMG's vision is to make every information available on the web, thereby creating transparency through IT-related applications, he said, adding that "specific details, however, would be available to project proponents only as I don't want companies to poach into other's areas." Asked whether the process would be impacted due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Swarup said, "Election Commission basically prevents taking policy decisions. If a routine clearance is to be given which is
stuck somewhere, I don't think anyone is going to object to it. We only ensure timely decisions are taken and it will continue." He added that 13 states have decided to set up similar PMGs. "We have told states that we are ready to share the portal with them and they can start monitoring the projects below Rs 1,000 crore. This is irrespective of political colour. It is apolitical," he stressed. On projects that were rejected, he said, a number of them were rejected, including two which were asking for domestic gas as there was no gas availability. PMG has identified over 435 stalled projects worth around Rs 20 lakh crore, pending for years. The PMG was set up in June last year to facilitate and fast-track projects by resolving specific issues.
swimming proficiency and briefing. He also expressed his hap pine ss t hat t he event was a success and congratulated the sports persons. E ar lier , t he Director, Sports & Youth Affairs, Mr. Lucas Robert welcomed the gathering.
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The event was witnessed by higher Officers from the Administration, IG Coast Guard, senior officers of A&N Police and people from all walks of life. T he ev e nt concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Chairman, RSC, M r . K . Ganeshan.
Special Camps... ers to avail this opportunity before the electoral rolls are finalized. The voters can also check their names in the electoral rolls by visiting the w e b s i t e www.and.nic.in and then clicking under Parliamentary Elections 2014 and avail search option either by name or EPIC number .
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The voters can also avail SMS facility by typing AN ( space ) EPICNO (type all digits of EPIC) and send SMS to 51969. A toll free number 1950 has also been setup in the election control room to inform the general public abou t their Booth level officer.(PIB)
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