UP civic polls: Voters irate after names struck off the list

first_img “We voted for Vidhan Sabha elections and our polling station was Queen’s college. However, it seems that the State election commission did not validate its list from the Central election commission’s list. Could see the pain and anguish of people, especially the senior citizens whose statutory right to vote has been compromised because of irresponsible officials of the State election commission,” said Mr. Haider.Sayyad Ashraf Warsi, who runs a food store in Qaiserbagh, was, however, not that lucky. He could not find his name in the list in ward 44 of the Lucknow municipality where he lives. When he contacted officials, he said, they told him nothing could be done.”I had used the same booth in Tikrahouse to vote in the Assembly election. I don’t know what happened today. The officials at the booth went through the entire list but could not find my name,” said Mr. Warsi, looking puzzled. He said there were many others at the booth like him.Another voter in Lucknow complained that that his name was missing from all lists.”My vote used to be in Lucknow Montessori College, Purana Quila but it seems that voting stations have changed. I was told to try at Municipal Nursery School opposite Loreto but could not find our names there. What a pity!” he said.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also raised the issue through a tweet. “Media reports that a lot of voters names are missing from the voting list of today’s election. This type of digital India cannot take us forward,” he said.The State election commission is yet to issue a statement. Second phase of civic polls in Uttar Pradesh Voting for the second phase of municipal election in Uttar Pradesh was marked by a large number of names missing from the voter lists across the State.In Lucknow itself, many well-known persons as well as common voters could not find their names on the voter list.Three-time Mayor of Lucknow Dauji Gupta could not find his name in the voter list in Naka Hindola area of the State capital, along with 20 family members. UP cabinet minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kalraj Mishra’s names were also missing from the voters’ list.MLA Nasir Khan from Rampur also could not vote.Mohammad Haider, a lawyer from Lucknow, was irate after he did not find his name in the original list. He located his name in some other ward’s list and eventually managed to vote.last_img read more

Pakistan’s bid to carry out experimental atomic explosion in Tibet runs into a snag

first_imgSearching for a SiteThe Pakistan Government’s bid to carry out an experimental atomic explosion on the Chinese ranges in Tibet has run into a snag. According to sources, negotiations with the Chinese leadership are said to have floundered.Now the Pakistanis are said to be desperately trying to choose between the,Searching for a SiteThe Pakistan Government’s bid to carry out an experimental atomic explosion on the Chinese ranges in Tibet has run into a snag. According to sources, negotiations with the Chinese leadership are said to have floundered.Now the Pakistanis are said to be desperately trying to choose between the limited number of sites in their own country. Their search has acquired urgency especially since intelligence sources have confirmed that Pakistan will have capability of a delivery system in the form of F-16s by 1983.Toning it DownNo international sporting event is free of political hurdles and the Asian Games scheduled to take place in New Delhi this November is no exception. However, the first of its hurdles regarding which countries to invite to the Games seems to have been overcome with only token resistance.Last fortnight, the Asian Games Committee extended invitations to all the countries that come under the geographical embrace of Asia with two exceptions – Israel and Kampuchea. Israel was expected but Kampuchea is a prickly question since India officially recognises the Heng Samrin regime while other members of the Asian Federation do not.Kampuchea’s inclusion in the Games would have meant possible pull-outs, especially by countries in South-east Asia. To avoid further eruptions of the Israel question, India has spearheaded a move that Israel should in future be included in the European sector as far as future international sporting events are concerned.Misreading the MessagePolice with the PLA bombsThe accidental discovery of three time bombs placed in Palika Bazaar, the huge underground market in the heart of the capital, last week had a bizarre prelude. A week earlier, the Intelligence Bureau had tipped off the Centre about possible terrorist activity by the PLA (People’s Liberation Army), the extremist Manipur organisation. However, by the time the alert was passed on to the Special Branch of the Delhi Police it was wrongly misread as PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) and connected to the visit of PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Once Arafat had left, the Special Branch cancelled the alert. Days later, the bombs were discovered and claimed by the PLA only then did they realise the extent of their goof. However, the threat is still not defused. According to intelligence sources, the PLA has recently stepped up terrorist activity in Manipur and plan to extend their acts of terrorism to other parts of India.advertisementPolitical HurdlesYasser Arafat and Mrs Gandhi in New Delhi: No US-baitingMrs Gandhi is restraining criticism of the United States in preparation for her forthcoming visit to Washington. Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat who had bitterly attacked the US Administration from Indian soil for playing a “subversive role” in West Asia failed to get any kind of criticism or condemnation in the joint communique issued at the end of his visit.There was no reference to the US at all in the communique and South Block saw to it that even the Indian Ocean was not mentioned since Arafat would then insist on a demand for elimination of the Diego Garcia base. Mrs Gandhi has been lately avoiding any unkind references to the US in her speeches.No Barters for BeijingThe Chinese team which came to Delhi for border talks is said to have rejected outright the historical records produced by India claiming certain portions now under Chinese occupation. The Chinese also put across their view that the Aksai Chin area belonged to them, and could not be bartered.The Chinese team suggested that delicate negotiations on the border should be tackled only at the political level and that there could be no cartographic solution to the dispute. They also renewed their invitation to External Affairs Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to visit Beijing. The Chinese also let drop hints that once the basics were sorted out at the political level the two sides could move to a higher political plane, meaning of course a summit between Mrs Indira Gandhi and Deng Xiaoping.last_img read more

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

first_imgHong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure”.The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil.In mid-June, Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but on Tuesday she said “there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the legislative council”.“So, I reiterate here, there is no such plan, the bill is dead,” she told a news conference.Lam’s declaration appeared to be a win for opponents of the bill, but it was not immediately clear if it would be enough to satisfy them.Demonstrators have also called for Lam to resign, for an independent investigation into police actions against protesters, and for the government to abandon the description of a violent protest on June 12 as a riot.Hong Kong was returned to China from Britain in 1997 with the promise of a high degree of autonomy, but in recent years there has been growing concern about the erosion of those freedoms at the hands of Beijing.The crisis over the extradition bill has been the biggest challenge Beijing has faced to its rule in the territory in the 22 years since it re-gained control over Hong Kong.The planned bill triggered outrage across broad sections of Hong Kong society amid concerns it would threaten the much-cherished rule of law that underpins the city’s international financial status.Lam’s appearance on Tuesday was her first since a rare pre-dawn news conference a week ago after protesters besieged and ransacked the legislative building in the heart of the city.Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary.Lawyers and rights groups say China’s justice system is marked by torture, forced confessions and arbitrary detention, claims that Beijing denies.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more