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Major News and Events of 10 April 2014

What Happened on 10 April 2014


3rd phase of polling today to decide 91 out of 543 Lok Sabha candidates

The Lok Sabha polls today were held in 14 states and union territories. The 3rd phase of the polls will choose 91 out of 543 candidates for the Lok Sabha. Today 190 million voters exercised their voting rights. There were serpentine queues in front of polling booths from 7am. There was excitement among the working and the middle class regarding the votes. There were reports of EVMs breaking down in some of the areas but they were quickly sorted out. 1414 candidates fate will be decided today and polling was for 20 seats from Kerala, 10 seats each from Haryana, Maharashtra ,Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha, 9 in Madhya Pradesh, all 7 in Delhi, 6 in Bihar, 4 in Jharkhand and 1 seat each in Jammu, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Island.

Reference: IANS

AAP complains of rigging in Gurgaon

The Aam Aadmi Party has complained about widespread rigging in Gurgaon Constituency. The incidents they have stated have happened in Nuh and Mewat regions where its candidate Yogendra Yadav is contesting. It was reported that the weaker section of the society were not being allowed to vote. Villagers from Ghasera village were obstructed from voting by the mob. Villagers from Ranyaki village were told by the upper caste not to vote. Police could do precious little in the scenario. In Gurgaon’s Mewat district, Punhana, Ferozpur Jhirka and Nuh assembly segments are there. Other party candidates are Rao Dharampal (Congress), Zakir Hussain (INLD) and Rao Inderjeet Singh (BJP).

Reference: IANS

TMC activists assault EC officials in Malda

Election Commission officials in Malda district of West Bengal were allegedly assaulted by TMC activists. This was when the EC officials specified their objection to the rally of TMC’s candidate from Malda South. The motorbike rally was to be held in Manikchak area in Malda and EC officials objected to this as it is prohibited. Malda DM has stated that the BDO of the district has been asked to furnish a report and whosoever is guilty will be punished. The party candidate Moajjim Hussain has specified that he was not there at the incident though he was spotted on camera. It was yesterday only that the CM Mamata Banerjee had vowed to avenge through ballot the insult which EC had meted out to the government by ordering 8 officials. Her words have been criticized by the opposition. In North 24 Parganas’ Habra the BDO had complained that he was also insulted and assaulted when he ordered the removal of Mamata Banerjee’s posters and banners. In Howrah too party workers attacked the officials for removing the TMC’s flags.

Reference: IANS

Landmine blast in Bihar kills two CRPF troop

A landmine blast in Munger district of Bihar resulted in the death of two CRPF troopers. In the state the voters waited in long queues outside polling stations in six constituencies though the Maoists have called for a poll boycott. The blast occurred in Jamui constituency in Mumger when the troopers were heading towards the polling booth. The blast spot was close to Sawa Lakh Baba Mandir which is near the Bhimbandh forest. The Naxals targeted the vehicle carrying the troopers as well as the officers of Bihar police just an hour before the polling started. Also two cane bombs were found in Gaya constituency. In Bihar 80 candidates are in fray for the six seats.

Reference: IANS

Piramal Enterprise to sell off its 11% stake in Vodafone to Prime Metals

Piramal Enterprises will sell off its 11% stake in Vodafone India to Prime Metals. The latter is an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone. Piramal notified the BSE that it has given its consent to sell the stakes worth Rs.8900 crore or $1.48 billion to Prime Metals. The chairman of the Piramal Group, Ajay Piramal stated that the company has earned its returns with the investment it did in Vodafone which was to accrue long term returns on equity. The stakes were gained in 2012-13. With this news Piramal Enterprises’ shares increased by 5.59% to Rs 566.10 that is 29.95 points higher from its earlier close at Rs.536.15.

Reference: IANS

Censorships in India on the rise, 52 in 2014

As per a report by Hoot.org in India there have been 52 censorships in 2014. These were on books, posts shared on Facebook, broadcasts, newspapers, plays, and films. What is more is the fact that censorship is increasing. Those who initiated the censorships included courts, state governments, Hindu groups like RSS and Shiv Sena, Tamil groups, student groups and the Central Board of Film Certification among others. The notable censorship was when the voting in Parliament for the creation of Telangana was blacked out. Hindu groups put censorships on films, books, plays. Penguin Books withdrew the book "The Hindus" written by Wendy Doniger. Also police beat up reporters in West Bengal and Imphal. Media was targeted by police and student groups as well.

 

Reference: IANS