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PM: India Cannot Continue Suffering Terrorism Forever And His Government Has Taken Strong Decisions Against It

New Delhi: Speaking at a function to celebrate 50 years of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)’s foundation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India cannot continue suffering terrorism forever and that his government has taken some “strong decisions” against it.

“For many decades, the country and numerous families have suffered the wounds and pain given by terrorism, Naxalism, and insurgency. What happened in Pulwama and Uri was heartbreaking. We cannot bear this pain till eternity. Enough is enough,” Modi said.

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Naveen Patnaik Announces, BJD Will Field 33% Women Candidates In 21 Parliamentary Seats In Odisha

New Delhi: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced that his party, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), will field women candidates in at least 33% of the 21 parliamentary seats in the state for the general elections.

Patnaik made this announcement at the ‘Mission Shakti’ convention in the politically important Kendrapara district but was silent on extending the measure to the assembly elections, which is being held simultaneously in the state.

“I would like to announce that Odisha will send 33% women to Parliament in the coming elections. It was a dream of Biju Babu [former CM and Naveen’s father Biju Patnaik] to empower women. Biju Babu showed the way to the entire nation. It is he who for the first time in India implemented 33% reservation for women in the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions and government jobs. In order to fulfil his dreams, I am making this announcement,” he said.

Patnaik called on national parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress to follow suit. “They should be true to their words and must follow what they are propagating for women empowerment,” he added. Two days ago, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had promised to get the Women’s Reservation Bill (108th Constitution Amendment Bill) passed in the Lok Sabha if Congress came to power.

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Voters In The 2019 LS Polls To Find Faces Of Candidates Along With Their Respective Party Symbols

New Delhi: Election Commission of India (EC) announced as it released the seven-phase schedule of the world’s largest democratic exercise, voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will find, for the first time, the faces of the candidates along with their respective party symbols in the electronic voting machines (EVMs),.

The commission has introducing a slew of new or improved measures as it aims to make the elections free, fair and transparent - with a dash of eco-friendliness thrown in for good measure. The poll panel announced that for the first time Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all EVMs.

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Supreme Court Refers Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Dispute To A Three-Member Mediation Panel

New Delhi:  A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi referred the decades-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute to a three-member mediation panel. The bench has set aside the absence of consensus between rival claimants on such a move in the hope of reaching an amicable settlement.

Former Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla will lead the panel, which will have as its members Hindu guru Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, an expert in mediation and dispute resolution.

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Mulayam To Contest Lok Sabha Election From Mainpuri; Dimple To Seek Re-Election From Kannauj

New Delhi: Veteran politician Mulayam Singh Yadav will run for election to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. The chief patron of the Samajwadi Party (SP) has represented the constituency three times in the past. His elder daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav will seek re-election from Kannauj.

The SP on Friday morning released its list of candidates for six Lok Sabha seats — three general and three reserved — for the elections that are expected to be notified this weekend or early next week. Later in the evening, “on the occasion of Women’s Day”, the party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav announced the names of three woman candidates, including his wife Dimple Yadav.