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EC rejects demands of Maha assembly poll on ballot papers

Mumbai, Sep 18 (UNI) Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday rejected the deamnds of Maharashtra Opposition parties not to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in upcoming state assembly elections, while saying that that “ballot papers are history now.”

While talking to media persons after having meetings with the representatives of various political parties, Mr Arora said, "A few political parties have asked for voting through the ballot papers… We have politely but firmly told them that it is not possible as ballot papers are history now.”

He added that the ECI is following successive judgments of the Supreme Court on this issue and will continue the same policy in the matter of counting of votes as in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Today, during the meetings, the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and others met the Election Commission of India (ECI) top brass and made the demand, among others, in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena and NCP have sought a hike in election expenditure limits and concessions in mandatory advertisement rates, to which CEC Arora stated the government would take a decision on the same after discussing the issue with concerned officials.
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30 more COVID-19 cases detected in Goa, tally goes up to 196

05 Jun 2020 | 9:36 PM

Panaji, Jun 5 (UNI) The number of COVID 19 cases continued to increase in Goa as 30 persons tested positive for the deadly virus taking the total tally of confirmed cases in the state to 196.

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Maha: Another murder rocks Nagpur

05 Jun 2020 | 9:03 PM

Nagpur, Jun 5 (UNI) Another youth was stoned to death by some miscreants near Hardas Ghat under jurisdiction of New Kamptee police station in Maharashtra's Nagpur city on Friday , sources said.

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Goa Governor writes to CM urging appropriate austerity measures in state

05 Jun 2020 | 8:55 PM

Panaji, Jun 5 (UNI) Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik has written to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant requesting him to adopt appropriate austerity measures in the state economy and reduce the wasteful expenditure so that more resources are made available for battling COVID 19 and bringing the economy back on the track.
In a letter, the Governor has said that the spread of pandemic COVID-19 had thrown various challenges before the state which were never faced before.
"The pandemic has dented the economy severely. In the prevailing scenario, it becomes imperative for the state to bring in greater economy in the expenses and set an example. The need of the hour is to make available greater resources towards COVID – 19 relief measures and for reviving economy," he said.

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Maha Govt directs its employees to be present once in week

05 Jun 2020 | 8:37 PM

Mumbai, Jun 5 (UNI) The Maharashtra government on Friday issued a directive making it mandatory for the government employees to be present in office once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown, failing which they will have to face salary cut.

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Heavy rainfall likely in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal in next 24 hours

Heavy rainfall likely in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal in next 24 hours

05 Jun 2020 | 7:58 PM

Pune, Jun 5 (UNI) Conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, southwest & eastcentral Bay of Bengal, entire southeast Bay of Bengal and some stretches of westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 2 days, forecast the India Meteorological Department today.

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