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Bihar Assembly Election 2020: More than 52,000 voters opt for postal ballots for Phase-1

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More than fifty-two thousand electors belonging to Senior Citizen (above 80 years of age) and PwD categories have opted to exercise the facility to vote through postal ballots in the forthcoming phase 1 of General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020.

These electors will be provided postal ballots on the pre-informed date(s) by the Returning Officers with proper security and videography arrangements to ensure secrecy, safety, and transparency in the process.

This is the first time that postal ballot facility is being extended to both the categories in Bihar elections. Booth Level Officers of 71 Assembly Constituencies in Bihar have reached out to more than four lakh such electors. Remaining electors intend to visit the booth on the poll day for voting.

It may be recalled that General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar 2020 was announced on 25 September 2020. In the first phase elections, polling in 71 ACs spread over 16 districts of Bihar is to be held on October 28, 2020.

Earlier, during the Commission’s visit to Bihar from September 29 – October 01, 2020, attention was drawn to certain concerns regarding the implementation of this provision for the above categories of voters.

To comprehensively address these concerns, on October 03, 2020, Commission had directed:

  • BLO  will visit the houses of the concerned electors, as provided by the RO, in the Polling Station area and deliver Form- 12-D to the concerned electors. If an elector is not available, he/she will share his/her contact details and revisit to collect it within five days of the notification
  • The elector may or may not opt for the postal ballot in the acknowledgement attached with the Form 12-D
  • If he/she opts for the postal ballot, then the BLO will collect the filled-in Form 12-D from the house of the elector within five days of the notification and deposit it with the RO forthwith
  • BLO shall deposit all the acknowledgement forms with the RO along with all Form 12-D
  • Sector Officer shall supervise it under the overall supervision of RO

In subsequent two phases of elections in Bihar and in bye-elections in all other States, this exercise will continue so that electoral process becomes more accessible, inclusive and safe for these categories during the period of COVID-19. BLOs will visit approximately 12 lakh such electors’ homes in Bihar in the next two phases for this purpose.

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Gurgaon: Heavy rain leads to waterlogging in several areas

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Gurgaon saw weighty downpours and rainstorms from the get-go Saturday, prompting waterlogging in certain areas.

Waterlogging was found in the help path close to Narsinghpur on Delhi-Gurgaon interstate, Rajiv chowk, Tau Devi Lal arena, Galleria market, Basai, Sector 9 and 10 A, and interior area streets.

As indicated by Data from District Administration, till 8 am on Saturday, Gurgaon tehsil got 54 mm of precipitation, while Wazirabad got 52 mm, Sohna 72 mm, Manesar 50 mm, and Pataudi 40 mm.

Pardeep Kumar, boss architect at Infrastructure-2 in Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), said, “Because of ceaseless precipitation, waterlogging has been accounted for, yet the water is being depleted out by siphons. The circumstance isn’t quite as disturbing as it normally is during rainstorms, besides at one point close to Tau Devi Lal arena, where sewage-cleaning work has been continuing, other than the development of an underpass at Subhash Chowk. In the low-lying extends, as Narsinghpur administration path on NH-8, water invests in some opportunity to retreat because of the Topography.”

Subhash Boken, the representative of Gurgaon police, said, “Traffic police authorities have been deputed to guarantee smooth progression of traffic, particularly on the expressway.”

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Delhi, Mumbai continue to see spike in Covid cases; EC prohibits physical rallies, roadshows till Jan 15

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India detailed 1,41,986 every day Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the nation’s all out caseload to 3,53,68,372. With 40,895 recuperations, the dynamic caseload remains at 4,72,169. The loss of life expanded to 4,83,463 with 285 patients capitulating to the contamination.

As per information delivered by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, 3,071 instances of Omicron variation were announced across 27 states and association regions up to this point, out of which 1,203 have recuperated or relocated. The dynamic cases presently remain at 1.34 percent of the all out diseases. The public Covid-19 recuperation rate diminished to 97.30 percent, the wellbeing service said.

The three need gatherings of medical care laborers, forefront laborers and 60 or more populace with comorbidities, who are qualified for their third “preparatory portion” 39 weeks in the wake of getting their subsequent punch, can either book a web-based arrangement or stroll into any inoculation place, sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

End of the week controls kicks in across most urban areas in India as the states attempt to check the spread of the novel Covid. While Delhi and Karnataka have forced end of the week lockdowns, the Tamil Nadu government has requested a closure on Sundays.

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Govt blocks several social media handles circulating fake, inciting content

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In the midst of the enormous lockdown on contemptuous posts, sources said that the hostile substance actioned related to the counterfeit video of a cupboard instructions, an enlivened phony video showing viciousness against the Prime Minister, and disparaging posts focusing on Hindu ladies transferred via web-based media handles.

The public authority has hindered a few web-based media handles that were coursing “counterfeit and affecting” content on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, Minister of State for IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday.

Proprietors of these records are being recognized for activity under the law, he added.

“Taskforce on Safe and Trusted Internet at @GoI_MeitY at work. Handles that attempted to push counterfeit/inducing content on twitter, youtube, fb, insta have been impeded,” Chandrasekhar Tweeted on Saturday.

The pastor said proprietors of such records are being distinguished for activity under the law, and declared that stages will be investigated on their due steadiness.

On Friday evening, the pastor had reacted to a tweet that encouraged him to make a move against the “makers of an exceptionally fierce video that includes the PM”, which “has been in the public area since December 2020”.

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