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First meeting of Lok Pal Bill drafting panel on Saturday

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First meeting of Lok Pal Bill drafting panel on Saturday

New Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) The first meeting of the newly-constituted joint committee comprising ministers and civil society activists to draft the Lokpal Bill will be held on Saturday.

To be held on April 16, the meeting will be chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the chairman of the committee formed by the government to draft the bill following an agitation

launched by social activist Anna Hazare, sources in the government said.

Besides Mukherjee, members of the committee are Home Minister P Chidamabaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily (Convenor), HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid.

Submission of immovable Property Returns by officers of Group A Central Services for the year 2010 (as on 01.01.2011) - Placing of the public domain regarding

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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 11th April, 2011


Sujject :- Submission of immovable Property Returns by officers of Group A Central Services for the year 2010 (as on 01.01.2011) - Placing of the public domain regarding.

Rule 18(1) (ii) of the CCS (Conduct) Rules have provision for submission of annual property returns in respect of immovable property by all Group 'A' and 'B' officers by 31st January of each year. Conduct Rules for Railways and other Rules in respect of Central Government servants contain similar provisions.

Andhra Pradesh Government employees taking part in protests to face action

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AP Govt employees taking part in protests to face action

Hyderabad, Apr 13 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh Government today issued a Government Order (GO) that enables authorities to take disciplinary action against employees who indulge in protests like non-cooperation and tool down, drawing a sharp criticism from pro-Telangana groups.

Holding that the protests are not in public interest, the GO directed the authorities to furnish day-to-day reports on agitation programme to the Government.

It asked them to monitor the employees, who sign in the attendance register and do not attend normal work, and also adopt the 'no work, no pay' policy strictly.

Coming down heavily on the GO, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao said it is against the right of employees to protest.

Focus on employment-oriented education: World Bank

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Focus on employment-oriented education: World Bank

The World Bank on Monday urged countries across the globe to focus more on education that prepares young people for the jobs market rather than on the time they spend in school.

Better learning for all students worldwide is vital because economic growth, better development, and significantly less poverty depend on the knowledge and skills that people gain, not the years spent in a classroom, it said while launching its education strategy for the next decade.

In the new strategy, the Bank reaffirms its commitment to helping countries get all children into school by the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

There is a record 210 million people out-of-work globally, with employers reporting too few workers to hire with the right skills.

Assembly polls: TN records 75 pc voting, Kerala 74 pc, Puducherry 83 pc

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Assembly polls: TN records 75 pc voting, Kerala 74 pc, Puducherry 83 pc

In a heavy voters turn out in assembly polls, Tamil Nadu recorded an estimated 75.2 per cent, Kerala 74.4 per cent while Puducherry 83.62 as polling ended peacefully in all the three states on Wednesday evening.

In Tamil Nadu, Over 75 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday cast their votes in all 234 assembly constituencies.

Though polling had closed at 1700 hours, voters who came before the closing time were allowed to cast their vote, officials said. The polling was by and large peaceful, they said.

The state has 4.6 crore voters. Prominent of the 2,773 candidates in the fray include DMK leader and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi (Tiruvarur), his arch rival and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa (Srirangam), Karunanidhi's son and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin (Kolathur) and DMDK actor-founder Vijayakanth (Rishivandyam)

Officials take no chance on arrangements for poll day

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Officials take no chance on arrangements for poll day

340 Central government staff nominated as micro observers
95 per cent of voters have been given booth slips issued by the Election Commission

Voters on queue at polling stations at 5 p.m to be issued tokens for exercising their franchise

Tight security: Electronic Voting Machines for the Tiruchi East constituency being dispatched from the Tiruchi Corporation office with police security on Tuesday TIRUCHI: All arrangements are in place for the Wednesday's Assembly election in Tiruchi district. Electronic voting machines and other poll material and manpower were moved to the respective polling stations in the district on Tuesday.

“Everything is set for the election. We are on full alert,” Collector Mahesan Kasirajan told reporters on Tuesday. A total of 17,78,947 voters, including 8,91,742 women 8,87,139 men and 66 transgenders are eligible to vote in the district as on April 1.

Of the 2,124 polling stations in the district, the polling process would be recorded through web cameras in 770 critical booths. Among these, the polling process would be webcast from 290 booths. About 340 micro observers, all Central government officers, have been nominated to monitor the polling in critical booths.

All flying squads and mobile teams would be maintaining a vigil during the elections. Eleven companies of central forces, four for the city limits and seven for rural police limits, would be deployed for beefing up security.

Polling will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Persons on queue at polling stations at 5 in the evening would be issued tokens to exercise their franchise.

Mr.Kasirajaran said that 95 per cent of the voters in the district have been given the voters slips issued by the Election Commission. Those who have not received the voters slips, can get them from designated officers in front of each polling station. Voters should produce their electors photo identity cards (EPIC) and the voter's slips for exercising their franchise. Voters, whose photos are not available in the electoral rolls, can produce any one of the 13 documents specified by the Election Commission as proof of identity.

A short-messaging-service based communication system has been put in place for poll officials to periodically report on the polling process.

About Rs.5.46 crore in cash and Rs.24,700 worth of items have been seized in the district. As many as 271 election related cases have been booked. These include 209 cases on defacement of properties, two cases of misuse of vehicles, one case of unauthorised meeting, 31 cases of distribution of cash/kind and 28 miscellaneous cases.

Answering a question, Mr.Kasirajan said the police would file charge-sheets in all the cases. Charge-sheets have been filed in many cases and convictions obtained in 31 cases. Charge-sheet was yet to be filed with respect to the seizure of Rs.5.11 crore from a bus in the Tiruchi West constituency. Investigations in the case are yet to be completed.

On the frequent power cuts during late evening and nights, Mr.Kasirajan said a report has been sent to the Election Commission based on the explanation provided by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation. TANGEDCO Superintending Engineer K.Venkataraman, who was also present, attributed the load shedding to the increase in power demand across the State. Half-an-hour load shedding was being resorted to in the evenings in various cities and towns across the State, he affirmed. The TANGEDCO was taking all necessary steps to provide uninterrupted power supply during the polling on Wednesday.

Source: The Hindu

Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu go to Assembly Poll today

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Kerala, Puducherry, TN go to Assembly Poll today

Kerala is going to polls on Wednesday to elect 140 members of the state Assembly after an acrimonious campaign marred by sporadic clashes in the concluding moments between workers of ruling CPI(M) led LDF and opposition Congress-headed UDF, the main contenders for power.

The electoral battle is intense in all the 140 segments between UDF and LDF with no wave is palpable in favour of either of the coalitions.

In at least two segments in up-north and down-south BJP has been able to make the contest three-cornered.

The concluding phase of the campaign had been unusually acrimonious with leaders from both sides trading charges, which at times slipped into the level of personal attacks.

After remaining peaceful mostly, the scene witnessed widespread clashes in the dying moments of the campaign in which several persons were injured including minister and LDF candidate V Surendran Pillai.

Chief Minister and CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan has been the star-campaigner of the LDF.

Congress leader and Defence Minister A K Antony was on the forefront of UDF camaign addressing scores of meetings for 11 days at a stretch.

National leaders, who came to address election meetings included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP leader L K Advani, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers Mawyawai and Narendra Modi.

In 2006, LDF won 98 seats and UDF 42, which was almost the reveral of 2001 tally, living upto to the state's reputation of alternating between the two coalitions every five years.

In the initial stages, UDF appeared to have a clear edge in view of its splendid performance in the Lok Sabha and civic polls by Congress and its allies.

As the campaign gained momentum LDF succeeded in taking the fight to the UDF camp.

High profile candidates in the fray include Achuthanandan (Malampuzha), UDF's Chief Ministerial probable Oomen Chandy (Puthupally), KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala (Harippad), CPI(M) polit bureau member Kodiyeri Blakrishnan (Thalassery), Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty (Vengara), Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani (Pala) and senior BJP leader O Rajagopal (Nemom).

Elections this time are also significant for Kerala as these are the first polls after NRIs got voting rights.

However, only 8862 NRIs have registered as voters while an estimated 2.2 million Keralites are working abroad, mostly in Gulf countries.

A total of 971 candidates are in the fray, a majority of them independents. The state has a total electorate of 2.31 crore.

According to Chief Eelectoral Officer Nalini Netto, 3703 polling stations have been identified as sensitive.

D-day for DMK, AIADMK

After an acrimonious fourteen-day election campaign, arch rivals ruling DMK and opposition AIADMK have held their breath as the over 4.6 crore-strong electorate in Tamil Nadu will decide who among them will assert political supremacy on polling day on Wednesday.

Political heavyweights among the 2,773 candidates who will have their fates sealed include DMK leader and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi (Tiruvarur), his arch rival and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa (Srirangam), Karunanidhi's son and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin (Kolathur) and DMDK actor-founder Vijayakanth (Rishivandyam).

Both Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa had confidently asserted during a no holds barred campaign for the Assembly election that their party would form the next government.

Electioneering was on a quiet mode this time around without the usual poll trappings like writings on walls and posters due to the Election Commission's hawk eyed vigil.

Personal attacks against Karunanidhi and his family members by Jayalalithaa and Vijayakant and against the AIADMK chief by Stalin, as well as complaints by rival party leaders against each other to the EC forced the Commission to send notices to these leaders, seeking explanations.

The EC had imposed a lot of restrictions and transferred some District Collectors, DGP and other top police officials on complaints that they were acting in a partisan manner.

The Commission's actions had prompted Karunanidhi, who harped on the theme of development during the campaign, to go hammer and tongs against it, charging the EC with seeming to favour the Opposition and even stating that Tamil Nadu was under a 'mini Emergency'.

His bete noire Jayalalithaa on the other hand targeted him over "rampant corruption" and "collapse" of law and order and asked the voters to rid the state of the DMK patriarch's 'family rule'.

Hike in prices of essential commodities and frequent power cuts were issues picked up by the Opposition to attack the DMK government during the campaign.

A host of national leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC President Sonia Gandhi, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi, Left leaders Prakash Karat and A B Bardhan had descended on Tamil Nadu during the fortnight to campaign for their party's nominees.

The ruling DMK is contesting 119 seats in the 234 member Assembly, leaving 63 seats to Congress, 30 to PMK, 10 to Viduthalai Chirutagal Katchi, seven to Kongu Munnetra Katchi, three to IUML and one each to Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam and Perunthalaivar Katchi.

AIADMK is contesting 162 seats and has allocated 41 seats to DMDK, 12 to CPI-M, 10 to CPI, three to Manitha Neya Makkal Matchi, two to All India Samuthuva Makkal Katchi, one each to AIFB, All India Movendar Munnetra Kazhagam, RPI and Kongu Ilaginar Peravai.

In Puducherry, all necessary arrangements are being made for the peaceful polling on Wednesday.

Over 8.10 lakh electorates will decide the fate of 187 candidates including 79 Independents in the Assembly elections on Wednesday.

For the first time in the Union Territory, all the 851 polling booths have been connected with webcasting to monitor the polling process.

Electronic voting machines and other materials for the poll is being taken to the booths on Tuesday afternoon.

Ten companies of Para-military forces along with local police and home guards are deployed for security in the Union Territory.

Additional security arrangements have been provided in 102 polling booths which are identified as vulnerable.

All liquor shops in the Union Territory will remain closed.

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