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28th November, 2018


  • Around 75 percent voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram Assembly polls.

  • Foundation laid for Kartarpur corridor on Pakistan side; Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal attend the function; India deplores Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's reference to Kashmir on the pious occasion.

  • India will not attend SAARC summit in Islamabad, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

  • Supreme Court directs CBI to take over probe into alleged abuse of inmates of 16 shelter homes in Bihar in addition to Muzaffarpur case.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

  • Curtains come down on International Film Festival of India in Goa.

  • In Sports:India begin Men's Hockey World Cup campaign with 5-nil win over South Africa.


Around 75 per cent voter turnout was recorded for both Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram Assembly elections till 5 PM. The two states went to polls today.

Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain said, polling was peaceful in the two states.

As of 5 PM, 75 per cent voting. Figures are still coming in. There are several polling stations in Mizoram which do not have direct phone connectivity and hence it will take time almost late night or tomorrow morning when we will get further figures. In 2013, it was 83.41 per cent in Assembly elections.

In Madhya Pradesh, polling was held for 230 seats. Two thousand eight hundred and 99 candidates, including two hundred and fifty women, contested. Talking about poll percentage in the state, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandrabhushan Kumar said:

The voting percenage come to 75 per cent. In assembly consituency in MP which is in comparison to 2013, it was 72.13 per cent.

Mr Kumar said polling in three constituencies of Left Wing Extremism affected areas was encouraging.

In Mizoram, elections were held to the 40-member Assembly. A total of 209 candidates are in the fray in the elections.

There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the state. As much as 53 % turnout was recorded for Bru voters hailing from Tripura relief camps, who cast votes in 15 special polling stations in Kanhmun under Mamit district.  Maximum turnout has been recorded in Serchhip district, and the lowest in Aizawl district. Unlike last assembly elections, when Congress and MNF were entangled in straight contest, this time a multi-cornered election has appeared. While, ruling Congress and opposition MNF have fielded 40 candidates, BJP contested in 39. Irene, AIR News, Aizawl.

Counting in both the states will be held on the 11th of next month.


In Telangana, top leaders of all major political parties are leaving no stone unturned to seek support for their candidates as only one week is left for election campaigning.

BJP President Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao, TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu and other senior leaders held election rallies across the state today.


In Rajasthan, electioneering is picking up pace as senior leaders of various parties, including BJP and Congress, are trying to reach the maximum number of assembly constituencies to woo voters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rallies at Nagaur and Bharatpur today. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Aditya Nath also addressed 7 rallies.

From Congress, senior leader Raj Babbar, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and PCC Chief Sachin Pilot too held public meetings across the state. Voting in both Rajasthan and Telangana will take place on the 7th of next month. 


In Jammu and Kashmir, polling for the 5th phase of panchayat polls will be held tomorrow. In this phase, 37 blocks of Jammu division and Kashmir Valley will go to polls. Our correspondent reports, more than four thousand candidates are in the fray for 309 Sarpanch and over 1500 Panch seats in this phase.


Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal attended the ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan this afternoon. The corridor will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the corridor along with Mr Puri and Ms. Badal. Mr Khan, said, all facilities will be provided to the pilgrims at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Badal said, it is a historic day for the Sikh community and expressed hope that peace will prevail between the two countries. She said, the Kartarpur corridor will spread the message of peace and harmony among people of the two sides.

एक नई हिस्ट्री लिखी जा रही है, आज दोनों देशां दी कड़वाहट मिटान वास्ते, जेडा एह पीस कॉरिडोर बन रेहा हेगा। मैं उम्मीद करदी हां कि एंहदे बाद मुबारक गलां होर आगे बधन गीयां। खुशी, अमन, शांति और भाईचारिक सांझ नू आगे बधा के, ये कॉरिडोर भी हरेक को जोड़ेगा।

In a statement, Mr. Puri expressed gratitude to the Pakistan government and said this was a long-standing demand of the Sikh community.

Minister in Punjab government Navjot Singh Sidhu said, India and Pakistan should realise that there is a need to move forward.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu had laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian at village Mann in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on Monday.


India has condemned Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's remark on Jammu and Kashmir, calling it unwarranted. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, it is deeply regrettable that he chose to politicise a pious occasion meant to realise the long pending demand of the Sikh community to develop the Kartarpur Corridor. Mr Kumar said, Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. He said, Pakistan must fulfill its international obligations and stop providing shelter and support to cross-border terrorism from territories under its control.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the Kartarpur corridor initiative is not connected with the dialogue process with Pakistan. Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad today, Ms Swaraj said, talks can start the moment Islamabad stops terror activities in India.

Bilateral dialogue and Kartarpur corridor have two different things. The bilateral dialogue we always see, terror and talks cant go together. The moment Pakistan stops terrorists activities in India, the dialogue can start."

The Minister reiterated India's stand that talks and terror cannot go together. She said, unless Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there will be no dialogue and New Delhi will not participate in SAARC summit. Mrs Swaraj was reacting to Pakistan's statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be invited to the SAARC summit.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Argentinian capital Buenos Aires this evening to take part in the 13th G-20 summit. The theme of the summit is - Building Consensus for a Fair and Sustainable Development. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Prime Minister will make a lead intervention in the first session of the summit titled - Putting People First.

In a pre-departure statement, the Prime Minister said G-20 seeks to promote multi-faceted cooperation among the twenty largest economies of the world. Mr Modi said through its ten years' of existence, G-20 has strive to promote stable and sustainable global growth.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi said , during the G20 summit, India will highlight the need for reformed multilateralism which reflects the contemporary realities and can effectively strengthen collective action for global good. In a statement, Mr Modi said, there is also a serious need to strengthen international cooperation and enhance coordinated action against fugitive economic offenders and financing of terrorism. The Prime Minister said, emerging economies, which played a major role in revitalizing the growth in the global economy pursuant to the financial crisis are today facing unprecedented economic and technological challenges. The G-20 was instrumental in stabilizing the world economy. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, DELHI"

On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with several world leaders, including the Chinese President, German Chancellor, Spanish Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General.

The White House said US President Donald Trump will hold a trilateral meeting with Prime MinisterModi and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the summit.


The Supreme Court today directed the CBI to take over the probe into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of inmates at 16 shelter homes in Bihar in addition to the Muzaffarpur shelter home case which is already with the CBI.


A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur transferred the investigation, being conducted by Bihar police, to the CBI while dismissing the state government's request not to transfer the probe.

The apex court said CBI officers probing the shelter home cases shall not be transferred without its prior permission. The CBI told the court that it is expected to file a charge sheet by the 7th of next month.


The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded with a glittering ceremony in Goa today. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Taleigaon this evening. Union ministers KJ Alphons and Shripad Naik, Goa governor Mridula Sinha, Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare and a host of celebrities were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said, films can be transformative.

The movies can be transformative. I don't know where in the world you may feature films on sanitary pads.  I don't know where in the world you make movies on toilets and this is what Indian movies makers have done and which have become massive hits which have influenece decision makers and the people at large and let us give them huge applause.

In a video message played at the ceremony, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, IFFI proved that cinema knows no language. He said, films inspire, entertain and above all connect people.

Master writer Salim Khan was honoured with the IFFI special award for his lifetime contribution to cinema. Actor and producer Arbaaz Khan accepted the award on behalf of his father Salim Khan.

The golden peacock award for the best film was given to Russian-Ukrainian film “Donbass”. The best director award went to Lijo Jose Pellissery for Malayalam film “Ee Maa Yove”. Chemban Vinod bagged the best actor (male) award for “Ee Maa Yove”. Anastasiia Pustovit won the best actor (female) award for her role in Ukrainian film “When The Trees Fall”. More than 220 movies from 67 countries were screened during the the nine-day event.


The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO will launch the satellite HysIS tomorrow morning from its spaceport at Sriharikota. Its workhorse rocket PSLV-C43 will lift off with the satellite at 09.58 hours. 30 other micro and nano-satellites of international customers from eight nations will also ride piggyback on it. The countdown for the launch mission is progressing smoothly. This will be the second launch mission for ISRO this month.


In Men's Hockey World Cup Group-C match, India started the campaign with a dominating 5-0 win against South Africa at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The goals were scored by Mandeep Singh in the 10th minute, Akashdeep Singh in the 12th minute, Simranjeet Singh in 43rd and 46th minutes and Lalit Upadhyay in the 45th minute. India will next face Belgium on the 2nd of next month while Canada will be up against South Africa.


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