23 March 2017
Yogi Adityanath makes surprise visit to Hazratganj station, says police should be people friendly.
Lucknow, March 23, 2017
Yogi Adityanath, the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister, made a surprise visit to the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.
Following an inspection of the police station, Yogi Adityanath said police should be people-friendly and steps will be taken to maintain law and order in the state.
The BJP fought the election in Uttar Pradesh on the development plank and promised to improve the law and order situation in the state.
Hours after taking charge, Yogi Adityanath directed the state police to adopt a zero tolerance towards crime and take immediate steps towards improving law and order in the state.
Yogi Adityanath, in less than a week since assuming office, has taken several big decisions in line with the promises made by the party in its election manifesto.
The chief minister ordered the state police to form anti-Romeo squads to check eve-teasing. These squads, to be deputed near schools and colleges, are carrying out awareness drives across cities. In Lucknow zone, the IG will monitor these squads.
Yogi Adityanath also ordered a blanket ban on cow smuggling and said zero tolerance would be exercised against offenders. This in in addition to the government's crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses--the BJP had promised to close illegal slaughterhouses in the state in its election manifesto.
Since Yogi Adityanath took oath as the chief minister on March 19, several illegal slaughterhouses have been sealed in Meerut, Ghaziabad, Allahabad among other places.
On Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister banned consumption of gutkha, pan masala in state government offices. While visiting the old CM's office in Lucknow, Yogi Adityanath was furious to see paan stains all over the office.
On Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath met Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma and is learnt to have discussed the construction of a huge Ramayana museum in Ayodhya. The Centre has already allocated a fund of Rs 154 crore for the ambitious project.
Waitlist Passengers to Get Confirmed Seats in Premier Trains From April 1.
New Delhi, March 22, 2017
New Delhi: Come April and a passenger can avail the opportunity of travelling in Rajdhani or Shatabdi trains even if he or she has booked tickets in other mail/express trains for the same destinations.
Railways is launching a new scheme from April 1 under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in the next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets.
As per the scheme, there would be no extra charges taken from the passenger or any refund provided for the difference of fare.
Known as 'Vikalp', the alternative train accommodation scheme aims to utilise vacant berths in many premier trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and other special services such as Suvidha trains in all major routes.
Railways has to forgo about Rs 7,500 crore in a year in a refund to customers for cancellation of tickets for various reasons.
Describing the scheme as a "passenger friendly" move to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers in alternative trains, a senior Railway Ministry official said, "We aim to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation by this scheme."
After the introduction of the flexi-fare system in premier trains, some berths are going vacant while at the same time many passengers could not be accommodated in other Mail/Express trains due to huge demand.
"In any case, these berths are running vacant. So whatever we can save in refund is going to be a neat save for us. No additional cost is involved to railways so anything we save will be earnings for railways," the official added.
Currently, railways are running the scheme in six routes including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Mumbai sectors since November 1, on a pilot basis.
The system is available for online ticketing now but it will be extended to over the counter sale also as the required software is being readied for the purpose.
As per the scheme, waitlisted passengers of a train would be given an option of getting confirmed accommodation in the next train running on the route.
While there is a huge demand for train berths in certain sector round the year, some routes witness increased rush during the festive season.
The passenger, if opts for the 'Vikalp' scheme while booking tickets, will get SMS alert on his/her mobile phone about getting confirmed accommodation in the alternative train.
The name of the passenger who has been provided accommodation in the alternative train will not figure in the waitlisted charts of their original train, the official said, adding that a separate list of passengers transferred in alternative train will be pasted along with the confirmed and waitlist charts.
Ram temple a 'sensitive issue', solve it outside court, says Supreme Court
New Delhi, 21st March 2017.
After BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy sought urgent hearing of Ayodhya Ram temple dispute in the Supreme Court, the court has asked the parties concerned to sit together and arrive at a consensus. The apex court has said that it is a sensitive and sentimental issue and it should be settled amicably. The court also asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform them about the decision on March 31. "Sort out the issue through negotiations and come to a conclusion which could be agreed upon by all petitioners and repsondents," Supreme Court told Swamy. The Supreme Court ensured that if the negotiation break down then it will intervene and ppoint a mediator for resolution. Subramanian Swamy said, "Ram temple should be made where Lord Ram was born. The Saudi Arabian clerics have told me very clearly that mosques can be made anywhere," Swamy said. The case has been pending for the past six years as the court froze the judgment by the Allahabad High Court that said that lord Ram was born under the dome of the mosque and Hindus have a right to worship there.The mosque that is believed to be built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Babar was pulled down by Kar Sevaks and a makeshift temple was made in its place. Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted a few minutes later and said, "I hope Supreme Court decides the Contempt petition which is pending since demolition of Babri Masjid 1992."
Idea and Vodafone India Merge to Form Country's Largest Telecom Company.
New Delhi, 20 March 2017
Idea Cellular Ltd and Vodafone India announced a merger on Monday to form the largest telecommunication company in India.
Apart from the two, AB Group will have the right to buy 9.5 percent stake at Rs 130 per share, according to the filing.
According to an earlier report by brokerage firm CLSA, the merged entity will have revenues of over Rs 80,000 crore. The combined entity will have 43 percent revenue market share and a 40
percent active subscriber base. The behemoth will account for over 25 percent of allocated spectrum and will have to sell about 1 percent to comply with spectrum cap norms.
It will be an all-share merger of Vodafone India (excluding Vodafone's 42 percent stake in Indus Towers) and Idea. The merger will be effected through the issue of new shares in Idea to Vodafone and would result in Vodafone deconsolidating Vodafone India.
This comes as the latest entrant in the telecom sector, Reliance Jio, is fast acquiring subscribers on the back of free voice and data services under its Happy New Year offer.
Last week, India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel informed the bourses on Thursday that it will acquire Norwegian telecom company Telenor India’s assets.
Rumours of consolidation have been doing the rounds following a poor response to the spectrum sale last year which earned the government only a fraction of Rs 5.63 lakh crore it had envisaged. Reliance Jio’s aggressive push to gain market share is also seen as a major trigger for consolidation in the sector.
Yogi Adityanath to be next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh
NEW DELHI, 18th March 2017.
The BJP today named Yogi Adityanath as the next chief minister ofUttar Pradesh. State unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma were nominated as deputy chief ministers. At a meeting in the state capital Lucknow, BJP legislators elected Adityanath after a close race among several chief ministerial candidates. He will take oath as UP chief minister tomorrow. Over the last few days, reports suggested that the BJP top brass may pick Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha for the coveted post, owing to his large experience in the party operations.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, union ministers Kalraj Mishra and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma were also said to be in the running for the top post. Yogi Adityanath, 44, is a five-time member of Parliament and has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha since 1998. The firebrand leader held a meeting with UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, Bhupendra Yadav, Om Mathur and Sunil Bansal ahead of the legislators meeting in Lucknow, ANI reported.The BJP, which won three-fourths majority in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, is returning to power after 14 years.
MS Dhoni, Jharkhand teammates rescued from fire at Delhi 5-star hotel.
New Delhi, March 17, 2017
A fire broke out at Welcome Hotel in Delhi's Dwarka on Friday early morning. Cricketer M S Dhoni along with his Jharkhand teammates too were present at the hotel when the fire broke out.
Dhoni along with others were rescued from the hotel moments later. A call was made to the Delhi Fire Service at around 6.30 am following which fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Nearly 30 fire tenders were sent to the spot. No casualties have been reported so far.
The fire was brought under control by around 7.30 am.
The cricketer was in Delhi to play in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final.
Sources said that the team's kit was charred in the incident. The match has been reportedly postponed to Saturday.
The Jharkhand team had entered the semi-final after defeating Vidarbha by six wickets at the Palam Ground in Delhi.
Dhoni is an active member of the Vijay Hazare sqaud and has captained all six matches so far.
Dhoni's participation in Jharkhand team has been drawing huge crowds to the matches.
Amarinder Singh takes oath as Punjab CM, no deputy CM post for Navjot Sidhu
New Delhi, March 16, 2017
After a thumping victory in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh takes oath as Punjab chief minister at Chandigarh's Raj Bhavan. Nine other ministers including Navjot Singh Sidhu and Akali rebel Manpreet Badal are also expected to be sworn in. WATCH LIVE
It's a day of consolation for the Congress, which is forming government in Punjab amid the decimation in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the debacles in Goa and Manipur.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh attended the swearing-in ceremony. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also been invited. Manpreet Singh Badal sworn in as Cabinet minister of Punjab government.
No deputy chief minister post for Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Despite speculation, the Congress hasn't confirmed whether Sidhu will be made the Deputy chief minister.
According to sources, Manpreet Badal will be given the Finance Ministry.
The ceremony is expected to be low-key as the new administration wishes to project its commitment to austerity in view of the financial troubles plaguing the state. The oath-taking ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Punjab Raj Bhavan at 10 am.
Brahm Mohindra, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh, Sadhu Singh Dharmant, Charanjit Singh Channi, Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana are also in the proposed Cabinet. Chaudhary and Sultana have been recommended for Minister of State positions.
This will be Amarinder Singh's second stint as chief minister.
Amarinder Singh led the Grand Old Party to a thumping win in Punjab, where it bagged as many as 77 seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine won 18 seats, the AAP won 20, and two seats went to the newly-floated outfit and AAP ally, the Lok Insaaf Party.
Narendra Modi Ends BJP's 15-Year Exile In Uttar Pradesh.
New Delhi, March 11, 2017
The Narendra Modi wave seems to have swept the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh with the BJP and its allies past the 290-mark. In the three-cornered contest in the state, Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party have failed. The BJP is also set to win Uttarakhand with a comfortable majority. In Punjab, the Congress leads against debutant AAP. Scroll down for latest updates.
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Good news for Goa's MGP! Deepak Pauaskar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party has won in Savordem.
Bharatiya Janata Party takes lead over Congress in Manipur.
Sanjay Jha of Congress tells India Today that Congress is disappointed with the outcome of Assembly Elections 2017 in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Congress ahead in third round of counting with 3,008 votes, BJP at 2,838 and BSP 868 in Uttarakhand's Bhagwanpur.
Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has been tweeting about the saffron wave in Uttar Pradesh.
Saffron wave in Uttar Pradesh | Leads available for 402 seats, BJP ahead on 285 | Samajwadi Party-Congress on 76 seats | BSP 24 seats
Uttarakhand too has voted for a change opting for BJP | BJP ahead on 53 seats of 70 Assembly seats | Congress 13
It is a tectonic shift in country's politics, Ravishankar Prasad of BJP tells India Today.
BJP man Michael Lobo wins by 4460 votes, keeping his seat in the Calangute constituency.
Modi fans in Delhi clearly can't control their happiness.
Goa Forward Party's Vinoda Paliencar leads ahead of BJP leader Dayanand Mandrekar in Goa by 1200 votes in Siolim.
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh leading in Thoubal with 10419 votes.
In Manipur, Irom Sharmila gets only only 51 votes which is even less than the NOTA figure at Thoubal seat so far.
Saffron holi this time, BJP celebrations galore. It's BJP everywhere in UP. Rahul Kanwal shares the latest numbers from UP assembly polls.The BJP lead has dropped by two figures in Uttarakhand. Bharatiya Janata Party now has 53 seats, Congress has 12.
Despite Congress leading in Punjab, jokes on Rahul Gandhi do not end. Who will be the chief minister of Uttarakhand?
And this Twitter user has a legit question to ask. This! Here is a photo of Bharatiya Janata Party workers in Delhi celebrating the success. BJP's Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh wins Konthoujam seat in Manipur.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Francis D'Souza leads with 9971 votes in Mapusa after Round 3 of Goa Assembly election 2017 vote-counting.
Independent candidate Govind Gawde wins in Priol, beating Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party's Deepak Dhavalikar.
We came across this cartoon on Twitter. True? In Uttarakhand, the BJP has secured 55 seats out of 70, and the Congress has got 9.
In Goa, Congress is in the lead, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Election results show we have got the Exit Polls bang on when it comes to Congress. Firstpost tweets saying the BJP emerges a clear winner. Their figures are a bit different from the figures India Today Television. With just one more constituency to be counted in Uttarakhand, it is clear that the BJP has the majority.
In UP, the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading with 270 seats, the SP-Congress alliance won 75 seats and the BSP won 28 seats.
The BJP has won 7 seats in Goa, Congress has won 6 seats.
Congress' Okram Ibobi Singh defeated 'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila in Manipur's Thoubal.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP has a strong lead. BJP has secured 57 seats until now and the Congress could manage only 09 as of yet. The SAD-BJP alliance has won 27 seats in Punjab. Congress leads with 54 seats and the Aam Aadmi Party has got only 21 seats.
If the trends in Punjab and Goa continues, there would be nothing for the Aam Aadmi Party to celebrate.
Twitter users are sharing images to show how Aam Aadmi Party is ready with victory posters. BSP has got 32 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the SP-Congress alliance has won 69 seats until now.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in Uttarakhand with 55 seats. The Congess has won only 10 seats in Uttarakhand till now.
Kejriwal's residence is all decked up before results. Congress has an early lead in Manipur.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has won 243 seats in Uttar Pradesh until now.
Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar loses from Mandrem constituency.
Congress is leading in Punjab with 46 seats but the chief ministerial candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party Bhagwant Mann is trailing.
The SP-Congress alliance has gotten 59 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP has won 232 seats until now.
Congress is leading in Goa with 6 seats.
BJP candidate from Lucknow Cantt, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, was spotted offering prayers at Hazratganj's Hanuman Temple before counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh got underway. In Punjab, the Congress is leading with 25 seats. Aam Aadmi Party
How excited are you? We are, very. Goa is not, though. Counting seems to be too slow.
The BJP has won 164 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Bharatiya Janata Party has a clear lead in Uttarakhand with 44 seats.
The BJP has a strong lead in Uttar Pradesh with 134 seats as of now. The SP-Congress alliance stands at 32 seats and the BSP at 20.
Deputy CM of Manipur Gaikhangam Gangmei from the Congress Party is leading in Nungba.
Congress ahead in 3 seats in Manipur.
Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat is trailing from both the seats he contested from.
The BJP is slaying it in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won 114 seats till now.
In Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow Cantt constituency, Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav is trailing.
The Aam Aadmi Party is giving tough competition to the Congress in Punjab.
In Punjab's Jalalabad, the Aam Aadmi Party chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann is leading.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has now gotten a clear lead in Uttar Pradesh with 56 seats. The SP-Congress alliance has gotten only 17 seats in comparison, and the BSP stands at 11.
Congress' Okram Ibobi Singh is leading from Manipur's Thoubal. Irom Sharmila trailing.
Azam Khan's son Abdullah is trailing from Uttar Pradesh's Swar in Rampur, reported ANI.
In Punjab, both the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress won 3 seats each.
The BJP has won 36 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance comes second with 17.
SP's Rafeeq Ansari leading at Meerut City constituency reports the Hindustan Times. He is contesting against BJP's former state president Dr Laxmikant Bajpai.
ANI reports Parkash Singh Badal is leading from Lambi. Capt Amarinder Singh second and AAP's Jarnail Singh third.
LIVE UPDATES FROM GOA HERE. Except there are no significant updates as of now.
All India Radio News reports that vote-counting of Goa Assembly election 2017 has kick-started in Panaji.
23 of 690 seats (all five states combined) were reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates
In Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party has secured 21 seats until now, the BSP has secured 9 seats, and the SP-Congress alliance has 12 seats.
No inputs yet from Goa. The entire state is too chill.
Samajwadi Party's Shivpal Yadav has said, "Counting shuru ho gayi hai, humari badi jeet hogi".The BJP is leading with 13 seat win now.
Mayawati could be worried, the BSP stays at 2 seats.
The SP-Congress alliance is neck-to-neck with the BJP. Former has won 10 seats, and the latter 11.
Will Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party beat the Congress in Punjab?
In Punjab, Congress has won 2 seas, the Aam Aadmi Party has won 2, and the SAD-BJP alliance secured 1 seat until now.
The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance has won 7 seats now, the BJP leads with 8 but Mayawati's BSP stays at 2.
But Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi are giving a tough competition.
Narendra Modi-wave still is a thing, it seems.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election results are coming in. The BJP has won 7 seats till now, SP-Congress stands at 3 and the BSP still at 2.
The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance won 3 seats until now, the BJP leads with 5, and the BSP has won 2.
India Today Television says the BJP is leading with 3 seats in Uttar Pradesh. SP-Congress has won 2 seats till now.
SP-Congress has won 1 seat, the Bharatiya Janata Party has won 1, and the BSP has won 1 in Uttar Pradesh.
AND IT BEGINS...
An NDTV reporter tweeted saying drones are being used at a Lucknow counting centre. Assembly Election results 2017 is nothing short of a festival, eh?The coastal state of Goa went to polls on February 4. Election results 2017 will be announced by 10 or 11 AM.
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur combined, 690 assembly constituencies went to polls.
Postal ballot counting begins.
If you wish to read all what she said to ANI, here is their tweet.
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She said if she loses this time, she will try again in the 2019 General Election.
'Iron Lady' of Manipur and PRAJA (Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance) chief, Irom Chanu Sharmila said the Exit Poll result did not affect her much.
Manipur Assembly election results will be out today. Manipur Assembly saw a tough fight between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
All India Radio News tweets there is a sharp decline of temperature in Uttarakhand, thanks to the rain. Will the Assembly Election results warm the state?
ABP News tweets Samajwadi Party accused the Election Commission of being biased.There are 403 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. Are you looking forwards to the Assembly Election results?
Security arrangements are in place outside counting centres in Moradabad. That's quite some men out there!
India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll has predicted that the Modi magic has worked wonders for the Bharatiya Janata Party which is expected to win a whopping 251-279 seats, while the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine has failed to stop the BJP juggernaut managing only 88-112 seats and Mayawati's BSP beign decimated with 28-42 seats.
India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll predicted 62-71 seats for the Congress in the 117-member Punjab assembly, and 42-51 to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine is projected to be voted out as the alliance's tally may be reduced to single digits.
The BJP is set to return to power in Uttarakhand by winning 46-53 seats in the 70-member state Assembly, reducing the incumbent Congress to an embarrassing 12-21 seats, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted. The Congress is expected to get 30-36 seats in the 60-seat.
The India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll said BJP is likely to win 16-22 Assembly seats in the Manipur Assembly. Even though BJP's tally has improved since the last Assembly election, it's not coming to power can be attributed to Centre's so-perceived non-cooperation to Manipur in lifting the blockade.
The India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll for Goa had predicted BJP to be the winner with 18-22 seats in its kitty. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party may just manage to open its account with 0-2 seats in the state. Congress will have to continue to be in Opposition, as it is likely to win between 9-13 seats.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017: BJP eyes two-third majority; SP-Congress, BSP decimated.
New Delhi, March 11, 2017
The counting of votes for all the 403 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats is underway. A saffron holi likely in Uttar Pradesh as trends put BJP in power with a massive lead. Samajwadi Party-Congress experiment fails to deliver the political punch in the heartland state.
With this election, not only Prime Minister Modi's prestige is at stake, a victory in Uttar Pradesh elections will also give a much needed boost to the government in the Rajya Sabha.
The Uttar Pradesh election results will also decide the fate of Samajwadi Party party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati. The Bharatiya Janata Party is also waiting for the lotus to bloom in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh after nearly 15 years. ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2017: FULL COVERAGE
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES:
BJP leading on all five seats of Ghaziabad.
Holi celebrations kick off at BJP headquarters in Lucknow, reports India Today's Gaurav Sawant.
No decision yet on CM face, now is the time to celebrate, says BJP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya.
UP is a bad loss, it hurts, Congress's Abhishek Singhvi tells India Today.
BJP takes massive lead in Uttar Pradesh, ahead on 250 seats | Samajwadi-Congress on 66 seats | BSP 30
Uttar Pradesh: Trends/Leads of 301 seats - BJP ahead on 216 | Samajwadi Party, Congress on 55 seats | BSP 23.
Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan leading by 1800 votes from Rampur seat in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayawati's BSP leading on 21 seats.
BJP surges ahead in Uttar Pradesh, leading on 170 seats | Samajwadi Party,Congress combine ahead on 41 seat.
BJP leading on 200 seats in Uttar Pradesh, headed for landslide victory in the crucial state.
Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party's Shivpal Yadav leading from Yashwant Nagar seat.
53 out of the 133 leads for BJP coming from eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh leads: BJP 133 | SP, Congress 30 | BSP 18 | Others 8
Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav trailing from Lucknow Cantt seat.
Congress's Srikant Sharma leading from Mathura.
Uttar Pradesh: BJP's Lakshmikant Vajpayee leading from Meerut .
Uttar Pradesh trends: SP, Congress 17 | BJP 36 | BSP 9
Azam Khan's son Abdullah trailing from Swar, Rampur.
Rajnath Singh's son Pankaj Singh leading from Noida seat.
Congress's Rita Bahuguna Joshi leading from Lucknow Cantt, SP's Aparna Yadav trailing.
Early leads favour BJP in Uttar Pradesh, ahead on 24 seats | SP, Congress on 13.
BJP leading in Lucknow - East, West and North.
Uttar Pradesh trends: SP, Congress 12 | BJP 16 | BSP 6.
Wait for some time, Samajwadi Party will form the govt again in UP, says Shivpal Yadav .
Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan trailing in Rampur, BJP's Sangeet Som leading in Sardhana.
Mukhtar Ansari of BSP leads in Mau, Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh early trends: SP, Cong 04 | BJP 5 | BSP 2
Uttar Pradesh: BSP leading from Bulandshahr
First trends - Uttar Pradesh: SP, Congress 2 | BJP 3 | BSP 2
First trends in for Uttar Pradesh: BJP-1, BSP-1.
Akhileshji will become new CM with full majority, says Samajwadi Party's Ravidas Mehrotra.
Counting of ballots begins in Uttar Pradesh.
Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will win today, and we will expose the people who were conspiring against CM Akhilesh, says Samajwadi Party's Rajendra Chaudhary.
First trends on Uttar Pradesh elections to start pouring in by 8am.
The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine could get something between 88 to 112 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh wants the BJP to lead the state as they are fed up of 'exploitative politics', says Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
While Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav will be looking to retain power in the state. For the Congress, it's a matter of survival and relevance in the national politics.
In Uttar Pradesh, a lot is also at stake for newly united Uttar Pradesh leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi.
The Election Commission has issued strict guidelines on security arrangements for counting of votes.
A total of 78 counting centres have been set up in the state. In three districts of Amethi, Azamgarh and Kushinagar two counting centres each have been set up and in remaining all 72 district counting will be held at one place.
Three-tier security arrangements have been made to ensure full proof security in and around the counting centres.
"Counting of votes for 403 Assembly seats will start at 8 in the morning. Counting of ballots will take place in all the 75 districts," state election office said.
Uttar Pradesh elections are being seen as a virtual referendum on PM Narendra Modi's demonetisation decision.
Of the total contestants in Uttar Pradesh polls, 4,370 were men and 482 women.
A total of 4,853 contestants tried their luck at the hustings in the 2017 state assembly elections.
Counting of the ballots for the 403 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats will begin at 8 a.m today.
Budget session from today, Rajnath to speak in Parliament on Lucknow terror operation, Bhopal train blast.
New Delhi, March 9, 2017
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in Parliament today on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion, and the operation in Lucknow in which suspected terrorist Saifullah was killed.
The resumption of Budget session is likely to witness stormy scenes in Parliament with the Opposition all set to take on the government over the counter-terror operation in Lucknow, and over the recent hate crimes against Indians in the United States.
Yesterday evening, Uttar Pradesh Police clarified that there was no evidence linking the slain Mohammed Saifullah to the global terror outfit ISIS, implying that it was premature to suggest that the group was behind it.
NO PROOF OF ISIS LINK WITH LUCKNOW OPERATION: TOP COP
"We have no such evidence yet of any ISIS link", Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Daljit Chaudhary had told journalists. Authorities are yet to find clinching evidence linking Saifullah directly to ISIS.
The police had earlier said that Saifullah and two others arrested in this connection were allegedly affiliated to ISIS. The cops had found substantial literature in Urdu and English related to ISIS.
Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, said, "Till now, the central government said ISIS isn't an issue. Now what we saw in UP, MP raises questions. It shows government's negligence in this matter. PM should make a statement."
Kharge was referring to the over 10-hour-long siege at a house in Lucknow's Thakurganj locality where a suspected terrorist was holed up inside and to the IED blast on the Ujjain Express in Madhya Pradesh. The suspected militant, identified as Saifullah, was killed in the Lucknow siege.
He, along with six other people arrested in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, are believed to be linked to the train blast.
Lucknow encounter ends, ISIS terror suspect killed: What we know so far.
New Delhi, March 8, 2017
After 11 hours, the Lucknow siege has finally come to an end with the suspected terrorist Saiful killed in the encounter.
The target of the operation was a house in Haji Ali Colony in Thakurganj, on the outskirts of Lucknow. Early on, the operation seemed limited in its scope, with the police using chilli bombs and stun grenades to flush out the militants.
The standoff began early Tuesday evening, hours after at least ten people were injured in a blast on the Ujjain Express. Suspected ISIS terrorist Saiful from the Lucknow siege is believed to be linked to the blast.
The operation and the blast both came a day before today's seventh phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh, but there have been no indications that the developments are linked to the five-state Assembly elections, the results for which will be announced March 11.
A TIMELINE OF EVENTS
At around 9 am on Tuesday, March 7, a blast takes place in a compartment of the Bhopal-Ujjain Express. The explosion occurs near Jabri, 60 kilometres west of Bhopal.
At 1.30 pm, a bus is intercepted near Pipariya in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district, 145 kilometres east of Bhopal. Three people are detained in connection with the morning's train blast.
The three are brought to Hoshangabad city and are interrogated. One of the arrested suspects is identified as Atif Muzaafffar and Centre is alerted with the information revealed by the three during questioning.
Early Tuesday evening, Uttar Pradesh Police carries out raids, arresting two men in Kanpur and one from Etawah. The third raid targets the Thakurganj, Lucknow home.
At around 4 pm, the Uttar Pradesh Police says in a since-deleted tweet that one suspected militant is involved in a standoff with the state's Anti-Terrorism Squad.
The siege drags on and the militant is identified as Mohammed Saiful. Officials speaking to media reiterate that their efforts are to nab Saiful alive.
A few hours into the Lucknow siege, the Madhya Pradesh Inspector General of Police confirms that the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast was an IED explosion and that it was an act of terrorism.
Meanwhile, intermittent firing is heard through the day from the site of the Lucknow siege. The UP Additional Director General of Police reveals they have made Saiful speak to his brother in order to convince him to surrender.
Firing intensifies towards the end of Tuesday, with officials saying at around midnight that the operation is in its final stages.
Siege ends around 3 am on Wednesday after 11 hours. ATS IG Asim Arun confirms that Saiful has been killed.
Investigation is going on to trace the links of terrorists after the siege in Lucknow, UP DGP Javeed Ahmed has said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "The three accused arresteed by Madhya Pradesh ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) had come to Bhopal by train and executed the pipe bomb blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. All three had come from Lucknow."
ISIS MODULE AT WORK?
Saiful lived at the Thakurganj home with two other youngsters. The trio moved into the home, which belongs to a Saudi Arabia-based person called Badshah, around three months ago.
They were known to keep to themselves and seldom stepped out of the house except for early morning jogs and to buy essentials.
Saiful is believed to be part of a larger ISIS-inspired module that is suspected to be behind the Tuesday morning train blast.
The module is believed to include Saiful, the two men arrested in Kanpur, the one nabbed in Eatawah and the three detained in Madhya Pradesh.
Atif Muzaafffar, one of the three men arrested in Madhya Pradesh, is believed to be the leader of the module.
A forensic team will be visiting Lucknow soon to compare the explosives used in the Ujjain train blast and those recovered from Haji Colony house where the ISIS terror suspect was killed.
Police have also launched a massive manhunt to nab the other roommates of the killed terror suspect Saiful.
INS Viraat, Indian Navy's Grand Old Lady, to retire today after 30-year service.
New Delhi, March 6, 2017
INS Viraat, Indian Navy's flagship aircraft carrier, will retire from service today. The aircraft carrier which holds the Guinness Record for the oldest carrier in service was inducted into the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.
The ship, famously known as the 'Grand Old Lady', was with the British Royal Navy since 1959 before the Indian government bought it for Rs 6.5 crore in 1987.
It was known as HMS Hermes before being rechristened as INS Viraat. The motto of INS Viraat was 'Jalamev Yasya, Balmev Tasya' (meaning - One Who Controls the Sea is All Powerful), which was first adopted by the great warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century as the guiding principle of his naval-military strategy.
It housed the fighters 'White Tigers' - the Sea Harriers of INAS 300, which were decomissioned in Goa in May 2016, anti-submarine aircraft Sea King MK42B, Sea King MK42C or Harpoons, SAR helicopter Chetan, besides ALH Dhruv and Russian twin rotor Kamov-31.
INS Viraat played a major role in the Operation Jupiter in 1989 in Sri Lankan Peace Keeping operations, Operation Parakram in 2001-2002 when India and Pakistan were in a stand-off post-terror strikes on Indian Parliament, among others.
With a full load displacement of 28,700 tonnes, the 226.5 metres long and 48.78 metres wide ship was manned by 150 officers and 1,500 sailors.
While the final fate of the warship is yet to be decided, the Andhra Pradesh government had announced that it will turn the warship into a museum.
As per the earlier reports, talks were underway with the Andhra Pradesh government to convert INS Viraat, into a luxury hotel-cum-museum after its decommissioning. The carrier is expected to berth on the coast of Visakhapatnam by mid-2017.
At present, INS Vikramaditya is the only serving aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy and the second one, named Vikrant, is under construction at Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
Kerala priest arrested for raping 17-year-old, survivor delivered a child last week
New Delhi, March 1, 2017
A 17-year-old teenager in Kannur has given birth to a baby after being allegedly raped by a priest in a church. The accussed father has been arrested.
The incident came to light after the police was informed by childline activists on Monday following an anonymous complaint that a girl gave birth last week. Childline is a telephone helpline for children in distress.
On enquiry, the teenager, who is in standard eleventh, stated that she was raped by the priest at a church.
Father Robin Vaddakumchiryil (48), the bishop of St Sebastian church has confessed to the crime. He is the manager of the school where the girl studies.
The Father has been charged under stringent provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) and IPC.
ABVP suspends 2 members for violence against AISA supporters, says is committed to peace.
New Delhi, March 1, 2017
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) suspended its 2 students from the organisation's primary membership for violating the outfit's discipline and indulging in violence.
The two have been identified as Prashant and Vinayak.
This after the duo (both Delhi University students) and a JNU student, identified as Aman Sinha of the All India Students' Association (AISA) got into a scuffle on Tuesday evening following a heated argument on social media. Earlier in the evening, Left parties had held protest march against the violence on Ramjas College campus by ABVP workers.
ABVP has said it condemns violence and is committed to ensuring a peaceful atmosphere in the campus. The ABVP has also promised that it will conduct an internal inquiry into the matter and based on its report, further action will be taken.
In a statement, ABVP said, "We demand that the police thoroughly investigate the matter and take appropriate action against those found guilty from both the factions."
This comes amid a heated week for Delhi college campuses. Last week's violence on the Ramjas campus has been followed by several protests and counter protests. The ABVP has rejected allegations that it was responsible for the Ramjas fracas, saying the violence was perpetrated by "outsiders". The RSS-affiliated group has called for a massive rally on March 2 to protest the presence of "outsiders" on DU campuses.
Meanwhile, another DU student, Gurmehar Kaur, has attracted controversy after she started a social media campaign against the ABVP. She also suggested that India should not wage war against Pakistan. Kaur, who is the daughter of a Kargil war martyr, received rape threats following her social media post and has left Delhi for now.
Oscars 2017 LIVE: 5 Oscars for La La Land including Best Direction!
New Delhi, February 27, 2017
The 89th Academy Awards are underway. As Hollywood soaks in its biggest night of the year, we bring to you all the action from the star-studded ceremony, live.
We Indians obviously have three reasons to look forward to the Oscars 2017, desi girls Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone (who is probably not attending the awards), and Dev Patel. Patel, who shot to fame with his 2009 film Slumdog Millionaire, was nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his work in Lion.
The ceremony is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel this year, his first stint on the Academy Awards' stage. The Oscars favourite of this year is the film La La Land, which swept the Golden Globes 2017 with all seven awards in the categories it was nominated in. The film created history with 14 Academy Awards nominations this year, and it remains to be seen how many of the 14 categories Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starrer La La Land is able to pick up Oscars in.
10.11am: The Best Directing Oscar is for Damien Chazelle for La La Land. With that, La La Land has now picked up five Oscars!
10.03am:Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Moonlight.
9.59am:Best Original Screenplay Oscar goes to Manchester By The Sea.
9.53am: A tribute to the stars we lost this year. Om Puri gets a mention alongside Carrie Fisher, Abbas Kiarostami and others.
9.47am: The Best Original Song goes to City Of Stars, La La Land.
9.43am: Samuel L Jackson presents the Best Original Score Oscar to La La Land.
9.28am:Best Cinematography Oscar goes to La La Land.
9.16am: The Best Live Action Short Film Oscar goes to Sing.
9.14am: Best Documentary (Short) Oscar goes to The White Helmets.
9.05am: The Best Film Editing Oscar goes to Hacksaw Ridge.
9.00am: The award for Best Visual Effects goes to The Jungle Book!
8.43am: The Best Production Design Oscar goes to La La Land. This is the first Oscar for La La Land!
8.40am: The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar goes to Zootopia.
8.37am: The next award is for the Best Animated Short Film. The Oscar goes to Piper.
8.24am: The award for the Best Foreign Language Film goes to The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi.
8.10am: Up next is the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The award goes to Viola Davis for Fences.
7.54am: The next awards are for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. Sound Editing Oscar is for Arrival, Sound Mixing Oscar is for Hacksaw Ridge.
7.44am: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson on the Academy Awards' stage!
7.38am: The Best Documentary Feature award goes to OJ: Made In America.
7.30am: Up next, is best Costume Design. The award goes to Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
7.27am: The next award is for Makeup and Hairstyling. The award goes to Suicide Squad.
7.16am: The first award of the night is here! Best Actor in A Supporting Role Oscar goes to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. Dev Patel doesn't make it this year.
7.11am: "We don't discriminate people on the basis of their country, here in Hollywood. We discriminate on the basis of age and weight.": Jimmy Kimmel.
7.07am: Jimmy Kimmel is on a roll! So is his hatred for Matt Damon.
7.05am: Jimmy Kimmel takes the stage. "Oh, good, I got a sitting ovation!"
7.00am: Justin Timberlake kicks off the 89th Academy Awards with a performance.
6.47am: We're about 12 minutes away from the 89th Academy Awards. Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra made her second Oscars appearance. She was a presenter last year.
US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban: Millions targeted for possible deportation
Washington, February 22, 2017
Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation - including people simply arrested for traffic violations - under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.
Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority, according to Homeland Security Department memos signed by Secretary John Kelly. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor offenses - or simply having crossed the border illegally.
The Trump administration memos replace more narrow guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers.
Under the Obama administration guidance, immigrants whose only violation was being in the country illegally were generally left alone. Those immigrants fall into two categories: those who crossed the border without permission and those who overstayed their visas.
Crossing the border illegally is a criminal offence, and the new memos make clear that those who have done so are included in the broad list of enforcement priorities.
Overstaying a visa is a civil, not criminal, offense. Those who do so are not specifically included in the priority list but, under the memos, they are still more likely to face deportation than they had been before.
The new enforcement documents are the latest efforts by President Donald Trump to follow through on campaign promises to strictly enforce immigration laws. He's also promised to build a wall at the Mexican border - he insists Mexico will eventually foot the bill - and Kelly's memos reiterate calls for Homeland Security to start planning for the costs and construction.
Trump's earlier immigration orders, which banned all refugees as well as foreigners from seven Muslim-majority countries, have faced widespread criticism and legal action. A federal appeals court has upheld a temporary halt.
Kelly's enforcement plans call for enforcing a longstanding but obscure provision of immigration law that allows the government to send some people caught illegally crossing the Mexican border back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. Those foreigners would wait in that country for US deportation proceedings to be complete. This would be used for people who aren't considered a threat to cross the border illegally again, the memo says.
That provision is almost certain to face opposition from civil libertarians and Mexican officials, and it's unclear whether the United States has the authority to force Mexico to accept third-country nationals. But the memo also calls for Homeland Security to provide an account of US aid to Mexico, a possible signal that Trump plans to use that funding to get Mexico to accept the foreigners.
Historically, the US has quickly repatriated Mexican nationals caught at the border but has detained immigrants from other countries pending deportation proceedings that could take years.
Mexico's new ambassador to the US, Geronimo Gutierrez, called the policy changes "something very serious." In a hearing Tuesday with Mexican senators, he said, "Obviously, they are a cause for concern for the foreign relations department, for the Mexican government, and for all Mexicans."
The memos do not change US immigration laws, but take a far harder line toward enforcement.
One example involves broader use of a program that fast-tracks deportations. It will now be applied to immigrants who cannot prove they have been in the United States longer than two years. It's unclear how many immigrants that could include.
Since at least 2002 that fast deportation effort - which does not require a judge's order - has been used only for immigrants caught within 100 miles of the border, within two weeks of crossing illegally.
The administration also plans to expand immigration jail capacity. Currently Homeland Security has money and space to jail 34,000 immigrants at a time. It's unclear how much an increase would cost, but Congress would have to approve any new spending.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it would challenge the directives.
"These memos confirm that the Trump administration is willing to trample on due process, human decency, the well-being of our communities, and even protections for vulnerable children, in pursuit of a hyper-aggressive mass deportation policy," said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.
However, Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, applauded the Trump effort, saying the memos "overturn dangerous" policies from the Obama administration.
The directives do not affect President Barack Obama's program that has protected more than 750,000 young immigrants from deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals remains in place, though participants could be deported if they commit crimes or otherwise are deemed to be threats to public safety or national security, according to the department.
During the campaign Trump vowed to immediately end that program, which he described as illegal amnesty.
The directives indicate that some young people caught crossing the border illegally by themselves may not be eligible for special legal protections if they are reunited with parents in the United States. And those parents or other relatives that the government believes helped the children would face criminal and immigration investigations.
Under the Obama administration, more than 100,000 children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, were caught at the border. Most were reunited with parents or relatives living in the United States, regardless of the adults' immigration status.
NEW STAFF TO BE HIRED
The enforcement memos also call for the hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but it's unclear how quickly that could take place. Currently, two of every three applicants for Customs and Border Protection jobs fail polygraph exams and there are about 2,000 vacancies.
The government also plans to review a program that allows local police and jailers to act as immigration agents and a program that used fingerprint records from local jails to identify immigrants who had been arrested.
Malayalam actor Bhavana abducted and molested. Driver arrested, others absconding
New Delhi, February 18, 2017
Bhavana, best-known for her appearances in Malayalam films, was abducted by a group of unidentified men and molested last night in Kochi.
As of now, one man has been arrested and police has begun search for the remaining culprits.
Kochi, Kerala: Malayalam actor Bhavana?? allegedly molested after being abducted last night in Ernakulam. One held, search on for others
The gang stopped and forced themselves into Bhavana's car near Athani and Angamaly. Then they molested her till the car reached Palarivattom. The police have taken Bhavana's driver into custody. The actor reported that her former driver was a part of the gang that entered her car.
The culprits reportedly took videos and photos of the young actor as well. After getting off at Palarivattom, the gang escaped in another car. According to Manorama News, Sunil Kumar AKA Pulsar Suni is the main culprit in this case.
Bhavana then took shelter in a film director's house in Kakkannad. The director informed the police after which the cops arrived at the place and took down the actor's statements. The police reportedly have got a lead on those absconding.
Governor Vidyasagar Rao meets teams Palanisamy, Panneerselvam. Decision on CM likely today
New Delhi, February 16, 2017
All eyes are on Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao who met both the camps, AIADMK's legislature party leader Edapadi K. Palanisamy and caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, at his residence on Wednesday. Both the factions met the governor to stake claim to form the government.
However, if sources are to be believed, the governor may invite Palanisamy to form the government before noon.
Palanisamy, who was named as AIADMK legislative party leader by Sasikala, met Rao claiming support of 124 of the party's 134 MLAs.
Addressing reporters after the Governor met Palanisamy and others, Fisheries Minister Jayakumar said: "We have submitted to the Governor the list of legislators supporting Palanisamy. We also requested Rao to call Palanisamy to form the government."
The Governor later met the rival party faction of caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam.
Panneerselvam gave a representation to the Governor claiming "majority" support and seeking an opportunity to demonstrate it. The Panneerselvam camp has alleged AIADMK MLAs were held at a resort on Chennai's outskirts against their wish.
While O Panneerselvam has managed to win over 10 odd MPs and some MLAs, Sasikala has been able to rally the support of an overwhelming majority of AIADMK MLAs.
Though Panneerselvam does not have the explicit support of a very large number of MLAs, he has been insisting he would prove majority on the floor of the House if asked to do so.
The Governor had earlier kept his decision pending as the verdict in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, a claimant for chief ministership, was due to be announced by the Supreme Court restoring her conviction and sentence, which shattered her hopes of occupying the top seat.
It remains to be seen whether the Governor goes by the AG's advice for a floor test by the two competing claimants for chief ministership or invites Palaniswami to form the government.
From 3 satellites in one launch to 104: All you need to know about ISRO's historic PSLV rocket
New Delhi, February 15, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation's most bankable rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has created history today by carrying 104 satellites to space in a single launch.
The launch vehicle, lovingly known as 'the Workhorse of ISRO', has put some of India's most celebrated missions like Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission and Space Capsule Recovery Experiment to space.
So, here's all you need to about ISRO's very special PSLV rocket:
1. The PSLV -- 44m in height and 2.8m in diameter -- made its first flight on September 20, 1993, and has since put 122 satellites successfully in orbit, apart from the 104 it carried to space today.
2. It's not just India that has employed PSLV's masterful capabilities -- 19 other countries have used it to launch more than 40 satellites. Even in today's mission, the PSLV carried 101 foreign satellites -- which in turn helped with the total cost of the project.
3. This is also not the first time that the PSLV has carried multiple satellites -- it has achieved this feat 18 times. Before today, PSLV's personal payload record was in June 2016 when it carried 20 satellites to space at once. The first time it carried a multiple satellite payload was in 1999, when a satellite each of South Korea and Germany along with an Indian satellite.
4. The PSLV is responsible for putting a whole range of Indian satellites in orbit -- like the advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1. Of the 3 Indian satellites it carried today, one was Cartosat-2 -- ISRO's own earth imaging spacecraft -- which is capable of advanced remote sensing and "providing scene-specific spot imageries for cartographic applications."
5. It is interesting to note here that the PSLV's first launch wasn't successful as a result of a software error. But ISRO learnt quickly from its mistakes and the next launch -- that came just the next year in 1994 -- was a successful "textbook launch".
6. In fact, the PSLV has had to face more than one failures in its course. In 1997, it carried the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS 1-D) to space and what seemed like an initial success turned out to be a subsequent failure. Due to an anomaly, the IRS 1-D got placed in a lower orbit which turned its powerful stereoscopic cameras, almost myopic. The failure also led to problems with the South Koreans, who needed some convincing before they let their satellite piggybank India's IRS-P4 in a subsequent launch in 1994.
7. The PSLV's payload capacity didn't always support multiple launches, but steady enhances over time have made it steadfast enough to carry 104 satellites like today.
8. All of PSLV's successes are a result of ISRO scientists carefully coding certain manoeuvres into the rocket's flight software pre lift-off. These manoeuvres require careful and accurate calculations and a deep understanding of all things that can possibly go wrong. Once PSLV lifts off, these manoeuvres, and their outcomes, are beyond any scientist's control.
Sasikala breaks down at Jayalalithaa memorial, leaves for Bengaluru to surrender before trial court
New Delhi, February 15, 2017
The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala seeking more time to surrender after it upheld her conviction in a disproportionate assets case by a trial court.
A bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose declined the plea as senior counsel KTS Tulsi mentioned it before the court.
The apex court on Tuesday while holding Sasikala and two others guilty of amassing disproportionate assets had directed her to surrender to the trial court forthwith to undergo her remaining sentence.
HERE ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
Sasikala slaps Amma Memorial, a gesture denoting that she swears an oath on Jayalalitha's name.
Sasikala leaves Poes Garden, to visit Jayalalithaa memorial at Marina Beach.
Sasikala lawyer to India Today: She will surrender today before end of the day and will request for 2 weeks time on health grounds.
Supreme Court has refused to grant any relief to Sasikala asking her to surrender immediately.
DMK MLAs likely to boycott Assembly floor test if Governor orders one, say party sources.
DMK summons all MLAs to Chennai.
Sasikala appoints her nephew TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary of AIADMK.
Thambidurai has left for Bengaluru. He took the early morning flight from Chennai.
Sasikala is expected to travel to Bengaluru by air today to surrender and then go jail.
In a late nght press conference, Sasikala said her thoughts will continue to remain with the party even from inside the jail. "Only I can be jailed, not the care or concern I have for this party. Wherever I will be, my thoughts will be here," said an emotional Sasikala.
AIADMK leaders V Maitreyan and PH Pandian also met Rao on behalf of Panneerselvam.
By Tuesday evening, Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports Minister E. Palanisamy - elected the new AIADMK legislature party leader in place of Sasikala - met Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and staked claim to form a new government.
TN GOVERNOR LIKELY TO TAKE CALL ON BASIS OF LEGAL OPINIONS
Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao is expected to take a decision on formation of a new government in the state on the basis of recommendations by three legal luminaries, including Soli Sorabjee.
In his only report sent on Sunday to the central government, ever since O Panneerselvam resigned as chief minister on February 5, the governor conveyed that he had taken legal opinions from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, former Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran and constitutional expert Sorabjee.
Two of the three experts suggested that composite floor test like the one conducted in Uttar Pradesh in 1998 could be done in Tamil Nadu, a Home Ministry official said quoting the governor's report.
Sasikala convicted in DA case, she must serve remaining jail term, rules Supreme Court
New Delhi, February 14, 2017