Election Commission announces 3rd of next month as date for hacking challenge for EVMs; says, tampering of voting machines not possible.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi today said, no proof has been given by those who alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and also announced the 3rd of next month as date for the hacking challenge. Addressing media after holding a live demo of EVMs and VVPATs in New Delhi, Mr Zaidi said, national and state political parties can demonstrate that EVMs can be tampered during the challenge. He said, the political parties will have to prove that EVMs used in the assembly elections in five states this year were tampered before or during the poll. The CEC said, the challenge is not a prestige issue for the commission and it will only boost voter’s confidence. Mr Zaidi also said, tampering of voting machines is not possible even by external devices.
The Chief Election Commissioner rejected the claim that EVMs could be tampered with, and said no manipulation of the machines is possible.
Mr Zaidi said replacement of the internal circuit of EVMs is not possible at all. He added that security measures by the Commission are foolproof and it is next to impossible to access the EVMs.
Mr Zaidi assured that Election Commission would do its best to maintain the integrity and conduct free and fair elections in the country. He said improving the election process is a responsibility of all stakeholders and the EC is taking all necessary steps in this regard.
Last week, the poll body had said that it will give a chance to political parties to prove EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered-with, after several opposition parties questioned their reliability and demanded going back to the paper ballot system. The Commission also held an all party meeting to discuss the issues relating to the reliability of the EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail and electoral reforms.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh stresses the need for remaining vigilant against Chinese transgression on Sino-Indian border.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked border guarding force Indo Tibetan Border Police and governments of five states bordering China to remain vigilant against transgression along the Sino-Indian border. Addressing the meeting of the Chief Ministers of five States having boundaries with China namely Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh at Gangtok, Mr. Singh said, state governments should undertake developmental activities along the 3,488-km long Sino-Indian border so that people living in these areas do not have to migrate.
The Home Minister also said –
- the problem of connectivity in these border areas pose several challenges and it needs to be overcome. Mr Singh said, in the first stage Ministry of Home Affairs is building 27 roads near the border which will be completed by 2019-20 and approval is being given to 48 other roads.
- inhospitable conditions near the border makes patrolling extremely difficult and in spite of these odds the security forces are doing a great job.
- Sino-Indian border is demarcated, extremely cold and has a difficult terrain, thus more importance should be given about infrastructure and peace in this area.
The Home Minister, Rajnath Singh later in the press conference informed that the center fund for Border Area Development Programmes (BADP) has been increased from 990 Crore to 1100 Crore in the current financial year. He also praised the work of ITBP and said that the Centre was doing everything feasible for their smooth functioning in overcoming challenges The Home Minister briefed about the various developmental projects being implemented by the Ministry in the Border States. He also shared some of the projects and proposals under process.
Defence Acquisition Council finalizes broad outline of policy to engage private sector in manufacturing of hi-tech equipment.
Defence Acquisition Council, under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, today finalised broad contours of policy to engage the country’s private sector in manufacturing of high-tech defence equipment in India. The policy outline aims at developing defence industrial ecosystem in the country through the involvement of major Indian corporates as well as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. It envisages the establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with qualified Indian industry majors through a transparent and competitive process. The policy will give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ policy in the Defence sector and help Indian industry. Initially the policy is expected to be implemented in a few selected segments. These are fighter aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles.
Allahabad High Court directs Uttar Pradesh government to take stringent measures to crack down on hardcore criminals.
The Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to take stringent measures to crack down on hardcore criminals and mafias. The court has directed the Principal Secretary (Home) and Director General of Police in the state to issue an advisory and circular in this regard within two months so that criminals who repeatedly commit offence do not get bail. The order was passed by Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Verma yesterday, on two petitions in which muscle man and former MP, Atique Ahmad and former MLA, Devendra Agrawal are accused. While referring to a judgement of Supreme Court, the bench said, that repeat offenders should not be bailed out. The bench also said, bail of those who misuse it should also be abolished, so that people may trust the police and the judicial system.
Hassan Rouhani re-elected as Iran’s 12th President with a thumping majority.
Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as Iran’s 12th President with a thumping majority. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed the result saying Rouhani has won 57 percent of votes as compared to 38.3 percent for hard-line challenger Ebrahim Raisi. Rouhani, a moderate cleric who spearheaded the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, has come to embody more liberal and reform-minded Iranians’ hope for greater political freedom at home and better relations with the outside world.
Hassan Rouhani was born in November 1948 in Sorkheh in Northern Iran . Before winning the 2013 Presidential election , he was the member of the Supreme National Security Council , a position he held since 1989. He also served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator between 2003 to 2005 which earned him the nick name of ‘diplomat Sheikh’. He made diplomacy a theme during his first presidential address in 2013. Rouhani studied religion in his early age from prominent Shia scholars. He did his graduation in Judicial Law from Tehran University. He completed his doctorate on the ‘Flexibility of Shariah ; Islamic Law’ from Glasgow Caledonian University in UK. He has authored a number of books.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his re-election. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Iran will continue to achieve new heights under his dynamic leadership. He also said, India remains committed to strengthen its special relationship with Iran.
Private sector to manufacture high-tech Defence equipment in India under the new Defence policy.
The Defence Ministry has finalised a much-awaited policy under which private sector companies will be roped-in to manufacture hi-tech defence equipment like submarines and fighter jets in India in partnership with foreign entities. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which met under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi yesterday, gave final touches to the new defence policy. The ‘strategic partnership model’ is aimed at creating a vibrant defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country through involvement of both major Indian corporates as well as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
In a statement, the Defence Ministry said, initially, the policy is expected to be implemented for manufacturing fighter aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles. It is expected to be expanded to other segments at a later stage. The policy is likely to be examined by the finance ministry before being considered by the Cabinet Committee on Security.More form our correspondent:
The policy envisages establishment of long-term strategic partnerships with Indian defence majors through a transparent and competitive process wherein they would tie up with global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to seek technology transfers to set up domestic manufacturing infrastructure and supply chains. It said, the policy will give a boost to the ‘Make in India policy in the defence sector and set Indian industry on the path to acquiring cutting-edge capabilities which will contribute to building of self-reliance in the vital sector.
US signs a 110 billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia described as the single biggest in American history.
The US says it has signed deals worth more than 350 billion dollars with Saudi Arabia as Donald Trump begins his first foreign trip as President. The agreements include a 110 billion dollar arms deal, which the White House described as the single biggest in US history.
“On the first day of the visit , US and Saudi Arabia signed arms deal worth almost 110 billion dollars which the US said will help the Saudi government to deal with ‘malign Iranian influence and Iran related threats. According to the US , this package of defence equipment and services support the long-term security of the Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region while also expanding opportunities for American companies in the region , potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States. Today President is scheduled to participate in the Arab Islamic American Summit.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that an expressway will be constructed in Bundelkhand region to bring it into the mainstream of development. He said, state government is committed to the all round development of the region and all efforts will be made to ensure development of this region.
“Chief minister while reviewing development and law and order situation of Chitrakootdham Division in a meeting at Banda district yesterday instructed to sent proposal for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme in Hamirpur, Mahoba and Chitrkoot districts. The Check dame and field pond scheme should be implemented on priority to meet out water scarcity. He said Illegal mining and criminals will not be spared. He also instructed all that officers should sit in offices from 9 to 11 AM to sort out peoples’ problems.”
Madhya Pradesh has emerged as a pioneering state in implementation of the Centre’s Swacch Bharat Mission. Eight cities of the state have got a place in top 25 cities of the country in the Swachch Sarvekshan-2017.
Indore has been declared the cleanest city of the country while Bhopal bagged the second position in the Swachch Sarvekshan. A total of 194 cities of Madhya Pradesh have been declared open defecation free till now.
This all could happen because people and their organisations took initiatives and administration made all out efforts to make these cities better in the country. Citizens are praising the Centre and the state government to make Swacch Bharat Mission a public campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instilled a new enthusiasm among citizens regarding Swacchta Abhiyan. That’s why it has become a personal mission of every one. People are seeing cleanliness as their duty.
A budget provision of 600 crore rupees has been made in 2017-18 under Swachcha Bharat Mission in the state.
Courtesy of – All India Radio