PSLV-C46 carrying Risat 2B -- which weighs 615kg -- lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.30am, as scheduled. It was the 48th flight of PSLV and the 14th flight in 'core-alone' configuration where solid strap-on motors were not used.
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A little over 5.44 lakh foreign nationals became US citizens during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2018 (which is the nine month period ended June last year). On the other hand, 7.07 lakh immigrants had become US citizens during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.
According to sources CEC Sunil Arora and election commissioner Sushil Chandra were of the opinion that model code of conduct matters were not quasi-judicial proceedings and hence did not require dissent or minority views to be conveyed as part of the final order.
Leaders of 22 opposition parties met the EC and presented some video clippings alleging “unauthorised” movement of EVMs, as also to demand verification of VVPAT slips before counting of votes on the voting machines.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday expressed concern over the "needless controversy" created by the opposition over EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again. The prime minister also expressed concern over the opposition making "needless controversy" over EVMs.
Dutee Chand, who recently revealed about her same-sex relationship, on Tuesday said that she had to go public with her relationship after receiving threats from her elder sister. Addressing a news conference, Dutee also requested a section of media not to spread anything which may impact her career.
Leaders of 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission and raised concerns over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and asked the poll body to ensure transparency in counting. The BJP condemned the opposition parties for questioning the credibility of EVMs and asked them to accept defeat with grace if people vote PM Modi-led government to power again.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday likened his campaign for this Lok Sabha election to a pilgrimage, saying it stood out from other polls as it was being fought by the people and not the party alone. He made these remarks at a meeting of ministers of his government at the BJP headquarters where he thanked them for their work.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a massive role in India's bid to regain the World Cup, coach Ravi Shastri said Tuesday, harping on the veteran's ability to influence the game's little moments.
Leaders of as many as 22 opposition parties met the EC and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before counting of votes."We told the EC that the VVPAT machines should be counted first and if there is any discrepancy, then all of them in that segment should be counted," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
India captain Virat Kohli answered questions on various topics in the pre-departure press-conference, ranging from Kedar Jadhav's injury to a slump in Kuldeep Yadav’s form in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.
The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected reports of alleged EVM tampering and asserted that all machines used in the elections are absolutely safe in the strongrooms.
The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected reports of alleged EVM tampering and asserted that all machines used in the elections are absolutely safe in the strongrooms. The charges of manipulations surfaced after some videos went viral purportedly showing EVMs being transported in open trucks.
Joining the ongoing controversy over EVMs, former President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday expressed concern over the alleged tampering of voters' verdict saying the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lies with the EC, which should put all speculation to rest. He also said there can be no room for speculation that challenges the very basis of Indian democracy.
The results for 22 state assembly seats along with 38 Lok Sabha seats will be out on May 23 and that could change the fate of the Tamil Nadu government as the ruling AIADMK risks falling short of majority. Results of bypolls of four assembly seats that will be declared on May 23 could change the Goa assembly equations too, especially if the BJP doesn't do well.
The Election Commission on Tuesday quashed allegations of discrepancies in handling and storage of EVMs in some districts of Uttar Pradesh, terming the claims baseless. Denying irregularities in Ghazipur, Jhansi, Chandauli and Domariaganj, EC reiterated that all polled EVMS and VVPATs were sealed properly in front of the candidates and added that the process was video-graphed.
Exit polls suggest Prime Minister Narendra Modi will win a landslide victory when votes are counted on Thursday. But if the polls are wrong, he may need outside help to form government. Here’s a list of kingmakers -- regional political leaders with clout across various Indian states -- who may decide whether the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party or their biggest political rival, Rahul Gandhi’s Indian National Congress, can reach the 272 seats needed for a majority.
After the bold and honest revelation about her same-sex relationship with a girl from her village, Dutee's family has raised strong objections but the ace sprinter is unfazed by it. “The SC verdict has been like a breath of fresh air for us. Nobody should judge us just for who we want to be with and who we love," she said.
HD Kumaraswamy is set to complete one year as chief minister of the JD(S)-Congress government under the shadow of the exit polls, which, if forecast right, could spell serious trouble for his government. The state government, which has been tottering for the better part of its tenure, could yet crumble and fall if the Modi government sweeps to power on Thursday.
Apparently upset over pollsters’ predictions on Sunday night, Mufti Mehmood Hasan Bulandshahri said, “In the prevailing scenario it is very important to pray very hard for peace and prosperity of our country and for the protection of Muslims, mosques and teachers.”
Part of India's spin twins for the World Cup, along with Kuldeep Yadav, leg-spinner Chahal will make his debut at the premier ODI tournament and hopes to have enough tricks in his bag to bowl on pitches likely to be loaded heavily in favour of the batsmen.
All eyes are on the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha. BJP and alliance partners had won 73 of these in 2014. But in 2019, Narendra Modi faced the combine might of Akhilesh Yadav’s SP and Mayawati’s BSP. Yet exit polls are giving a clear advantage to BJP. Watch this video to find out why. Poll of polls is an average of all major exit polls on 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Poll of polls in UP predicts 43 LS seats for NDA, 35 LS seats FOR MGB and 2 LS seats for INC.
The number of Infosys executives with compensation above Rs 1 crore rose sharply to 64 in 2018-19, from 28 in the previous year. Many more senior vice-presidents and vice-presidents became part of the crorepati club. A significant part of this increase was on account of the sharp spike in the company’s share price, which raised the value of the stocks that vested during the year.
Exit polls are divided on the outcome of the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh with at least two pollsters predicting that the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will continue in office and two others forecasting that the opposition YSR Congress party (YSRCP) will get a majority in the 175-member assembly.
A day after exit polls predicted a BJP win in most of the LS seats in MP, the party said the six-month-old Congress government in the state should prove its majority, prompting chief minister Kamal Nath to hit back saying he was ready for a floor test.
The final overall turnout for all 543 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 was 66.4%, which too is lower than the polling figure for 542 seats in 2019. Before 2019, the highest ever poll percentage recorded in a parliamentary election was in 2014.
In 2014, 10 states and UTs had seen more women than men voting, but within the then undivided state of Andhra Pradesh, the part that now remains Andhra had also recorded a larger number of female voters than male.
The sensex rallied 1,422 points — its highest single-day gain in over a decade and the second highest ever — to settle at 39,353, its highest-ever close. On Monday, the NSE Nifty too rallied 421 points to 11,828, also the highest closing level for the index.
The focus of this young leaders' course (YLC), apart from physical fitness and mental robustness, will on developing leadership traits and character-building, improving communication skills in English and public speaking, learning conflict management and resolution, decision-making and problem-solving, and soft skills in basic mannerism and military etiquettes.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, leaders of various opposition parties will meet the EC and raise the issue of tallying VVPATs with EVM figures as per Supreme Court directions. The opposition parties are demanding tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM figures in an entire assembly constituency in case a discrepancy is found in a polling booth.
An estimated 67.11 per cent of the nearly 91 crore electors turned up to cast their vote in this year's seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the highest ever turnout recorded in any parliamentary polls in India. The overall turnout in 2014 was 66.40 per cent. But, the Election Commission figures are provisional and are subject to change.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday shared his childhood dream of becoming a painter and his plans after quitting cricket, fuelling fresh speculations about his retirement.
Naidu held a 45-minute-long meeting with Banerjee on the future strategies of the "Mahagatbandhan" (Grand Alliance), sources said. The leaders also discussed possibilities of forming a non-BJP government including regional parties with the support of the Congress, they said.
Top leaders of the BJP-led NDA will meet over dinner on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah expected to be present, party sources said on Monday. The BJP's decision to host the dinner comes following the exit polls which have been unanimous in projecting another term for Modi.
Investor wealth soared by more than Rs 5.33 lakh crore as the benchmark BSE Sensex sprinted more than 1,422 points Monday after exit polls predicted a return of the NDA government led by the BJP. At the end of Monday's trading session, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies stood at Rs 1,51,86,312.05 crore against Rs 1,46,58,709.68 crore on Friday.
Equity indices ended on a record high on Monday as investors cheered exit poll results that showed a likely win for the ruling NDA in the general elections. The benchmark BSE sensex skyrocketed 1,421.90 points or 3.75 per cent to close at 39,352.67, while the broader NSE Nifty moved 421.10 points or 3.69 per cent to settle at 11,828.25 .
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) emerged as a clear winner in exit polls released on Sunday. In Andhra Pradesh, however, it was a mixed bag with some surveys predicting YSRCP will get the majority of the (25) seats, while others said TDP has the edge. In the case of Telangana, Times Now-VMR survey indicated TRS would get 13 seats and one each for Congress, BJP and two for Others.
Declaration of results for the Delhi Lok Sabha seats may get delayed by around 5 to 6 hours on May 23 as more time will be spent on counting VVPATs from each of the 70 Assembly segments of the national capital, chief electoral officer Ranbir Singh has said.
Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly "to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength".
Buoyed by the exit poll predictions, BJP President Amit Shah has convened a meeting of the leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on May 21, ahead of the counting of votes on May 23. Sources in the BJP said that Shah is likely to host a dinner for the NDA leaders and would chalk out alliance's strategy.
Tracking significant gains in the broader market on Monday, as many as 40 stocks touched their 52-week high levels on BSE. Some of the stocks that touched 52-week highs include Bajaj Finance, DCB Bank, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SRF, Titan, Kotak Mahindra and PVR.
India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand, who was at the centre of a global gender row and won her case against the International Association of Athletics Federations's (IAAF) hyperandrogenism rule, faces a fresh obstacle in the form of her family who are objecting to her being in a same-sex relationship.
Indian shares surged on Monday, a day after exit polls showed PM Modi would retain power with a bigger majority with financials leading the charge. The broader NSE index was up 2.22% at 11,660.45, while the benchmark BSE index was 2.31% higher at 38,807.88. India's NSE stock futures listed on the Singapore exchange was up 2.02% as of 0348 GMT, after rising as much as 2.76%.
Going by the exit poll predictions of various survey agencies, Odisha appears to be heading towards a split verdict — Naveen Patnaik’s BJD returning to power for a fifth time with a smaller margin, and BJP winning more Lok Sabha seats than the regional ruling party.
The highlight of the yet-to-be-named cave, situated 1.5 kilometre ahead of the shrine, however, is a small window that offers a spectacular view of the shrine. The PM Modi spent 17 hours in the cave on Saturday, meditating in complete isolation and looking out of the window at the temple.
Exit polls on Sunday predicted a clear winner in Telangana in the recent LS polls with most pollsters giving the ruling TRS anywhere between 10 and 16 seats (of total 17). In Andhra Pradesh, however, it was a mixed bag with some surveys predicting opposition YSRCP will get majority of seats, both in LS and Assembly, while others said the ruling TDP will emerge victorious.
In Kolkata North, 54.9% voters turned out by 3 pm. But, according to EC, end-of-day percentage was barely 61.1%; so only a little more than 6% of voters turned up in the last three hours. In Kolkata South, 58.6% voters turned up by 3 pm. But, the next three hours saw a reversal of this trend and figures stood at 67% by the end of day, lower than the 2014 figure of 69.3%.
After offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple and spending 17 hours at a cave near the shrine, the PM said, “I did not ask for anything. I don’t believe in asking for, because God only wants us to give... all I want is Baba Kedarnath bestows his blessings not just upon India but the entire mankind.”
The gap between turnout of male and female voters has narrowed down significantly from 9% in 2009 to only 0.4% in this election. It was 1.4% in 2014, deputy election commissioner Umesh Sinha said. The narrow difference indicates that the number of women voters would exceed men in some states.
Though every exit poll pointed in the direction of an NDA win, Congress spokesman Rajeev Gowda said, “Please wait till May 23. We will surprise you. The entire vote share to seat share conversion is a difficult job. There is also a fear psychosis in the country and people do not reveal their views.”
Exit polls forecast between 277 and 352 seats for the NDA with the BJP getting 227 to 291 seats. Two of them suggested the saffron party may actually cross its 2014 tally of 282. The projected tally for the Congress ranged from 38 to 87 seats.
The stretch between India Gate and Rajpath witnessed a peaceful protest by the supporters of the #MenToo movement on Saturday. Activist Barkha Trehan, along with members of her city-based NGO, gathered at the location to demand justice for victims of fake rape accusations in the country.
Dubbing exit polls as "gossip", West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she doesn't trust such surveys, as the "game plan" is to use them for "manipulation" of EVMs. Most exit polls forecast a majority for the ruling BJP-led NDA in Lok Sabha elections with varying numbers, as the seven-phase democratic exercise ended Sunday.
The BJP-led NDA is all set to return to power with the TimesNow-VMR exit poll predicting a clear victory for the ruling coalition in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The NDA is projected to win 306 seats. The BJP's share is expected to come down to 242 seats from the 282 seats that in won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The meeting, which is seen as an effort towards forming an alternative government at the Centre if the BJP does not get enough numbers to retain power, lasted for forty-five minutes.
The exit poll results for Odisha will be announced after 6pm. The state recorded an average polling of 73.08% after four phases of elections. Stay with Times of India for all the live updates
Stay with Times of India for all the live updates of Andhra Pradesh assembly elections exit polls results 2019.
Most exit polls have predicted that the BJP-led NDA is all set to return to power in 2019. According to poll of exit polls, NDA is projected to win 296 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Stay with TOI for live updates
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Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this year said Pakistan would not need to import oil after reserves were found near Karachi coast. "God willing the reserves will be so large that we will not need to import any oil," he said. Around 17 attempts have been made in the past, but all remained unsuccessful despite encouraging data from each drilling, it said.
Shyam Saran Negi was the first voter to exercise the franchise in Independent India's first elections ever in 1952. Today, 102-year-old, Negi again cast the ballot in his native village Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh. The administration accorded him a red carpet welcome at the polling booth. Earlier Negi had urged the voters to "elect honest and active candidates".
Naidu, who arrived in the national capital on Friday, had met Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party chief Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and leaders of the Communist Party of India on Saturday as well. He had then flew to Lucknow and met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.
Trinamool Congress in its letter to the Election Commission objected to the media coverage of PM Modi's trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath over the weekend. TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien said that the PM even announced that the master plan for the Kedarnath Temple is ready and also addressed the public and the media despite model code of conduct in force.
Former India opener and 2011 World Cup winner Gambhir feels Australia are firm favourites to win another WC title, while predicting India or hosts England to be the other team in the final, which will be played at Lord's on July 14.
Back with the same bite and skill-set, which had made him an indispensable part of India’s limited-overs set-up from his debut days in 2013-15, Mohammed Shami, after overcoming injuries and issues off the field, is ready to play his second World Cup. Shami, like his pace compatriot Bumrah, is banking on his most lethal weapon – yorkers – to rattle the opposition batsmen.
As many as 59 seats are going to polls in the seventh and last phase of polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. These 59 Lok Sabha seats are spread across 7 states of Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Punjab, West Bengal, UP, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. The number of seats in states going to polls are Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Uttar Pradesh (13), Himachal Pradesh (4) and Chandigarh. Watch this video for a detailed analysis on what’s at stake for political parties in the last but crucial phase.