A Congress party delegation led by former Union minister Kapil Sibal on Friday met the Election Commission of India (EC) and gave it a memorandum in which the party drew the poll panel's attention towards attempts by the ruling party (BJP) leaders to influence elections in some pockets in Haryana.
After submitting the memorandum, Sibal told mediapersons: "Elections in Maharashtra and Haryana have reached decisive phase. We came to the Election Commission to ensure level playing field in both these states. We had recently petitioned the EC that the situation in Haryana's Kaithal is very serious because members of certain gang, who reportedly have the backing of the chief minister, are freely roaming around and threatening the voters and the environment is being vitiated."
He said that the delegation has given a list of polling booths to the EC which are vulnerable and need to be given extra protection.
"We also mentioned that areas like Guhana, Garhi, Sampla, Adampur and of course, Kaithal. The Commission has assured us that they are taking care of the situation, they are in touch with the local administration, they are in touch with the election Observers and they will take all steps to ensure that the election is free and fair," he added.
Punjab Chief Miniter Amarinder Singh has appealed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to waive off $20 fee levied by the Pakistanni government on the pilgrims visiting the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.
Amarinder Singh He said the Sikh community across the world will be "grateful" to Khan for this gesture.
The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan's Punjab province, located 4.5 km from the border near Dera Baba Nanak, is highly revered among Sikhs as it was the place where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.
Construction of the 4.2 km-long Kartarpur corridor will be completed by October 31, a week before the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The online registartion of pilgrims will commence from October 20.
Rural India is in severe distress. The economy has sunk and the government is clueless about what to do. PM & FM should steal ideas from Congress’ manifesto , where we had anticipated & set down detailed plans to tackle the mess, tweeted Rahul Gandhi
The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it proposes to give to devotees of Guru Ravidas the site, where a temple was demolished few months back, for ensuring peace and harmony.
Muslim parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Friday issued a statement expressing shock over reports suggesting that the Sunni Waqf Board was withdrawing from the case.
According to a report in Economic Times, Hindustan Unilever Ltd said the trade, especially wholesale and smaller retailers is facing an acute liquidity crunch, a key reason why rural markets expanded at a lower rate than urban ones for the first time in seven years. HUL and other consumer goods companies have provided credit support in some instances amid a liquidity squeeze that has gripped parts of the financial markets.
“If you really look at some of the rural areas, at some of the central parts of the country, the overall liquidity crunch is actually coming again,” HUL chief financial officer Srinivas Phatak said on an investor call, adding that the company was making direct interventions to address these disruptions. “We are working with many of our banking and financial partners to find the right kind of solution and support our distributors and that’s working well. In some select cases, we actually stepped in to support our distributors through credit.”
Five children have been injured after a school bus overturned in Hoshangabad. Injured have been admitted to hospital.