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Follow National Herald’s live news blog to get all the news in one place as we follow events in Mumbai where the Maratha Kranti Morcha is trying to enforce a bandh in support of its demand for reservations for the Maratha community, happenings in Parliament and returns from Pakistan’s general election, among other news
Maratha groups call bandh in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Panvel
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation for reservation in jobs and education, has called for the shutdown in Mumbai and some neighbouring districts today. Another outfit, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, called for the bandh in Navi Mumbai and Panvel areas.
Violence reported during Maharashtra Bandh on Tuesday, July 24
Yesterday, large-scale violence marred a state-wide protest by Maratha outfits demanding reservation for the community. A constable died and nine other policemen were injured amid suicide attempt by three agitators during the violence. Agitators had clashed with the police and torched vehicles at several places, while Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad district to prevent any untoward incident. In Jalna, the police had fired in the air to quell protests.
Maratha protestors demand apology from CM Devendra Fadnavis, say he alleged that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur
Quotas for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, has been a hugely contentious issue. Mahrashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had cancelled his visit to a temple in Pandharpur on Monday after protesters threatened to disrupt the event.
Despite assurances from Fadnavis, nothing concrete has been done till now over the demands, community leaders have claimed. "We will continue our agitation until the CM apologises to the Maratha community (for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur)," Morcha coordinator Ravindra Patil said yesterday.
Buses attacked in Mumbai; local train services running normally
Protesters attacked public buses in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai during the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation. PTI reported that two Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses were attacked by agitators in Kanjurmarg and Bhandup suburbs of Mumbai. In view of the stone-pelting on buses, BEST partially suspended its services in those areas and expects to resume it when the situation improves, an official of the transport body said.
Stone-pelting at public transport bus in Thane city
Protesters also hurled stones at a public transport bus in Wagle Estate area of the neighbouring Thane city. They blocked some areas there, including the key Teen Hath Naka junction, resulting in long queues of vehicles on the road leading to Mumbai.
Bus services suspended in Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai
A bus was also attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai following which the city transport authority suspended its services in the area, an official said.
Maratha quota stir spills onto the streets of Mumbai. Protests across multiple areas in Mulund, Dadar, Kandivali, reports CNN News18
Clashes break out between two groups in Udgir in Latur district of Maharashtra when one group was forcibly trying to get people to shut shops and overturned a vegetable cart while attempting to enforce Maharashtra bandh, reports ET
Blast in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan's capital Quetta during polling for Pakistan Election 2018, reports NDTV
Maratha Kranti Morcha members have taken to the streets in Mulund and Dadar and are raising slogans against chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, reports FirstPost
Train services stopped at Thane station, reports Hindustan Times
Voters in large numbers on Wednesday morning started flocking outside polling stations across the country to cast their votes in Pakistan's 11th general election. The first vote was cast in Charsadda
Reports say women voters being denied the right to vote in PK-65 constituency of Nowshehra in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
Visnagar Court pronounces Hardik Patel guilty in a case related to vandalising BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel’s office in Visnagar during 2015 Patidar protests, reports ANI
ABP News reports that Hardik Patel given 2 years sentence
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority directed the private satellite TV channels to stop airing any content related to Pakistan's 11th general election, reports ANI
Workers of Maratha Kranti Morcha block Eastern Expressway in Chembur, Mumbai during their agitation for Maratha Reservation, reports ANI
15 killed and more than 20 injured in blast in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan's capital Quetta during polling for Pakistan Election 2018, reports ANI
TDP MPs raise slogans in Lok Sabha on issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh
TDP members in the Lok Sabha on July 25 once again raised the issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh. Wearing yellow stoles, they raised slogans from their benches like "we want justice".
Lok Sabha adjourns briefly following heated exchanges between TMC and BJP members over alleged lynching of women in West Bengal
Maratha group leaders request shopkeepers in Bandra, Mumbai to shut down their shops, reports Mid-Day
Noisy scenes in Lok Sabha over Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train; Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said ₹1.10 lakh crore cost of the high speed rail corridor was exorbitant
The Lok Sabha today witnessed heated exchanges between the opposition and the government over the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, with the former terming its cost exorbitant and the latter alleging that the previous regime had sanctioned projects for "narrow political gains". As the House took up a question related to the ₹1.10 lakh crore project during the Question Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the cost of the high speed rail corridor was exorbitant and the amount could have been spent on activities like doubling of thousands of kilometres of railway tracks or opening up of new divisions.
Union Minister and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale says "I support Maratha Reservation demand. I appeal protesters to protest peacefully"; reports ANI
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says notices for privilege motion against PM Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, moved by the Congress over their statements on the Rafale deal, are under her consideration
Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam condemns CM Devendra Fadnavis' 'provocative' comments, says govt needs to understand there is anger amongst people, youth are jobless, their anger can take any shape
After 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed seen casting vote, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir says "Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist. Pakistan's democracy is in danger because of these kind of people"; reports ANI
Firefighters extinguished a blaze after miscreants pelted stones and set a BEST bus ablaze in Mankhurd during Maratha reservation stir; reports ANI
Visuals of Maratha Reservation Protest from Mumbai-Pune highway, via ANI
Transgender persons not allowed to vote, observers barred in Pakistan
For the first time in Pakistan's political history, the Election Commission of Pakistan gave the duty of "observers" during polling to members of the transgender community. However, on Wednesday in Lahore they were not allowed to vote and in Peshawar they were barred from entering polling stations
PM Modi addresses Ugandan Parliament, reports ANI
Election Commission of Pakistan states that media discussions pertaining to PTI chief Imran Khan and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif were a violation of ECP code of conduct; reports ANI
The Maratha Kranti Morcha has called off the state wide bandh, after worries over violence in many parts
PM Narendra Modi charts out 10 principles of India's African reach-out
Stating that India has deepened its partnership and engagement across the vast expanse of Africa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday charted out 10 principles of his country's engagement with African nations. "India is proud to be Africa's partner," Modi said while addressing the Ugandan Parliament, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister.
Polling in Pakistan’s General Election closes at 6 pm; counting will begin right away and results will be announced within 24 hours
Daughters of Benazir Bhutto—Bakhtawar and Aseefa—after casting their vote in Sindh's Nawabshah, via ANI
Uttara Karnataka Horata Samiti calls for a bandh on August 2 in 13 districts of north Karnataka over demand for a separate state for North Karnataka, reports ANI
All VVPATs shall be delivered well within the time required for making pre-poll preparations for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, says Election Commission; reports ANI
Ministry of Home Affairs asks Assam government and neighbouring states to ensure maintenance of law and order in run-up to and post-publication of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC); reports ANI
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis says state government has taken cognisance of protest by Maratha community and has taken several decisions. Govt is ready to talk to them; reports ANI
Madras High Court orders Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption to soon finish the probe against TN Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and family in a disproportionate assets case; reports ANI
Mumbai-Pune highway reopened by police after dispersing protesters. It was shut for over 6 hours; reports ABP News
Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 passed in Rajya Sabha
The official time for casting votes in General Elections 2018, has come to a close. Only those individuals who find themselves inside the polling stations will be allowed to vote
Dawn reports that ARY News has jumped the gun and is live reporting election results despite clear instructions by the ECP against doing so before 7 pm
Pakistan election marred by violence; At least 30 people were killed, including a child, and over 30 people were wounded when the suicide bomber detonated outside a crowded polling station in Quetta
- At least 30 people were killed, including a child, and over 30 people were wounded when the suicide bomber detonated outside a crowded polling station.
- Local police officials said the suicide bomber tried to target a high-ranking military officer who was part of a delegation visiting the polling station, but due to tight security, he detonated at the gate.
- Several of the wounded are in critical condition and the death toll could rise further.
- IS claimed responsibility for the explosion, according to a statement on the group's Amaq news agency. The statement did not provide further details or give evidence for the claim.
PPP leads in Sukkur (NA-206) and Khairpur-1 (NA-208); unconfirmed results reported by Geo News
PTI leads in Jhang-2 (NA-115) and Mianwali (NA-96); unconfirmed results reported by Geo News
PML-N leads in Lahore 3 (NA-125), Lahore 6 (NA-128) and Narowal-2 (NA-78); unconfirmed results reported by Geo News
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is leading with 1,754 votes in Lyari (NA-246); reports ANI
PML-N candidate Hamza Shehbaz, son of former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, leads in Lahore-2 (NA-124), with 4,000 plus votes over trailing PTI candidate Nauman Qaisar; non-final results reported by Geo News
PTI chairman Imran Khan leads in Mianwali 1 (NA-95) with 3,291 votes; unofficial results reported by Geo News
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari leads in Larkana (NA-200); unofficial results reported by Geo News
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is contesting from both Larkana (NA-200) and Karachi South 1 (NA 246)
Former Pakistan Prime Minister and PPP candidate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani leads in Multan 5 (NA-158); unofficial results reported by Geo News
PTI takes a big lead (28,379 votes) over PML-N (5,393 votes) in Mianwali 2 (NA-96); unofficial results reported by Dawn
Imran Khan's PTI citing TV news reports says it is leading in 82 seats, PML-N in 35, PPP in 20 and others in 3
Former Pakistan Prime Minister and PML-N candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is presently trailing in Rawalpindi 1 (NA 57); reports ANI
Party positions as per Geo News: PTI 74, PML-N 54, PPP 27, Independents 26, Others 37; 218/272
Early trends for 233/272 seats show a hung National Assembly in Pakistan: PTI 84, PML-N 58, PPP 29, Independents 25, Others 37, as per Geo News
Trends show Imran Khan highly likely to be Pakistan's next Prime Minister at this point in counting; ABP News reports Khan's PTI is leading in 103 seats, PML-N ahead in 52 and PPP in 32
Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tweets claim that it is all set to make its own government in Pakistan. Says analysts are predicting a clear majority of 136+ Seats for PTI
Party positions according to counting trends as per Geo News at 11.15 pm IST: PTI 96, PML-N 66, PPP 37, Independents 23, Others 36; 258/272
Dawn.com reports that as election results pour in, PML-N casts doubts over polling process while PTI supporters start celebrating
PML-N spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb raises objections over counting process, as Imran Khan's PTI establishes a big lead in Pakistan's general election; reports Dawn
Islamabad journalist reports that leaders of 6 parties are saying that their polling agents were expelled from polling stations and certified results not handed over; only PTI and PSP are not complaining but all others are claiming fraud
"What a farce" tweets Pakistan journalist Mehmal Sarfraz on Pakistan election results
Party positions according to counting trends as per Geo News at 11.40 pm IST: PTI 102, PML-N 64, PPP 30, Independents 22, Others 33; 251/272
ECP rejects allegations that PML-N agents were thrown out of polling stations; reports Dawn
Party positions according to counting trends as per Geo News at 12.10 am IST: PTI 107, PML-N 70, PPP 39, Independents 23, Others 31; 270/272
ECP-connected result transmission via PTV slows down; reports Dawn
Dawn has reported that Pakistan Television's result transmission, which is connected with the ECP's result transmission system, has stopped updating results. The last results via PTV News' Twitter account came around an hour ago while they are also not being updated as frequently on PTV website. Analysts at PTV News also appear unaware of the reason behind the slowing down of results, said Dawn