www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 11 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.38C. Min.27°C. Humidity: 18% Sunrise: 06:29 Sunset: 06:27 Demand for gold dull Hyderabad: Amidst suspense over the final outcome of trade talks between the US and China and expectations of lower unemployment figures in the US, gold and silver remained lackluster during the week ended Saturday. In the last month the yellow metal recorded a decline of five percent and remained at lowest levels in the last ten months. However, according to Goldman Sachs, the white metal offers a bright future as it has registered a handsome application of 25 percent per ounce a year. Gold closed at $1,298.01 (per ounce) and Silver at 15.31. 8 P6 NO DATA ON DEMONETISED NOTES USED AT PETROL PUMPS REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CONG WILL GIVE MORE SEATS TO WOMEN: RAGHUVEERA NATION WILL KNOW ITS NEXT PM ON MAY 23 n 7-phase Lok Sabha polls from April 11 to May 19 n Simultaneous Assembly polls in AP, Arunachal, Odisha, Sikkim n EC imposes model code of conduct with immediate effect New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced the dates for a seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. The polls to form the 17th Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, will be held on April 11, 18, 23, and 29, and May 06, 12, and 19, the poll panel has said. The results of the elections will be declared on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at a media brieﬁng in New Delhi. The number of registered voters stood at around 900 million, Arora said. This is around 84.3 million more than in the 2014 elections, he said, adding that there are around 15 million new voters in the 18-19 years age group this time. There will be approximately one million voting booths during these elections and around 11 million personnel who will be part of the electoral machinery. “VVPATs (voter veriﬁable paper audit trail) will accompany EVMs (electoral voting machines) in all polling booths this election,” Arora said, re- Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra, addresses a press conference at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday ferring to the EC’s chosen method of providing feedback to voters. The announcement of the election dates also immediately brings into effect the ECI’s model code of conduct. This code is a set of guidelines and rules to ensure free and fair conduct of elections and the campaigning preceding it. The code will remain effective till the day the results are announced. The new government will have to formed by the ﬁrst week of June as the ﬁve-year term of the cur- rent government, led by Narendra Modi, ends on June 03, 2019. In the 2014 election, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) stormed to power, with the BJP alone winning 282 Lok Sabha seats. This was the ﬁrst time in almost three decades that any single party had got a clear parliamentary majority in India. That election ended a decadelong rule by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. Continued on Page 15 Advantage NDA: CVoter Projects 300 seats for NDA, 141 UPA, others 138 New Delhi: The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will fall marginally short of a majority in the Lok Sabha but will comfortably form the government with post poll tie-ups. In the eventuality of no Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance of opposition parties) in Uttar Pradesh, the Narendra Modi-led NDA will walk home with over 300 Lok Sabha seats. According to the latest State of the Nation opinion poll conducted by CVoter for IANS, the battle in Uttar Pradesh will largely decide the complexion of the next Lok Sabha. Continued on Page 15 LS polls in AP, TS on same day HANS NEWS SERVICE (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1); Total: 97 STATE-WISE POLL DETAILS Hyderabad: All 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh and 17 in Telangana will go to polls on the same day in the ﬁrst phase on April 11, according the announcement made by the Election Commission on Sunday. The Election Commission would release the notiﬁcation for the polls on March 18 and the nominations would begin on the same day. The last date for ﬁling of nominations will be March 25. Scrutiny of the nominations would take place on March 26 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be March 28. Election would be held on April 11. Counting of votes would be on May 23 and the results would be declared on the same day. Continued on Page 15 GENERAL ELECTION 2019 PHASE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Phase 3 (April 23) Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (26), Goa (2), J&K (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), UP (10), WBengal (5), Dadra& Nagar Haveli (1), Daman&Diu (1); Total: 115 NUMBER OF NUMBER DATE OF POLL STATES AND UTS OF SEATS 91 20 11-APR-19 13 14 9 7 7 8 COUNTING 97 18-APR-19 115 71 51 59 59 23-APR-19 29-APR-19 06-MAY-19 12-MAY-19 19-MAY-19 23-MAY-19 Phase 4 (April 29) Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), MP (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (13), UP (13), West Bengal (8); Total: 71 Phase 1 (April 11) Andhra (25), Arunachal (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), UP (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (2), Andaman (1), Lakshadweep (1); Total (91) Phase 5 (May 6) Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), UP (14), WBengal (7); Total: 51 Phase 2 (April 18) Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha Phase 7 (May 19) Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8), Punjab (13), WBengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP (13), Himachal (4); Total: 59 Phase 6 (May 12) Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), MP (8), UP (14), West Bengal (8), Delhi-NCR (7); Total: 59 4 Indians among 157 die in Ethiopian air crash Addis Ababa: An Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries, the airline's CEO told journalists. Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, conﬁrming the plane was a Boeing 737800 MAX. He said the passengers included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven Britishers, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, ﬁve Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis. Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen onboard. Four of those on board were listed as using United Nations passports and their nationalities were not immediately clear. "The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condo- lences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled ﬂight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning," the PM's office said on Twitter. COLOMBIA PLANE CRASH KILLS 14 Bogota, Colombia: Fourteen people were killed in a plane crash in the Colombian province of Meta on Saturday, the country's civil aviation agency has said. The Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics said there were no survivors of the crash, which occurred after the DC-3 aircraft made a distress call at 10:40am local time. The US-made twinengine propeller plane was en route to central Villavicencio from the southern city of San Jose del Guaviare, the agency added. BATTLE BEGINS FOR ANDHRA THRONE Assembly polls in AP on April 11 Amaravati/New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday said the Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh will be held on April 11 along with the polls to the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The term of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly will come to an end on June 18. Counting and results of the Assembly and Lok Sabha Elections will be announced on the same day on May 23. The forthcoming election would be the first to be held after the bifurcation of the state. The state has 175 Assembly seats. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been making a pitch for a second term. Naidu, who was an ally of the BJP, walked out of the tie-up last year alleging that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government had failed to keep its promises to the state regarding granting of the special category status. Naidu, who is also seen as a key player in the Opposition alliance on the national front, has made it clear that he would go to the elections in the state without any pre-poll deal. Although Andhra Pradesh will see a multi-cornered contest, the main opposition to the ruling TDP is YSR Congress Party, led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Though the TDP has earlier voiced support for the Congress-led alliance at the national level, the two parties have chosen to contest independently in Andhra Pradesh. This is after the poll debacle in neighbouring Telangana, where Prajakutami, which comprised Congress and TDP, failed to garner much support. In 2014 Assembly polls, the TDP won with a comfortable majority of 102 seats, while the YSRCP won 67. In Lok Sabha Elections, the TDP won 16, while the YSRCP 9. According to the notification, the date of issue of the gazette notification is March 18. The last day of nomination for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections is March 25 and the last date of withdrawing nominations for both Assembly and Lok Sabha is March 28. No Assembly polls in J&K due to security concerns: EC New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Sunday announced that Assembly elections will not be held in Jammu & Kashmir with the Lok Sabha elections. Citing security concerns, Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the election will be held on a later date. The parliamentary polls in J&K will be held in five phases. “We need a large number of security personnel to be deployed for protection of every candidate. This was a categorical demand from all political parties there. Availability of security forces is a constraint,” said Arora when asked why J&K is not having Assembly elections along with Lok Sabha polls. Not holding polls is surrender to Pak: Omar Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah described Election Commission’s decision to not hold Assembly elections in the state as “surrender to Pakistan, to militants and to the Hurriyat”. “In light of the failure to conduct Assembly elections on time in J&K, I’m retweeting my tweets from a few days ago,” tweeted Omar.
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