www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL MONDAY 11 MARCH 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.35C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 25% Sunrise: 06:23 Sunset: 06:20 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 P9 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TEACHERS BLAMED FOR POOR PERFORMANCE IN GOVT-RUN SCHOOLS NO DATA ON DEMONETISED NOTES USED AT PETROL PUMPS NATION WILL KNOW ITS LS polls in TS, AP on same day 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 4 HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: All 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana and 25 in Andhra Pradesh 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 4 AP Assembly polls on April 11 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. 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. 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. Continued on Page 4 Continued on Page 4 Advantage NDA: CVoter Projects 300 seats for NDA, 141 UPA, others 138 JOLT TO CONG AHEAD OF POLLS Sabitha, Haripriya to join TRS HANS NEWS SERVICE the tribes have impressed her and made her mind to join the Hyderabad: Congress MLAs ruling party. from Maheshwaram and YelWith this, the number of Conlendu P Sabitha Indra Reddy gress MLAs joining the TRS has and Haripriya Naik, respectively, risen to ﬁve. Already, MLA R are likely to join the ruling Kantha Rao, Atram Sakku, and Sabitha Telangana Rashtra Samithi as Ch Lingaiah have expressed they have made their intentions their intention to join the TRS. clear to the TRS chief in this Congress leaders said that regard. while Sabitha is seeking Lok Sabitha Reddy had talks with Sabha ticket for her or to her TRS working president KT son Karthik Reddy, the other Rama Rao on Sunday. HyderMLAs have allegedly succumbed abad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has to the pressure from the ruling facilitated the talks. Sabitha met party. With the ﬁve MLAs ready KTR at the residence of Asadud- Haripriya Naik to leave the party, the chances din at Rajendra Nagar on Sunof winning of the Congress canday. Haripriya Naik has issued a letter didate for the MLC seat from the Asstating that she is ready to join the sembly quota have further deterioTRS. She said she has met Chief Minrated. The number of MLAs who would ister K Chandrasekhara Rao during vote to the Congress candidate has the Assembly sessions and the Chief gone down to fourteen. Continued on Page 4 Minister’s views on development of TRS plans mock poll to win 5th seat in MLC elections Hyderabad: The ruling TRS has speeded up the exercise for ensuring the victory of fifth candidate in the council elections through MLAs and the party has decided to take up mock polling for its MLAs tutoring them on the procedure to vote at its legislature party meeting to be held at Telangana Bhavan on Monday. The TRS is sure to get four of the five vacant seats given its strength in the Assembly and it is trying hard for the fifth seat, which has been allocated to its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. All the MLAs have been asked to attend the legislature party meeting to be held at Telangana Bhavan without fail. After the meeting, the party would take up the mock polling. Continued on Page 4 4 Indians among 157 dead 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. STATE-WISE POLL DETAILS NUMBER OF NUMBER PHASE STATES AND UTS OF SEATS DATE OF POLL 1 20 91 11-APR-19 2 13 97 18-APR-19 3 14 115 23-APR-19 4 5 9 7 71 51 29-APR-19 06-MAY-19 59 59 12-MAY-19 19-MAY-19 23-MAY-19 6 7 7 8 COUNTING 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) (10), WBengal (5), Dadra& Nagar Haveli (1), Daman&Diu (1); Total: 115 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 5 (May 6) Phase 2 (April 18) Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1); Total: 97 Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), UP (14), WBengal (7); Total: 51 Phase 6 (May 12) Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), MP (8), UP (14), West Bengal (8), Delhi-NCR (7); Total: 59 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 Phase 7 (May 19) Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8), Punjab (13), WBengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP (13), Himachal (4); Total: 59
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