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Lok Sabha elections: 97 seats go to polls tomorrow






Voting for the second phase will begin on Thursday across 97 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 12 states and one union territory.

The polling dates for the general elections are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

Here’s all you need to know about the second phase of the ongoing elections:


States and union territories going to polls on April 18:

Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal

Here’s how you can check your name in the voter list

State-wise break-up:

Assam: Main parties: BJP, Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)

Constituencies: Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Mangaldoi, Nowgong

No. of candidates: 50

Bihar: Main parties: BJP+Janata Dal (United) alliance, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance

Constituencies: 5 constituencies. Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Banka

No. of candidates: 68

Chhattisgarh: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)

Constituencies: 3 constituencies. Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker

Jammu and Kashmir: Main parties: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress and Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) alliance; and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP)

No. of candidates: 36

Constituencies: 2 constituencies. Srinagar, Udhampur

No. of candidates: 24

Karnataka: Main parties: BJP, Congress, Janata Dal (Secular), Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Constituencies: 14 constituencies. Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur, Kolar

No. of candidates: 241

Maharashtra: Main parties: BJP and Shiv Sena (SS); Congress and National Congress Party (NCP)

Constituencies: 10 constituencies. Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur

No. of candidates: 179

Manipur: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Naga People’s Front (NPF)

Constituencies: 1 constituency. Inner Manipur

No. of candidates: 11

Odisha: Main parties: BJP, Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD)

Constituencies: 5 constituencies. Bargarh, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Aska, Kandhamal

No. of candidates: 35

Puducherry: Main parties: Congress, AINRC, MNM, Puducherry Development Party, Namm Tamilar Katchi, Thamizhaga Vaazhvurumai Katchi

Constituencies: 1 constituency. Puducherry

No. of candidates: 18

Tamil Nadu: Main parties: BJP-AIADMK alliance, Congress-DMK alliance

Constituencies: 39 constituencies. Thiruvallur, Chennai South, Chennai North, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukkudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari

No. of candidates: 845

Tripura: Main parties: BJP, Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC)

Constituencies: 1 constituency. Tripura East

No. of candidates: 10

Uttar Pradesh: Main parties: BJP, Congress and alliance of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)

Constituencies: 8 constituencies. Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri,

No. of candidates: 85

West Bengal: Main parties: BJP, Congress, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Left (CPM, RSP, AIFB)

Constituencies: 3 constituencies. Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj

No. of candidates: 42


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3 killed, 11 injured as landslide hits mini-bus in JK’s Doda




Jammu, April 24: At least three persons were killed and 11 injured when a mini-bus came under a huge boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday, officials said.

The mini-bus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when a big rock hit it at Piyakul belt in the afternoon, they said.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Gandoh Bhallesa, Nawaz Khanday confirmed the casualties.


Thathri Sub-Divisional Magistrate Mohd Anwar Banday said preliminary reports suggest that the mini-bus, which was crossing the muddy patch, apparently came under debris and rocks due to the landslide.

Locals and police immediately reached the spot and after rescuing the passengers, shifted the injured ones to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kahara.

The identification of those dead or injured in the incident is not known yet.

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No one ready to take over JeM leadership in Kashmir: Army




Calling it a healthy sign, the Army on Wednesday said that there has been a decline in the recruitment of local Kashmiri people in militant outfits after the recent crackdown by the forces.

Addressing a joint press conference of the state police and the Army, Director General of Police in Jammu & Kashmir Dilbag Singh said, “Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 militants were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended.”


Elaborating further on the numbers, KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, said, “Total 69 militants have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis.”

Dhillon added that the operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up.

Talking about how the forces have suppressed the Jaish-e-Mohammed, the outfit behind the Pulwama attack, Dhillon said, “We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley. Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM, specially after Pulwama attack.

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Baramulla youth goes missing, family seeks help




Baramulla, April 24 : Family members of 18-year-old missing youth here have urged their son to return home and appealed government to help them in tracing him. A youth identified as Adnan Ali Chanan, son of Mohammed Ali Chanan of Arampora Baramulla district is missing since April 14.
His father Mohammad Ali Channa told KNO that soon after he left home, they tried to call him several times but “his phone was switched off. “We called our relatives and his friends but could not find him,” he said, appealing his son to return home.

After failing to trace him, the family has filed a missing report in Police station Baramulla. Meanwhile, police officials told KNO that family have lodged a missing report and further investigation have been taken up to trace out the missing youth.(KNO)

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