Wednesday, 1 February, 2023
TopicElection Commission of India

Topic: Election Commission of India

EC likely to announce schedule for Gujarat polls this week

Citing what was followed in 2017, the poll panel did not announce the Gujarat poll schedule with Himachal Pradesh election dates that came out earlier this month.

Shinde, Uddhav factions have new names. But what’s the origin story of ‘Shiv Sena’ & its symbol?

The Shiv Sena’s name and symbol have been the centre of a rancorous tug-of-war between two factions of the party. The reason for the fight is the legacy they represent.

‘Target beneficiaries, revenue receipts’ — what EC’s proposal on poll promises wants from parties

Election Commission's proposed policy will seek details on how a party plans to rationalise expenditures & go for borrowings in case of inadequate funding.

Ghost addresses, empty offices — the shadowy world of registered unrecognised political parties

The Election Commission is in the midst of a crackdown against over 2,000 ‘unrecognised political parties’, and the IT Department has already raided many. Here’s why.

5 yrs back, India ‘legalised’ political corruption. Now, the time to end secret funding is here

Nobody believed the BJP govt would keep its promise of further reforms to electoral funding. The real disappointment was the too-hot, leave-it-to-a-wiser-generation response of the SC.

No law on poll hate speech so acting under IPC & Representation of People Act, EC tells apex court

Election Commission was responding to former BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay's petition demanding direction to Modi govt to take steps to curb hate speech & rumour mongering.

IT dept raids unrecognised political parties in Delhi, Gujarat over tax evasion

These raids are based on the Election Commission's announcement on taking action against roughly 2,100 registered unrecognised political parties for flouting rules & election laws.

Jharkhand governor keeps JMM guessing as EC’s opinion casts shadow on Soren’s future

Governor had sought poll body's opinion on 'office of profit' case against Soren. The EC’s report, sent to the governor in a sealed envelope, is yet to be communicated to the govt.

‘Freebies not bribes but shake root of fair polls’ — what SC said in 2013 order it plans to revisit

SC in 2013 held that promises of freebies in election manifestos are not bribery or corruption. CJI NV Ramana agrees to constitute a bench to re-examine the judgment.

‘Not appropriate’ for poll panel to be part of expert body on freebies: EC tells SC

The top court wanted a team of all stakeholders to look into handouts, after criticising the Election Commission for not taking 'remedial steps on time'.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.