monDAy www.thestatesman.com 11 mArch 2019 fIND uS ONlINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|lC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BRExIT DEAl RETuRNS TO uK PARlIAMENT DEMOCRACy, DPRK STylE P10 MANDHANA ACHIEVES CAREER BEST SPOT IN T20IS ADMIRAl’S CAuTION P9 P6 P12 7-phase poll battle begins 11 Apr WeAtheR Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 32 and 23 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: Nil ReLAtIve humIdIty Max.94% Min. 34% Max: 31.1°C (-1) SUN RiSES 05:49 hrs MOON RiSES 08.44 hrs Min: 22.8°C (+1) SUN SEtS 17:44 hrs MOON SEtS 21:46 hrs tempeRAtuRe Next moon quarter on 16 March thumbNAILs Australia’s Ashton James turner plays a shot during the fourth one-day international match against india in Mohali on Sunday. An unheralded turner (84 n.o. off 43 balls) took an experienced indian attack to the cleaners with some unbelievable hitting, helping Australia chase down a record breaking target of 359 runs and level the five-match series. Pakistan’s FATF plea: Pakistan has asked the president of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove India as co-chair of the AsiaPacific Joint Group, a regional associate of FATF, fearing that New Delhi’s presence on the panel could hurt its prospects of earning a reprieve from the global terror financing watchdog. Pulwama attack brains: Lesser-known Jaish-eMohammed terrorist Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias 'Mohd Bhai', has been identified as the brains behind the audacious terror strike in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF personnel dead on February 14, officials said on Sunday. The 23year-old Khan, an electrician with a graduate degree, arranged the vehicle and explosives used in the terror strike, officials said. Assembly polls to be held in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha simultaneously with LS polls; counting on 23 May SNS & AgENCIES Four-phase LS, Assembly polls in state NEW dELHi, 10 MARCH The much-awaited electoral battle of 2019 will begin on 11 April, with polling for the seventeenth Lok Sabha elections to be held over seven phases till 19 May, followed by counting of votes on 23 May, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously, the EC said. However, elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, which was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. The schedule for the state assembly polls and byelections would be the same as the schedule of the corresponding Lok Sabha constituencies, said Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora while giving details. This is the first time that the Election Commission would use VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines in all polling stations. The voter would also see the image of the candidate he has voted for in BHUBANESWAR, 10 MARCH: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sushil Chandra (R), addresses a press conference to announce the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections. n SNS the VVPAT. Announcing the polling schedule, the CEC said the first phase would be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19 and the counting of votes for all seven phases covering 543 Lok Sabha constituencies would take place on May 23. In the first phase, 91 constituencies will to go to polls; 97 constituencies in the second phase; 115 constituencies in the third; 71 in fourth phase; 51 in fifth phase; 59 in sixth; and 59 in the seventh phase. With the announcement of Lok Sabha polls, the EC told the Centre and state governments to bring the Model Code of Conduct into immediate effect till the polling process is over. This time nearly 90 crore voters, nearly 1.5 crore be- tween 19-20 years old, would exercise their franchise. The Commission would set up nearly 10 lakh polling stations all over the country. The Commission would take up violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) very seriously and would ensure that strict action is taken against those violating it, the CEC said. On the misuse of money power, the Commission would soon appoint Special central expenditure observers, some of them retired senior officials of CBDT, the CEC said. “I assure you that Commission would implement MCC in letter and spirit,” he added. The CEC said the Commission has also decided to deploy three special observers, former IAS officer, Noor Mohammad, former DG CRPF A S Gill and former tourism secretaryVinod Jutsi, who served the Election Commission at a very senior level for nearly seven years. The election will pit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance against several Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Left and regional forces which are continuing to work out a grand alliance to minimise a division of votes against the Narendra Modi-led ruling combine. Lok Sabha polls: BJD pledges 33 pc women’s quota STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KENdRAPARA, 10 MARCH The ruling party in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal, became the first political party in the country to announce that it will provide a quota of 33 per cent to women candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced the BJD’s decision to field 33 per cent women candidates in the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha in the coming elections and called upon all the national parties to follow suit. “ I call upon all the National Parties that they should be true to their words, and must follow what they are propagating for women empowerment,” he said. Playing the women card to the hilt, the chief minister said “this announcement at Kendrapara, the sacred land of Lord Baladevjew, will create history in the journey of women empowerment in India”. The chief minister also invoked the legendary Biju Patnaik saying the announcement at the ‘Karma Bhumi’ of Biju Babu that Odisha will send 33 per cent of women to parliament in the coming Lok Sabha election is befitting as it was Biju Babu who was the first to introduce reservation for women in panchayats, much before the Constitutional amendment in this regard. Patnaik, while addressing a rally of Women SHG group members of Mission Shakti at Baruo on the outskirts of Kendrapara town, noted that he was leading the country in sending women to parliament. Late Biju Babu had shown the way to the entire nation by enforcing 33 per cent reservation for women in three-tier gram panchayat bodies and urban local bodies when he was the chief minister of the state in the nineties. In 2012, the state government had enhanced it to 50 per cent in panchayati raj institutions. Taking the move forward, the state government, for the first time, had passed a resolution in Odisha Legislative Assembly to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in both the parlia- ment and state legislatures. I have sent a proposal to all national parties and chief ministers in this regard, he said. If India is to lead the world, and if India is to be an advanced nation like America and China, then women empowerment is the only answer, he said. Patnaik had earlier set in motion the nationwide campaign on Women’s reservation bill in parliament and State Assemblies in the last phase of parliament though the matter had been debated for years. The Opposition Congress and BJP were quick to lash out at what they termed as a “ political gimmick”. OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik pointed out that Naveen Patnaik had never uttered a word on the Women Reservation Bill for all these years and just before election he is indulging in such stunts. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “Why didn’t he include the assembly tickets also, clearly it is double speak of the chief minister.” Patra went on to refer to the rising number of crimes against women in Odisha, with the chief minister holding the home portfolio. Elections for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats in Odisha will be held in four phases, informed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar here today. The elections in Odisha will be held on 11, 18, 23 and 29 April and the counting of votes on 23 May, Mr Kumar said at a press conference here. Mr Kumar said in the first phase four LS seats and the assembly constituencies under these four will go to the polls, the second phase will have five LS seats and there will be six LS seats each in the third and fourth phase. He said the government has been requested to remove all banners, posters, hoardings within 24 hours and adhere to the Model Code of Conduct from today. SNS Details on Page 13 Indians among 157 dead in Ethiopia crash AddiS ABABA, 10 MARCH An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, including Indians, authorities said. More than 30 nationalities are among the dead. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November.The pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return, the airline's CEO AP told reporters.•
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