Thursday, May 1, 2014

Iraq vote count under way as PM ‘certain’ of victory

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Iraq vote count under way as PM
Vote counting was under way on Thursday after Iraqis braved attacks to participate in parliamentary elections that incumbent premier Nuri al-Maliki said he was “certain” of winning.
Wednesday’s general election, the first since US troops withdrew from Iraq in late 2011, took place as further violence rocked the country, with 14 people killed shortly after polling started.Both Washington and the United Nations hailed the vote as a rebuke to jihadists who sought to derail the political process in a country suffering its worst bloodshed in years.
Preliminary results are not expected for at least two weeks. Initial figures by the election commission said about 60 per cent of Iraq’s 20 million eligible voters cast ballots.
Iraqis complain of myriad grievances, from poor public services to rampant corruption and high unemployment, but the month-long campaign centred on Maliki’s bid for a third term and the country’s dramatically deteriorating security.
The premier called for a high turnout and voiced confidence he would stay in office after voting early at a VIP polling centre in the Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.
“Our victory is certain, but we are waiting to see the size of our victory,” he said. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Iraqis had “courageously voted”, sending “a powerful rebuke to the violent extremists” both in Iraq and the region.
The UN Security Council urged Iraq’s leaders to form a government as soon as possible “that represents the will and sovereignty of the Iraqi people”.
The Security Council, in a statement, stressed that “no act of violence or terrorism can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq, underpinned by the rule of law and respect for human rights, which is supported by the people and the government of Iraq and the international community”.
Analysts had expressed fears that much of the electorate would stay home rather than risk being targeted by militants, who killed nearly 90 people during the two previous days.
Soon after the polls opened Wednesday 14 more people, including two election commission employees, were killed in a wave of attacks that also wounded dozens.
Maliki’s critics have accused him of concentrating power and marginalising the Sunni minority, and say public services have not sufficiently improved during his eight-year rule.
The 63-year-old contends the violence is fuelled by the conflict in neighbouring Syria and has accused Sunni Saudi Arabia and Qatar of backing insurgents.
Maliki’s State of Law alliance is tipped to win the most seats in parliament but fall short of a majority.
This means he will have to court other Shiite parties, as well as Sunni and Kurdish blocs, if he is to remain in power.


 

Fear factor on Modi is unfounded

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Dr. Rajiv Kumar
Apr 30 at 4:26 PM
Dear Sagar
I am forwarding my article “Fear Factor on Modi is Unfounded” that has appeared in the newspaper “The Mail Today” on 25 April 2014.
Your comments are always welcome.
With best regards,
Rajiv kumar

Fear factor on Modi is unfounded

Narendra Modi has done well to distance himself and the BJP from obnoxious remarks made by some despicable persons like Praveen Togadia and Giriraj Singh. Modi’s tweets and later on his clear and unambiguous response to the question during the interview in the well crafted program Ghoshnapatra on the ABP channel should provide comfort to those who are nervous about the social implications of a BJP victory in the forthcoming elections. But as Maulana Madani, pointed out real action and not rhetoric and symbolism is needed.
Reassurance
Mr Modi, on assuming the highest political office in the country , will have to assure and reassure Muslims and other religious groups in India that his government will have zero tolerance for bigotry and discrimination on communal and religious lines. In that sense the battle may have just begun because unfortunately there are bound to be amongst us a very large number of bigoted Hindus who do not know what is good for India and will thereby try and take advantage of a Modi government by crossing that line of civilised behaviour.
The worst instances would be those of petty but nonetheless horrible acts of discrimination by the lower bureaucracy and junior ranks of police who would see a change in the government as a license for either settling old scores or stamping their communal hegemony on a hapless population. This has happened in the past, especially in UP, my parent state, both under the BJP and SP.
Ground level discrimination was visible also under BSP’s five year rule in UP but as positive discrimination in favour of the Dalit community, which was actually welcome as it challenged the established oppressive order. But such ground level discrimination cannot be allowed to fester as it would seriously threaten the very foundations of our democracy. All of us will have to be extra vigilant and the Modi government will have to show heightened sensitivity to any feedback and certainly not be seen as defensive on this issue.
Only then will we initiate the process of de-communalising our society and roll back the pseudo secularism that has thrived only on the basis of spreading fear and insecurity amongst the minorities.
Those who are spreading the fear of Modi as a communal leader and even more as a fascist dictator in the making, are either far removed from and ignorant of our changing ground realities in India or are spreading this canard most cynically for electoral support by those amongst whom this fear is being spread. But their efforts are bound to fail because India is certainly not the same as it was in 1992 and very different even from 2002. Our judiciary has far more independence and teeth and will not permit a rogue executive to last a day longer after such rogue behaviour is exposed.
Institutions
Active judicial oversight, which led the Supreme Court to insist on a nine-hour grilling by the police of Mr Modi, a sitting Chief Minister has surely set a new precedence. And we should remember that Mr Modi accepted it without a murmur and without raising the spectre of a ‘Hindu backlash, which would have shown him to be not cognisant of our constitutional provisions with which he repeatedly swears. If the Election Commission can act with such alacrity to ban speeches and rallies by offending politicos, there is hope that even the political class can and will be restrained.
The media, with its ever increasing reach and impact on social perceptions and discourse will not permit any leader to go out of line and change the secular and multi-ethnic nature of our society. To argue that that the media will succumb to pressures from a manipulative dictator in the making is to simply be either naive or purposely and cynically ignore the intrinsic quality of our vibrant fourth estate which is far too diversified in its ownership and regional moorings to be amenable to such manipulation.
With the RTI and PIL mechanisms in place, the bureaucracy too will not go along with deviant behaviour of any political leader. Given these institutional realities I cannot see any Indian political leader getting into a position from which he or she could undermine these institutions that have become stronger over the years.
Thus, our institutions, nurtured over the last six and a half decades, provide the assurance and guarantee that a dictator cannot emerge and anyone who attempts to become one will given very short shrift. India is not Germany of the 1930s. From the data I have seen, the Jewish people were a mere 1 per cent of the total population in Germany in the 1930s and not 16-18 per cent as Indian Muslims are at present. To this one must add another 20 per cent of middle class Hindus who would oppose any political party’s attempt to foment communal trouble and persistently polarise the people.
Governance
And the Dalits will also not be mere bystanders. So sooner the glib and dangerous talk of emerging fascism and dictatorship stops the better because then the people’s energies and attention can be focused on the task at hand which is surely to accelerate economic growth and ensure that its benefits are widely spread through effective governance.
It is not an individual political leader or even a political formation that poses the real risk for communal and social strife breaking out in India. The greatest risk is posed by an imploding economy and mal-governance. The youth, seeking to apportion blame for their unemployment and wasted lives, will fall prey to communal and divisive forces. This will convert them into cannon fodder for fundamentalist forces of all hues. Modi has correctly emphasised rapid growth and good governance as the central planks of his program. We should hold him accountable to that goal. And if he delivers as promised, India could still be successful in its ambitious and indeed audacious experiment of simultaneously undertaking its political, economic and social transitions through democratic means.
Author is senior fellow CPR, former secretary general FICCI and former director and CEO of ICRIER


 

Two FIRs filed against Narendra Modi

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Two FIRs filed against Narendra Modi
Two FIRs have been registered against BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi for violation of elections model code for conduct.
FIRs were registered by Crime Branch of Ahmedabad police. 
Modi landed in a soup with the Election Commission ordering the Gujarat administration to file a complaint or FIR against him for violating election laws by displaying BJP’s election symbol and making a speech after casting his vote in Gandhinagar. 
Earlier, Election Commission had indicated that by holding and addressing the meeting outside the polling station when the polling is going on in the entire state of Gujarat and in different parts of the country, the BJP leader has violated the Representation of People Act, 1951. 
In Delhi, responding to questions, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi asserted that Modi has “not violated the election code. It was not an organised press conference”.
She, however, went on to add, “the Election Commission is a Constitutional institution and we respect it. We will abide by its decision.” 
Asked about the EC direction to the Gujarat government to file an FIR against Modi, she said, “we will address the issue”. 
In its order, the EC also said that all the TV channels and other electronic media which carried the proceedings of the meeting and displayed the election matter should also be proceeded against under Section 126 (l) (b) “by filing separate complaints/FlRs against those channels.” 
According to the section 126 (1) (a) and (b), there is a prohibition of public meetings during period of 48 hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll. 
It states that “no person shall: (a) convene, hold or attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election and (b) display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus.”


 

Quake of M6.7 – SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS

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Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.7
Date-Time
  • 1 May 2014 06:36:37 UTC
  • 1 May 2014 17:36:38 near epicenter
  • 1 May 2014 10:36:37 standard time in your timezone
Location21.509S 170.216E
Depth117 km
Distances
  • 213 km (132 mi) WNW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
  • 313 km (194 mi) ESE of We, New Caledonia
  • 385 km (238 mi) ENE of Mont-Dore, New Caledonia
  • 395 km (244 mi) E of Dumbea, New Caledonia
  • 397 km (246 mi) ENE of Noumea, New Caledonia


 

Railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge address on the train blast in Chennai

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 Railway Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge, expressing shock over the incident, announced Rs one lakh ex-gratia to the family of the woman killed in the explosion. 

He said Rs 25,000 will be given to those seriously injured and Rs 5,000 to those with minor injuries. 

Kharge said the Railway will bear the entire treatment expenses of the injured. 
Commissioner Railway Safety (southern circle) S K Mittal will conduct an inquriy into the incident, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said. 

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is in Himachal Pradesh for campaigning for Congress candidates, said, “I have directed my officials to provide all assistance to the state government”. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemns Chennai blasts, says the act highlights desperation and cowardice of those responsible. 

Two minor-intensity bomb blasts on Thursday rocked the Guwahati-Bangalore Express at the Central Railway station in Chennai claiming a woman’s life and leaving 13 others injured, as police detained a suspect in this connection.
A 22-year-old woman passenger, identified as Swathi, bound for Guntur via Vijaywada, was killed in the explosions that occurred in the S4 and S5 coaches in quick succession. 
The injured, including two grievously hurt, have been rushed to the state-run Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, where doctors said the injured were “out of danger”. 
The train arrived from Bangalore for a ten-minute halt at the Central Railway station, the major railway hub in this metropolis, at about 7.05 AM, and the explosions occurred in the coaches at about 7.15 AM. 
As panic-stricken passengers rushed out of the train in platform No 9 and also others in the neighbouring platform, police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area. 
Police said a suspect has been detained in connection with the explosions and he was being questioned. 
Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam said a special investigation team would investigate the blasts and added that Chennai was not the target. 
“It is not a major blast. It is suspected that Chennai could not have been target of those who were behind the blast because the train was running late. Some other location could have been the target”, Ramanujam said. 
He said police had no immediate information on who was responsible for the explosion.”It is premature to say what kind of device was used in the blast. Damage to the train is not heavy,” he said. 
Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra described it as a “minor blast”. 


 

Brisk voting ends in seven states, 2 UTs

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Brisk voting ends in seven states, 2 UTsUpdated on : 01-05-2014 09:06 AM
Brisk voting on Wednesday came to an end in most of the seven states and two Union Territories in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections that will decide the fate of top guns including Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The whole of Gujarat with 26 seats and Punjab with 13 seats are among 89 constituencies that went to polls.A total of 13.83 crore voters have the right to vote in the polls. Elections are already over in the first six phases involving 349 of the 543 constituencies.
With today’s polling, 438 constituencies will be covered. Elections to the remaining 105 constituencies will he held on May 7 (64 seats) and May 12 (41).
Telangana will elect its first assembly along with representatives to Parliament during the polls in 119 Assembly constituencies and 17 Lok Sabha seats in that part of Andhra Pradesh. In Gujarat, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and party veteran L K Advani were among the early voters in Gandhinagar.
“In the first four hours the voting percentage is around 20-21 per cent in the state,” additional chief electoral officer Ashok Manek said in Ahmedabad.
Record 72 pc voters turnout in Punjab; polling peaceful
A record 72 per cent of total 1.95 crore electors today voted to elect 13 Lok Sabha MPs from Punjab where the polling was largely peaceful, barring few incidents of violence.
The voter turnout was 72 per cent, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Raminder Singh said, adding that the polling was by and large peaceful throughout the state.
“No major incident was reported across the state as the polling was more or less peaceful. The poll percentage is likely to touch 73 to 74 per cent after as voters are still in queues to cast their votes,” he said.
Earlier in 1967 general polls, Punjab had registered 71.13 per cent polling, the highest ever in the state.
Voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise amid sun beating down since morning as Punjab recorded a sizzling above 40 degrees Celsius temperature at most places.
Ten persons were injured in a clash between Akali Dal and Congress workers at Sangatpura village in Moga district, officials said, adding that three workers from Aam Aadmi Party sustained injuries after a brawl between them and Akalis at Devigarh village in Patiala Lok Sabha constituency.
AAP candidate from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi was injured after he was allegedly attacked by some 25 unidentified youths owing allegiance to SAD-BJP at Rassolpura Saidan village in Patiala constituency, sources said.
Three persons were injured when supporters of SAD nominee Manpreet Singh and Independent candidate and sitting MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains clashed at Kot Mangal Singh locality in Ludhiana, police said, adding that two vehicles were also vandalised during the conflict.
Some Akali Dal workers allegedly vandalized the control unit of EVM at the Bajwa Colony in Patiala, officials said.
Minor clashes also took place between Akali and Congress supporters at Amritsar and Khadoor Sahib, but no one was injured in it.
The Akali workers earlier vandalized the booth of Congress party and tried to take control, officials said.
Polling came to a halt at Booth No 166 in SD Model School in Phagwara for half an hour after the EVMs developed a technical snag, officials said, adding that polling resumed after the balloting units were replaced.
Besides, 3 other malfunctioning EVMs were replaced at booth numbers 104, 137 and 151 in Phagwara.
Nearly 59 per cent polling recorded in UP
Nearly 59 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway in 14 seats to decide the fate of 233 candidates.
UP Governor B L Joshi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Congress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi, BJP National President Rajnath Singh and party leader Kalraj Mishra were among those who exercised their franchise.
Dhaurahra witnessed 62.8 per cent polling till 1700 hours while Sitapur and Mishrikh recorded 59.4 and 53.96 per cent polling respectively.
Unnao recorded 50.94 per cent polling, Mohanlalganj 56 per cent, Lucknow 50.5 per cent, Rae Bareli 48.1 per cent, Kanpur 50.2 per cent, Jalaun 52 per cent, Jhansi 63 per cent, Hamirpur 49.1 per cent, Banda 47.52 per cent, Fatehpur 54.58 per cent and Barabanki recorded 58.19 per cent polling.
In Sitapur an FIR has been lodged against SP MLA Rampal Yadav after he entered into an altercation with CRPF jawan Dharampal Singh at Nauabehad polling booth in Biswan area.
The fate of 233 candidates will be decided by 2.46 crore voters that include 1.34 crore men and 1.12 crore women.
A total of 25,485 polling centres have been set up in which 3554 have been identified as critical.
The focus would be on Rae Bareli and Lucknow seats from where Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP President Rajnath Singh are in the fray.
Gandhi, who is contesting from her traditional Rae Bareli seat, has no major contestant against her with SP deciding not to field its candidate against her.
The prestigious Lucknow seat, which is in the limelight with the entry of the BJP’s national president, is set to witness a tricky contest.
Rajnath, who is facing a four-cornered contest has two tasks at hand – first to maintain legacy of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and second to ensure a victory margin matching with his political stature.
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner James David Bevan today reached Lucknow and visited a number of polling centres to see the polling exercise.
According to official sources he also visited the election commission office and met Governor Joshi, Rajnath, Mayawati and Rita Joshi. He is also to visited polling centre in Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
60 per cent polling in seven seats in Bihar
Despite scorching sun, about 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded at the end of polling in seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election. It was 12 per cent more than recorded in the 2009 elections.
Sixty per cent polling was recorded at Madhepura constituency where JD(U) president Sharad Yadav is contesting.
Madhubani witnessed 56 per cent, Jhanjharpur 56 per cent, Darbhanga 57 per cent, Samastipur 55 per cent, Begusarai 64 per cent and Khagaria 55 per cent at the end of polling at 6 pm, Chief Election Officer Ajay Nayak told reporters.
A bypoll is also being held in Sahebpur Kamal Assembly seat following resignation of former minister Parveen Amanullah from the Nitish Kumar Cabinet. Sixty-one per cent voting was recorded in the bypoll there.
Sharad Yadav, crickter-turned BJP leader Kiriti Azad, former Union ministers M A A Fatmi and Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav are among 94 candidates whose fates have been sealed today.
With completion of polling today, 27 seats of a total of 40 in Bihar have witnessed voting. The remaining 13 will go to poll on May 7 and May 12.
62 percent polling reported in Gujarat


 

Phase 8: Lok Sabha Elections 2014-Analysis of Criminal Background,

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Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Candidates

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 890 candidates out of 897 candidates who are contesting in the Phase 8 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report. 
Please find the following reports attached with the mail;

  1. Analysis of criminal, financial and other background details of candidates contesting in Phase 8 of Lok Sabha elections 2014
  2. Consolidated analysis of criminal, financial and other background details of candidates from Phase 1 to Phase 8 Lok Sabha elections 2014

Phase 8
S.No.
State
No. of Candidates Constesting
No. of Candidates analysed
Constituencies
No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases
% of Candidates with Criminal Cases
No. of Crorepati Candidates
% of Crorepati Candidates
Date of Poll
1
Andhra Pradesh
333
328
25
57
17%
112
34%
7thMay, 2014
2
Bihar
118
118
7
37
31%
36
31%
3
Himachal Pradesh
38
38
4
9
24%
14
37%
4
Jammu and Kashmir
19
19
2
0
0%
8
42%
5
Uttar Pradesh
243
241
15
52
22%
72
30%
6
West Bengal
72
72
6
15
21%
6
8%
7
Uttarakhand
74
74
5
7
9%
24
32%
Total
897
890
64
177
20%
272
31%
​Criminal Background
  • Candidates with Criminal Cases:Out of the 890 candidates analysed, 177 (20%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves
  • Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases:125 (14%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, electoral violations, crimes against women
  • Candidates with cases related to murdercandidates have declared cases related to murder.
  • Candidates with cases related to Attempt to Murder: 32 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder.
  • Candidate with rape charges: Pawan Pandey of BSP from Sultanpur constituency has declared rape charges against himself.
  • Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.
  • Candidates with cases related to Communal Disharmony: 5 candidates have declared cases related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC section-153A). 1 candidate has declared a case related to Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs (IPC section-295A) and candidates have declared cases related to Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class (IPC section-295). *A candidate may have declared more than one IPC related to communal disharmony.
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  • Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases:13 (22%) out of 58 candidates from INC14 (35%) out of 40 candidates from BJP10 (23%)out of 43 candidates from AAP21 (35%) out of 60 candidates fielded by BSP and 26 (9%) out of 292 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits
  • Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 10 (17%) out of 58 candidates from INC11 (28%) out of 40 candidates from BJP6 (14%) out of 43 candidates from AAP16 (27%) out of 60 candidates fielded by BSP and 15 (5%) out of 292 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
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  • Red Alert Constituencies: 34 constituencies have at least 3 candidates with declared criminal cases. Muzaffarpur constituency, Biharhas the highest number of contesting candidates i.e. 7 with criminal cases against them.
Financial Background



  • Crorepati CandidatesOut of the 890 candidates analysed, 272 (31%) are crorepatis.
  • Party-wise Crorepati Candidates: 44 (76%) out of 58 candidates in INC28 (70%) out of 40 candidates in BJP19 (44%) out of 43 candidates in AAP, 22 (37%) out of 60 candidates in BSP and 41 (14%) out of 292 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
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  • Average Assets: The average assets per candidate contesting in the 8th phase of Lok Sabha 2014 elections is Rs.5.90 crores.

  • Party-wise Average Assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 58 INC candidates is Rs 12.91 crores40 BJPcandidates have average assets of Rs.17.32 crores, 43 AAP candidates have average assets worth of Rs.1.74 crores and 60 BSPcandidates have average assets of Rs. 2.61 crores.

  • Party-wise Asset Rank: 43 (74%) out of 58 INC candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions amongst all the contesting candidates in their respective constituencies. Similarly, 22 (55%) out of 40 BJP candidates, 16 (27%) out of 60 BSP candidates and 7 (16%)out of 43 AAP candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions in their constituency.

Note: The following graph analyses the number of candidates fielded by political parties who have declared either the highest total assets in their constituency (among the candidates analysed for the constituency), or the second highest or the third highest. 
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  •  High Asset Candidates*: 16 candidates have declared more than Rs.50 crores worth of assets. The top three candidates with highest assets are given below:*Total Assets includes income of self, spouse and dependents.
    S.No.
    Name
    State
    Constituency
    Party Name
    Movable Assets (Rs)
    Immovable Assets (Rs)
    Total Assets (Rs)
    PAN Given
    1
    Jayadev Galla
    Andhra Pradesh
    Guntur
    TDP
    5,92,12,78,671
    90,93,02,690
    6,83,05,81,361
     683 Crore+
    Y
    2
    Ayodhya Rami Reddy Alla
    Andhra Pradesh
    Narasaraopet
    YSRCP
    6,48,70,29,756
    5,63,52,000
    6,54,33,81,756
     654 Crore+
    Y
    3
    Gokaraju Ganga Raju
    Andhra Pradesh
    Narsapuram
    BJP
    2,21,78,33,670
    66,57,33,452
    2,88,35,67,122
     288 Crore+
    Y

  • Low Asset Candidates: A total of 44 candidates have declared assets less than Rs. 50 thousand (excluding candidates who have declared zero assets)The three candidates with lowest assets are as follows:

S.No.
Name
State
Constituency
Party Name
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN Given
1
Malyadri Ravulakollu
Andhra Pradesh
Nellore
IND
500
 5 Hund+
N
2
Rajib Mudi
West Bengal
Jhargram
SUCI(C)
650
 6 Hund+
Y
3
Ashish Kumar
Himachal Pradesh
Hamirpur
IND
900
 9 Hund+
N

  • Candidates with High Liabilities: A total of 47 candidates have declared liabilities of more than Rs. 1 crore. Out of these 47 candidates, 12 have declared liabilities of Rs. 10 crore and above.

  • Crorepati Candidates with no PAN: 17 candidates with total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore have declared no PAN details.

  • Candidates with High Income*:24 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore. The top three candidates with highest declared annual income are given below:
    Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

S.No.
Name
Party Name
Constituency
Total Assets
The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate
Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent)
Self income shown by candidate in ITR
1
Jayadev Galla
TDP
Guntur
6,83,05,81,361
683 Crore+
2012-2013
16,85,54,700
16 Crore+
16,30,91,770
16 Crore+
2
Saket Bahuguna
INC
Tehri Garhwal
22,57,29,228
22 Crore+
2012-2013
10,06,09,119
10 Crore+
9,82,77,256
9 Crore+
3
Yarram Venkata Subbareddy
YSRCP
Ongole
73,54,51,548
73 Crore+
2012-2013
5,41,12,840
5 Crore+
5,40,91,340
5 Crore+

  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 483 (54%) candidates out of 890 analyzed have not declared income tax details.* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

  • Candidates with High Assets who have not declared Income Tax Details: 37 candidates with assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore, have not declared Income Tax Details.
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Consolidated Analysis of Criminal Background and Financial details of Candidates
Phase 1 to Phase 8
National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 7562 candidates out of 7624 candidates who have contested/contesting in Phase 1 to Phase 8 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits available on the ECI website at the time of making this report. The following is a consolidated summary of the same.
Phase
No. of contesting candidates
No. of Candidates analysed
No. of Constituencies
No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases
% of Candidates with Criminal Cases
No. of Crorepati Candidates
% of Crorepati Candidates
Average Assets
Date of Poll (2014)
1
64
64
6
6
9%
16
25%
Rs.5.75 crores
7thApril
2
37
37
7
1
3%
23
62%
Rs.9.12 crores
9thApril

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India and the World – an Update April 15th – April 30th, 2014

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The emergence of India as a strong economic power is receiving widespread recognition in the region and beyond. Today, it has expanded its footprints and engagement in multiple fields across all continents. Accordingly, India’s foreign policy and international conducts should reflect upon its new global stature. In this backdrop, Ananta Aspen Centre is pleased to launch a new initiative — a bi-weekly digest of all the major news related to India’s Foreign Policy. Our sincere effort is to keep you informed and updated on all the major international developments that have implications on India’s foreign policy. Hope you will benefit from the initiative. We value your feedback, comments and recommendations.  
India and the World – an Update

A bi-weekly News Digest on India’s Foreign Policy
(Volume 1 – 8)April 15th – April 30th, 2014
Neighbourhood
South Asia
Pakistan
India releases 21 Pakistan prisoners
ANI / DNA | April 17th, 2014
Earlier in February, the Border Security Force (BSF) handed over 20 Pakistani prisoners to the Pakistani Rangers at Wagah outpost in Punjab.
India, Pakistan may resume dialogue after Lok Sabha polls
IANS / Deccan Herald | April 17th, 2014
The Pakistani Envoy to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani, also said in a talk at Harvard University that there was increasing awareness in both countries that there can be no military solution to their problems.
India, Pak DGMOs talk after another ceasefire violation
The Times of India | April 25th, 2014
“Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms firing and mortars on Indian posts in the Doda battalion area in the Poonch district,” said an Indian official, adding the ceasefire violation was probably a Pakistani army ploy to push through infiltrators under the cover of firing.

Afghanistan
Indian Army commanders to meet to discuss Afghanistan
DNA | April 17th, 2014 
Keeping in view of drawdown of US-led forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Indian Army is also providing training to Afghanistan National Army (ANA). According to army, Army is targeting to train about 1100 Afghan troops by the end of 2014, as compared to 574 personnel training in last year.

Bangladesh
BNP: No water, no relation
Dhaka Tribune | April 24th, 2014
“We are a small country and we are not so much powerful economically. Our movement is not against India rather we want to ensure proper sharing of water.” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said.

Bhutan
Bhutan, India sign pact for developing hydropower projects
PTI / Zee News | April 22nd, 2014
Three Hydroelectric projects totaling 1416 MW – the 336 MW Chukha project, the 60 MW Kurichu project and the 1020 MW Tala project – are already operational in Bhutan and are supplying electricity to India.
Asia Pacific
US, Japan boosting trilateral cooperation with India, South Korea
PTI / The Economic Times | April 25th, 2014
“To achieve our shared objectives of promoting peace and economic prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and around the globe, the US and Japan are strengthening trilateral cooperation with like-minded partners, including the Republic of Korea, Australia, and India,” said a joint US-Japan statement.

China
No accord on consulate in Lhasa
The Hindu | April 15th, 2014Despite India’s long-pending interest in Lhasa, China has clarified that it will not allow any additional foreign diplomatic presence in Tibet. Only Nepal has diplomatic presence in Lhasa, while U.S. requests were denied.
India, China, Pak naval ships hold rare exercises
PTI / Business Standard | April 23rd, 2014
Besides India, ships from seven other countries, including China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei took part in the exercises held off the coast of the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao.
India, China discuss implementation of border pacts
The Hindu | April 23rd, 2014
Interestingly, the Chinese side announced their Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan’s plans to visit India later this year and confirmed plans for a joint army exercise at a time when the two sides are trying to resolve their differences over sending a youth delegation to Beijing next month in which Arunachal Pradesh, one of the States bordering China, is a sticking point.
Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request
The Hindustan Times | April 24th, 2014
The Indian side were taken unawares by Chinese navy chief, Wu Shengli’s request as it is unheard of for the chief of a navy to make a request to see the Combat Information Centre of another country’s warship; China itself is not known to throw open its warship CICs to military officers from other countries.
India, China agree to deepen naval ties after landmark exercise
The Hindu | April 26th, 2014
As more Chinese ships sail west and Indian ships sail east, both countries have used this week’s exercise to stress their intent to ensure they will deepen mutual trust to address any insecurities.

Myanmar
India calls for end to UN resolution on Myanmar human rights
PTI / Statesman | April 26th, 2014
Indian Ambassador to the UN, Asoke Mukerji said India would continue to support the steps taken by the Myanmar government towards reform and reconciliation, with reference to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, release of political prisoners, holding of peace talks with the ethnic groups, including the Kachins and proposal for signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord soon.
The United States
India polls will set new stage for Indo-US ties: Nancy Powell
PTI / NDTV | April 25th, 2014
Giving examples of cooperation on “strategic issues as never before”, Nancy Powell, former US Ambassador to India, said India and US have initiated a series of regional dialogues including US-India-Afghanistan bilateral and trilateral meetings and a separate trilateral with Japan.
India to play key role in Asian growth: U.S.
IANS / The Hindu | April 26th, 2014
“India needs a transparent, straightforward way of attracting foreign investment, offering private capital a way to share in India’s opportunity,” said Nisha Desai Biswal, the US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Japan
Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh to visit Japan this week
Live Mint | April 22nd, 2014
With India looking for $1 trillion in investment for its infrastructure sector, Japan is seen as a natural partner. The nation is already involved in the construction of the $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project.

Singapore
Singapore always keen to strengthen ties with India: Speaker
PTI / Business Standard | April 25th, 2014
Highlighting the two countries’ good track record of working closely, country’s Parliament speaker Halimah Yacob told members of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) to progress on the past performance.

Europe
Marines case: Italy to send envoy back to India, mulls international arbitration
PTI / The Indian Express | April 25th, 2014
“We are off the bilateral level, to raise the dispute to an international level: we are still willing to talk to the Indians”, said Italian Defence Minister Federica Mogherini adding, “We have no other option than resorting to international arbitration.”
India-European Union FTA talks to resume after new government: French Ambassador Francois Richier
PTI / The Economic Times | April 23rd, 2014
Richier, who was speaking on the sidelines of an event related to Paris International Auto Show, said French companies have invested around USD 19 billion in total till date in India.

Middle East
Iran
India to make May-July oil payments to Iran: Reports
Reuters / The Economic Times | April 24th, 2014As long as Tehran complies with the terms of its preliminary agreement with western powers, which took effect on Jan. 20, Iran receives some of its funds frozen abroad in eight payments from various buyers over six months.

Miscellaneous
‘India well-poised to play constructive role in global net governance’
IANS / ABP News | April 24th, 2014Vinay Kwatra, the Indian representative at the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance pointed out several serious strategic and public policy challenges that the Internet poses. He said there is the apparent inability of the current structures of Internet governance to respond to some of the core and strategic concerns of the member states.
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