P.S. — This morning, President Obama spoke to West Point cadets at their commencement. It’s a powerful tribute to the men and women of our armed forces, and a vision for how the United States of America should lead in the years to come. Watch it here.
Veteran opener Gautam Gambhir was on Wednesday recalled while all-rounder Stuart Binny and unheralded paceman Pankaj Singh were the surprise picks in an 18-member Indian squad for the Test series against England starting in the last week of June.
Injured pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha were the notable omissions from the squad announced by the BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel after a marathon meeting of the selection panel in Mumbai.
The Sandeep Patil-led selection committee also announced the squad for a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh which would precede the tour of England.
Suresh Raina would lead the 15-member squad which would be devoid of big stars such as regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others.
Raina, incidentally, was not even a member of the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh prior to IPL after his indifferent form in ODIs held earlier.
Spin spearhead R Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been rested from the squad for Bangladesh which will play three ODIs in Mirpur on June 15, 17 and 19.
Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Parveez Rasool has found a place in the squad for Bangladesh which also marks the return of in-form batsman Robin Uthappa, who has been a prolific scorer in the ongoing IPL.
The Bangladesh-bound squad features new faces in Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel of Gujarat.
The tour of England starts from June 26 and concludes on September 7 during which the Indians will play five Tests , an equal number of ODIs and one Twenty20 International.
The left-handed Gambhir’s return to the Test squad was on expected lines after he rediscovered his form in the domestic circuit and has been in good touch in the ongoing IPL as well despite starting with three consecutive ducks.
The 32-year-old’s last Test appearance for India was way back in 2012 in the home series against England.
Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh, 29, has been rewarded for his consistent form in the goneby Ranji season during which he picked 45 wickets but his name was not in the reckoning for a place in the Test team.
Binny’s inclusion came as a bit of a surprise but the selectors might have considered the utility of his gentle medium pace bowling in the seaming conditions in England.
Barring Binny and Pankaj’s inclusion, there were no other surprises in the squad for England which has been packed with a host of pace bowlers to capitalise on the seamer-friendly conditions.
The side features seven pacers, led by the gangling Ishant Sharma, and just two spinners in Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Apart from adding the experienced Gambhir, the batting line-up has not been tinkered with.
Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are the two openers, followed by Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma.
Wriddhimaan Saha has been taken on board as backup for Dhoni, who is the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper.
The selectors continued to ignore veteran Virender Sehwag, who has done his case no good by continuing to under-perform in the domestic arena.
Only three players — Dhoni, Ishant and Gambhir — of this chosen squad of 18 have the experience of playing Tests in England.
A major fire broke out on Thursday in a commercial multi-storey building housing a market of sarees on Puna Kumbharia road here and 80 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.
“The fire erupted at Orchit tower in Vipul House, a market of sarees, located in front of Sardar market in Puna Kumbhania area of the city,” a fire brigade official said.
The number of people trapped inside the premises was yet to be ascertained, officials said, adding that no injuries or casualties have been reported so far. The fire brigade has declared a ‘brigade call’ and deployed 170 fire fighters and almost 80 fire vehicles were on the spot, they said.
When more than 16 fire engines are called on a spot, a Brigade Call is declared.
The fire broke out at around 10 AM on the fourth floor of the building, soon after the complex opened for the day’s work, an official said.
“There are 12 floors in the building which mostly have cloth material establishments,” the official said. The cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained, he said.
The first session of the newly constituted 16th Lok Sabha will be held from 4th June to 12th June with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the joint sitting of both Houses on 9th June.
After the new members take oath on 4th June and 5th, the Speaker will be elected on the next day.The Rajya Sabha will commence from 9th June after the joint sitting.
Senior Congress MP Kamal Nath will be the Pro-tem Speaker who will administer the oath to the new members.
He will be assisted by a panel of Chairmen, consisting of Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD), Purno A Sangma (National People’s Party) and Biren Singh Engti (Congress).
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu made the announcements on Thursday after a meeting of the Union Cabinet which deliberated on the Parliament session.
“We are studying various precedents while discussing the issue. There is still time to take that call,” Naidu said when asked whether Congress would be given the post of the Leader of Opposition despite it not having the requisite numbers.
“We have not zeroed in on anyone. We don’t want to zero in anyone,” he said when asked whether any name has been shortlisted for the post of the Speaker.
Getting down to business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked his Cabinet colleagues to set a 100-day agenda with focus on efficient governance, delivery and implementation of programmes.
Believing that the progress of states is crucial for the country’s development, he also instructed his Council of Ministers to give priority to the issues brought forth by the state governments as also the MPs.The directives were given by Modi at a Cabinet meeting in New Delhi in the context of his 10-point vision which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources to the country’s benefit.
To send out a similar message across the country, Modi is likely to address the nation, possibly after the brief Parliament session that would be convened from June 4 to 11 during which President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint sitting outlining the government’s agenda.
“The Prime Minister issued guidelines to the Ministers at the Cabinet meeting… He asked the ministers to set a timetable for the first 100 days listing the priorities,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Modi emphasised that the “most important” aspect that need to be focussed on are efficient governance, delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes, Naidu said while briefing the media on the meeting.
While focussing on these aspects, the government will take forward on priority basis the issues pending from the previous government.
He asked the Cabinet ministers to take Ministers of State along and give them “proper” work so that they feel involved.
The Prime Minister has outlined the “roadmap” and asked Ministers to set the agenda of 100 days, Naidu said, adding efforts would be made to implement it.
Modi told his Cabinet colleagues, at the second meeting in two days, that he would be regularly meeting them as also the Secretaries individually, Naidu said.
To a question, the Minister said issues like price rise, agriculture and women security, will naturally be a priority as these are the focus areas of the BJP-led government.
“Expectations of people are high… Difference sections have different priorities. Every section is important,” he said.
On Modi’s thrust on giving priority to issues raised by states, Naidu said this was in keeping with the “true spirit of federalism”.
He explained that since Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, had worked in a state, he understands the importance of federal structure and gave instructions for maintaining certain standards in this respect.
On the issue of giving work to Ministers of State, Naidu said Modi wants them to be taken along in proper spirit because “a new team” is to be built.
“The spirit of the message has been understood by all the ministers. But an MoS is an MoS. Try to understand. A Cabinet Minister is responsible. They have to segregate work…He cannot give total decision-making to an MoS. But certain work has to be given to the MoS so that they have satisfaction of having some role,” he said
Girls have fared much better than boys in this year’s CBSE class XII examinations, where the overall pass percentage stood at 82.66 per cent.
The pass percentage of girls stood at 88.52 as compared to 78.27 per cent for boys.
Thiruvananthapuram Region registered the best results among all the regions, posting a pass percentage of 94.26, said CBSE in a statement, after the results for the Delhi and the Dehradun regions were declared on Thursday.
The pass percentage across the country stood at 82.66 per cent, slightly higher than what it had registered last year with 82.10 per cent.
In total 10,28,928 candidates had registered for class XII examination this year.
The results of Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram regions were declared on 26th May, and the results of Ajmer, Allahabad, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Panchkula and Patna regions were delcared on Thursday.
Pinaka rockets on Thursday successfully test-fired thrice from a multi-barrel rocket launcher at an armament base in Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore in Odisha.”Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested from the proof and experimental establishment at Chandipur,” defence sources said.
Pinaka, which has undergone several tough tests since 1995, has been inducted into the armed forces and the present trials were conducted with some improvements in the system, the sources said, adding some more tests are likely to be held. The unguided rocket system is meant to neutralise large areas with rapid salvos.
The rockets with a range of 40 km and capable of acting as a force-multiplier, were developed to supplement artillery guns, the sources said.
Norwegian police stops Greenpeace rally on Statoil’s rig
Norwegian police stopped a Greenpeace rally that blocked the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig of the Norwegian company Statoil in the Barents Sea after two days of protest, ITAR-TASS reported. Transocean Spitsbergen will continue its way to the Apollo well. However, the company will not start drilling until the environment ministry announces its response to Greenpeace’s complaint. The Greenpeace activists claim the company is violating the ban on drilling closer than 50 kilometers from the ice boundary.
Palestinian unity govt announcement delayed
The announcement of a Palestinian unity government has been delayed until next week, a senior Fatah official said on Thursday. “The announcement of the government lineup has been postponed until next week for further consultations between Hamas and Fatah,” Anadolu news agency quoted Amin Maqbol, Secretary-General of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, as saying. Sources cited disagreement between the two rival groups on the foreign ministry portfolio for postponing the announcement, the Daily Star newspaper reported.
5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Raoul Island, New Zealand
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck 107km south of Raoul Island, New Zealand, at 06:39 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at a depth of 35km. No damage was immediately reported.
Bombings kill 1 Afghan policeman, NATO soldier dies in helicopter crash
Two roadside bombings in the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar have killed one policeman and wounded four, AP reported, citing officers. The first explosion struck a police car on Thursday morning, killing one officer and wounding two, and the second blast, minutes later at the same location, wounded two more officers. The international coalition in Afghanistan has said one of its service members died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in the country’s south. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women for the fourth consecutive year. She was followed by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, AFP reported, citing the magazine. Behind them came Melinda Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. Hillary Clinton, former first lady and ex-Secretary of State, was listed at number six. The annual list includes women in business, media, politics and other areas.
समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश प्रवक्ता राजेन्द्र चौधरी ने कहा है कि समाजवादी आंदोलन के महानायक डा0 राम मनोहर लोहिया ने “बेकारों को काम दो या बेकारी का भत्ता दो“ का नारा दिया था जिसे समाजवादी सरकार में श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव और बाद में मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव अमल में लाए। बेरोजगारी भत्ता देने का क्रम शुभारंभ श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने पिछली सरकार में किया था जिसके लिए वर्तमान समाजवादी सरकार के बजट में भी प्राविधान है। लेकिन समाजवादी सरकार का जोर इस पर ज्यादा है कि ज्यादा से ज्यादा रोजगार के अवसर सृजित हों और इसके लिए आवश्यक कुशल एवं प्रशिक्षित युवा भी उपलब्ध हों। लगभग 5.92 लाख बेरोजगार युवक-युवतियों को जो 14 से 35 वर्ष की आयु के हैं, विभिन्न, व्यवसायों में दक्षता प्रदान करने के लिए वित्तीय वर्ष 2014-15 में रोजगारपरक निःशुल्क प्रशिक्षण देने की व्यवस्था की गई है। वित्तीय वर्ष 2015-16 में करीब 08 लाख, वर्ष 2016-17 में करीब 09.26 लाख अर्थात 23.18 लाख बेरोजगार नवयुवकों को तीन वर्षो में रोजगार परक निःशुल्क प्रशिक्षण दिलाया जाएगा। प्रदेश में आर्थिक विकास हेतु दक्ष मानवशक्ति उपलब्ध कराने तथा रोजगार के और अधिक अवसर उपलब्ध कराने हेतु वर्ष 2014-15 में राजकीय औद्योगिक प्रषिक्षण संस्थानों में 26840 प्रशिक्षण सीटों की वृद्धि करने का ऐतिहासिक निर्णय भी लिया गया है। मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव प्रदेश में नए उद्योग लगाने और निवेशको को आकर्षित करने के लिए विशेषतया प्रयन्तशील हैं। अभी 12 जून,2014 को मुख्यमंत्री जी स्वयं दिल्ली में एक आयोजन करने जा रहे है जिसमें दुनिया की पचास से ज्यादा कम्पनियां हिस्सा लेगी। इस षो में जर्मनी, कनाडा, इटली, ताइवान, टर्की, चेक रिपब्लिक के उद्योग संगठन भागीदारी निभाएगें। इस का मकसद अधिक से अधिक निवेषकों को यूपी की नीतियों के बारे में समझाना और प्रदेश में निवेश के लिए प्रेरित करना है। इसमें दो राय नहीं कि जनसंख्या की दृष्टि से देश के सबसे बड़े राज्य उत्तर प्रदेश के चहुॅमुखी विकास के लिए समाजवादी सरकार ने नई नीतियां बनाईं और उन्हें क्रियान्वित कर अर्थव्यवस्था के विकास को तीव्रगीत प्रदान की है। कृशि क्षेत्र का विकास, औद्योगिक विकास, विभिन्न अवस्थापना सुविधाओं के विकास, विद्युत क्षेत्र में आत्मनिर्भरता, चिकित्सा सेवा क्षेत्र में विस्तार, सड़कों में सुधार की दिशा में उठाए गए महत्वपूर्ण कदमों से प्रदेश की अर्थव्यवस्था को सुदृढ़ बनाया जा रहा हैं। औद्योगिक क्षेत्रों के विकासकर्ताओं को राज्य में पूंजीनिवेष के लिए आकर्षित किया गया है और उन्हें परियोजनाएं लगाने के लिए पर्याप्त सुविधाएं दी जा रही है।
Narendra Modi quit his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, choosing to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Saffron Party recorded victory bagging 71 of the 80 seats in the electionsLS 2014.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, too elected from two seats in Uttar Pradesh, thus vacate from his pocket-borough Mainpuri thus retains Azamgarh.
As per the rules, a member one elected from two Lok Sabha constituencies has to vacate one of the seats within 14 days of the declaration of result. With Lok Sabha results out on May 16, the deadline was to expire on Thursday.
Parliament sources said the resignation of the two leaders has been received and were under process.
The prime minister had won Vadodara with a near record margin of 5.7 lakh, which was the biggest in this Lok Sabha polls. The BJP has won all the 26 seats in Gujarat.
Varanasi, Modi was challenged by the Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Modi’s challenger Kejriwal lost by more than 3.7 lakh votes.
Nearly 30 percent of the world’s population – or 2.1 billion people – is considered obese or overweight, researchers said, while rates among children have increased by a whopping 47 percent in the last 33 years.
Researchers, concluding the most comprehensive study to date on the global epidemic of obesity, found that the number of people suffering from excessive weight broke the scale, ballooning from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. In the same period, rates of global obesity and excessive weight surged 28 percent in adults and 47 percent in children.
The researchers consulted statistics that spanned 188 nations over the last 33 years.
Putting aside the notion that obesity is predominantly a western phenomenon, nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Central America and the Pacific and Caribbean islands have hit “staggeringly high” obesity rates, according to the study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, reported in the Lancet medical journal.
Among females, researchers showed the biggest obesity increase occurred in Egypt, Honduras, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Among males, the top gainers included New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The problem was most severe in the Middle East and North Africa, with more than 58 percent of adult men and 65 percent of adult women overweight or obese.
“Two-thirds of the obese population actually resides in developing countries,” said Marie Ng, a global health professor who was one of the contributors to the study.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the historic Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. Cutting down trade barriers and comprising over 170 million people it will be the largest common market across the ex-Soviet states.
“The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
The troika of countries will cooperate in energy, industry, agriculture, and transport.
“In fact, we are shaping the largest common market in the CIS, with huge production, scientific and technological potential and enormous natural resources,” the President added.
Citizens of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan will have the right to work freely throughout the member states without having to be issued any special work permits, Putin said.
Over the last three years, trade within the Customs Union has increased by $23 billion, or nearly 50 percent. At the end of 2013, it stood at $66.2 billion.
Belarus and Kazakhstan are in third place in foreign trade with the Russian Federation, after the EU and China, Putin said.
The Russian leader said that the document brings Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to a new level of integration and fully retains sovereignty.
“We ensure a close and coherent economic collaboration and cooperation. Today we have created a powerful and attractive center of economic development, a large regional market that brings together more than 170 people. Our union has huge reserves of natural resources, including energy, which accounts for one fifth of the world’s gas reserves and 15 percent of oil reserves,” Putin said.
Ukraine’s army has started shelling the eastern Ukraine cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, therby resuming its massive military operation in the East of the country, local news outlets report.
“A full-scale military operation has begun in Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. BM-21 launch vehicle “Grad” are being used,” Donbas-based Ostrov agency says.
Fourteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov.
Anti-government protesters in Slavyansk have downed a Ukrainian forces helicopter in the south-east of Slavyansk, Donetsk region.
Fourteen servicemen, including a general, Vladimir Kulchtsky hgeneralave have been killed in a helicopter crash near the city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, according to the acting president of Ukraine, Aleksandr Turchinov who spoke at a parliamentary session in Kiev.
Lame Duck IIT+IIM Support for Unqualified Ministers
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Lame Duck IIT+IIM Support for Unqualified Ministers May29, 2014
It is absolutely shocking to read IIT+IIM support for Unqualified Ministers. Success rate of a better qualified is always better than a person with no qualification given similar resources.
This is India’s tragedy that we couldn’t find a single person adequately qualified to be HRD minister of India among 1250m Indians. The entire debate over the issue is even more disgraceful.
When a similarly Railway Minister was interrogated about Corruption in a scam he replied ‘I am A Lay Man I Merely Signed On Documents Produced By Competent Railway Board’ – Newly HRD Minister shall be signing on dotted Lines.
A Qualified Person is likely to be more receptive to new IDEAS and realize and correct mistakes compared to a person with no qualification.
Biggest tragedy of India is Gross Incompetence and failure of IITs and IIMs to Create World Class Technologies, Factories and Services.
They file Bogus Patents write BOGUS Papers. Worse they don’t want PATENTS for Indians don’t want Faster Grant of Patents and Utility Patents.
But IITians and non IITians Perform under professionals of Multinationals because they have Basic Engineering Training. Syllabus of IITians and non IITians is identical.
IITians FAIL in India because of UPA or Manmohan Singh or Kapil Sibal but because – as I reported earlier also, a brilliant IIT+IIM was paid Rs.28,000 PM Salary working in Regulatory Department and much younger Nagpur Engineer with Nagpuri MBA was earning Rs.2,00,000 PM working in sales department.
Indians have WEIRD Value system and we are all victim of it. In USA a Plumber was earning $25 per hour and a multipurpose clerk in a bank $4 per hour in 1986.
This is the real problem which Indians had not been able to diagnose.
Rent Seeking AICTE, NCTE, MCI
When even AMITY UNIVERSITY one of the biggest file BOGUS patents or research papers there is little AICTE, NCTE, MCI can do than let them go on and take some cut in it.
And to prevent Corruption in AICTE, NCTE, MCI we need Even More Qualified HRD Minister than heads of these regulators.
People who BRIBE are the Real Culprits worldwide except India.
So long India doesn’t punish BRIBE GIVERS corruption will never go away from Indian System.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary. Sabka Bharat Mission 2019 Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016 Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435 Sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.com
With Focus on ‘Energy Access’ this edition shares some sustainable rural energy access projects and WEC India own engagement in this priority domain. We share glimpses of some of the recent discussions under the ‘WEC India Dialogue Series’. We bring highlights of 22nd World Energy Congress held in Daegu as well.
Another cut in natural gas supply from non-core industries such as refineries, non-urea fertilizer plants and iron and steel units is in the offing, with a view to diverting the resource to the core sector
The US had complained against India’s domestic content requirements under National Solar Mission (NSM) solar power programme
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Election Commission Responsible for Munnabhais in Politics May29, 2014
I am glad that Prime Minister has advised his ministers against engaging their own kins as personal staff would like him to Install Best Talent to head each Complex Ministry in coming days and engage Best Talent for PMO through open and transparent process.
For all the problems India has Munnabhais are directly responsible.
It is absolutely stunning how majority of the MPs from all sections of parties were defending Poorly Qualified or Members of Parliament with Criminal Background.
Today a post graduate qualification is required to teach 30 High School students. How is that a High School Pass would head Entire Education Department (HRD) of India including Institutions of Higher Studies? – all Schools and Colleges, Professional Institutions etc. She is not even qualified to teach even primary school children.
We in India are required submit copies of Certificates of Educational Qualifications even to get a passport and police verification is carried out – recruitment of even Class IV too require police verifications, how is that MP are not required to submit their Certificates of Educational Qualifications and List Criminal or Civil Cases decided or pending.
It is perfectly normal for highly qualified scientists unable to make money or not running factory efficiently or professors unable to teach their nursery school children. But it is Scandalous to appoint an unqualified to Head Some IT or Manufacturing Company.
But in India situation is altogether different Scientists file BOGUS patents and research papers, companies adopt corrupt practices or sell substandard products. Munnabhais can’t be able to restrict them. Pitroda and Brahamchari filed BOGUS patents and ruled Science and Innovation in India that led to absolute Collapse of R&D in India.
Suresh Prabhu and Saffuddin Soz have stalled multipurpose dam building in India and now Uma Bharti is engaged in water department.
It is a long list – every department failed because either it had unqualified Leader or Mis-qualified Leaders. For example a person with history background would oversee Highly Technical Telecom or S&T or Atomic Energy departments.
But a person with no relevant qualification is absolute unfit for any job which requires specialized qualifications.
Indians are tolerant to poor quality of services, cheating and frauds and don’t respect qualification and honesty.
Election Commission Responsible for Munnabhais in Politics
It was shocking Media reported how many prominent persons had Voter I Cards but their names were not in the Voters List.
Munnabhais in Election Commission can’t ensure even this basic right – A simple procedure is required every time there are Additions or Deletions a separate list of such additions and deletions be made and mailed to all residents who are in the list.
Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 7178 of 2001 has Empowered Election Commission to frame rules and procedures to make available full background of the Candidates.
[However, the Court considered - whether or not an elector, a citizen of the country has a fundamental right to receive the information regarding the criminal activities of a candidate to the Lok Sabha or Legislative Assembly for making an estimate for himself - as to whether the person who is contesting the election has a background making him worthy of his vote, by peeping into the past of the candidate. After considering the relevant submissions and the reports as well as the say of Election Commission, the High Court held that for making a right choice, it is essential that the past of the candidate should not be kept in the dark as it is not in the interest of the democracy and well being of the country. The Court directed the Election Commission to secure to voters the following information pertaining to each of the candidates contesting election to the Parliament and to the State Legislature and the parties they represent:-]
It is Scandalous that –
1. Election Commission merely requires Candidates to submit School name and qualification when Copies of the Certificates were required, and list of all Criminal Cases with Case numbers were required.
2. In SC judgment ‘desired that Voters evaluate the Worthiness of the Candidates’ before making the Choice of Candidate he shall vote.
Clearly little or information is accessible in time for Voters to make Intelligent Decisions. At least six months to one year should be the minimum period for candidates to register and comply with procedures.
3. It was Scandalous Election Commission didn’t firstly insist on standard format for submitting Election Manifestos which reflects the policies and programs of the parties.
Here Voters are unable to make an assessment of Worthiness of Political Parties which are represented by Groups of Candidates collectively.
4. Along with personal details ‘Bio-data’ should also be submitted by Candidates.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary. Sabka Bharat Mission 2019 Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016 Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435 Sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.com