PM’s meet with J&K mainstream parties to focus on delimitation, elections: Sources

New Delhi, June 19: In what could be seen as a sign of of pushing the political process further in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre headed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has called for an all party meeting of mainstream parties in J&K.

A week back National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah had signalled that they were open to talks with the Centre. We have not closed any doors or options. We will decide on the meeting at the time they invite us, Abdullah also said. 

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Amidst warning by China, Tibetans to cast vote in January 3 elections

New Delhi, Jan 01: India will allow the Tibetan refugees to cast votes to elect the new political leader of the exiled community. This move comes in the wake of China warning the Indian media against playing the Tibet Card.

Thousands of Tibetans living in exile in India (TGiE), the United States, Europe and other countries will cast their votes on Sunday and on April 11 and this would send out a strong message to China.

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Interview: Women are the sacrificial lambs in every election

Elections--621x414Kolkata, April 18: Ahead of every election there are a host of issues that are debated and one among them is the lack of women representation. While there is a bill pending in the Rajya Sabha with regard to reservation for women, the fact is that the issue would be resolved if every political party had a will.
Take for instance a state like West Bengal which is ruled by a woman (Mamta Banerjee). In Phase 1(A), 1(B) and 2 there were in all 693 candidates.
The number of women fielded is 65. In Assam in the two phases the number of candidates are 1,062 and the women fielded is 91. The Kerala legislative assembly has never had more than 15 women. This is a state which has 51.9 per cent of its voters as women and the representation has been less than 10 per cent. Why does this scenario get debated every year and yet there is no improvement? It is more to do with the fact that the decision making in all political parties is male dominated says leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri.
In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri discusses the reasons why the representation of women in elections is less year after year.

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Sri Lanka votes as New Delhi watches with interest

sriAs voting gets underway in the all-important election in Sri Lanka which could decide the fate of Mahinda Rajapaksa now contesting for the post of Prime Minster, the first results are expected by mid-night on Monday.

As the election process gets underway, New Delhi watches closely and would hope that it is the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe combine which continues to rule Sri Lanka.

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J&K: ‘BJP needs to lead government in national and international interest’

sandeepshastriIn larger national and international interest it is very important that the BJP is in the driver’s seat when it comes to the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hence it would do everything to ensure that it is not part of a government where it is the minority party as it could read very badly on both the international and national front, says leading psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri. Dr Shastri speaks with Oneindia about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir and also informs that the elections are a wake up call for all major players.

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BJP would prefer to lead Jammu and Kashmir government

jammu-and-kashmir8The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not want to rush into join the government or form a coalition and end up making sacrifices in Jammu and Kashmir, says G V L Rao, spokesperson for the BJP.
He tells Oneindia that the party will be engaged in a high level discussion during the next day or two to take a final course on the course of action in Jammu and Kashmir.Read more

ISI, hawala and the control

haw2When elections are round the corner, there is a surge in activity on all fronts. With elections also comes the headache for the security agencies to monitor the inflow of money through hawala transactions.
Over the past two decades, it has been found that a large amount of money is pumped into India through hawala channels at the time of the elections and several such transactions are under the direct control of the ISI, who in turn, blackmail politicians not to raise the issue as a result of which the trade goes on unabated. [Part 2: How Kerala became the hawala capital of India]

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