No mismatch in VVPAT, EVM count: psephologist

No mismatch in VVPAT, EVM count: psephologist
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) There has not been a single mismatch in the vote count by electronic voting machines and voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATS) in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, according to well-known psephologist Yashwant Deshmukh.

“Ladies and gentlemen, here is the most awaited critical result of #Elections2019 : Each and every paper ballot on 20,625 VVPAT machines in all 4,000 plus assembly segments across all 542 LS seats has been counted, tallied and confirmed. Not a single mismatch,” he said in a tweet.

Election Commission sources said there had not been any report of mismatch and they will comment once they receive all the data.

The poll panel had matched randomly selected five VVPATS with EVMs in each Assembly constituency in the country before declareing the Lok Sabha results.

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NTPC’s Q4 standalone net profit up over 48%

NTPC's Q4 standalone net profit up over 48%
Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Power generation major NTPC on Saturday reported a rise of 48.68 per cent in its standalone net profit for the fourth quarter of FY19.

According to the company, its net profit in the quarter under review rose to Rs 4,350.32 crore as against Rs 2,925.59 crore in the same period of FY18.

For the entire fiscal, the company’s standalone total income grew to Rs 92,179.56 crore as against Rs 85,207.95 crore during previous year.

“Profit after tax for FY19 is Rs 11,749.89 crore as compared to Rs 10,343.17 crore in the previous year, registering an increase of 13.60 per cent,” the company said in a statement.

On consolidated basis, NTPC Group’s net profit for FY19 rose 20.3 per cent to Rs 12,633.45 crore as compared to Rs 10,501.50 crore in the previous year.

“The Board of Directors of NTPC has recommended a final dividend for FY19 at the rate of 25 per cent of paid-up share capital i.e. Rs 2.50 per equity share of the face value of Rs 10 each, subject to the approval of shareholders…,” the statement said.

“The company had paid an Interim Dividend at the rate of 35.80 per cent of paid-up share capital i.e. Rs 3.58 per equity share in February 2019.”

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Youngest MP from Odisha set to make her debut in Parliament

Youngest MP from Odisha set to make her debut in Parliament
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha. Chandrani Murmu represents tribal-dominated Keonjhar.

Chandrani, who has replaced Dushyant Chautala, was elected as BJD candidate from the Keonjhar seat, as the youngest parliamentarian in the country. Dushyant, 26, was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Hisar seat.

Murmu is 25 years, 11 months and nine days old.

Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region. She is clear on developing a mechanism to accelerate the delivery of results, instead of making tall promises that cannot be kept.

Speaking to the media, Chandrani said her major focus was on generating employment in her region, and that she would not leave any stone unturned to accelerate setting up of new industries.

“It is unfortunate that employment crisis is high in a mineral-rich district like Keonjhar. I would represent the youth and women of my state at the Centre,” she said.

Chandrani Murmu was pitted against two-time MP from BJP Ananta Nayak, who was defeated by a margin of 66,203 votes.

Chandrani said she was looking for a job after finishing mechanical engineering, but landed up being a Lok Sabha candidate.

The Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency has sent non-Congress MPs nine times to Parliament. The Congress had won the seat six times, the last in 1996 and BJP won thrice when in alliance with BJD from 1998 to 2004.

The BJD won the last two elections.

The seat witnessed a two-corner fight in this election.

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After quarrel with husband, woman batters sons to death

After quarrel with husband, woman batters sons to death
Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) In a gruesome act, a woman brutally killed her two young sons after a fight with her husband in Telangana’s Siddipet town on Saturday, police said.

Showing no mercy to her sons – Ayan (5) and Harshavardhan (two-and-half), Chinthala Saroja stuffed cloth in their mouth and battered them to death with glass bottles.

The shocking incident occurred in Ganesh Nagar neighbourhood of Siddipet town, about 100 km from Hyderabad. According to police, after committing the ghastly crime, Saroja reached a police station and surrendered.

The 28-year-old housewife told the media persons that following a quarrel with husband, she decided to kill her children and commit suicide.

However, after killing the children, she could not gather the courage to end her life and hence surrendered to the police.

Her husband Chityala Bhaskar, a driver, was not at home when she killed the children.

According to police, Saroja and Bhaskar had an inter-caste marriage six years ago after the latter divorced his first wife. They had two sons. Ever since the marriage, the couple had differences and were frequently quarrelling.

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Mamata sees foreign hand behind BJP poll win

Mamata sees foreign hand behind BJP poll win
Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday saw a foreign hand behind the BJP-led NDA’s thumping win in the Lok Sabha polls, and expressed doubts over the results of seats her party lost by less than one lakh votes alleging the EVMs were programmed in the saffron outfit’s favour.

“There is some suspicion in the minds of the people. We also have suspicion. In constituencies where we have lost by less than one lakh votes, we have doubts. Some programming was done in many machines involving one lakh votes,” she said.

Banerjee said her party lost 5-6 seats by slender margins, mainly because of postal ballots.

“Some programming of EVMs was there. For the last three months, I was getting such information from bureaucratic circles also,” she said.

She alleged that foreign nations were also involved in ensuring BJP’s victory.

“There is the hand of foreign nations also. I don’t want to say more in the interest of the nation.

“I am prepared to be completely isolated. But as long as I live, I will utter the unpleasant truths,” she said.

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Bengal Governor appeals for peace, Mamata blames BJP for violence

Bengal Governor appeals for peace, Mamata blames BJP for violence
Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Amid violent political clashes continuing even after poll results came out, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday appealed to the people to maintain peace. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, accused the BJP of inciting violence in areas where they were elected in the Lok Sabha elections.

In a statement, Tripathi conveyed “thanks to the people of West Bengal for participating in the festival of Lok Sabha election of the largest democracy of the world” and appealed to them “to maintain peace in accordance with rich culture of Bengal and unitedly work for the prosperity and progress of the state and the nation”.

His appeal came at a time, when a slew of violent incidents were reported on Saturday across districts leaving several injured.

Banerjee hit out at the BJP, which had made enormous strides in the state, winning 18 seats as against two in 2014.

“BJP is (playing) a one-sided scandalous game. They are torturing people not only in Bengal but also in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other places wherever they have been elected. We cannot tolerate all this. I urge oppositions to work together and be with the people so that tortures can be stopped,” she said.

However, allegations of creating violence against workers of her Trinamool Congress were reported across districts.

As many as 12 persons were injured in a clash between the Trinamool and the BJP activists at Deganga in North 24 Parganas, police said, adding that two accused have been arrested.

In another incident, a local BJP leader was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool supporters at Charkol village in Birbhum’s Nanur, an area infamous for political violence while Trinamool activists accused the BJP workers of vandalising several vehicles in the area.

BJP supporters also alleged that party’s booth president at Salboni in West Midnapore district sustained injures after he was beaten up by Trinamool workers.

Trinamool, on the other hand, accused BJP workers of ransacking a Trinamool workers’ union office in Bankura where party’s veteran and state Minister Subrata Mukherjee lost to BJP’s Saubhas Sarkar in the Lok Sabha polls.

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