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More than 62% voting in final phase of UP elections, record 82% in Goa

More than 62% of the 1.8 crore voters exercised their franchise in the 60 constituencies that went to the polls in the seventh and last round of the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and more than 82% in the 40 constituencies of Goa Assembly which had a single-phase poll on Saturday.
 
More than 62 per cent of the 1.8 crore voters exercised their franchise in the 60 constituencies that went to the polls in the seventh and last round of the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and an all-time high of 82 per cent in the 40 constituencies of Goa Assembly which had a single-phase poll today.

With this, a massive exercise, involving Assembly elections in five states, including Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand, came to an end this evening. Except for some incidents in Manipur, the elections were by and large peaceful, with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.
 
Polling was held in a single phase in Manipur on January 28 and in Uttarakhand and Punjab on January 30. Uttar Pradesh had polling in seven phases between February 8 and March 3.
 
Official sources in Lucknow said 62.04 per cent of the electorate had voted until end of polling at 1700 hours today while an official in Panaji said the percentage of voting was more than 82 per cent. Polling had begun in both states at 0700 hours.
 
The final figures in both states are expected to be slightly higher when more details flow in from all the constituencies, the sources added.
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The 60 Uttar Pradesh constituencies were located in the districts of Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in the north-western region of the state
 
In all, 18227281 electors, including 10024588 men and 8201987 women, were eligible to vote in today's polling in UP.
 
A total of 962 candidates, including 100 women, were in the fray in these 60 constituencies. The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party contested all 60 seats, while the Congress had fielded its candidates in 51 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in 10. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) contested 10 seats, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 5 and the CPI (M) 1. There were 705 others in the contest, including independents.
 
Bithari Chainpur and Bareilly Cantonment were the two constituencies with the largest number of candidates in UP with 27 each, while Gunnair, with eight, had the least number of contestants.
 
Moradabad Nagar was the largest constituency in terms of the number of voters, while Aonla was the smallest.
 
The Election Commission had deployed 27589 electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 18957 polling stations in today's exercise.
 
About 62 per cent of the electorate had turned out to exercise their franchise in the first round of polling on February 8, about 59 per cent in the second round on February 11, about 57.25 per cent in the third phase on February 15, about 57.20 per cent in the fourth phase on February 19, about 60.47 per cent in the fifth phase on February 23 and about 62 per cent in the sixth phase on February 28.
 
In Goa, a total of 1026306 voters, including 511111 men and 515195 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the 40 constituencies.
 
There were 215 candidates in the fray, including nine women. The Congress had fielded candidates in 33 constituencies and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 7. The BJP is contesting 28 seats and  the Goa Vikas Party 9. There are 138 others in the contest, including independents.
 
The Election Commission had set up 1612 polling stations where 1773 EVMs were used for today's election.
 
Counting of votes in UP and Goa, as well as Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab, where polling was completed earlier, will begin on March 6 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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56% polling in first 6 hours of polling in Goa Assembly elections

About 56 per cent of the 1.026 million electors had cast their votes in the first six hours of polling in the elections to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly which was held in a single phase today, official sources said.

Polling began at 0700 hours and will end at 1700 hours.
 
A  total of 1026306 voters, including 511111 men and 515195 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 40 constituencies.
 
There are 215 candidates in the fray, including nine women. The Congress has fielded candidates in 33 constituencies and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 7. The BJP is contesting 28 seats and  the Goa Vikas Party 9. There are 138 others in the contest, including independents.
 
The Election Commission has set up 1612 polling stations where 1773 EVMs are being used for today's election.
 
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40% polling in first 4 hours of polling in Goa Assembly elections

Nearly 40 per cent of the 1.026 million electors had cast their votes in the first four hours of polling in the elections to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly which was held in a single phase today.

Polling began at 0700 hours and will end at 1700 hours.
 
A total of 1026306 voters, including 511111 men and 515195 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 40 constituencies.
 
There are 215 candidates in the fray, including nine women. The Congress has fielded candidates in 33 constituencies and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 7. The BJP is contesting 28 seats and the Goa Vikas Party 9. There are 138 others in the contest, including independents.
 
The Election Commission has set up 1612 polling stations where 1773 EVMs are being used for today's election.
 
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10% voting in 60 constituences of UP, 16% in Goa in first two hours of polling

More than 10% of the voters had exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in the 60 constituencies that went to the polls in the final round of voting in Uttar Pradesh and 16% in the 40 constituencies of Goa that had a single-phase poll on Saturday.
 

More than 10 per cent of the 1.8 crore voters had exercise their franchise in the first two hours of polling in the 60 constituencies that went to the polls in the seventh and last round of the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly today.

In Goa, where polling in the elections to the 40-member legislative assembly is being held in a single phase today, more than 16 per cent of the 1.03 million electors had cast their votes in the first two hours, official sources said.
 
The poll began at 0700 hours in the two states and will end at 1700 hours, bringing the curtains down on polling in five states where new legislative assemblies are being chosen. Polling is already over in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
 
The 60 constituencies in UP are located in the districts of Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in the north-western region of the state
 
In all, 18227281 electors, including 10024588 men and 8201987 women, are eligible to vote in today's polling in UP.
 
A total of 962 candidates, including 100 women, are in the fray in these 60 constituencies. The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party are contesting all 60 seats, while the Congress has fielded its candidates in 51 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in 10. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is contesting 10 seats, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 5 and the CPI (M) 1. There are 705 others in the contest, including independents.
 
Bithari Chainpur and Bareilly Cantonment are the two constituencies with the largest number of candidates in UP with 27 each, while Gunnair, with eight, has the least number of contestants.
 
Moradabad Nagar is the largest constituency in terms of the number of voters, while Aonla is the smallest.
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The Election Commission has 27589 electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 18957 polling stations in today's exericse.
 
In Goa, a total of 1026306 voters, including 511111 men and 515195 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 40 constituencies.
 
There are 215 candidates in the fray, including nine women. The Congress has fielded candidates in 33 constituencies and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 7. The BJP is contesting 28 seats and  the Goa Vikas Party 9. There are 138 others in the contest, including independents.
 
The Election Commission has set up 1612 polling stations where 1773 EVMs will be used for tomorrow's election.
 
In Uttar Pradesh, about 62 per cent of the electorate had turned out to exercise their franchise in the first round of polling on February 8, about 59 per cent in the second round on February 11, about 57.25 per cent in the third phase on February 15, about 57.20 per cent in the fourth phase on February 19, about 60.47 per cent in the fifth phase on February 23 and about 62 per cent in the sixth phase on February 28.
 
Counting of votes in UP and Goa as well as Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab, where polling has been completed, will begin on March 6 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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Goa, 60 constituencies in UP to go to polls on Saturday

Polling will be held on Saturday for 60 constituencies in the seventh and last round of the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly as well as for the 40-member Goa Assembly.
 
Polling will be held tomorrow in 60 constituencies in the seventh and last round of the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly as well as for the 40-member Goa Assembly.
 
The 60 constituencies in UP are located in the districts of Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri in the north-western region of the state
 
In all, 18227281 electors, including 10024588 men and 8201987 women, are eligible to vote in Saturday's polling in UP.
 
A total of 962 candidates, including 100 women, are in the fray in these 60 constituencies. The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party are contesting all 60 seats, while the Congress has fielded its candidates in 51 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in 10. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is contesting 10 seats, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 5 and the CPI (M) 1. There are 705 others in the contest, including independents.
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Bithari Chainpur and Bareilly Cantonment are the two constituencies with the largest number of candidates in UP with 27 each, while Gunnair, with eight, has the least number of contestants.
 
Moradabad Nagar is the largest constituency in terms of the number of voters, while Aonla is the smallest.
 
The Election Commission will deploy 27589 electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 18957 polling stations in tomorrow's exericse.
 
Counting of votes in UP and Goa as well as Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab, where polling has been completed, will begin on March 6 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
In Goa, a total of 1026306 voters, including 511111 men and 515195 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the 40 constituencies.
 
There are 215 candidates in the fray, including nine women. The Congress has fielded candidates in 33 constituencies and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 7. The BJP is contesting 28 seats and  the Goa Vikas Party 9. There are 138 others in the contest, including independents.
 
The Election Commission has set up 1612 polling stations where 1773 EVMs will be used for tomorrow's election.
 
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Campaigning ends for Uttar Pradesh, Goa Assembly polls

Campaigning ended on Thursday evening for the seventh and last phase of polling in the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly which will see 60 constituencies, spread over 10 north-western districts of the state, go to the polls on March 3.
 
Campaigning ended this evening for the seventh and last phase of polling in the elections to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly which will see 60 constituencies, spread over 10 north-western districts of the state, go to the polls on March 3.
 
Campaigning also ended for the elections to the 40-member legislative assembly in Goa, which will have a single-phase polling on the same day.
 
The 60 constituencies in UP are located in the districts of Bijnore, Moradabad, Bheem Nagar, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.
 
In all, 18227281 electors, including 10024588 men and 8201987 women, are eligible to vote in Saturday's polling in UP.
 
A total of 962 candidates, including 100 women, are in the fray in these 60 constituencies. The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party are contesting all 60 seats, while the Congress has fielded its candidates in 51 and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in 10. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is contesting 10 seats, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 5 and the CPI (M) 1. There are 705 others in the contest, including independents.
 
Counting of votes in UP and Goa as well as Manipur, Uttarakhand and Punjab, where polling has been completed, will begin on March 6 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
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BJP announces list of 22 candidates for Goa assembly elections

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced a list of 22 candidates for the March 3 elections to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly.

The party has left eight seats for its ally, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and will back an independent candidate in one seat.
 
The candidates for the remaining nine seats to be contested by the party will be announced later.
 
The list includes Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar and eight other sitting MLAs.
 
The candidates were finalised at a meeting of the party's Central Election Committee held here yesterday with BJP president Nitin Gadkari in the chair. The meeting was attended by senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
 
The following is the list:
 
1. Mandrem                 Laxmikant Yeshwant Parsekar, MLA
2. Pernem (SC)           Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar
3. Mapusa                    Francis D’Souza, Dy Leader MLA
4. Siolim                       Dayanand Rayu Mandrekar, MLA
5. Saligao                     Dilip Dnyaneshwar Parulekar, MLA
6. Calangute                 Michael V. Lobo
7. Porvorim                   Govind Parwatkar
8. Aldona                      Glenn Souza Ticlo
9. Panaji                       Manohar Parrikar, MLA (Leader of Opposition)
10. Taleigao                 Dattaprasad Madhukar Naik
11. St. Andre                Vishnu Surya Wagh
12. Maem                      Anant Vishnu Shet
13. Sanquelim               Pramod Pandurang Sawant
14. Poriem                     Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane
15. Valpoi                      Satyavijay Subrai Naik
16. Siroda                      Mahadev Narayan Naik, MLA
17. Mormugao               Milind Sagun Naik, MLA
18. Vasco-Da-Gama    Carlos Almeida
19. Cortalim                   Matanhy Saldanha
20. Fatorda                    Damodar (Damu) Gajanan Naik, MLA
21. Cuncolim                 Subhash @ Rajan Kashinath Naik
22. Canacona                Ramesh Bombo Tawadkar, MLA
 
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Man from Goa commits suicide outside Mumbai airport

A man, hailing from Goa allegedly committed suicide outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here, police said.

Manuel Pereira hung himself from an iron rod from a bridge outside the airport early yesterday.

He was travelling on a Dubai-Goa flight, which was on transit in the city. After taking out his baggage and placing it at the airport, he ventured out of the premises to take the extreme step, police said, adding that his family had been contacted in Goa.

He was identified from the passport in his pocket, police said.

A case of accidental death has been registered by police and the cause of suicide was yet to be ascertained, they added.

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EC puts sub-quota for minorities in Central Govt. jobs on hold in poll-bound states

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The Election Commission today directed the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions that the Government's decision on a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities from within the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes in civil posts and services should not be given effect to the five states where assembly elections are to be held between January and March until the completion of the election process.

The states going to the polls are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab.
 
An official statement from the Commission said that it had been brought to its notice that the Centre had carved out out 4.5% sub-quota for minorities from within 27% quota for OBCs in violation of the Model Code of Conduct and that this should be stopped by the Commission.
 
"The Commission, while considering the matter, took into account the fact that the decision was taken and announced on 22nd December, 2011 i.e. before the coming into force of the Model Code of Conduct on 24th December, 2011, and directed the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) that the Office Memorandum dated 22nd December, 2011, issued by them shall not be given effect to in the aforesaid 5 poll going States viz. Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, until the completion of the election process in these States," the statement added.
 
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Russian woman commits suicide in Goa: Police

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A 31-year-old Russian woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in a room at Mandrem, Pernemm in north Goa, police said.

Ilena Ivanicheva was staying in a guest house. She allegedly hanged herself yesterday with a nylon rope, tied to a window grill, police said.
 
The suicide came to light, when a friend of the woman went to meet her last afternoon, they said.
 
It is suspected that the woman took the extreme step on health grounds.
 
No suicide note was found. However, some medical papers were found in the room. She had written words in Russian on the room wall, "Lord, forgive me for what I have done," police added.
 
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Rock Street Journal editor Amit Saigal drowns off Goa beach

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Amit Saigal

Amit Saigal, editor of music magazine Rock Street Journal (RSJ), drowned off Bogmalo beach while swimming in south Goa yesterday, police said.

Police said 47-year-old Saigal from Delhi and his four friends were in Goa on a holiday.
 
Yesterday, they hired a boat from Mandrem and left for Palolem beach at Canacona. When the boat reached Bogmalo, they anchored it about 400 meters off the beach. Saigal jumped into the water for a swim.
 
When one of his friends saw him floating in the waters, he rushed towards him. A life guard on shore, seeing him in trouble, also rushed to the spot on a jet ski and brought Saigal to shore.
 
As Saigal was not responding to first aid, he was immediately shifted to a local hospital, where he was declared brought dead. 
 
Saigal appeared to be suffering from some respiratory problem and the cause of his death was not known, police said.
 
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Pacheco quits as MLA in Goa, to contest polls on GVP ticket

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Former Goa Tourism Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Francisco Pacheco alias Micky today tendered his resignation as party legislator.
 
Pacheco, representing Benaulim constituency. submitted his resignation letter to Goa Assembly Speaker Pratap Singh Rane today. It was accepted by the Speaker, Pacheco said.
 
Later, in the evening, he will also submit a letter of resignation from the primary membership of state NCP. He is likely to join the regional Goa Vikas Party(GVP), which has been revived under the presidentship of his wife Viola Pacheco and he is likely to contest the coming Assembly elections in Goa, scheduled on March 3 next year, on a GVP ticket. 
 
This would be his second resignation as MLA before completing his full five-year term after his maiden victory in the 2002 assembly polls from Benaulim constituency on the United Goans Democratic party (UGDP) ticket. He had quit as MLA and joined the NCP after pulling down the Parrikar government in 2005. He later won the bye-election and was again inducted in the Congress-led government.
 
In the 2007 polls, Pacheco was elected for the third time from Benaulim constituency on an NCP ticket and sworn in as Minister in the Digamber Kamat-led coalition government but he had to again quit in June 2010 following the suspicious death of his close friend Nadia
Torrodo. 
 
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UP to have 7-phase polling in Feb; one-day poll in Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand

Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls in seven phases between February 4 and 28 to elect a new state legislative assembly while Manipur will have single-phase polling on January 28, Punjab and Uttarakhand on January 30 and Goa on March 3.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y Quraishi addressing a press conference to announce the assembly election schedule in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma are also seen.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y Quraishi addressing a press conference to announce the assembly election schedule in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Election Commissioners V.S. Sampath and H.S. Brahma are also seen.

Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls in seven phases between February 4 and 28 to elect a new state legislative assembly while Manipur will have single-phase polling on January 28, Punjab and Uttarakhand on January 30 and Goa on March 3.

Of the 403 seats in the UP Assembly, polling for 60 seats will be held in the first phase on February 4; 55 seats in the second phase on February 8; 59 seats in the third phase on February 11; 56 seats in the fourth phase on February 15; 56 seats in the fifth phase on February 19; 49 seats in the sixth phase on February 23 and 68 seats in the seventh and last phase on February 28.
 
There are 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly, 70 in Uttarakhand, 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all the five states on March 4 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening, according to the schedule announced by Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi here today.
 
Coming as they do roughly half-way through the second term of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre, the polls are being seen as a crucial test of strength for both the Congress-led UPA as well as all the other major political parties ahead of the 2014 elections to the Lok Sabha.
 
Of particular interest will be the performance of all the key players - Chief Minister Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, which sends as many as 80 members to the Lok Sabha.
 
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Also keenly watched will be the performance of the Congress, whose General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, often projected as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate of the future, has been campaigning hard to revive its fortunes in the state against heavy odds.
 
The term of the present Assembly in Goa will expire on June 14, Manipur on March 15, Punjab on March 14, Uttar Pradesh on May 20 and Uttarakhand on March 12.
 
The electoral rolls of all the existing Assembly Constituencies in the five States are being revised with reference to 01.01.2012 as the qualifying date, and shall be finally published on 02.01.2012.
 
As per the draft publication of electoral rolls, the number of electors in the five states are: Goa 1011673; Manipur 1677270; Punjab 17433408; Uttar Pradesh 111916689; and Uttarakhand 57401483.
 
The Election Commission said that, based on the assessment of the ground situation, Central Police Forces (CPF) and State Armed Police (SAP) drawn from other States will be deployed during the elections. The CPF and SAP will be used generally for safeguarding the polling stations, the electors, poll-material and the polling personnel. Besides, these forces will be used for securing the strong rooms where the EVMs are stored pending counting and for securing the counting centres.
 
It said had been issuing instructions from time to time with regard to the advance preventive measures to be taken by the District Magistrates and Police authorities to maintain law & order and to create an atmosphere conducive for conduct of free and fair elections. The Commission will be constantly monitoring the ground situation closely and will take appropriate measures to ensure peaceful, free and fair polls in these States.
 
The Commission said it would deploy General Observers in adequate numbers to ensure smooth conduct of elections. The Observers will be asked to keep a close watch on every stage of the electoral process to ensure free and fair elections.
 
The Commission has also decided to appoint adequate number of Expenditure Observers and Assistant Expenditure Observers who will exclusively monitor the election expenditure of the contesting candidates. For greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of Election Expenses, candidates would be required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account. Comprehensive instructions for the purpose of effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates, including formation of flying squads, video surveillance teams in the constituency, involvement of Investigation Directorates of Income Tax Department and so on have been separately issued.
 
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The format for filing of affidavits regarding criminal backgrounds. assets, liabilities and educational qualification of the candidates have been modified to include a summary sheet.
 
To deal with the issue of Paid News, Monitoring Committees have been set up at District, State and Commission level and necessary instructions have been issued to the District Election Officers and the CEOs of the five poll-going States. Representatives of political parties and media organizations of the pollgoing States have also been briefed.
 
In addition to General Observers, the Commission will also deploy Micro-Observers to observe the poll proceedings in the polling stations on the poll day in selected critical polling stations. They will be chosen from Central Government/Central PSUs officials. Micro-Observers will observe the proceedings at the polling stations on the poll day right from the mock poll to the completion of poll and the process of sealing of EVMs and other documents to ensure that all instructions of the Commission are complied with by the Polling Parties and the Polling Agents.
 
These Micro-Observers will work directly under the control and supervision of the General Observer. They will be tasked to ensure purity of polling process and will report to the General Observers directly about any vitiation of the poll proceedings in their allotted polling stations.
 
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Cartoonist, illustrator Mario de Miranda passes away

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Well-known cartoonist and illustrator Mario de Miranda, who brought Mumbai and Goa alive to readers of magazines and books across the world, passed away in his sleep at his home in Goa today.

He was 85. He is survived by his wife, artist Habiba, and two sons, New York-based Rahul, a coiffeur by profession, and Rashid, a Goa-based cartoonist.
 
Architect Gerard da Cunha, a close friend of the cartoonist, said he passed away in his sleep around 3 am today. He said the funeral arrangements would be announced later.
 
Miranda's cartoons and drawings appeared regularly in various newspapers and magazines, including The Times of India, the Economic Times and others, but it was his work for the Illustrated Weekly of India that first brought him nationwide popularity.
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Bhushan in 2002.
 
He was born in 1926 as Mario Joao Carlos do Rosario de Britto Miranda to Goan Catholic parents. Miranda never had any formal training in art, but his mother noticed his talent for drawing and encouraged him.
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His early cartoons were on vignettes of Goan village life, a theme that he persisted with throughout his life.
 
Miranda studied at St Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore and then did a B.A. in History at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He later started studying architecture at the behest of his parents, but soon lost interest.
 
He worked for four years in an advertising studio before deciding to take up cartooning on a full-time basis.
 
The Illustrated Weekly of India gave him his first major break and his cartoons featuring creations such as Miss Nimbupani and Miss Fonseca in that magazine as well as in Femina and the Economic Times won him a countrywide following.
 
He bagged the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian Scholarship which enabled him to travel to and stay for a year in Portugal which, he said later, helped him to broaden his horizons.
 
Later, he spent five years in London, working for newspapers and in television animation. His cartoons appeared in publications such as Liliput, Mad and Punch, bringing him some extra income and enabling him to travel around Europe. It was during this period that he met Sir Ronald Searle, whom he considered as his mentor.
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On his return to Mumbai, he got his old job back at the Times of India, working alongside the renowned R K Laxman. He met artist Habiba Hyderi during this period and they soon got married.
 
In 1974, he travelled to the United States at the invitation of the US Information Service and got a chance to work with Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts and met Herblock, the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post.
 
Miranda held solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries. He settled down at his ancestral home at Loutolim in Salcete, Goa with his wife and younger son.
 
Besides cartoons, Miranda did murals for various buildings in Goa and elsewhere. He also took to paintings late in life.
 
But it was as an illustrator that he was at his best. Besides his own books such as Laugh it Off, Goa with Love and Germany in Wintertime, he also illustrated books of other writers such as Dom Moraes (A Journey to Goa), Manohar Malgaonkar (Inside Goa) and Mario Cabral e Sa (Legends of Goa).
 
Photo: Courtesy: Mario de Miranda
 
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Porfirio bags Golden Peacock for Best Film at IFFI 2011

Actor Surya presenting the award for the Best Film to director Alejandro Landes and producer Franciso Aliure for the film “Porfirio” at the closing ceremony of the 42nd International Film Festival of India at Panaji on December 3, 2011.
Actor Surya presenting the award for the Best Film to director Alejandro Landes and producer Franciso Aliure for the film “Porfirio” at the closing ceremony of the 42nd International Film Festival of India at Panaji on December 3, 2011.

Columbian film Porfirio directed by Alejandro Landes and produced by Franciso Aljure has bagged the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 42nd International Film Festival of India 2011, which concluded here today.

The Silver Peacock Award for the Best Director went to Asghar Farhadi for his film Nader and Simin-A Seperation.

Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu won the Special Jury Award. The director of the film, Salim Ahamed, received the award which consists of a Silver Peacock, certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15 lakhs.

Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Choudhury Mohan Jatua, Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and well-known ator Suriya were present on the occasion.

The Best Actor award of Rs. 10 lakh went to the Israeli actor Sasson Gabay for his role in the Restoration while the Best Actress Award was won by Nadezhda Markina of Russia for her role in Elena

The winners were chosen by a five member Competition Jury comprising Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Laurence Kardish, Lee Yong Kwan, Tahmineh Milani and Dan Wolman.

The festival concluded today with the screening of the English film The Lady directed by acclaimed French director Luc Besson, which starred Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in the lead roles.

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Foreign, domestic players to meet at conference on iron ore in Goa on Nov 17-18

 

Senior industry players from China, Indonesia, Australia and other countries will interact with domestic industry representatives and senior officials from the Government at an international conference on iron ore slated to be held in Goa on November 17 and 18.
 
The two-day "International Iron Ore and Steel Making Raw Materials Conference" has been organised by the OreTeam India, a research house on iron ore and steel, in partnership with various associations and with the support of the Joint Planning Committee of the Union Ministry of Steel.
 
The conference is being held at a time when falling supply of iron ore from India has heightened worries in markets such as China and Australia, whose representatives are taking the opportunity to visit India and take stock of the situation.

Goa’s Genevieve D'Costa wins gold in diving at School Games

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Genevieve Atala D'Costa of Goa won the gold medal in the three metre spring diving competition for the U-17 girls in the National School Games underway in Goa.

With it, she earned 283.40 points. She was followed by Aboli Sangve with 250.85 points and Sayali Mahadik with 234.60 points, both from Maharashtra.

In the swimming event, Talasha Prabhu of Goa set a new record in 100 Mtr free style for girls U-19 with a new timing of 00:59:73, erasing her own 2010 record of 01:00:64.

She was followed by Sneha T with a timing of 01:01:95 and Pritama

Kollali with a timing of 01:04:79, both from Karnataka.

Results:

   Diving

   1 Mtr (Spring - Boys Group U-19) : Kamal Singh (Delhi) 361.65, Himanshu Soni (Uttar Pradesh) 340.85 and Abhishek Joshi (Madhya Pradesh) 337.70.

   1 Mtr (Spring - Girls Group U-19) : Swati Vidap (Maharashtra) 291.10, Tanuka Dhara (West Bengal) 260.25 and Nikita Pawar (Karnataka) 233.70.

   3 Mtr (Spring - Boys Group U-17) : Aditya Giram (Mah) 365.30, Rishikesh Yargal (Mah) 302.20 and E L Naresh Narendranath (Tamil Nadu) 270.20.

   3 Mtr (Spring - Girls Group U-17) : I Genevieve Atala D'Costa (Goa) 282.40, II Aboli Sangve (Mah) 250.85 and III Sayali Mahadik (Mah) 234.60.

   Swimming :

    100 Mtr (Butterfly - Boys Group U-14) : Vinayak Parihar (Delhi) 01:07:40, Avilash Chakraborty (WB) 01:08:35 and Amitesh Raghav (Mah) 01:08:59.

   100 Mtr (Butterfly - Girls Group U-14) : Akansha Buchade (Mah) 01:10:56, Nivyaraja (TN) 01:14:56 and Deepali Bhalla (Gujarat) 01:14:67.

   100 Mtr (Butterfly - Boys Group U-17) : Mitesh Kunte (Mah) 00:59:70, Supriya Mondal (WB) 00:59:92 and Bobby Rana (Delhi) 01:00:27.

   100 Mtr (Butterfly -  Girls Group U-17) : Rujuta Bhatt (Mah) 01:07:67, Mugdha Malla Reddy (TN) 01:08:11 and Simran D Mungekar (K'taka) 01:12:27.

   100 Mtr (Butterfly - Boys Group U-19) : Rahul Choksi (Guj) 00:58:18, Apurva Sharma (Mah) 00:58:81 and Saheb Bangal (Guj) 01:00:21.

   100 Mtr (Butterfly - Girls Group U-19) : Arhatha G Magavi (K'taka) 01:07:67, Vandita Dhariyal (Guj) 01:07:72 and Kavya Gopalakrishnan (TN) 01:10:75.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Boys Group U-14) : P Mukundhan (TN) 00:31:82, Vedant Seth (Delhi) 00:32:04 and Chhayank Acharya (Guj) 00:33:19.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Girls Group U-14) : Sherlyn Meghna Devadason (TN) 00:33:54, Maana Patel (Guj) 00:34:57 and Ashwathy Nair (Mah) 00:34:67.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Boys Group U-17) : Rohit Imoliya (MP) 00:29:03, R Vishak (TN) 00:30:51 and Tuhin Kumar Kundu (WB) 00:31:21.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Girls Group U-17) : Avantika Chavan (Mah) 00:33:30, Aarsi Poddar (WB) 00:33:46 and S Vilassini (TN) 00:34:80.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Boys Group U-19) : Turbu V (Kerala) 00:29:35, Ajay Thakur (Punjab) 00:30:42 and Debapriya Koley (WB) 00:30:75.

   50 Mtr (Back Stroke - Girls Group U-19) : R Sushmitha (TN) 00:33:12, S Angel Rose (TN) 00:34:11 and Tahrina Nasrin (WB) 00:34:14.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Boys Group U-14) : Deshdeep Singh (Punjab) 00:57:64 NR, Viraj Prabhu (Mah) 00:59:42 and Mohammed Yaqoob Saleem (K'taka) 00:59:71.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Girls Group U-14) : Gitanjali Pandey (Guj) 01:05:35, Jomy  George (Kerala) 01:06:80 and Nidhi Shetty (Mah) 01:07:45.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Boys Group U-17) : Neil Contractor (Guj) 00:55:03 NR, P Larsen (TN) 00:57:76 and M Anandhan (TN) 00:58:26.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Girls Group U-17) : Shiwani Kataria (Haryana) 01:01:68, Tulasi R Haritsa (K'taka) 01:04:13 and Anjali Nair (Delhi) 01:06:36.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Boys Group U-19) : Ajay A (K'taka) 00:54:93, Aman Ghai (Punjab) 00:55:20 and Apurva Sharma (Mah) 00:55:51.

   100 Mtr (Free Style - Girls Group U-19) : Talasha Prabhu (Goa) 00:59:73 NR, Sneha T (K'taka) 01:01:95 and Pritama Kollali (K'taka) 01:04:79.

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BJP to demand white paper on black money in Parliament: Advani

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani today said his party will demand that the Government table a white paper on the black money issue in the coming winter session of Parliament.
 
"All the information, including declaration of names and steps taken to bring back money stashed in Swiss banks by Indians, will have to be disclosed," said Mr Advani, who arrived here as part of his "Jan Chetna Yatra" to highlight the issue of corruption and black money and to promote clean governance. 

1 worker killed, 2 injured in blast on barge in Goa

 

A 23-year-old worker was killed on the spot and two others were seriously injured in a blast that occurred on a newly-built 1800-tonne barge at Waterways Shipyard at Chicalim, Vasco in south Goa today.
 
The deceased was identified as Sanjay Chauhan from Lucknow. 
 
The injured, Naresh Chandra and and Ram Singh, were rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition, the sources said.
 
The impact of the blast was so powerful that Chavan was thrown out and died on the spot. The blast caused a lot of damage to the barge and its wing tank. Even a chapel near the shipyard and coconut trees were damaged. The window of some houses within 10 to 15 metres were also broken.
 
The reason of the blast was yet to be ascertained, they added.
 
The Waterways Shipyard owner Mr Tarun said the barge was built for a party from Mumbai and it was expected to be launched in a couple of days. 
 
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Santosh Sivan's Urumi to open Indian Panorama 2011 at IFFI

Santosh Sivan's Malayalam film Urumi has been chosen as the opening film of the Indian Panorama a the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 to be held in Goa from November 23 to December 3.

In all, the jury for feature films, headed by renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpye, has selected 23 films out of a total of 118 eligible entries for the Panorama. Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, directed by Salim Ahamed, which won the Best Feature Film award at the recent 58th National Film Awards, will be the 24th film in the Panorama, having received a direct entry.

Two killed in road accident in Goa

Two people were killed on the spot when their car was hit by a truck at Casaulim-Mollem on the Goa-Karnataka national highway, police said today.

The driver of the car, Chandu Chawhan(35), from Hubli, and Ajay Kumar (28) from Andhra Pradesh were crushed to death when the truck rammed into the vehicle yesterday.

The truck was on its way to Dharbonda from Mollem, while the car was coming from opposite direction from Ponda.

The driver of the truck was detained after a case was registered against him.

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Entertainment Society of Goa stops illegal film shoot in state

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The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) today said that it had, with timely assistance from the Goa police, stoped an Illegal film shoot at Morjim, Turtle Beach in the state on Saturday.

In a press release, the ESG said it had received a tip-off from a line producer, informing it of an illegal film shoot at the beach, which involved an entire crew and a foreign artiste.

The police were informed and timely action was taken to stop the shooting, it said. According to the society, it and the police are alert as the concept shot could project the state in a negaive light.

Russian tourist drowns in south Goa

A 23-year-old tourist from Russia, Chyonchuk Alexander drowned, while his two friends were saved by life guards off the Sernabatim-Colve beach in south Goa yesterday, police said today.

South Asian Film Festival to kick off Thursday with "Kashmir ki Kali"

The four-day 6th South Asia Film Festival (SAFF) will commence in Goa tomorrow with a special screening of "Kashmir Ki Kali" as a tribute to celebrated Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, who changed the meaning of romance on the silver screen in Indian cinema in the 1960s.

Tyre of AI plane on flight from Kuwait bursts on landing in Goa

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A front tyre of an Air India aircraft on a Kuwait-Goa-Chennai flight burst while landing at the Dabolim airport here today.

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