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Empowered Institution approves PPP projects worth Rs 1369.51 crore

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The Empowered Institution (EI) chaired by Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram approved five public-private partnership projects worth Rs 1369.51 crore at its 53rd meeting here yesterday.
 
An official press release said here today that two projects granted in-principle approval were from the Government of Madhya Pradesh for setting-up of modern food silos at Indore and Bhopal with capacity of 50,000 tonnes each. 
 
The EI also granted final approval to three projects approving a total Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of Rs. 260.92 crore. These comprised two road sector projects and one in the power transmission sector.
 
They include two-laning of the Guna - Ashok Nagar - Ishagarh (SH 20) road in Madhya Pradesh, four-laning of the Mohania - Ara section of NH 30 in  Bihar and development of the 400 KV DCDS Sarni (Satpura) - Ashta transmission line project for evacuation of power from 2X250 MW extension units at Satpura Thermal Power Station in Madhya Pradesh, the release added.
 
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Scindia lays foundation stone of NTPC's Bundelkhand super thermal power project

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Union Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia laid the foundation stone of public sector NTPC's 2640 MW Bundelkhand super thermal power project at Barethi in Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh today.
 
Comprising four units of 660 MW each and with environment friendly super critical technology, the project is expected to contribute significantly to the economic and social development of the region.
 
Mr Scindia said the project was an important milestone for the state as well as the entire country and would make Bundelkhand one of the most prosperous regions of Madhya Pradesh.
 
Fifty percent of the power generated from the project will be supplied to Madhya Pradesh. The estimated cost of the project is approximately Rs 18000 crore and it is envisaged to be commissioned in the 13th Plan linked to development of coal mine.
 
The total land requirement of the project is 2841 acres. The coal requirement of the project will be met from Banai coal block and water from proposed Majhgaon Dam and Shyamari Project for which land acquisition is in progress. 
 
NTPC presently meets about 24 % of the total power requirement of Madhya Pradesh allocated from its various stations and has its largest power station in the country, the 4260 MW Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station, situated in Singrauli district. 
 
With the laying of the foundation stone in Bundelkhand, NTPC has over 4500 MW of capacity under construction in Madhya Pradesh which includes the largest solar power project of 50 MW at Rajgarh, 1600 MW Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Project in Narsinghpur district, and 500 MW under construction at Vindhyachal.
 
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AP, MP jointly win National Award for Comprehensive Development of Tourism

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Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have jointly won the first prize in the category of Best State/Union Territory: Comprehensive Development of Tourism" at the National Tourism Awards for 2012-13 announced here yesterday.
 
The second and third prizes in this category went to Kerala and Gujarat, respectively. 
 
The awards were presented by Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor.
 
Jammu & Kashmir was awarded in the category of Best State/UT under the North-East and J&K Region. 
 
Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh won the prize for the Best Civic Management of a tourist destination in Category ‘A’ City. 
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mr.Hugh & Ms. Colleen Gantzer, who are an Indian, writer-photographer, husband-and-wife team. They launched the first travel column in a national daily in India in August, 1977. 
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Hospitality Sector was given to the historians Mr. Aman Nath and Mr. Francis Wacziarg for their pioneering work in creating international consciousness on the heritage of Shekhavati and also restoring some 30 properties across 10 States in India. 
 
The best Tourism Film Award went to M.P.State Tourism Development Corporation's television commercial “Rang Hai”.
 
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad was awarded for the Best Airport (Class ‘X’ cities). 
 
The Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala was awarded for Most Innovative use of Information Technology/Website/Portal.
 
Bangalore city Railway Station was awarded for Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station. Andhra Pradesh won the prize for best Film Promotion-friendly State. 
 
Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd was awarded as the Best Domestic Tour Operator (Rest of India) category. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, won the award for the Best Hotel in Five-Star Deluxe Category while the Best Heritage Hotel in Grand category went to Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur.
 
ITC Maurya, New Delhi, won the award for Best Eco-friendly hotel. Ms. Arti Thapa, Food Craft Institute, Hoshiarpur, won the award for Best Lady Chef. 
 
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tharoor said that tourism was a vital segment to leverage the culture and progress of the country and earn precious foreign exchange. He said that the huge variety of tourism opportunities in India as well as the variety of cuisine and cultural experience that India offered made the country “truly incredible”. 
 
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He said that increasing the tourist inflow was a challenge, considering the fact that a small country like France with a population of just around 5% of India’s population was able to attract 83 million tourists which is almost 12 times of the foreign tourist inflow in India. He outlined the number of steps that have been taken to facilitate the entry of tourists to India. He expressed the hope that this would enable the share of India in the global tourism to increase from the present 0.6% to 1% in the year 2016. 
 
The National Tourism Awards are given annually by the Ministry of Tourism to felicitate outstanding work both in the public sector and the private sector under different fields associated with tourism. 
 
The following is the list of awardees: 
 
1.    Best State/Union Territory Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India) First Prize (Joint Winner): Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh
2.    Best State/Union Territory Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India) Second Prize: Kerala
3.    Best State/Union Territory Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India): Third Prize: Gujarat
4.    Best State Comprehensive Development of Tourism (North-East and J&K): Jammu & Kashmir
5.    Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination (Category A City):  
Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, UP
6.    Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination (Category B City):  
Pachmarhi, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
7.    Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination (Category C City):  
Kumarakom Grama Panchayat, Kerala
8.    Best Heritage City: Tirupati City, Andhra Pradesh
9.    Best Heritage Walk: Pune Heritage Walk
10...Excellence in Publishing - English: Outlook Group for
Outlook Traveller Getaways-Heritage holidays in India.
11.  Excellence in Publishing – Hindi: Department of Information & Public Relations (Soochna Evam Jan Sampark Vibhag), Government of Uttar Pradesh
12.  Excellence in Publishing – International Languages other than English: Chhattisgarh Tourism Board  
13.  Lifetime Achievement Award: Ms. Colleen & Mr. Hugh Gantzer
14.  Lifetime Achievement Award in the Hospitality Sector: Mr. Francis Wacziarg & Mr. Aman Nath, Neemrana Hotel
15.  Atithidevo Bhava Award: Md. Sardar  & Srinivasa Raju, HMV Drivers of AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC)
16.   Award of Excellence –Best Tourism Promotion Material (Private Stakeholder) –Joint Winners:: Le Passage to India Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd 2. Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.
17.   Award of Excellence – Best Tourism Promotion Material (State Government/UT Administration): Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka
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18.   Award of Excellence – Best Film on Tourism: Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd for ‘Malang’
19.   Most Innovative use of Information Technology: Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
20.   Best Airport (Class X cities): Rajiv Gandhi Airport, Hyderabad
21.   Best Airport (Rest of India): Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
22.   Tourism Friendly Railway Station: Bangalore City Railway Station
23.   Best Maintained and Disabled Friendly Monument: Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
24.   Best Responsible Tourism Project, ‘The Ladakh Eco - Tourism Initiatives’
25.   Best Rural Tourism Project: Rural Tourism Projects in Sikkim
26.   Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project: Kochi Muziris Biennale Project, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
27.   Best Film Promotion Friendly State: Andhra Pradesh
28.   Best Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments Other than Adventure and MICE: Thomas Cook (India) Ltd
29.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from United Kingdom: Kuoni, UK
30.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from North America: SITA World Tours, USA & Canada
31.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from Latin America – Joint Winner: Worldview Tours, USA 2.  RAIDHO Tour Operator, Brazil
32.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from Europe: TUI Travel PLC, Spain
33.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from East Asia: H.I.S. Company Ltd, Tokyo, Japan
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34.   Best Overseas Tour Operator to India from Australasia: Adventure World, Sydney, Australia
35.  Best Overseas Charter Operator to India from Central Asia including Russia: Tour Operator Kompas LLP, Kazakhstan
36:  Best International Charter Operator for India: Pegas Touristik, Russia
37.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category I) – First Prize:  
Le Passage to India Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
38.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category I) – Second Prize:  
Kuoni Travels (India) Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
39.  1. Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category I) – Third Prize:        
M/s Thomas Cook India Ltd & its subsidiaries
40.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category II) – First Prize: SDU Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
41.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category II) – Second Prize:      
Caper Travel Company (P) Ltd, New Delhi
42.   Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category II) – Third Prize: Minar Travels (India) Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
43.   Travel Agents Inbound Tour Operator – (Category III) – First Prize: 
Yatra Online Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
44.   Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category III) – Second Prize:  
GB Morrison Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
45.   Travel Agents Inbound Tour Operator – (Category III) – Third Prize: 
Top Travel & Tours Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
46.   Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category IV) – First Prize:        
Travelite (India), New Delhi
47.   Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category IV) – Second Prize: 6. Midtown Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
48.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category IV) – Third Prize: Erco Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
49.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category V) – First Prize:       
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Uni Crystal Holidays, New Delhi
50.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category V) – Second Prize:        
Adventure World (India) Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
51.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category V) – Third Prize: 
Razdan Holidays, New Delhi
52.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category VI) – First Prize:  
Great India Tour Company, Thiruvananthapuram
53.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category VI) – Second Prize:
First Tour India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
54.  Travel Agents / Inbound Tour Operator – (Category VI) – Third Prize:  
Hi-Life tour & Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
55.  1. Tourist Transport Operator – (Category I) – First Prize: Parveen Travels Pvt Ltd, Chennai
56.  Tourist Transport Operator – (Category II) – Second Prize: KTC (India) Pvt Ltd
57.   Tourist Transport Operator – (Category I) – Third Prize: Bakshi Transport Services Pvt Ltd
58.   Tourist Transport Operator – (Category II) – First Prize: Ex Soldier Tourist Taxi Service, New Delhi
59.   Tourist Transport Operator – (Category II) – Second Prize: Alwar Tourist Transport Service, New Delhi
60.   Tourist Transport Operator – (Category III) – First Prize: Bal Tourist Transport Service, New Delhi
61.   Tourist Transport Operator – (Category III) – Second Prize: Shreya Travels, Nagpur, Maharashtra
62.   Domestic Tour Operators (Rest of India) – First Prize: Yatra Online Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
63.   Domestic Tour Operators (Rest of India) – Second Prize: Southern Travels Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
64.   Domestic Tour Operators (Rest of India) – Third Prize: Heat Travels & Tours, Siliguri
65.   Domestic Tour Operators (North East Region including Sikkim): Heat Travels & Tours, Siliguri
66.   Domestic Tour Operators (Jammu and Kashmir): Yatra Online Pvt Ltd
67.   Adventure Tour Operator: Kash’ Venture Travels Pvt Ltd (KVT), New Delhi
68.   Best MICE Operator: Creative Travel Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
69.   Best Hotel (Five Star Deluxe): Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
70.   Best Hotel (Five Star): Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kottayam
71.   Best Hotel (Four Star): Vivanta by Taj – Kumarakom
72.   Best Hotel (Three Star): Brunton Boatyard, Kochi
73.   Best Hotel (Two Star): Red Fox Hotel, Delhi
74.   Best Heritage Hotel (Heritage Grand): Fateh Prakash Palace - Heritage Grand
75.   Best Heritage Hotel (Basic): Gajner Palace, Bikaner
76.   Best Eco Friendly Hotel: ITC Maurya, New Delhi
77.   Hotel providing best facilities for the differently- abled guests: The Lalit, New Delhi
78.   Best Standalone Convention Centre: Leonia International Centre for Exhibition & Convention, Hyderabad
79.   Best Hotel Based Convention/Meeting Venue: Jaypee Palace Hotel & International Convention Centre, Agra
80.   Best Chef (4 to 5 Star Deluxe Hotels and Heritage Grand and Classic Hotels) – Joint Winner: Ramasamy Selvaraju, Rajan Loomba
81.   Best Chef (1 to 3 Star, Heritage Basic & Standalone Restaurant): Suman Sharma,, Corporate Chef – Eagle Group
82.   Best Lady Chef - Joint Winner: Ms. Arti Thapa
 
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PPP projects worth Rs. 2778.72 crores okayed with VGF of Rs. 555.72 crores

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The 52nd Meeting of the Empowered Institution (EI) for the Scheme for Financial Support to Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects in infrastructure (Viability Gap Funding Scheme) has granted final approval to one road sector project of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).
 
It also accorded in–principle approval to five road sector projects including three projects of Government of Maharashtra and one project of Government of Karnataka and road overbridge projects of Government of Madhya Pradesh. 
 
The estimated cost of the approved projects is Rs. 2778.72 crore with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of Rs. 555.72 crore. 
 
The meeting was held here yesterday and was chaired by the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance.
 
The MoRTH project approved is for the development and operation of the 237 km Sikar-Bikaner bypass section of National Highway (NH)-11 in Rajasthan at a cost of Rs 650.84 crore with VGF of Rs 130.17 crore.
 
In Karnataka, the EI approved the development of the 64 km Nelamangala-Chikkaballapura section of State Highway (SH)-74 at a total cost of Rs 168.04 crore with VGF of Rs 33.58 crore.
 
In Maharashtra, the EI approved four-laning of the 37.5 km Nagpur-Umred-Chandrapur section of SH-9 at a total cost of Rs 247.59 crore with VGF of Rs 49.52 km. 
 
It also approved four-laning of the 99 km Aurangabad – Ajantha – Fardapur section of SH-8 in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs 744.69 crore with VGF of Rs 148.94 crore.
 
The EI also cleared the four-laning of the 46 km Jalna-Ambad-Vadigodri section of SH-176 in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs 311.02 crore with VGF of Rs 62.2 crore.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, the EI approved development of 16 road overbridges (ROBs) and 14 limited height subways (LHS) at 16 locations of existing railway level crossings at a total cost of Rs 656.543 crore with VGF of Rs 131.31 crore.
 
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Rahul says women must be empowered, bats for women's reservation Bill

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi interacting with representatives of women's organizations from all over India on the party's manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in Bhopal on January 20, 2014.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi interacting with representatives of women's organizations from all over India on the party's manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in Bhopal on January 20, 2014.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said women must be as empowered as men in every single household and asserted that he would not give up his efforts to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in Parliament when it reconvenes next month.
 
At an interaction with representatives of women's organizations from around the country here, he sought inputs from them on a variety of issues related to women for inclusion in the Congress manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
 
Expressing himself strongly in favour of social, economic and political empowerment of women, he said that unless women are respected and feel secure India cannot be a super power. 
 
"In fact, there is no point in being a super power if we cannot ensure dignity for half our people," he said.
 
Mr Gandhi said he believed men and women were equal in their abilities and listed the various programmes launched by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre to empower women. At the same time, he agreed that a lot more needed to be done.
 
He also spoke about his work with women's Self Help Groups (SHG) in Uttar Pradesh, and said he had learnt a lot from them and that they exemplified what women could achieve once they were empowered.
 
During the day-long session, Mr Gandhi heard the women raising several issues related to their day-to-day lives, jobs, inflation, security, health and empowerment.
 
They welcomed Mr Gandhi’s push to increase the number of subsidized LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 in a year. Some of them wanted him to go further and ensure that prices of LPG, petrol, diesel and kerosene remained stable for at least five years.
 
He also said that he wished to see more women in positions of power and said the Congress would try to ensure, over the next few years, that at least half of the Chief Ministers of states ruled by it are women.
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"The country is safe because it has talented women like you all," he said.
 
Participants raised issues related to the development of the North-East region, about Naxalites and those related to hill states. Many spoke about the need for greater encouragement for women from minority communities.
 
There was a lot of discussion about the need to provide more incentives, including pensions, salaries and security of employment for Angandwadi workers, who are today treated as volunteers. Participants also want a more secure environment for domestic workers.
 
A transgender activist called for the setting up of a Transgender Welfare Board in each state. Others praised the new anti-rape law.
 
A sex worker from Maharashtra called for policies that would enable them to ensure education and a better life for their children.
 
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Arun Yadav appointed president of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Mr Arun Yadav, MP as president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. 
 
Mr Yadav is presently Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
 
The Congress had been defeated by the Congress for a third consecutive time in the recent elections to the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
 
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Four-seater aircraft makes emergency landing on highway in MP

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A four-seater private aircraft made an emergency landing on a busy highway at Betul in Madhya Pradesh today.
 
The aircraft, owned by businessman Sam Verma, was forced to make the landing near Milanpur on the Betul-Nagpur national highway (NH-69) around 9.30 am because of strong winds, blocking traffic for about an hour.
 
Police officials rushed to the spot and diverted the traffic along alternative routes during that period.
 
The aircraft was supposed to land on a runway inside the compound of a nearby tyre factory owned by the businessman. 
 
But the strong winds and some tall pillars of a toll plaza nearby forced the pilot to make an emergency landing on the highway.
 
The pilot alerted the traffic police, which cleared the road of traffic before the plane landed without any problems. The plane circled the area for some time while the traffic was being cleared.
 
Police said they would conduct an inquiry into the incident.
 
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan sworn in for third straight term as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes oath as Madhya Pradesh CM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in for a third straight term as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh here today.
 
Mr Chouhan, 54, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at a function at the Jamboree Ground here that was attended by the top leadership of the BJP and several other dignitaries.
 
The ruling BJP won 165 seats in the elections to the 230-member State Legislative Assembly, surpassing its earlier tally of 143 seats. 
 
The Congress had to rest content with 58 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party won four and independents three.
 
Those present at the ceremony today included senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Lal Krishna Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu and industrialist Anil Ambani were also present.
 
The ceremony was also attended by and BJP chief ministers Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, and Manohar Parriker. 
 
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, who is of late cozying up to the saffron party, was also present along with industrialist Anil Ambani.

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ADB to provide $350m loan for power asset upgrades in Madhya Pradesh

ADB's $350 million loan will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines to bring more power to Madhya Pradesh.
ADB's $350 million loan will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines to bring more power to Madhya Pradesh.
The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said it had approved a $350 million loan for power asset upgrades in Madhya Pradesh that will allow the state to meet booming consumer demand for power.
 
“The state has made impressive network gains in recent years but demand is outstripping supply, and the quality of electricity needs further improvements, especially in rural areas,” said Mr Herath Gunatilake, Lead Energy Economist in ADB's South Asia Department.
 
“Our assistance for transmission and distribution improvements will help Madhya Pradesh’s efforts to provide good quality power, 24 hours a day," he said.
 
A press release from ADB said that Madhya Pradesh, whose economy is growing at a quicker rate than the national average, was expected to see its demand for electricity rise by about 11% a year between fiscal years 2013 to 2017, resulting in a potential transmission and distribution capacity gap of about 20%. 
 
The mismatch between supply and demand has caused regular load shedding in the past, and currently only about two-thirds of all households are connected to the system, it said.
 
The Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission and Distribution System Improvement Project will carry out physical upgrades to increase capacity and deliver power more efficiently. It will fund about 1,800 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and more than 3,100 circuit kilometers of distribution lines, as well as building or upgrading transmission and distribution substations, the release said.
 
Training and other support will be given to staff of the Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company, as well as three state distribution companies, to strengthen their management capabilities and to make the companies more financially sustainable and service oriented.
 
The project will build on previous ADB investments in the state’s power sector - including transmission and distribution assets - totaling more than $1.3 billion since 2001. 
 
Along with ADB’s loan from ordinary capital resources, the Government of India will provide $150 million for a total investment cost of $500 million. It will run for about four and a half years with an estimated completion date of December 2018, the release added.
 
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List of winning candidates in Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections

 
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 165 seats in the elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to get a third consecutive term in office.
 
The Congress had to rest content with 58 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party won four and independents three.
 
The following is the list of winning candidates:
 
AGAR: MANOHAR OONTWAL (BJP)
ALIRAJPUR: CHOUHAN NAGARSINGH (BJP)
ALOTE: JITENDRA THAVARCHAND GEHLOT (BJP)
AMARPATAN: RAJENDRA KUMAR SINGH DADABHAI (CONGRESS)
AMARWARA: KAMLESH SHAH (CONGRESS)
AMBAH : SATYAPRAKASH (BSP)
AMLA: CHAITRAM MANEKAR (BJP)
ANUPPUR: RAMLAL RAUTEL (BJP)
ASHOK NAGAR: GOPILAL JATAV (BJP)
ASHTA: RANJEET SINGH GUNWAN (BJP)
ATER: SATYADEV KATARE (CONGRESS)
BADNAGAR: MUKESH PANDYA (BJP)
BADNAWAR: BHANVARSINGH SHEKHAWAT (BJP)
BADWAHA: HITENDRA SINH DHYAN SINH SOLANKI (BJP)
BADWARA: MOTI KASHYAP (BJP)
BAGLI: CHAMPALAL DEVDA (BJP)
BAHORIBAND: PRABHAT PANDEY (BADE BABBU) (BJP)
BAIHAR: SANJAY UIEKE (CONGRESS)
BALAGHAT: GOURISHANKAR CHATURBHUJ BISEN (BJP)
BAMORI: MAHENDRA SINGH SISODIA (SANJU BHAIYA) (CONGRESS)
BANDA: HARVANSH (SUKKU BHAIYA) (BJP)
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BANDHAVGARH: GYAN SINGH (BJP)
BARGHAT: KAMAL MARSKOLE (BJP)
BARGI: PRATIBHA SINGH (BJP)
BARWANI (S.T.): RAMESH PATEL (CONGRESS)
BASODA: NISHANK (CONGRESS)
BEOHARI: RAM PAL SINGH (CONGRESS)
BERASIA: VISHNU KHATRI (BJP)
BETUL: HEMANT VIJAY KHANDELWAL (BJP)
BHAGWANPURA: VIJAY SINGH (CONGRESS)
BHAINSDEHI: MAHENDRA KESHARSINGH CHOUHAN (BJP)
BHANDER: GHANSHYAM PIRONIYA (BJP)
BHIKANGAON: JHUMA SOLANKI (CONGRESS)
BHIND: NARENDRA SINGH KUSHWAH (BJP)
BHITRWAR: LAKHAN SINGH YADAV (CONGRESS)
BHOJPUR: SURENDRA PATWA (BJP)
BHOPAL DAKSHINA-PASHCHIM: UMASHANKAR GUPTA (BJP)
BHOPAL MADHYA: SURENDRA NATH SINGH (BJP)
BHOPAL UTTAR: ARIF AQUEEL (CONGRESS)
BIAORA: NARAYAN SINGH PANWAR (BJP)
BICHHIYA: PANDIT SINGH DHURWEY (BJP)
BIJAWAR: GUDDAN PATHAK (PUSHPENDRA NATH) (BJP)
BINA: MAHESH RAI (BJP)
BUDHNI: SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN (BJP)
BURHANPUR: ARCHNA CHITNIS DIDI (BJP)
CHACHODA: MAMTA MEENA (BJP)
CHANDERI: GOPAL SINGH CHAUHAN DAGGI RAJA (CONGRESS)
CHANDLA: R D PRAJAPATI (BJP)
CHHATARPUR: LALITA YADAV (BJP)
CHHINDWARA: CHOUDHARY CHANDRABHANSINGH KUBERSINGH (BJP)
CHITRAKOOT: PREM SINGH (CONGRESS)
CHITRANGI: SARASWATI SINGH (CONGRESS)
CHURAI: PT. RAMESH DUDEY (BJP)
CHURHAT: AJAY ARJUN SINGH (CONGRESS)
DABARA: IMARTI DEVI (CONGRESS)
DAMOH: JAYANT MALAIYA (BJP)
DATIA: NAROTTAM MISHRA (BJP)
DEORI: HARSH YADAV (CONGRESS)
DEOTALAB: GIRISH GAUTAM (BJP)
DEPALPUR: MANOJ NIRBHAYSINGH PATEL (BJP)
DEVSAR: RAJENDRA MESHRAM (BJP)
DEWAS: TUKOJIRAO PUAR (BJP)
DHAR: NEENA VIKRAM VERMA (BJP)
DHARAMPURI: KALUSINGH THAKUR (BJP)
DHOUHANI: KUNWAR SINGH TEKAM (BJP)
DIMANI: BALVEER SINGH DANDOTIYA (BSP)
DINDORI: OMKAR SINGH MARKAM (CONGRESS)
DR.AMBEDKAR NAGAR - MHOW: KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA (BJP)
GADARWARA: GOVIND SINGH PATEL (BJP)
GANDHWANI: UMANG SINGHAR (CONGRESS)
GAROTH: RAJESH YADAV DHARMVEER SINGH (BJP)
GHATIYA: SATISH MALVIYA (BJP)
GHODADONGRI: SAJJAN SINGH UEIKEY (BJP)
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GOHAD: LAL SINGH ARYA (BJP)
GOTEGAON: DR. KAILASH JATAV (BJP)
GOVINDPURA: BABOOLAL GOUR (BJP)
GUNA: PANNALAL SHAKYA (BJP)
GUNNOUR: MAHENDRA SINGH (BJP)
GURH: SUNDAR LAL TIWARI (CONGRESS)
GWALIOR: JAI BHAN SINGH PAWAIYA (BJP)
GWALIOR EAST: MAYA SINGH (MAMI) (BJP)
GWALIOR RURAL: BHARAT SINGH KUSHWAH (BJP)
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It's 0-4 against Congress as it loses in Delhi, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh

In a major setback ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Sunday was handed out a 0-4 rout in the Assembly elections in four states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- that also saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) make a stunning electoral debut in the capital.

 
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In a major setback ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was today handed out a 0-4 rout in the Assembly elections in four states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- that also saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) make a stunning electoral debut in the capital.
 
As counting of votes progressed in the four states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Ms Vasundhara Raje scored wrested power from the Congress with a spectacular win in Rajasthan and returned to power for the third successive term in Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivrajsingh Chauhan.
 
The BJP also emerged as the single largest party, five short of a majority in Delhi, but drew immense satisfaction from the fact that the Congress had been pushed back to a poor third, behind AAP, led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activisit-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, whose tally was 28, seen as amazing for a party making its maiden foray into electoral politics.
 
In Chhattisgarh, the BJP led by Chief Minister Raman Singh, made it a hat-trick, outperforming the Congress in a close contest.
 
For the Congress, it was bad news all the way. It fell behind right at the start of the counting in Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, and could never make up as the day progressed. In Chhattisgarh, it appeared in with a chance in the early stages of the counting, but the BJP pulled away into the lead towards the end and stayed there.
 
In Mizoram, the fifth state that went to the polls, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
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Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Rajasthan, where results of all 199 seats for which elections were held are out, the BJP ended with 162 seats in the 200-member house, while the Congress was way behind with just 21 seats, its worst showing in the desert state ever.
 
The National People's Party won four seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) three, the National Unionist Zamindara Party two and independents seven.
 
In Delhi, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the 70-member house with 31 seats. AAP won 28 seats, while the Congress was a distant third with just eight. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, the Janata Dal (United) and an independent won one each.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won 165 seats, while the Congress bagged 58. The BSP won four seats and independent candidates picked up three.
 
In Chhattisgarh, the ruling BJP had won 48 seats and was ahead in the lone seat for which the results were pending. The Congress ended up with 39 seats, while the BSP and an independent took one seat each.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
In bye-elections, the BJP retained the Surat West Assembly seat in Gujarat, with is candidate Purnesh Modi defeating the Congress nominee D L Patel by more than 66,000 votes.
 
In Tamil Nadu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) nominee P Saroja won the bye-election for the Yercaud assembly seat, defeating the DMK candidate V Maran by more than 78,000 votes.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
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For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
In Delhi, Ms Dikshit, who lost to Mr Kejriwal in the New Delhi constituency by a huge margin, tendered her resignation to the Lt. Governor and told newspersons that the party would have to analyse what went wrong.
 
The mood at the AAP office in the capital was celebratory, with thousands of party workers, donning their trademark caps, converging there as the results started coming in.
 
In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Gehlot said his party had not been able to showcase the work it had done for the development of the state.
 
Ms Raje, who will return to the Chief Minister's office after a gap of five years, said, "We dedicate this win to the people of Rajasthan and workers who toiled hard."
 
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Congress decimated in Delhi, Rajasthan; BJP retains MP; close race in Chhattisgarh

In what can only be bad news for it ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was decimated in Delhi and Rajasthan even as the BJP not only added the two states to its kitty but also retained Madhya Pradesh and had a slight edge in Chhattisgarh as votes were counted on Sunday in the crucial Assembly polls held recently.

Electoral officials counting votes for the Delhi Assembly elections at a centre in New Delhi on December 8, 2013.
Electoral officials counting votes for the Delhi Assembly elections at a centre in New Delhi on December 8, 2013.
In what can only be bad news for it ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was decimated in Delhi and Rajasthan even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not only added the two states to its kitty but also retained Madhya Pradesh and had a slight edge in Chhattisgarh as votes were counted today in the crucial Assembly polls held recently.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the stunning display put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its electoral debut.
 
For the Congress, it was bad news all the way. It lost in Delhi, where its Sheila Dikshit had held sway for three consecutive terms as Chief Minister, and in Rajasthan, where the Ashok Gehlot government was routed by the BJP led by Ms Vasundhara Raje.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, Mr Shivrajsingh Chauhan led the BJP to its third consecutive win.
 
In Chhattisgarh, it was a close race, with the BJP, led by Dr Raman Singh, having a slight edge as the counting of votes progressed.
 
In Mizoram, the fifth state that went to the polls, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP had won 20 seats and was ahead in 12 more, while the AAP has put up an impressive display, wining 12 and leading in 14 more.
 
The Congress was placed a poor third, winning four and leading in five more. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, won one seat and the Janata Dal (United) was leading in one constituency. An independent was ahead in one seat.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 197 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was headed for a spectacular win as it won 64 seats and was ahead in 91 others.
 
The Congress was way behind, winning seven and leading in 15 others, its worst-ever showing in the desert state.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in three seats, the National People's Party in six, the National Unionist Zamindra Party in two and the Samajwadi Party in one. Independents had won one seat and were leading in seven more.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from all but one of the 230 constituencies, the BJP had won 23 seats and was ahead in 131, while the Congress had won seven and was leading in 59.
 
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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in five, the Samajwadi Party In one and independents in three.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 89 of the 90 seats, the ruling BJP had won two and was leading in 43 more. The Congress was leading in 43, while the BSP was ahead in one.
 
In Delhi, Ms Dikshit, who was trailing behind Mr Kejriwal in the New Delhi constituency by a huge margin, tendered her resignation to the Lt. Governor and told newspersons that the party would have to analyse what went wrong.
 
The mood at the AAP office in the capital was celebratory, with thousands of party workers, donning their trademark caps, converging there as the results started coming in.
 
In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Gehlot said his party had not been able to showcase the work it had done for the development of the state.
 
Ms Raje, who will return to the Chief Minister's office after a gap of five years, said, "We dedicate this win to the people of Rajasthan and workers who toiled hard."
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
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The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Congress routed in Delhi, Rajasthan; BJP retains MP; close race in Chhattisgarh

The Congress was voted out in Delhi and Rajasthan, while the BJP retained Madhya Pradesh and the two parties were locked in a close race in Chhattisgarh as counting of votes progressed on Sunday in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, was voted out in Delhi and Rajasthan, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained Madhya Pradesh and the two parties were locked in a close race in Chhattisgarh as counting of votes progressed today in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its first electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was engaged in a neck-and-neck contest in Chhattisgarh, where the BJP has been ruling for the past 10 years.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP had won one and was ahead in 35, while the AAP has made a stunning debut, leading in 25 seats. The Congress was placed a poor third, ahead in just seven seats. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the BJP, and an independent were leading in one seat each.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 189 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was heading for a specatcular win as it bagged three seats and was ahead in 138 others.
 
The Congress was way behind, leading in just 27 seats, its worst-ever showing in the desert state.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in three seats, the National People's Party in seven, the National Unionist Zamindra Party in two and independents in nine.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from all but one of the 230 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 154, the Congress in 65, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in six and the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Sangharshh Dal in one each. Independents were leading in two seats.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 77 of the 90 constituencies, the Congress was ahead in 40 while the ruling BJP was leading in 35. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and an independent were leading in one seat each.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
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The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly polls: BJP leads in Delhi, MP, Rajasthan; Congress slightly ahead in Chhattisgarh

The Bharatiya Janata Party was on Sunday set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was leading in Delhi as counting of votes progressed in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was today set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was leading in Delhi as counting of votes progressed in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, in its first ever electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was slightly ahead in Chhattisgarh where a neck-and-neck race was on.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
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Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for all 70 seats, the BJP was leading in 33, while the AAP has made a stunning debut, leading in 24. The Congress was placed a poor third, ahead in just 9 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were ahead in one seat each, and an independent in one.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 175 of the 199 seats for which polling was held showed that the BJP was heading for a spectacular win, leading in 126 seats, while the Congress was ahead only in 30, its worst-ever showing in the state. 
 
The National People's Party was leading in eight seats, the National Unionist Zamindara Party in three, the BSP in two and independents in six.
 
In Madhya Pradesh, with trends available from 199 out of the 230 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 135, the Congress in 56, the BSP in five and the Akhil Bhartiya Gondwana Party and the Bahujan Sangharshh Dal in one each. An independent was leading in one seat.
 
In Chhattisgarh, as counting trends became available for 49 of the 90 constituencies, the Congress was ahead in 26 while the ruling BJP was leading in 23.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly polls: BJP leads in Delhi, MP, Rajasthan; Congress ahead in Chhattisgarh

The Bharatiya Janata Party appeared set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was ahead in Delhi as counting of votes progressed on Sunday in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to sweep Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and was ahead in Delhi as counting of votes progressed today in four of the five states where crucial Assembly polls were held recently, just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In Delhi, the big story was the impressive show put up by the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by bureaucrat-turned-RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal in its first electoral outing.
 
The only comfort that the Congress, the main constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, could draw was that it was ahead in Chhattisgarh.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
In Delhi, where counting trends were available for 68 of the 70 seats, the BJP was leading in 32, AAP in as many as 24 and the Congress in just 10. Others were leading in two seats.
 
In Rajasthan, trends available for 161 of the 199 seats for which polling was held on December 1, the BJP appeared headed for a spectacular win, leading in 121 seats, while the Congress was ahead in only 20.
 
The BJP was ahead in 102 of the 156 seats for which counting trends were available in the elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh legislative assemby. The Congress was leading in 44 and others in 10.
 
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In Chhattisgarh, counting trends were available for 47 of the 90 seats, with the Congress ahead in 27 and the BJP in 20.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
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Assembly elections: Counting of votes begins in four states

Counting of votes began on Sunday morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assemly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Counting of votes began this morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assemly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
Early counting trends are expected to be available within an hour or two of the beginning of counting and all the results in the four states are expected to be known by this evening.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
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The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had led his party's campaign in the elections and a big win this time is expected to boost his and his party's prospects in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Similarly, the results will show how effective Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has been as a campaigner.
 
Today's results will also show how much impact the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, has been able to make on its debut in Delhi.
 
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Assembly elections: Votes to be counted in four states on Sunday

Counting of votes will be taken up on Sunday morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assembly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote for the Delhi Assembly election, at a polling booth, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013.
Counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow morning in four of the five states -- Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- where crucial Assembly polls were held recently just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
In the fifth state, Mizoram, counting of votes will be taken up on December 9.
 
Polling was conducted in Chhattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to the polls on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
Polling in one of the 200 constituencies in Rajasthan -- Churu -- has been adjourned to December 13 following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
 
Early counting trends are expected to be available within an hour or two of the beginning of counting and all the results are expected to be known by the evening of the same day.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
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Bye-elections to the Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly were also held on December 4.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
For the first time, electors who did not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency, could exercise the "None of the above" (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Assembly elections in these five States are being seen as a sort of "semi-final" before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and have, thus, aroused a lot of interest among the people.
 
The voter turnout was quite high, with Delhi recording 65% voting, while it was 81% in Mizoram, 74% in Rajasthan and more than 70% in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had led his party's campaign in the elections and a big win this time is expected to boost his and his party's prospects in the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Similarly, the results will show how effective Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has been as a campaigner.
 
Tomorrow's results will also show how much impact the newly-floated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by bureaucrat-turned RTI activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal, has been able to make on its debut in Delhi.
 
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Assembly elections: 70% polling in MP, 82% in Mizoram

An elderly couple arriving to cast their votes in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 25, 2013.
An elderly couple arriving to cast their votes in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, in Bhopal on November 25, 2013.
A record 70 per cent of the electorate in Madhya Pradesh and nearly 81 per cent in Mizoram cast their votes today to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told journalists that the final percentage of voting could be slightly higher.
 
He said polling was peaceful in both states with no major untoward incident reported from anywhere.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 5.
 
Counting of votes in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi will be taken up on November 8, while it will be taken up in Mizoram on the next day.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies in the state are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There were a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon had the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. 
 
The opposition Congress contested 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties accounted for 703 candidates and there were 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 53946 polling stations for today's polling in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
 
There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which saw a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in the decade till 2008.
 
There were 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP had also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Assembly elections: Polling begins in MP, Mizoram

Polling began admist tight security in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on Monday to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling began admist tight security in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram today to choose new state legislative assemblies as part of crucial polls in five states just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 5.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There are a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon has the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. 
 
The opposition Congress is contesting 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties account for 703 candidates and there are 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has set up 53946 polling stations for today's polling.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
 
There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which will see a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in decade till 2008.
 
There are 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP have also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Assembly elections: Polling in MP, Mizoram on Monday

Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will vote on Monday to elect new state legislative assemblies in crucial polls just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Polling officials collecting the Electronic Voting Machines and other material required for the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, at a distribution centre, in Bhopal on November 24, 2013.
Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will vote tomorrow to elect new state legislative assemblies in crucial polls just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.
 
Chattisgarh had polling in two phases on November 11 and 19, while Rajasthan will vote on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
There are a total of 4,66,31,759 electors in Madhya Pradesh's 230 assembly constituencies, including 2,20,56,812 women.
 
As many as 35 of the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 47 for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
There are a total of 2583 candidates in the fray, including 200 women. Mehgaon has the largest number of candidates at 32 while Pansemal (ST) has the least at just two.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivrajsinh Chauhan is seeking a third consecutive term in office and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates in all 230 constituencies. The opposition Congress is contesting 229 seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)  227, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 23, the CPI (Marxist) eight, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 72. Other parties account for 703 candidates and there are 1091 independents also in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has set up 53946 polling stations for tomorrow's elections.
 
Of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram, 39 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and only one is in the General category.
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There are a total of 6.86,305 voters in the state, which will see a contest between the ruling Congress led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the three-party Mizo National Front (MNF), which ruled the state in decade till 2008.
 
There are 142 candidates in the fray, including six women.
 
The BJP, the Zoram Nationalist Party and the NCP have also fielded candidates in some of the constituencies.
 
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Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice Ajay Khanwilkar transferred to MP

 
Mr Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, has been transferred to the High Court of Madhya Pradesh as its Chief Justice.
 
An official press release said the President had, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, directed Mr Justice Khanwilkar to assume charge of his new office on or before November 27, 2013.
 
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14 labourers killed, 24 injured in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh

14 killed in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh
 
As many as 14 labourers were killed and 24 others suffered injuries when a truck in which they were travelling overturned in the Chirula area of Datia district in Madhya Pradesh late last night.
 
Police officials in Chirula told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included seven men, five women and two children.
 
The injured were rushed to government hospitals in Datia and Gwalior, they said.
 
The victims were migrant labourers and their families from Tikkamgarh district who were working in paddy fields in Datia.
 
Police said the mishap occurred around 0015 hours today and investigations were on to establish the cause of the accident.
 
The truck was laden with  sacks of grains and the labourers were seated on them when the accident occurred. Many of those killed were crushed under the heavy sacks, they said.
 
The driver of the truck had fled the scene after the mishap and the police are searching for him, the sources added.
 
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EC issues notice to Rahul Gandhi on Churu, Indore speeches

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The Election Commission has issued a notice to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi asking him to show cause as to why action should not be taken against him for alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct in remarks he made during election rallies in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh last month.
 
The notice was issued to him on a complaint by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which said he had falsely blamed it for communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Mr Gandhi had addressed public meetings at Churu in Rajasthan on October 23 and at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on the following day in which he had, among other things, blamed the BJP for fanning communal tensions in Muzaffarnagar.
 
In its notice of yesterday, the Commssion said that the Model Code of Conduct says that "no party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities; religious or linguistic."
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The code also says that "criticism of other political parties ... based on unverified allegations or distortions shall be avoided."
 
Further, it says that "there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes."
 
The Commission said that it had viewed the CDs of both the speeches made by Mr Gandhi at Churu and Indore and had had detailed deliberations on them.
 
It said it was of the prima facie view that these speeches were violative of the relevant paras of the Model Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates.
 
The Commission has called upon him to explain by 1130 hours on November 4 as to why action should not be taken against him in this regard.
 
"lf no reply is received within the prescribed time limit, it will be presumed
that you have nothing to say and the Commission will proceed to take appropriate action without any further reference to you," the notice added.
 
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PM announces Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia to next of kin of those killed in Datia stampede

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, after clearance from the Election Commission of India, sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the stampede on October 13 on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.
 
At least 111 people had died in the stampede and scores more had suffered injuries.
 
Dr Singh, who had expressed his deep anguish over the loss of lives in the tragedy, has also sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to each of those seriously injured persons from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, an official press release added.
 
The clearance from the Election Commission was necessary because elections to the Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly are due to be held on November 25, and the model code of conduct is in force in the state.
 
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Election Commission issues notice to MP Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya

 
Election Commission issues notice to MP Minister
The Election Commission (EC) has issued a show cause notice to Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya following reports that he had allegedly violated the Model Code of Conduct which is in force in the state after the announcement of elections to the legislative assembly, distributed money to drum-beaters during the Chunri Yatra conducted by an organization in Mhow at the weekend.
 
In its notice sent to him yesterday, the Commission said that the Model Code of Conduct states that "All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are 'Corrupt Practices' and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters...".
 
The letter also said that it had been brought to the notice of the Commission that Mr Vijayvargiya had promised, during a Dussehera function at Satya Sai Chauraha, that a "good Udyog Bhavan" will be made next year in Vijay Nagar.
 
According to the Commission, the Model Code of Conduct states that candidates "shall not (a) announce any financial grants tn any form or promises thereof. . (c) Make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc..."
 
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The Commission also said in its letter that Mr Vijayvargiya had in speeches later defended his actions and said that they were part of tradition.
 
It said that, by this statement, he had "given contemptuous remarks" and shown "utter disrespect and disregard to the provisions of the Model Code of Condut". This is also not in keeping with the high constitutional post that  he occupied, the letter said.
 
"Now, therefore, the Election Commission of India calls upon you to explain by 17.00 hours of 18th october, 2013 as to why action should not be taken against you for the above mentioned violations of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
"lf no reply is received within the prescribed time limit, it will be presumed that you have nothing to say and the Commission will proceed to take appropriate action without any further reference to you," the notice added.
 
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