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Lok Sabha election dates announced – Poll Starts on April 11 and Counting on May 23

Lok Sabha election dates announced – Poll Starts on April 11 and Counting on May 23

Polling for the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections will begin from 11th of April 2019. The Election Commission of India has announced that it will be held in 7 phases and results to be declared on May 23. Also, The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect immediately. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

Assembly polls for some of the states have also been scheduled along with the Lok Sabha elections. Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and also Sikkim will have assembly polls along with Lok Sabha polls.

Lok Sabha election 2019 – Phases

  • Phase 1 (April 11) – 91 constituencies states in 20 states to go to polls
  • Phase 2 (April 18) – 97 constituencies in 13 states
  • Phase 3 (April 23)- 115 constituencies in 14 states
  • Phase 4 (April 29)- 71 constituencies in 9 states
  • Phase 5 (May 6)- 51 constituencies in 7 states
  • Phase 6 (May 12)- 59 constituencies in 7 states
  • Phase 7 (May 19) – 59 constituencies in 8 states

Lok Sabha elections phase 1 – April 11
Andhra (25), Arunachal (2), Assam (5), Bihar (4), Chhattisgarh (1), J&K (2), Maharashtra (7), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Odisha (4), Sikkim (1), Telangana (17), Tripura (1), UP (8), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (2), Andaman (1), Lakshadweep (1); Total (91)

Lok Sabha elections phase 2 – April 18
Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), J&K (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Tripura (1), UP (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1); Total: 97

Lok Sabha elections phase 3 (115 seats) – April 23
Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (7), Goa (2), J&K (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), UP (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1); Total: 115

Lok Sabha elections phase 4 (71 seats) – April 29
Bihar (5), J&K (1), Jharkhand (3), MP (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (14), UP (13), West Bengal (8); Total: 71

Lok Sabha elections phase 5 (71 seats) – May 6
Bihar (5), J&K (2), Jharkhand (4), MP (7), Rajasthan (12), UP (14), West Bengal (7); Total: 71

Lok Sabha elections phase 6 (59 seats) – May 12
Bihar (8), Haryana (10), Jharkhand (4), MP (8), UP (14), West Bengal (8), Delhi-NCR (7); Total: 59

Lok Sabha elections phase 7 (59 seats) – May 19
Bihar (8), Jharkhand (3), MP (8), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1), UP (13), Himachal (4); Total: 59

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Abhinandan Varthaman will be released tomorrow

Abhinandan Varthaman will be released tomorrow, Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced today

IAF pilot Abhinandan captured by Pakistan army after being shot down over PoK during a fight with Pakistan Air Force jets yesterday. Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured by Pakistan army on Wednesday will be released tomorrow. This announcement was released by Pakistan PM Imran Khan today.

This is a Victory of our Diplomacy, Our Government, Our Armed Forced and Ultimately We The People Of India. QatarIndians team welcome this move and happy that our hero Abhinandan return. It is a welcome gesture from Pakistan PM Imran Khan on the unconditional release of our brave heart #Abhinandan. Both India and Pakistan has to build mutual trust beyond all the political interest.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan while addressing the nation’s parliament on Thursday. He is expected to return to India tomorrow through the Wagah border.

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In his address, Khan said that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be released on Friday as a gesture of peace. This was unanimously supported by the Pakistan parliament. He said this is a first step to open negotiations between India and Pakistan. Imran Khan said that he tried to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as escalation was not in their interests nor in India’s.

Also in his address, Imran Khan once again urged India to not escalate the tension with Pakistan. “I am requesting the Indian dispensation to not escalate [military action] from this point. Because then we will be forced to respond and retaliate, and that will not be a happy situation for both nations,” Imran Khan said.

Five Indian airports closed – Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports

Five Indian airports closed – Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports.

Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh airports were closed today for civilian air traffic. Due to the emerging situation after the IAF’s strikes on Bagalkot in Pakistan. The move to close these airports come amid an escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.

“The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency,“ An official of the Airports Authority of India in Srinagar told PTI. He, however, did not specify the nature of the emergency. Officials said they received instructions from air traffic controllers that the airports have been shut for civilian flights.
Some of the flights en route to the Jammu, Leh and Srinagar airports have been diverted to their origin stations. Reported thehindu.com

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India Strikes, Salute IAF Pilots – Express your solidarity

India Strikes, Salute IAF Pilots – Express your solidarity for defending the country’s unity and integrity.

IAF strikes terror camps in Pakistan After Pulwama Attack.

India carried out pre-dawn air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control on Tuesday. At around 3:30 this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, news agency ANI reported, quoting Air Force sources. Reported ndtv.com

Also reported that “The military has taken this necessary step for the country’s security. It was an act of extreme valour. PM Modi had earlier given the armed forces the freedom to take action. Today, the entire country is with the forces,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters in the first official acknowledgment of the operation.

India carried out the strikes two weeks after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, in which over 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed exploded a car full of bombs next to a security convoy.

The strikes were “100 percent successful” and went exactly as planned, sources told NDTV. Terror camps and control rooms of the Jaish were hit. A large number of JeM terrorists killed in Indian air strike.

India Strikes – Foreign secretary addresses media on air strikes:

(Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

  • A suicide attack was conducted on February 14 leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of CRPF: FS Gokhale
  • Masood Azhar-led JeM is active in Pakistan and is responsible for a series of terror attacks, including the 2001 Parliament attack and Pathankot airbase attack: FS
  • Information about JeM’s operations has been provided to Pakistan from time to time but it has always denied knowledge of their existence: FS
  • Credible intel was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary: FS
  • India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. A large number of JeM terrorists were killed. The strike avoided civil casualties
  • Top commanders were eliminated in the strike: FS
  • This action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. We avoided civilian casualties with the selection of the camp, which is located deep inside forests: FS
  • Since the action took place just hours ago, we are waiting for more info: FS
  • Foreign secretary concludes his address to the media

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AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium

AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium

Oscar-winning music AR Rahman Live Performance in Qatar on 22 March at Khalifa International Stadium. Katara Studios presents AR Rahman Live show in Qatar on 22 Mar 2019.

The 52-year-old Oscar-winning music maestro is going to perform live in Qatar. It is going to be an unforgettable day for all the AR Rahman lovers and also for Indian music fans in Qatar. This is the first time the ‘Mozart of Madras’ AR Rahman will be performing in Qatar. This show is part of the Qatar India Year of Culture 2019.

ARR’s live concert in Qatar will be held at the Khalifa Stadium on March 22. Tickets for the event has gone on sale, reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Tickets are available for purchase online at Q Tickets. The prices of tickets range from QR 150 (Upper East stand) to QR 1500 (the Royal section). Below are the ticket rates.

  • Upper East stand: QR 150
  • East Stand Left: QR 225
  • East Stand Right: QR 225
  • East Middle: QR 300
  • Silver: QR 350
  • Gold: QR 450
  • Platinum: QR 600
  • VIP: QR 1,000
  • Royal: QR 1,500

Without a doubt, it is going to be a treat for Indian music lovers.

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AR Rahman

(Source: britannica.com)

Allah Rakha Rahman (A.R. Rahman) original name A.S. Dileep Kumar, (born January 6, 1966, Madras [now Chennai], India), Indian composer whose extensive body of work for film and stage earned him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras.”

Rahman’s father, R.K. Sekhar, was a prominent Tamil musician who composed scores for the Malayalam film industry, and Rahman began studying piano at age four. The boy’s interests lay in electronics and computers, and his father’s serendipitous purchase of a synthesizer allowed him to pursue his passion and to learn to love music at the same time. Sekhar died when Rahman was 9 years old, and by age 11 he was playing piano professionally to help support his family. He dropped out of school, but his professional experience led to a scholarship to study at Trinity College, Oxford, where he received a degree in Western classical music.

Qatar Airways flyers from India can now pay for their bookings in easy installments

Qatar Airways flyers from India can now pay for their bookings in easy installments

Do you hold a credit card issued by an Indian Bank? If so, then this is amazing news for you.

Qatar Airways has launched a new EMI (Easy Monthly Installment) option to pay for booking transactions. Flyers from India with a credit card issued by an Indian bank can now avail this EMI option.

Qatar Airways on Wednesday announced that flyers from India would now have a new payment option for bookings, in monthly installments of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months respectively – Reported thehindu.com

While making a booking using an Indian credit card, a minimum installment fee only needs to be paid and the balance can be paid through EMI. This makes travelers who cannot afford to pay at once with an easy option to do online payment.

Indian residents in Qatar are growing day by day and close to 700,000 Indians are living in Qatar. Qatar Airways flies between Doha and many Indian metros which include Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and also to Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Amritsar, Goa, Kolkata, Nagpur, and Ahmedabad. Currently, Qatar Airways operates 102 weekly flights between Doha and the above destinations in India.

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ISRO PSLV-C44 Carrying the lightest satellite of India, Kalamsat Lifts off

ISRO PSLV-C44 Carrying the lightest satellite of India, Kalamsat Lifts off

ISRO PSLV-C44 Carrying the lightest satellite of India Kalamsat and India’s Military Satellite Microsat-R Lifts off successfully on Thursday at 11.37 pm.

PSLV C44 launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre from the first launchpad and soared into the clear and starry night sky. This is the first mission for ISRO in 2019.

PSLV-C44, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would place the 740-kg primary satellite Microsat-R (an imaging satellite for India’s Military purpose) and Students’ Payload Kalamsat. Kalamsat is said to be the lightest satellite of India.

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The ISRO PSLV-C43 launched 31 satellites (HysIS and 30 customer satellites) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Nov 2018 before PSLV-C44.

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Dhoni’s love affair with final finishes anchored India to win the first ever ODI series victory in Australia

Dhoni’s love affair with final finishes anchored India to win the first ever ODI series victory in Australia

Dhoni and Kedar effect India’s first ODI series win against Aussies. Dhoni’s perfect finish today in Melbourne made history in Indian cricket. Dhoni’s unbeaten 87 off 114 balls was a testimony to his high-quality match and Kedar Jadhav (61 no, 57 balls) donned the role of a finisher.

King Kohli’s men became the first cricketing nation to sweep all series in Australia. India made a historic trip to Australia without losing a single series against Australia. Won the Test series 2-1. Drawn the T20 Internationals 1-1. Won the ODI series 2-1.

QatarIndians Team congratulates Team India on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar.

Do you want to cast your vote in the upcoming elections in 2019? Register as an overseas Elector / NRI Voter

Do you want to cast your vote in the upcoming elections in 2019? Register as an overseas Elector / NRI Voter

All Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) living overseas can now vote in state and national elections in India by registering as an overseas Elector / NRI Voter. Below are some useful pieces of information to register you and your family as an overseas Elector / NRI Voter.

Who all can register as overseas elector / NRI Voter?

If you are a,

  • Citizen of India and not living in India owing to employment, education etc.,
  • Not acquired citizenship of any other country

How to register as overseas elector / NRI Voter?

The application for this purpose can be filed in the prescribed form in person before the concerned Electoral Registration Officer or sent by post or can be filed online on the website of Election Commission of India.

Every Indian has a right to vote and it is our duty to vote. Please share this with all Non-Resident Indians.

 

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71-year wait to script a golden chapter in Indian Cricket History by Virat Kohli and Team

71-year wait to script a golden chapter in Indian Cricket History by Virat Kohli and Team

Indian test cricket team won a historic first-ever series in Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. It was a 71-year wait to script a golden chapter in Indian Cricket History. First time by an Asian country against Australia in Australia.

Virat Kohli’s Team India was already the number one Test Team in the world before this Australia test series. Virat Kohli called this historic win as the biggest achievement of his cricket career. Cheteshwar Pujara declared the Man of the Series for his 521 runs which helped to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Team India celebrated this historic win with a dance choreographed by Rishabh Pant.

WATCH Team India Dance Celebration After Win on Australia | Rishabh Pant, Virat kohli & Pandya Dance

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