2009

  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows November 23, 2014

    Manila, Philippines: Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another...
  • AR Rahman's Los Angeles place defaced and vandalised May 20, 2014

    Mumbai: AR Rahman's Los Angeles place has been defaced, said the Oscarwinning composer today. "Vandalism at my place in LA...," Rahman tweeted yesterday along with a picture.The photograph showed certain letters written in black ink on a wall of his place.After his post, the 48yearold composer, who won two Oscars...
  • LS polls phase 5: High voter turnout leaves 2009 stats behind April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: High turnout was witnessed in 121 constituencies which went to polls across 12 states in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday in which the political fate of leaders like Nandan Nilekani, Maneka Gandhi, M Veerappa Moily, Sachin Pilot, Jaswant Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Misa Bharti...
  • Does a higher voter turnout mean a vote for change? April 10, 2014

    Marking a considerably high voter turnout as compared to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, India voted for 91 constituencies in 14 states and Union Territories which went to polls in the third and substantial phase on Thursday, with Chandigarh witnessing the highest percentage of 74. ...
  • 2009 polls: Comparison of election expenses of parties and their MPs March 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The expenditure statements of political parties contain details of 'lump sum amount given to the candidates' and the abstract statements of candidates provide information on 'lump sum amount received from the parties'. This analysis has been done by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The report analyses the difference in...
  • Sushma Swaraj would be a better PM than Modi: Digvijaya March 25, 2014

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj would be a much better Prime Minister than Narendra Modi, the official nominee of BJP for the top post. "I say that Sushma would be a much better Prime Minister than Modi due to a...
  • Now, Congress removes pub attack accused hours after he joined party March 25, 2014

    Mangalore: A day after the controversial induction and removal of Mangalore pub attack accused Pramod Muthalik from the BJP, the Congress on Monday was caught in a similar spot. The Congress has now distanced itself from controversial Sri Ram Sene activist Dinakar Shetty, who was also an accused in the...
  • In 2009, only 120 winners secured 50 pc or more of total votes polled March 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Elections to the Lok Sabha are carried out using the first-past-the-post electoral system. Under this system, the candidate securing the majority votes of the total votes polled is declared elected, irrespective of percentage of total votes polled or the total number of eligible voters. In the General Elections 2009,...
  • In 2009, victory margin was less than 3 pc in 114 Lok Sabha Seats March 24, 2014

    New Delhi: In 2009 General Elections, there were 114 constituencies having victory margin of less than three per cent, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 19 such constituencies. The smallest victory margin was in Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency of Rajasthan where the winning candidate bagged the seat with 0.039 per cent...
  • In 2009 LS polls, 114 candidates lost by margin less than 3 pc March 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Losing an election is often a not to pleasant experience for a candidate. But what if the margin is wafer thin? 114 candidates in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls lost by margins as less as 3 per cent. 19 of such candidates were from Uttar Pradesh which sends 80...
  • 2009 polls: 84.6 per cent contestants lost their security deposits March 19, 2014

    New Delhi: In 2009 General Elections, 84.6 per cent contestants lost their security deposits as they failed to get a minimum of one-sixth of the total valid votes polled. Out of 8070 contestants in the fray, 6829 could not save their deposits. According to the Election Commission of India rules,...
  • 2009 elections: 29 winners got less than 30 pc of total votes polled March 19, 2014

    New Delhi: In 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, there were 28 winning candidates who got less than 30 per cent of total votes polled. Uttar Pradesh had 14 such winners whereas Jharkhand had 6 candidates winning with less than 30 per cent of votes polled in their respective constituencies. Bihar had...
  • LS polls: Interesting facts about world's largest democratic exercise March 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The world's largest democratic exercise, the elections to the Lok Sabha are held in every five years, or whenever Parliament is dissolved by the President of India. The 15th Lok Sabha was conducted in five phases between April 16, 2009 and May 13, 2009. With an electorate of...
  • Read: Interesting facts about 2009 Lok Sabha elections March 14, 2014

    New Delhi: As India gears up to vote for its representatives to the 16th Lok Sabha, here is a look at some interesting facts about 2009 general elections. -Highest Polling station: Auleyphu in Leh (15,300 m) -Maximum number of votes polled by a candidate: 8,32,224 -Minimum number of votes polled by a...
  • Democratic colors of India: 363 parties participated in 2009 polls March 7, 2014

    New Delhi: If we ask you to hazard a guess as to how many political parties participated in the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, there is a big probability of your answer going well off the mark. As many as 363 political parties participated in the yajna of democracy contesting...
  • Government steers clear of Janardan Dwivedi's comments on 2009 polls February 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Monday steered clear of comments by senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi that the party should have sat in the Opposition after the last general elections in 2009 instead of forming the government. "Dwivediji is a senior leader and an MP. In what context the remarks were made,...
  • Congress should have sat in opposition after 2009 polls: Dwivedi February 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing one of the most difficult elections ahead, a senior Congress leader has now raised questions over whether it was prudent for the party to have headed the UPA II government after the 2009 polls. Though he admits that alliances are a compulsion, he feels that the Congress should...
  • 2009 Khagaria carnage: Main accused arrested from Haryana November 20, 2013

    Bihar police on Tuesday arrested the main accuse of the 2009 carnage in Khagaria district in which 16 persons from Jhajhar in Haryana were killed. Special Task Force (STF) arrested Manoj Sada and another person Sanjay Sada from a place under Beri police station of Jhajhar district on Tuesday morning, IGP...
  • Will not mediate between Uddhav and Manohar Joshi: Munde November 9, 2013

    Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, on Saturday, said he would not "mediate" to effect a patch up between senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi and party president Uddhav Thackeray. "I will not broker to end the disagreement between the two," Munde said while replying to a query on Uddhav apparently coldshouldering...
  • SLC asks PCB to pay USD 30K incurred during March 2009 attack November 9, 2013

    Karachi: Sri Lankan Cricket Board is still waiting for its Pakistan counterpart to pay an amount of USD 30,000 incurred while hiring a chartered airplane to fly their players out of Lahore after militants attacked them in March 2009. According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Sri Lankans have...
  • Rahul is much more like Indira Gandhi, Priyanka said in 2009 October 15, 2013

    Lucknow: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi, who has always been likened to her grandmother Indira Gandhi, had said during the 2009 Lok Sabha campaign in Uttar Pradesh that it is her brother Rahul who is much more like the former prime minister. She had said, "I'm likened to my...
  • Suspension of Noida SDM votebank politics: BJP July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP on Monday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government for suspension of a woman IAS officer saying the reason for the action against her was votebank politics. "A woman officer was suspended in Uttar Pradesh. Everyone is saying she was an honest officer. What is the reason...it was votebank politics,"...
  • If EC has given any notice, Gopinath Munde will answer it: Rajnath June 30, 2013

    Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde had stoked a controversy by his candid admission about spending Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha campaign. ...
  • EC pulls up Munde on spending Rs 8 cr in 2009 LS polls June 29, 2013

    Mumbai: The Election Commission (EC) has on Saturday issued a notice against senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde after he stoked a controversy by his candid admission about spending Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign. The EC has asked Munde to explain within 20 days why action...
  • EC can disqualify Munde for spending Rs 8 crore on 2009 LS campaign June 29, 2013

    Mumbai: The Election Commission (EC) is set to issue a notice to BJP leader Gopinath Munde after he admitted that he had spent Rs 8 crore on 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign. The leader could even be disqualified from contesting polls for three years. "When I contested my first elections I...
  • EC to issue notice against BJP leader Gopinath Munde: Sources June 29, 2013

    Mumbai: The Election Commission (EC) is likely to issue a notice against senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde after he stoked a controversy by his candid admission about spending Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha campaign. Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said that EC will act after proper verification. Sampath...
  • Gopinath Munde had spent Rs 8 crore on 2009 Lok Sabha campaign June 28, 2013

    Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde has stoked a controversy by his candid admission about spending Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha campaign, with Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil demanding that the Election Commission take cognizance and decide on whether to allow him to contest again. Munde also openly...
  • Varun Gandhi hate speech: Many witnesses turned hostile during trial May 15, 2013

    Lucknow: Nearly three months after a court acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Varun Gandhi of making provocative speeches in 2009, the Uttar Pradesh government will now appeal against the order. This, after CNNIBN's sister channel IBN7 reported that as many as 14 government servants, including the then district magistrate...
  • Cashforvote scam: BJP MPs tell court they were whistleblowers April 27, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP MP Faggan Singh Kulaste and former MP Mahabir Singh Bhagora, who are accused in the 2008 cashforvote scam, on Saturday told a Delhi court that they were whisteblowers and their intention was to "expose horse trading" in Parliament. "Our intention from the beginning was to expose horse...
  • Haryana Minister gets bail in fake voters case April 12, 2013

    Gurgaon: Haryana Sports Minister Sukhbir Kataria on Friday appeared in a local court which granted him bail in a bogus voters case related to 2009 Assembly elections. Judge Ashok Mann granted bail to Kataria, who has been booked under various sections of IPC related to forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy...