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  • ICC committee dwells on menace of suspect actions June 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Concerned about the growing menace of chucking, the ICC's cricket committee feels the current methods to detect illegal bowling actions are not adequate and umpires should be more confident in reporting violators. In a twoday meeting here, the committee, headed by former India captain Anil Kumble, felt more needs to...
  • LS polls: CEC in Kolkata to look into election preparations April 5, 2014

    Kolkata: In the wake of allegations of biasness made by opposition parties against state CEO Sunil Gupta, the full bench of Election Commission led by CEC VS Sampath is in the city to examine the poll preparedness of the state. Sampath along with other officials today had a meeting with state...
  • BJP set to announce Narendra Modi's candidature from Varanasi: sources March 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party's much anticipated list of Lok Sabha candidates is expected shortly which will end the the suspense over who will contest from Varanasi - its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi or party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi. Sources say the party will give the seat to Modi...
  • BJP seat row: Decision on candidates by CEC, says Rajnath Singh March 10, 2014

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Rajnath Singh said, "I cannot comment on what is being reported. Decision on candidates will be taken by the CEC. Even the decision on my seat will be taken by the CEC." ...
  • Election Commission yet to decide on Lok Sabha polls: CEC February 9, 2014

    Chennai: The Election Commission is yet to decide on finalising dates for conducting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said on Saunday. "Currently, consultations and other preparatory works are going on. We are yet to decide on finalising the dates", he said. Sampath is on a visit...
  • False affidavits: CEC asks Law Ministry to take preventive measures January 4, 2014

    Expressing concern over the practice of candidates furnishing incorrect details in affidavits before polls, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Saturday said that he has written to Law ministry for more preventive provisions. "As part of electoral reforms, we have already recommended to the law ministry an imprisonment of up to...
  • DMK writes to CEC asking for delisting of AIADMK party symbol November 11, 2013

    Chennai: DMK party MP TR Baalu on Monday shot off a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner asking him to delist the AIADMK's party symbol of 'two leaves'. The DMK has been making representations against what it calls misuse of the party symbol ever since Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated...
  • Mizoram: Congress delegation urges CEC to reschedule assembly poll dates October 21, 2013

    Aizawl: A Congress delegation from Mizoram on Monday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath in New Delhi on the demands of churches, civil societies and political parties in the state for a change in the dates of polling and counting of votes in the upcoming Assembly polls. Lok Sabha MP...
  • Manmohan Singh to lay foundation for airport, Jaipur Metro Rail phase I-B September 20, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay foundation stones for an airport in Kishangarh and Jaipur Metro Rail phase-1B in Jaipur on Saturday, official sources said. The airport will come up at Kishangarh, about 100 km from Jaipur and 35 km near Ajmer. It will cater to demands of pilgrims who visit Ajmer...
  • No mining in Goa till environmental clearance obtained: SC December 7, 2012

    New Delhi: A Supreme Court panel has ruled that no mining activity will be allowed in Goa until all environmental clearances are obtained by the state government. The order comes following an inquiry report by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) into the illegal ironore mining in the state. The Supreme Court...
  • Sangma to meet CEC against Pranab's candidature July 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Oppositionbacked Presidential candidate PA Sangma will meet the Chief Election Commissioner on July 7 to complain against the Returning Officer's order rejecting his demand for disqualifying Pranab Mukherjee's candidature on the ground that he held an Office of Profit. BJP leader SS Ahluwalia, who...
  • VS Sampath takes over as the new CEC June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath has taken over as the new Chief Election Commissioner, succeeding SY Quraishi. Sampath was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner last week, and will preside over the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. VS Sampath is the 18th CEC of India. A lowprofile bureaucrat, who has had...
  • Sampath to take over as the new CEC today June 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath on Monday will take over as the 18th Chief Election Commissioner of India at the EC headquarters in the Capital. A 1973 batch IAS officer, 62yearold Sampath will take over from SY Quraishi whose term came to an end on Sunday. ...
  • Sampath to take over as the new CEC on Monday June 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath will take over on Monday as the 18th Chief Election Commissioner of India at the Election Commission headquarters in the Capital. A 1973 batch IAS officer, 62yearold Sampath will take over from SY Quraishi whose term came to an end on Sunday. Sampath, who was appointed...
  • Right to Recall not possible: CEC SY Qureshi June 10, 2012

    On his last day in office as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Qureshi rejected senior BJP leader LK Advani's demand for a collegium to choose the Election Commissioner and also Team Anna's demand for a Right to Recall MPs. Qureshi said that his greatest regret was he was unable to...
  • Karuna backs Advani on CEC, CAG selection process June 5, 2012

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday supported BJP leader LK Advani's views on constituting a broadbased collegium to select the chief election commissioner (CEC) and the comptroller and auditor general (CAG). The Congressled United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre earlier rejected the suggestion. "I also agree with the contents...
  • Change selection process of CEC, CAG: Advani June 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Noting that the present selection process is vulnerable to "manipulation and partisanship," BJP leader LK Advani has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to introduce a broadbased collegium system to appoint Election Commissioners and Comptroller and Auditor General. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the BJP...
  • Opinion, exit polls have no scientific basis: CEC April 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Friday said there is no scientific basis for exit and opinion polls and sought a ban on both saying these could be sponsored. Speaking at a panel discussion on "Is India's media becoming increasing unethical", he said the poll body wanted a...
  • Mining scam: Petition against BSY withdrawn April 23, 2012

    New Delhi: A special leave petition filed against former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in the mining scam was withdrawn on Monday after the complainant reportedly told the Supreme Court that the matter before the Chief Justice Bench and the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) "should be pursued without any hindrance"....
  • Quraishi rules out online voting in near future April 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Tuesday said he doesn't see online voting becoming a reality in near future while state funding of elections in the country will first require certain key reforms in the electoral process. "Voting online, technologically is child's play for us. We are an IT...
  • Bar criminals from contesting elections: Quraishi March 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Stressing that it is important to get rid of criminals in the electoral process, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Tuesday said the law must bar such a candidate from contesting. "People ask me, why can't you debar a candidate from contesting. We cannot do that. The law must debar...
  • EC makes strong pitch for financial autonomy March 15, 2012

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday made a strong pitch for financial autonomy on the lines granted to constitutional bodies like the Supreme Court and the CAG, saying the dependence on the government could lead to conflict of interest. "We want the budget of the Election Commission to be charged...
  • CEC for ban on criminals, black money in polls March 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Barring criminals from contesting and checking use of black money in elections top his reform agenda, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said on Friday. "Barring criminals from contesting and checking use of black money in elections are top reform proposals," said Quraishi while delivering a lecture here on poll...
  • Nonneutral umpires for Pakistan tours? March 7, 2012

    Dubai: A rule requiring neutral umpires at international matches could be suspended to facilitate a proposed tour of Pakistan by Bangladesh, an International Cricket Council (ICC) committee said on Wednesday. Pakistan has not hosted international cricket since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March 2009 and the team...
  • 'Woolf report needs study by member Boards' March 7, 2012

    Dubai: The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) on Wednesday decided that the Woolf report, which proposed changes in the governance structure of the world body but rejected by the BCCI, would require detailed study by Member Boards first before any discussion on it. The CEC, in its twoday meeting here, received...
  • Quraishi wants severe fines for model code violation March 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said on Sunday that the Representation of the People Act should be finetuned to make penalties for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) more stringent but disfavoured giving statutory backing to the code. Speaking to reporters, Quraishi said the poll panel had the...
  • K'taka illegal mining: CEC to submit report February 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Empowered Committee is all set to file its report in the Karnataka illegal mining scam on Friday. Sources say that the Supreme Court appointed Committee has reportedly recommended that 45 lessees be allowed to resume their mining operations. The Congress had on Wednesday reiterated its demand for...
  • Quraishi says Right to Reject can be considered January 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Asking government to take up electoral reforms in the coming session of Parliament, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Sunday said the time has come to consider the Right to Reject proposal. The CEC rejected the suggestion for state funding of elections, saying "this will...
  • EC working at Congress' directive: SAD January 26, 2012

    Chandigarh: Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday accused the Election Commission of acting on "direct commands" of Congress to "vilify" SAD and its leaders through a raid conducted at the house of an Akali Dal candidate, a confidante of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in Muktsar district. A SAD press...
  • EC defends decison to cover Mayawati's statues January 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Monday brushed aside criticism of the directive to cover statues of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati and the party symbol of elephant in pollbound Uttar Pradesh and said the decision was in accordance with the model code of conduct. In an exclusive interview,...