Over 60% voting in Haryana municipal corporation polls


first_imgAround 62% voters exercised their franchise in the elections to Haryana’s five municipal corporations of Hisar, Rohtak, Panipat, Karnal and Yamunanagar on Sunday. The elections to two municipal committees were also held in the State. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 19.Yamunanagar recorded the highest 65.2% turnout followed by Hisar (62.7), Rohtak (62.4), Panipat (62) and Karnal (61.8) as per the State Election Commission website. The municipal committees of Jakhal Mandi (Fatehabad) and Pundri (Kaithal) recorded 89.5% and 82.1% turnout respectively.The keenly fought corporation polls for direct election to the positions of Mayors for the first time in Haryana hold great significance for the regional and State politics and could be the reflection of the electorate’s mood in the State in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections due next year.Though the Congress has officially stayed out of the contest for the municipal bodies as a policy matter, the Independent Mayoral candidates supported by the local Congress leaders are locked in an intense direct electoral battle with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in all the five corporations. Fought on the home turfs of incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the contests for the positions of Mayors in Karnal and Rohtak respectively have turned into prestige battle for the two parties. In Rohtak, BJP’s Manmohan Goyal, a former Congressman, is involved in a direct contest with Congress-supported Sita Ram Sachdeva, a Punjabi. However, former AIDWA general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties, the Aam Aadmi Party and several social organisations, could emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post. The INLD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance candidate Sanchit Nandal is the State’s youngest candidate for the position of Mayor from Rohtak.In Karnal, BJP candidate Renu Bala Gupta, a Baniya, is pitted against united Opposition with Congress leaders supporting the INLD-BSP’s alliance candidate Asha Wadhwa, a Punjabi, in a contest where caste seems to have taken precedence over the local issues.In Hisar, Rekha Aren, supported by former Congress Minister Savitri Jindal and Kuldeep Bishnoi, is engaged in a direct contest with BJP’s Gautam Sardana. Similarly, BJP’s Madan Chauhan is giving a tough fight to the Congressbacked Rakesh Sharma in a triangular fight involving INLD’s Sandeep Goyal in Yamunanagar.last_img read more

South African Test skipper Hashim Amla resembles England off-spinner Moeen Ali


first_imgHashim Amla(left) and Moeen AliThe current Investec Test match series between India and England features a bearded cricketer of Pakistani descent. His name is Moeen Ali and he plays for England.Ali, who sports a long black beard along with a shaved head, resembles South African Test captain Hashim Amla closely. Ali, 23, recently scored a fighting hundred (108 not out) against the victorious Sri Lankan side and managed to cement his place in the English cricket team as a lower order batsman and off-spinner.The similarity, though, ends with the looks. Here are other vital statistics of the two Test cricketers.last_img read more

Satellite TV provider Orion Express has overtaken


first_imgSatellite TV provider Orion Express has overtaken fixed-line player ER-Telecom as the number four supplier of pay TV services in Russia, according to local analyst group Telecom Daily.According to Telecom Daily, Orion Express drew past ER-Telecom’s 2.65 million pay TV subscribers in the first quarter.Tricolor TV remains the number one operator, with just under 11 million subscribers. Rostelecom was the fastest growing pay TV provider in the quarter, adding 110,000 subscribers compared with 95,000 for Tricolor TV and 75,000 for Orion Express. MTS and ER-Telecom grew their pay TV bases by about 30,000 subscribers each, according to Telecom Daily’s analysis.last_img read more