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EC seeks short film to educate Service men on e-ballot


on Delhi: The Election Commission is pushing for the use of electronic ballot, and has directed the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) to make a short film to educate Service voters on the procedures and methods. A letter sent to the Defence Ministry by the Election Commission (EC) said the NFDC will make a short 10-15 minutes’ film, in order to educate the Service men on how to use Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Paper System (ETPBS).

The EC has been holding meetings with various wings of Armed Forces on the facility of ETPBS. “Election Commission has directed for an educational film on the same for the benefit of Service voters. The film would be for use by the Armed Forces through their various channels to reach out to the last soldier, airman and sailor,” an official said. This comes ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

The five states will elect new governments in staggered polls from February 4 to March 8 in the biggest popularity test since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014. Pilot run for the electronic ballot for Service voters took place in November 2016 in the Nellithope Assembly by-elections. As per the EC, the Service voters receive a downloadable postal ballot through two-layer secure electronic medium, with a secured One Time Password (OTP) for downloading the encrypted files sent through mobile or e-mail and the system generated unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) for decrypting and printing each and every single postal ballot to the individual service voter or authorised person. The ballots by Service voters would be received by returning officer through post.


Shraddha Kapoor and Rohan Shreshtha possibly tying the knot.



Shraddha Kapoor’s rumoured beau Rohan Shrestha recently wished newlyweds Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal for their wedding. In response to the sweet wish, Varun may have dropped a hint about Rohan and Shraddha’s marriage being in the cards.

Varun Dhawan and his ladylove Natasha Dalal finally got hitched to spend their lifetime together on Sunday in Alibaug. The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony with the presence of 40 to 50 guests, which included close friends and family members only. The wedding took place at the Mansion House resort in Alibaug. Post-wedding, the Badlapur actor took to his social media handle to share first pictures of him along with his wife Natasha from their epic wedding celebrations. Soon enough, several celebrities started pouring in congratulatory wishes for the newlyweds.

Celebrity photographer Rohan Shreshtha, who has been linked with actress Shraddha Kapoor for a long time, had taken to his Instagram stories to wish Varun and Natasha for their marriage. Rohan wrote, “Congratulations VD and Nats. When you know you know! VD you’re a lucky guy.” Sharing the same story on Instagram, Varun dropped a possible major hint on Rohan and Shraddha’s wedding being on the cards. Varun wrote, ” I truly hope ur ready” This cryptic caption of Varun has left Shraddha’s fans curious to know when the actress is going to tie the knot with her rumoured beau.

However, earlier in an interview with The Times of India, Shraddha straight away denied about her rumoured relationship with Rohan and said, “Right now, I don’t have the time to think about anything apart from the movies that I am doing. And like you said, it’s only ‘buzz’.”

Talking about Shraddha’s marriage, Shakti Kapoor earlier told an entertainment portal, “She will marry a man of her own choice and we don’t have any objection with that.”

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