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Border tension has no bearing on LS polls, will be held on time: EC

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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan will have no bearing on the upcoming general election in April-May.

Arora was responding to a query on whether there were any chances of the polls being postponed in the wake of the situation that has arisen following the February 14 Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir and the subsequent Indian Air Force strike on a non-military Pakistan location to destroy Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps.
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Talking to reporters at the Yojana Bhawan here in the Uttar Pradesh capital, the top-ranking poll panel official said: “Elections will be held on time.”

When asked about the possible notification of the Lok Sabha poll dates, Arora said the media and the country would come to know of it through the “usual press conference”, as is the norm.

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With easing sanctions Lockdown5.0 may be announce by PM Modi on Man Ki Baat.

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Prime Minister Modi is likely to speak on Lock down 5.0 after the current lock down ends on May 31. PM Modi will address the nation on May 31 in his monthly radio address Man Ki Baat.

  • PM Modi is likely to speak on Lock down 5.0 on May 31
  • Modi will be addressing the nation on his radio programme
  • Lock down 5.0 will mainly focus on 11 cities, ease restrictions in other parts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to speak on the next phase of lock down from June 1 that may come into force after Lock down 4.0 ends on May 31.

PM Modi will be addressing the nation on May 31 on his radio programme Mann Ki Baat. It is also the last day of Lock down 4.0 and sources say PM Modi may throw some light on Lock down 5.0.

Sources said PM Modi in his address will emphasis on the lockdown spirit and also announce measures on easing of restrictions in most parts of the country.

According to home ministry sources, Lockdown 5.0 will manly focus on 11 cities with 70 per cent of the total corona virus cases in India.

Lockdown 5.0 from June 1 is expected focus on the prominent cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Thane, Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Surat and Kolkata.

The most-affected cities that have contributed 60 per cent of the total 1.51 lakh corona virus cases in the country so far are Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Center had earlier prepared a list of 30 municipal corporation areas which is said to account for 80 per cent of the country’s total corona virus cases.

The Center may also consider allowing religious places to be reopen in Lockdown 5.0 but with certain conditions, which will mean no religious events can be conducted in this period, including fairs and festivals. There will be no mass congregations. Wearing mask and social distancing will also be made mandatory in the religious places.

Karnataka government has requested PM Modi for the reopening of all religious places from June 1 and written a letter to the PMO.

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