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Polling for J&K’s Anantnag seat to be held in 3 phases

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Srinagar, March 10 (IANS) For the first time in India’s electoral history, polling for one Lok Sabha seat – Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency – will be held in three phases, the Election Commission announced on Sunday.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, who announced the Lok Sabha poll schedule, said the elections for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.

“We will have to carry out three phases of election for just one constituency – of Anantnag – so you can imagine how complicated it is,” he said.

The restive state will have five phases of voting for its six Lok Sabha seats.

In the first phase on April 11, voting will be held in Baramulla and Jammu constituencies, while Srinagar and Udhampur constituencies will go to vote in the second phase on April 18.

Voting in Anantnag will be held on April 23 and 29 and May 6, while Ladakh will also go to polls on May 6.

Counting for all the six Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 23, along with the rest of the country, and results would be announced the same day, election officials said.

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PM:Indian Media should Global, like Indian product and Indian Voice.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that at a time when India’s voice and local products are going global, the country’s media industry also needs to go global.

Inaugurating the Patrika Gate in Jaipur via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, “India’s local products are going global. India’s voice is also becoming more global. The world listens to India more intently. India has a strong presence on every international platform. In such a situation, the Indian media also needs to go global.”

Narendra Modi described the Patrika Gate as a reflection of the culture of Rajasthan. The iconic gate has been built by the Patrika Group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in Jaipur.

He also released two books written by Gulab Kothari, Chairman of Patrika Group of Newspapers, via video conference. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Governor Kalraj Mishra were present at the event.

Alluding to the literary work, Prime Minister Modi said, “Almost every big name during the freedom struggle was associated with writing. Our great saints and great scientists were also writers.”

He added, “In any society, the enlightened section of the society, the writers, are like a pioneer. They are the teachers of the society. Schooling gets over, but the learning process lasts the entire life, it goes on every day. Books and authors also play a major role in it.”

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