SAMBALPUR FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION INDIA FALLS DOWN 2 SPOTS IN WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX Shujaat Bukhari It was ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released on Thursday Kin of J&K journo Bukhari grieve after he was killed by terrorists in 2018 HAD OCCUPIED THE SAME SPOT IN 2013, 14 AFGHANISTAN, UAE AHEAD OF US At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018, the NGO noted, and alleged that coordinated hate campaigns are “waged on social networks against journalists who dare to write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers”. India occupied the same 140th spot in 2013 and 2014 as well ■ ■ Norway topped the ranking for the third year in a row, and was followed by Nordic neighbours Finland and Sweden Pakistan dropped three places to 142 and Bangladesh went down four spots to 150. But countries like Afghanistan (121), UAE (133) and Chad (122) were ranked ahead of India 179th RANK NORTH KOREA CLIMBED A SPOT TO 179; NEIGHBOUR CHINA WAS RANKED 177 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 64 PC VOTING IN ODISHA PHASE II EVM glitches delay voting in many polling stations, repolling recommended in six booths, no untoward incident reported POLLING FIGURES 5 35 72 % 68 % LS SEATS ASSEMBLY SEATS POLLIG IN 2014 VOTING IN FIRST PHASE Sense of ease in BJD as phase II sees low polling Low polling percentage in the second phase polls has created a sense of ease in BJD camp even as BJP and Congress are also confident of a better show. P4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ELSEWHERE @ Bhubaneswar ODISHA recorded 64 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in the second phase of General Elections held in five Lok Sabha (LS) and 35 Assembly constituencies on Thursday as glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) disrupted voting in many polling stations. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar has recommended to Election Commission of India (ECI) for repolling at six booths where discrepancies were reported. Voting in these LS and Assembly seats spread over 11 districts were carried out under tight security to counter Moist threat. Barring stray incidents of violence, the election was by and large peaceful. BJP candidate from Sorada Assembly seat Nilamani Bisoi was detained by police for allegedly damaging the EVM at booth No 181 in Renti village of the constituency while vot, ers of around 26 villages boycotted polling as their demands were not fulfilled. A 96-year-old Natabar Behera of Kansamari village in Sanakhemundi Assembly segment of The second phase of Lok Sabha elections in which 95 constituencies in 12 states and Union territories went to the polls witnessed 66% voter participation 40% TURNOUT in J&K, the lowest in the country—65% participation in Udhampur and just 15% in Srinagar VIOLENCE IN BENGAL Women showing their voter cards/identification cards at a polling booth in Ganjam district on Thursday | EXPRESS Ganjam district fell while waiting in the queue to cast his vote and died. Similarly two polling , parties were trapped en route near Banigochha in Nayagarh due to landslide along Brutanga riv2019 er in the evening. The polling in these five LS constituencies was 72.47 pc in 2014 polls. Kumar said the polling percentage is expected to improve as final figure from various booths was yet to LOK SABHA ELECTION reach the control room. The voter turnout in the second phase is comparatively lower than the first phase held on April 11 which saw 68 pc voters exercising their franchise in four Lok Sabha constituencies. Flaws in EVM delayed polling for nearly an hour at several booths in Loisinga, Kurei and Agalpur in Balangir parliamentary constituency six booths in , Bonai, some booths in Talasara and two booths in Phulbani AsP8 sembly constituencies. Some incidents of violence, road blockades, bombings and police firing marred polling in the three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that recorded 76.07% turnout. Bombs were hurled by unknown miscreants in Chopra where the CPM candidate said his car was ransacked MAHA, CHHATTISGARH Maharashtra recorded 62.3% polling in 10 seats, while Chattisgarh averaged 71% for three seats amid tight security against Maoists HIGH POLLING IN ASSAM In Assam, turnout was 73.32% for five seats. Voting was stalled in two booths of Inner Manipur constituency following violence over alleged proxy voting amid 74.3% turnout Anxiety over Jet refunds E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The Jet crisis has not only spoilt the travel plans of tens of thousands of flyers, it has also caused anxiety with money stuck in refunds, which may take weeks if not months to come by . “The suspension of operations of Jet Airways has caused a lot of grievance to their staffers, customers, creditors as well as ticketing agents like us,” a spokesperson for travel portal MakeMyTrip.com said, adding they would process the refund as and when they receive money from the airline. Though travel portals maintain the wait window for refunds may be up to 40 days, most industry executives doubt an early resolution.
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