MADURAI FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 18 LATE 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 TN has decided, now wait till May 23 Polling was largely peaceful though there were complaints of few incidents of violence and technical glitches in EVMs FOR DELHI 70.9% TURNOUT IN LS POLLS IN TN; HIGHEST IN NAMAKKAL, LOWEST IN CHENNAI (S) FOR CHENNAI 71.6% TURNOUT FOR BYPOLLS; HIGHEST IN HARUR AND LOWEST IN SATTUR BOOTH SLIPS NOT DISTRIBUTED Voters in many parts of Chennai faced hardship as election personnel failed to ensure distribution of booth slips to voters. Arguments broke out in several places with officials as voters were asked to go collect their booth slips before voting E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Chennai ELECTIONS to 38 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and bye-elections to 18 Assembly segments were largely peaceful, barring stray instances of violence and technical glitches. The polling percentage recorded for Lok Sabha elections is 70.9, lower than the 73.74 per cent recorded in 2014. The polling percentage in bypolls stood at 71.62. The figures are likely to be revised and updated on Friday . Among the constituencies, Namakkal recorded the highest voter turnout of 79.75 per cent and Chennai South recorded the lowest turnout at 57.43 per cent. Kallakurichi, Karur and Chidambaram also recorded strong voter turnout of over 76 per cent. No major law and order issues were reported anywhere in the State. In Arakkonam, a CAPF jawan fired one round in the air to disperse a mob that allegedly tried to enter a polling station in Kilvisharam. “Vellore SP was rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control,” said DGP (elections) Ashutosh Shukla. TURNOUT 68% 95 constituencies went to the polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 15% turnout in J&K’s Srinagar, the lowest, while the state’s Udhampur constituency saw 70% polling Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami waiting to cast his ballot, in Salem | EXPRESS Stray incidents of violence were reported in five places, including Gudiyatham and Ariyalur. In Kanyakumari, four BJP workers were injured in clashes with alleged workers of the Congress and DMK. The Congress had filed a complaint alleging that names of 1 lakh voters have been deleted from 2019 the electoral list in Kanyakumari. Addressing the media after the elections, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabatra Sahoo said the complaint would be investigated. “A report would be sought from the DEO. However, the complaint does not mention in which booths the names were removed.” LOK SABHA ELECTION Though there were stray cases of technical glitches in the vo t i n g m a c h i n e s, S a h o o claimed the overall numbers were less. “Totally, 375 ballot units, 228 control units and 766 VVPAT were replaced. Only 0.33 per cent total EVMs used were reported faulty. This means the EMV performance has been very good,” he claimed. Two elderly men died after casting their votes in Sivagiri (Erode) and Vedappatti (Salem). In Coimbatore, a 65-year-old man, who collapsed after emerging from a polling station, was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, and an 85-year woman died while standing in FULL COVERAGE: P2-5 queue. Some incidents of violence, road blockades, bombings and police firing marred polling in the three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that recorded 76% turnout. Police fired in the air and burst tear gas shells to control a mob that threw stones at them in Raiganj constituency. Bombs were hurled in Chopra where the CPM candidate said his car was ransacked Karnataka saw 68% turnout in 14 seats, with just 50% participation in Bengaluru. Turnout was 64% in Odisha’s five LS & 35 Assembly seats 57.2% polling in Maharashtra’s 10 seats. The three seats in Chhattisgarh saw an impressive 71% turnout amid tight security against Maoists The five seats in Bihar saw 62.5% turnout, while Uttar Pradesh recorded 62% voting in eight constituencies In Assam, turnout was 73.32% for five seats, while Manipur’s lone seat saw a 80% turnout amid isolated violence 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 refunds 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 P11 doubt an early resolution.
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