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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Ground Report: Saffron Flags in North Bengal, But…

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Ground Report: Saffron Flags in North Bengal, But...

I wasn’t really shocked but it was eyebrow-raising, nevertheless, when Amit Oraon took the bag from the coolie and dumped it inside the car at New Jalpaiguri railway station. There was a fairly large “Angry Hanuman” poster, the one that created so many controversies on social media some years back.

As mentioned in the previous piece in this series, the fierce pride Priti Bramha had displayed in her Bodo identity in Bongaigaon, Assam was a revelation. While Priti was least interested in politics, Amit seemed to be all about it. After a few minutes of conversation, Amit asked me if I would mind if he puts up a saffron flag. When I responded by saying it was his car and I couldn’t care what flag he used, out came a saffron flag seen in various places in India since the consecration of the Lord Ram idol at Ayodhya on January 22.

In fact, across Siliguri, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurdar and Cooch Behar, saffron flags could be seen fluttering everywhere. My sense sitting in Delhi was that the Ram Temple “hype” was a North Indian phenomenon. But North Bengal surprised me.

Amit doesn’t mince words when he criticises the Mamata Bannerjee-led government in West Bengal. According to him, hardly any infrastructure or development work has been done by the charismatic and popular Mamata Didi. His complaint: Trinamool Congress people are so busy making voter ID and Aadhar cards for illegal migrants that they have no time for development. There was no way for the author to verify how exaggerated this claim was though TMC-leaning folks in Siliguri vehemently point out how the roads in West Bengal have improved.

No doubt, compared to about five years ago when the author was there, the roads are indeed vastly better. There is also a sense of “cease fire” in north Bengal between TMC and BJP cadre compared to the mayhem one reads about in south Bengal. When the author asked Amit if he was not scared of talking openly against Mamata Didi, his response was interesting. “You see, this is not like Kolkatta or 24 North Parganas. When it comes to street and muscle power, we are evenly matched. So TMC guys know they will “get it back” if they attack us”, he says. Amit is an Adivasi and has become an ardent supporter of “Hindu Revivalism”. He is not bothered if he is called Islamophobic. The author was fairly certain he would find a completely different set of expletives when he visits south Bengal.

North Bengal has somehow become a BJP “stronghold” gradually since the Gorkhaland agitation of the 1980s. For instance, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Raju Bista of BJP won Darjeeling with a 59% vote share. Similarly, Jayaonto Roy won Jalpaiguri with a 51% vote share and Nisith Pramanik (Union state Home minister) won Cooch Behar with a 48% vote share. In Alipurdar, John Barla won with a 54% vote share. The BJP won even Raiganj, albeit with a lower vote share of 40%. Even some BJP supporters seem to think that the party could lose Raiganj and Cooch Behar this time. According to them, demographic changes in the two constituencies make the BJP candidates vulnerable. Since the 2021 Census has not even started, all one can rely on is speculation, rumours and anecdotal evidence. However, there is tremendous resentment against Rohingya Muslims.

The “locals” have learnt to live with immigrants from Bangladesh. After all, they are culturally “Indian” and most have integrated. In any case, they have been coming for the last six decades or so. But folks in North Bengal are not willing to accept Rohingya Muslims. They are described as completely “un-Indian” and alien and also dangerous. In the 2024 elections, this will be an issue. Just as CAA and NRC will be in not just north, but the whole of Bengal. The author could sense a tinderbox and it is worrisome.

On the way to Bagdogra airport to board a flight to Delhi on February 7, the author stopped at a shop to buy some cigarettes. A lady with a splash of sindoor was doing the transactions. Since the author understands Bangla and manages to speak a bit, he asked the lady why there was no saffron flag in her shop when almost all others had one. She smiled and asked the author where he came from. When she heard Delhi, she smiled again and said in Bangla: “ You big city English-speaking people won’t understand. I don’t need a saffron flag in my shop. I have saffron in my heart”. The author couldn’t think of a coherent response to that.

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Source: HT

CBSE Issues Clarification on Open Book Exam

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CBSE Issues Clarification on Open Book Exam

Amid the controversy surrounding the Open Book Examination (OBE) for students in grades 9-12, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced plans to conduct a comprehensive study within its affiliated schools to assess the viability of implementing the OBE within the Indian educational framework.

The decision is consistent with the guidelines of the National Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education (NCF-SE). Initially, the Board intends to experiment with the OBE technique and then assess its practicality in the Indian setting.

Contrary to media reports, the CBSE has refuted claims about immediate plans to introduce the OBE in selected schools as part of a pilot run for specific subjects and grade levels. Instead, the Board is currently focused on initiating a study to ascertain the feasibility of the initiative.

In an interview with Education Times, Joseph Emmanuel, the Director of Academics at CBSE, clarified the Board’s stance on the OBE, stating, “Some media reports have created confusion; the CBSE has decided to undertake a study to understand the feasibility for bringing assessment reforms like the OBE based on recommendations in the NEP-2020 and NCF-SE 2023. The study would be conducted in select CBSE schools as it is important to first experiment, and then examine the viability of the OBE.”

Mr Emmanuel further elaborated, “The CBSE has earlier introduced case-based questions in the board exam paper; students can answer the case-based questions only if they have a conceptual understanding.”

The Director of Academics at CBSE emphasised the need for CBSE to assess whether embracing the OBE assessment would genuinely benefit students.

“A country as vast as India, with learners from diverse backgrounds, requires extensive preparation and support before implementing OBE assessments,” Mr Emmanuel said.

“CBSE must determine whether adopting the OBE assessment will truly benefit students. Therefore, conducting a study on OBE is imperative,” he adds.

The OBE was initially introduced by the CBSE in 2013-14 but was subsequently discontinued due to negative feedback from stakeholders, including students and parents.

The recent reconsideration of OBE aligns with the directives of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasizes the exploration of various examination methodologies for the betterment of students’ learning experiences.

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Source: NDTV

SC Issues Notice to ED on Sanjay Singh’s Bail Plea; Hearing on March 5

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SC Issues Notice to ED on Sanjay Singh's Bail Plea; Hearing on March 5

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member of Parliament Sanjay Singh’s bail application in the money laundering case involving the now-defunct 2021-22 Delhi excise policy.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta posted the matter for hearing on March 5 along with Singh’s pending petition challenging his arrest in October last year.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Singh, informed the court about the pending matter which was last taken up on February 5 and posted for hearing on March 5. Singhvi said the government and the ED were yet to file their responses in the pending matter.

Singh has challenged the February 7 Delhi high court order rejecting his bail plea based on the statement of accused-turned-approver Dinesh Arora, who claimed to have delivered ₹2 crore to an associate of the AAP leader. Singh has questioned the veracity of Arora’s claim saying that he gave six different statements. The ED arrested Singh on October 4 based on Arora’s statement

The high court examined the statements of other accused and witnesses linking Singh to the case alleging that he was instrumental in making changes to the excise policy to benefit businessmen engaged in the liquor trade.

The Supreme Court denied former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who was also arrested in the same case, bail in October last year. It also dismissed a review plea in December. A curative petition of Sisodia was pending in the Supreme Court.

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IIT Madras, THSTI Researchers Develop First India-Specific AI Model for…

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IIT Madras, THSTI Researchers Develop First India-Specific AI Model for…

As part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Group for Advanced Research on Birth Outcomes – DBT India Initiative’ (GARBH-Ini) program, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, developed the first India-specific Artificial Intelligence (AI) model to precisely determine the age of a foetus in a pregnant woman in the second and third trimesters.

Accurate ‘Gestational Age’ (GA) is necessary for the appropriate care of pregnant women and for determining precise delivery dates. Called ‘Garbhini-GA2’, this is the first late-trimester GA estimation model to be developed and validated using Indian population data.

The most important benefits of this GA model include:

  • Currently, the age of a foetus (‘Gestational Age’ or GA) is determined using a formula developed for Western population
  • They are likely to be erroneous when applied in the later part of pregnancy due to variations in the growth of the foetus in the Indian population
  • The newly developed ‘Garbhini-GA2’ accurately estimates the age of a foetus for the Indian population, reducing error by almost three times
  • This GA model can improve the care delivered by obstetricians and neonatologists, thus reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in India

Welcoming this research, Dr Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, said, “GARBH-Ini is a flagship programme of DBT, and the development of these population-specific models for estimating gestational age is a commendable outcome. These models are being validated across the country.”

This research was undertaken by Dr Himanshu Sinha, Associate Professor, Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Dr Shinjini Bhatnagar, the Principal Investigator of GARBH-Ini programme and a distinguished professor at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), (See below for complete list of authors) and other researchers.

The findings were published in the prestigious international peer-reviewed journal Lancet Regional Health Southeast Asia (DOI: 10.1016/j.lansea.2024.100362)

ABOUT BRIC-THSTI

The BRIC-THSTI is an institute under the Biotechnology Research and Innovation Council (BRIC), Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The institute acts as a catalyst to translate fundamental discoveries by building rigorous clinical research capacity and enabling faster transition of discoveries from bench to bedside.

Highlighting the importance of this study, Dr Himanshu Sinha, who is also a Coordinator at the Center for Integrative Biology and Systems Medicine, IIT Madras, and who led the data science work for this research, said, “IIT Madras has been contributing towards solving healthcare problems at the grassroots and local level with the aim of enhancing public health in India. To this end, working with our clinical partner, THSTI, we are utilising advanced data science and AI/ML techniques to build tools to predict unfavourable birth outcomes. The first step towards this is to develop accurate GA models that perform significantly better than currently used models designed using Western populations.”

Elaborating further, Dr Shinjini Bhatnagar, Principal Investigator of the GARBH-Ini programme and a Distinguished Professor, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), said, “Improving the GA accuracy is a critical component of the broader goals of the GARBH-Ini study, which aims to reduce the adverse pregnancy outcomes. The mere application of sophisticated data science tools is not sufficient. The crux of ensuring that these technological advancements yield tangible benefits in the clinical realm lies in the end-to-end partnership between clinicians and data scientists. Such collaboration ensures that the development of solutions is not only technically sound but also clinically relevant and seamlessly integrated into healthcare workflows. This study is an exemplar of this approach.”

Ultrasound dating in early pregnancy is the standard of care for determining GA. However, dating based on formulae developed with Western data, particularly in the second and third trimesters, tends to be less accurate in the Indian population due to the variations in foetal growth.

The researchers used genetic algorithm-based methods to develop Garbhini-GA2, which, when applied in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, was more accurate than the current Hadlock and recent INTERGROWTH-21st models. The Garbhini-GA2 model, compared to Hadlock, reduces the GA estimation median error by more than three times.

Garbhini-GA2 used three routinely measured foetal ultrasound parameters, was developed using GARBH-Ini cohort data documented at Gurugram Civil Hospital, Haryana, and was validated in an independent cohort in South India. Application of Indian population-specific GA formulae with better accuracy can potentially improve pregnancy care, leading to better outcomes. This accurate dating will also enhance the precision of epidemiological estimates for pregnancy outcomes in the country.

Once validated in prospective pan-India cohorts, this Garbhini-GA2 can be deployed in clinics across India, improving the care delivered by obstetricians and neonatologists, thus reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in India.

This study was conducted in partnership with Gurugram Civil Hospital, Gurugram, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, Christian Medical College Vellore, and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry.

The GARBH-Ini programme is a flagship programme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India. The GA model-building research was funded by the Grand Challenges India programme of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, DBT, Government of India.

Additional funding came from the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI), IIT Madras and the Centre for Integrative Biology and Systems Medicine (IBSE), IIT Madras.

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Source: India Today

NITI Aayog: India’s Poverty Level Drops to 5% of Population

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NITI Aayog: India's Poverty Level Drops to 5% of Population

NITI Aayog CEO BVR Subrahmanyam has said India’s poverty level has fallen to just five per cent, signalling an improvement in the nation’s economic landscape.

He cited the latest consumer expenditure survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), indicating a significant rise in household consumption expenditure.

It may be noted that the report has been released after more than a decade’s gap. It revealed that per capita monthly household expenditure more than doubled in 2022-23 as compared to 2011-12.

Subrahmanyam highlighted the importance of the survey in assessing poverty levels and the effectiveness of poverty alleviation measures.

He expressed confidence in the survey findings and said: “The data indicates that poverty in India is now below five per cent.”

The survey categorised people into 20 different groups, revealing that the average per capita monthly expenditure in rural areas is Rs 3,773, while in urban areas, it stands at Rs 6,459.

Subrahmanyam pointed out that poverty primarily persists in the 0-5 per cent income bracket.

“If we take the poverty line and inflate it with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to today’s rate, we see that the average consumption of the lowest fractional, the 0-5 per cent, is about the same. This means poverty in the country is there in the 0-5 per cent group only,” the NITI Aayog CEO said.

Highlighting the positive trends, Subrahmanyam noted that consumption has surged by 2.5 times in both rural and urban areas, indicating progress across the board. Moreover, he underscored the narrowing gap between rural and urban consumption, suggesting a positive trajectory towards economic parity.

One significant finding from the survey is the decline in the consumption of cereals and food items, indicating a shift towards a more prosperous lifestyle.

People are now allocating more income towards non-food items, such as milk, fruits, vegetables, and processed foods, reflecting increased prosperity and evolving consumption patterns.

Subrahmanyam also highlighted the potential implications of the NSSO survey on inflation and GDP, suggesting a need for rebalancing the consumer price index to accurately reflect current consumption patterns.

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PM Modi Inaugurates Five AIIMS and 202 Healthcare Projects

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PM Modi Inaugurates Five AIIMS and 202 Healthcare Projects
PM Modi Inaugurates Five AIIMS and 202 Healthcare Projects

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has dedicated five All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rajkot, Bathinda, Raebareli, Kalyani, and Mangalagiri, India, as part of a landmark development to strengthen India’s tertiary healthcare infrastructure and services. The Prime Minister also inaugurated, laid foundation stone for, and dedicated to the nation 202 Health Care Infrastructure Projects worth more than Rs. 11,700 crores across 23 States and Union Territories.

The Prime Minister highlighted the evolution of healthcare infrastructure in Viksit Bharat, noting that from around 380 medical colleges in 2014, there are now over 700 medical colleges, with PG and MBBS seats more than doubled, and Jan AushadhiKendras expanding to more than 10,000 units across the country.

He also mentioned that the multiple foundation stone laying and inauguration projects taking place across the country, including these 5 AIIMS, showcases a new tradition of getting work done at a faster pace.

Over the last 10 years, the Prime Minister has achieved major milestones, such as the expansion of PG and MBBS seats from 2014 to more than 10,000 units across the country. He also laid foundation stone for AIIMS Rajkot three years ago, which is fulfilled today.

In addition to the 5 AIIMS, the 202 Healthcare Infrastructure projects that were virtually inaugurated and foundation stone laid include the dedication of the Medical College of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), a 300-bedded Satellite Centre of Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Educational Research (PGIMER), a 90-bedded Multi Specialty Consulting Unit of JIPMER, a National Centre for Ageing in Chennai, a new Government Medical College in Purnea, Bihar, 2 field units of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Institute of Virology (NIV) Kerala Unit, at Alappuzha, Kerala, and National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT): New Composite TB Research Facility, Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, among others.

Under the National Health Mission (NHM) and Prime Minister-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), the Prime Minister inaugurated, dedicated to the nation, and laid foundation stone for 115 projects, including 57 Critical Care Blocks (CCBs), 8 Integrated Public Health Laboratories (IPHLs), and 4 Block Public Health Units (BPHUs).

The 5 AIIMS at Rajkot, Bathinda, Raebareli, Kalyani and Mangalagiri have been constructed at a total cost of Rs. 6315.23 crore.

AIIMS Mangalagiri is a 960-bed hospital complex built at a cost of 1618.23 crores. It is spread over an area of 183.11 acres. It has a medical college with 125 seats.

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AIIMS Raebareli is a 610-bed hospital complex with 30 Emergency & Trauma and ICU & Super Specialty beds. It has a Medical College with 100 seats and 12 Operation Theatres including 2 Emergency & 2 Obstetrics OTs. Its total project cost is Rs. 823 crores.

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AIIMS Rajkot is built at a cost of Rs. 1195 crores. It is a 750-bed hospital complex with a 50-seat medical college and encompasses an area of 201 acres.

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AIIMS Bathinda is a 750-bed medical institute built on 177 acres of land. It has 10 Specialty departments, 11 Super-Specialty departments and 6 Operation Theatres and 30 Emergency & Trauma and ICU & Super Specialty beds. AIIMS Bathinda has a Medical College with 100 seats and a Nursing College with 60 seats. Its total project cost is Rs. 925 crores.

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AIIMS Kalyani is a 960-bed hospital built on 179.82 acres of land. It has a Medical College with 125 seats, a Nursing College with 60 seats and an AYUSH block with 30 beds. Its total project cost is Rs. 1754 crores.

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Education Ministry Advocates Six-Plus Age Admission to Grade 1 for 2024-25 Session

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Education Ministry Advocates Six-Plus Age Admission to Grade 1 for 2024-25 Session

The Education Ministry has urged all states and Union territories to ensure that the age of admission to Grade 1 is six plus years from the 2024-25 session onwards.

The project is consistent with the principles of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

“The session 2024-25 is soon to begin when new admissions will take place. It is expected that the age in your State/UT has now been aligned to 6+ for admission to Grade I, accordingly,” a letter from Archana Sharma Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy reads.

The Education Ministry has urged all states and Union territories to ensure that the age of admission to Grade 1 is six plus years from the 2024-25 session onwards.
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The project is consistent with the principles of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

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Academic Nitasha Kaul Claims Invitation by Karnataka Govt, but…

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Academic Nitasha Kaul Claims Invitation by Karnataka Govt, but…

Academic Nitasha Kaul on Sunday took to X claiming that she was denied entry to India based on ‘orders from Delhi’, though she had all the necessary documents and was invited by the Karnataka government to speak at a conference. The Indian-origin UK professor said she was denied entry because of her earlier criticism of the RSS. Her post on X went viral with many right-wing accounts asserting that if she has been stopped from entering India, it was the right thing to do as she spread misinformation.

“I was given no reason by immigration except ‘we cannot do anything, orders from Delhi’. My travel & logistics had been arranged by Karnataka & I had the official letter with me. I received no notice or info in advance from Delhi that I would not be allowed to enter,” Prof Kaul wrote.

“I spent 12 hours in a flight from London to Bangalore, several hours at immigration where they shuttled me here & there, provided no info on process, then 24 hours in a holding cell (no BA flight back until next day) under direct cctv w restricted movement, a narrow area to lie down and no easy access to food and water, made dozens of calls to airport for basic things as a pillow and blanket, which they refused to provide, then 12 hours on the flight back to London,” Kaul added.

The UK-based professor wrote she is not anti-India but anti-authoritarian and pro-democracy. “Decades of my work speaks for me. The officials informally made references to my criticism of RSS, a far-right Hindu nationalist paramilitary from years ago. I have travelled to India numerous times since. I was invited by a state govt, but refused entry by the central govt,” Kaul wrote in a long Twitter thread.

While many prominent academic figures condemned the harassment that Kaul faced, a Karnataka VHP leader Girish Bharadwaj said the shame is on the Siddaramaiah government for inviting “such anti-nationals”. “Why should such parasites lecture us on Constitutional Values? @NitashaKaul you peddle bullshit against a country and expect us to give you a warm welcome?

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ICAI May Consider Postponing CA May-June Exams 2024: Details Inside

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ICAI May Mull Postponing CA May-June Exams 2024: Details Inside

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) may postpone the CA Foundation, Final, and Intermediate examinations for the May session if the dates coincide with the general elections in 2024.

The registration window for the CA May test 2024 concluded on February 23, 2024.

While the General Election for the 18th Lok Sabha will take place this year, the notification is still pending.

“The Examination Committee may reschedule the May 2024 CA Examination, if the dates of the General Election coincide with the present examination schedule,” according to the notice sent by the ICAI.

According to the ICAI timetable, candidates who are yet to submit their applications for the CA examinations 2024 will be eligible to register by paying a late fee of Rs 600, or $10. All the registered candidates from March 3 to 9 can make changes in their filled application forms. The CA Foundation, Intermediate, and Final test registration forms should be completed on the official website at eservices.icai.org.

ICAI has further provided the eligibility criteria for the empanelment, to act as observers. Applicants should not be over 65 years of age, should not be a coaching student or have a criminal record.

The ICAI also said an honorarium of Rs 3,000 per day or per session and Rs 350 as conveyance reimbursement for ‘A’ class cities and Rs 250 for other cities per day will be paid to cover cost of local travel. Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Pune are considered the ‘’A’ class cities.

The application window for candidates who are keen to register for being observers will be closed on March 5 at observers.icaiexam.icai.org.

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BJP Set to Unveil Names of 100 Candidates Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Ground Report: Saffron Flags in North Bengal, But...

The BJP is set to disclose the names of 100 candidates on Thursday, ahead of the Election Commission’s announcement of the Lok Sabha elections next month. The list is expected to feature both of the party’s heaviest hitters – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah – sources have told NDTV.

The BJP’s Central Election Committee is expected to convene on February 29, according to sources, and the initial list of candidates may be announced shortly thereafter. The first list will be critical since the ruling party has set a lofty goal of capturing 370 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats and is striving to get 400 for the NDA.

PM Modi is the MP from Varanasi, a constituency he has won twice. He was elected with a huge margin of 3.37 lakh votes in 2014 and had increased it to 4.8 lakh in 2019. Amit Shah had contested the 2019 election from Gandhinagar, a seat that had been held by BJP veteran LK Advani until then.

The BJP is, meanwhile, holding a string of meetings on Saturday to decide on the election strategy for five states, including Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of MPs to the Lok Sabha.

The meeting on Uttar Pradesh was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah and saw the participation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, and Minister Dharampal Singh, among others. In the 2019 election, the BJP had won 62 of the state’s 80 seats.

The Uttar Pradesh meeting will be followed by discussions on West Bengal, Telangana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Vishnu Deo Sai are in New Delhi for the meetings.

Sources said the discussions will be around the constituencies in the states that the BJP is perceived to be weak in, and the list of candidates for those seats is likely to be declared early.

Last week, the Prime Minister had urged BJP leaders and workers to work diligently towards fulfilling the party’s aim of winning 370 seats and had told them that the next 100 days will be crucial.

“In the next 100 days, we all have to reach out to every new voter, every beneficiary, every community. We have to win everyone’s trust. To take the NDA to 400, BJP will have to cross the mark of 370 (seats),” the PM had said at the party’s national convention.

Reiterating that he was not seeking a third term to enjoy the perks of power but because he wanted to continue working for the nation, he had said, “A senior leader once told me I had done enough as Prime Minister and chief minister and I should rest. But I am working for ‘rashtraniti’, not ‘rajneeti’.”

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Source: NDTV