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0815 HRS.

19th May, 2019


  • Polling begins for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections.

  • Prominent candidates in the fray include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal ,Meira Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha  and Shibu Soren .

  • Counting of votes for Lok Sabha and four state assemblies to be taken up on Thursday. 

  • In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition  wins federal elections.

  • In Badminton ,P.V. Sindhu and SainaNehwal to spearhead the Indian challenge at Sudirman Cup tournament beginning in China from today.


Polling has begun for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections. Voting, which began at 7 AM, will end at 6 PM. Polling in this phase is taking place for 59 constituencies, spread over 7 states and one union territory. Voting is taking place for 13 seats each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, all four constituencies of Himachal Pradesh; three in Jharkhand and lone seat of Chandigarh.

In Uttar Pradesh, elaborate security arrangements have  been made for peaceful polling. Now we go live to our  correspondent Sushil Chandra Tiwari covering the poll.

Q.Sushil ,what is the at your polling station?

I am right now at a polling centre at Christian primary school which falls in cantt assembly of Varanasi constituency and it’s a model polling centre also. And as i can see people in large numbers have reached here to cast their votes Especially first time voters, the youth area very enthusiastic. may arrangements are also here for voters like tents, chairs, drinking water, and water coolers, even the booth is decorated beautifully with flowers and balloons.

Q. Sushil, how important is this phase in Uttar Pradesh?

All eyes are on this phase of polling especially on Varanasi where non other than senior BJP Leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting. Gorakhpur seat is also important which is considered bastion of CM Yogi Adityanath and bhojpurifim star Ravi kishanshukla is party candidate here. We should not forget that although poorvancahl region is one of the backward areas of state but these 13 seats have given 3 prime ministers to the nation, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chandrshekhar and Narendra Modi. Along with Union Ministers Manojsinha, Anupriyapatel, state presidents of BJP and BSP  Mahendranathpandey, and RS Kushwaha, will be decided in this phase.  So overall its a very important phase for up politics.

In West Bengal, voting for 9 Lok Sabha seats  began amidst tight security this morning. We go live to our Kolkata correspondent ArijitChakraborty .

Q. What are the arrangements at your polling station?

"Now I am standing near Bagbazar Multipurpose School under North Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency. Long ques are seen in front of the polling booth much before starting of voting. People who have lined up said that they have come early to cast their votes as day temperature is soaring up at unbearable level. Some voters are seen taking selfie in front of the poll premises. Unprecedented security arrangements are in place to ensure violence free voting in this phase of polls. In Kolkata itself 147 companies of Central forces and 461 quick response teams have been deployed. ARIJIT CHAKRABORTY/AIR NEWS, KOLKATA".

In Bihar  polling is underway in eight constituencies -Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Ara, Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat and Jahanabad.Polling time in  ten  Naxal affected  assembly segments of Patliputra, Sasaram and Karakat is from 7 am to 4 pm.  In other places polling  time will be up to 6pm. Over one crore 52 lakh voters will decide political fortune  of 157 candidates including 20 women.

"The prominent candidates include four  Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad,RamkripalYadav,Ashwani  Kumar Choubey and R.K.Singh.BesidesShatrughan Sinha of Congress ,former Speaker MeeraKunar,UpendraKushwaha of RLSP and Misa Bharati of RJD are also in the fray. Jawans of Central para military forces have been deployed at every booth to ensure free and fair polls. Border along UP and inter - district border have been sealed .Patrolling has been intensified to avert untoward incidents.There is water patrolling in riverine areas.One helicopter and an airambulace are ready at  Patna airport to meet  any eventuality.Over two thousand five  hundred micro -observers are overseeing the election process.Live webcast facility is  available at 273 booths. With K K Lal's reports from Bihar, Swati Rakheja for AIR News"

In Madhya Pradesh, polling is progressing peacefully for 8 Lok Sabha seats of Indore, Ujjain, Dhar, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Dewas, Khargone and Khandwa.

In Himachal Pradesh, polling is underway for four  Loksabha seats for which  45 candidates are in fray.

In Jharkhand, all arrangements have been made for smooth polling.

"Polling havebegin today at 7 in three Parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand- Dumka, Gudda and Rajmahal. More than 45 lacs voters in these three constituencies are eligible to cast their votes by 4:00 p.m. today. Although there are 42 candidates in the fray but the main contest is between the BJP and JMM, JVM, RJD, Congress coalition. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for free and fair elections and more than 37 thousands security personals are deployed. People were seen standing in queues since morning in many polling stations. Rajesh Sinha, AIR News Ranchi."

Prominent candidates in this phase include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and union ministers - Manoj Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri. Fate of MahendraNath Pandey, KirronKher, Sunny Deol and Ravi Kishan of BJP, SukhbirBadal of Shiromani Akali Dal, Meira Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha of Congress and Shibu Soren of JMM will also be decided in this phase.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to vote in record numbers in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections today. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, their vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. He also hoped that first time voters will vote enthusiastically.


Voting for Panaji assembly bypoll began in Goa at 7 am today. The bypoll was necessitated by the demise of former Goa chief minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar in March 2019.


Repolling at booth number 32 of the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency will also be held today. The Chief Electoral Office of Delhi had submitted a report to the Election Commission asking for by-election in the booth. The presiding officer had forgotten to the test votes that were cast during a mock poll before actual polling commenced at 7 AM on the 12th of May. The Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat had recorded over 62 per cent turnout.

Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha and four state assemblies of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will be taken up on Thursday. 


News Services Division of All India Radio has made elaborate arrangements for providing authentic and latest results of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in four states. First time AIR, the biggest radio network of the country, will continuously broadcast special programme on election results for 40 hours.


In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal National Coalition won the federal elections. Prime Minister Morrison has declared victory after his coalition defied opinion polls and secured a surprise win over the opposition Labor Party. Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced that he is resigning after accepting defeat. The final result of the elections is yet to be announced, however, with more than 70 percent of votes counted the Coalition is ahead in 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats. Polling held yesterday for all 151 seats in the House of Representatives. Australia has mandatory voting for people aged 18 and over.


Sri Lanka marks completion of ten years of victory against separatist war waged by LTTE today with beginning of a four-day ceremony. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said a series of ceremonies will be held under the theme ‘Dasawarshabhishekaya’ or ‘Decade of Peace’ to commemorate the soldiers who laid down their lives during the three decade long war. The main ‘National War Heroes Day’ event presided by President Maithripala Sirisena will be held today and will see the participation of the families of the fallen and missing from the tri-forces and the police. The Army Chief said island-wide ‘Peace Walks’ are planned in all major cities for 22nd May. It was on this day in 2009 that the LTTE war came to an end with killing of its leader V. Prabhakaran. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer prayers at the Himalayan shrine of Badrinath in Uttarakhand today. Mr Modi yesterday offered prayers at Kedarnath and later went inside a cave near the shrine to medidate. Prime Minister also took stock of development work in Kedarpuri. Uttarakhand chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh briefed the prime minister about the restoration work in the Kedarnath shrine. This is Mr Modi's fourth visit to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the last two years.The portals of Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines reopened for devotees earlier this month after the winter break.


National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has slashed the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87 per cent. The decision is in continuation of the efforts to bring down drugs prices.

"An office memorandum issued by the Drug pricing regulator in New Delhi said, the maximum retail price of 500 mg chemotherapy injection pemetrexed which is used to treat lung cancer, has come down from 22 thousand rupees to 2 thousand 800 rupees. The price of 150 mg Erlotinib tablets will cost now cost 2 thousand 400 rupees instead of 8 thousand 800 rupees. The new list of drugs is in continuation to the government’s efforts to curb profiteering on these vital drugs and to make cancer cure affordable for patients and their families. In February this year, the government had capped 42 cancer drugs at 30 per cent. At least 72 formulations and more than 390 brands reduced costs following the order. The  price cut is expected to benefit about 22 lakh cancer patients in India and will result in annual savings of around 800 crore rupees to the patients. The NPPA has approved a formula which restricts the trade margin of the selling price by up to 30 per cent. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and SainaNehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway in Nanning, China today. The Sudirman Cup is a mixed team Badminton Championship held every two years. Korea are the defending Champions of the tournament.



  • The polling frenzy coming to an end while everyone waits for the red letter day on 23rd, dominates the headlines across dailies today.

  • "Anti-BJP alliance talks gather pace as D-Day closes in," writes the Hindustan Times."

  • The split in the Election Commission is given wide coverage.  The Sunday Express writes, "On eve of last phase, EC split wide open."  The Asian Age headline reads, "CEC Arora denies rift, says 'members are not clones'."

  • The Prime Minister's visit to Kedarnath is also noticed with his pictures meditating in a cave.

  • In a big relief, cancer cure is made affordable as many anti-cancer drugs, including chemotherapy injections have been  made cheaper by up to 87 per cent.  The Sunday Times headline reads, "Almost 90 per cent cut in prices of several anti-cancer drugs."

  • As the world marked Hypertension Day on Friday, doctors have said four out of ten adults worldwide have high blood pressure and only 50 per cent are aware of it.  The Sunday Pioneer informs, "50 per cent hypertension patients unaware."


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