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At a time like this, when there is understandable political anxiety in the Valley about its future, it is time for the Centre to lift restrictions, open up communication links, allow Kashmiris to engage with each other inside and outside(AFP)

It is time to open up Kashmir

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 08:26 PM IST
The security imperative is important, but so are principles of liberty and humanity
The Election Commission of India’s advisory to the media says exit polls, surveys asking voters how they have voted just after casting their ballot, can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha election ends.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Election Commission of India’s advisory to the media says exit polls, surveys asking voters how they have voted just after casting their ballot, can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha election ends.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

7-day ban to blackouts: How other countries deal with exit polls

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 04:45 PM IST
The Election Commission guidelines for media exit polls are very strict in India, not allowing any airing of views ‘promoting or prejudicing the prospect’ of any party or candidate winning. Here’s what happens in other countries:
With the close of voting on May 19, the last round of Lok Sabha elections, the mammoth seven-phase exercise will draw to a close, shifting the focus to exit polls. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)
With the close of voting on May 19, the last round of Lok Sabha elections, the mammoth seven-phase exercise will draw to a close, shifting the focus to exit polls. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)

Timing, content, disclaimers: What EC guidelines are on exit polls

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 04:57 PM IST
The rules governing exit polls in India are very stringent. For the first time this election, the advisory covers websites and social media platforms.
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)
The Congress has been raising the Rafale fighter jet deal on a regular basis in its electoral campaign against the BJP.(REUTERS)

No link between tax exemption and Rafale deal: Govt on report

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2019 07:39 PM IST
A statement by the ministry of defence said that “neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of concession relate even remotely to the Rafale procurement being concluded during the tenure of the present government”.
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