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The electoral bonds scheme is a threat to democracy

From a constitutional point of view, the scheme fails the tests of rationality and non-arbitrariness
The stated justification of the electoral bond scheme is the removal of black money from elections, especially in the form of under-the-table cash payments(REUTERS)
The stated justification of the electoral bond scheme is the removal of black money from elections, especially in the form of under-the-table cash payments(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 18, 2019 11:55 PM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Man asks voters to return money he distributed after wife loses election in Telangana

After the clip purportedly showing the man seeking return of the money from people in Jajireddygudem village in Suryapet district surfaced, district officials said an inquiry was on into the episode.
The man has been identified as Prabhakar and his wife reportedly lost the election for the office of a ward member in the village.(PTI/ Representative Image)
The man has been identified as Prabhakar and his wife reportedly lost the election for the office of a ward member in the village.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Published on Jan 31, 2019 05:48 PM IST
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Hyderabad | ByPress Trust of India

Misuse of money and media now a formidable challenge for regulators, says outgoing CEC Rawat

The outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat said the EC has suggested amendments in the election laws because once the legal system is updated to measure up to the challenges thrown by the other stakeholders then it is easier to hold free and fair elections.
File photo of outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat. His tenure ends on December 2.(Sonu Mehta/HT File)
File photo of outgoing chief election commissioner OP Rawat. His tenure ends on December 2.(Sonu Mehta/HT File)
Updated on Nov 29, 2018 01:54 PM IST
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The town that doesn’t vote: Categorised as non-Muslims, Pakistan’s Ahmadis say forced to not vote

Pakistan’s election laws place Ahmadis on a separate voter registration list categorising them as non-Muslim. Community leaders say this violates their right to religious self-identify as Muslim.
Masood Ahmad Khalid, a member of Ahmadi community, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in the town of Rabwah, Pakistan July 9, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Masood Ahmad Khalid, a member of Ahmadi community, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in the town of Rabwah, Pakistan July 9, 2018.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2018 01:07 PM IST
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Rabwah | ByReuters

Pakistan’s Ahmadi community faces persecution, hate crime: Report

In Pakistan, Ahmadis are forbidden from calling themselves Muslims or using Islamic symbols in their religious practices.
Pakistani civil rights activists protest the killings of Ahmadis outside the attacked community mosque in Lahore on May 30, 2010.(AFP File Photo)
Pakistani civil rights activists protest the killings of Ahmadis outside the attacked community mosque in Lahore on May 30, 2010.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2018 10:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Islamabad | ByImtiaz Ahmad
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