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The corresponding provisions in the Indian elections law. (Representation of the People Act, 1951)

August 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

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126. PROHIBITION OF PUBLIC MEETINGS DURING PERIOD OF FORTY-EIGHT  HOURS ENDING WITH HOUR FIXED FOR CONCLUSION OF THE POLL

(1) No person shall–

(a) convene, hold, attend, join or address any public  meeting or procession in connection with an election; or

(b) display to the public any election matter by means of  cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus; or

Sri Lanka’s absurd election laws

August 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

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Sri Lanka must be the country with the silliest election laws on  the planet. This is a country that got universal suffrage in 1931 just three  years after the British public won the same privilege and from that time onward,  elections to various levels of government have been a part of life in this  country. For more than 60 years governments have changed through elections and  democracy has put down firm roots. One would think that in a country with such a  profile, the laws under which elections are held would be among the most  rational and practicable in the world. But every time an election comes around,  we hear strident cries from elections monitoring NGOs and even some political  parties that one party or the other are violating election laws.

No show by Sajith yet on Uva platforms

August 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

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Mr. Sajith Premadasa has been keeping away from the UNP’s Uva  Provincial Council election campaign having not yet shown up on party platforms  with the election less than a month away.

“It has not been possible to reach him either,’’ well informed  party sources said.

The UNP had hoped to demonstrate that the party was closing  ranks and preparing to present a united front at national elections widely  expected next year.

Intelligence OIC transferred for messing up my surveillance: Upul

August 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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By Zacki Jabbar

The Officer in Charge of the State Intelligence Service (SIS)  headed by DIG Nimal Chandra Wagista has been transferred to the Katunayake  International Airport for having made a hash placing Bar Association President  Upul Jayasuriya under surveillance.

Jayasuriya told the “Sunday Island” yesterday that the OIC had  been made a scapegoat for carrying out orders from the “top” to monitor his  movements after the Bar Association had issued statements critical of the  Rajapaksa regime for human rights violations and flouting the law with impunity.

India rules out dialogue until Pakistan stops dealing with Kashmiri separatists

August 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Special Report

August 30, 2014, 7:43 pm

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN

Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, August 30:

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has decided not to  have any dialogue with Pakistan to settle bilateral issues until Islamabad stops  holding talks with Kashmiri separatist groups in the Indian-controlled Jammu and  Kashmir (J&K) state.

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August 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm

This disabled poor villager waits patiently for somebody to push  his wheel-chair home, after collecting two bottles of water in drought-stricken  Medirigiriya in the North Central Province, last week. Teaming up with  government and private sector institutions, People’s Leasing and Finance PLC  distributed bottled water to suffering villagers in parched Medirigiriya New  Town, Senarathpura and

Pakistan protesters clash with Islamabad police

August 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Protest leader Dr Tahirul Qadri says the demonstration was “peaceful”

Pakistan police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters marching on the official Islamabad residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The city’s two main hospitals have told BBC 264 people have been injured, including at least 26 policemen.

Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri have been taking part in a sit-in for two weeks.

They want Mr Sharif to resign, alleging corruption and electoral fraud.

Islamabad police chief Khalid Khattak told the BBC that close to 100 protesters had been arrested at the scene.

“Many of them were armed with axes, hammers and cutters, and I’m sure they also have firearms though we haven’t seen one yet,” he said.

On Friday Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen Raheel Sharif, stepped in to mediate amid an ongoing deadlock.

Imran Khan ended talks with the government last week.

A government minister said that repeated attempts to resolve the two-week long standoff with protesters had failed.

Speaking to BBC World TV, cleric Qadri condemned the police’s actions as an “unimaginable attack by the state upon the people”, and denied that protesters were armed with weapons.

Protesters in Islamabad A number of protesters were seen carrying clubs as they marched on the residence of Pakistan’s PM
Police fire tear gas in Islamabad Police fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowds
Nearly 100 protesters were arrested at the scene Nearly 100 protesters were arrested at the scene

Local TV pictures showed police throwing tear gas shells, and protesters throwing rocks back at them, some wielding sticks and slingshots.

An official at the Polyclinic hospital in Islamabad told reporters that the wounds of those injured were caused by teargas shells, stones and batons.

Two of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

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Analysis: M Ilyas Khan, BBC News, Islamabad

There is chaos on Islamabad’s Constitution Avenue. There are clashes between the police and stone-pelting, baton-wielding protesters, some of whom have broken into part of the parliament and threatened other government buildings in Islamabad’s red zone.

During the last couple of weeks, many in Pakistan and abroad have been fearing violence as a result of the protest campaign being led by former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Sufi cleric Tahrul Qadri to oust the 14-month-old government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The violence not only jeopardises prospects of the country’s fledgling democracy, which for the first time saw peaceful transition from one elected government to another, it also threatens to destabilise Pakistan months before Nato troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan.

The Pakistani military has often intervened in similar situations in the past, but domestic compulsions such as the operation in North Waziristan and Western pressure on the army to refrain from becoming involved in political decision-making may keep its role limited.

Nevertheless, even if Mr Sharif’s government survives this episode, it is going to come out rather bruised.

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Military helicopters were despatched to survey the scene on the Constitution Avenue, one of the most secure zones in the city, housing a number of government buildings and residences.

The violence was sparked when the two opposition leaders ordered their supporters, many whom were wielding batons, to move closer to the PM’s house.

The protesters began their sit-in after a huge march from Lahore to Islamabad two weeks ago, vowing to camp out in the capital until the government stood down.

Last year’s elections marked Pakistan’s first civilian transfer of power.

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Viewpoint: Why Pakistanis crave stability

August 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Imran Khan, 28 Aug Imran Khan says last year’s vote was rigged and the prime minister must quit

Pakistan needs and deserves better leaders – but it also needs stability and an end to games played by politicians and generals, argues guest columnist Ahmed Rashid.

Sri Lanka to rebuild bridge from River Kwai movie

August 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

A Sri Lankan guide points to a sign at Kelani River at Kitulgala, where the film Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. August 2014 The Hollywood film, although set in Burma, was filmed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to rebuild a bridge that was destroyed in an iconic scene from the classic 1957 movie Bridge on the River Kwai.

EU set to tighten Russia sanctions ‘within a week’

August 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was “close to a point of no return – full scale-war” with Russia.


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