Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Sun, 19 May 2019 00:00:00 +0530 50.64 pc voting till afternoon in repolling in 7 booths in Kerala http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14405/50-64-pc-voting-till-afternoon-in-repolling-in-7-booths-in-kerala http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14405/50-64-pc-voting-till-afternoon-in-repolling-in-7-booths-in-kerala Sun, 19 May 2019 17:36:57 +0530 ]]>Around 50 per cent polling was recorded till late afternoon Sunday in the repolling being held in seven booths in two Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala where alleged bogus voting was reported in the April 23 polls. Kannur/Kasargod | Around 50 per cent polling was recorded till late afternoon Sunday in the repolling being held in seven booths in two Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala where alleged bogus voting was reported in the April 23 polls.
The repolling has been ordered by the Election Commission in two booths each in Dharmadaom and Kalliassery, one each in Trikaripur, Pilathara and Taliparamba in Kannur and Kasargod constituencies where bogus votes were allegedly cast during the elections to 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Local television channels had aired CCTV visuals in which three women, later identified as activists of ruling CPI-M, were seen voting more than twice on April 23.
Later, three Congress-led UDF workers were also found to have cast bogus votes in Kasaragod constituency. The LDF had released digital evidence of the bogus voting by two men, suspected to be IUML workers, in a polling booth in Kasaragod.
According to EC officials, an average of 50.64 per cent votes were cast in the booths till late afternoon in the repolling.
The polling which started at 7 AM and will end at 6 PM.
Women poll officials have been deployed at the polling booths to verify women coming to vote wearing face veil.
Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena has Saturday said those who cover their face will have to reveal themselves before the concerned officer.
A controversy erupted in the state Saturday following CPI(M)s Kannur district secretary MV Jayarajan statement that women wearing the face veil should remove it during voting.
Opposition Congress has condemned his remarks.

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LS polls: Violence in Bengal, clashes in Punjab reported; over 56 pc polling till 5 pm http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14404/ls-polls--violence-in-bengal--clashes-in-punjab-reported--over-56-pc-polling-till-5-pm http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14404/ls-polls--violence-in-bengal--clashes-in-punjab-reported--over-56-pc-polling-till-5-pm Sun, 19 May 2019 17:31:58 +0530 ]]>Incidents of violence in West Bengal and clashes in Punjab were reported during the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls on Sunday, with 56.30 polling percentage being recorded till 5 pm in 59 seats. New Delhi | Incidents of violence in West Bengal and clashes in Punjab were reported during the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls on Sunday, with 56.30 polling percentage being recorded till 5 pm in 59 seats.
The last phase of Lok Sabha elections, which will decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also saw EVM glitches and poll boycott at some booths.
Voting is underway in all 13 seats of Punjab and an equal number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat Chandigarh.
According to the Election Commission app, in Uttar Pradesh, 48.90 per cent voting was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats, officials said.
The turnout in Varanasi was 46.53 per cent, while in Gorakhpur, it was 48.17 per cent. The highest turnout was 53.30 per cent in Deoria, while Ballia reported the lowest turnout of 42.51 per cent, the Election Commission said.
Violence erupted in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, where state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking re-election, when supporters of the saffron party and the Samajwadi Party clashed. The situation was later brought under control.
A report from Chandauli said the fingers of Dalits had been inked before they could actually cast their vote in Tara Jivanpur village under Alinagar police station. Officials said an FIR was registered in the matter.
Incidents of violence were reported in West Bengal where 67.14 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 5 pm in nine Lok Sabha seats.
According to BJP's North Kolkata candidate Rahul Sinha, a crude bomb was hurled near Girish Park in the constituency around noon. Police, however, said crackers were burst in the area, and polling was underway peacefully.
In Kolkata south, TMC candidate Mala Roy alleged that she was stopped from entering polling booths.
Sporadic clashes were reported in Kolkata and its surrounding areas, with TMC workers claiming that voters were being intimidated by central forces outside booths.
BJP candidate Nilanjan Roy in Diamond Harbour constituency alleged that his car was vandalized in Budge Budge area. Similar reports also came in from Jadavpur constituency, where BJP candidate Anupam Hazra's car came under the attack of unidentified men.
"Polling has by and large been peaceful in the nine seats. There have been no complaints of any violence from any of the polling booths," an election official said.
"There were also reports of EVM glitches in several polling stations. We have sent reserve EVMs to booths, where the voting process was temporarily hampered due to technical glitches," he added.
Punjab saw a polling percentage of 55.44 per cent till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats. More than 50 per cent turnout was registered in lone Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, EC app stated . Maximum polling percentage was witnessed at 62.67 in Sangrur and the lowest was in Hoshiarpur at 49.11.
In the morning, there were some reports of technical glitches in EVMs at several places including Ludhiana, Samana and Moga. Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said eight ballot units, 13 control units, and eight voter-verified paper audit trail have been replaced.
There were also reports of clashes between Congress and Akali-BJP workers in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda and Gurdaspur. At Talwandi Sabo, Akalis alleged that shots were also fired by ruling party workers.
In Himachal Pradesh, 58.10 per cent turnout was recorded till 5 pm in four Lok Sabha seats where five MLAs, including a state minister, are among the 45 candidates in the fray.
EVM snags delayed voting at nine polling stations. Voting restarted after the nine faulty EVMs were replaced, a state election officer said.
A turnout of 132 per cent has been recorded in the world's highest polling station in Lahaul and Spiti district's Tashigang village, a district official said.
In Madhya Pradesh, 62.48 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in eight Lok Sabha seats.
However, voters listed at a booth in Agar Malwa district falling under the Dewas seat and five booths in Mandsaur seat boycotted the polling over their demands. Efforts were on to persuade voters to exercise their democratic right, an official said.
The official said around 12 people cast their votes at the polling booth in Dewas after being persuaded by election officials there.
Bihar witnessed 51.48 per cent voting till 5 pm in eight Lok Sabha seats.
An election official said, "Going by reports that reached us from district headquarters, we have found out that the voting process was temporarily hampered at few polling stations in Ara, Sasaram, Jehanabad, Pataliputr and Buxar. Officials have attended to the complaints and redressed all grievances," he said.
In neighbouring Jharkhand, an estimated 66.85 per cent of the total 45,64,681 voters exercised their franchise in three Lok Sabha seats.
In the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, over 10.01 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations and has deployed security personnel for smooth conduct of polls.
An average of 66.88 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the last six phases. The whole elections were spread over 38 days. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.

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TMC alleges central forces 'intimidating' voters http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14403/tmc-alleges-central-forces--intimidating--voters http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14403/tmc-alleges-central-forces--intimidating--voters Sun, 19 May 2019 17:28:24 +0530 ]]>The Trinamool Congress Sunday alleged that the central forces were "brutally torturing" and "intimidating" voters in West Bengal and acting as per orders of BJP leaders. Kolkata | The Trinamool Congress Sunday alleged that the central forces were "brutally torturing" and "intimidating" voters in West Bengal and acting as per orders of BJP leaders.
In a statement, Trinamool Congress lawmaker Derek O' Brien said, Bengal wants peaceful polling, which BJP doesn't.
"Today, in Bengal, central forces are brutally torturing and intimidating common citizens, especially the marginalised. Even physically handicapped persons are being tortured. Central forces are also threatening voters 'kamal dabao nahin toh thok dega' (vote for BJP or will shoot you)," he said.
"Media has all these videos. Many are already in the public domain," he added.
O'Brien alleged that central forces were "mercilessly" beating up Trinamool Congress workers.
"We are against violence and want the polling process to be peaceful. But the BJP is resorting to high level of violence in the Bhatpara Assembly bypoll. This is dangerous for democracy," he said.
"This is a horror story being executed with the full support of central forces," O'Brien said.
In Bhatpara, an Assembly bypoll is on with TMC candidate Madan Mitra taking on BJP's Pawan Kumar Singh.
The Bhatpara seat was previously held by Arjun Singh of the Trinamool Congress, who recently defected to the BJP and is now the saffron partys Lok Sabha candidate from the Barrackpore constituency. Pawan is son of Arjun Singh.
The BJP termed the allegations baseless and said it was goons supported by the TMC who were trying to intimidate voters.
"They are afraid of their defeat, that is why TMC is resorting to violence. Had they been so confident about their victory then what is the need for so much of violence," BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said.
In Delhi, BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman also urged the poll body to order the central forces to remain in Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct is in place, as it expressed concern that the TMC may target a section of voters after polling is over.

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Over 46 pc polling till 4 pm in PM's constituency Varanasi http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14402/over-46-pc-polling-till-4-pm-in-pm-s-constituency-varanasi http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14402/over-46-pc-polling-till-4-pm-in-pm-s-constituency-varanasi Sun, 19 May 2019 17:16:18 +0530 ]]> Varanasi | In the last phase of polling in the general elections, all eyes are on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi, where more than 46.53 per cent voting was recorded till 4 pm.
Polling has been peaceful and no major incident of violence has been reported, said poll officials in Varanasi, from where Modi is seeking a reelection.
According to the Election Commission's Voter Turnout app, 46.53 per cent polling was reported till 4 pm in the constituency.
Maximum polling was recorded in the Sevapuri assembly segment (49.30), followed by 48.33 per cent in Rohaniya, 44.39 in Varanasi North, 47.11 in Varanasi South and 44.40 in Varanasi Cantt, as per the app. BJP veteran and former MP from here Murali Manohar Joshi was among the prominent faces who cast their votes.
There are 18.54 lakh voters in the constituency where 1,819 polling booths have been set up, and 273 of them are categorised as 'critical'.
There are 145 model booths and one pink booth, which will be staffed only by women.
The local administration had run a campaign for voters awareness and appealed to people to come out in large numbers to cast their votes.
This prestigious constituency has witnessed extensive campaigning with both Prime Minister Modi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holding roadshows here.
Modi's main challengers this time are Congress's Ajay Rai and SP-BSP candidate Shalini Yadav.
In 2014, Modi had defeated Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal by a margin of 3.37 lakh and trounced all other 40 candidates including Rai who lost their deposit.
Last time, Modi had got 56.37 per cent votes out of the total polled and there was a swing of 25.85 votes in his favour from 2009, when Murli Manohar Joshi had got 30.5 per cent votes for the BJP.
In 2009, the SP and the BSP contested separately, their combined vote share was 46.6 per cent which was more that of the BJP, but this time both parties have fielded a joint candidate. 

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Stop 'continuous' telecast of PM's Kedarnath, Badrinath visits: Naidu to CECĀ  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14401/stop--continuous--telecast-of-pm-s-kedarnath--badrinath-visits--naidu-to-cec- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14401/stop--continuous--telecast-of-pm-s-kedarnath--badrinath-visits--naidu-to-cec- Sun, 19 May 2019 17:10:10 +0530 ]]>Opposition leader and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu Sunday wrote to the Election Commission, claiming that "continuous" telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "private activities" at Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines is violation of the poll code and should be stopped. New Delhi | Opposition leader and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu Sunday wrote to the Election Commission, claiming that "continuous" telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "private activities" at Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines is violation of the poll code and should be stopped.
Naidu is in the national capital trying to bring Opposition parties together to keep the BJP out of power after Lok Sabha election results are declared on May 23.
Modi, who has expressed scientific knowledge guiding the scientists and defense experts to go ahead with air strikes on a cloudy day to escape from being caught by radars, is now trying to project a "megalomaniac" image of himself through various "dubious" activities, Naidu said.
"If continuous telecast of these activities of Prime Minister is not stopped, it could affect the level playing field envisaged by the model code of conduct, which the ECI is duty bound to implement," he said in a letter written to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
Modi has gone to Badrinath and Kedarnath on an "official visit" for two days till May 19 but all his "private activities" during the pilgrimage were continuously telecast by TV news channels, which itself is a clear violation of the model code of conduct, he said.
This is "indirect canvassing" and influencing voters through a person's religious beliefs and public display of his personal religious activities, he said.
Modi's activities like meditating in caves, walking in various costumes, making announcements on Badrinath and Kedarnath master plan, and thus making direct references and indirect appeal to the people of specific religion, amounts to canvassing in disguise, he added.
"...The Election Commission of India, which should have stopped this, has been a mute spectator (thus) further strengthening the public belief that it has different sets of rules for the PM and BJP, and the rules in vogue for other political parties," Naidu said.
Modi can do all these activities in private but continuous telecast should be stopped, he said.
"I earnestly request the Election Commission of India (ECI) to immediately stop such delusive, unfair and immoral campaign and direct all concerned to refrain from any activity that influences the voters directly or indirectly," Naidu requested.
Besides, Naidu also noted the dissent expressed by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa over clean chits given to Modi and BJP president Amit Shah over allegations of poll code violations.
"The callousness showed by the ECI in not considering minority's decision is arbitrary and is not befitting the stature of the office of EC. This clearly depicts the erosion of institutional integrity," he said.
The TDP chief further said it was alarming to see the Prime Minister mentioning about 'satta' market, an illegal occupation, and how people suffered huge loss for betting on a particular party in 2014.
The Prime Minister's two-day visit to the Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Uttarakhand was cleared by the election body with a reminder that the election code of conduct is still in place.

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Congress MP writes to EC against media coverage of Modi's Kedarnath trip http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14400/congress-mp-writes-to-ec-against-media-coverage-of-modi-s-kedarnath-trip http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14400/congress-mp-writes-to-ec-against-media-coverage-of-modi-s-kedarnath-trip Sun, 19 May 2019 17:04:17 +0530 ]]> Kolkata | Congress MP Pradip Bhattachraya Sunday wrote to the Election Commission, saying the media coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
He said he has requested the poll panel to stop the media coverage of Modi's trip and take stern action.
"The way he (Modi) ensured media coverage of his trip to Kedarnath temple is nothing but a violation of MCC. His trip is all over the media. Is this not a way to directly and indirectly influence voters ahead of polls," Bhattacharya said.
"lt is absolutely unethical. Every minute detail of his activities during the visit is being widely publicised with an ulterior motive to influence voters directly and/or indirectly. This is wrong," he added.
The Trinamool Congress has also complained to the poll panel that Modi's address to the media at Kedarnath shrine was "unethical" and that the coverage of his visit has violated norms.

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Bad news for PM Imran, no oil and gas reserves found off Pakistan shore http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14399/bad-news-for-pm-imran--no-oil-and-gas-reserves-found-off-pakistan-shore http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14399/bad-news-for-pm-imran--no-oil-and-gas-reserves-found-off-pakistan-shore Sun, 19 May 2019 16:46:40 +0530 ]]>Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast. Karachi | Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said Sunday.
The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found, according to Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khan on Petroleum Nadeem Babar.
Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Italy's ENI and a couple other companies were involved in drilling an ultra-deep oil well.
Babar told Geo News that the process of drilling up to more than 5,500 meters was completed on Kekra-1 (Indus G-Block) off Karachi coast.
Babar said the office of DG Petroleum Concessions has been apprised of the results of drilling.
He said that the cost of drilling project, which has now been abandoned, remained over USD 100 million.
In March, Prime Minister Khan had said Pakistan would not need to import oil after reserves were found near Karachi coast.
"We are hopeful of finding large reserves of gas and oil in the sea near Karachi. The nation should pray for this and I will soon share good news regarding this," Khan had said.
"God willing the reserves will be so large that we will not need to import any oil," he said.
Khan said he believes that if big oil reserves are discovered, most of Pakistan's economic problems will be addressed and then there will be no stopping in the country's progress.
Around four months ago, Italian firm ENI, the operator of the Kekra-1 offshore block, started drilling in a joint venture with US firm ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest oil and gas firm, and the Pakistan state-owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL).
Each of the four firms has a 25 per cent participating interest in the block.
The drilling was carried out in ultra-deep waters some 280 kilometres away from the Karachi coast.
The well was spudded on January 13 this year, targeting a carbonate reservoir with a prognosed total depth of 5,660 metres.
Some surveyors had found the block ‘Indus-G' similar to the Indian offshore Bombay High oilfield, which produces 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil, while others described it as similar to the ones in the oil- and gas-rich Kuwait, the Express Tribune reported.
At the same time, officials say, oil and gas exploration and production is described as a ‘high risk- high reward' business and the failures should not be taken as a loss. "India found offshore reserves from its ‘Bombay High well' after 40 attempts," the officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News.
OGDCL spokesman Ahmed Lak said that Pakistan should continue its efforts to find hydrocarbon reserves because there was a large area where reserves had been predicted by experts.
"US firm ExxonMobile has become a working partner in the block only because of encouraging data," he said, adding that international researches had shown that hydrocarbon reserves were found in the sea facing the river basins.
"Since Indus is an ancient river with a large basin, experts do not contest the views there is a huge pocket of hydrocarbon reserve in the Arabian Sea off Sindh," Lak said.
"Because the well remained dry, now it will be plugged and abandoned,” said Lak.
Currently, Pakistan meets only 15 per cent of its domestic petroleum needs with crude oil production of around 22 million tonnes; the other 85 per cent is met through imports.

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PM offers prayers at Badrinath temple http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14398/pm-offers-prayers-at-badrinath-temple http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14398/pm-offers-prayers-at-badrinath-temple Sun, 19 May 2019 16:34:27 +0530 ]]>Modi reached Badrinath temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu after spending around 20 hours at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath and offered prayers at the innermost sanctum in Badrinath. Badrinath | Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Badrinath temple on Sunday, the last day of his two-day visit to Uttarakhand.
He reached Badrinath after spending around 20 hours at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath.
Modi offered prayers at the innermost sanctum in Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand's "char dham" religious circuit, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee chief Mohan Prasad Thapliyal said the prime minister offered prayers at the temple for around 20 minutes and was given a greeting card made on a "bhojpatra" (birch leaves) by the temple's priests.
He was also given a shawl by the residents of Mana village, he said.
The prime minister took a walk inside the temple complex and later, shook hands with the devotees and locals, Thapliyal said, adding that Modi also met pilgrims waiting near the shrine.
Members of the committee met the prime minister at the shrine's guest house and submitted a memorandum stressing upon the need to expand the temple's premises and improving telecommunication services at Badrinath.
Modi asked temple authorities to play an active role in providing better facilities to pilgrims visiting the shrine, Thapliyal said.
The prime minister reached Badrinath on an IAF helicopter, which landed at an army helipad near the shrine, and reached the temple by road, he said, adding that stringent security arrangements were in place.
On Saturday, Modi offered prayers for around 30 minutes at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath, a day after campaigning for the general election came to a close.
The prime minister then went inside a cave near the shrine to medidate. Draped in a saffron shawl, Modi was seen meditating at the holy cave.
Modi also took stock of development work in the temple town.
The Election Commission gave its nod to Modi's visit while "reminding" the Prime Minister's Office that the model code of conduct is still in force.
Polling for the seventh and the last phase of the general election was held Sunday.

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Yuvraj mulls retirement, may seek BCCI nod to compete in private T20 leagues http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14397/yuvraj-mulls-retirement--may-seek-bcci-nod-to-compete-in-private-t20-leagues http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14397/yuvraj-mulls-retirement--may-seek-bcci-nod-to-compete-in-private-t20-leagues Sun, 19 May 2019 16:28:07 +0530 ]]>Yuvraj Singh, one of India's greatest limited overs cricketers, is seriously contemplating retirement from international cricket and pursue a freelance career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues. New Delhi | Yuvraj Singh, one of India's greatest limited overs cricketers, is seriously contemplating retirement from international cricket and pursue a freelance career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues.
The Punjab left-hander would make a final decision only if he gets permission from the BCCI. It has been learnt that Yuvraj has come to terms with the fact that he is unlikely to play for India.
"Yuvraj is thinking of calling it quits from international and first class cricket. He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers," a BCCI source privy to the development, told PTI on Sunday.
Recently, Irfan Pathan put his name in the draft for the Caribbean Premier League but Pathan junior is an active first class player, who didn't seek permission from the BCCI.
"Irfan was told to withdraw his name from the draft. As far as Yuvraj is concerned, we need to check the rules. Even if he retires from first class cricket, he will still be an active T20 player registered under BCCI. The rule needs to be checked," a senior BCCI functionary said.
Yuvraj played for Mumbai Indians in this year's IPL but didn't get many chances which might have prompted him to seriously think about future plans.
The leagues like one in Canada and the new venture in Dublin and Amstelveen can gain a lot of mileage if Yuvraj plays in the league.
There is a school of thought that if Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag can be a part of a T10 venture in Dubai then why can't Yuvraj be allowed.
However, the BCCI official said, "The T10 might have been approved by the ICC but it's still not an acknowledged format. But yes, going forward, as and when the players association takes shape, the case for retired players may come up for consideration." He agreed that in principle, retired international players should be allowed to take part in Big Bash, CPL or BPL, if they get offers.

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Trump says 'Pro-Life' but favours exceptions for rape, incestĀ  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14396/trump-says--pro-life--but-favours-exceptions-for-rape--incest- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/14396/trump-says--pro-life--but-favours-exceptions-for-rape--incest- Sun, 19 May 2019 16:23:18 +0530 ]]>President Donald Trump has declared himself "strongly Pro-Life", days after two US states passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Washington | President Donald Trump has declared himself "strongly Pro-Life", days after two US states passed tough new restrictions on abortions, but said exceptions should be made for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
The US president spelled out his position on abortion -- set to feature prominently at next year's election -- in his first comments on the hot-button issue since Alabama's governor signed a near-total ban on the termination of pregnancy.
"As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions -- Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother -- the same position taken by Ronald Reagan," Trump tweeted late Saturday.
Trump, who is seeking to expand on his conservative support ahead of his re-election bid, added: "The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020." Alabama's governor on Wednesday signed a near-total prohibition on abortions widely seen as the country's most restrictive ban, and the Missouri legislature on Friday made the procedure illegal from eight weeks of pregnancy.
Neither make exceptions for rape or incest -- only for cases where the mother's life is in danger.
Republican-led legislatures in Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota have also enacted laws banning abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Supporters hope that legal battles over the laws will reach the Supreme Court, as they pursue the long-sought conservative goal of overturning its landmark 1973 abortion ruling, known as Roe v Wade.
Roe v Wade guarantees women's rights to abortion as long as the foetus is not viable -- around 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Trump, a bombastic, twice-divorced billionaire, won over the evangelical vote during his 2016 campaign by promising to appoint anti-abortion justices at the Supreme Court.
He has since brought two conservative appointees to the highest court in the land -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- shifting the balance of the nine-person bench.
In a series of tweets on the deeply polarizing issue, Trump said the US had "come very far in the last two years" on abortion, and praised "two great new Supreme Court Justices".
On Sunday, defenders of women's reproductive rights are set to march in protest against Alabama's new abortion law in four of the Southern state's cities, including the capital Montgomery.
"People should have the right to make the decisions that are best for their bodies without state interference," organisers said on Facebook

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