EC issues guidelines for holding elections amid Covid-19 pandemic
- Ahead of Bihar Assembly elections, the Election Commission on Friday approved guidelines for polls during the Covid-19 pandemic 19, allowing public gatherings and traveling shows subject to social distancing and other safety regulations.
- The EC guidelines called for the use of masks and gloves by voters, protective gear for election officials, and limiting the number of people allowed to campaign door-to-door to five, including the candidate.
- At election rallies, the guidelines read: “Public meetings / rallies may be held subject to adherence to current Covid-19 guidelines.”
- The district election officer should identify specific meeting places, with clearly marked entry and exit points.
- For all of the reasons identified, the district election official must place markers in advance to ensure standards of social distancing from participants.
- The number of participants should not exceed the limit prescribed by the national disaster management authority for public meetings.
- Although masks are mandatory for voters, they will be asked to lower masks for identification if necessary.
- Disinfectants would be kept at the entrance and inside the cabins.
- If a voter has a fever, they will be monitored a second time, and if the temperature is still high, they will be assigned a symbolic number and asked to come back during the last hour of voting to vote.
- Likewise, voters suffering from Covid-19 would be allowed to vote at the last hour of voting with preventive measures.
He will be an ally of the light, not the dark, says Biden as he accepts the presidential nomination
In a speech that depicts America as having come at a time of choice between two very different futures, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. In his speech accepting the nomination, he said the country would overcome “this dark season”.
“The current president has plunged the United States into obscurity for too long. Too much rage. Too much fear. Too much division, ”Biden said on the fourth and final day of a near-virtual Democratic national convention, on the theme of America’s Promise.
Nine dead in Telangana Srisailam power station fire
Nine bodies were found in the 6 × 150 MW Srisailam metro station ravaged by the fire in Telangana, Central Industrial Security Force officials confirmed ( CISF). They said a 39-member rescue and disaster management team had been transferred to the Srisailam dam.
- According to reports reaching Hyderabad, a short circuit in the terminal panel of the fourth tranche of Hydel station on Thursday evening was the immediate cause of the accident.
- However, authorities said they would come to a conclusion only after finding out what exactly happened.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 29,64,587 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 55,851. India reported 68,898 new cases on Friday.
- The Haryana government announced on Friday that all state offices and stores, except those selling essential items, will be closed every Saturday and Sunday, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh said the “last negative corona report” will be mandatory for ministers, action board members, officials and employees to attend the session of the Meeting starting August 28.
Asserting that Facebook has tolerated toxic content by Indian politicians and failed to enforce its policies fairly, the company’s employees have asked the top management to review the handling of hate speech in India, the Wall Street Journal has reported. In a letter sent by members of the firm’s internal group for Muslim employees, staffers from India, the U.S. and the Middle East said Facebook’s policy enforcement process for high profile users needed to be more transparent and less susceptible to political influence, the WSJ report said.
- Publisher Bloomsbury was caught in a controversy after it emerged that it has invited BJP leader and former Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra to be the chief guest for the launch of a book on the riots that had occurred in north-east Delhi in February this year. Mishra has been widely blamed for allegedly inciting the riots through an inflammatory speech. The book, titled Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, and published by Bloomsbury India, is authored by Monika Arora, Sonali Chitalkar and Prerna Malhotra.
A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde allowed a plea by Shri Parshwatilak Shwetamber Murtipujak Tapagacch Jain Trust to keep temples at Dadar, Byculla and Chembur in Mumbai open for prayers on August 22 and 23 for the Paryushan festival.