Manipur Records 45% Voter Turnout Amid Violence; West Bengal, Tripura Lead in Phase 1 Till 1 PM

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:27am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In the first phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, voter turnout varied across states till 1 PM. Violence-hit Manipur saw a turnout of 45.68%, while West Bengal and Tripura led with 50.96% and 53.06% respectively. Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency, plagued by Naxalism, recorded over 28% turnout despite a grenade explosion injuring a CRPF jawan. The incident didn't deter voters. These figures reflect the diverse electoral landscape and resilience of voters in exercising their democratic rights amidst challenges.  

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Violence Erupts in Manipur During Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections: 3 Dead, EVMs Destroyed

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:07am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Fresh violence erupted in Manipur's Imphal West district during Phase 1 of voting for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Miscreants destroyed EVMs in Iroishemba and Bhamon Kampu, demanding only BJP agents at polling stations. In Kangpokpi, low voter turnout was observed. A shooting incident in Thamanpokpi claimed three lives, prompting heightened security measures. Vandalism was also reported in Thongju. Despite security arrangements, violence marred the Inner Manipur constituency, highlighting challenges in ensuring peaceful elections.

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Iran Downs Three Drones Amid Speculation Israeli Missile Attack

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:58am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Iran's air defenses intercepted three small drones over Isfahan, as reports surfaced of a possible Israeli missile strike, though Israel has not officially commented. Flights were suspended briefly, but airspace reopened without casualties. Iranian media downplayed the incident, emphasizing the military base targeted belonged to the army, not the Revolutionary Guards. Analysts speculate the drones were launched domestically. The incident underscores tensions between Iran and Israel, with the potential for escalation amidst ongoing geopolitical maneuvers.

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Kamal Haasan Casts Vote in Chennai, Gets Mobbed at Polling Booth; Video Goes Viral

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:22am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan exercised his franchise in Chennai for the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, garnering attention as he was mobbed at the polling booth. In a viral video, Haasan was seen casting his vote at a booth in Koyambedu, Chennai, while cameras captured the moment. Although his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), isn't contesting, Haasan's presence drew considerable interest. Tamil Nadu commenced voting in the first phase of elections, with the outcome pivotal in the state's political landscape. Haasan's voting gesture adds to the star-studded participation in the democratic process in Chennai.

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Firing Reported at Polling Booth in Manipur's Moirang; No Casualties, Panic Among Voters

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:51am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

In Manipur's Moirang Assembly segment, a group of miscreants fired multiple rounds near a polling station in Thamanpokpi, causing panic among voters. Despite the gunfire, no casualties were reported. A viral video captured the chaotic scene as people fled the polling booth amid the sound of gunfire. The incident underscores security concerns during the Lok Sabha elections in Manipur, highlighting the need for heightened vigilance to ensure the safety of voters and the integrity of the electoral process.            

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Clashes and Boycotts Disrupt Phase 1 Elections in West Bengal; 32% Voter Turnout so far

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:35am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

The first phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal witnessed turmoil as clashes and voter boycotts marred the polling process. Reports of clashes between TMC and BJP workers emerged from various constituencies, including Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. Additionally, voters in Uttarakhand's Almora boycotted polls, demanding improved infrastructure. Despite these challenges, voter turnout reached 32% by 11 am. The state, known for its fiercely contested elections, remains a battleground as parties vie for dominance in one of India's most politically significant regions.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Updates: Boycott in Almora, Clashes in Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:02am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

As Phase One of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections unfolds, reports of clashes and boycotts have emerged from various parts of the country. In Uttarakhand's Almora, voters from Suniyakot village boycotted the polls, demanding better infrastructure. Meanwhile, clashes and stone-pelting were reported in Arunachal Pradesh's Niausa village, highlighting tensions between political parties. Additionally, clashes erupted between the TMC and BJP in West Bengal, underscoring the high-stakes battle for the state's 42 seats. These incidents underscore the challenges and tensions characterizing India's democratic process as citizens exercise their right to vote.

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Google's Doodle Marks Commencement of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Celebrates India's Democratic Spirit

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:43am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India

Google commemorated the start of the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections in India with a special doodle featuring an inked index finger, symbolizing the essence of voting in democracy. The doodle, reflecting the nation's democratic ethos, underscores civic engagement and the importance of active participation in shaping India's political landscape. With the first phase of voting witnessing a significant turnout across 17 states and four Union Territories, the doodle serves as a visual tribute to India's democracy and the power of citizens' voices in the electoral process.

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Iran Shoots Down Several Drones, US Officials Suspect Israel

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:20am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Iran activated its air defense system amidst reports of Israeli missile and drone strikes, escalating tensions. An explosion near Isfahan raised alarms, home to Iranian nuclear facilities. While Iran confirmed drone interceptions, no missile attacks were reported. Israel's military remained silent. Tehran's airport closed, flights diverted, as fears of wider conflict loom. This follows Iran's weekend missile barrage on Israel and an attack on its consulate in Damascus, attributed to Israel. The situation underscores the volatile Iran-Israel relationship, sparking concerns of further escalation in the region.

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Meghalaya CM Joins Voters in Early Morning Queue, Encourages High Turnout

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:54am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday Politics

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma joined voters in the early morning queue at a polling station in Tura for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. Arriving at 6:30 am, Sangma, also the NPP president, was pleasantly surprised to find voters already lined up. Expressing delight at the turnout, he emphasized voting as a citizen's right. Encouraging large participation, Sangma urged citizens to exercise their democratic rights. Voting is underway in Meghalaya's Tura and Shillong constituencies, among the 102 seats in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Polling commenced at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

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