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For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 23 2013 3:16 am Related News Four years after a lower court awarded life imprisonment to five accused of raping a German touristthe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday upheld verdict The High Court on Monday dismissed an appeal challenging their sentence Refusing to interfere with the lower courts decisionthe High Court Monday upheld the life imprisonment given to them On January 282009in a quick disposal of a rape casea local Chandigarh court had given a life sentence to five of raping a 20-year-old German tourist in September 2008 Pankaj PuniaManvir Singh JollyHarpreet Singh DalliSukhwinder Singh Sukhi and Sompal were booked for kidnapping the woman from outside a five star hotel in Chandigarh on September 282008 and taking her to a farmhouse in Haryanas Samalakha area where she was gangraped The five youths were convicted under Section 376 (2) (g) of the Indian Penal Code and were awarded life imprisonmentThe court had also slapped a penalty of Rs 20000 on each one of them The court awarded three-year jail term for their conviction under section 473 and five-year for the offence under section 363/366 besides imposing a fine of Rs 3000 for each of these two offences The court had also awarded a one-year jail term and a fine of Rs 1000 under Section 506 The total fine payable by each convict would be Rs 27000 and all the four prison terms will run concurrently The in-camera proceedings of the case were held on January 16-17 The recording of statement and cross-examination of the German girl was completed on January 172009 The victim spoke in German during recording of her statement and was helped by three interpretersone from the German Embassy For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsCall it the irony of being Lalu Prasad He wins 80 seats with an enviable strike rate His party the Rashtriya Janata Dal hasthe biggest presence in Bihar assembly If elections are all about winning and losing he has won in a thumping manner And he was not even contesting Still scorn and ridicule is all he gets In certain circles he is being treated with the same disdain that he was subjected to by rivals during the long campaign While none of this is going to change his existential reality or impact his political stature the approach towards him is a bit perplexing No this piece is not about how he was singled out for attack and how he got even with his rivals it’s about the big gap between the reality of Indian electoral politics at the ground level and how it is perceived far away His case is only a reference point If the huge chasm between opinion and exit poll results and the actual result in successive elections gives the impression that the former have been dealing with voters in some other planet well that’s possibly the case When a survey with as many 70000 respondents gets it all wrong there ought to be questions the most important being are we approaching voters with pre-set notions conceived too far away from the scene of action Put in another way do we impose on them questions that we think are relevant to them Screengrab Poll punditry as we see in India involves gross underestimation of the intelligence of the ordinary voter It is generally believed that people make their choice based on two months of high decibel campaign The entire five years that precede the polls become wholly redundant Of course they are such fools that any campaign rhetoric can instantly influence their choice When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 165 lakh crore package for Bihar just before the elections it was believed that it was a game-changer and that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had no answer to it When beef made its grand arrival on the poll scene studio pundits predicted sharp polarization on communal lines It turned out to be a non-issue After RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat made his quota comment it was said that he had given the election to the Mahagathbandhan on a platter A good look into the numbers in the first and second phases after which the remark was made and the rest three phases indicates no sharp inconsistency in the voting pattern that remained steadily against the NDA The RSS itself has pointed out that Bhagwat’s view on quota had made no impact on voters They all thought Nitish by allying himself with Lalu had burdened himself with a huge baggage Didn’t Lalu preside over a lawless state for 15 years which was described his political opponents as ‘Jungle Raj’ NDA’s campaign revolved around this theme Pundits said it was brilliant as electoral strategy If Nitish loses it will be because of and solely because of Lalu The results of course tell a different story When they attended Modi’s rallies in large numbers and responded to him enthusiastically it was taken as an unmistakable sign of their support for his party and the NDA His strike rate – number of people at the rally to votes gained – does not bear that out Now while the experts were deciding how the common people would respond to various talking points they were thinking on their own It’s obvious that they had there own understanding of development performance of the chief minister the cow and beef debate caste matters and everything else Given how the caste numbers stack up in the state and the intra-caste divisions it’s absolutely lazy analysis to attribute losses and victories to caste arithmetic only Surely there are many other factors at play many of which have to do with their everyday realities The gap between how the common people vote and how the pundits think they vote is wide indeed That explains why most of them invariably end up looking foolish after every election Perhaps it’s time they called themselves entertainers not experts Better still they learn to respect the sharpness of the common man a little more Didn’t they keep Lalu out of power for ten years If they chose his party over others this time what’s the point saying they made a bad choice – the criticism of hints at that The faux punditry must end at some point Patna:Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Mondayreviewed the preparedness for the first three phases of Assembly polls in Bihar and said the Election Commission was committed to conduct free and fair polls "We have reviewed preparedness for the first three phases of Assembly polls in Bihar. we have directed the officials to ensure free fair peaceful participatory and voter-friendly polls" Zaidi told reporters at the end of the full EC panel’s two-day visit in the state The CEC was accompanied by the other two EC members — Om Prakash Rawat and Achal Kumar Jyoti besides top officials during meetings with political parties district civil and police officials Giving a summary of the poll panel’s meeting with the political partieson Sunday the CEC said the parties have expressed satisfaction over the ongoing preparations for the polls and have sought strict implementation of the Model Code of Conduct The parties have urged adequate measures to ensure communal amity and peace during the upcoming festival season as well as preventive measures against use of money power in the polls to which the Commission has assured them that all needful would be done Zaidi said Nasim Zaidi in a file photo Image courtesy: Election Commission website The CEC said the political parties have also asked for special EC drives in the final 48 hours before the polls to prevent use of money power and liquor to lure voters Among other facilities demanded by them were more vehicles to carry campaign material to far off places and timely permission for venue of election meetings and helicopters he said adding that the EC has set up a single window system called ‘Subidha’ in all districts for grant of such permissions within 24 hours and in case of requisitioning of helicopters in 36 hours The decision on vehicles to be used by political parties for transporting campaign material would be taken in a day or two the CEC said A software-based facility called ‘Samadhan’ would work like a public grievance redressal system and deal with complaints lodged by the people and voters Zaidi said The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police have been directed to conduct the polls in a peaceful manner and ensure communal amity during festivities and build confidence among the voters he said The CEC said the Central Police Forces (CPFs) have been made available in large numbers and they would be utilised 100 per cent at the polling booths The CPFs would also petrol the vulnerable areas to build confidence among voters and a list of those terrorising the people has been drawn and strict action would be taken Regarding seizure of unaccounted cash and other related materials including arms/weapons Zaidi said the authorities have seized Rs nine crore unaccounted cash so far The police have been directed to carry out regular vehicle checks and work out special strategy to instill confidence among voters in the areas dominated by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) the CEC said He said political parties have been warned of strict action in case of MCC violation and to prevent use of money power in the Bihar polls adding special surveillance teams would be deployed in all constituencies 72 hours prior to the polling dates and 62 constituencies have been identified as sensitive in this regard With regard to EC’s initiatives for the electorate Zaidi said the Commission would provide them with photo voter slips five days before polling in their constituencies Voters should treat the photo voter slips as an invitation to exercise their franchise the CEC said adding "We want to give a good experience to the voters this time" He said the EC has directed for setting up of at least four model polling stations in each district equipped with infrastructure and civic facilities "We have decided to ensure impartiality neutrality and fairness in all decisions related to polls" Zaidi said The CEC said the Commission was confident that poll percentage this time would be higher as voters have been educated about their rights by conducting Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Observing that the EC has decided to hold an incident-free Assembly polls in Bihar Zaidi said an atmosphere has been created through strict enforcement of law to ensure the voters did not get influenced or terrorised He said deployment of CPFs at constituency levels would be dealt by the observers and at the state level by the EC through its officials Defending transfer of officials by the EC after announcement of poll dates for Bihar earlier this month the CEC said "We transfer officials during elections on the basis of our own assessment comprising perception and suitability among other reasons" Zaidi said the EC has its own mechanism to deal with suitability of officials for poll purpose On silent rigging of the polls Zaidi said the Commission has its own quick reaction teams to deal with such matters besides mobile parties would be used to prevent such malpractices The EC has deployed micro-observers and taken measures like web-casting and videography of polls The CPF personnel on duty at polling stations could enter the booths to check whether any rigging was taking place or not the CEC added PTI By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 26 2017 8:02 pm Anupam Kher played the role of an old father when he was only 28 Related News Anupam Kher’s heart wrenching classic film Saaransh completed thirty-three years on Thursday Saaransh is a painful tale about a retired school teacher and his wife who have to come to terms with life after the death of their only son The son passed away in a mugging case in New York The shock of losing his son took a toll on the father who had even tried to kill himself having lost the will to live Shah Rukh Khan also wished 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