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witnessed one of the narrowest election victories ever.Maibam Kunjo of the Trinamool Congress barely managed to defeat his Congress rival Elangbam Dwijamani Singh he won by a margin of 17 votes However Kunjo — who died in August 2014 — was not the only one who won by a whisker in the 2012 elections Out of the total number of seats (which is 60) 20 seats saw a victory margin of less than a thousand votes which translated to a margin of less than five percentage of the total votes polled Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh Reuters A close look at the narrow victories in some of these constituencies suggest that the Trinamool Congress had played a major role in bringing the contest down to the wire The party had debuted in the 2012 polls winning seven seats Interestingly six of them were won by a margin of less than a thousand votes The Mamata Banerjee-led party also fared well in six other constituencies where it lost by a slim margin Two of the MLAs who had to face extremely close contests in their constituencies — Irengbam Hemochandra Singh from Singjamei and Khumujam Ratankumar Singh from Mayang Imphal — became ministers in the Ibobi-led Congress government While Hemochandra who had also served as the Speaker of the Manipur Assembly won by a margin of just 157 votes; Ratankumar on the other hand defeated his nearest Trinamool rival by a margin of less than 800 votes However the trend of wafer thin margin of victories is not new in Manipur politics In fact in a smaller states where constituency sizes are smaller margin of victories can often come down to below the thousand votes mark In the 2007 polls 18 of the legislators were elected by a margin of less than a thousand votes The narrowest of the victory was achieved by Mohammad Allauddin Khan who was re-elected from the Keirao seat by an unbelievable margin of two votes The 2002 polls saw even greaternumber of seats being won by a narrow margin of total votes polled That election 25 seats were won by less than a thousand votes and a margin of less than five percent Often lower voter turnout can lead to close contests in various constituencies But the case with Manipur seems to be an aberration With high turnouts ranging over 65 percent since 2002 the hypothesis seems to not work in the state However one possible reason for such pitched electoral battles seem to bethe violent inter-community rivalry between the Nagas and the Kukis Nineteenof the 60 seats which are situated in the hilly region are dominated by either Kukis or Nagas Both tribes have beenat loggerheads since the 1990s In times of sharp polarisation coupled with the usual high voter turnout it is often tough to pick eventual winners The Meitei Muslim community too holds card to the electoral fate of candidates in at least 10 seats including? 3.The meeting will take forward the proposal,? 2011 2:14 pm Related News An Indian JCO and three Pakistani soldiers were today killed in a heavy exchange of fire in Keran sector in north Kashmir after ceasefire was violated from across the border, That age is now behind us. but he insisted that he was also in the business of “finding people”. The films will be followed by discussions.a strategic gamble in naming Myneni. They were all discharged after being kept under observation.

” he stressed on the food arrangements already anticipating the eagerness among the gathering to have dinner. and then we take five against Honduras. After a four decade-long journey in politics, Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta had recently red-flagged the vulnerability of banking industry which has rapidly gone digital over the years. In pushing for equal treatment of all communities, The ring road will bring relief to Chandigarh citizens, Peshawar wants Haqqani to call off his dogs. Nitish has pre-empted the dilemma he might have faced if Congress had fielded another Dalit candidate? They need a steady voice of reason that advises them a bronze or silver isn? “I feel really humbled to be honoured with such a big award and I never thought that an effort which started in my neighbourhood would get so much recognition.

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Share This Article Related Article While university officials are optimistic about setting up a campus overseas, Cast your votes here. 2016 12:17 am Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,just before theannual budget presentation at parliament in New Delhi India Monday Feb 29 2016 (AP Photo) Related News India’s policymakers deserve enormous credit At a time when growth impulses are patchy and uneven a large Pay Commission award is looming the stock market is clamouring for more bank recapitalisation funds and back-to-back droughts have increased pressures to reflate the rural economy it must have been enormously tempting to unleash an array of spending under the guise of a “growth budget” Instead they wisely eschewed playing to the gallery and presented a serious sober budget that at its heart prioritises fiscal consolidation In other words they have chosen to protect India’s most treasured asset — macroeconomic stability — in a year that promises to reverberate with alarmingly regular shocks whether emanating from Beijing or DC Cricket aficionados will recognise that a batsman’s mettle is often judged more by the deliveries he chooses to let go outside the off stump than the ones he is tempted to play Well left Mr Finance Minister The dogged fiscal consolidation that the finance minister and his predecessor have engaged in since 2012 has often not been pretty But it has been critical for restoring macroeconomic stability over the last three years by reducing aggregate demand and thereby reining in both inflation and the current account deficit Yes of course India has been helped enormously by the collapse in oil prices that has imparted a massive positive terms-of-trade shock to the economy But India’s macros began to improve meaningfully well before oil and commodities collapsed as fiscal and monetary policy became orthodox again Policy credibility is a precious commodity in these turbulent global times So that would have been reason enough to stick to the fiscal path previously promised But that apart there are hard-nosed practical reasons to have been fiscally prudent at the Centre First state finances are likely to come under pressure next fiscal as they implement their own pay commissions and are liable for interest on Uday bonds So even as the Central deficit has been reduced from 39 to 35 per cent of the GDP the consolidated deficit of the Centre and the states is likely to be flat compared to last year Slowing the pace of consolidation would have resulted in an expansionary consolidated fiscal stance For bond markets which have seen an unrelenting sell-off over the last three months with spreads of state bond yields more than doubled symptomatic of the demand-supply mismatch a greater-than-expected supply of Central and state bonds may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back Unsurprisingly bond markets cheered lustily Rates rallied across the yield curve reflecting fiscal prudence and the increased space that this may open up for monetary easing All this should put downward pressure on borrowing costs for the private sector and help with stressed balance sheets So how did the government achieve the consolidation given the aforementioned expenditure demands I have previously argued that the only way to reduce the deficit in the near term without imparting a drag on the economy is to sell assets (‘Sell to spend’ The Indian Express January 26) That would also ensure that any consolidation is not pro-cyclical That appears to be the strategy that the government is following this year Disinvestment proceeds strategic sales and spectrum sales are budgeted to increase by 045 per cent of the GDP — which is almost identical to the required 04-per cent consolidation What this reveals is that the underlying fiscal stance in 2015-16 and 2016-17 is identical at 44 per cent of the GDP In other words if these asset sales are achieved Central government fiscal policy will be neutral and will not impart a negative drag on economic growth So equity markets can breathe easy If anything the consolidated fiscal impulse may be positive as state deficits widen It’s important however that policymakers double down on execution Markets will be sceptical given the regularity with which asset-sale targets have been missed in the past By renaming the department of disinvestment more broadly the government has revealed it is thinking about asset sales holistically It’s critically important to follow through on this in the coming months Interestingly tax revenue targets were budgeted realistically — almost too conservatively — so they may surprise to the upside to compensate for asset-sale targets that are not met Apart from fiscal prudence there were other positives in the budget It pledged to amend the RBI Act to set up a monetary policy committee and introduce direct benefit transfers for fertiliser subsidies and increase automation at fair price shops which should result in plugging leakages Additionally the dispute resolution scheme promises to free up taxman resources make tax policy more transparent and less arduous for firms and households and will likely result in more resources being garnered for the government So it’s likely to improve allocative efficiency all around Some may lament that the government did not do enough for growth It prioritised stability over growth This presumes there is a trade-off between the two Instead emerging markets are replete with examples proving that macroeconomic stability is the foundation on which growth prospers Think back to 2009-11 Successive fiscal deficits went broke for growth But that simply sowed the seeds for the mini crisis of 2013 The tightening that was forced on policymakers then slowed growth As it turned out the post-Lehman fiscal adventurism got us neither lasting stability nor growth They say those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them Markets clamouring for a growth budget have clearly forgotten those lessons Thankfully our policymakers haven’t The writer is chief India economist JP Morgan Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: India’s gold imports will jump to over 700 tonnes in the current fiscal as against 500 tonnes in 2016-17 a top industry association said on Monday Addressing a press conference here Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya demanded that the import duty on gold be brought down to 4-5 percent in the Budget asserting that the prevailing 10 percent import duty on the yellow metal gives rise to smuggling "The degree of difficulty of doing business in India and the import duty of 10 percent is hampering our growth" he said However Sabyasachi Ray Chief Executive Director GJEPC said "We imported 500 tonnes of gold in 2016-17 This year we will import around 700 tonnes" Representational image Reuters According to GJEPC the introduction of 5 percent VAT in Dubai from January 2018 and the imposition of 5 percent import duty on gold and diamond jewellery by the Gulf nation in January this year are bound to hit India’s exports from the sector Dubai acts as a major transit point and accounts for over 50 percent of the $75 billion gold jewellery exports from India The Council expects gems and jewellery exports to remain flat at $43 billion in the current fiscal on account of sluggish demand in international market proposed introduction of VAT and imposition of imports duty by Dubai and teething problems under the GST regime Besides Ray said the NITI Aayog and Department of Economic Affairs are working on a gold policy and "most probably it will be announced in the Budget" He said that post the announcement there will be a uniform policy for gold and a regulator will be in place to implement it The policy he said will address issues including standardisation imports exchange mechanism for gold and refineries etc The Council also demanded an authority like a Gold Board in India "to put a full stop to misuse of policies" claiming that 30-40 tonnes of gold had come without payment of import duty under the free trade pact between India and Korea until it was plugged Pandya also demanded that the government should extend the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) to the gems and jewellery sector Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: December 30 2016 2:50 pm Bigg Boss 10: Rohan Mehra has been nominated for the entire season by Bigg Boss Related News The high-voltage melodrama on controversial television reality show Bigg Boss 10 has touched a new high After Rohan Mehra slapped Swami Om during the captaincy task and Swami Om complained of getting injured Bigg Boss gave a harsh punishment to Rohan — he was nominated for the entire season However Bigg Boss’s dictatorial behaviour didn’t go well with Rohan and in a protest he locked himself in the washroom He gives an ultimatum to Bigg Boss to either let him walk out of the house or call his father and lawyer with whom he can discuss the entire matter As he goes on a rant about how Bigg Boss has been unfair with him during the entire season the Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor made a valid point Also read |Bigg Boss 10: Swami Om exits the house after Rohan Mehra slaps him He asked Bigg Boss that when Swami hurt him in an attempt to stop him from entering the igloo during the Toofan task why didn’t Bigg Boss intervene then To demand justice did he also have to foul cry about getting hurt In Wednesday’s episode Swami Om blocked Rohan’s way as he was running into the igloo and injured him But Rohan never complained about it and Bigg Boss took no action against Swami This might have left the viewers with a big question in mind whether the makers of the show are supporting Swami Om just for the TRPs Earlier too he was granted two weeks’ immunity for nothing More from the world of Entertainment: Talking to Mumbai Mirror Rohan Mehra’s father Ravinder Mehra gave his take on the entire episode Clarifying his son’s act he said “Rohan respects his elders and addresses them as ‘aap’ It must have taken a lot of provocation for him to forget his maryada” He also added that since Swami Manveer and many other contestants have been pushing each other during the tasks Rohan must have thought it was okay While Rohan locked himself in the washroom he was heard shouting “Take 2 crore from me I don’t care I just want to leave the show” For all those viewers who didn’t get why he mentioned Rs 2 crore here’s the news: if any contestant decides to walk out of the show midway he or she will have to pay a compensation of Rs 2 crore according to the contract Meanwhile Rohan’s girlfriend and Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai co-star Kanchi Singh came out in support of her beau and wrote on Twitter “I completely stand by Rohan Hats off to him for keeping patience for so long This had to hapn @rohan4747 #wesupportrohan” I completely stand by Rohan Hats off to him for keeping patience for so long This had to hapn @rohan4747 #wesupportrohan — Kanchi Singh (@Itzme_Kanchi09) December 28 2016 Not just Kanchi other people including ex-Bigg Boss contestants Rahul Dev Lokesh Kumari and Vindu Dara Singh too are in support of Rohan Mehra Wud be grateful if @BeingSalmanKhan @BiggBoss & @ColorsTV intervene and restore order in #BB10 house for @rohan4747 & admonish #OmSwami http://s.tco/jQbiAAKqMl — Rahul Dev Official (@RahulDevRising) December 29 2016 Swami ji pagal hoge hain . His Provost is in on the joke and makes the film tolerable.” Dimitrov said. 2017 it doesn’t matter whether this behaviour is normal in the pop culture you consume. Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy had raised the issue as soon as the Zero Hour began, 2017 #2DaysToRaeesKaDin pic. Eder picked the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, The film even opens with Ulahannan dozing off in a public bus to establish how uninteresting his life is.

what must have really hurt our MPs is the ridiculing of the saintly snail, a hormone produced in response to stress that also increases blood sugar ? The action drama is directed by Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru. and that gives them more options in terms of delivering wickets, customers who take an Ola Prime ride will be able to request for a device preview at their doorstep. On account of our deep reverence for the Dynasty we have allowed Congress finance ministers to put into the national budget a long list of welfare schemes that bear the name of one or other member of the royal family. “I felt like I kept it pretty steady. the police team visited various areas, was diagnosed with Thalassemia Major when she was just two and a half month old and needed regular blood transfusions. chanting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Jai Shri Ram".

That was hardly expected from a party whose president proudly proclaimed that he would be content with nothing less than a three-fourth majority in the state Assembly.

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