He has lost 199 elections so far. But when you are Mr K. Padmarajan, each one of them is a victory, not a loss. In fact, the fewer votes he polls, the more glorious is his win.Already recognised in India by the Limca Book of Records as the "most unsuccessful candidate", the 60-year-old homeopathic practitioner is one of the many oddball candidates participating in the ongoing Indian parliamentary elections, adding vivacity to the world's most diverse democratic exercise. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devicesIn-depth analyses and opinion piecesePaper and award-winning multimedia content Subscribe Now … [Read more...] about 199 losses, but India’s ‘Election King’ keeps contesting
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It is undoubtedly one of the most closely watched contests in the upcoming Indian parliamentary elections. Dr Kanhaiya Kumar, a 32-year-old fresh doctorate holder known for his radical charisma and mesmerising oratorical skills, is up against Mr Giriraj Singh, a 66-year-old political firebrand and incumbent minister in the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government.This political duel in Begusarai, Bihar state, is even more gripping because of Dr Kumar's underdog status as a representative of one of India's poorest political parties and Mr Singh's membership of the richest. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devicesIn-depth analyses and opinion piecesePaper and award-winning multimedia content Subscribe Now … [Read more...] about New way to raise funds in India’s elections
Technology Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy. 12 Feb 2019 10:45PM Bookmark MUMBAI: Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy.The petition, sent by a group that previously dragged WhatsApp to court and a right-wing political activist, comes a day after the panel summoned Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to discuss ways to safeguard citizens' rights on social media and online platforms.Social media companies are coming under increased scrutiny in India ahead of elections due before May in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking another term. Some firms are overhauling policies to curb misinformation ahead of the vote.In a letter to Anurag … [Read more...] about India parliamentary panel urged to summon global heads of Facebook, other tech giants
India is facing a new cash crunch, similar to the one the country faced in the aftermath of demonetization. In November 2016, the Narendra Modi government demonetized 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in order to destroy black or unaccounted wealth, which was supposedly stored in the form of cash. The Ministry of Finance had said in a press release back then: “Use of high-denomination notes for storage of unaccounted wealth has been evident from cash recoveries made by law-enforcement agencies from time to time.” The irony was that data from the Income Tax Department showed that only around 5% of the black wealth recovered during tax raids was held in the form of paper currency. The decision to demonetize more than 86% of the currency in circulation created a huge cash shortage. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Over the last few days, automated teller machines have been running dry across large parts of the country. The Finance Ministry in … [Read more...] about Is India’s latest cash crunch a legacy of demonetization?
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015