Summary of The Hindu 15th MARCH 2024

Poll bonds 22 firms donated over ₹100 crore

Ram Nath Kovind committee on Simultaneous polls submitted its report  to President Draupadi Murmu .

The committee has following key suggestion

     Simultaneous polls at gap of 100 days – The committee has favored Simultaneous polls to Look Sabha and state assemblies in the first stage , and holding municipal and Panchayat polls within 100 days of the general elections within the next phase .

     “ Appointed date” for election  –  It has recommended the President to set an “ appointed date “ after LoK Sabha elections .  The next General elections and Assembly elections will be on the same appointed date .

     Hung Parliament and No Confidence Motion – In case of Hung Parliament and No Confidence Motion’ , if election is performed  , in that case the tenure of the house will “ only for the unexpired the (  remaining ) term of the immediately proceedings full term house .

     Constitutional Amendments – The panel has recommended over all 18 amendments to the constitution . The articles to be amended include , Article 83 ( duration of the house of parliament )  and Article 172 ( duration of state legislature ) of the constitution .

Article 324 A ( Simultaneous Elections in Panchayats and Municipalities .)

Article 325A  to allow election commission and state election commission to prepare a common electoral roll and voter ID

     Current situation – “ Now , several elections  are being held every year . This causes a huge burden on the government , businesses , courts , political parties , candidates contesting elections , and civil societies at large .” report observes

Congress and other parties has criticized the report citing that it aims to “ dismantle “ the constitution .

Poll bonds : 22 firms donated over ₹100 crore

The Election Commission ( EC ) on Monday published data on poll bonds received from SBI on March 12 .

The data has following findings :

Key Donors

     A total electoral bond of ₹12,135 crore was purchased by donors

     22 Parties donated more than ,₹100 crore

     Future Gaming and hotel services PR owned by lottery magnate Santiago Martin was the single largest donor to political parties between April 2019 and January 2024 .The firm doabated a cumulative sum of ₹1368 crore via electoral bond .

The Enforcement Directorate ( ED ) had attached ₹411 crore in the bank account of this firm , and other companies in March 2022 .

     Other Major donors  include Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited ( MEIL ) , ₹966 crore . Qwik Supply Chain ( ₹410 crore ) , Haldia Energy ( ₹377 cr ) .Essel Mining  ( 224.45 crore ) , Bharti Airtel ( ₹198 crore )

Political Parties who gained :

     Among parties , Bharatiya Janata Party encased electoral bond worth ₹6060 crore ( 47.5%)  , the highest among all parties ,  The all India Trinamool Congress received ₹1609.5 cr (12.6%) , followed by Congress which received ( ₹1421.9 cr ( 11.1% ) .

Gyanesh Kumar , Sukhbir Sandhu appointed election commissioner

The President of India on Thursday appointed retired Bureaucrats Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as Election Commissioners ( EC) .

This is the first time when the ECs were appointed according to EC and other ECE appointment conditions .

The committee was composed of the PM  , a cabinet minister chosen by the PM  , and Leader of Opposition .

Yesterday , the committee consisted of  PM Narendra Modi , Home Minister Amit Shah and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary .

Don’t ride piggyback on Sharad Pawar to get votes , SC tells Ajit

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Ajit Pawar party to not use photographs and the name of Sharad Pawar on its pamphlets .

The Sharad Pawar faction had filed a plea in court against the Ajit Pawar faction.

Modi will travel to Bhutan next week

Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay is on a five day visit to India.  This is his first visit to India after being reelected as PM in January .

Mr Togbay met with PM Modi on Thursday night .

PM Modi posted on X that he had “ productive discussion encompassing various aspects of (India Bhutan’s ) unique and special partnership . “ And thanked the King of Bhutan for the invitation to Bhutan .

If election dates are announced and model code of Conduct is out in place ., PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan will carry on major agreements .

Bhutan is building  GMC ( Gelephu Mindful city ) on Bhutan’s southern border with Assam .

Will oust  BJP this election says Kisan Mahapanchayat

Thousands of Kisan who gathered here on Thursday on Kisan Mahapanchayat unde the Samyukt Kisan Morcha ( SKM ) banner resolved to defeat the BJP in coming Lok Sabha elections .

Alleging that the policies of the center were pro corporate and anti farmer , SKM gave a call of mass protest against BJP .

A resolution was adopted to “ expose and punish” the BJP .


Sri Lanka gets bomb disposal device through Chinese agent

Sri Lanka has received a stock of bomb disposal equipment through a grant from Chinese military , Srilankan Military has said .

Beijing confirmed that a military delegation visited the Maldives , Sri Lanka and Nepal from March 4 to 13  to discuss further defense cooperation.

The enhanced military engagement between Beijing and Colombo remains a cause of concern for New Delhi .

Currently New Delhi and Colombo helds annual defense dialogue . And the two countries are involved in a long standing defense partnership despite this Chinese closeness is a cause of concern .

UK govt releases new guidelines for extremism

The UK government has released its own new guidelines on extremism . The new expanded definition adds a policy of banning government funding and association with designated organizations .

PM Rishi Sunak had earlier warned of increased Anti Sematic and Islamophobic activities as the reasons behind this .

China says US Til Tok vote logic of a bandit

On Wednesday , the US house of Representatives approved a Bill that would force Tik Tok to digest from its parent company or face a nationwide ban .

On Thursday , China blasted it as a “ bandit “ mentality , and said that it should take “ all necessary measures “ to protect the interest of companies overseas .

“ The US should truly respect the principles of market economy ( and ) stop unjustly suppressing foreign companies “. Chinese Commerce ministry’s spokesperson He Yadong said.

Tik Tok has repeatedly denied that it is under control of Chinese Communist parties .


Mumbai breaks Vidarbha’s resolve , ascends cloud 42

Mumbai defeated Vidarbha in final of Ranji Trophy . It is Mumbai’s  42 nd Ranji  win in 89 editions .

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