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Presidential Election Results 2022 LIVE Updates: Counting underway to elect India’s 15th President between Draupadi Murmu and Yashwant Sinha

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FICCI cuts India’s growth aim

Industry body FICCI has downgraded India’s economic output estimate for this financial year by 40 basis points to 7% owing to geopolitical uncertainties and their impact on Asia’s third largest economy. The median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities is pegged at 3%, while the industry and services sectors are likely to grow by 6.2% and 7.8%, respectively, during the fiscal year.

Retail inflation is seen at 6.7% in this fiscal year ending Mar. 31, in line with RBI’s projections. Inflation is expected to ease starting September and fall back into the 4% range only by June 2023.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejects opposition UDF’s demand for High Court-monitored CBI probe into gold smuggling case – PTI

Congress workers detained

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, leaves her residence for the ED office

NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index 2021

  • Karnataka, Manipur and Chandigarh gets top 3 ranks among states in terms of innovation
  • Manipur, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya in top 3 among North East and Hill states
  • Chandigarh, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands bags top 3 ranks among union territories and city states

The India Innovation Index is a comprehensive tool for the evaluation and development of the country’s innovation ecosystem. It ranks the states and the union territories on their innovation performance to build healthy competition amongst them.

Congress MPs from Parliament head to party headquarters ahead of party chief Sonia Gandhi’s appearance before ED in the National Herald case

Modi holds meeting with key ministers on Parliament strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a meeting with top ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Anurag Thakur and Kiren Rijiju, among others, to discuss the government’s strategy in Parliament. Floor leaders of all Opposition parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha also met today at the office of Leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament. The opposition parties continued their protests in the Parliament today against price rise issue, leading to adjournment of proceedings for some time, minutes after the commencement of today’s session.

Everybody is equal before the law or not? Is the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) a super human being? They (Congress) think they are above the law

– Union Minister Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha

Sri Lankan Navy arrests 6 Tamil Nadu fishermen

Sri Lankan Navy has arrested six fishermen from the Palk Bay area and seized their boats on accusations of poaching in the country’s territorial waters. On July 20, the fishermen went fishing from Rameswaram port after obtaining permission from the Department of Fisheries.

Modi govt targeting political opponents through investigative agencies: Opposition in a joint statement

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm minutes after proceedings for the day started

Rajasthan CM alleges central agency misuse

Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said the way the ruling government is misusing central agencies including Enforcement Directorate is an indication that the democracy is in danger. “Our fight is to save the nation. Today, if they would have been in our place, they would have indulged in arson,” he said. Some congress MPs had today given adjournment motion notices in the parliament, alleging the government to misuse the central agencies such as ED, CBI and tax department.

Floor leaders of Opposition parties meet in Parliament

Floor leaders of Opposition parties including Congress, CPI, CPI(M), IUML, NC, TRS, MDMK, NCP, DMK and RJD met in Parliament today. The opposition has been protesting in and outside of both houses of the Parliament over GST rate increase on essential items, inflation and other issues. The Parliament’s monsoon session commenced on Monday, but the houses were frequently adjourned as opposition parties raised slogans and disrupted the proceedings demanding debate on the price rise issue. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said yesterday the BJP-led government is ready for discussion, but Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is down with Covid-19.

Congress workers protest the ED probe against party chief Sonia Gandhi who will appear before the agency today in National Herald case

Adjournment notices in parliament today

  • Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss “the misuse of Enforcement Directorate”
  • Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi also gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the issue of “misuse of law enforcement and investigative agencies such as ED and CBI by the central government
  • Congress MP KC Venugopal gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha on the issue of “misuse of central agencies in the country including ED, CBI and Income-Tax department to target and harass prominent leaders of a number of political parties by the ruling party”

Congress workers raise slogans at party office, extend support to party chief Sonia Gandhi who is set to appear before ED today for the National Herald case

India Covid-19 update:

  • 21,566 fresh cases reported in 24 hours
  • 45 more deaths due to Covid-19
  • Daily positivity rate 4.25%
  • Covid-19 tally rises to 4,38,25,185, death toll reaches 5,25,870
  • Active caseloads up to 1,48,881 from 1,45,654

Preparations underway to begin counting of votes for Presidential elections

Counting to begin at 11 am

The counting of votes to elect the 15th President of India will begin at 11 am on Thursday at the Parliament House. The counting will take place in Room No 63 in Parliament House and the result will be declared immediately after the counting. The immediate precincts of Room Number 63 have been declared as sanitised and “silent zone”. Only counting officers, officials deployed to assist the Rajya Sabha Secretary General, candidates and one authorised representative of each candidate, observers appointed by the Election Commission and media persons with valid passes will be allowed entry into the counting hall. Rajya Sabha Secretary General PC Mody is the returning officer for the Presidential election. The voting took place on July 18 and was completed in a peaceful manner.

BJP to hold ‘Abhinandan Yatra’ to mark Murmu’s victory

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday will be organising a road show ‘Abhinandan Yatra’ in the national capital to celebrate the likely victory of NDA Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu. As per the plan, after declaration of election results, BJP chief J.P. Nadda will hold a road show from party’s Delhi unit office at Pandit Pant Marg to Rajpath on July 21 evening. Over 5,000 Delhi BJP workers will participate in the road show along with Nadda.

‘Vijay Diwas’: Odisha’s Uparbeda village all set to celebrate

Uparbeda, the tribal village in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district where NDA presidential nominee Draupadi Murmu was born, is in celebration mode and counting the hours when the result of the presidential election would be declared. The villagers have plans to observe Thursday as ‘Vijay Diwas’, convinced that their daughter would be elevated to the country’s top post.

Over 99 per cent of the total electors had cast their ballot in the poll that took place Monday, according to the Election Commission.Eight MPs, including BJP MPs Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre, were among those who missed casting their votes.

A total of 4,809 electors, comprising 776 MPs and 4,033 elected MLAs, are entitled to vote in the election, but nominated MPs and MLAs, and Members of Legislative Council are not.

All ballot boxes from state assemblies had reached the Parliament’s strongroom on Tuesday evening and have been locked there since. The ballot boxes had been flown into the national capital as ‘Mr Ballot Box’ from across the states.

Polling for the presidential election was held between 10am to 5pm Monday at 31 locations including the Parliament house and 30 centres within state legislative assemblies.

Rajya Sabha Secretary General P C Mody, who is the Chief Returning Officer for the poll, will oversee the counting Thursday, the result of which is likely to be declared by the evening.

With ballot boxes from all states having reached the Parliament House, poll officials are ready for the counting in room number 63, the strongroom of Parliament where the boxes are guarded behind a round the clock security.

Ruling NDA’s Draupadi Murmu and Opposition’s Yashwant Sinha are pitted against each other in the contest, with votes clearly stacked in favour of Murmu, who, if elected, will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post in the country.

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