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' ' ' ' As many as 63 (18%) candidates have declared criminal cases and 39 (11%) serious criminal cases against them in the by-poll for 28 assembly constituencies. There are 355 candidates in the fray . The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has done analysis of criminal background, financial and education status of the candidates contesting elections. According to the ADR report, 50% (14) out of 28 Congress candidates contesting the bypolls have criminal cases against them. The BJP has fielded 43% (12) contestants with criminal background. BSP and SP have fielded 29% candidates with criminal cases. Overall 16 (9%) out of total 178 from independent candidates have criminal cases against them. The ADR has classified serious criminal cases separately which include offence for which maximum punishment is of 5 years or more. Non-bailable offences, crime against women, murder, kidnap and offences related to loss to state exchequer and electoral offenses are put in this category. 11% (39) have declared serious criminal cases, the number of BJP candidates stands at 8 (29%) and Congress 6 (21%). At least 3 (11%) of 28 Bahujan Samaj remchand of Congress Pcontesting GudduSanwerby-polls from is the richest candidate in the Party candidates analysed, 4(29%) out of 14 Samajwadi Party candidates and 13(7%) out of 178 Independent candidates analysed are charged with serious criminal offences. One candidate has been charged with murder and seven attempt to ! ' $#' more than Rs 1 crore. The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly by elections is Rs 1.10 Crores. Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 28 INC candidates analysed is Rs. 5.82crore, 28 BJP candidates analysed is Rs 3.17crore, 28 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 1.56crores, 14 SP candidates have average assets of Rs 33.87 lakh and 178 Independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 32.10lakhs. murder. Ten (36%) out of 28 constituencies are in Red alert constituencies. Red alert constituencies are those where 3 or more contesting candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. ($ ( &$# % &(+ In the run-up to by-elections, the Congress has received another jolt. The party's legislator from Damoh, Rahul Lodhi, resigned from the House membership and switched over to Bharatiya Janata . Party Lodhi planned to defect to the BJP long time ago but the Congress leadership pacified him at that time. Lodhi is the 26th legislator who quit the Vidhan Sabha membership and switched over to the BJP . Lodhi reached Vidhan Sabha and submitted his protem to resignation speaker Rameshwar Sharma who immediately ac- 4-day Army Commanders' Conference from today Army Chief to visit Nepal on Nov 4 amid row over map The Army Commanders' Conference, an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions through collegiate deliberations in the Indian , Army is being held in New Delhi from Oct 26 to 29, 2020. The event is generally attended by senior officers of the Army including the VCOAS, all Army Commanders, Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) of the Army HQ and other senior officers. "The first day will be spent deliberating on matters related to Human Resource Management. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the conference on October 27, 2020. The third day will be spent on in-depth discussions on the various agenda points projected by the various Army Commanders, including an update by CINCAN. This will be followed by brief updates on various issues by the various Principal Staff Officers. The last day of the conference will include an update by the Director-General of Border Roads (DGBR) on the various infrastructure development projects being Border by undertaken Roads Organisation (BRO) and allied formations. New Delhi: Army Chief General MM Naravane's three-day visit to Nepal beginning November 4 is expected to have a significant diplomatic overtone with India looking at resetting relations with the Himalayan nation after the ties came under severe strain following a bitter border row, officials said to. day The Chief of Army Staff is scheduled to hold extensive talks with the top civilian and military brass of Nepal including his counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa on key issues such as further boosting the management of the nearly 1,800 km-long border between the two countries. "The Chief of Army Staff is scheduled to visit Nepal from November 4 to 6 with an aim to strengthen overall ties including in areas of defence and security," a source told news agency PTI. In continuation of an age-old tradition that started in 1950, General Naravane will be conferred with the honorary rank of "General of the Nepal Army" by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari at an event in Kathmandu. India also confers the honorary rank of "General of Indian Army" to the Nepal Army Chief. 142 test positive, two deaths in city Number of positive patients• dropped to• the lowest of what was recorded in last two months. City also sees a drop of over 100 cases in a day as 142 patients were found• posi.• tive out of 4881 sample reports received on Sunday Rate of positive patients was recorded at 2.95 percent and total number of patients reached to 33459. Two deaths were reported taking total deaths to 679, so far. According to the bulletin released by the CMHO, reports of total samples received till Sunday night was 382560. As many . as 4726 samples were tested negative on Sunday Department has taken only 1150 more samples for testing as officials trust more on rapid antigen test. As many as 3340 patients are going . under treatment in various hospitals of the city Total 29440 patients have been discharged so far. As many as 159 patients were added to the discharged patients list on Sunday as reconciliation. Health officials said that these were the patients who were discharged but were not informed by hospitals. A villager was killed by elephants in buffer zone of Badhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Umaria district on intervening night of Saturday . and Sunday Elephants and tigers have created panic in villages in buffer zone of Badhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Umaria district. People in Sehra, Piparia, Balaichap, Mahawan villages live in constant fear because of elephants and tigers entering their area. Two men were sleeping on scaffolding for supervision of crops. A herd of elephants hit the scaffolding. As a result, both of them fell. One of them was trampled to death by elephants. There are 42 elephants in Badhavgarh forest area and 32 of them move in Jaising Nagar. On its part, forest department has deployed teams to protect villagers. Besides, its teams are raising awareness in villages on what safety measures to adopt. Usually villagers supervise , crops at night and fall prey to wild animals. Vincet Rahim, director of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, said elephants enter villages to eat crops. "We have sounded alert in villages lying in buffer zone. We are supporting panicked villagers," he added. 80 crorepatis in poll fray with total assets of more than Rs 86 crores. Susheel Prasad of Bhartiya Amrit Party in fray from Biaora has , total assets of Rs 15 crore while Rajvardhan Singh Dattigaon of BJP contesting from Badnawar ranks third in high asset candidates, with total assets worth more than Rs 13 crore. Prabhuram Chowdhary of BJP has the highest income (as per ITR records) among candidates in 28 constituencies. Chowdhary contest, ing from Sanchi, has income of Rs 84 lakh per annum. Congress Mandhata candidate Uttampal Singh has income of Rs 30 lakh while Pooran Singh Ahirwar stands third in income with Rs 49 lakh per annum. Out of total 355 candidates, 80 (23%) are crorepatis. Among the major parties 23 (82%) out of 28 candidates analysed are from BJP, 22(79%) candidates contesting from Congress ticket are crorepatis. 13(46%) from BSP, 2 (14%) out of 14candidates analysed from SP and 14(8%) out of 178 Independent candidates have declared assets worth ! ! Indo-Pacific, China to be focus of high-level India-US talks NEW DELHI: India and the U.S. are working to finalize a key military pact on geospatial cooperation during high-level talks set , for Tuesday as they intensify engagement with two other members of the socalled Quad grouping -Australia and Japan -- to challenge what they see an increasingly assertive China in the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will visit New Delhi to participate in the third edition of the 'India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue' with their counterparts S. Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, respec. tively Signifying the importance of the meeting is that the Americans are traveling to New Delhi just ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. Presidential election and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both countries are the world's worst hit by COVID19 with the U.S. having so far reported over 8.4 mil- lion infections and India more than 7.7 million. The dialogue "will entail a comprehensive discussion on crosscutting bilateral issues of mutual interest," India's external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during a virtual media briefing on , Thursday adding that Pompeo and Esper will also jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their two-day visit starting . Monday cepted it and issued a notification that the seat has fallen vacant. After Lodhi's resignation, by-election to Damoh seat will be held in coming days. In the assembly elections, Lodhi had defeated former minister Jayant Malaiya.Now that Lodhi has resigned, the Congress is left with 87 members in the House. I told MLA to stay in Congress: CM Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he tried to convince Rahul Lodhi to stay back in the Congress, but the legislator pleaded that development is done only during the BJP rule. Therefore, he thought it better to switch over to the BJP Chouhan said. Whatev, er Lodhi says about the development of Damoh will be done, Chouhan said. PM has decided when there will be war with China, Pak: UP BJP chief when there would be war with Pakistan and China," he is heard saying in a video clip on social media. "Sambandhit tithi tai hai (the date has been decided)," he said. Singh was speaking at an event at the home of BJP MLA Sanjay Yadav, who released the video. In his address, Singh compared SP and BSP workers with "terrorists". When asked about the remarks, local MP Ravindra Kushwaha said the the UP BJP president made them to boost the morale of party workers. Singh's reported remarks appear to deviate from India's stand. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that India wanted an end to the border tension with China * ( ( &&$& '(' In a controversial remark, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Dev Swatantra Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided when the country would be at war with Pakistan and China. His remarks on Friday came amid tension at the Line of Actual Control between India and China. The BJP leader linked his claim to the beginning of construction of Ram temple and the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. "Like the decisions on Ram Mandir and Article 370, PM Modi has decided TV actor caught procuring drugs "$# & # ! In three raids since Saturday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major crackdown on drug trafficking, arresting six people, including a television actor and a Tanzanian national. The operation, which spanned across multiple locations in western suburbs and south Mumbai, was headed by the NCB’s Mumbai zonal director, Sameer Wankhede. arrested agency The Preetika Chauhan, 30, a television actor, while she was allegedly receiving drugs from one Faisal, 20, a supplier. The duo were caught around 7pm at the Machhimar area in Versova on Saturday and the agency successfully seized 99 grams of marijuana from them. The NCB sources confirmed that the actress has been charged with consumption. “She was caught redhanded while procuring the drugs,” said a source privy to the information. Further investigation led the NCB to nab Versova resident Deepak Rathaur, who is alleged to have supplied the Faisal. to marijuana histoa is “Rathaur rysheeter, with a case registered against him with Mumbai Police’s anti-narcotics cell. He has been a supplier to many high-profile clients in the VersovaAndheri belt,” the source added. Similarly, the NCB seized four grams of cocaine at Mohammad Ali Road Road near Masjid and arrested one Bruno John Ngwale, a Tanzanian national. Based on his interrogation, the agency seized 4.40 grams of ecstasy and 1.88 grams of 6.28 totalling MDMA, grams at Versova and arrested one Rohit Hire. “Ngwale has been a supplier of cocaine,” said the source. *% '#( ! !