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TRUMP SEEING LAST-MINUTE SURGE, GAINS 7-POINT LEAD OVER BIDEN IN IOWA

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US President Donald Trump has gained a seven-point lead over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the battleground state of Iowa, just before the election day on 3 November, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll released on Saturday.

As per the survey, Trump has garnered 48 per cent support while Biden managed to garner 41 per cent, with Trump’s lead being outside of the survey’s 3.4 margin of error, reported The Hill. The poll could be an indicator that Trump is pulling ahead in the state after recent polls in Iowa showed him neck to neck with Biden.

The poll released on Saturday found that Trump has a 14-point advantage over those who identify as independent, winning 49 per cent of support from the demographic compared to 35 per cent for Biden. The president also holds a 24-point advantage over Biden for men in the state (56 per cent to 32 per cent).

Biden carries women voters by 5 points, garnering 50 per cent support from the demographic compared to Trump’s 41 per cent, according to The Hill.

Earlier last month, a Monmouth University Poll showed Trump with 48 per cent of support as compared to Biden’s 47 per cent.

Trump and Biden have both campaigned in the state this month, and Trump is expected to hold another rally in the state on Sunday. (ANI)

Meanwhile, Trump on Sunday launched his final, two-day sprint of campaigning across the battleground states to make a 2016 presidential battle repeat to register a come-from-behind victory over Biden. Trump is set to make stops in crucial states to make a last-minute surge in his fortunes.

Biden’s national lead over Trump has stayed relatively steady in recent months as Covid-19 has persisted. He is ahead 51% to 43% in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll taken 27-29 October. But Trump is still close to Biden in enough state battlegrounds to give him the 270 state Electoral College votes needed to win a second term. Reuters/Ipsos polls show that the race remains close in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.

On Sunday and Monday, Trump would stage 10 rallies—five a day—making it the campaign’s busiest stretch. He aims to generate enough momentum to drive an overwhelming turnout by his supporters on Tuesday, Election Day. On Sunday, he will hold rallies in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. On Monday his campaign has scheduled events in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and two in Michigan.

He will close out the two-day swing with a late-night rally on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the same location where he finished his campaign in 2016. In his improbable victory four years ago, he took Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three states that for decades had gone in the Democratic column.

At a rally on Saturday in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Trump seemed to lament his close race with Biden, who he considers a weak opponent. “This could only happen to me,” Trump said. “How could we be tied?”

Despite Biden’s lead in national opinion polls, the state-by-state surveys of battleground states show a closer race.

As per a Reuters report, to win again Trump has to chart a narrow path by winning states he won in 2016, like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa and Arizona, and holding at least one of the Midwestern states that he took four years ago, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin.

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Maritime India Summit 2021 to help in furthering growth of India’s maritime economy: PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the Maritime India Summit 2021, which will be inaugurated on Tuesday, will help in furthering growth of India’s maritime economy.
“At 11 AM, 2nd March, the Maritime India Summit would be inaugurated. This Summit brings together key stakeholders from the maritime sector and will play a leading role in furthering the growth of India’s maritime economy,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Maritime India Summit 2021 is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on a virtual platform www.maritimeindiasummit.in from March 2 to March 4 via video conferencing.
The summit will visualise a roadmap for India’s Maritime sector for next decade and will work to propel India to the forefront of the Global Maritime Sector. Eminent speakers from several countries are expected to attend the summit and explore the potential business opportunities and investments in Indian Maritime domain. Denmark is the partner country for the three-day summit. (ANI)

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Rahul Gandhi dances with school students, does push-ups in Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 2 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday interacted and danced with the students at St Joseph Matric Higher Secondary School in Kanyakumari.
Rahul danced on a raised platform along with AICC Tamil Nadi In-Charge Dineshj Gundu Rao and PCC Chief KS Alagiri and students of the school. He also did push-ups on a request by a student during the interaction.
“People give definition that I am a politician. That is just a label that people put to simplify things. But that is not my job. My job is to look at the talents available in the country, understand their strengths, their weaknesses, and help them attain their maximum possibilities,” Rahul said during the interaction.
“My job is to listen carefully what they want and understand their goals. The second part of my job is to try and do whatever I can do, so that they can attain whatever they desire. I am here to understand your those needs,” he added.
When asked by a student what he would ask the PM if he got to interview him in public, Rahul said, “This is a tricky question. India has 1.3 billion people of different ideas, languages, cultures, and visions. Why are you convinced that all the answers come from you?”
Earlier in the day, Rahul had attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for attempting to humiliate and crush Tamil culture.
“This election is about giving a message. First is, that our country is a country of different religions, cultures, languages, histories and we respect all that. We do not accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and RSS’ attempt to humiliate and crush Tamil culture, language and Tamil history,” he said.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday.
Polls will be held for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu with the Congress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK alliance being the major groups contesting against each other. (ANI)

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Tejashwi meets Mamata Banerjee, offers full support of RJD in Bengal Assembly polls

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Howrah (West Bengal) [India], March 1 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and offered his full support to her in the coming assembly polls in the state.
Addressing the media after meeting the TMC supremo at Nabanna, the state secretariat here, Tejashwi told reporters, “It is Lalu ji’s decision to provide full support to Mamata Ji. Our first priority is to stop BJP from coming to power in Bengal.”
He also took a jibe at the “baraat” of BJP leaders in the recent weeks arriving in West Bengal to campaign for the party and questioned their ability to run the government in the state better than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“BJP is such a big party. The BJP has brought a “Baarat” (procession) of all the union ministers to West Bengal. Who is their groom? Name a single BJP leader who is more experienced than Mamta Banerjee in running the government. Will you hand over power to a leader who does not have any experience?” Tejashwi Yadav asked while speaking to ANI.
“The biggest thing is support to courage, Tejashwi bhai is fighting, so we are fighting and vice versa, said the West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee speaking to reporters after the meeting here at Nabanna, the state secretariat.
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Tejashwi Yadav was also scheduled to to chair election committee’s meeting today at her residence in Kalighat.
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Yadav had not attended the brigade ground meeting called by the left, Congress and ISF in Kolkata on Sunday.
West Bengal will witness eight-phased Assembly polls beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly. Congress and the Left have stitched the alliance for the polls and had already finalised the seat-sharing agreement.
With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. (ANI)

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Plea filed in SC to establish Transgender Welfare Board to address social welfare issues of trans-people

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): A petition was filed on Monday in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and state governments to establish a Transgender Welfare Board to address the social welfare issues of transgender persons.
The petition filed by Kinner Maa Ek Samajik Sanstha Trust through its President, Salma Umar Khan Sakerker, also sought direction to appoint a standing committee comprising Station House Officers and human rights and social activists to promptly investigate reports of gross abuses by the police against transgender person.
Transgender people should be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else and be able to live, and be respected, according to their gender identity, but these people often face serious discrimination and mistreatment at work, school, and in their families and communities, stated the plea filed through advocates CR JayaSukin and Narender Verma.
The petition said that transgender people are deprived of social and cultural participation and hence they have restricted access to education, health care and public places which further deprives them of the Constitutional guarantee of equality before law and equal protection of laws. The community is facing neglect, isolation, insult, social ostracisation are due to transprejudice that runs deeps in the society and transgenders are still considered “untouchable” in India, the plea said.
It added that the main problems that are being faced by the transgender community are of discrimination, unemployment, lack of educational facilities, homelessness, lack of medical facilities, depression, hormone pill abuse, tobacco and alcohol abuse, penectomy, and problems related to marriage and adoption, the it added.
“The right to recognition as a person before the law is guaranteed in numerous international human rights conventions, and is a fundamental aspect of affirming the dignity and worth of each person. Legal gender recognition is also an essential element of other fundamental rights – including to privacy, to freedom of expression, to be free from arbitrary arrest, and rights related to employment, education, health, security, access to justice, and the ability to move freely,” it stressed.
The petitioner further said that in 2014 the Supreme Court delivered its judgment in the National Legal Services Authority vs Union of India case in which it recognised the rights of transgender people in India and laid down a series of measures for securing transgender people’s rights by mandating the prohibition of discrimination, recommending the creation of welfare policies.
The Parliament passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act in 2019 and the statutory provisions of the Act prohibit discrimination against transgender people. But the act violates the NALSA judgment on various fronts, the plea stated.
It said the act violates the NALSA judgement by failing to provide reservations in admissions to educational institutions and public appointments by treating the transgender community as socially and educationally backward classes of citizens.
The act gives the District Magistrate (DM) the power to recognise a person as trans, while the NALSA judgment of the Supreme Court allowed self identification of gender, it noted
The petitioner stated that the NALSA judgment had further said that any insistence on SRS (sex reconstruction surgery) was illegal and stressed that self-determination of gender is integral to one’s personality and dignity. However, the 2019 Act specifies that to identify as male or as female, one must supply proof of surgery to the magistrate. Activists say this gives immense power to the DM, leading to the possibility of arbitrariness and misuse. (ANI)

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Beginning of end of BJP’s ‘jumla raj’ in Goa: Kamat after HC sets aside DMA notification on municipal reservation

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Margao (Goa) [India], March 1 (ANI): Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Monday said that the High Court striking down notification dated February 4, 2021, issued by Director of Municipal Administration is beginning of “end of BJP Jumla Raj” in Goa.
Reacting to the decision of the High Court ordering the authorities to issue fresh notification within ten days to complete the process by April 15, 2021, Kamat alleged that the hidden agenda of the BJP Government not to give proper representation to SC, ST and OBC and depriving Women and Bhahujan Samaj from emerging as leaders stood completely exposed.
The Urban Development Department, last month issued the notification reserving 102 wards for women, Schedule Tribes, Schedule Caste and Other Backward Classes in 11 municipal councils, for which elections are likely to take place this month.
The Opposition had slammed the government for the haphazard process which was undertaken without following proper criteria. Sitting councillors, across municipal councils, too have expressed their complete displeasure over the reservations and delimitation.
Accusing the BJP government of always trying to face the Polls with electoral manipulation, he said: “The dictatorial BJP Government has always tried to bulldoze the democratic process of electioneering with high handedness using the Government machinery. It is unfortunate that the people have to go to courts to seek justice against the gross violations of electoral process by the BJP Government.”
“Today, the power has gone to the head of the BJP functionaries. They are least bothered about upholding the Principals of Democracy. I appeal to the people of Goa to teach the insensitive BJP Government a lesson in the forthcoming Municipal Elections,” he added. (ANI)

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No decision taken without party’s permission, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over Anand Sharma’s remarks

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 1 (ANI): West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Adhir Ranjan Choudhury on Monday reacted to Anand Sharma’s remarks over party’s alliance with Furfura Sharif’s Indian Secular Front (ISF), saying, “No decision is being taken without the permission of the party.”
With this, the crack within Indian National Congress (INC) is out in the open.
Earlier, Congress leader Anand Sharma tweeted, “Congress’ alliance with parties like Indian Secular Front (ISF) and other such forces militates against the core ideology of the party and Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism, which forms the soul of the party. These issues need to be approved by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
Sharma also tweeted that, “Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists but must do so in all its manifestations, irrespective of religion and colour. The presence and endorsement West Bengal PCC President is painful and shameful, he must clarify.”
Congress and the Left front allaince sat for a meeting today to discuss seat sharing for the upcoming assembly polls.
Till now, 92 seats have been finalised for Congress to contest the upcoming West Bengal Assembly election.
The list of candidates for these seats will be announced in two days’ time, Choudhury informed.
West Bengal is scheduled to see elections in eight phases starting from March 27 and concluding in April 29 for its 294 assembly seats. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates. The commission has made adequate arrangements to ensure effective implementation of MCC guideline. (ANI)

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