Delhi MCD Election Results 2017 LIVE: BJP set to win 182 seats; AAP blames “EVM wave” for its rout

The MCD polls are being seen as a test of popularity of the AAP government, BJP’s ability to score a hat-trick in the local body and Congress’s efforts to revive itself in the metropolis.

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New Delhi: The counting process for polls to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is underway.

A total of 270 seats are up for grabs. The election to two wards was postponed due to death of candidates.

The MCD polls are being seen as a test of the popularity of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ability to score a hat-trick in the local body and Congress’s efforts to revive itself in the metropolis.

While the BJP, AAP, and the Congress are major players, Swaraj India, a party floated by former AAP leaders, made its debut in the MCD polls 2017. Other parties in the fray include Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Shiv Sena.

The Delhi State Election Commission has set up 35 centres for counting of votes and the results are expected by afternoon.

A total of 2,537 candidates are in the fray for North Delhi Municipal Corporation (103 seats) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (104 seats), and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (63 seats).

Here are the LIVE updates:

  • 10:40 am: EDMC Election Results (63/63): BJP ahead in 42, Congress – 07, AAP – 11, Others – 03
    NDMC Election Results (103/103): BJP – 67, Congress – 14, AAP – 17, Others – 05
    SDMC Election Results (104/104): BJP – 70, Congress – 13, AAP – 16, Others – 05
  • As the BJP was poised to sweep the civic polls, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari says Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal must resign and promised that the BJP, which has been heading the civic bodies for the past 10 years, will “clean the city in four months”.
  • Union Minister and BJP leader Harsh Vardhan tweets: “when you abuse the PM, you’re not abusing a political party but entire 125 crore people of the country. And this is how people reply, Mr AK.”
  • Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitender Singh thanks voters of Delhi, says: “BJP is the only viable option available to voter today and that is why, BJP has been given mandate at every level.”
  • Aam Aadmi Party leader Gopal Rai, speaking to the media after the counting trends showed the BJP making a clean sweep in the civic polls, says: “This is not a Modi wave, this is an EVM wave. This is the same wave that they (BJP) used in the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab polls.”
  • Aam Aadmi Party wins in Tilak Nagar seat.
  • Senior AAP leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, is at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal`s Civil Lines residence as counting trends for the Delhi Municipal Corporation polls showed the Aam Aadmi Party trailing behind the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • First results: BJP wins from Janakpuri West and Janakpuri East
  • The municipal elections in Delhi were “foundational elections” for the Swaraj India Party and leaders have “zero expectations” of winning any seat, party chief Yogendra Yadav says.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra tweets: “Three A’s which are responsible for “A”Kejriwal’s loss: 1)Arrogance
    2)Abuses & Accusations
    3)Ambitions of Self over Aspirations of   Delhi”
  • The BJP was leading in 182 wards, the AAP in 40, the Congress in 38, and Others in 10 wards in the Delhi civic polls.
  • 8:57 am: EDMC Election Results (63/63): BJP ahead in 40, Congress – 13, AAP – 09, Others – 01
    NDMC Election Results (103/103): BJP – 72, Congress – 15, AAP – 15, Others – 01
    SDMC Election Results (104/104): BJP – 76, Congress – 15, AAP – 13, Others – 00
  • Trends look in tune with what I saw during campaigning. People have faith in policies of BJP and leadership of PM Narendra Modi: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan
  • 8:47 am: EDMC Election Results (60/63): BJP ahead in 38, Congress – 13, AAP – 09, Others – 0
    NDMC Election Results (98/103): BJP – 63, Congress – 22, AAP – 12, Others – 1
    SDMC Election Results (97/104): BJP – 65, Congress – 19, AAP – 10, Others – 3
  • Delhi Election Commission official trends: BJP – 44, Congress – 10, AAP – 4, Independent – 1
  • 8:40 am: EDMC Election Results (57/63): BJP ahead in 40, Congress – 13, AAP – 2, Others – 2
    NDMC Election Results (93/103): BJP – 60, Congress – 22, AAP – 10, Others – 1
    SDMC Election Results (77/104): BJP – 45, Congress – 19, AAP – 10, Others – 3
  • 8:35 am: EDMC Election Results (53/63): BJP ahead in 40, Congress – 9, AAP – 2, Others – 2
    NDMC Election Results (89/103): BJP – 60, Congress – 19, AAP – 9, Others – 1
    SDMC Election Results (65/104): BJP – 45, Congress – 13, AAP – 4, Others – 3
  • 8:30 am: EDMC Election Results (48/63): BJP ahead in 35, Congress – 9, AAP – 2, Others – 2
    NDMC Election Results (52/103): BJP – 50, Congress – 1, AAP – 1, Others – 0
    SDMC Election Results (39/104): BJP – 25, Congress – 10, AAP – 4, Others – 0
  • Bharatiya Janata Party`s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday said he was sure his party would win the civic polls. “I am sure we will win. I have no doubt about it,” Tiwari told the media, as counting of votes began. He said the BJP would make Delhi a “clean city” and free it from all sorts of diseases after the party “wins” the municipal elections.
  • 8:20 am: EDMC Election Results (19/63): BJP ahead in 11, Congress – 4, AAP – 2, Others – 2
    NDMC Election Results (17/103): BJP – 15, Congress – 1, AAP – 1, Others – 0
    SDMC Election Results (19/104): BJP – 14, Congress – 1, AAP – 4, Others – 0
  • 8:16 am: EDMC Election Results (63): BJP ahead in six, Congress – 0, AAP – 1
    NDMC Election Results (103): BJP – 15, Congress – 1, AAP – 1
    SDMC Election Results (104): BJP – 9, Congress – 1, AAP – 0
  • EDMC Election Results: BJP opens account with lead in one seat
  • NDMC Election Results: BJP takes lead in three seats, Congress in 1
  • SDMC Election Results: BJP ahead in two seats
  • On Tuesday, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had called Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal ‘mentally sick’.
  • Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari offers prayers ahead of counting of votes.
  • Out of 71,39,994 total votes polled, South Delhi polled maximum 26,87,685 votes, followed by North Delhi at 26,80,011. East Delhi polled 17,72,298 votes.
  • The high-stakes civic polls were held on April 23 which saw a voter turnout of 53.58 percent, a shade higher than in the 2012 elections.

 

Chhota Rajan sentenced to seven years in jail in fake passport case

A CBI court here on Tuesday sentenced underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan to seven years in jail for holding a fake passport.

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New Delhi: A CBI court here on Tuesday sentenced underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan to seven years in jail for holding a fake passport.

WATCH: Lionel Messi scores 500th goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid to win El Clasico

Lionel Messi scored two goals against Real Madrid guiding Barcelona to a 3-2 win which also took them to the top of La Liga points table.

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Madrid: Barcelona legend Lionel Messi produced yet another brilliant show for his team during Sunday’s match against Real Madrid where he scored his 500th goal for the club. Barcelona moved to the top of the La Liga table with a 3-2 win over their rivals.

Messi’s 500th goal, second of the match, came at a crucial time, after he netted one off his left foot from inside the area after a cross by Jordi Alba.

While Casemiro had opened the scoring for Madrid, Messi hit the equaliser soon.

After Barca’s thrilling win, manager Luis Enrique was full of praise for Messi.

“He is the best player for me in history and I have seen a lot of football,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique as he celebrated victory in his final Clasico in charge.

“In modern football when everyone is tactically and physically better he still makes the difference.

“The fact he has scored his 500th goal shows all of us as Barca fans are lucky to have him identified with the club.”

El Clasico: Lionel Messi’s 500th goal guides Barcelona to 3-2 win over Real Madrid

But Barca looked well on the road to victory when Ivan Rakitic`s stunning effort put the visitors 2-1 in front before Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a wild lunge on Messi.

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Madrid: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi`s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

“He is the best player for me in history and I have seen a lot of football,” said Enrique.

“In modern football when everyone is tactically and physically better he still makes the difference.

“The fact he has scored his 500th goal shows all of us as Barca fans are lucky to have him identified with the club.”

The timing of Messi`s strike also saw Barca gain revenge for Sergio Ramos`s stoppage time equaliser in a 1-1 draw when the sides last met back in December.

“It is marvellous for us to win in the 92nd minute. It is something that is normally more a characteristic of our rivals, but we like to do it too,” added Enrique.

Barca lead at the top of the table thanks to their better head-to-head record. Madrid, though, still have the advantage as they have a game in hand.

“To score in the 92nd minute is a huge confidence boost,” said Enrique, who will leave the club at the end of the season.

However, he and Barca captain Andres Iniesta called on Messi, whose contract expires at the end of next season, not to follow him in leaving the Camp Nou.

“Barca is an incredible club with many years of history, but without doubt an important part of that history is Leo Messi,” Enrique said.”I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise,” said Iniesta.

“After so many years he is still decisive. It is an honour and a blessing for the club to have him.”

By contrast, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was left to lament his side`s over adventurous nature after conceding in stoppage time after being reduced to 10 men.

Messi had cancelled out Casemiro`s opener before half-time.

But Barca looked well on the road to victory when Ivan Rakitic`s stunning effort put the visitors 2-1 in front before Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a wild lunge on Messi.

However, Madrid rallied when a man down as substitute James Rodriguez fired home an equaliser four minutes from time.

“Drawing the game with 10 men, to press high up the field is dangerous and we paid for that,” said Zidane.

“I can`t criticise the players for anything though. We gave our all, but we didn`t manage to get the three points.

“We didn`t deserve to lose, but that is football.”

Madrid now need to take at least 16 points from their final six La Liga games to be guaranteed the title.

“There will be much more of a title race, but it is still in our own hands,” added Zidane.

Madrid were also dealt a fresh injury blow for the remainder of their league season and upcoming Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid as Gareth Bale faces another spell on the sidelines.

The Welshman lasted just 38 minutes on his return after missing Madrid`s last two outings with persistent ankle problems.

“I don`t regret anything,” said Zidane over his decision to start Bale.

“I am disappointed for him. He started the game well and then the injuries we can`t control.

“We will see what exactly the injury is and hope it is as little as possible.”

Exit polls predict massive BJP victory in MCD elections, rout for Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi: Voting began on Sunday morning for the Delhi municipal polls to 272 wards in which the ruling BJP is locked in a triangular battle with the Congress and the AAP.

Both the BJP and the Congress have exuded confidence about winning the electoral battle while the AAP is seeking to replicate its 2015 Assembly elections performance, despite suffering a debacle in the Rajouri Garden bypoll.

Polling began at 8 am amid tight security arrangements across the city.

For the first time in MCD elections, None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available.

The BJP is seeking to retain the turf which it has held for the last 10 years and fielded all fresh faces from 267 wards. The party has projected for itself a tally of over 200 out of the 272 seats.

The AAP and the Congress too have claimed that they will cross the 200-mark.

The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Municipal Corporations.

Feeling drained? Forget coffee, take the stairs for 10 minutes to re-energize yourself!

The study aimed to simulate the hurdles faced in a typical office setting, where workers spend hours sitting and staring at computer screens and don’t have time for a longer bout of exercise during the day.

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New Delhi: What really gets your energy levels going in the mornings or when you’re absolutely exhausted? Some people would say coffee, some may say tea, while some would also go for a cold shower.

However, looks like there’s an even better, more powerful way to rejuvenate and energize yourself than your usual caffeine punch. All you have to do is walk up and down a flight of stairs for 10 minutes!

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that doing this at a regular pace was more likely to make participants feel energised than consuming 50 mg of caffeine, about the equivalent to the amount in a can of soda.

“We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt,” said co-author Patrick J. O’Connor. “But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous. It was a temporary feeling, felt immediately after the exercise, but with the 50 milligrams of caffeine, we didn’t get as big an effect.”

The study aimed to simulate the hurdles faced in a typical office setting, where workers spend hours sitting and staring at computer screens and don’t have time for a longer bout of exercise during the day. For the study, participants on separate days either ingested capsules containing caffeine or a placebo, or spent 10 minutes walking up and down stairs, about 30 floors total, at a low-intensity pace.

O’Connor wanted to compare an exercise that could be achieved by people in an office setting, where they have access to stairs and a little time to be active, but not enough time to change into workout gear, shower and change back into work clothes.

“Office workers can go outside and walk, but weather can be less than ideal. It has never rained on me while walking the stairs,” said O’Connor. “And a lot of people working in office buildings have access to stairs, so it’s an option to keep some fitness while taking a short break from work.”

Study participants were female college students who described themselves as chronically sleep deprived, getting less than 6 and half hours per night. To test the effects of caffeine versus the exercise, each group took some verbal and computer-based tests to gauge how they felt and how well they performed certain cognitive tasks. Neither caffeine nor exercise caused large improvements in attention or memory, but stair walking was associated with a small increase in motivation for work.

O’Connor added that there is still much research to be done on the specific benefits of exercising on the stairs, especially for just 10 minutes. But even a brief bout of stair walking can enhance feelings of energy without reducing cognitive function. “You may not have time to go for a swim, but you might have 10 minutes to walk up and down the stairs.”

The study is published in the journal Physiology and Behavior.

Arijit Singh’s ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ from Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon’s ‘Raabta’ will give you major feels

The Dinesh Vijan directorial will be releasing on June 9 this year.

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New Delhi: The trio, who broke all the music charts with ‘Channa Mereya’ last year, is back once again. This time, they are trying to replicate the success with their upcoming film ‘Raabta’. Yes, you guessed it right! Here, we are talking about music director Pritam, vocalist Arijit Singh and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Their latest track ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ was released online a while back and it is winning the internet already. The video is adorable enough to give you all the feels. Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon have spilled their charm all over the song.

Watch for yourself:

The Dinesh Vijan directorial will be releasing on June 9 this year.

Opening day Box Office collection of Sonakshi Sinha’s ‘Noor’ out

Directed by Sunhil Sippy, ‘Noor’ is based on Saba Imtiaz’s novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’. The film also stars Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli.

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New Delhi: Friday turned out to be a bit disappointing for Bollywood diva Sonakshi Sinha. Yes, you guessed it right! Here, we are talking about her latest release ‘Noor’. The film reportedly managed to mint Rs 1.54 crore on its day one.

“#Noor has a dull start… Fri ₹ 1.54 cr [1450 screens]. India biz… Needs a major jump over the weekend to leave a mark,” Hindi movie critic and business analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Directed by Sunhil Sippy, ‘Noor’ is based on Saba Imtiaz’s novel ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me!’. The film also stars Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli.

The flick was released on April 21 this year. Now, it would be really interesting to see how the audience reacts to the movie on the weekend.

Delhi Police arrests man near Nizamuddin Bridge; 30 semi-automatic pistols, Sten gun found in his possession

The Delhi Police on Saturday apprehended a man with 30 semi-automatic pistols, a carbine (Sten gun) and five live cartridges.

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Saturday apprehended a man with 30 semi-automatic pistols, a carbine (Sten gun) and five live cartridges.

The man was caught near Nizamuddin Bridge.

The accused has been identified as Rajpal, who came to Delhi to hand over the weapons to two people, who were supposed to sell it further.

The police are suspecting if these weapons were meant to disturb peace during Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, slated for April 23, reported news agency ANI.

Data pack recharge exceeds 1GB in India; records 150% jump from last year

The average amount of data prepaid users recharge at one time has witnessed a 150 percent growth from 400MB in February 2016 to 1GB as of March 2017.

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New Delhi: India`s leading mobile balance management app True Balance in its report has revealed that the amount of data re-charged in India has now skyrocketed over 1GB.

The report also states that an increase in promotion by telecommunication operators offering affordable data plans is the reason behind the growth in data usage patterns.

True Balance is a balance checking app that alerts Android users about their data subscription cycle effectively and allows users to recharge their data at the click of a button.

The app has received tremendous attention on Google Play Store last month, bringing itself to the first place in the market with 30 million downloads.

According to the recent statistics from True Balance, the average amount of data prepaid users recharge at one time has witnessed a 150 percent growth from 400MB in February 2016 to 1GB as of March 2017.

Even though the overall data recharge amount has increased, data pack recharge was at its peak in October last year at 1.6 GB.

The analysis also showed that the daily data usage has increased by 37 percent, reaching from 40MB to 55MB.

Nighttime usage also appeared to be higher.

Users spend about 20MB at night, which is about a half of average daily usage.

New unlimited plans have also changed consumer usage patterns.

After the introduction of unlimited data plan of Jio, the average number of times users connected to the Internet has declined from 3.12 to two.

On the other hand, daytime usage frequency remained the same, recording six times a day on average.

“Users in India were earlier limiting their data consumption needs due to data caps and pricing.

But reshuffling of tariff plans and disruptive pricing by telecom players has now brought down the average data pricing significantly thereby propelling consumer interest and data usage,” said Director True Balance, Alex Suh.

350+ million phones in India spiking data consumption:The statistics shows that more than 350 million smartphones are being used in India, and many market researchers forecast its number to be doubled in 2020.

Wide use of smartphones has significantly encouraged mobile users to watch movies, to communicate via social networks and to play games.

YouTube reported they reached 180 million monthly active users in India last month, on mobile devices alone.

Quadrupled video playback time also supports the abrupt increase in data usage.

The sudden growth of mobile market drove the carriers to devise various data plans in order to attract more consumers.

In this heated atmosphere, consumers are changing their way of using data.

Reliance Jio introduced an unlimited data plan on the second half of last year, allowing users to use their data with less restriction.

In particular, they provided the plan for free from September to March.

To keep up with the trend, True Balance is planning to provide balance checking and recharging function for Reliance Jio users.

The app has also recently launched its “One-click recharge” feature to enable users to recharge their data in a convenient manner.

The company is also planning to add `Post Paid feature`, in a reflection of recent rising trend in India for Post Paid rate system.