Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face Social Democrat Aecio Neves in a run-off election, leaving popular environmentalist Marina Silva out of the race, according to partial results and an exit poll.
With 88 per cent of the ballots counted, Rousseff had 40.7 per cent of the vote and Neves 34.7 per cent, said the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).
That left Silva, a one-time maid whose meteoric rise looked set to make her multi-racial Brazil’s first black president just one month ago, on track to be eliminated from the race with 21 per cent.
Neves, the scion of a political dynasty and business-world favorite, meanwhile survived a turbulent campaign that nearly relegated him to the dustbin of also-rans to reach a likely October 26 run-off against the incumbent, whose management of the world’s seventh-largest economy he has sharply criticised.
The partial official results were backed up by an exit poll by survey firm Ibope, which gave the incumbent 44 per cent, Neves 30 and Silva 22.
The race for the second spot in the run-off went down to the wire, with Neves, a popular ex-governor and handsome husband of a former model, battling back from third place to keep his presidential hopes alive.
Silva meanwhile suffered a spectacular setback from her whirlwind late entry into the race.
Silva, a one-time maid who vowed to be Brazil’s first “poor, black president,” upended the race when she replaced the Socialist Party’s original candidate, Eduardo Campos, after he was killed in a plane crash on August 13.
Soaring in the polls, she was initially forecast to beat Rousseff in a runoff.
But Rousseff and Neves steadily reversed her lead, with the latter pulling ahead of her for the first time in the final three polls, released Saturday.
The same polls found Rousseff would defeat Neves in a run-off by more than five percentage points.
The election, the closest in a generation for Latin America’s largest democracy, is widely seen as a referendum on 12 years of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT).
The party endeared itself to the masses with landmark social programs and an economic boom in the 2000s that have lifted 40 million Brazilians from poverty, increased wages and brought unemployment to a near-record low. But Rousseff, 66, has presided over rising inflation and, since January, a recession, as well as million-strong protests last year against corruption and poor education, healthcare and transport.
Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was jailed and tortured for fighting the country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship, has also been battered in recent weeks by a corruption scandal implicating dozens of politicians – mainly her allies at state-owned oil giant Petrobras.
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A new phase of the multi-million dollar search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 began on Monday, after a vessel fitted with specialist underwater equipment reached the zone last night. The underwater search for the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8, began in an area about 1 thousand 800 kilometres off Australia’s west coast.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau, ATSB, has said that the Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix vessel has begun scanning the ocean floor for the plane. The vessel began to scour the ocean floor with sonar and video. The device is said to have the ability to identify traces of jet fuel.
Searchers are hoping to answer what has become one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. The search operation, described by Australian officials as the largest in history, has so far turned up no debris from the plane.
Latvia’s ruling centre-right coalition parties have won a clear majority in the country’s parliamentary election, despite a pro-Russian party coming top. There is great concern in Latvia about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its influence in the Baltic region. The coalition parties won at least 61 seats in the 100-seat parliament. Harmony, a party allied with the Kremlin party United Russia, got 24. Ethnic Russians, about a quarter of the population mostly backed Harmony. The former Soviet republic, like its Baltic neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, is a member of both the EU and Nato.
Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain’s GPS system. British-American researcher John O’Keefe and a Norwegian couple, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser share the award.
They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one place to another. Their findings may help explain why in Alzheimer’s disease patients cannot recognise their surroundings.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 is awarded on Monday to American-British neuroscientist John O’Keefe, and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain, which was described as an “inner GPS.”
O’Keefe, is of dual citizenship of American and British citizenship, is a professor of cognitive neuroscience and the director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behavior at the University College London. He discovered the first component of the positioning system in 1971.
May-Britt Moser professor of neuroscience and the director of the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Her husband Edvard Moser is also a professor at the university, and the director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.
The Mosers are the fifth married couple to be awarded a Nobel Prize. In 2005, they discovered a type of nerve cell that generates a coordinate system and allowing for precise positioning.
In Somalia, government troops backed by African Union forces have captured a key stronghold of al-Shabab Islamists.
The Regional Governor, Abdukadir Mohamed Nur said, he was in the centre of Barawe, about 200 kilometres south of Mogadishu. The Government now controls all the seaports along the coast of Somalia, blocking off supply lines.
The African Union, AU said, al-Shabab which had held the town for six years, used it as a base to launch attacks on the capital. According to Residents, many of the al-Qaeda-aligned militants had begun withdrawing from the key port town. The situation is calm as the militiamen had fled before the forces reached the town.
Hundreds of pro-democracy campaigners are camped out on the streets of Hong Kong ahead of a government deadline for them to withdraw. Many suspect that police will try to remove them by force in the coming hours.
Hong Kong’s leader says public offices and schools will open today, and social order will be restored. The protesters are angry at China’s plans to vet candidates when Hong Kong holds elections in 2017.
They are demanding that the central government in Beijing allow a fully free vote for the territory’s leader. Protest groups have denied blocking entrances to government headquarters and insisted civil servants could return to work without obstruction.
The journalist in Hong Kong says some want to hold out for tangible gains, while others fear tear-gas, rubber bullets and arrest, and think it is time to turn to dialogue.
Earlier the groups said they would agree to the government’s offer of talks if attacks on them were investigated and protest sites were not forcefully cleared. But discussions about opening a formal dialogue faltered after the sides failed to agree on basic principles on which the talks should be held.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s National President Amit Shah today said India’s growth rate rose from 4.2% to 5.7% during last three months after BJP came to power. Addressing a election campaign rally at Lonavala near Pune in Maharashtra, Mr. Shah said, during UPA’s regime the growth rate came down to a low of 4.2% from 8.4%.
Taking a review of the developmental works done by the BJP government, he said, the country has witnessed a phenomenal change with respect to security at the border areas as the country has started retaliating against the actions of the neighboring country in the same tone.
Mr. Shah said after taking over by BJP a vast number of unemployed youths have started getting employment , share market has gone up besides a vast number of people living below poverty line have started lifting the benefit of Jan Dhan Yojana.
The BJP President further said, the Make in India Yojana started by the government within three months of taking over has enabled Indian manufacturers to manufacture their goods in India.
This has brought down the rate of inflation to a considerable extent besides the petrol and diesel prices have also been brought down. He said, the Modi government will place before the people of this country the account of the performance of the BJP government.
He urged the people of Maharashtra to bring to power the BJP with vast majority to take the state to greater heights.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked Pakistan to stop ceasefire violations after heavy shelling and firing from across the border left five villagers dead and 30 injured.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi this morning, Mr Singh said, now Pakistan must understand the reality that times have changed in India.
The Home Minister said the Centre is monitoring the situation and Jammu and Kashmir government is taking steps to provide relief to the residents of border areas affected by Pakistani shelling.
Later, in a tweet, Home Minister said that he had a telephonic conversation with DG Border Security Force D K Pathak today who apprised him of the situation following ceasefire violations.
Mr Singh said, he has instructed Mr Pathak to rush to the border areas of the state where incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported.
The senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has condemned the ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that nothing can be more disgraceful than this act of Pakistan as it is an auspicious occasion of Eid which is of importance for both the sides. He also said that it is ultimately the loss of humanity.
Jammu and Kashmir, alert Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control(LoC) in Tangdhar sector of frontier district of Kupwara by gunning down three militants .
According to Army sources a group of trained militants tried to infiltrate into this side during the intervening night of October 5 and 6.
Three AK 47 rifles were recovered by the troops from the site of encounter. Security Forces are of the view that in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State , Pakistan is desperate to push trained militants into this side to disrupt the elections and cause bloodshed.
Meanwhile, at least five people were killed and 30 injured in Pakistani firing and shelling in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu .
According to official sources, Pakistani forces also resorted to unprovoked firing from across the LoC in Bhimber Gali sector in Rajouri district of Jammu region. The firing from across the LoC started at 8.30 this morning which prompted army troops guarding the border line to retaliate. Equal and effective response is being given by Indian troops while the exchange of firing is still on.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today deplored the ceasefire violations by Pakistan and said the Indian armed forces are fully ready and are responding to each of these provocations from across the border.
He told reporters in New Delhi that Pakistan should realize that the kind of environment it is generating between the two countries was certainly not going to help in normalizing relations.
Earlier, Mr. Arun Jaitely was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS this morning.
He had been suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis and respiratory infection, and was shifted to a special isolation facility of AIIMS a week ago from a private hospital. Mr. Jaitley has recovered satisfactorily from respiratory infection and has been advised rest.
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh has said, the government is committed towards rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. After meeting with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, the Centre will try to clear all their security concerns to ensure their safe return.
The Minister said, the Kashmiri Pandits have been connected with their homeland through tradition and culture of Kashmir. The delegation submitted a charter of their demands to the Minister for their rehabilitation in the Valley. It also demanded economic rehabilitation package for those who lost precious years of their working life and opportunities at the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1990.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Election Commission to take serious note of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda clearing the land deal between businessman Robert Vadra and real-estate giant DLF.
Mr Modi alleged that it was done hastily as the Congress faced certain defeat in the Haryana Assembly polls. The Prime Minister said this while addressing an election rally in Hisar this morning.
Hooda Government had reportedly legitimized the land deal while holding as illegal the order of the state’s former Director General Ashok Khemka who had cancelled the mutation of the land in Gurgaon.
Mr Modi said he is confident that the people of Haryana would elect a BJP led government with full majority. Mr Modi said, the Congress who had not given an account of the work it had done for 60 years, is now seeking an account of sixty days of his government.
He criticized the state government for the poor sex ratio and said, nine out of the 15 districts with worst sex ratio in the country were in Haryana.
The Prime Minister said, the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, will be celebrated by generating awareness about cleanliness and hygiene among children.
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