Obama requests Congress for military force against ISIS

12 02 2015

Feb 12

US President Barack Obama has sent Congress a request for authorization to use military force in the campaign against the Islamic State group. In a letter to Congress yesterday, he urged lawmakers to show the world that they are united in their resolve to counter the threat. The President said, he is committed to working with Congress on bipartisan authorization for the use of military force.

The proposed authorization for the use of military force would limit operations against the militants to three years and bar US troops from what it terms enduring offensive ground combat.





Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Delhi MLAs

12 02 2015

Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of MLAs

Delhi Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 70 newly elected MLAs in the Delhi 2015 Assembly Elections.
Final Party Positions in 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections
Party
Seats
Aam Aadmi Party
67
Bhartiya Janata Party
3
Total
70

Vote Share and Margin of Victory

The percentage of vote share was calculated by dividing the votes polled for the winner by the total number of valid votes. This value represents the percentage of votes won by the winning candidate among the total number of valid votes polled.
Margin of victory for each winner in the Delhi Assembly elections, 2015 is calculated by dividing the difference between the votes polled for the winner and votes polled for the runners up by the total number of valid votes polled in the constituency.
 
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  • Average Vote Share of MLAs: The average vote share of all newly elected MLAs is 55%.
  • MLAs with a vote share of 50% or more: 55 (79%) out of 70 MLAs won with a vote share of 50% or more.
  • MLA with the highest vote share: Prakash of AAP won with the highest vote share of 71% from Deoli constituency.
  • MLA with the lowest vote share: Kailash Gahlot of AAP won with the lowest vote share of 35% from Najafgarh constituency.
  • Average Margin of Victory: On an average an MLA won with a margin of victory of 22%. (Total votes polled for winner-Total votes polled for runners up/Total no. of valid votes)
  • MLA with Highest Percentage of Margin of Victory: Sandeep Kumar from Sultanpur constituency of AAP won with the highest margin of victory i.e. 56% with a margin of 64439 votes.
  • MLA with Highest Margin: Mahinder Yadav of AAP from Vikaspuri showed the highest margin (votes polled for winner – votes polled for runners up) of 77665 votes.
  • MLA with Lowest Percentage of Margin of Victory: Kailash Gahlot from Najafgarh of AAP won with the lowest margin of victory i.e. 1% with a margin of 1555 votes.
  • Total number of votes polled for NOTA: The total number of votes polled for NOTA were 35924 votes i.e. 0.40%.
  • Constituency with highest percentage of votes polled for NOTA: Model Town constituency recorded the highest percentage of votes polled for NOTA, i.e. 0.66%.
  • Constituency with highest number of votes polled for NOTA: Matiala constituency recorded the highest number of votes polled for NOTA i.e. 1102 (0.47% of total votes).

Criminal Background

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  • MLAs with Criminal Cases: Out of the 70 MLAs, 24 (34%) have declared criminal cases against themselves. 23 (34%) AAP MLAs out of 67 MLAs have declared criminal cases while 1 (33%) out of 3 BJP MLAs has declared criminal cases. Out of 70MLAs in the Delhi Assembly elections in 201325 (36%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves and in the
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    2008 Delhi Assembly Elections

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    29 (43%) out of 68 MLAs analysed had declared criminal cases

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There were no MLAs who declared heinous criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women etc which is a welcome change and is unusual as compared to the rest of the country.

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  • Candidates with Criminal Cases who lost: 91 out of 673 candidates with criminal cases, including 60 candidates with serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women etc lost the Delhi Assembly Elections, 2015. Candidates with criminal cases who lost the elections include 21 INC candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and 1 AAP candidate. This is a welcome sign.
  • Chances of Winning for Candidates with a clean record: The chances of winning for a candidate with no criminal cases against him/her in the 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections is 8%. This has increased from 7% chances of winning for a candidate with a clean record in 2013 and 6% chances of winning for a candidate with a clean record in 2008.
  • Chances of Winning for Candidates with a criminal record: The chances of winning for a candidate with a criminal record in 2015 Delhi Assembly elections is 21%. In the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections the chances of winning for a candidate with criminal cases was 19% and in the 2008 Delhi assembly elections it was 26%. 

Financial Background

  • Crorepati MLAsOut of the 70 newly elected MLAs, 44 (63%) are crorepatis. Out of the 70 MLAs in Delhi 2013 assembly elections51 (73%) MLAs were crorepatis and in the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections47 (69%) out of 68 MLAs analysed were crorepatis.​
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  • High Asset MLAs: Out of the 70 newly elected MLAs, 11 (16%) MLAs have total assets worth more than Rs. 10 crores. 
  • High Asset Candidates who lost the elections: 186 candidates who had declared their total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore lost the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. Out of these candidates who lost, 51 candidates had assets worth more than Rs. 10 crores, 13 had more than Rs. 20 crores, 7 had more than Rs. 30 crores and 1 candidate, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of SAD from Rajouri Garden Constituency had total assets worth Rs. 239 crores.
  • Average Assets: The average assets per MLA for Delhi 2015 assembly elections are Rs. 6.29 crores. In 2013 the average assets per MLAs were Rs. 10.83 crores and in 2008 the average assets per 68 MLAs analyzed were Rs. 2.81 crores
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  • MLAs with High Liabilities: A total of 10 MLAs have declared liabilities of Rs. 1 crore and above.
  • MLAs with High Income as declared in ITR*: 2 MLAs have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore.
  • MLAs who have not declared Income Tax Details*: MLAs have not declared their self income tax details.

Comparative Analysis of Assets of Re-elected MLAs

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    Number of Re-elected MLAs: Number of re-elected MLAs analysed in the Delhi Assembly 2015 elections is 22 (21 AAP MLAs and 1 BJP MLA).

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    Average Assets of re-elected MLAs in 2013: The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2013 were Rs. 2.24 crores. Average assets of 21 AAP MLAs in 2013 were Rs. 1.51 crores.

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    Average Assets of re-elected MLAs in 2015: The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2015 are Rs. 2.38 crores. Average assets of 21 AAP MLAs in 2015 are Rs. 1.58 crores.

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    Average growth in assets of re-elected MLAs from 2013 to 2015: The average assets growth of re-elected MLAs is Rs. 13.69 lakhs i.e. by 6%. The average assets growth of 21 AAP MLAs is Rs. 6.66 lakhs i.e. by 4%.

Other Background Details
  • MLAs with Education Qualification of 12th pass or below: 24 (34%) MLAs have declared that they have an education qualification of 12th pass or below. In 2013, 33 (47%) MLAs out of 70 MLAs and in 2008 29 (43%) out of 68 MLAs analysed had declared that they had an educational qualification of 12th pass or below.
  • MLAs with Education Qualification of Graduate or above: 43 (61%) MLAs have declared that they have an education qualification of Graduate or above. In 2013, 36 (51%) MLAs out of 70 MLAs and in 2008 37 (54%) out of 68 MLAs analysed had declared that they had an educational qualification of Graduate or above.
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  • MLAs who have declared their age between 25 to 50 years: 49 (70%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 25 to 50 years in 2015. In 2013 40 (57%) out of 70 MLAs and in 2008 28 (41%) out of 68 MLAs analysed had declared their age to be between 25 to 50 years.
  • MLAs who have declared their age between 50 to 70 years: 20 (29%) MLAs have declared their age to be between 50 to 70 years in 2015. In 2013 28 (40%) out of 70 MLAs and in 2008 40 (59%) out of 68 MLAs analysed had declared their age to be more than 50 years. 
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  • Gender Details of MLAs: In 2015, Out of 70 MLAs, 6 (9%) MLAs are women while in 2013 there were 3 (4%) MLAs who were women.





Bihar CM Manjhi to prove majority on Feb 20

12 02 2015

 

Feb 12

Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has asked Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to prove his majority on the floor of the House on the 20th of this month.

Principal Secretary to Governor, Brajesh Malhotra said the floor test would be taken up either lobby division or secret ballot immediately after the Governor’s address to the joint sitting of the State Legislature on the opening day of the budget session which begins next Friday.

The latest development comes in the backdrop of JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar meeting President Pranab Mukherjee showing the support of 130 MLAs, and Patna High Court staying his election as the leader of the JD(U) legislature party.

 





Ukraine crisis: Leaders begin Minsk peace summit

12 02 2015

Ukraine crisis: Leaders begin Minsk peace summit

Feb 12
Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France began a peace summit in Minsk yesterday aimed at ending 10 months of fighting in Ukraine where violence has claimed dozens more lives.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko shook hands with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as the two came face to face for the first time since October to try to thrash out a peace plan.

Underscoring the urgency of the meeting, some 50 people were reported killed in fighting around east Ukraine in the run up to the summit being held in the grandiose presidential palace in the Belarusian capital.

US President Barack Obama has warned Putin that Russia would be made to pay if the talks fail.





300 migrants feared drowned trying to cross Mediterranean Sea

12 02 2015

Feb 12,

The United Nations refugee agency has said that at least 300 migrants are likely dead after they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea in inflatable boats. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that it is shocked by new information that shows the scale of the tragedy is much larger than initially reported.

Reports emerged that four inflatable boats had left Libya together carrying a total of more than 400 people. The UNHCR said, the Italian coast guard brought 110 survivors to safety on the Italian island of Lampedusa. On Tuesday, Italian authorities said at least 29 African migrants died of hypothermia trying to cross the sea from Libya in frigid weather.





Tony Abbott the PRIME MINISTER – GOVERNMENT TIGHTENS RULES ON FOREIGN PURCHASES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND

12 02 2015

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister

The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Treasurer
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister For Agriculture

The Commonwealth Government is putting in place better scrutiny and reporting of foreign purchases of agricultural land — delivering on our commitment to the Australian people at the last election.
The Government will continue to welcome foreign investment, but the community must have confidence that this investment is coming in on our terms and for our nation’s benefit.
To improve the scrutiny of foreign purchases of agricultural land the Government will reduce the screening threshold from $252 million to $15 million from 1 March 2015.
The new $15 million screening threshold will apply to the cumulative value of agricultural land owned by the foreign investor, including the purposed purchase.
The Government will also establish a foreign ownership register of agricultural land to strengthen reporting requirements and provide a clear picture of foreign investment in Australia’s agricultural sector.
From 1 July 2015 the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will start collecting information on all new foreign investment in agricultural land regardless of value.
The ATO will also commence a stocktake of existing agricultural land ownership by foreign interests.
The Government will continue to work with state and territory governments so that the ATO register will use land title transfer information.
These measures are a significant step in protecting Australia’s national interests and in giving the community greater confidence in our foreign investment regime.
The Government is currently considering the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee inquiry led by Kelly O’Dwyer MP regarding foreign investment in residential real estate. There does need to be better enforcement of the rules for foreign purchases of existing homes so that young people are not priced out of the market.
These laws were not legally enforced by the former Labor government – not once.
The Government will announce details of the reforms to foreign investment in residential real estate in coming weeks.
Foreign investment always has, and will continue to be, integral to Australia’s economic success. Under this Government, Australia is again open for business, as demonstrated by our landmark Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea.



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