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Election Commission to start field trial of vote confirmation ticket on EVMs

The paper trail or paper confirmation receipt, which would be automatically printed by the electronic voting machine, would help eliminate doubts cast on the EVM system

The Election Commission of India (EC) will soon start filed trials of the vote confirmation ticket, which will show where the individual had cast his/her vote. In a tweet reply, Dr SY Quraishi, chief election commissioner (CEC), said that the development of the paper trail is in a very advanced stage and soon the EC will run a field trial.

The paper trail or paper confirmation receipt, which would be automatically printed by the electronic voting machine (EVM), would help eliminate doubts cast on the EVM system. It appears that when the voter presses the button for the candidate of his choice in the EVM, a paper ballot with the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate will be printed. The printouts will be used later to cross-check the voting data stored in the EVMs.

Earlier, while speaking at Moneylife Foundation’s second anniversary celebration, Janata Party president, Dr Subramanian Swamy talked about how EVMs can be easily tampered with. He said that India is among the few countries that use them without a check-back mechanism. Even Japan, which provides the microcontroller for our EVMs, does not use them without paper confirmation tabs, Dr Swamy added.

State-run Bharat Electronics (BEL), which makes the EVMs in India, also confirmed that the EC has given their requirements and it would incorporate the new features. Speaking with media persons in January 2012, Anil Kumar, managing director of BEL had said, “The software in the EVM will be modified and a printer will be attached to it. When you cast a vote, the serial number and some data will be generated in the form of a printout. It is to ensure that there is no malpractice in the voting system.”

EVM are being used in general and state elections to implement electronic voting in part from the 1999 elections and in total since the 2004 elections. EVMs were first used in 1982 in the by-election to North Paravur Assembly Constituency of Kerala for about 50 polling stations.

In April 2010, an independent security analysis was released by a research team led by Hari Prasad, Rop Gonggrijp, and J Alex Halderman. The study included video demonstrations of two attacks that the researchers carried out on a real EVM, as well as descriptions of several other potential vulnerabilities.

The researchers suggested moving to a voting system that provides greater transparency, such as paper ballots, precinct count optical scan, or a voter verified paper audit trail.

Majority of political parties backed the demand to have a voter verified paper audit trail in EVMs to counter charges of tampering. After that the EC, in October 2010, appointed an expert technical committee headed by Prof PV Indiresan (former director of IIT-M) to consider the feasibility of the proposal.

Earlier in January 2012, the Delhi High Court, while refusing to issue directions to the EC, had suggested that the Commission should hold wider consultations with the executive, political parties and other stakeholders on the matter of paper audit trails. Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy had had moved the high court seeking its directions to the Commission that a paper trail be incorporated to record the votes cast through EVMs or the old system of paper ballots be brought back.

The EC had opposed the plea, saying returning to the paper ballots would not be feasible as it would require immense expenditure as there were over 73 crore eligible voters in the country.
 
BEL has supplied about 8 lakh EVMs to the Commission. These old machines would be replaced with the Commission certifying new models with advanced technology in a phased manner.

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Mumbai property prices increased 15% in Q1 2012

Despite the slowdown in transactions for the past 4-5 months prices continue to move-up. However, the growth in prices will moderate and increase in a 10-15% range for the year 2012, a study by a property portal reveals

Mumbai: Property prices in the Mumbai region has seen an escalation in prices when compared with per square feet prices (PSF) of first quarter of 2012 over same period last year, a study by 99acres.com reveals. This clearly reflects that the overall sentiment of the sector has improved drastically.

Commenting on the same Vineet Singh, Business Head and 99acres.com said “The real estate market of Mumbai has always been an attractive destination for buyers because it provides high return on investments. Almost 50% of the Mumbai market comprises of investors. And we find that despite the slowdown in transactions for the past 4-5 months prices continue to move-up. However, the growth in prices will moderate and increase in a 10-15% range for the year 2012.”

Key localities around the Mumbai Andheri Dahisar area saw an appreciation in per square rates with areas like Kandivali (East and West), Borivali (West), Andheri (East and West ), Dahisar witnessing a 10% to 17% rise in  prices in Q1-2012 over Q1-2011.

Prime localities of South and South west Mumbai like Lower Parel, Prabhadevi, Worli, Napean Sea Road, Bandra (W) , Mahalaxmi  witnessed stable rentals over the period of last one year. Both Dadar (W) and Juhu saw prices appreciate by 18% respectively in the first quarter to end-March over a year ago period.

Localities in Thane witnessed maximum price appreciation over the last one year. Badlapur witnessed 29% rise in PSQF prices in Q1-12 over Q1-11, while both Hiranandani Estate and Majiwada witnessed 21% increase in prices during the same time period.

A look at the property prices of key localities in Navi Mumbai show that Kalamboli, Sanpada and Kamothe has seen a high appreciation in property prices with prices moving up by 20%, 17% and 15% in Q1-12 over Q1-11. Property Prices for Kalamboli is around Rs4,396/- and prices in Sanpada and Kamothe are around Rs8,958/- and Rs4,632/- respectively in Q1-12. Both Ghansoli and Kharghar in Navi Mumbai saw prices appreciate by 12% respectively in Q1-12 over Q1-11.

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Ravi

5 years ago

Well the price increase in Mumbai is only a sham. Actually the builders are having plenty of inventory as they are facing lack of demand.

LIC launches single-premium product Jeevan Vaibhav

The Jeevan Vaibhav plan from LIC would be available for a limited period only up to a maximum of 120 days

New Delhi: State-run Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC) launched a non unit-linked single premium product Jeevan Vaibhav with minimum premium of about Rs95,000, reports PTI.

The policy is on the traditional platform where risk cover is the sum assured, which is almost double the premium chosen by the customer and offers guaranteed returns at maturity, LIC said in a statement.

The plan, which is an ideal combination of insurance and returns, would be available for a limited period only up to a maximum of 120 days. Besides, the policy offers high liquidity through loan after just one year, it said.

The minimum age at entry for the plan is 8 years while the maximum is 65 years. The minimum premium under the policy is Rs95,210 with no upper limit, it said.

This is an ideal plan for all groups of people, be it youngsters who want to save a nest-egg for following their passion after putting in some years of hard work and gaining experience, or parents who want to save money for funding their young child's, grand children's higher education or for financing other needs of self or children who have grown up, it added.

The term under the policy is fixed at 10 years, LIC senior divisional manager R K Jha said. The minimum sum assured is Rs2 lakh while there is no upper limit, he added.

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noorul huda

5 years ago

it's related to share market investment ??

ravi

5 years ago

Looks good.
But min policy amount is 95k + is the only concern

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