4 Sikh Candidates (All of AAP) Win with huge Margins in Delhi Elections
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tsunami in Delhi resulted in the SAD losing all four seats it contested, one (Rajouri Garden) on its own symbol and three (Hari Nagar, Shahdara and Kalkaji) on the BJP symbol.
In Ludhiana, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the party would introspect and zero in on the factors responsible for the defeat. But in private, the Akalis blame the BJP for the rout. They accuse the saffron party of not seeking their help to gain the support of Sikh voters in Delhi’s 20 constituencies. “The BJP leadership’s arrogance has led to the defeat. The minorities, including 18 per cent Muslim and 5 per cent Christians voters, openly came out against the BJP. The only minority they could have wooed were the Sikhs. But the BJP did not call Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal to campaign in the 20 Sikh-dominated constituencies. Nor did they send their leaders to campaign in the three constituencies where the Akalis were contesting on the BJP symbol,” said a top Akali leader.
The Badals had been camping in Delhi since February 2. The Chief Minister had campaigned for a whole day in Tilak Nagar where the Sikhs constitute 20 per cent of the electorate.
The Akalis take solace in the fact that their vote share has improved in Delhi since the last election.
Party leaders point out that other than Rajouri Garden, the three seats allotted to the SAD had a small percentage of Sikh votes (Kalkaji had 3 per cent, Shahdara 4 per cent and Hari Nagar 10 per cent). Rajouri Garden has 20 per cent Sikh voters.
But with AAP fielding Jarnail Singh, a Ramgarhia Sikh, the Sikh votes were split between him and SAD’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa, leading to the latter’s defeat.
The winners and losers
Jarnail Singh (AAP) from Rajouri Garden defeated SAD rival Manjinder Singh Sirsa
Jagdeep Singh (AAP) defeated SAD candidate Avtar Singh Hit in Hari Nagar Assembly constituency
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party registered an emphatic and decisive victory in Delhi elections, effectively halting the Narendra Modi wave that had swept the BJP to power at the Centre and three states. In a stunning election result, Kejriwal’s AAP won 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and trounced its arch-rival BJP with the party winning only three seats.
The BJP, which was hoping to sail through on the Modi charisma, could not even ensure a win for its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi. She lost to AAP’s S K Bagga from the Krishna Nagar constituency, considered a safe seat which had sent BJP’s Dr Harsh Vardhan five times to the Delhi Assembly. “I couldn’t live up to their expectations,” Bedi said.
All AAP top leaders, including Kejriwal’s second in command Manish Sisodia, registered wins in the polls. Amid chanting of ‘5 saal Kejriwal’ by a jubilant gathering of his supporters outside the office, Kejriwal thanked his voters. Emerging out of the ‘now-famous’ balcony of the AAP office in central Delhi’s Patel Nagar, Kejriwal said, “This is the victory of honest politics. Like Congress, BJP lost because of its arrogance.”
62 out of 70 Congress candidates forfeit deposit
After being ruthlessly ousted out of power in 2013 assembly polls and later 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress was delivered a final blow by the Delhi voter making it "irrelevant" in the Capital's political landscape. It failed to get even a single seat. Worse still, the party's face in this election Ajay Maken and many other heavyweights former MLAs figure on this list 62 of the 70 Congress candidates who forfeited their security deposit as they could not even get the required 15% votes. That the Congress has lost the plot in Delhi, where it was a formidable force for three terms in government, becomes evident in the results. .......
Supporters see the work of the Leprosy Mission first-hand
The Leprosy Mission New Zealand recently took a group of eleven supporters and staff to India to show them first-hand the work being done with people affected by leprosy. None of them had been to India before so they were excited to experience the sights and sounds, meet the locals, and see what Kiwi supporter donations have been achieving. First stop was Delhi with a day trip to Agra, and then it was on to Muzaffapur. They visited community development projects, self-help groups, and the “Catch them Young” education programme. They were very moved to experience such closeness to the local community, and to see the life-changing work the Leprosy Mission is doing for people affected by leprosy.
Dr Parmjeet Parmar is Now New Zealand List MP from Mt. Roskill. She is a scientist, businesswoman, broadcaster and community advocate with over 20 years professional experience.
She was born in India and migrated to New Zealand in 1995. A proud mother of two, she lives in Auckland with her husband Ravinder.
Dr Parmar holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, as well as Bachelor and Masters degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Pune in India.
More recently, Dr Parmar has been the Operations Director of her family’s Auckland-based Kiwi Empire Confectionery, a confectionery and natural health product manufacturing enterprise. She knows first-hand the challenges running a small business brings.
Naturally community-minded, Dr Parmar before being named as National List MP candidate was serving as a Families Commissioner, she resigned after being name as National list MP.
She was a Community Representative on the Film and Video Labelling Body, and as Chair of the NZ Sikh Women’s Association.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, has got another 3 years as New Zealand's MP.
He has been National List MP for Manuaku East for the last 6 years.
Kanwaljit Bakshi was born in India and belongs to New Delhi.
Mahesh Bindra, Ranked 11th on New Zealand First's list, was the final candidate to make the cut after the party polled 8.9 per cent in the election.
He is the 3rd Indian to become MP of New Zealand in 2014 elections.
He was NZ First list MP from Mt. Roskill and secured 607 votes.
Mr Bindra moved to New Zealand in 2002 with his wife, twin daughters and son.
He graduated from Mumbai with an engineering degree.
New Zealand's National party has created history by winning 2014 elections with a record margin. The margin of victory is larger than in 2011 - this is the first time that has been achieved in almost 90 years and giving National 61 seats enabling it to govern almost alone.
It was also a black day for Labour which slumped to a new low with just 32 MPS. Peter Dune of United Futures managed to win his seat as he has done several times in the past, Act has also won the Epsom seat. Maori Party secured only 2 seats while Internet Mana party failed to open its account with its main candidate Hone Harawira being the shock loser of the night, edged out by Labour's Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau.
"Tomorrow, we will start a three-year campaign." David Cunlife
Labour suffered a crushing defeat with a low of 24.4 per cent - lower than the 27 per cent result under Phil Goff in 2011 and its worst result since 1922.
That will almost certainly result in another bout of blood-letting for Labour - last night several Auckland MPs including former leaders Phil Goff and David Shearer were pointedly keeping their distance from Cunliffe's election headquarters. Deputy leader David Parker could not rule out Cunliffe losing the confidence vote he will have to face in the weeks after the election.
Andrew Little said his chances of getting back in were "pretty slim". "That's the nature of politics isn't it?" He was reluctant to put the blame on Cunliffe, saying he had only been in the job a year.
David Cunliffe clearly maintained that he intended to fight to stay on as leader, pointing to National's discipline and long stability in its leadership as reasons for its success.
The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
Two men were arrested by Police in the Motueka area this morning and have made their first appearance in Nelson District Court. No pleas were entered and they were bailed until next Thursday, 4 September.
The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. Trafficking in persons is punishable under the Crimes Act with imprisonment for up to 20 years, a fine of $500,000 or both.
One of the defendants has also been charged, along with a third defendant who was arrested in Auckland this morning, under the Immigration Act 1987 in relation to false refugee claims they organised and lodged for the 18 Indian nationals once they arrived in New Zealand. The maximum penalty is up to seven years’ imprisonment and / or a fine not exceeding $100,000.
The third defendant has been bailed to appear at Nelson District Court on 4 September.
INZ’s Assistant General Manager, Compliance and Border Operations, Peter Devoy, says the prosecution is an extremely significant development.
“It shows how seriously we treat such allegations and the fact this is the first prosecution for people trafficking in New Zealand sends a very strong message that we will thoroughly investigate any other cases,” Mr Devoy says
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Former lawyer Richard James Martin, ofAlbany, has been found guilty of 93 immigration-related charges at Auckland District Court today.
Charges include: providing immigration advice when neither licensed nor exempt, forgery, and supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer.
By law, anyone providing NewZealandimmigration advice must be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless exempt. Exempt people include lawyers who hold aNew Zealandpractising certificate. Mr Martin previously surrendered his practising certificate.
Britain's stringent norms on student visas have resulted in a decline in the number of Indian students in higher education by nearly a quarter last year.
Students from India, coming to study at schools and universities in UK, fell by 23.5 per cent overall, including a 28 per cent drop at the post-graduate level. Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency yesterday show less than 30,000 students from India were studying at UK higher educational institutions in 2011-12, compared to around 40,000 in the previous year.
A time limit will be introduced by the government for learners or restricted license holders to get full driving license.
From 2015, a learner and restricted driver will have to gain the full licence within five years, or be forced to resit tests, Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced on 10th January 2013.
At present, drivers can remain on their learner or restricted licences indefinitely, having to update their licence card only once a decade.
Currently, 37 per cent of learner drivers have held their licences for more than six years, as well as 32 per cent of restricted drivers. Three drivers in the country have held their learner licences for 25 years or more.
In the new world of technology, television is not just for watching. It is also watching you.
So-called smart TVs being unveiled this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show offer technologies that watch the viewer, in an effort to offer more relevant programming.
The idea may sound eerie to those familiar with George Orwell's novel "1984" but people in the industry say this is the next step in the evolution of TV viewing.
Chinese manufacturer TCL unveiled at the show a new TV and set-top box to be sold later this year in the US using the Google TV platform which recognizes who is watching in order to suggest potential programs.
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The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Prakash was not entitled to the fees he claimed he was owed and should not have withheld the migrant’s passport under these or any circumstances.
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