Top news of the day: ECI fails to give assurances to Opposition on VVPAT verification, Narendra Modi meets Union Ministers ahead of NDA dinner, and more

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Live: General election 2019 | Narendra Modi meets Union Ministers ahead of NDA dinner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Union Ministers from the BJP as well as allies at a meeting hosted by party president Amit Shah at its headquarters. The BJP described the meeting as an occasion to thank Ministers for “their service to the nation” ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge.

ECI fails to give assurances to Opposition on VVPAT verification

The Election Commission of India (ECI) failed to give any concrete assurances to 22 Opposition parties who met the poll body demanding that there should be 100% verification of the entire Assembly segment if a mismatch is found during the random check.

Model code of conduct: Dissenting opinions won’t be part of orders, says Election Commission

The Election Commission of India decided by a majority of 2:1 that dissenting opinions in the matter of model code of conduct (MCC) will not be made part of orders, according to the existing rules and procedures. It will only be included in internal files, as has been the practice.

Any team can upset anyone in this World Cup: Kohli

High-quality rivals competing in a round-robin format has made the upcoming World Cup the “most challenging” for India skipper Virat Kohli, who says maintaining intensity from the first ball will be key to his side’s fortunes in the showpiece event, starting May 30.

Pakistan boat with 200 kg of heroin seized off Gujarat

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended a Pakistani fishing vessel off Gujarat and seized 200 kg heroin, worth ₹600 crore in the international market.

Arunachal Pradesh MLA, son among 11 killed in ambush

Suspected members of a Naga extremist group on May 21 gunned down 11 people including a legislator and candidate of the National People’s Party (NPP) in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Pakistan appoints Moin-ul-Haq as India’s new envoy to restart process of engagement with new govt

Career diplomat Moin-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India to start a new process of engagement with the country where a new government will be formed soon, amid strained relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

BCCI elections on October 22, announces CoA

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) said that the much-awaited elections of the BCCI will be held on October 22. In the meeting attended by all three CoA members – chief Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge – the deadline to hold State elections was set at September 14.

Sensex slumps 383 points on profit booking

Benchmark indices took U-turn from record high levels touched during early trade, with the BSE Sensex tripping nearly 383 points and the NSE Nifty shedding over 119 points as investors hurried up to book profits.

Hyundai launches compact SUV ‘Venue’ in India at ₹6.50 lakh

South Korean auto major Hyundai forayed into high selling compact SUV segment in India with the launch of new model ‘Venue’, priced in the range of ₹6.5-11.1 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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