EVM hackathon from June 3
The Election Commission on 20 May 2017 invited recognised political parties to an “Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Challenge” beginning June 3 to demonstrate that the machine can be, or were, during the five recent Assembly elections, tampered with. Only Indian experts are allowed to participate in the event. The challenge will be open for four to five days, for the political parties that participated in the Assembly elections in Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. An independent team of experts will supervise the proceedings, which will be video-recorded.
Rouhani re-elected Iranian President
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected by a wide margin on 20 May 2017. The victory gave the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. Presidential election was largely a referendum on Hassan Rouhani’s more moderate political policies, which paved the way for the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that won Iran relief from some sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Telangana to give forest land to Navy
The Telangana government is set to hand over 2,900 acres (1,174 hectares) of the Damagundem Reserve Forest to the Indian Navy for building an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) base station about 60 km from Hyderabad. The Naval facility sought to be built is an ELF (3 to 30 hertz) base station which will be used as a communication hub for submarines. India will be only the second country to use ELF for communication purposes after Russia.
Justice Karnan seeks President’s intervention
A fresh representation has been made to the President on behalf of Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan seeking suspension of the Supreme Court order sentencing him to six-month imprisonment for contempt of court, a lawyer representing him has said. Advocate Mathews J. Nedumpara said that he, along with other counsel representing the High Court judge and his son C.S. Sugan, met Ashok Mehta, the Secretary to the President, and handed over an application for suspension of the sentence under Article 72 of the Constitution.