12 states all set for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls
The nation will be witnessing elections in the maximum number of seats in a single phase tomorrow when polling will be held in 121 seats across 12 states as Lok Sabha elections will cross the half-way mark in the more than a month-long exercise. Polling will take place in 28 seats in Karnataka, followed by Rajasthan (20), Maharashtra (19), Uttar Pradesh and Odisha (11 each), Madhya Pradesh (10), Bihar (7), Jharkhand (6), West Bengal (4), Chhattisgarh (3), Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur (1each).
EC to issue showcause notice to BJD, BJP
The Election Commission will issue show cause notices to the ruling BJD and opposition BJP in Odisha for publishing advertisements in newspapers after the end of the campaign for the second and last phase of polls, in violation of the model code. The Commission will seek replies from both the parties for violating section 126 (B) of Representation of People's Act.
First total lunar eclipse of the year wows stargazers
Few Parts of the world saw a rare celestial event on Tuesday when the Earth's shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange. The total lunar eclipse of April 15 lasted about 3.5 hours between late Monday and early Tuesday, with the Earth's shadow slowing darkening the face of the so-called "Blood Moon" in a jaw-dropping sight for stargazers willing to stay up extra late or rise super-early for the event.
ATMs to defend themselves against robbers and vandals
ATMs will very soon to be armed with a mechanism that would spray hot foam in the face of the attacker if he tries to force it open. The new technique may be particularly well suited to protecting ATMs or cash transports. Researchers at ETH University in Zurich have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed.