RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India’s general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country’s democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon.
Murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed last week against a Sarangani provincial board member for the ambush slaying of Maitum Mayor George McPerson ‘Mac’ Perrett. Charged was Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum town. Reganit is a provincial board member and an ally of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Below are some excerpts from a research report from Phatra Securities on March 24: We believe that the Constitution Court ruling on 21 March [to void the Feb 2 election] significantly increases the likelihood of a political vacuum that would extend well into 2H 2014 or worse. … Our conclusion is
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.
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