Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 December 2018

Rajasthan Election Results 2018: Congress wins 99 seats; emerges single largest party in Rajasthan

The Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party in Rajasthan, winning 99 seats in the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly Elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailed behind with 73 seats and others fetched 27 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) showcased an impressive run by winning six seats, and Hanuman Beniwal-led Rashtriya Loktantrik Party won three seats.

The Gujarat-based Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) won two seats each, Independents won 13 seats and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) won one seat.

Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018: Congress wins 114 seats, falls short of majority

The neck-to neck battle between the Congress and the BJP in the Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly elections, which continued late into the night, ended with the Congress emerging as the single largest party.

In the final vote tally released by the Election Commission, the Indian National Congress won 114 seats, BJP won 109, BSP won 2, SP won one and independents won a total of 4 seats in the state’s 230-member house. The number of seats required to form the government is 116.

Chhattisgarh Election Results 2018: Congress claims majority by winning 68 seats; puts an end to Raman Singh era

The Indian National Congress claimed majority in Chhattisgarh by winning 68 seats in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailed behind with 15 seats, followed by Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) with 5 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with 2 seats.

Post the result declaration, Chief Minister Raman Singh of BJP resigned from his post after serving the state for 15 years. Counting of votes for the 90-member Assembly began on December 11, 2018.

Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: TRS wins sweeping majority for second straight term

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has secured a simple majority in the 119-member state assembly of Telangana by winning 87 seats on December 11, 2018. While the Congress came second with 19 seats, the TDP managed to win 2 seats, the BJP won one and the others won 9.

With the clear mandate, the KCR-led party is preparing to form the government in the state for the second straight term. The early elections called by Chief Minister KCR are the second-ever assembly elections of the new state.

SC bars media, police from revealing identities of victims of rape, sexual assault

The Supreme Court on December 11, 2018 directed the print and electronic media not to reveal the identity of victims of rape and sexual assault even in a remote manner.

The SC bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta stated that it was not necessary to disclose the identity of victims of rape and sexual assault to "arouse public opinion and sentiment" as these issues need to be dealt with sensitively. In its judgement, the SC bench said that the name and identity of victims of rape and sexual assault, including those who had died, cannot be disclosed "even in a remote manner".

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