India rolls out the red carpet for 100-year-old voter

Indian voter Shyam Saran Negi, center, 100, arrives to vote in the northern Himachal Pradesh state elections in Kalpa, around 145 miles from the state capital Shimla, on November 9, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 09 November 2017
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India rolls out the red carpet for 100-year-old voter

SHIMLA: Authorities in a remote Himalayan village in northern India rolled out the red carpet Thursday for a 100-year-old man who has voted in every election since independence to cast his ballot.
Retired school teacher Shyam Saran Negi was given a special escort to the polling booth in Himachal Pradesh state to retain his record of voting in every Indian election since 1947.
“I have voted 29 times since the first general election in 1951,” Negi told journalists in Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh, which is holding state elections, after walking up a specially laid red carpet to cast his ballot.
Negi has now voted in 16 parliamentary and 13 state elections, often braving heavy snow to reach his local polling station.
Shyam’s son C.P Negi told AFP his father now usually stayed home by the fireplace, but was still very enthusiastic about elections.
“He keeps himself informed through radio and is a particularly keen follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio show,” the son added, without saying who his father had voted for.
Shyam urged voters at his polling booth to exercise their constitutional right and “elect good people who form a pro-people government.”


Jordan’s crown prince kicks back with Prince William to watch England thrash Panama at the World Cup

Updated 25 June 2018
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Jordan’s crown prince kicks back with Prince William to watch England thrash Panama at the World Cup

  • The pair watched a rerun of the match as the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Jordan just as the second half between the two teams began
  • The British prince is on a five-day visit to the Middle East and is scheduled to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein bin Abdullah II kicked back to enjoy England’s World Cup victory against Panama with Prince William at the Beit Al Urdun Palace on Sunday night.

The pair, who avoided spoilers of the result all day, watched a rerun of the match as the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Jordan just as the second half between the two teams began. A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England thrash Panama 6-1 in the group stages. 

Prince Hussein published a picture on his official Instagram account with a caption saying: “Having a relaxing time with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after his first day in #OurJordan.”

Kensington Palace also tweeted two pictures of the duke and the crown prince casually dressed and sitting side by side on a sofa watching the game on a large screen.

The British prince, who is president of the FA, is on a five-day visit to the Middle East and is scheduled to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories – the first time a member of the British royal family has visited on behalf of the Government.