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The Curious Cases of Lalu Prasad Yadav

Bihar’s socio-political landscape is still replete with stories of Karpoori Thakur, who faced stiff upper caste resentment for implementing 26 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), when he became the state Chief Minister (CM) in 1977. The political decision cost him his job, but the social division was to play a big role in the emergence of another towering leader, Lalu Prasad Yadav.A byproduct of the popular 1974-75 JP movement, Lalu became Bihar’s CM in 1990. He quelled protests triggered by a move to grant reservation to OBCs, this time by the Central government. The social division became even sharper. Vast chunks of population felt liberated and new breeds of politicians, bureaucrats and criminals rose in the post-Mandal era. Bihar came to be known as a byword for violence, poverty and corruption.Politicians had espoused the cause of the poor, but Lalu was able to merchandise the dream of subaltern empowerment, dwarfing the Opposition with the energy of his populism and his ability to manipulate people and events. He turned his Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) into a private limited concern by sheer force of personality and political indispensability.But, in 2000, the Yadav strongman had to install wife Rabri Devi as CM when he got mired into Bihar’s fodder scam, relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 1,000 crore from government accounts in various districts in the name of cattle fodder and medicine spends. But commands would flow from him and were obeyed. Lalu’s next major setback came in 2005 when his old friend Nitish Kumar ended RJD’s 15-year rule and became National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) CM in Bihar.In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Lalu’s party was decimated in his state. In 2013, a fodder scam case conviction got him five years in jail, disqualification from Parliament and a ban on contesting elections. He soon got bail.In the 2015 Bihar elections, something extraordinary was needed to block Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning the state for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Lalu chose to forget his bitter rivalry of 20 years with Nitish and formed a mahagathbandhan that also included Congress. Lalu was back in business. But it did not last too long. In July this year, Nitish dumped the grand alliance and formed a new government with BJP’s support. It appeared Lalu was back in political wilderness.But he remains a force to reckon with, a man who can still bugle the support of a substantial following. He became a key player in India’s “secular” politics by stopping BJP leader LK Advani’s ‘rath yatra’ in Bihar before Babri Masjid’s demolition in 1992. He still retains some of the “credentials”. Soon after Nitish made the shocking alliance switch, Lalu had a premonition of his second conviction in the fodder scam. Fearing uncertainty may grip his party and Bihar’s politics, he firmly positioned his son and political heir apparent, Tejashwi Yadav, as the leader of non-BJP forces at an anti-BJP rally in August this year.On December 23, a special CBI court in Jharkhand (part of Bihar before the state was bifurcated) convicted him and others in a second fodder scam case. Those close to Lalu say, the leader has been dreading the month of December, since he was arrested for the first time in the 1970s when he was leading a student agitation in the same month. In 1997, the CBI filed its chargesheet against him in December.Political analysts say, the incarceration of the veteran leader, who has kept the party relevant on the national front through frequent interactions with everybody from commoners to top leaders of like-minded parties, will leave a vacuum in Bihar’s politics. But RJD insiders say that, unlike the last time, Lalu has positioned Tejashwi as the de-facto number two in the party. A recent RJD national executive meeting even passed a unanimous resolution that the next election would be fought under Tejashwi’s leadership.However, others wonder if the former Deputy Chief Minister has the political experience to keep the herd together. There have been signs of dissent in the party, although muted, since its grand alliance with Nitish’s JD(U) came apart. There are also chances of Tejashwi coming under renewed attack from rivals over graft charges levelled against him in an alleged land-for-hotels scandal.Lalu is already barred from contesting elections till 2024. But unlike his first conviction in 2013 which affected his party’s fortunes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, RJD spokesman Manoj Jha believes, the latest will hardly have any impact as mechanisms have been put in place. Analysts, however, point out that in case Lalu does not get early bail, it will be a tough task for Tejashwi to lead an anti-BJP front in the 2019 general elections. The junior Yadav is also facing serious trouble in the hotel case. The Enforcement Directorate has registered cases against several members of Lalu’s family under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and wife Rabri Devi also figure in the cases.The result of the last Assembly elections showed that RJD’s Yadav-Muslim support base has remained intact, but Lalu’s absence from the political scene will be a big boon for the JD(U)-BJP alliance.With the probe agencies showing a remarkable alacrity in proceeding against his family, it becomes quite a possibility that RJD may have to find its leadership outside the Lalu clan, to keep its political base intact, which is unlikely to be affected by his second conviction.Many in Patna believe that while charges against Lalu could be true, raking those at this political juncture reeks of some sort of vindictiveness. “Why else would the central investigative agencies go after only BJP’s political rivals and leave aside many other corporate corruption scandals? Why is there no action against scams like Vyapam,” asks Jha.But in Bihar’s emerging political landscape the biggest challenge facing RJD is to remain a strong Opposition. They party will face a stiff challenge in coming polls, both in terms of seat-sharing with allies and selecting candidates.Insiders feel Lalu’s conviction may not immediately affect the party’s functioning, considering that it has a solid organisational structure – helmed by Tejashwi and supported by senior leaders. But his absence could jeopardise the chances of 18 political parties, including the Congress, coming together to form a grand alliance against BJP in the parliamentary elections.Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to have forged a bonhomie with Tejashwi. Rahul hosted Tejashwi over lunch at a restaurant in Delhi last November, indicating that he was not averse to continuing with him.It is still to be seen whether Rahul, riding the moral high ground during the Gujarat Assembly elections campaign, will distance himself from the Lalu camp or forge ties with the new crop of the RJD leadership.FODDER FOR THOUGHT1996Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam unearthed when massive embezzlement of funds from the government treasury in Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) is detected and the animal husbandry department’s office there is raided.1997Mired into the fodder scam, Lalu installs wife Rabri as Bihar CM. But commands from jail would flow from him and obeyed. Released on bail in four months.WHAT WAS THE SCAM?Fraudulent withdrawal from government accounts in various districts in the name of cattle fodder and medicine spends. WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?When Lalu was at the helm in the 1990s.1998A case of disproportionate assets registered against both Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi.2005Lalu’s next major setback when his old friend Nitish Kumar ends RJD’s 15-year rule and becomes NDA’s CM in Bihar. 2006Lalu and Rabri acquitted of charges in the disproportionate assets case filed by CBI.2013Convicted in a fodder scam case, Lalu sent to jail for five years, disqualified from Parliament and banned from contesting elections. He isreleased on bail within three months. In the 2009 and 2014 LS polls, his party is decimated in his state.July 2017Nitish dumps grand alliance and forms a new government with BJP’s support. Dec 23, 2017Special CBI court in Jharkhand convicts him and others in a second fodder scam case. Sentencing on January 3, 2018.

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Assistant Sub-Inspector found dead, suicide suspected

"He sustained a bullet wound on his chest. He was posted at the South Rohini Police Station. He is survived by his wife and children, who reside in Narela. Kumar hailed from Bihar. Further investigations are underway," said Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 2:25 ISTMust readPM Modi’s Noida visit: 2 cops suspended for negligenceControversy around vaccine gets muckier<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of the Delhi Police allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself from his service pistol at the barracks in Outer Delhi’s Rohini area. No suicide note has been recovered from the location.According to the police, the incident came to fore on Thursday morning when one of the officers reached the barrack of ASI Ramesh Kumar and found him lying in a pool of blood. Prima facie it appears that the incident might have occurred in the early hours of Wednesday. Kumar had reported for duty which was over by the evening and he was in the barracks where he was found dead. Police informed that it appeared to be a case of suicide, however, the body has been sent for post-mortem examination. Kumar’s pistol, that was issued to him, was also lying next to him.”He sustained a bullet wound on his chest. He was posted at the South Rohini Police Station. He is survived by his wife and children, who reside in Narela. Kumar hailed from Bihar. Further investigations are underway,” said Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini.

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JD(U) sets up new wing to spread public awarenss about social reforms undertaken by Nitish govt

The ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar today announced setting up a new wing to spread public awareness about social reform measures undertaken by the Nitish Kumar government, which include ban on alcohol and campaigns against dowry and child marriage.In a statement issued here, JD(U) state president Vashishtha Narayan Singh said “the new wing has been given the name ‘Samaj Sudhar Vahini’ (social reform force). It comprises dedicated women party workers”.Ranju Geeta, sitting MLA and a former minister, has been nominated to the post of the Vahini’s president, Singh said.The organisation has been entrusted with the task of taking the state government’s message of social reform to every village across Bihar, he added.Sale and consumption of alcohol was banned in Bihar more than a year ago, in keeping with a promise that JD(U) president Nitish Kumar had made to the women of the state prior to the 2015 assembly polls.The Chief Minister, who holds the view that social evils prevent fruits of development from reaching all sections of the society, launched a campaign against dowry and child marriage on October 02 last, coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti.The launch was held in the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagrah – a civil disobedience movement against the British Raj which marked the arrival of the Mahatma on the Indian political scene.

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Centre allots Rs 4K cr for fast track courts

The Law Ministry has earmarked Rs 4,144 crore for setting up 1,800 Fast Track Courts (FTCs) for a period of five years (2015-2020) as endorsed by the 14th Finance Commission.Uttar Pradesh will receive a big share of the fund with Rs 488.08 crore for 212 FTCs, followed by Maharashtra and Daman and Diu who will get Rs 469.67 crore for 204 courts. Gujarat will get Rs 400.59 for 174 courts.Currently, there are only 722 FTCs handling 5,88,992 cases. Maharashtra tops the list with 97,942 cases pending in 100 courts, followed by Bihar who has 55,469 between 55 courts. Tamil Nadu has 50,641 cases pending in 69 courts.Responding to a question in Parliament, Minister of State for Law and Justice PP Chaudhary submitted that the 14th Finance Commission had endorsed the Centre’s proposal to strengthen the judicial system in states — which includes establishing 1,800 FTCs for a period of five years for crime cases involving senior citizens, women, children etc.Chaudhary also said that the Department of Justice has released Rs 1,561.15 crore for computerisation of district and subordinate courts in the country under eCourts Mission Mode Project Phase I (Rs 639.41) & Phase-II (Rs 921.7).Similarly, earlier this month, the Supreme Court accepted the Centre’s proposal to set up 12 fast track courts (FTC) to speed up trials in pending cases involving MPs and MLAs.Observing that the proposed scheme was “tentative” and at a “rudimentary stage”, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha directed the states and the respective high courts to set up the special courts and get them functional by March 1.These 12 FTCs — combining several states in respect of which jurisdiction will be exercised by one special court, would adjudicate 1571 criminal cases pending against lawmakers.In an affidavit filed earlier this week, the Centre submitted that Rs 7.80 crore had been earmarked to set up the special courts, a move that was approved by the top court.Maha topsCurrently, there are only 722 FTCs handling 5,88,992 cases. Maharashtra tops the list with 97,942 cases pending in 100 courts, followed by Bihar who has 55,469.

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Ram Vilas Paswan slams Lalu over tweet evoking Ambedkar

RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s evoking names of Nelson Mandela and BR Ambedkar after being convicted in the fodder scam drew ridicule and stinging criticism on Sunday from NDA leaders, including his one-time friend Ram Vilas Paswan, who said Prasad was in jail for corruption while those icons made sacrifices in national interest.Union Minister Paswan said that Prasad had insulted stalwarts like Ambedkar by comparing himself with them and asked whether the fodder scam was a scam of the poor or the powerful people.Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad, however, said Prasad was framed due to political rivalry. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao, however, insisted that the RJD chief’s conviction in the fodder scam was an open-and-shut case of “brazen corruption” that did not come as a surprise.Singh also raised questions on the acquittal of former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, another accused in the scam case and asserted that the RJD will go to the High Court and defeat BJP at the end.On the day the CBI special court convicted him in the fodder scam case, Prasad tweeted, “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment.” He also trained guns on the BJP, seeing a “conspiracy”.Paswan, a foe-turned-friend-turned-foe of Prasad in the politics of Bihar, made a strong defence of BJP, and went to the extent of saying that the allegations levelled by Prasad amounted to an insult of the judiciary as he has been convicted by a court not the BJP.”Lalu ji you should not blame the BJP for everything to hide your sin. You should also not compare yourself with Martin Luther King, Mandela or Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They made sacrifices in the national interest. You are in jail for corruption, which is against national interest,” Paswan tweeted.BJP’s Rao also targetted the Congress demanding that the latter should also condemn Prasad’s remarks otherwise it will be seen as they are in agreement with him.On Saturday, Prasad along with 14 others, were pronounced guilty, while seven other accused including Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted in one of the fodder scam cases related to embezzlement of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury. The scam allegedly involved the embezzlement of about Rs 900 crore from the state treasury.WHAT PASWAN SAID“Lalu ji you should not blame the BJP for everything to hide your sin. You should also not compare yourself with Martin Luther King, Mandela or Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They made sacrifices in the national interest. You are in jail for corruption, which is against national interest,” he tweeted

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Centre asks ED to go after Maoists’ funding, support

To break the network of funding to the Maoists for carrying out insurgency activities across the country, the Centre has roped in Enforcement Directorate (ED) and directed to look into the money laundering happening in Naxal affected areas. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the ED work in close association with intelligence agencies, local police and paramilitary forces to unearth the money trail and support the Maoists are getting.Also the agencies, have been asked to find the source of funding as Central intelligence agencies has stated that few foreign countries, particularly China, have been supporting insurgent activities in India and also helping them financially apart from Maoists are aided in their efforts to build modern weapons by the Chinese intelligence. “The agencies also stated that the Chinese intelligence units have been training, arming and funding the Maoists to help them wage an inexorable war against India,”said a government officer posted in Ministry of Home Affairs.Sources said that the a list around 90 of “Naxals and associated influential people” have been made in two states — Jharkhand and Bihar — and the joint operation to check their illegal financial activities has been started. Sources also stated that there are few lawmakers and top government employees names in the list. The agency has been asked to first start with the two states and thereafter carry out in other Naxal affected states.”Also, the top Maoists who had surrendered in last five years are also under radar,” said a government official adding that there are few top Maoists who had accumulated lot of wealth during their active role as Naxal and once they surrendered, they within few months, start using their ill-gotten money to spread the network and recruit many youngsters.Furthermore, the MHA has also issued directives to all the paramilitary forces and security establishments to be more “vigilant” and go “combative” while dealing with ultras. The Centre has also asked the force not to shun the muti-prone approach like development in the naxal affected areas and facilitating surrenders of the ultras.As per the ministry, till June 30 this year, in total 424 maoists surrendered before the various law enforcement agencies across the country.Last year, the figure had reached to 1442 but in 2015 it was just 570 and in 2014 it was 676. The government major focus in Chhattisgarh after in the deadliest Maoist ambush in April, 26 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died in Sukma area. It was well-planned massacre carried out by nearly 300 Maoists.This year, in Chhatishgarh, 298 naxals surrender followed by Jharkand with 38 and Andhra Pradesh with 35. In West bengal, 11, in Telangana and Bihar 2, in Odisha 27and Maharashtra 7 ultras surrender.According to a ministry report, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand together accounted for 68.5 per cent of the violent incidents and 69 per cent of deaths. Bihar followed by Odisha and Maharashtra accounted for 12.3 per cent, 8.2 per cent 6.9 per cent incidents.

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RJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu Prasad

Moments after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was found guilty by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the fodder scam, the party expressed its disappointment in the verdict, alleging conspiracy against him.”I believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said in a press conference here.Jha emphasised on the fact that some of the shreds of evidence they provided were set aside.”We believe in the judicial architecture and this is not the end of the road. The kind of evidence we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them”, added Jha.Speaking about the “two most powerful people in India”, Jha asserted, “They are trying to scare and intimidate us and I want to tell them- Do whatever you want, your end has begun.”He also said the CBI has become a motorized parrot and the control mechanism in the hands of two most powerful people in the country.He claimed that Lalu became a victim of a well-webbed conspiracy, adding, “We believe the judiciary system and we will go in the court and clear everything and the truth will prevail.”The former Bihar chief minister was brought to Birsa Munda Central Jail after a special CBI court’s verdict.Fourteen others have also been found guilty, while seven accused have been acquitted, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum sentence on January 3, 2018, for the 15 guilty, including Lalu Prasad.Lalu has been convicted in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh.Justice Singh had completed hearing the case on December 13 and asked all accused in the case to remain present in court for the judgment.

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Fodder scam verdict: Convicted Lalu Yadav says BJP playing ‘dirty game’ against opponents

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was Saturday convicted in a fodder scam case along with 14 others, remained defiant and said the “truth will win” in the end. While 15 people including Lalu were convicted by CBI judge Shivpal Singh, six including another former CM Jagannath Mishra were acquitted. The judge pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerLalu Prasad, the chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. He was later taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi. Soon after his conviction, Lalu, in a series of tweets, attacked the “feudal forces” and accused the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) of playing a “dirty game” to ruin public perception of opponents. “Truth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In end Truth will win,” Lalu said in a tweet. In another tweet in Hindi, Lalu said, “The sly BJP plays a dirty game of ruining public perception of opponents to hide its jumlebaazi and to get votes.””A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ….But still prevails…In the end though,” the former Union Minister said. “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes. And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished,” he added. “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment,” he further said. BJP reacted sharply to Lalu’s attack and said the RJD chief was “leveling allegations of conspiracy” on the saffron party instead of accepting the verdict. “Lalu Prasad Yadav is even now politicizing the issue instead of accepting the verdict, just to deviate he is leveling allegations of conspiracy on BJP,” Union Minister JP Nadda said. Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in fodder scamLalu has already been convicted in another fodder scam- Chaibasa treasury case – in which he is out on bail. His conviction cost him his Lok Sabha seat as he was disqualified from contesting elections.The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer and has rocked the state and national politics for years.(With inputs from agencies)

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Timeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political career

A special CBI court on Saturday convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 14 others in the high-profile fodder scam case. The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 3 next year.However, another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra was found innocent along with six others.The fodder scam case has been at the center of Bihar politics and have rocked Lalu Prasad’s political career.The case pertains to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Here is a brief timeline of the case: 23 December 2017: Special CBI court in Ranchi announces verdict on fodder scam. Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty in the fodder scam case along with 14 others. The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 3, 2018.8 May 2017: The SC ruled criminal conspiracy charges against Lalu Prasad in connection to the two-decade old fodder scam.November 2014: Lalu Yadav moved Jharkhand HC challenging the CBI court’s 2006 verdict that named him in six cases within the fodder scam. The HC ruled that the proceedings would continue under IPC Sections 201 and 511. Other charges were dropped on grounds that a person once convicted or acquitted cannot be tried for the same offence.30 September 2013: The CBI court convicted Lalu and 44 others in the fodder scam. This made him ineligible to stand in elections for six years. The former CM stood disqualified as a member of Lok Sabha.13 August 2013: Lalu Prasad’s plea to transfer the trail court judge was rejected by SC.1 March 2012: Charges were framed against Lalu Yadav, Jagannath Mishra, Jagdish Sharma and 31 others for fraudulent withdrawal of 46 lakhs from the treasuries of Banka and Bhagalpur against forged bills.2 April 2010: The SC ruled that a state government “is not a competent authority” for a plea by the state government to the Patna High court challenging the CBI’s 2006 verdict on disproportionate asset case.31 May 2007: 58 people, including Lalu’s nephews, two former regional directors of the Animal Husbandry Department, and four suppliers were all given 5-6 years in prison.18 December 2006: Lalu, and his wife Rabri were acquitted of charges in the disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI seven years ago in the special CBI court.February 2002: The trial began in a special CBI court in Ranchi.5 October 2001: The creation of new state forced the case to be transferred to the Jharkhand High Court.9 June 2000: Charges were framed against Yadav in court.10 May 2000: Patna High Court granted provisional bail to Lalu. It will be extended on 25 occasions.5 April 2000: Both Yadav and Devi surrendered to CBI court. While Rabri Devi was granted bail, Lalu Prasad was sent to jail as judge dismissed his bail plea.4 April 2000: A charge sheet was filed against Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi.19 August 1998: A case of disproportionate assets was registered against Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi.30 July 1997: After stepping down as the Bihar chief minister, the RJD chief surrendered before a court.23 June 1997: 56 people, including Yadav were accused in charge sheets filed by CBI. The charges included IPC 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.17 June 1997: The Governor of Bihar gave his approval for the prosecution.10 May 1997: The CBI issued a formal request to Governor of Bihar to prosecute Yadav.March 19 1996: A two member bench was appointed by the SC to examine the development of the investigation.11 March 1996: The Patna High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe into the case.27 January 1996: The Rs. 1000 crore fodder scam surfaced after conducting a raid in the Animal Husbandry department. The large scale embezzlement took funds from government and supplied it to non-existent companies for purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in the 1990s.(With inputs from ANI)

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Fate of Lalu Prasad in Rs 900 crore fodder scam to be decided today

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi will pronounce its verdict on Saturday in a fodder scam case in which former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad is an accused.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, Prasad on Friday expressed hope that he would get a clean chit in the fodder scam case like other accused in the 2G and Adarsh scams.”We trust and respect the judiciary. We will not let BJP’s conspiracies work,” Prasad said.He said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments since the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been harassing him and his family by misusing the CBI for the past 25 years.Meanwhile, Prasad has reached Ranchi along with his son Tejashwi Yadav to hear the verdict.Also readED attaches Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rs 45-cr Patna plotThe fodder scam case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from the Deoghar treasury. Overall, more than Rs 900 crore was reportedly siphoned off from the Chaibasa treasury for two decades.Altogether, there were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial and one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime. Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases.

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Violent protests, chakka jam against sand policies in Bihar

The demonstrations against sand mining policies of the Government of Bihar, turned violent at several places with the protesters raising anti-establishment slogans, burning effigies and tyres and damaging property at several places across Bihar on Tuesday.In the state capital, the Danapur area was affected for several hours when agitators blocked the roads and went on a rampage looting shops breaking windscreen of four-wheelers. “The government is targeting people of a particular community with its new policies. We will not let it happen,” they chorused. The police had to resort to lathicharge to bring the situation in control.In Maner, the crowd burnt police vehicles and pelted stones on cops, after they fired in the air to disperse them. Around 10 people sustained injuries. The mining and related construction activities are on a virtual standstill in the state, though people in the business claim that illegal mining is on as usual.The truck owners association have also effected a complete “chakka jam” beginning this week and parked their trucks to disrupt traffic on all major state and national highways in Bihar. Among the major affected areas were Koilwar bridge (Bhojpur), Maner, Munger, Barh and Sheikhpura. Long queues of bigger vehicles could be seen on these roads and commuters faced much trouble.At several places, the protesters offloaded their trucks and spilled sand on the roads while many of the masons and daily wage labourer blocked roads using their tools and other equipment. They have also restricted the entry of trucks arriving from other states, resulting in upping of prices of groceries and some essential goods.Meanwhile, Patna High Court on Tuesday deferred the pleas of truck owner association regarding the mining policies till the first week of January. However, the labourers, sand traders and truck owners said they will continue with their protests till the government met their demands and withdrew the new sand policy. The Opposition RJD has also called a Bihar-bandh on December 21 in this matter.BLOCKED ROADSAt several places, the protesters off loaded their trucks and spilled sand on the roads while many of the masons and daily wage labourer blocked roads using their tools and other equipment.

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Bihar: Two guards of Kundaghat reservoir hacked to death

Two night guards of the Kundaghat reservoir project in Bihar’s Jamui district have been hacked to death and investigation is on to ascertain whether LWEs were involved, police said today.Superintendent of Police Jayantkant said the incident took place yesterday night when three guards were on duty to keep secure the equipment and other materials of the project.While two guards were hacked to death in a field near Dudhpaniya village, the third managed to escape, he said.The killed guards have been identified, he added.The SP and Sikandra police station SHO, Veerbhadra Singh reached the spot this morning.The reason behind the killings is being investigated, the SP said adding it was also being probed whether it was the handiwork of left wing extremists.

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Gujarat elections 2017: How Amit Shah’s team brought it home for the BJP

Team Amit Shah has delivered once again, wresting Gujarat in a tightly-contested election. This time, it came good on its promise to retain the high-stakes’ bastion of Gujarat. In that group, two men, who besides being the party’s strategists and implementers of stratagems devised by Shah, are also his most trusted lieutenants: national general secretaries Bhupendra Yadav and Anil JainBattle-hardened partymen, both have seen action in previous elections, including Bihar and UP, and enjoy the unquestioned trust of the party’s top bosses. Silently and diligently, they have powered the war efforts of the party under the overall leadership of their party chief while marshaling local resources—men and materials —in Gujarat.Yadav and Jain came together once again in Gujarat to script a crucial win for the party. While Yadav was the party in-charge of the state, Jain was called in two months before the polls to the state.The two came together for the first time in Bihar, and then again in Uttar Pradesh.Jain assiduously oversaw several departments such as media, social media, the feedback system and war room, among others. Booth-level arrangements and constituency-wise meetings were handled by Yadav. The war room was operated of ‘Kamalam’, the official address in Gandhinagar.An extensive feedback system had been put in place by the party. To bolster outreach, national media in-charge Anil Baluni and Sanjay Mayukh had been stationed at Ahmedabad’s media centre. Sambit Patra, a national party spokesman, also camped in the state to handle media and public debates.

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Assembly elections 2017 results?: Nitish Kumar congratulates PM Modi, Amit Shah on Gujarat, Himachal victory

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for winning the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.The Janata Dal (United) president also took a dig at the Congress, saying that while the party was aiming to defeat the BJP in Gujarat, it “ended up losing even in Himachal Pradesh”, where it was in power.”Congratulations to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for the victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. The Congress, which had claimed it would wrest power from the BJP in Gujarat, has ended up losing even Himachal Pradesh,” Kumar tweeted in Hindi.An official release issued here said the chief minister spoke to Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in the morning over phone and extended his greetings on the poll victory to them.Once considered a potential political rival of Modi, Kumar now maintains a cordial relationship with the prime minister, following the formation of a JD(U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar in July.The Grand Alliance, comprising the RJD, JD(U) and Congress, had come to power in Bihar after the 2015 Assembly polls. The anti-BJP coalition had, however, collapsed over corruption charges surfaced against the then deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, the son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.The reunion of the JD(U) and the BJP came four years after Kumar had severed ties with the saffron party in June, 2013 over the elevation of Modi as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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Patna all set to host maiden marathon on Sunday

Patna is gearing up to host its maiden marathon, “Run for pride”, which will also witness the presence of “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, on December 17 morning.Around 5,000 people from across Bihar are expected to participate in the event, which is being co-partnered by Government of Bihar. The event includes three categories – a half-marathon of 21.1km, a 10km run, both of which will be timed and a four km fun run/walk. Prizes worth Rs 10 lakh are up for grabs in various categories.“This is Patna’s first marathon or half-marathon and the people have shown an overwhelming interest to participate in it. The theme – Run for Bihar – has touched many people,” said a senior official of the Patna district administration.Around 40 schools of the state capital have also registered for the event, and the schools whose maximum students complete the marathon, will be declared the “Fittest School of Patna”.The marathon will commence from Patna’s historic Gandhi Maidan at 6.45am on Sunday. It will touch Dak Bungalow crossing, Income Tax roundabout, Patna High Court, Bihar Museum, Patna zoo up to Raza Bazar flyover and back to Gandhi Maidan via the same route. The smaller runs will cover a section of the same route and will commence at different timings to avoid confusion or traffic. The district administration in process of readying the route and medical teams, drinking water stalls and volunteers will be stationed along it.

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Sharad Yadav moves Delhi HC against disqualification from Rajya Sabha

Former JD(U) President Sharad Yadav today moved the Delhi High Court seeking setting aside of his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.Yadav, in his plea, said he was not given any chance by the authorities before passing an order against him. Yadav, along with another MP Ali Anwar, was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha on December 4. Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD(U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress in Bihar and tied up with the BJP in July this year.The Rajya Sabha chairman had agreed to the JD(U)’s contention that the two senior leaders had “voluntarily given up” their membership by defying the party’s directives and attending events of opposition parties. The JD(U) had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction.Also readOut of Rajya Sabha, Sharad Yadav to move courtYadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in 2022. Anwar’s term was to expire early next year. Advocate Nizam Pasha, who filed the plea on the behalf of the leader, said the matter regarding which faction is the real Janta Dal was sub-judice and a final decision is yet to be passed.

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JD(U) asks workers to use social media for spreading party message ahead 2019 polls

The rank and file of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) have been asked to reach out to every village, every habitation, to connect with the grassroots 365-days of a year and spread the message of JD(U) being a “party with a difference” that believes in “politics with agenda”.This has to be done, especially by promoting the social campaigns undertaken by the Nitish led government in Bihar, including total alcohol prohibition, and those against dowry and child marriages. Party MP R C P Singh asked them to get it printed in marriage invitation cards of their family members – that the bride and groom are above marriageable age and no dowry has been exchanged in the solemnisation of the wedding.Senior leaders of the party have asked the workers to give priority to booth-level management, both in the urban and rural areas. “The workers have been asked to rope in women, members of self-help-groups, ex-armymen, retired cops and teachers at every booth, to widen the party’s base,” said a Bihar-based JD(U) leader.Also readNitish Kumar govt to rely on CCTV cameras to keep crime rate in check The party will also launch a renovated, state-of the-art web portal early next year, to reach out to the tech savvy voters. The move is being seen as its preparations for the 2019 general election. Information about the party’s agenda and activities, web magazines, how to connect with the party or feedback for improvement etc, will be some of the features of the JD(U) website, the party leader said.Party workers were told to update their technological and social media skills. “Members have been asked to learn the use of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to reach the thoughts and ideals of the party and its leaders among the masses and use e-mails for communication,” said party leader Dr Amar Deep. The party has social media accounts but these are not update on a daily basis, and several of its leaders are also not quite active on social media platforms.Also readSBI changes names, IFSC codes of 1,300 branches: How will it affect you and other things to knowJD(U) has also told its youth leaders to up their participation in the party activities.

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Geeta does not recognise Bihar couple who claim to be parents

Geeta, a speech impaired girl who returned to India in 2015 after spending several years in Pakistan where she had landed accidentally as a child, today didn’t recognise a Muslim couple from Bihar who had claimed that she was their long-lost daughter.The authorities will now go for DNA testing of the couple to determine if they are her parents.In-charge district collector Ruchika Chauhan said that Geeta used sign language to convey that it was not her family.She said, “Geeta conveyed that she worshipped Hindu deities- Lord Shankar and Hanuman- and does not belong to a Muslim family.”Chauhan said that the family comprising Mohammed Isa, his wife Julekha Khatoon and other family members were allowed to meet Geeta as part of the initiative to re-unite Geeta with her parents.The family is from Mirajpur village in Bihar’s Saran district and had claimed that Geeta is their long-lost daughter Rubeida who went missing when she went out to watch a marriage procession.Chauhan, however, said that DNA samples of Mohammad Isa and his wife Julekha Khatoon have been collected for verification.The family members, meanwhile, have not lost hope with Mohammad Isa’s son Himtaj telling reporters that Geeta failed to recognize his father possibly because she had stayed away from the family for a long time.On being asked that Geeta termed herself as a follower of Hindu faith, Himtaj said that it could be because of the cultural harmony in his native village.”There are many temples along with a mosque around our house and Hindus and Muslims celebrate each other’s festivals together. We visit Hindu families during the festival of Chhath,” he said.”There may be the memories of worshipping deities in Hindu temples in her subconscious mind,” Himtaj added.”We hope that the DNA examination will clear the situation,” Himtaj said.District collector Chauhan informed that the DNA verification process would be the same even if Geeta recognises anyone as her parent.The official said that a family from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, which had also claimed that Geeta was their daughter, did not turn up for a scheduled meeting today.Earlier Geeta had met a family from Sokha Kishku village of Jamtara district of Jharkhand but she did not recognise them either, said Chauhan.The DNA samples of the couple have also been sent for verification, she added.Geeta was found by Pakistan Rangers on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station when she was around seven years old. Karachi-based Edhi Foundation looked after her while she was in Pakistan.After returning to India in October 2015, Geeta has been living at an institution for hearing impaired children run by an NGO here.

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Journo beaten up by liquor mafia in Bihar

A Bihar journalist, associated with a vernacular daily, sustained serious injuries after he was thrashed by liquor mafias while attempting to cover a raid in Nawada district, the police said on Saturday.The incident took place late on Thursday evening when Vikas Kumar, alias Sonu, was informed about a police raid to crackdown on liquor mafias operating in Rajauli Dih area and he went to cover it. Sources said police had seized around 20 litre desi liquor, and arrested three persons in connection with it.”While he was returning on his bike, Vikas was apprehended by some bootleggers and was beaten up. He received serious head injuries in the incident. The mafias later abandoned him and left,” said Avadhesh Kumar, Station House Officer of Rajauli police station. He added, “One persons has been arrested in connection with it.”Bihar Police ADG (Headquarters) SK Singhal termed the attack on a journalist in line of his duty as a grave matter, and promised strict action against the accused claiming that no one will be spared.Kumar said, “Vikas was taken to a primary health centre for first aid, following which his family members shifted him to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi on Friday.” A police team had been sent to Ranchi to register his statement, he added.The Opposition, however, has reiterated it claims of failure of prohibition in Bihar and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav said, “Liquor is freely being smuggled into Bihar from Nepal, Jharkhand and West Bengal and is being home delivered in Bihar. How can you expect alcohol prohibition to be a success?” Total liquor ban was enforced in Bihar on April 5, 2016.

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At Patna University’s special exhibition, check out original Laila-Majnu manuscript, rare coins

If you are a history lover and living in Patna, you must not miss out the Patna University exhibition that starts today.From letters written by the First President of India to handwritten manuscript of ‘Laila-Majnu’, from antique coins of the Mughal era and gazettes of the British period to several rare scripts will be on display at Patna University’s Central Library for visitors.The exhibition, which is a part of the university’s centenary year celebration, will be inaugurated by Bihar Governor-cum-Chancellor of Universities Satya Pal Malik. “This is the first occasion when the rare manuscripts will be put on display for the public. People can walk through the history of the last few centuries,” said a senior official of the Patna University.Among the displays include a 17th century illustrated manuscript of “Laila-Majnu”, handwritten in Persian by Mullara Abdur Rahman Ghani, documents on the history of Magadh and Bihar as well as versions of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata dating back to the 13th century, Malti Madhawan and Saroj Kalika (14th century), Rishala Sifat Jaruriya and Tolinama (15th century), Jahangirnama and Vrihat Jatak (16th century), Kavya Kamdhenu by Mop Dev (17th century) and Shukla Yajurveda (18th century).The letters of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the First President of India, date between 1950 and 1951, and are responses and greetings to the principals and students of the colleges of Patna University (PU). There are manuscripts written on “Bhjojpatra”, leather, copper leaves and palm leaves etc, besides some rare coins dating between 12th and 15th centuries.The PU official said that while several of these manuscripts were present in the central library, some of them have been collected from different departments and paintings made by students of College of Arts and Crafts will also be put on display. The students and general public can visit the exhibition between 9am and 7pm till December 15.

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Bihar board to have week-long student helpline to tackle Class X and Class XII exam blues

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has arranged a tele-counselling facility for its Class X and XII examinees, where students can clarify their queries by consulting experts in different subjects. The service will commence from December 15 for a week till December 21. “Five telephone numbers will be issued, on which students from across the state can call and ask their queries. Experts will be available to answer their problems from 11am to 2pm. There will be new experts every day,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.Students can put forth their questions related to syllabus, examination patterns, and how to answer questions. “The BSEB has changed the pattern of question paper for the 2018 exams to include about 50% objective questions. This may be a cause of confusion among the students, and the Board is giving them an opportunity to clear any doubts,” he added. The idea to include objective questions has been made to improve the pass percentage of students, which stood at around 50% in 2017.The Board has also decided to provide dummy OMR sheets to the examinees for answering the objective questions. “The OMR sheet along with the cover page, will give them a practice of how to fill it in the main exams as not many students, especially those in other districts, are well versed with OMR sheets. Every institution will be provided as per the number of examinees and students can even make Xerox copies for practice,” Kishor said and added that this was the first instance in the country when dummy OMR sheets were provided to students for practice.This year, around 7.68 lakh students have registered for the Class XII exams while 13.75 lakh students have registered for the Class X Board exams of 2018. This is a significant dip from 2017, when 12.5 lakh students had written the Class XII or Intermediate Exams and 17.2 lakh students had appeared for the Class X or Matriculation exams of the BSEB.The decrease is being attributed to the poor results in 2017 when around 50% of the examinees failed due to various exam reforms introduced by the BSEB, after it faced controversies of mass-scale cheating and topper scam in the previous years.

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Contractual health workers on strike in Bihar, services hit

Medical services in Bihar have been crippled after almost one lakh contractual health workers in the state proceeded on an indefinite strike demanding regularisation of their service and equal pay for equal work.The striking workers include health managers, nursing staff, lab technicians and assistants, paramedics, Ayush doctors, pharmacists, counsellors, data entry operators and accountants, hired on contract to work in state-run hospitals. The emergency and out-patient department services are among the worst hit, while several surgeries have been postponed in Patna hospitals due to the shortage of technical staff.”Our demand is to regularise the service of all contractual workers who have completed one or more years in service and equal payment for equal work as per the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. The strike will not be called off till the demands are met,” said Lalan Kumar, a functionary of the Bihar State Contractual Health Workers’ Association, the umbrella organisation for various smaller federations on strike.They got a shot in the arm after the Patna high court recently ruled in favour of about 4 lakh contractual teachers in Bihar, holding their demand for equal pay for equal work as constitutional.The Bihar government, however, does not seem to be ready to give in to the health employees’ demands.A senior officials in the state health department said the district administrations have been directed to withhold the salaries of the striking workers to compel them to rejoin. “If they don’t, the government is mulling about terminating their contracts for boycotting work. Fresh contractual staff are likely to be hired against their seats,” he added.Oppn attackThe contractual workers have threatened immolation after hearing about termination of their contract. The Opposition too targeted the government over the issue. “The hospitals in Bihar are in ‘coma’. The health minister is either sleeping or on outstation tours,” said Tej Pratap Yadav, former Bihar health minister and an RJD MLA.
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Sharad Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha illegal, must be revoked: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today condemned the disqualification of JD(U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav from the Rajya Sabha as “illegal” and a “political vendetta”.The disqualification must be revoked, Kejriwal said.”Disqualification of Sharad Yadav ji is completely illegal and unconstitutional. It is political vendetta. We strongly condemn it and demand that disqualification be revoked,” Kejriwal tweeted.Rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha on Monday night.Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu agreed to the JD (U)’s contention that the two senior leaders had “voluntarily given up” their membership by defying their party s directives and attending events of opposition parties.Also readVenkaiah Naidu’s decision to disqualify Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar from Rajya Sabha ‘casts a shadow’: Sitaram YechuryThe JD(U) had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction.Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuamar dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP.Also readRebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha Yadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in 2022. Anwar’s term was to expire early next year.
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Rebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha

On Monday, rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from Rajya Sabha. Yadav has been at loggerheads with JD(U) supremo and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar since he snapped ties with RJD and Congress and broke the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). It was Kumar’s decision to tie up with the BJP in July this year that caused a split between the two as Yadav opposed the move and announced his support to the Congress and the RJD. An overwhelming number of elected party members and most office bearers remained with Kumar.While the Yadav faction will continue to contest the EC’s decision in courts, it will float a new party to carry on with its politics. On October 27, Sharad Yadav had been given an eight-day extension to rebel JDU leader Sharad Yadav to explain his stand over JD(U)’s disqualification notice against him.Also readNitish Kumar snatched away our party, alleges Sharad YadavYadav was served a notice on October 18 by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to appear and explain his position before Upper House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu by October 30. Leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh wrote to Naidu seeking Yadav’s disqualification.Yadav had written to the Secretariat on October 23 seeking eight weeks to appear before it but the Rajya Sabha Secretariat ha only given him time till November 8 to present his case. Yadav was re-nominated to the Upper House in May last year. However, in August he was removed from post of Leader of House of JD(U) in for ‘indulging in anti-party activities’. Doing some plain talk, Rajya Sabha Secretariat has given eight days extension to rebel JDU leader Sharad Yadav to explain his stand over JDU’s disqualification notice against him, stating “no further extension will be given in the case.”Also readGujarat Election 2017: Sharad Yadav’s faction to contest Guj polls in alliance with CongressSharad Yadav faction to form new partyThe Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) faction, whose claim over the party’s poll symbol was rejected by the Election Commission, announced that it will form a new party after the Gujarat polls which it is fighting in alliance with the Congress.The faction’s general secretary Arun Shrivastava said its lone MLA, Chhotu Vasava from Gujarat, will fight the state polls under the banner of the new party, Bhartiya Tribal Party, whose symbol will be auto rickshaw. Vasava was the Yadav-led group’s acting president but floated a new party after the EC recognised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led faction as the real JD(U) and accepted its claim over the poll symbol of arrow.Also read’Ready for sacrifice’: Sharad Yadav says no position holds importance when fight is over issues”We will hold a convention after the Gujarat polls and form a new party. Our candidates will contest seven seats under the banner of Bhartiya Tribal Party in alliance with the Congress,” Shrivastava said after his faction’s national executive meeting here where Yadav was present.The announcement marks the formal separation between Yadav and Kumar, who had joined hands to oust Lalu Prasad-led RJD government in Bihar.The JD(U) was in alliance with the BJP till Kumar decided to snap ties in 2013 and was supported by Yadav. The JD(U) formed the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress in 2015 and won the Bihar Assembly polls.However, it was Kumar’s decision to tie up with the BJP in July this year that caused a split between the two as Yadav opposed the move and announced his support to the Congress and the RJD. An overwhelming number of elected party members and most office bearers remained with Kumar. While the Yadav faction will continue to contest the EC’s decision in courts, it will float a new party to carry on with its politics, Shrivastava told reporters.He also hit out at Kumar for giving ticket to a candidate named Chhotu Vasava to take on MLA Vasava in the latter’s constituency. “Nitish Kumar is doing it to confuse people and at the instance of the BJP. He has become a B team of the BJP,” Shrivastava said, claiming that the saffron party will taste defeat in the elections. The national executive also chose Rajsekharan, its leader from Tamil Nadu, as its acting president.
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Lalu Prasad puts aside political hositility to attend Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s son’s wedding

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi’s son and private sector employee Utkarsh married Kolkata-based chartered accountant Yamini today in the presence of a large number of politicians and dignitaries.Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan, Dharmendra Pradhan, Giriraj Singh, Bihar Governor Satyapal Mallik, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das were among those present at the ceremony.RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was also conspicuous by his presence as a threat by his son Tej Pratap Yadav to disrupt the function had led to a change in the venue. Tej Pratap had, however, retracted his statement later.Also readNot a criminal, don’t take my words literally: Tej Pratap Yadav tells Sushil Modi to go ahead with son’s weddingPolitical hostility took a backseat today as Prasad greeted Modi with a warm handshake before taking a seat beside Union Minister Giriraj Singh.In a departure from tradition, the wedding was held during the daytime and without any ornate arrangements, musical bands or feasts. All guests were requested not to bring gifts to the wedding and were handed over a packet containing four laddoos.Also readWill skin PM Modi, says Tej Pratap over Lalu Prasad Yadav’s securityThe groom was dressed in a simple white khadi kurta, pyjama and a maroon waistcoat and the bride wore a red sari.The sprawling veterinary college ground, where the wedding was solemnised, was dotted with banners and hoardings carrying slogans against dowry and child marriage.A stall was set up on the ground to hand out forms that urged people to take a pledge against dowry and child marriage.At an adjacent stall, pamphlets encouraging people to donate their eyes and other organs were distributed to the guests.
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NIA arrests student leader for LeT links in Bihar

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested another accused from Bihar in the Shaikh Abdul Naeem of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) case.Dhannu Raja was arrested from Bihar’s Gopalganj for his involvement in harboring, providing logistics and other assistance to main accused Naeem who was an operative of terrorist organisation LeT.Raja was arrested on December 1, and has been charged under Sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and 17, 18, 19, 20, 38 39 and 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967.The arrested accused is a 23 year-old local student leader of Gopalganj, Bihar.After being arrested he was produced before the NIA Special Court Patna, which granted his transit remand till December 5.He has been brought to Delhi and will be produced before the state?s Special Court NIA on or before December 5.
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Gang involved in 14 burglaries busted in Kota, eight arrested

Stamping success, Kota city police on Saturday busted a gang of burglars and arrested eight members of the gang, unearthing about 14 incidents of burglary in New Delhi, Ujjan and cities of West Bengal and Tripura including three in Kota last month. The gang hails from Ghorasan town and nearby areas of Champran district in Bihar. SP city, Anshuman Bhomia told that senior police officials of Kota range took a serious note on the three incidents of burglary in Gumanpura and Dadabari police station areas of the city last month. Two police teams headed by sub inspector, Anand Yadav and technical expert, Pratap Singh were formed to probe into the incidents and following the investigation, the police reached the gang and busted. Eight members of the gang, Arun Saha (45), Shyambabu (28), Babbu Saha (32), Santosh Choudhary (32), Anil Kumar (37), Chandan Kumar (37), Aryan Kumar (20) and Rambabu (41), all residents of Motihari district in East Champaran. Hundred of people from several villages around Ghorasan town and nearby areas in East of Champran district in Bihar are engaged in burglary committing the crimes in various cities in Nepal and India, the SP city told.
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Hotel scam: Lalu Prasad’s wife and ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi likely to appear before Enforcement Directorate today

Former Bihar Chief Minister and wife of RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav Rabri Devi has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before the sleuths at their Patna office on Saturday for questioning in the alleged land for railways hotel scam case.Rabri, who has skipped multiple summons to appear before the ED officials in New Delhi, had challenged the investigating agencies to come to Patna, if they wanted to question her. She had said she would not appear before them in Delhi, however many notices they sent, and they would have to come to Patna for interrogating her.She had alleged that the Centre was using the government machinery to “implicate her family.”The ED had sent the last summon to Rabri on November 24. Sources said Rabri will be quizzed by a two member team from Delhi, assisted by local ED officials. This will be Rabri’s first interrogation by the ED and the officials are likely to record her statement. She was recently quizzed by the Income-Tax officials over other Benami property allegations.Rabri is a co-accused in the scam, which pertains to allocation of maintenance of railways hotel in Ranchi and Puri in exchange of gratification during Lalu’s tenure as the Union railways minister in 2004. Lalu, his son and former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, former Union minister Premchand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, are also accused in the case. The ED had registered a case against them under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in July this year.The ED has already questioned Tejashwi in this case.
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Gujarat among worst states for children

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that Gujarat registered a total of 1,120 murder cases in 2016. Of the total murders, 94 were of those aged up to 18 years; 53 of whom were under six years of age — this is the second highest among states. In 2015, the state recorded 1,150 murders, and in 2014, 1,124 murders were recorded.In the total number of murders in 2016, Gujarat ranks 27th among states. A total of 79 murder cases were registered in the state, where 94 victims were children aged between 1 and 18 years. Of them, 53 were children under age six — 30 boys and 23 girls.As per the data, the highest number of children below six were murdered in Maharastra (94), followed by Gujarat and Karnataka, with 53 murders each, and Uttar Pradesh, with 49.Honour & passion killingGujarat is on the third spot in honour killing and fourth in crimes of passion in 2016. A total of 1,493 cases of crimes of passion were registered in the country in 2016; 133 of which were in Gujarat.The highest number of passion killings was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, with 398 murders, followed by Tamil Nadu (180), Bihar (133) and Gujarat, with 133.In honour killing, a total of 71 cases were registered across the country in 2016. The highest number was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 18 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (16) and Gujarat (10).
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AAP govt vs Centre: We would lay down principles on status of Delhi, says SC

The Supreme Court, hearing pleas on whether the Lieutenant Governor or the Delhi government enjoyed supremacy in administration, today said it would only lay down the principles on the status of the national capital under the Constitution.A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would not deal with the issues arising out of individual notifications issued by the Delhi government on matters like the ‘mohalla clinics’ and regularisation of guest teachers. “We must lay down guidelines as to what the Constitution has provided to them (the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi government),” the bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said.The observation was made when Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, arguing on behalf of the Centre, referred to various notifications of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government to buttress his submission that these were issued in violation of the prescribed norms. “We are not going to deal with as to whether a particular notification was ultra-vires or illegal. We are not going to decide the individual challenges to those notifications. We will decide as to what is the status of Delhi and what kind of state is this,” the apex court observed.Also readAAP govt vs Centre: Delhi can’t have exclusive executive powers, Supreme Court toldIt said the issues of individual notification may be referred to a bench of two or three judges after the constitution bench lays down the principles or guidelines on the dispute. At the outset, the ASG referred to several decisions taken by the AAP government on issues like ‘mohalla clinics’, regularisation of guest teachers and posting of Bihar officials in its Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). “Even if Delhi government has vertical and exclusive executive powers, it cannot take such decisions,” he said, adding “the ACB is a police station which works under the LG. When it is working under the LG, then under which exclusive executive power you can bring officers from Bihar”.A bill to regularise guest teachers was brought without it being dealt with by the law department and this was the “constitutional statesmanship” shown by the Delhi government, Singh said in a sarcastic tone. He then referred to a decision of the Kejriwal government to declare a bungalow allocated to its minister, as the office of the ruling Aam Admi Party. “Of course, they are entitled to a party office. The land was earmarked for this purpose at Saket. Still they, on their own, decided to give the minister’s residence to the party,” he said. The ASG, while concluding his submissions, said DANICS (the NCT of Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Civil Service) is a group civil service of the Centre but still Delhi government took the decisions.Also readAAP govt vs Centre: Constitution provides restriction on Delhi’s legislative power, says Supreme CourtThe bench dispelled the apprehensions of the Centre that it would deal with specific notifications of Delhi government. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for a company, dealt with the decision of Delhi government to register an FIR against then Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and others over alleged irregularities in raising of gas prices. Can a state government register an FIR against sitting Union Cabinet ministers and private company in matters pertaining to policy decision of fixing the gas price, Singhvi asked and said in a federal set-up, such actions would “lead to chaos”.Another senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for an official, said the Commission of Enquiry Act and the General Clauses Act provided that the appropriate government for ordering an enquiry would be the Centre. The court would now resume hearing on December 5 when counsel for the Delhi government would advance rejoinder submissions. Earlier, the Centre had refuted the AAP government’s charge that the LG sits over its proposals and files and had asserted that 96 per cent of its decisions were approved by the LG within 2-3 days.The top court is hearing a clutch of appeals filed by the AAP government challenging Delhi High Court’s verdict holding LG as the administrative head of the national capital. The Centre had also said the Delhi government cannot have “exclusive” executive powers as it would be against national interests. It had referred to the 1989 Balakrishnan committee report that had dealt with reasons for not granting the status of state to Delhi.It had referred to the Constitution, the 1991 Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules to drive home the point that the President, the union government and the LG had supremacy over the city dispensation in administering the national capital.On the other hand, the Delhi government had accused the LG of making a “mockery of democracy”, saying he was either taking decisions of an elected government or substituting them without having any power.
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Many in Bihar ready to slit PM Modi’s throat, chop his hand: Rabri Devi responds to BJP Bihar chief comments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Bihar BJP chief’s controversial remark, RJD leader and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi has said that many in the state were ready to slit Prime Minister’s throat and chop his hand.Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai had stoked a controversy saying that any finger or hand raised at PM Narendra Modi ought to be ‘broken or chopped off’.However, even the leader expressed regret and withdrew his remark, Rabri Devi said, “Many in Bihar are ready to slit PM’s throat and chop his hand.”Describing the hardships Modi had faced in his childhood, Rai had said,”He is the son of a poor man and he should be honoured. Any finger or hand raised at him should be either broken or chopped off.”But when questioned about his statement by reporters today, Rai, who is also the MP from Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seat in the state, said, “I used a ‘muhavra’ (idiom) to express my sentiments. My words were not to be taken literally. However, if it has caused any hurt, I express my deepest regret and withdraw my comment.”

Bihar teachers unhappy with order to take photos of defecation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy has arisen over directions to school teachers in certain Bihar districts to dissuade people from defecating in the open and click pictures of those who refused to pay heed.Orders issued by block education officers asked teachers to do rounds in various wards and panchayat areas in the mornings and evenings and ask people to use toilets.They were also directed to click photographs to shame those who insisted on relieving themselves in the open.However, teachers were not happy with the extra load of work.”Teachers are already overworked. They are used in a number of non-teaching works like census, preparation of voters’ list etc. This new order on open defecation is not only an addition, it is also an insult to their dignity,” general secretary of Bihar Secondary Teachers’ Association Shatrughan Prasad Singh said.State Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma, however, defended the move, saying “Teachers are intellectuals and can perform the task of convincing people not to defecate in the open much better than others.””Moreover, the teachers do not have to keep a tab on those defecating in the open throughout the day. They will have to take some time off in the mornings and the evenings.This will not affect their teaching work,” he said.Achieving open defecation free (ODF) status has become a priority in Bihar in view of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seven Resolves of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, both of which aim at providing every household with sanitation facility.

110 Chinese people travel 3800 km to reach Bodh Gaya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of 110 Chinese traveled for 3800 kilometres to reach Bihar’s Bodh Gaya to reminisce the visit of Chinese traveler Xuanzang to India and strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.There were 110 women and men were more than 65-years-old.The trip started from China’s Ziyang city.Head Monk of Bodh Gaya China Temple, who was leading this trip, said after travelling for 3800 km, the group reached its destination.Travelling across Cambodia and Vietnam they finally landed in Kolkata and from there they continued their journey for Bodh Gaya.The Monk said they travelled with the flags representing both China and India to portray a brotherly and harmonious relation.Meanwhile, Chaya, who was leading the group of women, said after reaching Bodh Gaya it felt like home.

Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar to embark on Sameeksha yatra from Champaran next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to embark on his next ‘yatra’ in December to review the progress of developmental works going on in the state.The “Sameeksha yatra” (Journey to review), will kick-start from Champaran, which is celebrating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. In his bid to directly connect with the people, Nitish will visit all the 38 districts of Bihar to take stock of the socio-economic development of the state by assessing the progress of developmental works launched by his government.The announcement was made by Nitish himself, who said, “The Bihar government has done a lot of work. We have provided 35% reservation to women in all jobs, student credit cards for youths etc. To take a stock of their progress, I will commence a yatra from next month from Champaran.” Nitish, also the JD(U) president, has undertaken several yatras such as “Sampark yatra”, “Sankalp yatra”, “Nyay yatra” etc. He has maintained that it gives him immense pleasure to go among the people, and hear their issues directly, besides being connected with the grassroots.In November last year, Nitish had undertaken the “Nishchai yatra” when he toured the length and breadth of Bihar to assess the impact of total prohibition, implemented in the state on April 5, 2016. During the yatra, he also assessed the implementation of his ambitious “Saat Nishchai” scheme, Bihar Public Grievance Redressal Act and other government welfare schemes functional in the state. The JD-U, then a part of the Mahagathbandhan government, had famously targeted PM Narendra Modi and posters reading “Wo videsh bhraman par rehte hai aur hamare CM gaon gaon mein jakar logo se milte hai… Fark dikhta hai” were across the state and on social media platforms.

Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) gearing up to expand base outside Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the allotment of ‘arrow’ symbol, the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is now working on strengthening its organisation base outside Bihar.As a result, the party is set to hold a convention of party workers in Delhi on December 10, which will be addressed by party’s national president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.Earlier, when former JD(U) President Sharad Yadav had expressed displeasure with Nitish for dumping the Mahagathbandhan and joining hands with the BJP, Nitish had maintained that JD-U was a regional party and hence, the decision taken by its Bihar unit members was to be adhered to.A senior party leader said the JD-U has already chosen its new state presidents for Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “Now to increase our base in Delhi, we will hold a meeting at Talkatora stadium on December 10,” he added.With a good number of people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh in Delhi, the Nitish enjoys considerable support there. Senior party leaders including KC Tyagi, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh and Sanjay Jha will also be present at the Delhi meet.The party, which has also decided to contest the Gujarat polls from 12 assembly seats, is likely to declare its candidates within a day or two, the leader said and added, “Even if we lose, we will have some base there.”The JD-U Bihar executive committee will also hold a meeting in Patna on November 26 to discuss these issues.

Gujarat Election 2017: Sharad Yadav’s faction to contest Guj polls in alliance with Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latest entrant into the Gujarat electoral fray, Sharad Yadav, on Saturday declared his intent to field candidates in alliance with the Congress despite Friday’s jolt from the Election Commission, which denied Yadav’s rebel faction the arrow symbol.Yadav announced that he would be moving the high court challenging the EC’s decision to grant the arrow symbol to Nitish Kumar, recognising the Bihar chief minister-led faction as the real Janata Dal (United).Yadav also announced that his party had already chosen an election symbol, ‘autorickshaw’, but desisted from giving out the name of the political outfit he would be floating.Moreover, sources close to the former JD(U) patriarch told DNA that his outfit was gunning to win three percent of the seats in Gujarat assembly, which comes to around 5. The seats to where the party would be fielding candidates have been decided. “The BJP is in tatters in Gujarat and it is clear from the number of rallies that the PM is to address there. It is his native state and not that big, and yet over 50 rallies of the PM have been arranged. What does this show?” asked Yadav. “The BJP will be completely drubbed in Gujarat,” he added. Deprecating the government’s celebration of the Moodys rating upgrade on Friday, Yadav said institutions such as Moodys and the World Bank did not understand India and that their indicators mean nothing. Calling “government patting its back on Moodys report” a “joke on the people of India”, Yadav said, “It is ridiculous that our own economists including Dr Manmohan Singh are not being relied upon.”

Man held with fake notes worth ‘Rs 7 lakh’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested a man in possession of counterfeit currency in denomination of Rs 2,000 notes amounting to around Rs 7 lakh rupees. The currency was being pumped in through Malda, West Bengal and Nepal and alter circulate in Delhi, UP and Bihar. The accused Kashid said that he has been indulging in transportation and circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) for the last 15 years. Kashid told the police that after demonetisation in 2016, supply of FICN had stopped but from the last four to five months, the supply of counterfeit currency has once again pumped up. The currency is pumped through bordering states and being adjacent to neighbouring countries Malda has become hub of FICN. The accused stated that many persons in Malda are indulging in the circulation of FICN. Recently the NIA also apprehended a resident of Malda with FICN worth about Rs 9 lakhs. He also revealed that he procured the supply of FICN from a person from a neighbouring country who delivers the consignment at the border, by throwing the consignment packet above the wire fencing.

Janata Dal United’s symbol war ends, Election Commission awards arrow to Nitish Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ending suspense over who controls the real Janata Dal United, the Election Commission on Friday has recognised the faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claim over the arrow symbol.The order follows a month-long tussle between the groups led by Kumar and former JD-U chief Sharad Yadav.“The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United) in terms of paragraph-15 of the Symbols Order. Consequently the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol Arrow of the party as a recognized party in Bihar,” the Election Commission said in its order today.The order has come after the poll panel conducted the hearing with parties on the petition of lone Guiarat MLA from JDU Chhotubhai Vasava, who is working president of Sharad Yadav faction of JDU.The faction had approached the Election Commission after Nitish Kumar junked the alliance with the grand alliance of Congress-RJD and JDU in Bihar and joined hands with BJP in July.Yadav opposed the move and made the claim that his faction of the JDU was the ‘real JDU’.He later petitioned the EC seeking the Arrow symbol for itself. Nitish Kumar camp filed a counter submission in its favour.The Election Commission, however, in its order concluded that that the Nitish Kumar group has demonstrated overwhelming majority support in the legislature wing as well as the majority in the national council of the party, which is the apex organizational body of the party.The move comes at a time when both factions of JDU have announced to field candidates in its erstwhile influence pockets in Gujarat assembly polls. While Sharad faction is seeking to forge alliance with Congress, Nitish faction has decided to contest on its own. The Nitish Kumar faction had this month written to the EC not to allow Arrow symbol to Sharad faction for Gujarat polls.The EC has also taken note of it saying “in view of the above urgency in the matter on account of the current general election to the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat, which is already in progress since November 14, the Commission passes the following order in the matter.”

Safety comes first: Bihar schools set to have ‘Safe Saturday’ for students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a novel initiative, the Bihar government is set to launch a school safety programme from January 2018, where the students will be trained in disaster management at their schools every Saturday. The programme has thus been named “Safe Saturday”, and is a part of Chief Minister’s “School Suraksha Karyakram”.The decision was taken at the 11th review meeting of the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and senior government and BSDMA officials in attendance. Disaster management is already studied as a subject by high school students in the state. A BSDMA official said the Safe Saturday programme will include modules on types of disasters, how to identify them, what steps can be taken to mitigate their effects and post-disaster management.The school teachers will be trained by master trainers of BSDMA and booklets and other related reference materials will be provided to them, so that they can educate the students about disaster risks and management. “Not just natural calamities, but risks of heatwave and cold wave, drowning, traffic hazards or fire safety etc will also be told to them,” the official said. The schools will also conduct mock drills, he added.Bihar is a “disaster-prone” state which faces multiple hazards of flood, drought, and lightning every year besides being in seismic zone IV and V, making it earthquake-prone too. These hazards have been claiming several lives across the state, due to lack of timely mitigation or management and delayed relief and rescue operations.

‘Hooch’ kills three more in dry Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely three weeks after four persons died in hooch tragedy in Rohtas district, three more deaths were reported due to suspected consumption of spurious liquor in dry Bihar’s Vaishali district on Thursday.The incident took place at Basauli village in Vaishali on Wednesday night. The locals said the deceased — Arun Patel, Lal Babu Paswan and Devendra Paswan — all in their 40s, had consumed spurious liquor along with some other men at a local villager’s place on Monday evening.”They complained of nausea, vomiting etc and were taken to a local hospital where the three died. Two of them died on Tuesday and were immediately cremated by their family members while Arun’s body has been sent for postmortem,” said a local police officer.Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said, “It will only be clear after the postmortem reports are received whether they died due to hooch or some other illness. We were told by the family members that they were also suffering from other ailments. An investigation has been launched into it.”Sources said the police are also on the lookout for those who have taken ill after allegedly consuming liquor, though no headway has been made on that front. “One person has been detained for interrogation,” the source added.The locals, however, alleged that the police want to cover up the hooch deaths. “The local chowkidar used to sell liquor and the cops never took any action against him,” said a resident of Basauli village.This is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total alcohol prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016. Earlier, on October 28, four persons died and two others took ill after consuming spurious liquor in Danwar village of Rohtas while over 15 persons died due to illicit liquor in Gopalganj’s Khajurbani district in August last year.THIRD TRAGEDYThis is the third hooch tragedy in Bihar, where total prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016.
On October 28, four died and two took ill after taking spurious liquor in Rohtas.
15 persons had died taking illicit liquor in Kha-jurbani in August 2016.

Man accused of keeping disabled boy as ‘domestic help’, denied bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kalachowky based 56 year old Sunil Shah, was denied bail by the Sessions court after the prosecution was successful in showing the court that the accused got a minor boy from Bihar to Mumbai on pretext of giving him medical treatment and had forced him to get into domestic work.The court while denying bail to the man said, Prima facie there is evidence to show that a boy aged seven years who is handicapped by his hand was brought from Bihar under the pretext of medical treatment and education, taking advantage of his poor financial condition and he was doing household work in the house of accused, thus denied bail.The boy in his statement claimed that he was asked to help in the domestic house hold work and was forced to do it. The prosecution in its case said that the accused had brought the boy to Mumbai with an intention of providing him education as well as medical assistance, but he was provided with neither of them.The defence however was of the claim that the child was never forced into any domestic work, however he voluntarily used to help in the house hold work.The prosecution denied the fact that the accused had intentions of they providing the child with education as non of the family members had any knowledge of the birth details of the child, which thus rules out the defence’s claim of they getting the child to Mumbai with an intention to educate him.

Another shocker: Pakistan not weak to allow India to take PoK, says Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after ex- Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah made a controversial statement about autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir and that PoK belongs to Pakistan, he has made another shocking assertion, which virtually asks India to give up its rights over Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).Addressing party workers in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the senior NC leader said, “How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part? It (PoK) is not their father’s share. That (PoK) is Pakistan and this (J-K) is India.” He said 70 years have “passed but they (India) could not get it (PoK)”. “Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Abdullah said.Farooq Abdullah further said about a case filed about him in Bihar that, “A case has been filed against me. That too by a Muslim. May God protect him. Look at his situation, he does not know Kashmir. He does not know our situation. They (Pakistan) drop a bomb, common people and soldiers die here (in Kashmir) and when a bomb is dropped from here, our people and soldiers also die there (PoK). Till when would this storm continue? Till when would the blood of innocents continue to flow,” he told his party workers.It leaves to be seen how Omar Abdullah and other National Conference leaders defend this rather outrageous statement from former Jammu and Kashmir CM.

JNU: Theories abound as CBI, cops, probe on Najeeb gets nowhere

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a status report on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Najeeb Ahmed’s case took several interesting turns in the last one year, with the Delhi Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday reaching a stand-off after the latter rejected formers’ claim that Ahmed was last seen boarding an autorickshaw from his hostel and was dropped at the Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI).Ahmed (28), a first year MSc student, had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year, following an alleged scuffle with some members of BJP-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.Initially, the Delhi Police had claimed that Ahmed was taking treatment for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his medical condition could be responsible for his disappearance. They had also said that he might have taken up an assumed identity and might be living in a secluded place, to distance himself from everyone. The family, however, had confirmed that Ahmed was suffering from insomnia, but they denied any mental illness angle.In November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI, where he used to live before shifting to the JNU hostel.The case again took a turn when a letter was delivered at the Mahi-Mandvi hostel from Aligarh by a woman, who claimed to have spotted Ahmed. The woman had claimed that Ahmed had approached her in a market seeking help. But when the crime branch officials reached the address mentioned in the letter, no one could be found.Later, the Delhi Police said that Ahmed was seen in Darbhanga district of Bihar and a team was also rushed to trace him. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s office had also said that he was last seen in Bihar, However, it was later turned out to be a false alarm.In January, the Delhi Police also arrested a man for allegedly making a ransom call to Ahmed’s family and demanding Rs 20 lakh from them.MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI. After multiple failed theories put forth by the Delhi Police’s crime branch, the Delhi High Court had transferred the case to the CBI on May 16.

Nitish Kumar predicts easy win for BJP in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Nitish Kumar on Monday exuded confidence over his latest ally’s fate in the Gujarat Assembly polls and said there was no threat to the BJP, which will continue with its winning streak there.”You can understand the sentiments of the people of a state from where an incumbent Prime Minister hails. I understand that BJP does not face any threat in Gujarat,” predicted Nitish, negating Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s emergence as a challenger there.Nitish was replying to mediapersons after his weekly Lok Samvad programme on Monday. He disagreed with Gujarat polls being a semi-final for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, and pitched for holding of simultaneous polls, though he conceded that it will require much debate and discussion and was not immediately enforceable.Besides extending support to his ally, Nitish targeted his opponent and arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav saying RJD’s party polls were a trick to hog media limelight. “The RJD is not a political party but Lalu’s personal property. The election for RJD president was held last year itself. What sort of a constitution does the party have,” Nitish said.He was replying to question on Lalu filing his nomination for the post of RJD president for the 10th term and being the only candidate to do so. Nitish said the RJD will be back to pavillion in the next assembly polls. On Lalu’s younger son and leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish said he was still a kid and there was no need to reply to his comments.The Bihar CM said he had discussed the issue of cow vigilantism with PM Modi, who was in agreement that action should be taken against “gau rakshaks” as per the laws of the land. “I have ordered strict action against those who take laws in their hands,” he added.On a query related to Jammu and Kashmir, Nitish differed with National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah’s stand, saying, “My view is that Kashmir is an inseparable part of India and so is Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.”

PMLA case: ED grills Tejashwi Yadav for nine hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, was today grilled for?over nine hours for the second time by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, official sources said.They said the statement of the former Bihar deputy chief minister was recorded by the investigating officer of the case at the ED office after he arrived there around 11 AM. Tejashwi Yadav left the ED office around 8:45 PM. This is the second time Tejashwi was questioned by the central probe agency in this case. Sources said Tejashwi Yadav was asked about three dozen questions in connection with the case.He was last questioned by the agency on October 10 and was grilled for over nine hours. Since then, Tejashwi has skipped four appearances and appeared today on a fresh summon, they said. The agency has registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his family members and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Tejashwi’s mother and former Bihar chief minister Rabri has skipped the ED summonses at least six times till now.In July, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR and conducted multiple searches on the properties of Lalu Prasad, who is also a former Bihar chief minister, and others.The CBI FIR has alleged that Lalu Prasad, during his tenure as the railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels to a company in 2004 after receiving a bribe in the form of a prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister.The ED had registered a criminal case against his family members and others under the PMLA, based on the CBI FIR.The CBI recently recorded the statements of Tejashwi and Lalu Prasad in this case. The ED is investigating the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, according to officials.Others named in the CBI FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel. The CBI FIR was registered on July 5 in connection with favours allegedly extended to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as ‘quid pro quo’.

Incidents like Una flogging common: Ram Vilas Paswan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for consumer affairs and food and civil supplies Ram Vilas Paswan said the Dalit youth flogging incident that occured in Una town of Gujarat was common. Paswan, a Dalit leader, was speaking at a press conference held at BJP’s media center in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Paswan is in in Ahmedabad for a door-to-door campaign. During the press conference, he said, “The Dalit flogging incident would be counted as a common incident, if we look at the incidents happening in Bihar on an average day.People in Gujarat created a huge ruckus over the Una incident, but the situation in Bihar is not like this. The Gujarat government took sufficient action against culprits of Una and PM Modi gave his reaction on the issue very timely.”When the Dalit community has raised its voice against the BJP-led state govenment, Paswan’s comment could stir the hornet’s nest. The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, under the leadership of Jignesh Mevani, started an agitation against BJP.He also said, “When Lalu Prasad Yadav was part of the government in Bihar, Dalit atrocity incidents were frequent. Since Nitish Kumar joined hands with the NDA, the situation is improving.”Later, the union minister tried to balance his statement by saying, “India is like a garden and every flower (community) has the right to blossom here.”

To counter exam controversy, Bihar board to introduce 50% objective questions in 2018 boards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mired in controversy for the last three years, the Bihar Schools Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to change the pattern of its examination, by including more objective questions in the papers to be held in 2018 board exams.The Board has also uploaded the changed pattern on its website on Friday evening, to provide adequate time to the students and teachers to prepare accordingly for the exams. “We have changed the pattern to include 50% objective questions in the theory papers,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor and added that multiple-choice questions will have to be answered on OMR sheets.Kishor said the Sent-up exams for the students will be held on the same pattern. The BSEB has said it will also upload model question papers for preparation of students on its website, by November 15.The Board had witnessed extremely disappointing results with over 7.94 lakh of the 12.6 lakh, or 64% students, failing in Class XII and 8.56 of 17.23 lakh, or 49.68% students failing in Class X exams in 2017. It was said to be the result of the multiple exam and evaluation reforms introduced by the BSEB after the topper scam and mass-cheating in Class X exams came to light.Educationists claim that objective questions are not just scoring but also easier to evaluate using OMR sheets. “There was provision of objective questions till a few years ago and the BSEB faced protests from students when it was scrapped, because it used to be scoring and saved time for answering long questions,” said a Patna-based government school teacher.

We want to boost organic farming: Nitish Kumar

Nitish said and listed irrigation, seed management, power supply and connectivity as his focus areas in agro sector. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Welcoming President Ram Nath Kovind to Bihar on Thursday, chief minister Nitish Kumar said the state was trying to promote organic farming, by building an organic farming corridor along both sides of the River Ganga flowing through the state.“Our dream is to have at least one Bihar dish on every platter by 2022,” Nitish said and listed irrigation, seed management, power supply and connectivity as his focus areas in agro sector.“The state has already made huge progress in the production of paddy, wheat, maize and potatoes.

J’khand irrigation project gets nod for felling over 3 L trees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North Koel irrigation project in Jharkhand that got a renewed push under the NDA government has got an in-principle forest clearance for felling of 3.44 lakh trees and submergence of 1,007.29 hectares of forest inside the Palamau Tiger Reserve. The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recommended the in-principle approval with 14 general and standard conditions that included, among others, compensatory afforestation over double the diverted forest land and at least 1,000 plants per hectare. It also sought strengthening of wildlife corridors connected to the tiger reserve.The project has already received wildlife clearance from the National Board for Wildlife subject to specific conditions that include plans to mitigate adverse impact on wildlife and preparation of a wildlife management plan.The Palamau Tiger Reserve is the lone reserve in Jharkhand under Project Tiger and has seen its tiger population dwindle from 42 in 2005 to three in recent times. Local activists have raised concerns that the renewed push for completion of the project would lead to yet another round of displacement of tribals. Meanwhile, conservationists have cautioned that the submergence and loss of biodiversity could affect the long-term sustainability of the forest. According to official records, the Kutku range is currently home to wild boars, barking deer, golden jackals, elephants, bears and tigers that are seen there occasionally.Work on the irrigation project had first commenced in 1970s and got a fresh push from the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Water Resources in 2015. The project was to originally submerge part of the tiger reserve’s core. But, in a meeting in August 2016 held under the chairmanship of PMO principal secretary Nripendra Misra and Jharkhand and Bihar governments, it was decided to reduce the project dam’s full reservoir level.The North Koel project was sanctioned at a cost of Rs 30 crore. Till now, Rs 780 crore has been spent to complete construction of a dam over North Koel river in Latehar district and a barrage in Palamu district. The project, though, is not yet fully operational as the dam gates have not been installed. At present, this partially completed project is irrigating 56,000 hectare of land in Bihar and Jharkhand during Kharif season.

12 drown in two incidents in Bihar; govt not answerable, says disaster management minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least 12 people, including five children, drowned in two separate incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police said.While nine picnickers died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati river when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, they said. The Vaishali incident happened when the picnickers had gathered atop a mound formed by silt near Mastana Ghat for a Sunday picnic, Naseem Ahmed, in-charge of Fatuha police station, said. “Prima facie, one of the children had fallen into the river and the others jumped into the water to rescue the drowning child and lost their own lives,” he said.Nine bodies have been fished out so far, said Ahmed, who had gone to the spot after the incident. All the deceased, five girls and four men, hailed from Dariyapur in Fatuha sub-division of Patna district.The site of the incident falls in Raghopur block of Vaishali district. Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Agarwal, however, said, “So far we have confirmation of eight bodies having been recovered from the river.” Two people are missing and efforts are on to trace them with the help of divers, Agarwal said. Meanwhile, three women drowned in the Baghmati river in Samastipur district when a small boat carrying over 12 people capsized, the police said. He also announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for kin of the deceased. While some people swam to safety, five others were rescued, Deputy Superintendent of Police in-charge of Rosera sub-division, Ajit Kumar, said. Locals jumped into the river and fished out the bodies of the three women, aged between 20 and 30 years. “All those in the boat were involved in the business of cattle-rearing. They cross the river routinely to collect fodder,” Kumar said. The boat capsized near Madhurapur Dharmpur Ghat. Divers have been pressed into service to check for more persons, he said. The rescued people were taken to a local primary healthcare centre.Meanwhile reacting to the unfortunate accidents, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that the government can’t be held responsible.

Kartik Purnima 2017: At least three killed in stampede in Bihar; several injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three people were killed in Bihar’s Begusarai after a stampede during the Kartik Puja celebrations, news agency ANI reported on Twitter on Saturday.Local media also suggests that several people have been injured in the stampede.The identities of the victims have not been revealed as yet.Thousands of people have thronged at various river banks across the country, as the occasion marks the only month in the Hindu calender where Lords Shiva and Vishnu are simultaneously worshipped

Bihar picture war: JDU releases Tejashwi Yadav’s photo with ‘fan girl’ and beer bottle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s photo vs photo in Bihar politics these days. After Lalu Prasad’s RJD released selfie of former JD(U) block president Rakesh Singh with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accusing the state government going soft on those indulging in booz business in dry Bihar, it was ruling party’s chance today.As if to turn the accusation of liquor consumption and patronage on its head, the Nitish Kumar’s party released a photo of the former Deputy Chief Minister and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav with female fan and a beer bottle.’You all can see the so called Bihar youth icon’s photograph in which he is having a good time. We wonder about this ‘rang’ (colour) of Tejashwi Yadav. Is this the sanskar (values) he has imbibed from his father Lalu Prasad,’ JD(U) spokesmen Sanjay Singh, Neeraj Kumar and Nikhil Mandal said.But the Yadav scion didn’t took long to hit back at the state government and in a press conference hours later, Tejashwi Yadav said that JDU’s act has pulled Bihar politics to a rock bottom.’This 2010 picture predates my entry into politics. It was clicked during my cricketing days. Perhaps at a party thrown during an IPL match. I wonder what is so objectionable about the photograph and what is the JD(U) trying to prove by resorting to such tricks,’ Yadav said in a stinging retort.Slamming the JDU, Yadav said that the photo unnecessary maligns the girl accompanying him.

BJP’s CP Thakur goes against party line, questions NDA govt’s decision to introduce reservation in outsourced services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior BJP leader C P Thakur today questioned the decision by the NDA government in Bihar to introduce reservation in outsourced services, saying this may lead to public resentment and a drop in investment in the state.”I think there was no need to introduce reservation in outsourced services. There is already scope for better implementation of the reservation system in sectors where the quota system is in place”, Thakur, former Union minister and ex-Bihar BJP president, said expressing dissenting opinion.”What the government needs to do is to pay more attention to spread of education among the socially backward classes. Introducing reservations in a new sector may make a section of the society feel that the space available to it is shrinking. This may lead to public resentment that may become difficult to handle”, Thakur, who is a BJP Rajya Sabha member, added.”The decision could send a rather unfavourable message outside Bihar. Investors from outside the state may get discouraged by this to put their money in Bihar”, he said.Meanwhile, reacting to Thakur’s comment, Janata Dal (United) state spokesman Neeraj Kumar said “if Thakur has strong views on the matter, he should raise his voice on his own party forum. The decision to introduce reservation in outsourced services was taken by the Nitish Kumar government, of which BJP is a part”.Former Chief Minister and leader of the Hindustan Awam Morcha – an NDA constituent in Bihar – Jitan Ram Manjhi said “the views expressed by Thakur appear to be personal and not of the party to which he belongs. We need not pay much heed to it”.At a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday, nod was given to introduce reservation in outsourced contractual appointment made by the state government.

Father throws four daughters out from UP train; mother says ‘paid price for giving birth to girls’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a father allegedly threw four of his five daughters out from a moving train in Uttar Pradesh.One Afreena Khatoon, 36, has told police officials her husband, Iddu Mian, 42, hurled their daughters out from Kamakhya-Katra Express on the intervening night of October 23 and 24, according to a Hindustan Times report.“I paid the price for giving birth to girls,” mother Afreen cries as she sat beside daughter Algun in the hospital.The train was passing through Sitapur, about 90 km north of Lucknow, when Iddu threw out his daughters one by one.”Muniya died because of me. I did not even know when Iddu threw out our four daughters. I was sleeping with my youngest daughter on another seat,” Afreen said.She believed it was after midnight her husband threw out their daughters when everyone in the train were sleeping.When Afreena woke up and asked Iddu where her daughters were, he simply replied : “Fek diye (I threw them).”“Paanch-paanch ladkiyan ko kaun palat aur kaun shadi karawat (who will feed five girls and arrange for their marriages),” Iddu added.“He threatened to throw me and Shehzadi out if I raised an alarm,” Afreena claimed.Afreen said she kept quiet till they reached Jammu as she was scared of his death threats and finally when they reached he abandoned them.However, Algun Khatoon, one of the daughters who survived to live the horrifying tale, has been admitted to Sitapur district hospital with a shattered leg.When police found a body at the Maigalganj railway tracks in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 25, Algun identified it as her mother’s.However, everyone was shocked at the village when mother Afreena turned up at her native village in Bihar’s West Champaran districtwith her two-year-old daughter Shehzadi.Afreena said Iddu left Bihar to work in Jammu and she decided to stay with her children at Jhakra. She claims her husband never fulfilled his responsibilities as her husband and father in their 13 years of marriage. When he came back from Jammu this time, he inisted on taking his wife and their children to Jammu. Afreena’s mother Rabeena was against it at first, however, she agreed to it. Afreena, who is still unaware of the fate of her daughter three daughters, now only wish her mother stopped her and her children from boarding the train.

Defamation complaint filed against Lalu Prasad Yadav

Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 09:44 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint has been filed in a court here accusing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad of defamation for his alleged calumnious remark about the complainant’s “friendship” with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a recent rally.The complaint was filed by Udaykant Mishra, a member of the Bihar Disaster Management Authority, in the court of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash and is scheduled to be heard tomorrow.Mishra has assailed Prasad’s utterances at a rally in Bhagalpur last month. The petitioner said that he has known Kumar for many decades and the remark was made to defame him.He also alleged that there were attempts to drag his name into the multi-crore Srijan scam, which relates to fraudulent transfer of government money into the account of a Bhagalpur-based NGO.The CBI is probing into the Rs 1000 crore scam.

SP picks transgender candidate in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the land of Goddess Sita, a transgender will take on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ayodhya. To checkmate and embarrass the BJP after its Treta Yuga Diwali celebrations, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded a transgender Gulshan Bindu as it mayoral candidate from the temple town.Bindu (51) was born in Sitamarhi in Bihar, the birth-place of Goddess Sita. A Brahmin by caste, her family had left Bihar to settle in Delhi. Bindu stayed in capital and then moved to Ayodhya on the direction of her Guru.”Since I belonged to Sitamarhi, birth-place of Sita Mata, it was like going to my ‘sasural’. I have been a social worker for very long and serving people of Ayodhya was absolutely a bliss,” she said after getting ticket to contest for SP.Ayodhya Nagar Palika was carved by merging the Faizabad nagar panchayat with it by the Yogi Adityanath government after assuming power in Uttar Pradesh.Bindu has a small house at Gulab Bari in Ayodhya and she came into politics as an independent and bagged 21,000 votes. She had given run for money to the BJP candidate during last local body polls when she lost to the BJP candidate Vijay Gupta only with a margin of 350 votes.”Ayodhya is like my family. I have no money to contest polls. My family will campaign and vote for me. I will show the BJP what development is all about if I won,” said Bindu, who is still recuperating from a brain tumour operation.The Samajwadi Party move has caught the BJP in a bind. It is already facing a tough time to select the candidate from Ayodhya after half a dozen party stalwarts are vying to get ticket for their nominees. The Bajrang Dal Founder President and BJP Rajya Sabha member Binay Katiyar is not happy the way he is being ignored in selection process.The BJP MP from Ayodhya-Faizabad Lallu Singh is also pulling in different direction so are local MLAs. It is going to be a tough task for the BJP to keep all local factions together in deciding the crucial Ayodhya mayoral poll candidate. Till results are declared on December 1, the Samajwadi Party transgender candidate will continue to give sleepless nights to BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

Nitish Kumar woos investors to boost Bihar’s silk sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the silk sector has a lot of potential and invited investors, promising them all help from the state government for establishing their units. He added the government was committed to strengthening the traditional industries in the state.Bihar, considered a cash-strapped state which has demanding a special category status for the past several years, is now trying to harness traditional and small-scale industries after it has found little success in attracting big investors despite its lucrative industrial policies. Following enforcement of total prohibition on April 5, 2016, the state also lost on its excise revenue, which made it mandatory for Bihar to look at smaller industries such as food-processing, garment etc, to fill its coffers.In Bihar, Bhagalpur, also popular as “Silk City”, once had a flourishing silk industry, with the Bhagalpuri silk famous across the globe. However, the sector has lost its sheen, with very few weavers left in the area as they hardly break even. “Silk, handloom and powerloom have a lot of potential for growth and can provide employment to a large number of people in the state. We have already seen the growth in tussar silk where we provided assistance to women groups working in the sector,” the CM said, while addressing traders and officials at “Udyami Panchayat” in Patna on Monday.Nitish also stressed on the need for increasing the number of handloom cooperative societies to strengthen the organisation of handloom weavers in the state. “There will be a joint meeting of the industries and cooperative departments very soon, where all your problems will be taken up in detail and solutions will be given to you,” he told the small-scale industrialists.

Bihar: Suspected hooch tragedy claims four lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons have died in a suspected case of spurious liquor consumption in Rohtas district of Bihar, where the sale and consumption of alcohol had been banned more than a year ago.The deaths were reported from Danwar village under Kachhwa police station late last night.Six others, who fell sick, are undergoing treatment at various private hospitals, Superintendent of Police, Rohtas, Manavjit Singh Dhillon said.He said angry villagers were staging a demonstration at Danwar and demanding action against those responsible for facilitating hooch trade in the area.”The matter is being investigated. Only after the post-mortem reports are out, can we say with certainty that the deaths have been caused by consumption of illicit liquor,” he added.DIG, Shahabad Range, Mohd Rehman said “I am leaving for the spot. If the consumption of spurious liquor is established, action will be taken against all the erring officials, including the SHO of the police station concerned”.Acting on a poll promise made during the Assembly elections of 2015, the Nitish Kumar government had imposed prohibition in Bihar in April last year.

17 drown during Chhath Puja ‘arghya’ in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as devotees bid farewell to Chhathi Maiyan with arghya to the rising sun on Friday, the festivities turned tragic at several places with at least 17 people reported to have drowned in separate incidents across the state.A maximum of four persons, including two women, drowned in Bhagalpur district, while performing the Chhath rituals. In Samastipur, two siblings aged 13 and 10 met their watery graves in a village pond, while an 18-year-old woman drowned in a water body in Dalsinghsarai.In Bihar’s Banka district, three persons, including a six-year-old boy, drowned during the Chhath arghya, whereas two persons died in Araria district. Drowning deaths were also reported from Madhepura, Arwal, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi and Vaishali districts. A boat also capsized in Munger district though no one was injured in that incident. A senior official said the compensation will be given to the kin of victims as per the government rules.Earlier, a day before the Chhath Mahaparv commenced with ‘Nahai Khai’, four women, who were on the way to perform pre-Chhath rituals, were run down by a train in Bhagalpur.According to figures furnished by the state disaster management department officials, last year 47 deaths had occurred only due to drowning during Chhath in Bihar. “The experience of previous years show that drowning events on Chhath ghats occur after the morning arghya, when administrative arrangements become somewhat relaxed. Hence, we need to remain more watchful,” said a senior official of the department.Lakhs of devotees re-assembled at the Chhath ghats on Friday morning and offered their obeisance to the ‘Udeeyaman’ (rising) sun to conclude the rituals.PRAYERS FOR PEACEChief Minister Nitish Kumar performed the arghya at his residence and said he prayed for peace and prosperity for the people of Bihar and India.

City residents celebrate Chhath Puja in an eco-friendly way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the sun set on Thursday, Nalin Pandey and his family offered the Aragh (an offering), an essential part of Chhath puja, at their building premises in Nerul. For the last two years, the family avoided venturing out to water bodies due to the dirt and overcrowding.”We have a water fountain on the premises which has been particularly made in a way that the sunrise can be witnessed from there. Every year, we clean up the place and offer Aragh. Earlier we would go to a lake in Nerul but for past two years, we have been doing it here. Lakes are usually not clean and it is too crowded. Also, there is a risk of accidents happening. In the fountain, the water is not deeper than three feet,” said Pandey, who is the chairman and managing director of a shipping company.Pandey, who is also joint secretary of Bihar Foundation, organises Chhath puja at various places. The puja is observed mainly by people from Bihar, Jharkhand, and some parts of UP.”Every morning people pray to the sun. On the third and fourth day of the puja, we offer Aragh to the Sun God. This prayer is also to Chhath Devi, the daughter of Lord Bramha, and the wife of Lord Surya (sun). She is an assigned boon for kids,” said Manoj Singh Rajput of Bihar Foundation.On the third day, people offer five different kind of fruits on a winnow to the Sun God. “In villages where there was clean water, people would take that water and offer it to the Sun God, which is the main offering to the Sun God. Out here, most people take water sprinkled with Gangajal in a copper pot,” said Rajput.”Over a period of time, in the city, many people have been coming to natural water bodies. We co-ordinate with the administration and clean up the place where the puja is done,” said Abhay Kumar, who offers Aragh from Banganga in Malabar HillThe four-day prayer sees people go on a 36-hour fast without water. They observe a fast and also offer aragh to the setting and rising Sun god as part of the ritual.Their prayer for the first two days is restricted to their homes where they observe abstinence and offer prayers.On the third and fourth day, people offer prayers to the Sun God standing in water. It is done during the sunset on the third day and during sunrise on the fourth.THE RITUALSThe four-day prayer sees people go on a 36-hour fast without water. They observe a fast and also offer aragh to the setting and rising Sun god as part of the ritual.
Their prayer for the first two days is restricted to their homes where they observe abstinence and offer prayers.

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