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Bihar flood toll reaches 253

Patna, Aug 20 (IANS) The flood situation remained grim in Bihar while the death toll rose to 253 on Sunday, an official said A Bihar Disaster Management Department official said 126.87 lakh persons in 1,965 panchayats under 171 blocks in 18 districts have been affected by the floods. According to an official release, till date 7,21,704 people have been evacuated to safe places by...

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Resign over Srijan scam, RJD tells Bihar CM, his deputy

Patna, Aug 20 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday said his party would intensify its agitation to demand resignation and jailing of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy in the Rs 1,000 crore Srijan scam. The RJD will intensify its agitation to demand their resignation after the August 27 party rally. We will continue our agitation till Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Ku...

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Major train accidents in seven years

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A chronology of major train accidents in India in the past seven years: * August 19, 2017: At least 20 people were killed and 92 injured when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. * January 21, 2017: 29 people were killed and 50 others injured when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed ...

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CMFRI develops breeding technology for Indian pompano

Kochi, Aug 20 (IANS) Mariculture in the country is set for a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing a seed production technology for Indian pompano. Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) has a high commercial value both in domestic and international markets. According to Kochi-headquartered CMFRI Director A. Gopalakrishnan...

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JD-U hints at action against Sharad if he attends RJD rally

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) On a day the party decided to join the NDA, rival groups of the Janata Dal-United were on the war path on Saturday with the faction headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar virtually putting Sharad Yadav on notice, daring him to split the party and face action. On its part, the JD-U faction led by Yadav announced that it will approach the Election Commission to st...

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Nitish Kumar challenges Sharad Yadav to split JD-U

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday challenged rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav to split the party after the latter did not attend the national executive meeting of the party and held a parallel meeting here. Let Sharad Yadav split the party. For splitting the party there is need of two-thirds support of party leaders. If he has majority support, he should p...

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Nitish Kumar-led JD-U faction joins NDA

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday passed a resolution at the party's national executive meeting here to formally join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). A resolution that the JD-U will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting. Now we have become part of NDA, JD-U General Secretary K.C. Tyagi to...

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JD-U hints at action against Sharad if he attends RJD rally

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday virtually put rebel leader Sharad Yadav on notice, hinting at action against him if he attends the RJD rally on August 27. JD-U General Secretary K.C. Tyagi told reporters that the party has not acted against Yadav for his anti-party activities because of his seniority and long association wit...

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Sharad Yadav faction to approach EC over JD-U symbol

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) faction led by Sharad Yadav is to approach the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol 'arrow', a party leader said. We will soon knock on the door of the Election Commission to stake claim over the party symbol 'arrow' and inform (people) that the real party is with him (Sharad), not with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuma...

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Nitish Kumar-led JD-U faction joins NDA

Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) The JD-U faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the party's national executive meeting here. A resolution that the JD-U will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting, a senior party leader said. According to the leader, Janata Dal-United General Secretary K.C. Tayagi mo...

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BJP suspends Bihar leader allegedly involved in Srijan scam

Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Rs 1,000-crore Srijan scam in Bhagalpur district, his ally BJP on Friday suspended a senior party leader for his alleged involvement in it. Vipin Sharma, Vice President of party Kisan Morcha, has been suspended as his name surfaced in the scam, party spokesperso...

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Bihar flood toll rises to 153

Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) With floods claiming 34 more lives Bihar in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the state rose to 153 on Friday, officials said. The flood situation remains grim in 15 districts, affecting millions. A Bihar Disaster Management Department official said a total of 108 lakh people spread over 1,688 panchayats had been affected by the floods. According to an off...

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Seven arrested in Bihar for killing calf

Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) Seven Muslims were arrested in Bihar's West Champaran district for allegedly for killing a calf and consuming its meat, police said on Friday. Chanpatia SHO Rajesh Jha said that the seven, all residents of Dumra village, were arrested on Thursday after police were informed that they had violated the ban over cow slaughter by killing a calf. Accused have confe...

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Pradhan meets Patnaik on tax dispute between IOCL, Odisha

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) In a bid to reach an amicable settlement of the present tax-dispute between Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Odisha government, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Friday. Pradhan was of the view that though the state had extended the tax concession in 2004, there was a necessity of finding an amicable solution...

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Sharad faction of JD-U to hold executive meet

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD-U holding its national executive meeting on Saturday in Patna, suspended party leader Ali Anwar said on Friday that the Sharad Yadav faction will simultaneously hold a separate meeting. Earlier we decided to attend the party's meeting on August 19 but as we all were suspended one by one - and they kept on disrespecting ...

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Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad appears in CBI court

Ranchi, Aug 18 (IANS) Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad appeared on Friday in a special CBI court here in connection with the multi-million fodder scam case. The RJD leader has appeared in three fodder scam cases. The witness, however, did not appear in any case. Lalu Prasad, who appeared in the court on Thursday as well, has been asked...

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Bihar flood toll reaches 119

Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) Nearly one crore people have been affected by the Bihar floods that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday. The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been affected by the floods. It has washed away thousands of huts, damaged buildings, roads, bridges ...

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Odisha enhances cash award for inter-caste marriage

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (IANS) In order to encourage more inter-caste marriages, the Odisha government on Thursday doubled the cash incentive for such marriages from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The amount would be given irrespective of the economic status of the marrying couple and has to be used to purchase land or household articles, said an official. The state government has ...

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SC grants Rs 10 lakh compensation to HIV+ rape victim who became pregnant

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday granted Rs 10 lakh compensation to a rape victim who became pregnant but could not undergo an abortion even though she had approached the Patna Medical College in the 17th week of her pregnancy. Granting compensation for negligence of the state government and the suffering that the victim would undergo, a bench of Justice Dipak Misra...

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Steelers announce online ticket sales for PKL's Haryana leg

Sonepat, Aug 17 (IANS) Pro Kabaddi League franchise Haryana Steelers on Thursday announced the opening of online tickets sales for the home leg of their debut in the competition. The games are set to be held at the Motilal Nehru School Of Sports in Rai, Sonepat, and tickets for the clashes will be priced between Rs 400 and 1,000 for the home leg scheduled to take place between September...

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