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Cabinet approves transfer of AAI land at Patna Airport

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The Union Cabinet today approved the transfer 11.35 acres of land at Patna airport to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) by way of exchanging equivalent land of AAI at Anisabad.
 
The proposed land at Patna Airport will be used for expansion of the airport and construction of new terminal building along with other associated infrastructure, an official press release said. The Bihar Government has also agreed in principle for transfer of the land.
 
The new terminal building will have a capacity of 3 million passengers per annum. The existing terminal building at Patna Airport was built for a capacity of 0.5 million passengers per annum, against which 1.5 million passengers per annum are already using it, leading to  extreme crowding in the terminal building, the release added.
 
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24 dead as boat capsizes in Ganga at Patna in Bihar

As many as 24 people, including five children, died after a boat carrying them capsized in the river Ganga at Patna in Bihar on Saturday evening.
 
24 dead as boat capsizes in Ganga at Patna
As many as 24 people, including five children, died after a boat carrying them capsized in the river Ganga at Patna in Bihar yesterday evening.
 
Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told NetIndian that the victims included 16 men, three women and five children.
 
He said about eight people had swum to safety and a similar number had been rescued by people who jumped into the river to save them.
 
Mr. Agarwal said the boat was carrying about 40 people and none of them are now reported missing. However, search and rescue teams were continuing their operations for some more time to ensure that all the passengers of the boat are accounted for, he said.
 
He said that two of the eight persons admitted to a local hospital had been discharged, while the other six were undergoing treatment and in a stable condition.
 
The search and rescue efforts had continued through the night last night, sources said.
 
The victims were among a large crowd that had gathered at the Ganga Diara here to witness a  kite festival held every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The boat, which had taken people for a free ride on the river, capsized around 6 pm, perhaps, due to overcrowding, the sources said.
 
Video footage shot by onlookers on the river banks showed rescuers making frantic efforts to save the people.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the District Magistrate to look into the lapses that led to the tragedy.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.
 
He also approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, an official press release in Delhi added.
 
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63 dead, 150 injured as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur

At least 63 people died and more than 150 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.
 
63 dead as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur
At least 63 people died and more than 150 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.
 
Additional Director General of Police Daljit Singh Chawdhary told journalists that at least 63 bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches, and that the death toll could rise further.
 
He also said that more than 150 people with injuries had been rushed to hospitals in Kanpur.
 
Two coaches, which capsized and telescoped into each other, were the worst affected and cranes and gas cutters were used to cut through the twisted and mangled steel to reach victims trapped inside. One of the coaches had climbed onto the other, crushing the coach below, he said.
 
The mishap occurred around 3.10 am between Pokhraya and Malasa stations on the Jhansi-Kanpur section of North-Central Railway at a time when most passengers were fast asleep, official sources said.
 
Accident relief trains and medical teams have rushed to the spot and scores of ambulances were deployed to rush the injured to hospitals, the sources said.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were on their way to scene of the accident and the district administration has also sought the help of the Army for the rescue efforts.
 
Senior district administration, police and railway officials have rushed to the scene to oversee the rescue and relief efforts. The Minister of State for Railways is also on his way to the spot.
 
"All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging Twitter said.
 
"Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident. All possible mobilisation for relief initiated," He said.
 
"Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the  affected, We r taking care," he said.
 
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The stranded passengers were being moved in buses from the site to Malasa station, from where a special train was being arranged to take them to their destinations.
 
The Ministry of Railways has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those who died in the accident, Rs. 50,000 to those with grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
This is in addition to the compensation which will be available through the Railway Claims Tribunal.
 
The Railways have also promised to provide the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his shock and grief over the loss of lives in the acident. "Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said on Twitter.
 
"Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely," he added.
 
Traffic on the section, which has only a single line, has been affected and several trains have been cancelled or diverted. Efforts are being made to restore normal traffic at the earliest, sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
Indore- 0731 1072, Ujjain 0734 2560906, Ratlam 07412 1072, Jhansi 0510-1072, Orai 05162-1072, Kanpur 0512-1072, Pokhrayan 05113-270239, Patna 0612-220 2290, 220 2291, 2202292
 
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Inland water transport terminal to come up in Kolkata, Patna

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Inland water transport terminals will come up in Kolkata and Patna under the public-private partnership (PPP) model with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) having identified development and operation of Kolkata Terminal’s GR Jetty -I, GR Jetty-II & BISN and Patna Terminal’s Gaighat & Kalughat on the river Ganga.
 
After invitation of bids, nine firms have expressed their interest in taking up the project and the work is expected to be awarded by November, an official press release said.
 
These are the first PPP projects undertaken by the IWAI. Under the transactional structure worked out by International Finance Corporation (IFC), the operator will undertake the operations and maintenance services at both Kolkata and Patna clusters and invest in equipment handling mechanism, goods, items, container loading and unloading equipment and warehousing. The operator will also provide labour, professionals, supervisory, and managerial personnel for performance of operations and maintenance services.
 
The operator will have the right to demand and collect user fees from the users. Service charges would be revised from time to time so as to suitably reflect variation in the market conditions. 
 
The operator will be responsible for the payment of revenue share to IWAI for the period commencing from the third anniversary of the appointment date until the duration of the concession. 
 
The release said the operator is expected to handle 10,000 TEU or 15,000 tonnes at both the terminals within five years of signing the contract.
 
IWAI will finalise the Front End Design (FEED) of the Kalughat Terminal and construct it with the technical assistance of the World Bank under Jal Marg Vikas Project. IWAI will initially invest Rs. 80 crore for the estimated cost construction of the Kalughat Terminal and Rs. 10 crore as the cost of land acquisition of about 2-3 hectares for the container cargo Terminal. 
 
IWAI has taken land on lease for thirty years for GR Jetty I & II, and BISN Terminal in Kolkata.
 
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16 dead as bus plunges into pond in Madhubani district of Bihar

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At least 16 people died when a private bus they were travelling in veered off the road and fell into a deep roadside pond, Sundar Kund, in Madhubani district of Bihar today, official sources said.
 
District officials at the scene of the mishap told NetIndian over the telephone that about 12 passengers of the ill-fated bus had been rescued.
 
Search and rescue teams were searching the pond, said to be about 25 feet deep, to see if there were any more victims.
 
The officials said they had no exact figures for the number of passengers in the bus, which was completely submerged under water.
 
By late this evening, the search teams, including personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), had managed to pull the bus out of the water and extricate several bodies from it.
 
The bus was on its way to Sitamarhi from Madhubani, 180 kms northeast of Patna, when the mishap occurred around 12.30 pm near Basaitha chowk in Benipatti police station area of the district.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident and urged district officials to speed up the rescue and relief efforts.
 
He asked Revenue Minister Madan Mohan Jha and Panchayati Raj Minister Kapil Dev Kamat to rush to the scene of the tragedy.
 
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Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in eastern, NE India

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolted Myanmar this afternoon and the tremors were felt in several parts of eastern and north-eastern India.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 21.0 N and longitude 94.4 E, near Chauk town on the Irrawaddy river, occurred at 1604 hours IST at a focal depth of 58 km.
 
Reports reaching here said the tremors were felt in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Guwahati in Assam and Tripura, among other places. They were also felt in Bangladesh and Thailand.
 
Residents of the affected areas ran out of their homes and offices as a precautionary measure.
 
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Fruitful exchanges on international, regional issues at BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue

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The BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue successfully concluded here today with "fruitful exchanges" on strategic assessments of international situation and the regional situation of each country and trends, going beyond immediate issues of customary diplomacy.
 
The delegations also discussed the role of BRICS in international governance, ongoing cooperation at BRICS Forum and reflected on areas of convergence among the member countries.
 
BRICS brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. India has assumed the Presidency of BRICS in February this year. 
 
The two-day dialogue gave an opportunity for sharing of best practices in foreign policy planning and assessment between the BRICS countries, an official press release said.
 
The quality and scope of discussions affirmed the significance of the voice of BRICS given that it is a grouping that brings together five major world economies that are home to 43% of the world population, it added.
 
The release said the discussions would contribute towards India’s objective as Chair of BRICS for 2016 to further consolidate Intra-BRICS cooperation by adopting a five-pronged approach – institution building to further deepen and sustain BRICS cooperation; implementation of the decisions of previous Summits including the Prime Minister’s announcements at the Fortaleza and Ufa Summits; integrating synergies among the existing cooperation mechanisms; innovation, that is, new cooperation mechanisms and continuation of mutually agreed existing BRICS cooperation mechanisms.
 
During their stay in Patna, the heads of delegations called on Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Some delegations also took the opportunity to visit historic places of interest in the vicinity of Patna such as Nalanda and Rajgir.
 
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Nalanda Mahavihara gets inscribed in World Heritage List

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The excavated remains at Nalanda of the great monastic-cum-scholastic establishment has got inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
 
Located around 88 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar, the site presents a key archaeological evidence of a truly international centre for organised learning.
 
Nalanda Mahavihara was founded by Kumargupta I of the Gupta dynasty in 5th century CE. It was patronized by various rulers including King Harshavardhana of Kannauj (7th century CE) and the Pala rulers (8th – 12th century CE) as well as various scholars.
 
Later, a number of factors spread over centuries caused the decline of this famed institution. The same region later saw emergence of a number of reputed educational institutions like Vikramshila and Odantpuri but the eminence of Nalanda remains unrivalled.
 
About six centuries after Nalanda’s decline, the site was first discovered and reported by Sir Francis Buchanan. The site was systematically excavated and consolidated by Archaeological Survey of India from 1915 to 1937 and again from 1974 to 1982.
 
Nalanda is a rare combination of outstanding achievements in institution-building, site-planning, art and architecture. It symbolized the multiplicity of knowledge production, the innovative processes of the organized transmission of ideas through education and a shared heritage of people living in multiple regions of Asia.
 
Nalanda distinguished itself as the earliest planned university of the Indian sub-continent. Thematic and iconographic assimilation of features from major art centres of the sub-continent with local practices is evident in art of Nalanda. While Nalanda stucco influenced practices in Thailand, its metal art influenced art of the Malayan archipelago, Nepal, Myanmar and Tibet travelling out through scholars.
 
Nalanda attracted scholars from the Indian sub-continent and beyond and received patronage of local rulers and foreign kings for an unbroken period of 800 years.
 
Students were admitted after rigorous evaluation only. Apart from teaching of topics related to Buddhism, contemporary texts and philosophies, logic, grammar, science, and medicine were also part of the knowledge imparted at Nalanda. Earning the title of ‘Medieval School of Discussion and Logic’, Nalanda`s scholars mastered the art and science of debate developing it into a critical tool for higher learning.
 
Today, the continuity of its systems is also evident in contemporary monasteries in Sri Lanka, Tibet and Nepal. In fact, the term Nalanda has become synonymous with aspired standard of education as evidenced in several 21st century namesake institutions all over the world.
 
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All surviving remains of Nalanda Mahavihara in the proposed property area demonstrate amply the attributes of the property such as its planning and layout, its architectural manifestation and extant building materials and applied ornamental embellishments.
 
Preserved in-situ is structural remains of viharas (residential-cum-scholastic structure) and chaityas (temple-like structure) whose layers of construction show evolution of the respective forms.
 
The positioning of these structures over the length of the site shows the planned layout unique to Nalanda. The viharas retain infrastructure for residential-cum-scholastic functions.
 
The quincuxial or five-fold plan-form characteristic of a Nalanda chaitya is evident in the temple within the property. The site also retains a corpus of moveable and immoveable artefacts and artistic embellishment that shows iconographic development reflecting changes in Buddhist belief system. While stucco and engraved art are conserved in-situ, metal and stone objects are exhibited today at the adjoining Site Museum.
 
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CCEA okays rehabilitation of Mahatma Gandhi Setu on Ganga at Patna

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved a project for the rehabilitation of the four-lane 5.575 km Mahatma Gandhi Setu on national highway (NH)-19 on the Ganga at Patna in Bihar. 
 
An official press release said the bridge would be constructed after dismantling the damaged pre-stressed cantilever arms superstructure and subsequent re-decking by steel truss.
 
The project will be implemented in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode. The cost is estimated to be Rs.1742.01 crore, it said.
 
The bridge was constructed in the 1980s by the Government of Bihar. The distressed bridge is very important link between North Bihar and South Bihar and is a route for several economic as well as socio-political activities. Business with Nepal and Bhutan also flow through this connection. 
 
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made efforts to rehabilitate this bridge in the last 15 years but they were not successful. After a lot of studies through national and foreign experts, it has now been decided that the only remedy left is to dismantle the existing superstructure followed by subsequent re-decking by steel truss, the release added.
 
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Lightning claims 56 lives in Bihar, 24 suffer injuries

 
Lightning claims 56 lives in Bihar
At least 56 people died and 24 others suffered injuries when lightning struck several parts of Bihar during heavy rains in the state late last night, official sources said here today.
 
While six peope were killed in Patna, five died in Buxar and four each in  Aurangabad, Rohtas, Bhojpur and Nalanda districts, the sources told NetIndian. 
 
In all, deaths were reported from as many as 19 districts, including Gaya, Bhagalpur, Saran, Kaimur, Saharsa, Katihar, Samastipur, Monghyr, Madhepura and West Champaran.
 
Officials said the casualties could be higher with reports from some remote areas yet to come in. The victims included women and children.
 
Mr. Vyas Ji, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management in the Bihar Government, told newsmen that the state administration had received reports by late yesterday that several people had been killed due to lightning.
 
He urged people to avoid staying out in the open and remain indoors to minimise the risks.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the incidents.
 
Lightning strikes are common during the monsoon in Bihar. The south-west monsoon advanced into the state earlier this week and yesterday's rains were among the first downpours of this season.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to lightning in Bihar as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and other places over the last few days.
 
"Deeply anguished by loss of lives due to lightning in parts of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand & other parts of the nation over the last few days.
 
"My thoughts & prayers are with those who lost their near & dear ones due to the lightning. May the injured recover quickly," he said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
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One injured, six escape unhurt as air ambulance crash lands near Delhi Airport

 
Air ambulance crash lands in Najafgarh
An air ambulance with seven people on board, carrying a patient from Patna to Delhi for medical treatment, crash landed in a field at Kair village in the Najafgarh area of the national capital, after both its engines failed one after the other, injuring one of the passengers.
 
The injured person was rushed to the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon nearby, while four others were taken to the Rao Tularam Hospital in Delhi for a routine check-up.
 
The Beechcraft King Air C90 A aircraft, belonging to Alchemist Airline and withcall sign VTEQO, was on a chartered flight and was about six nautical miles away from touchdown on runway 10 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport when the mishap occurred.
 
The aircraft had taken off from Patna at around 11.43 am and the pilot sent the first "Mayday" distress call around 2.47 pm.
 
Officials said the pilot reported that one engine of the aircraft had shut down and shortly thereafter informed Air Traffic Control (ATC) that he had lost the second engine, too.
 
All indications were that the pilot, identified as Amit, managed to steer the aircraft to a deserted field, away from the densely populated areas nearby, and make a controlled landing, without causing much damage to the plane.
 
Fire tenders, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene and removed the injured to hospital.
 
The aircraft, manufactured in 1989, had a seating capacity of seven, including the pilot and the co-pilot.
 
Official sources said besides the pilot Amit, those on board included co-pilot Rohit, the patient, Birendra Rai, a doctor, Dr. Roopesh, a woman named Juhi and another passenger identified as Bhagwan Rai.
 
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Today's incident brought back memories of a similar incident on May 25, 2011 when another air ambulance, a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, also carrying seven people from Patna to Delhi, including a patient for medical treatment, crashed near sector 22 in Faridabad, about 20 km from the Delhi airport, in bad weather that night.
 
All seven people on the single-engined aircraft, including a 20-year-old patient, two doctors, two attendants and two pilots on board the single-engined aircraft, died in the crash.
 
Three persons on the ground were also killed in the crash, which occurred in a residential area, and three others on the ground sufferd injuries.
 
On December 22, 2015, a Beech Superking B-200 aircraft of the Border Security Force (BSF) crashed minutes after take-off from the Delhi Airport, killing all ten persons aboard.
 
The aircraft, with VT-BSA registration, bound for Ranchi in Jharkhand, crashed outside the airport boundary wall on the western side of the airport.
 
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Wi-fi services at Patna, Ranchi, Visakhapatnam railway stations

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today inaugurated high speed wi-fi services at Patna, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam railway stations through video conferencing.
 
The wi-fi facility for visitors and rail users at these stations has been commissioned by RailTel in association with Google for providing high speed state-of-the-art world class internet experience to the commuters, an official press release siad.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prabhu said as India was heading towards digitalization, Internet had become the basic need of every individual for which they are entitled to. In order to bring the railway stations to world standard and to keep pace with the latest technology, provision of high speed wi-fi is the first step in this direction.
 
So far this facility has been provided at 19 railway stations which will be extended to 100 stations in the next one year.
 
He said after completion of this project of providing wi-fi facility at 400 stations, it would be the biggest wi-fi service in the world.
 
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Justice Dhirendra Waghela to be Chief Justice of Bombay High Court

Justice Dhirendra Waghela
Justice Dhirendra Waghela
The President has, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr. Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
 
An official press release said Mr. Justice Waghela had been directed to assume charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on or before February 16, 2016.
 
The President has also transferred Mr. Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, as a Judge of the Patna High Court. He has also been directed to assume charge of his office in the Patna High Court on or before February 16, the release added.
 
Born on August 11, 1954 at Rajkot, Gujarat in a family of artists and artisans, Mr. Justice Waghela took a degree in commerce from the  P.D.Malaviya Commerce College there and also worked in his family business for five years. 
 
He topped Saurashtra University in General LL.B. and Special LL.B. in 1974 and 1975, respectively. He stood second in the university in the LL.M. examinations in 1976-77.
 
He practised exclusivel in the Labour and Industrial Courts for many years and served as Secretary of the Labour Court Practitioners’ Association for several successive years and represented the Labour Bar of Saurashtra in the agitation for a High Court bench in Saurashtra. 
 
In 1990, he shifted his practice to Ahmedabad, appearing in many cases for poor workmen without charging any fees. He also represented several government bodies and companies as well as the Gujarat Pollution Control Board. 
 
In the year 1999, he was called to the bench and assumed his office as Additional Judge of the High Court of Gujarat on 17th September, 1999. 
 
He was elevated as the Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka in March, 2013. He was then transferred to Orissa High Court, where he took oath as Chief Justice on June 4, 2015.
 
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L&T JV wins Rs 3115 crore new Ganga bridge project in Bihar

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its Heavy Civil Infrastructure Business of L&T Construction, along with its joint venture (JV) partner, Daewoo E&C of South Korea, had won a major order worth Rs. 3,115 crore from the Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL).
 
A press release from the company said the contract was for th  design and construction of a greenfield six-lane extra-dosed cable bridge over river Ganga near Kachchi Dargah in the district of Patna on National Highway (NH)-30, near Bidupur in the District of 
Vaishali on NH-103 (Bihar). 
 
The prestigious engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract involves construction of a 22- km road alignment including a 9.76 km long extra-dosed bridge spanning the Ganga. The project also includes viaducts, road overbridges (ROBs), major bridges and road works. 
 
"After completion, this will be the country’s longest extra-dosed bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed in four years," the release said.
 
“This is a significant win in the heavy civil infrastructure space and we hope that this is a sign for many such projects involving vital infrastructure that are in the offing to materialize,” said Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, Deputy Managing Director & President, L&T. 
 
“This mandate is truly representative of our expertise in building bridges as we are already building some major bridges in India: one across the Narmada, one in Goa, another near Delhi. With the support of our JV partners, we are confident of delivering as per the requirements of our clients,” he added.
 
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Seven coaches of Amrapali Express derail in Bihar, no casualties

 
Seven coaches of Amrapali Express derail near Khagaria
 
Seven coaches of the 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express derailed near Khagaria in Bihar in the early hours of today but none of the passengers was injured, officials said.
 
The mishap occurred around 1.15 am when the train had just left from a stop at Pasraha station in Sonepur division of East Central Railway (ECR) and was still moving at slow speed in the outer yard.
 
ECR spokesperson Arvind Kumar Rajak told NetIndian that the derailed coaches included five second class sleeper coaches, one AC 3-Tier coach and one AC 2-Tier coach.
 
He said all the passengers of the train, including those travelling by the affected coaches, were first taken to Barauni in the remaining coaches. At Barauni, all 1360 passengers of the train were accommodated in a new rake and sent on their onward journey this morning.
 
Mr. Rajak said that two accident relief trains were rushed to the scene and had managed to re-rail al the derailed coaches. Normal traffic was expected to be restored by early this afternoon, he said.
 
District administration and police officials as well as emergency personnel also rushed to the spot immediately.
 
Some trains were delayed and others diverted as a result of the accident.
 
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Nitish Kumar announces plan to impose liquor ban in Bihar from April 2016

 
Nitish Kumar announces plan to impose liquor ban in Bihar from April 2016
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced plans to impose a ban on liquor in the state from April 1, 2016 in fulfilment of one of his promises during the recent elections to the state legislative assembly which saw the "Grand Alliance" formed by his Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress win an overwhelming majority.
 
"My government is committed to fulfilling the promises made to women during he election campaign," he said at a function here yesterday.
 
He said he had instructed the Chief Secretary and other officials concerned to start work on drafting the new policy so that it could be implemented from April 1 next year.
 
He said there were large numbers of complaints from women about the problems arising out of the addiction to liquor among men in their families.
 
Mr. Kumar said people from the low income groups were the worst-hit because of the consumption of liquor. It affected not only their health but also the economic condition of their families, especially the education of their children, he said. He said men's addiction to liquor led to tension within families, and women had to bear the brunt of such problems.
 
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Mr. Kumar said the government would make efforts to ensure that such families lived happy lives again, that they spend money they saved by not consuming liquor on their children's education and nutrition. 
 
He said the policy would make women in the state happy and help the development of families. He said women's self-help groups had already done good work in curbing consumption of liquor, which had helped create the atmosphere for such a ban by the government.
 
He said the state government would find other ways of making up the loss of revenue from excise duty arising from the ban.
 
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Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar CM, Tejaswi Yadav is Deputy CM

 
Nitish Kumar sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for fifth time
 
Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar was today sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fifth time in his political career after leading the "Grand Alliance" comprising his party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress to a resounding win in the recent elections to the state legislative assembly.
 
Mr. Kumar, 64, was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Ramnath Kovind at a ceremony at the historic Gandhi Maidan here, watched by thousands of supporters and dozens of leaders from several non-BJP parties.
 
This is the first time that the JD (U), the RJD headed by former Union Minister Lalu Prasad and the Congress have come together in an alliance in Bihar.
 
Along with Mr Kumar, 28 others took oath as Ministers in the new government, including Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, sons of Mr Lalu Prasad. Tejaswi Yadav, 26, was named as Deputy Chief Minister in the allocation of portfolios announced later.
 
The "Grand Alliance" ended up with 178 seats in the 243-member assembly, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), finished with just 58 seats.
 
Among the "grand alliance" partners, the RJD became the single largest party in the assembly with 80 seats, while the JD(U) bagged 71 and the Congress got 27.
 
The BJP ended up with 53 seats on its own, while its allies Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) picked up two seats each and and the Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) one. Among the others in the fray, the CPI (ML) won three seats and independent candidates bagged four.
 
Apart from Mr. Kumar, the Ministry includes 12 members each from the JD (U) and RJD and four from the Congress.
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal, Oommen Chandy of Kerala, Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Virbhadra Singh of Himachal Pradesh, S. Siddaramaiah of Karnataka, Tarun Gogoi of Assam, P K Chamling of Sikkim, O Ibobi Singh of Manipur and Nabam Tuki of Arunachal Pradesh were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu represented Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event. Mr. Lalu Prasad and JD (U) President Sharad Yadav were among the prominent guests at the function.
 
Also present were CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D. Raja, former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Ghuulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, DMK's M. K. Stalin, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi.
 
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi were also present.
 
In the allocation of portfolios, the Chief Minister retained the portfolios of Home, General Administration and Information & Public Relations with himself.
 
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Mr Tejaswi Yadav, the new Deputy Chief Minister, will be in charge of Road Construction and Building Construction Departments. His brother Tej Pratap Yadav has been given Health and Environment & Forests.
 
Mr. Abdul Bari Siddiqui has been given the Finance portfolio, while Mr Bijendra Prasad Yadav, who held Finance in the previous Nitish Kumar government, will now handle Energy.
 
Mr. Ashok Choudhary, the state Congress president, has been given Education and Information Technology. Another Congress leader Madan Mohan Jha was put in charge of Revenue while JD (U) MLA Rajiv Ranjan Singh will handle Water Resources.
 
Jay Kumar Singh of JD (U) will look after Industry, while Manju Varma, also of JD (U) has been given Social Welfare.
 
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JD (U)-RJD-Congress "grand alliance" storms to power in Bihar with resounding win

The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, romped to power with a resounding victory as votes were counted in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly on Sunday.
 
Nitish hails verdict as victory of Bihar's swabhimaan
 
The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, romped to power with a resounding victory as votes were counted in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly today.
 
As results for all 243 seats became available late tonight, the "grand alliance" or "Mahagathbandhan" ended up with 178 seats, well past the two-thirds mark, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), now in power at the Centre, was far behind with just 58 seats.
 
Among the "grand alliance" partners, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of former Union Minister Lalu Prasad won 80 seats to end up as the single largest party. The JD (U) of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar won 71 and the Congress 27.
 
The RJD's performance is particularly impressive, given the fact that many political observers felt that its presence was a liability for the JD (U).
 
The BJP ended up with 53 seats on its own, while its allies Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) picked up two seats each and and the Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) one.
 
Among the others in the fray, the CPI (ML) won three seats and independent candidates bagged four.
 
In terms of vote percentage, the RJD got 18.4% of the votes, the JD(U) 16.8% and the Congress 6.7%.
 
The BJP secured 24.4% of the votes cast, the LJP 4.8%, the BLSP 2.6% and HAMS 2.4%. Independents garnered 9.4% of the vote, while the CPI(ML) got 1.5%.
 
The campaigning for the elections was marked by sharp and bitter exchanges of barbs among the main contestants.
 
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The elections were seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Mr. Nitish Kumar and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
The results will be seen as personal setbacks to Mr. Modi, who had campaigned extensively in Bihar and addressed more than 30 election rallies, and for BJP President Amit Shah, who had fashioned the party's strategy for the elections.
 
Polling in the elections was held in five phases on October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5, and more than 56.80 percent voting was registered.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful across the state and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
 
A total of 67063004 electors, including 31282535 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections and there were, in all, 3450 candidates, including 272 women, in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 65349 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a freee and fair poll.
 
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Counting of votes began at 8 am today amidst tight security at 39 centres across the state and al the results are expected to be in by this evening. All counting centres are situated in the district headquarters. There were two counting centres separated by a common road in Saharsa distict and one each in the 37 other districts.
 
The Election Commission ensured 24x7 three-tier security at all counting centres, with the inner cordon being manned by personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at all counting centres.
 
The commission also deployed an observer each in all 243 constituencies to oversee the counting process.
  
Exit polls had produced varying forecasts, with some putting the "grand alliance" ahead and others predicting a victory for the NDA.
 
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JD (U)-RJD-Congress "grand alliance" romps to power with overwhelming win in Bihar elections

The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, romped to power with an overwhelming victory as counting of votes progressed in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly on Sunday.
 
Nitish hails verdict as victory of Bihar's swabhimaan
 
The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, romped to power with an overwhelming victory as counting of votes progressed in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly today.
 
As counting trends became available for all 243 seats, the "grand alliance" or "Mahagathbandhan" had won or was leading in 178 constituencies, well past the two-thirds mark, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), now in power at the Centre, was far behind with wins or leads in just 59.
 
Among the "grand alliance" partners, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of former Union Minister Lalu Prasad was ahead in 80, the ruling JD (U) of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 71 and the Congress in 27.
 
The RJD's performance is particularly impressive, given the fact that many political observers felt that its presence was a liability for the JD (U).
 
The BJP was leading in 53 constituencies, while its allies Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was ahead in three, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) in two and the Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) in one.
 
Among the others in the fray, the CPI (ML) won two seats and independents were ahead in four.
 
The campaigning for the elections was marked by sharp and bitter exchanges of barbs among the main contestants.
 
The elections were seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Mr. Nitish Kumar and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
The results will be seen as personal setbacks to Mr. Modi, who had campaigned extensively in Bihar and addressed more than 30 election rallies, and for BJP President Amit Shah, who had fashioned the party's strategy for the elections.
 
Polling in the elections was held in five phases on October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5, and more than 56.80 percent voting was registered.
 
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Polling was by and large peaceful across the state and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
 
A total of 67063004 electors, including 31282535 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections and there were, in all, 3450 candidates, including 272 women, in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 65349 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a freee and fair poll.
 
Counting of votes began at 8 am today amidst tight security at 39 centres across the state and al the results are expected to be in by this evening. All counting centres are situated in the district headquarters. There were two counting centres separated by a common road in Saharsa distict and one each in the 37 other districts.
 
The Election Commission ensured 24x7 three-tier security at all counting centres, with the inner cordon being manned by personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at all counting centres.
 
The commission also deployed an observer each in all 243 constituencies to oversee the counting process.
  
Exit polls had produced varying forecasts, with some putting the "grand alliance" ahead and others predicting a victory for the NDA.
 
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JD (U)-led "grand alliance" set to gain power with big win in Bihar Assembly elections

The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, was headed for a huge victory as counting of votes progressed in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly on Sunday.
 
Supporters of the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) celebrate their victory in Patna
 
The "grand alliance" led by the ruling Janata Dal (United), which includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, was headed for a huge victory as counting of votes progressed in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly today.
 
As counting trends became available for 239 seats, the JD (U) and its allies were ahead in 163, past the two-thirds mark, while the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), now in power at the Centre, was far behind with leads in just 66.
 
Among the "grand alliance" partners, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of former Union Minister Lalu Prasad was ahead in 75, the ruling JD (U) of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 72 and the Congress in 16.
 
The RJD's performance is particularly impressive, given the fact that many political observers felt that its presence was a liability for the JD (U).
 
The BJP was leading in 58 constituencies, while its allies Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was ahead in four and the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) and the Hindustan Awam Morcha (Secular) in two each.
 
Among the others in the fray, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was leading in one seat, the CPI (ML) in two and independent candidates in five constituencies.
 
The campaigning for the elections was marked by sharp and bitter exchanges of barbs among the main contestants.
 
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The elections were seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Mr. Nitish Kumar and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
The results will be seen as personal setbacks to Mr. Modi, who had campaigned extensively in Bihar and addressed more than 30 election rallies, and for BJP President Amit Shah, who had fashioned the party's strategy for the elections.
 
Polling in the elections was held in five phases on October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5, and more than 56.80 percent voting was registered.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful across the state and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
 
A total of 67063004 electors, including 31282535 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections and there were, in all, 3450 candidates, including 272 women, in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 65349 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a freee and fair poll.
 
Counting of votes began at 8 am today amidst tight security at 39 centres across the state and al the results are expected to be in by this evening. All counting centres are situated in the district headquarters. There were two counting centres separated by a common road in Saharsa distict and one each in the 37 other districts.
 
The Election Commission ensured 24x7 three-tier security at all counting centres, with the inner cordon being manned by personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at all counting centres.
 
The commission also deployed an observer each in all 243 constituencies to oversee the counting process.
  
Exit polls had produced varying forecasts, with some putting the "grand alliance" ahead and others predicting a victory for the NDA.
 
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Counting of votes begins in Bihar Assembly elections

Counting of votes began on Sunday morning in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly.
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Counting of votes began this morning in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly.
 
Polling in the elections was held in five phases on October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5, and more than 56.80 percent voting was registered.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful across the state and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
 
A total of 67063004 electors, including 31282535 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the elections and there were, in all, 3450 candidates, including 272 women, in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 65349 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a freee and fair poll.
 
Counting of votes began at 8 am today amidst tight security at 39 centres across the state and al the results are expected to be in by this evening. 
 
All counting centres are situated in the district headquarters. There are two counting centres separated by a common road in Saharsa distict and one each in the 37 other districts.
 
The Election Commission has ensured 24x7 three-tier security at all counting centres, with the inner cordon being manned by personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at all counting centres.
 
The commission also deployed an observer each in all 243 constituencies to oversee the counting process.
 
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The campaigning for the elections was marked by sharp and bitter exchanges of barbs among the main contestants -- the so-called grand alliance formed by the ruling Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, on the one hand, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the centre, on the other.
 
The elections are being seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U) and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
Exit polls have produced varying forecasts, with some putting the "grand alliance" ahead and others predicting a victory for the NDA.
 
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60% voting in final phase of polling in Bihar Assembly elections

More than 60 percent of the electors turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security in 57 constituencies in the fifth and final phase of polling in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the Bihar Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
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More than 60 percent of the electors turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security in 57 constituencies in the fifth and final phase of polling in the crucial and bitterly-contested elections to the Bihar Legislative Assembly today.
 
With this, the voters of the state have recorded 56.80 percent polling in the five-phase election, as compared to 55.38 percent registered in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 52.65 percent in the last assembly elections in 2010.
 
Today's polling was peaceful with no major untoward incident reported from anywhere, official sources said.
 
The 57 constituencies are spread over nine districts -- Madhubani, Supaul, Araria, Kishanganj, Purnia, Katihar, Madhepura, Saharsa and Darbhanga.
 
Polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm, except in two where it concluded at 3 pm due to security reasons.
 
A total of 15543594 electors, including 7353004 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in these 57 constituencies. There were a total of 827 candidates, including 58 women, in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 14709 polling stations and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
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More than 57 percent of the voters had turned out to exercise their franchise in the 49 constituencies that went to the polls in the first phase of polling on October 12. In the second phase on October 16, more than 55 percent of the electors had cast their votes in 32 constituencies, while 53.32 percent polling was recorded in 50 constituencies in the third phase on October 28 and 57.59 percent polling was registered in the fourth phase on November 1.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The campaigning for the elections was marked by sharp and bitter exchanges of barbs among the main contestants -- the so-called grand alliance formed by the ruling Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, on the one hand, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the centre, on the other.
 
The elections are being seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U) and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
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Polling begins for 50 seats in third phase of Bihar Assembly elections

 
Voting for third phase in Bihar begins
 
Voting began amidst tight security in 50 constituencies in the third phase of polling in the crucial elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assemby this morning.
 
In all, 14585177 electors, including 6701382 women, are eligible to vote in these 50 constituencies, where a total of 808 candidates, including 71 women, are in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll, and has set up as many as 14170 polling stations in the 50 constituencies.
 
More than 57 percent of the voters had turned out to exercise their franchise in the 49 constituencies that went to the polls in the first phase of polling on October 12.
 
In the second phase on October 16, more than 55 percent of the electors had cast their votes in 32 constituencies.
 
The next two phases of polling will be held on November 1 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.
 
The elections are witnessing a keen contest for power between the so-called "grand alliance" of the ruling Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, on the one hand, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), on the other.
 
Campaigning so far has seen sharp exchanges of barbs among the main political parties.
 
The elections are being seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U) and his foe-turned-ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
 
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Bihar elections: 57% voter turnout in first phase, polling peaceful

More than 57% of the voters turned out to vote in the 49 constituencies which went to the polls in the first phase of the elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly on Monday after more than a month of hectic campaigning that was marked by sharp exchanges of barbs among the main political parties.
 
57% voting in first phase of polling in Bihar elections
 
More than 57 percent of the voters turned out to exercise their franchise in the 49 constituencies which went to the polls in the first phase of the crucial five-phase elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly today after more than a month of hectic campaigning that was marked by sharp exchanges of barbs among the main political parties.
 
Polling was peaceful, with no major untoward incident reported from any of the constituencies, Bihar election officials said.
 
The 49 constituencies, spread over ten districts, had recorded 50.85 percent polling in the last Assembly elections in 2010.
 
The next four phases of polling will be held on October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.
 
Election officials said incidents of poll boycott were reported at nine polling booths, mainly in protest against lack of development projects.
 
Women voters recorded a higher percentage of polling at 59.50 percent as compared to 54.50 percent voting by men voters.
 
The elections are being seen as a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to the voters and as a battle for survival for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United) and his foe-turned-ally, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad.
 
As many as 13572339 electors were eligible to cast their votes in today's polling in 49 constituencies, including 6322898 women. Eight of the constituencies that went to the polls today are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates and one for Scheduled Tribes (ST).
 
There were a total of 583 candidates candidates in the fray, including 54 women. Three constituencies had more than 16 candidates each. 
 
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The Election Commission made elaborate arrangements for today's polling. It had set up 13212 polling stations in the 49 constituencies.
 
The Commission deployed 49 general observers, 18 expenditure observers, 10 police observers and four awareness observers in these constituencies.
 
Of the 49 constituencies involved in today's polling, the ruling JD (U) had won 29 in the last Assembly elections in 2010, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), then its ally, had won 13. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had won four.
 
This time, the JD(U) contested 24 of these 49 seats in alliance with the RJD, which fielded its nominees for 17 seats.
 
Mr. Modi himself led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) campaign, addressing several ralleis across the state. The BJP fielded 27 candidates in the 49 constituencies, while its ally, the Lok Janshakti Party of Ram Vilas Pawan, fielded its nominees in 13.
 
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Nitish Kumar, Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad take on Modi at Patna rally

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav launched a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged the people of the state to uphold their self-respect and pride which, he said, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had challenged.
 
Addressing a massive "Swabhimaan" (self-respect) rally at Gandhi Maidan here, they especially took on Mr Modi on the Land Acquisition ordinance, hours after the Prime Minister announced on his radio show, "Mann Ki Baat", that the government would repromulgate the controversial ordinance when it lapsed tomorrow.
 
Mr Kumar said Mr Modi's withdrawal was a "victory of the people" and that the Prime Minister had to bow before their will.
 
He said the proposed legislation, which sought to amend the Land Acquisition Act 2013 enacted by the previous UPA government, had failed to get the required support in Parliament or win the backing of the people of the country.
 
Mr Kumar said no force in the world could survive after challenging the pride of the people of Bihar as Mr Modi had done by mocking their political DNA. He said the huge gathering at today's rally showed the people rejected such politics.
 
Mr Kumar said the Modi government had failed to keep its promises made to the people ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, including the one about bringing back black money from abroad and depositing Rs 15 lakh in each Indian's bank account.
 
Ms Gandhi also attacked Mr Modi for his remarks about Bihar's DNA and said some people mocked Bihar whenever they got a chance.
 
She said the Congress had always respected Bihar and its people and their talent. She said the Congress-led UPA government had launched many programmes for Bihar, which had been implemented successfully by the Nitish Kumar government in the state.
 
Ms Gandhi said the Modi government had failed to keep promises like jobs for the youth. On the contrary, she said, the lives of thousands of youth in Madhya Pradesh had been destroyed by the Vyapam scam under the BJP government in that state.
 
She said the Modi government was "anti-farmer" and that the Land Acquisition Bill was aimed at "snatching land from farmers and giving it to a few chosen industrialists.
 
Ms Gandhi said the people of India and the people of Bihar had lost faith in Mr Modi. She said the Modi government's faulty policies had led to the present economic crisis.
 
She said Mr Modi, who used to challenge Pakistan and show the neighbour his "56-inch chest" before the elections, was now silent when Indian security personnel and civilians were losing their lives in ceasefire  violations from across the border.
 
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She said Mr Modi had made so many "empty promises" and wondered how the people of the state would now belive his latest promises.
 
She said the UPA beleived in secular values and in taking the whole country and all communities and castes together forward in unity, brotherhood and harmony.
 
"You say this is Jungle Raj part 2. No, no, this is Mangal Raj part 2," said Lalu Prasad. "When two backward leaders came together, the BJP call in jungle raj," he said, referring to himself and Mr Kumar.
 
Others present on the dais included Janta Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav, former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Meira Kumar.
 
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