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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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55% turnout in second phase of polling in Bihar Assembly elections

More than 55 percent of the voters turned out to exercise their franchise in the 32 constituencies that went to the polls amidst tight security in the second phase of polling in the elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly on Friday.
 
55% turnout in second phase of Bihar elections
 
More than 55 percent of the voters turned out to exercise their franchise in the 32 constituencies that went to the polls amidst tight security in the second phase of polling in the elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly today.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful in all the constituencies, though there were reports of poll boycott at 13 polling booths, state election officials said. 
 
These constituencies had witnessed 52.03 percent polling in the last Assembly elections in 2010 and 52.21 percent in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
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 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
 
The 32 constituencies are in the six districts of Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jahanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya.
 
In all, these constituencies had a total of 8613832 electors, including 4025351 women. There were 456 candidates in the fray, including 32 women. 
 
Women registered a higher percentage of polling today at 57.50 as compared to 52.50 percent registered by men.
 
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The Election Commission had set up 9,119 polling stations in these 32 constituencies and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Polling began at 7 am and ended at 3 pm in 11 constituencies, at 4 pm in 12 and at 5 pm in nine 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.
 
The next three phases of polling will be held on October 28, November 1 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.
 
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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Polling begins for 32 seats in second phase of Bihar Assembly elections

Voting began on Friday morning amidst tight security in 32 constitutencies in the second round of polling in the crucial five-phase elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly.
 
Voting begins for second phase of Bihar assembly polls
 
Voting began this morning amidst tight security in 32 constitutencies in the second round of polling in the crucial five-phase elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly.
 
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 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
 
The 32 constituencies are in the six districts of Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jahanabad, Aurangabad and Gaya.
 
In all, these constituencies have a total of 8613832 electors, including 4025351 women. There are 456 candidates in the fray, including 32 women. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 9,119 polling stations in these 32 constituencies and made elaborate security and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Polling began at 7 am and will end at 3 pm in 11 constituencies, at 4 pm in 12 and at 5 pm in nine 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.
 
The next three phases of polling will be held on October 28, November 1 and November 5. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 8.
 
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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Bihar polls to be held in five phases between Oct 12 and Nov 5

Elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5 and counting of votes will be taken up on November 8, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.
EC announces dates for Bihar elections
 
Elections to the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5 and counting of votes will be taken up on November 8, the Election Commission announced here today.
 
The five phases of polling will be held on October 12, October 16, October 28, November 1 and November 5.
 
The notifications for the elections will be issued on September 16, September 21, October 1, October 7 and October 8. The last date for making nominations will be September 23, September 28, October 8, October 14 and October 15.
 
The term of the current Legislative Assembly is due to expire on November 29.
 
Of the total 243 seats, 38 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and two for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The electoral rolls of all existing Assembly Constituencies in the state, on the basis of the electoral rolls revised with reference to 1.1.2015 as the qualifying date, have been finally published on 01.11.2015. The number of electors in the State, as on 07.09.2015 is 66826658.
 
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The Commission will set up 62,779 polling stations and make various other arrangements for the smooth conduct of the polls.The poll wll be coducted at all polling stations using electronc voting machnes (EVMs). Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in 36 constituencies spread over 34 districts.
 
The photographs of candidates will be displayed on ballot paper to be fixed on ballot unit, along with symbol of respective candidates.
 
All critical events will be video-graphed and District Election Officers have been asked to arrange sufficient number of video and digital cameras and camera teams for the purpose. 
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately in Bihar and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and  the State Government of Bihar. The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to the Union Government for the State.
 
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Modi to visit Bodh Gaya on Saturday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar tomorrow, an official press releae said here today.
 
During the trip, Mr Modi will visit the Mahabodhi Temple and the Holy Bo Tree. He will also inaugurate the exhibition "Chetiya Carika: The Pilgrimage and Quest for Truth." 
 
The Prime Minister's visit to Bodh Gaya coincides with Day 3 of Samvad – the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, during which the delegates for this event will be present at Bodh Gaya. 
 
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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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Govt. notifies 21 Bihar districts as Backward Areas to help industries set up there

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The Government has notified 21 districts of Bihar as Backward Areas to provide additional benefits to manufacturing units or enterprises set up in them during the period 2015-20.
 
An official press release said these undertakings would be eligible for 15% additional depreciation under Section 32(1)(iia) and 15%  investment allowance under Section 32AD of the Income-tax Act, on the cost of plant and machinery acquired and installed by them during the said period. 
 
The Government had earlier amended the Income Tax Act 1961 through the Finance Act 2015 to provide such tax benefits to notified backward areas in specified states, including Bihar, to give them an opportunity to grow faster.
 
The latest notification, dated August 17, 2015, gives effect to the amendment, it said.
 
The 21 districts listed in the notification are: Patna, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Kaimur, Gaya, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Nawada, Vaishali, Sheohar, Samastipur, Darbhanga,   Madhubani, Purnea, Katihar, Araria, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Supaul, and Muzaffarpur.
 
The release said the incentives are in addition to other tax benefits available under the Income-tax Act.  
 
Thus a manufacturing undertaking/enterprise set up in any of these areas during the aforesaid period will be eligible for 35% (instead of 20%) of additional depreciation. This would be over and above the normal depreciation of 15%. Besides, a company engaged in manufacturing will also be eligible for 30% (instead of 15%) of investment allowance if its investment in new plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2015 to 31.3.2017 exceeds Rs.25 crore.
 
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Justice Iqbal Ansari to perform duties of Chief Justice of Patna High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, senior-most Judge of the Patna High Court, to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of that High Court.
 
An official press release said the arrangement was with effect from 1st August, 2015 consequent upon the retirement of Mr Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy, Chief Justice of Patna High Court. 
 
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TCS builds sanitation facilities for girls in 1,000 schools under 'Swachh Bharat' initiative

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IT services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has said that it has completed building sanitation facilities for girl students in 1,000 schools across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission.
 
A press release from the company said it had earmarked a budget of Rs 100 crore for building dedicated sanitation facilities for girls in selected schools. The initiative aims to boost the enrolment rate and reduce the dropout rate of girl students in the adopted schools, and in turn, improve learning outcomes.
 
“TCS is committed to the Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative of ensuring safety, dignity and equality for all girl students. We are happy to have completed building toilets in about 1,000 schools,” said N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of TCS.
 
TCS commenced the project in October 2014 and a special task force was constituted for the end-to-end implementation. This involved collaborating with the central and state government to strategize, plan, and execute by leveraging technology to ensure successful and timely implementation.
 
Under the first phase of this sanitation initiative, TCS has successfully implemented building toilets for girl students in about 1041 schools spread across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar.
 
To ensure the ongoing maintenance and regular cleaning of toilets built by it, TCS has aligned with two maintenance partners across the selected states. Additionally, to encourage and impart behavioural change in the target audience, TCS’ maintenance partners have designed programs and activities to spread awareness on the importance of hygiene and cleanliness in every school, the release said.
 
"Providing hygienic sanitation for girl students will have a tangible impact on the level of education and for longer period of time play a larger economic role in their communities and development of India’s next generation," it added.
 
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Amaresh Kumar Lal appointed as Additional Judge of Patna High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Amaresh Kumar Lal to be an Additional judge of the Patna High Court, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said that the appointment would be with effect from 20th June 2015, till 27th August 2015. 
 
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BHEL wins Power Cycle Piping contract for revival of Barh Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-I

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had won a contract, valued at Rs 369 crore for the supply and installation of the Power Cycle Piping (PCP) package for Barh Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-I (3x660 MW) of NTPC. 
 
The project is located at Barh in Patna district in the state of Bihar.
 
The contract was bagged in the face of stiff competition under international competitive bidding (ICB), a press release from the company said.
 
Valued at Rs.369 Crore, BHEL has been awarded this package by NTPC for the revival of the Barh plant and to make it operational, after NTPC terminated the contract of the foreign contractor, who was awarded the contract for the supercritical boiler including Power Cycle Piping in 2005, but which has not yet been completed.
 
BHEL’s scope in the order includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the complete Power Cycle Piping Package of the project. The design, manufacture and supply of Power Cycle Piping equipment will be taken care of by the Piping Centre and Trichy-Valves Division of BHEL, while the company’s Power Sector Eastern Region will be responsible for the erection and commissioning of the Power Cycle Piping.
 
This is not the first time that BHEL has been entrusted the responsibility of revival of a project, initially ordered on a foreign company. Earlier, BHEL had received an order from Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Limited (RGPPL) for restarting the 1,967 MW Gas Turbine based Combined Cycle Project at Ratnagiri.
 
Notably, two units of the Stage-II (2x660 MW) of Barh STPP, for which supply and installation of supercritical boilers and turbines was awarded on BHEL in 2008, have already been commissioned. 
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Nepal, tremors felt in Bihar, UP, West Bengal

 
Moderate Nepal quake felt in Bihar, West Bengal
An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, shook Nepal this evening and the tremors were also felt in parts of Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh in India.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.5°N and longitude 86.0°E, occurred at 1704 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
People in many areas ran out of their homes and offices as a precautionary measure, reports reaching here said.
 
Nepal has been rocked by scores of aftershocks since the massive 7.9 temblor on April 25 that claimed more than 8250 lives and caused widespread devastation in the Himalayan country. That quake had also caused 79 deaths in Bihar, UP and West Bengal.
 
Last Tuesday, Nepal was again struck by a 7.3 quake, which claimed more than 95 lives. As many as 16 people died in Bihar because of that quake.
 
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BHEL commissions 195 MW thermal unit in Bihar

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned a 195 MW thermal unit at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
 
This is the first 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2x195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (TPS) of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL),  a joint venture of NTPC Ltd. and BSPGCL, in Bihar.
 
BHEL is the leading supplier of main plant equipment to NTPC and its joint ventures, with a 72% share in their installed capacity.
 
BHEL’s scope of work in the Muzaffarpur project envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines, generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries and electricals, besides state-of-the-art controls and instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).
 
The second 195 MW unit is expected to be commissioned in FY 2015-16. Earlier, in the first week of March, 2015, a 660 MW supercritical thermal unit was commissioned by BHEL at Barh in Bihar.
 
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Mukherjee condoles passing away of former Union Minister Baleshwar Ram

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President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Baleshwar Ram, who passed away in Patna yesterday at the age of 87.
 
In a message to Mr Baleshwar Ram's wife Chinta Devi, Mr Mukherjee said he had served the nation in different capacities during his long public life.
 
"As a five-term Member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and Minister in the State Government in the sixties and seventies, he made immense contribution for the welfare and development of the people of Bihar, especially weaker sections. I had the privilege of working closely with him when both of us served as Ministers in the Government led by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the eighties," he said.
 
"Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the rest of your family members. I pray to the Almighty to give you and other members of your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss," Mr Mukherjee added.
 
Mr Baleshwar Ram is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
 
Apart from being elected five times to the Bihar Legislative Assembly and serving as a Minister in various Congress governments in the state during the 1960s and 1970s, Mr Baleshwar Ram was elected to the Lok Sabha from Rosera in 1980 and appointed as a Minister in the Indira Gandhi government.
 
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Centre announces compensation of Rs 2 lakh to familes of those killed in earthquake

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The Union Government today announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of those who were killed in yesterday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake, which had its epicentre in Nepal and effected several parts of north and eastern India.
 
At least 57 deaths have been reported in India -- 42 in Bihar, 12 in eastern Uttar Pradesh and three in West Bengal.
 
More than 150 people have suffered injuries in Bihar and 30 in West Bengal, official sources said.
 
The tremors were felt in several parts of India, including Delhi, Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar.
 
People in many parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya ran out of their offices and homes in panic.
 
The tremors were also felt in many parts of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, sources said.
 
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32 killed, 80 injured in storm in Bihar on Tuesday night

 
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At least 32 people were killed and more than 80 suffered injuries when a severe storm hit several parts of Bihar late last night, official sources said.
 
The storm also caused widespread damage to property, including hundreds of huts, standing crops, trees, telephone and electricity poles and other structures.
 
Bihar Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department, Vyasji told journalists here today that 25 of the deaths were reported from Purnea district, six from Madhepura and one in Madhubani.
 
With hundreds of trees and poles uprooted by the winds that reached upto 65 kmph, road traffic was disrupted in the affected districts.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters that he would visit the affected areas to see the extent of damage. He also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those who died.
 
Some of the other districts affected by the storm included Darbhanga, Kisanganj, Katihar, Saharsa, Supual, Araria and Bhagalpur.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Mr Kumar about the situation arising out of the storm.
 
"Spoke to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar ji on situation arising due to storms in various parts of the State. Assured all assistance from Centre," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr Modi also said Home Minister Rajnath Singh would visit Bihar to take stock of the situation.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Chhattisgarh, Bihar on April 17-18

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh and Bihar from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, Mr Mukherjee will address the 4th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur at Raipur in Chhattisgarh. 
 
On April 18, he will inaugurate the centenary year celebrations of Patna High Court at Patna in Bihar, the release added.
 
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AAI proposes to develop airport at Bihta near Patna for international operations

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The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to develop the Indian Air Force (IAF) airport at Bihta in Patna district of Bihar as a new airport for international operations.
 
Accordingly, it has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Defence and the Government of Bihar, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question today.
 
He said the AAI had requested for additional land of 600 acres for Phase-I and 790 acres for Phase-II in lieu of existing Patna Airport. 
 
AAI has also prepared Master Plans for development of Raxaul and Muzaffarpur airstrips and requested the State Government to provide additional land, removal of obstructions and diversion of road in the approach funnel, he said.
 
There are a total of 28 airstrips/aerodromes in Bihar, out of which 5 airports -- Gaya, Patna, Jogbani, Muzaffarpur and Raxaul -- are owned by AAI. Among these, Patna and Gaya airports are operational, the Minister added.
 
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BHEL commissions 660 MW supercritical thermal unit in Bihar

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said that it had commissioned the second 660 MW unit at the Barh Supercritical Thermal Power Project, Stage II, of NTPC Limited in Bihar.
 
The first 660 MW unit of the project was commissioned earlier and dedicated to the nation by Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal on November 15, 2014.
 
A press release from BHEL said the company was presently executing orders for 36 sets of supercritical boilers and 31 sets of supercritical turbine generators, which are in various stages of execution.
 
These orders include orders from Central and State sector as well as private sector companies. Supercritical units are more efficient, consume lesser coal and are eco-friendly, it said.
 
As in the sub-critical segment, BHEL has retained its market leadership in the country’s supercritical segment also, it said.
 
The key equipment for the project has been manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Trichy, Hyderabad and Bengaluru works, while the construction of the plant was undertaken by the company's Power Sector - Eastern Region.
 
To keep abreast with the latest technologies, BHEL has already taken up the indigenous development of the Advanced Ultra Supercritical (AUSC) technology with NTPC and IGCAR, which will result in a further reduction of about 11% in coal consumption and CO2 emission.
 
BHEL supplied thermal sets fully meet the performance standards notified by CEA. As per a recent CEA study on the performance of installed power generating sets, BHEL supplied sets have demonstrated a better operating heat rate resulting in less coal consumption per unit of power produced, the release added.
 
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Nitish Kumar to be sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday

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Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for a fourth time this evening, two days after his loyalist-turned-political foe Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned from the position hours before a trust vote in the state legislative assembly here on Friday.
 
Mr Kumar, 63, and his Ministers will be administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi at a ceremony at 5 pm today.
 
Mr Manjhi had met Mr Tripathi and handed in his papers on Friday morning. Shortly thereafter, Mr Kumar had called on the Governor and staked his claim to form the next government.
 
Mr Tripathi invited him to form the new government and has asked him to prove his majority on the floor of the assembly within three weeks.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is among those expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
 
"Nitish ji has invited me to his oath ceremony on Sunday. Yes, I am attending. Looking forward," she said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr Manjhi's resignation came after it became clear that he did not have the numbers to win a trust vote in the 243-member assembly even though the  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has a score to settle with Mr Kumar, had thrown its weight behind him.
 
Mr Kumar has been claiming that he has the support of 130 MLAs in the House, including 99 of his own party, 24 from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and five of the Congress.
 
The RJD, the Congress and other allies of the JD (U) have not given any indication about whether they would join Mr Kumar's government or prefer to give it support from outside.
 
Ahead of his meeting with the Governor, Mr Kumar, a former Union Minister, had promised on Friday to provide good governance if given another chance to serve the people of Bihar and apologised to them for his decision to resign on May 17 last year after his party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.
 
Mr Kumar's party had ended up with just two of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its erstwhile partner in the state, won as many as 22.
 
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, an ally of the BJP, got five seats. The Congress won two seats, the NCP one, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) four and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party won three.
 
On June 16, 2013, the JD (U) had formally withdrawn from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and ended its 17-year-old partnership with the BJP in Bihar after it became increasingly clear at that stage that Mr Narendra Modi would be the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.
 
Mr Manjhi, who was the Minister for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Backward and Economically Backward Classes Welfare, was handpicked by Mr Kumar to succeed him on May 19 last year.
 
"I assure the people of Bihar that if I get an opportunity again I will serve them in the same spirit I did for eight and a half years earlier. Good governance was and will remain my priority," Mr Kumar told journalists on Friday.
 
"I also apologise for my decision to quit. I will never take an emotional decision again. Now I am ready to lead from the front," he said.
 
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The JD (U) has 115 members in the assembly, and most of them back Mr Kumar. The BJP has 88 members and the support of three independents.
 
Mr Kumar had staked claim to form the next government 12 days ago after the JD (U) removed Mr Manjhi as the leader of its legislature party and elected him to the position to enable him to return as Chief Minister. Mr Manjhi had refused to oblige and was expelled from the party. He then decided to seek a trust vote, banking on the support of the BJP.
 
Mr Kumar said Mr Manjhi had decided to quit after all the efforts made by the BJP to wean away MLAs from the JD (U) had failed.
 
Mr Manjhi, however, told journalists that he had decided to quit to protect MLAs supporting him, saying they had received death threats in the past few days. 
 
Mr Kumar has a degree in electrical engineering from the Bihar College of Engineering, Patna, now the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna. He joined politics after a brief stint in the Bihar State Electricity Board.
 
At the Centre, Mr Kumar has handled the portfolios of Railways and Agriculture.
 
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"Govt. wants me to cease being Chancellor of Nalanda University": Amartya Sen

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Renowned economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said that he did not wish to stay as Chancellor of the Nalanda University beyond July this year because it appeared to him that the Government did not want him to remain in the position despite the unanimous decision of its Governing Board granting him a second term in office.
 
"It is hard for me not to conclude that the Government wants me to cease  being the Chancellor of Nalanda University after this July, and technically it has the power to do so," he wrote in a letter to fellow members of the Nalanda Governing Board.
 
Dr Sen was referring to, in particular, the delay by the President, as Visitor of the University, in giving his assent to the decision of the Governing Board of the University, at its meeting on January 13-14 this year, that he should be asked to serve as Chancellor of Nalanda University for a second term after his present term expired in late July.
 
Dr Sen had recused himself from that meeting, leaving George Yeo to chair the Board meeting at that time.
 
"The unanimity was, I was pleased to be told, firm and enthusiastic, coming from all members of the Board , which – as you know – consists of representatives from different Asian countries (including China, Japan, Singapore and others), in addition of course to Indian academics and professionals. 
 
"However, the decision of the Governing Board becomes operational, according to the Nalanda University Act of Parliament, only after the  Visitor of the University (the President of India, ex-officio) gives his assent to the decision," he said.
 
Dr Sen said that the the Board’s decision was conveyed to the Visitor in mid-January, immediately after the meeting of the Governing Board, drawing his attention to the urgency of the matter, since the planning and implementation of new teaching and research arrangements were proceeding rapidly in the newly functioning University.
 
"More than a month has passed since then, and it now seems clear that the  Visitor has been unable to provide his assent to the Governing Board’s unanimous choice, in the absence of the Government’s approval. The Governing Board has not been favoured with a reply to its request, either from the President’s office or from the Ministry of External Affairs. As Board members are aware, our Visitor – President Pranab Mukherjee – has always taken a deep personal interest in the speedy progress of the  work of Nalanda University, and given that, we have to assume that something makes it difficult – or impossible – for him to act with speed in this matter.
 
"Non-action is a time-wasting way of reversing a Board decision, when the Government has, in principle, the power to act or not act. This, as you might recollect, also happened to the revised Statutes that the Governing Board passed unanimously last year. Many of these Statutes (including the one pertaining to the Chancellor’s term of office) also never received formal acceptance or rejection from the Ministry of External Affairs, which had the role of coordinating with the Visitor’s office," he said.
 
Dr Sen said the delay as well as the uncertainty involved was leading, in effect, to a decisional gap, which was not helpful to Nalanda University's governance and its academic progress.
 
"I have, therefore, decided that in the best interest of Nalanda University, I should exclude myself from being considered for continuing as Chancellor of Nalanda University beyond this July, despite the unanimous recommendation and urging of the Governing Board for me to continue. I take this opportunity also to thank the Governing Board  very warmly for its confidence in me. As you would also remember, there was considerable disquiet among Board members about the Government’s evident unwillingness to appreciate the international character of Nalanda University and to pay appropriate attention to the multi-country Governing Board of Nalanda.
 
"In particular, the Governing Board was kept completely in the dark about an attempted unilateral move by the Government to rapidly reconstitute the entire Board, and to do this in violation of some of parts of the Nalanda University Act (reflected especially in the letters that have already been sent out to foreign governments, departing from the provisions of the Act as it now stands).
 
"I write this letter with a heavy heart since re-establishing Nalanda has  been a life-long commitment for me (as it is important also to you).  While classes have very successfully started, on a small scale, in two Schools (the School of History and that of Environment and Ecology), we are, as you know, in the process of planning other Schools, including a School of Economics, a School of Public Health, and a School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religion, and also of augmenting the intake of students. I have been personally much occupied with this planning, but I will, of course, pass on the work-in-progress to the Vice-Chancellor," he said.
 
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Dr Sen said that he was also sad, at a more general level, that academic governance in India remained so deeply vulnerable to the opinions of the ruling Government,  when it chooses to make political use of the special provisions. 
 
"Even though the Nalanda University Act, passed by the Parliament, did not, I  believe, envisage political interference in academic matters, it is formally the case – given the legal provisions (some of them surviving from colonial days) - that the Government can turn an academic issue into a matter of political dispensation, if it feels unrestrained about interfering.  As a proud and concerned citizen of India, I take this particular occasion to communicate my general disquiet in public, which is why I am openly sharing this letter. Also, since I receive a great many constructive suggestions every week about teaching and research at Nalanda University for possible implementation (a number of these suggestions coming from the public have indeed been extremely useful for the academic planning of Nalanda), I am using this occasion to publicly communicate that I shall do  whatever I can over the remaining time I have, though the leadership of the long-run planning of Nalanda has, obviously, to come from someone else," he added.
 
The University was set up in November 2010 at Rajgir in Bihar, in the vicinity of the original Nalanda University site of yore. It is meant to facilitate the revival of Nalanda as a centre of excellence in East Asia and South Asia, reflecting in some measure the role played by the Nalanda University in ancient times. 
 
Dr Sen had chaired the Nalanda Mentor Group which had drafted the first statute for the University in August 2010.
 
The Group, constituted by the Government of India in June 2007, went on to become the first Governing Board of the University.
 
A stand alone international university unlike any other in India, Nalanda University is mandated to be "an international institution for the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies". 
 
Designated as an institution of national importance, the university is premised on the shared desire of member States of the East Asia Summit countries to re-discover and re-strengthen "educational co-operation by tapping the East Asia Regions centres of excellence in education…[and] to improve regional understanding and the appreciation of one another's heritage and history".
 
Its foundational philosophy seeks to recover the lost connections and partnerships that existed in Asia, before the onset of historical forces that led to their dissolution. 
 
Then President A P J Abdul Kalam had, while addressing the Bihar State Legislative Assembly, in March 2006 mooted the idea of  reviving the Nalanda university.  In his speech he envisaged it as a university that would revive the glory of the ancient  seat of learning.    
 
Later, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shared the proposal with the 16 member states of the East Asia Summit at the Cebu Summit in the Philippines in January 2007. The member states welcomed the initiative. At the fourth summit held in October 2009 at Hua Hin, Thailand, members supported the establishment of the Nalanda University and encouraged regional networking and collaboration between the University and existing centres of excellence in East Asia. 
 
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