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Another engineer found murdered in Bihar; BJP says return of ‘jungle raj’ in state evident

Nitish Kumar-led government has come under sharp criticism from the opposition parties post the murder of two engineers in Bihar’s Darbhanga district.

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Bihar: One arrested in connection with murder of two engineers in Darbhanga

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Maharashtra IPS officer booked for rape in Madhya Pradesh

“We will take appropriate action against Matani after probing the charges against him. We are also contacting senior officials of Maharashtra Police,” he added.

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Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries meet on Jan 15 in Islamabad to draw roadmap for dialogue

In a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Lahore yesterday to greet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday in person. They held talks and decided to open ways for peace for the “larger good” of the people of the two countries.

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CPI(M) to hold plenum in Bengal from Sunday after 37 years

The plenum is being held at a time when Marxists, who had lost power in the state after 34 years, are trying to revitalise the party organisation in the state. The CPI(M) plenum was last held in West Bengal in 1978 at Salkia in Howrah district.

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Weekly train between Tirupati and Shirdi flagged off

Today’s inaugural train left Tirupati at 4.30 pm and would reach Sainagar Shirdi at 9 pm tomorrow, railway officials said.

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DDCA scam: Kirti Azad seeks PM Narendra Modi’s intervention

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A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual.

Member of Parliament Kirti Azad, who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervene into the matter. He said he would seek a court-monitored probe into the alleged DDCA irregularities. Speaking to reporters here, Azad said he would file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in his personal capacity on the DDCA issue, and warned that people ‘will be in trouble’. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual. He asked for ‘specific reasons’ for the disciplinary action against him by the party. Azad earlier said he would respond to the suspension notice today with the help of party leader Subramanian Swamy. “Have received notice, will respond to it. Subramanian Swamy has told me that he will help me in drafting reply to the notice,” Azad told the media here.Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has confirmed that he would assist Azad in replying to the notice. “I confirm this that I will assist Kirti Azad on the draft notice from the party. I know him since when he was a boy. I was a good friend of his father. Further, I will say he is still member of BJP. I have every right to assist him. I don’t think party should lose such a honest person like him,? swamy told ANI. The BJP had yesterday suspended its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad.

National Herald case: BJP blasts Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for ‘sermonising on corruption’

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“It’s amusing to learn that Rahul Gandhi is sermonising on corruption. He should be reminded of the fact that he along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi are out on bail, because of the very important fact that the court of this country has said that both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi i.e., accused number one and accused number two, in fact had criminal intent in the National Herald case,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

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Reminding Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that he and party president Sonia Gandhi are accused in the National Herald case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said they should not sermonise on the issue of corruption.”It’s amusing to learn that Rahul Gandhi is sermonising on corruption. He should be reminded of the fact that he along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi are out on bail, because of the very important fact that the court of this country has said that both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi i.e., accused number one and accused number two, in fact had criminal intent in the National Herald case,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Those who amass the wealth of this country with criminal intent, and those who are out on bail should not sermonise on corruption. Rather than sermonising, they should be introspecting as to how they can self correct,” he added.Earlier, Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should answer on BJP MP Kirti Azad’s suspension who has been making public statements that there was corruption in the DDCA when Arun Jaitley was heading it. “Modi ji said “na khaunga na khaane dunga”, now his MP pointed out corruption and he has been suspended. Ab Modi ji jawaab de,” Gandhi told the media.The BJP on Wednesday suspended its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad. The party issued a terse letter in the evening stating, “For anti-party activities, Shri Kirti Azad, MP, Darbhanga, is with immediate effect suspended from the party.”

Kirti Azad to hold press conference on Sunday against ‘corruption’ in DDCA

His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.
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BJP on Thursday reached out to its MP Kirti Azad, a known detractor of Arun Jaitley, but an unfazed Azad said he will hold a press conference on Sunday against “corruption in DDCA”, an issued used by AAP and Congress to target the Finance Minister.”My fight is against corruption. I will continue with it,” Azad said.His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting suggestions that the party leadership has “gagged” him, the Darbhanga MP tweeted “don’t go by rumours that I have been gagged. My fight is against corruption in sports and it shall continue.”Azad told PTI that he will hold a press conference on Sunday to highlight “corruption” in DDCA.Both AAP and Congress have demanded Jaitley’s resignation with the former stepping up its attack on him following a CBI raid on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office on Tuesday. Azad has been a long critic of Jaitley’s stewardship of DDCA, alleging financial irregularities during his term.

Bihar Polls: On last day of campaigning, CM Nitish Kumar rakes up PM Modi’s DNA remark

Modi, while attacking Nitish Kumar at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, much before the poll dates were announced, had said there was “some problem with Nitish Kumar s DNA”, while referring to the frequent changes in his political allegiance.
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Bihar Chief Minister raked up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘DNA’ remark on the last day of campaigning for the final phase of polling and asked the people to reply to the barb by voting in favour of the grand secular alliance on November 5.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not remember for 14 months to visit Bihar, which gave him 31 out of 40 seats in Lok Sabha polls. I went to receive him at the airport in Patna as the PM was coming to participate in a government function (in July). But the Prime Minister, later, at Muzaffarpur questioned my DNA,” Kumar told a public meeting in Hayaghat in Darbhanga district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Prime Minister said there is something wrong with my DNA. Does it behove the Prime Minister? Does it go with the dignity attached to the post? If my DNA is wrong, then why you (people) elected me the Chief Minister twice ? Trashing Modi’s accusation that he was arrogant, Kumar said he is not one but a “Bihari who will not let anyone go unchallenged if he attacks the self-respect of Bihar and its people”.”If (you think) my DNA is not wrong, then give them (BJP) a reply by voting in favour of secular alliance on November 5,” he said.Modi, while attacking Nitish Kumar at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, much before the poll dates were announced, had said there was “some problem with Nitish Kumar s DNA”, while referring to the frequent changes in his political allegiance.Nitish had reacted sharply and swiftly to the remark describing it as an “insult” to the people of Bihar. PM’s DNA comment was one of the major issues raised by the grand alliance during electioneering.Campaigning for JD(U) candidate Amarnath Gami, Kumar said, “Why does Narendra Modi despise me? He has become the Prime Minister, while I am only the Chief minister of a state. Why has he problems with me ?”Nitish Kumar asked what happened to Modi’s poll promises of depositing Rs 15 lakh in every individual’s bank account from the black money brought back to the country and creating two crore jobs annually.

Bihar Elections 2015: Gruelling, acrimonious campaign finally comes to an end

The 57 seats, including 24 in the Seemanchal region bordering West Bengal, are spread over nine districts of Madhubani, Darbhanga, Supual, Madhepura, Saharsa, Araria, Kisanganj, Purnea and Katihar.

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Curtains came down this evening on campaigning for 57 seats going to poll in the fifth and last phase of bitterly-fought Bihar assembly elections on November five, with acrimonious exchanges provoking showcause notices from the Election Commission to top leaders of rival alliances.The 57 seats, including 24 in the Seemanchal region bordering West Bengal, are spread over nine districts of Madhubani, Darbhanga, Supual, Madhepura, Saharsa, Araria, Kisanganj, Purnea and Katihar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the charge on behalf of the NDA, which has not declared a chief ministerial candidate, and launched a blistering attack on the JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wrapping up his campaign blitzkrieg a day before electioneering ended, Modi raked up the issue of 1984 anti-sikh riots to mount a counteroffensive on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying she has no moral right to lecture NDA on tolerance and the party should “hang its head in shame” over the carnage. Modi, who addressed around 30 election rallies, unusual for a Prime Minister in a state poll, repeatedly referred to alleged attempts being made by the grand alliance to “snatch away” a part of the quotas meant for dalits, tribals and backward classes and give it to a “particular community on the basis of religion”.He also accused the grand alliance leaders of playing with nation’s security by “sheltering” those promoting terror and asked if such people should be allowed to form government in the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD boss led the counter attack against Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who said in a controversial statement that celebratory firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan if BJP lost Bihar.Hitting back, Kumar said Mumbai and Amritsar will witness “maximum fireworks” if BJP lost, apparently referring to strained relations of the party with its allies in Maharashtra and Punjab. Kumar also sought to turn tables on Modi, who scoffed at his meeting with an occultist, as he targeted the Prime Minister, rally after election rally, for allegedly consulting astrologer Bejan Daruwala.Days ahead of the last phase of poll, the Election panel issued show cause notice to BJP chief Shah for his firecrackers remark, contending it had the potential to “disturb harmony”. The Commission also issued similar notices to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his comment that “BJP makes Hindus and Muslims fight each other” and to Lalu for calling Shah a “cannibal”. Nitish Kumar held six rallies in Darbhanga and Kosi regions on the last day of electioneering, while Lalu addressed seven. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and his ministerial colleagues LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Smriti Irani, Radha Mohan Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, besides a front runner for chief ministership if NDA is voted to power Sushil Kumar Modi addressed several election meetings through the day.The last phase of poll will also test the popularity of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi in the Seemanchal region, which has significant presence of Muslims. Owaisi has fielded candidates in six seats on his first outing in the state polls. Among the NDA partners, BJP has fielded a maximum of 38 candidates, while LJP nominees are contesting 11. Rashtriya Lok Samata Party of Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha has put up candidates in five constituencies and Hindustani Awam Morcha of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in three.JD(U) candidates are trying their luck in 25 seats, RJD in 20 and Congress 12. Prominent among those whose fate will be decided in the last phase include senior minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav of JD(U) (Supual), RJD Legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui (Alinagar), Minister Narendra Narayan Yadav (Alamnagar) and Lalu Prasad’s ‘Man Friday” Bhola Yadav (Bahadurpur).A total of 1,55,43,594 electors are eligible to vote on November 5 to decide the fate of 827 candidates, including 58 women.

If BJP loses, crackers will be burst in Pakistan and Mohd Shahabuddin will be happy: Amit Shah

Shah’s statement assumes significance as these phases would cover a number of constituencies where Muslims are in sizeable number

As NDA braces up for the most challenging fifth phase of Bihar elections, BJP president Amit Shah has said that if his party loses, crackers will be burst in Pakistan.”If by any chance, the BJP loses in Bihar, though winning and losing happens, crackers will be burst in celebration in Pakistan. Do you want that to happen?,” he asks addressing a rally in Raxaul on Wednesday.He also said that in Siwan he had said that Mohd Shahabuddin, who is in jail, would be happy if Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad Yadav alliance wins. “Who would be happy?… Not Nitish…. Not Lalu. It would be Shahabuddin who would be most happy,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah added that it was time for Bihar to get rid of ‘jungle raj’. He appealed to the people to ensure victory of BJP “so that disappointment descends in Pakistan”.On a whirlwind campaign in Bihar for next two phases of polling, Shah’s statement assumes significance as these phases would cover a number of constituencies where Muslims are in sizeable number in the 57 seats in the last phase that includes Kisanganj, Araria, Purnea, Katihar and Darbhanga.The BJP, which had won 31 of the 40 seats in Bihar during the Lok Sabha elections, does not hold any of the seven seats in the Kosi and Seemanchal belts which go to polls in the fifth phase on November 5. The region has a considerable Muslim population in several seats.Shah’s comments came in for condemnation from the JD-U, which dubbed it as an attempt to communalise the atmosphere. Ruling Janata Dal-United spokesperson KC Tyagi said the party would complain to the Election Commission on Friday.

Bihar Elections 2015: Fifth and final phase of polls to be held on November 5

Polls to the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in 5 phases between October 12 and the November 5, while counting will be held on November 8.
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The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday issued notification for the fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Bihar, in which 57 constituencies spread over nine districts will go to polls on November 5.Aspirants can file their nomination papers from 11a.m. to 3p.m till October 15, while scrutiny will take place the next day, and candidates can withdraw their paper till October 19.The election for the final phase will be held in Darbhanga, Madhubani, Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Purnea, Araria, Kishanganj and Katihar districts. Meanwhile, as many as 625 candidates have so far filed their nominations for the third phase of elections to be held on October 28. Today is the last day of filing of nomination paper for this phase.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polls to the 243-member Bihar Assembly will be held in 5 phases between October 12 and the November 5, while counting will be held on November 8. The term of the current assembly expires on November 29.However, with the first phase polls less than a week away, the state is witnessing a frantic campaigning by various political parties. Due to strict code of conduct in place, street walls are unusually free from posters and graffitis, which has forced the political parties to adopt new and innovative ways of campaigning.

Demand for Hindi books has risen by over 60 per cent, reveals Amazon

New Delhi:With increasing Internet penetration and ease of buying Hindi books online, the demand for Hindi books has seen a rise of over 60 per cent in the past six months,according to a top Amazon India official.

During this period, the selection of Hindi books has risen by close to 40 per cent,says Noor Patel,Director (Category Management) at Amazon India.

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The Amazon Hindi bookstore was launched in April 2014 with over 23,000 titles. Since then,it has been offering a vast selection of books ranging from literature and fiction,inspiring biographies,children’s books,classic novels by famous authors including Premchand,Gulzar,JavedAkhtar,Harivansh Rai Bachchan,Kamaleshwar,Yashpal and a selection of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award winning books.

“Additionally, there is a vast collection of referencebooks and textbooks to help students and job aspirants preparefor interviews and tests.

Customers can also enjoy reading Hindi translation of more than 800 bestselling English books and a wide selection of books in the ‘Language, Linguistics and writing’ is also available for customers who want to learn other languages like English,Tamil,Urdu,etc.,through Hindi,” says Patel.

“We have a buyable selection of about 30000 Hindi titles -the top-selling Hindi titles are Ikshvaku Ke vanshaj by Amish Tripathi, Rahasya (The Secret) by Rhonda Byrne and Meluha Ke Mritunjay by Amish.

We have been receiving orders from remote areas and far-flung towns like Bhatinda,Rajahmundry, Solan, Ranikhet, Joshimath, Darbhanga, Buxar,Bharuch, Erode, Sagar, Hissar, Dhanbad and Kolhapur,” he told PTI.

Ikshvaku ke Vanshaj, the Hindi version of Amish’s latest novel Scion of Ikshvaku, debuted in Nielsen’s Bookscan at No 4 in August,one of the highest debut rankings for a Hindi book on the list.

Besides Hindi,Amazon India has regional book stores in Kannada and Tamil currently.
“We had launched India’s largest Kannada books,movies and music store in October last year with more than 7300 books,4700 movies and 2500 music albums.

We have seen a 30 per cent growth in the demand for Kannada books just in the past three months,”says Patel.

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Narendra Modi’s campaign blitz in Bihar cut by half

Modi is expected to hit the ground in Bihar on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 and address about 10 rallies during the five phased (October 12 to November 5) assembly elections instead of originally scheduled 22 rallies, sources said.

Blame it on high threat quotient or fear of an exposure overkill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s will be addressing less than half rallies in Bihar than he was originally planned to address after coming from his US visit.Modi is expected to hit the ground in Bihar on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 and address about 10 rallies during the five phased (October 12 to November 5) assembly elections instead of originally scheduled 22 rallies, sources said.State BJP is preparing for Modi’s rallies beginning from Banka on October 2 and on October 5 in Lakhisarai. Subsequently the Prime Minister is expected to address a poll meeting in Munger on October 8.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The state unit of the party has been given the liberty to plan and decide rallies for the Prime Minister to address. They will decide the dates and place for other rallies on the basis of their need,” said a source. Modi is also expected to hold rallies in Purnia, Darbhanga and Munger.But even for the reduced rallies of SPG protectee PM, security agencies and intelligence agencies are not taking any chance and planning everything in detail for each campaign holding hectic parleys almost everyday.According to sources, the security agencies do not want to take any chances after Modi’s pre-election rally blasts in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in 2013.”Though the state police capabilities and coordination is much better now and the capability of Maoist insurgents or for that matter Indian Mujahideen lay reduced to a great extent, one cannot take chances,” said a senior official overseeing security arrangements.However, security arrangements cannot be blamed for PM’s reduced rallies as security agencies –be it the central or the state – have to fulfill the demands that are put forward before them.”We have not asked for any reduction in rallies,”confirmed an official in the central agencies, giving rise to speculation that it was the BJP state unit that wanted number of PM’s rallies to be reduced probably fearing that Modi’s overkill may not help it reap the gains it wants.

RJD bandh cripples life in Bihar

Normal life was disrupted in Bihar on Monday as shops, educational institutions and some trains were forced to stop functioing as lathi-wielding mobs took to the streets over the day-long state bandh called by RJD.

RJD activists take out torch march on the eve of Bihar bandh in Patna on Sunday

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Normal life was disrupted in Bihar on Monday as shops, educational institutions and some trains were forced to stop functioing as lathi-wielding mobs took to the streets over the day-long state bandh called by RJD.Officials said shops remained shut, colleges and educational institutions were forced to close down, roads including national highways were blocked and vehicles were attacked during the shut-down called by RJD. Hordes of RJD supporters armed with sticks and canes were seen burning tyres and bamboos at busiest thoroughfares in the state capital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The supporters also disrupted classes and forcibly closed colleges affiliated to Patna University, officials said. East Central Railway (ECR) CPRO Arvind Kumar Rajak said, “Reports are coming about disturbance in rail services by bandh supporters at many places in the state.” The Patna-Ranchi Janshatabdi Express was stopped at Jehanabad station while Hatia-Islampur Express was halted near Daniyawan in Patna district, he said.Rajak added that reports have also come about disruption of railway services near Kamtaul railway station in Darbhanga district even as RJD workers squatted on rail tracks in Shiekhpura and Madhepura hampering movement of trains. The RJD gave the call to press for its demand for quick release of caste census data by the Centre.Though RJD chief Lalu Prasad, while giving the call for Bihar bandh a few days ago, had asked his supporters not to disturb trains while enforcing it, his plea apparently fell on deaf ears.

Probe ordered after hospital tags injured from Bihar earthquake with ‘bhukamp’ stickers on their forehead

Darbhanga/Patna: Bihar government has ordered an inquiry into the pasting of stickers on the foreheads of persons injured in earthquake at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospita (DMCH) after the incident kicked up a row.

Baidyanath Sahni, minister in-charge for the district, who visited DMCH late on Tuesday evening after the news of pasting “bhukamp” (earthquake) tags on foreheads of victims went viral, told PTI on Wednesday that he has asked the District Magistrate to conduct a probe.

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“Stern action would be taken against the guilty on the basis of the probe report,” he said.

Sahni, who has been appointed as minister in-charge for Darbhanga by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for better coordination of relief work, said by the time he visited the hospital late in the evening, the sticker had been removed from the foreheads.

But, some of the injured narrated to him the pain caused by the tag put on their forehead, he said.

Television grabs on Tuesday showed injured patients in a separate ward of the DMCH, earmarked for earthquake victims, with stickers reading ‘bhukamp’ (earthquake) pasted on their foreheads. DMCH Superintendent Jha on Wednesday expressed regret over the incident.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi criticised the DMCH authorities for the “insulting” act. “They are victims of earthquake and not prisoners that tags were put on their bodies,” Sushil Modi, former Deputy Chief Minister told reporters at Patna Airport.

Instead, a colour code could have been used on the beds for identification instead of pasting sticker on their foreheads, he said.

PTI

Bihar: Probe ordered into pasting of ‘bhukamp’ sticker on quake-injured patients

Television grabs yesterday showed injured patients in a separate ward of the DMCH, earmarked for earthquake victims, with stickers reading ‘bhukamp’ (earthquake) pasted on their foreheads

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Bihar government has ordered an inquiry into the pasting of stickers on the foreheads of persons injured in earthquake at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) after the incident kicked up a row.Baidyanath Sahni, minister in-charge for the district, who visited DMCH late last evening after the news of pasting “bhukamp” (earthquake) tags on foreheads of victims went viral, told today that he has asked the District Magistrate to conduct a probe. Stern action would be taken against the guilty on the basis of the probe report, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sahni, who has been appointed as minister in-charge for Darbhanga by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for better coordination of relief work, said by the time he visited the hospital late in the evening, the sticker had been removed from the foreheads. But, some of the injured narrated to him the pain caused by the tag put on their forehead, he said.Television grabs yesterday showed injured patients in a separate ward of the DMCH, earmarked for earthquake victims, with stickers reading ‘bhukamp’ (earthquake) pasted on their foreheads which were later removed. DMCH Superintendent Jha expressed regret over the incident today.Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi criticised the DMCH authorities for the “insulting” act. “They are victims of earthquake and not prisoners that tags were put on their bodies,” Sushil Modi, former Deputy Chief Minister told reporters at Patna Airport.Instead, a colour code could have been used on the beds for identification instead of pasting sticker on their foreheads, he said.

Bihar: Darbhanga hospital puts ‘bhukamp’ stickers on foreheads of quake victims

Darbhanga (Bihar): Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) kicked up a row on Tuesday by pasting stickers on the foreheads of injured persons in the earthquake for identification, which were later removed.

Television grabs showed injured patients in a separate ward of the DMCH earmarked for earthquake victims with stickers reading ‘bhukamp’ (earthquake) on their foreheads.

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Superintendent of DMCH Shankar Jha today expressed regret and said it would be immediately removed.

When minister in-charge for relief work for Darbhanga district Baidyanath Sahni was drawn to the controversial episode, he told PTI, “I inquired with the DMCH Superintendent on the issue and directed him to get it removed at once.”

Sahni said he had asked the Superintendent to probe the matter and fix responsibilities.

“I am at present in the interior areas of Darbhanga district and on return, will visit DMCH to look at the matter,” he said.

District Magistrate Kumar Ravi described the action as wrong and said he would order immediate removal of the stickers. The DMCH authorities got the tags removed in the evening today.

Nearly 15 earthquake victims had come to the DMCH initially for treatment, out of whom six are still being treated at the hospital.

PTI

Death toll in Bihar’s Nor’wester storm rises to 55

Patna: The toll in the killer Nor’wester in Bihar rose to 55 with one more person dying on Thursday in the worst-hit Purnea district even as an alert has been sounded for north-eastern regions of the state about possibility of a thunder squall and rains.

As per the latest report compiled by the state Disaster Management department, Purnea bore the brunt of the Nor’wester with a maximum of 38 deaths.

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Representational image. AFP

While seven persons lost their lives in Madhepura, three died in Madhubani, two each in Katihar, Sitamarhi and Darbhanga and one in Supual, the report said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of Purnea and Madhepura.

Union Agriculture minister Radhamohan Singh, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi will be part of the aerial team.

Accompanied by Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Principal Secretary Disaster Management Department Vyas, the CM left for Purnea this morning, Chief Minister Office said.

The Home minister and the CM will meet with officials at Purnea after their return from the aerial survey.

Meanwhile, the state Meteorological department has issued an alert about the possibility of a thunder squall and rain on Friday and Saturday in north-eastern parts of Bihar.

Director of the Bihar Met office AK Sen told PTI on Friday that an alert has been sounded on the basis of “atmospheric instability” detected in the area particularly in the districts of Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj and Motohari.

“The area might witness thunder squall and rains which are dangerous,” Sen said.

Special Secretary in State Disaster Management department Anirudh Kumar told PTI that the alert has been send to district magistrates of 12 districts in the region.

He said they have been advised to keep medical teams on alert and make other necessary administrative preparations to safeguard citizens from further woes.

The affected districts are Purnea, Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Supaul, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Banka, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Madhubani in north and north eastern parts of the state.

PTI

Storm ravages several Bihar districts killing 32

Patna: Thirty-two people were killed and over 80 seriously injured as a nor’wester ravaged several Bihar districts last Tuesday night, destroying thousands of huts and standing crops.

Principal secretary to Bihar Disaster Management Department Vyasji today said the maximum number of 25 deaths were reported from Purnia district, while six have died in Madhepura and one in Madhubani.

Bihar storm. Image Courtesy: IBNLiveBihar storm. Image Courtesy: IBNLive

Bihar storm. Image Courtesy: IBNLive

The storm hit Purnia, Madhepura, Saharsa, Madhubani, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Samastipur uprooting several thousand trees, damaging power lines and destroying thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pulses.

Road transport in the districts have been hit in the aftermath of the storm as many trees are lying uprooted, he said. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director in Patna, R K Giri said the storm packed wind speed around 65 km per hour.

“The storm descended from Nepal side hitting Purnia, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and went deep inside the state up to Bhagalpur. Our radar data is showing that the wind speed was around 65 km per hour,” Giri said.

Such storms, he said, are common in this season and are called ‘Kal Baisakhi’ or ‘nor’westers’. The state government has declared a compensation of Rs four lakh to the kin of each of the persons dead in the storm.

The money will be paid from the Disaster Management Fund. Vyasji said the administration in the affected districts is taking stock of the situation and estimating the loss.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will make an aerial survey of the affected area to assess the situation and the extent of damage, official sources said.

PTI

Bihar: 32 people dead, over 80 injured in late night storm

The storm hit Purnia, Madhepura, Saharsa, Madhubani, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Samastipur uprooting several thousand trees, damaging power lines and destroying thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pulses.

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Thirty-two people were killed and over 80 seriously injured as a nor’wester ravaged several Bihar districts on Tuesday night, destroying thousands of huts and standing crops.Principal secretary to Bihar Disaster Management Department Vyasji on Wednesday said the maximum number of 25 deaths were reported from Purnia district, while six have died in Madhepura and one in Madhubani.The storm hit Purnia, Madhepura, Saharsa, Madhubani, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Samastipur uprooting several thousand trees, damaging power lines and destroying thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pulses.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Road transport in the districts have been hit in the aftermath of the storm as many trees are lying uprooted, he said.Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director in Patna, RK Giri said the storm packed wind speed around 65 km per hour.”The storm descended from Nepal side hitting Purnia, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and went deep inside the state up to Bhagalpur. Our radar data is showing that the wind speed was around 65 km per hour,” Giri said.Such storms, he said, are common in this season and are called ‘Kal Baisakhi’ or ‘nor’westers’.The state government has declared a compensation of Rs four lakh to the kin of each of the persons dead in the storm.The money will be paid from the Disaster Management Fund.Vyasji said the administration in the affected districts is taking stock of the situation and estimating the loss.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will make an aerial survey of the affected area to assess the situation and the extent of damage, official sources said.

India devastating storm kills 32

At least 32 people are killed in a storm which hit the eastern Indian state of Bihar late at night, a government official tells BBC Hindi.

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