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CPCB, a look at the science behind the air quality index

“Engineers can establish these stations, technicians can run it, but you need people who understand atmospheric science, to understand the data,” said Jakhwal. Hence, CPCB regularly absorbs students from various universities training them in their special sets of skills.With two more automatic stations being set up, their biggest asset to maintain air quality, is knowledge, said Jakhwal, which has finally made people take note of the state of affairs.Meanwhile, the honour of ‘severe’ air went to Muzaffarpur, Bihar, on Tuesday.White elephants
Scientist at the Air Laboratory for 29 years, DC Jakhwal, calls these stations the CPCB’s white elephants. Necessary as they are, each costs 1.1 crore to set up, roughly 12 per cent of that to maintain the sensitive equipment annually – eight machines for eight parameters – and depend heavily on connectivity to monitor remote areas. For now, the lab has 39 such stations across India connected to it, with Gaya joining on Tuesday itself.

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Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) 2015 – 2016 for Non Technical Graduates posts announced

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The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has announced notification to fill 18252 jobs in Indian Railways.

The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) has announced notification to fill 18252 jobs in Indian Railways.The online applications are invited from Indian nationals for filling up various non-technical posts of various Railways /production units.Candidates who are willing to apply for these posts should apply on or before 25 January 2016.The detailed information of this RRB recruitment 2016 shall be available only on December 26, 2015.Candidates are requested to apply only online, there are no other modes for submitting the application.​Following are the name of the posts, number of vacancies and the name of participating Railway Recruitment Boards.​​<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Posts / vacancies1) Commercial Apprentice: 7032) Traffic Apprentice: 16453) Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk: 1274) Goods Guard: 75915) Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist : 12056) Senior Clerk-Cum-Typist: 8697) Assistant Station Master: 59428) Traffic Assistant: 1669) Senior Time Keeper: 4Total Number of posts: 18252Name of participating Railway Recruitment Boards:Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, chandigarh, Bilaspur, Gorakhpur, Chennai, Jammu – Srinagar, Guwahati, Malda, Kolkata, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi. Thiruvananthapuram, Siliguri, Secunderabad. These are the only RRBs participating in this recruitment.Official website of RRB Indian Railways: http://rrbappreg.net/

Sedition case filed against Aamir Khan, wife Kiran Rao in Bihar court

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A complaint was filed in a court in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday against film star Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao under various sections including sedition over his remarks on intolerance.

The complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sushma Trivedi.

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Aamir Khan. AFP

The court fixed December one for hearing into the matter.

Ojha stated in the complaint that he felt hurt hearing Aamir’s remarks.

The complaint was filed under sections 153 (A),(B) and 124 (A). 153 (A) pertains to promoting enemity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

153 (B) relates to imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration and Section 124 (A) relates to sedition.

Khan found himself in the eye of a raging storm after he commented last Monday in a programme, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

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Bihar polls: EC seeks explanation over BJP’s beef advertisement

Patna: Taking strong exception to BJP’s advertisement on beef in some vernacular dailies in Bihar on Wednesday, the Election Commission has issued notice to the party seeking explanation.

“Our attention has been drawn to the said advertisements published by BJP in Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur editions of some newspapers… These advertisements are against the EC’s instruction to political parties and newspapers,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Laxmanan told reporters in Patna.

BJP Beef advertisement. Twitter/@AmanKayamHai

BJP Beef advertisement. Twitter/@AmanKayamHai

Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey has been served a notice seeking an explanation over the said advertisement, he added.

The BJP advertisement had questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s “silence” on “repeated insult” to cows by grand alliance leaders as the animal is revered by the countrymen and asked had asked him to come clean on the issue and stop playing vote bank politics.

The advertisement also asked the Chief Minister whether he agreed with the remarks on beef eating by his “friends” from alliance partners, including Lalu Prasad and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of RJD and Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader S Siddaramaiah.

Earlier in the day, a grand alliance delegation comprising JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi and Congress spokespersons RPN Singh and Ajoy Kumar met the EC in New Delhi, alleging that the advertisement amounted to “seeking votes in the name of religion” in the fifth and last phase of polling on Thursday in 57 seats.

Laxmanan said despite the statutory direction of the EC through its letter, dated October 31, to all political parties, certain advertisements of “offending nature” published in some prominent newspapers in Bihar on Wednesday have been brought to its notice.

To ensure that no such instance is repeated on the day of poll and no untoward incident takes place because of any inflammatory or hate advertisements, the EC in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of Constitution and all other powers enabling it has directed that no political party or candidate or any other organization or person shall publish any advertisement in the newspapers tomorrow unless its contents are pre-certified, he said.

Similar direction have also been issued to all newspapers in Bihar, Laxmanan said.

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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 polls: PM Modi taunts Nitish Kumar again, takes potshots at Sonia Gandhi

Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, asked whether “bahari” also applied to Congress president Sonia Gandhi who stays in Delhi.

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Taking potshots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for calling him “bahari”, BJP”s star campaigner Narendra Modi on Friday said the jibe was baseless as he was the Prime Minister of India and not of Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka.Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, asked whether “bahari” also applied to Congress president Sonia Gandhi who stays in Delhi.”Nitish Babu says that Modi is ‘bahari’ (outsider). When Bihar has voted for me to become the Prime Minister then how can I be an outsider. Am I the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka” If not then how am I a “bahari”,? said Prime Minister Modi. “Sonia ji stays in Delhi, do you (Nitish) call her “bahari”,” he added. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Bihar polls: Nitish Kumar is tired of abusing me, now cursing Biharis, says PM ModiThe Prime Minister said he was astonished that the grand alliance is getting impatient as this election is coming to an end. “The anxiety of the grand alliance increases with every phase of polling. Their (grand alliance) insults and mudslinging increases by the day. But Nitish Babu and Lalu ji the more you spill the dirt; “kamal” (lotus) is going to blossom even more,” he added.Continuing his tirade against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Prime Minister Modi said the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo was genius in fooling the people of Bihar. “But when the truth came forward, the people of Bihar replaced Lalu ji with Nitish Kumar. Even Nitish Kumar could not give any account on what work they did for the state,” he added.”If people give you the mandate to run a government, they also deserve an account of the work you have done. Those who do not give you an account of the work that they have done for the people, who is more arrogant than that,” he added. Asserting that development is the solution to key problems in the state, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that the BJP-led NDA will form a government which is pro-poor. “The government is for those who do not have the support of anyone. We want to build a government for the poor people,” said Prime Minister Modi.”We will give loan to the poor people so that they can use it for their development. Around three lakh people utilised the loan services in Bihar. It is happy news for me that all the services introduced by the Central government have been utilised by people of Bihar,” he added.Batting for a corrupt-free government in Bihar, Prime Minister Modi said the NDA regime at the Centre has taken apt steps to end corruption in the last 16 months.”We fought against corruption. We have been in service for 16 months, but nobody could blame me for corruption. India is moving further with honesty. Don’t we need an honest government in Bihar”” Prime Minister Modi asked. “Aren’t they fooling us” Lalu ji was accused of corruption, he is out on parole. Did Nitish Kumar take over his residence and open a school in his house as promised”” he asked.Prime Minister Modi further said the youth in Bihar want to build the future of the state.”The biggest problem of Bihar is the development of youth. Shouldn’t the youth of Bihar get job opportunities in within the state” I have three aims for Bihar: education, job opportunities, healthcare,” Prime Minister Modi said.”Bihar needs electricity, isn’t it” Bihar is the only state in India, where 4,000 villages still do not have electricity. By 2022, we are planning to make sure electricity reaches every village in Bihar. Nitish Kumar did not keep his promise about electricity,” he added.Campaigning for the fourth phase of Bihar Assembly elections will come to an end this evening. This phase of election will be held on Sunday in 55 constituencies spread over seven districts of the state. The districts are Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Siwan, East and West Champaran.

Nitish Kumar targets PM Modi, says Haryana witnessing ‘mangal raj’

“The people voted for them in Haryana and helped them form the government. What happened there? Dalit kids were burnt in Haryana. If there is ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar then isn’t Haryana witnessing mangal raj,” he said while addressing a rally here.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday highlighted Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK. Singh’s dog remark in the wake of the murder of two Dalit children in Haryana, saying some call Bihar the ‘jungle raj’ but this incident reflected the ‘mangal raj’ in the BJP-ruled state.”The people voted for them in Haryana and helped them form the government. What happened there? Dalit kids were burnt in Haryana. If there is ‘jungle raj’ in Bihar then isn’t Haryana witnessing mangal raj,” he said while addressing a rally here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”A central minister has said that the Centre is blamed even if a stone is pelted on a dog. Can you just imagine the mindset of such people, who compare the killing of two innocent Dalit kids with a stone being pelted at a dog,” he added.Continuing his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his DNA jibe, Nitish said the people of Bihar would not have imposed their faith in him had his DNA been bad.”The Prime Minister said in Muzaffarpur that my DNA was bad. If my DNA was bad then why you (the people of Bihar) made me the Chief Minister for ten long years. My DNA is the same as that of any Bihari,” he said.The Chief Minister asserted that the recent uncalled for comments being made by the BJP leaders reflected their desperation as they could not digest the fact that they would lose the battle in Bihar.

Bihar polls: EC to review preparations for remaining phases

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and two election commissioners will arrive Patna on Sunday for a two-day visit to the state to review preparations for the remaining phases of Assembly Elections.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and two election commissioners will arrive Patna on Sunday for a two-day visit to the state to review preparations for the remaining phases of Assembly Elections.They will have discussions with Civil and Police authorities and will also meet representatives of political parties in Patna on Sunday. They will also review the election expenditure management with CEO, Police, Excise and Income Tax officers.The Commissioners will visit Muzaffarpur on Monday and review poll preparedness with DEOs, SSPs, Commissioners, IGs and DIGs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Commissioners will address a press conference at Muzaffarpur before returning to the national capital.Polling for the first two phases has already been completed. 57 percent voting was recorded in the first phase and 55 percent was recorded in the second phase of the Assembly Elections.While the third phase is scheduled for the 28th of this month, the fourth phase will be held on the November 1. The final phase will take place on the 5th of next month.The counting of votes will be taken up on the November 8.

Court orders police to lodge FIR against Lalu Prasad over his beef remark

Muzaffarpur: Trouble mounted for RJD President Lalu Prasad for his controversial beef comment with a district court in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday ordering police to register an FIR against him for it.

Lalu Prasad. AFP

Lalu Prasad. AFP

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Ram Chandra Prasad directed Kazi Mohammadpur police station to register an FIR against Lalu Prasad for his recent remark that “Hindus too eat beef.”

The court order came while hearing a complaint filed by advocate Sudhir Ojha on Monday in the matter.

The order to register a case against Prasad by the Muzaffarpur court came a day after two FIRs were registered against the RJD President in Patna and Jamui for his “Narbhakshi” (cannibal) barb on BJP President Amit Shah.

The ACJM directed that FIR be registered against the RJD chief under sections 153(A), 160, 291 and 295(A) of IPC.

Section 153(A) relates to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

IPC Section 160 refers to punishment for committing affray while Section 291 of IPC is continuance of nuisance after injunction to discontinue.

Section 295(A) relates to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

Besides Muzaffarpur, complaints have been filed against Lalu Prasad in the courts of Patna and Araria on his beef remark.

The case filed in Araria on Tuesday would come up for hearing on Thursday.

Araria Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashok Kumar Shukla, before whom the case was filed by Pintu Kumar, a native of Tamganj village, on Wednesday posted the matter for hearing for Thursday.

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Delhi CM Kejriwal takes dig at PM Modi, says watch film ‘Manjhi’ to know DNA of Bihar

Interestingly, with Kejriwal and Kumar at odds with Modi, the bonhomie between the two chief ministers is increasing.
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In an apparent dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his DNA remark on Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said everyone should watch ‘Manjhi’ film to know the type of DNA Bihar is made of.”Now that Bihar polls are approaching everyone should watch the (Manjhi) film to know what the DNA of Bihar is made of,” Kejriwal said after watching the film in a special arrangement. Modi had said,”it seemed that there was some problem with Nitish Kumar’s DNA” at a rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25. He was referring to the frequent change of political allegiance of Nitish Kumar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The film Manjhi – The Mountain Man, is a biographical film based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi, a poor labourer in Gehlaur village near Gaya in Bihar, who carved a path through a mountain using only a hammer and chisel. One day Manjhi’s wife fell while trying to cross the mountain, after which he decided to carve a road through it.Interestingly, with Kejriwal and Kumar at odds with Modi, the bonhomie between the two chief ministers is increasing. The Delhi government is organising ‘Bihar Samman Sammelan’ tomorrow, an apparent move to help Kumar, ahead of the crucial Bihar polls. Kumar will be the chief guest at the event.

PM Modi to lay foundation for four-lane road in Bihar

Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a four-lane road connecting Patna and Buxar when he visits Bihar on 18 August to address a BJP rally, an official said on Friday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

The prime minister will visit Ara town in Bhojpur district, about 60 km from here, before addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party rally at Saharsa.

Bhojpur District Magistrate Birendra Prasad Yadav said the district administration was told about Modi’s visit to the four-lane site by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Modi has already addressed two election rallies in Muzaffarpur and Gaya ahead of the Bihar assembly polls.

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Bihar Governor’s appointment against constitutional spirit: JD(U)

If they could not appoint (the Governor) with his consent, they should have informed the Chief Minister over telephone as a courtesy, but the Central Government did not even do this formality, he added.

The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for appointing BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind as Bihar’s Governor without consulting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying it is unfortunate and against the constitutional spirit.The appointment of Governor in Bihar is very unfortunate and condemnable; it is against the constitutional spirit, that the state’s Chief Minister gets the information about the Governor’s appointment through the media, Tyagi told ANI here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If they could not appoint (the Governor) with his consent, they should have informed the Chief Minister over telephone as a courtesy, but the Central Government did not even do this formality, he added.The Bihar Chief Minister had yesterday expressed his displeasure over the appointment of new Governor without his consultation, saying he got the information through the media.The appointment of 69-year-old Kovind comes barely few months ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls due this year.Meanwhile, Tyagi while commenting on Prime Minister’s scheduled rally in Gaya, Bihar, said the BJP is making attempts to attack Bihar.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in Gaya later in the day.As per reports, he will be accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah and other party leaders from Bihar.Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the administration for the rally.Prime Minister Modi had visited Bihar earlier on July 25 where he shared the stage with Nitish Kumar in Patna and addressed a rally in Muzaffarpur.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar fires fresh salvo ahead of PM’s rally; dubs Modi govt as ‘Union Twitter Government’

PM Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah is scheduled to addresses a rally in Gaya, Bihar on Sunday

The war of words between Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and PM Modi is hotting up, even though Election Commission is yet to announce dates for upcoming assembly elections in the state, PM Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah is scheduled to addresses a rally in Gaya, Bihar on Sunday. Ahead of the rally, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has attacked the NDA government’ Taking to social media, Nitish Kumar accused the Modi government of becoming Union Twitter Government” that listens, acts, and responds only on twitter. He then posted a screenshot of an earlier tweet where he had asked seven pointed questions to PM Modi. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nitish Kumar hoped that PM will answer his questions this time around, even though he failed to do so last time in Muzaffarpur. In the last election rally at Muzaffarpur, Modi questioned DNA of Nitish Kumar. Subsequently Bihar CM said that PM has offended the DNA of people of Bihar and even wrote an open letter asking Modi to withdraw his statement.Nitish Kumar sparked a fresh controversy on Saturday, when he claimed that the state was not consulted or informed before appointment of the new governor. He said This war of words is likely to get more intense in the coming days.

Nitish Kumar, BJP battle it out in open letters

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP-led NDA engaged in a letter war on Wednesday. Hours after Kumar took strong objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s DNA remark saying it had insulted the people of the state, BJP-led NDA retaliated saying “Bihar is not Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar is not Bihar”.The chief minister had written an open letter to the Prime Minister saying his DNA remark against him had insulted people of the state and urged him to consider taking back his words. “I am a son of Bihar. My DNA is similar as that of the people of Bihar,” the JD-U leader wrote.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting the plea, the NDA leaders in an open letter to “sisters and brothers of Bihar”, said “arrogance, betrayal, conspiracy and deceit” were the ABCD of Kumar’s politics and accused him of distorting the Prime Minister’s remarks made at a rally in Muzaffarpur.”The remarks of the Prime Minister pertained to Shri Kumar’s (and not that of Bihar’s) political DNA (and not your or Bihar’s DNA as he have mischievously misinterpreted). Mr. Nitish Kumar, before writing to the Prime Minister, please apologise to the people of Bihar for shamelessly distorting the words of the Prime Minister for petty political gains and humiliating Bihar in the process,” the scathing letter said. It was signed by BJP leaders– Sushil Modi and CP Thakur–and allies Ram Vilas Paswan, Jitan Ram Manjhi and Upendra Kushwaha.During the rally, Modi had said referring to Kumar cancelling the dinner for BJP delegates during the party’s national executive in Patna in 2010, that “there seems to be some problem in his DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In a democracy, you give respect to your political rivals.”Nearly ten days later, the chief minister in his open letter to Modi said “most feel that these statements, beyond questioning my own descent, have disrespected the lineage of our people and have denigrated the great legacy of the state. This also gives credence to the feeling that perhaps you and your party hold a prejudice against the people of Bihar,” Kumar said.Senior JD(U) leader KC Tyagi too condemned the PM’s remark and sought an apology from him. “It is not insult of the CM but also of the 12 crore public of Bihar,” he said. Kumar’s relations with Modi have been under strain for a long time now. The Bihar leader had in the past stalled BJP’s plans to send Modi to the state for campaigning during elections, lest it would alienate his Muslim supporters.The rift widened after advertisements highlighting donations by the Gujarat government for the Bihar flood victims appeared in newspapers. Nitish finally walked out of the NDA in June 2013, ending a 17-year association with BJP, after Modi was anointed the party’s campaign committee chief for last year’s Lok Sabha elections.Amidst the letter politics, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha tweeted that he was touched by the chief minister’s compliment.

JD(U) MLA files complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The JD(U) MLA form Barharia Shyam Bahadul Singh filed the complaint under sections 500 and 427 of Indian Penal Code in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in-charge Alok Ranjan Singh.
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A Janata Dal-U MLA filed a complaint in a court on Tuesday in Bihar’s Siwan district charging Prime Minister Narendra Modi with hurting the sentiments of the people of the state by questioning the DNA of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar four days ago.The JD(U) MLA form Barharia Shyam Bahadul Singh filed the complaint under sections 500 and 427 of Indian Penal Code in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in-charge Alok Ranjan Singh.The judge has posted the matter for hearing on July 31 and directed the petitioner to substantiate his charge.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi had during his speech at NDA’s ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Muzaffarpur on July 25, said that something was wrong in the DNA of the senior JD(U) leader the way he had cancelled dinner for visiting BJP delegates during the party’s national executive in Patna in June, 2010.

Complaint filed against Modi for comment on Nitish Kumar’s ‘political DNA’

Three JD(U) leaders have filed a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his DNA remark on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a remark that there is something wrong with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s political DNA, during the Parivartan rally in Muzaffarpur on Saturday.The matter is now in the court, report Zee Media Bureau. The reports says that on Monday, a total of three complaints were filed by Janata Dal (United) leaders in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) courts, two in Muzaffarpur and one in Hajipur. JD(U) leader Mazharul Haque from Motipur and Madan Prasad Kushwaha from East Champaran filed a complaint in the CJM’s court of Muzaffarpur. In their complaints, they accused Modi of using derogatory terms and said that his remark was an insult to the entire state of Bihar and its people. CJM is due for hearing in both matters. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Similarly, another JD(U) leader from Vaishali, Mundrika Rai filed a complaint in the CJM court in Hajipur. He accused Modi of using abusive as well as humiliating terms in his speech.

All top Bihar NDA leaders to attend PM Narendra Modi’s Parivartan rally

All top NDA leaders from Bihar comprising the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) supremo Ram Vilas Paswan, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Secular, leader Jitan Ram Manjhi would attend Modi’s rally at Chakkar Maidan in Muzaffarpur on July 25, Pradhan told reporters.

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Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today said that all the top leaders from the BJP-led NDA alliance in Bihar will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parivartan rally at Muzaffarpur on July 25. All top NDA leaders from Bihar comprising the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) supremo Ram Vilas Paswan, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Secular, leader Jitan Ram Manjhi would attend Modi’s rally at Chakkar Maidan in Muzaffarpur on July 25, Pradhan told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradhan, who was camping in Bihar to supervise preparations for the Prime Minister’s engagements scheduled for Saturday, said senior BJP leaders like former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and a slew of Union Ministers from the state would also be present at the rally. It may be mentioned that the Prime Minister would be arriving here on July 25 to attend two official engagements at Veterinary College ground in Shekhpura locality and Sri Krishna Memorial Hall respectively in the state capital, besides attending a BJP rally at Muzaffarpur at which he would kick off the party’s campaign for the Assembly polls due in a couple of months, he saidAt the first engagement at Veterinary College ground, the Prime Minister would inaugurate or lay foundation stones of projects of five central ministries comprising the Petroleum and Natural Gas, Power, Railways, IT and Communications and HRD, Pradhan said, adding all these schemes would be beneficial to Bihar and its people. The flagging-off of two pairs of trains between Patna and Mumbai, inauguration of IIT-Patna campus at Bihta, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, launch of Jagdishpur-Haldia Pipeline Project etc. would definitely benefit Bihar and its people, he said.During his second engagement of the day in the state capital, the Prime Minister would attend the 87th foundation day ceremony of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall, the Union Minister said. In his third and final engagement of the day, the Prime Minister would address a mega Parivartan rally at Muzaffarpur, Pradhan added.

PM Modi to announce package for Bihar on Saturday: Sushil Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a package and set an agenda for development of Bihar during his visit to the state on Saturday, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a package and set an agenda for development of Bihar during his visit to the state on Saturday, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday.”The Prime Minister will announce a package for Bihar and set an agenda for development of the state in the coming years at a public meeting in Muzaffarpur on July 25,” Sushil Modi told reporters. He, however, did not give details of the package.Modi”s rally in Bihar will kickstart BJP”s campaign for the state Assembly polls to be held later this year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sushil Modi, former deputy chief minister, said the party”s state unit has requested the central leadership to schedule three more rallies by the PM in Bihar ahead of the announcement of the poll schedule.On state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar”s frequent charge that the Prime Minister visits Bihar after a gap of 15-16 months keeping in mind political considerations, Sushil Modi said the PM will be coming to Bihar for official and party- related engagements.”We are glad that the Prime Minister is coming to Bihar in every 15-16 months. The previous Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) had never visited Bihar during his tenure.”He had only carried out an aerial survey during 2008 Koshi floods and returned to Delhi,” Sushil Modi said. The senior BJP leader alleged that Nitish Kumar created ”obstacles” in the construction of Digha-Sonepur road-cum-rail bridge, otherwise this project too would have been dedicated to the nation by the PM during this visit.

Lalu, Nitish attack BJP ahead of PM’s Bihar visit

“People of Bihar are indebted to the PM for remembering the state, 15 months after becoming the PM,” Kumar said while addressing a function at the anniversary function of former chief minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha.

With BJP trying to capitalise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s visit to Bihar during which he is expected to announce several projects as part of special package for poll-bound Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said BJP was trying to show as “gift” all the projects initiated by him and approved by previous regime.”People of Bihar are indebted to the PM for remembering the state, 15 months after becoming the PM,” Kumar said while addressing a function at the anniversary function of former chief minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha. Kumar said he would be waiting to see the announcements made by the PM at his Muzaffarpur rally on July 25 which BJP would seek to capitalise in the coming Assembly election. “I am waiting to see whether the PM announces something new in the economic package he is expected to unveil or merely package the ones started earlier,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar described BJP as “Bharatiya Jumla party” and said the saffron party was trying to show that all the projects that would be announced by the PM were their “creation.” He said the IIT Bihta which the PM would inaugurate during his visit on July 25 was possible due to his sustained initiative. “It was I who put pressure on the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to let the IIT go to South India and provide it to Bihar who agreed,” he claimed.The state government provided 500 acre of land for the IIT at Bihta. Likewise the Haldia to Jagdishpur gas pipeline whose work the PM is expected to start during his visit was approved during previous UPA regime.The Daniyawa-Biharsharif Railway line which PM is expected to announce was also his initiative, Kumar said. RJD President Lalu Prasad who was present at the dais launched a blistering attack at BJP.He said to stop BJP finally enter Kolkata he joined hands with Nitish Kumar and other secular forces to stop them in Bihar itself. “BJP which has been raising several slogans ahead of Bihar poll aims to make Bihar a Gujarat,” Prasad said.

Centre framing new law to deal with Maggi-like cases: Ram Vilas Paswan

The Centre is working on a new law with a provision of life imprisonment to deal with cases in which consumers of essential commodities and food items are duped, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday.

The Centre is working on a new law with a provision of life imprisonment to deal with cases in which consumers of essential commodities and food items are duped, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday.People indulging in “confusing advertisement” to promote such essential commodities and food items would also be liable for stringent punishement of life sentence under the new law, Paswan told reporters here.He cited the case of Maggi noodles, which contained high level of lead and monosodium glutamate, saying stringent legal provision would be applied.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cine stars Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta, brand ambassdors of Maggi, are facing the heat with a Muzaffarpur court in Bihar on Tuesday ordering registration of FIR against them on a complaint of sale of harmful Maggi noodles.The Union Food and Consumer Affairs minister said that no leniency would be shown against those indulging in manufacture and promotion of sale of life-saving items and harmful food products.The talk of tough law against sale of harmful food items have cropped up after reports of excessive quantity of lead being found in Maggi in laboratory test in different states.Paswan also showed concern over huge pendency and delay in disposal of cases in consumer forum.A total of 2.5 lakh cases are pending in consumer forums in the country at present, the minister said.He said that efforts were being made to replace the three-tier consumer forum at the national, state and district level at present with a commission at the three stages.It was also being proposed that in the proposed three-tier commission automatic cognizance was taken of any complaint within 21 days of its filing, he said.Besides, no matter would be delayed for more than 90 days, the minister said.

FIR against Giriraj Singh; Sonia Gandhi to ignore ‘narrow minds’

A Bihar court on Thursday ordered police to file an FIR against Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his controversial remarks on Sonia Gandhi who ignored the racist comment saying she won’t respond to people with “narrow mindset”.

Giriraj Singh

A Bihar court on Thursday ordered police to file an FIR against Union Minister Giriraj Singh for his controversial remarks on Sonia Gandhi who ignored the racist comment saying she won’t respond to people with “narrow mindset”. The Congress also took to streets stepping up its demand for sacking of Singh, staging protests in Delhi and also in Bengaluru where BJP leaders have gathered for the party’s national executive meet.
The BJP, meanwhile, said it considers the matter closed as the minister has expressed his regret.
<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giriraj kicked up a row after he remarked whether Congress would have accepted Sonia’s leadership had she not been white-skinned. Speaking to reporters in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh where she had gone to survey the damaged crops and meet farmers, she feels “it is not worth responding to persons having such a narrow mindset.”
In Bihar, Sanjay Kumar Singh, a Congress worker, filed a complaint against Giriraj in the court of Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Ved Prakash Singh, who transferred the case to the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Anju Singh. The SDJM directed Mithanpura police to register a case against the minister on the basis of the complaint, said advocate Sumit Kumar, who appeared for the petitioner.
Singh came under attack even from BJP ally and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha.
In Bengaluru, Congress and NSUI workers assembled at a major junction, about one km away from a hotel where top BJP leaders have gathered for the party’s two-day national executive meeting beginning Friday. They shouted slogans against Singh and burnt his effigy.
“Giriraj has clarified and expressed his regret. The matter has ended and should not be made an issue,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters in Bengaluru.
—With inputs from agencies

Case filed against Kejriwal for removing Bhushan, Yadav from national executive

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A complaint case was filed in a court in Muzaffarpur on Tuesday against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for removing Aam Admi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party’s national executive committee in a ‘humiliating’ manner.

The complaint was filed by one Rajesh Chandra Sharma of Muzaffarpur district in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ved Prakash Singh.

Arvind Kejriwal in a file photo. APArvind Kejriwal in a file photo. AP

Arvind Kejriwal in a file photo. AP

Sharma said he filed the complaint application against Kejriwal as he felt very bad at the “humiliating” manner in which Prashant Bhusan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were removed from AAP national executive committee on 27 March.

The complaint has been filed against Kejriwal under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), Sharma’s counsel Sudhir Kumar Ojha said.

He said the matter would come up for hearing on 4 April.

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Bihar: Three killed, five injured in bus-truck collision in Bhagalpur

Bhagalpur: Three persons were killed, while five others were seriously injured in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck at Naugachhia in Bhagalpur district of Bihar on Wednesday morning.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Naugachhia Superintendent of Police (SP) Shekhar Kumar said the accident happened near Madrauni Chowk under Rangra police outpost. The bus was going from Muzaffarpur to Siliguri in West Bengal, while the goods laden truck was coming from the opposite direction.

“The driver of the ill-fated bus Ram Kishore Singh (45), an unidentified passenger, and helper of the truck Anuj Kumar (35) lost their lives in the accident. Both the vehicles have been extensively damaged. The truck driver escaped after leaving the vehicle,” he added.

The SP said all the injured were traveling in the bus. They have been admitted to Naugachhia Sadar Hospital. The dead bodies have been sent for postmortem.

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Harvard row: Case of cheating, criminal breach of trust filed against Misa Bharti

Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A case of alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust was filed against Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD President Lalu Prasad, for claiming that she was a key speaker at a function in Harvard University – a claim rubbished by the university authority.

BJP’s state vice-president of Art and Culture wing Chandra Prakash Prashar filed the writ in the court of Muzaffarpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Ved Prakash Singh against Misa Bharti.

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Misa Bharti. Ibnlive

The writ has been filed under IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document oe electronic record).

Prashar had distributed a copy of the writ 598/2015 filed by him to mediapersons and said the court has fixed June 5 as the date of hearing.

A controversy had erupted recently after Misa Bharti posted pictures on her Facebook page on March 7, purportedly showing her on the stage addressing the audience. The photograph bore a caption about her giving a lecture on the role of youth at Harvard.

Harvard issued a clarification that “Misa Bharti was invited as part of the audience and not as a speaker of any panel at the India Conference at Harvard. Her attendee status can also be confirmed from the fact that she had to purchase a ticket as an audience. She was not invited to deliver any lecture.”

It said that the Harvard Kennedy School Communications Department has taken cognisance and is looking into the matter.

The 40-year-old daughter of the RJD President had unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha election from Patliputra constituency in Patna district. She had lost to BJP’s Ram Kripal Yadav who is now Union minister of State for Rural Development and Sanitation.

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