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Bihar saw new political groupings in 2015

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The triumph of the grand alliance in the hard-fought Bihar poll battle became the biggest news in the state in 2015.

The installation of the JD(U)-RJD-Congress government under Nitish Kumar ended an eventful year as far as politics was concerned.

Nitish was sworn-in as chief minister for the fifth time on November 20 and the ceremony was attended by top leaders of major anti-BJP parties showcasing Opposition unity against the Narendra Modi-led NDA at the Centre.

Campaigning for the high-stakes polls saw Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and a host of central ministers criss-crossing Bihar in a bid to undo the defeat they had met at Delhi and reconfirm that the NDA government has not lost momentum after Lok Sabha elections.

But a formidable social composition of backward castes and Muslims crafted by veterans of ‘Mandal politics’ Lalu Prasad and Nitish succeeded in decimating the four-party NDA as it won 178 of the 243 seats in the Bihar House.

BJP and its allies LJP, Hindustani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) could muster only 58.

The results also saw the return of RJD chief Lalu, who has been disqualified from contesting poll after conviction in a multi-crore Fodder scam, to the centrestage.

RJD won the maximum number of 80 seats followed by JD(U) 71, BJP 53 and Congress 27.

Lalu extracted his pound of flesh and managed to install his sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav as Deputy Chief Minister and at number three in the government respectively.

Tejaswi was chosen over many seniors within his own party like Abdul Bari Siddiqui.

Nitish managed to win the all-important position of Speaker of the 16th Vidhan Sabha for his close aide Vijay Chaudhary.

The biggest gainer was Congress, which had almost lost ground in Bihar politics, as it won 27 seats and got four ministerial berth in the new government.

With chorus of protest against his appointee Jitan Ram Manjhi as chief minister getting shriller, Nitish had to do a course correction and returned to the seat after removing Manjhi.

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LNJP, GB Pant to shut OPD services amid spike in corona cases

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New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Delhi government on Friday announced the shutting down of the out patient department (OPD) services of its two premier hospitals — Lok Nayak and G.B. Pant — amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the city.

In an order, the Medical Director, however, said the medical emergency services at both the hospitals will continue.

“The order will come into effect from April 4,” it said.

The two hospitals were earmarked for dedicated treatment of coronavirus patients.

According to the order, the medical emergency of LNH will continue from the ground floor of the general emergency of the casualty block.

“All obst and gynae services will commence from the old gynae block.”

It said G.B. Pant hospital will continue to provide emergency services to neurology as well as cardiology patients and will manage the Cardio and Neuro emergency patients referred from LNH.

Delhi has so far reported close to 300 patients infected by the deadly coronavirus.

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13 people got infected from first corona patient in Bihar

Three personnel of the private hospital in which this patient was admitted have tested positive for the virus.

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Patna, April 3 : There is a steady increase in the number of people contracting coronavirus in Bihar with 13 people in the state getting infected after coming in contact with the first coronavirus patient. This patient, who lived in Munger, died during treatment on March 22. He had a travel history to Qatar.

He had returned from Qatar on March 13.

Principal Secretary in the Health Department, Sanjay Kumar, said that 13 people including two family members got coronavirus infection after coming in contact with this patient. The number is expected to go up.

Three personnel of the private hospital in which this patient was admitted have tested positive for the virus.

Twenty nine people have been found to be suffering from COVID-19 in Bihar so far including seven from Munger.

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Delhi riots: Police arrest PhD student, family cries foul

On the other hand, the student’s family say that Haider was only called for questioning. He was not expected to be arrested. They claimed he had nothing to do with the violence.

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New Delhi, April 2 : A PhD student has been arrested by Delhi Police teams probing the anti-CAA violence in northeast Delhi. The arrested student is alleged to have been involved in plotting the violence on February 24-25.

The arrested student’s name is Miran Haider, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. Haider has been arrested after a long-running investigation. However, no official information has been given by the Delhi Police regarding this so far.

According to police sources, “The police teams involved in the investigation of the riots in North East Delhi are expected to get more information from the arrested accused.

On the other hand, the student’s family say that Haider was only called for questioning. He was not expected to be arrested. They claimed he had nothing to do with the violence.

It is noteworthy that the police has arrested over 1,500 people so far for the riots. Those arrested include Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. More than 50 people died in the violence. The case was investigated by the Crime Branch. Two DCPs and more than 10 ACPs led several teams to investigate the riots. The investigation is still ongoing.

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