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The US has witnessed massive protests against racism and police brutality after George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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Washington, Aug 30 : One person was shot and killed in Portland, the largest city in the US state of Oregon, after supporters of President Donald Trump’s clashed with anti-racism protesters, according to police.

The incident took place on Saturday at 8,46 p.m. as police officers “heard sounds of gunfire from the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alder Street”, Xinhua news agency quoted the Portland Police Bureau as saying in a statement.

It said police officers have secured the entire block at the crime scene and are investigating the shooting as a homicide, adding “no suspect information is being released at this time”.

“There have been some instances of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators. Officers have intervened and in some cases made arrests,” it tweeted.

The US has witnessed massive protests against racism and police brutality after George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

In his acceptance speech of the Republican Party’s nomination on Thursday night, Trump did not address the issue of racism, but instead touted job numbers for African-Americans and doubled down his support of law enforcement agencies.

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Over 18% voting as glitches in 75 EVMs hassle Bihar voters

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Even as the Election Commission said that 18.48 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am during the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections in 71 constituencies on Wednesday, voters in some districts faced inconvenience due to technical glitches in EVMs.

Voters waited in queues of over an hour and some even returned home without casting votes as technical snags affected the functioning of over 75 EVMs or VVPATs in Munger, Arwal, Gaya and Nawada districts.

Voters in Gaya, Jahanabad, Aurangabad, Jamui, Bhabhua, Sasaram, Baka, Kaimur also complained of technical and other errors in EVMs. Due to this, polling started late by 30 minutes to 2 hours at several places. In Munger, technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines or EVMS were reported in polling booths 165 and 231. The polling agents at these booths claimed that one EVM had the name of RJD candidate but the party poll symbol was missing.

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Will Spend 22% Of Budget On Education: Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav said the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) neither conducts any exam on time nor does it announce results on time.

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Patna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav Tuesday said if voted to power he will raise the upper age limit for all categories of the BPSC aspirants, and also asserted his government will spend 22 per cent of the state’s budget on education.

At his party’s “Naukari Samwad” programme here, he also slammed the Centre for “privatising” every other sector in the country and said if voted to power he will end privatisation in Bihar.

Tejashwi Yadav, who was declared as the chief ministerial candidate of the opposition Grand Alliance, has been building up his poll campaign on the plank of jobs after announcing that if voted to power they would approve 10 lakh jobs in the government in the very first cabinet of the new government.

He said the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) neither conducts any exam on time nor does it announce results on time.

“Now youths are waiting outside BPSC office, asking if the results for the 2014 exams have been announced,” he alleged, adding many aspirants don’t get to write the exams as they cross the eligible age limit because of the “delay” by the BPSC.

“If the BPSC is late (in conducting exams and announcing results), why should youth of Bihar suffer?” he asked.

“We will raise the age limits for general as well as reserved category candidates,” he said.

He also said, “It is our firm commitment to end the contract system and employ people on permanent basis.”

“The youth and students of Bihar are completely disappointed with the Nitish government,” he said.

Earlier in the day, while addressing a rally in Sahebganj assembly constituency, he said if voted to power “we will spend 22 percent of the total budget on education.”

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PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi In Bihar Today For Second Round Of Campaigning

PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi had kicked off their campaign in battleground Bihar on Friday last week.

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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Bihar on Wednesday to campaign for their respective alliances in the high-voltage state assembly polls.

This will be the second electoral visit of the two leaders to Bihar. Both of them had plunged into campaigning for the three-phased state assembly elections on October 23 and addressed a series of rallies.

PM Modi will address three public meetings at Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna to garner support for the NDA nominees in constituencies that will go to the polls in the second phase on November 3.

Rahul Gandhi, who will visit Bihar on the same day as the prime minister, will address rallies at Valmiki Nagar and Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga district to canvass for the Grand Alliance.

The by-poll to Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat will be held on November 3 along with the second round of voting in the state elections.

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PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi had kicked off their campaign in battleground Bihar on Friday last week. While PM Modi had addressed three back to back rallies at Dehri-On-Sone in Rohtas district, Gaya and Bhagalpur, the Congress leader had his meetings at Hisua in Nawada and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.

The two leaders had gone attacked each other over the Chinese intrusion in Ladakh and both cried “insult” to soldiers and their families. The abrogation of Article 370, farm sector reform laws, “jungle raj” during the 15 years of RJD dispensation, the migrant crisis and joblessness too figured prominently in the bitter electoral discourse.

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