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Grand Alliance committed to Bihar’s development, says Nitish

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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the Grand Alliance government is committed to ensure to people of Bihar basic amenities which are part of the common minimum programme of the alliance partners.

“We are working on our seven resolves (nishchay) for the development of Bihar,” Nitish Kumar said in the state assembly during a discussion.

He announced setting up of a cabinet committee chaired by him to monitor the progress on the seven resolves and sought the opposition’s cooperation and help in this regard.

The seven resolves of the Grand Alliance of the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress aim at providing basic amenities like tap water, electricity and toilets to all households, road connectivity to all villages, unemployment allowance, and easy loans to students to pursue higher education.

Nitish Kumar made the promise on the issues during campaigning for the 2015 Bihar assembly elections.

The chief minister said Bihar would continue to register high growth rate in the coming years as well.

“Bihar’s contribution to the country’s development has been regularly increasing and it will increase further,” he said.

He said the state government would impart computer education and communication skills, including spoken English, to all youth in the state.

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Four more corona cases in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, April 10 (IANS) Odisha has reported four more COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total number of coronavirus patients to 48, officials said on Friday.

The Health Department has shared the development on its website.

However, it has not shared the details of the fresh cases.

The department said that 408 samples were tested on April 9, out of which six tested positive for COVID-19.

While the active cases stand at 45, one person has succumbed. Meanwhile, two have been discharged from hospital.

The Odisha government on Thursday extended the lockdown period till April 30 to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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Wadhawans picnic fracas: Maha IPS officer sent on leave

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Satara/Mumbai, April 10 The Maharashtra government on Friday sent on ‘compulsory leave’ an IPS officer and Principal Secretary (Special) Amitabh Gupta for allegedly allowing the scam-tainted Wadhawan brothers and others to travel from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar on Wednesday at the height of the lockdown.

Simltaneously, the Mahabaleshwar Police early on Friday booked 23 persons of the Wadhawan family and others for flouting various laws including the Epidemic Diseases Act, an official said.

“They were found here on Thursday evening and said they had come from Mumbai, travelling from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar. We have lodged an FIR against them under various laws pertaining to flouting lockdown under the pandemic,” an official from Mahabaleshwar Police Station told IANS.

“As per discussion with CM (Uddhav Thackeray), Amitabh Gupta, has been sent on compulsory leave with immediate effect, till the pending of enquiry, which will be initiated against him,” said Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a tweet early on Friday.

The permission – in the form of a ‘To Whomsoever It May Concern’ letter – was issued by Gupta on his personal letterhead on April 8 (Wednesday), permitting the Wadhawans and others to cross from Khandala in Pune to Mahabaleshwar in Satara.

The matter sparked off a huge political storm late on Thursday with the Bharatiya Janata Party Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and state Vice-President Kirit Somaiya demanding a probe and Deshmukh’s scalp.

Deshmukh said the probe will also go into how the 23-member team managed to reach from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar despite the stringent lockdown which has stranded millions of migrants all over the country.

Gupta’s letter said: “This is to just inform you that following are well known to me as they are my family friends and are travelling from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar for family emergency. Hence you are hereby informed through this letter to co-operate with them to reach their destination.”

It listed the registration numbers of all the five vehicles and the names of all the family members, friends, and others who were planning to travel in each of the vehicles for the unspecified ‘family emergency’.

The Wadhawans have been linked as accused in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank and Yes Bank scams along with the entities, DHFL-HDIL.

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Lockdown more stringent in UP, vehicles banned in Lucknow

The clampdown on the 12 hotspots identified and sealed in Lucknow will continue with no movement — physical or vehicular — allowed in the areas.

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Lucknow, April 10 : The Lucknow administration has released a new set of rules, making the lockdown even more stringent. The order issued by Lucknow district magistrate Abhishek Prakash, late on Thursday night, has banned all vehicular movement in the state capital from 9.30. a.m. to 6 p.m.

No private vehicles, except those belonging to doctors, para-medical staff, power employees, state government and police personnel will be allowed to move on the roads.

Later in the night, the district magistrate issued another order, exempting the media from the ban.

The district magistrate said that government employees and bank employees and other pass holders will be required to reach their offices before 9.30. a.m and can move out only after 6 p.m.

Shopkeepers that are opening their shops in the lockdown will also follow the same rule.

The clampdown on the 12 hotspots identified and sealed in Lucknow will continue with no movement — physical or vehicular — allowed in the areas.

Meanwhile, the Lucknow zoo has also set up an isolation ward for animals after reports of a tiger in a New York zoo being infected with Coronavirus.

The state government has already made it mandatory for everyone to wear masks while moving out of their houses.

According to official sources, till now, 39,857 persons have been booked for violating lockdown across the state.

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