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Nitish Kumar flays BJP leaders for ‘defaming’ Bihar

“At a time when all are praising Bihar for holding such a mega ‘Prakash Utsav’, some people have been making an issue of why Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was not given a place on the dais,” Nitish Kumar told the media in a reference to senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and union minister Giriraj Singh.

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Patna, Jan 9 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday targeted opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for creating a bad image of the state for their own vested interests.

“At a time when all are praising Bihar for holding such a mega ‘Prakash Utsav’, some people have been making an issue of why Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was not given a place on the dais,” Nitish Kumar told the media in a reference to senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and union minister Giriraj Singh.

At the mega event here, marking the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Lalu Prasad was not given a place on the dais from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar addressed the gathering.

Lalu himself said there are people who would always point out shortcomings and pick holes in any mega function.

“People always perform puja by sitting on the floor. Is puja performed by sitting on the chair. Why should I have any grievance? It was ‘Guru ka Darbar’. It was a spectacular arrangement for the 350th Prakash Parv celebration that brought good name to Bihar from across the world,” Lalu said.

Sushil Modi, who is also a former Deputy Chief Minister, and Giriraj Singh have been raising the issue of Lalu Prasad not being given a place on the dais beside the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister at the Prakash Utsav last week.

Nitish Kumar said the sitting arrangements were made according to the age-old Sikh tradition by the gurdwara management committee.

“The state government had not decided, who will sit on the dais with the PM. Unnecessarily some people have been trying to make it an issue and doing wrong propaganda,” he said.

“I am appealing to such people with my folded hands to change their behaviour,” he said.

Lalu — along with his sons Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Bihar Health Minister, respectively — was present at the ‘langar’ in the makeshift gurdwara in the ‘Tent City’ at the historical Gandhi Maidan where the main function was held.

“My father Lalu Prasad is a ‘zaminee leader’ and he prefers to sit on the floor (zameen). There is nothing much to it,” Tejashwi had said in reply to the BJP leaders raising the issue.

“At the Guru’s darbar, it is an age-old tradition to sit on the floor, and my father has no problem in sitting on the floor,” Tejashwi added.

The Chief Minister said the Grand Alliance government of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), RJD and the Congress has been working since all are together.

Nitish Kumar said he will meet and talk to the leaders and workers of the Grand Alliance on January 23 and the same day the core committee of the JD-U will hold its meeting to discuss demonetisation.

He also urged all political parties to join the proposed human chain on January 21 in support of prohibition imposed in Bihar.

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Child dies of ‘extreme heat’ in Brahmaputra Express

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Lucknow, May 25: A six-month-old child died due to extreme heat wave conditions on Friday in an overcrowded train in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

The child was travelling with her parents in a sleeper coach of the Brahmaputra Express.

The victim’s family alleged that the coach was packed with passengers and their daughter was suffocated in the extreme heat.

The train was going from Dibrugarh in Assam to Delhi. The distraught family alleged that the train stopped in Allahabad outer for more than two hours, leading to further deterioration of the girl’s condition.

Co-passengers also alleged that despite requests for medical aid, no one, including the train ticket collector, paid heed to their pleas.

When the train reached Allahabad, the passengers created a ruckus, after which the railway officials intervened.

The family belongs to Mughalsarai district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Hot day, Heatwave conditions in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 25: It was clear sky on Friday here in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, said the Met as it forecast heatwave conditions at some areas in the city.

“It will be a clear sky with heat wave condition likely to occur in a few areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. According to the Skymet, the day was likely to be hot with few clouds.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 37 per cent. The maximum temperature will hover around 44 degrees Celsius.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43 degree Celsius, three notches above the season’s average while the minimum temperature was 26.5 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

Besides Delhi NCR, the IMD had also stated that heat wave condition will prevail in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan too until Monday.

The central and northern India continue to remain under the grip of a heat wave.

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Virendra appointed new DG of West Bengal police

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

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Kolkata, May 25 : The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who would be retiring on May 31, a notification issued late last night said.

Virendra was posted as the DG (security).

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

Gupta was made the new ADG CIF with additional charges of ADG, establishment, the notification said.

According to a senior official at the secretariat, a new post — advisor (security) — has been created to accommodate Purkayastha.

“Kar Purkayastha is highly experienced and the chief minister prefers him and wants to utilise him in security-related issues. He will likely be advising to the chief minister on security-related issues,” he said.

Incidentally, Purkayastha was the first DGP in the state who was given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.

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