Flood-hit Bihar gets relief of Rs 500 Crore from PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a prompt alleviation of Rs 500 crore for flood hit Bihar in the wake of undertaking an aerial overview of affected areas. He declared an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those harmed by the flood.

The Prime Minister was joined by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi. He also discussed relief and recovery work with them in detail.

He guaranteed both that he would be sending a central team to promptly survey the flood related misfortune in the state. He instructed keeping in mind the end goal to evaluate the cases of farmers’ harvest protection; the insurance agencies ought to send their managers to the flood affected areas with the goal that they can be given alleviation instantly.

The Road and Transport Ministry has additionally been coordinated to make fitting move to repair all flood harmed streets and electricity framework in the state.

More than one crore seventy lakh individuals have been affected by the floods in the state. The loss of life has mounted to 415, with 21 areas being affected by the storm.

To handle the flood danger, the Prime Minister talked about flood control in the outskirt regions with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in his current visit to India. The two additionally concurred that a detailed report of Saptakosi high dam project and Sunkoshi storage cum diversion plan would be arranged soon.

Sources: News18, ANI

Bihar based journalist attacked

Two days after Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered in front of her house, a journalist from the Arwal district of Bihar suffered the same fate.

Pankaj Mishra, a journalist who works at the newspaper named “Rashtriya Sahara” was shot by two bike borne assailants. It is believed that Mishra, who was leaving a bank with Rs 1 lakh was waylaid at a place of Banshi Block and attacked by two of his fellow villagers. The motive behind the heinous act is being considered to be personal enmity between the perpetrators of violence and the victim. The victim was initially taken to a Primary Health Centre before being shifted to Arwal Sadar Hospital due to the adverse nature of his injury. Meanwhile, Only one of the two assailants have been arrested, as the police are currently on the hunt for the second person. The Indian freedom of speech is being challenged as in the last three days the country has witnessed the death of two journalists, in repeated succession. Though, Arwal Superintendent of Police Dilip Kumar Mishra assured that Pankaj Mishra is out of danger as per medical reports, the condition for jounalists in the country is atrocious to say the least.

The Indian freedom of speech is being challenged as in the last three days the country has witnessed the death of two journalists, in repeated succession. Though Arwal Superintendent of Police Dilip Kumar Mishra assured that Pankaj Mishra is out of danger as per medical reports, the condition for journalists in the country is vulnerable, to say the least.

 

Sources-

  1. ANI- http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Mg/MzMzNjU5/bihar-another-journalist-shot-one-accused-arrested.html

2.The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/journalist-shot-at-robbed-in-bihars-arwal-district/article19637682.ece

Image Sourc- ANI

350 dead and Crores lost in the Floods

Unimaginable number of lives and quantity of wealth has been lost by the floods that hit states across India. The worst hit states are Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar however, the situations in West Bengal and Assam are improving gradually.

  1. In Bihar, across 17 districts, 153 people have been declared dead, it has been amongst the worst hit states. In addition, the number of people that have been directly affected by the floods is also highest in Bihar going around 1.08 crores.
  2. 28 National Disaster Response Force teams including 1,152 people have been sent to be a part of the rescue and relief operations in Bihar. To take care of 3.44 lakh in the flood-ravaged districts, 1765 community kitchens have come to existence.
  3. Even though the situation in Assam is getting better, but the total no of lives lost because of the flood are a whooping 144, next only to Bihar. The worst affected area being Morigaon district, where 2210 villages are now under water and 1.23 lakh hectare of crop damaged.
  4. In eastern Uttar Pradesh, over 14 lakh people have been affected by the floods and 1,217 villages are under water.
  5. Though the situations in West Bengal are a little better, there has been no rain in past 24 hours but the floods took around 52 lives there.
  6. Even the railways in most of these areas have been affected by the floods which resulted into Railways incurring a loss of almost Rs.150 crore in the last week.

Sources: NDTV

Congress – RJD welcome Sharad Yadav against Nitish

The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s invitation to Janta Dal (united) leader and co-founder Sharad Yadav in the fight against the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, was welcomed by the Congress Party on Monday.

Sharad Yadav, who is a colleague of the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has expressed his disapproval towards his ties with the BJP. Yadav, who decided to remain silent for five days was invited by Lalu to fight against Nitish Kumar. On Monday, Yadav broke his silence and said he does not agree with the steps taken by his colleague. According to a report by NDTV, the veteran leader told the reporters at Parliament, “Whatever happened is very unfortunate, the mandate by the people was not for this.”

On July 26, 2016, Nitish Kumar took a political change as he broke his mahagahtbandhan with RJD and Congress and shakes hands with the BJP. According to Kumar, the refusal of resignation by the deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav, made him take the step.

ANI reported that Naresh Agarwal, a leader of Samajwadi Party (SP), condemned the decision taken by Kumar and also pointed out that a senior leader like Sharad Yadav was left out from making this decision.

RJD is planning to launch “Desh bachao, BJP bhagao” movement soon.

 

Sources: ANI news, NDTV

 

RJD worker close to Shahabuddin shot dead in Siwan

Minhaj Khan, a youth leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in north Bihar’s Siwan district was shot dead early on Saturday, July 29 morning by unidentified gunmen. This development comes three days after a JD(U)-BJP government has come to power in the state.

According to Hindustan Times, Khan – a close aide of controversial and currently imprisoned former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin – was asleep when the gunmen shot and killed him around 3 am in the morning. He was a district general secretary of the RJD Yuva Morcha. notorious local gangster and criminal Raju Khan is being blamed by Khan’s family members for plotting and carrying out his murder.

Post the murder, the village came under a blanket of tension, with many villages gathering outside the victims house. Police teams were also deployed to keep the situation from going out of hand. Times of India reported that the police teams that were camping in the area also found country-made carbine and five live bombs in Khan’s house. A probe has begun, led by Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sanjeet Kumar Prabhat along with Basantpur police. The station house officer stated that it looked like a case of personal enmity.

News Source: Times Of India, Hindustan Times

Image Source: NDTV

Railway bridge collapse in Sasaram District of Bihar Kills two

A flyover in the Sasaram district of Bihar collapsed on July 22, 2017. An iron pillar which was under the bridge collapsed on the railway track. The bridge was under construction. This accident killed two persons and injured five more. The flyover collapsed on a railway track and according to reports by the Tribune, many are said to be trapped under the collapsed flyover. The injured people have been admitted to the Sasaram Sadar Hospital.

According to ANI, an operation has been launched to rescue the people caught under the debris. The Police, Railway Police Force (RPF) have formed the rescue team. Locals are also assisting them in the operations.

“A laborer engaged in the construction of the overbridge died on the spot after a big portion crushed him. Three other persons were injured in the mishap,” the railway police said to Hindustan Times.

It is said that rains have been the cause of this collapse. A railway official told Hindustan Times that even though they suspect rains, an investigation will be held to find the real reason for the flyover collapse.

Train movements have been disrupted, especially on the Grand Chord section of the Howrah- New Delhi route and the Grand Chord line of Gaya-Mughalsarai rail section.

Sources-

  1. Hindustan Times-http://www.hindustantimes.com/patna/one-dead-three-injured-after-under-construction-flyover-collapses-in-bihar-s-sasaram/story-0ppBt09QczaZwVa52TUi1K.html
  2.  DNA India-http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-one-dead-two-injured-after-under-construction-flyover-collapses-in-bihar-s-sasaram-2510566

Nitish Kumar deflates opposition by supporting Kovind

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar support to BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential elections has jolted the united opposition.  Kumar stated that it is not the issue of the “mahagatbandhan” (grand-alliance) but an independent issue of each of the political parties. He met Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and conveyed them the message that it is a matter of pride that a governor of Bihar is being given the candidature for President.

The oppositional parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their candidate. Kumar enjoys a popular wave of support among the backward women in the state; hence this will dent his image. Nitish Kumar has earlier asked the opposition to part away with all their differences in order to form a united opposition against Narendra Modi. Though Nitish Kumar always states that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD is strong, he has been continuously playing cards which are against the interest of his allies.

As far as the Presidential elections are concerned, with Kumar’s support Kovind has passed the half mark required to win the presidential polls and should comfortably win the elections. The fractured opposition means that BJP would not have much difficulty in winning the 2019 elections.

News Sources- NDTV, Times of India