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Ram Vilas Paswan cremated in Patna, leaders pay tributes, PM Modi says he’s lost a friend

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was given a state funeral and cremated at Patna’s Janardhan Ghat on Saturday. His son and Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan performed the last rites. Paswan died on Thursday night at the age of 74 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he had been admitted for several days. Paswan had undergone heart surgery last weekend. Earlier on Friday morning, national flags at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament were flown at half-mast to condole the death of the minister.

A massive crowd had gathered at the cremation site on Saturday for paying tributes to the veteran political figure. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were among those present. Describing Paswan as the voice of the neglected, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was not just a leader from Bihar but a national leader.  He came from an ordinary family and became a Lok Sabha MP nine times and Rajya Sabha MP twice, said, adding he and the party was extremely pained by the death of Paswan.

Paying tribute to his father, Chirag Paswan shared a throwback photograph on twitter, in which Paswan as a young boy is in his father’s arms.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi were among the many that paid rich tributes to Paswan. PM Modi said in his tweet that Ram Vilas Paswan’s demise was a personal loss. He said he had lost a friend, a valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity.  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also praised Paswan as a strong voice for the poor and downtrodden.

Ram Vilas Paswan was among those leaders who were inspired and nurtured by the JP movement in the 1970s. Now powerful leaders Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar were also part of the JP movement. Paswan was a minister in almost every Central government formed since 1989 and served six Prime Ministers, starting with VP Singh. He was in charge of the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution portfolios in PM Modi’s cabinet.

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2024 Lok Sabha election: JD(U) releases name of 16 candidates, former party chief Lalan Singh fielded from Bihar’s Munger

The former party chief Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh to contest from Munger constituency.

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The Janata Dal (United) on Sunday announced the names of its candidates for all the 16 Lok Sabha seats it is set to contest in Bihar. The former party chief Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh to contest from Munger constituency.

The 16-candidates list includes names of Dileshwar Kamait from Supaul, Ramprit Mandal from Jhanjharpur, Devesh Chandra Thakur from Sitamarhi, Lavli Anand from Shivhar, Sunil Kumar from Balmiki Nagar, Mujahid Alam from Kishanganj, Dulalchandra Goswami from Katihar, Santosh Kumar from Purnea, Chandeshwar Prasad on Jehanabad seat, Kaushalendra Kumar from Nalanda seat, Giridhari Yadav from Banka, Ajay Kumar Mandal from Bhagalpur, Alok Kumar Suman from Siwan, Alok Kumar Suman from Gopalganj, and Dinesh Chandra Yadav from Madhepura constituency among others.

Lovely Anand, another turncoat, got the ticket from JD(U) after quitting the RJD earlier this month. She will be contesting the elections from Sheohar’s seat.

Addressing a press conference, JD(U) leader Lalan Singh said that there was no issue in deciding the seat-sharing formula and the candidates among the NDA partners. There was consensus over everything.

Speaking to a reporter, the former JD(U) chief expressed his gratitude to the Bihar Chief Minister for giving him the opportunity to contest from the Munger constituency again. The work that has been done by Chief Minister Kumar is discussed not only in the village but in every house in Bihar.

The Opposition party can pick anyone as a candidate from that very constituency, Munger, adding that he said that he doesn’t have to do anything with that, nor does he want to make any comment on the same, he said.

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On Camera: India’s largest under-construction bridge collapses in Bihar’s Supaul, one dead, nine injured

The Deputy CM’s officials have spoken to the district officer.

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India’s largest road bridge being constructed over the Koshi River between Bheja and Bakaur in Bihar’s Supaul district collapsed on Friday morning, resulting in the death of one person and injured nine.

According to reports, the 10.2 km bridge was being constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at a cost of Rs 984 crore. Two companies namely Gammon India and Trans Rail Lighting Limited were jointly overseeing its construction.

Speaking to reporters, NHAI Regional Officer YB Singh, said that the bridge has 171 piers, and the span between piers 153 and 154 collapsed.

Bihar Deputy CM Vijay Kumar Sinha, speaking on the matter, said that an inquiry has been ordered and action will be taken against those responsible for the incident.

An accident has occurred on an under-construction bridge over the Kosi River. The portion of that bridge fell which led to the death of 1 person and 10 injured. The Deputy CM’s officials have spoken to the district officer. The deceased family will get Rs 10 lakh through related agencies, he announced. A full-fledged investigation is required to find who is the main culprit, he asserted.

Supaul District Magistrate Kaushal Kumar, speaking to media, said the injured are undergoing treatment at the district hospital. Today an unfortunate incident has happened wherein an under-construction span has collapsed, he added. As per the report, a total of 10 labourers were trapped in the incident and all were rescued. Unfortunately, one person died on the way to the hospital and the other 9 are out of danger with minor injuries. Adequate compensation for the deceased as well as injured victims is being arranged, he further added. 

Kumar said three eminent bridge experts A.K. Srivastava, Ex-ADG MORTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways), Mahesh Tandon and G.L. Verma, have reached the site to assess the reason for the accident and taken necessary remedial measures. Senior officials of NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) Anil Choudhary, Member (Projects) have rushed to the site to take immediate action on the matter, he added.

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Mob attacks police, journalists in Bihar after missing woman’s body found

The angry mob set fire to a police vehicle and assaulted journalists who were on the scene to report the news.

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In Bihar’s Nawgachhia, a group of angry people on Sunday allegedly attacked police personnel and journalist following the recovery of the body of woman nearly two days after she went missing.

Furthermore, the angry mob set fire to a police vehicle and assaulted journalists who were on the scene to report the news. Two journalists were harmed severely in the attack.

According to local reports, the situation escalated rapidly when villagers, upon discovering that the body of Shobha Devi, the daughter of Kamleshwari Mandal, had been found, accused the police of inaction. Devi had been missing since February 16 after she left home to deliver milk in Dakshinbadi Tola.

Despite her family’s desperate pleas, it seemed that no one listened until it was too late. The mob’s grief and anger reached its breaking point, causing them to set police vehicles ablaze and physically assault officers and journalists.

The surrounding was charged with unease as the police, who were outnumbered and under attack, had to resort to firing shots in the air to control the chaotic mob and restore order.

The injured were rushed to primary health centers and referral hospitals, highlighting the physical toll of the day’s events. 

Senior police officials arrived at the scene and managed to calm the situation down. According to a statement by the police, an investigation has been initiated, and individuals have been questioned.

Police further said that they have been camping in the area until the situation returns to normalcy. Police have been trying to recover the body of the woman. Local SDO and DSP were deployed for the task in that matter, the SP Nawgachhia, Puran Kumar Jha, said while speaking with the media.

In another incident from Bihar, three officers on-duty including a woman inspector were attacked by mob during an inspection to check the illegal sand mining.

The local police had seized as many as 50 vehicles involved in the illegal sand mining and had registered an FIR against 44 people.

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