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On CAA row, Nitish Kumar breaks silence with a ‘guarantee’ to minorities



Minorities are safe in Bihar in the rule of the Janata Dal (United)-led government, chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday, seeking to allay apprehensions in a few quarters on the day protests against the amended citizenship act (CAA)?threw life out of gear and arson was reported from several parts of the state.

“I take the guarantee that minority communities cannot be ignored and no wrong can happen to them as long as we are at the helm,” he said, criticising the Opposition that he said was trying to create confusion among minorities.

Such provocations will not succeed, he said. “The minorities have seen what they [the Opposition]?did for them when they were in power,” he said, in an oblique reference to the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which has called a Bihar bandh on December 21 to protest against both the CAA and the plans for a National Register of Citizens (NRC)?across the country.

On Thursday, Bihar faced large-scale disruption of traffic, vandalism and arson during a statewide shutdown called by Left parties against CAA?and NRC.

Also, small parties, such as controversial former parliamentarian Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) and former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni’s Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), which is part of the opposition alliance, took part in the dawn to dusk protests.The RJD?extended “moral support” to the bandh although its cadre stayed away from enforcing the same.

In many parts of the state, including the state capital of Patna, bandh supporters forced the closure of shopping establishments and disrupted movement of vehicles. Incidents of tyre burning and vandalisation of vehicles were reported from several parts. Several leading schools remained shut. Bandh supporters were also seen forcing bookshops and coaching institutes to down shutters.

In Patna, activists belonging to pro-Left student bodies stormed the Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station and squatted on the tracks, disrupting the movement of trains for about half an hour early in the morning.

There was fresh disturbance at the station around 10 am when hundreds of JAP?activists burnt tyres on a road adjacent to the Rajendra Nagar Terminal even as some of them squatted on the tracks.

During the bandh in Bhojpur, shops and malls were hit with stones. The Nawada police in the district detained around 50 activists after the protests turned violent.

People also staged a demonstration close to the block headquarters at Musahari in Muzaffarpur, disrupting vehicle movement. In Muzaffarpur, bandh supporters allegedly pelted stones at a garment store.

Additional director general (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said the bandh in Bihar was peaceful and there were no reports of violence from any parts of the state. “We are still in the process of collecting details. No untoward incident was reported,” he said.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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