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Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi spoke exclusively to The Daily Guardian post the mandate that has brought back the NDA to power in the state. The leader cleared the air on many issues, including the CM candidate. 

Q: Would you agree this was a tough fight?

A: It didn’t seem so to me, but on the other hand there isn’t a single election which can be categorised as ‘easy’. In 2010 when we won by 3/4th majority, people were still calling it a tough fight. Every election is difficult, and never a cakewalk. There’s a lot of work and struggle every single time. We were very sure though that NDA will form the government and Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister. We were clear that we’d get the majority and have a clear mandate.

Q: BJP is the NDA’s biggest party, will Nitish Kumar be the Chief Minister?

A: Let there be no doubts that Nitish Kumar will be the Chief Minister. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have said it hundreds of times that Nitish Kumar will be the CM then why is there any doubt? The media can have uncertainties, but we have always been extremely clear about it.

Q: What do you have to say about Lok Janshakti Party’s role?

A: I don’t want to comment on them at all. They are no more part of the Bihar NDA. There are only four parties in NDA, what others do we don’t care.

Q: What was that one issue which you think swung the election in your favour?

A: Development was the biggest issue. We asked for votes based on development, and in the last 15 years, people have seen change and development. Thus, the people of Bihar voted for continuity so that the rate of development keeps up.

Q: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is alleging that in many places the NDA used the local administration to swing the election in your favour. What do you have to say about this?

A: What can the local administration do? The voting is done by EVM, and the election commission counts it. They never trusted the process. Even before the elections, Rahul Gandhi called it a Modi Voting Machine. They knew they were going to lose, and this is just a ploy to save face. The votes and seats they’ve gotten, has it come from MVM or EVM? After losing, they’re just trying to blame the machine and the administration.

Q: When is the oath-taking ceremony scheduled? When will the NDA have its meeting?

A: BJP’s national president J.P. Nadda can comment on this, he’ll announce it in a day or two.

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Vijayan most fascist, undemocratic CM Kerala has ever seen: Congress MLA

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 2 (ANI): Targeting the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government over alleged backdoor appointments in government jobs, Congress MLA PT Thomas said that Pinarayi Vijayan is perhaps the most fascist and undemocratic Chief Minister Kerala has ever seen.
“Pinarayi Vijayan is perhaps the most fascist and most undemocratic Chief Minister Kerala has ever seen. This is a government that has thrown the sentiments of lakhs of young people in the state into the Arabian Sea,” PT Thomas said at a rally in Kochi.
Youth Congress conducted a rally and public function named Chalo Youth against LDF government’s alleged backdoor appointments in government jobs.
The Congress leader added that Vijayan is the successor of Stalin. He is the only remaining Communist Chief Minister in India.
“Why did Pinarayi Vijayan not speak against the Sangh Parivar? They both are brothers. Narendra Modi is the elder brother while Vijayan is the younger one,” he further said.
Earlier on February 11, Leader Of Opposition in state Assembly Ramesh Chennithala attacked the LDF government over the recruitment row saying that the Pinarayi Vijayan regime has made backdoor appointments for its own people, relatives and loved ones by deceiving the entire youth.
“Why the CM can’t see the feelings of millions of young people who are not getting jobs despite being named in the Public Service Commission (PSC) rank list? You can not stop the rising anger of youth against you. I declare my complete solidarity with the protest of the rank holders in Kerala. The protest is against a government that has made backdoor appointments for its own people, relatives and loved ones by deceiving the entire youth,” he said. (ANI)

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Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joins BJP ahead of assembly polls

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 2 (ANI): Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kolkata on Monday ahead of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections.
The actor joined the party in the presence of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and party’s election in-charge in the state, Kailash Vijayvargiya.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.
While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly. Congress and the Left have stitched an alliance for the polls and had already finalised the seat-sharing agreement.
With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. (ANI)

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SBI commits Rs 11 crore to support government’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 2 (ANI): In order to support the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, the State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to contribute Rs 11 crore to the PM CARES Fund, said an official statement on Monday.
“It is at times of adversity that the true form of unity is tested, and we all can take pride in the efforts that our nation has put in to fight the pandemic. The fight against the pandemic is not yet over, and as a responsible Corporate Citizen, we consider it our duty to support the government’s efforts to vaccinate all. I request everyone to come forward and help in whatever way they can to ensure a successful vaccination drive,” Dinesh Khara, Chairman SBI said in a statement.
In 2020, SBI had committed 0.25 per cent of its annual profit to support the fight against COVID-19 and also made significant contribution in the form of supply of masks, sanitizers among others to the needy. Additionally, SBI employees in their effort to support the nation in the unprecedented times had contributed Rs 107 crores to the PM CARES Fund. (ANI)

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Toolkit case: Delhi court to hear Nikita Jacob’s bail plea today

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): The Patiala House Court in the national capital will hear Nikita Jacob’s petition on Tuesday seeking anticipatory bail in the “Toolkit” document case related to farmers’ protest.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana will hear Jacob’s petition today.
Jacob had been granted protection from arrest for three weeks by the Bombay High Court on February 17.
Delhi Police are probing the toolkit case against Jacob, “climate activist” Disha Ravi and others. However, the Court last week granted bail to Disha.
According to sources, Jacob was a committed operator of the Toolkit. She used to address it as a ‘communication package’. The police is analysing about 115 to 120 GB of data which included WhatsApp chats, e-mails, and data recovered from Jacob’s pen drive, mobile and desktop. She was using applications like Singal and Telegram for communication.
The 21-year-old activist, Disha was arrested from Bengaluru in connection with the formulation and dissemination of the ‘toolkit’ document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. She was one of the editors of the ‘toolkit’ document.
On February 3, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had shared this ‘toolkit’ in a tweet, which she later deleted. Greta had also extended support to the protest by farmer unions on the borders of Delhi against the new farm laws. (ANI)

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Man held for blackmailing, raping minor girl in Gwalior

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Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested a man for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in Gwalior district.
The accused identified as Sunil, who worked at the shop of the victim’s father, allegedly blackmailed her by saying that he would kill him if she did not give her consent.
“Fed up with this, the minor ran away from her house to Datia where she came in contact with a child protection agency and filed a zero FIR against the accused. We have arrested the accused and registered a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,” said Amit Sanghi, Superintendent of Police.
Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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National Rice Research Institute develops device for pest management, patents it

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Cuttack (Odisha) [India], March 2 (ANI): Scientists of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, have developed an Alternate Energy Light Trap (AELT) device for checking pests in agricultural fields and got a patent for the invention.
The automated device was invented by Dr Shyamaranjan Das Mohapatra, Principal Scientist, Entomology and Dr Mayabini Jena, former Principal Scientist and Head of Crop Protection Division of ICAR-National Rice Research Institute. It can help the farmers to identify insect types that lurk in the field and manage them.

“There are two models of the AELT. The bigger valued at around Rs 8,800 can be used on farmland of about one hectare while the mini version costing Rs 4,100 can be used for land under one acre. We have shared the patent with a Maharashtra-based company and the commercial production of the device will start soon,” Dr Mohapatra told ANI here on Monday.
He said: “With this new invention, we can save crops worth thousands of crores worldwide and can also save the life of people from pesticides used in farm lands to kill insects.”
The AELT device includes a light trap unit for attracting the flying insects, a collector unit coupled with the light trap unit for receiving the lured insects from the light trap.
It is an economical and eco-friendly insect trapping method and efficient enough to handle a large number of insects. (ANI)

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