6 died in painful road accidents in Bihar, three in Bhojpur, two in Patna and one in Vaishali.

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Patna, JNN. Four lost their lives in painful accidents on Tuesday night in Bhojpur and Vaishali in Bihar. While the condition of five remains critical. Uncontrollable high speed car collided with a truck parked in Bhojpur. The three youths died on the spot after the car entered under the truck. Among those who died were a Patna businessman, two others from Rohtas district. At Vaishali, a high speed truck trampled three bike riders. One died in it. The truck trampled three passers-by at Patna Fatuha , killing one. Similarly, one also died in the draft.

Bhojpur: uncontrolled car under truck

An uncontrollably high speed car crashed into a truck parked near the Atlanta company on Ara-Mohania NH under Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district. The three youths died on the spot after the car entered under the truck. The trapped bodies were pulled out by breaking the glass as the car was locked. One of the deceased was a Patna businessman and two other residents of Rohtas district based on car papers and mobile numbers. The information of the names of the three could not be known till late.

Bad truck was standing on the road

JCB was parked near the Atlanta company on Jaghishpur-Dhangai on NH-30 with a malfunctioning truck. A speeding car with a Patna number on its way from Ara to Mohania entered the truck. The collision was so severe that more than half of the car entered the truck. On arrival, police reached Jagdishpur and Dhangai police station and sent the bodies to the hospital.

Bodies removed after breaking the car

SP Sudhir Porika said that the bodies were removed by breaking the glass due to the car being locked. The car registration is from Patna. On the basis of car papers and mobile numbers, it has been learned that one of them was a Patna businessman and two others were residents of Rohtas district.

Truck crushed three, one youth died

Vaishali : On Tuesday, a speeding truck rammed three bike riders on the Kotiya bridge of Patepur police station area on Mahua-Tajpur road. Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Bahura in the accident, died on the spot. At the same time, two others were seriously injured. Road blocked in protest. Four hours later, the police finished the jam. Mukesh, the 22-year-old son of Upendra Rai, resident of Bahuara Chakmir Banki village, along with two companions Chandan Kumar and Kundan Kumar, was going to buy the Kothaya bazaar by bike.

Trample on road side three

Patna: A truck going from Fatuha towards Patna late Monday night crushed three people running along the road near Jethuli village in the river station area of ​​Fatuha, one of whom died during treatment. While two injured are being treated in a private hospital. It is being told that the three people were going to Jethuli village on the roadside, when this accident happened. The deceased has been identified as Nagendra Rai (45), a resident of Jethuli village. Among the injured is his son Sanjay Rai and the other is Param Rai, a resident of the village.

Youth dies in truck collision

On Wednesday morning, a truck hit the young man vigorously near Vijay Market, located on the main road of the Chardhi police station. The young man died at the scene of bleeding. The deceased has been identified as Akhilesh Das (35), son of Ram Nandan Ravidas. Akhilesh was from Chithaul village of Bhagwanganj police station. The deceased went to work as usual in the ongoing construction work in the market. After his death, the family members are in bad health.

World Junior chess | Karthikeyan, Aravindh and Priyanka win.

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Decisive battles proved to be the flavour of the day as medal aspirants fought relentlessly on the leading boards as the World junior chess championship inched towards the business end here on Tuesday.

Second seed M. Karthikeyan was the last to emerge triumphant after 82 moves in the eighth round that witnessed second to eight boards producing worthy winners. On the top board, seventh seed Evgeny Shtembuliak who drew before was joined at 6.5 points by Spain’s Miguel Ruiz Santos, who surprisingly outplayed R. Praggnanandhaa in just 28 moves.

For Praggnanandhaa’s sister, girls’ fifth seed R. Vaishali, too, it was time to learn a thing or two. After cracking the whip against N. Priyanka, Vaishali did not reckon with the fighting abilities of her lesser-rated rival. Priyanka displayed all her grit and came up with a desperate rook-sacrifice. Later, she cashed in on Vaishali’s misreading of the position to win in 46 moves.

On the second board, Divya Deshmukh escaped with a draw against Iran’s Mobina Alinasab and shared the third spot at six points. Fourth seed Russian Polina Shuvalova led with seven points.

Among the boys, the best show came from Karthikeyan. He came up with a patient display to defeat Russian prodigy Volobar Murzin, the lad who almost nailed Aravindh Chithambaram on Monday. Karthikeyan and three others share the third spot at six points, half a point behind the leaders.

Aravindh, playing black, scored over Rithvik Raja to be joint seventh with four others at 5.5 points.

The struggling girls’ top seed Zhu Jiner (4.5) agreed to a nine-move draw against USA’s Thaila Cervantes Landeiro, while an indisposed Vantika Agarwal (4) gave a walkover to teammate C. Lakshmi (5).

Important results (eighth round):

Open: Shant Sargsyan (Arm, 5.5) drew with Evgeny Shtembuliak (Ukr, 6.5); Miguel Santos Ruiz (Esp, 6.5) bt R. Praggnanandhaa (5); M. Karthikeyan (6) bt Volodar Murzin (Rus, 5); Aram Hakobyan (Arm, 6) bt Semen Khanin (Rus, 5); Viktor Gazik (Svk, 5) lost to Mihnia Costachi (Rou, 6); N.R. Visakh (5) lost to Or Bronstein (Isr, 6); Rithvik Raja (4.5) lost to Aravindh Chithambaram (5.5); P. Iniyan (5) drew with Stefan Pogosyan (Rus, 5).

Girls: Polina Shuvalova (7) bt Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kaz, 5.5); Divya Deshmukh (6) drew with Mobina Alinasab (6.5); Dinara Dordzhieva (Rus, 5.5) drew with Srishti Pandey (5.5); N. Priyanka (5.5) bt R. Vaishali (4.5); Rakshitta Ravi (4.5) lost to Aakanksha Hagawane (5.5); Li Yunshan (Chn, 5.5) bt Mrudul Dehankar (4.5); Arpita Mukherjee (5) drew with P. Supreetha (5).

‘Happy and proud’: R Praggnanandhaa’s sister Vaishali says he deserved to win gold in Chess Championship

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After the 14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa won gold in the under-18 open category in the World Youth Chess Championship, his sister Vaishali said the whole family is ‘happy and proud’ of her brother’s achievement.

“We are very happy and proud. I saw the video. It was very emotional, we felt very happy. It was all his hard work. He deserves it,” Vaishali told ANI.

Praggnanandhaa achieved the feat in Mumbai on Saturday. He scored an impressive and unbeaten 9/11 and he ended with a performance rating over 2700.

Praggnanandhaa also got praised by Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.

“Congrats!! Very proud of you!! In our next session in Chennai, you have some nice games to show me !!” Viswanathan Anand tweeted.

Vaishali said it was a ‘really nice’ gesture of Anand as she said: “It was really nice of him. He tweeted about his achievement and it was very nice.”

Vaishali further stated that she is lucky to have a brother like Praggnanandhaa.

“He is 14-year-old and has won the U-18 world championship, it is really great. I am really lucky to have him as a brother,” she said.

Delhi Metro grey line: Dwarka-Najafgarh stretch inspection on Wednesday, services expected to begin soon

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The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), Janak Kumar Garg will inspect the 4.2 km-long Dwarka-Najafgarh section of Delhi Metro (Grey Line) on September 25 (Wednesday).

Currently, trial runs are being conducted by the DMRC on 4.2 km-long Dwarka and Najafgarh stretch while its services are expected to begin soon.

Part of Delhi Metro’s Phase-3, the trials had begun in August.

The latest route of Delhi Metro (grey line) between Dwarka-Najafgarh will have three stations – Dwarka, Nangli and Najafgarh — out of which Dwarka and Nangli are elevated stations while Najafgarh is underground. 

The initial target to complete the line is by the end of this (September) month, however, this route is further being stretched by another 1.18 km till Dhansa Stand, which is expected to be completed by December 2020.

As the trial runs are being conducted, it is being ensured that the Metro train is not making interactions with any physical infringements (civil structure) and also to ensure that there are no physical blockages during the movement of the train on the track.

Meanwhile, the signaling trials are expected to begin in the days to come.

The new 4.2 km stretch between Dwarka and Najafgarh (Grey Line) will be linked to Blue-Line which connects Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida Electronic City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad.

According to DMRC, it is estimated that around 2 lakh commuters will be benefitted from Delhi Metro’s Dwarka-Najafgarh line.

Lightning strike in Bihar kills 18 in 24 hours

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At least 18 people were killed, while nearly half a dozen were injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. The deceased also included women and children. 

According to an official of the Bihar State Disaster Department, the casualties were reported from Kaimur, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Gaya, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur.

Five deaths were reported from Kaimur, three from East Champaran and one each in the remaining districts, he said. 

“The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives,” an official of the Disaster Management Department said.

According to the weather office, lightning strikes are usually reported during the June-September monsoon season.

Patrolling ordered on the Ganga in Bihar to conserve its dolphins

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Patrolling of the Ganga has been ordered in Bihar after reports surfaced of local fishermen netting smaller fish that are the food supply of the endangered Gangetic Dolphin.

“We have ordered the divisional forest officers in Vaishali and Saran to conduct regular patrolling on the Ganga and initiate tough action against those involved in these acts,” Bihar’s additional principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) Rakesh Kumar said on September 12.

Officials have also been asked to register cases and seize small nets being used for fishing by fisherfolk or others.

Some fishermen claim many of their peers caught small fish out of ignorance. There was a need to launch extensive awareness campaigns in the areas where patrolling has been ordered.

“My family has been surviving on the river and it pains me to see the fishing of small fish which has registered a rise in recent years,” said Mahendra Sahni, 58, who runs a fish shop in Patna.

“They do not know that if they net small fish, the bigger ones would die too. But they are just not ready to listen to sane voices,” said Sahni, who sells 50 to 60 kg of fish every day.

He is also aware that small fish are the main food of the Ganga’s dolphins but added that the officials concerned were not bothered. “There must be regular river patrolling and awareness drives must be launched among the fisher community to make them aware about how killing small fishes is not good for the environment,” he said.

A recent comprehensive census conducted along nearly a 1,000 kilometre (km)-stretch of the Ganga and its two tributaries, the Gandak and Ghaghara, in Bihar counted 1,150 dolphins in what environmentalist said was a sign of a healthy river ecosystem. That is because Gangetic river dolphins can survive only in clean and fresh water. 

The census was conducted by three separate teams involving experts from the Zoological Survey of India, Wildlife Trust of India and Tilka Manjhi University, Bhagalapur, in different stretches of the three rivers in between November 18 to December 10 last year.

During the extensive survey lasting for 23 days, 700 dolphins were counted in the 300 km stretch of Ganga from Mokama to Manihari, 300 in another 300 km stretch of the Ganga from Buxar to Mokama, 100 in the Gandak river and 50 in the Ghaghara river.

The researchers used the visual survey method to conduct their study through boats, Coordinator of Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education centre, Bhagalpur, Sunil Kumar Choudhary, said.

The campaign to save freshwater mammals took a sudden leap after the Centre declared river dolphins as India’s “national aquatic animal” in 2009. This happened while the Manmohan Singh government was at the Centre.

The government had acted on the proposal moved by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Bihar: Nilgai buried alive during culling drive in Vaishali district, one person booked

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The police in Bihar’s Vaishali district have filed a first information report against the driver of an earth mover used to bury an injured nilgai, The Indian Express reported. However, no arrests have been made yet.

The video has been circulating locally since August 30. It drew widespread outrage on Thursday. The earth mover is seen pushing the injured animal into a pit and burying it with mud.

The video was shot in a village under the jusrisdiction of the Bhagwanpur police station. The officer in charge of the station, Chandrabhushan Shukla, said: “We have booked a JCB driver on complaint of Lalganj ranger.”

The animal was shot by a Hyderabad-based shooter hired by the state environment, forests and climate change department, unidentified police officials told The Times of India.

“A drive was being carried out in the district to kill nilgais, but they were to be buried after proper culling,” Shukla told the newspaper. “This animal was, however, buried alive. The farmers were facing crop loss due to increasing population of nilgais in the district. Accordingly, a committee under the chairmanship of district magistrate had ordered culling of nilgais by hiring a shooter.”

Vaishali Divisional Forests Officer Bharat Bushan Pal told The Times of India that 495 nilgais were culled by the department between August 27 and August 31. “A forest guard has been suspended in the matter,” he added.

District Superintendent of Police Manavjit Dhillon ordered an inquiry on August 30. Several reports had suggested that Lalganj MLA Rajkumar Shah witnessed the incident. However, Shah told The Indian Express that it was a rumour. “I am not the Vaishali MLA,” he added. “I represent Lalganj and had no business to go there. Let the district police look into the matter.”

Nilgai shot, buried alive in Vaishali dist of Bihar

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Many nilgai (antelope) were shot by hired shooters of forest department in Vaishali district of Bihar. Most nilgais died on the spot. The forest department of Vaishali district has claimed to have killed over 300 nilgai in the last four days. However, an injured nilgai met a tragic end, when it was buried alive after being pushed into the pit by a JCB machine. The video of the incident went viral and drew widespread condemnation.

On the initiative of Vaishali MLA Rajkishore Singh, with the cooperation of the state government and local administration, a shooter was called to carry out the gruesome killings, just to solve the problem of farmers who complain of their crops being destroyed by the nilgais. When the video went viral, Singh questioned the veracity of the video circulating on WhatsApp groups and termed it a “fabricated video”. However, the MLA wasn’t asked to respond to or questioned over the video, which suggests he had anticipated possible backlash and to avoid slander, tried to clear his hands.

As soon as the information of this whole matter came in, Vaishali SP Manavjit Singh Dhillon instructed the local Bhagwanpur police station to investigate the veracity of the viral video and when its authenticity came to light, sought clarification from forest department officials to take action on the people responsible for the live burial.

Meanwhile, Singh said, “This incident didn’t happen under my watch. I would not have allowed it to happen if I knew it. I had requested the DM to call the shooter and kill the Nilgais to reduce their numbers, after which forest department shooter came and shot Nilgais in many villages. The live burial is inhumane and I condemn it. Authorities will take the necessary actions.”

‘Mentally unstable’ woman beaten to death in Bihar over suspicion of child-lifting

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Patna: An angry mob thrashed a woman to death in Vaishali district of Bihar over suspicion of her being a child-lifter. It is being alleged that the woman is mentally unstable. The mob allegedly tied the woman to a pole in Sehdai Buzurg block of Vaishali and mercilessly thrashed her until she died, the police said on Friday. 

The woman was beaten up with sticks by locals after being tied to a pole. While angry locals beat up the woman, others played mute spectators as they watched the woman being thrashed. 

The police are suspecting that the woman lost her mental balance after her child went missing or after it died. The woman was caught by the locals when she entered one of the houses in the district while looking for her own child. 

Locals alleged that they had seen the woman in the nearby areas a few days ago. At that time, the woman was seen attending to a pile of clothes as if it were a child. According to a report, the woman does not have any recollection of how she reached Vaishali.

On the night of the incident, the woman entered one of the houses. She was telling the people residing in the house that her child had gone missing. The people living in the house allegedly presumed her to be a child-lifter and started thrashing her. Within minutes, the family’s neighbours joined and the woman was tied to a pole and beaten. 

After the woman died, the locals threw her body away from the spot. The police reached the area and recovered the body. The body has been sent for a post-mortem and efforts are being made to arrest the accused. 

This is not the first instance where people have taken the law into their hands and have lynched an innocent due to suspicion. Similar incidents have surfaced where people have thrashed women and men ruthlessly as they suspected them of being child-lifters or thieves. While these incidents are on a rise, no concrete step has been taken by the government to help these people. 

Woman thrashed by mob in MP over suspicion of child-lifting 

In July this year, another incident of mob violence came to light from Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar when a woman was beaten over suspicion of being a child-lifter. It was later alleged that the woman was mentally disturbed. The incident took place in the Cantonment area of Sagar. 

On being interrogated, the woman said that she was from Ratlam and that she did not know how she had reached Sagar. The police registered a case of assault in relation to the incident but none of the accused was arrested.

Worry within RJD as Tejashwi Yadav stays away from action

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The meeting of RJD’s legislature party was cancelled on Saturday, reportedly because Leader of Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Yadav was not going to attend it. This comes a day after former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi said on Friday that Tejashwi would attend the meeting on Saturday. On Friday, 66 of the party’s 81 MLAs attended the meeting.

Tejashwi has been mostly missing from the political scene after the Lok Sabha results in which the RJD drew a blank. He attended the just-concluded Assembly proceedings only for a couple of days, but did not take part in any debate. He also skipped the recent function of the RJD regarding its campaign to get new members.

He has, however, been active on Twitter. He recently criticised the state government for the deaths of children in Muzaffarpur and Vaishali because of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and over its handling of the flood situation.

A section of RJD leaders are concerned with Tejashwi’s “growing disinterest” in state politics. An RJD source said, “He wants to be in full control of the party but he is not being allowed to do so. He has been upset at his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav’s intermittent acts of defiance. He is also unhappy with some senior leaders blaming him solely for the party’s defeat. He wants his family to set things in order before he takes over reins of the party with full interest.”

Tej Pratap, who has floated apolitical forum Lalu Rabri Morcha, has been constantly throwing a challenge to Tejashwi’s leadership. “Though Tej Pratap might not have much support beyond the youth wing leaders of the party, his actions can embarass the party,” said a senior RJD leader.

An RJD leader said the rout in the Lok Sabha polls has dampened the morale of the party. “Tejashwi is not being able to take senior leaders along and to inspire confidence in the workers at the grassroots. His current silence is harmful for the alliance too. Congress is already talking about going alone in the Assembly polls,” said the leader.

While Rabri Devi allayed apprehensions of any split in the party during the meeting on Friday, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh spoke about how the alliance with RLSP, Vikasshil Insaan Party and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) did not benefit the RJD.

Party spokesperson Mrityunjay Tewari said, “The party meeting on Saturday had to be cancelled because of unavoidable reasons. Not much should be read into it.”