Children home: ED lodges money laundering case

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PATNA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) lodged an enforcement case information report (ECIR) in Patna on Wednesday for initiating investigation for money laundering against Brajesh Thakur and other accused in the Muzaffarpur government children home rape case. The ECIR was lodged on basis of proposal sent by Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of state police which had provided details of immovable property worth Rs 2.65 crore of Thakur in Muzaffarpur mere a week back. Thakur is the owner of the NGO named Sewa Sankalp Ewam Vikash Samiti which was running the children…

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Bihar’s Shahi litchi gets GI tag

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PATNA: After Katrani rice, Jardalu mango and Magahi paan (betel vine), Bihars Shahi litchi has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and has become an exclusive brand in the national and international market, an official said on Thursday. The famous Shahi litchi, which is famous for its sweet, juicy, unique flavour and aroma, is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts including East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai. It has officially become an exclusive brand with the GI tag. We were informed about this positive development on Tuesday. It was…

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Munger cops plan narco test on AK-47 smugglers

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PATNA: Munger police will seek court’s permission after Dussehra to conduct narcoanalysis on at least five accused of smuggling AK-47 rifles smuggling from Central Ordnance Depot at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Munger SP Baburam told TOI on Tuesday. However, narco test cannot be conducted unless the smugglers agree to it before a court. The SP said the accused arrested in the case were not cooperating in the investigation and giving contradictory statements. While one of them is retired Army personnel Niyazur Rahman, the other four are Mohammad Imran Alam, Mohammad…

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Contractual employee shot at in Patna

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PATNA: Two unidentified armed bike borne criminals shot at one Shambu Prasad alias Pappu (32) during morning walk near Makhdumpur middle school under Neora outpost of Bihta police station in Patna Wednesday. Neora outpost in-charge Prashant Kumar said Prasad was working as a contractual employee under scheme of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and was posted at Sandesh in Bhojpur. He said that Prasad had left his residence at Goria Dera village had gone for a morning walk when he spotted two persons on a bike waiting on…

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Bihar Cong distances itself from Alpesh Thakore

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PATNA: Bihar Congress has distanced itself from the party’s Gujarat MLA and Kshatriya Thakor Sena chief Alpesh Thakore apparently due to his controversial video in which he spoke against the migrant workers from north India and his organisation’s alleged role in inciting violence against the Hindi-speaking people. A prominent OBC leader in Gujarat, Thakore is also the All India Congress Committee’s secretary in-charge for Bihar. Despite being his party’s incharge for Bihar, Thakore has not been invited to attend the birth anniversary function of Bihar’s first CM and Congress leader…

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Patna: Met predicts pleasant weather

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PATNA: In what could be music to the ears of pandal hoppers, the Patna Meteorological Centre on Tuesday ruled out chances of showers in the city over the next three days. However, revellers have been suggested to carry light woollens if venturing out for pandal hopping in late night hours as the night temperature readings have plunged below 20 degrees C in the city. The nip in the air is also being felt in the morning and evening hours. The minimum or early morning temperature at Patna on Tuesday was…

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Nitish makes Prashant Kishor his deputy in JD(U)

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PATNA: Just a month after he joined JD (U), poll strategist Prashant Kishor was on Tuesday appointed the national vice-president of the party helmed by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. First-ever appointee to the post, the 41-year-old is credited with having played an instrumental role in the election wins of PM Narendra Modi and Nitish in 2014 parliamentary and 2015 assembly elections respectively. Kishor was handed over the JD (U) membership certificate by Nitish in Patna on September 16. Sources claimed Nitish had then told party workers Kishor was the JD…

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