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Dipankar Ghose


JD(U) manifesto out: Improved technical education, sops for women in Saat Nishchay 2
Fri, Oct 23, 2020

The JD(U) has launched its own manifesto for the Bihar elections, separate from ally BJP.

Bihar polls: BJP promises free Covid vaccination, 19 lakh jobs in manifesto
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

“As soon as the Covid-19 vaccine will be available for production at a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination. This is the first promise mentioned in our poll manifesto,” Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.

Paliganj: In a Yadav seat, LJP scare makes NDA task harder
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

The constituency could be a microcosm for the shifting sands of Bihar Election 2020. The RJD won this seat in 2015, but it has gone to ally CPI (M-L) in the Mahagathbandhan alliance that includes the Congress.

Bihar elections: Tejashwi works campaign crowd with promise of jobs and change
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Given Bihar's long history of caste and social justice politics, those gauging the Opposition's chances have largely stuck to seeing whether the RJD can expand beyond its core voter base of Yadavs and Muslims.

Economic distress there but pan-India… not a poll issue; anger has subsided: Sanjay Kumar Jha
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

"I don’t want to talk about caste. But I think people in Bihar vote one way. Even in 2010 (Assembly polls), we (the JD-U and BJP) fought the election together and won 206 seats out of 243. That result is a matter of record," says Sanjay Kumar Jha.

‘There is economic distress but in entire country…That is not an issue in the election’: Sanjay Jha
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

Bihar Water Resource Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha talks about how CM Nitish Kumar, following the lockdown announcement, helped avert a bigger economic crisis in Bihar, and stresses that the skill mapping programme of the JD(U) government will create employment opportunities.

Lockdown hardship, job loss: cracks in Nitish home citadel
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Its residents say that until now, with the village seeing so much work, there has been unanimity among residents, cutting across caste, throwing their weight behind Kumar in polls. But this time, cracks are appearing in that edifice.

Target 5 lakh kits, women lead Patna’s Covid-19 race for polls
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Patna is one of the three centres where this exercise is taking place, the other two being Muzaffarpur and Purnea. “On the first day, we created 30,000 kits, on the second 40,000, and on the third (Tuesday) close to 60,000. We need to bring out 5 lakh kits overall from this centre,” Kumar said. He is one of 25 BMSICL officials at the Bhawan round the clock.

Bihar elections: At labour chowks, lockdown shadow over Nitish sushasan
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Seeking daily wages in Patna, from as far as 100 km away, many say CM did work, but ‘time for a change’.

Child rescue roadmap: keeping track of trafficking routes, school dropouts
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Experts now warn that the next few months are crucial, and effective action could spell the difference between mitigation and a full-blown crisis.

In pandemic, Centre waved red flag on trafficking, but key states yet to take action
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

From UP to Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh to Jharkhand, eight states fall short in setting up anti-trafficking units

WhatsApp chain down to booths, FB Live with Nitish slogan: @JDU
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

The first Facebook Live was held on May 24, and party leaders now host it every week. The JD(U) now has 53 pages, updated every day with videos, templates and infographics.

Untold story of lockdown: sharp surge in child trafficking
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

Despite curbs, spike in interventions after distress calls; state governments scramble to cope, many in Covid hotspots yet to set up monitoring systems

Chirag Paswan: His father’s son
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

After his father Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan's passing away, will Chirag Paswan be able to train the lens on Bihar and Biharis for the right reasons?

Bihar elections: In BJP’s first rally, Nadda reminds voters of ‘darkness’ of ‘Lalu Raj’
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Addressing an election rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Gaya, JP Nadda's speech focused largely on the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi heads to 12 Janpath as it bids final farewell to Ram Vilas Paswan
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

The LJP had made an audacious move in Bihar, deciding to go it alone in the state elections. As party founder and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lay at the Fortis Escorts Hospital, his home was abuzz with ticket-seekers.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s death will cast a shadow on Bihar elections
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

Ram Vilas Paswan's death in New Delhi on Thursday, days before Bihar votes in the first phase on October 28, will inevitably cast a shadow on the crucial polls, and have a bearing on almost every political move by the key players.

BJP-LJP will form next govt in Bihar: Chirag day after split from NDA for polls
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Paswan reiterated the LJP’s position that its winning MLAs will work “under the leadership” of PM Narendra Modi.

Against JD(U), yet with BJP: making sense of LJP’s Bihar election strategy
Wed, Oct 07, 2020

Bihar Elections 2020: Most see Chirag Paswan as an ambitious politician. He believes that after the generation of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, he needs to position himself for the future as a contender for CM.

LJP’s balancing act: Breaks from NDA in Bihar, will remain in alliance in Delhi
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

Paswan’s party says split due to ideological differences with JD(U), ‘will form LJP-BJP government’ after polls

Babri demolition case: What Liberhan panel’s report said about Uma Bharti’s role
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

Some of them took responsibility for the demolition. Uma Bharti categorically claimed responsibility… if the judge says she is not responsible, what can I do…,” Justice Liberhan had said.

Bihar elections 2020: Chirag Paswan hails Modi, seeks support for ‘Bihar first’ agenda
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

Chirag stated that he is proud to have had "an opportunity" to work with Modi.

Opposition set to close seat deal in Bihar: RJD 138, Congress 68, Left 29
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Bihar elections: The development came on a day Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed a virtual rally and launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led Union government.

NCRB report: Sedition cases up in 2019 but conviction at all-time low
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

As per the Crime In India Report, this decline, however, was largely explained by the drop in cases registered under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act — from 7,127 in 2018 and 7,892 in 2017 to 6,079 in 2019.

Meticulously planned, Uma Bharti took onus: Justice Liberhan on Babri Masjid demolition
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

The Liberhan Commission, set up in 1992 to probe the Babri Masjid demolition, had, in its report submitted in 2009, pointed to the involvement of senior RSS and BJP leaders, including L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.