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Bihar election will be the first test of Supreme Court order

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The Supreme Court has asked the political parties to produce details of all criminal cases of their party candidates contesting for the assembly election in Bihar scheduled for later this year.

The challenge for the politicians, said a senior BJP leader in Patna, would be to strike a balance between a candidate’s ability to win elections and also his criminal record.

“Any political party going to the election with promises of transparent and clean politics will now think twice before fielding anyone with criminal antecedents”

The Bihar Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms report revealed that 142out of 243 MLAs in Bihar had criminal cases pending against them in 2015 when assembly polls were last held. Ninety of them had declared serious criminal cases including those related to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women.

Earlier this month, the police filed a charge sheet against RJD MLA Arun Yadav, who is also accused of raping a minor girl at his residence in Patna. Arun Yadav has been on the run ever since his name cropped up in a sex racket busted in September last year.

The Supreme Court order has made it mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for such selection.

On the other hand, there is also a possibility that fresh cases are filed on trumped-up charges against political rivals just to scuttle their chances to contest the 2020 Bihar elections.

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Italy PM announces lockdown extension till April 13

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Italy: Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announced the extension of nationwide lockdown till 13 April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement has been made just two days before the current lockdown that started on March 10, was due to an end. Italy currently has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at 13,155, while the overall confirmed cases stood at 110,572.

Giuseppe Conte - PM of Italy

Giuseppe Conte – PM of Italy

“We have surpassed 13,000 deaths, and this is a wound that pains us especially — it is a wound that will never heal,” said Conte.

“So we are not in a condition to relax our restrictive measures yet… and this is why I just signed a new decree that extends the current measures to April 13,” he further added.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has infected 905,295 people worldwide and the death toll has increased to 45,441 on Thursday even as the head of the UN has declared this crisis as humanity’s worst since World War II.

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Bihar during Coronavirus lockdown

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SpiceJet ready to fly migrant workers to Patna

NEW DELHI: SpiceJet has offered the operation of some of its flights to the government for the 21-day lockdown.

SpiceJet chairman and MD said the airline is ready to fly some aircraft from Delhi and Mumbai to Patna to relieve the suffering of migrant laborers or workers, especially those from Bihar during the lockdown due to Coronavirus.

“We have offered our aircraft and crew for any humanitarian mission that the government needs us to fly. We are already flying food, medicines and medical equipment for the government every day (on our freighter aircraft),” Singh told PTI.

“We would like to alleviate the suffering of the migrant workers, especially those from Bihar, by flying some flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Patna,” he added.

Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet

Indigo, GoAir, and SpiceJet

Domestic and international passenger flights are still banned till April 14 midnight.

IndiGo and GoAir have also offered their aircraft and crew and staff members to the government for any humanitarian use.

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Bihar records two new 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

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PATNA: Two fresh cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in Bihar. This took the total number of positive cases COVID-19 has mounted to nine.

“Two more coronavirus positive cases found in Bihar – one from Siwan with travel history to Dubai and another from Nalanda with no travel history to any foreign country,” said RMRI official.

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

Bihar records two 2 coronavirus cases Total number reaches 9

The Director of Rajendra Memorial Research Institute, Pradip Das said, test reports of 2 staff members of a private hospital, where a COVID-19 patient was admitted last week before being transferred to AIIMS Patna where he died, have been positive.

Another patient hailing from Siwan who was admitted to the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) has been tested positive. Sources from the department of health said that the patient had recently visited Dubai and returned to Siwan last week.

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