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Cabinet approves rehabilitation of Mahatma Gandhi Setu in Patna

New Delhi : The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the rehabilitation of four-lane Mahatma Gandhi Setu on Ganga River in Bihar, said an official statement.

The rehabilitation of four-lane 5.575 km long Mahatma Gandhi Setu at National Highway No.19 will be done at Patna in Bihar, the statement said.

"The bridge will be constructed after dismantling the damaged pre-stressed cantilever arms superstructure and subsequent re-decking by steel truss," the statement said.

BSP leader quits party, attacks Mayawati

Lucknow : In a major development, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, quit the party on Wednesday saying he felt "suffocated".

He levelled a slew of charges against party chief Mayawati, saying he was deserting the party because Mayawati was "selling" party tickets.

Mayawati has mortgaged the principles and ideology of the party founded by the late Kanshi Ram, he added.

Yoga is science which improves health: Vice President

New Delhi : Stressing the importance of good health, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said Yoga is a science that helps improve fitness level as well as overall health profile.

"A good deal of discussion has been held in many places on defining yoga. Is it a science, an art, an aid to meditation, a spiritual path or a religion? Different interlocutors would give different answers, each valid to an extent and none universally endorsed," he said while inaugurating a two-day international conference on 'Yoga for Body and Beyond' here.

On average, 5 divorce cases adjudged every hour in Kerala

By Saumya Tewari

Family courts in the prosperous, southern state of Kerala ruled on just over five divorces every hour in 2014 - 130 every day - more than any of the 12 Indian states that compile such figures, according to government data.

Lightning kills 53 in Bihar

Patna : At least 53 people including women and children were killed and dozens injured by lightning in different parts of Bihar since Tuesday, the state's disaster management department said on Wednesday.

However, Bihar Disaster Management Minister Chandrasekhar told the media here that toll has increased to 56 with more reports and information pouring from rural areas across the state.

"The toll may increase further it all depend on information we receive from distance rural pockets now," he said.

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Jharkhand works to regain lost irrigation capacity

By Nityanand Shukla

Ranchi : It's a hard push that Jharkhand's farmers have been waiting for. Finally, irrigation projects in the state are back on the government's agenda. Work has begun to regain irrigation capacity in this state, which has seen successive droughts.

"We have started work to regain the lost irrigation capacity in a phased manner. Work on 30 of the 102 irrigation projects have started which will help irrigate 56,742 hectares," Suhkdeo Singh, Principal Secretary of the water resources department, told IANS.

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Kerala seeks Karnataka's help in ragging case of Dalit nursing student

Kozhikode (Kerala) : The Kerala Police has approached its Karnataka counterparts to register a case against two college students for brutally ragging a Dalit nursing student from Kerala.

Speaking to IANS, Jaleel Thotathil, Circle Inspector of Police, here said that they have recorded the statement of the 19-year-old victim who is presently undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital.

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48 killed in Bihar lightning strikes

Patha : At least 48 persons including women and children were killed and dozens injured by lightning in different parts of Bihar in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, an official said.

An official of the state disaster management department confirmed that five people were killed by lightning in Rohtas district followed by four each in Patna, Aurangabad, Nalanda and Purnea.

According to the official, three each were killed in Buxar, Saran, Kaimur, Saharsa and Katihar district.

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Mayawati rejigs organisation set up

Lucknow : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has rejigged its organisational set up once again, a party leader said on Wednesday.

Senior leader Ashok Siddhartha has been given additional charge of Aligarh and Agra zones. He is already in charge of Lucknow.

However, Kanpur's charge has been withdrawn from Siddhartha and given to old party hand Ram Kumar Kureel.

He has also been given charge of Chitrakoot and Jhansi zones.

Akhilesh slammed for denying CBI probe into Mathura violence

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for ruling out a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the violent Jawaharbagh incident in Mathura earlier this week.

The anti-encroachment drive which had gone awry and exposed the unpreparedness of the Mathura police and led to political mud-slinging, had left 29 persons dead, including the city SP and a police SHO.

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