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30,000 central security personnel to be deployed for Bihar elections

Central Armed Police Forces and Railway Protection Force personnel have been ordered to be withdrawn immediately from various units, including the borders, for deployment.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?

Decision to hold Bihar polls a leap of faith, not leap in the dark, says CEC Sunil Arora

Defending the Election Commission's move, Arora referred to the recent JEE-NEET exams, saying thousands of candidates across India came out to write the test.
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Bihar assembly polls to be held in 3 phases from 28 October, results on 10 November

Phase 1 of the Bihar assembly elections will see voting on 28 October, phase 2 on 3 November and phase 3 on 7 November, the Election Commission said.
Former IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey addresses a press conference in Patna Wednesday | PTI

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey’s case rare. Approval of VRS plea by IAS, IPS takes month or two

IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey, who served as Bihar DGP, applied for VRS Monday and his application was accepted within 24 hours.
File photo of Gupteshwar Pandey | Facebook

Outgoing Bihar DGP says he will join politics and ‘may’ contest polls from hometown Buxar

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who opted for VRS, says his actions related to FIR lodged in Patna in Sushant Singh Rajput case had anything to do with him joining politics.
RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav (L) with Tej Pratap attend the 22nd Foundation Day of Rashtriya Janata Dal, in Patna | PTI

BJP, Congress, RJD & JD(U) leaders find common ground in Bihar — tickets for sons

At least 40 Bihar leaders cutting across party lines are seeking tickets for their relatives, a majority of them for their sons.

Rising cases of rape in India, how ‘vikas’ lost its way & the common man’s plight

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Kangana Ranaut’s ‘courage’, Oscar for TV channels and the ‘game’ of Bihar elections

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Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Bihar politicians could get to spend more as EC plans to hike poll expense limit by 10-15%

EC's raised limit will apply to all elections during Covid, including MP bypolls. As of now, limit for each candidate is Rs 50-70 lakh for Lok Sabha polls and Rs 20-28 lakh for assembly polls.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.