Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

Topic: JD(U)

How BJP got JD(U)’s Mewa Lal to resign as Nitish’s minister within an hour of taking charge

BJP had highlighted corruption charges against Choudhary in 2016, and claims it was caught unawares when now-ally JD(U) decided to make him a minister.

Nitish Kumar to take oath as Bihar CM today, Amit Shah, JP Nadda to be present

Having won 31 more seats in the election than its alliance partner JD(U), BJP is expected to appoint two deputy CMs as well, similar to its Uttar Pradesh government.

Modi’s ‘Hanuman’, Chirag Paswan, will find no place in his government

Chirag Paswan has called NDA's win in Bihar a victory for PM Modi. BJP, though, is unlikely to warm up to him given that Paswan's LJP put a dent in JD(U)'s seat tally.

Anant Singh to Sanjiv Chaurasia — How musclemen with criminal records are faring in Bihar

Parties have fielded 1,201 candidates with criminal cases in the 2020 Bihar polls, according to an ADR report.

Manju Varma, JD(U) ex-minister who had to resign over Muzaffarpur scandal, loses to RJD

Former social welfare minister Manju Varma lost her post after Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual exploitation case — in which 34 girls were allegedly exploited — came to light in 2018.

LSE alumnus Pushpam Priya, Congress’ Luv Sinha trail behind BJP’s Nitin Navin in Bankipore

Pushpam Priya Choudhary of Plurals Party comes from a political family from Darbhanga that has had a long association with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

Win or lose, BJP to go for broke in Bihar, at Nitish Kumar’s cost

Bihar results would come as a vindication or repudiation of the BJP’s take-no-prisoners strategy. Nitish Kumar won’t be happy either way.

2 days on, not a murmur within JD(U) urging Nitish to reconsider ‘retirement decision’

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced these polls will be his last but that has hardly rocked his party, unlike in 2014, when workers protested vociferously against his then decision to quit.  

Yogi-Nitish duel on CAA is NDA’s ‘fixed game’ for Bihar, says Tejashwi’s party

In areas that have sizeable number of Muslim voters, alliance partners BJP and JD(U) are making contradictory statements ahead of the final phase of polling in Bihar.

In Patna’s Maner, it’s RJD Yadav vs BJP Yadav vs Independent Yadav

Every third voter in Maner is a Yadav, a fact parties have taken cognisance of with the BJP fielding Nikhil Yadav and the RJD going with sitting MLA Bhai Virendra Yadav.

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What it will take to vaccinate the world against Covid

A Q&A with vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, author of 'Preventing the Next Pandemic', on developing a low-cost Covid vaccine, and why Omicron won’t be the end of the pandemic.
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Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.


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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.