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Patna: Thousands of migrants are flocking to Bihar from far and wide to vote in the assembly elections, an enthusiasm not seen earlier.

Rehan Khan from Dubai is one of them.

“I was to return to Dubai in early October but I extended my leave to vote next Friday (October 16),” Khan, originally from Gaya town, about 100 km from here, told IANS.

“I will return to Dubai only after fulfilling my duty as citizen of the country,” said Khan, a business development manager in Dubai.

Mohammed Atiqur Rahman from Saudi Arabia voted on Monday in the first phase of the five-phase elections that ends on November 5.

A resident of Samastipur district, Rahman said he was determined to vote.

Rahman, who has been working in Riyadh for 15 years as a salesman in a furniture company, said: “I felt it was my duty and right to vote.”

NRIs of Bihari-origin in the US are also keeping a close watch on the staggered elections.

“I am keenly watching the campaigning through Internet and TV. There are hundreds like me here,” said Ravi Verma, who heads a software consultant firm in California.

Bihari workers from Gujarat, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities and states too have been visiting their villages and towns to vote.

(IANS)

 

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Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Fund Invested $1 Billion In An American Electric Car Manufacturer

Saudi Arabia's 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has talked about using the PIF to help diversify the economy of the kingdom.

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Derek Jenkins, VP of Design at Lucid Motors, introduces the alpha prototype of the Lucid Air at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in New York City. VOA

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the kingdom would help his own firm go private.

Tesla stock dropped Monday on reaction to the news, the same day that the Saudi fund announced it had taken its first loan, an $11 billion borrowing from global banks as it tries to expand its investments.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund said it would invest the $1 billion in Newark, California-based Lucid Motors.

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The investment “will provide the necessary funding to commercially launch Lucid’s first electric vehicle, the Lucid Air, in 2020,” the sovereign wealth fund said in a statement. “The company plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testing of the Lucid Air, construct its factory in Arizona, enter production for the Lucid Air to begin the global rollout of the company’s retail strategy starting in North America.”

Lucid issued a statement quoting Peter Rawlinson, its chief technology officer, welcoming the investment.

“At Lucid, we will demonstrate the full potential of the electric-connected vehicle in order to push the industry forward,” he said.

The decision comes after Musk on Aug. 7 tweeted that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private. Investors pushed Tesla’s shares up 11 percent in a day, boosting its valuation by $6 billion.

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There are multiple reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the disclosure, including asking board members what they knew about Musk’s plans. Experts say regulators likely are investigating if Musk was truthful in the tweet about having the financing set for the deal. Musk later said the Saudi Public Investment Fund would be investing in the firm, something Saudi officials never comment on.

Meanwhile Monday, the sovereign wealth fund known by the acronym PIF said it had taken its first loan, an $11 billion borrowing. It did not say how it would use the money, only describing it as going toward “general corporate purposes.”

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The Las Vegas-based Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute estimates the Saudi fund has holdings of $250 billion. Those include a $3.5 billion stake in the ride-sharing app Uber.

Saudi Arabia’s 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has talked about using the PIF to help diversify the economy of the kingdom, which relies almost entirely on money made from its oil sales. (VOA)

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