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JD-U forges ahead in Bihar

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New Delhi: The Grand Alliance of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar forged ahead in the battle for the 243-seat Bihar assembly, latest trends from the vote count showed.

After trailing to the BJP-led combine initially, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its allies Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress surged ahead.

“The Grand Alliance has moved towards victory,” JD-U leader Pavan Verma said in Patna. “It is a defeat for (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah.”

“We will form a government with a clear majority,” he added.

Trends emerging from the counting centres said the Grand Alliance candidates were racing ahead in 115 seats and those of the BJP alliance in 93 seats. Smaller parties were in the lead in seven seats.

(IANS)

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)

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