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Lalu Prasad Yadav rules out merger of Janata parties in near future due to “technical problems”

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said on Thursday that RJD and Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) will take part in the Bihar assembly elections as alliance partners. He ruled out the possibility of the merger of Janata parties in near future.

“A strong alliance of the RJD and the JD-U will defeat the BJP in the Bihar polls, if there is a delay in their merger,” Lalu said, as reported by IANS.

The merger amongst the Janata Party was initiated to defeat BJP in the assembly elections.

He said that the merger has been delayed due to some “technical problems” and will definitely be finalized in the next few months.

Lalu Yadav said, “I am a strong supporter of the merger of the six parties of the Janata Parivar, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United), but some technical problems have come in the way of their merger. It may get delayed, so the RJD and the JD-U would contest the Bihar assembly polls together in alliance.”

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Lightning Forecast System to be Set-up in Bihar

Bihar to set up a lightning alert system to save lives

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Bihar saw a rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes. Pixabay

Alarmed over the rising number of deaths due to lightning strikes, the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) has signed an agreement with Bangaluru-based Earth Networks to set up a lightning forecast system in the state.

Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world.
Its system will inform the BSDMA, District Collectors, Municipal Officers and other public representatives about an impending lightning strike 30 minutes before its occurrence.

“The authorities will then send alerts on a mobile application, which will help save lives in the state. No mobile service provider has been selected so far to send the alerts,” a BSDMA official said.

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Earth Networks monitors and collects data on lightning strikes around the world. Pixabay

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More than 172 people have died in lightning strikes in Bihar so far this year, Chief Secretary Amrit Pratyay told IANS. Thunderbolt last year killed 139 people, 180 in 2017 and 107 in 2016 in the state, he added. (IANS))