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Second-phase voting begins in Bihar


Patna:  Voting began on Friday in the second of the five-phase assembly elections in Bihar, officials said.

Around 8.58 million voters are eligible to decide the fate of 456 candidates in 32 constituencies in the districts of Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, as well as Kaimur and Rohtas, which saw some horrific caste massacres in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some of these areas are also under Maoist influence, and officials admit security will be a major concern.

Most of the 8,849 polling booths which will see voting on Friday are in rural areas.

The first phase on Monday had seen a 57 percent turnout. The third phase of polling will take place on October 28, fourth on November 1 and the final phase will be on November 5. Counting will take place on November 8.


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Lightning Forecast System to be Set-up in Bihar

Bihar to set up a lightning alert system to save lives

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.

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))

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