Patna: Dussehra in Patna this year was anything but spirited largely due to the historic flooding of the city caused by incessant rain and a failed underground drainage system but also because of apparent crack in the NDA with no member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) showing up for the Ramlila event held as always at Patna's historical Gandhi Maidan.
Patna: With flood water receding from the streets of Patna and number of patients suffering from dengue and other disease caused by water-borne bacteria on rise, Patna Saheb MP and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on late Wednesday visited the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to enquire about the welfare of dengue patients.
Patna: While big Bollywood stars from Patna like Shatrughan Sinha and Shekhar Suman were missing in action when Patna'ites where struggling with a flood unlike any time in the past, or were reluctant to pull out their checkbooks to donate to the Chief Minister Flood Relief Fund, Hindi film industry's biggest star Amitabh Bachchan, donated Rs. 51 lakh to Bihar by writing a personal check to the flood relief fund.
Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, better known for his outrageous antics involving hard-core Hindutva while being barely known for his work as a minister, after days of lashing out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar blaming him for the epic flooding in Patna, went mum after senior party leaders reportedly told him to shut his mouth and stop causing further embarrassment to the party.
Patna: Six days after streets of Patna were deluged with three to five feet of water thanks to a failed underground drainage system in a city whose basic infrastructure has failed despite claims of progress by the current administration, a large majority of the state capital continued to remain several feet under water as politicians began finger-pointing at each other for this year's epic flood in the state.
Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar that is now looking at the option to show the door to its partner Janata Dal – U and its leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to seize complete control of the state, on Thursday blamed its own administration for failing to prevent the state capital from flooding despite warnings by the weather officials.
Patna: Alarmed by the growing concerns of epidemic caused by water-borne bacteria and the frightening breeding of mosquitoes due to stationary water across the city, authorities on Thursday sounded red alert to deal with the impending health disaster in the state capital that is only expected to get worse in the coming days.
Patna: Relentless rain on Friday and Saturday has turned Patna into a floating city as life came to a grinding halt on Saturday morning with more than three-fourth of the state capital under 6" to 4 feet of water forcing the district administration to issue red alert and summon the services of boats used by Disaster Relief force.
Patna: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel who was in Patna on Thursday to attend the party's 'Social Justice Convention' organized by the youth wing of the party, slammed the NDA government at the Center saying the voters across the nation were having a second thought about giving a second term to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Patna: Repeating the pledge that he had been making for the past 14 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function at the Adhiveshan Bhawan in Patna on Thursday, said that soon people of will not have to go out of state to seek quality medical treatment as he had instructed the health department to do everything to set up world-class healthcare facilities in Bihar.
Patna: Continuing the tradition of laying foundation stones of 'super-specialty' hospitals and 'world-class' educational institutions in Bihar, a major hallmark of his governing style for the past 14 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Munger on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of what is being touted as the first 'Forestry College' of the state.