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Firecrackers have been banned in four cities of Bihar including Patna and Muzaffarpur

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The Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has again put a ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the four major districts of Bihar – Muzaffarpur, Patna, Gaya, and Vaishali on this Diwali.

A decision in this regard was taken following a directive of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to maintain the ambient air quality in all cities. In other towns of the state, only green or eco-friendly crackers will be allowed on Diwali.

Arun Kumar, a senior scientist and air pollution expert at BSPCB, said Muzaffarpur, Patna, Gaya, and Hajipur have been deemed as “non-attainment cities” where the air quality, as per the records maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), is way beyond the prescribed national ambient air quality standards. Hence, the licence for the sale of crackers will not be issued to these cities.

For compliance with the NGT order, a letter has been issued to all the district magistrates, senior superintendents of police and SPs. They have been asked to ensure that banned firecrackers are not sold in the market.

Those found illegally selling firecrackers will have to pay penalties. In a letter, the BSPCB’s member secretary, S Chandrashekhar, said toxic pollutants from crackers would affect residents’ health and people should avoid bursting crackers this festive season.

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Items worth crores looted from jewellery shop in Patna

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Four armed robbers looted a jewellry shop in the busy Bakerganj area of Patna on Friday afternoon and decamped with items worth crores of rupees, police said, adding that the shopkeepers were able to nab one of them, who was being questioned at the local police station.

This is the second such incident in Patna since Wednesday when a jeweller was shot by criminals in the Rajiv Nagar area in a robbery attempt. A shopkeeper was shot and injured by armed criminals in broad daylight last Wednesday in Rajeev Nagar locality here.

Bakerganj, which is in close vicinity of Gandhi Maidan police station and offices of senior police officers, is a hub of jewellery stores. Agitated over the incident, angry shopkeepers downed shutters and protested on the streets.

“The armed robbers came on four motorcycles. They threatened the son of shop owner Sanjiv Kumar and looted the entire jewellery,” said Bakerganj Jewellery Shopkeepers’ Association president Vinod Kumar.

He said the robbers also snatched away everyone’s mobile phones. “One of them was caught by the local people. The remaining three fled towards Gandhi Maidan on their bikes,” he said, adding that the police took him to Gandhi Maidan police station for questioning.

The shopkeepers said they had informed the Patna District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police Manavjeet Singh Dhillon that their complaints were not taken seriously by local police officials.

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Man who took 11 Covid vaccine shots booked for cheating

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The man from Bihar, who took the Covid-19 vaccine 11 times in the last year, is all set to be arrested. On the basis of a complaint filed by district medical officer Dr Vinay Krishna Prasad, an FIR was registered against Brahmadev Mandal, a resident of Madhepura district of Bihar, at Puraini police station.

He was booked under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 419 (cheating by personation), and 420 (cheating) of the India Penal Code, all of which are non-bailable sections.

However, citing his old age, Brahmdev Mandal is likely to get bail after being arrested. The elderly man made news earlier this week when health workers caught him after he was attempting to take the Covid vaccine jab for the twelfth time.

After Brahmadev Mandal was caught, preliminary investigation and a confession made by him disclosed that he had taken the shot 11 times using his Aadhar card or voter identity card.

He claimed that after getting vaccinated 11 times, he got rid of some serious diseases that he was suffering from. Brahmadev Mandal is a retired government employee from the postal department and the manner in which he has taken the Covid-19 vaccine 11 times in the past year has also exposed the negligence of the health department.

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At least 7 died and many injured after boiler explosion in Muzaffarpur

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At least seven people died and many others injured after a boiler exploded in a noodle-making factory in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. The factory is located in Muzaffarpur’s Bela Industrial Area, Phase-II. The blast was loud enough to be heard 5 km away.

Muzaffarpur District Magistrate (DM) Pranav Kumar said that seven people were killed and five others were injured after a boiler at a noodle-making factory exploded.

The explosion was so severe that the terraces of the adjoining factories in the area were also damaged. Locals immediately gathered at the spot and there was panic in the factory when the explosion occurred. Many people are feared to be trapped inside the factory.

Police officials and SSP Jayant Kant launched a rescue operation. Fire personnel and police officers are removing the debris and a rescue operation is underway.

Bihar minister Ramsurat Rai told reporters that a high-level probe will be conducted and those found guilty will face action. “We need to find out why the factory was operational on a Sunday. A government certificate was given for the operation of the boiler in May,” the minister added.

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