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Laws to check mishaps

Patna: A cabinet sub-committee has been formed to look into the framing of laws to curb boat accidents in the state. he sub-committee, headed by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, will have water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, human resource minister P.K. Shahi and transport minister Brishen Patel as its members.

Arrest

Patna: The city police have arrested four men, identified as Mohammed Mehboob Alam, Mohammed Sanshad, Mohammed Asgar and Shahrukh Iqbal, who were allegedly planning to carry out illegal activities, on Monday.

Recovery

Siwan: Officers of Siwan and Gopalganj district police recovered an idol of Lord Ram, worth Rs 40 lakh, that was stolen from a temple in Dhatingna village under Thawe police station in Gopalganj district on Sunday night.

Verdict

Patna: Additional district and sessions judge Ajit Kumar Sinha found Hajari resident Mohammed Sohail and Kopa resident Mohammed Irsad Khan guilty of kidnapping of 12-year-old school student Anand Singh. The punishment would be pronounced on February 15. Patna judicial magistrate Anand Kumar Singh on Monday sentenced Pankaj Kumar, Sanjay Bind, Ratan Kumar and Neeraj Kumar to two years of rigorous imprisonment in connection with an Arms Act case.

Tribute

Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar visited the residence of former Bihar director-general of police R.R. Prasad, who passed away on Sunday. Nitish paid floral tribute to Singh, who was also a member of the state human rights commission.

Blame game

Patna: Food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak on Monday blamed the Food Corporation of India for not making food grain available in its store houses in time because which lifting of food grains for the public distribution system has become difficult. “This is also leading to backlog in distribution and black-marketing of foodgrain,” said Rajak, while speaking on food security in Delhi.
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