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32 killed, 100 injured in Bihar storm
At least 32 people have been killed and around 100 injured in a storm that lashed Purnia, Madhepura and several other districts of Bihar late on Tuesday night.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a compensation of Rs.4 lakh each to the families of those killed in the powerful storm. He also said that he would be visiting all the affected districts personally to assess the destruction and loss caused by the storm.
 
Vyasji, principal secretary to state disaster management department Bihar, said that at least 25 people have been killed in Purnia, six in Madhepura and at least two have been killed in the Madhubani district.
 
Vyasji also said that storm has caused extensive damage to over thousands of buildings in Madhepura, Purnia, Saharsa, Katihar, Kishanganj, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts.
 
According to the Purnia officials, over 50 people have been injured and are being treated at the city's Sadar Hospital. 
 
In Madhepura too, six people have died and over 25 people have been injured in the disaster. Some Madhepura towns like Murliganj and Bihariganj have also been hit. 
 
The Bihar disaster management team has said there was no official alert on the storm by the state meteorological department. 
 
All the storm affected districts have also been hit by floods in Kosi river on several occasions in the past.

 

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Farmer who hanged himself at AAP rally dead
A farmer who hanged himself at an AAP rally called here on Wednesday to protest against the government's land bill is dead, doctors said.
 
Doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital told IANS that the farmer, identified as Gajender Singh of Rajasthan, was brought dead from the site of the rally where he hanged himself from a tree.

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Pakistanis return 13 Indian trucks with bananas
Pakistani traders on Wednesday turned back 13 Indian trucks carrying bananas from Jammu and Kashmir over a dispute with Indian traders, an official said.
 
The trucks entered Pakistan on Tuesday as part of the trade between the two parts of divided Kashmir.
 
Indian officer Muhammad Ashraf Chowdhary said, at Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch officials from the two sides would meet to resolve the issue.
 
Indian traders said there was a dispute about settlement of accounts but added that the Pakistani traders should not have returned the trucks carrying fruits.
 
"Twenty-five trucks had crossed the Chakan Da Bagh crossing point from our side yesterday (Tuesday)," Chowdhary said. 
 
"Of these, 13 trucks carrying bananas were returned," he said, adding that 10 trucks carrying almonds, herbs and apples reached the Indian side on Tuesday from Pakistan.
 
Trade between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir border began in 2008 as a confidence building measure.
 

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