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Bihar elections: 55.90% voter turnout by 4pm in final phase
The fifth and final phase of Bihar elections saw a voter turnout of 55.90% as of 4 pm. Katihar district saw the highest voter turnout of 57.02%, while Saharsa posted the lowest at 45.69%.
Polling for the fifth and final phase of Bihar assembly elections on 5 November will elect 57 legislators across nine districts, including those falling in Seemanchal.
The phase is critical for both the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Grand Alliance, consisting of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal (United) and the Congress.
Will help India fight Dawood, want justice, says Chhota Rajan
Even as underworld don Chhota Rajan, who was arrested in the Bali last month, heads to India, he has spoken to the media about "what he has to offer to the Indian government". In an interview with Times Now, Rajan, who is charged in about 70 cases, said he wants justice from the Indian government.
He said he would help Indian authorities to "fight Dawood Ibrahim". Rajan was a close aide of Dawood. But the duo fell apart after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Dawood is accused of masterminding the attack, to which Rajan was opposed.
Earlier in the day, as the decks were clear to deport the 55-year-old don, Rajan said he was happy that he was returning to his country. He is being deported to India tonight after air services resumed at the Bali airport.
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Rupert Murdoch takes over Nat Geo, sacks 180 employees
The National Geographic Society of Washington will sack 180 of its 2,000 employees in a bid to cut costs following the sale of its assets to a Rupert Murdoch-owned company in September. The deal which will come into effect in mid-November will see Murdoch and his family effectively control 73% of Nat Geo. This is the biggest layoff in the history of the Society which has traditionally not had large layoffs despite the falling popularity of its flagship magazine. The layoffs are expected to affect virtually every department of the organisation. A spokesperson for the Society has denied that the layoffs have anything to do with the Murdoch deal.
Mexico moves a step closer to legalising marijuana
The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday moved the country a step closer toward marijuana legalisation with a landmark ruling. The ruling - by the court's criminal chamber - declared that individuals should be allowed to grow and distribute marijuana for personal use. The ruling only applies to one cannabis club that filed the suit, and does not overturn Mexico's strict anti-drug laws. Even so, it will serve as the foundation for further legal action toward legalising marijuana.
Half of slum children in India's national capital are underweight: study
Half of the children residing in slums of national capital are underweight, a study released by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) showed on November 4.
According to the survey on the status of health, nutrition and education of children below the age of six years in slums in Delhi, 25.6 percent of the 50.2 percent underweight children are severely underweight.
Only 31 percent of the children under the age of three in the capital received at least one vaccination, while 45 percent were stunted, the survey called 'Are Children Getting A Healthy Start' said.
It also highlighted the issue of gender imbalance as 25 percent girls received at least one dose of vaccination compared to 39 percent boys.
A think tank to be established in North-east to study Asian elephants
A two day international meet will be held in Guwahati this week, to set up a think-tank to coordinate work related to Asian elephants in the Northeast .
Organised by Balipara Foundation, the conference - Asian Elephant Conservation: Elephant Talk 15 - will be held on 5 and 6 November with support from WTI, WWF, WCS, IUCN, Club of Rome, Corbett Foundation and APPL Foundation.
The Northeast has 58 elephant corridors, comprising 35 per cent of the country's total corridors. The elephant population ranges between 9,305 and 9,355 in the region.
The conference will discuss the issue of human-elephant conflict and methods to prioritise the vital corridors, which needs to be connected to ensure safe passage for elephant populations. It will deliberate on land ownership and land rights, compensatory mechanisms, governance and trans-boundary conservation.