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Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017-18 Premier League Sunday August 13,2017

Newcastle United Vs Tottenham Hotspur
Totenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 2-0


Manchester United Vs West Ham United
Manchester United beat West Ham United 4-0



2017-18 Premier League Saturday August 12,2017

Watford Vs Liverpool
The Match ended in a 3-3 draw

Chelsea Vs Burnley
Burnley beat Chelsea 3-2

Crystal Palace Vs Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town beat Crystal Palace 3-0

Everton Vs Stoke City
Everton beat Stoke City 1-0

Southampton Vs Swansea City
The Match ended in a Goalless Draw

WBA Vs AFC Bournemouth
WBA  beat AFC Bournemouth 1-0

Brigton & Hove Albion Vs Manchester City
Manchester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0


2017 West Indies Tour of England - England Vs West Indies First Test @ Edgbaston Saturday August 19,2017

England beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs

Stuart Broad starred as England thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs to ensure the inaugural day/night Test in Britain ended inside three days at Edgbaston on Saturday August 19,2017
West Indies, following-on, lost 19 wickets for 261 runs in the day's play as England surged to a 1-0 lead in this three-Test series.
Having been bowled out for just 168 in their first innings, after England had piled up 514 for eight declared on the back of man-of-the-match Alastair Cook's 243 and captain Joe Root's 136, the West Indies collapsed to 137 all out second time around.
Broad took three wickets for 34 runs in 10 overs, including a spell of three for four in 11 balls that saw him surpass England great Ian Botham's tally of 383 Test wickets.
Broad is now second in England's list of all-time leading Test wicket-takers, with only new-ball colleague James Anderson ahead of him.
Defeat left the West Indies without a Test win in England since 2000.
Their squad is missing several star names, the legacy of a bitter dispute with their board and the attraction of the lucrative Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament that is taking place at the same time as this tour.
But West Indies captain Jason Holder said his youthful side could not afford to lose heart in the short time between now and Friday's start of the second Test at Headingley.

Thousands celebrate at India Day Parade in New York ,USA Sunday Aug 20,2017


Thousands of people from the Indian diaspora converged in the heart of New York in their traditional finery to celebrate India's 71st Independence Day at one of the largest parades outside India attended by 'Baahubali' actors Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia.

The 37th India Day Parade organised by the Federation of Indian Associations - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut - ran through several streets in Madison Avenue in Manhattan yesterday and featured tableaux by several Indian-American organisations, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-American children.
Greeting the crowd, New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Independence Day parade celebrates the "extraordinary contributions" of the Indian-American community to the city.
"This is a day we appreciate what people do for the city regardless of what they look like, regardless of what language they speak, regardless of where they were born. Everyone here contributes to making New York City better and making America stronger. That is what we are celebrating today," de Blasio said.
The mayor, holding the Indian tricolour, waved to the thousands of people gathered along the parade route.
Daggubati, the Grand Marshal for the parade, said it was a matter of great pride for him to celebrate the Independence Day with a large population of Indian-Americans.
"It gives me a huge sense of pride to be here. The people here are the ambassadors of our country making us proud outside of India," he said.
Bhatia said, "It is amazing to see Indians celebrating" the country's culture and heritage.
"India has given me lot of freedom to express myself. It is very humbling to represent India at the parade," she said.
Padama Shri awardee Sudhir Parikh, a medical doctor and long-time leader of the Indian-American community, said over the years the parade has been a bridge between India and the second and third generation Indian-Americans.
A float by the Indian Consulate in the city focused the rich cultural heritage of India's northeast states.
Thousands of people from the New York tri-state area came for the day-long celebration, which included special food stalls, cultural extravaganza and about 25 floats by various Indian organisations based in the US such as Air India.
People, including young children and seniors, raised patriotic slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jai Hind' and carried banners, placards and Indian and American flags as they witnessed the floats and celebrities from the barricaded pavements along the parade route. Indian music and popular Bollywood songs reverberated through the air as people celebrated with a fervour of patriotism.
Several Americans and people belonging to different communities also stopped to watch the parade and enjoy the festivities. Families had travelled from nearby states such as Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts to witness the parade, an annual fixture in the city's calendar since 1981.
On India's Independence Day on August 15, the iconic Empire State Building was lit up in the Indian try-colour.
Commemorating the Day, India's Consul-General here Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty had rung the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square. Flag-hoisting ceremonies and commemorative events were held at the Indian Consulate as well as at India's Permanent Mission to the UN.
Singer Kailash Kher had attended the flag hoisting ceremony at the permanent mission. Later speaking to PTI, Kher applauded the significant contributions of Indian Americans to the social and economic fabric of the US.
He called on Indians settled in America to join hands and continue to make contributions that take India to the next level of growth and development, particularly through support of flagship Indian programmes such as 'Swachch Bharat', 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' and 'Digital India'.

Shikhar Dhawan becomes first Indian batsman to hit six consecutive 50-plus scores against any team in ODI



Indian Opener Shikhar Dhawan continued with his red-hot form over Sri Lanka notching up an astounding unbeaten century as Team India extended successfully their domination over the Islanders in the first one-day international match winning by nine wickets, at Dambulla, on Sunday Aug 20,2017

Opting to bowl first, Indian skipper Virat Kohli invited the hosts to step in to bat. Openers Danushka Gunathilaka (35) and Niroshan Dickwella (65) took off to a blazing start stitching a fiery 74-run partnership until wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal struck to dismiss the former off a mistimed reverse sweep. Dickwella continued his rampage with his edgy batting prowess alongside Kusal Mendis. The southpaw even notched up his fifth ODI fifty. But all turned sour for the hosts as the spinners struck one-by-one to crumble down Sri Lankan hope of a big total, within 44 overs.
With just 216-run target, right hand-left hand combo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stepped in. After the former's bizarre run out in the fifth over, skipper Kohli combined with Dhawan to cruise the Indian ship past the paltry total weaving a phenomenal 197-run stand. The southpaw laced through 20 boundaries and three over-the-rope hammering to notch up his 11th ODI ton in just 71 deliveries. It was his fastest ever in the 50-over format and second fastest in an India versus Sri Lanka match in ODIs.
Shikhar Dhawan's tally of fifty-plus scores against Sri Lanka have now accounted to seven, equalling former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Leading the chart is, however, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar with 25 such knocks, falling one behind is Kumar Sangakkara. Adding to it, this was Dhawan's sixth consecutive fifty-plus score against the Islanders becoming the first batsman to achieve this feat. His last six innings are against Sri Lanka are - 94, 113, 79, 91, 125 and 132 n.o. Australia's Dean Jones, former Indian batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu, former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Pakistani great Saeed Anwar all had five suck knocks to their name against Sri Lanka. He is now also the first Indian batsman to score six consecutive fifty-plus scores against a team in the 50-over format.
Virat Kohli too showered praise on the 31-year-old saying, "The last three months have been a great time for Dhawan and he's cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully, he stays in this happy zone and we’ll make sure he stays there because he will win you games as long he's in it. Once he starts going, it's very difficult to stop him."
India's next ODI match is on August 24, at Pallekele.

Bank Unions to go on nationwide strike on Tuesday August 22,2017


Bank Unions have decided to go ahead with a nationwide strike on Tuesday August 22,2017  following the conciliation meeting convened on Friday by Chief Labour Commissioner AK Nayak not yielding any tangible results on their demands.
“We wanted an assurance that the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister will give a statement that there will be no privatisation of banks and no mergers of public sector banks. As no such assurance came at today’s conciliation meeting, we have decided to go ahead with the August 22 strike,” CH Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), told BusinessLinehere after the meeting.
Talks between the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the unions held in Mumbai on Wednesday, to avert the nationwide strike, had also failed.
At Friday’s conciliation meeting, IBA was represented by SK Kakkar, Senior Advisor - HR.
Loan recovery

Venkatachalam said he had at Friday’s meeting also sought an assurance on recovery of loans from large corporate houses (bad loans), but nothing came the way of the bank unions. On the policy stance on privatisation and mergers, the government has been contradicting the RBI Governor and Deputy Governor, according to Venkatachalam.
DT Franco, General Secretary of the All-India Bank Officers’ Confederation, said that Friday’s talks between the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) and the Commissioner failed to find common ground.
The unions were merely told that the government did not have any plans to pursue privatisation of banks, or mergers and acquisitions ‘at present’.
This was at best in the nature of an assurance, and lacked any serious expression of intent, he said.
The government negotiating team was led by Nayak, Kakkar and Manish Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
UFBU was represented by Franco, SK Bandlish, Convenor, and Venkatachalam.
‘No reconciliation’

Franco ruled out any other window of reconciliation in the four days left for the strike. It appeared as if the government team was not serious in averting a strike, he said.
It was merely a formality that the meeting had to be called since it is mandatory when a strike notice is served, Franco added.

Goods and Service Tax(GST) - GST Return Filing Deadline



Over the next few weeks, the Goods and Services Tax regime will face its most critical test.
The government had extended the date for filing the full returns for July by a month in order to allow tax-payers time to get their processes in place.
Tax-payers, consultants and the government officials face a tough challenge over the next two months as numerous GST returns have to be filed in this period for transactions done in July and August along with the underlying invoices.
Over the weekend, CBEC pushed the deadline for the first return — a self-assessment tax return for July (GSTR 3B) — from August 20 to 25, on the request by many tax-payers. Those with pre-GST tax credit can file the GSTR 3B by August 28 along with the form to claim the transition tax.
Businesses that pay GST at regular rates have to file three returns every month. GSTR-1 for outward supplies, GSTR-2 for inward supplies and GSTR-3 that contains details of the net tax payable based on the outward and inward supply. These forms pertaining to July and August have to be filed between August 25, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
Can they cope?

Tax consultants have expressed doubts over small companies’ preparedness to comply with the new rules.
“In the next 60 days, the tax-payer has to file 10 returns, which translate to one return every six days. Large companies can handle this and are gearing for it, but smaller companies with turnover of a few crore rupees do not have the manpower to handle this,” says Pritam Mahure, Pune-based Tax Consultant.
“Also this is for the first time that people are filing returns, so the problem is going to be compounded. Even tax consultants do not know what kind of problems can crop up,” he adds.
The smooth rollout from here will hinge on the functioning of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), the company that provides the IT infrastructure and services backbone for the tax regime.
More than 70 lakh tax-payers have registered on the GSTN system so far. If these tax-payers have an average of 10 invoices per day, that adds up to over 200 crore invoices to be uploaded on the GSTN every month.
Since the invoices for both July and August are to be uploaded in September, the system will have to handle close to 400 crore invoices that month.
Whether the GSTN system can withstand this stress, especially given the tendency among Indians to do everything on the last day, remains to be seen.
Overdone apprehensions?

Officials in the Tax Department, however, feel that the fears are over-done. G Ravindranath, Commissioner, Service Tax, Chennai region, says that a tax-payer actually has to file only GSTR-1. The system provides most of the fields for GSTR-2 and GSTR-3.
“As a tax-payer, you have to file only GSTR-1 for outward supplies. Your supply is some other entity’s inward supply. Now, the system has the data for the entire country. Based on that, the system will give you GSTR-2 that contains inward supplies. You have to check it and add any item that is left out, such as imports. Based on GSTR 1 and 2, the system will give you GSTR-3. The tax-payer will have to check the numbers in this and validate,” he says.
Government officials advice tax payers to key in invoice details on a daily basis to reduce last minute hassles.
Technology handicap

With so many Indian businesses not using computers, will filing returns be a challenge?
“Not really,” says Prashanth Ghanti, Head of Product Management - Global Compliance, Zoho Corp. “Even if you do not have your own interface, the government portal is up and running. You can upload your returns using the offline utility.”
Since the GST portal is cloud-based, there are no installation challenges. “You just go to gst.gov.in, log in with your GSTN user name and password and you can start filing your returns,” says Ghanti.
“Small companies which do not have accountants have to go for additional manpower to handle the returns. Part-time accountants are in demand,” says Krishna Kumar, Vice-President, SIEMA. According to him, the main problem facing industry is in understanding the tax rate applicable to their business

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Infosys announces buyback worth Rs 13,000 cr at price of Rs 1,150 per share

The board of India’s second-largest IT company Infosys on Saturday Aug 19,2017 approved buyback worth Rs 13,000 crore, at a premium of 19.08% and 18.70% over the weighted average market price on BSE and NSE respectively.

The board, in its first meeting after the resignation of its CEO and MD Vishal Sikka, approved the buyback offer. This is said to be the first-ever share buyback offer in its 36-year history. 

The company will purchase 11,30,43,478 equity shares at the rate of Rs 1,150 per share. The company is offering a premium of 19.08% and 18.70% over the weighted average market price over past three months on BSE and NSE respectively.

“The buyback offer size is 20.51% of the total paid-up equity capital and free reserves of the company, as per the latest audited balance sheet,” company said in a filing to BSE.

Kerala’s elephant population goes up


Preliminary results from the All India Synchronised Elephant Population Estimation released by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on August 12 peg Kerala's elephant numbers at 3,054, the third highest among the 23 States where elephants are found. Of the four elephant reserves in Kerala, the Anamudi elephant reserve has the highest elephant density at 0.41 elephants per sq km.
According to the seventh elephant census (which lists elephant numbers based on direct sighting-based counts between 17 and 19 May this year), elephants were found to occur in 37 forest divisions in the State, and distributed across 9,670 sq km. While the Wayanad and Nilambur elephant reserves have a density of 0.25 elephants per sq km, the Periyar elephant reserve supports 0.31 elephants per sq km.
Elephant population densities (the number of individuals within a given area) are crucial baseline data that are necessary to study the dynamics of elephant populations in the wild.
While the State's current elephant population of 3,054 is a significant decrease from the census estimates in 2012 (which estimated the then elephant population to be 6,117), parallels cannot be drawn between both numbers because the estimation methodologies are different, cautions the report.

‘Dung count’ method

In 2012, elephant population estimates were based on the indirect 'dung count' method, which estimates pachyderm numbers based on elephant dung density and its distance from transects (straight lines up to 2 km along which data collectors walk), in a elephant habitat.
The rate at which dung decomposes and the frequency with which elephants defecate are factored into this data.
However, the direct 'sample block count' method in 2012 listed only 2,735 elephants in the State.
In the second method used to estimate wild elephant populations, volunteers locate elephant herds in blocks (areas between 4 and 7 sq km) and count the number of individuals, which is later used to derive elephant densities and the number.
“This is definitely comparable, and shows that the numbers of elephants has increased slightly in Kerala,” says Raman Sukumar, professor at the Indian Institute of Sciences and Director of the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, who led the team that conducted the analysis.
However, a much better picture will emerge in three months when the results from the indirect count are examined, says Sukumar. “Overall, the report is a reasonably good first cut,” he adds.
The current census lists the total number of elephants in India at 27,312. Karnataka has the highest number of elephants at 6,049, followed by Assam (5,719).
The southern region, which includes Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, has the highest number of elephants (11,960) among the four regions in India

Why antibiotics are a bane for India ?

Overuse, misconceptions and large population that is susceptible to infections because of other diseases – India has a lot at stake when to comes to the use of antibiotics.











Madonna shares first family portrait with her six kids

Singer Madonna has for the first time ever shared her family photo featuring all six of her children from her 59th birthday party.
She celebrated her 59th birthday with a gypsy-themed party in Lecce, Italy, on Thursday, and was showered with love from sons Rocco, 17, and David, 11, as well as daughters Lourdes, 20, Mercy James, 11, and twins Estere and Stella, 4, reports people.com.
The singer wore a corseted costume while her girls wore matching Dolce and Gabbana hydrangea-print ensembles. Madonna adopted the twins from Malawi in February, which she announced in an Instagram post.

State Funeral For 'Pakistan's Mother Teresa' Saturday August 19,2017

Pakistani soldiers on Saturday August 19,2017 carried the flag-draped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honoured after devoting her life to eradicating leprosy in the country



Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau died last week in the southern city of Karachi at age 87. She is to be buried in her adopted homeland.

Mourners paid their last respects as Pfau's coffin was carried to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre that she founded before being taken on to St. Patrick's Cathedral for the official service.

Pfau had been living in Pakistan since 1960, and her leprosy centre in Karachi was Pakistan's first hospital dedicated to treating the disease. She later opened treatment centres across the country.

"It is a big loss to this hospital and to humanity. It is very hard to find a person like her in today's era," said Yasmeen Morris, a staff member at the centre.


"She led a very simple life and she loved humanity."

In 1996, the World Health Organisation declared that leprosy had been controlled in Pakistan, which led Pfau to the more challenging task of eliminating the disease.

Last year, the number of patients under treatment for leprosy fell to 531 from over 19,000 in the 1980s.

About 'Pakistan's Mother Teresa' Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau



Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1929, she went to France to study medicine and later joined the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary. Archbishop Coutts said she arrived in Karachi in 1960 due to some visa problems en route to India and was touched by what she saw at the leprosy colony off Macleod Road in Karachi. She decided to join the work Mexican Sr. Bernice Vargasi had begun three year earlier, Archbishop Coutts said.
In 1962 Sr. Ruth founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan’s first hospital dedicated to treating Hansen’s disease, and later set up its branches in all provinces of Pakistan. She spent the rest of her life in the country and was granted Pakistani citizenship.

2017 India Tour of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Vs India First ODI @ Dambulla Sunday August 20,2017

The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Men in Blue, though.
They have played 17 ODIs here, stretching back to 2004, and won nine of those matches, including bilateral and triangular series (in 2005 and 2010 involving West Indies and New Zealand respectively), and two Asia Cups in 2004 and 2010.
Head-to-head against Sri Lanka, they have played 11 ODIs at this venue but only managed to win four of them. Perhaps the most important marker in India's history at Dambulla was their game here in August 2008, when Virat Kohli made his international debut.
He returns here now, not only as a premier batsman in world cricket but also as the Indian skipper.
Having led his side to a comprehensive Test series win, back in 2015 and again this year, it is perhaps an indicator of the shift in balance between the two neighbours.
For Sri Lanka, meanwhile, this series is more than just a matter of saving face after their heavy losses in the Test series.
The hosts need two more ODI wins to confirm their spot in the 2019 ODI World Cup by way of automatic qualification.
If they do manage this feat against India in the upcoming series, they will move to 90 points and then West Indies will not be able to overtake them even if they win all the six ODIs against Ireland and England (taking their points from 78 to 88 at best) before the September 30 deadline
It is easier said than done, of course. India blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 the last time these two sides played a bilateral ODI series, back in November 2015 (in India).
The hosts also lost 3-2 to Zimbabwe at home before the Indian tour, a defeat that prompted Angelo Mathews to quit captaincy.
As such, new skipper Upul Tharanga will have his task cut out ahead of a major challenge.
But he will be buoyed by the fact that this inexperienced Lankan side did manage to upset the Indian applecart in their last ODI meeting at the Oval in the Champions Trophy. 
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando

MS Dhoni Gears Up For 1st ODI In Dambulla


Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the India One-Day Internationals (ODIs) team on August 18 for a five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka which starts on August 20 at Dambulla. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been uploading a series of tweets where the visitors can be seen training hard for the series. In a newly uploaded BCCI video on Twitter, MS Dhoni is seen all padded up and practicing hard. The video is captioned as, "The cut, leave, drive, slog, upper cut, pull - @msdhoni batting session #SLvIND."
The BCCI, on Friday, tweeted out photos of the Indian team playing football to warm-up before the training session and wrote," It was @imVkohli vs @msdhoni vs @klrahul11 at the football today. #SLvIND."
After outclassing Sri Lanka, 3-0, in the three-match Test series, the Men in Blue with their explosive batting line-up with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are ready for another series victory and will be looking to capitalise on the weak Lankan bowling attack
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be looking for redemption in the ODIs under their new captain Upul Tharanga after Angelo Mathews stepped down from the post after a historic series defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe.
"Sri Lanka have always been stronger in the white-ball format, and I am confident that we will come out strong and beat India," Tharanga sai

2017 Cincinnati Open - Simona Halep beat Johanna Konta Friday Aug 18,2017

Johanna Konta is out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after losing her quarter-final against second seed Simona Halep 6-4 7-6 (7/1) on Friday Aug 18,2017

The Brit looked in enviable form coming into the tie, having beaten Dominika Cibulkova in the last round.

Meanwhile Halep, the world No 2, had not dropped a set in her opening two matches, making the quarter-final clash highly anticipated.

Seventh seed Konta, who beat Halep in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in July, did not go quietly, saving a series of match points and keeping Halep on court for almost two hours.

Konta, who had not lost to the Romanian in three previous meetings, saved two match points when trailing 5-3, and was down 40-0 down at 6-5 before battling back to win the game.

But Halep regrouped and romped through the tiebreaker to set up a semi-final against Sloane Stephens


Nitish Kumar's JD(U) Passes Resolution to Join NDA, No Action Against Sharad Yadav Yet Saturday Aug 19,2017

The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) on Saturday August 19,2017 passed a resolution to formally join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), but refrained from taking action against former party chief Sharad Yadav who has spoken out against the decision to ally with the BJP.

"A resolution that the JD(U) will join the BJP-led NDA was unanimously approved in the meeting," a senior party leader said. According to the leader, party general secretary KC Tyagi moved the resolution, which was approved by all invited members.

"KC Tyagi will announce it formally at a press meet after the meeting is over," the party leader said.

The resolution was passed at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting at the chief minister’s residence. Most of the JD(U) leaders, including 70 party MLAs, two Lok Sabha MPs and seven Rajya Sabha MPs also participated. 

Sharad Yadav held a rival meeting of his supporters at the SK Memorial Hall, further fuelling speculation that the JD(U) is heading for a vertical split. 

It was speculated earlier that the Nitish camp would take disciplinary action against Sharad Yadav who has accused the CM of “betraying the people’s mandate” by joining hands with the BJP.

The party will now keep a watch on an August 27 rally organised by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav against the BJP.

Nitish had resigned as chief minister and broken ties with a Grand Alliance that included the Congress and the RJD over corruption charges against Lalu and his family, including his son and then deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

He returned as CM the next day, this time in alliance with the BJP.