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Suspected meteorite crashes into rice field in Bihar.

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Bihar: A suspected meteorite crashed into the middle of a rice field in Bihar’s Madhubani district.

The object the size of a football landed with a thud in a paddy field in Madhubani district in Bihar state on Monday, startling farmers and sending up clouds of smoke. Onlookers said the light brown-coloured object sent them fleeing from the field when it fell at their rural village on Wednesday afternoon, sending up smoke.

Kapil Ashok, the magistrate for Madhubani, told that laborers reported seeing “a fireball-like object coming down from the sky”. Residents of Mahadeva village later dug up the object from a 5ft deep hole.

The object was described as light brown in colour with some shine, and weighing about 15kg. It was reported to have strong magnetic properties. Ashok told, it looked like a rock “but its glitter is much more than that of an unpolished stone”.

The object will initially be kept at the Bihar Museum but will be transferred to the Shrikrishna science centre in the city of Patna where it will be studied by experts.

Meteors are particles of dust and rock that usually burn up as they pass through Earth’s atmosphere. Meteorites – meteors that survive the fall to earth – offer clues about the history of the solar system.

 

 

 

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Maharashtra, Haryana polls on 21st October

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New Delhi: Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 21, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.

Counting of votes in both the states will be held on October 24, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said at a press conference here.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the notification for the elections in the two States would be issued on September 27, the last date for candidates to file nominations would be October 4, the date for scrutiny of nominations would be October 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be October 7.

“Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters” said Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora.

Chief Election Commissioner also appealed to the political parties to avoid use of plastic in campaigns, as he said, “Election campaigns impose an environmental cost upon us. We appeal to political parties to avoid use of plastic and use only environment-friendly material in their campaigns.”

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