The newly-declared holiday will be under Negotiable Instrument Act, Principal Secretary State Cabinet department Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters. Emperor of Maurya Dynasty King Ashoka's name came up during recently-held Bihar poll campaigns with some leaders
having claimed that he hailed from backward caste of Kushwaha.
    
The Cabinet approved 19 proposals of different departments at the meeting this evening here. It approved a sum of Rs 23.94 crore for repair of 109,384 hand pumps in the state. A proposal to this effect had come from Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).

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