Thursday, April 27, 2017

No respite from heat wave; schools up to class 8 will run from 7am to 12am

Patna: Heat wave remained unabated for the third consecutive day in the state capital on Thursday. Mercury soared past 40 degree Celsius forcing citizens to cover their head and face to get a little relief from scorching Sun.

Umbrellas were up on the head as parents gathered before a school in the afternoon to collect their wards for back home after the school suspended for the day.

The district administration, however, issued an order for schools to run classes up to 8th standard from 7am to 12am from April 28 (Friday). The order will be applicable to all government and private schools of the district.

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Don Bosco Academy teacher dies in road mishap

Patna: Pal of gloom descended at the Don Bosco Academy following the death of a teacher, Deepak, who was crushed to death by a speeding Hyva truck near his school here on Thursday.

The deceased Deepak, who was on his way to school on his motorcycle in the morning, was hit in the back by a speeding Hyva. The intensity of the strike was as high as Deepak felt on the ground hitting his face hard on the road.

Some residents of the locality rushed to the spot to help Deepak but before any one could take him to nearby hospital, he died on the spot. Despite wearing a helmet, Deepk suffered serious head injures in the accident.

Police seized the body of the deceased and sent it for postmortem examination. Police also seized the Hyva and were looking for the driver to arrest him.

The news spread like a wildfire as entire school was engulfed into a state of shock and sorrow. Deepak recently joined the Don Bosco Academy.

His colleagues stated that he was a mild and soft-spoken person.

Later, school organized a condolence meeting as students and teachers paid tributes to departed soul. The school, however, was called off for the day.

School principal Mary Alphonsa declared the school closed for Friday and Saturday to mourn teacher’s death.

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Launch campaign against dowry and child marriage, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asks people

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called upon the people to launch campaign against social evils especially against dowry and child marriage.

Addressing the martyrdom function of Veer Kunwar Singh here on Wednesday, he said Bihar had been the main centre of every revolution in the past and now people of the state would launch movement against social evils as they had successfully done it against liquor.

"It will be not enough to remember the sacrifices of great people on their birth and death anniversaries but we have to follow and act on their thoughts and ideologies", he said.

JD(U) state president Vashisht Narayan Singh, Industry Minister Jai Kumar Singh, MLA Shyam Rajak and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Veer Kunwar Singh Committee also passed four resolutions that included Bharat Ratna for Veer Kunwar Singh, formation of National Upper Caste Commission (Rashtriya Swavarna Ayog) and national monument status for Jagdishpur fort.

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Idea launches 4G service in Bihar

Patna: Idea Cellular launched 4G service in Bihar on Wednesday with attractive tariff plans.

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'Social and economic inequalities root cause of child labour'

Patna: "The root cause of child labour is social and economic inequalities", said Bihar Labour Resources Minister Vijay Prakash while delivering the inaugural address in a seminar on "Stepping stones for creating child labour free zones" organised by Stop Child Labour Programme in association with Campaign Against Child Labour, Bihar.

He said: "Population wise we have 46 per cent children less than 18 years of age and we have to take care of their education for building a healthy society".

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Nitish Kumar calls for social participation in birds conservation

Patna: Batting for eco-tourism in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for social participation in the conservation of birds and other endangered species in Bihar.

Addressing the 7th meeting of wild animals council here on Wednesday, he asked to form study committee for Kusheshwar Sthan, Barailla and Kanwar lakes where birds take shelters.

He said: "It's our duty to save Garuda and Dolphins which have turned into endangered species category now".

He said the findings of the study committee would be implemented soon.

He said the inland water ways project in Ganga would produce negative effects on the aqua-life especially on Dolphins.

He said social participation is necessary for birds conservation, water problem and renovation of ponds across the state.

"It's also necessary to maintain cleanliness in bird sanctuaries and other reserve project for animals", he said.

The meeting discussed on the number of tigers in Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve, eco-tourism, soil conservation, wild life monitoring, forest fire management and alligator conservation in Gandak river and creation of National Dolphin Research Centre.

The meeting approved construction of rope way between Kaimur Wild Life Reserve to Rohatsgarh.

Bihar Forest and Environment Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, MLC Neeraj Kumar, Development  Commissioner Shishir Sinha and Forest and Environment Department Principal Secretary Vivek Kumar Singh were present in the meeting.

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