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Saturday, October 31, 2009

415 more pilgrims leave for Haj






The eleventh batch of 415 pilgrims from different districts of Bihar left Patna on October 30, 2009 for Haj pilgrimage by Air India flight from Patna airport. Hundreds of relatives of the pilgrims gathered at the Haj Bhawan to bid farewell to them for holy journey.
Photos: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

LIC launches 'Jeevan Nischay'

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India launched "Jeevan Nischay", a single premium exclusive policy for LIC policyholders that guarantees returns, offering a wide range of policy terms and loyalty addition options in Patna on October 29, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

RJD's chargesheet against Nitish Govt

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will bring out a report card of Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government with a document titled “chargesheet” carrying charges on the government failures in law and order, tackling drought, extremism and rural development on November 24, 2009.
This was decided in a meeting of the RJD’s working committee chaired by party president Lalu Prasad in Patna on October 29, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Workshop on Kosi flood

Priests, academicians, bureaucrats, experts and social activists participated in day-long workshop on “Kosi Flood: Key Lessons, Community-Based Risk Management and Livelihood Enhancement” in Patna on October 29, 2009 to observe the International Disaster Mitigation Day,
Speaking on the occasion, they jointly advocated for multi-pronged community programmes for lessening disaster impact.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

'Natya Mela' from November 5

Prayas would organise a five-day "Natya Mela" (Drama Fair) at Kalidas Rangalaya in Patna from November 5, 2009. The five-day meet would witness five full length and as many street plays, said the organisers at a press conference in Patna on October 29, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

A delightful spell

Mohammad Ahmad Warsi of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) kept the audience spell bound by his world famous Sufiana Quawali in the Takshila Utsav at Patna Art College Hall in Patna on October 29, 2009. The function has been organized by Takshila Education Society.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Disaster management training essential for citizens, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar





Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday stressed the need for imparting disaster management training to every citizen, especially the youths, so that they act on their own at the time of a natural calamity.
Addressing a function, organised on the International Natural Disaster Mitigation Day at SK Memorial Hall in Patna on October 29, 2009, he said there should be special schools where disaster management training programme was undertaken for every citizen, especially youths. “It is necessary so that they are able to effectively guard on their own instead of becoming sudden victims of a natural calamity," Kumar said.
Photo caption: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister SK Modi and others at the inauguration of International Natural Disaster Mitigation Day function in Patna on October 29, 2009.
Top 2: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing the function.
Top 3 and 4: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar giving away prizes to the winners of painting and slogan competition.
Bottom: Students of government schools participating in the function.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Bihar Government inks deal with ONGC-Tata Petrodyne for oil exploration

Bihar Government inked an agreement with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and its JV partner Tata Petrodyne to explore petroleum and natural gas in a 2227-sq km area in West Champaran (Bettiah) district.
The agreement was signed by Phool Singh, Principal Secretary, Mines and Geology department, and ONGC's General Manager (Frontier Basin), N K Verma, in the presenceof Tata Petrodyne Chief Financial Officer, A Guha, in Patna on October 29, 2009.
Bihar Cabinet had approved a Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) application of ONGC and Tata Petrodyne earlier this month.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

"Who is Responsible for India-Pak Partition?"

Former Union Minister and recently under a storm of controversy for his book “Jinnah: India Partition Independence”, Jaswant Singh would participate in seminar on “Hind-Pak Batware Ka Jimmedar Kaun” ( Who is Responsible for India-Pak Partition) at SK Memorial Hall in Patna on November 1, 2009, said Dr M Ejaz Ali, president of All India United Musilm Morcha and Member of Parliament in Patna on October 28.

He said Urdu translation of Jaswant Singh’s book “Jinnah: India Partition Independence” would also be released in the seminar. Noted journalist Prbhash Joshi would unveil the book. Another noted journalist MJ Akbar would also participate in the seminar, Ejaz Ali added.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Thursday, October 29, 2009

'Bihar turning into a dumping ground for sub-standard goods'

Bihar Industries Association (BIA) president KP Jhunjhunwala inaugurated the awareness programme on “Quality Management Standards (QMS) and Quality Technology Tools (QTT) in Patna on October 28, 2009.
Addressing the function Jhunjhunwala said that Bihar had been turning into a dumping ground for sub-standard goods from China, Nepal and other bordering countries.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

RJD to tie up with CPI in Jharkhand

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said that RJD would form an alliance with the Communist Party of India (CPI) in the Jharkhand Assembly election.
“We want to renew old ties with the left parties”, he said.
Lalu Prasad was addressing a meeting of party MLAs, MPs, former MLA/MLCs and district presidents in Patna on October 28, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Workers observe protest day

Members of the joint action committee of the trade unions took out a rally in Patna on October 28, 2009 to protest the anti-worker policy of the state and central governments. The rally was taken out to observe the All-India Protest Day.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

CPI-ML activists demand implementation of Bandopadhyaya Commission reports

CPI-ML (Liberation) activists took out a rally in Patna on October 28, 2009 demanding implementation of D Bandopadhyaya Commission report on land reforms in Bihar.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan Karayakram Yojana

Khadi and Village Industries Commission organized a state-level workshop at Hotel Patliputra Ashok in Patna on October 27, 2009 to discuss job opportunities under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan Karayakram Yojana.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

'Akshay Navami' celebrated

Women celebrated Akshay Navami with traditional gaiety and fervour in Patna on October 27, 2009. Devotees worshipped Awnla tree and cooked food under it. They also performed the prayer of God Shalivahan wishing well being of their families on the bank of river Ganga.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Expedite Congress membership drive: Sharma

Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Anil Kumar Sharma urged the district in-charges and state coordinators to expedite membership drive of the party with a target of of enrolling a minimum of 100 new members per booth, in meeting in Patna on October 27, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Rich tributes paid to Srikrishna Singh

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paid tributes to Bihar’s first Chief Minister late Srikrishna Singh at a function termed as Sadbhavana Milan” in Patna on October 27, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Thief arrested

Gandhi Maidan Police on October 27, 2009 arrrested a person for an alleged theft case. Police seized three laptops and five speakers and three monitors from him. All the articles were stolen from a shop at SP Verma Road recently, police said.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

BN College students intensify agitation

BN College students intensified their agitation boycotting classes and burning tyres in front of Principal’s office demanding revocation of suspension order against 21 students and release of arrested students from jail in Patna on October 27, 2009. The college reopened on Tuesday after long puja vacation.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Paranati Phookan in Patna

Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary felicitated Deputy Speaker of Assam Assembly Paranati Phookan (left) in the Assembly chamber in Patna on October 27, 2009. The duo discussed about several issues relating to both states.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

More Bihar pilgrims leave for Haj







Eighth group of 423 pilgrims left Patna for Haj pilgrimage on October 27, 2009. A mass prayer was organized at Haj Bhawan wishing well being of all the pilgrims. The group included pilgrims from Patna, Araria, Khagaria, Nawada, Gaya, Bhojpur, Bahagalpur, Banka and Begusarai districts of Bihar. Till date 3337 men and women left Patna to visit the holy shrine.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Patna schools reopen after Chhath Puja



Patna schools reopened after a week-long Chhath Puja vacation in Patna on October 26, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Emarat Ahale Ansari (Al-Hind) felicitates Lalu Prasad



Emarat Ahale Ansari (Al-Hind) felicitated Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad at a function in Patna on October 26, 2009.
Speaking on the occasion Lalu Prasad advocated for more representation in politics from Pasmanda Muslims. He also demanded tribal status to several castes among weaker sections of Muslims.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

'Give us appointment letters'

Successful candidates of Bihar Military Police (BMP) and Bihar Police staged a strong demonstration demanding immediate release of the appointment letters from the concerned authorities in Patna on October 26, 2009.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Congress MLAs hold meeting


Congress party members in Bihar Legislative Assembly held a meeting to decide their future course of action in Patna on October 26, 2009. Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Anil K Sharma presided over the meeting.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Seminar on 'Bedil'



Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library organized a seminar on Mirza Abdul Quadir "Bedil" Azimabadi’s talent in Patna on October 26, 2009.
An exhibition of the 19 manuscripts of Azimabadi was also organized during the seminar. Professor Waliul Haq Ansari inaugurated the exhibition while Professor SH Quasmi presided over the seminar.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Emotional farewell to Haj pilgrims


Hundreds reached Haj Bhawan to bid farewell to their relatives, who were set out for Haj Pilgrimage, in Patna on October 26, 2009. Before their departure a mass prayer was also organised. This was the fifth batch of pilgrims from Bihar for Haj pilgrimage.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui