Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Inter compartmental exams from July 3; BSEB reduces scrutiny fee to Rs 70 per paper

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to conduct intermediate compartmental examinations from July 3 to 13.

The BSEB will open its online form submission process for compartmental examinations on June 8. The last date for submission of forms is June 14.

The compartmental examinations hold significance as a large number of  students failed in the main examinations. The intermediate examinations results declared on May 30 showed that only 35.25 per cent of 12.61 lakh students failed to cross the pass barriers.

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said here on Tuesday that the students who had failed in the two subjects could appear in the compartmental examinations.

He said BSEB had extended its compartmental examination facility to two subjects from this year keeping in view the large number of students who failed in the main examinations.

Earlier, the BSEB had restricted the facility to one subject last year.

He said the results of the compartmental examinations would be declared by the end of July. 

He said BSEB would not mention the name compartmental examination in the result cards for the benefit of the stuadents.

He said the leftover students of the main examinations, who had problems in their admit cards, could also appear in the compartmental examinations in full five subjects.
“For them it will be supplementary examinations”, he said.

It is expected that about 10000 students may appear in the supplementary examinations.

In another major decision, the BSEB has reduced the application fee for scrutiny from Rs 120 per subject to Rs 70 per subject.

It may be mentioned here that for the last one week failed students of the intermediate examinations have been staging demonstration in the state capital and other parts of the state demanding re-evaluation of the answer books at free of cost.

The BSEB has already made it clear that only scrutiny of the answer books will be carried out and no re-evaluation will be done.

Kishor said those who have already submitted Rs 120 per paper fee would get the excess amount back soon.

He said scrutiny work would begin on June 9 and in the first phase BSEB would take up the cases of the failed students who have cracked the IIT-JEE, NEET and other competitive examinations for pursuing higher education.

“We will try to declare their results by June 17”, he said.

He, however, said the scrutiny results would be announced by June 30.

He said he along with education secretary would hold a videoconferencing with the district magistrates and district education officers to streamline the scrutiny process on Wednesday at 1pm.

Regarding the vexed issue of home centre for practical examination, he said the BSEB had set up a three-member committee to study the issue. The committee consisting of BSEB secretary, vigilance officer and academic director would give its recommendations within two weeks, he added.

About the allegations that about one lakh data of the students was hacked, BSEB chairman said the Board had been maintaining its secrecy in its data. “Our data is not online, so the question of hacking does not arise”, he said.

He said the BSEB had prepared 20 de-duplication softwares to counter attempt of hacking in future.

He said the BSEB had been working to digitize all the mark sheets, certificates of the students from 1986 to 2005. The board had already done it for the students of high school and intermediate from 2006 to 2016, he added. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bihar Board's Intermediate arts topper Ganesh falls from grace; arrested for fraud

 Bihar Board's intermediate arts topper Ganesh Kumar

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor 

PATNA: Bihar Board's intermediate arts stream topper Ganesh Kumar has fallen from the grace. The police arrested Ganesh on Friday night following an FIR lodged by Bihar School Examination Board that Ganesh had forged the age certificates while enrolling for 2017 intermediate examinations.

Ganesh shook the entire education system of the state, like another topper Ruby Rai, who did in 2016, when interviewed by private TV channels he failed to justify his knowledge in music, the subject he had opted in the intermediate examinations.

During the interview Ganesh even failed to differentiate between Sur and Tal, Antra and Mukhra.

BSEB) on Friday cancelled the results and started proceedings against him and the school from which he filled up the examination form.

The BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, who was in tremendous pressure, since the TV interview exposed the topper Ganesh Kumar knowledge in music, the subject in which he got 65 marks out of 70 in practical, said that the BSEB had nullified the result of Ganesh Kumar on the charges of forgery.

“Action will be taken against him for cheating the board and he will be arrested soon”, he said.

He said action would also be taken against the Samastipur based school for hiding the facts.
Ganesh had scored 83 marks out of 100 in music.

In a hurriedly summoned Press conference, Kishor says the actual age of  Ganesh is 42 years and he has two children.

"He has cheated the board by lowering his age to 24 in connivance with the school management”, he said.

“The actual date of birth of Ganesh is November 7, 1975 and he appeared in the matric examination from a Giridih school in 1990,” he said.

Kishor said Ganesh had appeared the intermediate examination in 1992 from Jhumri Telaiya school in 1992 but he could not get it through.

“Ganesh forged his age certificate and made a new one with date of birth June 2, 1993 and got himself registered in the Samastipur school in 2015 for intermediate examination of 2017”, he said.

The BSEB has given a notice to Ganesh Kumar seeking his reply within three days.

“An FIR has already been lodged against Ganesh for forgery and against the school”, he said.

“The BSEB swung into action when the matter came to our notice. The affiliation of the school can be cancelled it they found guilty after the probe”, he said.

“The second topper, now, will be topper of the inter arts stream”, Kishor said.

Neha Kumari of Madhubani with 81.2 per cenet marks replaced Ganesh for top spot in the arts stream.

Ganesh himself stated that he had opted music as a subject for garnering maximum numbers in the intermediate examination.

Ganesh went underground after the declaration of the result on May 30 but resurfaced at his school in Samstipur district on June 1 where the TV channels took his interview.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last chance for Bihar traders for GST registration

PATNA: Commercial Taxes Department principal secretary and commissioner Sujata Chaturvedi says the traders, who are yet to  register their firms under Goods and Services Tax (GST), can register their firms from June 1 to 15.

"This will be the last chance for the traders. We have set up  GST control rooms and help centres at Kautilya Bhavan, Antaghat, to solve the problems regarding GST registration", she said while delivering a lecture on GST at Bihar Industries Association hall here on Tuesday.

GST Law Drafting Committee member Arun Kumar Mishra addressed the traders on transition provisions, invoicing, e-billing, e-return, migration payment and input taxes.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Bihar medicine traders join nation-wide strike

PATNA: About 44000 medicine shops across Bihar downed their shutters to join the nation-wide strike of drug traders in protest against the central government decision to allow online sale of medicines and mandatory appointment of a pharmacist in drug store on Tuesday.

A rough estimate showed that business worth Rs 30 crore had been hampered due to the strike.

In the state capital about 1700 medicines shops remained closed throughout the day.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jamui girl Khushbu tops intermediate examinations; Patna’s Priyanshu is commerce topper

 BSEB chairman Anand Kishor publishing the intermediate result by click of a mouse

 Commerce topper Priyanshu celebrating his moment of joy 

Students celebrating their success in intermediate examinations in Patna on May 30

Patna: Khushbu Kumari, a science stream student of Simultala Residential School (Jamui) topped the intermediate examinations of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) with 86.2 per cent marks as the  result was declared here on Tuesday. The result, however, turned out to be utter despair for majority of students as only 35.25 per cent of students who appeared in the examinations were declared successful.

Priyanshu Jaiswal of College of Commerce, Patna, emerged as the topper in commerce stream with 81.6 per cent marks. Ganesh Kumar of RNS College, Samastipur finished on the top of the podium with 82.6 per cent marks in the arts stream.

In the overall trend, boys outshone girls with better pass out percentage.  About 12.61 lakhs students appeared in the 2017 intermediate examinations in which 55.53 per cent boys and 44.47 per cent girls were declared successful.

The BSEB which went through an acid test in the academic session 2016-17 after the topper scam hit the headlines last year, took a series of corrective measures to curb the cheating, malpractices and use of other unfair means in the examination and the impact of these measures clearly felt on this year results.

Barring the commerce stream where the boys and girls fared well with 73.76 per cent pass, the overall percentage dipped drastically in the science and arts streams. Going by the figures, 37.13 per cent arts students and 30.11 per cent science students crossed the hurdles smoothly.

BSEB chairman Anand Ksihor said: “The examination was free of unfair means and for the first time students filled up online forms and barcode system was introduced in the answer sheets to check any kind of backdoor pushing”.

“There is no shortcut to hard work and students will have to work hard to get through the examinations of Bihar Board,” he said.

Comparing to the results of the last year, there was sharp decline in the overall results of all the three streams. Science headed the list by 30 per cent while arts witnessed a drop of 19 per cent. Commerce has registered a decline of 7 per cent.

The percentage of first division holders in all the three streams have also nosedived as only 8.93 per cent of the science students achieved the feat. The first divisioner in commerce stream was 16.29 per cent and for arts stream it was 6.74 per cent.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

NIOS Senior Secondary results today

PATNA: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will be declaring Senior Secondary Public Examination results of March-April, 2017 on  May 31 and Secondary results on June 2, 

 The results will be placed on the NIOS website at 6.00 pm. In total 3,39,325 learners appeared for March-April, 2017 Examination out of which 1,95,135 learners appeared for Senior Secondary courses and 1,35,110 learners appeared for Secondary courses.  The examinees can know their result through:

1.      Web site: The learners can see and download their result at NIOS website from 6.00 p.m. onwards. The result will also be available on the web site and
2.      SMS: The learners can also get their results through SMS. For this, the learners can send an SMS by writing NIOS12 for Sr. Secondary and NIOS10 for Secondary to 5676750.
3.      IVRS: The learners can get their results on phone or through IVRS by dialing the NIOS Learner Support Centre Toll free number 18001809393.
4.      E-mail: The learners can also get their results through e-mail by registering themselves on the website given above or by sending a request to

The Marks Statements, Migration Certificates and Provisional Certificates will be made available to the learners through the Accreditated Institute (Study Centre) concerned by the Regional Centres of NIOS.  

The registration and collection of examination fees for the October-November 2017 examination will be as per the schedule i.e. from May 21 to June 20, 2017.

Press releaase 

Mritunjay Tiwari breaks his indefinite fast

PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Bihar Players' Association president Mritunjay Tiwari called off his fast unto death agitation on the fourth day on Tuesday after an assurance given to him by the director general Bihar State Sports Authority (BSSA) Arvind Pandey that he would discuss the issues in the sub-committee meeting of the general administration department.

The sub-committee will meet later in the day.

Tiwari broke his fast sipping fruit juice given to him by BSSA DG Pandey.

Tiwari was on fast unto death agitation from Saturday demanding immediate release of list of the players selected for government jobs.

About 700 players from 67 disciplines applied for government jobs referred to an advertisement last year but the general administration department has yet to announce the names of the players selected for the job.

Earlier, in 2011 and 2012, state government had provided jobs to about 150 sports persons who won medals in national and international tournaments.

The process for fresh appointment has been stalled for five years.

Now, Bihar Board toppers will get Rs 1 lakh and laptops

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to enhance the prize money for its intermediate and matric examination toppers. Now, the intermediate and matric toppers will get Rs 1 lakh cash prize along with laptops.

This was decided in a meeting of the BSEB governing council here on Monday.

Earlier, the toppers of the intermediate and matric examinations have been getting Rs 25,000 and one laptop each.

The second palace holders in both the examinations will get Rs 75000 while the students stood third will get Rs 50000. They will also get laptops as received earlier.

Besides this the top three finishers will also get e book reader.

The fourth and fifth position holders of the intermediate examinations and fourth to 10th finishers of the matric examinations will also get cash awards, laptops and other prizes as they used to get earlier.

The governing council has also decided to create separate wings for different examinations the board conducts round the year.

The governing council has approved creations of separate posts of examination controller for its teachers' eligibility test (TET), diploma in elementary education examinations (two years), diploma in elementary education examinations (distance education mode) and Simultla Residential School entrance test .

As per the name of the exmiantion different section will be established in the board office.

The meeting has also approved posts to run the different sections.

Mritunjay Tiwari's fast unto death agitation enters third day


Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Bihar Players’ Association president Mritunjay Tiwari continued his fast unto death agitation at the Moinul Haq Stadium here for the third day here on Monday.

His condition turned worse on the Monday morning as he was feeling some breathing problem. However, later in the day he recovered slightly.

Tiwari began his hunger strike on Saturday demanding government jobs for state players who excelled in national and international arenas.

The state government had started job scheme for talented Bihar players in 2010-11 and since then about 150 players had got jobs in different state government departments.

The job scheme was put on hold for the last five years. In 2016, government again published an advertisement for fresh recruitment. About 700 players from 67 sports and games have applied for the jobs.

The general administration department of the state government which is looking into the matter, is yet to publish the list of the selected players for the jobs.

The general administration department has formed a sub-committee to shortlist the players but the panel which met a few days ago failed to break the deadlock of selection procedures.

It’s learnt that the sub-committee will meet on Tuesday to find out a solution to the issue.

Meanwhile, Bihar State Sports Authority (BBSA) director general Arvind Kumar Pandey, its secretary Ashish Sinha, art, culture and youth affairs department director Sanjay Sinha reached the dharna venue and urged Tiwari to call off his hunger strike.

Tiwari, however, said that he would call off his agitation when general administration department will  give a certain date to release the appointment letters to the selected players.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bengalee Association organises Rabindra-Nazrul cultural evening


PATNA: Patliputra Branch of Bengalee Association of Bihar organised a cultural function here on Sunday to pay tributes to Kavi Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore and Revolutionary poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bihar Board Intermediate exam results on May 30

PATNA: Intermediate examination results of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will be declared on May 30.

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor on Sunday said the results of the all streams (science, arts and commerce) would be announced on the same day.

Students can get their results at BSEB website and

The results are expected to be declared in the forenoon (11am).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

CBSE class XII results on May 28

Patna/ New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education will declare Class XII examination results for all the CBSE regions on May 28 (Sunday).

The result is expected to be announced in the forenoon of May 28.

The CBSE public relation officer Rama Sharma states that like the previous years, this year also the CBSE is hosting its results on net with the technical support of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India.

“The students can access their results through following websites: and ,” Sharma said.

The result will not be available in the Board office and the public are advised not to visit Board’s office for collection of results.

The process of verification will be displayed on CBSE’s website shortly, the CBSE release states.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr CP Thakur conferred with WHO lifetime achievement award

PATNA: Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Dr CP Thakur received the WHO lifetime achievement award for his contributions in the treatment and cure of dreaded disease Kala-azar in the Spanish city of Toledo on Saturday.

The WorldLeish 6 Congress Organising Committee, which selected Dr Tahkaur, who is renowned physician, for this coveted World Health Organisation (WHO) award, gave away the award in its 6th world congress in Toledo.

Dr Thakur, a former union minister, also addressed the conference on Leishmaniasis and his research papers on Kala-azar.

Meanwhile, BJP state working committee member Sanjeev Kumar Mishra congratulated Dr Thakur for his feat.

He said Dr Thakur was the first Indian to receive the WHO lifetime achievement award.

JD(U) workers from MP meet Nitish Kumar

Patna: Workers and leaders of the Janata Dal (United) Madhya Pradesh unit met Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar at the latter's 1 Anne Marg office here on Saturday.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Yugpursh Mahatma Ke Mahatma to be staged in Patna on May 23

Patna: Jain Sangh will organise a play Yugpursh Mahatma Ke Mahatma at Rabindra Bhavan here on May 23.

The play which is an untold story in Indian history will begin at 7: 30 pm.

The play which is originally in Guajrati will be staged here in Hindi version.

Commemorating the glorious occasion of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th birth anniversary year, under the able guidance of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur presents the theater production, Yugpurush – Mahatma Ke Mahatma.

Yugpurush is a heart-touching and riveting portrayal of the profound relationship between Shrimadji and Gandhiji, depicting the transformation of Mohandas to the Mahatma. What began as an honest friendship, progressed to Gandhiji proclaiming Shrimadji as his spiritual mentor. Celebrated as the global messenger of nonviolence, Gandhiji remained indebted to the teachings of Shrimadji. Their bond initiated a brilliant new chapter in the cultural, political, and spiritual history of India, and of the world.

Yugpurush highlights the values of expanding one’s capacity to love and give selflessly, respecting diversity, supporting truth, fostering trust, and building lasting communities. It brings to the forefront a powerful experience of looking within, upholding truth and fearlessness, and transforming character and consciousness. It revives a stirring spiritual legacy and the cultural philosophy of our nation. The legacies of Shrimadji and Gandhiji continue to offer new paradigms to global peace and human progress.

The play is directed by acclaimed director Rajesh Joshi and scripted by Uttam Gada. The music direction is by well-known composer duo Sachin–Jigar. 

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

State-level political re-building convention on July 9

Patna: Swami Sahajanand Saraswati Vichar Kendra will organise a state-level political re-building convention at SK Memorial Hall here on July 9.

The decision was taken in a state-level seminar of Vichar Kendra at Bihar Industries Association hall in Saturday.

More than 10000 representatives from Brahmin and Bhumihar communities are expected to take part in the convention.

Noted social activist Bhup Narayan Singh presided over the seminar.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Devastating fire breaks out in GV Mall

Patna: A devastating fire broke out in the GV Mall located in the posh Boring Road locality here in the wee hours of Saturday causing huge loss of property worth crores of rupees as several shops on the third floor were completely destroyed.

More than one dozen of fire tenders rushed to the spot to tame the leaping flame.

Cause of the fire was stated to be short circuit. However, police are investing the matter.

Sources said several big shops including Hangout, Hangover, Studio 11, SBI Life Insurance, Radio Big FM and Petu Gali were completely gutted.

Several others shops including spa and ready-made garments too suffered substantial damage.

On getting the information, several senior police officers reached spot.

Sources pointed out that the back portion of the mall was totally destroyed in the fire.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MLA Flat Footpath Shopkeepers Association stages dharna

Patna: MLA Flat Footpath Shopkeepers Association staged dharna-cum-demonstration in protest against the district administration's move to evict them from their places here on Wednesday.
The district administration has launched anti-encroachment drive against illegal kiosks and vends by the sides of the busy roads capturing pavements and footpaths.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui 

Socialists celebrate 82 years of Samajwadi movement

Patna: Socialists thinkers participated in a convention (Samajwadi Samagam) that was organised to celebrate the 82nd year of the socialist movement in India here on Wednesday.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ritika enthralls Montessori School students


Patna: Students of Montessori School enjoyed the face to face with Indian Ideal fame singer Ritika Raj in their summer camp on Tuesday.

Ritika sang some old and new Bollywood hit songs to entertain the students.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tagore's birth anniversary celebrated in Patna

Patna: The 156th birth anniversary of Kavi Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore was celebrated at Rabindra Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui