Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Construction workers stage demonstration

PATNA: Construction workers staged demonstration in protest against government's ban on sand mining and supply of sand at Gardanibagh here on Tuesday. Bihar Government's crack down on illegal sand mining has halted the building construction business for the last two months across the state and construction workers have been feeling the pinch.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Inter-School Karate Meet held at Mount Carmel School

PATNA: Inter-School Karate Championship was organised at Mount Carmel High School here on Monday. Students from different schools participated in the meet.
Benazeer Alam, a student of class 10, won the gold in her weight category bout.

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SBI Card customer base grows to 5 million

PATNASBI Card, the second largest card issuer in the country, has grown its cardholder base to five million by adding one million plus customers over the last year. The company has also seen significant increase incard spend which has grown from an average of Rs 3500 crores per month to Rs 5500 crores plus per month,over last one year. This has catapulted SBI Card to second position in terms of card spend among card issuers in the country, with a market share of 15%.

Speaking on the development Mr Vijay Jasuja, CEO, SBI Card said, “We are delighted that 5 million customers have placed their trust in us. This landmark has been attained at a rapid pace, by adding over 1 million customers in last one year.We believe that our penchant to provide the best in class products and highest level of service, backed by a culture of trust and transparency in everything we do, has been endorsed by our cardholders. The last five years have been a defining period in our growth. We have risen from fourth position in the industry to become the second largest player, both in terms of customer base and card spends. We have consistently maintained YOY growth of over 40% on card spends, outpacing the industry growth by a substantial margin. With monthly retail card spends of over Rs 5500 crore and customer base of 5 million, we have cemented our position in the market as a card issuer of choice.”

He added, “Our focus has been to grow our portfolio with diverse product offerings ranging from entry level products users to premium and co-branded product products customised to customer needs and spending patterns.We believe only by continually creating additional value for our customers we can reciprocate the trust and support they have placed in us.With the continued support of our customers, we will keep innovating to develop industry leading payment solutions. A strong emphasis on enhanced customer experience will be the cornerstone for our next phase of growth. We expect to sustain the momentum with 30% plus growth over the coming year.”

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:Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan meets Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

PATNA:Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Monday.
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Police claim to have solved Bihta cinema owner murder case

PATNA: Patna Police claimed to have cracked the Bihta based cinema hall owner Nirbhay Singh murder case and arrested the alleged conspirators Akshay Kumar alias Prince alias Golu and Shreechandrapur panchayat mukhia Pappu Singh on Monday.

Police have also arrested 7 criminals related to Mahakal Gang, who took the contract to kill the cinema hall owner.

Nirbhay Singh was shot dead by some unidentified criminals in Bihta on September 15.
Police said Golu hired contract killers to take revenge against Nirbhay Singh, who was allegedly involved in the killing of  Golu's father.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

BSEB gives another chance to students for 2018 intermediate exam registration

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has extended the registration date of intermediate students seeking to appear in the 2018 examination. Now, the students can fill up their registration forms from September 20 to October 10 without late fee.

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor on Monday said this would be treated as the last chance for registration for the 2018 intermediate students.

He said the registration would be done as per the seats available and allotted to respective schools. The head of the institutions/schools would submit the applications for registration in the allotted agency data centres from September 20 to October 5, he added.

He said the agency would release the forms online from October 6 to October 9.

The agency would provide the print out of applications for registration to respective heads of the institutions/schools from October 10 to October 14, he said.

The heads of the institutions would give the applications for registration to recruited agency for correction if any on October 16 and 17, Kishor said.

The registration fee could be submitted with late fee from October 10 to October13.

It may be recalled that the BSEB has extended the date of remitting registration fee to September 23 without charging the late fee. 

Get Syska LED bulb at Rs 85

PATNA: Syska LED Bulb Private Limited and Adiya Info Services Private Limited will provide Syska LED bulb on reduced rate across Bihar. The 9 watt bulb will be sold at Rs 85 with two-year warranty at moble recharge centres across Bihar.
The two companies will provide Syska LED on heavy discount under their corporate social responsibility programme. A 9-watt Syska LED bulb costs Rs 200 in the market. The scheme will be launched before Dussehra festival in Patna.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui 

Bhuneshwar Bhaskar's book 'Bhojpuri Lok Sanskriti Aur Paramparayen' released

PATNA: A book titled "Bhojpuri Lok Sanskriti Aur Paramparayen" authored by artist and writer Bhuneshwar Bhaskar was released at Arvind Mahila College here on Saturday. College principal Usha Singh, Anandi Prasad Badal, Ashok Kumar Sinha, D Singh and Vinay Kumar unveiled the book jointly.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bihar Deputy CM SK Modi launches 'Bandhan Tod' App

PATNA: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday launched “Bandhan Tod” (break bonding) App, an Android based mobile application designed to prevent child marriage and dowry in Bihar.

The App floated by Gender Alliance, a consortium of 247 Civil Society organizations has launched a campaign “Bandhan Tod” in the state to advance gender equality by ending child marriage and dowry in Bihar.

SK Modi also released a coffee table book on women empowerment in Bihar and the signature song of “Bandhan Tod”.

The App will provide immediate help to child marriage or dowry victim as soon she clicks on the feature. The alert message will reach the headquarters of Gender Alliance and related NGOs and Civil Society of the respective area. The App will also provide quality education to the people so that they could make aware of the evil effects of the child marriage.

The App is available at Google Play Store. The App will also provide video lectures of different subjects related to the Bihar school Examination Board (BSEB) syllabus from class 7 to 12 at free of cost. All the lectures are delivered by national-level teachers.

On downloading the App, the user will get a Mobikwik balance of Rs 100 and while referring it to others, the referrer will get an additional Rs 50.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said Anti-dowry law had been misusing in the state and we needed more  debate on the issue. “We do not need to adopt western system. We have to prepare our own roadmap to deal the sensitive issue of child marriage”, he said.

Bihar Government to promote organic farming on south bank of Ganga

PATNA: Bihar government has decided to promote organic farming on the south bank of the River Ganga from Patna to Bhagalpur.                                                                                                                            
Giving his nod to Agriculture Road Map (2017-2022), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the officials of agriculture, water resources, urban development and minor irrigation departments to chalk out an integrated plan to develop villages situated on the south bank of Ganga as organic corridor.

He said treated sewage water could be used in irrigation for farming.
He said the centre of excellence for fruits in Desri (Vaishali) would be linked with nearby Krishi Vikas Kendra while centre of excellence for vegetables (Chandi, Nalanda) would be linked with Horticulture College Nursarai.

Stressing on the importance of organic farming, the chief minister has asked the officials to identify the villages located by the sides of state highways and promote organic farming there.

He also directed the officials to draw a plan to promote manufacturers of agriculture equipment and asked the industry department to certify the quality of the equipment made by the local factories.

He said the agriculture department should evolve computerized system so that the latest rates of the nation-wide markets could be on display in rural markets.

He said Kosi area could be developed as Moong seeds producing belt and Khagaraia should be made as a hub for maize seeds.

4 injured in PU hostels inmates clash

PATNA: Four students were injured when two groups of students belonging to Minto and Iqbal Hostels of the Patna College engaged in clash over the allotment of hostel rooms on the Patna University campus here on Saturday.

Students hurled crude bombs and used iron rods and lathis in the clash Police recovered one live bomb from the place of the incident. Police have also lodged FIR against six persons in this connection.   

Sources said the altercation between the inmates of Minto and Iqbal Hostels was going on for the last three days over a sitting arrangement in the geography department.

Injured students were sent to hospital for medical attention. 

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Voylla launches exclusive store in Patna

Patna: Voylla - India’s largest fashion jewelry brand on Saturday launched its exclusive store at Shop no – 146, C Block, Mauryalok Frazer Road here. The store is showcasing latest seasonal trends for festive and wedding season.

Voylla is India's leading fashion jewelry brand which retails from both offline and online mediums including offline stores, website and app. In the current fiscal year it has opened more than 240+ stores all over India and plans to open 300 by the end of 2017.

Vishwas Shringi, Co-Founder and CEO, said, “We have opened our exclusive store in Patna considering the fact that Bihar’s colourful art and craft culture has cast a magical spell on everyone.  With exclusive store in Patna, we will spread across the country in this financial year. As a leader in the fashion jewelry segment we aim to cater to the aspiring audience in tier I, tier-II and III cities.”

Voylla is the only online jewelry platform with 240+ offline store locations in India. Sustained efforts of the Company in understanding the customers, robust backend and a fine detailed curation has resulted in over 13,000 designs on Voylla’s site and stores, which gets refreshed every week. More than five lakh customers have patronized Voylla, making them the top jewelry brand. 

Company was started to create a niche in the lifestyle segment with a strong omni-channel presence. Voylla retails its own creation online through, app and via marketplaces like Flipkart, Amazon and Myntra. The start-up had opened its first flagship store in Delhi in December 2015 and at present boasts of 240+ physical stores all over the country.  Voylla aims to launch 300 stores by the end of this year. In October 2015, Voylla had raised $15 million from the private equity firm Peepul capital and before that had raised two rounds of funds in 2012 and 2013 by Snow Leopard Technology Ventures.

In the current financial year Voylla is growing exponentially as it has also launched the brand's most aspirational brand- Studio Voylla as well. Studio Voylla is curated by a team of exceptional stylists and connoisseurs of jewelry. Studio Voylla features limited edition jewelry for those who know their style from fashion fads and are willing to spark a trend rather than just follow it. Each piece of jewelry has been crafted exclusively for Voylla, the leading digital-first fashion jewelry brand in the sub-continent. Each piece is meant to start a conversation with its outstanding karigari and lyrical aesthetic. Not just the exquisite jewelry, the prices too will add a sparkle to your smile. Contemporary or classical, edgy or eloquent, alluring gold or charming silver, dazzling diamonds or glittering gem stones - Studio Voylla speaks your language.

With the latest jewelry launches, Voylla aims at letting every customer look as dazzling as their favorite on-screen characters from Colors.

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Challan remitting date extended for intermediate registration

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has extended the challan submission date for the students seeking registration for 2018 intermediate examination.

BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said intermediate students could submit challan till September 23 without late fee. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Silk exhibition begins at Planetarium hall

PATNA:  Ten-day silk exhibition began at the Planetarium auditorium here on Friday. Weavers from different parts of the country installed their stalls to display their exclusive products.

Hasthshilpi, the organizers of the event stated that 200 verities of silk products were on display in the exhibition that would end on September 25.  One hundred stalls have been installed in the exhibition. Slik sarees and other dress materials from Pakistan and world famous Dhaka saree have added attraction to the fair.

Mysore silk sarees, crape, Georgette sarees, chiffon sarees, tussar sarees and suits, Kanchipuram sarees, designer fancy sarees, wedding dresses, raw silk, jute silk, hand-loom silk, silk-blend sarees, printed silk sarees, dress materials and cotton sarees will attract the buyers. 
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Freshers' Day function held at Mahant Hanuman Sharan College

PATNA: Freshers' Day function was organised at Mahant Hanuman Sharan College here on friday.
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Investors Safety Association members stage dharna

PATNA: Investors Safety Association members staged dharna in support of their demands at Gardanibagh here on Friday.
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PU History Department organises special lecture

PATNA: Department of History (Patna University) organised a special lecture on "Colonialism, Nationalism and Feminism: Aspects of Indian Feminist Historiography" at Darbhanga House on Friday. The special lecture was organised to commemorate the centenary year celebrations of the university. Professor Ratneshwar Mishra, former head of department of Mithila University delivered the lecture.

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Protest in Patna against atrocities on Rohingya Muslims

PATNA: All India Tahrik-e-Insaf Council (Patna) members took out a procession in Patna on Friday in protest against atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
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Padma Shri Dr Gopal Prasad Sinha supports Quit Sugar Campaign


PATNA: Padma Shri Dr Gopal Prasad Sinha on Saturday has joined the Quit Sugar Campaign launched by Students' Oxygen Movement in the state capital in May last. More than 70 dignitaries of Patna including Patna High Court judges, principals of different reputed schools, doctors, lawyers, social activists, businessmen have joined the movement.

The concept is to quit the sweet poison sugar and  use jaggery (Gur) for healthy life.

The tells you what Dr Sinha feels about the campaign.

Patna Police nab six criminals

PATNA: Patna Police on Friday arrested six persons including a woman for conspiring to kill a retired professor and committing dacoity in the latter's Chitkohra locality based house. Police recovered two country made pistols, three cartridges and other equipment from their possessions.
Police said a maid Tara Khatoon, who worked in the house of retired professor Nuruddin Asraf's sister house, wanted to kill the professor and for this she contacted a gang of criminals.

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Bihar, Jharkhand bankers stage demonstration

PATNA: All Bihar and Jharkhand CSP/BC Bankers Welfare Association staged demonstration in support of their demands here on Friday.
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Engineers Day celebrated in Patna

PATNA: Bihar Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav said intention of the government should be clear for the development of the state. "If the intention is not good, the development is not possible", he said while paying rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya on the latter's 157th birth anniversary at Abhiyanta Bhavan here on Friday.

The birth anniversary of Visvesvaraya also marked the 50th Engineers Day. Bihar Public Health Engineering Department Minister Vinod Narayan Jha and Urban Development Minister Maheshwar Hazari also addressed the function.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

BSTA donates Rs 5 lakh to CM Relief Fund

PATNA: Bihar Secondary Teachers’ Association (BSTA) has donated Rs 5 lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. BSTA president and former MLC Kedar Nath Pandey and its secretary Shatrughan Prasad Singh met the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter’s office here on Friday and handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to CM on behalf of the association members.

In response, Chief Minister thanked the BSTA for its initiative.

Meanwhile, BSTA president and secretary urged the members to contribute in the relief fund of the association generously so that the collected amount could be donated to CM Relief Fund as next installment.

22 schools take part in Kala Utsav

PATNA: Twenty-two schools from six districts took part in the divisional-level art festival organized under the aegis of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan at the Government Girls’ School, Bankipore, here on Friday.

Dance, drama, visual art and music competitions were held in the day-long function.
In the dance competition, Government Girls School, Maner, won the first prize and Government Girls Plus 2 School (Ara) got the second position. The third spot went to Government Girls School (Parwalpur, Nalanda).  

In the music competition, Antarjyoti Girls School (Patna) got the top slot, Plus 2 School (Hilsa, Nalanda) bagged the second position and Buxar School earned the third position. In the drama competition, Patna, Ara and Buxar schools got the first, second and third position respectively.

In the visual arts, Rohtas, Patna (Bapu Smarak School) and Nalanda schools stood first second and third respectively

Toilet-a love story for Nalanda engineer Sanjeev Kumar

by Pradeep Modak
PATNA: He is popularly known as “Mushroom Man of Bihar” for his commendable work to spread the technique of mushroom cultivation across the state. He has trained more than 10000 people mostly village women belonging to the downtrodden section of the society on the process of cultivation of the highly mineral and protein-rich vegetable in small space and earn profit from it.

Now, Sanjeev Kumar (52), a BTech grad from BIT, Sindri and the founder member of Systematic Agro-Based Research Institute (SABRI) located in Nalanda-the home district of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, shifts his attention to community health, hygiene, cleanliness and enclosed long-term composting for Bihar villages with his two innovative ideas-one is Compostra model of toilet and the other is waterless odour free urinal.

Sanjeev feels that the project based on enclosed long-term composting (ELTC) will help Bihar villages make open defecation free by installing a community sanitation complex and educating residents on the benefits of improved sanitation and hygiene practices. Further it will also provide “humanure “ to use as natural compost in vegetable or cereal crops cultivation minimizing the need of chemical fertilizers, he remarks.

He says water is a scarce resource and it must be used judiciously. “Over exploitation and irrational use water have already projected a grim picture globally on water availability and quality”, he says.

“In the race of open defecation elimination programme especially in developing countries, several types of toilet models like leach pit and septic tank toilets have been experimented but most of them need huge quantity of water to maintain its cleanliness”, he says.

“To some extent the present models performed fairly in promoting improved sanitation but most of these toilets cannot be considered as sustainable and are not capable of addressing the sanitation problems in future because of several limitations”, he observes.

"In a country like India, where availability of safe drinking water to every human is a challenge, we cannot risk flushing of feces by 10-15liters per flush of drinking water”, he says.

“For an average of five-member family, the minimum water required to flush out 250 liters of feces is 75000 liters annually. Similarly, a five-member family needs 40000 liters of water to flush out the urine in year.  Together this makes a whooping sum and we need to save the water and the earth”, he points out.

He points out that contamination of underground water and soil is a major issue in the leach pit toilets, which are being constructed across the country especially in villages under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and similarly the disposal of fecal sludge is a major concern in septic tank toilets as India does not have proper regulation or mechanism for safe disposal of fecal sludge.

He says existing toilet models also fail to contribute in maintaining the ecological cycle of universe putting the human survival at risk.

He, however, claims the Compostera model of toilet and urinal easily qualify and answer the burgeoning need of sanitation problem in the country.

Sanjeev, under his banner SABRI, has constructed five Compostera model toilets in three districts of Bihar, beginning with his home district Nalanda.
Among the other four, two each Compostera model community toilets are functioning in Patna and Vaishali districts.

Compostera toilet is based on enclosed long-term composting (ELTC) theory. Construction of Compostera toilet had started in 1939 when a big one side sloped toilet tank containing waste vegetable at one end and collection tank at the other for preparing compost was made for agriculture use.

In 1960s, Sweden had started commercial production of this type of tanks that were used in Sweden and in some other European countries. US adopted the technique in 1970 and since then a lot of new techniques were applied on it to make it environment friendly. The present model Compostera AB model was developed in 2007.

Two functions have been installed in the new tank to keep it odour free and seed up composting process. A worm called Asenia Fatida which eats human fecal fast and convert it into compost is added into the tank. A power ventilation system is also installed in the tank to start aerobic process  by which worms keep alive in the tank and tank remains odour free.

Sanjeev says the Compostera tank has seven distinct advantages comparing to other models.

Eco-friendly: the toilet does not contaminate the soil and ground water in any circumstances. The laboratory test of fertila (the main “humanure” product from the facility is a liquid locally named fertila) has proved that the fertila is an organic fertliser/soil conditioner and can improve the health of soil when added to fields for agriculture.

Productive: The Compostera model of toilet is based on the principle of maintaining ecological balances by returning the plant nutrient back to soil and closing the loop. The fertila collected after conversion of fecal sludge can be directly used in the agricultural land for production of vegetables and crops.

Waterless: Over exploitation of water can be minimized by the use of Compostera model of toilets as one or two liters of water per person is sufficient for ablution and cleaning.

Suitable for flood prone as well as dry and rocky areas: Bihar and Jharkhand are dynamic states where some regions are normally submerged under flood water while the other parts face dryness. In both the situations the Compostera model of toilet is a right option because the chambers of the toilet is constructed above the ground and are sealed. Hence there is no problem due to increased water level during rainy season or flood.

Sustainability: The proposed model of toilet strongly addresses the issue of sustainability of facility. Since there is negligible cost involved in operation and maintenance and also the fecal matter gets converted into fertila just immediately there is no issue of pit emptying or wreckage of pits. On an average a well-designed pit of Compostera toilet can last more than 50 years.

Less space requirement: The availability of space is one of the major hurdles in construction of a toilet especially where the below poverty line (BPL) people reside. The space required for the construction of some existing toilet models like speptic tank calls for a minimum of 1.255 cubic metre for a family of five members. Normally the land does not become feasible in all the cases. But the Compostera model requires only 0.75 cubic metre of land.

Operation and maintenance: The Compostera model of toilet does not require high-end maintenance. One of the basic reasons behind this is the immediate conversion of human fecces ino fertlia and not giving the scope of feces accumulation and then cleaning after a few years. Also because of better technical design there is no need of daily cleaning and maintenance of facilities. The science and advance technology behind this model keeps the facilities clean and well maintained per se. For example the existing exhaust fan in the toilet keeps the bad smell out and does not require any cleansing reagent for freshness.

The Compostera model community toilet which was first introduced at Mohaddipur village in Nalanda district of Bihar in  2013 under the aegis of SABRI, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Institute (WASHi) India and Swedish International Development Corporation (Sida) supporting the needs of 21 households all of them belonging to weaker section of the society and also empowering women and girls by promoting menstruation hygiene management (MHM) and giving them safer, more private sanitation and hygiene options. 

Norway keen to invest in Bihar: Envoy

PATNA: Norway’s Ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvag said his country was interested in investing in Bihar different sectors related to health, education, science and technology and agro processing.

Kamsvag expressed his country’s willingness on the future investment in the state in a meeting with the state chief minister Nitish Kumar at the latter’s official residence here on Wednesday.

The Norwegian Ambassador was here to inform the chief minister about the progress made under Norway India Partnership initiative (NIPI). He deliberated on the scope of future collaboration in different sectors with Bihar government.

An official statement said that the Ambassador told the CM that his country was interested in collaboration in health, education, science and technology and other important sectors. The envoy also mentioned the old ties with India and said, “Two countries have economic ties from the beginning and it needs to be further strengthened”.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar also felicitated Kamsvag by presenting a memento and “Angvstram”. Principal secretary to CM Chanchal Kumar and secretary in CM office, Manish Kumar Verma were present on the occasion.

Later in the day the Norwegian envoy met Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Choudhary.

Bhar govt will give five boats to every panchayat

PATNA: Drawing a future course of action to fight perennial flood, Bihar government has decided to provide five boats each in all village panchayats of the state to smoother the rescue and relief operations.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) to arrange five boats in every village panchayat. “Arrange boats and boat sailing training programme for village youths”, said Kumar while presiding over the 10th meeting of the BSDMA here.

On the fund for the purchasing of the boats, he said the boats would be acquired through MP and MLA funds.

He directed the BSDMA to increase the strength of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) battalion from present 16 to 50.
“Chalk out concrete plans based on ground reality instead of making it academic and theoretical”, he told the BSDMA officials.
“It is the need of hour for the BSDMA to keep focus on training rather than wasting time on theoretical aspects of the disaster management”, he said.

Putting stress on mass awareness campaign on the prevention and safety aspects of the disaster management, the Chief Minister, who is also the chairman of the BSDMA, said,” We should start mass awareness campaign through mobile messaging and advertisement on the protection techniques from the natural calamities as the state has more than 6 crore people using mobile phones”.

He asked the BSDMA to make detailed survey of the Jamindari bunds across the state. The BSDMA has also been asked to prepare new work plans and set agenda of the authority in proper understanding with other departments so that there should be no overlapping of the work plans

Participating in the meeting, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi suggested that life jackets should be made available in all the boats given to every panchayat.

Disaster Management Department (DMD) secretary Prtayay Amrit said warehousing of polythene sheets should be done in December itself in preparation for next year’s flood.

Bihar has witnessed spate of floods in the last one month that claimed more than 500 lives and affected 1.5 crore people in 18 districts. Property and standing crops worth crores have been swept away by flood water.

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.