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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AISA to stage demonstration on April 28

Patna All India Students Association (AISA) has decided to stage demonstration in the state capital on April 28 demanding inclusion of 2016-18 BEd students in the Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET-2017).

The decision was taken in a students meeting of 12 Colleges here on Wednesday.

The TET conducted by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will be held in different centres across the state on June 11.

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SUCI (C) celebrates foundation day

Patna: Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) celebrated its foundation day by holding a general body meeting here on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, SUCI (C) leaders stressed on the left unity to combat against the divisive forces and anti-people policies of the Central and State Governments.
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Ram Katha by Sadhvi Shreya a big hit among devotes

Patna: Devotees continued to throng Gandhi Maidan to hear Ram Katha from the pious voice of Sadhvi Shreya Bharti on Wednesday.
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Temperature soars to 42 degree Celsius in Patna

Patna: Temperature shot up abnormally high and touched 42 degree Celsius in the state capital on Wednesday. This was the first day in this summer season the mercury touched the 42 degree Celsius mark.

Blistery western winds added to the woe specially for the school children whose classes terminated in the afternoon. Parents unfolded umbrellas to give some respite to their wards from the heat wave.

Weathermen say temperature continues to show upward trend till April 30.

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Students wings of political parities pay tributes to Sukma martyrs

Patna: Students wings of different political parties took out candle light march on Wednesday to pay tributes to CRPF jawans who killed in Maoists attack on Monday in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh.

Chharta JD(U) and Bihar Pradesh Chhatra Lok Samata members gathered at Kargil Chowk with burning candle in their hand to pay tributes to Sukma martyrs. They shouted slogans against Naxals and demanded quick action against the Red terror.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bihar tops the list of malnourished children in the world

Patna: Bihar tops the world list of malnourished children if one goes by the figures presented by Belgian born Indian development economist and activist Jean Dreze while addressing a development dialogue on malnutrition among women and children in Bihar at AN Sinha Institute here on Tuesday.

Dreze said 48.3 per cent of total child population of the state are malnourished. "There are 20 parameters for calculating the malnutrition index and in most of the parameters Bihar fails", he said.

"In Bihar more than 40 per cent girls are getting married well before their attainable marriage age and this leads to malnutrition in their off springs", he said.

He said the cut in budget allocation by central government in mid-day meal scheme would further exaggerate the problem.

"The government has already slashed the mid-day meal budget by 36 per cent and further linking of this scheme with Aadhar will be a dangerous move", he said.

Social welfare department principal secretary Vandana Kini said malnutrition is a serious problem for the state but situation has been improving.

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Gandhi Panorama Film Festival begins

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Gandhi Panorama Film Festival at Adhiveshan Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Organised by Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Department the threeday festival will show about one dozen of films based on the life, ideology and thoughts.

On the first day, documentary film Kshama and feature film Making of Mahatma were exhibited. Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Shivchandra Ram and other senior state government officials were present on the occasion.

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Nitish Kumar flags off Champaran Satyagrah Shatabdi Virasat Yatra buses

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off Champaran Satyagrah Shatabdi Virasat Yatra buses from Adhiveshan Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Organised by the Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Department, the buses will cover all the places of Patna,Muzaffarpur, East Champaran and West Champaran districts where Mahatma Gandhi visited 100 years ago during his Champaran Satyagrah movement.

The buses carry the photographs of Mahatma Gandhi's agitation and books on Gandhi ideology and thoughts.

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Bandaru Dattatreya lays foundation stone of 100-bed ESIC hospital in Phulwarisharif

Patna: Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya laid the foundation stone of 100-bed Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital in Phulwarisharif here on Tuesday.

Addressing the function he said Anganwadi,  Asha workers and workers of the unorganized sectors would be included in the ESIC schemes soon. “Central Government is serious about it”, he said.

He said the ESIC model hospital would be upgraded to a super specialty hospital with 200 beds facility. For this the Central Government would grant Rs 150 crore, he added.

“There are 18 ESIC dispensaries in Bihar. If State Government provides us land we will construct model hospital in every places”, he said.

Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Bihar Labour Minister Vijay Prakash, MLA Shyam Rajak, Rajya Sabha member RK Sinha, MLA Arun Kumar Sinha and MLA Asha Devi were present on the occasion.

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Very sad and shocking

Patna: No consolation could be enough for the welling family members of slain CRPF soldier Saurabh Kumar of Daanapur, who lost his life fighting against Red terror in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh on Monday.  Saurabh's body was brought at Patna airport on Tuesday evening.

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Bodies of 5 slain Sukma braves reach Patna airport on way to their native villages

Patna: Pal of gloom descended at the Patna airport when bodies of the five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans belonging to different districts of Bihar arrived here on Tuesday evening. Unstoppable tears rolled  from the eyes of the relatives who gathered there to collect the mortal remains of their dearest one. 

Six soldiers of Bihar lost their lives among the 25, who were killed in a Maoists attack in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Relatives were in a state of shock and anger. They wanted final assault against Maoists who so far have reportedly killed more than 150 para military forces jawans in Chhattisgarh over the past a few years.

CRPF personnel gave guard of honour to brave soldiers. Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj and CRPF officers laid the wreaths on the casket to pay tributes to brave soldiers. 

Surprisingly not a single minister from the ruling Grand Alliance Government was there to receive Sukma braves at the airport.

Abhay Mishra (Tulsigaon, Bhojpur), Krishnakant Pandey (Bharandua, Rohtas), Abhay Kumar (Vaishali), Naresh Yadav (Darbhanga), Ranjit Kumar (Sheikhpura) and Saurabh Kumar (Danapur) were from Bihar, who got ambushed by heavily armed Maoists in Sukma.

The casket of Krishnakant Pandey was sent to his native village from Varanasi while the bodies of the five others arrived at Patna airport. Later the five caskets containing the mortal remains of the jawans were sent to their respective villages.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for martyrs. Paying tributes to slain soldiers, Kumar said country would always remember their sacrifice.

He said the last rites of the jawans would be performed with police honour. 

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