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5 virological diagnostic labs to be set up in Bihar to fight encephalitis: Harsh Vardhan

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Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan has announced that five virological diagnostic laboratories would be set up at Gaya, Bhagalpur, Bettiah, Pavapuri and Nalanda in Bihar as part of the efforts to combat encephalitis in these areas.
 
During a visit to Muzaffarpur district of the state yesterday, he also said that a 100-bed paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) would be set up at the Sri Krishna (SK) Government Medical College Hospital there.
 
In the adjoining districts, 10-bed paediatric ICUs would be set up, Dr Harsh Vardhan, who is a medical practitioner, said.
 
He said the SK Medical College Hospital would be upgraded to super-specialty standards. 
 
He said that, apart from the five virological diagnostic laboratories, two multi-disciplinary research units would be set up, one each at Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga. New research initiatives on encephalitis were also announced. 
 
Dr Harsh Vardhan said a Model Rural Health Research Unit on Kala Azar would be set up in Muzaffarpur district. 
 
He said the Medical Council of India (MCI) would be requested to look into extension of medical seats from 150 to 250. He also asked the officials to meet MCI requirements for medical seat extension. He stressed the need of preventive health and making healthy Indians a mass movement by enlisting participation of all sections.
 
During the visit, Dr Harsh Vardhan met the parents of disease affected children in Shahbazpur village in Kanti block of Muzaffarpur. He administered Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine to children in an Anganwadi Centre in Shahpur panchayat. 
 
He inspected the primary health centre (PHC) at Kanti and met the indoor patients at the maternity ward of the PHC. 
 
Dr Harsh Vardhan's three-day visit to the state was aimed at understanding the situation on the ground in one of the disease-affected states where morbidity and mortality of children in the current outbreak of encephalitis had caused concern in the Ministry.
 
He spoke about the efforts being made by the government to eradicate diseases such as Kala Azar, measles, filariasis and leprosy in the country. He said 100 per cent vaccination woud be ensured so that no child goes without immunization. He said the aim should be to achieve a drastic reduction in the infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the state.
 
In Patna, Dr Harsh Vardhan met Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi and told him that the Centre would do everything possible to halt the morbidity and mortality of mothers and children.
 
Mr Manjhi said the state government had taken many steps for improving the health scenario in the state and added that it was committed to give additional land of 50 to 100 acres for expansion of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna.
 
The Union Minister also visited AIIMS Patna and inspected the facilities being set up there. He met the faculty and students of the institute.
 
He announced that a School of Public Health and a Department of Environmental Health Occupational Medicine would be opened in AIIMS Patna.
 
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Jeetan Ram Manjhi to be new Chief Minister of Bihar

 
Nitish Kumar names Jeetan Ram Manjhi as next Bihar CM
Mr Jeetan Ram Manjhi, Bihar's Minister for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Backward and Economically Backward Classes Welfare, will be the new Chief Minister of the state, succeeding Mr Nitish Kumar, who had resigned after the Janata Dal (United) suffered a major debacle in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.
 
The JD (U) had won just two of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its erstwhile partner in the state, bagged as many as 22.
 
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, an ally of the BJP, got five seats. The Congress won two seats, the NCP one, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) four and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party won three.
 
Accepting responsibility for the defeat, Mr Kumar, 63, had resigned on May 17, a day after the results were announced.
 
Mr Manjhi, 64,  was chosen as the leader of the JD(U) legislature party at its meeting here today and JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav, Mr Kumar and Mr Manjhi later went to meet Governor D Y Patil and apprise him of the party's decision.
 
No decision on a successor to Mr Kumar could be taken at yesterday's meeting of the JD(U) legislature party after many members insisted that he withdraw his resignation.
 
At today's meeting, the members asked him to choose his successor after he refused to go back on his decision to quit. Mr Manjhi is said to be one of his closest aides in the Bihar Cabinet. He was among those who were defeated in the Lok Sabha elections.
 
On June 16 last year, the JD (U) had formally withdrawn from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and ended its 17-year-old partnership with the BJP in Bihar after it became increasingly clear that Mr Narendra Modi would be the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.
 
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Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM after election debacle

 
Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar CM
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose Janata Dal (United) suffered a major setback in the state in the Lok Sabha elections, tendered his resignation to Governor D Y Patil today, taking moral responsibility for the debacle.
 
Mr Kumar's party ended up with just two of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its erstwhile partner in the state, won as many as 22.
 
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, an ally of the BJP, got five seats. The Congress won two seats, the NCP one, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) four and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party won three.
 
On June 16 last year, the JD (U) had formally withdrawn from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and ended its 17-year-old partnership with the BJP in Bihar after it became increasingly clear that Mr Narendra Modi would be the Prime Ministerial candidate of the party.
 
Talking to newspersons after meeting the Governor, Mr Kumar said he had not recommended dissolution of the Legislative Assembly. He said a meeting of the JD (U) Legislature Party would be held tomorrow to decide on its further course of action.
 
In response to a query, he said he had no regrets about the decision to part ways with the BJP and explained that it had been taken when it had become clear that the two parties could not work together.
 
Mr Kmar said that, as the person who led the party's campaign in Bihar, he was responsible for the debacle.
 
He decried the kind of campaign which had been conducted by the BJP in the elections.
 
"There was no discussion on programmes and policies but only allegations and counter-allegations and personal attacks. I have never seen such a campaign in my political career," he said.
 
Mr Kumar said that his party had conducted itself with dignity throughout the campaign, but did not get the kind of support from the people it had hoped to get.
 
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Two additional judges appointed to Patna High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Prabhat Kumar Jha and Mr Jitendra Mohan Sharma to be Additional Judges of the Patna High Court.
 
An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their offices.
 
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Additional Judges appointed to Punjab & Haryana, Patna High Courts

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The President has appointed Ms Lisa Gill as an Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
 
An official press release said here today that the President had also appointed Mr Chakradhari Sharan Singh to be an Additional Judge of the Patna High Court.
 
The appointment will be for a period of two years with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office in the case of Ms Gill and for two years with effect from April 5 in the case of Mr Singh, the release added.
 
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NTPC to develop 1320 MW thermal power project at Kajra in Bihar

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The public sector NTPC Limited will develop a 1320 MW (2X660 MW) thermal power project at Kajra in Lakhisarai district of Bihar.
 
An official press release said here today that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between NTPC, Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited (BSPGCL) and Lakhisarai Bijlee Company Private Limited (LBCPL) on February 22 at Patna.
 
The MoU was signed in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and NTPC Chairman & Managing Director Arup Roy Chaudhary.
 
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Modi meets families of victims of Patna blasts, salutes courage of Biharis

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi visited Bihar on Saturday to meet the families of the victims of the series of seven explosions that took place near the venue of his "Hunkar" rally in Patna on October 27 and later praised the people of the state for the courage and patience they had shown after the blasts.
Modi consoles families of victims of Patna blasts
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today visited various parts of Bihar to meet the families of the victims of the series of seven explosions that took place  near the venue of his "Hunkar" rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on October 27 and later praised the people of the state for the courage and patience they had shown after the blasts.
 
“I congratulate the people of Bihar for the courage and patience they have shown. Even after the blasts took place, they maintained calm,” he told newspersons at the end of his visit.
 
He offered his condolences to the families of the victims and urged them to be brave, assuring them that they were not alone in their hour of grief.
 
Mr Modi, who had arrived in Patna yesterday evening, began the day by travelling to Gaurichak village near the state capital this morning to meet the family of one of th victims. Later, he travelled to Kaimur, Nalanda and Beghusarai to meet the families of three more victims.
 
Mr Modi, who is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families.
 
Due to heavy fog, Mr Modi could not travel to meeet the families of two of the victims, and spoke to them over the telephone. He promised to meet them later if he got the chance to do so.
 
“The way the people of Bihar behaved in the midst of bomb blasts is a testament to their courage. I salute this land and the people of this state," he said.
 
"I came here to share the grief of the families of the blasts victims. Because of bad weather I could not meet two families. In the future, I will try and meet the families I could not meet today due to the weather," he said.
 
"In BJP's historic rally, terrorists attacked, many innocent people of Bihar lost their lives. I felt like visiting the families of the Patna blasts victims and hence I went to their homes to share their grief." 
 
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PM underlines need to improve country's disaster management capabilities

Prime MInister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that, the world over, extreme weather events were on the rise, making it all the more necessary for the country to quickly improve its disaster management capabilities.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing the fifth meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority, in New Delhi on October 28, 2013.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing the fifth meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority, in New Delhi on October 28, 2013.
Prime MInister Manmohan Singh today said that, the world over, extreme weather events were on the rise, making it all the more necessary for the country to quickly improve its disaster management capabilities.
 
"Such events impact the poor and marginalized people in a disproportionate manner. Even as we meet here the people of Andhra Pradesh are suffering from very heavy rains in the past few days and the resultant floods," he said in his opening remarks at the fifth meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here.
 
Dr Singh said that every rupee spent on disaster preparedness was a saving of expenditure on post-disaster relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction measures.
 
"Disaster Risk Reduction strategies, therefore, need to be mainstreamed into our developmental programmes and policies. This is an area on which the NDMA and the key Ministries of the Central Government should lay greater stress," he said.
 
He said the country's early warning systems and response mechanisms should be strengthened further so that the country was able to minimize the negative impact of disasters.
 
"In this context, NDMA`s efforts to strengthen community preparedness for disaster events and its engagement in activities related to disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness need to be continued with greater intensity," he said.
 
Dr Singh said the country had witnessed two major disasters recently -- the flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand and the very severe cyclone Phailin which hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
 
He said the rains and floods in Uttarakhand resulted in large-scale devastation and severely tested the efficacy of the country's disaster response mechanisms.
 
"There are important lessons to be learnt from the experience gained from the rescue and relief operations that were carried out. I sincerely hope that all the concerned agencies of the Central and State Governments will utilize the experience of Uttarakhand in better management of disasters that we may face in the future," he said.
 
He said the country's response to the more recent cyclone in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh had been encouraging.
 
"I am happy that the NDMA played a significant role in this response through close engagement and coordination with various Central Government Agencies, the State Government and even the District administration. It was only because of collaboration between different agencies that the daunting task of evacuating nearly 10 lakh people in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh was accomplished in a timely manner and with minimal loss of human lives," he said.
 
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"Our response to cyclone Phailin also underscores the importance of measures taken in the past for disaster preparedness, including sentisization of stakeholders and mock exercises," he said.
 
He noted that the sustained guidance provided by NDMA over the last eight years proved to be very useful and enabled government departments to respond quickly and systematically to the disaster. 
 
"Collaboration between NDMA and the Odisha Disaster Management Authority in the pre-disaster phase of preparation of Disaster Management plans and formulation of Standard Operation Procedures; construction of a large number of cyclone shelters etc. resulted in positive outcomes. I am also informed that the mock exercise organized in Srikakulam District on 25th-26th April, 2013 and public awareness messages published in that area on 8th and 9th October 2013 helped both the district administration as well as the community in executing a disciplined and quick response to the cyclone," he added.
 
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Mukherjee condemns serial blasts in Patna

 
President Pranab Mukherjee today condemned the serial blasts which occurred earlier in the day in Patna in which five people were killed and moe than 80 others injured.
 
Expressing his deep concern over the incident, the President conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the full recovery of those injured in the incident. 
 
Mr Mukherjee called upon people to maintain calm and restraint. He said the nation must remain united in its firm resolve to fight against all forms of terror and violence which have no place in a civilised society. 
 
He called upon concerned authorities to carry out speedy investigations in order to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice. 
 
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Narendra Modi tears into Nitish Kumar at Patna rally

Narendra Modi targets Nitish Kumar
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, today tore into his Bihar counterpart and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, accusing him of opportunism and hypocrisy.
 
Addressing a rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan here, Mr Modi came down heavily on Mr Kumar and the JD (U) for its decision of some months ago to end a 17-year alliance with the BJP over its move to project the Gujarat Chief Minister as its nominee for the top job.
 
"People ask why did he leave BJP but I say- those who left JP (Jayaprakash Narayan), what is BJP for them!" he told the thousands of people present at the rally, shortly after a series of seven blasts around the venue of the meeting left five people dead and 83 injured.
 
“The Chief Minister is my friend. Those who consider themselves disciples of (late Socialist leader Ram Manohar) Lohia have stabbed him in the back by going by trying to get close with the Congress. JP and Lohia ji will never forgive their actions," he said.
 
Mr Modi spoke about how he had received Mr Kumar warmly on his visit to Gujarat and compared it with the manner in which the Bihar Chief Minister had treated him and BJP leaders.
 
According to him, 13 years ago, the BJP had, even though it had twice the numbers of the JD (U), offered the chief ministership to Mr Kumar in the interest of "ridding Bihar of jungle raj".
 
He said he had tolerated all the insults thrown at him in view of such larger goals. "But the intentions of the Bihar Chief Minister were never good and now his friends are telling him to join hands with the Congress so that he can become the Prime Minister," he said
 
“He has not betrayed the BJP. He has betrayed the people of Bihar. He has betrayed you all,” he told the cheering crowds.
 
Mr Modi said the four biggest enemies of democracy are dynasty, caste politics, communal politics and opportunism and all these evils were present in the rulers of Bihar and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre.
 
He said there were forces out to divide the nation on the basis of caste and creed and stressed that a poor Hindu or a poor Muslim did not want to fight each other but poverty, their common enemy.
 
He called for a Rs 50,000 crore special package for Bihar and said that, even if the Centre did not oblige, it was only a matter of 200 more days before he would get the chance to repay the love that the people of the state had showered on him today.
 
He said the people of the country were desperate for change and the more dirt other parties threw at him and his party, the more its chances brightened.
 
He said that, even in the Bihar government, it was the former BJP ministers whose performance stood out.
 
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He accused the Congress leaders of misgovernance and of misleading the people. Referring to the criticism heaped on him by the Congress for referring to its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi as "shahzada" (prince), he said he would stop calling him that if his party gave up dynastic politics.
 
He said the Congress had not kept 80 per cent of the promises it made to the people before the last elections.
 
He said that, unlike Congress leaders, he was born in poverty and understood the probems of the poor.
 
Mr Modi reached out to the Muslims in Bihar, and claimed Muslims in Gujarat were well off because of his government's policies. The two fastest growing districts of Gujarat -- Kutch and Bharuch -- had significant Muslim populations, he said.
 
BJP President Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders such as Arun Jaitley, Sushil Modi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain, Rajiv Pratap Rud and Shatrughna Sinha were amongst those present at the rally.
 
Mr Modi sought to win over the audience by speaking at length in Maithili. 
 
He reached out to the Yadavs, saying Lord Krishna had come to stay in Dwarka in Gujarat "They need not worry, I will take care of the Yadavs," he said.
 
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Five killed, 50 injured in serial blasts near Modi's rally venue in Patna

At least five people were killed and about 50 others suffered injuries in a series of low-intensity blasts that occurred near the Gandhi Maidan here shortly before Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and addressed a huge rally there this afternoon.
Five blasts in Patna ahead of Narendra Modi’s Hunkar rally
At least five people were killed and about 50 others suffered injuries in a series of low-intensity blasts that occurred near the Gandhi Maidan here shortly before Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and addressed a huge rally there this afternoon.
 
In all, there were six blasts, including one in a toilet on platform number 10 at the Patna railway station, about two and a half kilometres from the ground. The other five explosions occurred within a space of 15-20 minutes, near the Gandhi Maidan, the venue of the rally, which was attended by thousands of people.
 
The injured were rushed to the Patna Medical College Hospital, where the condition of some of them was stated to be serious. 
 
Police sources said four unexploded bombs were found later and had been defused by bomb disposal squads.
 
At least one person was whisked away by the police from the Gandhi Maidan and taken for questioning, the sources said.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and called for urgent steps to identify and take action against those responsibility. He also appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm.
 
Dr Singh spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to enquire about the situation and called for immediate and firm action.
 
He also assured the Chief Minister of all assistance from the Centre in the investigations.
 
Mr Kumar held a meeting with senior state government and police officials to take stock of the situation.
 
In Delhi, Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh told journalists that the explosions were caused by crude devices.
 
Condemning the blasts, he said teams from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG) had been rushed to Patna to probe the incident.
 
He said the Ministry of Home Affairs was in continuous touch with the Bihar government in this regard.
 
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GAIL signs Gas Cooperation Agreement with Bihar govt.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and GAIL (India) CMD B C Tripathi witness the signing of a Gas Cooperation Agreement between the Department of Industries, Government of Bihar and GAIL in Patna on October 23, 2013.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and GAIL (India) CMD B C Tripathi witness the signing of a Gas Cooperation Agreement between the Department of Industries, Government of Bihar and GAIL in Patna on October 23, 2013.
Public sector gas major GAIL (India) Limited signed a Gas Cooperation Agreement (GCA) for natural gas infrastructure and city gas distribution with the Department of Industries of the Government of Bihar here today.
 
A press release said the agreement would help expand the natural gas footprint in eastern India.
 
The GCA was signed in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Industries Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha, Chief Secretary A K Sinha, GAIL Chairman & Managing Director B C Tripathi and other senior officials.
 
Under the provisions of the GCA, GAIL and the Bihar Government will evaluate the feasibility for cooperation for the development of the use of eco-friendly fuel, especially natural gas, in the state as well as development of natural gas distribution and city gas infrastructure in identified urban areas and cities after obtaining due authorization from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).
 
GAIL is constructing the 2,050 km Haldia-Jagdishpur pipeline for transmission and distribution of natural gas, of which about 621 km will pass through 14 districts of Bihar. 
 
The mainline of the Haldia-Jagdishpur pipeline will cover four districts of Bihar such as Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, while 10 districts will be covered by spur lines.
 
GAIL will explore the possibility of city gas distribution in major towns of Bihar along this pipeline route, the release said.
 
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GAIL and Industries Department, Bihar will also work towards promotion of joint venture for city gas distribution projects for domestic, commercial, industrial and transport sectors with the participation of GAIL or its wholly owned subsidiary GAIL Gas Limited and concerned departments of the Bihar Government, other state agencies or private players.
 
As per the GCA, Natural Gas Demand Assessment and Preliminary Techno Economic Feasibility Study will be undertaken for evaluation of medium and long term gas demand potential for the state for industrial, commercial, transport and residential sectors; assessment of pipeline infrastructure and associated facilities required for supply of natural gas including optical fibre network; and evaluation of natural gas supply options to Bihar on a long-term and competitive basis.
 
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28 killed as Rajya Rani Express train runs over them near Saharsa in Bihar

In a ghastly tragedy, at least 28 people were killed when the speeding Rajya Rani Express mowed into a group of people crossing the track at Dhamara Ghat station in Khagaria district of Bihar, near Saharsa, on Monday morning, official sources said.
 
20 feared dead as Rajya Rani Express runs over them in Bihar
 
In a ghastly tragedy, at least 28 people were killed when the speeding Rajya Rani Express mowed into a group of people crossing the track at Dhamara Ghat station in Khagaria district of Bihar, near Saharsa, this morning, official sources said.
 
East Central Railway (ECR) spokesman Amitabh Prabhakar told NetIndian over the telephone that six others were injured in the incident and had been admitted to nearby hospitals.
 
As many as 27 people had died on the spot, while one girl succumbed to her injuries on the way to a hospital, district officials said from the scene.
 
Most of the victims were said to be pilgrims who had travelled to the village to visit the famous Katyani temple near the station.
 
Soon after the incident, which occurred around 0910 hours, an angry mob gathered at the station and blocked rail traffic in both directions. 
 
The crowd is learnt to have set some coaches of the Rajya Rani Express on fire and assaulted the railway staff on duty, including the driver of the ill-fated train, who managed to escape from the scene.
 
In all, about 14 coaches of the Rajya Rani Express and and five coaches of a stationary train at the station  and the engines of both trains were vandalised by the mob. The crowd also damaged the station before police and the authorities managed to calm them down and restore order, officials said.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed several bodies strewn on the track and a part of one of the coaches of the train in flames.
 
The skeletal staff posted at the station went into hiding to escape the mob fury, the sources said.
 
Police reinforcements were rushed to the spot to protect the train, the station, the staff there and other railway property as well as restore order, they said. 
 
The relief teams and officals were delayed because there is no proper approach road to the village, and they had to walk a distance of more than three kilometres from the nearest road, sources said. 
 
There was no clarity on the number of casualties initially because of the chaos and the angry mob at the station, police and railway sources said.
 
Senior officials of the district administration and the police rushed to the spot immediately after hearing of the news of the tragedy.
 
The Rajya Rani Express, which was on its way from Saharsa to Patna, did not have a halt at the Dhamara Ghat station and was running through at full speed on the main line when it ran over a group of people who had alighted from a local train on the non-platform side and strayed on to the adjacent main line.
 
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Sources said the superfast train was travelling at a speed of about 80 kmph when the tragedy occurred.
 
Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge told Parliament in a statement that two trains, 55533 Up Madhepura-Samastipur Passenger and 55566 Samastipura-Madhepura Passenger had reached Dhamara Ghat at 0833 hours and 0848 hours, respectively, and had been stopped there to give precedence to 12567 Rajya Rani Express.
 
"Some passengers got done from the above trains, on non-platform side. In the meantime, at about 0850 hours, train no. 12567 Rajya Rani Express was passing through Dharama Ghat railway station," he said.
 
Mr Kharge said the pilot of the locomotive, after passing the home signal, which was on a curvature, saw some people on the track and applied emergency brakes.
 
"However, by the time the train stopped, some persons got run over. As per the last information, 28 persons got run over and lost their lives and six were injured," he said.
 
He said the Commissioner of Railway Safety, who functions under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, would inquire into the incident.
 
He said he had also spoken to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and urged him to take steps to maintain law and order and facilitate normal train operations.
 
Mr Kharge also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the incident and Rs 1 lakh for those grievously injured.
 
Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar told journalists in Delhi that there was a more than usual rush of passengers at the station because of a local fair.
 
Mr Kumar said the Divisional Railway Manager from Samastipur and the General Manager of ECR from Patna had left for the spot. He said relief teams from Saharsa and Barauni as well as a medical relief train had been despatched to the scene.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives in the accident.
 
He has directed the Ministry of Railways to deploy all available resources in the area for rescue and relief operations.
 
He has also appealed for calm in the area so that the relief and rescue operations can be carried out without any hindrance.
 
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20 killed as Rajya Rani Express runs over them near Saharsa in Bihar

 
20 feared dead as Rajya Rani Express runs over them in Bihar
 
At least 20 people were reported killed when the Rajya Rani Express ran over them at Dhamara Ghat station in Khagaria district of Bihar, near Saharsa, this morning, official sources said.
 
About 30 others are learnt to have been injured in the incident, district officials told NetIndian over the telephone.
 
Most of the victims were said to be pilgrims who had travelled to the village to visit the famous Katyani temple near the station.
 
Soon after the incident, which occurred around 0910 hours, an angry mob gathered at the station and blocked rail traffic in both directions. The crowd is learnt to have set a couple of coaches of the Rajya Rani Express on fire and assaulted the railway staff on duty.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed several bodies strewn on the track and a part of one of the coaches of the train in flames.
 
Officials from the local administration were trying to pacify the crowd. The railway employees posted at the station had gone into hiding to escape the mob fury, East Central Railway (ECR) sources said.
 
Police reinforcements have been rushed to the spot to protect the train, the station, the staff there and other railway property, they said. 
 
The relief teams and officals were delayed because there is no proper approach road to the village, and they had to walk a distance of more than three kilometres from the nearest road, sources said. 
 
There was no clarity on the number of casualties because of the chaos and the angry mob at the station, police and railway sources said.
 
Senior officials of the district administration and the police were on their way to the scene of the tragedy, they added.
 
The train, on its way from Saharsa to Patna, did not have a stop at the Dhamara Ghat station and was running through at full speed on the main line when it ran over a group of people who had apparently alighted from a local train on the non-platform side and strayed on to the adjacent main line.
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Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar told journalists in Delhi that a train had halted at the platform at the station, while the Rajya Rani Express had been given the signal to pass through on the main line, on the non-platform side.
 
He said there was a more than usual rush of passengers at the station because of a local fair.
 
Mr Kumar said the Divisional Railway Manager from Samastipur and the General Manager of ECR from Patna had left for the spot. He said relief teams from Saharsa and Barauni as well as a medical relief train had been despatched to the scene.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives in the accident.
 
He has directed the Ministry of Railways to deploy all available resources in the area for rescue and relief operations.
 
He has also appealed for calm in the area so that the relief and rescue operations can be carried out without any hindrance.
 
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9 children die of food poisoning after eating mid-day meal in Bihar school

At least nine children, all below the age of 10, died and nearly 40 others fell sick after eating their mid-day meal at a government school at Mahaura in Chhapra in Bihar on Tuesday.
Chhapra: 9 children die after eating mid-day meal
At least nine children, all below the age of 10, died and nearly 40 others fell sick after eating their mid-day meal at a government school at Mahaura in Chhapra in Bihar today.
 
Official sources said about 40 children were undergoing treatment at a Chhapra hospital, where some of them were stated to be in a serious condition.
 
The Bihar government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of the children who died in the tragedy.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
 
The Bihar Human Resource Development Minister and the Human Resource Development Secretary have rushed to Chhapra.
 
The incident occurred at the Dharamsati primary school in Saran district, the sources said.
 
The children had been served a meal comprising rice, pulses and soyabean, they said. The authorities are inquiry into the possibility of the meal having been contaminated.
 
Hundreds of people staged protests against the incident outside the local police station and demanded action against those responsible.
 
The state government has rushed a team for the State Forensic Science Laboratory to help in the investigations.
 
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has rushed a senior official, Dr Amarjit Singh, to the spot to take stock of the situation.
 
This was stated by the Secretary, Schools, Mr. R. Bhattacharya, in New Delhi this evening. 
 
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Gates Foundation launches website on Ananya programme in Bihar

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with its partners yesterday launched a new website for its Ananya Programme, a partnership with the Government of Bihar to improve key health, nutrition and sanitation indicators in the state. 

The website provides an overview of the programme and serves as a platform for learning, a press release from the foundation said.
 
With the primary objective of creating awareness about Ananya, the website provides an overview of the partnership and will create a better understanding about the programme, the various solutions use and the portfolio of investments in the state. 
 
The launch of the website serves as a key milestone for the programme and showcases the progress built through this partnership. The aim is to create a better understanding of the programmee that can spread its best practices to other neighboring states, it said.
 
"Ananya partners are doing some of the most innovative and impactful work in the interior areas of Bihar, along with the state, district and block officials. We have made significant progress and it is important to share our best practices and experiences with those tackling similar health and development challenges." said Mr Anand Sinha, Senior Programme Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
 
Key developmental partners and stakeholders will now have access to any information around Ananya while helping newer partners understand the programme better. 
 
"Furthermore, Ananya's impact goals are aligned with those of the Government of Bihar and other development partners. Ananya aims to contribute to the development goals set by the government, which will in turn contribute to achieving the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and ensure that the people of Bihar will have the right to high quality health care," the release said.
 
"Bihar has done a commendable job in reducing the state's maternal and child mortality rate which can serve as a great example to other neighbouring states. The foundation has been actively involved with eight districts of Bihar in the healthcare sector and it is extremely encouraging to witness the successful new associations made with the ASHA workers, ANM nurses and the women running the anganwadi as we expand to other districts in the state. My recent meeting with Chief Minister Kumar reaffirmed the faith we have in this initiative and we look forward to a continued partnership in improving overall health conditions across the state. The website will be a great way of letting people know of these invaluable efforts made by the state for the people of Bihar," said Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
 
In May 2010, the Government of Bihar entered into a five-year partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support faster progress towards the state's health goals through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC).
 
Through the partnership and portfolio of investments called the "Ananya Programme", the foundation agreed to support the state in the areas of maternal neonatal child health, nutrition, family planning, immunization, infectious diseases management [(diarrhoea, pneumonia, tuberculosis and visceral leishmaniasis (VL)] and water, sanitation and hygiene. 
 
"All projects are targeted towards improving health services and shaping their demand in Bihar. These include initiatives to test and implement innovative approaches, and to measure and learn from the progress of each project. The website would be a primary source of information and learning on maternal and child healthcare, nutrition and water and sanitation programmes and will highlight the work carried out by frontline health workers, primary health center staff and district officials and the positive impact they have had in the district," the release added.
 
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CCEA okays four-laning of Patna-Gaya-Dobhi section of NH-83 in Bihar

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved the implementation of four-laning of the 127.20 km Patna-Gaya-Dobhi section on National Highway (NH)-83 in Bihar with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – ODA Loan Assistance.

The total capital cost of the project will be Rs 2015.60 crore, which includes cost of civil construction, supervision works, land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities. 
 
The project will be completed within three years after signing of the contract agreement, an official press release said. 
 
The project takes off from NH-30 at Patna and ends at junction of NH-83 and NH-2 (Golden Quadrilateral) at Dobhi. 
 
The Japanese government is ready to fund the project through JICA loan, as it will connect Patna-Gaya-Dobhi as a part of the Buddhist Circuit. The project also serves as link road for the world class international Nalanda University which is expected to come up at Rajgir. 
 
The project road will provide smooth connectivity to Gaya/Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda both from Patna and in turn connecting the East-West corridor and Golden Quadrilateral at Dobhi on NH-2. It also will provide substantial economic gain in terms of reduced vehicle operating costs and reduced travel time, the release added.
 
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Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag to visit India from Jan 3-10

Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will pay a state visit to India from January 3-10 during which he will be the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2013 to be held on January 8-9 in Kochi.

Mr Purryag will be accompanied on the visit by Mrs Aneetah Purryag, and the Ministers of Arts & Culture and of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, and senior officials.
 
He will be honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award during the PBD.
 
In New Delhi, on January 4, Mr Purryag will meet President Pranab Mukherjee and hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 
Vice President M Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid are scheduled to call on him that day.
 
Apart from Kochi, Mr Purryag will also visit Patna and Tirupati. In Bihar, he will also visit his ancestral village, Bojeetpore near Patna, an official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
 
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17 feared killed in stampede during Chhath Puja in Patna

 
14 feared dead in stampede during Chhath at Adalatganj Ghat

As many as 17 people, including nine children, were feared killed and several others suffered injuries in a stampede at Adalatganj Ghat on the banks of the river Ganga in Patna during Chhath Puja this evening.

Police confirmed at least 14 deaths in the stampede which occurred when a huge crowd of devotees had assmbled for offering obeisance to the setting Sun, while media reports put the number at 17.
 
Most of the victims were taken to the Patna Medical College Hospital, while many others were taken to other hospitals.
 
Police said the 14 confirmed dead included nine children. Senior police officials said several people were still listed as missing and they were trying to ascertain the exact number of casualties.
 
Media reports said the stampede followed the collapse of a bamboo bridge under the weight of the devotees. The bridge was constructed to enable devotees to avoid a stretch of dirty water. 
 
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Four coaches of Mumbai-Rajendranagar Terminal Express derail in Bihar, no casualties

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Four coaches of the 13202 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) (Mumbai)-Rajendranagar Terminal Express derailed between Bhadaura and Gahmar stations of the Danapur division of East-Centrla Railway (ECR) in Bihar today, but no one was reported injured.

ECR spokesperson Amitabh Prabhakar said the coaches which derailed inclued a sleeper, a parce van, a pantry car and an air-conditioned 3-tier coach. The incident occurred at 1012 hours today, he said.
 
"There has been no injury or casuality as per initial reports received from the site," he said.
 
He said the up line from Patna to Mughalsarai was clear and movement of trains was being done through it.
 
An empty rake was being moved to the site from Patna to transport the stranded passengers to their destinations.
 
A medical can and accident relief trains were also being rushed to the site. Senior railway officials from the division and the zone have also left for the scene.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers: Patna: 0612-2213234, Danapur: 06115-232398, Mughalsarai:05412-254145 and Hajipur:06224-273293.
 
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Two judges appointed to Patna High Court

The President has appointed Mr Justice Gopal Prasad and Mr Justice Hemant Kumar Srivastava, additional judges of the Patna High Court, as judges of that high court.

An official press release said the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their office.
 
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India's consumer inflation rate eases slightly to 10.02% in June 2012

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India's new consumer inflation rate, based on the all-India General Consumer Price Index (CPI) (Combined) declined slightly to 10.02 per cent in June 2012 -- the sixth month of such a measure in the country of retail prices -- as compared to 10.36 per cent in the previous month.

The corresponding inflation rates for rural and urban areas for June 2012 were 9.74 per cent and 10.44 per cent respectively, an official statement, quoting provisional data said. The inflation rates for rural and urban areas for May this year were 9.57 per cent and 11.52 per cent, respectively.
 
The General indices for rural, urban and combined for June 2012 were 120.6, 118.5 and 119.7, respectively, it said.
 
The data showed that the food inflation rate was 10.71 per cent in the year to June 2012, while it was 10.34 per cent for fuel and light and 11.04 per cent for clothing, bedding and footwear.
 
The statement attributed the decline in the inflation rate for urban areas in June as compared to May this year to the higher base of the housing group index for June 2011 as compared to May last year.
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The housing group includes items such as house rent, water charges and repair charges. For compilation of house rent index, rent data are collected from the sample of rented dwellings (distributed over six months) once in six months. House rent data for six months period are therefore required for computation of house rent index. Housing group index for June 2011 included the rent index compiled using the rent data for the period January 2011 to June 2011, which was the first six months period after the base year of January 2010 to December 2010.
 
The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been releasing Consumer Price Indices (CPI) on base 2010=100 for all-India and States/ Union Territories separately for rural, urban and combined every month with effect from January, 2011. 
 
However, monthly inflation rates were not available till February this year because of the absence of full-year numbers.
 
Price data are collected from selected towns by the Field Operations Division of the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) and from selected villages by the Department of Posts. Price data are received through web portals being maintained by the National Informatics Centre.
 
Most countries use consumer price-based inflation to frame their monetary policies but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been using Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation because of the absence of such a consumer index until now. 
 
The RBI may continue to use the WPI-based numbers for the present, though it can now also take into account the CPI-based inflation data.
 
The data covers five major groups: food and beverages; fuel and light; clothing, bedding and footwear; housing; and miscellaneous (education, medical care, recreation & amusement; transport & communication; personal care and effects; and household requisites).
 
Monthly price data for the new index is collected from 310 towns and 1,181 villages. 
 
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New judges appointed to MP, HP and Patna High Courts

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The President has appointed Justice Anil Kumar Sharma, Additional Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, as a Judge of that court.

An official press release said the President had also appointed Justice Kuldip Singh, Additional Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court as a Judge of that court.
 
Both appointments will be with effect from the date they assume charge of their offices, the release said.
 
The President has also appointed Chakradhari Sharan Singh as an Additional Judge of the Patna High Court for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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NIMC seals two clinics in Bihar for PC & PNDT Act violations

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The National Inspection and Monitoring Committee (NIMC) team, constituted under the Pre-Conception & Prenatal Diagnostic Tests (Prevention of Sex Selection)  Act, 1994, sealed two clinics alongwith ultrasound machines for alleged violations under the Act found during surprise inspections of clinics offering ultrasound diagnostic services in Vaishali and Patna districts of Bihar on February 10 and 11.
 
The inspection team comprised of members from Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and civil society, an official press release said.
 
Appropriate authorities from the State and the respective districts accompanied the team during the field visit. 

Former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair quits as IIT Patna Chairman

File photo of Madhavan Nair
File photo of Madhavan Nair
Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Madhavan Nair, who was recently barred from occupying any government position, has stepped down voluntarily from the post of chairman of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Patna).
 
Nair and three other space officials were barred by the Department of Space from occupying any government position for their alleged role in the controversial January 2005 deal between Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the agency, and the private sector Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd.
 
Apart from Nair, the others covered by the January 13 order are former ISRO Scientific Secretary A Bhaskarnarayana, former Antrix Managing Director K R Sridharamurthi and former ISRO Satellite Centre Director K N Shankara.
 
Nair flew down to Patna and personally informed his colleagues on the Board of Governors of IIT, Patna and senior faculty members of his decision to step down in the light of what had happened.
 
He told NetIndian over the telephone that IIT Patna was an institution very close to his heart because he had played a role in nurturing it for the past two years.
 
"The college is very close to my heart and it was my moral responsibility to give them the message," he said from his Bangalore residence on his return from Patna.
 
Nair also said that he still had not heard anything from the Government about its decision, which he felt was unjust.
 
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He said he had filed an application for the relevant papers under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, including the reports of the two high-powered committees on the basis of which the Government had taken the unprecedented step.
 
He said that he would decide on a further course of action only after perusing all those documents.
 
In the past few days since the Government's decision was reported by the media, Nair has hit out at his successor Radhakrishnan, accusing him of misleading the Prime Minister and others in the matter as part of a "personal agenda".
 
The contract between Antrix, the marketing arm of ISRO, and Devas, a private sector company, was signed during the tenure of Nair at the helm of the space agency. Nair was also behind India's maiden moon mission, Chandrayan-I. He is a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour.
 
The Government's decision is based on the report of a high-powered committee (HPC) under former Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha that went into the deal as well as the report of a high-powered review committee headed by Planning Commission member B K Chaturvedi set up earlier.
 
Nair told television channels that none of the details regarding the reports of the committees had been put in the public domain. He said the Government should have communicated to them on what grounds the action against them was taken and they should have been given an opportunity to be heard. No such process had been followed, he said.
 
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He said it was very unfortunate that some of the country's foremost scientists, who had great credibility, had been treated in this manner. He said there clearly was an attempt to tarnish the image of the scientists.
 
Nair said Radhakrishnan, who was also on the Antrix board, had taken it upon himself to scrap the deal with Devas, though he had not raised any objections against it during discussions in the board.
 
He also said some of those in Devas had been senior to Radhakrishnan in ISRO at one time and he, perhaps, had some grudge against them. He also said that Radhakrishnan was probably trying to divert attention for lack of performance by ISRO after he took over by creating a "scandal" that did not exist.
 
He said the entire matter was unjustified and "totally absurd" and that the Government was being "misinformed and misled".
 
He said the correct thing to do would have been to give them a charge sheet and then hold an inquiry.
 
Nair said an internal and independent review ordered by Radhakrishnan had given a complete clean chit to the Devas deal.
 
The High-Powered Review Committee, headed by Chaturvedi had been asked to, inter-alia, review aspects of the agreement between Antrix and Devas and suggest correctives and responsibility for lapses, if any.
 
The committee had also been asked to suggest improvements and changes in processes and procedures followed by Antrix, ISRO and the Department of Space.
 
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The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had on February 17, 2011, decided to annul forthwith the deal.
 
"Taking note of the fact that Government policies with regard to allocation of spectrum have undergone a change in the last few years and there has been an increased demand for allocation of spectrum for national needs, including for the needs of defence, para-military forces, railways and other public utility services as well as for societal needs, and having regard to the needs of the country’s strategic requirements, the Government will not be able to provide orbit slot in S band to Antrix for commercial activities, including for those which are the subject matter of existing contractual obligations for S band," then Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily had told reporters on that day after the meeting of the CCS.
 
"In the light of this policy of not providing orbit slot in S Band to Antrix for commercial activities, the 'Agreement for the lease of space segment capacity on ISRO/Antrix S-Band spacecraft by Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.' entered into between Antrix Corporation and Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. on 28th January, 2005 shall be annulled forthwith," he had said.
 
ISRO has been facing allegations of causing huge losses to the Government by leasing space segment using S-band spectrum to the private firm at a very low price.
 
Devas had said at that time that it had proceeded with the project after required consents and approvals were obtained within Government of India, culminating with Space Commission and Union Cabinet, which were confirmed to it by Antrix in February 2006,
 
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It has also said that it had fulfilled all of its obligations in respect of the agreement over the past six years and had been awaiting the delivery of the contracted space segment capacity.
 
Devas also said it had secured appropriate approvals from the Government related to conducting its business. All foreign direct investment into Devas had also been with due Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approvals and in full compliance with government regulations, it said.
 
The company said it, its investors - Deutsche Telekom, Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures - and its partners had invested significant time, capital and resources in developing an innovative, novel, integrated satellite system to serve the needs of the Indian consumers and government agencies, including for strategic applications.
 
It said it had developed technologies that are essential for the delivery of advanced services, including societal, strategic and commercial applications, through ISRO’s GSAT 6 and 6A satellites.
 
Devas has been promoted by a group of entrepreneurs, some of whom have worked with ISRO in senior positions in the past.
 
ISRO Chairman K Radharkishnan had told a press conference here on February 8 last year that the agency had decided in July 2010 to cancel the deal.
 
Radhakrishnan, who is also Chairman of the Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space, had asserted that the deal had not caused any financial loss to the Government.
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He said the contract had been under review by ISRO since December 2009 and finally put up the matter before the Space Commission, which decided in July 2010 to terminate the contract.
 
Radhakrishnan, who had taken over as ISRO Chairman in November 2009 from Nair, said some important details about the contract, especially the fact that upto 90 per cent of the capacity of transponders on two satellites - GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A - would be reserved for the usage of Devas, were not explicitly shared with the Union Cabinet when sanction was sought and received for building and launching the satellites.
 
The ISRO chief said Devas, a company launched in 2004 by a team of entrepreneurs, including some former ISRO officials, had made a proposal for a new, novel digital broadcast service and Antrix had signed the contract with it after about a year of discussions.
 
He said this had happened at a time when many other users had migrated to the Ku band and ISRO was looking ways of using the S-band spectrum for new, novel applications.
 
ISRO had gone ahead and got government approval for the GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A satellites, but did not make it explicitly clear that their capacity would be predominantly used for the Devas project.
 
At the same time, in 2009, there arose an emerging strategic requirement in the country for spectrum for national agencies and ISRO decided to conduct a comprehensive review of the Antrix-Devas contract, Radhakrishnan had said at that time.
 
He said the Space Commission also took the view that the highest priority should be given to the country's strategic requirements and, therefore, decided to take action to annul the contract between Antrix and Devas. This would ensure that GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A would be available to meet the strategic requirements, he said.
 
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