ADVERTISEMENT

Bihar

7 dead as bus overturns, catches fire

ADVERTISEMENT
At least seven passengers were burnt to death after a bus overturned and caught fire on Thursday in Bihar's East Champaran district, officials said.
 
Bihar Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav told the media that they had received information about seven persons dying in the accident.
 
Pratyay Amrit, Principal Secretary - Disaster Management Department, said that most of the charred bodies were still inside the bus.
 
According to police, an air-conditioned bus from Muzaffarpur to Delhi met with the accident after the driver lost control over it.
 
Soon after the bus overturned, it caught fire and the seven persons were either charred or died due to suffocation from smoke inside the vehicle.
 
Police officials said the passengers who managed to come out of the bus had been admitted to a hospital.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
 
IANS
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Four arrested for molesting minor in Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
Four persons in Bihar's Jehanabad district have been arrested for molesting a minor girl, the video of which went viral on social sites, police said on Monday.
 
The video, captured by a local, shows the girl being hounded and molested by a group of youths in broad daylight. The incident took place on Saturday, the police said.
 
Jehanabad's Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar said a special investigation team (SIT) arrested four of the accused. "Others have been identified and a hunt is on to arrest them," he said.
 
The SIT also siezed a motorbike seen in the video.
 
According to police official Shayam Sundae Singh, an FIR was lodged against seven people involved in the case.
 
IANS
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

NDMA conducts training programme for CBRN emergencies at Patna airport

ADVERTISEMENT
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) began a five-day basic training programme at the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport here yesterday to enhance the  preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies.
 
CBRN emergencies pertain to threats emanating due to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear material.
 
The training programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS).
 
Four such programmes have already been conducted earlier - one each in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.       
 
An official press release said the programme consists of lectures as well as field training, including live demonstrations of detection and decontamination including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Apart from equipping the airport emergency handlers to handle CBRN emergencies, the training programme will also enable them to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support.
 
Experts from the domain departments viz. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), INMAS, NDMA, etc. will deliver lectures and hold demonstrations on various areas related to CBRN emergency management.
 
A total of 200 personnel will be trained on various aspects of CBRN emergencies. This includes sensitization of 150 working level staff in a half day module.
 
A team of NDRF, trained for CBRN emergency, is posted in Patna and their expertise will also be utilized in the programme.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Yashwant Sinha snaps links with BJP, says will launch campaign to 'save democracy'

 
Yashwant Sinha snaps ties with BJP
 
 
Senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been trenchant in his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, on Saturday announced that he was snapping his links with the party and launching a countrywide campaign to save  democracy.
 
"I am announcing here from this stage that I am ending my long time relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party," he said while addressing the first meeting of the Rashtra Manch, founded by him.
 
Eighty-year-old Sinha, who had joined the BJP in the mid-90s, said "Aaj se mera BJP ke saath rishta samapt ho gaya. Main apna sambandh viched kar raha hun BJP se. Main BJP se khud ko alag kar raha hun (From today my relation with BJP is over. I'm severing my ties with the party...)."
 
He said that from now he will try to unite all non-BJP parties, "I will not join any political party and will have nothing to do with party politics." 
 
"I am not an aspirant for any top post and I am making it clear here that I am not at all interested in seeking any post," he added.
 
Sinha, who was Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, attended the meeting of the Rashtra Manch along with BJP MP Satrughan Sinha, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Congress leader Renuka Choudhary and AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh.
 
In 2017, Sinha had created a political storm with an article in the Indian Express claiming that the Indian economy was poised for a hard landing after demonetisation and GST. 
 
Again, earlier this week, he had written an open letter to BJP MPs asking them to challenge the leadership before the next elections so that correctives could be taken.
 
IANS
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Deputy CM Sushil Modi among three BJP nominees for Bihar LC polls

ADVERTISEMENT
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Health Minister Mangal Pandey are among the three candidates whose names were announced for the Bihar Legislative Council polls by the ruling BJP on Sunday.
 
Sanjay Paswan, a former Union Minister and Dalit face of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar, is its third candidate.
 
The opposition Congress -- part of the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Grand Alliance along with Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) -- also announced the name of Prem Chandra Mishra.
 
The Election Commission has announced April 26 as the polling date for the biennial elections to 11 Legislative Council seats that will fall vacant on May 6. 
 
BJP ally Janata Dal-United is yet to formally announce the names of three candidates. 
 
JD-U sources said that party President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will file the nomination on Monday, the last date for filing of papers along with two other candidates.
 
Last week, the RJD announced the names of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Santosh Manjhi, son of another former Chief Minister and HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, RJD state President Ram Chander Purve and Mohsin Qadir.
 
While the terms of 10 sitting members will end on May 6, one seat fell vacant when Narendra Singh was disqualified on January 6, 2016, ahead of the end of his term on May 6, 2018.
 
Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Modi, Rabri Devi and Mangal Pandey are among those whose terms will end on May 6.
 
IANS
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

DCW chief's fast enters Day 3, two more minors raped

ADVERTISEMENT
An indefinite hunger strike by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal demanding death penalty for rapists entered the third day here on Sunday even as two more minors were raped across the country.
 
Maliwal launched the protest at Rajghat on Friday in the wake of the horrific rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua districts.
 
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, she said: "I will not break my anshan (fast) until the Prime Minister does not (promise) the country a better system for the safety of our daughters."
 
As Maliwal continued her fast in Delhi, authorities in Patna said a minor girl was gang-raped on Sunday. The incident took place at 12.30 a.m. near a railway line in the heart of Bihar's capital.
 
"Both the accused (Chotu Kumar and Phekan Kumar) were caught by a police patrol that heard the girl's cries for help. The girl also identified both of them," police officer Rama Shankar Singh said.
 
In Odisha, police said a four-year-old girl was raped by a youth in Balasore district. The accused, 24-year-old Nityacharan Jena, is a neighbour.
 
On Friday, when the girl was playing outside, Jena lured her to his house with chocolates and raped her, according to police. The girl has been hospitalised. Her family lodged a police complaint on Saturday.
 
Meanwhile in Srinagar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah demanded a special Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session to pass a bill to hand out capital punishment to those convicted of raping minors.
 
"It is only by awarding capital punishment to perpetrators of such heinous crime that incidents like Kathua rape and murder can be prevented in future," the former Chief Minister said. 
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has already said that Jammu and Kashmir will soon pass a bill for death sentence to those who rape minors.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi blasts opposition for 'dividing' the country

Amid nationwide protests by Dalits after a Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the opposition of dividing the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the National Convention of Swachhagrahis, at Motihari in Bihar, on April 10, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the National Convention of Swachhagrahis, at Motihari in Bihar, on April 10, 2018
Amid nationwide protests by Dalits after a Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the opposition of dividing the country.
 
"They (opposition) are creating hurdles in the work of the government from the streets to Parliament. Today you have a government at the Centre which is working to unite the people of the country while the opposition is working to divide the people," Modi told the National Convention of 'Swachhagrahis' here.
 
Eight persons were killed and dozens injured during Dalit protests on April 2 turned violent following a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Dalits and Tribes.
 
Tuesday's event was organised as part of the centenary celebrations of the Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran.
 
Hitting out at the former UPA government led by the Congress for delaying projects, the Prime Minister said his government was completing all its mission and commitments with the cooperation of the people.
 
Describing the Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory as a prime example of Make in India and a source of employment in the region, he said work on the project was first approved in 2007 but it began only three years ago when the NDA government came into the power.
 
On Tuesday, the first engine rolled out of the factory.
 
"This is the style of working of this government. 'Ab atkane, latkane and bhatkane wala kaam nahin hota'. Now the culture of stopping files is not there. The government is committed to fulfil all its mission," he said.
 
He said the changes brought in the society through development works had created problems for the opposition and they were unable to accept this. 
 
"They cannot see the poor getting empowered. They feel if the poor are strengthened, then they (opposition) will not be able to speak lies. They will not be able to fool them," he said. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Prime Minister showered praise on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his patience and able administration in fighting corrupt and anti-social forces.
 
"It is not so easy," he said, adding that the Centre extended its full support to the efforts of Nitish Kumar in fighting against corruption and his efforts towards sanitation drive for social change.
 
On the occasion, the Prime Minister launched several development projects. He unveiled a plaque to mark the foundation stone of Motijheel Project, the Bettiah Nagar Parishad Water Supply Scheme and four Ganga Projects.
 
Modi laid the foundation stone for the doubling of railway lines between Muzaffarpur and Sagauli as well as between Sagauli and Valmikinagar. 
 
He dedicated the first phase of the Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory to the nation. Via video link, he flagged off the first 12,000 HP Freight Electric Locomotive, and the Champaran Humsafar Express.
 
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for a road lane of NH-2 in Aurangabad Bihar-Jharkhand border section and distributed awards to Champion Swachhagrahis from across the country.
 
Mahatma Gandhi launched the Champaran Satyagraha on April 10, 1917 against the British to fight for the rights of farmers who were forced to undertake indigo cultivation.
 
IANS
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi to attend concluding ceremony of centenary of Champaran Satyagraha

ADVERTISEMENT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the concluding ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha in Bihar during a day-long visit to the state tomorrow.
 
On the occasion, he will address a gathering of about 20,000 Swachhagrahis or Ambassadors of Cleanliness in Motihari.
 
"Swachhagrahis are the ‘foot soldiers’ and motivators to implement the Community Approaches to Sanitation (CAS) at the village level. Swachhagrahis are key to driving progress towards achieving an open defaecation free nation," an official press release said.
 
Mahatma Gandhi launched the Champaran Satyagraha over a century ago, on 10th April, 1917 against the Britishers to fight for the rights of farmers who were forced to undertake indigo cultivation. April 10th, 2018 marks the end of the centenary year celebrations of the Champaran Satyagrah, and is going to be celebrated through the “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah” campaign.
 
Mr. Modi will also unveil several development projects on the occasion such  as laying of Motijheel Project; Bettiah Nagar Parishad water supply scheme under AMRUT; four sewerage projects, worth Rs 1111.56 crore aimed at creating a sewage treatment capacity of 60 million litres daily for Patna,under Namami Gange; doubling of railway lines between Muzaffarpur and Sagauli, and Sagauli and Valmikinagar; Motihari-Amlekhgang Oil Pipeline Project; dedication of first phase of Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory and flagging off of the first 12,000 HP Freight Electric Locomotive and Champaran Humsafar Express.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Six dead as Dalit protests turn violent in different states

Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others. But the top court denied an urgent hearing of the matter.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralysed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
The central government rushed 800 anti-riot policemen to violence-hit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
 
A Home Ministry official in Delhi said two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were sent to Meerut and one company each to Agra and Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where five persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing officials to impose curfew in Morena, Gwalior and Bhind districts. Protests were also held Bhopal as agitators blocked roads in the state capital.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a passionate appeal for peace.
 
Police said one person each was killed in Bhind and Morena while three died in Gwalior. The dead in Morena was identified as Rahul Pathak, a student leader. 
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed.
 
"Three people have been conformed dead in Gwalior." Jain said.
 
A man identified as Pawan Kumar was killed in Rajasthan's Alwar as violence was also reported from other parts of the state including Jaipur, Ajmer. Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda too shut down.
 
Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut, Saharanpur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. 
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Gujarat's major towns and cities also saw protests by Dalits amid reports of vandalism from Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the Modi government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
IANS
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Two killed as violence grips India amid Dalit protests

Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated Dalit activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralyzed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where two persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing authorities to impose curfew at many places. Police said one person was killed in Bhind and the other in Morena.
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed. 
 
Protesters blocked rail tracks and set fire to vehicles, with plumes of fire and smoke seen on near barren roads.
 
The Madhya Pradesh government called the Army to control the situation in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior.
 
Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda to shut down.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
"Train services have been badly disrupted due to the protest," an East Central Railway official told IANS.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut and Saharanpur.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. Pro-reservation groups indulged in vandalism at the Muzaffarnagar railway station, stoning the Kocchi Express.
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
He said senior government lawyers "will argue this matter with all their legal preparations and authority that this judgment needs to be reconsidered". 
 
IANS
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Shaktisinh Gohil appointed as Congress in-charge of Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has appointed senior Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil as the party's in-charge of Bihar in place of Dr. C. P. Joshi, a senior party leader from Rajasthan.
 
"The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of Dr. C. P. Joshi who is relieved from the charge of the General Secretary In-charge of Bihar," a press release issued by Mr. Ashok Gehlot, General Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC), said here today.
 
Mr. Gandhi has also appointed Mr. Anugrah Narayan Singh as the party's in-charge of Uttarakhand, Mr. Gehlot addded.
 
NNN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Union Minister's son sent to judicial custody in Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
A Bihar court on Sunday sent Union Minister Ashwini Choubey's son Arijit Shashwat, accused of inciting communal violence in Bhagalpur, to judicial custody for 14 days.
 
Bhagalpur Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said that Shashwat, who had been evading arrest for over a week, surrendered and was produced in a court.
 
"Police have strong evidence against Arijit Shashwat and an FIR was lodged against him," he said.
 
Earlier, Shashwat surrendered at around 12.30 a.m. outside the Mahavir temple near the Patna railway station, shouting slogans like "Jai Shri Ram" and "Bharat Mata ki Jai", district police official Rakesh Dubey said.
 
Last week, a case was lodged against Shashwat, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, on charges of taking out a procession without prior permission, inciting communal sentiments and roaming with arms on the streets of Bhagalpur.
 
He moved a bail plea in a civil court, following which the court on March 27 sought the case diary from the police to ascertain his role in the communal flare-up on March 17.
 
The court then issued an arrest warrant against Shashwat.
 
Minister Choubey has dubbed the FIR "a piece of garbage" registered by "corrupt police officers".
 
Shashwat contested the last Assembly polls on BJP ticket from Bhagalpur and lost.
 
IANS
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Modi flags off train between Varanasi and Patna

ADVERTISEMENT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a train for Patna from Manduadih Railway Station, launched various development projects and addressed a public meeting at the DLW Grounds here yesterday.
 
Mr Modi complimented the people of the pilgrim city for extending a warm welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron. He said the Government is committed to the continuous development and upgrading of the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), that manufactures diesel-electric locomotives and its spare part, describing it as  a symbol of the industrial development of Varanasi.
 
He appreciated the efforts of the State Government in the housing sector and urged it to ensure that more people get access to housing facilities. The Prime Minister also commended the exhibition of various “waste to wealth” initiatives at the venue.
 
There is immense potential for tourism in Varanasi, and all efforts should be made to keep the city clean, he added. Referring to the recently announced Ayushman Bharat scheme, he said it will transform the health sector by providing top quality healthcare to the poor.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

ADB to provide $ 84 million loan for improvement, expansion of water supply in Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
The Government of India and the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $84 million loan here today for improvement and expansion of water supply in Bhagalpur and Gaya towns in Bihar.
 
The tranche 2 loan is part of the $200 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Bihar Urban Development Investment Programme that was approved by ADB in 2012 to provide sustainable urban infrastructure and services in four towns in Bihar – Bhagalpur, Gaya, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.
 
“The Project 2 will improve access to better quality and sustainable water supply, for the people of Bhagalpur and Gaya towns. It will also promote better water management practices that will result in a citywide coverage with 24-hour uninterrupted supply of treated water of 135 litres per capita per day in both cities,” said Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed the loan agreement for Government of India.
 
“The loan finances will support civil works subprojects and would benefit 1.1 million people in the two project towns with increased coverage of treated water supply by 2021; train 400 urban local body (ULB) staff in the management and operation and maintenance (O&M) of water supply systems, and help ULBs improve technical and financial management of the water supply operations,” said Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission who signed the agreement for ADB. 
 
The project agreement was signed by Mr. Vipin Kumar, Resident Commissioner on behalf of the Government of Bihar.
 
The two towns under the project would achieve the national urban service goals or match many of the national averages for urban service delivery performance in India. The investment programme will assist ULBs in designing affordable tariffs for O&M cost recovery.
 
The loan will have a 25-year term, including a grace period of 5 years, an annual interest rate determined in accordance with ADB’s lending facility based on the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), and a commitment charge of 0.15% per year.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

CCEA okays doubling of Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar rail lines with electrification

ADVERTISEMENT
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved the doubling of the 100.6 km long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and the 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar railway lines with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore and Rs. 1381.49 crore, respectively. 
 
These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar, an official press release said.
 
Areas served by this route are densely populated regions of north Bihar. At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on the Muzaffarpur-Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. 
 
As many as 38 mail/express trains are running in this section with thousands of passengers travelling daily. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays. In addition, it will enhance safety through more availability of maintenance blocks, the release said.
 
"In addition to decongesting the entire route from Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar, doubling will improve capacity and connectivity, thus paving way for economic prosperity and overall development of the region. Development of eastern regions of the country is important for achieving the ‘New India’ vision of Prime Minister by 2022.Champaran is on the border with Nepal, thus doubling of this line will lead to better connectivity with neighbouring countries as well," the release said.
 
"Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country," the release added.
 
NNN
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Bye-elections to be held on March 11 to fill two LS vacancies from UP, one from Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
The Election Commission of India today said it would hold bye-elections on March 11 to fill three vacancies in the Lok Sabha -- one from Bihar and two from Uttar Pradesh -- and two vacancies in the Bihar Legislative Assembly.
 
The vacant Lok Sabha seats are Araria in Bihar and Phulpur and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
 
The seats vacant in the Bihar Legislative Assembly are Bhabua and Jehanabad.
 
An official press release said the notifications for the elections would be issued on February 13 and the last date for filing nominations is February 20. Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on February 21 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is February 23.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on March 14, the release added.
 
The Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats were held by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prsadad Maurya, who had resigned after taking over as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, respectively, of Uttar Pradesh.
 
The vacancy in Araria was caused by the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin in September last year.
 
This is the first electoral test for the RJD and Bihar's ruling Janata Dal (United) after the collapse of their grand alliance, which also included the Congress. JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar continued to be the Chief Minister of the state after forging an aliance with the BJP.
 
NNN
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Four coaches of train gutted in fire at Mokama yard in Bihar

 
Fire guts four empty coaches of train, no casualties
Four coaches of an empty rake of the Patna-Mokama passenger train stationed at the Mokama Railway Yard, about 90 km from here, were gutted in a fire in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
East Central Railway (ECR) spokesperson Rajesh Kumar told NetIndian over the telephone the train had reached Mokama around 2230 hours yesterday and was later moved to the yard for routine maintenance and cleaning operations.
 
Around 0115 hours today, a fire was noticed in two of the coaches and railway staff from the Mokama station rushed to the spot and began using fire extinguishers to put out the flames.
 
Fire brigade personnel also reached the spot after a while and the fire was doused by 3.30 am, he said.
 
Mr. Rajesh Kumar said there were no casualties in the incident. The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained. A three-member inquiry committee has been set up to investigate the incident, he said, adding that there was no disruption to traffic on the Patna-Howrah route.
 
NNN
 
 
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Lalu Prasad gets three and a half years in jail in second fodder scam case

RJD leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a CBI Special Court for his role in a 21-year-old fodder scam case -- the second of five such cases in which he has been convicted and given jail terms.
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was today sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a CBI Special Court for his role in a 21-year-old fodder scam case -- the second of five such cases in which he has been convicted and given jail terms.
 
CBI Special Judge Shivpal Singh had, on December 23, convicted Mr. Yadav, 69, and 15 others in the case while acquitting former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others.
 
The court also slapped a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on Mr. Yadav in a case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury, then a part of undivided Bihar and now in Jharkhand, between 1991 and 1994.
 
The court had said it would pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3 but it was put off for various reasons till today.
 
Mr. Yadav, who has been lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail here after his conviction in the case, heard the sentence through video-conference.
 
"The court has awarded Mr. Yadav three-and-a-half years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on him. If he fails to pay the fine, he will have to spend an additional six months in prison," Mr. Prabhat Kumar, his lawyer, told journalists.
 
He said Mr. Yadav, who is also a former Union Minister, would move the High Court in Ranchi for bail on Monday.
 
Mr. Yadav's lawyers had, during arguments on the quantum of sentence, had pleaded for leniency, citing his poor health. He could have applied for bail in the special court if he had been given a sentence of three years or less.
 
The judge also awarded sentences ranging from three and a half years to seven years in prison for the 15 others convicted in the case.
 
Mr. Yadav and the other accused had been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act in the case.
 
Apart from Mr. Mishra, 80, the five others who were acquitted in the case are  former Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer A C Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former State Minister Vidya Sagar Nishad. 
 
Those convicted along with Mr. Yadav are politicians Jagdish Sharma and R K Rana, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad, and government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya. The others are suppliers and transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Gopinath Das, Sanjay Agarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Sunil Gandhi. 
 
In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered a probe into the so-called fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. During the two decades, 11 of the accused died, three became approvers and two others confessed to their parts and were convicted in 2006-07.
 
RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad had told journalists after the conviction that Mr. Yadav would appeal against the order in the High Court.
 
 
Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case
Mr. Yadav had, on September 30, 2013, been sentenced to five years of five years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25 lakhs for his role in another case in the multi-crore fodder scam, which broke out 17 years ago when he was Chief Minister of Bihar.
 
He and 44 others were convicted by the CBI Court in Ranchi in one of the several cases related to the Rs 950 crore scandal, in which Rs 37.70 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn from the treasury at Chaibasa, then a part of undivided Bihar and now in Jharkhand. Mr. Mishra was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years with a fine of Rs 2 lakhs in that case.
 
On December 13 that year, the Supreme Court granted bail to Mr. Yadav. He had moved the apex court after the Jharkhand High Court had dismissed his application for bail until his appeal against his conviction by the Special CBI Court in Ranchi was decided by the High Court.
 
The bail was granted by a bench headed by then Chief Justice P Sathasivam after it noted that many other similarly placed convicts had been been granted bail in the case.
 
The former Union Minister is an accused in three other cases related to the alleged scam, pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury. 
 
Despite the charges he is facing, Mr. Yadav remains popular with large sections of the people in Bihar and had led a grand alliance that included the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress to a handsome victory over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2015 Assembly elections. The alliance later came apart when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of it and later joined hands with the BJP to return as Chief Minister.
 
Mr. Yadav's conviction is likely to be a setback for the efforts to put together a similar alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Mr. Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav, former deputy chief minister of Bihar, held an emergency meeting with senior RJD leaders to discuss the party's strategy.
 
NNN
Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Lalu Prasad, 15 others convicted in fodder scam case, Jagannath Mishra acquitted

In a major setback for the RJD, a CBI Special Court in Ranchi on Saturday convicted its leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a 21-year-old fodder scam case, while another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others were acquitted.
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
In a major setback for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a CBI Special Court here today convicted its leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a 21-year-old fodder scam case, while another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others were acquitted.
 
The verdict was pronounced by CBI Special Judge Shivpal Singh in a crowded court room in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. 
 
The court said it would pronounce the quantum of sentence for the convicted persons on January 3.
 
Mr. Yadav and the other accused had been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court had on December 13 reserved its verdict on the matter. 
 
Mr. Yadav, 69, and the other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the verdict was pronounced and taken to the Birsa Munda Jail here.
 
Among those present in court was Mr. Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and now the Leader of the Opposition in the State Legislative Assembly.
 
Apart from Mr. Mishra, 80, the five others who were acquitted are  former Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer A C Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former State Minister Vidya Sagar Nishad. 
 
Those convicted along with Mr. Yadav are politicians Jagdish Sharma and R K Rana, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad, and government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya. The others are suppliers and transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Gopinath Das, Sanjay Agarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Sunil Gandhi. 
 
In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered a probe into the so-called fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. During the two decades, 11 of the accused died, three became approvers and two others confessed to their parts and were convicted in 2006-07.
 
Immediately after the verdict, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told journalists that the party would appeal against today's order in the High Court.
 
 
Lalu Yadav, 15 others convicted in a fodder scam case
A post on Mr. Yadav's Twitter page said: "Truth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In end Truth will win."
 
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ....But still prevails...In the end though," he said.
 
"Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and the ruled classes. And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished," another post said.
 
"Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment," he post said.
 
Mr. Yadav had, on September 30, 2013, been sentenced to five years of five years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25 lakhs for his role in another case in the multi-crore fodder scam, which broke out 17 years ago when he was Chief Minister of Bihar.
 
He and 44 others were convicted by the CBI Court in Ranchi in one of the several cases related to the Rs 950 crore scandal, in which Rs 37.70 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn from the treasury at Chaibasa, then a part of undivided Bihar and now in Jharkhand. Mr. Mishra was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years with a fine of Rs 2 lakhs in that case.
 
On December 13 that year, the Supreme Court granted bail to Mr. Yadav. He had moved the apex court after the Jharkhand High Court had dismissed his application for bail until his appeal against his conviction by the Special CBI Court in Ranchi was decided by the High Court.
 
The bail was granted by a bench headed by then Chief Justice P Sathasivam after it noted that many other similarly placed convicts had been been granted bail in the case.
 
The former Union Minister is an accused in three other cases related to the alleged scam, pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury. 
 
Despite the charges he is facing, Mr. Yadav remains popular with large sections of the people in Bihar and had led a grand alliance that included the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress to a handsome victory over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2015 Assembly elections. The alliance later came apart when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of it and later joined hands with the BJP to return as Chief Minister.
 
Today's verdict will be a setback for the efforts to put together a similar alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

BHEL bags R&M order for ESP Package at Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station in Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) toay said it had, in the face of stiff international competitive bidding (ICB), secured an order for the renovation and modernization (R&M) of Electrostatic Precipitators (ESP) at Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station (STPS) in Bihar.
 
Valued at over Rs. 215 crore, the turnkey order envisages carrying out R&M of ESPs at Kahalgaon STPS, Stage-I (4x210 MW) of NTPC Limited. 
 
The ESPs, originally supplied along with the units by BHEL, have been in successful operation for more than 25 years since the commissioning of the units, a press release from the company said.
 
According to it, renovation of these ESPs will enable these units to meet the new norms for suspended particulate matter (SPM) emission, recently announced by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF & CC). Modernisation of the units will facilitate the operation of these units for many more years, it said.
 
BHEL’s scope of work in the contract includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, dismantling, erection, testing and commissioning of the ESPs to bring down the SPM emission to the stipulated level for all the four units of Kahalgaon STPS, Stage-1.
 
Major equipment for the project will be supplied by BHEL’s units located at Ranipet and Bhopal, while the execution on site will be undertaken by Power Sector Eastern Region.
 
BHEL is already executing similar R&M projects on turnkey basis for NTPC Limited and state utilities like GSECL, CSPGCL, and so on. With the R&M of ESPs by BHEL, many old units will be able to comply with the new emission norms, the release added.
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Three dead, 10 injured as Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derails near Manikpur in UP

 
3 dead, 10 injured as Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP
Three people died and ten others suffered injuries as 13 coaches of the 12741 Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh early this morning.
 
The accident occurred at around 0418 hours when the train was passing through Manikpur railway station in Allahabad division of North-Central Railway, about 250 km from here, after passing the starter signal, railway sources said.
 
The injured were admitted to hospitals at Manikpur and Chitrakoot, they said.
 
All the stranded passengers were moved to Allahabad in the unaffected coaches of the train, which left at 0725 hours from the spot. 
 
A special train will be arranged from Allahabad for the passengers of the affected coaches to travel to Patna, the sources said.
 
The derailed coaches were the ninth to the 22nd coaches -- S3 to S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches, the sources said.
 
Uttar Pradesh Police identified two of the deceased passengers as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop of Betiya, Bihar. Both of them died on the spot, while a third passenger succumbed to his injuries in hospital, they said.
 
An accident relief train from Allahabad was rushed to the spot and senior railway officers had reached there to oversee rescue and relief operations.
 
Movement of trains on the Patna-Allahabad section was affected for some time as a consequence of the accident. The Railways said normal traffic had been restored on the route, with the first Up train passing through Manikpur at 0810 hours and Dn train at 0835 hours.
 
The Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those who died in the accident, Rs. 1 lakh for those with  grievous injuries and Rs. 50,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for passengers and their relatives:
 
Allahabad 0532-2408149/2408128/2407353
Patna  0612-2206967
Mirzapur 05442-220095/ 220096
Jabalpur 0761-2677746
Mughalsarai 05412 - 254148
Satna 07672 - 228510
Katni 07622-297468
 
NNN
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Kovind launches Bihar Krishi road map 2017-2022

ADVERTISEMENT
President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Bihar Krishi Road Map 2017-2022 here today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kovind said it was a moving and emotional experience for him to come to Bihar for the first time as President of India. He would always remember the regard and affection received from people of all sections and regions of the State during his tenure as the Governor.
 
The President stated that the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagraha is being commemorated from April 2017. As such this was the best time to introduce the new 'Agricultural Road Map' in the interests of farmers. Mahatma Gandhi had emphasised through the Satyagraha that farmers are at the centre of Indian life and policy making. And this remains true even today.
 
Bihar had launched the first ‘Agricultural Road Map’ in 2008 after consulting farmers, agricultural scientists and other stakeholders. The 2017 road map is the third. It provides comprehensive and coordinated plans for the development of agriculture.
 
All concerned departments have been directed to design their policies keeping the welfare of farmers in mind. This is a fundamental change, Mr Kovind said. The President expressed confidence that the 3rd Agricultural Road Map' will further energise the agricultural sector's performance in Bihar and empower the farming community.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

President Kovind to visit Bihar on Thursday

ADVERTISEMENT
President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a day's visit to Bihar today -- his first visit to the state since assuming office.
 
Mr. Kovind was the Governor of Bihar when he was nominated by the ruling BJP-led NDA government as its nominee for the elections to the post of President earlier this year.
 
An official press release said Mr. Kovind would commence his engagements by paying tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, at his statue at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Golambar in Patna, the state capital.
 
Later in the day, he will launch the Bihar Krishi Road Map 2017-2022 at Samrat Ashok Convention Centre, Patna.  He will also pay tributes to late political and social activist Jayprakash Narayan at his statue at the Jayprakash Golambar, Patna, before returning to Delhi, the release added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Conference of States Power Ministers to be held in Rajgir on November 10-11

ADVERTISEMENT
A two-day conference of Ministers for Power and New & Renewable Energy of States & Union Territories will be held in Rajgir, Bihar, on November 10-11.
 
The conference will be inaugurated by Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said the conference would review the implementation of various ongoing schemes/programmes and deliberate on a host of issues pertaining to Power and Renewable Energy sectors.
 
Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of the two sectors and public sector undertakings under them will meet to discuss various issues. These include Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) for achieving 100% household electrification by December 2018; DDUGJY for completion of feeder separation; system strengthening projects; Prepaid/Smart Meters;          expediting IPDS works in Urban areas and reduction of AT&C losses to less than 10%; Promotion of Digital Payments; Strategy towards 24x7 Power for All.
 
The reforms include compliance of RPO targets and REC mechanism by the States/UTs. RPO trajectory for the year 2022 and incentives to DISCOMs for achievements of these RPO targets; Mandating Cross Subsidy Charges within the specified limit prescribed in Tariff Policy; ISTS: Transmission charges; PPAs: Signing and honouring.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
In the thermal sector, Ash Management System: Launch of Mobile Application will be taken up. In hydropower sector, operating hydropower projects at designed maximum peaking capacity will be taken up along with a discussion on Infrastructure Funding of Hydro Power Projects.
 
The Right of Way (RoW) issues in Transmission Projects will be taken up. In Energy Conservation,  potential opportunities and action plan for making Buildings Energy Efficient: Review of progress of adoption of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) by States; Demand Side Management through use of energy efficient appliances and Promoting E-Mobility (Electrical vehicles) in India: Standards, Charging Infrastructure and Market Transformation will be covered.
 
Renewable Energy Sources will cover issues including Scheduling & Forecasting for Renewable Energy Integration. A review of Implementation of Solar programme challenges being faced in implementation of Solar Rooftop programme and presentation on new Decentralized ground mounted Grid-connected solar energy/KUSUM Programme will be taken up.
 
RE-INVEST 2017 will have a review of Wind Power, SHP and Biomass programme along with LWE Districts. The concluding session of the conference would have comments and feedback by States/UTs and adoption of Conference Resolution by the delegates.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

PM: India must understand changing trends, make its place in competitive world

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that, in the era of globalisation, India needed to understand the changing trends across the world and the increased spirit of competitiveness and make its place in the world in that context.
 
Bihar is blessed with both 'Gyan' and 'Ganga', says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that, in the era of globalisation, India needed to understand the changing trends across the world and the increased spirit of competitiveness and  make its place in the world in that context.
 
Addressing the centenary celebrations of Patna University here, he also urged students to think about innovative solutions to problems faced by people. He said that, by applying what they learn and through the Start-Up sector, there was a lot they could do for society.
 
Stating that he considered it an honour to visit the university and be with its students, Mr. Modi said, "I bow to this land of Bihar. This University has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation."
 
He observed that, across States, the top levels of the civil services had people who had studied in Patna University. "In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar," he said.
 
Mr. Modi said that the commitment of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar towards the progress of the State was commendable. The Union Government attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India, he added. 
 
He said that Bihar is blessed with both 'Gyaan' and 'Ganga.' This land has a legacy that is unique, he added. He said that from conventional teaching, Indian universities need to move towards innovative learning. 
 
On the way back from Patna University to the airport, the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Bihar, and other dignitaries, visited the Bihar Museum, which showcases the rich culture and history of the State. 
 
Earlier, Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange programme; and four National Highway projects, at Mokama in Bihar. The total outlay of these projects is over Rs. 3700 crore. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Addressing a public meeting, he said that he was delighted to visit a land closely associated with the great poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. He assured everyone that the Union Government and the State Government will do everything possible for Bihar's growth. 
 
The Prime Minister said that the Government is working tirelessly to fulfil the aspirations of the people. He said the projects whose foundation stones are being laid today will give impetus to Bihar's development. 
 
He added that the Government is focussing on increased pace of road construction. The projects related to Namami Gange will help preserve the River Ganga, he said. 
 
Referring to the recent launch of the Antyodaya Expresses, he said these trains will improve connectivity between Bihar, eastern India and other parts of the country. Asserting that good connectivity will lead to greater development, the Prime Minister said stress is being given to roads, railways, and waterways. 
 
The four National Highway projects for which foundation stones have been laid include: 4-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and construction of 6-lane Ganga Setu; 4-laning of Bakhtiyarpur-Mokama section of NH-31; 2-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107; and 2-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82.
 
The four sewerage projects include Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Beur, Sewerage System with Sewer Network at Beur, Sewage Treatment Plant at Karmalichak and STP and Sewer Network at Saidpur. These projects together will create new STP capacity of 120 MLD and upgrade the existing 20 MLD for Beur. 
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.