Friday, 27 May 2011

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Tobacco used by almost 54 percent Biharis

Posted: 27 May 2011 07:49 AM PDT

Patna, May 20 (PTI) As much as 54 per cent people of Bihar use tobacco products with a large number of them expiring every year, Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said today. “As much as 54 per cent of people in Bihar use tobacco products and a large number of them die every year,” Choubey said while addessing a workshop on tobacco. He said almost 2,200 people using tobacco products die almost every day in India. “An estimated 40 out of 100 patients are afflicted with cancer following tobacco use,” he added. Choubey said he would ask the medical officers to try to strictly ban use of ‘gutkha’, ‘bidi’ and other tobacco products outside the hospitals across the state. Calling for simplification of Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA) 2003, on cigarettes and other tobacco products, he advocated framing guidelines to see how the law could be brought into force. PTI AJK SUS

Doctors worked in Kosi flood Relief get top UK Award

Posted: 27 May 2011 05:47 AM PDT

British Medical JournalGroup Awards published this Wednesday conceded top honors to two Indian medical professional teams.

While the award for `Medical Team in a Crisis Zone’ was given to `Doctors for You’, the award for `Innovation in Health Care’ went to Professor Subhashchandra Daga and his team at the Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, where his work is related with neo-natal health. `Doctors for You’ has its work recognized for their work in 2008, regarding flood relief in Bihar.

Over six months, the `Doctors for You’ team worked in association with social workers and other support staff, trying to reduce the effects of the disaster caused by the rising flood of the Kosi river in Bihar in 2008. Using 300 mobile health clinics, relief camps and district hospitals, the team treated over 1, 30,000 patients.

Professor Daga’s team worked on the frequent power cuts’ problem and the need of keeping newborn babies warm and developed adapted polystyrene foam boxes, normally used to transport vaccines. The boxes were very effective and easy to use, not only by the families, but also by the birth attendants.

Members of both the groups have welcomed the award and affirmed that they believe that this kind of honor will increase community support, boost membership and motivate team’s work for humanitarian purposes.


Election Commission Warns legislators not to influence voting

Posted: 27 May 2011 03:45 AM PDT

The Bihar state election commission has warned ministers, legislators and MPs not to influence the ongoing counting of votes in the panchayat (local bodies) polls, officials said Saturday.

The warning has come after reported complaints of attempts to influence the counting at several places.

“Cases will be filed against them and speedy trials would be conducted to punish them,” a poll panel official said.

The commission has directed the district magistrates to ensure free and fair counting of votes, he added.

The 10-phase panchayat polls began April 20 and will end May 28 with a total of 262,000 panchayat members elected.

Unlike in the past, the elections passed off peacefully except for a few violent incidents.

A woman candidate was raped and killed near Patna Saturday.

The first round saw a police officer and a woman voter being killed in a rebel attack in Jamui. Similarly, one death was reported in the second and eighth rounds each.

One polling official was killed while two were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the rebels in Jamui district during the ninth round of the panchayat polls.

The rebels also kidnapped seven officials, who were later released.

Over four lakh “troublemakers and habitual offenders” had signed undertakings promising not to disrupt the polls, police said.

Last month, the state election commission had made it clear that if a candidate is attacked or intimidated during polls, his rival would be named in the police report.

The Maoists had issued a poll boycott call and threatened to disrupt the elections.

Elections in Bihar were once known for violence and booth capturing.

In the 1999 Lok Sabha elections, 74 people were killed in poll-related violence. At least 20 people were killed in the 2004 general elections and 158 during the 2001 panchayat elections.


State flayed Private Banks for poor Credit Deposit Ratio

Posted: 26 May 2011 09:42 PM PDT

Patna, (PTI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi  flayed the private banks for their failure to improve credit-deposit ratio in Bihar and said that the state government has directed the officials not to deposit government funds in these banks.

“The credit-deposit ratio of the private banks like ICICI Bank, Federal Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, ING Vaishya Bank, South Indian Bank and Karnataka Bank, etc, have been very poor despite repeated reminders from the state government to improve credit ratio as against the deposits,” he said in a a statement here.
Modi, however, lauded HDFC Bank and Axix Bank for steady improvement in the credit-deposit ratio at 27.6 and 32.15 per cent respectively.

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