Sunday, 5 June 2011

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

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

Nitish criticizes Center for action against Baba Ramdev

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 11:37 AM PDT

Patna, Jun 5 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today slammed UPA government at the Centre for its use of ”brute force” to evict yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters from Ramlila grounds in Delhi describing it as a ”major blow to democracy”.
“The Centre owes an explanation on the issue,” he told reporters at the sidelines of a function on ”World Environment Day”
“It is a major blow to democracy and an attack on the democractic rights of the people … It is also an attack on the fundamental rights of the citizens,” he said and expressed anguish at the midnight action on “peaceful” protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila grounds.
Congress should explain as to what compelled it to act in a ”brazen manner” against the yoga guru and his supporters within hours of engaging him in dialogue over a set of demands to curb corruption, he said.
“As many as four central ministers and top officials were holding parleys with Ramdev for several days and reverentially describing him as ”Baba”. What compelled the government to change its tactics and take extreme actions against the protesters?” Kumar asked.

Bihar kick starts the river linking project

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 05:36 AM PDT

In an effort to put Bihar firmly on the development map, the Nitish Kumar government has embarked on an ambitious plan to interlink rivers which will go a long way in solving the perennial flood problem and also augment irrigation facilities.
Ground work has already started on eight projects, of which five relate to tackling of floods, two to create additional irrigation facility and the last a hydel power plant, the state water resource department”s principal secretary Afjal Amanullah told PTI.
Amanullah said that the first such project envisaging interlinking of the Burhi Gandak river with Noon, Baya and Ganga rivers would start by mid 2011-12.
The total estimated cost for the project is above Rs four billion and it will come in handy in optimally utilising its water resources, Bihar Water Resources Minister Vijay Chaudhary said.
””The pre-feasibility report for the project is ready and a Detailed Project Report is being prepared by the National Water Development Authority,”” Chaudhary said.
Another project at hand is the interlinking of the Koshi and Mechi rivers which will create additional irrigation facilities in Supaul, Saharsa, Araria, Kishanganj and Purnia.
A sum of Rs 4441.82 crore would be spent on the scheme, he said.

Planetarium to host Bihar Science Congress from June 9

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 05:33 AM PDT

PATNA: When the three-day fourth Bihar Science Congress (BSC) gets underway here next week on June 9, 267 science researchers from the state would have an opportunity to present their papers for discussion. Thereby, the participants would also have an opportunity to get an idea of life in Bihar presented in a scientific module.

The BSC, to be inaugurated by science and technology minister Gautam Singh at Indira Gandhi Planetarium, will be held under the aegis of Bihar Council of Science and Technology (BCST). It would see papers reflecting on such themes as disaster management, agriculture, health, nutrition and energy with empirical inputs from life in Bihar, over and above conventional themes related to physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and geography.

CM Nitish Kumar has already expressed interest in BSC, which was first held in 2002, followed by that held in 2007 and 2010. BSC has picked up a pattern under the regime of CM Nitish, who has instructed both the science and technology department and BCST not only to make it a regular annual feature, but also hold the meet on a definite date.

“The chief minister wants BSC to develop on the pattern of Indian Science Congress, which is held on January 1 and is inaugurated by the PM,” said science and technology department director S H Mintu on Thursday, adding: “His vision is to develop BSC into a proper platform in the state for science researchers to present their research papers. Its usefulness would also help in popularizing scientific outlook and popular interest in science.”

Mintu also said that no particular date has yet been fixed for holding the next meet of BSC, but it had been decided in principle to hold it in the first week of January. That way, the special expert invitees from outside the state would find it easy to participate in BSC after the Indian Science Congress is over, said another official of the department.

As for the fourth meet of the BSC to be held next week, the four special invitees from outside the state include Dr Arun Pratap from M T R University, Vadodara (Gujarat), Prof. A K Bakshi from Delhi University and Dr Arjun Khandare from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. “During the meet, researchers will hold discussions on the scientific papers that they will present,” said Mintu, adding: “There would also be a poster exhibition to go with the theme of International Year of Chemistry.”

Hindu kids attending Madarsas in Bihar

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 04:24 AM PDT

Sanjay Kumar, Anjali Raj, Balakrishna Sah, Sanam Kumari are all Hindus, but who share one other thing in common: all of them have secured top ranks in Class X (Fauquania) and XII (Maulvi) examinations conducted by the Bihar Madrassa Education Board this year.

Anjali secured the first rank in Fauquania in the non-Muslim category. Similarly, Sanjay Kumar secured the first rank in Maulvi in the non-Muslim category.

“Anjali got 805 marks in the non-Muslim category, while another girl, Nasra Khatoon, got 896 marks to secure the first rank in exam in the Muslim category. Anjali’s performance is amazing,” said Bihar Madrassa Education Board’s examination controller Mohammed Mustafa.

Mustafa said Sanjay got 893 marks to secure top rank in the Maulvi exam in the non-Muslim category, followed by Balakrishna who secured the second rank with 882 marks. Mohammed Malik got 963 marks to secure the first rank in the Muslim category.

Maulana Ajaj Ahmad, chairman, Madrassa Education Board of Bihar, told that Anjali and Sanjay have made a new beginning.

“Their success shows the rising trend of Hindus girls and boys in madrasa education in Bihar. It is something to be encouraged and promoted,” he said.

“Girls, particularly Hindu girls, have been doing better than boys in the Madrassa Board exams for the last few years,” he added.

Sanjay, son of a trader from Semri-Man village of Bettiah district, is keen to pursue the Alim degree (graduation level) of the Madrassa Board.

“I have made up my mind. I will encourage other Hindu students to opt for madrasa education, for it is inexpensive and enriching,” Sanjay said.

Similarly, Sanam Kumari, a Dalit girl from Bhanachak Darbari Bhagat Tola, which falls under the Manjhauli police station in West Champaran district, who secured the third rank in the Maulvi exam, said she wanted to be an Urdu teacher.

Madrasa Board officials said that non-Muslims, particularly upper caste Brahmins, in Mithilanchal region in north Bihar comprising Darbhanga, Madhubani and Sitamarhi districts, are keen on sending their children to madrasas to learn Arabic and Persian, Islamic traditions and other modern subjects, with an eye on jobs in the Gulf and in embassies of Muslim nations.

The trend began about a decade ago. The madrasas charge a low fee for Class X and XII level examinations, which is proving to be an attractive proposition to Hindus in rural Bihar.

Though the central government began the process of modernising madrasas in 1994, the Bihar government only introduced it in early 2002.

Under the modernisation scheme, the course was revised to keep it in tune with the curriculum prescribed by the Bihar School Examination Board and the Central Board of Secondary Education.

“Now we teach all the modern subjects, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, and social sciences,” Ahmad said. “After a few Hindu students passed out from the seminaries, they propagated our humane approach. In fact, we are not teaching anything against any religion or anything anti-national as claimed by some,” he added.

Ahmad said that hundreds of Hindu children are studying in madrasas in Bihar, and that the madrasa seminaries attract both the elite and the downtrodden among the Hindus.

The madrasas provide education free of cost, which is especially attractive to the poorest and marginalised sections of the society.

Bihar has over 4,000 madrasas, including over 1,118 state-run Islamic schools. There are 2,459 unaided madrasas and hundreds more operating in many regions.

According to the first-ever status paper brought out by the BSMEB, there are only 32 madrasas for girls under the government-aided category and 576 in the unaided category.

Police Helplines numbers in Patna receive tremendous response

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 03:38 AM PDT

PATNA: If your complaints fail to get registered at a police station, you can lodge your complaint on the Helpline number 9470001389. Through a call or an SMS on this number, complainants can lodge their grievance with a team of police personnel headed by a DySP-rank officer, Manoj Kumar Sudhanshu.

The helpline, launched by Patna SSP Alok Kumar on March 1, has received tremendous response till date. In the last three months, 153 complaints were received, most of which have been solved, the SSP claimed here on Friday before mediapersons.

The women police Helpline (number 9470001390), which was also launched by the Patna SSP on March 1, has performed equally well as indicated by the number of cases solved. As many as 300 out of 378 cases, involving complaints of harassment of women, were solved in the last three months. Complaints were received not only from Patna but also neighbouring towns of Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Begusarai. Besides, some complaints were received from Jharkhand, Delhi and Haryana also received. A few came from as far off as Dubai.

Women Helpline handles cases of harassment through phone and eve-teasing. Counselling is also done on domestic issues arising between couples. As many as 170 cases out of total 280 complaints related to domestic issues have been solved so far.

In view of the success of these two helplines, SSP Alok Kumar felicitated members of these cells, including DySP Smita Suman and DySP Sudhanshu.

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