Wednesday, 15 June 2011

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

Bihar to setup self employment centers in all districts

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 05:32 PM PDT

Patna, June 13 (PTI) Bihar government has proposed to set up Rural Self-employment Training Centres (RSETI) in all districts, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said today. The state government was providing land to the banks in all 38 districts for setting up (RSETI) with an agreement signed for the purpose in seven districts, he said after presiding over a meeting of the rural development and finance departments’ officials. At least 50 unemployed persons will be given training at each RSETI with financial assistance from the banks. PTI KDK SUS PAL

Bihari engineer booked for hacking by a Bihari IAS officer

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 08:28 AM PDT

NOIDA: An IAS officer working with the ministry of home affairs as director ( human rights) has registered an FIR under the IT Act against a senior officer of a software company in the sector 58 police station for allegedly attempted to hack his email ID. The Noida police registered the case late Sunday evening.

In his complaint, the IAS officer has alleged that the accused techie has been trying to defame him. He added that his attempts were also a threat to the national security as he could have misused his email ID for transferring confidential documents and data.
The accused engineer, Prashant Verma, on his part, has claimed that it’s a conspiracy against him. The engineer on Monday evening even met the SSP Gautam Budh Nagar in this regard. Considering the gravity of the case, the police are going to seek the help of cyber experts.

The complainant, Jyoti Kalash, is a 1990 batch IAS officer and lives in an apartment in sector 62. Kalash alleged that the accused had been trying to hack his email ID for a longtime. “I received alerts every time the accused tried to hack my ID. I then approached the district police officers to take action against the cyber crime committed by the accused.”

Kalash and Verma are both natives of Bihar. Police sources say that Verma was married to an IRS officer and Kalash had become friendly with her during the course of their divorce. While Kalash has claimed that he has never met Verma, the latter claims that they are well-acquainted with each other and have shared their mobile numbers and email IDs in the past.

Verma has alleged that the IAS officer is misusing his power. “When I came to know that an FIR had been lodged against me, I met with the SSP. He assured to the case would be investigated properly,” said Verma.

Bihar boy spends 91 days in Jail without any crime

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 04:26 AM PDT

Patna, June 13: An 18-year-old boy has spent the last 91 days in jail, even writing his Class XII board exams in custody, for a crime police now admit he did not commit.

Amit Kumar, a resident of Makaspur village in Barauni block of Begusarai district, was arrested on March 14 on the charge of kidnapping his neighbour Chandan Thakur, also 18, from Maharathpur, a hamlet about 3km from their place of residence.

Amit's parents kept telling the police their son was not involved but the cops did not listen and the boy, who had to appear for the Bihar School Examination Board test, was sent to jail. He had to appear for his matriculation examination papers at the Collegiate School examination centre in Begusarai town, guarded by security personnel.

The mistake of the police came to the fore after they, in the course of investigation, zeroed in on Chandan Jha, a primary school teacher in his twenties and a neighbour of the 18-year-olds in Makaspur. Jha was finally arrested on June 8.

Police sources said Amit, in spite of sustained interrogation in custody, could not shed any light on Thakur, who was untraceable. Failing to get any leads, the police started probing more and picked up Jha for interrogation. The teacher, according to the police, confessed that Thakur had not been abducted but had died soon after suffering serious injuries in a scuffle between the two on the night of March 14.

"I could not restrain myself when I caught him (Thakur) red-handed in a room with my younger sister. In the scuffle, he fell on the ground and suffered grievous injuries in his head. He died instantly. Apprehending trouble, I, along with my accomplices, dumped his body in a bush on the outskirts of the village," the police quoted Jha as saying.

The police later exhumed a skeleton from the bush in the presence of Suresh Ram, a local magistrate. Jha's four accomplices — identified as Rudra Narain Jha alias Tuntun, Umashankar Jha, Sanjeev Kumar and Lalan Jha — were also arrested.

"The sample of the skeleton has been sent to the state forensic science laboratory in Patna," said Begusarai superintendent of police (SP) Kshatranil Singh. The report of the forensic test is awaited.

Admitting that the police's investigation was faulty, the SP has directed the investigating officer of the case to submit the final report in the case, declaring Amit innocent at the earliest.

"As soon as I came to know about the facts of the matter, I called investigating officer Poonam Kumari and issued the necessary instructions," Kshatranil Singh said.

But the wait for Amit's family continues, as it will take at least a week for the legal formalities to be completed to ensure his release. "We are happy to know that the truth has finally come to light and my son has been found innocent," said Amit's father Nikesh Jha, who, however, demanded suitable action against the officials responsible for sending an innocent boy to jail.

Bihar conducting the audit of Anganwaris

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 02:24 AM PDT

Patna, June 14 (IANS) Bihar plans to conduct a social audit of the government-run anganwadi centres (AWC) to check complaints about corruption and to bring transparency in the functioning of the child-care and mother-care centres.

“In view of reports of irregularities at different centres, the department (Bihar Social Welfare Department-BSWD) has decided to make its functioning transparent by conducting a social audit,” Bihar Social Welfare Minister Parween Amanullah said Tuesday.

It will take a month’s time for the department to start a social audit of AWCs, she said. As a first step, the department has decided to map all panchayats in the state.

The anganwadis are government-sponsored child-care and mother-care centres catering to children in the 0-6 age group. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition.

The minister said a meeting of the villagers of the panchayat where an anganwadi centre is situated will be held to make public everything related to the centre. It will be named as ‘Labhuk Sabha’. Besides, information related to performance of the centre would be taken from the villagers.

The BSWD officials and social activists will be special invitees in the meeting to give a hearing to villagers’ grievances or corruption complaints, if any, about the performance of the centre, officials said.

Parents of the children going to the centre will be asked to give their suggestions for the smooth and successful running of the centre.

“This will be a unique attempt by the department to make a welfare scheme transparent,” a BSWD official said.

Amanullah admitted that there were reports of irregularities at the time of distribution of take-home rations and other things at the centre.

Last year and in 2009, the department had suspended over two dozen Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) and instituted departmental inquiries against them over charges of dereliction of duty and corruption.

CDPOs are the immediate heads of anganwadi kendras and play a vital role in appointment of anganwadi supervisors and sevikas, besides being the fund-regulating authority.

It was widely reported that despite vigilance units and grievances cells in place in every district, the social welfare department had been unable to address numerous complaints regarding several CDPOs demanding “Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,500″ from every anganwadi kendra for release of the monthly disbursement of Rs.10,900.

Every month, more than 80,000 anganwadi centres in Bihar get over Rs.88.28 crore at the rate of Rs.10,900 per centre. The state has 544 CDPOs and 38 District Project Officers (DPOs) under the Integrated Child Development Scheme.

The ICDS aims at improving the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0-6 years, reducing incidents of child mortality and school drop-outs, and enhancing the capability of mothers to look after normal health, primary education and nutritional needs of her children.

It is a centrally-sponsored scheme with state governments contributing towards 50 percent of supplementary nutrition cost.

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