- Nitish Kumar pays visit to Shanghai museum
- Bihar to provide House Construction Advance to its employees
- Bihar to appoint Gopa Mitra in every Panchayat
- Bihari at the helms of Canadian business and politics
- Large number of Hindus clearing Madarsa examination in Bihar
- BSEB chairman holds Janata Darbar
Posted: 16 Jun 2011 06:08 PM PDT
PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar visit saw the various aspects of the "Global City", Shanghai, during his China visit. He visited Oriental Pearl Tower which is one of the tallest buildings having a height of more than 468 metres in Shangha.As per reports reaching here, Nitish visited the Shanghai History Museum which is situated in the tower. He visited the Jade Buddha Temple where he was received by the temple abbot. The CM discussed with the abbot matters related to tourism potential of Buddhist places in Bihar and he extended invitation to the Chinese Buddhist delegation to visit Bihar.
In the evening, Nitish boarded the famous MEGLEV magnetic train of Shanghai which has a speed of 431 km per hour.
Posted: 16 Jun 2011 06:07 AM PDT
PATNA: The Bihar government will soon provide a maximum of Rs 30 lakh as 'House Construction Advance' to its over 4 lakh employees, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi said today.
"We have planned to provide a maximum of Rs 30 lakh as House Construction Advance (HCA) to help government employees and teachers have their own houses," Modi said here.
Along with the new HCA scheme , the previous scheme under which government employees were given a maximum loan of Rs 7.50 lakh would run concurrently, he said.
Modi said that Government employees and teachers in the state capital or at any district headquarters could withdraw the HCA amount from any branch of the Central Bank of India within a fortnight of signing the standard form of the agreement.
"HCA will be sanctioned at base interest rate as fixed by the bank as per Reserve Bank of India guidelines," he added.
"Under the HCA scheme, the state government will be a guarantor to ensure through drawing and disbursal officers that equal monthly installments as fixed by the bank would be regularly deducted from the employees' salary," Modi said.
A decision to enhance the HCA from Rs 7.50 lakh to Rs 30 lakh was taken in conformity with the recommendations of the Bihar state administrative reforms commission, Modi said, claiming the bank would not even charge processing fees for the loans given under HCA.
The HCA loan would be applicable for buying land, building houses, expansion of existing homes, buying flats or houses and repair of old houses.
Posted: 16 Jun 2011 04:04 AM PDT
Patna: The state government is undertaking an animal health protection drive from June 20 to June 30 during which veterinarians would visit all the households under every gram panchayat in the state and administer vaccine to the animals to protect them from different diseases.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here on Wednesday. It was chaired by deputy CM Sushil Kumr Modi and attended among others by animal husbandry and fisheries resources department minister Giriraj Singh, department secretary Sudhir Kumar and director Rajesh Kumar.
It was also decided at the meeting to appoint one `Gopal Mitra' in every panchayat across the state to provide medical care to animals, besides artificial insemination (AI) for which they would be given three months' special training. For training purpose, the government also decided to open four centres at Patna, Dumraon, Purnia and Gopalganj. Modi directed the officials to make functional within three months the Dumraon centre. The officials informed Modi that the Frozen Semen Bank at Patna which has remained closed for the last 25 years would be made functional again in July this year.
The officials also informed Modi that the department would shortly purchase 20 mobile vans. These vans would carry veterinary doctors to different villages in the state to treat the animals. The officials also informed him that for the construction of 527 veterinary hospitals, funds have already been made available to the building construction department and construction of 254 hospitals have already been completed at an estimated cost of Rs 51 lakh.
At present, 773 regular veterinarians and 404 veterinarians appointed on contract basis are in service in the state, the officials said, adding soon 121 more veterinarians on contract would be appointed while for appointment of 389 more veterinarians on regular basis, the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has been approached by the department. They also said that the State Animal Reproduction Policy had already been drafted and efforts were on to place it before the state cabinet for its approval.
Modi directed the department's principal secretary to ensure attendance of veterinarians at every veterinary hospital across the state
Posted: 16 Jun 2011 02:34 AM PDT
Fremont: Born in a village in Nepal and brought up in Bihar, India, Aditya Jha is today a well-known Canadian businessman and philanthropist. His journey to the top has been through many places and numerous risks from New Delhi to Paris, back to Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, then on to Singapore, Australia and finally Canada.
“Canada is the best country on the planet, especially for people like us,” says Jha who has political ambitions. In fact, the political climate in Canada today may be just right for this conservative Indo-Canadian who is clearly honing his political skills.
He co-founded a software company, Isopia Inc., after having a successful career at Bell Canada as general manager for e-business and product marketing. Jha’s philanthropic interests are as varied as his business pursuits. They range from education projects in Nepal to entrepreneurial initiatives for First Nations youth in Canada.
“When I came to Canada in 1994, I saw a First World country with pockets of Third World for its aboriginal peoples, and that’s where I thought I could contribute,” he says.
He founded his private charitable foundation, POA Educational Foundation, in 2001, and has created endowments at four institutions- Ryerson University, York University, Trent University and George Brown College in Ontario. They give out a total of 13 awards ($42,000 annually) in perpetuity to students.
“Forever, I will be a middle-class guy. So wherever my money goes, I am hands-on. I juggle several balls, and consequently some gets dropped and then I pick them up and carry on,”he admits. “I have seen some results but I know I can have more success and more focus with more professionals. But that requires more resources and the luxury of more time.”
Yet, he says, the nature of an entrepreneur is steeped in chaos. “We thrive and fail because of chaos. In my life, I have had many, many downs, along with the ups,” he says.”I am more humble for my failures than elated by my success.”
Today, Jha is the Canadian government’s appointee to the Board of Directors of First Nations Financial Management Board; he is a member of the Ontario Investment & Trade Advisory Council and advisory council member to the dean of the School of Social Services at Ryerson University. He has served as a board member of two Toronto Stock Exchange-listed public companies, is a charter member of the mentoring group, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and has also served on the board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Jha is the national convenor of the influential Canada India Foundation that focuses on public policy advocacy for a deeper engagement in with India. He led the signing of $10 million endowment for setting up the Canada India Public Policy Centre at the University of Waterloo. He works closely with several successful Indo-Canadians in guiding their philanthropic giving to mainstream causes. The role of the Indian diaspora, Jha contends, cannot be underestimated and as Indians are respected in the countries they adopt, so does the respect for India increase.
“I believe, India will have unique answer to the four debates facing the world at the beginning of the 21st century economic development versus liberal democracy; pluralism versus fundamentalism; globalization versus democratization of prosperity; and global diaspora versus net gain for adopted and native countries, Jha says
Posted: 15 Jun 2011 11:33 PM PDT
Patna: Hindu students in Bihar are fast turning to madrasas to get school-leaving degrees in what many feel is a scripting of a new chapter in communal harmony in the eastern Indian state.
Posted: 14 Jun 2011 01:41 PM PDT
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