- Avon Cycle Plant in Bihar by late this year
- Bihar on the doors of Organic Green Revolution
- Bihar officials in all praise of China’s work culture
- Bihar court summons the Guru of Swami Nigamanand
- Aishwarya gets pregnant, a BabyB coming soon
- Sonu Sood wants a Superhero role
- Global Bihari meet in February next Year
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 07:52 AM PDT
Chandigarh, June 21 (PTI) Bicycle maker Avon Cycles today said it plans to set up a bicycle assembly plant in Bihar following the invitation by the state government for the same. “We will set up an assembly unit in Bihar by the end of this year on the invitation of Bihar government,” Avon Cycles managing director Onkar Singh Pahwa told PTI. The Rs 500 crore company would initially set up an assembly plant with a capacity of 1,000-1,500 units per day due to the absence of ancillary units and supporting infrastructure in Bihar. “Unlike in Ludhiana, there is no ancillary unit for bicycles which is essential for setting up a full fledged manufacturing plant. Therefore, we will first have an assembly plant there while components will be sourced from Ludhiana,” he said. The Bihar government had approached Avon Cycles and Hero Cycles to establish their facilities at Hazipur in Bihar. The state government has been ordering bulk supply of bicycles under its ‘Balika Cycle Yozna’, wherein it distributes bicycles free of cost to girls. According to cycle makers, the state will order for the supply of 13 lakh bicycles during the current fiscal. Punjab has become the biggest beneficiary of the orders as only Ludhiana district accounts for 85 per cent of country’s bicycle and bicycle parts output, which is pegged at 1.25 crore per annum in the country. Avon Cycles Group supplies two lakh bicycles annually to Bihar. Hero Cycles has also acknowledged Bihar government’s invitation for setting up of a unit. “We are examining the proposal but have still not decided yet (on setting up of a plant),” Hero Cycles Director S K Rai said. Notably, Ludhiana’s bicycle industry, which has been passing through rough patch due to sluggish demand, is expecting highest ever orders to supply 40 lakh bicycles this fiscal to a number of states under different state sponsored schemes. Karnataka and Jharkhand governments have already placed orders with the bicycle industry for supplying 13 lakh bicycles and orders for 27 lakh bicycles are likely to be placed soon. Various states including Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh annually place orders for supply
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 05:42 AM PDT
PATNA: After good roads, improving law and order, education and health services, Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state to usher in a new ” Green Revolution” in agriculture.
In a bid to spread awareness about benefits of organic farming among farmers, hundreds of national and international organic farming scientists and experts are expected to gather in the Bihar capital for a two-day conference beginning Wednesday.
“This conference of national and international organic farming scientists and experts will boost the government’s plans of attracting farmers to adopt organic farming,” R.K. Sohane, director of Bihar Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute here, told IANS.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 01:42 AM PDT
Patna, June 21 (IANS) Bihar can achieve economic prosperity if it takes inspiration from China’s dedication and hard work, senior officials who accompanied Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his visit to the neighbouring country said Tuesday.
“In China, the dedication to perform and achieve targets is evident at all levels. It appeared to be the main factor that has changed China. Their dedication is main contributor of China’s unprecedented growth,” said O.P. Shah, president of the Bihar Chamber of Commerce.
The “China model” should be adopted in sectors like food processing, infrastructure and electricity, he added.
Shah said it was unfortunate that in Bihar, people were more keen in spending time in gossip. In China, everyone is busy working.
“It seems to me that work has become worship in China,” he said.
According to Bihar Industries Association president S.P. Sinha, the state should emulate China’s success in cost-effective manufacturing.
“We should learn how China is producing items from home heaters to solar inverters on a mass scale for the world markets,” he said.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned from a week-long trip to China Sunday, and said that he was impressed by the country’s development in energy, infrastructure, tourism and agricultural sectors.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 01:41 AM PDT
Patna, June 20 (IANS) A local court in Bihar Monday summoned the guru of a Hindu leader who died fasting to save the Ganga from pollution.
Swami Shivanand of Haridwar in Uttarakhand was issued the summon by the court of sub divisional officer in Darbhanga district, a police officer said.
The action comes two days after Satyam Kumar, brother of Swami Nigamananda, who died after being on hunger strike for over two-and-a-half months, lodged a police complaint against Shivanand.
Kumar said he feared for his own and his family’s life from the Swami. The complaint was filed in Kewti police station in Darbhanga district, about 200 km from here.
The court directed Swami Shivanand to appear before it June 28.
Swami Nigmananda was born in Ladari village in Darbhanga and spent his childhood there. He left the village when he was 17.
Nigamananda was 34 years old when he died June 13 in a hospital in Dehradun. He began his fast Feb 19 against illegal quarrying being carried out in the Ganga river bed with the alleged connivance of officials.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 01:17 AM PDT
Mumbai, June 21 (PTI) Bollywood”s star couple–Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai–are expecting their first baby.
Posted: 22 Jun 2011 12:42 AM PDT
Mumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) From playing a rebellious goon in ”Dabangg” to a loyal cop in ”Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap”, Indian actor Sonu Sood has come a long way and now he desires to essay the role of a superhero.
Posted: 21 Jun 2011 08:16 PM PDT
PATNA: Hundreds of Non-Resident Biharis (NRBs) from across the world will gather here early next year to share their views on the state and its development, officials said Sunday.
The Bihar Foundation is organising the two-day global meet of NRBs Feb 18-19, 2012.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who is the chairman of the foundation, said they have started disseminating information about the meeting in advance to ensure that a large number of NRBs participate in the event.
“NRBs from across the world who have excelled in their fields and made a difference towards development would be invited to share their views regarding the state and its development,” Modi said.
Indian Administrative Service officer K.P. Ramaiah, who is the CEO of Bihar Foundation, said it was a “single window system of the state government to interact with NRBs around the world”.
Speaking to IANS, Ramaiah said they expect a gathering of hundreds of experts and investors who are concerned about the development of Bihar.
He also said that all the Bihar Foundation chapters in the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, South Korea and Qatar have began preparations to invite NRBs for the meet.
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