- Battery operated cars started in Patna Zoo
- Super 30 to double its intake capacity
- Monsoon improved the agriculture scenario in the state
- Future Generali seeking over 2500 people in Bihar
Posted: 24 Jun 2011 08:22 PM PDT
Patna: A day aft- er heritage pain, the citizens had a piece of progress gain. The wheels of battery cars started rolling on the zoo premises today. A few miles away and a few hours earlier, nearly a century-old horse carriage (tum-tum) stand outside Patna Junction station was demolished.
The city lost one of its heritage sites with the stand. But in came the smart and economical battery cars as a balm for children, senior citizens and physically challenged people fond of visiting the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi hailed the cars as economical and eco-friendly. The tum-tum owners, on the other hand, cried foul over the demolition of their stand.
Inaugurating the golf car service, Modi said: "These golf cars would be of great help for physically challenged people, senior citizens and people in general to take a complete round of the zoo. People get exhausted by the time they cover half of the zoo. Besides, these eco-friendly golf cars would be highly soothing in summer."
The economical golf cars would halt for five minutes at all the important spots, including aquarium and snake house, in the zoo. A complete trip around the 153-acre zoo would take merely an hour. Jai Mata Di Private Limited has been awarded the contract to run the golf cars for 10 years.
Adults would have to pay Rs 30 for a ride in the golf cars. For children between 3 and 10 years, the fare would be Rs 20. The ride is free for children up to 3 years.
"The golf cars are environment friendly vehicles as they are smokeless and noiseless. Visitors would have a comfortable time while exploring the zoo," Abhay Kumar, the director of Patna zoo, said.
Posted: 24 Jun 2011 08:21 PM PDT
Super 30 Institute, which has helped poor students to get admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology by providing free training, is all set for expansion this year.
The Institute has decided to admit 60 students from this year, almost doubling its intake, Institute’s founder and noted mathematician Anand Kumar told reporters here today.
“Apart from Bihar, we will admit meritorious students from states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh also,” Kumar said.
“We are going to organise admission tests in major cities of both the states on July 2. The tests will be conducted at Varanasi, Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh,” he added.
Notably, this is the first major expansion of Kumar’s Institute outside Bihar. Earlier, it had admitted six students from Uttar Pradesh out of which three had finally made it to the IITs. All the three students were also present on the occasion.
Speaking about his future plans, Kumar said that he was planning to open a ‘model school’ in his native state of Bihar to train poor students for national and international competitions right from the grass root level.
Kumar also made it clear that his Institute had no other branch in any part of the country and all institutes using the name of ‘Super 30′ are fake.
On a question, Kumar said that if Bihar government wants to help for his project, it can provide his Institute with land at low cost so that his dream ‘model school’ can be opened.
Posted: 24 Jun 2011 08:19 PM PDT
PATNA/RAGHUNATHPUR/HAJIPUR: Mahesh Sharma is a happy man. A farmer in Naubatpur near Patna, he was pushed into near destitution after facing two consecutive years of drought. But with showers lashing Patna and many parts of Bihar for the past few days, the rain gods have given him the Indian farmers’ staple diet – hope.
“Rains are like gold for us. We welcomed the showers by preparing a sweet-dish. Unlike the last two years, we hope to have a good paddy crop this season,” Sharma told IANS, with a broad smile on his face.
Sharma is among the estimated 70 million people, two-thirds of Bihar’s population of 105 million, who are dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.
Not only that, nearly two-thirds of all agricultural activity in the state is dependent on the rains.
For most of the state’s population, therefore, a good monsoon is often the difference between life and death.
“Rains have brought hope for us. If there was a drought again this year, farmers like me would have no hope for a good harvest,” said a frail Mustafa Khan, who owns less than four acres of farmland in Raghunathpur village of Aurangabad district.
“I am praying to god for a normal monsoon this time,” he added.
Ashok Yadav, who lives in Rampur village near Hajipur, the district headquarters of Vaishali, has already started sowing paddy, as the rains have softened the ground.
“With more rains in the next few days, the water will be sufficient for paddy transplantation and its survival,” he told IANS.
Posted: 24 Jun 2011 08:12 PM PDT
Future Generali India Life Insurance Company, the Insurance joint venture between Future Group of India and Generali Group of Italy, is actively recruiting prospective agent-advisors in Bihar, by hiring 2475 new Advisors in the state this year to add to their existing base of over 53,000 advisors servicing customers and operating across an office network of 191 offices in 18 states.
Future Generali’s prime differentiators have been Total Insurance Solutions offerings across Life & General Insurance and the unique Mallassurance™ channel where customers across the country can access Future Generali’s Insurance solutions through 163 Future Group retail outlets.
Deepak Sood, MD & CEO, Future Generali India Life Insurance Co. Ltd, said “Over its short three year history, FG has witnessed a global recession and several industry changing regulatory changes, and has still managed a healthy growth path and wide customer acceptance and recognition. We have perfected a very refined agency model that is among the best in the industry, and that encourages and rewards entrepreneurs with best in class products, training and recognition – all aimed at building partnerships and sustaining long term careers that enable us to serve more customers, better. For instance, Bihar, which is an important market for Future Generali – has a wealthy customer base for whom, long term savings is a high priority. Our drive this year is to expand our ability to reach out and realise this large market potential through our expanded agent network. Our Bihar network currently comprises of over 865 advisors, which we plan to increase by adding 2475 new agents, taking it to a 3344 strong advisor network across the state.”
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