Sunday, 26 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 demands compulsory disaster management studies in school

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 05:39 PM PDT

PATNA: Given frequent disasters, both natural and manmade, CM Nitish Kumar said on Saturday that disaster studies should be made a part of school curriculum, so that people become familiar with not only the types of disasters, but also pick up basic knowledge to combat them to reduce human and property losses.
The CM, who was addressing a meeting of the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) at Samvad auditorium on the premises of CM Secretariat, also discussed the plans prepared to fight flood menace since monsoon had arrived in the state.
He said that Rs 24.23 crore had been provided to 28 flood-prone districts and the storage of emergency relief items was also being made, so that people concerned, including officials are ready to meet any eventuality. After getting details about the status of embankments in the state from water resources department (WRD) principal secretary Afzal Amanullah, the CM stressed on strengthening communication system, including deployment of manpower concerned, to have on-the-spot information at short notice.
With regard to long-term perspective on the need for detailed disaster management mechanism in the state, the CM said that recent events in Japan, Chile and various other places had clearly shown that disaster management had emerged as a great challenge in any country. Bihar, in the present times, also required detailed arrangement and knowledge to combat disaster situations, he added.
He asked the departments concerned to ensure that any construction, public or private, has quake-resistant structure, which, however, requires training to masons, engineers and contractors. He also said that disaster management committees manned by social workers, influential politicians and those having local experience in combating disaster situations be set up, since their advice would be handy in any emergency situation.
According to him, the state has become a victim of regular flood, quake, drought and cyclones, which cause large-scale loss of life and property, and, therefore, there was a need to establish a national level centre of excellence capable of giving requisite training in disaster management. The institute should be located on the premises of BSDMA itself, he said.
Those who also participated in the BSDMA meet were chief secretary Anup Mukherjee and heads of various departments concerned, besides disaster management minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha.

Mystery death toll rises to 40 in Bihar

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 07:32 AM PDT

The number of deaths in Bihar due to suspected encephalitis touched 40 with four more children falling prey to the disease in the past 24 hours in Muzaffarpur's KD Kejriwal Maternity Hospital (KDKMH). Over a dozen children out of 45 undergoing treatment at hospitals in Muzaffarpur and Patna are stated to be critical.

Teams of doctors from New Delhi and NIV, Pune, on Friday collected over a dozen more blood and cerebral spinal fluid samples. Meanwhile, doctors have been offering a mix of anti-viral, antibiotics and anti-convulsion treatment. Test reports of 20 samples are awaited from NIV and Rajendra Memorial Research Institute, Patna.

KDKMH is treating the maximum number of patients — 24 — with the suspected disease. Besides, five children have been referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Dr Rajiv Kumar of KDKMH said, "As long as mercury continues to shoot up, we will continue to get patients with the suspected disease."

Railway asks cops to vacate Waiting Rooms

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 05:31 AM PDT

PATNA: The railways has taken strong exception to forcible occupation of railway waiting rooms, retiring rooms and service buildings by the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Bihar Military Police (BMP) at 18 important stations, including Patna Junction, in Danapur division of East Central Railway ( ECR). These forces have been occupying the railway premises for a long time causing much hardship to passengers.

According to Danapur divisional railway manager (DRM) L M Jha, waiting rooms, retiring rooms and service buildings at station premises are important for railways to provide basic amenities to passengers. Unfortunately, railways has become helpless to fulfil passengers’ needs at most major stations under the Danapur division due to illegal occupation of waiting rooms and retiring rooms by the armed forces. Despite repeated reminders to the officials concerned, railways has not been able to get these premises vacated by the two police forces, he said.

Jha pointed out that the spacious area at the Karbigahiya end of Patna Junction has been under the occupation of Rapid Action Force (RAF) for a long time causing much hardship to passengers. Since railways has chalked out a comprehensive plan to develop the Karbigahiya end as the second exit point, it urgently needs this space to carry out passenger-related development work, he said.

Samastipur farmer gets best Mango grower award

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 03:30 AM PDT

A farmer, Sudhanshu Kumar, from Samastipur district has been awarded Best Mango Grower Award by the Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) in association with Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture (SDSH) at the ongoing Global Conference on Mango in Lucknow. SDSH has conferred the award on Sudhanshu for his significant contribution to promotion of horticulture in general.

“Adoption of scientific methods has boosted my income from Rs 10,000 to Rs. 6 lakh from the sale of fruits in a span of eight years,” said Sudhanshu, a Delhi University history graduate, who has an eight-acre orchard at Nayanagar village, around 90km from Patna. He directly sells his produce to exporters. Sudhanshu’s methods are now being followed by all the farmers around his village and it has made tremendous difference to their income.

CISH, a body of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, carries out agricultural research in the country. The award in the form of a citation was handed over to Sudhanshu on June 21.

Super 30 to become Super 60 soon

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 03:28 AM PDT

Bihar’s Super 30 institute, which has helped poor students get admission to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) by providing free training, is all set for expansion. Super 30 Founder and mathematician Anand Kumar said the institute will be admitting 60 students starting this year.

"Apart from Bihar, we will also admit meritorious students from states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh," Kumar said.

"We are going to conduct 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 UP out of which three had made it to the IITs.

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 grassroots level.

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