- Bihar to be a forerunner in Second Green Revolution
- Rain in Nepal causes flood fear in Bihar
- Amul to procure milk from Bihar
- Bihar to offer driving licenses online
- Nirupama Pandey becomes first Bihari to climb Mount everest
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 07:56 AM PDT
PATNA: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar exuded confidence that Bihar would be among the Eastern India states to usher in a second green revolution in the country and said that the state fulfilled all requirements for agriculture boom ahead.
Bihar will definitely be among the Eastern India states that will usher in a second green revolution as it has fertile land, under-ground water and industrious farmers, he said at a function on the occasion of Swami Shahajanand Saraswati’s death anniversary here.
There was a need for a concerted programme to hone technical skills of the farmers and enable them to use modern farm techniques to optimise food production, Kumar said adding that the state government had launched a number of programmes in this direction.
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 06:24 AM PDT
Gopalganj, June 25: Incessant downpour in Nepal for the last 24 hours has increased the threat of flood in the district. The rain has swollen the river Gandak and the water level has been increasing with each passing moment.
Altogether two dozen houses at Gamhari village under Tengrahi panchayat have been inundated and eaten up by the swirling waters.
Harendra Yadav, Vimal Yadav and Rajbali Chaudhry, along with other affected families, have taken shelter on the Vishnupur embankment. Land is getting eroded at Kisan Bhavan at Dharmpur village under Sadar block at a fast pace and till the filing of this report, it is feared that Kisan Bhavan will cease to exist within two more hours.
The executive engineer of the flood control department, R.K. Jaiswal, told that last evening 56,000 cusecs of water was released through Balmiki Nagar barrage.
The water level of Gandak was increasing continuously, swelling up the river. The threat of flood is looming large on the district.
He said all the links have been demolished at Balmiki Nagar barrage owing to which it has become difficult to gauge the increase in water level. Efforts are being made to register the increase, he said.
On the other hand, anti-erosion work at Semaria, Patraha and Dobha is going on war footing.
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 05:31 AM PDT
In order to keep pace with rising demand of milk in the country, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns and markets Amul brand of milk and milk products, is now increasingly looking beyond Gujarat for procuring milk.
This year Amul has started milk procurement from farmers’ cooperative societies in Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Orissa. The move is seen as a step towards increasing milk availability to cater to the country’s rising milk demand and spread the monetary benefits to the larger section of farmers and cattle breeders in the country.
“The objective of procuring from out of Gujarat is to spread the benefits of brand ‘Amul’ to farmers in other states of the country. This has been a farmers’ brand so we believe that the benefits of this brand should reach to all the farmers in India,” said R S Sodhi, managing director, GCMMF.
“The procurement from these states will improve prices for the farmers in these states. We give higher prices to the farmers than other cooperatives. So, these farmers will get Gujarat’s prices for their milk, which is a beneficial proposition for them,” Sodhi told Business Standard.
Currently, GCMMF pays Rs 425 per kg fat, which is higher by about 20 per cent over the previous year. The move also assumes importance in the wake of dairying business getting a costlier affair. “In recent years, Indian dairy farmers have been facing soaring input costs which has adversely impacted viability of milk production as an economic activity. With declining return on investment, there is a possibility that farmers may simply lose interests in milk business and turn to other activities,” Parthi Bhatol, chairman, GCMMF, said in the federation’s annual general meeting speech last week.
It may be mentioned here that cattle feed and fodder accounts for 70 per cent of milk production cost. “With fodder prices jumping two-fold due to lower production of cereals, milk production has become a costly business,” Bhatol added.
Farmers are also reeling under the impact of steep rise in all major ingredients of cattle feed. The price of de-oiled rice bran, which constitutes 25 per cent to 35 per cent of cattle feed, has increased from Rs 3483 per metric tonne (MT) in 2005-06 to Rs 6618 per MT in 2011. The price of Molasses, which constitute 10 per cent to 12 per cent of total cattle feed has also surged from Rs 3400 per MTs to Rs 4300 per MTs, within last one month.
GCMMF has been growing at a rapid pace and the demand for milk has also been rising. As many as 3 million farmers in Gujarat are currently associated with Amul brand. Now nearly 200,000 farmers from other states too have joined the federation. Overall, the total milk procurement by all the 13 member unions of GCMMF averaged at 9.45 million kgs per day during the year 2010-11, representing a growth of 1.88 per cent over 9.28 million kgs per day achieved during 2009-10.
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 04:23 AM PDT
PATNA: The process of getting driving licence would get hassle-free soon; the state transport department has plans to make the process of getting driving licence online so as to put a check on touts.
Uday Singh Kumawat, transport secretary, told TOI, “We are planning to launch a link on the transport department’s website, that would allow the applicant to give driving licence written test online.”
He added, “This link will be available on the state’s transport department’s website within a month.”
The applicant will need to go to the state’s transport department’s website www.transport.bih.nic.in and click on the link for online licence, which would be available soon. After filling up the form available on the website, the applicant will have to give the online learner’s driving licence test. On passing the learner’s test, the department will notify the applicant when to come for collecting the learner’s driving licence.
This would reduce the need of going to the RTO again and again. After one month from the date of issue of the learner’s licence, the holder can apply for his permanent driving licence.
Posted: 28 Jun 2011 02:55 AM PDT
PATNA: Squadron leader Nirupama Pandey, 30, who hails from village Jamo Jalalpur in Siwan district, has become the first person from Bihar to have scaled Mount Everest, unfurling the national tri-colour with much pride.
Nirupama was a member of Indian Air Force’s mixed expedition team which was flagged off by Air Marshal J N Burma on April 13, 2011, in New Delhi. Currently, she is posted at Rajokri Air Force Station in New Delhi under the Western Air Force command. Talking to TOI on telephone from New Delhi, Nirupama said it was the most proud moment of her life when she hoisted national tri-colour atop Mount Everest summit on May 25, 2011. “My achievement has not only brought laurels to Indian Air Force, but also to Bihar as I hail from the state. I attribute my rare achievement to new emerging Bihar,” she said, adding Bihar has now joined the league of 14 states from where people have climbed Mt Everest so far.
Nirupama, who preferred to climb from the south ridge route followed by Hillary and Tenzing in their first expedition in 1953, said she did so as she got permission easily from Nepal government. Otherwise, she would have preferred to climb Mount Everest from China side, from where climbing is less painstaking. “My next mission would be to climb Mount Everest from the east ridge route through which only a few people have climbed the Everest in the past,” she said.She got down from Mount Everest on June 5 along with other members of the expedition team. There were altogether 19 members in the team, including 11 women officers of the IAF.”Mountaineering and adventure have been a passion for me since early childhood. I started my mountaineering career in 2007 by undergoing rigorous training at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering located at Uttarkashi. My husband, Squadron leader Prakash Jha, who hails from Benipatti in Madhubani district, and other family members always supported me in my ventures,” she said. Nirupama got married to Prakash in August 2009. She said she did her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Pune and graduation and MBA from Ness Wadia College, Pune. She joined Indian Air Force as flying officer in 2003 .
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