- The journey of a kid from child labour to sports Champ
- BPL families to get extra 20kg rice
- Bihar girls make state pride at national level
Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:44 PM PDT
Bechan Kumar, a 16-year-old from Bihar had many twists and turns in his short life before he ended up at the Sports Authority of India's centre in Gandhinagar, where he is now training for the under-16 Kabaddi team with 33 other players from different states.
Born to a poor family at Madhuban village in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, Bechan worked in a knitting factory in Delhi's Badarpur area.
Dresses in his SAI tracksuit and looking across the sprawling fields of the campus, Bechan remembers vividly how he used to work for 18 hours and get beaten up by his owner.
He was rescued by the police and sent back to Bihar in 2004. His father's death the previous year had left him with his mother, four brothers and three sisters to help feed, and he found himself drifting as a worker again, this time in a plywood factory in Sitamarhi itself.
In 2005, workers of Pratham, an NGO, rescued him and was made to study in their school, called Pratham Gyaanshala. He was not outstanding in studies; he longed rather to play sports, especially kabaddi. "I used to see kids playing kabaddi. One day, I told my seniors, 'I also want to play', and they said 'You can't play that. You'll only get hurt'. But I did not listen to them," he said.
Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:42 PM PDT
Bihar government has decided to host a month-long ‘Century rice festival’ from August 15 during which 20 kg rice would be made available to every BPL family at subsidised rate in additional to the foodgrains they draw, state Food Minister Shyam Rajak said today. “We will hold a month-long century rice festival in Bihar from August 15… we will make available 20 kg rice to every BPL family at subsidised rate in addition to the foodgrains they draw”, Rajak told reporters. Stating that the number of BPL households in Bihar was around 28 lakh at present, he said the state government had already earmarked 2 lakh metric tonne rice for the century rice festival. He said around five lakh metric tonne wheat had already been lifted in Bihar till now. “We have decided to construct 483 new godwons in Bihar with the FCI godowns running short of storage facilities”, Rajak said. The state government had already released Rs 100 crore for construction of the new godowns, he said.
Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:39 PM PDT
Girls from Patna showcased their talent at national level, when they won the second prize at the zonal-level science drama contest held at Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Kolkata on Thursday. The science drama team of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Shastrinagar represented Bihar after winning the state-level science drama contest held here at the SK Science Centre on July 19.
The team will now represent the eastern zone at the national science drama contest to be organized by National Council of Science Museums at Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore in September.
The title of the science drama performed by the state team was ‘Mujhe kahan le aye ho Columbus’, which was based on biodiversity. Play director Archana Chaudhary, a teacher of the school, was adjudged the best director during the zonal contest.
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