Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Village Woman forcibly dragged out of Bihar CM Janta Barbar

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 07:30 PM PDT

A very Unfortunate incident occurred in the last Janta Darbar of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, when a village Woman seeking justice was forcibly dragged out of the CM’s Court by Police.

Nutan Devi, a sarpanch of a local village panchayat has been abandoned by her husband for another woman. She had come to the durbar seeking justice, but was given rhetorical assurance and turned away.

She begged in front of Kumar for justice, she was whisked away. Left to deal with cruel police officers outside, she felt shamed and humiliated in the chief ministerĂ¢€™s court. The woman found some sympathy from the opposition.

She cried helplessly in front of the chief minister hoping to get justice, there was nobody to hear her wails as she was dragged out as Kumar also ignored her cries.

RJD MLA Samrat Chowdhary said, “This is a sad news. This incident in Janata Durbar is a serious issue. The chief minister should apologise. There was a way to ask the woman to go out. The chief minister should close the Janata Durbar as the grievances of the common people are never addressed.”

Death Toll in Sri Amarnath Yatra 2012 reaches 30

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 06:30 PM PDT

30 Pilgrims have dies till date in Sri Amarnath Yatra this year seeking attention of concerned officials. Over 100 pilgrims had died of natural causes during the last year’s pilgrimage, prompting Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to make it mandatory for pilgrims to seek medical fitness certificate before embarking on the yatra.


Sarju Ram (58) from Bihar and Mumbai  resident Shri Sankesh (70) died of cardiac arrest at Brarimarg today, while Ugash Kumar (36) and Ramesh Veer Lal Sharma (in his 40′s) — both from Uttar Pradesh , breathed their last on Tuesday at Sangam top and the holy cave respectively, they said.

Two more devotees — Niha Mishra (36) from UP and Jaspal Singh (55) from Rajasthan  – who had fallen ill during the yatra died at Soura Medical Institute and SMHS hospitals in Srinagar respectively, the officials said.

JK Governor N N Vohra, who is also the SASB chairman, condoled the “unfortunate death” of the pilgrims.

Chairing a high level meeting to discuss the problems of the pilgrims, Vohra directed SASB Chief Executive Officer to take immediate steps for further publicising the Do’s and Dont’s and the health advisory issued by the Board for the yatris.

An official spokesman said all those intending to undertake the yatra were requested to take all required precautions and no person who has any medical or orthopaedic ailment, or any breathing, chest or heart problem should even think of undertaking the arduous religious voyage, which involves climbing up to nearly 14,000 feet.

“Doctors and paramedical staff along both the two routes, via Pahalgam and Baltal, have been deployed for providing emergency medicare and treatment to pilgrims,” the spokesman said.

Kochi Metro Rail to start functioning by 2014

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Kochi Metro Rail project would get its Phase 1 Ready within 48 Months and it would start fucntioning by 2014, according to Secretary, Urban Development (UD) Ministry, Sudhir Krishna.

“The project has some special features because of the uniqueness of terrain of Kochi. It also has a multi modal station which will integrate with the bus services as well as the ferry services,” Krishna said.

“So you get down from the metro and if you are living at some distance on an island, take a ferry and go to your island,” he said.

The Union cabinet had yesterday given go-ahead to the fully-elevated ‘standard gauge’ metro link, covering 25.6 km from Alwaye to Petta with 23 stations.

The cost of the project would be Rs 5181.79 crore and like in the case of Delhi Metro, Japan International Cooperation Agency would be approached for funding, Krishna said.

The Phase I of the Kochi metro was expected to be complete within 48 months. The secretary also gave details of the proposed fare structure for the Kochi metro.

For a travel up to a distance of 2 km a fare of Rs 10 would be charged while Rs 13 would be the fare for 2 to 4 km distance. The maximum fare as per the present proposal is Rs 30 for travel up to a distance of 24 to 30 km, Krishna said.

The Urban Development secretary said that for the Kochi metro network a 50:50 partnership company between the Centre and the state government would be set up.

The cabinet has approved the proposal as per which a Special Project Vehicle or SPV company will be launched for the implementation of the Kochi Metro project, Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said.

India to get Fasih Mohammad deported from Saudi Arabia very soon

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Indian Government will take all necessary steps to deport Fasih Mohammed, an accused in Bangalore and Delhi blasts and currently detained in Saudi Arabia, to India.

"He is in Saudi Arabia. He was detained there. Steps will be taken to extradite him to India," Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi.

An engineer by profession, 28-year old Fasih is alleged to have been involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in Bangalore and a shooting incident near Jama Masjid (Delhi) in 2010 and is wanted by both Delhi and Karnataka Police.

"A Red Corner Notice has already been issued. He was wanted in several cases," Mr. Chidambaram said.

On the request of Karnataka and Delhi Police, the CBI had asked the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Fasih after which Saudi authorities have conveyed that he has been apprehended by them.

Fasih had reportedly been missing and his wife Nikhat Parveen approached the Supreme Court claiming her husband was in the custody of central security agencies.

She moved the Supreme Court alleging her husband was picked up by a joint team of Indian and Saudi officials on May 13 for his alleged terror links.

NITs gladly adopt new Entrance Test Pattern from 2013

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 03:34 PM PDT

Unlike IITs, National Institutes of Technology, NITs have no objections in adopting the new Common Entrance Test Pattern from 2013.

Under the new system, for admission to all the centrally funded institutes like the NITs there would be 40 percentage weightage for performance in Class XII (after normalisation of marks), 30 per cent weightage to performance in main and 30 per cent in the advanced test.

“The formula worked out is very simple…40 per cent weightage to board results and 60 per cent to the mains,” chairman of the standing committee of NITs, R A Mashelkar, said after a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

He said the 40 per cent weightage to the board results will be given after the process of normalisation of marks of the state board. A committee comprising NIT directors would be set up to look into the issue of normalization.

Officials said the committee would basically look into validation of the formulae already proposed for normalisation of marks with the respective board results.

The meeting comes in wake of the IITs arriving at a compromising formula last week for admission to undergraduate programmes, taking the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards for preparing merit list and their performance in the advance test.

The government had on May 28 announced the common entrance test for IITs and other centrally funded institutes.

Dalbir Kaur knocks Sonia’s gate for getting Sarabjit Singh released

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 02:30 PM PDT

sarabjit singhDalbir Kaur, the sister of Indian Prisoner Sarabjit Singh today sought help of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in seeking release for her Brother.

Dalbir Kaur, who is fighting for the release of Singh who is languishing in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail for over 20 years, met Gandhi at her residence and raised the issue.

Maintaining that she cannot express the pain the family has suffered, Kaur said that Gandhi listened to her patiently and assured all help.

Sarabjit, 49, was convicted and sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks that killed 14 people in Punjab in Pakistan in 1990.

Pakistan organizes Bhagwat Gita Quiz Competition in School

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 01:30 PM PDT

Pakistan has always been a subject matter of  atrocities towards Minorities,  but a recent news tries to disfigure this belief.  A Bhagwat Gita Quiz Competition was organized in Local Pakistani  School to test the knowledge of Hindu Boys and Girls.

Hindus in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province have always been complaining of bias and injustice over the issues of kidnappings and forced conversions, but for a change they celebrated being able to organise a religious event without any problems.

The quiz competition, testing the knowledge of the Hindu boys and girls about their religion – Sanatan Dharma – was enthusiastically participated in by at the Santa Maria school in Karachi’s Gizri area.

“It was a big success and we are happy that in a Muslim dominated area, they really cooperated a lot with us in organising this event,” Pakistan Hindu Seva (PHS) President, Sanjesh Dhanja told PTI.

During the competition, shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita reverberated through the school.

“I really enjoyed the competition and the PHS should organise more such events in future as well,” Bhawan said.

Yasir Kazmi, one of the Muslim organisers who is attached with an NGO that deals with minorities, said that another similar competition had already been planned for on July 15 in Ranchore Lines, which has a sizeable population of Hindus.

“It was an excellent event to showcase religious tolerance and respect for each other’s religion,” Kazmi said.

He said no one from the neighbourhood had complained, even though during the competition the children were singing religious songs and speaking about the Bhagavad Gita.

Abu Jundal makes sensational confessions before Indian Agencies

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 01:09 PM PDT

Arrest of Abu Jundal has opened gateway of new Information related to 2008 Mumbai attacks. Being simultaneously interrogated by several investigating teams, including the Intelligence Bureau, the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad,  Delhi Police, and National Investigation Agency he has revealed several facts which left the Interrogators shocked.

Lets have a look upon  those facts.

It was not just 10 terrorists who sneaked into Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008 but 12 Lashkar-e-Taiba men who had been trained to carry out the audacious strike.

Jindal,  had personally trained the 12 persons in speaking Hindi and the culture of Mumbaikars.

LeT did not send all of the 12 men to Mumbai to carry out the attacks due to last minute changes in their operational plans, according to Jindal.

Jindal  had met the 12 men selected for training to carry out the Mumbai carnage at the LeT training camp in Muridke and Thakot in Pakistan in 2007.

After his involvement in the Aurangabad arms haul of 2006 and the Ahmedabad railway station blast that year, fled India and through Bangladesh route, went to Pakistan.

He was assisted in his flight by another LeT member, identified as Saukat. ”Saukat took Jindal to Nepal, Bangladesh and then Pakistan, where all kind of facilities from accommodation to food were availed by him.

Jindal had also met LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi for the first time in 2006. ”The Jindal-Lakhvi meeting was also organised by Saukat. Lakhvi liked Jindal’s role in arms and ammunition smuggling. Since then Jindal became a loyal member of LeT and was selected to train the 26/11 terrorists.

He and the 12 selected terrorists were in constant touch with LeT figurehead Hafiz Saeed and Lakhvi, both of whom used to meet them along with two officers of the Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence.

Gyanodaya Express to tour Delhi University Girls across India

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 11:33 AM PDT

DU GirlsGyanodaya Express a special train would tale One thousand Girl students and teachers from Delhi University (DU), for travel throughout central and western India in a train to study the national diversity.

Gyanodaya Express, a brainchild of DU vice chancellor Dinesh Singh, will take  1,000 National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) girls to Ahmedabad, Wardha, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore, “aiming to broaden the horizons of learning beyond the classrooms”, according to an official statement. These 1,000 girls will be the first batch of students to embark on the maiden expedition of ‘Gyanodaya’, a 12-day train journey to have a first-hand experience of their country, culture and its success.

Vice-chancellor of DU, Dinesh Singh, while announcing the initiatives earlier said that a train journey can be a great educational trip for students from all streams.”The students will learn to measure the speed of the train while travelling without use of a speedometer, will know about railway engineering, can experience the countryside as they criss-cross through various states and get to know the lives of ordinary people as they pass through railway platforms in different regions. The students will also get to know the history of the country and Gandhian values,” explained Singh.
Equipped with laptops, internet connectivity and a library, the students on board the train will study a wide range of topics including food habits, geography, agriculture, language and ethnicity of the people of various regions.


According to the statement, the progress of the journey will be updated regularly on the university’s official website. This special train for Delhi University students on a unique India experience will start its journey on July 8, 2012 from Delhi.

Stoppages of Gyanodaya Express

The first stop will be at Ahmedabad where the students will visit Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple and Gujrat Vidyapeeth. After spending nearly 36 hours in Ahmedabad the student will proceed to Mumbai, followed by Madgaon in Goa. The students then will go to Bangalore and visit Indian Space Research Organisation and Science Museum followed by a visit to Mysore. The final stopover will be at Wardha/ Nagpur.

It is not a Leisure Trip

Though ample time has been set aside of sightseeing and shopping, it is definitely now a leisure trip. The students will have to attend an orientation session before the journey and they will be provided with study materials with instructions of what is expected of them during and after the journey.

The students are expected to read all the books given to them and observe the compartment design of the train, food habits and other sociological aspects of people they see on the railway platforms and places they visit along their way. The students are expected to study other aspects like geography, agriculture, language, literature and ethnicity of people of different regions that they visit. There will be a project as well to be completed during the journey.

Indian Company Poonawaala acquires Dutch Company Bilthoven Biologicals

Posted: 04 Jul 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Serum Institute of India, the flagship company of the over $1 billion Poonawalla Group vaccine company, Wednesday announced the acquisition of Bilthoven Biologicals of the Netherlands, a company official said.

Through the acquisition, the Poonawalla Group will get access to technology and expertise for making the Salk injectable polio vaccine.

This first overseas acquisition by the Poonawalla Group will also provide the Group and Serum Institute an important manufacturing base in Europe with access to the important European and US markets.

“This acquisition will significantly strengthen our position in the global vaccines market, while giving us access to the technology and production facility of Injectable Polio Vaccine (Salk), which is the only logical solution available to the world for the eradication of polio,” said Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman of the Poonawalla Group and Serum Institute, while announcing the acquisition.

“More importantly it also gives the Poonawalla Group an important operational and strategic beachhead in Europe and the US, with the important manufacturing base in the Netherlands. This will also significantly enhance our earlier offerings in the paediatric vaccines segment,” he added.

Bilthoven Biologicals is located in the city of Bilthoven near Amsterdam. The manufacturing facility is spread over 20 acres and employs over 200 people. The facility has a manufacturing capacity of over 20 million doses of vaccines in a year and the company sells these vaccines to Europe and developing countries.

Sharing the future outlook for the company, Adar Poonawalla, Executive Director of the Poonawalla Group said that the group is committed to investing over Euros 70-80 million over the next three years to augment the infrastructure and enhance the manufacturing capacity of the Bilthoven’s facilities.

“Serum Institute has one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing facilities at Pune, India and with this second manufacturing facility based in Europe, the company aims to access the developed markets of Europe and USA for its existing and future products in the pipeline,” he said.

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