Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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

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

CIL to fuel all upcoming Thermal Power Plants in India

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 06:30 PM PDT

Coal India would fuel all Thermal Power Projects in  the country in upcoming years. It would supply at least 80 percent of coal requirements  needed by such projects with 65 percent of Domestic and 15 percent of Imported coal

Coal India agreed to supply at least 80 percent of the coal needed to fuel new power projects, a condition set by the government, but stipulated it could use a mix of 15 percent imported coal versus 65 percent domestic.

Its board, however, deferred a decision on penalties the company will pay in case it does not meet the supply guarantees, company officials said on Tuesday.

Electric utilities had asked for penalties equal to 10 to 20 percent of a shortfall in supply, while Coal India had earlier agreed to only 0.01 percent.

India aims to add 88,000 megawatts of power generation capacity in the next five years, most to be fuelled by coal. Coal India will now be able to sign agreements to supply utilities developing 48 power projects, officials said.

On Tuesday, nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people were without power in the second major blackout in as many days as the grids covering a dozen states broke down after some drew more than their share of electricity from the overstretched network.

Coal India, the world’s largest coal miner, produces nearly 80 percent of the country’s domestic coal supply of about 550 million tonnes.

The revised fuel supply contracts will reduce pressure on the miner, which has struggled to increase domestic supplies for years because of failure to get swift environmental and regulatory approval and inadequate railway infrastructure.

Earlier this year, the government, which owns 90 percent of the company, ordered it to sign contracts guaranteeing 80 percent of coal supplies to new projects, which would pave the way for power generators to obtain funding for their planned projects.

India relies on coal for two-thirds of its power generation and will need even more for the additional capacity planned to tackle a peak-hour power deficit of as much as 13 percent.

Earlier this year, Coal India posted its first drop in quarterly profit in two years due to its reversal of a price increase following protests from power companies and to a sharp jump in its annual wage bill.

Whisky Bottle had Blood Stains of Aarushi and Hemaraj

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:30 PM PDT

arushi hemraj murdererAarushi Hemraj Murder Case was tweaked again when it was revealed to the court that a Whisky Bottle recovered from the Crime Spot had blood stains of both the victims on it.

BP Mahaptra, of Central Forensic Science laboratory told the court that blood stains found on Aarushi’s clothes and her bed’s sheets matched her group. The CBI yesterday produced seven exhibits out of 36 parcels in the special trial court here.

Mahaptra told the court that on the bottle of wine there were “partial male and female DNA generated” The public prosecutor RK Saini said that on the bottle of scotch, the blood samples found were positive. The blood samples found on the Valentine scotch bottle were of Aarushi’s and matched the samples found on her sheets, the CFSL witness told the court.

He said that a colorless liquid was found in another bottle which had no blood trace. A metallic lock was also produced with blood stains but no DNA could be generated on it, he told the court.

From Hemraj’s room, a red colour plastic bottle and a colourless bottle were recovered. From the room of the accused, the Talwars, a bottle of Valentine finest scotch bottle was recovered, the witness said.

The other exhibits produced were the clothes, undergarments and tops of Arushi and Hemraj and the CFSL scientist said that blood was positive on all these exhibits. The hearings will continue tomorrow.

Fortis launches Super Specialty Hospital in Singapore

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Renowned Indian Hospital Chain, Fortis has opened its wing of Super Specialty Colorectal Hospital at Singapore. Fortis Colorectal Hospital (FCH) is the first medical facility in Singapore and Southeast Asia to focus on colorectal disorders.

“The Fortis Colorectal Hospital in Singapore is our first greenfield hospital internationally and the 76th in our global network. The hospital signifies our speciality approach to patient-centric healthcare delivery,” Fortis Healthcare Chief Executive Vishal Bali said in a statement here.

FCH will focus on education and research to improve the quality of colorectal disease treatment in the region. The hospital will offer laparoscopic surgery and has a clinic that provides round-the-clock consultations and follow-up care for colorectal conditions, he added.

Fortis Healthcare Limited (BSE: 532843) is an established chain of super specialty hospitals based in Delhi, also available in Amritsar, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Mohali, Jaipur, Chennai, Kota, Bengaluru.

On 12 March 2010, Fortis healthcare had bought 23.9% stakes in Singapore’s Parkway Holdings Ltd. On 29th May 2012, Fortis Healthcare repororted an increase of 41.34% in the consolidated net profit for Q4.

NIRM Hyderabad launches Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Management

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 03:30 PM PDT

National Institute of Rural Management,Hyderabad has launched One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Welfare and Management starting from this academic year.

Delivered through the distance education mode, the course envisages to develop an understanding of tribal development management and administration with a focus on ethics and values. This course is also expected to develop competence in project management and financial management.

It will be useful to those with a passion for tribal development and officials concerned with tribal affairs. NGOs, government sector, research institutes, and international organisations are expected to hire those who complete the course, an NIRD release said.

The function was chaired by NIRD Director General Dr M V Rao and attended by former member of the Planning Commission B N Yungandhar, besides additional secretary of the ministry for rural development S M Vijayanand.

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal’s Eyes gift vision to two Blind Women

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 02:30 PM PDT

Kanpur – Legendary Freedom Fighter Captain Laskhmi Sahgal who died few days back had donated her body for medical research and well being. True to her wish, her two eyes have given vision to two blind women after her cornea was transplanted to them.

The surgery on 15-year-old Babli and Rampyari (55) was successful and they would soon be discharged from the hospital, said Dr Mahmood Rahmani, who conducted the surgery.

Both transplants were done on July 25 and the bandages were removed yesterday.

Rampyari and Babli had no visibility in one eye and very poor visibility in the second, and both had waited for two years for cornea, said Rehmani, who removed and transplanted the cornea.
“After getting Captain Sehgal’s cornea, I called up Babli’s father Guddu who hails from Hardoi and is from a financially weak background and asked him to come to Kanpur for the transplant,” Rehmani said.

Rampyari, the second person to benefit, belongs to Hatiya area of Kanpur.

Green India Mission to initiate from Bundi and Udaipur Districts of Rajasthan

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 01:30 PM PDT

Green India Mission has chosen Bundi and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan for pilot projects to increase the forest cover of country to 33 percent

Both the districts posses a thick forest cover compared to other districts of the desert state, making them the potential holders for success of the mission, District Forest Officer (DFO) Rajendra Singh Nathawat said.

In Bundi, a grant of Rs 5.6 crore has been approved for execution of the project in Balwanpura and Talwas, which are among the 14 other landscapes apart from the Kotrada landscape in Udaipur which are selected for the project, Nathawat said, adding that the project will be implemented in four phases.

“Following survey and micro-planning of the areas and requirements of local people through interactive programmes, features of cattle and wildlife would be identified and facilities for better cattle breeding and their immunisation will be ensured,” he said. Villagers with fallow land will be encouraged for plantation as per ecological requirements under the project that is likely start next week, he said.

Meanwhile, state wildlife board member Rajpal Singh, holding that Bundi possesses vital ecological requirements for success of the mission, asserted that the move will also help develop the Ranthambore Tiger Corridor. “Forest cover was constantly coming down in the identified areas of Bundi and Udaipur districts. Plantation under Green India Mission would provide good habitat to wildlife,” he said.

Bihar Govt increases Retirement age of Engineering Teachers

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 12:56 PM PDT

Bihar Government has increased the retirement age of teachers for engineering and polytechnic colleges from 62 years to 65 years.

The decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet presided over by chief minister Nitish Kumar, official sources said.

Principal secretary of state cabinet and co-ordination department Ravi kant said in accordance with the provisions of AITEC the state cabinet decided to increase the retirement age of teachers of engineering college and polytechnic institution from 62 to 65 years.

The cabinet also approved Bihar Family Benefit Scheme with provision for payment of Rs 20,000 of compensation to those who dies in accident and criminal incidents.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Service to be restored soon

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 12:52 PM PDT

Darjeeling Toy TrainThe Darjeeling Himalayan railway Toy Train Service is likely to be resume very soon. The Train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Kurseong in Darjeeling. The landslides affected sites on NH-55 are likely to be reconstructed.

After the monsoon season ends, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the railway will start their separate projects to revive their services in the landslide-affected areas of Kurseong sub-division.

NHAI officials said they have been consulting with the transport ministry in New Delhi and have also been in touch with Japanese experts on how best to reconstruct the damaged portion NH55.

Northeast Frontier Railway ADRM Devendra Singh Kunwar said “We will not wait for NH-55 to be reconstructed, but we will ourselves take initiative to lay down the damaged portion of the toy train trucks and where there is no service of the toy train we will start its resumption again after the monsoon.

Narendra Modi’s object lesson in political grandiosity

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 07:30 AM PDT

In saying that he should be hanged publicly if he is found guilty of complicity in the 2002 Gujarat riots, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has yet again provided an object lesson in political grandiosity.

His comments in an interview with Shahid Siddiqui, editor of the Urdu daily Nai Dunya, are symptomatic of a man who has an inordinately large sense of the self. What he is in effect saying is that even his failures and complicities, if those are indeed what he is guilty of, cannot be mitigated by a mere apology.

There seems to be another ploy behind daring a faceless adversary, namely, the country’s judiciary, to hang him. He is conscious that the bar of proving his direct involvement in the 2002 killings is so high and therefore practically futile that grandstanding by saying “Hang me, if I am guilty” is his best expedient option. It is also a case of extreme pre-emption.

Somewhere along the lines Modi also appears to betray a martyr complex by raising his alleged failures to the level of a crime deserving of the capital punishment. It is a narrative which would play well within his hardcore constituency that would also see any conviction of Modi as someone who took one for the team. That is ironic because Modi has never really seen himself as a team player.

As political posturing goes, this is fiendishly clever. For a politician subtly positioning himself for prime ministerial sweepstakes it cannot get smarter than choosing a virulent critic of his, editing a respected Urdu newspaper and a prominent Muslim to boot to give an interview which is a mixture of bluster and implied contrition. It is a no-brainer that he should have chosen an avowed critic of his to give a detailed interview in a newspaper largely read by the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh. Even if he manages to persuade a small percentage of them to at least be open-minded about him, Modi might have reasoned, he would stand a fair chance in national elections.

Modi would have known that his comments would set off a political churning in the 24/7 broadcast media as well as the bastion of national politics, namely Uttar Pradesh. Politicians around the world, particularly those as crafty as Modi, treat all media interviews as an exercise in either building themselves up or reinforcing their relevance. In his cost-benefit analysis the one and a half hours spent with Siddiqui is worth so much more in terms of return on political investment. And Modi is nothing if not a Gujarati who instinctively understands return on investment (ROI).

Incidentally, speaking of ROI, Modi has been touring Japan for the past four days mostly to encourage Japanese investments in Gujarat. It could well be a coincidence that he is out of the country doing what he likes best, talking development, just as the interview has come out. But then it could also be deliberate.

Even for Modi, who never tires of renewing his vows with Gujarat every so often, 13 years would have been a long time to remain in the state, subject of course to his winning the next assembly elections later this year. By the time the 2014 national elections take place he would have completed nearly a decade and a half as Gujarat’s boss. The calculation appears to be to start clearing the brush in preparation for 2014.

Of course, the path from Gandhinagar to New Delhi is still full of ambushers lurking around, the most potent being reasonable acceptance of his politics on the national stage. With daggers drawn in his own party at the state level, not to mention profound antipathies coming from an important Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally in Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, it can be nobody’s case that Modi has it all laid out for him. The Nai Dunya interview is no doubt his way of testing the waters.

He cannot but be mindful that if he wants to pursue national ambitions he has to change his ways of dealing with members of his own party, not just at the state level but even at the national level. He can no longer conduct himself with the aloof self-assurance with which he has been known to do in Gandhinagar and expect that people will support him no matter what.

Not many in the BJP would publicly acknowledge this but they know that Modi sees himself as larger than the party. He is one of those singular figures who shed affiliations and loyalties without any qualms as long as the self remains in control. He gives the impression that he has replaced ideological fealties with a messianic self-belief.

TV Addiction can lead you to Diabates Type 2

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT

TV Addiction has been diagnosed to be the fresh cause of Diabetes among Elderly people. A Study in Australia suggests that it increases the chances of Type 2 of Diabetes among people who are over 60 years old.

The study, led by Paul Gardiner from The University of Queensland School of Population Health, was one of the first to examine the effects of sedentary behaviour and TV watching on older men and women.

“Up until now, most research about sitting and watching TV has been focused on children, while older adults have potentially the most to gain from changing their behaviour,” Gardiner said.

Researchers found that for each hour a person spends watching TV, his or her risk of developing metabolic syndrome increases. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular disease predictors linked to the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a Queensland statement.

Other lifestyle factors linked to metabolic syndrome include a lack of regular exercise, poor nutrition, high alcohol consumption and smoking.

Gardiner said even light activity such while watching TV can reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

“Reducing sedentary behaviour may be a feasible and practical way for older adults to improve their health and may be particularly important for those whose health or physical functioning limits their participation in moderate-intensity physical activity,” he said.

Previous studies had shown that sedentary behaviour has a unique physiological effect on the body and that this was different from the effect of lack of exercise.

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