Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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Temperature soars to 42 degree Celsius in Patna

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 11:53 AM PDT

Patna: Temperature shot up abnormally high and touched 42 degree Celsius in the state capital on Wednesday. This was the first day in this summer season the mercury touched the 42 degree Celsius mark.

Blistery western winds added to the woe specially for the school children whose classes terminated in the afternoon. Parents unfolded umbrellas to give some respite to their wards from the heat wave.

Weathermen say temperature continues to show upward trend till April 30.

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Students wings of political parities pay tributes to Sukma martyrs

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 11:40 AM PDT

Patna: Students wings of different political parties took out candle light march on Wednesday to pay tributes to CRPF jawans who killed in Maoists attack on Monday in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh.

Chharta JD(U) and Bihar Pradesh Chhatra Lok Samata members gathered at Kargil Chowk with burning candle in their hand to pay tributes to Sukma martyrs. They shouted slogans against Naxals and demanded quick action against the Red terror.

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Bihar tops the list of malnourished children in the world

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 10:18 AM PDT

Patna: Bihar tops the world list of malnourished children if one goes by the figures presented by Belgian born Indian development economist and activist Jean Dreze while addressing a development dialogue on malnutrition among women and children in Bihar at AN Sinha Institute here on Tuesday.

Dreze said 48.3 per cent of total child population of the state are malnourished. "There are 20 parameters for calculating the malnutrition index and in most of the parameters Bihar fails", he said.

"In Bihar more than 40 per cent girls are getting married well before their attainable marriage age and this leads to malnutrition in their off springs", he said.

He said the cut in budget allocation by central government in mid-day meal scheme would further exaggerate the problem.

"The government has already slashed the mid-day meal budget by 36 per cent and further linking of this scheme with Aadhar will be a dangerous move", he said.

Social welfare department principal secretary Vandana Kini said malnutrition is a serious problem for the state but situation has been improving.

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Gandhi Panorama Film Festival begins

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 08:57 AM PDT

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Gandhi Panorama Film Festival at Adhiveshan Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Organised by Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Department the threeday festival will show about one dozen of films based on the life, ideology and thoughts.

On the first day, documentary film Kshama and feature film Making of Mahatma were exhibited. Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Shivchandra Ram and other senior state government officials were present on the occasion.

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Nitish Kumar flags off Champaran Satyagrah Shatabdi Virasat Yatra buses

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 11:23 AM PDT

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off Champaran Satyagrah Shatabdi Virasat Yatra buses from Adhiveshan Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Organised by the Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Department, the buses will cover all the places of Patna,Muzaffarpur, East Champaran and West Champaran districts where Mahatma Gandhi visited 100 years ago during his Champaran Satyagrah movement.

The buses carry the photographs of Mahatma Gandhi's agitation and books on Gandhi ideology and thoughts.

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Bandaru Dattatreya lays foundation stone of 100-bed ESIC hospital in Phulwarisharif

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 04:43 AM PDT

Patna: Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya laid the foundation stone of 100-bed Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital in Phulwarisharif here on Tuesday.

Addressing the function he said Anganwadi,  Asha workers and workers of the unorganized sectors would be included in the ESIC schemes soon. "Central Government is serious about it", he said.

He said the ESIC model hospital would be upgraded to a super specialty hospital with 200 beds facility. For this the Central Government would grant Rs 150 crore, he added.

"There are 18 ESIC dispensaries in Bihar. If State Government provides us land we will construct model hospital in every places", he said.

Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Bihar Labour Minister Vijay Prakash, MLA Shyam Rajak, Rajya Sabha member RK Sinha, MLA Arun Kumar Sinha and MLA Asha Devi were present on the occasion.

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Very sad and shocking

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 04:38 AM PDT

Patna: No consolation could be enough for the welling family members of slain CRPF soldier Saurabh Kumar of Daanapur, who lost his life fighting against Red terror in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh on Monday.  Saurabh's body was brought at Patna airport on Tuesday evening.

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Bodies of 5 slain Sukma braves reach Patna airport on way to their native villages

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 04:26 AM PDT

Patna: Pal of gloom descended at the Patna airport when bodies of the five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans belonging to different districts of Bihar arrived here on Tuesday evening. Unstoppable tears rolled  from the eyes of the relatives who gathered there to collect the mortal remains of their dearest one. 

Six soldiers of Bihar lost their lives among the 25, who were killed in a Maoists attack in Sukma forest of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Relatives were in a state of shock and anger. They wanted final assault against Maoists who so far have reportedly killed more than 150 para military forces jawans in Chhattisgarh over the past a few years.

CRPF personnel gave guard of honour to brave soldiers. Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj and CRPF officers laid the wreaths on the casket to pay tributes to brave soldiers. 

Surprisingly not a single minister from the ruling Grand Alliance Government was there to receive Sukma braves at the airport.

Abhay Mishra (Tulsigaon, Bhojpur), Krishnakant Pandey (Bharandua, Rohtas), Abhay Kumar (Vaishali), Naresh Yadav (Darbhanga), Ranjit Kumar (Sheikhpura) and Saurabh Kumar (Danapur) were from Bihar, who got ambushed by heavily armed Maoists in Sukma.

The casket of Krishnakant Pandey was sent to his native village from Varanasi while the bodies of the five others arrived at Patna airport. Later the five caskets containing the mortal remains of the jawans were sent to their respective villages.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for martyrs. Paying tributes to slain soldiers, Kumar said country would always remember their sacrifice.

He said the last rites of the jawans would be performed with police honour. 

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Jashodaben asks Sahu Samaj girls to participate in social actvities

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 02:45 AM PDT

Patna: Bihar Tailiey Sahu Samaj felicitated Jashodaben, wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function organised at Sahu Samaj Bhavan here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion Jashodaben advocated for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save girl child, educate girl child) programme and urged the women of Sahu Samaj to participate in social activities with great zeal and enthusiasm.

"Girls should come forward and take up the challenges for overall development of the society", she said.

Earlier, Jashodaben paid obeisance at Takht Shree Harmandir Ji Sahib in Patna City where Granthi presented her a Siropa (scarf).

Jashodaben also offered prayers at Shakti Peeth Bari Patan Devi.

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