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Bihar mukhiyas on leash: to get smartphones for direct access

    No mukhiyapati, only for mukhiyas! Patna: take it how you want – an official smartphone is a perk if you like but may be used as a leash for direct control. The Bihar government has been using phone contact to keep a tab on the officials, their whereabouts and their activities in the past. Once in the smartphone loop, an official cannot refuse to take a call or make excuses for not being informed. according to reports, the Bihar government has decided to give smartphones and executive assistants to all its 8,402 mukhiyas, the third layer of the Panchayati Raj system that has Zila... 

Amrapali Group starts agro-industry near Katihar: plans expansions to other districts

    Food Processing Unit of Amrapali Group at Chabilapur, Rajgir Patna: In a bid to boost Bihar’s food processing sector, Tariq Anwar, minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries, laid the foundation stone for a unit on Katihar-Purnea Road in Bhasana, set up by the Amrapali Group. “Bihar has a lot of potential in food processing. The Amrapali group is playing a key role in the progress of the sector in the state. I urge more private firms to come forward and invest here,” he said. “In fact, Bihar is the only state that has the capacity to fulfill the entire’s... 

Bihar sets up Live Satellite Studio: students to attend virtual lectures by experts

  Indira Gandhi Science Complex: Patna Patna: Bihar Council of Science and Technology (BCST) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) jointly have launched a Live Satellite Studio at the Edusat hub in Bihar.   Located at Indira Gandhi Science Complex, this breakthrough Studio will let students of engineering colleges and polytechnics located across the state to benefit from the opportunity of attending the classes conducted by experienced teachers via live satellite studio. The studio construction incurred the cost of around Rs1.5 crore for which Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)... 

Foundation laid for Sone River bridge in Aurangabad

Sone River: Bihar Patna: while laying the foundation stone of a four-lane bridge over river Sone which will link Daudnagar in Aurangabad with Nasriganj in Rohtas, CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that during the past seven years about 12,000 bridges and culverts have been constructed of which Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam (BRPNNL). Although the Nigam was established in 1975 and in 30 years it could build only 375 bridges. The bridge will shorten the distance as on Daudnagar side it will be linked to NH- 98 and on Nasriganj side with state highway 15 thus linking Magadh to Bhojpur, while vehicles... 

May, 2014: Hero to start manufacturing 10 lakh cycles at Bihta

  Made in Bihta? Patna: according to reports, Sanjay Singh, the vice-president (corporate planning) of Hero Cycles, recently claimed that the group plant in Bihta, around 37km from Patna, would start manufacturing from May this year. “The bhoomi pujan at the Bihta plant was held on June 20 last year. At present, work to complete the plant is on at full pace. By May this year, manufacturing will start. The company is interested in hiring local qualified people. An ancillary unit would also come up near the plant,” he told the press. The Rs 40-crore plant would have the capacity to manufacture... 

2500 teachers to be sacked in Bihar: quality education in focus?

    Bihar’s wait for good teachers Patna: years ago before Nitish’s second stint as the CM, he had told a senior journalist Prannoy Roy from NDTV in an interview that during his second stint he will give due attention to quality in education rather than just quantity. The shift of attention from quantity to quality however took much longer. The fact is with extremely low salaries, the profession of teaching in school is still not an attractive proposition in Bihar. Teachers often run shops and follow a profession on the side just to survive. While weeding out the incompetent is... 

Bihar to have its own rural management institute: best possible new year gift!

  Rural development: weighing all options! Patna: according to reports, very soon Bihar would have its own institute of rural management called Development Management Institute (DMI). The name was finalised at a recent high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar where he directed officials concerned to complete recruitment of faculty for the institute by March so that the academic work could begin from the coming academic session, July-August, itself. The minister said: “Opening of such an institute was envisaged while planning the agenda for good governance in 2010-2015. Today... 

Muzaffarpur gets a fertilizer plant: Indo-Gulf Fertilizer enters Bihar

  Agri industry: Bihar farmers to benefit Muzaffarpur: according to reports, the Indo-Gulf Fertilizer Company from the A B Birla Group will start a Rs 18-crore compact fertilizer plant at Bela Industrial Estate during the current financial year and start production from next year. According to the executive director of Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA), Akhilanand the company will manufacture composite fertilizer according to suitability and requirement of soil and crops in Bihar. Farmers will not have to collect different fertilizers from different places for their crops.... 

Six countries to sign MOUs on Nalanda University in Brunei

  Nalanda University: a preview! Brunei: according to the latest reports from Brunei on developments in the Nalanda University project, six countries on Thursday began the process of signing inter-government agreements to pledge their commitment for this academic institution. Addressing the East Asia Summit (EAS) here, where these MoUs are being signed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also expressed his gratitude to the countries supporting the project. “I would like to thank the East Asia Summit participating countries for their support for the establishment of Nalanda University... 

Finally, Rs 3,000 pay hike for Bihar school teachers!

    After confrontation: Pay hike! Patna: The state cabinet recently approved the monthly pay hike of Rs 3,000 for teachers of primary, middle and high schools of the state. These teachers, appointed on consolidated (fixed) pay, have been demanding payment of regular payscale instead of fixed pay. “The cabinet decision would benefit around 2.48 lakh primary teachers besides 90,000 primary teachers, the process for whose appointment is underway. Similarly, it would benefit around 17,897 secondary school teachers and 50,845 teachers of higher secondary schools,” cabinet co-ordination... 
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