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New Bihar: Sons of gas vendor, generator operator top Bihar board exams

    Topper Ravish Kumar Patna/ Gaya: the social backgrounds of Ravish Kumar and Gaya boy Avinash Kumar who topped in the ISc and ICom examinations, respectively this year truly reveal the real Bihar of today – Jitan Manjhi’s Bihar. The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) declared the results on Tuesday. Ravish is from a poor background. His father is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and has been a gas cylinder vendor since 2004. This exam, Ravish scored 425 marks out of 500, putting in 12 to 13 hours of studying, sometimes without electricity, at their two-room house in... 

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... 

IITians emerge as leading founders of start ups in US

    IIT: Guwahati According to a recent report based on the findings of a US research firm, IITians are among the leading founders of startups in the US. The study places the IITs among the top 10 higher educational institutes in the world that have produced founders of US startups that have raised their first round of venture capital(VC) since 2010. In fact, the IITs are the only non-US university in the list prepared by PE/VC database firm PitchBook. The list is led, as many familiar with startups would expect, by Stanford and University of California, Berkeley. PitchBook had this... 

Biocon launches its first biologic drug for treatment of autoimmune disease psoriasis

    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: at ALZUMAb launch Bangalore: Biotechnology firm Biocon rolled out its first biologic drug for the treatment of auto-immune disease psoriasis on Saturday. A biologic is a drug made using cells and not via artificial (chemical) means. Called ALZUMAb, it took 10 years in the making and “is recognition of innovation done by research and development wing of Biocon,” said chairperson and managing director, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. Psoriasis is an auto immune disease affecting 2-3% of global population and 1-2% within India. The market size of a biologic for... 

Hydrogen-powered bus developed by Tata Motors and ISRO

  Hydrogen-powered automobile : TATA-ISRO For the first time in the country, a Hydrogen-powered automobile bus has been developed by Tata Motors and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after several years of research. The hydrogen fuel-fitted bus was demonstrated at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, an ISRO facility in Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. It’s a CNG-type bus. Hydrogen in bottles at high pressure is stored at the top of the bus and there would be zero pollution. The hydrogen cells were a spin-off of the cryogenic technology that ISRO had been developing for the... 

Bihar organic farm products go global: in Sohdih, Nalanda

  Okra: the organic strategy! Nalanda: Farmers of a village in Bihar’s Nalanda district are planning to go global. Potatoes, pumpkins, garlics, chillis and ladyfingers, among other vegetables, produced in Sohdih village are all set to make their way to kitchens in Europe. The farmers are eyeing to export organic vegetables to Britain, France, Germany and other European Union countries after their village was awarded the prestigious C3 certificate by the Ecocert, France-based inspection and certification body. The organic vegetable growers in this village are overjoyed as theirs is the... 

Tale of Kalahandi: from starvation to record rice production

  Kalahandi: from starvation to record produce! Bhubaneswar: Kalahandi for decades has stood for starvation and utter poverty. But the image needs to be modified now in the light of some new facts. Odisha’s Kalahandi district — once the cause of global embarrassment for India due to its high number of starvation deaths — today stands tall with a five-fold increase in its rice production since 1999, figures reveal. The agriculture ministry’s recent crop data ranks Kalahandi among the top 25 rice producing districts of India. The three-year average of its rice production ending 2010-11... 

Bihar gets its first diamond processing unit: Surat comes to Patna!

  Diamond polishing: shopfloor! Patna: according to reports, the state’s first diamond processing unit was inaugurated at the Patliputra Industrial Area here on Thursday by chief minister Nitish Kumar. The unit has been set up by a leading diamond and jewellery firm of the country, Shrenuj and Company. It is widely known that 30% of skilled workers in the diamond hub of Surat are said to belong to Bihar. This could well be a case of reverse migration – instead of Bihari labour heading for Surat, skilled Bihari labour heading back to Bihar to find employment!  The new unit currently... 

Nalanada farmer breaks world potato yield record: through organic farming!

    Nalanda: Record breaking potatoes Patna: Bihar’s farmers have done it again. A farmer from Sohdih village of Bihar’s Nalanda district has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming this year. The potato farmer, Rakesh Kumar, has harvested 108.8 tonnes of potato per hectare and set a new world record in potato production, Nalanda district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said on Monday. Last year, a farmer of Darveshpura village in Nalanda had set a world record in potato production through organic farming. “Rakesh Kumar has created a new... 

East Champaran: farmers now growing flowers for cash income!

Flowers for cash income: E. Champaran! Motihari:  The cliche in this part of Bihar is – if you want cash, plant sugarcane in your fields. With the revival of numerous sugar factories in Bihar and a supply chain reaching Uttar Pradesh, this has indeed worked of late. But there are other alternatives too – Mehasi in Champaran is fast turning into the Lychee capital of the country. And now with the news of floriculture catching up, more avenues seem open. With farmers shifting to flower cultivation in a big way, East Champaran, from where Mahatama Gandhi tested the potential of satyagraha... 
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