Tigress T-106 relocated to Mukundra

JAIPUR: Boosted by the dismissal of a PIL by the Rajasthan High Court that was filed seeking a stay on shifting of big cats, the state forest department on Tuesday relocated tigress T-106 to the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) from the Ranthambore National Park (RNP). Forest officials relocating the tigress to Mukundra Hills The shifting finally took place nearly nine months after tiger Mirza was relocated to MHTR. After a day-long exercise, the tigress was tranquillised in the evening near Khara Chata area of Sultanpur range. Two-and-half year tigress…

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Dengue perennial in Rajasthan, stay alert: Government

JAIPUR: Declaring dengue as a perennial infection, health department has directed its officials to remain alert in winters too. “Dengue is now perennial infection—remain alert and vigilant during winter month of January and February,” says directions issued by the health department to its officials in the district. “A national conference was organised in Chandigarh recently in which Centre has declared that dengue has become perennial infection in Rajasthan and some other states which reported increased number of cases in winter,” said Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, additional director (rural health), health…

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Govt officials to meet bankers to chalk out plan for farm loan waiver

JAIPUR: The bureaucratic machinery in the state swung into action on Tuesday to stitch together a loan waiver package after chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced the relief to distressed farmers on Monday soon after taking oaths. After meetings were held in the chief minister’s residence on Tuesday to finalise the scheme as soon as possible, officials of the agricultural and cooperative departments held discussions. To collect preliminary data and information for working out details of the scheme, the agriculture department officials will meet bankers from the scheduled…

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Weekend VTR tour package evokes mixed response

By: Saloni Vats PATNA: The weekend tour package for Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR), announced by the state government recently to promote ecotourism, has evoked mixed response so far. VTR is the state’s lone tiger reserve situated in West Champaran district. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi had announced it on November 18. Though there were only nine people in the first batch last week, a Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) official said more people were showing interest now and 30 bookings had already been made for the second batch, which…

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Only diploma holders allowed for jr engr posts

PATNA: The Patna high court on Tuesday ruled that only three-year diploma holders in electrical engineering would be eligible for the junior engineer (JE) post advertised by Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL). While hearing a Letter Patents Appeal (LPA) filed by BSPHCL, the division bench of Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Anjana Mishra set aside the single bench order of Justice Shivaji Pandey on August 5 this year. The single bench had allowed even degree holders in electrical engineering to apply for the JE post in…

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Bihar to eradicate kala-azar by 2020: Deputy CM

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi has said Bihar is working on a target to eradicate kala-azar from the state by 2020 and tuberculosis (TB) by 2025. Addressing health officials at international headquarters of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) at Atlanta in the US on Monday, Modi said the number of kala-azar patients in Bihar had reduced to 3,012 in 2018 from 23,084 in 2010. “Only 21 blocks in Saran division are affected with the deadly disease. Around 80 to 90% of kala-azar patients in India are from these…

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Ex-Muzaffarpur mayor’s shooter nabbed at airport

By: Ajay Kumar Pandey MUZAFFARPUR: The special task force of Bihar police arrested notorious criminal Govind Kumar from Patna airport on Tuesday. Govind was one of the shooters who had allegedly killed former Muzaffarpur mayor Samir Kumar in his hometown on September 23 last year. STF sources said Govind was nabbed when he reached the airport from Delhi around 4pm. Samir and his driver Rohit Kumar were gunned down by criminals near the fire station at Chandwara under the Town police station area in Muzaffarpur when they were returning to…

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UP: Woman constable poisoned to death for dowry

BAREILLY: A native of Sikarkhera village in Amroha district Anita Kumari, 26, was allegedly poisoned to death by her In-laws in Sambhal on Sunday. The woman was taken to Meerut in serious condition where she died on Tuesday during treatment. On the basis of complaint filed by her father, police have lodged an FIR against her husband and in-laws who are absconding. Deceased woman’s husband is in the CRPF and is currently posted in North East. According to the police Anita had been married to Tej Veer, a resident of…

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Only 25 assembly, 17 parishad sittings this year

LUCKNOW: BJP, which frequently accused the ruling parties of not holding the mandated 90 sittings of the House during a year when it was in Opposition, has now found itself on the receiving end. This year, if the ongoing four-day winter session is counted, the Assembly would have been convened for 25 days and the Parishad for just 17 days. Samajwadi Party MLC Madhukar Jetley has brought in a private member’s bill, demanding an increase in productivity through a sufficient number of Assembly sittings. “The BJP government had promised to…

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