‘2,000MW solar power by 2022’

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PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi (SuMo) said on Sunday the power plants at Pirpainti in Bhagalpur and Kajra in Lakhisarai, which were initially proposed to be coal-based thermal power plants, would now be solar power plants. “The two power plants are slated to be commissioned by 2022 and each will produce 350MW of electricity using solar energy. The state government is committed to producing 2000MW of electricity through solar energy by 2022,” SuMo said at the East India Climate Change Conclave here. Elaborating on other steps being taken by…

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Govt to reward people for helping accident victims

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PATNA: The state transport department has decided to reward those who extend immediate help to road accident victims by taking them to the nearest hospital and sanctioned Rs1 crore for its ‘Good Samaritan Scheme’ to be implemented in all the 38 districts of Bihar. “The amount of Rs1 crore has been distributed in all the 38 districts of the state. Each district administration is having around Rs2 lakh as a deposit fund for rewarding the Good Samaritans under this scheme. After its utilization, more funds would be allocated to the…

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JD(U) neta arrested for abusing woman CDPO

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PATNA: JD(U) minority cell president of Barari block, Mohammad Babar (32), was arrested from his residence at Muslim Tola under the Babari police station area in Katihar district on Sunday for threatening and abusing Barari child development project officer (CDPO) Putul Kumari and uploading her photograph to his Facebook page. “Babar had uploaded the photographs of CDPO on June 9 to his Facebook page in which he used abusive and obscene language against her. The CDPO lodged a written complaint against Babar on Sunday,” SHO Naresh Kumar said. When asked,…

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Judge ‘jails’ daughter over affair with advocate

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PATNA: The Patna high court on Saturday took suo motu cognizance of a report published in online portal ‘Bar & Bench’ on June 22 regarding alleged confinement of a 24-year-old girl by her father, who is district and sessions judge of Khagaria. The case is listed for hearing by the division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad on Monday. According to the ‘Bar & Bench’ report, Yashaswini is a law graduate from Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in Patna and she was allegedly thrashed and…

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1 held for RTI activist’s murder

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MOTIHARI: The East Champaran police on Saturday arrested one sharpshooter Rana Kumar Thakur from his native village Raysingha under Mufassil police station area in connection with the murder of RTI activist Rajendra Prasad Singh. Rajendra Prasad Singh, 60, was shot dead by some motorcycle-borne assailants on NH-28 near Mathbanawari village under Pipra Kothi police station in East Champaran district last Tuesday. Three more persons Sarfaraj, (another sharpshooter), former mukhiya of Mangalapur panchayat Subhash Yadav, and Nitesh Kumar are wanted in this case who are evading arrest. Raids are being conducted…

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JD(U)-BJP spar over Lok Sabha seats continues

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PATNA: Bihar seems to have slipped into election mode as leaders of two major NDA constituents in state — BJP and JD(U) — continued their claim and counterclaim on Saturday over contesting more seats in the 2019 general elections. While JD(U) spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan Prasad said the party would contest the highest number of seats, BJP’s Bankipore MLA Nitin Navin said seat-sharing would be decided on the basis of 2014 Lok Sabha results. JD(U) had won only two seats in 2014. “NDA will contest the 2019 elections under Nitish’s leadership.…

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Help desk at 10 Patna varsity colleges from Mon

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PATNA: A help desk for new students at 10 different constituent colleges of Patna University (PU) will be launched next week. A helpline number to address the problems of students will also become functional from Monday. At a meeting organized by Patna University Students’ Union (PUSU) on the university campus on Saturday, president Divyanshu Bhardwaj said the decision to launch the help desk and helpline number was taken after receiving a number of complaints from students of different departments. “Students seeking admission in different PU colleges like Patna College, Patna…

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Monsoon likely to expose govt preparedness

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PATNA: With the southwest monsoon expected to make its onset in a couple of days, the city is still not prepared to deal with waterlogging, traffic congestion and various health and other sanitation issues. Though the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) claims to have completed 80% of the preparedness work, residents are waiting for the monsoon test with fingers crossed. Drainage cleaning: The slow pace of drainage cleaning work is likely to cause inconvenience to the residents. “About 80% of drainage cleaning work across the 75 wards is done and the…

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Bihar police driver with patrol car detained in UP

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SASARAM/PATNA: A Bihar police driver with patrol gypsy of Durgawati police station in Kaimur district was detained by Uttar Pradesh (UP) police for at least four hours on Friday night for allegedly extorting money from drivers of sand-laden trucks. The vehicle was detained by Sayedraza police in Chandauli district. Sayedraza police station SHO Surendra Pratap Singh told TOI over the phone that the detained driver was identified as Parwez Khan, who was hired on contract by Bihar police. “One sub-inspector (SI) and at least two constables of the patrolling team…

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New terminal:  Hyderabad firm shortlisted

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PATNA: Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd has been shortlisted to be assigned the project to develop a new terminal building at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Patna. Airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told TOI on Saturday the contract for the project was likely to be awarded to the firm by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters soon. The work will commence in two months. “The new terminal building is targeted to be readied in two years at a cost of Rs 550 crore. The total outlay for the…

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