4 killed, 3 injured in Katihar road accident

KATIHAR: Four persons were killed and three others seriously injured when a truck collided with a car and then rammed into a tea stall in Katihar district on the wee hours of Monday. The accident took place when the urea-laden truck hit the car coming from the opposite direction on NH-31 and then rammed into the roadside stall, Kursela police station SHO Chittaranjan Kumar said. The truck was on its way to Purnia, while the car was proceeding to Khagaria when the incident occurred near the State Bank of India…

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No clue in Nalanda girl’s murder case

BIHARSHARIF: Police are still clueless about the killers of a 15-year-old Nalanda girl, whose brutalised body was recovered from a field on the outskirts of Kakadia village under Noorsarai police station area on Saturday. Noorsarai police station SHO Sunil Kumar Nirjhar said on Monday that deceased, who was a student of Class X, went missing on Friday night. She had gone to attend a pre-wedding function at her neighbour Vibhushan Paswa’s house in the evening from where she did not retun in the night. An FIR in this connection was…

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Governor Lalji Tandon felicitates Hindi writers

PATNA: Governor Lalji Tandon on Monday said Hindi has, of late, become people’s language by adopting words from folk and various other Indian languages. Its usage has increased considerably even in the modern age of computer and information technology as it is a scientific language, he said. Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan at a colourful function here, Tandon said the history, culture and philosophy of India could be truly expressed only in its national language of Hindi. He said several littérateurs from Bihar, including Ramdhari Singh…

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Govt bid to eliminate filariasis in Arwal

By: SM Shahbaz PATNA: State health department will undertake a mass drug administration campaign (MDA) in Arwal district under the ‘National Programme for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis’ from December 20 to 31 to prevent the spread of filariasis in the district. Lymphatic Filariasis or Hathipaon is a mosquito-borne disease spread by female culex mosquito. Lymphoedema or eliphantiasis (swelling in limbs) and hydrocele (swelling in scrotal sac) are two common sub-types of the disease. The Central government aims to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) by 2020. Altogether five districts across the country…

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Christmas trees adorn Patna gift shops

PATNA: With Christmas around the corner, nurseries in the state capital have started stocking Christmas trees. Even artificial ones have occupied the shelves of gift shops in Patna. The price of a real Christmas tree depends upon its size. Even density adds to the cost, said Niyati Sharma, who owns a nursery at Patna City. Nursery owners procure these trees from Kolkata. A nursery owner at Maurya Lok Complex, Ved Prakash cautioned the buyers against other tress with similar look available in the market. “Cryptomeria plants are very much similar…

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Bihar CM to farmers: Stop stubble burning

MOTIHARI: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday asked the officials concerned to stop stubble burning in the state. “Like Punjab and Haryana, farmers in Bihar have also started burning stubble in the fields, which will not only harm them and environment, but also create a horrible situation in future. Earlier, it was confined to Rohtas and Kaimur, but the farmers of Patna and Nalanda districts have also started stubble burning, which must be stopped at all costs,” the CM said after inspecting the contract potato farming model by women self-help…

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Mob attacks seven cops trying to rescue girl

By: Ajay Kumar Pandey MUZAFFARPUR: At least seven police personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector, were injured by an irate mob at Manoharpatti under the Sakra police station area in Muzaffarpur district on Saturday night. The police team had gone there to rescue a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped from a nearby village two days back for marriage purposes. The alleged kidnapper, his family members and some villagers attacked the police team with bamboo sticks and other traditional weapons. The injured underwent treatment at Sakra referral hospital. The police team…

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Warisaliganj-Kiul route electrification complete

PATNA: The railways is to run passenger trains with electric locomotive on six different sections under East Central Railway (ECR) as the 215km-long railway electrification (RE) work has been completed. Commissioner of railway safety (CRS), eastern zone, has already approved the proposal. According to ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar, railways had commissioned the 50km-long electrified Warisaliganj-Kiul route on July 25 this year while electrification work on the Bapudham Motihari-Bettiah (42km) and Jeevdhara-Bapudham (9km) route was also completed in September this year, he said. ECR completed the electrification…

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Spelling howlers of pro-VC expose edu standards

PATNA: In 2004, the then governor of Bihar M Rama Jois had asked Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University to cancel the second class degree of Nepal’s Tribhuvan University English teacher Amar Nath Tiwary for writing a petition “full of grammatical errors”. What will the present governor do when he comes to know about the horrendous English of the present pro-vice-chancellor (pro-VC) of a state university. A glance at the spelling of words used in university files will not only reveal the standard of higher education, but also raise a question on…

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Unavailability of cloth, jute bags hits traders

By: SM Shahbaz PATNA: Even as the state government seeks to bring behavioural changes among people by banning plastic carry bags, the comparatively higher prices of environment-friendly carry bags and possibility of demand-supply mismatch of such bags have emerged as the two biggest challenges in implementing the ban. Though the ban on use of plastic carry bags has already come into force, those found guilty of violating the ban will be penalised from December 23. According to experts, the development of an alternative economy based on manufacture of cloth, jute…

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