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Nitish Kumar asks Water Resources Department to ensure irrigation water

Nitish asks Water Resources Department to ensure irrigation water

Concerned over the drought-like situation in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday directed Water Resources Department (WRD) to ensure irrigation water to the last end of canals in Bihar to prevent standing crops from dying due to absence of water.

Presiding over a high-level review meeting on drought and flood situation in Bihar, Kumar asked the WRD to also ensure that adequate water reach farmlands in drought-affected areas for plantation of paddy seedlings.

He asked the agriculture department to provide assistance under contingency crop plan in the districts where cultivation of kharif crops has been less due to inadequate rainfall. Assistance under diesel subsidy should also be expeditiously provided to farmers in districts where there was less rainfall to enable them to irrigate their farms.

Seeds should be distributed for cultivation of contingency or additional crops.

Agriculture scientists, he said, should be rushed to the drought-affected districts to give inputs to the farmers about alternative crops under the contingency crop plan.

The chief minister asked the electricity department and Bihar State Elecricity Board to ensure power supply upto eight hours for irrigation and public handpumps and transformers should be repaired at warfooting.

Kumar directed the chief secretary to review the drought situation and asked the development commissioner to conduct an intensified review of steps taken by the state government to save crops with district magistrates and concerned departments via video conferencing.

He was informed by Development Commissioner A K Sinha during the meeting that there has been 24 percent less rainfall in the state this monsoon with 18 districts registering 30 percent less rainfall than average. A total 12 districts received 40 percent less rainfall to create a drought-like situation. (Agencies)



I do not think of JAMALPUR as a city..I think of it as a railway colony …bungalow dwellings …and Happy Valley

By Yvonne Eva Le Fort
[aka:Yvonne Hussein Le Fort at Facebook]

I do not think of JMP as a city..I think of it as a railway colony …bungalow dwellings …and Happy
valley was the place for picnics and group outings .NO tall buildings like Notre Dame Scjhool in current pictures .The offices of the EIR Works directly across from 14 Victoria Rd were not more than two storey IF my memory serves me right .

Going to school 5000′ above sea level at Jharipani then returning to JMP for holiday periods where was there any mountain in JMP? Intriguing …there were rolling hills at Happy Valley…and somewere not that far away we went to hotsprings near a river that had alligators in it …we were not allowed to go swimming in it. Read the rest of this entry »

JAMALPUR – beauty of a small town!

By Richa Sinha,

As I start on a journey of putting my thoughts into words & sharing them with you, it is just befitting that I start from the very beginning. The beginning of me!

I hail from a small town in Bihar (India) called Jamalpur. And, I wouldn’t blame it on you for not having heard of it earlier. I would start with describing it for you as the most beautiful town ever, picturesque, full with its share of hills, lakes & waterfalls. It is best known for hosting India’s first & the largest Railway workshop. It also boasts of churning out in its foothills, the most revered Special Class Railway Apprentices, better understood as the Indian Railways’ top brass, its mighty officers. Thanks to the Railways, Jamalpur has always had a very cosmopolitan feel.

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Super success for Patna IIT coaching centre

Patna: All 30 students of Super 30, the free coaching institute set up for poor students in Patna, have cracked the entrance test for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).

 “All the 30 students have cleared IIT-JEE,” said Anand Kumar, the institute’s director-founder, at a press conference on Wednesday.

 Kumar said institute’s students are from poor families and studied for 16 hours a day. “We will try to arrange loans for the education of the poor students who qualified for IITs,” he said.

 The coaching institute will try to arrange full scholarships including for its students, said Kumar, who claims he missed a chance to study at Cambridge University because he didn’t have money.

 Shubham Kumar Gautam, one of the institute’s students, said his father is a poor farmer in Nalanda and earned income less than Rs 2,500 per month. Gautam said he would not have been able to qualify for IIT had Super 30 not helped him.


Bihar’s Super 30 in Time magazine best list

PATNA: Super 30, Bihar’s free coaching centre which helps economically backward students crack the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), has been selected by The Time Magazine in the list of The Best of Asia 2010.”It is a matter of great pleasure that the Time Magazine has included our school Super 30 in the list of The Best of Asia,” Anand Kumar, the institute’s director-cum-founder, told IANS. 

“Time Magazine has described Super 30 as the Best Cram School in its list,” he said. 

Every year, about 230,000 students take the exam for a seat in the IITs but only 5,000 grab it. “Last year, 30 of them came from one coaching centre in Patna, capital of the impoverished north Indian state of Bihar. That may not seem like many, but for the Super 30 centre it’s a pass rate of 100 percent,” the magazine said in its latest issue. 

“What makes that feat even more remarkable is that these students are the poorest of the poor, who would otherwise never be able to afford full-time coaching,” it added. 

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