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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.



Patna gets almost half of state funds for development

Patna,(BiharTimes): It is the case of sprucing up drawing room at the cost of rest of the house.

If this year’s figures given in the Economic Survey of Bihar is to be believed Patna gets almost half––44 per cent to be precise––of the state’s funds meant for various development work. The rest 37 districts of the state had to content with 56 per cent. Incidentally Patna has less than six per cent of the state’s population.

The figures go to confirm the level of disparity in Bihar. While Patna prospered, the rest of Bihar continued to remain backward due to the acute shortage of fund. In some places the condition even deteriorated. Read the rest of this entry »

Railways security beefed up for Maoist bandh

Government Railway Police (GRP) have put all major stations on high alert in the wake of Maoist call for 24-hour bandh in Bihar and other
states from Friday midnight.

Security has been beefed up in all long-distance mail and express trains either passing or originating from Patna Junction. Sniffer dogs have also been pressed into service at Patna Junction, said DIG (railways) Arvind Pandey.

According to Pandey, security has been beefed up at all vulnerable places in the state. Reinforcement is being deployed at all vulnerable points as well as in Maoist-hit areas. Movement of passengers at Patna Junction would also be monitored through CCTV cameras, he said.

The DIG said the Patna-Gaya, Patna-Jhajha, Gaya-Dhanbad and Gaya-Mughalsarai sections are the most vulnerable places. The Kiul-Jamalpur section has also of late been the soft target of Maoists. GRP have tightened the security measures in close coordination with RPF, he said.

Railway bridges are also on the radar of security agencies. A light engine would move ahead of every mail and express train in the vulnerable areas during the bandh. All RPF posts have been asked to remain vigilant and act fast in coordination with the state police, a railway security official said, adding an emergency cell would work round the clock during the bandh.

According to Patna SRP Upendra Kumar Sinha, the GRP personnel escorting trains during night have been directed to search each bogie of the passenger train as well as luggage of the suspects. The GRP personnel would carry out a search operation at all the platforms at Patna Junction. While a door metal detector has been installed at the main gate of Patna Junction, each escort party has been equipped with a hand metal detector, the SRP said.

Tourists would have the opportunity to visit Munger Yoga Ashram

An exciting 10-day cruise on Kolkata-Varanasi route in river Ganga would be launched soon with main aim to attract foreign tourists. About
500 km of the total 800 km stretch of the cruise will pass through various tourist places of Bihar, including Bhagalpur, Munger, Patna and Buxar.

Tourists would have the opportunity to visit all the sightseeing places, including Munger Yoga Ashram, ancient Vikramshila University, Dolphin Sanctuary, ancient Nalanda Mahavihara, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Patna, during the cruise. Read the rest of this entry »