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    Brick kilns in Bihar without green technology to be banned from Sept 1: Deputy CM

    Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the forest and environment portfolio, said brick kilns which do not have 'zig-zag technology' will be bannedPTI | June 05, 2018, 14:00 IST

    NEW DELHI: To tackle air pollution, brick kilns in Biharwithout green technology will not be allowed to function from September 1, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said here on Monday.

    Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the forest and environment portfolio, said brick kilns which do not have 'zig-zag technology' will be banned.

    At a state environment ministers' conference here, he said, "For making one lakh bricks, 12 tonne coal is used by traditional brick kilns. The zig-zag technology enables making the same number of bricks by using only 9.9 tonne coal."

    Hot air coming out of zig-zag kilns following a three times longer path than the straight line in traditional ones, improving heat transfer, enhanced mixing of fuel and air, thereby leading to improved combustion and less consumption of coal.

    At the conference attended by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, Sushil Kumar Modi batted for introducing an online procedure for diversion of forest lands, thus doing away with submitting a hard copy of such proposals to the Centre.

    The states should also be empowered to constitute the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and State Impact Authorisation Committee without any requiring permission from the Centre, he said.

    Raising the issue of Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA), the Bihar minister said related rules should be notified at the earliest so that the Rs 50,000 crore available under it could be utilised by the states.

    He also demanded that states be empowered to sanction funds from the corpus.

    The website of the Environment Ministry should be made more user-friendly and a compendium of its circulars should be brought out in a booklet form, he said.

    Sushil Kumar Modi sought to know from Vardhan if manufacture of plastic with less than 50 micron thickness could be banned.

    He also sought changes in rules and regulations concerned to allow setting up of captive biomedical waste plants by big hospitals and medical colleges, and giving states the power to ban use of motor vehicles older than 15 years.









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      Penalty on discoms for load shedding from financial year 2019


      Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh
      PATNA: Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh said on Tuesday power distribution companies (discoms) would have to pay penalty for load shedding in any area from the next financial year.

      Singh said the discoms would also have to bear the financial burden arising from the aggregate transmission and commercial (AT & C) losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

      “The twin proposals have been included in the Centre’s draft power policy that would be put in public domain for inviting suggestions from the public. The final policy will be effective from the next financial year,” Singh said.

      Elaborating on the proposals, Singh said the quantum of penalty to be levied on account of load shedding would be decided by the power regulatory authority of the state concerned.

      Similarly, it has been a practice that discoms account for the AT & C losses in claiming reimbursements from the government for the services they render while transmitting power. Once the new power policy becomes effective, however, the discoms would not be reimbursed for the AT & C losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

      Singh was talking about the achievements made by his ministry in the last 48 months while talking to media persons from seven state capitals — Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur and Bhopal — through videoconferencing.

      The four years of Narendra Modi government are being celebrated under the peg ‘48 years of the past Congress rule versus 48 months of the rule of PM Modi’. “The hallmark of the Modi dispensation is that the ministries set target to be achieved within a time frame, which was not the case in the past,” Singh said.

      In the backdrop of rising prices of petrol and diesel, he said relieving the burden of farmers in the country, including Bihar, who use diesel for running pumping sets for irrigation purposes, was on the high-priority list of PM Modi. Accordingly, his ministry has introduced the Kusum scheme under which farmers will have the option to install solar pump sets.


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        CM: Grievance redressal Act helped people save Rs 3,600 crore

        TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 02:00 IST


        PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said people saved roughly Rs3,600 crore in the last two years after implementation of the Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act.

        Addressing a function here, the CM said more than 18 crore people in the state had been provided services of different sorts under the Act since its implementation on June 5, 2016. “Before the Act, people had to spend from their pockets in government offices to get caste or residence certificate or for other works. If an average Rs200 was spent for any certificate/service, the people in the state roughly saved Rs3,600 crore so far,” Nitish explained.

        Earlier, while inaugurating a function to mark the completion of two years of the Act, the CM highlighted its other finer points and said earlier people had to make several rounds of block, subdivision and district offices for issuance of caste certificate, income certificate, birth certificate, domicile certificate and character certificate, etc. “Now, they easily get such services within specific period after enforcement of the Act,” he said.

        Accompanied by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and chief secretary Dipak Kumar, the CM also flagged off some ‘Jan Samadhan raths’ to make more people aware about the provisions of the Act. He also inaugurated a ‘photo exhibition’ based on the success stories of the Act.







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          Taiwan sees biz potential in Bihar

          TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 02:00 IST

          PATNA: Members of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) met some state entrepreneurs here on Tuesday to inform them about various Taiwanese equipment, service solutions and products.

          TAITRA south Asia division project manager Chris Lin said the council works as a mediator in providing business prospects to manufacturers and sellers. “The council teaches them specific need adaptability when it comes to their products. Taiwan is a world leader in manufacturing automotive parts, computer chips, security cameras, food processing and packaging items. We want to explore the feasibility of these products in the Indian market,” Lin said.

          He added TAITRA works in food processing, agriculture equipment, telecommunication, fisheries equipment, electronics and security devices, petrochemicals, textiles, plastic and chemicals.

          TAITRA is focusing on exploring the food processing and packaging sector in Bihar and Jharkhand. “We have a similar climate in Taiwan where we grow mango. We produce pulp out of the fruit and manufacture a variety of products from that,” an official of the council said.






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            Students call for plastic-free society

            TNN | Updated: Jun 6, 2018, 14:49 IST
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            PATNA: The World Environment Day was celebrated amid several programmes across the state on Tuesday.

            More than 400 students participated on the eighth day of the ongoing campaign of Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) to remove plastic waste from riverbanks here. Students from Patna Central School, NCC cadets and student volunteers from Tarumitra cleaned Gandhi ghat on the occasion. Around 100 NCC cadets took part in a cycle rally on Ashok Rajpath here to call for environment protection.

            The BSPCB also organised a quiz competition on environment-based themes at Adhivesan Bhavan here. The winners of the competition will be awarded on Wednesday by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and state assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary.

            Addressing a seminar, vice-chancellor of Nalanda Open University Prof R K Sinhasaid use of plastic bags should be strictly banned in the state and elsewhere in the country.

            In Bagaha, the Environment Conservation Manch organised a meeting to discuss the deteriorating pollution level. Valmikinagar MLA Rinku Singh and Bagaha SDM Ghanshyam Meena took an oath to work towards cleaning the environment. Green saplings were also planted on the occasion.

            Saran commissioner A K Sinha, who attended a function to mark the day, said attempts were being made to develop green zones in the region.













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              No check on use of plastic at zoo

              TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 02:00 IST


              PATNA: Despite ban on its use, plastic bottles were seen being sold at the eateries in Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park (Patna zoo) and Rajdhani Vatika (Eco Park) on Wednesday. The authorities had announced ban on use of plastic materials at these two places and in other city parks from the World Environment Day on Tuesday.

              Visitors at both the places feigned ignorance about the ban on plastic products though the authorities had claimed to advertise it through posters on the premises. “We have not been informed about the ban. Neither our bags nor goods were checked by the security guards,” said one of the visitors at Patna zoo.

              At Eco Park, people were seen taking polybags inside the park. Plastic materials were also seen strewn all around the place. Bottles and utensils among other materials made of plastic were being used at the canteen. Lassi was being sold in plastic packets at the Sudha Dairy outlet. A sales person said he was unaware of plastic ban.

              The youngsters were also not aware of any such ban. “We are not aware of it. Nonetheless, the awareness about ill-effects of plastic should start from home and children and other people should be asked to avoid using plastic bags,” one of the youngsters at the park said.

              The usage of dustbins is also not that prevalent. A visitor, when asked about it, said more dustbins should be there everywhere in the park so that they need not walk long distances in the searing heat to use one. Some of the dustbins were overflowing with garbage.









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                Arvind cautions against poor tax revenue of local bodies

                Abhay Singh| TNN | Jun 7, 2018, 03:52 IST

                Patna: “Though the introduction of goods and services tax (GST) regime has led to indirect tax buoyancy, the country will head towards ‘low equilibrium trap’ unless tier-III urban and rural local bodies raise taxes by delivering better public services,” India’s Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Wednesday.

                Delivering a lecture on ‘An analytical Framework for Fiscal Federalism in India’, organised by the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance of Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Patna, Subramanian said for ‘good equilibrium’ to occur, the state governments and decentralised tier-III local bodies would have also to raise taxes to sustain their performance.

                “If the governments show accountability and deliver services, people also show willingness to pay taxes,” Subramanian said and added tier-III bodies generally hesitated to raise tax revenues because “the closer the government is to the people, the more unwilling it is to raise taxes”. According to him, however, tier-II governments – or state governments – have impeded the growth of tier-III bodies.

                The eminent economist praised the double-digit growth rate of Bihar during the last 10 years. It should be continued for the next 15 years for the state to catch up with the developed states, he said.

                To escape from the ‘low equilibrium trap’, Subramanian suggested recourse to three R’s --- Redistribution of Resources, Risk Sharing and Rewards and incentives for high performance of local bodies. He said the recommendations of the XV FC headed by N K Singh were being greatly awaited as they would be the first FC recommendations in the new situation created by the GST regime.

                He favoured special allocation for “shocks like drought and flood” and incentives like matching grant for high-performing urban and rural local bodies.

                Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi also spoke at the event attended by economists and bureaucrats as well as representatives of Bihar Industries Association and Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. ADRI member- secretary Shaibal Gupta welcomed the guests, and its economist P P Ghosh gave the vote of thanks.

                The deputy CM said Bihar’s share in the central pool of taxes, as recommended by the XIV Finance Commission (FC), had increased to 42% from 32% under the XIII FC. The allocation for urban and rural bodies also increased five-fold from Rs 5,000 crore under the XIII FC to Rs 25,000 crore under XIV FC. He gave a detailed account of the “historical reasons” for Bihar’s backwardness.








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                  Penalty on discoms for load shedding from financial year 2019

                  Abhay Singh| TNN | Updated: Jun 6, 2018, 14:41 IST

                  Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh

                  PATNA: Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh said on Tuesday power distribution companies (discoms) would have to pay penalty for load shedding in any area from the next financial year.

                  Singh said the discoms would also have to bear the financial burden arising from the aggregate transmission and commercial (AT & C) losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

                  “The twin proposals have been included in the Centre’s draft power policy that would be put in public domain for inviting suggestions from the public. The final policy will be effective from the next financial year,” Singh said.

                  Elaborating on the proposals, Singh said the quantum of penalty to be levied on account of load shedding would be decided by the power regulatory authority of the state concerned.

                  Similarly, it has been a practice that discoms account for the AT & C losses in claiming reimbursements from the government for the services they render while transmitting power. Once the new power policy becomes effective, however, the discoms would not be reimbursed for the AT & C losses beyond the base mark of 15%.

                  Singh was talking about the achievements made by his ministry in the last 48 months while talking to media persons from seven state capitals — Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur and Bhopal — through videoconferencing. The four years of Narendra Modi government are being celebrated under the peg ‘48 years of the past Congress rule versus 48 months of the rule of PM Modi’. “The hallmark of the Modi dispensation is that the ministries set target to be achieved within a time frame, which was not the case in the past,” Singh said.

                  In the backdrop of rising prices of petrol and diesel, he said relieving the burden of farmers in the country, including Bihar, who use diesel for running pumping sets for irrigation purposes, was on the high-priority list of PM Modi. Accordingly, his ministry has introduced the Kusum scheme under which farmers will have the option to install solar pump sets.








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                    RJD leader Dina murdered for 25 kattha land: Patna SSP

                    Debashish Karmakar| TNN | Jun 6, 2018, 19:56 IST



                    PATNA: Patna police SSP Manu Maharaaj on Wednesday said that slain RJD leader Dina Gopealias Dina Yadav (52) was gunned down due to dispute over a land plot of around 25 kattha located at Harnichak under Gardanibagh police station area in Patna whose market price is above Rs 25 crore.

                    The SSP said that the facts surfaced after a police team nabbed notorious criminal Vikash Singh (48) from Kokar under Sadar police station area at Ranchi in Jharkhand on Tuesday. Vikash is the first suspect to be arrested in the murder case which took place more than 20 days back. He was brought to Patna on Wednesday on a transit remand.

                    "Vikash had supplied an AK-47 assault rifle and a US manufactured pistol to one another Dina Yadav of Karorichak under Phulwarisharif police station area for killing the RJD leader," the SSP said.

                    Dina, also a former councillor of ward number 10 was gunned down in front of his residence near Manikchand Talab in Bangali Tola under Gardanibagh police station area in Patna on May 12.

                    His wife Amravati Devi was also a former deputy mayor of Patna municipal corporation (PMC). Two relatives of Dina had also received gunshot injuries in the shootout which took place at around 4.30am when they all had returned from marriage in Beur locality. Seven empty cartridges including six of AK-47 were recovered from spot.

                    Maharaaj said Dina of Karorichak had paid more than Rs 30 lakh to another criminal Bhola Rai of Parsa Bazar for neutralizing the RJD leader due to the land dispute.

                    "It was Bhola and his few other associates who had reached the spot in a black car and shot dead Dina using the AK-47 and pistols supplied to him by Vikash," he said adding Vikash had complete knowledge of the conspiracy to kill the RJD leader.

                    "Dina of Karorichak, Bhola and rest other were still evading arrest but would be nabbed soon," the SSP said.

                    Police sources said around Rs 8 lakh was charged from Bhola to rent him the assault rifle for killing Dina.

                    "A JD(U) leader belonging from minority community was next target of Vikash before which he got nabbed," sources said.

                    Police said that Dina is accused in at least 32 murder and extortion cases lodged with different police stations in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. "He is also wanted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a murder case of two businessmen in Kolkata in 2014," police said adding Vikash was lodged in Beur central jail from 2003 to 2010.









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                      Five new buildings to come up on NU campus soon: VC

                      TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 02:00 IST


                      PATNA: Nalanda University (NU) vice-chancellor Sunaina Singh on Thursday said work on construction of five new buildings on the main campus of the university would complete by the end of this year.

                      Addressing media persons at Rajgir, Singh said, “The administrative wing of the university will move to the new building by the end of this year and the four other buildings will also be ready for occupation by this time.”

                      She added altogether 17 buildings are being constructed to accommodate the academic wings and international centre. “It will enable commencement of classes from the main campus,” she added. Currently, the university is functioning from an interim campus at Rajgir.

                      The new campus will have an underground natural gas pipeline as part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project.

                      Elaborating on academic activities of the university, Singh said school of languages and literature/humanities would start functioning from the current academic year. “The school will offer diploma courses in Korean, Sanskrit and Japanese languages. Certificate and short term courses in language and literature will also be offered from the current academic session,” she said. The VC added the university will introduce cafeteria model for educational excellence. “The cafeteria model will give an opportunity to students to pick courses from other schools in the university. The idea is to diversify the knowledge base of students and provide a unique dimension to their skill,” Singh added.

                      Speaking on administrative reforms in NU, the VC said, “Setting up a file tracking system and an internal audit mechanism has ensured transparency. We are also planning to set up a cultural centre as Rajgir has minimal entertainment avenues. The centre will provide a platform to the students and the staff to express themselves through art.”







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