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Old July 20th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #1621
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Ravi Dayal, TNN Jul 18, 2012, 03.03AM IST
Tags:Sushil Kumar Modi|Nitish Kumar|NAAC|CM Nitish KumarPATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Tuesday released the approach paper to 12th Plan exuding confidence to achieve 13% growth rate in the next five years with justice.

The approach paper stresses on massive investment in infrastructure and strengthening social sector to address the economic need of the last man on the social ladder. It figures out a combined public and private sector investment of about Rs 10.36 lakh crore to achieve the target of 13% growth rate with an estimated state plan investment to the tune of Rs 2.72 lakh crore.

Kumar said the approach paper for the 12th Plan has emphasis on agriculture, raising per capita income, gainful employment, devising skill development strategy and assessment of the types of human resources required during the Plan period. He said the target is to raise the number of self-help groups (SHGs) to 10 lakh with special programmes for mahadalits, minorities, tribal and EBCs.

In energy sector, the thrust will be to achieve the target of 731.66 units (at present 122.21 units) per capita power consumption by the end of the Plan, he said. On education front, the paper suggests all the universities to evolve a system of annual academic audit for colleges and all universities and colleges should be accredited by NAAC.

The time distance from the remotest village in the state to the capital is to be reduced to six hours, and even less, by providing road link to every tola of 250 people, Kumar said.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi enumerated the gradual bridging of the gap between the per capita national and state income during the NDA rule in Bihar. Minister, planning and development, Narendra Narayan Yadav, said there had been all round development in the state with justice and Bihar achieved 99% of the 11th Plan target.
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Bihar to build longest flyover in Patna to ease traffic

PATNA: Bihar is going to build longest flyover in Patna which will measure 2625 meters or around 2.25 km. It will be an elevated four lane flyover between Sheikhpura and Jagdeopath, the roads that link Patna with Danapur and always remain choc-a-bloc.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said the foundation stone of the project will be laid after monsoon and around Diwali festival. "It will be a big gift to the people as this flyover will save a lot of time and fuel," he said.

The flyover will come up at a cost of Rs 162 crore and state will bear the entire cost. Yadav said the work to remove the electric polls has already started. The minister said the after the opening of the Patliputra railway station, the number of traffic will increase multi-fold and the existing road, which remain chock a block during day time, will not be able to provide smooth run.

Yet another flyover will come up between Mithapur and Chiraiyatand over bridges which will ease traffic jam near Patna junction. Yadav said its detailed project report has been prepared and soon tender will be floated. "The traffic snarl causes lot of mental tension and law and order problem," he said while admitting that roads in the city are narrow while number of vehicles has increased manifold during the past few years.
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Order for new buses

PIYUSH KUMAR TRIPATHI

The public transport in Bodhgaya has got a boost with the urban development department issuing a purchase order for 30 buses for the town.

Sources said the urban development department — the nodal agency for the implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) — recently gave the order to the transport department.

The department would soon issue purchase order for 100 buses for Patna within a few weeks, said a source. Some of the new buses would have low floors.

Sudhir Kumar, the secretary of the urban development department, told The Telegraph on Thursday: “We have issued the purchase order for 30 buses for Bodhgaya sanctioned under JNNURM to the transport department. The purchase order for procurement of 100 buses for Patna would also be issued in a couple of weeks after seeking approval from the chief secretary.”

Bihar State Road Transport Corporation — an undertaking of the transport department — has conducted the trial of the buses in Patna and Bodhgaya.
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Laser lessons on Buddha at park

PIYUSH KUMAR TRIPATHI

Visitors to Buddha Smriti Park would shortly enjoy multimedia laser shows at night that would enlighten them on the life and preaching of the Lord.

Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) on Wednesday started the process of selecting firms that would supply and commission the shows at the park.

“We have issued a notice inviting tenders from intending firms to run multimedia laser shows at the Buddha Smriti Park. The shows are aimed at educating devotees and visitors on the life of the Buddha and the history of Bihar. The shows will be a source of entertainment, too. The corporation has taken up the project on a priority basis and we intend to award the work to the selected firm by August 15. Visitors can expect to watch the shows from the first week of September,” a senior BUIDCo officer said.

The selected firm would conduct the shows with the running time of 20 to 30 minutes, twice or more, at night. The shows would have music, high efficiency laser system, high definition video projection, theatrical lighting, non-propane-based flame effects, surround sound and special effects like bubbles, mist and smoke. The multimedia shows would be based on the history of Bihar, Patliputra, life and teachings of Lord Buddha. (See graphics)

The officer added that there might be a ticketing system for the multimedia laser shows.

“While BUIDCo would give money to the selected firm to run the shows, the company would have to share a part of the revenue generated through sales proceed of tickets. The shows would be held in the open space between the central stupa also know as Patliputra Karuna Stupa and the meditation halls. The screen would be placed close to the central stupa and viewers would sit on the steps in front of it, which form the Park of Memories. The Park of Memories has a seating capacity of around 5,000 people,” said the officer.

According to sources, to ensure that the shows are held without any unforeseen snags, the selected firm would have to take guarantee of the work for a year after the completion and the commissioning of the work as defect liability period. The bidder would be responsible for the immediate rectification of the snag at his/ her own cost in case of any defect observed during the liability period.

The iconic park spread over 23 acres earlier occupied by Bankipore jail and its associated compound, had come up at the cost of around Rs 125 crore. The shrine embodies strong Buddhist connections of the state capital, wherein relics of Lord Buddha brought from six countries are enshrined in the 200-ft-high Patliputra Karuna Stupa.

The park also has two saplings of the sacred Bodhi Tree brought from Bodhgaya and Anuradhapuram (Sri Lanka). An under-construction museum, meditation block and an under-construction multi-storey car parking facility are also there in the park.

BUIDCo would soon float tenders for selection of firm(s), which would undertake the arrangements for automated parking at the multi-level facility. The four-storey parking structure would accommodate 320 vehicles at a time and has to be completed by mid-August.

Those visiting the park in around two months could also see a brand new statue of Lord Buddha in Bhoomisparsh mudra (posture).

BUIDCo would install the second statue of the Buddha on the park premises. The corporation has started reaching out to artists and firms that can design and install the statue in the park. The sculpture would be 12-ft long and 12-ft wide.

The existing statue of the Buddha would be shifted to the museum inside the shrine and the new statue would be put in its place.
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Swanky homes distant dream
- Construction plan gathers dust, firms lose interest after initial excitement


Residents’ hope of moving in to 25,000 well-furnished homes across the state has been dashed with developers entrusted with the task going incommunicado all of a sudden.

A little over a year after Bihar State Housing Board (BSHB) planned to construct 25,000 swanky flats across the state, no construction has started yet.

In May 2011, the board decided to work on the development and redevelopment of several residential and some commercial projects over 1,000 acres of land.

Sources in the BSHB said many developers have stopped communicating about the scheme, though they showed keen interest in the initial phase of the project.

“After repeated queries in the first few months, many developers have stopped responding to the calls of the board. Few of them have expressed their unhappiness with the slow progress of the project in the initial stages. Some of them expressed scepticism about execution of the scheme in future,” a BSHB source said.

In May 2011, BSHB — an undertaking of the state urban development department — had issued expression of interest from reputed firms and companies with the objective of developing one lakh housing units in a public-private-partnership mode.

The board offered 12 sites in Patna and 21 others in cities like Gaya, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur for development and renovation.

The board received over 100 applications from several companies, including DLF Home Developers, Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited, Delhi-based Parsvnath Developers Limited and Bengal Shristi Infrastructure Development Limited.

The board had on November 28, 2011, approved construction of about 25,000 flats, including 10,000 in the state capital. In the first week of March this year, the state finance department cleared the proposal. However, things have not moved further.

Urban development department minister Prem Kumar said: “The proposal is under chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cosideration. After he gives an in-principle approval to the proposal, it would be presented before the cabinet for its nod.”
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Blackbuck safari boost to tourism

PIYUSH KUMAR TRIPATHI

Come November, Buxar would be one of the most sought-after wildlife tourism destinations.

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) would start blackbuck safari packages there to draw tourists from New Delhi and Patna. The project has been given the in-principle approval and the corporation is in the process of making the necessary arrangements.

Navin Kumar, the deputy general manager of BSTDC, told The Telegraph: “The Buxar blackbuck tourism project was in the pipeline for the past several months and it has recently been given an in-principle approval. There are two packages under the scheme — the first aims at bringing national and international tourists to Buxar via New Delhi and residents of the state capital are the target of the second. We intend to start the scheme from the coming winter, probably by November first week.”

The packages would be of two nights and one day. “The charges for the New Delhi package would be Rs 3,000 per person. We have tailored the New Delhi package in a way to match with the timings of Sampoorna Kranti Express that runs between New Delhi and Patna. The pickup point would be Patna Junction. From Patna, tourists would be taken to Buxar in cars, preferably SUVs. The charges for the Patna package would be Rs 2,500 per person. The tourists would stay at Vishwa Mitra Vihar hotel in Buxar and they would be taken for sightseeing by tourism department employees,” said Navin. (See graphics)

Tourists would also be able to visit several places of archaeological and religious significance in and around Buxar during the local sightseeing. The spots include Tapovan, Sriman Narayan Raghunandan Sri Ram Ashram at the Naya Bazaar area in the town and Katkauli memorial, about 6km from Buxar town, made in the honour of those who fought on the grounds of Katkauli in the war between the British and Mir Qasim, Shuja-ud-Daulah and Shah Alam-II in June 1764.

According to sources, the idea of the tourism package was first mooted when a team of wildlife experts and the state government officials visited Chunnilal and Hakimpur villages in Buxar district, around 135km west of Patna, in June 2011. The team sighted 88 blackbucks, 14 blackbuck calves and 99 blue bulls in the village fields.

Despite being a schedule-I animal, which includes the most endangered species, blackbucks (antelope cervicapra) have hardly received any attention from the authorities in the past.

According to sources, the forest department has no authentic record about the number of blackbucks and no mechanism to ensure their protection in their natural habitat. The only authentic information about the presence of this endangered species in Bihar is there in a book Back to Wall, by late S.P. Shahi, who headed the forest department from 1956 to 1969. It contains pictorial and descriptive documentation of the presence of blackbucks in Bihar.

These blackbucks, also called the Krishna Mrig, are spread over Bhojpur, Buxar and parts of Kaimur districts. River Ganga forms the northern boundary, while rivers Sone and Karmnasha form the eastern and western boundaries of this diara (riverine) area.

“The tourists coming for blackbuck spotting to Buxar would not be allowed to enter the agriculture farms or go anywhere close to the antelopes because it can make the blackbuck run away from the two identified villages. Tourists would see the blackbucks from the main roads only. They might be provided with binoculars, if required. The blackbucks have mixed up with the villagers but they might panic if too many outsiders get close to them,” said Navin.

Sources claimed that antelopes survive on vegetation available in fields cultivated by farmers. The name “Krishna” given to these antelopes has proved to be a boon, as local farmers do not hurt them because of religious beliefs even if they damage crops.
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State firm on growth path

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The state has reasons to rejoice. The financial downturn has not battered Bihar’s economic development.

The growth of gross state domestic product (GSDP) during financial year 2011-12 is estimated to be 16.71 per cent as compared to 13.67 per cent in the 2010-11 fiscal.

Vijoy Prakash, the principal secretary of the department of planning and development, said: “The growth rate of 16.71 per cent in GSDP during 2011-12 fiscal has been registered because of growth in various sectors like agriculture and animal husbandry, which have registered a growth of 17.61 per cent.”

Apart from these two, other sectors, which have contributed to the GSDP growth, includes construction reflecting a growth of 23.6 per cent. Banking and insurance sectors, too, have contributed a lot in the growth of GSDP. In 2011-12 fiscal, these industries grew at 35.89 per cent. Prakash said agriculture and its allied sectors saw considerable growth. The sector consists of animal husbandry, forestry and fisheries. He added that the growth of agriculture is owing to record production of major crops. In the financial year 2011-12, there was a record production of paddy at 83.05 lakh metric tonnes, wheat at 60.02 lakh metric tonnes and maize at 21.11 lakh metric tonnes.

While releasing the data of sector-wise growth, the principal secretary said various segments had registered a steady growth. He added that the industry sector registered a growth of 18.27 per cent in 2011-12 fiscal against the previous 17 per cent. In the service sector, which includes transport, communication, hotel and restaurants, financial and social sectors, the growth has been pegged at 16.59 per cent as against previous year’s 14.45 per cent.

The department also pegged per capita gross state domestic product for 2011-12 fiscal at Rs 13,971 as compared to the provisional estimate for 2010-11 at Rs 13,388. The growth rate in the per capita GSDP is estimated to be 15.15 per cent during financial year 2011-12 as against the previous year’s estimate of 12.09 per cent.
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Flight obstacles on way out
PIYUSH KUMAR TRIPATHI
Obstacles in the flight approach funnel at Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport have started disappearing.

The work of pruning of about 100 trees, considered among the most critical obstacles in the aircraft approach funnel, has begun. Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has removed two billboards near the southern boundary wall of Patna zoo. Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) has also chipped in by removing the high-mast lamp near the entrance of the airport.

The authorities of Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Pesu and PMC swung into action after chief secretary Navin Kumar issued a directive in a high-level meeting on July 12.

The Telegraph had published a report highlighting the obstacles and the dangers the obstacles posed to the approaching flights in its July 4 edition.

Sources said the chief secretary instructed secretaries of the departments concerned and representatives of other agencies to clear the obstructions caused by government assets within the next 10 days.

Dipak Kumar Singh, the secretary of the state environment and forests department told The Telegraph on Tuesday: “After a recent survey of Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park in coordination with Airports Authority of India (AAI), we identified around 100 trees very dangerous for aircraft movement and required immediate pruning. The work to trim the trees has begun and will be completed soon.”

Earlier, acting on the AAI communiqué, the state environment and forests department sent a proposal to the ministry of environment and forests in the first week of June for pruning 2,917 trees at Patna zoo. After Manohar Lal Lehkra, the regional executive director of eastern region, AAI, visited Patna on July 10, the airport authorities decided to reduce the number of trees identified at Patna zoo for pruning from 2,917 to around 1,500 — just about 1.5 per cent of the total number of trees on the zoo premises.

The civic body has also started removing obstacles on the flight’s paths. A senior officer said: “The PMC has removed the two billboards and several hoardings along the southern boundary of the airport on July 15. We have also served the third and final notice on the telecom companies, which own the three mobile towers installed around Patna airport. The companies did not reply to the first two notices and if they fail to reply to the final one, we will remove the towers on our own. We have identified about 10 private buildings around the airport in a joint survey with AAI-Patna. Besides, the red signal light atop Phooltas Factory in Phulwarisharif has also been removed.”

Sources said it was high time for the authorities to take necessary action as the licence of Patna airport expired on June 30 and director-general of civil aviation was yet to issue the operating licence because of the large number of obstacles in the aircraft approach funnel.
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Bihar government to make e-Shakti cards for over 5 crore people

PATNA: Bihar government today announced that it would make available e-Shakti cards for 5.19 crore adults in the next four years, on which a whopping sum of Rs 632 crore would be spent.

A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet which approved the proposal for making the cards for adults above 18 years old in rural and urban areas in Bihar.

The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Briefing reporters after the state Cabinet meet, state Cabinet coordination department principal secretary Ravikant said e-Shakti cards will be made for 4.67 crore adults in rural and 52 lakh people in urban areas in Bihar.

The cards would have account numbers, photographs and finger prints, he said, adding that e-Shakti was started in the state in 2007 for MNREGS and other schemes.
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BSEB set to privatize power supply in Patna

PATNA: In what may be the first step towards privatization in power sector in Bihar, the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) has given its green signal to entrust the Mumbai-based Essar Power Limited the job of power supply and distribution in Patna.

Talking to TOI here on Monday, BSEB member (finance) Vinayak Prasad Gupta said, "We have already sent a letter to Essar Power, seeking its acceptance of the offer. Essar will have to send its formal acceptance letter to the BSEB within a fortnight."

The move to privatize power supply and distribution in the state capital has been necessitated in view of the huge loss in revenue collection suffered by the board. According to official sources, the monthly revenue collection in Patna is around 60-70 crore as against the actual power consumption to the tune of Rs 90 crore. "The gap of more than Rs 20 crore is huge," said an official.

It is expected that the process of privatization would be initiated latest by next month with the formal acceptance of the offer by Essar Power. In the second phase, power distribution franchise would be given to private parties in other Bihar towns, said an official.

BSEB had initiated this privatization process way back in 2009, when Calcutta Electric Supply Company had been selected as franchisee for Patna and Muzaffarpur. But the tender was challenged in Patna high court in 2011, sources said. The high court had restrained the BSEB from giving franchise to any private agency. However, the high court recently gave its go ahead to the BSEB to take a final decision on the appointment of distribution franchisees in Patna and Muzaffarpur.

The court passed the latest directive while hearing a petition of Essar Power Limited seeking directive to the BSEB to award the franchise for Patna and Muzaffarpur based on its bid submitted on June 20 last year.

The Essar's job would be power supply and distribution, meter reading, bill distribution, revenue collection, maintaining low-tension lines and attending to fuse-off calls.

Asked about the possibility of pruning of Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) workforce, Gupta said there was already an acute crisis of employees. Now, Essar will have to look into the issue of manpower requirement. Various workers' unions of BSEB have already launched a phase-wise agitation against the privatization bid.
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Patna University colleges trying to improve infrastructure

PATNA: Patna University (PU) colleges are striving hard to improve the infrastructural facilities on their campuses well before the commencement of classes of new batches of students admitted to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, scheduled from August 1.

Steps have already been initiated for the repair and renovation of classrooms as well as hostels. Several new schemes have also been launched for improving the academic atmosphere in all these colleges.

Patna Science College principal Arun Kumar Sinha said all the classrooms of different departments have been updated with latest facilities to provide a healthy academic environment to students and faculty members. Drinking water facilities have been provided in each department and proper lighting of all the departments with power back up has also been ensured.

All the five hostels of the college, namely, Faraday House, Cavendish House, Newton House, Ramanujam Hostel and C V Raman Hostel, have been renovated and all the damaged furniture of these hostels have been repaired. Allotment of hostel accommodation would be done soon after the process of admission is completed.

Sinha said for the first time the college organized an 'Open House' for the benefit of admission-seekers. A lecture series has also been launched, wherein eminent academics and scientists would be delivering lectures at regular interval, he said.
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Just doing some cosmetic stuff will not be anything great. Back up for colleges is a must. However, revamping basic infra is cannot be considered anything special but is expected.
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Govt’s plan for medical colleges hangs fire

PATNA: The Bihar government plans to get all the six government medical colleges in the state the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001 certified through the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) with an aim to provide quality healthcare to the people of the state. But the plan is likely to take time before turning into a reality.

A team of officials had visited the medical colleges of the state last year to assess whether they had facilities enough for ISO certification or not. But, no report, if any, has been made public so far in this regard.

Talking to TOI, health secretary, Sanjay Kumar said, "What is lacking in this regard is action on sustainable basis towards achieving the goal. Someone needs to do that."

Kumar said the government has hired a full-time consultant to go through the issue meticulously but critical gaps have been identified and works are in progress to address the loopholes.

ISO accreditation requires adequate number of doctors, good outpatient departments, skilled manpower and sound physical infrastructure.
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Agro-cattle varsity to beset up in Kishanganj district

PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday announced that an Agriculture cum Cattle University with all modern facilities would be set up at Pothia in Kishanganj district. He said in this university modern research institutions would be also opened for development of agriculture and animal husbandry. The CM was addressing a high-level meeting over the proposed university at his official residence.

It may be mentioned here that during his Seva Yatra to Kishanganj on June 9, Nitish had inspected 400 acres of land in Pothia block and directed the officials of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, for setting up an Agriculture cum Cattle University there.

The vice-chancellor of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Mewalal Choudhary, told the CM that the land and water around the said place was tested and found suitable for agriculture. The land around the area is also suitable for flowers, vegetables, nursery and spices, the VC said.

The state government has proposed to spend Rs 718 crore over five years for setting up the new university.

Nitish also stressed the need for development of cattle, pisciculture and poultry in the said locality and directed the officials to make suitable arrangements to start such courses in the proposed university that successful students could get composite graduate degree in agriculture cum cattle. He also laid stress on the development of sericulture in the said area and said that his aim was to increase the income of people through industries based on agriculture.

The meeting was also attended by agriculture minister Narendra Singh, chief secretary Navin Kumar, development commissioner A K Sinha, agriculture production commissioner Anjani Kumar Singh, agriculture secretary Dr N Vijay Laxmi and other officials.
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Bihar will not allow FDI in retail: Deputy chief minister

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Patna, July 24 (IANS) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi Tuesday ruled out FDI in retail in the state.

"To protect interest of small and medium traders, Bihar will not allow FDI in retail," Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, told media persons here.

He said the National Democratic Alliance government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, of the Janata Dal-United, was dead against the measure.

Modi, a senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, also said that his party had organised a protest against FDI in Patna few days ago.
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Just doing some cosmetic stuff will not be anything great. Back up for colleges is a must. However, revamping basic infra is cannot be considered anything special but is expected.
I couldnt agree with you more. The money could have been better spent in expanding the college to include more courses, or to improve the quality of teaching/student support etc, and not on new benches.

I know new benches isnt all that was done, but its just an example.



As for the FDI thing, I personally, along with many others (i think) believe FDI would be a good thing for India as a whole. If they disagree, thats their fault (or choice), but theres no need to organise a goddam protest!
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If the university has good facilities, its fine. They must sign MoUs with PAU Ludhiana, UAS Dharwad and even other good agricultural institutes in India/world. If they have proper approach roads, electricity, water then only agri varsity will be a success. Bihar has vast potential in agriculture, it can definitely produce more wheat than Punjab or Haryana, more sugarcane than MH or UP. But it needs political will and speedy implementation. Which is lacking as of now.
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BSEB set to privatize power supply in Patna
A good move if you ask me. It may well increase the cost up a bit in Patna, but the money saved by the government would be great news, and could be spent on paying back debts, or improving distribution efficiency
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Old July 24th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #1639
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I couldnt agree with you more. The money could have been better spent in expanding the college to include more courses, or to improve the quality of teaching/student support etc, and not on new benches.

I know new benches isnt all that was done, but its just an example.



As for the FDI thing, I personally, along with many others (i think) believe FDI would be a good thing for India as a whole. If they disagree, thats their fault (or choice), but theres no need to organise a goddam protest!
FDI in retail wont sweep away anyone. Has RelianceFresh etc let to shopkeepers losing out?
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Old July 24th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #1640
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@ cosmic
I deffinitely agree with you, but i was talking about the new benches and lighting in Patna university. I'd much rather they introduced new or improved courses/course materials than change the benches (unless ofcourse the benches were of terrible codnition)

EDIT:- didnt see yr earlier post, sorry i dindnt quite understand what you were getting at?
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