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Bihar Government suspends IAS officer for his alleged role in a leakage of Question Papers

The Bihar IAS Association has protested against the arrest of Kumar and also demanded a CBI probe into the case

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Patna, March 3, 2017:  The Bihar government on Friday suspended an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for his alleged role in a leakage of question papers, an official said.

“The state government has suspended Sudhir Kumar, Chairman of Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Bihar, a week after he was arrested from neighbouring Jharkhand in connection with a leakage of question papers,” a General Administration Department official said.

The department has also issued a notification to this effect.

Kumar, a 1987-batch IAS officer, was arrested along with four of his close relatives from Hazaribagh district.

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He had widely been known as a hard working and honest officer.

The Bihar IAS Association has protested against the arrest of Kumar and also demanded a CBI probe into the case.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of Kumar’s arrest in the ongoing budget session of the state assembly.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar Police, which arrested Kumar, has submitted evidences against him to the state government. The SIT is said to have informed the government that it has strong evidences against the officer.

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Last month after the leakage surfaced, the examination for recruitment of clerks in the state government, which was conducted in two parts on February 5 and 8, was cancelled.

The leaked questions appeared in the social media sites and WhatsApp on both dates and went viral in no time.

The SIT has also arrested the owner of a printing press in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, where the SSC, Bihar, question papers were printed.

During the interrogation of the owner, it was established that the papers were leaked from there ahead of the examinations, police officials said.

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The Bihar government had suspended SSC Secretary Parmeshwar Ram before he was also arrested earlier this week.

More than 20 persons have so far been arrested over the leakage of question paper. (IANS)

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Greenpeace lauds Bihar Government’s decision to give priority to Organic Farming

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Patna, May 22, 2017: Greenpeace India, the environment protection organisation, has welcomed and lauded the Bihar government’s decision to give priority to organic farming.

“This initiative will prove sustainable for the agriculture and food security in the long run,” a Greenpeace official said here on Monday.

According to the organisation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the state’s Agriculture Department officials to give priority to organic farming, and said it should be the basis of agicultural roadmap.

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“Organic farming is the only way for the farmers to ensure better profit and to protect and conserve biodiversity. Bihar government has good schemes for organic farming, it should be implemented on a large scale with the help of the farmers,” Greenpeace India senior campaigner Ishteyaque Ahmad said.

Ahmad said Greenpeace expects the Bihar government to give at least 40 per cent of the budget of the agricultural roadmap of 2017-22 to organic farming.

“It will encourage the farmers to say no to chemical fertilisers. Farmers would certainly shift from chemical-based farming to almost completely organic,” he said. (IANS)

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Nitish Kumar approves much awaited Patna Metro Rail project

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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar approved the long-awaited proposal of Patna Metro Rail project on Tuesday while directing that it be sent for the central government’s clearance, officials said.

He approved the proposal for the metro rail project at a meeting called to review the performance of the state urban development department here.

Bihar Urban Development Minister Maheshwar Hazari said the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Patna Metro Rail project would be presented to the state cabinet for approval soon.

The Metro project is our priority. The state government is keen to speed up the process to begin construction as soon as possible.

The Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) last year submitted the DPR on the project to the Bihar government, reducing the project estimate to Rs.14,000 crore from Rs.17,000 crore estimated earlier.

An urban development department official said the Bihar government would now work to declare Patna a metropolis, as it would help speed up the Metro project, which initially would have two routes.

A corporation on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation would be formed for monitoring the construction of the project in Patna, he added. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:newsmobile.in)