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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rs 15,047 Crores - State's budget allocation for Education in Year 2012-13

With a focus on improving the literacy rate of Bihar and empowering the people of Bihar with knowledge, the state government of Bihar has allocated Rs. 15,047 crores for education in this year's (2012-13) state budget.

The approximate breakdown of the allocation is as follows:

  1. Rs. 9,093 crores for primary education
  2. Rs. 3,201 crores for secondary education
  3. Rs. 2,497 crores for college and university education
  4. Rs. 255 crores for adult education

Besides this, the annual plan outlay of Rs. 28,000 crores for 2012-13 also provides Rs. 3,670 crores for education.

Educating the people in Bihar is the only way for sustaining a long term Bihar growth strategy, empowering people, improving their lifestyles and reducing the stigma of casteism that plagues Bihar. Thus a good step in the right direction.

This and more details can be found in the Times of India article "State committed to achieving news heights in mass literacy: Dy. CM Sushil Kumar Modi"



Friday, March 23, 2012

Strengthening Tourism in Bihar

The Bihar government will invest Rs. 300 crores to strengthen its infrastructure to attract more tourist to the state. These investments are for setting up the Ramayan and Sufi tourism circuits and the work on the infrastructure has started.

The Ramayan Circuit will cover the following places:

  1. Tar in Bhojpur
  2. Ahirauli in Buxar
  3. Pretshila Hills in Gaya
  4. Ramachura
  5. Panth Pakar
  6. Valmiki Nagar
The Sufi Circuit will cover the following places
  1. Biharsharif
  2. Manersharif
  3. Munger
  4. Phulwarisharif
The tour packages for these circuits will be announced in sometime. The BSTDC (Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation) also plans to promote its traditional circuits in South East Asia.

There are also plans to develop tourism activities centered around river Ganga. The current offerings include
  1. A Floating restaurant 
  2. Cruise services from Patna to Kolkata, Varanasi and Faraka 
The new offerings around river Ganga will include
  1. Ganga River Island which will offer camel rides and food courts
  2. Aqua tourism for domestic and international tourists.

This and more details can be found in The Economic Times article "Bihar Tourism to spend Rs. 300 crore to ramp up infrastructure"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy Bihar Diwas Day 2012

I want to wish all my friends a Very Happy Bihar Diwas Day.

Bihar Diwas day is being celebrated in a grand way as it is also the 100th year of the formation of Bihar.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ex-President Kalam donates Rs. 25 Lakhs to serve Bihar's student's cause

Ex-President A P J Abdul Kalam donated Rs. 25 Lakhs for the cause of propagating scientific knowledge amongst children studying in the rural schools of Bihar. The money would be utilized in launching two mobile science laboratories. The Rs. 25 Lakhs comes out of the Rs. 1 crore that he had won as part of the S. R. Jindal award . The S. R. Jindal award was given to him for his "Exemplary service to the mankind in the area of science and technology".

Hats off to Kalam, our Ex-President.

More details can be found in the Times of India article "Kalam donates Rs. 25L for mobile labs"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

100 Richest Indians - 2011

Around the same time two years back, I had posted  an analysis of the Forbes 100 richest Indians in year 2009. I revisited the list of the 100 richest Indians in  year 2011 to see the trend and some observations are as follows.
  1. The richest Indians continue to be based out of a similar number of cities like before (100 Richest Indians - 2009). 
  2. The new addition to the list is Bhopal and Ramesh Agrawal of Dainik Bhaskar is the new entrant to the list of the 100 richest Indians from Bhopal.
  3. Bangalore, Bhopal, Delhi, Kolkatta, and Singapore now boast of an increase in the number of people in the top 100 richest Indians list.
  4. Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Gibraltor showed a decline in the number of people figuring in the top 100 richest Indians list.
  5. The oldest person in the 100 richest Indian list is 88 years old.
  6. The youngest persons in the 100 richest Indian list are 40 years old.

Cities
2011
2009
Change
Ahmedabad
5
5
Bangalore
12
9
Bangalore/Delhi
1
1
Bhopal
1

Chennai
4
5
Delhi / New Delhi
21
20
Dubai
1
1
Hisar/Delhi
1
1
Hyderabad
3
5
Kolkata
4
2
London
2
3
Mumbai
35
37
Mumbai/Belgaum

1
Mumbai/London
3
2
Pune
5
6
Singapore
1
1
Singapore/Delhi
1

Gibraltar

1
Grand Total
100
100

Anil Agarwal, based out of London and hailing from Bihar, is the only person from Bihar, figuring in the 100 Richest Indian list and has moved down 5 notches from number 11 in 2009 to number 16 in 2011.

The list of the 100 Richest Indians in 2011 is as follows:

Rank
Name
Age
Hometown
1
54
Mumbai
2
61
London
3
66
Bangalore
4
-
Mumbai/London
5
61
Hisar/Delhi
6
54
Delhi
7
49
Ahmedabad
8
44
Mumbai
9
82
Mumbai
10
69
Mumbai
11
56
Mumbai
12
80
Delhi
13
52
Mumbai
14
66
Delhi
15
52
Mumbai
16
58
London
17
-
Singapore/Delhi
18
73
Pune
19
60
Dubai
20
59
Delhi
21
88
Delhi
22
60
Mumbai
23
46
Chennai
24
58
Ahmedabad
25
75
Delhi
26
70
Pune
27
73
Mumbai
28
57
Mumbai
29
-
Ahmedabad
30
75
Mumbai/London
31
71
Mumbai
32
65
Bangalore
33
61
Bangalore
34
60
Mumbai
35
50
Delhi
36
56
Bangalore
37
56
Bangalore/Delhi
38
49
Delhi
39
70
Hyderabad
40
41
Mumbai
41
61
Mumbai
42
51
Mumbai
43
56
Mumbai
44
60
Mumbai
45
80
Delhi
46
87
Mumbai
47
-
Delhi
48
69
Mumbai
49
55
Bangalore
50
62
Delhi
51
-
New Delhi
52
62
Singapore
53
60
Hyderabad
54
55
Mumbai
55
-
Chennai
56
74
New Delhi
57
47
Bangalore
58
68
Mumbai
59
57
Bangalore
60
61
Mumbai
61
62
Pune
62
56
Bangalore
63
58
Bangalore
64
80
Kolkata
65
67
Mumbai
66
82
Delhi
67
54
Delhi
68
56
Mumbai
69
73
Mumbai
70
65
Mumbai
71
72
Delhi
72
50
Kolkata
73
57
Delhi
74
53
Pune
75
53
Mumbai
76
65
Kolkata
76
64
Kolkata
78
40
Mumbai
79
69
Pune
80
69
Mumbai
81
63
Bangalore
82
88
Mumbai
83
54
Mumbai
84
52
Bangalore
85
66
Bhopal
86
67
Ahmedabad
87
58
Bangalore
88
55
Delhi
89
79
Chennai
90
63
Mumbai
91
45
Delhi
92
82
Delhi
93
50
Mumbai
94
45
Mumbai
95
58
Chennai
96
62
Mumbai/London
97
40
Mumbai
98
74
New Delhi
99
60
Ahmedabad
100
74
Hyderabad

The list of the 100 Richest Indians in 2009 can be found at "100 Richest Indians - 2009"

The data and the list of 100 Richest Indians is courtsey "Forbes" and can be found at "India's Richest"

Prashant
www.progressivebihar.com

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