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8,000 families displaced due to floods in Bihar

Muzaffarpur: Persistent rain has caused floods in many parts of the country and situation is bad in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district particularly in Katra and Aurai blocks due to the swollen Baghmati river breaching its embankments at many places.


To check corruption, Bihar govt to give funds directly to anganwadi kendras

After reports of largescale corruption in the implementation of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), the Bihar government is all set to transfer funds directly to anganwadi centres. Bihar, the first state to carry out such an exercise, will conduct a pilot project in two districts from September.

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Over 50 percent Bihar girls marry before they are 18

Bihar is one of the hotspots of child marriage in India as 51 percent girls there are married even before they are 18 years of age, officials said here Wednesday.

‘Fifty-one percent of girls are married before they are 18 in Bihar,’ said N. Vijaya Lakshmi, managing director of the Women Development Corporation of the state government.

In her welcome address at a day-long workshop on the prevention of child marriage in Bihar, she said the mean age at marriage for girls is 17.4 in the state as against 19.5 for the country

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Life is without toilets for millions in Bihar

Parvatia Devi and her young daughter, residents of Ranipur village near the Bihar capital, make their way to an open field under the cover of darkness everyday – to defecate. They are the faces of millions of people in Bihar – around 8.8 million households in a state of over 100 million people – who have no toilet facilites.

Ranipur village under Phulawrisharief police station is one such village. ‘Going to a nearby field to defecate in groups in the darkness is a regular feature for these people,’ Rajdeo Paswan, a villager, told IANS here. ‘If you want to see the reality, please visit the nearby field early morning and/or late evening as people are forced to go there to attend nature’s call.’

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Bihar declares 28 of 38 districts drought-hit

The Bihar government today declared 28 out of 38 districts in the state as drought-hit following deficient rainfall.

The cabinet presided over by Chief minister Nitish Kumar took a decision to this effect after making an intensive review of the situation in the state on reports received from district magistrates and other sources.

The Chief Minister told PTI that he would seek an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and seek a special package for Bihar under the National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) guidelines.

The state is facing drought for the second consecutive year. Last year 26 out of 38 districts were declared drought affected following deficient rains.

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