Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is used to control visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in India, but it is poorly quality assured. Quality assurance was performed in eight VL endemic districts in Bihar State, India, in 2014. Residual dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was sampled from walls using Bostik tape discs, and DDT concentrations [grams of active ingredient per square meter (g ai/m2)] were determined using HPLC. Pre-IRS surveys were performed in three districts, and post-IRS surveys were performed in eight districts.

An ambitious project to mitigate flood damage in Bihar has taken a major step forward with a central agency finalising the detailed project report for linking four intra-state rivers which would he

The flood situation in 20 of the 38 Bihar districts remained grim on Wednesday with the toll rising to 176, including five persons - three in Munger and two in Bhagalpur district - drowning in the

With 20 districts in Bihar reeling under weeklong floods and the death toll reaching 170 amid reports that an estimated 55 lakh people have been affected statewide, protests against insufficient re

Around 5.5 million people have been affected due to floods in 20 districts of Bihar , with the death toll going up to 160, official figures showed.

Dozens of blocks in the six districts have been reeling under flood as the level of the swelling waters of the Ganga has been refusing to fall along its downstream.

The Kanwar Lake in Begusarai district is one of the Asia’s largest freshwater oxbow lake and eco-friendly natural lakes which attracts a variety of migratory birds. It has been shrinking at an abnormally high rate. Despite being designated as wildlife sanctuary, this wetland is under threat from anthropogenic pressures.

Work has started on the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project of Rs 650 crore in seven towns of power-starved Bihar for upgrading electricity transmission lines to cut down losses.

While mass predilections in Bihar are still veering towards the male child, the Nitish Kumar government will be pleased with the provisional Census 2011 data for the State, which has indicated a 20 per cent jump in the State's female literacy rate.

As per the report, literacy rates for women in Bihar have soared from 33.12 per cent in 2001 to 53.33 per cent this census year.

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Shoumojit Banerjee

PATNA: In a move to bolster Bihar's public health standards, the State government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.