Bihar is in the grip of yet another lethal outbreak of viral encephalitis, which has claimed the lives of 82 children in the Magadh division so far. The latest death was reported on Sunday.

The division's only government hospital, the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital, has been swamped with 383 cases of encephalitis, with an average of six cases pouring in each day.

Japanese encephalitis (JE) has claimed the lives of eight more children in the last five days in Bihar's Gaya district, taking the death toll in the epidemic to 62, a health official said Thursday.

The two children died in the last 24 hours and six in the last five days at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH), about 100 km from here, hospital superintendent Sitaram Prasad said.

Gaya: At least 59 people have so far died of encephalitis in Gaya, according to Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH).

Bihar is in the grip of yet another seasonal outbreak of encephalitis that has claimed the lives of at least 16 children in the Magadh division in less than three weeks.

Government-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has decided to set up 10 more steel-processing units across the country, once its expansion programme of ramping up hot metal capacity from the present 14 million tonne (mt) to 24 mt per annum is completed by 2013.

Alarmingly deficient monsoon rains, canals with little water and defunct tube wells have brought back the fear of a drought in large parts of Bihar for the second consecutive year. Sensing the farmers

Patna: Sixteen persons, including three children, were killed and more than 25 injured when a high velocity storm struck eastern Bihar on Friday morning.

This is the second instance of a thunderstorm hitting the State after a Nor'wester hit West Bengal, Bihar and Assam last month, claiming more than 130 lives and rendering lakhs of people homeless.

Gaya (Bihar), Apr 29:
Ten-year-old Jayjeet, a resident of Bihar's Gaya District, has used new methods of cultivation to increase his yield.
"Our production is doubling, even tripling, using general (methods). In general, the yield is one and a half tonnes when we do it through. We are getting straight three to four tonnes," said Jayjeet, child farmer.

ANAND S.T. DAS
MOHANPUR (GAYA, BIHAR

A poor dalit in April 15: A poor dalit in Bihar

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