Patna: Construction work of the Virat Ramayan Mandir, coming up near Kesariya in East Champaran district around 130km north of Patna and billed as the world's largest Hindu temple, has not yet star

Patna: The death toll in the floods in the state increased to 72, but the situation slightly eased on Wednesday.

Following heavy rains in catchment areas in Nepal and in the border districts, the State government has issued flood warning for districts of north Bihar where the major rivers are in spate.

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.

Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) has spread in 30 villages under ten blocks of East Champaran district during the last one fortnight.

Eleven children fell ill Tuesday after drinking water from a handpump at a school in Bihar's East Champaran district, officials said. All were reported out of danger after basic treatment.

The Bihar cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs 393.09 crore for the construction of parallel roads in four bordering districts of the state.

Bihar plans to turn a village into a breeding centre for the Indian national bird peacock, forest officials officials said on Friday.

Come July, the Bihar government will be the first state to deliver ration to the doorsteps of 1.45 crore BPL families.

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.

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