Fast for recognition of Angika

Abhay Singh, TNN Jul 7, 2011, 01.03am IST, The Times Of India PATNA: The struggle for government recognition of Angika language spoken in eastern districts of Bihar and related demands has now taken a crucial turn, as its supporters have taken to 'aamaran anshan (fast-unto-death)' on Hardinge Road hear R-Block here to pursue their demands, and make themselves heard by the concerned in the Nitish Kumar government. Of the students sitting on fast, one Adarsh Suman (11) fell ill on Wednesday, and has been rushed to a doctor for treatment, said AUAS central general secretary Jayant Jalad. According to Gautam, as many as 65 people have arrived here from districts concerned to show their solidarity and be also a part of the struggle. While the fast-unto-death by founder president of Anga Utthan Andolan Samiti (AUAS) for Bihar and Jharkhand Gautam Suman entered the second day on Wednesday, dozens of other people, including boy and girl students, have also been giving him company b…
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Arsenic alarm in ground water in villages of Bhagalpur

- By Dr. Ashok Ghosh, in Bhagalpur Thousands of people living in over hundreds of villages in different districts of Bihar including Bhagalpur and Sahebganj district of Jharkhand are facing serious threat to their health due to alarmingly high quantity of arsenic present in the underground water. Bihar is facing one of the gravest natural disasters in the form of arsenic contamination of ground water. In the first detailed study of ground water quality, the Department of Environment and Water Management, AN College, Patna, has already submitted Interim Reports to PHED and UNICEF about the alarming findings on arsenic poisoning cases in the districts of Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Bhagalpur. The study was conducted from April 2004 to May 2006, the study area being confined to 10 kms, wide belt along the Ganga river as per the instructions of PHED and UNICEF. According to Dr Ashok Ghosh, Principal Investigator of Project Arsenic, Department Of EWM, AN College, these findings …
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