Bihar records highest growth among states at 11.44% in 2008-09
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Last Updated: Monday, January 04, 2010, 23:44
New Delhi: It may surprise many that economically backward Bihar emerged as the fastest growing state clocking a 11.44 per cent growth rate during 2008-09.

Among the 18 states and Union Territories of which data is available, Bihar recorded the highest State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP) in a year when the global financial meltdown pulled down country's economic growth rate to 6.7 per cent from 9 per cent.

According to a recent report compiled by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), which has data on 18 out of 32 states and Union Territories, Bihar recorded the highest growth of 11.44 per cent in the last fiscal. Among the major states, growth data was not available for Gujarat and Maharashtra.

"Almost all states have provided their state GDP data for 2007-08, but for the financial year 2008-09, about 8-10 states have provided the state GDP growth data", said Pronab Sen, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

He further clarified that the data is based on information provided by the state themselves and it would be not correct to attribute it to the CSO.


Madurai: The district administration on Monday said that it would strictly implement the Supreme Court's direction and guidelines during the "Jallikattu" (taming the bull) sport, to be organised at Alanganallur in connection with Pongal festival here.

District Collector N Mathivanan told a meeting of the organisers of the sport that the bulls participating in the sport should be registered in advance, certified for their physical fitness by veterinary doctors and the animal's horns should not be sharp.

"Using of drugs or steroitds will not be allowed. The field should be broad enough to allow four players to tame a bull. Only four players could participate at one point of time against one bull", he told them.

The bulls should be released one by one with proper interval. Double barricades would be installed to protect spectators. A medical team should be kept ready to provide treatment in case of any one getting gored and ambulances also should be kept ready.

He asked the organisers to get PWD approval for the spectators platform and asked them to deposit not less than Rs two lakh. The animal welfare board staff should be accommodated at vantage positions to observe the sport and ensure that bulls were not ill treated.

District Superintendent of Police Manoharan, DRO Dinesh Oliver Ponraj also attended the meeting.


First Published: Monday, January 04, 2010, 23:44

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