Dear Readers,
Bihar Bhawan is dispatching this Newsletter for the month of November. It has been a month for some important development in the state as the historic and spiritual cities of Gaya, Rajgir and Bodh Gaya received 'Har Ghar Gangajal' under the flagship mission of Jal Aapurti Yojana, Govt. Of Bihar. The parched Buddhist heartland had faced the wrath of groundwater level going down for years. Had it not been the vision of the govt of Bihar, it would have not possible to pull off such a critical mission which is first-of-its-kind in the country. A total of 151 kms of pipeline from Maranchi, Hathidah (Patna) has been constructed to fetch Ganga jal from the sacred shores of Simariya, a highly revered site near Begusarai, to the religious sites of Gaya, Bodh Gaya and Rajgir. The reservoirs made in these cities will be used to store the Ganga Jal and later be sent to water filter treatment plant for drinking purposes.

Bihar Pavilion at India International Trade Fair , Pragati Maidan, New Delhi won silver medal for its overall performance and the decor. 50 stalls comprising Mithila, Manjusha, Sikki, Sujani, Bamboo, Terracotta and several fascinating handloom and handicrafts defined the best of Bihar. Artists from Bhagalpur, Patna, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Kishanganj, Banka and others demonstrated their art and skills. Live demo by Shanti Devi, Pawan Sagar, and Renu Devi was the cynosure of the pavilion. Watching the masters at work live was quite a phenomenal experience.

The cultural performance by folk singer Maithili Thakur and her team on the occasion of Bihar Day on 20th mesmerised the audience at the amphitheatre as she sang, 'Aaj Mithila Nagariya Nihal Sakhiya, Charo Dulha mein Badka Kamaal Sakhiya..' on the beats of Tabla and melody of Harmonium. We congratulate her for becoming the brand ambassador of UMSAS.

Bihar participated as a partner state in the India International Trade Fair, celebrated 20 November as Bihar Day. Bihar Industries Minister Sameer Kumar Mahaseth inaugurated the Bihar Day celebrations at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Mahaseth said that Bihar has a special focus on employment generation and industry for the youth. There are immense possibilities of investment in Bihar. Bihar is one of the fastest growing states with a GDP growth of over 10%.

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