Madhubani railway station in Bihar gets makeover with Mithila paintings

Madhubani railway station in Bihar, which was once considered as a dirty railway station has got a makeover with the traditional Mithila paintings.

i.   Mithila art, also referred to as Madhubani art is practiced in the Mithila region (in Bihar). These paintings constitute geometrical patterns drawn with twigs, fingers, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments.

  1. More than 225 artists, comprising 80 per cent women, volunteered to paint the station free of cost.
  • This feat is equivalent to a world record as the total wall area of more than 14000 sq ft has been fully painted with various themes under traditional Mithila painting


Modi launches India’s most powerful electric locomotive in Bihar

On April 10, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled India’s first 12000 horsepower electric locomotive from Bihar’s Madhepura locomotive factory.

  1. This locomotive, which is so far India’s most powerful locomotive has been developed at Madhepura’s Electric Locomotive Factory and is the first big Make-in-India project completed by Alstom of


  1. It has a hauling capacity of 6000 tonnes and can attain maximum speed of 120 km/hr.

iii.   With the launch of this locomotive, India has joined the league of countries – Russia, China, Germany and Sweden – that have successfully run 12000 horsepower and above capacity electric Locomotives.

About centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha:

  1. PM Modi was in Bihar to attend the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha as a part of “Chalo Champaran Campaign”.
  2. Theme of the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha is “Satyagraha se Swachhagrah”.


PM addresses National Convention of Swachhagrahis, launches development projects On April 10, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the National Convention of Swachhagrahis (cleanliness ambassadors) at Motihari, in East Champaran district of Bihar.

  1. The event was organized, as part of the centenary celebrations of the Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi, in
  2. Theme of the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha is “Satyagraha se Swachhagrah”.

Overview of Development Projects launched by PM Modi in Motihari:

On April 10, 2018, PM Modi launched development projects worth over Rs. 6600 crore in Motihari.

Water Supply and Sanitation sector: PM Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the foundation stone of Motijheel Project, the Bettiah Nagar Parishad Water Supply Scheme and four Ganga Projects viz. Saidpur Sewage Network – Patna, Pahari STP project, Pahari Sewage Network – Zone 4, Patna and Pahari Sewage Network – Zone 5, Patna.

  1. Railways Sector: PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the doubling of railway lines between Muzaffarpur – Sagauli and Sagauli – Valmikinagar. He dedicated the first phase of the Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory to the nation and also flagged off the first 12000 Horse Power Freight Electric Locomotive and the Champaran Humsafar
  2. Other Projects: PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for a petroleum oil lube and LPG terminal of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd at Motihari, a road lane of National Highway-2 in Auranagabad Bihar-Jharkhand border section and an LPG Plant of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) at

Bihar has highest rate of crime against SC/ST

  1. As per NCRB data, crime against SC/ST is lowest in West
  2. Madhya Pradesh reported the highest rate of crime (43.4%) against SCs specifically, while West Bengal had the lowest at 6%.
  • Rajasthan reported the highest rate of crime (12.9%) against STs specifically, while West Bengal had the lowest at 6%.
  1. The data also revealed that since 2014, crimes against SCs have increased by one percent overall, with a steep rise of 5.5% occurring in
  2. On the other hand, crimes against STs since 2014 have seen an overall decrease of 3.8%, with a significant drop of 8 percent in

Quick Facts about National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB):

  • Formed in – 1986
  • Responsible for – collecting and analysing crime data as defined by the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
  • Parent Ministry – Union Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Current Director – Ish Kumar


NDMA conducts its first-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters at Patna airport

A five-day day training programme, aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear

(CBRN) emergencies at the airports, concluded on April 27, 2018 at the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna, Bihar.

  1. During the course of this training, National Disaster Management Authority

(NDMA) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jointly conducted its first-ever full- scale Biological Management Emergency Exercise.

  1. This mock exercise was based on a simulated situation wherein the participants responded to a suspected Ebola outbreak
  • Participants in this drill included personnel from Airport Management, Customs, Health and Medical services, Immigration, Fire Services, State Disaster Management Authority and Disease Surveillance.


Patna tops in 4G connectivity among 20 largest cities: Report

As per a report by OpenSignal, Patna has ranked No.1 among 20 largest cities in India in terms of 4G availability.

  1. OpenSignal is Lonon-based company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping. It monitored 4G user experience (availability) in India’s 20 largest cities for 90 days from December 1, 2017.
  2. The findings have revealed that Patna has topped the list and is placed ahead of cities like Delhi, Mumbai and even Bengaluru, which is considered a tech hub of

4G Availability – Top 10:




Availability Time (in % terms) for 90 days