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Bihar CM’s chopper takes off with door open
Published on 3 Jul. 2010 11:30 PM IST
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with two senior JD (U) leaders had a close shave today when his chartered helicopter took off from Gidhaur in Jamui district with its door open.
Capt Raman and Capt Ravi, the pilots of the helicopter which was also carrying state Food Minister Narendra Singh and JD (U) national spokesman Shivanand Tiwari, noticed the left door open and immediately touched down, Superintendent of Police (Jamui), Vinod Kumar said.
The pilots and ground crew later checked the four-seater helicopter and closed the door before taking off again, the SP said.
Kumar, accompanied by Singh and Tiwari, was returning from Gidhaur after meeting the family members of former Union Minister Digvijay Singh, who passed away in London last week. Additional Director General of Police (Security) A S Nimbran rushed to the state hangar after being informed about the incident.
An inquiry into the matter was being conducted by Additional Chief Pilot of the state Civil Aviation department Capt Dipak Kumar Singh.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after returning from Gidhaur by the same helicopter, said he heard a sound when it took off, but refused to share details. “Humlogon ne awaj suni (We heard a sound),” Kumar said before boarding a car for his official residence here. ADG (Security) Nimbran enquired details from the pilots. “The probe will continue till its logical conclusion,” senior officials said.
I work ‘without break’: Nitish

Bihar has recorded a high growth rate but a lot is still to be done, according to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who said that he worked “every day without a break” for the state’s development.
“I have been working every day without a break, thinking often of the philosophy of aharnish seva (uninterrupted work through day and night),” Nitish Kumar wrote on his blog Saturday.
Bihar grew at high rates in the last four-and-half years but “I am not entirely satisfied and a lot is still to be done”, he said after concluding his ‘Vishwas Yatra’ ahead of the October assembly elections.
The chief minister said his government was in the process of prioritising work for rapid growth in key sectors.
“We are witnessing a very positive social assertion, thanks to the empowerment of our womenfolk, and a genuinely growing sensitivity among the rural poor towards education,” he said.
“I have always maintained that only when the masses begin to have a natural sense of ownership, can any development sustain. It feels good that health services, transport and communication infrastructures are there to aid this social change,” he said.

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