MODI LIVE: 4 trains started for Diwali and Chhath

New Delhi, Oct 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Bihar today and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was there to extend a warm welcome to him. Here are LIVE updates:

-Railway Ministry started 4 special trains so people in Bihar and North-eastern UP won't have any difficulty in reaching home for Diwali and Chhath.

-10 private  and 10 public universities will be given a fund of Rs 10,000 Crore over 5 yrs to make them world-class

-Bihar is a state which is blessed with both 'Gyan' and 'Ganga.' This land has a unique legacy: PM Modi

-The commitment of Nitish Kumar ji towards the progress of Bihar is commendable

-In every state, the senior level of the civil services has officers who have studied in Patna University: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Bihar to attend the centenary celebrations of the Patna University and launch several development projects worth over Rs 3,700 crore.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and several top politicians including Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ashwini Choubey will attend the function. This is prime minister's first full-fledged official tour to the state since the BJP became a part of the ruling coalition in Bihar in July this year. In August, Modi along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts of Bihar. After attending the Patna University function, the prime minister will fly by a helicopter to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 km from the capital city. Modi will launch a number of development projects there. The state BJP president has been hinting that a bonanza was on the cards, terming the prime minister's visit as a "Diwali gift" to the people of Bihar in general and Mokama in particular. At Mokama, Modi will lay the foundation stone for four Rs 3031 crore national highways projects and as many sewage treatment plants (STPs) and related works worth Rs 738.04 crore tomorrow, an official statement said.

News24Bureau with Agencies