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Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, and its most populous city and also the second most populous city of Eastern India. It is the administrative, industrial and educational centre of the state. Patna is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Ancient Patna, known as Pataliputra, was the capital of the Magadha Empire under the Haryanka, Nanda, Mauryan, Sunga, Gupta and Pala.

Pataliputra was a seat of learning and fine arts. Its population during the Maurya period (around 300 BCE) was about 400,000.

The modern city of Patna is situated on the southern bank of the Ganges. The city also straddles the rivers Sone, Gandak and Punpun. The city is approximately 35 km long and 16 km to 18 km wide.

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St. Xavier's High School, Patna (often abbreviated: SXS Patna) (Devanagari: सेंट ज़ेवियर्स हाई स्कूल, पटना) is a private, coed, college-preparatory high school, in the neighborhood of Gandhi Maidan. Founded in 1940 is the oldest Jesuit school in the city of Patna, established by missionaries from the American Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. It is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who travelled to India. The independent, non-diocesan school is operated by the Patna Province of the Society of Jesus. St. Xavier's is located in the heart of the city of Patna. St. Xavier's Alumni Association, known as SXAA is the country's one of the oldest alumni associations, which boasts of over 3,500 members, some of them very famous names.

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Patna Secretariat, is the administrative headquarters of the state Government of Bihar in India. It is located in Bihar's capital city of Patna. This building is situated between two iconic building of the City, Raj Bhawan in the West and Patna High Court in the far East. Patna Secretariat Building is one of the remarkable building of the City, known for its architectural splendor. It was designed by the famous architect of Sydney, Joseph Munnings and built by Martin Burn of Calcutta during 1913- 917. It stand distinct from any other historical building of the City by its towering clock tower. Today, this is the Secretariat of Bihar State Government. It is a bustling center with all type of government activities. All the government departments are situated here, so does the office of ministers and bureaucrats.

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Shekhar Suman

Shekhar Suman (born 14 June 1960, Patna, India) is an Indian film actor and a television personality. Shekhar Suman married Alka Kapoor on May 4, 1984 and they have a son, Adhyayan Suman is a Bollywood film actor. Shekhar is constructing a hospital in Patna in the late memory of his eldest son, Aayush,who died of a heart ailment when he was nine.

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Kankarbagh is a neighbourhood and residential posh area in Patna. Once touted as Asia's largest colony, is now one of the largest colonies of Asia and population wise it is Asia second largest colony. Kankarbagh colony, or garden of kankar (stone chips) is spread in an area of around 900 acres. This colony is divided sector wise. In K'bagh one can also find small parks in almost all the colonies and blocks. There is sports complex also in this colony, known as Patliputra Sports Complex. Kankarbagh Circle covers 11 Wards of Patna Municipal Corporation, ward number being 29-35, 44-46 and 55. The main area covered under this circle is New ByPass road area, Kankarbagh road area, Chirayyar railways bridge area, Gandhi setu road area and Saidpur area.

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