Prior to the birth of Jharkhand, carved out of it, Bihar was called the Rurh of India, given its rich mineral deposits. Today, spread over 94,163 sq km, Bihar is reinventing itself under the responsible leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has invested the administration with a sense of hitherto unknown discipline with remarkable results. Bihar’s economy has grown at a handsome rate of nearly 16.7 per cent between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and the state is making itself investment friendly with a state of infrastructure preparedness. The capital of Bihar is Patna, a heritage city that finds a place in Indian mythology. Bihar shares an international border with Nepal to the north and has Jharkhand to its south. The Ganges divides Bihar into two unequal halves and flows through the middle from west to east.