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The Hare, The Tortoise – and Superstition!

The Hare, The Tortoise – and Superstition! by Subir Shukla 'In real life the fast don't go to sleep!' As you know, there are many kinds of superstitions – some believe that if a cat crosses your path ‘something will happen’, others feel that a sneeze is a bad omen, and yet others believe that just because in an old story a tortoise won a race against a hare, it is the ‘slow and steady’ who will always win! Made you pause a little, didn’t it? And since you have paused, you may as well think a little. In the story, the slow and the steady... 

Cricket at Wagah border : Some patriotism, some jingoism

Cricket at Wagah border : Some patriotism, some jingoism

The Bihardays team was at Wagah border on the match day. Here are some exclusive photos from the border to our readers.

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Beyond Allocations: Expenditure Flows in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Beyond Allocations: Expenditure Flows in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan By Avani Kapur and Anirvan Chowdhury What's more important:allocations or expenditure analysis! On 28 February 2011, the Union Budget announced a 27% hike in allocations for elementary education. At 65% of the elementary education budget, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) too witnessed a 40% hike in allocation, which now stands at `21,000 crore. This was no surprise – since  2005-06, there has been an over 3-fold increase in GOI allocation and considering SSA is the primary vehicle for delivering the Right To Education (RTE),... 

Chhavi Rajawat at the United Nations : the first MBA woman sarpanch of India!

Chhavi Rajawat at the United Nations : the first MBA woman sarpanch of India! Chhavi Rajawat:riding the new wave! According to reports in the Indian and international press ministers and ambassadors from diverse nations reacted with disbelief when the chairperson of the 11th Info-Poverty World Conference held at the United Nations introduced the jeans-clad Chhavi Rajawat as head of a village in India. For, from a distance one could easily mistake Rajawat, an articulate, computer-savvy woman, for a frontline model or at least a Bollywood actress. But she is sarpanch of Soda village, 60km from Jaipur,... 

‘Money, money, money…’: but currency notes bring deadly germs to your pockets!

‘Money, money, money…’: but currency notes bring deadly germs to your pockets! Kasturba Medical College, Manipal New Delhi: remember those people who use their spittle to facilitate counting of bank notes? Remember the horrible sensation of receiving bank notes from a grocer or a clerk habituated to licking the notes? It may be argued that this habit leads to dire violence to the bodies of other people as well as one’s own body. Don’t think so? Here are some research results for you to consider: According to press reports, even without the licking ceremony currency notes and coins in... 

Invention of synthetic leaf: a milestone in the push for sustainable energy

Invention of synthetic leaf: a milestone in the push for sustainable energy it may be possible now: artificial photosynthesis! According to reports in the press, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have finally developed the world’s first practical artificial leaf that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight at an economical cost, thereby achieving one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy. They have described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight... 

Now 10% of India’s international remittances from Bihar, UP, W. Bengal and Northeast

Now 10% of India’s international remittances from Bihar, UP, W. Bengal and Northeast Bihar: increasing share! Patna; according to latest reports in the press, Punjab and Kerala are no more the major recipients of foreign remittances in India. With the growth in the economy, other pockets like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal are also gradually emerging as major markets, reflecting a change in employment pattern in these states. According to banking sources about 10% of India’s foreign exchange remittances are accounted for by Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and North Eastern States. India... 

‘Growth is not only about GDP but ending discrimination and hunger’: Nitish

‘Growth is not only about GDP but ending discrimination and hunger’: Nitish No draft, no bother: only cash! Patna: Nitish Kumar defined raj dharma to hundreds of students at Samvad Bhavan while launching the prepaid-cum-ATM card to provide scholarship money to OBC, SC/ST, and EBC students. Giving the example of the setting up of Mahadalit Commission, he said: “It was necessary to do positive discrimination because I saw that among backward classes there is another class which is neglected and I identified them because until and unless all sections of people are brought to the mainstream,... 

After the Mahatma, now Gurudev’s turn: a film on Tagore on the cards!

After the Mahatma, now Gurudev’s turn: a film on Tagore on the cards! Tagore: too tough to portray? Mumbai: according to the latest reports, a film on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s life is to be made soon. In the year of the poet’s 150th birth anniversary, director Sangeeta Datta plans to capture the bard’s literary excellence on camera. ‘The project that I am getting inspired to start work on is something on Rabindranath Tagore’s life,’ said Datta, whose directorial debut ‘Life Goes On’ was released in India March 25. The film made an extensive... 

Bihar – the preferred destination for Bill and Melinda Gates!

Bihar – the preferred destination for Bill and Melinda Gates! Bill Gates and Bihar: mutual fondness! Good ol’ Bill keeps coming back to Bihar, now for the second time! Why? Some reasons: “Our partnership is going at full speed. The great works being done here are lessons for other places in the world,” Bill Gates said, according to a recent news report. He was accompanied by Melinda Gates, the co-chair of Bill & Melinda Foundation. He also praised the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation already has a partnership with Bihar government... 
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