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Open letter from Aruna Roy to Montek: ‘try living on Rs 32 per day’!

Open letter from Aruna Roy to Montek: ‘try living on Rs 32 per day’!   Montek Uncle, please teach us the Rs 32 magic! Note : this is an open letter from the Right to food Campaigners to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission.   September 29th, 2011 Dear Mr Ahluwalia, While you were abroad deliberating on global matters, the Planning Commission filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that the “poverty line of Rs 25 and Rs 32 (rural and urban areas respectively) ensures the adequacy of private expenditure on food, health and education”.... 

Bihar loses sense of humour: no cartoons in Durga Pooja, says the government!

Bihar loses sense of humour: no cartoons in Durga Pooja, says the government!   The Durga puja mood? Patna: according to an unbelievable but confirmed report in a Patna daily, Patna district magistrate (DM) Sanjay Kumar Singh and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Alok Kumar have issued a joint statement warning Puja committees against putting up caricatures and posters making personal attack on public figures in the pandals. The DM has told the press ‘The cartoons and posters should not defame any person or hurt anybody’s feelings. Strict action will be taken against people disobeying... 

ज्ञानी होइ सो अरथु लगावै:लोकोक्तियों की रहस्यमय दुनिया

ज्ञानी होइ सो अरथु लगावै: लोकोक्तियों की रहस्यमय दुनिया सदन झा   “सींग टेकी कै पानी पीबै, उठाइ पूंछ उडि जाइ. ज्ञानी होइ सो अरथु लगावै, मुरख होइ उठि जाइ” लोकोक्ति: मार्गदर्शक? यह पहेली परोहे के बारे में है. यदि खेत ऊंचाई पर होता है... 

‘Right to Services’ in Bihar fighting ancient parasites: the middlemen!

‘Right to Services’ in Bihar fighting ancient parasites: the middlemen!   The middleman in Bihar: how to delete him! Patna: according to a report in The English press, the enterprising class of middlemen in Bihar has found a new market and vocation to ride on – the Right to Services. Barely a month and half has passed since the Right to Services Act came into force in Bihar. But a report graphically describes the new ‘hawkers’, already plying their trade between Patna’s Kargil Chowk to the entrance of the collectorate near the Ganga’s banks. Illiterate or semi-literate... 

Development Days-The social enterprise solution to poverty in Bihar

Michael Neri Development Days The social enterprise solution to poverty in Bihar By Michael Neri  Ever since Bill Drayton coined the term ‘social entrepreneur’and incorporated the Ashoka Foundation to support this new breed of business innovators in 1980, and Muhammad Yunus launched the microfinance revolution in 1988, hundreds of social enterprises have sprung up in every corner of the globe. Three decades into this revolution, there is broad consensus that, along with governments and NGOs, social enterprises must be an essential part of the solution to the problems of global poverty. Yet,... 

Saudi king decides no lashes for Shaima Jastaina: who defied ban on driving by women!

Saudi king decides no lashes for Shaima Jastaina: who defied ban on driving by women!   Shaima Jastaina: a major achievement! Riyadh: in what should be seen as a highly promising move, Saudi King Abdullah has reversed a court ruling according to which a Saudi woman was to be given the punishment of 10 lashes for defying the kingdom’s ban on driving by females. The court sentence was preceded by what would seem an epoch-making announcement by the king that women would be allowed to participate in municipal elections in 2015. King Abdullah has also promised to appoint women to a currently... 

Tagore Hill, Ranchi: its past, present and future!

Tagore Hill, Ranchi: its past, present and future!   The Tagore residence Ranchi: way back in 1908 Jyotindranath, the elder brother of Rabindranath Tagore bought a hill in Ranchi from a landowner named Harihar Singh where he built house naming it Shanti Dham. It is in the pleasant surroundings of what later came to be known as Tagore hill that he did the Bengali translation of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s Marathi Srimad Bhagwad Gita Rahasya. The Bengali edition was first published in 1924 with Tilak bearing the publication cost. Cut to 2011 when the Bengali community hosted some cultural events... 

Anna Hazare to go and meet Irom Sharmila in Manipur

Anna Hazare to go and meet Irom Sharmila in Manipur   Irom Sharmila : decade long fast! Ralegaon Sidhi: according to a report in the Mumbai press, Anna Hazare will soon travel to Manipur to personally request activist Irom Sharmila to end her 10 years long hunger strike. During the Hazare fast, a number of negative comparisons were drawn between Sharmila’s marathon fast and that of Hazare’s. Sharmila herself expressed support for anna requesting him to give due attention to her own cause – repeal of AFSPA in Manipur. Sharmila has been on fast since November 2000, demanding for the repeal... 

Higher education Bihar looking up: Magadh Mahila, BN College get special status from UGC!

Higher education Bihar looking up: Magadh Mahila, BN College get special status from UGC!   Magadh Mahila College Patna Patna: after a long time, there is something stirring in the field of higher education in Bihar and the signs are encouraging to say the least. According to a report in the Patna press, BN College has now been granted the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ from the University Grants Commission [UGC]. The new status also means that the institution will receive Rs 1 crore for infrastructure development and academic growth from the UGC. Notably, B N College... 

How life in jail is turning Bihar dons into gentler beings: some inspiring case studies!

How life in jail is turning Bihar dons into gentler beings: some inspiring case studies!   Sunil Pandey: keen on non violence! Patna: if reports are to be believed, some of the most fearsome dabangs of the olden days in Bihar have taken to gentler and almost saintly ways. One cannot be sure entirely that they are finding a new meaning in life away from the world of blood and gore and guns. There have been tales of remote control from within the prisons and yet on the whole, most dons have had to give up on their earlier career plans and find something new. Now with a new lot of politicians... 
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