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Now UP can watch banned ‘My Sandal’, a play based on Maya’s footwear scandal!

Now UP can watch banned ‘My Sandal’, a play based on Maya’s footwear scandal!   Gold sandals: Useful for crushing dissent? Lucknow: in late January this year, a satirical play allegedly depicting the extravagant lifestyle of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was banned by her government. Now that she has been unseated, reports say that the play will unveil itself soon on the UP stage. Even though the director of the play Mukesh Kumar denied any connection with the chief minister, Lucknow district magistrate had then declared “the play titled ‘My Sandal’ was in utter... 

Illegal mining in Bihar: loot of mica, stones and sand must stop!

Illegal mining in Bihar: loot of mica, stones and sand must stop!   Sand mining: the non-stop loot! Patna: right from Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Goa to Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhnad etc, mines are now in focus as a major source of corruption in the country, linking the politician with the mining magnates who indulge in the business of ‘dig and sell’ without any control. Even the roughest of estimates put the damage to the exchequer in lakhs of crores, not to mention the destruction wreaked on the environment and the valueless natural resources. Mines are now making news in Bihar as well.... 

Cameron, maker of ‘Titanic’/ ‘Avatar’ dives 11 kms deep into sea!

Cameron, maker of ‘Titanic’/ ‘Avatar’ dives 11 kms deep into sea!   Cameron: going deep down! Hollywood director James Cameron has just returned to the surface after plunging nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. He made the solo descent in a submarine called “Deepsea Challenger”, taking over two hours to reach the bottom. He spent more than three hours exploring the ocean floor, before a speedy ascent back to the surface. His craft was kitted out with cameras and lights so he could film the deep. This... 

Higher Education, lower imagination: Sibal VS Motihari, Saharsa, Madhubani.. .

Higher Education, lower imagination: Sibal VS Motihari, Saharsa, Madhubani.. . Sibal: dulled by Delhi-centrism! New Delhi/Patna: for perhaps the nth time, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has rightly urged Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to shed bias against Motihari for setting up the proposed central university in the state and said institutes of higher education should come up in areas far from urban life. Politics apart, the question is why cannot someone like Sibal think of Motihari, Chhapra, Saharsa or Buxar as a site for a central university? In other words, why and how does the Delhi-centric... 

Bihar Tourism expects 30% jump in domestic tourism this year!

Bihar Tourism expects 30% jump in domestic tourism this year!   Patna-Ranchi by Mercedes! Guwahati: informal reports mention that if you approach the Bihar Tourism counter at the Patna Railway station for information, they may not even offer you a brochure, and may not have more than a copy available! But the Bihar government has claimed it is expecting a 30 per cent jump in domestic tourist arrival in the state this year. This may indeed turn out to be true since with increased security and better roads, the tourist may get all his research done with no help from Bihar Tourism! To give an... 

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100 years of Bihar: celebrating pride and progress!

100 years of Bihar: celebrating pride and progress!   Golghar, Patna Patna: not without justification, Bihar’s CM Nitish Kumar recently struck a note of pride and confidence in distant Delhi by way of ushering in the Bihar Centenary celebration [watch the video]. This has great symbolic value for two reasons – Delhi is after all the very citadel of power, and second because among all the migrant destinations for the educated as well as the laboring Bihari, it is also the most intimately charming. Beginning Thursday, for the next two days, the main venue of the state’s centenary celebrations... 

Get yourself a mine, become a millionaire: a tale of murky millions from Orissa!

Get yourself a mine, become a millionaire: a tale of murky millions from Orissa!   It's simple: Dig and sell! Bhubaneswar: Orissa’s Keonjhar district, long considered endemically poor, has undergone a transformation: it has turned daily wage labourers into crorepatis. Guali, a village that falls on a cart track, today has the latest SUVs whizzing around. A leading private bank operates a profitable branch for wannabe millionaires. Guali is home to Apat brothers, Kusha, Laba and Bhima, who have spun rags-to-riches tales in the last seven to eight years. Kusha Apat, a former truck... 

Magic formula for poverty removal: just lower the poverty line!

Magic formula for poverty removal: just lower the poverty line!   Excluded from poverty? New Delhi: this is a trick no lazy student of school math needs to train in. How many times did you arrive at right answers in your math homework in school through the widely known formula of inserting the answer somewhere along the steps and proudly arriving at it in the end?  New Planning Commission data now show poverty has declined eight per cent in the past five years. It has done so by simply redefining the poverty line – best way to reduce poverty while playing with your calculator! The updated... 

Bihar Centenary: Nitish praises achievers, forgets the ordinary Bihari labour!

Bihar Centenary: Nitish praises achievers, forgets the ordinary Bihari labour!   Nitish at Bihar Shatabdi Diwas in Delhi New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar honoured twenty people with “Visishth Bihari Samman” for making Bihar proud by their outstanding contributions in their respective fields during the celebration of Bihar Shatabdi Diwas organized at the coronation park, New Delhi on 18th March 2012. The CM even mentioned that states like Delhi, Punjab and Haryana would grind to a halt in the absence of the Bihari labour. But none of the awards went to the migrant... 
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