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How caste system is injurious to health: two cases from Rohtas and Gopalganj!

How caste system is injurious to health: two cases from Rohtas and Gopalganj!   Caste as health hazard! Patna: According to the recent survey report based on a study in 14 villages of Bihar’s nine districts, many instances of “caste discrimination” have came to light. A representative example is – in a Rohtas village vaccinations could not take place either in Brahmin’s tola (colony) or Paswan’s tola simply because the Brahmins refused to go to the Paswan tola, or did not allowe them to enter their area. This happened when the vaccination had to take place at the anganwadi... 

‘Tout tout go away’! Bihar govt appoints service providers for RTPS to remove middlemen!

‘Tout tout go away’! Bihar govt appoints service providers for RTPS to remove middlemen!   The ever-present middleman! Patna: right from the traffic to the passport offices, to mention a few random examples, Bihar has been a dream come true for middlemen of all sorts. These middlemen are so firmly entrenched in the system that it is difficult to separate the official wires and switches from that of the middlemen. The official mechanism over time becomes fully dependent on the middlemen for its daily function and corruption acquires a routine that makes it seem more official than the official... 

Anti-Colonial Struggle at AMU [1900-1910] and Bihar’s own Syed Mahmud (1889-1971)

Anti-Colonial Struggle at AMU [1900-1910] and Bihar’s own Syed Mahmud (1889-1971)   By Mohammad Sajjad Aligarh Muslim University Since the year 1900, the relationship between the students and the [European] staff of the MAO College (now, AMU, Aligarh) was in deep trouble. One of the issues was food. Amid these, in 1903, Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar, came back from Oxford, wanted a teaching position in Aligarh, but he was denied, on extraneous reasons. He opposed the European elements in the college, wrote essays in newspapers, was supported by a faction of the Old Boys’ Association... 

How Do Teachers Change?

How Do Teachers Change?   By Subir Shukla Changing course! No one changes if there is no reason to change. So how can we create a reason for teachers to change? Simply telling teachers to change does not seem to work. We complain or we request them to change. During speeches, officers and leaders try to ‘inspire’ them to change. Yet… Why do you think this is so? What is the shortcoming in this approach? Sometimes teachers are threatened – they stand to lose their job or increment if they do not do certain things. Wherever this is done, the best result that it can achieve is to get... 

Now Bihar’s first multi-storeyed industrial complex at Fatuha!

Now Bihar’s first multi-storeyed industrial complex at Fatuha!   Dharavi: the leather hub! Fatuha: last year in December, Bihardays carried a report on plans to start Bihar’s first multi-storeyed industrial complex at the Fatuha industrial area in Patna district. Recently, the foundation was formally laid by the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for what is to grow into a “leather hub”, with initial investment of Rs 400 crore by 600 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Most of the entrepreneurs — Muslim immigrants from Bihar running micro and small leather units in Mumbai’s Dharavi — have... 

JNU honours Jadav Payeng: illiterate Assamese who created a 1360 acres forest all by himself!

JNU honours Jadav Payeng: illiterate Assamese who created a 1360 acres forest all by himself!   Jadav Payeng's forest Jorhat, Assam: It all started way back in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, Payeng , only 16 then, found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. That was the turning point of his life. “The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage . I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said... 

World Flora: Catalogue of 400,000 plant species to be online by 2020

World Flora: Catalogue of 400,000 plant species to be online by 2020   Plant diversity 1 St. Louis,Missouri, USA: according to a report, some leading botanical institutions will collaborate over creating a catalog of every plant on the globe, with plans to make the inventory of at least 400,000 species available for free online by 2020. Plans for the catalog called the World Flora were announced Monday by the St. Louis-based Missouri Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden and two British institutions, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They will compile... 

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A caring gesture: Nitish sends representative to Jalandhar to meet Bihari accident victims!

A caring gesture: Nitish sends representative to Jalandhar to meet Bihari accident victims!   Jalandhar: factory collapse Jalandhar: take random reports of accidents at construction sites and industrial areas all over the country, and there would be a good chance of Bihari labour being hurt or killed. These names and faces are forgotten instantly and often after the hullabaloo, the families do not even get compensated. In the case of Bihar, let us admit that this happens on a regular basis, given the scale on which Bihar exports man power to the whole country. This is why when Bihar chief... 

Bihar civic polls: and how to filter out the criminal and make politics clean, cleaner…

Bihar civic polls: and how to filter out the criminal and make politics clean, cleaner…   Politician or criminal: you decide, Ms/Mr Voter! Patna: according to the latest reports, around 53 persons with criminal records filed their nominations for the civic polls in Patna on Thursday. Even though the state election commission has put criminal cases on speedy trials the aspirants refuse to be deterred. The simple conclusion may, it is during the elections that you see the greatest gathering of criminals popping up on the surface of public life. Otherwise, such characters keep to themselves... 
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