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Why did Indus Civilization collapse: new research answers many questions!

Why did Indus Civilization collapse: new research answers many questions!   Dockyard at Lothal A new study combining the latest archaeological evidence with state-of-the-art geoscience technologies provides evidence that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilization almost 4000 years ago. The study also resolves a long-standing debate over the source and fate of the Sarasvati, the sacred river of Hindu mythology. Once extending more than 1 million square kilometers across the plains of the Indus River from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges, over... 

Colleges in Bihar get a boost if willing: grant offers to colleges from DST!

Colleges in Bihar get a boost if willing: grant offers to colleges from DST!   Higher education" starting again! Patna: there is a strange asymmetry [for lack of better and simpler word] between the process of decline of institutions and their revival. The asymmetry lies in this – while it is easy to put your finger on just one or two reasons for institutional decline including willful strangulation, it often takes dozens of moves to have the institution up and moving. The debate on higher education in Bihar is still moving at a very basic, even gross level – a veritable slanging... 

Aamir praises revolutionary Rajasthan policy on generic drugs: will other states follow?

Aamir praises revolutionary Rajasthan policy on generic drugs: will other states follow?   Generics VS Branded Jaipur: The chief minister’s free medicine scheme, an ambitious project launched by the state government last year, may have gone unnoticed but for the praise from actor Aamir Khan, whose television show took up the issue of lack of health amenities for poor. He posed the project as an exemplar for other states to follow.  This came soon after the Rajasthan came under scanner for alarming rise in incidents of female feticide in the state. Amir said ‘Aisa kaam desh ke kone... 

Raymond launches its first tailor training centre in Bihar: clothing complete men!

Raymond launches its first tailor training centre in Bihar: clothing complete men!   The body types! Raymond, India’s leading textile brand and world leader in worsted fabric and garments has launched India’s first training centre to impart tailoring skills to under-privileged youth and tailors. Launched in Patna, Bihar by the State’s Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar the centre is geared to train 250 people in suit, shirt and trouser making in the first academic year. Through this initiative Raymond aims to create a network of skilled stylist tailors across India for sharing of knowledge... 

Listen to Kalapna: Bhikhari Thakur’s songs and Bhupen Hazarika’s inspiration!

Listen to Kalapna: Bhikhari Thakur’s songs and Bhupen Hazarika’s inspiration!   Kalpana renders Bhikhari The Assamese singer and Bhojpuri icon Kalpana Patowary has just signed a whopping deal for her latest music project – “The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur” with a London based music label – Virgin Records/EMI Music. She’s on the road to leaving her mark on the Bhojpuri music industry. Virgin Records/EMI Music will unveil the most expensive Bhojpuri Audio CD disc in Mumbai priced at 195/- MRP’ Says Kalpana, ‘there is no recorded songs on Bhikhari Thakur till date... 

Has India become a factory for babies: surrogacy capital of the world?

Has India become a factory for babies: surrogacy capital of the world?   Wombs on rent? India the world’s outsourcing capital seems to have added a new product to the repertoire of  products and services it provides abroad – wombs for surrogacy and eggs! This may come as a surprise especially as the nation grapples with issues of female infanticide and abandoned girl children. Experts peg India’s surrogacy industry’s  also known as the ‘ baby factory’s’ total worth at a staggering 1.5 billion pounds ( 2.4 bn dollars or Rs 13,033 cr). The most popular ‘clients’ for this... 

‘Welcome, Mamata Di, welcome': says Sushil Modi, Bihar Deputy CM !

‘Welcome, Mamata Di, welcome': says Sushil Modi, Bihar Deputy CM !   Considering NDA? Kolkata: recently, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said her Trinamool Congress was welcome to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He did not this in any official capacity and yet it is now becoming clear that Sushil Modi is fast acquiring the stature of a national leader. It is no longer enough to say just ‘Modi’ even in the national press and you need to clarify if it is Sushil or Narendra... 

Sunday Editorial – 2014 dilemma: what kind of political leadership do we need?

Sunday Editorial 2014 dilemma: what kind of political leadership do we need? By Ratnakar Tripathy Small men: tall shadows! It has now become very common for us all, including the barely literate, to talk of political paralysis in the present government. The only difference between the educated and the rest may be, and I am far from sure of this, we are less likely to blame a government for a bad monsoon or a hailstorm than the illiterate peasant. Members of the government on the other hand would have us believe that the paralysis stems from the finely balanced coalition of several parties or even... 

At Cannes: ‘I am happy with how I look’, Aishwarya Rai says!

At Cannes: ‘I am happy with how I look’, Aishwarya Rai says!   Image that started it all! Cannes, France: some time ago, the glamour press in India splashed pictures of Aishwarya Rai in a less than glamorous light with a double chin and perhaps minimal make up. There was as if a sense of outrage at the sudden discovery that your goddess is mortal after all. Most annoyingly, the gossip columns seem to be thrilled at the waning beauty of the diva, however temporary such a setback may be. This was not the screen queen Aishwarya, but the plain, dowdy mother on an outing! It is the double chin... 

Dear home: Letters from an NRB – A Bihari in Male refuses to be ‘a paranoid Tourist’

Dev N Pathak Dear home: Letters from an NRB A Bihari in Male refuses to be ‘a paranoid Tourist’ By Dev Nath Pathak In the dead of night when I disembarked the flight number UL…(let it be)… of Srilankan airlines, distraught at the unsettling services on board by the crew members (a case with most of the airline services in South Asia, especially in India), I was welcomed by a gust of musty wind. The airport, as clumsy as Patna airport, with a due humility of the localized ambience, soothed me further. With a bit of difficulty in convincing the customs officer that there is something... 
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