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After two central universities: Bihar gets 3,846 km of rural roads from Centre!

  Reaching everywhere! New Delhi: After getting the UPA government to sanction two central universities for Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar has now got the Centre’s clearance for construction of 3,846 km of rural roads and 96 bridges in the state that will cost Rs 2,439 crore. The state government will spend only Rs 54.41 crore, with the Union rural development ministry bearing rest of the cost on construction of rural roads and bridges under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in what appears to be part of Congress’s significant political outreach to a NDA ally. The prompt approval... 

Amir makes it to Time magazine cover: first male Indian star to do so!

    Amir; Making it here and there! Delhi: the ultimate achievement for any Indian, it seems is to figure on the front page of Time – a reward bigger than any other hype or hysteria. Now superstar Aamir Khan has made it to the cover of the iconic Time Magazine for dealing with social issues on his TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The recently-concluded TV show saw Khan taking up several social malaise and offering certain solutions through discussions at some times and debate at others.   Aamir Khan becomes the first male Indian actor to have made it to the cover of Time.... 

Why biz schools are now focusing on good ol’ ‘industrial relations’: Manesar trauma!

  Manesar: after the damage! Mumbai: A month after labour unrest and violence erupted at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar factory, the reverberations are now being felt at some of India’s top business schools. Many of them, including at least two IIMs, are reviewing their human resource curriculum to re-include industrial relations. Companies are also pushing B-schools to rebalance human resource (HR) courses to ensure that industrial relations (IR) skills aren’t ignored. Post-liberalisation, with the growth of the services sector over the past two decades, HR management issues... 

Justice for the 97 killed in 2002 Gujarat riots: Kodnani and Bajrangi convicted

  Bajrangi/Kodnani:[credit: Firstpost]Ahmedabad: A special trial court here on Wednesday convicted 32 people in the Naroda Patiya 2002 riots case, including former minister in Narendra Modi government and MLA from Naroda constituency Maya Kodnani and ex-VHP leader Babu Bajrangi. The trial court however acquitted the remaining 29 accused. Maya Kodnani was convicted under Sections 302 and 120(B) of the IPC. She faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of death sentence. 97 people of a minority community were killed during the post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya in 2002. The incident... 

Boost to higher education: Colleges marked ‘Centres of excellence’ to get teachers on priority!

  L S College, Muzaffarpur Patna: according to a recent report, the 19 colleges to be developed as centres of excellence in Bihar would get teachers on priority basis. Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “Teachers’ appointment in the colleges, which would be developed as centres of excellence, will be taken up on priority basis.” The Bihar Public Service Commission would select the teachers and the appointment will be subject to amendment in the Bihar State University Act, 1976. Sinha added that the education department would issue advertisement across the country... 

India’s Mars mission to find where Martian methane comes from!

  Martian surface India’s proposed mission to Mars in November next year will attempt to crack the “methane mystery”, a veteran space scientist has hinted. Former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, Prof UR Rao said that when the country undertook the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission, “we didn’t know we are going to detect water (on the moon).” “First time it has happened (detecting water on the moon) in spite of the fact that we were a late entrant (on exploring moon),” said Rao, a globally respected figure in the field of space. Rao, Chairman... 

Manmohan’s original text on ‘Coalgate’ [sic]: read and judge!

  Manmohan: Coal-gate address! Delhi: the ever quiet man Manmohan Singh got eloquent for a change. This is not a Lal Qila [Red Fort] speech, not one from the podium of Jantar Mantar, but one that needs close reading. So bracket your prejudices and plough through the text, which is surprisingly free of jargon and double talk. However, that is no justification for NOT reading between the lines, especially as there is some history here, which you may wish to investigate on your own. We forget that despite all drawbacks, Manmohan refuses to become a stalwart, a towering figure and in this he is... 

DICCI, Dalit body of business: in 18 States, 2,500 entrepreneurs, Rs. 20,000 crore turnover!

  At a DICCI conference According to a recent report, a Karnataka chapter of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DICCI) was launched by a group of enterprising Dalits to help their community members think beyond reservation, by starting their own business enterprises in Bangalore. Around 150 aspiring Dalit entrepreneurs clad in suites turned up in corporate style at the launch, organised at a star hotel, providing a perfect ambience for their corporate dreams to take wing. DICCI founder Milind Kamble, who is a successful entrepreneur running a business with an annual turnover... 

16,000 hysterectomies in Bihar just for insurance money: who gets the money?

  Young and poor: open to cheating! Patna: Over 16,000 hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus), most of them “unnecessary”, have been reported at private hospitals across Bihar during the last one year allegedly to “avail insurance benefit” under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna. The RSBY was launched by the Centre in April 2008. Preliminary investigation by Samastipur, Madhubani and Chhapra district authorities, which reported the maximum number of complaints, showed 10,000 hysterectomies took place in these three districts alone. While Samastipur administration found 1,300... 

Jairam Ramesh uncovers shame of Bihar: ‘Mukhiya-patis’!

  Panchayat Puppetry! Rohtas: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday attacked the prevalence of ‘mukhiya pati’ practice in Bihar, saying it is a “shame” on a state which gave a direction to the nation on many democratic initiatives. ‘Mukhiya pati’ refers to a system where the husband of the elected woman panchayat president wields power by proxy.    “Bihar has given a direction to the nation on many democratic initiatives. We don’t want such a direction to follow, it will kill the panchayati raj,” he said addressing villagers... 
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