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Tipu Sultans’s rocketry to be displayed in DRDO’s missile museum

Some of Tipu’s missiles Srirangapatna: Saluting the vision of the father of  modern missile technology, Tipu Sultan, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to set up India’s first  archaeological rocket centre at his rocket court in Srirangapatna from where he fired the world’s first war rocket during the Anglo-Mysore battle. DRDO Chief Controller (R&D), Dr W. Selvamurthy, who visited the rocket court on Friday with other top defense scientists, was shocked  to see its condition. A portion of the front wall has collapsed and illegal constructions have cropped... 

Meet Pande Baba [पाँड़े बाबा ], gunslinger/teacher/student: 1980s Bihar through a biography

By Dev N Pathak Life options: double-edged choices! The former Vice-President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma was stunned to hear the speech of a class six boy named Mukund Mani Pandey, at Mawlankar Hall in New Delhi (India). The boy was taken to Dr. Sahrma after the ovation thinned. Dr. Sharma exclaimed, ‘well done my boy! Where are you from?’ The boy said, ‘ I am from Vatayan school’. A perplexed Dr. Sharma asked, ‘I have never heard of this school! Where is it?’ The boy answered with a swelling chest, ‘it is as small a school as me in a small town called Siwan in a big state... 

Bihar police initiates seizure of properties of 12 illegal liquor dons

    The lows: after the highs! Patna: after a series of deaths from illegal hooch that claimed more than 50 lives recently, the Bihar police have initiated process for the attachment of properties of a dozen of “big fish” in the business. “We have send proposals to state government seeking permission for attachment of properties of around 12 people who have amassed wealth from illegal liquor trade,” Director General of Police (DGP) Abhyanand told the press. Topping the list is Mantu Yadav, brother of RJD MLA from Belaganj Surendra Yadav, the DGP said. Huge... 

Bihar shivers as the winds pick up: it could get worse says the weatherman!

  Shivering Bihar! Patna: for nearly a fortnight, Patna has not seen a full sunny day. Mornings start with fogs of various densities and after much struggle, the sun may show its face briefly around mid-day. Those hoping to bask in the sun however give up and vanish from their terraces by 2 PM. The only hope for the Bihar public is the weather gods would prove the forecasts by the MET wrong out of spite, as they often do. The cold wave intensified in Bihar on Wednesday with chilly winds from North and Eastern region of the Himalayas sweeping the plain districts of the state even as Gaya remained... 

East Champaran: farmers now growing flowers for cash income!

Flowers for cash income: E. Champaran! Motihari:  The cliche in this part of Bihar is – if you want cash, plant sugarcane in your fields. With the revival of numerous sugar factories in Bihar and a supply chain reaching Uttar Pradesh, this has indeed worked of late. But there are other alternatives too – Mehasi in Champaran is fast turning into the Lychee capital of the country. And now with the news of floriculture catching up, more avenues seem open. With farmers shifting to flower cultivation in a big way, East Champaran, from where Mahatama Gandhi tested the potential of satyagraha... 

about the biography of Center for the Study of Social Systems, JNU…

By Dev N Pathak JNU: a classroom! The irony of our times is not that we do not know; it is that we refuse to reckon with all we know! Following the norm of institutional narcissism, for which the sociologists of education have critiqued elite schools aplenty, the Center for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) celebrated fortieth year of its existence. And it was done through a three day long conference titled ‘Sociology Matters (predicate is not important). A conference, though, with only panel discussions and symposia! Yes, some sprinkling of art and culture here and there which either seemed... 

Yuvi dedicates his Man of the Match award to the Delhi rape victim!

  Yuvi: saluting a brave spirit! Pune: it is a measure of the outrage and anger felt by the entire nation at the repeated incidents of brutal rapes in India. It is perhaps for the first time that the country decided with one mind that the attitude of men towards women needs to be changed. It was also the first time that there is little ambiguity in the condemnations coming from all over – women cannot be blamed for ‘inviting rape’ and the perpetrator must squarely take the onus and be punished for it.  Going with the prevalent outrage and concern, Yuvraj Singh decided to dedicate his... 

Ghoora [घूरा] – Gossiping caste equations in rural Bihar

Ratnakar Tripathy By Ratnakar Tripathy I am not a well-travelled man. Certainly not, compared to some globe-trotting friends and relatives who post impossible landscapes and objects on their facebook, kind of GPS footprints, as they gallop around the globe. But I have learnt one simple lesson during my travels – if you want to communicate with people, just treat their hearths as the ultimate centre of the earth. It helps you escape your own mental and material confines but more important, turns you into a joiner rather than a whishing meteorite from outer space. That’s why when I make the half-yearly... 

How Ramanujan’s scribblings remain a rich source of insights: the latest example!

Ramanujan: yesterday’s conjectures, today’s proofs! Mysore: An American mathematician claims to have come up with a proof for one of the last conjectures, Srinivasa Ramanujan had scribbled in his deathbed in 1920. In the last letter to G H Hardy, a British mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan had referred to mock theta functions, which has found applications in cancer research, polymer sciences, Lie theory and other fields of mathematics and physics. Ramanujan in the letter had defined mock-theta functions. “I have not proved rigorously that it (mock-theta functions) is necessarily... 

ITC starts construction of milk plant in Munger

Milk to the plant! Munger: Making its foray into food processing in Bihar, FMCG major ITC today began construction of a milk processing plant in Munger district. The plant will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 150 crore and the work will be completed in one year, ITC Executive Director Kurush Grant said. It will have milk processing capacity of two lakh litres per day and produce 10 tonne of ghee, 20 tonne milk powder and 20 tonne milk in pouches for domestic consumption per day. Stating that Bihar has vast potential for development in food processing and dairy sector, he said ITC will... 
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