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Unanswerable questions children often ask: ‘why is water wet, Ma’, for example!

Ask, ask, ??: way of a child! Mothers are bombarded with around 300 questions from their children on a daily basis, with girls the most inquisitive lot, a new UK study has found. Researchers found that mothers are the most quizzed people in the UK, and on subjects far and wide, they are asked more questions every hour than a primary school teacher as well as doctors and nurses. The study of 1,000 mothers discovered girls aged four are the most curious, asking an incredible 390 questions per day – averaging a question every 1 minute 56 seconds of their waking day, a media report said. From... 

Caste war among Maoists in Jharkhand, Bihar turns bloody: 17 lives lost!

  Jharkhand, Bihar: the burden of gun! Gaya: According to the latest press reports, heavy battle between members of the CPI (Maoist) and its offshoot the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in Jharkhand’s Chatra district is a battle for the turf and comes as a heavy blow for the Maoists in the Bihar-Jharkhand belt, once a declared Maoist bastion. “The fight between the two groups has resulted in the killing of senior Maoist leaders like Lalesh Yadav and Praful. It is also a sign of the deep incursion of the TPC into the Gaya-Palamu area,” said a senior government official, while admitting... 

Murder of another RTI activist in Bihar: Ram Thakur of Bihar NREGA Watch

  Whistle-blowing: heavy price to pay! Patna: The murder of yet another Right to Information (RTI) activist, this time in Bihar, has re-ignited the calls for a national legislation to protect the rights of whistleblowers. Ram Thakur (48), a member of the Bihar NREGA Watch (to monitor the working of the government’s flagship employment scheme) was allegedly shot dead on the evening of March 23. Thakur had allegedly been receiving death threats for speaking up against corruption in his village. “The continued attack on whistleblowers underscores the urgent need for a strong whistle-blower... 

A new beginning for Vrindavan widows: ‘Raas-Leela’ and Holi celebrations!

  Holi colours: and women in white! Vridavan: Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows played Holi with gulal and flowers in the land of Lord Krishna. Around 800 widows participated in the festivities in ashrams of Vrindavan in four-day Holi celebrations that began on Sunday. As part of Holi celebrations, traditional ‘Raas-Leela’ dance and other programmes have also been organised. Widows celebrate Holi festival with flower petals at a ashram in Vrindavan near Mathura. “Vrindavan Holi is an effort to free widows from the shackles of age-old tradition. Not only will the... 

Romance is in the air in Bihar: so is murder!

    Love and murder in Bihar Patna: as the old Hindi song from ‘Ye Raste hain Pyar Ke [1963]’ goes, ‘ye raste ahin pyar ke, chalna samhal samhal ke’[tread carefully on the road of love]! As a closed society like Bihar opens up to the possibilities and pretexts for girls and boys to meet somewhat freely, there is a price to pay. According to police sources, out of the 356 murders that took place in 2012, about 40% could be attributed to illicit relations, rejection in love and refusal for marriage. Even over a longer period between 2009 and January 2013, of the total 1243 murders... 

Bihar police tries taming of Naxalites: through coaching, rather than sticks!

  Bihar police: changing strategy! Patna: it is well-known how the police often make it impossible for a Naxalite to revert to a normal life by hounding her or him constantly as a suspect. In the case of Bihar and specifically in the case of Rohtas district, the police seems to be trying out some innovative ways to remedy the Naxal menace. Coaching students may prove to be especially effective in states where coaching has become a huge industry and remains in great demand. Perhaps other states should now try out some less aggressive approach to the Naxal problem. In Bihar’s troubled... 

Is Bihar neglecting its own artists on Bihar Diwas?

  Bihar Day: what to play? Patna: viewpoints on this may vary. Is Bihar day an occasion to celebrate and underline one’s own culture or the time to celebrate culture as such? Honouring one’s own artists is worthwhile thing in itself but then an occasion like Bihar day is also the time to bring in cultural currents for the enjoyment of the Bihari population in Bihar! Or is the right solution to present a suitable mix of both? Actor-legislator Vinay Bihari recently complained that the state government was spending exorbitant sums on Bollywood stars for Bihar Diwas ignoring regional artistes. It... 

Free Wi-Fi access in Bangalore by next month: first city to have such service at public spots!

  Bangalore: Free wireless internet services are expected to commence in the commercial heart of India’s technology capital starting next month. Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road, two of the best-known shopping destinations, will have free Wi-Fi access as part of a plan to make Bangalore the first city to have such a service available at public spots. The idea is the brainchild of a government-appointed panel headed by Mohandas Pai, a former director at Infosys. The pilot service will be available for at least six months, after which the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)... 

Sunday Editorial – The joys of the big screen: will they come back again?

By Ratnakar Tripathy More and more awesome: on the pocket? Every time I hear from a young or old friend they watched a ‘great’ film on their laptops, I react with pity not envy. Like a great part of humanity, I feel that the big screen experience, whether 35 mm or 70 mm is something very special. It enables you to see the world within and without to depths that a small screen ranging between a gigantic TV screen to a mobile phone display will never match. The reasons are just too visceral and related to the way the human senses and the brain work, although it is possible to enumerate... 

Adhikar Rally at Ramlila ground, Delhi: Nitish demands, warns, and reasons!

  Right to development = special status? New Delhi: Addressing a massive rally at the Ramlila ground in Delhi on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated his demand for special status for the state. Lauding the contributions of the people of Bihar in the development of the country and their participation in the freedom struggle, Nitish said, “We are not begging for special status. It is our right.” He asked, “Don’t we have the right to progress?” Saying that Bihar is not against other states being given special status, Nitish stressed that with a little help from... 
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