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Police raids on 3 Bihar officials: the millionaire babus yield above 20 crores!

    An insecure seat! Patna: according to reports, raids conducted by the state vigilance investigation bureau and the economic offence unit (EOU) of the state police on Thursday yielded disproportionate properties worth about Rs 20 crore. Among those raided are a motor vehicle inspector (MVI), Girish Kumar, Ramchandra Sharma, an executive engineer in building construction department at Patna and Awdhesh Kumar Mandal, an executive engineer of building construction department. The police seized documents relating to properties worth over Rs 4.50 crore from Sharma’s premises. Director... 

Changing face of rural Bihar: a report from Mohammadganj Panchayat, Supaul district

By Dr T N Jha Measuring growth: inch by inch! The miracle growth performance of Bihar in recent years has been intensely debated, some even doubting it, by the academics, planners, policy makers and media personnel. The purpose of the present write up is not to prove or disprove such claims, but to simply share some of the insights on the changing face of rural Bihar based on the perceptive understanding as obtained in the course of collective interaction with select villagers of Mohammadganj panchayat falling in the remote eastern parts of Supaul district. Methodologically, it must be admitted,... 

Ram Jethmalani’s response to expulsion from BJP [original text]: now some hope for democracy within parties?

  Editorial note: even as debates rage on the state and the fate democracy in India, how about the little matter of democracy within the party? Paradox number 1- party structures, whether in the Congress or the numerous regional formations may now be safely declared as MORE [and this is a serious proposition rather than condemnatory rhetoric]   feudal than the remotest of villages in Andhra, UP, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala or well, incredibly the North East, including even more incredibly Mizoram. And this includes the Left broadly, the  CPM, CPI or the extreme Marxist- Leninist- Maoist... 

2nd June, Maharajganj by-election: Laloo and Nitish battle final round!

  Maharajganj: the big fight! Patna: a great deal is at stake for both Nitish Kumar and Laloo Yadav at the Maharajganj by-elections. Understandably, a great deal of nervousness is also apparent in the behaviour of the party members and bosses. According to reports, the RashtriyaJanataDal (RJD) leader Prabhunath Singh had forcibly snatched IAS officer Alok Ranjan Ghosh’s camera as he was recording checking of the unauthorized vehicle, carrying the RJD candidate’s posters. Maharajganj goes to the polling on June 2. “We stopped the vehicle after seeing that no permit of poll... 

Human body as a garden of microbes: we as ecosystems!

  Itching: caused by the bad ones! In a recent study published in Nature, only a few fungi species were found on other body parts known to house fungi—such as behind the ears and on palms—according to the most thorough analysis to date of our fungal “landscape.” The minute bioforms that live with us are the subject of much recent study. But most research has focused on easily studied bacteria instead of fungi, whose DNA was harder to sequence until recently, explained study leader Julie Segre, senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, which is part... 

More star hotels for Bihar: number of foreign travellers rising by 10% each year

    Needed: good places to stay! Patna: Given the increasing foreign tourist inflow in Bihar, the state government has now decided to put major emphasis on the construction of star hotels. It has also decided to upgrade six of its own hotels into star category. “The influx of tourists in the state in on rise,” Mihir Kumar Singh, Tourism Secretary of the state government, told Business Standard, “we received more than 1.1 million foreign and 22 million domestic tourists last year. This year, the number will be more. However, we still lack star category hotels in the... 

Sunday Editorial:Cruelty and kindness in love and marriage: two tales from Mumbai and Bihar!

  By Ratnakar Tripathy  hanging by a thread: important life decisions! This week two incidents made a great impression on me. That usually means one is unable to stop thinking about them. I know I will not be able to stop thinking about them for some time to come. First, in Mumbai, where a young married woman hanged herself by the ceiling fan in the middle of an online conversation with her estranged husband, whose family was asking for dowry. The camera was on through all this. Yes, he saw her kill herself! Second, near Bhagalpur in Bihar, where a young man and his girlfriend were waylaid... 

Dayamani Barla recognized for her work: gets Lutz Indigenous Rights Award

    Dayamani Barla bihardays Ranchi: according to reports, Cultural Survival, an international NGO, recently recognized the work of the leader of several of such people’s movements in Jharkhand – tribal activist and journalist Dayamani Barla – awarding her the 2013 Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award for protecting the rights of tribals. For this award, Ms. Barla was chosen from among 60 international nominees. Dayamani Barla, 48, a Munda adivasi has led people’s movements against displacement for over decade gained prominence when she travelled across villages in four... 

Innovative Indira Awas Scam: now class III students in Bihar shown as married to get houses!

    Married and settled: at Class III Patna: corruption is indeed an arena where the Indians from all parts of the country show their innovative best. You may well imagine officials at all levels neglecting their work, their feet up on the table and staring at the blank walls, waiting for ideas, till the eureka moment arrives. Or else, you may imagine them in a huddle, in a heated debate over the ‘right way’, the ‘foolproof way’ to beat the system. All that remains to be done then is to decide on a close circle of beneficiaries as accomplices so the matter doesn’t come... 

Tale of Kalahandi: from starvation to record rice production

  Kalahandi: from starvation to record produce! Bhubaneswar: Kalahandi for decades has stood for starvation and utter poverty. But the image needs to be modified now in the light of some new facts. Odisha’s Kalahandi district — once the cause of global embarrassment for India due to its high number of starvation deaths — today stands tall with a five-fold increase in its rice production since 1999, figures reveal. The agriculture ministry’s recent crop data ranks Kalahandi among the top 25 rice producing districts of India. The three-year average of its rice production ending 2010-11... 
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