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Cricket Association of Bihar’s lone fight against dirty cricket !

    Aditya Verma : secretary, CAB Patna: Elated by the Supreme Court order restraining N Srinivasan from taking charge as BCCI presidenteven if he is elected in the AGM, Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma on Friday alleged that he braved death threats to fight the legal battle against the Tamil Nadu strongman. Hearing the petition filed by Verma, Supreme Court on Friday allowed the BCCI to go ahead with its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Sunday but has told Srinivasan not to take charge even if he is elected president. “I am 300 percent happy with the verdict... 

Development redefined: Rajan panel recommends new criteria for fund allocation for states

    Rajan panel: rising above ‘special status’? New Delhi: A six-member expert committee constituted by the Centre on fixing a new criterion for determining the backwardness of Indian states on Thursday gave its reports, claiming Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are the least developed states in the country. The panel led by Raghuram Rajan, former Chief Economic Adviser in the Finance Ministry and the incumbent Governor of Reserve Bank of India, said in its report that Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the most developed states in the country. The Raghuram Rajan panel report... 

Election propaganda reaches new low: now a game named after Modi!

  When politics becomes sport! The idea clearly is to saturate the air with the name – in the fashion of a bhajan-keertan or saying of beads, or simply writing a name a million times as a mark of devotion. Mind you, there is a similar tradition of punishment in schools where you had to fill up a notebook saying ‘I will not cheat’, or ‘I will not bunk class again’. Brand Narendra Modi has hit India with a number of gimmicks and the consumer-voter is lapping it up. Never were dreams of development sold so cheaply and with such fierce abandon. It has been less than a month since the... 

Batras [बतरस]: Do malnutrition and poverty always go hand in hand: tales from Bihar

By Ratnakar Tripathy Pulses: a must, a must! This is just a footnote to what is now turning into a substantial national debate on poverty and malnutrition in India. This is also a much delayed piece in the sense, I have for too long been wanting to write a dietary history of my village in East Champaran, Bihar, without having written anything at all – the reason being a certain diffidence about writing on matters that have become the monopoly of the experts. The kind of time we live in, even a packet of potato chips carries information on its chemical breakdown with percentages for each component. My... 

Video ridicules Indian attitudes: ‘it’s my fault’, says the rape victim in sarcasm!

  Kalki Koechlin: anti-rape message as parody! Mumbai: a parody full of sarcasm may expose absurdities of life much better than nation-wide moral outrage at the common Indian practice of blaming the victim for rape. Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin’s satirical video on the rise in rapes across India titled ‘It’s Your Fault’ has gone viral and the video which was posted on September 19 has got over 7 lakh hits on YouTube. The video, which also features VJ Juhi Pandey has gone viral on almost all social networking sites. In the satirical video, Kalki Koechlin, along with... 

All 8,402 panchayats of Bihar to have their own Panchayat Sarkar Bhavan

  Bihar panchayat building: a model Patna: according to the latest reports, all the 8,402 panchayats of the state will have their own Panchayat Sarkar Bhavan, with each of them costing  Rs 83 lakh each. In the first phase 1,765 panchayats will be covered. This was announced by CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday while kicking off the construction work of 500 panchayat buildings. Addressing a meeting, the CM said a permanent Bihar Panchayati Raj Training Centre with its centre in each district will also be opened. “An autonomous panchayat engineering organization will be constituted to make... 

Sunday Editorial:What kind of cultural policy does Bihar need?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Culture but how? First of all, I will start with the admission that I am not very comfortable with the very idea of cultural policy. In fact I react with some wariness when I hear the phrase. Culture happens. It is not created through firmans, fiats or even bribes and encouragement. In fact such moves may instead lead to the creation of something toxic called official culture, encouraging all kinds of culture vultures, sucking up to people in authority for grants, positions and awards. I am sure most of you have heard of good people demeaning themselves to receive the... 

|| नमो चालीसा ||: NaMo Chaleesa, a poetic proposition!

By Sachidanand Singh Author’s note: After he was formally declared the BJP candidate for prime ministership, just to straighten my own thoughts, I had been toying with the idea of writing about Modi. While recalling his life and career I got tempted to put it in verse – something like a ballad. But ballads get terribly lengthy and I lack perseverance. To limit the size I decided on the form of “Chaaleesa”. I expressly state that I do not consider Mr Narendra Modi a sankat mochan nor do I dream of myself as a Tulsi Das. भयानक या भय से बचानेवाला... 

‘Bihar will lead second green revolution’, they say: without regular power supply?

  Bihar: is green revolution round the corner? Patna: on the same day when Bihar has declared 33 of its districts to be drought-affected, the state got some good news and encouragement from a central minister and a top bureaucrat. The question is whether it is all rhetoric or substance since the regular supply of electricity to the villages is what will lend substance to the dream. Soon Bihar will become Punjab and second green revolution will start from these areas, said Dr Ashok Gulati, chairman, Commission for Agriculture Cost & Price at the 3rd Crop Summit held in Bihar. With the... 

Muzaffarnagar riots damage: 50,000 people in relief camps, 12,000 in custody!

  A relief camp in Western UP Lucknow: As situation in riot-torn Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in UP inched towards normal, the state government on Monday shifted focus on rehabilitation of over 50,000 people who have taken shelter in 58 government-run and private relief camps in the two districts. Senior officials said the local administration kept a close watch on the situation. More than 12,000 people were taken to preventive custody, according to officials. The opening day of the Monsoon session of the state assembly witnessed uproarious scenes with the opposition accusing the Akhilesh Yadav... 
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