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10,000 teachers in Bihar fail class five tests: what are we doing to our children?

    What are we giving our children? Patna: in recent years, the contract teachers have carried out a number of agitations for better pay and status, winning the sympathy of a large population. The refusal of the Bihar government to give in to their demands has won the Nitish government a number of enemies. But the report below would raise serious question marks over the legitimacy of the demands made by the contract teachers. The Bihari parent whether in the towns or villages is aware of the low quality that the teachers deliver and at least some of them admit that it is the teacher... 

Bridges and breaches in Indo-Pak cultural relations: on TV & movie

    Pak TV channels fined for too much Indian content Actor Shaan in ‘Waar’ According to recent reports, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a fine of Rs10 million on ten entertainment channels of the country for airing excessive Indian content for more than 10 per cent of the air time. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority imposed the fine on the channels and issued warning letters to them to desist from such practice in future, The News report said. It quoted a document of ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage,... 

A small step closer to self-sufficiency in power: Nitish dedicates 110 MW Kanti unit

    Kanti power plant Muzaffarpur : when Nitish Kumar, the Bihar CM recently stated in a speech that while power is essential for Bihar, it is a must for him and his party’s well-being so he can come back to people and  rightfully ask for their votes – it was both, a light-hearted joke as well as a deadly serious reflection on how vital power has become for Bihar. Security, roads, power, not necessarily in the same order make the premise for Bihar’s future growth. According to reports, while addressing a public meeting at Muzaffarpur after inaugurating one of the 110 upgraded... 

Good bye from Sachin, goodbye to Sachin: full text of speech

Sachin: bye for now! My friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder and louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It`s getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage. The most important person in my life, and... 

Salt panic in Bihar: Salt bomb or a Dandi March of our times?

    Salt not onions : Gujarat Patna/ Katihar/Samastipur:  rumours have been known to cause communal riots. Rumours around religious miracles have in the past created briefly lived frenzies – Ganesh  idols guzzling milk for example, or more recently, a Durga idol in Motihari, Champaran refusing to be lifted for immersion. But we now have an inflation driven hysteria on hand – with brinjals, beans, and parwal selling for Rs 50 -80 a kilo and the good old onion going for Rs 70-90 a kilo, the consumer is edgy and ready to give credence to any crazy tale. Among all the consumer items,... 

Rahul Dravid in favour of legalized betting in sports: so is CBI boss!

  Rahul: Framework for sport ethics New Delhi: interestingly, the CBI recently organized a seminar in Delhi on ‘Ethics and Integrity in Sports’. Speaking on the occasion, former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said that he was in favour of legalising betting in the country if such a step can help reduce corruption in sports. Asked if he was in favour of legalising betting in the country, Dravid said, “If it can help in reducing corruption, I am all for it.” Dravid was speaking at a special session on ‘Ethics and Integrity in Sports’ organised by Central... 

Nitish finds phrase for Modi’s repeated lies:‘farmer of lies’[ झूठ की खेती ]

  Lying compulsively: a pathology Patna: Slamming Narendra Modi for his charge of ‘criminal negligence of security’ at his rally, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dubbed his Gujarat counterpart as an “expert in cultivation of falsehood”. He was reacting to Modi’s barbs against him during a poll campaign in Chhattisgarh last week. The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate had said that while blasts were taking place in his rally here, the ‘insensitive’ Bihar chief minister was ‘feasting’ at the JD(U) convention at Rajgir. “He has... 

Reason for alarm: 11.6% of post- teens in Bihar are diabetic

  Diabetes: Menace in India Patna: A cause of worry for adults of 20 years and above as 11.6% among those who have passed their teens are diabetic, according to a survey conducted across Patna, Bhagalpur and Nalanda districts. It revealed at an awareness programme organized by State Health Society (SHS), Bihar, and Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF), at New Gardiner Road Hospital here on Monday. ”One out of every second Indian is unaware that he may be a diabetic,” said Dr Anand Shankar. SHS and NNEF have been observing World Diabetes Day on November 14 for the last... 

Wooing Biharis through Chhath in Delhi: woo, wow! woo, wow!

    The Chhat political ritual: inspecting ghats! Delhi: while the large migrant population from Bihar and eastern UP was looking up to the sun with devotion during Chhath, the political parties were equally absorbed gazing beseechingly at the Biharis with great ardour. Over time, the word ‘Bihari’, a bad word on the streets of Delhi for long, has become a respectful form of address among the political circles. What the innumerable batches of Bihari IAS officers have not been able to achieve in Delhi over the decades is now being offered devoutly at the feet of the common voter, the... 

Chhath at Juhu, Mumbai: Chhath in Nepal terai

   I Chhath in Kolkata Mumbai: Natives of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh who reside in the city are gearing up to celebrate Chhath Puja on Friday evening and the next morning at different waterfronts, especially Juhu beach. Chhath, the traditional worship of the setting and rising sun, is popular in Bihar and some eastern UP districts and Hindus from these places celebrate the festival with enthusiasm. The festival falls six days after Diwali. Customarily, the Chhath celebration is elaborate. At least one woman from each family fasts for three days. The entire family then accompanies her... 
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