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Why Amitabh stopped promoting Pepsi!

    Fizzy drinks: poison? Ahmadabad: according to reports, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan told an audience on Thursday that he stopped endorsing Pepsi after he was confronted by a little girl who wondered why he promoted the soft drink that her teacher had branded as poison. Bachchan said the girl tossed the question to him during an event at a school in Jaipur. He said he could not reply immediately, but it made him feel “this impression is on the mind of the people…” “So I stopped endorsing Pepsi,” he told the audience at the Indian Institute of Management,... 

May, 2014: Hero to start manufacturing 10 lakh cycles at Bihta

  Made in Bihta? Patna: according to reports, Sanjay Singh, the vice-president (corporate planning) of Hero Cycles, recently claimed that the group plant in Bihta, around 37km from Patna, would start manufacturing from May this year. “The bhoomi pujan at the Bihta plant was held on June 20 last year. At present, work to complete the plant is on at full pace. By May this year, manufacturing will start. The company is interested in hiring local qualified people. An ancillary unit would also come up near the plant,” he told the press. The Rs 40-crore plant would have the capacity to manufacture... 

Pitroda panel recommends Prasar Bharati autonomy: Tiwari says will study the report

  Public Media autonomy: a mirage? Delhi: with the mainstream media getting acquired steadily by corporate giants, and with the increasing incidence of paid news, not to mention the venial journalists, it is institutions like Prasar Bharati that may bring back the value of neutrality – but if and only if these public platforms are made autonomous. This may be the fundamental paradox of the state of the media in our times. With the audiences resigned to the partisan roles of media houses, are DD and AIR the only hope, if we care to shape them afresh to serve the need? In an interesting development,... 

Centre clears mega-power project in Banka: Bihar’s power woes to end soon

  Bihar: out of vicious circle of backwardness? Patna: According to recent reports, the central government has cleared the proposal for a 4,000MW ultra mega-power project (UMPP) in Banka, which is likely to leave Bihar’s power woes behind in the next few years. With the project expected to be commissioned by 2019-20, Bihar would get 2,000MW from the plant as the Centre has marked 50 per cent of power from the plant for itself. “We received a letter today (Wednesday) from the ministry of power giving its nod to set up a ultra mega-power project at Banka. We are happy that the Centre has... 

George Orwell remembered in his birthplace: Motihari, Bihar

  Orwell’s one line message Motihari, Bihar: according to reports, a large number of people paid floral tributes to British author George Orwell on his 63rd death anniversary in Motihari on Tuesday. Orwell, known for his novels ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’, was born on June 25, 1903 in Motihari. His father, Richard Blair, was posted as an agent of the opium department of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) during the British rule. While remembering Orwell among the educated public is admirable, one also has to wonder how widely Orwell is read in his... 

97 Bihari child labourers rescued in Jaipur and sent back

child labourers: Jaipur Jaipur: 97 child labourers, rescued by the police with the help of NGOs, were sent to Bihar on Monday evening by Sealdah Express in a special bogie. These 97 children were rescued from the bangle manufacturing units in the Walled City area of Jaipur in December and in January by conducting raids in the houses where they were found manufacturing bangles. As many as 52 children were rescued on January 10 from Kalyan Ji Ka Rasta. Among them, 20 children were residents of Samastipur, eight from Vaishali, 12 from Begusarai, two from Sitamarhi and 10 from Darbhanga. Chairperson,... 

How administrative impasse is stifling higher education in Bihar

  PU: administrative disorder! Patna: It is really an irony that while Patna University (PU) is passing through an acute financial crisis for the past several years, it is not able to spend the grants received from various funding agencies for its development. The development grants sanctioned by the UGC during the 12th five-year plan period is lying unutilized and even the grants sanctioned to the university during the 11th five-year plan period have not been fully utilized so far. PU development officer Sanjay Kumar Sinha, when contacted, said the UGC has sanctioned the same quantum of... 

Bihar selects its Dahi [Curd-gorging] king and Dahi queen: way to celebrate Sankranti

    Curd eating contest -I Patna: At the Dahi Khao Enaam Pao contest organized by the Patna Dairy Project, 468 participants from across the state consumed 1,348kg of curd on Saturday. The competition was divided into three categories: male, female and child. In the female category, Kunti Kumari from Harnichak beat 47 other women contestants to win the first position by consuming 2.628kg of curd. With it, she won the title of ‘Dahi Queen’. She was followed by Tara Devi from Khagaul, who consumed 2.4kg of curd to come second, while Sunita Devi from Mohsinpur was placed third... 

2500 teachers to be sacked in Bihar: quality education in focus?

    Bihar’s wait for good teachers Patna: years ago before Nitish’s second stint as the CM, he had told a senior journalist Prannoy Roy from NDTV in an interview that during his second stint he will give due attention to quality in education rather than just quantity. The shift of attention from quantity to quality however took much longer. The fact is with extremely low salaries, the profession of teaching in school is still not an attractive proposition in Bihar. Teachers often run shops and follow a profession on the side just to survive. While weeding out the incompetent is... 

Mercury in 44% fairness creams in India: chromium in 50%, says CSE lab

  Fairness cream: unfair and poisonous? Toxic metal mercury, which is not allowed to be used in cosmetics in India, is found in 44 per cent of the fairness creams in India, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found. It also found chromium and nickel in around fifty per cent of the lipstick samples it tested.  The CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Lab (PML), which did the study, says use of mercury in cosmetics is prohibited in India. But PML found mercury in 44 per cent of the fairness creams it tested. It also found chromium in 50 per cent and nickel in 43 per cent of... 
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