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On the film ‘Bidesiya in Bambai’: Mumbai as the doorstep to Poorvanchal

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Surabhi Sharma Just the day before watching this 80-minute film by Surabhi Sharma, I spent a whole afternoon in the company of two European researchers working on the theme of out migrants in Bihar. I was taken aback when the French researcher among them used the word ‘palayan’ [literally running away] for migration. She said she confronted a migrant in Jahanabad, Bihar with the question – ‘why did you do palayan’ in Hindi. My head swirled at the implied accusation but when she asked me for the right word, I discovered I could only offer a very officious and... 

Now it’s ‘Modi Sarvbhuteshu': politics to replace religion?

    Politics swamped by religion: religion swamped by politics? Varanasi: Even as the controversy surrounding ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan is yet to die down, supporters of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi have released a new poster in this temple town using a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ eulogising Goddess Durga. The poster to greet the people ahead of Navratri, a festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, carries a picture of Modi showing a victory sign and a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ of Durga... 

Sharda Sinha chosen brand ambassador for Election Commission in Bihar

      Padma Shri Sharda Sinha Patna: The Election Commission has appointed eminent folk singer and Padma Shri awardee as its brand ambassador to promote poll awareness in Bihar. “Sharda Sinha has consented for this important honorary work. She is popular among the public across the state,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said. Sinha would be used in advertisements on radio and television to spread information among voters. She will also participate in awareness campaigns and competitions organised in various districts of Bihar, Lakshmanan told... 

Cleansing cricket: BCCI and India Cements entangled in mess!

    How to disentangle the animals? New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday came down heavily on India Cements and said that no one from the company, which is owned by the BCCI president and owner of IPL team Chennai Super Kings N Srinivasan, should be involved with the functioning of the board. No one associated with India Cements be associated with the BCCI’s functioning for now, Justice Patnaik said, accepting lawyer Harish Salve’s arguments on the widespread conflict of interest that existed in the BCCI. Salve also referred to the issue of conflict of interest issue which... 

Bihar developing grasslands in VTR to conserve tigers and prey

    What a camouflage: why tigers love grasslands According to reports, Bihar is developing India’s biggest grassland of over 800 acres in its only tiger reserve in the state’s northeast to provide a wildlife friendly environment for the big cats whose numbers have doubled in the last three years. “We have decided to turn 800 hectares of forest in the tiger reserve into the biggest grassland in the country. The work has already begun to clean the bushes of unwanted species like mikenia, eupatorium and phoenix – which are the main cause of fires – to convert it into... 

Muthalik come, Muthalik go: BJP accepts then rejects the notorious molester

    Muthalik come, Muthalik go: come again? Yesterday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cancelled the membership Pramod Muthalik, the controversial chief of Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene, within hours of his induction into the party on Sunday. Muthalik had joined the BJP in Karnataka, insisting he wanted to strengthen the hands of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. BJP spokesperson later issued a statement, saying the Sri Ram Sene chief’s BJP membership was being cancelled. “The central BJP has clearly rejected the membership of Muthalik,” Sitharaman said. The... 

2014 Loksabha Election: List Of candidates from Bihar

  2014: the hot race! Normally, an election is supposed to be the greatest festival of democracy. Not in 2014 – times are too tense! Despite the know-all forecasters and perpetual talk of waves, when you dig deep, people do not really know who is coming to power in 2014 and for how long. Bihar faces its own share of uncertainty. In a sense the uncertainties are what make the coming elections exciting. What spoils the excitement is the language used by the political opponents to describe each other and the juvenile behaviour of the mainstream media which is getting weaker on facts by... 

CGNet Swara’s Shubhranshu Choudhary wins 2014 Google Digital Activism Award

  CGNet Swara:Voice of Chhattisgarh Indian Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary who launched a unique communication platform in 2004 in Chhattisgarh called CGNet Swara, is the winner of the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award. CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), a mobile-phone service that allows citizens to post and listen to local reports in their local language using basic mobile phones. “If we want a better democracy, a peaceful tomorrow we cannot leave Journalism in the hands of few any more. Time has come like politics, Journalism also needs to become everybody’s business. And... 

बिहार दिवस: शुभकामनाएं और बधाईयां

हमारे पाठकों को  बिहार दिवस की शुभकामनाएं और बधाईयां ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. अशोक... 
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Ex JD [U] Minister Parveen Amanullah is AAP candidate from Patna Sahib

    Parveen Amanullah Patna: this is not a resignation or a contest that JD[U] may now take as a hostile act on the part of Parveen Amanullah, its ex-minister who resigned from the party and the cabinet recently. Minister Parveen Amanullah will be Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Patna Sahib in Bihar against BJP’s sitting MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha as the party Wednesday night released its eighth list of candidates for 19 Lok Sabha seats spread across six states.  The party declared five candidates in Bihar, seven in Jharkhand, one in Madhya Pradesh and two each in Jammu and Kashmir,... 
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