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Bihar mukhiyas on leash: to get smartphones for direct access

    No mukhiyapati, only for mukhiyas! Patna: take it how you want – an official smartphone is a perk if you like but may be used as a leash for direct control. The Bihar government has been using phone contact to keep a tab on the officials, their whereabouts and their activities in the past. Once in the smartphone loop, an official cannot refuse to take a call or make excuses for not being informed. according to reports, the Bihar government has decided to give smartphones and executive assistants to all its 8,402 mukhiyas, the third layer of the Panchayati Raj system that has Zila... 

New Bihar: Sons of gas vendor, generator operator top Bihar board exams

    Topper Ravish Kumar Patna/ Gaya: the social backgrounds of Ravish Kumar and Gaya boy Avinash Kumar who topped in the ISc and ICom examinations, respectively this year truly reveal the real Bihar of today – Jitan Manjhi’s Bihar. The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) declared the results on Tuesday. Ravish is from a poor background. His father is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and has been a gas cylinder vendor since 2004. This exam, Ravish scored 425 marks out of 500, putting in 12 to 13 hours of studying, sometimes without electricity, at their two-room house in... 

Verdict 2014, Bihar: a development folktale interrupted

By Ratnakar Tripathy Storytelling in progress The key word that occurs time and again to describe the 2014 verdict in the favour of BJP and Narendra Modi is ‘decisiveness’ in its most manly and broad-chested sense. In the last five years, the Congress, now punished severely for its limp-wristed demeanour and dyslexic style of communication, created levels of despair that seemed almost unspeakable. But as we know, with development as the core mantra, the despair hastily turned into hope as the election results began pouring in yesterday. Hope is the name of the luxury democracy rarely denies... 

Results Bihar : NDA wins 31 seats, JD(U) down to Two

BJP led NDA sweeps Bihar NDA wave sweeps Bihar, BJP wins 23 seats while its allies LJP and  RLSP winning Five and three seats respectively. While the,  JD(U) is down to two seats, and RJD winning only seven seats. Major losers includes Rabri Devi from Saran and Misa Bharti from Patliputra.   Bihar Result Status Constituency Const. No. Winners/Leading Candidate Leading Party Trailing Candidate Trailing Party Margin Status Araria 9 TASLEEM UDDIN Rashtriya Janata Dal PRADEEP KUMAR SINGH Bharatiya Janata Party 146504 Result Declared Arrah 32 RAJ... 

Missing from party: Rahul skips Manmohan farewell

    Manmohan: Bye politics! New Delhi: according to reports, Rahul Gandhi failed to attend a farewell dinner for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. As a result, the party’s face for the 2014 elections, Rahul Gandhi, became the main topic of discussion on TV channels. Though the mood was sombre at the event – the last one where Singh interacted as PM with Congress leaders – Sonia tried to cheer them up. Rubbishing the exit polls that have predicted Congress’ worst-ever performance, she told them that talks with like-minded parties were on for... 

Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal awarded Goldman Environment Prize

  Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal, who helped villagers stop a massive coal mining project, is among six people around the world to be awarded the prestigious Goldman Environment Prize, the organisation said. The annual prize honours outstanding grassroots environmentalists for their sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. The individual cash prize of $175,000 makes it the largest award of its kind. “With a small internet cafe as his headquarters, Ramesh Agrawal organised... 

Last minute bookie wisdom: BJP to get 244 seats, not 300+

    Bookie wisdom: real psephology Despite the claims made by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi that his party will bag a clear cut majority and form the next government at centre, bookies are not much upbeat about the idea as per an Economic Times report. According to the ET report, Modi may be the most preferred candidate for the post of the country’s premier, getting close to 272 seats on its own (without any help required from the allies) that will give BJP majority, just like Rajiv Gandhi’s government in 1984, in the parliament appears... 

Mamata, Mayawati say final no to joining Modi

Mamata Banerjee According to latest reports, BSP supremo Mayawati and Trinamool Congress have ruled out the possibility of a post-poll alignment with the BJP-led NDA. ‘BJP leader Narendra Modi in his recent interview had claimed that if needed he might seek support of AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, TMC’s Mamata Banerjee and BSP national president…’. Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow “I want to make it clear that BSP will not extend any kind of support to Modi or NDA to form the government at any cost,”. Rejecting the possibility of a tie up with BJP, Trinamool Congress... 

Shyam Negi, 97 votes in 2014 , first voted in 1951

Shyam Saran Negi Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh: The first time Shyam Saran Negi, now 97-year-old voted was on October 25, 1951, by becoming the first voter of Independent India. He made his latest appearance at a polling booth at Kalpa polling station, located 10,500 feet above sea level in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The fragile old man who is EC’s poster boy voiced the apprehension that it may be the last time he votes, given his poor health. Kalpa is part of Mandi Lok Sabha seat. Negi, who will be 98 years old on July 1, was given a red carpet welcome when he reached the polling... 

Narendra Modi-Ahmad Patel: a one way friendship?

    Patel: Sonia’s confidante no 1 New Delhi: recently, when Narendra Modi’s claimed in an interview to Doordarshan that Ahmad Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s closest political aide is an old friend of his, it was an attempt to appropriate that the Congress did not appreciate. Neither did Ahmad Patel. It is a measure of political insecurities and anxieties that Patel’s denial and refusal to endorse an old acquaintance made national news for a whole day if not more. Patel claimed that Modi’s “ridiculous” claims of their meeting or the two sharing friendship... 
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