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Sunday Editorial:Is the word ‘development’ meaningful any more?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Democracy: A Sisyphean struggle? No, is the sad conclusion I have come to with all my limitations – my limited brain capacity, my limited reading and experience, my limited ability to digest data, and of course my limited ability to hallucinate optimism where there isn’t any. But of course, it is not the word to blame but us, this world of ours that reduces and hollows words of their intended meanings, for reasons we need to find out and admit in a hurry. We have had hallowed words like ‘salvation’ and ‘progress’ in the past as life aims for humans. They... 

How India’s highest-selling novelist thwarts his own ambitions

by Abhishek Choudhary Illustration: Mahati Sharma On August 5, soon after Chetan Bhagat announced the release of his sixth novel Half Girlfriend on Twitter and Facebook, his website carrying a “short video teaser” of the book crashed. The announcement was also almost immediately followed by a barrage of jokes on Twitter, many of which mocked the slightly misogynistic title of the novel. Turned out the announcement — as also the full front-page ad in The Times of India the same morning — was a well-thought out strategy by the e-commerce giant Flipkart, which has been insecure ever... 

Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DICCI) to start Bihar chapter

    Union Minister of Finance P. Chidambaram with Milind Kamble Patna: according to reports, the Dalit voice in business, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DICCI) will soon start a Bihar chapter to back the businessmen, traders and entrepreneurs from the scheduled castes in Bihar. Even though the number of such entrepreneurs may be low in the state the nine-year-old DICCI hopes that its chapter in Bihar will help small and petty dalit traders and businessmen to prevail against the traditional system of social discrimination. DICCI’s founder chairman Milind Kamble... 

Is Ebola drawing due attention from the world?

  A rough map for Ebola spread Freetown: according to a number of recent reports, Sierra Leone has begun a three-day nationwide lockdown, confining its population of six million to their homes in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus by allowing health workers find and isolate cases. After the lockdown came into effect on Friday, the Associated Press news agency reported that the streets of the capital city Freetown, population 1.2 million, were deserted, aside from vehicles carrying police and health workers. In a televised address late on Thursday President Ernest Bai Koroma... 

Bihar to recruit 3364 teachers for its universities

Lalit Narayan Mithila University Patna: Bihar Public Service Commission (PSC) has notified for the recruitment of 3,364 Assistant Professors in the pay scale as recommended by the University Grants Commission from time to time and accepted by the Government of Bihar, for different subjects under different Universities and its constituent colleges in Bihar. Vacancies: 3,364 Assistant Professors Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification: Candidates should have completed their Master’s Degree/Ph.D from a recognised university or equivalent institute and candidates should have passed NET/SET... 

Film review: Finding Fanny

By Sam Sarma Finding Fanny The movie unfolds like an impressionist dreamscape. Vivid colours, fluid, magical – from start to finish each scene is beautiful. The Goa that is shown is very unlike anything seen before – no beaches, no touristy fun, nothing modern. This Goa is timeless, enchanting and beckons you to step off the beaten path and explore. The film is set in a sleepy village, Pocolim, where anybody’s business is everybody’s business. In this village, things start moving when Ferdie, brilliantly played by Nasseruddin Shah, gets back a letter written by him 46 years ago... 

Sunday Editorial:What a theatre entrepreneur in Bihar can and should do today

  By Ratnakar Tripathy  A scene from Haryanvi Ragini-Sang Despite the title here I am not really in a position to prescribe ways to turn a theatrical career in Bihar into a dazzling success story. Nor do I intend to. An eclectic nomad that I have been all my life I have nevertheless rubbed shoulders with many an artist, actor and director. I have come to know the theatre world from the inside on several occasions and even written a play in Hindi, performed by the NSD Repertory in 1994 – ‘Kalam aur Kunchi [The Pen and the Brush] about an encounter between a painter and a writer.... 

Grand auction in Patna by Bihar government: Flats owned by fodder scam convict

  Financed by fodder: 18 flats Patna: yesterday most of the 18 flats purchased in bulk by a convict in the multi-crore fodder scam of 1996 were auctioned in Bihar today by the Income Tax Department. This is the first step towards recovering some 44 crore rupees that Tripurari Mohan Prasad, the owner of these flats, owes the state. He has been in jail since 2012. Mr Prasad was a supplier to the state Animal Husbandry Department, which was at the epicentre of the scam. All his flats are in the same apartment complex in Danapur, and are priced between Rs. 37 to 47 lakhs. Some of these flats... 

US names mountain in Antarctica to honour a Bihari zoologist Prof Akhouri Sinha

    Akhouri Sinha, adjunct professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota The United States has named a mountain in Antarctica in honour of an eminent Indian-American scientist whose pioneering biological research expedition has provided critical data about animal populations. Akhouri Sinha, adjunct professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota, was recognised by the US Geological Survey, which named the mountain Mt Sinha, for his work he did as an explorer in 1971-72. Mt Sinha,... 

Patna sets up 24×7 control room to fix water-logging

  Rain havoc in Patna: an eternal monsoon issue Patna: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Bihar Rajya Jal Parshad (BRJP) have jointly set up a 24X7 control room at Maurya Lok Complex to tackle the waterlogging problem this monsoon. It will be functional till October 10. Patnaites can file their complaint related to either waterlogging or defunct and overflowing drainage on helpline numbers 0612-22911135, 0612-2200634 and 0612-3261373 or at a toll-free number 18002000071. Additional municipal commissioner, PMC, Prabhu Ram, is the in charge of the control room. Officials work in eight... 
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