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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... 

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... 

Renovation of George Orwell’s home in Motihari begins

    George Orwell’s birthplace: Motihari Motihari/Patna: according to the latest reports, renovation work on legendary British author George Orwell’s house in a Bihar town where he was born has already begun. “Finally, renovation of Orwell’s birthplace has started,” said East Champaran district magistrate Abhay Kumar Singh, who launched the work. Singh said the district authorities would provide all possible help to develop the crumbling, dilapidated single-storey brick house in the lake town of Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran. He admitted that renovation work... 

Bihar announces Rs 25,000 to girls passing 12th with first division

After free bikes: Rs 250000 Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday announced Rs 25,000 to girl students passing the class 12th examination in first division in order to encourage literacy among females. A meeting of the state-level monitoring committee of human skill development mission presided over by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also decided to provide Rs 25,000 to girls hailing from SC and ST or castes having less than 30 per cent literacy rate and clearing plus two in second division. At present this amount is provided to students clearing matriculation exam only in first division. It... 

Israel to set up centres of excellence in Bihar: for cultivation of fruits and vegetables

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture New Delhi/Patna: according to reports, Israel is planning to open two centres of excellence at Nalanda and Vaishali in Bihar in the field of vegetable and mango cultivation respectively to help cultivators increase productivity. In these centres, Israeli agricultural experts along with local farm scientists would impart knowhow of the latest technology to growers to help them raise their production levels, Ohad Horsandi, Israeli Embassy spokesman, told the press recently. “Bihar has fertile land and grows fruits like mango, litchi, banana and various... 

54 Bihar headmasters suspended for building their own homes instead of classrooms

Right to education: ideal or mockery? Kaimur:  according to reports, 54 headmasters of government-run primary and middle schools in Bihar have been suspended for misusing funds from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to build their own homes instead of constructing classrooms, officials said. The suspended headmasters had been provided SSA funds amounting to Rs.5 crore to construct new classrooms and schools in Kaimur district, but they built new homes for themselves. Kaimur District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Singh said he has ordered action against these headmasters following a review of the SSA,... 

Will PM Modi keep his election promise to Bihar: grant special package/status?

    CM Jitan Ram Manjhi New Delhi/Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the issue of special category status to the state figured prominently. Pitching for the Centre’s acceptance of the pet demand of his mentor and former state chief minister Nitish Kumar, Mr Manjhi told Mr Modi that the granting of the status was necessary for progress of the state as it would push investments in the underdeveloped state and open new employment avenues for the youth, an official statement from the state government said. The Prime... 
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