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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... 

Gramvani: interactive radio to eradicate child marriage in Bihar Jharkhand

    Child marriage: Rajasthan ‘Gramvani’ – a radio-over-phone platform in rural hinterland of Bihar and Jharkhand aims to set a perfect example of technology leading to social change, more specifically eliminate the social evil of child marriage. Breakthrough, a global human rights organisation came up with the project as part of its ‘Nation Against Child Marriage’ campaign in August 2013. Encouraged by the response during its pilot stage running, the organisation has reintroduced the popular radio-tie up in Jharkhand and Bihar from January to March this... 

‘Shahid asthi yatra': Heightening tension through funerals for votes

  Funeral of democratic discourse? Patna: the formula is simple – while the leaders and the public face of the party puts up sober behaviour, the hoods and the underlings carry out the planned mischief, heightening tensions even when the target of a riot is difficult to achieve. No wonder Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has censured his political rival, the BJP, whose party workers are marching to the Ganga with the ashes of six people who were killed in Sunday’s blasts ahead of a rally held by Narendra Modi in Patna.  Modi, the BJP’s candidate for prime minister, is visiting... 

Jharkhand initiative: Ranchi University to have 9 separate depts. for its tribal/regional languages

    Jharkhand: due value to its own languages Ranchi: according to the latest reports, Ranchi University may soon get separate departments each for all the nine languages being taught in the tribal regional language (TRL) department. This has been a longstanding demand and the proposal was approved in the senate meeting of Ranchi University (RU) in August this year. Keeping this in mind, RU has planned separate departments for which a nine-member high-level committee has been formed. The committee will be chaired by Shivshankar Oraon. It has been asked to file a report at the earliest... 

Thanks to our migrant labour: Vodafone/ICICI start money transfer service “M-Pesa” in Bihar/Jharkhand!

Money to phone to money system! Patna: Telecommunication major Vodafone India in association with ICICI Bank has started the unique money transfer and payment service “M-Pesa” in Bihar and Jharkhand where banking network and financial penetration is inadequate, particularly, in rural areas. “The ‘M-Pesa’ service launched in December last year is available across 32 districts and 250 tehsils in Bihar at present,” Suresh Sethi, Business head-M-Pesa, Vodafone, told reporters here today. The innovative use of mobile technology makes it possible for customers to... 

Shrawani Mela begins: Bihar’s ‘Bol Bam’ month!

    The Bol Bam route Sultanganj, Bhagalpur: after Chhath, Shrawani Mela is perhaps the biggest annual event in Bihar. The month-long Shrawani Mela was officially declared open by the revenue and land reforms minister Ramai Ram at Sirhighat in Sultanganj amidst huge gathering of kanwarias and chanting of ‘bol bum’ mantra on Tuesday. The participants called Kanwariya trek long distances carrying Ganges water and are often at the mercy of the elements as they move. The governments have over the years made efforts for safety and security, stay, health camps, drinking... 

Handshake between JD[U]–RJD in Jharkhand: could it turn into embrace in 2014?

    Handshake or Hand-wrestling? Patna/New Delhi: how rapidly and drastically the political alignments and the general scenario in India and Bihar are changing becomes most evident when arch rivals JD[U] and RJD come together in one embrace. It is difficult to say how far this new found empathy will go. But isn’t it like the very impossible happening, right now in Jharkhand, perhaps later, elsewhere? A day after clinching a deal with JMM to prop up a coalition government in Jharkhand, senior Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi on July 3 to finalise the details of power-sharing formula... 

Dayamani Barla recognized for her work: gets Lutz Indigenous Rights Award

    Dayamani Barla bihardays Ranchi: according to reports, Cultural Survival, an international NGO, recently recognized the work of the leader of several of such people’s movements in Jharkhand – tribal activist and journalist Dayamani Barla – awarding her the 2013 Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award for protecting the rights of tribals. For this award, Ms. Barla was chosen from among 60 international nominees. Dayamani Barla, 48, a Munda adivasi has led people’s movements against displacement for over decade gained prominence when she travelled across villages in four... 

Now a dictionary for Jharkhand languages: ‘Meri Bhasha Mein Meri Duniya’!

  Jharkhand’s many tongues: rich heritage! Ranchi: languages in India continue to evolve and develop by receiving recognition through the self-assertion and rise of the suppressed segments and tribes. This has a great potential for the creation of great literature, adding to the immense Indian inventory of narratives and images. In what seems an exciting development, UNICEF has supported the making of a dictionary for the tribal languages of Jharkhand. The dictionary, called Meri Bhasha Mein Meri Duniya, is theme-based and will visually depict items that people come in contact with in... 

Welcome Anna, but is corruption two-sided: rich looting poor/poor looting rich?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy What happens: when the balance breaks? I  always looked at corruption as looting by the rich. The reason may be my class and caste. I am middle-middle class. I am Brahmin. None of it helps while getting a simple job done at a government counter or even a private company counter [on the same day in late 1990s in Delhi I was asked for ‘commission’ by a government TV channel and a private TV channel executive for the airing of a documentary serial]. It seems I must go to the decrepit shed nearby and deposit some cash after which a phone call would get made, and my... 
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