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Bihar gets 68.95 lakh tourists till august, 2013: domestic tourists dominate

  Deedarganj Yakshini: Patna Museum Patna: according to reports, of the total number of 68.95 lakh tourists visiting Bihar in the first eight months of this year, 64.95 lakh comprised domestic tourists, while the number of foreign tourists stood at four lakh, the Principal Secretary (Tourism) B Pradhan stated to reporters. Bihar had received 22.5 lakh tourists last year which more than double the number of footfalls in 2007, he said. In order to woo domestic and foreign tourists, the tourism department has launched a massive publicity campaign about development of infrastructures, the Buddhist,... 

Gold farce: Unnao seer now says only he knows exact location of gold

  guru Shobhan Sarkar Buxar: after his reported “dream” triggered a treasure hunt by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Daundiya Kheda, religious guru Shobhan Sarkar has now claimed that the gold would not be found unless he is present at the excavation site. Denying that he had “dreamt” of the gold, he said he came to know about it through “chintan” (meditation). This comes barely two days after the ASI closed down one trench saying it had struck loose stones rather than gold. Speaking at his ashram in Buxar, Sarkar said he knew the “exact... 

Is a delicate balance being upset: communal clashes in Nawada!

  Social bridges; easy to break! Patna: we have known for long that communal riots are rarely spontaneous in any part of India, and in rare cases when they are so to begin with, the violence is often extended by the vested interests. It is likely that the recently upset political equations between the BJP and JD[U] have made Bihar vulnerable to communal disorder, with the BJP having no stake in social peace.  The JD[U] government of the day thus needs to be extra watchful in bringing order to the incipient troubles erupting sporadically. The Kanwariya season in Bihar and elsewhere is marked... 

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... 

BJP donates Rs 500 crores to mutts in Karnataka: whose money?

  Jagadish Shettar : in a queue of givers! Banagalore: In the past five years, the BJP has doled out several goodies to mutts — totaling over Rs 500 crore. The party may be expecting sweet returns in the forthcoming elections but the mutt heads are singing a different tune: that of being apolitical. The largesse has come under severe criticism from the opposition, but the beneficiaries defend the largesse and dispute the claim that government money is intended to create a vote-bank among devotees. “What’s wrong in the government giving money to mutts? But the government should... 

If you say ‘no’ to Surya Namaskar, you are Pakistani agents: claims BJP member in Bihar assembly

    Surya Namaskar: either or!! Patna: It would appear that the criteria for Indianness and plain Indian citizenship are becoming more and more stringent these days. Bihar BJP may be credited with adding a fresh clause to the pre-requisites for being Indian – you must do Surya Namaskar. The reasons oscillate between health and Indianness quite freely of course. While everyone wants better health, it is the imposition of a specific healthy practice that hurts the minorities and others, who may want to forgo the draconian health requirements. And anyway, why not make ‘sheershsan’... 

55 day Kumbh begins at Allahabad: 0ver 10 crore to attend!

  Sea of humanity: Kumbh Sangam, Allahabad: The biggest show on earth, the most profound spectacle of faith has begun. Maha Kumbh 2013, the largest congregation of people on the planet for a single cause, began at Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad city on Monday. Maha Kumbh 2013, being held after 12 years, will go on for next two months and will conclude on Maha Shivaratri on March 10. This time, the Kumbh is longer by 11 days, and people will congregate at the site for 55 days. Over 10 crore (100 million) believers will converge in the city of Allahabad (Prayag) situated at the holy confluence... 

Maitreya Buddha moves to Bodhgaya, Bihar from Kushinagar,UP!

  Maitreya Buddha: 2nd century AD After a nine-year wait for land to set up the Maitreya Buddha project in Kushinagar, a dejected International Maitreya Foundation has decided to move the project to Bodhgaya in Bihar. The project with an estimated cost of $195 million included building a 500-feet tall bronze-plated statue of Buddha as its centrepiece apart from a monastery, library and facilities like an audio-visual theatre, hospitality services, lush green parks and meditation pavilions. A hospital and a school for children from nearby villages were also part of the plan. The spiritual director... 

Tinsukia, Assam gripped by Chhath fever

 Tinsukia, Assam gripped by Chhath fever   Tinkunia pukhri: one of the several ponds in town! Tinsukia: with the Bihari migrant labour finding new destinations like Bangalore, NODA and Surat, the migrant’s Assam story with its roots going back to early 20thcentury or even earlier has been neglected. The only time a Bihari makes news in Assam is when he gets killed or attacked by the violent local factions. But all over Assam, Tinsukia even among the Biharis is known as ‘the second Bihar’ despite the periodic attacks faced by the migrant. According to a report in the local press, Tinsukia... 

Celebrating Chhat in Sonepat, Haryana

Celebrating Chhat in Sonepat, Haryana   Chhath migrates to Haryana! Sonepat: around 15 km from Sonipat town and located on national highway No 1, is a village called Badmalik which has made special arrangements for Chhath this year.  The special arrangements for the festival include digging up a pond near the village, where women can perform puja and other rituals on Tuesday. The reason – the village has been home to a large number of migrants, who had already outnumbered local population in about two decades’ time. The sarpanch is still from the local Jat community but nearly... 
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