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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... 

Patna gets go ahead for its metro

    Patna traffic chaos: Metro is the remedy? Patna: Bihar Urban Development Minister Samrat Choudhary on Tuesday gave the green signal to the much awaited Patna metro train project. Anyone who has travelled in the Delhi or Kolkata metro is well aware of what a metro facility means – apart from serving a very practical need it also raises the levels of hygiene, civility and regard for shared spaces that India otherwise lacks. The contrast between the cleanliness levels of metros and railway or bus stations in India is sufficiently telling. “We have decided to go ahead with the... 

Bihar/UP migrants made Gujarat poorer? No, richer, say Nitish & Akhilesh

    Migrant lives: for all to see! Patna/Lucknow: Under attack by the Congress for using Rs 10.80 a day as earning to identify subsidy beneficiaries, the Gujarat government on Monday had defended itself by saying poverty has increased in the state over the last decade on account of increased number of migrants workers coming from poor states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal.  “Gujarat provides very good employment opportunities in agriculture and industry so poor people from states like UP, Bihar, Odisha, and West Bengal come here. Poverty is increasing because... 

Rift in Bihar AAP: over who is real AAP?

  Broom-fight: Too many brooms? Patna: the recent success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi has touched the hearts of many ordinary citizens as it should. The trouble is many among us, the ordinary people, are also looking out for a chance to get a scam under way. Let us admit, scamsters do not belong only to the privileged classes. There are those who will look at the AAP membership and post as money-making machines and cause a stampede in the political market place. The latest reports indicate that already in Bihar two rival camps are making allegations against each other over their... 

Many Bihar districts get more than 22 hours of power supply: incredible!

  Hope for power Patna: according to latest reports, over a dozen district headquarters have been getting more than 22 hours of power supply daily, claims North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL). Quoting January 10, the NBPDCL claimed that Hajipur, Sheohar, Chhapra, Madhubani, Khagaria, Madhepura, Katihar, Kishanganj and Purnia, among the 21 district HQ towns, received more than 22 hours of power supply. “Power supply is also likely to improve in subdivisional headquarters soon,” said MD of NBPDCL Sanjay K Agrawal. “We are preparing a data base on real... 

Bihar panchayat bans mobile phone for unmarried women: going the khap way?

Mobile power: under shadow? Patna: in recent times, bicycles and cell phones have been the vehicles of women’s empowerment in the villages of Bihar. But the male dominated society is wont to allow only the prescribed doses of freedom and power to the women. According to reports, a village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member on Wednesday. The decision was taken on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Somgarh panchayat (council) in West Champaran district. The panchayat also threatened to impose heavy fine on the girls’ families if they... 

10,000 teachers in Bihar fail class five tests: what are we doing to our children?

    What are we giving our children? Patna: in recent years, the contract teachers have carried out a number of agitations for better pay and status, winning the sympathy of a large population. The refusal of the Bihar government to give in to their demands has won the Nitish government a number of enemies. But the report below would raise serious question marks over the legitimacy of the demands made by the contract teachers. The Bihari parent whether in the towns or villages is aware of the low quality that the teachers deliver and at least some of them admit that it is the teacher... 

Salt panic in Bihar: Salt bomb or a Dandi March of our times?

    Salt not onions : Gujarat Patna/ Katihar/Samastipur:  rumours have been known to cause communal riots. Rumours around religious miracles have in the past created briefly lived frenzies – Ganesh  idols guzzling milk for example, or more recently, a Durga idol in Motihari, Champaran refusing to be lifted for immersion. But we now have an inflation driven hysteria on hand – with brinjals, beans, and parwal selling for Rs 50 -80 a kilo and the good old onion going for Rs 70-90 a kilo, the consumer is edgy and ready to give credence to any crazy tale. Among all the consumer items,... 

Gaya DM’s new move: change disrespectful names for slums and sanitary staff

  Respect: must for social horizon Gaya: according to a recent report the DM of Gaya is planning to change place names in the town that sound demeaning and Gaya slums like ‘Chamar Toli’, ‘Dom Toli’ and ‘Bhuiyan Toli’ will very soon have more respectable names. Gaya DM Balamurgun D is the person behind the move. the official brochure of the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation, distributed at a recent function at Gaya to felicitate activists and officials for their good job during the twin challenges of Pitripaksha and Haj pilgrimage 2013 stated... 

‘Bhagalpur Apna Sheher’ takes initiative: first movement for urban uplift in Bihar?

  State of indignity! Bhagalpur: it is well-known that while highways and connecting roads have become much better in Bihar, the same cannot be said about the roads within the big and small towns like Bhagalpur or Muzaffarpur. The citizens of Bhagalpur however have decided – enough is enough. A number of civic groups in Bhagalpur have decided to come out against a number of issues that torment them on daily basis – unbearably bad city roads, poor electricity supply, heaps of garbage and lack of sanitation work, inordinate delay in construction of city bypass road, chaotic traffic... 
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