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On the film ‘Bidesiya in Bambai’: Mumbai as the doorstep to Poorvanchal

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Surabhi Sharma Just the day before watching this 80-minute film by Surabhi Sharma, I spent a whole afternoon in the company of two European researchers working on the theme of out migrants in Bihar. I was taken aback when the French researcher among them used the word ‘palayan’ [literally running away] for migration. She said she confronted a migrant in Jahanabad, Bihar with the question – ‘why did you do palayan’ in Hindi. My head swirled at the implied accusation but when she asked me for the right word, I discovered I could only offer a very officious and... 

Amrapali Group starts agro-industry near Katihar: plans expansions to other districts

    Food Processing Unit of Amrapali Group at Chabilapur, Rajgir Patna: In a bid to boost Bihar’s food processing sector, Tariq Anwar, minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries, laid the foundation stone for a unit on Katihar-Purnea Road in Bhasana, set up by the Amrapali Group. “Bihar has a lot of potential in food processing. The Amrapali group is playing a key role in the progress of the sector in the state. I urge more private firms to come forward and invest here,” he said. “In fact, Bihar is the only state that has the capacity to fulfill the entire’s... 

JNU, BHU keen to have centres in Bihar

  JNU Campus: turning to Bihar? Patna: Earlier, it is the students, Bihari students in particular who traveled in droves to colleges and universities in other states. It now appears that the destination universities are getting ready to travel to students. The reasons may be simple – often universities find it impossible to expans their infrastructures on the existing sites and the only only way to expand seems to make a move elsewhere through outlets, centres and branches. Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are keen to open their centres... 

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... 

Student migration within India: brain drain within states?

  Students in India: a mobile community Mumbai: The flight to campus is not always beyond the seas. The comfort of being close to home is driving several young Indians to different Indian states to pursue an education. In the last 10 years, a total of 37 lakh moved to get a degree, showing that a discouraging academic landscape near home is no longer keeping its youth from travelling to the brighter lights elsewhere. Departure rate among young men wanting to pursue an education is higher, for 26 lakh shifted as compared to 11 lakh women. Of those, 6.2 lakh youths (or 17%) moved to a new state;... 

George Orwell remembered in his birthplace: Motihari, Bihar

  Orwell’s one line message Motihari, Bihar: according to reports, a large number of people paid floral tributes to British author George Orwell on his 63rd death anniversary in Motihari on Tuesday. Orwell, known for his novels ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’, was born on June 25, 1903 in Motihari. His father, Richard Blair, was posted as an agent of the opium department of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) during the British rule. While remembering Orwell among the educated public is admirable, one also has to wonder how widely Orwell is read in his... 

97 Bihari child labourers rescued in Jaipur and sent back

child labourers: Jaipur Jaipur: 97 child labourers, rescued by the police with the help of NGOs, were sent to Bihar on Monday evening by Sealdah Express in a special bogie. These 97 children were rescued from the bangle manufacturing units in the Walled City area of Jaipur in December and in January by conducting raids in the houses where they were found manufacturing bangles. As many as 52 children were rescued on January 10 from Kalyan Ji Ka Rasta. Among them, 20 children were residents of Samastipur, eight from Vaishali, 12 from Begusarai, two from Sitamarhi and 10 from Darbhanga. Chairperson,... 

Nitish gives job to gang rape victim’s father: Kolkata unbothered!

    Moment of grief: moment to console Patna: although Nitish is known for his good governance [sushasan] in Bihar and elsewhere, when it comes to simple human warmth, he is often found lacking. This perception can at times be a serious political drawback as was proved after the Gandhi maidan blasts when the Bihar CM failed to visit the victims and commiserate with them. But he may have come to see the light of the day which proves him to be a good political learner. According to reports, the father of the girl, who was gang-raped and allegedly burnt to death in Madhyamgram in West Bengal’s... 

Bihar economy: high migrant remittance, low entrepreneurial energy!

    Remittance from migrant labour: relief or trap? Patna: according to the members of the 14th Finance Commission (FC), remittance economy should be a major factor in working out a model of development for Bihar as a large section of workforce migrates to other states and countries. Emphasizing the benefits of migrants-based economy for the state, panel member Abhijit Sen, who is also a member of the Planning Commission, said it should be accepted that people were going to leave Bihar and the government should accordingly sketch its growth plan. After receiving memorandums from the... 

Political parties fight over rape victim’s body: victim’s family from Samastipur

  Rape: drowning the victim’s voice! Kolkata: according to reports, soon after the death of a minor gangrape victim in Kolkata on New Year’s Eve, political parties having been fighting among themselves to claim the body for political advantage. This happened to a family from Bihar and members of the victim’s family originally hail from Samastipur in Bihar having settled in Madhyamgram of North 24 Paragana to get their children educated. It is learnt that the second gang rape of the girl happened after she dared to lodge a police complaint about the first attack on her. After... 
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