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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... 

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... 

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... 

Dr Sanjaya Rajaram of India wins 2014 World Food Prize for increasing wheat production

    Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram with Norman Borlaug Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 18, where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger. Dr. Rajaram’s breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools... 

Impossible made possible: Laloo/Nitish come together: will Mamata/CPM follow?

    Laloo/Nitish together: once upon a time, and again! Patna: according to latest reports, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has joined hands with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Bihar. The new alliance may act as a good incentive for the RJD and JD[U] MLAs to stick to their own parties instead of looking hopefully at BJP, at least for the time being. Earlier, Nitish had sought Lalu’s support in the coming bypoll for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. “I have talked to Lalu Prasad, Congress state chief Ashok... 

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... 

How Bihar’s ‘Super 30’ inspires global media

    Anand Kumar: Super 30 founder Patna: A French filmmaker is currently in Patna shooting a documentary film on Anand Kumar, the founder of the Super 30 free coaching centre that nurtures talent from underpriveleged families and mentors them to crack the prestigious IIT-JEE – the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Award winning filmmaker Pascal Plisson, who specialises in documentaries about mankind living in extreme conditions, is here with his team to capture the saga of Super 30 and how students overcome all odds to crack one of the toughest... 

Bihar Congress calculates: JD[U] alliance is asset, RJD liability

    Cong-RJD: time to part? Patna: According to reports, Bihar Congress on Wednesday held a review meeting after the Lok Sabha election debacle with party leaders regretting the tie-up with RJD and proposing an alliance with JD(U) in state assembly polls next year. The meeting adopted a unanimous resolution reposing faith in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to guide it to strength, state party vice-president and media in charge Prem Chand Mishra told the press. The day-long review meeting, presided over by PCC chief Ashok Choudhary, was... 

Bihar mukhiyas on leash: to get smartphones for direct access

    No mukhiyapati, only for mukhiyas! Patna: take it how you want – an official smartphone is a perk if you like but may be used as a leash for direct control. The Bihar government has been using phone contact to keep a tab on the officials, their whereabouts and their activities in the past. Once in the smartphone loop, an official cannot refuse to take a call or make excuses for not being informed. according to reports, the Bihar government has decided to give smartphones and executive assistants to all its 8,402 mukhiyas, the third layer of the Panchayati Raj system that has Zila... 
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