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‘Kaam chaalu mooh bandh’: a beautiful move by ‘Ugly Indians’

    ‘Ugly Indians’ at work – I Bangalore: Last Friday morning was like any other on a stretch of Outer Ring Road near Bellandur, where thousands of the city’s tech workers pass by. The spot in focus: right outside the Accenture building, where an old water pipe passes over the drain. Piled-up garbage is a nuisance for pedestrians. At 10 am, around 30 employees from a nearby technology services centre walked up to the spot, clad in white T-shirts and caps, brooms in hand, which they put to good use. They set about building a 30ft long safety wall along the open... 

मेरा भागलपुर: मिर्ज़ा इब्राहिम बेग का मकबरा

सच्चिदानंद सिंह Tomb of Ibrahim Hossain Khan, near Bhagalpur.by Woodcock, Harriet Mary भागलपुर में एक मोहल्ला है खंजरपुर. यह काफी बड़ा इलाका है और नागरिकों ने इसे दो भागों में बाँट रखा है – छोटी खंजरपुर और बड़ी खंजरपुर. बड़ा अजीब लगता है सुनने में. भागलपुरियों में, या बिहारियों... 

Patna to get 20km stretch of free Wi-fi: all the way from NIT to Danapur

    Patna: a Wi-fi hotspot? Patna: according to reports, the long stretch from NIT-Patna on Ashok Rajpath to Danapur, a 20-km distance will have free Wi-Fi facility. On Wednesday, chief minister Kumar unveiled the 20km free Wi-Fi zone, the longest across the globe, at the e-Bihar summit in Patna. Kumar also unveiled a ‘city surveillance and dial 100′ scheme under which at least 100 CCTV cameras installed in different localities of the state capital became operational. A state data centre has also been opened for storing of the ‘data’ collected by these cameras. Speaking... 

Avoidable culture of violence in Bihar: festivals like Saraswati Pooja turn into riots!

    Saraswati immersion: a gentler moment! Patna: it is becoming increasingly clear that the Bihar urban society has outsourced its festivals to the gangs of delinquent youth. These are often groups in neighbourhood that put up competitive stalls, collect their funds using rough methods and turn the festival atmosphere into all male discos. As if this is not bad enough, the merriment often leads to shows of violence, which are seen as part of the spectacle. Matters like who leads the procession, who gets to immerse the idol first can lead to deadly violence on days when the groups turn... 

Why slums need a different garbage collection system: lessons from Pune

    Garbage Segregation: and how to avoid this? The zero-garbage project, a joint initiative of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and corporate sector – has found many takers in housing societies and commercial establishments, but its progress in slum areas has been slow. “Both the door-to-door collection of garbage as well as the segregation of garbage has met with a greater success in the organized housing areas when compared to the slum areas of the city. There is a need for more efforts in generating awareness in these areas,”... 

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,... 

Wooing Biharis through Chhath in Delhi: woo, wow! woo, wow!

    The Chhat political ritual: inspecting ghats! Delhi: while the large migrant population from Bihar and eastern UP was looking up to the sun with devotion during Chhath, the political parties were equally absorbed gazing beseechingly at the Biharis with great ardour. Over time, the word ‘Bihari’, a bad word on the streets of Delhi for long, has become a respectful form of address among the political circles. What the innumerable batches of Bihari IAS officers have not been able to achieve in Delhi over the decades is now being offered devoutly at the feet of the common voter, the... 

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... 

Delhi has largest number of legislators with criminal cases, says a study

  Politics/crime: go hand in hand! New Delhi: intuition or common sense or whatever you may call it indicates that the backward states should have more criminals as politicians. But this may not be true at all.  Recently, a new analysis shows that Delhi not only has the maximum number of legislators with criminal cases pending against them but also the highest number of crorepati MLAs. Data analyzed by Association for Democratic Reforms ( ADR) for five states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Delhi — that go to polls in November-December, found that 43% sitting... 

‘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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