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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... 

54 Bihar headmasters suspended for building their own homes instead of classrooms

Right to education: ideal or mockery? Kaimur:  according to reports, 54 headmasters of government-run primary and middle schools in Bihar have been suspended for misusing funds from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) to build their own homes instead of constructing classrooms, officials said. The suspended headmasters had been provided SSA funds amounting to Rs.5 crore to construct new classrooms and schools in Kaimur district, but they built new homes for themselves. Kaimur District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Singh said he has ordered action against these headmasters following a review of the SSA,... 

Encephalitis spreads beyond Muzaffarpur: to Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar…

  Acute Encephalitis Syndrome : mystery unsolved Patna: Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), so far limited to Muzaffarpur district, has now spread to neighbouring districts of Vaishali, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and East Champaran as 33 cases were reported from these districts recently. Confirming the spread of the disease, Principal Secretary of Health Department, Deepak Kumar, said, “Cases have been reported from adjoining districts of Muzaffarpur. We are providing all facilities for treatment of the ill children.” The spread of AES has put the state government on its toes,... 

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... 

Shyam Negi, 97 votes in 2014 , first voted in 1951

Shyam Saran Negi Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh: The first time Shyam Saran Negi, now 97-year-old voted was on October 25, 1951, by becoming the first voter of Independent India. He made his latest appearance at a polling booth at Kalpa polling station, located 10,500 feet above sea level in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The fragile old man who is EC’s poster boy voiced the apprehension that it may be the last time he votes, given his poor health. Kalpa is part of Mandi Lok Sabha seat. Negi, who will be 98 years old on July 1, was given a red carpet welcome when he reached the polling... 

CGNet Swara’s Shubhranshu Choudhary wins 2014 Google Digital Activism Award

  CGNet Swara:Voice of Chhattisgarh Indian Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary who launched a unique communication platform in 2004 in Chhattisgarh called CGNet Swara, is the winner of the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award. CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), a mobile-phone service that allows citizens to post and listen to local reports in their local language using basic mobile phones. “If we want a better democracy, a peaceful tomorrow we cannot leave Journalism in the hands of few any more. Time has come like politics, Journalism also needs to become everybody’s business. And... 

22 farmer suicides in 3 weeks: outcome of crop failure in Vidarbha/ Marathawada

  Hailstorms led to 9 deaths in 3 days! The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers’ advocacy group, has said in a report that 22 farmers have ended their lives in the Vidarbha and Marathawada regions, in the past three weeks. Nine of these deaths took place in just the past three days, after a prolonged and unusual hailstorm destroyed acres of crops, the group says. The Maharashtra government has not confirmed these grim statistics, but has asked for Rs. 5,000 crore from the Centre. Jolted by reports of 22 farmer suicides in three weeks driven by massive crop failure, the Maharashtra... 

संयोग : पंडारा के बम शंकर जी की दास्तान

  सच्चिदानंद सिंह when hunting backfired! पंडारा के बम शंकर सिंह जी बम तो नहीं पर एक बन्दूक अमूमन हमेशा साथ रखते थे. सुबह के नाश्ते के बाद उनका पहनावा उन्नीसवी सदी के किसी अंग्रेज शिकारी का हो जाता था – घुटनों के नीचे तक पहुंचते बूट, खाकी पैंट के... 

Bihar Sarpanchs’s judicial power to impose fines: is it a good idea?

    Panchayat: some goodness, some perils? Patna: according to the latest reports, village heads in Bihar have been given judicial power to punish and impose fine on those violating rules, said a minister on Monday. Normally, a move to decentralize power to the local representative is a good move in a democracy. But does such reasoning apply to Bihar villages known for their caste conflicts? There is always a possibility of a Sarpanch using the legal remedy as a weapon of personal revenge, of specific castes or groups seeking scapegoats. In a society where the upper and the middle castes... 

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... 
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