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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... 

‘Queen’: Finding redemption through lovelessness

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Queen: the pre- wedding cheer I remember the first time my sense of Hindi film canon was violated. It was ‘Kabhi Han, Kabhi Na’ [1994] by Kundan Shah. As the film came to its close, it became clear that Suchitra Krishnamurthy’s character was too fickle and insufficiently reckless to wear the heroine’s mantle and the hero Shahrukh’s endless courtships were taking the story nowhere. A long series of serenades and frothy flirtatious sequences seemed more like many college picnics put together than the deadly serious filmy romance of the Sufi sort, where the souls... 

Sharda Sinha chosen brand ambassador for Election Commission in Bihar

      Padma Shri Sharda Sinha Patna: The Election Commission has appointed eminent folk singer and Padma Shri awardee as its brand ambassador to promote poll awareness in Bihar. “Sharda Sinha has consented for this important honorary work. She is popular among the public across the state,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said. Sinha would be used in advertisements on radio and television to spread information among voters. She will also participate in awareness campaigns and competitions organised in various districts of Bihar, Lakshmanan told... 

Muthalik come, Muthalik go: BJP accepts then rejects the notorious molester

    Muthalik come, Muthalik go: come again? Yesterday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cancelled the membership Pramod Muthalik, the controversial chief of Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene, within hours of his induction into the party on Sunday. Muthalik had joined the BJP in Karnataka, insisting he wanted to strengthen the hands of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. BJP spokesperson later issued a statement, saying the Sri Ram Sene chief’s BJP membership was being cancelled. “The central BJP has clearly rejected the membership of Muthalik,” Sitharaman said. The... 

Ex JD [U] Minister Parveen Amanullah is AAP candidate from Patna Sahib

    Parveen Amanullah Patna: this is not a resignation or a contest that JD[U] may now take as a hostile act on the part of Parveen Amanullah, its ex-minister who resigned from the party and the cabinet recently. Minister Parveen Amanullah will be Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Patna Sahib in Bihar against BJP’s sitting MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha as the party Wednesday night released its eighth list of candidates for 19 Lok Sabha seats spread across six states.  The party declared five candidates in Bihar, seven in Jharkhand, one in Madhya Pradesh and two each in Jammu and Kashmir,... 

Setback for JD[U]: Renu Kushwaha leaves for BJP/LJP

  Renu Kushwaha: happier times! Patna: it is a season of coming and going in Patna – the only problem is the traffic is nowhere an indication of a wave, as all the concerned camps have had their share of setbacks and windfalls. According to the latest report, Bihar’s Industry and Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha Monday night resigned from the Nitish Kumar cabinet and is set to contest the Lok Sabha polls either on an LJP or a BJP ticket. Leader of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leaders close to her said she would either contest the elections from the Khagaria... 

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... 

Gramvani: interactive radio to eradicate child marriage in Bihar Jharkhand

    Child marriage: Rajasthan ‘Gramvani’ – a radio-over-phone platform in rural hinterland of Bihar and Jharkhand aims to set a perfect example of technology leading to social change, more specifically eliminate the social evil of child marriage. Breakthrough, a global human rights organisation came up with the project as part of its ‘Nation Against Child Marriage’ campaign in August 2013. Encouraged by the response during its pilot stage running, the organisation has reintroduced the popular radio-tie up in Jharkhand and Bihar from January to March this... 

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... 

From Sitamarhi to London : the tale of Dame Asha Khemka

    Dame Asha Khemka: then! London/ Sitamarhi; an Indian-origin eminent educationist has been awarded one of Britain’s highest civilian award, making her the first from the community to earn the honour in 83 years. Bihar-born Asha Khemka has been awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s annual New Year’s honours list released here on Tuesday. The mother-of-three becomes the first Indian-origin Dame since Maharani Lakshmi Devi Bai Sahiba of Dhar State in 1931. The Damehood is in recognition of her services to the deprived areas... 
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