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Now in Kadamkuan: corrupt treasury clerk’s confiscated house to become a school

Now in Kadamkuan: corrupt treasury clerk’s confiscated house to become a school   My school: through a child's eyes! Patna: a few months ago in September when the musahar children of Patna got their posh school in a building owned by a corrupt official, there was a great cheer all over Bihar and the country. Now you have a second such case – according to reports, on Saturday Bihar government authorities confiscated the house of a suspended treasury clerk facing prosecution in a corruption case. Like the Musahari precedent, the acquired house will be converted into a primary school,... 

Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Bhagalpur Engineering College to be autonomous by 2012

Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Bhagalpur Engineering College to be autonomous by 2012   Bhagalpur Engineering College Bhagalpur, Muzaffapur: according to a report in the Patna press, two engineering colleges in Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur will acquire an autonomous status from the next academic session (2012-13). The Union ministry of science and technology department has selected Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology [MIT] and Bhagalpur Engineering College [BEC] for overall development, upgrade of technical education and autonomous status under its quality implementation programme. When... 

A procession of 227 Sitamarhi mukhiyas may be marched to prison for solar scam!

A procession of 227 Sitamarhi mukhiyas may be marched to prison for solar scam!   Mukhiyas: a journey en masse! Patna: according to latest reports, the Patna High Court has upheld the order passed by a chief judicial magistrate [CJM] to issue non-bailable warrants of arrest against 227 mukhiyas of Sitamarhi district. The mukhiyas are allegedly involved in financial irregularities in the distribution of solar lights worth Rs 18 crore. The timing of the judgment will not escape the reader’s attention – even as Anna Hazare may be about to break his fast at Ramlila Maidan, Bihar mukhiyas are... 

Bihar aims at paperless governance by 2016

Bihar aims at paperless governance by 2016   Dismantling the paper mountain! Patna: according to the latest reports, the new information technology policy of Bihar, approved by the state cabinet aims to make all government departments paperless by 2016, among other objectives. The policy addresses the larger objective of developing information technology (IT) in the state to attract investment and promote IT-related subjects in education and governance. To make all government departments go paperless by 2016, the government has earmarked three percent of the total planned expenditure for IT.... 

Nadaf, RTI activist and rickshaw puller from Jhanjharpur on fast to support Anna

Nadaf, RTI activist and rickshaw puller from Jhanjharpur on fast to support Anna   Mazloom Nadaf: keen to meet Anna! Jhanjharpur, Madhubani: Mazloom Nadaf, a rickshaw puller and also a Right to Information Act activist has been on fast for the last six days in support of social activist Anna Hazare’s demand for a strong Lokpal in the country. According to reports, Nadaf said it was not easy for him to quit pulling his rickshaw and sit on a fast. “Being a rickshaw puller, it is my livelihood, but I decided to give it up for some time in support of Anna,” said Mazloom Nadaf.... 

Troubled times ahead for mukhiyas in Bihar: special drive to nab Indira Awas Yojana embezzlers!

Troubled times ahead for mukhiyas in Bihar: special drive to nab Indira Awas Yojana embezzlers!     Indira Awas Yojana: a source of commissions? Patna: unlike several other departments and officials of the government that show considerable versatility in corruption and embezzlement, the mukhiyas in Bihar suffer from mob psychology! If one mukhiyas sees money in resale of solar lights allotted by the government, mukhiyas from the whole district are likely to do the same with their eyes shut. To give one example, an official in Bihar recently hit upon the novel idea of accepting only vehicles... 

Flood situation grim in nine districts in Bihar: over 1000 villages swamped!

Flood situation grim in nine districts in Bihar: over 1000 villages swamped! Bihar: season of hardships! Patna: according to press reports, flood waters have inundated over 1,000 villages in Bihar forcing people to abandon their homes. These villages are all in flood-prone districts of Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Araria, Purnia, Saharsa, Darbhanga, Madhepura and Bagaha, officials said. The worst affected district is Bhagalpur where two lakh people are affected by flood. According to the state disaster management department ‘Flood waters entered more than 700 villages of Aurai block in... 

Patna DM to confiscate property of IAS officer: a 2007 case of disproportionate assets!

Patna DM to confiscate property of IAS officer: a 2007 case of disproportionate assets!   Minor irrigation: major corruption! Patna: according to press reports, after the Patna High Court rejected the petition of suspended IAS officer S.S. Verma challenging the vigilance court’s order to confiscate his property, the Patna district magistrate has been asked by the Bihar government to start the process of confiscation of the property in question. The government intends to start a school on the confiscated property. When this happens, Verma’s house in Patna will be the first one to be transformed... 

Anna finds support within the parliament too: left, right and centre!

Anna finds support within the parliament too: left, right and centre! Prakash Karat,CPM: time to act! New Delhi: while the large sections of intellectuals in India see Anna Hazare’s movement as a grave threat to Indian democracy, the political parties have decided to take a plunge. Even though intellectuals like to analyze socio-political movements in retrospect and use it as PhD material years or decades later, increasingly after the independence movement, they see spontaneous outbursts and uprisings as a nuisance and even a grave risk. The reason may be a creeping bureaucratization of the Indian... 

A Central University in Bihar: where, when and what should it be like?

A Central University in Bihar: where, when and what should it be like? by Mohammad Sajjad   Central University: slow thinking! For long the political elites as well as the intelligentsia of Bihar remained silent on why did not the state of Bihar get a centrally funded university. A few years back the Union government decided to open at least one Central University in each province. The provincial government of Bihar had to provide land for it, and it offered land at Motihari, East Champaran. This district town borders on Nepal, and is not far away from Gorakhpur (UP). The capital city of Patna... 
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