- Royal Bhutan Tourism Council keen to promote Bihar tourism
- Central Universities of seven state to hold joint entrance
- National level shooter confident of the talent of Biharis
- Read the diary of sacked IPL cheerleader
- Bihar would soon implement the right to education act
- Prayers for Osama in Pakistan parliament
- India travel risky for Britons
- More than one billion tonnes of food wasted every year says UN
- Bihar to formulate its own forest policy
Posted: 12 May 2011 08:23 AM PDT
Bhutan is keen to sign a joint pact with Bihar to promote tourism in its Buddhist circles. According to an IANS report, an official of the Bihar delegation, which accompanied Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar on a three-day visit to Bhutan, said officials of both sides discussed launching of joint avenues to promote tourism. Nitish Kumar was invited by Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jigme Thinley, Prime Minister, Bhutan.
Kumar and Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Economic Affairs Minister, Bhutan have decided that Bihar Tourism Development Corporation and the Royal Bhutan Tourism Council will join hands to find ways and means to promote facilities for tourists. Officials said Bhutan and Bihar would explore avenues to make the stay of Bhutanese pilgrims comfortable and offer land to set up tourist lodges and a Buddhist shrine at Rajgir in Nalanda district.
Posted: 12 May 2011 06:21 AM PDT
The seven Central universities in Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are going to hold a common entrance test for their study programmes. The CUCET is billed as a single window for entry to more than 70 undergraduate and five-year integrated programmes as well as postgraduate and research programmes in the seven universities.
Admission to all the programmes of the seven universities is slated for June 18 and 19, 2011, for UG/integrated, and PG/research programmes, respectively.
Aspirants can apply online on www.cucet.ac.in. The last date for submitting online and offline applications is June 4, 2011. Forms can also be bought from the respective universities.
Here’s a list of the participating universities:
Central University of Bihar
Central University of Jharkhand
Central University of Karnataka
Central University of Kashmir
Central University of Kerala
Central University of Rajasthan
Central University of Tamil Nadu
Posted: 12 May 2011 04:18 AM PDT
PATNA: The day is not far off when Bihar will have a pride of place in the national sports arena of shooting, said the international shooting coach, Dr Rajpal Singh, who has been camping here since mid-April to nurture the budding shooting talents of Nalanda district.
Singh, who had trained, among others, Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, told TOI here on Tuesday: “Till date, I have trained more than 400 shooters in the country. I find that the grasping ability of Bihari children is second to none. Their attitude towards the game indicates their bright future in shooting.”
Even girls and women have started taking to the game in Bihar. To promote the game among them, the state government has engaged the expertise of another famous septuagenarian woman shooter, Chandro Tomar. The shooter, who had been conferred Shram Shakti Puraskar by Sonia Gandhi in 2008, will be coaching the budding women shooters of Kalyanbigha village in Nalanda. Kalyanbigha is chief minister Nitish Kumar’s native village.
The shooting experts have been invited by the CM to train the boys and girls of the village. The training for boys had started on April 18 and continued till April 28. The formal training for women shooters started on April 30 and will continue till May 14.
“What is novel about shooting is that more the sound of guns reverberates in the minds of youths, the more they move away from crime,” said Singh.
The aim of the government is not only to nurture future shooting champions but also to help rural youths get jobs in the police or in defence forces.
“Shooting is a 100% job-oriented sports. If the trainees turn out to be first-grade shooters, they will have an edge in getting a job with the police or defence forces. Second-grade shooters, on the other hand, are quickly picked up by corporate honchos, business bigwigs or important persons for private security,” said Rajpal Singh.
Two expert shooters and disciple of Rajpal Singh, Nitu Tomar and Vartika Singh, who have been training a total of 40 women shooters at Kalyanbigha, said: “We had thought the women shooters here will not show much enthusiasm. But during a weeklong training we are surprised. They have proved that they are in no way inferior to their male counterparts.”
The trainees had a brush with success recently. A team of 20 selected shooters from Bihar went to the Mechanized Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC) at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, where after several rounds of examination a total of 17 boys were shortlisted. “Some of these boys will be getting jobs with MIRC soon,” said Rajpal Singh. A total of 35 boys have been getting training for shooting.
Initially, these trainee shooters will participate in interstate competitions which are scheduled to be held in October. Later, they will participate in 55th National Shooting Championships and 35th National Games next year.
Posted: 12 May 2011 02:04 AM PDT
BEFORE departing for India, I had friends and family passing on travel tips, advice and personal experiences. Some of it good, and some of it worrying. As this was my first trip overseas, I needed to take it all in. But with any challenge in life, I like to have an open heart, clear head and positive attitude. This was not just a holiday abroad, this was a job and nobody could prepare me to become a cricket-loving, cheerleading, IPL girl but me!
Already three weeks have passed and in that time I cannot believe how a group of normal girls can become instant celebrities! Each team of ten girls has a manager and we all receive strict instructions from them about safety, behaviour and reputation, as it seems girls from previous years did not heed the rule book!
For example, if people ask why we are in their country, we have to say that we are friends on holiday. The majority of Indians are cricket crazy, glued to their televisions, reading the papers, supporting their teams. So as the tournament kicked off, it became pretty obvious we were not telling the truth!
On our days off, we are free to explore and take in what India has to offer but its not always easy. You can just imagine, a group of fit, easy on the eye, western ladies cruising the congested busy streets…
To the citizens, we are practically like walking porn! All eyes are on you all the time; it is complete voyeurism. The women double take, see you and then pretend you do not exist. The men see your face, then your boobs, your butt, and then your boobs again! As we walk, all you hear is "IPL, IPL!" with a little head jingle!
Usually only after day matches there is an exclusive after party and at night is when it all happens. The music pumps, the drinks flow and the cricketers come and go. We mingle and associate with important people of the IPL wearing their finest and sexiest, sponsors of all sorts, media and fashion shows, even Indian MTV! But the real fun
'Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him. The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. By the end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissing catchers with three girls known to me only, although he has his own girlfriend back home. He cooed to each girl, "Come home with me, I just want to cuddle!'
Oh, please! I have come to realise that cricketers are the most loose and mischievious sportsmen I have come across. Makes me wonder if I should worry about them more then the commoners on the street! I still have a long while here, so I shall keep my tip list in mind.
Tip number 1: 'Beware of the cricketers!'
Posted: 11 May 2011 11:49 PM PDT
Patna, May 10 (PTI) The Bihar government today approved the rules of the the Right to Education Act (REA) under which the children in the age group of six to 14 years will be imparted free and compulsory education. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting presided over by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination and Secretariat) Ravikant told reporters here. Under the rules, all private schools in the state will be bound to reserve 25 per cent seats for the children from poor socio-economic background for which such schools will get assistance from the state government, he said. The cabinet also approved guidelines about the implementation of the Right to Service Bill in Bihar, including the appellate authorities for public grievances arising out of the delay in non-disposal of their applications for a particular work, Ravikant said. The state government further fixed a time-frame of the concerned officials in disposing the application for work by the people, the Principal Secretary said.The state government also decided to extend the services under the Right to Service from the present 10 to 20 departments, Ravikant said.Among other significant decisions, the state government approved a grant of Rs 536.29 crores for payment of salaries to 57,109 contractual teachers employed with the schools in panchayats/blocks/urban local bodies in the financial year 2011-12, he said.In the power sector, the state government approved a 2×660 MW coal-based thermal power project at Kajra in Lakhisarai district to be constructed by M/S Bihar Power Infrastructure company private ltd with an estimated cost of Rs 6810 crores and another 2×660 MW thermal power project at Chausa in Buxur district to be constructed by M/S Bihar Power Infrastructure Pvt Ltd’s subsidiary company M/S Buxur Electricity Company at a cost of Rs. 6795 crores.
Posted: 11 May 2011 09:40 PM PDT
Islamabad, May 11 (PTI) Pakistani Parliamentarians were left stunned when a lawmaker led a prayer for slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the National Assembly despite being told by Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi not to do so.
Maulvi Asmatullah, an independent candidate from Zbob in Balochistan province, stood up in the lower house of Parliament yesterday and said lawmakers should pray for bin Laden, who was killed by US commandos in a unilateral raid on his hideout in Abbottabad near here on May 2.
Two lawmakers from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province — former federal minister Attaur Rehman, the younger brother of JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman; and Laiq Muhammad Khan — as well as Minister of State for Health Shahjehan Yousaf of the PML-Q and PPP parliamentarian Sher Muhammad Baloch participated in the ‘fateha’ prayer that lasted about a minute.
Posted: 11 May 2011 08:37 PM PDT
London, May 11 (PTI) Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recorded a spike in the number of dengue and chikungunya cases in people who travel to India.
According to new HPA figures, cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection, has more than doubled in UK travellers from 166 reported cases in 2009 to 406 in 2010.
It said that “dengue fever does not occur in the UK” and the highest proportion of cases were associated with travel to India – 84 cases (21 per cent) and Thailand – 61 cases (15 per cent).
The increase in dengue reports is coupled with a 34 per cent rise in the number of reported cases of chikungunya, another mosquito borne infection, which rose from 59 cases in 2009 to 79 in 2010, it said.
Nearly 50 per cent of these cases were associated with travel to India.
Posted: 11 May 2011 07:37 PM PDT
Rome, May 11 (AFP) Around a third of the food produced in the world every year — around 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said today.
“Given the limited availability of natural resources it is more effective to reduce food losses than increase food production in order to feed a growing world population,” the FAO said in a report.
FAO said the amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop.
Some 925 million people around the world suffer from hunger.
The report said that the problem in the developing world was mainly food losses — through, for example, crop failures and poor infrastructure.
In industrialised countries, the issue is more about “retailers and consumers throwing perfectly edible foodstuffs into the trash.
Posted: 11 May 2011 07:23 PM PDT
PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, while addressing the divisional forest officers (DFOs) here on Friday, announced that the state government would soon formulate its Forest Policy.
He said that a study group, comprising officials of the environment and forest department, would visit Haryana to gather information on the works done in the field of social forestry region in that state and submit its report to the department so that necessary arrangements for the same could be made in Bihar as well. Modi said that though Haryana does not possess a large forest area, the state has done a commendable job in the field of forestation.
He informed that in Bihar, forestation work would be integrated with the MGNREGA programme to make the programme successful. The deputy CM said that every family of labourers would be given responsibility of protecting 200 plants and would be paid for five years for the purpose with provision of 100 days of wage per year. Modi also said that in Dalit and Mahadalit mohallas, 200 plants of mangoes and other fruits would be planted for which tubewells would also be installed.
He said that the state government for the first time will organize programmes in every district of the state on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5. The programmes would mainly concentrate on three issues, waste disposal management, harm caused by plastic products and increasing pollution in rivers, Modi said and added that mass awareness would be created through such programmes to make the environment clean and safe.
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