- Salman Khan with 5000 fans donates blood for Mumbai blast victims
- Vastanvi not sacked because of his Modi remarks
- Can England get 9 Indian Wickets on final day?
- Litti-Chokha Stall reopened at Patna Junction
- Canadian media lauds efforts of Super 30
- Central University of Bihar finishes with a great placement record
- Government to introduce Yoga in the school syllabus
- Government plans to use Eagle to tackle Maoists
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 04:24 AM PDT
Pune: Known for his generous acts, Bollywood’s bad boy Salman Khan in Pune donated blood for the victims of Mumbai blasts on Thursday. And following the footsteps of their favourite star, over 5000 people came for the noble cause, at the city’s Sambhaji Park. Hundreds of Khan’s fans were seen shoving and jostling necks to have a glimpse of the actor. Hailing the cause, the actor said blood has no religion and it is the most precious gift a human being can give.
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 02:40 AM PDT
Silence gripped in the villages Vastan and Akklakuwa(his native villages) in neighbouring Maharashtra, as the news of removal of Maulana Ghulam Vastanvi as the Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband came.
It was not too long ago when villages with key madrasas and Darul Ulooms in south Gujarat as well as neighbouring Maharashtra, where he has set up the sprawling Akklakuwa educational complex, had celebrated Vastanvi's appointment as the Deoband V-C. His appointment was marked with two 'firsts' — he was the first non-alumnus as well as non-UP resident to be appointed to the post.
The celebrations continued till his comments on the state of Muslims in Gujarat under Chief Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly praising the development work done by the latter.
"His praise for Modi was used as a tool; he had to go because he is not from that region, he is a Gujarati," said Vastanvi's cousin Iqbal Randera, adding that he "never praised Modi" and that news was "mis-reported".
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 11:53 PM PDT
Ruthless England came down hard on wounded and battered India, first through Matt Prior’s century and then through a probing 27 overs, to end up needing nine wickets on the final day. India, though, had fingernails dug in at the edge of the cliff. Forced to bat at Nos 2 and 3 respectively, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were made to look ungainly, but they batted out 131 deliveries between them in the final session of the fourth day. Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar were not available to bat in their usual positions because of injury and illness respectively.
Those tuned into the match would have known that the real game on the fourth day would begin some time in the final session, when England – effectively 193 for 0 at the start of the day – would declare to leave India four sessions to bat, give or take. The journey to that point proved fascinating though. Ishant Sharma, a rhythm bowler, found his groove against a surprisingly circumspect batting line-up, reducing England to 62 for 5 and incredibly bringing an Indian win into the faint edge of the frame.
Prior and Stuart Broad then introduced India to reality, all but ruling out their chances of winning with a 162-run seventh-wicket stand. Prior summed up the England team’s attitude when he began attacking, scoring a century at a strike-rate of 85.83, although defensive fields meant he hit only five fours and a six. And Broad could do no wrong. After his unbeaten half-century, he took a wicket in the first over of a spell for the third time in this match, removing Abhinav Mukund, who once again looked solid before he sighted Broad.
Until Prior and Broad counterattacked, India did decently in the absence of the injured Zaheer Khan. It helped that England were in their shell at the start of the day even though the ball hardly swung then. During that period Praveen Kumar dismissed Alastair Cook for a rare single-digit score, and Andrew Strauss fell to his second ordinary sweep off Harbhajan Singh.
The next hour belonged to Ishant. No matter where this matches goes, the spell of 5-3-4-3 he bowled just before lunch will hold significance for the rest of the series. For starters he let Kevin Pietersen know that he was not be bullied. In the first innings, Pietersen had put Ishant completely off his line and length by walking across and towards him. Today Ishant welcomed him with a bouncer, got extra bounce and the glove. Then followed the two quintessential Ishant wickets. Ian Bell got one that left him against the angle, taking the edge. Two wickets in one over. Two overs later, Ishant got one to move in sharply to Jonathan Trott, against the slope, and hit the top of off. That ball would have got greats out.
Sixty-seven runs came in 26 overs before lunch, for the loss of five wickets. Post lunch, India weren’t as aggressive. They didn’t begin with Ishant, who had bowled 11 overs in the first session. When they reintroduced Ishant, he got Eoin Morgan with a short ball that did the batsman in for pace.
Prior, though, didn’t inhabit the shell his team-mates had. Faced with his aggression, India backed off a bit. The fielders wilted. Prior exploited the in-and-out field well. Every time he got room he drove emphatically, anything straight was punished into the on side, and potentially the biggest blow was a meaty sweep into Gambhir’s elbow at short leg, minutes before tea. The batsman had to go to the hospital for an x-ray, and came back just before stumps with news that there was no fracture.
Prior had broken India’s spirit, though. Post tea, he and Broad went into Twenty20 mode, scoring 95 runs in 12 overs. Ishant’s earlier resurgence now seemed just a minor blip. India took off their tired specialist bowlers, no longer making an effort to make England bat as long as possible. Dhoni brought himself on, making Dravid, due to open the innings in a matter of minutes, keep wicket.
That didn’t seem to affect Dravid’s concentration when he walked out after Prior’s century heralded the declaration. The openers saw off eight overs, but Broad came on to dismiss Abhinav in a fashion similar to the first innings: played on.
Like with Abhinav, England tried a repeat dismissal with Laxman, keeping their fine leg square and bowling into his ribs. Laxman pulled two boundaries along the ground. England didn’t have a first-innings dismissal for Dravid to go by. Still they did well enough to him. Chris Tremlett and Broad especially bowled superb outswingers. While the two applied themselves, there was some luck involved too, as there invariably is in such situations: they were beaten 15 times between them.
One Broad over summed up the kind of odds the two were fighting. The first ball swung away late, beating the outside edge. Dravid looked to cover the movement of the next ball, but this one came in and kicked to beat the inside edge. Dravid looked for the bounce, but the next one stayed low. The bat came down in time; it kept coming down in time until stumps.
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 11:11 PM PDT
Litti Chokha Stall has been re-opened on the platform 1 of Patna Junction.It was inaugurated by GM East Central Railways Mr. K K Srivastava on Saturday.In the past, the stall selling `litti-chokha’ was inaugurated at Patna Junction on March 27, 2006, at the instance of the then railway minister Lalu Prasad. However, this stall was closed a few years ago due to some reasons, sources said.
Mr. Srivastava said that the Railway Board, which has taken over the catering services from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), under its new catering policy, intends to popularize this delicacy, particularly in Sawan month when the rush of passengers at Patna Junction is heavy. This delicacy would fulfill the needs of the people. Besides, special care has been taken to prepare ‘litti-chokha’ free of garlic and onion in view of Sawan month as most of the devotees do not prefer it during the period, the ECR GM said, adding the railways would open such stalls at all major stations falling under the ECR.
According to divisional railway manager (DRM), Danapur, L M Jha, two pieces of `litti’ with `chokha’ would come for Rs 5 only while two pieces of ‘litti’ with ‘chatni’and ‘channa’ have been priced at Rs 6. The railways would maintain the quality and taste of this popular dish. Special care will be taken of proper hygiene while preparing `litti-chokha’. Keeping in mind the huge demand for this delicacy, the railways has planned everything accordingly, Jha said.
The DRM said that while this stall has been opened at platform no. 1, efforts be made to make it available at other platforms, too. About 234 passenger trains are passing through Patna Junction these days daily. Thus, demand for ‘litti-chokha’ would be high in future, Jha added.
He said that the railways has arranged sale of `chura-dahi’, another popular delicacy of Bihar, at Patna Junction. Incidentally, the railways has been giving a serious thought to include these two popular cuisines in the railway catering service menu card to cater to the needs of passengers from Bihar on running trains, sources said
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 11:05 PM PDT
The Super 30,a free coaching center in Bihar which helps economically backward students crack the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), has been given an extensive write-up in a leading Canadian newspaper
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 10:48 PM PDT
PATNA: Central University of Bihar can now boast of some grueling placement record. Out of 25 Students completing MA this year, 18 have got job offers.
“These students, after receiving four semesters’ rigorous training in development studies, are now prepared to work as development professionals and consultants,” said Janak Pandey, the VC of CUB.
Seventeen out of 25 students are currently working with NGOs and donor agencies engaged in developmental work. The remaining one is associated with IIT Patna in research work.
Institutions like Participatory Research In Asia (PRIA), an international centre for learning and promotion of participation and democratic governance; SkillPro, a foundation that focuses on developmental issues; and NGOs namely Society for All Round development (SARD), Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Chetna Vikas and Mithila Gram Vikas Parishad have taken these students for packages ranging between 2.4 lakh and Rs 5.4 lakh.
Arvind Prakash Suraj and Rakesh Kumar Singh are now working with SARD, Atul Kumar with SkillPro in the city itself, while Mamta Kumari is working at Lok Prerna, Deoghar (Jharkhand) and Nupur at city-based branch of PRIA.
Prashant Ranjan has got a job with CARD, Dhantalli (MP) and Rahul Roshan is now working at Punjab State AIDS Control Society, Ludhiana. Pulkesh, who prefers to work in Bihar, has been interviewed by ‘Aide et Action’, an international development organization, recently.
Only those who have plans to study further have not responded to recruitment. Rajan Kumar and Prashant have qualified in prelims for BPSC. Two other students Arvind Prakash Suraj and Shilpi have qualified in entrance examination for MPhil programme at JNU, New Delhi. Mohit Kumar, who has topped in first three semesters, is interested in research and is looking for a suitable institution for research studies.
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 10:39 PM PDT
State government is willing to introduce yoga classes in government schools across the state. The move has been undertaken following concern over rising stress level among students and growing number of suicides.
Yoga is expected to significantly reduce stress among students, thus overcoming depression among them and checking suicidal tendencies.
“The programme aims at holistic development of learners. Complete physical and mental development is a must for a student to do well academically,” said state project director, Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), Rajesh Bhushan.
In order to teach yoga, the government has created an army of about 1,100 trained yoga instructors. “This army has been created in a mission-mode, so that the learners receive, along with quality education, training in living a healthy life,” Bhushan added.
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 10:37 PM PDT
Central Government has planned to deploy Israeli Heron's eagle eyes to track their movements on real time basis and use armoured MI-17+ to deploy forces for quick operations.
The two-pronged strategy supplemented by central and state police forces on the ground is expected to be used in a big way post-monsoon to make forward thrust deep inside the Maoist territory where security forces suffer heavy losses because of unknown terrain.
Three Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles will take off from the Begumpet airport in Hyderabad in the first week of August and take trial flights over the vast expanse of Dandakaranya forest and beyond.
The trial flights by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) on clear sky days will help fine tune the response time of security forces against a Maoist build up by supplying real time imagery of the terrain.
"They are being fitted with night vision and thermal devices to counter Maoist offensive at any time. Though their ability can reduce sharply because of dense foliage, we hope they can at least tell of a big movement," sources said.
Having a range of 800 km, Herons can fly clandestinely between a few hundred feet to 15,000 feet and supply very clear video feeds and images of movements on their flight path.
Eager to tackle the Maoists at the earliest, who are desperate to expand their area of operations after being hit badly at the top level, the Union home ministry hopes that the six wet-leased armoured M-17 plus choppers will start operations by September end or the first week of October.
By positioning them strategically in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra, the Centre wants to cut their response time to less than an hour in times of exigencies, the sources said.
The Maoists, according to the Centre's anti-Naxal think tank, are lying low for the time being because of suffering setbacks at the leadership level but are planning big offensives soon.
Following an aggressive policy against the Naxal leadership with the help of Andhra Pradesh's special intelligence cell and other state polices, the Centre has managed to arrest 7 of the 14 CPI (Maoist) polit bureau members. Besides, 11 members of their Central Committee are also in judicial custody.
Officials expect the Maoists to change their strategy once they face the new weapons and want the states to implement the scheme of 400 fortified police stations at the earliest.
"We have already cleared proposals for over 300 police stations. Unless the states implement it on the ground, the UAVs and choppers will not be of much help," said sources.
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