Monday, 27 February 2012

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Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Kingfisher seeks Foreign Airlines help to rescue itself

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 05:08 AM PST

kingfisher airlinesKingfisher will take help of foreign Airlines companies to rescue its Flight Operations. Kingfisher is in talks with two foreign carriers about a potential rescue package that could be announced within days, Kingfisher’s chairman, Vijay Mallya, said in an interview with the Times newspaper on Monday.

Mallya, the billionaire who controls 58 percent of Kingfisher, said that he had secured provisional approval from the government for a change in the law that would ease restrictions on foreign ownership of Indian airlines.

He said the foreign airlines, which he did not name, were ready to invest in Kingfisher as soon as a change in the law was announced. The change would allow overseas airlines to own up to 49 percent of an Indian carrier for the first time.

One of the airlines involved in the talks is International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia, according to an unnamed financial source cited by the Times.

Abu Dhabi’s flagship carrier, Etihad Airways, has discussed the possibility of a tie-up, which would involve the foreign groups providing equity in exchange for a minority stake, according to the Times.

Saving Face wins first ever Oscar for Pakistan

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 04:03 AM PST

Osacar winning movie saving facePakistani film Saving Face , by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, won the Documentary (Short Subject) Oscar Award this year.

The film follows British plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his homeland to help victims of acid burns. It is the story of one woman as she fights to see that the perpetrators of the crime are imprisoned for life. This is the first time ever that a Pakistani film has been nominated and has won.


The documentary was pitted against “God Is the Bigger Elvis”, a Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson film about a mid-century starlet who chose the church over Hollywood; “The Barber of Birmingham”, a Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday film that follows the life of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong and the legacy of the civil rights movement; James Spione’s war film “Incident in New Baghdad”; and “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”, a film that follows survivors of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and their struggle to recover from the wave that crushed their homes and lives.

Zennyla Bhutia clinches Miss Sikkim 2012 Award

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 03:48 AM PST

miss sikkim zennyla bhutiaZennyla Bhutia won the title of  Miss Sikkim 2012 by charming the judges with her passion and personality at a beauty contest here.

“It is important to weigh both, as a woman has to get married and plan a career in the 21st century,” was Zennyla’s reply to a question ‘What is a better option; housewife or a career woman’ at the contest last evening. 22 years old  Zennyla also bagged the Miss Talented title.


Former Miss Sikkim, Anu Pradhan crowned the winner and the first runner up, Bhawana Agarwal followed by second runner up Anne Norbu Bhutia.


Miss Sikkim walked away with a cash prize of Rs 25,000 while the first runner up and second runner up took home Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

Other winners were Chewang Lepcha (Miss Beautiful Smile), Sradha Tiruwa (Miss Beautiful Hair], Anne Norbu Bhutia (Miss Personality], Gyurmila Bhutia (Miss Photogenic/Miss Facebook), Pema Bhutia (Miss Beautiful Skin] and Lakpa Doma (Miss Catwalk). The judges were filmmaker Prashant Rasaily, teacher of the Sikkim Government College, Pankaj Thapa, former Miss Sikkim, Anu Pradhan, MD Nayuma Television, Sikkim, Roshan Rai and Designer Amanda from Kolkata

Beware! You might be a victim of Nomophobia

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:44 AM PST

women on phoneUsers of Mobile Phones have been diagnosed with a very peculiar pshycological disorder called NoMoPhobia or No-Mobile-Phobia, the fear of being without your mobile phone . The number of of Nomophobes (as they are called) is increasing everyday. It was found that 66 percent of 1000 people surveyed in the world say they fear losing or being without their phone.

Just four years ago a similar survey found that only 53 per cent of people suffered from nomophobia.

Back then, men were more likely to fear being without their phones, but today women are more concerned about being disconnected.

Females are more vulnerable to this fear. 70 per cent of female respondents fear losing their phones, compared with 61 per cent of male respondants.

However, men are more likely to have two phones than women, which may account for that discrepancy.
People 18-24 tend to be the most nomophobic (77 per cent), followed by people aged 25-34 (68 per cent). The third most nomophobic group is 55 and older.

Is there a cure for nomophobia?
According to the website, nomophobes can be treated by exposure therapy. First a person can start imagining what it would be like to be without a phone. And then maybe spend small amounts of time away from the phone.
But if it’s really bad, you might consider medication.

iPhone to surpass World Population one day

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 12:55 AM PST

Apple has its own world. iPhones are sold at the rate of 4.6 per second while only the current global birth rate is 4.2 per second. (This means that some day the number of iphones in the world would surpass world population.)

While the United Nations predicts the birth rate will soon climb to five births a second – as the global population surpasses 7 billion – the rate of smartphones sales is likely to grow even faster.
Foad Fadaghi, a research director at technology analysis firm Telsyte, says phone sales are not likely to slow any time soon.
“We are going to see the developing world adopting smartphones at a very rapid rate over the next three to four years … particularly in countries where there is a lack of fixed-line infrastructure.”
He says a reduction in prices, where you can now buy a very basic smartphone for under $100, is helping to drive the uptake.
While mobile phone use is much closer to saturation point in the Western world, Mr Fadaghi says sales will remain strong, driven by consumers updating their smartphones at an ever-increasing rate.
“Consumers used to purchase a new mobile phone every three to four years,” he says. “Today, on average, they are purchasing a new phone every two years or less”.
Mr Fadaghi says the faster rate of replacement is being driven as much by people’s desire to have the latest and greatest device as by the limited lifespan of smartphones.
According to research by warranty provider SquareTrade, more than 25 per cent of iPhone owners experienced a failure in the first two years of use.
“Two to three years is the usual period these things will last in terms of the technology and the lifetime of the hardware itself”, Mr Fadaghi says.
“But consumers will often replace their phone a lot sooner. With iPhones and other models being updated every 12 to 18 months now, many consumers want the latest technology as soon as it’s available”

News Courtesy : Sydney Morning Herald

Supreme Court verdicts in favor of Interlinking of Rivers

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 11:53 PM PST

Supreme Counrt of India has issued verdict in favor of Inter-Linking of Rivers. Heading the Judgement Panel, Chief Justice S H Kapadia said that the project is in the favor of the nation but it has been delayed for more than 10 years, thus it should be implemented at earliest.


This would be of great importance to Bihar as most of the flooding rivers lie in Bihar and transferring excess water would definitely help in curbing the menace of flood.

The bench, also comprising justices Swatanter Kumar and A K Patnaik, appointed a high-powered committee comprising of representatives of various government departments, ministries, experts and social activists to chart out and execute the project.

The committee will be comprising of Union Minister of Water Resources, its secretary, Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and four expert members appointed by Water Resources Ministry, Finance Ministry, Planning Commission and MoEF.

This was the dream project of erstwhile PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had formed a task force to get the project going against the backdrop of the acute drought that year.

Representatives from state governments, two social activists and senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, who has been assisting the court in the case, will also be members of the committee.

“We direct the Union of India to forthwith constitute a committee for interlinking of rivers,” the bench said, adding “we direct the committee to implement the project”.

“The committee shall plan for implementation of the project,” the bench said, adding the delay has already resulted in an increase in the cost of the project.

Bihar to get its second zoo at Rajgir

Posted: 26 Feb 2012 11:24 PM PST

Tiger in Patna ZooBihar would soon boast of an another zoo in the state. Government has decided to setup a new zoo at Mrig Vihar Rajgir. It was revealed by State Wildlife Council that CM Nitish Kumar himself took interest in the proposal and a decision on this regard was taken on Saaturday.

Nitish said a large number of tourists visit Rajgir. A zoo would not only save the animals but also provide an attractive tourist spot to the visitors. He also held discussions over Ghorakatora pond at Rajgir and talked about the efforts being taken to develop it as a tourist spot. Vehicles have been banned in the area and tourists can reach the pond only by cycles and tonga.

Presently Bihar has only one zoo that too in the heart of Patna due to which it gets over crowded. A second zoo would have a considerable impact on the influx of tourists in Bihar

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