Monday, 5 March 2012

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

CBI took 13 years to investigate documents of a Case

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 02:23 AM PST

Thirteen years to scrutinise documents of a case!  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) received flak from a Delhi court for taking such a long time to go over documents, thus prolonging the trial, during which five of the accused died. The youngest accused is now 59 years old.

“It took around 13 years for CBI to comply with the mandatory provision of supply of copies u/S 207, CrPC (Supply to the accused, the copy of police report and other documents),” Special Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma said.

Ticking off the country’s premier probe agency, the judge said: “It is very difficult to understand what was the rationale of citing so many witnesses and filing of load of documents – when they were not to be examined and proved.”

The judge’s remark came while awarding two years’ rigorous imprisonment to convict Lalit Kumar Parmar, director of private firm Punjab Phosphate Pvt. Ltd., and slapping a Rs.20,000 fine on him.

The court also slapped Rs.5 crore fine on Punjab Phosphate.

According to the prosecution, Punjab Fertilizer and Pesticides Industries, Amritsar, came into existence for the purported manufacture of single superphosphate. The partnership firm, Punjab Fertilizer and Pesticides Industries, changed its constitution to a company named Punjab Phosphate in June 1983.

The company got subsidy on bogus bills till March 1987, amounting to Rs.3,33,45,282.

The court observed that Parmar procured subsidy on bogus bills. The court called the case as a classic example of total failure of governance and said the amount belonged to the common man.

The court said: “The hard earned money of the tax payers was fraudulently taken away by the white collar criminals in the form of subsidy.”

The court pulled up the CBI for filing thousands of documents with the charge-sheet. The CBI has cited 175 witnesses.

The case was registered in 1988 and the chargesheet was filed in 1994.

The charges were framed against the accused on Oct 21, 2011. From 1994 to the framing of charges, the CBI took 13 years in perusing the documents.

The prosecution evidence was commenced from January 2012 on a daily basis. The court has only examined 43 prosecution witnesses out of the 175.

The CBI had booked 23 accused in the case, of whom five died during the trial.

“There is another distinct feature of this case. The youngest accused R.C. Nirmal is now 59 years of age and oldest accused M.S. Sandhu is about 81,” said the judge.

The judge acquitted 16 accused from the case after observing that the prosecution had failed to establish their role in the case.

How to prepare Natural colors for Holi ?

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 01:16 AM PST

natural colors holiHoli can be more safe  and extra enjoyable, if you play it with natural colors. It is very easy to prepare them can can be made at home within few hours. Here we give the recipe of creating natural colors.
Green – Mix pure mehendi powder with some flour to get a dry green colour. When mixed with water, the paste will leave a slight orange shade on the skin. Dried and crushed gulmohar tree leaves can also be used for green colour.

Yellow – Take two spoons of turmeric powder with double the quantity of besan and mix. Flowers like amaltas, marigold, black babul can be crushed and mixed with water to get a yellow coloured paste.

Red – Use red sandalwood powder and add crushed hibiscus flowers to it.

Blue – Dried jacaranda flowers can be crushed and mixed with water or flour.

Saffron – Tesu of palash flowers soaked in water overnight. For better results, flowers can be boiled in water to get a yellowish-orange colour.

Magenta – Slice or grate one beetroot and soak in a litre of water. Boil or leave overnight for a deeper shade. Boil the peels of pink onions in half a litre of water for an orange-pink shade.

Brown – ‘Kattha’ – catechu extracted from the acacia tree – can be mixed with water to get a brownish shade. Tea and coffee leaves can be boiled in water to get a dark brown shade.

Black – Boil dried fruits of amla in a vessel and leave overnight. Dilute with water and use.

Bihar to have its first Open jail by March 31

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 01:04 AM PST

open jailSome convicts in Bihar will soon get a chance to live with their families, step out for work and lead a life similar to that outside prison, thanks to the state’s first open jail that will begin functioning in May in Buxar district.

“It will be the first of its kind in Bihar where convicts would be able to live with their families in an atmosphere conducive to development of their skills and talent so they could make useful contributions to society,” a prison official said.

According to Anand Kishore, inspector-general (prisons), over 100 prisoners, mostly convicts serving life terms across the state, who have a few years of imprisonment left and have shown good character during incarceration, would be chosen for the open jail.

Officials in the prison department said convicts, currently lodged in the Bhagalpur central jail, Gaya central jail, Muzaffarpur jail and Beur jail in Patna would be considered for it. Manoj Kumar Sinha, a jail official of the Buxar central prison, told IANS that an open jail is being constructed over 42 acres of land.

“The state government has constituted a committee headed by the inspector general (prisons) to prepare a list of convicts who would be allowed to live in the open jail,” he said. According to him, their good conduct, the period already spent by them in jail and other such things would be taken into account before they are transferred to an open jail. The inmates of an open jail would be allowed to roam around freely during daytime and their attendance would be taken twice, in the morning and night.

“Work has been going on in full swing and the jail would be ready by March 31 and the convicts along with their families will start living there by May,” Sinha said. The prisoners would not only be allowed to work inside the jail premises but also go to a workplace within a five-kilometre radius. The inmates would also be allowed to have a savings account in the nearest bank or post office for depositing their income.

An official of the Buxar district administration said about 13 double-storey apartments with two-room flats on each floor are now getting the final touches to house such inmates. Superintendent of Buxar jail S.K. Ambastha, who has been assigned the additional charge of the open jail, said the state government had enacted new legislation by the name of ‘Bihar Open Prison Rules-2008′ to run this prison. Ambastha said the children of these inmates would be provided free education by the state government as per the norms of the Right to Education Act. Sinha said the open jail would have friendly interiors and the inmates would enjoy amenities like a community hall and a park inside its premises.

“A workshop is also planned for imparting vocational training to the inmates,” he said. It will be the country’s 33rd open jail, the first such prison having been set up in Rajasthan in 1963. Bihar has 54 jails, including six central jails, where nearly 40,000 prisoners are lodged.

Indian women emerge as most powerful businesswomen in Asia

Posted: 04 Mar 2012 11:03 PM PST

Indian women are progressing more rapidly compared to India’s overall progress. This is what reflected in the list of Asia’s 50 most powerful businesswomen published by Forbes Magazine containing 9 Indian Women. They comprise almost 20 percent of the Entire list making them most powerful in the whole continent.

These nine Indians include Britannia Industries managing director Vinita Bali, HT Media chairman and editorial director Shobhana Bhartia, ICICI Bank chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) Chanda Kochchar and Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

Film maker Ekta Kapoor, AZB & Partners founder and senior partner Zia Mody, Axis Bank CEO and MD Shikha Sharma, and Tractors & Farm Equipment chairperson Mallika Srinivasa are the other Indians on the list.
Ekta Kapoor, 36, is the youngest on the list who as a “TV and movie producer is lighting a fire under Bollywood”, Forbes said.
HCL Corp executive director and CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 30, is on a separate list of 15 power women to watch “primed to soon bust the ‘bamboo ceiling’”.
“These 50 dynamic women not only represent game-changers within their respective industries, but they also have inspired and empowered scores of talented women to follow suit,” Forbes said.
The list names 50 “pathbreakers” whose extraordinary business success is driving the region’s remarkable economic rise, Forbes said.
The business success of the 50 women on its list is a combination of capital, ideas, energy and leadership, it said.
“Although the role of women in Asia-Pacific’s economy is growing, most of these honourees still have had to overcome significant barriers to get where they are today,” Forbes said.
The list includes CEOs, founders and executives from China, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau and Vietnam whose “extraordinary business success is driving some of this region’s most exciting growth and prosperity”.

Mauritius Businessmen keen in setting up Medical College in Bihar

Posted: 04 Mar 2012 09:03 PM PST

Businessmen from Mauritius have shown keen Interest in setting up Medical College in the state. Already the DPR of the proposed college has been prepared.The institute is proposed to be built in the joint name of the first Indian president Rajendra Prasad and father of the Nation of Mauritius Seewoosagur Ramghoolam.

Mauritius tertiary education minister Rajesh Jeetah said that his government might consider tax exemption to entrepreneurs interested in investing in the proposed medical institute at Mairwa in Bihar’s Siwan district.

Jeetah met Bihar minister for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey here yesterday.

The Nitish Kumar government had earlier offered Mauritius government a proposal to set up a medical college hospital at Mairwa in Siwan district, according to state health minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey.

Choubey said he has handed over a letter in this regard to Mauritius Art and Culture Minister Mookhesswar Choonee during the three-day Global Bihar Summit on changing Bihar that ended here on February 19.

“We have also written a letter to Mauritius Prime Minister to give his consent for setting up the medical college hospital proposed at Mairwa in Siwan,” Choubey said.

India converges with Africa on Technology based Ties

Posted: 04 Mar 2012 08:43 PM PST

India is actively growing business and technological ties with African countries. In a 2 day conference where delegates and scientists from African countries participated, they agreed to cooperate on frontier areas of research, capacity building and knowledge industries

The March 1-2 conclave, at the Vigyan Bhavan convention centre, focussed on building capacities in research and development, social entrepreneurship and innovation technologies.

“There exists an enormous potential for cooperation in science and technology between India and Africa, given the fact that we both are emerging economies, share common problems and have to meet the aspirations of our people,” said Jean Pierre O. Ezin, Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology, at the African Union Commission.

He called for strengthening ties between India and Africa in sectors of research and development, human resource development and exchange of technical know-how.

Among the key areas the two sides agreed to work on are all people-related sectors to provide the over two billion population living in India and Africa better living conditions, quality food and water, affordable healthcare and meeting energy needs of two fast-growing economies.

The African Union, which represents 54 nations of the African continent, expressed its keenness to have a long-term strategic partnership with India in science and technology (S&T), given India’s “remarkable progress” in this area in the last decade.

“The challenges faced by nations of Africa is similar to ours. Some of our solutions may also be similar,” India’s S&T and Earth Sciences Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told the conference, and flagged social entrepreneurship and innovation as key areas for collaboration.

At the end of the conference, hosted by the Indian ministries of S&T and external affairs, the ministers from India and Africa adopted a declaration that reaffirmed the commitments for a strong engagement made at the India-Africa Forum Summits, recalled their common challenges and growth potential, and outlined means to achieve development by becoming knowledge economies.

The areas identified for future cooperation included capacity building, with India assisting the Commission of the AU and Regional Economic Communities by providing training and other capacity interventions towards improving policy enabling environment in the African nations.

With India being the lead thematic partner at the Pan African University’s Institute of Earth and Life Sciences in the Western African region at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, it was agreed to enhance interactions between researchers from both sides, apart from an outreach programme in African countries for the C.V. Raman Scholarship and Fellowship Programmes.

The conference also explored institutional relationships of Indian scientific establishments with Institute Pasteur in Tunis, Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Benin, and School of Science and Technology at Masuku in Gabon. India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will help Mozambique to set up a similar institution.

The foundation of cooperation in science and technology was laid during the India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in 2008. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced substantive commitments of India to engage with African nations during the second summit in Addis Ababa in 2011.

India has committed $5 billion in lines of credit for the next three years to help Africa to achieve its development goals. An additional $700 million was pledged to establish new institutions and training programmes. Of this, $185 million was set aside for science and technology.

Among those who provided fillip to the India-Africa science diplomacy at the conference were Egypt’s Minister of Scientific Research Nadia Eskander Zakhary, who is also the chair of the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST), India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for S&T Ashwani Kumar, and former minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor.

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