Monday, 19 March 2012

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

IIT Professor on Fast unto death to save Ganga since January

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 10:59 AM PDT

Former IIT Professor and Noted environmentalist G.D. Agarwal, who despite his advancing years has been on a fast-unto-death since Jan 15 to save the Ganga river, is determined to continue his fast though physically worn out. He has been shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he is continuing his fast, his supporters said Monday.

Agarwal aged 80, was shifted to AIIMS in an air ambulance from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, after his condition deteriorated.

According to doctors, he has been kept in the intensive care unit (ICU) and a team of doctor is monitoring his condition.

Tarun Agarwal, G.D. Agarwal’s nephew who is accompanying him, said he is physically week but mentally very tough and is determined to continue his fast.

“He won’t break his fast till his demands are accepted. He is given drips but he is not eating anything. He is firm to continue his fast from the hospital,” Tarun told IANS.

Agarwal has served as a secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board, the country’s premier anti-pollution body, and helped put together environmental legislation in India. This is his third fast-unto-death in last four years.

His major concern includes unsatisfactory and ineffective functioning of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), a central government constituted body for cleaning Ganga.

Besides, Agarwal is against ongoing construction of dams/barrages/tunnels on Ganga which would totally destroy the natural flow regimes and quality of the river water, total failure of regulatory agencies in controlling discharge of urban and industrial wastes into the Ganga and complete lack of sensitivity of the government on these issues.

“He stopped taking water from March 9 and his condition deteriorated. It is a matter of great concern but the government remains totally unmoved,” Magsaysay awardee Rajendra Singh told IANS.

Rajendra Singh resigned as the chairman NGRBA last week over “government’s insensitivity towards Agarwal and gross negligence towards worsening state of the holy river”.

Two other members of the NGRBA have also resigned over the issue. “We haven’t heard anything from the government since we sent our resignation,” said Singh.

Agarwal got support from anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who met him at the AIIMS with Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia.

“Government is responsible for his condition. He has been demanding for long that Ganga river be cleaned but government has not done anything,” said Hazare.

“How can our government become so insensitive and allow such a senior scientists to die. This is his third fast in last four years. Central government has gone back on all promises made to him during last fast,” he said.

Tips to stay healthy for Multitasking Women

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 06:03 AM PDT

women on phoneWomen’s day is nearing and all major companies are planning to launch some program for the welfare of Women employees.   However it has been observed that some working women fail to make a balance between office and home and particularly give less priority to her health.
A busy lifestyle often leads to an erratic diet and international research indicates that women who are too busy to focus on their food intake are more likely to succumb to impulsive eating and spontaneous food purchasing. The result? Extra flab, laziness, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

According to health expert Swati Srivastava, today’s multitasking woman needs not just a balanced diet and exercise but also health supplements.

“Today’s modern woman tries to maintain a fine balance between her personal and professional life; so a balanced diet and exercise are not enough as they require best health supplements to keep fit and healthy,” Srivastava told IANS.

“Generally women don’t take their health concerns very seriously. But the effects tend to show later in life when the body refuses to work tirelessly,” she added.

It is especially important for women over 35 to take extra care of their health.

“Women need a great deal of vitamins and minerals for their body, especially after the age of 35. Calcium D3, iron and multi-vitamin capsules are the best health supplements. They not only provide the necessary vitamins to your body but also help to keep the skin and hair healthy,” said Simal Soin, an expert from salon-cum-spa Three Graces.

Mineral and vitamin levels need to be kept in check and instead of milk and sugar tea, it would be a great idea to sip on some healthy green tea, suggests Navin Taneja, director, National Skin Centre.

“Women above 40 must check their mineral and vitamin levels and then start the respective supplementation. Antioxidant requirement increases with age. So consider having green tea as a source of antioxidants,” said Taneja.

Healthy food withstanding, water is a great solution too, according to Pallavi Shrivastav, a nutritionist with Evolve Medspa.

“You can opt for salad with chicken, nuts, beans and veggies; you’ll get some great nutrients, including fibre and protein.

“Also, women should cut off hunger with liquids. You may feel you are hungry, but you’ll feel fine if you just drink a bottle of water. Add lemon juice to your water if you’re bloating; it’s a diuretic and works wonders,” he said.

Women must especially be wary of problems like osteoporosis and anaemia.

“Anaemia is very common among Indian females. This results in lack of concentration, lethargy and exhaustion. This is one reason why we feel exhausted at the end of the day. Correction of iron levels can make a considerable difference; so they should eat black raisins, almonds, lentils, spinach, etc,” said nutritionist Namita Nanal.

“Also, women are at a greater risk than men of developing osteoporosis. Calcium absorption is inversely proportionate to age, especially after the age of 30. Milk is a rich source of calcium.

“But skimmed milk or skimmed milk powder is better for overweight people. Other interesting options are low fat paneer sandwiches, ragi porridge and broccoli salad as these give a good amount of calcium,” she added.

So eat healthy and stay fit!

The biography of Mukul Roy, the next Railway Minister

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 03:32 AM PDT

Mukul Roy has been nominated to be the next Railway Minister of India after Diensh Trivedi resigned from the Cabinet. Below we present the biography of Mukul Roy, the wannabe Railway Minister.

He was born on 17 April 1954 to Shri Jugal Nath Roy and Shrimati Rekha Roy at Kanchrapara, Distt. North 24 Parganas (West Bengal). He is educated till Higher Secondary. He is married to Shrimati Krishna Roy and has a son.

Mukul Roy is a member of the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal. He also serves as the General Secretary of his party, the All India Trinamool Congress. He is the current Minister of State for Shipping in the Council of Ministers of India. After Mamata Banerjee resigned as the Railway Minister she was to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Roy was handed additional charge of the Railway Ministry after Mamata expressed her desire that her party retain the Railway Ministry and personally recommended Roy to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He served as a Minister of State in the Railway Ministry with Manmohan Singh serving as the Cabinet Minister (pro tem) till July 11, 2011.
He also served as Non-Executive Director (as a social worker) of United Bank of India, 2002

He can be reached at roy.mukul@sansad.nic. or at 011- 23794291, 23012999, 23092310, Fax: 23013875.

India to vote against Sri Lanka, praised by Human Rights Watch

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 02:41 AM PDT

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said the government was “intending” to vote in favour of the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).

“We are intending to vote in the favour of the resolution at UNHRC,” the prime minister told the Lok Sabha. “We share the concerns of the members of the parliament.”

The Indian government is under domestic pressure to vote against Sri Lanka for the “war crimes” committed against the Tamils during the end of the civil war.

Human Rights Watch Monday hailed India’s decision to vote against Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva over a “war crimes” resolution.

“The Indian government has done the right thing by analyzing each situation separately instead of a knee-jerk response against a country-specific resolution,” the US-based body said in a statement.

“The Sri Lanka resolution is a positive step towards encouraging a credible domestic effort in ensuring accountability,” the group’s South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced in parliament that India intended to vote in favour of a US-sponsored resolution denouncing Sri Lanka for “war crimes” against civilians when the Tamil Tigers were crushed.

Amitabh to master IPL Opening Ceremony

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 02:30 AM PDT

amitabhSuper star Amitabh Bachchan will be hosting the opening ceremony of the fifth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on April 3.

The 69-year-old veteran actor, who has been on leave break to recover from two abdominal surgeries last month, is preparing for the event.

“April 3rd is the day for the opening. Preparing for it already. Getting back into the grind,” tweeted the actor.

The actor, known for his deep, baritone voice, had hosted four seasons of game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and also the third season of the reality show “Bigg Boss”.

Manmohan Singh to act in a Film against Dowry

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 01:05 AM PDT

manmohanIn coming days you may see Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acting in a film against Dowry Culture of India. Do not confuse, he is Gurmeet Singh Sethi , a look alike of Prime Minister. As he walks slowly wearing a white kurta-pyjama and a light blue turban, anyone could mistake him for the most powerful man in India – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Gurmeet Singh Sethi has accepted an offer from TV personality Suhaib Ilyasi of “India’s Most Wanted” fame to be the part of a film that highlights the misuse of the Dowry Act against men. The role he is playing is not hard to guess!

The film, “498A – A Wedding Gift”, produced by Ilyasi, briefly features Sethi in his role as Indian prime minister.

“Suhaib asked me if I would do the role of our honourable prime minister and so I thought over it and accepted it,” Sethi told IANS here during a trip to promote the film.

Producer Ilyasi, who claimed that he himself had been a victim of Section 498-A (Dowry Act of the Indian Penal Code) and was even arrested for the same after his wife committed suicide, said: “When we approached him, he was very skeptical that the role should not offend the prime minister.

“So he thoroughly read that script, got the approval of a friend and ex-judge of the Supreme Court. After he was satisfied, he accepted the role.”

Sethi may not be part of the high-profile power circles in New Delhi but he was once a member of the Congress party.

“Once I was sitting in a Congress party meeting and Sonia Gandhiji kept looking at me, talking for 15 minutes. Even the media there had their cameras focussed on me. It is funny how people mistake me for Manmohan Singhji,” he claimed.

“In the film, a bunch of advocates come up to me and say that Section 498-A should be amended and I say I will look into the matter and see what can be done,” he said explaining his short role in the movie.

Sethi says he enjoys being the lookalike of the prime minister.

“When I go to the Connaught Place market in Delhi to get my shoes polished, youngsters confuse me for Manmohan Singh. Once the crowd got so excited to see me that they made me sit where I was,” he said.

On being asked if he really knew the prime minister, he takes out his smartphone and shows pictures of him and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

In Chandigarh, Sethi was flanked by two ‘security men’ holding toy guns. The security guys were actually two youths having a shot at acting.

The movie deals with the subject of the Dowry Act being misused against husbands and their relatives. Ilyasi says the narrative of the film is based on the alleged harassment of his friend, Syed Ahmed Makhdoom, who committed suicide in 2009 after being booked under Section 498-A.

“He committed suicide after leaving a video message wherein he tells about all he went through. When he lost his patience, he decided to end his life,” Ilyasi claimed.

The movie has four songs sung by renowned singers, Ghulam Ali Khan, Sonu Niigaam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan.

Niladri Shekhar Das, a victim from Delhi and a member of the Save Indian Family Forum (SIFF), said: “According to an RTI (Right To Information) application, 94,000 men had been victimised in the country under this law till 2010. Out of these, 41,000 women were arrested.”

Ilyasi said: “We have been pleading with the government to add a Section B to the Act. This is to make the law gender-neutral.”

He said once booked under the dowry law, it takes nearly 10 years for husbands and their families to get out of it.

Trivedi out, a new Rail Minister to take the charges

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 12:59 AM PDT

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said he had received Dinesh Trivedi’s resignation as railway minister and proposed to send it to President Pratibha Patil with the recommendation that it be accepted.
Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi yesterday resigned from his post and his resignation hs been gracefully accepted by PM. Replying to the motion of thanks to the president’s address to the joint houses, the prime minister said in the Lok Sabha that he regretted Dwivedi’s “departure”.

Manmohan Singh sid he received Dwivedi’s resignation late Sunday.

The prime minister said that Dwivedi, a Trinamool Congress MP, had presented the railway budget with the promise to carry forward Vision 2020 that was outlined by his predecessor, Mamata Banerjee.

He said the new minister would have to carry forward the challenging task of modernising the railways.

Sachin Fans come up with Sachin Chalisa

Posted: 19 Mar 2012 12:01 AM PDT

A packed audience made up of Sachin Tendulkar fans and local sportspersons joined a popular bhajan singer at Eklavya Stadium here to recite the ‘Sachin chalisa’ – otherwise a devotional genre, but in this case dedicated to the cricket maestro!

They were celebrating his 100th century, of course.

The musical programme was formally opened Sunday by the city’s additional district magistrate Arun Prakash and attended by a large number of cricketers and other sportspersons.

Pandit Manish Sharma, the singer, started with Sachin kahani – “Sachin ne kar diya aisa kaam, saare jag mein kar diya naam.”

This was followed by the Sachin chalisa – a la Hanuman Chalisa. “Master blaster Tenduliya little master kahlaye; champion, genius, cricket god kahlaye: ek shatak ki kya, usne shatakon ka shatak diya banaye.”

Patna to be decorated blue during Bihar Diwas Celebrations

Posted: 18 Mar 2012 11:53 PM PDT

Come Bihar Diwas and the entire Patna will be submerged in Blue lights. In a half-page advertisement in local Hindi dailies, Bihar State state tourism department has asked people in the city to put up blue lights, buntings and even paint their homes and offices to show their commitment to the development of the state.

The appeal has gone out to citizens and business establishments.

The centenary celebration, set to start on March 22, marks 100 years since the British carved out Bihar from Bengal Presidency on March 22, 1912.

The Bihar Urban Infrastructure Corporation has also decided to paint the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna blue. Besides, the corporation will use tens of thousands of blue LED lights, tube lights and metal lights to decorate the 22-acre premises for the three-day celebrations, an official said.

The tourism department is hoping that all prominent buildings – government and commercial – will be bathed in blue with illuminations.

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