Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Really fishy goings-on in the Bihar capital ! Fish lovers will have to go without for at least 15 days. The state government on Monday (14 Jan) has stopped fish import from Bengal and Andhra Pradesh with immediate effect. The reason: formalin contamination! Fish sellers however, smell a rat. They say it’s a conspiracy by […]

It’s Dahi-Chura Time! Happy Makar Sankranti

It’s Dahi-Chura Time! Happy Makar Sankranti

The festival of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya. The festival also marks the beginning of a six months auspicious period for hindus known as Uttarayana period. It is celebrated on January 14 every year. In Bihar Makar Sankranti is celebrated by eating Dahi-Chura (Flattened rice and curd) and Laai-Tilkut (sweets) […]

Garo Song Krittan: unique festival

TURA (Meghalaya) – Praising the Lord in song and dance is a unique Garo way to mark the end of the Christmas Festivities and welcome the New Year, according to local newspaper reports. The Garo Hills bade adieu to the festive season with more than 15,000 people gathering on the Bangsi Apal School playground for […]

AASU move to remove aliens from Assam

AASU move to remove aliens from Assam

All Assam Student’s Union spent the New Year’s eve on December 31 in a unique way. Three lakh objections have been filed in the claims and objections process of update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the last few hours before the Supreme Court’s Monday deadline ended at midnight. However, till Sunday, only […]

Kurji Parish prepares for Patna Diocese Centenary

Kurji Parish prepares for Patna Diocese Centenary

It’s an eventful November for Patna’s Kurji Parish. After a remarkable Christ the King procession at on Sunday (the 25th), Bihar’s most populous parish prepares to play host to the Papal Nuncio and several bishops this week. It’s going to be an evening to remember, according to sources close to Kurji Parish Priest Raymond Cherubim SJ, […]

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’ in Assam

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’  in Assam

Guwahati (Assam) – At a time when the State is on the edge over the illegal Bangladeshi migrants’ issue, Amnesty India today said that Assam must end human rights violation against persons declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals and held in detention centres across the State. Releasing a report, ‘Between Fear and Hatred: Surviving Migration […]

YouTube videos help gangs rob ATMs in Bihar

YouTube videos help gangs rob ATMs in Bihar

You Tube and the internet has become the training round for all sorts of fraudsters. And to add to this, a chap in Bihar actually set up an institute to train ATM thieves! ATMS are being pilfered, cards duplicated and all sorts of chicanery is on! The Muzaffarpur police have arrested eight persons and say […]

Monkeys terrorize Agra, citizens deploy Langur deterrent!

Monkeys terrorize Agra, citizens deploy Langur deterrent!

Here’s a piece of wild news: Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, is being terrorized by hordes of killer monkeys! In the past three months local newspapers have reported at least three incidents where people have been fatally attacked and bitten by monkeys. There’s nothing that the population can do, because these simians are […]

My Diwali- Memory of a Happy Escape

My Diwali- Memory of a Happy Escape

[My Diwali- in this series, Shoma Ghosh tells about a parallel Sikh tradition, writing in from Calcutta] My Sikh friends celebrate Bandhi Chor Diwas, their own festival of lights during Diwali. It celebrates an epic escape alongside an epochal homecoming. My home is Calcutta, and I have seen how much joy the festival brings, in […]

My Four Day Darj Diwali… It’s Tihar!

My Four Day Darj Diwali… It’s Tihar!

[My Diwali:  a collection of personal perspectives from our readers, contributors, and interns. In this piece Rebecca Tamang describes the festival as it unfolds around the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim] ‘Jhili Mili, Jhili Mili Deusu re!’ The hills of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siikimare alive with the sound of a special music… the Bhailo and […]

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