No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

Patna: You don’t have a toilet in your village home? You can’t contest Panchayat elections! Nobody will be able to contest elections under the three-tier panchayati raj system in Bihar if they do not have a toilet at home. Bihar, has 1.63 crore families without access to toilets, according to the public health engineering department […]

Shillong filmmaker returns award

Shillong filmmaker returns award

Shillong-based filmmaker Tarun Bhartiya has returned his national award, ‘the Rajat Kamal’, in solidarity with other authors and filmmakers who are protesting the growing intolerance in the country. The state is rapidly becoming a ‘Hindutva Reich’ he asserted. Bhartiya, writing to President Pranab Mukherjee, explained why he’s decided to return the national award for best […]

He said RSS and ISIS were both idiotic, repeats stance!

He said RSS and ISIS were both idiotic, repeats stance!

ALIGARH: He said that under the RSS, India is becoming mirror image of Pakistan. Irfan Habib is unfazed that he’s stirred up the hornet’s nest by his comparison of RSS and ISIS, in which he had claimed that both organizations were just as idiotic and ignorant. The historian, who is professor emeritus at Centre of […]

Jharkhand joined by Rural transport service soon

Jharkhand joined by Rural transport service soon

Ranchi: In Jharkhand, the state cabinet amended the motor vehicles regulations so that bus and trekker services can operate in rural areas, thus linking villages with block and district headquarters as well as state and national highways.   It is proposed that under Gramin Seva Yaan, (a rural public transport service), permits will be granted […]

Village Chiefs may declare war on Meghalaya Chief Minister

Village Chiefs may declare war on Meghalaya Chief Minister

Shillong: Tribal village chiefs in Meghalaya have threatened storm the main secretariat in Shillong early next month if the Mukul Sangma-led coalition government continued to poke its nose into their business. The announcement was made at a public rally which was attended by over a lakh people here coming from at least six Khasi Jaintia […]

Private coal mining to continue in Meghalaya?

Private coal mining to continue in Meghalaya?

Shillong: Private coal miners in Meghalaya were a bit jittery, because of rumours that the Modi government might just decide to shut down their operations. Meghalaya is the only state in India with privately owned mines, operated by the locals. Not long ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommended the banning of coal mining in […]

Garo Hills: IB officer’s corpse found in jungle

Garo Hills: IB officer’s corpse found in jungle

Shillong, Meghalaya: In September, insurgents kidnapped them – a month later their corpses were found in a jungle. Bodies of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Bikash Singh and a trader, who were kidnapped by insurgents in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district a month ago, were found buried in a jungle, says a report of the Press […]

The Wailers are gonna Wake Up Shillong and Calcutta

The Wailers are gonna Wake Up Shillong and Calcutta

SHILLONG: For the reggae lovers of Meghalaya and the northeast, it’s the penultimate dream come true. ‘One world’ and one love of music is bound to rock the scene as the ‘buffalo soldiers’ will sing ‘no woman no cry’ even as hundreds of fans will weep tears of unrestrained joy. It’s the late Bob Marley’s […]

Why Imphal isn’t a good place to visit right now

Why Imphal isn’t a good place to visit right now

Imphal: Hey tourists, don’t plan any visits to Manipur this month! It’s chaotic. Long lines at fuel pumps. People rushing to stores and buying up as many staples they can lay hands on. Why? Kukis and Nagas are up in arms. A 10-day blockade along Manipur’s feeder roads and another 48-hour bandh in the hill […]

Bihar Intellectual Forum: silly symbolism,futile fast?

Bihar Intellectual Forum: silly symbolism,futile fast?

On Saturday, there was a curious kind of ‘protest’ held for about three hours at the JP roundabout opposite Patna’s Maurya Hotel. A dozen or so people sat fairly quietly under a capony, ‘gently’ raising their voices against the growing intolerance and polarisation in India. The banner they huddled under was, “Bihar Intellectual Forum.” This […]

Rice vs Real estate : Modi rally in Vaishali?

Rice  vs Real estate : Modi rally in Vaishali?

Patna: Does the BJP care about the welfare of farmers or are they really going to facilitate the ‘real estate developers? A local newspaper carried the news that BJP men have ‘allegedly’ forced over 150 farmers in Sultanganj, near Hajipur in Vaishali district to ‘harvest’ their paddy crops nearly a month ahead of schedule so […]

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