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Boat Tragedy: Stop the Blame Game and Crocodile Tears

Boat Tragedy: Stop the Blame Game and Crocodile Tears

Sir, The tragic event which happened in Patna on the eve of Makar Sankranti in which an overloaded boat capsized claiming the life of 24 fellow Patnaites, deeply saddens me and makes me ponder. As the spot of the accident is close to me and at one of my favourite destinations of the city, it […]

Tragedies during Festivals in Bihar

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Tragedies during Festivals in Bihar

Sir, It was only recently  when the city was celebrating Makar Sankranti like every year on 14th January. In the  evening, when I switched on the television, I saw in the breaking news about the boat tragedy, which happened near NIT Ghat and killed almost 20 – 25 people and many of them are still […]

Reservations about reservation

Reservations about reservation

Sir, Whatever we see, it doesn’t reflect the reality always. It is so with the reservations (Quota)  system  in India. The systems of reservation in India were proclaimed to  bring equality among masses for the sake of backward categories (OBC, SC, ST) of our society in different government legislatures or jobs and even in educational […]

Patna still shops the ‘old way’?

Patna still shops the ‘old way’?

Sir, Shopping of citizens of Patna have been changing and online shopping has brought about a drastic transformation in the buying behavioral habits especially that of the middle income group. The developing online market is characterized by domestic and foreign investors, it’s growing and ever hungry consumers like us apparently have insatiable demand for all […]

Don’t water down support of marginalized

Don’t water down support of marginalized

Sir, It is good to see that Newsnet One consistently publishes news items that are not highlighted by the mainstream media, and that issues are raised here that are not ‘passing sensations’. There are several media students, or shall I rephrase that as ‘students of the media’ who contribute to this site from time to […]

Spoiler alert: Colours of Paradise has life Lessons

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Spoiler alert: Colours of Paradise has life Lessons

Sir- I recently watched this film “The Color of Paradise” an Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi. The story revolves around a blind boy named Mohammed who is released from his special school in Tehran for summer vacation. His father, shamed and burdened by Mohammed’s blindness, arrives late to pick him up and then tries […]

Self – exploring, a feminist novel I read lately.

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Self – exploring, a feminist novel I read lately.

Sir, Sashi Deshpande’s novel ‘That Long Silence’ is an autobiographical narration. This novel is a masterly work of purposeful fiction set in a middle-class Indian family. It is subtly concerned about a woman’s struggles, in context of contemporary Indian society and about her efforts to find her identity as a wife, mother, and of all […]

Our Education: Tests, not Teaching?

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Our Education: Tests, not Teaching?

Sir, Education is meant for the all-round development of a person. But today the whole education system merely focuses on the quantitative aspect of the students whereas their qualities somewhere seem to die under the burden of the dreams, interests, and ego of the parents and teachers. In the present education system, teachers instead of […]

SC judgement underlines secularism

SC judgement underlines secularism

Sir, A majority verdict by the Supreme Court has made it possible to reaffirm secularism as a founding principle of our country India. the ‘church’ (or temple or mosque or gurudwara) and the ‘state’ should be separate. A Constitution bench of seven judges has come to a reasoned decision that religion and other features of […]

Looking Back at 2016: Highs and Lows

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Looking Back at 2016: Highs and Lows

Sir, Every New year is an opportunity to look back on events and things that took place in the past 365 days. 2016 has brought its ups and downs, as usual. I’d like to list a few things that one would remember this year for. The loss of the great entertainers as the year progressed: […]

Looking back at 2006: A Roller Coaster Ride!

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Looking back at 2006: A Roller Coaster Ride!

Sir, When 2016 began, nobody would have imagined it would turn out to be a spine-chiller of a year. Amid worst fears and high hopes, four significant events occurred that made all the so-called pundits appear foolish. First, Brexit happened: the Briton’s blow for xenophobia. It was a thumbs down for the supporters of globalisation. […]

Cancer awareness is Critical

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Cancer awareness is Critical

Sir, Millions of cancer cases are reported every year in India as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that in 2016 the total number of new cancer cases is expected to be around 14.5 lakh and the figure is likely to reach nearly 17.3 lakh new […]