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Bihar to spend in 5 years what Gujarat did in 50 !
Report dated 09/07/2012 @ 1:02 PM
Bihar's Planning Commission's ambitious growth agenda shows it is planning an outlay for the12th five-year (2012-17) plan of Rs.2.69 lakh crore, a sum that is more than fast growing Gujarat has spent in the last 50 years. It's projected expenditure in the next five years will also be the third highest among all states, next only to Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Currently states are engaged with the Planning Commission for approval of their outlays for the 12th five-year plan in which they project their expenditure and how they will raise the resources, estimated borrowing and demand for central contribution.
Bihar has promised to fund a major part of its expenditure through its own resources as well borrowings and central contribution.
Bihar is banking on a rainbow revolution, aiming at a 7% increase in agricultural production and a continued focus on infrastructure and industrialization. Plans exist for a Metro network for Patna and a new airport.
India's ignored super-scientists
Report dated 09/07/2012 @ 12:58 PM
As the world celebrates the Higgs part of the Higgs boson or God particle, the Bose part of the boson is largely ignored and obscure.
Higgs was named for Peter Higgs, the English theoretical physicist who predicted the existence of such a particle in the early 1960. Bose is part of the boson, named after Indian physicist Satyendra Nath Bose who worked with Albert Einstein to come up with the Bose-Einstein statistics and condensate theory. Now thanks to some reports in the wake of the Higgs boson discovery, S N Bose is being introduced to his compatriots 38 years after his death.
A number of Indian scientists have similarly been ignored by the scientific fraternity and governments.
Among these super-scientists are the late physicist G N Ramachandran whose triplehelix structure of collagen is a classic discovery, just one among his several great contributions to biology. Then there is E. Premkumar Reddy, director of experimental cancer therapeutics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who has made seminal discoveries of oncogenes that gave a clear understanding of the molecular basis of cancer.
In suggesting a solution to the silence of India's scientist geniuses, one scientist feels it is better sometimes that government does nothing as it has no clear-cut policy to promote science and scientists in India.
Residents attack police in 'rape village' after crusader killed
Report dated 08/07/2012 @ 1:41 PM
Hundreds of Sutia residents attacked police and blocked roads near Kolkata to protest the murder of Mastermoshai Barun Biswas, a schoolteacher who had saved the area from a gang of rapists 10 years ago. He was shot dead by three men on a bike at a railway station as hundreds watched in horror. Some 40,000 people turned up at the funeral of the crusader.
Sutia residents are angry with police for not protecting Barun despite several earlier attempts on his life. Locals believe Barun was murdered by gangsters who were jailed or forced underground because of his crusade against the rapes that in 2000-2003 were a daily affair, during which teens were raped in front of their mothers, wives in front of husbands and mothers in front of children in a strategy to terrorise the population. Even police did not dare to interfere at the time, till Barun 25, led a campaign that ended the reign of the rapists.
Rahul Gandhi urges Court to dismiss rape allegations against him
Report dated 08/07/2012 @ 1:40 PM
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has urged the Supreme Court to dismiss a plea against an Allahabad High Court order absolving him of allegations that he detained and raped a girl from Amethi after he and his friends made a trip there in 2006.
In his affidavit before the apex court Gandhi stated he emphatically denies the allegation of rape and detention and said the allegations are false, malicious and baseless, calculated to harm his standing and image.
Gandhi filed his affidavit in response to a notice issued by the court on a petition by former Samajwadi Party legislator Kishore Samrite who was slapped with Rs.50 lakhs cost by the high court for leveling charges of rape and kidnapping against him.
Court grants man divorce after wife runs abusive ad
Report dated 07/07/2012 @ 2:27 PM
Negating previous judgments of a Bombay high court, the Supreme Court found that an estranged wife's ad in a newspaper accusing her husband of being a womaniser and drunk, inflicted extreme mental cruelty on him and granted him a divorce to end his 33-year-old marriage that had gone sour for some 16 years.
The Court found the case was fit to grant a divorce for causing mental cruelty and termed the wife's explanation that the advertisement was to protect the interests of their children 'incredible and implausible', calling it a mala fide motive.
The man comes from a respectable family engaged in business and the sons were quite grown up. The father was taking care of everything related to their children. The advertisement was intended to humiliate the husband who cannot be asked to put up with the conduct of the wife and continue to live with her. The permanent alimony for the wife has been fixed at Rs.50 lakhs.