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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The name ‘Bihar’ is a corrupt form of ‘Vihara’, which means a Buddhist monastery.  It finds mention in the Vedas, Puranas, epics, etc., and 24 Jain Tirthankars.  Located in north India, Bihar is bounded by Nepal in north, Jharkhand is south, West Bengal is east and Uttar Pradesh is west. The main occupation of the people is agriculture.  The principal food grain crops are rice, wheat, maize, and pulses.  Main cash crops are sugarcane, oilseeds, tobacco, jute and potato.  Bihar has cotton spinning mills, sugar mills, jute mills, and leather industries.  It is also famous for production of tusser.


Important places of tourist interest are:  Bodh Gaya (most sacred place for Buddhists), Gaya (center of pilgrimage for Hindus), Manar (sacred Muslim shrines of Sufi Saint Hazarat Makhdoom Shah), Nalanda (ruins of world’s earliest Buddhist University), Patna (ancient city of Pataliputra), Pawapuri (where Lord Mahavir breathed his last), Rajgir (pilgrim place of Buddhists), Sasaram (tomb of Shershah Suri), Topchanchi (scenic value), Vaishali (the seat of the first Republic of the world in the sixth century BC), Vikramshila (ruins of another Buddhist university).


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has just now armed herself with a new law to fight organised crime by powerful people. (Minister Or Criminal?, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

At 12:30am on Wednesday when Dr Sharan Shivraj Patil disengaged the parasitic twin from Lakshmi and held it separately, chief anaesthetist Dr Yohannan John looked at him, smiled, and said, "Lakshmi is stable." (B'lore Docs Light Up Lakshmi's Life, Deccan Herald, Bala Chauhan, Nov 08, 2007)

A local court in the Indian state of Bihar has given bail to a member of the state assembly who was arrested last week for an attack on journalists. (Bail Granted To Bihar Politician , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

After a 27-hour surgery, two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, the “eight-limbed” girl from Bihar, was finally separated from her parasitic twin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (Lakshmi Stable After Marathon Surgery, Hindu, Afshan Yasmeen, Nov 08, 2007)

Now that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) have backed up with firm numbers their case for forming a new government in Karnataka, the Central government is left with no constitutional option but to revoke President’s Rule. (It’S A Numbers Game, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 08, 2007)

Doctors here successfully removed extra limbs from a two-year-old girl after a gruelling 27-hour-long operation on Wednesday. (Lakshmi’S Surgery Is Successful, Asian Age, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Separation surgery on a two-year-old Indian girl who was born with four arms and four legs has been successful, doctors say. (Girl Separation Surgery A Success , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

BJP president Rajnath Singh believes that direct intervention by the US in the form of negotiations with Indian political parties over the civilian nuclear agreement proves the UPA did not bother to do its homework and take Opposition. . . (Upa Has Ignored Opp On N-Deal , Pioneer, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

ONLY good infrastructure stands in the way of Mumbai being a world-class city.” So said D. Subbarao, Union Finance Secretary, at the recently concluded Infrastructure Investment conference organised by the U.S.-India CEO Forum in Mumbai. Infrastructure h (Musharraf Lost Respect Due To His Ties With Us: Karat, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

A complex surgery to separate a headless parasitic conjoined twin attached to the lower body of two-year-old Lakshmi was completed on Wednesday morning at a hospital here, with doctors announcing progress as per plan. (Lakshmi’S First Step Towards Normalcy, Surgery Successful, Indian Express, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

A local court on Wednesday granted bail to JD(U) MLA Anant Singh and five others arrested on charges of assaulting journalists here last week. (Attack On Scribes: Jd(u) Mla, Others Granted Bail, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Indian surgeons said on Wednesday they had successfully removed the extra limbs from a two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs, in a gruelling operation that lasted more than a day. (Indian Girl’S Extra Limbs Removed , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Controversial JD (U) MLA Anant Singh, who was remanded to judicial custody for assaulting journalists last week, was granted bail by a local court here on Wednesday (Ex-Minister Out On Bail In Murder Case , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra and protested the denial of a visa to Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. (Fo Summons Indian Envoy Over Visa Denial To Rashid, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Inaugurating a federalism conference in New Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complained that regional parties and those with narrow, "regional and sectional loyalties" tended to distort the "national vision". (Divide And Rule, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 07, 2007)

BJP-JD (S) combine presents 125 legislators before President I have consulted legal luminaries: Governor Delay is ‘mala fide’, says JD(S)-BJP memorandum (Thakur Submits Final Report, Hindu, P. Sunderarajan , Nov 07, 2007)

WORK for every hand, bread for every stomach, land for the landless, protection for small farmers and traders, change in the present economic policies.” (Rallying Forces For Land, Frontline, Purnima S. Tripathi, Nov 07, 2007)

WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

IN western India, from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., there was a prolific creation of art in caves hewn out of rock. (Mind Over Matter, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)


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