Archive for June, 2009

Footwear store in Geneva uses Buddha statue to hang shoes

Buddha's statue at a footwear store in Geneva. (TOI Photo)

Buddha's statue at a footwear store in Geneva. (TOI Photo)

Sight-seeing in Switzerland does not leave a vacationer horrified, but Patna’s Prabhat Choudhary, his wife and daughter were shocked to
Buddha’s statue in Geneva strore

see a Lord Buddha statue garlanded with a pair of shoes at a footwear shop in Geneva.

“We were strolling on shopping street when my 15-year-old daughter insisted that we got into ‘Anne Fontaine’, a designer footwear shop. There in the shop, we saw a 4-ft statue of Lord Buddha on the shelf displaying shoes and slippers, garlanded with a pair of shoes,” Prabhat, a realtor, recalled.

The family was shocked. Prabhat’s daughter, was furious. Though her parents were a bit frightened, she persuaded them to let her shoot the sight with her videocam. The girl, a student of Patna’s prestigious Notre Dame Academy, accomplished her mission without anyone – the shop staff or the crowd of customers – knowing about it.

Back home, Prabhat has sent a letter to the ministry of external affairs, requesting it to take up the matter with Swiss authorities.

Source: TOI


Naxalites threaten to blast Ratanpur railway station

CPI-Maoist on Thursday threatened to explode Ratanpur railway station and railway tunnel at Jamalpur in Munger district.

Confirming the threat to blast the station, SP (Railway) Vimal Kumar said adequate security arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incident.

The Maiosts have called a bandh tomorrow in Munger to protest the killing of one of their leaders by police.


Anti Bihar Taunt in Pune

Bihar is today considered the best state in implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act. But some people seem to gloss over the state’s remarkable transformation in recent times. These “ill-informed” persons are eager to listen something bad about the state, it seems.

Many Bihari students seeking admission to a Pune-based law institute encountered embarrassing questions about their native state during the interview.

Students of Notre Dame Academy , St Joseph ’s Convent High School , DAV BSEB Colony and St Michael’s High School are upset with the interview board’s “anti-Bihari” attitude. These students were not willing to be quoted because of the apprehension of losing their chance to get admission.

Last week, the interview board threw a volley of questions at Shalini (name changed), a Patna girl. “Do you agree that Bihar is the crime capital of India ? People from Bihar come here with an intention to commit crime. Do you agree with MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s opinion about Bihar ?”

The girl was shocked. She tried her best to convince the board that the law and order situation is now much better in the state. But even before she could finish her reply, the board fired another salvo, asking her about the “Biharis who come to Maharashtra with an intention to commit crime”. “I again tried to convince the board that people come here to earn their livelihood,” she said. Another student said he were baffled to hear such questions, but he maintained his cool.

Shubham (name changed) said: “I told the interview board that the Constitution does not deny us right to move anywhere in the country.”

Hearing about such “developments”, parents are a worried lot. “We are apprehensive of their future. They have cleared the all India entrance examination held in New Delhi . After clearing the written test, they appeared for group discussion on ‘Relevance of Gandhi Today’. But it was during the interview that they were asked such irrelevant questions,” said one of the parents.

Academics from Bihar have taken strong note of the “anti-Bihari” attitude.

“Such questions are ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘unethical’. It should be reported to the authorities concerned, including the P.M. and the Union HRD minister,” said noted educationist Shaileshwar Sati Prasad.

Prasad said the people of Bihar should request Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to bring it to the notice of the Maharashtra CM.

Noted Sociologist Hetukar Jha said: “We are treated like beggars outside because we have failed to develop our own educational institutions

We have made our boys and girls dependent on other states. This is what we have to face time and again until we create and develop our own institutions. During 60s and 70s our own academic institutions- Patna college and Patna Science college were best in the country.” CPIML (Liberation) central committee member Dhirendra Jha said that Bihar government should appoint separate resident commissioners in states where Bihari students are being harassed and humiliated.

ML’s student outfit, All India Students Association (AISA), has decided to hold its national council meeting at Pune on July 4-5.

Several student leaders including JNUSU president Sandeep Singh will attend the meeting, Jha said.

The student delegation would also meet the heads of various Pune-based academic institutions to apprise them of the humiliation of Bihari students in Maharashtra .

Source: TOI

Tourists would have the opportunity to visit Munger Yoga Ashram

An exciting 10-day cruise on Kolkata-Varanasi route in river Ganga would be launched soon with main aim to attract foreign tourists. About
500 km of the total 800 km stretch of the cruise will pass through various tourist places of Bihar, including Bhagalpur, Munger, Patna and Buxar.

Tourists would have the opportunity to visit all the sightseeing places, including Munger Yoga Ashram, ancient Vikramshila University, Dolphin Sanctuary, ancient Nalanda Mahavihara, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Patna, during the cruise. Read the rest of this entry »

BSTDC signs MoU to launch Ganga cruise

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based Pandaw Cruise India recently for a 10 day cruise on Kolkata-Varanasi route over the river Ganga, which is scheduled to sail in September 2009.

It will offer 30 double bed AC rooms, open deck, a dining hall, bar, restaurant, massage centre, big hall and emergency medical facilities.

The cruise will cover 500 km. It will have six day stoppages in Bihar which will include Kahalgaon, Munger, Barh, Patna and Buxar.

Tourists will have an opportunity to visit places like Munger Yoga Ashram, Vikramshila University, dolphin sanctuary in Kahalgaon, Nalanda Mahavihara, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Patna.