Archive for September, 2010

Munger District Vidhansabha Constituencies 2010

Munger District Map?

Munger, or as some people call it, Monghyr disitrict in Bihar is spread over 1,788 sq. kms. and has a total population of about 12 Lakhs. The main agricultural product of this place are paddy, wheat and lentils. The district thrives from water by Ganga, Mohane, Harohar and Kiul. The region is famous for its gun factory.

Assembly Constituencies in Munger District:

Munger had 4 constituencies in 2005 polls, but Kharagpur has been removed as a constituency after the new delimitation rules came into effect.

Munger District has 3 constituencies for Bihar Elections 2010.


Police bust illegal arms factory near cycling venue

The arrest of two alleged gun makers from Sector 37 in Noida has sent Noida Police in a tizzy. Although the recovery from inside an illegal gun making unit has been substantial, what has worried the cops is its close proximity to the Mahamaya flyover on the Greater Noida Expressway where the time trial cycling event is scheduled to take place on October 13. Incidentally, Thursday was also the day Noida Police carried out a full dress rehearsal on the expressway to ascertain the security in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Outsider’ officers in poll glare


(From top) Umesh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar Sinha, Pankaj Darad and Vineet Vinayak. Pictures by Nagendra Kumar Sinha

Patna, Sept. 22: About a dozen officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), mostly on inter-state deputation in Bihar, are on the radar of the Election Commission ahead of the Assembly polls.

These officers may be shifted from field postings in the wake of complaints made by Opposition parties during the two-day visit of the panel team to Bihar led by chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi.

Quraishi has said the commission would keep tabs on these officers, though he did not give any indication about immediate transfer of those against whom allegations of alleged “favouritism” had been levelled by Opposition parties, including the RJD, LJP and the Congress. “It is not feasible to shift all these officers but they will be under the surveillance of the commission,” the poll boss said yesterday.

Sources in the state police headquarters said that at present four IPS officers of different cadre are on inter-state deputation in Bihar. While three officers are posted as deputy inspectors-general, one is posted as superintendent of police in the government railway police. A senior Bihar cadre IPS officer is also under the scanner of the Opposition parties, which questioned his posting in the field during the ensuing election.

Sources said the Opposition parties demanded the removal of Umesh Kumar, who is posted as DIG, Bettiah range. Kumar, a 1995 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre, is the son-in-law of Bharatiya Janata Party MLC Ganga Prasad. Kumar had courted controversy over deployment of the central para-military forces during the parliamentary elections in 2009.

Kumar, who was then posted as superintendent of police of East Champaran, had kept central forces stationed at the district headquarters while personnel of district armed police and home guards were deployed in polling stations. The RJD had complained to the commission on this.

Vineet Vinayak and Pankaj Darad, both 1995 batch IPS officers of Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir cadres respectively, are posted as DIG, Central range and DIG, Muzaffarpur. Alok Kumar, a 1997 batch IPS officer from Nagaland cadre, is currently posted as the superintendent of rail police, Jamalpur.

Gupteshwar Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre, is at present posted as inspector-general, Muzaffarpur zone. He had lobbied for a ticket for Buxar parliamentary seat as a BJP nominee last year. He had also offered voluntary retirement from service in anticipation of getting a ticket for the Lok Sabha elections held in May 2009.

Abhijeet Sinha, a 2000 batch IAS officer of the Nagaland cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Munger while J.K. Sinha, a 1995 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of Patna. Similarly, Binod Kumar, a 1996 batch IAS officer of the Assam cadre, is holding the charge of district magistrate of Araria.

Vaishali district magistrate Minhaz Alam is an IAS officer of the Kerala cadre while his Gaya counterpart Sanjay Singh is of the Orissa cadre. Dev Raj Dev, an IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is posted as the district magistrate of West Champaran.

An IPS officer posted at the state police headquarters said the officers on inter-state deputation are not given plum postings in other states. To drive home his point, he mentioned the case of Shobha Ohatker, a 1990 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, who is currently on a three-year inter-state deputation in Maharashtra, her native state. “Despite being an upright officer, Ohatker was not given important assignments in that state,” he added.

Anglo-Indian Day Celebration Combines the Best of British and Indian Cultures Through Film, Books, Music, and Food

New York, NY – August 1, 2010. The presence of the British in India gave rise to a sub-culture that flourished for the better part of three centuries. The Anglo-Indians, a hybrid people of Indian and European descent, carved a unique niche for themselves in British India.

Anglo Indian

While their language, religion, and educational background were European, they developed a style of life that borrowed from both their British and Indian progenitors but jelled into something that was essentially their own. After India gained Independence in 1947, the majority of the Anglo-Indian community emigrated to the UK, Australia, and Canada.

Anglo Indian

Book reading and discussion by Blair Williams and author Margaret Deefholts

Today, their children and grandchildren no longer have any psychological or emotional ties with India. In addition, most of these early Anglo-Indian emigrants are now elderly, and there is little doubt that their cultural heritage will, within a generation or two, be extinguished forever.

Anglo Indian

Ambassador Prabhu Dayal during book reading and discussion

Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General, hosted an event on Sunday, August 1, 2010, to celebrate “Anglo-Indian Day” in New York City, along with the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and the Calcutta Tiljallah Relief (CTR). Experience the film, music, food, and culture of Anglo-Indians on Sunday, August 1 at the Indian Consulate on the Upper East Side, the event took place at the grand ballroom of the former mansion on 64th and Fifth, built in 1903 for Ms. Carrie Astor.

The IAAC serves as a platform to expose New Yorkers to Indian art, films, books, and music, and we recognize the Anglo-Indian community as a part of our rich, Indian culture,” says Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani. “Anglo-Indians are one more ingredient in New York’s giant melting pot, and we hope this celebration creates awareness about the Anglo-Indian community.”

Anglo Indian

6 books on the Anglo-Indian culture for sale at the event

In 2002 a publishing company was launched, to capture the Anglo-Indian culture. The guidelines stated that “these publications, will depict our Anglo-Indian way of life, and will cover a broad contemporary canvas.  We would like to capture not only who we were but how we were in all walks of life—the way we lived, worked, rejoiced, loved, laughed, and cried.”

Anglo Indian

Book reading by author Margaret Deefholts

Six book have been published since:

“Anglo-Indians. Vanishing remnants of a bygone era” – Blair Williams (2002)

“Haunting India” – Margaret Deefholts (2003)

“Voices on the Verandah.  Anglo-Indian Prose and Poetry” – Edited Margaret Deefholts and Sylvia Staub (2004)

“The Way We Were. Anglo-Indian Chronicles” – Edited Margaret Deefholts and Glen Deefholts (2006)

“The Way We Are. An Anglo-Indian Mosaic” – Edited Lionel Lumb and Debbie Van Veldhuizen (2008)

“Women of Anglo-India. Tales and Memoirs” – Edited Margaret Deefholts and Susan Deefholts (2010)

The publication of these books have another vitally important and synergistic function: The gross proceeds of all sales—publishing costs are borne privately—will go directly to CTR Inc, an IRS approved charity helping less fortunate Anglo-Indians in India. The series thus serves a dual purpose: to preserve the culture of the Community and to provide much needed resources for its poorer members in India.

The Anglo-Indian community, in its modern sense, is a distinct, small minority community originating in India whose British ancestry was bequeathed paternally,” says Blair Williams, Founder of CTR, a New York-based non-profit organization that provides education and support to the Anglo-Indians living around the world. “While there is a small number of us living and working in New York, this day is a way for us to share our culture and sensibilities with the larger community.

The schedule for the celebration is as follows:

3 to 5 p.m. – Brief Welcome Statements and screening of Aparna Sen’s 36 Chowringee Lane, a film that explores the solitary life of an Anglo-Indian woman living in Calcutta.

5:15 to 6:30 p.m. – Book reading and discussion by Blair Williams and author Margaret Deefholts.

6:30 to 9 p.m. – Cocktails, dinner, and dancing with Consul General’s address at 7 p.m.

Distinguished guest dance to playing music by Anglo-Indian singers such as Cliff Richards, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones and others.

Indo-American Arts Council Founder and Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani sharing a casual moment with Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General

Indo-American Arts Council Founder and Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani with friends

ITV interviewed Deputy Speaker of New Jersey General Assembly Upendra Chivukula at the event

Blair Williams, Aroon and Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General

Author Margaret Deefholts with Aroon

Judy Menon, Assistant Director of the Consul General’s Office

About Indo-American Arts Council: The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

About CTR: Founded by Blair Williams CTR is a U-S based non-profit organization established in 1999, whose sole purpose is to help the indigent Anglo-Indians living in India. CTR raises funds for senior pensions and education of Anglo-Indians. For more information about the organization, please visit

Photo Credits to Julian Williams and Indo-American Arts Council