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Does Bihar Matter?

Mocking Bihar, and its people, has been in fashion in India for some years now. "Bihari" has become a commonly-used expletive, and Lalu jokes have replaced sardarji jokes in civilised circles.Can India really hope to carry on with its progress leaving this patch of backward land behind, asks Saif Shahin.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2004 11:14 PM IST
PTI | BySaif Shahin (HindustanTimes.com)

Hall of Shame

Several glaring cases of misgovernance, corruption and crime have shamed Bihar over the years.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2004 11:13 PM IST
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Lessons Not Learnt

In spite of a spurt in fake schools and colleges, Bihar is the only state where more than half the people are illiterate.

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Published on Jul 27, 2004 12:59 PM IST
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Caste Violence

Nearly a thousand people have been killed in caste violence in central and southern Bihar districts in the last three decades, according to conservative estimates.

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Published on Jul 26, 2004 05:52 PM IST
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Internal Disconnect

Bihar doesn't have any internal circuitry worth the name connecting its varied geography.

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Published on Jul 26, 2004 05:40 PM IST
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Good Earth, Poor Yield

In spite of having one of India's most fertile tracts of land, Bihar's productivity is much less than most other states.

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Published on Jul 26, 2004 04:48 PM IST
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Gunning for Survival

Bihar records one of the highest crime rates in the country, although not the highest, as many insist.

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Updated on Jul 27, 2004 12:57 PM IST
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Caste, Crime and Politics

The links between these three aspects of Bihar's society are much deeper and much more sinister than apparent.

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Updated on Jul 27, 2004 12:56 PM IST
PTI | BySaif Shahin (HindustanTimes.com)

Bihar in Graphics

Check out Bihar's poverty, illiteracy, crime rates and under-development figures in graphics.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2004 11:14 PM IST
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Industriously Downhill

Bihar's industrial growth throughout the planning era has been less than half the national average.

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Updated on Jul 27, 2004 12:59 PM IST
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Rank Disorder

Are some of Bihar's problems more pressing than others? Should some issues be dealt with more urgently than others?Rank Bihar's problems in the order of importance that you accord them.

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Updated on Jul 28, 2004 09:13 PM IST
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Central Unconcern

The Centre's own failings in Bihar's under-development are too glaring to be overlooked.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2004 04:48 PM IST
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Crippling Colonialism

Apologists for colonial rule talk about various development projects that the British started in India. Sadly, there is none that they can name for Bihar.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2004 05:38 PM IST
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Land Reforms: Loop full of holes

Bihar's village economy supports nearly three-fourths of its population, yet it remains one of the most exploitative in the world.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2004 05:37 PM IST
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Dr Naresh Trehan elected ISMICS' president

The ISMICS has appointed Dr Trehan as its president for the ongoing meet in UK. He is the first Indian to be appointed to post.

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Published on Jul 09, 2004 07:25 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

ICC urges incentives for Agro-Industries

In its pre-Budget memorandum, the Indian Chamber of Commerce has emphasized the need for new fiscal incentives to help the growth of the agricultural sector.

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Published on Jul 02, 2004 12:16 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Exempt computers from excise, custom duty: Nasscom

National Association of Software and Service Companies has demanded exemption of computers from excise and customs duty in order to encourage manufacturers to produce cheaper computers.

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Published on Jun 30, 2004 03:48 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Neha advances to second round at Wimbledon

Indian American Neha thrashed Slovakia's Ana Jerman in first round of girls' singles event at Wimbledon.

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Updated on Jun 29, 2004 03:58 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram was India's Finance Minister from 1996 to 1998. He has also held the post of Commerce Minister.

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Published on Jun 22, 2004 06:21 PM IST
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A visual treat

That Bollywood continues to be flavour of the moment is evident from the number of books being released recently.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2004 07:01 PM IST
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Manmohan Singh

One of the more non-political faces of Indian politics, Dr Manmohan Singh is best known as the "liberator" of Indian economy.

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Updated on Jun 22, 2004 06:22 PM IST
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The Vote-on-account

A vote-on-account is Parliament's approval to the Centre for withdrawal of money from the Consolidated Fund of India for a specified expenditure to be incurred for a particular period.

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Updated on Jun 22, 2004 06:20 PM IST
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Behind Closed Doors

Domestic violence. Despite the extent of the problem, there is very little info, an anomaly addressed by this book.

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Updated on Jun 21, 2004 07:47 PM IST
PTI | ByHindustanTimes.com/ PTI

Tanushree could win it for India, says Lara

The former Miss Universe and model-turned-actress feels Miss India-Universe Tanushree Dutta has it in her to reclaim the title.

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Published on May 31, 2004 06:24 PM IST
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Third time lucky?

Tanushree Dutta, the 20-year-old student of Communications at Pune University, won the Miss India title at a contest marred by the controversy surrounding Laxmi Pundit. But before she left for Ecuador, doing India proud was the only thing on her mind. In an exclusive interview with HindustanTimes.com, Tanushree said she would love to spread the message of peace and harmony if she took top honours at the Miss Universe pageant.

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Published on May 31, 2004 05:57 PM IST
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Tanushree could win it for India: Lara

India at Miss Universe. Well, it has been an incredible journey, not least for Lara Dutta became the most beautiful girl in the Universe in 2000. Four years later, the model-turned-actress feels Miss India-Universe Tanushree Dutta has it in her to reclaim the title. Lara talks about India's chances at the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in a freewheeling chat with HindustanTimes.com.

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Published on May 31, 2004 05:40 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Biotech: The best is yet to come

Almost all major diseases can now be detected during pregnancy itself through advanced biotechnological tools, says biotech expert.

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Updated on Jul 05, 2004 06:03 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

The universe at her feet

"I will always take special pride (in) acknowledging my Hispanic heritage, so my victory stands as a tribute to all Latina women. I enjoyed taking part in the Miss Universe competition. It has opened up unparalleled access to wonderful people, exotic places, and to worthy causes. - Amelia Vega

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Published on May 27, 2004 08:48 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

An incredible journey

India at Miss Universe. Well, it has been an incredible journey, not least for Sushmita Sen who heralded the arrival of the Indian beauty on world stage by grabbing the prestigious crown in 1994. In an exclusive for HindustanTimes.com, she talks about what it means to conquer the Universe. "Winning a beauty contest has more to do with responsibility than glamour", says Sushmita.

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Published on May 27, 2004 08:48 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Kanti Singh

Former Minister of State for Coal Kanti Singh, 47, has won the Ara seat on a RJD ticket.

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Updated on Dec 09, 2005 01:02 PM IST
PTI | Byhindustantimes.com
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