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Bihar Development Summit

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Patna Airport and The Juggernaut of Bihar’s economic development

When news came of Bihar being the second fastest growing state in India, there was all round skepticism, even derision in some quarters. I remember the TV debate in which a geriatric retired member of the Indian Planning Commission tried to deride the suave NK Singh by hinting that as the basic data is supplied […]

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Obituary – John Shepherd-Barron – Inventor of the ATM machine

John Shepherd-Barron passed away on May 15. His is an interesting case of an invention which can be called a true Eureka moment. One day he was in an urgent need of cash but was locked out of his bank since the banking hours were over. While having his bath, the idea of a cash […]

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Community Outreach Program – a Bihar Foundation Mumbai initiative

I am delighted to share that we, Bihar Foundation Mumbai, initiated a community outreach program at Mumbai yesterday. As part of this program, a group of 50 students and 20 senior citizens are visiting the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya. They would also be visiting places of tourist interest at Patna like the museum as […]

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Nitish Launches blog: More than 400 comments in 2 days

I was directed to this blog by a friend just now http://nitishspeaks.blogspot.com/ Nitish’s blog must be generating a lot of traffic since it had attracted more than 400 comments in just two days. I also liked his first entry, where he highlighted the bicycle for girls scheme. I can say from personal experience that this […]

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Kosi revisited

A lone tree still stands amidst stark sand filled surroundings which were once lush green farmland. This is one of the few landmarks that survived the deluge. Kosi revisited: Gwalpada is a small town 15 km’s south from Madhepura. This region was ravaged by a fierce flood in 2008 & the inhabitants of this region […]

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Blanket distribution ~Kosi flood victims

We reached the Bhanwartola around 5am & were received by the village ward member who then guided us to this settlement. The only source of warmth for these people are blankets & small bonfire from dry vegetation. They don’t have permanent shelter & live under rough thatched shelters & plastic ¬†sheet covers. Its kind of […]

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Blanket distribution

It was heartening to see that the blankets & warm clothes for women & children which we had distributed last year had given them some warmth. Although many of these clothes were in tatters, it had helped them see through last winter. In fact the only warm clothes they have were the ones given by […]

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Residents of Bhanwartola,Madhepura,

Kosi flood relief updates

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Simplifying VAT- Bihar Model

Economic and tax reforms have helped Bihar in improving its overall investment and financial health of the state. This has also shaped financial discipline and administrative rehaul leading to better governance. Vital indicators in the state are indicative of this positive development. Another new reform is the new model for administering VAT, which would seek […]

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