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Bihar marching to glory after 'darkness': Shatrughan Sinha

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Lauding performance of the NDA government in Bihar, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha today said the state is making rapid strides on the path of development to regain its past glory after "darkness". "Bihar is on the path of recovery from days of darkness to regain its past glory," Sinha, BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, told PTI. The eastern state is observing three-day Bihar Diwas, beginning yesterday, to mark 100 years of its existence since its formation in 1912.

Taking a potshot at the previous RJD regime, Sinha said the state's image had touched its nadir due to poor law and order situation and non-development in all sectors. Bihar which gave first republic to the world in Lichvi dynasty in Vaishali district, first President to Independent India in Rajendra Prasad and was considered an international seat of learning because of Nalanda university, had drawn a bad name due to 15-years of "misrule" of Lalu Prasad's RJD, he said.

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Hard lessons to Nitish Kumar regarding Nalanda University

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Sanjay Paswan is trying to get a government job. A graduate in Hindi literature, he regularly appears for tests. But he might not get a government job because he has a criminal case against him.

The case against Sanjay, 32, is serious. He allegedly threw stones at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar three years ago when he was getting off a chopper with economist Amartya Sen and former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a helipad in Nalanda. They were there to oversee preparations for the revival of the ancient Nalanda university. Sen and Kalam were the mentors of the proposed university, a dream project of the chief minister.

Sanjay was working as a construction labourer at the helipad. He and 17 other workers from the locality allegedly joined a group of people who threw stones at the chief minister when he landed on the property demarcated for the university. “The government snatched the land from us. They did not even pay the compensation we deserved,” said Sanjay.

Around 550 acres of fer…

Filth, noise pollution shocks Costa Rica envoy-Nalanda University

Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, first ambassador of Costa Rica in UK, was in town. After her two-day visit to Nalanda, Bodh Gaya and Vaishali, she has all praise for good connectivity network in Bihar.

"This is my third visit to Bihar since 2001 and I can easily make out the changes made here in recent years," she told TOI here on Wednesday. But she was shocked to see the condition of the Ganga in the city.

"The Ganga has gone far away. Please do something to save her. During my earlier visit, it was very close to the city," Saborio, also an expert on environment issues, told TOI before leaving for Delhi.


The 52-year-old ambassador also holds a master of philosophy degree in development studies from the University of Cambridge, and she is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on 'The Transnational Networks of Latin American Elites' in Miami.

With her keen interest in nature, Saborio is the ideal person to promote her country's environmental policies in …