First and foremost, kudos to the team: they well deserve a heart-felt congratulations on their success and it is hardly surprising that the people's mandate has given them, with Mr Kumar as the leader at the helm of affairs, the opportunity to lead Bihar for the second time.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was established through the formal adoption of its charter on December 8, 1985 by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 2007 Afghanistan joined the association as its eighth member. Its secretariat is in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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14-year old Aman Raj, son of Shashi Raj Sinha and Madhulika Sinha of Patna, was declared the 'Golfer of the Year' by the Patna Golf Club for the year 2009-2010.

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Jamshedpur: Yet another Naxal infested hamlet of East Singhbhum, one of Jharkhand 24 districts, Dampara, situated 20 km from district headquarters, had nothing special to talk about earlier. But a ‘celebrated beggar’ has brought national recognition and crowing glory to it.

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In 1784, the first South Asian émigré to arrive in Britain was Din Mahammad, who was born in Patna in 1759. In Britain he was later known as Dean Mahomet. He wrote The Travels, a collection of letters about Indian life, the first book in English published by an Indian.

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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was among the top builders of modern India. He was also one of the most prominent Muslim personalities of twentieth century. An Islamic thinker of international repute, he possessed good qualities of the past but with modern outlook and believed in oneness of all human beings. He advocated for learning through liberal, modern and universal education combining the rationalism of western sciences.

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(Article made available to PatnaDaily.Com by Siddharth Kumar, the son of late IPS officer Anil Kumar Singh)
Originally published on Sept. 13, 2007

Kidnappings in Bihar are again on the rise. I would like to share with readers a paper on the subject written by my late father (Late Anil Kumar Singh, IPS (Retd.) who was shot and killed while preventing a train dacoity on 4th June, 2006 onboard Patna Kurla Superfast Express in Patna).

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Radically changing global scenario has drastically altered the notions of life and the entire gamut of the disciplines associated with it. Literature, especially poetry, being a highly sensitive genre, could not have remained unaffected. Urdu poetry, like all the literatures written in English and indigenous Indian languages, has kept its pace with the pressures of times---misinterpreting or misreading of it notwithstanding.

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Nitin Chandra, the budding film director from Bihar, after successfully making 'Bring Back Bihar', a documentary depicting on the plight of Biharis in Mumbai, in his next project deals with the recurring flood situation in Bihar and how the central and state governments have failed to recognize the actual reason for this annual nightmare.

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