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First Bihari Woman Who Scaled The Mount Everest

22 Jul

Nirupama first from Bihar to unfurl Tiranga on Mt Everest. Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey has become the first person from Bihar to climb the 8848 mt high Mount Everest. Ms Pandey performed the feat on May 25 this year.

A Bihar information department statement here today said Ms Pandey, a class-I, Gazetted Officer from Indian Air Force, presently posted to Air Force station, Rajokri, New Delhi under Headquarters, Western Air Command, New Delhi has achieved the distinction of becoming the first person from Bihar to unfurl the ‘Tiranga’ on the highest point of earth, Mount Everest.

In a telephonic talk, Ms Pandey said that she feels proud to be a Bihar resident who has scaled Everest.

Ms Pandey has made Bihar proud by not only becoming the first girl but also the first person from Bihar to reach the summit of Everest. With this remarkable achievement, Bihar has also joined the league of 14 other Indian states which has at least one Mount Everest summiteer to its credit.

Ms Pandey while climbing Mt Everest followed the South East Ridge route from Nepal which was used by Hillary and Tenzing in their first successful expedition to Mt Everest in 1953.

The team was flagged-in after the successful summit by Defence Minister A K Antony here on June 10.

Squadron Leader Pandey hails from Jamo-Jalalpur village of Siwan district of Bihar.

Born to Rajendra Pandey and Uma Pandey, the officer is married to Squadron Leader Prakash Jha, who is also a co-officer and also a qualified mountaineer.

The 30-year-young dynamic lady officer was part of first Indian Air Force all women officers expedition to Mount Everest which was flagged off by Air Marshal J N Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM Air Officer- in-Charge Administration here on April 13, this year.

Ms Pandey started her mountaineering career in 2007 by undergoing basic mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. The lady officer has several other mountaineering expeditions to her credit which includes Mt Stock Kangri (6121 mtrs) in Leh, Mt Kamet (7757 mtrs) and Mt Abhigamin (7357 mtrs) in Garhwal region and Mt Saser Kangri I (7672 mtrs) in Ladakh region.

The officer has completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya.

She attained graduate degree in commerce from Ness Wadia college, Pune and MBA from Wadia college Pune with specialisation in marketing.

Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey is a 2003 batch Indian Air Force officer who graduated from Air Force academy as Flying officer in Accounts stream. The officer is a national level athlete. The officer while undergoing training in Air force academy has won the best in outdoor training trophy and cross country champions trophy 2003 in women’s category.

The officer has also undergone basic parajumping course. For her exemplary service and devotion to the service, she has been commended by the Air officer commanding in chief, Headquarters Central Air Command.

Source Link: http://www.newkerala.com/news/2011/worldnews-16133.html

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Tikaram Upadhyaya Gopal Singh Nepali (Hindi Poet & Lyricist)

20 Jun

Gopal Singh Nepali (1911 – 1963) was born in Bettiah District in the Bihar State. In fact, he was not a Nepali but has taken this as a part of his literary name.

He was an eminent poet of Hindi literature and a famous lyricist of Bollywood. His association with Bollywood spanned around two decades, beginning in 1944 and ended with his death in 1963. He was a poet of Post-Chhayavaad period, and he wrote several collections of Hindi poems including “Umang” (published in 1933). He was also a journalist and edited at least four Hindi Magazines, Namely, Ratlam Times, Chitrapat, Sudha, and Yogi. During Sino-Indian War of 1962, he wrote many patriotic songs and poems which include Savan, Kalpana, Neelima, Naveen Kalpana Karo Etc.

Nakul Singh Nepali, son of Gopal Singh Nepali, has filed a suit at the Bombay High Court against the makers of Slumdog Millionaire Movie, saying that Director & Producer Danny Boyle they wrongly credited poet Surdas for writing the song Darshan Do Ghanashyam. According to the suit, Nepali says his father, a poet, wrote the song and that the filmmakers – Danny Boyle and Celador Films Ltd – have caused loss of reputation to his father and violated the author’s rights. Nepali has claimed Rs 5 crore as damages. He has also sought to have the filmmakers prohibited from presenting in any form the portion of the movie that says that Surdas is the author of the song.

Remember The Legendary-Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal

18 Jun

B. P. Mandal was raised in the village of Murho, in the Madhepura District (formerly Saharsa District) of northern Bihar. B. P. Mandal received his early education in Madhepura and he attended Raj High School in Darbhanga. He matriculated at Patna College in the 1930s and worked as an Honorary Magistrate from 1945 to 1951. B. P. Mandal and his wife, Sita Mandal, were survived by five sons and two daughters. The third son, Maninder Kumar Mandal, and his son Nikhil Mandal in national and state politics.

B. P. Mandal was the son of Ras Behari Lal Mandal, a wealthy zamindar. According to local legend, his father raised the demand for Indian independence at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Ras Behari Lal Mandal later made his contribution as founder of All India Gope Jatiya (Yadav) Mahasabha and was one of the few zamindars who laid the foundation of Indian National Congress in Bihar. His eldest son Bhubneshwari Prasad Mandal became Member of Bihar-Orissa Legislative Council in 1924 and was Chairman of Local Board, Bhagalpur till his death in 1948. Ras Behari Lal Mandal’s second son, the British arrested Kamleshwari Prasad Mandal along with Jai Prakash Narain and others and lodged in Hazaribagh Central Jail , and became M.L.C. in Bihar in 1937. B. P. Mandal was the youngest of the three sons of Ras Behari Babu.

His political career began with the Indian National Congress but he joined the Janata Party after the Emergency Period. Later in his political career, B.P. Mandal gravitated toward socialist political ideas and he eventually joined the Samyukta Socialist Party. B. P. Mandal became Chief Minister of Bihar in 1967-68 for a short period before his Government was pulled down by supporting Congress Party for not rewinding the Commission appointed to ask into allegations of corruption against Congress leaders during previous government.

Mr B. P. Mandal was a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the state of Bihar from 1967 to 1970 and 1977 to 1979. He was also the Chief Minister of Bihar for forty-eight days in 1968, a period of intense political instability (his predecessor was Chief Minister for only three days). In December 1978, Prime Minister Morarji Desai appointed a five member civil rights commission under the chairmanship of B. P. Mandal. The commission’s report was completed in 1980 and recommended that a significant proportion of all government and educational places be reserved for applicants from the Other Backward Classes. The commission’s report was tabled indefinitely by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A decade later, Prime Minister V. P. Singh implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Report.

The Government of India issued a stamp in honor of B. P. Mandal in 2001. A college named in his honor, B. P. Mandal Engineering College, was founded in 2007.

Manoj Bajpai

16 Jun

Manoj Bajpai borned in Belwa a small village Narkatiaganj in West Champaran, Bihar. He completed his schooling from K R High school, Bettiah. He went for Graduation in Ramjas College, University of Delhi, also did theatre with Barry John. Manoj Bajpai was married to Bihar’s girl, whom he left after two months and came to Mumbai. in 2005, he married Neha (real name Shabana Raza), a Bollywood actress who worked in movies namely Kareeb, Fiza. They have baby girls together.

Manoj Bajpai got his first opportunity with a television serial aired on Doordarshan, Swaabhimaan. Bajpai also done a small role as a cop in Dastak movie. He shared the screen space with Mukul Dev and Sushmita Sen. He appeared in several small roles in films like Droh Kaal (1994), and Bandit Queen (1994), before getting a big break in 1998 film Satya directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His performance as Bhiku Mhatre won him several awards, as he portrayed the hotheaded and compassionate sides of this small-time gangster, with equal panache. His another important film where he played a dark character was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film Aks in 2001, which gave him many awards.

Manoj Bajpai’s work was also appreciated in films like Daud,Dil Par Mat le Yaar,Road,Sool, Zubeidaa (2001), Pinjar (2003) which earned him the National Film Award, Veer Zaara in 2004 and Rajneeti in 2010.
Veerendra Pratap the role of his character in the movie Raajneeti explains his magic and aura. Katrina Kaif touched the feet of actor Manoj Bajpai as a sign of respect following the premiere of Rajneeti. When Satya released some 12 years ago, Tabu had done the same thing, touching the thespian’s feet.

He is Awarded and nominated in
•    1999 won: Filmfare Award Best Actor – Critics’ Choice, Satya
•    1999 won: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor: Satya
•    1999 won: BFJA Best Actor: Shool
•    2000 won: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor: Satya
•    2000 won: Filmfare Award Best Actor – Critics’ Choice: Shool
•    2000 won: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Male: Shool
•    2002 won: Star Screen Award Best Villain: Aks
•    2002 Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award forAks
•    2003 won: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role: Road
•    2003 Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Road
•    2004 won: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Pinjar
•    2004:Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-LOC Kargil
•    2011:Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award-Raajneeti

Films he act in
•    Tamanna (1997)
•    Daud: Fun on the Run (1997)
•    Satya (1998) … Bhiku Mahatre
•    Prema Kadha (1999)(Telugu)
•    Kaun (1999)
•    Shool (1999) … Inspector Samar Pratap Singh
•    Fiza (2000)
•    Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000)
•    Ghaath (2000)
•    Zubeidaa (2001)
•    Aks (2001)
•    Road (2002)
•    Pinjar (2003)
•    LOC: Kargil (2003)
•    Hanan (2004)
•    Jaago (2004)
•    Veer-Zaara (2004)
•    Inteqam: The Perfect Game (2004)
•    Return to Rajapur (2005)
•    Bewafaa (2005)
•    Fareb (2005)
•    Happy (2006) Telugu film
•    1971 (2007)
•    Swami (2007)
•    Dus Kahaniyan (2007)
•    Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (2008)
•    Acid Factory (2008)
•    Jugaad (2009)
•    Jail (2009)
•    Komaram Puli (2010) Telugu film
•    Vedam (2010) Telugu film
•    Raajneeti (2010)
•    Dus Tola (2010)
•    Chittagong (2011)
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Multistar Shatrughan Sinha

15 Jun

Mr Shatrughan Sinha was born in Patna, Bihar. He completed graduation in Patna Science College. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. Currently there’s a scholorship being awarded on his name in the institute to Diploma students. He moved to Bombay(Now Called Mumbai), where he started his career in the Bollywood.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha came to Bombay, after getting Diploma in acting from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His first opportunity was playing a Pakistani Military Officer in Dev Anand’s Prem Pujari. Subsequently he got a small role of a police inspector in Mohan Sehgal’s Sajan in 1969. The release of the Prem Pujari was delayed, so his first released film was Sajan. He played supporting roles in many films before appearing in Gulzar’s Mere Apne in 1971. He later appeared in Dulal Guha’s “Dost” in 1974 and in Kalicharan in 1976.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha was selected by Rediff.com as one of the most unconventional actors in Hindi Cinema (the others being Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan, Irfan Khan, Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan, and Sunil Shetty). In 2008, he joined as a judge for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge show, Season 4 on STAR One TV. On 3 October 2009, Shatrughan Sinha appeared on Sony Entertainment Television Asia Show Dus Ka Dum Season 2 as host for a special episode. He is hosting Bhojpuri version of the popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on Mahuaa channel. The show is named as “Ke Bani Crorepati”.

Mr Shatrughan Sinha won the Indian general election from Patna Sahib in Bihar. He defeated another cinema celebrity Shekhar Suman. Out of a total of 552,293 votes polled, Mr Sinha received 316,472 votes. He become a cabinet minister with the Government of India in the 13th Lok Sabha, holding two portfolios, the department of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004), and the department of shipping (August 2004). He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. As of May 2006, he was been appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.

He is awarded by
* 1973 – Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards – Best Supporting Actor for ‘Tanhai’.
* 2003 – “Pride of the Film Industry” at the Stardust Awards 2003.
* 2003 – Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement. * 2007 – National Kishore Kumar Samman.
* 2011 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He has also received a Special Award for “contribution in Indian Cinema” at the Kalakar Awards.
He is Nominated also in
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Paras (1971)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Dost (1974)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Supporting Actor–Kaala Pathar (1979)
* Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor–Dostana (1980)

Real Classic Hero Bharat Ratna “Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Ji”

13 Jun

Jayprakash Narayan Ji was born in Sitabdiara village of Saran District(Now Called Chapra) in Bihar. In his Childhood, he had many pets. One day, his pigeon died and he did not take food for two days. His father Harsudayal posted as a junior official in the canal department of the State government and was often touring the region. Jayaprakash Ji, called Baul affectionately, was left with his grandmother to study in Sitabdiara. There was no high school in the village, Then Jayaprakash Ji went to Patna to study in the Collegiate School. He excelled in school. His essay, “The present state of Hindi in Bihar”, won a best essay award. He entered the Patna College on a Government scholarship. In October, 1920 Jayaprakash married Prabhavati Devi, a independence activist in her own right and a staunch disciple of Kasturba Gandhi. Prabhavati was the daughter of lawyer and nationalist Brij Kishore Prasad, one of the first Gandhians in Bihar and one who played a major role in Gandhi’s campaign in Champaran. She often held opinions which were not in agreement with JP’s views, but Narayan Ji respected her independence. On Gandhiji’s invitation, she stayed at his Sabarmati Ashram while Jayaprakash Ji continued his studies.

Jayaprakash Narayan Ji joined Bihar Vidyapeeth discovered by Dr. Rajendra Prasad for motivating young meritorious youths and was among the first students of eminent Gandhian Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, a close colleague of M. K. Gandhi who later became first Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister of Bihar. In 1922, Narayan Ji went to the United States, where he worked to support his studies in political science, sociology and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Ohio State University. He adopted Marxism while studying at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under sociologist Edward A. Ross; he was also deeply influenced by the writings of M. N. Roy. Financial constraints and his mother’s health forced him to abandon his wish of earning a PhD. He became acquainted with Rajani Palme Dutt and other revolutionaries in London on his way back to India.

After returning to India, Narayan Ji joined the Indian National Congress on the invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1929; M. K. Gandhi became his mentor in the Congress. He shared the same house at kadam kuan in Patna with his close friend and nationalist Ganga Sharan Singh (Sinha). with whom he shared the most cordial and lasting friendship. During the Indian independence movement he was arrested, jailed, and tortured several times by the British. He won particular fame during the Quit India movement.

After being jailed in 1932 for civil disobedience against British rule, Narayan Ji was imprisoned in Nasik Jail, where he met Ram Manohar Lohia, Minoo Masani, Achyut Patwardhan, Ashok Mehta, Yusuf Desai and other national leaders. After his release, the Congress Socialist Party, or (CSP), a left-wing group within the Congress, was formed with Acharya Narendra Deva as President and Narayan Ji as General secretary.

During the Quit India Movement of 1942, when senior Congress leaders were arrested in the early stages, JP, Lohia and Basawon Singh (Sinha) were at the forefront of the agitations. Leaders such as Jayaprakash Narayan Ji and Aruna Asaf Ali were described as “the political children of Gandhi but recent students of Karl Marx.” He was also a great advocate of corelation “SAHJEEVAN”

Initially a defender of physical force, Narayan Ji was won over to Gandhi’s place on nonviolence and advocated the use satyagrahas to make the ideals of democratic socialism. Furthermore, he became deeply disillusioned with the practical experience of socialism in Nehru’s India.

After independence and the death of Mahatma Gandhi, Narayan Ji, Acharya Narendra Dev and Basawon Singh (Sinha) led the CSP out of Congress to become the opposition Socialist Party, which later took the name Praja Socialist Party. Basawon Singh (Sinha) became the first leader of the opposition in the state and assembly of Bihar and Acharya Narendra Deva became the first leader of opposition in the state and assembly of U.P. His party is the first national party who distributed tickets on caste line. This was the point where Jayaprakash Narayan Ji disagreed with the party principles and pursued Sarvodey and Lokniti.

On April 19, 1954, Narayan Ji announced in Gaya that he was dedicating his life to Vinoba Bhave’s Sarvodaya movement and its Bhoodan campaign, which promoted distributing land to Harijans. He gave up his land, set up an ashram in Hazaribagh, and worked towards uplifting the village. In 1957, Narayan Ji formally broke with the Praja Socialist Party to pursue lokniti [Polity of the people], as opposed to rajniti [Polity of the state]. By this time, Narayan Ji had become convinced that lokniti should be non-partisan to build a consensus-based, classless, participatory democracy which he termed Sarvodaya. Narayan Ji became an important figure in the India-wide network of Gandhian Sarvodaya workers.

In 1964, Narayan Ji was vilified across the political spectrum for arguing in an article in the Hindustan Times that India had a responsibility to keep its promise to allow self-determination to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He hit back at critics in a second article, dismissing the Indian version of the “domino theory” which held that the rest of India’s states would disintegrate if Kashmir were allowed its promised freedom. In his graceful if old-fashioned style, Narayan Ji ridiculed the premise that “the states of India are held together by force and not by the sentiment of a common nationality. It is an assumption that makes a mockery of the Indian Nation and a tyrant of the Indian State”.

Narayan Ji returned to prominence in State politics in the late 1960s. In 1974, he led the student’s movement in the state of Bihar which gradually developed into a popular people’s movement known as the Bihar movement. It was during this movement that JP gave a call for peaceful Total Revolution Together with V. M. Tarkunde, he founded the Citizens for Democracy in 1974 and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties in 1976, both NGOs, to uphold and defend civil liberties.

When Indira Gandhi was found guilty of violating electoral laws by the Allahabad High Court, Narayan Ji called for Indira to resign, and advocated a program of social transformation which he termed Sampoorna kraanti [Total Revolution]. Instead she proclaimed a national Emergency on the midnight of June 25, 1975, immediately after Narayan Ji had called for the PM’s resignation and had asked the military and the police to disregard unconstitutional and immoral orders; JP, opposition leaders, and dissenting members of her own party (the ‘Young Turks’) were arrested on that day.

Jayaprakash Narayan Ji attracted a gathering of 100,000 people at the Ramlila Ground and thunderously recited Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar”s wonderfully evocative poetry: Singhasan Khaali Karo Ke Janata Aaati Hai.

Narayan Ji was kept as detenu at Chandigarh even after he had asked for a month’s parole for mobilising relief in areas of Bihar gravely affected by flood. His health suddenly deteriorated on October 24, and he was released on November 12; diagnosis at Jaslok Hospital, Bombay, revealed kidney failure; he would be on dialysis for the rest of his life. After Indira revoked the emergency on January 18, 1977 and announced elections, it was under JP’s guidance that the Janata Party (a vehicle for the broad spectrum of the anti-Indira Gandhi opposition) was formed. The Janata Party was voted into power, and became the first non-Congress party to form a government at the Centre. On the call of Narayan Ji many youngesters joined the J P movement.

Jayaprakash Narayan Ji died on 8 October 1979; but a few months before that, in March 1979, his death was erroneously announced by the Indian prime minister to the parliament as he lay fighting for his life in Jaslok Hospital, causing a brief wave of national mourning, including the suspension of parliament and regular radio broadcasting, and closure of schools and shops. When he was told about the gaffe a few weeks later, he smiled.

He’s awarded by: Bharat Ratna, 1999, Rashtrabhushan Award of FIE Foundation, Ichalkaranji

Mr Nitish Kumar’s China Visit Will Boost State’s Agriculture, Industrial Infrastructure, Irrigation System & Tourism

11 Jun
The ruins of Nalanda University in India where...

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As we aware, our chief minister Mr Nitish Kumar will undertake a ‘goodwill’ visit to China from June 12.

Officials said that during his visit in China Mr Kumar would visit power plants, besides looking into its agriculture and irrigation systems. Mr Kumar would also inaugurate a seminar on ‘Budhhism: Mapping Asia’s History and Culture’ in Beijing on June 18 and attend a programme which is organized by Indian origin citizens in his honour in Shanghai. He would also visit Sandong and take a trip to the Great Wall of China, the officials said. Chinese sources said, had been impressed by the rapid economic growth of Bihar and has shown deep interest in making investments in Bihar.

Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan during his Bihar visit in January had appreciated Mr Kumar for his efforts and announced coöperation with the state in developing agriculture and industrial infrastructure and reconstruct the ancient Nalanda University as part of the China-India Exchange this year. Consul General of China in Kolkata Zhang Lizhong too was expected to lead a Chinese delegation to Bihar to boost trade and industrial tie-ups, the officials said.