Monday, May 30, 2011


The search for new destination by entrepreneurs is leading them to Bihar, an unexpected idea five years ago. Adani to Britania all are looking for the opportunities in the state provided the Nitish government is willing to lay land carpet to them.

Land acquisition is the burning issue. Success of Mamta in West Bengal is seen as the out fall of Singur agitation. So many would like to copy the act of opposition. Unfortunately, national political parties too are trying to push their political agenda via this short cut. Can Nitish take risk and assist Industrialists in setting up the projects and accelerate the growth of one of the most laggard state – Bihar?

Mamta CM via Singur
Nitish and his team understands the risk. Bihar state cabinet in January approved new rules relating to the conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural, which effectively absolves the government of responsibility in getting land for industry. These rules leave buyers free to purchase agricultural and other land directly from farmers at market rates and use it for industrial purposes, after paying a conversion fee.

But this decision is not making industry happy, because Bihar is not a state where required infrastructure for business is is available all around. Infrastructure is still in its nascent stage in Bihar. New projects are eyeing the locations like Hajipur, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Gaya where some industrial estates exist. The state is power deficient with a gap of over 2,400 MW, but nearby Chhatisgarh has sufficient excess power to fill the gap.
Ruchi Soya Products

Look at the list of companies eager to exploit the early bird advantage - Godrej Agrovet , Ruchi Soya, JP Associates, Bangur Group and Britannia. Adani group is also willing to participate in power and agro based industry.

Godrej Agrovat is setting up a Rs 70-crore cattle and poultry feed mill at Hajipur, across the Ganga river from Patna. Ruchi Soya is setting up agro-processing centres at Kaimur with an investment of Rs 200 crore. JP Group wants to put up a cement plant in Muzaffarpur district. Biscuit major Britannia, which is setting up a 50,000-tonne bakery at Hajipur.

If the transformation takes place Bihar will emerge as the next growth engine for eastern India. This part of the country has cheap labour and high growth potential. But the road is not so smooth. Political agenda always marches ahead of the development. In this democracy sensualism wins votes, sales the news and gets the headlines.

Narendra Modi is finding difficult to take forward the development agenda in Gujarat, facing tough opposition of NGOs and media. Chndrababu Naidu in Andhra could not take it through for long. Trying to walk on industrialisation road Buddhdev lost in Bengal How tactfully, Nitish can walk on this road would decide the destiny of Bihar.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Compulsory English brought down Guj HSC result

The Gujarat Higher Secondary Certificate examination results of the General & Commerce Stream declared by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) on 26th May, 2011 were the worst in last six years.

This year 77.04% students in general stream were declared successful, which is lower by 8.87 percentage points than last year’s results. The decision to make English compulsory has brought down the pass percentage of class XII general stream.English was made compulsory subject in HSC with the objective to make them prepared for competitive examinations. 66,163 students failed to clear English, which is the highest failure in any one subject.

The Jamkandorna centre in Jamnagar had the highest result of 99.05% and the lowest was 27.02% of Nizar centre in Surat. 235 schools of the state had 100% result. The result of English medium school (87%) was better than those of the Gujarati medium schools (76.58%), which is change in the trend, so far Gujarati medium schools have been doing better.

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) declared the results of HSC general stream on Thursday. Of the total of 3,53,543 students who had appeared for the examination, 2,72,373 cleared it.

Of all the students, 3,49,393 appeared for HSC commerce stream and 2,68,823 of them were declared Eligible for Qualifying Certificate (EQC). The commerce stream result was 76.94%, a dip by 8.89 percentage points from last year’s.

Girls out numbered boys as the success ratio of girls was better than boys. 88.16% of Girls passed the examination as compared to 79.03% of boys. Interestingly, more boys (1,44,187) had sat for the exam than girls (1,24,636).

From this year Gujarat Board has introduced grades as well as percentile ranks. The idea is to reduce the psychological pressure on the students. The students who scored marks in the range of 91-100 were awarded A1 grade. The board awarded E1 and E2 grades, which means 'Need more improvement', instead of marking 'fail' in the certificates of the students who did not fare well. In all, 84,151 students were given E1 and E2 grades.

There were no A1 grades in six districts - Dangs, Banaskantha, Patan, Porbandar, Narmada, Gandhinagar and Tapi. Adivasi dominated district Dahod produced the top result in the state with 88.10% while Narmada district scored the lowest with 56.42%.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

10 Reasons – Why Osama Bin Laden got killed?

Following is mail being circulated amongst Indians. Its a satire on the existing political system in India which frustrates common citizen.

- Manmohan Singh is not President of US.

- Barack Obama doesn’t take permission from Sonia Ji.

- He was not hiding in India. Our system is unable to find a Chief Minister in own country, can you expect them to find Osama.

- He didn’t surrender himself to Indian government. This government is not able to give death sentence to already arrested and proven guilty. Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru after years. Osama could have spent a lifetime here.

- CBI was not incharge of investigation and operation. They are busy in saving Kalmadi and Raja.

- Amar Singh didn’t leak the tape of Obama’s phone.

- In Pakistan, he was not in minority community, so no human right activist and secular journalist came to save him.

- He didn’t meet Ekta Kapoor. She could have given him tips to be alive again.

- He didn’t request Rajnikant to save him.

- Last but not the least. He trusted Pakistan.

Thought of the day:

No one is safe in Pakistan.....not even Osama Bin Laden. Everyone is safe in India......even Ajmal Kasab!