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Sex Worker’s Alleged Killer Arrested, Sent to Court, Imprisoned

first_imgA 30 year old man, who allegedly beat to death a woman believed to be a sex worker over a LD $1,500 payment, has been forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.Defendant Morris Jarbo was charged with murder by the Liberia National Police (LNP) after he was arrested on October 10 in Grand Cape Mount County.The incident happened on September 23, in the Shoe Factory Community, Gardnersville outside of Monrovia, according to police.Police are yet to establish the identity of the victim.At yesterday’s hearing, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody ordered defendant Jarbo’s detention at the Monrovia Central Prison to await his murder trial.The crime of murder is a non-bailable offense under the Liberian law.  It all started when the defendant contracted the victim to spend the night with him at his Shoe Factory community house for the amount of LD$1,500.  The victim accepted and went along with the defendant to his house, police said during the investigation.But Jarbo, according to police, refused to pay the victim the agreed amount of LD$1,500, which caused an altercation (dispute) between them.During the tussle defendant Jarbo allegedly took an object and struck the victim in the head causing her to bleed profusely.When Jarbo realized that the sex worker was unconscious, he quickly dragged her from his room to the main road in the community.He then went back into his room and wiped the victim’s blood off his floor, police further explained.According to the police, Jarbo also took his victim’s blood stained clothes and the bed sheet and dumped them in a nearby swamp.In his attempt to destroy all evidence of the incident from his room, he also washed the victim’s blood off his mattress, according to police.After Jarbo noticed that he had been spotted by a daughter of his landlord identified as Rikki Collins, he quickly opened the back door of the house and fled.Fortunately, police said, defendant Jarbo was identified by some marketers in the King-Joy Garwula District in Grand Cape Mount County, where he was picked up by officers of the LNP, on October 10.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Envoy Wants Liberian Women to Contest in 2017

first_imgThe Charge d’Affairs at United States Embassy, Sheila Paskman, has urged Liberian women to rise to the occasion and challenge their male counterparts by winning more top positions, especially elective positions, in 2017 general and presidential elections.“I want to urge Liberian women to take bold steps and participate in the upcoming 2017 elections to secure seats in the legislature,” she said. Madam Paskman also mentioned that with Liberia having Africa’s first female President, there are fewer women in top positions in government, especially appointed positions, and encouraged women to fight for more seats in government.She made the statement recently at a program marking Mercy Corps’ Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP2) 3rd Lessons Learned Conference, held at a resort in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The participation of women in government remains key because women are peacemakers and can contribute immensely to Liberia’s economy, said Paskman.“You need to also participate in the registration process and ensure that you are not only contesting but also involved into all related processes. You need to encourage other women in your community. Liberian women’s participation in these elections remains cardinal to their empowerment and development,” she said.Women should make politicians listen to them because that’s the only way their potentials can be realized Paskman advised.“It’s very serious because women must participate in the election process by encouraging women in villages, towns, communities and every part of the country to register in order to have more women heading major seats in the government,” she said.She pointed out that women play a major role in every society, especially when it comes to making decisions and also help other women to achieve their goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL crooner Daniel O’Donnell has revealed how he urged his fans in the North and Britain to get behind The Voice winner Andrea Begley.The Tyrone girl is a niece of Daniel’s close friend and fellow country singer Philomena Begley.Daniel thanked his fans for voting for Andrea in the public vote on Saturday night’s BBC show. Following the win, the Donegal man said on his Facebook page: “I’m delighted to announce that Andrea Begley won the Voice UK tonight.“Thank you so much to anyone who voted for her.” DANIEL: ‘I WAS ROOTING FOR ANDREA ON THE VOICE’ was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DANIEL: ‘I WAS ROOTING FOR ANDREA ON THE VOICE’last_img read more

Man smeared Garda cell with excrement after row with local youths

first_imgA man who smeared excrement over the cells in Buncrana Garda Station after becoming involved in a row with local youths paid the local court €300 to avoid a criminal conviction.John Vernon, 43, of 17 The Bay Apartments, Cushendall, Co. Antrim, was charged with being threatening and abusive and being intoxicated at Buncrana Main Street on Sunday evening. He was also charged with criminal damage to a cell at Buncrana Garda Station by urinating on the floor, defecating in the cell and smearing excrement all over the door.Vernon, who has no previous convictions, appeared before Buncrana District Court yesterday morning in handcuffs after he was arrested the previous day.The court heard that gardaí received a report of an intoxicated male being abusive to people outside a licensed premises in Buncrana.Garda Mulkerrins and McHugh went to the scene where they saw Vernon, who said he was assaulted and his phone was stolen.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said Vernon told gardaí he was gay and accused them of discriminating against him. However, when they tried to take a statement from him he refused to give them details of his attackers and continued to antagonise a group of local youths.Insp. Doyle said there were reports that Vernon had made derogatory sexual references to a number of males locally.When he was arrested under he public order act, he continued to make threats towards the gardaí and resisted arrest.Insp. Doyle said on return to the Garda Station in Buncrana, Vernon stripped off and defecated in the cell.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said his client is a 43-year-old married man, who is HIV positive and suffers from depression and anxiety.He said Mr. Vernon has a drink problem and he has no memory of the whole incident.“He came to Buncrana to visit his mum, who has a caravan here, and ended up going to the pubs for a few drinks,” said Mr. MacLochlainn.“He had an altercation with locals, which he probably brought on himself, and this resulted in him being assaulted and losing his phone. He was intoxicated and ultra aggressive and the gardaí arrested him – probably for his own good as there was a group of locals gathered at Market Square in Buncrana.”The defence solicitor said his client wanted to apologise to the gardaí for what he did in the Garda Station, putting it down to his ‘combination of medication and alcohol’.Judge Paul Kelly asked what his client had proposed to remedy the ‘disgusting aftermath’ of his behaviour, with Insp. Doyle said a cleaning job of the cell would likely cost €200.Mr. MacLochlainn said he had asked his client’s husband to ‘rustle up’ some money. Judge Kelly said if Vernon came up with €300 – €200 for the Garda Station and a further €100 as a charitable donation to St. Vincent de Paul, he would leave him with a clean record.Mr Vernon paid the money into court in Letterkenny on Tuesday and was released.Man smeared Garda cell with excrement after row with local youths was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacellcourtGardaJohn Vernonlast_img read more


first_imgBoron10/14/20050102048 Tarazi,F.3155.00 Corlew,J.3 Viewpoint11/11/2005100453 Stanley,R.33010.00 Lawrence,M.21119029.80 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Pursley,W.0202 Silver Valley10/28/20051004620 Gusbeth,C.12501232182.77 Stanley,R.100 Rosamond11/11/2005010035 TOTAL2005460234289 Pursley,W.1074877656110.34 Tarazi,,F.2 Corlew,J.72044 Corlew,J.111.00 Lawrence,M.40024 Guenther,R.7-23-3.30 Interceptions Total12.5 Scoring Total21141143 Tarazi,F60036 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. J Serra09/16/20050102428 Passing Total14262910179 Punting Total2175435.9 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Villanova Prep09/09/20050101332center_img Alcaraz,T.08111 SCORINGTDPATFGTP VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA RECORD: 4-6-0 Mammoth10/21/20051003315 Receiving Total6210179 Guenther,R.2181110188.29 Gusbeth,C.653565.54 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Tarazi,F.224703 Gusbeth,C.151450 Corlew,J.203416 Lawrence,M.3510 Lucerne Valley11/04/20050102057 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawrence,M.1145494.84 Alcaraz,T.2175435.9 Webb09/30/2005100276 Rosamond10/07/2005010645 Gusbeth,C.42026 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Harpole,G.100.00 Gusbeth,C.3 Pursley,W.15-79-5.30 Giardina,P.1100 Rushing Total2098494.18last_img read more

Dear Senior Citizens – You Folks are the Easy Target of Hackers

first_imgLeveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Zubair KhanZubair Hussain Khancenter_img How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Zubair Khan – a foodie by choice and tech enthusiast by profession. He loves to get his hands into modern technology trends and share the knowledge with everyone. He is currently working fulltime for ReviewsDir as a Digital Marketing Executive. Aside of the work life, Zubair loves to travel new places and explore nature, food is still his first love though! Imagine this love story of Mia’s 78-year-old father. He fell in love with a woman on a dating website. The woman was wonderful and tender. Glenda started pouring her heart to this dear old man without meeting him in person.The couple had many beautiful moments, and Mia’s father could feel Glenda’s goodness during the precious hours they spent talking over and sharing their life experiences.Glenda and Harry bonded soul to soul and heart to heart through many emotional exchanges. Mia never worried about her fairly tech-savvy father. Mia, herself had spoken to Glenda — and Glenda loved Harry’s daughter, too.Glenda — (the phone person — he/she – God knows!), on the other hand, started requesting financial-aid from daddy, Harry. Of course, daddy, never mentioned this point to Mia — so she remained blithely unaware. According to Mia, her father was merely “talking” to someone — taking up some lonely hours.But, Glenda needed help for herself and her physically-challenged daughter. Over the next several years, our personable Glenda — turned villain — and parlayed the “aide” of a generous older gentleman — from a few hundred bucks into $400,000.We may be making our grandparents digital-savvy — but they’re still prime prey for prying eyes.Whom we have to blame for this and other increasingly relatable dilemmas?Not the Internet alone.The increasing convenience in the form of internet usage among Americans over 65, reached 66%, and still getting bigger; even this cannot be the only blame.Before proceeding, let’s quickly overview the internet saturation among the senior citizens; thanks to, for conducting a comprehensive survey.It’s good that the pre-conceived notion – elderly are technophobes – has now been changing; venturing the internet out from the young-only era. But, like in the case with other age groups, seniors are also under the radar of cyber warfare; a war that everyone has to fight to protect.How Are Elders Being Scammed? A Massive Problem in the US“Elderly people lose out on about $3 billion to scammers every year.”The Orlando SentinelScammers hate any type of discrimination. They are self-invited in by everyone to get money out of anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, rich, poor, 65 and healthy, 85 or ailing.American Journal of Public Health estimates that approx 5% of senior citizens – that makes up to 2 – 3 million US citizens – suffer as part of scams each year.  The estimate is considered a low one, considering the fact that 176 million health care records have been hacked, according to Let’s see: who goes to the doctor more often? Older people, or younger people?Do you know, as per the city of London, 85% of fraud and cybercrime unreported; this means the figure above is just 15% of what seniors are facing in the unprotected world of internet.Why the elderly? Come on — senior citizens are most trustworthy and trusting — and they have the most assets with loaded retirement funds and government benefits.Scamming is a multi-billion dollar business. Other estimates reflected that seniors loss up to $36 billion/year.Other reasons:Isolation – Loneliness does not only eat away happiness but also make an individual susceptible to scams.Easily Trusting –  Generations that grew up in 1920s, ‘3s, ‘40s are more frequently targeted by scammers than any others – they are more trusting.Financial Insecurity – Some seniors seek the more get-rich-quick sources of income, pyramid schemes attract them, while hackers’ take this as an advantage.Social Insecurities – Aging is when we live on govt-funded insurances, scammers become a government representative and ask seniors to pay a particular medical bill or else they won’t be entertained further. Scammers use healthcare data security threatening sources for digging information.Embarrassment – It’s easier to embarrass elders than youngsters; this is why seniors are the hackers’ easy target; also, importantly — they don’t easily report a fraud.The results or scamming are horrendous. A scammer uses multiple twists to get the maximum cash and other non-financial returns.One of the well-renowned ones is the grandparent scam. Don’t know about this scam? Please get to know this now. All of our futures are hanging on the outcome of the grandparent scam.The Grandparent scam works similarly to this:The victim receives a call from a stranger posing as his or her grandkid, using a frantic-sounding voice, that he or she is in trouble. Arrest, accident, or a robbery. Want to up the drama? The caller sometimes claims to be stuck in a foreign country — and to impersonate more intensity, throw in some family particulars, which he/she taken from the actual grandchild’s social media profiles.All drama of such a personal emergency scam is just for the sake of asking money immediately — and this often allows the scammer into the motherlode of all the savings.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that wire transfer or gift cards are no more while mailing cash is the leading trend among fraudsters; having a median loss of $9,000 (individual).Do you know the innovative ways that the scammers use to deal with senior victims? They ask them to keep the bills into envelopes, placing them between the magazine pages, and then send them via carrier, including U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, and others.There could be so many other faces of scams, some of them are;You owe me money scam – It’s common for scammers to send “bills” to people to those who don’t owe the money.Winning Lottery – If you find a bright and loud advertisement that you’ve won a sweepstake, asking your bank details to wire your winning money; close or better to report it as “Nothing is free.”Fake Anti-aging Products – Everyone deserves to look and feel younger, but not at the expense of phony or counterfeit Botox, creams, and other products; scammers can do anything to trap you.Employment Scams – Aging Baby boomers are more hardworking than any other aging generation before; scammers post fake job listings to get the personal information of seniors.Dating scam – We all have somehow found love (at least once) via dating websites, but so many have been scammed out of money by such con artists.Infected scam – Hello it’s Mr. XYZ from “Microsoft,” your computer is highly vulnerable to hacking, and I am here to fix it for you. Hang up immediately! Reputable companies like Microsoft never make such calls, but criminals do for money and planting viruses on your machine.Sweetheart Scam – This is precisely what I have shared at the beginning of this piece; this is more or less associated with isolation, that leads scammers to intervene.Counterfeit Prescription Drugs – What if you find your prescribed drugs at a discounted rate? You would buy (may be in advance.) Scammers play with this nerve to extract personal information; these drugs may be counterfeit or placebos.Malware – It’s an easy way that a hacker uses to damage your computer or install ransomware to extract essential data saved on your systems, such as a retirement account, tax files, and bank account details, and more.Free Vacations – Who doesn’t like free vacations? But scammers love our data more we love freebies; seniors need to double check the advertised property before signing up for any such ads.The number of emerging cyber threats surfacing in the Cyber World is increasing; the only way out is to be preventive, following simple privacy and security tips and tricks.Keeping the senior citizens into context, let’s talk about some shortcuts for elders to avoid getting scammed, but one thing is for sure, Google knows you, more than yourself.To All Baby Boomers – Your Cyber Security is still in your HandIs your loved one is under threat or is susceptible to one of these scams, share them these tips to help them prevent these scams.First, let’s deal with what older adults can do:If it’s a prescription drug savings on a vacation or anything that seems too good to be true, that probably is; do your research first.If someone is selling something and trying to get more information out of you, revert those questions to them and who they represent. If they refuse, kick them away.Don’t mind in consulting family members and caregivers before going through any deal on the internet.Never give information on an impulse unless you’re confident it’s a trusted source (like a company or doctor you’ve already consulted before).Avoid answering every other email and ad especially ones from unknown or unfamiliar sources.The government will never notify you of a late bill or owed payment on a website.FBI suggests you contact your doctor before conducting any health procedure or treatment.What if my grandparent or a loved one becomes a victim or under suspicion?Follow these steps so that an Internet scam won’t dupe the older adult in your life:Keep your loved ones informed about the possible scams on the Internet.Keep a check over your loved one’s bank accounts and retirement accounts for odd purchases or withdrawals.Keep visiting them to discuss their monthly prescriptions and other bills.If you find your loved one discussing an upcoming vacation or a good deal, ask them more information about how they got the good buy or good deal.Make sure your loved ones are aware of not to click any impulse buys, especially if the “deal” is ending in a few minutes.What seniors want out of everything? A one-word answer: “convenience.”To make your cybersecurity more convenient, allow me to brief out all the tips in a more defined manner.Stay Safe Tips online for SeniorsWhen communicating with friends and foe:Use strong and unique passwords.Tweaks some privacy settings.Make your password longer – use your favorite childhood memory!Don’t post everythingReport abuse. (How-To report is done further in this post.)When seeking new friends and romantic partners:Arrange your first meeting in a public place.Get to know dating scams.Watch red flags – if a person pressuring you to leave the dating site and communicate via email or text messaging or if that person is professing instant feelings of love; leave if he/she is never available for a face-to-face meeting.Don’t send money – don’t be a fool like Mia’s father.Look for typos and other abnormalities.When sharing pictures and views on social platforms:Keep it civil -it’s OK to disagree but only with respect.Do read the privacy policy of the platform.Don’t believe everything you read and never share or forward something you’re not sure about.When shopping, charity, banking, finalizing travel itinerary online:Don’t click every other link.Use stronger passwords on such sites.Not all the offers are too good to be true.Shop only at reputable sites.Look for secure websites.Use credit cards if possible.Keep monitoring your financial accounts.Make sure you’ve researched enough before applying for anything online.Can’t remember all these handy tips in one go? Don’t stress! These 5 essential tips would also save you from scamming threats, but others also need to be learned.Be smartphone savvy –  Make up your mind that these smartphones track your location and can reveal information about you, including contacts. Be careful not to download any unnecessary non-reputable apps and keep your PDAs password- protected.Keep your devices secured and protected, using software like VPN; don’t be a fool with any VPN.Secure your internet router – VPN can do that for you.Don’t be shy in reaching out for help.Don’t take marketing pressures seriously; you might not need that, but marketers would hit in your right nerves.If you find yourself in trouble, report it ASAP to these authorities.Where to Report Online Scams?Federal Bureau Of Investigations (FBI)Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC)Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Better Business BureauThe Social Security Administration (SSA)Any Advice for Seniors?Mostly, seniors are self-sufficient, but with age, they need a bit of help; so many seniors entirely rely on their younger generations to help them with their finances, legal affairs, housing, taxes, and other issues. In that case, it’s helpful or sometimes necessary for caretakers to access a senior’s medical records, online bank and investment accounts, and some other online sites.The U.S. Government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also help seniors with their banking and finance management.Before wishing you secure luck and long life, I would say do whatever you want, but when it comes to sharing anything online, especially your personal information; be very careful and take any family member or loved into confidence. It would help you live by your life with all your lifetime earnings.last_img read more

29 years later, Kashmir Pandit returns to jubilant welcome

first_imgA Kashmiri Pandit’s homecoming to Srinagar, 29 years after he left the State, on Thursday was met with a rousing reception from locals, infusing hope for the peaceful return of the Hindu community that had to leave the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s in the face of raging militancy.Roshan Lal Mawa, in his 70s, on Thursday threw open a shop selling dates in the volatile old city’s Zanai Kadal area, from where he hails originally. That Mr. Mawa will sell a variety of dates is also symbolic since the Muslim holy month of Ramzan is a few days away.Jubilant localsTo his surprise, decision to reopen the shop, closed for 29 years, attracted jubilant locals and fellow shopkeepers. Mr. Mawa was welcomed with the tying of a white turban around his head, a Kashmiri tradition, and many hugs were exchanged. “I have set up a thriving dry fruit business outside [Kashmir]. I lived a happy life in Delhi. But I decided to return [to Kashmir] because I missed the affection I have here, the brotherhood, the hugs and the Kashmiriyat (cultural values of the Kashmiri people). You can’t find these values anywhere in the world,” said Mr. Mawa.He was among the hundreds of members of the Kashmiri Pandit community that was forced to migrate outside the Valley as militancy spread in the 1990s. Mr. Mawa’s decision to return was not easy, given the circumstances in which he had to leave.“It was October 13, 1990. A youth entered my shop and asked for dry fruit samples. In the meantime, he pulled out a pistol and shot me four times in my abdomen. I survived. I, along with my wife, moved outside the State,” he recalled.‘Yearning to return’He said his return to his roots “reflects the general yearning of my community to return home”. But, Mr. Mawa added, “I oppose the idea of having separate colonies for Pandits. It will make us soft targets. I want my [Muslim] neighbours to take care of my children.” Leaders of regional parties joined in welcoming Mr. Mawa. “Eventually, it will be this leap of faith taken by Roshan Lal and the warmth shown by his Muslim brethren that will strengthen ties and also encourage them [Kashmiri Pandits] to return home, where they truly belong,” said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.last_img read more

Man lynched in Bengal over child-lifting suspicion

first_imgA person was lynched in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district by a mob on the suspicion of being a child-lifter, police said on July 29. The incident occurred at the Tasati tea garden on July 28 evening when locals saw a person moving suspiciously in the area, an officer of Falakata police station said.“Over 250 people had beaten up the man with fists and also kicked him. He was seriously injured when we recovered him from the mob,” the officer said. The man, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, was declared brought dead at the Birpara hospital, hospital sources said.“Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the incident and they will be produced at the court on Monday. Further investigation is on,” district Superintendent of Police Nagendra Nath Tripathi said. The incident comes a week after two people were beaten up on suspicion of being child-lifters in separate incidents in the district a week ago.last_img read more

‘Moitra violated model code’

first_imgThe West Bengal unit of the BJP alleged violation of the model code of conduct by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who, it said, was accompanied by a police officer while campaigning for the Karimpur Assembly bypolls scheduled for Nov. 25. The party attached a photograph to support its charge. In response, the Trinamool Congress said the photo dated back to August 18.last_img

New Bihar CM has big shoes to slip into, says Giridhar Jha

first_imgIt is always a tough task to follow in the footsteps of an illustrious predecessor. Bihar’s new Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should know it well, as he finds himself in an unenviable position after taking over the reins from none other than Nitish Kumar. Nitish, who resigned after the disastrous performance of the JD(U) the recent Lok Sabha elections, had raised the bar of good governance by bringing Bihar back on the tracks of development during his eightand-a-half-year rule. From facilitating economic growth of an underdeveloped state, restoring law and order and tackling the scourge of corruption with an iron hand, his regime was marked for quick decisions and out-of-the-box solutions to many a long-standing problem.Jitan Ram Manjhi has been a sixterm MLA who has outshone his colleagues with his performance.For the first time in Bihar, development became a byword in the corridors of power during his tenure which prompted his admirers to hail him as the best administrator since Sri Krishna Sinha, the first and the longest-serving chief minister in the state.His political decision, especially the one to snap his party’s ties with the BJP against the rising stature of Modi, may have been questioned but no one could take away the credit from him that he served, to the best of his ability, to work for the inclusive growth of Bihar all through his stint.Nitish’s government was applauded for giving 50 per cent reservation to women in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions, setting up of speedy trials for disposal of long-pending and high-profile criminal cases and confiscating assets of corrupt public servants, including IAS and IPS officers.That is why his sudden exit created a vacuum of sorts. Most people, including former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, felt that Manjhi, the new Chief Minister, would not be able to step into the big shoes of Nitish and end up as a dummy candidate to be remote controlled by his predecessor .This was, however, grossly unfair to Manjhi. A six-term MLA who was made minister in the Jagannath Mishra cabinet way back in the early 1980s, he has been a campaigner who had diligently worked his way to the top with making any noises over the years. Even his performance as the minister for SC/ST welfare in the Nitish government was better than most of his ministerial colleagues. This probably explains why no murmurs were heard within the JD(U) when he was handpicked by Nitish. It was Manjhi’s long experience – in addition to the fact that he belonged to the poorest of the poor Mushhar community of the mahadalits – that worked in his favour and minimised the possibility of any rebellion. Manjhi will now have to prove to his detractors that he is not merely a “rubber stamp.”His task is to carry forward the development agenda of Nitish but he is also expected to take his own independent decisions.Poor girls gettop spots in schoolsIi is not unusual for girls to outperform the boys in the school examinations these days. But in Bihar, they are grabbing the lion’s share of the top spots. In the Class XII Intermediate (Arts) examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board, out of the 20 students who got the top positions, 16 of them happened to be girls. What is significant about their achievement is the fact that all of them belonged to the interiors of the state. There were five girls from Madhubani district alone, three from Muzaffarpur, two each from Araria and Saharsa districts but none of them hailed from Patna.This year’s topper Huma Khatoon was a student of Purnia Secondary School while the second and third toppers were Kumari Priyanka from Siwan and Nidhi Kumari from Rosera in Samastipur district. Huma is the first girl from her family to have pursued her education beyond class X. The overall performance of the girls was also far better than the boys. While only 38.75 per cent boys could pass the examinations, 62.24 per cent girls achieved success. Still, the performance of the girls was not better than the last year. In 2013, altogether 19 girls were among the top 20 students. Girls’ education received a tremendous boost during the tenure of Nitish Kumar who offered girl students sops such as free bicycles to check the dropout rate in the state.Bihar kids enter record booksBihar’s kids have something to cheer about. The children of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan have made it to the Limca Book of Records this year for their commendable feat. In December 2012, altogether 7,475 students in the age group of 9-16 had taken part in the Bal Olympiad (Children’s Olympiad) at the Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna. This turned out to be the largest children’s sports event in the country and earned it an entry into the record book.Patna Sahib mahotsav relocatedThe tourism department of the Bihar government has started organising the Patna Sahib Mahotsav on a grand scale at the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, seven years ago. Every year, it invites popular singers and other performers to regale the crowds at the festival held near the famous Harmandir Sahib shrine. This year, too, the two-day musical extravaganza saw singer Jasbir Jassi and the dance troupe of Aditi Mangal Das holding the audience in thrall. But the kicked off a controversy due to change in its venue. For the first time since its inception, the Patna Sahib Mahotsav was held at S K Memorial Hall, far away from the holy shrine. The change in venue had angered residents living near the shrine.last_img read more