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  • “Mobile advertising to break new barriers”

    Preeti Desai, Country Manager, Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), India spoke with The Free Press Journal on mobile marketing and why she believes it has a great future. What is Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) all about? The Mobile Marketing Association is the world’s leading global non-profit trade association comprising of more than 800 member companies, from…

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  • Bihar Elections

    In Bihar’s Political Realignment, Women Suffer

    As a first-time member of the legislative assembly (MLA) in Bihar, Jyothi Devi, 46, did well over her five-year term: She had 10 bridges—some of which were demanded since independence—and 3,300 km of roads constructed in her constituency, Barachatti, including several link roads connecting villages to the Grand Trunk Road that cuts across Gaya district,…

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    Beef Consumption Rises (Marginally), Indians Seek Protein

    Amidst the controversy over banning beef, consumption across rural and urban India has risen marginally, according to data released by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), a division of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Rural households consuming beef increased from 3.9% to 4% between 2010 and 2012 and urban households from 4.3% to 5%….

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    Crimes Against Bihar’s Vulnerable Communities Soar

    An inadequate police force is struggling to cope with a rising crime graph against Bihar’s vulnerable communities. Bihar has seen a 20-fold increase in crime against children–from 115 in 2005 to 2255 in 2014–over the past 10 years, according to data released by National Crime Records Bureau. Yet, Bihar has one of the lowest crime rates…

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  • Bihar_elections

    4 Factors That Will Likely Decide Bihar Polls

    Given that the ongoing Bihar elections could be decided by the slimmest of margins–and, with a vast redrawing of the political landscape, too confused to call, according to this Mint analysis–the state’s 3.1 million new voters could play a crucial role. Will the new voters swing the elections in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National…

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  • Nitish Kumar

    38-Year-Old Legacy Hangs Over Bihar Polls

    “Why were you sitting next to the persons responsible for arresting JP?” Prime Minister Narendra Modi rhetorically asked rival Nitish Kumar during his Bihar election run. The 38-year-old JP Movement, or what is also known as the Bihar Movement, is in the limelight again, as the political battle for India’s second-most populous state approaches its denouement….

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  • BJP-Amit-Shah

    Bihar: Can BJP Continue 2014 Winning Streak?

    The first phase of Bihar elections for 49 seats saw a voter turnout of 57%, according to Election Commission of India. There are two reasons that assembly elections in Bihar, scheduled to be held in five phases from October 12 to November 5, will be crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party…

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  • dabhol power project

    58% Gas-Price Drop Offers India Power Boost

    The Dabhol Power Project–once a showcase of foreign investment and state-of-the-art technology–owes Rs 8,500 crore to a group of banks including IDBI Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and Canara Bank, and has been idle since 2013 on India’s Konkan coast, 160 km south of Mumbai. Over the past two years, the 1,967-megawatt (MW)…

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    Power Demand Up 94%, But Bihar Cannot Cope

    Bihar is now India’s second-fastest growing economy among poor states, with a peak power demand that has risen 94% about seven years. This growth-driven surge in electricity demand sounds impressive–until you sift through the details of the data. With 104 million people, India’s third-most populous state reported a peak power demand of 3,500 mega watt…

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  • women india

    States With Worst Sex Ratios Have Most Female MLAs

    States with poor development indicators for women (mainly sex ratio and female literacy) have higher representation of women in their vidhan sabhas (legislative assemblies) according to an analysis of Census and Election Commission data. Source: Election Commission, Census of India 2011 The top five states of India with the highest percentage of women MLAs (members…

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  • Bihar MLA Bhagirathi Devi

    Bhagirathi Devi and likes – From Proxies To Politicians: Bihar’s Female MLAs

    Thirty five years ago, Bhagirathi Devi was a sweeper in the block development office in Narkatiyaganj, a town in Bihar’s West Champaran district. Today, she is a third-term member of the legislative assembly (MLA) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), representing the Ramnagar (formerly Shikarpur) constituency in northwestern Bihar, one of 34 female MLAs in the…

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