Students caught ‘cheating’ in exams in Bihar


Many students smuggled in textbooks and notes into the examination centers despite tight security – and parents and friends were photographed scaling the walls of test centers to pass on answers to students during the current secondary school examinations.

Most of the incidents of cheating this year have been reported from Saharsa, Chhapra, Vaishali and Hajipur districts.

Photojournalist Dipankar, who took the photos in Saharsa district, says when he went into the examination hall and began taking pictures, the students did not seem worried at all.

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Lok Sabha passes Land Acquisition Bill with nine amendments, Congress walks out



The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Land Acquisition Bill as govt incorporated nine amendments to the ordinance.

Ordinances will  focus on speeding up development in five areas: development of industrial corridors, social infrastructure such as education, rural infrastructure such as roads and power, housing for the poor, and the country’s defense capabilities.

The ordinance makes land acquisition easier in these areas by exempting them from several provisions of current law, Mr. Jaitley said. For instance, such projects now won’t need the consent of 80% of landowners during acquisition, as is the requirement in other sectors.

In recent years, foreign companies have faced troubles in acquiring land for projects, prompting some to cut back their investments. In 2013, ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, dropped its plan to build a plant in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, citing delays in acquiring land as a main reason.

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India Looks Unsinkable After West Indies Win


The Indian skipper guided his team past a potential disaster to a fourth straight victory in the World Cup on Friday

While the Friday match wasn’t on the same nail-biting level as the one between New Zealand and Australia, there were moments when Indian supporters had to ask why their hearts had suddenly appeared in their mouths.

As India’s team looked in danger of drowning, Dhoni came in, buoyed it up and sailed it home.

OK, enough of this Titanic metaphor. Spoiler alert, Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t bat.

The performance wasn’t as emphatic or as meaningful as Dhoni’s innings that won India the World Cup in 2011, but it ensured the team’s unbeaten record continued. It also proved India’s strength in depth.

If anyone underestimated The Men in Blue before this tournament, they should sit up and take notice. This is the form team of the World Cup so far.

It is good for India that this match wasn’t a simple walkover. The team needed a challenge, a tight contest before the serious business of the knockout round commences.

The bowlers, led by Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, provide hope that India’s attack really can compete in the fields of Australia and New Zealand. And while the top batsmen didn’t fire today, it gave the middle order invaluable time at the crease.

India has now beaten the three biggest teams in the group – South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies – with relative ease.

India has now qualified for the next phase of this World Cup. The form suggests it could go all the way.


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