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Drought looms over Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though Bihar is yet to be declared drought hit the state has witnessed 26 per cent less rainfall this monsoon.

Over 3,500 detonators recovered in Bihar
Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) Over 3,500 detonators were recovered Friday in Bihar's Rohtas district, and three people have been arrested, police said.

Bihar minister booked over clashes with villagers 
Patna, Aug 1 (IANS)
Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Baidyanath Sahni has been named in a first information report (FIR) over violent clashes with villagers in Samastipur district, police said Friday.

Dead lizard in Bihar mid-day meal, 50 students ill
Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) Fifty students of a government primary school fell ill in Bihar Friday after eating their mid-day meal in which a dead lizard was found, an official said.

BJP denies ticket to family members of MPs
Patna,(BiharTimes): None of the family members of the newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party MPs got ticket for the by-polls to be held on August 21. The party is contesting nine out of 10 seats leaving one for the alliance partner the Lok Janshakti Party.

Mahabodhi now among India's richest temples
Patna, July 31 (IANS) After Tirupati, Vaishno Devi and Shirdi Sai Baba temples, the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, Buddhism's holiest shrine, has become one of the richest temples in India, officials said Thursday.

Maoists blow up trooper's home in Bihar
Patna, July 31 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas blew up the house of a CRPF constable in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Thursday to protest the killing of two people a fortnight ago in a gunbattle with police, officials said.

BJP to contest nine seats, LJP one in Bihar by-poll
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party would contest nine out of 10 seats for which by-poll is scheduled to take place on August `21. It has left only one seat, Parbatta, for the Lok Janshakti Party, while Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party will not contest any seat.

Absence of Nitish, Lalu from Press conference a strategic move
Patna,(BiharTimes): The absence of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad from the Press conference in which the announcement of the “grand secular alliance” among Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress was made on Wednesday have come as a bit of surprise as they were expected to turn up.

Not backward castes, but their leaders who are facing crisis
Now that the leaders of the two important ‘pro-Mandal parties’––the Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal––have joined hands will the backward castes really come together and vote unitedly in the by-election to the 10 Assembly seats to be held on August 21? And will this unison continue till the next year Assembly election?

Left parties to contest together, calls grand alliance opportunistic
Patna,(BiharTimes): The three major Communist parties in Bihar on Tuesday formed a grand alliance to contest Assembly by-polls in 10 seats in the state.

Weakness for family grips BJP in Bihar by-polls
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though throughout the recent Lok Sabha election campaign Narendra Modi systematically attacked the family rule all its five MLAs who got elected to Parliament recently want their family members to be named as the candidates for the Assembly by-polls.

Bihar continues to top the list in property related murder
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like in 2012 Bihar witnessed the highest number of murders due to property disputes in the country.

Lalu's son seeks PM intervention in CSAT row
Patna, July 29 (IANS) RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's son, Tejashwi Yadav has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in resolving the ongoing row over the aptitude test in the civil service entrance examination.
Eid celebrated in Bihar
Patna, July 29 (IANS) Muslims across Bihar celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr Tuesday with religious fervour, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

12 Hindu pilgrims die in accident
Patna, July 29 (IANS) A speeding vehicle crushed 12 Hindu pilgrims, including four women, who were sleeping in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Tuesday, police said.

Grand alliance an acceptance of BJP’s strength: Shahnawaz
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national spokesman of Bharatiya Janata Party, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, said on Sunday that the coming together of Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress for the bypolls is a proof of the fact that “the BJP is now the strongest party in Bihar and they do not have the capacity to contest against it on their own.”

Undertrial dies after suffering burns in Bihar jail
Patna, July 28 (IANS) An undertrial prisoner, who was set on fire allegedly by a jail official in Bihar, Monday succumbed to his injuries at the Patna Medical College and Hospital here, officials said.

Racket compelled govt to slash OBC, EBC scholarship: CM
Patma,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday told the state Assembly that the scholarship amount to the Other Backward Castes (OBC) and Extremely Backward Castes (EBC) students was slashed last year as the government detected a big racket in their payment.

Late Digvijay’s daughter wins silver in shooting in CWG, brings laurels to Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Shreyasi Singh, 22, originally from Gidhaur in Jamui district of Bihar, on Sunday won a silver medal in women’s double trap event at the 20th Commonwealth Games (CWG) at Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday.

JD-U, RJD to fight four seats each in Bihar by-polls
Patna, July 27 (IANS) Bihar's ruling JD-U and Lalu Prasad's RJD would contest from four assembly seats each, while the Congress would contest from two in by-elections to 10 assembly constituencies in the state, party leaders announced Sunday.

JD(U) a divided house, reiterates SuMo Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, on Sunday once again claimed that the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar was headed for a split.

Dons of 1990s out of jail in the neo-Mandal era Patna,(BiharTimes): The acquittal of the former LJP MP Suraj Bhan Singh and two ex-MLAs Munna Shukla and Rajan Tiwari in the former minister Brij Bihari Prasad murder case came at the time when the state politics is returning to the Mandal years.

Manjhi to develop his village on pattern of Kalyanbigha
Patna,(BiharTimes): The native village of Bihar chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, will soon be elevated to the status of block.

JD-U-RJD-Congress alliance finalised for Bihar by-polls
Patna, July 26 (IANS) The much awaited alliance of Bihar's ruling JD-U, Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress to contest the by-elections in 10 assembly constituencies was finalised here Saturday, state leaders said.

RJD minister's murder verdict: BJP MP to move SC Patna, July 26 (IANS) Two days after the Patna High Court acquitted eight people who had been convicted by a trial court for the murder of former RJD minister Brij Bihari Prasad, his wife and BJP MP Rama Devi said Saturday this would be challenged in the Supreme Court.

Mid-day meal: 12 students fall ill in Bihar
Patna, July 26 (IANS) At least 12 students fell ill in Bihar Saturday after eating their mid-day meal at a government school, officials said.

SuMo’s apology to Nitish amounts to victory of the latter
Patna,(BiharTimes): By apologizing to former chief minister Nitish Kumar and praising the Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav––though there was apparently no need to bring him into picture––the leader of opposition in the Bihar Legislative Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, in a way conceded that he, and his partymen, crossed the limits while charging the former boss with instigating clash in the Upper House on Thursday.

Peace returns to Council as SuMo apologizes to Nitish, praises Sharad
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after JD(U) and BJP MLCs clashed in the Legislative Council normalcy returned in the Upper House on Friday.

Dissent in JD-U, RJD over alliance
Patna, July 25 (IANS) Ahead of talks between top JD-U and RJD leaders here Friday on their proposed alliance, some leaders in both the parties have publicly opposed the tie-up.

Why Bihar Legislative Council is attracting more media attention than Assembly?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Of late Bihar Legislative Council is attracting more media attention than Assembly, though its strength is only one-third of the latter.

Bihar facing shortage of 108 IAS officers
Patna,(BiharTimes): After West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, it is Bihar which is facing the maximum shortage of IAS officers.

JD(U), BJP members clash in Council in presence of Nitish, SuMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (United) on Thursday exchanged blows and hurled choicest abuses on each other in Bihar Legislative Council in the presence of former chief minister Nitish Kumar and his former deputy, Sushil Kumar Modi. The latter charged the former of instigating the clash, but Nitish hotly denied it.

Patna HC acquits eight in former minister Brij Bihari Prasad's murder
Patna, July 24 (IANS) The Patna High Court Thursday acquitted eight people who were earlier convicted by a trial court in the murder of former RJD minister Brij Bihari Prasad in 1998.

Has JD(U)-RJD alliance run into rough weather over leadership issue?
Patna,(BiharTimes): If reports appearing in a section of media is to be believed the alliance between Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal seems to have run into rough weather.

Bihar on top in fiscal management among backward states: Assocham
Patna, July 24 (IANS) Bihar has topped low income states in fiscal management, clocking highest growth rate of over 66 percent and about 284 percent in terms of states' own tax and non-tax revenues, says an Assocham study.

Maoists blow up police officer's home in Bihar
Patna, July 24 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas Thursday blew up the home of a police officer in Bihar to protest the killing of two people a few days ago in a gunbattle with police, an officer said.

Woman stripped in public, now arrested
Patna, July 24 (IANS) The woman who was stripped and assaulted publically in Bihar for allegedly kidnapping and murdering two men was arrested Thursday, officials said.

Lalu takes a sigh of relief after Ranchi HC quashes case against Jagannath Mishra
Patna,(BiharTimes): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav takes a sigh of relief after the Jharkhand high court on Monday quashed four cases of fodder scam against former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra on grounds that he cannot be prosecuted for the same offence twice.

Nitish practising politics of opportunism: Kushwaha
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A union minister Wednesday accused former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar of opportunism, saying the JD-U and RJD tie-up for the bypolls shows he does not practise politics of principle.

Union govt cuts central funds to Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Narendra Modi government has cut down devolution of central funds to Bihar from Rs 42,443.86 crore in the Manmohan Singh government’s interim budget in February to Rs 41,841.93 crore.

Race in Bihar BJP for chief minister candidate
Patna, July 23 (IANS) Much ahead of the 2015 assembly polls in Bihar, several BJP leaders have staked claim to being nominated as the chief ministerial candidate.

India to have four new central varsities
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The government has decided to set up four new central universities in the country, parliament was told Wednesday.

Train engine derails as Maoists blow up rail track in Bihar
Patna, July 23 (IANS) A pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express was derailed after the railway track was blown up in Bihar during a shutdown by Maoists, authorities said Wednesday.

A chai-wallah as CM candidate: Will this work?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party is facing a tough challenge from a new JD(U)-RJD alliance ahead of the August 21 by-poll for 10 seats a section of the saffron party is urging the party leadership to name a ‘chai-wallah’ as the chief ministerial candidate. This chai-wallah does not have Modi as the sirname, nor has he worked in his father’s tea-stall as NaMo claimed during the Lok Sabha election campaign.

“JD(U), RJD alliance a mis-matched marriage”
Patna,(BiharTimes): While some political observers are of the view that the alliance between the Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal is a marriage of convenience BJP MP, Ram Kripal Yadav, called it a mis-matched marriage, which is bound to fail.

Walia Commission to be tabled in the current session: CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced on Tuesday that the state government would table the Walia Commission report on Kosi flood of 2008 in the on-going Monsoon session of the state Assembly.

Three soldiers arrested for molesting girl in Bihar
Patna, July 22 (IANS) Three soldiers were arrested in Bihar's Khagaria district for molesting a girl on a train, police said Tuesday.

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