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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.

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes
Patna, July 22 (IANS) First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature.

House of murder accused torched in Bihar
Patna July 22 (IANS) A protest against the murder of a primary agriculture credit society (PACS) president turned violent Tuesday in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district when the house of a suspect was set ablaze, police said.

JD-U, RJD leaders favour alliance to defeat BJP
Patna, July 21 (IANS) Top leaders of Bihar's ruling JD-U and the RJD Monday strongly favoured an alliance between them in a bid to defeat "communal forces" in the state.

BJP legislators stall both Houses over Aurangabad police firing
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party legislators on Monday created ruckus in both Houses of Bihar Assembly over the killing of two persons, including a woman, in police firing in Aurangabad district on Saturday.

PMC declares Anant Singh’s Hotel Buddha Inn illegal
Patna,(BiharTimes): The court of Patna Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Kuldip Narayan, on Sunday declared the construction of Hotel Buddha Inn, situated in posh Patliputra Colony, as illegal.

Theft in Giriraj, Sadhu houses ease task of Income Tax dept!
Patna,(BiharTimes): The recovery of huge amount of cash, foreign currencies and jewellery from thieves who have stolen them from the house of two politicians––Giriraj Singh and Sadhu Yadav––has, in a way, eased the work of the Income Tax department. 

New law to deal with hoarders soon: Ram Vilas Paswan
Patna,(BiharTimes): To check the influence of hoarders who are responsible for the big rise in prices of onions, potatoes and other vegetables the Centre is planning to bringing in amendments in Essential Commodities Act in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Woman stripped, assaulted in public goes missing
Patna, July 21 (IANS) The middle-aged woman, who was stripped and assaulted in public for allegedly kidnapping two men, went missing Monday from a Patna hospital where she undergoing treatment, officials said.

JD-U, RJD to contest by-elections together
Patna, July 20 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will contest by-elections to 10 assembly seats in Bihar together, it was announced Sunday.

Sadhu Yadav's house burglary: Police recover huge cash and valuables
Patna, July 20 (IANS) Three people were Sunday arrested in Bihar in connection with a burglary in former MP Sadhu Yadav's house.

Bihar CM compares himself to Sher Shah Suri<>Patna, July 20 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Sunday compared his tenure to that of Sher Shah Suri, the 16th century founder of the Suri dynasty who is known for innovative work and initiating path-breaking reforms.

Bihar getting out of BIMARU image: CMPatna,(BiharTimes): Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi on Saturday exhorted researchers to come up with a solution for bringing back the glories of a decentralized economy.

Nitish accuses BJP of destroying Brand BiharPatna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Nitish Kumar has strongly criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party for destroying Brand Bihar by spreading rumours and creating fear.

Hike in BIADA land rates may hit industrialization
Patna,(BiharTimes): As land rates per acre in industrial areas under Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) went up for the first time on June 18 industrialists fear that it would be more difficult to get new projects in the state.

Bihar urges MP, UP to release Sone water Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar government on Friday urged the Madhya Pradesh and UP governments to release its quota of water from Bansagar and Rihand dams situated in these two states respectively, as farmland under Sone command area in this lower raparian state have dried up due to paucity of rain.

No money surrendered in 2013-14: Bihar govtPatna,(BiharTimes): The state government had surrendered no money in the financial year 2013-14 and the state spent 105.20% of the revised annual expenditure.

Two killed in police firing in Bihar
Patna, July 19 (IANS) Two people, including a woman, were killed and five others injured Saturday when police opened fire to control a mob protesting a man's arrest in Bihar's Aurangabad district.

Nalanda University set to open Sept 1
Rajgir, July 19 (IANS) Part of a premier state-owned hotel will temporarily serve as a hostel for students of the revived Nalanda University, an international centre of learning coming up in Bihar, in eastern India, that will open its doors Sept 1. More than 1,000 students from 40 countries have sought admission in Nalanda University.

Bihar teacher fails to name India's president, faces probe
Patna, July 19 (IANS) For a woman school teacher in Bihar, Pratibha Patil is still India's president and Smriti Irani the governor of the state. These answers shocked a district magistrate who has ordered a probe into the authenticity of the teacher's qualification based on which she got a job in a government school.

Patna facing acute power crisis
Patna,(BiharTimes): A large part of Patna has been facing acute power crisis for the last couple of days. Reports said that the situation may continue to remain so, especially its western half, is likely to face severe power shortage in days to come. 

FIR against 500 for striping, assaulting woman in Bihar
Patna, July 18 (IANS) An FIR was lodged Friday against 500 unidentified people in Bihar for striping and assaulting a middle-aged woman in public for allegedly kidnapping two men, whose bodies were found later, police said.

SuMo inspired by BiharTimes headline, calls for christening of Rashtriya Janata Dal (United)
Patna,(BiharTimes): Taking a cue from a headline of the BiharTimes former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday asked his former boss Nitish Kumar to re-christen his party as Rashtriya Janata Dal (United) as both the Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal are coming closer.

Mid-day meal: 24 students fall ill in Bihar
Patna, July 18 (IANS)
 At least 24 students Friday fell ill in Bihar after eating their mid-day meal at a government school, an official said. The children are out of danger.

Minor gang raped in Bihar, three nabbed
Patna, July 18 (IANS) A 13-year-old girl was raped by a gang of four men in a village in Bihar's Saran district, police said Friday, adding three accused have been nabbed.

No Maoist hand behind Rajdhani derailment: Probe panel
Patna, July 18 (IANS) There was no Maoist hand behind the June 26 derailment of the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express in Bihar's Saran district that killed four people and injured 22 others.

Bihar reports 156 deaths due to encephalitis
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) A total of 156 deaths due to encephalitis have been reported from Bihar's Muzaffarpur district and other adjoining districts so far this year, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday.

40 Indians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia return
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Forty Indian workers languishing in jail in Saudi Arabia for more than a year, arrived in India Friday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ensured their speedy release.

Woman stripped, assaulted in Bihar, CM orders probe
Patna, July 17 (IANS) A middle-aged woman was stripped and assaulted in public in Bihar's Jehanabad district for allegedly kidnapping two men whose bodies were found later, police said. The opposition termed the incident "return of jungle raj", while Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Thursday ordered a probe.

Rise in crime after JD(U) came closer to RJD: BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday once again claimed that the crime situation in Bihar has worsened after the ruling Janata Dal (United) came closer to the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Fear of another drought looms large in Bihar
Patna, July 17 (IANS) The fear of another drought is giving sleepless nights to farmers in Bihar as an official said that if the state receives 19 percent less than normal rainfall till the end of this week, there could be a possibility of a drought-like situation.

Integrated plan for developing Buddhist circuits
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The tourism ministry Thursday launched a comprehensive plan with the World Bank for the development of Buddhist heritage circuits in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar that is estimated to create 10,000 jobs and indirect employments.

Bihar fails to achieve target in toilet construction
Patna,(BiiharTimes): The Bihar government on Thursday conceded that it has fallen way short of target in construction of toilets.

Very slow growth of urbanization in Bihar, UP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar is among the states which witnessed slow increase in its urban population between 2001 and 2011.

Aircel launches 4G services in Bihar
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Telecom service provider Aircel Wednesday launched fourth generation (4G) services across four circles -- Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Odisha, the company said here.

Lack of resources to fight leprosy: Experts
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) There is a paucity of resources and individuals in confronting the challenges posed by leprosy due to the global economic transition, experts said here Thursday.

Patna DM among 14 IAS officers shifted
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government on Wednesday transferred 14 IAS officers including five district magistrates. One of them is of Patna.

Officer who arrested Lalu in fodder scam case in 1997 to be new CBI joint director
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rakesh Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre––but who is originally from Bihar––is all set to join the CBI as a joint director.

More children in schools in Bihar than their actual population: CAG
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG’s) 2012-13 report tabled in the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday has made some more startling revelations about the irregularities in the school education in Bihar.

Lalu, Nitish almost joined hands in 2005: Shivanand
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as Nitish Kumar had on Monday snubbed those Janata Dal (United) leaders, who are still indulging in Lalu-bashing veteran politician Shivanand Tiwary on Tuesday released a letter to the media claiming that he had, after Feb 2005 Assembly election, mooted a proposal for an alliance between Bade Bhai and Chote Bhai so that the latter form the government in the state after a hung Assembly.

Bihar minister blames mobiles for cultural degeneration, crime
Patna,(BiharTimes): After some BJP leaders it is now the turn of a Bihar minister to direct his anger against the mobile culture. He not only stopped there but also holds the non-vegetarian food––besides cell phones––responsible for the rise in rape incidents.

Close 33 non-working PSUs: CAG tells Bihar
Patna, July 16 (IANS) The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has recommended 33 non-working public sector units (PSUs) in Bihar be closed down in view of their increasing liability on the state government.

A year after: Bihar village grieves for its 23 dead kids
Dharmasati Gandaman (Bihar), July 16 (IANS) Parents are still in a state of shock a year after 23 children died after eating their school meal in this Bihar village, and the health of some mothers has deteriorated.

BJP MLAs protest denial of chance to one of its members to ask question
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs on Wednesday created scene in Bihar Assembly over denial of chance to one of its members to ask a question in the House.

Protesting school teachers cane-charged
Patna, July 15 (IANS) At least half a dozen people were injured Tuesday in police cane-charge of hundreds of contractual school teachers when they staged a protest here demanding pay at par with regular teachers, teachers and officials said.

Bihar lags far behind in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan: CAG
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar is lagging far behind in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). According to the latest Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report (2012-13) 1,896 eligible habitations are yet to see schools in the state.

As CM I granted extension to CBI director’s father-in-law: Lalu
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav, said on Monday that he had granted service extension to 100 officers, including Gajendra Narayan, now a retired IPS officer and father-in-law of the present CBI director, Ranjit Sinha, during his tenure as the chief minister of Bihar in early 1990s.

Property of Gujarat businessman's kidnapper attached
Patna, July 15 (IANS) Property of the prime accused, who is on the run, in the abduction of a Gujarat-based businessman in Bihar last year was Tuesday attached by the state police, officials said.

Ugly scene at Gaya airport as CISF tries to check CM’s luggage
Patna,(BiharTimes): Repeated bid by the CISF personnel posted at the Gaya international airport to check the belongings of chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, created an ugly scene with CM aides stoutly opposing the action.

Two schoolkids killed as rail engine rams bus
Patna, July 15 (IANS) Two school children were killed and 10 others seriously injured Tuesday when a rail engine hit their bus in Bihar's Bhojpur district, police said.

Mandal Express is on the move, claims Lalu
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Monday once again raised the issue of Mandal and dropped enough hint of realignment of various parties working for social justice and communL harmony.

Lalu deposes in two more fodder scam cases in Ranchi court
Ranchi, July 14 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad appeared in a CBI court here to record his statement in connection with two cases of the multi-million-rupee fodder scam.

JD(U) MLA warns of tie-up with RJD
Patna,(BiharTimes): Janata Dal (United) MLA from Islampur (in Nalanda district) Rajiv Ranjan has written a letter to former chief minister Nitish Kumar and state party chief, Bashistha Narayan Singh, asking the party not to go in alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal against which the party struggled for 15 long years.

Per capita consumption of electricity lowest in Bihar, highest in Delhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the former chief minister, Nitish Kumar, had announced that his government would provide electricity to all the villages of Bihar by 2015 the fact is that it consumes the least electricity in the country. An average resident of Bihar consumes just 3.5 kWh. In contrast the per capita consumption in Delhi is 12 times more. Amongst the major states, Delhi tops with a per capita consumption of 43.2 kWh.

Hope land does not slow down the IIM project
Patna,(BiharTimes): Allotment of land for any central government educational institution/project in Bihar in the recent years has always taken a lot of time and are seldom free from controversy.

Paswan’s ultimatum to Bihar: Lift foodgrains by August 31
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Union government has given the Manjhi government an ultimatum to lift the foodgrains allotted to Bihar for public distribution by August 31.

FCI to procure maize in Bihar: Ram Vilas
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said Food Corporation of India (FCI) had been asked to procure maize at the minimum support price in Bihar.

Bihar second in dowry deaths in 2013
Patna,(BiharTimes): With 2,335 and 1,182 Uttar Pradesh and Bihar top the list of states which witnessed highest number of dowry deaths in 2013. The undivided Andhra Pradesh with 492 stood third.

Bihar third from top in cancer-related deaths in country
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar recorded third largest number of cancer cases and death related to this disease.  According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data 11,17,269 cases of cancer have been reported till now in 2014. 

Giriraj records statement to police, says money belongs to his cousin
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Nawada Giriaj Singh on Saturday recorded his statement to Patna Police at Shri Krishnapuri Police Station, claiming the money belonged to his businessman cousin.

Former Bihar minister's son lynched for stealing car
Patna, July 13 (IANS) A mob beat up a former Bihar minister's son to death Sunday, allegedly for stealing a car, police said.

Remaining 25,679 Mahadalit families to get three decimal land
Patna,(BiharTimes): The remaining 25,679 landless Mahadalit families of Bihar will soon get three decimal plots under a scheme launched five years ago by the then Nitish Kumar government.

Another blackbuck killed in Bihar
Patna, July 12 (IANS) Suspected smugglers have killed another blackbuck in Bihar's Buxar district, forest officials said Saturday.

The Mandal ‘bomb’: Will it explode, or prove a damp squib
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav and Mangal Pandey have reacted angrily to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s remarks on Mandal ‘bomb’ the truth is that the Bade Bhai and Chote Bhai of the Bihar politics have been forced by the circumstances to fall back on their old slogan.

No end to Giriraj’s trouble in sight
Patna,(BiharTimes): By claiming that the stolen amount of Rs 1.14 crore belongs to his cousin (brother) BJP MP, Giriraj Singh, has landed himself and his party in further trouble. The former chief minister Rabri Devi got an opportunity to tease him by asking whether his house was functioning as a bank, where such huge amount of money, dollars and jewellery are deposited.

Over 1,000 teachers used fake degrees to get jobs: Bihar minister
Patna, July 11 (IANS) Over 1000 teachers used fake degrees in Bihar to get jobs in the government schools, Education Minister Brishen Patel Friday said.

Girl resists molestation, set afire in Bihar
Patna, July 11 (IANS) A teenaged girl Friday sustained serious injuries when a man set her on fire after she resisted his molestation attempt in Bihar, police said.

Dead lizard found in Bihar mid-day meal, 25 children taken ill
Patna, July 11 (IANS) At least 25 children of a government school in Bihar's Siwan district fell ill Friday after eating mid-day meal in which a dead lizard was found, officials said.

SuMo praises it as pro-Bihar budget
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, is all praise for the first budget of the new NDA government.

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