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Moderate voting in Bihar by-polls
Patna, Aug 21 (IANS) Voting in by-elections in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar ended peacefully Thursday with a voter turnout of 46.42 percent, officials said.

Manjhi’s snub compels Samrat to cancel UK visit 
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after coming down heavily on the Patna Municipal Corporation chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi virtually compelled the urban development minister, Samrat Choudhary, to cancel his trip to the United Kingdom, where he was going to study solid waste management system.

Speed up relief in flood-hit districts: Bihar CM
Patna, Aug 20 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Wednesday ordered speeding up of rescue and relief operations in flood-hit districts of the state even as the situation continued to remain grim.

CM blames PMC for the hellish condition in Patna
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the Patna high court on Wednesday summoned the chief secretary Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, squarely held the Patna Municipal Corporation responsible for the waterlogging in the state capital, including his own official residence.

Shakuni flays Nitish as son remains in the Manjhi cabinet
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former minister and Janata Dal (United) leader, Shakuni Choudhary on Tuesday said that the former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar can no more provide the leadership to the party as he has lost his political clout and should quit from politics to save his face.

Cabinet nod to Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Scheme 
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Scheme 2014. 

Sharad defends Manjhi’s son
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national president of the Janata Dal (United) Sharad Yadav on Tuesday defended the son of Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who stayed with a policewoman in a hotel for a night in Gaya. 

Cabinet approves Rs 130.33 crore for purchase of foodgrains for BPL families
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Tuesday approved a sum of Rs 130.33 crore for the purchase of foodgrains on the basis of the revised survey of Below Poverty Lines (BPL) families conducted by the state rural development department and urban development department. 

Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 extremist-hit states
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The union cabinet Wednesday approved provision of mobile phone services at 2,199 locations in 10 states affected by Left-wing extremism.

SC imposes cost on 14 states over backlog of cases
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 each on 14 states and a union territory for failing to respond to the Law Commission's report on a formula to clear the backlog of pending cases.

Bihar seeks Army help to de-waterlog Patna
Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) Having failed to clear the water-logging that has hit normal life in the state capital for the past seven days, the Bihar government Tuesday sought the help of the Indian Army to drain out the flood water, an official said.

Rajnath reviews flood situation with UP, Bihar CMs
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday spoke to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Chief Ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi to review the flood situation in the two states and assured them full central assistance.

Bihar floods toll rises to 17
Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) With eight more deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll in Bihar floods has risen to 17, an official said Tuesday.

Three railway officials suspended in Bihar
Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) Three railway officials were suspended Tuesday for negligence of duty a day after 18 people were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Bihar, officials said.

Lalu-Rabri rule was not jungle raj, says Manjhi
Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Tuesday said that there was no 'jungle raj' during the rule of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and later of his wife Rabri Devi in the state.

Talks off but Pakistani envoy meets Kashmiri separatists
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Pakistan continued its hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists as its envoy Tuesday met hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and then moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a day after India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue.

19 students fall ill after drinking water in Bihar school
Patna, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 19 students fell ill Tuesday after drinking water at a school in Bihar's Vaishali district, an official said.

A Jodhpur community opts for gas-based cremations
Jodhpur, Aug 20 (IANS) In another sign of changing times, the influential Oswal community has decided against using wood for cremating its dead to curb the felling of trees and to protect the environment. A gas-based crematorium will instead be used.

Water logging in Patna

18 killed as train hits tempo in Bihar
Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) Eighteen people, including women and children, were killed and two others seriously injured when a tempo they were travelling in was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Bihar Monday, officials said.

Bihar floods toll rises to nine, 11 lakh affected
Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) The deaths in the Bihar floods rose to nine Monday, said an official who added that nearly 11 lakh people in the state have been affected by floods.

Expert cautions against building barrages on Ganga river
Patna, Aug 18 (IANS) Rajendra Singh, a water conservationist also known as India's waterman, Monday cautioned the central government over its plan to build barrages on the Ganga river.

BJP is party of rumour mongers: Nitish Kumar
Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a party of rumour mongers.

2 killed, 4 lakh affected in Bihar flood
Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) Two people were killed and nearly four lakh people were affected by floods in Bihar, an official said Sunday.

Two passengers shot dead during Bihar train robbery
Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) Armed robbers shot dead two passengers aboard a Hatia-bound train in Bihar, police said Sunday.

Anybody can have a girlfriend, says Bihar CM
Patna (BiharTimes) Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, on Satirday came out openly defending his son who was involved in lleged sexual escapade with a woman police officer.

Thousands affected as flood situation worsens in Bihar
Patna, Aug 16 (IANS) The flood situation in Bihar worsened Saturday with a river breaching its embankment in Darbhanga district and affecting thousands, officials said.

Amit Shah announces new BJP team
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah Saturday announced his new team which includes B.S. Yeddyurappa, J.P. Nadda and Ram Madhav. Varun Gandhi was dropped.

Committed to development for all: Bihar CM
Patna, Aug 15 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday said the state will move ahead with "development for all" as he hoisted the national flag on Independence Day.

Let's build a new India, Modi says in I-Day address
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) In his maiden Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to work for a new and clean India by shedding the "poison" of communalism and making the country the world's manufacturing hub.

Four killed in Bihar house collapse
Patna, Aug 15 (IANS) At least four people -- three women and a child -- were killed when a house collapsed due to surging flood waters of a river in Bihar's Nalanda district early Friday, officials said.

Manjhi takes U turn on bribe giving issue
Patna (BiharTimes):  Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday took a U-turn on Thursday from his earlier saying that corruption is widely prevalent in the state. He went ahead saying in a government programme that he as  minister had to pay a bribe of Rs 5,000 to get recast an inflated energy bill of Rs 25,000.

I will unite Mulayam, Mayawati: Lalu
Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Thursday vowed to unite opposition leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Rain brings relief to Bihar farmers
Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Millions of farmers in Bihar can now breathe a sigh of relief as heavy rains have brought hope of succour from the prevailing drought-like situation, an official said Thursday.

Will Lalu-Nitish reunion thaw ice between Maya-Mulayam in UP? Unlikely
Lucknow, Aug 14 (IANS) Will RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's political embrace with arch rival Nitish Kumar in Bihar be replicated by Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh? Just days after the former Bihar chief minister suggested a similar patch-up in Uttar Pradesh to stop the Modi juggernaut, the proposal has no serious takers in the state, so politically divided are inflated egos and the caste matrix.

Continuous downpour in Nepal, alert sounded over Koshi river
Kathmandu, Aug 14 (IANS) Continuous heavy downpour in Nepal since Wednesday has caused floods and landslides in several areas and claimed at least five lives.

Patna's draft master plan in public domain
Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Patna's draft master plan was put in the public domain Thursday for seeking suggestions and objections from residents, Bihar Urban Development and Housing Minister Samrat Choudhary said.

Maneka suggests measures to curb crimes against women
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Thursday suggested measures to curb atrocities against women including victim protection programme and strengthening laws against perjury and child marriage.

Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi confesses paying bribe
Patna,(BiharTimes): This was  big enough an embarrassment for Nitish Kumar when his own party chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that corruption was so rampant in his state that he had to pay bribe to get his work done. Kumar always made toll claim regarding his initiatives to contain corruption in government set up.

Eliminate corrupt officials, says Pappu Yadav
Patna, Aug 13 (IANS) Corrupt officials and people's representatives who loot the country deserve death, and "should be eliminated either by Maoists or terrorists", Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentarian Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav said Wednesday.

Bihar teachers get education degrees before birth!
Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Imagine getting a B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) degree before turning 21 or even before being born? Strange as it may sound, that's exactly what has happened in Bihar in at least 95 cases.

Judges' collegium system on its way out
New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha Wednesday took up the Constitution (99th Amendment) Bill for debate, after the Lok Sabha passed it along with the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill, 2014 -- a move that created apprehension in the legal fraternity on possible government encroachment in judicial independence.

The Family Reunion: But will the kids really unite to fight Sangh Parivar?
After the re-union between the Bade Bhai and Chote Bhai the big question is: will the kids show the same bond of friendship.

Lalu steals the show at Hajipur joint campaign with Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): RJD chief Lalu Prasad stole the show at the first joint election campaign he had with the Chote Bhai Nitish Kumar in 23 years.

Lalu, Nitish are together again -- after 20 years
Patna, Aug 11 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar Monday came together at an election rally for the first time in two decades, with the former asking Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav to join hands in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP.

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