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Low-key start of high-profile revived Nalanda University comes as a surprise Patna,(BiharTimes): Perhaps no university of international standard anywhere in the world started classes with just 11 students and six faculty members––—four at the School of Historical Studies and two at the School of Ecology and Environment Studies––on the first day.

Storm in BJP after Radha Mohan backed SuMo as CM face 
Patna,(BiharTimes): Several senior state BJP leaders have strongly criticized Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh for backing the candidature of former deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, for the post of chief minister.

Classes begin in Nalanda University - after over 800 years
Patna, Sep 1 (IANS) Classes opened Monday at the Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar, after a break of over 800 years with 15 students, its vice chancellor said.

Bihar's flood-hit loot food grain from warehouse
Patna, Sep 1 (IANS) Flood victims in Bihar's Nalanda district broke into a government warehouse and looted food grain Monday to protest inadequate assistance given to them by the government, officials said.

Bihar to set up music varsity after Bismillah Khan
Patna, Sep 1 (IANS) The Bihar government plans to set up its first music university, named after shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, in Muzaffarpur district, Minister of Art and Culture Binay Bihari said Monday.

Police custody extended for shooter's husband
Ranchi, Sep 1 (IANS) A court here Monday extended for three more days the police custody of Ranjit Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan who married national champion shooter Tara Sahdeo pretending to be a Hindu and who allegedly forced her to later embrace Islam.

BJP leaders object to Sushil Modi's projection in Bihar
Patna, Aug 31 (IANS) A day after union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the Bihar assembly polls in 2015 would be fought under the leadership of Sushil Kumar Modi, senior BJP leaders Sunday objected to his projection as the party's face.

Revived Nalanda University's first session begins Monday
Patna, Aug 31 (IANS) The revived Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar which has attracted over 1,000 applications from around the world, will begin its first academic session Sep 1 with 15 students, including five women, and 10 faculty members, its vice chancellor said.

Jharkhand conversion: Documents, mobile seized
Ranchi, Aug 31 (IANS) Police Sunday seized 36 SIM cards and 15 mobile phones from the house of a man who married shooter Tara Shadeo pretending to be a Hindu and who allegedly forced her to later embrace Islam.

'Sushil Modi to be BJP's face in Bihar assembly polls'
Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will be the face of the BJP in Bihar in the state assembly polls in 2015, said senior party leader and central Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Saturday ending days of speculation.

Action sought against VC over dance by scantily clad girls in auditorium
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bhagalpur RJD MP Bolu Mandal has written to chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi demanding strict action against Vice Chancellor of Bihar Agriculture University Dr M L Choudhary for allowing a private firm to organize dance by scantily clad girls in the auditorium of the institute.

Now makhana to be cultivated in farmland: Radha Mohan
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday said that scientists at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have developed a new seed of ‘makhana’ called ‘Suvarna Vaidehi’. The special thing about it is that instead of being cultivated in just ponds and lakes, it can be cultivated in the fields just like paddy.

New bridge in Bihar collapses ahead of inauguration
Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) A newly built bridge collapsed ahead of its inauguration in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, officials said Saturday.

Husband deserts Muslim woman for attending Independence Day
Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) A Muslim school teacher in Bihar was forced to leave her house by her husband who felt she had violated the Shariat law by participating in a Independence Day function, police said Saturday.

One Modi credited for victory, another blamed for defeat Patna,(BiharTimes): “Ek Modi jitaya dusra Modi harwaya.” This seems to be the common refrain in the BJP circle. While all credit was given to Narendra Modi after the Lok Sabha election results no one is prepared to blame him for the defeat in the by-polls for 10 seats. For that all blame is laid on the feet of former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

'Sushil Modi to be BJP's face in Bihar assembly polls'Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will be the face of the BJP in Bihar in the state assembly polls in 2015, said senior party leader and central Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Saturday ending days of speculation.

New bridge in Bihar collapses ahead of inauguration Patna, Aug 30 (IANS) A newly built bridge collapsed ahead of its inauguration in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, officials said Saturday.

Husband deserts Muslim woman for attending Independence DayPatna, Aug 30 (IANS) A Muslim school teacher in Bihar was forced to leave her house by her husband who felt she had violated the Shariat law by participating in a Independence Day function, police said Saturday.

LJP, RSLP uneasy alliance partners of NDA?
Patna,(BiharTimes): With the BJP alone achieving the target of Mission 272––in fact it got 282 seats on its own––regional and smaller parties are not feeling very comfortable in the new set up. Ministers and MPs belonging to alliance partners are enjoying much less political clout than during the Vajpayee government. Even as alliance partners in UPA, Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP used to have significant influence.

Manjhi skips launch of Jan Dhan Yojana
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday abstained from the launch function of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

Bihar finally to honour CWG medallist Shreyasi
Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) Criticised for ignoring 2014 Commonwealth Games women's double trap shooting silver medallist Shreyasi Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday announced that she will be honoured soon.

Bhola Yadav files nomination for the Council seat
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Thursday fielded Bhola Yadav, the private secretary of Lalu Prasad Yadav, for the Bihar Legislative Council.

Man arrested for posting girl's obscene photos
Patna, Aug 28 (IANS) A man was arrested in Bihar's Nalanda district Thursday for allegedly posting obscene pictures of a girl on Facebook, police said.

Bihar flood-hit up the ante over relief
Patna, Aug 29 (IANS) Flood victims in Bihar's Nalanda district Friday blocked roads for hours to protest inadequate assistance provided to them by the state government, police said.

Mandal goes upside-down as five of 10 new MLAs are from upper castes
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the grand alliance of the JD(U), RJD and Congress fought the by-polls for the 10 seat on the plank of Mandal, social justice and secularism half of those who got elected belonged to the upper castes, while no Muslim could win.

Lalu undergoes three surgeries, condition fine
Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Wednesday underwent a marathon six-hour-15-minute-long surgery here to treat his heart condition, doctors said. His condition was said to be fine.

Bhumihar factors in NDA defeat in 2009, 2014 by-polls
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the Union minister of state for rural development, Upendra Kushwaha, attributed the bad performance of the BJP-led alliance in the recently held by-polls for 10 seats to the non-inclusion of any Bhumihar MP from Bihar in the Narendra Modi cabinet it is the outburst of the national vice president of the BJP and former Union minister (in the Vajpayee cabinet), Dr C P Thakur, that he is being treated like a ‘chaprasi’ in the party, which has shocked the leadership.

PMO, BJP back Rajnath, deny reports on minister's son
New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Upset over "rumours" that his son was not fielded in the Uttar Pradesh bye-elections due to alleged misconduct, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday said he would quit politics if any of the allegations are proven to be true.

Learn from Rani's 'Mardaani': Bihar police officer
Patna, Aug 27 (IANS) Impressed by Rani Mukerji's new movie "Mardaani", a top police officer in Bihar has requested district chiefs to arrange shows for all policemen to take inspiration from it for the fight against child trafficking.

BJP seeks CBI probe into medicine scam
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday directly blamed former chief minister Nitish Kumar for Rs 100 crore medicine scam as between June 16, 2013 and May 16, 2014 the health portfolio was with him.

I am being treated like a chaprasi in the BJP: C P Thakur
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union health minister and BJP vice president Dr C P Thakur said he was being treated like a chaprasi in the party.

Nitish Kumar to meet Lalu Prasad in Mumbai Patna, Aug 27 (IANS) JD-U leader Nitish Kumar will meet RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Mumbai Wednesday for first time after their alliance won six of the 10 assembly seats that went to by-polls in Bihar.

Bihar official purchased 55 plots in 25 years
Patna, Aug 27 (IANS) A Bihar official purchased 55 plots of land in his and his wife's name during 25 years of service, officials said Wednesday.

No place for Vajpayee, Advani, Joshi in BJP's top decision-making body
New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) In a move marking the end of the era of stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, the BJP Tuesday came up with a list of its highest decision-making body, the parliamentary board, which excluded the seniors.

Women fight shame in flood-hit Bihar
Supaul (Bihar), Aug 27 (IANS) Malti and Bhagwati Devi are just two of the thousands of people who have had to abandon their homes to take shelter on an embankment in flood-affected Bihar's Supaul district. Their main worry, however, is not hunger but the difficulties they face in going through their ablutions unlike men.


Want to serve people: new Goa Governor Mridula Sinha
New Delhi, Aug 26 Mridula Sinha, who was appointed Goa governor Tuesday, said she is excited about taking up t:he new challenge and is keen to serve the people of the state.

Lalu to undergo two heart surgeries Wednesday
Mumbai, Aug 26 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad will Wednesday undergo two major heart surgeries - one to replace an aortic valve and the other to repair the aorta, a doctor said here Tuesday.

Court orders release of two Patna blast suspects
Patna, Aug 26 (IANS) A special court in Bihar has ordered the release of two suspects in the October 2013 Patna serial blasts as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has failed to file a chargesheet against them, police said Tuesday.


Innovative Bihar farmer makes it to South Africa, via Facebook
Patna, Aug 26 (IANS) A Bihar farmer who set a paddy cultivation record has been hired on a five-year contract by the South African government to train farmers there in the innovative System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method for which he will be paid the equivalent of Rs.50,000 (8,800 rand/$826) a month - all thanks to Facebook.


Mixed performance for JD(U) in by-polls
Patna,(BiharTimes): The victory of grand alliance in the by-polls for 10 Assembly seats in Bihar may have come as a small consolation for the ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar, yet there is a matter of concern for its leader, the former chief minister, Nitish Kumar.


Defeat in Bhagalpur, Chapra symbolizes urban indifference towards BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though by-polls normally attach less significance the August 21 election for 10 Assembly seats was somewhat different. It was a test of the combined strength of the grand alliance after the coming together of Bade and Chote Bhai as well as that of the state BJP leadership in the Narendra Modi era.

Opposition leaders call on Lalu Prasad in hospital
Mumbai, Aug 25 (IANS) Opposition leaders called on RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a hospital here Monday after the RJD-Congress-JD-U alliance won six of the 10 Bihar assembly bypolls.


RJD-Congress-JD-U alliance stuns BJP in Bihar
Patna, Aug 25 (IANS) Just three months after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha election, the new combine of the RJD, JD-U and Congress Monday stunned the BJP by winning six of the 10 assembly seats in Bihar.

Ray of hope after five consecutive defeats for the RJD
Patna,(BiharTimes): Perhaps for the first time since 2005 it was a celebration time in the state office of the Rashtriya Janata Dal as party workers distributed sweets and raised slogans: “Semi-final jeeten hain, Final bhi jeeten gey.” (Have won the semi-final and will win the final too).

We expected to win six seats, says Sushil Modi Patna,(BiharTimes): The leader of opposition in the Bihar Legislative Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, said on Monday that “the by-poll results were not as per our expectation. We expected to win six seats. However, we accept this mandate. In politics such ups and downs do take place. These are by-polls and local issues dominate them. They do not decide the fate of any government and have nothing to do with the making and unmaking of any government.


Nitish thanks people of Bihar for by-polls victoryPatna, Aug 25 (IANS) Just three months after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha election, the new combine of the RJD, JD-U and Congress Monday stunned the BJP by winning six of the 10 assembly seats in Bihar.

Lalu hospitalised  
Mumbai, Aug 25 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was Monday admitted to a hospital here for a routine check-up. A doctor said there was "nothing to worry.

Ranchi shutdown Monday against woman shooter's forced conversion Ranchi, Aug 24 (IANS) A shutdown has been called here Monday to protest the alleged torture of a national gold-medal-winning woman shooter to forcibly convert her to Islam by a man who married her while concealing his Muslim identity.
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Gangsters luxuriate in Bihar jail Patna, Aug 25 (IANS) Gangsters lodged in a jail in Bihar were found to be enjoying a lavish lifestyle, with mobile phones, liquor, air-conditioners in cells that had floor tiles found in rich homes. A gangster was even allowed to build a temple inside Sitamarhi jail.


Domestic supply of gas through pipe in 12 Bihar districts soon
Patna,(BiharTimes): With 385 km mainline and 360 km spur (branch) line passing through its 12 district Bihar is all set to be the second biggest beneficiary after West hBengal of the proposed 2,050-km long Jagdishpur-Phulpur-Haldia pipeline project. The pipeline will pass through West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and help supply gas directly to homes.

Manjhi govt shifts IAS official to appease Food Minister Shyam Rajak
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government on Saturday transferred Arvind Kumar Chaudhary, the Managing Director of State Food Corporation, along with two other IAS officers, after a reported tiff with Food and Consumer Protection Minister, Shyam Rajak.

Bihar floods: Two more deaths take toll to 20
Patna, Aug 24 (IANS) With two more deaths in the past 24 hours, the toll in Bihar floods has risen to 20, an official said Sunday.

Manjhi blames media for distorting his remarks on inter-caste marriages
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday strongly criticized the media for distorting his statement on the inter-caste marriage given on Thursday

BJP flays Bihar govt’s flood relief works
Patna,(BiharTimes): State BJP chief Mangal Pandey and party’s MP from Darbhanga, Kirti Azad, on Sunday strongly criticized the Bihar government for its failure to carry out rescue and relief works in the flood hit districts of Bihar.

Twenty-three convicted in a fodder scam case
Ranchi, Aug 23 (IANS) A CBI court here Saturday convicted 23 people and sentenced them to three to five years imprisonment in a multi-crore rupee fodder scam case.

Manjhi’s remarks on inter-caste marriages evokes reaction
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s recent remarks that Dalit youths should marry outside their castes and thus increase their population to become a “political strength” has been strongly criticized by the BJP leader and former deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi.


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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