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IMA refuses to buckle under Pappu’s pressure Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has refused to buckle under pressure of Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan, alias Pappu Yadav, over his ‘diktat’ to doctors to ‘fix’ their consultation fees.

SuMo opposes Yogi Adityanath’s stand on ‘love-jehad’ Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that he does not support BJP leader Yogi Adityanath’s statement on ‘love-jehad’ former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that if the Gorakhpur MP spoke in Bihar like he did in Uttar Pradesh, he would have contradicted the remarks.

Manjhi happy over infighting within BJP Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Wednesday that if the BJP leaders keep fighting as they are doing now the non-BJP parties would become stronger and there would be no difficulty for them to return to power in 2015 Assembly election.

Buddhist tourist circuit beyond Bihar, UP planned New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) To popularise Buddhist tourism and to attract more foreign tourists, India's tourism ministry is planning to add more states to the Buddhist circuit apart from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, union Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said Thursday.

Bihar kids to get eggs, fruits in mid-day meal Patna, Sep 18 (IANS) To combat malnourishment, Bihar government plans to include fruits for vegetarian students and eggs in the mid-day meal for around two crore students, state Education Minister Brishen Patel said here Thursday.

Doctors down shutters after Pappu Yadav ‘fixes’ consultation fee
Patna,(BiharTimes): Doctors of Saharsa and Madhepura districts of Bihar on Wednesday downed shutters of their clinics and hospitals to protest the fees ‘imposed’ by the RJD MP, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.

Nearly 3.5 lakh Hindus pray for ancestors in Bihar
Patna, Sep 18 (IANS) More than three lakh Hindu devotees have come to Bihar's Gaya town to perform "pind daan", a religious service for ancestors, officials said Thursday.

SuMo camp in Bihar BJP relieved over party’s defeat in by-polls in three states
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi was among the first in Bihar BJP to say that the results of by-polls in 33 Assembly election have nothing to do with the performance of the Narendra Modi government the truth is that his camp-followers are relieved over the stunning defeat of the party’s canddiates in three states––Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Shotgun clarifies his statement on Sushil Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after the media reported that Patna Saheb MP, Shatrughan Sinha, had held former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi responsible for the defeat of the party in four out of six seats in the August 21 by-polls Bihari Babu on Wednesday clarified his statement saying that he had no personal differences with SuMo.

SuMo downplays by-poll results, says they have nothing to do with NaMo govt’s performance
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday that the results of by-polls in 33 Assembly election have nothing to do with the performance of the Narendra Modi government.

Now Chandra Mohan Rai comes in defence of Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): After former BJP vice president Dr C P Thakur, it is the turn of former Bihar health minister Chandra Mohan Rai, to come up in support of Nitish Kumar, though he added that “anybody heading the department when the scam was busted could not escape moral responsibility. Not only the minister incharge of the department concerned, but also the chief m inister is accountable for the same.”

Rs.600 crore from NRIs, others for Guru Gobind Singh's birthplace
Patna, Sep 15 (IANS) Hundreds of NRIs and businessmen from across India wiill contribute a whopping Rs.600 crore to develop the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th guru of the Sikhs, on the lines of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, ahead of the guru's 350th birth anniversary in 2017.

Mahadalit girl from Bihar is new JNUSU general secretary
Patna,(BiharTimes): A Mahadalit girl from Korodihri village under Sahar block of Bhojpur district, Chintu Kumari, has been elected the new general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), while Ashutosh Kumar, an OBC from Barh in Patna district, has been elected its new president.

Upendra Kushwaha stakes claim over CM post`
Patna,(BiharTimes): Now it is the turn of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party to stake claim over the chief ministerial post in Bihar.

Sapling of Bodhi tree planted in Vietnam
Hanoi, Sep 15 (IANS) A sapling of the holy Bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya in Bihar, which was carried by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as a gift, was planted here Monday.

Sushil Modi implicating his own partymen in medical scam: CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday alleged that former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi was trying to derive political mileage by implicating senoir leaders of his own party in the medicine purchase scam.

C P Thakur goes against Sushil Modi, strongly defends Nitish in medicine scam
Patna,(BiharTimes): After days of murmuring within the BJP one of its senior vice presidents, Dr C P Thakur, has come out openly in defence of former chief minister Nitish Kumar and against his own party leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, in the medicine purchase scam.

Not without Manoj Bajpayee: E. Niwas on 'Shool' sequel
Mumbai, Sep 14 (IANS) E. Niwas, who made his Bollywood debut as a director with "Shool", now plans to make a sequel to the National Award winning movie. He says he won't make it without Manoj Bajpayee.

Quota will help fulfill dreams: Bihar's transgenders
Patna, Sep 14 (IANS) Suman Kumari, Gautam and Anu Priya are upbeat like never before. They hope their dreams will finally be fulfilled and they will get government jobs as Bihar has declared them a 'third gender' and made them eligible for reservation.

JD(U) turns table on former BJP health ministers
Patna,(BiharTimes): As expected the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday turned the table on the BJP when it charged three former health ministers of being involved in gross irregularities in the medicine purchase scam between 2005 and 2013.

Hindi being ignored in the land of its birth, regrets Goa Governor
Patna,(BiharTimes): Noted Hindi writer and Goa governor Mridula Sinha has pleaded for starting marriage counselling centres in all universities for inculcating the true spirit of marriage in young minds.

It is CM’s duty to prevent a scam: Sushil Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Reacting to former chief minister Nitish Kumar’s letter to his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi the latter on Saturday, in a reply, offered a point-wise rebuttal to his ex-boss.

Pilgrims progress to and from Gaya as ancient city remains stuck in the past
Patna,(BiharTimes): All roads, rail and air routes are leading to––and leaving from––Gaya as both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims are converging to the city for two varying, yet identical, reasons.

Hearty and cheerful Lalu walks out of Mumbai hospital
Mumbai, Sep 13 (IANS) Eighteen days after undergoing three cardiac surgeries, a hearty and cheerful RJD chief Lalu Prasad Saturday walked out of the Asian Heart Institute here, doctors said.

Bihar issues flood alert in five districts
Patna, Sep 13 (IANS) Bihar issued a flood alert in five districts Saturday following a heavy gush of water in Son river from Indrapuri Barrage, an official said.

SuMo writes to Harsh Vardhan, seeks CBI probe
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after former chief minister Nitish Kumar wrote a letter to him, his former deputy and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modion Friday released a letter he sent to Union health minister Harsh Vardhan seeking a CBI investigation into the medicine and equipment purchase scam.

After Nalanda, Bihar to revive Vikramshila University
Patna, Sep 12 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday announced the development of Vikramshila University, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning, on the lines of the revived Nalanda University.

Verdict in 39-year-old Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case Nov 10
New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) A court here fixed Nov 10 for delivering its verdict in 39-year-old murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra.

Angry Bihar man bobbitises himself
Patna, Sep 12 (IANS) A man in Bihar has bobbitised himself, sniping off his penis with a sharp knife in a fit of rage after a heated argument with his wife, police said Friday. The man was angry that the couple doesn't have a male child.

95 fall ill in Bihar after eating 'prasad'
Patna, Sep 12 (IANS) At least 95 people, including children, were taken ill after eating 'prasad' - food offered to deities in temples - in Bihar Friday, an official said.

Nitish writes to SuMo on medicine scam, seeks detail
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar on Thursday wrote a letter to former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and sought certain details on medicine and equipment purchase scam.

HC asks two BJP MPs to file affidavits
Patna,(BiharTimes): A single bench of Justice K K Mandal of Patna High Court on Thursday asked two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha members from Bihar, Chhedi Paswan and Janardan Singh Sigriwal, to file an affidavit within 15 days and explain whether the criminal cases pending against them were mentioned while filing nomination papers for the the last parliamentary election.

Bihar gets investment worth only Rs 268 crore in bank-assisted projects
Patna,(BiharTimes): Mineral-starved and landlocked Bihar got investment worth only Rs 268 crore in bank-assisted projects during the financial year 2013-14.

Four held for alleged forced conversion in Bihar
Patna, Sep 11 (IANS) Four of the seven people accused of forcing to convert a Dalit family to Islam have been arrested in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, police said Thursday.

Missing train traced after 17 days in Bihar
Patna, Sep 11 (IANS) A train which went missing from one railway division in Bihar was finally traced Thursday after 17 long days -- from another division, senior officials said.

Sushma to inaugurate Nalanda varsity Sep 19
Patna, Sep 11 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will formally inaugurate Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar, Sep 19, its vice chancellor said Thursday.

Nand Kishore charges CM of shielding scamsters
Patna,(BiharTimes): After deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi it is the leader of opposition in the state Assembly and former health minister, Nand Kishore Yadav, who on Wednesday directly blamed the former chief minister Nitish Kumar for, what he alleged, Rs 200 crore medicine and equipment purchase scam.

NIA files chargesheet in Bodh Gaya blasts case Patna, Sep 11 (IANS) The NIA Thursday filed a chargesheet against three people, including Indian Mujahideen mastermind Hyder Ali, in a court here in the Bodh Gaya serial blasts case.

Bihar worst in use of toilets: Upendra Kushwaha
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation Upendra Kushwaha said on Thursday that Bihar was the worst state in use of toilets.

Five injured in Bihar flood victims' attack on block office
Patna, Sep 10 (IANS) Five people, among them four policemen, were injured when hundreds of flood victims attacked a block office in Bihar Wednesday, officials said.

NIA arrests suspected ISI agent in Bihar
Patna, Sep 10 (IANS) The NIA Wednesday arrested a suspected Pakistan's ISI agent from near the India-Nepal border in Bihar, police said.

Bihar chief minister to learn Urdu
Patna, Sep 10 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi will soon take lessons in Urdu and may hire a teacher for the purpose.

Five school students drown in Bihar
Patna, Sep 10 (IANS) Five school students Wednesday drowned in a river in Bihar's Madhubani district, police said.

Magadh University campus short-listed for IIM
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government has short-listed Bodh Gaya-based Magadh University (MU) for the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has in the last budget announced the establishment of an IIM in Bihar and sought land from the state government.

SuMo suffering from Nitish phobia, charges Bihar minister Lallan Singh
Patna,(BiharTimes): Road construction minister Lallan Singh, said on Tuesday that former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi is suffering from Nitish phobia.

Under which capacity Nitish took six secretaries to Nalanda, asks SuMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): The leader of opposition in the Bihar Legislative Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, on Tuesday questioned the visit of six departmental secretaries to Nalanda along with the former chief minister Nitish Kumar.

VHP shutdown turns violent in Bihar district
Patna, Sep 9 (IANS) VHP activists went on a rampage in Bihar's Bhagalpur district Tuesday during a strike called to protest the alleged conversion of a teenaged Hindu girl after her abduction, police said.

Is Manjhi shooting his mouth off?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is these days quite busy clarifying his own remarks. For example, last week he virtually shielded small hoarders and black-marketeers. Two days later he clarified that the media has distorted his speech.

Bihar announces Rs.9 crore aid for flood-hit Kashmir
Patna, Sep 9 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Tuesday announced Rs.9 crore in aid for relief work in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir floods toll near 200, rescue efforts on, aid pours in
Srinagar/New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) Armed forces stepped up rescue efforts in Jammu and Kashmir, evacuating over 47,000 people so far and government agencies tried to restore road and communication links snapped in the state's worst floods in 50 years that have left nearly 200 dead and crippled infrastructure.

Police rescue married woman confined to bathrood for three years
Patna,(BiharTimes): Police in Darbhanga on Sunday rescued a 25-year old married woman allegedly confined to a bathroom by her husband and in-laws for the last three years as she failed to fulfil the dowry demands.

Dr Rabin Mishra is new Mahavir Cancer Sansthan director
Patna,(BiharTimes): Dr Rabin Chandra Mishra has been appointed the director of Mahavir Cancer Sansathan following the resignation of Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh. Dr Rabin, a former director of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre Institute (Cuttack), will join on October .

4,000 children trafficked out of Bihar every month: Tirhut DIG
Patna,(BiharTimes): Tirhut DIG Ajay Mishra said nearly 4,000 children are being trafficked out of Bihar every month and the police are yet to ascertain the number of people involved in this crime.

CM asks Mahadalits to shun alcoholism
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that though he had not taken a single drop of liquor in his 70 years of life he feels nothing wrong if one consumes a little bit of it after dinner.

Bihar slips to third place in growth rate Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar has slipped from the first to third place in the growth rate in the year 2013-14.

Will expand cabinet only after getting order from Sharad, Nitish, Lalu and Sonia: Bihar CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi once again surprised the journalists on Tuesday when he said that he would expand his cabinet only after receiving order from Sharad Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Sonia Gandhi.

Bihar Police to replace bullets with pepper bullets Patna, Sep 8 (IANS) Bihar is the latest convert to pepper balls and rubber bullets to minimalise casualties in police firing to control and disperse violent mobs. It's part of the modernisation process of the force and in line with the practice across the developed world.

Seven booked for threatening forcible conversion
Patna, Sep 8 (IANS) A case was registered against seven people in Bihar for threatening to forcibly convert a Dalit family, police said Monday.

Manjhi threatens dharna outside PM’s residence
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday threatened to stage a sit-in (dharna) in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi if the Union government failed to provide adequate funds to Bihar to construct multi-storeyed buildings for Mahadalits in urban areas of the state

Piyush Goyal asks Bihar to renovate old power plants
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union energy and coal minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that Bihar has over 25 year old power plants which needed to be either dismantled or renovated.

President Mukherjee to gift Bodhi tree sapling to Vietnam
Patna, Sep 8 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will gift "a sapling" of the sacred Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya to Vietnam during his visit to that country, a temple official said Monday.

Bihar among bottom rung in 4 years' investments in public sector
New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Five states, including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, attracted about half the total investment of Rs.550,000 crore by central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) between 2008-09 and 2012-13, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) said.

Manjhi too wants RJD, Congress to be in the government
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday favoured the idea of RJD and Congress joining his government. The idea was first floated by his parliamentary affairs minister, Shrawan Kumar, on Saturday.

Detailed project report for Patna metro by Oct 31
Patna, Sep 6 (IANS) The detailed project report (DPR) for the Patna metro will be ready by Oct 31, state Urban Development Minister Samrat Choudhary said Saturday.

RJD, Congress to join JD-U government in Bihar?
Patna, Sep 6 (IANS) In a major political development in Bihar, Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress may soon join the JD-U government led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, party leaders said Saturday.

In 68th year of Independence, Bihar's 23,000 freedom fighters
Patna, Sep 6 (IANS) In Independent India's 68th year, Bihar has a staggering 23,000 freedom fighters or their dependents who get pensions from the government, an RTI querry has revealed.

50 students fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar
Patna, Sep 6 (IANS) At least 50 children fell ill Saturday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.

Modi reaches out to 500-million-plus audience on Teachers' Day
New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again demonstrated that he is a man of the masses as he addressed millions of students and teachers across the nation and took questions from them in a first-of-its-kind live mass contact event on TeachersÂ’ Day, striking a chord with them as he laughed and chatted and recounted events from his childhood.

Modi, the communicator, sends a strong political message
New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday interacted with students from across the nation in an unprecedented gesture on Teachers' Day, seeking to send a political message about his ability to engage with them directly like Jawaharlal Nehru and keep up the momentum in favour of his 100-day-old government.

Rameshwar Chaurasia’s remarks on JP movement leaders sparks off debate
Patna,(BiharTimes): The statement given by the BJP MLA Rameshwar Chaurasia that “all political leaders born out of the movement led by Jaiprakash Narayan in 1974 have lost their relevance after miserably failing to root out corruption, an agenda on which the great leader had united the countrymen leading to the ouster of then Indira Gandhi government in 1977 elections” has sparked off a fresh debate in the political circle.

Do not politicize education, Bihar CM tells PM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who interacted with children on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday has a piece of advice for teachers and said education should not be politicized and it would be wrong if anybody tried to do so.

We do not know enough how the poor survive: Meghnad Desai
Patna,(BiharTimes): “We may try and study actual lives of the ordinary families, poor as well as not so poor, and see how they cope with shocks.

Ten girls drown during festival in Bihar
Patna, Sep 5 (IANS) In a shocking incident, ten girls drowned in in Bihar's Gaya and Patna district during a bath on a local Hindu festival Friday, police said.

Students should stop saying hi to greet each other: Bihar CM
Patna, Sep 5 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday urged students not to forget their own culture and try to greet each other with the country's age-old traditions stop saying "hi" or "hey".

Bihar to blacklist three pharmaceutical companies
Patna, Sep 5 (IANS) The Bihar government Friday decided to blacklist three pharmaceutical companies in the state after irregularities in the purchase of medicines worth crores of rupees were revealed, an official said.
Sufi Mahotsav inaugurated in Kako
Patna: Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today inaugurated the Sufi Mahotsav (festival) at Kako in Jehanabad district of Bihar.

Manjhi clarifies his remarks on hoarding, blackmarketing
Patna: Even as Bihar’s food minister Shyam Rajak sounded a bit harsh chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday clarified his statement given two days ago.

CM candidate: Why SuMo’s name evokes so sharp reaction within BJP?
Patna,(BiharTimes): The infighting within the Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has raised a pertinent question: why is there so strong opposition to the candidature of Sushil Kumar Modi for the post of chief minister. Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh was taken aback by the storm his statement created in Bihar.

Lalu out of ICU, making progress after heart surgery Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) Eight days after undergoing a triple heart surgery, RJD chief chief Lalu Prasad was Thursday shifted out of the intensive care unit at the Asian Heart Institute here, a hospital official said.

Manjhi clarifies his remarks on hoarding, blackmarketing Patna: Even as Bihar’s food minister Shyam Rajak sounded a bit harsh chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday clarified his statement given two days ago.

Nine of Bihar's newly elected legislators sworn in Patna, Sep 4 (IANS) Nine of the 10 newly-elected legislators were sworn in Thursday as the members of the Bihar state assembly by Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary here, officials said.

Those involved in medicine scam will not be spared: CM Patna,(BiharTimes): After repeated allegations by former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi that blacklisted medicine firms have funded Janata Dal (United) Lok Sabha election campaign Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday said stern action would be taken against those found guilty in the medicine and equipment purchase scam.

Will forgive minor lapses of small traders says CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi appeared soft towards small traders and hoarders while addressing them in the state capital.

CBI probe sought in fake degrees scam of Bihar teachers
Patna, Sep 3 (IANS) A petition was Wednesday filed in Patna High Court seeking a CBI probe into the recruitment of 40,000 teachers who allegedly used fake degree certificates to get jobs in government schools.

Extortion case filed against Anant Singh
Patna, Sep 3 (IANS) A case of extortion has been lodged here against Bihar's ruling JD-U legislator Anant Singh, police said Wednesday

Kala-azar free India by 2015: Harsh Vardhan
Patna Sep 2 (IANS) Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said that India aims to eliminate dreaded vector-borne disease kala-azar by 2015.

Six hurt as police fire on agitating flood victims in Bihar
Patna, Sep 2 (IANS) At least six people were injured when police opened fire to disperse a mob of agitating flood victims in Bihar's Patna district Tuesday.

SuMo charges JD(U) with accepting donation from medicine firms for LS poll
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday charged that the three blacklisted medicine firms had financed the election campaign of the ruling Janata Dal (United) in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

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.

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