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Nitish blames NaMo for Parliament stalemate
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday strongly criticized prime minister Narendra Modi for his silence on controversy involving religious conversion and praise of Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, by his party leaders.Talking to tne media in the Legislative Council he directly blamed the BJP for stalemate in Parliament in the last five days.

BJP, Congress key players as Kashmir battle set to end
Jammu, Dec 19 (IANS) The fifth and final phase in Jammu and Kashmir's assembly elections ends Saturday, with the Congress and the BJP locked in a do-or-die battle in the Hindu-majority Jammu region.

Properties of seven murder accused attached in Bihar
Patna, Dec 19 (IANS) The properties of the seven accused who killed four Dalits for refusing to share fish caught by them in Bihar's Patna district, were attached Friday, police said.

Mild Earthquake Hits Bihar
Patna (BiharTimes) Mild tremors of earthquake has been reported from many parts of Bihar, including thecapital city of Patna,The epicentre of the earthquake was in Nepal.

Four get life term for 1975 L.N. Mishra murder
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg were Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment here for criminal conspiracy and murder of the then railway minister L.N. Mishra in 1975.

Security tightened at Bodh Gaya temple
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Security was Thursday tightened at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya after the terror attack in Pakistan's Peshawar city, a top official said.

Timeline of Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Timeline of the 1975 murder case of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra:

Converted Christians return to Hindu fold in Bihar
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Three of the dozen Hindus who converted to Christianity in two Bihar villages have returned to the Hindu fold after they were threatened with a social boycott, an official said Thursday.

Now full bench to hear PMC Commissioner’s suspension case
Patna,(BiharTimes): Patna high court on Wednesday transferred the case relating to the suspension of the Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation, Kuldeep Narayan, to a full bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmad Ansari.

Probe ordered into Hindus' conversion to Christianity
Patna, Dec 17 (IANS) A probe has been ordered into the conversions of nearly a dozen Hindus to Christianity in two Bihar villages, an official Wednesday said.

Manjhi for medium, small industries in Bihar Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday said he was not in favour of big industries or investment of big capital in the state, but prefers development of medium and small industries as they provide ample employment opportunities to the people.

Four women among eight Maoists arrested Patna,(BiharTimes): The Muzaffarpur police on Tuesday arrested eight alleged Maoists, including four women, from a government high school in Turki village of the district. Six detonators, a pistol, some ammunition and Maoists’ literature were recovered from them.

Toll in Pakistan school massacre climbs to 148
Islamabad, Dec 17 (IANS/EFE) Children were the majority of the 148 people killed Tuesday in a Taliban attack on a school run by the Pakistani army in the northwestern city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan.

CBI told to record Manmohan's statement in coal scam case
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) A special court hearing the coal block case allegedly involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others here Tuesday asked the CBI to record the statement of former prime minister Manmohan Singh who was then also holding the coal ministry portfolio.

Kuldeep Narayan to continue as PMC chief till final court order: HC
Patna, (BiharTimes): A division bench of Justice V N Sinha and Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha of the Patna High Court on Tuesday ruled that Kuldeep Narayan would continue to function as Commissioner of the Patna Municipal Corporation till it delivered its final order in the matter.Not only that the Court also asked Kuldeep to dispose of 504 vigilance cases of construction of apartments in violation of municipal rules in Patna “without succumbing to any pressure.”

Upendra Kushwaha flays RSS ‘ghar wapsi’ campaign
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union minister of state for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwaha has strongly opposed RSS-backed “ghar wapsi” campaign, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and also rejected the demand for an anti-conversion law. He had also asked the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre to focus only on development agenda.

Liquor suppliers given free hand to loot Bihar, reiterates SuMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, reiterated that the state government had provided the liquor mafia free hand to loot the state. Talking to the media here on Tuesday he said all this is being done at the behest of people close to former chief minister Nitish Kumar, who are posted in the excise department.

If fog is to be blamed why Rajdhani Express is running on time?
Patna,(BiharTimes): It remains a mystery as to how Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Patna arrived on time––even before time––on December 14 and 15 when almost all the trains running in north India have been running late by two to 12 hours?

84 kids among 104 killed in Pakistan school attack
Peshawar, Dec 16 (IANS) As many as 84 children were among a staggering 104 people killed when heavily armed terrorists launched a brazen attack on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

Two FIRs lodged after RJD MLA Surendra Yadav sustains injuries in quarrel
Patna,(BiharTimes): Two FIRs have been lodged following burn injuries sustained by the RJD MLA, Surendra Yadav, late on Sunday night near a ‘tilkut’ shop at Tekara Road in Gaya in a brawl involving him, his bodyguard and driver and the shopkeepers.

Manjhi’s son-in-law may be reinstated as PA
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chiefminister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s third son-in-law, Devendra Kumar, may soon be reinstated to his old post as his personal assistant as the definition of ‘saga sambandhi’ has been changed by the state government.Devendra, who joined the CM office as the PA on June 4 had to resign on November 5 last, was once again seen at 1 Anne Marg on Monday when Manjhi was holding the Janata Darbar.

Probe ordered after woman committed 'Sati' in Bihar
Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) A probe has been ordered into a 70-year-old woman allegedly committing "Sati" by jumping into the funeral pyre of her husband Saturday in a Bihar village, an official said Tuesday.

Train hits car in Bihar, four killed
Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) At least four people were killed Tuesday and three severely injured when a train hit a car in Bihar's Nawada district, police said.

HC stays PMC Commissioner’s suspension
Patna,(BiharTimes): A division bench of Justice V N Sinha and Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha of the Patna High Court on Monday stayed the suspension of Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), Kuldeep Narayan. The state government had on Friday (Dec 12) night suspended him on the charge of not purchasing the fogging machine.

Telhara University's ruins older than Nalanda, Vikramshila
Patna, Dec 14 (IANS) The remains of Telhara University, discovered in Bihar, are older than Nalanda and Vikramshila universities, officials said here Sunday.

1975 L.N. Mishra murder case: Order on sentencing Dec 18
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A Delhi court Monday reserved for Dec 18 its order on sentencing of the four convicts in the 1975 murder of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra.

Four shot dead in Bihar for refusing to share fish
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) Four people were shot dead in Bihar allegedly by a group of people belonging to upper caste for refusing to share the fish caught by them, police said Monday.

Bihar man complains to police of job offer by Pakistan's ISI
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) Police have begun an investigation into alleged offer of a job by Pakistan's ISI to a member of an influential Muslim body here, police Monday said.

Cold wave like weather prevails in Patna
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) Cold winds and a cloudy sky with light drizzle created cold wave- like weather in this Bihar capital Monday, with a more or less similar situation prevailing across the state.

Kuldeep’s friends petition PM, AAP stages sit-in
Patna,(BiharTimes): A petition has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by friends and IIT Kanpur batchmates of suspended Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation, Kuldip Narayan, urging him to intervene and protect an honest IAS officer who is being victimized for performing his duty as per law.

Woman, 70, commits 'Sati' in Bihar
Patna, Dec 14 (IANS) A 70-year-old woman allegedly committed "Sati" by jumping into the funeral pyre of her husband at a Bihar village, police said Sunday.

Nitish meets Mulayam, Sharad to discuss modalities of merger
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his own party president Sharad Yadav separately in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the modalities of merger of five parties of Janata Parivar.

CM apprehends cut in central allocation to Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday once again expressed apprehension that the Narendra Modi government in the Centre may cut the budgetary allocations to the state for the year 2015-16 to around Rs 52,000 crore in the backdrop of the projected budget deficit in the current financial (2014-15) year. This is in spite of the fact that Bihar needs special attention for its development.

BJP changes stand, now supports suspended PMC Commissioner
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party, which, when in power, consistently supported the Nitish Kumar government over its dealing with the Patna Municipal Corporation has now changed its stand. After all the BJP was very much in power when the former PMC Commissioner, Senthil Kumar, virtually in one go, gave his approval to hundreds of illegal structures 

Why delay in temple purification report, asks SuMo 
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday asked as to why two and a half months later Darbhanga divisional commissioner Vandana Kini and then zonal IG A K Ambedkarhad not submitted their report on the alleged purification of the Andhrathadhi Temple in Madhubani district after the visit of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in August last. Manjhi was there to campaign in the by-election for the Janata Dal (United) candidate.

Army Major accuses wife, Colonel of adultery
Patna,(BiharTimes): An army Major of Danapur cantonment, Dr Binod Kumar, has filed a case of adultery against Colonel Ravi Chander. He claimed to have caught the latter in compromising position with his wife at his own quarter on December 9 night.

Manjhi on backfoot on PMC Commissioner’s suspension
Patna,(BiharTimes): A few hours after the suspension of the Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation on Friday evening the state government appears to be on the backfoot.Soon after the suspension the IAS Officers’ Association met at its office near Patna airport.

Bihar govt suspends PMC Commissioner, IAS officers protest
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government on Friday suspended the Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation, Kuldeep Narayan, on the charge of not purchasing the fogging machine.

Bihar minister's husband booked for extortion
Patna, Dec 12 (IANS) A case has been lodged against the husband of a Bihar minister for allegedly trying to extort money from government officials and threatening to shoot them if not paid, police said Friday.

New paddy variety developed for Bihar's rain deficient areas
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) Scientists in Bihar have developed a new paddy variety for rain deficient areas. It is likely to help millions of farmers in the state's drought-prone areas.

CBI files charge sheet against Madhu Koda, others
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The CBI Friday filed a charge sheet against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and seven others in a coal block case involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd.

Dumraon royals refuse to be Chetan Bhagat’s friend
Patna,(BiharTimes): The author of “Half Girlfriend”, Chetan Bhagat, has offered to become lifelong friend of Maharaj Bahadur Kamal Singh and ‘Yuvraj’ Chandra Vijay Singh of the erstwhile princely state of Dumraon in Buxar district of Bihar after being threatened with a defamation suit for his “unflattering references”to the royal family in his latest novel.The author

JD-U, RJD merger is certain: Vashisht Narayan Singh
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United and the Rashtriya Janata Dal will soon merge to counter the surging BJP, JD-U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh Thursday said.

Manjhi for SC CM as his successor, seeks hike in quota upto 80 per cent
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that the reservation bar for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs should be raised from 49.5 to 80 per cent Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday said something which many within his party and outside may not like.

ECR GM to inaugurate rail track of rail-cum-road bridges in Patna, Munger
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the approach roads of the rail-cum-road bridges over Ganga in Patna and Munger are yet to be completed the General Manager of the East Central Railway, Madhuresh Kumar, would inaugurate their rail track on December 30 and 26 respectively.According to the PRO, ECR, Arvind Rajak, the road bridges would take some more time to complete.Rajak said on December 17 the General Manager would inaugurate the Conventional Centre near Mahendru Ghat and on December 24 the Central Hospital. He would also inaugurate a stadium in Patna on December 30.

Prof Anand Kumar to deliver lecture in Patna
Patna,(BiharTimes): Prof. Anand Kumar will deliver a lecture on Independent India: Past, Present and Future  on 14th Dec. Sunday at 4pm Gandhi Sangrahalay near Gandhi Maidan. Anand Kumar is a retired professor of Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

A classic case of old wine in new bottle in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): It is a classic case of old wine in new  bottle. After medicine scam the Bharatiya Janata Party has come up  with another scam. It involves the Excise Department and the  magnitude appears to be much larger. But the problem is once  again the same. 

Why Nitish was not rewarded for his works, asks Manjhi from people
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday asked the people of Bihar as to why his predecessor and former chief minister Nitish Kumar was not rewarded in the Lok Sabha election for the good works he did in the last eight years.

JD(U) to change four district presidents
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar unit of the Janata Dal (United) has decided to change the presidents of four district units for their poor performance during the first phase of the Sampark Yatra (Nov 13-28).The party removed the presidents of Saran, Madhubani, Samastipur and Buxar.

SuMo flays Manjhi’s decision to change definition of ‘saga sambandhi’
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday dubbed the recent decision of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to change the definition of saga sambandhi as absurd, strange and morally wrong.According to Modi the chief minister has changed the definition of ‘saga sambandhi’ to imply only ‘close (blood) relative’. Till now the term meant ‘close (blood) and distant relatives’ in the relevant government circular.

Ward councillors protest against dissolution move
Patna,(BiharTimes): Over 30 ward councillors of Patna Municipal Corporation on Wednesday evening took out a torch-light procession from Maurya Lok Complex to Kargil Chowk to protest against the controversial move of the urban development and housing department to recommend its dissolution.They later met former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Bihar orphanage head jailed for sexual abuse
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) A Bihar court Thursday sentenced the head of an orphanage to 10 years in prison for sexual abuse of children, a government lawyer said.

New paddy variety developed for Bihar's rain deficient areas
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) Scientists in Bihar have developed a new paddy variety for rain deficient areas. It is likely to help millions of farmers in the state's drought-prone areas.

Almost entire SC/ST population of Bihar to come under Targeted PDS
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government has brought almost all the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) families in the state under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) scheme.

BJP plays caste politics, calls Chandragupta, Ashok as Kushwahas
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though very well ensconced in the Centre and also hoping to come to power in Bihar yet the Bharatiya Janata Party is brazenly playing the caste politics in such a way which even the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) are not doing.

PMC Executive Engineer gets relief from High Court
Patna,(BiharTimes): Granting relief to the executive engineer of the Patna Municipal Corporation, Lallan Prasad Singh, a division bench of Justice V N Sinha and Justice P K Jha of the Patna high court on Tuesday asked the Vigilance Investigation Bureau not to arrest or take any penal action against him in the disproportionate assets case.

Three former IPS officers join BJP in Bihar
Patna, Dec 10 (IANS) Ahead of the 2015 Bihar assembly polls, three retired IPS officers, including former DGPs, joined the BJP here Wednesday.

Vehicle-lifter who ended up becoming owner of two hotels in Patna
Patna,(BiharTimes): Police on Tuesday arrested Sonu Alam, a car thief who ended up becoming the owner of two hotels in downtown area of Patna with his ill-gotten wealth.The alleged thief, who operated an inter-state gang of vehicle lifters, confessed that he owned two hotels––one in Exhibition Road and another in S P Verma Road.

Five poachers arrested from Bihar tiger reserve
Patna, Dec 10 (IANS) Five poachers, including a Nepalese national, were arrested in Bihar's only tiger reserve, officials said Wednesday.

'Conversion' fuels parliament heat, Bajrang Dal upbeat
New Delhi/Agra, Dec 10 (IANS) The alleged forcible conversion of about 300 Muslims in Agra generated political heat Wednesday but the Bajrang Dal insisted it had done no wrong.

Bihar Police official, asked to pay bribe for salary, kills self
Patna, Dec 9 (IANS) A police official in Bihar shot himself dead as a bribe had been sought from him to release his pending salary of 16 months, his wife said.

61 percent turnout in third phase of Jharkhand polls
Ranchi, Dec 9 (IANS) Braving the winter cold, people turned up in good numbers to cast their ballot in the third of the five-phase assembly polls in Jharkhand. Around 61 percent voting was recorded when voting ended at 5 p.m. for three seats - Ranchi, Hatia and Kanke. Balloting ended at 3 p.m. in 14 constituencies.

Manjhi seeks more central forces from Rajnath
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi called on the Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday and urged him to provide adequate number of central forces, especially Rapid Action Force, to tackle the issues arising out of porous border with Nepal and Maoist menace as well as to maintain communal harmony in the state.

Former Bihar minister passes away
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Bihar minister Vijay Kumar Singh, died at a private hospital in Patna early on Tuesday morning following a brief illness. He was 88 and is survivied by wife and two sons.

Parliament passes bill for second central varsity in Bihar
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Parliament Tuesday passed a bill to establish a second central university in Bihar.

Cabinet nod for State Cancer Institute at IGIMS
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar cabinet on Tuesday decided to set-up a State Cancer Insttute at a cost of Rs 120 crore at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna.

Shivanand Tiwari calls it a day, to write a book
Patna,(BiharTimes): Veteran politician Shivanand Tiwari on Monday called it a day after playing politics for about half a century.Born in the family of socialist leader, Ramanand Tiwari, he was associated with poliical activities right from his student’s day in 1960s.

All those found guilty by the court are innocent, says L N  Mishra’s son
Patna,(BiharTimes): While Vijay Kumar Mishra, the son of the  then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra, said that all  those found guilty by the court in his father’s killing are  actually innocent, the brother of the late leader Dr  Jagannath Mishra welcomed this much-delayed ruling.

Four men convicted for 1975 murder of L.N. Mishra 
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A court here Monday held four men guilty in the 1975 murder of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra.

Timeline of Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case

Mulayam-Lalu family likely to have more influence on Janata  Parivar 
Patna,(BiharTimes): The coming together of six parties of the  erstwhile Janata Parivar may be a marriage of political  convenience. But perhaps more important is the coming  together of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD  supremo, Lalu Prasad Yadav through a real marriage.

Manjhi in the league of CMs opposed to scrapping of Planning Commission
Patna,(BiharTimes): Jitan Ram Manjhi is among the chief ministers who advised the prime minister Narendra Modi not to restructure or dismantle the Planning Commission in haste. Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference in New Delhi on Sunday the Bihar chief minister said a meeting of the National Development Council should be convened to discuss the matter and the PM should take a holistic view on the issue.

‘Dalit Prem’ brings Manjhi, Nitish on one platform again
Patna,(BiharTimes): After sharing dais in Jehanabad and Gaya on two successive days during the Sampark Yatra last month Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar were seen on the same platform at a function organized to observe the 58th death anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution, Bhimrao Ambedkar, at Miller School in Patna on Saturday.

Five Bihar origin IPS heads different police forces of country
Patna,(BiharTimes): Five top IPS officers originally from Bihar head five important police, intelligence and security forces of the country. The CBI, IB, RPF, SPG and NCRB have Biharis at the top.

Bihar second highest in neonatal deaths in India
Patna,(BiharTimes): With 80,000 newborn babies dying every  year Bihar accounts for the second highest number of neonatal  deaths in the country. 

Aamir Khan launches promotion of his film 'PK' in Bihar
Patna, Dec 6 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aamir Khan Saturday launched the promotional campaign of his much awaited film "PK" here as his role in the flick has him speaking Bhojpuri, a language widely spoken in the state.

Aamir Khan eats litti-chokha at Patna roadside shop
Patna, Dec 6 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who was in the Bihar capital Saturday to promote his upcoming film "PK", visited a roadside shop and enjoyed Bihari delicacy litti-chokha.

Verdict in L.N. Mishra murder case Monday
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) A court here will Monday deliver its verdict in the 39-year-old case relating to then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra's assassination.

Amitabh Das shifted from BHRC
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Jitan Ram Manjhi government on  Saturday shifted Superintendent of Police of Bihar Human  Rights Commission, Amitabh Kumar Das, from his post and made  him SP-cum-Assistant Citizens Security Commissioner.  S M Vakil Ahmad will take place of Das in the Bihar Human  Rights Commission.

Manjhi imitating Lalu, is non-serious in Bihar’s development:  SuMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): The leader of opposition in the Bihar  Legislative Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, said on Saturday that  chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is imitating RJD chief Lalu  Prasad Yadav and is not serious in the development of Bihar.

May lose war with China because of Setu’s condition, says HC;  but minister has different take
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the Patna high court recently  feared that India may lose war with China because of the  failure to repair the Mahatma Gandhi Setu the road  construction minister of Bihar Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias  Lallan Singh, said on Friday that this bridge over Ganga  would not collapse despite its poor condition at several  points.

Bihar origin doctor works for cricket promotion
Patna (BiharTimes):  The International Organisation for Health and Sport Advancement (IOHSA) is a charitable body aiming to develop the technical aspects of the youngster and also to promote education and all-round personal development.
Dr Samir Pathak, the founder, is an Indian origin surgeon based in the UK.Pathak was a talented cricketer having previously represented England Universities in 2004 as a wicket-keeper. Gen-Next Cricket Institute

Bihar-origin IPS to be new IB chief
Patna,(BiharTimes): Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Dineshwar Sharma is most likely to be appointed as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).According to reports Sharma, who originally belongs to Pali village near Bela of Gaya district in Bihar. He is a Kerala cadre 1979-batch IPS officer, will succeed Syed Asif Ibrahim whose tenure ends this month.Ibrahim is a 1977-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer, who took over as the IB chief on January 1, 2013.

Vigilance raids: Son of PMC engineer cries revenge by ‘bahubali’ MLA 
Patna,(BiharTimes): The son of the executive engineer of the Patna Municipal Corporation, Lallan Prasad Singh, has said that his father has been targeted because he dared to touch the buildings owned by a ‘bahubali’ MLA of the ruling party of Bihar.

Chetan Bhagat denies insulting Dumraon royals in “Half Girlfriend”
Patna,(BiharTimes): Denying that he has insulted the erstwhile royal family of Dumraon in his latest book, “Half Girlfriend”, author Chetan Bhagat, said in a function in Kolkata on Thursday that he does not need any controversy to become popular.

Indigenous 3MW solar power plant project launched in rural Bihar
Barun (Bihar), Dec 5 (IANS) In a major step forward in solar power generation, an indigenously developed 3 MW plant that works in tandem with biomass to ensure uninterrupted supply is to come up in this small town in the heart of Bihar - with funding from the European Union.

Manjhi’s biography released in Hindi, Urdu
Patna,(BiharTimes): The first biography of the first Musahar chief minister of Bihar was released in Patna on Thursday by former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.Written by noted Urdu journalist, Ashraf Asthanvi, the biography of Jitan Ram Manjhi has been named: “Tooti slate, aadhi pencil se mukhya mantri ki kursi tak: Jitan Ram Manjhi.”

NIT, Patna to start integrated MSc course from next year
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like several IITs the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna would launch a five-year integrated course in basic sciences–– Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics––from the academic session 2015-16.

Man held for stealing body from Bihar graveyard
Patna, Dec 5 (IANS) A man was arrested in Bihar Friday on charges of stealing a body from a graveyard, police said.

Mulayam authorized to supervise process of merger of Janata Parivar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular) and Indian National Lok Dal on Thursday, resolved to put up a united front and eventually merge into a single party which is likely to be named as the Samajwadi Janata Dal.Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been authorised to take the process of merger forward.

RJD holds sit-in to expose NaMo’s ‘false promises’
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Thursday  staged a “maha-dharna” (mega sit-in) in Patna to expose the  failure of the Narendra Modi government in the last six 

Vigilance unearths assets worth Rs 2.55 crore from PMC official’s premises
Patna,(BiharTimes): The sleuths of Vigilance Investigation Bureau on Wednesday carried simultaneous raids on the residential and official premises of Executive Engineer of Patna Municipal Corporation, Lallan Prasad Singh, on Tuesday-Wednesday. The raids were carried in Patna, Nalanda and Sheikhpura districts and assets worth Rs 2.55 crore have been unearthed. A case has been registered against him.

Have birthright for last rites: Ashutosh Maharaj's son
Patna, Dec 4 (IANS) The son of spiritual guru Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared clinically dead early this year but kept in deep freeze, Thursday demanded his birthright to perform the last rites of his father at his native village in Bihar.

RJD stages sit-in over black money
Patna, Dec 4 (IANS) Hundreds of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members Thursday staged a sit-in protest here over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's failure to bring back black money stashed abroad.

Take Rs.50,000 and abort, Bihar panchayat tells raped girl
Patna, Dec 4 (IANS) A panchayat (village body) in Bihar has ordered a girl, who was raped by four brothers and is now seven months pregnant, to take Rs.50,000 and undergo an abortion, police said Thursday.

Rally for shifting crematorium from near Rajendra Prasad's memorial
Patna, Dec 3 (IANS) Hundreds of people demonstrated in the Bihar capital Wednesday, demanding that an electric crematorium near India's first president Rajendra Prasad's memorial here be shifted, police said.

Committed to preserve CBI's integrity: New chief
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Newly-appointed CBI chief Anil Kumar Sinha Wednesday said he was "acutely aware" of the "enormous challenges" the agency faces and was committed to preserve its integrity.

Anil Sinha Appointed New CBI Chief
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar cadre IPS Officer Anil Kumar Sinha has been appointed as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Sinha, who belongs to the IPS 1979 batch. Sinha was serving as the Special Director of the premier investigative agency.

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