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Dalit JD(U) legislators repose faith in leadership of Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): The dinner hosted by Arun Manjhi, a Janata Dal (United) MLA close to Jitan Ram Manjhi, for all the Dalit legislators of the ruling party on Thursday night, took an interesting turn by the time all was over.

CM for inclusion of Paswans into Mahadalit category
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that there are many poor and deserving people in the Paswan community chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that he is in favour of ending the difference between the Dalit and Mahadalit castes.

Nitish, Lalu have tied Manjhi’s hands, feet, says Sushil Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on Thursday that Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and the RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav have tied the hands and feet of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and are not letting him function independently.

Lalu asks Manjhi to avoid giving controversial remarks
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that it is upto the Janata Dal (United) and its leader Nitish Kumar to decide whether Jitan Ram Manjhi should continue or not Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday once again requested the Bihar chief minister to avoid giving any such remarks which may be misunderstood by the people.

Soldier arrested in Bihar for molesting minor girl
Patna, Jan 29 (IANS) A soldier was arrested Thursday in Bihar for molesting a minor girl on a train, police said here.

Bihar youth killed for pasting posters defaming girl
Patna, Jan 29 (IANS) A youth died and two were critically injured after being brutally beaten for allegedly pasting posters defaming a girl in Bihar's Gaya district, police said Thursday.

Governor’s haste in seeking report on law & order surprises political observers
Patna,(BiharTimes): As the state government has reportedly sent its reply to the governor Keshri Nath Tripathi about law and order situation in the state independent political observers are surprised over the hurried manner in which Raj Bhawan has acted.

Preamble photo puts Modi-government in a fix
New Delhi/Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) An uproar erupted Wednesday over a Republic Day government advertisement featuring the preamble of the Constitution sans the words "secular" and "socialist". But Shiv Sena suggested the words be removed permanently.

Ram Vilas blasts Manjhi, says Assembly poll will be fought in name of Narendra Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Departing from the line adopted by theBharatiya Janata Party, Lok Janshakti Party leader and Unionfood minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here on Wednesday that the Jitan Ram Manjhi government is surviving “BhagwanBharose” (God’s mercy) and may collapse any moment.Commenting on the report sought by the governor Keshri NathTripathi he came down heavily on the Manjhi government forthe communal violence at Azizpur in Muzaffarpur district andother incidents.

Lalu questions BJP’s belated love for Karpoori, to lead march to Raj Bhawan on March 15
Patna,(BiharTimes): Ridiculing the belated love of Bharatiya Janata Party for the former chief minister Karpoori Thakur, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday announced that his party workers would hold a big public meeting in Gandhi Maidan on March 15 and then would march to Raj Bhawan to ask the Narendra Modi government to deposit lakhs of rupees of black money in the account of the people as promised before the Lok Sabha election.

BJP ‘adopts’ Karpoori Thakur, will it do same to V P Singh?
The Bharatiya Janata Party continues to adopt leaders who either opposed it during their respective lifetime or who refused to toe its line. If the party carries on this practice, days are not far away when it may appropriate the Mandal hero, V P Singh, whose government the saffron party brought down in 1990.

Governor seeks report on deteriorating law & order, asks CM to monitor
Patna,(BiharTimes): Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi has sought report from the state government on deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar and has asked chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to monitor the situation and send reply.

A slap in the face of the BJP leaders, Lalu on Obama’s statement
Patna,(BiharTimes): Commenting on Barack Obama’s advice to Indians on religious tolerance Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday said that the United States President delivered a big slap on the face of the BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders.

Another dinner diplomacy: This time at the house of J K Singh
Patna,(BiharTimes): Another dinner was hosted by a minister close to the Nitish Kumar camp.Cooperative minister Jay Kumar Singh on Tuesday night organized the dinner on the occasion of the birthday of his son.

BJP's Mission 185 in Bihar a day dream: Congress
Patna, Jan 27 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday termed the BJP's mission in Bihar to win 185 seats in the assembly polls later this year as "Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne" (day dreaming).

Bihar honours police officer who arrested IM chief
Patna Jan 26 (IANS) The Bihar government Monday awarded Police Medal to Indian Police Service officer Vinay Kumar for his gallantry in arresting Yasin Bhatkal, chief of the banned Indian Mujahideen, in 2013, an official said.

Bihar activist demands Bharat Ratna for Mountain Man
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) In India's 66th year as a Republic, Bihar-based activist Rakesh Ranjan is trying to gather steam for his campaign to get the government to recognise as Bharat Ratna 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi. He hand-chiseled a road through a rocky hill to connect his inacessible village to the nearest town over 22 years of labour.

Woman who saved Muslims in riots hoists flag in Bihar
Patna, Jan 26 (IANS) Commoner Shail Devi, who saved the lives of 10 Muslims during the communal clashes in Muzaffarpur district earlier this month, hoisted the national flag at the state Congress headquarter here Monday.

Bihar celebrates Republic Day with joy
Patna, Jan 26 (IANS) The 66th Republic Day was celebrated across Bihar Monday with joy and enthusiasm amid tight security.

R.K. Laxman: The Uncommon Man passes into history
Mumbai, Jan 26 (IANS) A story in the media goes that one day a few decades ago, The Times Of India (ToI) cartoonist and creator of The Common Man, R.K. Laxman, retired. The following day, the legend's cartoon was not to be found as readers rubbed their disbelieving eyes over their morning cuppa.

MoU signed to elevate RAU into central university Patna,(BiharTimes): A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bihar government and Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) on Sunday to elevate the century old Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU) at Pusa in Samastipur into a central university.Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi were present on at a function organised in Patna.

JD(U) spokesman upset over Manjhi’s praise for Centre Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s praise for the Centre for elevating the status of Rajendra Agricultural University into a central university has been criticized by the party spokesman.Talking to the media after the signing of MoU on Sunday Manjhi said he was thankful to the Union government. “If this causes stomach ache to someone, let it be so. If we have to get work done by the Centre, we will have to thank it,” he added.

Obama visit: India, US achieve breakthrough in civil n-deal implementation
New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) India and the US Sunday announced the much-anticipated breakthrough agreement on commercial implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal, six years after it was signed, and also entered a new strategic phase of co-production of some defence projects, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting US President Barack Obama held talks marked by much warmth and camaraderie.

Advani, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh conferred Padma Vibhushan
New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) BJP leader L.K. Advani, spiritual leader and philanthropist Aga Khan, actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are among the nine named for India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Sunday.

Manjhi shares dais with Nitish, reposes full faith in him
Patna,(BiharTimes): A few days after saying that he would not join the BJP till his last breath and that he would take ‘sanyas’ (retirement) from politics rather than join the saffron brigade, Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi once again reposed full faith in the leadership of former chief minister Nitish Kumar

‘Mentally disturbed’ man trying to send e-mail to Obama taken into custody in Bodh Gaya
Patna,(BiharTimes): Gaya Police on Sunday took a 49-year-old man into custody from a cyber cafe in Bodh Gaya for allegedly trying to send an e-mail to US President Barack Obama seeking 130 crore dollars as fund for national relief.

Ask Nitishji, replies Manjhi to a question on Amit Shah’s criticism of Bihar government
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) national president, Sharad Yadav, held a close door meeting with chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and state party chief, Vashistha Narayan Singh at state guest house early on Saturday. Sharad reportedly asked Manjhi and Vashistha as to what is happening in the party.

Parliamentary board to decide on naming CM candidate for Bihar polls: Amit Shah
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) The BJP parliamentary board will decide on whether to name the chief ministerial candidate for the Bihar assembly polls later this year, party president Amit Shah said here Saturday.

BJP has put Advani in cold storage: Nitish Kumar
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar Saturday criticised the BJP for putting its senior leader L.K. Advani in "cold storage".

Vande Mataram should not be imposed: Minister
Patna, Jan 25 (IANS) Union minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said Sunday that singing 'Vande Mataram' should not be forced on any one in the country.

Woman who triggered bomb blast in Bihar court identified
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) The woman who triggered the bomb blast in the premises of the Ara civil court in Bihar's Bhojpur district that killed two people has been identified, police said Saturday.

Two killed over land dispute in Bihar
Patna, Jan 25 (IANS) Two people were killed Sunday in a village in Bihar's Banka district over a land dispute, police said.

Bihar CM seeks status report from all departments
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday sought status report on implementation of the programmes and policies of the government from each department.The CM Secretariat in a directive to all the departments has asked asked the latest report on the agenda of ‘susashan’ during 2010-15 and details of achievements against the set target during 2014.

Bihar on jungle-raj path after Nitish-Lalu deal: Amit Shah
Patna, Jan 23 (IANS) Bihar was again on the path of 'jungle-raj', thanks to JD-U leader Nitish Kumar joining hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad for the sake of power, BJP president Amit Shah said here Friday.

Manjhi continues to pat on his back, says his government is doing better than the past
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday once again claimed that his government is doing better than that of the former chief minister Nitish Kumar.He said in Banka that in the past the government could not spend more than 30% to 45% of the budgetary allocation while “a poor man Manjhi” managed to spend 58% of the budget on welfare works.

Nitish visits Azizpur, suspects conspiracy behind riots
Patna,(BiharTimes): Shedding the past policy of not visiting the troubled spot former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday met the victims of Azizpur village in Muzaffarpur district.Later while talking to the media he suspected some conspiracy behind the killing of four Muslims after the body of a Sahni boy, Bharatendu Kumar, was recovered on Jan 18. Nitish also met his family members and assured that everything would be thoroughly probed.

Manjhi asked to maintain discipline: K C Tyagi
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national spokesman of the Janata Dal (United), K C Tyagi, said on Friday that chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, had been advised to work while maintaining full discipline.

Two killed, over dozen injured in Bihar court blast
Patna, Jan 23 (IANS) Three people, including a woman, a police constable and an undertrial prisoner were killed and more than half a dozen injured in a bomb blast in a Bihar court Friday, police said.

Bihar among states with very slow growth rate in Muslim population
Patna,(BiharTimes): With just 0.4 per cent Bihar is among the states which witnessed one of the slowest growth rate in the population of Muslims in India. The countrywide growth was 0.8 per cent. In 2001 the percentage of Muslim population in Bihar was 16.5 while in 2011 it increased to 16.9.

Amit Shah to kick off 'Mission Bihar' to woo EBCs
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah is set to kick-start 'Mission Bihar' here Friday to woo the extremely backward castes (EBCs) on the birth anniversary of former chief minister Karpoori Thakur.

Shyam Rajak denies any political meaning to his dinner party
Patna,(BiharTimes): Food minister in the Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet on Thursday denied that he is in the race for the post of chief minister and that there is any political meaning to the dinner hosted by him on Wednesday night. In all 18 ministers reportedly took part in it.

Leaders wear Islamic skull caps only for show: Heptullah
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptuallah Thursday criticised former Bihar chief ministers Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad for wearing Islamic skull cap only for show as she said they have hardly worked to improve Muslims' socio-economic conditions.

Bihar sets up SIT to probe Muzaffarpur killings
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) Bihar Thursday set up a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the death of five people in Muzaffarpur district four days ago which had triggered off a communal clash, officials said.

Counter BJP with social media, JD-U workers told
Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) Leaders and workers of Bihar's ruling JD-U will use "social media" in a big way to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP ahead of the state assembly polls later this year, a party leader said here Wednesday.

28 tigers in Bihar reserve
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) The number of tigers in Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve has increased from 22 to 28, an official said Thursday.

Hindu widow saved 10 Muslims in Bihar riots
Azizpur, Jan 21 (IANS): A Hindu woman who saved lives of 10 Muslims in this village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district during the recent clashes in which five people died is being hailed as a hero, officials said.

Bihar CM meets communal clash victims
Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday visited Muzaffarpur district's Azizpur village, where three days ago a mob killed five people triggering a communal clash.

JD(U) to hold workers’ rally at Gandhi Maidan on Feb 15
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) will organize a big rally of party workers at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on February 15.This announcement was made after the conclusion of the two-day (Jan 20-21) training programme organized at the residence of the former chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Nitish is a ‘nakalchi parikcharti’ says state BJP chief
Patna,(BiharTimes): Commenting on Nitish Kumar’s appeal to the Janata Dal (United) workers to take help of social media the state unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mangal Pandey, said the former chief minister is a ‘nakalchi parikcharti’ (one who copies in exam) and those who copy in examination never pass.

Manjhi flays BJP for shedding crocodile tears
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party for shedding crocodile tears and foe politicizing the communal riots in Muzaffarpur village

Lalu opposes judicial probe into Azizpur riots
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday opposed the demand for judicial inquiry into the communal riots at Azizpur village in Muzaffarpur district in which four people were killed last Sunday.

Nitish to campaign for AAP in Delhi election
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Niatish Kumar will campaign for Aam Admi Party (AAP) candidates in the Assembly election for Delhi

Ram Kripal-Manjhi meet sparks off speculation
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union minister of state for drinking water Ram Kripal Yadav here on Tuesday called on chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.Though the meeting was stated to be official it sparked off speculation because it came only five days after Manjhi’s meeting with Sadhu Yadav, who too is considered close to the BJP.

Five policemen suspended over Muzaffarpur riots
Patna, Jan 20 (IANS) Five police officials were suspended in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district Tuesday for negligence on duty in the light of killings of four people and arson in a village that later turned into a communal clash, police said.

Muzaffarpur riots a fall-out of Nitish-Manjhi tussle: BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): All senior BJP leaders, be it former deputy CM Sushil Modi, Union minister of state for skill development Rajiv Pratap Rudy and former Union minister Shahnawaz Husain, have said that the communal riots in Muzaffarpur village was the fall out of the power tussle between chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and former chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Manjhi to continue as Bihar CM, says Lalu
Patna, Jan 20 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Tuesday said Jitan Ram Manjhi will continue to be the Bihar chief minister, ending speculation that his days were numbered and he would soon be removed.

Narendra Singh softens stand, not to join BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that he is not at all going to join the Bharatiya Janata Party in spite of provocation.

Jharkhand's ex-CM Koda summoned in coal block case
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, ex-coal secretary Harish Chandra Gupta and six people and a company were summoned by a special court here Tuesday in a coal block allocation case involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd.

Muzaffarpur riots may compel political players to re-draw  their strategies
The communal riots in Muzaffarpur village on January 18 in  which several lives were lost came at the time of a great  political uncertainty in Bihar. 

Is Manjhi on way out? Yes, if media reports are to be  believed
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as former chief minister Nitish  Kumar was on Monday afternoon, while talking to the  journalists, ruling out replacement of chief minister Jitan  Ram Manjhi some regional television channels were running  detail reports claiming that the latter is on way out.

Mangal Pandey blames Bihar government for Muzaffarpur violence 
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after praising chief minister Jitan  Ram Manjhi the state BJP chief Mangal Pandey on Monday held the  deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar responsible for  violence in Azizpur village under Sariya block of Muzaffarpur  district.

Nitish condemns communal riots, says no question of removing  Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that there is no question of  removing chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi from his post,  former chief minister Nitish Kumar strongly condemned the  communal riots in Azizpur village of Muzaffarpur district.

Myanmar vice president prays at Bodh Gaya
Patna, Jan 19 (IANS) Myanmar Vice President Sai Mauk Kham Monday visited Bodh Gaya and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, officials said.

Intense cold kills 15 in Bihar, schools closed
Patna Jan 19 (IANS) Intense cold in Bihar has claimed 15 more lives, pushing the total number of casualties due to inclement weather to 42, officials said Monday.

Death toll in Muzaffarpur riots reaches five, many missing
Patna,(BiharTimes): The death toll in the communal violence in Alitpur-Bhilwara village under Saraiya police station of Muzaffarpur district has reached five with many more people still missing. Several of those injured have been rushed to the SKMCH in Muzaffarpur town.

Raghuvansh urges Manjhi to include Paswans in Mahadalit list
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union rural development minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Sunday called upon chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to include Paswan (or Dussadh) sub-caste of Scheduled Castes in the list of Mahadalit.

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