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Fill judicial vacancies on priority but without compromising quality: Pranab
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called for the filling of vacancies in the judiciary across the country on a priority basis, cautioning that the urgency of the task should not be at the expense of quality.


Lalu cautions partymen about ‘chhatni’ Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday made it amply clear to the partymen that it may be quite possible that some of the aspirants for the coming Assembly election may not get ticket.

LJP leader faces case for vulgar pictures of IraniPatna, April 18 (IANS) A case was lodged against a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader in Bihar's Samastipur district on Saturday for allegedly circulating vulgar pictures of union Minister Smriti Irani on WhatsApp messenger.

MLAs hurl fleecing charge on Paras hospital in BiharAssembly
Patna,(BiharTimes): Members in Bihar Assembly on Friday raised the issue of what they allege fleecing of money by Patna-based Paras hospital.Raising the issue Mahendra Baitha (BJP) alleged that this hospital was charging exorbitantly from the patients. Citing the example of a Gopalganj-based patient the MLA said the patient was admitted to the hospital for just eight hours, but it charged Rs two lakh, even though he died during treatment.

Fill judicial vacancies on priority but without compromising quality: Pranab
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called for the filling of vacancies in the judiciary across the country on a priority basis, cautioning that the urgency of the task should not be at the expense of quality.

MLAs hurl fleecing charge on Paras hospital in BiharAssemblyPatna,(BiharTimes): Members in Bihar Assembly on Friday raised the issue of what they allege fleecing of money by Patna-based Paras hospital.Raising the issue Mahendra Baitha (BJP) alleged that this hospital was charging exorbitantly from the patients.

Lalu cautions partymen about ‘chhatni Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday made it amply clear to the partymen that it may be quite possible that some of the aspirants for the coming Assembly election may not get ticket.

LJP leader faces case for vulgar pictures of IraniPatna, April 18 (IANS) A case was lodged against a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader in Bihar's Samastipur district on Saturday for allegedly circulating vulgar pictures of union Minister Smriti Irani on WhatsApp messenger.

President arrives in Bihar for Patna HC centenary celebration
Patna, April 17 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee arrived here on Friday to attend the Patna High Court centenary celebration on Saturday as the chief guest.

In politics 2+2 is not always four, so 0+0 may not be Zero
The credit for the discovery of ‘Zero’ goes to India. So Indians know its importance. Much depends on the way it is used. If one Zero is put after a figure its value increases by 10 times, if before any figure, it has no meaning.BJP chief Amit Shah is well aware of the importance of Zero.

Where malls have been built on sugar mills’ land, Nitish asks Amit Shah
Patna,(BiharTimes): Reacting to Amit Shah’s allegation Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that the BJP chief should tell where in the state malls have been built on the land of sugar mills. He is either ignorant about the facts or is making wrong statements.

Nitish squarely blames BJP for J&K situation
Patma,(BiharTimes): Commenting on the development in Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of making all sorts of compromises with its ideology just for the greed of power on issues about which it has been known for holding strong views earlier.

Nearly 200 hospitalised in Bihar after food poisoning
Patna, April 17 (IANS) Nearly 200 people, including 40 children, were admitted to a hospital in Bihar on Friday after they ate "poisoned food" at a marriage, a health official said.

Upendra Kushwaha disagrees with Amit Shah’s 0+0=0 summing up
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Union minister of state for human resources development, Upendra Kushwaha, on Thursday disagreed with the BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim that the merger of the Janata Dal (United) and RJD would have no impact whatsoever on the Bihar politics.

BJP afraid of Janata Parivar merger: Nitish Kumar
Patna, April 16 (IANS) Upbeat over the merger of six parties of the Janata Parivar, including Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday that the BJP was afraid and worried of the merger.

Vacation over, Rahul Gandhi back home
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who was out of the public eye for nearly two months, was back on Thursday. The BJP, however, said "you just cannot shy away from your duties".

Girl raped, nose chopped off by ex-fiance in Bihar
Patna, April 16 (IANS) A girl was raped and part of her nose chopped off by her former fiance after she refused to marry him in a village in Bihar's Siwan district, police said on Thursday.

'Janata Parivar' announces merger, yet to decide on name
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) After months of deliberations, six constituents of the erstwhile Janata Party, collectively referred as the 'Janata Parivar', announced their merger into a single entity on Wednesday to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP. However, they are yet to decide on a name and electoral symbol.

Merger brings cheer to JD-U, RJD leaders and workers
Patna, April 15 (IANS) The merger of six parties of the 'Janata Parivar', including Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD, cheered hundreds of their leaders and workers who felt relieved and ecstatic after the long-awaited development finally occurred in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Rally exposes chink in BJP’s Dalit armour
Patna,(BiharTimes): It would be early to say whether the Ambedkar Jyanti rally would help the BJP consolidate its position among Dalits. But one thing is clear: the Amit Shah-Rajnath Singh show has exposed divisions within the state BJP.

Little scope for political harvesting in post-hailstorm Baisakhi in Bihar
April 13 is observed as Baisakhi day in a large part of north India, particularly Punjab. It is also celebrated as New Year’s day by Sikhs as well as Hindus.The harvest season of the winter crops such as wheat, gram, pulses, maize etc starts from this day.

Goriakothi. BJP MLA passes away Patna (BiharTimes) : Goriakothi. BJP MLA Bhumendra Narayan Singh died of heart attack at a private hospital in Delhi on Tuesday night.

Six parties form new party, Mulayam to be chief
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Six parties of Janata Parivar on Wednesday decided to merge and form a new party with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh as its president.

Striking teachers disrupt rail, road traffic in Bihar
Patna, April 15 (IANS) Contractual school teachers, who have been agitating for a week, on Wednesday burnt tyres on the roads and squatted on railway tracks affecting rail and road traffic. However, apart from traffic, normal life remained more or less unaffected in Bihar, police said.

Maoists' training camp demolished in Bihar
Patna, April 15 (IANS) A training camp of Maoists was demolished in Bihar's Nawada district on Wednesday, police said.

0+0 will always be zero, says Amit Shah on mega-merger
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national president of the BJP, Amit Shah, said that 0+0 will always be zero.Addressing the party workers on the occasion of Ambedkar Jyanti at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday he dispelled the fear that the merger of Janata Dal (United) and RJD would pose a big challenge to the BJP.

Give one term to BJP in Bihar: SuMo
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday that the people would take revenge for the humiliation meted out to the Mahadalit chief minister (Jitan Ram Manjhi).

Nitish equates Amit Shah with Goebbels
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday equated the BJP’s national president, Amit Shah, with Hitler’s propaganda minister, Goebbels.

Ashwani not allowed to enter Amit Shah’s rally, leaves in a huff
Patna,(BiharTimes): Buxar MP Ashwani Kumar Choubdey had a very bitter experience at the rally of the party which he nurtured and nursed in the last about five decades.He was not allowed to go upto the stage by the district administration as the list prepared and handed over to it by the BJP does not have his name.Upset over this development he went on to sit among the BJP workers.


Rajnath recalls sacrifice made at Hunkar rally day
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that the BJP would sweep the Bihar Assembly election and get rid of the Jungle Raj of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, remembered the sacrifice made by those killed on the occasion of Hunkar rally day on October 27, 2013.


Shatrughan Sinha stays away from Amit Shah’s show
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Patna Saheb MP of the BJP, Shatrughan Sinha, was not present at the Amit Shah’s rally in Patna on April 14.Though the state party chief Mangal Pandey and other leaders tried to downplay his absence many people started questioning him. Initial reports said that he had chosen not to attend the rally as he was not invited. But the Bihari Babu denied the report and said that he could not attend it as he had to go to Maharashtra for some work.


BJP will form next government in Bihar: Amit Shah
Patna April 14 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the next government in Bihar, party chief Amit Shah said here on Tuesday while launching his party's campaign for the state assembly polls scheduled for later this year.


'Centre to set up 44 BPOs in Bihar'
Patna, April 14 (IANS) Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday that the central government will set up 44 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centres in Bihar.

Ambedkar remembered amid political claims over his legacy
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation on Tuesday in paying tributes to B.R. Ambedkar on his 124th birth anniversary, with events being held in different parts of the country.

Rs.5,000 monthly pension for aged farmers: Rajnath Singh
Patna, April 14 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday announced a monthly pension of Rs.5,000 for farmers aged 60 or above for their social and financial security.

Bihar government warns over 2.5 lakh striking contractual teachers
Patna, April 13 (IANS) Five days after over 2.5 lakh contractual school teachers began an indefinite strike in Bihar and locked hundreds of schools, the state government warned of action and announced 'no work, no pay for them', officials said Monday.

Nitish, Lalu criticise Sena leader's anti-Muslim call
Patna, April 13 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday criticised Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for demanding in an article that voting rights of Muslims should be revoked to stop vote-bank politics.

Family of four burnt to death in Bihar over land dispute
Patna, April 13 (IANS) A family of four, including two minor children, was burnt to death by some villagers in Katihar district of Bihar, allegedly over a land dispute, police said on Monday.

Bihar's Verma requests BCCI to grant membership to CAB
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday to grant the state body membership of the national governing panel.

Nitish opposes Centre’s move to build more barrages on Ganga
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like most environmentalists Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday stoutly opposed the Narendra Modi government’s plan to build at least 16 barrages in river Ganga on 1,620-km stretch of National Waterways No.1 between Allahabad and Haldia port in West Bengal, ostensibly to raise its water level.

Nitish opposes Centre’s move to build more barrages on Ganga
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like most environmentalists Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday stoutly opposed the Narendra Modi government’s plan to build at least 16 barrages in river Ganga on 1,620-km stretch of National Waterways No.1 between Allahabad and Haldia port in West Bengal, ostensibly to raise its water level.

Era of Socialism, Communism, Capitalism is over
Patna,(Bihartimes): The leader of opposition in the state Legislative Council Sushil Kumar Modi said that the era of Samjwad (Socialism), Communism and Capitalism is over. He said on Sunday that the coming together of the Samajwadis (Socialists of Janata Parivar) would have no impact whatsoever on the politics of Bihar. The new party would bite the dust in the coming Assembly election.

Educating girls best way to stabilise population: Nitish
Patna, April 11, 2015 : Inaugurating the ‘Health, Women and Development in Bihar: Role of Media’ workshop Chief Minister Nitish Kumar emphasized the need to focus on population stabilization and said the proactive work done by the three lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) and the  remarkably improved status in the education of the girl children are the two key parameters of growth in the state.

Modi gifts Madhubani painting to Hannover mayor

Hannover, April 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a Madhubani painting to Hannover mayor Steven Schostok.


Two drones seized in Patna rally, two held
Patna, April 12 (IANS) Two drones were seized while video recording a rally of the extremely backward classes here on Sunday and two people were detained in this connection, police said.


Bihar couple stages nude protest against police inaction
Patna April 12 (IANS) Angry and frustrated after police refused to register their complaint, a couple in Bihar's capital city of Patna on Sunday protested in nude at Kargil Chowk to seek justice, police said.

Janata Parivar vs Sangh Parivar: The battle ahead is not so easy
Patna,(BiharTimes): If Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party can make strange bedfellows in the sensitive state of Jammu and Kashmir, one does not need to doubt the re-union of two estranged ‘brothers’––Bade Bhai and Chote Bhai––into the same Janata Parivar.


BJP may like this RJD-JD(U) alliance to grow strong
Patna,(BiharTimes): A couple of days back RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav made it clear that his party is not going to take any action against the rebel party MP, Rajesh Ranjan, alias Pappu Yadav. Those who want to leave are free to go, he declared.

Manjhi urges supporters to travel to Patna without ticket to attend April 20 rally
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday gave another statement which may land many of his apologists in a difficult position.

HAM stakes claim on JD(U)’s flag and symbol
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Hindustani Awam Morcha on Thursday staked claim on the name, symbol and flag of Janata Dal (United) after its legislators unanimously resolved to merge it with the six like-minded parties of Janata Parivar.

Centre plans to revive Vikramshila University: Minister
Patna, April 10 (IANS) Union minister of state for human resources development Upendra Kushwaha on Friday said the central government is planning to revive Vikramshila University, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning in Bihar, on the lines of Nalanda University.

Over dozen injured in police baton-charge in Bihar
Patna, April 11 (IANS) More than a dozen people were injured when police resorted to a cane-charge on Saturday to disperse a mob opposing the demolition of an 'ashram' during an anti-encroachment drive in Bihar's Madhubani district, police said.

Bihar Police arrest man who looted 14 kg of gold
Patna, April 10 (IANS) Bihar Police have arrested a man in Rohtas district who looted 14 kg of gold from a businessman in Gujarat, police said on Friday.

Contractual school teachers launch strike in Bihar
Patna, April 9 (IANS) Over 2.5 lakh contractual primary school teachers in Bihar began an indefinite strike on Thursday, demanding pay at par with regular teachers and better working conditions.

Kosi flood victims injured during protest in Bihar
Patna April 9 (IANS) After Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) of Bihar has affirmed its approval for the merger of six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar.

JD-U gives nod for merger with Janata Parivar
Patna April 9 (IANS) After Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) of Bihar has affirmed its approval for the merger of six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar.

Lalu hits back at Pappu, says one is free to leave RJD
Patna,(BiharTimes): RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday hit back at the dissident party MP from Madhepura, Rajesh Ranjan, alias Pappu Yadav.

Only son succeeds father, Lalu tells Pappu Yadav
Patna, April 8 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad declared on Wednesday that only a son can succeed his father in Indian culture, after party colleague Pappu Yadav claimed he was Lalu's real successor.

CAG detects irregularities in purchase of medicine
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected irregularities in purchase of banned medicines and flouting of prescribed rules and instructions in their purchase in financial year 2013-14.

I was heckled at RJD’s national executive meeting: Pappu
Patna,(BiharTimes): RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, alleged that he was heckled by party workers at the behest of its supremo Lalu Prasad when he rose to speak at the party’s national executive meeting on April 5. He said he could not sleep for two nights because of this insult.

2,000 held for impersonation during Bihar police exam
Patna, April 8 (IANS) Around 2,000 men were arrested in Bihar for impersonation during the constable recruitment exam, police said on Wednesday.

Tej Pratap announces his candidature from Mahua Assembly seat: Reports
Patna,(BiharTimes: Lalu Prasad’s eldest son, Tej Pratap, is reportedly the first person to declare his candidature to contest the 2015 Assembly election from Bihar.If reports are to be believed Tej, who was present in the national executive meeting of the RJD in Patna on April 5 had, a couple of days back, announced his candidature from the Mahua Assembly segment of Vaishali district of north Bihar.

Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan conferred Padma Vibhushan
New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Cinema icons Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan were conferred the Padma Vibhushan - India's second highest civilian honour - by President Pranab Mukherjee at an investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Wednesday.

HC bench upholds Speaker’s ruling on termination of four JD(U) MLAs membership
Patna,(BiharTimes): Over-ruling the judgement of the single bench of the Patna high court a double bench of the same court on Tuesday upheld the ruling of the Speaker court on the termination of membership of four Janata Dal (United) legislators.

Manjhi meets PM, to call on Sangh Parivar leaders on April 11
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Jitan Ram Mnjhi met prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.He is likely to meet the leaders of Sangh Parivar in Nagpur on April 11.


Pappu Yadav opposes Lalu's merger plan
Patna, April 7 (IANS) RJD Lok Sabha member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav on Tuesday revolted against party chief Lalu Prasad's announcement of the likely merger of the six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar.

Nitish, Rabri flay Jharkhand govt’s local resident’s policy
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Ntiish Kumar on Tuesday strongly criticized the new local resident’s policy of the Raghuvar Das government in Jharkhand.Talking to the media he said that till a few years back Jharkhand was a part of Bihar and his state has no problem in giving jobs to the people from that state or anywhere else.Teasing the BJP leaders he asked as to what had happened to its slogan of “Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas.”

No package, just election-eve packaging by BJP: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday pooh-poohed “the Rs one lakh crore package for Bihar” as announced on Monday.Terming it as old wine in new bottle, he said that all these projects, such as the mega-power plant in Aurangabad district, was approved during the UPA-II rule.“They are master in election-eve packaging. Bihar has not got any special package whatsoever,” the chief minister told the media.

NHRC rescues 101 bonded labourers in Bihar
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The NHRC on Tuesday said it has rescued 101 bonded labourers from Madhubani in Bihar, after an NGO complained they were being made to work forcefully on agricultural lands and not being paid minimum wages.

Bihar Boy gets Lord Beden Powel National Award
Siddhant Vats, a young boy from India who is just 19 years old has been awarded the prestigious Lord Beden Powell National Award 2015. The award ceremony took place at New Delhi. The award has been given by the National Scouts and Guides organization. Every year Lord Beden Powell Award is given to 15 distinguished people from various fields.

Storm over washing of Lohia’s statue after Manjhi garlanded it
Patna,(BiharTimes): The washing of the statue of Socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia––after former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi garlanded it––by activists of Rashtriya Janata Dal and Lohia Vichar Manch in Supaulon Sunday has kicked up a storm with the BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav denouncing the act.

Janata Parivar merger matter of days: Nitish
Patna, April 6 (IANS) The merger of the six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar was a "matter of a few days", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday.

RLSP throws its door wide open for JD(U) dissidents, rebels
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party threw its door wide open for the dissidents and rebels of Janata Dal (United).Speaking at the Kisan Naujawan rally at Gandhi Maidan here on Sunday its leader and Union minister of state for human resources development Upendra Kushwaha urged all the JD (U) dissidents and rebels to join his party.

SuMo evokes Godhra ghost against Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Thirteen years after the Godhra incident senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was on Sunday reminded that Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, who was then the railway minister in the Vajpayee cabinet, should have resigned on February 27, 2002 itself.

Smriti Irani calls for empowerment of women, dis-empowerment of Jungle Raj-2
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union human resources development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi government has made up its mind to give 33 per cent reservation to women for political representation in Parliament and legislature.

Ek Jhanda, Ek Nishan Maang Raha hai Hindustan, says Lalu
Patna,(BiharTimes): With the slogan “Ek Jhanda, Ek Nishan Maang Raha hai Hindustan,” (India beckons one flag, one symbol) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday announced his party’s merger with Janata Parivar.

Merger of Janata Parivar parties certain: Lalu
Patna, April 5 (IANS) Putting an end to unending speculation, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday announced that the merger of the six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar would happen soon.

Janata Parivar will be one soon: Danish Ali
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The merger of six political parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar is on "positive fast track" and it would soon be a reality, JD-S leader Danish Ali said on Sunday.

One exam, numerous questions, but no scope of mass copying
In the five-yearly examination to be held for the politicians of Bihar in October-November 2015 one of the candidates may be asked more questions than others.The candidate is Nitish Kumar, who would be facing the weight of incumbency too.


Bihar Police team attacked by quarry workers
Patna, April 5 (IANS) A police team was fired upon by suspected illicit quarry workers on Sunday in Bihar's Rohtas district, an official said.

Rs.37,000 crore paid to states towards devolution
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) The union government has released more than Rs.37,420 crore to the states for the current fiscal as first instalment of devolution as per the 14th Finance Commission's recommendation, with Uttar Pradesh getting the highest share.

Nitish, Lalu slam Shah over 'jungle raj' remark
Patna, April 4 (IANS) A day after BJP president Amit Shah said "jungle raj" has returned in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, hit out at the BJP on Saturday over the 2002 Gujarat riots and accused the party of spreading anarchy in the country.

Jungle Raj-2 or Jungle Raj-3?
Patna,(BiharTimes): While addressing the BJP national executive in Bangalore its chief Amit Shah dubbed the Nitish Kumar government as Jungle Raj-2. He had not said anything new. The state unit of the party has been saying so for the last so many days.

National executive: BJP sees generational shift, plans land bill outreach
Bengaluru, April 4 (IANS) A generational shift was evident in more than one way as BJP concluded its two-day strategy meet here, with veteran L.K. Advani choosing to stay quiet as the party discussed its massive expansion plans.

AAP's self-annihilation: Is fate on Modi's side
The Aam Admi Party's (AAP's) suicidal tendencies are bound to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) more than any other party because the saffron outfit is politically better placed to exploit them.

Boy kills self for not getting books
Patna, April 5 (IANS) A school boy committed suicide in a Bihar village after his father expressed his inability to pay Rs.1,500 to buy new books, police said on Sunday.

No Janata Parivar merger this Sunday: Nitish Kumar
Patna, April 3 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday denied that the six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar will meet in Delhi on April 5 to formally finalise their long-proposed merger.

‘Off the record’ problems of Giriraj Singh
Patna,(BiharTimes): While regretting his remarks on Sonia Gandhi Union minister of state, Giriraj Singh, meekly stated that one should understand difference between what is off the record and what not.

Kankarbagh blast accused Kundan nabbed from Nalanda district
Patna,(BiharTimes): One of the main accused of the Kankarbagh blast case of March 30, Kundan, was nabbed from a village in Ekangarsarai block of Nalanda district on Friday afternoon. The Patna SSP, Jitendra Rana, and Nalanda SP have confirmed the arrest.

10 cops suspended for breach in CM security
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar Police on Friday suspended 10 policemen, including three sub-inspectors, for breach in security of chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday. The lapse took place while he was returning after inaugurating two-day Vaishali Mahotsava on the occasion of Mahair Jyanti (birthday).

Fabindia store sealed as Smriti spots CCTV in trial room
Panaji, April 3 (IANS) A store operated by fashion boutique chain Fabindia was sealed in Goa on Friday and four people were arrested for allegedly setting up a CCTV camera which overlooked the store's changing room where central minister Smriti Irani was trying out clothes.

3,000 Bihar teachers twice fail test, to be sacked
Patna, April 3 (IANS) Nearly 3,000 primary school teachers on contract failed to clear competency tests twice in Bihar and will be sacked following the Patna High Court order, officials said here on Friday.

Bihar man kills wife for refusing medicines
Patna, April 3 (IANS) Infuriated by his ailing wife's refusal to take her medicines, a man in Bihar's Buxar district killed her, police said on Friday.


BJP confident of ruling India for 10-20 years
Bengaluru, April 3 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party, which stormed to power nationally last year, on Friday, expressed confidence that it will rule India for 10 to 20 years.

Giriraj remarks: Sonia says narrow mindset, BJP for ending row
Bhopal/New Delhi/Bengaluru, April 2 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday dismissed union minister Giriraj Singh's "racist" remarks as stemming from a "narrow mindset" even as party members staged protests while the BJP sought the matter to be closed as he had expressed regrets.

Janata Parivar may unite on Sunday
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The six parties of the erstwhile Janata Parivar will meet here on Sunday when they are likely to turn their long proposed merger into a reality, sources said.

Janata Parivar constituents agree on symbol, flag of new merged party: Tyagi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Janata Dal (United) national general secretary K C Tyagi said on Wednesday that the six parties of Janata Parivar have decided on the symbol and the flag of the proposed new party.Talking to the media in Patna he said that merger of all these six parties would be announced in time to prepare for the Bihar Assembly elections.

Upendra Kushwaha opposes Venkaiah Naidu’s stand on SuMo as CM candidate
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union minister of state for human resources development and the leader of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Upendra Kushwaha, on Thursday strongly opposed the statement given by his ministerial colleague and senior BJP leader, Venkaiah Naidu, on Sushil Kumar Modi.

Retirement age of doctors to be raised to 70: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced that the retirement age of the state government doctors would be raised from 65 to 70.He made this announcement at the 45th anniversary of the foundation of the Patna-based Nalanda Medical College and Hospital.

BJP leader writes to Gadkari, fears ‘pitiable condition’ of NHs may become poll issue
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, Chandra Mohan Rai, has said that the political parties opposed to the BJP might make a poll issue the Centre’s line of thinking on the National Highways running through Bihar.

Policemen attacked in Bihar for stopping 'forced' donations
Patna, April 2 (IANS) Six police officials were injured in Bihar's Sheikhpura district on Thursday when a mob attacked them after the policemen objected to their alleged forced donation drive for organising a religious programme.

Union minister flays Jharkhand CM’s statement on jobs
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union minister of state for human resources development, Upendra Kushwaha, strongly criticized the statement of Jharkhand chief minister, Raghuvar Das, that people of Bihar and UP would not be eligible for group C and D jobs in his state.

Giriraj does it again: Remark on Sonia's 'white skin' triggers outrage
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Causing yet another embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), union minister Giriraj Singh raked up a controversy with his "white skin" remark on Congress president Sonia Gandhi but "regretted" it a day later on Wednesday.

Lalu criticises Giriraj Singh for remark against Sonia
Patna, April 1 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday described as "dirty politics" union minister Giriraj Singh's remark that the Congress accepted Sonia Gandhi as its leader as she has white skin.

Nigerian diplomat wants Giriraj to apologise for his remarks
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) A top Nigerian diplomat here on Wednesday asked union minister Giriraj Singh to apologise for making racist remarks about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi while referring to Nigerian people.

No jobs for people from Bihar, UP in C,D grade posts: Jharkhand CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Jharkhand chief minister Raghuvar Das on Wednesday came out with a statement which is likely to create political storm in neighbouring states.


Ruckus in Bihar Assembly over Kankarbagh blast
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar Assembly was adjourned till 4:00 PM on Wednesday following uproar over the Kankarbagh Colony blast on Monday night. The issue was raised by the BJP MLAs during Zero Hour. The members rushed to the well of the House and started thumping and hitting the reporters’desks. Repeated pleas by the Speaker of the House, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, felt on the deaf ears of the opposition members.



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