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Nitish’s Tihar trip baffles his buffs in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Friday trip to Tihar Jail in Delhi to meet former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala has surprised many of his admirers, especially in his home state.


Bihar CM publicly pulls up senior officials
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday publicly pulled up senior officials and asked them to change their style of work.Speaking at Skill Conclave: Tranforming Bihar Through Skilling at Maurya Hotel he asked senior bureancrats not to make schemes just on files, but to see that they are
implemented.


Bihar to skill up one crore youth by 2020: Nitish
Patna, March 28 (IANS) The Bihar government is planning to skill up one crore youth in the state in a time span of five years to make them compete globally for industries requiring skilled workforce, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday.

Mega-merger not far away, claims Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar claimed on Saturday that mega-merger of the different parties of Janata Parivar is not far away.Talking to the media here he termed his two-day Delhi trip as successful.Commenting on merger talks with leaders in Delhi he said: “gaddi patri par hai aur chal padi hai” (The train is on track and has whistled off).

Venkaiah, Radha Mohan project SuMo as BJP’s CM face
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu and agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday declared former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi as the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP in Bihar. “Delhi mein Modi aur Bihar mein bhi Modi” (One Modi is in Delhi while another in Bihar), said Naidu, while speaking at a cuntion organized to commemorate 25 years of public life of Sushil Kumar Modi.

Sonia in charge but her alliance is shaky
If Rahul Gandhi is in retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar, as rumours have it, then he can be said to be imitating, in part, the Sakya prince who left home and hearth 2,500 years ago to find out the meaning of life.

Bihar IPS officer in trouble for 'Jehangir bell'
Patna, March 28 (IANS) A senior police officer in Bihar is in trouble for installing a "Jehangiri ghanta" or Jehangir's bell" at his official residence in Darbhanga district when he was posted there last year.


President confers Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee at home
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony attended by the country's leadership and top political personalities.

Playing economic card to score political goal
Patna,(BiharTimes): It is the story of love-hate triangle between Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad.So when Bihar chief minister had a ‘courtesy call’ to prime minister on Thursday analysts started reading too much into it as the meeting came just a couple of days after rumours spread like a jungle fire in the political circle that the RSS had asked the BJP bigwigs to restore its ties with the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar.


SuMo sees Nitish’s hand in RSS rumour
Patna,(BiharTimes): Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi questioned the veracity of the media reports that the RSS had asked the BJP leadership to restore its relationship with the
Janata Dal (United).

After PM, Nitish meets all the non-BJP bigwigs in Delhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): After meeting prime minister Narendra Modi, the Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on Thursday evening met Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.On Friday he went to Tihar Jail to meet incarcerated leader of Indian National Lok Dal, Om Prakash Chautala; called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi; had a lunch with the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and then went to the Delhi residence of Lalu Prasad.


Nitish lends support to Delhi's call for 'full statehood'
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Minutes after meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Friday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar extended support to Delhi's call for "full statehood".

A bank run by beggars, for beggars in Bihar town
Gaya (Bihar), March 27 (IANS) A group of beggars in this Bihar town has opened their own bank, which they run and manage to provide financial security in times of crisis.

In AAP, it is now war
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) In clear signs that no more rapprochement was possible in the AAP, dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Friday launched a tirade against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose supporters accused them of being virtual BJP agents.

BJP MLAs protest in House over lathicharge on ABVP activists
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs raised slogans inside and outside the state Assembly on Friday to protest against what they call brutal police lathicharge on the unarmed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists.

Nitish Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi here on Friday.

Nitish calls on Modi

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) In what is being described as a "courtesy call", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and discussed issues regarding his state.


ABVP protest turns violent, nearly 100 injured, 100 detained
Patna, March 26 (IANS) Police fired in the air and resorted to a baton charge on Thursday to disperse ABVP members who pelted stones at police during a protest near the Bihar assembly against the prevailing education scenario in the state.

Angry fans smash TV sets in Bihar after India's World Cup exit
Patna, March 26 (IANS) Angry cricket fans on Thursday smashed their TV sets at various places in Bihar after India's 95-run loss against Australia in the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup.


Modi calls for 'uncompromising' approach to clean Ganga
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for an "uncompromising mission mode approach" to stop pollution of the river Ganga.


Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on Friday
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence here on Friday, Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Wednesday.

Crowd of worries for JD(U), BJP at Manjhi’s rallies
Patna,(BiharTimes): The crowd being pulled by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during his recent public meetings may not be larger than of Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi during the last year Lok Sabha election campaign in Bihar (as he claims), yet they are substantial enough to make both the Janata Dal (United) and BJP sit-up and ponder.

New strategy needed to tame Kosi river, say experts
Kathmandu, March 25 (IANS) Flood and river management is needed to tame the sediment laden Kosi river whose muddy, swirling waters have caused considerable woe in Bihar, experts said here.

Nalanda University: Time running out for Gopa Sabharwal
A document accessed by the Bihar Times shows that Nalanda Univeristy Vice Chancellor Dr. Gopa Sabharwal’s deputation from her parent department will expire on October 7, 2015. Her five-year term as the Vice Chancellor in the Nalanda University also ends on the same day.

‘Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge to become operational soon’
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge is likely to become operational soon.This information was given by the chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh after his videoconferencing with prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

JD(U), BJP refute reunion rumours Patna,(BiharTimes): Both chief minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav refuted reports of JD(U) and BJP again joining hands ahead of the Assembly election later this year.

SC strikes down Section 66A of Information Technology Act
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act holding it violative of Article 19(1)a of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.

TV channels make mess of Lalu’s satire on copying
Patna,(BiharTimes): The media over-kill on the issue of mass copying in matriculation e
xamination has a bitter fall-out on Monday.Without understanding the real essence of satire and humour many TV channels, both national and regional, went out to pillory RJD chief Lalu Prasad for his remarks made in Buxar late on Sunday.

Will not attend all-party meeting if invited like ‘chaprasi’: Nand Kishore
Patna,(BiharTimes): The main opposition in Bihar Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party, boycotted the all-party meeting called by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday evening.The meeting was called on ‘loss’ accruing to Bihar after the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission.

Bihar in grip of ‘Estimate Scam’, charges Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Accusing the Nitish Kumar government of being involved in a huge ‘estimate scam’ former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday charged that he was removed from the post of chief minister after he started questioning the wasteful expenditures of Rs 22,000 to 23,000 crores.

Pappu, Rama Devi, O P Yadav are best performing MPs from Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, Rama Devi and Om Prakash Yadav have been selected as the three ‘best performing’ MPs from Bihar in the 16th Lok Sabha.According to the performance data of PRS Legislative Research, an independent research initiative, which closely tracks Parliament, these three MPs have excelled in three separate parameters of Lok Sabha activity.


Shashi Kapoor chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke award
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Just days after Shashi Kapoor turned 77, news emerged on Monday that Bollywood's evergreen charmer will be conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award.

SuMo, Nand Kishore differ over understanding Lalu’s sarcasm
Patna,(BiharTimes): As in the media, so in the BJP leadership many people failed to actually appreciate the real meaning of statement of RJD chief Lalu Prasad on mass copying.The problem is that like those in the field of journalism there are several politicians

Branding Bihar through unfair means

Patna,(BiharTimes): A newspaper photo and a few shots shown in the TV channels virtually cancelled out all the efforts made to brand the state through three-day Bihar Diwas––from march 22 to 24.


Nitish won't seek vote if power situation doesn't improve
Patna, March 22 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he will not seek votes in the assembly elections to be held later this year if he cannot improve the power situation in the state.

Pappu for making Manjhi CM nominee of RJD
Patna,(BiharTimes): RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has urged his party chief Lalu Prasad to take former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi into his party and declare him the chief ministerial candidate in the coming Assembly election.Talking to the media he said that he had written a letter to Lalu Prasad in this regard

HAM AAP ke hain copycat
Patna,(BiharTimes): A couple of days back former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi claimed that Hinudstani Awam Morcha (HAM) would do in Bihar what Aam Admi Party (AAP) did in Delhi. Yet he said that HAM is just a frontal organization of Janata Dal (United).

Nitish announces Women Empowerment Policy on the occasion of Bihar Diwas
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar announced the Women Empowerment Policy on the occasion of Bihar Diwas on Sunday. The new policy would work for the empowerment of women in the state.

Nitish seeks more investments in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said his government would draw a policy on the basis of input provided by young entrepreneurs to promote industries.

Modi greets Bihar on foundation day
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the state of Bihar on its foundation day.

Bihar exam mess: 100 arrested, Centre to seek report
Patna, March 21 (IANS) Cheating in the Class 10 exams continued in Bihar on Saturday, with police having to fire in the air and carry out a baton charge to disperse people who were helping students to copy. While nearly 100 people were arrested, union minister Upendra Kushwaha said the Centre will seek a report from Bihar on the cheating.

Bihar exam mess continues, police fire in air
Patna, March 21 (IANS) Incidents of cheating in the Class 10 exam continued in Bihar on Saturday with police even having to fire in the air and carry out a baton charge to disperse a large number of people helping students to copy, an official said.

Adopt open book system if unfair means can not be stopped: Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday called for the introduction of open book system if the state government fails to stop the unfair means in the examination.


Cabinet nod for building 230 bridges, culverts
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Thursday cleared a Rs 900 crore proposal of the rural works department for construction of around 230 bridges and culverts all over the state. The government would draw the money from NABARD through loan for the 2014-15.

HAM a frontal organization of JD(U): Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, claimed on Thursday that he is very much in the Janata Dal (United) and that Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) was just one of the frontal organizations of the party.

Bihar minister's remark over cheating shameful: Court
Patna, March 20 (IANS) The Patna High Court on Friday slammed as "very shameful" Bihar Education Minister P.K. Shahi's statement that cheating-free exams were not possible in the state.

27 killed as Varanasi-bound train derails
Lucknow, March 20 (IANS) At least 27 people were killed when the engine and two crowded coaches of a passenger train derailed after the driver overshot a signal early Friday in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

Pictures of cheating don't reflect reality: Nitish
Patna, March 20 (IANS) Pictures carried by the media showing mass copying and cheating in school examinations don't reflect the reality in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday.

Eight Home Guards arrested after mass cheating
Patna, March 20 (IANS) Eight Home Guard personnel were arrested on Friday on charges of helping students to copy in the Class 10 board examination in Bihar's Saharsa district, officials said.

Have full faith in judiciary: Jagannath Mishra's son
Patna, March 20 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra's son has said that he and his family have full faith in the judiciary and would get justice, a day after the ex-chief minister surrendered in a CBI court in Ranchi.

Jagannath Mishra surrenders, sent to jail
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Bihar chief minister Dr Jagannath Mishra was sent to Birsa Munda central jail on Thursday after he surrendered before the special CBI court in Ranchi on direction of Jharkhand high court.

Nitish to meet PM, will raise financial issues of Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Personal equation will not come in way of the meeting between chief minister Nitish Kumar and prime minister Narendra Modi. The Bihar CM will soon be meeting the PM to take up the financial issues of the state.


Cheating-free exams not possible in Bihar: minister
Patna, March 19 (IANS) Bihar's exasperated Education Minister P.K. Shahi admitted on Thursday that cheating-free examinations were not possible in the state, minus the cooperation of students' parents.


Tutor murders 10-year-old over fees
Patna, March 19 (IANS) A tutor abducted and murdered a 10-year-old boy in Bihar's East Champaran district for not paying his tuition fees, police said on Thursday.

Mafia showing govt land as their own to seek compensation: BJP MLC
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party MLC, Satyendra Narayan Singh, on Tuesday said, land mafia are showing ‘ghair marzua aam’ category of government land in survey as their own by manipulating municipality records and are thus getting compensation for it during its acquisition for development purposes.


Cabinet meeting put off as CM catches flu
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet scheduled to be held on Wednesday was put off after chief minister Nitish Kumar caught flu.

Nitish condemns snooping on Rahul Gandhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has called highly condemnable the incident of snooping on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi by Delhi Police.He said it is quite natural for the Congress MPs to voice their concern in Parliament on snooping. After all what do Delhi Police wanted to know and what was not known about Rahul?

Bihar set to avail 5,000 MW electricity by end of 2015: Minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): State electricity minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said on Tuesday that the Bihar government is planning to make available 5,000 MW of power by the end of 2015.

BJP MLAs protest hike in power bill
Patna,(BiharTimes): BJP MLAs in the Bihar Assembly staged sit-in (dharna) outside and inside the state Assembly over hike in the electricity rate in Bihar.The leader of opposition in the state Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, charged that the people of the state would have to bear the extra burden of Rs 113 crore by this increase in the power tariff in both the rural and urban areas.

Black money bill proposes 10 years jail, 300 percent penalty
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Giving concrete shape to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget announcement last month on recovering black money stashed away abroad, the cabinet-approved anti-black money law provides a short window to income tax assessees to declare assets, pay tax and penalty and avoid imprisonment.

Mamata entrusts CBI with nun's gang rape probe
Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) In the face of massive protests over the brutal gang-rape of a septuagenarian nun inside a convent, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced she would "entrust the investigation" to the CBI, hours after a high-level Catholic delegation visited the spot and demanded "visible" action including arrest of the culprits.

Ruckus in Assembly over RJD MLA’s remarks on Smriti Irani
Patna,(BiharTimes): BJP MLAs created ruckus in the Bihar Assembly after the RJD MLA from Samastipur, Akhtar-ul-Islam Shaheen, commented on the educational qualification of the Union Human Resources Development Minister, Smriti Irani.

SC quashes Jat reservation, shocked community to seek review
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court, refusing to accept the central government's view that Jats are a backward community, on Tuesday quashed the March 4, 2014, notification by the then UPA government extending reservations to the community's members in nine states.

Digvijaya’s son to marry in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Jaivardhan, the only son of the Congress party general secretary, Digvijaya Singh, is to marry Sreejamya Shahi, daughter of Shattrundam Shahi of Dumaria estate in West Chaparan district of Bihar. The two are already engaged.

Both BJP, JD(U) watchful over Lalu’s ‘homecoming’
Patna,(BiharTimes): With Lalu Prasad Yadav fully recovered from heart operation and then got the seventh and the last daughter married he is likely to pay more attention in his home state of Bihar.In a way he has lost his ‘base’ in New Delhi as his official bungalow allotted to him had been taken away. Neither he nor anyone of his family member is member of Parliament.



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