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Bihar policemen on warpath, not to celebrate Holi Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar Police Association and Bihar Policemen Association have strongly protested the Nitish government’s decision to rescind the decision taken by the then Jitan Ram Manjhi government on their salary.

Nitish justifies move to revoke Manjhi cabinet’s decisions Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday justified his cabinet’s decision to annul 34 of the decisions taken by the Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet on February 10, 18 and 19.

RJD opposes move to annul all decisions of the Manjhi cabinet Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Janata Dal, which is supporting the JD(U) government in the state, on Thursday questioned the revocation of all the 34 decisions taken by the Jitan Ram Manjhi government in its last three meetings.

HAM to protest revocation of Manjhi cabinet’s decision Patna,(BiharTimes): Volunteers of the Hindustani Awam Morcha, a front which was floated on February 28, will observe a day fast on March 9 to protest against the decision of the Nitish Kumar cabinet to annul the 34 decisions taken by the Jitan Ram Manjhi government on February 10, 18 and 19.

Nitish Kumar, Modi main rivals in Bihar's 'pichkari' market Patna, March 5 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are rivals not only in politics, but also in the 'pichkari' market here as water sprinklers -- used to spray water on Holi -- with pictures of the two leaders are doing brisk business.

BBC airs controversial documentary, government considering action New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The government on Thursday said it was considering action against BBC for ignoring a court order banning the airing of a documentary carrying an interview with one of those convicted in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape, even as support built up for the documentary, with people saying "don't shoot the messenger".

Bihar cabinet stays Manjhi's 34 decisions
Patna, March 4 (IANS) The Bihar cabinet on Wednesday stayed 36 decisions taken by the government of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi last month, officials said here.

AAP ousts Bhushan, Yadav from top body in split decision
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) In a move that brought into the open the schism within, Delhi's ruling AAP Wednesday ousted senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from its top decision-making body, after weeks of infighting that pitted the two against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Amid uproar, government says won't allow documentary on December 16 rapist
New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Amid uproar in parliament over a documentary which featured one of the December 16 gang rape convicts, the home ministry on Wednesday went into damage control mode, saying orders were obtained from court to restrain the broadcast of the documentary and promising to investigate how permission was given to interview the rapist.

Nitish Kumar to prove majority on March 11
Patna, March 3 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will prove his majority on March 11 in the state assembly, 17 days after he took oath of office, a JD-U leader said on Tuesday.

Raghuvansh urges Nitish to make Manjhi deputy CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union minister and senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Monday demanded that the former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi be made deputy chief minister by Nitish Kumar.

Nitish blasts BJP for celebrating “second murder” of its own leader
Patna,(BiharTimes): Strongly condemning the BJP for celebrating 360 degree turn on Article 370 Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asked: for what are these people bursting crackers in the party office––for the “second murder” of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

Wild elephants kill two people in Bihar
Patna, March 3 (IANS) Wild elephants went on a rampage in Bihar's Sitamarhi district on Tuesday evening killing at least two people and leaving three others injured, police said.

Patna High Court bans 'Dirty Politics' release
Patna, March 3 (IANS) The Patna High Court on Tuesday banned the release of Bollywood film "Dirty Politics" over some objectionable scenes, a government lawyer said.

Nitish to call all-party meeting on Finance Commission recommendation
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that he would call an all-party meeting to discuss and then approach the Centre on the issue of the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission.

Compromise in defamation case: Court orders Rabri, Lallan to appear in person
Patna,(BiharTimes): Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Javed Ahmad on Monday ordered former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and road construction minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh to appear before it in person on March 10 in connection with their petitions for mutual compromise in a defamation case the latter had filed against former.

ED imposes penalty on Saleem, Shahabuddin in FEMA case
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Enforcement Directorate on Monday imposed a penalty of Rs 13.62 lakh each on the Deputy Chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council Saleem Perwez and jailed former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin for violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Yogendra, Bhushan may face action in AAP's national executive
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Peeved at its senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's criticism of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's approach, the party here on Monday hinted at acting tough against the duo in the national executive meet on Wednesday.

PM surprises many, has lunch in parliament canteen
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) In a rare move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lunch at the parliament canteen on Monday, surprising the staff and many people present there. Modi had some fruit salad and a vegetarian thali at a total cost of Rs.29.

Sayeed's remarks cause uproar; Congress attacks, BJP dissociates
New Delhi/Jammu, March 2 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's controversial remarks giving credit to militants and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of elections caused a political uproar on Monday.

Nitish Kumar to fast against land acquisition bill
Patna, March 1 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced a one-day fast -- and asked people across the state to join him -- in protest against the land acquisition amendment bill.

Apologetic Nitish blows pre-poll bugle against extremist Hindus
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday called on the partymen, especially the Yuva Janata Dal (United) workers, to fight those Hindus, who hold extremist view as they are out to destabilize the country. “The real fight is between extremist and liberal Hindus. Yuva Janata Dal (United) workers should spread this message,” he added.

Nitish should be thankful to Centre, says Ram Vilas
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union Minister for Food Ram Vilas Paswan said on Sunday that chief minister Nitish Kumar should bother about Bihar, rather than the rest of the country, as the Centre has offered a lot of bonanza to the state in the Union Budget for 2015-16.

Justice (Retd) N N Singh submits Bhagalpur riots commission report
Patna,(BiharTimes): Justice N N Singh headed Bhagalpur Riots Probe Commission on Sunday submitted its final report to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar nine years after it was constituted. The Commission had already submitted its interim report.

Another ‘purification’ allegation by Manjhi, this time against Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): The outgoing chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday made another ‘purification’ allegation––this time against chief minister Nitish Kumar.A month after visiting a temple in Madhubani district in August last the then chief minister Manjhi charged that it was washed after he had offered prayer in it. The BJP then strongly criticized him for his remarks as he had not substantiated it.

Manjhi launches front to 'expose' Nitish
Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) Nearly a week after he was forced to quit as Bihar's chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi Saturday launched a new political front to "expose the real face" of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Nothing for poor, common people in budget: Nitish

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday said there was nothing specific for poor and common people in the budget presented by union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Jaitley says Indian economy fastest-growing in the world
New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the state of the country's economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government.

Budget Highlights

Special assistance for Bihar, West Bengal
New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) West Bengal and Bihar will get special financial assistance to give a push to the two states, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday.

Nitish writes to PM on 14th Finance Commission recommendation
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar said that initial estimate showed that Bihar would face about 1.3 per cent point loss in share for the state in overall amount due to the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission as compared to the 13th Finance Commission.

Marriage of political convenience at wedding of Lalu’s daughter
Patna,(BiharTimes): It can be termed as a marriage of political convenience. Bitter political rivals prime minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar shook hands at the wedding ceremony of RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s youngest daughter, Raj Lakshmi, with Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, the grand-nephew of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi on Thursday night.

14 swine flu cases detected in Bihar
Patna, Feb 27 (IANS) At least 14 cases of swine flu have been detected in Bihar till now, an official said Friday.

Pappu meets Narendra Modi hours ahead of marriage of Lalu’s daughter
Patna,(BiharTimes): In a significant move the dissident RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav met prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday, the day his party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav married off his youngest daughter.

Delhi government announces Rs.1 crore for CRPF trooper
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday announced Rs.1 crore as compensation to the family of a CRPF trooper killed by Maoists in Bihar's Gaya district Tuesday.

Passengers spared, freight rates hiked in India's rail budget
New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Sparing a passenger fare hike but raising freight rates again, Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his maiden budget for Indian Railways Thursday, with a slew of measures to improve service quality, safety and reach and a 52-percent jump in plan outlay for 2015-16 at Rs.100,011 crore ($16.7 billion).

Disappointed by railway budget: Nitish
Patna, Feb 26 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday said that he was disappointed by the "incomplete" railway budget for 2015-16 as there was nothing new in it.

Bihar court acquits 14 accused in 1998 upper-caste massacre
Patna, Feb 25 (IANS) A Bihar court Wednesday acquitted 14 people accused of the 1998 massacre of seven upper-caste members, citing lack of evidence, a government lawyer said.

Nitish Kumar unhappy with 14th Finance Commission recommendations
Patna, Feb 25 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations accepted by the Narendra Modi government with reference to states, particularly Bihar

Pappu offers to quit his Lok Sabha seat
Patna,(BiharTimes): Lashing out at chief minister Nitish Kumar the dissident RJD MP from Madhepura, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, said on Wednesday that he would send his resignation to the party president Lalu Prasad in a few days. If Lalu wishes he can send it to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha after the marriage of his daughter.

Ramai Ram unhappy on not being made deputy CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though transport minister Ramai Ram somewhat reluctantly took charge on Tuesday he is still grumbling on being not made the deputy chief minister of the state. Incidentally, almost all other ministers took charge on Monday itself.

Brishen Patel rules out any scope of rapprochement
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Brishen Patel on Wednesday outrightly rejected any possibility of rapprochement with the ruling party.Speaking at a function in Vaishali, his home turf, he said that Jitan Ram Manjhi went on to hold the post of chief minister because of the assurance given by the party chief Sharad Yadav.

Rebel leaders may return to JD(U) fold as Nitish may forgive them: Shrawan Kumar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Parliamentary affairs minister of Bihar Shrawan Kumar said on Wednesday that if the ministers and legislators who have rebelled against the party leadership relent and come to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar the latter may forgive them as he is a large-hearted man.

Bihar Museum expenditure raises many eyebrows after Manjhi’s charges
Patna,(BiharTimes): Be it the outgoing chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, his the then cabinet colleague, Benay Bihari, or the Patna high court, the massive expenditure on the construction of Bihar Museum in Bailey Road is being questioned.

Nitish’s blue-eyed boys back, Subhani again becomes home secretary
Patna,(BiharTimes): Almost all the blue-eyed boy of chief minister Nitish Kumar are back to important posts in the state bureaucracy. The former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, had, on Jan 6 last, shifted them to other posts creating a lot of resentment in the Janata Dal (United) circle.

CRPF trooper killed, 8 wounded in Bihar blast
Patna, Feb 24 (IANS) A CRPF trooper was killed while eight were wounded in a blast triggered by Maoists Tuesday evening in Bihar's Gaya district, an officer said.

Nitish Kumar opposes land acquisition bill
Patna, Feb 24 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday said that he and his party Janata Dal-United were opposed to the land acquisition amendment bill as it is against the interests of farmers.

From corruption to Aryan: What is wrong in issues raised by Manjhi?
Now that Jitan Ram Manjhi is out and Nitish Kumar in nobody is paying any heed to what the former said in the nine months of his tenure. The reason is obvious: one hardly pays any attention to those who have lost.Manjhi may have betrayed Nitish; he might have sided with the BJP for pure personal gains and he might himself been involved in all the dirty political games. Yet some of the issues he had raised––may be for own survival––deserve to be dispassionately discussed.

Challenges before Nitish in the election year
Patna,(BiharTimes): Nitish Kumar has once again don the mantle of Bihar, where he got a thumping majority in the last Assembly election but quit after embarrassing defeat in the Lok Sabha election of May 2014.

Manjhi as CM was different from his Dalit predecessors
Patna,(BiharTimes): Jitan Ram Manjhi, who got an opportunity––courtesy Nitish Kumar––to run the politically vibrant state like Bihar for about nine months has not only carved his own niche but changed the grammar of the politics. He thus established himself as a Dalit martyr of a sort.

Nitish returns as Bihar CM
Patna, Feb 22 :Nitish Kumar Sunday returned as Bihar chief minister, nine months after he resigned following his party JD-U's massive defeat in the 2014 general elections.

Narendra Modi congratulated me, will meet him for the sake of Bihar: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar said that he would certainly meet prime minister Narendra Modi for the sake of development of Bihar and would surely seek his attention for the special status to the state.

‘Self Nominated’ Chancellor Amartya sulks for a second term
In raising an alarm that the NDA government wants to deny him a second term as the Chancellor of the Nalanda University, Amartya Sen has proved how power hungry he is. He has gone to the media, thinking it would save the day for him. But times are indeed hard for the expatriate economist who thought his Nobel Medal was a talisman against all crises in India

A personal loss for me, Nitish on Amartya Sen’s decision to quit Nalanda University Patna,(BiharTimes): Coming out of Raj Bhawan after being invited to form the next government Nitish Kumar said on Friday evening that the news that Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen had announced that he would no more continue to serve as the Chancellor of Nalanda Unviersity “is a personal loss for me.

Amartya Sen not to continue as Chancellor of Nalanda University for second term Patna,(BiharTimes): Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday withdrew his candidature for a second term after July 2015 as Chancellor of Nalanda University, since the Narendra Modi government had not given its approval to his nomination.In a five-page letter to the Governing Board (GB) of the University, Sen wrote that he is excluding himself out of a second term, despite the GB unanimously voting to elect him on January 13.

Nitish Kumar: Soft-spoken and socialist at heart Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) He graduated as an engineer but plunged into Bihar politics in the early 1970s. Sophisticated and soft-spoken Nitish Kumar, known for his development and good governance, is again set to become Bihar's chief minister.

Jitan Ram Manjhi: A soft-spoken Mahadalit who was a shepherd Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) Jitan Ram Manjhi, the 70-year-old Mahadalit leader who quit as Bihar chief minister Friday nine months after assuming office in May 2014, began his life working as a shepherd for a farmer..

Manjhi's partisan allegation baseless: Bihar speaker Patna, Feb 21 (IANS) Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary Saturday refuted the allegation regarding his partisan role made by outgoing chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

PDP, BJP reach agreement, Mufti to be J&K CMJammu, Feb 21 (IANS) PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister after his party reached an agreement for forming a government with the BJP, top party sources said Saturday.

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