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Nitish’s special status sit-in downplays BJP win in two states Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after the BJP victory in Maharashtra and Haryana former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday led a state-wide sit-in (dharna) at JP roundabout in Patna apparently to demand the special category status to Bihar, but in reality with a different political objective.

JD-U stages 'dharna' for special category status to Bihar Patna, Oct 20 (IANS) Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar Monday staged a "dharna" (sit-in) here along with hundreds of party workers to put pressure on the BJP-led central government to accord special category status to Bihar.

MoS for Railways flays Nitish for politicizing special status demand Patna,(BiharTimes): Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Monday said that the first chief minister of Bihar Shri Krishna Singh was the symbol of ‘susashan’ (good governance). The development works done between 1946 and 1961 are worth emulating.

Nitish enacting drama, says Upendra KushwahaPatna,(BiharTimes): Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha on Monday dubbed the sit-in (dharna) led by the former chief minister Nitish Kumar as a drama and a political stunt which has no meaning whatsoever.

Over 140 fake examinees arrested in Bihar Patna, Oct 20 (IANS) More than 140 people have been arrested in Bihar for impersonation in a statewide written examination for the recruitment of police constables, officials said Monday.

Election results shocker for Congress, likely to impact its revival New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) The results of the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls came as a shocker for the Congress and made its revival even more difficult as the party has been defeated in the states that had been its traditional strongholds. The Congress finished third in both the states.

Doctors to call off stir after CM goes soft
Patna,(Bihartimes): A section of doctors associated with the state chapter of Indian Medical Association and Bihar Health Services Association (BHSA) on Sunday decided to drop its agitation plans and strike after accepting the clarification by chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for his chopped the hands off remarks against them.

Bihar doctors demand CM express regret for remark
Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) Doctors in Bihar Saturday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to express regret for his controversial remark that he would chop off the hands of doctors who neglect poor patients.

Pappu defends chopping the hands off remarks of CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that the chief minister has the right to suspend or dismiss errant doctors RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav on Sunday defended Jitan Ram Manjhi’s chop the hands off remarks, though the latter has virtually retracted from his Friday statement made in East Champaran.


BJP will not come to power in Bihar: RCD minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): The failure of the BJP to get majority on its own in Maharashtra has prompted the Janata Dal (United) to claim that the saffron party is not going to win the Bihar Assembly election next year and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi’s dream of becoming chief minister would remain unfulfilled.

BJP leads in Maharashtra, reaches out to Sena
Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) The BJP Sunday indicated it was ready to reach out to its estranged ally Shiv Sena as it led in about 120 seats but seemed to be falling short of a majority in the Maharashtra assembly.

BJP set to rule Haryana
Chandigarh, Oct 19 (IANS) The BJP Sunday said it will form the government in Haryana with early trends indicating it was winning in 48 of the 90 seats. This is the first time that the BJP is likely to come to power in the state on its own.

SuMo seeks trial of Manjhi, but not of Ashwini Choubey for similar chopping off hands remarks
Patna,(BIharTimes): Public memory is short, but not so short to forget what was said in January 2012.

Doctors on warpath, threaten strike if CM does not apologize
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state chapter of Indian Medical Association and Bihar Health Services Association held a meeting to condemn in the strongest term the remarks of the chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Powerful feudalists with BJP support targeting Bihar's Mahadalits'
Pat Oct 18 (IANS) Mahadalits, the poorest of the socially marginalised in Bihar, have been targeted by powerful feudal forces which have the full support of opposition BJP to defame and destabilize the government led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit himself, the head of the organisation meant for the community's welfare has said.

Bihar CM backtracks on remark on doctors
Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Saturday made a U-turn on his controversial remark that he would chop off the hands of doctors found neglecting poor patients.

Bihar doctors demand CM express regret for remark
Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) Doctors in Bihar Saturday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to express regret for his controversial remark that he would chop off the hands of doctors who neglect poor patients.

Now Bihar CM calls for chopping off doctors’ hands
Patna,(BiharTimes): Doctors have once again become a soft target in Bihar. This time not by any minister or MP, but by the chief minister of the state.

Advanced Surveillance System at Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi temple
Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) An Advanced Surveillance System(ASS) is being installed at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, which was hit by serial bomb blasts last year, for enhanced security.

Protests in Bhojpur and Patna over gang rape
Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) Hundreds of people, mostly of the landed upper castes and led by slain Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh's son Indu Bhusan, took to the streets in Bhojpur Friday in support of three persons arrested on charges of gang rape.

Urban poor to get three decimal of land: Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced on Thursday that poor people living in urban areas would also be given three decimal land like poor mahadalits get in rural areas.

Minor boy burnt alive in Bihar for goat's grazing
Patna, Oct 16 (IANS) A boy's goat grazed some of a farmer's paddy crop. That really got the farmer's goat. He burnt the boy alive in Bihar's Rohtas district.

JD(U) asks RJD to rein in Raghuvansh
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state Janata Dal (United) chief, Bashistha Narayan Singh and party’s spokesman, Sanjay Singh, on Wednesday asked RJD to rein in its senior leader and former Union minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who according to them is harming the relationship between the two parties by his utterances.

Bihar madrasa lifts ban on admission of girls
Patna, Oct 16 (IANS) A government-affiliated madrasa in Bihar Thursday lifted a ban on admission for girls and restriction on their entry on its campus after protests, officials said.

SC asks top Bihar, Chhattisgarh officials to appear
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday asked the chief secretaries and police chiefs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh to be present in the court Oct 30 to answer why they did not comply with its direction on the investigation and recovery of missing children.


Three students expelled for ragging in Bihar
Pat Oct 16 (IANS) Three students were expelled Thursday from a college in Bihar for four years on charges of ragging a fellow student.

26 District Congress Committee chiefs meet Sonia Gandhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Twenty-six District Congress Committee presidents from Bihar on Wednesday met party chief Sonia Gandhi and demanded removal of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Ashok Chaudhary. 

Raghuvansh seeks Ramdhani’s resignation
Patna,(BiharTimes): Senior RJD leader and former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Tuesday demanded the immediate dismissal of the state health minister Ramdhani Singh for calling him “mentally unstable”. Talking to the media he said either the chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should ask Ramdhani to tender an apology or dismiss him.

Chancellor Amartya Sen visits Nalanda University after 44 days
Patna,(BiharTimes): The first Chancellor of Nalanda University, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, on Tuesday paid his first visit to the International Convention Centre, Rajgir, where classes for the first batch of this revived temple of learning have been going on since September 1.

Centre calls meeting of five states on Ganga
New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The central government has called a meeting of five states to stop the flow of untreated sewage water into the Ganga river, said a statement Wednesday.

Systemic failures in Ganga cleaning plan, heads must roll: SC
New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) Taking a dim view of the snail's pace at which the Ganga action plan for cleaning the 2,525-km-long river had progressed, the Supreme Court Wednesday said heads must roll for lack of headway as it pointed to systemic failure and that people on the ground were more interested in bribe than in their task.

Manjhi inaugurates Durgawati Project
Patna,(BiharTimes): After prolong delay Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday inaugurated the Durgawati reservoir, said to be the dream project of former (now late) Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram, at Badalgarh in Rohtas district. 

Three die as rain lashes Bihar
Patna, Oct 15 (IANS) Three people were killed and 50 injured as heavy rain lashed Bihar in the wake of cyclone 'Hudhud' that tore through Andhra Pradesh, authorities said Wednesday.

Why no action against the lynchpin of medicine scam: Sushil Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday alleged that Sanjay Kumar, who is close to Nitish Kumar, is the lynchpin of the medicine scam, yet the state government has not taken any action against him.

State govt’s Diwali gift: A seven per cent hike in DA for its employees
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government on Tuesday offered Diwali gift for its three lakh employees and almost the same number of pensioners. The Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet announced an increase of seven per cent in Dearness Allowance (DA) for them.

JD(U) clarifies Nitish’s campaign in Haryana as Rabri pitched for Congress
Patna,(BiharTimes): Commenting on former chief minister Nitish Kumar’s campaign for the Indian National Lok Dal candidates the Janata Dal (United) spokesman, Ajay Alok, said on Monday that his party has the right to decide as to which political force is in a better position to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

Bihar madrasa bans admission to girls
Patna, Oct 14 (IANS) A government-affiliated madrasa in Bihar has banned admission for girls as there is no separate sitting arrangement for them and co-education is against the Islamic tenets, officials said Tuesday.

CM candidate would be of grand alliance: Manjhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Stating that Nitish Kumar would be CM candidate of the JD(U) in the next Assembly election Jitan Ram Manjhi said on Monday that the chief minister of the grand alliance would be elected after the poll results are announced and after talks among RJD, JD(U) and Congress leaders.

Trial begins in gang rape of six women in Bihar
Patna, Oct 13 (IANS) A speedy trial started Monday in the case of the alleged gang rape of six women at gun-point in Bihar's Bhojpur district, police said.


Bihar shutdown over gang rape hits rail, road traffic
Patna, Oct 13 (IANS) The shutdown called by the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) to protest the gang rape of six women in Bihar's Bhojpur district hit rail and road traffic, police said Monday.

Minor student found pregnant in Bihar school
Patna, Oct 14 (IANS) A minor student of a government middle school in a Bihar village was found pregnant during a health check-up. She said a tea-seller has been sexually exploiting her for the last four months, police said Tuesday.

Bihar govt blacklists Gammon India Ltd
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state government has blacklisted Gammon India Limited (GIL) and seized Rs 65 crore security money for its failure to complete the water supply project in Patna notwithstanding several extensions. 

RJD questions JD(U)’s claim over Bihar CM’s post
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Sunday made it clear that chief minister would be elected by the MLAs of the grand alliance, if it gets majority, after the next Assembly election.

Cyclone hits east coast, four killed in Andhra, Odisha 
Visakhapatnam/Bhubaneswar, Oct 12 (IANS) Cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the Andhra Pradesh coast Sunday, triggering heavy rains and strong gales, which wrecked havoc in the state's coastal region killing three people while one more death was reported from neighbouring Odisha.

Is Nitish alarmed over Manjhi’s assertion?
Patna,(BiharTimes): A day after addressing district office-bearers of the Janata Dal (United) at his residence in Patna, in which chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was not invited, former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, while speaking at a function organized to mark the 120th birth anniversary of former President V V Giri said that he is not running away from the responsibility, meaning thereby that he is still in the race for the post of chief minister. Not only that he held the administration responsible for the stampede at the southern gate of Gandhi Madian on Ravan Dahan evening and called the Bhojpur gang-rape incident shameful. 

Scamsters appear to be dacoits: Dr C P Thakur
Patna,(BiharTimes): Reacting to the Anand Kishore Committee report and subsequent state government action against 11 officials former Union health minister and BJP leader Dr C P Thakur said on Sunday that all those involved in the medicine and equipment purchase scam appear to be dacoits.



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