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January 2014

Nitish, Congress trade charges over AMU invitation
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday strongly criticized the Centre for not inviting anyone from the state government for the inauguration of the off campus branch of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj on January 30.

Invitation already sent to Bihar CM: AMU VC
Patna,(BiharTimes): After the Bihar Congress it is the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University who on Tuesday rejected Bihar government’s claim that chief minister Nitish Kumar was not invited to the foundation stone laying ceremony of its centre in Kishanganj on January 30 and said the institution held him in high respect for his support.

Arrested, released, reinstated on same post: Is this the result of fight against corruption? Patna,(BiharTimes): Throwing the rules to the wind a head clerk arrested on the charge of corruption more than six years back has been reinstated on the same post in the same office. This is not first such case in the state.

BJP's super rich in Rajya Sabha polls in Bihar
Patna, Jan 28 (IANS) R.K. Sinha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee for the elections to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, has declared his and his wife's assets worth around Rs.800 crore.

Cabinet nod for dental college in Nalanda district
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar cabinet on Monday sanctioned Rs 400.14 crore for the establishment of a government dental college and hospital at Paidna in Rahui block of Nalanda district. A sum of Rs four crore has been approved for expenditure on the project in the current financial year. A 100-bed hospital would be set up at the college, which would have 100 students.

Journalists in Bihar to be covered under group insurance and mediclaim schemes
Patna,(BiharTimes): Journalists in Bihar would now be covered under group insurance and mediclaim schemes. The structure and parameters of the “Bihar Rajya Patrakar Bima Yojana 2014” would be decided soon. This scheme would be implemented from February 20, 2014.

Patna origin scientist to get prestigious aerospace innovation award
Patna,(BiharTimes): The technology developed by Mirza Faizan, an aerospace scientist originally from Patna in Bihar, but currently working in Texas in the United States, has been selected for one of the most prestigious aerospace innovation awards in the world.

After divorce with BJP Nitish fails in marriage of political convenience
Patna,(BiharTimes): While the RJD-Congress-LJP-NCP alliance has already been formalized and only final announcement is awaited political observers have now started debating as to why the idea of the Janata Dal (United)-Congress tie up failed to click.

Rabri hopeful of alliance as Lalu meets Rahul
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday to discuss finalization of alliance in Bihar for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi said in Patna that the picture regarding tie up with the Congress and LJP would be clear soon.


Bihar govt upset over non-invitation to CM for AMU inaugural function
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though Congress president Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Aligarh Muslim University’s off campus branch at Kishanganj in Bihar on January 30 yet the Union Human Resources Ministry has not invited chief minister Nitish Kumar or any other Bihar government official for the ceremony.

Land acquisition invalid if compensation not paid to owner, says SC
New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court has held that if compensation for land acquired under the 1894 act has not been paid to the land owner or deposited with a competent court and retained in the treasury, then the acquisition would be deemed to have lapsed and would be covered under the 2013 law entitling the landowners to higher compensation.

Lalu meets Rahul
New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Monday met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to discuss electoral alliance in Bihar, Congress sources said.

RS polls: Jharkhand BJP to support Independent candidate
Ranchi, Jan 27 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition in Jharkhand, has decided not to field a candidate in the Feb 7 Rajya Sabha polls, an official said Monday.

“Jehangiri ghanti” to be installed outside police officials home in Darbhanga zone
Patna,(BiharTimes): Following the initiative of the Zonal Inspector General of Police Arvind Pandey the police in Darbhanga zone of Bihar has introduced “Jehangiri ghanti (bell)” at the residence of all the officials.

C.P. Thakur, R.K. Sinha file papers for Rajya Sabha polls in Bihar
Patna, Jan 27 (IANS) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders C.P. Thakur and R.K. Sinha Monday filed nomination papers for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, to be held Feb 7, officials said.

RJD-Cong-LJP-NCP alliance finalized, announcement soon
Patna,(BiharTimes): Reports from New Delhi say that the Congress, RJD, LJP and NCP have finalized an alliance in Bihar. The final announcement, however, would be made any day.

Raids on public relations dept official’s premises raise questions
Patna,(BiharTimes): When the Economic Offence Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police conducted raids at various places belonging to Kanhaiya Kumar, the Assistant Director of Advertisement wing of Information and Public Relation Department (IPRD) and seized movable and immovable properties worth more than Rs 1.76 crore, Rs16.61 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs six lakh the news did not get due media coverage.

Bihar celebrates 65th Republic Day
Patna, Jan 26 (IANS) The Republic Day was celebrated across Bihar Sunday, with Governor D.Y. Patil hoisting the tricolour here under a clear sky.

Darbhanga doctor Mohan Mishra gets Padma Shri
Patna,(BiharTimes): An eminent physician and former Professor and Head of Department, Medicine, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Dr Mohan Mishra, has been selected for Padma Shri award this year. His name has been selected by the central government and not sent by the state.

Why N K Singh has been dumped?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has the political knack to dump those who had promoted or helped him. The most important leader whom he left in lurch after parting ways with old friend Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1994 was none else but George Fernandes.

Pappu Yadav to contest against Sharad Yadav
Patna, Jan 25 (IANS) Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, the controversial former MP who was last year acquitted in the murder of a CPI-M leader, Saturday said he will contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate against JD-U chief Sharad Yadav.

JD(U) expecting to expand its support base on weak shoulders?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though the Janata Dal (United) leaders are claiming that by sending Ramnath Thakur, Kahkashan Parween and Harivansh the party is trying to further expand and consolidate its support base political observers are questioning its very wisdom.

I will contest from Madhepura and no other place, says Sharad Yadav
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national president of the Janata Dal (United) Sharad Yadav has strongly denied the media reports that he wanted to contest the Rajya Sabha election.

From Editor to Rajya Sabha MP of JD(U): Promotion or demotion?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Perhaps never in the recent memory any political party in Bihar has decided to send any serving editor of newspaper to Rajya Sabha and that too when the concerned person is not even its primary member.

BJP nominates C P Thakur, R K Sinha for RS from Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday announced the names of two Rajya Sabha candidates from Bihar. They are the sitting MP and party’s national vice president, Dr C P Thakur, and a new face, R K Sinha.

George Fernandes’ fate awaits Sharad Yadav?
Patna,(BiharTimes): On Friday Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav had to perform a very difficult duty. Till a few hours back rumours were doing the rounds in the political circle in Patna and Delhi that Sharad Yadav wants himself to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha as he is not interested in contesting election from Madhepura, the seat he is at present representing in the Lok Sabha.

BJP flays Nitish for Bihar’s failure to send Republic Day tableau to Delhi
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday criticized at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the failure of the state to send a tableau during Republic Day parade in Delhi as well as the absence of names from the state for honours given on the occasion.

After Shivanand, now Baliyavi sore with Nitish Kumar
Patna,(BiharTimes): With dropped Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwary virtually in a political hiding––not talking to any mediaperson––another Janata Dal (United) leader, Ghulam Rasool Balyavi, has almost raised a banner of revolt after being ignored for the Upper House of Parliament.

No division in Bihar Congress over alliance: Jairam Ramesh
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said there is no division in the Congress party over the issue of alliance, but added that the doors have been kept open and no final decision has yet been taken.

Sonia to lay foundation stone of AMU's Bihar centre
Aligarh, Jan 24 (IANS)
 Congress president Sonia Gandhi will lay the foundation stone of Aligarh Muslim University's centre in Bihar's Kishanganj Jan 30, the AMu said Friday.

Three new JD-U faces for Rajya Sabha polls
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United Friday announced the nomination of three new faces in the elections to five Rajya Sabha seats from the state, party president Sharad Yadav said.

Fodder scam: 12, including former JD-U MP, sentenced
Ranchi, Jan 24 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Jharkhand Friday awarded four years' imprisonment to each of the 12 people convicted in a fodder scam case and slapped fine up to Rs.4 lakh.

Bihar to dismiss 70 corrupt officers
Patna, Jan 24 (IANS) The Bihar government has decided to dismiss 70 corrupt officers, and more will be sacked in the coming weeks, an official said Friday.

Nitish offers Sharad Nalanda parliamentary seat
Patna,(BiharTimes): In another political development Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has reportedly offered the party president Sharad Yadav the Nalanda parliamentary constituency to contest the coming Lok Sabha election.

Sharad Yadav, Ram Sundar Das, Sanjay Jha may be JD(U) candidates for Rajya Sabha
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) may sent the party president, Sharad Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Ram Sundar Das and party leader Sanjay Jha to Rajya Sabha from Bihar.

JD(U) drops all three sitting RS MPs N K Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and Sabir Ali
Patna,(BiharTimes): In a surprising move the Janata Dal (United) dropped all the three sitting Rajya Saba MPs: N K Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and Sabir Ali. They have been offered to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Banka, Buxar and Seohar respectively.

CNN-IBN survey may not be a ‘manoranjan’, but needs to be taken with a pinch of salt
Patna,(BiharTimes): While the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday once again rejected the CNN-IBN and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) survey by calling it “manoranjan” (entertainment) it has certainly alarmed the UPA in the Centre as well as the Janata Dal (United) in the state.

Over 60 Bihar students fall ill after getting deworming dose
Patna, Jan 23 (IANS) More than 60 school students across Bihar fell ill and were hospitalised Thursday after being administered deworming dose in government schools, an official said. All children were safe and were discharged after preliminary treatment.

16 IPS officers transferred in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state government on Wednesday transferred 16 IPS officers.Patna at last got a full-fledged SP (Traffic) after several months. Lakhisarai SP Rajiv Mishra, a 2010-batch IPS officer, has been appointed Patna SP (Traffic) while Economic Offences Unit SP Ashok Kumar of 2006 batch, has been sent to Lakhisarai as SP.

UDHD not interested in upgrading PMC: HC
Patna,(BiharTimes): A division bench of Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Vikash Jain of the Patna high court had observed that the state urban development and housing department (UDHD) is not interested in upgrading the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), as the department once again failed to produce the staff rationalization report of the expert committee.

Centre gives green signal for 4,000 MW ultra mega-power plant in Banka
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Union government has given its green signal to the construction of first-ever 4,000MW ultra mega-power plant (UMPP) at Kakwara in Banka district of Bihar. This was communicated by Union power minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, in a letter to his Bihar counterpart, Bijendra Prasad Yadav.

Narendra Modi hired a beautician, claims Bihar minister Bhim Singh
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar’s rural works minister Bhim Singh has come out with another controversial remarks. On Wednesday he claimed that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, had hired a professional beautician for himself and that he charges huge amount on daily basis.

Fodder scam: 19, including former JD-U MP, convicted
Ranchi, Jan 22 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Wednesday convicted 19 people, including former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MP Jagdish Sharma, in a multi-million-rupee fodder scam case.

Bihar Police official gets notice over Modi remark
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) A Bihar Police official was served a show cause notice for delivering a political speech during which he referred to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Property of man who trafficked women attached in Bihar
Patna, Jan 22 (IANS) For the first time, the property of a man accused of immoral trafficking has been confiscated in Bihar, police said Wednesday.

Rajnath plays Karpoori card to seek vote for Narendra Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): In a bid to make inroads into the Extremely Backward Caste votebank the Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Wednesdayshowered praise on Jan Nayak and former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur

Any LJP-JD(U) tie-up would not alter the poll result in Bihar: BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): BJP leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that any opportunistic tie-up between Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) would not yield any result in their favour as the support base of both have shifted to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

After split BJP to be a big gainer, JD(U) loser in Bihar: Survey
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to win 16 to 24 seats in the coming Lok Sabha election in Bihar. Its former alliance partner, the Janata Dal (United) may end up winning just seven to 13 seats while RJD something between six and 10 seats. The Congress may get between 0 and four seats.

Retd IPS officer Ram Chandra Khan arrested
Patna,(BiharTimes): Retired IPS officer Ram Chandra Khan was on Tuesday arrested by CBI in connection with the three decades old Bihar Military Police uniform scam.

Some people around Ram Vilas not allowing him to take decision: Lalu
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday called Congress as an “umbrella” organisation of secular forces, which the country needs. At the same time he called the LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan a “gentleman.” Interestingly, only on Monday Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar called Paswan a gentleman.

RBI governor discusses development issues with Nitish Kumar
Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan Tuesday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed development issues, officials said.

Bihar approves job for Bengal gangrape victim's father
Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) The Bihar cabinet Tuesday formally approved a proposal for a government job for the father of a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped and set ablaze in West Bengal, as also rehabilitation of her family in the state, officials said.

70 grenades recovered in Bihar
Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) Security forces have recovered 70 hand grenades during search operations in a Bihar district, police said Tuesday

Patna has highest GDDP in Bihar, Seohar lowest
Patna,(BiharTimes): Patna district has registered the highest per capita gross district domestic product (GDDP) of Rs 57,843 in 2010-11 over 2004-05 constant prices, while Sheohar registered the lowest per capita GDDP of Rs 6,209. The per capita GDDP of Munger is Rs 21,019, second only to Patna.

Sushil Modi flays delay in paddy procurement in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the state cabinet approved a bonus of Rs 250 per quintal for the farmers the former deputy chief minister, Sushil Kumar Modi, questioned its implementation because of low paddy procurement by the state this year.

Centre's over Rs.27 billion aid to Nalanda University
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The central government Monday decided to provide financial assistance of Rs.27.2 billion ($440 million) to the revived Nalanda University in Bihar's Rajgir district.

Nitish attacks Modi, rules out tie-up with Congress
Patna, Jan 20 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday directly attacked BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by saying that neither can the 2002 Gujarat riots be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven. He also ruled out his JD-U's alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.

Putul, O P Yadav latest to jump to BJP  bandwagon
Patna,(BiharTimes): Independent MPs Putul Kumari Singh and Om Prakash Yadav on Monday became the latest prominent figures from Bihar to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. They represent Banka and Siwan parliamentary constituencies respectively.

Big B's AB Corp to bid for kabaddi players
Patna, Jan 20 (IANS) Kabaddi may not be popular like cricket, but it has attracted Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's AB Corp. The company will bid for players when the auction for the 4th edition of the Kabaddi Premier League (KPL) gets underway here next week, officials said.

Does Lalu know spelling of Twitter: Bihar minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): Rural works minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, Bhim Singh, has dared to ask whether his mentor Lalu Prasad Yadav, knows the spelling of the word Twitter or not.

S S Ahluwalia likely to throw his hat in the RS election from Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union minister S S Ahluwalia, a member of the Shouting Brigade of Congress in the Rajya Sabha during the Rajiv Gandhi years, is likely to throw his hat in the election for the second seat for the Upper House of Parliament. 

Patna,(BiharTimes): The verbal duel between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal president, Lalu Prasad Yadav, at the inaugural function of the Patna edition of “Dainik Bhaskar” on Saturday made it amply clear as to how various rulers of the state used media or even arm-twisted it for their own end.

JD(U) not to field any legislator for Lok Sabha poll
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) has decided not to field any sitting MLA of the party to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. This would be a significant departure from the 2009 election, when several legislators were fielded. Jagdish Sharma, Monazir Hasan etc were prominent among them.

AAP to pit cobbler or rickshaw puller against Paswan
Patna, Jan 19 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will field a cobbler or rickshaw puller against Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan in the Lok Sabha election, a party leader said Sunday.

It is upto Congress to take final decision on alliance: Ram Vilas
Patna,(BiharTimes): Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan said on Sunday that it was for the Congress to decide whether the secular alliance in the state would include Lalu Prasad’s RJD or Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).

Maneka to launch Save Bird campaign at Bodh Gaya on an 24
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union minister and BJP leader, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, will launch “Save Bird” campaign at Bodh Gaya on January 24.

Seven killed, nine injured in Bodo militant attacks
Guwahati, Jan 18 (IANS) Suspected Bodo militants continued with their violence in Assam, killing seven civilians and injuring nine others in three incidents in less than a day, officials said.The victims were all Hindi-speaking people from Bihar and West Bengal,

Bihar announces Rs.2 lakh for kin of six killed in Assam
Patna, Jan 18 (IANS) Bihar Saturday announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.2 lakh for the kin of six migrant workers from the state who were killed in Assam by suspected Bodo militants, an official said.

Centre plans action against those misusing social media: Shinde
Patna, Jan 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Saturday said the central government was planning to act against those misusing social media by uploading videos of communal clashes or anything that hurts others.

We also build bridges of trust: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday that his government had not only built road bridges, but also “bridges of trust”.

‘Love guru’ wants to join AAP, but facing resistance
Patna,(BiharTimes): ‘Love guru’ Prof Matuknath Choudhary, is trying his level best to join the Aam Admi Party. It is other thing that the party has not yet decided to open its door for him. In fact there are many who does not want him to be in the party, though fully knowing that whatever he did was his private matter.

Over 2,500 Bihar teachers twice fail test, to be axed
Patna, Jan 17 (IANS) The Bihar government has decided to sack over 2,500 contractual school teachers after they failed to clear two consecutive competency tests, officials Friday said.


19 IAS officers transferred
Patna,(BiharTimes): In a major pre-election overhaul the state government late on Thursday evening transferred 19 senior IAS officials of principal secretary, secretary and commissioner rank. More shake up in administrative and police departments is likely to come in days to come.

Paddy procurement low in drought-hit Bihar
Patna, Jan 17 (IANS) Government agencies in drought-hit Bihar have procured less than two percent of paddy in the last two months against the target of 24 lakh tonnes this kharif season, officials said Friday.

Painting the town green in Bihar
Bhabua (Bihar), Jan 16 (IANS) A Bihar town is painting itself green to send out an environment friendly message, an official said.

Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen is dead
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Reclusive Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen, who had bewitched generations of filmbuffs with her grace and beauty, died at a Kolkata nursing home Friday following a massive cardiac arrest, attending doctor Subir Mondal said.

Suchitra Sen: The quintessential enigma despite 59 films
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Bengali celluloid queen Suchitra Sen captivated generations with her beauty, elegance and portrayal of myriad characters, yet remained an enigma despite over three decades of self-imposed reclusion that prompted constant parallels with Hollywood icon Greta Garbo.

Number of children going to private schools goes up in Bihar: Report
Patna,(BiharTimes): The percentage of children going to private schools in Bihar has increased from 5.2 per cent in 2010 to 8.4 per cent in 2013.

District judge Jehanabad forced to take compulsory retirement
Patna,(BiharTimes): The district judge of Jehanabad, Ajay Kumar Srivastava, has been forced to take compulsory retirement after a Patna High Court committee investigating allegations of misconduct against him found the charges to be true.

Nitish inaugurates fully automatic dairy plant in Biharsharif
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday inaugurated the first fully automatic dairy and tetra-packaging project of eastern india at Biharsharif.

Lalu to pen a book
Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad plans to write a book to expose his rivals.

Higher vitamin D good for patients with Parkinson's
New York, Jan 17 (IANS) Healthy vitamin D levels may lead to better memory and depression-free life in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD).

AAP to contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar
Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, party convenor Somnath Tripathy said.


Rahul better PM candidate than Modi: Lalu
Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is a more capable prime ministerial candidate than the "communal" Narendra Modi, RJD leader Lalu Prasad said Thursday.

Lalu opens account on Twitter
Patna,(BiharTimes): After long last Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has opened an account on Twitter.

Former Rajya Sabha MP of RJD joins JD(U)
Patna,(BiharTimes): Just ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha election former Rajya Sabha MP of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Anil Kumar, on Wednesday joined Janata Dal (United) in the presence of chief minister Nitish Kumar and the state party president Bashistha Narain Singh at the Makar Sankranti feast hosted by the latter.

Bihar CM cracks the whip on corrupt officials
Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) Sending out a tough message against corruption, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday ordered dismissal of corrupt officers from service

Bihar's Bodhisatva statue seized in US, returned New York, Jan 15 (IANS) India and the US turned to the gods to ease tensions after their month long diplomatic spat when the US returned three recovered, 'most wanted' stolen antiquities valued at over $1.5 million to India.

Afghan farmers to visit Muzaffarpur, Nalanda districts
Patna,(BiharTimes): Farmers from two provinces of Afghanistan arrived in Patna on Wednesday to interact with their counterparts in Muzaffarpur and Nalanda districts.

CPI (ML) open for tie-up with Aam Admi Party
Patna,(BiharTimes): Disillusioned with the stand of the Left allies, the CPI and CPI(M), the CPI (ML) on Wednesday said it is open for tie up with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Rajya Sabha election to take place on Feb 7
Patna,(BiharTimes): The biennial election to the five Rajya Sabha seats would be held on February 7. According to the Election Commission the notification for the election will be issued on January 21 and nominations can be filed till January 28. The polling will be held on February 7.

Chilly winter can affect the eyes too
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Blurred vision, scratching and burning sensation and irritation in the eye - these are not minor irritants in your daily routine but might be the pointers to a condition called the dry-eye syndrome which plagues many people during an extreme winter.

Three killed in Bihar fair stampede, probe ordered
Patna, Jan 15 (IANS) At least three people were killed and over a dozen injured in a stampede at a fair in Bihar's Banka district, police said Wednesday. A local police official has been suspended and a probe ordered into the incident.

Three hurt as Ramdev supporters, Congressmen clash in Bihar
Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) At least three people were injured Tuesday in a violent clash between yoga guru Baba Ramdev's supporters and Congress workers in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, police said.

Over 90 touts arrested in Bihar
Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) Over 90 touts were arrested in the last three days near government offices in Bihar's twelve districts during special drive to check corrupt practices, police said Tuesday.


Bihar-Jharkhand region once again excels in Income Tax collection
Patna,(BiharTimes): Thanks to increase in the number of searches against tax evaders in the current financial year Bihar-Jharkhand region of Income Tax department has once again registered highest growth in tax collection, compared to other regions in the country.

Jagdish Sharma released from Ranchi jail
Patna,(BiharTimes): After obtaining bail from the Supreme Court the Janata Dal (United) MP from Jehanabad (now disqualified), Jagdish Sharma, was released from the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi on Monday afternoon.

Another ancient varsity's remains found in Bihar
Patna, Jan 14 (IANS) Remains of an ancient university have been discovered in Bihar, which is home to Nalanda and Vikramshila universities, officials Tuesday said.

Rehab, job in Bihar for Bengal gang rape victim's family
Patna, Jan 13 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday assured the parents of the 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped and set ablaze in West Bengal that they will be rehabilitated and a government job provided to her father in Bihar.

Properties of three Bihar blasts suspects attached
Patna/Ranchi, Jan 13 (IANS) Properties of three absconding suspects in the Patna serial blasts have been attached by Bihar and Jharkhand Police, police said Monday.

Eco-Makar Sankranti Celebrated
Patna. 13 Jan: Celebrated in various names, Chura-dahi parv in Bihar, Khichari in UP, Lohri in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, Pedda padunka in AP, Pongal in Tamilnadu, Makara vilakku in Kerala, the festival of the Sun, Makar Sankranti is the only one popular Indian feast based on the Solar Calendar.

In Fiji, monks of Ramakrishna Mission provide succour
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Orange-robed monks of the Ramakrishna Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, in Fiji provide healthcare, education and spiritual guidance not just to those of Indian origin but anybody in need in the South Pacific archipelago nation.

Hazare supporter's family seeks Kejriwal's help Patna, Jan 13 (IANS) Minor children of Dinesh Yadav, who set himself ablaze and died in 2011 in Delhi to support activist Anna Hazare-led anti-graft campaign, Monday appealed to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to help them through their life of misery.

Apollo Hospitals plans to invest Rs 2500-cr in next three years
Kolkata : Apollo Hospitals Group is planning to invest around Rs 2,500 crore during the 2015-18 period.

Shatrughan pays price, excluded from Bihar poll panel
Patna,(BiharTimes): The exclusion of Patna Saheb MP Shatrughan Sinha from the 31-member BJP parliamentary election committee for Bihar has angered his supporters.

JD(U) welcomes Shotgun, BJP hits back Patna,(BiharTimes): Following the exclusion of Patna Saheb MP, Shatrughan Sinha, from the 31-member parliamentary election committee, the Janata Dal (United) on Sunday offered him place in the party.

Muslims in Bihar better off than Dalits, finds survey
Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) The socio-economic condition of Muslims in the state of Bihar is better than that of the state's Dalit Hindus, but worse than upper caste Hindus and Other Backward Castes (OBCs), a survey has found.

Two nabbed in Bihar with Rs.10 lakh in fake notes
Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) A team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested two persons Sunday with Rs.10 lakh in fake currency notes from the Muzaffarpur railway station in Bihar.

BJP wants NHRC to probe Bengal gang rape
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit Sunday approached the National Human Rights Commission seeking a probe into the alleged gang rape and murder of a minor in West Bengal's Madhyamgram town in North 24-Parganas district.

Bihar clerics not to offer funeral prayers for drunkards
Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) Muslim clerics in a Bihar district have decided not to lead or offer namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayers) of drunkards.

Youth shines at National TT as Sanil, Ankita emerge champions
Patna, Jan 12 (IANS) Young paddlers Sanil Shetty and Ankita Das made the Platinum Jubilee year Senior National Table Tennis Championships their own by winning the singles titles at the Patliputra Sports Complex here Sunday.

Fake affidavit in Modi's name to get power connection
Patna, Jan 11 (IANS) A fake affidavit was issued in the name of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Bihar for getting an electricity connection, officials said Saturday.

Cabinet nod for building 131 godowns in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Nitish cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a proposal to construct 131 godowns all over the state to increase foodgrains storage capacity by 5.50 lakh metric tonnes.

BJP flays Abhayanand’s letter on Bihari CRPF officers
Patna,(BiharTimes): A letter from director general of police Abhayanand to his Central Reserve Police Force counterpart requesting him that “CRPF officers belonging to Bihar should not be posted in the state for anti-Naxal operations” has come under strong criticism from the BJP, which termed it as an insult to the Bihari pride.

Nine killed in Mumbai-Dehradun Express blaze
Thane, Jan 8 (IANS) The toll from a fire that engulfed three coaches of the Mumbai-Dehradun express near Dahanu, near Maharashtra-Gujarat border, early Wednesday has risen to nine, officials said.

Priyanka attends Congress meeting, triggers talk of bigger role
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) Priyanka Vadra, sister of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Tuesday attended a meeting of senior party leaders at his house, triggering speculation of her greater involvement in the party ahead of the general elections.

State government seeks more fundd from Finance Commission
Patna,(BiharTimes): Submitting its memorandum to the 14th Finance Commission the state government on Tuesday demanded Rs 63,633.48 crore in Bihar-specific priority areas.

Bihar town deputy mayor held with two call girls
Patna, Jan 7 (IANS) The deputy mayor of Gaya town in Bihar, who was arrested with two minor call girls from a hotel room here, was Tuesday sent to 14 days' judicial custody, police said.

Jathedar, three others injured in clash on Guru Govind Singh birth anniversary
Patna,(BiharTimes): Gyani Iqbal Singh, the jathedar (chief) of Patna Saheb gurdwara, and his son, Guru Prakash Singh and two other persons were injured after a clash broke out over the appointment of his deputy in Patna on Tuesday during the 347th birth anniversary celebrations of the 10th Sikh guru, Govind Singh.

Hang those guilty of gang rape: Bengal girl's family
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The family of a 16-year-old girl who was gang raped and later allegedly set ablaze in Madhyamgram in West Bengal Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and demanded death for the guilty.

Graft in India a worrying factor for diaspora too, says NRI
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) India's biggest problem is corruption, which is a factor worrying its diaspora too, says Udeshwar Kumar Singh from Britain. He runs website to connect with Biharis worldwide, including those transported to Trinidad and Tobago as indentured labour in the 19th century.

Consumers paying power bill in advance may get interest
Patna,(BiharTimes): The electricity distribution companies of Bihar are thinking in terms of giving the consumers interest at par with applicable saving bank rate in nationalized bank if they pay their power bill in advance.

Congress to take final decision on alliance in Bihar on Jan 17 meet
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union surface transport minister Oscar Fernandes on Monday said that a sub-group headed by defence minister A K Antony is looking into the prospect of pre-poll alliance and final decision would be taken by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

RJD leader Pitambar Paswan passes away Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Bihar minister and senior RJD leader, Pitambar Paswan, died at a private nursing home in Patna on Monday. He was 63. He leaves behind wife, two sons and two daughters.


Industry, trade bodies submit joint memorandum to 14th Finance Commission Patna,(BiharTimes): After the political parties, academics and professional organizations it is various trade and industries associations of Bihar, who have taken up the cause of the state.

We are not interfering in West Bengal’s affairs: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday denied that his government is interfering in the affairs of West Bengal by lending help to the family of the gangraped victims, who was set ablaze, in Kolkata by the accused.

Missing schoolgirl: Bihar again asks for CBI probe
Patna, Jan 6 (IANS) The Bihar government Monday again asked for a CBI probe into the abduction of a schoolgirl, four days after her mother sat on a fast-unto-death demanding the recovery of her daughter.

Shatrughan blasts PM for his remarks on Narendra Modi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Patna Saheb MP Shatrughan Sinha on Monday strongly condemned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that Narendra Modi as the prime minister would be disastrous.

AAP’s rented office in Patna in the eye of storm Patna,(BiharTimes): After the joining of Kundan Singh, a notorious outlaw, another controversy grips the Aam Admi Party (AAP).

Parties start gearing up for biennial Rajya Sabha election
Patna,(BiharTimes): The JD(U) and BJP have started gearing up for the biennial election for Rajya Sabha from Bihar as the term of five members is going to end on April 9. The election is likely to be held in March.

Patna at the bottom of liveable city, Mumbai at the top
Patna,(BiharTimes): Patna is at the bottom of the 50 liveable cities of India, while Mumbai is at the top.

Farmers suffering because of absence of full-fledged co-operative minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): Absence of a full-fledged cooperative minister in Bihar, after the sacking of the concerned minister on June 16––as he belonged to the BJP––is causing a lot of problems to the farmers.

Revived Nalanda University to start functioning by February-end
New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) The revived Nalanda University, an international centre of learning coming up in Bihar, is taking a small but positive step towards launching operations from later this year.

Two Maoists killed by Bihar Police
Patna, Jan 5 (IANS) At least two Maoist guerrillas were killed and three seriously injured Sunday in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest area in Bihar's Jamui district, police said.

When the marginalised stand up against prostitution, trafficking
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Fatima Khatoon and Mohammad Kalam have three things in common: they belong to the Nat community, live in red-light areas in Bihar and are fighting against prostitution and human trafficking.

Why is UPSC partial to English, asks Nitish Kumar
Patna, Jan 4 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday questioned the importance given to English in examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), as opposed to Indian languages.


Bihar clerics not to conduct nikah of dowry seekers
Patna, Jan 5 (IANS) Muslim clerics in a Bihar district have said they won't conduct marriage ceremony of those who give or take dowry.

Ban on sand-ming hits construction work in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Thousands of labourers on Saturday staged a protest demonstration near Koilwar bridge on river Sone to press their demand to re-start sand-mining in the state.

Mahavir Mandir Trust plans Ramayan University in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Mahavir Mandir Trust plans to set up Ramayan University in Vaishali district of Bihar. It has acquired about 25 acres of land in Hajipur for the planned university.

Bihar BJP members meet family of Bengal gang rape victim
Kolkata, Jan 4 (IANS) A six-member BJP delegation from Bihar Saturday met the family of the Madhyamgram gang-rape victim, who died earlier this week after she was allegedly set ablaze. The delegation assured the family of legal and financial help.

Man files defamation suit against son for inter-caste marriage
Patna, Jan 4 (IANS) A man in Bihar disowned his son and filed a defamation case against him Saturday for marrying out of caste.

It was like PM's farewell presser: Nitish
Patna, Jan 4 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media interaction a day earlier appeared a farewell press conference.

Manmohan: Making way for Rahul, with a sting in the tail
The only occasion when the prime minister perked up during his otherwise somewhat insipid press conference was when he castigated Narendra Modi in uncharacteristically abrasive terms, thereby giving the latter a taste of his own bitter medicine.

AAP to contest 'maximum' Lok Sabha seats, Kejriwal not to fight
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Giving shape to its national ambitions, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday announced it will contest the "maximum number of seats" in the April-May Lok Sabha polls and most of its candidates were expected to be declared by February-end.

Police raid Bihar official houses yield Rs. 9.6 crore
Patna, (BiharTimes) The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of the Bihar Police on Friday conducted simultaneous raids on mineral development officer Jhakari Ram posted at Sheikhpura and mining inspector Birendra Prasad Yadav posted at Gopalganj on Friday, and recovered unaccounted wealth of around Rs. 9.6 crore.

Patna High Court acquits 14 in Khagaria carnage
Patna, Jan 3 (IANS) The Patna High Court Friday acquitted 14 people accused of massacring 16 farmers in a village in Bihar's Khagaria district in 2009, a government lawyer said.

Protestors in Bihar demand death for Bengal rape accused
Patna, Jan 3 (IANS) Hundreds of people took to streets in Bihar Friday demanding death sentence to the attackers of a 16-year-old girl who was raped and set ablaze in West Bengal, while an ex-gratia payment of Rs.1 lakh was given from the Bihar Chief Minister's Fund to her family.


Bengal hits out at Bihar for compensation to rape victim
Kolkata, Jan 3 (IANS) The West Bengal government Friday accused its counterpart in Bihar of going "beyond its jurisdiction" in giving compensation to the family of the 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped twice and set ablaze.

Manmohan announces retirement, says Modi will be disastrous as PM
New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday declared he will not seek a third term after the national elections in May and launched one of his sharpest attacks on the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, questioning his credentials for the top job.

Navruna’s mother fast unto death enters second day on Friday
Patna,(BiharTimes): When politicians and women’s rights activists are busy condemning the setting ablaze of a 16-year old “Bihar ki beti” (after she was repeatedly gangraped) in Kolkata, the mother of a Bengali girl abducted from her home in Muzaffarpur about 16 months back sat on fast-unto-death on the premises of the Town police station on Thursday to demand the recovery of her 12-year old daughter and CBI probe into the matter.

School-boy pours boiling water on girl’s facePatna,(BiharTimes): A Class X student of Muzaffarpur, Yudhisthir Yadav, poured boiling water on the face of a Class VIII girl just because she had ‘unfriended’ him on the popular social networking website, Facebook.

14th Finance Commission urged to provide higher tax revenue
Patna,(BiharTimes): All mainstream political parties as well as academic and professional organisations have in a joint memorandum urged the 14th Finance Commission to provide higher tax revenue to the state to tide over socio-economic backwardness on long-term basis.

Rs 220.51 crore nod for ISBT in PatnaPatna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Thursday sanctioned Rs 220.51 crore to be given to Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (Buidco) for construction of an inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) at Mauza-Pahari (near Patna-Gaya road), on the south-eastern outskirt of Patna, The amount has been taken as loan from HUDCO.  

Cabinet sanctions Rs 25.88 crore to make ATS functional
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar cabinet on Thursday sanctioned Rs 25.88 crore to purchase equipment and firearms to make Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) functional in Bihar.

NHRC issues notices to Bihar over wages
New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Friday issued notices to the ministry of rural development and chief secretaries of seven states over reports of non-payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Bihar police official to meet Bengal rape victim's family
Patna, Jan 2 (IANS) A top Bihar police official was Thursday sent to Kolkata to meet the family of the 16-year-old girl who died after she was raped twice by a gang and set ablaze, officials said.

Bihar not to slash power rate: Energy minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): The energy minister of Bihar, Bijendra Yadav, on Thursday rejected the demand to slash the power tariff in the state after the new Aam Admi Party government did so soon after coming to power in Delhi.

Opposition asks Nitish to take up Kolkata gangrape victim case with Mamata
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as the opposition parties and women groups have decried the inaction of West Bengal police leading to the setting ablaze of a 16-year old gang-rape victim originally from Samastipur district of Bihar, xhief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs one lakh for her family.

Under pressure from LJP leaders Ram Vilas inches towards JD(U)
Patna,(BiharTimes): Under pressure from the party’s upper caste leaders like Suraj Bhan Singh and Rama Singh and son, Chirag, the Lok Janshakti Party president, Ram Vilas Paswan, may finally join hands with the Janata Dal (United), even if the latter did not rope in the Congress into this combination.

Bihar not to slash power rate: Energy minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): The energy minister of Bihar, Bijendra Yadav, on Thursday rejected the demand to slash the power tariff in the state after the new Aam Admi Party government did so soon after coming to power in Delhi.

Two killed in Bihar firing
Patna, Jan 2 (IANS) Two people, including a police officer, were killed in a firing incident at a Bihar village late Wednesday night, an officer said Thursday.

Nitish continues to be poorer than son, ministerial colleagues
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar continues to be poorer than his 17 ministerial colleagues as well as his own son, Nishant.

Bengal gang rape victim cremated amid political row
Kolkata, Jan 1 (IANS) A 16-year-old girl, who died after she was twice raped by a gang and set ablaze, was Wednesday cremated amid a raging political row over what protestors called police attempt at her "forcible cremation".

December 2013

Another year-end jamboree at Rajgir, but why is BJP silent
Patna,(BiharTimes): Like in the past this time too Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar chose to spend the last few days of the year at Rajgir and toured a few places in its vicinity in Nalanda, his home district.

Lalu Prasad meets Sonia amid alliance talk
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad, out on bail in a corruption case, Tuesday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid speculation over an alliance between the two parties ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Bihar-born educationist named for top British honour
London, Dec 31: Asha Khemka, a Bihar-born educationist in Britain, has been named for the highest British civilian award for women for her services to education.

Aurangabad JD(U) MP calls on Rajnath Singh
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) MP from Aurangabad, Sushil Kumar Singh, created ripples in the political circle when he called on the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on Monday.

Two minor explosions in Bihar, rail services disrupted
Patna, Dec 30 (IANS) Train services were disrupted after two low-intensity bombs exploded near a railway track in Bihar's Katihar district Monday morning, police said, adding that two live bombs had also been recovered near the site.

Lalu in Muzaffarnagar, flays Narendra Modi, praises Rahul
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday met the victims of communal riots of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and appealed to the people to live peacefully.

Nine IAS made principal secretary after six get chief secretary rank
Patna,(BiharTimes): Two days after the promotion of six senior IAS officers to the rank of chief secretary, the departmental promotion committee (DPC) of general administration department (GAD) on Friday cleared the names of nine IAS officers for their promotion to the rank of principal secretary. Besides, five other officers were posted to the rank of secretary.

Nitish under opposition fire after refusing to cover head while entering Gurdwara
Patna,(BiharTimes): By not covering his head while entering Bal Leela Gurdwara in Patna Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has given enough ammunition to the opposition, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party, to fire.

One more child dies, Bihar encephalitis toll eight
Patna, Dec 30 (IANS) A five-year-old child suspected to have encephalitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the brain, died in Bihar's Araria district Monday taking the toll from this disease to eight in the last 10 days, officials said.

Parents abandon three minor girls in Bihar
Patna, Dec 30 (IANS) Bihar Police Monday found three minor girls abandoned by their parents in a train and handed them over to an NGO.

No alliance with any party in Bihar: BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader, Sushil Kumar Modi, on Saturday ruled out alliance with any party in Bihar.

Sankalp rally in Darbhanga marred by clashes, slogans against Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Sankalp rally of the Janata Dal (United) at Darbhanga was on Saturday disrupted by the party workers, dissidents as well as Kisan Salahkars even as the chief minister Nitish Kumar, party’s national and state ...

Congress, JD(U) reject Raj Kumar Singh’s charges
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union home secretary Raj Kumar Singh’s serious allegations of corruption against UPA government at the Centre and the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar have evoked a sharp reaction from both the Congress and Janata Dal (United) while Rashtriya Janata Dal has demanded an explanation from the state government.

Delhi CM to go without security, but what is the story of Bihar ? The state spends Rs 141.95 crore on VIP security. Not to speak of chief minister even the ministers are protected by 18 security personnel while each legislator by three men. Bihar is the poorest state yet it provides security to 3,591 VIPs, largest number among all states.

Patna celebrates as Kejriwal becomes CM
Patna, Dec 28 (IANS) Hundreds of supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday took out a victory procession here as Arvind Kejriwal became Delhi's new chief minister.

Kejriwal again turns down security cover
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday again turned down request of Delhi Police to provide him security cover.

Kejriwal is Delhi CM, promises alternative politics
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) In a momentous day in Indian politics, Arvind Kejriwal, a 45-year-old Magsaysay Award-winning rights activist and vocal anti-corruption campaigner, became Delhi's seventh, and youngest, chief minister, capping an amazing run that saw him become not just an electoral giant-killer but a major contender in the 2014 general election.

Builders, government hold talks on proposed building by-laws
Patna,(BiharTimes): After a strong protest over the proposed building by-laws the builders on Saturday held talks with the urban development department secretary, S Sidhartha. They later said that the talks were satisfactory and the state government has agreed to look into all the points and suggestions made by them.

Veteran Bollywood actor Farooque Sheikh dead
Mumbai, Dec 28 (IANS) Veteran Bollywood actor Farooque Sheikh died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Dubai late Friday, his long-time co-star and friend Deepti Naval said.

Activist Khurshid Anwar's suicide: Was media trial responsible?
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) The tragic death of Khurshid Anwar, a social activist who committed suicide following rape charges against him, has raised questions about the role of media which highlighted the victim's allegations on TV without bothering to cross-check facts

Sikhs upset as Nitish enters Gurdwara with head not covered
Patna,(BiharTimes): Sikhs of Patna are upset as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar refused to cover his head while visiting Bal Leela Gurdwara.

Kejriwal, cabinet to take oath Saturday in history-making event
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) The stage is set for a new and exciting chapter in India's political history to unfold here as Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who stunned everyone with his party's electoral success, will take oath as Delhi's seventh chief minister along with six ministers at the Ramlila Maidan Saturday.

Rahul unveils five-point agenda for 2014 polls
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday sounded the bugle for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by unveiling his five-point agenda to curb corruption and price rise - two issues that hit the party in the recent assembly polls - after a brainstorming session with senior leaders.

Was shaken by 2002 riots, says Modi; Congress says hypocrisy
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) In his first public statement on the 2002 sectarian riots, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday said he had been "shaken to the core" by the riots. The Congress dismissed it as an "exercise in hypocrisy".

In Jharkhand, Modi will speak with parliament backdrop
Ranchi, Dec 27 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address a rally Sunday in the Jharkhand capital, where a model of the parliament building will form the backdrop, a party leader said Friday.

Andhra speaker in Bihar to study model for bifurcation debate
Hyderabad, Dec 27 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar Friday met his Bihar counterpart in Patna as part of his tour to other states to study the process adopted for conducting debate on bifurcation bills.

Maoists torch five vehicles in Bihar
Patna, Dec 27 (IANS) Maoists set on fire five vehicles of a private construction company in Bihar's Gaya district and assaulted half a dozen staff for not paying levy demanded by them, police Friday said.

Controversy haunts allotment of bungalow to Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Union urban development ministry on Thursday justified its move to reverse the cabinet decision

Antibiotics use in farms creating public health crisis
New York, Dec 26 (IANS) The over-use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries is posing a threat to public health, and the way out is to impose a fee on their "non-human use", says a new paper.

Kejriwal appeals honest officers to approach him
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who will take oath as Delhi's chief minister Dec 28, appealed to all honest officers Thursday to approach him via SMS, emails and letters.

Delhi's power economics not so simple!
Only a proper cost audit by an independent agency, like the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, can ascertain if there is, indeed, scope for a large cut in the capital's power tariff - which the Aam Aadmi Party promises to halve.

Name of one information commissioner to be announced on Dec 27
Patna,(BiharTimes): At a high-level meeting to be chaired by chief minister, Nitish Kumar, and to be attended by the leader of opposition in the state Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav and parliamentary affairs and energy minister, Bijendra Yadav, the name of one information commissioner is likely to be finalized. The meeting is scheduled to take place on December 27.

Four laning of Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the project for the development of four laning of 93 kms. (approximately) long Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section on National Highway-82 in Bihar.

Congress betrayed Bihar on special category status: Nitish Kumar
Patna, Dec 25 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday targeted the Congress for betraying the state on its demand for special category status.

No talk with Ram Vilas, but politics is a game of possibilities: CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday that though there has not been any talk with the Lok Janshakti Party chief, Ram Vilas Paswan, for alliance yet it is a fact that politics is a game of “sambhavna” (possibilities).

Name of one information commissioner to be announced on Dec 27 Patna,(BiharTimes): At a high-level meeting to be chaired by chief minister, Nitish Kumar, and to be attended by the leader of opposition in the state Assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav and parliamentary affairs and energy minister, Bijendra Yadav, the name of one information commissioner is likely to be finalized

Pre-mature to talk about Third Front: Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, said on Wednesday that it would be pre-mature to talk about the formation of the Third Front.

RJD-LJP alliance unbreakable: Ram Kripal
Patna,(BiharTimes): The national general secretary of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Ram Kripal Yadav, on Wednesday said that the RJD-LJP alliance is atut (ubreakable) and there is no crack whatsoever in the combination.

Independent Banka MP Putul Singh to contest on BJP ticket
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Independent MP from Banka, Putul Singh, on Wednesday announced that she would be contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha election on Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.

Bihar town celebrates, its 'Pappu' named Delhi minister
Patna, Dec 25 (IANS) Neighbours, relatives and friends of Somnath Bharti in Bihar's Nawada district Wednesday celebrated the news that their own "Pappu" would soon be a minister in the Delhi government.

Bihar trader, son abducted for Rs.3 million ransom
Patna, Dec 25 (IANS) A trader and his son were abducted in Bihar's Purnea district. The abductors later called the family and made a ransom demand of Rs.30 lakh, police said Wednesday.

I have also been fighting like AAP: Iqbal
New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Reiterating his support to an AAP government, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Shoaib Iqbal Wednesday said he too has been battling corruption for 20 years.

LJP hits back at RJD after Raghuvansh’s statement
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Lok Janshakti Party on Tuesday took strong exception to the statement given by the national vice president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, that the allocation of seats would be decided after assessing potential of the candidates proposed by allies

No question of joining hands with Congress, JD(U): CPI ML
Patna,(BiharTimes): The CPI ML on Tuesday dismissed all talks of joining hands with the Congress and said it would be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats on its own. At the same time it rejected possibility of any tie up with JD(U).

JD(U) denounces Giriraj Singh’s remark on Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) has strongly denounced the statement given by the BJP leader and former minister, Giriraj Singh.

BJP chalks out strategy to convert ‘Narendra Modi wave’ into votes
Patna,(BiharTimes): With a view to converting, what it called the Narendra Modi wave into votes, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday chalked out a plan at the meeting of the party’s in charges of the 40 Lok Sabha and 243 state Assembly constituencies.

Security up in Bihar after Maoist attack warnings
Patna, Dec 24 (IANS) Security has been tightened in prisons and police stations in Bihar following intelligence reports that Maoists could target them, police said Tuesday.

A Christmas Tree that is India's tallest - and growing
Mumbai, Dec 24 (IANS) Gaily decorated with twinkling fairy lights, angels, reindeers and cotton snow, this is one Christmas tree that stands out - and stands tall - in the country.

BJP to launch 'Modi for PM' campaign
New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) Upbeat over the party's recent success in assembly polls in three states, the BJP Tuesday said it will soon launch a "Modi for PM" campaign, aiming to win the required majority of 272 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general elections.

Bihar panchayat bans cell phones for unwed girls
Patna, Dec 25 (IANS) A village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member Wednesday.

Ekla chalo re unsafe in 21st century Bihar politics
Patna,(BiharTimes): The release of the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has not only alarmed the Janata Dal (United) but has also compelled the state unit of the BJP to redraw its strategy and not take things lightly.

Sun rises from the east not west, Nitish told investors
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the sun rises from the east and sets on the west, but some people want it to rise from the west.

Two more children die of encephalitis in Bihar
Patna, Dec 23 (IANS) Suspected encephalitis, which causes irritation and swelling of the brain, claimed the lives of two more children in Bihar's Araria district Monday, taking toll to seven in last four days, officials said.

Kejriwal turns down security cover
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, tipped to be the chief minister of Delhi, Monday turned down the security cover offered to him, a police officer said.

Are AAP's promises practical?
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS)Slashed power bills, a daily supply of 700 litres of water to every household and regularising unauthorised colonies were arguably the three poll promises by the Aam Adami Party (AAP) that caught the people's imagination and helped it reach a position from where it, somewhat unexpectedly, stands to form the government in Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal: From activist to political tsunami
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) For years he slogged among the poorest of the poor in the national capital but remained a largely unknown entity. Arvind Kejriwal, who catapulted to fame when Anna Hazare fasted here for 12 days in 2011, is now set to be Delhi's chief minister.

Left, right, left: Is Nitish marching far too fast?
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United)’s reported move to go for a pre-poll alliance with the Communist Party of India reminds one of the similar steps the party took in the past.

Slipper thrown at Nitish in Begusarai villagePatna,(BiharTimes): An unknown person threw a slipper at the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, at Garhpura village in Begusarai district on Sunday. The chief minister was there to inaugurate several schemes named after the first chief minister of Bihar, Shri Krishna Sinha.

Bihar cops to probe state politician's hand in kidnapping
Patna, Dec 22 (IANS) A team of Bihar Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headed to Daman to probe allegations of a nexus between criminals and a ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader in the abduction for ransom of a Gujarat-based businessman.

AAP says it will form government in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder leader Arvind Kejriwal Monday said they are ready to form the government in Delhi.

One more held in Bihar for Gujarat trader's abduction
Patna, Dec 23 (IANS) One more man was arrested in Bihar for his alleged role in the abduction of a Gujarat-based businessman Oct 29, police said Monday.

State unit asked to prepare for all 40 seats: BPCC chief
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Ashok Chaudhary, reiterated that his party’s central leadership had asked the state unit to make preparations for all the 40 Lok Sabha seats for the coming Lok Sabha election.

Nitish showers praise on first CM Shri Babu
Patna,(BiharTimes): While laying the foundation stone and inaugurating development schemes worth Rs 344.58 crore in the name of Shri Krishna Sinha the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday paid floral tributes to the first chief minister of the state.

BJP, Congress in verbal duel over formation of alliance
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bhuaratiya Janata Party has ridiculed the Congress party’s move to join hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar as well as Aam Admi Party in Delhi.

Narendra Modi to address rallies in Bihar next month
Patna,(BiharTimes): The prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Modi, is likely to address several rallies in Bihar in late January or the first week of February next.

New face of Congress? Case of too little too late?
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The assembly poll debacle appears to have brought an urgency to the Congress and the party has suddenly become pro-active in its avowed goal of heralding changes "beyond imagination".

Cabinet approval for Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor likely in Jan: Sharma
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Commerce and Industry minister Anand Sharma Saturday said he will place the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor project before the cabinet for its approval soon.

US has two sets of laws, one for themselves one for others
Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) India-born US prosecutor Preet Bharara has thrown the book at an Indian diplomat over alleged visa fraud in the name of equality before law, "no matter how powerful, rich or connected they are." Contrast this with the lengths Uncle Sam has gone to save the skin of its diplomats and non-diplomats alike accused of exploiting their domestic help, or even rape, murder and worse.

Nitish wakes up to Lalu reality
Patna,(BiharTimes): In a significant departure from the recent past the Bihar chief minister on Saturday chose to train his gun more on Rashtriya Janata Dal and its supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav than on the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.
Discontentment creeps into Bihar AAP even as organisational structure comes into being
Patna,(Bihartimes): The formal organisational structure of Bihar unit of Aam Admi Party was finalized on Thursday with the appointment of zonal heads for all four zones in which it has been divided.

Cabinet approval for Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Corridor likely in Jan: Sharma
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Commerce and Industry minister Anand Sharma Saturday said he will place the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor project before the cabinet for its approval soon.

Bihar acts against five officials for complacency Patna, Dec 21 (IANS) Bihar has initiated action against five senior officials for complacency in implementation of welfare schemes, state Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra said Saturday.

Raghuvansh seeks action against Bihar minister for violating law
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union minister and senior RJD leader, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, on Saturday sought immediate legal action against the transport minister of Bihar, Brishen Patel, for violating the law while going to attend the Sankalp rally of the Janata Dal (United) in Muzaffarpur.

Labourers accuse JD(U) leader for not paying money to attend Sankalp rally
Patna,(BiharTimes): Hundreds of labourers accused a local Janata Dal (United) leader of Muzaffarpur, Asghar Ansari, for cheating them and not paying them the amount promised to attend the Sankalp rally of the party in the town on Saturday.

As Lalu flies to New Delhi Nitish says Congress-RJD alliance will have no impact
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav reached New Delhi on Friday to hold talks on alliance with the Congress high command Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna that the RJD-Congress alliance would not have any impact on the poll prospect of the Janata Dal (United).

Gujarat trader's abduction: Probe into JD-U leader's alleged role
Patna, Dec 20 (IANS) Bihar Police's Criminal Investigation Department Friday began a probe into the alleged role of a ruling Janata Dal-United leader in the abduction of a Gujarat-based businessman, released after paying Rs.25 crore in ransom.

NHRC seeks report from Bihar over toxic midday meal
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission Friday sought a report from Bihar government after 55 school children fell ill after a midday meal in a school.

10,000 pouches of local-made liquor seized in Bihar
Patna, Dec 19 (IANS) An illegal liquor factory was busted in Bihar's Bhagalpur district amd nearly 10,000 pouches of local-made liquor seized, an official said Thursday.

RJD working to ensure Raj Kumar Singh’s defeat in Lok Sabha election
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Rashtriya Janata Dal is out to teach the former Union home secretary, Raj Kumar Singh, a lesson as he had on December 13 joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

26-year old assault charge framed against Shyam Rajak
Patna,(BiharTimes): Charges of assaulting policemen more than 26 years ago were framed against the Bihar food minister, Shyam Rajak, in the Fast Track Court of Patna, Pervez Alam, on Thursday.

Patna, Bodh Gaya serial-bomb blasts solved: Sushil Kumar Shinde
Patna,(BiharTimes): Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Thursday that the bomb blasts in Patna, Bodh Gaya and Bangalore, which took place earlier this year, have been solved.

Nitish orders probe into payment of Rs 25 crore as ransom for release of Gujarat businessman Patna,(BiharTimes): The abduction and subsequent release of Mohammad Sohail (22) after the payment of Rs 25 crore as ransom money took a new twist with the chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday asking the police to go into the bottom of the fact and do not spare anyone whosoever he is.

Will work for strong secular formation: Lalu Prasad
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Wednesday said he would work hard for a strong secular formation to defeat communal forces in the 2014 general elections.

Jharkhand police orders probe into pouring of water on Lalu’s feet by police officer
Patna,(BiharTimes): Jharkhand police on Wednesday ordered a probe into reports and photos appearing in media, which showed a sub-divisional rank police officer pouring water from a mug on Lalu Prasad’s feet and another policeman carrying his slippers while he was entering a temple after the release from Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi on Monday.

Myth exploded: Big rise in crime against women in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): Workplaces in Bihar are increasingly becoming unsafe for women and crime against them has risen much sharply in the recent years.
Conjoined twins in Bihar critically ill
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Saba and Farah, who are joined at the heads, were Wednesday admitted to a hospital here in a critical condition for the second time in five days, family sources said.

Relatives of Bihar twin massacres victims to move SC
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The relatives of those killed in the Bhatani Tola and the Laxmanpur Bathe massacres in Bihar will appeal in the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court verdict acquitting all the accused.

The case of the missing Indian housemaid
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Where is Sangeeta Richard, the nanny at the centre of the controversy surrounding the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York, that has sparked a major diplomatic row between India and the US?

Now, country empowered to tackle graft: Hazare
Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra), Dec 18 (IANS) An overjoyed social activist Anna Hazare hailed the passage of the Lokpal bill in parliament Wednesday and said "we will be able to do something for the society and country".

Parliament finally passes Lokpal bill
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Parliament Wednesday passed the Lokpal bill that provides for formation of an anti-graft ombudsman.

Bihar rights panel orders action in Nepal politician's death
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has ordered action against two state police officials for the detention and subsequent death of a Nepali politician in a shootout, an official said Wednesday.

Nearly 1,100 tortoises seized in Bihar
Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) A man was arrested in Bihar for smuggling nearly 1,100 tortoises from Gaya district, a police officer said Wednesday.

Bihar cabinet reduces response time for various services
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar cabinet on Tuesday reduced the response time for various services, including residential certificates, caste certificates, police verification for passport, and driving licences, under the Right to Public Service Act.

Cabinet nod for Bihar Private University Rules Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the Bihar Private University Rules, 2013 for setting up private universities in the state.

Much delayed Lokpal bill gets Rajya Sabha approval
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha Tuesday finally passed the much delayed Lokpal bill, paving the way for setting up an ombudsman to battle corruption in the government and among public servants.
Salient features of Lokpal bill

Nitish welcomes Communal Violence Bill, but welcomes political dialogue
Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday welcomed the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, but insisted on a political dialogue with states before finalising it.

Tejaswi not yet 25 years old: Lalu
Patna,(BiharTimes): Released RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday made it clear that his younger son, Tejaswi, would not be contesting from Saran Lok Sabha seat in 2014 as he would be 25 years old on November 25, 2014. A person less than 25 years of age can not contest the Lok Sabha or Assembly election.

Magadh Mahila College students win battle, but partially feel some
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state government on Monday conceded to one of the main demands of the students of Magadh Mahila College by agreeing not to block its entry. The decision followed a meeting held between a delegation of students and the chief secretary, Ashok Kumar Sinha, whose office later released a Press statement on Monday evening in this regard.

Shinde’s criticism on Maoists’ issue one-sided: CM
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the criticism of the state government by Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for its failure to tackle Maoists’ problem was one sided and not based on objective analysis.

Tough-talking India retaliates diplomatically against envoy's humiliation
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A new tough-talking India Tuesday upped the ante against the US, seeking an "unconditional apology" over the arrest and humiliating strip-search of its ranking diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York and also took a slew of steps to pare down the privileges of American diplomats here in a retaliatory measure.

55 students fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar Patna, Dec 17 (IANS) At least 55 children fell ill Tuesday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar, officials said. The students are now out of danger.

Eat less, never think you are old: Advani
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Hear your inner voice, eat less and never think you are old, is what Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Advani said are the three lessons he has learnt from life.

Free after 76 days, Lalu set to return to Bihar
Ranchi/Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, jailed 76 days ago in the fodder scandal, Monday walked out of Ranchi's prison on bail Monday -- and prepared to return to Bihar Tuesday.

Lalu’s release: Nitish scampers for safety but without BJP’s cover
Patna,(BiharTimes): The release of Lalu Yadav on December 16 has, after a long time, given the rank and file of Rashtriya Janata Dal an occasion to celebrate. The party has got an opportunity to motivate its workers and bring new life to the organization, which was in a state of stupor.

JD-U to support Lokpal Bill: Nitish Kumar
Patna, Dec 16 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday said his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will support the Lokpal Bill in parliament.

Don’s JD(U) membership cancelled within days of joining party
Patna,(BiharTimes): A couple of days after several dissident leaders of Janata Dal (United) from Muzaffarpur registered their protest before chief minister Nitish Kumar the party on Sunday decided to cancel the membership of controversial don Rakesh Kumar alias Chunnu Thakur.

Bihar to confiscate properties of 47 Maoists
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) Bihar has initiated the process to confiscate the properties of 47 Maoists, a police official said Sunday.

Stand of party MPs Shatrughan Sinha, Uday Singh on Lalu befuddles BJP
Patna,(Bihar): The Patna Saheb MP, Shatrughan Sinha, and Purnea MP Uday Singh on Sunday caused a lot of embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party by openly differing with the party’s established stand on conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in foddefr scam case.

Maoists threaten Asaram Bapu's ashram in Bihar
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) After routinely targeting security forces and the railways, Maoists in Bihar's Aurangabad district Sunday threatened to attack the ashram of Asaram Bapu, jailed controversial spiritual leader charged with rape, police said.

Bodh Gaya bombing is a warning, says Buddhist leader
Kathmandu, Dec 15 (IANS) The foremost leader of a Buddhist sect says the Bodh Gaya bombing in India "is a kind of warning" and Buddhists around the world will have to be careful.
Bihar cabinet to okay new building bylaws in coming January
Patna,(BiharTimes): Urban Development and Housing Department Secretary S Siddharth said that the new building bylaws of Bihar are all set to come into operation after the state cabinet gives approval to it next month. The new bylaws would regulate the construction of buildings and apartments in areas governed by various urban local bodies.

Nitish bridges Mithilanchal gap caused by river Kosi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated 3.59-km-long bridge over river Kosi connecting Baluaha Ghat to Gandaul in Saharsa district.

Broomed Congressmen take up cleanliness drive in Patna
Patna,(BiharTimes): Broomed out of power in Delhi by Aam Admi Party a large number of Congress leaders and workers led by the state party chief Ashok Kumar Chaudhary on Sunday took up cleanliness drive at two kilometre long stretch between Sadaqat Ashram and Rajapul and other localities of Patna.

Nitish assures Jagan Mohan over division of Andhra Pradesh
Patna,(BiharTimes): YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to seek his support against the division of Andhra Pradesh and creation of separate Telangana state.

Rahul gives push to Lokpal bill, BJP blames government for delay
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday sought give a big political push for the passage of the Lokpal bill, even as the UPA government's outside supporter Samajwadi Party indicated its opposition and the main opposition BJP said it was prepared to get the bill passed even without discussion.

Sting operation embarrasses candidate-short JD(U), BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): The leadership of Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party are contemplating action against their MPs after they were caught on camera willing to write recommendation letters for a fictitious foreign oil company at a price.

Karmapa begins prayer for world peace at Bodh Gaya
Patna, Dec 14 (IANS) The 17th Karmapa, spiritual head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhists, Saturday began the Kagyu-Moenlam prayer amid tight security at Bodh Gaya, considered the birthplace of Buddhism, in Bihar, police said.

Patna zoo chimps lick Chyavanprash, love it
Patna, Dec 14 (IANS) Chimpanzees at a zoo here are being fed Chyavanprash, a widely used herbal tonic, to help them battle the winter chill. And the chimps are loving it.

JD(U) leaders opposed to induction of criminals call on Nitish
Patna,(BiharTimes): Half a dozen Janata Dal (United) leaders of Muzaffarpur called on chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday evening and registered their strong opposition to the joining of the party by the people having criminal antecedants.

R K Singh was offered post of infrastructure advisor by Nitish, but joins BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union home secretary, Raj Kumar Singh, who was offered the post of infrastructure advisor to the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on Friday evening joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi in the presence of the party’s national president, Rajnath Singh.

AAP seeks 10 days from LG
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party Saturday sought 10 days time from Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to take a decision regarding government formation in Delhi.

18 issues raised in AAP letter to Sonia, Rajnath
The 18 issues pertaining to the common man raised in Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's letter to the Congress and the BJP chiefs.

Lalu to be freed, parties look at new equations in Bihar
Patna/New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, jailed two months ago on corruption charges, triggering celebrations and speculation about new political equations in Bihar

Case filed against Magadh Mahila College girl students, teachers
Patna,(BiharTimes): The water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary informed the state Asssembly on Thursday that the Patna district administration had registered a case against unknown girl students and teachers of Magadh Mahila College for allegedly violating the prohibitory orders, damaging public property and creating hindrance in official functioning during their march to the state Assembly on December 9 last.

SC grants bail to Lalu Prasad
New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS)In a relief to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad, the Supreme Court Friday granted him bail in a fodder scam case.

Rabri thrilled at Lalu's bail, RJD distributes sweets Patna, Dec 13 (IANS) After the Supreme Court Friday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, along with hundreds of RJD leaders and workers, distributed sweets here.

No no-confidence motion against Nitish: BJP
Patna, Dec 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Thursday it has no plans to bring a no-confidence motion against the Bihar government.

The DM who got Advani arrested to join BJP
Patna,(BiharTimes): Former Union Home Secretary, Raj Kumar Singh, who as the district magistrate of Samastipur was instrumental in the arrest of Lal Krishna Advani, will on Friday afternoon join the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose prime ministerial candidate now is Narendra Modi.

Tribal killed, 14 policemen injured in Bihar clash
Patna, Dec 12 (IANS) A tribal was killed and 14 police personnel were injured Thursday in a clash between hundreds of armed tribals and police in Bihar's Purnea district, officials said.

Bihar to have 5,300 MW of electricity by August 2015: Minister
Patna,(BiharTimes): Power miniter Bijendra Yadav on Thursday reiterated that the state would become self-sufficent in electricity sector by August 2015.

BJP disrupts Bihar assembly, wants CBI probe in Patna blasts
Patna, Dec 12 (IANS) The Bihar assembly proceedings were disrupted Thursday by the opposition BJP which demanded CBI probe into the Patna serial blasts ahead of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally Oct 27.

Shinde defends letter to Nitish after JD(U) MPs create scene in Lok Sabha
Patna,(BiharTimes): After strong protest in Lok Sabha by the Janata Dal (United) MPs the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shindeon Thursday defended his letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The said letter pointed out the failure of the Bihar government in fighting the Maoists’ menace.

Bihar Police has no proof of terror-link of Ayesha, four Lakhisarai men: Report
Patna,(BiharTimes): A month after the arrest of four men from Lakhisarai in Bihar on Hawala charges to be followed by that of Ayesha Bano and her husband Zubair from Mangalore the Bihar Police is yet get any evidence linking the accused to any terror outfit or even the fund transfers to any act of terror.

Nitish asks officials to pay respect to Mayor, elected representatives
Patna,(BiharTimes): The occasion was the inauguration of five schemes of urban development and housing department worth Rs 1,400 crore and launch of road maintenance policy of the road construction department at Samvad Bhavan on Wednesday.

Shinde flays Bihar government for rise in Maoists’ violence
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Union government has criticized the Bihar government for what it said its failure to control Maoists insurgency in the state.

Nitish denies report of JD(U) engineering defection from RJD
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday strongly denied a report that his party was trying to engineer defection from Rashtriya Janata Dal to secure majority in the Assembly. At present JD(U) is surving on the support of four Congress and Independents legislators each.

BJP is 'nakli' opposition, RJD is real: Nitish
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday termed friend-turned-foe BJP as a "nakli (fake) opposition" and said the real opposition was the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Sushil Modi asks Nitish not to make Gyan Bhawan row a prestige issue with MMC students
Patna,(BiharTimes): Without denying the chief minister’s statement that the BJP, as an alliance partner, was very much a part of the decision taken to construct convention centre, Gyan Bhawan, near Magadh Mahila College and Women’s Training College former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday asked Nitish Kumar not to make the matter a prestige issue.

Stunned in four states, Congress fears 2014
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Congress leaders across India are virtually in mourning after the humiliating defeat in four states, with many admitting the rout has rattled the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Homosexuality an offence, says Supreme Court
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) In a jolt to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders, the Supreme Court Wednesday held that consensual sex between adults of the same gender is an offence

Bihar to construct world class cricket stadium
Patna, Dec 11 (IANS) An international cricket stadium will be constructed at Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, which will fulfil the much awaited dream of cricket fans here to watch world class cricket in the state, an official said Sushil Modi asks Nitish not to make Gyan Bhawan row a prestige issue with MMC studentsWednesday.

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When friends BJP leaders donated generously to JD(U)’s coffer
Patna,(BiharTimes):  A friend in need is a friend indeed, goes the saying. Whatever be the relationship between the ruling Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party today till a couple of years back many saffron party leaders used to generously donate money to the coffer of the former.

BJP to press CM to answer questions in Assembly
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not accept answers from other ministers to queries directed at departments the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, is holding in the coming Winter Session of the state Assembly.

Organic Harvest Festival at Tarumitra
Patna. 5 Dec: Marking the end of the month long harvesting of the Organic Rice, Tarumitra students from five large schools gathered to celebrate a Threshing Festival in Digha. Cultivating Organic rice varieties of Mirchaiya, Manipuri and Jhilli for the second consecutive year

Life-term to giant-killer ex-RJD MP Patna,(BiharTimes): The life term given to former MP, Vijay Krishna, his son, Chanakya Singh alias Guddu, and two of his close associates Umesh and Gagan in Satyendra Kumar Singh murder case is a classic case of intra-Janata Dal (United) quarrel, which had a gory end.

Bihar's Rajgir town declared polythene-free zone
Patna, Dec 4 (IANS) Rajgir, a Buddhist pilgrim town and a tourist destination in Bihar, has been declared a polythene-free zone after visitors complained of rampant littering and a dirty environment.

Cabinet sanctions Rs 281.24 crore for new police headquarters building
Patna,(BiharTimes): The state cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to Rs 281.24 crore for the construction of a new police headquarters building near Bailey Road in Patna.

BJP rally near Jharkhand village of Patna blast accused?
Ranchi, Dec 4 (IANS) The Jharkhand unit of the BJP Wednesday is planning to hold a rally by the party's prime minister candidate Narendra Modi Dec 29 at a ground in Ranchi close to the village from which two accused in the Patna blasts hail.

Nitish blasts Narendra Modi for raising Article 370, reiterates JD(U)’s stand
Patna,(BiharTimes): Reiterating his party’s stand on Article 370 Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday strongly criticized BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, and accused him and the saffron party of trying to divide the country over “well-accepted special status,” of Jammu and Kashmir.

Asaram Bapu's son arrested with four accomplices
Chandigarh, Dec 4 (IANS) On the run for the past 58 days, Narayan Sai, son of spiritual guru Asaram Bapu who has been arrested on charges of sexual assault, was arrested alongwith his four accomplices Wednesday, police sources said here.

Kidnapping ganglord joins Janata Dal(U)Patna,(BiharTimes): Keeping up with the trend notorious don Rakesh Kumar alias Chunnu Thakur, the prime accused in the infamous Kislay Kaushal kidnapping case joined the Janata Dal (United) with much
fanfare on Sunday.

Bihar govt attaches property of 21 MaoistsPatna,(BiharTimes): The Bihar government has attached the property of 21 Maoists under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Most of these properties were attached in the Maoist-affected Aurangabad district, where the Naxals killed seven former Ranvir Sena men in a landmine explosion in Obra block a few weeks back

Actor Rajpal Yadav sent to 10 days' judicial custody New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday sent Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav to 10 days' judicial custody for making misleading statements in court in a recovery suit of Rs.5 crore filed against him and his wife by a Delhi entrepreneur.

Voting begins for Delhi assembly New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Voting began at 8 a.m. Wednesday to decide the fate of 810 candidates contesting for the 70-member Delhi assembly in what is being seen as a largely triangular contest between the ruling Congress, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and new entrant Aam Aadmi Party.

Seven policemen killed in Bihar attack
Patna, Dec 3 (BiharTimes) At least seven policemen were killed Tuesday in an ambush by Maoists in Aurangabad district of Bihar, police said.

Bihar planning to distribute tablets to three crore BPL girls, women
Patna,(BiharTimes): In what many may interprete as an election-eve exercise the Bihar government on Monday said it was considering a plan to distribute tablets to three crore girls and women living below poverty line. The aim of this massive programme is to educate them to get literate.

NTPC Barh to start power generation from January
Patna,(BiharTimes): The first Unit of Stage-II of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Barh appears all set to start commercial generation by next month as state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, a power equipment firm, commissioned its first 660-MW super critical thermal unit on Saturday night. Out of 660MW, Bihar, as per the latest arrangement with the Centre, will get 330 MW.

Nitish’s statement on killings stirs hornet’s nest Patna,(BiharTimes): “Bhai yah to hoga, murder ke peeche koi motive hota hai.”(This will take place. There is always a motive behind the murder). This statement of Nitish Kumar made at the Press conference on Monday stirred the hornet’s nest with the BJP leaders questioning as to how a chief minister of the state can say so.

“Micro, Small and Medium enterprises needs more attention”
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which, in spite of being universally regarded as the engine of economic growth, and key instruments for promoting equitable development and employment generation, are facing the problem of proper funding from banks.
Bihar entrepreneur brings International Monastery from USA to India
Patna,(BiharTimes)::Siddhant Vats, a young leading entrepreneur who is a big role model for many young minds across the world brings the Buddhist WAT LAO INTERNATIONAL MONASTERY from USA to BIHAR. Siddhant is the Co-Founder & CMO of Androidly Systems and has been credited to make the World’s First Android Smartwatch along with Apurva Sukant.

Bihar government gets ultimatum over doctor's killing
Patna, Dec 2 (IANS) Two groups of doctors here have given the state government till Wednesday to nab the assailants of a doctor killed late Saturday, failing which they might call an indefinite strike.

Doctor shot dead in Patna
Patna, Dec 1 (IANS) A doctor was shot dead here by unidentified men, police said Sunday.

Migrants not a liability for Delhi: Nitish Patna,(BiharTimes): Campaigning essentially in Bihari concentrated Assembly constituencies for the second day on Sunday Chief Minister Nitish Kumar highlighted the sharp contrast in two Delhis––one meant for rich and affluent and other for poor and downtrodden.

JD(U) accuses Sushil Modi of siding with shopkeepers
Patna,(BiharTimes): Even as shopkeepers of Exhibition Road, Station Road, New Dak Bungalow Road, Raja Market etc downed their shutters for the third consecutive day on Sunday the Janata Dal (United) alleged that the tax collection was less in non-corporate sector during Sushil Kumar Modi’s tenure as deputy chief minister-cum-finance minister.

Political parties got Rs 112 crore as donation in 2010 Assembly election in Bihar
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Congress party got the maximum donation for the 2010 Assembly election in Bihar to be followed by the BJP and other regional parties.

Nitish inaugurates school, ITI, hospital in ancestral village
Patna,(BiharTimes): On the occasion of the death anniversary of his father, Kaviraj Ram Lakhan Singh, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday inaugurated projects worth Rs 8.95 crore to his ancestral village Kalyanbigaha in Harnaut block of Nalanda district.

Panchayat orders boycott of murder accused families in Bihar
Patna, Dec 2 (IANS) A village panchayat in Bihar Monday ordered social boycott of four men accused of abducting and killing a five-year-old-boy in Gopalganj district.

BHEL commissions first supercritical thermal unit in Bihar
New Delhi Dec 1 (IANS) State-run equipment major BHEL Sunday commissioned its first 660-MW supercritical thermal unit at NTPC's Barh power plant in Bihar.

NIA to seize IM operative Tahseen Akhtar's property
Patna, Dec 1 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to seize the property of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, accused of involvement in bomb blasts, after he failed to surrender within the stipulated deadline, police said Sunday.

Maoists attack train in Bihar, three killed
Patna, (BiharTimes) Three Government Railway Police personnel were killed and two seriously injured in an attack on an intercity train at Jamalpur in Munger district of Bihar Saturday.

Shopkeepers down shutters for second day on Saturday in protest against alleged police action Patna,(BiharTimes): Shops in Exhibition Road, Bhattacharya Road, Dak Bungalow Road, Raja Market and Station Road were closed for the second day on Saturday in protest against the alleged high-handedness of sales tax officers and police. The shop-keepers have given a call of 72 hours strike.

Nine Eden Transport buses seized by district transport office
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Patna district transport office seized nine buses of Eden Transport Private Limited on Friday for its failure to pay royalty to Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC). Incidentally, the buses were flagged off by none else but the chief minister Nitish Kumar a couple of years back. The vehicles were attached on the directive of the court of Patna divisional commissioner

Bihar battle shifts to Delhi as BJP, Congress, JD(U) leaders hit campaign trail
Patna,(BiharTimes): The verbal duel among political parties of Bihar has shifted to Delhi as senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Janata Dal (United) from the state have ...


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