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BJP picks Shahnawaz as Bihar MLC candidate
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

His nomination to the state’s Upper House is near certain with the ruling NDA having sufficient numbers in the Legislative Assembly — 125 seats in a House of 243.

JD(U) may get 50% share in cabinet berths
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

The much-awaited cabinet expansion is likely anytime now.

IndiGo staffer’s killing: Cops probe business angle
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Singh (38) was shot dead on Tuesday outside his residence in Patna. The Opposition has targeted the Nitish Kumar government over the incident.

Former MLA Umesh Kushwaha appointed Bihar JD(U) president
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The elevation of low-profile Vaishali leader to the post of the state president has come as a surprise to many as he was not counted among even second-rung JD(U) leaders.

‘Fake’ degree probe in Bihar: For 53,000 contract teachers, ‘last chance’ to prove degrees real
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

The degrees of more than 1.10 lakh teachers have been under scrutiny of the Vigilance Investigation Bureau (VIB) since 2014 after a Patna High Court direction.

Weeks after Arunachal manoeuvres, BJP reaches out to placate JD(U)
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

“There could be 10 ministers from BJP and seven from JD(U). There is no call yet on giving additional ministerial berths to HAM(S) and VIP,” a BJP source said.

Facing high drop-out rate, Bihar to track each student till UG level
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The Education Department has identified four points where children tend to drop out from school — after Class 5 and Class 8, when a student has to change from primary to secondary and from secondary to higher secondary classes, respectively; as well as after the Class 10 and Class 12 boards.

Bihar: Jitan Ram Manjhi claims another minister, MLC berth for party
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Manjhi's son Santosh Kumar Suman is already a minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government, and the party has four MLAs in the Assembly, including the former CM.

‘Portal down since 2017, no report in 4 yrs’: RTI activists meet Bihar info panel officials
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

A delegation of RTI activists on Monday met the BSIC’s top functionaries to discuss their concerns. “There are over 20,000 pending cases, including over 6,000 of second appeals.

‘Since Feb ’18, no action on violence against Bihar RTI activists’
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

"When I sought information of the status of cases against activists, I was told that 184 of 213 cases have been disposed of. But I was not told what action was taken against officials and people responsible for harassing them,” said RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai.

Annual asset declaration: Bihar CM son richer than him, deputy CM car lover, another deputy arms lover
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad owns four vehicles including an Innova and Scorpio. His wife has commercial land worth Rs 30 lakh in Katihar.

Bihar covid polls: ‘Toughest assignment… When it ended, I felt like I had won a trophy’
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Despite the pandemic, Bihar saw a good voter turnout and recorded polling of over 57 per cent. More than seven crore single-use gloves, over seven lakh units of hand sanitisers, and about six lakh PPE kits were procured for the polls.

Nitish dismisses RJD leader’s claim on 17 JD(U) legislators
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

The JD (U) has 43 MLAs in the 243-member Assembly. The NDA currently holds 125 seats in the Assembly, while the RJD, the Congress and the Left parties hold 75 and 19 seats and 16 seats, respectively.

RJD fishes in Bihar’s troubled waters, talks of Nitish Kumar for PM in 2024
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Maintaining that they are keeping a close eye on the developments in Bihar, senior RJD leaders said it is “clear that the BJP is asserting its authority” over Nitish Kumar in the Bihar alliance as well.

‘Will not impact Bihar alliance’: Sushil Modi on JD(U) MLAs joining BJP in Arunachal Pradesh
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Sushil Modi further added that Nitish Kumar did not want to be the chief minister after the Bihar poll results. "In the end, he accepted to become the CM on request of JDU, BJP, and VIP leaders," he added.

Nitish Kumar gives JD(U) charge to RCP Singh, says he wants to focus on governance
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Nitish Kumar, who had been holding the position of the party’s national president, said he wanted to focus on governance.

Explained: Who is RCP Singh, the new JD(U) national president?
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Why did Nitish Kumar choose RCP Singh ahead of others? Does it mean RCP is heir to Nitish Kumar? What electoral value does he have?

After JD(U)’s jolt in Arunachal, Bihar BJP leader says Nitish must leave home dept
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

The Bihar CM holds charge of home, general administration, vigilance and general administration departments.

In Arunachal, 6 JD(U) MLAs switch to BJP
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

The JD(U) -- BJP’s alliance partner in Bihar -- has reacted sharply, calling the move “unfriendly”. The party is likely to discuss the matter at its upcoming national executive on December 27 in Patna.

JD(U) set to contest 2021 Bengal elections
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

The JD(U) is scheduled to hold its national executive meeting on December 27 in Patna after formally meeting its leaders the day before.

Congress rudderless, Rahul lacks capacity to inspire: RJD leader
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

It is important for Congress to emerge as an alternative to BJP for sake of democracy,” RJD national vice-president and former MP Shivanand Tewari said.

Repeal law on liquor prohibition: Bihar Congress
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Pointing out the revenue loss for the fund-starved state, Ajit Sharma wrote, “There has been loss of Rs 4,000 crore-Rs 5,000 crore to the state exchequer because of the prohibition. Liquor mafia would be earning twice the amount.”

BJP asserts in alliance, Bihar to get cattle institute
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

This came a day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar agreed to merge his combined development scheme Saat Nischay-II with BJP's Atmanirbhar Bihar.

Bihar struggles with electricity theft, non-payment of dues, finds study
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

The study said "customers on average received about 17 hours of electricity in a day, and many paid less than 20 per cent of their share. Most strikingly, the areas that paid more didn't necessarily get more power."

Sushil in Rajya Sabha, veterans on panels, BJP may induct young leaders in Bihar Cabinet
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

According to BJP sources, Nitish Mishra, Nitin Navin, Sanjeev Chourasia and Samrat Choudhary are among the younger crop of leaders who could get a seat in the next Cabinet expansion.