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  • Four Under-trial Prisoners Escape from Patna City Court

    Cops gather outside Behavioral Court in Patna City following the escape of four under-trial prisoners on Friday morning.

    Patna: In a major embarrassment for the Patna police, four under-trial prisoners escaped from the Patna City Behavioral Court lock-up on Friday morning despite the presence of dozens of cops in the premises.

  • Three Dead following Naxal Assault on Dhanbad-Patna Train

    Maoists assault on Dhanbad Patna Intercity Express on Thursday.

    Patna: Suspected Maoist extremists in Jamui district on Thursday stopped a train and killed three passengers while injuring several others in an attempt to terrorize innocent travelers and make their presence felt in the state.

  • Nalanda University to be Eco-Friendly

    Architect's vision of the proposed Nalanda University in Rajgir.

    Patna: The architect of the master plan of the proposed Nalanda University in Rajgir, Dr. B. V. Doshi, while talking to students at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Patna on Wednesday, said the new campus would be extremely 'eco-friendly' that would exploit natural resources like solar energy and rain water to power the entire facility.

  • Progress in Agricultural Road Map ahead of Deadline

    Nitish attends agriculture cabinet meet in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a meeting of the Agricultural Cabinet of his administration in Patna on Wednesday, announced the state's decision to raise the capital subsidy for the food and agricultural sector by making amendments in the current agricultural policies.

  • Raids at Two Government Officials' Residences

    Raid at the house of Motor Vehicle Inspector Bhubaneshwar Prasad Singh in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Economic Offences Unit (EOU) officials in Patna on Tuesday raided the house of Motihari district Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) Bhubaneshwar Prasad Singh on Road Number 8 in Hanuman Nagar and found properties in excess of Rs. 82 lakh, much higher than his known sources of Income.

  • Exhibition on Future Campus of Nalanda University

    Architect's rendition of the proposed Nalanda University in Rajgir.

    Patna: Vastu Shilpa Consultants, chosen out of dozens of prominent architectural companies to build the much-anticipated Nalanda University in Rajgir, is holding an exhibition of its drawings that offer a glimpse of the campus as it would appear after its completion in 2014.

  • RJD Leaders Celebrate Lalu's 66th Birthday in his Absence

    RJD leaders in Patna celebrate Lalu Prasad Yadav's 66th birthday on Tuesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) operatives in Patna on Tuesday celebrated the 66th birthday of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav by cutting a cake said to weigh 66 pounds.

  • Shatru Blames Party Leaders for Overreaching

    BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha slams party leaders for sidelining L. K. Advani.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP from Patna Saheb, Shatrughan Sinha, speaking to reporters in Patna on Monday, said that over-reaching on part of some leaders within the BJP led to the resignation of party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani from all party positions.

  • Five Women, including Two Girls, Crushed by Speeding Car

    Police seizes the abandoned car that killed five women in a road accident on Monday.

    Patna, June 10: In what appears to be a frequent occurrence in Bihar, an out of control driver of a speeding car mowed over a group of daily wage workers near Azimchak under Gaurichak police station in Patna on Monday killing five women on the spot and sending three others to a local hospital battling for their lives.

  • JD-U to Make its Stand Clear on BJP Soon: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar talking to reporters in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, talking to reporters after his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, said that the Janata Dal – U would soon make its stand clear on the sudden development within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally of the JD-U in Bihar, that led to the selection of Narendra Modi as the party's campaign chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and the dramatic resignation of senior party leader Lal Krishna Advani from all party posts.

  • Muzaffarpur Native gets Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award 2013

    Pankhuri Sinha of Muzaffarpur to receive high honors.

    Patna: Pankhuri Sinha has been selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for the year 2013.

  • Patna Youth to represent India at IMO 2013 in Colombia

    Shubham Sinha of Patna headed to Math Olympiad in Colombia.

    Patna: Shubham Sinha - a rising Patna boy is representing India at the 54th International Mathematics Olympiad in Santa Marta, Colombia. He is also representing India at the 37th Prof. Harry Messel International Science School at University of Sydney, Australia in which students from all over the world would be participating and competing.

  • Husband Hires Goons to Kill Wife; Five Arrested

    SSP Manu Maharaj holding a press conference following the arrest of five contract killers in Patna on Friday night.

    Patna: In a shocking event, authorities in Patna on Friday night arrested five contract killers who had been hired by a Supreme Court lawyer to kill his estranged wife in Patna, Dr. Sarita Sinha.

  • Women Observe Vat Savitri Puja in Patna

    Vat Savitri observed in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Women in Patna on Saturday observed Vat Savitri Puja to seek long life for their husbands by tying religious thread on trunk of Bunyan tree.

  • Shrugging off Poll Setback; Nitish Continues his Seva Yatra

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JD-U president Sharad Yadav and other JD-U leaders in Madhepura on Friday.

    Madhepura: Stung by the recent loss of the party at the Maharajganj by-poll, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wasted no time in assuring the people that not everything was wrong in the state and he was fully committed to the cause of Bihar despite the poll result that went in favor of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh.

  • Loss in Maharajganj No Big Deal: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at Madhepura on Thursday to launch various projects.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, upon his return from New Delhi on Thursday, played down the party's loss in Maharajganj saying the seat was previously held by an Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and hence, it did not mean a huge loss for the Janata Dal – U.

  • CM's Reaction a Case of Sour Grapes: Lalu

    RJD leader Prabhunath Singh being honored by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Gloating among the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders over the victory of party candidate Prabhunath Singh at the Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat continued on Thursday as party president Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna felicitated the former Janata Dal – U leader while taking direct shots at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his 'failed' leadership.

  • Bihar Needs Narendra Modi; Says Rudy

    BJP leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Giriraj Singh and others at a press conference in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Bihar, in the aftermath of the Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-poll result, blamed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the loss saying his relentless, over the top anti-Narendra Modi rhetoric kept BJP supporters at home resulting in the victory of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh.

  • Nitish opposes NCTC, Suggests Strengthening NIA

    Bihar DGP Abhayanand, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and Home Secretary Amir Subhani at Chief Minister's meet in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a conclave of Chief Ministers on issue of internal security in Delhi on Wednesday, expressed his reservation with the power vested in officials of the proposed National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) saying the earlier draft was riddled with flaws that were not conducive to the national interest.

  • Anti-Alcohol Rally by Dai-Naukar Sangh

    Members of the Dai-Naukar Sangh break liquor bottles at Dak Bungalow Crossing in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Members of the All India Naukar-Dai Sangh in Patna on Wednesday took out a rally to oppose consumption of liquor in Bihar saying alcoholism was destroying family in the state at a faster speed and cases of domestic violence were at an all-time high.

  • JD-U Stunned, RJD Scores Easy Victory in Maharajganj

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press meet in Patna following the victory of his party candidate Prabhunath Singh in Maharajganj by-poll.

    Patna: In a major setback for the NDA in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh scored a convincing victory over his nearest rival and Janata Dal – U candidate P. K. Shahi by defeating him in the Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-poll by a margin of nearly 1.37 lakh.

  • Ara's Abhishek Kumar Tops BSEB Matric Exam

    Ara's Abbhishek Kumar tops in Bihar's Matriculation exams.

    Patna: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Wednesday announced the results of the Matriculation exams that were taken by over 13 lakh students across the state a few months ago.

  • Pappu Yadav Ready to Re-launch his Political Career

    Pappu Yadav holding a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Wasting no time in his attempt to rehabilitate himself and revive his political career after remaining nearly eight years in prison in the case involving the murder of Communist Party of India (CPI) legislator Ajit Sarkar, former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Purnia Pappu Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said he would let the voters of Bihar to determine his political future in the state.

  • CM Inaugurates Training Instt. For Women in Digha

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the inaugural of Women's Industrial Training Institute at Digha in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday inaugurated the newly-built campus of the Women's Industrial Training Institute (WITI) in Digha that aims to raise the number of trained workers in Bihar.

  • BJP Prepares to Strengthen Party in Bihar

    BJP state president Mangal Pandey holding a press meet in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: A beleaguered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to remain a viable political force in Bihar where it plays second fiddle to the Nitish-led Janata Dal – U, will hold a number of meetings of its workers across the state between June 29 and July 2 this year.

  • Bollywood Actress Jiah Khan Reportedly Commits Suicide

    Actress Jiah Khan in Patna last November.

    Mumbai: Seven months after she won the hearts of Patna'ites by her charm and grace, Bollywood actress Jiah Khan reportedly committed suicide at her Juhu apartment in Mumbai on Monday night.

  • Nitish Wants Center to Tackle Naxalism at Panchayat Level

    CM talking to reporters after his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: "The Center should open up its treasury to those states affected by Maoist activities if it was serious about dealing with the Naxalites." This was said by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while talking to reporters after his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

  • Possible Murder-Suicide Rocks Digha Area

    Children of dead parents being consoled by relatives and neighbors.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Sunday were busy trying to figure out whether the double killing of husband and wife Ranjan John and Anju John was a case of murder or was, in fact, murder-suicide, following the recovery of their bloody bodies from their flat in Fairfield Colony in Digha.

  • Factory Making Fake Medicines Busted

    Raid at fake drug manufacturing unit in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: In a joint operation carried out by the state Drug Control Department and Ram Krishna Nagar police station, authorities in Patna on Sunday busted a factory engaged in manufacturing fake medicines of national brand names and seized fake medicines and machines to make such drugs to the tune of several lakh rupees.

  • Maharajganj By-poll Underway amidst Tight Security

    Voters stand in line to cast their ballots at Maharajganj by-poll on Sunday.

    Chhapra: The battle royale in Maharajganj where both the Janata Dal – U and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders are hoping to score a major victory, began amidst tight security on Sunday with voters' turnout reported to be around 43% by 3:00 pm.

  • Congress Looking for Forming New Alliance in Bihar

    Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla and Sachin Pilot holding a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Congress Party, determined to score a victory at the Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, continued its parade of top party leaders as Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla and Union Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot arrived in Patna on Thursday to campaign for party candidate Jitendra Swamy for the June 2 by-poll necessitated due to the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Uma Shankar Singh.

  • Sweeping Vigilance Raids in Patna, Nalanda

    Raid at Ramchandra Sharma's residence in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: State Vigilance Bureau in Patna and Nalanda districts on Thursday raided several houses and offices of four government officials and recovered unaccounted assets worth over several crores of rupees.

  • Failure in Intelligence Cause of Rise in Naxal Activities: Bitta

    Mahendra Singh Bitta in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) Chairperson Mahendra Singh Bitta, in Patna on Thursday, said the steps taken to tackle terrorism in Punjab and Jammu were the need of the hour in dealing with the growing menace of Naxalism across the nation.

  • Girls Maintain Edge in CBSE 10th Exam

    Girls in Patna celebrating success in the CBSE 10th exams on Thursday.

    Patna: Girls in Bihar continued to maintain their supremacy over their male counterparts in various state exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) as on Thursday, the girls topped the boys in the CBSE 10th exam by registering a 99.46% success rate among them as opposed to boys' 99.34%.

  • Raj Babbar Bats for Congress Candidate in Maharajganj

    Film star and Congress leader Raj Babbar in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: After unleashing a galaxy of high-profile politicians to campaign for the party candidate Jitendra Swamy for the Lok Sabha seat in Maharajganj, the Congress Party on Wednesday dispatched former film star and MP from Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) Raj Babbar to rile up supporters for the June 2 poll that is widely being seen as an indicator of what may be in the store for parties like the JD-U, Congress, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar.

  • Girls Secure 19 of 20 top Positions in IA Exam

    Girls in Patna celebrate success in IA exam.

    Patna: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairperson Rajmani Prasad Singh in Patna on Wednesday released the final results of the Intermediate Arts 2013 exams with Rima Kumari of R. N. Sah Sarvoday College, Rohtas, topping the list with an aggregate total of 402 (80.4%).

  • Trouble for Prabhunath Singh; FIR Lodged for Threatening Official

    JD-U leader Prabhunath Singh campaigning with Lalu Prasad Yadav in Maharajganj.

    Siwan: Long, arduous, non-stop campaigning in Maharajganj coupled with the fear of losing to his Janata Dal – U rival P. K. Shahi in the upcoming Lok Sabha by-poll appeared to have taken its toll on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh who, on Monday, lost his cool and allegedly threatened an election official of bodily damage by pouring acid in his eyes.

  • Congress Leader Accuses NDA of Abusing Power in Maharajganj

    Congress leader Gulchain Singh Charak holding a press meet in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Congress General Secretary and party's Bihar in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, accused the ruling NDA leaders of abusing the government machinery to influence the result of Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-poll that is to be held on June 2.

  • IPL Betting Operation Busted; Six Arrested

    Six arrested in IPL betting racket in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Sunday night busted a betting ring involving Indian Premier League (IPL) and arrested two bookies and four students who were wagering between Rs. 5,000 to 10,000 on the outcome of the final match of the 6th season being played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata's historical Eden Gardens.

  • CBSE Class XII Results Declared

    Patna students celebrate success in CBSE exam.

    Patna: Girls in Bihar once again outshone boys in the state in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) the results of which were announced on Monday.

  • Pleasant Weather in Patna following Rain on Monday

    Morning rain in Patna brings relief on Monday.

    Patna: People of Patna on Monday morning heaved a collective sigh of relief when, after several days of scorching heat, the state capital experienced heavy rain causing sharp drop in temperature bring much-needed relief to the residents.

  • Union Minister Blames NDA for Lack of Development in Bihar

    Central Sports Minister Jitendra Singh at Patna Airport on Sunday.

    Patna: Central Sports Minister Jitender Singh, who was in Bihar on Sunday to campaign for the Congress candidate for the Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-poll, slammed the state government for failing to utilize central funding for various projects calling the government's attitude 'callous' and 'incompetent'.

  • World Bank Reps Meet with Nitish Kumar

    World Bank representatives meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Representatives of the World Bank on Sunday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna to review progress made in a number of schemes sponsored and funded by the international financial institution.

  • Fire Destroys Electronic Goods at Boring Road Show Room

    Fire at an electronic appliance show room on Boring Road on Sunday.

    Patna: A massive fire, possibly caused by faulty electrical wiring, damaged goods worth several lakh rupees at a shopping center on Boring Road under Sri Krishna Puri police station on Sunday.

  • Tourism Potential Limitless in Bihar: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a tourism conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a conference on tourism in Patna on Friday, appealed to the private entrepreneurs to invest in the tourism and hospitality sector in the state saying it was not possible for the government to do everything in this regard.

  • LJP, Congress Leaders Join JD-U

    LJP and Congress leaders join JD-U on Friday.

    Patna: Seeing writing on the wall for the not-so-bright prospect for the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the state elections, party spokesperson Shailendra Pratap Singh, along with a number of his supporters on Friday jumped the ship and joined the Janata Dal – U in the presence of senior party leaders on Friday.

  • Rudy Presses for Stronger Unity between JD-U, BJP

    BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy at a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and national general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, appealed for stronger unity among the NDA constituents saying since a mid-term Lok Sabha election now within the realm of possibility, it would be appropriate for the NDA to send out a strong message of unity to counter any misinformation spread by the UPA.

  • Inter Science Results Out; Girls Best Boys Again

    Ankita Singh of College of Commerce tops Inter Commerce exam held earlier by BSEB.

    Patna: After making their marks in the Inter Science exams, girls in Bihar once again topped their male counterparts in the Inter Commerce exams the results of which were announced by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) in Patna on Thursday.

  • Newborn Abducted from PMCH Recovered; Two Arrested

    Mother of kidnapped new-born baby reunited with her child at PMCH on Wednesday.

    Patna: Four days after a baby boy was abducted from the Intensive Care Unit of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), police in Patna, recovered the infant from a house in Neura village at the border of Danapur and Phulwari Sharif and reunited him with his mother still receiving treatment at the hospital.

  • Lallan Singh back in JD-U, Differences Resolved, Says Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with rebel JD-U leader Lallan Singh (right) in Lakhisarai on Wednesday.

    Patna: After walking out of the party and joining hands with the Congress while bad-mouthing his former friend and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the 2010 Bihar Assembly elections, Janata Dal – U rebel Lallan Singh, formally known as Rajiv Ranjan, appeared alongside Kumar on Wednesday during the inaugural of bridges in Lakhisarai and Begusarai indicating the return of Singh back to the JD-U.

  • Child Hit by Tractor Dies; Riot Ensues

    Police vehicle burnt by an angry mob following the death of a boy in road accident in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Following the tragic death of a 12-year old boy in a road accident near Police Colony intersection under Gardanibagh police station in Patna on Wednesday, an angry mob torched two vehicles, damaged many others, while also assaulting the police station in-charge causing some injuries to him.

  • BJP Celebrates UPA's Fourth Anniversary with Mock 'Baraat'

    BJP youth leaders take out 'baraat' of UPA-II in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: The members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha in Patna on Wednesday, to mark the fourth anniversary of the UPA-II, took out a mock 'baraat' of the Congress leaders calling it the 'Choron ki Baraat', or the wedding procession of the thieves.

  • After Eight Years in Prison, Pappu Yadav is a Free Man

    Former RJD MP from Purnia Pappu Yadav coming out of Beur Jail in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Just days after the Patna High Court acquitted former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Pappu Yadav in the murder of Communist Party of India (ML) legislator Ajit Sarkar, the former don of Purnia walked out of Patna's Beur Jail on Tuesday a free man amidst the presence of dozens of his acolytes, RJD, and Congress leaders.

  • Center should Bear Food Security Bill: Modi

    Sushil Modi wants the Center to bear the cost of food security bill.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, talking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday, slammed the Central government on the issue of food security bill saying the Center came up with the policy without taking the state governments into confidence creating huge burdens on states like Bihar.

  • Bangladesh Educationist Meets Nitish Kumar

    CM meeting with Kamal Ahmed, the CEO of Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, on Tuesday.

    Patna: Kamal Ahmed, the chairperson and CEO of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, on Tuesday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and held discussions on various topics related to education in both Bihar and Bangladesh.

  • JD-U Legislator Files Defamation Case against Lalu

    JD-U leader Sanjay Singh files defamation case against Lalu at the lower court in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U legislator Sanjay Singh made good on his promise to sue Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav when, on Monday, he said that he had filed a case of defamation against the former Chief Minister for calling him and another JD-U leader Sanjay Jha the 'kutta', or the dogs, of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

  • Lalu Frustrated with the Rally Turnout: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Janata Durbar in Patna.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to reporters in Patna on Monday, shrugged off Lalu Prasad Yadav's sponsored 'Parivartan Rally' in Patna on May 15 saying he was not interested in it as it did not bother him one way or the other.

  • BJP would like to Continue Alliance with JD-U in Bihar: Jha

    BJP leader Prabhat Jha in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and national Vice President Prabhat Jha, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said he was in favor of the continuation of alliance between the Janata Dal – U and the BJP but the burden of maintaining this relationship was squarely on the shoulders of the JD-U leaders.

  • Patna HC Criticized in Pappu Yadav Acquittal Case

    CPI-ML activists protest in Patna following the acquittal of Pappu Yadav in Ajit Sarkar murder case.

    Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) activists in Patna on Sunday took out a rally against the Patna High Court justices for acquitting former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Pappu Yadav for his role in the murder of CPI-ML legislator Ajit Sarkar who was gunned down in Purnia on June 14, 1998.

  • Protest at PMCH following the Abduction of New-born

    Protest outside PMCH following the abduction of a new-born baby.

    Patna: Hundreds of people on Sunday chanted anti-hospital management slogans outside Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) after a new-born baby boy went missing shortly after the birth.

  • Police Seizes Fake Medicines from Auto-Rickshaw

    Fake medicines seized during a raid in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Sunday, acting on a tip off, raided the area near Mithapur bus station and recovered large quantity of fake medicines from an auto-rickshaw being ready to be transported to Supaul district.

  • RJD Youth Leaders Protest Hike in Petrol Surcharge

    RJD youth leaders burn the effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Members of the Youth Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Patna on Sunday took out a rally and burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to protest the rise in the price of petrol in the name of charging surcharge on petroleum products.

  • RJD Leaders Defend Lalu on his 'Kutta' Comment

    RJD leaders holding a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Friday doubled down on party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's comment he made during the 'Parivartan Rally' last Tuesday when he described two Janata Dal – U leaders, Sanjay Singh and Sanjay Jha, as 'dogs of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar'.

  • Special Status to Bihar will help Entire Nation: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Darbhanga on Friday.

    Darbhanga: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during his visit to Darbhanga on Friday as part of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra', continued to harp on his demand for special status for Bihar saying it would put the process of development in the state on fast track that would also accelerate economic growth in the nation.

  • Eighteen Touts outside Patna Passport Office Arrested

    Touts arrested outside Patna passport office on Friday.
    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday conducted raids near the regional passport office and arrested 18 touts on charges of getting passports for their clients based on fake documents for a hefty sum of fee.
  • Patna HC Acquits Pappu Yadav in Ajit Sarkar Murder Case

    Former RJD MP Pappu Yadav. (File photo).Patna: In a major setback to the family members of slain Communist Party of India (ML) leader Ajit Sarkar, a division bench of the Patna High Court on Friday acquitted the key accused and the former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Pappu Yadav in the case on grounds of insufficient evidence against him.

  • Lalu Insulted Rajputs and Brahmans Again; Says JD-U Leader

    JD-U leader Sanjay Singh at a press conference in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U spokesperson Sanjay Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, said he was seeking legal advices from his lawyers to file a case of defamation against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who, using Singh's name in the 'Parivartan Rally' at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday, called him a 'kutta', or a dog of a certain breed.

  • Patna's Juhi Tops in Inter Science Exams

    CM congratulating Juhi for topping the Inter Science exam in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Juhi, a student of Sir Ganesh Dutt Memorial College on New West Bailey Road in Patna, has topped the Inter Science exam held by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) the results of which were announced on Thursday.

  • Diamonds are Forever; Processing Unit Opens in Patna

    Nitish Kumar inaugurating the Shrenuj Diamond Processing Center in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday inaugurated the state's first diamond processing unit at the Pataliputra Industrial Area in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha, Labor Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal and the officials of the leading diamond processing firm Shrenuj & Co.

  • 12-year old with Roots in Bihar Headed to National Spelling Bee in US

    Swati Sharma receiving trophy for coming first in the regional spelling bee contest in Texas. Photo: Marvin Pfeiffer, San Antonio Express-News

    San Antonio, TX, USA: Swati Sharma, age 12, the daughter of Dr. Sanjay Kumar, a Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) alumnus, and Dr. Nishi Thakur, a graduate of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), living in San Antonio, Texas, USA for the last 14 years, has won the regional Spelling Bee contest and is headed to the National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington DC between May 28 and 30.

  • Center Approves Rs. 34,000 Crore Annual Plan for Bihar

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi meeting with Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Rajiv Shukla in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Wednesday gave its seal on an annual plan of Rs. 34,000 Crore for Bihar for the fiscal year 2013-14 reflecting an increase by 34.4% over the previous year.

  • RJD, Congress Candidates File Papers for Maharajganj By-poll

    RJD leader Prabhunath Singh with Lalu Yadav and Chirag Paswan in Maharajganj on Tuesday.

    Chhapra: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Prabhunath Singh on Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Maharajganj Parliamentary seat in the presence of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Chirag Paswan, the son of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan; and other party leaders.

  • Chirag Paswan, Misa Bharti Warming up to Career in Politics

    Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan sharing platform with RJD leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav and Prabhunath Singh in Maharajganj.

    Patna: When you fail to make your mark in your desired profession, there's always the world of politics to lean to.

  • Lalu Itching to Restore Jungle Raj in Bihar: Modi

    Sushil Modi at a press meet on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, talking to the reporters on Tuesday, pooh-poohed the highly-anticipated 'Parivartan Rally' by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) saying Lalu Prasad Yadav was too keen to bring back 'jungle raj' in Bihar as the state was infamously known during the Lalu-Rabri regimes.

  • Nitish Pays Tribute to his Wife, Parents

    CM paying tribute to his late wife Manju Devi at a park in Kankarbagh in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to mark the seventh death anniversary of his wife Manju Devi, paid floral tribute to her at her statue at a park in Kankarbagh on Tuesday.

  • Lalu Defends Bringing his Sons into Politics

    RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav on a bus tour of Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, on the eve of the launching of his 'Parivartan Yatra' aimed at 'exposing' Chief Minister Nitish Kumar so his party could reclaim power in the state, on Monday, embarked on a road show in Patna urging people to uproot the NDA administration in Bihar and come out in large numbers in support of his party in the next Assembly elections.

  • US Ambassador Nancy Powell in Patna

    US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell at Chamber of Commerce office in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: US Ambassador Nancy J. Powell, during her visit to Patna on Monday, hailed the economic ties between India and America in the recent years but expressed her frustration with the slow pace of work in government departments due to extreme red tape.

  • Special Status could become Electoral Issue in 2014: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar at his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to reporters after his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, once again hammered the Central government on the special economic status for Bihar, said that if the Center failed to do so, it would become the main electoral issue for the NDA in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  • Rudy Warns Nitish to be Wary of Congress

    BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, admonished Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of Congress' 'bait and switch' tactic on the issue of special economic status saying Kumar must not be fooled by P. Chidambaram's assurance as Congress was the master of deceit and its words did not mean much in today's political context.

  • Chidambaram's Words Favorable to Special Status for Bihar

    Finance Minister P. Chidambaram being greeted at Patna Airport by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday.

    Patna: Central Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, during his visit to Bihar on Saturday, expressed optimism for Bihar getting the special category status once the criteria for special status were adjusted to account for factors not currently included in the provision.

  • Pharmacy Strike Leaves Patients in the Lurch

    Pharmacy strike affects life in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Hundreds of thousands of drug shop owners across the state on Friday observed a day-long bandh to press for their five-point demand that includes amendments in various federal and state laws that, they say, eat away their profit margin leaving hardly anything for them.

  • Most Wanted Criminals Arrested

    Three criminals arrested on late Thursday night in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna, acting on a tip-off on Thursday night, arrested three much sought-after criminals from Pahalwan Ghat under Buddha Colony police station who had been wanted in dozens of cases of murder and kidnapping in both Bihar and Jharkhand states.

  • CM Wants Koteshwarnath Temple to be Developed

    Nitish Kumar offering prayer at the Koteshwarnath Temple in Gaya on Friday.

    Gaya: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while visiting the Koteshwarnath Temple in Gaya on Friday, asked the Director of the Archaeology Department to study the historical relevance of the ancient temple and develop the site as a tourist destination for devotees.

  • Congress Celebrates Karnataka Victory in Patna

    Congress workers in Patna celebrate party's victory in Karnataka on Wednesday.

    Patna: Congress leaders and activists in Patna on Wednesday celebrated the party's convincing win in Karnataka Assembly elections by taking out a victory rally, distributing sweets, and launching firecrackers.

  • Red Cross Founder's Birth Anniversary Celebrated

    Children and adults in Patna participate in a march to mark the birth anniversary of Red Cross founder on Wednesday.

    Patna: More than 200 children in Patna on Wednesday released hundreds of balloons at the Kargil Chowk to mark the birth anniversary of Red Cross founder Henry Dunant.

  • Bihar Tops in Selling Gold Coins at Post Offices

    Post office employees being honored for selling most gold coins in the nation.

    Patna: Bihar Post Master General Brigadier G. Bhuyan, at a function at Meghdoot Bhawan in Patna on Tuesday to honor the postal workers of Patna for selling the most amounts of gold coins in the nation, said Bihar topped the list in the nation in the sale of gold coins totaling 41 kilograms in the last fiscal year.

  • World AIDS Orphan Day Celebrated

    World AIDS Orphan Day celebrated by PAHAL.

    Patna: Bihar Vidyapeeth, Eficor, and PAHAL jointly organized a program to mark “World AIDS Orphan Day” at Bihar Vidyapeeth, Kurji, in Patna on Tuesday.

  • Lalu Accepted Narendra Modi's Call by Mistake: Sushil Modi

    Sushi Kumar Modi talking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, talking to media reporters following his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, said that had the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav known that the caller was Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, he would have never taken the call.

  • New NDA MLCs take Oath of Office

    Newly-elected MLCs sworn-in at Bihar Legislative Council in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Bihar Legislative Council Chairperson Awadhesh Narayan Singh on Tuesday administered the oath of ceremony to the three newly-elected MLCs at a function held at the Council Annexe in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other NDA leaders.

  • Dipankar Calls for the Defeat of NDA in Next State Elections

    CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya addressing a rally in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India (CPI-ML) national general secretary, speaking at a rally sponsored by the Khet Mazdoor Sangh (KMS) in Patna on Tuesday, accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of destroying the unity among the poor people by dividing them between 'dalit' and 'mahadalit' categories.

  • Patna'ites Get Respite from Scorching Heat

    People enjoying water fountain at Patna Zoo lake.

    Patna: After a week of sweltering temperature in the state capital, Patna'ites finally got a break on Tuesday when the mercury dipped by nearly nine degrees allowing people to get out of the house and enjoy the mild weather at popular spots like Patna Zoo, Eco Park, and Kumharar.

  • Lalu's Injuries did not Warrant any Reaction from me: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar talking to media on Monday.

    Patna: Not seeing the injuries of Lalu Prasad Yadav caused during a freak auto accident as serious or life threatening, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, said that he did not see any need to make a comment on it and instead offered Yadav advice to wear seat belt whenever he sat on the front seat of the vehicle.

  • Lalu Sees Conspiracy in his Auto Accident

    RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Two days after being involved in a car accident that resulted in minor cuts and bruises, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, alluded to some sort of conspiracy to sabotage his scheduled 'Parivartan Yatra' for the removal of the NDA government in Bihar.

  • Lalu Sees Conspiracy in his Auto Accident

    RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav, still bandaged after his accident, holding a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Two days after being involved in a car accident that resulted in minor cuts and bruises, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, alluded to some sort of conspiracy to sabotage his scheduled 'Parivartan Yatra' for the removal of the NDA government in Bihar.

  • Shatrughan Sinha Hoping to Bring Ambani Hospital in Bihar

    BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha along with Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and representatives of Ambani Groups in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha, at a function to welcome the representatives of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Patna on Sunday, lamented the shortage of modern health care facilities in Bihar saying though the state had some of the top notch physicians and surgeons in the nation, their talent was being wasted in the lack of high-tech medical tools and equipment.

  • Prominent Neurosurgeons Gather in Patna

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey inaugurating neurosurgeon meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, speaking at the inauguration of the Indian Epilepsy Association (Neurology) update in Patna on Sunday, said that while neurological ailments were on rise, shortage of specialists to deal with the ailment was taking its toll on the Indians.

  • Lalu Yadav Sustains Injuries in Freak Auto Accident

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (file photo) receives injury in auto accident on Friday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav suffered minor injuries when the windshield of the car he was travelling in on his way to Raghopur in Vaishali district suddenly exploded causing cuts and bruises to Yadav and the driver of the vehicle.

  • Protest against Pakistan Continues for the Second Day

    Protest against Pakistan following the death of Sarabjit Singh continues in Patna.

    Patna: For the second day in a row, political outfits in the state capital held a number of rallies and meetings to condemn the Pakistani government for allowing Indian national Sarabjit Singh to be murdered in a prison where he had been locked up for 22 years on fake charges of terrorism.

  • Lady Drivers Coming to Auto-Rickshaws Near You

    Girls getting trained in driving auto-rickshaws in Patna.

    Patna: Get ready to see women and girls now driving auto-rickshaws in Patna if a new program to train them for an occupation hitherto exclusive to men only succeeds.

  • Patna Sizzles; School Hours Changed Again

    College girls enjoying ice cream to stay cool in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna, less than a week since they ordered change in school hours in view of the rising temperature in the state, once again directed all government and private schools to readjust their working hours from 7:00 am-1:00 pm to 7:00 am-12:30 pm.

  • Rudy Slams Rahul Gandhi for 'Fake Tears' on the Death of Sarabjit

    BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy takes aim at the UPA government for Sarabjit Singh's death in Pakistan.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, slammed Congress Party and its General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on the murder of Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistani jail saying Gandhi was shedding crocodile tears before Singh's family when it was his party that failed to bring him home safely.

  • Rallies, Protests in Patna over Sarabjit Singh's Killing

    Protest in Patna over the death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan.

    Patna: Hundreds of people in Patna on Thursday took out a number of rallies in protest against the killing of Indian national Sarabjit Singh who had been rotting in a Pakistani jail for over two decades on false charges of terrorism.

  • JD-U State President Lectures on Coalition Dharma

    Former RJD leader Ajay Paswan inducted into JD-U on Thursday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, reacting to the ongoing verbal back and forth between the JD-U and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, said that it was imperative to follow the 'coalition dharma' if the parties in question were to remain political allies.

  • Modi Seeks CBI Probe in Financial Sector

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi holding Janata Durbar in Patna.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, during his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, urged the Center to initiate a CBI probe into the functioning of more than 70 chit fund companies currently under the Center's scanner for suspected financial irregularities.

  • Court Summons PMC Commissioner on Garbage Accumulation

    Garbage accumulation in Patna.

    Patna: The Patna High Court on Tuesday ordered the Commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to appear before it on May 10 and clarify under oath measures taken by it to remove piles of garbage accumulated across the state capital.

  • Primary Schools Timing Changed for Summer

    Students battle heat in Patna.

    Patna: The state government, alarmed by the steadily rising temperature in Bihar, ordered a change in primary school hours effective immediately that would impact over 71,000 such schools across the state.

  • Paswan Admitted into Hospital following Chest Complaints

    File photo of LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan.

    New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday night was admitted to a private hospital in New Delhi following complaints of congestion and pain in his chest.

  • BJP Students Burn Effigy of Pakistani President

    BJP students burning the effigy of Pakistani president in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Students under the banner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) University Body in Patna on Sunday burnt the effigy of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for the brutal attack on Indian national Sarabjit Singh who had been languishing in a Pakistani jail since 1990 on trumped up charges of terrorism.

  • BJP Hopeful of Good Results in Karnataka Elections

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing the media in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha member Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, predicted victory for the party in the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 5.

  • Literacy among Girls would Help Eliminate Social Evils: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar at a seminar on education for girls in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a seminar at a madarsa in Samanpura in Patna on Sunday, stressed on the importance of education for girls saying while Bihar had had moderate success in improving education for them, there was still much to be done in this regard.

  • CPI to contest 10 to 12 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar: A B Bardhan

    CPI leader A. B. Bardhan (left) at a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India (CPI) former General Secretary A. B. Bardhan, speaking at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that the party would contest on 10 to 12 seats in Bihar in the next Lok Sabha election and the CPI was open to the idea of forming alliance with parties other than the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • NDA Coalition in Bihar Strong and to Remain So: Nitish

    Two JD-U and one BJP leaders file their nomination papers for the vacant legislative council seats in Bihar.

    Patna: Following the nomination of two Janata Dal – U and one Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates for the three vacant seats in the state Legislative Council, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the media that the JDU-BJP coalition was alive and well in Bihar and would continue to remain so in future.

  • Nitish Kumar's Sins Unforgivable: Lalu

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav talking to media in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Former Janata Dal – U legislator Sudhansu Shekhar Bhaskar and Bilat Paswan, along with dozens of their supporters, joined Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the presence of party president Lalu Prasad Yadav and other party leaders.

  • Seven Counterfeiters Arrested from Patna

    Patna SSP Manu Maharaj holds press conference following the arrest of seven members of a counterfeiting ring.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday arrested seven members of an international gang of counterfeiters who were flooding Indian markets with fake Indian currencies printed in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • Governor Appoints Interim VCs, Pro-VCs for Bihar Universities

    New interim VCs and Pro-VCs appointed for universities in Bihar.

    Patna: Bihar Governor D. Y. Patil, following a Supreme Court directive, on Friday announced the names of new Vice Chancellors and pro-Vice Chancellors for ten universities in Bihar.

  • CM Holds Meeting with Top Bihar Cops

    Nitish Kumar holding of meeting of top police officials in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday held a high level meeting of Bihar's top brass to review law and order situation in the state and to offer some practical advices to the law enforcement officials that, he said, would go a long way in winning the trust of the people.

  • Govt. Committed to Improve Farmers' Condition: Nitish

    Chief Minister inaugurating Sri Vidhi Maha Abhiyan at S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function held at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Wednesday, inaugurated the 'Sri Vidhi Maha Abhiyan 2013' to promote agriculture in the state by offering a number of schemes designed to favor Bihar farmers.

  • Reports on MNREGA Untrue: Rural Development Minister

    Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra defends government spending on social schemes.

    Patna: Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra, at a press meeting in Patna on Wednesday, lashed out at the media for misleading the public on a report on MNREGA presented by the CAG in the Parliament last Tuesday.

  • European Union sees Opportunity in Energy Sector in Bihar

    European Union (EU) Ambassador Dr. Joao Cravinho in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: European Union (EU) Ambassador Dr. Joao Cravinho, in Patna on Tuesday, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for adopting economic policies that, he said, were conducive to the growth of Bihar.

  • Beauty Parlors in Patna Busted for Running Flesh Trade

    Patna police conducts raids at beauty parlors under Gandhi Maidan police station on Tuesday.

    Patna: Authorities on Tuesday sealed eight 'beauty parlors' in Patna and charged them for running flesh trade in the state capital.

  • BJP State President Blames Center for Farmers' Plight

    BJP state president Mangal Pandey at the party's farmers' cell meet in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Mangal Pandey, speaking at a meeting of the working committee of the party farmers' cell in Patna on Tuesday, blamed the Congress-led UPA government for the pathetic condition of the farmers in India.

  • Shatrughan Sinha Favors Advani as Prime Ministerial Candidate

    Shatrughan Sinha at Veer Kunwar Singh birth anniversary celebration in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha, while attending a function to mark the birth anniversary of Veer Kunwar Singh in Patna on Monday came out in favor of octogenarian party patriarch L. K. Advani for the Prime Minister's post saying one couldn't shrug off the importance of experience in a candidate who is expected to lead the entire nation and not a small segment of the society if elected to the nation's most powerful position.

  • Bomb Scare outside Patna Airport

    Bomb expert at Patna Airport opening a suitcase believed to have bombs on Monday.

    Patna: Reckless behavior by a man believed to be mentally unstable caused a bomb scare at Patna's Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport causing a panic while delaying a plane for few minutes as security officials searched for explosives in a red suitcase.

  • AIPWA Protest against Rising Cases of Rape

    AIPWA protest against rape in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Women under the aegis of All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) in Patna on Monday took out a rally and made a human chain in protest against the brutal rape of a five-year old girl in Delhi and purported rise in rape cases in the country, in general.

  • Nitish Urges for Unity among Backward Castes

    CM speaking at a meeting of the Backward Cell of the party, in Rajgir on Sunday.

    Rajgir: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the concluding day of the two-day Janata Dal - U state level workers' training camp of the most backward cell, took aim at his predecessor Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the former Chief Minister used castes to divide Bihar to remain in power but under his administration, people were united and that would lead to the party's victory in the next year's Lok Sabha elections.

  • Doctors Perform Hip Surgery on Woman, Age 106

    106 years old Basana Ghosh recovering after a successful operation of her hip on Sunday.

    Patna: Doctors in Patna on Sunday successfully operated on Basana Ghosh, presumably Patna's oldest woman at age 106, who had been suffering from hip ailments for the last several years.

  • Retired IAS Officials Felicitated

    Retired IAS officials honored in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Ten retired officials over the age of 80 were honored at a function held at Bankipore Club in Patna on Sunday.

  • Patna Gears up to Celebrate Mahavir Jayanti

    Jain society in Patna gears up to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti.

    Patna: The Jain Sangh in Patna at a press conference on Sunday said that the association would celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir on April 23 and 24.

  • Sports Bill Opposed; Delegates Meet Governor Patil

    Sports delegation led by Abdul Bari Siddiqui meets with Governor D. Y. Patil on Friday.

    Patna: Representatives of a number of sports association in Bihar on Friday met with Governor D. Y. Patil urging him to pull the controversial Bihar Sports (Registration, Recognition & Regulation of Sports Association) Bill, 2013 that was earlier passed by the Nitish government during the Budget session of the State Assembly.

  • Rain brings Relief to Patna'ites

    Rain brings relief in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: After a couple of weeks of scorching heat, Patna'ites experienced some relief on Friday when suddenly the sky, in the afternoon, turned grey and rain started to pour in bringing some coolness with it.

  • UPA Clears Rs. 12,000 crore Financial Package for Bihar

    File photo of Adhikar Rally in Patna.

    New Delhi: In what is being perceived by many a clear attempt to drive a wedge between the Janata Dal – U and its NDA ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of Narendra Modi's possible candidature for the Prime Minister's post, the UPA government at the Center on Thursday cleared a package of Rs. 12,000 crore for Bihar under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF).

  • Criminal Gunned Down in Police Encounter

    Criminal killed in police encounter near Gulzarbagh in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday, in an encounter, shot dead a criminal wanted in a number of murder and robbery cases and arrested one of his associates even as a third gang-member managed to escape.

    The encounter occurred near Gulzarbagh railway station under Alamganj police station.

  • Kilkari Children Impress Audience with their Acting, Dancing Skills

    Children of Kilkari performing 'Topi Wala' in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Children of Kilkari in Patna on the 3rd Theater Festival for Children on Thursday enthralled the audience with their superb acting and dancing skills in a play 'Topi Wala' directed by Mumbai director Vinod Rai.

  • Nitish Cannot Escape his Role in Gujarat Riots: Lalu

    RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press conference at his residence in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a press meet in Patna on Wednesday, tried to tie Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to the infamous Godhra riots in Gujarat saying Kumar may try hard to separate himself from Narendra Modi, his complicity in the riots as the Railway Minister could not be denied.

  • Raid at Food Inspector's House Nets Properties worth Several Crores

    Vigilance SP Parwez Akhtar holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: The Vigilance Bureau in Patna on Wednesday raided the house of Food Inspector Dr. Surendra Kumar on Road Number 8 in Ashok Nagar and found assets to the tune of several crore rupees in excess of his known sources of income.

  • RJD Demands Removal of Senior Power Holding Company Official

    RJD leaders protest outside Vidyut Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and party General Secretary Ram Kripal Yadav in Patna on Wednesday led a protest rally demanding the sacking of Bihar State Power Holding Company Chief Managing Director P. K. Rai accusing him of failing to keep electricity rate affordable while also failing to provide power to the city in a consistent manner.

  • Patna's Very Own Bonnie and Clyde Arrested

    Girl, her two associates, arrested and charged with committing armed robbery at a local Domino's Pizza outlet in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna, less than 18 hours after a gang of criminals committed armed robbery at a Domino's Pizza on Exhibition Road, nabbed the gangsters on Tuesday only to learn that the gang was led by none other than a girl who, during her interrogation, said that she was inspired by Indian movies.

  • Bihar Self-dependent in Milk Products: Nitish

    30th Foundation Day of COMFED observed on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at the 30th Foundation Day of the Bihar State Cooperative Milk Federation (COMFED) in Patna on Tuesday, said that another dairy plant would be opening in Dehri-on-Sone on April 25 essentially making Bihar self-dependent in cheese production.

  • Nitish Refrains from Adding Fuel to the Fire

    CM at his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: A day after causing quite a flutter within the NDA fold over the issue of Narendra Modi's possible candidacy for the Prime Minister's seat, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after his weekly Janata Durbar on Monday, refused to take any question from the reporters saying he had nothing new to say to what they were apparently going to ask.

  • AISA Protest Privatization in Education

    AISA protest march in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Activists belonging to the All India Students' Association (AISA) in Patna on Monday took out a march to the Raj Bhawan though their journey was cut short when they ran into a wall of law enforcement officials determined to keep them at a safe distance from the high security VIP zone.

  • Patna'ites Observe Kharna for Chaiti Chhath

    Devotees preparing to break fast after Kharna on Monday.

    Patna: Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees in Patna and other parts of Bihar on Monday observed Kharna on the second day of the four-day Chaiti Chhath by fasting and taking a dip in the Ganges while praying to the Sun God.

  • Nitish Issues Veiled Threat to BJP

    Nitish Kumar speaking in New Delhi on Sunday.

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at the open session of the Janata Dal – U's National Council meet in New Delhi on Sunday, dropped a number of hints that if its NDA ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) projected Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, his party would have nothing to do with the saffron party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  • BJP Leader Fires Back at Nitish Kumar

    BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, reacting to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's threat to pull out of the NDA fold if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was projected as the Prime Minister candidate, said that Kumar's statement was not based on realities but based on emotions only.

  • Nitish's Claim to Secularism a 'Nautanki': Paswan

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on his way to Raj Bhawan in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, still searching to regain his mojo in Bihar, took out a march in Patna on Sunday following the conclusion of his 'Bihar Bachao' rally insisting the days of the Nitish government in the state were numbered as people of Bihar were extremely disappointed and frustrated with its performance.

  • Sexual Predator Charged in the Murder of Two Boys

    Serial killer and child molestor arrested on Thursday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday arrested the killer of at least two children who were brutally murdered after being sexually exploited under Digha police station.

  • NCP the only Party that Cares about Muslims: Nagmani

    NCP state president Nagmani holding a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president Nagmani, hoping to make inroad in the Muslim vote bank, at a press meet in Patna on Thursday, said that both Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar had duped the Muslims of Bihar for much too long and the NCP was the only party that truly cared about their welfare.

  • Kiran Bedi Cautions Youth to Vote Carefully

    Kiran Bedi in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Former IPS officer and civil right activist Kiran Bedi who was in town on Wednesday to launch a scholarship program, urged the youngsters to exercise their right to vote carefully and not be influenced by gimmicks like sari or bike distribution by some politicians.

  • Conjoined Twins Get Relief from Supreme Court

    Conjoined twins Saba and Farah get help from the Supreme Court.

    Patna: The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, issued a directive to the Bihar government to pay Rs. 5,000 a month to the family members of the conjoined twins for their ongoing medical expenses.

  • Injured CRPF Jawan Dies on his Birthday

    Slain CRPF jawan's son Sonu paying respect to his father who died after a landmine exploded in Gaya on Monday.

    Patna: In a tragic turn of events, Rajeshwar Prasad, the CRPF jawan of the elite Cobra force who was seriously injured in Monday's landmine blast in Gaya, succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Patna on late Monday night.

  • Modi Proud of Bihar's Achievements; Touts Progress

    Sushil Kumar Modi at Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking to reporters following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, said that in spite of a sluggish economy and the absence of any substantial financial help from the Center, Bihar, in the 2012-13 fiscal years, led the nation in spending from the planning fund.

  • Ram Kripal Yadav Questions CM's Secular Credentials

    Ram Kripal Yadav (left) and other RJD leaders.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Ram Kripal Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, mocked Nitish Kumar for coming out in support of veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani saying the man that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav cut to size by arresting him in Bihar in 1990 is now being put on pedestal by the Chief Minister.

  • No Conflict within the Party: Rudy

    BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy arrives in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the newly-appointed national General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy arrived in Patna amidst warm welcome by other party leaders on Monday.

  • Landmine Explosion in Gaya Injures Four CRPF Jawans

    Injured CRPF jawans at the PMCH.

    Gaya: Four CRPF jawans of the elite COBRA force and three civilians were hurt when a landmine planted by Maoists extremists under Dumaria police station in Gaya exploded during diffusion process causing serious injuries to two, officials in Gaya said.

  • JD-U Not to Meddle in BJP Affairs: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a press conference following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, said that issues related to the Parliamentary elections and other political matters would be discussed at the Janata Dal – U national executive meet to be held in New Delhi on April 13 and 14.

  • BJP-JDU Ties as Strong as Ever: Shahnawaz Hussain

    BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, brushed aside any rumor of rift between his party and the Janata Dal – U saying there was no truth in it and the tie between the two parties were as strong as ever before.

  • Goodbye Cricket; Hello Politics

    Tejaswi Yadav, son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, holding a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: After failing to take off his career as a professional cricketer, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, formally announced his entry into politics saying he had no intention of projecting himself as the natural heir of his parents but instead, he would help give voice to the youths and students of Bihar.

  • SkyFisher Airways Charter Services to Begin from May

    Cessna Caravan Grand 208B to be used for charter flights by SkyFisher Airways in Patna.

    Patna: A week after SpiritAir announced its chartered services between Patna and Jamshedpur and Patna and Purnia, SkyFisher Airways disclosed its plan to start daily chartered services from Patna to Bhagalpur, Gaya, and Varanasi from the first week of May.

  • Early Morning Fire Claims Five Lives in Gardanibagh

    The burnt remains of the hut after a fire claimed five lives in Patna on Friday morning.

    Patna: In a tragic incident at the wee hours on Friday, five persons, including two children, were charred to death when their hut caught fire as the family slept inside denying them opportunity to escape to safety.

  • Bihar Safe for Investment: CM to Investors

    CM at investors' meet at Hotel Maurya on Friday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while attending a meeting of entrepreneurs and investors at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, tried to alleviate concerns about law and order situation in the state saying he would guarantee their security if they decided to invest in Bihar.

  • Fire in New Market; over 100 Shops Gutted

    Fire in New Market on Friday morning.

    Patna: A massive fire swept through the New Market under Kotwali Police Station in Patna on early Friday morning destroyed more than 100 shops causing damages worth several lakh rupees.

  • Opposition Demands CBI Probe in Alleged AC/DC Bills Scam

    Protest outside Bihar Assembly on Thursday.

    Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar on Thursday created a scene over the alleged Rs. 18,798 crore scam involving AC/DC bills accusing the Nitish administration of stonewalling the investigation after the damning CAG report it submitted last year highlighting massive irregularities in the government finance.

  • AIDSO Protest over Bihar Private University Bill

    AIDSO activists protesting against Bihar Private University Bill.

    Patna: Students representing All India Democratic Students' Organization (AIDSO) in Patna on Thursday took out a rally against the state government's decision to open doors for private university in Bihar saying the move would commercialize education that would be extremely harmful to those who could not afford high cost that goes with private colleges.

  • Over 2,800 Students Qualify for Scholarship under National Merit Scheme

    Education department Principal Secretary Amarjeet Sinha releasing the list of students qualifying for scholarships in Bihar schools.

    Patna: Education Principal Secretary Amarjeet Sinha on Thursday released the list of 2,808 school students in Bihar who have qualified to receive an annual scholarship of Rs. 6,000 to continue their education between the ninth and twelfth grades.

  • Paswan Casts Aspersion on Nitish' Secular Credentials

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan holding a press meet in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press meet in Patna on Wednesday, said that if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's claim of a secular leader were true, he would break all ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that is well-known for its communal ideology and thinking.

    "If Nitish Kumar is truly a secular leader, he would not kowtow with the BJP. The thing is, while it is easy to see the true color of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar is very good at hiding his true identity," Paswan said at the press meet.

    The LJP chief went on to predict that the Chief Minister was never going to leave the BJP just as Narendra Modi would never become the Prime Minister.

    "They are busy projecting Modi as the next Prime Minister but the Indians will never vote him to power because of his political history," he said.

    Paswan also accused the UPA government of playing games on the issue of special economic status to Bihar saying the Center was only trying to complete its current term by being friendly to the Janata Dal – U in the state.

  • CIMP Class of 2013 Graduates

    Graduating students celebrate at the CIMP on Wednesday.

    Patna: Nearly four dozen students of Chandragupta Institute of Management (Patna) on Wednesday received their degrees in the Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the convocation held at the campus in the presence of a number of luminaries.

  • Kaiser Hands over BPCC to Ashok Chowdhary

    Congress state chief Ashok Chowdhary embraces his predecessor Mehboob Ali Kaiser in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Outgoing president of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) Mehboob Ali Kaiser, at a function held at party office in Patna on Wednesday, passed the baton to his successor Ashok Chowdhary saying he was confident Congress, under Chowdhary's leadership, would once again shine in Bihar.

  • RJD Leader Joins BJP

    Shyamlal Kushwaha joins BJP.

    Patna: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shyamlal Kushwaha, at a function in Patna on Wednesday, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party state president Mangal Pandey and other party leaders.

  • Lalu Yadav's Elder Brother Passes Away

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav' and his party members (file photo).

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav's elder brother Mukund Rai, following prolonged illness, passed away at a Delhi hospital on Wednesday at the age of 78.

  • Patna Police Flexes Muscles with its Q-Mobile Force

    Patna Q-mobile force shows strength in numbers.

    Patna: Under the leadership of newly-appointed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj, the Patna police on Tuesday put on a display of its Quick Mobiles (Q-mobile) force to send a strong message to the criminals and miscreants that the cops were on to them and it would be extremely difficult to escape from the police dragnet in the event of a crime.

  • Doctors Join BJP, Pledge to Help Uproot UPA

    Doctors in Patna join BJP.

    Patna: Dr. Ajay Prakash, the president of the Health Awareness Mission, at a function held at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Patna on Tuesday, joined the party in the presence of party state president Mangal Pandey.

  • RJD Leader Predicts Largest Crowd for 'Parivartan Rally'

    RJD leader Ramchandra Purvey (center) at a press meet in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said the party was ready for its May 15 'Parivartan Rally' in Bihar that would seek to 'expose' the Nitish-led NDA administration of its misdeeds, corruption, and lack of development in the state.

  • 'Upgraded' IPRD Website Produces Blank Page

    IPRD Minister Brishan Patel launching the updated website of his department on Monday.

    Patna: Less than 10 hours after Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) Minister Brishan Patel, amidst much fanfare, inaugurated the 'new and improved' website of his department, the site remain missing in action with only a blank page showing in the browser.

  • Ashok Chowdhary Appointed BPCC President

    Ashok Chowdhary elected BPCC president on Sunday.

    Patna: Rahul Gandhi's protégé and former minister in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress government in Bihar, Ashok Chowdhary was appointed the new president of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) at a simple ceremony at Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Sunday.

  • Thakur Hails Narendra Modi's Induction in BJP Parliamentary Board

    Dr. C. P. Thakur.

    Patna: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state President Dr. C. P. Thakur, reacting to the reshuffle in the party's Parliamentary Board and other top leadership on Sunday, hailed the decision to induct Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 12-member Parliamentary Board saying Modi's inclusion was a 'step in the right direction' that would invigorate the party for the 2014 Parliamentary elections.

  • PM, Sonia to Inaugurate Railway Factories in Saran, Nalanda

    Congress in-charge for Bihar affairs Gulchain Singh Charak.

    Patna: Bihar in-charge of the Congress Party Gulchain Singh Charak, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, announced the proposed arrival of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the inaugural of a train wheel factory at Bela in Saran district and a railway coach factory in Harnaut in Nalanda district.

  • SpiritAir to Begin Patna-Jamshedpur Flight from April 2

    Cessna 172 Skyhawk

    Patna: The SpiritAir India would be launching its charter flight between Patna and Jamshedpur starting April 2 while ceasing its operation between Patna and Kolkata and Purnia and Kolkata due to insufficient demand, officials said.

  • Biharis and Jharkhandis in Singapore Celebrate Holi

    Holi celebrated by BIJHAR in Singapore.

    Singapore: This year BIJHAR celebrated Holi with all excitement and fun on the 24th of March at Labrador Park, Singapore.

  • JD-U has No Intention to Leave NDA and Join UPA: Tyagi

    JD-U MP K. C. Tyagi (file picture).

    New Delhi: Putting all speculations aside, Janata Dal – U MP and general secretary K. C. Tyagi, in Delhi on Friday, ruled out any alliance with the Congress-led UPA saying even if the state government succeeded in getting special status for Bihar, any coalition with the UPA was simply not going to happen.

  • Shivdeep Lande Transferred as Governor's ADC

    Shivdeep Lande (file picture).

    Patna: The state government on Friday, just days after ordering a major reshuffle involving 60 senior police officials, ordered the transfers of seven additional officers including Araria Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande who was directed to join the Governor's office in the capacity of Aide-de-Camp (ADC).

  • Holi Passes Peacefully in Patna

    Holi in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Holi in Patna passed away peacefully on Thursday as people of all ages, particularly the younger crowd, observed the festival with much fervor a day after it was celebrated in other parts of the nation.

  • Patna'ites Adopt La Tomatina as Part of Holi Festivity

    Tomato Holi in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Youths and children in Patna on Tuesday, in the spirit of Holi, took part in La Tomatina, a Mediterranean custom involving fun and frolic in a pool filled with ripe tomatoes, at the city's Water Park in Sampatchak much to the amusement and delight of the onlookers.

  • Couple Kidnap Child after Befriending other Couple in Train

    The father of the kidnapped child.

    Patna: An overly friendly couple, after befriending another couple on the Dadar-Bhagalpur Express, walked away with their 14 months old child as soon as the train arrived at Patna Junction.

  • CM Thankful to Gulzar; Watches Play Together

    Gulzar's play 'Kharashen' being enacted at Premchand Rangshala in Patna on Sunday. CM enjoys play with Gulzar.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and some of his Cabinet members, at Premchand Rangshala in Patna on Sunday, enjoyed the enactment of the play 'Kharashen' written by noted film director, writer, and poet Gulzar who also graced the occasion with his presence throughout the three-day period of the 'Bihar Diwas'.

  • Daler Menhdi, Shobha Mudgal Enthrall Patna'ites

    Noted singer Shobha Mudgal performing in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: The three-day 'Bihar Diwas' celebration came to an end on a high note on Sunday as singers and artists including Daler Menhdi, Shobha Mudgal, Ronu Mazumdar, and noted Bharat Natyam dancer Malvika Sarukkai regaled the audience throughout the day making it one of the most memorable days for many audiences.

  • DMCH Statue Removal Controversy; Protest in Patna

    Protest over the removal of statue of Nirmal Singh from DMCH campus.

    Patna: While most people in Patna were busy enjoying the entertainment-filled closing day of the three-day Bihar Diwas at the Gandhi Maidan, merely yards away from it, dozens of people from Darbhanga and elsewhere, including many doctors, were holding a day-long dharna at the Kargil Chowk to protest the removal of a statue of a formal Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) student saying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was behind the whole thing.

  • Christians Protest Cancellation of Good Friday Holiday

    Anglo-Indians in Patna protest the cancellation of Good Friday holiday on Sunday.

    Patna: Members of the All India Anglo-Indian Association in Patna on Friday staged a dharna following the Nitish administration's decision to cancel Good Friday as government holiday saying the move was politically-motivated in an attempt to marginalize minorities in the state.

  • Laser Show, Speech, Songs, Dances Mark the Opening of Bihar Diwas

    CM delivering his Bihar Diwas inaugural speech at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Friday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday kicked off the three-day Bihar Diwas at the Gandhi Maidan to celebrate the rich history and legacy of the state dating back to the Buddha era.

  • D. Y. Patil Sworn-in as Bihar's New Governor

    Swearing in ceremony of Governor D. Y. Patil at Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Patna High Court Chief Justice Rekha Doshit, in a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhawan on Friday, administered the oath of secrecy to D. Y. Patil, the new Governor of Bihar who replaces outgoing Governor Debananda Konwar following allegations of corruption in the appointments of six Vice Chancellors in Bihar universities.

  • High Court Stays Arrest of Former SSP of Patna

    Former Patna SSP Alok Kumar's home in Patna.

    Patna: The Patna High Court on Friday ordered a stay on the arrest of former Saran DIG Alok Kumar who was recently suspended following allegations of extortion and threats against a liquor distributor.

  • Garib Vikas Party Merges with the BJP

    Garib Vikas Party merges with BJP on Friday.

    Patna: The rather small and obscure Garib Vikas Party (GVP), to make its presence felt after being sidelined for several years, formally merged into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday in the presence of top party leaders.

  • Former Test Cricketer in Patna, Praises Bihar

    Former Test Cricketer VVS Laxman in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Former Test Cricketer VVS Laxman, speaking at the conclusion of the Bihar Sub-Junior Sports Meet at Moinul Haque Stadium in Patna on Thursday, praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for bringing positive changes in the state and putting Bihar on the path of development.

  • Transport Sub-inspector in Vigilance Net

    Vigilance raid at sub-inspector's house in Digha on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Vigilance sleuth in Digha area in Patna on Thursday morning raided the house of a mobile Sub-inspector and seized assets worth in excess of Rs. 7 crore.

  • Manoj Bajpai at Pataliputra Films and TV Academy

    Actor Manoj Bajpai at film institute in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Noted film star Manoj Bajpai, in Patna on Thursday, inaugurated the commencement of the new session of course at the Pataliputra Films and Television Academy in the presence of school officials and students.

  • Patna Police Assist in Couple's Wedding

    Couples get married after drama at Mahavir temple.

    Patna: A 24-year woman from Jehanabad and a 25-year old man from Aurangabad were escorted to a police station in Patna on Thursday and talked into tying the knot after the man, minutes before getting married to the woman at the Mahavir Temple outside Patna Junction developed cold feet.

  • Konwar Leaves; Patil Welcomed by Nitish Kumar

    Nitish Kumar welcoming Bihar's new Governor D. Y. Patil at Patna Airport on Wednesday.

    Patna: Newly-appointed Governor of Bihar Dr. D. Y. Patil arrived in Patna on Wednesday amidst warm welcome by Chief Minister Nitish, a number of his cabinet members, other party leaders, and senior government officials.

  • Youths Arrested for Robbing ATMs in Patna

    Two youths arrested for stealing money from ATMs.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday afternoon nabbed two youths for stealing several lakh rupees from unsuspecting bank account holders by illegally withdrawing cash from a number of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) spread across the state capital.

  • CM Back from Delhi; Optimistic about Bihar's Fate

    Nitish Kumar speaking to the media upon his arrival from New Delhi on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, upon his arrival from Delhi on Tuesday, received warm welcome from his party members and supporters for successfully holding the 'Adhikar Rally' at Ramlila Maidan last Sunday.

  • BJP Leader Throws Cold Water on CM's Claim of Success

    BJP leader and Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh.

    Patna: Bihar Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, on Monday, downplayed the success of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's so-called 'Bihar Model' saying it was not fair for the Chief Minister to compare his policies with that of the economic policies of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi whose success in turning Gujarat around is a documented fact and not just electoral rhetoric.

  • Children Rescued from Rajasthan Factories Arrive in Patna

    Child workers rescued from Rajasthan factories arrive in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: More than 180 children ranging between the age of 8 and 15 arrived at Patna Junction on Sunday evening after having been rescued from various factories in Rajasthan employing child labor.

  • BJP Extends Date for Hunkar Rally

    Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey at a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: With the Bihar unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a state of disarray following the recent change on the state leadership, party new state president Mangal Pandey, at a press meet in Patna on Sunday, announced the postponement of the 'Hunkar Rally' until October 27.

  • Give us Special Status, Get our Support: Nitish in Delhi

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the Adhikar Rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at the much-touted Adhikar Rally in New Delhi on Sunday, drew the line on the sand saying whoever was willing to provide special economic status to Bihar would get his party's support in the next Parliamentary elections.

  • Two Accused in Student's Murder Case Surrender

    Protest over student's murder continues in Patna.

    Patna: Four days after a student was shot dead during a clash between the residents of Patel Chhatrawas and the residents of Bhikhna Pahari, two persons named in the FIR surrendered before a court as the police continue their search for three others accused in the case.

  • Electricity to Cost More in Bihar from April

    BERC Chairperson U. N. Panjiar announces hike power tariff in Bihar.

    Patna: Bihar Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Chairperson U. N. Panjiar let the cat out of the bag Friday when he announced a hike in the rate of electricity by 6.9% that would go into effect come April 1, 2013.

  • Shahi Hoping the New Governor would Repeal VC Appointments

    Education Minister P. K. Shahi.

    Patna: Education Minister P. K. Shahi, speaking at the Legislative Council in Patna on Friday, said that the government was hoping the new Governor of Bihar D. Y. Patel would withdraw the appointments of six Vice Chancellors in the state that were reinstated by his predecessor Debananda Konwar.

  • Railways Golf Tournament Kicks off at Patna Golf Club

    ECR General Secretary A. K. Chandra talks about golf tournament in Patna starting Saturday.

    Patna: Over a hundred golfers from across the nation would be participating in the 57th All India Inter Railway Golf Championship that is slated to begin at the Patna Golf Club on Saturday.

  • Two-Day Patna Literary Festival Coming up Soon

    Art and Culture Minister Sukhda Pandey at a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Art and Culture Minister Sukhda Pandey, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday said that the city would hold a two-day Patna Literary Festival (PLF) to coincide with the three-day Bihar Diwas celebrations that kick off on March 22.

  • Acid Thrown on Teenager Girl in Hajipur

    15-year old girl with acid burns admitted at PMCH on Thursday.

    Hajipur: Unidentified criminals in Dayalpur village in Vaishali district at the wee hours on Thursday threw acid from a window on a 15-year-old girl who was sleeping, causing burn to her face, neck and hands, officials said.

  • Bhikhna Pahari Residents Take out Protest March

    Protest in Bhikhna Pahari in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: People in Bhikhna Pahari area on Thursday took out a protest rally to demand eviction of students living in Patel Chhatrawas that recently made headlines following a shootout between its inmates and local residents that led to the death of one student and injuries to two others.

  • Matric Exam Begins on Peaceful Note

    Matriculation exam begins in Bihar on Wednesday.

    Patna: Over 13 lakh students in Bihar across thousands of schools in the state on Monday began their matriculation exam being conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) amid tight security.

  • CM Inaugurates 19th Patna Book Fair

    Visitors at Patna Book Fair on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated the much-awaited 19th Patna Book Fair 2013 at Gandhi Maidan where 700 stalls representing a host of book publishers, both national and international, to fill the appetite of book lovers of varied tastes.

  • Clash in Bhikhna Pahari Leaves one Student Dead; Two Injured

    Riot in Bhikhna Pahari in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday resorted to mild lathi charge when angry students in the Bhikhna Pahari, Khazanchi Road areas burnt tires and woods on the road following the death of a student in a shoot-out between the residents of the notorious Patel Hostel and local residents in the area late Monday night.

  • CM Inaugurates Bihar Expo-2013 in Patna

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurates "Destination Bihar Expo – 2013 in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday inaugurated the six-day "Destination Bihar Expo – 2013" sponsored by the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) to promote products of both private and government industries of all sizes.

  • Noted Economist Praises Growth in Bihar

    Noted economist S. A. Aiyar speaking at a symposium at ADRI in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Eminent economist S. A. Aiyar, speaking at a symposium on 'Revisiting Bihar: Development Journey So far' at the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Patna on Tuesday said the folks of Bihar had plenty to be proud of for the changes that have taken place in the last few years, including registering an impressive growth rate of 11%.

  • 61st All India Police Athletic Games Open in Patna

    61st All India Police Athletic Games open at Phulwari in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday kicked off the 61st All India Police Athletic Championship at the Mithilesh Stadium in Phulwarisharif as cops, both men and women from a number of states, performed folk dances from their respective states to mark the beginning of the event.

  • Lawyers in Bihar Boycott Courts

    Patna High Court wears a deserted look on Monday.

    Patna: Over a lakh lawyers in Bihar on Monday refrained from going to the court houses across the state in a display of solidarity for their colleagues in Chandigarh and Jaipur where police resorted to lathi charge to quell a protest.

  • Bihar Leaders Demand CBI Probe against Ex-Bihar Governor

    File photo of former Governor of Bihar Debananda Konwar.

    Patna: Just two days after the Central government ordered the transfer of Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar having him swapped places with his Tripura counterpart D. Y. Patil, leaders in Bihar wasted no time in asking for a CBI probe against Konwar alleging he accepted bribes in the appointment of six Vice Chancellors that were earlier removed by the High Court.

  • Shivratri Observed

    Shivratri observed in Patna.

    Patna: Hundreds of thousands of devotees in Patna on Sunday observed Shivratri by holding fast and offering prayers at several Shiva temples in the state capital.

  • ‘Gujarat Model’ Won’t Work outside Gujarat: Karat

    CPI leaders Prakash Karat and Subhashini Ali at a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary Prakash Karat, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, shrugged off the so-called ‘Gujarat Model’ of development saying the model was not suitable for the rest of the nation due to the uniqueness of each state.

  • Modi Lays Foundation Stone for Central School in Sheohar

    Sushil Kumar Modi laying the foundation stone for a Central School in Sheohar on Sunday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Central School in Sheohar in the presence of Urban Development Minister Prem Kumar, local MP Rama Devi, and a number of local leaders.

  • Bihar Governor Konwar Out; D Y Patil In

    File photo of Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Inset, Bihar's new Governor D. Y. Patil.

    Patna: The strained relationship over the appointments of Vice Chancellors in Bihar universities between Governor Debananda Konwar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar came to an end on Saturday when the Central government issued the order of swapping the Governors of Bihar and Tripura thus making Dr. Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil the new occupant of the Raj Bhawan in Patna.

  • PU VC Assaulted at University Premise

    PU Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh (File Photo).

    Patna: Students of Patna University continued to malign the name of what once was known as the Oxford of the East when students allegedly representing All India Students Federation (AISF) roughed up Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh near his official chamber on Saturday afternoon.

  • Govt. to offer Subsidy to Women for Cattle Purchase

    Giriraj Singh speaking at a function to mark International Women's Day.

    Patna: Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, at a function organized by the COMPFED to mark the International Women’s Day in Patna on Friday, said that the government would provide financial assistance to women in villages who wish to purchase cattle, including cows, buffaloes, or goats.

  • PAHAL Encourages Literacy among Women

    Women and girls being given literacy certificates by PAHAL on Friday.

    Patna: Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL), to mark the International Women’s Day at Leela Prasad Memorial Literacy Center at Bir village on Friday, held a program to encourage literacy among the underprivileged women and girls.

  • Patna'ites Endure another Day of Bandh, Rally, Road Jam

    Protest during Bihar bandh in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: It was yet another day in Patna marred by rallies, protests, bandh, chakka jam, and massive traffic gridlock that sets the state capital apart from any other growing city that refuses to change with time.

  • Government Prepares to Crackdown on Illegal Miners

    Mining Minister Satyadeo Narayan Arya at a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Mining Minister Satyadeo Narayan Arya, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday said that the state government, following a directive by the Supreme Court of India, is preparing a new sand mining policy that would be adopted as early as this August this year.

  • Job Fair for Under-privileged People

    Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, announced the opening of a job fair in the city on Friday to attract people from the weaker section of the society.

  • Row in State Assembly over Lathi Charge on Contractual Teachers

    Opposition leaders march to Raj Bhawan on Wednesday to protest against police high-handedness under the Nitish administration.

    Patna: A day after the police in Patna showered batons on the agitating contractual teachers, opposition leaders in Bihar Assembly repeatedly disrupted the session on Wednesday by chanting anti-Nitish slogans while also calling him an autocrat who, they said, had imposed a virtual police rule in the state to maintain his hegemony.

  • All Households to have Power by 2015; Says Energy Minister

    Energy Minister Vijendra Yadav.

    Patna: Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, speaking at the state Assembly on Monday, said that Bihar would get 5300 megawatt of electricity by 2015 that would be sufficient to provide power to all households in the state.

  • Top BJP Leaders to Attend Hunkar Rally: Pandey

    BJP state president Mangal Pandey holding a press conference in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Mangal Pandey, at a press conference in Patna on Monday following his return from New Delhi, said that the party was gearing up to host the 'Hunkar Rally' in Patna on April 15 that would be attended by top party leaders including Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Dharmendra Pradhan, and others.

  • Upendra Kushwaha Announces Formation of RLSP

    Upendra Kushwaha forms a new party on Sunday.

    Patna: Former friend-turned-foe of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Upendra Kushwaha, on Sunday announced the formation of a brand new party called Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, or RSLP, with him being its national president of the party.

  • Free Health Camp by PAHAL and Rotary Pataliputra

    Free health camp by PAHAL in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Rotary Pataliputra and Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) jointly organized a mega free health awareness and health checkup camp on Sunday at Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi's clinic located on Exhibition Road in Patna.

  • Nitish Fears for Population Explosion in Bihar

    CM speaking at PEDICON in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while speaking at the 24th state-level conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (Pedicon 2013) in Patna on Saturday, said that while the rate of infant mortality in Bihar had gone down considerably thanks to the efforts of the state doctors, Bihar still had a long way to go in eradicating malnutrition and poor health among the children.

  • PMCH Alumnus Receives Prestigious Award in the US

    Dr. Suresh Prasad being honored in Odessa, Texas.

    Odessa, Texas, USA: Heritage of Odessa’s 2013 Community Statesmen award was presented in a glittering ceremony which was attended by about 800 guests on February 28 2013 at MCM Grande Hotel FunDome.

  • Brishan Patel Seeks Support in Delhi for Special Status

    Brishan Patel in New Delhi on Saturday.

    New Delhi: Transport and Public Relations Minister Brishan Patel, at a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, urged the people of Bihar to rally behind Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his demand for special economic status for the state without which, it was nearly impossible for Bihar to catch up with the rest of the developed states.

  • Bihar's Speedy Trial System to be Adopted in other States

    Supreme Court Justice Aftab Alam and Bihar DGP Abhayanand at the police conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Top police officials from across the country who are participating in the 43rd All India Police Science Congress 2013 being held in Patna, on the third and final day of the convention, heaped praised on the Speedy Trial system introduced by the Nitish administration saying they would highly recommend its adoption in their own respective states.

  • Students Attacked after Trying to Prevent Eve Teasing

    Student beaten up after trying to protect girsl from eve-teasing on Friday.

    Patna: Anti-social elements living in the Jackson Hostel of Patna University on Friday assaulted a group of students who were out for a morning stroll sending at least one student to the hospital.

  • Nitish Kumar Turns 62

    CM being wished on his birthday on Friday.

    Patna: Politicians cutting across the party line wished Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a happy birthday for turning 62 on Friday.

  • Nitish, Modi have Different Takes on Budget 2013

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar watching the live telecast of the 2013 Union Budget in his office in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were split on their opinions about the 2013 Union Budget with the Chief Minister lauding Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for promising to re-visit criteria for granting special status and Modi sticking largely to the old criticism of the budget being 'anti aam aadmi'.

  • Murder Charges Filed against former JD-U Minister

    File photo of former JD-U minister Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha (in red shirt).

    Patna: Police in Bhojpur district on Thursday filed an FIR against former Bihar Minister and Janata Dal – U leader Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha and three others in connection with the murder of Vinod Singh, the mukhia of Isari Panchayat, who was gunned down on Tuesday.

  • Governor, CM Pay Respect to Dr. Rajendra Prasad

    Governor, CM at Rajendra Memorial in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday paid floral tribute to nation's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

  • Change or Perish: Nitish to Law Enforcement Officials

    Top police officials from around the country gather in Patna for the 43rd All India Police Science Congress meet.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday kicked off the three-day 43rd All India Police Science Congress organized jointly by the Bihar Police and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to discuss and share ideas on issues related to fighting crime in the nation.

  • Bihar Looking for an Alternative to RJD, NDA: Tariq Anwar

    NCP leader Tariq Anwar welcomes Nagmani into the party on Wednesday.

    Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary and Central Agriculture Minister Tariq Anwar, at a function in Patna on Wednesday, said the people of Bihar got nothing but disappointment and frustration after the 15 years of misrule by the RJD and then 7 more years of a failed government by the NDA.

  • World Bank Country Director Impressed by Growth in Bihar

    World Bank India Director Omno Ruhl meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.

    Patna: The India Director of the World Bank, Omno Ruhl, during his meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter's residence in Patna on Wednesday, praised the state government for creating an atmosphere that was conducive to economic progress vis-a-vis delivering social justice to various sections of the society.

  • Mukhia's Murder Leads to Protest in Bihar Assembly

    RJD leaders protest outside Bihar Assembly on Wednesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Wednesday protested outside Bihar Assembly demanding a CBI probe into the murder of the Ichri Panchayat mukhia in Bhojpur district saying his assassination was politically motivated and the state government was responsible for catching the killers.

  • CM Inaugurates 88th Foundation Day of Patna Medical College

    Nitish Kumar inaugurating the 88th foundation day of the Patna Medical College on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inaugurated the 88th Foundation Day of Patna Medical College (PMC) by lighting the ceremonial lamp in the presence of many luminaries, mostly former students of the college, including several health professionals settled in the UK and US.

  • Vashisht Narayan Singh Re-elected JD-U State President

    CM congratulating Vashist Narayan Singh after his re-election for the party's state president's post.

    Patna: A day after filing his nomination papers for retaining his seat as the Janata Dal – U state president, party Returning Officer Gyanendra Singh Gyanu, on Monday, declared Vashisht Narayan Singh the winner.

  • AISF Demands Re-evaluation of Test Papers

    AISF protest in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Hundreds of protestors in Patna on Monday demonstrated in front of the state Employees Selection Commission office alleging massive irregularities in the results of the recently held Secretariat Assistant exam.

  • 'Psycho Killer', Gang Wanted in Eight Killing Caught

    Murderers arrested in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Sunday caught the man known as the 'Psycho Killer' who was wanted in the cold-blooded murder of eight women and a host of other crimes.

  • Fire Destroys Tent Godown in Bahadurpur

    Fire at a tent house in Bahadurpur in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: A blazing fire in Bahadurpur Housing Colony under Agam Kuan police station on Sunday gutted a 'shamiana' warehouse that was being used to store tents and other items used in community events.

  • Peaceful Poll in Kalyanpur; 50% Turnout Reported

    Polling in Kalyanpur constituency in Samastipur district on Sunday.

    Samastipur: Voters, amidst heavy security, cast their ballots in the Kalyanpur constituency in Samastipur district on Tuesday where polling was necessitated due to the passing away of Janata Dal – U legislator Ram Sevak Hazari last October.

  • CM Touts Record on Containing Crime in Bihar

    Nitish Kumar at a convention of the National Judicial Academy (Eastern Zone) at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a convention of the National Judicial Academy (Eastern Zone) at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, said that the conviction rate in Bihar was the largest in the nation with over 79,000 criminals convicted and sent to jail since he came into power.

  • Bomb Scare on Ashok Rajpath Ensues Massive Road Jam

    The scooter with a suspicious briefcase on a scooter at Ashok Rajpath in Patna.

    Patna: With the nation still shell-shocked from the Hyderabad terrorist blasts on Thursday that left at least 13 dead and over 70 injured, people on busy Ashok Rajpath in Patna ran helter skelter after pedestrians found an unattended briefcase on Friday evening.

  • Nitish Condemns Maoist Blast in Gaya; Terror Act in Hyderabad

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Friday condemned the landmine blast by the red extremists in Majhauliya village in Gaya district that left eight persons, including six cops dead this afternoon.

  • Opposition Protests against Lathi Charge on Legislators

    RJD leaders protest outside Bihar Assembly on Friday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and other parties in the opposition on Friday protested the police lathi charge on opposition leaders on Thursday saying the assault was 'barbaric and a sign of dictatorship' where people's voice was being crushed for speaking against the failure of the government.

  • Nitish Breaks Silence over Katju's Disparaging Report

    CM arriving at Bihar Assembly on Wednesday.

    Patna: After keeping mum for nearly a week over the recent scathing report by the Press Council of India (PCI) that accused the Nitish administration of sidelining those in the media that did not fall in the line with other cheerleaders, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar slammed PCI Chairperson and former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju saying he was barking the wrong tree and would not succeed in bullying the government to acquiesce to his political demagoguery.

  • Patna Paralyzed by Bandh; Train Service Disrupted

    Patna overtaken by trade union members on Wednesday.

    Patna: Trade union activists led by a host of leftist outfits in Patna on Wednesday succeeded in disrupting the normal life in the state capital on the first day of their two-day nation-wide strike causing extreme inconvenience to those who had nothing to do with their strike.

  • Suspended DIG Alok Kumar's House Raided

    The house of former Patna SSP Alok Kumar raided on Wednesday.

    Patna: The state police in Patna on Wednesday raided the house of former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar, along with three other senior government officials across the state, and recovered cash and assets to the tune of Rs. 78.85 lakh.

  • Miss Universe Contestant Shilpa Singh in Patna

    Beauty contestant Shilpa Singh in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: After making her mark in the recent Miss Universe Beauty Contest held in Las Vegas, Miss India Universe 2012 Shilpa Singh arrived in Patna on Tuesday to express her gratitude for the love and support her fellow Biharis showered on her.

  • Modi Reports 11.95% Annual Growth in 11th Plan

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi releasing the economic survey 2012-13 report on Tuesday.

    Patna: Despite an overall decline in national and global economy, Bihar managed to register an impressive 11.95 growth rate in the 11th Five Year Plan, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who is also the state Finance Minister, said on Tuesday.

  • RJD Leaders Demand Choubey, Giriraj Singh's Resignation

    Opposition leaders demanding the resignation of two BJP leaders on Tuesday.

    Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar Assembly, led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), on the second day of the Budget session on Tuesday, tweaked their daily talking points from banning alcohol in Bihar to the sacking of two senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders saying the two had crossed the line when they described some Muslim legislators as 'Pakistani agents'.

  • Vehicle Security Check doesn't Go Well with RJD Leaders

    Vehicle checking outside Bihar Legislative Council in Patna on Tuesay.

    Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar on Tuesday, after demanding the resignations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Giriraj Singh, slammed the House for instituting vehicle check in the Legislative Council premises saying the whole exercise was demeaning and insulting to the lawmakers who deserved due respect as the representatives of the people.

  • After Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha Rips Katju; Demands his Sacking

    Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha (file photo) blasts PCI chairperson Markandey Katju.

    New Delhi: Refusing to be cowed down by the alleged bullying tactics of Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Markandey Katju, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders doubled down on their criticism against Katju saying he had crossed the line of decency and professionalism one too many time and it was time he should be fired from his position.

  • Noisy Scene at Bihar Assembly Budget Session

    Bihar Governor delivers inaugural speech on the opening day of the Assembly budget session on Monday.

    Patna: The ceremonial speech of Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, on the opening day of the state Assembly's Budget session on Monday, was marred with frequent disruptions as leaders from the opposition parties led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) called his address a 'bundle of lies' and the claims of any significant change in Bihar in terms of corruption and development were nothing but the government-provided propaganda talking points.

  • More than 7,000 students take part in 'Surya Namaskar'

    Thousands take part in Monday's 'Surya Namaskar' at Moinul Haque Stadium.

    Patna: Over seven thousand students from a number of schools and colleges in Patna on Monday participated in the 'Surya Namaskar' at the Moinul Haque Stadium in honor of Swami Vivekananda whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated nationwide in a big way.

  • BSEB Intermediate Exam Begins; over 100 Students Expelled

    Girls in Patna appearing in the Inter exam on Monday.

    Patna: Thousands of students across the state appeared on the first day of the Intermediate exams held by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Monday.

  • Jaitley Slams Katju; Demands his Resignation from PCI

    BJP leader Arun Jaitley during his recent visit to Patna.

    New Delhi: Just days after the Chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI) Markandey Katju delivered a scathing indictment of the Nitish government saying it was suppressing the voice of the opposition, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley, in Delhi on Sunday, slammed the former Supreme Court Judge saying Katju was acting more like a politician who had scores to settle with state governments run by the BJP.

  • CM Visits Valmiki Nagar Tiger Reserve

    CM at Valmiki Nagar Tiger Project in Bettiah on Sunday.

    Bettiah: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday paid an impromptu visit to to the Valmiki Nagar Tiger Project near Bettiah where he enjoyed the natural beauty of the forest while also holding meeting with the officials related with the Environment and Forestry Department.

  • Asaram Bapu Delivers Lecture in Patna amidst Protest

    Protest over Asaram Bapu's visit to Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Religious guru Asaram Bapu, after stirring pot against the role of women in Indian society following the gang rape in a moving bus in New Delhi and her eventual death that angered law-abiding people all over the world, arrived in Patna on Saturday amidst protest by a number of women's group.

  • Choubey Favors 33% Reservation for Women in Politics

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Social Welfare Minister Parveen Amanullah at a seminar on women empowerment in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, at a workshop on women's empowerment jointly sponsored by the Women's Development Corporation and the state government at Hotel Pataliputra in Patna on Saturday, said that he was in favor of 33% reservation for women in national politics.

  • Contractual Doctors Boycott Exam

    Contractual doctors tear up test papers in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Contractual doctors in Bihar on Saturday boycotted the written test conducted by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) for the regularization of their services by tearing up test papers saying the test was not legitimate after the state government went back on its words.

  • World's Tallest Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled in Patna

    CM unveils world's tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Friday unveiled the world's tallest bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan in the presence of several dignitaries, including two Gandhians and the artists who built the statue.

  • Souvenir Shop Opens at Patna Museum

    Sukhda Pandey inaugurates souvenir shop at Patna Museum on Friday.

    Patna: Bihar Minister for Sports, Youth, Art and Culture Dr. Sukhda Pandey in Patna on Friday inaugurated the opening of a souvenir shop at Patna Museum to sell mementos, replicas of artifacts, and Bihar-centric handicraft items for tourists from around the world.

  • Women Pledge to Stand up against Abuse

    Women and girls in Patna take part in the 'One Billion Rising Campaign' on Thursday.

    Patna: Thousands of women and school and college girls in Patna on Thursday held a peaceful rally to protest violence against the fairer sex under the aegis of 'One Billion Rising Campaign' aimed at raising awareness about crime against women and young girls.

  • MU Holds Students' Union Election; Marred by Violence

    Magadh University students show their vote finger after casting their ballots in MU Students' Union election on Thursday.

    Patna: After a gap of nearly 32 years, Magadh University on Thursday held its students' union elections amidst sporadic incidents of violence though officials described it as 'peaceful' with rather a low turnout that was estimated to be in the range of 30 to 35 percent.

  • Kidnapped Boy Recovered; Six Arrested

    Six arrested in kidnapping of a Patna boy.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday arrested six men in connection with the abduction of Rahul who was kidnapped from his flat on Govind Mitra Road on February 10 and rescued the victim from a flat in Rajiv Nagar.

  • Politicians React to Press Council of India Report

    Congress Bihar in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: A day after a Press Council of India (PCI) accused the Nitish government of trying to suppress the voice of the independent press, politicians of all colors and stripes sprung to action criticizing or praising the administration depending on their party affiliation.

  • Bikers Gang Vandalize Shops on Boring Road

    Shops on Boring Road vandalized by a gang of bikers on Wednesday.

    Patna: A gang of bikers on Wednesday afternoon terrorized shop owners on Boring Road-Boring Canal Road Crossing by randomly smashing windows, glass panes, and other properties of shops to protest the murder of one Vinay Kumar who was gunned down on Boring Canal Road late Tuesday night.

  • Patna Book Fair to open on March 13

    Patna Book Fair press meet in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: The 19th Patna Book Fair sponsored by the Center for Readership Development (CRD) will be held between March 13 and March 24 at the Gandhi Maidan.

  • Rajak Seeks Amendment in National Food Security Bill

    Shyam Rajak in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    New Delhi: Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak, speaking at a national meeting of his counterparts from other states in New Delhi on Wednesday, said that without necessary changes in the National Food Security Bill (NFSB), the bill was essentially meaningless.

  • Press Council Slams Nitish Government on Media Management

    PCI chairperson Markandey Katzu in Patna (file photo).

    New Delhi: A fact-finding team by the Press Council of India (PCI), on Tuesday, indicted the Nitish administration of manipulating the press in Bihar to its own benefit while trying to muzzle the voice of the reporters who did not stick to the Nitish talking points.

  • Salman Khurshid also Favors World Heritage Status for Nalanda

    Union Minister Salman Khurshid with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Nalanda.

    Rajgir: Congress leader and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who was in Rajgir on Tuesday to take part in the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting, joined the chorus with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Dr. Amartya Sen saying the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University deserved to be included in the United Nations World Heritage Site and he would do everything in his power to see Nalanda University gets its due.

  • Auto Chop Shop Busted; Four Arrested

    Stripped down bodies of stolen vehicles at an auto shop in Patna.

    Patna: A day after the Kankarbagh police busted a gang of vehicle lifters following raids at several places, police in Patna arrested four persons, including the owners of the car junkyard, and sent them to jail on Tuesday.

  • CM Unhappy with Raj Bhawan's Decision on VCs

    CM at Janata Durbar on Monday.

    Patna: Two days after the Patna High Court order the reinstatement of six Vice Chancellors of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, expressed his disappointment with the court's decision saying though he disagreed with the order, the government would comply with it.

  • Tilka Manjhi's Birth Anniversary Observed

    Adivasi women holding a road show in Patna on Monday to mark the birth anniversary of Tilka Manjhi.

    Patna: Janata Dal - U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh, during a function to mark the 262nd birth anniversary of Tilka Manjhi, the first Santhali leader to take up arms against the British Raj, sympathized with the Adivasis' predicament saying they remained economically and socially impoverished despite six decades after India gaining independence from the British empire.

  • Engg. Students Ambush Minister at CM's Janata Durbar

    Engineering students from Motihari arguing with the Science and Technology Minister at CM's janata durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Engineering students in Patna, at the Chief Minister's Janata Durbar on Monday, created ruckus by ambushing Science and Technology Minister Gautam Singh while Nitish Kumar was busy talking to other visitors with their grievances.

  • Patna HC Orders Reinstatement of Six Vice Chancellors

    Patna University Shambhu Nath Singh is among the six VCs to keep their jobs following a court order.

    Patna: In a classic example of bureaucracy gone wild, Patna High Court, two months after declaring the appointments of six Bihar Vice Chancellors and four Pro-VCs invalid following an appeal by the state government, the same court on Saturday reinstated the six VCs contending the Governor had the final authority in the matter and was not obligated to go by the recommendations made by the state government.

  • Patna's Popular Shopping Place Burglarized

    9 to 9 shop in Patna burglarized on Saturday night.

    Patna: Burglars in Patna on late Saturday night broke into the 9 to 9 Super Market near Ramnagari Mor on Ashiana-Digha Road under Shastri Nagar police station and escaped with Rs. 2 lakh in cash, besides other items.

  • Security Tightened in Bihar following Afzal's Hanging

    Bihar DGP Abhayanand (file photo).

    Patna: Bihar, in the wake of the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru in New Delhi's Tihar Jail on Friday, Bihar was put on high alert following a directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand said.

  • CM Pays Homage to Prof. Vinodanand Singh

    CM pays tribute to Prof. Vinodanand Singh on Saturday.

    Patna: Former legislator Prof. Vinodanand Singh who died last Friday following prolonged illness at the age of 73 was cremated with full state honors at the Gulbi Ghat in Patna on Saturday.

  • Sugar-cane Growers Protest in Patna

    CPI-ML protest in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India – ML, Kisan Mahasabha, and other leftist groups in Bihar in Patna on Saturday took out a rally to protest the policies of the state government affecting the sugar-cane producers in the state.

  • Foreign Girls Suspect in Rs. 7 lakh Jewelry Heist

    Shoplifters caught on video footage at Tanishq Jewelry in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: A gang of shoplifters with Korean, Nepalese, or Chinese features, in Patna on Friday morning, swiped gold bangles from a local jewelry store to the tune of Rs. 7 lakh.

  • Sri Lankan President Arrives at Bodh Gaya

    President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajpaksha, his wife and other officials arrive in Bodh Gaya on Friday.

    Bodh Gaya: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajpaksha, along with his wife Shiranthi Rajpaksha and a 70-member delegation, arrived at Bodh Gaya on Friday to offer prayers at the Mahabodhi Temple.

  • Narendra Modi will not become the PM: Paswan

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan at a press meet in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press meeting in Patna on Friday, ruled out the possibility of an NDA government at the Center saying neither the NDA would come into power nor Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi will ever become the Prime Minister.

  • CM Visits Organic Farm in Biharsharif

    CM visiting organic farm in Nalanda district on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday visited the organic farm in Sohdih village near Biharsharif where he had the opportunity to see organically-raised cauliflowers, bell peppers (capsicum), mushrooms, and onions in the presence of local farmers and a number of government officials.

  • Husband Torches Wife, Three Children, with Parents' Help

    Man arrested for burning his wife, three children to death in Vaishali district.

    Hajipur: Three small children between the age of two and seven and their mother where charred to death when their father, with the help of his mother and father, poured kerosene on the them before setting them on fire in Arania village near Jandaha in Vaishali district on late Wednesday night, police in Hajipur said.

  • NCC Cadets from Bihar, Jharkhand Honored by Governor

    NCC cadets from Bihar and Jharkhand pose with Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar in Patna on Thursday welcomed the members of the National Cadet Corp (NCC), Bihar and Jharkhand units, at the Raj Bhawan for their excellent performance at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

  • K. C. Tyagi Elected Unopposed to Rajya Sabha

    K. C. Tyagi getting his Rajya Sabha certificate from Returning Officer Phul Jha in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Senior Janata Dal – U leader K. C. Tyagi, in the absence of any other nominee, on Thursday, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha seat vacated by former JD-U leader Upendra Kushwaha.

  • Nitish Ignores Protests in Gaya; Says he is focused on Development

    Nitish Kumar visiting a small-scale industry fair in Gaya on Wednesday.

    Gaya: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while participating in a Gaya Chamber of Commerce program on Wednesday, said that he was completely focused on making Bihar an economically and socially better state despite resistance from a certain section of the society.

  • Nitish Discusses 2013-14 Plan Size with Ahluwalia

    Montek Singh Ahluwalia with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other dignitaries in Rajgir on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while holding a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia at a government guesthouse in Rajgir on Tuesday, presented him a copy of the state's plan for 2013-14 to the tune of Rs. 34,000 crore and discussed several economic issues affecting Bihar.

  • Former Patna SSP Alok Kumar Suspended

    Former Patna SSP Alok Kumar suspended on charges of corruption (file photo).

    Patna: Nearly two weeks after the news of former Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar demanding Rs. 10 crore in extortion money from a liquor distributor in Saran district surfaced, the state government on Tuesday announced the suspension of Kumar on charges of corruption.

  • Anup Jalota Performs at Late BJP Leader's Death Anniversary

    BJP leaders pay tribute to Ashwini Kumar on the occasion of his first death anniversary.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Tuesday observed the first anniversary of the passing away of former party state president Ashwini Kumar at a function held at the Rabindra Bhawan amidst singing of bhajans and hymns by noted singer Anup Jalota.

  • No Special Status for Bihar: Ahluwalia Reiterates

    Ahluwalia and Nitish Kumar in Patna (file photo).

    Patna: Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia, dashing the hopes of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Monday, once again ruled out special category status for Bihar though he favored a beefed-up special package for the state that, he said, would help build infrastructure and improve both agricultural and industrial sectors in Bihar.

  • Nalanda University to Begin Two Courses from September 2014

    Meeting of the Nalanda University Board of Governors in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: The Nalanda University (NU) Board of Governors, during their meet in Patna on Monday, gave the go ahead signal to begin two courses at the university that would commence from September 2014.

  • Violators Beware: Traffic Surveillance Cameras Coming to Patna

    Busy intersections like Dak Bungalow crossing in Patna to be monitored by sureveillance cameras.

    Patna: In an attempt to reign in criminals and habitual traffic violators, Patna will soon be dotted with 79 surveillance cameras at most strategic spots, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amrit Raj said on Sunday.

  • Acid Thrown on 10-year old Boy; Hospitalized

    10-year old boy hospitalized after being attacked by acid in Patna City on Sunday.

    Patna: A ten-year old boy was injured when someone in his neighborhood threw a bottle of acid on him causing burn on his face and possible injuries in his eyes.

  • Two Arrested in MLA Assault Case on Running Train

    Pankaj Kumar and Saurabh Kumar (in the background), two of the many accused in the MLA assault case, arrested on Saturday.

    Patna: Railway police in Patna on Saturday arrested two railway ticket examiners (TTEs) for roughing up Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Agiaon constituency in Bhojpur district Shivesh Kumar and misbehaving with his wife on Danapur-Howrah Express (12352) on late Friday night.

  • Tyagi Files Nomination Papers for Kushwaha Seat in RS

    JD-U leader K. C. Tyagi files his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha seat.

    Patna: Senior Janata Dal – U leader K. C. Tyagi on Saturday filed his nomination papers for the by-election for the Rajya Sabha seat that was vacated following the resignation of Upendra Kushwaha who had decided to go his own way due to political differences between him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

  • CPM Open to Alliance with non-Communist Parties: Brinda

    Brinda Karat in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India - M senior leader Brinda Karat, at a press meet in Patna on Friday, said that her party was open to alliance with non-leftist parties for the broader interest of the nation.

  • Bihar's First Cardiac Mobile Screening Van Launched

    Deputy CM Sushil KUmar Modi inaugurates the first cardiac screening mobile unit launched by Dr. Mahendra Narain Foundation in Patna.

    Patna: Bihar’s first cardiac screening mobile van was launched today in the state capital by Dr. Mahendra Narain Foundation. The chief guest on the occasion Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, lauded the efforts of the foundation in spreading the awareness about heart disease.

  • Moon Khan Runs for Lombard Mayor

    Moin Moon Khan with other Illinoisans.

    (As reported by Bonnie MacKay in The Lombardian Newspaper)

    Lombard, Illinois: With encouragement from a number of people and a lot of ideas he would like to see implemented, another Lombardian resident Moon Khan has confirmed he will seek the village president’s post in the upcoming election.

    “Lombard has given me so much, I just think it is my time to give something back,” Moon Khan said on Monday after confirming that he is currently collecting signatures for his nominating petitions and will run in the spring.

    Khan, a native of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, has been a Lombard resident for 12 years since moving here from Chicago. “I want to interact with people,” Khan said, adding that one of the ideas he would like to see implemented would be “real time public participation.”

    Khan, who is a consultant in the information technology field, said he would like to see residents be able to put a question on the village’s Web site. That way the question could be addressed by the proper committee or commission at the next meeting.

    According to Khan’s campaign literature, the group supports term limits, unity in diversity, fiscal responsibility (less is more), and homeowner and business-owner friendly village codes.

    “God gave me this place and Lombard gave me the opportunity,” said Khan, a former York Township trustee.

  • Hazare Pained by Poor Condition of Rajendra Memorial

    Anna Hazare at Rajendra Memorial Ghat in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: The architect of the 'India against Corruption' (IAC) and civil right activist Anna Hazare, following his visit to the Rajendra Memorial at Bans Ghat in Patna on Thursday, expressed his displeasure with the pitiful condition of the site saying it was depressing to see it in such pathetic state and the government must do something to take care of the memorial built in honor of the nation's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

  • Leaders Pay Tribute to RJD Chief Whip Ramchandra Prasad

    CM paying last respect to RJD leader Ramchandra Prasad in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: The body of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief whip in Bihar Legislative Council Ramchandra Prasad who died at a Bangalore hospital on Wednesday morning after prolonged illness at the age of 72, arrived at Patna Airport on Thursday morning amidst the presence of family members and prominent RJD leaders, including party president Lalu Prasad Yadav.

  • Anna Hazare Calls for Massive Change in the System

    Civil right activist Anna Hazare launches his 'Jantantra Rally' from Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday.

    Patna: Civil right activists and social worker Anna Hazare, from the podium at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday, gave a clarion call for a complete change in the nation's administrative system that, he said, favored corruption and cronyism in politics.

  • CM, Governor Pay Homage to Bapu

    CM and Governor at Gandhi Ghat in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, at Patna's Gandhi Ghat on Wednesday, paid floral tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to mark the 65th anniversary of his death.

  • More Flyovers coming to Patna

    The opening of Mithapur overbridge on October 3, 2011.

    Patna: Continuing to battle chronic road jam in the state capital, the state cabinet on Tuesday cleared the construction of another flyover in the city that would connect the Mithapur over-bridge with the existing Chiraiyantand Bridge, officials in Patna said on Wednesday.

  • Anna Hazare Arrives in Patna; to Spend Night at JP's House

    Civil right activist Anna Hazare at JP's residence at Kadam Kuan in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Civil activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare arrived in the state capital amidst warm reception at the Patna Airport. He is in the city to address an anti-corruption rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday, January 30 that coincides with the 65th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Rajak Lambasts Ashis Nandy for his Insulting Remark

    Shyam Rajak lashes out at Ashis Nandy for his remarks on dalits and backwards.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U leader and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday slammed noted author and sociologist Ashis Nandy for his disparaging comments against backwards, dalits, and tribals during the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday.

  • Indian Embassy in DC Celebrates Republic Day

    Indian Embassy in Washington DC celebrates Republic Day.

    Washington DC, USA: The Indian Embassy at Washington DC USA celebrated the 64th Republic Day of India on Jan 26, 2013 Saturday morning.

  • Sri Lankan President to Visit Bihar on Feb. 18

    Sri Lanka High Commissioner Prasad Kariawasam meeting with Nitish Kumar on Friday.

    Patna: The President of Sri Lanka Mahindra Rajpaksha would be coming to Bihar on February 18 during which he would pay a visit to Bodh Gaya.

  • College Girls Get Voters' IDs on National Voters' Day

    National Voters' Day celebrated at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Bihar Chief Secretary A. K. Sinha, at a function to mark the National Voters' Day at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna on Friday, handed out hundreds of token voters' ID card, or Elector's Photo Identity Cards (EPICs), to college from a number of colleges in the state capital.

  • Leaders Pay Homage to RJD MP Uma Shankar Singh

    CM paying tribute to late Uma Shankar Singh, the RJD MP who passed away on Friday.

    Patna: The mortal remains of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Sahebganj Uma Shankar Singh was brought to Patna on Friday. Party president Lalu Prasad Yadav and other senior leaders were present at the Patna Airport to pay their last respect to the departed soul.

  • Melinda Gates Holds Meeting with Nitish Kumar

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar giving gifts to Melinda Gates of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Melinda Gates, the co-chairperson of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday. met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence and discussed a number of health issues affecting people in Bihar, including polio and kala-azar.

  • Lalu Acting Like a Fish out of Water: Nitish

    Karpoori Jayanti observed Janata Dal -U in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function to mark the 89th birth anniversary of socialist leader Karpoori Thakur at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Thursday, took aim at his number one nemesis Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief was like a fish out of water after being shown the door by the voters of Bihar in two consecutive Assembly elections.

  • RJD MP Uma Shankar Singh Passes Away

    RJD MP late Uma Shankar Singh (file photo).

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and a Member of the Parliament from Maharajganj Uma Shankar Singh, after suffering from cardio-pulmonary infections for the last few weeks, died at the AIIMS in New Delhi on Thursday.

  • National Conference on TB opens in Patna in February

    Press conference on the upcoming 3-day conference on TB.

    Patna: More than 300 medical experts from across the nation would be coming to Patna on February 8 to take part in the 3-day 67th National Conference on Tuberculosis and chest disease.

  • Netaji Remembered, CM Slams Congress Leaders

    CM taking salute by march past by state armed forces, scout, and NCC at the Netaji Subhash Chandra  Bose birth anniversary celebration in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday paid floral tributes to firebrand freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to mark his 116th birth anniversary.

  • PU Passes Budget amidst Chaos, Protests

    Student protest outside Wheeler Senate Hall in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Amidst protest and slogan shouting by various student political groups, the Patna University on Wednesday passed the budget showing a deficit of Rs. 294 crore for the fiscal year 2013-14.

  • CACP Chairperson Meets with the Chief Minister

    Chairperson of the CACP Ashok Gulati and Secretary Anandi Subramaniam holding a meeting with Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chairperson of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) Ashok Gulati on Wednesday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence in Patna to talk about issues concerning Bihar.

  • Bihar BJP Leaders Celebrate Rajnath Singh's Election

    BJP leaders in Patna celebrate the eletion of Rajnath Singh as BJP national president.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Wednesday celebrated the election of Rajnath Singh as the party national president by distributing sweets and using firecrackers at the party's state headquarters on Birchand Patel Marg.

  • Lalu Election as RJD Chief a Farce; Says Modi

    Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi standing outside his residence where a farmer had drawn a map of India using crop from his field.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, called the election of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav as the party president for the 8th time in a row a farce since no other party member had the courage to challenge Yadav for the same post.

  • Patna BJP takes out Donkey Rally against Congress Leaders

    BJP activists burn the effigy of Congress leaders.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists in Patna on Tuesday took out a 'donkey' rally to humiliate senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Union Home Minister, for describing BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as terrorist outfits.

  • Heart Project for Athletes Launched in Bihar

    Heart disease camp for athletes in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Cardiologist from St George’s Hospital, London, Dr. Rajay Narain and his team conducted the first of its kind heart disease camp for Inherited Heart disease for sports fraternity of Bihar.

  • March to End the Practice of Female Feticide

    Patna school and college girls march against female feticide on Tuesday.

    Patna: Girl students in Patna on Tuesday took out a peaceful march to advocate an end to the evil practice of female feticide and reduction in the deaths of mother and child during birth process.

  • Saran DIG Alok Kumar Moved to Police HQ in Patna

    ADG Ravindra Kumar holding a press conference in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Facing imminent suspension, Saran range DIG Alok Kumar who has been accused of demanding Rs. 10 crore from a UP-based liquor representative, on Monday was ordered to report to the police headquarters in Patna until the charges against him were investigated.

  • Modi Touts Steps taken to Improve Health Care in Bihar

    Seminar at JPNAIIMS in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while inaugurating an international seminar on 'Emergency Medicine and Trauma' at the Jaya Prakash Narayan All India Institute of Medical Sciences (JPNAAIMS) in Patna on Monday, said that the state government had allocated Rs. 5,085 crore for health-related facilities in the fiscal year 2012-13.

  • Former Patna SSP Alok Kumar Facing Extortion Charges

    Former Patna SSP Alok Kumar (left) and Anupama Nilekar (right).

    Patna: In what could turn out to be one of the biggest crimes in the recent history of Bihar involving police corruption, former Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar currently posted as the DIG, Saran Range, has been accused of demanding Rs. 10 crore from a liquor distributor.

  • Lalu Re-elected Party President; Calls Nitish a Fraud

    Lalu Prasad Yadav  re-elected RJD chief on Sunday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was formally coroneted the party state president for the 8th consecutive year at the party's open convention held at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday.

  • CM Pays Tribute to Ramashray Prasad Singh

    CM visiting the home of late JD-U leader Ramashray Prasad Singh in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday visited the home of senior Janata Dal – U leader Ramashray Prasad Singh in Kankarbagh who died at a Delhi hospital on Saturday at the age of 83.

  • Lalu Expresses Trust in Rahul Gandhi's Leadership

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at a party meet in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) incumbent chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who is all set to retain his party president post for the eighth consecutive term in the absence of challenge from any other leader, at a party meet in Patna on Saturday, came out in support of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi saying he was matured enough to be trusted with bigger responsibilities.

  • Former IFS Officer to be Special Advisor to Bihar

    Former IFS officer P. K. Verma meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

    Patna: Former Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Pawan Kumar Verma in Patna on Saturday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and expressed his desire to work with him in his efforts to move Bihar forward.

  • New BJP State Chief Holds his First Press Meet

    BJP leader Mangal Pandey holding his first press conference in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mangal Pandey, in his maiden press conference since assuming role of the party state president replacing Dr. C. P. Thakur a day ago, on Saturday, said that party high command would decide whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be coming to Patna to attend the 'Hunkaar Rally' to be held in Patna.

  • New Cattle Feed Plant and Hatchery Opens in Hajipur

    Nitish Kumar at the inauguration of the cattle feed and hatchery plant in Hajipur on Friday.

    Hajipur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the Hajipur Industrial Estate on Friday, inaugurated the Rs. 25 crore cattle feed plant and hatchery at the Protech Feed Private Limited (PFPL) premises while also inaugurating a Rs. 25 crore frozen food processing unit at the same place.

  • Mangal Pandey Elected BJP State President

    Mangal Pandey elected BJP Bihar state president on Friday.

    Patna: Mangal Pandey, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, at a function at party headquarters in Patna on Friday, was formally elected the party state president in the presence of senior party leaders, including the outgoing president Dr. C. P. Thakur.

  • Fourth Annual Curd-eating Contest Held

    Curd-eating contest organized by Patna Dairy Project on Friday.

    Patna: Patna Dairy Project, continuing its tradition to promote dairy products in Bihar and other parts of the nation, on Friday organized its 4th annual curd-eating contest at Phulwarisharif during which contestants lapped up nearly 1,000 kilogram of curd in a matter of three minutes!

  • PD Contributor Dr. Joshi Receives Another Award

    Dr. P. L. Joshi being awarded in New Delhi.

    New Delhi: Dr. Prem Lal Joshi, ex Professor of University of Bahrain and an Indian, was recently honored for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of education and research.

  • Bihar will be Energy-Independent: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar at the signing of an MoU in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a function in Patna on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with Satlaz Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited, and Bihar Power Infrastructure to build a 660 megawatt power plant in Chausa under the Buxar Thermal Power Project.

  • Mangal Pandey Poised to Become BJP State President

    Mangal Pandey files his nomination papers for Bihar BJP president's post.

    Patna: After a day of high drama exposing the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of internal dissent, party leaders eventually gathered around 44-year old Mangal Pandey making his election for the post of state BJP president merely a formality.

  • CM Inspects Bihar's First All Women Armed Battallion

    CM inspecting the first Al Women Armed Battallion in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday had the opportunity to see the first ever all-women Armed Battallion of Bihar at a passing parade at the Gandhi Maidan.

  • Over a Dozen Buses Destroyed by Angry Mob

    Buses destroyed by mob on Patna-Fatuha Road.

    Patna: An angry mob on Fatuha-Patna Road on Wednesday destroyed over a dozen buses causing the traffic to come to a halt for nearly six hours.

  • Patna Saheb Gurudwara Celebrates Guru Govind Singh's Anniversary

    Patna Saheb Gurudwara all decked up to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh.

    Patna: Thousands of people from a number of states and country swooped down on the Takht Sri Harmandir Ji Saheb Gurudwara in Patna City on Wednesday to celebrate the 345th birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh, Sikh's 10th Guru.

  • Former Army General Seeks Support for Anna's Rally

    Former Army General V. K. Singh speaking at a seminar in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Former Army chief General V. K. Singh who is in Patna to oversee preparation for the upcoming rally by civil right activist Anna Hazare at Gandhi Maidan on January 30, on Wednesday, slammed the central government on the issue of corruption saying "while the patient was suffering from cancer, he was being treated for minor typhoid".

  • PIB Patna Director's Home Burglarized

    Burglary at PIB director's home in Kankarbagh.

    Patna: Burglars in Patna on late Tuesday night targeted the house of Vijay Kumar, Patna Director of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and got away with cash and valuables to the tune of several lakh rupees.

  • Librarian Throws Chair at Student at JD Women's College

    Student crying after being hit by a chair thrown allegedly at her by the college librarian.

    Patna: In a rather bizarre incident, the librarian of the J. D. Women's College in Patna on Wednesday allegedly hurled a chair at a student causing injury to her.

  • Protest against Asbestos Factory in Vaishali District

    Anti-asbestos rally in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Hundreds of protestors from Patna and neighboring areas on Wednesday took out a rally to protest against the proposed asbestos factory in Vaishali district saying it showed the hypocrisy of the Chief Minister who, on one hand, talked about better health care for the people of Bihar while, on the other, he was allowing an asbestos factory to open in the state.

  • Hepatitis-B Awareness Camp by PAHAL

    Free hepatitis awareness camp by PAHAL in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: The Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) and Rotary Pataliputra in Patna on Wednesday organized a free Hepatitis-B Testing and Awareness Camp at the Nema Place on Exhibition Road.

  • Columbia University Economist Prof. Stiglitz Visits CM's Residence

    Prof. Stiglitz and his wife Anya get warm reception at CM's residence on Tuesday.

    Patna: Nobel laureate and economist Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz, with his wife Anya, paid a visit to the Chief Minister's residence on Tuesday where the two talked about a number of issues facing Bihar and how they could be resolved vis a vis social justice for all.

  • Candle-light March in Support of Anna's Rally

    Former Army General V. K. Singh leads a candle-light rally in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Former Army chief General V. K. Singh in Patna on Tuesday led a candle-light march to promote the upcoming Anna Hazare rally to be held at the Gandhi Maidan on January 30.

  • CM Calls in JD-U Meeting to Discuss Special Status

    JD-U leaders meet at CM's residence in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a meeting of party leaders at his residence in Patna on Tuesday, worked on details of the March 17 rally in New Delhi to build pressure on the Central government on the issue of special category status for Bihar.

  • Singapore Biharis and Jharkhandis Celebrate Makar Sankanti

    Makar Sankranti in Singapore.

    Singapore: BIJHAR, the cultural society of people from Bihar and Jharkhand roots celebrated the glorious festival of Makar Sankranti at St. John Island in Singapore.

  • RJD Leaders from Siwan Join JD-U

    RJD leaders from Siwan join JD-U on Tuesday.

    Patna: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders Awadh Bihari Chowdhary and Indradeo Bhagat, at a function in Patna on Tuesday, joined the Janata Dal – U in the presence of party state president Vashisht Narayan Singh and other party leaders.

  • Bihar a Role Model for other States; Says Nobel Laureate

    American economist Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz speaking in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: American economist and Nobel Prize (Economics/2001) winner Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz, while speaking at a seminar by ADRI Foundation in Patna on Monday, said that Bihar has emerged as the role model for struggle for development and has established that it has huge potential just waiting to be mined.

  • Big Names Coming to Patna for 'Bitiya Bachao' Campaign

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that a number of celebrities would be coming to Patna on January 23 to participate in the day-long seminar organized by the 'Bitiya Bachao' campaign of the state health department.

  • Canadian Delegates Meet with Nitish Kumar

    A delegation from Canada meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Canadian Senator Dr. Asha Seth, Special Envoy of International Trade Biddu Jha, and first secretary of Canadian High Commission in India Theresa De Han met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence in Patna on Sunday.

  • Sarabjit a Victim of Mistaken Identity; Says his Lawyer

    The sister and daughter of Sarbajit Singh with his lawyer Awais Sheikh in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Awais Sheikh, the lawyer of the Indian national Sarabjit Singh who remains incarcerated in a Pakistani jail since 1990 on charges of terrorism, in Patna on Sunday, appealed to the Pakistani President Asif Zardari to exercise his constitutional power and commute Singh's death sentence and release him to improve ties with India.

  • Maize Research Center to be Set up in Katihar: Tariq

    Central Minister Tariq Anwar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Central Agriculture and Food Processing Minister for State Tariq Anwar, at a press meet in Patna on Sunday, said that the Center, in its Five-year Plan, has proposed to set up a national maize research institute in Katihar for which it was seeking 100 acres of land in the area.

  • Health Minister Launches 'Dus ka Dum' Plan for Bihar

    Health department launches a new scheme to keep Biharis healthy.

    Patna: Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, launched a new campaign named 'Dus ka Dum, Swashthya Rahenge Hum' with the goal to improve the health care system in the state and to promote healthy practices among the people of Bihar.

  • Lalu Completes Formality to become RJD President Again

    RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav going to file party papers in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday filed his nomination papers for retaining his party position for the 8th consecutive term.

  • Handicaps Rally to Press for their Demands

    Handicappd rally in Patna for their demands.

    Patna: Dozens of physically-challenged persons representing Bihar Handicapped Students Union in Patna on Saturday demonstrated at the Dak Bungalow crossing to press for their demands.

  • Reception to Bihar Bachao Yatra Encouraging: Paswan

    Ram Vilas Paswan holding a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said he was pleasantly surprised by the huge reception he received during the first phase of his 'Bihar Bachao Yatra' that just ended this Thursday.

  • BJP Workers Burn Effigy of Pakistani President

    ABVP activists burn the effigy of Pakistani President Asif Zardari.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and supporters in Patna on Friday torched the effigy of Pakistani President Asif Zardari for the recent terrorist assaults on Indian Jawans at the Line of Control (LOC) during which one soldier was shot and beheaded in the most barbaric way.

  • Women Help-lines Launched by Amanullah

    Parveen Amanullah inaugurating women's helpline in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Social Welfare Minister Parveen Amanullah inaugurated the "State Level Interactive Meeting on Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage" at the SCADA Business Center in Patna on Friday. 

  • Patna'ites Get brief Relief from Cold

    Students in Patna enjoying the sun on Thursday.

    Patna: After registering the coldest day in the last 145 years as the mercury on Wednesday morning dipped to a record-breaking 1.1º C, people of Patna heaved a collective sigh of relief on Thursday when the sun came up sending the temperature up to a much-tolerable 19.3º C for the most of the day.

  • CM Announces Help for the Families of Truck Accident Victims

    A highway in Bihar.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs. 50,000 each for the victims of the truck accident that claimed the lives of 25 people, including 11 children in Aurangabad district.

  • JD-U Announces Date for Party Elections

    JDU headquarters on Birchand Patel Marg in Patna.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U will hold its party elections between January 15 and February 15 with the polls at the Panchayat level to be completed by January 20, legislator and party election officer Gyanendra Singh Gyanu said on Thursday after holding meeting with the district and state JD-U officials at the party headquarters in Patna.

  • CIMP Building to be Completed this Year

    CM holding meeting with the CIMP officials in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday held a meeting with the Board of Governance of the Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna (CIMP) to review the development of the college campus saying the main building should be completed by the end of this year.

  • Coldest Day in Patna since 1868

    Extreme cold temperature in Patna results in brisk business at winter clothing shops.

    Patna: If the weather officials in Patna are to be believed, Patna registered the lowest temperature since 1868 when the temperature in the state capital on Wednesday plummeted to 1.1º Celsius (33.98º Fahrenheit) throwing normal life out of gear.

  • Patna University Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    A plaque outside Patna College to mark the 150th anniversary of the Patna University.

    Patna: Patna University, the sixth oldest university in the country, celebrated its 15th anniversary on Wednesday in the presence of Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh, and a number of former teachers and students.

  • Protest over Hike in Train Fare

    AISF activists protest hike in railway ticket prices on Wednesday.

    Patna: Students with affiliation to the All India Students' Federation (AISF) in Patna on Wednesday took out a rally to protest the hike in passenger train fare by the Indian Railways.

  • Patna High Court Grants Bail to Rupam Pathak

    File photo of Rupam Pathak

    Patna: The Patna High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Rupam Pathak who was convicted in the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raj Kishore Kesari in Purnia near two years ago.

  • Raids at Six Massage Parlors in Patna; Ten Arrested

    Raid at massage parlors on Jamal Road in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Tuesday arrested six girls and four men from six beauty and massage parlors that acted as fronts for running flesh trade at a shopping complex on busy Jamal Road.

  • Girl Tries to Commit Suicide at CM's Janata Durbar

    Girl (in red shawl) attempts suicide at Chief Minister's Janata Durbar on Monday.

    Patna: There is never a dearth of drama at the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's weekly Janata Durbar but the drama went a little too far on Monday when a college girl tried to slit her wrist in a bid to end her life in full view of the Chief Minister, officials, and other visitors.

  • Patna Women's College Election Held under Protest

    PUSU leaders protest outside Patna Women's College on Monday.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Monday resorted to mild lathi charge after protestors representing Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) clashed with the authorities who were attempting to remove them from the Patna Women's College (PWC) where elections for the college student body were being held.

  • Patna Witnesses Coldest Day Since 2000

    Students in Patna battle extreme cold on Monday.

    Patna: The state capital experienced the coldest day of the year on Monday as temperature dipped to 6.1º Celsius (43 º Fahrenheit) sending the people to the nearest bonfire, both indoor and outdoor, to beat the extreme weather condition.

  • Mauritius President Breaks Down while Visiting Ancestral Village

    Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag becomes emotional upon visiting his ancestral village in Patna district on Sunday.

    Wajidpur, Patna: The love and affection for one's native place would be so strong and powerful that it would emotionally break down even men in high places could be seen in action on Sunday when Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag bursts into tears as he addresses a large crowd at Wajidpur, the village from where the President's forefathers left for the island nation as indentured labors over 150 year ago.

  • Lalu Changes Strategy to Win Voters in Bihar

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a party meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, at the meeting of the council members at the party headquarters in Patna on Sunday, directed the party workers not to repeat the mistakes of the past when many villages in the state were ignored during election campaign and other state events.

  • Local Marwari Community Holds Cultural Program

    The local Marwari community holds cultural fest in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: The Bihar State Regional Marwari Society in Patna on Sunday held its annual cultural program 'Padharo Mharo Des' aimed to promote Rajasthani culture in Bihar.

  • Dalai Lama Inaugurates Buddhist Conclave in Patna

    Three-day Buddhist convention begins in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Patna on Saturday kicked off the three-day International Buddhist Conclave at Buddha Smriti Park in the presence of Buddhist monks and other visitors from seventeen nations.

  • Paswan Launches Anti-Nitish 'Bihar Bachao Yatra' in Bihar

    LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan launches his 'Bihar Bachao Rally from JP Roundabout in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, to remain relevant in the state politics after being overwhelmingly rejected by the voters in Bihar twice, launched his 'Bihar Bachao Yatra' on Saturday to save the state from the atrocities and incompetence of the Nitish-led NDA government that was 'destroying' the state as never before.

  • Dalai Lama Unveils Buddha's Statue; Holds Prayers

    The Dalai Lama holding a prayer at Chief Minister's residence in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in Patna on Friday, unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha at the Buddha Smriti Park in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a number of his cabinet members and senior bureaucrats.

  • Newly-built Chiraiyantand Bridge Develops Snag

    Chiraiyantand Bridge develops snag on Friday morning.

    Patna: Less than five years since its opening, the Chiraiyantand Railway Over-bridge connecting Kankarbagh with the rest of the state capital, developed signs of poor workmanship as a part of the bridge, due to strain on its metal joint, bent upward by about three inches causing brief panic in the area.

  • Woman who jumped from Train to Avoid Sexual Assault Admitted at PMCH

    Woman who jumped from running train being visited by a doctor at the PMCH.

    Patna: A woman who had claimed that she jumped out of a running train near Ara after being sexually threatened by two men on the train was admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Friday where she is getting treatment for minor bodily injuries.

  • Eight Dead in Patna City after Consuming Poisonous Liquor

    Family members mourning the death caused by drinking spurious liquor in Patna City.

    Patna: Eight people in Patna City under Menhdiganj police station and Khajekalan police station on Friday died apparently after consuming poisonous country liquor, police in Patna said.

  • Dalai Lama Arrives in Patna to Participate in Buddhist Meet

    The Dalai Lama blessing Nitish Kumar at Patna Airport on Thursday.

    Patna: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Patna by an Air India flight on Thursday to take part in the three-day International Buddhist Conference that commences at the local Buddha Smriti Park on January 5.

  • Khadi Festival at Pataliputra Ground Concludes

    Renu Kushwaha and Shyam Rajak at the conclusion of Khadi Mahotsav in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: The month-long Rashtriya Khadi Gramodyog Mahotsav-2012 being held at the Pataliputra Colony Maidan in Patna came to an end on Thursday as the state Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha commended the traders for participating in the fair.

  • Anna Hazare's Anti-Corruption Rally in Patna on Jan. 30

    Retired Army General V. K. Singh talking about Anna rally in Patna.

    Patna: Retired Army Chief General V. K. Singh, during a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said that the purpose behind anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's January 30 rally in the state capital was to bring those people together who were fed up with the status quo and desired genuine change in the country.

  • Yuva JD-U Burns Effigy of Manmohan Singh over Rising Prices

    Youth JD-U activists burn the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Members of the Bihar state Yuva Janata Dal – U in Patna on Tuesday took out a rally to protest the rise in the price of cooking gas and petrol by the Congress-led UPA government at the center.

  • Purvey Poised to Retain his Position as RJD's State President

    Ramchandra Purvey being greeted by his supporters in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, in Patna on Tuesday, filed his nomination papers for the second term of his post virtually guaranteeing his re-election by being the sole candidate in the race.

  • Patna Welcomes 2013 with Parties, Picnic

    New Year celebration at a Patna discotheque on Monday night.

    Patna: Patna'ites, on the New Year eve, went all out to welcome 2013 by going out to popular hangouts in the state capital, including all the hotels, and disco joints that have cropped up across the state capital in the last couple of years.

  • CM Reviews Preparedness for Mauritian President's Visit

    Nitish Kumar in Wajidpur in Punpun block to review preparedness for the visit of the President of Mauritius.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday visited Wajidpur village in Punpun block in Patna district to review arrangements for the visit of Mauritian President Rajkeshwur Purryag who arrives in Patna on January 6 to visit his ancestral village from where his forefathers migrated to Mauritius nearly a century ago as indentured labors.

  • Protest over Delhi Gang-rape Continues

    Candle-light vigil in Patna on Sunday for the Delhi gang-rape victim.

    Patna: Sympathy for the Delhi gang-rape victim continued to pour in as youths in Patna on Sunday took out a number of rallies against rape including a candle-light vigil for the peace of the soul of the 23-year old medical student who died of her physical and mental traumas at a hospital in Singapore last Friday.

  • Nitish Reviews Preparedness for Buddhist Convention

    CM visiting Buddha Memorial Park in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again visited the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna on Sunday to take a final look at the preparations being made for the upcoming 3-day Buddha International Convention that opens on January with inauguration by Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

  • Rallies in Patna following Death of Delhi Gang-rape Victim

    Anti-rape protests in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Thousands of people in Patna on Saturday took to the streets to mourn the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim who died of her injuries at a hospital in Singapore on Friday night and to demand death penalties for the rapists.

  • Bihar Signs Landmark Agreement with Power Grid

    Signing of MoU between Bihar State Power Holding Company and Power Grid Corporation of India in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: In its continuing battle to overcome perpetual power crunch in the state, the Bihar State Power Holding Company on Saturday made a deal with the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two entities would spend over Rs. one lakh crore in the power sector in the next 25 years.

  • Nitish Continues to Hammer Center for Special Status

    Nitish Kumar with Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on Friday.

    New Delhi: Despite his demand being rejected repeatedly by the Central government, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while attending the National Development Council (NDC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, once again appealed to the union government to consider his demand for special status for Bihar in view of the unique problems faced by the state.

  • Train, Plane Services Remain Paralyzed due to Fog

    Heavy fog in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Patna continued to reel under thick fog and cold conditions on Friday throwing the train and air traffic out of gear for the third straight day.

  • Modi to Inaugurate Restaurant at Patna Zoo

    File photo of restaurant inside Patna Zoological and Botanical Garden.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi would be inaugurating the new, improved restaurant inside Patna's Botanical Garden this Saturday that had been neglected for years in the lack of a cohesive government policy.

  • Bima Bharati's Husband Arrested Again

    File photo of JD-U MLA Bima Bharati.

    Purnia: Police in Purnia on Friday arrested the notorious husband of Janata Dal – U MLA Bima Bharati after the legislator filed a complaint with the police that her estranged husband Awadhesh Mandal had tried to poison her son in an attempt to 'teach her a lesson'.

  • Ahluwalia Says Special Status for Bihar not Possible

    Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia during his visit to Patna a few months ago.

    New Delhi: Throwing cold water at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's demand of special status for Bihar, Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia, in New Delhi on Wednesday said that the Chief Minister's demand could not be met as Bihar did not fulfill the existing criteria for obtaining special status.

  • Nitish to Inaugurate Rajgir Mahotsav on Friday

    Sunil Kumar Pintu, Tourism Minister, giving details of Rajgir Mahotsav on Wednesday.

    Patna: Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, at a press meet at Soochna Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday, said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would be inaugurating the three-day Rajgir Mahotsav that opens this Friday.

  • Bihar Signs MoU with Insurance Companies

    Sigriwal with insurance company reps in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and a host of insurance companies in Patna on Wednesday, said that so far over 5 lakh people in Bihar had benefitted from the National Health Insurance Scheme with insurance companies paying hospitals in excess of Rs. 423 crore.

  • Sr. National Taekwondo Championship Opens in Patna

    CM inaugurating Taekwondo championship in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while inaugurating the 31st Senior National Taekwondo Championship at Pataliputra Stadium in Patna on Tuesday, suggested specialized training for girls in martial arts to deal with sexual perverts who target school and college students across the nation.

  • BJP Leaders in Bihar Observe Vajpayee's Birthday

    BJP leaders celebrate Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday on Tuesday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Tuesday celebrated the 88th birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by sending him wishes for a long and healthy life.

  • Kalam Inaugurates Science Fair in Darbhanga

    Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam and Nitish Kumar in Darbhanga on Monday.

    Darbhanga: Former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, on Monday, inaugurated the Mega Science Fair at Darbhanga's Nehru Stadium where he, along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was honored in traditional Mithila customs involving 'Paag', shawl, and garland made of 'makhana'.

  • Train, Air Traffic Affected by Dense Fog in Patna

    Heavy fog at Patna Junction on Monday morning.

    Patna: Air and train traffic in Patna remained affected by heavy fog on Monday morning when the visibility plunged to nearly zero causing long delays at Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport and Patna Junction where travelers remained stranded for hours.

  • Protest over Gang Rape in New Delhi Continues

    Anti-rape protest in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Protestors in Patna demanding exemplary punishment for rapists clashed with the city police on Monday when they were stopped at the R-Block from moving forward forcing authorities to detain some of the students until the matter simmered down – at least for the day.

  • Kalam Urges Students to become Partner in Progress

    Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at the convocation of IIT in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, speaking at the convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Patna on Sunday, urged the students to become a partner in the development process of the state instead of just turning into a job-seeker following their graduation.

  • Prashant Bhushan Makes Case for Right to Recall

    Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Noted Supreme Court lawyer and social activists Prashant Bhushan, at the national convention on 'Right to Recall' in Patna on Sunday, said the democracy was meaningless if it lacked the provision for right to recall.

  • Two large LED Screens Coming up around Gandhi Maidan

    Giant LED advertising screens at a busy intersection in Tokyo.

    Patna: Come February, Patna, similar to many modern cities like Tokyo and New York, will have two giant-sized LED TV screens that would be used for advertising as well as promoting tourist spots in the state, officials from the state Tourism department said.

  • CM Inaugurates Buildings Near Haj Bhawan

    Nitish Kumar speaking at the inauguration of three new buildings in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the Mazharul Haque Auditorium, the Abdul Qayyum Ansari Memorial Hall, and the Ghulam Sarwar Memorial Hall near the Haj Bhawan in Patna in the presence of Minority Welfare Minister Shahid Ali, Building Construction Minister Damodar Raut, Sunni Waqf Board Chairperson Irshadullah, Haj Committee Chairperson Anisurrahman Qazmi, Khuda Baksh Library Director Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed and others.

  • Kalam in Patna to Speak at the IIT Convocation

    Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam being received at Patna Airport on Saturday.

    Patna: Former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam arrived in Patna on Saturday night to take part in the graduation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, that takes place at Ravindra Bhawan on Sunday morning.

  • Joy Killers Arrested from Patna City

    Psycho criminals arrested from Patna City.

    Patna: A special task force of the city police on late Friday night conducted a raid in Patna City under Khajekalan police station and arrested three men who committed random murders for pure joy and to establish their credentials in the world of crime.

  • Governor Addresses Students at MMHAPU Convocation

    Governor Debananda Konwar gives out degrees to graduating students of Maulana Mazharul Haque Arabic and Persian University on Saturday.

    Patna: Three hundred students of the Maulana Mazharul Haque Arabic and Persian University (MMHAPU) in Patna on Saturday received their degrees from the hands of Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar.

  • Sixth Accused in Delhi Rape Case Arrested; Protest Continues

    Anti-rape protest by Patna Women's College students in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: For the second consecutive day, women, school and college girls in Patna on Friday held several protest rallies to express their outrage over the gang-rape of a 23-year old medical student on a moving bus in New Delhi a few days ago.

  • Santa Claus Comes to Patna Women's College

    Christmas celebrated at Patna Women's College on Friday.

    Patna: Students of Patna Women's College on Friday celebrated Christmas by singing carols and re-enacting the Nativity scene to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Bihar BJP Leaders Celebrate Narendra Modi's Victory in Gujarat

    BJP leaders in Patna burn firecrackers to celebrate the victory of Narendra Modi in Gujarat Assembly poll.

    Patna: Jubilant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Thursday took to the streets to celebrate the convincing victory of incumbent Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi saying by being elected for the third time with such massive mandate; Modi had firmly secured his status in the national political landscape.

  • Massive Protest in Patna over Delhi Rape Case

    Delhi rape case prompts protest in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Thousands of women and college girls in Patna on Thursday took out a number of protests in the wake of the Delhi rape of a paramedic woman who was sexually brutalized by a group of men in a moving bus with tinted windows.

  • Contract Killers Arrested in Nov. 29 Murder in Patna

    Five arrested in connection with the November 29 murder of Saurabh Mishra.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Wednesday arrested five contract killers in connection with the killing of Saurabh Mishra who was gunned down in Punaichak as he returned to his home from his friend's house on the evening of November 29.

  • Newly-elected Members of PUSU Administered Oath of Office

    PUSU members sworn in on Wednesday.

    Patna: The newly-elected members of the Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) on Wednesday took oaths of the office at a function at Wheeler Senate Hall in the presence of Patna University Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh and other university officials.

  • CM Lays Foundation Stone of Library in Dulhin Bazaar

    Nitish Kumar perusing old manuscripts at Gopal Narayan Library in Dulhin Bazaar on Wednesday.

    Dulhin Bazaar, Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the first floor of the Gopal Narayan Library and private museum at Bharatpura, about 40 kilometers from Patna.

  • Man Wanted in Crimes in Rural Patna Arrested

    Notorious criminal Lotha Gope arrested.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday nabbed notorious criminal Harendra Gope, a.k.a Lotha who had been wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, loot, and armed robbery, including the sensational murder of Varun Kumar, the driver of a senior police official in Danapur in 2010.

  • Triple-murder Accused Flees to Canada

    Triple murder crime scene in Indrapuri in Patna remains under police lock and key.

    Patna: Four days after allegedly committing the heinous crime involving the murder of his step-mother and two step-sisters, Divesh Singh, nicknamed Rintu, was reported to have fled to Canada to avoid impending arrest.

  • SSB Meet to Review Security along Indo-Nepal Border

    Sashastra Seema Bal meeting in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: A Commandant's Conference of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was held in at the SSB headquarters in Patna on Tuesday to review security along Indo-Nepal border in East Champaran, West Champaran, Supaul, Araria, Sitamarhi, and Madhubani districts in Bihar.

  • Patna Haat to become Operational in March: Renu Kushwaha

    Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha honoring Bihar artisans on Tuesday.

    Patna: Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha, at a function in Patna on Tuesday to honor 40 skilled artisans of Bihar, said that the 'Patna Haat', being built on the pattern of the ever-popular 'Delhi Haat', would become operational from March next year where craftsmen would be able to sell their products throughout the year.

  • Son Allegedly Killed Step-mom, Step-sisters

    The Indrapuri house of Dr. Gopal Sharan Singh where triple murder took place on Friday.

    Patna: Gopal Sharan Singh, the retired government official whose wife and two daughters were bludgeoned to death at their resident in Indrapuri under Pataliputra police station in Patna on Saturday, following his arrest from Mughalsarai railway station on Sunday, told the police that his son Divesh, nickname Rintu, was the one who killed his step-mother and two step-sisters.

  • Paswan Blames Nitish Government for Triple Murder in Patna

    Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, blamed the Nitish government for the triple murder case in the state capital saying the incident exposed the current administration of its hollow claims of good governance in Bihar.

  • Nitish Hopeful on Getting Special Status for Bihar

    Nitish Kumar inaugurates a wedding building in Darbhanga on Sunday.

    Darbhanga: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday inaugurated Shyama Janaki Mithila Marriage Bhawan and a public park built from the MLA fund of legislator Sanjay Jha in Darbhanga.

  • Bihar Doctors to Go on Strike on Jan. 15-16

    BHSA meeting in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bihar doctors on Sunday announced their decision to refrain from attending their duties on January 15 and 16 to press for their eight-point demands.

  • Triple Murder in Patna; Mother, Daughters Killed

    Mother, two daughters in murdered in Patna.

    Patna: People of Patna woke up on Saturday morning to the news of the gruesome murders of three women, a mother and her two daughters, who were bludgeoned to death sometime on Friday afternoon at a flat in Indrapuri under Pataliputra police station.

  • Nitish Government Protecting Criminals: Lalu

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav meeting with the family members of the Chhath accident victims on Saturday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday met with 15 of the 18 families of the victims of Chhath tragedy and handed them a check of Rs. 50,000 each from the party's fund.

  • Former Test Cricketer Srikkanth Rues State of Cricket in Bihar

    Former test cricketer K. Srikkanth promotes job fair in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Former test cricketer K. Srikkanth, who was in Patna on Saturday to promote a job fair for the underprivileged youths of the society, praised the Nitish government for bringing positive changes in the state.

  • CPI-ML Protest Liquor Deaths in Bihar

    CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya leading an anti-liquor rally in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India – ML and other leftist parties in Patna on Saturday took out rallies to protest the death of nearly three dozen people caused by drinking spurious liquor.

  • CPI Leader Blames UPA for Destroying Economy

    cpCPI leader Sudhakar Reddy in Patna on Friday.i

    Patna: Communist Party of India national general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said that 'misguided' policies of the Congress-led UPA government had brought the nation to the brink of economic devastation.

  • Shop-owner, not Criminals, Fired at his own Shop

    A crowd gathers outside a garment store on Ashok Rajpath following reports of firing on Thursday.

    Patna: A day after firing at a clothing store on Ashok Rajpath that created a panic in the area, officials in Patna said that shots were fired by none other than the owner of the shop Punit Jain over a property-related dispute with another person.

  • Top Tax-payers would be Honored; Says IT Official

    Income Tax officials meet at the Bihar Chamber of Commerce.

    Patna: Income Tax Commissioner S. D. Jha, at a meeting organized by the Bihar Chamber of Commerce in Patna on Thursday, said that the department would honor five top income tax givers at a function at the end of the year.

  • Politicians Need to Mind their Language: Thakur

    Dr. C. P. Thakur holding a press meet after his return from Gujarat.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, following his return from campaigning in Gujarat, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said that he was pained by the doublespeak of some prominent leaders who had problems practicing what they preached in the public.

  • Ashish Sinha Elected PU Students' Union President

    Ashish Sinha of ABVP elected PUSU president.

    Patna: Ashish Sinha, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidate, following late night counting of the ballots amidst tight security, was declared the winner for the post of Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) president.

  • Nitish Kicks off AI Police Football Tourney, Literally

    All India Police Football Tourney opens in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated the 61st B. N. Mallick Memorial All India Police Football Championship at the Moinul Haque Stadium in Patna by kicking off the ceremonial soccer ball in the presence of a number of guests, players, and dignitaries.

  • Don't Give up on Indo-Pak Relationship: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recalling his recent visit to Pakistan.

    Patna: At a function to commemorate the recent Pakistan visit by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar Legislative Council chairperson Awadhesh Kumar Singh, on behalf of the Council, presented a flower bouquet to the Chief Minister while thanking him for his historic trip that, he said, would go a long way in improving diplomatic and cultural ties between India and Pakistan.

  • Rs. 1,212 crore to be Invested on Bridges, Roads

    CM inaugurates road and bridge projects worth Rs. 2424 crore on 12/12/12.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to mark the rare date of 12/12/12 on Wednesday, announced a number of schemes to build new roads and bridges to the tune of Rs. 1,212 crore each for the Rural Works and the Road Construction departments.

  • PUSU Election Peaceful; 60% Turnout

    Sporadic incidents aside, Patna University holds Students' Union election peacefully.

    Patna: Polling for Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) passed off peacefully on Tuesday though not without some unfortunate incidents, particularly when two rival groups clashed with each other near Patna College when one group tried to stop the other from campaigning in the campus.

  • NDA to Name Prime Ministerial Candidate When Time is Right: Modi

    Sushil Kumar Modi at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at the sidelines of his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, answering to a question regarding the possible candidacy of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for Prime Minister's post, said that it was too early to say anything but the candidate would be decided during the meeting of all NDA constituents when the time was appropriate.

  • Hooch Tragedy: Nitish Promises Tough Actions against Culprits

    CM at Janata Durbar on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to reporters following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, said that the government had taken the recent deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor in Bihar very seriously and was taking tough actions to deal with those responsible for tragedy.

  • Paswan Bullish on NDA, Nitish Kumar

    Ram Vilas Paswan addressing a crowd on the occasion of International Human Rights Day in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, speaking at the International Human Rights Day at Kargil Chowk in Patna on Monday, accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of 'murdering' human rights saying no one, including the dalits, backwards, minorities, or women, was safe under the current administration.

  • PUSU Presidential Candidates Express their Vision

    Candidates for PUSU president's post engage in a lively debate on Monday.

    Patna: In what is being seen as a step in the right direction in the world of students' politics, 15 candidates vying for the post of Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) president, participated in a debate at a function held at Patna Science College on Monday.

  • CM Reviews Preparedness for Bodh Samagam

    CM visits Buddha Memorial Park on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday visited the Buddha Smriti Park to review preparedness for the upcoming International Bodh Samagam – a three-day event starting January 5 with the chief guest being the Dalai Lama.

  • All India Police Football Tourney to Begin Wednesday

    DGP Abhayanand at a press conference to inform about the upcoming police soccer tournament in Bihar.

    Patna: Bihar is gearing up to host the B. N. Mullick Memorial 61st All India Police Football Championship that opens up on December 12 and concludes on December 21.

  • Upendra Kushwaha Resigns from Rajya Sabha

    Upendra Kushwaha (in blue vest) at a party function at S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Former Janata Dal – U leader Upendra Kushwaha, with his on-again, off-again relationship with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar came to an end once again on Sunday when he announced his resignation from the Rajya Sabha – a little over two years since he expressed his intention to do so.

  • Rajasthan Man Found Dead in Patna

    Family members of Rajveer Singh arrive in Patna to claim the body.

    Patna: Authorities on Sunday morning recovered the body of one Rajveer Singh of Rajasthan from near Sipara Pul under Jakkanpur police station in Patna.

  • Seventy-five People Arrested during Police Entrance Exams

    Candidates hopeful of getting police jobs come out after taking the entrance test in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Over 75 people were arrested from across the state after being found to be taking entrance test for appointment in Bihar police on behalf of registered candidates, officials in Patna said on Sunday.

  • FDI Good for Nation: Lalu

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at a party meeting in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a meeting of party MPs, legislators, and workers at his residence in Patna on Saturday, ruled out the mid-term Parliamentary elections while also coming out strongly in favor of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.

  • Govt. Prepares for Flood Control for 2013

    Meeting on flood control on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a meeting of Bihar State Flood Control Committee in Patna on Saturday, approved Rs. 985 crore to be spent on 417 separate plans to keep flood in 2013 under control.

  • Patna Women's College Annual Sports

    Annual Sports Day at Patna Women's College.

    Patna: Annu Kumari, BA Part 3 student, emerged as the indoor champion of the Patna Women's College annual sports competition that was held at the college ground on Saturday in the presence of students, faculty, family members and media personnel.

  • Phones Seized from Jail Auctioned off

    Cell phones seized from prison cells being auctioned off at Patna's Beur Jail on Saturday.

    Patna: Prison officials in Patna on Saturday auctioned off more than 600 cell phones seized during the raid of Beur Jail throughout 2012.

  • High Court Quashes Appointments of Six Bihar Vice Chancellors

    Patna University Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh.

    Patna: In a major setback to Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, the Patna High Court on Friday declared the appointments of six Vice Chancellor (VCs) and four Pro-Vice Chancellors made by him null and void.

  • Petition to Stop PUSU Election Rejected

    PUSU election campaign heats up in Patna.

    Patna: Patna High Court on Friday rejected a petition to stop the Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) on the ground that the election was being held in violation of the recommendations made in the Lyngdoh Committee report.

  • National Khadi Gramodyog Fair Opens in Patna

    Khadi Gramodyog Mahotsav opens in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Devendra Kumar Desai, the Chairman of the Bihar Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), on Friday inaugurated the month-long Rashtriya Khadi Gramodyog Mahotsav at the Pataliputra Field featuring over 200 stalls showcasing exquisite hand-made products.

  • Nitish Debunks Rumor of Running for PM's Post

    Nitish appearing on 'Agenda' in New Delhi on Thursday.

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while appearing on the 'Agenda' program on Aaj Tak television channel in New Delhi on Thursday, said that he was not in the run for the post of Prime Minister but favored a candidate who belonged to a major party and had strong political credentials.

  • New Brick Policy in Bihar: Modi

    Sushil Kumar Modi at a workshop on brick technology in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a one-day workshop on Eco-friendly Bricks Production Technology at Hotel Pataliputra Ashok in Patna on Thursday, said that the government would soon formulate a special policy to encourage brick industry in the state.

  • British Outfit Recognizes Improvement in Bihar

    DFID releases the Citizen Report Card on Public Services in Rural Bihar.

    Patna: Britain's Department of International Development (DFID), in a report released on Thursday, praised the state government for making strides in public services saying there had been marked improvement in the implementation of programs in the last four years.

  • Former Test Cricketer Concerned about Future of Game in Bihar

    Chetan Sharma with Modi and Nitin Navin in Patna.

    Patna: Former Indian Test cricketer Chetan Sharma, on Wednesday, met with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and asked him to take immediate steps to resolve cricket stalemate in the state caused by rival cricket associations.

  • Chaos Rules the Day at State Assembly

    Protest at Bihar Assembly on Tuesday.

    Patna: Opposition leaders, at Bihar Assembly on Tuesday, amidst full-scale pandemonium, accused the government of stonewalling on the alleged Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) financial irregularities by refusing to order a CBI enquiry into it.

  • Main Accused in Mukhia Killing Arrested

    Bablu Singh, killer of Baby Devi, arrested after four months.

    Patna: Police in Bhojpur district, on Monday morning arrested Bablu Singh, the main accused in the killing of Gorkhari Panchayat mukhia Baby Devi who was shot and killed on July 25 this year at Kurthaul Bazaar under Parsa police station.

  • Notorious Crime Gang Busted; Eight Arrested

    Criminals arrested from Phulwarisharif.

    Patna: Police in Patna under Phulwarisharif police station on late Monday night succeeded in nabbing eight members of the notorious Arjun Thathera gang that had been sought in a host of murder and armed robbery cases in and around the state capital.

  • Birth Anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Observed

    Chief Minister and Governor pay floral tribute to Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

    Patna: Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the Rajendra Memorial in Patna on Monday paid floral tribute to India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad to mark his 128th birth anniversary.

  • Raids at PU Hostels; Bomb-making Materials Seized

    Pre-election police raid at Patna College hostels on Sunday.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on early Sunday morning conducted simultaneous raids at various Patna University hostels and seized bomb making paraphernalia and sticks and batons in the precursor to the upcoming Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) election that is being held after a gap of 28 long years.

  • PUSU Election: Last Day of Filing Papers Marred with Violence

    Candidates coming out of the university office after filing their nomination papers on Saturday.

    Patna: Patna University campus, after a gap of nearly three decades, is once again abuzz with students' union election activities as hundreds of hopefuls filed their nomination papers for various posts to beat the Saturday deadline.

  • Cop Killed by his own Rifle; Ruled Accident

    Policeman investigating the scene of accident where a cop was killed by his own rifle on Friday.

    Patna: In what is being deemed as an accident, a constable of the Bihar police on Friday was killed when his service rifle suddenly went off as he did some paper work at the office of the state election commission located within the Son Bhawan in Patna.

  • PU Students File Nomination Papers for Union Election

    Candidates for PU Students' Union election file their nomination papers on Friday.

    Patna: A number of students of Patna University on Friday filed their nomination papers for various posts for the upcoming students' union election being held in Patna University after a lapse of over 28 years.

  • Bihar/Jharkhand Assn. in Michigan Celebrates Diwali

    Diwali celebration by Bihar and Jharkhand Association in Detroit.

    Detroit, MI (USA): Members of the Michigan Bihar (MIBIHAR) in Detroit area on November 10 celebrated Diwali with much fanfare and enthusiasm in the presence of over 300 people hailing from Bihar and Jharkhand, and also from the local areas.

  • Lalu Not Buying Claims of Development

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press conference at his residence in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, speaking to reporters in Patna on Thursday, continued to hammer the Nitish government saying that if the claims of 22.9% Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in Bihar were true then the administration must explain exactly what percentage of people living under the Below Poverty Level (BPL) had broken the shackle of poverty in the state.

  • Winter Session of Bihar Assembly Opens with Tributes

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and state Legislative Council Chairperson Awadhesh Narayan Singh at Bihar Assembly on Thursday.

    Patna: On the opening day of the winter session of Bihar Assembly on Thursday, leaders paid tributes to politicians and other famous personalities who passed away in the last few month.

  • Man Hit by Police Vehicle; Riot Ensues

    Accident on Govind Mitra Road on Thursday.

    Patna: Once again, following an accident on Govind Mitra Road in Patna on Thursday, an angry mob destroyed a police vehicle, blocked the road, and targeted other vehicles in the area demanding arrest of the driver and compensation for the mishap victim.

  • Minister Inaugurates 135 Food Warehouses in Bihar

    Shyam Rajak electronically inaugurating food godowns on Wednesday.

    Patna: Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak in Patna on Wednesday electronically inaugurated 135 newly-built food storage houses in 28 districts to be operated by the Bihar State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation.

  • RJD Releases its own Report Card of the NDA Government

    RJD leaders release their 'charge-sheet' of the Nitish government on Tuesday.

    Patna: Countering the claims of development and good governance made in the 7th annual report card issued by the NDA administration, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders, on Tuesday, issued its own allegation report under the current administration, Bihar had gone from being a 'loktantra' (democracy) to 'loot-tantra' (massive corruption and loot).

  • Bring Scientific Advancement to Ordinary People: Experts

    Science Congress opens at Patna Planetarium on Tuesday.

    Patna: The 3-day 5th Bihar Science Congress with the theme of 'Science and Technology for Transformation of Bihar' opened at the Patna Planetarium on Tuesday in the presence of noted scientists, academicians, and senior government officials.

  • Month-long Sonepur Fair Opens in Bihar

    Tourism Minister Sunil Kumamr Pintu inaugurating Sonepur Fair on Tuesday.

    Chhapra: Bihar Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu on Tuesday inaugurated the Harihar Kshetra Mela in Sonepur, the month-long fair considered to be Asia's largest cattle fair.

  • Prohibition Day Observed; CM Sends Voice, Text Message

    CM looking at paintings drawn by children to promote awareness about the evils of alcohol consumption.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, to mark the Prohibition Day on Monday, sent out a voice and a text message to the people of Bihar to remind them of the ills of alcohol consumption while also asking them to work towards an alcohol-free Bihar.

  • Banks Need to Adopt Liberal Lending Policies: Kushwaha

    Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha attending a meet on financing for micro and small businesses in Bihar.

    Patna: Industry Minister Renu Kushwaha, speaking at a conference on the financing of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Bihar on Monday, lashed out at the banks and credit institutions for becoming 'too technical' when financing such businesses and asked them to be a little more liberal with those who come up with legitimate business plans.

  • Women's Network take out Anti-Alcohol Rally

    Anti-liquor rally in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Women protestors, under the banner of Bihar Women's Network (BWN) in Patna on Monday, took out a rally against liquor consumption in Bihar chanting slogans like 'Sharab Nahin, Kitab Chahiye' accusing the state government of encouraging drinking in order to raise the state revenue.

  • Mauritius President to Visit Bihar in January

    Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu at a press conference in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: State Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said that the President of Mauritius Kailash Purryag would be visiting Bihar in the first week of January to explore his ancestral roots in the state.

  • Muharram Observed Peacefully in Patna

    Muharram observed in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Muslims across Patna amidst tight security on Sunday observed Muharram by taking out processions to mark the death of Martyr Hazrat Imam Hussain.

  • Modi Reconfirms Need for Reservation in India

    Sushil Modi at a seminar on the relevance of reservation in India.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a seminar on the relevance of reservation for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) on Sunday, said that despite 63 years of Independence, people of the SC/ST community remained behind in the social and economic status and reservation was the only way to level the field for everyone.

  • Bihari Doctor Makes Groundbreaking Research in Cancer Treatment

    Dr. Inamul Haque.St. Louis, USA: Dr. Inamul Haque, a Bihar-born scientists and an internationally known cancer biologist working jointly in the Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Missouri, USA and the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA has discovered the molecular mechanism for invasiveness and stem cell characteristics of pancreatic cancer.

  • Christians in Patna take out Eucharist Procession

    Eucharist procession by Christians in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Hundreds of Catholics from across the state took part in the annual Eucharist procession in Patna on Sunday to pray for a society based on faith in the Lord.

  • CM Releases 7th Report Card of the NDA Government

    Bihar government releases its 7th annual report card on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function in Patna on Saturday presented the 7th annual report card of the NDA government detailing the accomplishments as well as future plans for the development of the state.

  • Four Arrested in Money-Doubling Scheme

    Four conmen arrested in Patna.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday arrested four men on charges of running a 'money-doubling' scam, fraud, and other unlawful activities involving hundreds of victims to the tune of several lakh rupees.

  • RTE Unsuccessful in Delivering Result: Muchkund Dubey

    A symposium on the effectiveness of Right to Education.

    Patna: Former chairperson of the Common School System Commission Muchkund Dubey, speaking at a symposium of nearly 100 delegates in Patna on Friday, threw cold water on the success of the Right to Education Act, 2010, saying it had failed to deliver desired results to improve the condition of primary education in Bihar.

  • One Dies, another Injured in Road Accident in Patna

    Crowd damages passing buses and other vehicles following the death of an youth in a road accident on New Bypass Road in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: In yet another tragedy on Patna roads under Agam Kuam police station, an 18-year old youth died when a speeding truck on New Bypass Road hit the victim's motorcycle from behind. The rear-seat passenger on the motorcycle, also an 18-year old, received serious injury in the accident.

  • Paswan Wants Murder Cases Lodged against Erring Officials

    LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan arrived in Patna from New Delhi on Wednesday and met with the family members of the November 19 Adalatganj Ghat Chhath tragedy victims and expressed his condolence on their personal losses.

  • Mahavir Mandir to Sport New Look

    Acharya Kishore Kunal showing the kalash to be placed on top of the Mahavir Temple.

    Patna: Patna's iconic Mahavir Mandir outside Patna Junction is all set to adorn a new look with two gigantic gold-plated 'kalash' to be placed at the summit of the building, Mahavir Temple Trust Committee chairperson Acharya Kishore Kunal said on Wednesday.

  • Violence Averted in Raja Bazaar following Group Clash

    Police arrest miscreants in Rajapur in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: For the second consecutive day, people in Raja Bazaar area in Patna under Shastri Nagar police station clashed with each other forcing the administration to summon anti-riot gear to prevent situation from getting out of hand.

  • Rs. 2 lakh Compensation for Chhath Tragedy Victims' Families

    Chhath at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's residence.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Tuesday met with the family members of the 16 victims who died in a stampede caused by the collapse of a bamboo bridge during the offering of evening 'arghya' at the Adalatganj Ghat on Monday.

  • Chhath Horror in Patna; 17 Dead

    Family members mourn the death of those who perished when a bridge collapsed causing a stampede at Adalatganj Ghat in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: In one of the worst ever tragedies to hit Patna'ites during Bihar' most revered Chhath festival, at least 17 people, including many children, were dead when a makeshift bamboo bridge at Patna's Adalatganj Ghat on Monday evening caved in taking away many women and children with it.

  • Couple Murdered in Gardanibagh; No Suspect

    Police arriving at the house in Gardanibagh where a couple were murdered on Sunday.

    Patna: Unidentified criminals in Patna under Gardanibagh police station on Sunday shot and killed 35-year old man identified as Shankar Safi and his 28-year old wife Ruby Safi whose cause of death remained undetermined.

  • Thailand Expresses Interest in Setting up Food Processing Plant in Bihar

    Thai delegates at Bihar pavilion at the international trade show in New Delhi on Sunday.

    Patna: A Thai team on Sunday visited the Bihar pavilion at the international trade fair in New Delhi and expressed its interest in setting up food processing plant in Bihar.

  • CM Returns from Pakistan Amidst Warm Welcome

    Nitish Kumar given warm welcome at Patna Airport following his return from Pakistan on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after his highly successful 8-day trip to Pakistan where he met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief Ministers of Sind and Punjab besides being able to visit a number of historical sites, returned to Patna on Saturday afternoon amidst hearty welcome by party members and supporters from both Janata Dal – U and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • Bihar Leaders Pay Homage to Bal Thackeray

    Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray dies at the age of 86 in Mumbai.

    Patna: Politicians in Patna, cutting across party lines, expressed their condolences on the death of Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackeray who passed away at his home in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon at the age of 86.

  • IPS Probationary Officer Visit Patna

    Probationary IPS officers visit Patna Saheb Gurudwara on Friday.

    Patna: Twenty-one probationary Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from different states, on a two-day visit to Bihar, visited the Takht Shri Harmandir Ji Gurudwara in Patna Saheb as part of their 'Bharat Darshan' training program aimed to provide them a better understanding of the nation.

  • Tender for Metro Rail for Patna to be Issued Soon

    Urban Development Minister Prem Kumar at a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Urban Development Minister Dr. Prem Kumar, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said that the state was in the process of issuing a tender for a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed metro rail system in the state capital.

  • Seminar on Media's Role in Social Development

    Seminar on the freedom of press in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh, at a seminar to mark the 'Press Day' in Patna on Friday, highlighted the need for a free press in the nation saying the media had a major role to play in the development of a healthy, vibrant social system.

  • CM Visits Taxila and other Historical Sites in Pakistan

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar overlooking the ruins of Taxila in Pakistan on Thursday.

    Lahore, Pakistan: Punjab province Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday hosted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, along with 12 delegates, is in Pakistan on a 8-day goodwill trip to promote increased mutual cooperation between the two nations.

  • BJP to meet on Nov. 20 to Discuss FDI: Naidu

    Senior BJP leader Venkaiyah Naidu at a press conference in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president M. Venkaiyah Naidu, who was in Patna on Thursday to take part in the all-religion wake in honor of late Kailashpati Mishra, said that the BJP parliamentary party would hold a meeting in New Delhi on November 20 to decide on the fate of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) spearheaded by the Congress party.

  • All-religion Peace Congregation for Late BJP Leader

    An all-religion prayer meet in honor of late BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra.

    Patna: Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and supporters, at an all-religion function held at the Veterinary College ground in Patna on Thursday, paid rich homage to senior party leader Kailashpati Mishra who died on November 3 at the age of 89.

  • Bhai Dooj, Chitragupta Puja Observed

    Godhan observed by women in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: The Kayastha society in Patna on Thursday celebrated Chitragupta Puja while women across the city observed Bhai Dooj to pray for the longevity and prosperity of their brothers.

  • Zardari Hosts Nitish Kumar; Wishes for Cordial Relationship with India

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari hosting delegates from Bihar in Islamabad in Pakistan on Tuesday.

    Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, on Tuesday, hosted a dinner for the Nitish-led delegation that is on a 8-day goodwill visit to the neighboring country following invitations from the Chief Ministers of Sind and Punjab during their recent trip to Bihar.

  • C. P. Thakur Urges Leaders to Mind their Language

    BJP leader Dr. C. P. Thakur at a press meet in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press meet in Patna on Wednesday, objected to the use of demeaning language recently used by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying ban on the usage of derogatory words should be imposed on all politicians to instill confidence in the public.

  • Patna Gears up to Celebrate Diwali

    Patna decked up for Diwali.

    Patna: The state capital, decorated like a bride, is all set to celebrate Diwali on Tuesday as last minute shoppers flooded the roadside shops to purchase idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi, hand-made 'gharondas', and of course, firecrackers to mark the festival.

  • Bihar, Jharkhand Expats in Singapore Celebrate Diwali

    Diwali celebrated in Singapore.

    Singapore: Over 300 members and guests of BIJHAR, the cultural society of people from Bihar and Jharkhand, celebrated the festival of light “Deep Utsav 2012” on Sunday evening at Goldkist Beach Resort on the East Coast Parkway, Singapore.

  • Nitish, Bihar Delegate Visit Historical Sites in Pakistan

    Nitish Kumar and his team visit the tombs of Bhutto family in Pakistan on Sunday.

    Larkana, Pakistan: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his 12-member delegation comprising state ministers and senior bureaucrats, on Sunday paid a visit to the mausoleums of the Bhutto family at Garhi Khuda Baksh where he paid tributes to Pakistani premiers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, and other members of the Bhutto family.

  • Education Day Celebrated in Patna

    Education Day celebration at S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a function to mark Education Day at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday said that the days were not too far when the education in Bihar would once again attain world class standard comparable to the days of Nalanda and Vikramshila universities.

  • Poster Removed after Objection by Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan poster in Kaimur district.

    Patna: Following threat of legal action by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan over the illegal use of his image in a poster in Naxal-infested Kaimur district, authorities removed the billboard in question saying they did not mean any harm and were using Bachchan's picture for a noble cause only.

  • Sonakshi, Ajay Devgn in Patna to Promote SOS

    Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha, and Ajay Devgn at Patna Saheb Gurudwara on Saturday.

    Patna: After months of speculations and rumors, actress Sonakshi Sinha, along with her co-star and famous Hindi film star Ajay Devgn, arrived in Patna on Saturday to promote their new film 'Son of Sardar' (SOS).

  • Nitish in Karachi: I Bring Gift of Love for You

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives in Pakistan on Friday.

    Karachi, Pakistan: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a 12-member team of Bihar ministers and senior officials, who left for a week-long goodwill trip to Pakistan, arrived in Karachi on Friday amidst warm welcome by the Sind Chief Minister Syed Qaem Ali Shah and a number of his Cabinet members.

  • Girl Dies in Motorcycle-Truck Accident on Exhibition Road

    Motorcycle-truck accident kills 18-year old girl in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: An 18-year old girl died when the motorcycle she was riding on was hit by a truck on the busy Exhibition Road under Gandhi Maidan police station in Patna on Friday.

  • Leaders Pay Rich Tribute to Kailashpati Mishra

    Dr. C. P. Thakur, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, and Shatrughan Sinha at the condolence meeting for late Kailashpati Mishra.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Friday paid glowing tributes to the party patriarch and former Governor of Gujarat Kailashpati Mishra at a condolence meeting held at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna.

  • Nitish Bashing Dominates at CPI-ML's Parivartan Rally

    Dipankar Bhattacharya at the CPI-ML rally in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Thousands of people from all over Bihar and other parts of the nation filled Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday to attend the 'Parivartan Rally' sponsored by the Communist Party of India – ML to seek support for the ouster of the NDA government in Bihar and usher a new era based on leftist ideals.

  • CM Leaves for 8-day Trip to Pakistan

    Chief Minister Nitish KUmar leaving for Pakistan on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Thursday, left for an 8-day tour to Pakistan where he would meet with both prominent national and regional leaders and discuss ways to improve business and cultural ties with each other.

  • Former Army Chief Favors Probe in Corruption Charges

    Former army chief V. K. Singh in Buxar on Thursday.

    Buxar: Former Indian Army Chief V. K. Singh, at a function in Buxar on Thursday, said that the allegations made by India against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal against some politicians were serious enough to warrant investigations into them.

  • Raid in Milk Market Results in Clash

    Contaminated milk products thrown during a raid by the Food Protection cell of the state government.

    Patna: Attempt to bust a sweet shop near Patna Junction for using spurious ingredients, district officials had to face massive resistance from the shop owners and their goons who beat up the raid team forcing them to retreat to save their lives.

  • Math should be Taught in Simple Manner: Vinay Kanth

    Prof. Vinak Kanth speaking at a science and math seminar in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Math professor Vinay Kanth, at a seminar on Mathematics and Science Communication in Patna on Thursday, said that math was an integral part of all human beings, be it a scientist or a corner vegetable hawker, and the need of the hour was to explain it to students in a way that was both interesting and educational.

  • Children Pledge to Stay away from Tobacco Products

    School children in Patna gather at Gandhi Maidan to take pledge to stay away from using tobacco products.

    Patna: Thousands of students from various schools in Patna on Wednesday gathered at Gandhi Maidan where they took pledge to remain tobacco-free and discourage others to refrain from using tobacco products.

  • AIDS Patients Protest in Patna

    AIDS patients protesting in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Hundreds of AIDS patients in Patna on Wednesday staged a dharna outside the office of Bihar State AIDS Control Society (BSACS) to protest against shortage of doctors and AIDS medicines at a number of clinics in Bihar.

  • Sushil Modi Defends Gadkari, Adhikar Rally

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, defended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari saying charges of corruption against him would be sorted out in next few days as Gadkari himself had ask for a thorough probe that would ultimately exonerate him of all allegations.

  • British MP Justine Greening Meets Nitish Kumar

    British MP Justine Greening welcomed by Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: British MP and Secretary of State for International Development, UK, Justine Greening, along with other delegates, on Tuesday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence where the two discussed a number of issues concerning Bihar.

  • After Short Stint at JD-U, Taslimuddin Back in RJD

    Taslimuddin being welcomed by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday.

    Patna: Janata Dal - U leader Mohammed Taslimuddin had enough of Nitish Kumar on Tuesday when he returned to his old party of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) amidst warm welcome by party president Lalu Prasad Yadav who said he was glad to have him back after he 'lost his way' for some time.

  • Sudha Dairy to Expand Market in New Delhi

    Sudha Dairy launches new products on Monday.

    Patna: Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation (COMPFED) in Patna on Monday launched a number of new products under the brand of Sudha Dairy to be sold in the National Capital Region thus competing directly with the Gujarat-based Amul brand products.

  • High Court 4th Grade Employees Protest against Compulsory Retirement

    Protest outside Patna High Court on Monday.

    Patna: The fourth grade employees of the Patna High Court on Monday blocked the main entrance of the High Court with the dead body of Ambika Prasad Yadav, a gardener, who reportedly died after hearing the news of him being on the list of those being retired under the government's compulsory retirement scheme.

  • Biscomaun Elections to be Held on Nov. 23

    Candidates for Biscomaun election to be held on November 23.

    Patna: Twenty-four persons in Patna on Monday filed their nomination papers for the posts of Biscomaun directive committee members and chairperson at the office of Maqsood Alam, SDO and election officer.

  • Mini Book Fair at Rose Bud School

    Mini book fair at Rose Bud School in Patna.

    Patna: Bhadsara Book Store in Patna on Saturday organized a mini book fair at the Rose Bud School at Saguna Mor in Danapur showcasing a number of educational books suitable for young school children.

  • Narendra Modi in Patna; Pays Tribute to Kailashpati Mishra

    Gujarat CM Narendra Modi paying tribute to late Kailashpati Mishra in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, during his short visit to Patna on Sunday, paid emotional tribute to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailashpati Mishra who passed away at his residence in Patna Saturday morning.

  • We will Succeed in Getting Special Status for Bihar: Nitish

    A large crowd gathers at Patna's Gandhi Maidan for the JD-U's 'Adhikar Rally'.

    Patna: After days of media hype and anticipation, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the Adhikar Rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Sunday, pressed for his demand for special status for Bihar saying the state, because of years of negligence by the Center and poor economic policies of the past state governments, was in dire need of special status to pull the state from its current economic stagnation.

  • BJP Leader Kailashpati Mishra is no more; Narendra Modi to Visit Patna

    BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra passes away in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Governor of Gujarat Kailashpati Mishra passed away at his residence in Patna on Saturday at the age of 89.

  • Contractual Teachers Protest Continues in Patna

    Contractual teachers rally in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: For the second time in as many days, thousands of contractual teachers in Patna on Friday marched the streets of the state capital to press for their demand of 'equal pay for equal work' saying just as Nitish Kumar was demanding special status for Bihar as a matter of right, they were also fighting for what was their right as teachers.

  • IAC Supporters Clash with Protesting Teachers; Detained

    IAC activists detained by police in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: It was just a matter of time before two protesting groups clashed with each other over who had the right to the road considering the numbers of rallies that are held each day in the state capital.

  • M. F. Hussain's Paintings on Display

    M. F. Hussain's painting exhibition opens at Patna Arts and Crafts College.

    Patna: Arts and Crafts College in Patna on Friday unveiled an exhibition of the works of noted artist late M. F. Hussain showcasing 39 of his hundreds of famous paintings.

  • Tariq Anwar to Help Bihar Achieve Agricultural Goals

    Nitish welcoming NCP leader Tariq Anwar at his residence on Thursday.

    Patna: Tariq Anwar, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and union minister of state for Agriculture, on Thursday, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence and assured him of all possible help to realize the goals set in the state's agricultural road map.

  • Bihar Recipient of First CNBC State of the Year Award

    CM receiving CNBC State of the Year Award on Thursday.

    Patna: CNBC-Awaaz TV on Thursday bestowed Bihar the 'State of the Year 2012 Award' during a meeting of its officials with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence.

  • CM Reviews Adhikar Rally Preparation at Gandhi Maidan

    CM reviewing preparation for Adhikar rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accompanied by a number of Janata Dal – U leaders, on Thursday visited Gandhi Maidan in Patna to review preparations for the Adhikar rally scheduled for November 4 where he would make a case for special status for Bihar.

  • Rare Kaiser-Nitish Meeting in Patna

    A Congress delegation led by Mehboob Ali Kaiser meets with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Mehboob Ali Kaiser in Patna on Thursday, breaking away with the tradition of avoiding direct, face-to-face encounter with the head of the state, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed a number of issues related with Bihar.

  • CM Pays Tribute to Indira Gandhi, Sardar Patel

    CM paying tribute to Indira Gandhi and Sardar Patel in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a number of his Cabinet members, in Patna on Wednesday, paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to mark the 28th anniversary of her assassination, and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on his 137th birth anniversary.

  • Adhikar Rally Posters Removed from Three Roundabouts

    JD-U banners being removed from JP Roundabout in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Amidst growing criticism of installing large Adhikar Rally banners at major roundabouts in the state capital, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday, ordered immediate removal of those eyesores, some of them bearing the picture of jailed ex-legislator Munna Shukla.

  • Tariq Anwar Offers Help in Agriculture Sector

    NCP leader Tariq Anwar gets warm welcome in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar, visiting Patna for the first time since becoming the state minister for agriculture in the recently reshuffled UPA government, said that he would represent Bihar at the Center in the best possible manner and it was up to the Nitish government to take advantage of it.

  • Contractual Teachers Protest in Patna

    Contractual teachers' rally in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Thousands of contractual, or 'niyojit', teachers in Patna on Wednesday took to the streets demanding 'equal pay for equal job' accusing the Nitish administration of going back on its words and leaving them in a grim situation.

  • Fire in Slum Claims Life of a 4-year Old Girl

    Fire claims the life of a 4-year old girl in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: In a tragic incident, a four year old girl was burnt to death after a fire broke into the slums in Adalatganj area under Kotwali police station in Patna on Tuesday afternoon.

  • No Pre-poll Alliance with any Party in Bihar; Says Congress Leader

    Congress leader Gulcharan Singh Charak in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Gulchain Singh Charak, the Congress in-charge of Bihar, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said that his party had no intention of joining hands with any other party in Bihar in any future election in the state.

  • Bihar Prepared for Dengue Onslaught: Health Minister

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey at a press meet in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, talking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday, refuted the assertion that Bihar was in the grip of dengue epidemic saying so far only one death in the entire state had been recorded that has been attributed to the debilitating, mosquito-borne disease.

  • Seven Arrested in Employment Scam

    Seven arrested in Patna for running a massive employment scam

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Tuesday raided an office located within Shambhunath Plaza on Jamal Road and arrested seven men for running a fake employment agency bilking hundreds of young job seekers to the tune of several lakh rupees.

  • Have Faith in Police; Says Nitish on Munna Shukla Case

    Nitish Kumar holding a meeting with Bihar businessmen on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Monday, reacting at the report of extortion demand by former Janata Dal – U legislator Munna Shukla, lashed out at his opponents saying under his administration, no one was above the law and at the same time the government was not in the business of falsely accusing someone.

  • Wanted Kidnapper Nabbed from Patna Junction

    Balinder Singh, a wanted kidnapper, arrested in Patna on late Sunday night.

    Patna: Police in Patna on late Sunday night, acting on credible reports, nabbed Balinder Singh, a professional kidnapper from Aurangabad, from Patna Junction, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amrit Raj said.

  • Strong anti-UPA, NDA Wave in India: Dipankar

    CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India – ML national general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, at a seminar jointly organized by the All India Students' Association and Inqalabi Naujawan Sangh in Patna on Monday, said that there was a strong anti-UPA and anti-NDA feeling in the nation and the CPI-ML would intensify its agitation against the two in the interest of the people of India.

  • Imprisoned JD-U Leader Demands Rs. 2 crore from College Proprietor

    Santlal Yadav, the proprietor of an engineering college, holding a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: In a major embarrassment to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, former Janata Dal – U legislator Munna Shukla has allegedly demanded Rs. 2 crore from the owner of a private engineering college in Vaishali district for the party's 'Adhikar' rally scheduled to be held in Patna on November 4.

  • Paswan Meets with Governor; Demands CBI Probe

    A delegate led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan going to meet with Governor Konwar on Sunday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, in Patna on Sunday, met with Governor Debananda Konwar and handed him a memo demanding a CBI probe into the murder of LJP Sheohar district president Sanjay Kumar Pandey.

  • Former JD-U Legislator Hazari Cremated

    Nitish at the funeral of Ram Sevak Hazari in Samastipur on Sunday.

    Samastipur: Former Janata Dal – U legislator Ram Sevak Hazari's mortal remains were consigned to flames at Mujari village in Samastipur district on Sunday.

  • Prashant Jha's Father, among 17, Arrested in Madhubani

    File photo of Madhubani violence from October 12.

    Madhubani: The police in Madhubani, nearly two weeks after riots broke out following the recovery of a headless body in the district, arrested the father of Prashant Jha, along with 17 other persons for inciting and participating in riots causing damage to public and private properties to the tune of several crore rupees.

  • CM Sends Condolence to the Family of Ram Sevak Hazari

    Nitish Kumar paying floral tribute to Ram Sevak Hazari, a JD-U leader.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday expressed his condolence on the death of former Janata Dal – U legislator Ram Sevak Hazari who passed away of heart failure at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday morning at the age of 75.

  • Nawada Firing Victims Brought to PMCH

    Nawada gunshot victim brought to PMCH.

    Patna: Two victims of firing in Nawada that left one person dead and several injured during a clash between two groups over the immersion of Durga idols last Thursday were brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where they were listed in serious but satisfactory condition.

  • Anglo-Indians Gather in Patna for 3-day Meet

    Minister Sukhda Pandey inaugurates the 3-day meeting of Anglo-Indians in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Sukhda Pandey, at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, kicked off the 3-day joint annual general meeting of the All India Anglo-Indian Association (AIAIA) and the All India Anglo-Indian Educational Institution (AIAIEI) to discuss issues facing the Anglo-Indian community in the nation.

  • Murder Leads to Protest on Railway Tracks

    RJD leader Ram Kripal leading the protest against the death of an youth in a road accident.

    Patna: Following the recovery of the body of a youth in Patna, an angry mob blocked railway tracks at Sachivalaya Halt in Patna on Friday causing hours of delay to a number of passenger trains.

  • CM Suggests Special Cell to Monitor Crimes against SC/ST

    CM holding meeting on crimes committed against SC/ST community.

    Patna: At a high-level meeting to review cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, directed Bihar DGP Abhayanand to investigate all crimes committed against the members of the SC/ST and ensure speedy trials to bring culprits to justice.

  • Pakistan HC Salman Bashir Meets with Nitish

    Salman Bashir, Pakistan High Commissioner in India, meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday.

    Patna: Salman Bashir, Pakistan High Commissioner in India, in Patna on Thursday, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and lauded him for his efforts to bring positive changes on the social and economic fronts.

  • Men Arrested in Acid Throwing Case in Maner

    Men arrested for throwing acid on two sleeping girls in Maner.

    Patna: Police in Patna under Maner police station on Thursday arrested two youths on charges of throwing acid on two sisters causing serious bodily injuries to them.

  • Happy Dussehra

    Durga Puja in Patna.

    PatnaDaily.Com wishes everyone a very Happy Dussehra. There will be no update of the news on October 23rd and 24th on account of Durga Puja.

    In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of Devi from various pandals in Patna.

  • Patna Gears up for 'Ravan Vadh' at Gandhi Maidan

    The effigy of Ravan being put together at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

    Patna: Patna'ites are gearing up for 'Ravan Vadh', the 'killing of the demon king Ravan', that is scheduled to be held at Gandhi Maidan at 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

  • Nirula's Opens its Outlet in Patna; the First in Eastern Zone

    Nirula's opens its first franchise in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: India's own fast food chain Nirula's opened its first franchise in Patna on Monday also making it the first ever unit in the entire east zone.

  • Railway Minister Confident of Projects being Completed on Time

    Railway Minister K. H. Muniyappa at a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Minister of State for Railways K. H. Muniyappa, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, denied the Center was ignoring the interests of Bihar saying all railway projects in the state would be completed on time in the 12th Five Year Plan.

  • CM Inaugurates Swanky New Gandhi Maidan Police Station

    The new Gandhi Maidan Police Station in Patna.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the newly-constructed building of the Gandhi Maidan police station built at the cost of Rs. 3.5 crore replacing the old, decrepit shack that once stood at the same spot.

  • Police Busts Gang Involved in Stealing and Selling Answer Papers

    17 men arrested on running an employment racket.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Saturday busted a gang of criminals who would break into the strong room of the Bihar State Employees Selection Commission office, steal blank answer papers, fill it with answers and give it to candidates looking for government jobs – all for a price.

  • Hired Killers Arrested for Killing Patna Contractor

    Two arrested for killing a Patna contractor.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested two men who had been hired as contract killers to eliminate Abdul Hamid, a contractor, who was gunned down in Park Road under Kadam Kuan police station on October 5.

  • School Celebrates Dussehra and Annual Function

    Dussehra celebrated at TEFL School in Patna.

    Patna: Students and teachers of the TEFL Play School in Patna on Friday celebrated Dussehra by organizing dandia and re-enacting the killing of demon king Ravan.

  • Justice Katzu Goes after Nitish, Calls Thackerays Traitors

    Justice Markandey Katzu speaking in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katzu, in Patna on Friday, slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his dismal record on many social and economic issues while also declaring the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MSN) chiefs as 'traitors'.

  • Madhubani Lovebirds Presented in Court

    Prashant Jha being brought to Madhubani Court on Friday.

    Patna: Prashant Jha, the 18-year old youth whose so-called disappearance and subsequent 'murder' caused two days of riots and violent protests in Madhubani district last week, was presented before a court in Madhubani on Friday.

  • Congress Hoping to Get Rahul Gandhi for Anti-Nitish Campaign

    BPCC president Mehboob Ali Kaiser at a press meet in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Mehboob Ali Kaiser, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, said that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had been asked to visit Bihar to participate in the 'Pol-Khol' campaign against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar beginning November 5.

  • New Printing Press at Patna University

    PU VC Shambhu Nath Singh inaugurates new printing press in campus on Saturday.

    Patna: Patna University Vice Chancellor Dr. Shambhu Nath Singh on Friday inaugurated the opening of the new offset printing machine within the campus that would essentially do away with all printing needs of the university.

  • Raids at Two Warehouses in Mithapur

    Officials raid two warehouses in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday raided two food warehouses located within the Bhanamal premises in Mithapur and seized a large quantity of name-brand items like jam, jellies, ketchup, sauce, and cooking oil believed to be of fake quality.

  • Six Dead, Nine Injured in Naxal Landmine Blast in Gaya

    CRPF jawan injured in landmine blast in Gaya being brought to PMCH on Thursday.

    Gaya: Six CRPF jawans were killed and eight others injured when a landmine exploded in Barha village under Dumaria police station on Thursday morning during an anti-Naxal operation in Gaya district.

    Among the injured is also the Deputy Commandant of the combing operation, Magadh range DIG N. H. Khan said.

  • Modi Attends Conference on Tobacco in New York

    Sushil Kumar Modi with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City on Thursday.

    New York: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at the invitation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, attended a two-day conference on the reduction of tobacco use sponsored by the Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Workshop on Fire Safety at Hospitals

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey at a workshop on fire safety at hospitals in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: At a state-level workshop on 'Fire Safety in Hospitals' at Hotel Pataliputra Ashok in Patna on Thursday, Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey stressed the need for fire safety in hospitals saying lack of proper facility at the AMRI Hospital in Kolkata took 90 lives in a fire nearly a year ago.

  • Arrests Made in Madhubani Riot Case; FIR Lodged

    Mob burns police station in Basopatti in Madhubani district last Saturday.

    Madhubani: Authorities in Madhubani on Thursday arrested 17 persons and lodged over two dozen FIRs against thousands of others in connection with the two-day of riot that left two persons dead, scores injured, and loss of hundreds of thousands of rupees in property damages.

  • Protest in Bhagwat Nagar Forces Administration to Retreat

    Bhagwat Nagar residents prevent district officials from tearing down their homes in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Stalemate between the district administration and illegal residents of Bhagwat Nagar in Patna continued on Wednesday as hundreds of protestors blocked the road at the Naya Tola intersection preventing the police and the demolition crew from entering the area and displace them from their illegally-constructed homes.

  • University Budgets Need to be Audited: Education Minister

    Education Minister P. K. Shahi in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Bihar Education Minister P. K. Shahi, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, blamed the university officials for the delay in the payment of teachers' and employees' salaries causing resentment among them.

  • Fancy Dress Contest and Dandia at Tender Heart School

    Dandia at Tender Heart International School in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Students, parents, and the teachers of the Tender Heart International School in Patna on Wednesday had a gala time at a fancy dress competition for the children and a Dandia dance for the moms and teachers to mark the beginning of Dussehra.

  • CM Inaugurates Flyover on Bailey Road

    Nitish Kumar inaugurates work on over-bridge between Jagdeo Path and Sheikhpura in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the construction work of much-awaited flyover between Jagdeo Path and Sheikhpura that is expected to lessen the traffic burden on Patna's busy Bailey Road.

  • Mob Torches Bus in Mithapur following Accident

    Bus torched by mob following accident in Mithapur.

    Patna: An angry mob in Patna on Tuesday torched a private bus after it struck bicycle rider near Mithapur bus stand under Jakkanpur police station.

  • Navratra Begins with 'Kalash Sthapana'

    Woman participating in Kalash puja in Patna to mark the beginning of Durga Puja on Tuesday.

    Patna: Patna'ites began the Navratra on Tuesday by putting up the holy 'kalash' at a number of temples and pandals where Durga Puja will be celebrated with much fanfare this year.

  • British Official Praises Bihar for Implementing RTPS

    British official Mark Lowcock meets with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, UK, held a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday and talked about a number of social schemes being implemented in Bihar and their impact on the general public.

  • Nitish has Surrendered before BJP: Paswan

    LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: At a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan tried to prick Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying the latter had completely surrendered before the 'communal' Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and he should stop pretending as if he was opposed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Nitish Blames Madhubani Police Officials for Riots

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to reporters following his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, took Madhubani police officials to task saying their handling of the local situation was far from satisfactory that resulted in district-wide protest involving arson and police firing.

  • Contractor Murdered in Broad Daylight in Kadam Kuan

    Contract shot and killed in Kadam Kuan in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Criminals in Patna under Kadam Kuan police station on Monday morning shot and killed a contractor and escaped before the police could reach the crime scene.

  • Choubey against Government Dole for Third Child

    Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey at the Rural Health Mission seminar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, speaking at a workshop on National Rural Health Mission in Patna on Monday, said that couples having their third child should not be given the Rs. 1400 dole under the Female Protection Scheme.

  • Maharashtra Journalists in Bihar

    Maharashtra journalists in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: A group of reporters from Maharashtra in Patna on Monday attended the Chief Minister's Janata Durbar and held talks with the officials of the Information and Public Relations Department to feel the pulse of the so-called changing picture of Bihar.

  • Opposition Observes Bihar Bandh; Dead Youth Turns up Alive

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav leading the protest rally in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: After a day of high-voltage drama involving protests by various opposition parties, dharnas, road blocks, disruption of railway and road traffic, and arrests of prominent opposition leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan over the alleged murder of one Prashant in Madhubani district a few weeks ago leading to riots across the region, the so-called murdered victim turned up alive in Delhi along with his girl friend whom he had eloped with.

  • River Interlinking would be Disastrous: Medha Patkar

    Medha Patkar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Social activist Medha Patkar, speaking at the 9th biennial national conference of the public movements on environmental issues, slammed the idea of linking rivers in Bihar saying such endeavor was not only ineffective, it was downright dangerous to fiddle with natural course of the rivers.

  • Former Minister Beaten up by Liquor Mafia Goons

    Former Bihar Minister brought to PMCH after being beaten by criminals in Muzaffarpur.

    Patna: Former Bihar minister Hind Kesari Yadav was brought to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Sunday after sustaining injuries in his head caused by an assault by alleged liquor mafia thugs in Muzaffarpur on Saturday.

  • Riots Spread in other Blocks in Madhubani District

    Riot breaks out in Basopatti in Madhubani district on Saturday.

    Madhubani: For the second day in a row, Madhubani continued to burn in the aftermath of the Friday riot that led to the death of one student in the police firing that ensued.

  • Patna Junior Golfer Leaves for Korea for Asian Junior Tournament

    Junior golfer from Patna Aman Raj leaves for Korea on Saturday.

    Patna: Aman Raj, the 17-year old golfer from Patna, left for South Korea on Saturday to take part in the Asian Junior Golf Team Championship to be held between October 14 and 20 at the Gunsan Golf & Country Club.

  • One Killed in Police Firing in Madhubani

    Riot in Madhubani on Friday.

    Patna: One person was reported killed when law enforcement officials in Madhubani on Friday opened fire to disperse an irate mob that torched the town police station and set a prison van on fire allowing nearly two dozen prisoners to escape.

  • Wait is Over! PU to Hold Students' Union Election in December

    Patna University students' union elections to be held after 28 years.

    Patna: After a gap of 28 years, the Patna University would be holding its students' union elections on December 11 this year, university Vice Chancellor Dr. Shambhu Nath Singh said on Friday.

  • BJP Marks JP's Anniversary by Wishing for Narendra Modi

    BJP leader Ananth Kumar at the party's Yuva Morcha convention in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Though the occasion was the birth anniversary of Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders called for throwing out the Congress-led UPA government at the Center while also chanting pro-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi slogans projecting him as the next Prime Minister of India.

  • Sushil Modi Slams RJD Leader over Coal-Gate

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi at a press meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, continued to hammer Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Premchand Gupta for his alleged involvement in the 'Coal-gate' saying he had asked 14 questions from the RJD leader but instead of answering them, he swept them off under the rug to avoid embarrassment.

  • Nitish Pays Tribute to JP

    Nitish at Charkha Samiti paying tribute to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday paid tribute to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan to mark his 110th birth anniversary at his statue at the Income Tax Roundabout in Patna in the presence of several Janata Dal – U leaders and government officials.

  • War of Words Escalates between Lalu and Nitish

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav holding a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: A day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar slammed the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi for making unfounded charges against him, the former Chief Minister of Bihar hit back at his nemesis saying Kumar's popularity was on wane and the whole talk about getting special status for Bihar was nothing more than an election gimmick.

  • Patna Mayor Charged with making Threats, Intimidation

    Mother and daughter file charges against Patna Mayor on Tuesday.

    Patna: A mother-daughter duo, in Patna on Tuesday, lodged an FIR against Patna Mayor Afzal Imam and his bodyguards for threatening to rape and kills them over a land dispute.

  • Son Murders Friend for Making Vulgar Comments against Mother

    Youth arrested for murdering his friend.

    Patna: Police in Patna under Kankarbagh police station on Tuesday arrested a 20-year old auto-rickshaw driver and charged him with killing his neighbor and friend, 32-year old Jitendra Narayan Singh.

  • Modi Inaugurates Automated Entry Turnstiles at Patna Zoo

    Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurating the turnstiles at Patna Zoo on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, on Tuesday, inaugurated the automated entrance turnstiles at the Sanjay Gandhi Botanical and Zoological Garden at two of its main entrances.

  • Lalu-Rabri Jealous of Bihar's Progress: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the Polo Ground in Munger on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a public rally in Munger on Monday, slammed the Lalu-Rabri duo for their relentless assault on the current administration saying the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders were jealous of the progress being made in Bihar that was driving them completely off their rockers knowing it were they who pushed the state in a deep ditch in the first place.

  • Long-term Planning Needed for Road Construction: Brishan Patel

    Transport Minister Brishan Patel attending the meeting of the National Transport Development Committee at Hotel Chanakya in Patna on Monday

    Patna: Transport Minister Brishan Patel, at the regional meeting of the National Transport Development Committee at Hotel Chanakya in Patna on Monday, said that the government should think ahead 50 years while embarking on building roads and highways in the state.

  • Ruckus by Youth Congress Members during Membership Drive

    Youth Congress leaders create ruckus at Congress meeting in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: After the embarrassing clash between the Congress leaders and the India against Corruption activists during Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's visit to Patna last month, there was yet another scuffle between the Youth Congress leaders and other senior leaders of the party in Patna on Monday during an address by Congress General Secretary and Bihar in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak.

  • CM Relentless in his Demand for Special Status for Bihar

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting of district officials in Bhagalpur on Sunday.

    Bhagalpur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday spent his day in Bhagalpur and Banka where he made the case for getting special status to Bihar.

  • Uma Bharati Wants Ganga to be Included in World Heritage Site

    BJP leader Uma Bharati at Ganga Arti in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharati, who is in Patna for the last three days as part of her ongoing Ganga Samagra Yatra, while taking part in the Ganga Arti at Gandhi Ghat in Patna on Sunday, made a case for the river Ganges for the World Heritage Site saying if the Taj Mahal could be accorded the World Heritage status, there was no reason Ganga couldn't enjoy the same position.

  • Dolphin Watching Point Coming up in Patna

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi speaking on the need for the protection of Ganga dolphins.

    Patna: Continuing its theme to spread awareness about protection of animals in the state, Bihar government, on Friday, announced its decision to initiate a 'Dolphin Watching Point' in the Ganges as part of the growing tourism industry in the state.

  • School Takes Advantage of Quality Books at Mini Fair

    Mini book fair at TEFL school in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: The TEFL Play School and Kids Club on Bhattacharya Road in Patna on Saturday organized a mini book fair to promote quality educational books imported from United States and other developed nations.

  • Uma Bharati's Ganga Samagra Yatra Arrives in Patna

    BJP Uma Bharati attending Ganga Arti in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharati arrived in Patna on Friday on her way to Gangotri under the aegis of Ganga Samagra Yatra that earlier began at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.

  • Modi Stresses Need for Increased Use of Alternate Energy

    Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurates new session of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at the inauguration of the 48th annual session of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) in Patna on Friday, said that with the sudden rise in the number of vehicles in the state, large cities were faced with serious traffic problems and other issues including pollution and increased burden on the dependence on fossil oil.

  • Aman Raj Finishes 2nd in Northern India Junior Golf

    Aman Raj comes second at the Gurgaon golf tournament.

    Gurgaon: Aman Raj, currently number one on the IGU order of merit among junior boys, got the 2nd place in Toyota IGU Northern India Junior Golf Championship (Category A below 18) that concluded today at the Golden Green Golf Resort in Gurgaon.

  • Bihar Bids Farewell to President Pranab Mukherjee

    President Pranab Mukherjee given warm send-off at Patna Airport on Thursday.

    Patna: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who launched the Bihar Agricultural Roadmap in Patna on Wednesday, was given a warm send-off on Thursday morning at the Patna Airport.

  • Students Clash at A. N. College; 20 Arrested

    Police steps in to check clash between two groups of students at A. N. College in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Several students were injured when two groups at the A. N. College in Patna on Thursday clashed with each other forcing the law enforcement officials to use mild force to bring the situation under control.

  • Pratyay Amrit Honored by Bihar Foundation, Australia Chapter

    Pratyaya Amrit, Secretary, Bihar Road Construction Dept. being honored in Sydney, Australia.

    Sydney: Bihar Foundation Australia Chapter (BFAC) conferred the first Bihar Pride Award 2012 (BPA) to Pratyaya Amrit, Secretary, Road Construction Dept. for his outstanding contribution in development of Bihar.

  • Nitish Living in a Bubble: Kushwaha

    Upendra Kushwaha at a press conference in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Navnirman Manch coordinator Upendra Kushwaha, who has taken upon himself to bring down the Nitish-led NDA government in Bihar, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday said that the Chief Minister was failing to measure the anger of the people and that is why he had ordered arrests of all those who dared to raise questions against him.

  • President Pranab Mukherjee Gets Warm Welcome in Patna

    President Pranab Mukherjee speaking at the S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Patna today, his first trip to Bihar since becoming the President of India last July, amidst warm reception by Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, and the Speaker and Chairperson of the state Assembly and state Legislative Council Uday Narayan Chowdhary and Ghulam Gaus respectively.

  • Patna Gears up to Welcome President Mukherjee

    Mock carcade by Patna officials on the eve of the arrival of President Pranab Mukherjee.

    Patna: District administration in Patna on Tuesday took part in a dress rehearsal to prepare for the arrival of Pranab Mukherjee who arrives here on Wednesday on his maiden trip to the state since becoming the President of India a few months ago.

  • AIPWA Trashes Bihar's Record on Women's Issues

    AIPWA officials hold a public court in Patna to address women's issues.

    Patna: Members of the All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) in Patna on Tuesday held a public court to address concerns of dozens of women who had come there to seek justice against their tormentors and exploiters.

  • Adhikar Rath Flagged off to Press for Special Status

    'Adhikar Yatra' flagged off from Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh in Patna on Tuesday flagged off the 'Adhikar Rath' amidst much fanfare from the party state office to drum up support for the government's demand for special status to Bihar.

  • Modi Inaugurates Animal Week

    Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurating 'Animal Week' in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi at a function at JP Roundabout near Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Tuesday inaugurated the 'Animal Week' by releasing a giant balloon to mark the occasion.

  • PU Foundation Day Celebration Disrupted by Student Protest

    Protest outside Wheeler Senate Hall in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: The student wings of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal - U on Monday created ruckus outside the Wheeler Senate Hall when Patna University was busy celebrating the 96th anniversary of its foundation amidst the presence of dozens of former teachers and students.

  • Disciplinary Action against Purnia MP; Says Modi

    Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi holding a press meet in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in his first press conference since returning from his visits abroad, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would take disciplinary action against party MP from Purnia Uday Singh who, on Sunday, made uncharitable remarks against his own party and the Janata Dal – U and held anti-NDA rally at the Purnia stadium.

  • UPA will be wiped off in Next LS Elections: Sharad Yadav

    JD-U president Sharad Yadav (right) in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U national president Sharad Yadav, at a press meet in Patna on Sunday, ripped the Congress-led UPA government saying the current administration was worse than the Indira Gandhi government during which Emergency was imposed.

  • Denial of Special Status to Restrict Growth of Bihar: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Kishanganj on Sunday.

    Kishanganj: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a public meeting in Kishanganj on Sunday said that without special status to Bihar, the state would take another 25 years before it would come at par with other developed states.

  • Shivanand Blames RJD, Congress for Assault on CM's Convoy

    JD-U spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari holding a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Janata Dal – U national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari, at a press meet in Patna on Friday, accused Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders and former MP Pappu Yadav's supporters for making murderous attempt on the Chief Minister's life when his cavalcade was attacked by an angry mob in Khagaria on Friday.

  • Five Arrested for Gang-rape in Patna

    Five men arrested and charged with raping a young girl from Uttar Pradesh.

    Patna: Police in Patna, under Shastri Nagar police station on Friday, arrested five men, including a youth who claims to be the nephew of a Jharkhand legislator, for gang-raping a 19-year old girl from Uttar Pradesh.

  • Women's Industrial Fair Opens in Patna

    A woman entrepreneur showcasing her products at the Women's Industrial Fair in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, at the Narayani Hall on Boring Canal Road in Patna on Friday inaugurated the bi-annual Women's Industrial Fair featuring 81 stalls run by women entrepreneurs engaged in a variety of businesses enough to pique the interests of people of varied tastes.

  • Tej Pratap, Lalu's Son, Flunks BA Part I Exam

    Tej Pratap Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav's son, last year after being admitted at B. N. College in Patna.

    Patna: While continuing to show penchant for politics, a family trait that runs in the blood of the Lalu clan, his son Tej Pratap Yadav, however, failed in the BA Part I exam while studying at B. N. College, reports said.

  • Attempt to Demolish Illegal Construction Spurs Riot

    Protestors torch a government vehicle during a riot in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Residents of Bhagawat Nagar and Jaiprakash Nagar under Agam Kuan police station in Patna on Wednesday battled with the law enforcement officials for nearly five hours after a demolition team arrived in the area to tear down illegal construction at the behest of a previous Patna High Court order.

  • Gas Cylinders to Cost the Same until March 2013

    Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak.

    Patna: In a temporary relief to the people of Bihar, state Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak, on Tuesday, said that consumers of LPG cooking gas will continue to pay the old price for the cylinders till March 2013 after which the new price, as recently set by the Central government, would kick in unless notified otherwise.

  • Free Health Camp by Rotary Pataliputra and PAHAL

    Free health camp by Rotary Pataliputra and PAHAL in Patna.

    Patna: Rotary Pataliputra, in collaboration with the Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL), organized free health check up and testing camp for Hepatitis B, Spirometry, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), Body Mass Index (BMI) and Blood Sugar at L. S. Institute in Patna on Tuesday.

  • LS Speaker Bats for Farmers, Girls

    Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar garlanding the portrait of Sumitra Devi.

    Patna: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, while attending the 88th birth anniversary of late Sumitra Devi, her mother-in-law, in Patna on Tuesday, lamented the condition of farmers in India saying despite India being an agrarian nation, the condition of the farmers was pathetic and everything must be done to improve their situation.

  • BJP Remembers Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya

    BJP leaders paying tribute to Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: The Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Patna on Tuesday observed the 96th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, a philosopher, a humanitarian, and the patriarch of the Jan Sangh Party.

  • BJP Memo to Governor to Dismiss UPA Government

    BJP leaders march to Raj Bhawan in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Monday took out a march to the Raj Bhawan where they handed over a memo to Governor Debananda Konwar demanding the dissolution of the UPA government in the aftermath of the withdrawal of support by the Trinamool Congress.

  • JD-U Leader Slaps Lalu Back on Loyalty Issue

    Bihar Rural Working Minister Bheem Singh.

    Patna: Bihar Rural Working Minister Dr. Bheem Singh, a day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav took credit for giving him a break in politics, shot back at his previous boss saying Lalu was a spent force who had lost his relevance in the fast-changing Bihar.

  • Patna Airport Employees on 72-hour Hunger Strike

    Patna Airport employees on a 72-hour hunger strike.

    Patna: Patna Airport employees, under the banner of Airport Employees Union on Monday, went on a 72-hour hunger strike to press for their demands.

  • Speaker Meira Kumar on a 4-day Tour of Bihar

    Speaker Meira Kumar welcomed by Congress leaders at Patna Airport on Monday.

    Patna: Meira Kumar, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, arrived in Patna on Monday on a four-day trip to Bihar during which she would visit a number of places and attend a host of meetings organized by the Congress Party.

  • Nitish to be Blamed for no Special Status to Bihar: Lalu

    Lalu Prasad Yadav at the Chandravanshi Sangharsh Morcha meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a function organized by the Chandravanshi Sangharsh Morcha in Patna on Sunday, accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of sabotaging the RJD's efforts to obtain special status for Bihar during the NDA rule at the Center.

  • Wanted Criminal Arrested after two Decades

    Man arrested after being on run for over two decades.

    Patna: After being on lam for nearly 24 years, notorious criminal Karia Rai, aka Manorajan Rai, ran out of luck when Patna police, on Saturday night, nabbed him from Brahmachari Sthaan under Maner police station thus bringing an end to a long career in crime pursued by the man who entered into the crime world by first stealing cattle.

  • Last Accused in Papiya Ghosh Murder Case Arrested from Ludhiana

    Patna SSP Amrit Raj holding a press conference following the arrest of the seventh accused in the killing of Prof. Papiya Ghosh and Malti Devi.

    Patna: Sanjog Rai, the seventh and last accused in the brutal murder of Patna University professor Dr. Papiya Ghosh, after remaining in hiding for nearly six years, finally ran out of luck last Tuesday when the Bihar police, after a meticulous sleuthing work, traced him to a factory in Ludhiana where he had been working under an assumed name.

  • Students Disrupt Classes at Arts and Craft College in Patna

    Patna Art and Craft students protesting outside the college.

    Patna: The ongoing strike by the Patna Arts and Craft College students entered into its fourth day on Friday as students boycotted their classes and forced the office to shut down to press for their demands.

  • Bharat Bandh Disrupts Normal Life in Bihar

    Railway traffic disrupted in Patna due to Bharat Bandh called by the NDA on Thursday.

    Patna: Normal life was paralyzed in Patna and elsewhere in Bihar on Thursday due to the nationwide bandh called by the NDA to protest against the UPA government's decision on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail industry and for raising the cost of diesel and cooking gas.

  • BJP Leader Confident Nitish to Remain in NDA

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, shrugged off reports of Nitish Kumar possibly joining hand with the UPA saying he had known Bihar Chief Minister for a very long time and he knew for sure Kumar would never do any such thing even after the next Parliamentary polls.

  • Bihar Drops 2% in VAT on Diesel; Cheaper by 85 Paisa

    Bihar government takes step to reduce price of diesel.

    Patna: Following a hurriedly convened meeting of the Bihar Cabinet members in Patna on Thursday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced the government's decision to reduce the price of diesel fuel by dropping the Value Added Tax (VAT) in Bihar by two percent.

  • Nitish Willing to Support UPA in Exchange for Special Status for Bihar

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar willing to support UPA in 2014.

    Motihari: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the first day of his 'Adhikar Yatra' in Motihari on Wednesday, ruffled some feathers, particularly those of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Bihar, when he said that he would extend support to any party in 2014 that was willing to give special economic status to Bihar.

  • BJP Leader Lodges FIR against Manmohan Singh

    BJP MLA Nitin Navin lodging an FIR against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Patna (Pataliputra) Nitin Navin on Wednesday filed an FIR against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the Kotwali police station for his alleged role in the 'Coalgate' causing the national treasury a loss of Rs. 1.86 lakh crore.

  • Patna Lawyers Demand Prime Minister's Resignation

    BJP backer advocates in Patna stage a dharna outside Patna High Court on Wednesday.

    Patna: Lawyers with allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Patna on Wednesday staged a dharna at the eastern gate of the Patna High Court to protest against the rising prices of essential items and the 'Coalgate', yet another financial scam to be unearthed under the UPA regime.

  • Lack of Good Leadership a Cause for Concern: Shourie

    Former Central Minister Arun Shourie in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Former Central Minister Arun Shourie, speaking at a discussion on 'Good Governance' at the 12th K. N. Sahay Memorial Lecture in Patna on Tuesday said that it was disheartening to note that in a country with a population of 1.2 billion people, there were only a handful of leaders who were actually concerned with good governance.

  • Rain Causes Water-logging in Patna

    Water-logging in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Despite claims of improvements, the city of Patna, instead of looking like Paris as pledged by the Chief Minister a few years ago, looked more like Venice with roads turning into canals, albeit full of floating trash, following two days of incessant rain in the state capital.

  • Constables Stage Dharna Across Bihar

    Bihar police constables holding a sit-in in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Nearly 65,000 police constables in Bihar on Tuesday, in the second phase of their 5-stage protest, sat on a dharna to press for their 15-point demands.

  • Vishwakarma Puja Observed

    Nitish Kumar offering prayer to Lord Vishwakarma in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Devotees in Patna, a day after observing Vishwakarma Puja on Monday, immersed the idols of the God of Workers in the Ganges amidst colorful processions taken out by various puja organizers across the city.

  • Shatrughan Sinha Slams Manmohan Singh, Demands Resignation

    BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha, talking to reporters in Patna on Sunday, predicted the demise of the UPA government by the end of this year in the aftermath of a host of multi-crore rupees scams, including the CWG, the 2G, and the most recent 'Coal-gate' scam to occur under the current regime.

  • Farmers will Benefit from FDI: Says RJD Leader

    RJD leaders Vijay Krishna and Ram Kripal Yadav at a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: In a show of solidarity with the Congress government at the Center with which it once fought against during the dark days of the Emergency, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on Sunday said that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail would, contrary to its opponents, would greatly benefit the farmers but could have negative impact on the small businessmen.

  • BJP Women Cell up in Arms over LPG Price Hike

    BJP women cell members protest against hike in the price of cooking gas cylinders in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: The women cell of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Patna on Sunday took out a rally to protest against the latest hike in the price of diesel fuel and cooking gas cylinders demanding a roll back in the prices saying the move was designed to hurt the poor and the middle class.

  • Car Rally for Blinds in Patna

    Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar flagging off a car rally for visually-impaired.

    Patna: Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar in Patna on Sunday flagged off a car rally for the blinds to encourage visually-impaired children and youths to not be deterred by their physical handicaps.

  • The Decision on FDI Unilateral; Says BJP Leader

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and Giriraj Singh at a press conference in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the chief national party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a press meet in Patna on Sunday, said that the UPA government had failed to keep up its promise to build a consensus before a final decision was reached on the issue Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail, aviation, and other sectors.

  • Bima Bharati Files for Divorce

    JD-U legislator Bima Bharati files for divorce from her husband Akhilesh Mandal.

    Purnia: After years of physical and psychological abuse, Janata Dal-U legislator from Rupauli, Bima Bharati, on Friday, filed a petition for divorce from her husband and gangster Awadhesh Mandal saying the couple had developed irreconcilable differences that could not be salvaged.

  • Jakkanpur Man was Burdened with Debt; Wanted

    Ruhi Verma, the 10-year sole survivor of the family, showing the crime scene to the police.

    Patna: More details have surfaced in the killing of a woman and her 12-year old son who were brutally beaten to death by the victim's husband Manoj Kumar Verma, a TTE in the Indian Railways, last Thursday at their residence in Jakkanpur in Patna.

  • SUCI Burns PM's Effigy for Allowing FDI in Retail

    SUCI activists burn the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: SUCI (Communist) activists in Patna on Saturday burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Patna Junction Roundabout for allowing 51% FDI in retail market.

  • BJP Leaders Protest against Rise in Diesel Price

    BJP leaders protesting against hike in the price of diesel.

    Patna: Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Patna on Friday burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the rise in the price of diesel and imposing of quota in the use of cooking gas cylinders.

  • Burglars Ring Busted; 12 Arrested in Patna

    City SP Jayant Kant holding a press conference following the arrests of 12 burglars.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday night busted a gang of thieves involved in a series of break-ins in the state capital getting away with hundreds of thousands rupees worth of electronic items including laptops, other computer accessories, cell phones and other valuables.

  • Bihar Striving to attain Hundred Percent Voters' Registration

    Bihar chief election officer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Bihar chief election officer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, speaking at the launch of Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) program in Patna on Friday, said that the election commission would soon launch a new voter's ID verification program so a complete list with pictures could be published by the end of October.

  • Railway Employee Kills Wife, Son in Patna

    Shocked family members following double murder in Jakkanpur.

    Patna: In what appeared to be a scene from a horrific slasher movie that leaves your guts churning after seeing too much blood and gore, a 31-year old woman and her 10-year old son were mercilessly beaten to death by the woman's husband at a house in Railway Colony under Jakkanpur police station in Patna on Thursday.

  • Ruckus at Panchayat Meeting in Patna

    Disgruntled Panchayati delegates create ruckus at Chief Minister's meeting.

    Patna: In what was supposed to be yet another routine public meeting by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the training camp for the Panchayat representatives at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna turned out anything but routine as a number of reps disrupted the meeting demanding to speak their minds before the scheduled speech by the Chief Minister.

  • Bank Official's Killer Arrested after Three Months

    SSP Amrit Raj holding a press conference following the arrest of a man in the killing of a Patna bank official.

    Patna: Two days shy of three months, authorities in Patna on late Tuesday night caught the killers of James Michael Sextus, the State Bank of India Pataliputra Colony branch cashier who was gunned down on June 14 this year following a raid at a guesthouse in Sasaram.

  • CM Lays Foundation Stone of Bridge over Falgu River

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Gaya on Wednesday.

    Gaya: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in Gaya on Wednesday, laid the foundation stone of the 557 meter long, six-lane bridge on Falgu River to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 64 crore.

  • Sukhda Pandey Meets with Ailing Writer

    Sukhda Pandey visits Madhukar Singh at PMCH in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Bihar Minister for Art, Culture, and Youth Minister Sukhda Pandey, on Wednesday, visited Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to enquire about the health of ailing litterateur Madhukar Singh.

  • Students Participate in Rally to Promote Hindi Language

    Students in Patna rally to encourage the use of Hindi language at all levels.

    Patna: Girls of several schools and colleges in Patna on Wednesday took out a rally to demand for 'proper place' for Hindi language in the Indian society saying Hindi should be adopted at all levels, including in various entrance tests and license plates of all vehicles.

  • IAC Activists Roughed up at Scindia's Press Meet

    IAC activist being overpowered by Congress workers during a press meet by Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday.

    Patna: Congress Minister of State for Commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia's first day in Patna on Tuesday did not go exactly as planned as his press conference being held at Hotel Maurya was crashed by the members of 'India against Corruption' (IAC) who demanded some straight answers from the Congress leader on scams, particularly the 'Coal-gate', that has led to the boycotting of Parliament sessions by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

  • Police Thwarts Suicide Bid by Murdered Child's Father

    Man attempts suicide to seek justice for his murdered son.

    Patna: Police in Patna under Gandhi Maidan police station on Tuesday prevented a man seeking justice for his murdered son from committing suicide in front of the Collectorate office.

  • Lalu being Hypocritical on Special Status Issue: CM

    Nitish Kumar at his Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while talking to reporters following his daylong Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, said that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav was losing his head when he said that a special financial package was a better deal for Bihar as opposed to special status that the state had been demanding for the last several years.

  • Nitish Should Come Clean on Fodder Scam: Paswan

    Ram Vilas Paswan in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Attempting to seize the opportunity in the wake of the recent development in the decade-plus old fodder scam that landed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, among many others, in jail, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, in Patna on Monday, exhorted Nitish Kumar to come clean on his alleged involvement in the same scam.

  • LJP Activists Protest over Uterus Scam

    LJP protesters being hauled away by Patna police on Monday.

    Patna: While Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan was busy holding an anti-Nitish press conference in Patna on Monday, his party workers and supporters took to the streets of the state capital demanding resignation of the Chief Minister in the wake of the so-called 'uterus scam' in Bihar.

  • Bihar Cops observe 'Black Ribbon' Protest

    Bihar cops observe 'black ribbon' protest to press for their demands.

    Patna: Hundreds of constables in Patna on Monday observed a 'black ribbon' day to mark the beginning of a state-wide, five-phased strike to press for their demand for various allowances and a raise in their salary.

  • Nitish Launches New Website on Bihar Tourism

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching a new website on Bihar tourism on Sunday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday inaugurated the launching of a new website of the state tourism department (www.bihartourism.gov.in) to boost tourism industry in the state.

  • Patna Women Participate in Scooter Rally

    Scooter rally by the Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh (BMUS) in Patna on Sunday morning.

    Patna: The members of the Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh (BMUS), in a display of strength among women entrepreneurs, took out a scooter-rally in Patna on Sunday.

  • C. P. Thakur Demands Ban on Cow Slaughter

    BJP state president Dr. C. P. Thakur in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a meeting of the party's working committee of the cow-owners' cell on Sunday, demanded a complete ban on the killing of cows and the export of cow meat while also asking for a new act that effectively makes killing cows a punishable crime.

  • Chinese TV Team in Patna to Document Super 30

    Super 30 founder Anand Kumar being interviewed by a Chinese TV crew.

    Patna: Continuing to be impressed by Anand Kumar’s innovative Super 30 program, a team from Chinese Central Television was in Patna on Friday to interview the math whiz who has been a media darling across the globe for providing free IIT entrance coaching to students from underprivileged background.

  • Intermediate Council Employees Protest against Govt's. Decision

    Intermediate Exam Council employees protesting in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Hundreds of employees of the Bihar State Intermediate Examination Council in Patna on Friday held a demonstration outside the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) office to protest the government's decision to dissolve the Council and merge it with the BSEB to streamline the operation of the two bodies.

  • Man Commits Suicide; Blames Wife, In-laws of Torture


    Family members crying after the suicide of a man in Kankarbagh area.

    Patna: A man in his late twenties in Patna on Friday committed suicide by hanging while also leaving a note in which he blames his wife and in-laws of physical and mental torture for almost an year leading him to take such extreme step.

  • CM Orders an All-out Assault against Middlemen

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting with top Bihar officials on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a high level meeting in Patna on Thursday, reviewed the progress made by a task force earlier constituted to study the role of middlemen in perpetuating corruption in state and center-sponsored schemes.

  • Form-C of Commercial Tax Dept. now available Online

    Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi launches Form C of Commercial Tax Department at Secretariat in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Continuing its march towards the promised e-governance in the state, Bihar took yet another small, though important, step towards that goal when Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, on Thursday, launched the online version of the Form-C of the Commercial Tax Department.

  • HIV Awareness Camp at Ganga Devi Mahila College

    HIV/AIDS awareness camp at Ganga Devi Mahila College in Kankarbagh on Thursday.

    Patna: An HIV/AIDS awareness camp was jointly organized by NSS, Rotary Pataliputra, and Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) at Ganga Devi Mahila College in Kankarbagh in Patna on Thursday.

  • CM Honors Six Teachers to Mark Teachers' Day

    Nitish Kumar honoring teachers in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function in Patna on Wednesday, paid floral tribute to Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, on the occasion of Teachers' Day that was celebrated across the state capital at all schools and colleges.

  • Teachers' Day Celebration at Patna Women's College

    Teachers' Day celebration at Patna Women's College.

    Patna: Students of Patna Women's College on Wednesday celebrated the Teachers' Day by organizing a cultural program that was enjoyed by teachers and students alike.

  • Primary Teachers' Association Observes 'Insult Day'

    Primary school teachers on a day-long dharna in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: The newly-appointed primary teachers' association in Patna on Wednesday, instead of celebrating Teachers' Day, observed an 'Insult Day' to press for their seven-point demand at a dharna held at Kargil Chowk.

  • Modi's Statement Confirms BJP Lacks Good Leadership: Kaiser

    Congress state president Mehboob Ali Kaiser holding a press meet in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Bihar Congress state president Mehboob Ali Kaiser, a day after burning the effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna, on Tuesday scoffed at Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's statement that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was suitable for the post of Prime Minister.

  • Anti-corruption Movement: ABVP Activists Block RailRoad Track

    ABVP activists block train track at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Activists belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Patna on Tuesday blocked the railway track at Rajendra Nagar Terminal to protest against corruption and scams under the UPA government's watch.

  • Fresher's Day at Magadh Mahila College

    Students have fun at the Fresher's Day at Magadh Mahila College in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: The BCA students of Magadh Mahila College in Patna on Tuesday celebrated Freshers' Day by organizing a cultural program that turned an otherwise gloomy, cloudy day into a day of fun and frolic for both students and the teachers.

  • Plagued by Rallies; Patna'ites Deal with Traffic Jams

    Donkey rally against MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Once again Patna was held hostage by rally organizers who, taking turns, kept most busy streets in the state capital blocked throughout Monday making it nearly impossible for commuters to go from one point to another.

  • Red Ribbon Express Arrives at Patna Junction

    Red Ribbon Express arrives in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi at Patna Junction on Monday welcomed the arrival of the Red Ribbon Express, a special train on a nationwide tour to promote awareness about HIV/AIDS, the importance of safe sex, and reducing discrimination against AIDS victims in India, particularly in the rural areas.

  • Congress Burns Effigy of BJP for Disrupting Parliament

    Congress leaders in Patna take out march against BJP in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Congress leaders in Patna on Monday took out a rally against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for continuing to disrupt the Parliamentary session in the backdrop of the so-called 'Coal-gate'.

  • BJP Youth Wing Vows to Unseat UPA

    BJP leaders pledge to dethrone UPA government in next elections.

    Patna: The youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar on Monday, at a public meeting in Patna on Monday, took oath to uproot the 'corrupt' UPA government from the Center and expose it of the 'damage' that it had inflicted on the nation by means of a host of corruption cases.

  • CDs on HIV and TB Released for Medical Experts

    PAHAL director Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi.

    Patna: Continued Medical Education (CME) video CDs of the lecture series on "ART in HIV & TB Co-infection" and "Management of HIV Naïve Patients" prepared by noted AIDS expert Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi based on his updated research was released by HIV division of the Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical Company.

  • BJP to Stage Rally against UPA in April 2013

    BJP leaders holding a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that the party would take out a massive rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on April 15, 2013 to protest against the 'Center's step-motherly treatment towards Bihar'.

  • Death of Patient Sparks Clash at Diagnostic Center

    Clash at a medical center in Rajendra Nagar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: In yet another case of bout between a patient's and clinic officials in Patna on Sunday, an angry mob vandalized an ultrasound center in Rajendra Nagar following the death of a patient who was found in a state of unconsciousness on Sunday evening under Malsalami police station.

  • Thackeray's Comment Unconstitutional: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking on Raj Thackeray in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a press meet in Patna on Sunday, slammed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for threatening to label Biharis in Maharashtra as 'infiltrators', or illegal aliens.

  • Traffic Jam Curse Haunts Patna'ites

    CPI-ML's protest rally disrupts traffic in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: It was excruciating; just painful if you lived in Patna and tried to go from one part of the city to another on Friday and you didn't happen to be carrying a flag or a banner of some political outfit.

  • Seized Drug Identified as Charas

    14 kilogram of charas seized during raid in Kankarbagh.

    Patna: Following the major haul of narcotics from the office of Om Packers and Movers Courier in Kankarbagh on Thursday, authorities in Patna on Friday corrected their mistake saying what they had thought of heroin was in fact 'charas' with an international street value of Rs. 70 lakh.

  • Gunfire Rocks Patna City; Five Dead

    Ambulance carries murder victims to hospitals in Patna City on late Wednesday night.

    Patna: Four men were killed in a war of attrition under Khajekalan police station in Patna City on Wednesday night sending a shockwave across the state capital.

  • Congress Leaders Denied Meeting with the Governor

    Congress leaders sit on dharna in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Congress leaders in Patna on Thursday sat on a dharna after they were denied entry into the Raj Bhawan where they had gone to submit a memo to Governor Debananda Konwar seeking his intervention in the alleged irregularities in the implementation of MNREGA in Bihar.

  • Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Student

    Students on rampage at College of Commerce in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Students of College of Commerce in Patna on Wednesday went on a rampage after the news of a professor making lewd comments to a girl student spread across the campus.

  • Married Woman Attempts Suicide before Police Office

    Vaishakhi Prasad tried to commit suicide in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: A married woman, after failing to attract the attention of the state's Commission for Women, consumed poison with intent to commit suicide right before the Patna police control room on Wednesday.

  • Youth Sportsmen of Bihar Honored

    Patna junior golfer Aman Raj being honored by Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Sukhda Pandey.

    Patna: Nearly 400 sportsmen and coaches from Bihar were honored by the Bihar government at a function held at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Wednesday.

  • Super 30 Founder Rejects Financial Help

    Super 30 founder Anand Kumar with Meri Kom in Mumbai on Tuesday.

    Mumbai: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, speaking at the annual Global Investor Conference, organized by Motilal Oswal Financial Services in Mumbai on Tuesday, said that despite numerous offers of financial help from a host of big name organizations, he has stayed away from taking any such aid to manage and run his school.

  • 26/11 Terrorist's Death Sentence Upheld by SC

    Supreme Court upholds the death sentence of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab rejecting his plea to commute the death sentence and award him life imprisonment instead.

  • Three Arms Dealers Arrested from Patna

    Three criminals arrested on charges of smuggling arms to extremists.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday, acting on a tip-off, arrested three men engaged in supplying assault weapons and arms to the Naxalites and criminals in the state while also recovering several firearms from their possession.

  • Sushil Modi Rejects Charges of Corruption involving CAG Report

    Sushil Kumar Modi at his Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at the sidelines of his Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, denied any irregularity in the conciliation of the contingency bills as pointed by the CAG saying the state government was yet to reconcile the fund to the tune of Rs. 7,388 crore raising suspicion of corruption among the NDA opponents.

  • Planning Commission Member Meets with Nitish Kumar

    Planning Commission member Dr. Sayeeda Hamid at CM's residence in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Dr. Sayeeda Hamid, Planning Commission member, on Tuesday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and talked about a number of issues related to Bihar.

  • CM Pays Tribute to Late Dr. Surya Narayan Mishra

    CM paying tribute to Dr. Surya Narayan Mishra at his residence in Patna on Tuesday.Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday paid floral tribute to Dr. Surya Narayan Mishra, a retired surgeon, who passed away in Patna on Monday at the age of 82.

  • Nitish Scoffs at Opposition's Fake Outrage

    NDA meet at CM's residence in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during the meeting of the NDA workers from Magadh region at his residence in Patna on Monday, said that it was ironical that those who let the state run over by the criminals for nearly two decades were now raising voice against the current administration for failing to check crime in the state.

  • RJD Leader Hits out at NDA on Crime Issue

    RJD leader Prema Chowdhary and Abdul Bari Siddiqui at a press conference in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Abdul Bari Siddiqui, the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, took the Nitish government to task on the issue of crime saying criminal acts of extremely gruesome nature were on rise but the government was playing favoritism in catching the culprits.

  • Prison Officials Seek Security from Jailed Criminals

    Prison officers demand armed security following threat by imprisoned criminals.

    Patna: Afraid of their and their family members' lives, two prison doctors and an assistant jailor in Patna on Monday met with City Superintendent of Police (SP) and asked him to provide armed security to them following a number of threats from criminals currently under incarceration.

  • CPI-ML Demands Sacking of Bihar DGP

    CPI-ML protest rally in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) activists in Patna on Monday took out a rally in protest against growing crime against women and minorities while also demanding the sacking of the Director General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand for failing to protect them.

  • Central Minister Jairam Ramesh Holds Meeting with Nitish

    Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh being welcomed by Nitish Kumar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Central Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in Patna on Sunday held a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed a number of issues concerning rural Bihar.

  • Former State Minister's Home Burglarized

    The home of former state minister Brij Kishore Singh ransacked by robbers in Patna on late Saturday night.

    Patna: Armed criminals in Patna in Kautilya Nagar under Airport police station on late Saturday night broke into the flat of former state Minister Brij Kishore Singh and escaped with thousands of rupees in cash and valuables.

  • Orthopedic Conference Ends in Patna

    CEZCON-2012 comes to an end in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: The two-day 12th national conference of the Central Zone of Indian Orthopedic Association (CEZCON- 2012) came to an end on Sunday as eminent orthopedic experts from across the nation, including some from abroad, spoke on a number of health topics like osteoporosis, arthritis, and other bone and joint problems.

  • Book Fair at Maryward Kindergarten School

    Book fair at Maryward Kindergarten School in Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: A one-day mini book fair was organized at Maryward Kindergarten School in Bankipore, Patna, on Saturday coinciding with the release of the results, the Headmistress of the school Sister Rashmi said.

  • Man Arrested for Threatening to Blow up Beur Jail

    Man arrested for making serious threat to Beur Jail and its jailor.

    Patna: City police in Patna on Friday arrested a man for threatening to blow up the Beur Jail and for making threat to kill Amarjit Singh, the jailor.

  • CM offers 'Chadar' at Biharsharif Tomb

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offers 'chadar' at the tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Sharfuddin Ahmad Yahya Maneri in Biharsharif on Friday.

    Biharsharif: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Friday, offered 'chadar' at the tomb of Hazrat Sheikh Sharfuddin Ahmad Yahya Maneri in Biharsharif to mark the 651st Urs that will go on for the next four days.

  • Delhi-bound Indigo Flight Hit by Bird at Patna Airport

    Indigo Airline's Delhi-bound Flight Number 6E-385 grounded at Patna Airport after being hit by a bird on Thursday morning.

    Patna: Eighty-eight passengers, including the crew members, had a narrow escape on Thursday when their New Delhi-bound Indigo flight 6E-385, just seconds before taking-off from Patna's Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport, got hit by a bird forcing the pilot to turn around and return to the terminal to avert any untoward incident.

  • Business over Rs. 80,000 crore affected by Bank Strike in Bihar

    People withdrawing cash from ATM machines at State Bank of India in Patna.

    Patna: For the second day in a row, banking services in Bihar remained paralyzed due to the two-day strike by bank employees with a strength of 40,000 plus to press for their dozen or so demands.

  • Concerned Nitish Reviews Law and Order Situation in Bihar

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding meeting with Bihar top cops on Wednesday.

    Patna: Alarmed by the growing number of crimes in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday held a high-level meeting with the state top cops, including the Director General of Police (DGP), District Magistrates (DMs), Superintendents of Police (SPs), and IGs to review law and order situation in Bihar.

  • Bank Strike Paralyzes Financial Transactions in Bihar

    State Bank of India, main branch, Patna, remains under lock due to strike by banking employees in Bihar.

    Patna: Banking transactions and services came to a screeching halt in Bihar on Wednesday when over 40,000 bank employees in the state went on a two-day strike to press for a host of their demands.

  • RJD Demands Treason Charges against Raj Thackeray

    RJD leaders burn the effigy of MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders and workers in Patna on Wednesday burnt the effigy of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray for once again making derogatory remarks about Biharis and other northern Indians in the wake of recent communal tensions in Mumbai.

  • Kiran Bedi Praises Bihar Chief Minister

    Kiran Bedi speaking at a seminar in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Former IPS officer and an Anna Hazare surrogate, Kiran Bedi, speaking at a seminar in Patna on Wednesday, showered Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with praise saying his commitment to keep his promises within a timeframe was laudable and worthy of admiration.

  • Gang-rape, Assam Figure in Modi's Janata Durbar

    Victim of gang-rape arrives at Modi's Janata Durbar on Tuesday.

    Patna: The father of a 15-year old girl who was allegedly gang-raped by three men in Shahpur in Bhojpur district on May 11 appeared before Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi' Janata Durbar on Tuesday and complained about the law-enforcement officials for failing to apprehend the rapists despite passage of over three months since the shameful incident took place.

  • RJD Leaders Meets Crime Victim at PMCH

    RJD leader Ramchandra Purvey meets with the family of the girl who was shot in her left eye by criminals in Jehanabad district.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey on Tuesday visited Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and enquired about the girl who was blinded in one eye after criminals opened fire at her father but the bullet instead hit her in her left eye.

  • Police Questions Abandoned Teenage Girl from Gujarat

    13-year old Madhuri reportedly abandoned by her step-mother.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Monday picked up a 13-year old girl from Mithapur bus stand who claimed to have been abandoned by her step-mother at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal after arriving from Gujarat.

  • Wife, Child Hacked to Death, Buried in a Wall

    Police arrests a man and his in-laws for murdering the man's first wife and the 8-year old girl in Nalanda district.

    Biharsharif: Police in Nalanda district on Monday arrested a man, his second wife, and his parents on charges of killing the man's first wife, his 8-year old daughter, and burying their bodies after hacking them into pieces in a concrete wall at his home.

  • Youth Congress Leaders Observe Rajiv Gandhi's Birthday

    Youth Congress leaders take out a 'Sadbhavana Rally' to mark the birth anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi on Monday.

    Patna: Bihar Youth Congress activists, on Monday observed the 68th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by taking out a 'Sadbhavana March' to promote communal harmony and peace in Bihar.

  • Diarrheal Diseases on Rise in Patna Slums

    Health camp by PAHAL in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: To mark the second anniversary of the passing away of noted Bihar surgeon Dr. Phani Bhushan Prasad, a free health check-up camp was organized by the Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) in Patna on Monday.

  • JD-U Spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed Khan Passes Away

    Senior JD-U leader Shakeel Ahmed Khan passes away.

    Patna: Senior Janata Dal-U leader and party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed Khan, at a hospital in Gurgaon on Friday, died of cardiac arrest.

  • National Commission for Women Slams Bihar on Women Safety

    NCW representative Charu Wali Khanna with sexual harassment victims in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Charu Wali Khanna, a member of the National Commission for Women (NCW), in Patna on Friday, indicted the state government for failing to check crime against women in Bihar where, she said, women were not feeling safe anymore.

  • Students Block Railway Tracks at Rajendra Nagar Terminal

    AISF students protest at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Angered by the Patna University's lack of empathy towards their demands, dozens of students under the banner of All India Students' Federation (AISF), hijacked a Digha Ghat passenger train at the Rajendra Terminal in Patna on Friday causing delay in other passenger trains.

  • Nitish Lacks Nerve to Walk out of NDA: Lalu

    RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

    Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday pulled the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Narendra Modi card to disparage Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying he did not have the guts to ditch Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as he was deeply wrapped in the saffron color of the Sangh Parivar as any BJP leader, including the Gujarat Chief Minister.

  • 'Black Day' Observed by LJP Workers

    LJP workers observe 'Black Day' on Thursday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) workers and activists in Patna on Thursday observed "Black Day" to protest what they described as complete collapse of law and order in Bihar under the Nitish government.

  • Patna College Students' Fast Enters 10th Day

    Patna College students on hunger strike since last ten days.

    Patna: The hunger strike by nine students of Patna College, supported by the All India Students Federation (AISF), entered into its 10th day on Thursday with no sign of intervention by Principal Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.

  • Nitish Seeks Special Status for Bihar in Ind. Day Speech

    Independence Day celebration at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on the nation's 65th Independence Day on Wednesday, addressed a large gathering of people laying out his vision for the state that, he said, could take up to 25 years to catch up with the national growth average.

  • Authorities Scramble to Prepare Gandhi Maidan for Ind. Day Parade

    Water-logging at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

    Patna: A day before the Independence Day celebration at Patna's Gandhi Maidan, the district administration was busy draining water from the sprawling ground that appeared woefully unprepared for the event due to heavy rain on Tuesday morning.

  • R-Block Lane of Mithapur Bridge Opens

    The R-Block lane of Mithapur flyover opened on Tuesday.

    Patna: After much anticipation, the R-Block lane of Mithapur flyover opened for business after Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Tuesday dedicated the bridge to the people of Patna thus making it convenient for them to commute between the southern part of the city and the northern side of the state capital.

  • Modi not in Favor of Anna Hazare Floating a Political Party

    Sushil Kumar Modi holding a press meet in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday said that civil right leader Anna Hazare's decision to launch a political party of his own would be mistake since it was not easy to maintain and run a political outfit.

  • Cashless Medical Treatment Scheme Inaugurated

    Janardan Singh Sigriwal announces 'Cashless Medical Treatment' scheme for poor people.

    Patna: Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, on Tuesday, inaugurated what is being dubbed as the 'Cashless Medical Treatment' plan so patients with limited financial means could get full medical care at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and other government hospitals in the state.

  • Center Trying to Divert Attention from Lokpal Bill: Nitish

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his Janata Durbar on Monday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, talking to reporters following his Janata Durbar on Monday, came out in support of Baba Ramdev saying as long as the protest was peaceful, everyone in a democratic set up had the right to express his opinion.

  • Yet another Electrocution in Patna; Woman Dies

    Road block after a woman was electrocuted on New Bypass Road in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Once again, abject carelessness on the part of local power sub-station, a woman in Patna under Agam Kuan police station was electrocuted after coming in contact with a high-intensity power cable that had been lying on the ground for the last three days.

  • Chidambaram Wrong Man to Head Finance Ministry: Shahnawaz

    BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain at a press meet in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, tear into Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for appointing P. Chidambaram as the Union Finance Minister saying instead of trying to save the falling economy of the nation, he appoints someone like Chidambaram who is one of the 'tainted' ministers in the UPA administration.

  • Vigilance to Probe Corruption Charges against PU VC

    Patna University Vice Chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh (file photo).

    Patna: The state Education Department has filed a case of corruption with the Vigilance Bureau against Patna University Vice Chancellor Dr. Shambhu Nath Singh following a series of allegations leveled against him, it was learnt.

  • Joshi Blames Liberal Economic Policies for Rise in Corruption

    Senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi holding a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murali Manohar Joshi, in Patna on Sunday, blamed the liberal market policies of the previous Congress governments and the incumbent UPA administration for the gradual decay of the political system of India.

  • NCP Leader Takes Nitish Govt. on Crime and Corruption

    NCP leader Tariq Anwar in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, took the NDA administration in Bihar to task saying crime and corruption in the state was going through the roof but the Chief Minister appeared least bothered about it.

  • GM Seeds Dangerous for Human Consumption; Says Anti-GM Group

    Press conference to highlight the danger of using genetically-modified seeds.

    Patna: The Coordinator of the Genetically Modified (GM) Free Seeds, Bihar Chapter, Pankaj Bhushan, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that it was a proven fact that GM seeds were unsafe and dangerous to the health of the consumers and all efforts must be made to discourage the use of it.

  • UPA Govt. Abusing Reservation Policies: Gehlot

    Thawar Chand Gehlot in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Thawar Chand Gehlot, in Patna on Sunday, said that the UPA government was abusing reservation to score points against its political opponents that was highly immoral and unethical.

  • 192 Families Get Key to their New Homes

    Nitish Kumar, with Prem Kumar and Shyam Rajak, open the housing for people under BPL in Phulwari Sharif.

    Patna: Nearly 200 families living below the poverty line in Phulwarisharif on Saturday were given out keys to their new home – a one room flat of 320 square feet with bathroom, kitchen, and a balcony – by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

  • CM Inaugurates Architecture Department at BIT, Patna

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurates Architecture Dept. at BIT Patna on Saturday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the opening of the architecture department at the Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) in Patna.

  • RJD Slams Nitish Administration on Education, Health

    RJD leaders Ram Kripal Yadav (left) and Raghuvansh Prasad Yadav (center) at a press conference in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, blasted the Nitish government on education saying under the current administration things had gone from bad to worse but the Chief Minister continued to look the other way ignoring the fate of millions of students in Bihar.

  • AAI to Decide the Fate of Patna Airport on August 13

    Fate of Patna Airport to be decided on Aug. 13.

    Patna: The fate of Patna's embattled Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport now hangs in the hands of the Civil Aviation ministry that would make a final decision whether to allow large aircrafts to land at the airport or ban them until a new airport is built or the current one is expanded to the satisfaction of the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

  • Three Arrested in the Killing of Gorakhari Mukhia

    Three arrested in the killing of Gorakhari mukhia.

    Patna: Police in Patna, acting on a tip-off, arrested three men in connection with the murder of Baby Devi, the mukhia of Gorakhari Panchayat in Patna district who was shot dead a few years ago.

  • Ruckus at JD-U Student Wing Meet; Nitish Mediates

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attending the meeting of JD-U students' wing in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: What was supposed to be a meeting of the student wing of the Janata Dal-U, the gathering, much to the chagrin of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, turned into an all-out brawl between two separate factions of the student leaders dampening the spirit of the much-awaited congregation.

  • LJP Leaders take Part in 'Jail Bharo' Campaign

    LJP workers court arrest in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Hundreds of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) workers and activists in Patna on Thursday courted arrest in protest against the failure of the state government in checking crime, generating employment, and widespread corruption in state officials.

  • Dharna over Demand of Central University Status for PU

    Former Central Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha sits on a dharna in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Former Central Finance Minister Yashwant SinhA, along with a number of academicians and social activists, sat on a day-long dharna at the Kargil Chowk on Thursday to press for the state's demand to convert Patna University into a central university.

  • Patna Airport in Clear? CM Talks to Civil Aviation Minister

    Patna Airport may be able to avoid complete shut down of services by various domestic airlines.

    Patna: Following a talk with Central Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, the threat of major domestic airlines pulling off their services from Patna's Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport may have been thwarted, at least for the time being.

  • New Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson Assumes Charge

    New Deputy Chairperson of Bihar Legislative Council Awadhesh Narayan Singh assumes charge in the presence of Nitish Kumar and other state leaders.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Awadhesh Narayan Singh, on Wednesday, assumed his post of the Deputy Chairperson of the state Legislative Council following his unanimous election to the position last Tuesday.

  • Paswan Talks about Uprooting NDA in Bihar

    Ram Vilas Paswan holding a press conference in Patna on Tuesday.

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, talking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday, lambasted the Nitish government accusing it of engaging in massive corrupt practices while allowing the criminals to run amuck in the state.

  • Go Airways Suspends Flight to Patna

    Fleet of Go Airways aircraft.

    Patna: A day after Indigo and Jet Airways announced their decision to suspend their operations at Patna Airport, Go Airways followed the suit on Tuesday saying it had stopped booking tickets to or from Patna effective August 16.

  • Workers Injured as Wall Collapses in Gardanibagh

    Five injured in wall collapse in Gardanibagh on Tuesday.

    Patna: Five workers were injured, two seriously, when the wall of an under-construction apartment building in Gardanibagh, on Tuesday, caved in creating a panic in the area.

  • New Deputy Speaker of Bihar Assembly Elected

    Amarendra Pratap Singh, the newly-elected Deputy Speaker of Bihar Assembly being congratulated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

    Patna: Amarendra Pratap Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, on Tuesday was elected unanimously as the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly.

  • Elderly Woman Murdered in Kankarbagh

    Family members grieve the murder of 68-year old woman Krishna Sinha in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Unidentified criminals in Patna struck again on Monday as a woman in her late sixties was found murdered in a seemingly robbery bid at a house behind Tiwari Bechar under Kankarbagh police station.

  • Government Prepared to Resolve Airport Stalemate

    State administration ready to bring necessary changes to Patna Airport.

    Patna: In the wake of the Airport Authority of India's (AAI) directive to stop landing and taking off of large airplanes at Patna Airport from August 16, the state government on Monday assured the AAI saying it was prepared to remove all obstructions to allow safe movement of large aircrafts at the Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport.

  • Anti-Billboard Campaign Temporarily Halted

    Patna - a jungle of hoardings, billboards, signs, and banners.

    Patna: Just four days after the launch of 'Remove Hoarding' campaign from the state capital, the plan came to screeching halt on Monday as the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) put a lid on it on the ground of tallying the incoming revenue against what is owed to the district by more than five dozen advertisement agencies.

  • Chinese Delegate Meets with Nitish Kumar

    Nitish Kumar holds meeting with a Chinese delegate in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: A Chinese delegation led by the Deputy Minister of the International Department of Communist Party Ai Ping on Monday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed a number of issues of mutual interests affecting both China and India.

  • No More Large Aircrafts at Patna Airport Starting Aug. 16

    Plane lands at Patna Airport.

    Patna: The stalemate between the state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) further escalated on Sunday when the AII officials announced a ban on the landing and takeoff of large aircrafts, including Boeing 737 and Airbus 320, at the Patna Airport beginning August 16 due to unsafe runway condition.

  • Aman Raj Placed Fourth in Japan Golf Tourney

    Aman Raj representing India in Japan golf tournament.Tokyo: Patna's junior golfer Aman Raj made his friends, family members, and the entire state of Bihar proud when he shot 286, 2-under par at the Par 72 Ryo Ishikawa World Junior Invitational Golf Championship held between August 1 and 5 at the Royal Meadow Golf Stadium in Tokyo, Japan to grab the fourth position in a field of 42 contenders from around the Asian subcontinent.

  • Women need to be Aware of Breast Cancer Risks: Experts

    Breast cancer awareness seminar in Patna.

    Patna: Health experts from across the country, while participating in the last day of the two-day national seminar on breast cancer sponsored by the Breast Cancer Foundation India, in Patna on Sunday, said that only through a systematic nationwide awareness campaign, one could expect to save lives of women affected by this potentially deadly disease.

  • Bihar to have many Cement Factories; Says Nitish

    Nitish Kumar speaking in Bhabhua after inaugurating a cement factory on Sunday.

    Kaimur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while inaugurating the Eco Cement factory in Bhabhua on Sunday, said that soon Bihar will have a number of cement factories in the state in view of the abundance of raw materials available in the state.

  • Ruckus in Bihar Assembly over Gang Rape

    Protest outside Bihar Assembly over gang rape of a minor in Patna.

    Patna: Opposition parties in Bihar led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislators on Friday created ruckus in both Houses demanding CBI probe into the June 14 gang rape of a minor girl involving six to seven youths.

  • UK NRB Medical Experts to Help Bihar Improve Health Care

    Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey holding a press conference in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Thursday said that the state government would set up a governing body made up entirely of these doctors who would guide the administration in improving the state's health care system.

  • English Training Course for Bihar's Mahadalits

    Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi inagurating spoken English course in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Friday inaugurated spoken English program for children belonging to the Mahadalit community.

  • Nepalese Minister Meets Nitish, Modi

    Nepal minister Yaduvansh Jha with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Nepal's Forest and Land Protection Minister Yaduvansh Jha on Friday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and talked about mutual cooperation in developing and protecting forest and forest animals in Bihar as well as in Nepal.

  • Political Site Reopens after Hacking Attack

    PolityIndiaPatna: After being shut down for nearly three weeks due to hacking activities, the website www.polityindia.com was back online on Friday.

  • Rakhi Celebrated in Patna

    Chief Minister's sister tying rakhi to Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Patna'ites celebrated Rakhi on Thursday as sisters tied the sacred thread to their brothers and cousins as a symbol of their sibling love and affection for each other.

  • Another House of Former DGP Seized

    Former Bihar DGP Narayan Mishra (in blue shirt) cooperating with the district officials during the confiscation of his property in Rukanpura on Thursday.

    Patna: District administration in Patna on Thursday, a day after confiscating two adjoining properties of former Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Narayan Mishra, seized yet another house of the embattled police official – this time taking possession of his three-storied home located in Rukanpura.

  • Patna to be Cleaner in Three Months: Minister

    Development Minister Prem Kumar.

    Patna: Similar promises in the past notwithstanding, Development Minister Dr. Prem Kumar, said that the face of the state capital will be dramatically improved in the next three months as the administration gears up to launch the ambitious 'Clean, Green Patna' campaign.   Kumar was talking to reporters following his visit to the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) office on Thursday.

  • Bihar Ready to Meet Drought, Flood: Nitish

    Nitish Kumar presiding over an NDA meet in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, addressing a meeting of the NDA legislative members in Patna on Thursday, said that the administration was prepared to deal with any emergency situation involving flood or drought faced by different districts in Bihar.

  • Forensic Lab to be Developed: Nitish Kumar

    CM speaking on the importance forensic lab in its role in crime fighting.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during his visit to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Patna on Wednesday, said the government was in the process of overhauling the lab so as to include top modern equipment essential in analyzing a crime scene in an attempt to streamline the state's law enforcement machinery.

  • Former DGP Narayan Mishra's Land Seized

    One of the Patna properties of former DGP Narayan Mishra seized by the government.

    Patna: District administration in Patna on Wednesday seized two plots of land near Digha owned by former Director General of Police (DGP) Narayan Mishra in connection with the corruption cases filed against him by the state Vigilance department.

  • CM Pays Tribute to Late JD-U MP

    Nitish Kumar paying respect to former MP Ajit Singh on Wednesday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday, paid tribute to former Janata Dal - U MP Ajit Kumar Singh to mark the fifth anniversary of his passing away.

  • Alleged Rapists Sent to Jail; MLA Files FIR

    One of the rape accused being taken to jail in Patna.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Monday sent Rahul and Sushant, the two of the four accused in the rape case of a minor that has rocked the state capital for the last few days, to Beur Jail under 14-day judicial watch.

  • Last Somvari Celebrated

    Devotees offering prayers to mark the last Somvari of the season in Patna on Monday.

    Patna: Hundreds of thousands of devotees in Patna on Monday thronged to various temples to mark the last 'Somvari' of the month by offering prayers to Lord Shiva amidst loud chant of 'Bum Bhole'.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad Pledges to Fight for Bihar

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

    Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, who returned to Patna on Saturday after being made the deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that he would aggressively pursue the case of discrimination against Bihar by the Center with focus on coal linkage and special status to the state.

  • JD-U Leaders Slam Gogoi, Center on Assam Violence

    JD-U leaders Shyam Rajak and Shakeel Ahmed Khan at a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

    Patna: Janata Dal-U spokespersons Shakeel Ahmed Khan and Shyam Rajak, on Sunday, accused Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Central Home Minister P. Chidambaram of failing to stop growing violence in Assam that has left dozens dead in the past few days.

  • Former PMC Commissioner Senthil Charged in Corruption Case

    Former PMC Commissioner Senthil Kumar. (File Photo)

    Patna: Former Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner K. M. Senthil Kumar, on Sunday, was formally charged by the Bihar Vigilance Bureau in connection with a multi-crore rupees scam that occurred under his watch.

  • Process for Hiring 1000 Firefighters Begins

    Sumit Kumar (ADG) talking about hiring 1000 firemen in Bihar.

    Patna: Postal Director Anil Kumar, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said that the state would be hiring up to 1000 firefighters in the next few months and the application form for the vacancies would be made available at 81 post offices across the state starting the second week of August.

  • Four Arrested in Gang-rape Case; Evidences Seized

    Police raids an apartment in Rajiv Nagar to collect evidences of a gang-rape.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday morning conducted raid at an apartment in Rajvanshi Nagar and collected a number of evidences related to the gang rape involving a girl that has shocked the state for the last few days.

  • Pappu Yadav Murder Case; Three Arrested

    Three men arrested in connection with the murder of Pappu Yadav.

    Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested three men in connection with the July 9 murder of Pankaj Yadav, a.k.a Pappu Yadav, the brother-in-law of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Subhash Yadav, and his servant Babloo.

  • Beur Jailor Escapes Assault; Boy Injured

    Beur Jail jailor Amarjeet Singh.

    Patna: Motorcycle-borne criminals in Patna on Friday opened fire at the jailor of the Beur Jail Amarjeet Singh as he returned to his home along with his security details in the afternoon.

  • Protest over Hike in Petrol, LPG Price

    SUCI protest over hike in petrol and cooking gas prices in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Activists representing Socialist Unity Center of India (SUCI) in Patna on Friday took out a march to protest against the latest hike in the price of petrol and cooking gas by the Manmohan Singh government.

  • No Clue in the Murder of School Principal

    Protest outside Pataliputra police station following the murder of a school Principal.

    Patna: Dozens of protestors in Patna on Sunday chanted anti-government slogan outside the Pataliputra police station for failing to nab the killer of school Principal Neelam Sharma who was beaten to death during a robbery attempt at her home on Friday.

  • Rahul No PM Material: Govindacharya

    Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan (RSA) founder K. N. Govindacharya

    Patna: Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan (RSA) founder K. N. Govindacharya at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, dismissed the chatter of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's possible run for the Prime Minister's post saying Gandhi was not fit for the nation's top position.

  • Youth Congress Celebrates Pranab Mukherjee's Win

    Congress youth leaders celebrate the election of Pranab Mukherjee as India's next President.

    Patna: Youth Congress activists in Patna on Sunday celebrated the election of Pranab Mukherjee as the new President of India by dancing on the streets, cracking firecrackers, and distributing sweets among party workers.

  • Amartya Sen Exhorts Investing in Education

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Dr. Amartya Sen, Sushil Kumar Modi, and Sukhda Pandey.

    Patna: Nalanda International University Chancellor Amartya Sen, while speaking at the opening day of the 3-day 12th Foundation lecture of the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, said that investing heavily on education was the only way to make progress in India as evident by recent growth in other Asian countries.

  • Vigilance Official Assaulted, Chain Snatched

    Vigilance Reader Gauri Verma after receiving first aid following assault on her in Patna on Friday.

    Patna: Gauri Verma, a Reader of State Vigilance Investigation Bureau, on Friday became the victim of a random crime when a man snatched her gold chain not too far from the Chief Minister's residence under Sachivalaya police station.

  • Raids at Sweet Shops near Mahavir Temple

    Police raid at sweet shops at Patna Junction.

    Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday conducted raids at various sweet shops located in the vicinity of Mahavir Temple and seized sweets, including 'barfi' and 'laddu' that contained food colors banned by the Excise department.

  • Bihar MLAs Cast their Ballots for India's Next President

    Bihar legislators vote for India's next President.

    Patna: Bihar MLAs with a total strength of 243 members, on Thursday, cast their votes for the election of the new President of India.

  • High Level Meet on the Future of Nalanda International University

    Nalanda International University committee at Chief Minister's house in Patna on Thursday.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday welcomed the core committee of the proposed Nalanda International Committee and held talks on a host of issues and controversies that has besieged the plan causing inordinate delay in its implementation.

  • Junior Golfer from Patna Heads to Japan

    Patna junior golfer Aman Raj heads to Japan.

    Patna: Patna's junior golf star Aman Raj is slated to take Japan by storm when he participates in the Ryo Ishikawa World Junior Golf Tournament that kicks off on August 1.

  • Patna Mourns the Death of Rajesh Khanna

    Kala Aangan artists pay tribute to superstar Rajesh Khanna.

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Wednesday expressed his grief over the death of superstar Rajesh Khanna who died in Mumbai after a brief illness at the age of 69.

  • Wall Collapses; Four, Including Three Children, Buried Alive

    Three children and their mother died when the wall of their house caved in following heavy rain in Patna.

    Patna: Four members of a family were buried alive and two others injured when the wall of a house in Patna City near Purab Darwaza collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rain in the early hours.

  • RJD Doing Just Fine; Says Rabri Devi

    RJD leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Rabri Devi at a party meet in Patna on Wednesday.

    Patna: Former Chief Minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rabri Devi, at a meeting of the party legislators at her residence in Patna on Wednesday, downplayed the shifting of loyalty by some party members saying for every member leaving the party, 100 new members were joining the RJD.

  • HIV/AIDS Helpline Opens at Dr. Tejaswi's Clinic

    Press conference by Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi.

    Patna: Noted physician and Medical Director of PAHAL Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, said that free HIV counseling was now available at his clinic and people could take avail