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Patna: With many new attractions added since the beginning of the year, Patna'ites have a lot more ways to celebrate the New Year besides just taking the annual pilgrimage to the Patna Zoo and Kumharar that had been the two main venues for the revelers in the state capital for years.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while paying his obeisance at the Patna Saheb Gurudwara at Patna City on Friday, pledged to give full government support to the birthplace of the 10th Guru of the Sikh religion in its development and promotion.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Taj Place in New Delhi over a cup of tea to explore possibilities of business and cultural ties between Bihar and Japan.

Patna: Amidst threat of violence and a call for boycott from the Naxalites, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday resumed his 'Seva Yatra', this time heading to Aurangabad, a known bastion of Maoist extremists who continue to terrorize the locals despite several combing operations by the Special Task Force (STF) jawans.

Patna: State Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh, while inaugurating the year-long 'Litchi Festival' at a function in Patna on Wednesday, said that it was hoped that Bihar would soon emerge as the largest producer of litchi in the world beating China that currently occupies the first position.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a program dubbed as 'Voice of Tobacco Victims' in Patna on Wednesday, favored raising taxes on tobacco products to reduce cancer cases in Bihar.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and the leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, blasted the Nitish administration on the killing of a 21-year old man in Gaya district in a police encounter last Friday.

Patna: Doctors from Bihar, in an expression of solidarity with their Rajasthan colleagues, will observe a day-long black band protest on December 31, Bihar Health Service Association general secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar said on Wednesday.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, speaking at a dharna held by the party's extreme backward cell at Kargil Chowk in Patna on Tuesday, ripped the NDA administration on 'atrocities against the poor and backwards' in the state saying things were so bad in Bihar that the RJD had no option left but to launch a statewide agitation against the Nitish government.

Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday recovered the body of Dilip Kumar, a Patna University Post Graduate student, from the Saidpur Hostel and arrested three persons, including a CRPF jawan, in this connection.

Patna: Bihar Health Secretary and Executive Director of State Health Society, Sanjay Kumar, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said that Bihar was very close to eradicating polio from the state in the light of no new case of the disease reported in the last 15 months.

Patna: Hundreds of Anna Hazare supporters, under the banner of various social groups, including the much popular 'India against Corruption', sat on a dharna at the Kargil Chowk in Patna on Tuesday demanding a tougher Lokpal Bill that brings both the Prime Minister's office and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under its jurisdiction.

Rajgir: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the concluding day of the two-day camp of the party legislators in Rajgir on Monday, directed the officials to complete the Rajgir Convention Center within the timeframe while also ensuring it exceeded the minimum standard requirement.

Patna: Bihar Art and Culture Minister Sukhda Pandey, at a public meeting in Patna on Monday, released the December issue of the department magazine 'Patna Kalam', a monthly periodical highlighting the cultural and sports events of the month.

Stockholm, Sweden: Carrying on the tradition from last year, again this festive season Indian Centre, Sweden in collaboration with Stadsmission organized ‘Indisk Julklapp 2011’ (Indian Christmas Gift 2011) for the less-privileged and those living on the margins of the society. The Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar and Mrs. Madhu Sajjanhar were the the guests of honour at this year’s event.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and party workers in Patna on Sunday celebrated the 87th birthday of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by cutting a large cake and wishing for the long life of the BJP stalwart.

Saharsa: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the third day of his Seva Yatra in Saharsa on Friday, removed the District Magistrate after hearing a slew of complains against him by the local people.

Patna: Authorities in Patna under Kankarbagh police station on Friday busted a gang of international money laundering racket with the arrests of four men and the seizure of several fake ATM cards, foreign currencies, a laptop, SIM cards, USB drives, two SUVs, one motorcycle, and other incriminating items.

Sasaram: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the second day of his 'Seva Yatra' in Sasaram on Thursday, expressed his frustration with the slow pace of work on the Durgawati reservoir project that began almost 35 years ago under the leadership of the then MP Jagjiwan Ram.

Patna: Animal Husbandry and Fishery Minister Giriraj Singh, speaking at the 28th Annual International Symposium on Rural Employment Generation and Nutritional Security through Poultry Production, at Bihar Veterinary College in Patna on Thursday, said that for an overall progress of Bihar, advancement in both poultry and fishery industries could not be ignored.

Patna: After much anticipation and a botched plan, Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood heartthrob of millions of film-lovers, arrived in Patna on Thursday to promote his upcoming flick 'Don 2' slated to be released worldwide this Friday.

Patna: The state government on Wednesday passed the State Slum Policy 2011 under which it would develop 56 slums in 28 towns in Bihar building affordable homes for those who currently live in sub-human conditions in mud and thatched huts.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday left for Rohtas for the seventh leg of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra' meant to feel the pulse of the people by holding interactive sessions with those living in the rural areas.

Patna: Patna's Sukriti, on Wednesday, was adjudged Miss Bihar in the ongoing beauty contest that featured a number of attractive girls from the state with dreams of going on to much bigger contests at national and international levels.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on late Tuesday night arrested six men on charges of impersonating vigilance officer conning people into giving them cash to 'keep them out of trouble'.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, following a high-level meeting of top state officials in Patna on Tuesday, unveiled a Rs. 90,000 crore agricultural plan to be implemented in the next five years to develop the agriculture sector as outlined in the government roadmap earlier prepared by the administration.

Patna: The state government will soon be issuing a global tender to invite bid to study the feasibility of a mono or metro rail for Patna to counter the constant road jam and traffic gridlock that plagues the state capital thanks to constant population migration from other cities in Bihar.

Patna: Over 16 lakh people at 1,380 centers across the state appeared in the Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) held on Tuesday for jobs in primary and middle schools in Bihar.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kiran Ghai, at a one-day workshop on the issue of sexual harassment at workplace, in Patna on Tuesday, said that sexual harassment was more common than believed and it was the responsibility of all to ensure women were safe at their workplaces.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, on the second and final day of the 4th national convention of the Indian Postal Accounts Office Employees Union in Patna on Monday, urged the employees to embrace new technology so they are not left behind in the race to progress and prosperity.

Patna: Playing the minority card to excoriate the Nitish administration, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and the leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly on Monday, accused the Chief Minister of discriminating against Muslims students by not allowing Urdu students to take Arabic or Persian as elective subjects in the secondary exams.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during his visit to the Sudha Dairy plant in Phulwarisharif on Monday, lauded the dairy's accomplishments, including the doubling of the production to 11 lakh liters per day since the arrival of the NDA government nearly six years ago.

Patna: With mercury in the state capital dipping to 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit) on Saturday, the district administration issued an order to shut down all government and private schools between December 19 and 25 to avoid any cold-related fatalities.

Patna: After the December 13 fiasco that had many opposition leaders up in arm besides causing a near-riot situation outside the P&M Mall in Patna, Indian film superstar Shah Rukh Khan is now rescheduled to arrive in the state capital on December 22, reports said.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a seminar on 'e-Governance in Commercial Taxes Department' in Patna on Friday, said that Bihar had made significant strides in implementing e-filing of commercial taxes though it still had some work to do in this regard.

Patna: The 20th Indian Art History Congress sponsored jointly by the Patna Museum and the Archaeological Survey of India, Patna circle, opened in Patna on Friday in the presence of dozens of noted historians, scholars, and cultural icons.

Banka: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the second day of his stay in Banka as part of his ongoing Seva Yatra, held his Janata Durbar at the RMK High School playground on Friday listening to complaints and concerns of the local people and directing the officials to take necessary steps to resolve the problems.

Patna: Banka: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, continuing his 'Seva Yatra' in Banka on Thursday, visited local weavers and took stock of their condition in an attempt to give an impetus to the ancient trade that once dominated the national and international trade.

Patna: Thirteen days after their parents lodged separate cases of kidnappings of their boys, Rahul Kumar, age 11, and Rishi Raj, age 12, returned to their respective homes in Kankarbagh safe and sound after playing truant for nearly two weeks at Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu.

Patna: Former Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Sabir Ali, who recently walked out on Ram Vilas Paswan and joined hands with his nemesis Nitish Kumar, was able to retain his Rajya Sabha seat after no one else challenged his candidacy.

Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday arrested a man on charges of printing and distributing counterfeit books bearing names of some reputed publishing houses and seized books with an estimated street value of Rs. 20 lakh.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at Simri Bakhtiar in Saharsa district before a large audience on Wednesday, said that the Center continued to play politics with Bihar that was proving to be a huge hurdle in the developmental process of the state.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while inaugurating the 'Bihar Growth Conference' organized by the International Growth Centre (IGC) in Patna on Wednesday, said that for the past six years, Bihar was well on the path of development despite some major hurdles in its way to prosperity, power shortage the chief reason among them.

Patna: Police in Patna are investigating one of their own colleagues after a local businessman filed a case of robbery against Mohammed Akhtar, a city police inspector, alleging during a routine stop, the cop stole Rs. 35,000 that he was carrying for business purposes.

Saharsa: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the second day of his Saharsa tour as part of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra' on Tuesday, took a leisurely stroll from the Circuit House where he is staying to the nearby Matsyagandha Lake where he directed the officials to make a detailed plan to develop the place as a tourism spot.

Patna: A day after the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders ripped the Nitish administration for 'failing to check crime' in the state, Janata Dal-U state spokesperson Sanjay Singh fired back at Lalu's party saying after what Bihar had to endure for 15 long years under the RJD regime, its leaders had forfeited any right to speak about any other party, particularly on the issue of crime.

Patna: Hundreds of street-side vendors in Patna on Tuesday, under the banner of 'Ashray Abhiyan', took out a rally to protest against the government's decision to evict them from their locations without offering them any alternative.

Patna: Tinsel town superstar Shah Rukh Khan who was expected to arrive in Patna on Tuesday to promote his latest film 'Don 2' will have to wait much longer for the trip after organizers of the event cancelled the promotional tour on reasons best known to them.

Patna: A Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) report, prepared in conjunction with Konrad Adeneur Foundation (KAF), lays out reasons for lack of interest in investment in Bihar despite nearly 43,000 proposals received by the state since 2008.

Saharsa: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday began the fifth round of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra by stopping at Saharsa where he reviewed construction works of two large bridges built at the cost of Rs. 20 crore in the district.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at Bihar Veterinary College ground in Patna on Monday, inaugurated 'Destination Bihar Expo: 2011' to spur industrial growth in the state.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Monday threatened to call for the removal of the entire Nitish administration if the government failed to check incidents of crime in the state.

Patna: People in Patna on Sunday, after a lull of nearly two months, once again came out in support of social activist Anna Hazare who sat on a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to press for a tougher Lokpal Bill.

Patna: Doctors under the banner of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, spoke in favor of Dr. Ranvir Prasad Singh of R. S. Urology Institute and Kidney Center who has been accused of illegally removing a kidney of one of his patients.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday flagged off the luxurious Patna-Jamshedpur Mercedes bus service launched by the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) in an ongoing attempt to improve travel within and outside the state.

Patna: After six days of chaos and pandemonium at the brief winter session of the state Assembly, the House adjourned sine die on Friday after having accomplished some landmark legislation despite constant ruckus and slogan shouting in the Assembly.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a simple function at his chamber in Bihar Assembly on Friday, honored the 100,000th caller to the 'Jankari Call Center' that has empowered ordinary people to obtain any government information under the 'Right to Information Act' (RTI).

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a workshop on "Citizen-centric e-Governance" organized jointly by the state IT department, Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and NASSCOM on Thursday, said that his government was committed to develop IT sector in Bihar and was working on to turn the state into the next Gurgaon or Hyderabad.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Thursday had to resort to mild lathi-charge after members of the Bihar Youth Congress refused to remove their protests from the no-rally, high security zone outside Bihar Assembly causing security concerns for the policemen.

Patna: The joke that the state Assembly session has become thanks to an inept opposition and the arrival of a host of incompetent legislators, Thursday was no exception as leaders from various parties shouted slogans against the Nitish administration and did their best to disrupt the proceedings so nothing could be accomplished in the ruckus.

Patna: Bihar Human Resource and Development Minister P. K. Shahi, on Wednesday, shot down the rumor of Patna University being renamed after social activist and educator Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha saying the government had no intention or plan to do so.

Patna: Police in Patna under Kadam Kuan police station on Wednesday arrested one Manish Kumar, a final year medical student at the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), on charges of passing lewd comments on two college girls and sexually assaulting one of them.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a seminar on 'BPL, Poverty and Bihar' at the Patna Planetarium on Tuesday, said that the model adopted by the Central government to determine poverty level was faulty and detrimental to states like Bihar where poverty level is rather high.

Patna: Mathematician Anand Kumar, whose pioneering Super 30 initiative to groom 30 poor children from rural and impoverished background for the highly competitive IIT-JEE has made a big impact across the globe, has added another feather to his cap.

Patna: Unhappy with the slow progress of the Kankarbagh indoor and outdoor stadium currently under construction, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Monday, directed the officials to step up on the work to complete the stadium without further delay.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the state Assembly on Monday, suggested the name of Bodh Gaya International Airport be changed to Mahatma Buddha International Airport in an attempt to raise the brand recognition of the airport.

Patna: Janata Dal-U national general secretary Shivanand Tiwari on Monday doubled down on his party's assault on the UPA government saying the Congress leaders were acting as American agents who were trying to bring down the Indian market just as Americans did to their own market.

Patna: Patna'ites were still struggling to come to terms with the passing away of legendary romantic hero Dev Anand as both young and old, men and women, spent their day talking about the demise of their idol who charmed millions of Indians for nearly seven decades.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and state Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu in Patna on Sunday inaugurated the much-awaited picnic area in the diara area completely equipped with food court and cabanas for those who would like spend a day at the 'beach' with their friends and family members.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday held a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi's grand-daughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee who praised the Chief Minister of promoting khadi clothing and putting Bihar on the track of development.

Patna: Janata Dal-U candidate Sanjay Kumar Sah helped the party retain the Laukaha Assembly seat in Madhubani district by defeating his nearest rival and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Mukhtar Ahmed by a margin of 22,763 votes.

London: The cremation of legendary Hindi film star and movie-maker Dev Anand, who died of cardiac arrest in London on Saturday at the age of 88, will take place in London, Anand's son Suneil Anand confirmed.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a function to mark the 127th birth anniversary of India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna on Saturday slammed the central government for ignoring Bihar's demand for special economic status saying the Center should return the historical 'Ashok Chakra' to Bihar that happens to be its legitimate owner.

Patna: Extreme ignorance and superstition in Patna on Saturday almost took the life of a woman who was severely beaten by her neighbors on suspicion of black magic that, they said, resulted in the death of a neighbor's son.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while attending a workshop on 'Women in Media' at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, said that he was encouraged by the number of women entering into the field of journalism and announced his decision to honor them at a special function starting next year.

Patna: Budding Patna golfer Aman Raj, playing in the Western India Junior Golf Championship in Category A for players below 18, secured second place by coming three strokes behind the tournament winner Syed Saqib Ahmed of Bangalore.

Patna: Bihar Assembly's opening of the winter session on Friday was marked by greetings and exchanging of pleasantries as leaders, cutting across party line, welcomed the legislators and ministers, many of them freshmen who took time to familiarize themselves with their new environment.

Patna: The 3-day 'maha-dharna against corruption in government and bureaucracy by the 'Youth against Corruption' came to an end on Friday in the presence of nearly 700 backers of the movement in Patna.

Patna: The day-long nationwide bandh called by the retailers on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) had tepid effect in Patna on Thursday as most major business establishments remained open though the students enjoyed a off day as most private schools cancelled the classes in anticipation of any untoward incident.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in Patna on Thursday, inaugurated the second annual convention of the 'Nayee Taalim', or new education, that aims to integrate conventional education with job-oriented training programs for an all-round growth of the student.

Patna: A Patna woman on Thursday accused one Guddu Prasad of sexually exploiting her for nearly five months by continuing to promise her to get a prominent role in Rahul Roy's film 'Elaan' whose stars and crew members were recently in Patna to promote the movie.

Patna: A number of schools and social groups in Patna on Thursday observed the World AIDS Day to raise awareness about the deadly diseases that inflicts millions of people in India.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking to the reporters at Patna Airport after his return from Arwal on Wednesday, said that his government was dead against the idea of FDI in retail sector and would not allow it to enter Bihar in the 'larger interest of the public".

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a seminar on 'Promotion of Bio-Fuel and Green Energy for Sustainable Growth and its Impact on Climate Change' at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Wednesday, said that the state government had formulated a policy to encourage alternative energy in an attempt to cut down carbon emission in the state.

Patna: Polling in Laukaha Assembly by-election in Madhubani district was conducted peacefully on Wednesday as an estiamated 55% of the voters turned out at various booths protected by armed security guards.

Patna: On the eve of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) organized a free HIV-AIDS awareness, counseling, and detection camp at Mithapur Bus Stand in Patna.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharati, at the 'Sanskriti Bachao' convention in Patna on Tuesday, slammed the UPA government for allowing retail companies like Wal Mart to set up in India saying she would resort to 'extreme measures' to stop them from doing so.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at a seminar on the "Governance in India: Challenges and Responses", at the Bihar Industries Association in Patna on Tuesday, said that a government that had a vision and optimal macro and micro-management skills to monitor implementation of schemes was a sure-shot formula for good governance.

Patna: Health-conscious people in Patna have reasons to rejoice as Gold's Gym, an international chain of health and fitness center, prepares to open its door in the state capital on December 2.

Patna: The state Welfare Department is preparing to turn the building earlier seized from tainted official Girish Kumar into a boarding school for children belonging to the Scheduled Castes, officials in Patna said on Tuesday.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, fighting for the very existence of his political life in Bihar where he lost his footing in the last state and Lok Sabha elections, came to the Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Monday prepared with all the talking points designed to vilify the Nitish administration while bolstering his own credentials in the state and national political arena.

Patna: Former chairperson of the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and eminent educationist Dr. Kumar Bimal was cremated with full state honors at the Gulbi Ghat in Patna on Sunday in the presence of a number of Bihar ministers, leaders, teachers, social activists, and family members.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) activists in Patna on Sunday burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for directing the district administration to remove all the hoardings and signs of the LJP from Patna ahead of the party's scheduled rally at Gandhi Maidan on Monday.

Patna: Janata Dal-U state spokesperson Sanjay Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, slammed the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leadership for making disparaging comments on the state report card earlier released by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday, while inaugurating an exhibition on the evils of liquor consumption to mark the Prohibition Day, said that drinking alcoholic beverages only contributed to social ills affecting all sections of the society in a negative, and sometimes, in a horrific way.

Patna: Eminent litterateur and former chairperson of the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Dr. Kumar Bimal, after suffering from a brief illness, passed away at a hospital in Kankarbagh on Saturday morning.

Patna: A day after the Chief Minister released the so-called Report Card of the completion of the first year of the NDA's second term in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday released its own version of the 'report card' giving the government 'Fs' in all categories.

Patna: Lots of noise but no consensus of the mind. That's how one could describe the all-party meet called by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday to discuss the fate of the so-called Lokayukta Bill in Bihar.

Patna: Former Janata Dal-U MP from Jhanjharpur Mangani Lal Mandal who later joined hands with Upendra Kushwaha's Biihar Navnirman Manch earlier this June, received a setback on Friday after the Patna High Court declared his election null and void on account of failing to reveal in his nomination papers that he had two wives.

Patna: Students of Patna Women's College on Friday had a gala time at the college campus where they danced and sang to a number of Bollywood tunes to kick off Virasat 2011, an annual event to inject some fun in an otherwise tough academic year.

Patna: Protest against the transfer of Patna Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande continued for the second day in a row on Thursday as dozens of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress activists took out separate rallies in the state capital and burnt the effigy of the Nitish administration in an attempt to push the government to bring Lande back to Patna.

Patna: Bollywood actor Rahul Roy, while promoting his first Bhojpuri film 'Elaan' at a media event at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Thursday, said that he was excited about making his debut in a Bhojpuri film and was looking forward to do more such movies in the future.

Patna: The rather sudden and premature transfer of City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande to Araria has left Patna'ites scratching their heads in bewilderment and disappointment as several students' groups on Wednesday took out rallies against the government's decision while also demanding the withdrawal of his transfer order.

Sheikhpura: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after a few days break, resumed his so-called 'Seva Yatra' on Wednesday by visiting Sheikhpura district to review progress in various government projects and to get first-hand information from the people and the local administration so necessary adjustments could be made for an all-round development.

Patna: After years of delay and a series of controversies, the Bihar government has finally agreed to provide 224 acre of contiguous land for the opening of a branch of Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj.

Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) national General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya took a shot at the central government's decision to make the Rs. 5 crore winner of the Kaun Banega Crorepati Sushil Kumar the brand ambassador of MNREGA saying the Central government was trying to turn the federal scheme into a lottery system where some win while others lost.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Tuesday disparaged the central Food Security Bill saying the NDA MPs will point out its defects and flaws in the Parliament to seek fundamental changes in it.

Patna: Giving in to the demand of suspended B. N. College teacher Matuknath Chowdhary, Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, on Tuesday order the reinstatement of the Hindi professor also knows as the 'Love Guru' who was put on suspension in 2006 because of his behavior 'unbecoming of a teacher'.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday clarified his stance on the division of large states like Uttar Pradesh saying he was not advocating for a four-way split of UP as mooted by Chief Minister Mayawati but agreed in principle that splits could be needed for some states that were too large to manage by any state government.

Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) national general secretary, Dipankar Bhattacharya, at the 'Bhrastachar Mitao, Loktantra Bachao' rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Monday, took aim at the Central government and the state government in Bihar saying both administrations were corrupt to the core and the CPI-ML would not allow them to engage in demagoguery on the issue of corruption.

Patna: Police in Patna under Kankarbagh police station on Monday raided a noodle-making factory in Postal Park and freed seven child labors allegedly abducted from Jharkhand and brought to Patna to work as manual labors under extremely harrowing work conditions.

Patna: After losing many of his senior party leaders in the last few months to the Janata Dal-U, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan finally had some good news on Monday when the state general secretary of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party Dr. S. K. Saini jumped the ship and joined the LJP in the presence of Paswan and other party leaders.

Patna: Following the much-hyped confiscation of the property of senior IAS official Shiv Shankar Verma in Patna on September 7, state officials on Saturday seized the house of Girish Kumar, the tainted Treasury official who was suspended in a disproportionate asset case going back to 2006.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday joined the cast and crew of 'Deswa' at the Regent Theater in Patna for a special screening of the film that is poised to reach major milestones in the world of Bhojpuri films.

Patna: Playing in the Juris Cup at Patna Golf Club on Sunday, Patna's Aman Raj who is ranked 5th in the national junior merit list with zero handicap, shot an astonishing 66 four under par on the second and final day of the tournament only to lose to Roshan Sharan in the 9-hole play-off.

Muzaffarpur: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the fourth day of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra' on Saturday covered Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, and Vaishali districts where he met with district officials and directed them to step up on developmental works and ensure projects were completed within the stipulated timeframe.

 

Patna: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, disparaged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his current 'Seva Yatra' saying the whole shenanigan was an attempt to fool the people of Bihar while costing a huge amount of money to the state exchequer.

 

Patna: The stars of 'The Dirty Picture', Tusshar and Emraan Hashmi, are expected to come to Patna on Sunday to promote their film that recently was cleared by the Censor Board of India after much controversies.

Patna: Patna police, in view of curbing crime in the state capital, on Friday unveiled its new Quick Mobile units, or Q-mobiles as said in the police parlance, increasing its number from 56 to 82 while also laying out new policies to deal with crime in progress.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday arrested nearly a dozen roadside Romeos for harassing girl students and making lewd comments at them outside Ganga Devi College campus in Kankarbagh.

Patna: On the opening day of the three-day convention of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (FOGSY) in Patna on Friday, eminent physicians representing various medical colleges offered a number of pointers related to pregnancy and child birth and health risks associated with the Caesarian way of giving birth.

Patna: Students of B. N. College, under the banner of National Students Union of India (NSUI) in Patna on Friday, staged a dharna outside the college principal's office to protest against lack of basic amenities within the campus including a turn-of-the-century library, a dilapidated lab, rundown hostels, and no water fountain or clean rest rooms.

Patna: Patna'ites had a harrowing time on Thursday morning when the entire Bailey Road between Dak Bungalow Crossing and Hartali Chowk turned into a giant parking lot with all the vehicles coming to a grinding halt due to 'no entry' signs at various locations.

Patna: Echoing the sentiment of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press meeting in Patna on Thursday, favored smaller states as proposed earlier by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Patna: Urban Development and Housing Minister Prem Kumar, while holding a meeting to review progress in the construction of parks in Patna on Thursday, asked the concerned officials to come up with a park maintenance policy within a month for better upkeep of the public facilities.

Patna: Thieves in Patna on late Tuesday night broke into a jewelry shop located within the Vishal Mega Mart on Frazer Road and escaped with many gold-diamond jewelries to the tune of over Rs. 15 lakh.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, before leaving for Muzaffarpur on the second round of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra' on Wednesday, favored splitting of Uttar Pradesh in four small states – an idea earlier mooted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Patna: Fair Price Dealers Association general secretary Srikant Lal, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, threatened to go on a statewide strike in December to protest against what he called
'unfair and unjust' policies of the Nitish administration.

Patna: A Patna court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Patna native and noted film and television actor Shekhar Suman for failing to appear in the court in a case related to violation of the model code of conduct during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Patna: Sweta Srivastava Vikram, a native of Patna and now living in the US recently toured India, USA, UK, and Singapore to promote her books including 'Because All Is Not Lost: Verse on Grief', 'Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors', and 'Perfectly Untraditional'.

Patna: Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, speaking at a seminar on '243 Development Pillars of Bihar' at the state Assembly on Tuesday, urged the politicians to develop confidence among the public and restore trust in the government that has taken a beating in the last couple of decades.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at the fourth anniversary of the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) in Patna on Tuesday, announced the government's decision to form a State Disaster Response Force on the pattern of the Central government to meet with any emergency situation in a prompt and effective manner.

Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary Tariq Anwar, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his recent statement that Bihar would soon re-emerge as an educational hub and students from all over the country would come here to get quality education.

Patna: Former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who is scheduled to address at a seminar on the role of teachers at the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday, arrived in Patna on Monday evening amidst warm welcome by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary and other government officials.

Patna: Unidentified criminals under Pataliputra police station near the LCT Ghat on late Sunday night shot and killed Ramsahay Yadav, a JCB earthmoving and construction machine owner, who had arrived in Patna from Hazaribagh only two days ago to ensure his equipment were being used as intended.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inaugurated the Kilkari Bal Bhawan in Saidpur area the foundation stone of which was laid three years ago amidst much fanfare.

Patna: People across the state capital on Monday celebrated the birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at various functions organized by the government and private organizations, and political parties.

Patna: Bollywood film star and Patna native Neetu Chandra, along with her Deswa co-star Arti Puri on Monday, visited the Janata Durbar of Nitish Kumar to learn firsthand how the Chief Minister deals with the ordinary people and what kind of actions he takes to resolve people's problems.

Patna: Police in Patna on Monday intercepted a Scorpio SUV under Gandhi Maidan police station and recovered pirated books of major publishing houses with a street value of several lakh rupees.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the concluding day of the 3-day 'Shiksha Diwas' being celebrated at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Sunday, conferred 'Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Education Award', the highest state award in the field of education, to three government school teachers for their contributions and dedication in the field of literacy.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Sabir Ali, who last week resigned from the Rajya Sabha membership and also from Ram Vilas Paswan's party, formally joined Janata Dal-U on Sunday in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Patna: Prison officials at Patna's Beur Jail on late Saturday night conducted a thorough shakedown of the cells and seized fifteen cell phones that were being used to plan an ambitious bank robbery in the state capital.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after his four-day trip to West Champaran district, returned to Patna on Saturday where he was welcomed by a number of NDA leaders.

Patna: The much-awaited National Book Fair co-hosted by the National Book Trust, the Central Human Resources and Development Ministry, and the Bihar government, opened with much fanfare at Patna's Gandhi Maidan attracting huge crowd on its opening day on Saturday.

Patna: Authorities in Patna under Kadam Kuan police station on Saturday raided a so-called 'cyber café' on Road Number 3 in Rajendra Nagar and arrested dozens of young men and women engaged in sexual acts and drinking alcohol – all in the name of surfing the web.

Patna: The Chairperson of the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and Nobel Prize winner Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, during his meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Friday, offered his expertise to the state government in formulating an action plan on climate change.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is on a prolonged trip to various districts in Bihar as part of his ongoing 'Seva Yatra', through a live video-conferencing on Friday, inaugurated the 3-day 'Shiksha Diwas', or Education Day, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, free India's first Education Minister.

Bettiah: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the second day of his 'Seva Yatra' on Thursday, spent his day in Bithahan, one of the most backward blocks in the state, in Champaran district and assured the residents of relief from economic malaise and flood that ravages many villages each year in the lack of a better flood-prevention policy.

Jaipur: Aman Raj, the young golfer from the Patna Golf Club, while playing in the National Categorized Yatindra Singh Memorial Rajasthan Junior Golf  at Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur, at the end of the second day of the tournament, remains at one over par after shooting an even par 72 on Tuesday and one under 71 on Wednesday.

Patna: Patna police on Thursday, under the leadership of City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande, raided two shops in Kadam Kuan and seized cheap knock-off of various name brand cosmetic items to the tune of several thousand rupees.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday embarked upon the first phase of his Seva Yatra to feel the pulse of the people of Bihar and review developmental works currently underway in a number of districts in the state.

Patna: Members of the Private School and Children Welfare Association in Patna on Wednesday took out a 'black band' rally to protest against the state government's decision to require registration of all schools saying the diktat interfered with the basic tenet of any private enterprise and was detrimental to the interest of the students.

Patna: Bihar State Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Hari Kishore Singh and Planning and Development Department Principal Secretary Vijay Prakash, six years after the 5th 'economic census' was conducted in the state, released its results at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

Patna: The drama of party-hopping continued in Bihar on Wednesday when former Deputy Chairperson of the Bihar Legislative Council Virendra Kumar Chowdhary, after remaining in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for a little over 15 months, re-joined Janata Dal-U at a simple function at the party office in the presence of JD-U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh and other party leaders.

Patna: Almost three months to the date, the much publicized luxury bus services recently launched in Patna, suffered a mild cardiac arrest on Monday when the authorities shut down the air-conditioned and the ladies bus services in the lack of adequate passengers thanks to the rapidly cooling temperature and early setting of the sun.

Patna: With a strong penchant for 'yatras' of all sorts in his effort to popularize various government-sponsored programs, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday flagged off what has been dubbed as the 'Rabi Mahotsav Rath' to spread awareness about projects meant to alleviate the financial and social conditions of the farmers.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during a meeting of the Agriculture department on Sunday, lashed out at the UPA government for the recent hike in the price of petrol saying prices of all essential items were skyrocketing beyond the reach of the common man due to the failed and faulty policies of the Central government.

Patna: Two dozen people were honored for their selfless services to Bihar on the occasion of the 50th birthday of social worker Dr. Anil Sulabh that was celebrated at the S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Sunday.

Patna: The management of private schools in Patna have decided to defy the Nitish administration's diktat of mandatory registration of all such schools saying the government had no business meddling in the business of private educational institutions when it could not even manage properly the government-run schools.

Patna: Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary, at a 2-day seminar on the 'Transformation of Bihar in the Last 100 years and Ahead' at the A. N. Sinha Institute in Patna on Saturday, said that Bihar's land and power had always been under the control of powerful people but Nitish Kumar had finally turned the situation around by restoring respect and honor for the people at the lower rung of the society.

Patna: The management of private schools in Patna have decided to defy the Nitish administration's diktat of mandatory registration of all such schools saying the government had no business meddling in the business of private educational institutions when it could not even manage properly the government-run schools.

Patna: Patna'ites on Friday gave a warm welcome to Sushil Kumar, the first winner of Rs. 5 crore on the highly popular television game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', or KBC, hosted by none other than Amitabh Bachchan as Kumar arrived at the Patna Airport in the presence of hundreds of his fans, friends, and family members.

Patna: Central Home Secretary Rajkumar Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, on the issue of Naxal problem in Bihar, walked a safe line maintaining Bihar was doing relatively well in tackling the Naxal problem and the best way to deal with the issue was through overall development in the state.

Patna: Bihar Human Resources and Development Minister P. K. Shahi, speaking at a function organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday, listed a number of steps taken by the Nitish government to empower women and children and raise enrollment in schools across the state.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-U activists in Patna on Friday burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for once again raising the price of gasoline by Rs. 1.82 per liter that, they said, was certain to hurt the poor and middle class people most.

Patna: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to mark the birth anniversary of the nation's first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad that falls on November 11, sent out a letter to the young students of India exhorting them to stay in school and get the best education they could in order to enrich their lives while also making India a strong nation.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday welcomed a 12-member Chinese delegation led by Lu Hao, the Communist Party of China Secretary of the Gansu province.

Patna: Communist Party of India General Secretary A. B. Bardhan, at a press meet in Patna on Thursday, ruled out the return of UPA in the next Parliamentary elections while also eliminating the NDA from the mix saying the people of India were tired of both parties and were pining for an alternative that provided better governance to the nation.

Patna: The director and cast members of Bhojpuri film 'Deswa', at a function at the P&M Mall in Patna on Thursday, released the songs and promotional items of the movie in the presence of a sizeable audience.

Patna: Famous 17 Degree restaurant, amidst much fanfare and much to the delight of food lovers in the state capital, opened its branch at the P&M Mall on Thursday with chefs dressed in the traditional chef attire winning the hearts of many by their culinary skills.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function held at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna on Monday, paid floral tribute to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was assassinated on this day 27 years ago in 1984.

Patna: Chirag Paswan, the budding film star and the son of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press conference at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Monday to promote his film Miley Na Miley Hum (MNMH), said that he was optimistic about the success of the movie in spite of the fact that it was being released the same week as other big banner films like Ra One.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Sunday, flagged off the first ever train on the newly-introduced broad gauge railway services under the Northeast Frontier division of the Indian Railways at a function held at Katihar railway station.

Patna: With Dussehra, Diwali, and Bhai Dooj already in the back mirror, Bihar is gearing up to celebrate the state's most revered festival Chhath that kicks off its four-day rigorous event with 'Nahay Khai' on Sunday followed by 'Kharna' on Monday.

 

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday extended warm welcome to eminent vocalist Pandit Jasraj who was in Patna to perform at the birthday celebration of Rajya Sabha MP N. K. Singh at his residence in Sheikhpura.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Friday launched the website of the 'Global Summit on Changing Bihar' that would be held in Patna between February 17 and 19 next year.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested Heera Das, the priest of a temple in Digha, in connection with the death of Tarun Das, also a priest whose decomposed body was recovered from Udasin Math Hanuman Temple in Kurji area on Thursday.

Patna: Noted neurologists Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh and Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, advised people to adopt healthy lifestyle, including regular physical exercise, to stay in shape and to avoid stroke or other heart-related ailments.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday joined the Kayastha Parivar of Patna to observe Chitragupta Puja that was celebrated across the state capital by various Kayastha organizations and families.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function at Patna Secretariat on Thursday, unveiled ten different schemes for developing infrastructure of various large cities in Bihar, including Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, and Muzaffarpur.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Thursday recovered the decomposed body of Tarun Das, the priest at the Udasin Math Hanuman Temple in Kurji under Digha police station, who had not been seen for last few days, from his room in the back of the temple.

Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday once again busted an electronic shop in Bakerganj area and seized pirated CDs, DVDs, and X-rated movies, along with computer equipment and DVD duplicators to the tune of nearly Rs. 35 lakh.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while inaugurating the 42nd annual festival of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir on Tuesday said that the government was preparing to have a second ropeway to the Ratnagiri Hill in view of the steady rise in the number of tourists in the area.

Patna: Computer operator and a private tutor Sushil Kumar from Bihar has become the first ever contestant on the hugely popular Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) game show hosted by none other than India's superstar Amitabh Bachchan, to win Rs. 5 crore after he answered the final question correctly in the recently taped episode to be telecast on November 2.

Patna: Patna, with all of its lightning and glitter, is all set to celebrate Diwali on Wednesday as last minute shoppers flooded the shopping centers in the state capital to purchase the idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi, hand-made 'gharondas', and of course, firecrackers to celebrate Diwali with a big bang.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in an attempt to promote 'eco-tourism' in Bihar, on Tuesday, inaugurated the plying of the 'Royal Carriage', a horse and buggy vehicle designed to give a leisurely tour to visitors and locals alike at a relatively nominal fee.

Patna: The Railway Police at Patna Junction on Monday arrested a man and recovered 27 kilogram of 'charas', a form of hashish, with an estimated street value of Rs. 10 lakh, from his possession.

Patna: Newly-elected legislator from Daraunda, Kavita Devi, at a simple function at the state Assembly library in Patna on Monday, was sworn in by the House Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, among others.

Patna: Police in Patna, a day after the highly sensational poisoning death of five members of the same family at a Patna hotel, continued to search for the sole survivor and the only suspect in the case Shravan Kumar who disappeared before the bodies of his wife, sister-in-law, and three children were recovered by a hotel employee.

Patna: The district administration in Patna on Sunday issued a notification about the hours for the use of firecrackers on Diwali that is to be celebrated later this month on October 26.

Singapore: BIJHAR, a Bihar-Jharkhand organization in Singapore, celebrated the festival of light "Deep Utsav 2011" on Saturday evening at Fort Canning convention hall.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) in New Delhi on Saturday, once again reiterated his demand for special status for Bihar insisting the state met all the requirements for such status that was needed to pull Bihar out of its current economic morass.

Patna: Authorities in Patna are looking for one Shravan Kumar who, after allegedly poisoning his wife, three children, and a sister-in-law, sneaked out of his hotel where the family was staying in, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar said.

Patna: Continuing their crackdown on sweet and milk shops ahead of Diwali festival, police in Patna on Saturday busted four such places in Daldali near Bakerganj under Kadam Kuan police station and destroyed several liters of contaminated milk, thousands of kilos of sweets and ghee while also arresting three persons in the case.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Friday conducted district-wide raids at a number of sweet shops and recovered milk products, including sweets, that had either gone sour or were being made with synthetic milk and cheese.

Patna: In a tragic incident, a private electrician, while working on a power transformer tower near Chiraiyantand Bridge in Patna on Friday, was electrocuted when he came in contact with wire flowing with thousands of voltage of electricity.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested two men in connection with the October 14 killing of contractor Basant Kumar Singh who was gunned down in broad daylight at the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) office in Punaichak.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for the second time in as many days, delivered pep talks to the state's law and order machinery encouraging them to go after financial crooks and Naxalites while prosecuting them under speedy trial system.

Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday, a week after some drunken men near the Income Tax Roundabout on Bailey Road misbehaved with a college girl, arrested one Pintu Singh in the case after he was positively identified by some eyewitnesses through the composite pictures earlier released by the police.

Patna: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, speaking at a seminar on the "Role of Judiciary in a Democracy" at Wheeler Senate Hall in Patna on Thursday, said that while civil disobedience had a place in a democracy, it should not be turned into a 'mobocracy'.

Patna: Women cops dressed in civilian clothes, the latest ploy by the city police to nab eve-teasers and others harassing innocent pedestrians and college students, arrested ten men on Thursday sending a chilling message to all roadside Romeos who prey on their victims at places like bus and railway stations and outside movie theaters.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in Patna on Wednesday, held a high-level meeting of the state's top cops and bureaucrats to review law and order situation in Bihar and to assess development in various welfare schemes meant for the underprivileged sections of the society.

Patna: The star of nearly a dozen and a half movies and Patna's very own Neetu Chandra, on Wednesday, gave a pleasant surprise to the students of Magadh Mahila College when she arrived at the college to meet with her former teachers and other acquaintances.

Patna: At least one person was killed and 18 others, including 14 policemen, were injured when an angry mob, at Madarpur Bazaar in Siwan district, clashed with the police after they tried to rescue a woman who had been accused of being a child-lifter.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said that he was pleasantly surprised by the huge success of L. K. Advani's tour that kicked off its 23-state 'yatra' from Sitab Diara in Chhapra district on October 11.

Patna: The newly-elected member of the Bihar Assembly Kavita Singh, who won the Daraunda by-poll by defeating her nearest rival Rameshwar Singh of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) by more than 20,000 votes, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his residence in Patna on Tuesday to seek his blessings.

Patna: Tourists and locals in Patna can now enjoy a joyful ride on the 'Shahi Horse and Carriage' that has been purchased by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) to promote tourism in the state capital.

Patna: Despite relentless negative campaign by certain vested interests in the media and political parlays, Bihar has emerged as the number one state in terms of annual percentage increase in the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for the fiscal year 2010-11 by attaining a whopping growth rate of 14.15%.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Monday favored constitutional amendment to institute right to recall elected lawmakers saying while it may not be possible to implement it immediately, there was a need for the exploration of the idea.

Patna: USA Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) experts Alan Tamm and Padmakar Srivastava, in Patna on Monday, inaugurated the 5-day workshop on 'Embankment Resources Planning and Management' to discuss issues with capitalizing Bihar's rich water resources and check flooding in the state.

Patna: Students of the Central School in Sheikhpura on Monday clashed with each other following the suspension of 82 students last Saturday. Things got so heated that the school officials had to call in police for help.

New Delhi: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while delivering his valedictory speech at the 6th Annual Convention of the Central Information Commission at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday, said that for him if "Preamble" was the soul of the Constitution and "Fundamental Right" was the heart, then the "Right to Information" (RTI) was the artery that supplied blood uninterruptedly to the heart.

Patna: Atul Kumar, a senior official associated with the Bihar Entrepreneur Network ( BEN), at a press conference in Patna on Saturday said that BEN, in association with Bihar Society, Karma Society and a number of other not-for-profit organizations, will hold a Patna Marathon on February 19, 2012.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, who is struggling to remain relevant in Bihar politics after receiving crushing defeats in the last two elections, got yet another jolt on Friday when his national Vice President and Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali announced his decision to quit the party and join Janata Dal-U.

Patna: Criminals in broad daylight in Punaichak area in Patna on Friday afternoon shot and killed a private contractor at the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) office despite the presence of security guards and surveillance cameras around the building.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, in Patna on Friday, led a march from Polytechnic intersection to the area where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lives to express support for the farmers in Digha.

Patna: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar, at a high-level meeting of senior police officials in Patna on Thursday, gave them a number of pointers to ensure Diwali and Chhath in Bihar were peaceful and without any incident.

Patna: Authorities in Patna are looking for two men who tried to molest a college girl before assaulting her and her father near the Income Tax Roundabout under Kotwali police station on Thursday.

Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani, before leaving for Ara from Patna on Wednesday, praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for extending his support to his 'Chetna Yatra' that he began from Chhapra yesterday saying Kumar's cooperation had given a huge boost to his anti-corruption drive.

Patna: Janata Dal-U state president Vashisht Narayan Singh, on Wednesday, condemned the assault on Prashant Bhushan, the Supreme Court lawyer and a close confidante of civil activist Anna Hazare, while demanding a high-level probe into the incident.

Patna: Police in Patna on late Tuesday night, arrested two persons in connection with the October 4 bank robbery in Naubatpur and recovered Rs. 68,000 in cash along with a 9mm piltol and a number of live cartridges from their possession.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday, amidst a host of NDA leaders, flagged off the much-touted public awareness 'Rath Yatra' by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani from Sitab Diara in Chhapra district, the birth place of the architect of the '70s Total Revolution Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narain.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, on the occasion of the 109th birth anniversary of veteran socialist leader Jaya Prakash Narain on Tuesday, led a large procession to the Governor House to protest against the 'failed policies' of the Nitish administration saying Bihar was worse off under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar than ever before in the history of the state.

Patna: Politicians across the board on Tuesday paid glorious tribute to Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narain to mark his 109th birth anniversary while pledging to follow on the footsteps of the socialist leader who shot into fame after he led a successful political campaign against Indira Gandhi government in the '70s.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said that the public awareness campaign against corruption undertaken by party senior leader Lal Krishna Advani was the sign of an impatient nation squirming for change.

Patna: Nearly a dozen youths in Patna on Monday protested outside Shubha Complex on Boring Canal Road after being cheated by a company named RB Group that hired them a few months ago but failed to pay them salary before pulling out a disappearing act just before Durga Puja.

Patna: School and college campuses in Patna came to life on Monday after students returned to their classrooms after a break of ten days due to Durga Puja.

Patna: The student wing of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in Patna on Monday took out a march to highlight issues facing the youths in Bihar under the Nitish administration.

Mumbai: World famous ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, after suffering a brain hemorrhage at his home in Mumbai on September 23, died at the age of 70 at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Monday morning.

Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) general secretary and All India Qaumi Tanzim president Tariq Anwar, speaking at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, blasted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leader Lal Krishna Advani for undertaking a Rath Yatra that begins its national tour from Sitab Diara in North Bihar on Monday.

Patna: Prison authorities at Patna' Beur Jail on late Sunday night conducted a shakedown and recovered a dozen cell phones, chargers, and other banned items from various cells and jail kitchen prompting an investigation that could implicate a number of jail employees.

Patna: Patna Mayor Afzal Imam on Sunday said that the local administration was soon going to introduce new hoarding and billboard policies based on the pattern of large metros like Delhi and Mumbai.

Patna: Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) on Sunday announced new changes in the schedule of the plying of the floating restaurant in the Ganges and in the timing of the popular Ganga Aarti in a bid to attract more tourists for both events.

Patna: Patna police on late Friday night succeeded in capturing notorious criminal Madan Rai, aka Gabbar, and three of his associates from Danapur while they were on their way to collect 'Rangdari Tax' from their intended victims.

Patna: A case of police brutality was registered against the Railway Protection Force (RPF) inspector Rakesh Singh after he illegally detained Purushottam Kumar at Patna Junction, slapped him and stole Rs. 2,000 from his shirt pocket.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, said that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, in a desperate bid to salvage whatever is left of his political career, was making nonsensical statements despite the fact that no one was listening to him anymore.

Patna: A massive fire in a private nursing home in Patna destroyed a large portion of the building while causing property damages, including an ambulance, to the tune of several lakh rupees.

Patna: All roads in Patna on Friday led to the Ganges as the 10-day festivity of Dussehra came to an end following the 'slaying of Ravan' and 'Burning of Lanka' at Gandhi Maidan on Thursday.

 

Patna: The body of Hari Prasad Sah, Bihar Panchayati Raj Minister who died in New Delhi on Monday ten days after suffering brain hemorrhage, arrived in Patna on Tuesday with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a number of his cabinet members present at the Patna Airport along with dozens of Sah's family members.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday sent his best wishes to all in Bihar on the occasion of Dussehra while urging everyone to maintain communal harmony and pray for the development of the state.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday inaugurated the much-awaited Mithapur over-bridge connecting the main city on the northern side of the Patna Junction to the southern parts of the city including Karbigahia and the New Patna By-pass Road.

Patna: Dozens of protestors in Patna on Monday took out a march between the radio station on Frazer Road and the railway station demanding immediate release of Sanjeev Bhatt, the IPS officer who was arrested a few days ago by the Gujarat police for speaking against the Narendra Modi government.

Patna: Bihar Panchayati Raj and Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare Minister Hari Prasad Sah, ten days after suffering brain hemorrhage due to a fall in the bathroom, died of his injuries on Monday at the All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi.

Patna: Just four days after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit zones in Bihar, he carried out a similar endeavor on Sunday flying over a number of rivers and villages to ensure water level was on decline and if more relief contingencies were required in the affected areas.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Sunday, flagged off a fleet of spanking new luxury taxis equipped with two-way radio and GPS to give a boost to an already burgeoning tourism industry in the state.

Patna: With Sunday being the sixth day of the Durga Puja and only four days left for Vijay Dashmi, the atmosphere in Patna is one of festivity and faith as devotees thronged to various pandals and temples to get the first glimpse of Ma Durga after priest opened the door for public viewing later this afternoon.

Patna: Besides floating restaurant and a brand new tony mall, Patna added yet another attraction to its list when Bihar Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, on Sunday, inaugurated water sports in the Ganges with a number of jet skis and other water events for the adventure seekers in the state capital.

Patna: Students and teachers of Patna University on Saturday celebrated the 95th foundation day of the nation's seventh oldest institute of learning at a function held at historical Wheeler Senate Hall.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while attending the state Agrawal convention to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaj Agrasen at Agrasen Bhawan in Patna on Saturday said that for any state to develop it was imperative to develop its human resources first and the government of Bihar was fully committed to do just that.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former movie star Shatrughan Sinha in Patna on Saturday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and handed him a check of Rs. 51,000 towards the 'Green Bihar' campaign thus becoming the first BJP MP in Bihar to do so.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Saturday, took some time off from his busy schedule to see a special screening of the film 'Jo Dooba So Paar: It's Love in Bihar' at the posh multiplex at the P&M Mall in Patna.

Patna: Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL), in collaboration with L. S. Institute of ENT, in Patna on Saturday, organized a free Audiometry camp for the elderly citizens of the society to mark the International Elder’s Day.

Patna: Navin Kumar, the 1975 batch IAS officer, at a simple function on Friday, took over charge as Bihar's new Chief Secretary in the presence of his predecessor and outgoing IAS officer Anup Mukherjee.

Patna: Students of CIMAGE Institute in Patna on Friday took part in the ongoing exhibition and book sale within the campus that is being held to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Patna: Patna's Aman Raj, while playing at the Toyota IGU Junior Golf championship and Faldo Series India Qualifier at Pune Golf Club, finished at the third place after shooting 76, five over par, on the concluding day of the championship on Friday.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while inaugurating the 67th annual function of the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) in Patna on Thursday, said that without special economic status to Bihar, it had been an uphill task to bring sweeping, meaningful changes in the state.

Patna: Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Human Resources Development Department, at a press meet in Patna on Thursday, sent a stern warning to private school owners saying they were required by law to register to meet the requirements of the Right to Education Act.

Patna: The Indian representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) Fredrika Meijer on Thursday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed a number of issues concerning Bihar, including the subjects of population control, family planning, and emergency management.

Patna: Bihar Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, at the concluding day of the ongoing celebration of the Akhil Bharatiya Charkha Sangh's 87th anniversary being held at the A. N. Sinha Institute in Patna, on Thursday said that khadi was not about fashion or what type of material it was made of; it was all about the sentiment and the national pride behind it.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for the third time this very active monsoon season, conducted an aerial survey of the flood areas in Bihar to get a first-hand feel of the situation that continues to remain dire in many districts.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Wednesday held a day-long 'maha-dharna' to protest against the alleged 'anti-farmer policies' of the Nitish government saying the administration had done nothing more than lip services to improve the conditions of farmers in Bihar.

Patna: Wednesday marked the beginning of the 10-day festival of Dussehra as temples in Patna and around set up the traditional 'kalash' to kick off the festival amidst much gaiety and enthusiasm.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday gave a warm send-off to the first batch of Haj pilgrims at a function held at the Haj Bhawan where more than 300 people, including many women, had gathered to receive pre-departure tips for their 40-day trip to Mecca and Medina.

Patna: Janata Dal-U national President Sharad Yadav who is apparently not on the same page as his star leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Tuesday while speaking at the orientation program for the newly-elected legislators in the state, ripped social activist Anna Hazare for 'demeaning the status of the Indian Parliament' during his recent crusade against corruption within the government.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while presiding over a meeting under the 12th Five Year Plan in Patna on Tuesday, said that he would raise the issue of special status to Bihar during the upcoming meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) in New Delhi.

Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday raided a shop on Thakurbari Road and seized large amount of fake brand-name cosmetic items like skin cream, lipsticks, and nail polishes bearing labels of foreign brands like Olay and L'oreal.

Patna: Stalking a girl of his dream after being jilted by her landed one man in jail as police arrested one Pankaj Kumar for following a girl on Bailey Road, dragging her out of a car and misbehaving with her, City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande said.

Patna: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, while inaugurating an orientation program for Bihar legislators in Patna on Monday, expressed her frustration with the legislators' burning desire to disrupt the Assembly proceedings and boycott the session at the slightest disagreement.

Patna: With no sign of relief from rain in the last 24 hours, situation in Patna and its satellite towns worsened on Monday as rain water entered into many homes in the state capital while turning many roads into raging rivulets bringing the life to a virtual halt.

Patna: Activists belonging to the All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) in Patna on Monday took out a rally to press for their 12-point demands that included getting rid of Town DSP Rama Kant and a stop on the privatization of educational institutes, among others.

Patna: A large portion of the city of Patna on Sunday turned into Venice, albeit dirty, following heavy downpour in the last 12 hours that dumped a record 80 millimeter rain disrupting normal life for the residents.

Patna: Veteran surgeon and ENT expert of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi Dr. Amit Kishore, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, stressed the need for conducting hearing tests among children in Bihar saying about 5 to 6 among 1,000 babies born in the state suffer from hearing impairment and the sooner they are detected, the better chance they have of recovering.

Patna: Bihar Directorate General of Police (DGP) Abhayanand, at a meeting organized by the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) in Patna on Saturday, said that corruption and ill-gotten wealth was the two root cause of crime in India and by reigning in these two, crime data could be brought down substantially.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the 87th foundation day of the Akhil Bharatiya Charkha Sangh at an exhibition/convention of the Rashtriya Khadi Gramodyog at A. N. Sinha Institute in Patna.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, while filling in a group of reporters in Patna on Saturday about the scheduled anti-corruption campaign of senior party leader L. K. Advani, said that the former Deputy Prime Minister, after commencing his Yatra from Sitab Diara in Saran district on October 11, would make a stop-over in Patna before proceeding to other parts of the state.

Patna: The students of the Environmental Science department of Patna Science College on Saturday celebrated Freshers' Day while renewing their pledge to spread awareness about a clean environment in Patna and around for a better living experience.

Patna: Hari Prasad Sah, the Minister for Panchayati Raj and Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare Department suffered a brain hemorrhage after he fell down in his bathroom early Friday morning.

Patna: Eminent scientist Yash Pal, at a Q&A session at Patna Women's College on Friday, urged the students to study science not just to make money but to bring changes in the society that would have long term effect on the planet.

Patna: Patna mayor Afzal Imam, on Friday, inaugurated the 12-day Patna Consumer Trade Fair at the Sinha Library ground featuring more than a hundred stalls showcasing articles from over a dozen states.

Patna: Janata Dal-U state spokesperson Sanjay Singh, a day after the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders announced their resolve to go on their 'expose Nitish' Yatra, hit back at them saying the RJD was desperate to grab media attention and therefore was launching its Yatra to coincide with the Chief Minister's 'Seva Yatra' to be launched next month.

Patna: The state government on Thursday sent a check of Rs. 5 crore to the Sikkim government in the aftermath of the recent earthquake that rattled the northeast region a week ago causing massive destruction and deaths in the state.

Patna: Bihar Social Welfare Minister Parveen Amanullah, while inaugurating a 2-day workshop on "Different Aspects of Human Trafficking and the Remedial Role of Community and Government" in Patna on Thursday, said that the state government was doing everything in its might to put a stop on human trafficking but the program could not be successful without the active participation of the people of Bihar.

Patna: In yet another case of mass suicide in Patna, a woman and three young children died after consuming poison while another child and the husband of the woman battle for their lives at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Thursday.

Patna: In the backdrop of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announcing his decision to embark on the so-called 'Seva Yatra' to feel the pulse of the people on the Right to Pubic Service Act of 2011, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders revealed their own plan to launch a similar 'Yatra' to 'expose' the NDA administration.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, said the state unit of the party was gearing up to give a warm send-off to L. K. Advani's anti-corruption Yatra that is said to begin from Sitab Diara, the birth place of veteran socialist late Jaya Prakash Narain.

Patna: Criminal elements in Patna College on Wednesday exploded two bombs after a clerk at the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) counter refused to give them a handful of registration forms.

Patna: Reposing his faith in the leadership of the Chief Minister, Janata Dal-U president Sharad Yadav in Patna on Tuesday handed over a check of Rs. 1.05 lakh, his one month salary, towards the Green Bihar campaign launched by Nitish Kumar.

Patna: Jyutia, a Hindu festival when a mother prays for the welfare of her sons, turned out to be deadly for one family in Patna on Tuesday when a St. Michael's student drowned in the Ganges just minutes after his mother left the ghat after performing rituals associated with the religious event.

Birmingham, UK: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who is on a 10-day trip to four European nations to study the execution and achievements of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), met with prominent Bihari NRIs in UK at a meet organized by the Bihar Foundation, UK Chapter, in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Patna: Nearly half a dozen leftist outfits, including the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), and Bihar Rajya Khet Majdoor Union on Tuesday took out a joint procession to protest the 'anti-labor' policies of the state and central governments.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, trying to stay above the fray in view of the recent developments in Gujarat politics, said that each party was free to operate as its leaders wished and he had no comments on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's 3-day fast after the Supreme Court all but exonerated him on various charges.

Patna: Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes P. L. Punia, at a function to mark the 97th birth anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister Bhola Paswan Shastri at Patna's S. K. Memorial Hall on Monday, accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of dividing the Dalits into various sub-categories to strengthen his own electoral base.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Monday arrested three students of Don Bosco School and charged them with stealing a motorcycle that was earlier reported stolen from Pataliputra Colony.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) women activists in Patna on Sunday staged a dharna outside the home of Bihar Revenue and Land Reform Minister Ramai Ram for calling senior party leader and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi 'an idiot'.

Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national general secretary Tariq Anwar, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said he would soon launch an agitation against the Nitish administration that, he said, had let down the people of Bihar on each front.

Patna: A two-year old child in east Lohanipur area plunged to his death from a second-floor apartment after he leaned forward on the balcony to look for a remote control that he accidentally dropped earlier.

Patna: Dozens of candidates for the Institute of Banking Personnel selection test in Patna on Sunday created ruckus on Ashok Rajpath after they were denied entry into the test center for being late for the exam or for not having the required papers.

Patna: Students of Environmental Science at Patna Science College, in an attempt to raise awareness about environmental issues currently faced by the state capital, have formed 'Patna Environment Society' (PES) with focus on improving the environmental quality of their home town.

Patna: People in Patna got a rude awakening on Sunday evening when a 6.8 earthquake jolted the northern and eastern parts of the country causing a panic among the residents, particularly those living in high-rise apartments.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a meeting on the condition of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in Patna on Saturday, said that the government was committed to provide both social and economic justice to the members of the SC/ST besides making sure they did not become the target of any systematic atrocity by any group.

Patna: Less than a week after a group of people filed a case against the Green India Academy for duping them to the tune of hundreds of thousands of rupees by falsely promising them to get a job for them in the Gulf countries, police in Patna on Saturday raided their office on Ashok Rajpath and seized over 500 passports belonging to unsuspecting job hopefuls.

Patna: The Central government, after much reluctance, has finally okayed the construction of 22,000 kilometer of roads in rural Bihar under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) scheme following a 2-day meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in New Delhi last Thursday and Friday.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-U's youth wing members in Patna on Friday burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for raising the price of petrol by Rs. 3.14 per liter and increasing the prices of all petroleum products across the board in an executive decision announced on Thursday.

Patna: Youth Congress activists in Patna on Friday burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accusing him of unleashing a reign of terror among the women and Muslims of the state who, they said, were being harassed and assaulted by the policemen in a systematic manner.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, defended the party's 'Dalit Mahabhoj' program saying the idea behind the plan was not to bribe the dalits to earn votes but to connect them with the party for strengthening their social status.

Patna: The two-year girl who was kidnapped by her babysitter in New Delhi and later rescued at Patna Junction on Wednesday was reunited with her parents who arrived in the state capital on Thursday to take the child back to her home.

Patna: The Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, V. Narayanaswamy, in Patna on Thursday, urged the government to take advantage of the immense talents of the bureaucrats to give a boost to the  public delivery system in the state.

Patna: Bihar Art, Culture, and Sports Minister Sukhda Pandey, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday said that the state government was holding a centennial celebration of the formation of Bihar at the Cultural Center in Allahabad between September 16 and 18.

Patna: Information and Technology Minister Shahid Ali Khan on Tuesday announced the promulgation of the Bihar IT Policy 2011 to promote information technology in the state for speeding up developmental process as envisioned by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Tuesday hit back at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who earlier accused his predecessors for not opposing the 1996 Ganga Water Sharing Treaty with Bangladesh that put Bihar in a very precarious situation in terms of water resources in the state.

Patna: Bihar Human Resources Development Minister P. K. Shahi in Patna on Tuesday kicked off the foundation day function of the JD Women's College while also inaugurating the newly-built hall within the campus.

Patna: For the third time in as many weeks, family members of a patient created ruckus outside a private nursing home after the patient died during the treatment.

Patna: Bihar Sugarcane Minister Awadhesh Prasad Kushwaha, at the India-International SugarCon 2011, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Patna on Monday, said that the government was committed to offer lucrative deals to the industrialists and sugarcane producers for them to invest in the state.

Patna: Family members of Somya Singh, the engineering student at the Rajasthan College of Engineering for Women who succumbed to her injuries soon after she fell off the fourth floor of her hostel in Jaipur, demanded a CBI probe into the case saying this was a case of murder and the college and hospital authorities were trying to cover it up to avoid any controversy.

Patna: Dozens of youths in Patna on Monday protested outside the Pirbahore police station demanding arrest of the operators of the Green India Pvt. Ltd. Who, they said, took large sums of money from them promising to get them jobs in Gulf countries, and then just disappeared from the scene.

Patna: Patna High Court on Monday granted bail to the Congress leader and former Speaker of Bihar Assembly Sadanand Singh in the recruitment of Class III and IV employees between 2000 and 2005 saying Singh played no role in the hiring.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, accused the Central government of trying to disenfranchise certain dalit castes, including his own, by trying to exclude them from the Scheduled Caste category that gives them special privileges in education and jobs while allowing them to enjoy benefits from a host of government-sponsored welfare schemes.

Patna: A 14-year old student in Patna who was reported kidnapped on Saturday morning managed to escape from his captivity and reached Patna safely on Saturday night.

Patna: Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Saturday, inaugurated the eastern zone conference on rheumatology that is being attended by a number of experts on the subject from a host of states.

Patna: With memories of bomb blast outside Delhi Court still fresh in everyone's mind; pandemonium ensued at Patna Junction on Saturday when authorities discovered an abandoned bag on Platform Number 1.

Patna: Rishabh Singh, a class XII student of DAV Public School in Patna has been invited to the five-day United Nations International Youth Conference (UNIYC) to be held at Bandung, Indonesia, on September 27.

Patna: Police in Patna, in an encounter in Punpun, opened fire at a gang of criminals injuring one while arresting two, including the gang leader Chandan Singh on Saturday afternoon.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Friday sat on a dharna at the Kargil Chowk to protest the atrocities committed against a dalit woman in Nalanda district who was beaten and branded with a hot iron by the members of a family where she worked as a domestic help.

Patna: Dr. B. K. Mishra, the Primary Health Center in-charge in Suryagarh near Lakhisarai was battling for his life after a gang of criminals walked into his office on Friday evening and shot him in his head.

Patna: Patna's historical Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, in a joint endeavor with the Asiatic Society on Friday, honored Irfan Habib, professor emeritus, Aligarh Muslim University, for his valuable contributions in the field of medieval Indian history.

Patna: In what is being seen as a victory for thousands of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) candidates, the Patna High Court, on Wednesday, directed the Commission to set up a high-level committee to probe into the allegations of irregularities in the 53rd and 55th Combined Common Preliminary Competitive Examination that was held earlier this year.

Patna: A massive fire broke out in a flat on S. P. Verma Road in Patna on Friday when the lady of the house, after putting a pan with cooking oil on the stove forgot about it causing the pan to catch fire and spread in the entire flat.

Patna: As promised by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his last electoral campaign, the house seized earlier that once belonged to senior IAS officer Shiv Shankar Verma, started to operate as a full-fledged school for the children of the Musahar community on Thursday sending a chilling message to all corrupt officials that they either shape up or be prepared to face similar consequences.

Toronto: Bihar Association of Canada (BACA) and Bihar Foundation Canada Chapter celebrated Eid Milan at Centennial Park, Toronto last Sunday, September the 4th, with traditional fanfare.

Patna: Patna Women's College, to mark World Literacy Day on Thursday, organized a painting, quiz and a host of other competitions for the children of the slums to encourage education and literacy among them.

Patna: Security outside Patna High Court was beefed up on Wednesday following the terrorist bomb blast outside Delhi High Court that resulted in the death of at least 11 by-standers and injuries to nearly a hundred others in the area.

Patna: The state administration, without wasting any time, turned the multi-crore rupees 3-storied building of the tainted IAS official Shiv Shankar Verma in Rukanpura that was seized two days ago into a school for poor children as Verma prepares to move the Supreme Court to seek a reversal on the state government's order.

Patna: As it has happened a number of times in the past, family members of a patient who died while being treated at a private nursing home ransacked the hospital breaking its windows and roughing up its staff forcing the security guards to open fire in the air to control the situation.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who was recently elected the chief of the committee of Finance Ministers of 20 states on Goods and Services Tax (GST), left for Delhi on Tuesday from where he will lead a delegation of state finance ministers to four European nations for the next 10 days.

Patna: Internet search giant Google, that has embarked on a long journey in India to make its presence felt even in the remotest parts of the country, arrived in Patna on Tuesday on a high-tech, internet-equipped mega bus that would tour the state for the next 40 days in an attempt to popularize its various services in Bihar.

Patna: Hundreds of women in Patna under the banner of Joint Women's Struggle Front on Tuesday took out a rally to the Governor's House to protest alleged police atrocities against women in Bihar.

Patna: In a desperate bid to win back the support of Muslims in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Monday, met with the family members of the four victims of June 3 police firing in Forbesganj and gave them Rs. 1 lakh each while also giving Rs. 10,000 to those who were injured in the firing.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Monday, to mark Teachers' Day,  launched a new program in the state named 'Samjhe-Seekhe Gunwatta' to promote quality education in Bihar.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a function at the L. N. Mishra Institute of Economic Development and Social Change in Patna on Monday, said that the entire nation was watching Bihar of the development taking place in the state and though things were far from perfect, there were numerous signs that the state was well on its way to prosperity.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Sunday seized the properties, including the house, of senior IAS official Shiv Shankar Verma on charges of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while speaking at a seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the Foundation Day of the Organization for Human Rights Protection at Patna Planetarium on Sunday, urged the followers of civil activist Anna Hazare to not ease up on their demand for a tougher Lokpal Bill and don't get distracted by Congress' attempt to divert the discussion.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday embarked on his ambitious 'Forbesganj Yatra' to meet with the victims of June 3 police firing in which four persons, including a child, were killed during a public protest.

Patna: Congress leader and the party in-charge of Bihar affairs Sanjay Nirupam, in a rather backhanded attack on the Nitish administration on Sunday, asked the party members to keep a close eye on the government functioning and hold it accountable for failing to fulfill his electoral promises.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function in Patna on Saturday, flagged off the impressive 'Harit Bihar Rath' to promote awareness about a greener, cleaner Bihar while encouraging people to plant trees in their areas to cut down on the downside of the climate change.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, at a press conference convened at his home in Patna on Saturday, revisited the Forbesganj police firing incident saying the Chief Minister was trying to sweep off one of the most heinous crimes committed against the Muslim community under the rug hoping people would just forget it.

Patna: Family members of a 25-year youth, following his death at a private nursing home under Airport police station in Patna on Saturday, ransacked the clinic and block the road accusing the administrators of medical malpractice and 'stealing his kidney' while under treatment.

Patna: Parents of Yelavarthi Sweeya, a third-year IIT student in Patna who jumped off the roof of her apartment building on Thursday ending her life, took possession of their daughter's body on Friday and left for Hyderabad by a 3:20 pm Jet Light flight.

Patna: Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi, eminent physician and Medical Director of Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL), has been invited to attend the 2011 HIV meet to be held in Beijing, China, between December 1 and 3 later this year.

Patna: Bihar Legislative Council chairperson Tarakant Jha, after a 45-minute hearing of both the petitioner and the defendant on Friday, reserved his decision on the expulsion of Janata Dal-U MLC Prem Mani Kumar who has been accused of engaging in anti-party activities by certain JD-U leaders.

Patna: Failing to meet her own high expectations, Yalavarthi Sweeya, a Hyderabad native and a third-year student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Patna on Thursday jumped from the fourth floor of the apartment building and ended her life.

Patna: People in Patna on Thursday celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with much fervor and gaiety to mark the birth of Lord Ganesh.

Patna: Lt. Gen. R. S. Pradhan, the General Officer Commanding (Central India) on Thursday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna and commended him for initiating the Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) force consisting of retired army officers saying the scheme was a huge morale booster for the veterans besides being very effective in checking crime in the state.

Patna: Abhayanand, the Additional Directory General of Police (ADGP), at a formal function in Patna on Wednesday, took charge of the state Director General of Police (DGP) from the outgoing DGP Neelmani who retired from the service today amidst the presence of his family members, colleagues, and other loved ones.

Patna: Officials of the Utkarsh Sphatik Limited (USL) in Patna on Wednesday hit back at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui basically calling him a liar saying allegations made by the Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly were baseless and had not a grain of truth in it.

Patna: Engineers in Patna last Sunday recommended that some of the technological advances made in the field of infrastructure development can be very well utilized by using lining solutions to prevent seepage and increasing the service life of canals.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, said that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav was too scared about the Lokpal Bill because of his involvement in a number of scams and that is why he was vehemently opposed to it.

Patna: The Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, accused the state government of, in collusion with the local land mafia, usurping the property of a church located in Lodipur on Buddha Marg valued at several crore rupees.

Patna: Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, in Patna on Tuesday, inaugurated a new infirmary at the Patna Secretariat that is expected to benefit over 2.5 lakh government employees and over four lakh retired state officials.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday welcomed Mauritius ambassador T. P. Sitharam and discussed a host of issues beneficial to both Bihar and the island nation of Mauritius.

Patna: Three days after City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande received a threat on his mobile as the caller warned him of dire consequences because of his gung-ho approach towards the criminals, Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh received a similar threat on Tuesday when the caller threatened to finish him off if he did not drop the case against notorious criminal Kundan Singh.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan, after visiting a dalit locality in Patna on Monday in an obvious attempt to regain some of his support that had been on a decline despite his unfettered advocacy for reservation in everything, ripped social activist Anna Hazare for resorting to bullying tactics to get his way in the Indian political system.

Patna: Former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, along with 32 others accused in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam, appeared before a designated CBI judge in Patna on Monday for framing of charges against them.

Patna: Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey, along with Subedar-Major Rajesh Chowdhary and Chandrashekhar Kumar Chowdhary, were honored with the state's highest sports award 'Ati Vishisht Khel Samman' for their contributions in the field of sports that brought laurels to the entire state of Bihar.

Patna: Retired IAS official S. Vijay Raghawan and noted journalist Farzand Ahmad, at a simple function at the Governor's mansion in Patna on Monday, were administered the oath of the office of Information Commissioner by Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar.

Patna: Supporters of social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who galvanized the entire nation with his 12-day fast to press for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill, continued to be in a celebratory mood taking out victory rallies and chanting pro-Anna slogans while demanding tougher measures against corrupt officials.

Patna: After Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, it was the turn of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan to throw the Iftar party in a clear attempt to bring together the anti-NDA brigade under one big tent to pose a credible threat to the Chief Minister in the next Assembly elections in Bihar.

Patna: With Patna police closing in fast on their heels, kidnappers of Abhishek Raj, a Class XII student, released him near Bakhtiarpur on late Saturday night and took off leaving plenty of clues behind them.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday sent his condolence to the family members of former Central Minister and Bihar State Farmers' Association chairperson Upendra Nath Verma who passed away at Kurji Hospital in Patna today.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday handed out checks to a number of people in Danapur area under the Indira Awaas Yojana saying the government was committed to bring transparency in the system so the money reaches the right people which they are intended for.

Patna: Noted television star and the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha Smriti Irani, while attending the day-long training program of the women's wing in Patna on Saturday, said that the entire nation was fed up with widespread corruption in the society that led to the emergence of a charismatic leader like Anna Hazare.

Patna: City Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande, playing down the threatening phone call that he received on Saturday afternoon, said that all law-enforcement officials, at one time or another in their professional career, receive such threats but he was prepared for it since the day he chose to join the police force.

Patna: Hundreds of supporters of Anna Hazare in Patna on Saturday celebrated the accord reached by the Team Anna and the UPA government thus allowing the ailing Gandhian to end his 12-day fast that polarized the entire nation, with some exceptions, on the issue of corruption pervasive in all walks of life in India.

Kolkata: The Kriti Purush Award has been conferred on the noted author Dr. Birbal Jha by Vidyapati Smarak Manch, Kolkata in recognition of his literary works as well as his managerial skills and directorial role in advancing the cause of English language skills throughout the country.

Patna: Vivek Kumar Singh, an old contributor of PatnaDaily.Com, recently published his first book "The Reverse Journey" giving detailed account of his journey to the US and back to India all the while learning a great deal about the world and about his own self.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav says he will support an anti-corruption Lokpal Bill only if it guarantees 'complete eradication' of corruption from the nation.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested five youths and charged them for abducting and killing 15-year old Aditya Kumar of Punpun and throwing his body in a well in Dekuli village under Rupaspur police station last Wednesday.

Patna: Nearly three months after he was forced to resign as the Cooperative Minister of Bihar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ramadhar Singh, was inducted into the Nitish cabinet at a function at the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday.

Patna: Support in favor of Anna Hazare, the social activist spearheading the nationwide campaign against corruption, continued to grow in Patna on Thursday as a number of groups under the banner of 'India against Corruption' took part in a day-long fast at Kargil Chowk to show their solidarity for the Gandhian.

Patna: Human Resources Department Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, at a seminar on Human Welfare and Chemical Science in Patna on Thursday said that the government was keen on promoting science in the state and for that, it would reward students who show promise in various scientific fields.

Patna: Police in Patna on Wednesday arrested three teenagers and charged them with stealing an ATM card and Rs. 6,000 in cash from a home in Kankarbagh and using it to buy expensive cell phones and other items to the tune of Rs. 60,000.

Patna: Students and faculties of Patna Women's College on Wednesday celebrated the 71st founder's day of the college with much gaiety and enthusiasm that included a number of dance and song items keeping the audience enthralled.

Patna: Police in Patna on Wednesday, following up on a complaint earlier filed by a victim of fraud, arrested one Vipin Chowdhary on charges of running a financial scam bilking many unsuspecting loan-seekers.

Patna: With the condition of Anna Hazare continuing to deteriorate as he entered into the 8th day of his hunger fast in New Delhi, dozens of organizations in Patna on Tuesday held rallies and dharnas in support of the social activist who is demanding a tougher Lokpal Bill that also includes the office of the Prime Minister in its ambit.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, accused the Nitish administration of unleashing atrocities against dalits and maha-dalits in reference to the alleged murder/suicide that rocked the Bhatanbigha village in Aurangabad district on Monday morning.

Aurangabad: Hundreds of angry protestors in Aurangabad blocked the Daudnagar-Gaya Road on Tuesday in the wake of the deaths of five members of the same family whose bodies were recovered from their home on Monday morning in charred conditions.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party leader and MP Shatrughan Sinha, at a press conference held at his residence in Patna on Monday, supported the anti-corruption movement headed by social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare saying the days of the UPA regime were numbered because of its reluctance to embrace the changed mindset of the nation.

Patna: Devotees in Patna throughout the state capital on Monday celebrated Janmashtami, or the birth of Lord Krishna, with prayers, devotional songs, and recitation of the Bhagwad Gita at various temples and other places of congregation.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while addressing more than 700 NDA workers from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, and Begusarai at his residence in Patna on Monday, said that if the Chief Minister could come within the purview of the amended Lokayukta Bill in Bihar, it was only fair for the Lokpal Bill to include the office of the Prime Minister.

Patna: In a tragic incident, five members of a family, including three children, were charred to death when an early morning fire engulfed their home under Hasanpura police station in Aurangabad district on Monday.

Patna: Prominent Indian historian Prof. Ram Sharan Sharma, who passed away at a local nursing home on late Saturday night at the age of 92, was laid to rest at a funeral service held at Patna's Bans Ghat on Saturday afternoon.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of the flood zones in Bhagalpur, Munger, Khagaria, Katihar, Chhapra, Buxar, Samastipur, Begusarai and other areas currently facing deluge due to rise in the level of the Ganges.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday inaugurated the public viewing of the newly-acquired pairs of lions and white tigers, and a Royal Bengal tiger that were recently brought in to Patna's Zoo from the Hyderabad Zoo under an exchange program.

Patna: Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh who was in Patna on Saturday to launch the Bihar unit of his newly-formed political outfit named Rashtriya Lok Manch (RLM), slammed social activist Anna Hazare for engaging in political grandstanding while being surrounded by a number of corrupt people.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Saturday raided a house under Agam Kuan police station and seized fake currencies, judicial and non-judicial stamps, bank drafts, and National Savings Certificates with the street value of over Rs. 50 crore.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, reiterated his party's demand for a tougher Lokpal Bill saying provision for the inclusion of the Prime Minister's office must be part of any bill for it to be effective in future.

Patna: The support for Anna Hazare, the social activist responsible for energizing the nation against corruption in all walks of the Indian life, continued to swell on Saturday as thousands of men and women of all ages sat on a number of dharnas and took part in rallies favoring a stronger Lokpal.

Patna: Ratan Tata, the chairperson of the Tata Group, during his visit to Patna on Friday, in the company's ongoing drive to shore up sales of Tata Nano, its flagship small car, met with the dealers and personally handed over keys to brand new Nanos to nearly two dozen buyers.

Patna: Swayed by the anti-corruption wave that has swept the nation under the leadership of social activist Anna Hazare, the Janata Dal-U leaders in Patna on Friday, vowed to fight corruption at all levels and restore a sense of credibility among the legislators, ministers, and other government officials.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday, acting on a tip-off, arrested 16 criminals from Kumharar area under Agam Kuan police station and spoiled their plan to commit armed robbery at a warehouse in Danapur.

Patna: The Public Awareness for Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL), in a joint effort with the Late Dr. Phani Bhushan Prasad Ayush Memorial Foundation in Patna on Thursday, held a free health camp at the clinic of Dr. Diwakar Tejaswi on Exhibition Road.

Patna: In a major setback to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav and Janata Dal-U leader Jagannath Mishra, a special CBI court in Patna on Thursday rejected their petitions to exonerate them in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam that occurred during Yadav's watch in the nineties.

Patna: The 'King of Frivolous Lawsuit' Sudhir Kumar Ojha, a Muzaffarpur lawyer who has reached a notoriety of epidemic proportion because of his almost obsessive-compulsive disorder to sue everyone and anyone on the most ridiculous issue one could imagine, is back to his old shenanigan again.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after a gap of three years, hosted the iftar party at his residence that, by some estimate, included more than 5,000 guests.

Patna: Life in Patna remained paralyzed for the second consecutive day on account of the nationwide outpour of support in favor of civil activist Anna Hazare as office workers, lawyers, doctors, students and people from all walks of life took part in dozens of support rallies held in the state capital on Wednesday.

Patna: An extremely agitated mob near Phulwari Sharif in Patna on Wednesday torched a tractor and threw its driver into the burning flames causing his death after the driver ran over three young children killing one on the spot while sending the other two to the hospital in critical conditions.

Patna: Ramesh Saxena, former Test cricketer and the stylish batsman from Bihar who was a permanent member of the state's Ranji team in the '60s and '70s, died of brain hemorrhage in Jamshedpur on Tuesday, family members said on Wednesday.

Patna: UPA leaders sitting in New Delhi had not bargained for what they got on Tuesday when the entire city of Patna, following the arrest of social activist Anna Hazare in the nation's capital, erupted into protest condemning the 'Hitlarian' approach of the Central government.

Patna: Two days after his dramatic arrest in New Delhi, Kundan Singh, the chief accused in the murder of the Patna transporter Ravikant Chowdhary, made his first appearance in the public when the city police, during a press conference on Tuesday, presented him to the media to mark the success of the law enforcement officials.

New Delhi: In an eerie similarity to the events in 1975 that ultimately led to the imposition of Emergency by the then Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Delhi police, at the behest of the Manmohan government, arrested social activist Anna Hazare and two of his associates and sent them to the maximum security Tihar Jail on Tuesday morning.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while speaking at the 'Udyan Mahotsav' at Veterinary College in Patna on Saturday, said that the state government was in the midst of preparing the so-called 'Agricultural Road Map' that would put Bihar on the nation's agricultural map in the next ten years.

Patna: Bihar leaders in Patna on Saturday, to mark the festival of Rakhi, tied the sacred thread, a symbol of love between a brother and a sister, to trees in the spirit of promoting awareness about the climate change and protecting the earth's natural environment.

Patna: Members of the India Against Corruption (IAC), Bihar chapter, in Patna on Saturday, took out a candle-light march in support of Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption while demanding a stronger Lokpal to curtail corruption among the ministers and bureaucrats.

Patna: Patna police, in conjunction with their Delhi counterparts, nabbed notorious criminal Kundan Singh from a house in North Delhi. Singh, who was carrying a reward of Rs. 50,000 on his head, was being sought in the July 27 murder of Patna transporter Ravikant Chowdhary.

Patna: The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), on Friday in Patna, presented a paper on 'Organic Bihar, Way to Prosperity' advocating large scale organic farming in the state to lift up the economy in the state.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, condemned the police assault on the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists in New Delhi who were protesting outside the Parliament against corruption in the government.

Patna: Patna Zoo, one of the major attractions in the entire state of Bihar, became the proud owner of a pair of Asiatic lions and white tigers each, and one male Royal Bengal tiger that are certain to draw more crowd into the facility that already claims maximum rush during holidays and festivals.

Patna: Despite strict ban against ragging in all colleges, a first year student of B. N. College in Patna on Friday was badly beaten up after he refused to comply to the demands of a group of senior students, authorities in Patna said.

Patna: Though no one is claiming to have seen the yet-to-be-released film 'Aarakshan' produced and directed by Bihar's very own Prakash Jha, the controversy over its content continues to grow within the opposition leaders.

Patna: Suspended Janata Dal-U legislator Dr. Shambhu Sharan Srivastava, in Patna on Thursday, turned in his resignation from the state legislative council accusing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of turning into a despotic ruler.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his paternal village in Kalyan Bigha in Nalanda district on Thursday, urged everyone to plant at least one tree in their yards or anywhere else to keep the planet alive and vivacious for the coming generation.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday paid floral tribute to the martyrs from Bihar who gave their lives fighting British Empire on August 11, 1942.

Patna: Less than a week after Super 30 founder Anand Kumar delivered a lecture at the international university scholars' symposium on ‘Power of Dream’ in Pattaya, Thailand, he was awarded the 'Guru-Shishya' Award by the Union Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in an attempt to give impetus to the agricultural sector in Bihar, inaugurated a 4-day horticulture festival on Wednesday saying the state could not expect to develop without a strong agrarian base particularly when the soil of Bihar was more fertile than many other states.

Patna: In a rare case of bipartisanship, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed him a memo demanding special status for Bihar.

Patna: A CBI court in Patna on Tuesday changed its previous indictment against Rupam Pathak from 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' under Section 304 to that of 'murder' under Section 302, a much graver charge, in the stabbing death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Raj Kishore Kesari in Purnia earlier this year.

Patna: The Healthy Heart Project Sponsored by the Bihar Development Foundation (UK) was launched with big fanfare at the Bihar Military Police (BMP) campus in Patna on Tuesday by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the presence of Bihar Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

Patna: After a short dry spell, Patna experienced 41.7 mm of rain on Tuesday causing water-logging in many areas including Kadam Kuan, Dariyapur, New Market, Station Road, Kankarbagh, Bhanwar Pokhar, Sabzi Bagh, and Rajendra Nagar.

Patna: Over 300 girls at the Patna Women's College on Tuesday participated in a henna application contest sponsored by the Fashion Designing Post Graduate department to celebrate the season of Sawan.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while talking to reporters at the end of his weekly meeting with people with grievances, accused the Center of adopting double standard when it came to the aid of state governments.

Patna: Hundreds of candidates of the 53rd, 54th, and 55th preliminary tests of the Bihar Public Service Commission, under the banner of All India Students' Federation in Patna on Monday, took out a rally demanding the scrapping of the test results and rescheduling of the exams due to the alleged massive irregularities in the system.

Patna: Members of the All India Democratic Students' Organization (AIDSO) in Patna on Monday burnt the effigy of Central Human Resources and Development Minister Kapil Sibal to protest against the semester system that starts from the tenth grade.

Patna: The extreme backward cell of the Janata Dal-U in Patna on Sunday organized a day-long dharna at the R-Block to protest against corruption and rising prices under the Congress-led UPA government at the Center.

Patna: After remaining in political oblivion for several months following his party's crushing defeat in the last Assembly elections, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president is back with a vengeance with both of his eyes squarely focused on removing the Nitish-led NDA government from Bihar and establishing the famous 'Lalu-Rabri Raj' in its place.

Patna: Authorities in Muzaffarpur arrested a man and charged him with abducting two young brothers from Patna who were reported missing from their school on Saturday afternoon.

Patna: Students of Magadh Mahila College in Patna on Saturday celebrated the season of Sawan in a grand manner by organizing a cultural show featuring both folk and contemporary dances that had the audience dancing with them on the beat.

Patna: Police in Patna on Saturday attached the properties of Kundan Singh, the alleged killer of Ravikant Chowdhary, a transport company owner who was gunned down on July 27 at his office near Mithapur bus stand.

Patna: People in Patna had a harrowing time on Friday as they stood in long lines for hours to withdraw money from the ATMs because of the day-long national strike by the nationalized banks.

Patna: State Transport Minister Brishan Patel on Friday flagged off seven luxurious air-conditioned city buses to add to the existing fleet of 70 non-air-conditioned plush buses that were put in services in the state capital a little over two months ago.

Patna: Patna police on late Thursday night, nine days after Ravikant Chowdhary, the owner of a transport company, was gunned down at Mithapur Bus Stand, arrested his alleged killer Kripa Shankar from Matachak village in Gaya district.

Patna: Dr. D. Rewatha Thero and Dasho P. Dorji, the two members of the Mahabodhi Society of India (MSI), on Friday, met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and thanked him for his efforts to develop Buddhist circuit in Bihar.

Patna: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, on Friday, delivered a lecture at the international university scholars' symposium on ‘Power of Dream’ organized by England’s prestigious Humanitarian Affairs in Pattaya, Thailand.

Patna: Hindi movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, a day after he arrived in Patna to promote Prakash Jha's latest film 'Aarakshan', flew back to New Delhi on Thursday afternoon from Patna Airport where a massive crowd had gathered to get a glimpse of their favorite star.

Patna: In their resolve to destabilize the government in Bihar, a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) delegation on Thursday met with Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and handed him a memo demanding the removal of the Nitish-led NDA administration.

Patna: Following on the footsteps of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Dipankar Bhattacharya, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (ML), met with Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and urged him to initiate a CBI probe in the so-called BIADA land scam, the AC/DC scam, and the Forbesganj police firing.

Patna: For the first time since he made his debut in the Indian film industry nearly four decades ago, superstar Amitabh Bachchan finally walked the ground of Patna where he, along with critically-acclaimed film-maker Prakash Jha and his professional colleague Manoj Bajpai, arrived on Wednesday to promote his new film 'Aarakshan'.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function at Secretariat Conference Room in Patna on Wednesday, released two books on the life and work of India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Patna: A 50-year old woman died when a country boat, loaded with manual labors, tipped over in the Ganges after hitting a pillar of the under-construction railway bridge in Digha on Wednesday afternoon.

Patna: Police in Patna heaved a sigh of relief when the 14-year old girl who was reported to have been kidnapped from Kankarbagh on Monday evening turned home safely on late Tuesday night after having eloped with her boyfriend.

Patna: The rift between Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar and the state administration widened a bit more on Tuesday when Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi lamented that the Governor failed to consult the government before appointing six new Vice Chancellors in Bihar universities.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, during a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, berated the Nitish government stating the entire state was in the grip of criminals who had made it tough for all law-abiding citizens.

Patna: Shambhu Nath Singh, the new Vice Chancellor of Patna University, on Tuesday assumed the charge of his office during a low-key affair that was attended by a handful of university staff and other employees.

Patna: Patna Golf Club (PGC) is all set to host the 3-day 'Feeder Tour' that opens in the state capital on Wednesday featuring some of the nation's top names including Kolkata's Rafick Ali Mollah.

Patna: Police in Patna are searching for a 14-year old girl who was reported to be kidnapped by unknown people after she left her home on Monday evening to get some milk for the family.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, talking to the reporters following his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Monday, slammed the opposition for going on a fishing expedition to implicate the NDA government in the so-called Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) land scam saying his opponents were needlessly looking for an issue to score political points.

Patna: Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans at Patna Junction on Monday raided the Number 12 counter of Karbigahia booking center and arrested Anand Lal, a senior booking clerk, on charges of selling fake railway tickets to unsuspecting travelers.

Patna: A woman remained in serious but stable condition when she was shot in her thigh on Monday morning following a long family dispute involving ex-husband and her brothers-in-law.

Patna: Continuing full frontal assault against the Nitish administration in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Sunday accused Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) of leasing 26.86 acre of prime land in Fatuha at a paltry sum of Rs. 1.60 crore – or 1/10th of its actual market value.

Patna: Hoping to score any victory in his relentless crusade against his former party leader Nitish Kumar, Upendra Kushwaha, the president of the newly-formed outfit Bihar Navnirman Manch, on Sunday, dropped another bomb saying the NDA under the Nitish administration, was funding school libraries that contained propaganda books containing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pro-Hindutva ideology.

Patna: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar has been selected as one of the five members who will be speaking at a leadership symposium to be held in Pattaya, Thailand, between August 1 and 7.

Patna: Authorities in Patna are searching for the mother of a child whose dead body was recovered from a pile of garbage in Dariyapur locality under Kadam Kuan police station on Sunday.

Patna: After attempts to bring down the NDA government on one pretext or another has failed to bring the desired results for the opposition leaders, now there is a concerted effort to combine the forces in the war against Nitish Kumar who, so far, has remained unscathed by previous such attacks.

Patna: Armed criminals in Patna City under Khajekalan police station on Saturday showered a land dealer with bullets outside a temple killing him on the spot before escaping through the Ganga route using a boat, police in Patna said.

Patna: East Central Railway (ECR) General Manager K. K. Srivastava, at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Saturday, inaugurated the new running room for train guards, drivers, and their assistants where they could take a break in a comfortable environment spread over 15 rooms.

Patna: To mark the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, free Hepatitis B awareness, testing and vaccination camp was organized today by Public Awareness of Healthful Approach for Living (PAHAL) and Rotary Pataliputra at L S Institute on Exhibition Road in Patna.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, after remaining away from the media limelight for months while stationed at New Delhi, upon his return to Patna on Wednesday, declared open season on the Nitish administration saying the government was a total disaster and in the grip of corrupt ministers and government officials.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the national gathering of experts on 'Powering Bihar' in Patna on Wednesday, said that people would not have to wait too long for the restructuring of the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) that, he said, was a huge drain on the state's economy.

Patna: Authorities in Patna on Wednesday once again raided a number of warehouses in Makhania Kuan and seized medicines meant for physician's sample worth several lakh rupees.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday said that the fact that the key accused in the 2G Spectrum Scam A. Raja had mentioned the name of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the multi-crore rupees scam did not bode well for the nation or the country's political system.

Hyderabad: Nihit Sinha, a Patna native from Chandigarh studying at the ICFAI Business School in Hyderabad, died in a road accident last Friday when he was struck by a speeding motorcycle as he and his colleagues were returning to their rooms after having snacks at a roadside dhaba, Nihit's friends informed PatnaDaily.Com on Wednesday.

Patna: Not satisfied with the report released by the Chief Secretary on the alleged BIADA land scam, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and the leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui, at a press meet on Tuesday, said that the amendment in the BIADA rules introduced by the NDA government in 2007 was responsible for widespread irregularities in the system.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a press conference following his Janata Durbar on Tuesday, blamed the opposition for political posturing on the BIADA land issue saying the opposition had run out of issues so it was fishing for anything to indict the NDA government on any kind of scam.

Patna: Police in Patna on Tuesday raided the regional passport office located within the Maurya Shopping Complex and arrested 19 touts on charges of harassing passport-seekers and charging hefty fees from them.

Patna: Film-maker Parvin Dabas and actress Preeti Jhangiani, while promoting their latest movie 'Sahi Dhandhe, Galat Bande' in Patna on Tuesday, said that the Indian film industry could no longer afford to ignore Bihar as its audience could very well determine the fate of any movie.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday paid floral tributes to the martyrs of Kargil War at a function held at the Kargil Chowk in Patna in the presence of a number of party leaders and family members of the Indian armed forces.

Patna: Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, (BJYM), to mark the Kargil Diwas on Tuesday, pledged to fight corruption in the UPA government at the Center saying they planned to meet with the Members of the Parliament in New Delhi on August 9 to press for their demand for bringing ill-gotten wealth currently stashed in foreign banks back to India.

Patna: Members of the All India Students Federation (AISF) in Patna on Tuesday sat on a dharna outside the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) office to protest alleged irregularities in the 53rd, 54th, and 55th BPSC tests that, they said, had jeopardized the career of a number of candidates.

Patna: Principal Secretary (Industries) C. K. Mishra and Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) Managing Director Anshuli Arya, in Patna on Monday, released the report of Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjee on the alleged land scam giving clean chit to the government of any wrongdoing as alleged by the opposition.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Ramchandra Purvey, shortly after the release of the Chief Secretary's report on the alleged BIADA land allotment scam in Patna on Monday, slammed the report as a 'sham' that had no 'real value' since the probe was conducted by a senior official of the ruling government.

Patna: Just days after senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shakeel Ahmed Khan walked out of the party calling it 'leaderless' or 'directionless', the only three Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislators in the Bihar Legislative Council, on Monday, crossed over the party line and joined Janata Dal-U giving what could be the final blow to the party of Ram Vilas Paswan.

Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, at a meeting of the party's minority cell's state working committee in Patna on Sunday, said that the BJP was in favor of equal participation by the minority community while other parties believed in using the Muslims purely as vote banks.

Patna: Congress Party in Bihar, joining the bandwagon of growing opposition against the Nitish government over the alleged BIADA land scam, on Sunday demanded a CBI  probe into the irregularities saying the scope and implications of the scandal could be as large as the 2G Spectrum scam.

Patna: A woman whose auto-rickshaw turned over after a minor collision on Ashok Rajpath, ended up losing Rs. 10,000 in cash and other valuables after the driver of the auto-rickshaw, taking advantage of the hullabaloo, drove away with the women's bag in the vehicle.

Patna: Thanks to quick action by a group of young students in Patna, a man's life was saved after being shot by criminals under Gardanibagh police station.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Saturday took out a march to the Raj Bhawan where they handed over a memo to Governor Debananda Konwar demanding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation and a CBI probe into the alleged BIADA land scam.

Patna: While other metropolitan cities are vying to add Domino's Pizza and McDonald's at railway stations and airports, K. K. Srivastava, the General Manager of the East-Central Railways, on Saturday inaugurated a 'litti-chokha' stall at platform number 1 of the Patna Junction.

Patna: Leader of the Opposition in the State assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui, shortly after the resignation of Shakeel Ahmed Khan from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Friday, went on a damage control mode saying Khan did not resign but he was in fact expelled from the party because of his anti-party activities.

Patna: Annasaheb M. K. Patil, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) energy cell convener, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, urged the Nitish administration to start mixing ethanol with gasoline in an attempt to protect the nation's petroleum reserve.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested a youth after he damaged a hand-cart (thela) and roughed up its owner simply because the poor man's thela slightly touched the Scorpio driven by this son of a Chhapra legislator.

 

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Uma Shankar Singh, in the wake of the firing outside a home in Chhapra that he claims to be his own which left three persons dead, blamed the state administration for the violence saying despite repeated requests to the government, he was not provided adequate security details for him or his family members.

Patna: Key Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shakeel Ahmed Khan, in a major setback to party president Lalu Prasad Yadav, resigned from the party on Friday sending a shockwave in the political parlor as rumors of him joining the Janata Dal-U gained momentum by the end of the day.

Patna: Urvashi Shahi, the daughter of Bihar Human Resources Minister P. K. Shahi, in a scathing retaliatory reply to Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan through her lawyer, said that she was considering taking legal action against the LJP chief for making baseless allegations against her that has tarnished her image and caused emotional distress to her and her family members.

Patna: After disrupting Bihar Assembly session first on Forbesganj firing issue on the day one of the short Monsoon session, opposition leaders on the second day created ruckus on the so-called BIADA land scam.

Patna: Chairperson of the Railway Board (CRB) Vinay Mittal, at a press conference at the East Central Railways headquarters in Hajipur on Thursday, said that the Indian Railways had taken heed of the suggestions earlier made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make traveling in India by train safe and convenient.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna on Wednesday torched an effigy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Dak Bungalow Crossing to demand a CBI probe into the alleged land scam under the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) that involves a number of relatives of current ministers, legislators, or senior officials.

Patna: Heavy rain in Patna on early Wednesday morning caused major water-logging in many parts of the state capital creating problems for both pedestrians and vehicle owners.

Patna: Despite a complete ban on ragging at all colleges under Patna and Magadh University, a BA student at Patna College was brutally beaten up allegedly by the seniors sending him to a hospital.

Patna: Opposition leaders in Bihar on Tuesday disrupted the Assembly session in the wake of the alleged land scandal that could potentially damage both Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the NDA that stormed into power six years ago on the platform of a clean and corruption-free government otherwise termed as 'susashan'.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a function in New Delhi on Monday, was elected the new chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers that has been entrusted to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the nation.

Patna: Devotees in Patna on Monday observed the first 'Somvari' of the Hindu months of Shrawan by offering their obeisance to Lord Shiva at various temples in the state capital.

Patna: Law enforcement officials in Patna on Sunday continued their crackdown on cyber cafes, beauty parlors, and restaurants where men and young women were engaged in sexual acts or had gathered there to solicit sexual favors in exchange of money.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday met with South Korean Buddhist monk Jung Woo at his official residence at 1 Anne Marg where the two briefly discussed the importance of Bihar on the worldwide Buddhist circuit.

 

Patna: Criminals in Patna on Sunday near Mithapur Bus Stand shot and killed a clerk of a local contractor who was supervising the filling of an old pond where an office of IGNOU is expected to come.

Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Party's medical treatment wing on Sunday launched its Health Help Line to assist patients suffering from kala azar, chronic headache, maternity complexities and a number of ailments that inflict a large population of the society.

Patna: With the arrests of nine vehicle thieves and the recovery of a stolen Bolero and two motorcycles, police in Patna on Sunday claimed to have busted a gang of thieves operating in both India and Nepal.

Patna: Students and teachers of P. D. Public School in Patna on Sunday celebrated the golden jubilee of the school by holding a cultural program featuring songs and dance performed by the young children.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after a tumultuous start of the Assembly, and a marathon meeting with Governor Debananda Konwar on Sunday, chose to simply kick back and relax at the 'Cream Point' – a tony restaurant in the newly-opened mall in Pataliputra.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while kicking off the famous Shravani Mela near Seerhi Ghat in Sultanganj on Saturday, said that it was the state government's responsibility to ensure the long and tedious journey between Sultanganj and Baidyanath Dham, Deoghar, was smooth, comfortable, and safe for the millions of devotees who undertake this expedition each year.

Patna: Hundreds of students from a number of schools in Patna on Saturday took part in the two-day 'Art Yatra' that opened at the Gandhi Museum organized by the Pahal School of Fine Arts.

Patna: The week-long monsoon session of the Bihar Legislature began on Friday amidst usual drama and grandstanding as leaders in power exchanged bouquets with each other while those unfortunate enough to sit in the opposition side of the aisle came prepared with placards and newly-minted slogans to undercut the Nitish-led NDA government.

Patna: Thanks to a healthy monsoon this year, farmers in Bihar are looking forward to a better than expected crop as the growers moves briskly towards the goal of cultivating paddies in an estimated 35.5 thousand hectare of land.

Patna: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar, after receiving a report from Patna City DSP Sushil Kumar, fired a sub-inspector posted under Agam Kuan police station on charges of beating his wife and demanding more money in dowry.

Patna: 2010, Gurgaon at Indian National Bench Press Championships is the place this writer discovered Sudha Kumari. Hundreds of India’s most powerful men and women power athletes from all over India came seeking a winning performance and the GOLD medal. Amongst all the athletes was a small girl from Bihar. She would demonstrate power can come from a small package.

Patna: Former film star and Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Raj Babbar, while addressing at the 'Nirman Rally' at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Thursday, urged Congress leaders and party workers to have utmost faith in party president Sonia Gandhi and her son and general secretary Rahul Gandhi to rebuild Congress base in Bihar.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the Patna Secretariat meeting hall on Thursday, participated in a PowerPoint presentation by the DDF Consultant that has been entrusted to construct a world-class convention center in the state capital.

Patna: Three months after the first mall opened in Patna, the P&M Mall that has been built with the initiative of noted film-maker Prakash Jha is all set to open its multiplex in a matter of days, mall officials said on Thursday.

Patna: Students of A. N. College in Patna on Thursday, under the banner of All India Students' Federation (AISF), created a ruckus at the college campus accusing the administration of ignoring the basic needs of the students, including failing to provide drinking water fountains and clean restrooms.

Patna: The father-in-law of a city constable in Patna on Thursday lodged a complaint against his son-in-law Baljeet Singh before the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar saying his daughter was physically and mentally abused by her husband that landed his daughter in a hospital.

Patna: An US team of experts specializing in rural electrification, in Patna on Wednesday, held a meeting with senior Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) officials to discuss ways to distribute power throughout the state in an effective and efficient way by utilizing modern techniques and tools.

Patna: The Lord Culture Consultant, a Canadian firm specializing in building museums across the globe, at a high level meeting in Patna on Wednesday, offered its preliminary vision of the museum to be built in Patna to showcase Bihar's rich history and rare artifacts that go as far back as over 2,000 years.

Patna: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, during his daylong visit to Patna on Wednesday, said he was in favor of any movement that aimed to root out corruption from the country.

Patna: India's Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, in Patna on Tuesday, presided over a function to mark the 94th birth anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister Satyendra Narayan Sinha saying Sinha was a trailblazer of his time who reached a number of milestones in the six decades of his political life.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, following his weekly Janata Durbar in Patna on Tuesday, expressed his frustration with Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar who, he said, was sitting on seven bills refusing to clear it and therefore, causing much inconvenience to hundreds of thousands of people.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna, still mourning the exclusion of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the UPA government during the Tuesday reshuffle of the Cabinet, received yet another setback when senior party leader Rambachan Rai, minutes after submitting the agenda for the party meet, broke away from the RJD only to join Janata Dal-U.

Patna: A day after Vidya Shankar committed suicide, or was killed by the girl he loved, depending on which version of the story you believe, police in Patna, following an FIR filed by the victim's brother, arrested the girl and two of her friends in the case and sent them to jail in judicial custody.

Patna: Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Mehboob Ali Kaiser, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said that Bihar did not fulfill the criteria for getting special economic status and the entire 'Signature Campaign' by the Janata Dal-U was nothing more than political posturing.

 

Patna: Whether it was a suicide or a crime of passion, that's what police in Patna are trying to figure out after a 26 year old man, in full view of the woman of his desire and two other women, allegedly consumed poison and repeatedly stabbed him with fatal result.

Patna: Planning and Development Minister Narendra Narayan Yadav, in Patna on Monday, inaugurated a 3-day workshop on 'Evaluation Principles and Methods', stressed the importance of periodical evaluation of all projects and schemes in order to ensure deadlines were being met and goals were being achieved as planned.

 

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after a weeklong illness, on Sunday stepped out in public and flagged off the 'Signature Yatra' from the party's headquarters on Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna to press for the state's demand for special category status for Bihar.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti, on her day-long visit to Patna on Sunday, ridiculed the foot march undertaken by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi saying the whole exercise by the congress leader was an exercise in futility as Gandhi did not have any influence on the Indian voters.

 

Patna: Rotarian Bijay Chandra Srivastava, an engineer by profession, informed Punyatma Sharan, Political Director - PatnaDaily.com and Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.com of his election as President of Rotary International District 3250 on July 7, 2011 for the coming year.

Patna: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Additional Director General P. M. Nayar, at a training program on dealing with human trafficking in the nation, said that despite human trafficking being the third largest crime after drugs and weapon trafficking in the world, only 6% of the entire police force was dedicated to fight the greatest crime against humanity.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, during a press conference in Patna on Saturday, urged the Central government to resume construction work at the proposed ordnance factory in Nalanda that he said was to be completed last year.

Patna: Lions Club of Patna Navya and Art of Living (AOL), in a joint campaign on Saturday, worked hard for three long hours in an attempt to clean Patna's Kali Ghat by removing trash and polythene bags that litter the river bank thanks to people with no civic sense or responsibility.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna on Friday inaugurated the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring (CAAQM) station at Patna Planetarium in the government's ongoing attempt to curb pollution from the state capital that is considered to be the 16th most polluted city in the nation.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former film star Shatrughan Sinha, while inaugurating the Bihar-Jharkhand chapter of the Breast Cancer Foundation in Patna on Friday, stressed on the need of breastfeeding to curb cases of breast cancer in the nation.

Patna: Brahmeshwar Singh, a.k.a. Mukhia ji, the founder of the now defunct Ranvir Sena, a private militia of the upper caste landlords in Bihar, was a free man on Friday after a court in Ara granted him bail in a case involving the Arms Control Act.

Patna: World chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, while inaugurating a high-tech learning center at the DAV Public School in Patna on Friday, advised young students to learn to play chess as, he said, it helped improve one's concentration and allows one to focus on the ultimate goal.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested seven persons, including two women, in connection with the death of an young woman who apparently died after trying to get an abortion at a clinic on Thursday night.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday arrested four persons belonging to a motorcycle theft gang and recovered a stolen bike from their possession, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Kumar said.

Patna: Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at the sidelines of his public meeting in Patna on Thursday, took a jab at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the RJD had always been an extension of the Congress Party and with Yadav now openly lobbying for a cabinet post in the UPA government, any doubt to that effect had been eliminated.

Patna: Authorities in Patna are investigating a scuffle at a beauty parlor located inside the Loknayak Bhawan at the corner of Dak Bungalow Road and Frazer Road under Kotwali police station involving two Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans forcing other business establishments in the building to down their shutters and get away from the premises.

Patna: Just two days after state Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Chowdhary said that the flood situation in Bihar was well within control, people of West Champaran and other districts in north Bihar remain on high alert due to rising water in several rivers.

Patna: Gopa Sabarwal, the Vice Chancellor of the proposed Nalanda International University, after a day-long meeting with noted economist and Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen and other members of the governing body, said that the university will begin its first academic session from 2013.

Patna: Subramanian Ramadorai, the special advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for National Skill Development Council (NSDC), during his day-long visit to Patna on Wednesday, said that Bihar was a goldmine of manpower and with proper training and education, it could fill the manpower required by the nation due to steady growth in the job sector.

 

Patna: Police in Patna under Gandhi Maidan police station on Wednesday arrested a member of the Indian Momin Front who was trying to self-immolate in protest against the 'government's inaction' in the Forbesganj police firing.

Patna: Dr. Amartya Sen, noted economist and the 1998 Nobel prize winner, while releasing a report on the state of education in Bihar at a function in Patna on Tuesday, said that while things were looking up under the Nitish administration, the standard of education in Bihar was still far from satisfactory.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and MP Shahnawaz Hussain, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, slammed the opposition leaders for attempting to paint the Forbesganj police firing with a communal brush saying the event was tragic enough and did not deserve to be politicized by those who were trying to score political points at the cost of the victims of the firing.

Patna: Well-known illusionist O. P. Sharma Jr., on Tuesday, amazed the people of Patna by riding a motorcycle blindfolded covering a distance of nearly 15 kilometers through the busy roads of the state capital in about 35 minutes.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Patna, without the presence of the party president Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi, observed the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the party at Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir in Patna on Tuesday.

Patna: Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, said that the flood situation in north Bihar was under control and contingencies of all sorts were put in place to keep an eye on the rising water in state's rivers.

Patna: Hundreds of candidates who had cleared the test for police jobs in the state way back in 2009 and had been awaiting appointments since then, protested outside Bihar Legislative Building in Patna on Monday demanding to be placed without further delay.

Patna: Police in Patna on Monday raided an apartment under Sri Krishna Puri police station and arrested three young men engaged in sex act with a woman who was to be paid Rs. 1,500 at the end of her services.

Patna: A driver of a private bus in Patna on Sunday lost control of the vehicle and mowed over several people near Chitkohra over-bridge under Airport police station on Sunday killing a mother-son duo and seriously injuring over a dozen people including many children.

Patna: Authorities in Patna under Gandhi Maidan police station on Sunday jumped into action after police received a call from someone claiming a bomb had been planted in the Biscomaun building that was about to go off.

Patna: Hundreds of students in Patna on Saturday gathered at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall where a group of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, students and alumni gave out free advices and suggestions to those trying to make their mark in the professional world.

Patna: Former Union Minister and veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Chaturanan Mishra died in New Delhi at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after a prolonged illness.

Purnia: Nearly a month after four Muslims were killed in a police firing in Forbesganj, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, paid a visit to Bhajanpura village and met with the family members of the victims to listen to their side of the tragic saga.

Patna: Youths in Patna on Friday took out a candlelight vigil to display their solidarity for Irom Chanu Sharmila, an Imphal woman who has been on hunger strike for over 10 years to press for her demand for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1958.

Patna: Members of the All India Pasmanda Muslim Samaj, at its 'Honor Convention' at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on Friday, demanded special rights for the members of its community on the pattern of packages being given to Mahadalits in Bihar.

Patna: Engineers from across the state under the banner of Bihar Engineers Service Association (BESA) in Patna on Friday staged a rally in support of their demands that, they said, were being ignored by the state government for much too long.

New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in New Delhi on Thursday and asked him about his views on the proposed Lokpal Bill that aims to curtail corruption from the government.

Patna: After months of speculation, the state government on Thursday ordered the suspension of senior IAS official Senthil Kumar on various charges of financial irregularities during his tenure as the CEO of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) between February 2009 and February 2010.

Patna: Bihar Legislative Council, at a function at the Vidhan Parishad Annex on Wednesday, released a book on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's recent trip to Bhutan.

Patna: Much to the chagrin of the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), and a handful of left party leaders in Bihar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Purnia Kiran Kesari trumped over her nearest rival and Congress candidate Ram Charitra Yadav in the by-poll necessitated by the murder of Kesari's husband Raj Kishore Kesari earlier this year.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and state president Dr. C. P. Thakur, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, called the Congress leadership at the Center an example of an autocratic administration that was out to crush the voices of social leaders like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdeo.

Patna: Hundreds of successful candidates for police jobs still waiting to get their appointment letters, in Patna on Wednesday, clashed with the law and order officials and damaged police vehicles to express their ire with the administration.