Patna: The Chief Minister of Bihar, after maintaining that nearly three crore people took part in the last Friday's 'World's Longest Human Chain' to publicize prohibition in Bihar, tweaked the number on Monday by one crore saying the actual number, after receiving reports from all districts, stood at four crore making it, without any doubt, the world's largest participation in any such event.

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Patna: In an attempt to dispel any murmur of crack within the Grand Alliance in Bihar led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the leaders of the Janata Dal – U, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Congress held a joint press conference in the presence of Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ashok Kumar Chowdhary and other party leaders.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar whose penchant for political grandstanding is legendary, thanked the people of Bihar for pulling off one of the biggest feats of his political life when a reported 2.5 crore people of the state formed what is being described as the 'world's longest human chain ever' across the state that is poised to find a place in the Limca World Record Book.

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Patna: After being assured by the state government that it would not use any kind of force to punish school teachers and school children for opting out of joining the state-sponsored human chain as a mean to promote prohibition in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Friday gave a nod to the Nitish plan is being touted as the world's largest human chain ever.

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Patna: Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court Hemant Gupta and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh, hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a private group called Forum for Public Interest Litigation, asked the Nitish-led state government to explain why it was encouraging school children to join in the proposed human chain in support of the prohibition as part of the government's propaganda program.

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Patna: Unable to help himself stay out of a controversy, Matuknath Chowdhary, aka 'Love Guru' and a professor of Hindi at B N College in Patna, was suspended from his position following a video of him dancing with girl students in the classroom was given to Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind.

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Patna: Before leaving for Rajgir where he would hold a meeting of district officials on Tuesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday tried to wash his hands of the last Saturday boat tragedy saying he had no idea the tourism department had arranged a kite-flying event at the diara area on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday put the blame for Makar Sankranti boat tragedy squarely on the shoulder of the Nitish administration saying it was guilty of gross negligence for failing to make available adequate number of boats for more than a lakh people who had gathered in the Patna diara area to take part in a state-sponsored kite flying festival.

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