Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Haj Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday.

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 had gathered to receive pre-departure tips for their 40-day trip to Mecca and Medina.

BJP Leader Sushil Kumar Modi at the Legislative Council on Tuesday.

Patna: Calling his former boss a first class hypocrite who was trying to raise his political profile by hiding behind the fake persona of an anti-liquor crusader, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said that while Nitish Kumar was blowing his bugle of prohibition in NDA-run states, he was eerily silent on states like West Bengal and Delhi.

A tall building at the southern end of Exhibition Road in Patna (file photo).

Patna: With taxation, fines, and penalties being the main source of revenue in a state lacking large manufacturing houses or service industries, the state government on Tuesday passed the Bihar VAT (Amendment) Bill 2016 by a majority vote of 151-51 raising the tax from five percent to six percent.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly.

Patna: Clearly annoyed by the widespread criticism being hurled at him for imposing 'Talibani' rules to enforce prohibition in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday admitted of being 'drunk by his desire to enforce total prohibition' saying come hell or high water, he was not going to ease up on his decision to make drinking serious crime than ever before.

Ruby Rai with her father when she was declared the topper in the state.

Patna: Nearly a month after she was arrested, a judge in Patna on Monday granted bail to Ruby Rai, the fake Intermediate Arts topper who became the youngest pawn in the high-staked game of the pervasive Bihar education mafia despite claims of improvement in education by none other than Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Toddy farming in Bihar.

Patna: Succumbing to the pressure from his 'Bade Bhai' and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday made an about turn on his decision to include 'toddy' in the list of prohibited alcohol drinks under the current prohibition laws in Bihar.

Students injured during raid at Saidpur hostel in Patna on Saturday night.

Patna: Two students were hurt when they tried to escape from Saidpur Hostel in Patna on Saturday night during a police raid following a violent week at Patna University's Darbhanga House where rival gang members clashed with each other in the ongoing war of attrition.

Chief Minister talking to reporters at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Friday.

Patna: Determined to make drinking, selling, or keeping alcohol at home a more serious crime than rape or murder in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday circulated his new Excise Amendment Bill that contains rules that are being considered 'too draconian' for even an Islamic nation.

Three under-age girls rescued from prostitution in Patna.

Patna: Police in Patna on Friday rescued three girls aged between 13 and 17 while busting a prostitution ring run by a woman who was arrested following the raid.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi being honored by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Friday.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday requested Nobel Peace Award winner Kailash Satyarthi to carry out a study to find out the effect of prohibition in Bihar and whether it has had any impact on the lives of the people.

Police investigating murder of a compounder in Patna.

Patna: Just a day after criminals shot and killed a roadside restaurant owner in Patna, unidentified criminals in the state capital hit again – this time killing the compounder of the Ortho Center Clinic under Beur police station.

Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Patna: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, at a simple function at the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Friday, administered the oath of office to Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

Police investigating murder case in Kankarbagh.

Patna: Three days after the badly mutilated body of a bank Probationary Officer was discovered from a house on Kanti Factory Road, police in Patna on Thursday arrested her husband from Patna Airport where he had arrived shortly from Delhi.

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