Congress leaders at the Shaheed Smarak in Patna on Tuesday.

Patna: Claiming ownership on the Shaheed Smarak just outside the state Assembly, Congress leaders led by Bihar Education Minister and Congress state President Ashok Chowdhary placed party flags in the hands of the seven martyrs who were gunned down by British soldiers on August 11, 1942 while fighting for the independence of India.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav giving a check of Rs. 1 lakh to Priyanka in Patna on Tuesday.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, at his residence in Patna on Tuesday, handed a check of Rs. 1 lakh to Priyanka, an international kickboxing star saying she had brought fame to the state by being elected to represent India in international tournaments.

File photo of Chief Nitish Kumar on July 9, 2015 when he promised to impose prohibition in Bihar.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's flagship social policy of total prohibition that was shoved down the throat of Biharis on April 1 this year is now facing serious criticism by the same women who had earlier supported his policy saying the latest Excise Act blurred the line between a mature democracy and a dictatorship.

Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary speaking at the women MLA's seminar on Monday.

Patna: Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, speaking at a workshop of women legislators under the banner of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Patna on Monday, stuck to boilerplate rhetoric related to women empowerment saying instead of worrying about every small things, it was imperative to 'move together in the right direction'.

Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi holding a convention at S. K. Memorial Hall in Patna on Friday.

Patna: Former Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Ram did himself no favor on Friday when he said that some 'petty criminals' in Gaya were trying to give bad name to the Naxals and if the police failed to protect the honor of mothers, daughters, and sisters, it was only natural for someone to become a Naxalite.

The old and the new statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

Patna: The smaller and the much older statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Patna's Gandhi Maidan is set to get a new home as the district administration directed the authorities to move it to the Rajdhani Vatika, previously known as the 'Eco Park' while leaving the new statue of Bapu at its existing place in the Gandhi Maidan.

Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore surveying proposed park area in Kankarbagh on Friday.

Patna: Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore on Friday visited the area between the auto stand and Yogipur Sewage in Kankarbagh region and directed the officials to clear up the encroachment to make room for the proposed park to be built at the cost of Rs. 5 crore.

Police resort to lathi charge on protesting dalit students in Patna on Wednesday.

Patna: Police in Patna on Wednesday resorted to lathi charge on Dalit students who had been protesting against the Nitish government for slashing scholarship for students from Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe communities.

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.

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