Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at Bihar Assembly.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, annoyed by the latest controversy related to the dubious practice of the government departments showering legislators with lavish gifts to 'show their appreciation', called for a ban on the tradition saying the custom should be stopped as it sent wrong signal to the people of Bihar.

Former Bihar CM and HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Patna: Former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said neither he nor his family members will take advantage of the reservation benefits in the next Assembly and Parliamentary elections.

Bihar MLAs carrying their gifts of microwave oven, swanky luggage, and cell phones at Bihar Assembly on Friday.

Patna: Christmas came nine months earlier for Bihar legislators who are being showered with gifts by the state government that, besides not paying the teachers their salary for months, continually blames the central government for conspiring against Bihar when it comes to funding various development projects.

Stars and luminaries gather at the launch of Shatrughan Sinha's autobiography in Patna on Friday.

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, and Patna High Court Acting Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari were among many who were present at the release of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former film star Shatrughan Sinha's autobiography 'Anything But Khamosh' at a function at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Friday.

Fire in Chandni Chowk near Patna Junction on Friday.

Patna: Properties worth several lakh rupees were destroyed after a fire broke out in the Chandni Market near Patna Junction that houses dozens of electronic and electrical shops in the state capital.

BJP leaders protesting outside Bihar Assembly on Friday.

Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna on Friday once again protested against the ruling Grand Alliance outside the Assembly building demanding immediate check on rising crime in the state and arrest of criminals being protected by a number of Janata Dal – U and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders.

Animal crematorium opens in Patna.

Patna: Urban Development and Housing Minister Maheshwar Hazari in Patna on Thursday inaugurated the newly-built animal crematorium at Ramachak Bairiya to deal with animal carcasses that are frequently found on the streets of Patna and other parts of the state.

Police control the mob near Raja Bazaar following the murder of an youth on Thursday morning.

Patna: Protesters in Samanpura near Raja Bazaar in Patna on Thursday went on a rampage following the murder of a 19-year old youth who succumbed to his injuries after being brutally beaten by rival gang members on Wednesday night.

PMC ward councilors get laptops on Thursday.

Patna: Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), a failed entity by all accounts, on Thursday passed a budget of Rs. 741.71 crore, a surplus of Rs. 215.64 crore, for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Singer Malini Awasthi performing at Vasant Utsav in Patna on Thursday.

Patna: On the last day of the Vasant Utsav 2016 that opened at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna two weeks ago, it was the singer Malini Awasthi who regaled the audience with her range of vocal cords that included folk songs, chaitis, and even 'sohars' – a form of song primarily used in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh mostly during weddings.

Nitish cabinet passes new excise policy to deal with prohibition violators.

Patna: Continuing to come up with innovative ways to increase its revenue in the aftermath of alcohol prohibition that goes into effect in Bihar in less than two weeks on April 1, the Nitish cabinet on Thursday passed a new excise policy that imposes a fine between Rs. 1 and 5 lakh and 10 years in prison if a person was found consuming alcohol in public places.

BSEB official Anil Kumar Singh being hauled to the police station after he was caught taking bribe.

Patna: While the Bihar School Education Board (BSEB) chairperson Lalkeshwhar Prasad Singh was busy telling matriculation candidates not to cheat in their ongoing exams, a BSEB official was caught taking bribe at his home in Patna on Wednesday.

PU Hindi Department students protesting against Prof. Matuknath Chowdhary on Wednesday.

Patna: Honors students of Hindi Department at Patna University on Wednesday mounted a scathing protest against department head and the self-styled 'Love Guru' Prof. Matuknath Chowdhary for failing to add their internship hours in regular attendance that could essentially make them ineligible for the final exams.

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