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Arun Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He has spent two-and-half decades covering Bihar, including politics, educational and social issues.

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Ara: RK Singh aims for record hat-trick, CPI-ML upbeat with allies’ support

Illegal sand mining in the dried-up Sone river bed near Ara poses environmental and economic concerns. The upcoming election in Ara features a battle between development promises and social justice issues.

Union minister RK Singh (HT file)
Updated on May 29, 2024 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

RJD smells blood as BJP bets on new face in Buxar bastion

BJP has dropped its sitting MP, union minister Ashwini Choubey, in favour of ex-MLA Mithlesh Tiwari, who faces off RJD’s Sudhakar Singh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Buxar on May 25. (PTI)
Published on May 28, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Patna

Stir by PU teachers amid LS polls worry parties

Patna University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) and the employees union have threatened to launch an indefinite strike from Friday over the department of education’s latest order to pay salary and pension directly into the accounts of the employees, which the teachers’ body describes as violation of the Act governing the university.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at a public meeting in Jehanabad. (HT photo)
Published on May 24, 2024 10:03 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar IPS officer’s suspension revoked after 34 months following CAT order

IPS officer Rakesh Dubey was suspended as the Bhojpur SP on the alleged charges of working with the sand mafia

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 01:16 PM IST

PM Modi back in Bihar this weekend, will address 3 more election rallies

BJP leaders said PM Modi was scheduled to be back in Bihar to address three more rallies on May 25 that would raise the total count of his Bihar rallies to 15

PM Narendra Modi addresses an election public meeting for Lok Sabha polls,in Motihari on Tuesday (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on May 22, 2024 08:44 PM IST
ByArun Kumar

Both Modi, Oppn claim victory after five rounds

PM Modi claims Opposition is "defeated and destroyed" after 5 phases of elections. Accuses Congress leaders of being against reservations. More phases to go.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:26 AM IST

Modi invokes Bihari pride to attack Congress, RJD

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rallies at Motihari and Maharajganj in Bihar on Tuesday as part of his Lok Sabha poll campaign.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chopper leaves after an election meeting at Maharajganj in Siwan district on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on May 21, 2024 09:09 PM IST

HC to edu dept bosses: Pay up dues to varsities, or forget your salaries

Staying all the orders of the department to stop salary of vice chancellors and registrars or serve show-cause notices to them, the court observed that “till further orders, the respondents are directed not to take any coercive action against the universities and its officials”.

Patna high court (HT file)
Published on May 18, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Patna

Sushil Modi: The deputy who helped Nitish steer Bihar on a new road

Former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi's death has created a void in Bihar politics. He was a key figure in BJP, known for his political acumen and dedication.

Sushil Kumar Modi (HT File)
Updated on May 14, 2024 09:54 PM IST
By, Patna

Modi slams RJD, Congress over ‘vote bank politics’

Political parties like the Congress and RJD will give away reservations to Muslims “to pursue their vote bank politics”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi charged.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:29 AM IST
By, Patna

PM Narendra Modi holds maiden roadshow in Patna; 3 rallies in Bihar today

The roadshow, a first in Patna by any Prime Minister, began near Bhattacharya Road around 7.20 pm.

PM Narendra Modi’s road show in Patna on Sunday evening. (HT photo)
Updated on May 13, 2024 05:17 AM IST
By, Patna

Two debutants, son and daughter of JD-U ministers, in direct fight

In Samastipur Lok Sabha seat, Shambhavi, 25, daughter of Ashok Choudhary, a confidant of CM Nitish Kumar, is the NDA nominee fighting on the symbol of Chirag Paswan’s LJP (RV). She is pitted against Congress’s Sunny Hazari, 33, son of Maheshwar Hazari.

PM Modi blesses Shambhavi Choudhary, the NDA nominee from Samastipur Lok Sabha seat, during his rally in Darbhanga on May 4. (HT photo)
Published on May 08, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Samastipur

RJD fields new face to wrest back its old seat of Darbhanga from BJP

Delay in establishing AIIMS at Darbhanga due to politics. BJP blames RJD for past delays. Elections lack enthusiasm, polarisation key. BJP vs RJD contest.

HT Image
Updated on May 08, 2024 07:22 PM IST
By, Darbhanga

Pathak skips meeting called at HC directive, VCs attend, raise issues

The meeting was held at the HC directive to resolve the issues that have led to a standoff between the Governor, who is the Chancellor of state universities, and the state’s education department.

The meeting of top officials of Bihar’s education department and vice chancellors of universities, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on May 06, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

Begusarai: Backed by allies, CPI fired up in bid to wrest back old bastion

The Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, earlier comprising parts of erstwhile Balia parliamentary seat, was once a stronghold of the Congress and the Communist Party of India.

Amit Shah at a rally in Begusarai on April 29 in support of Giriraj Singh, the sitting MP and BJP candidate. (PTI)
Published on May 06, 2024 09:37 PM IST
By, Begusarai

HC puts on hold edu dept’s order to freeze bank accounts of varsities

In continuing standoff with the Raj Bhawan, Bihar’s education department ordered to freeze the accounts of state universities earlier this year

Patna High Court (HT file)
Published on May 03, 2024 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish, Tejashwi create buzz in otherwise quiet Madhepura

Mahagathbandhan candidate Kumar Chandradeep of the RJD, an English professor, is making his electoral debut against the sitting MP Dinesh Chandra Yadav of the JD-U, who is the NDA nominee.

A road show in Madhepura by CM Nitish Kumar. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Madhepura

Interview: I’m bound by party, but my son free to take his decisions

In Samastipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, which goes to vote on May 13, children of two JD-U ministers in the state are pitted against each other. One is LJP (R) candidate Shambhavi Choudhary, daughter of Ashok Choudhary. The other is Congress candidate Sunny Hazari, son of Maheshwar Hazari.

Maheshwar Hazari with Nitish Kumar. (HT FILE)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Nitish makes emotional appeal to voters ahead of 2nd phase

The longest serving Bihar CM writes an “open letter” to “Bihar Parivar” ahead of second phase of Lok Sabha elections.

Union home minister Amit Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections in Katihar. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Don’t let Bihar’s progress be halted, support NDA: Nitish Kumar’s appeal

Nitish Kumar said Bihar was in a “pitiable condition” when he took over as chief minister in 2005 and that he had worked hard to fix the state’s many problems.

Union home minister Amit Shah with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections in Katihar, Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 04:32 PM IST
ByArun Kumar

Bihar LS polls: It’s all in the family despite noise against dynastic politics

‘The problem is that no party is ready to break this trend, which denies the party workers their due’

Chirag Paswan campaigns for Arun Bharti, his brother-in-law and his party’s candidate from Jamui Lok Sabha seat. (HT)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 09:00 PM IST
By, Patna

Patna HC clears the deck for appointment of assistant professors

The high court order is significant as the appointment process that started in 2020 has remained stalled for nearly four years

The Patna high court. (File Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 09:35 AM IST

HC clears decks for appointment of assistant professors

The appointment process that started in 2020 has remained stalled for nearly four years, as it was challenged through several petitions on the excess of the limit prescribed for reservation and the backlog vacancies having not been determined.

Patna high court (HT file)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Patna

Lalu to campaign for daughter Rohini Acharya in Saran

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has so far stayed away from Lok Sabha election campaign due to health reasons

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (X)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 02:31 PM IST

RJD faces internal rebellion, BJP candidate ‘outsider’ tag

Brother of former RJD MLA in the fray as Independent; BJP’s Vivek Thakur, son of former union minister C P Thakur and a Rajya Sabha MP, is a debutant in electoral politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Nawada rally on April 7 this year. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 10:10 PM IST
By, Nawada

Denied ticket, Ashwini Choubey says he is hurt, see a plot

The union minister, who won Buxar in 2014 and 2019, has been passed over for Mithilesh Tiwari as BJP candidate from the seat.

Ashwini Choubey. (HT file)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:42 PM IST

‘It hurts... hint of a conspiracy’: Ashwini Choubey on being denied BJP ticket

In an interview with HT, Union minister Ashwini Choubey says he was kept in the dark by the BJP despite his deep-rooted association with the party

Union minister Ashwini Chaubey. (File)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 01:07 PM IST

Holiday relief for teachers on training as plot thickens over ‘IPRD’ letter

IPRD director Amit Kumar said the note from the education department had not been issued by his department.

SCERT has been organising residential training programmes for teachers at 78 centres across the state. (HT)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Patna

‘I remove corruption, Opposition strives to protect the corrupt’: PM Modi in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also claimed that the Congress’s Lok Sabha poll manifesto has an imprint of the Muslim League and said it is nothing more than an appeasement draft

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar crediting him and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi for pulling the state out of the RJD’s ‘Jungle Raj’. (ANI)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 03:33 PM IST

Modi kicks off eastern push of poll campaign

The PM first travelled to Jamui in Bihar on Thursday afternoon and then to Cooch Behar in northern West Bengal, underscoring his party’s focus on development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Cooch Behar on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, , Kolkata/patna
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