Arun Kumar

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

Articles by Arun Kumar

Bihar government moves Patna HC for early hearing on caste survey

The HC hearing took place after the SC observed, while hearing the petitioners, Youth for Equality that the bench should hear the matter on merits before deciding on whether or not to grant interim relief

The court has fixed July 3 as the next date of the hearing. (Patna HC | Facebook)
Updated on May 05, 2023 05:38 PM IST

HC stay on caste survey in Bihar: BJP seeks Nitish’s resignation

BJP’s state unit president Samrat Choudhary was quick to put the blame the HC stay on the Nitish Kumar government, saying the chief minister never wanted it to happen and “enacted a drama for public consumption at the cost of public money”.

Bihar BJP president Samrat Chaudhary during a dharna in Sasaram on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 04, 2023 09:34 PM IST
By, Patna

JD-U demands ban on Bajrang Dal, Nitish says united opposition will take stand

Political analysts feel the trend of revolving politics around religion and caste would gather momentum in the days to come in Bihar, as well as, elsewhere to set clear-cut agenda ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections

JD-U MP referred to Bajrang Dal as an organisation which induces mob violence in name of God Ram (File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 05:20 PM IST

Bihar secondary school teachers plan statewide protests over pay scale, transfers

Additional chief secretary (education) Dipak Kumar Singh said that the detailed service conditions for teachers were yet to be notified and will be done in due course

On May Day, teachers’ bodies protested at the district level across the state and wore black badges. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 02, 2023 12:53 PM IST

‘Now when it suits him…’: Sushil Modi targets Nitish Kumar on jail manual tweak

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday responded to criticism over the state removing “murder of a public servant on duty” from the list of offences for which remission of jail term couldn’t be considered

BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi attacked Nitish Kumar for his statement on the change in the Bihar jail manual (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on May 01, 2023 03:40 PM IST

New pay scale for 1.78 lakh teachers to be hired through BPSC finalised

Though the pay scale is significantly higher than what over 3.5 lakh teachers appointed through the panchayatI raj institutions (PRIs) and urban local bodies (ULBs) since 2006 are currently getting, it is lower than the old prescribed pay scale for teachers, under which around 60,000 still remain in service.

Bihar Public Service Commission office in Patna. (HT archive)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 09:03 PM IST
By, Patna

Noted economist appointed as Nalanda Univ chancellor

Renowned economist Arvind Panagariya has been appointed as the chancellor of Nalanda University, succeeding Dr Vijay P Bhatkar. Panagariya is a professor at Columbia and an expert on the Indian economy. He was also the vice chairman of the Niti Ayog and chief economist at the Asian Development Bank.

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Updated on Apr 29, 2023 10:58 PM IST

Pay scale for 1.78 lakh teachers to be appointed through BPSC finalised

Under the new recruitment process, primary teachers (class 1-5) will have a basic salary of Rs.25,000 and the gross with dearness, house rent and medical allowances will come to around Rs.38,000, while for middle schools (class 6-8) the gross salary with Rs.28,000 basic will be around Rs.42,000

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 08:33 PM IST

Nitish Kumar defends release of ex-MP Anand Mohan

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday lashed out at the BJP for kicking up a storm over the release of politician Anand Mohan (of the now defunct Bihar People’s Party) and for “politicising a completely non-political issue”.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, Patna

Anand Mohan’s release as per norms: Nitish

Nitish Kumar said the release of prisoners on remission was not a new thing and it happens across the country in keeping with the provisions in the Central Prison Manual, 2016.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during an event in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Lalu Yadav director of Bihar’s grand alliance, others ‘dummy actors’: BJP leader

The GA is set to host an all-opposition meet after the Karnataka polls, for which chief minister Nitish Kumar has been on an outreach mission and the return of Lalu Yadav could be a key factor

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 04:28 PM IST

Key Opposition meet likely in Bihar after Karnataka polls

Bihar CM’s initiative to get all opposition parties to fight against BJP in the general elections has evoked positive response from several regional satraps.

Recently, Nitish Kumar met Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and senior party leader Rahul Gandhi among other leaders. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 03:27 AM IST
By, Patna

Three recent decisions by Nitish Kumar may turn Bihar's fate in 2024

Three political developments in Bihar in the past fortnight alone have the potential to play a big role. What are they? HT explains

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Published on Apr 26, 2023 09:21 PM IST

BJP targets Nitish Kumar over Anand Mohan’s release, triggers row

A heated political debate ensued on Tuesday, with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) targeting chief minister Nitish Kumar for ‘leaning on a criminal syndicate’

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav with former MP Anand Mohan attend engagement function of MLA Chetan Anand, in Patna on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 12:49 AM IST

Set to walk free, Anand Mohan cites release of Bilkis Bano’s convicts as BJP raises heat

A Rajput leader, Singh, who is out on parole for his legislator son Chetan Anand’s engagement, was awarded life sentence in the case involving the murder of the then district magistrate of Gopalganj, G Krishnaiah, a 1985-batch IAS officer, in Muzaffarpur on December 5, 1994.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav with former MP Anand Mohan attend his son Chetan Anand’s engagement in Patna on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar preps for big fight as Mamata reminds Nitish of JP movement

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday reminded her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar that the movement of Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly known as JP, had started from Bihar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Panchayati Raj Day: How Bihar’s village courts bring down case load on judiciary

A study has found that 87% of cases filed in the village court in Bihar were resolved between 2021-23, with only 10-15% cases landing up in the courts of sessions judge or sub judge for appeal

The village courts has emerged as the nursery of the judicial system in Bihar and is a successful example of community governance. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 12:44 PM IST

BJP fumes as Bihar’s caste survey exercise hits teaching at Patna schools

Patna district education officer (DEO) Amit Kumar said it was a temporary arrangement decided at a meeting of stakeholders so that school work is not completely disrupted due to the exercise.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the beginning of the second phase of the caste census at Bakhtiyarpur on April 15 (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 05:27 PM IST

ED raids offices, seize documents of Agrani Homes Pvt Ltd for cheating homebuyers

The authority had in November last year decided to proceed under the provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 in order to complete the remaining work of the stuck-up project by the association of allottees as registration of the project granted by the authority had already lapsed on December 31, 2019

 (Representative Photos)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:31 PM IST

BJP seeks general amnesty for those accused of violating Bihar’s prohibition law

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a financial assistance of ₹4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased on Monday. On Tuesday, the BJP sought assistance for those who have lost their eyesight due to toxic liquor and a general amnesty for people accused of violating the prohibition law

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sushil Kumar Modi addresses a press conference regarding the Motihari Hooch tragedy, at the party office, in Patna on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 04:44 PM IST

Nitish Kumar takes a swipe at UP on Atiq Ahmad’s murder; BJP hits back

Atiq and his brother Ashraf were shot dead at nearly point-blank range in full media glare by three men posing as journalists in Prayagraj on Saturday night

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that the police should have taken care of their security. (PTI image)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 03:23 PM IST

Motihari hooch tragedy: BJP questions CM’s silence on hooch tragedy, Manjhi demands all-party meet

Opposition BJP and partners of the Grand Alliance have criticised the Bihar state government over its inability to control hooch tragedies as the death toll from the Motihari hooch tragedy rose to 22. Although chief minister Nitish Kumar has defended prohibition, the BJP claims such tragedies are happening due to unscrupulous elements. The chief minister has argued that hooch tragedies are a bigger problem in states without prohibition. However, Nitish's ally, the Hindustani Awam Morcha, has called for an all-party meeting to discuss the future of prohibition, arguing that deaths are consistently taking place.

Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha called the Motihari hooch tragedy failure of the administration. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 11:01 PM IST

No change in new recruitment policy: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that the government will make fresh appointments of teachers under new rules that will give them the status of state government employees and associated benefits while the existing teachers will continue under the prevailing system. The move comes after a joint committee of 28 teachers' associations in Bihar gave an ultimatum to the government to make changes in the new recruitment policy vetted by the state cabinet.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 10:02 PM IST

Quickly clear retirement dues: Bihar Raj Bhavan orders state universities

Raj Bhawan secretariat joint secretary Praveen Kumar Gupta conveyed governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar’s emphasis on timely payment of retiral benefits including pension to retired staffers

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, who is also the chancellor of state universities, had earlier also expressed his displeasure at the long delays in payment of retirement benefits (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 03:19 PM IST

Teachers’ ultimatum: Withdraw new rules or face survey boycott, PK exhorts them to unite

All the teachers’ bodies, including those of the aspirants having qualified different teachers’ eligibility tests of the state government and the Centre, met under one roof in Patna and resolved to issue the ultimatum to the government.

An enumerator marks a house in Patna during the 1st phase of the caste survey in January. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 10:42 PM IST

Nitish Kumar’s ally Jitan Manjhi meets Amit Shah in Delhi, denies alliance rumours

Jitan Ram Manjhi after his meeting with the home minister asserted that he has sworn to remain with Bihar chief minister and rejected any possibility of joining hands with the BJP

Jitan Ram Manjhi meets home minister Amit Shah in Delhi (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 07:58 PM IST

Bihar: New rules for teachers’ recruitment stir unrest

New rules, approved by cabinet on Monday, are a clear departure from the current mechanism, in place under the Nitish Kumar government since 2006 and under which nearly 3.5 lakh teachers have so far been appointed through the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs).

Teachers stage a protest outside of RJD office in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Patna

Kids aren’t chattels, says Patna HC while granting girl’s custody to father

The court said the girl will be happier with her father but the situation is not irreversible and would depend on the child’s will in the future

The high court factored in the girl’s statement. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 10:31 AM IST

Bihar cabinet clears new rules for teachers’ recruitment

Under the new rules, the appointments would be made through a centralised process, unlike before when appointments were made through panchayatI raj institutions, leading to much controversy.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 10:40 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar BJP organisational revamp under new leadership on cards

Speculations are rife about the composition of the new teams, as Samrat Choudhary’s elevation to the top position is seen as a message down the line that the party could further work to blend more youth with experience in view of the emerging social and political equations with an eye on the Grand Alliance’s vote arithmetic, which showed its prowess in n the 2015 Assembly elections.

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2023 10:34 PM IST
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