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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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Bihar OBC icon to get Bharat Ratna honour

Two-time Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur, known for championing reservation benefits for OBCs, has been awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. The move is seen as an outreach by the BJP ahead of upcoming general elections, where caste is expected to play a major role. Thakur's legacy on affirmative action continues to have an impact in Bihar, and his award is seen as a recognition of his contribution to social justice and equality. The announcement comes as Bihar's government plans to celebrate Thakur's legacy and as the state emerges as a battleground for social justice politics.

Former CM Karpoori Thakur (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 05:34 AM IST
By, Patna

Patna DM faces off K K Pathak over classes in schools in cold wave

The education department on Saturday wrote to the DMs of several districts, asking them to revoke an order in which they have invoked prohibitory orders to direct schools to suspend lower classes due to cold wave conditions prevailing in the state. The Patna DM has shoot back, saying no.

Attendants of patients brave the cold at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Despite unease Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal bound by bigger objective

The cabinet rejig shows that the RJD wants to play it safe, as seat-sharing issues are yet to be settled. Bihar's triangular politics gives it little elbow room

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (left) and RJD chief Lalu Yadav at an INDIA opposition alliance meeting(ANI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 04:49 PM IST

Bihar education dept, district magistrates at loggerheads over school holidays

The DMs of several districts in Bihar have issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC to direct schools to suspend lower classes due to cold wave conditions prevailing in the state

The controversy comes barely a couple of days after additional chief secretary (Education) KK Pathak withdrew his leave extension and again took charge after the intervention of the state secretariat. (File)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 01:08 PM IST

Bihar: BJP, JD(U) lock horn over venue for Karpoori Jayanti function

The BJP said allotting the Miller School ground earmarked for the party for January 24 to the JD(U) is murder of democracy

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar paying tribute to Karpoori Thakur in February 2023. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Bihar budget session from Feb 5

It will be first budget after mega announcements of jobs, recruitments and financial incentives to over 9.4 million families found below poverty line in the caste-based survey conducted in the state, all of which require huge financial support.

Bihar Vidhan Sabha. (HT archive)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 09:41 PM IST
By, Patna

Uncertainty prevails in edu deptt as Pathak extends leave

A week after additional chief secretary heading the education department in Bihar proceeded on earned leave, relinquishing his charge, the officer has now extended his leave till January 31.

K K Pathak. (HT file)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 09:41 PM IST
By, Patna

Chirag’s campaign begins in Hajipur; Paras hints at Nitish’s return to NDA

Chirag Paswwan began his campaign in Hajipur, the seat his father Ramvilas Paswan represented eight times between 1977 and 2019 and is presently a bone of contention with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras

Lok Janshakti Party (Ramvilas) president Chirag Paswan addresses his party’s first Sankalp Mahasabha in Hajipur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 12:42 PM IST

Why Nitish’s refusal to take up the INDIA convenor post was expected

Congress should have been more proactive in taking INDIA bloc forward, but a message went down the line that it wasn't ready to cede space to regional parties

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar after the National Executive meeting in Delhi last week where he was appointed JD9U) chief (HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 08:19 PM IST

Pathak relinquishes edu dept charge after brief eventful tenure

A letter to this effect, dated January 9, sent by director, administration (education department) to chief secretary and others, has been circulating on the social media.

IAS officer K K Pathak. (HT file)
Published on Jan 11, 2024 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Modi likely to address meetings before national poll schedule announcement

Modi’s expected rallies are part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership’s focus on the only heartland state where the party has been unable to form the government on its own

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Published on Jan 10, 2024 03:11 PM IST

Bihar Guv assures VCs on edu dept’s ‘interference’

The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of state universities, also asked the VCs to act in a manner that their dignity is not compromised.

Bihar governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar with vice chancellors. (HT)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 10:07 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Good people are hard to find’: Bihar governor on delays in state univ vacancies

Bihar governor Rajendra V Arlekar said he could appoint vice-chancellors of state universities on his own but wanted to do it in consultation with the CM

interview In an interview, Bihar governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar the process to appoint vice chancellors of six universities will be completed soon (HT FILE PHOTO/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 05:12 PM IST

JD(U), RJD engage in war of words over MLA’s poster on Ram Temple

The Bharatiya Janata Party said the RJD MLA’s poster was aimed at hurting Hindu sentiments with provocative remarks

Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA Fateh Bahadur Singh. (File)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 05:03 PM IST

After 25 MLCs approach Guv, Raj Bhavan writes to govt to set Edu Deptt in order

A delegation of 25 MLCs alleged that the Bihar government’s education department through its actions seems to be bent upon destroying the academic environment in the state

The Raj Bhavan in Patna. (File)
Updated on Dec 27, 2023 08:17 PM IST

Shah lays down outreach plan for Bihar BJP leaders

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary said that during interaction with party leaders at the state guest house after chairing the Eastern Zonal Council in Patna on Sunday, Shah told them all the leaders should be sent to the field with the objective of educating people about the work done by the Modi government.

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 09:22 PM IST
By, Patna

Amit Shah told us to fan out with Modi govt’s work, says Bihar BJP chief

The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness, especially among rural populations, about government schemes

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary (HT FILE PHOTO/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 04:31 PM IST

Brewers, sellers urge Bihar govt to lift liquor ban on Manipur lines, minister says no

In 2021 too, the CIABC had written to the Bihar government and leaders from all constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state to end prohibition in the state.

Liquor prohibition was imposed in Bihar in April 2016. (HT file)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 08:46 PM IST
By, Patna

CIABC writes to Bihar govt to lift ‘complete ban’ on liquor, minister refuses

Bihar prohibition and excise minister Sunil Kumar has said that prohibition was a policy decision of the state government after being unanimously passed by both Houses of the state legislature and there was no chance of it being withdrawn

Bihar imposed total prohibition in 2016 (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 04:11 PM IST

Cong must heed Nitish call for fair deal to all: JD(U)

Nitish Kumar was the prime mover behind the formation of the anti-BJP bloc INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) earlier this year.

Bihar finance minister Vijay Choudhary during Janata Darbar programme at JD-U office in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar not to attend INDIA bloc meet as JD-U calls for fresh strategy

Kumar is the second senior opposition leader after his West Bengal counterpart, Mamata Banerjee, to likely stay away from the December 6 INDIA meeting

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI file)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 12:40 PM IST

HC seeks Bihar’s reply on plea against quota hike

On November 9, the Bihar legislature had unanimously passed the two bills, which later received gubernatorial assent.

Patna high court (HT file)
Published on Dec 01, 2023 09:19 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Teachers fume after edu dept’s latest order, MLC threatens privilege motion

The matter escalated after the education department issued orders on Wednesday to stop the salary and pension of Federation of University Teachers’ Association of Bihar (FUTAB) working president Kanhaiya Bahadur and general secretary Sanjay Kumar, also an MLC (member of the Legislative Council), for their remarks against the order that college and university teachers should also mandatorily take five classes each day and strike off names of students remaining absent for more than three days.

K K Pathak, additional chief secretary, department of education, Bihar. (HT file)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 09:18 PM IST
By, Patna

BJP accuses Bihar govt of cutting school holidays on Hindu festivals

BJP leaders said that holidays on Hindu religious festivals have decreased while Muslim holidays have been increased in the Bihar education department’s new calendar

The JD(U) said the calendar was prepared to conform to the Right to Education (RTE) guidelines to ensure minimum 220 teaching days in Schools. (Representative Image)
Published on Nov 28, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Sushil Modi cites SC, says laws under 9th schedule not above judicial review

The nine-judge bench had delivered a unanimous verdict on January 11, 2007 in Coelho v. State of Tamil Nadu and others case, upholding the ‘Basic Structure Doctrine’

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi. (HT file photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2023 11:12 AM IST

Ban Halal certified products in Bihar, Giriraj tells Nitish

The BJP leader and union minister urged the Bihar CM to take a leaf out of the book of the Yogi Adityanath government in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, which has banned such products.

BJP leader Giriraj Singh (HT file)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Patna

Union minister Giriraj Singh writes to Bihar CM urging for ban on halal products

Singh said in a secular democracy like India, halal business is “not only against the Constitution but also treason”

He has urged the CM to ban halal certification and get the matter probed. (Giriraj Singh | Facebook)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 04:00 PM IST

Special status demand like flogging a dead horse: Sushil Modi

“When the 14th Finance Commission has rejected the very concept of ‘special category status’ and it cannot be given to any state, the cabinet nod to send proposal to the Centre is a mere political stunt”

Sushil Kumar Modi in Patna. (HT file)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 09:30 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar notifies increase in caste-based quota to 65%

To be sure, the total quantum of reservation in jobs and educational institutions will stand at 75%, after taking into account the 10% quota for economically weaker sections

The statement also said that chief minister Nitish Kumar said that “based on the findings of the caste-based survey report, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 lakh will be provided as a one-time financial assistance to the 94 lakh families who earn less than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 per month in the state (HT File)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 08:56 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar notifies quota hike after Governor signs bills

Under the new provisions, based on the findings of the landmark caste survey in the state, the quota for scheduled (SC) goes up to 20%, while that of scheduled tribe (ST) to 2%, extremely backward classes (EBC) to 25% and other backward classes (OBC) to 18%.

CM Nitish Kumar chairs a review meeting to implement the provisions of new reservation law. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna
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