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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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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

Bihar government notifies quota hike after governor signs bills

Under the new provision the quota for Scheduled Caste (SC) goes up to 20%, while that of Scheduled Tribe (ST) to 2%, Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) to 25% and OBC to 18%

The two bills were signed on November 18. (Bihar Vidhan Sabha)
Published on Nov 21, 2023 04:25 PM IST

Became CM due to my foolishness: Nitish targets Manjhi in House

Manjhi become the chief minister in May 2014, when Kumar had stepped down owning moral responsibility for the JD(U)’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in the Bihar assembly on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 01:33 PM IST

Bihar clears bill to raise caste quota from 50% to 65%

The proposal, however, may well end up before the courts since it breaches the 50% cap fixed by the Supreme Court in the 1992 Indra Sawhney case.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 05:30 AM IST
By, Patna/new Delhi

Caste survey and quota hike: Bihar starts political churn ahead of 2024 polls

Experts weigh in on how the caste census data shared by Nitish Kumar can have an impact at a national level

JD(U) workers and supporters celebrate the results of the Bihar caste survey, in Patna on October 4. (PTI)
Published on Nov 08, 2023 09:36 PM IST

Bihar: Assembly adjourned as sparks fly over CM’s remark

BJP legislators trooped into the well demanding resignation of CM for “obscene” remarks. Marshals were called in as some of the members also lifted reporters’ table and chair.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in the Assembly on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Nov 08, 2023 09:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish backs 75% total quota as survey outlines inequality

The Bihar CM announced plans to increase reservation to 75% after a landmark caste survey revealed the economic disparities among different communities.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, Patna/new Delhi

Bihar cabinet clears quota hike to 75%, Bill likely today

Chief minister Nitish Kumar told the state assembly that his government would bring a Bill in the ongoing winter session of the legislature to effect the quota hike

CM Nitish Kumar speaks in the Bihar assembly on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 10:26 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar will bring bill to hike quota to 75%, says Nitish Kumar after caste survey

Bihar chief minister Nitsh Kumar said the increase in quota will allow OBC and EBC to have larger share in tune with their population

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 09:36 PM IST

Bihar releases fresh caste survey data, says 33% OBCs, 42% SCs are poor

The socio-economic report said more than 5 million people from Bihar were living outside the state in search of livelihood or better education opportunities

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 07, 2023 03:03 PM IST

Designing the Metaverse: Need for students to upskill to meet this new challenge

Designing the metaverse however will require a unique mix of skills, many of which are only just beginning to emergd

As Metaverse-related technologies push the boundaries of what's possible over the next five years, one needs to learn new skills and methodologies to adapt to this new construct. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 01:17 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Bihar: Row over teachers’ exam rages ahead of ‘job letter’ fair

On November 2, chief minister Nitish Kumar will distribute provisional appointment letters to the newly recruited teachers at a mega function at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan

A protest by teachers in Patna against the decision to withdraw domicile requirement in the teachers’ recruitment exam. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 09:29 PM IST
By, Patna

Teachers’ recruitment exam: BPSC invites objections for 1st phase, applications for 2nd phase

Chief minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to distribute appointment letters to around 25,000 newly recruited teachers at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

The BPSC command control room to keep vigil on examinees during one of its exams held recently. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 28, 2023 08:56 PM IST
By, Patna

Lalu Yadav running Congress, our fight with RJD only: Bihar BJP chief

His comments came after the RJD chief said that the after-caste survey in Bihar, the countdown for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had begun

Bihar BJP president Samrat Choudhary (Twitter Photo)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 01:13 PM IST

Bihar teachers’ recruitment: Opposition parties seek probe as protests continue

Chief minister Nitish Kumar will hand over 25,000 provisional appointment letters to the successful candidates at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on November 2 after the completion of counselling

The BPSC started publishing the results of the teachers’ recruitment exam (TRE) from October 17. (File photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2023 01:50 PM IST

CUSB Convocation: Prez praises Bihar youth for bit to ‘4th Industrial Revolution’

President Droupadi Murmu encouraged the youth of Bihar to set global standards at the local level, highlighting the achievements of the state's people in the fourth Industrial Revolution. She also praised the empowerment of girls in education and the rich legacy of Bihar in producing talented individuals. The President emphasized the importance of the youth in contributing to the country's progress and addressing challenges such as climate change. The Governor stressed the need for timely exams and results in state universities. The Central University of South Bihar received the highest A++ grade from NAAC and is striving for excellence in education.

President Droupadi Murmu and Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar during the 3rd convocation function of South Bihar Central University in Gaya on Friday. (HT)
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 08:43 PM IST
By, Patna

Finding qualified teachers remains difficult in Bihar despite vacancies

Despite the announcement of results by the BPSC in the single largest recruitment exercise, the quest for qualified teachers for Bihar schools will continue.

Finding qualified teachers remains difficult in Bihar despite vacancies
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 03:06 PM IST
By, Patna

BPSC TRE Result 2023: Nitish Kumar to hand over job letters to teachers on Nov 2

The appointment letters to the successful candidates will be distributed at a programme organised at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna on November 2.

Nitish Kumar to hand over job letters to teachers on November 2 (ANI)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 02:49 PM IST
By, Patna

Govt begins teachers’ counselling; Bihar CM to give appointment letters on Nov 2

The development comes a day after the BPSC started publishing the results of the teachers’ recruitment exam (TRE) in a phased manner from Tuesday

The Bihar government had on June 30 advertised inviting applications for appointment to more than 1.70-lakh posts. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2023 12:53 PM IST

After uproar, teachers’ training cancelled

The teachers' training in Bihar, which was criticized for clashing with the Navratri festival, has been cancelled due to "unavoidable reasons."

Teachers during a protest in Patna. (FILE)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Teachers’ training during Durga Puja cancelled with immediate effect

The timing of the training, as it coincides with the 10-day Durga Puja that started on October 15, drew severe political backlash in the state

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 04:47 PM IST

1st sitting of Bihar House since release of caste survey to commence on Nov 6

A notification for the session was issued on Monday days after chief minister Nitish Kumar said the educational and social-economic data of the survey would be tabled in the House

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (ANI)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 10:47 AM IST

CNLU revamp on cards to make it a centre of excellence: VC

CNLU vice chancellor Prof Faizan Mustafa on Sunday presented the revamp plan for the institution both in terms of academics as well as infrastructure.

Chanakya National Law University, Patna.(File photo)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 10:40 AM IST
By, Patna

Rajvardhan Azad nominated to Bihar legislative council in place of Kushwaha

Azad is the son of former Bihar chief minister Bhagwat Jha Azad. He had also unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election once in 2014 from Godda

Azad resigned as BSUSC chairman before the notification of his nomination as a member of the Bihar legislative council (Bihar State University Service Commission (BSUSC) chairman Dr Rajvardhan Azad)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 12:12 PM IST

Nitish Kumar says Bihar denied legitimate assistance yet has come long way

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar referred to the representation of over 50% of women in panchayati raj institutions and added the change is to be seen to be believed

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 03:32 PM IST

Bihar drafts rules to give govt employee status to working teachers through test

Bihar’s working teachers, around 3.5 lakh in number and appointed since 2006, had been demanding government employee status and they had also carried out agitation in support of their demands

According to the draft, three attempts to pass the competency test shall be given to each teacher. (Representative Image)
Published on Oct 12, 2023 01:49 PM IST

Caste survey: All details will be put before House, says Nitish

Details collected during the caste survey, including the educational and socio-economic data, would be placed before the House during the forthcoming winter session of the state legislature.

Nitish Kumar pays tribute to Jaiprakash Narayan on his birth anniversary in Patna Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2023 08:59 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar caste survey will be placed in Assembly for deciding future action: Nitish

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said the government circulate all the details of the state’s caste survey to all the members in the legislative assembly for their feedback and then the future course of action will be decided

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 02:35 PM IST
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