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Subhash Pathak is special correspondent of Hindustan Times with over 15 years of experience in journalism, covering issues related to governance, legislature, police, Maoism, urban and road infrastructure of Bihar and Jharkhand.

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Ganga water unsafe even for bathing, says Bihar govt report on river pollution

The WHO stipulates that river water with more than 1000MPN/100ml faecal coliform bacteria should not be used even for irrigating crops

The report, based on sample checks at 98 points of several rivers including Ganga, Sone and Kosi in 27 districts showed excessive presence of faecal coliform bacteria in water. (Representative image)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:42 PM IST

NDA will win more than 200 seats in next assembly elections: Nitish Kumar

The Bihar CM said the NDA coalition will win more than 200 assembly seats and bag all 40 Lok Sabha seats under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputies Vijay Kumar Sinha and Samrat Choudhary of the BJP in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 08:55 AM IST

Ahead of floor test, JD(U) issues whip, RJD moves MLAs to Tejashwi’s residence

The JD(U) whip came after at least five of its total 45 MLAs failed to turn up at a luncheon meeting organised at the house of party leader Shravan Kumar.

The newly-formed Nitish Kumar governement in Bihar is set to undergo a floor test in the assembly on February 12. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 12:45 AM IST

RJD herd to stay at Tejashwi’s house till floor test

The party has decided to keep all its 79 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) and eight members of legislative council (MLCs) together amid alleged bid by CM Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) to “woo” them for an easy win during the trust vote.

Former minister Chandrashekhar arrives at the residence of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Rebel RJD MLC disqualified on party’s plea

Rambali Singh was elected as a member of the legislative council (MLC) in June 2020 as an RJD nominee from the assembly quota and his term was to expire in 2026.

Rambali Singh (ANI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 09:41 PM IST
By, Patna

Congress now shifts MLAs from Bihar to Hyderabad

The Congress on Sunday shifted its Bihar MLAs to Hyderabad ahead of a floor test of the newly-formed NDA next week, party leaders aware of the details said.

Congress MLAs at Hyderabad airport on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Patna

India looking at people of Bihar for social, economic justice: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the nation cannot grow until social and economic justice to all in the society is not ensured

Rahul Gandhi waves at supporters during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Kishanganj on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 08:01 PM IST

Bihar: New NDA Cabinet authorises CM Nitish Kumar to convene next assembly session

The previous Bihar cabinet had on January 18 approved the state budget session on February 5. However, that arrangement had to be revisited after the change in the government

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 05:04 PM IST

Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi, summoned by ED, may miss Rahul’s Jan 30 Purnia rally

ED has summoned Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav to its Patna office for questioning on January 29 and 30

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav have been invited to the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra rally in Purnia on January 30. (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 09:53 PM IST

Nitish to attend Rahul’s Purnea rally on Jan 30

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will enter Bihar from Siliguri in West Bengal on January 29 and cover four districts in three days during which top INDIA bloc leaders may join him for public meetings.

Rahul Gandhi and Nitish Kumar in Delhi last year. (ANI)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar adds 1.2 million voters in electoral roll released by state election body

The increase in voter list was mainly attributed to the addition of new electors in the age group of 19-29 years, while all other age-group segments saw a decline

The age-group of 20-29 has seen the maximum growth with addition of 1,60,61,649 new voters this year. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 04:52 PM IST

‘Jan Suraaj to field 75 EBC candidates in 2025 Bihar polls’

EBCs account for around 36% of Bihar’s 13-crore population, as per the state government’s caste survey.

Jan Suraj founder Prashant Kishor speaks at a function in Patna on Saturday to mark the birth centenary of former Bihar CM late Karpoori Thakur. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 09:05 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar cabinet approves 2L each to 9.4mn poor families

The Bihar government has approved a scheme to provide financial assistance of ₹2 lakh each to over 9.4 million poor families to create self-employment opportunities. The scheme aims to provide job opportunities to families with a monthly income of less than ₹6,000. The state industries department will implement the scheme, and beneficiaries will be selected through a computerised randomisation process. Additionally, the government has expanded financial aid for students from economically backward classes preparing for various exams.

Patna, Bihar, India - Aug . 02, 2023: Enumerator staff collect information from residents for a caste-based census in Bihar after Patna High Court rejected a petition against the survey, at Phulwari Sharif in Patna , Bihar,India, Wednesday, July, 02, 2023. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 07:20 AM IST

Cabinet clears 2 lakh self-employment scheme for ‘poor’ in caste survey

The scheme, which will continue for five years, aims to provide job opportunities to 94,33,312 of the total 2,76,28,995 families assessed to be the poor by the caste-based enumeration. Monthly income of these families are less than ₹6,000 a month.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav during distribution of appointment letters to the newly recruited teachers at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on January 13. (HT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 09:32 PM IST
By, Patna

Rahul’s ‘yatra’ to enter Bihar on Jan 24-25

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, commencing from Manipur on January 14, is likely to enter Bihar on January 24-25 from West Bengal, said Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh here at state Congress office Sadaquat Ashram on Thursday

The Congress press conference in Patna on Thursday. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2024 09:51 PM IST
By, Patna

Congress kicks off Lok Sabha polls seat share talks with Bihar allies

The Congress on Sunday began the formal seat-sharing talks with its allies in Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 04:44 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Alarm bells ring as truckers’ strike begins to bite

State transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said the DMs and SPs have been asked told to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential services.

Buses parked at Bankipur Bus Terminal in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 09:47 PM IST

Sharp hike in value of Nitish’s assets; Tej Pratap has a super bike

This was revealed in the customary assets declarations made by state chief minister Nitish Kumar and his ministers, which were made public on the government’s website late on Sunday evening.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar pays tribute to his mother Parmeshwari Devi on her death anniversary, at Kalyan Bigha in Nalanda on Monday. (HT)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 08:56 PM IST
By, Patna

Apologise in 15 days, says Bihar Congress leader in legal notice to DMK’s Maran

Chandrika Yadav’s statement on Monday comes a day after deputy chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav said the DMK leader’s comments were reprehensible

Former Union minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 09:12 PM IST

Aide scotches speculation about Nitish’s perceived unhappiness over INDIA meet

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is believed to have talked to the Bihar CM following reports about Nitish Kumar’s unhappiness

Chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 04:42 AM IST

Bihar: Senior Congress leaders eye for accommodation in legislative council poll

Although biennial polls for six Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar are also due in March, none in the Congress party appears keen to contest it as current Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh is aspiring for his re-election for the second term

Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2023 03:42 PM IST

Ganga ‘flows’ to Nawada

“The project will facilitate supply of 135 litres of treated Ganga water every day for each person in Nawada. While the first phase of the project covering Rajgir and Gaya was successfully launched in 2022, the second phase to cover Nawada was launched on Friday,” a statement from the CMO said.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated the facility in Nawada, which will supply Ganga water to the households in the town. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 15, 2023 09:17 PM IST
By, Patna

Congress hits back at JD-U for party bashing over states’ poll outcome

JD-U spokesperson K C Tyagi had attacked the Congress leadership, saying the results of assembly polls are a defeat of the Congress as the party never invited or consulted any of its allies in the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) alliance (INDIA) bloc

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 03:09 PM IST

Bihar offers mega incentives in new EV policy

The policy also aims at raising the share EVs to 15% of the total vehicles sold and registered in the state by 2028

Bihar is also offering incentives for setting up charging stations. (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 09:18 PM IST
By, Patna

Will Nitish meet Shah in Patna on Dec 10? JD-U isn’t sure

JD spokesman trashes the demand for release of Nitish Kumar’s health bulletin by former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi and Union minister Giriraj Singh.

CM Nitish Kumar is down with seasonal flu, JD-U spokesperson said. (HT file)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 09:12 PM IST
By, Patna

Workers rescued from Uttarakhand tunnel land in Patna, welcomed by labour minister

Five workers from Bihar, who were rescued after being trapped in a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand for 17 days, have returned to Patna.

One of the workers from Bihar rescued from the tunnel in Uttarakhand, Sabah Ahmad, with his family members after his arrival at the airport in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 09:23 PM IST
By, Prashant Ranjan, Patna/ara

Bihar seeks addition of caste-based laws in ninth schedule

The Nitish Kumar government on Wednesday asked the Centre to include two recently amended laws, which increase the caste-based quota in Bihar from 50% to 65%, in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 06:24 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to seek inclusion of quota policy in IXth Schedule

A top official said that the acts, which increased reservations to 65% in jobs and admissions, would enjoy immunity for judicial review if they are included in the specified schedule

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:25 PM IST

A week on, Governor nod still not in for Bill to hike quota in Bihar

All other bills passed by the state legislature during the winter session (November 5-10) have been approved by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and returned to the government.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar with CM Nitish Kumar. (ANI)
Published on Nov 18, 2023 09:33 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar Police ties up with postal dept for exchange of letters, documents

A senior official of the postal department said the police stations and district police headquarters in Bihar exchange around 2.50 lakh letters or office document every year and spend roughly ₹6 crore on it.

The Bihar Police will soon discontinue its old practice of exchanging letters or office documents among its various units through dedicated messengers. (HT archive)
Published on Nov 17, 2023 09:31 PM IST
By, Patna
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