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Vijay is chief of bureau, Patna. He has spent 21 years in journalism and covers political beats and public affairs.

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Angry Nitish snubs BJP over Modi ads

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Saturday virtually put his alliance partner BJP on notice, at a time when the party is holding its national executive meet in Patna. Kumar was indignant at the BJP-run Gujarat government for its flood relief claims in advertisements published in some Patna dailies. Vijay Swaroop, Vikas Pathak and Prasad Nichenametla report.

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Updated on Jun 13, 2010 01:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVijay Swaroop, Vikas Pathak, Prasad Nichenametla, Patna/gandhinagar

Bihar’s forest of daughters

When Nirmala Devi gave birth to a girl in 1961, her husband celebrated by planting 50 mango saplings. The births of her second daughter and, years later, granddaughters were celebrated in a similar fashion by her family in Dharhara, a small village 230 km east of Patna in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Jun 05, 2010 01:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dharhara (bihar)

Bihar CM finds ground reality biting

Whether the people would repose faith in his government again, only time would tell but one thing is certain - Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is on a ‘reality feel’ tour, may have already come to know that delivery mechanism is needed overhaul.

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Updated on May 07, 2010 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dhanchiha (madhubani)

Storm toll 124; survivors protest

A day after a violent storm lashed parts of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam, the body count climbed to 128 today. There is mounting anger and helplessness among the hundreds of thousands rendered homeless as they say food, medicines and temporary shelters have been hard to come by.

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Updated on Apr 16, 2010 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPramod Giri and Vijay Swaroop, Patna

Railway projects languishing; cost overruns

A fortnight ago people in Madhepura in Bihar organised a havan programme to ensure that the proposed plan of the Railways to construct Rs 1300 crore electric loco factory, takes off. They have reasons to worship.

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Updated on Mar 30, 2010 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar digging into history to discover roots of its emblem

Ahead of Bihar Day celebrations staring Monday, the state is busy researching how the Bo tree (Bodhi Tree) has come to become its official emblem.

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Updated on Mar 22, 2010 10:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Nitish vows to stand his ground, will support Bill

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday vowed to stand his ground in favour of the Women’s Reservation Bill even though his support threatened to split his JD-U party down the middle.

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Updated on Mar 09, 2010 12:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

JD (U) split, Cong welcomes Bihar CM’s change in stance

Janata Dal (United), one of the last opponents of the women’s reservation bill, stood sharply divided on the issue on Saturday, with its top leaders going public with their divergent views.

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Updated on Mar 07, 2010 12:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma & Vijay Swaroop, New Delhi/patna

Chased by cops, three students drown in Tamil Nadu

Two students from Jharkhand and one from Bihar studying at Annamalai Engineering College were found dead during a student agitation inside the campus on Monday.

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Updated on Mar 03, 2010 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Mice in the rat race

Sumant Kumar of Gopalganj district in Bihar, adjoining Uttar Pradesh (UP), had been taking coaching classes at a Patna institute for the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Feb 22, 2010 11:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Lalan defiant, refuses to withdraw resignation

The ongoing crisis in JD(U) deepened further on Saturday as a defiant state party chief Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh Lalan refused to take back his resignation from the party post. The party has now begun to look for a new state president, according to sources.

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Updated on Feb 14, 2010 01:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

JD-U Bihar chief quits

Eight months before assembly elections in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) state unit president Rajiv Ranjan ‘Lalan’ Singh resigned on Monday.

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Updated on Feb 02, 2010 12:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Nitish seeks PM’s intervention into fresh Maha row

Stung by the Maharashtra government’s decision to make knowledge of the Marathi language and a minimum 15-year stay in the state mandatory for issuance of licences to taxi drivers, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday sought immediate intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the matter.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2010 01:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar govt to revive glory of Vaishali

There is likely to be a huge state policy push in the coming days to revive the glory of the Vaishali arc — a direct connect to the ancient land of the Liccahvis which experimented with the world's first republic even as it registered Buddha's footsteps as its trademark signature and opened a window to the world.

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Updated on Jan 16, 2010 09:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVijay Swaroop & Rajesh K Thakur, Vaishaligarh

Dons don whites for gentleman’s game

It was a high-pitched contest. There were thrills and spills, catches and sixes. The bowlers tried to curb the shower of shots, in vain. The event had all the ingredients of a high-octane T-16 match — with a difference.

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Updated on Jan 01, 2010 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Howzzat! Dons play gentleman’s game

It was a high-pitched contest. There were thrills and spills, catches and sixes. The bowlers tried to curb the shower of shots. The event had all the ingredients of a high-octane T-16 match — with a difference.

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Updated on Dec 31, 2009 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Beur jail inmates gear up for T-16 finals

Does not matter if he is a murder convict, a kidnapper, a simple pickpocket or a petty criminal awaiting trial, as long as he launches the ball across the border for a six or smashes it through the gaps for a boundary.

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Updated on Dec 30, 2009 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Nitish Kumar on railway white paper dubs Lalu 'vain and vacuous'

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described former railway Minister Lalu Prasad as a "vain and vacuous" person given to horrendous and conscious misinterpretation and manipulation of facts to mislead people and tom-tom non-n-existent performance.

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Updated on Dec 18, 2009 09:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

VVIP Protocol---- at what cost?

Nobody grudges VVIP protocol. And, if it happens to be for the Vice President of India, who would ? But in a city, where people have no roads, and the protocol for VVIPs are sparing and thin, the way the traffic was blocked and barricades set up by digging into newly- laid surfaces, raises the question: Was it really needed?, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Dec 13, 2009 10:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar sends a fact finding team to Punjab

Bihar government has rushed a two-member fact-finding team to Ludhiana in Punjab, a day after migrant labourers from the state clashed with police and locals over failure of the local administration to provide them protection from robbers’ gang, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Dec 05, 2009 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bihar made a strong pitch for Rs 14, 800 crore-special package

Bihar made a strong pitch for Rs 14, 800 crore-special package for the reconstruction of Kosi area, ravaged by floods last year, and rehabilitation of the affected people, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Nov 21, 2009 07:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

500 drugged on trains in Bihar this year

These are just two examples out of hundreds played out each month on trains in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The gangs indulging in drugging passengers have taken a menacing form and operate throughout the country, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2009 07:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

The Ganga Expressway is in its final stages

The Ganga Expressway, to be built on the concept of Mumbai’s Marine Drive, is well on its course, reports Vijay Swaroop.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2009 05:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Chief Secretary of Bihar asks officers to listen

If silence is gold, speech is silver, what is listening? It's diamond. The ability to listen well is absolutely indispensable for success in all human relationships. Vijay Swaroop reports.

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Updated on Oct 23, 2009 02:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Inviting Reds to surrender

As the central government plan to deploy paramilitary soldiers against Naxal strongholds gains momentum, state governments are announcing surrender policies to spur the rebels to give up arms. Vijay Swaroop and B Vijay Murty report.

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Updated on Oct 16, 2009 11:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVijay Swaroop and B Vijay Murty, Patna/jamshedpur

India's longest rail-cum-road bridge to come up in Bihar

Bihar will have the country's longest rail-cum-road bridge over river Ganga, when it gets ready in three years time. Vijay Swaroop reports.

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Updated on Oct 12, 2009 02:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Train derails in Bihar, one dead, 22 injured

One passenger died and 22 others were injured when the engine and six bogies of 5708 Amritsar-Katihar Amrapali Express derailed in Bihar’s Khagaria district on Wednesday around 11 pm.

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Updated on Oct 09, 2009 01:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Khagaria

Despite loss, Nitish tries to put up brave front

It was a function organised to commemorate the 95th birth anniversary of the late Chief Minister of Bihar, Bhola Paswan Shastri. But, the pain of loss in recent by-elections on 18 Assembly seats overshadowed the ideology he stood for.

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Updated on Sep 21, 2009 11:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bypoll jolt for Nitish

The assembly bypoll results of 18 seats in Bihar came as a shock to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with the ruling NDA alliance wining just six seats.

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Updated on Sep 18, 2009 01:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Mamata for greater security in Bihar trains

In the wake of repeated cases of arson and violence in trains passing through Bihar in recent months, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the home ministry for deployment of additional armed personnel in such trains. A copy of the letter has also been sent to the Bihar government.

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Updated on Aug 26, 2009 09:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna
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