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Setback to Nitish Kumar as Patna HC scraps Bihar govt's quota hike to 65%

Updated on Jun 20, 2024 12:20 PM IST

The notification, issued in November 2023, sought to amend existing reservation laws, which would have brought the total reservation in the state to 75%.

The Nitish Kumar government on November 21 last year issued gazette notifications for raising the quota for deprived castes from 50 to 65 per cent in state government jobs and educational institutions. (HT)

Bihar govt releases funds for salary, pension in state varsities to clear backlog

The government released ₹308.18 crore grant-in-aid for the state universities and constituent colleges, minority and aided institutions for salary and pension to teachers and employees

It also released the funds for the new fiscal 2024-25 up to June. (Representative file photo)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 11:00 AM IST

‘Emotional outburst’: JD-U MP Devesh Chandra Thakur takes back his ‘Muslim-Yadav’ statement

Thakur had said that he will not work for Muslims and Yadavs from his constituency as they had not voted for him

JD (U) MP from Sitamarhi Devesh Chandra Thakur. (Facebook Photo)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 10:48 AM IST

Araria bridge collapse: 3 engineers suspended, contractor booked

Bihar rural works department minister Ashok Choudhary has set up a four-member team headed by chief engineer Purnea has been constituted to probe the incident

A newly constructed bridge collapsed in Bihar’s Araria (Twitter/ video screengrab)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:34 PM IST
ByAditya Nath Jha/Subhash Pathak

PM Modi inaugurates Nalanda varsity campus, says books can be burnt not knowledge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a country that protects its human values knows how to recreate its history

The new campus of Nalanda University in Bihar. (PTI)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 01:42 PM IST

21 newly elected Bihar Lok Sabha MPs have declared criminal cases: ADR report

The lone independent candidate Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from Purnia, has declared 41 criminal cases against himself

Of the 12 BJP MPs, as many as eight (67%) have declared criminal cases. (Representative file photo)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 11:19 AM IST

Nitin Gadkari clarifies after bridge ready to be inaugurated collapses in Bihar

The bridge, constructed by the state government, was not opened to the public as approach roads to the bridge were yet to be constructed.

A bridge collapses into the Bakra river at Padkiya Ghat, in the Sikti block area of Araria, Bihar, Tuesday, June 18, 2024.(PTI)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 09:17 PM IST

Bihar bridge ready to be inaugurated collapses in Araria; probe ordered

This is the 7th bridge collapse since 2023 and the second this year after an under-construction bridge over the Kosi river collapsed in Supaul district in March

Rural works department executive engineer Ashutosh Kumar said frequent changes in the course of the river contributed to the incident (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 08:05 PM IST
ByAditya Nath Jha

Ex-MLA Bima Bharti’s son hired killer for bizman’s murder, raid premises: Cops

During their interrogation, the alleged shooter Vishal Roy told investigators that Bima Bharti’s son Raja hired him to kill Gopal Yaduka for ₹5 lakh

A police officer said four men including the man who is accused of pulling the trigger on a hardware shop owner Gopal Yaduka have been arrested for the murder
Published on Jun 18, 2024 06:39 PM IST
ByAditya Nath Jha,

Bihar forest officer, driver thrashed for stopping Mahua-laden truck in Kaimur

Kaimur divisional forest officer Chanchal Prakasham said Kunal Kumar and driver, Raj Kumar, sustained multiple head injuries in the attack

Adhaura police station SHO Nirmal Kumar said raids were being conducted to track down and arrest the suspects (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 03:01 PM IST
ByPrasun K Mishra

PM Modi to inaugurate Nalanda University campus tomorrow

Conceived as a joint collaboration between India and East Asia Summit countries, the Nalanda University’s inauguration function will be attended by head of missions of 17 countries

he Nalanda University campus is built with state-of-the-art infrastructure blending traditional flavour with modernity
Published on Jun 18, 2024 01:24 PM IST

Muslims, Yadavs didn’t vote for me, won’t help them: JD-U’s Sitamarhi MP

Devesh Chandra Thakur’s comment was criticised by RJD, which reminded him that he was going to take oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution

Devesh Chandra Thakur Thakur won the Sitamarhi seat with a 51,000 margin over the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Arjun Rai (X/deveshMLCbihar)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 02:57 PM IST

Bihar shifts out controversial official KK Pathak from education department

KK Pathak, a 1990 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was posted as the additional chief secretary in charge of the education department in June last year.

S Siddharth, principal secretary to the chief minister, will hold additional charge of the education department, replacing KK Pathak (in Phto) (X/Mr_KK_Pathak)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 03:07 PM IST

Six children rescued from child traffickers from Bihar’s Sasaram; 2 arrested

The six children, four from Gaya in Bihar and two from Tilaiya in Jharkhand, were rescued from the general compartment of the train

Representational image.
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 09:33 AM IST
ByPrasun K Mishra

Nitish appoints cabinet colleagues as ‘ministers in-charge’ of various districts

Assembly elections in Bihar are due in October-November 2025, and it is believed that these ministers would ensure better and speedy implementation of different central and state government projects

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (Twitter/@NitishKumar)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 06:48 PM IST

Bihar: Alert railway staff detect cane bomb on track on Gaya-Koderma line, avert major mishap

The track maintenance staff spotted the cane bomb planted under the downline track between Yadugram and Baskatwa railway stations around 3pm on Tuesday

The cane bomb found under the tracks. (Sourced photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 02:38 PM IST
ByPrasun K Mishra

Bihar Police bust smuggling racket, rescue several camels in Gopalganj; four held

Gopalganj deputy superintendent of police Sandeep Kumar said the police acted on a tip-off and rescued 19 camels during the raid

The rescued camels in Gopalganj, Bihar.
Published on Jun 12, 2024 01:51 PM IST

Bihar: Father-son lawyer duo gunned down in Chhapra

Family members of the deceased told the police that the incident took place when the duo was heading to the court from their Methwalia residence

Representational image.
Published on Jun 12, 2024 12:04 PM IST

Chinese national detained in Bihar dies by suicide: Police

Police said the Chinese national was forwarded to judicial custody on the charges of roaming in Indian territory without a valid passport and other travel-related documents

The prison department has informed about the death of the Chinese national to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) via Bihar home department. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 03:33 PM IST

Chinese man, held for illegal entry, dies after suicide attempt in Bihar Jail

The Chinese national from Shandong province was arrested on June 6 in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, for lacking valid travel documents.

The Chinese national was found in possession of a map of China, a mobile phone, and currencies from China, Nepal, and India. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 02:54 PM IST
By, Muzaffarpur

Pappu Yadav alleges conspiracy in extortion case against him, demands probe

Purnea MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav has accused an officer and his opponents of hatching a plot to malign his image

Pappu Yadav. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 02:44 PM IST
ByAditya Nath Jha

JD(U) likely to get 2 cabinet, 1 minister of state berths in Union cabinet

JD(U)’s Munger MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Ramnath Thakur are among the top probables for the cabinet berths

Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi during the NDA parliamentary party meeting in Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 02:41 AM IST

Bihar: After LS polls, 5 MLA seats, one MLC, two RS seats up for grabs

Four sitting MLAs have been elected as MPs, one resigned as MLA but lost in LS polls. Two Rajya Sabha members have won LS polls.

HAM-S chief Jitan Ram Manjhi speaks during the NDA parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi on Friday. The former Bihar CM, currently an MLA, has been elected as the Lok Sabha MP from Gaya. (PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 09:15 PM IST
By, Patna

Fire breaks out on train, no casualties

The short-distance train was on way from Patna to Jasidih on Patna-Howrah route when flames were noticed around 5.24 pm as it was about to arrive at Kiul station

The burning train at Kiul railway station in Lakhisarai district of Bihar on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 09:45 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Don’t harass the poor’: Purnea MP Pappu Yadav warns bureaucrats, doctors

Warning the bureaucrats, Pappu Yadav said that the corruption in government offices must stop or be ready to face the consequences

Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav won the Purnea LS seat as an Independent candidate (File Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 04:50 PM IST
ByAditya Nath Jha

After 5/5 feat, Chirag’s party sure of one berth, a second in bonus

Paswan’s party contested and won Jamui, Hajipur, Samastipur, Khagaria and Vaishali in Bihar, which sends 40 members to the Lok Sabha.

Lok Janshakti Party (Ramvilas) president Chirag Paswan, along with family members and his party's newly elected MPs, on way to board a flight from Patna to Delhi on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 08:59 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish set to strike a hard bargain

Bihar CM’s party JD-U, a part of NDA, has won 12 seats in LS polls, emerging as a key player in the formation of the next government at the Centre.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on board a flight from Patna to Delhi on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 08:55 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Wait and see’: Tejashwi hints at INDIA bloc weighing options to form govt

Tejashwi Yadav was asked by reporters whether the INDIA bloc would try to woo back Nitish Kumar into the opposition alliance to stake a claim for forming the government at the Centre

Tejashwi Yadav and Nitish Kumar were in the same flight while travelling to Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 03:37 PM IST

INDIA bloc’s dismal show in Bihar raises questions on RJD’s Yadav-Muslim rhetoric

According to GA leaders, the factors that probably have not given the INDIA bloc in Bihar much of an edge against the ruling NDA is the caste factor

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 03:21 PM IST

All set for counting at 35 centres in Bihar

A total of 72, 723 electronic voting machines (EVMs) kept in strongrooms hold the results for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.

Security drill at Patna’s A N College, where votes for Patliputra and Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituencies will be counted on June 4. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 09:12 PM IST
By, Patna
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