Bihar

I Have Full Confidence To Win Presidential Election - Pratibha Patil

Pratibha PatilPatna: UPA-Left presidential contender, Pratibha Patil, Tuesday showed assurance about her triumph regardless of the opponent attacks to tarnish her reflection.

While addressing a meeting for her campaigning, she told, “I have faced a number of challanges in the 50 years of my public life. An attempt is being made to besmirch my image, but my commitment to the glorious traditions of democracy and to the people of India remains unshaken.”


Abdul Kalam Agrees To Become NIU Visitor

A P J Abdul KalamPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has responded favorably to the proposal to don the post of visitor at the purposed Nalanda International University.

Mr. Nitish broadened the offer when he met Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on Sunday.

He added that Mr. Kalam has accepted the offer, and ready to guide the administration in setting up the university.


Bihar CM Promises Govt Jobs To Medal-Winning Players

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish KumarPatna: Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar has assured government jobs for players winning medals while symbolizing the state at national and international events.


Bihar put on high alert following Maoists’ shutdown call

Patna, Sep 23 : The Bihar Government today issued a high alert across the state following a 24-hour shutdown called by CPI-Maoists to register their protest against the arrest of their top leader, Tushar Kant Bhattacharya, and his aide Brajmohan Ram.

Police stations situated in the Naxalite hit districts have been put on maximum alert and patrolling intensified at vital installations like railway stations and government buildings across the state, Home Secretary of Bihar, Afzal Amanullah said


Naxalite attack claims three lives in Bihar

Gaya (Bihar), Sep 23 : At least three persons including a policeman were today killed in an attack by Naxalites in Bihar's Gaya District. The banned rebel group have called for a 24-hour shutdown to register their protest against the arrest of their top leader, Tushar Kant Bhattacharya, and his aide Brajmohan Ram.

According to official sources, the naxalites torched 13 trucks and two buses at places under Amas and Barachatti police stations.


Hindus pray for salvation of their ancestors' spirit in Gaya

Gaya, Sept 25 : Hundreds of Hindus thronged the holy town of Gaya in Bihar on Tuesday to pray for salvation of their ancestors.

On the first day of the 'Shradh Paksha', a 15-day Hindu religious ritual that started today and will continue till September 9, many Hindus perform 'Pind Daan' or 'Shradh,' believing this will relieve their ancestors of all sins and help their souls attain salvation.


Bihar CM cannot meet AIDS victims

CM Nitish Kumar
Patna, Oct 9 : Apathy towards HIV patients reared its ugly head again, as people suffering from the dreaded disease, alleged that they were denied an opportunity to meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Kumar holds a periodic "Janata Durbar" to hear the grievances of the common man.

Monday was fixed for problems relating to health, and state Health Minister Chandramohan Rai was in attendance.

But 28 women and four men were sidelined from the queue waiting to meet the Chief Minister.

The women said they were discriminated against because of being AIDS victims.


DM Krishnaiah case: Patna HC grants bail to Lovely

Patna, Oct 9 : The Patna High Court today granted bail to former MP Lovely Anand, who had been awarded life imprisonment by a lower court in connection with the lynching of Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah in 1994.

Justices Shiva Kirti Singh and S M Mahfooz Alam granted Lovely bail after hearing senior counsel Kanhaiya Prasad.

Prasad appeared on behalf of Lovely and the State counsel Shameshwar Dayal.

Besides Lovely, the Patna Civil court on October 3 had awarded life imprisonment to Munna Shukla, Harendra and Shashi Shekhar.

Lovely’s husband and former parliamentarian Anand Mohan and co-conspirators Ahmed, Arun Kumar Sinha were awarded death sentence in connection with the case.


Two policemen get clean chit in Bhagalpur 'mob justice' incident

New Delhi, Oct 30 : Two policemen, who were suspended for dragging a chain snatcher behind their motorcycle in Bihar’s Bhagalpur District, were today given a clean chit by a government probe panel.

Clearing all charges, the panel, headed by legislative council member Vasudev Singh, said, “The policemen - Assistant Sub-Inspector LB Singh and Constable Ramchandra Rai - were merely trying to save Salim from a murderous mob.”

The duo was suspended after the incident.

The National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Minorities had issued notices to the State Government and had sought a report.


Foreigners embark on pilgrimage to Buddhist sites on foot

Bodhgaya, Nov 1 : At least 26 foreign tourists are undertaking a unique pilgrimage to major Buddhist pilgrimage sites across India on foot.

They began their "walking pilgrimage" on Wednesday from Bodhgaya in Bihar, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites where Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment in the 6th century B.C.

The tourists offered their prayers at the Mahabodhi temple, which is also the country's 23rd heritage monument, before embarking on their ambitious pilgrimage.

"In the past, everyone used to walk to these places (Gangotri). It is walking pilgrimage. It is very nice to walk in between these Buddhist sites," said Martin Altof, a tourist from the Netherlands.


oreigners embark on pilgrimage to Buddhist sites on foot

Bodhgaya, Nov 1 : At least 26 foreign tourists are undertaking a unique pilgrimage to major Buddhist pilgrimage sites across India on foot.

They began their "walking pilgrimage" on Wednesday from Bodhgaya in Bihar, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites where Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment in the 6th century B.C.

The tourists offered their prayers at the Mahabodhi temple, which is also the country's 23rd heritage monument, before embarking on their ambitious pilgrimage.

"In the past, everyone used to walk to these places (Gangotri). It is walking pilgrimage. It is very nice to walk in between these Buddhist sites," said Martin Altof, a tourist from the Netherlands.


Rashtriya Janata Dal calls for 12-hour Bihar shutdown today

Patna, Nov 2 : The opposition parties in Bihar led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have called a 12-hour state-wide shutdown today to protest against the Thursday’s attack on journalists by the Janata Dal (United) MLA Anant Singh and his supporters.

Reacting to the incident, a delegation of opposition parties, led by former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, on Thursday, submitted a memorandum to Bihar Governor R S Gavai demanding his intervention for improvement in law and order situation in the State.

"I am going to write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil explaining them the abysmal state of law and order in Bihar, where even journalists are not safe," she said.


Shutdown affects normal life in Bihar

Patna, Nov 2 : Normal life in Bihar was hit on Friday as the main opposition party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) observed a 12-hour state-wide shutdown to protest against Thursday’s attack on journalists by the Janata Dal (United) MLA Anant Singh and his supporters.

Activists of the RJD, supported by the Congress party, marched through the streets, carrying placards and raising slogans against the incident.

They alleged that the State government was not taking enough steps to deal with the violence spreading in the State.

RJD State President Abdul Bari Siddiqui said the incident was an attack on democracy.

“Journalists have been roughed up and that is an attack on democracy," said Siddiqui.


Buddhists from Bhutan offer prayers for world peace at Gaya

Gaya (Bihar), Nov 5 : Over 4000 Buddhists from Bhutan participated in special prayers for world peace at Bodh Gaya in Bihar on Sunday.

Such rituals are common in Bhutan but these prayers were organised for the first time in Bodh Gaya, by a religious organisation of the country.

Followers of Mahayana sect of Buddhism believe in tantric practices, and the sect offers important prayer known as 'Kalkrodhi'. Goddess Vajrakanya is worshipped during the special prayer.

Interestingly, the devotees play two musical instruments one made of human bones and the other of human skin.

Special prayers were held for destruction of evil spirits and for the world peace.


Bihar bureaucrat has 7,000 species of Cycus plant

Patna, Nov. 14 : A bureaucrat in Patna, Anjani Kumar Singh, has earned a unique distinction for collecting over 7,000 species of Cycus plant from different parts of the country and world.

Though deputed as secretary in Bihar government’s Human Resource and Art and Culture Department, Kumar’s love for the plants of Cycus and Succulent family knows no bounds.

"I have approximately 7,000 species, for example, Haworthia, Aloe, Agae, Euphorbia and the ones which form Cordex. I have a collection of about 10,000 such plants, " claimed Anjani Kumar Singh.

His huge collection includes a number of plants from India as well as from other countries of the world including Mexico, Madagascar and South Africa as well.


On Chhat Puja eve, sales of devotional songs' CDs peak in Bihar

Patna, Nov 14 : Sale of devotional music cassettes, CDs and imported fruits are on the rise in the eastern part of India, mainly Bihar and neighbouring areas of Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the Chhat Puja.

Chhat Puja, is the most auspicious festival for the people Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The music companies have cashed on heavily by churning out cassettes and CD's in large numbers because traditional music is the integral part of the festival.


80,000 lawyers on strike in Bihar to protest lawyer's killing

Patna, Nov 15 : Over 80,000 lawyers in Bihar went on strike on Thursday to protest against the murder of additional public prosecutor Ramnaresh Sharma who was shot dead by two unidentified men at his residence in Begusarai, about 126 km from here, a week ago.

Lawyers of Patna High Court, district and sub-divisional courts, central administrative tribunal and all other judicial forums in Bihar are protesting against the lack of security provided to them especially when they are fighting cases against criminals.

Sharma, a 55-year-old human rights activist known for his vocal stand against criminals was allegedly killed by goons of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP Surajbhan Singh


Buddhist devotees participate in 20th anniversary celebrations of Buddha statue in Gaya

Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Nov 22 : Indian and Japanese Buddhist devotees participated in 20th anniversary celebrations of the 80-feet-tall Lord Buddha statue in Daijokyo Buddhist temple in Gaya.

The foundation stone for Lord Buddha statue was placed in 1986. On November 18, 1989, the statue was inaugurated in Bodh Gaya, a city in Bihar’s Gaya District by the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The statue was inspired by a Buddha statue in Japan.

"There is huge statute of Lord Buddha in Japan and this statue was inspired by that statue," said Bhante Bodhipal, Chief Priests of Mahabodhi temple.


40 injured as trains collide in Bihar

Saharsa (Bihar), Dec 1: At least 40 people were injured when two passenger trains collided at Bihar's Saharsa railway station today.

The Saharsa-Forbesganj train slammed into the rear of the stationary Saharsa-Katihar train, which was about to leave from platform number 3 around 7 am today, officials said.

The passengers suffered minor injuries due to the impact. The guard's cabin of the Saharsa-Katihar train was badly damaged.

The driver of Saharsa-Forbesganj train has reportedly been taken into custody.

An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident. (ANI)


Maoists blow up rail track in Bihar, traffic restored

Chapra, Dec 1: The rail traffic that was disrupted after the Communist Party of India (Maoists) rebels today blew up a railway track at Rajapatti station in Bihar's Saran district has been restored.

They blew up the track during a 24-hour shutdown called to protest against arrest and ill treatment being given to its secretary Lal Babu Sahni alias Bhaskarji at high security Beur Central Jail in Patna.

According to Railway Protection Force sources, extremists of the banned outfit planted an explosive devise on Chapra-Gopalganj section in which about two-metre stretch of the rail line was damaged.

There were no casualties in the blast, they added.


Maoists blow up railway tracks in Bihar

Maoists blow up railway tracks in BiharPatna, Dec 12: The CPI Maoist rebels have blown up the railway tracks near Bhalui halt station in Lakhisarai district of Bihar in the wee hours today.

The incident took place at around 2.00 a. m. when some armed men blasted both the up and down lines near Bhalui halt on Jhajha-Kiul section of East Central Railway (ECR), said A K Chandra, ECR Deputy General Manager and Chief Public Relations Officer.

Chandra said the track restoration work is underway and up track has been restored, adding that the down track would be opened within couple of hours.


Villagers idolize Lakshmi as Goddess, sans extra limbs

Four Armed babyBihar, Dec 29 : A two-year-old girl born with four arms, four legs and extra internal organs is worshipped like a Goddess in her village even after being successfully operated upon last month to cure of her birth defect.

Lakshmi Tatma, born with the deformity was named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth (Lakshmi).

Indian Goddesses and Gods are depicted in epics and mythological books as very powerful with more than one pair of hands equipped with arms to kill the demons.

Referred to as an incarnation of the Goddesses, the villagers want to build a permanent temple to honour the deity.


Villagers idolize Lakshmi as Goddess, sans extra limbs

GoddessBihar, Dec 29 : A two-year-old girl born with four arms, four legs and extra internal organs is worshipped like a Goddess in her village even after being successfully operated upon last month to cure of her birth defect.

Lakshmi Tatma, born with the deformity was named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth (Lakshmi).

Indian Goddesses and Gods are depicted in epics and mythological books as very powerful with more than one pair of hands equipped with arms to kill the demons.

Referred to as an incarnation of the Goddesses, the villagers want to build a permanent temple to honour the deity.


Counting begins for Ballia, Bikramganj, and Balagarh by-polls

Ballia (UP)/ Bikramganj (Bihar), Balagarh (W Bengal), Dec 29 : Counting of Counting of votes for the three Lok Sabha seatsvotes for the three Lok Sabha seats - Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, Bikramganj in Bihar and Balagarh in West Bengal have begun this morning, amidst tight security.

The poll that witnessed an 80 per cent turnout in Balagarh on December 29, are expected to decide the fate of candidates from the Trinamool Congress, the Congress and the BJP.


RIL, HPCL, Rollon, SS Infra among successful bidders for Bihar Sugar mills

The State Government has finally approved financial contracts for the restoration of closed sugar mills in Bihar to six major companies in the field.
Nitish Mishra, Sugarcane Development Minister, said, “Reliance Industries Limited, HPCL, Rollon, Rollcon Projects and S S Infrastructure were awarded financial contracts for the revival of 6 sugar mills out of 13 closed mills.”

These companies emerged successful financial bidders for acquiring the assets of these mills on long-term lease, he added.


Country-made bombs found in Delhi-bound North East Express

Country-made bombs found in Delhi-bound North East ExpressKatihar (Bihar), Jan 11: Two country-made bombs were found on the Delhi-bound North-East Express early this morning.

Assistant Commandant of the Railway Protection Force SB Goswami said that the train from Guwahati was stopped at a railway station in Bihar after a passenger informed the driver about some suspicious object wrapped in a paper lying under the seat.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police rushed to the site and safely defused the bombs.


Animals in Patna zoo enjoying special diet

Patna ZooPatna, Jan. 11: Severe winter in Bihar has affected the health of the animals at the Sanjay Gandhi Botanical and Zoological Garden in Patna, better known as the Patna Zoo. They are now being given a nutritious diet with additional supplements for a good health.

Veterinarians at the zoo believe that the animals need special care during winters.

Unienzyml, Cystone, Liv-52 and calcium carbonate are among the medicines that are being given to the lions and tigers in the Patna Zoo by mixing it in their daily feed. The animals have responded well in health to the special diet prescribed by the veterinarians.


Foreign monks distribute blankets among the poor in Bodh Gaya

MonksBodh Gaya (Bihar), Jan 17: A group of foreign monks distributed nearly two thousand blankets among the poor and the needy during the ongoing 'Buddha Mahotsava' here.

The monks, coming from Singapore, Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong, distributed the blankets to help the poor beat the chill.

Gunthuk Rinpochhe, a Buddhist monk from Singapore, said: "Bodh Gaya is a place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, so we found that it will be good if we provide needy people with blankets. They are suffering, as it is cold now and it will give them little warmth."

The group aims to distribute blankets to at least 10,000 people in the region.


Two killed in Bhagalpur police firing

Bhagalpur, Jan 19: Two people were reportedly killed in police firing in Bihar's Bhagalpur district today.

The incident occurred when protestors demanding power supply for Kahalgaon area, turned violent and attacked police personnel. In retaliation, the police opened fire while trying to disperse the agitated crowd.

Following the incident, the main opposition party in the state the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP), Akhil Bharthiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have called for a shutdown in the district.

The residents of Kahalgaon have been staging protest at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant here since Friday morning to lodge their protests against acute power cuts in the area.


Bihar put on alert ahead of Friday shutdown

Patna,CPI-M Jan 24 : All districts in Bihar were put on alert ahead of a State-wide shutdown called by the opposition on Friday in protest against the death of three demonstrators in police firing at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur District.

“Special security arrangements would be made to protect vital installations. Steps would be taken to ensure smooth functioning of train services and traffic on roads," Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anil Sinha said.

Additional policemen have been deployed at all the key places.

Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress, the CPI-M, the CPI and the NCP have called a shutdown on Friday.


Security tightened for opposition’s shutdown in Bihar

Patna, Jan 25: Security arrangements across Bihar have been tightened today in view of a state-wide shutdown called by the opposition in protest against the death of three demonstrators in police firing at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur District.

Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress, the CPI-M, the CPI and the NCP have called for a shutdown.

All police stations in the state have been put on high alert and additional policemen have been deployed at all the key places.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) is monitoring the railway tracks and other establishments of the railways.

Additional arrangements have also been made for smooth functioning of train services and traffic on roads.


Bihar govt. doctors on two-day strike

Patna, Feb 7: About 4,200 Bihar Government doctors have struck work for two days strike from midnight Wednesday to protest against the State Government's failure to meet their long pending demands.

Agitating under the aegis of the Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA), the doctors are demanding central pay, specialist cadre, restoration of health directorate's power, and perks and allowances at par with central government doctors.

According to a BSHSA spokesman, the strike has hit 25 district hospitals, 70 referral hospitals, 23 sub-divisional hospitals, 533 primary health centres and 1,259 additional primary health centres.

All 3000 medical officers and about 1200 contractual doctors have also joined the stir.


Gaya vegetable vendor’s daughter prepares to be a national player

Gaya, Feb. 9: Gaya vegetable vendor’s daughter prepares to be a national playerMany of us tend to easily give up in life when faced by difficult circumstances. But the daughter of a vegetable vendor in Gaya has demonstrated that it’s always possible to rise with a never say die spirit.

Ninteen-year-old Jyoti Kumari has made her family and the State proud by earning several medals and trophies in various national and State-level Kabaddi tournaments.


Road rage killing sparks violence in Bihar

Lakhi Sarai (Bihar), Feb 12 : Residents of Patna have come out on the streets to protest against a road accident that claimed one life.

Protesters set ablaze at least 12 trucks.

The small-time shopkeeper was returning to home on his cycle when the accident took place.

According to an eyewitness, the shopkeeper died on the spot after the speeding truck hit him.

Residents alleged that the authorities allowed the truck to enter the 'no-entry’ zone for heavy vehicles.

"He was heading back home after closing his shop in the evening. He was walking on a side of the road when the truck came and trampled him to death. The entry to heavy vehicles is allowed only after 9 p. m., but this truck was allowed at 6 p. m. itself," said Sanjay Kumar, an eyewitness.


ABC of learning starts on Sarswati Puja

Sarswati PujaPatna, Feb. 12: Though Sarswati Puja festival is marked in praise of Goddess of knowledge with deep fervour in many parts of the country, it holds its special significance in Bihar, especially for kids.

Several children are introduced to reading writing and arithemetic skills in a ceremonial function named “Khalli Chuai” on the occasion of Sarswati Puja that is invariably organised on the Basant Panchmi day (arrival of Spring) as per Hindu almanac,

After worshipping Goddess Sarswati, the parents help their children in writing “Om”, the sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism, on a slate with chalk.


Verdict on Pappu Yadav in Ajit Sarkar murder case today

Patna, Feb 14: Lok Sabha member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu YadavA special CBI court here will pronounce its verdict in connection with the CPI-M MLA Ajit Sarkar murder case, in which Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lok Sabha member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav is the main accused.

Earlier, CBI Judge B M Srivastava had reserved its verdict for today after hearing final arguments.

Srivastava directed the superintendent of Tihar Jail in Delhi to produce Yadav before him when the judgement is pronounced.


President visits Mahabodhi temple, inaugurates cultural festival at Magadh University

The Mahabodhi temple is a shrine in Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment.Gaya (Bihar), Feb 15 : President Pratibha Patil, who is on a two-day official visit to Bihar, today visited the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya and innaugrated the first Inter University Cultural Festival hosted by the Magadh University.

The Mahabodhi temple is a shrine in Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment.


Police destroy opium crop worth over 20 million rupees in Bihar

Manjhar (Bihar), Feb 22 :Police destroy opium crop worth over 20 million rupees in Bihar Police has destroyed opium crops worth over 20 million rupees, reportedly grown by Maoists in Bihar's Manjhar village.

Following intelligence reports, police personnel swooped down on the village where a poppy was being grown on over one and a half acres of land.


Maoists gun down three in Bihar

Maoists gun down three in BiharBihar, Feb 22 : Suspected CPI (Maoist) activists on Friday shot dead three persons at a village in Bihar’s East Champaran District.

Around midnight, a group of armed activists of a banned outfit raided Pipra village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Darpa Police Station and killed three farmers.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) A K Singh said a combing operation has been launched for the assailants.

The Year 2007 witnessed a rise in overall fatalities in Left Wing Eextemism (LWE)-related incidents in Bihar.


Bihar opposition hoots Governor of Maharashtra origin

BiharPatna, Feb. 22 : Opposition leaders in the Bihar Assembly hooted Governor, R. S. Gavai, a Maharashtrian, during his customary inaugural address at the opening of the 40-day Assembly session on Thursday.

The Governor faced a tough time as the opposition shouted slogans such as "stop atrocities on Biharis" and demanded that Gavai be sent back to Maharashtra.

Gavai faced the opposition members’ ire in the wake of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)-related violence on Biharis in Mumbai because of their eastern and northern origin.


Bihar police arrest seven Naxalites

Bihar police arrest seven NaxalitesNawada (Bihar), Feb 23, : Police in Bihar’s Nawada District have arrested at least seven suspected naxalites and seized a truck laden with explosives.

Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar said the truck was intercepted near Makhor village, which falls under the Akbarpur Police Station’s jurisdiction.

Around 8,640 detonators, 6,000-kg gelatin wire, 10-kg fuse wire and three sets of cell phones were recovered. A Maruti van was also seized along with the truck, Kumar said.


Seven held in mob violence case in Bihar

Hajipur (Bihar), Feb 24 : Seven held in mob violence case in BiharSeven people have been arrested after a violent mob took the law into their own hands here on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, President Pratibha Patil also reacted to the mob fury in Bihar, and said that the increase in cases of mob violence was due to failure of the justice delivery system.

Patil reacted to the incident at an All India Seminar on Judicial Reforms organised by the Confederation of Indian Bar in New Delhi on Saturday after reports of a fight between two students over a mobile phone turned into a mob fury in Hajipur.


Police occupy Gaya school!

Police occupy Gaya school!Aanti (Gaya), Feb. 27 : Students at a secondary school in Aanti, in Bihar’s Gaya District are facing a peculiar situation.

At least seven of the 12 classrooms of the school have been occupied by police personnel.

So desperate is the situation, that classes are now being conducted in the playground with students squatting on the floor.

School authorities have no choice but to conduct daily classes in the playground and students have to sit on floor. This is despite the fact that the school building has proper classrooms.


Top naxal leader surrenders in Gaya

Gaya, Feb 29 : Top naxal leader surrenders in GayaA dreaded naxal leader belonging to the CPI (Maoist) surrendered before district magistrate Jitendra Srivastava with weapons and cartridges at the district collectorate in Gaya today afternoon.

Basudeo Rikiyan, wanted in connection with several criminal cases, gave himself up before the DM, sources said.

He also deposited an automatic rifle and a regular rifle and over 100 rounds of ammunition, they said, adding he was later sent to jail. (ANI)


NDA, UPA nominees win Bihar RS poll, NCP wins Meghalaya RS seat

NDA, UPA nominees win Bihar RS poll, NCP wins Meghalaya RS seatPatna/ Shillong, Mar 26 : All nominees of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) have won their Rajya Sabha elections in Bihar that were held today. In Meghalaya the Nationalist Congress Party has given a blow to the Congress Party by registering a win on the lone Rajya Sabha seat of the state.

Union Minister of State for Company Affairs Premchand Gupta of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) won the biennial elections to five Rajya Sabha from Bihar.


Bihar lawyers strike work for the second day

Bihar lawyers strike work for the second dayPatna, Apr 1 : Over 80,000 lawyers in Bihar struck work for a second consecutive day on Tuesday to protest against the steep hike in court fees by the state government.

The three-day strike began Monday, affecting the functioning in all courts, including the Patna High court across the state.

The strike was called by co-ordination committee of the three associations of the Patna High Court and District Bar Associations.

Coordination committee convener Yogesh Chandra Verma said it would meet on Wednesday to decide the future course of action.


Pakeeza from Bhagalpur relishes hot chillies, bricks and even mosquito repellant mats!

Pakeeza from Bhagalpur relishes hot chillies, bricks and even mosquito repellant mats!Bhagalpur (Bihar), April 15 (ANI): At an age when the tiny-tots are generally found drawn to chocolates or candies, a two-year-old girl from Bhagalpur in Bihar relishes eating hot chillies, and even munching brick pieces!

Pakeeza has been eating these substances for eight months now and has not complained of any health problem.

She lives with her mother and maternal uncle. And, the uncle says that Pakeeza’s appetite is more than other children of her age. She takes very little quantity of water.


Naxalites storm railway station in Aurangabad

Naxalites storm railway station in AurangabadAurangabad (Bihar), Apr 16: Over 200 armed Naxalites raided the Fesar Railway Station on the Aurangabad-Mughalsarai section and held five of its employees captive for several hours, police sources said on Wednesday.

Railway traffic was disrupted for over two hours on the East Central Railway section. The railway employees were later freed by the Naxalites.


Patna HC admits Pappu's appeal against life sentence

Accused of Pappu YadavPatna, Apr 16: The Patna High Court on Wednesday admitted the appeal of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav challenging the CBI court order sentencing him to life imprisonment for plotting the murder of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MLA Ajit Sarkar.

A division bench comprising Justices Mridula Mishra and Shailesh Kumar Singh admitted the petition.

On February 14th a special CBI Judge B M Srivastava had pronounced Pappu Yadav, former independent MLA Rajan Tiwari and another accused Anil Yadav guilty. They were also fined Rs 10,000 each.


Maoists blow up railway track in Bihar

Patna, Apr 17: Communist Party of India-MaoistActivists of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) blew up a railway track near Nathganj railway halt on Gaya-Kodrama rail section at midnight.

The blast affected rail traffic for over six hours.

Maoists also abducted six railway staff but later they were released.

According to sources, the train services have been restored since 7:00 a. m.

On Wednesday, about 20 Maoists blew up a four-meter-long railway track between the Hazaribagh Road and Parasnath Railway stations in Jharkhand's Giridih District.


Over 200 Maoists blast petrol pump in Bihar

BiharKahudag (Bihar), Apr 18 : A petrol pump at Kahudag on National Highway-II in Gaya district was blasted by armed Maoists today.

Over two hundred heavily armed activists of banned Maoists raided the petrol pump belonging to a former Gaya District Board Chairman Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav.

They held its two employees captive and triggered a dynamite blast.

The blast blew the pump equipments and it’s building.

Maoists freed both the employees later. Raids continue at different places to apprehend the Naxalites.

The Maoists had allegedly demanded money from the petrol pump owners, which was refused, they said. (ANI)


Ghazipur MLA’s son kills three, injures six in car mishap

Lucknow, Apr 26: The nineteen-year-old son of Samajwadi Party MLA Shadab Fatima from Ghazipur killed three pavement dwellers and injured six by running his car over them in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow late last night.

Teenager Kashif Abbas was drunk and was at the wheel of a red beacon Tata Safari with registration number UP32CA7640.

The vehicle first hit two motorcyclists and lost control and eventually crushed seven people sleeping on the pavement near the Parivartan Chowk police station, said eyewitness.

Abbas was caught by the people in the area and was later handed over to the police.

Investigations are on, said Superintendent of Police, Luckow, Akhil Kumar. (ANI)


Muslims must avoid eating beef if there is government ban: Darul-Uloom

Lucknow, Apr 27: The Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom, Deoband has issued an edict calling Muslims to refrain from cow slaughtering and beef eating if it is "prohibited under law."

"Muslims must refrain from cow slaughter, beef eating or trading in cow hide," the issued edict read.

Deoband's fatwa department chief Mufti Habibur Rehman says that meat eaters can eat buffaloes, goats, chicken and fish, adding that Shariat doesn't allow beef-eating if "it's prohibited under law."

Rehman issued the edict in response to a query filed by a Haji Mohammad Israr asking whether Islam permits cow slaughter, trading in cows, bulls and calves and use of its skin for business.


Maoist leaders appeal for release of cadres in Bihar jail

Kathmandu, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish KumarApr 28: CPN-Maoist leaders C. P Gajurel and Hisila Yami have requested Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to release dozens of their party cadres languishing in Bihar jails.

"During the meeting with the Chief Minister, we raised the issue of immediate release of dozens of our activists held in Bihar jails," ekantipuronline. com quoted Yami as saying.

Yami said the Chief Minister had assured them of the early release of the activists.

It is estimated that some three dozen Nepali Maoist activists are languishing in Bihar jails. (ANI)


Women protest against price rise in Bihar

Patna, May 1: BiharScores of women took to the streets in Bihar on Wednesday to protest against rising prices of essential commodities.

A women's group called the 'Rashtriya Mahila Brigade' held up torches and placards against the inflationary spiral and the government's failure to take affirmative action in resering seats for women in Parliament and state legislative bodies.


CPI (M-L) takes out protest march to show solidarity with teachers in Patna

CPI (M-L) takes out protest march to show solidarity with teachers in PatnaPatna, May 8 : The workers of Communist Party of India (Marxist And Leninist) took out a protest march in Patna on Thursday to show solidarity with the teachers who are demanding regular pay and permanent jobs.

Speaking to media, Anita Sinha, member of working committee of the party, said that the protesters are out to get justice for the teachers who are working on non-permanent basis and have not been getting their salaries on regular basis.


Young lawmakers campaign to root out malnutrition

Young lawmakers campaign to root out malnutritionMuzaffarpur (Bihar), May 13 : Cutting across party lines, a group of young lawmakers are vociferously campaigning to root out the menace of malnutrition in the country.

Working under the banner of 'Citizen Alliance', the lawmakers also have the support of popular figures and leading personalities from the fields of films, art, corporates, media and voluntary bodies.

These lawmakers feel malnutrition is a burning problem, since every second child in the country, according to a National Family Health Survey, suffers from a lack of adequate nourishment.


Six Maoists killed in Bihar

Patna May 15 : At least six Maoists were killed and three policemen were injured late on Wednesday evening in a fierce gun battle in Matahi forest area of Navada district in Bihar.

The encounter lasted for five hours. Inspector General of Police (Operations) S. K. Bhardwaj said that the combing operation, which was suspended due to darkness, has restarted this morning.

Police have recovered 40 kgs of RDX, six cane bombs, five rifles and a large number of cartridges. The Maoists claim that they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers and routinely call strikes, attack government property and target local politicians. (ANI)


Communists protest against water and electricity shortage in Bihar

Patna, May 24: Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) activists disrupted traffic and set up road blockages with the help of burnt tyres and water containers in protest against the Bihar Government's inability to end the shortage of water and electricity across the state.

Raising slogans against State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the activists claimed that the general public has been suffering for almost a week, and inspite repeated written reminders, the State Administration had not budged to rectify what was an alarming situation.


Bihar sets up a rural BPO to stop migration

Madubani (Bihar), May 29: In an attempt to provide employment opportunities to the locals and to stop them from migrating to other states, Bihar has set up a Business Process Outsourcing Unit (BPO) in a remote village of the State’s Madhubani District.

The BPO at Saurath Village has empowered locals.

The employees are mostly Hindi speaking, but they admit that they are learning to speak English also.

It is indeed fascinating to see homemakers and labourers working efficiently at the call centers.


Maoists blow up rail track in Bihar

Patna, June 2 : Maoist rebels today blew up a railway track in Bihar’s Jamui District during a 24-hour shutdown call in five east Bihar districts to protest the recent arrest of five cadres.

Traffic on the Patna-Howrah line was disrupted when Naxalites blasted the up track between Narganjo and Ghorparan stations, said Superintendent of Railway Police, Jamalpur, Vimal Kumar.

According to sources, several trains, including the Howrah-Delhi Janata Express, the Howrah-Danapur Express, the Tata-Gorakhpur Express, the Tata-Danapur Express and the Amritsar-Danapur Express were stranded at various stations.

The Maoists also blew up a portion of the office of Kharagpur Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO).


Left parties in Bihar call for 12-hour shutdown on June 10

Bihar MapPatna, June 6 : The Left parties today announced to hold a 12-hour shutdown on June 10 in Bihar, to protest the hike in fuel prices.

A joint press release was issued here by the leaders of Bihar state committees of the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Forward Block, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Krantikari Manch and Revolutionary Socialist Party.

The shutdown is meant to pressurise the Centre to roll back the fuel prices hike and to rein in the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.


Shutdown begins in Bihar over hike in fuel prices

Patna, June 10: A 12-hour shutdown called by the Left parties in Bihar against the hike in fuel prices began today.

The shutdown is being called by the CPI, the CPI-M, the CPI-ML, the Forward Bloc, the RSP and the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Krantikari Manch.

All police stations across the state have been alerted to thwart any attempt to breach peace and disturb normal life.

Tight security arrangements have been made at railway stations, airports, bus terminals and other important installations.

The shutdown is meant to pressurise the Centre to roll back the fuel prices hike and to rein in the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.


Shutdown in Bihar disrupts road, rail service

Patna, June 10 : A 12-hour shut down called by the Left parties in Bihar against fuel price hike, disrupted road and rail services at some places today.

The activists of the Left parties blocked the tracks at Biharsharif, headquarters of Nalanda District and halted Delhi bound Shramjivi Express, a Railway official said.

They also stopped Mithila Express near Mehsi in East Champaran District for some time but the train services were resumed after an hour with the intervention of the police.

Train services where also disrupted for various durations in Samastipur and Bhojpur Districts.


20 years later Bhagalpur riot victims get redress

New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today gave its approval
to several proposals in respect of relief and rehabilitation for the
victims of communal riots in Bhagalpur, Bihar of 1989-90.

In respect of those killed during riots, the next of kin would be
paid an ex-gratia amount Rs.3.5 lakh, which would be in addition to the
amount already paid by the State Government. This would entail an
expenditure of Rs.29.54 crore for 844 deaths.

In respect of those who were injured in the riots, an ex-gratia
amount would be paid Rs.1.25 lakh each, which would be reduced by the
amount already paid by the State Government. This would entail an
expenditure of Rs.26.99 lakh for 22 injured persons for whom the State
Government has spent Rs.50,715.


Dhanbad’s Maoist is today a peasant

Bihar Dhanbad, June 20 : While many youngsters find it hard to come out of the web of Naxalism, there are several persons who after having served their terms in jails take to righteous path and start living a happy life with their families in peace.

Dhanbad district’s Kishore Lala is one such example.

Once a hard-core Naxal, he is today a happy farmer who is supporting his family with his hard work in fields. He has set an example for others and shown how things can change if one decides to give up violence in life.

Kishore, a resident of Maniadih Village took to weapons in 1987 and got involved in many cases.


Farmers in eastern India hit by early arrival of monsoon

Bihar FarmersPatna, June 20 : The early arrival of monsoon in Bihar has adversely affected the monsoon crops by upsetting the farmers' sowing schedule.

This is the time for the farmers in Patna to sow paddy seeds but because of the early arrival of monsoon this year, they are now occupied with removing water from their inundated fields.

“If monsoon had arrived by mid July, it would have been pleasing. But the early arrival of rains has proved harmful for our crops,” said Satyendranarayan Singh, a farmer.

However, the agriculture experts opine that the rains would be harmful only in a few cases.


Bihar farmers not ready for farming operations

Bihar FarmersPatna, June 23 : Though a lot of farmers in different parts of the country were delighted to receive pre-monsoon showers, many farmers in Bihar have turned a worried lot.

Agricultural experts have also given a not-so-clear observation of the early rains and their likely impact.

The monsoon has hit Bihar quite early that this premature arrival of monsoon has upset the farmers' sowing schedule for the Kharif season.

For farmers in Patna, this is the time to sow seeds of paddy but because of the early arrival monsoon this year, they are busy draining out water from their land.


US gives three million dollars in aid as flood relief in Bihar

Patna, June 26: The United States has extended an aid of three million dollars for the flood-affected areas of Bihar.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would route this aid through 'CARE', an international NGO providing emergency relief and rehabilitation.

"We would be targeting 53,000 community members. In terms of the specificities of it, I think that is left with CARE-India to see where needs fit," said Gerald Smith, the Science Attache of the AUS Department of Agriculture.


Maoist call for shutdown affects life in Bihar and Jharkhand

BiharGaya (Bihar), July 02 (ANI): Maoist call for shutdown in Bihar and Jharkhand has affected life as transport facilities were suspended and markets remained closed today.
The shops had downed their shutters and barely few commuters were seen o the roads of Gaya.

Transportation of both goods and passengers came to a halt, as people did not venture out of their homes due to fear of incurring Maoist wrath.

The Maoists have been active across India, including the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. They are also active in some areas of Orissa, Maharashtra and Karnataka.


Arjun Singh to inaugurate HUNUR project today

Human Resource Development Minister Arjun SinghNew Delhi, July 3: Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will today inaugurate a new project ‘HUNUR’ for providing vocational training to Muslim girls in Bihar.

HUNUR is a collaborative project of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the Government of Bihar.

Under it, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will provide free skill training to about 12,000 girls studying in different schools in Bihar.


Bihar Health Minister Launches Polio Drive

Bihar Health Minister Launches Polio DriveNand Kishore Yadav, Bihar’s Health Minister, launched this years' 6th round for the eradication of polio campaign. The five day Pulse Polio drive saw a number of government as well as UNICEF officials participating in the campaign, including Dr. A.R. Siddiqui, the UNISEF Polio Coordinator, Civil Surgeon Dr. Pranav Kumar, and Rotary representative Dr. Kanhaiya Prasad.   

Bihar has seen nearly 200 children affected by the polio P3 virus, this year alone and a majority of them are from Samastipur district, with one case of the deadly P1 polio virus being reported from Saran district.


India flood toll crosses 350

Uttar PradeshNew Delhi - The death toll due to seasonal monsoon rains and flooding in India touched 359 on Monday, with the National Disaster Management cell reporting 72 deaths over the past 24 hours.

The worst-hit states were northern Uttar Pradesh, where 61 people have died since Friday. Ten deaths were reported from eastern West Bengal and one from Orissa.

A total of 5.5 million people had been affected by the floods across at least seven states - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, the disaster management cell of the federal Home Ministry said in its latest situation report.


Review of National Rural Health Mission in Bihar

Bihar, July 10 : Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will review the progress of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Bihar tomorrow.

Dr. Ramadoss will visit Bihar in connection with a function to celebrate World Population Day in Patna.

Bihar is one of the 18 high focus States to be covered under NRHM. Before NRHM, Bihar was part of Empowered Action Group (EAG) States.

Under NRHM, a manifold increase in the allocation for the health sector in Bihar has taken place.

The State has shown significant improvement in outpatient load in government facilities, sterilization cases, immunization and institutional delivery.


Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Nitish Kumar to review National Rural Health Mission in Bihar

Patna, July 11 : Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will review the progress of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Bihar today.

Dr. Ramadoss is visiting Bihar in connection with a function to celebrate World Population Day.

Bihar is one of the 18 high focus States to be covered under NRHM. Before NRHM, Bihar was part of Empowered Action Group (EAG) States.

Under NRHM, a manifold increase in the allocation for the health sector in Bihar has taken place.

The State has shown significant improvement in outpatient load in government facilities, sterilization cases, immunization and institutional delivery.


Maoist rebels protest against Indo-US nuke deal in Gaya

Indo-US NukeGaya (Bihar), August 1 : Maoist rebels have protested against the Indo-US civil nuclear deal in Gaya district of Bihar.

The rebels burned tyres and shouted slogans against the Government at their hideout at unidentified location in Gaya on Friday.

They criticised the nuke deal as being harmful in the interest of the country.


Bihar Government to launch ''Mamta'' scheme for mothers, newborns

Patna, Aug 3 : Chief Minister Nitish KumarChief Minister Nitish Kumar will today launch an ambitious project aimed at improving condition of mothers and newborns in Bihar.

Under the ''Mamta'' scheme, trained midwives would be posted at hospitals and sub-divisional health centres to take care of mothers and their newborn babies, said Principal Health Secretary Deepak Kumar.

The midwives will be paid Rs 75 for taking care of a mother and her newborn, he added.

The scheme is expected to attract pregnant women, particularly in rural areas, to go for institutional delivery.


Patna reels under intense waterlogging

Patna (Bihar), Aug. 15 :A heavy monsoon downpour and flooded streets disrupted normal life here late on Thursday.

Pedestrians had to wade through filthy knee-deep water and faced a lot of difficulty in commuting. Clogged drains added to their woes as rainwater flooded streets.

Gobind , a local resident, said: "We have nothing to eat. The place where we used to sleep, we are cooking there and if a vehicle passes by the house it splashes more water into the house. The situation is very critical here."

"Wherever you go, the situation is the same in Patna. It is very difficult for the children. It is pathetic," added Arun Lal.


Bihar leads the country with first Right to Information call centre

Bihar leads the country with first Right to Information call centrePatna, Aug. 15 : With the first Right to Information call centre of India existing in Patna for 11 years (January 1997), Bihar can today boast of being way ahead of other States in motivating its natives to seek information from government through the RTI.

The state has set an example for others to stay ahead of on development works and introducing schemes.


Nine killed, 16 injured as bus plunges into Bihar canal

Nine killed, 16 injured as bus plunges into Bihar canalPatna, Aug. 15 : Nine people including four pilgrims and a woman were killed and 16 others injured when a bus plunged into a canal in Bihar''s Lakhisarai district on Friday.

The accident took place when the sari of a woman sitting on the engine cover caught fire.

The driver, who tried to extinguish the blaze as the vehicle was still moving, lost control and the bus plummeted into the canal.

The incident occurred near Jhulauna village when the bus was returning from Sikandra to Lakhisarai, Superintendent of Police S P Shukla said.


Five killed in road mishap in Bihar

BiharMunger (Bihar), Aug 18: Five pilgrims were killed and nine others injured when the jeep in which they were travelling collided head-on with a bus in Bihar's Munger district today.

The mishap occurred near Bochahi village when they were return from Deoghar after performing 'jalabhishek' of Lord Shiva at the famous Baidyanath Dham temple on the last day of Shravan on Sunday.

The deceased have been identified as Umesh Mandal, Pravin Singh, Manoj Mandal, Ashok Mandal and Dhanush Tanti.


Bihar on red alert following breach of Kosi barrage

Bihar on red alert following breach of Kosi barragePatna, Aug 19 : Following a breach in the Kosi barrage in Nepal, a red alert has been sounded in Supaul, Madhepura and Araria districts of Bihar. 

A 12 km stream of the Kosi barrage in Nepal territory has developed breach at two places. The barrage is maintained by the Bihar Government’s Water Resources Development Department in Biratnagar. Cooperation has been sought from Nepal.


Five killed in bus accident in Bihar

BiharSamastipur (Bihar), Aug 20 : At least five pilgrims, including two women, were killed and 40 others injured when the bus in which they were travelling overturned on National Highway 2 in Bihar''s Samastipur District today.

According to police official, the bus which was on the way to Deoghar in Jharkhand from Mahant-Maniari village in Muzaffarpur district, turned off the road and plunged into a roadside ditch near Tajpur last midnight.

Injured were being treated at the Sadar hospital here. (ANI)


Bihar CM demands apology from Goa Minister on Bihari remark

Nitish KumarPatna, August 20 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday demanded an apology from a Goa Minister for his remark that there will be more beggars in the coastal state if trains linking it to Patna are introduced.

Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik on Tuesday made the remark, which triggered an outrage in Bihar.

Nitish said the remark had hurt the sentiments of the people of Bihar.


Six killed as Maoists clash with police in India

New Delhi  - At least six people, including four policemen, were killed in a gun-battle between Maoist insurgents and police in India's eastern state of Bihar on Thursday, a news report said.

A team of the Special Auxillary Police foiled an attempt by the cadre of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) to loot a bank in the Gaya district, 130 kilometres south of state capital Patna.

Senior police official Praveen Basistha told the PTI news agency that the militants opened indiscriminate fire at the police team, leading to the shootout.

Four policemen, a bank customer and a rebel were killed in the shoot-out, he said. Five policemen injured in the encounter were moved to a local hospital for treatment.


Monsoon floods affect 1.5 million people in India's Bihar state

BiharNew Delhi  - Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have affected nearly 1.5 million people in India's eastern state of Bihar, officials said Monday.

All major rivers are flowing above the danger mark in the state where 33 people have died in rain-related incidents including house collapses.

Electricity supplies, road and train services were disrupted as floods submerged several areas in the state.


Flooded Kosi affects one million people in Bihar

BiharMadhepura, Aug 26 (ANI): The swollen Kosi River breaking its embankments and changing course has ravaged many villages on its way to join the river Ganges affecting over a million people in Bihar.

Kosi River flows from Nepal to India and is known as the ''Sorrow of Bihar'' for the havoc it wreaks in many districts of the eastern state each year.

Reports say floods have caused large-scale loss of life and property in six eastern districts of the state following an over 2,000-metre breach in the Kosi embankment in the Nepal region.


CRPF jawan dies in encounter with Naxals in Gaya

CRPF jawan dies in encounter with Naxals in GayaGaya (Bihar), Aug 26 : A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was killed and three others were injured in an encounter with Maoists in Bihar''s Gaya District today.

According to sources, CRPF Havildar B P Singh was kidnapped and shot dead after an encounter with the Maoist guerrillas at Patthar-Lautia village, around 90 km from Gaya on Monday evening.

Constables Mahipal Singh and R K Shahi, who received bullet injuries in the encounter, were admitted to the Magadh Medical College Hospital Gaya.


Thousands marooned as river breaches banks in eastern India

BiharNew Delhi  - Thousands of people were marooned in India's eastern state of Bihar Tuesday after the Kosi River breached its banks and changed course, flooding villages and towns across the state, officials said.


Lalu Prasad Yadav seeks Central assistance for flood-hit Bihar

Lalu Prasad YadavAraria (Bihar), August 26 : Union Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday sought assistance from the Central Government for Bihar that has been badly hit by floods.

He met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and sought assistance by way of Air Force helicopters to be pressed into the service.


Lalu Prasad Yadav seeks Central assistance for flood-hit Bihar

Lalu Prasad YadavAraria (Bihar), August 26 : Union Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday sought assistance from the Central Government for Bihar that has been badly hit by floods.


Nitish Govt. failed to tackle flood situation in Bihar: Paswan

Ram Vilas PaswanNew Delhi, Aug 27: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan today accused the Bihar Government of failing to handle the flood situation in the Sate, and charged it with failing to repair river embankments despite warning.

“Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, Samastipur, Khagaria, Bhagalpur and Saharsa districts are totally submerged in water and the tremendous loss cannot be assessed at this moment,” Paswan told ANI over phone from Purnia.


Floods displace thousands in people in Bihar

Patna, BiharPatna, Aug 27 : With the Kosi River continuing to unleash its fury in Bihar districts bordering Nepal, over 20 lakh people are bearing the brunt of floods.

The Army was called out to help the marooned people.

Three IAF helicopters airdropped relief materials in the flood-ravaged villages of Supaul, Araria and Madhepura districts where more than 12 lakh people were hit by the floods caused by the breach in the east Kosi embankment in Nepal on August 18.


PM to undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Bihar today

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan SinghPatna, Aug 28 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will today undertake an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Bihar.

After a day-long aerial survey, Dr. Singh is scheduled to review the relief and rescue measures launched by the State Government at a high-level meeting with senior officials.

Ahead of his visit, State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met the PM on Wednesday in New Delhi and sought central assistance of Rs 1000 crore and one lakh tones of foodgrains immediately for the affected people.


Floodwater enters new areas in Bihar, mass evacuation underway

Patna, Aug 28 : Following heavy rains in catchments areas of Nepal, Flood water is entering new areas of worst hit Madhepura, Supaul and Araria districts of Bihar.

After discharge of one lakh sixty-five thousand cusec of water from river Kosi, the flood situation in Kosi region has deteriorated, triggering mass evacuation in the region.

About one lakh marooned people have been evacuated so far, bulk of them by government boats and many on their own. Four helicopters and 200 country boats are working overtime to ferry the men and material to safe destinations.


PM announces Rs 1000 crore for flood-hit Bihar

Manmohan SinghPatna, Aug 28 : Terming Bihar floods as national calamity, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday announced immediate release of Rs 1,000-crore as flood relief for the state.

The Prime Minister also announced immediate release of 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains for the affected people.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Singh and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today undertook an aerial survey of Supaul, Saharsa, Araria and Madhepura districts.


Floods in India's Bihar state kill 50

BiharNew Delhi - More than 50 people were killed and an estimated 1.1 million people were marooned in India's eastern state of Bihar after the Kosi river flooded and changed its course following heavy monsoon rains, officials said Thursday.

"Over fifty people have died in the worst-hit districts of Supaul, Madhepura, Araria and Saharsa since Tuesday evening as the death-toll during the monsoons in the state nears 100," said Anil Kumar, an official in the state's disaster management department.


Bihar flood situation grim: CM asks all to refrain from politicizing

Bihar flood situation grim: CM asks all to refrain from politicizingPurnia, Aug 29 : Flood waters continue to sweep parts of Bihar and with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar describing the calamity as very grim, politicians have been asked to refrain from politicising the matter.

"This is not the time to play politics on the issue. I know this is the year of Central elections. Therefore, people are out to make comments for political reasons," Kumar said.


Koshi embankment repairs start today

Koshi embankment repairs start todayKathmandu, Aug 29: Indian officials have agreed to start repair and reconstruction of the Koshi embankment breached by the Saptakoshi River on a war-footing with a view to strengthen two spurs located 13.5 kilometers north of the Koshi barrage.

Deputy Director General of Department of Irrigation Anil Kumar Pokharel said that the Indian authorities will start reconstruction work immediately.

As per the agreement, the Indian side will repair and reconstruct two spurs at West Kushaha and Rajabas. Half of the spur situated 13 kilometers north of the barrage has already been damaged.


UN aid agencies rush to flood-hit Bihar, Nepal

New Delhi/Patna, Aug 29 : With incessant rains lashing catchment areas of the Kosi River, leading to dramatic rise in water levels has prompted the United Nations to rush its agencies to aid the government and independent bodies working to provide relief to flood victims both in India and Nepal.

A UN Children''s Fund (UNICEF) official, Patrick McCormick, said the world body has joined in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Bihar and Nepal.

About 1, 25, 000 marooned people have been evacuated so far in 11 districts of Bihar, the bulk of them by government boats and many on their own. Four helicopters and 200 country boats are working overtime to ferry the men and material to safe destinations.


India evacuates 1 million in flood-hit Bihar

New Delhi  - India on Friday carried out one of the biggest evacuation operations in its history, rescuing nearly 1 million people marooned in the flood-hit eastern state of Bihar, officials said.

The floods came when heavy monsoon rains caused the Kosi River to breach its banks as it entered the state from Nepal in the north and change its course. At least 57 people have died in the floods.

More than 3.5 million people have been displaced by the floods, nearly 2 million of them in the five worst-affected districts of Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul, Araria and Katihar.


Rescue and relief operations intensified in flood ravaged Bihar

Manmohan SinghPatna, August 29 : Rescue and relief operations have been intensified in flood ravaged Bihar as millions await evacuation from the region.

More than 125,000 people have been reportedly evacuated from the flood hit areas so far, there are a million others who are still awaiting succor and relief across over 15 districts presenting a very grim situation.

Local media channels on Friday said that around 120,000 people have been shifted to safety.


Several feared dead as rescue boat capsizes in Bihar

BiharMadhepura , August 29 (ANI): Several people are fear dead as a boat carrying flood victims capsized in the swollen Kosi in Bihar''s Madhepura district during a rescue mission on Friday.

Reportedly, 100 people were traveling in the boat and only four can be saved.

Superintendent of Police O. N. Bhaskar said the private boat sank near Mirganj in Murliganj block of the district this evening.

The rescue teams of the Army and National Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service to locate the bodies and possible survivors, he said.


Bihar villagers remain desperate as flood threat spread

Flood in BiharPatraghat (Bihar), Aug 30: Thousands of people, some with all their belongings on their heads, walked away from their flooded homes through narrow and submerged roads in Bihar on Friday.

Many children rode on their cows and buffaloes.

Bimlesh Yadav, a villager, who left his home along with his wife and two small children, said they had lost all their life savings in these floods, the worst in the past 50 years.

"We are going to Seharsa town. We have lost everything. All our belongings have submerged in the floodwaters. We are leaving to save our children," Yadav said.


Boat makers have brisk business in flood hit Bihar

BiharSaharsa (Bihar), Aug. 30 : With the monsoon fury leaving millions of people marooned in north Bihar, the boat makers here are working day-and-night to meet the high demand for boats from the affected families.

As it takes two days to prepare one boat, people are staying near the boat making yards since they can''t return without a boat to save their family. A normal large sized boat costs between 6,000 and 15,000 rupees.

On their part, the boat makers are capitalising on the urgent needs of the public.


Floods and exodus continue in Bihar

Bihar FloodPurnia/Patna, August 30 : Fury of floods continues in Bihar forcing the people to shift to safer areas as they complain of lack of relief and rehabilitation.

The people of Madhepura district of the State, where about a million people are caught in the web of floods, complained on Saturday that the government is not providing relief to the victims.

“There has been no relief from the government. There are no medical facilities and the hospital and the police station are left locked,” said Mukesh Kumar, a flood victim.


Bihar floods: Kosi breaches Jankinagar canal in Purnia

Bihar floods: Kosi breaches Jankinagar canal in PurniaPatna, Aug 31: Adding vows to the already devastated Bihar flood victims, the swollen Kosi River breached its embankments of the Jankinagar Branch Canal (JBC) in Purnia district on Saturday night. 

With reported discharge of around 2.5 lakh cusec of water into the river from Nepal, the Kosi broke through its eastern embankment at Jankinagar.

According to official sources, the flood water was fast submerging villages in Dharhara Kothi, Dhamdaha and Bhavanipur blocks of the district.


Army intensifies rescue work in flood-affected areas of Bihar

Lalu Prasad YadavNew Delhi, Sep 1 : The Army today intensified its ongoing rescue work in flood hit areas of Bihar, and rushed 16 additional columns of men to join relief efforts.

Central Army Commander Lt General H S Panag, who is supervising the operations, said: “Another 16 columns of men have been sent to areas affected by the floods in River Kosi.”

The Army also pressed into service six helicopters -- four Cheetahs and two Dhruvs -- for rescuing people marooned in areas inaccessible by road or by boat. Twenty one columns are already deployed for rescue and relief work.


Armed Forces donate food for flood hit Bihar

Patna, BiharNew Delhi, Sep 1 : The Armed forces have donated two days of their rations for distribution to the people affected by devastating floods in Bihar.

The Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, today made this announcement whilst expressing solidarity with the grief stricken populace.

The Army today intensified its ongoing rescue work in flood hit areas of Bihar, and rushed 16 additional columns of men to join relief efforts.

Central Army Commander Lt General H S Panag, who is supervising the operations, said: “Another 16 columns of men have been sent to areas affected by the floods in River Kosi.”


Flood victims loot relief material in Bihar

Madhepura (Bihar), Sep 2: Flood victims in Bihar''s rain-drenched Madhepura District are looting relief material as the deluge continues to affect life across the state.

Some victims aided a government-run depot storing food materials.

Victims said the flooded areas were facing sn acute shortage of essential supplies.

"People are hungry and they are running from pillar to post to get food. Instead of food, we got baton charged by the police. We want food," said Kumar, a victim.

Officials said the victims'' patience snapped when the officer manning the depot tried to impose some restriction in food distribution.


Relief pours into flood-affected Bihar as situation remains grim

Relief pours into flood-affected Bihar as situation remains grimMadhepura/ Jammu/Bangalore, Sep 2: Relief continues to pour in for flood ravaged Bihar even as its impact shows no signs of abating.

Madhepura district is said to be one of the worst flood-hit areas of the state.

People continue to march to safer destinations.

"We left our place hurriedly as floodwater started gushing inside our houses and soon it rose waist-level. We could not collect even some food articles while fleeing," said Satya Prakash Kumar, a victim.


Flood victims in Bhagalpur complain of government apathy

Lalu lambastes Bihar Govt for laxity in relief measures

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Patna, Sept 2 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday lambasted the Bihar Government for laxity in providing relief to the flood victims.

Addressing media here, Lalu Yadav said the Cemtral Government is committed to bail out the people of the flood affected regions from the crisis.


More troops join efforts to rescue flood victims in India's Bihar

New Delhi - The Indian military on Tuesday sent in more soldiers, boats and aircraft to help with rescue and relief efforts in India's flood-devastated eastern state of Bihar amid reports of food riots and warnings of possible outbreaks of waterborne disease.

At least 56 deaths had been confirmed since the Kosi River breached an embankment in neighbouring Nepal and inundated vast areas of Bihar on August 18, and officials estimated that another 50 people had died.

The number of deaths could go up, Prataya Amrit, a senior official at the Bihar Disaster Management Department, warned in the state capital, Patna.


BJP to PM: Allow use of MPLAD funds to provide relief to Bihar flood victims

BJP protests against inflation in JaipurNew Delhi, Sept. 2 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appealed to the UPA Government to change the way it dealt with natural calamities like floods and earthquakes.

In a letter written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the existing stipulation that Members of Parliament are not allowed to use MPLAD funds outside their constituencies should be relaxed as a special case.


Central team visits flood-hit areas of Bihar

Flood in BiharNew Delhi, Sep 2 : A high-level central team headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar on Tuesday visited flood-hit areas of Bihar to assess the situation there.

The National Crisis Management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary, reviewed the flood situation on Monday, and it was decided that he would lead a high-level team for on-the-spot assessment of the devastation.

The Centre continues to extend all possible assistance to the Bihar Government for supplementing their efforts in managing the flood situation.


Nitish Kumar asks for more relief from Centre

Nitish KumarPatna, Sep 2 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on today asked for more central assistance for providing relief and rescue operations to the victims of devastating flood in the state.

Kumar, who met Union Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar and his team, said the state government has formed a high level team under Development Commissioner to undertake rehabilitation of people, displaced by ravaging Koshi river which breached embankment at Kushaha in Nepal on August 18.


Flood-affected Biharis migrating to Ludhiana for work

Ludhiana authorities dispatch relief material for Punjab flood victims  Ludhiana (Punjab), Sept 2 : A large number of people who lost their houses and property in Bihar, due to the ravages of floods, have started migrating to Ludhiana in Punjab in search of employment.

These migrants are hopeful that Ludhiana, being an industrial city, will provide them opportunities for employment.

"I have come here to earn a living as there was a flood in Bihar. Our houses were destroyed and we suffered a huge loss," said Bhola Yadav, a worker.


Germany provides aid to flood victims in India's Bihar state

Germany disappointed at WTO breakdownBerlin- The German Foreign Office said Tuesday it would provide aid of up to 500,000 euros (725,000 dollars) to flood victims in the Indian state of Bihar.

Up to 2.5 million people were in urgent need of emergency accommodation, food, drinking water and medical supplies, the ministry said.

It said the funds would be placed at the disposal of German aid organizations working in the area, making use of their longstanding experience of the conditions there.


India's flood-hit Bihar grapples with epidemic fears

Bihar floods: Kosi breaches Jankinagar canal in PurniaNew Delhi  - As flood waters receded in India's eastern state of Bihar, authorities and the military Wednesday faced the challenge of warding off mass epidemics in inundated areas and relief camps, news reports and officials said.

More than 115 people have died in the state since the Kosi river breached an embankment in neighbouring Nepal and submerged large areas in Bihar on August 18, news outlets reported. The state disaster control organization however confirmed only 63 deaths.


Assistance of Army engineers, BRO offered to repair Bheem barrage on Kosi

Assistance of Army engineers, BRO offered to repair Bheem barrage on KosiNew Delhi, Sep 3 : The Centre has assured all possible assistance to the Bihar government in the wake of the ongoing flood relief and rescue operations and a high level Central team has offered the help of Army engineers and the Border Roads Organisation for repair of the Bheem barrage on river Kosi where the breach took place.

A high-level team of the officials from the Centre lead by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar met the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior state officials in Patna on Tuesday.


Defence forces continue to provide relief and rescue to flood-hit Bihar

Nine killed, 16 injured as bus plunges into Bihar canalNew Delhi, Sept 3 : The three wings of defence services the Army, Navy and Air Force get together for relief and rescue operations in Bihar.

They have stepped up efforts to rescue hundreds of thousands of people marooned by floods.

Addressing a news conference in New Delhi Air Commodore G. S. Cheema, Principal Director of Transport and Helicopter Operations said the Air Force is involved in lifting boats carrying marooned villagers from remote areas.


Flood-hit Bihar now faces shortage of cattle fodder

Nitish Kumar asks for more relief from CentrePatna, Sept. 4 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that flood-affected state was toying with the idea of providing fodder for its starving cattle.

Kumar made an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged regions along with a top official of the state''s animal husbandry department on Wednesday.

He said providing fodder was on the government''s priority list along with other mitigating measures for the flood victims.


Relief work speeded up in flood-hit Bihar

BiharSaharsa (Bihar), Sep 4 : Authorities and self -help groups have stepped up relief work and set up community kitchens in flood-hit Saharsa district of Bihar.

The district is among the worst affected areas in the state ravaged by the Kosi river.

The state government is endeavouring to create make shift shelters for the people who have lost their houses in the devastating floods.

Many voluntary groups have also come forward to mitigate the miseries of the victims and provide them food.


Shortage of tents hits relief effort in India's flood-hit Bihar

BiharNew Delhi - The Indian army Thursday said there was an acute shortage of tents to house hundreds of thousands of flood victims in the eastern state of Bihar, news reports said.

The army, tasked with relief and rescue operations, has been able to send only 500 tents adequate for accommodating 5,000 people, the IANS news agency reported.

This was due to a shortage resulting from sending 1,750 tents to earthquake-hit China in May.

The number of tents was inadequate, with some 3.5 million people being affected or displaced by floods triggered after the monsoon-driven Kosi river changed course.


Central assistance for flood-hit areas of Bihar

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Sept 4 : The Centre continues to extend all possible assistance to Bihar Government for supplementing their efforts in managing the ongoing flood situation. The National Crisis Management Committee reviewed the situation today.

The Centre has deployed 37 Army columns, 13 helicopters, 599 boats, 783 National Defence Reserve Force (NDRF) personnel, 7695 tents, ten satellite phones, four lakh drinking water bottles, ten water purifying plants for assisting the State in rescue and relief operations.


India's flood-hit Bihar gears up for massive rehabilitation programme

New Delhi - India's flood-hit Bihar gears up for massive rehabilitation programmeIndia's eastern state of Bihar is preparing a massive rehabilitation and reconstruction programme after floods inundated more than 100,000 hectares of land, affecting more than 3.5 million people, officials said Friday.

Towns and villages across large swathes of the state have been flooded for more than a fortnight after the Kosi river breached its embankment in neighboring Nepal following heavy monsoon rains.


West Bengal team in Bihar for flood-related rescue work

Bihar FloodMadhepura, Sept 5 : A team of 72 rescue workers, from West Bengal are lending a helping hand in rescuing people in Bihar’s flood ravaged Madhepura District.

Hailing from the hill town of Darjeeling in West Bengal, the award winning team, comprising both men and women, rescued trapped villagers in Laxmipur village, which has been completely inundated.

Called in by a local news channel, the team rescued around 150 villagers from the flood-hit village on Thursday.


Rescue, rehabilitation work in full swing in Bihar

BiharPatna, Sep 5 : Relief and rescue work have been made available in every possible way by the Centre and other States for flood affected Bihar while the overall flood situation still remains grim even though it show signs of improvement.

Many railway stations in Bihar have been converted into flood relief camps. The concerns now are with regard to providing fodder for cattle and preventing the outbreak of epidemics.

Meanwhile, Centre has intensified flood relief efforts in Bihar on Thursday, the armed forces rushed 80 more divers and 50 boats to join the rescue mission.


Air Force donates 223 tones of ration for Bihar flood victims

Bihar FloodNew Delhi, Sep 5 : The Indian Air Force has donated 223.80 metric tones of ration for the flood relief operations in Bihar.

The ration will mainly include Atta, Rice, Dal, Sugar, Salt and Ghee. The distribution of this ration will take place through Army Central Command, which is designated as the Nodal agency for Bihar flood relief operations.

Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta today chaired a meeting of the National Executive Committee to review the flood situation in Bihar. Representatives from the concerned ministries of the Government of India and the Bihar Government were among those present at the meeting.


Lalu Prasad conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Bihar

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Sept 5 : Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday conducts an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Bihar.

The Minister, who hails from Bihar said that the situation is depressing and accused the Bihar Government for its sloppiness in providing relief to the flood victims.


Diarrhoea kills 32 in India's flood-hit Bihar state

New Delhi - Diarrhoea kills 32 in India's flood-hit Bihar state At least 32 people, including 18 children, have died from diarrhoea in India's flood-hit eastern Bihar state, raising fears of the outbreak of an epidemic, news reports said Friday.

Most of the victims contracted disease by drinking contaminated water, IANS news agency reported quoting unnamed official sources.

Towns and villages across large swathes of Bihar have been flooded for more than a fortnight since the Kosi River breached its banks in neighboring Nepal following heavy monsoon rains.


Nitish Kumar asks flood victims to stay in safer places for some more time

Patna, Sept 9 : Nitish Kumar asks flood victims to stay in safer places for some more timeBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the flood victims of the state to stay outside for some more time till the rains subside.

Kumar conducted a survey of flood-hit Purnia, Araria and visited the relief camp at Forbesganj on Monday.

Kumar told reporters at Patna Airport that people should wait for some more days before going back to their homes.


Baba Ramdev sends relief material to flood victims of Bihar

Bihar FloodPatna, Sep 9 : In a bid to help the flood victims in Bihar, Baba Ramdev, the self made Yoga Guru, flagged off 25 trucks loaded with relief material here today.

Food, clothes and shelter materials carried by the trucks would be distributed to the affected people by his workers.

He informed that his yoga school is running 20 such camps in the flood-affected areas and has provided food for almost 40,000 people.


Rahul Gandhi visits flood-hit Bihar

Purnia/Patna, Sept 10 :Rahul Gandhi visits flood-hit Bihar Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has visited the flood-ravaged Purnia District of Bihar.

The Amethi MP went around Purnia, one of the worst hit districts, to see firsthand the fury of floods and the consequent despair of the people who surrounded him all the way.

Meanwhile, self-styled yoga guru Baba Ramdev has demanded a long-term solution to tackle the recurring floods.


Bihar appoints ex-Patna HC chief justice for Kosi probe

BiharPatna, Sept 11 : The Bihar Government has appointed Rajesh Balia, a former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, to conduct a judicial probe into the breach in the Kosi embankment that triggered the worst floods of Bihar in 50 years.

On Wednesday night a notification was issued for the one-man inquiry commission according to reports.

The state government had on Tuesday night ordered a judicial probe to look into the circumstances that led to the breach in the Kosi embankment, which was approved by the state cabinet


One dead, 17 missing in Bihar boat mishap

Bihar FloodPatna, Sep 11 : One person was drowned and 17 others, mostly women and children, on board a boat were missing after it capsized in Harohar river near Bavgha village of Bihar''s Sheikhpura district on Thursday.

District Magistrate Anjani Kumar Verma camping at the incident site said that local divers fished out a body and efforts were on to trace 17 others who had gone missing after the boat got caught in a whirpool and capsized.

The body recovered by the divers was yet to be identified, he said.


Madhupur in Bihar, a home for Peacock

Bihar floods: Kosi breaches Jankinagar canal in PurniaMotihari (Bihar), Sept, 11 : Peacock, the national bird of India, with its splendid looks and majestic walk has been the source of inspiration for many poets and artists, but at the same time it has become a major reason for the disastrous end of these feathered glories.

Madhupur, a small village in Bihar has been striving hard to preserve the peacock or the peafowl in its bionetwork by converting their village into a forest area. It boasts of being home to over 200 peacocks.


Murli Deora to flag off relief material for flood-hit Bihar

Murli Deora to flag off relief material for flood-hit BiharNew Delhi, Sept 12: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora will flag off the relief material contributed by the Oil companies for flood-hit Bihar today.

In order to provide relief and better medical care to the Bihar flood affected people, Deora has decided that one of the Oil PSUs should undertake medical relief operations each of the five flood affected districts Bihar.


Flood victims continue to languish along roadside in Bihar

Saharsa (Bihar), Sept 12 Unaware of the numerous relief camps run by the State Government, scores of flood victims still continue to languish on roadside in Bihar.

Languishing under the sun and lacking food and other bare necessities, these people are struggling for existence, under the tents, in Saharsa district.

Every day is a new challenge for them, as they gamble with their lives living on the roadside, where their safety is a major concern.

Though officials pay them a visit, these flood victims allege apathy on their part.


Oil companies send relief to flood hit Bihar

BiharNew Delhi, Sept 12 : Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora today flagged off relief material contributed by the oil companies for flood-hit Bihar.

The relief material includes fuels like kerosene, free LPG for community kitchens in relief camps, solar lanterns, blankets, candles, matchboxes, ORS (Oral Re-Hydration Solutions), milk powder and cooking utensils.

Deora said his ministry is in touch with people in flood affected areas and promised more relief, if needed.


Bihar intensifies flood rescue operations

Bihar FloodPatna, Sept 12 : In a bid to speed up flood rescue operations, the police department of Bihar has ordered production of 1000 life saving jackets for its personnel engaged in rescuing marooned and flood affected people.

Although the fury of River Kosi has ebbed, the police personnel, deputed to undertake rescue operations have been facing hurdles in conducting rescue operations because of non-availability of adequate number of life saving jackets.

Till now 500 jackets have been made and 500 more are in the pipeline.


Prime Minister reviews relief and rehabilitation work in flood hit Bihar

Bihar, Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Sept 12 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today reviewed the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Flood hit Bihar at a high level meeting here.

Meanwhile Bihar has demanded over 8900 crore rupees for rehabilitation, construction and repair of the infrastructure damaged in the floods.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who met the Prime Minister on Friday also wanted him to take up with the Nepalese Prime Minister, Pushpa Dahal Prachanda the outstanding issue of Kosi river to prevent recurrence of devastation. Prachanda is coming to India on Sunday.


Maoists gun down two people in Bihar

Maoists gun down two people in BiharPatna, Sept 13 : In a suspected Maoist attack, two people were killed and two others at Ghoswar village in Vaishali District of Bihar late last night.

A group of armed guerrillas of the banned CPI Maoist entered the village, which is under the Hajipur Sadar police station area, and started firing indiscriminately.

Four members of a family were injured, in which two died on the spot while two others were rushed to Hajipur Sadar Hospital and later referred to Patna Medical College Hospital.

A massive manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits, official sources said. (ANI)


Glodyne Technoserve arm bags order worth Rs 284 crore

Smaarftech Technologies Private Limited, the arm of Glodyne Technoserve, has bagged an order worth Rs 284 crore from Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation (BSEDC) – Govt. of Bihar, for executing a turnkey Technology Project for implementing National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the state.

The order, which is a BOOT project executable over a period of five year, involves technology infrastructure management and smart card solution management.

According to sources, this project would help the Government to cover the rural masses under various government schemes for the benefit of the underprivileged.


Self help groups fear rise in child trafficking in flood-hit Bihar

BiharSaharsa, Bihar, Sept 16 : Self help groups, working in flood-hit Bihar, fear that desperation and poverty could lead to rise in incidents of child trafficking.

The incidents of children being sold by their parents to contractors are already quite high in the state, considered as poorest in the country.

Recently, the police rescued several children from a train in Saharsa district, who were being taken by a contractor after ''purchasing'' them from their parents.


Marooned cattle at Madhepura too helpless to complain

biharMadhepura (Bihar), Sep. 18 : Government agencies, including Indian Army Jawans, have been busy evacuating flood-hit people in Bihar, but the silent onlookers of the process have been dumb cattle who have been suffering silently for many days.

The cattle have been watching men being ferried on boats from flood hit areas to high grounds, but the Army Jawans do not seem worried about the cattle. Taking them to high ground also does not seem to be a priority for the State run agencies.


Flood in Bihar hits business severely

BiharGaya (Bihar), Sept 22 : Business has been severely hit in Gaya in Bihar due to a sharp fall in the number of people turning up for the annual fair, organised during the fortnight- long ceremonies to pay tribute to forefathers.

The fair has seen less participation this year that has adversely affected the sale of different products.

Traders and shopkeepers say that earlier a lot of people used to come here from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal but this year there has been a sharp decline in their number.


Gandhi’s legacy in Champaran drifting into oblivion, a task fit for taking up by INTACH

Mahatma GandhiBhitiharva Village (Bihar), Sep. 24 : As the nation is getting ready to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 139th birth anniversary on October 2, a historical Ashram founded by him in Bihar, as the centre from where he started his first Satyagraha, taking the cause of indigo workers, is drifting into oblivion.

Mahatma Gandhi established this Ashram at Bhitiharva in Bihar’s Champaran region taking up the cause of indigo workers. Among those who joined him were people like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who later became the first President of India.


Floods mar the spirit of Pitrapaksha Mela in Gaya

Patna, BiharGaya (Bihar), Sep. 25 : Bihar floods have marred the annual Pitripaksha Mela in Gaya, when Hindus offer Pinda Daan to perform Shraadh (a death ritual) for the departed soul of ancestors.

Pitripaksha is an occasion when Hindus pay tributes to their departed ancestors by offering Pind Daan (cooked food) on the banks of River Sarayu, to the crows, the cows and Brahmins.

Gaya is reckoned as a sacred place for this offering and Lord Rama is believed to have performed this Vedic ritual on the banks of River Sarayu. But, this year, there has been a very low turnout of people here from different parts of the country.


Agricultural scientists team to assess flood-affected areas in Bihar

Agricultural scientists team to assess flood-affected areas in BiharPatna, Sept 26 : The Centre will send an agricultural scientists team to Bihar to review the losses in the flood-affected areas in the state.

Agriculture Secretary T. Nand Kumar has said that there was a shortfall in Kharif area coverage this year due to late arrival of monsoon and floods in some parts of the country.

Giving details about damage, he said 2.5 lakh hectares area has been damaged in Bihar and more than one lakh in Orissa and Assam due to floods.


One policeman killed, six injured in Bihar

One policeman killed, six injured in BiharMuazaffarpur (Bihar), Oct 5 : A policeman was killed and six others were injured in an encounter with outlawed CPI Maoists at Karma village under Sahibganj police station area in Muazaffarpur district late last night.

According to sources, a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the Maoists.

Injured policemen have been admitted to the local hospital. (ANI)


Thackerays’ anti-Bihari campaign highlighted at Durga Puja pandal in Patna

Raj Thackeray Kadamkuan (Patna), Oct. 9 : The Puja Pandal erected at Kadamkuan in Patna had highlighted the controversy in Mumbai sparked of by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.


Bihar government approves Rs 197 crore to plug breach in Kosi

BiharPatna, Oct 10 : The Bihar Government on Friday sanctioned Rs 197 crore to reconstruct, strengthen and plug the breach in the embankment caused by the Kosi river on August 18 at Kusaha in Nepal, which left lakhs of people marooned in five districts of the State.


Lalu Yadav offers land in Bihar for Tata’s ‘Nano’

Lalu Prashad YadavSomnath (Gujarat), Oct 16 : Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has offered land to Tata Motors for its Nano project in Bihar.

He made the announcement after inaugurating a five kilometer-long Veraval-Somnath broad gauge line and the Veraval-Jabalpur Express Train.

During his short 15-minute speech at the railway station, Yadav said, "Sanand farmers are being harassed. If at all the project has to be in Gujarat it could have been at Dwarka. If you are really looking for land for the project, come to Bihar.”


Mahabodhi Temple gets an illuminated look

Mahabodhi TempleMahabodhi (Gaya), Oct. 16 : Visiting the famous Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya by evening has been made extra special with illumination effect.

Temple management has spent about 30 million rupees to illuminate the temple, as part of its beautification initiative.

"The implementation was a part of the temple''s beautification. Besides, Bodhgaya is an important place of pilgrimage for the Buddhists and people of other religion as well. From the spiritual point of view, this is a part of offering to the Buddha through illumination," said Nandji Dorjee, secretary, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee.


Potters in Patna gear up for ‘diwali’ sale

Patna, BiharPatna, Oct 17 : Potters in Bihar’s Patna are gearing up for Diwali, the festival of light, as the festive season increases their sale of traditional earthen lamps.

Small time potters earn between four thousand to five thousand rupees during the festive season and they wait eagerly for this time of the year.

"We wait eagerly for this time of the year so that we can make earthen lamps and pots, and make some money during the festival time," said Vedi Pandit, a potter.


Adhunik Power to Setup 1000 MW power plant in Bihar

Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Ltd (APNRL), a part of the Adhunik Metaliks group of companies, has signed a MoU with Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) for setting up a 1000 MW power plant in the state.

As per official sources, APNRL is setting up a 1000 MW thermal power plant based on coal as primary fuel, which is expected to be commissioned by June 2011.

The company plans to fulfill coal requirement for the power project through Ganeshpur, Jharkhand captive coal block of 65 MT, which has been allotted to the company.  

In the near future, the group plans to expand with similar projects in other states as well.


Police seize arms and ammunition from Maoists in Bihar

BiharGaya, Oct 21: Police have recovered a huge cache of arms hidden by Maoists in Bihar's Gaya District.

Acting on a tip-off, the police seized the explosives from a water tank in the Bhalua forest area of the district.

"We recovered a 250-litres tank. On opening it was found it had 200 detonators, 126 tiffin bombs, timers and few wires. It was dumped so that they could easily take out and use it," said R. Mallar Vijji, Superintendent of Police.


Palamu district authorities use postcards to promote responsive administration

Patna, Bihar Palamu (Bihar), Oct. 21 : District administration in Palamu in Jharkhand has recently started a novel postcard scheme to attend to the problems of local residents, especially those living in far off villages of the district.

The main objective of the postcard scheme is to establish direct contact with the public and address their problems. Both the administration and public are enthusiastic about this scheme. It is being made successful with mutual cooperation.


Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar tops in child labour prevention

Oscar FernandesNew Delhi, Oct 21 : Minister of Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes has informed the Lok Sabha that Uttar Pradesh tops in child labour prevention followed by Rajasthan and Bihar as the maximum number of children in the age group of 5-14 year were rescued and rehabilitated.

During the year 2007-08, Fernandes said 71,479 children were withdrawn from work and enrolled in special schools under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh was followed by Rajasthan and Bihar where 39,601 and 34,650 children were withdrawn from work and enrolled in special schools.


24 drown in boat mishap in Bihar

BiharKhagaria (Bihar), Oct 22 : At least twenty-four women were drowned when an overcrowded boat capsized in Bihar''s Khagaria district today.

According to police, the boat carrying the women to the other side of the river for cutting grass overturned, drowning them in the midstream near Dudhela village under Pasraha police station.

All the victims were residents of Dudhela and Budhnagar villages. (ANI)


24 people drown in India boat accident

BiharNew Delhi  - At least 24 people including 23 women were drowned when an overcrowded boat capsized in India's eastern state of Bihar on Wednesday, police said.

The boat ferrying 28 agricultural workers capsized on a small river in Khagaria district located over 200 kilometres east of state capital Patna.


Meet Patna’s ‘Dr. Shoemaker’

Patna , Oct. 22 (ANI): Many residents in Patna enjoy addressing a cobbler as ‘Doctor’, for he is quite popular for his expertise in mending all types of footwear.

Many of his customers say that he handles shoes like a surgeon handles a human body.

Doman Das, in his mid-fifties, is adept at handling all kinds of footwear related problems. His shop attracts attention due to its unusual name ‘Shoe Clinic’.

Apart from mending footwear, ‘Dr.’ Doman Das is also known for making best quality shoes. He has been into this profession for last 40 years. He prepares shoes as per client’s desire and requirement.


Bihar protests against Raj Thackeray

Bihar protests against Raj ThackerayPatna, Oct 23 : Protests erupted in Bihar’s Nalanda District on Thursday in retaliation to attacks on migrants in Mumbai.

The mob went on a rampage, vandalizing public property and damaging vehicles.

Protesters brandishing sticks and logs of wood marched on the streets and chanted slogans, demanding strict action against Raj Thackeray, chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), for inciting violence against people from north Indian region in Mumbai.


BHEL bags order worth Rs 1474 crore from NTPC

BHEL bags order worth Rs 1474 crore from NTPCPublic sector equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has secured a contract worth Rs 1474 from the government controlled power generation company NTPC. 

Under the deal, BHEL will set up two 660 MW steam turbine generators for NTPC's Barh thermal power project in Bihar. 

BHEL’s scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning.

This is company's first commercial order with supercritical parameters through the International Competitive Bidding. 


Seven trains passing through Bihar cancelled

Violence in Bihar has forced the Eastern Railway authorities to cancel seven trains that pass through Bihar.  

"Though there has been no news of any fresh violence on this day, the railway authorities did not want to take any chances," said an Eastern Railway official.

The cancelled trains list includes Bhagalpur-New Delhi Vikramshila Express, the Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jansewa Express, the Sealdah- Balia Express, the Howrah-Patna Janshatabdi Express, the Howrah-Hardwar Puja Special, the Howrah-Raxaul Mithila Express and the Sealdah-Jaynagar Gangasagar Express, an ER press release said. The Sealdah-Udaipur Ananya Express was diverted via Pradhankhunta.


Violence breaks out during Bihar shutdown

Patna, Oct 25 : Violence broke out during the dawn-to-dusk Bihar shutdown today called by various student organisations to protest against the attacks on North Indian candidates during a railway recruitment examination in Mumbai.

The shutdown is being called by various student organisations, including AISA, the student wing of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), an ultra Left party.

Students ransacked Shekhpura railway station and delinked the engine of a passenger train this morning.

According to official sources, some students pelted stones at the police and totally disrupted rail traffic on the Kiul-Gaya railway line.

The police have taken half a dozen protestors in custody.


Violence breaks out during Bihar shutdown

BiharPatna, Oct 25: Violence broke out during the dawn-to-dusk Bihar shutdown today called by various student organisations to protest against the attacks on North Indian candidates during a railway recruitment examination in Mumbai.

The shutdown is being called by various student organisations, including AISA, the student wing of Communist Party of India
(Marxist-Leninist), an ultra Left party.

Students ransacked Shekhpura railway station and delinked the engine of a passenger train this morning.


Monks offer prayers for world peace in Bihar

Rajgir (Bihar), Oct 26 : Hundreds of Buddhist monks from India and abroad gathered in Rajgir in Bihar to pray for world peace.

The prayers were held as part of 39th anniversary of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, situated atop the Ratnagiri Hill.

The occasion also gained prominence as an American follower of Buddhism donated a peace bell made of an alloy of eight metals, weighing five tons, to the stupa.

Richard Dixcy, the donor of the bell said that the peace bell was a gesture for the hospitality shown to Tibetans by the State Government by giving them refuge.


Bihar all-party delegation to meet Manmohan Singh on MNS activities

New Delhi, Oct 27: An all-party delegation headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today to submit a joint memorandum demanding action against the "divisive forces" that attacked railway job aspirants from Bihar in Mumbai.

A delegation comprising Union Ministers, Parliamentarians and leaders of various political parties in Bihar will meet Dr. Singh at five p. m. today.

An all-party meeting on October 23 had expressed anguish over the attack on north Indian examinees by activists of Raj Thackeray''s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

They unanimously decided to submit a joint memorandum to Dr. Singh in this regard.


Lalu announces Rs 3 lakh compensation for Dharam Dev Rai's widow

Railways Minister Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Oct 30: Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav today announced compensation of Rs three lakhs for the widow of Dharam Dev Rai, a resident of Uttar Pradesh''s Gorakhpur district who was beaten to death on a train in Badlapur in Maharashtra, after the miscreants identified him as a "North Indian".

The incident caught media attention as it happened in the wake of the ongoing raging controversy over harassment of North Indians, particularly those from Bihar, in Mumbai.


Lalu Yadav visits family of Rahul Raj

Lalu Yadav visits family of Rahul RajPatna, Oct 30 : Railway Minister Lalu Yadav today visited the family of Rahul Raj, who was killed in a police shootout after his alleged attempt to hijack a public bus by scaring passengers with a revolver at Kurla in Mumbai on Monday.

Expressing his condolences to the family members of Rahul, Lalu condemned the act of the Mumbai Police and said that the prevailing tension is the result of the regional divide instigated by some anti social elements.

He said that it is the fundamental right of the citizens of India to seek jobs anywhere in the country.


Thai monks offer prayers for peace in Bodh Gaya

Lord Buddha's Lumbini in NepalBodh Gaya (Bihar), Nov 3 : Monks from Thailand offered prayers for world peace and sculpted out an idol of Lord Buddha in Bodh Gaya on Sunday.

The 33-member delegation offered prayers for the well being of the people of the entire world.

"We have come from Thailand to build Lord’s Buddha idol," said Payap Shinawatra, a monk from Thailand.

Later, the monks got together and worked continuously for 12 hours to sculpt out a statue of Lord Buddha.


Buddhists pray in Bodh Gaya for world peace

Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya, Nov. 3 : A group of Buddhist monks in Bodh Gaya conducted prayers for the world peace in a special annual ceremony, which was attended by about
100 visiting Buddhist devotees from Thailand on Sunday.

Monks chanted Mantras to seek peace across the world at the ceremony called ‘Kathin Cheeva Daan’.

The occasion also drew attraction of the devotees when monks created a tall Lord Buddha statue in just 12 hours time from dawn to dusk.


Chhat Puja festival begins in Bihar

Patna, Bihar Patna, Nov. 3 : Chhat, the thanksgiving festival dedicated to the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling everyone’s wishes, started here today with Kharna ritual.

The festival is significant for married women in specific, as they observe a two-day fast and offer prayers standing waist-deep in water and offer fruits and flowers to Surya, the Sun God.

Several married women here today observed dawn to dusk fast marking ‘Kharna’ for the long life of husband and son and mark the fist day of the three-day Chhat Puja.


MNS violence: Majority RJD MPs, MLAs submit resignations

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Nov 4 : In line with RJD president and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s call for resignation of elected representatives from Bihar against the anti-north Indian violence by MNS in Maharashtra, the party legislators and parliamentarians have started submitting their resignation letters to the party leadership.

Till today, 75 percent of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members, and nearly 35 of its 55 MLAs and eight of 15 MLCs have submitted their letters of resignation, Shyam Rajak, RJD’s spokesman, said.


RJD MP manhandles Kingfisher Airlines manager

RJD MP manhandles Kingfisher Airlines managerAkhilesh Prasad Singh, Union Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal MP, allegedly assaulted the station manager of Kingfisher Airlines at Patna Airport on Monday. The incident took place when he was not allowed to board Patna-Kolkata flight, as he reported late at the airport.


Lalu prays for peace and brotherhood in the country on Chhath Puja

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Nov. 5 : Rashtriya Janata Dal President and Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav along with his family here today offered prayers to the Sun God on the last day of Chatth Puja, the poplar festival of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Chatth Puja is performed with utmost religious fervour, for three successive days after a week-long gap from Diwali, the festival of lights.


JD(U) MPs to resign

To steal the show from RJD over Bihari-Maratha conflict, the JD(U) has announced that all its five Lok Sabha MPs would resign protesting the attack of Biharis in Mumbai.

JD(U) parliamentary party leader announced this on Thursday. He said that  "there was no option left before his party but asking its LS members to resign as the Maharashtra government was "patronising" those involved in such attacks and the central government was "silent" on the issue."

"The decision was taken as no action was taken against the culprits even after an all-party delegation of Bihar MPs met PM Manmohan Singh a few days back," Singh added.


JD(U) lawmakers resign in protest over MNS attacks on North Indians

Nitish KumarNew Delhi, Nov. 7 : Five parliamentarians of Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United party from Bihar have resigned from Lok Sabha as a mark of protest against attacks by hooligans of Raj Thackeray''s Maharashtra Navanirmana Sena (MNS) on people of north Indian origin in Mumbai and Nashik.

This was announced by the aggrieved MPs in New Delhi today.


Buddhist monks pray for world peace at Bodh Gaya

Buddhist monks pray for world peace at Bodh GayaBodh Gaya (Bihar), Nov 8: Buddhist monks from across the country participated in a sacred ceremony at Bodh Gaya, one of the most important pilgrim centre of the Buddhists, and prayed for world peace.

The monks made an offering of 500 meters of cloth to Lord Buddha and also prayed for world peace at Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

Chanting hymns, the monks carried the long sheet of cloth in a ceremony called ''Cheeva Dan'' (offering of monk''s robe) on Friday.


Buddhist devotees from Thailand take-up monk-hood in Bodh Gaya

Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya, Nov 8 : Two Buddhist devotees from Thailand, on a visit to India, have taken -up monk-hood in Bodh Gaya on Saturday.

They were accompanied by hundreds of devotees who had come with them from Thailand.

The devotees took up monk-hood under the Bodhi Tree amid the chanting of sacred hymns.

Bante Achan Vichian, a Buddhist Monk said that if one takes up monk-hood he can lead a peaceful and successful life.


Patna court to hear Raj Thackeray case on November 14

Patna court to hear Raj Thackeray case on November 14Patna, Nov 9 : A court in Patna has fixed November 14 for the hearing of a petition seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for instigating party activists to assault north-Indian aspirants for railway jobs in Mumbai.

The matter was listed for November 8, but could not be taken up. The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Patna then decided that it would be heard on November 14.


Winter attracts tourists and pilgrims to Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Nov. 9 : With the onset of winter, Bodh Gaya, the famous holy pilgrimage center of Buddhists, starts witnessing the arrival of a growing number tourists and pilgrims from different parts of the county and world. 

Not many may know but Bodhgaya is today not just known as an important Buddhist pilgrim center and an archeological site, but also for its various meditation courses offered by a number of institutes, in and around the town. 

Most of these courses are conducted in winters. Hence, the number of visitors keep swelling between October and February. 


Huge cache of arms seized from Maoist rebels in Bihar

Patna, Bihar Patna, Nov 11 : Bihar Police today seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Maoist rebels hiding at Akbarpur village of Makhdumpur block in Jahanabad district.

According to police, after getting a tip-off, they conducted a raid at Chandradeep Yadav''s house in Akbarpur village of Makhdumpur block in Jahanabad district and seized huge quantity of explosives.

Chandradeep Yadav has been taken into custody.


Government introduces IPV vaccines in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

Government introduces IPV vaccines in Uttar Pradesh, BiharThe Union Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said the Government has decided to introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) in nine districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where the disease was endemic, to check the recurring cases of polio in the country.


Coalition politics, governments here to stay: Lalu Yadav

Lalu Prasad YadavNew Delhi, Nov. 21 : Regional parties have the possibility coming together to form the next government, Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Yadav said on Friday.

Revealing that he was in touch with leaders of various regional parties, Yadav told participants at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here that he would not disclose the details just yet.

He said there was no doubt about coalition politics remaining embedded in India, and added that new political parties are cropping up every now and then.”


Tourists throng cottage village at Sonepur

Bihar leads the country with first Right to Information call centreSonepur, Nov 25 : A large number of tourists from across the country have been visiting the cottage village at ongoing traditional fair in Bihar''s Sonepur district.

Though the month-long fair is dubbed as Asia''s biggest animal fair, it is the cottage village, which provides lodging facilities to the tourists that has become a major attraction this year.

Many tourists prefer to stay in these cottages, which have a traditional look with modern facilities.

There are more than thirty cottages at the fair.


Bihar wildlife officials employ DNA methods for Palamau tiger census

Palamau (Bihar), Dec. 1 : Wildlife authorities involved with the Palamau Tiger Reserve Project in Bihar are employing the latest DNA techniques to ascertain the number of tigers living in the reserve.

The Palamau Tiger Reserve was started in 1973. The present area of the reserve was duly notified as a protected forest under the Indian Forest Act, 1927, in 1947.

Prior to the creation of the Palamau Tiger Reserve, the management of these forests was highly commercialized. There were some cattle camps and the area was open to grazing. The entire forest area used to be ravaged by fires every year. Poaching too was rampant.

In earlier census were conducted using rudimentary techniques like pugmark casting.


Eleven-day Buddhist chanting prayer ceremony begins at Bodh Gaya

Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Dec 1 : Hundreds of Buddhist monks and devotees from across the globe gathered in Bodh Gaya for an eleven-day long chanting prayer ceremony for world peace that started on Monday.

Monks and nuns in saffron robes chanted scriptures of the ''Tipitaka'', the collected teachings of Lord Buddha in the sacred Pali language, at Mahabodhi temple.

The monks prayed for the prosperity and well-being of all living creatures.


Patna livestock sellers sell sacrificial goats named after Bollywood stars

 Patna livestock sellers sell sacrificial goats named after Bollywood starsPatna, Dec 8 : Livestock sellers in Patna are selling sacrificial goats named after popular Bollywood stars ahead of Eid-ul-Zuha.

In a bid to add glam quotient to their goats, the sellers in Patna have used the name of famous Bollywood stars to name their goats.

Three most famous varieties of goats, which are selling like hot cakes are Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan. The sales are sky high though there has been a little fall in the quantity of the livestock because of the floods in Bihar, earlier this year.


Bihar Gov. Given additional charge of Jharkhand

Bihar Gov. Given additional charge of JharkhandGovernor of Bihar R L Bhatia was given additional charge of Jharkhand Governor.

Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibtey Razi is on leave.

An official communique of Rashtrapati Bhavan said, "The President of India has been pleased to appoint R L Bhatia, Governor of Bihar, to discharge the functions of Governor of Jharkhand, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of Syed Sibtey Razi, Governor of Jharkhand."


Cold wave grips Bihar

Patna, Dec 18 : The sudden dip in temperature during last four days has brought about a chill in the weather, making life difficult for people in Bihar.

Locals covered in woollens made their way through the blanket of fog, which enveloped Patna.

People could be seen huddled around fires to keep themselves warm and those sleeping on roadside were wrapped in quilts and blankets to protect themselves from the biting chill.

"It is very cold in Patna these days. We are surviving somehow in this biting cold by lighting fires and warming ourselves," said Prabhat Kumar, a resident.


Centre Needs Relaxation In Opening New Medical Colleges

Centre Needs Relaxation In Opening New Medical Colleges Central government directed the Medical Council of India to provide some relaxations in norms, for opening of new medical colleges in rustic and hilly areas. To implement the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the central government is ready to provide accessible, affordable and quality health services to the poorest households in remotest areas of the country.


C&C Constructions Pockets Rs 781 Cr Order; Stock Up 9.6%

C&C Constructions Pockets Rs 781 Cr Order; Stock Up 9.6%Gurgaon-based infrastructure development company C&C Constructions Ltd has received an order worth Rs 781 crore for a dedicated freight corridor from New Karwadiya to New Ganj Khwaja in Bihar.

This work is of 105 kilometers on the Mughal-Sone section of the Eastern Corridor, which has to be finished by the next 36 months.

The project will be carried out in company with its joint venture partner M/s BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd.

M/s BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd is equal partner in this contract.


Viswanathan Anand Launches Chess Academy In Bihar

Viswanathan AnandWorld chess champion, Viswanathan Anand has decided to launch NIIT Mind Champion Academy (NIIT-MCA) to promote chess among schoolchildren in Bihar on Thursday. The academy would provide chess infrastructure to schools for promotion of the mind game. The sate government would provide computers to registered school-level chess clubs as per its computerization program.


Lalu ready to entertain people with an animation film

Lalu ready to entertain people with an animation filmRailway Minister Lalu Prasad has always fascinated masses with his unique style. Now he is ready to capture heart of millions with an animation film. 

Pawan Kumar is making 16 animated film clips of two minutes duration each. He said that the films would depict childhood and student days of Prasad, his buffalo rides, skipping school, joining student politics and the JP movement, and his political rise thereafter. 


Bihar Flood Scam accused gives in to Cancer

Gautam GoswamiGautam Goswami, a 1991 batch IAS officer and a key accused in the Rs 170 million ($3.86 million) Bihar flood relief scam of 2004, died of pancreatic cancer at a private nursing home in Patna on Tuesday morning.

 Goswami, who was named Time magazine's Asian hero in 2005, had been battling cancer for the past several months. He had been shifted from Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) to the private nursing home on Saturday after his condition deteriorated further due to kidney impairment.


HPCL Signs MoU To Takeover Sick Sugar Mills At Sugauli, Lauriya

HPCL Signs MoU To Takeover Sick Sugar Mills At Sugauli, LauriyaWith the intention to revivify and expand the agro-based industries in Bihar, state-run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bihar State Sugar Corporation Ltd and Bihar government.

The MoU was signed to take over sugar mills situated at Sugauli and Lauriya in East and West Champaran for 60 years lease (that could be extended for another 30 years).


Bihar IMA Demands Bill For Their Security In The State

Bihar IMA Demands Bill For Their Security In The StateThe Bihar Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the Nitish Kumar government to enact a law or introduce a bill that provides security to the medical professionals and institutions of the state.


Railways to introduce Bullet train for Delhi-Patna route

Bullet TrainPatna, Jan 22, : Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said that the Indian Railways have commenced the process for a Bullet train that will run between Delhi and Patna.

"We will introduce a bullet train between Delhi and Patna for which the Railways are going to appoint a consultant for presenting a feasibility report," Lalu, who is also the RJD chief, told a public meeting here.


Bihar declares high alert ahead of Republic Day

Nine killed, 16 injured as bus plunges into Bihar canalPatna, Jan 25 : Bihar, which shares its eastern border with Nepal, has been put on high alert after receiving warnings from Maoist''s, to boycott Republic Day celebrations.

Additional Director General (Headquarters) Neelmani said that special attention is being given to the naxal-affected districts and security has been heightened at vital installations.

The railways being a soft target for the militant groups, patrolling of tracks has been intensified to oppose any attempt of disrupting train movement.


Maoists hoist black flag in Jharkhand’s Palamu to protest against government policies

JharkhandRanchi, Jan. 26 : As the nation marked the 60th Republic Day on Monday in different parts of the country, maoists in Jharkhand's Palamu district hoisted black flags atop several building and institutions to protest against the government's policies on this occasion.

Black flags were seen flying over several government offices across the district.

Earlier, maoists had also given a public call for a boycott of the Republic day celebrations.


Slum dwellers protest against ‘Slumdog Millionare’ in Patna

Slum dwellers protest against ‘Slumdog Millionare’ in PatnaPatna, Jan. 28 : Slum dwellers took to the streets in protest against the use of the word ''dog'' in the Oscar-nominated film ''Slumdog Millionaire''here on Wednesday.

Protesters shouted slogans saying the film''s title was humiliating for them.

Amit Kumar, President of the Patna Slum Community, said that the title of the film was offensive and a reminder of how the British used to treat Indians in colonial times.


Maoists blow up mobile phone control room in Bihar

Bihar leads the country with first Right to Information call centreMaigra Village (Bihar), Jan 29 : Maoists blew up the control room of a cellular telephone''s tower at Maigra village in Gaya District of Bihar to snap communication links in the area.

About 50 heavily armed activists of the Communist Party of India (Maoists) attacked the control room of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
(BSNL) tower.

According to the security guard deployed at the tower, the rebels forced him to vacate the place before they detonated it with dynamites.


Children hold anti-terror peace rally in Patna

Children hold anti-terror peace rally in PatnaPatna, Jan 31 : Children held a peace march in Patna to protest against the spurt of terror activities in the country.

Holding placards, they took to streets on the occasion of ''Martyr''s Day'', which commemorates Mahatma Gandhi''s death anniversary.

"We have staged this peace march as a mark of public grievances against terrorism and to give a message to militants that we will not fear by their act of terror. We consider ourselves strong enough to fight against them," said Deepti Khanna, a child volunteer.


Bihar Government employees ask for pay revision

Bihar Government employees ask for pay revisionPatna, Feb 4 : Shutdown call given by the three Left parties here today in protest against the non-implementation of the recommendations of the sixth pay commission paralysed normal life in Bihar.

The three Left parties namely the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) CPI (ML) jointly staged a protest to support the cause of the striking employees.


Maoists kill six policemen in Bihar

Bihar MapPatna, Feb 9 : Around 100 suspected Maoists killed six police officers near Patna on Monday, the police said.

Local police official Neelmani said the officers were gunned down during a religious function in Bihar where the Naxalites maintain a major influence.

He also said that the authorities were suspecting Maoist rebels' hands in the attack, as an investigation was under way.

Naxalites frequently target police and government officials in this region that is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar. (ANI)


Three Naxals get death sentence for Bara massacre

Bihar MapGaya, Feb. 11 : Three Naxalites were sentenced to death and three got acquittal in connection with the Bara massacre case on Wednesday.

It may be recalled that the Naxalites slaughtered 35 upper caste Bhumihars 17 years ago.

Gaya District and Sessions Judge Daroga Prasad, designated the special TADA judge, pronounced Vyas Kahar, Naresh Paswan and Yugal Mochi of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) guilty of involvement in the carnage and awarded them the death penalty.

The court acquitted Tyagi Mahto, Vijay Yadav and Madhusudan Sharma citing, saying the prosecution had failed to establish charges beyond reasonable doubt.


Lalu offers 11 new trains, a rail division to Bihar in Interim Rail Budget 2009-10

Lalu Prashad YadavNew Delhi, Feb. 13 : As expected, Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has offered his home state of Bihar a bulky package in the Interim Rail Budget 2009-10.

Announcing the railway budget for the sixth consecutive time, Yadav announced 11 new trains for Bihar.

Three new Garib Rath Express, Ajmer-Bhagalpur(Bi-weekly), Jammu-Tawi-Darbhanga (weekly), and Sitamarhi-Delhi (weekly) will be introduced during the budget period.

Besides that Barauni-Delhi Jansadharan Express (Bi-weekly), Saharsa-Delhi Express via Patna ( weekly), Ranchi-Patna Jansahatabdi Express (daily), New Delhi


Twenty injured as train collides with engine in Bihar

Twenty injured as train collides with engine in BiharSugauli, Feb 14: Atleast 20 passengers were injured in a train accident at Sugauli Junction on Narkatiyaganj-Muzaffarpur rail section of East Central Railway in Bihar on Saturday morning.

The accident occurred around 5:30 am when Bettiya-Muzaffarpur passenger train, which was about to halt, collided with the engine of Raxaul-Sugauli passenger train at the Sugauli railway station.

Engines of both the trains were derailed after the accident.

The injured have been admitted to local hospitals.


Patna University lecturer celebrates Valentine''s Day with a musical performance

Patna University lecturer celebrates Valentine''s Day with a musical performancePatna, Feb 14 : Whereas courting couples and lovebirds across the globe may have grand plans to celebrate Valentine''s Day, Professor Matuknath Chaudhary, a former lecturer with the Patna University, whose face was blackened following a ''love'' affair with a student less than half his age, plans to lend a melodious note to this day of romantic emotions.

Matuknath is presenting a musical performance before his friends to make his Valentine''s Day truly memorable.


Patna court adjourns ''Slumdog Millionaire'' hearing

Nine killed, 16 injured as bus plunges into Bihar canalPatna, Feb 18 : A court in Patna on Wednesday postponed the hearing in a case filed against Oscar nominee film ''Slumdog Millionaire'' till February 24, in which the petitioner has charged that the title is offensive and derogatory.

The petition has been filed against music director A R Rahman, actor Anil Kapoor and other Indians associated with the film.


Five labourers found dead in Patna

BiharPatna, Feb 19 : Five labourers of a private iron factory were found dead under mysterious circumstances here on Thursday.

The factory is located near the Malsalmi police station.

The deceased were working at the Magadh Iron Factory. They have been as Vinit Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Mahesh Rai, Sandeep Kumar and Manoj Kumar.

Police have seized food particles and sent it to a laboratory for examination.

The bodies have been sent to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) for post-mortem.

Family members of the dead labourers have filed a murder case against the factory owner. (ANI)


Dacoit claims politicians approaching them for help in elections

India MapHanuman Ganj, Feb 21 : Dacoits in western Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh have claimed that some politicians are sending them feelers for help in the forthcoming elections.

Rudal Yadav, a dacoit, said some politicians had requested him for help.

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have declared a reward of Rupees 50, 000 and Rupees 10,000 respectively on Yadav.

He refused to divulge the name of the politicians, but said he controls elections in Hanuman Ganj and Khadda districts of Uttar Pradesh.


Industry lobby organises marathon for development in Patna

Patna, Feb 22 : Bihar Industries Association (BIA) on Sunday organised an annual marathon Run for Development here.

The marathon attracted people from all walks of life coming out to run for the cause of the state's development.

Apart from the students, young officials and women, physically challenged people also participated in the marathon with utmost zeal.

It was the fourth marathon for Development, which was organized to motivate people to be an active contributor for the State's development.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi flagged off the rally and said no force on earth can now stop Bihar's development.


Recession takes shine off Bihar’s silk industry

BiharBhagalpur (Bihar), Feb 23 : The silk industry in Bihar is losing its luster and shine due to a global economic meltdown.

The consequences of drying market are staring at many silk weavers looking for alternative sources of livelihood.

Many factories in Bihar's Bhagalpur district have now been shut down and weavers have moved to other cities in search of employment. While some are selling vegetables and doing labour works to earn their livelihood.


Lalu to contest 2009 elections from Saran

Lalu Prasad YadavChapra (Bihar), Feb 23 : Union Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has declared that he will contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from the Saran constituency.

Delimitation of constituencies has led to a rechristening of the Chapra seat, currently represented by Lalu, as Saran.

While denouncing the communal policies of Bharatiya Janata Party, Lalu claimed that the people would welcome the "developmental" policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

He asserted that the BJP''s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani would never succeed.


Bihar Govt rejects CBI probe demand in Koshi breach

CBI LogoPatna, Feb. 25 : The Bihar Government has rejected Opposition''s demand for a CBI investigation into Koshi breach. The Kosi River breach embankment at Kusaha in Nepal had caused massive floods in five districts of the state.

"We are not in a position to take punitive action against officials at this stage," state Water Resource Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav said, adding that the government had already instituted a judicial probe to find out whether the breach was caused due to the failure of any individual or institution.


Lalu contributes over Rs 38. 6 crores for Bihar flood relief

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Feb 27 : Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav today contributed a sum of 38 crores 60 lakhs 6 thousand and 750 rupees to the Chief Minister''s Relief Fund for relief and rehabilitation in flood hit areas of Kosi.

Lalu met State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at his office and handed over the cheque.

He also handed over a cheque of two crore rupees on behalf of his party, Rashtriya Janata Dal.

While appreciating his gesture, Kumar said the state government is still awaiting a positive response from the Centre to its demand for over Rupees 14,000 crores for flood victims. (ANI)


Bihar organises bicycle rally to fight corruption

Bihar organises bicycle rally to fight corruptionPatna, Feb 28 : A bicycle rally was organised here on Saturday in a bid to end corruption in the state.

Carrying placards and shouting slogans, around 200 enthusiastic cyclists participated in the rally.

District Magistrate of Patna, Jitendra Kumar Sinha, who led the rally, called upon the people to fight corruption.


Naxals attack two railway stations in Bihar

Naxals attack two railway stations in BiharKeul, Katnapur (Bihar), Mar 1 : Naxals attacked the Bhalui railway station between Keul and Jamui on the Danapur-Howrah main line in Bihar early this morning.

Another railway station at Ratnapur on the on Keul-Bhagalpur line near the West Bengal border was also set afire by around 100 Naxals.

There are no confirmed reports of any casualties till yet.

There have been regular incidents of violence in the state, following the 24- hour Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa-West Bengal strike called by CPI (Maoist) on Saturday.


Lalu Yadav slams Bihar Govt. for failure in ensuring railway security

Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav Patna, Mar 1 : Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has severely criticised the early morning Naxal attacks on two railway stations in Bihar which led to the disruption of train services on the Patna-Howrah main line for more than seven hours on Sunday.

He slammed the Nitish Kumar-led NDA Government for its failure to protect railway property from attacks by Maoists.


BJP workers protest against lapses in FCI in Bihar

BJP workers protest against lapses in FCI in BiharPatna, Mar 2 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Monday organised a protest rally against the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for allegedly cheating paddy and wheat farmers.

Marching towards the FCI office here, the protestors threw stones and sleepers on the office. The protestors sought to expose corruption in the FCI. They alleged that the corporation was cheating farmers by manipulating the price and sale of paddy and wheat crops.

They also added that tons of crops are being allowed to rot in the FCI premises.


EC to review poll preparedness in Bihar tomorrow

EC to review poll preparedness in Bihar tomorrowPatna, Mar 5 : Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami and two Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S Y Quraishi will arrive in Patna tomorrow to review the poll preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

During their visit, the team will have separate meeting with the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of the state.

The Commission is scheduled to hold meeting with all DMs and SPs of the state to review the readiness to hold the elections in a free and fair manner.


Bill Restraining Corruption Passed In Bihar Assembly

In a significant move, the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday passed the Anti-Corruption Bill, named as “Bihar Special Court Bill-2009”.

After getting the nod of the Upper House and the Governor and approval of the Centre on certain clauses, the Bill would take the shape of an Act.

The Act will help the government to check corruption by pursuing cases against corrupt officials in the special courts through speedy trial. Besides serving public servants and Peoples Representatives, the retired government employees would also come under its purview.

The state government in consultation with the Patna High Court and judicial officers would set up these special courts. These Special Courts would be open to any one with credible information


Police destroys large quantity of opium in Bihar

Police destroys large quantity of opium in BiharSankhwa (Bihar), Mar 5 : Police and paramilitary personnel on Thursday destroyed a large quantity of opium in a Maoist infested village here.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the members of Special Task Force (STF) launched an investigation to ascertain the owner of the field.

Wielding long blades, the personnel destroyed the entire crop.


Nitish Kumar goes to watch Slumdog on a cycle-rickshaw

Nitish Kumar goes to watch Slumdog on a cycle-rickshawPatna, Mar 5 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Thursday, went to watch ''Slumdog Millionare'', the Oscar winning rags-to-riches movie, on a cycle-rickshaw.

Kumar, however, claims that it was no publicity stunt and the decision was his personal choice.

After watching the movie with great interest, Kumar appreciated it saying that the film would spread a positive message especially among the poor people of the country, which would encourage them to achieve something in life.


EC to review poll preparedness in Bihar today

EC to review poll preparedness in Bihar todayPatna, Mar 6: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami and two Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S Y Quraishi will arrive here today to review the poll preparedness for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

During their visit, the team will have separate meeting with the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of the state.

The Commission is scheduled to hold meeting with all DMs and SPs of the state to review the readiness to hold the elections in a free and fair manner.


Election Commission reviews poll preparedness in Bihar

Election Commission reviews poll preparedness in BiharPatna, Mar 7 : The Election commission has given the Bihar Government a 24 hour ultimatum to relieve all officers who have been transferred but not relieved after completing 3 to 4 years into a district.

The Chief Election Commissioner, N. Gopalaswamy made it clear that there should be no exception and District Magistrates not following the Election Commission Diktat would have to face action.


Awareness campaign by girl students in Patna

Awareness campaign by girl students in PatnaPatna, Mar 7 : Ahead of the International Women's Day, the girl students on Saturday organised an awareness campaign to educate women about their rights.

International Women's day is celebrated all over the world on March 8.

Girl Students held placards and banners to establish the equality of human beings irrespective of sex and other differences, and to secure women's entitlement to fundamental human rights.


Rs 13,000 seized from RJD MP Shahabuddin in Siwan jail

Patna, Mar 13 : A massive raid in the Bihar''s Siwan Jail led to the recovery of Rs 13,000 allegedly from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who is undergoing life imprisonment in a kidnapping and suspected murder case.

According to official sources, the raid conducted by a team led by Superintendent of Police Amit Jain also led to seizure of five mobile phones, ganja and perfume bottles from the bush behind ward number 21 and 24.

The raid that began at 5: am is still continuing.

Shahabuddin was sentenced to life imprisonment on May 8, 2007 in connection with the kidnapping and suspected murder of CPI-ML worker Chote Lal Gupta.


NCP to contest 14 seats in Bihar

NCP to contest 14 seats in BiharPatna, Mar 15 : The Bihar unit of Nationalist Socialist Party (NCP) declared on Sunday that it would field its candidates in 14 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Speaking to the reporters in Patna, party spokesperson Anil Kumar Jha revealed that NCP is considering to contest for more seats on Monday.

On the other hand, the United Progressive Front (UPA) is yet to announce its seat sharing formula in the state.

The NCP, during the previous Lok Sabha elections, had contested for the Katihar seat, which was followed by an alliance with the UPA. (ANI)


NCP to contest 14 seats in Bihar

BiharPatna, Mar 15 : The Bihar unit of Nationalist Socialist Party (NCP) declared on Sunday that it would field its candidates in 14 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Speaking to the reporters in Patna, party spokesperson Anil Kumar Jha revealed that NCP is considering to contest for more seats on Monday.

On the other hand, the United Progressive Front (UPA) is yet to announce its seat sharing formula in the state.

The NCP, during the previous Lok Sabha elections, had contested for the Katihar seat, which was followed by an alliance with the UPA. (ANI)


RJD-LJP to formally announce seat-sharing for Bihar

New Delhi, Mar 17: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allies Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal have arrived at a seat-sharing formula for 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar on Tuesday.

The formal announcement is expected to be made later today at a joint press conference here.

According to sources, the Ram Vilas Paswan led-LJP will field its candidates in 12 constituencies. Talking to the reporters before the meeting with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Paswan indicated a climbdown in his party''s earlier stand on contesting either 16 seats or going alone in all forty seats in the state.

The RJD-LJP deal is likely to encourage the Congress to bargain for eight seats that it is demanding from Lalu.


EC orders transfer of two senior Bihar officials

New Delhi, Mar 17: The Election Commission has demanded the immediate transfer of two senior Bihar Government officials for permitting Union Minister for State Shakeel Ahmed to hold a public rally in a school in Darbhanga District while students were appearing for an examination.

The commission ordered Bihar Chief Secretary to post District Magistrate Arun Prasad and Superintendent of Police P K Darad to non-poll related assignments.

The Commission said that it had been brought to its notice that the public meeting addressed by Ahmed in the premises of Khirma High School at Darbhanga on March 14 affected students appearing for a practical examination.


LJP-RJD pitch for secularism in Bihar, Congress angry

Bihar leads the country with first Right to Information call centreNew Delhi, Mar 17 : Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Tuesday strongly pitched for a secular form of government in Bihar while announcing the seat sharing arrangement between the two parties in the state.

Out of the 40 seats, the RJD will contest 25 seats and the LJP will contest 12 seats. The remaining three seats have been left for the Congress.


Lalu Prasad faces revolt within party

Lalu Prasad YadavNew Delhi, Mar 17 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav faced revolt within his party on Tuesday when his brother-in-law, Sadhu Yadav, declared that he would contest from a seat left for Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

Sadhu’s challenge came after the RJD announced a seat-sharing deal with the LJP in Bihar on Tuesday morning, where his name did not figure in the list of nominees.

Sadhu lashed out at Lalu and said he would declare his future strategy later.


Maoists kill three in Bihar

Maoists kill three in BiharKhaira (Bihar), Mar 17 : Armed Maoists attacked Khaira village in Bihar''s Lakhisarai District and killed three persons on Monday night to avenge the murder of one of their men last week.

"They targeted three houses and were on a look out for people who had helped the administration ,"Anoop Yadav, a relative of the victim, said.

The attackers have taken a group of women from the village hostage, threatening to kill them if their enemies are not brought to them.


CPI-Maoist calls for boycott of general elections, warns people not to vote

CPI-Maoist calls for boycott of general elections, warns people not to votePatna/Ranchi, Mar 18 : The Bihar-Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh special area committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has called for a boycott of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday.

The Maoists issued a press release, which said that the coming Lok Sabha elections would give an opportunity to the political parties to misrule the country for another five years.


Congress snubs paltry offer of seats by RJD

Congress, RJDNew Delhi/Hyderabad, Mar 20 : Congress has said it was deeply hurt by the deal cut out by its old ally, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), by offering only three out of 40 parliamentary seats in Bihar.

"There is a deep sense of hurt at offering us a paltry three to four seats. Certainly, we as a party are entitled to assert that we should be given many more seats and certainly we do not accept that figure. I think both those stands are fully compatible," said Abhishek Singhvi, party spokesman.

On Tuesday, the RJD and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) announced a pact with RJD getting 25 seats and LJP 12.


Maoists blast tracks in Bihar

Maoists blast tracks in BiharGaya (Bihar), Mar 21: The Communist Party of India-Maoist rebels bombed railway tracks in Bihar''s Gaya District disrupting train services on the Gaya-Mughalsarai section of East Central Railway (ECR) on Saturday.

The Maoists blasted the down track between Paraiya and Guraru stations just past midnight. The tracks at a length of about four feet have been completely damaged.

During inspection, a live bomb was found planted on the tracks near the blast spot. The bomb squad was summoned to defuse the bomb.


RJD-LJP to contest all seats in Bihar

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Union Railway Minister Lalu PrasadNew Delhi, Mar 22 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday said that his party and the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) would contest all seats in Bihar.

"The RJD and the LJP will contest all seats in Bihar," Prasad said.

Prasad, however, said that he has no rift with the Congress.

"If UPA returns to power it''s good otherwise there will be some other name," he added.


RJD releases candidates list for 28 Bihar seats

BiharNew Delhi, Mar. 23 : The Rashtriya Janta Dal has released its list of 28 candidates for Bihar, with Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav contesting from two constituencies in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"We will now contest in 28 out of 40 seats in Bihar as per our seat sharing pact with the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). We will work to defeat communal forces," Lalu said, while adding that the decision on two seats was yet to be taken.

Lalu will contest from the Patliputra and Saran constituencies.


Maoists punish thieves in public court in Bihar

Maoists punish thieves in public court in BiharDumariya (Bihar), Mar 23 : Maoists conducted a public court here to punish four thieves caught in connection with automobile thefts in the state.

The thieves were accused of stealing one car and two two-wheelers.

The court, which was held in the forest area of Dumariya region in Bihar, saw the thieves being subjected to judgement by villagers.

The villagers beat the thieves up with sticks publicly as a punishment for their crime.

"The Maoists caught us and then handed over to the public," said Dhruv Sagar, a thief.


LJP to contest five seats in Jharkhand

Ram Vilas PaswanPatna, Mar 24 : Lok Janshakti Party President and Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday announced that his party would contest five Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand along with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Virendra Pradhan will contest from the Dhanbad constituency, while Nityanand Mahto and Sala-Uddin Ansari will try their luck from the Hazaribagh and Godda Parliamentary seats respectively.

Paswan said the names of the remaining two candidates would be disclosed very soon. (ANI)


Eight-time RJD- MLA resigns from Bihar Assembly

Eight-time RJD- MLA resigns from Bihar AssemblyPatna, Mar 24 : Eight-time Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Ramai Ram resigned from the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday.

Ram, who was representing the Bochaha (SC) Assembly constituency, said that the RJD has deviated from the path of social justice and secularism and this had led him to resign.


Patna High Court dashes Shahabuddin’s hope to contest in Lok Sabha polls

Patna High Court dashes Shahabuddin’s hope to contest in Lok Sabha pollsPatna, Mar. 24 : RJD MP Shahabuddin''s petition seeking to contest Lok Sabha polls in Bihar has been rejected by Patna High Court, which has rejected to stay his conviction in a kidnap and murder case.

A High Court division bench comprising of Justices Shivakirti Singh and Sheema Ali Khan refused disallowed Shahabuddin to contest from his Siwan constituency, while granted him regular bail.


Patna HC bars RJD MP Shahabuddin from contesting general elections

Patna HC bars RJD MP Shahabuddin from contesting general electionsPatna, Mar 24 : Patna High Court on Tuesday disallowed the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin's petition seeking to contest the general elections in Bihar.

A division bench comprising Justices Shivakirti Singh and Sheema Ali Khan refused to stay his conviction in a kidnap and murder case but granted him regular bail in a bond of Rs. 10,000.

Shahabuddin is a MP from Siwan constituency.


Bihar Minister Nagmani resigns from JD (U)

Bihar Minister Nagmani resigns from JD (U)Patna, Mar 25 : Former Agriculture Minister Nagmani, who had resigned from the cabinet on Sunday following denial of Janata Dal (United) ticket to contest Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, resigned from the party as well as membership of State Legislative Council today.

He has now joined the Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Nagmani took this step following denial of ticket from Ujiarpur Parliamentary Constituency. JD (U) has fielded Ashwamedh Devi, an MLA who also belongs to the same caste, from Ujiarpur.


Fernandes to contest LS polls as independent from Muzaffarpur

Fernandes to contest LS polls as independent from MuzaffarpurMuzaffarpur, Mar 26 : Senior Janata Dal- United (JDU) leader and former Union Minister George Fernandes has announced that he will contest the 2009 elections from the Muzaffarpur parliamentary constituency as an independent.

The NDA Convenor announced his decision to contest after consulting with party supporters here.

Fernandes was denied a ticket from his party for "failing health".

The JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav said that Fernandes was not in a condition to contest the Lok Sabha polls.


Alliance with SP only to strengthen secular bloc: Lalu

Alliance with SP only to strengthen secular bloc: LaluPatna, Mar 27 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said that his party and Ram Vilas Paswan led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) had allied with the Samajwadi Party (SP) President Mulayam Singh only to strengthen the secular bloc and defeat the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Prasad said that they had not formed a front against the UPA.

"I have no hidden agenda and want to make it clear that I am with the UPA and will be in it in the coming days," he added.


Lalu files nomination for Saran seat

Lalu files nomination for Saran seatChapra (Bihar), Mar 28: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Saturday filed his nomination papers from the Saran constituency for the upcoming general elections.

Lalu, who was accompanied by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, filed his papers before Additional District Magistrate Madan Pandey, who is the returning officer for the seat.

In 2004, Lalu had won the Chapra seat defeating former Minister of Civil Aviation and BJP''s spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy by 60,423 votes.


Congress, BJP policies influenced by big houses, brokers: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister MayawatiBhagalpur, Mar 29 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday claimed that her party was the only alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose policies are influenced by big houses and brokers.

"The BSP is the only alternative to the Congress and the BJP," Mayawati told a rally here.

The BSP supremo blamed the Congress and the BJP for ruining country during their stints in power.


Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Bihar on Wednesday

Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Bihar on Wednesday New Delhi, Mar 30 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will start his party's campaign for the upcoming general elections from Bihar's Buxar District on Wednesday.

According to party sources, Rahul will address a public meeting in Buxar. From here, former Central Minister K K Tiwari is a candidate from Congress.

Later in second week of April, Congress president Sonia Gandhi will also begin her campaign for the party.


Congress to field candidates against RJD, LJP

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Mar 31 : The Congress Party on Tuesday said that it would field its candidates in Bihar against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, Lalu Prasad Yadav, and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who it considers as its biggest enemies in the coming general elections.

Agitated over the decision by the RJD and LJP to contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, state PCC chief Anil Kumar Sharma said, "RJD and LJP have made Congress their enemy number one in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar."


Bihar Cabinet to induct two new faces today

Bihar Cabinet to induct two new faces todayPatna, Apr. 1 : Two new ministers, Bhavesh Chandra Thakur and Renu Kumari, will join the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government on Wednesday.

Governor R L Bhatia will administer oath of office to them at Raj Bhavan.

Thakur and Kumari would be filling in the space vacated by the resignation of Agriculture Minister Nagmani and Minister of State for Disaster Management Nitish Mishra following denial of tickets for the Lok Sabha elections to them.

Both new faces have been strategically chosen to represent the same caste as that of outgoing ministers.


Patna HC rejects Pappu Yadav’s petition to contest polls

Patna HC rejects Pappu Yadav’s petition to contest polls Patna, Apr 2 : The Patna High Court on Thursday rejected Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Pappu Yadav's petition seeking suspension of a conviction in a murder case to enable him to contest the upcoming general elections.

Pappu Yadav, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for murdering Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) leader Ajit Sarkar, is currently out on bail.

A division bench comprising Justices Shiv Kirti Singh and Dharnidhar Jha disallowed him from contesting elections.


Shahnawaz Hussain vows to focus on development

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain Bhagalpur, Apr 5 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain has said that he would focus more on development rather than playing caste politics.

Hussain had suffered defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from his home constituency Kishanganj. However, he contested again to win the by-elections from Bhagalpur, defeating the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shakuni Chaudhury.

Hussain said he was confident enough to win the constituency again.


Nitish Kumar warns Rabri Devi to prepare for legal action

Nitish Kumar warns Rabri Devi to prepare for legal actionPatna, Apr 6 : With general elections round the corner, the war of words in Bihar is at an all time high.

The derogatory remarks of Rabri Devi, wife of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Rajiv Ranjan at a poll rally in Saran district on April 4 has sparked a huge controversy.


Dalits in Bihar demand separate polling booths

Dalits in Bihar demand separate polling boothsHasanpur (Bihar), Apr 6 : The Dalits, traditionally regarded as low castes, have asked for a separate polling booth in Hasanpur village in the Phulwari Sharif block in Bihar.

The Dalit villagers fear that the Dabhangs, a group of socially dominant people, would harm them if they exercise the right of voting.


Rabri Devi faces criminal contempt petition

Rabri Devi faces criminal contempt petitionPatna, Apr 6 : A petition was filed in the Patna High Court on Monday seeking criminal contempt proceedings against former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi for alleged derogatory remarks.

Senior advocate Ashutosh Ranjan Pandey filed the petition against Rabri Devi, for allegedly making insulting remarks against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal- United (JD-U) chief Rajiv Ranjan at a poll rally in Saran on April 4.


Lalu Yadav booked for remarks against Varun Gandhi

 Lalu Yadav booked for remarks against Varun GandhiPatna, Apr 7 : A case has been lodged against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for making derogatory remarks against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi.

The Kishanganj District administration filed its complaint against Lalu Yadav under the People''s Representation Act this morning.


No law permits to use derogatory remarks against anyone, says Nitish Kumar

No law permits to use derogatory remarks against anyone, says Nitish KumarPatna, Apr 7 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that no law permits Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to make derogatory remarks against any one.

"If anyone has given a wrong statement, legal action should be taken against him. But if anyone says that Lalu will crush Varun under a roller, no law permits this," said Kumar.


LJP manifesto calls for smaller and better managed states

LJP manifesto calls for smaller and better managed statesPatna, Apr. 7 : The Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Tuesday said that it would fight the upcoming general elections on the plank of creating smaller states, as this was the best way to ensure better administration and structured development.

"The party believes that for better administration and development of neglected regions, formation of smaller states is necessary," LJP president Paswan said while releasing the party manifesto here.


BJP will emerge as biggest party in elections: Advani

LK AdvaniPatna, Apr 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said that his party would emerge as the biggest party in the elections.

“I am certain after going across the country and reading people’s mood that the BJP will emerge as the biggest party in the elections,” Advani told reporters here.

The BJP leader said with several alliance partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) deserting it, his party has an advantage in the general elections.


BJP will emerge as biggest party in elections: Advani

  BJP will emerge as biggest party in elections: Advani  Patna, Apr 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said that his party would emerge as the biggest party in the elections.

"I am certain after going across the country and reading people's mood that the BJP will emerge as the biggest party in the elections," Advani told reporters here.

The BJP leader said with several alliance partners of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) deserting it, his party has an advantage in the general elections.


Bihar police recover explosives from Maoists hideout

Bihar police recover explosives from Maoists hideoutGaya (Bihar), Apr 10 : Bihar Police have recovered a huge cache of explosives hidden in a water tank by the Maoists in the Bhalua forest area of Gaya District.

Police have seized all the explosives.

"We raided a bunker and found arms and ammunitions stored in a water tank. There were seven country made sten guns and 16 bombs, weighing 20 kilograms. We are further investigating the incident," said M. R. Nayak, Superintendent of Police, Gaya.


Defamation case filed against ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi

Defamation case filed against ex-Bihar CM Rabri DeviPatna, Apr 13: Janata Dal- United (JD-U) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh `Lalan' on Monday filed a defamation case against former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi for making inflammatory remarks against him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier this month.

The complaint said such malicious and slanderous statements did not behove a former Chief Minister.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A. K. Jha received the case under Section 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).


Bihar administration to provide security to fear gripped voters

BiharJahanabad (Bihar), Apr 13: To persuade villagers of Jahanabad District, who till now were staying away from voting due to fear of local goons, the Bihar authorities are making special arrangements to provide adequate security.

The state authorities claim that they have paid notice to the complaints of the residents of Vishunpur and Kishunpur villages, and are doing their level best to make available safe polling booths to the villagers.

The villagers had complained that some local goons, hired for vested interests, were stopping them from casting votes.


Security beefed up in Dhansa BSF camp after Maoist attack

Security beefed up in Dhansa BSF camp after Maoist attackSasaram (Bihar), Apr. 15 : Security has been beefed up in and around the Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Dhansa Valley in Bihar's Rohtas District after a five-hour-long gun battle between the police and Maoist rebels on Wednesday.

Over 100 naxals stormed the BSF camp armed with automatic guns and rocket launchers, but the camp was finally secured after a counter attack that forced the rebels to flee, reports Times Now.


Door still open for Left, says Lalu

Lalu Prasad YadavPatna, Apr. 15 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief and Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that he may consider a post-poll tie up with the Left Front.

In an exclusive to Times Now TV, the former Bihar Chief Minister indicated that he was prepared to keep all options open, including having some kind of an understanding with the Third Front.

Yadav is contesting this year''s elections for the fourth time from Saran, hitherto known as Chapra, which he won in 1977, 1989 and 2004. (ANI)


Yadav Front is unbreakable, says Lalu

http://www.topnews.in/files/lalu_yadav_0.jpgPatna, Apr. 15 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Railway Minister Lalu Yadav has said that there is no political power in the country capable of breaking the Yadav Front that includes himself, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan.

In an interview to Times Now, Lalu said: I will not respond to hypothetical situations. I can only say that the Yadav front is unbreakable. Those who want to join the NDA can do so, but we have kept all our options open as far as the Third Front is concerned."


Bihar issues shoot-at-sight orders ahead of polls

BiharPatna, Apr. 15 : Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued across Bihar in the run-up to Thursday''s first phase election in 13 out of 40 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The state''s borders with Nepal and neighbouring states have also been sealed.

Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Rajiv Pratap Rudy of Bharatiya Janata Party (Saran), Union Ministers Meira Kumar of Congress (Sasaram) and Hina Shahab, wife of controversial RJD MP Md Shahabuddin (Siwan) are candidates whose fate will be decided in tomorrow''s polls.


Patna-Gaya passenger train catches fire

Patna-Gaya passenger train Patna, Apr. 15 : A stationary passenger train that was to leave Patna for Gaya caught fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Fortunately, there were no passengers on board the train that was about to move out of the Patna Railway Station from platform number nine.

The railway authorities in Patna have ruled out foul play, but admitted that the blaze could have been caused by a short circuit. (ANI)


High security arrangements in Gaya for first phase of elections

High security arrangements in Gaya for first phase of electionsGaya, Apr. 15 : Local administration in Gaya of Bihar state has beefed up security ahead of the first phase of general elections to be held on April 16.

In the several sensitive areas of the Gaya district, the paramilitary forces have been deployed.

Police personnel are fully prepared for the uncertain situations that may arise during the first phase of the elections.


Dhoni, Harbhajan booked for disrespecting Padma honour

Dhoni, Harbhajan booked for disrespecting Padma honourMuzaffarpur (Bihar), Apr 16 : A criminal case was slapped against Indian Cricket Team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in a court here on Thursday for disrespecting the prestigious Padma Awards.

Senior advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed the case against the cricketers under sections 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), 503 (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace).


Lalu accuses Nitish, Rudy of poll malpractice

Lalu accuses Nitish, Rudy of poll malpracticePatna, Apr. 16 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday accused his BJP rival Rajiv Pratap Rudy and the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government in Bihar of electoral malpractice.

Lalu, whose political future is to be decided by the voter turnout today, claimed that socially underprivileged sections like Dalits were not allowed to vote in his Saran (Chhapra) parliamentary constituency on Thursday, and those who attempted to do so, were attacked by upper caste voters.


Lalu Prasad files nomination papers from Patliputra

 Lalu Prasad files nomination papers from PatliputraPatna, Apr 17 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday filed his nomination for the newly-formed Patliputra parliamentary constituency.

Prasad is contesting the polls from two constituencies. The second one is the Saran parliamentary constituency, where polling took place in the first phase of the general elections on Thursday.

Prasad submitted his papers to returning officer J. K. Sinha.


Congress responsible for Babri demolition: Lalu

Congress responsible for Babri demolition: LaluManigachi (Bihar), Apr 18 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Saturday said the Congress was responsible for the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.

"The Congress failed to protect the Babri mosque, as it did nothing to prevent it. Not only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress is also equally responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya," Prasad said at an election rally here.


Now, Paswan blames Congress for Babri Masjid demolition

Now, Paswan blames Congress for Babri Masjid demolitionPatna, Apr 20: After Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, it was Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s turn to blame the Congress party for the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Lalu has just said that there was a Congress government at the Centre when the Babri mosque was pulled down. Who can dispute this fact?” Paswan told reporters here.

On April 18, Lalu Yadav had blamed the Congress for the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.

Paswan also criticized the Congress for attacking him and Lalu.


Bihar Congress president accuses Lalu of being involved in Bhagalpur riots

Bihar Congress president accuses Lalu of being involved in Bhagalpur riotsPatna, Apr 20: Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Anil Kumar Sharma today accused Rashtriya Janata Dal
(RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav of plotting 1989 Bhagalpur riots and protecting the main conspirers.


Bihar candidates try to woo voters

Bihar candidates try to woo votersPatna, Apr. 20: Ahead of the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, campaigning is in full swing in Bihar with all parties trying all means and modes to woo the voters.

Actor-turned-Congress candidate Shekhar Suman told his constituency people that his party had fifty years of development history, and that is why it should be voted to power.


Lalu will not be a part of next government: Mukherjee

Lalu will not be a part of next government: MukherjeePatna, Apr. 21: Senior Congress party leader Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav would not be a part of the next government.

Addressing an election rally in Samastipur, Mukherjee said: "Lalu will neither form the government or will be a part of the next government. Lalu should have given us three seats in Bihar we had asked for. We will never tolerate being treated as a doormat."


Sonia's cancels Bihar election rallies at last moment

Sonia''s cancels Bihar election rallies at last momentPatna, Apr. 21: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi''s rallies in Bihar were cancelled at the eleventh hour on Tuesday, without citing any reason for the same.

"The information we have received from the AICC headquarters is that Soniaji''s rallies stand cancelled. No reason has been assigned," said Samir Kumar Singh, Bihar Congress Working President.


Lalu, Sushil Modi in war of words over Naxal attacks in Bihar, Jharkhand

 Lalu Prasad files nomination papers from PatliputraPatna (Bihar), Apr. 22 : Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Yadav and NDA leader and Bihar''s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi were engaged in a war of words on Wednesday, hours after Naxals struck in four places in Bihar and Jharkhand a day before the second phase of general elections.

"These attacks show that there is anarchy in all four quarters of Bihar. This (NDA) government (led by Nitish Kumar) is a failure," said Lalu Yadav.


Naxals strike Jharkhand, Bihar ahead of first phase of polling

Bihar MapRanchi/ Patna, Apr 22 : With just a day left for the second phase of general elections, the Naxals have attacked at several places in Bihar and Jharkhand to impose a shut-down in the two states.

The latest incident has happened in Jharkhand this morning, where the Naxals took 700-800 people hostage as they were travelling in a train from Barkana in Jharkhand to Mugalsarai in Uttar Pradesh.

Naxals later freed passengers on board hijacked train.

The train was hijacked at around 7 a. m.


War of words continues over Maoists attack in Bihar

War of words continues over Maoists attack in BiharPatna, Apr 22: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were engaged in a war of words on Wednesday hours after Maoists struck in four places in Bihar and Jharkhand.

"The entire Nitish Kumar Government is a failure in Bihar. The Naxals are attacking all over Bihar. There is anarchy everywhere in the state. The Naxals have burnt the entire Bihar while the Nitish Kumar led government is sleeping," said Lalu.


Maoists trigger landmine blast in Bihar killing five policemen

Maoists trigger landmine blast in Bihar killing five policemenMuzaffarpur, Apr 24 : Five policemen were killed when Maoists triggered a landmine blast on a vehicle carrying a police patrolling party in Bihar''s Muzaffarpur District late on Thursday.

Five policemen died on the spot while the vehicle driver was reported as seriously injured.

"When the security personnel were returning from duty an Improvised Explosive Device blast took place near a bridge. The blast killed everybody except the driver who got seriously injured," said Sudhanshu Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur.


RJD-LJP alliance will be uprooted from Bihar: Nitish Kumar

RJD-LJP alliance will be uprooted from Bihar: Nitish KumarPatna, Apr 24: Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal- United leader Nitish Kumar on Friday said the RJD-LJP alliance would be uprooted from Bihar after general elections.

“The RJD-LJP alliance would face a rout in the state in the general elections. There is a strong anti-Lalu and anti-Paswan wave blowing across Bihar, as people want to see a change in governance at the Centre. It is now clear that the LJP-RJD combine will be uprooted from Bihar after general elections,” Nitish Kumar told reporters here.


Advani vows to stamp out terrorism

Advani vows to stamp out terrorismPurnia (Bihar), April 24: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said if voted to power, his party would stamp out terrorism.

“If voted to power, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government would not compromise on national interest. Terrorism is the biggest challenge faced by our country. We will stamp out terror from our soil,” Advani said at an election rally here.

Advani accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of being soft on terror.


Political parties begin blame game on 1989 Bhagalpur riots

Political parties begin blame game on 1989 Bhagalpur riotsBhagalpur, Apr 25: Political parties in Bihar have begun playing politics using the infamous Bhagalpur riots of 1989 that claimed over 1000 lives.

Earlier this week, the Congress accused the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad, of protecting the main conspirators of the riots. Lalu blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for killing of minorities.

Shami Begum, a riot victim who lost four members of her family, said politicians highlight this issue during every election to garner votes from themselves.


CPI-M’s Yechury blames BJP for Babri mosque demolition

CPI-M’s Yechury blames BJP for Babri mosque demolitionPatna, Apr 28: Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPM) leader Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.

Yechury also criticized the Congress for failing in its duties to prevent the national shame.

“The BJP played the role of the murderer and the Congress failed in its duty as police captain to protect the Babri mosque,” Yechury said at a press conference here.


Lalu Prasad alleges rigging in third phase of elections

Lalu Prasad alleges rigging in third phase of electionsPatna, May 1 : Railways Minister Lalu Prasad has alleged that voting was rigged in Bihar in the third phase on Thursday.

Eleven out of Bihar''s 40 constituencies went to polls in the third phase of parliamentary elections.

"We have information of voting turnout between 25-55 per cent. In Badhaiya block of Munger district, there have been reports of rigging in. We have tried to contact the observers there and also the Senior Superintendent of Police," said Lalu.


Defamation case against Rabri Devi to be heard on May 13

Defamation case against Rabri Devi to be heard on May 13Patna, May 4 : A defamation case against former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi for making inflammatory remarks against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh ''Lalan'' will be heard on May 13.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) A K Jha, who heard the matter, fixed the next date after Rajiv Ranjan Singh failed to appear before the court today because he was sick.

On April 13, Rajiv Ranjan Singh had filed a defamation case against Rabri Devi.


Popular personalities in Kashmir and Bihar cast vote

Popular personalities in Kashmir and Bihar cast voteSrinagar(J-K), Patna Saheb, Bakhtiarpur (Bihar), May 7: Among the crowd of the ordinary voters across seven States that underwent Lok Saba polls for the fourth phase, there were some high profile voters that attracted attention.

In Srinagar, Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and leader of National Conference (NC), also casted his vote, as thousands of other people exercised their franchise on Thursday.

Omar casted his vote in the prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.


Rising mercury makes life difficult for people of Bihar

BiharPatna, May 10 : Temperature touching close to 45 degrees made life miserable for people of Bihar.

In Patna, hot winds and high temperature have made the residents take desperate measures like covering themselves with cloth to escape from scorching sun.

The sale of coolants like panna, juices and squashes has increased, as people throng the stalls selling these cold drinks to beat the heat.

"The heat is so intense that it is burning my skin. I''m having the mango panna to beat the heat," said Ashish Kumar, a resident.


NDA to rope in more regional parties if required, says Nitish Kumar

Nitish KumarPatna, May 10 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday talked of possible National Democratic Alliance''s (NDA) coalition with regional parties to form the government at the Centre.

"The NDA will come up as the biggest alliance after the polls because of which a lot of parties will be attracted to us. There can be a possibility that the NDA might not get the majority and may require other allies to form the government. But there can be another possibility that the NDA may get the majority. So, we should wait for May 16," said Kumar before leaving for an election rally in Ludhiana.


No fissure in LJP, RJD and SP alliance: LJP

Samajwadi PartyNew Delhi, May 12 : The LJP has rejected reports of any cracks in the Lok Janshakti Party, Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal coalition in UP and Bihar.

"We take exception to news reports carried in the media ascribing motives to absence of Ram Vilas Paswan from the rally held in Rampur on May 11," LJP Secretary General Abdul Khaliq said.

Khalid said media was speculating too much in LJP chief Paswan’s absence from the Rampur rally, which was prescheduled.


Left to support Nitish Kumar as next PM

PM calls Nitish after questioning his secular credentialsPatna, May 15 : In a surprising move, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader A. B. Bardhan on Friday pitched in Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal- United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar as the likely consensus Prime Minister candidate.

Bardhan’s statement came after Kumar demanded ‘Special Status’ for Bihar in lieu of his support for government at the Centre.


Paswan terms Nitish’s demand for ‘Special Status’ as ‘drama’

Paswan terms Nitish’s demand for ‘Special Status’ as ‘drama’Patna, May 15: Hours later Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar demanded `Special Status' for his state, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan termed his demand as `drama'.

"Kumar''s demand for a special category status is mere drama. Whoever is making this demand is trying to hide his own weaknesses. Development has never been an issue for him," Paswan told reporters here.


Congress gains; BJP and Left bearing loss

Congress gains; BJP and Left bearing lossCongress is set to return to power in 15th Lok Sabha Elections. Out of 476 seats, UPA was leading on 230 seats while NDA was ahead on 150 seats.

In Uttar Pradesh, Congress was leading on 14 seats while BJP was leading on 12. SP was ahead on 12 seats. BSP was leading on 13 seats. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were leading on their seats.

In Bihar, NDA was leading on 12 seats. RJD Alliance was leading on 3 seats only. RP Rudy was leading on his seat. Lalu Yadav was leading in Patliputra.


RJD will join next UPA Govt: Lalu Prasad

Sonia GandhiPatna, May 17 : Hours later United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi called up Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad to attend the Cabinet meet, the Railways Minister said his party was ready to join the Congress-led Government at the Centre.

Lalu has not been attending cabinet meetings ever since he forged an alliance with the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

On Saturday, Lalu admitted that not contesting the elections in alliance with the Congress was a big mistake.


Siberian cranes flock to Bihar’s Danapur catonement area

Siberian cranes flock to Bihar’s Danapur catonement areaDanapur (Bihar), May 24 : The bird sanctuary in the Danapur cantonment area of Bihar state has some welcome visitors -- Siberian cranes - who have flown in from far off regions.

Informed sources and regular bird watchers claim that the arrival of the Siberian crane signals the advent of the monsoon season. The cranes choose the cantonment specifically every year, as it is a safe haven. The birds also find a doting host in the Indian army authorities stationed in the cantonment area.


Lalu Yadav wants to work for RJD’s revival in Bihar

Lalu Prasad Yadav wants to work for RJD’s revival in BiharPatna, May 24 : Having suffered a major jolt in the recently held elections, the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav wants to revive his relations with the people of Bihar and revive his party''s fortune.

Addressing a meeting here on Sunday, Lalu said that he would spend time with the people over the next one year so as to revive his party.

"I am not going to Delhi. I will spend all my time in Bihar. I will visit all the villages in Bihar. I will spend one year among the poor people," said Lalu Prasad Yadav.


A nonagenarian in Bihar rescued

A nonagenarian in Bihar rescuedPatna, May 31: Police in Patna freed a nonagenarian from his captors, believed to be some anti-social elements, who allegedly had kept in captivity with an aim to grab his property.

Bhagwant Narayan Pandey aged 93 years was held hostage in his own house located at Dewan on the outskirts of Patna.

According to neighbours, Bhagwant who is ailing lived all alone in one part of his fifty-roomed mansion worth millions.

His captors have been identified as Indu Pandey and Babu Chandra, incidentally his tenants.


Three trains set on fire, railway station ransacked in Bihar

Three trains set on fire, railway station ransacked in BiharPatna, June 1 : Three trains came under attack of hundreds of agitated people about 32 kilometre from Patna on Monday morning over Railways'' decision to withdraw halt of various trains at Bihar's Khusrupur railway station.

The furious mob torched train bogies, ransacked station and uprooted rail lines falling under Danapur division


IMA Urges Bihar DGP To Recover Abducted Kid Safely

KidnappingOver the past few months there have been several incidents of kidnapping children, but in most cases, the kids were murdered.

Such stories are tear-jerking for everyone; parents' pain is all but unbearable.

Meanwhile, across the country, parents fear their kid could be next. Young girls are considered most vulnerable.

According to recent reports, a class 6 student Rithik Kumar, who is the son of medical practitioner Dr. Sudhir Kumar, has been abducted from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur region.

The reports also said that the kidnapped kid remained traceless.


Another Setback For LJP –RJD

BiharHere's another jolt for the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar.

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United candidate Arun Manjhi won the by-election to state's Fatuha assembly constituency. The JD (U) candidate overcame his nearest rival Punent Rai, nominee of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) combine, by nearly 10,000 votes.

It should be noted that the by-election was held on May 28 last month, following the death of JD-U legislator Sarjug Paswan.


8 killed, 20 wounded in road mishaps in Bihar

8 killed, 20 wounded in road mishaps in BiharNalanda, June 3 : Two separate road mishaps in Bihar's Nalanda and Aurangabad districts left at least eight persons killed and 20 left injured, 11 of them quite critically on Wednesday.

According to police, five persons were killed on the spot and 18 others injured when a truck collided head-on with a tractor-trolley at village Fatehpur in the State's Nalanda district on Wednesday morning.


8 killed, 20 wounded in road mishaps in Bihar

8 killed, 20 wounded in road mishaps in BiharNalanda, June 3 : Two separate road mishaps in Bihar’s Nalanda and Aurangabad districts left at least eight persons killed and 20 left injured, 11 of them quite critically on Wednesday.

According to police, five persons were killed on the spot and 18 others injured when a truck collided head-on with a tractor-trolley at village Fatehpur in the State’s Nalanda district on Wednesday morning.


HPCL to pump Rs 614 crore in its two sugar mills

HPCL to pump Rs 614 crore in its two sugar millsHindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has decided to invest Rs 614 crore in the two sugar mills, which the company bought in Bihar to manufacture ethanol.

According to company officials, the two plants will produce 60 kilolitres of ethanol per day, which will be used to dope petrol.

It should be noted that HPCL Board, which a few weeks ago approved the investment proposal but due to the General Elections, it was not implemented by the company.


Moral policing rankle couples in Patna

Moral policing rankle couples in PatnaPatna, June 6 : In yet another incident of moral policing, woman police officers publicly humiliated couples in Shahid Pir Ali Khan Park in Patna, Bihar.

A huge crowd, including women and children witnessed the scenes of female cops beating and pulling hair of young couples and insulting them ruthlessly.


Lalu Yadav celebrates 62nd birthday with gusto

 Lalu Yadav celebrates 62nd birthday with gustoPatna, June 12 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav celebrated his birthday party with pomp and show on Thursday.

He celebrated his birthday with family, friends, party workers and well-wishers amidst much fanfare.

A big cake was cut and distributed among the crowd present there. It was followed by his party workers offering him bouquets of roses and other presents.

Speaking to the media, Lalu said that although this is not his official birthday, his party workers celebrate the day with full enthusiasm every year.


Lalu Prasad Yadav blamed for election defeat

Lalu Prasad Yadav blamed for election defeatPatna, June 13 : After faring poorly in the Lok Sabha elections, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad faced another blow when his close confidant Shyam Razak on Saturday quit the party, saying the RJD will be “finished soon.”

Criticizing Prasad for RJD''s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, where the party could win only four seats this time against 22 it got in 2004, Razak said the party had become former Bihar chief minister’s "fiefdom".


Nitish expresses anguish over attack on Bihari''s in Manipur

Nitish KumarPatna June 19: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed his deep concern and anguish over the recent attack on Bihari labourers in Manipur by a militant organisation.

The separatist groups in Manipur repeatedly targeted the labourers of Bengal and Bihar.

In a telephonic conversation, Kumar asked his Mainpuri counterpart Okram Ibobi Singh to effectively check the attacks on migrants particularly Bihari labourers, as such incidents are harmful to the unity and integrity of the country.


Debananda Konwar takes oath as Bihar Governor

Patna, June 29 : Debananda Konwar took oath as the Governor of Bihar at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan today.

Acting Chief Justice of Bihar High Court Shiva Kirti Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Konwar. He replaces RL Bhatia whose term expired last week.

Konwar, a four-time MLA from Assam, was the Finance Minister in the Tarun Gogoi-led ministry. (ANI)


HIV positive man commits suicide in Bihar’s Gaya district

HIV positive man commits suicide in Bihar’s Gaya districtIn a shocking development, a 35-year-old HIV-positive patient committed suicide by setting himself on fire in Bihar's Gaya district on Thursday.

The deceased identified as Satyendra Malakar was working as a daily wage labourer in Gujarat. He recently had returned to his village after falling sick. He was tested HIV positive after he underwent treatment at the Patna Medical College in Patna.


One killed, six injured in crude bomb blast at Bihar court

One killed, six injured in crude bomb blast at Bihar courtAra (Bihar), July 10 : one person was killed and six persons injured, when a crude bomb exploded inside the Ara District Court premises here.

According to police, the bomb exploded inside the advocate's chamber. Ara is about 60 km from Patna, the state capital.

The crude bomb was tied to the waist of the man and exploded when he was about to take a seat in the advocate's chamber.

Among the six injured are four lawyers. They were rushed to Patna Medical College Hospital for treatment. The condition of two was said to be critical.


Many teachers injured in police baton-charge in Patna

Many teachers injured in police baton-charge in PatnaPatna, July 10 : A violent protest by thousands of temporary teachers, demanding regularisation of their services, caused serious injuries to many protesters and policemen here on Friday.

In a bid to control the situation, police baton-charged the protestors and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The 1.75-lakh temporary teachers, who were hired by Nitish Kumar Government in 2006 to plug the huge demand gap in the number of primary school teachers, are demanding to be regularised on par with the regular government teachers.


Lord Shiva devotees carrying 54-feet long Kanwar draw people in Patna

Lord Shiva devotees carrying 54-feet long Kanwar draw people in PatnaPatna, July 15 : A group of Kanwarias or, the devotees of Lord Shiva, are drawing wide public attention for carrying a 54-feet long Kanwar or, a wooden carrier fitted with water pots on both ends of the pole, in Patna city.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees take arduous on-foot religious journey to express their devotion for Lord Shiva in the Hindu month of Shravan or Monsoon month (mid June to July).


Bihar gears up to handle rush of solar eclipse viewers

Bihar gears up to handle rush of solar eclipse viewersTaregana (Bihar), July 17 : Officials in Bihar are busy making arrangements to handle the rush of solar eclipse watchers later this month.

"Taregana will offer good visibility during solar eclipse due to its geographical situation. So, we expect a lot of outstation visitors who will come to watch the solar eclipse or to study it. We have made all the security arrangements required. We have also made available temporary accommodation for the visitors," said Virendra Kumar Sinha, sub-divisional officer, Masaurhi sub-division.


Nitish orders probe into Patna woman stripping case

Nitish orders probe into Patna woman stripping casePatna, July 24 : An opposition and women''s rights activists’ uproar over the alleged stripping and assault of a woman by a group of men here has prompted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to order an inquiry into the incident.

According to official sources, Nitish ordered state police chief DN Gautam to undertake the probe on Thursday night although the police headquarters had already asked Inspector General (Patna zone) Sunil Kumar to look into the incident.


Protests erupt in Patna over woman stripping case

Protests erupt in Patna over woman stripping casePatna, July 24 : Opposition parties in Bihar on Friday expressed anguish over the reported stripping and assault of a woman by a group of men here.

On Thursday evening, a group of men had allegedly abused, assaulted and then stripped a 22-year-old woman in full public view at a busy road.

As per media reports, police personnel were present at the site but took about an hour before taking action against the culprits.


Subhash Projects bags order worth Rs 152 crore

Subhash Projects Subhash Projects and Marketing Limited, an infrastructure development company in India, has secured three orders worth Rs 151.80 crore from various firms.

The company secured the first order worth Rs 103.26 crore from Bihar State Electricity Board, Patna for supply of materials and equipments for creation of Rural Electricity Infrastructure and Household Electrification in Supaul District of Bihar on Turn Key basis under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY-in XIth Plan).


LJP workers clashes with police over stripping case

 LJP workers clashes with police over stripping casePatna, July 27 : Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) activists clashed with police, following a baton charge at a party rally here on Monday.

Former Union Minister and LJP President RamVilas Paswan had joined the protest alongwith his supporters calling for action over the alleged stripping and assault of a woman by a group of men in Patna.

Paswan was marching from the party office to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to Governor Devanand Konwar.


Nitish Kumar orders immediate deployment of NDRF in Bihar

Nitish Kumar orders immediate deployment of NDRF in BiharSitamarhi (Bihar), Aug. 1 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday ordered the immediate deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in areas which were affected by the swirling waters of the Bagmati river.

He also ordered a high-level probe into reports of almost one lakh people being affected by the river breaching its embankment near Tajpur in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

According to reports, water of the river have submerged vast areas of land in the district.


Farmers in Bihar fear crop loss due to monsoon delay

Farmers in Bihar fear crop loss due to monsoon delayVaishali (Bihar), Aug 1 : Farmers in Bihar’s Vaishali district are a worried lot as inadequate rains have resulted in parched farms and fear is mounting that their saplings may dry if it doesn''t rain soon.


Flood situation grim in parts of Bihar and UP

Flood situation grim in parts of Bihar and UPSitamarhi (Bihar)/Siddharthnagar (UP), Aug 3 : Rivers and water channels breached embankments in Siddharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh leaving thousands of people in need of immediate help.

Over 200 villages are reeling under the flood situation while 42 have been deserted.

The floods have been caused by the release of water from barrages following heavy rains in Nepal. And as a result Rapti, old Rapti and Banganga river in the region have all been flooded.


UNICEF''s campaign girl against child labour continues to lead miserable life

UNICEF''s campaign girl against child labour continues to lead miserable lifePatna, Aug 5 : After becoming The United Nations Children''s Fund''s (UNICEF) campaign girl against child labour, Chunchun Kumari, 10, had thought her miserable days would end soon. But little did she think her popularity would hardly change her miserable life.

Chunchun continues to lead a life of abject poverty in Bihar’s Patna city.


Special Task Force arrests seven Maoists in Bihar

Special Task Force arrests seven Maoists in BiharPaliganj (Bihar), Aug 7 : The Special Task Force (STF) has arrested seven Maoists including the area commander of banned outfit Communist Party of India (Maoists) from Bihar’s Paliganj region late on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, the STF team, assisted by policemen, had raided a school in Badauli village and arrested the seven Maoists.

According to the police, the Maoists were intending to indulge in some untoward activity on Independence Day.


Bihar Govt. declares 26 districts as drought-hit

Bihar Govt. declares 26 districts as drought-hitPatna, Aug 10 : The Bihar Government has declared 26 districts in the State as drought-hit.

The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting today. It was also decided to suspend recovery of loans in drought-affected areas.

The districts declared drought-hit include Siwan, Bhojpur, Gaya, Nalanda, Jehanabad, Rohtas and Tehmur.

On Sunday, an all party meeting was held where it was decided to call on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and submit a joint memorandum.


Fresh tests show 666 persons have cerebral malaria in Bihar

Fresh tests show 666 persons have cerebral malaria in BiharMunger (Bihar), Aug. 11 : Fresh blood sample tests have confirmed 666 persons having cerebral malaria, which has claimed 25 lives in the last fortnight in Bihar''s Munger District.

"The tests performed through fresh kits have confirmed 666 out of 1841 patients suffering from high fever or other related symptoms are afflicted by cerebral malaria", Dr B Sahu, a Malaria Officer, said.


Pratibha Industries picks order worth Rs 523.40 crore

Pratibha Industries picks order worth Rs 523.40 crorePratibha Industries has secured an order worth Rs 523.40 crore from National Buildings Construction Corporation for construction of a medical college at Patna.

The scope of the work includes construction of a hospital building, medical college, hostels and a residential complex. The order is expected to be completed in 2 years.


Train bogies torched in Bihar

Train bogies torched in BiharPatna, Aug 18 : A group of students on Tuesday set four air-conditioned bogies of the Patna-Delhi Shramjeevi Express afire at the Bihta Railway station which falls between Patna and Mighal Sarai Junction in Bihar.

According to sources, the students resorted to violence after Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel beat some of them up at the railway station during a ticket checking drive.

The group, comprising about 15 students, had boarded the train at Ara. They were spotted by RPF personnel and forced out of the coaches at Bihta station.


Flood situation remains grim in UP, Bihar

Flood situation remains grim in UP, BiharLucknow/Patna, Aug 22 : The flood situation remains grim in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as all rivers in both states are flowing above the danger mark.

Bihar recorded eleven deaths, while sixteen people have died in Uttar Pradesh.

Over 600 villages in the Terai district and 250 villagtes in the Sidharth Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by the floods.

The flood situation in Bihar worsened on Saturday as swollen rivers inundated vast swathes of countryside in seven districts.


Five policemen killed in Naxal attack in Bihar''s Jamui district

Five policemen killed in Naxal attack in Bihar''s Jamui districtPatna, Aug. 23 : Five policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector have been killed and two injured in a naxal attack in Sono Bazar area of Bihar''s Jamui district.

Police sources said four of those killed belonged to the Special Auxiliary Police.

Around 50 armed Maoist activists assembled in the main market roundabaout at Sono and sprayed bullets at the policemen patrolling in a jeep. The Maoists also looted six rifles and ammunition from the policemen before fleeing.


JD (U) women’s cell protests against price rise in Patna

JD (U) women’s cell protests against price rise in PatnaPatna, Aug 23 : Women activists of Janata Dal (United) women’s cell staged a protest here against soaring prices of essentials commodities on Saturday.

The protestors wearing vegetable garlands and holding brooms raised slogans against the UPA Government for not checking the price rise.


JD (U) women’s cell protests against price rise in Patna

JD (U) women’s cell protests against price rise in PatnaPatna, Aug 23 : Women activists of Janata Dal (United) women’s cell staged a protest here against soaring prices of essentials commodities on Saturday.

The protestors wearing vegetable garlands and holding brooms raised slogans against the UPA Government for not checking the price rise.


IVRCL Infrastructure wins order worth Rs 597.81 crore

IVRCL Infrastructure wins order worth Rs 597.81 crore Hyderabad-based IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects Limited (IVRCL) has secured five new orders worth Rs 597.81 crore.

The company has secured first order worth Rs 157 crore from Government of Bihar funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improvement / up-gradation of Darbhanga-Kamtaul-Basaitha-Madhwapur Road (SH-75) length 47.00 Km. The project is expected to be completed in next 24 months.


Bihar demands Rs 23,000 crore as Central help

nitish kumarBihar, on Monday sought Rs 23,000 crore as straightaway help from the Centre to undertake the situation of drought in the state.

Mr. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister informed that they need Rs 10,800 crore for supplying food-grain and cash assistance to every affected person. According to him, Rs 10,000 crore had been sought under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and Rs 2,000 crore for giving diesel grant, fodder and farm inputs.

The State government was imaging a situation to worsen compared to the 1967 shortage that had affected exclusive Bihar, if the dry spell remained in the state.


Maoists blow up mobile towers in Gaya

Maoists blow up mobile towers in GayaGaya, Aug 26 : Maoists blew up two mobile towers in Bihar''s Gaya district as the 48-hour shutdown in five states called by them ended on Tuesday night.

According to sources, around 400 Maoists detonated dynamites to blow up the towers at Guraru and at Gurua in Gaya.

They also set fire to four vehicles at Tilhautu in Rohtas district.

In another incident, a villager was killed and a jawan injured when Maoists opened fire at a makeshift CRPF camp at Bundu in Jharkhand.

The incident took place at around 11:00 p. m. when armed Maoists attacked the camp located in a school.


Economy suffers due to Maoists shutdown in Jharkhand

Economy suffers due to Maoists shutdown in JharkhandRanchi, Aug 27 : The economy and public life has taken a beating in Ranchi due to the Maoists shutdown.

Industry experts believe that such shutdowns are financially crippling.


Bihar flood victims allege government apathy

Bihar flood victims allege government apathyKevati (Bihar), Aug 27 : Angry and anguished villagers have blamed government apathy for the flood-related havoc across Bihar.

Thousands of people have been displaced after the Misraulia dam broke in theState''s Darbhanga district inundating several villages in the region.

The water has flooded the National Highway 105 Highway, taking away tracts of road with the flow.

Villages have turned into mini islands and are cut off from the rest of the region.

Floods have affected around a million people in eleven districts of the state.


Bihar students form human-chain to spread awareness about swine flu

 Bihar students form human-chain to spread awareness about swine fluPatna, Aug. 29 : Students of a biotechnology college in Bihar formed a human chain on Saturday (August 29) to create awareness about H1N1 influenza virus, commonly known as swine flu.

Students carried placards giving information pertaining to precautions and cure of the disease.


Death toll in Bihar floods reaches 52

 Death toll in Bihar floods reaches 52Patna, Aug 29: The flood situation in Bihar further worsened on Saturday as Kosi River continued to unleash its fury in several districts, pushing the death toll to 52.

According to officials, 12 fresh deaths were reported from Purnia, four from Sitamarhi, three from Saharsa and two each from Madhubani and Darbhanga.

They also informed that relief and rescue operations were going on at affected areas with the help of four National Disaster Response Force teams, who are equipped with about 1000 boats.


52 dead in floods in India's Bihar, over 1.5 million affected

FloodNew Delhi  - The flood toll in India's eastern state of Bihar rose to 52 as major rivers continued to flow above danger levels in 11 districts, news reports said Sunday.

At least 1.5 million people had been affected by the floods, the PTI news agency reported.

The floods have been brought on by delayed monsoon rains in the state where the government declared 26 of its 40 states as drought-hit in early August.


Junior doctors'' strike in Bihar, claims 38 lives

Junior doctors'' strike in Bihar, claims 38 livesPatna, Aug 31 : The outdoor and emergency services at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) continue to be affected for the fifth day on Monday due to an indefinite strike by 800-odd junior doctors.

According to reports, the doctors strike has so far claimed lives of 38 patients.


Nagarjuna Construction picks two new orders worth Rs 481 crore

NagarjunaHyderabad-based infrastructure firm, Nagarjuna Construction Company, has picked two new orders worth Rs 481 crore in domestic market.

The company secured the first order, valued at Rs 449 crore, from the Water Resources Department of Bihar for execution of restoration of Eastern Gandak Canal to be completed over 25 months.

Further, the second order has been received from MRF Limited, Chennai for construction of proposed radial tyre plant and easy tyre plant in Andhra Pradesh. The contract is valued at Rs 32 crore and is scheduled to be completed over 6 months.


BSNL launches Nova Net PC in Bihar

BSNL Net PC in BiharState-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has finally launched a multi-featured computing service Nova net PC bundled with broadband over landline for both urban and rural areas in Bihar.   

The company stated in a communique that the Nova net PC has been launched in alliance with Noavtium Solution Private Limited, which can be used for both internet access and computing applications at economical prices.    


Gates Foundation all set to bail-out flood-hit Bihar

Bill-GatesWith a main purpose to provide financial help to the state of Bihar, a task force has been assigned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The task force has been constituted to look at the affected areas in the state, which are hit badly by the flood.

Earlier, on Saturday, foundation’s country head Ashok Alexander along with his eight-member team visited some of the areas in flood-affected Madhepura and Samastipur districts of the state.


Maoists attack private plant in Bihar, kidnap security guards

Maoists attack private plant in Bihar, kidnap security guards Patna, Sep 2 : About 400 armed Maoists attacked a plant owned by a private road construction firm and kidnapped six security guards on Wednesday in the Jamui district of Bihar.

The Jamui district comes under the Maoist affected areas of the state.

According to Additional Director General of Police Neelamani, the red ultras raided the SMPL''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s plant at Hariondhi village and damaged pay loaders and three trucks.


Women activists take out anti-liquor rally in Patna

Women activists take out anti-liquor rally in PatnaPatna, Sep 4 : Members of the Rashtriya Mahila Brigade (RSB) on Friday took out a sword march on Patna streets to protest against the increasing crimes against women and to press for their demand for a complete ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks in the state capital.

Carrying swords in their hands and raising slogans, the women activists held the protest march with the aim to to put an end to the increasing crime against women that often go unreported.


Absence of teachers keeps literacy rate low in Bihar

Absence of teachers keeps literacy rate low in BiharPatna, Sep 8 : Even as the world''s observing ''International Literacy Day'' on Tuesday, Bihar continues to suffer from rampant illiteracy.

Despite the government''s repeated efforts to improve standards of teaching, schools are grappling with a lack of teaching staff and creaking infrastructure.


Two Nepalese held with fake currency notes in Bihar

Two Nepalese held with fake currency notes in BiharRaxaul (Bihar), Sep. 9 : Border guards have arrested two Nepalese with fake currency worth Rs 40,000 in the town of Raxaul, Bihar, near the Indo-Nepal border.

Guards belonging to the Seema Suraksha Bal arrested Shyam Kumar Shah and Azad Alam with Rs 40,000 in fake Indian Rupee notes in Raxaul on Tuesday.

The two revealed that they had been given the money by a person called Zubaid in the town of Birganj, Nepal just across the border to supply to somebody in Raxaul.


Rain disrupts normal life in Patna.

Rain disrupts normal life in Patna.Patna, Sep 9 : Heavy rains accompanied by strong wind drenched Patna and its neighbourhood on Wednesday, which severely disrupted life as it disrupted traffic and uprooted trees blocking vehicular movement.

"We are facing a lot of problems in Patna as it''s been raining since morning. Office goers could not reach office in time because trees have blocked the road," said Vivek Kumar, a local.

The city received about 16.6 mm rainwater, while wind blew at a speed of 40 kilometres per hour. The surprise downpour was a result of a depression formed over Jharkhand.


Women activists organise anti-liquor rally in Patna

Women activists organise anti-liquor rally in PatnaPatna, Sep 9 : Women activists under the banner of Durga Dusta organised a protest march in Patna on Wednesday, demanding a ban on the sale of liquor in the state.

The activists raised slogans and held a protest march with the aim women aware of the social evils of alcoholism.

The agitating women demanded a complete ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks in the state and smashed liquor bottles on the road.


Japanese woman performs Hindu ancestral worship rites in Gaya

Pinda-DaanGaya (Bihar), Sep 11: Tomoko Lee, a Japanese national, offered ''Pinda Daan'', a Hindu ancestral worship rite in Gaya on Friday.

Lee said that it was dedicated to her grand parents.

“Yes, ''Pinda Daan'' I have done for my grandfather and grandmother. Grandmother died about two years ago and grandfather died about a half year ago,” Lee said.

Ashok Pandey supervised the rituals. He said Lee may have been impressed by the way Hindus remember their ancestors and resolved to follow suit.

“She developed the urge for performing ''Pinda Daan'' for her grandparents after seeing the faith of others,” said Pandey.


Bihar Govt urged to revive waterway transportation

Bihar Govt urged to revive waterway transportationPatna, Sep. 11 : The committee working on inland waterways transportation held a seminar with the Bihar government in an effort to revive cargo and cruise movements on the rivers flowing through the state.

"The basic purpose of holding this seminar is to find out why the cargo movement, which was very large at one time in Patna and cruise movement has reduced so much and what possibly can be done to revive these movements," said S. P Gaur, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India.


Railway head constable who threw boy off train arrested

Railway head constable who threw boy off train arrestedPatna (Bihar), Sep. 13 : A Railway Police Force (RPF) head constable, who threw a 14-year-old boy from a running train near Kurhni in Bihar last week, has been arrested after being identified by the victim.

Shahabuddin, who lost his right leg in the incident, identified head constable Rameshwar Prasad during a test identification (IT) parade at the SKMCH on Saturday.


Miscreants kidnap seven-year-old Patna boy

Miscreants kidnap seven-year-old Patna boyPatna, Sep 14 : A seven-year-old boy was kidnapped from the Gandhi Maidan area of Patna by unidentified persons while going to school this morning.

According to the police, three motorcycle-borne persons stopped a car at gunpoint in which Shreya travelling.

The class I student heading towards the Christ Church school from his residence in the Kankarbagh area.

The kidnapping took place 50 metres from the district magistrate''s residence and was also close to the police headquarters. (ANI)


Eight-year-old kidnapped in Patna

Eight-year-old kidnapped in PatnaPatna, Sep 14 : Unidentified persons in Patna kidnapped an eight-year-old boy at gunpoint in Patna on Monday at 7.30 am.

Shreyas Srivastava, is a standard one student at Christ church school here in Kankarbagh area.

According to the police, the incident occurred early morning when Shreyas Srivastava was going to school along with other students in an auto-rickshaw when three motorcycle-borne persons stopped the auto-rickshaw at gunpoint.


Gates of ''City of Gates'' in dilapidated state

Gates of ''City of Gates'' in dilapidated stateAurangabad, Sep 15 : Aurangabad, popularly known as the ''City of Gates'' for having as many as 52 gates, is suffering due to government apathy as most of the gates are in a dilapidated state.

Out of 52 only 4 main and 9 subordinate gates have survived. The most famous, oldest and biggest of them being the Bhadkal Gate near the Naukhanda Palace of Nizams.


RJD-LJP alliance wins 8 seats in Bihar by-election

RJD-LJP alliance wins 8 seats in Bihar by-electionPatna, Sep 17 : Lalu Prasad -led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and its ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have made a come back in Bihar by winning eight seats in by-election held for 18 assembly seats.

The by-elections results are a set back for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as his party won three seats and its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won two seats.

The RJD won from Bochaha, Kalyanpur, Phulwarisharief, Aurai and Ramgarh seats while Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP won Warisnagar, Araria and Bodh Gaya seats.


Rashtriya Janata Dal celebrates good show in Bihar by-polls

Rashtriya Janata Dal celebrates good show in Bihar by-pollsPatna, Sept 20 : The activists of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) here celebrated the party''s good show in the by-election for 18 legislative assembly seats.

The RJD-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) won eight seats in the by-election for 18 legislative assembly seats, a major set back to ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U).

The JD (U) bagged three seats while its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won two seats.


Women fall sick in 3 Indian states after using mehendi

IndiaIn a shocking development, over a dozen women in three states of the country fell ill after applying mehendi on their hands on the occasion of Eid.

It is reported that the women in Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal developed rashes on the skin after applying mehendi.

In West Bengal, 9 women were admitted to Burdwan medical college, while two were admitted in Bankura and four in Malda.

Over hundred people have been affected in the state.


Suspected ISI operative arrested in Patna

Suspected ISI operative arrested in PatnaPatna, Sep. 22 : Bihar Police have arrested a man, they suspect to be an agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Sudhanshu Sudhakar, an Indian national, was arrested with some secret military documents by the Special Task Force of the Bihar Police following a tip-off by the Intelligence Bureau and allied Intelligence agencies and was booked under the Official Secrets Act.

Sudhakar used to previously work in the Indian Army as a soldier, police said.


Maoists continue with their Foundation Day anniversary celebrations in Bihar

Maoists continue with their Foundation Day anniversary celebrations in BiharGaya (Bihar), Sep 23 : Members and activists of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) continued with their Foundation Day anniversary celebrations in several parts of rural Bihar for the second day on Tuesday.

The banned outfit was formed with the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and the People''s War Group (PWG) on September 21, 2004.


35 more bodies fished out after boat capsized in Bihar

Bihar-mapPatna, Sep. 30 : Thirty-five more bodies have been fished out of Bagmati River near Bihar's Khagaria district where a boat had capsized on Monday.

With this, the death toll reached 56 as search continued by the National Disaster Response Force personnel to locate around 20 missing persons.

"We recovered 35 more bloated bodies from the river taking the toll in the capsize to 56," Block Development Officer (Alauli) Satish Chandra Mishra said from the spot.

Twenty-one bodies, mostly of minors and women, were found from a country boat carrying 100 passengers, which capsized in Bagmati River near Fultora ghat on Monday.


Maoists shoot dead 16 villagers in Bihar

Maoists shoot dead 16 villagers in BiharPatna, Oct 2  Sixteen people including five children have been killed by suspected Maoist guerrillas in a Bihar village, police said Friday.

"Over 50 armed Maoist rebels attacked Amausi village in Khagaria district late Thursday and shot dead 16 villagers, including five children," Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajay Pandey said.

He said a land dispute led to the killing of villagers.


16 people killed in Maoist attack in Bihar

16 people killed in Maoist attack in BiharKhagaria (Bihar), Oct 2 : At least 16 people were killed in a Maoist attack in Bihar’s Khagaria district late on Thursday night.

According to a top police official, around 100 people, suspected to be Maoists, armed with automatic weapons attacked the village Amosi Bharen Diara and fired indiscriminately late last night.

Deceased include eleven men and five children, a top police official added.

According to police, the cultivation on the disputed 30 bighas of land is said to be reason behind the attack.


Maoists gun down 16 Bihar villagers, including five children

Maoists gun down 16 Bihar villagers, including five childrenPatna, Oct 2  At least 50 Maoist guerrillas attacked a Bihar village and gunned down 16 people, including five children, in what appeared to be a dispute over land, police said Friday.

The incident took place late Thursday in Amausi village in Khagaria district, about 200 km north of Patna.

Villagers told police that the guerrillas had tied the hands of the victims before shooting them dead.


SMS threat to kill Nitish Kumar

SMS threat to kill Nitish KumarPatna, Oct 2  Suspected Maoists have sent SMS messages to several journalists threatening to kill Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar if two of their top leaders were not released from jail.

The threat was sent to about half-a-dozen journalists, a police official said.

The SMS was in chaste Hindi, said one of those who received it early Friday and informed the police.


Bihar Chief Minister condemns Maoist violence in Khagaria

Bihar Chief Minister condemns Maoist violence in KhagariaAmausi village (Patna), Oct 2 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday condemned the Khagaria district incident, in which Maoists killed sixteen persons, and said a full inquiry has been ordered into it.

"The more you criticise this incident the less it is. Our officers are present at the site. They are investigating into it. According to the preliminary information we have received, some people are saying that Maoists have a hand in this incident. But we will be able to confirm it only after a thorough investigation," said Kumar.


Two senior police officials suspended over Bihar massacre

Two senior police officials suspended over Bihar massacrePatna, Oct 4  Two senior police officials in Bihar have been suspended following Thursday night's massacre of 16 people, including five children, by suspected Maoists in Khagaria district, an official said Sunday.

"The government has suspended Superintendent of Police Indranand Mishra and sub divisional police officer Ajay Kumar Pandey for dereliction of duty Saturday night," said principal home secretary Amir Subhani.


Maoists deny involvement in Bihar massacre

Maoists deny involvement in Bihar massacrePatna, Oct 4  Maoist guerrillas, accused of massacring 16 people including five children in Bihar's Khagaria district Thursday night, have denied their involvement in the killings.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist claimed it "has nothing to do with the incident".

"The Maoists have no hand in the massacre of the people in Khagaria," local Hindi newspapers quoted Maoist leader Sanesh, who is secretary of the north Bihar zonal committee of CPI-Maoist, as saying.


Police pickets set up in Bihar villages after massacre

Police pickets set up in Bihar villages after massacrePatna, Oct 5  Police pickets have been set up in two Bihar villages, three days after 16 people were massacred by suspected Maoists, as a precautionary measure to prevent further violence, officials said Monday.

"Police pickets have been set up in Amousi and Ichwara to give a sense of security to the people and ensure peace in the two villages," said Inspector General of Police (Operations) S. K. Bhardawaj.


Environmentalists cheer dolphin as national aquatic animal

Environmentalists cheer dolphin as national aquatic animalPatna, Oct 6  Environmentalists in Bihar are overjoyed at the dolphin being declared a national aquatic animal and say the move would not only save the freshwater species from extinction but an increase in their numbers would also indicate a cleaner Ganga river.

"It will boost the conservation of dolphins in India," said R. K. Sinha, a well-known expert on Gangetic dolphins.


Bihar court issues arrest warrant against Raj Thackeray

Raj ThackerayPatna, Oct 6 : A Bihar court Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for his failure to turn up in court to respond to charges of having hurt sensibilities of the state's people by his remarks on the Chhath festival.

The court directed the Mumbai police commissioner to arrest and bring Thackeray before the court on Nov 2, an official of the court said.

The arrest order was issued following Thackeray's failure to comply with the court's orders to appear before it to answer the charges against him.(IANS)


Authorities to check on dolphin hunting in Bihar

Patna, Oct 7  A day after the Ganga dolphin was declared a national aquatic animal, the state government has directed district officials to keep a close watch along the river-banks for the hunting and fishing of the marine mammals, officials said Wednesday.

Patna district magistrate Jitendra Kumar Sinha said the district administration has asked the block development officers, circles officers and sub-divisional officers to keep a close watch on the hunting and fishing of river dolphins.

Similarly, officials of Bhagalpur district said special measures would be enforced to check hunting of dolphins. Patna and Bhagalpur are two districts where dolphins were reportedly found dead in the past.


79 families refuse polio vaccination in Bihar

79 families refuse polio vaccination in BiharPatna, Oct 7 : At least 79 families here have refused to vaccinate their children against polio claiming it causes impotency, officials said Wednesday.

"A total of 79 families have refused to vaccinate their children against polio in Phulwarisharief block, situated on the outskirts of Patna," Piyush Kumar, a doctor, said.

"These families were not convinced and didn't allow vaccination for their children against polio despite repeated efforts made by health officials," he said.


One dead, 50 injured in Bihar train accident

One dead, 50 injured in Bihar train accidentPatna, Oct 8  A passenger was killed and at least 50 injured when the Amritsar-Katihar Amarpali Express express train derailed in Bihar, police said Thursday.

The engine and seven bogies of the train derailed late Wednesday between the Pasraha and Gauchari railway stations near Naugachia, about 160 km from here.

Railway sources said the accident took place because the track had caved in following incessant rain for 24 hours.

The dead passenger was identified as Puran Singh of Purnia district.


One dies, 21 hurt in Bihar train mishap

One dies, 21 hurt in Bihar train mishapKhagaria (Bihar), Oct 8 : One person died and 21 others were injured when the Amritsar-Katihar-AmrapaIi Express derailed in Bihar''s Khagaria district on Wednesday.

The actual cause of the train mishap is unknown, but the officials attribute to damage in tracks because of heavy rains.

"It seems that due to the heavy rains, the mud has slipped around the bank and because of which the track has been damaged leading to derailing of the engine. The actual cause will only be known after the enquiry," said RK Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Central-East Railways.


19 nabbed for massacre of 16 people in Bihar

19 nabbed for massacre of 16 people in BiharPatna, Oct 8 :  Nineteen people have been arrested for the massacre last week of 16 people, including five children, in Bihar's Khagaria district, police said Thursday.

While 12 people had been arrested earlier, seven more were nabbed between Wednesday and Thursday morning. Among those arrested and being interrogated for the Oct 2 killings in Khagaria's Amausi village, about 200 km from here, is the alleged mastermind O. P. Mahto.

"More arrests will be made soon," said Additional Director General of Police (headquarters) Neelmani.


Maoists call two-day shutdown in Jharkhand, Bihar

Maoists call two-day shutdown in Jharkhand, BiharRanchi, Oct 8 : The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has called for a two-day shutdown from Oct 12 in Jharkhand and Bihar to protest "moves to suppress our movement", a release from the organisation said Thursday.

"The centre (central government) is indirectly taking help of the army in its efforts to suppress our movement," Gopalji, the special area committee of the CPI-Maoists, said in the statement.

The group also said that the government is branding their movement as terrorism.


Maoists damage three bridges in Bihar

Maoists damage three bridges in BiharPatna, Oct 9 - Maoist guerrillas early Friday damaged three bridges in Bihar's Aurangabad district with dynamites, police said.

The incident occurred about 125 km from here. "All three bridges were badly damaged," an official said.

The bombing created panic among villagers. Aurangabad is one of five districts in central Bihar that is a Maoist hotbed. (IANS)


RSS begins three-day meet in Bihar

RSS begins three-day meet in BiharPatna, Oct 9  With terrorism, drought and the future course of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the agenda, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Friday began a three-day national executive meeting at Bihar's heritage town of Rajgir.

Inaugurated by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and attended by 350 members from all over the country, the meeting is being held near Nalanda, about 100 km from here and known as an ancient seat of learning where Buddha spent many years.


Bihar opposition demands CBI probe into corruption in local bodies

Bihar opposition demands CBI probe into corruption in local bodiesPatna, Oct 9 Opposition parties in Bihar have demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into large-scale financial irregularities and corruption in panchayati raj institutions and urban local bodies exposed by an audit report.

"We demand a CBI probe into the financial irregularities and corruption in panchayati raj institutions and urban local bodies. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi are responsible for it," Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) state president Pasupati Kumar Paras said.


National Spot Exchange to sign MoU with Bihar

National Spot Exchange to signs MoU with Bihar

The National Spot Exchange has informed that it will soon ink a pact with the Bihar Government seeking to spread out its area of operation in the fields of agriculture as well as food processing.

As per official sources, the exchange is a pan-India institutionalised, transparent delivery-based electronic spot exchange which allows the farmers to market farm produce directly to the processors as well as exporters situated anywhere in India.


Bihar legislator receives SMS demanding money

Bihar legislator receives SMS demanding moneyPatna, Oct 12 - The police in Bihar are investigating a complaint by a ruling Janata Dal (United) legislator that unidentified men have demanded Rs. 1 crore (Rs. 10 million) from him.

Manoj Yadav, a JD-U legislator of Banka district, around 150 km from state capital Patna, lodged a first information report (FIR) Sunday saying that an unidentified man sent him an SMS demanding Rs. 1 crore.

"I received an SMS in Hindi late Saturday in which the sender demanded Rs. 1 crore as extortion," Yadav said.


Maoist strike shuts down villages in Bihar

Maoist strike shuts down villages in BiharPatna, Oct 12 - A strike call by Maoist guerrillas evoked a mixed response in Bihar Monday as urban areas remained unaffected while normal life was hit in rural areas.

No major violence or attempt to create trouble was reported across the state Monday morning, when the two-day strike by rebels started, police said.

Additional Director General (police headquarters) Neelmani told reporters here that Maoist strike had passed off peacefully so far.

"A red alert has been sounded and police officers were asked to keep extra vigil," he said.


Bihar-based lawyer composes 'Amitabh Chalisa'

Bihar-based lawyer composes 'Amitabh Chalisa'Patna, Oct 12 - After "Lalu Chalisa" and "Nitish Chalisa", now there is "Amitabh Chalisa". A Bihar-based lawyer has composed a specially-structured hymn in praise of the Bollywood megastar, who turned 67 recently.

Sharad Kumar, an advocate practicising in Arrah civil court in Bhojpur district, about 60 km from here, has penned "Amitabh Chalisa". A chalisa is traditionally a Hindu hymn invoking 40 names of the god being worshipped, but in recent years they have been written in praise of politicians as well.


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

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

Union Minister of State for Railways, E Ahmed, said in Patna on Sunday that work on the 19 km rail-cum-road bridge over Ganga between Digha and Sonepur was progressing satisfactorily.

“The bridge is likely to be completed by December 2012. It’s going to be the longest rail-cum-road bridge of the country,” said the minister after inspecting the work progress on Sunday. Pleased with the progress, the minister also announced an award of Rs 50,000 to the team erecting the bridge.


Poor community in Bihar forced to eat rats for survival

Poor community in Bihar forced to eat rats for survivalPatna, Oct. 12 : A poor community in Bihar’s Vashali district are forced to eat rats for survival.

Known as ''Mushars'' or ''Bhuyans'', the community in Sahdai block of Vaishali district is considered the lowest down the social strata.

There are almost 100 such families, who have not yet received any succour from the state government.

"Neither do we have a proper place to stay and food grains to survive, nor are we getting any. Our children are starving so we are eating rats," said Sohagiya Devi.


Maoists attack railway station, blast government office in Bihar

Patna, Oct 13 - Maoist guerrillas attacked a railway station, set ablaze a cabin room, blasted a rail track, a government office and a mobile phone tower in different parts of Bihar to enforce their strike, officials said Tuesday.

Armed Maoists Monday night attacked Banshipur railway station in Lakhisarai, about 150 km from here, ransacked its office and set it ablaze. They also held about half a dozen railway officials, including the station master, hostage for over an hour.

"Maoists damaged the control panel and burnt official documents and tickets," said an official of Banshipur station on the Patna-Kiul section of East-Central Railway.


2 officials shot dead in bandh-hit Jharkhand

biharTwo senior executives of a mining firm were shot dead in Jharkhand as the two-day bandh call by Maoists in Jharkhand and Bihar began on a violent note on Monday.

The rebels blew up railway tracks and a portion of an inter-district state highway, torched trucks, blasted a tower of a private telecom firm and planted road blocks in Jharkhand.

The bandh call is in protest against the Centre’s campaign to counter Naxalites.

Deenanath Sharan, 80, executive director of Panem Coal Mines Limited, and assistant manager Sheetal Prasad, 60, were shot by motorcycle-borne men at Amrapara in Jharkhand’s Pakur district, 450 km northeast of Ranchi.


Maoists blow up telecom tower, torch truck in Bihar

Maoists blow up telecom tower, torch truck in BiharPatna, Oct 14 : Maoists blew up a tower of a private telecom firm and torched a truck in Bihar''s Sheohar District last night.

According to officials, around 45 to 50 Maoists blew up the Airtel tower at Brindaban Bazar and asked villagers to stay at home.

Around 45-50 ultras swooped on the Brindaban Bazar.

Earlier, the Maoists had ransacked the Banshipur Railway Station in Lakhisarai District. They torched a communication system in the railway cabin of the station.


RSS raps BJP Bihar unit for minority appeasement

BJP, RSSThe RSS has accused the BJP’s Bihar unit of appeasing religious minorities just for staying in power in the state.

Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi, general secretary of the RSS, a Hindu cultural body that controls the BJP, made it clear at a meeting in Rajgir, 110 km southeast of Patna, that the RSS was not happy with the state BJP’s role.

He said on Sunday that the Janata Dal (United)-BJP government in Bihar should not have agreed to allot a 100-acre plot of land for setting up a branch of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj.


Bihar college fines student for ragging

Bihar college fines student for raggingPatna, Oct 14 - Authorities of a Bihar engineering college have imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on a student and have withdrawn his scholarship for ragging freshers, an official said Wednesday.

Bhagalpur engineering college administration imposed a fine on Indrajeet Kumar and withdrew his scholarship and hostel facility after he was found involved in ragging freshers, acting principal of the college B. K. Choudhary said.

Indrajeet is a second year student of computer science in the college in Bhagalpur district.


‘Maoist ideologue, scientist held’

Maoist Maoists spokesman Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishanji, alleged on Tuesday that Bihar Police picked up Communist Party of India (Maoist) ideologue and an agriculture scientist, Ravi Sharma, along with his wife on October 10.

Sharma’s wife Anuradha was working with the State Bank of India in Hyderabad till recently, Kishanji said.

The police have denied the allegation.

A state police source, who refused to be identified, however, said although the couple had been detained for interrogation, their whereabouts had been kept secret for security reasons.


Two men lynched in Bihar

Patna, Oct 14 : In another case of street justice in Bihar, two suspected criminals were beaten to death and one was badly injured by a mob Wednesday as the men tried to escape after shooting at a businessman, police said.

Two criminals, in their mid 20s, were lynched at Dharamdaspur village of Vaishali district, about 40 km from here.

"The two criminals were lynched by an angry mob of people and one was seriously injured in the incident," a police official said.

According to police, the three men shot at a businessman and looted Rs. 2 lakh from him.

"After the shooting, they were trying to escape, but the villagers caught them," the official said.


Drought-hit Bihar witnesses car sale boom on Dhanteras

Drought-hit Bihar witnesses car sale boom on DhanterasPatna, Oct 16 - A large swathe of Bihar's population may be living below the poverty line, but for a small section, the festive season is an opportunity to display wealth.

This was evident when more than 1,700 new cars hit the roads Thursday in Patna alone on Dhanteras, an auspicious day on the Hindu calendar two days ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights.

There was no reflection of the drought that hit a large part of state this year.


Crackers with politicians'' names sell like hot cakes during Diwali

Crackers with politicians'' names sell like hot cakes during DiwaliPatna, Oct 16 : Apart from creating news on the national arena, politicians have captured the imagination of the cracker industry in the form of bombs, sparklers and rockets. They are selling like hot cakes in Patna.

Residents, especially children, are making a beeline for crackers named after State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other leaders like Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan.


Three arrested for holding minor maid hostage in Bihar

Three arrested for holding minor maid hostage in BiharPatna, Oct 19 : Three people, including a woman, have been arrested for holding a 10-year-old maidservant hostage along with her parents in this Bihar capital, police said Monday.

Pooja and her parents were held hostage Friday and Saturday by Anita Devi and her two sons on charges of stealing cash and gold ornaments worth Rs. 2 lakh.

Anita Devi, Abhishek and Amit were arrested from their residence in Goriyatoli locality here after a complaint was lodged against them Sunday.


Boy dies of food poisoning in Bihar

Boy dies of food poisoning in BiharPatna, Oct 19 : A minor boy died and 10 other children were hospitalised after they consumed 'prasad' (religious offerings) in a Bihar village, police said Monday.

The children consumed prasad at a function Sunday to mark the inauguration of the village council building in Banoli village of Bhojpur district, about 60 km from state capital Patna.

Majority of the children complained of giddiness and stomach pain.

"A minor boy died after being admitted to the Sadar hospital. Ten other children are undergoing treatment for food poisoning," a police officer said.


Congress to go it alone in 2010 Bihar polls: Tytler

Congress to go it alone in 2010 Bihar polls: Tytler Patna, Oct 19 : The Congress will fight the 2010 Bihar assembly elections on its own and not align with any one, state party in-charge Jagdish Tytler said here Monday.

Tytler also said that party president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi will tour the state in the coming months to "expose" the Nitish Kumar government's claims to good governance.

"Congress workers and leaders have full confidence that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi's tour of Bihar will give advantage to the party in the next assembly polls," he said.


Rising water level in Ganga ahead of Chhat Puja alerts authorities

Rising water level in Ganga ahead of Chhat Puja alerts authoritiesPatna, Oct 20 : Ahead of the festival of Chhat Puja, which is celebrated in Bihar and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, the rising water level in River Ganga has forced civic authorities in Patna to take preventive measures.


Maoists blow up Bihar school

Maoists blow up Bihar schoolBanka (Bihar), Oct 21 : Maoists blew up a state-run primary school in Gerua village in Bihar''s Banka District on Wednesday morning.

According to police, the incident took place at around 2:30 a. m. when a group of Maoists surrounded the building. They used dynamite to trigger the blast.

The roof of the three-room school caved in due to the explosion.

Senior officials are at the site and a search operation is underway for those responsible for the blast. (ANI)


Buffaloes do the 'catwalk' in Bihar

Buffaloes do the 'catwalk' in BiharPatna, Oct 21 : In a rare event, buffaloes are being dressed up and paraded to do the 'catwalk' in Bihar's Madhepura town to draw people's attention to their plight.

Over a dozen well decorated buffaloes took part in a show to display their beauty and style in Madhepura town, about 350 km from here, earlier this week.

"We had organised a buffalo catwalk, a rare event, to attract people's attention to their plight and to respect and care for them," Prabhat Kumar, the man behind the show, told IANS.


Maoists blow up school in Bihar, clash with police

Maoists blow up school in Bihar, clash with policePatna, Oct 21 : Maoist guerrillas Wednesday blew up a government run primary school in Bihar. In a separate incident, an encounter took place between police and Maoists, officials said.

Maoists used dynamite to blow up a government run primary school in Gerua village in Banka, 170 km from here, Wednesday morning, police officers said.


Ponds being dug all over Patna for Chhath prayers

Ponds being dug all over Patna for Chhath prayersPatna, Oct 22 - With the banks of the Ganga at this Bihar capital declared unsafe, the authorities are hurriedly digging over 60 ponds so that people can celebrate the big moment of the state's major Hindu festival Chhath this Saturday.

"Construction work is going on a war footing here to develop temporary ponds with barely two days left for Chhath," Patna Municipal Commissioner K Senthil Kumar said Wednesday.


Four-day Chhath festival begins in Bihar

Four-day Chhath festival begins in BiharPatna, Oct 22 - The four-day popular Chhath festival began here Thursday amid tight security. Millions of Hindu devotees offered prayers to the sun god across the state.

Chhath is celebrated six days after Diwali. It is associated with faith, purity and devotion to the sun god.

Hundreds of devotees, mainly married women, thronged the river banks early morning to bathe before preparing vegetarian food. Many sang traditional songs dedicated to the sun god.


Three Maoists arrested in Gaya

Three Maoists arrested in GayaGaya (Bihar), Oct 22 : The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Wednesday arrested three Maoists after a gun battle in Bihar''s Gaya district.

Acting on a tip off, the CRPF troops began combing a jungle under Barachatti police station and a gun battle followed soon after.


Bihar jail officials make special arrangements for Chhath prayers

Bihar jail officials make special arrangements for Chhath prayersPatna, Oct 23 - Over 100 prisoners, many of them women, have been performing Chhath puja inside jails across Bihar by fasting and praying to the sun god.

The popular four-day Chhath festival -- symbolising purity -- climaxes six days after Diwali. It began Thursday when devotees across the state bathed in a ritual called Nahai Khai. As per tradition, offerings of wheat, milk, sugarcane, bananas and coconuts were made to the sun god.

Jail authorities have made special arrangements for inmates performing Chhath.


Bihar moots Rajghat-style makeover for neglected Prasad memorial

Bihar moots Rajghat-style makeover for neglected Prasad memorialPatna, Oct 23 - After being neglected for decades, India's first president Rajendra Prasad's memorial in this Bihar capital is finally set for a makeover on the lines of Rajghat - the lush green, landscaped memorial dedicated to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.

"The memorial to Rajendra Prasad will be developed on the lines of Rajghat jointly by the state government and the central government," official sources in the chief minister's office told IANS here Friday.


At Patna, no private boats on Ganga during Chhath

At Patna, no private boats on Ganga during ChhathPatna, Oct 23 : For the safety of devotees, authorities here have banned private boats from the Ganga during the festival of Chhath, officials said Friday.

The popular four-day festival began Thursday. Millions of Hindu devotees prayed to the sun god across the state. Hundreds of devotees, mainly married women, thronged the river banks early morning to bathe before preparing vegetarian food. Many sang traditional songs dedicated to the sun god.


Muslims join Hindus to celebrate Chhath in Bihar

Muslims join Hindus to celebrate Chhath in BiharPatna, Oct 24 - In a show of brotherhood and communal harmony, Muslims in Bihar joined Hindus in celebrating Chhath, the state's biggest religious festival. While many Muslims are observing a fast and performing the ritual, others are helping their Hindu neighbours by cleaning river banks, streets and distributing coconuts and fruits for the puja.


Eye on polls next year, Bihar politicians invoke sun god

Eye on polls next year, Bihar politicians invoke sun godPatna, Oct 24 : It is Chhath puja time and like millions of people in Bihar, the politicians were also busy Saturday performing the rituals to seek divine blessings, with an eye on the state assembly polls due next year.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his political rivals Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan were celebrating Chhath in their homes.


Devotees pray to rising sun to mark end of Chhath puja

Patna, Oct 25 - The four-day Chhath festival ended Sunday in Bihar with millions of devotees, mostly women, taking a dip in the Ganga river and praying to the rising sun.

The devotees also ended their 36-hour long fast by offering prayers and floating lighted earthen lamps in the river. They sang folk songs and offered prayers to the sun god.

"Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the banks of Ganga, other rivers, ponds and other water bodies across Bihar early (Sunday) morning to offer 'Araghya' to the rising sun to mark the end of Chhath puja," said Savitri Devi, a devotee.


Couple killed in Patna, love affair likely cause

Couple killed in Patna, love affair likely causePatna, Oct 26 - A man and a woman were killed in Patna, police said Monday, adding that a love affair between the two victims was the likely cause of the murders.

Ajit Kumar and his girlfriend Geeta Kumari, both in their 20s, were killed late Sunday night at Veer Singh Colony under Gardanibagh police station here.

Geeta was the daughter of an assistant commissioner of central excise, currently posted in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Ajit was the son of a government official posted here.


Constable of Patna killed by mob in Jharkhand

Constable of Patna killed by mob in JharkhandA constable of the Patna police was killed and four others, including an assistant sub-inspector of police, were seriously injured when a group of residents attacked them at Irba village under Ore-Manjhi police station in Ranchi district of Jharkhand in the wee hours of Saturday.

The injured have been admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi where the condition of two was stated to be critical.


Ordinance to pave way for Patna mayoral poll

Patna mayoral pollThe Bihar government is set to bring an ordinance that will, in effect, pave the way for holding elections for the vacant posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Patna.

The proposed ordinance purports to formalise the process for the election and removal of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of various municipal corporations in the State.

Confirming the development, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the finalised draft of the proposed ordinance had already been sent to Raj Bhawan for necessary action.


Find kidnapped doctors or face strike, say Bihar medicos

Find kidnapped doctors or face strike, say Bihar medicosPatna, Nov 2 - The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Monday threatened to paralyse medical services in Bihar if the two doctors who were allegedly abducted nearly forty-eight hours ago in the state's Samastipur district were not found soon.

The association also protested against the "police's failure" in recovering the abducted doctors.


Madhubani paintings attract attention from Mauritius

Madhubani paintings attract attention from MauritiusPatna, Nov 2 - Mauritius has invited two experts of the famous Madhubani paintings of Bihar to train its artists and art teachers at a workshop beginning Nov 4, an official said here Monday.

Rabindra Nath Tagore Institute under the Youth, Sports, Art and Culture Ministry of Mauritius invited the two experts - noted art designer Amitabh Pandey and Madhubani painter Raj Kumar, son of internationally known Madhubani painter late Yashoda Devi.

Mauritius artists and art teachers will be trained at a 16-day workshop.


11 suspected Maoists arrested in Bihar

11 suspected Maoists arrested in Bihar Patna, Nov 2 : Eleven suspected Maoist guerrillas, including one prime accused in the Jehanabad jailbreak, were arrested in Bihar's Gaya district during combing operations early Monday, police said.

Police arrested the 11 rebels, including Sanjay Yadav who was allegedly involved in Jehanabad jailbreak in November 2005, from a village under Atri police station in Gaya, about 100 km from here.    

"We arrested these suspected Maoists who were gathered in the village. Their identities are being verified," a police officer said.    


Bihar cattle fair attracts foreign tourists

Bihar cattle fair attracts foreign touristsPatna, Nov 3 : Asia's largest cattle fair at Sonepur in Bihar is attracting foreign tourists. Scores of them have visited the annual event, tourism department officials said Tuesday.

"All 30 special cottages have been booked by foreign tourists. There is no vacancy," said Mukesh Singh of the state tourism department.

Nearly 60 tourists from Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Austria, Canada and Britain are enjoying the charm of the cattle fair at Sonepur, 35 km from here.


Bihar college teacher arrested for stealing vehicles

Bihar college teacher arrested for stealing vehiclesPatna, Nov 4 - A college teacher who was allegedly a kingpin of a vehicle theft gang was arrested here, police said Wednesday.

Amarnath Gupta, who teaches chemistry in Guru Govind Singh College was arrested by police on charges of operating a vehicle lifting gang along with others.

Gupta was arrested from his residence at Rajendra Nagar, a posh locality here, after police nabbed Grija Prasad Keshri, a sweet shop owner, in Kaimur district a day ago.


Four Maoists arrested in Bihar

Four Maoists arrested in BiharPatna, Nov 5 - Four Maoist guerrillas were arrested in Bihar's Munger district, police said Thursday.

The arrests took place during a joint operation involving the police and central paramilitary forces.

Munger Superintendent of Police Sunil Nayak said the police recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from them. The Maoists were wanted in several criminal cases. (IANS)


Delhi only listens to people with power: Lalu Prasad

Delhi only listens to people with power: Lalu PrasadPatna, Nov 5 - Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has virtually hit out at former ally the Congress, saying national level parties were trying to marginalise regional otufits to deny power to the vulnerable and deprived sections of society.


RJD releases first list for Jharkhand polls

RJD releases first list for Jharkhand pollsPatna, Nov 5 : The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which is contesting the Jharkhand assembly polls along with the Left parties, released the first list of 26 candidates Thursday.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, releasing the list of candidates, said: "We will release the second and third lists soon."

He said the RJD was contesting the Jharkhand polls in alliance with secular parties to defeat communal forces.

The RJD is contesting the polls along with the Left parties after its attempt to align with the Congress and others failed.


After Nitish, now Modi under attack on land reforms

After Nitish, now Modi under attack on land reforms  Patna, Nov 5 : After Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi is facing heat on the state government's much-publicised land reforms and Thursday had to clarify that credit cards for farmers would not mean ownership of land for sharecroppers.


Residents protest against alleged killing of a local by police in Patna

Residents protest against alleged killing of a local by police in PatnaPatna, Nov 5 : Scores of residents in Patna protested against the alleged killing of a man, Sudhir Rai, by the police on Thursday.

According to reports, a team of policemen who were patrolling the banks of river Ganga in connection with a case, found Rai moving in suspicious circumstances. The policemen called him for questioning. But instead, he jumped into the river and died.


Ten die in Bihar after drinking moonshine

Ten die in Bihar after drinking moonshinePatna, Nov 6 - Ten people have died in the last three days in Siwan district of Bihar after drinking moonshine, police said Friday.

More than 12 others are seriously ill and battling for their life in various hospitals, a police officer said.

"It appears that they died after consuming spurious liquor. Police are investigating," Siwan Superintendent of Police Amit Kumar Jain said.

According to an official in Siwan district administration, the deaths took place in Nawalpur Mohalla, Naya Bazaar and Siswan Dhala of Siwan, about 150 km from here.


Jackals bite over 50 villagers in Bihar

Jackals bite over 50 villagers in BiharPatna, Nov 6 - More than 50 people have been bitten by jackals during the last one week in Bihar's Samastipur district, police said Friday.

Jackals attacked nearly a dozen villagers Thursday in Bargama village and other neighbouring villages under Khanpur block of Samastipur, about 100 km from state capital Patna.

"The jackals on the prowl have created havoc in some villages. They have seriously injured dozens in the last few days," an official in the district administration said.


Violent clashes ensue in Patna following businessman’s death

Violent clashes ensue in Patna following businessman’s deathPatna, Nov. 7 : Violent clashes ensue between two communities in Patna on Monday following the alleged killing of a Muslim businessman.

Mohammad Shamsher was allegedly killed on Friday night in the Khajekala area of Patna.

When people of Muslim community came to know about the cold-blooded murder, they turned violent and came on the streets to attack Hindus.


100 cases this year, eradicating polio remains big challenge in Bihar

100 cases this year, eradicating polio remains big challenge in BiharPatna, Nov 7 : Eradicating polio from Bihar continues to be a big challenge with at least 100 new cases of polio recorded in the state this year, despite multi-million rupee campaigns by the state and central governments as well as WHO and Unicef, officials said Saturday.

After Uttar Pradesh, Bihar has been recording the second highest incidence of the disease in India for the last few years.


Man dies after baton charge at Patna reality show venue

Man dies after baton charge at Patna reality show venuePatna, Nov 7 : A man paid with his life for trying to gatecrash into a reality show here, police said Saturday. He and nearly a dozen others were seriously injured in a baton charge by police to keep the crowds at bay.

The 25-year-old, who succumbed to his injuries at a government hospital Friday night, was part of a crowd that had gathered at Gandhi Maidan here, police said. The show was being attended by Bhojpuri film stars like Manoj Tiwari, Ravi Kishan, Sambhavna Seth and Bhojpuri singers like Sharda Sinha and Malini Awasthi.


One convicted for 1989 Bhagalpur riots

One convicted for 1989 Bhagalpur riotsPatna, Nov 7 : A court in Bihar Saturday convicted Kameshwar Yadav, accused of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur.

Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav found Kameshwar Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.

Yadav was charged with firing upon Qayyum while leading a mob of rioters Oct 24, 1989.

The police had earlier closed the case against Yadav, citing lack of evidence. He was later even given a citation by the state police in 2004 for maintaining communal harmony.


Bhagalpur riots convict sentenced to life imprisonment

Bhagalpur riots convict sentenced to life imprisonmentPatna, Nov 9 : A court in Bihar Monday sentenced a man convicted of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur to life imprisonment.

Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav sentenced Kameshwar Yadav to life imprisonment Monday.

Unhappy with the court's judgement, many of Yadav's supporters shouted slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Two days ago, the court had found Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.


Patna doctors go on strike, demand payment of stipend

Patna doctors go on strike, demand payment of stipendPatna, Nov 10 - More than 400 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital here have struck work, demanding payment of the increased stipend they were promised after a round of agitations in August.

The doctors, who went on an indefinite strike late Monday, said the Bihar government has failed to pay them the increased stipend as promised.

"In August after an assurance from the Bihar government of a hike in stipend, we withdrew our five-day-long strike. But we were not paid," a striking doctor said.


'Anti-Bihar' remarks land Madhya Pradesh chief minister in trouble

'Anti-Bihar' remarks land Madhya Pradesh chief minister in troublePatna, Nov 10 - A court in Bihar's Bettiah district has ordered police to file a case against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his "anti-Bihar remarks", an official said here Tuesday.

Local lawyer Murad Ali filed a plea in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Bettiah against Chouhan. The court has ordered the town police station to file a case against the chief minister.


Four detained after huge explosives seizure in Patna

Four detained after huge explosives seizure in Patna Patna, Nov 10 : Bihar police have detained four people for questioning after the seizure of a huge consignment of explosives and chemicals, suspected to be meant for Maoists, a police official said Tuesday.

Deputy Inspector General, central range, Jitendra Kumar said that four people have been detained and police are trying to trace the route of the deadly consignment, seized on Saturday and Sunday in Patna.


Congress party a beneficiary of MNS misdeeds: Nitish Kumar

Congress party a beneficiary of MNS misdeeds: Nitish KumarPatna (Bihar), Nov 10 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the ruling Congress party of being the political beneficiary of the misdeeds of regional radical Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party.


Doctors' strike claims a dozen lives in Bihar

biharPatna, Nov 11 : Nearly a dozen patients who were admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here died because of a strike by junior doctors which entered its second day Wednesday, officials said. The doctors are demanding payment of the increased stipend that was promised to them earlier.

"All the patients died during the first 24 hours of the ongoing strike," an official said. More than 500 junior doctors went on an indefinite strike late Monday night, demanding payment of the increased stipend they were promised after a round of agitations this August.


No alliance with Congress for Bihar polls: Lalu

No alliance with Congress for Bihar polls: LaluPatna, Nov 11 : It is official now. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has made it clear that his party will not align with former ally Congress for the state assembly polls next year.

The RJD and its ally Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) would go without the Congress in the assembly polls. "The RJD will not join hands with the Congress in the next assembly polls," Lalu Prasad said during his visit to Siwan district to attend a party meeting Tuesday.


Laila-Majnu, the plant, a bestseller at Bihar fair

Patna, Nov 12 - A plant named after legendary lovers Laila and Majnu, who could only unite in death, is selling like hot cakes at a Bihar fair as a symbol of luck and prosperity for couples and newlyweds.

"People, particularly newly married couples and lovers, are purchasing this plant with a belief that it will bring them good luck and strengthen their relationship," Ram Briksha Chourasia, who sells the plant at Sonepur cattle fair, told IANS by phone.

Chourasia, who has set up a stall at the agriculture exhibition organised by the state government, claims that he developed the plant named after the fictional couple.


Patients pray as Bihar doctors' strike enters third day

Patna, Nov 12 - Left with no other option, hundreds of poor patients in Patna prayed for an end to the doctors' strike that entered its third day Thursday, officials said.

About 500 junior doctors have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend that was promised to them earlier. Their strike has already claimed a dozen lives.

Emergency services have been hit and dozens of surgeries have been postponed. Hospital authorities have sought the help of the health department to cope with the situation and have asked for 100 doctors from various parts of the state.


Bihar will see high growth next decade, predicts Assocham

Bihar will see high growth next decade, predicts AssochamPatna, Nov 12 : Bihar, one of the poorest states in the country, will soon be on a high economic growth trajectory, says premier industry lobby Assocham (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India).

An Assocham report titled "The Bihar Vision 2020, a Growth Strategy" released here Thursday afternoon said Bihar's economy was expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent over the next decade.


Bihar to have its own IT policy soon

Nitish KumarPatna, Nov 12 : The Bihar government will soon have its own information technology (IT) policy and give industry status to the IT sector to help it attract more investments, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Thursday.

"I am glad to announce that Bihar will have its IT policy soon and the IT sector will be given industry status, which will boost its development," Kumar said here at a programme organised by the industry forum Infocom.

"The thrust of the new IT policy would be to attract national and multinational IT companies to invest in the state," he said.


Centre launches two schemes to rein in burgeoning population in Patna

Population stabilisation FundThe newly constituted Jansankhya Sthirta Kosh (JSK) (Population stabilisation Fund), an autonomous society of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is to launch two ambitious schemes - 'Prerna' and 'Santushti' - in an attempt to rein in Bihar's burgeoning population with total focus on curbing its high total fertility rate and poor infrastructure for population stabilisation.


Doctors' strike in Bihar enters fourth day

Doctors' strike in Bihar enters fourth dayPatna, Nov 13 - Hundreds of patients continued to suffer as the strike by junior doctors in Bihar's premier government-run hospital entered its fourth day here Friday, officials said.

About 500 junior doctors have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend that was promised to them earlier. Their strike has already claimed three dozen lives, relatives of patients allege.


Bihar attracts Rs.1,032 crore investment in four years

Sushil Kumar ModiPatna, Nov 13 : Bihar, one of the poorest states in the country, attracted private investments worth Rs. 1,032 core in the last four years, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Friday.

The Bihar State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) has cleared 220 investment proposals in the past four years, Modi said.

"SIPB cleared 220 proposals of which 22 have already been commissioned and 74 are under various stages of the implementation process," he said.


High alert in Bihar's Jehanabad to foil repeat of 2005 jailbreak

High alert in Bihar's Jehanabad to foil repeat of 2005 jailbreakPatna, Nov 13 : Security was stepped up at Bihar's Jehanabad district Friday following intelligence reports that Maoist rebels may be planning a repeat of their audacious 2005 attack on the district jail, officials said.

On Nov 13, 2005 a Maoist contingent attacked Jehanabad jail, facilitating the escape of about 300 inmates, including 150 Maoists.


Another explosives consignment seized in Bihar, police worried

Patna, Nov 14 - Police in Bihar are worried following the seizure of huge consignments of explosive materials and fire arms over the past week, including a huge cache on Thursday, suspected to be meant for Maoists to launch violent attacks in the state and Jharkhand, an official said Saturday.

Additional Director General (headquarters) U. S. Dutt Saturday said the police were probing the recovery of the explosives and arms.

"Police are trying to find out the real story behind the recovery of the huge consignment of explosives and arms, brought for use of the Maoists," Dutt said.

About 5,000 kgs of explosive material was seized from Gaya district Thursday, while around 300 kgs were seized Saturday and 600 kgs Sunday from Patna.


AMU to have 250-acre branch in Bihar

AMU to have 250-acre branch in BiharAligarh, Nov 14 - The centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Bihar would come up in 250 acres, instead of 100 acres now, as the Bihar government has allotted an additional 150 acres of land free to the varsity.

"We have received an official communique from the Bihar government over the free of cost allotment of the additional land," AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar told reporters in this Utar Pradesh town, some 300 km from state capital Lucknow.

"In the letter, the Bihar government has also emphasised on early opening of the varsity's centre," he added.


Nandan Nilekani to help Bihar improve e-governance

Nandan Nilekani to help Bihar improve e-governancePatna, Nov 14 - Bihar has sought the help of Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, the chief of India's Unique Identification Database Authority, to improve the state's e-governance system.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar disclosed at a function here Friday evening that Nilekani will visit Patna Nov 17 and hold talks with senior government officials to strengthen e-governance in the state.


JD-U, opposition leaders demand Sushil Kumar Modi's resignation

JD-U, opposition leaders demand Sushil Kumar Modi's resignationPatna, Nov 14 - Opposition leaders and members of Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Saturday demanded Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's resignation after a special vigilance court ordered a probe into his role in alleged irregularities in the purchase of medicines for cattle worth Rs. 8 crore.

Special Vigilance Judge A. K. Saran Friday ordered Patna's Superintendent of Police (vigilance) to investigate allegations of irregularities in the purchase of veterinary drugs worth Rs. 8 crore by Dec 21.


Government threatens action against striking Bihar doctors

Government threatens action against striking Bihar doctorsPatna, Nov 15 - As the strike by junior doctors in Bihar's premier government-run hospital here entered its sixth day Sunday, authorities threatened action and called for an end to the strike that has affected thousands of patients.

About 500 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend that was promised to them earlier. Their strike has already claimed 50 lives, relatives of patients allege.


Bihar doctors' strike on for eighth day

Bihar doctors' strike on for eighth dayPatna, Nov 17 - There is no good news for poor patients and their relatives in Bihar as a crippling doctors' strike entered its eighth day Tuesday.

About 500 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend promised to them earlier.

The strike has hit the PMCH and the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).


Teacher, principal arrested in Bihar for sodomising students

Teacher, principal arrested in Bihar for sodomising students Patna, Nov 17 : A school teacher who allegedly sodomised ten students in Bihar's Begusarai district was arrested and sent to jail along with the principal who helped him, police said Tuesday.

Navin Kumar Upadhyay, a teacher of the Vedic School in Begusarai district, about 125 km from here, allegedly threatened the students with dire consequences if they lodged a complaint against him.


Nandan Nilekani praises e-governance work in Bihar

Nandan Nilekani praises e-governance work in Bihar Patna, Nov 17 : Co-founder of Infosys and chief of India's Unique Identification Database project Nandan Nilekani, praised the e-governance work and the initiatives taken by the Bihar government.

"The government has given importance to e-governance. It is a positive sign," Nilekani said here after holding a meeting with top government officials Tuesday.

"I am happy with what I was told of the initiatives taken for e-governance by the government in Bihar," Nilekani added.


Maoists kill village guard in Bihar

Maoists kill village guard in Bihar  Patna, Nov 17 : A village guard in Bihar's Munger district was killed by Maoists, who alleged he was a police informer, police said Tuesday.

Chabbu Turi, a guard in a village under Haveli-Kharagpur police station in Munger, about 200 km from the state capital, was killed by Maoists Monday night.

Munger's Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Chandra said Turi was killed by Maoists, who suspected him of being a police informer.

A case has been lodged, Chandra said.(IANS)


Elephant dung: Source of livelihood, mosquito repellan

Elephant dung: Source of livelihood, mosquito repellanSonepur (Bihar), Nov 18 - Munia Devi and her son Bholua look forward to the world-famous cattle fair that takes place here every year. They can't afford to buy any animal, but they make a neat packet selling elephant dung.

Elephant dung is known as the poor man's mosquito repellant. When burnt, it gives out a pungent smoke that keeps mosquitoes away.


Bihar doctors continue strike

Bihar doctors continue strikePatna, Nov 18 - Junior doctors in Bihar are determined to continue their strike and have rejected the state human rights commission's request to end their nine-day-old protest, officials said Wednesday.

About 500 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) have struck work demanding payment of the increased stipend promised to them earlier.

The strike has also hit the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).


Changes to RTI in Bihar anger opposition, activists

Patna, Nov 19 - Opposition parties and activists have slammed restrictions imposed on the Right to Information (RTI) Act by the Bihar government, saying the move is aimed at shielding corruption.

The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Congress and Left parties are up in arms against the changes.

"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is hell bent on discouraging people from seeking information but we will expose him," RJD leader Ram Kirpal Yadav said.

Congress state president Anil Kumar Sharma said the changes were anti-constitutional. "We will take this issue to the people," he said.


20 mn voters without photo ID cards in Bihar

20 mn voters without photo ID cards in BiharPatna, Nov 19 - Nearly 20 million eligible voters in Bihar are still without voter identity cards - making for a giant task for the Election Commission ahead of assembly polls next year.

"Despite less than a year for the next assembly polls, nearly 20 million voters are without voter identity cards in Bihar," an official said.

According to official figures, there are 54,324,000 eligible voters in Bihar but only 35,171,917 have photo identity cards.


Bihar to set up Ground Water Regulatory Authority

Bihar to set up Ground Water Regulatory AuthorityPatna, Nov 19 - The Bihar government has decided to set up a Ground Water Regulatory Authority to conserve and ensure proper usage of groundwater, said Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey.

According to the minister, the Ground Water Regulatory Authority would be part of the Bihar Water Policy that would be announced soon.

"The government had decided to set up monitoring committees at the state and district levels to conserve surface water and ensure maximum use of groundwater," Choubey said.


Girl set on fire for stealing Rs.1,400

Girl set on fire for stealing Rs.1,400Patna, Nov 20 - A 12-year-old girl was set on fire by her neighbour here after she allegedly stole Rs. 1,400, police said Friday.

Priti Kumari, a student of Class 7 in a government school and daughter of a landless labourer, was set on fire Thursday at Chhoti Machuatoli area.

A police officer said Priti was admitted to the Patna Medical College Hospital with over 30 percent burn injuries. Priti has denied stealing any money. (IANS)


Dalai Lama to visit Bodh Gaya in January

Dalai Lama to visit Bodh Gaya in JanuaryPatna, Nov 20 - Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama plans to visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

The Dalai Lama will spend a week in Bodh Gaya starting Jan 4. He will pray at the Mahabodhi temple, said Tenzing Lama of the Tibetan monastery at Bodh Gaya. (IANS)


Bihar's per capita energy consumption lowest: Report

Bihar's per capita energy consumption lowest: ReportPatna, Nov 20 Bihar's per capita energy consumption is the lowest in the country and the government's rural electrification campaign is a "failure", according to a report by the Greenpeace India Society.

"Bihar's per capita energy consumption, at 75 kWh (kilowatt per hour), is the lowest in India and far below the national average of 613 kWh," the report, titled "Energy Injustice", said.

According to Greenpeace India, only 30 percent of rural households in the state have been electrified.


Bihar doctors continue strike despite rights panel's thre

Bihar doctors continue strike despite rights panel's threPatna, Nov 21- Bihar's junior doctors, whose strike for increased stipend entered its 12th day Saturday, have decided to continue the stir despite the state human rights commission's threat to file criminal cases against them.

The doctors said the strike would continue till an amicable settlement is reached with the Bihar government.

"We are not going to call off the strike till the government issues a notification to fulfil our demands," Junior Doctors Association leader Dheeraj Kumar said.


Bihar activists to file lawsuit against changes in RTI act

Bihar activists to file lawsuit against changes in RTI actPatna, Nov 21 : Right to Information (RTI) activists in Bihar have decided to challenge in court the changes made to it by the state government.

After opposition parties slammed the move to charge more for RTI applications, the activists have decided to challenge the government's decision in the Patna High Court.

"We will file a case in the court to challenge the changes to the RTI Act by the state government," RTI activist Rupesh said Saturday.


Buddhist monks pray for world peace in Bodh Gaya

Buddhist monks pray for world peace in Bodh GayaBodh Gaya (Bihar) Nov 21 : Buddhist monks from various parts of the globe offered prayers for world peace here.

Scores of monks participated in the prayers that began under the sacred Bodhi tree, where Gautam Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment on Friday.

"We are offering these prayers for the world peace particularly in the wake of disturbances in various countries including India," Sonam Dorjee, a monk said.


Bihar's junior doctors call off strike

Bihar's junior doctors call off strikePatna, Nov 21 : Bihar's junior doctors called off their 12-day strike Saturday evening following an assurance that the state government will pay the increased stipend promised to them in August, officials said.

The assurance was given by the Indian Medical Association.

Officials said that 500 junior doctors of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and 250 junior doctors of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) would resume work either Saturday night or Sunday morning.


Bihar's junior doctors resume work

Bihar's junior doctors resume workPatna, Nov 22 - Junior doctors of two government-run hospitals in Bihar resumed work Sunday following a 12-day strike over an increase in their stipend, officials said.

Around 500 junior doctors of the premier Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and 250 junior doctors of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) got back to work after they called off their strike Saturday evening.

They ended their protest following an assurance that the state government will pay the increased stipend promised to them in August, officials said.


A temple which welcomes only women

Lucknow, Nov 22 - It's a man's world, but not in an old temple in Uttar Pradesh where only women can worship - and men may do so at their own risk.

The Brahm temple in Sakaldiha town of Chanduali district, some 300 km from Lucknow, was built nearly 120 years ago in the memory of a seer named Shreepath, who is said to have wished victory to daughters and defeat to sons.

"Since time immemorial, only women and girls come here and offer turmeric to the deity. Most of the time, women come in groups to perform yagna (a ritual to invoke the gods) and seek blessings from the seer who was believed to possess spiritual powers," Jamuni Kanta, who has been living in Sakaldiha for the last 65 years, told IANS on telephone.


Bihar's Junior Doctors Call Off Strike

Bihar's Junior Doctors Call Off Strike
12-day strike by Junior Doctors of two government-run hospitals in Bihar came to an end with the doctors resumed their jobs on Sunday after the assurance by Bihar government to implement pay promises from August. Hospital sources confirmed, “Normal functioning of the hospitals started with the junior doctors resuming their work.”

Around 750 junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) have been protesting over government’s lukewarm approach towards their genuine demands including hike in stipends.


Buddhist monks preach non-violence in Maoist-hit villages

Buddhist monks preach non-violence in Maoist-hit villagesPatna, Nov 23 - A group of Buddhist monks in Bihar are on a new peace mission -- preaching Lord Buddha's message of non-violence in the Maoist affected villages of Gaya district.

Five Buddhist monks Sunday visited Saidpur, a village affected by Maoist violence near Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and preached his message of peace and non-violence to villagers.


Huge cache of explosive material seized in Bihar

Huge cache of explosive material seized in BiharPatna, Nov 23 - Police Monday seized about 250 quintals of ammonium nitrate used in making explosives from a Bihar village and arrested three people.

A police officer said the explosive material was recovered from Basa village in Rohtas district, about 150 km from state capital Patna.

Detonators have also been recovered, the officer added.

About a week ago, explosive materials, firearms and live cartridges were recovered from Gaya, Patna and Munger district. (IANS)


Patna slum kids rally demanding better educational facilities

Patna slum kids rally demanding better educational facilitiesPatna, Nov 23 : Over hundred slum kids took out a rally here today demanding better educational facilities in the state.

The children took out the rally up to the residence of the state Governor, Debananda Konwar to present their demands.

"There is lack of basic amenities. If kids go to schools, there are no textbooks, toilets are there but they are locked, there are no playgrounds, no teachers. To put forth all these problems, these kids are going to meet the governor," said Akhil Chander Mishra, Organiser.


RJD to support CPI(ML) strike in Bihar Tuesday

RJD to support CPI(ML) strike in Bihar TuesdayPatna, Nov 23 : Bihar's main opposition party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has decided to support the day-long statewide strike call given by the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) Tuesday to protest the Nitish Kumar government's alleged failure on all fronts after being in power for four years.

The CPI(ML) strike is to protest and expose the Nitish Kumar government that will complete four years Tuesday Nov 24, party leaders said.


Bihar will be top state: Nitish Kumar on completing 4 years

Bihar will be top state: Nitish Kumar on completing 4 years Patna, Nov 24 : Bihar is poised to be one of the leading states in India, asserted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar whose NDA government completed four years in power Tuesday.

"Our state is poised to be counted as one of the leading states in the country. The central government and other state governments have not only applauded some of the innovative schemes started by us, but have adopted them as well," Kumar said.

He was releasing a report card here on his government's performance during its four years in office.


Woman gives birth to son in train, names him Lalu Prasad

Woman gives birth to son in train, names him Lalu PrasadPatna, Nov 25 - A woman who gave birth in a running train in Bihar is so inspired by the former chief minister and railway minister Lalu Prasad that she named her newborn son after the politician.

Gayatri Devi, in her mid 20s, gave birth to a boy Tuesday in Lohit Express at Desari railway station on the Hajipur-Bachabar rail section of East Central Railway.

"I named my son Lalu Prasad so that he becomes like Lalu Prasad. I like Lalu's style and his pro-poor talk," she said.


Bihar conclave to discuss socio-economic change

Bihar conclave to discuss socio-economic changePatna, Nov 25 : Nearly 200 delegates who have made their mark in different fields will come together here next month for a conclave to look at ways to accelerate the pace of socio- economic change in Bihar.

The two-day conclave to be held Dec 19-20 is being organised by a news portal Bihartimnes. com and will see the participation of various people from Bihar who have proven themselves in different fields.


Armed robbers loot train passengers in Bihar

Armed robbers loot train passengers in BiharPatna, Nov 26 - More than two dozen armed robbers looted cash and valuables worth millions from passengers on a train in Bihar's Saharsa district, police said Thursday.

The Janseva express train was travelling between Badla and Mansi railway stations, about 170 km from here.

Armed robbers looted nearly a dozen passengers Wednesday night, and shot and injured one of them. The injured passenger Sunil Kumar was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Passengers who were looted lodged a complaint at the Mansi police station.


Man dies after eating khaini with pesticide laced hands

Man dies after eating khaini with pesticide laced handsPatna, Nov 26 : A farmer in a Bihar village died after he consumed khaini, an addictive tobacco concoction, that he mixed with his pesticide laced hands on his farm, family of the victim said.

Mahadev Sah, a resident of Bharra village in Begusarai district, died soon after consuming the powder.

"My husband died soon after he consumed khaini mixed in his pesticide laced hands," Geeta Devi, wife of Sah, said.


Police to interrogate Maoist arms supplier

Police to interrogate Maoist arms supplierPatna, Nov 26 : A Orissa police team arrived in this Bihar capital to interrogate an alleged arms supplier of the outlawed Maoists, police said Thursday.

Subodh Singh alias Subhas Singh was arrested in Patna 10 days ago after police seized huge consignments of explosive materials and firearms this month.

About 5,000 kg of explosive material was seized from Gaya district Thursday, while around 300 kg were seized Saturday and 600 kg Sunday from Patna.


Robbers loot train passengers in Bihar

Robbers loot train passengers in BiharPatna, Nov 27 - About a dozen armed robbers looted cash and valuables worth Rs. one lakh from passengers on a train in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, about 160 km from here, police said Friday. This was the second train robbery in the state within two days.

The robbers looted over two dozen passengers travelling between Kiul and Jhajha on the Ananya express train. They also fired shots in the air, injuring two passengers. The injured passengers were admitted to the railway hospital in Kiul for treatment.

Passengers who were looted lodged a complaint at Kiul railway station, 110 km from here.


Buddhist monks want control of Bodh Gaya temple

Patna, Nov 27 - Buddhist monks want control over the management of the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, one of Buddhism's holiest shrines. They have decided to intensify their agitation as the Bihar government is not paying heed to their demands.

For a long time Buddhist monks have been demanding total control over the 1,500-year-old temple at Bodh Gaya, located 110 km from here, where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago.

Buddhist monks are unhappy with the Bihar government for "deliberately" delaying an amendment to the Mahabodhi Temple Management Act, 1949, to ensure Buddhist control over the management of the temple.


Bihar minister says missing son may be kidnapped

Bihar minister says missing son may be kidnappedPatna, Nov 27 - The son of a Bihar minister remained untraced Friday, a day after he went missing. Minor Irrigation Minister Dinesh Prasad Kushwaha now suspects he may have been abducted for ransom.

Kushwaha's 35-year-old son Ajay Prasad has been missing since Thursday morning after he left his home in Muzaffarpur town, about 70 km from here, to go to a nearby cigarette shop.

Minister Kushwaha said he suspects his son may have been kidnapped. "I have appealed to abductors to release him if he has been abducted," Kushwaha told IANS.


With crops failing, 3.3 mn people in Bihar risk death by hunger

With crops failing, 3.3 mn people in Bihar risk death by hungerPatna, Nov 30 - Over 3.3 million people in Bihar risk death by hunger due to a new enemy. A senior official has blamed climate change for this year's drought, which has placed so many people at risk.

"It seems that climate change is responsible for drought in 26 districts of the state. Crop production is falling. And it has largely affected districts that were earlier flood-prone," the Bihar government's Principal Secretary Vyasji told IANS.


Maoist accused of killing 10 cops held in Bihar

PATNAPatna, Dec 2 :A Maoist rebel was arrested Wednesday for the killings of 10 policemen in Bihar's Nawada district February this year, police said.

Nero Ravi Das, the main accused in the policemen's killings, is also wanted in other criminal cases.

Ten policemen, including a police station chief, were killed Feb 9 when suspected Maoist guerrillas attacked a police team visiting Mahulitand village in Nawada district.

The state government had announced a compensation of Rs. 2 million each for the families of the policemen killed in that Maoist attack.(IANS)


Bihar court issues non-bailable warrant against Raj Thackeray

RAJ THACKERAYPatna, Dec 2 : A Bihar court Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in connection with a writ petition filed against him for allegedly making "hate speeches" against Biharis.

Muzaffarpur Judicial Magistrate Saheb Kausher asked the Mumbai Police commissioner to present Thackeray before his court Jan 4, 2010.

The court issued the non-bailable warrant following his non-appearance either personally or through a lawyer on various dates fixed earlier.

Sudhir Ojha, a senior advocate, had filed a complaint in the court seeking legal action against Thackeray.


Patna witnesses rally by specially-abled kids

Patna witnesses rally by specially-abled kidsPatna, Dec. 3 : Hundreds joined a rally on Wednesday in Patna city to assert the rights of children with disabilities.

The ''Handicapped Vigilant Rally'' was held on the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Organised by the Indian Institute of Health Education and Research, the rally was a part of a series of programmes spread over five days to spread awareness among the masses about differently-abled people.

It was aimed at allaying the stereotype attached to disabilities and impairment, organisers said.


Bihar government may be hard put to explain 'starvation deaths'

Bihar government may be hard put to explain 'starvation deaths'Bihar government may be hard put to explain 'starvation deaths'Patna, Dec 3  The Bihar government is likely to face trouble over a lawsuit alleging at least 100 people have died of hunger in the state in the last three years, as the Patna High Court has directed the petitioner to take it up with the state human rights commission.


Eight suspected Maoists held in Bihar