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In Bihar and Jharkhand, rats don't just eat crumbs. They bring down crores-worth projects, sip on lakhs of seized liquor bottles and cause "...

Once thriving, Bihar’s real estate, auto sectors grapple with economic distress

The economic slowdown that has slumped demand and production in many sectors, leading to job cuts, has severely affected the livelihood of lakhs of workers in Bihar.

With a friend like BJP pressing for NRC, Nitish doesn’t need enemies

The Narendra Modi-led BJP has not only denied the special status, but state party leaders are making moves — especially the demand for NRC updation in Seemanchal region of the state — that are slowly eroding Nitish’s key voter base — the Muslims.

Prashant Kishor calls NRC botched up; dissident JD(U) leader lashes out

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Lord Shiva was of Bind caste, claims Bihar minister

A Bihar minister has claimed that Lord Shiva, also known as Mahadev (the greatest among gods), belonged to the socially and educationally backward Bind caste. The minister, Brij Kishor Bind left people bemused when he made a statement to the effect on Tuesday at a function organised here to felicitate the newly-appointed Governor Phagu Chauhan, ...

After initial opposition on Article 370, JD(U) strikes reconciliatory note

After opposing the Centre's resolution to revoke provisions of Article 370 and a bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir, NDA ally JD(U) has struck a reconciliatory note, saying the law that had come into force should be abided by all. Janata Dal (United) national general secretary Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said on Wednesday (August 7) that his party...

How rape cases against lawmakers paint a sorry picture of Bihar politics

From ancient scholar Chanakya to India’s first President Dr Rajendra Prasad to more recently Jayaprakash Narayan (JP), politicians from Bihar have always drawn respect for their exemplary statesmanship, dedication and honesty. But the current breed of lawmakers from the state have failed to live up to the reputation of these stalwarts and are soon ...

51 killed, nine injured in lightning strikes in Bihar, Jharkhand

Patna/Ranchi: At least 51 people were killed and nine others injured in lightning strikes in Bihar and Jharkhand, police said on Wednesday. Altogether 39 people have died across a dozen districts of Bihar, while 12 others lost their lives in four districts of Jharkhand. The deaths were reported since Tuesday night. In Bihar, Jamui accounted for the highest...

Probe against RSS could be last straw that may break Nitish’s ties with NDA

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar seems to be heading towards a serious crisis in the wake of the Bihar police ordering an investigation into the activities of the RSS and its 18 affiliates. The BJP treats the RSS, its ideological mentor, as the “mother organization” and thus, it can be well imagined how much the investigation order has unsettle...

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Jobs aplenty but north India lacks quality candidates, says minister

Lucknow/Chennai: Sparking a major controversy, Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar has claimed that though there was no dearth of employment opportunities in the country, recruiters complain of lack of “quality people” in north India to fill vacancies.

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12 drown as tourist boat carrying 61 capsizes in Godavari river

Amaravati/Chennai: A boat carrying 61 people capsized in the Godavari river near East Godavari district’s Devipatnam on Sunday, resulting in the death of 12 people. While 23 people have been rescued so far, a search operation is underway for the rest.

21 Indians killed in 2,050 ceasefire violations in J&K, Centre tells Pak

Pakistan has committed more than 2,050 “unprovoked ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing 21 Indians, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Sunday.

Trump likely to share stage at ‘Howdy Modi’ event, say reports

Chennai: US President Donald Trump is likely to share stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his ‘Howdy Modi’ mega diaspora event in Houston on September 22, said reports.

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Death toll due floods in Assam, Bihar nears 150; over 1.15 crore affected

New Delhi: The flood situation in Bihar and northeast India showed little improvement on Friday (July 19) as over 1.15 crore people remained affected while the death toll due to flood and rain-related incidents neared 150. The southwest monsoon advanced into the remaining parts of west Rajasthan, thereby covering the entire country on Friday. Most regions ...

Rising mob lynchings highlight growing lawlessness in Bihar

Bihar has never been known for incidents of mob lynching, but in the last few months, such incidents have registered an alarming spike. This is despite efforts by the BJP-JD(U) alliance since it came to power in the state. For the past 14 years since chief minister Nitish Kumar came to power, the JD(U) leader has been seeking votes over the issu...

Cracks widen in JD(U)-BJP ties as Nitish goes after Sangh in Bihar

Has Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar gotten “suspicious” of the activities of the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of the BJP with whose support he runs his government in the state? The question is being hotly debated after a letter was issued by the Bihar Police Special Branch seeking details about the activities of the RSS and its 18 affiliates...

Bihar BJP leaders unhappy after cops seek info on 19 Sangh outfits

Patna: A letter purportedly issued by the special branch of Bihar police with directions for collecting details about functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its affiliates has raised hackles of state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and brought to fore the uneasiness in ties with ally JD(U). Home department officials were tight-lipped about...

Dependence on secularism, Mandal and Lalu have weakened RJD

Patna: There was a time when the vast sections of poor, Dalits, deprived sections of the society and people with “secular” looked impressed with the kind of politics pursued by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a party headed by jailed politician Lalu Prasad. Such was RJD’s popularity that it ruled Bihar uninterrupted for 15 years. But currently, the party is b...

In Bihar, mangoes get mired in political controversy

Patna: The king of fruits came in the eye of a storm in Bihar on Wednesday (July 3) when a fancy variety of mangoes and its saplings were gifted to members of the bicameral legislature by the state government. The goodwill gesture, however, did not go down well with the Opposition, which accused the Nitish Kumar government of trying to divert the atten...

Was recuperating after surgery: Tejashwi on his absence

Patna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday accused the opposition and a section of media of "cooking up spicy stories" about his prolonged absence, claiming that he was convalescing after undergoing a "long delayed surgery" for a ligament injury. In a statement, the RJD heir apparent expressed his "wish to assure the people of Bihar as well as our sp...

Politician offers cash rewards for killing rapists as Bihar gets flooded by rape case...

The 15-year-old regime of husband-wife duo Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi was often likened to the proverbial “Jungle Rule”. This term was coined by the Opposition NDA after Bihar was rocked by a series of caste massacres—the deadliest being Laxmanpur-Bathe, Bara and Miyanpur in which 58, 37 and 34 villagers from different castes were killed respective...

Car runs over kids in Patna; 3 killed, driver lynched

Patna: A 30-year-old driver was lynched by mob after the car he was driving allegedly ran over four children on the footpath in Agamakua, Patna, on Wednesday (June 26) night. The driver was detained by passersby and lynched before being handed over to the police. The state government announced an ex-gratia payment of ₹4 lakh to the each of the families of...

Bihar deaths shameful, Jharkhand lynching painful: Modi in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday emphasised that encephalitis deaths in Bihar was a matter of shame. He also called the instance of mob lynching in Jharkhand a sad and a painful one. Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, the prime minister said, “The deaths in Bihar due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome...

SC asks Centre, Bihar, UP govt for response on encephalitis deaths

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response within seven days from the Centre and the Bihar government on the issue of the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). A bench of Justices, Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a response on the d...

Site, design of 100-bed PICU in Muzaffarpur finalized: Health Minister

New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday that the site and design of a 100-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district have been finalized. He reviewed the status of cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the state with ministry officials. "The central and state teams have fi...

Brain fever claims 136 lives in Bihar, spreads across 16 districts

Patna: Brain fever has afflicted more than 600 children across 16 districts of Bihar of which 136 have lost their lives since the beginning of this month, the state health department said on Thursday. According to statistics released by the department, the total number of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases registered across the state since June 1 ...

Bihar deaths: Supreme Court to hear plea on treatment for kids

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking a direction to the Centre to urgently constitute a team of medical experts for the treatment of the children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, who are suffering from suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), which has claimed more than 100 lives. A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and ...

Encephalitis outbreak: Nitish directs 24-hour availability of doctors

Chennai: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday (June 18) directed health officials to ensure 24-hour availability of doctors at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, where around 89 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) over the past few weeks. The chief minister visited the hospital on Tuesday to take ...

When sun spouts fire, Bihar IAS officer issues curfew order to curb casualties

Ever heard about an administration resorting to policing to save people from extreme weather conditions? In a ‘ridiculous’ yet feasible solution, a senior official in Bihar has enforced section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) or a ‘curfew’ in layman’s term in Gaya district, to make people stay indoors during daytime in view of the rise...

Six more children die in Muzaffarpur, toll rises to 103

Patna: Six children died on Monday (June 17) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, taking the toll due to suspected case of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) to 103. According to a release issued by the district administration, 18 deaths were reported from Kejriwal hospital in the district and 85 from Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where ...

Child death toll rises to 83 in Muzaffarpur; Bihar CM announces ₹4L ex-gratia

Patna: With one more child dying of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur on Sunday (June 16) morning, the death toll of children in the district rose to 83 this month, even as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each. Kumar expressed grief over the children’s death in Muzaffarpur and ordered payme...

Four more children die of brain fever in Bihar, toll reaches 57

Patna/Muzaffarpur: Four more children died on Friday in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district reeling under an outbreak of brain fever, taking the toll to 57 this month, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey said. All the victims have fallen prey to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance, officials said. The 57 childr...

Amit Shah rebukes Giriraj Singh for snide remarks on Iftaar parties

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday (June 4) rebuked Union minister Giriraj Singh for his snide tweet targeting NDA leaders in Bihar on their presence in 'Iftar' parties and asked him to refrain from making such remarks, party sources said. Singh had posted pictures of top Bihar NDA leaders, including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union ministe...