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Impossible made possible: Laloo/Nitish come together: will Mamata/CPM follow?

    Laloo/Nitish together: once upon a time, and again! Patna: according to latest reports, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has joined hands with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Bihar. The new alliance may act as a good incentive for the RJD and JD[U] MLAs to stick to their own parties instead of looking hopefully at BJP, at least for the time being. Earlier, Nitish had sought Lalu’s support in the coming bypoll for two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. “I have talked to Lalu Prasad, Congress state chief Ashok... 

Patna gets go ahead for its metro

    Patna traffic chaos: Metro is the remedy? Patna: Bihar Urban Development Minister Samrat Choudhary on Tuesday gave the green signal to the much awaited Patna metro train project. Anyone who has travelled in the Delhi or Kolkata metro is well aware of what a metro facility means – apart from serving a very practical need it also raises the levels of hygiene, civility and regard for shared spaces that India otherwise lacks. The contrast between the cleanliness levels of metros and railway or bus stations in India is sufficiently telling. “We have decided to go ahead with the... 

How Bihar’s ‘Super 30’ inspires global media

    Anand Kumar: Super 30 founder Patna: A French filmmaker is currently in Patna shooting a documentary film on Anand Kumar, the founder of the Super 30 free coaching centre that nurtures talent from underpriveleged families and mentors them to crack the prestigious IIT-JEE – the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Award winning filmmaker Pascal Plisson, who specialises in documentaries about mankind living in extreme conditions, is here with his team to capture the saga of Super 30 and how students overcome all odds to crack one of the toughest... 

Encephalitis spreads beyond Muzaffarpur: to Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar…

  Acute Encephalitis Syndrome : mystery unsolved Patna: Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), so far limited to Muzaffarpur district, has now spread to neighbouring districts of Vaishali, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and East Champaran as 33 cases were reported from these districts recently. Confirming the spread of the disease, Principal Secretary of Health Department, Deepak Kumar, said, “Cases have been reported from adjoining districts of Muzaffarpur. We are providing all facilities for treatment of the ill children.” The spread of AES has put the state government on its toes,... 

Bihar Congress calculates: JD[U] alliance is asset, RJD liability

    Cong-RJD: time to part? Patna: According to reports, Bihar Congress on Wednesday held a review meeting after the Lok Sabha election debacle with party leaders regretting the tie-up with RJD and proposing an alliance with JD(U) in state assembly polls next year. The meeting adopted a unanimous resolution reposing faith in the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to guide it to strength, state party vice-president and media in charge Prem Chand Mishra told the press. The day-long review meeting, presided over by PCC chief Ashok Choudhary, was... 

Bihar mukhiyas on leash: to get smartphones for direct access

    No mukhiyapati, only for mukhiyas! Patna: take it how you want – an official smartphone is a perk if you like but may be used as a leash for direct control. The Bihar government has been using phone contact to keep a tab on the officials, their whereabouts and their activities in the past. Once in the smartphone loop, an official cannot refuse to take a call or make excuses for not being informed. according to reports, the Bihar government has decided to give smartphones and executive assistants to all its 8,402 mukhiyas, the third layer of the Panchayati Raj system that has Zila... 

New Bihar: Sons of gas vendor, generator operator top Bihar board exams

    Topper Ravish Kumar Patna/ Gaya: the social backgrounds of Ravish Kumar and Gaya boy Avinash Kumar who topped in the ISc and ICom examinations, respectively this year truly reveal the real Bihar of today – Jitan Manjhi’s Bihar. The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) declared the results on Tuesday. Ravish is from a poor background. His father is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and has been a gas cylinder vendor since 2004. This exam, Ravish scored 425 marks out of 500, putting in 12 to 13 hours of studying, sometimes without electricity, at their two-room house in... 

Verdict 2014, Bihar: a development folktale interrupted

By Ratnakar Tripathy Storytelling in progress The key word that occurs time and again to describe the 2014 verdict in the favour of BJP and Narendra Modi is ‘decisiveness’ in its most manly and broad-chested sense. In the last five years, the Congress, now punished severely for its limp-wristed demeanour and dyslexic style of communication, created levels of despair that seemed almost unspeakable. But as we know, with development as the core mantra, the despair hastily turned into hope as the election results began pouring in yesterday. Hope is the name of the luxury democracy rarely denies... 

Results Bihar : NDA wins 31 seats, JD(U) down to Two

BJP led NDA sweeps Bihar NDA wave sweeps Bihar, BJP wins 23 seats while its allies LJP and  RLSP winning Five and three seats respectively. While the,  JD(U) is down to two seats, and RJD winning only seven seats. Major losers includes Rabri Devi from Saran and Misa Bharti from Patliputra.   Bihar Result Status Constituency Const. No. Winners/Leading Candidate Leading Party Trailing Candidate Trailing Party Margin Status Araria 9 TASLEEM UDDIN Rashtriya Janata Dal PRADEEP KUMAR SINGH Bharatiya Janata Party 146504 Result Declared Arrah 32 RAJ... 

Kejriwal confirmed: Reliance asks govt to double gas prices by May 13

    Gas: price hike in a hurry Confirming Arvind Kejjriwal’s projections, Reliance Industries has asked Oil Ministry to announce a new natural gas price immediately after polling ends on May 12, saying this was necessary to avoid irreparable loss to all parties, including the government. While a new formula for pricing of all domestically produced natural gas was notified on January 10 and published in Gazettee on January 17, the Election Commission last month asked the government to defer its implementation till general elections are completed. The new pricing formula, that almost... 
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