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Bihar News

Bihar opposition leader gives up security

Patna, Feb 21 (IANS) Bihar's opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui has given up his security personnel and urged the government to deploy them to maintain law and order.

Body of abducted Jharkhand trader found

Ranchi, Feb 21 (IANS) The body of trader Gyan Chandra Jain, who was abducted Feb 14 while returning home from his factory, was recovered Thursday, police said.

Woman sells baby daughter in Bihar

Patna, Feb 21 (IANS) A poverty-stricken woman in this Bihar capital has claimed that she sold her two-month-old daughter for Rs.5,000 to a neighbour to raise money for her ailing husband's medical treatment.

Strike hits normal life in Bihar

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) Normal life was hit in Bihar Wednesday, the first day of the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions to press for various demands, officials said.

Bihar legislator named in kidnapping-cum-murder case

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) Bihar legislator Anant Singh of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) was named an accused in the kidnapping and murder of a farmer, police said Wednesday.

In Jharkhand, banks, mines, trains affected by strike

Ranchi, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day countrywide shutdown called by 11 trade unions Wednesday affected mining, banks and railway services in Jharkhand.

Trains, road services hit in Bihar

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) Thousands of people were stranded across Bihar Wednesday as trains were stopped and key highways blocked by activists affiliated to various trade unions that have called for a nationwide two-day strike.

'Pakistani agent' remark sparks furore in Bihar

Patna, Feb 19 (IANS) The opposition RJD Tuesday demanded the resignation of two BJP ministers in Bihar for allegedly terming the party as "Pakistani agents", after it opposed students performing 'surya namaskar' in state government schools.

78,464 people convicted in Bihar in seven years

Patna, Feb 19 (IANS) Over 78,000 criminals, including politicians and lawmakers, have been convicted and punished in Bihar, highest in the country, in the last seven years due to the fast-track courts, an official said Tuesday.

Bihar opposition creates ruckus over liquor, graft

Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) The Bihar assembly's month-long budget session began here Monday on a stormy note as the opposition parties attacked the government over its liquor policy, poor law and order situation, and rampant graft in the state.

Bihar potato farmer sets new world record

Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Bihar's farmers have done it again. A farmer from Sohdih village of Bihar's Nalanda district has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming this year.

Bangladesh trade deficit almost halved

Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) Bangladesh's trade deficit was almost halved to over $3.5 billion in the first half of the current 2012-13 fiscal (July 2012-June 2013) as a slump in imports outweighed the impact of fewer exports, a Bangladesh Bank (BB) official said.

Indian buses for Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday handed over the keys of 20 buses to Bangladesh.

Why do police need Arjun Munda's crime records, asks BJP

Ranchi, Feb 16 (IANS) The BJP Saturday demanded a high-level probe into the alleged police action seeking criminal records of former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda.

Three lynched for molestation in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 15 (IANS) Three young men were Friday beaten to death by a mob for trying to molest a woman in a Jharkhand village, police said.

Security of railway passengers in Jharkhand concerning

Ranchi, Feb 13 (IANS) The security of passengers on trains is a cause for concern in Maoist-infested Jharkhand, an official here said.

Nalanda University to get special funds in budget: Khurshid

Patna, Feb 12 (IANS) A special provision of funds will be made in the union budget for the upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Tuesday.

ED allowed to question Koda on money laundering

Ranchi, Feb 12 (IANS) A Ranchi court Tuesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to question jailed former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in a money laundering case allegedly involving businessman Anil Bastawade, a lawyer said.

Put Nalanda ruins in UNESCO heritage list: Khurshid

Patna, Feb 12 (IANS) The ruins of the ancient Nalanda University in Bihar should be in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, External Affairs Minister Salman Kuurshid said Tuesday.

Bihar village bans jeans, T-shirt for girls

Patna, Feb 11 (IANS) After three of its girls went missing, a village in Bihar's Siwan district has barred girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and T-shirts, an official said Monday.

VHP's Modi as PM chant 'objectionable': Hindu priests

Patna, Feb 11 (IANS) An influential group of Hindu priests Monday objected to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate in the next general election.

Pending issues with Dhaka to be concluded early: India

Dhaka, Feb 10 (IANS) Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai Sunday conveyed India's assurance to Bangladesh that all pending issues, including the Teesta water sharing agreement, would be concluded "as early as feasible".

Ranchi Rhinos stun Delhi Waveriders to clinch maiden HIL

Ranchi, Feb 10 (IANS) Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders 2-1 in a cracker of a game to win the first Hero Hockey India League at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Sunday.

Raghunath seals third place for Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Ranchi, Feb 11 (IANS) Four goals, including a golden goal from skipper Raghunath right in the last minute of extra time, earned Uttar Pradesh Wizards a 4-3 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in an absolute thriller of a third place play-off game of the Hero Hockey India League at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Sunday.

Bihar to export organic mushrooms, vegetables

Patna, Feb 10 (IANS) Bihar will export organic mushrooms and vegetables grown by hundreds of farmers in Nalanda district to Japan, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Hungary among other countries, official said.

Rhinos first to book final berth in HIL

Ranchi, Feb 9 (IANS) Ranchi Rhinos made sure that they play in the first ever Hero Hockey India League (HIL) final in front of a home crowd, as they beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4-2 in the semi-final at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Saturday.

FIH ropes in Hero for a four-year deal

Ranchi, Feb 9 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp Ltd. Saturday announced a first-of-its-kind partnership which will be spread over the next four years.

People proposing me for PM not my well-wishers, says Nitish

Patna, Feb 8 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday said he was "pained" by leaders of his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) putting his name as a prime ministerial candidate, and termed such people "not my well-wishers".

Rhinos face unpredictable Wizards in HIL semis

Ranchi, Feb 8 (IANS) Ranchi Rhinos would look to ride on the wave of home support when they take on the unpredictable Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the semi-final of the inaugural Hockey India League at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Saturday.

High-level team reviews Jharkhand security

Ranchi, Feb 8 (IANS) Union Cabinet Secretary A.K. Seth reviewed the security and development work of Jharkhand with officials of various ministries in Ranchi Friday.

Protests as Rajapaksa arrives in India for pilgrimage

Bodh Gaya/Tirupati, Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday prayed at Buddhism's holiest shrine at Bodh Gaya and then flew to Tirupati amid scattered protests against his two-day Indian pilgrimage.

Sri Lankan president prays at Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa flew into India Friday and prayed here at a temple site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

Rajapaksa begins India visit amid protests

Bodh Gaya/Chennai, Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa flew into Bodh Gaya Friday to pray at Buddhism's holiest shrine as protests erupted in parts of India against his two-day India pilgrimage.

Sri Lankan president reaches Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived here Friday to pray at a temple site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, on the first day of a two-day trip to India.

Rapist, murderer of Bihar minor awarded death sentence

Patna, Feb 7 (IANS) A Bihar court Thursday awarded the death penalty to a 45-year-old man for raping and killing a minor girl four years ago, a lawyer said.

Woman, children set on fire for 'stealing jewellery'

Patna, Feb 7 (IANS) A 27-year-old woman is battling for her life, while her three minor children were killed after being set ablaze allegedly by her husband and in-laws on charge of stealing jewellery in a Bihar village, police said here Thursday.

Bihar police officer suspended for demanding bribe

Patna, Feb 5 (IANS) The Bihar government Tuesday suspended senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Alok Kumar for allegedly demanding Rs.10 crore from a liquor mafia, an official said.

Singapore to donate library to Nalanda university

Patna, Feb 5 (IANS) Singapore has decided to donate a library to the upcoming Nalanda International University in Bihar.

No special status for Bihar, says Ahulwalia

Patna, Feb 4 (IANS) Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Monday said it was not possible to grant Bihar the status of a special category state but its special package can be improved.

Death penalty for minor's rape, killing in nine-day trial

Patna, Feb 2 (IANS) Within nine days of a crime, a Bihar court Saturday awarded the death penalty to a man who raped and murdered a three-year-old girl, a lawyer said.

Eight firms keen to design Nalanda University

Patna, Feb 1 (IANS) Eight architectural companies, including six from abroad, have shown interest in designing the upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar, the vice chancellor said Friday.

Man arrested for harassing woman on train

Patna, Feb 1 (IANS) A senior official of a Gurgaon-based telecommunication company was arrested here for harassing a woman on the Delhi-Patna Sampoorna Kranti Express, police said Friday.

HIL: Ranchi Rhinos aim to put pressure on Delhi Waveriders

Ranchi, Jan 31 (IANS) Ranchi Rhinos would look to catch up with Delhi Waveriders by handing them their first league defeat in the inaugural edition of the Hero Hockey India League when the two teams face off for the third and final time in the league stage at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Friday.

ED takes Koda aide for 10-day remand

Ranchi, Jan 31 (IANS) Anil Bastawade, an aide of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, who is now in jail and is accused of money laundering, was Thursday remanded to 10 days custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED) by a court.

Anna Hazare rejects new Lokpal Bill draft

Patna, Jan 31 (IANS) Activist Anna Hazare Thursday rejected the new draft of the Lokpal Bill with amendments proposed by the central government and announced that he would continue his fight for the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Hazare announces 'Jantantra Morcha

Patna, Jan 30 (IANS) Activist Anna Hazare Wednesday announced that he would form a 'Jantantra Morcha' to fight for and assert people's rights.

Nitish best man for PM post, says JD-U leader

Patna, Jan 30 (IANS) As speculation mounts over BJP's Narendra Modi being the NDA's prime ministerial candidate in the next general election, a senior Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader has said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the best man for the job.

Nitish Kumar best prime ministerial candidate: JD-U leader

Patna, Jan 30 (IANS) Following some senior BJP leaders backing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, a senior Janata Dal-United leader Wednesday made a strong pitch for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the post.

UPA government cheating people on Lokpall Bill: Anna

Patna, Jan 29 (IANS) Unhappy over delay in parliament passing the Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare Tuesday accused the Congress-led UPA government of cheating him and people.

IAC gives one lakh Gandhi caps for Hazare's rally

Patna, Jan 29 (IANS) Gandhi caps with "I am Anna" inscribed on them flooded Bihar Tuesday, a day ahead of activist Anna Hazare's rally here Jan 30.


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