Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar

With 23 years of experience as a journalist with the Hindustan Times, Anil Kumar has been covering a wide variety of news and issues. He has interest in business and has covered political beats, especially the Congress and the JD(U).

Articles by Anil Kumar
Ali Ashraf Fatmi (left) joined JD(U) in the presence of party state president Vashishth Narayan Singh (centre) in Patna on Sunday, July 28, 2019.(HT Photo)
Ali Ashraf Fatmi (left) joined JD(U) in the presence of party state president Vashishth Narayan Singh (centre) in Patna on Sunday, July 28, 2019.(HT Photo)

Veteran RJD leader Ali Ashraf Fatmi joins Janata Dal(U)

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2019 02:25 PM IST
The former Union minister, who severed his 30 years of association with Rashtriya Janata Dal, following denial of Lok Sabha ticket from Darbhanga, was critical of his former party, which, he said, had become burdened by “moneybags”.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was joined by RJD MLA Abdul Bari Siddiqui during his visit to flood-affected Darbhanga recently.(HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was joined by RJD MLA Abdul Bari Siddiqui during his visit to flood-affected Darbhanga recently.(HT Photo)

All well in RJD, says Rabri Devi after CM Nitish meets Siddiqui

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 03:24 PM IST
The Sunday meeting between Kumar and Siddiqui, the former RJD state president, has set tongues wagging that several “disillusioned” legislators, allegedly in touch with the ruling party through backroom channels, may switch sides at an opportune moment.
Magadh university office in Patna(HT File)
Magadh university office in Patna(HT File)

Bihar government orders Magadh University to publish pending results of 2018

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 07:32 AM IST
Now that the government has decided to ensure the publication of bachelors’ degree examination results at the earliest. The university has too swung into action to publish the results very soon.
Magadh university office in Patna Bihar(HT File)
Magadh university office in Patna Bihar(HT File)

MU question paper leak case: Principal, exam controller sacked

Hindustan Times, Bodh Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2019 08:54 AM IST
The newly appointed secretary of the SKM College governing body, Prof Radhekant Prasad, ordered suspension of the principal, Prof Devendra Kumar Sinha and the examination controller Prof Harendra Kumar Singh with immediate effect and appointed a senior college teacher Prof BK Pandey as the new principal of the college.
The Bihar government also has deployed at least six more doctors at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital to deal with the increasing cases of encephalitis.(HT Photo)
The Bihar government also has deployed at least six more doctors at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital to deal with the increasing cases of encephalitis.(HT Photo)

Death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis reaches 12 in Bihar’s Magadh division

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2019 02:26 PM IST
To cope with the growing number of patients, ANMCH has created over 60 beds in the ICU to accommodate more patients.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar recalls being arrested at gunpoint during Emergency

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2019 09:51 AM IST
Nitish Kumar’s statement came when he intervened during a reply by a minister to a question on police action in the state.
There have been recent overtures by the RJD leaders, including former chief minister Rabri Devi, towards Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U).(HT file photo)
There have been recent overtures by the RJD leaders, including former chief minister Rabri Devi, towards Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U).(HT file photo)

On RJD’s ‘offer’ of a reunion, JD-U’s sharp response

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2019 09:01 AM IST
JD(U) has stated that there was no question of going back with the Lalu Prasad-led RJD, setting at rest speculation of a rapprochement between the erstwhile allies.
The inductees with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)
The inductees with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)

BJP leader from Jharkhand joins JD(U) in presence of Nitish Kumar

Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 09:12 AM IST
Those inducted into the JD (U) fold by national president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar were Prem Kataruka, former state secretary-cum-spokesperson of BJP, Manoj Yadav of JVM (P) and Arun Mandal and Prabhat Kumar Prabhakar of JMM.
Even as the situation has somewhat stabilised Muzaffarpur, cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Gaya and Aurangabad districts have kept health officials on toes.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Even as the situation has somewhat stabilised Muzaffarpur, cases of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Gaya and Aurangabad districts have kept health officials on toes.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

12 kids admitted to hospital in Gaya with AES symptoms, no fresh death

Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 02:04 PM IST
As many as 12 children were admitted to the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya, of which three succumbed during treatment during the last four days.
Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.(HT File)
Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital in Gaya.(HT File)

AES lens on Gaya now as 3 kids die

Gaya/Muzaffarpur | By Anil Kumar Ojha and KJ Saquib
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:56 PM IST
While one child died at the Muzaffarpur’s Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH), the rest three succumbed to their ailment at Gaya’s Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH).
Students at the Padampani School in Bodh Gaya deposit waste in dustbins before entering the school(HT)
Students at the Padampani School in Bodh Gaya deposit waste in dustbins before entering the school(HT)

This school in Gaya charges waste, not fees from its students

Hindustan Times, Bodh Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 01:36 PM IST
The school provides tuition free of cost to students, along with books and stationery. What makes Padampani unique is instead of tuition fees, students are asked to pick up waste on their way to school and deposit the collected waste in the dustbins placed outside the school campus, which is later sent for recycling.
Persons having not less than 300 square feet area on roof top would be eligible for Bihar government’s roof-top farming project.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose only)
Persons having not less than 300 square feet area on roof top would be eligible for Bihar government’s roof-top farming project.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose only)

70 people apply for roof-top farming project in Gaya

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 02:33 PM IST
The key objective behind the initiative is to increase green cover in urban pockets of Bihar, apart from adding to the income of the urban population.
PM Modi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during 'Satyagrah Se Swachhagrah' programme in Motihari in Bihar. JD (U)’s stance doesn’t pose a threat to the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha since the BJP has majority on its own but it will have an impact in the Rajya Sabha(PTI file photo)
PM Modi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during 'Satyagrah Se Swachhagrah' programme in Motihari in Bihar. JD (U)’s stance doesn’t pose a threat to the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha since the BJP has majority on its own but it will have an impact in the Rajya Sabha(PTI file photo)

JD (U) not with ally BJP on Triple Talaq, will oppose it in present form

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 07:08 PM IST
JD (U) secretary general and national spokesperson also alleged that the Triple Talaq Bill was never discussed inside the NDA to take alliance partners on board.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visited a hospital in Gaya on June 20, 2019, where most of the heat stroke patients are being treated.(HT Photo)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visited a hospital in Gaya on June 20, 2019, where most of the heat stroke patients are being treated.(HT Photo)

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visits heat stroke patients in Gaya hospital, holds review meet

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Nitish Kumar was accompanied by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and cabinet colleague Krishnanadan Verma.
A child suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in Bihar(AFP)
A child suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) being treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in Bihar(AFP)

Bihar government to pick treatment tab for encephalitis patients

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2019 12:43 PM IST
The Bihar government has already announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of victim of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching 'Mukhya mantri Vridha Pension Yojna" in Patna Bihar India on Friday(HT)
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching 'Mukhya mantri Vridha Pension Yojna" in Patna Bihar India on Friday(HT)

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches universal old age pension scheme for 36 lakh beneficiaries

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2019 09:04 AM IST
Initiating direct benefit transfer (DBT) for a respective monthly entitlement of Rs 400 for people in the age group of 60-79 years and Rs 500 for those 80 years and above, chief minister said that the idea was to bring all elderly under a social security plan.
Earlier, women of the villages carrying pitchers filled with water on their heads made rounds of the yagna mandap and prayed to the rain god.(AP/representative Image)
Earlier, women of the villages carrying pitchers filled with water on their heads made rounds of the yagna mandap and prayed to the rain god.(AP/representative Image)

Drought fear leads to 15-day ritual for rain in Gaya

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 01:01 PM IST
Yagnas are performed for peace across the world. We are performing this yagna for better crops, not only in the Gaya district but also on entire Earth.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that his party JD (U)’s core committee did not find merit in BJP’s proposal for a symbolic representation in the union cabinet(PTI)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that his party JD (U)’s core committee did not find merit in BJP’s proposal for a symbolic representation in the union cabinet(PTI)

Nitish bears it with a grin, counts his MPs

Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 11:43 PM IST
Kumar, who is the national president of his party, also ruled out JD (U)’s future participation in the BJP-led union government in the future.
The Quran at the shrine in Gaya.(HT Photo)
The Quran at the shrine in Gaya.(HT Photo)

Gaya khankah preserves one of world’s oldest and largest holy Quran

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 01:53 PM IST
The holy Quran, which is 35 centimetres long and 54 centimetres wide, is in two parts with 1,152 pages.
Lalu Prasad Yadav(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)
Lalu Prasad Yadav(Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times)

Internal contradictions, Lalu’s absence pull down Grand Alliance like a stack of cards

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anirban Guha Roy and Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 08:27 AM IST
The GA suffered a more pronounced loss in comparison to the 2014 parliamentary polls when the RJD-Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition had won seven seats.
Prime minister Narendra Modi interacts with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(ANI photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi interacts with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(ANI photo)

BJP, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) deal fatal blow to opposition front in Bihar

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar and B Viijay Murty
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 08:26 AM IST
In 2017, when it decided to part with the Grand Alliance (GA) Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) seemed to have correctly gauged what lay in wait for them during the 2019 general elections.
With his party JD(U) performing well in the Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar will undoubtedly remain the chief ministerial candidate and his party is likely to retain its image of the elder brother in the state.(PTI file photo)
With his party JD(U) performing well in the Lok Sabha elections, Nitish Kumar will undoubtedly remain the chief ministerial candidate and his party is likely to retain its image of the elder brother in the state.(PTI file photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: With 100% strike rate, Nitish Kumar seals position as leader No.1 in Bihar

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar and B Viijay Murty
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 03:38 PM IST
Counting trends suggest Kumar’s party has secured all 17 Lok Sabha seats it fielded its candidates on, reiterating the JD(U)’s track record of successful poll alliances.
The shrine’s 221-year-old temple bell has been declared a heritage item and is preserved in a glass box on the premises, near the library.(HT Photo)
The shrine’s 221-year-old temple bell has been declared a heritage item and is preserved in a glass box on the premises, near the library.(HT Photo)

Gaya temple opens unique library with 1,000 rare books

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2019 03:42 PM IST
This Dharmagranthalay has been started with a collection of 1,000 rare books, and the number is expected to increase with contributions from devotees.
Nitish Kumar’s party had stayed out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government when he dumped Bihar’s early version of the grand alliance comprising Lalu Yadav’s party and the Congress and teamed up with the BJP again.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Nitish Kumar’s party had stayed out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government when he dumped Bihar’s early version of the grand alliance comprising Lalu Yadav’s party and the Congress and teamed up with the BJP again.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Ahead of vote count, 2 NDA allies drop hints about role in new government

Hindustan Times, Patna/Chennai | By Anil Kumar & M Manikandan
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 09:34 AM IST
Shortly before he flew down to New Delhi for the dinner hosted by BJP chief Amit Shah, Nitish Kumar spoke about the special package that had once been his party’s key talking point before it was pushed in the deep freezer.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar shares a light moment with the public while inspecting Bihar Museum in Patna on Tuesday.(ANI)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar shares a light moment with the public while inspecting Bihar Museum in Patna on Tuesday.(ANI)

In message to BJP, Nitish Kumar rakes up special category status for Bihar

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 07:44 AM IST
By raking up the special category status, Nitish Kumar has signalled that the JD (U) was keeping its gun powder dry for leveraging the issue during assembly elections next year.
Bodh Gaya has turned into a fortress with heavy security deployed at the three-day mega celebration to mark the 2563rd birth anniversary of Lord Buddha(HTPhotos)
Bodh Gaya has turned into a fortress with heavy security deployed at the three-day mega celebration to mark the 2563rd birth anniversary of Lord Buddha(HTPhotos)

Security beefed up for Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary in Bodh Gaya

Hindustan Times, Bodh Gaya | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 02:57 AM IST
The event took off on Thursday with the Vietnamese Buddhist monks chanting “Buddham Sharanam Gakshami, Dhammam Sharan Gakshami’’ under the legendry Bodhi Tree
The police said that the girl was returning from a coaching institute on Monday evening when the accused abducted her near the Magadh university and took her to an isolated place.(HT Photo)
The police said that the girl was returning from a coaching institute on Monday evening when the accused abducted her near the Magadh university and took her to an isolated place.(HT Photo)

Class 12 student raped in Gaya, police file FIR

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 01:04 AM IST
Rajeev Mishra, senior superintendent of Gaya police confirmed the incident and said that an FIR has been lodged with the Sherghati police station and a special investigation team has been constituted to ensure immediate arrest of the accused.
After refusing to listen to mother Rabri Devi’s counsel for almost a month, Tej Pratap not only rode the same helicopter with his brother, but also made it a point to drive home the point that all is well in the family.(HT Photo)
After refusing to listen to mother Rabri Devi’s counsel for almost a month, Tej Pratap not only rode the same helicopter with his brother, but also made it a point to drive home the point that all is well in the family.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Tej joins Tejashwi on poll trail, repeats Krishna-Arjun equation

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 08:34 AM IST
On Sunday, both of them directed all their ire against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, particularly in his home district Nalanda, alleging that he was engaged in targeting Lalu and his family for justifying his political flip-flop.
(PTI/ Representative Image)
(PTI/ Representative Image)

Maoists torch construction company vehicles, assault staff

Gaya | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 08:16 AM IST
The incident took place around midnight on Wednesday, according to local villagers, who said, they heard gunshots near the construction site.
Shubham Kumar, son of a Thela vendor, Shiv Kumar Burnwal, of Gaya in Bihar created a history after securing 99.59 percentile in the main entrance test of the JEE, results of which were published late last night.(HT file)
Shubham Kumar, son of a Thela vendor, Shiv Kumar Burnwal, of Gaya in Bihar created a history after securing 99.59 percentile in the main entrance test of the JEE, results of which were published late last night.(HT file)

JEE mains results 2019: Thela vendor’s son from Gaya secures 99.59 percentile

Hindustan Times, Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 08:23 PM IST
Shubham Kumar, son of a Thela vendor, Shiv Kumar Burnwal, of Gaya in Bihar created a history after securing 99.59 percentile in the main entrance test of the JEE, results of which were published late last night.
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