Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He has spent two-and-half decades covering Bihar, including politics, educational and social issues.

Articles by Arun Kumar

Upendra Kushwaha just a primary member of party, playing for BJP: JD-U

Umesh Kushwaha’s remarks came after Upendra Kushwaha said JD-U was not a party of any individual, but of crores of workers.

State JD-U president Umesh Kushwaha. (HT Photo)
State JD-U president Umesh Kushwaha. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 10:30 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish shrugs off Kushwaha’s moves

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday dismissed his party JD-U’s parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha’s open letter to party workers, demanding immediate discussions on the “special deal” with the RJD

Chief minister Nitish Kumar during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Banka on Monday. (HT Photo)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Banka on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Speaking on someone else’s behalf’: Nitish Kumar on Upendra Kushwaha’s barbs

Chief minister Nitish Kumar was responding to Upendra Kushwaha’s open letter that called party leaders to meetings on February 19 and 20 to discuss what he has called a special deal between the JD-U and RJD

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at a function on Sunday during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Katihar (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at a function on Sunday during his 'Samadhan Yatra' in Katihar (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 04:19 PM IST

Upset Kushwaha calls JD(U) workers’ meet

Janata Dal (United) leader Rajiv Ranjan rubbished Upendra Kushwaha’s claims as a figment of his imagination

Janata Dal (United) leader Upendra Kushwaha. (HT PHOTO)
Janata Dal (United) leader Upendra Kushwaha. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 08:18 AM IST

Chakradhari Sharan Singh is new chief justice of Patna High Court

Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah have been appointed judges of the Supreme Court.

Patna high court (HT FILE)
Patna high court (HT FILE)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 10:32 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Never demanded’: Tejashwi rules out speculations about Bihar Cabinet expansion

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said his party RJD has never demanded more cabinet berths and added that he is not aware if the Congress has done so

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said there is no discussion on Cabinet expansion in the Grand Alliance in Bihar. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said there is no discussion on Cabinet expansion in the Grand Alliance in Bihar. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 03:24 PM IST

Nitish unable to act on his own, I want my share: Kushwaha

The former union minister said it was true that Nitish Kumar made him the parliamentary board chairman and amended the party constitution to make such a provision, but it was made meaningless and reduced to a mere “jhunjhuna (a child’s rattle)” by the way he was treated

JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 10:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Kushwaha says Nitish Kumar gave him position without power, ignored suggestions

He said he also respects Kumar and therefore wanted the chief minister to be alert and handle things well or else the party will be damaged

Janata Dal (United) leader Upendra Kushwaha. (PTI)
Janata Dal (United) leader Upendra Kushwaha. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 04:28 PM IST

Bihar BJP meet’s resolution escalates attack on Nitish Kumar government

The Bihar BJP blamed the state’s Grand Alliance government’s “irresponsible approach” for the worsening condition of the labour force and small and marginal farmers.

Darbhanga:The Bihar BJP state executive committee meeting was held in north Bihar’s Darbhanga on Saturday and Sunday (PTI)
Darbhanga:The Bihar BJP state executive committee meeting was held in north Bihar’s Darbhanga on Saturday and Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 03:14 PM IST

BJP top brass clear about no alliance with Nitish’s JD-U anymore: Sushi Modi

Bihar BJP in-charge Vinod Tawde also said at the party state executive meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, and party president JP Nadda were clear in their mind that there could be no alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD-U.

BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi. (PTI)
BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi. (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 10:03 PM IST

Defiant Kushwaha says won’t leave JD-U, dares Nitish

The current flare-up in the JD-U was ignited a few days ago when a picture surfaced of a few Bihar BJP leaders visiting Kushwaha at AIIMS in Delhi, where he was admitted for a routine check-up.

JD-U leader Upendra Kushwaha (Santosh Kumat/HT)
JD-U leader Upendra Kushwaha (Santosh Kumat/HT)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Three people from Bihar, including Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, to receive Padma Shri

Other than Anand Kumar, the two others are Kapildeo Prasad, a weaver from Baswan Bigaha village in Nalanda, and Subhadra Devi, a Mithila artist.

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar. (HT Photo)
Super 30 founder Anand Kumar. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:42 PM IST

HC stops funding of 609 Bihar madrasas pending inquiry into grant

The madrasas in Bihar face probe over the release of grant-in-aid on the basis of forged documents and the high court sought its completion in four weeks

A division bench on Tuesday directed the additional chief secretary (education) to file an affidavit within two weeks. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A division bench on Tuesday directed the additional chief secretary (education) to file an affidavit within two weeks. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 03:32 PM IST

Tejashwi, Lalan to join Stalin, Soren at KCR show in Secunderabad

Lalan Singh will go as the representative of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, a statement by Telangana minister said.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrashekhar Rao in Patna on August 31, 2022. (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrashekhar Rao in Patna on August 31, 2022. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Patna

ASER flags Bihar schools’ worrying learning outcome, dip since 2018

As per the ASER report, while the percentage of class 3-5 children, who could read class 2 level text was 32.8 in 2018, it came down to 30 in 2022.

As many as 24 districts in Bihar have shown a reduction in reading ability among class 3-5 students when compared between 2018 and 2022, the ASER report stated. (HT Photo)
As many as 24 districts in Bihar have shown a reduction in reading ability among class 3-5 students when compared between 2018 and 2022, the ASER report stated. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 10:52 PM IST

JD-U legislator’s ‘Karbala’ remark triggers fresh row

Ghulam Rasool Baliyavi was speaking in reference to the now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s comments on the Prophet last year, which had triggered violent protests

Members of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) protest against the remarks of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in Patna on June 9, 2022. (HT Photo)
Members of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) protest against the remarks of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in Patna on June 9, 2022. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:29 PM IST
By, Patna

BJP files cases across Bihar against education minister’s Ramcharitmanas remark

BJP workers have filed petitions against education minister Chandra Shekhar in 30 districts and soon will have it in all the 38 districts

Bihar education minister Chandra Shekhar claimed that the epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social discrimination and spread hatred in society. (File Photo)
Bihar education minister Chandra Shekhar claimed that the epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social discrimination and spread hatred in society. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:39 PM IST

2022 ASER report: Attendance in Bihar schools far below national average despite incentives

The report, led by Pratham Foundation, has also flagged high prevalence of private tuition, which is nearly 2.5 times the national average and points to lack of quality education in the government schools.

The ASER report, which covered 52,959 children across 1,140 villages in 38 districts of Bihar, has recommended big changes in practice, appropriate activities and high effort in the classroom to achieve universal basic foundational literacy and numeracy by the time the students complete Grade III by 2025 (HT Photo)
The ASER report, which covered 52,959 children across 1,140 villages in 38 districts of Bihar, has recommended big changes in practice, appropriate activities and high effort in the classroom to achieve universal basic foundational literacy and numeracy by the time the students complete Grade III by 2025 (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

RJD issues notice to ex-minister over comments against Nitish Kumar

The notice is being seen as an attempt to deflect attention from the row over education minister Chandrashekhar’s remarks that epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social discrimination and spread hatred in society

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav. (ANI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his deputy Tejashwi Yadav. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 02:28 PM IST

‘Missing folders’ derail probe into teacher recruitment in Bihar

Though the VIB has so far filed over 1000 FIRs involving over 2,200 teachers, things have not moved further since the Patna HC ordered the probe in 2015.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: ‘Missing folders’ continues to haunt state govt, schools teachers

The state education department last year put the onus of uploading their documents on the specified portal of the working teachers whose folders are missing, however, despite giving several deadlines, the process could not be completed.

Over 70,000 of the 3.52 lakh contract teachers in Bihar, appointed between 2006 and 2015, face the prospect of losing their jobs (Representative Photo)
Over 70,000 of the 3.52 lakh contract teachers in Bihar, appointed between 2006 and 2015, face the prospect of losing their jobs (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 05:45 PM IST

Bihar cabinet nod for university teachers’ promotion statute

Teachers’ promotions remained withheld in the colleges and universities due to an executive order by the department of education in July 2021, which was later suspended

The University Grants Commission (UGC) too in the past issued guidelines for the early resolution of promotion cases and the filling up of large-scale vacancies (Representative Photo)
The University Grants Commission (UGC) too in the past issued guidelines for the early resolution of promotion cases and the filling up of large-scale vacancies (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 01:37 PM IST

Ex-minister, Bihar stalwart Sharad Yadav dies aged 75

Ten-time MP – seven times in the Lok Sabha and three times in the Rajya Sabha – Yadav was regarded as a tall socialist leader

Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav passed away at the age of 75 on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav passed away at the age of 75 on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 09:22 AM IST

Bihar minister defiant after remarks on Ramcharitmanas

Religious texts like Ramacharitmanas spread hatred just as ‘Manusmriti’ and Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ created social divide in different eras, the RJD leader had said.

A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar over his remarks on ‘Ramcharitmanas’. (HT)
A protest in Patna against Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar over his remarks on ‘Ramcharitmanas’. (HT)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar education minister’s remarks on Ramcharitamanas sparks controversy

Bihar’s eduaction minister Chandrashekhar claimed that religious texts like Ramacharitmanas spread hatred just as ‘Manusmriti’ and MS Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ created social divide

Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar. (ANI Photo)
Bihar’s education minister Chandrashekhar. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 12:54 PM IST

Bihar minister’s statement on Hindu epic sparks controversy

Chandrashekhar was speaking at the convocation ceremony of Nalanda Open University when he made the remarks. Bihar governor Phagu Chouhan was also present at the event.

Bihar education minister Chandrashekhar. (ANI Photo)
Bihar education minister Chandrashekhar. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 04:43 AM IST
By, Patna

Teachers conducting board exams to be spared from caste survey work: Bihar govt

Over 13.18 lakh students will take the practical exams across 1,464 centres, according to official data. The intermediate practical exams are scheduled from January 10-20.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 03:50 PM IST

Ahead of national meet, Bihar BJP works on organisational revamp

Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal, union minister Nityanand Rai, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Modi, including the party’s top brass met in New Delhi to discuss the preparation of the party’s progress report

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meeting will be held in New Delhi on January 16 and 17 (Representative Photo)
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meeting will be held in New Delhi on January 16 and 17 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Bihar achieves less than 1/3rd mining rev collection target by Dec

This development came to light during the district-wide review of revenue collection by the mines and geology minister Ramanand Yadav two days ago.

With the revenue collection just one-third of the target so far and most of the districts showing unsatisfactory performance,minister Ramanand Yadav told the officials to step up efforts and crack down on illegal sand mining, transportation, and storage by the mafia. (HT Photo)
With the revenue collection just one-third of the target so far and most of the districts showing unsatisfactory performance,minister Ramanand Yadav told the officials to step up efforts and crack down on illegal sand mining, transportation, and storage by the mafia. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2023 09:42 PM IST

Bihar to terminate inadequately trained teachers following court order

Primary education director Ravi Prakash cited a Patna high court order and wrote to district education officers (DEOs) and district programme officers for compliance

The high court categorised teachers on the basis of their training status. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The high court categorised teachers on the basis of their training status. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 03:25 PM IST
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