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

Bihar to disburse 72-cr to clear backlog payment of old PRI representatives

Bihar’s panchayati raj department is planning to ensure online monthly emolument payment to panchayati raj representatives directly from the department from the new fiscal to reduce procedural and auditing delays and has issued directives to officials to clear all backlog payments to old representatives within one month.
Bihar panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (HT Archives)
Bihar panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:38 PM IST
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Bihar offers 200 acres for Vikramshila central university, awaits Centre’s nod

The proposed university near the ancient seat of learning in Vikramshila (Bhagalpur), was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the 2015 Bihar assembly elections
Remains of Vikramshila University. (HT Archives)
Remains of Vikramshila University. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 09:02 PM IST
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Chirag’s party to contest in UP, Uttarakhand on its own

In 2020 Bihar polls, the erstwhile LJP had won one seat in the 243-member assembly. In 2021, the party split and five of its six MPs threw their lot with Chirag Paswan’s uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, who is now a union minister.
Chirag Paswan with father Ram Vilas Paswan. (FILE)
Chirag Paswan with father Ram Vilas Paswan. (FILE)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 10:23 PM IST
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Niti Ayog delta ranking: Backward Khagaria gets tops in Bihar, to get more funds

Khagaria district in Bihar has secured first rank on the basis of overall performance assessment in the month of November 2021, as per the Niti Ayog ranking under the aspirational districts programme, officials said.
Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant communicated about the ranking to Bihar’s chief secretary Amit Subhani on Wednesday. (ANI)
Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant communicated about the ranking to Bihar’s chief secretary Amit Subhani on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 09:14 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar’s Khagaria secures top spot in NITI Aayog rankings, set to get more funds

The top ranking now makes Khagaria district in Bihar entitled to receive additional grant of 10 crore, the NITI Aayog has said
NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant conveyed the news to Bihar chief secretary Amit Subhani on Wednesday. (Archives)
NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant conveyed the news to Bihar chief secretary Amit Subhani on Wednesday. (Archives)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 03:45 PM IST
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SC rejects Rajgir landowners’ claims for revised compensation

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals filed by land owners against the Patna High Court order of April 22, 2019, related to their claim of higher compensation for the land acquired in Rajgir for construction of the ordinance factory.
The Supreme Court dismissed the appeals filed by land owners against the Patna high court order of April 22, 2019, related to their claim of higher compensation for the land acquired in Rajgir for construction of the ordinance factory. (Picture for representation)
The Supreme Court dismissed the appeals filed by land owners against the Patna high court order of April 22, 2019, related to their claim of higher compensation for the land acquired in Rajgir for construction of the ordinance factory. (Picture for representation)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 09:58 PM IST
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SC dismisses Rajgir landowners’ petition seeking revised compensation

A number of land owners at Rajgir whose lands were acquired by the district authorities of Nalanda for construction of the ordinance factory under ministry of defence filed several writ petitions, claiming higher compensation.
The apex court order has saved over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3000-crore of the central and Bihar governments, as it has set at rest the controversy over claim of huge amount as enhanced compensation for land by the landowners of Rajgir. (File/HT Photo)
The apex court order has saved over 3000-crore of the central and Bihar governments, as it has set at rest the controversy over claim of huge amount as enhanced compensation for land by the landowners of Rajgir. (File/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 04:36 PM IST
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Amid growing opposition, Bihar considers relaxation in liquor prohibition law

The Bihar government is now contemplating a relaxation in some of the stringent provisions of the anti-liquor law to provide relief for non-habitual offenders.
Last year, the state cabinet had given its nod to the Bihar prohibition and excise rules, 2021, for greater clarity with regard to implementation of the stringent liquor prohibition law and reduce growing number of litigations. (HT FILE)
Last year, the state cabinet had given its nod to the Bihar prohibition and excise rules, 2021, for greater clarity with regard to implementation of the stringent liquor prohibition law and reduce growing number of litigations. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 05:08 AM IST
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Bihar considers relaxation in liquor law

The Bihar government is contemplating to relax some of the stringent provisions of its liquor prohibition law in force since April 2016 and provide relief for first-time offenders, said a senior official of the prohibition and excise department.
Liquor prohibition law is in force since April 2016 in Bihar. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Liquor prohibition law is in force since April 2016 in Bihar. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 09:55 PM IST
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ByArun Kumar and Avinash Kumar, Patna

NDA crossfire in Bihar flares up with state BJP chief’s FB post

BJP’s state unit president Dr Sanjay Jaiswal on Monday warned ally Janata Dal (United) of chief minister Nitish Kumar that “76 lakh party workers know how to answer” if JD(U) leaders continue to tag Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
BJP Bihar state president Sanjay Jaiswal . (HT Photo)
BJP Bihar state president Sanjay Jaiswal . (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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Bihar Hooch tragedy triggers fresh war of words between ruling NDA allies

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit out at ally Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) over poor implementation of prohibition in the state
LJP (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan consoles a relative of a person killed in hooch tragedy. (PTI)
LJP (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan consoles a relative of a person killed in hooch tragedy. (PTI)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 03:12 PM IST
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Bihar to go ahead with recruitment of school teachers

PATNA: The state government will recruit primary school teachers for the sixth phase despite the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, so that it could go for the seventh phase recruitment for secondary and higher secondary schools, education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said
Education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT photo)
Education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 10:45 PM IST
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JD(U) to contest UP polls on its own, seats to be decided later

Having been denied any seat as part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, the Janata Dal (United) has now decided to go it alone.
JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi (PTI)
JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi (PTI)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 10:44 PM IST
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Delay in proposal for 7th UGC pay reimbursements costs Bihar 383 cr

The Bihar government has suffered a financial loss of 383.50 crore, as it could not ensure timely submission of proposal and requisite documents to avail reimbursement of central share in lieu of implementation of the seventh UGC pay scale in the state, officials familiar with the matter said.
The university grants commission building. (HT Archives)
The university grants commission building. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 10:36 PM IST
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By, Patna

JD(U) to contest UP with BJP, but seats yet to be decided: Kushwaha

JD(U) Parliamentary Board chairman Upendra Kushwaha said his party would fight elections in UP with the BJP, ending speculations about realignment in Bihar politics following RJD state chief Jagtanand Singh’s offer of support to chief minister Nitish Kumar on the special state status and caste census issues should the BJP decide not to come on board.
JD(U) Parliamentary Board chairman Upendra Kushwaha (HT Photo)
JD(U) Parliamentary Board chairman Upendra Kushwaha (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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JD(U) to contest UP polls in alliance with BJP, seats to be decided: Kushwaha

The Janata Dal (United) wants to contest “enough seats” to keep its hopes alive for achieving the national party status, but looks unlikely to get that many seats from the BJP.
JD(U) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha said the party will fight election in UP as part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). (File Photo by Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
JD(U) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha said the party will fight election in UP as part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). (File Photo by Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 05:14 PM IST
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CAG report: Gap in Bihar govt books swells to 80K cr in 10 years

The CAG report has pointed out how a total of 20,642 abstract contingent (AC) bills amounting to 9155.44 crore had not been adjusted till March 2019-20, while 1,383 AC bills amounting to 644.13 crore had been drawn in March 2020 alone.
Of the total outstanding UCs, departments of panchayati raj, education, social welfare and rural development department account for 67.12% (Representational image)
Of the total outstanding UCs, departments of panchayati raj, education, social welfare and rural development department account for 67.12% (Representational image)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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By, Patna

JD(U) rejects RJD offer as ‘hypothetical’

The ruling Janata Dal (United) on Saturday dismissed opposition RJD’s offer of support should it go ahead with its demand for special status for Bihar and a caste census despite ally BJP’s apparent indifference.
JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh (PTI/file)
JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh (PTI/file)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 09:03 PM IST
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Bihar Assembly premises shut till Jan 18 amid Covid surge

The decision was taken after nearly 30 staff members tested positive in the testing in the last three days.
Bihar Legislative Assembly speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha (HT File)
Bihar Legislative Assembly speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha (HT File)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 09:39 PM IST
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Bihar varsity ad hocism: V-C on medical leave avoids vigilance, another delays joining

While Magadh University vice-chancellor (V-C) Rajendra Prasad, who has been on medical leave ever since the state vigilance unit (SVU) carried out raids at the residence and office with another one-month extension last week, the newly appointed V-C in Patna-based Pataliputra University RK Singh has been delaying his joining for the last 40 days for reasons best known to him. He has reportedly sought more time from the Raj Bhawan for joining.
Magadh university office in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Magadh university office in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 10:46 PM IST
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Looking ahead: Amid political flux, Bihar hopes for better education, health care

Though Bihar’s progress over the last 16 years cannot be dismissed — it has far better road connectivity, round-the-clock power supply and significantly higher per capita power consumption and infrastructure growth — but it is mostly in the context of where the state stood prior to 2005.
At a vaccination centre in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
At a vaccination centre in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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Bihar set to touch 100mn vaccination mark today

PATNA: Even as the government is gearing up to tackle the looming threat of a third wave and the new Omicron variant, the state is set to touch the 100 million mark in vaccination against Covid-19, said health officials
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna on Thursday. (PTI)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:45 PM IST
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Polls over, panchayat rule in Bihar set for overhaul

Bihar is set to transform rural governance by gearing its panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) towards delivering at the grassroots, state’s panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary has said.
Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:32 PM IST
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Bihar govt seeks to promote transparency in Panchayati Raj institutions

There is currently no proper system for auditing funds, which leads to a non-submission of utilisation certificates and a lack of monitoring of work
People stand in queue to cast their votes in Bihar’s Panchayat elections. (Representative image/PTI File)
People stand in queue to cast their votes in Bihar’s Panchayat elections. (Representative image/PTI File)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 05:15 PM IST
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GGI Index: What the ranking tells about Bihar’s progress

GGI is a comprehensive and implementable framework to assess the state of governance across the states and UTs which enables ranking of states/districts.
Availability of electricity and its access both have improved a lot in the state, says economist & associate professor Sudhanshu Kumar. (Representational image)
Availability of electricity and its access both have improved a lot in the state, says economist & associate professor Sudhanshu Kumar. (Representational image)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 09:19 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar CM calls on women to carry forward social reforms agenda, resurrect image

Bihar has the highest number of Jeevika groups in the country involving 1.27-crore women through a World Bank-supported poverty alleviation programme
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (File photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (File photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 09:18 PM IST
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Govt issues fresh schedule for recruitment of 91,000 teachers

The government had earlier postponed the school teachers’ recruitment schedule, by issuing a notification on July 29, till further orders in view of the panchayat elections.
Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT File)
Bihar Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT File)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 09:29 PM IST
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Bihar govt issues fresh counselling schedule for recruitment of 91,000 teachers

  • Bihar government’s education department has issued fresh date for counselling for recruitment of sixth phase for school teachers.
Bihar govt issues fresh counselling schedule for recruitment of 91,000 teachers (Picture for representation only/Raj K Raj-HT)
Bihar govt issues fresh counselling schedule for recruitment of 91,000 teachers (Picture for representation only/Raj K Raj-HT)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 04:49 PM IST
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Bihar set to get new chief secy in 2022, two IAS to go on central deputation

With the present chief secretary, Tripurari Sharan, set to retire by end of December, the Bihar government is now looking at options to fill the post, officials said.
Tripurari Sharan (HT)
Tripurari Sharan (HT)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 10:30 PM IST
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Beginning Dec 22, Nitish Kumar to start state-wide social reforms yatra

The yatra, according to a cabinet coordination department notification, will cover one district each in six divisions and two districts each in three divisions. Kumar will also address public rallies in all the divisions.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to start his yatra from Motihari in East Champaran to tell the people about the benefits of prohibition. (HT PHOTO.)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to start his yatra from Motihari in East Champaran to tell the people about the benefits of prohibition. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 02:04 AM IST
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