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

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In a first for Bihar, CUSB in UGC’s Category 1 list

For the CUSB, which was set up in 2009 and received the highest ‘A++’ rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in June 2023, it is another feather in the cap in a state where state universities are mostly unaccredited and struggling with late sessions and poor performance.

The CUSB in Gaya. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar dusts off 2007 policy, no more +2 in colleges

Intermediate education will now be imparted only in higher secondary schools from the new session starting April 1, 2024.

Students come out after taking their Bihar Board Class 10th exam at DAV High School in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

Six candidates unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar

Two seats have gone to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) each, while one each went to the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) and the Congress after scrutiny of applications

JD-U candidate Sanjay Jha was the first to get his certificate from the returning officer. (ANI photo)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 05:35 PM IST

Ex-Bihar minister who flagged corruption in department in 2022 throws a challenge

As Bihar’s agriculture minister, Sudhakar Singh in 2022 described officials in the agriculture department as thieves and flagged poor implementation of plans as a key concern

RJD leader and ex-Bihar minister Sudhakar Singh said he was forced to resign as minister about two weeks after he sought a probe into the implementation of agriculture road maps (X/ @_Sudhaker_singh)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 03:12 PM IST

Bihar govt agrees to agitating teachers’ demand for offline competency tests

A delegation of teachers also met deputy chief minister Samrat Choudhary for a discussion on their broader issues and said the BJP leader assured them he would speak to the CM

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 01:57 PM IST

BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav elected Speaker of Bihar Assembly

Yadav started his political journey in 1978 when he became the councillor of the Patna Municipal Corporation and deputy mayor of Patna in 1982

The election was announced after voice vote in which there was no opposition. (HT photo | Santosh Kumar)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 12:17 PM IST

Rabri’s brother Subhash gets a taste of Nitish Kumar's ‘rule of law’

Yadav had started his career as a Group-D employee in the Vidhan Sabha but quit his job after his sister Rabri Devi took over the state’s reins from Lalu Prasad

Subhash Yadav (right) is a former Rajya Sabha member and a brother-in-law of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav (left). (File Photos)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 09:40 PM IST

No decision on competency test yet; Bihar deputy CM to meet teachers on Feb 15

Teachers across the state have been holding protests against the riders of termination and transfer attached with the competency test

The government will decide on the committee’s recommendation regarding termination of service of teachers soon. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 11:07 AM IST

BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav files nomination for Bihar assembly Speaker’s post

Yadav was accompanied by chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy CM Vijay Kumar Sinha, parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary and other leaders

The election of the new Speaker of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha will take place on February 15. (HT Photo | Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 12:45 PM IST

Nitish Kumar wins Bihar floor test to start fresh CM innings

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wins trust vote in assembly, securing 129 votes in the 243-member assembly after the opposition walked out.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at Bihar Legislative Assembly for the floor test of his government on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 05:59 AM IST
By, Patna

Nitish govt wins trust vote

In the 243-strong assembly, a total of 129 members voted in favour of the motion of confidence in the new government.

Nitish Kumar after winning the trust vote in Bihar assembly on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

CM Nitish Kumar-led NDA government wins trust vote in Bihar assembly

Speaking on the trust vote, the Janata Dal (United) chief said he could not continue when he found out there was corruption taking place

Nitish Kumar led NDA govt wins trust vote in Bihar assembly. (PTI photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 05:15 PM IST

Ahead of floor test, Shah to address BJP MLAs in Gaya

JD(U) has asked its legislators to gather at minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary’s residence in Patna for a meeting on Sunday, while on Saturday there will be a feast and get-together at his Cabinet colleague Shravan Kumar’s home on Saturday.

Amit Shah at Parliament House complex. (PTI)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Patna

Ahead of floor test, Shah to address BJP MLAs, JD(U) calls its legislators to Patna

The NDA has 128 legislators in the 243-member Bihar assembly while the RJD, Congress, and Left parties have 114 lawmakers in the House

The RJD lost power when chief minister Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 04:32 PM IST

Nitish meets Modi, Shah, says now in NDA forever

It was Bihar CM’s first meeting with PM since the JD(U) supremo realigned with the BJP to form a new NDA government in Bihar on January 28.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 10:18 PM IST
By, Patna

Chirag casts an eye on four JD(U) seats, Giriraj’s Begusarai

Chirag Paswan has announced the names of 11 functionaries as party in-charge for as many Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, including four held by Bihar chief minister’s Janata Dal (United) and Begusarai, which is currently held by BJP heavyweight and union minister Giriraj Singh.

Chirag Paswan addresses a rally at Hajipur. (HT)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: DMs asked to take action against teachers for protesting over competency test

The Bihar teachers’ bodies and representatives are opposing the education dept panel’s recommendations of mandatory requirement of clearing the competency test for working teachers

Aspirants coming out from a centre after appearing in BPSC Teacher Recruitment 2023 exam in Patna. (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 03:46 PM IST

Ahead of trust vote, Nitish to meet Modi, Shah

This will be Kumar’s first meeting with the Prime Minister since his JD(U) returned to the BJP-led NDA on January 28 this year after deserting the RJD-led alliance in Bihar.

Bihar’s new deputy chief ministers Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Teachers’ body to meet ahead of budget session over govt panel proposal

The committee has made it clear that the first competency test will be held on February 26 and after the publication of results, three more would be conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board

Teachers are threatening to protest against the same during the budget session. (Representative file photo)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Bihar govt dissolves 4 key panels formed by previous regime

The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has dissolved four key commissions constituted during the previous Mahagathbandhan government.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Patna

Nitish Kumar govt dissolves key panels set up under GA govt in Bihar

The decision to dissolve key commissions comes ahead of the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly on February 12

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 05:39 PM IST

Bihar portfolio allocation: CM Kumar retains home, dy CM Samrat gets finance

The Bihar cabinet at present has only eight ministers apart from the CM, while it could have up to 36.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (Twitter/@NitishKumar)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 03:50 PM IST

The impact of frequent alliance swaps on the bureaucracy in Bihar

When the political scenario keeps changing, as it has in Bihar, what does this mean for the officers of the state?

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha during death anniversary function of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Ghat in Patna, Bihar,(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 10:29 AM IST

Budget session of Bihar legislature to begin from February 12

The first of the budget session will commence with the joint address to the two Houses by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar at the Central Hall, followed by the move to seek a trust vote by the Kumar-led government

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 01:14 PM IST

Nitish Kumar to expand Cabinet, allocate portfolios before February 10

A BJP functionary said that there was no point in allocating portfolios and then again reallocating them after Cabinet expansion

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 12:44 PM IST

In Bihar, social engineering with a dash of aggression

Though the Bharatiya Janata Party avoids using caste as a narrative, its choice of deputy CMs is a sign of astute social engineering

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha after oath taken ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Patna, Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 07:04 PM IST

NDA serves notice for House speaker’s removal day after Nitish rejoins alliance

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nand Kishore Yadav, a former minister, is expected to replace Awadh Bihari Choudhary as the speaker

The NDA has the support of 128 lawmakers in the 243-member assembly. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 12:47 PM IST

Nothing surprising about Nitish turnarounds, but RJD says it will rebound

Will he? Won't he? A brief look at the Bihar CM's history of switching sides and staying in power

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Yadav.(ANI file)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 07:39 PM IST

Hectic parleys as cracks widen in Bihar alliance

In Patna, one RJD leader confirmed that senior leaders of the party, including former Union minister Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav, met Lalu at his 10 Circular Road residence, but called it an “informal meeting”.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar abuzz with rumours of Nitish Kumar breaking alliance with RJD, joining NDA

The official word from Nitish Kumar’s party JD(U) was that there is nothing wrong with the alliance, but it is clear that all is not well between it and the RJD

In this April 12, 2023 file image, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's residence (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 09:04 PM IST
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