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

Education gets a lion’s share, but provision missing for job creation

In the education sector, the government has announced to recruit 48,762 primary teachers, 5,886 physical education trainers, 40,506 head teachers, 44,193 teachers in secondary schools, 89,734 teachers in higher secondary schools and 7,360 computer teachers.

People watch the state Budget at a shop in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 10:19 PM IST
By, Patna

Eco Survey: Bihar bounced back in 2021-22, grew at 10.98%

This was the 17th report of the Bihar Economic Survey, a practice started by the Nitish Kumar government in 2006-07.

Bihar finance minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary releases Economic Survey report on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:40 PM IST
By, Patna

Governor’s speech: ‘Bihar committed to development with justice, zero tolerance to corruption’

The Governor said that the ongoing exercise for caste-based survey in the state was an extension of its “development with justice” mantra to ensure inclusive growth.

Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar addresses during the Budget Session on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:29 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar govt committed to development with zero tolerance to corruption: Governor

Arlekar, who took oath as governor earlier this month, was addressing the joint sitting of the Bihar legislative assembly and the Bihar legislative council on the first day of the budget session

He said there is a comprehensive plan for police strengthening and 75,463 additional posts have been created. (Facebook | Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 03:41 PM IST

Patna HC cancels ongoing appointment of assistant profs over quota ambiguity

This development means that the appointment process would once again get delayed, as it happened in the past. Bihar universities and colleges are grappling with huge shortage of teachers, with several departments running without any teacher or just one or two.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 10:54 PM IST

‘BJP, RJD only two big parties’: Prashant Kishor’s swipe at Nitish Kumar, JD-U

Prashant Kishor, who parted ways with the JD-U in 2020, last year embarked on a 3,000km ‘Jan Suraj’ foot march criss-crossing the state

Political strategist-activist Prashant Kishor (PTI File)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 06:56 PM IST

Decks cleared for pending promotions of hundreds of teachers in Bihar varsities

The promotions in the colleges and universities had been withheld following an executive order by the department of education in July 2021

The delay in promotions had led to growing resentment among the teachers. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 04:56 PM IST

Swallow this: Bihar govt survey says cheers on prohibition, 95% claim they’re off liquor now

Almost all women surveyed (99.36%) backed prohibition, saying it had brought them peace and family bliss.

Liquor prohibition in Bihar was imposed by the Nitish Kumar government in April 2016. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 09:30 PM IST
By, Patna

‘No challenge to PM Modi’: Upendra Kushwaha needles Nitish Kumar on Oppn unity

Upendra Kushwaha’s prophecy for 2024, which came just a day after he exited the JD-U and floated the Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal (RLJD), was also a swipe at the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar

Former JDU leader Upendra Kushwaha’s statement comes against the backdrop of buzz that the RLJD will work closely with the BJP. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 03:21 PM IST

‘Don’t know what future holds’: Upendra Kushwaha on new party’s tie-up with BJP

Upendra Kushwaha, 63, had lately turned into Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s harshest critic within the party

Janata Dal-United leader Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference and announces his new political outfit Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal in Patna (PTI)
Published on Feb 20, 2023 04:53 PM IST

Agri growth falling, farmers suffering: Ex-minister hits out at Nitish Kumar

When asked about Singh’s charges that farmers were suffering in Bihar, the chief minister had on Friday said he (Sudhakar) did not know much and there was no need to take notice of such people

Former Bihar agriculture minister and RJD MLA Sudhakar Singh (File Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2023 06:38 PM IST

Chouhan leaves for Meghalaya, Arlekar to take oath as Bihar Governor today

Chief minister Nitish Kumar and ministers Vijay Kumar Choudhary and Ashok Choudhary, besides chief secretary Amir Subhani and others, gave Phagu Chouhan a warm send-off at the airport.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar greets outgoing Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan at Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 10:45 PM IST

Constituent criticises govt but insists Bihar ruling alliance is working well

Jitan Ram Manjhi asked chief minister Nitish Kumar to move incognito to see what officials around him do not allow him to see

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with Jitan Ram Manjhi. (HT Photo (file))
Published on Feb 16, 2023 11:09 AM IST

Outgoing Bihar governor appoints 2 registrars ahead of new gubernatorial role

Krishna Kanhaiya was appointed as registrar in Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University while Sanjay Kumar in Veer Kuer Singh University (Ara)

The governor is likely to leave Bihar for assuming his new charge on February 16. (HT photo sourced)
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 03:42 PM IST

Outgoing Guv appoints new V-C for MU

The last regular V-C of MU, Rajendra Prasad, had to surrender earlier this month after being denied bail.

Outgoing Bihar Governor Phagu Chouhan. (PTI)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 10:45 PM IST
By, Patna

Arlekar replaces Phagu Chouhan as Bihar Governor

Arlekar, thanked the central government for giving him a bigger responsibility and said he was happy to work wherever he gets an opportunity in the country.

Former Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Arlekar. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2023 08:59 AM IST

HC directs to form Kosi Development Authority to check floods in Bihar

Kosi, a major river originating in Nepal and cutting through a long stretch of north Bihar, is often called the “sorrow of Bihar” for the widespread destruction it wreaks downstream almost every monsoon season.

Bihar’s water resources minister Sanjay Jha. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 10:01 PM IST
By, Patna

Patna HC directs formation of Kosi Authority, Bihar govt calls it ‘game changer

The Patna high court said the Kosi Development Authority shall comprise representatives of the governments of Bihar, India and Nepal

Bihar water resources development minister Sanjay Kumar Jha said the Kosi flood problem has lingered on for seven decades, ravaging lives, putting enormous strain on state’s exchequer and leading to untold hardships to people. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 05:00 PM IST

Bihar’s ruling parties hit out at BJP over Telangana leader’s anti-Bihar comments

BJP leader Raghunandan Rao on Thursday said chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was trying to establish Bihar’s gunda raj in Telangana

BJP leader Raghunandan Rao. (Twitter)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 02:59 PM IST

CM promises SDM, DSP-rank jobs for sports champions

Nitish Kumar said that when he was the railway minister in 2002 in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, he had taken a decision to provide jobs to sports players in the Railways for the first time.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar along with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav at Pataliputra Sports Complex in Patna on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Justice Chandran of Kerala HC is new CJ of Patna HC

The position had fallen vacant last week after the elevation of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol as a judge in the Supreme Court.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, Patna

‘Not Tejashwi, leader from JD (U) should be face for 2025 Bihar polls’: Kushwaha

Upendra Kushwaha said the JD(U) can be saved only when someone with faith in social justice from within the party is projected as the leader

Upendra Kushwaha (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2023 05:45 PM IST

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)
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)
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)
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)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 08:18 AM IST

Chakradhari Sharan Singh is new acting 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)
Updated on Feb 08, 2023 05:20 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)
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)
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)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 04:28 PM IST
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