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.
Published on Feb 28, 2023 10:19 PM IST
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.
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:40 PM IST
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.
Published on Feb 27, 2023 10:29 PM IST
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
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.
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
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
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.
Published on Feb 21, 2023 09:30 PM IST
‘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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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.
Published on Feb 13, 2023 10:45 PM IST
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.
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.
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 10:01 PM IST
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
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
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.
Published on Feb 09, 2023 10:13 PM IST
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.
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:07 PM IST
‘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
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.
Published on Feb 07, 2023 10:30 PM IST
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
Published on Feb 06, 2023 09:48 PM IST
‘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
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
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.
Updated on Feb 08, 2023 05:20 PM IST
‘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
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
Published on Jan 31, 2023 10:02 PM IST
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
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 04:28 PM IST