Arun Kumar

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
RCP Singh.(Sourced)
RCP Singh.(Sourced)

No threat to NDA govt in Bihar, all matters being sorted out: RCP Singh

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:43 PM IST
The newly appointed national president of ruling Janata Dal (United) said that the party was nalysing the reasons for the “below par” results
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File photo: School girls appear for an examination.(PTI)
File photo: School girls appear for an examination.(PTI)

After horror tales, Bihar child care homes focus on making girls self-reliant

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:49 PM IST
14 girls have been sent on a pilot basis but now the need to do more for the girls has been felt.
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Opposition claims the BJP is trying to outsmart the JD-U in Bihar and fissures within the alliance is growing.(PTI Photo)
Opposition claims the BJP is trying to outsmart the JD-U in Bihar and fissures within the alliance is growing.(PTI Photo)

New Year challenge for NDA to resolve key issues in Bihar

By Arun Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 07:47 AM IST
The BJP, on the other hand, seems to be in no hurry despite a truncated Nitish cabinet and the CM himself throwing the ball in the ally’s court when asked about expansion
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Last date for online submission of applications for appointment of 4,638 assistant professors in Bihar extended again.(HT file)
Last date for online submission of applications for appointment of 4,638 assistant professors in Bihar extended again.(HT file)

Bihar Varsity recruitment: BSUSC extends last date for application to Dec 10

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:08 PM IST
Bihar Varsity recruitment: Bihar State University Service Commission (BSUSC) on Friday extended the last date for online submission of applications for appointment of 4,638 assistant professors in 52 subjects in the state’s universities for the second time.
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives to attend a joint session of the Bihar Assembly in Patna on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives to attend a joint session of the Bihar Assembly in Patna on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

‘Son of brother-like friend’: Nitish Kumar to Tejashwi Yadav’s sharp attack

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Reeling off charges, Tejashwi Yadav referred to the 1991 murder case - in which the CM has been given a clean chit - controversy over a book in the name of CM, the Srijan scam, among others.
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Vijay Sinha gestures towards the media after being elected as the Speaker of Bihar Assembly during the winter assembly session.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Vijay Sinha gestures towards the media after being elected as the Speaker of Bihar Assembly during the winter assembly session.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar Assembly Speaker can now nominate members to senates of state universities

By Arun Kumar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:03 PM IST
There will be 10 senate members to be nominated from the Vidhan Sabha to the senate of each state university.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijay Kumar Sinha.(HT photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijay Kumar Sinha.(HT photo)

NDA’s Sinha defeats RJD’s Choudhary in tight race for Bihar speaker

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:26 AM IST
Vijay Kumar Sinha, the candidate of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), polled 126 votes and RJDs Awadh Bihari Chaudhary, who was fielded by the opposition Mahagathbandhan, or Grand Alliance, won 114 votes in the House of 243 members.
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Bihar legislative council in Patna.(HT file)
Bihar legislative council in Patna.(HT file)

With 4 MLCs elected to assembly, Bihar Upper House has 17 vacancies to fill

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:55 PM IST
These 12 seats are the ones nominated through the Governor’s quota on the state government’s recommendation. Ten members -- all from the JD(U) -- completed their term in May 2019 and the seats have remained vacant since
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BJP’s Vijay Kumar Sinha, the man in the middle.
BJP’s Vijay Kumar Sinha, the man in the middle.

BJP’s Vijay Kumar Sinha elected Bihar Speaker amid opposition ruckus

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:05 PM IST
It is the first time in Bihar since 2005 that the BJP has fielded its candidate for the Speaker’s post, on earlier occasions it was bagged by ally JD(U).
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A Bihar legislator of AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi created a flutter on Monday by seeking a clarification on the use of the word Hindustan, instead of Bharat, in the oath he was given to read out on the inaugural day(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A Bihar legislator of AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi created a flutter on Monday by seeking a clarification on the use of the word Hindustan, instead of Bharat, in the oath he was given to read out on the inaugural day(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Bihar legislator Akhtarul Iman uses ‘Bharat’ in oath

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:14 AM IST
At the oath-taking ceremony, Akhtarul Imam said it should ideally be Bharat in the Urdu translation of the script and sought a clarification from the chair. Pro-tem speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi immediately said it should be Bharat.
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Shakeel Ahmad Khan is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.(Courtesy- Twitter Photo/@ShakeelkhanINC)
Shakeel Ahmad Khan is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.(Courtesy- Twitter Photo/@ShakeelkhanINC)

Muslim MLA in Bihar takes oath in Sanskrit, calls it message to BJP and AIMIM

By Arun Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindusatn Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Khan, an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said that he took the oath in Sanskrit to do something different to underline the unity in diversity that India represents.
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Manjhi, who started his political journey from the Congress, has been a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly since 1980. He has been associated with all the mainstream parties of the state until he floated his own party, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular in 2015.(HT PHOTO.)
Manjhi, who started his political journey from the Congress, has been a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly since 1980. He has been associated with all the mainstream parties of the state until he floated his own party, the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular in 2015.(HT PHOTO.)

Bihar Guv Phagu Chouhan administers oath of office to Jitan Ram Manjhi as pro-tem Speaker

By Arun Kumar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 02:39 PM IST
Elected from the Imamganj assembly constituency, Manjhi has been made pro-tem Speaker for two days (November 23 and 24) till the Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly is elected.
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Critics say Nitish Kumar has lost the moral authority due to his party’s weakened position and can’t stop induction of tainted ministers.(PTI PHoto)
Critics say Nitish Kumar has lost the moral authority due to his party’s weakened position and can’t stop induction of tainted ministers.(PTI PHoto)

Not just ML Choudhary, 7 more in Nitish cabinet have criminal cases, says ADR report

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Animal husbandry and fisheries minister Mukesh Sahni has declared five criminal cases and three cases of serious nature under the Indian Penal Code.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar ‘s cabinet has recommended holding a 5 day long inaugural session of Bihar Vidhan Sabha in November.(HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar ‘s cabinet has recommended holding a 5 day long inaugural session of Bihar Vidhan Sabha in November.(HT Photo)

5 day Bihar assembly session from Nov 23, Nitish Kumar will seek trust vote

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s name has been recommended for the post of pro-tem Speaker.
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Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal with Deputy CMs Tarkishor Prasad and Renu Devi, Cabinet minister Mangal Pandey and other leaders at the party office in Patna on November 17.(PTI)
Bihar BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal with Deputy CMs Tarkishor Prasad and Renu Devi, Cabinet minister Mangal Pandey and other leaders at the party office in Patna on November 17.(PTI)

Bihar: With new faces in Cabinet, BJP keeps focus on young blood

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Ahead of the October-November elections, the BJP began strengthening the party at the grassroots level with younger faces
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LJP Chief Chirag Paswan addresses a press conference, at party office in Patna.(PTI)
LJP Chief Chirag Paswan addresses a press conference, at party office in Patna.(PTI)

LJP did well, will fight 2025 elections: Chirag Paswan

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 04:16 AM IST
The LJP could win only one of the 137 seats it had contested, though its presence with 25 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebel leaders did manage to cut JD (U) size and bring its number much below the BJP figures for the first time since 2005.
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Officials check EVMs at a distribution centre, ahead of local body elections.(PTI/Representative Photo)
Officials check EVMs at a distribution centre, ahead of local body elections.(PTI/Representative Photo)

Bihar Election 2020 Results: More MLAs with criminal records make it to assembly

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 06:09 AM IST
This is higher than the last time as out of 243 MLAs analysed during Bihar assembly elections in 2015, 142(58%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
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LJP president Chirag Paswan.(HT File)
LJP president Chirag Paswan.(HT File)

Bihar Election 2020: Chirag Paswan sets his eyes on 2025

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:49 PM IST
The LJP would remain an integral part of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, Paswan said
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Supporters of the Janata Dal (United) celebrate the Bihar assembly poll results in Patna on Tuesday.(AP)
Supporters of the Janata Dal (United) celebrate the Bihar assembly poll results in Patna on Tuesday.(AP)

Chirag Paswan’s gambit fails as Nitish Kumar prevails after a bruising battle

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The ruling NDA government in Bihar, comprising coalition partners JD(U) and its minor ally BJP, bounced back in the three-phase Bihar elections after a below-par performance in the first phase of polling, which was held on October 28
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Nitish Kumar is on track to be sworn in as chief minister of Bihar for the seventh time.(Bloomberg)
Nitish Kumar is on track to be sworn in as chief minister of Bihar for the seventh time.(Bloomberg)

Bihar Election 2020: Nitish factor still relevant despite drop in JD(U)’s numbers

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:25 PM IST
The JD(U), which ruled the state for 15 uninterrupted years, faced a stiff challenge in the three-phase assembly polls that concluded on November 7
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party hold up party symbols and flags as they gather to celebrate the results of the Bihar assembly election on November 10.(REUTERS)
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party hold up party symbols and flags as they gather to celebrate the results of the Bihar assembly election on November 10.(REUTERS)

Bihar Election 2020: Mithilanchal saves the day for NDA

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 12:31 PM IST
The NDA’s performance in the three districts was better than the 2010 polls when it won 22 out of the 30 seats
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BJP supporters celebrate NDA's lead during the counting of votes for the Bihar Assembly Elections, in Patna, Tuesday.(PTI)
BJP supporters celebrate NDA's lead during the counting of votes for the Bihar Assembly Elections, in Patna, Tuesday.(PTI)

Bihar Election 2020: Triangular contest could be the ultimate decider once again

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:56 PM IST
The trends indicate that none of the three major parties – the JD(U), the BJP and the RJD – is anywhere near the magic figure of 122 in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly. An alliance will be needed to form a government in Bihar
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LJP President Chirag Paswan had targeted Nitish Kumar and his JD-U in the Bihar assembly election.(HT PHOTO)
LJP President Chirag Paswan had targeted Nitish Kumar and his JD-U in the Bihar assembly election.(HT PHOTO)

Bihar election results 2020: In initial trends LJP proves to be a double-edged sword

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 11:05 AM IST
Chirag Paswan went solo in the Bihar assembly election in a bid to bring down Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
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LJP chief Chirag Paswan’s main target in the Bihar Assembly election was Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).(Parwaz Khan/HT PHOTO)
LJP chief Chirag Paswan’s main target in the Bihar Assembly election was Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).(Parwaz Khan/HT PHOTO)

Bihar assembly polls: LJP replays spoilsport’s role but with different target

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The likely end of the Nitish Kumar regime as projected by most exit polls will give the LJP the satisfaction of having accomplished its mission but at a staggering cost in a state where it has always struggled to be a major player.
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Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav emerged from shadow of his father and mass leader Lalu Prasad during the campaign for the Bihar assembly polls.(PTI)
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav emerged from shadow of his father and mass leader Lalu Prasad during the campaign for the Bihar assembly polls.(PTI)

In leader-centric Bihar assembly polls, stakes high for top guns

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 08:49 AM IST
The main drivers for the Bihar assembly election campaign were the top leaders of political parties.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT file)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(HT file)

Two Bihar ministers lose berth in Nitish government

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Neeraj Kumar and Ashok Choudhary were members of the Bihar Legislative Council or the Upper House in the bicameral state legislature
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CM Nitish Kumar during campaigning in Bihar. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
CM Nitish Kumar during campaigning in Bihar. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Last election, says Nitish Kumar. Tejashwi Yadav, Chirag Paswan lead attack

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:08 AM IST
Nitish Kumar’s surprise announcement came on the last day of electioneering at the last public meeting and it immediately set off wide speculations about the reason behind this utterance and opposition lapped it up as a sign of weakness on seeing the writing on the wall.
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Voting will be held on 78 seats and all the alliances are going for the broke.(PTI)
Voting will be held on 78 seats and all the alliances are going for the broke.(PTI)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Stakes high in third phase

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The 78 seats going to polls on Saturday are spread across 16 districts of north Bihar and the Seemanchal region
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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi addresses the audience during an election rally in Begusarai, Bihar, on October 30.(HT file)
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi addresses the audience during an election rally in Begusarai, Bihar, on October 30.(HT file)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: In backward Seemanchal, issues abound but all eyes on Owaisi factor

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 12:34 PM IST
The Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM seeks to play a spoilsport in the Seemanchal region, as part of the GSDF, a third alternative to the NDA and the GA
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VVPAT and EVM machines prepared being dispatched under the watch of security personnel from a distribution centre ahead of the second phase of Bihar assembly election, at B.S. College, Danapur in Patna, Bihar, India on Monday November 02, 2020.(Photo: Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
VVPAT and EVM machines prepared being dispatched under the watch of security personnel from a distribution centre ahead of the second phase of Bihar assembly election, at B.S. College, Danapur in Patna, Bihar, India on Monday November 02, 2020.(Photo: Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

More candidates in Bihar with criminal past: ADR report

By Arun Kumar and Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, Patna/New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 04:29 AM IST
Despite the presence of a large number of candidates with criminal antecedents contesting the Bihar assembly elections, compliance with Election Commission (EC) guidelines in the backdrop of a Supreme Court order this year to rein in the practice remains half-hearted.
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