Bihar Government

  • Evacuation stops in three districts as Kosi flood threat abates August 5, 2014

    In view of easing of flood threat, following assurance from Nepal that accumulated water in Bhote Kosi will be released in a regulated manner, Bihar Tuesday decided to halt evacuation process in Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa but the alert remained in force. The state government also asked 1.14 lakh people who...
  • 176 child labourers rescued from Jaipur, united with their families in Patna July 31, 2014

    A total of 176 child labourers, rescued from various handicraft units in Jaipur, were brought to the state capital on Thursday by a team of Bihar government officials and members of civil society organisations. The child labourers, aged between seven and 16 years, were rescued last week by the Anti-Human Trafficking...
  • Ending open defecation: Manjhi promises 1.2 crore toilets in 5 years July 24, 2014

    Pledging to construct 1.21 crore toilets over next five years covering all households in Bihar, the state government today vowed to end the practice of defecation in open places by 2019 as a token of tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. "As many as 40 lakh toilets have...
  • Nitish Kumar accuses BJP of destroying 'brand Bihar' July 19, 2014

    In a blistering attack on old companion BJP, Nitish Kumar on Saturday slammed the party for destroying "Brand Bihar" through its tactics of spreading "rumour" and fomenting fear. "After eight years of hard labour we built brand Bihar symbolising good governance, economic progress, tight law and order situation and development in core...
  • Now, ex-CMs can have 8 personal assistants for their entire life July 2, 2014

    Bihar government approved a proposal allowing all former chief ministers to keep eight personal assistants throughout their life, besides enhancing allowances of ministers, official sources said. The eight personal staff that leaders like Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi could keep are a private secretary, two clerks, four peons and...
  • Bihar ex-CMs to keep eight personal assistants for life July 1, 2014

    Bihar government on Tuesday approved a proposal allowing all former chief ministers to keep eight personal assistants throughout their life, besides enhancing allowances of ministers, official sources said. The eight personal staff that leaders like Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi could keep are a private secretary, two clerks, four...
  • Rich display of heritage begins at 'Bihar Mahotsav' April 26, 2014

    Amid strains of thumri, colourful folk performances and aroma of traditional cuisine, the three-day 'Bihar Mahotsav' kicked off in the national capital. The festival organised jointly by Department of Art, Culture and Youth, Government of Bihar, Sangeet Natak Akademi and Bihar Lalit Kala Akademi opened on Friday evening with the rendition...
  • BJP requests EC to remove officials 'favouring' Bihar government April 4, 2014

    BJP in Bihar on Friday requested the Election Commission to remove few state government officials alleging that they have been 'favouring' the ruling JD(U) in the election process. A BJP delegation, led by party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy and deputy speaker of Bihar Legislative Assembly Amrendra Pratap Singh, alleged that...
  • Men wrongly branded as terrorists by SSB threaten to commit suicide February 20, 2014

    A cycle repair shop owner and a mason in Bihar on Thursday said they were wrongly branded terror suspects by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) without any evidence. A police inquiry too found they had no terror links. Jameel Akhtar and Majid Sai claimed innocence and threatened to commit suicide if...
  • IT city to be set up in Nalanda to create job opportunities: Nitish Kumar February 19, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said his government will set up an IT city in the state's Nalanda district that will help create job opportunities. "Bihar government has decided to set up an IT city...," the chief minister said in Patna after inaugurating projects like state data centre, portal...
  • With CBI probe order, parents hope to find their abducted daughter February 19, 2014

    The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday began a probe into the abduction of a school girl who was whisked away from her home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur town, police officials said. "A day after the CBI filed an FIR in the abduction of the school girl, investigation has been started in...
  • BJP accuses Nitish Kumar of giving small venue for Modi's rally February 17, 2014

    Accusing the Bihar government for allotting a "small" ground for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Muzaffarpur on March 3, BJP on Sunday expressed fear that there could be law and order problems due to limited capacity of the venue. The Muzaffarpur district administration has deliberately alloted a small...
  • After AMU, Banaras Hindu University wants to set up a centre in Bihar February 1, 2014

    After Aligarh Muslim University, now Banaras Hindu University is keen to open a centre in Bihar, officials said on Saturday. Two days after Congress president Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of an off-campus branch of the AMU in the state's Kishanganj district, BHU has shown its willingness to set up a...
  • AMU says it did invite Nitish for ceremony even as Bihar government claims otherwise January 29, 2014

    Aligarh Muslim University on Tuesday rejected Bihar government's claim that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not invited to the foundation stone laying ceremony of its centre in Kishanganj on January 31 and said the institution held him in high respect for his support. AMU Vice-Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah said the "confusion" could...
  • Bihar government to sack 70 officers for accepting bribe January 24, 2014

    The Bihar government has decided to dismiss 70 corrupt officers, and more will be sacked in the coming weeks, an official said on Friday. Chief Secretary AK Sinha has given the go ahead for the dismissal of the 70, an official in the Chief Minister's Office said. Official sources told IANS that...
  • RBI Governor visits Kasturba school, hails Bihar government efforts January 22, 2014

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday visited a model girls school in Jehanabad predominately for weaker section and praised Bihar government for the effort. Accompanied by World Bank officials Rajan visited Kasturba Gandhi Balika school in Jehanabad, around 60 km from state capital Patna, to have a...
  • Suspected Bodo extremists kill migrant workers, protection demanded January 19, 2014

    Kokrajhar: Six migrant workers from Bihar have been killed by suspected Bodo militants on Friday night when Bodo militants opened fire at passengers in a bus coming from West Bengal to Shillong. The Bihar government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the relatives of the six people who have...
  • Bihar government to sack 2,500 teachers after they failed to clear competency tests January 17, 2014

    The Bihar government has decided to sack over 2,500 contractual school teachers after they failed to clear two consecutive competency tests, officials on Friday said. "The education department has completed its formalities to sack those teachers who failed twice in competency test," an official of the department said. Bihar Education Minister PK...
  • Bengal gangrape victim's parents to meet Nitish Kumar today, seek justice January 13, 2014

    The parents of the 16-year-old girl who was gangraped and set ablaze in West Bengal arrived in the Bihar capital in the hope of getting justice in their home state. Officials said they would meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday. "We hope to get justice at least in my own...
  • State government to construct 131 godowns for foodgrain storage January 9, 2014

    The state government today approved a proposal for construction of 131 godowns to increase foodgrain storage capacity by 5.50 lakh metric tonne in Bihar, a senior official said. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination) Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters. The...
  • 17-year-old cojoined twins Farah, Saba admitted to hospital twice in 5 days, critical December 19, 2013

    Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Saba and Farah, who are joined at the heads, were on Wednesday admitted to a hospital in Patna in a critical condition for the second time in five days, family sources said. "After Saba and Farah's condition deteriorated, they have been admitted to a hospital," said Mohammad Tamanna,...
  • Bihar government approves new surrender policy for Maoists December 4, 2013

    Bihar government approved a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for Maoists, including Rs 2.5 lakh to top leaders who renounced arms, on a day seven policemen were killed in a land mine blast by the rebels in Aurangabad district. The Rs 2.5 lakh would be given for state, regional, central committees...
  • Bihar goverment attaches property of 21 Maoists December 3, 2013

    In a crackdown on Maoists, Bihar government has attached the property of 21 ultras, mostly in naxal-affected Aurangabad district, under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A total of 39 cases were prepared by the state police headquarters for seizure of properties under the Act, out of which state government's go ahead order...
  • Nitish Kumar should explain security lapse to people: BJP November 25, 2013

    BJP on Monday took a swipe at Nitish Kumar, who presented the annual performance report of Bihar government in Patna, saying the Chief Minister should have also highlighted its alleged failure to combat terror attacks and sudden spate in Maoist activities in the state. In a statement issued in Patna, former...
  • Bihar government soft on terror, says BJP October 28, 2013

    The BJP on Monday condemned Sunday's serial blasts in Patna and charged the Bihar government of being "soft on terror". "We condemn the blasts...there should be an investigation into it," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said at a press conference. Jaitley accused the Bihar government of "being soft on terror"...
  • Bihar gets Rs 100 crore to develop Gandhi circuit September 27, 2013

    Bihar, which plans to develop a 'Gandhi circuit', has received Rs 100 crore from the Centre, officials said on Friday. "The state government has received Rs 100 crore from the Centre to develop Champaran districts, where Mahatma Gandhi launched his satyagraha movement against the British rule in 1917, as a 'Gandhi...
  • Nitish Kumar seeks naming central universities after Budda, Mahatma Gandhi September 26, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday urged Vice President Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for naming the new central universities in Gaya and Motihari after Gautam Buddha and Mahatama Gandhi with whom these places are associated with. Kumar made the plea to them to use their good...
  • Teachers get salary in bank account, can also avail loan facility September 10, 2013

    With an aim to do away with delay in payment of salary and harassment of teachers in the hands of panchayat and district boards, the Bihar government, in yet another innovative step, has made the facility for payment to their bank account with additional facility of loan. All the four lakh...
  • Bihar govt hikes salary of 2.5 lakh contractual teachers by Rs 3000 per month August 28, 2013

    There was good news for nearly 2.5 lakh contractual teachers in Bihar with the state cabinet on Tuesday approving a salary hike of Rs 3,000 per month from September for them. "The state cabinet hiked salaries of contract teachers by Rs 3,000 per month," Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told media persons...
  • BJP deplores Bihar govt's decision to turn down Modi's invitation to farmers August 27, 2013

    BJP on Monday deplored the reported decision of the Bihar government not to respond to the invitation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to send 126 farmers from the state for global Agri summit in Ahmedabad next month. Describing the meet as "political", the Bihar government which initially had started the...