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UP lessons for Bihar: Subversive politics may boomerang

Clever logic and smart sentences come naturally to smart alecs. If they happen to be lawyers-turned-politicians, their skills are often honed to perfection. Bihar governor Keshri Nath Tripathi easi

Bihar’s famous aloo and infamous democratic farce play out as state slips

As one gets down at Patna airport, a billboard featuring Bihar chief minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi and agriculture minister Narendra Singh greets you with a bizarre proclamation – ‘bring o

Bihar: Round one to Nitish, six months to the bell

A day after he was called to take oath as chief minister of  Bihar, Nitish Kumar, sitting in the lawns of his residence, looked pensive when asked by a journalist if he had also invited Delhi

Bihar exams cheating: HC raps minister, papers in 4 centres cancelled

The Patna High Court on Friday slammed as "very shameful" Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi`s statement that cheating-free exams were not possible in the state. On Thursday, Shahi said th

Lalu opens his cards

Lalu Yadav never ceases to surprise his opponents, supporters, alliance partners and political analysts with his maverick political actions. When everyone took him for granted as a partner in Janat

We have credible leadership in Bihar, says Rudy on poll prospects

The assembly elections in Bihar are round the corner and parties are gearing up for action. After few hiccups, Sharad Yadav  announced that RJD-JDU and Congress will fight the assembly ele

Beware! Delhi has six fake universities

The national capital Delhi and neigbouring state of Uttar Pradesh play host to maximum number of fake universities. The University Grants Commission has published a list of fake universities in the

Nitish Kumar mocks PM Modi’s foreign visits

Nitish Kumar, who has prime ministerial ambition, took a dig at prime minister Narendra Modi’s visits abroad and said that it is a blessing that Modi "spends some time in the country als

Will Bihar’s poll bonanza break the state?

Bihar may have had the luxury of revenue surplus budget of Rs 11,980 crore, but the way Nitish Kumar is dishing out bonanza after bonanza to various sectors of the poll-bound state, the new governm

`Hurt` Nitish to cash in on PM’s DNA remark

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has sent a backhanded compliment to Narendra Modi in an open letter to the prime minister while objecting to his DNA remark during a rally in Bihar.

Nitish plays DNA politics while his govt denies health care even for the new-born

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar should study a recent report on his state and rework his priorities for the election promises. Instead of targeting prime minister Narendar Modi for his DNA remark

Bihar finally gets polls special package

It was a big bang announcement for Bihar. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced a special package worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore, and an addition fund of Rs 40,000 crore for the poll-bound Bihar on Tues

Census data shows Muslim growth but it has been slow

The data will be misused and polarize the Indian polity. However, fine print should be checked before the politicians raise the temperature. And what is this hot stuff? Muslims are t

Nitish’s dil ki baat is worth Rs 2.70 lakh crore

Battle for Bihar has become a battle of numbers. In his bid to upstage prime minister Narendra Modi`s Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar, state chief minister Nitish Kumar today unveiled

Morning briefing: Oil prices drop by 3%, India cuts fuel prices

Oil prices fell nearly by 3% in Asian trade on Tuesday, with investors covering short positions and taking profits after Brent and US crude soared more than 8% in the previous session. Both Brent a

Mulayam deals a hard blow to Nitish & Lalu, breaks Bihar alliance

Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party have plenty to rejoice. The Samajwadi Party on Thursday pulled out of the `grand alliance` in poll-bound Bihar, dealing a blow to Nitish Kumar. The SP also

5-phase Bihar polls from Oct 12, code of conduct imposed

Bihar Assembly elections will be held in five phases from October 12. Chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced the election schedule in New Delhi on Wednesday. Other voting dates are Octob

Bihar poll results are crucial for Modi as they give momentum to govt: Carnegie

Bihar elections are going to be the biggest electoral test for the Modi-led BJP government and a victory could provide the central government with new momentum. The electoral process begins on Octo

BJP’s vision for Bihar is a charter of development

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s election meeting in Bihar tomorrow, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today released its vision document for the Bihar assembly elections.

Bihar needs to cast out its past and go for development agenda

Should caste make sense when development brings a generation of changes? Is Lalu Prasad Yadav relevant in Bihar? Bihar may not change overnight but it can make an attempt in this ass

Beef and devil become poll issues in Bihar

Yoga guru Ramdev has said a devil resides inside Lalu Prasad Yadav and that is making him to support eating of beef. Baba Ramdev slammed the RJD chief for his saying that Hindus also eat beef.

Political discourse hits demonic bottom in Bihar

Our modern day politicians are not known for language skills or mastery over various issues and that lacuna is being reflected in the kind of political discourse Bihar is witnessing. The choice of

Evening digest: Indian middle class wealth up 150% since 2000

Growth in wealth creation by the middle class in India is higher than its pace globally, but lags far behind the scorching pace of growth in middle class wealth in China. In India, middle-class wea

Morning briefing: Bihar votes in 50 constituencies for third phase

Fifty constituencies spread over six districts are voting on Wednesday in the third phase of the assembly elections in Bihar. The polling began at 7 am in 14,170 polling stations spread in six dist

Bihar poll campaign going from mad to worse

As Bihar waits to vote in last two phases to elect its representatives to the legislative assembly, the leaders are letting out their fears and frustrations. In the bargain, the people are being su

Morning briefing: PM Modi in Kashmir today, may announce economic package

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Jammu and Kashmir today, his first visit after the PDP-BJP coalition came to power in the state. He will address a public meeting at the Sher-i-Kashmir crick

Morning briefing: Consumers spending less this festive season

Diwali is likely to be a subdued affair this year as middle and lower income families cut their festive spends by 43%, a survey by industry body ASSOCHAM has said. The study has attributed this red

Morning briefing: First list of 20 smart cities today

The government will on Thursday announce the names of the first 20 urban areas that will be developed as smart cities. In subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be develop

With Bihar’s ban, a sixth of India is now ‘dry’

Bihar has prohibited alcohol, becoming the fourth state in the country to do so. Slowly yet surely, it seems, India is headed towards going ‘dry’. It is a bold move. One

Sikkim tops in supporting human development, Bihar at the bottom

The Public Affairs Centre, a not for profit organisation, assessed states and union territories using data available in the public domain in k

Poorest states make headway towards food security

Eastern India, “the world capital of malnutrition”, has reached a make-or-break point in the battle against hunger. For the first time, the National Food Security Act (NFSA) makes it po

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

Bihar village gets first solar-powered cold storage

Bihar’s Kedia village has become the first to have a solar-powered cold storage in the state. Bought through individual donations secured via a crowd-funding campaign managed by NGO Greenpeac

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open a

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open a

Flood situation grim in UP, Bihar, as rivers continue to rise

Many parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are suffering from floods as river Ganga and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark. So far, at least 40 people are reportedly dead

Bihar liquor ban struck down

Within six months of prohibition being imposed in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Friday put an en

Plan of exchanging AAI’s land with Bihar govt approved

The centre has approved the proposal to transfer 11.35 acres of land to airports authority of India (AAI) by way of exchanging equivalent land of AAI with Bihar government to expand the Patna airpo

Consuming litchi fruit causing child deaths in Bihar: Lancet

Scientists and researchers have found that consumption of litchi fruit has been increasing child mortality in India. Since 1995, Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, the largest litchi fruit cultivation

Gandhi gave a master class in political action 100 years ago

The Champaran movement, now a century old, was the country’s “first direct object-lesson in Civil Disobedience”, says Gandhi in the autobiography. [The term used in the

Champaran satyagraha centenary: In Gandhi’s footsteps

It is a nondescript, small-town railway station. The two platforms have the usual throng: passengers, station staff, vendors, luggage-bearers. Also, people and dogs loitering without intent. Like e

A small beginning apparently, but a crucial one: Irfan Habib on Champaran Satyagraha

Champaran was Gandhi’s first political campaign in India, and he chose to work in rural areas and for farmers. Can you tell us more about this context – how unusual was this for

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Almo

Bihar wants Anna Hazare to bat for Ganga

 The Bihar government wants activist Anna Hazare to lead a mass movement on Ganga for them.  Last year, Bihar was one of the major victims of floods in the Gangetic plains. Alm

Nitish Kumar quits as Bihar CM

Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister of Bihar on Wednesday, just hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad ruled out his son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav putting in his papers following a ca

Nitish’s challenge: keeping renewed Hindutva frenzy under check

How does one describe Nitish Kumar: an opportunist or a shrewd politician who loves to indulge in political brinkmanship or principled politician at least when it comes to corruption? Depending o

Acute shortage of doctors in rural areas

 The country`s rural health infrastructure is in a bad shape and this is evident from the statistics provided by the ministry of health family welfare in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monso

Food security: Aadhaar eliminating corruption a myth

In April this year, activists dealing with food security wanted to know from people in Katar village in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district whether the information uploaded on a website where PDS h

Developing resilience in agriculture a challenge: Expert

 Developing resilience in agriculture to regular weather shocks in the short-term and to climate change in the medium- to long-term is one of the biggest challenges facing Indian farmers today



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