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11 mysterious deaths in Bihar, probe ordered

Patna: At least 11 people died overnight under mysterious circumstances in Gopalganj district of Bihar. The administration on Wednesday morning ordered a probe after families claimed it to be a hooch tragedy, police said. Five others were in critical conditions at a government hospital here, said the police. All the victims were residents of Nonia

Bihar assembly passes GST Bill

Patna: The Bihar assembly on Tuesday ratified the Goods and Services Tax Constitution Amendment Bill which found support from the ruling coalition of JD-U, RJD and Congress as well as the BJP-led opposition. The CPI(ML), however, opposed the GST Bill — its three members walked out of the assembly which convened for a special day-long session

Special session of Bihar Legislature on Aug 16 to ratify GST

Patna: A special one-day session of both the Houses of Bihar Legislature has been scheduled for August 16 for ratification of the Constitution Amendment Bill on GST. The one-day session of the Bihar State Legislative Assembly was called by Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary for ratification of GST Bill, its Secretary Ram Shreshtha Rai told PTI

Nitish conducts aerial survey as Ganga water level rises

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today conducted an aerial survey of four districts after the water level in Ganga river swelled following heavy downpour in the past few days. A state Disaster Management Department release said in view of threats of flood following the rise in the water level of Ganga, Chief Minister Nitish

Bihar flood toll climbs to 89, over 33 lakh people hit

Patna: The flood-related death toll in Bihar rose to 89 with 25 casualties being reported today as 33 lakh people in 14 districts remain affected. The Disaster Management Department said in a statement that Saran is the latest district to be hit by the deluge. Purnia district has reported maximum number of deaths (26), followed


10 CRPF commandos killed in Naxal IED blast in Bihar

Patna: At least ten CRPF (Central ReservePolice Force) commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were killed and five others injured in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said. The jawans of the COBRA unit were ambushed in the IED blast after which an encounter started yesterday afternoon between


UP, Bihar, Rajasthan: Worst states for women, J&K catching up

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are the worst states for women, an IndiaSpend analysis of social indicators and demographic data of Indian states reveals. Women in these states are among those who are most likely to be aborted as children, have the lowest literacy rates, marry earliest, die most frequently while pregnant, bear the most

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Koomkalan murder mystery solved: Jealousy led man to kill his ex-employee

Ludhiana: With the arrest of a person, the Koomkalan police claimed to have cracked the blind murder case on Saturday. The police claimed that the man had killed his former employee after the latter setup his own business and earned more profits. The accused have confessed his crime and revealed that he was jealous when his former


Union ministers demand speedy trial in ‘rape’ case

Motihari: Two Union ministers, hailing from Bihar, today demanded speedy trial in the attempt to rape case in East Champaran district and stern action against the accused. Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwaha met the family members of the victim and

48 killed in Bihar lightning strikes

Patha: At least 48 persons including women and children were killed and dozens injured by lightning in different parts of Bihar in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, an official said. An official of the state disaster management department confirmed that five people were killed by lightning in Rohtas district followed by four each in

CRPF commando killed, 2 injured in IED blast in Patna

Patna: A CRPF commando was killed and two others were injured in an IED blast carried out by Naxals in the jungles of Aurangabd district of Bihar. Officials said the incident occurred around noon in the Ganjoi Pahar area of the district when commandos of CRPF’s elite 205th CoBRA unit were on an anti-Naxal operation.

SC to hear challenge to culling of animals

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea challenging three government notifications declaring as vermin nilgais, wild boars and monkeys, thereby paving the way for their culling in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. An apex court vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao agreed to hear two PILs by

JP demands prez rule in Bihar

Amritsar: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday during his visit in the city demanded president rule in the state of Bhiar. Addressing the press conference on Friday, without naming anyone, Paswan said, “Being LJP chief I strongly demand president rule in the state of Bihar and Chief Minister

Bihar police arrest 5 in journalist murder case

Patna: Bihar police today claimed to havecracked journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s murder case by arresting five persons in Siwan district. “The police arrested five persons in connection with the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan and recovered a 7.65 bore country-made pistol and three motorcycles,” Additional Director General of Police (ADG Headquarters) Sunil Kumar told reporters here.

Four detained in killing of senior journalist in Bihar

Patna: Four suspects have been detained in connection with the killing of a senior journalist of Hindi daily Hindustan in Bihar’s Siwan district, police said on Saturday. Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of the Hindi newspaper, which is part of the HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market near the Station Road

Protests in Bihar over killing of a boy by JD-U legislator’s son

Patna: Normal life was badly hit on Monday in Bihar’s Gaya town by a shut down called by BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest against the killing of a teenager, allegedly by a ruling party legislator’s son. Rocky Yadav, 30, allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, the teenaged son of a businessman, on Saturday night

97-year-old man in Bihar appears for MA examination

Patna: A 97-year-old man, who had graduated in 1938, has appeared in an examination for a post-graduate degree of Nalanda Open University (NOU). Clad in a light coloured shirt and dark trousers, Raj Kumar Vaishya wrote in English and used 23 sheets in his MA Economics, Part-I, examination, an NOU official said. He sat for