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7 days ago
Bihar government orders probe into soil scam

Patna, April 6 (IANS) Facing flak from opposition, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government on Thursday ordered a probe into alleged soil scam worth Rs 90 lakh in a beautification scheme for biological park in Patna. State Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh confirmed that he has asked the officials concerned to submit a report in this matter within a week. According to officials, Si...

4 months ago
Rakesh Asthana named interim CBI director

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) Central Bureau of Investigation's Additional Director Rakesh Asthana was named as the agency's interim director replacing incumbent Anil Sinha whose tenure ended on Friday, an official statement said. The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to Rakesh Asthana, IPS, Addition...

4 months ago
Why are drought-affected states not lifting sufficient food grain: SC

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from 13 drought-affected states as to why they were not lifting enough food grain to made available at subsidised rates to the priority and vulnerable sections of the people in affected areas. The bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana sought response from the 13 states as NGO Swaraj Abhiyan told the c...

8 months ago
Prohibition Bihar: Cheers for toddy

It is sad to see a promising politician stumble and be in danger of falling flat on his face. Till the Janata Dal United's setback in Bihar in the last parliamentary polls, its foremost leader, Nitish Kumar, was riding high. He had won two successive assembly elections in 2005 and 2010 and was seen as someone who could be prime minister one day. However, the blow which his party suffered...

10 months ago
Lalu appears in Ranchi CBI court over fodder scam

Ranchi, June 13 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Yadav on Monday appeared in a special CBI court here over his involvement in a multi-crore fodder scam. On June 2, the court had summoned 38 people accused in a case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.31 crore from Dumka treasury including the RJD chief. Lalu arrived on Ranchi on Sunday evening from Patna. The case trial is un...

10 months ago
CBI forms SIT to probe AgustaWestland and Mallya cases

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The CBI on Thursday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to expedite probe into the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal and the alleged loan fraud by former liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Official sources said the SIT will be headed by CBI's Additional Director Rakesh Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, who headed the state SIT that w...

10 months ago
Bihar government protecting criminals, says Rudy

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday accused the Bihar government of protecting criminals after some files of the fodder scam went missing from the Secretariat. Today it seems that there is a political system in Bihar which is protecting criminals and giving shelter to them, Rudy said here. The minister said the...

10 months ago
Sharad Yadav, Jethmalani, Misa Bharti file papers for RS polls

Patna, May 30 (IANS) JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani, RJD chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti and Nitish Kumar aide R.C.P. Singh on Monday filed their nominations for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar. Sharad Yadav is former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president and a sitting Rajya Sabha member. Last week, the JD-U re-nominated Sharad ...

10 months ago
RJD chief picks daughter, Jethmalani for Rajya Sabha seats

Patna, May 27 (IANS) Contrary to speculation, RJD chief Lalu Prasad has chosen his elder daughter Misa Bharti and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani as party candidates for the biennial polls from the state to the Rajya Sabha next month. Till Thursday, it was concluded in political circles here that Lalu will nominate his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi to the Rajya Sabha. But he ha...

10 months ago
RJD to nominate Jethmalani, Rabri for Rajya Sabha

Patna, May 25 (IANS) Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani and former chief minister Rabri Devi will be nominees of Bihar's ruling RJD for the biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha next month. RJD chief Lalu Prasad has finally approved the name of Ram Jethmalani and Rabri Devi as party nominees for polls to the Rajya Sabha, Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders close to him said on Wednesday. The nat...

10 months ago
Mamata tsunami sweeps away all opposition in Bengal

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Brushing aside anti-incumbency and a high-octane opposition campaign on corruption, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday led her Trinamool Congress to a landslide victory in the assembly polls on the development plank, decimating the newly cobbled Left-Congress alliance. In the 294-member house, the Trinamool finished with 211 seats -- substantial...

10 months ago
Mamata tsunami sweeps aside all opposition in Bengal

Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) Brushing aside anti-incumbency and a high-pitched opposition campaign on corruption, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday led her Trinamool Congress to a landslide victory on the development plank, decimating the newly cobbled Left-Congress alliance. In the 294-member house, the Trinamool looked set to finish with 212 seats -- substantially more t...

11 months ago
Lalu appears in CBI court over fodder scam

Patna, May 6 (IANS) RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra on Friday appeared in a special CBI court here over their involvement in a multi-crore fodder scam, a government lawyer said. Lalu, Mishra and former MP Jagdish Sharma appeared in the special CBI court at Patna civil court, the lawyer said. Both Lalu and Mishra are on bail after serving jai...

11 months ago
Spectre of corruption continues to haunt Congress, especially its first family

It was the Bofors howitzer scandal which brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1989. Since then, none from the dynasty has been the prime minister although the Congress has been in power. Now, when its political fortune is at its lowest ebb with its tally of Lok Sabha MPs at a humiliating 45 - a far cry from the 415 of the 543 elected seats it won in 1984 - the Congress has been hi...

1 year ago
Jailed Bihar legislator takes oath as assembly member

Patna, March 31 (IANS) A jailed legislator, Anant Singh, on Thursday took oath as member of the Bihar assembly, over four months after he was elected to the house as an Independent member. Anant, jailed in a kidnapping-murder case, was brought from the Beur Central Jail after permission from the Patna High Court for the oath-taking. I still accept Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kuma...

1 year ago
Election success adds extra zing to Chhath festival at Lalu household

Patna, Nov 16 (IANS) Clad in her usual colourful cotton sari with a red bindi on her forehead and surrounded by her daughters, Rabri Devi is busy since early Monday morning preparing traditional sweet dishes for Chhath, the most popular annual festival of Bihar. Special folk songs of Chhath are in the air. Nothing special, on the face of it. That's the kind of environment you mi...

1 year ago
Nitish's good work winner, Lalu success on alliance steam

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Bihar poll mandate is an endorsement of the state's incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's performance, even as it marks RJD chief Lalu Prasad's return to the political mainstream. RJD has surged past alliance partner JD-U in terms of vote share, but observers point out that Lalu may have reaped the benefits of being a part of the combine led by Nitish. Polit...

1 year ago
Bihar Grand Alliance demands PM's resignation

Patna, Oct 31 (IANS) The Grand Alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress on Saturday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he lowered the dignity of the top constitutional post by baseless and factless allegations against RJD chief Lalu Prasad that he was convicted in a multi-crore fodder scam. We demand resignation of PM Modi for lowering dignity of the top post by b...

1 year ago
Nitish, Lalu, Sushil Modi campaign, but not contest Bihar polls

Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi have one thing in common -- they are all star campaigners who are not contesting these staggered Bihar elections. Star campaigners of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as well as the Grand Alliance of the ruling JD-U, RJD and Congress are not in fray in the assembly po...

1 year ago
Caste matrix brings cheer to JD-U & Co in Bhagalpur

Bhagalpur, Oct 8 (IANS) Thanks to Bihar's known caste equations, the Grand Alliance appears to be sitting pretty in most of Bhagalpur's seven assembly constituencies. This is bad news for the BJP. Political activists admit that social engineering -- or coalition of castes -- seems to have worked for the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as well as the Con...

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