100 deaths daily, pneumonia emerges as killer disease in Bihar

Patna - With 100 plus deaths daily, pneumonia has emerged as a leading cause of deaths among children under 5 years in Bihar, a survey report said and recommended the government to launch a special drive like the one for polio.

The research study funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in five districts of Bihar along with nine in Uttar Pradesh came out with this startling data.

Shally Awasthi, Professor, Department of Pediatrics in King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, who headed the survey, told a seminar at AIIMS Patna that 40,480 pneumonia deaths have been reported annually in Bihar.

BJP holds Nitish responsible for membership termination of four JD (U) MLAs

sushil kuma modiPatna, Nov 1 : Launching a frontal attack on Nitish Kumar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday said the decision to terminate the state assembly membership of four Janata Dal (United) MLAs as undemocratic, and added that this had been done on the orders of the former Bihar chief minister.

"The base on which their membership have been cancelled is very undemocratic. We expect the Speaker to be unbiased, but the person has worked as if he is a member of the party. This is a dictatorship attitude and all has been done on the orders of Nitish Kumar," said Modi.

RJD to back JD-U in Rajya Sabha bye-polls: Lalu Prasad Yadav

lalu-prasad-yadavPatna, June 18 : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday declared his party's support to the Janata Dal United (JD-U) candidates who are in the fray for the Rajya Sabha bye-elections.

"We will not allow the BJP's gameplan to destabilise this government. RJD will support JD-U candidates for Rajya Sabha polls. We must forget the past and move ahead. Gautam Buddha had said one should think about the present and not the future, our decision is based on the current situation," the RJD chief told media.

BJP dismisses Nitish Kumar resignation as a stunt

Sushil-Kumar-ModiPatna, May 17 : BJP termed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation as a "natak" only to put pressure on ruling JD-U legislators who are likely to desert him after the party's rout in the general elections.

Nitish Kumar resigned Saturday, taking moral responsibility for the debacle of his party in the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi described the resignation as a political stunt and a drama.

Nitish Kumar steps down as Bihar Chief Minister

Nitish-KumarPatna, May 17 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar decided to step down from his post on Saturday afternoon after several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the 2014 general elections.

Reports said that sources at the chief minister's office and residence, and Raj Bhavan sources have confirmed that Kumar had submitted his resignation to Bihar Governor Dr. D. Y. Patil.

NDA crushes opponents in Bihar

narendra-modiPatna, May 16 : Thanks to the wave in favour of Narendra Modi, the BJP-led NDA Friday crushed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD-U and the RJD-Congress combine by winning 31 of the state's 40 seats.

The result surprised leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

"It is really the biggest-ever victory for the BJP in Bihar, all thanks to the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi," said senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav.

The Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal combine in the state won seven seats and the ruling Janata Dal-United won only two.

Sonia doing 'oonch-neech' politics: Modi

narendra-modiPatna, May 9 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying she is "using words like `oonch-neech' for vote bank politics".

"Madam, you are president of the party but using words like oonch-neech (high-low) for vote bank politics. It does not look good," Modi said while addressing an election meeting in Motihari in Bihar.

He said the likely defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls has disturbed and worried Sonia Gandhi.

Modi said caste-based politics will not benefit anyone in the country.

Court case filed against Priyanka Gandhi in Bihar

Priyanka-GandhiPatna, May 7 : A court case was filed against Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday for her remarks on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, terming his speech in Amethi as "neech rajniti" (low level politics).

The case was filed by a BJP leader.

"I have filed a case in Patna civil court against Priyanka Gandhi for insulting and hurting the sentiments of the lower castes," Surajnandan Kushwaha said.

India needs a strong government: Modi

Narendra-Modi_Patna, April 30 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday said India should have a strong government at the centre, and it was certain that his party would come to power.

"There is a need of a strong government in the country, unlike the weak and deathbed-ridden mother-son government," Modi said at an election meeting at Saraiganj in Ujiyarpur parliamentary constituency in Bihar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said he was confident that the Congress-led government will be ousted and a new government led by the BJP will be formed after May 16, when the results are announced.

Vajpayee's tenure better than of Nehru, Indira: Advani

LK-AdvaniPatna, April 14 : Senior BJP leader L K Advani Monday held that Atal Bihari Vajpayee's six years as prime minister were better for India's development than the long rule of Congress' prime ministers Jawaharal Nehru and Indira Gandhi

"Vajpayee's tenure as PM was best ever," Advani said addressing election meetings in Bihar's Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.

Visiting Bihar for the first time to campaign for BJP candidates during ongoing Lok Sabha polls, he did not directly target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

No question of alliance with Congress: Nitish Kumar

Nitish-KumarPatna, March 4 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday said there is "no question" of an alliance between his party Janata Dal-United and the Congress, ending speculations in this regard.

"There is no question of an alliance between JD-U and the Congress," Nitish Kumar told mediapersons here.

"We (JD-U) have already joined hands with the Left parties, including CPI, to contest polls in the state. How can we have an alliance with the Congress," Nitish Kumar said.

He also denied that JD-U leaders had met Congress leaders on the issue.

Nitish attacks Modi, rules out tie-up with Congress

Nitish attacks Modi, rules out tie-up with CongressPatna, Jan 20 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday directly attacked BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by saying that neither can the 2002 Gujarat riots be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven.  He also ruled out his JD-U's alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.

"One thing is certain.  Neither 2002 Gujarat riots can be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven," Nitish Kumar told media persons after his weekly "janata darbar" here.

AAP to pit cobbler or rickshaw puller against Paswan

Ram Vilas PaswanPatna, Jan 19 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will field a cobbler or rickshaw puller against Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan in the Lok Sabha election, a party leader said Sunday.

"The AAP has decided to field a 'common man' against Paswan. The candidate may be a hard-working cobbler or rickshaw puller," AAP convenor Somnath Tripathy said.

He said the party will target Paswan as both Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad will not be in the fray - for different reasons.

Thanks to scientists, feast on litchis even in winter

Thanks to scientists, feast on litchis even in winterPatna, Jan 10 : The delectably sweet and juicy litchi, hitherto a summer fruit, is now being cultivated in winter, thanks to a successful experiment in two southern states by the Bihar-based National Research Centre for Litchi (NRCL), an official said.

"It may sound unexcepted but it is true that bumper production of litchis was recorded in different orchards in Karnatka and Kerala this winter.  It is the result of a five-year-long experiment by NRCL scientists," its director, Vishal Nath, told IANS.

Probe JD-U leader's role in businessman's abduction: Nitish

Nitish-KumarPatna, Dec 19 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday ordered a probe into the alleged role of a high-profile leader of his Janata Dal-United in the abduction of a Gujarat-based businessman, who was released after paying a hefty ransom of Rs. 9 crore.

"I have asked Bihar's director general of police to probe into any role of a leader in abduction and release of a Gujarat-based businessman," he told media persons here, adding that his government will not spare any one, howsoever powerful and influential they may be, found involved in the case.

BJP is 'nakli' opposition, RJD is real: Nitish

Nitish-KumarPatna, Dec 11 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday termed friend-turned-foe BJP as a "nakli (fake) opposition" and said the real opposition was the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

"In fact the mandate for the Bharatiya Janata Party was not to sit in the opposition. People gave that mandate to the RJD," Nitish Kumar told the state assmbly.

"By going over to the opposition benches and snatching the RJD's seat, the BJP has gone back on the mandate of the people," he said.

Nitish Kumar challenged the BJP to bring a no-confidence motion against his government in the assembly.

BJP will get a shock in 2014 elections: Nitish Kumar

Nitish-KumarPatna, Dec 9 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should be prepared for a shock in the 2014 general elections adding that, the response to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi shows that people want a third alternative.

"It does not matter what the BJP says, what matters is what the results show. They are going to get a shock in the 2014 elections. And now that there is need for fresh elections as none of the parties got a clear majority in Delhi, the results will break the myth of the BJP," Kumar said.

Stop lying, Nitish tells Modi

Nitish-KumarPatna, Nov 11 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday accused BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of lying left and right in his pursuit for power and asked him to stop telling lies.

Nitish Kumar told the media that Modi spoke falsehood when he complained about security lapses at his Patna rally and lied further when he said that Nitish Kumar was "enjoying" at Rajgir when the bombs went off.

Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are lying to grab power at any cost, he said.

Modi cannot become PM: Nitish

Nitish-KumarPatna, Oct 29 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister of India, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asserted Tuesday.

Launching a bitter attack on Modi, two days after he hit out at Nitish Kumar here, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the collapse of the BJP-JD-U alliance in June.

In his concluding speech at a two-day JD-U convention that began Monday, Nitish Kumar made fun of his Gujarat counterpart but without taking Modi's name.

Advani to skip Modi's Oct 27 Patna rally

Advani to skip Modi's Oct 27 Patna rallyPatna, Oct 11 : Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani will not attend the party's Oct 27 Patna rally.

"Advani will not attend the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Patna Oct 27," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told mediapersons here Friday.

Ananth Kumar downplayed Advani's decision not to attend the rally.

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