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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. | Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

Owaisi’s AIMIM eats into ‘secular’ parties’ votes but not enough to help BJP win, data shows

Owaisi's AIMIM has made little to no dent in the 'secular' parties' votes in 2014 & 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls, 2015 Bihar polls, 2017 UP polls and 2019 Jharkhand polls.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya in a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

BJP promotes youth, doesn’t keep them on wait-list, new Yuva Morcha chief Tejasvi Surya says

Tejasvi Surya thanks BJP after the party names him president of its youth wing. He also says Amit Shah has assured him of setting up an NIA branch in Bengaluru soon.
Lalu Prasad Yadav with Nitish Kumar

When Nitish Kumar took over 1 Anne Marg from Lalu-Rabri, his aides saw ‘occult practice’ signs

In ‘The Battle for Bihar’, Arun Sinha writes about Nitish Kumar’s struggle to move into his official residence as chief minister, and the reluctance of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Representational image for TB patients | File photo: PTI

70% of Bihar’s TB control staff still on Covid duty as state records steep fall in diagnosis

According to official data, 63,617 TB cases have been notified in Bihar so far this year, compared to 91,836 in the same period last year.
File photo of Gupteshwar Pandey | Facebook

Outgoing Bihar DGP says he will join politics and ‘may’ contest polls from hometown Buxar

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who opted for VRS, says his actions related to FIR lodged in Patna in Sushant Singh Rajput case had anything to do with him joining politics.
Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey

Bihar DGP, part of Sushant Singh Rajput probe, takes voluntary retirement, may contest polls

Gupteshwar Pandey had taken premature retirement to contest the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, but was later denied the opportunity as his VRS application was not accepted.
PM Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, at Paliganj in Patna

Nitish is promising new projects, but no clarity on 2015 Bihar package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore

Ministers in Nitish Kumar government fail to provide figures on the amount spent so far under the economic package announced ahead of 2015 Bihar polls.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Umar Khalid who? Kanhaiya Kumar’s strange silence over his JNU comrade’s arrest

Except for a vague post on Facebook — Kanhaiya Kumar has been quiet on his former JNU ally and Tihar Jail comrade Umar Khalid’s arrest in the Delhi riots case.
RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav (L) with Tej Pratap attend the 22nd Foundation Day of Rashtriya Janata Dal, in Patna | PTI

BJP, Congress, RJD & JD(U) leaders find common ground in Bihar — tickets for sons

At least 40 Bihar leaders cutting across party lines are seeking tickets for their relatives, a majority of them for their sons.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.