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Students reading at one of the panchayat libraries in Purnea, Bihar | By special arrangement

Changing face of Bihar’s ‘least literate’ district: Now, every village has access to a library

Purnea DM Rahul Kumar began a book drive in January 2020, and within 21 months, libraries have been set up to reach all 230 gram panchayats and 7 urban local bodies.

Modi govt brazenly callous, Tejashwi Yadav says on caste census in letter to non-BJP leaders

The Modi govt told the SC this week that it had taken a conscious decision not to undertake enumeration of OBCs and EBCs, which it deemed administratively cumbersome.
File image of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | bihar.gov.in

This is how Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is looking to regain his anti-corruption crusader tag

In his first stint in 2005, Nitish Kumar had forged image of an anti-corruption crusader. The first 2 years of his rule show 122 cases filed against officials accepting bribes.
Two thousand rupee banknotes (representational image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Billionaires for minutes: How goof-up left 2 Bihar Class 6 students with Rs 906 cr in accounts

While Guruchandra Vishwas got Rs 900 crore in his account, Asit Kumar got Rs 6 crore. Bank noticed and corrected the mistake soon, but now there are calls for inquiry.
File image of Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan | Photo: ANI

BJP pulls Chirag Paswan closer as party is clear now that it can’t lose the LJP leader

In June, BJP is said to have played an active role in the split of Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Now, the party seems to have had a change of heart.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speak to media at Jai Prakash Narayan airport in August 2021 | ANI

Upset Nitish govt ‘rectifies mistake’ as university syllabus drops JP-Lohia for DD Upadhyaya

Bihar education minister says Chhapra-based JP University’s move to drop the socialist icons’ names in favour of Deendayal Upadhyaya and Subhas Chandra Bose ‘did not follow rules’.
From Left to right - Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Patna | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

PM Modi didn’t deny caste census and heard everyone, says Nitish Kumar after meet

CM Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav and representatives from other parties including BJP met Prime Minister Modi Monday and made a strong push in support of nationwide caste-based census.
From Left to right - Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Patna | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why Nitish Kumar’s meet with PM Modi on caste-based census has Bihar BJP divided

An all-party delegation from Bihar, led by CM Nitish Kumar, will meet PM Modi to discuss caste census. The BJP, which till now has rejected the demand for a census, is in a dilemma.
File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Person eligible for quota in undivided State can claim benefit in either successor States: SC

The apex court bench decided the question after a reserved category resident from Jharkhand was denied job appointment as his address proof showed him as Patna resident.
File photo of pfficials collecting Census data | Photo: censusindia.gov.in

Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav to meet PM Modi over caste-based census on 23 August

The delegation, that will meet PM Modi, comprises representatives of all parties in Bihar. CM Nitish Kumar has pushed for caste census, saying it will facilitate effective governance.

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Double vaccination halves risk of developing long-lasting Covid symptoms

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of getting long Covid is to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Sugarcane farmers wait with their bullock carts to unload their crop outside the Modi Sugar Mills in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Yogi announces hike in sugarcane MSP by Rs 25 per quintal, months before UP polls

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said Sunday that the new price will enable sugarcane growers to increase incomes by 8%, and will transform lives of 45 lakh farmers.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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