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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar has a lot to lose due to Covid crisis, but Nitish Kumar is the most relaxed CM

JD(U) president and BJP ally Nitish Kumar has been remarkably unaffected by migrants' plight, months before the assembly election in Bihar.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah

JD(U) & BJP need each other in Bihar election. So who gains from Nitish Kumar’s NRC move?

An opposition unity coupled with a strong anti-NRC movement in an election year will be the last thing Nitish Kumar would want.
Lalu Prasad Yadav with Nitish Kumar

Bihar polls months away but Lalu, Nitish have set stage for battle — online and offline

A battle of hoardings between ruling JD(U) and principal opposition RJD has begun in Patna, with the rivalry also playing out in the virtual world.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Nitish’s ‘double-engined’ NDA govt hits another bump, second AIIMS in Bihar is stalled

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said repeated attempts to turn Darbhanga Medical College into state’s 2nd AIIMS had been blocked by Union health ministry.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during Sankalp Rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna | PTI

Nitish Kumar loses upper hand with BJP as he concedes Rajya Sabha seat

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's decision to give Rajya Sabha seat to BJP, considered the junior ally in the state, has surprised even BJP leaders.
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Sanjay Jaiswal made BJP’s Bihar unit president, Satish Punia party’s Rajasthan chief

Political watchers believe Sanjay Jaiswal may help the BJP bring some harmony in its uneven tie-up with Nitish Kumar-led JD(U).
File image of Nitish Kumar | Photo: ANI

No Arun Jaitley or Prashant Kishor by his side, Nitish Kumar struggles to deal with BJP

The latest among the host of issues that have triggered rifts between the BJP and the JD(U) is the former’s demand for an NRC in Bihar.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during Sankalp Rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna | PTI

Opposing Modi govt on triple talaq and Article 370, Nitish Kumar signals a shift. Again

For a scenario where he is unable to save the alliance, Nitish Kumar is pre-emptively trying to save his political identity.
Tejashwi Yadav speaking at a rally

Tejashwi Yadav, forever middle-order batsman, is forced to open for RJD in Lalu’s absence

With RJD facing an existential crisis, 29-year-old Tejashwi Yadav battles BJP, uncle Nitish Kumar and his own family members.
A file image of PM Narendra Modi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at the centenary celebrations of the Patna University | Getty Images

BJP wants to attack Nitish Kumar over Bihar encephalitis deaths, but just can’t do it

BJP has no one to blame for Bihar's encephalitis deaths because state health minister Mangal Pandey is a party leader.

On Camera

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.