India: Researchers mistaken for NRC team, caught by villagers, handed over to police

Darbhanga (Bihar), Jan 26 (PTI) A team of researchers from Lucknow mistaken as surveyors for NRC was caught by residents of a village here and handed over to the police, a senior official said on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police, Darbhanga, Babu Ram said the incident took place on Friday when the team, comprising 12 people, including four women, visited a village under Jamalpur police station area.

iNDIA: College in Patna withdraws ban on wearing burqa

Patna, Jan 25 (PTI) A college for women here on Saturday withdrew its ban on wearing of burqa in its premises after it had prohibited it as part of the institute's new dress code.

Acknowledging that the prohibition was due to a misunderstanding, the college authorities said that it has "no intention to disturb or harass students of any community".

India: Nationwide NRC needless, has no justification: Nitish

Patna, Jan 13 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asserted that a nationwide implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) was needless and had no justification.

He made the remarks on the floor of the state assembly while thanking the House members for unanimously approving a constitutional amendment for extending quotas to SCs and STs by another 10 years.

India: Minor girl gang-raped in Bihar village, one heldMinor girl gang-raped in Bihar village, one held

Buxar (Bihar), Jan 9 (PTI) A 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three residents of her village, who then dumped her in a badly bruised condition on a heap of straw, a police officer said on Thursday.

According to Buxar Superintendent of Police Upendranath Verma, the girl was waylaid by the three accused on her way home from a coaching class on Wednesday at Harpur village in Itarhi police station area of the district.

India: JD(U) asks BJP in Bihar to rein in loudmouth leaders

Patna, Jan 9 (PTI) The JD(U), headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday asked its ally - the BJP - to take action against its leaders who had been speaking on issues already settled by the top brass, thereby violating the "coalition dharma".

Party spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Prasad issued a statement here to the effect, taking strong exception to a comment by BJP MLC Sanjay Paswan, who had begrudged his party for reposing its trust in Kumar for the assembly polls, due this year.

India: Woman kidnapped from Patna mall, raped at gunpoint

Patna, Jan 8 (PTI) A woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint after being kidnapped from the parking lot of a mall here on Monday, police officials said.

One person has been arrested out of four persons named in the FIR.

"We have identified the four accused persons who were the (rape) victim's acquaintances. One man raped the girl while others were part of the conspiracy," City Superintendent of Police (Central), Patna, Vinay Tiwary told PTI.

India: Three-wheelers stay off the roads in Patna during anti-CAA strike

Patna, Jan 8 (PTI) The strike called by trade unions and farmers bodies had a perceptible impact in Bihar where people hit the streets on Wednesday demanding workers rights and denouncing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed country-wide implementation of NRC.

The Left parties have extended their support to the strike.

India: NPR in Bihar to begin on May 15, says Sushil Modi

Patna, Jan 5 (PTI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said the updation process of the National Population Register (NPR) will be carried out in the state from May 15 to May 28 this year, notwithstanding the West Bengal and Kerala governments' decision to put the exercise on hold in their respective states.

Bihar senior BJP leader also said administrative and punitive action would be taken against officials if they refuse to carry out the NPR.

India: Oppn in Bihar decries abduction and murder of anti-CAA demonstrator in Patna

Patna, Jan 2 (PTI) The opposition in Bihar on Thursday expressed shock over the "abduction and murder" of an 18- year-old youth who went missing last month on a day the state witnessed anti-CAA protests and whose decomposed, mutilated body was recovered from a pit more than a week later.

We will fight Chinas power of the gun with the power of truth: Dalai Lama

Gaya (Bihar), Dec 25 (PTI) The Dalai Lama on Wednesday vowed that Tibetan Buddhists will continue to fight with "the power of truth" the communist regime in China which, according to him, thrived on the "power of the gun".

The Tibetan spiritual leader made the statement at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya near here, the place where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment more than two millennia ago.

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