Rakesh Singh

Rakesh Singh has worked on Desk for about two decades with the Hindustan Times, Patna. While working on Desk he has also written on issues of human interest.

Articles by Rakesh Singh

Bihar relies on village chowkidars to resolve land disputes early, reduce crime

  • According to the National Crime Bureau Record (NCRB), in Bihar in 2019, there were 3,707 crime incidents related to land and property disputes, while the number of people killed were 5,227, or 3.1% per lakh
A couple was arrested for attempting to kill elderly parents over land dispute in Odisha’s Keonjhar.(Representative image)
A couple was arrested for attempting to kill elderly parents over land dispute in Odisha’s Keonjhar.(Representative image)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 09:43 AM IST
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Bihar plans mutation reform to curb fraud

  • Bihar revenue department officials and some circle officers will enlist practical problems they might face in implementing the new process.
The spatial mutation of land is likely to create a clear record of changes in ownership reducing frauds and disputes.
The spatial mutation of land is likely to create a clear record of changes in ownership reducing frauds and disputes.
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 04:38 PM IST
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Wonder App to Ashwin portal: Bihar ups tech game to bolster health facilities

  • CM Kumar said the Wonder App will benefit pregnant women while the Ashwin portal will ensure timely payment to Asha workers.
File photo: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 12:13 AM IST
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Craze for learning Chinese among Bihar tourist guides falls sharply

  • Earlier some guides used to teach Chinese at Bodh Gaya, but now they don’t have students.
The attraction of the Chinese language has lessened among tourist guides in Bodh Gaya due to strained India-China ties and the uncertainty about Chinese tourists' inflow in the future.
The attraction of the Chinese language has lessened among tourist guides in Bodh Gaya due to strained India-China ties and the uncertainty about Chinese tourists' inflow in the future.
Published on Feb 15, 2021 09:30 AM IST
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Bihar gets its act together for Paddy procurement after Nitish Kumar’s warning

  • There was no distress sale of paddy by farmers in Bihar this kharif season owing to several corrective measures, claimed a senior government official.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had warned of action against officials responsible for confusion over paddy procurement registration process. (HT file)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had warned of action against officials responsible for confusion over paddy procurement registration process. (HT file)
Published on Feb 14, 2021 11:34 AM IST
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Bodh Gaya tourism in deep coma sans international flights and domestic visitors

  • The situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon since the peak season of earning in Bodh Gaya is from October to February.
Resident monks of Bodh Gaya temple had even offered special prayers to mitigate the spread of coronavirus last year.(PTI/File Picture/Representational)
Resident monks of Bodh Gaya temple had even offered special prayers to mitigate the spread of coronavirus last year.(PTI/File Picture/Representational)
Published on Feb 09, 2021 09:28 AM IST
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Passport applicants in Bihar drop by half as Covid-19 hits movement abroad

  • Three districts that topped the chart with respect to the number of applications for the past few years, witnessed almost half the number of passport seekers.
The numbers also point towards the reluctance in people of Bihar to migrate outside the country during the pandemic.(HT PHOTO)
The numbers also point towards the reluctance in people of Bihar to migrate outside the country during the pandemic.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 31, 2021 07:38 PM IST
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In Bihar, ‘Kamalam’ has been helping farmers earn a decent livelihood for years now

Farmers willing to put in 6-8 lakh as one-time initial investment , are easily earning 8-10 lakh per annum from a hectare of land in Kosi and Seemanchal areas of Bihar
A dragon fruit plantation at Thakurganj in Kishanganj district of Bihar. (HT photo)
A dragon fruit plantation at Thakurganj in Kishanganj district of Bihar. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2021 12:11 PM IST
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Farmers involved in opium cultivation in Bihar’s Gaya to get help to grown legal crops

The drug mafia is involved in the illegal cultivation near the Grand Trunk Road, say the authorities
Representational Image. (HT file)
Representational Image. (HT file)
Published on Jan 15, 2021 01:16 PM IST
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Cong asks Nitish Kumar to intervene as doctors’ strike hits health services

The health services in all the nine medical colleges and hospitals across the state have been crippled due to the strike.
Junior doctors demonstrating outside Patna Medical College and Hospital on the seventh day of their strike demanding higher stipends.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Junior doctors demonstrating outside Patna Medical College and Hospital on the seventh day of their strike demanding higher stipends.(Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 29, 2020 09:18 PM IST
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Thousands march to Governor’s house in Patna against farm laws, lathicharged

Eyewitnesses said thousands of farmers, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti and other Left parties, had assembled in Patna since early morning and began their march from the historic Gandhi Maidan.
The farmers lathicharged by the police in Patna. (HT Photo)
The farmers lathicharged by the police in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 03:15 PM IST
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Bihar issues guidelines for reopening of schools, colleges at 50% capacity

The decision to reopen remaining classes will be taken after a review meeting on January 18, 2021.
Educational institutions were shut down since the imposition of nationwide lockdown in March to contain coronavirus.(HT photo)
Educational institutions were shut down since the imposition of nationwide lockdown in March to contain coronavirus.(HT photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 08:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Stellar performance revives Left in Bihar, adds numbers to Grand Alliance

Before the announcement of seat-sharing, the three Left parties held several rounds of meetings separately with RJD state president Jagdanand Singh demanding more share in the GA pie.
The CPI, contesting on six seats, including Bakhri, Teghra, Bachhwara in Begusarai district besides Harlakhi and Jhanjharpur in Darbhanga and Rupauli in Purnia district made a good performance in Begusarai district considered ‘Leningrad of Bihar’.(HT PHOTO.)
The CPI, contesting on six seats, including Bakhri, Teghra, Bachhwara in Begusarai district besides Harlakhi and Jhanjharpur in Darbhanga and Rupauli in Purnia district made a good performance in Begusarai district considered ‘Leningrad of Bihar’.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 11:28 PM IST
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Bihar polls: Voters shy away; Digha, Bankipur, Kumhrar witness lowest polling

Urban voters in constituencies falling under Patna district shied away from casting their votes.
An election official marks a voter’s finger with indelible ink during the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Bankipur constituency in Patna.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
An election official marks a voter’s finger with indelible ink during the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Bankipur constituency in Patna.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 03, 2020 08:41 PM IST
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Wages, caste and family pride in play at Jehanabad

The three seats -- Jehanabad, Ghosi and Makhdumpur (reserved for scheduled castes) – have influential leaders from both the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition Grand Alliance.
A key local campaign issue is the demand to raise the salaries of roughly 350,000 government school teachers appointed since 2006 through panchayats and city municipalities.(HT Photo)
A key local campaign issue is the demand to raise the salaries of roughly 350,000 government school teachers appointed since 2006 through panchayats and city municipalities.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 05:12 AM IST
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Covid-19 scuttles meetings in Bihar’s urban areas to decide voting on caste lines

While the fear of Covid-19 is stopping people in urban areas from holding meetings on caste lines to decide the voting pattern, there is a churn among both so-called upper and lower castes in the rural areas to decide who should be voted en bloc.
In contrast to large turnouts in election rallies for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, people in urban areas are not holding meetings to decide on who to vote for.(PTI)
In contrast to large turnouts in election rallies for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, people in urban areas are not holding meetings to decide on who to vote for.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 01:02 PM IST
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2 former students of JNU set to make electoral debut in Bihar assembly polls

Sandeep Saurav is contesting the Paliganj seat in Patna district on a CPI (ML) ticket while Nikhil Anand is the BJP candidate in Maner which is also in Patna district.
JNU alumni Sandeep Saurav (Left) and Nikhil Anand. (HT Photo)
JNU alumni Sandeep Saurav (Left) and Nikhil Anand. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2020 11:20 PM IST
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In Bihar, Purnia range IG dies of Covid-19, death toll close to 1,000-mark

With 1,152 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the total cases in the state rose to 2,04,212, while with six deaths, the death toll rose to 996—four short of the 1,000 mark. The highest number of 316 cases was reported from Patna.
The bulletin said in the past 24 hours 1,079 patients recovered in Bihar while 1,19,456 tests were conducted in the same period. Till now the health department has conducted 91,34,927 tests in the state.(HT PHOTO.)
The bulletin said in the past 24 hours 1,079 patients recovered in Bihar while 1,19,456 tests were conducted in the same period. Till now the health department has conducted 91,34,927 tests in the state.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 02:16 AM IST
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Faux pas: Bihar candidates’ affidavits show some aged by a decade since last election

JD(U) MLA was 46-year-old, however, according to the affidavit filed for the 2020 polls, he is now 56.
File photo: Training programme for the polling officers for upcoming Bihar election.(A P Dube/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Training programme for the polling officers for upcoming Bihar election.(A P Dube/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Bihar Panchayati Raj minister’s condition worsens; state adds 1,302 fresh Covid-19 cases

Nearly 1,302 fresh Covid-19 cases were detected pushing the count of positive cases to 1,96,268, while the recovery rate shot up to 93.86% in Bihar.
A health worker collects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing in Patna.(HT PHOTO.)
A health worker collects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing in Patna.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 01:30 AM IST
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Kanhaiya Kumar, former student leaders show up in Left parties’ star campaigners list for Bihar polls

The Left parties, including CPI (ML), CPI and CPI-M, are partners of the Grand Alliance (GA), whose major constituents are RJD and Congress. Under the seat-sharing pact, the RJD has got 144 seats, Congress 70 and Left parties 29. The CPI-ML has got 19 seats, CPI six and CPI-M four.
Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar who lost to BJP’s Giriraj Singh in the Lok Sabha polls last year will campaign for GA candidates in the Bihar assembly polls.(PTI PHOTO.)
Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar who lost to BJP’s Giriraj Singh in the Lok Sabha polls last year will campaign for GA candidates in the Bihar assembly polls.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 06:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

This Maoist-turned-politician of Bihar has more cases against him than party chief Pappu Yadav

Maoist-turned politician Sudhir Kumar Verma alias Vinod Marandi has 37 cases lodged against him, which include heinous crimes.
Vinod Marandi has several cases of murder, attempt to murder apart from use of explosives filed against him.(HT Photo)
Vinod Marandi has several cases of murder, attempt to murder apart from use of explosives filed against him.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 07:21 PM IST
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Bihar elections: Maoist-turned-politician facing more cases than party chief Pappu Yadav

The former Maoist used to run an extortion racket in Bihar’s Magadh region and in the neighbouring areas of Jharkhand
Vinod Marandi has several cases of murder, attempt to murder apart from use of explosives filed against him.(HT Photo)
Vinod Marandi has several cases of murder, attempt to murder apart from use of explosives filed against him.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 04:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Bihar assembly election: 5 ministers have little margin for error this time

These ministers had managed to scrape through in the last assembly elections by a very small margin.
BJP’s Nand Kishore Yadav is one of the five ministers in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet, who had a narrow escape in the last assembly elections.(HT Photo)
BJP’s Nand Kishore Yadav is one of the five ministers in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet, who had a narrow escape in the last assembly elections.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 04, 2020 03:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Mahabodhi temple’s legendary peepal tree gets ‘natural advantage’ amid Covid-19 lockdown

Without any spraying of nutrients in past nine months, the condition of tree is quite healthy and it is abundant with leaves.
File photo: Tibetan spiritual leader Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, offers prayers at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.(AFP)
File photo: Tibetan spiritual leader Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, offers prayers at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 19, 2020 06:58 PM IST
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Over 3 million tested in Bihar for Covid-19, recovery rate climbs 87%

Patna still remains a Covid-19 hotspot with detection of 253 cases on Sunday and pushing the city’s tally to 20,889.
A medic takes swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 test at Gardiner Hospital in Patna.(HT PHOTO)
A medic takes swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 test at Gardiner Hospital in Patna.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 30, 2020 09:14 PM IST
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Covid-19 lockdown extended in Bihar till September 6

The home department issued the order to extend the lockdown after a high-level meeting.
The previous order, which was issued till August 16 under which religious places in Bihar were not allowed to open, will stand. The state’s home department issued an order in this regard on Monday.(HT File)
The previous order, which was issued till August 16 under which religious places in Bihar were not allowed to open, will stand. The state’s home department issued an order in this regard on Monday.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 04:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Testing scaled up as Bihar set to cross 1-lakh mark

Seeing the spike in cases, the state government has given permission to open plasma bank in Jayaprabha Hospital, Paras HMRI Hospital, Patna, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan and JLNMCH, Bhagalpur.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar had been stressing to increase the testing to 1 lakh per day, which was achieved on Thursday. Fourteen days back (July 31), Bihar was conducting just 22,742 tests in 24 hours. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar had been stressing to increase the testing to 1 lakh per day, which was achieved on Thursday. Fourteen days back (July 31), Bihar was conducting just 22,742 tests in 24 hours. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 13, 2020 11:40 PM IST
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Spotlight on private hospitals over charging Covid patients in Bihar, cases rise to 86,812

Capital Patna has most number of Covid 19 infections in Bihar.
People wait to give swab samples for coronavirus testing at a collection centre in Hotel Pataliputra Ashoka, in Patna.(HT Photo)
People wait to give swab samples for coronavirus testing at a collection centre in Hotel Pataliputra Ashoka, in Patna.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 09:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Returning migrant workers boost tractor sales in Bihar, state records highest June sales in country

Tractor dealers say that they are struggling to meet the demand in August which is generally considered lean for the sale of these farm machines.
The rise in tractor sales in Bihar was due to not just the return of migrant workers but also because of a bumper rabi crop in the state(HT File Photot)
The rise in tractor sales in Bihar was due to not just the return of migrant workers but also because of a bumper rabi crop in the state(HT File Photot)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRakesh Singh |Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
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