Reena Sopam

Reena has been a journalist for over two decades. She has the experience of covering wide range of issues, including art, culture, archaeology, tourism, forest and women issues. She has also authored a book and is a recipient of the ‘Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Award’, given by the government of Bihar.

Articles by Reena Sopam

Bihar’s Women Development Corporation plans anti-dowry campaign

PATNA: Bihar’s Women Development Corporation (WDC) is preparing to increase awareness against dowry to convince people to print anti-dowry declarations on wedding cards
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has appealed for a pledge against accepting dowry. (HT Photo/File)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has appealed for a pledge against accepting dowry. (HT Photo/File)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 09:18 AM IST
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Bihar govt revises decision, plastic ban to be effective from July 2022

The Bihar government has said that the ban on single-use plastic items and thermocol products will be effective in the state from July 1, 2022, instead of December 15 as earlier announced
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 02:48 PM IST
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Bihar: Traders worried over ban on single-use plastic items, thermocol products

The production, distribution and sale of these products are now a punishable offence even as Bihar enters the peak season of weddings and family functions, when such items are in high demand
A representational image. (Archives)
A representational image. (Archives)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 11:31 AM IST
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Italy’s Museum of Oriental Arts proposes exhibition in collaboration with Bihar Museum

The Museum of Oriental Arts, Turin (Italy) has proposed Bihar Museum for an exhibition in collaboration in the state capital
File photo: Bihar museum (biharmuseum.org)
File photo: Bihar museum (biharmuseum.org)
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 04:37 PM IST
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Bihar govt chalks out plan to boost tourism in Champaran

Bihar’s tourism department has chalked out a plan to tap the tourism potential of the temples and the sites of the rituals in Champaran
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 04:12 PM IST
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Omicron scare impacts hospitality sector in Bodh Gaya

Bookings and even queries to block facilities at hotels, tour packages and guides have stopped coming
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2021 07:41 PM IST
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Bihar’s rescued child labourers now want to return to work

One of the rescued child labourers said he was able to save some money while working at the factory in Jaipur and the life at his own village was not any better since he had to work there too but for very little payment in return
HT has learnt that altogether 711 child labourers were rescued mainly from the bangle factories in Jaipur between 2018 and 2021. (HT Photo/Representative use)
HT has learnt that altogether 711 child labourers were rescued mainly from the bangle factories in Jaipur between 2018 and 2021. (HT Photo/Representative use)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 11:39 AM IST
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Mongolian delegation member found Covid-19 positive, isolated at Bodh Gaya

A member of the 23-member delegation from Mongolia, which visited Bodh Gaya in Bihar a couple of days ago, has been found Covid-19 positive
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 04:29 PM IST
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Bihar’s draft Bill proposes night shifts for women employees, prompts calls for review

Bihar’s labour resources department has proposed that employers will need written consent of women employees before assigning them night shifts but activists fear that this may not be enough to protect women
Sumita Shahi, an entrepreneur, said there was a need to consider some major points before enacting the Bihar law. For one, since working women are expected to handle household chores also, Shahi asked if it is possible for a woman to work night shifts and sleep during day time. (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Sumita Shahi, an entrepreneur, said there was a need to consider some major points before enacting the Bihar law. For one, since working women are expected to handle household chores also, Shahi asked if it is possible for a woman to work night shifts and sleep during day time. (HT File Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 11:55 AM IST
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Unavailability of Gandhi Maidan forces organisers to cancel Patna book fair

Most of the leading publishers had insisted that they will only be part of the book fair if the event is held at Gandhi Maidan, says Amarendra Jha, secretary, CRD.
Patna Book Fair at Gandhi Maidan in 2019. (HT File)
Patna Book Fair at Gandhi Maidan in 2019. (HT File)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar priests protest move to declare 30,000 acres of temple land as public

Bihar law minister said there were several cases of cheating gullible buyers, who do not know that the land of temples and Maths can’t be sold by any individual. By the time buyers learn the truth, the sellers disappear from the scene
The association includes priests from Kabir Math, Parbatta ( Khagaria), Udasin Akhara , Phulwarisharif, state capital based Baba Bhikham Das Thakurbari and Ayodhyadas Thakurbari, Kabir Math of Rajgir, and Bihar Sanskritik Vidyapeeth. (Photo Courtesy- Facebook)
The association includes priests from Kabir Math, Parbatta ( Khagaria), Udasin Akhara , Phulwarisharif, state capital based Baba Bhikham Das Thakurbari and Ayodhyadas Thakurbari, Kabir Math of Rajgir, and Bihar Sanskritik Vidyapeeth. (Photo Courtesy- Facebook)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 10:04 AM IST
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Thalassemia activist from West Bengal cycles to Patna with a message

Roy says the harassment and trauma associated with periodical blood transfusions can be avoided if parents decided to test for Thalassemia before bearing a child
Roy says he wants to tell parents of potential brides and grooms that they must understand the importance of conducting tests to ensure would be couples are not Thalassemia minor (HT Phtoto)
Roy says he wants to tell parents of potential brides and grooms that they must understand the importance of conducting tests to ensure would be couples are not Thalassemia minor (HT Phtoto)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:43 PM IST
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Minister promises children at govt care homes access to schools

Efforts are under way to arrange for skill development training and help them get jobs here, state’s social welfare minister Madan Sahni said.
Children during 'Bal Darbar' at Adhiveshan Bhawan in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Children during 'Bal Darbar' at Adhiveshan Bhawan in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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By, Patna

‘Evidence of Britain’s bonding with Bihar and its people still preserved’: UK-based art lover

In his presentation, Dr Mohammad S Siddiqui highlighted the heritage buildings and places associated with India in the UK
Siddiqui’s presentation was at the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library (KBPL) in Patna. (https://kblibrary.bih.nic.in/)
Siddiqui’s presentation was at the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library (KBPL) in Patna. (https://kblibrary.bih.nic.in/)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:14 PM IST
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Filmmakers from Bihar keen to shoot in state, want subsidy, easy nods

To ensure that filmmakers get the permission for shooting at locations near heritage sites and monuments easily, a meeting with the ASI will soon be held, Bandana Preyashi, secretary at the culture department, said.
Bihar has produced many film personalities, including actors Manoj Bajpayee and Pankaj Triparthi. (HT File)
Bihar has produced many film personalities, including actors Manoj Bajpayee and Pankaj Triparthi. (HT File)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 09:24 PM IST
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By, Patna

Children to share pandemic and flood experiences at Bal Darbaar in Bihar

Children and adolescents comprise more than 50% of Bihar’s total population, and the learning from events such as Bal Darbaar in form of recommendations and charter of children’s demands will be presented to chief minister Nitish Kumar
Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, vulnerability of children and adolescents has increased many times. (AFP Photo/Representative Photo)
Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, vulnerability of children and adolescents has increased many times. (AFP Photo/Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 10:56 AM IST
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Bihar government all set to phase out single-use plastic, thermocol products

The state govt decided to put a blanket ban on single-use plastic and thermocol products from December 25, while the department of forests, environment and climate change has asked manufacturers and traders to clear their stocks
A representational image of plastic waste. Bihar will ban single-use plastic and thermocol products this December. (AFP/File)
A representational image of plastic waste. Bihar will ban single-use plastic and thermocol products this December. (AFP/File)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 09:11 AM IST
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Bihar State Pollution Control Board asks DMs to ban firecrackers in four cities

In the cities other than the four districts where the crackers have been completely banned, the State Pollution Control Board has allowed only green cracker and that it can used on Diwali for two hours from 8 pm to 10 pm.
Last year also firecrackers were completely banned in Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur. (/HT PHOTO)
Last year also firecrackers were completely banned in Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur. (/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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By, Patna

Posts of chairperson, panel members at Bihar State Women Commission still vacant after a year

The three-year term of the state women Commission chairperson and panel members got over on October 31, 2020.
 (HT Photo)
(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Girls from shelter homes in Bihar bag jobs with star hotels

In all, 14 girls selected from shelter homes in Bihar were sent to Eurindian Academy of Hotel Management in Bengaluru by the state government in December 2020
Ten girls from shelter homes in Bihar have been selected to work with star category hotels and a hotel management institute in Bengaluru after completion of their one-year diploma course in hotel management. (Representative Picture) (Shutterstock)
Ten girls from shelter homes in Bihar have been selected to work with star category hotels and a hotel management institute in Bengaluru after completion of their one-year diploma course in hotel management. (Representative Picture) (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 10:11 PM IST
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By, Patna

Four new sites in Bihar in protected monuments’ list

These include archaeological remains discovered on the banks of Chandan river in Amarpur block of Banka district, the huge mound discovered at Guwaridih-Bariarpur in Bhagalpur district, the ancient Lord Shiva temple at Dumaria village in Gopalganj district and mausoleum of Qamar Ali and Sultan Ali and Dulhin Mandir at Sherghati in Gaya.
Guwaridih mound in Bhagalpur. (HT Photo)
Guwaridih mound in Bhagalpur. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar Archive makes public reports on Gandhi tour to quake-hit state in 1934

On March 11,1934, Gandhi arrived at “Dinapur (the present day Danapur)” railway station in Patna where he was received by Dr Rajendra Prasad
On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti , Bihar State Archive on Friday made public records on “Gandhi’s tour to Bihar in 1934”, a collection of confidential reports by the British intelligence of his visit to the state after it was struck by a devastating earthquake (HT PHOTO)
On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti , Bihar State Archive on Friday made public records on “Gandhi’s tour to Bihar in 1934”, a collection of confidential reports by the British intelligence of his visit to the state after it was struck by a devastating earthquake (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 09:59 PM IST
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By, Patna

Muslim majority opposed Jinnah’s 2 nation theory, most in Bihar: AMU teacher

In a 1940 edition of Urdu weekly called Naquib, Maulana Abdul Mohsin Mohammed Sajjad questioned the logic behind Jinnah’s “hue and cry” over alleged torture of Muslims in Hindu dominated areas and his desire to create Pakistan, where Hindus could live in Muslim-dominated areas
AMU teacher Sajjad said demonstrations and protest meetings against Jinnah’s 2 nation theory were held widely in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal, however, the resistance was strongest in Bihar. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO/File/Representative use)
AMU teacher Sajjad said demonstrations and protest meetings against Jinnah’s 2 nation theory were held widely in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal, however, the resistance was strongest in Bihar. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO/File/Representative use)
Published on Sep 25, 2021 12:00 PM IST
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Todarmal’s diary to offer authentic information about land revenue system during Mughal age

Would it not be interesting to learn about the land measurement and revenue system introduced by Raja Todarmal, the finance minister and counsellor of Mughal Emperor Akbar during the medieval age? A far more fascinating reading can be the details of the kind of habitations and the farming patterns available in Bihar at that time, especially in Bhagalpur district and the information related to the revenue administration system in the state during the Mughal period
Bihar State Archives, part of the Cabinet Secretariat Department of Bihar Government, has got the diary translated from Persian into English. (Bihar State Archive)
Bihar State Archives, part of the Cabinet Secretariat Department of Bihar Government, has got the diary translated from Persian into English. (Bihar State Archive)
Updated on Sep 24, 2021 09:48 AM IST
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Bihar Museum offered collaborations by Germany’s Goethe Institute to work on art projects

Bihar Museum, the internationally acclaimed museum in the state capital, has been offered collaborations by the Goethe Institute, Germany in many art projects to be planned in the state in the coming days, officials said
As a part of this agreement many museums in our country have been working in collaboration with German museums on many projects. (biharmuseum.org)
As a part of this agreement many museums in our country have been working in collaboration with German museums on many projects. (biharmuseum.org)
Updated on Sep 23, 2021 09:26 AM IST
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Bihar CM inaugurates Mandar ropeway

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the much-awaited ropeway at Mandar hills in Banka, developed by the state tourism for worth over 9 crore
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inaugurates a newly constructed Mandar ropeway in Banka district on Tuesday. (PTI)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inaugurates a newly constructed Mandar ropeway in Banka district on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 10:03 PM IST
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By, Patna

Session to improve nutrition in Bihar, which has highest child mortality rate

Even the infant mortality rate-- the number of infants dying within one year of birth per 1,000 deliveries in a given year-- is at 46.8 in Bihar, the highest in the country. In comparison, Kerala’s infant mortality rate is 4.4
Bihar also has the embarrassing distinction of being the state with the highest mortality rate of children under five years of age at 56.4% (AFP/ Representative Photo)
Bihar also has the embarrassing distinction of being the state with the highest mortality rate of children under five years of age at 56.4% (AFP/ Representative Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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NEP: What about Maithili medium schools in Bihar, asks cultural organisation

The issue has been raised by Chetna Samiti, a socio-cultural organisation of Maithils which has reached out to education minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary, demanding that primary schools in Maithili medium be developed in the region including Darbhanga and Madhubani districts
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2021 09:30 AM IST
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Bihar panchayat polls: Trend reverses,women emerge as ‘better half’ after 50% quota

In the first phase, 15,328 candidates filed their nomination for different panchayat posts, of which 9,093 were women, which comes to 52.79%. For the second phase, 76,279 candidates filed their nominations, including 40,168 women, ie. 52.65%.
Woman candidates have outnumbered men in the forthcoming panchayat elections by a good margin in the first two phases. (HT PHOTO)
Woman candidates have outnumbered men in the forthcoming panchayat elections by a good margin in the first two phases. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 16, 2021 09:32 PM IST
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ByArun Kumar and Reena Sopam

Pind Daan at Gaya temple during Pitru Paksh to take place amid Covid protocols

The Gaya administration said it will not stop anyone from observing the Pind Dan rituals at the temple, however, the Pitru Paksha Mela has not been allowed officially even this year
Pitru Paksha rituals have been observed at the famous Vishnupad temple at Gaya since ancient times. (HT Photo)
Pitru Paksha rituals have been observed at the famous Vishnupad temple at Gaya since ancient times. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 15, 2021 10:28 AM IST
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