Reena Sopam

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
Several files on Subhash Chandra Bose, previously held in state archives are now being made available on the internet. (File photo)
Several files on Subhash Chandra Bose, previously held in state archives are now being made available on the internet. (File photo)

Bihar govt puts classified files related to Subash Chandra Bose on internet

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • The directorate of state archives in Bihar, decided to upload the prized collection of documents and files related to Bose on the internet and dedicate him the page on his 125th birth anniversary.
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During the mutiny in 1857, soldiers rebelled against the East India Company rule in the first-ever large-scale attempt to get rid of the British. (HT Archives)
During the mutiny in 1857, soldiers rebelled against the East India Company rule in the first-ever large-scale attempt to get rid of the British. (HT Archives)

Bihar: Hanged in 1857, Waris Ali of Tirhut finally added to Dictionary of Martyrs

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 01:14 PM IST
Waris Ali was a jamaadar at Baruraj police station and was arrested in June 1857 on charges of writing seditious letters to support the rebels who had attempted to break into Muzaffarpur’s Central Jail
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Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, over 3000 complaints have been received by the commission and only 1,618 of these could be disposed of.(HT Photo)
Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, over 3000 complaints have been received by the commission and only 1,618 of these could be disposed of.(HT Photo)

Without chairperson and members, Bihar women’s commission is failing victims

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:35 PM IST
  • The current situation only complicates the existing challenges for the commission that is already grappling with cases pending for the last several months
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the event on January 16(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the event on January 16(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

1st bird festival at Nagi- Nakti bird sanctuaries in Bihar to start from Jan 15

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:10 PM IST
  • Nagi-Nakti bird sanctuary has been selected for this event because of its uniqueness. Apart from the dense deciduous forests, moram land and variety of birds and animals, there’s unique rock formation in the area.
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Representational Image.

Deaf, mute girl’s rape, blinding: Bihar officials directed to ensure rehabilitation

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:03 AM IST
The state commissioner for persons with disabilities has taken a suo motu cognisance and has also sought an action taken report within a week
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Excavated during a joint collaboration of the Bihar Heritage Development Society, a part of the department of art, culture and youth affairs and the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, this finding is believed to be a great centre of Mahayana Buddhism. (HT Photo)
Excavated during a joint collaboration of the Bihar Heritage Development Society, a part of the department of art, culture and youth affairs and the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, this finding is believed to be a great centre of Mahayana Buddhism. (HT Photo)

First hilltop Buddhist monastery found in Bihar’s Lakhisarai

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:31 PM IST
The state government has made elaborate conservation plans to preserve the monastic structure.
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Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

Prioritise persons with disabilities for Covid vaccination: Bihar social welfare dept

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:35 AM IST
The directorate officials stated that persons with disabilities are often exposed to different infections as a majority of them are dependent upon others for routine activities
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The Bihar government is already running a Jal Jiwan Hariyali programme.(HT Photo)
The Bihar government is already running a Jal Jiwan Hariyali programme.(HT Photo)

All water bodies in Bihar to be mapped in an Atlas

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:36 PM IST
The atlas will also provide information about villages and panchayats without any water body.
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Several beggars were provided financial assistance to start their own small business in Patna.(HT Photo/Representational)
Several beggars were provided financial assistance to start their own small business in Patna.(HT Photo/Representational)

Bihar aims to be beggar-free by 2021 by turning vagabonds into vendors, artists

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Over 2200 beggars have been identified in Patna alone. SAKSHAM official Randhir Kumar said that many do not want to leave begging.
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Nalanda Sainik School, Bihar
Nalanda Sainik School, Bihar

Sainik School in Nalanda allows admission to girls

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:34 PM IST
Here’s the great opportunity for the girls in the state who aspire to prove themselves in defence services. They now have the facility of the military training which will open up the floodgate of opportunities either in the army or in the air force or in naval services.
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The structures were discovered after locals removed a few layers of sand in the river to construct a ghaat for Chhath Puja. The water level in the river is low these days.(AFP File)
The structures were discovered after locals removed a few layers of sand in the river to construct a ghaat for Chhath Puja. The water level in the river is low these days.(AFP File)

Bihar: Remains of ancient structures discovered in Chandan river

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 12:10 PM IST
The brick structures, which are spread over a vast area in the river, were first spotted by the locals of Bhadaria village who were preparing for Chhath Puja celebrations and were trying to create a ghat on the banks of the Chandan river for the rituals
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Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) sealing officers checking EVMs and Voter Verified Paper Audit Train (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Bankipur Girls High School, in Patna, Bihar on Friday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) sealing officers checking EVMs and Voter Verified Paper Audit Train (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, at Bankipur Girls High School, in Patna, Bihar on Friday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Bihar assembly election 2020: No woman candidate in over two dozen constituencies

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 08:45 AM IST
Among 146 women candidates, only 27 have been fielded by the leading political parties with eight women from the Grand Alliance, 13 from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and six from the Lok Janshakti Party, while rest of the women are fighting elections as independent candidates or on the tickets of smaller political parties.
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Voters during the first phase assembly election in the Bikram assembly constituency in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Voters during the first phase assembly election in the Bikram assembly constituency in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

100 years on, residents on lease struggle against ‘British rule’ in Patna

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 08:02 AM IST
In 1915-20, the British, who themselves settled mostly on the banks of the Ganges in Patna, created a number of settlements in the city, called Khas Mahal.
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Author Phanishwar Nath Renu had contested the assembly election from Forbesganj seat in Araria district in 1972.(HT PHOTO)
Author Phanishwar Nath Renu had contested the assembly election from Forbesganj seat in Araria district in 1972.(HT PHOTO)

One upon a time in Bihar, writers and poets also contested elections

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Pattna
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 01:46 PM IST
In the 1950s, writers in Bihar including noted Hindi playwright, Ramavriksha Benipuri and eminent writer, Dr Lakshmi Narayan Sudhanshu had contested Assembly elections .
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IPS and IAS officers attending a meeting to review preparedness for the upcoming Bihar assembly election at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
IPS and IAS officers attending a meeting to review preparedness for the upcoming Bihar assembly election at Hotel Maurya in Patna on Wednesday.(HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)

Reeling under Covid-19 impact, Patna hotels get a leg-up thanks to Bihar polls

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Business has picked up for both the big and the budget hotels after the announcement of elections in Bihar.
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Recording studios in Patna are abuzz again with Bollywood songs and popular Bhojpuri numbers which provide ready music to these artists to build on.(HT Photo)
Recording studios in Patna are abuzz again with Bollywood songs and popular Bhojpuri numbers which provide ready music to these artists to build on.(HT Photo)

Bihar elections: Recording studios are abuzz again, thanks to polls

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Recording studios in Patna remained idle this year because of lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions.
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Patna Museum is a century old and the redevelopment exercise will not alter the building.(HT Photo)
Patna Museum is a century old and the redevelopment exercise will not alter the building.(HT Photo)

New look Patna Museum to tell story of Patliputra’s rise on Ganga’s shores

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:08 PM IST
Patna Museum redevelopment plan has been set in motion and is expected to be ready in a couple of years time.
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Out of the 141 rescued children, 94 arrived in Gaya on Tuesday.(Representational Image)
Out of the 141 rescued children, 94 arrived in Gaya on Tuesday.(Representational Image)

Over 90 child labourers rescued from Rajasthan brought back to Bihar’s Gaya

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Earlier, 141 child labourers from Bihar were rescued by the anti-human trafficking squad of the Rajasthan government a couple of weeks ago. Some of these children were rescued from bangle and jewellery factories located in various districts of Rajasthan
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Lord Buddha is said to have found enlightenment while sitting under a Peepal tree at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya.(PTI Photo/File)
Lord Buddha is said to have found enlightenment while sitting under a Peepal tree at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya.(PTI Photo/File)

Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple to reopen from September 21 with restrictions

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 02:41 PM IST
The temple has remained closed for visitors for the better part of the last 6 months.
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It is for the Ravan Vadh event, planned at the Gandhi Maidan in the city, that the committee has sought permission from the government.(Representational Image)
It is for the Ravan Vadh event, planned at the Gandhi Maidan in the city, that the committee has sought permission from the government.(Representational Image)

Covid-19: Dussehra Committee plans virtual Ramleela in Patna; seeks govt nod for Ravan Vadh

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 11:48 AM IST
While only a limited number of people will be allowed at the event, in keeping with the social distancing norms, it will be streamed live on Facebook as well
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File photo: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(PTI)
File photo: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.(PTI)

Bihar Assembly Election: Half a dozen members of women commission in race for tickets

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 05:19 PM IST
All these members have been MLAs from various constituencies in the state. In fact, of the seven members in the existing team of the commission, six, including the chairperson, are former MLAs.
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The Ashokan Pillar at Lauria in West Champaran, Buddhist stupa at Kesaria in East Champaran district and the remains of the fort of the ancient ruler Raja Bali at Balirajgarh in Madhubani district have seen severe inundation due to heavy rains in Bihar.(HT Photos)
The Ashokan Pillar at Lauria in West Champaran, Buddhist stupa at Kesaria in East Champaran district and the remains of the fort of the ancient ruler Raja Bali at Balirajgarh in Madhubani district have seen severe inundation due to heavy rains in Bihar.(HT Photos)

Flood waters causing damage to heritage structures in Bihar

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 12:34 AM IST
HS Naik, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Patna circle, said plans are afoot to preserve these ancient monuments and historical sites.
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Migrant workers arriving in Patna from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in May.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Migrant workers arriving in Patna from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in May.(HT FILE PHOTO)

In Bihar, 14,000 migrants seek counselling to overcome lockdown blues

By Reena Sopam| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Tims, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Most of them were reported to have been suffering from depression, anxiety, apprehensions and sleeplessness.
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Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi wrote to Amit Shah to seek extension of free food grain scheme to the poor.(HT Photo/File/Representative use)
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi wrote to Amit Shah to seek extension of free food grain scheme to the poor.(HT Photo/File/Representative use)

Sushil Modi requests Amit Shah for extension of free food grain scheme for poor

By Reena Sopam | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 05:33 PM IST
Bihar deputy chief minister said the poor in the state required extended support with food grains to tide over the economic impact of crisis triggered by coronoavirus outbreak.
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Traffickers are said to looking for child workers for employers in different places.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Traffickers are said to looking for child workers for employers in different places.(HT FILE PHOTO)

RPF, UNICEF tie up in Bihar to save children from trafficking during Covid pandemic

By Reena Sopam| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, patna
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 07:43 PM IST
In an online orientation session held by UNICEF in Bihar, policemen are being apprised about how to identify children who are vulnerable to trafficking or other kinds of abuse and exploitation especially at railway platforms.
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The social stigma associated with coronavirus is proving to be a big challenge.(Satish Bate/HT Photo/Representative)
The social stigma associated with coronavirus is proving to be a big challenge.(Satish Bate/HT Photo/Representative)

Bihar Covid-19 survivor’s family speak of undeclared, unspoken social boycott

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 07:30 PM IST
The Bihar family says village elders should come forward to send a message that a coronavirus patient should not be stigmatised.
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The school authorities have been warned of strict action if they fail to comply with the order during the lockdown period.(HT file)
The school authorities have been warned of strict action if they fail to comply with the order during the lockdown period.(HT file)

Bihar govt: Don’t charge school fees for March, April

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 10:28 AM IST
Last week, the Patna district administration had also instructed all the private schools in the state capital not to force parents to pay fees for more than a month during the coronavirus lockdown period.
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People, wearing protective suits, offer funeral prayers for a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 6, 2020.(REUTERS/ Representative image)
People, wearing protective suits, offer funeral prayers for a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 6, 2020.(REUTERS/ Representative image)

A group that arranges for last rites amid lockdown

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2020 03:04 PM IST
Manish Kumar, a social worker in the group, said that even close relatives do not turn up at funerals, fearing risk of contacting coronavirus infection.
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After lockdown, students the worst sufferers in Patna, sustaining on Chura, Sattu

By Reena Sopam | Hindustan Times, Patna, Patna
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2020 09:30 AM IST
Though majority of such students, who were put up at private lodges and rented rooms, have already left, partly because of the pressure by the district administration and partly because of lodge owners wanting to vacate the rooms avoid spread of Covid-19, some continued to stay back and are now feeling the heat of the lockdown.
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