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

BSCRPC to recommend action against exploiting minor girls for shows, processions

The Bihar State Child Rights Protection Commission (BSCRPC) said it had particularly noticed several reports of exploitation of young girls during weddings in and around the state Capital Patna

BSCRPC chairperson Pramila Kumari said it is important to ensure school-going children are within the campus during school time. (File Photo/Twitter)
BSCRPC chairperson Pramila Kumari said it is important to ensure school-going children are within the campus during school time. (File Photo/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 01:36 PM IST

Enrollment of differently-abled children increased in Bihar govt schools: Report

The BEPC report mentioned that among the districts, Gaya witnessed the highest number of enrollment of children with special needs. 8,311 special children in Gaya district joined schools under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, while in Patna, 7,820 such children were enrolled, according to the report

The survey was conducted in September last year in all 38 districts of Bihar (Representative Photo)
The survey was conducted in September last year in all 38 districts of Bihar (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 01:35 PM IST

Bihar Museum to remain open for visitors till 7 pm from Jan 15

Apart from extending the closing hours, the museum authorities have also planned to offer rebates on the entry tickets to those who will be visiting the museum after 5 pm.

Visitors during a photo exhibition at Bihar Museum in Patna. (HT Photo)
Visitors during a photo exhibition at Bihar Museum in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 09:42 PM IST

Bihar’s first river cruise to resume trips in Ganga after seven years

Launched by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) in 2009, the river cruise had evoked a good response but was grounded due to security concerns in 2016-17 after the vessel developed some technical faults. Even a state cabinet meeting was held on the ship before it was grounded.

MV Gangavihar docked at Gandhi Ghat in Patna. (HT photo)
MV Gangavihar docked at Gandhi Ghat in Patna. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Dalai Lama hails India’s moral value, says proud to be a part

“It will be a global centre which will encourage research work and other activities to revive the rich knowledge available in this land,” said the Buddhist leader.

Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama during the foundation stone laying Ceremony of Dalai Lama Centre for Tibetan & Indian Ancient Wisdom, in Gaya on Tuesday. (ANI)
Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama during the foundation stone laying Ceremony of Dalai Lama Centre for Tibetan & Indian Ancient Wisdom, in Gaya on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 11:47 PM IST
By, Patna

India has great moral value, proud being here: Dalai Lama

Speaking on the occasion, Dalai Lama said that since ancient times, India has not just believed in peace, but has practised non-violence and encouraged harmony

Dalai Lama on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the ‘Dalai Lama Centre for Tibetans’ and ‘Indian Ancient Wisdom’ at Bodh Gaya (ANI Photo)
Dalai Lama on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the ‘Dalai Lama Centre for Tibetans’ and ‘Indian Ancient Wisdom’ at Bodh Gaya (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 07:42 PM IST

Liquor bottles recovered from Mahabodhi temple premises in Bodh Gaya

According to police, some of the bottles were found in bushes in an area close to the barrack and mess of police personnel deployed there while a few of them were allegedly recovered from a bag belonging to a policeman.

Liquor bottle at Mahabodhi temple premises in Gaya on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Liquor bottle at Mahabodhi temple premises in Gaya on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 10:44 PM IST

Liquor bottles recovered at Bodh Gaya temple premises: Police

According to police officials, some “unwanted things” might be getting inside the temple premises along with the materials supplied for the cops deployed within the temple campus

Bihar has been a dry state since 2016 and for this step chief minister Nitish Kumar has been hailed especially by the women in the state (Representative Image)
Bihar has been a dry state since 2016 and for this step chief minister Nitish Kumar has been hailed especially by the women in the state (Representative Image)
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 07:22 PM IST

Bihar Museum signs pact wih Centre to set up conservation lab

Lily Pandeya, director general of National Museum and vice chancellor of National Museum Institute, said the Bihar Museum was well-known for its rich collection but it also has the responsibility for conservation of these materials

The agreement was signed by Bihar Museum director general Anjani Kumar Singh and Lily Pandeya, joint secretary of the Union culture ministry (Twitter/NMIHACM)
The agreement was signed by Bihar Museum director general Anjani Kumar Singh and Lily Pandeya, joint secretary of the Union culture ministry (Twitter/NMIHACM)
Published on Dec 13, 2022 08:36 AM IST

ASI preps for G20 group’s March visit, asks Nalanda admin to clear encroachments

Goutami Bhattacharya said meetings of the G20 engagement groups were scheduled in Patna and some other locations of Bihar on March 6 and 7 next year

The G20 engagement group is expected to visit the Nalanda University at Nalanda and Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya during their visit to the state (File Photo)
The G20 engagement group is expected to visit the Nalanda University at Nalanda and Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya during their visit to the state (File Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 10:00 AM IST

Bihar: Tourism sector continues to struggle as state reels under pandemic shadow

This development comes in wake of the poorly attended state festivals in order to boost tourism and woo tourists from the country and abroad

Officials claims tourism are still not confident and remain affected by the impact of Covid pandemic. (HT file photo)
Officials claims tourism are still not confident and remain affected by the impact of Covid pandemic. (HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Goa film fest: Bihar draws attention as filmmaking destination

Some of the filmmakers interested in doing films in the state include producer-director Kabir Khan of the Kabul Express and Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame, actor and producer Sanjay Suri of the Jhankar Beats fame, and actor Pankaj Tripathi, who hails from Bihar, officials said.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who hails from Bihar, is felicitated by Bandana Preyashi, secretary at the state’s culture department, at the 53rd International Film Festival of India in Goa on Thursday. (ANI)
Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who hails from Bihar, is felicitated by Bandana Preyashi, secretary at the state’s culture department, at the 53rd International Film Festival of India in Goa on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 09:33 PM IST
By, Patna

Kin of Bhojpuri singer fear foul play after body found in Patna flat

His body was recovered from the bathroom of this flat and his feet was found tied with the legs of a chair while his head was deep down in a bucket full of water. A suicide note was also recovered from the spot.

Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Brajkishore Dubey. (HT Photo)
Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Brajkishore Dubey. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2022 10:54 PM IST
By, Patna

DNA profiling of elephants at Sonepur fair to enforce ban on sale

Elephant owners have been informed that the jumbos will be allowed entry only after the DNA profiling at the stall of forest department, the DFO said, adding that elephants are, though, allowed at the venue for rituals.

The event, held annually at Sonepur in Saran district, is said to be the largest cattle fair in India. (HT Archives)
The event, held annually at Sonepur in Saran district, is said to be the largest cattle fair in India. (HT Archives)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 09:47 PM IST
By, Patna

DNA profiling of elephants at Patna’s Sonepur fair to stop illegal transactions

The DNA profiling is a method to differentiate between individuals of the same species using samples of their Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

According to reports, elephants were sold and purchased at the mela despite the ban. (File image)
According to reports, elephants were sold and purchased at the mela despite the ban. (File image)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 10:40 AM IST

Five inmates flee juvenile home in Kishanganj, one caught

The juvenile home was started in April this year and houses 42 inmates found in conflict with law, including those serving their sentences and undergoing trial.

A representative picture of a juvenile home. (HT FILE)
A representative picture of a juvenile home. (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 29, 2022 09:15 PM IST
By, Patna

Swiss cottages on offer with discount at Sonepur fair this time

Earlier, the BSTDC used to offer only online bookings for these cottages. This time, the corporation has opted for offline bookings and involved private players involved in the booking process by asking them to sell these cottages along with their tour packages. BSTDC is also offering a 10% discount on bookings.

Swiss cottages at Sonepur fair venue in 2018. (HT FILE)
Swiss cottages at Sonepur fair venue in 2018. (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 28, 2022 09:38 PM IST
By, Patna

Nalanda University masterplan sent to ASI for world heritage status review

A meeting of the UNESCO WHS to review the maintenance and condition of the monuments and heritage sites across the world, is expected in the first week of December this year

The encroachments at the entrance of the site have for decades remained a big issue. (HT file photo)
The encroachments at the entrance of the site have for decades remained a big issue. (HT file photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2022 02:53 PM IST

Art Day: Over 100 artworks on display in Bihar’s BLKA gallery

The Bihar Lalit Kala Akademi (BLKA) put on display 105 sculptures and paintings from its collections at the BLKA art gallery in the city on Tuesday

The exhibition was also planned to provide art lovers an opportunity to watch art works by the senior artists. (Twitter | Department of Art, Culture & Youth, Govt of Bihar)
The exhibition was also planned to provide art lovers an opportunity to watch art works by the senior artists. (Twitter | Department of Art, Culture & Youth, Govt of Bihar)
Updated on Oct 19, 2022 08:32 AM IST

Tiger linked to 9 deaths shot dead by authorities in Bihar

The forest department, however, has not provided any conclusive evidence to prove the tiger was responsible for all nine deaths, which had led to protests by villagers living near the reserve, seeking killing of the big cat to end the fear.

The tiger, which was being searched for the past 27 days, has been killed, said VTR’s wildlife conservator and field director Neshamani K. (Agencies)
The tiger, which was being searched for the past 27 days, has been killed, said VTR’s wildlife conservator and field director Neshamani K. (Agencies)
Updated on Oct 09, 2022 04:51 AM IST
By, , Patna/bettiah

‘Maneater’ tiger shot dead in Bihar’s VTR after 27-day hunt

The big cat, blamed for six human deaths in the area within a month, killed two more people in the morning on Saturday, hours before it was shot dead.

The tiger was killed on Saturday after 27 days of hunt. (HT photo)
The tiger was killed on Saturday after 27 days of hunt. (HT photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2022 09:39 PM IST
BySandeep Bhaskar and Reena Sopam, Bettiah

After row, Bihar IAS officer issues apology for her ‘condom’ remark

CM Nitish Kumar, when pressed for a response, said, “I have ordered an inquiry into the issue about which I learnt through newspapers. We are committed to providing all assistance to the women in the state. If the IAS officer’s behaviour is found to be against that spirit, action will be taken.”

The workshop where the IAS officer made the comment was, in fact, an awareness programme, “Sashakt Beti, Samriddha Bihar”. (Agencies)
The workshop where the IAS officer made the comment was, in fact, an awareness programme, “Sashakt Beti, Samriddha Bihar”. (Agencies)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:12 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar IAS officer regrets condom barb after minister fact-checks her, NCW notice

Back in 2015, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a scheme for distribution of free sanitary pads in government schools. But its implementation has been patchy

Harjot Kaur Bhamra, the IAS officer who rebuked a girl for seeking free sanitary pads, is a 1992 batch officer and heads Bihar’s women development corporation (Photo courtesy: wdc.bih.nic.in)
Harjot Kaur Bhamra, the IAS officer who rebuked a girl for seeking free sanitary pads, is a 1992 batch officer and heads Bihar’s women development corporation (Photo courtesy: wdc.bih.nic.in)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 08:25 PM IST

HC stays demolition of Patna’s historic Sultan Palace

In June this year, the Nitish Kumar cabinet had given its nod to build three five-star hotels in Patna, including one on the site where the Sultan Palace currently stands on Beer Chand Patel Road. The government had then said that the structure would be razed to make way for a high-rise hotel.

The historic Sultan Palace in Patna was built in 1922. (PTI)
The historic Sultan Palace in Patna was built in 1922. (PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 10:07 PM IST
ByReena Sopam and PTI, Patna

Foundation stones laid for Hiuen Tsang museum at Nalanda

The Hiuen Tsang museum will showcase relics of the Chinese traveller who taught for years at the ancient Nalanda University

The Hiuen Tsang museum at Nalanda along with a memorial was originally planned in the 1950s. (HT File Photo)
The Hiuen Tsang museum at Nalanda along with a memorial was originally planned in the 1950s. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2022 03:56 PM IST

Patna care home superintendent held for allowing ‘sexual exploitation’ of girls

The superintendent of Gai Ghaat remand home was questioned for hours on Saturday at the women’s police station in Bihar’s Capital, Patna. She was produced before the court and was later sent to judicial custody

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Bihar police had been investigating the exploitation of girls at the Gai Ghat remand home in Bihar for the last six months. (Representative Image)
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Bihar police had been investigating the exploitation of girls at the Gai Ghat remand home in Bihar for the last six months. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 28, 2022 05:42 PM IST

BJP fumes over Muslim minister’s visit to Gaya temple along with Nitish Kumar

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had on Monday offered prayers at the famous Vishnupad temple in Gaya, where he was accompanied by Mohammad Israil Mansuri, a cabinet colleague from his new ally RJD.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Vishnupad Temple in Gaya on Monday. (ANI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar at Vishnupad Temple in Gaya on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2022 05:17 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Patna

BJP asks Nitish to apologise for visiting temple with Muslim minister

BJP’s state chief Sanjay Jaiswal demanded a public apology from Kumar and said if the chief minister refuses to apologise, he would face protests

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2022 05:00 PM IST

3 women among 31 ministers inducted into Bihar’s new council of ministers

Sheela Mandal and Leshi Singh of Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) were part of the previous government as well

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with new Cabinet ministers. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with new Cabinet ministers. (PTI)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 09:14 AM IST

UNESCO tag for British-era astronomical lab turns focus on Aryabhata trail in Bihar

Taregana, a name derived from Sanskrit words Tarak Ganana (counting of stars), drew worldwide attention in July 2009 it when the US space agency NASA declared it the most suitable site to witness the total solar eclipse which occurred that year.

Taregana Top, some 30 kms south of Patna, is believed to be the site where Aryabhata set up his astronomical observatory more than 2000 years ago. (HT Photo)
Taregana Top, some 30 kms south of Patna, is believed to be the site where Aryabhata set up his astronomical observatory more than 2000 years ago. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna
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