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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.

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LS polls: Few women in fray in Bihar

Bihar's upcoming parliamentary elections lack female representation. Out of 80 key candidates, only a few are women. Parties field mostly male candidates.

Ritu Jaiswal, who hit the headlines as mukhiya of Raj Singhwahini panchayat in Sonbarsa block of Sitamarhi district, is tipped to be the RJD candidate from Sitamarhi Lok Sabha seat. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 09:38 PM IST
By, Patna

Women’s candidacy in coming Lok Sabha polls marginal in Bihar

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which portrays itself as the champion of women’s rights, has not fielded a single woman candidate from any Lok Sabha seat in Bihar

BJP has not fielded a single woman candidate in Bihar for the coming Lok Sabha polls (Representative Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 01:01 PM IST

Why Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh declined the BJP ticket in West Bengal

BJP leaders familiar with the matter said that Singh’s withdrawal had to do with the party’s clear stand over the Sandeshkhali incident.

Pawan Singh, the Bihar-born Bhojpuri singer-turned-actor
Published on Mar 07, 2024 05:49 PM IST

Demands made for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Maner Khanquah and Dargah

The Maner Khanquah is known for its rich library. Among manuscript collections, the library has a copy of the manuscript of 'Padmavat' by Malik Muhammad Jayasi

The tomb of Shah Daulat, also known as the Chotti Dargah(Drcoolnehal/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 05:17 PM IST

Two cemeteries in Patna, shut for 100 years, to reopen

Following demands made by the Christian community, which cited shortage of space for such rituals, the local administration, after a spot survey of the sites, issued no-objection certificates on December 15.

The cemetery at Sabzi Bagh. (HT)
Published on Dec 16, 2023 09:00 PM IST
By, Patna

ASI to start excavation at Rajgir’s Qila Maidan from Dec 15

Exercise is to unearth the human settlements and structures from the time of ancient Magadh rulers Bimbisar and Ajatshatru.

CM Nitish Kumar in Rajgir. (HT file)
Updated on Dec 08, 2023 09:45 PM IST
By, Patna

After Rajgir and Gaya, Ganga water set to reach Nawada

The project is a a part of the Nitish Kumar government’s ambitious Ganga Water Lift Scheme (GWLS), conceived under “Jal Jivan Haryali Abhiyaan” to supply clean and safe drinking water to the water deficient places like Rajgir (Nalanda), Gaya and Nawada through pipelines from Hathidah at Mokama in Patna district.

Ganga water treatment plant was inaugurated in Gaya in November last year. (PTI)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 09:06 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to check Ganga water quality before and after idol immersion during Dussehra

The Bihar pollution control board has directed the Puja organisers to perform immersion in the artificial ponds and to remove decoration items and synthetic materials before idol immersion

Traditionally, the idols of Godess Durga are immersed in the river on Bijaya Dashami after the nine days of Navaratra celebrations. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 01:39 PM IST

Draft bye-laws released for three monuments in Bihar

The three centrally protected sites and monuments are “Vapiyaka cave” and “Vada Thika cave” (Nagarjuni hill, Jehanabad), “Buddhist Stupa” (Kesariya, East Champaran) and “excavated remains of the stupa on 18 plots in two villages Harpur Basant and Chakramdas” (Vaishali).

Remains of a stupa found at Ghosikund mound of Lakhisarai district of Bihar. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 09:34 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Efforts on to reintroduce rhinos in Valmiki Tiger Reserve

The process of the reintroduction of rhinos in VTR will start on the basis of recommendations of the task force, Bihar’s chief wildlife warden PK Gupta said

One-horned rhinoceros. (AP Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 01:12 PM IST

VTR records 75% jump in tiger count, has 54 now

Bihar's Valmiki Tiger Reserve has seen a 75% increase in tiger count, from 31 in 2018 to 54 in 2022, and has been declared "very good" by the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The reserve is the only one in Bihar and is located in West Champaran district. The increase in tiger population is seen as an indicator of the health of the forests. The NTCA report also praised the reserve for its management of human-animal conflicts and efforts to stop poaching and wildlife trafficking.

Valmiki Tiger Reserve. (HT file)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 09:22 PM IST
By, Patna

New chief of Bihar State Women Commission, 5 other members take charge

The commission had been defunct since October 2020, when the three-year term of its members and the chairperson ended, till it was reconstituted earlier this week.

Ashwamedh Devi takes charge as chairperson of Bihar State Women Commission along with new members. (Santosh Kumar/ht)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 09:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Valmiki Tiger Reserve on alert to stop poaching amid influx of nomads

A strict vigil is being maintained on poachers who try to enter the forests during the monsoon season in the garb of Kanwariyas or nomadic people (banjaras)

For representaional purposes only. (Alexina Correya/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 01:20 PM IST

Over 205 species of birds found in Bihar, reveals census

The list of bird species recorded during the counting includes water birds, wetland dependent birds and land birds

In comparison to 2022 census, only 202 species of birds were found in the state. (File PTI image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 10:06 AM IST

Mufti seeks preservation of tomb of Kashmir’s last indigenous king in Bihar

Kashmir’s last indigenous king Yousuf Shah Chak died in Bihar years after Mughal emperor Akbar exiled him after invading his kingdom in the 16th century

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Over three dozen rivers in Bihar dry up due to prolonged heatwave: Officials

Officials say these rivers have turned shallow and narrow because of siltation and encroachments with structures can be witnessed over the land in the river bed

Water level is falling in some other rivers in the state (Representative/File Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 03:16 PM IST

British-era Patna Museum to be closed from June 1 for renovation

The Patna Museum is the oldest museum in Bihar, which was originally planned by the British-era officials who intended to preserve the antiques and artifacts found scattered in several areas in and around Patna

Patna Museum. (File)
Updated on May 28, 2023 04:26 PM IST

Bihar to conserve over one crore historical paper documents at State Archives

These files and folio contain Mughal age Firmaans and the land records, including that of Raja Todarmal, one among the Navaratnas of Emperor Akbar, the confidential reports, letters and correspondence and notifications issued during the Colonial era

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Shooters kill 13 blue bulls in Madhepura on farmers’ request

Professional shooters from Hyderabad killed 13 blue bulls at Sahugarh panchayat of Madhepura district in Bihar on Wednesday on the request of farmers and will continue the operations after a break of few days, forest officials familiar with the matter said

A blue bull shot dead at Sahugarh panchayat of Madhepura district in Bihar. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 10:11 PM IST
By, Patna

Rajgir forest fire under control: Officials

A fire in the forests atop Vyohargiri hills in Bihar was brought under control on Tuesday by a team of firefighters and forest guards. The district administration is monitoring the area with drone cameras and has appealed to locals to report any incidents of fire or smoke. The forests are a source of rare herbal plants and trees and have a good population of wildlife. The cause of the fire is suspected to be visitors leaving behind burning match sticks. The situation is now under control.

Strict monitoring of the forests atop the Vyohargiri hills is also being conducted by drone cameras, district administration officials said. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 11:15 PM IST

Bihar forest dept mulls to turn Munger forests into a wildlife sanctuary: Official

The Munger divisional forest officer also said that a Jungle Safari will be developed here to draw attention of the nature and wildlife lovers

Animals like deer, bear and hyena can be easily spotted in Munger forests in Bihar. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 04:56 PM IST

Hanuman idol freed from ‘police custody’ after 29 years, returned to temple

The Ashtadhaatu (made of eight metals) idol had been lying at malkhana (a designated place to store items seized by police during investigation) of Krishnagarh police station in Barhara block of Bhojpur district since 1994.

The two idols, one of them of Lord Hanuman, in Ara on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 09:51 PM IST
By, Patna

Nalanda not to host G-20 meet as city lacks airport, tourism infra: Minister

Union minister of culture and tourism, G Kishan Redyy, said that special arrangements will be made for the delegates if they are interested in visiting Nalanda

Nalanda has been the land of knowledge and learning and has been known mainly for the ancient Nalanda University. (Getty images)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 12:59 PM IST

Two days on, no clue of missing NMC doctor

According to police, the doctor, Sanjay Kumar, head of the pharmacology department at the institute, was on his way to inspect the college on Wednesday night when he allegedly went missing.

Dr Sanjay Kumar (right) with his wife Saloni Kumari. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 10:08 PM IST
ByMukesh Kumar Mishra and Reena Sopam

Mercury rising, Bihar farmers fear for their mango, litchi crops 

In the past week, the average maximum temperature in Bihar was three to four degrees above normal and the surge in temperature is being recorded at a time when litchi and mango trees are in bloom.

Bihar ranks fourth among mango-producing states in the country, as per the ministry of agriculture, while it is top in litchi production. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2023 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Bangles from liquor bottles — Patna factory makes a spirited start

Chief minister Nitish Kumar had launched the Sabalpur Jeevika Chudi Nirman Kendra through video conferencing in November 2022.

The factory at Sabalpur became operational on February 17. (HT)
Published on Feb 18, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Patna

Provisions of POCSO Act in focus for school kids in Bihar, reveals BSCRPC survey

The survey also focussed to ensure children were made aware of the rights they have under the POCSO Act and the process to report such incidents

The survey was conducted in different schools spread over 38 districts of the state. (HT file picture)
Updated on Feb 17, 2023 11:08 AM IST

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)
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)
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)
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 09:42 PM IST
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