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 conducts statewide waterbird census across 58 wetlands

Rare varieties of birds such as the falcated duck from Siberia, red crested pochard from Mongolia and long-legged buzzard from Africa were spotted during the survey

This is the first time a waterbird survey is being done by Bihar’s forest department. (HT/ Representational photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 11:01 AM IST

Rajgir zoo safari opens for public, Nitish says one of its kind in eastern India

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated the zoo safari at Rajgir in Nalanda district and said it was one of its kind in the eastern part of the country.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during the zoo safari at Rajgir on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Childline number 1098 to be displayed on school buses, walls to stop trafficking

The transport department will be asked to get the Childline number painted on all the school buses while the district education officers will be directed to ensure that this emergency number is displayed on the walls of all the government and private schools, said Patna district magistrate.

The Childline number will be put on display in bold letters on the walls of all the government and the private schools, said the district magistrate, Patna.
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 02:50 PM IST

Patna shelter home case: Woman in ‘viral video’ too files FIR

A second police case was filed against the shelter home for women based at Gaighat in Bihar’s capital Patna on the complaint of a former inmate on Thursday, a day after another former inmate lodged an FIR alleging maltreatment at the facility, a lawyer and activist associated with the case said.

In her complaint, the woman alleged that the superintendent of Gaighat shelter home behaved rudely with inmates, who were also sexually exploited, said Kishori Sahchari, inspector at the woman police station. (Picture for representation)
Published on Feb 10, 2022 09:38 PM IST
By, Patna

36.86 cr approved by tourism ministry for facelift of Sita’s birthplace in Bihar: Sushil Modi

The union ministry of tourism has included Punaura, the birthplace of Sita in Sitamarhi district of Bihar, in its revised list of sites identified for the development under its PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spirituality Augmentation Drive) scheme and has approved ₹36.86 crore for its development and beautification.

Punaura village, the birthplace of Sita in Sitamarhi. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Starved of funds, trust set up to promote Gandhian thought is dying

Bihar State Gandhi Smarak Nidhi is a part of the National Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, a public charitable trust set up after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948. It’s supposed to run on donations, which dried up 40 years ago.

Bihar State Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in Patna. (HT)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Patna has five original copies of Constitution in three libraries, one put on display

The Gandhi Sangrahalaya in Bihar’s capital Patna has put on display one of the original 1,000 copies of the Indian Constitution, which was gifted to it in 2017 by former Governor of Tripura, professor Sidheshwar Prasad, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nalanda in the first parliamentary elections in 1952, the museum’s joint director Asif said.

The Gandhi Sangrahalya in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2022 10:15 PM IST
By, Patna

6th year into prohibition, Bihar begins a social audit of liquor ban impact

Nearly six years since total prohibition was imposed in Bihar, the state’s excise and prohibition department has initiated an exercise to conduct a social audit of the impact of liquor ban on the lives of women and people in general and has assigned the job to Chanakya Law University (CLU) in Patna, officials familiar with the matter said.

A JCB machine crushes liquor bottles in Patna . (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 09:12 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar State Archives to release documents related to anti-colonial resistance

The documents include the records related to the arrest of freedom fighter Birsa Munda in 1895 and the Tana Bhagat movement

HT Image
Published on Jan 19, 2022 10:05 AM IST

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)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 09:18 AM IST

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)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 02:48 PM IST

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)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 11:31 AM IST

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 (
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 04:37 PM IST

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)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 04:12 PM IST

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)
Updated on Dec 05, 2021 07:41 PM IST

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)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 11:39 AM IST

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)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 04:29 PM IST

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)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 11:55 AM IST

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)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 10:04 AM IST

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)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 04:43 PM IST

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)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 09:12 PM IST
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. (
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:14 PM IST

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)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 09:24 PM IST
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)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 10:56 AM IST

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)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 09:11 AM IST

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)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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)
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 03:55 PM IST

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)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 10:11 PM IST
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)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 09:20 PM IST
By, Patna
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