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Ruchir writes on health, aviation, power and myriad other issues. An ex-TOI, he has worked both on Desk and in reporting. He over 25 years of broadcast and print journalism experience in Assam, Jharkhand & Bihar.

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LS polls: Campaign ends, 8 seats in Bihar up for grabs in last lap

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ramkripal Yadav, R K Singh and Misa Bharti are among the key faces in the fray in the last phase

Polling staff collect election material from a centre in Patna for the last phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 30, 2024 09:35 PM IST

Bihar to explore imparting medical education in Hindi

The Bihar government has asked a three member team to submit its report by June 5.

Bihar government to explore imparting medical education in Hindi
Published on May 29, 2024 09:35 AM IST
By, Patna

Lok Sabha polls: Legacy, development aspirations key factors in Hajipur seat

In Hajipur, Gunjan Kumar seeks employment and leans towards RJD, while his father supports PM Modi.

Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pasupati Paras is the Hajipur MP, but the seat has now been given to LJP (RV) chief Chirag Paswan. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 01:15 AM IST

Chirag Paswan might face stiff opposition from RJD’s Shiv Chandra Ram

Chirag is a two-time MP from Jamui but is contesting the Hajipur seat for the first time, ignoring his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, who was the sitting MP

Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan (File Photo)
Published on May 18, 2024 12:56 AM IST

No cakewalk for Chirag in Hajipur amid silent Paras play

Hajipur is the headquarter town of Vaishali district. It is a Lok Sabha seat reserved for SCs. From 1977 to 2019, the seat was won eight times by Ram Vilas Paswan, who lost only twice, in 1984 and 2009.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chirag Paswan at his rally in Hajipur on May 13. (HT)
Published on May 17, 2024 09:18 PM IST
By, Patna

Worth 36 cr, Rohini richest candidate in Bihar in 5th phase

Rohini is married to Samresh Singh, a software engineer. The couple lived in Singapore before she decided to take the electoral plunge.

RJD candidate from Saran, Rohini Acharya, filed her nomination paper for Lok Sabha elections on April 29. (HT file)
Updated on May 12, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

Seven doctors in LS fray in Bihar on party tickets, IMA backs

Misa Bharti and Rohini Acharya, two daughters of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, are the most prominent candidates among the doctors in the fray in the state, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats.

Former union minister and sitting BJP MP from Patna Sahib constituency, Ravishankar Prasad, comes out after filing his nomination paper for Lok Sabha polls. To his left is Dr C P Thakur, one of the most eminent doctors of Bihar who also served as union health minister. (HT photo)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:53 PM IST
By, Patna

Losing deposit no bar for LS, assembly bids in Bihar

More than 80 per cent of candidates in Bihar have forfeited their security deposits in the last two parliamentary elections in the country as well as the assembly polls in the state.

Satyendra Baitha, an Independent candidate, rode a donkey to file his nomination for Gopalganj Lok Sabha seat recently.
Published on May 08, 2024 09:51 PM IST
By, Patna

LS polls: Bihar sees 60% turnout in five seats in 3rd phase

A presiding officer at a polling booth in Supaul and a Home Guard jawan in Araria district passed away on Tuesday, allegedly due to a heart attack.

At a polling booth in Khagaria on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Published on May 07, 2024 09:48 PM IST
By, Patna

Chirag, Rudy file nominations

In Saran, Rudy will be pitted against Lalu Prasad’s younger daughter Rohini Acharya, who is making her electoral debut. Chirag, who won from Jamui in 2014 and 2019, has returned to his father’s bastion of Hajipur.

BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy files his nomination for the Saran Lok Sabha seat on Thursday. (HT photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

LS polls: Bihar beats 1st phase turnout, but falls short of 2019 mark in 5 seats

The seats whose fate was sealed on Friday were Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnia in the Seemanchal region that has significant Muslim population, besides Bhagalpur and Banka.

Union minister Ashwini Choubey after casting his vote in Bhagalpur on Friday. The sitting BJP MP from Buxar has been denied ticket this time. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Patna

JD(U) aims to better 2019 tally in phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls

The BJP-led NDA, taking into account Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s secular image, gave the JD(U) all five seats to contest, given the fact that Seemanchal is a Muslim-dominated area

Votingwill take place from 7am to 6pm in all five parliamentary constituencies. (Janata Dal (United) | Official X account)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Bihar voters cold, officials blame heat

State recorded a provisional voting percentage of 48.23, a 5.24% dip from the previous 53.47% overall turnout in 2019 in the four seats — Aurangabad, Gaya (SC), Nawada and Jamui (SC) — that went to vote on Friday.

At a polling booth in Gaya on Friday. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 09:28 PM IST
By, Patna

4 of Bihar’s 40 Lok Sabha seats to go to polls in first phase

Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Jamui, Nawada, and Gaya between April 4 and 16, and Union minister Amit Shah in Aurangabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bihar’s Nawada. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 05:03 PM IST

CPI-ML LS poll manifesto bats for electoral reforms, return to paper ballot

The electoral reforms the CPI-ML suggested included putting a cap on the election expenditure of political parties, right to the electorate to recall elected representatives and automatic cancellation of their membership in case of defection

CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 06:33 PM IST

INDIA bloc slams BJP’s ‘lies’ at its rally in Bihar

Top opposition leaders of the INDIA alliance criticized the BJP in a rally in Patna, targeting Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for switching alliances.

Top leaders of the INDIA bloc at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 04:42 AM IST
By, Patna

INDIA bloc leaders sound poll bugle, give ‘oust BJP’ call in Bihar rally

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed Bihar the political nerve center of the country, and said whenever there was a transformation, it began from Bihar

INDIA bloc leaders join hands during the RJD's 'Jan Vishwas Maha Rally' at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 10:34 PM IST

Nitish meets Union health secretary, reiterates demand for AIIMS at Shobhan

Chandra, a civil engineer from IIT-Delhi, reached Darbhanga on Monday, where he inspected the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), a super speciality hospital

All Indian Medical Science (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 02:59 PM IST
By, Bishnu K Jha

Inflated hospital bills: AIIMS Patna lodges FIR against Delhi firm’s owner, staff

The AIIMS has since discontinued services of the firm after having entered into a three-year service contract with them on March 17, 2021

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 03:27 PM IST

Probe ordered after infant shifted by Bihar govt doctor to his nursing home dies

The infant’s family said the newborn, died soon after the baby was discharged from the private clinic on January 21 with Ambu bag support

A paediatrician at the district hospital allegedly colluded with some nursing staff and ASHA workers to force the discharge of the newborn from the hospital and get the infant to his private clinic. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 04:46 PM IST

Probe ordered after infant shifted by Bihar govt doctor to his nursing home dies

The family said the newborn, discharged from the private clinic with Ambu bag support, died immediately on removal of the ventilation support

A paediatrician at the district hospital allegedly colluded with some nursing staff and ASHA workers to force the discharge of the newborn from the hospital and get the infant to his private clinic. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 25, 2024 01:45 PM IST

Patna DM writes to chief secretary after edu dept objects schools’ closure order

KK Pathak, additional chief secretary of the education department, in a letter to divisional commissioners on January 20, had earlier asked officials to desist from closing government educational institutions, without prior permission of the department

Patna DM has ordered closure of schools due to severe cold (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 06:30 PM IST

Patna DM orders closure of schools till Thursday amid intense cold conditions

Patna shivered at a minimum temperature of 7.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, after recording the season’s lowest minimum of 5.1 degrees Celsius on Monday

Students attend school amid biting cold in Patna, Bihar on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 11:47 AM IST

Patna hospital 37 ‘muhurat deliveries’

However, government hospitals in Patna did not have any such elective deliveries to coincide with the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Devotees light earthen lamps in Patna to celebrate the consecration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2024 09:41 PM IST
By, Patna

IndiGo pilot refuses to fly after getting news of grandma’s death

The aircraft, with 162 passengers on board, had left the parking bay to prepare for take off when the first officer got the news about his grandmother’s demise.

IndiGo pilot refuses to fly after getting news of grandma’s death
Published on Jan 18, 2024 09:17 AM IST

Cold and fog: 9 flights cancelled; closure of Patna schools extended till Jan 20

The DM had earlier shut academic activities for four days from January 13 to 16, after deferring the school timings to 9am earlier this month.

School students in Patna on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Patna

AIIMS Patna terminates service of Delhi firm for inflating hospital bills

The decision comes four days after HT flagged the matter to AIIMS Patna through an e-mail on January 11, seeking an official reaction

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna. (File)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 02:55 PM IST

Bihar asks Centre to clear intent on constitutional shield for its new quota laws

Both the amendment bills on quota were passed by the state legislature during its winter session earlier this month.

Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and other ministers address a press conference in Patna on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 09:16 PM IST
By, Patna

Yadav, Muslim numbers inflated in Bihar caste survey, says Amit Shah

Addressing a rally in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Shah said that decision to hold caste survey in the state was taken when the JD(U) was a part of the NDA.

Bihar caste survey is an “illusion,” says Union home minister Amit Shah. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 01:29 AM IST

Nitish recalls RJD’s ‘darker times’ to highlight ‘shining’ Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar compared the power situation in the state before he took office in 2005 to highlight improvements made under his leadership. Kumar also called on the power firm to complete installation of smart prepaid meters and promote solar power. This is not the first time Kumar has criticized the previous RJD rule in Bihar.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar speaks at the function to mark the 11th foundation day of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited, in Patna on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Patna
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