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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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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

Bihar to relinquish 832 MW power from NTPC, allays fears of shortage

BSPHCL, in an email to the NTPC, has said it was exiting from the over 25-year-old bulk power supply agreement from two units of Farakka and one unit of the Kahalgaon super thermal power plants.

The NTPC power plant at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district of Bihar. (HT file)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 09:34 PM IST
By, Patna

DoT flags 865 pending telcom tower proposals with Bihar govt

Bihar has the lowest tele-density of 55.81% nationally, as against the national tele-density of 84.43%.

A mobile communications tower. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Fight against filaria: Adverse events, refusal to take drug hampers drive in Bihar

All 38 districts of Bihar, which was endemic to lymphatic filariasis, reported 1.25 lakh cases of lymphedema (swelling of limbs) and hydrocele (swelling in the scrotum) in 2020-21.

A medical camp for mass distribution of anti-filarial drugs. (HT archive)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Patna

Will suspend 10 students for ragging, says Patna medical college principal

Patna Medical College Hospital principal Dr Vidya Pati Choudhary said the decision to suspend the students for 10 days was taken at a meeting of heads of depts

PMCH principal said they will ask guardians of students found guilty of ragging and ask them to caution their wards. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 04:41 PM IST

Bihar chief secy suffers brain stroke, in ICU

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visited the Paras-HMRI hospital in Patna to check on chief secretary Amir Subhani, who suffered a brain stroke after a fall.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visits chief secretary Amir Suhani at Paras hospital in Patna on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar chief secretary admitted due to brain stroke, CM Nitish Kumar pays visit

Amir Subhani was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the neurosurgery department of the Paras-HMRI Hospital late Thursday evening due to a minor brain haemorrhage

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visited the Paras-HMRI hospital on Friday (Agency Photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 08:23 PM IST

Biometric attendance soon to be must for Bihar medical students: Officials

The Bihar University of Health Sciences has also initiated steps to set up an integrated command control centre at the university office in Patna to monitor online and through CCTV all academic activities across the 14 medical colleges under it

BUHS is going to make 80% attendance mandatory for the medical students in Bihar. (Representative Image/Imagesbazaar)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 04:54 PM IST

Patna DM down with dengue; CM holds meeting as cases rise

Number of dengue cases in the state has risen to 295, with Bhagalpur reporting the maximum number of cases (105), followed by Patna at 102.

CM Nitish Kumar visited Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh at the hospital on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 10:19 PM IST
By, Patna

AIIMS-Patna to buys drones to supply drugs, vaccines, anti-snake venom

AIIMS-Patna executive director (ED) Dr Gopal Krushna Pal said the drone service is expected to begin early next year

AIIMS-Patna executive director (ED) Dr Gopal Krushna Pal said two medium-sized drones will be bought initially as part of the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15 crore project (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 04:30 PM IST

No end in sight for Bihar’s AIIMS row

PM Modi's claim of a new AIIMS in Darbhanga sparked controversy as the state government and Union health minister traded blame over the delay in construction

Land earmarked for the construction of AIIMS Darbhanga has been caught in an eight-year battle between the state and Centre. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:42 PM IST
ByBishnu K Jha, , Darbhanga/patna

Docs sore over NMC decision to curtail 3 depts from essential list at medical colleges

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has removed three departments from the list of essential departments for medical colleges, causing tension with doctors. The departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation, respiratory medicine, and emergency medicine were removed, sparking criticism from experts in those fields. The NMC has also faced backlash for other recent decisions, including banning doctors from attending seminars sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and making it mandatory for them to prescribe generic drugs.

HT Image
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 10:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi writes to Mandaviya again to reconsider decision on AIIMS Darbhanga site

The Bihar government requested the Centre to reconsider its decision for granting expeditious approval to the alternate site proposed by the state

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 02:05 PM IST

Bihar restoring to power-shedding despite surplus, says Union power minister

Union power minister RK Singh said Bihar was among the three states in India that was still resorting to power-shedding, despite India having turned from a power-deficit to a power-surplus country over the last nine years.

Union power minister RK Singh asked the Bihar government to explain why it was still resorting to power-shedding (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

Inside the survey to enumerate India’s oldest fault line

Once the operative part of the exercise got off the ground, it became clear that enumerating 29 million households was no easy task

The Patna high court suspended the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 crore caste survey exercise for close to three months, before dismissing all objections on August 1. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 02:35 AM IST
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