Ruchir Kumar

Ruchir Kumar

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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The Bengaluru-Patna-Bengaluru Vistara flight (UK 717) had left Bengaluru on schedule at 8.30 am, but landed in Patna around 11.30am, after a delay of half an hour because of poor visibility in the morning. (TWITTER) (Image used for representation).(Twitter/travelobiz)
The Bengaluru-Patna-Bengaluru Vistara flight (UK 717) had left Bengaluru on schedule at 8.30 am, but landed in Patna around 11.30am, after a delay of half an hour because of poor visibility in the morning. (TWITTER) (Image used for representation).(Twitter/travelobiz)

Vistara flight bird hit before landing in Patna, all passengers safe

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:24 PM IST
  • The aircraft, which developed a technical fault, was delayed by over six hours on its return. All 151 outgoing passengers to Bengaluru were stranded at the airport because of the delay.
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That beneficiary names are missing from the portal was detected after the government on Tuesday tweaked the CoWIN app to allow on-the-spot administration of shots to those already enrolled for vaccination on the portal. (ANI PHOTO) (Image used for representation).(ANI)
That beneficiary names are missing from the portal was detected after the government on Tuesday tweaked the CoWIN app to allow on-the-spot administration of shots to those already enrolled for vaccination on the portal. (ANI PHOTO) (Image used for representation).(ANI)

Duplication, missing names of health workers on CoWIN add to concerns in Bihar

By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:29 PM IST
  • The Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) claimed there was duplication in names of its HCWs generated through the portal on Thursday.
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Many session sites saw an upswing in the number of vaccinations which boosted the overall percentage.(ANI)
Many session sites saw an upswing in the number of vaccinations which boosted the overall percentage.(ANI)

Vaccination percentage rises in Bihar after govt allows on-the-spot shots

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:08 PM IST
  • The government has allowed on-the-spot administration of the vaccine from among the beneficiaries already enrolled on the Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) portal, if those listed at a vaccination centre for the day did not turn up.
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Health workers wait at PMCH ahead of the Covid -19 vaccination drive, in Patna on January 16.(ANI)
Health workers wait at PMCH ahead of the Covid -19 vaccination drive, in Patna on January 16.(ANI)

Names of 800 healthcare workers go missing from Co-WIN portal in Bihar

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:38 PM IST
  • The NMCH administration claimed it had sent the list of nearly 800 health care workers and 1,400 hospital staff to Patna civil surgeon last December, but names of those from the in medical college were missing from the Co-Win portal
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The NTPC said there was no reason for the protesting villagers to hold the company's staff at ransom. (NTPC Website)
The NTPC said there was no reason for the protesting villagers to hold the company's staff at ransom. (NTPC Website)

Bihar power plant mulls temporary closure after staff held hostage by villagers

By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:25 PM IST
  • Bihar would be deprived of 150 MW power if the NTPC were to shut down its BTPS plant.
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A medic administers the dose of Covishield vaccine to senior doctor of IGIMS hospital, in Patna on Monday. (ANI)
A medic administers the dose of Covishield vaccine to senior doctor of IGIMS hospital, in Patna on Monday. (ANI)

Glitches in Co-WIN portal leads to drop in Covid vaccination percentage in Bihar

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:44 PM IST
  • Vaccination officers complained that the Co-WIN portal was slow in responding that made uploading information on it time consuming and tedious.
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If all goes well, a month from now, the country could well have more people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine than any other country.(AFP)
If all goes well, a month from now, the country could well have more people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine than any other country.(AFP)

62% turnout on day 1 of vaccination drive in Bihar, tepid response to Covaxin

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:46 PM IST
  • As many as 18,122 beneficiaries out of a target of 29,240 across 301 session sites got the first dose of the vaccine in Bihar on Saturday.
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Ram Babu, a sanitary attendant at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, IGIMS, displaying the certificate he received after taking the first shot of vaccine against coronavirus, in Patna on Saturday.(HT photo)
Ram Babu, a sanitary attendant at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, IGIMS, displaying the certificate he received after taking the first shot of vaccine against coronavirus, in Patna on Saturday.(HT photo)

'Don’t fear, it’s safe,' says sanitary staff who gets first vaccine jab in Bihar

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:32 PM IST
  • 35-year-old Babu was the first to receive the jab among 4.64 lakh healthcare workers in Bihar on Saturday.
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A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin, a government-backed experimental Covid-19 vaccine.(Reuters )
A medic fills a syringe with Covaxin, a government-backed experimental Covid-19 vaccine.(Reuters )

Sanitation worker, driver to be first in Bihar to get Covid-19 vaccine

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:37 PM IST
  • Amit Kumar, an ambulance driver at the IGIMS, would be the second to be vaccinated.
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A medical refrigerator van carries Covid-19 vaccine that arrived at Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on January 12. (ANI)
A medical refrigerator van carries Covid-19 vaccine that arrived at Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on January 12. (ANI)

Take precautions even after Covid vaccine: Bihar govt tells health workers

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:45 AM IST
Precautions are necessary as it takes 14 days after the second shot of the vaccine to develop protective antibody, said top health officials
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The vaccines were taken in three refrigerated vans under police escort from the airport to the state vaccine store at the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH). (HT PHOTO)
The vaccines were taken in three refrigerated vans under police escort from the airport to the state vaccine store at the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH). (HT PHOTO)

First consignment of 54,900 vials of Covid-19 vaccine reaches Patna

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:49 PM IST
  • Bihar has enrolled around 10 lakh beneficiaries for the first two phases of vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers.
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Image for representation. (AFP)
Image for representation. (AFP)

Covid-19 vaccination centres in Bihar to have webcast facility

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 12:08 AM IST
  • The arrangement has to be done for monitoring purpose at government session sites which are vaccination centres.
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File photo.(Bloomberg)
File photo.(Bloomberg)

Bihar ready to vaccinate over 4 lakh healthcare workers against Covid-19

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:00 PM IST
The dry-run on Friday, to assess the state’s preparedness, was successfully carried out across 114 locations.
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AIIMS Patna
AIIMS Patna

AIIMS Patna mulls to introduce BSc paramedical academic courses

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:11 AM IST
The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna, is mulling to commence B.Sc paramedical academic courses in three disciplines and one-year post doctor certificate courses (PDCC) in 12 other disciplines from the session beginning July this year.
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All the 38 districts in Bihar will carry out a dry run for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine on January 8.(PTI Photo/Representational)
All the 38 districts in Bihar will carry out a dry run for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine on January 8.(PTI Photo/Representational)

Covid-19 vaccination: Bihar prepares for state-wide dry run on January 8

By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:58 AM IST
Vaccinators are required to verify each beneficiary’s identity, approve the vaccination before completing the vaccination process using the CoWIN mobile app, which is updated on a real-time basis.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

BJP lawmaker takes part in Covaxin trial in Patna

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:35 AM IST
Sanjiv Chaurasia will be administered the second trial dose after 28 days; he said he hoped his action will dispel the doubts over the reliability of the indigenous vaccine
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AIIMS Patna.(HT Archive)
AIIMS Patna.(HT Archive)

New MBBS syllabus at AIIMS Patna to focus on early patient interface

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Medicos will now have public interface with patients in the first year of MBBS course itself as compared to third year earlier, said Dr Umesh Bhadani, the dean of AIIMS-Patna who drove the change in undergraduate curriculum at the institute.
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Of the total incoming passengers, 101 of the 181 passengers traced till December 30 had tested negative for the virus in Bihar, officials said.(RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO.)
Of the total incoming passengers, 101 of the 181 passengers traced till December 30 had tested negative for the virus in Bihar, officials said.(RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO.)

Bihar health dept seeks police aid to locate missing UK returnees to check new Covid-19 strain

By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:39 PM IST
The decision to seek police help was taken after state health officials could not trace 45 passengers, who could not be reached on the contact numbers and addresses provided through the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA). In some cases, they had left their destinations and either returned or travelled to other locations, said health officials.
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The objective of the dry run is to assess operational feasibility in the use of the Co-WIN application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward to actual implementation.(PTI)
The objective of the dry run is to assess operational feasibility in the use of the Co-WIN application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward to actual implementation.(PTI)

3 sites in Bihar identified for Covid-19 vaccination dry run

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:23 PM IST
Text messages will be sent out on mobile phones of the beneficiaries, which would guide them about the vaccination process and also remind them of the second shot after the first has been administered to them.
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Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)

Bihar: 45 UK returnees untraceable, 101 test negative for new Covid strain

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:04 AM IST
The ministry of civil aviation had sent the state a list of 226 passengers who reached Bihar between November 21 and December 21. At least 96 of these passengers are believed to be from Patna
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Patients stand a queue at PMCH hospital during junior doctors' strike over pending stipend increment, in Patna on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Patients stand a queue at PMCH hospital during junior doctors' strike over pending stipend increment, in Patna on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Bihar junior doctors go on strike demanding raise in stipend

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 03:14 PM IST
The striking junior doctors claim that government, while revising their stipends on May 9, 2017, had agreed for a revision every three years but has not acted on it yet despite the doctors being at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus.
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Bihar has around 15,000 vaccinators.(REUTERS/Representative use)
Bihar has around 15,000 vaccinators.(REUTERS/Representative use)

Bihar taps private sector to add Covid vaccinators

By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 03:43 PM IST
Bihar has around 15,000 vaccinators, with auxiliary nursing midwives (ANMs) comprising more than 50% of them
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The test rates had been revised following a downward revision in other states, the order said. Delhi and Gujarat are among some states which have reduced charges of RT- PCR test.(Bloomberg)
The test rates had been revised following a downward revision in other states, the order said. Delhi and Gujarat are among some states which have reduced charges of RT- PCR test.(Bloomberg)

Bihar caps cost of Covid RT-PCR test at Rs 800, down from Rs 1,500

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:02 PM IST
It also brought down the rate of rapid antigen detection tests to Rs 250. Both, RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests are used to detect Covid-19.
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The IMA-Bihar has praised Singh for the bold step he has taken to decry the recent guidelines to allow Ayurvedic practitioners to perform certain surgeries.(GETTY IMAGES.)
The IMA-Bihar has praised Singh for the bold step he has taken to decry the recent guidelines to allow Ayurvedic practitioners to perform certain surgeries.(GETTY IMAGES.)

NMC member writes to chief, criticises nod to Ayurveda doctors to perform surgeries

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 08:29 AM IST
In his letter dated November 28, released to the media on Monday by the Bihar chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Singh urged Dr Sharma to “consider the gravity of the matter and rectify the above decision”.
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A medic administers Covaxin to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society in Ahmedabad, on November 26.(File photo)
A medic administers Covaxin to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society in Ahmedabad, on November 26.(File photo)

Covid-19: Patna AIIMS to enrol 1,000 volunteers for Covaxin phase 3 trial

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 04:35 PM IST
The trial is a randomised double-blind placebo control trial, in which half the volunteers will be administered the vaccine and the other half will be given a placebo
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The government limited attendance in offices — both government and private —to half their manpower strength in Patna, Begusarai, Jamui, Vaishali, West Champaran and Saran. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
The government limited attendance in offices — both government and private —to half their manpower strength in Patna, Begusarai, Jamui, Vaishali, West Champaran and Saran. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)

Curbs back in Bihar as Covid case positivity rate goes up

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:47 PM IST
The curbs, which came into effect with immediate effect Thursday, will be effective till December 3.
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The Centre has committed to increase Bihar’s vaccine storage capacity by one crore vials.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)
The Centre has committed to increase Bihar’s vaccine storage capacity by one crore vials.(Representational Photo/REUTERS)

Bihar to form block-level task force for Covid-19 vaccination drive

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:19 AM IST
The health department in Bihar will be setting up booths at block level for administering the Covid-19 vaccine.
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The daily testing of samples had gone down from the month’s high of 1,43,642 on November 3 to a low of 85,174 on November 21 during the Chhath festival.(HT PHOTO.)
The daily testing of samples had gone down from the month’s high of 1,43,642 on November 3 to a low of 85,174 on November 21 during the Chhath festival.(HT PHOTO.)

Bihar to ramp up Covid-19 testing, intensify checking for masks, penalize defaulters

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 12:46 AM IST
Bihar chief secretary Deepak Kumar on Monday asked the district magistrates and the superintendents of police to ramp up testing of samples and undertake special drives in their respective districts to check for masks at public places.
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A medic takes a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing in Patna.(File photo)
A medic takes a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing in Patna.(File photo)

Covid-19: Bihar to intensify drive against those not wearing masks

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 11:01 AM IST
Those in private and commercial vehicles will be checked for masks and will also be subjected to Covid test, said officials
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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Patna has reported a rising number of patients with post-Covid complications.(HT PHOTO)
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Patna has reported a rising number of patients with post-Covid complications.(HT PHOTO)

Bihar grapples with rising cases of post-Covid complications

By Ruchir Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 08:03 PM IST
Between September 25 and November 9, almost a hundred former Covid-19 patients returned to AIIMS-Patna complaining of shortness of breath, cough, weakness and fever.
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