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.

Articles by Ruchir Kumar

Bihar caste survey: People staying in joint families want them listed as separate family units for govt doles

Anticipating that the survey data would be used to settle title issues in the future, a few children estranged from their parents, insisted that they be shown in the same household as their father, despite them not staying together.

An enumerator marks a house during the caste-based survey in Patna. (HT Photo)
An enumerator marks a house during the caste-based survey in Patna. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:42 PM IST

Three Thai tourists test Covid-19 positive in Bihar’s Gaya

A Covid-19 bulletin released by the state health department on Monday, however, put the number of active cases in the state at four, all from Gaya.

In December last year, nearly 25 foreigners tested positive for Covid-19 during a random testing drive at the Gaya airport (Representative Photo)
In December last year, nearly 25 foreigners tested positive for Covid-19 during a random testing drive at the Gaya airport (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 01:26 PM IST

Limited stock of Covishield to be available at Patna’s 5 centres for booster jab

Many people, especially those scheduled to travel abroad, and eligible for the booster dose, were frantically enquiring about the availability of Covishield for the last one month.

Bihar has received 120 vials of Covishield, which will account for 1,200 doses. (HT Photo)
Bihar has received 120 vials of Covishield, which will account for 1,200 doses. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Bihar’s first: Third gender to participate in community marriage

Though transgender have been marrying quietly among themselves, this is the first time in Bihar that their marriage will be solemnised on a public platform.

Transgender marriage was recognised by the Supreme Court in 2014. (HT Photo)
Transgender marriage was recognised by the Supreme Court in 2014. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 09:43 PM IST
By, Patna

Expectations high among villagers, tepid response among urbanites to Bihar’s caste-based survey

PATNA: There is an air of expectancy among villagers as a lanky Ekta Kumari, 31, a middle school teacher in Adampur village of Lakhnibigha panchayat in Danapur block, 20 kms to the west of Patna, goes from one house to another, wading through some waterlogged and marshy areas of ward number 5, seeking information about the number of family members, noting the name of the head of the family, and putting a number to their house

An enumerator marking a house in Danapur block in rural Patna. (HT Photo)
An enumerator marking a house in Danapur block in rural Patna. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 10:46 PM IST

Bihar doctors to challenge govt’s ad on lateral entry in superspecialty depts

A section of government doctors in Bihar, not promoted for over a decade, contend that any new lateral entry at senior positions will affect their career progression.

The doctors have said that they will challenge the Bihar government’s advertisement in court. (Representative Image)
The doctors have said that they will challenge the Bihar government’s advertisement in court. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 08:10 PM IST

Bihar: Two more foreigners test positive for Covid-19 in Gaya

The Gaya district administration has asked hotels to dedicate at least five rooms for Covid-19 patients

Buddhist devotees from various countries at the Jai Prakash Narayan airport in Patna. (PTI File Photo)
Buddhist devotees from various countries at the Jai Prakash Narayan airport in Patna. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 03:57 PM IST

GoAir flight from Bengaluru suffers bird-hit at Patna, plane grounded

Airport officials said all passengers were safe but the plane, which was to fly to New Delhi, was grounded

The GoAir flight from Bengaluru had 142 passengers and six crew members on board. (HT PHOTO (Representative))
The GoAir flight from Bengaluru had 142 passengers and six crew members on board. (HT PHOTO (Representative))
Published on Jan 03, 2023 04:20 PM IST

12 Covid +ve foreigners test negative within 5 days

PATNA: Twelve of the 16 foreigners who had tested Covid-19 positive at Gaya recently, have tested negative within five days, allaying fears of higher severity of the fourth wave of the pandemic, as the government allowed them to cut short their prescribed seven-day isolation period in a hotel, said Gaya’s civil surgeon, Dr Ranjan Kumar Singh, on Sunday

At Patna railway junction on Saturday. (HT Photo)
At Patna railway junction on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2023 10:45 PM IST

7 more foreign nationals test Covid positive in Gaya, samples sent for genome sequencing

According to officials, all foreign travellers were asymptomatic and tested randomly at the Gaya international airport

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a passenger at railway station in Patna on Monday. (ANI)
A healthcare worker collects a swab sample from a passenger at railway station in Patna on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 12:32 AM IST

7 more test Covid positive in Gaya ahead of Buddhist congregation

The detection of Covid-19 cases comes days ahead of a religious discourse by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama scheduled for December 29-31, which is likely to be attended by about 100,000 devotees.

A health worker collects swab samples of a passenger at the Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker collects swab samples of a passenger at the Jaiprakash Narayan Airport in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 10:16 PM IST
By, Patna

5 foreigners test Covid positive at Gaya, 4 samples sent for genome sequencing

Gaya district magistrate Thiyagarajan SM has asked people to wear masks and observe Covid appropriate behaviour ahead of the religious discourse by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama scheduled for December 29-31.

Representational Image
Representational Image
Updated on Dec 26, 2022 02:45 PM IST

Govt doctors to now check on patients admitted in hospitals twice a day in Bihar

The state’s health department laid down the standard operating procedure (SOP) for government medical college hospitals and district hospitals

The government has also increased the cap on admissibility of free drugs to outdoor patients. (File image | Representative)
The government has also increased the cap on admissibility of free drugs to outdoor patients. (File image | Representative)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 09:53 AM IST

Patna to get surveillance centre for communicable diseases

As a post-Covid initiative, the Centre had selected Patna among 20 cities in India to set up a metropolitan surveillance centre for communicable diseases, initially for five years.

NDRF personnel sanitize an area in Patna during Covid-19 lockdown. (HT archive)
NDRF personnel sanitize an area in Patna during Covid-19 lockdown. (HT archive)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 10:17 PM IST
By, Patna

500 PG docs in Bihar await ‘bond posting’, set to move HC against delay

Bihar has a total 496 PG degree seats and 19 PG diploma seats under 50% state and Central quota each

Patna Bihar_Aug 03,2019:Doctors demonstrating during their strike against NMC bill at PMCH in Patna Bihar India on Saturday Aug03,2019.(Photoht/Hindustan Times) (HT file)
Patna Bihar_Aug 03,2019:Doctors demonstrating during their strike against NMC bill at PMCH in Patna Bihar India on Saturday Aug03,2019.(Photoht/Hindustan Times) (HT file)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 10:21 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar’s maternal mortality rate improves, still worse than national average

The state has registered a 12-point drop, from 130 to 118 per lakh live births in maternal mortality ratio (MMR), which in common parlance is the number of women dying from pregnancy-related issues, between 2017-19 and 2018-20, respectively.

CARE India has been working closely with the state government to improve the skill of nurses and auxiliary nursing midwives in Bihar. (HT file)
CARE India has been working closely with the state government to improve the skill of nurses and auxiliary nursing midwives in Bihar. (HT file)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 10:04 PM IST
By, Patna

In blow to TB elimination programme in Bihar, ‘volunteers’ pull out

The drop in the effective enrolment of “Ni-kshay Mitras”, or community support providers to ensure additional diagnostic, nutritional, and vocational support to patients of tuberculosis (TB) under treatment, has come as a setback to the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, Ni-kshay 2.0, in Bihar.

A volunteer signs a signature campaign poster during a TB awareness programme. (Getty Images)
A volunteer signs a signature campaign poster during a TB awareness programme. (Getty Images)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar groom hires chopper for his marriage, says ‘it was my father’s last wish’

The chopper landed in an adjoining field near the bride’s house for ‘baraat’ (marriage procession) where both solemnised their marriage

The chopper landed in an adjoining field near the bride’s house for ‘baraat’ (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
The chopper landed in an adjoining field near the bride’s house for ‘baraat’ (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 04:12 PM IST

‘Didi Ki Rasoi’ misses deadline to start service in medical college hospitals in Bihar

The pantry service by women self-help group Jeevika was to have been made functional by November 3, as per a letter of August 4 by Shishir Kumar Mishra, OSD, health department. The service, however, remains a non-starter due to some infrastructure issues, said officials.

Patna Medical College and Hospital. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Patna Medical College and Hospital. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Nov 23, 2022 09:44 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to have palliative care policy, dedicated beds in hospitals

Over 60% of patients with advanced stages of cancer and other terminally ill patients need palliative care in Bihar, the third largest state by population, with an estimated count of 127 million.

AIIMS-Patna is one of the major palliative care providers in Bihar. (HT Photo)
AIIMS-Patna is one of the major palliative care providers in Bihar. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2022 09:38 PM IST
By, Patna

Team of 4 docs save passenger after heart attack mid-air

The 59-year-old woman suffered a heart attack mid-air with the airline nearly 35 minutes away from Patna airport

The aircraft was granted priority landing at Patna airport due to medical emergency. (HT Archives)
The aircraft was granted priority landing at Patna airport due to medical emergency. (HT Archives)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 10:01 PM IST

HC strikes down Bihar’s PG medical bond clause for Central govt, PSU staff

The court said the state government was entitled to put a condition or bond to the state quota and PG students for doing government service after they have completed their PG course.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 17, 2022 10:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Nod for leukapheresis eludes PMCH due to infra gaps

The team from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Kolkata, which inspected the blood centre on November 7, sought justification for licence of leukapheresis using an automatic cell separator machine when the hospital did not have BMT facility

The Patna Medical College and Hospital. (HT Photo)
The Patna Medical College and Hospital. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2022 10:03 PM IST
By, Patna

Newly elected Bihar government doctors’ body wants improved working condition

The BHSA has been requesting the state health department to fix the working hours of doctors, as it claimed that doctors had to work for over two days at a stretch, given the acute scarcity

There are only around 6,000 doctors against 13,800 sanctioned posts. (File image)
There are only around 6,000 doctors against 13,800 sanctioned posts. (File image)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 09:01 AM IST

Apheresis machine gathering dust at hospitals even as dengue haunts Bihar

The state health department purchased the equipment in February last year but is lacking doctors with requisite qualifications, having postgraduate degrees in pathology or complete training of doctors on apheresis machines

Bihar has recorded 10,299 dengue cases and 10 deaths so far this year (Representative Image)
Bihar has recorded 10,299 dengue cases and 10 deaths so far this year (Representative Image)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 07:24 PM IST

HLA camp for thalassemic children in Patna on November 14

Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) is test to check for cells that match the patient before undergoing bone marrow transplant (BMT)

A team of doctors from Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital will be assisting. (File image)
A team of doctors from Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital will be assisting. (File image)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 08:50 AM IST

IIT-Patna to get 20 cr super computer next year

The high-performance computing system will help in scientific research and applications in several fields, including security, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, weather forecasting, computational fluid dynamics, said Prof Tripathy, a professor of computer science engineering and associate dean (administration) at IIT-Patna.

IIT-Patna is set to become the first academic institution in Bihar to have one in its category under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). (HT Photo)
IIT-Patna is set to become the first academic institution in Bihar to have one in its category under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 09:15 PM IST
By, Patna

IIT-Patna to get 20 cr super computer next year

Presently C-DAC, Patna, has a 2-Petaflops AI scalable supercomputing facility, named Param Buddha, specially designed for artificial intelligence related applications

IIT Patna is set to become the first academic institution in Bihar to have a ‘super computer under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). (File Photo)
IIT Patna is set to become the first academic institution in Bihar to have a ‘super computer under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 06:00 PM IST

Bihar stares at platelets crisis as dengue cases surge

Though the state health department has denied any platelet shortage, the same is apparent for negative blood group, as per the government’s platelet stock inventory Friday evening.

At a PMCH ward in 2019. PMCH, the state’s oldest health hub, did not have a single unit (60-75 ml) of AB-negative random donor platelet (RDP). It had only one unit each of A-negative and B-negative and three units of O-negative RDP. (HT Photo)
At a PMCH ward in 2019. PMCH, the state’s oldest health hub, did not have a single unit (60-75 ml) of AB-negative random donor platelet (RDP). It had only one unit each of A-negative and B-negative and three units of O-negative RDP. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 23, 2022 09:51 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar stares at platelets crisis as dengue cases surge

Though the Bihar state health department has steadfastly denied any platelet shortage, it seemed apparent for negative blood group, as per the government’s platelet stock inventory Friday evening

Underutilisation of machines for platelet apheresis, a process to separate blood into different components — platelets, red blood cells (RBCs) and plasma— causes another major concern at the government facilities in Bihar. (Representative Image)
Underutilisation of machines for platelet apheresis, a process to separate blood into different components — platelets, red blood cells (RBCs) and plasma— causes another major concern at the government facilities in Bihar. (Representative Image)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 02:07 PM IST
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