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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AIIMS Patna to go ahead with MBBS exam despite state-run colleges deferring it

AIIMS Patna director has said that the institute will conduct the MBBS examination as per schedule, following all Covid-appropriate behaviour
Eight MBBS examinees have not responded to a questionnaire sent by AIIMS Patna on their health status, while 74 others are reported to be healthy. (Representational Image/ANI)
Eight MBBS examinees have not responded to a questionnaire sent by AIIMS Patna on their health status, while 74 others are reported to be healthy. (Representational Image/ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 12:55 PM IST
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Covid-19 third wave: Patna tops among urban areas in transmissibility

The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the initial fortnight, has predominantly affected the urban areas in Bihar, with Patna reporting 38.5% (13,927) of the state’s 34,084 total active cases, said state health officials here on Friday.
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Man in Bihar’s Madhepura got 8 Covid vaccine doses in 8 months: Probe

The finding has exposed flaws in the government’s CoWIN portal through which Covid-19 vaccination is being administered, and steps are being considered to iron out these flaws, the officials added.
Man in Bihar’s Madhepura got 8 Covid vaccine doses in 8 months: Probe
Man in Bihar’s Madhepura got 8 Covid vaccine doses in 8 months: Probe
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 05:02 AM IST
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Bihar health dept warns computer operator after mismatch in Covid test results

The data entry operator at one centre in Patna made incorrect entry on the state’s Covid-19 health portal, the data of which is automatically integrated on the I
Bihar reported five Covid-19 deaths and added 5,908 new cases on Monday, taking the count of active cases to 25,051. (ANI Photo)
Bihar reported five Covid-19 deaths and added 5,908 new cases on Monday, taking the count of active cases to 25,051. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 02:23 AM IST
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Data operator put on notice for bungling Covid test results

A data entry operator in Bihar, who allegedly made incorrect entries about Covid-19 testing results on the portal that led to many people getting contradictory results through SMS and actual test reports, has been issued strict warning, health officials said on Tuesday, when the state reported five Covid-19 deaths and added 5,908 new cases, taking the total count of active cases to 25,051.
A health worker takes swab samples for Covid-19 test in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker takes swab samples for Covid-19 test in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar CM tests Covid-19 positive; state reports 5 deaths

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, his office said in a tweet from its official handle, even as the state reported five deaths and 4,737 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of active cases up to 20,938, according to a health department bulletin.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (HT Archives)
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (HT Archives)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 10:31 PM IST
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By, Patna

Surgeries hit at AIIMS-Patna after docs test Covid positive

Elective surgeries have been practically put on hold at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after 14 of the 30 resident doctors and medical students in its anesthesiology department tested positive for Covid-19 in the last couple of days, said the dean of the institute.
Around 230 hospital employees, which include 56 doctors — 11 faculty members in the rank of assistant professor and above and 45 resident doctors — have so far contracted the virus, said Dr Sanjeev Kumar, nodal officer for Covid-19 at AIIMS-Patna. (HT Archives)
Around 230 hospital employees, which include 56 doctors — 11 faculty members in the rank of assistant professor and above and 45 resident doctors — have so far contracted the virus, said Dr Sanjeev Kumar, nodal officer for Covid-19 at AIIMS-Patna. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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27 new cases of Omicron detected in Bihar

Twenty seven new cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 were detected in Bihar after the first genomic sequencing was conducted at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna, its director Dr NR Biswas said.
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid test in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker collects swab samples for Covid test in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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Surgeries hit at AIIMS Patna after docs test Covid positive

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), an autonomous institution of the state government, has already stopped elective surgeries.
At AIIMS Patna, 14 of the 30 resident doctors and medical student in its anesthesiology department have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last couple of days. (Representational Image/PTI)
At AIIMS Patna, 14 of the 30 resident doctors and medical student in its anesthesiology department have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last couple of days. (Representational Image/PTI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 03:59 PM IST
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Patna accounts for 43% new Covid cases in Bihar

The state also reported the first case of Omicron on the national portal, when a resident of Chapra tested positive for Covid-19.
Covid Care Centre set up at Pataliputra Ashoka hotel in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Covid Care Centre set up at Pataliputra Ashoka hotel in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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By, Patna

1/3rd of PSA oxygen plants under PM Cares in Bihar face teething problems

As many as 44 of the total 119 PSA plants commissioned in the state so far, against the total of 127 planned, were non-functional on Friday during an audit by the state health department.
Workers refill oxygen cylinders for Covid patients in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Workers refill oxygen cylinders for Covid patients in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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By, Patna

Bihar man, 84, says he took 12 jabs; govt disputes claim

Dr Amarendra Pratap Shahi, a civil surgeon from Madhepura, disputed Mandal’s claim, saying the CoWIN portal doesn’t allow multiple registrations on a single Aadhaar ID
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Updated on Jan 06, 2022 08:52 AM IST
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AIIMS curbs OPD services, spike in Covid cases in Bihar

The restrictions on the number of new patients in the outdoor patient department (OPD) will come into effect from January 7, said Dr CM Singh, medical superintendent of AIIMS-Patna who issued the order late on Tuesday evening.
At a vaccination centre in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
At a vaccination centre in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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By, Patna

Two teens gets Covishield shots instead of Covaxin in Bihar’s Nalanda district

Terming it a ‘huge negligence’, the civil surgeon said, “I have issued a show-cause notice to the GNM trainee concerned and will also ask the deputy superintendent of the district hospital under whose guidance the vaccination session sites are being run, to explain how the lapse took place.”
A health worker gives a shot of Covid vaccine to a student at Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Kurji in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker gives a shot of Covid vaccine to a student at Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Kurji in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 09:55 PM IST
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By, Patna

CM asks IGIMS to have additional genome sequencing setup

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asked the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) to have an additional setup of genome sequencing for timely detection of the strain SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as the state reported 344 new Covid-19 infections, taking the number of active cases to 1,385.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar presents a Covid vaccination certificate to a student after she receives her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at IGIMS, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Chief minister Nitish Kumar presents a Covid vaccination certificate to a student after she receives her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at IGIMS, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 10:45 PM IST
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IGIMS begins genome sequencing of Covid-19 samples

he Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) on Saturday started conducting genome sequencing, to check the strain of Sars CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, said its director Dr NR Biswas.
Health workers check monitoring devices inside a Covid-19 isolation ward in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Health workers check monitoring devices inside a Covid-19 isolation ward in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 09:51 PM IST
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75 including medicos, docs from NMCH test Covid positive in Patna

Around 75 doctors and medical students from Patna’s Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) were among the 352 new cases to test positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, as the number of active cases in the state shot up to 1,074, said state health officials.
A health worker collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker collects swab sample for Covid-19 testing in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 09:51 PM IST
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By, Patna

26-yr-old Patna resident is Bihar’s first Omicron case

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that Omicron infection has started in the state and has asked people to be careful and follow Covid-19 norms.
A medic collects sample for Covid testing, at Patna Junction on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A medic collects sample for Covid testing, at Patna Junction on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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By, Patna

Central team points to shortage of Covid drugs in Sitamarhi, low RT-PCR tests in Bihar

The team found that there was no stock of Remdesivir and Enoxaparin injections, while around 700 vials of Dexamethasone injection were available in the district. It also termed the situation alarming, officials accompanying the Central team said.
A medic collects swab samples for Covid testing, at Patna airport on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/ht photo)
A medic collects swab samples for Covid testing, at Patna airport on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/ht photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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By, Patna

83.46 lakh children in Bihar eligible for Covid jabs from Jan 3

Bharat Biotech’s indigenous Covaxin is the only option available for vaccination of children and so vaccination session sites for them have been kept separate from adults to reduce the risk of mixing of vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccination in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
COVID-19 vaccination in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 09:34 PM IST
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By, Patna

Spousal violence high among husbands who get drunk in dry Bihar

Prevalence of spousal violence against women is as high as 83% among husbands who often get drunk in dry Bihar, says the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5), 2019-20.
 (According to Prof SK Singh , Around 15% of ever-married women reported that their husband drinks. The percentage of such men was, however, lower than many states due to prohibition in Bihar.)
(According to Prof SK Singh , Around 15% of ever-married women reported that their husband drinks. The percentage of such men was, however, lower than many states due to prohibition in Bihar.)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 10:59 PM IST
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Fund crunch at IGIMS halts genome sequencing in Bihar

Bihar has not reported any Covid-19 case of the new variant so far, as it awaits genomic sequencing results of four Covid-19 positive patients, having international travel history, said health officials.
The IGIMS is the only institute in Bihar to be part of the INSACOG, comprising 28 national laboratories, to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the pandemic. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
The IGIMS is the only institute in Bihar to be part of the INSACOG, comprising 28 national laboratories, to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the pandemic. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 12:46 AM IST
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In Muzaffarpur’s health care tragedy, the eyes don’t have it

The eye camp at the hospital has left 30 people suffering from endophthalmitis, which is an inflammation of the eye caused by a bacterial infection from a botched cataract surgery.
Nearly 65 persons were operated for cataract during the eye camp held at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital on November 22.. (HT File)
Nearly 65 persons were operated for cataract during the eye camp held at Muzaffarpur Eye Hospital on November 22.. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 11:59 PM IST
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By, Muzaffarpur

Fund crunch at IGIMS halts genome sequencing in Bihar

The IGIMS is the only institute in Bihar to be part of the INSACOG, comprising 28 national laboratories, to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the pandemic.
Though Bihar has not yet reported any Covid-19 case of the new variant so far, however, it awaits genomic sequencing results of four Covid-19 positive patients, having international travel history, said health officials. (HT photo)
Though Bihar has not yet reported any Covid-19 case of the new variant so far, however, it awaits genomic sequencing results of four Covid-19 positive patients, having international travel history, said health officials. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 10:29 PM IST
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Pregnant woman in Bihar given HIV+ve blood; sacked technician blames test kit

Santosh Kumar, who has been with the blood bank since 2013, said he was sacked without an inquiry because he was on a one-year contract that was due to be renewed in March 2022.
The Bihar woman who was administered the infected blood and her child born on 5 November haven’t tested positive yet. Officials said they will conduct weekly tests on her and her newborn for HIV. (REUTERS)
The Bihar woman who was administered the infected blood and her child born on 5 November haven’t tested positive yet. Officials said they will conduct weekly tests on her and her newborn for HIV. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 10:50 PM IST
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HIV blood transfused to pregnant woman; Bihar sacks lab tech for clearing infected blood sample

The Nalanda district magistrate has appointed a three-member committee of doctors, under the civil surgeon, to check for lapses and penalise the guilty
HIV blood donor’s sample had tested non-reactive when he tested it on the rapid screening kit, lab technician has claimed. (HT photo)
HIV blood donor’s sample had tested non-reactive when he tested it on the rapid screening kit, lab technician has claimed. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 09:22 PM IST
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By, Patna

Nitish Kumar calls for one India one power rate, seeks parity in consumer tariff

Bihar will get 402 MW power (60.91% share) from the 660 MW Barh unit 1. Two other units of 660 MW each will come up over the next two years.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Union Minister RK Sinha inaugurating the 500 MW Barauni Thermal Power Station at Barauni in Begusarai district of Bihar on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Union Minister RK Sinha inaugurating the 500 MW Barauni Thermal Power Station at Barauni in Begusarai district of Bihar on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 11:39 PM IST
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Nitish calls for one India, one power rate

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar iterated his demand for one nation one rate for purchasing power from Central sectors, as he dedicated stage-II 500MW (2x250 MW) of NTPC Barauni Thermal Power Station and unit 1 (660 MW) of the NTPC Barh Super Thermal Power project, in presence of RK Singh, Union minister of power and new & renewable energy on Saturday.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Union power minister RK Sinha in Begusarai on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Union power minister RK Sinha in Begusarai on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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By, Barh

Union power minister to dedicate two NTPC units in Bihar today

Union power, new and renewable energy minister RK Singh will review implementation of central schemes in power sector in Bihar, including the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM Kusum) scheme, which hasn’t seen much progress in the state, officials said
Union power, new and renewable energy minister RK Singh. (HT File)
Union power, new and renewable energy minister RK Singh. (HT File)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 10:07 PM IST
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By, Patna

TVs, fridges: Bihar govt announces lucky draw to boost Covid-19 vaccination

Bihar’s second-dose Covid-19 vaccination coverage has been low. The state administered 77.23 million doses till Wednesday. As many as 53.21 million have taken the first shot and 24.02 million are fully vaccinated
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna, Bihar. (Santosh Kumar /HT)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna, Bihar. (Santosh Kumar /HT)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 12:06 PM IST
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