Subhash Pathak

Subhash Pathak is special correspondent of Hindustan Times with over 15 years of experience in journalism, covering issues related to governance, legislature, police, Maoism, urban and road infrastructure of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Articles by Subhash Pathak

CM to hold all-party meet on caste census on June 1

The much-awaited all-party meet in Bihar on the contentious issue of a statewide caste census issue will be held on June 1, state’s parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said on Tuesday.
Bihar parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT Photo)
Bihar parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary (HT Photo)
Published on May 24, 2022 10:01 PM IST
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By, Patna

Nitish Kumar govt ends suspense on all-party meeting for Bihar caste census

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar first spoke about the plan to convene a meeting of political parties in September last year after the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, refusing to conduct a caste census in the country or releasing the data collected in 2011
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar this week told reporters that the all-party meeting to discuss caste census will be held later next week. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar this week told reporters that the all-party meeting to discuss caste census will be held later next week. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on May 24, 2022 09:37 PM IST
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After excise duty cut, Bihar CM hints at reducing VAT on petrol, diesel

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday hinted about the possibility of a cut in the value-added tax (VAT) on petroleum products after the Central government slashed the excise duty on petrol and diesel by 8 and 6 respectively on Saturday.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with the media in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar interacts with the media in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 22, 2022 10:40 PM IST
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BIADA issues notices to sick industrial units, sets strict rules to keep hold on leased plots

In a bid to offer land to interested entrepreneurs at subsidized rates, the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) has decided to cancel the land lease of all sick industrial units, officials aware of the development said.
A view of BIADA’s industrial campus at Patliputra Industrial Area in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A view of BIADA’s industrial campus at Patliputra Industrial Area in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 21, 2022 10:18 PM IST
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Special camps to be set up so Bihar panchayat leaders can apply for gun licences

More than a dozen elected representatives of the rural bodies in Bihar have been killed over the last five months
The Patna Police petrolling vehical on raod in Patna Bihar India on Wednesday Dec 19,2018.(Photo by A P Dube/Hindustan Times)
The Patna Police petrolling vehical on raod in Patna Bihar India on Wednesday Dec 19,2018.(Photo by A P Dube/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 19, 2022 11:39 AM IST
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All gram panchayats in Bihar to have own websites

According to Panchayati raj minister Samrat Chaudhary the project to develop websites of all 8,387-gram panchayats would start once the department receives quotations from various government agencies
Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (HT Photo)
Panchayati raj minister Samrat Choudhary (HT Photo)
Published on May 18, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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All Bihar gram panchayats to have their own websites now

Each website will contain demographic details, places of historical importance, important institutions as well as details of elected representatives of the area  
All elected representatives of gram panchayats and other functionaries would be trained to handle the websites. (Shutterstock Image)
All elected representatives of gram panchayats and other functionaries would be trained to handle the websites. (Shutterstock Image)
Updated on May 18, 2022 10:35 AM IST
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Have told officials to complete BPSC paper leak probe soon, says Nitish Kumar

The BPSC on Sunday cancelled the preliminary examination of the state civil services after the question paper went viral on social media, minutes before the commencement of the examination.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar spoke with the media on the sidelines of the 'Janata Ka Darbar' programme in Patna on Monday. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar spoke with the media on the sidelines of the 'Janata Ka Darbar' programme in Patna on Monday. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Published on May 09, 2022 10:32 PM IST
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Reconstructed MG Setu to become fully operational by June 1st week

The reconstructed Mahatma Gandhi Setu on river Ganga, which is the communication lifeline between north and south Bihar, will become fully operational from the first week of June, state’s road construction department (RCD) minister Nitin Nabin said on Friday.
The MG Setu on river Ganga (HT Photo)
The MG Setu on river Ganga (HT Photo)
Published on May 06, 2022 09:19 PM IST
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‘Only Nitish pictures on JD(U) posters’

Bihar unit chief of the ruling Janata Dal -United, Umesh Singh Kushwaha, on Monday directed party functionaries to use pictures of only chief minister Nitish Kumar in the party’s banners and posters.
Bihar JD(U) chief Umesh Singh Kushwaha (HT Photo)
Bihar JD(U) chief Umesh Singh Kushwaha (HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2022 09:24 PM IST
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Part of under-construction bridge on Ganga in Bihar caves in, probe ordered

The four-lane bridge, located about 35 km west from Bhagalpur, is being built by SP Singla Constructions Limited for the Bihar Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) at a cost of 1710.77 crore.
The collapsed portion of the bridge near Sultanganj. (Santosh Kumar)
The collapsed portion of the bridge near Sultanganj. (Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 09:18 PM IST
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After a decade, Nafed to launch pulse procurement in Bihar

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) has decided to procure around 43,000 (MTs) metric tonnes of pulses from farmers in Bihar, officials familiar with the matter said.
Nafed, which suspended its operations in Bihar for almost a decade owing to a financial dispute with the state government, signed an agreement with the Bihar State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation last month to use the procurement channels for paddy and wheat. (Bloomberg)
Nafed, which suspended its operations in Bihar for almost a decade owing to a financial dispute with the state government, signed an agreement with the Bihar State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation last month to use the procurement channels for paddy and wheat. (Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 09:35 PM IST
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Cabinet nod to rules for direct election of chief councillors, deputies

Decks are now clear for direct elections of the chief councillors and the deputy chief councillors in the urban local bodies (ULBs) after the state cabinet on Monday gave its nod to the rules for the amended section of the Bihar Municipal Act 2007, which changed the system of municipal elections.
The cabinet gave its nod to the health department’s proposal to administer precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine free of cost to all eligible population. (HT Photo)
The cabinet gave its nod to the health department’s proposal to administer precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine free of cost to all eligible population. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 10:16 PM IST
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Bihar Cong leaders urge for immediate revamp of organisation, amid Jha’s resignation talks

A senior party leader said that he had written a letter to the AICC chief to appoint new office bearers after Jha started keeping off from the Sadaqat Ashram affairs.
Congress leader Madan Mohan Jha (HT Photo)
Congress leader Madan Mohan Jha (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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RJD wrests Bochahan assembly seat from ruling NDA in bypoll

The by-election in the constituency in Muzaffarpur district was necessitated following the demise of Musafir Paswan, who had won the seat in 2020 assembly polls on a ticket of Mukesh Sahni-led VIP
Vikassheel Insaan Party president Mukesh Sahni celebrates his party’s performance in the bypoll. (HT)
Vikassheel Insaan Party president Mukesh Sahni celebrates his party’s performance in the bypoll. (HT)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 09:31 PM IST
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Purvanchal Expressway to enter Bihar, link Patna, Bhagalpur: Minister

NHAI has been asked to submit the possible alignment of the greenfield project along with feasibility to the Bihar’s road construction department for the go-ahead
Purvanchal Express in UP. (HT)
Purvanchal Express in UP. (HT)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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Rising fuel prices national issue, can’t help: Nitish Kumar

Regarding speculation on his plans to join the national politics, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said such talks were inconsequential.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar speaks to media in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar speaks to media in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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Electioneering comes to end for Bochaha byelection, polling on April 12

Electioneering for the by-elections in Bochaha (reserve) constituency in Muzaffarpur came to an end on Sunday with top leaders of the ruling coalition and the opposition making a fervent appeal to the electors to vote for their candidates.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a public meeting at Bochaha assembly constituency in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a public meeting at Bochaha assembly constituency in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 10:08 PM IST
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First-time violators of liquor law in Bihar can skip jail for a fine

Days after amendments to the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, were cleared by the state legislature, the state cabinet has approved a set of rules to relax penal action against the offenders, officials said.
Liquor bottles being destroyed in Patna. (HT Photo)
Liquor bottles being destroyed in Patna. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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Polling peaceful for 24 Council seats in Bihar

Polling for 24 local bodies’ constituencies of Bihar Legislative Council, in which the electorate consisted of elected representatives of panchayat bodies, including municipalities and municipal corporations, in the respective constituencies, passed of peacefully on Monday, barring stray incidents of names missing from the voters’ list and violation of the code of conduct.
Ward councilors stand in a queue to cast their votes during the Bihar MLC elections, at Danapur, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Ward councilors stand in a queue to cast their votes during the Bihar MLC elections, at Danapur, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 10:02 PM IST
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BJP-JD(U) face off yet again over bulldozer mode of governance in Bihar

A war of words has erupted once again between the leading partners of the ruling alliance over the bulldozer culture of governance—coined by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to drive its election campaign in Uttar Pradesh—after the police resorted to heavy machines to attach the house of an absconding criminal in Chapra on Saturday.
A drive against encroachment being carried out in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A drive against encroachment being carried out in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 10:48 PM IST
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STPs, networks low on capacity to treat Patna’s sewage water: CAG report

The installed treatment capacity of sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Patna is highly inadequate to handle the current discharge of effluents, observed the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India in its report that was laid on the floor of the state legislature recently.
the slow pace of progress on the construction of the STPs and their related network, mainly owing to inordinate delay in offering no-objection certificates from different departments, has led to the continued flow of untreated sewage water directly into river Ganga and Punpun, another major tributary of Ganga. (Picture for representation)
the slow pace of progress on the construction of the STPs and their related network, mainly owing to inordinate delay in offering no-objection certificates from different departments, has led to the continued flow of untreated sewage water directly into river Ganga and Punpun, another major tributary of Ganga. (Picture for representation)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 10:47 PM IST
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NDA leaders in Bihar dismiss talks of Nitish’s bid for RS

Senior leaders of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday dismissed speculations that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may quit the post and bid for Rajya Sabha membership or look for his rehabilitation at the Centre.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar holds a meeting regarding the Patna Metro Rail Project on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar holds a meeting regarding the Patna Metro Rail Project on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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NDA leaders dismiss speculation about Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's exit

Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha, who is a leader of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), called the speculation mischievous and far from the truth
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (HT)
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 12:49 PM IST
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Three Bihar towns top Niti Aayog list of aspirational districts

Three towns in Bihar — Katihar, Gaya and Muzaffarpur — have been ranked on top of the list of aspirational districts classified by the Niti Aayog for their performance on the basis of delta score for the month ending February this year.
Speaker Vijay Sinha with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Renu Devi and other cabinet ministers after the Budget Session at the assembly on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Speaker Vijay Sinha with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Renu Devi and other cabinet ministers after the Budget Session at the assembly on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:40 PM IST
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Three Bihar towns top Niti Aayog list of aspirational districts

Three towns in Bihar — Katihar, Gaya and Muzaffarpur — have been ranked on top of the list of aspirational districts classified by the Niti Aayog for their performance on the basis of delta score for the month ending February this year.
(From Left)Speaker Vijay Sinha with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Renu Devi and other cabinet ministers after the Budget session at the assembly on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
(From Left)Speaker Vijay Sinha with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Renu Devi and other cabinet ministers after the Budget session at the assembly on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:07 PM IST
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Bihar’s govt hospitals ailing: CAG report

Bihar’s health services remained far from satisfactory in terms of offering the basic medical facilities to people, notwithstanding huge investments from the government, according to the state’s principal accountant general (PAG) Ramawatar Sharma, who released the audit reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for the year ending March 2020 on Wednesday.
Relatives carying a Covid patient for treatment at Patna Medical College & Hospital . (HT Photo)
Relatives carying a Covid patient for treatment at Patna Medical College & Hospital . (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 10:11 PM IST
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Council chairman revokes day-long suspension of RJD member

Working chairman of Bihar Legislative Council, Awadhesh Narayan Singh, on Tuesday revoked the suspension of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) member Sunil Kumar Singh after members of the opposition pleaded for mercy on him.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on hisway to attend the assembly session on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on hisway to attend the assembly session on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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Vikassheel Insaan Party chief Mukesh Sahni gets offer from Congress to join

The Vikassheel Insaan Party had contested the 2020 assembly elections as an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Sahni became a minister with four MLAs in his kitty. He was made an MLC and minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government. On Monday, he was sacked as the minister and expelled from the NDA on the advice of the BJP.
On Monday, Vikassheel Insaan Party chief Mukesh Sahni was sacked as a Bihar minister and expelled from the NDA on the advice of the BJP. (HT PHOTO.)
On Monday, Vikassheel Insaan Party chief Mukesh Sahni was sacked as a Bihar minister and expelled from the NDA on the advice of the BJP. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 12:57 AM IST
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To check floods in north Bihar, WRD plans study to revive rain-fed rivulets

The Bihar water resources department is planning a study to identify and rejuvenate the rivulets in north Bihar that usually go dry in summers but cause floods in rainy seasons.
There are around three dozen streams in north Bihar that turn alive during the monsoon and inundate a large portion of land owing to obstructions in their natural course of flow. (File/Representational Image)
There are around three dozen streams in north Bihar that turn alive during the monsoon and inundate a large portion of land owing to obstructions in their natural course of flow. (File/Representational Image)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 09:10 AM IST
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