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

Odisha train accident sheds light on plight of labourers leaving home for work

An official of the South Paraganas district, said, “At least a dozen people from the district have died and over 100 were injured in the Odisha train accident.”

Families of the Odisha train accident victims, in Balasore district on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Cong picks ex-JNUSU president as its leader in Bihar assembly

However, of the total 19 Congress MLAs in Bihar, 11, including Sharma, skipped the meeting, which was attended by AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar, AICC in-charge for Bihar, Bhakta Charan Das, AICC observer Shaktisinh Gohil and state Congress president Akhilesh Prasad Singh.

Bihar Congress president Akhilesh Prasad Singh (left) felicitates party leader Shakil Ahmad Khan after the latter was elected as Congress legislature party leader at the party office in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 10:08 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar slashes penalty for liquor transportation

The new provision will come in to effect after the amendment in the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2022, as approved by the cabinet in its meeting on Tuesday, is notified in the gazette, additional chief secretary S Siddharth said on Wednesday.

Currently, owners of the vehicles found transporting liquor through Bihar, where liquor is banned since 2016, face a penalty equal to 50% of the insured value of the vehicle for its release with the court’s permission. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Patna

After a year’s break, Patna civic body to start accepting building plans for approval from today

The urban development and housing department (UDHD) had restrained all urban local bodies (ULBs) from clearing building maps after amendments to the building bye-laws since February last year.

The process for building plan approval was held up as the architects, structural engineers, and town planners, empanelled by the ULBs, could not register themselves with the town planning division of the UHDH. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 10:07 PM IST

PMC ties up with power discom to widen property tax net in Patna

As per the understanding, SBPDCL is modifying its billing software in a way that the PMC gets access to consumer details and location of the property once they apply for a new electricity connection.

In financial year 2022-23, Patna Municipal Corporation had collected a property tax of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>105 crore and set a target of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>125 crore for the current fiscal. (HT file)
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Patna

2000 note recall: No extra rush in Patna banks; some rue exchange rules

While most customers did not face any problem in depositing the high-value notes into their accounts, those seeking to exchange these notes had to undergo the trouble of filling up requisition forms with all credentials for easy identification and attach a photocopy of the valid identity proof.

At a bank in Patna on on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 09:56 PM IST
By, Patna

National panel for SCs sends notice to Bihar on remission of Anand Mohan’s sentence

Anand Mohan, who was serving a life sentence in the case, was released from Saharsa jail after the remission of his sentence by the state government on April 27.

NCSC chairman Vijay Sampla addresses a press conference in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Patna

NCSC issues notice to Bihar govt on remission of Anand Mohan’s sentence

Mohan was serving a life sentence for instigating a mob that killed the Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah in December 1994

He walked out of jail on April 27. (File photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:09 PM IST

Hindi translation of rare Tibetan manuscripts await Bihar CM’s message, funds

These are the first lot of more than 50 Tibetan manuscripts on Buddhism, brought back to India by Rahul Sakrityayan from Tibet, being translated in Hindi by Sarnath-based Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies

Bihar Research Society officials displaying Tibetan manuscripts collection to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (HT Photo/Sourced)
Updated on May 14, 2023 04:53 PM IST

Bihar cabinet clears 1.62 lakh cr agri road map, 44 cyber police stations

Additional chief secretary (cabinet) S Siddharth said approval of the agriculture road map was among the 18 proposals discussed and cleared in the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

The Cabinet meeting was chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2023 10:10 PM IST

JD-U accuses BJP of acting from behind to foil caste-based survey

A panel of JD-U spokespersons, led by chief spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar, alleged that the BJP had never been sincere in supporting the caste-based enumeration.

JD-U MLC Niraj Kumar with party spokespersons addresses a press conference in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2023 10:13 PM IST

2 more coal blocks with huge reserve found in Bihar

Two new coal blocks, Mirzagaon and Lakshmipur, have been identified in Bhagalpur district, Bihar, by Coal Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd. The blocks have estimated reserves of 2.3bn tonnes and 1.03bn tonnes respectively, and will be divided into sub-blocks for easier mining. The discovery comes after an earlier reserve was found near Mandar Parvat, but failed to attract any bidders. Bihar?s finance minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary welcomed the news, stating that mining would generate revenue and ease coal supply issues in the state.

After the creation of Jharkhand out of Bihar in 2000, the latter was left with no coal mine. (HT archive)
Updated on May 05, 2023 09:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar, Jharkhand agree on settling pension issue for 843-cr, seek details from bank

The decades-old issue of division of pension liability between the two states has been awaiting resolution since Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.

Bihar Vidhan Sabha. (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar cabinet okays over 178k teachers’ appointments

Talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar, state’s additional chief secretary (Cabinet Secretariat) S Siddharth said the recruitment will be done by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

The cabinet approved the proposal to recruit 57,618 teachers for higher secondary (classes 11 and 12), 33,186 for secondary (classes 9 and 10), 1,745 middle (classes 6 to 8) and 85,477 for primary (classes 1 to 5) (Representational image)
Updated on May 03, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Bihar Cabinet approves proposal to recruit 1.78 lakh teachers

The state government has approved the Bihar State School Teachers (Recruitment, transfer, disciplinary action and service conditions) rules, 2023, and decided to recruit fresh lot of teachers through the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

A protest by teachers in Patna. (HT archive)
Updated on May 02, 2023 09:08 PM IST
By, Patna

Narendra Modi as Gujarat CM started abusing political rivals: Tushar Gandhi

Referring to Modi’s campaign in Gujarat, Tushar said the PM should be mindful of the tradition when he started abusing his political rivals

Author and great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Tushar Gandhi (Agencies)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Lalu Prasad Yadav returns to Patna as party leaders accord grand welcome

Prasad had come to Delhi on September 24 last year for treatment after which he went to Singapore on November 25 for kidney transplant

Clad in a white T-shirt and black trousers, Prasad was taken on a wheelchair out of the arrival gate at the airport. (HT photo | Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 04:52 PM IST

Efforts intensify to acquire land for Danapur-Bihta elevated road, other projects

Ashoka Buildcom, which has singed the agreement with the NHAI for building the 25-km road, in both elevated and at grade mode, has sought encroachment free land to start ground work.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with others visit the Patna ring road project on August 25,2020. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar cooperative department starts process to compensate farmers for crop loss

In 2018, the Bihar government launched its own crop insurance scheme in which farmers do not have to pay any premium

Bihar’s cooperative department will compensate farmers for the loss in yield under its crop assistance scheme (ANI File)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 04:52 PM IST

Nitish to meet Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow today

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is set to meet with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday as part of his mission to unite opposition parties against the BJP. He is also scheduled to meet with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata the following day.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 10:50 PM IST

NHRC notice to Bihar on death of 2 sanitation workers

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) directed officials to file a detailed report on the incident within six weeks

The National Human Rights Commission has told Bihar to report on the death of two persons (PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 09:10 PM IST

Bihar: 71K beneficiaries of PM housing scheme get notice for stalled work

Minister Shravan Kumar said he had already directed the officials to also take action against the panchayat level supervisors for PMAY, who fail to comply with the government instruction to ensure execution of the scheme on ground.

The East Champaran district administration has filed certificate cases against 2800 beneficiaries, some of whom then restarted the construction and claimed the second instalment, said a district official . (Picture for representation)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 10:40 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to unveil a policy for hoardings soon

A day ago, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who is also the minister of the UDHD, had said that the draft policy was put into the public domain for inviting people’s opinion, as per the high court’s order.

Hoardings in Patna. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 09:26 PM IST
By, Patna

CM releases Patna metro logo

Nitish Kumar also launched the 2nd tunnel boring machine (TBM) near Moinul Haque stadium in Patna for construction of the underground section of the project.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar launches a tunnel boring machine for Patna Metro Rail Project at Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 10:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar plans incentives to boost organic farming in big way

Currently, chemical-free farming is being done in 13 districts along the river Ganga, which would be extended to other areas this year under the 4th agricultural road map in a big way, said agriculture minister Kumar Sarvajeet.

Around 40,000 farmers are engaged in organic farming in several districts in Bihar. (Picture for representation/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 09:37 PM IST
By, Patna

Transport dept set to ban diesel buses in Patna from Oct 1 to curb pollution

According to the officer, the state government would provide financial support to owners of those diesel buses, who operate city bus service in Patna, to switch over to compressed natural gases (CNG) buses under the clean energy scheme.

The decision to phase out diesel buses were taken to curb air pollution, an officer said. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Work set to start on Darbhanga-Jainagar NH in Bihar as Centre sanctions 992 cr

The road is also important for tourism purposes as it will provide a link to the railway service between Bihar and Nepal, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

The Jainagar railway station in Bihar’s Madhubani district . The East Central Railway run trains from Jainagar and Kurtha via Janakpurdham in Nepal, the capital of ancient Mithila region. (REUTERS FILE)
Published on Mar 29, 2023 09:51 PM IST

Bihar forms policy to promote jaggery industries

The minister said the programme would be implemented from the next crushing season to ensure sugarcane cultivated by farmers is consumed by local small and micro jaggery industries.

The new policy aims to incentivise sugarcane farmers in Bihar. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 10:39 PM IST
By, Patna

RCD to build two stretches of NHs after MoRTH approves 1,684-cr for projects

The RCD will build the road and the MoRTH would bear the entire expenses of land acquisition and civil work, said the officer, adding that the tenders for both projects would be floated next month to rope in the construction company for that.

The MoRTH in its letters of approval of the project estimates clearly stipulated that the projects shall be complete within two years from the date of award of work and there will be no extension of time for it. (Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 11:14 PM IST

Rahul acting a martyr with eye on Karnataka polls: BJP

Former union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of resorting to lies again to defend his London speech.

BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference at BJP office in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 10:17 PM IST
By, Patna
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