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

DoT flags 865 pending telcom tower proposals with Bihar govt

Bihar has the lowest tele-density of 55.81% nationally, as against the national tele-density of 84.43%.

A mobile communications tower. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:02 PM IST
By, Patna

Fight against filaria: Adverse events, refusal to take drug hampers drive in Bihar

All 38 districts of Bihar, which was endemic to lymphatic filariasis, reported 1.25 lakh cases of lymphedema (swelling of limbs) and hydrocele (swelling in the scrotum) in 2020-21.

A medical camp for mass distribution of anti-filarial drugs. (HT archive)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Patna

Will suspend 10 students for ragging, says Patna medical college principal

Patna Medical College Hospital principal Dr Vidya Pati Choudhary said the decision to suspend the students for 10 days was taken at a meeting of heads of depts

PMCH principal said they will ask guardians of students found guilty of ragging and ask them to caution their wards. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 04:41 PM IST

Bihar chief secy suffers brain stroke, in ICU

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visited the Paras-HMRI hospital in Patna to check on chief secretary Amir Subhani, who suffered a brain stroke after a fall.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar visits chief secretary Amir Suhani at Paras hospital in Patna on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 09:14 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar chief secretary admitted due to brain stroke, CM Nitish Kumar pays visit

Amir Subhani was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the neurosurgery department of the Paras-HMRI Hospital late Thursday evening due to a minor brain haemorrhage

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visited the Paras-HMRI hospital on Friday (Agency Photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 08:23 PM IST

Biometric attendance soon to be must for Bihar medical students: Officials

The Bihar University of Health Sciences has also initiated steps to set up an integrated command control centre at the university office in Patna to monitor online and through CCTV all academic activities across the 14 medical colleges under it

BUHS is going to make 80% attendance mandatory for the medical students in Bihar. (Representative Image/Imagesbazaar)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 04:54 PM IST

Patna DM down with dengue; CM holds meeting as cases rise

Number of dengue cases in the state has risen to 295, with Bhagalpur reporting the maximum number of cases (105), followed by Patna at 102.

CM Nitish Kumar visited Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh at the hospital on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 10:19 PM IST
By, Patna

AIIMS-Patna to buys drones to supply drugs, vaccines, anti-snake venom

AIIMS-Patna executive director (ED) Dr Gopal Krushna Pal said the drone service is expected to begin early next year

AIIMS-Patna executive director (ED) Dr Gopal Krushna Pal said two medium-sized drones will be bought initially as part of the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15 crore project (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2023 04:30 PM IST

No end in sight for Bihar’s AIIMS row

PM Modi's claim of a new AIIMS in Darbhanga sparked controversy as the state government and Union health minister traded blame over the delay in construction

Land earmarked for the construction of AIIMS Darbhanga has been caught in an eight-year battle between the state and Centre. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:42 PM IST
ByBishnu K Jha, , Darbhanga/patna

Docs sore over NMC decision to curtail 3 depts from essential list at medical colleges

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has removed three departments from the list of essential departments for medical colleges, causing tension with doctors. The departments of physical medicine and rehabilitation, respiratory medicine, and emergency medicine were removed, sparking criticism from experts in those fields. The NMC has also faced backlash for other recent decisions, including banning doctors from attending seminars sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and making it mandatory for them to prescribe generic drugs.

HT Image
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 10:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi writes to Mandaviya again to reconsider decision on AIIMS Darbhanga site

The Bihar government requested the Centre to reconsider its decision for granting expeditious approval to the alternate site proposed by the state

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 02:05 PM IST

Bihar restoring to power-shedding despite surplus, says Union power minister

Union power minister RK Singh said Bihar was among the three states in India that was still resorting to power-shedding, despite India having turned from a power-deficit to a power-surplus country over the last nine years.

Union power minister RK Singh asked the Bihar government to explain why it was still resorting to power-shedding (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 09:42 PM IST
By, Patna

Inside the survey to enumerate India’s oldest fault line

Once the operative part of the exercise got off the ground, it became clear that enumerating 29 million households was no easy task

The Patna high court suspended the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 crore caste survey exercise for close to three months, before dismissing all objections on August 1. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 02:35 AM IST

Bihar caste survey: Govt mulls mop-up round for those left out

Interestingly, all 38 district magistrates (DMs), who are also the principal census officers, have already given written declaration to the general administration department (GAD), the government’s nodal agency, that the second phase of the survey for filling up pro forma on the 17-point socio-economic indicators, including caste, has been completed in their respective districts.

An enumerator collects information from residents as part of the caste-based survey in Patna. (HT FILE)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, Patna

ICMR Patna gets nod for kala-azar drug trial

LXE408 is a tablet, believed to have better patient compliance due to a shorter regimen than the only available oral drug, Miltefosine, which is currently not being recommended as monotherapy

Muzaffarpur and Patna are the two locations in India where the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a Geneva-based organisation, has chosen to conduct the phase II trials for new kala-azar drug. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 08:01 AM IST
By, Patna

Docs warn of boycotting OPD duty on Aug 18, 19

The Bihar Health Services Association has asked doctors to wear black badge to work on August 16 and 17 over its demands

Patients outside OPD counters at Patna Medical College and Hospital. The Bihar Health Services Association has given an ultimatum to the government to boycott OPD duty on August 18 and 19 if the state health department did not heed its seven-point charter of demands by August 12. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Patna

Trial on new Kala Azar drug to begin at ICMR’s Patna research centre

Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Patna are the two locations in India the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a Geneva-based organisation, has chosen to conduct the phase II trial of the drug

Kala Aazar is a disease caused by an infection with protozoan parasite that enter the body through the bite of an infected female sand fly or ‘balu makhi’, as it is called in local parlance. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 05:21 PM IST

Indigo flight to Delhi makes emergency landing at Patna

A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight made an emergency landing in Patna due to engine failure minutes after take-off; all passengers and crew are safe.

The Airbus 320 (6E 2433) aircraft took off around 8:45am. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 11:35 PM IST

Patna-Delhi IndiGo flight makes emergency landing minutes after take-off; all safe

According to information received from IndiGo, the airline accommodated all passengers on a separate flight

For representational purposes only. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:05 PM IST

Women more proactive to kidney donation in Bihar

In a male dominated society, the trend of women sacrificing one of their two kidneys for their loved ones, and the number of males benefiting out of the donations have only increased over the years

Of the total 15 renal transplant donors in 2016, as many as 12 were women (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 09:57 PM IST

Katihar protests: Lens on power transmission gaps in Bihar

Protests at Barsoi, subdivisional headquarters of Katihar district, turned violent, claiming two lives, as police had to open fire at the protesters on July 26.

Lack of quality power supply owing to transmission problems has led to simmering discontent and public protests. (HT file)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 09:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar telecom dept seeks details from service providers over low usage of CBuD app

The CBuD mobile application was developed to prevent damage to underground assets by agencies undertaking infrastructure development work

The CBuD app was developed under the Indian Telegraph (Infrastructure Safety) Rules, 2022 (Mint)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 10:08 PM IST
ByRuchir Kumar I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Patna

Rain brings some relief, as govt claims no death due to heat

Hospital sources, however, said that 12 deaths, many related to heat, were reported at the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) and the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) during the last 24 hours.

Rain lashes Patna on Sunday. IMD officials, however, said the monsoon would take some more time to become active in Bihar. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Bihar bags third spot in best state category at 4th National Water Awards

Secretary of Bihar’s rural development department (RDD) N. Saravan Kumar and mission director of Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Mission Rahul Kumar received the award from vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Bihar shared the third spot along with Andhra Pradesh (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2023 06:09 PM IST

Bihar: 118 ultrasound centres sealed in 6 districts for violations under PNDT Act

As many as 21 of the 97 ultrasound centres inspected were illegal in Bhojpur, 20 in Buxar, 14 in Nalanda, and four in Rohtas out of the 84 diagnostic centres surveyed

Violations were found at 119 ultrasound centres out of the 532 inspected in Patna between May 29 and June 14 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 04:24 PM IST

400-bed DMCH block to be ready by Dussehra: Tejashwi

The decision to increase the number of beds at the DMCH comes a fortnight after the Centre rejected the state’s offer for a new site for the proposed AIIMS-Darbhanga at Ekmi-Shobhan bypass on the town’s outskirts

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav donates blood during World Blood Donor Day function in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 10:10 PM IST
By, Patna

PC&PNDT Act violation: 22 ultrasound centres sealed in Patna as IMA rallies behind docs

Some centres were operational despite the expiry of the validity of the registration licence, some had shifted to other locations, while a few could not be located.

Among the 22 ultrasound centres sealed, nine are in Patna City subdivision, seven in Paliganj, three in Barh, two in Masaurhi and one in Patna Sadar subdivision, said Patna DM. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 10:34 PM IST

NIRF ranking: Patna AIIMS 27th, only medical institute from Bihar in list

Over the last year, the institute has rigorously pursued recruitment of faculty, resident doctors, non-faculty staff and nursing personnel to ensure the doctor-patient ratio and faculty-student ratio was as per the norms prescribed for Institutes of National Importance (INI).

The AIIMS building in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 10:46 PM IST
By, Patna

Unit 2 of stage I NTPC Barh power plant may begin op this month: Official

NTPC Barh Super Thermal Power Plant unit 2 is set to achieve full load and undergo a 72-hour trial run before commercial operation, with Bihar set to receive an additional 383 MW of power. The plant's first unit began generation in November 2021, with the third unit expected to complete commercial generation by the end of the financial year. The NTPC Barh STPP has a combined installed capacity of 3,300 MW.

The NTPC Barh power plant. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 11:12 PM IST

Bihar issues final show cause to 62 absentee doctors in Patna division

Among the 62 doctors put on notice are three who have been absent since August 2016, one from October 2017, two from 2018, six from 2019, 21 from 2020, 19 from 2021 and 10 from last year.

Bihar’s deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who also holds the health portfolio, had said last October that there were around 700 doctors in the state who were absent for long and were still drawing their salary. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 09:58 PM IST
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