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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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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

2 fake Ayushman cards used in Bihar were issued in UP, Haryana: Official

Bihar Swasthya Suraksha Samiti CEO Alankrita Pandey said the National Health Authority has confirmed that the two fake cards were issued from UP and Haryana

Dr Gopal Krushna Pal, executive director of Patna’s AIIMS, said the hospital will recover the cost of the surgery from the authorities handling the Ayushman Bharat scheme. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 03:27 PM IST

Foreign MBBS graduate accused of forging papers to work in Patna hospital, booked

According to hospital officials, they sacked Mohammad Shamim Farooqui, 40, and got an FIR registered against him pressing charges of forgery, cheating, and criminal misconduct, among others, at Patna’s Shastrinagar police station on May 12

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 01:33 PM IST

Decks cleared for blood centre in Supaul; Bihar’s every district will then have one

Drugs licensing inspectors from the Centre and the state licensing authority had conducted a joint inspection of the Supaul sadar hospital for the grant of blood centre licence a few months back.

There are around 110 blood centres in Bihar of which 49 are under government sector, six of the Red Cross, and the remaining 55 are private. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2023 10:27 PM IST

Ayushman Bharat: Two cases of fake health cards surface at AIIMS Patna, probe on

This is the state’s first such reported fraud, among many more suspected, since the launch of the scheme on September 23, 2018.

AIIMS building in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

SIM cards on forged papers: FIRs pending against 360 telecom agencies in Bihar

Bihar accounts for 87% of the 2.30 lakh disconnected mobile connections, while the remaining 13% are from Jharkhand.

ndia has emerged as the second largest telecom ecosystem in the world with a subscriber base of 1,170.75 million. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 10:14 PM IST
By, Patna

DoT deactivates 2.3 lakh illegal mobile phone connections in Bihar, Jharkhand

The DoT detected 0.38% connections suspicious out of the 70 million mobile subscriber data it analysed in March against a total 110 million mobile subscriber base in Bihar and Jharkhand

It was done using the government’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based facial recognition software (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 12:53 PM IST

Blocking lost mobile phones just a click of mouse away

Around 925 police stations in Bihar will be linked to the Sanchar Saathi, an integrated citizen centric portal, launched nationally on Tuesday by Ashwini Vaishnaw, minister for communications, railways and electrics & information technology, said Girijesh Kumar Mishra, DOT’s special director general for Bihar and Jharkhand.

Mobile subscribers can block their cellphone’s IMEI by submitting a blocking request on the portal along with a copy of the police complaint or through the state police. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Centre in West Bengal offers free vocational courses for Bihar’s lepers

The centre has offered to conduct on-spot admission in any district of Bihar having more than five eligible students with leprosy, said an April 26 e-mail, seen by HT, from Vijay Patta, principal-cum-superintendent of the Leprosy Mission, Bankura, to Bihar’s SLO

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that may lead to severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms, legs and skin areas around your body (File/Representative Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2023 06:51 PM IST

Thalassemia patients at receiving end of blood scarcity at main Patna hospital

Thalassemia, a treatable disorder that can be well managed with blood transfusions, is an inherited disorder caused when a body does not produce enough haemoglobin

PMCH has put up a notice asking attendants to get transfusions at their respective district hospitals. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 01:38 PM IST

Bihar serves notice to NTPC to surrender 854 MW power by Oct

Bihar power officials, however, allayed fears of any power shortage following the power firm’s decision to surrender 854 MW.

The NTPC Barh power plant. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2023 10:13 PM IST

Bangladesh Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Patna, flies back to Kathmandu

“The Boeing 738 aircraft from Dhaka to Kathmandu, carrying 77 passengers, was diverted to Patna due to technical problem. The flight landed here at 12:01pm and departed at 4pm after aircraft engineers attended to the fault,” said airport director Anchal Prakash.

Kathmandu-bound Bangladesh Airlines aircraft made an emergency landing at Patna airport following a technical snag. (HT photo)
Updated on May 05, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

Biman Bangladesh flight to Kathmandu makes emergency landing at Patna airport

Airport director Anchal Prakash said the Boeing 738 aircraft, flying from Dhaka to Kathmandu was diverted to Patna following a technical problem

Patna: A Kathmandu-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines airplane at Jai Prakash Narayan Airport following its emergency landing due to a technical problem in Patna on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 05, 2023 04:59 PM IST

Patna high court halts caste survey in Bihar

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar, who had spearheaded the demand for the caste survey.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 05, 2023 02:34 AM IST
By, Patna
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