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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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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

Patna high court stays Bihar’s caste-based survey

A division bench said prima facie the state government has no power to carry out the survey and directed the authorities to secure the data collected

The court fixed July 7 as the next date for the hearing a bunch of petitions against the survey. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 04, 2023 04:51 PM IST

Bihar caste survey: Patna HC reserves verdict for today

The Patna High Court has reserved its judgement on a petition seeking an interim stay on the caste-based survey in Bihar. The court will grant interim relief to the petitioners if it finds the state government had exceeded its powers, not followed due process of law, or infringed on privacy of respondents. The Bihar government launched the caste survey exercise on January 7, compiling data on each family in physical form and digitally through a mobile application as part of the survey from the panchayat to the district level.

Patna High Court. (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar caste survey: Patna HC completes hearing, reserves judgement for a day

Relief will be granted if bench found the state govt had either exceeded its powers to commission such a survey; not followed due process of law; or if there was an infringement of privacy of the respondents

The high court is hearing a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) against the caste survey. (File image)
Updated on May 03, 2023 06:43 PM IST

Caste census in last stage, halting it will cause loss to exchequer: Bihar govt

The Bihar government has already spent around ₹115 crore for the ongoing caste survey, the Patna high court was informed on Monday.

Patna: Enumerator staff receive information from residents during the second phase of caste census, in Patna.(PTI)
Updated on May 02, 2023 04:14 AM IST
By, Patna

Patna high court adjourns hearing on caste survey

The high court had taken up the writ petition challenging the decision of the state government to conduct the caste survey, pursuant to the order passed by the Supreme Court on April 28

The second round of the month-long caste-based survey in Bihar began on April 15 and will continue till May 15. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 01, 2023 03:04 PM IST

Few takers for booster jabs as Covid-19 cases decline in Bihar

The state reported 179 fresh cases on Wednesday. The daily new cases have been declining since April 22 when the state reported the month’s highest single-day spike of 198 infections

Patna administered only 224 shots of the Corbevax vaccine since April 16 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 08:14 PM IST

Covid-19: Hospitalisation low in Bihar despite rise in active cases

Despite an increase in the number of active cases, only 20 patients required hospitalisation, while the bulk of the remaining 837 were under home isolation across the state, the government data said.

A health worker takes swab samples in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 10:50 PM IST

SC agrees to hear on April 28 plea against caste survey in Bihar

The petitioner has said that the caste-based survey was violative of the right to privacy under Article 21 of Constitution

The second phase of the caste-based survey in Bihar began on April 15 and will end on May 15. (PTI file image)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 12:42 PM IST

Marital discord among HIV discordant couples on the rise in Bihar

Bihar’s total cumulative HIV/AIDS burden was 60,544 in 2019-20, which rose to 63,448 in 2020-21; and 67,601 in 2021-22, revealed BSACS data.

The Bihar State AIDS Control Society (BSACS) building in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 09:38 PM IST

Patna HC refuses to stay caste survey in Bihar

Appearing for one of the petitioners, senior advocate in the Supreme Court, Aparajita Singh said the survey was being held without any legislation in place.

The counsel argued that no legislative enactment was brought about prior to publication of the notification (on June 6, 2022) by the government to conduct the caste-based survey in the state. (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:06 AM IST
By, Patna

Patna HC refuses to stay caste survey

A division bench of chief justice K Vinod Chandran and justice Madhuresh Prasad refused to stay the exercise, saying that it was not inclined to pass any interim order, and fixed the next hearing for May 4.

The Patna high court. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 11:16 PM IST

Second phase of caste census starts in Bihar

The first round of the so-called caste census was conducted between January 7 and 21.

Bakhtiyarpur: An enumerator staff receives information from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the second phase of caste census at the state, in Bakhtiyarpur, Saturday, April 15, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_15_2023_000123B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 16, 2023 05:00 AM IST

TG writes to CM for mentioning them as ‘caste’, instead of gender for caste survey

Reshma Prasad, founder secretary of Dostana Safar, which espouses the concerns of members from the third gender community, in her letter to the CM, requested him to issue orders to mention TG as a gender; remove its reference as a caste, and to allow them to specify their caste at birth, along with their TG identity, during the survey.

BIhar chief minister Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 10:42 PM IST

Bihar will buy Covid vaccines in absence of supply from Centre: CM Nitish

Nitish also directed officials to conduct mock drills to check the preparedness for Covid-19 across all hospitals in the state.

Health workers take part in a mock drill at IGIMS in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 10:38 PM IST

Bihar’s unmet demand of vaccine goes up with Covid cases

Over 3.49 crore precautionary doses or as many people are still to take their precautionary dose among the 5.9 crore adult population in the state, said health officials.

A health official collects swab samples for Covid-19 testing in Patna on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2023 10:34 PM IST

Infected by Covid, 70-year-old Bihar woman dies of heart attack

A 70-year-old woman from Bihar died of a heart attack on Friday, becoming the first reported Covid-19 related death in the state in three months. The patient had tested positive for Covid-19 via a confirmatory RT-PCR test and was referred to a Covid ward, where she died. Bihar currently has 76 active cases of Covid-19.

Bihar has ramped up Covid testing again. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 09:29 PM IST
By, Patna

Infected by Covid, 70-year-old Bihar woman dies of heart attack

Health officials said this is the first death arising out of Covid-19 in Bihar over the last three months and the body was cremated following Covid protocols

The patient was referred to the Covid ward at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College on Friday. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 04:12 PM IST

HC: PIL against Bihar caste survey maintainable, hearing on April 18

In the second phase, which is scheduled to begin from April 15, data pertaining to people’s castes and religions will be collected.

HC: PIL against Bihar caste survey maintainable, hearing on April 18
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 04:01 AM IST
By, Patna

Patna HC says PIL against caste survey ‘maintainable’

“The court will now examine the decision of the government of Bihar with respect to the caste-based survey and see whether it is in public interest,” said Dinu Kumar, counsel for petitioner Akhilesh Kumar, a social worker.

Patna high court (HT file)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 10:21 PM IST
By, Patna

Woman infected with new Covid variant in Rohtas

According to health officials, the woman who tested positive for the new variant had no travel history and was asymptomatic.

As many as 13 cases were reported from Patna, three from Gaya and one from Khagaria are among the new Covid cases reported during the last 24 hours on Wednesday, said health officials. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 09:42 PM IST

Not possible to cater to Bihar’s 100% emergency cases: AIIMS-Patna

There is a trend in Bihar where private and government hospitals refer emergency patients to AIIMS for ICU admissions in the evening, medical superintendent Dr CM Singh said

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/ HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2023 10:33 AM IST

Covid-19 after-effects: Bone complications on the rise due to use of steroids:Experts

Organising secretary of the conference, Dr Amulya Kumar Singh said the use of steroids to save lives during the pandemic, especially of patients who were on a ventilator and in the intensive care unit (ICU), has had a cascading effect and was leading to osteoporosis, AVN, back pain, sarcopenia (muscle pain), rheumatoid arthritis and weight gain.

During the two-day seventh Global Orthopaedic Forum Conference in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 11:14 PM IST
By, Patna

203 castes in Bihar to choose from as 2nd leg of survey begins April 15

Over 3.04 lakh enumerators will now ask respondents 17 questions, including caste among the 203 notified castes in Bihar, during the month-long second phase of the survey.

The first leg of the caste survey, to mark the households and list the name of heads of families and count the number of family members, was held between January 7 and 21 in Bihar. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Patna

Power tariff up by 24.1% in Bihar, industry demands subsidy hike

The net hike in power tariff will, however, be known only after the state government announces its subsidy, which is likely next month.

Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman Shishir Sinha (left) and its member Subhash Chandra Chaurasia announce the revised power tariff for 2023-24, in Patna on Thursday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 09:54 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar power regulator BERC okays 24% hike, says power discoms sought 54% rise in tariff

The net hike in the power tariff for consumers, however, will be known only after the state government announces its subsidy over the next few weeks.

Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman Shishir Sinha (left) and member Subhash Chandra Chaurasia announcing the revised power tariff for 2023-24 in Patna (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 08:56 PM IST

Bihar to get 405 MW more power from NTPC by May

The state’s average daily allocation from the NTPC will go up to 6,950 MW as against a total of 7,350 MW (approx) from central sectors, including 400 MW hydel power from the NHPC, after the commissioning of the fourth unit of the Barh plant by May this year.

The Barh power plant. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 11:11 PM IST

Live surgeries beamed on virtual network as 3-day eye meet begins

This is the first time in the state such surgeries were performed and beamed live on a virtual network across the country, said Dr Satyajit Sinha, chief organising secretary and chairman of the scientific committee of the 60th Bihar Ophthalmological Society (BOSCON).

In a first, six complex cataract, retinal detachment and cross-linking surgeries for correction of elliptical cornea in eyes were performed at multiple OTs across the country, as young doctors watched them live online. (HT Photo/Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 10:32 PM IST
By, Patna

Lapses in death certificates: Bihar govt probe holds AIIMS superintendent, medical record staff guilty of lapses; seeks action

On the basis of the inquiry report, Arunish Chawla, Bihar’s additional chief secretary, planning and development, advised the executive director of AIIMS to take corrective actions, including disciplinary action against the guilty, in his letter dated March 7.

The AIIMS Patna building. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:40 PM IST
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