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

Cabinet decisions: IGIMS to offer free treatment

Currently, all services in the IGIMS, which sees thousands of patients every day from across the state, are chargeable, though marginally lesser than being charged by private medical institutions.

IGIMS building in Patna. (HT archive)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 09:07 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish lays foundation stones for urban infra projects worth 2,616 cr

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launched 55 urban infrastructure projects, including the renovation of the Saidpur drainage network in Patna, worth ₹2,355.96 crore.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inspects Saidpur drain in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 09:13 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar govt urges union commerce ministry to allocate four SEZs

The minister in the letter to the commerce ministry had requested for allocation of four SEZ including those in Bodh Gaya, Fatuha, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur

Bihar industries minister Samir Kumar Mahaseth he has sent a letter to the Centre for allocating at least four SEZs. (Twitter | Samir Kumar Mahaseth)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:00 PM IST

Heavy discharge at Kosi, Gandak prompt flood warning in north Bihar

Around 4.14 lakh cusecs of water flew through the barrage at 2.30am, which, however, subsided to normal monsoon level in the afternoon

Kosi was reported flowing 60 cm above the danger level at Baltara in Khagaria (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 10:38 AM IST

Bihar: Lines drawn for ministers’ pvt secretaries

Government has issued guidelines to the departmental heads to on the nature of work and duties to be performed by external and official private secretaries (PS) of cabinet ministers.

Education minister . Chandrashekhar’s private secretary (HT file)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Patna

Tejashwi meets Gadkari, Bihar hopes to get its first expressway

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will carry out a feasibility test for building the first expressway in Bihar, from Buxar to Bhagalpur.

Bihar’s deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav with Union minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. (HT)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 10:22 PM IST
By, Patna

Green energy to power dedicated agri feeders in Bihar

State’s power distribution companies are going ahead with plans to set up a chain of grid-connected decentralised solar power plants to supply electricity in the dedicated agriculture feeders

A solar power microgrid in Jehanabad. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 09:04 PM IST
By, Patna

Flood alert in north Bihar after huge water discharge from Nepal

Sudden and heavy discharge of water from Birpur and Valmikinagar barrages into Kosi and Gandak rivers, respectively.

In a swollen Ganga river at NIT Ghat in Patna on Monday, the I-Day eve. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 09:16 PM IST
By, Patna

Flood alert in North Bihar after huge water discharge from Nepal

Birpur barrage in Supal on Kosi witnessed release of around 4.62 lakh cusec water at 2am, which was the highest since the flood level of 1989

The sudden surge in discharge was attributed to local rains in Nepal in the downstream of Barah Kshetra. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 05:33 PM IST

Swollen rivers spark flood fears in north Bihar

Ganga has crossed the danger level at Hathidah, Kosi at Baltara and Kursela, while Burhi Gandak and Kamla Balan have jumped the danger mark at Khagaria and Jhanjharpur.

A swollen Ganga river at Kali Ghat in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 10:00 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Govt falsifying flood victims’ house-loss claims despite credible records

These are among the 1,220 residents of five villages– Sonbarsha, Jobhan, Khoknaha, Sukela and Maricha, who have been running from pillar to post to get compensation for the loss of their houses in the floods

With 351 fatalities, Bihar recorded the highest number of deaths due to flood in 2021 (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Heavy rainfall in Himalayan foothills spark fear of floods in north Bihar

Water resources department officials have stepped up vigil on embankments of north Bihar rivers and are carrying out restoration work wherever they notice any leakage or erosion

Houses seen submerged in flood waters following heavy monsoon rainfall in Bihar in 2020. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 12:22 PM IST

Heavy rains in Himalayan foothills fuel flood fears in north Bihar

All major rivers originating from Nepal have turned in spate, following heavy rains in the foothills of Himalaya in the past 24 hours.

A flooded area in Patna on Wednesday. (Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 09:35 PM IST

New rule for registration renewal of older vehicles

Earlier, older vehicles were offered re-registration facility after vehicle’s inspection and verification of documents by the MVI only. The DTO was the final authority to accept or deny re-registration

According to the new norms, the district transport officer and the motor vehicle inspector will carry out joint inspection of the vehicle concerned, verify the documents in front of the owner and send the application to the department for final approval. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Patna

Bihar bridge collapse: Will rebuild and foot the bill, firm in dock tells HC

On June 4, the spans on pier 10-12 of the extra-dosed cable-stayed bridge had collapsed. A purported video clip of the incident, made by locals, was widely circulated on the social media.

The bridge, a day after its collapse. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 09:29 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar govt revamps boards, commissions

The long-awaited exercise came a day after substantially enhancing the salary structure of their chairmen and members

CM Nitish Kumar addresses reporters in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 10:11 PM IST
By, Patna

Cabinet meet: Major hike in salaries of members of boards, commissions

This was among the 35 agenda items discussed and approved by the Cabinet at its meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

CM Nitish Kumar inspects a road project in Patna on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 09:47 PM IST
By, Patna

Varanasi-Kolkata expressway to be named NH319B, work to commence soon: NHAI

Starting from Varanasi, the expressway will enter Bihar at Chand, bordering Chaudali in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and exit at Imamganj in Gaya after covering a distance of about 160 km

The 610-km long Varanasi-Kolkata expressway will connect four districts each of Bihar & Jharkhand before entering WB. (Representative file image)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 09:22 AM IST

Nitish likely to expand Cabinet on July 24, with two faces each from Cong, RJD

This will be the third cabinet expansion by Nitish Kumar ever since he snapped ties with BJP and took over as the leader of the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) and took oath as the CM on August 10, 2022, along with Tejashwi Prasad Yadav as his deputy.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar flags off fire brigade vehicles in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 10:25 PM IST
By, Patna

Ganga Pathway up to Gaighat set to open for traffic

The four-land road, popularly called Patna’s marine drive, is being built on northern bank of river Ganga in Bihar’s capital.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar inspects construction works of JP Ganga Path project in Patna. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 10:08 PM IST
By, Patna

Bridge design was vetted by IIT-Delhi team, says Bihar dept

The court has conducted two hearings of the case while August 12 has been fixed as the date for the hearing

The 3.15-km-long bridge being built on river Ganga between Aguanighat in Khagaria district and Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district collapsed on June 4 (ANI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Patna

BJP probe panel seeks judicial inquiry into police lathi-charge in Patna

Das is leading BJP’s four-member fact-finding team to probe the July 13 lathi-charge on party leaders and workers in Patna.

Former Jharkhand CM Raghubar Da addresses a press conference at BJP office in Patna on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 09:32 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar: Govt to hold talks with agitating teachers

Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said the CM would be personally looking in the matter and talk to the teachers after the monsoon session of the state legislature.

CPI-ML legislators stage a protest in support of teachers, outside Bihar assembly on Tuesday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 09:50 PM IST
By, Patna

Nitish alerts ruling alliance legislators against ‘BJP bid’

Taking exception to RJD MLC Sunil Singh’s recent media outburst against him, the CM accused him of hobnobbing with Union home minister Amit Shah to switch over his loyalty.

The meeting of ruling alliance legislators at Bihar assembly on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, Patna

Cabinet meeting: Setting up biogas plans in Bihar gets easier

The new policy, apart from other incentives, seeks to offer a capital subsidy of 15% or the maximum of ₹5 crore to the investors.

CM Nitish Kumar chaired the cabinet meeting. (HT)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 09:27 PM IST
By, Patna

Teachers’ recruitment: State govt defends dropping ‘illegal’ domicile clause

Chief secretary Amir Subhani said the decision was taken to suit the constitutional provisions and judgments of various courts, including the Supreme Court.

A protest against dropping the domicile criterion for recruitment of school teachers in Bihar, in Patna on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Patna

Bihar to get vehicle scrapping centres by Sept: Officials

The scrap policy envisages benefits of up to ₹60,000 on purchase of new vehicles by way of monetary relief in road tax and registration charge

HT Image
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 11:10 PM IST
By, Patna

Shunted engineer back in Bihar bridge-building panel

The construction of the bridge began in 2014 after chief minister Nitish Kumar laid its foundation on February 23, and it was expected to be completed in 2019

An under-construction bridge collapsed into Ganga river in Bhagalpur district on June 4. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Pressure on Nitish Kumar to include two Congress leaders in cabinet expansion

Congress, which has 19 MLAs in the 243-member Bihar assembly, currently has two ministers in the state government.

At the Opposition unity meeting in Patna on June 23. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 09:35 PM IST
By, Patna

We are going to defeat BJP together: Rahul Gandhi ahead of Opposition meeting

Accusing the BJP of working to “divide India and spread hate and violence”, Gandhi asserted that a fight of ideologies is going on in India

Gandhi was accompanied by AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge and general secretary KC Venugopal in the gathering. (HT Photo | Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 01:09 PM IST
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