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Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra convicted, given 5 years in jail in fodder scam case

A Special CBI in Ranchi on Wednesday convicted and sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra to five years in prison in a fodder scam case.
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav
A Special CBI Court convicted and sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra to five years in prison in a fodder scam case here today.
 
Special CBI Judge Swarn Shankar Prasad also imposed a fine of Rs. 10 lakh on both of them in the case pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury, then a part of undivided Bihar and now in Jharkhand, in 1992-93.
 
Mr. Yadav and Mr. Mishra were convicted on two separate counts and sentenced to five years in prison on each, but the sentences will run concurrently and the period of jail term already served would be set off.
 
In all, as many as 50 people were convicted in the case, while six were acquitted. The 50 people convicted today included six politicians, three former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and four woemn. They were given three years of imprisonment and fined Rs. 50,000 each.
 
There were a total of 76 accused persons in the case, of whom 14 died during the trial, three turned CBI approvers, two admitted to their crime and one is absconding.
 
This is the third fodder scam case in which Mr. Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, has been convicted, while it is the second for Mr. Mishra.
 
Mr. Yadav had, on September 30, 2013, been sentenced to five years of five years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25 lakhs for his role in another case in the multi-crore fodder scam, which broke out 17 years ago when he was Chief Minister of Bihar.
 
He and 44 others were convicted by the CBI Court in Ranchi in one of the several cases related to the Rs 950 crore scandal, in which Rs 37.70 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn from the treasury at Chaibasa. Mr. Mishra was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for four years with a fine of Rs 2 lakhs in that case.
 
On December 13 that year, the Supreme Court granted bail to Mr. Yadav. He had moved the apex court after the Jharkhand High Court had dismissed his application for bail until his appeal against his conviction by the Special CBI Court in Ranchi was decided by the High Court.
 
The bail was granted by a bench headed by then Chief Justice P Sathasivam after it noted that many other similarly placed convicts had been been granted bail in the case.
 
 
Lalu Prasad given three years in third fodder scam case
On January 6, Mr. Yadav was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a CBI Special Court for his role in a second fodder scam case, relating to the fraudulent withdrawal of funds from the Deoghar Treasury. Fifteen others were convicted in that case, while Mr. Mishra and five others were acquitted.
 
The former Union Minister is an accused in two other cases related to the alleged scam, pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury. 
 
Despite the charges he is facing, Mr. Yadav remains popular with large sections of the people in Bihar and had led a grand alliance that included the Janata Dal (United) and the Congress to a handsome victory over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2015 Assembly elections. The alliance later came apart when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar walked out of it and later joined hands with the BJP to return as Chief Minister.
 
Mr. Yadav's conviction is likely to be a setback for the efforts to put together a similar alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Mr. Yadav's son Tejaswi Yadav, former deputy chief minister of Bihar, told journalists today that they would file appeals against the verdicts in the High Court. He said the people of the state consider Mr. Yadav as a hero and believed he was innocent. He also said that the people could see that Mr. Yadav was being framed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, who is heading a JD (U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar.
 
Mr. Yadav, who is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail here following his conviction in the Deoghar Treasury case, was brought to the CBI Court to hear the verdict in today's case.
 
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Modi says that if India has to develop, no part of country can remain underdeveloped

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that, if India has to emerge as a developed nation, no part of the country could remain weak and underdeveloped.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that, if India has to emerge as a developed nation, no part of the country could remain weak and underdeveloped.
 
Pointing out that eastern India had remained underdeveloped, he said growth should be balanced across north, south, east and west so that common people all over the country could enjoy the fruits of development in equal measure.
 
Mr Modi was addressing a gathering after launching the National Digital Literacy Mission in Ranchi.
 
He also dedicated to the nation Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) oil terminal at Jasidih and the 765 kV Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat transmission line.
 
Mr Modi announced that work would commence shortly on the Jagdishpur-Phoolpur-Haldia gas pipeline, which would become a major source of energy for eastern India. 
 
He also initiated work at the North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Plant which, he said, would dispel darkness from Jharkhand. He also laid the foundation stone for two IT-related projects.
 
Mr Modi said Jharkhand had huge potential for development and promised to repay the love and affection shown to him by the people of the state through development.
 
Stating that India could develop only if its states developed, he referred to yesterday's decision by the Union Cabinet to increase royalty rates on minerals which would benefit Jharkhand enormously.
 
Jharkhand Governor Sayed Ahmed, Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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Kovind urges universities to contribute towards social responsibility

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday urged universities to contribute towards Universities' Social Responsibility (USR).
 
Addressing the 33rd convocation of Ranchi University, the President said at least five students from each university should go to nearby villages at an interval of about two months, and if possible, stay there at night and interact with the villagers.
 
They should communicate with the villagers about the welfare and development schemes of the central and state government. Ranchi University should pay special attention to USR, he added.
 
Noting that Jharkhand had about 40% of the country’s mineral reserves, he said several big public and private sector industries are established in the state. There are many tourists’ attractions in Jharkhand. The state has also many good educational institutions.
 
“On the strength of many such characteristics of Jharkhand and the talent of youth, it has the potential to become a developed state,” he said.
 
Ranchi University established the Department of Ethnic and Regional Languages in 1980 to preserve and promote languages and culture of Jharkhand. At present five tribal languages -- Kudukh, Mundari, Santhali, Ho and Kharia -- are taught in the university, Kovind said.
 
“The knowledge of tribal languages and cultures should be used to connect with the community and for development. We should learn from the tribal communities to meet our needs in harmony with nature. Ranchi University could make a multi-dimensional contribution by encouraging research on tribal culture and civilization,” he added.
 
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Kovind to visit Odisha, Jharkhand and Bengal from Sep 27 to Oct 1

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal from September 27 to October 1.
 
On September 28, the President will present Colours to the Corps of Army Air Defence at Gopalpur in Odisha, an official press release said.
 
On the following day, Kovind will visit Vikas Bharti, Bishunpur, Gumla in Jharkhand.
 
On September 30, he will attend the 33rd convocation of Ranchi University.  
 
On October 1, the President will visit the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities in Kolkata, West Bengal, the release added.
 
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100 days of govt just a trailer, full movie yet to come: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the first 100 days of his government's work was just a trailer and the entire film is yet to come.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the first 100 days of his government's work was just a trailer and the entire film is yet to come.
 
"The 100 days work of the government is just a trailer and the movie is yet to come. Those who were thinking that they are above the law are seeking bail now. I am working on what I had promised. I had promised a Kamdaar (working) and Damdaar (effective) government," said Modi while launching three national-level schemes here on Thursday.
 
"In 100 days, Muslim women have been given their right and triple talaq law has been implemented. The anti-terror law has been made more stringent, the work for development of Jammu and Kashmir has been initiated. Those who were plundering people have been sent to the right place (jail). And what we had promised to farmers is being delivered," he  said.
 
Modi launched a pension scheme for farmers and small traders and 462 Eklavya Model residential schools for tribal students. He inaugurated the riverine multi-modal terminal in Sahebganj district and the new assembly building at Ranchi. He also laid the foundation stone of the new secretariat.
 
Modi termed the recently concluded Monsoon session of Parliament as historic for which he thanked the Members of Parliament (MPs) and political parties. He said that important bills were passed during the session.
 
"Jharkhand has become the launching pad for national-level schemes. In September last year, the world's biggest health scheme Ayushman Bharat was launched from the same Prabhat Tara ground. Today three national-level schemes have been launched. This will give a new identity to Jharkhand," he said.
 
"The Sahebganj multi-modal terminal will give new opportunities to Jharkhand. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants. This is part of the Haldia-Varanasi waterway project. It will also provide a market for the products of Jharkhand in other parts of the country.
 
"Our government's mission is to make the life of people including tribals easier. We have launched schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PM Jeevan Jyoti Yojna, Jan Dhan account which could not have been thought of five years ago," he said.
 
He also appealed to the people of Jharkhand to actively participate in ending the menace of single-use plastic.
 
"Collect single-use plastic at one place and make the country free from this menace on the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi," said Modi.
 
Jharkhand assembly elections will be held by the end of the year.
 
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Rameshwar Oraon appointed as Jharkhand Congress chief

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi today appointed former Lok Sabha member Rameshwar Oraon as the president of the Jharkhand unit of the party.
 
Ms Gandhi also appointed five working presidents in the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee. They are: Kamlesh Mahato Kamalesh, Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Thakur, Manas Sinha and Sanjay Paswan, a press release issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary K C Venugopal here said.
 
Oraon, a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, succeeds Ajoy Kumar, who had resigned as president of the state Congress chief two weeks ago. 
 
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Five killed in Jharkhand road accident

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Five people were killed in a road accident in Jharkhand's Simdega district on Friday, police said.
 
The accident involved a head-on collision between two motorbikes.
 
Besides the five victims who died on the spot, two others were injured, the police added.
 
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Two girls found hanging from a tree in Jharkhand

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Two girls allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves with the same rope in the Simdega district of Jharkhand on Sunday.
 
According to the police, the two girls -- Shraddha Su Nandini, 18, and Suandani Bage, 23, missing since Saturday -- were found hanging from a tree at Kaju Bagan.
 
On Saturday, they had left home to go to school. When they did not return home by evening, the parents started searching for them.
 
While the police suspect it to be a case of suicide, the family members see it as a case of murder. 
 
The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination.
 
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Jharkhand Congress chief manhandled by party workers

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Jharkhand Congress chief Ajay Kumar faced protests by party workers when he arrived at its office here on Monday to attend a poll review meeting.
 
Kumar had resigned after the humiliating defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls. Congress had fought the polls in a 'grand alliance' with JMM, RJD and others in Jharkhand. Congress had fought on seven seats and won only one but Kumar was asked by the party to continue as state president.
 
On Monday the first meeting was called in the state to review the poll defeat. Some party workers shouted "Go back go back" and also manhandled Kumar. Security personnel somehow managed to rescue him.
 
Congress workers here call Kumar an "outsider".
 
The Jharkhand Congress is a divided house after the poll defeat. One group wants Kumar should be removed from the state president's post. The group is supported by some legislators, former MPs and others.
 
"Six party members involved in the incident have been suspended. The party workers should raise organisational issues at the right forum. Instead of getting divided, it is time to unite to face challenges of the BJP's misrule as the Assembly polls will take place very soon," Kishore Sahdeo, Jharkhand Congress spokesperson told IANS.
 
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Rs 23 lakh looted from bank in Jharkhand

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Four criminals looted Rs 23 lakh from a Bank of India branch in Jharkhand's Chatra district on Monday, police said.
 
The four came riding on two bikes at 9.40 a.m. to the bank, held the staff at gun point and looted the money from its chest before escaping. The police have launched a hunt for them.
 
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How football is saving tribal girls in Jharkhand from trafficking, child marriage

As an uneducated tribal woman, Tetri Devi, 51, has seen many struggles, but seeing her youngest child, Anshu Kacchap, scale heights in football and visit the UK to play an inter-school football tournament has brought alive dreams, hopes and the zeal to continue her fight against the naysayers. Girls like Anshu are breaking the mould and smashing the glass ceiling with football.
 
Tetri revealed that when Anshu started playing football, everyone in the community, including her husband, was against the idea. "A girl wearing shorts and spending time playing football was not only looked down upon but was fiercely opposed by many. I remember being stopped by villagers concerned about me allowing the girl to play football and being called out for being a bad mother," she said, adding that every snide comment she ignored and every advice she didn't heed was "worth the trouble".
 
With her husband unemployed for the larger part of the year, Tetri earns a living for her family of six -- among them four daughters, of whom Anshu is the youngest -- by selling Hadiya, a locally brewed rice beer in the nearby haats (rural markets) in Pahan Toli, a remote village on the outskirts of Ranchi. Football has given her and her daughter a reason to dream again. 
 
Anshu has been associated with OSCAR (Organization for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility) Foundation's football training programme, which runs from Chari Huzir on the outskirts of Ranchi, for five years now. She has not only represented Jharkhand in national tournaments but has also been one of the eight girls from Jharkhand who played in a UK Schools Tour, OSCAR ‘Kick Like a Girl' in October last year. 
 
The transformation through football wasn't an easy one for the 200-odd girls who have taken to the sport around Irba and Kanke. Social stigma aside, acute poverty and challenges like the lack of even a single square meal, looming threats of early marriage and absence of support from their families have been a problem for these tribal girls, living about 30 kilometres from Ranchi. Through all the struggle, football has been their tool against fear, one kick at a time. 
 
Shital Toppo, a student of commerce at a local college, said she was in disbelief when she found out she would be going to Russia in 2018 to watch a FIFA World Cup match as a part of the Football for Hope Movement, a project of FIFA to promote football as a medium for development and growth. She said the first time she went on the field, she couldn't even manage to kick the ball for the first week.
 
"I was all awkward wearing the sports gear, and afraid of people judging me," she reminisced.
 
But it wasn't all bad for Toppo, who played a friendly match with other members of the delegation from all over the world. She even befriended a representative from Brazil, Barbara. 
 
"Football has changed my stand in the society and without it, I would have simply dropped out of school like many other girls in my village," she said. 
 
Not only has she inspired her elder brother to resume education, but also many other children in her village to become a part of the change that football has initiated in her life. 
 
For Tinky Kumari, 16, like hundreds of young girls in the area, an early wedding was supposed to celebrate her passing the matriculation examinations. Her elder brother, a school dropout himself, forced her to work as a farm labourer but football became her weapon of protest. 
 
"My brother didn't hesitate to beat me up just to stop me from playing football," she recalled. She said her trip to the UK was a turning point as now everyone in her family has finally stopped talking about marrying her off. With her parents' support, she is now continuing her education.
 
The narrative of how football empowered these village girls is a story that never fails to inspire. Helena Tete, 53, has been mentoring the girls since the early days of the programme. She has been a witness to the story of these girls and how football has empowered them to become what they are. 
 
She recalled that when the training started in 2013, the girls taking part in the training were scared and hesitant. Their families were reluctant as they didn't see a future in sports for them, she said. "Today, every time they play a national tournament or win a match, it is such a proud moment for us," she added. 
 
Started in Chari Huzir in Kanke block, the programme by OSCAR Foundation now covers eight different tolas (groups of villages). A few players from the training institute have made it to the Under-15 and the Under-17 teams of Jharkhand.
 
Though professional football will not be a part of the larger plan for many girls, for now they are rewriting their life through a sport that has helped them realise their worth in the world.
 
"I started playing football when I was in class eight and I arrived on the field wearing a traditional skirt," recalled Anshu. She thought people would make fun of her but instead, she became less conscious over time and mastered the sport. 
 
She noted that the most important factor in her story was her mother's decision to let her play. "As I teach young girls now, it feels good to be a person who others look up to," added Anshu, who dreams of taking her football career forward along with higher studies. 
 
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22 policemen injured in Jharkhand road accident

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As many as 22 policemen were injured in a road accident in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district on Saturday, the police said.
 
Fifty-two Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) personnel were on their way to Deoghar for the Shravani Mela duty from Ranchi when the bus driver lost control and hit a tree in the Sikidari valley. 
 
The condition of five of the injured constables is stated to be critical. 
 
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Lalu Prasad gets bail in fodder scam case

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The Jharkhand High Court on Friday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of funds from the Deoghar treasury, but he will remain in jail in two other cases related to the scam.
 
"Lalu Prasad has been given bail in one fodder scam in which he was awarded three-and-a-half-years' jail. He will remain in jail in two more fodder scam cases in which he was awarded five years and 14 years imprisonment," the RJD chief's lawyer Prabhat Kumar told IANS.
 
Jharkhand High Court Justice Apresh Kumar Singh granted the bail on two bail bond sureties each of Rs 50,000.
 
Lalu Prasad had filed his bail petition on June 13. The High Court granted him bail after the CBI filed its reply on his plea on July 5. He was convicted in the Deoghar fraudulent withdrawal case in December 2017.
 
The former Bihar Chief Minister has been convicted in four fodder scam cases and awarded upto 14 years of imprisonment. He has already got bail in a fourth case related to the Rs 900 crore fodder scam.
 
At present, he is undergoing treatment at a pay ward of Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for various ailments.
 
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Maoists set vehicles ablaze in Jharkhand

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Maoists on Friday set ablaze 16 vehicles at a railway siding and also assaulted six labourers in Jharkhand's Latehar district, according to police.
 
The Maoists who carried out the act of arson belonged to the Jharkhand Janmukti Parisad, the JJMP claimed. They first attacked the Tori railway siding and came down heavily on the labourers sleeping at the spot. 
 
After snatching away their mobile phones, the insurgents set the 16 parked vehicles at the siding on fire. 
 
There were around 15 of the JJMP men who took to indiscriminate firing, though no one was reported injured in it.
 
The denial of levy from the area is said to be the reason for the attack as coal transportation is done from the Tori siding.
 
Following the attack, coal transportation has been stopped from Tori and additional forces deployed.
 
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Rs 37 lakh looted from ATM in Jharkhand

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Unidentified criminals robbed Rs 37 lakh by breaking open an ATM machine in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district on Saturday.
 
According to the police, criminals cut open the State Bank of India (SBI) ATM with a gas cutter and took away Rs 37 lakh. The incident took place at a roadside ATM situated in Tatajharia locality on National Highway 100 of Hazaribagh district.
 
The criminals first covered the CCTV with a cloth and later broke it. The initial footage indicates that four criminals came by car around 3 a.m. on Saturday and managed to take away all the money in the ATM, police said. 
 
No security guard was posted there at the time of the robbery.
 
"We have started an investigation to arrest the criminals. We have taken it as a challenge" Sahdeo Sao, Deputy Superintendent of Police of the area, said to the media.
 
The police is trying to get CCTV camera footage from nearby places to trace the criminals.
 
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Mother, daughter accused of witchcraft killed in Jharkhand

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A mother and daughter accused of witchcraft were first brutally beaten and then hacked to death in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district, police said on Saturday.
 
The incident took place on Thursday night in Rowaoli village, a Maoist-affected area. 
 
According to the police, the husband Subhash Khandait and the couple's son managed to escape during the incident. He lodged a complaint on Friday.
 
In the complaint, Khandait said there was a "puja" at his place on Monday which was attended by his neighbour Rambilas' wife, following which she fell ill. This led Rambilas' family members to attack Khandait's wife and daughter.
 
"The FIR has been lodged. We are investigating the case," Aanad Mohan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, West Singhbhum, told the media.
 
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Lynching of Muslim youth in Jharkhand 'blot on humanity': Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday described the mob lynching of a Muslim youth in Jharkhand as a "blot on humanity" and criticised the "silence" of powerful voices in the BJP-ruled Central and state governments.
 
"The brutal lynching of this young man by a mob in Jharkhand is a blot on humanity. The cruelty of the police who held this dying boy in custody for four days is shocking as is the silence of powerful voices in the BJP-ruled Central and state government," he tweeted.
 
Gandhi's remarks came two days after Tabrez Ansari, 22, died in a hospital on Sunday, days after he was brutally thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela district on suspicion of stealing a bike.
 
According to the police, a stolen motorcycle and some other things were also recovered from him. The incident came to light after a video went viral in which a mob was seen beating up Ansari who was tied to a tree.
 
The police has arrested five people involved in the lynching of the youth while two policemen have also been suspended.
 
According to police sources, initially Ansari tried to save himself by calling himself "Sonu". However, he was forced to reveal his real name after the mob asked him to chant "Jai Sri Ram".
 
After the thrashing, the mob handed him over to the police, which took him to a police post. However, he had to be admitted to hospital after his condition worsened and he died at the hospital on Sunday.
 
Ansari's wife has questioned the role of the police in her husband's death alleging that he was not given timely medical treatment.
 
Seraikela Superintendent of Police S. Kartik met Ansari's family and made the arrest based on his wife's first information report (FIR).
 
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World Bank approves $147 million loan to Jharkhand for Municipal Development Project

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The Union Government, Jharkhand State Government and the World Bank signed a $147 million loan agreement here today to provide basic urban services and help improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State.
 
The Jharkhand Municipal Development Project will focus on improving the municipal sector’s capacity to provide basic urban services. It will invest in urban services such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, and urban roads; and strengthen the capacity of the Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company (JUIDCO) as well as that of the ULBs to carry out reforms in the areas of urban finance and governance, an official press release said.
 
This is in keeping with the needs of a rapidly urbanizing state where about 31 million people reside in urban areas and urban population growth in nine of 24 districts in Jharkhand is above India’s overall urbanization pace of 2.7%, the release said.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, said the Union Government recognizes that urbanization and economic growth are interlinked and initiated a comprehensive road map for municipal reforms through the AMRUT program.
 
The Jharkhand Municipal Reform Programme will be a definite step forward to strengthen and improve urban services in a fast urbanizing state and will provide an impetus to economic growth, he added. 
 
The Loan Agreement was signed by Khare on behalf of the Centre and Shanker Lal, Acting Country Director (India), on behalf of the World Bank. The Project Agreement was signed by Ameet Kumar, Director, State Urban Development Agency (SUDA), on behalf of Jharkhand Government, Utkarsh Mishra, Deputy Project Director (EAP) on behalf of Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company and Shanker Lal, on behalf of the World Bank.
 
Shanker Lal said, over the past decade, Jharkhand has been focusing on bringing ULBs to the forefront of development and delivery of municipal services. However, there is a huge unfinished reform and investment agenda for the State. In the broader context, this project will support the process of strengthening the capacity of urban local bodies while investing in municipal services. 
 
Most of these components will be open to all 43 ULBs in the state who may wish to participate within an agreed framework under the project. Over 350,000 urban residents of the participating ULBs are expected to benefit, of which at least 45% will be women. 
 
Interventions such as piped water supply, stormwater drains, climate-friendly road construction and energy efficient street lighting will not only help improve urban services but also make it environmentally sustainable. 
 
Work on two sub-projects – Khunti water supply subproject and the Dhanbad roads sub-project is expected to commence shortly. Through its other key components, the project will improve urban governance by assisting ULBs to improve their organizational capacity, manage finances in a sustainable manner, and focus on the development of its nodal implementing agency, JUIDCO.   
 
Vasudha Thawakar, Senior Urban Development Specialist and Task Team Leader for the Project said that Jharkhand needs large-scale investments in urban infrastructure and services. Such investments will require a phased approach. This Project will focus on closing the gap on access to basic services and at the same time build the capacity of its institutions to better manage and provide services effectively. 
 
The loan, from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 7-year grace period, and a final maturity of 22.5 years.
 
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Jharkhand mob lynching: 5 arrested, 2 cops suspended

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Five people involved in the lynching of a Muslim youth in Jharkhand have been arrested while two policemen have been suspended.
 
"Two cops, one Sub Inspector and one Assistant Sub Inspector, have been suspended for dereliction of duty. Five people have been arrested so far," said a Deputy Superintendent of Police to IANS over the phone, asking not to be named.
 
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has been upset with the incident.
 
Seraikela Superintendent of Police S. Kartik is himself looking into the case to ensure all the accused are arrested.
 
Pappu Mandal, the main accused in the lynching of the Muslim youth was arrested first. Later based on his interrogation others were arrested.
 
Tabrez Ansari, 22, died in a hospital on Sunday, days after he was brutally thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela district on suspicion of stealing a bike.
 
According to the police, a stolen motorcycle and some other items were also recovered from him.
 
The incident came to light after a video went viral in which Mandal was seen beating Ansari, who was tied to a tree.
 
Ansari's wife Shaista Parveen lodged an FIR at the Seraikela police station alleging that he was caught by some people while he was on his way back on a bike from Jamshedpur last Monday. He was tied to a tree and beaten up brutally, and also forced to chant "Jai Sri Ram".
 
According to police sources, initially Ansari tried to save himself by calling himself "Sonu". However, he was forced to reveal his real name after the mob asked him to chant "Jai Sri Ram".
 
After the thrashing, the mob handed him over to the police, which took him to a police post. However, he had to be admitted to a hospital after his condition worsened and he died at the hospital on Sunday.
 
Ansari's wife has questioned the role of the police in her husband's death alleging that he was not given timely medical treatment.
 
Seraikela Superintendent of Police Kartik met Ansari's family and made the arrest based on his wife's FIR. Political parties in the state have condemned the incident.
 
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Modi performs yoga with 30,000 people in Ranchi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga along with around 30,000 people in Ranchi on Friday on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing yoga, along with 30,000 others, on International Yoga Day at Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi, on June 21, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing yoga, along with 30,000 others, on International Yoga Day at Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi, on June 21, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga along with around 30,000 people in Ranchi on Friday on the occasion of the fifth International Yoga Day.
 
The session continued for around 45 minutes at the Prabhat Tara ground here. The Prime Minister first addressed the participants before the session began. 
 
"Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. I thank people for adopting Yoga. I urge people to embrace it," Modi said.
 
He also spoke in English for a few minutes to reach out to the global audience.
 
Saying "Yoga is beyond caste, religion, region and any boundaries", the Prime Minister added "there is a solution to alcoholism and diabetes in Yoga". 
 
"This year, Yoga's theme is Heart Care. There has been a manifold increase in the heart-related problems in the country, particularly among the young generation. Yoga should be adopted as preventive measure," the Prime Minister added.
 
The session was conducted by M. Baswa Reddy, director of the New Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute.
 
Different forms of yoga postures, including how to control blood pressure and strike metal peace, were performed. 
 
After the session was over, the Prime Minister spent time with the participants, where children and youth clicked selfies and shook hands with Modi.
 
"It was a great moment for us to see our Prime Minister from close," said a participant. 
 
Echoing her view, another woman said: "I could not shake hands with the Prime Minister but his aura was enough."
 
Modi was accompanied by Jharkhand Governor Draupdi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Ayush Minister Sripad Naik, state Health Minister Ramchandra Kesari, along with other senior government officials.
 
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Motto of Yoga is peace, prosperity, harmony: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the motto of Yoga is to promote peace, prosperity and harmony.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the motto of Yoga is to promote peace, prosperity and harmony.
 
"Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. I thank people for adopting Yoga. I urge people to embrace it," Modi said while addressing over 30,000 people who gathered at Prabhat Tara ground here to participate in the fifth World Yoga Day celebration with the Prime Minister.
 
Modi spoke in English for a few minutes to reach out to the global audience.
 
Saying "Yoga is beyond caste, religion, region and any boundaries", the Prime Minister added "there is a solution to alcoholism and diabetes in Yoga". 
 
He stressed the need for research in Yoga so that the world could be updated about its benefits. He also expressed concern about the rising heart-related problems among the youth in the country.
 
"This year, Yoga's theme is Heart Care. There has been a manifold increase in the heart-related problems in the country, particularly among the young generation. Yoga should be adopted as a preventive measure," Modi said.
 
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Five policemen killed in Maoist attack in Jharkhand

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Five policemen were killed in a Maoist attack in Saraikela district of Jharkhand on Friday, police said.
 
This was the third attack on security forces by the Left-wing rebels since the Lok Sabha polls ended last month. 
 
According to a police spokesperson, the Maoist guerrillas attacked a police patrol at Kukru Bazar under Tiruldih police station area of Saraikela district, killing two assistant sub-inspectors and three constables. The rebels also took away the rifles of the killed police personnel.
 
Following the incident, additional troops from the district headquarters were rushed to the spot.
 
Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the attack and asserted that the death of the police personnel would not go in vain. 
 
A security personnel was killed and four others injured in a gun battle with Maoists in Jharkhand's Dumka district on June 2. On May 28, 16 security personnel were injured in Maoist landmine blast in Seraikela.
 
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15 security personnel injured in Jharkhand IED blast

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At least 15 security personnel were injured when Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jharkhand on Tuesday, police said.
 
The IED hit a vehicle of the security personnel while they were on patrol duty in the forest area of Rai Sindri hill in Seraikela district. 
 
After the blast, Maoist guerrillas started firing at the security forces.
 
The injured personnel were airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.
 
"The IED had been planted to influence the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The security personnel were returning after patrolling when the blast took place," Jharkhand Director General of Police D. K. Pandey told the media.
 
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11 security personnel injured in IED blast in Jharkhand

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Eleven security personnel were injured in an IED blast set off by Maoist Guerrillas early on Tuesday, police said.
 
According to police, the security personnel were on Long Range Patrolling (LRP) when the IED blast hit their vehicle. After detonating the IED, the Maoists started firing and the security personnel retaliated.
 
In the IED blast, eight jawans of COBRA and three of the district police were injured. The incident took place in a jungle situated in the Kuchai area of Seraikela district.
 
The injured security personnel have been airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.
 
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Maoist attack in Jharkhand: 3 cops injured

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Three policemen were injured in a Maoist attack in Seraikela district of Jharkhand on Monday, police said.
 
Members of the banned Left-wing extremist group detonated landmines and then fired indiscriminately on a police bus in Hudanga village. 
 
The police personnel were on their way to the Suru irrigation project and dam when the attack took place.
 
The injured policemen were rushed to a Jamshedpur hospital.
 
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