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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Ranchi in one of the several cases related to the Rs 950 crore scandal, in which Rs 37.70 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn from the treasury at Chaibasa.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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Polling begins for first phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls

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Polling began at 7 a.m. on Saturday for 13 seats in the first phase of elections to the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, officials said.
 
In the first phase, polling is taking place in Maoist affected-areas amid heavy security arrangements. The polling will continue till 3 p.m..
 
As many as 189 candidates are in the fray for the 13 seats. The candidates' fate will be decided by 37,83,055 voters.
 
The highest number of candidates, 28, are contesting from the Bhavanthpur Assembly seat.
 
Candidates, whose fate will be decided in the first phase polling include Jharkhand Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, Congress state chief Rameshwar Oraon and former Minister and BJP candidate Bhanu Pratap Shahi.
 
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ECI appoints M K Das as Special Police Observer for Jharkhand Assembly elections

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today said it had appointed  Mrinal Kanti Das, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1977batch, as Special Police Observer for the elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand.
 
"The Election Commission took the decision in light of the specific challenges of Left-wing extremism affecting the law and order situation in Jharkhand," a  press release from the ECI said.
 
Das will reach Ranchi today to take up his new responsibility and oversee the deployment and other security related issues there, it said.
 
Das, who had retired as Director General of Police, Manipur, had earlier been deputed as Special Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
 
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Four police personnel martyred in Maoist ambush in Jharkhand

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In a major attack ahead of the Jharkhand Assembly polls, Maoists ambushed a Police Control Room (PCR) van, killing an assistant sub-inspector ASI and three other policemen at NH-22 near Rukaiya More at Chandwa in Latehar district of the state, police said.
 
The incident took place on Friday late evening when a police team was in a PCR van in the Chandwa police station area when the rebels ambushed them and opened indiscriminate fire, leading to a gun battle.
 
Police said that three jawans died on the spot, while another cop who had received bullet injuries died on the way to a hospital here.
 
The martyred policemen have been identified as ASI Sukra Oraon, constables Sikander Singh and Shambhu Prasad and driver Yamuna Prasad.
 
Jharkhand Director-General of Police K. N. Chaubey has confirmed the martyrdom of the police personnel, and informed that additional police forces have been dispatched to the spot to take stock of the situation.
 
Jharakhand Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in five phases from November 30.
 
As per the notification of Election Commission, the date of polling for the first phase is November 30 and the second phase on December 7. The third, fourth and fifth phases of polling will take place on December 12, 16 and 19, respectively. Counting of votes will take place on December 23
 
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Minister Saryu Rai to contest against CM in Jharkhand

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Denied a ticket from the BJP for the Jharkhand Assembly elections, minister Saryu Rai announced on Sunday that he will contest against Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East.
 
"I will fight from both Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West seats. I will give maximum time to Jamshedpur East and my supporters will take care of Jamshedpur West," said Rai after meeting his supporters on Sunday. He said he will fight as an independent candidate from both the seats.
 
Rai got angry after BJP put his ticket on hold. The last date of filing nomination is Monday for both the seats.
 
Rai will file nominations from both the seats on Monday. He said, "I have asked the central leaders to choose another candidate."
 
Till now, the BJP has announced the names of 71 candidates but the name of Rai is missing from the list.
 
He will contest against Raghubar Das, who has been winning Jamshedpur East, a stronghold of the BJP, since 1995.
 
Rai is a senior BJP leader, a product of the JP movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan in 1975. An old fiend of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Rai was one the petitioners in Patna High Court seeking a CBI probe into the multi-million fodder scam.
 
He has been critical against his own government despite being a minister in the state. He did not enjoy good rapport with the chief minister.
 
The development has given boost to the opposition parties ahead of elections.
 
"Saryu Rai used to raise the corruption issues including blanket scam against his government. His fight is for justice. BJP has given ticket to a legislator who is accused of Rs 130 crore medicine scam," said Supriyo Bhattacharya, JMM general secretary.
 
Former Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi, accused of Rs 130 crore scam, recently joined the BJP and was made the candidate from Bhavnathpur Assembly constituency.
 
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Congress fields Gourav Vallabh against Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

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The Congress on Saturday fielded party spokesperson Gourav Vallabh against Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East in the five-phased Assembly elections in the state starting November 30.
 
The name of Vallabh was announced in Congress' fifth candidates' list released here by party general secretary Mukul Wasnik on Saturday night.
 
Besides Vallabh, the party also fielded Mamta Devi from the Ramgarh Assembly segment.
 
The Congress has till date announced 27 candidates for the 81-member Assembly in the state.
 
The Congress is contesting the Assembly polls in alliance with the Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
 
The Congress is contesting 31 seats, the JMM 43 seats and the RJD seven seats.
 
The ruling BJP is seeking a second consecutive term in Jharkhand.
 
Jharkhand will vote in five phases, with the first phase of polling on November 30 and the last phase on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23.
 
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BJP's ally problem in poll-bound Jharkhand

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For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which lost an opportunity to form the government in Maharashtra because of the difficult attitude of its ally Shiv Sena, it may not be the end of the story in terms of problems from partners as it is facing a similar situation in poll-bound Jharkhand, too.
 
In Jharkhand, where elections to its 81-member Assembly will be held in five phases from November 30, the BJP will have to fight against one of its oldest alliance partners, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which has decided to contest separately on all the seats in the state.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made the party's stand clear during the national council meeting last week in New Delhi, where he was re-elected as the JD-U chief for a second consecutive term.
 
A senior JD-U leader said the party will contest independently in the five-phased Jharkhand Assembly polls and not in alliance with the BJP.
 
The JD-U has a history of snubbing the BJP.
 
In 2013, after the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was projected as the BJP's Prime Ministerial face, the JD-U opposed the move and walked out of the alliance.
 
After the debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the JD-U stitched a Grand Alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress in the state for the 2015 Assembly polls.
 
The Grand Alliance comprising the three parties cornered the BJP in the Assembly polls in the state. However in June 2017, the JD-U walked out of the alliance and again joined the NDA to form a government in the state.
 
The BJP and the JD-U contested an equal number of seats in the state during the Lok Sabha polls. However, the Nitish Kumar-led party did not join the Cabinet over differences on the respectable representation in the government.
 
Following the snubbing at the Centre, Nitish Kumar also did not gave more prominence to the BJP in the state in his cabinet expansion.
 
The JD-U also did not back the Modi government's ambitious Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament.
 
On the other hand, the BJP is also facing an uphill task of gaining the trust of other allies in the state.
 
The BJP had the Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) as an alliance partner in the state till 2012. But the JMM also ditched the BJP and joined hands with the Congress in the state.
 
The Grand Alliance consisting of the JMM-Congress and the RJD have already announced their alliance in the state with Soren as its Chief Ministerial candidate.
 
The JMM will be contesting 43 seats and the Congress 31, leaving the remaining seven seats to the RJD.
 
The 81-member Jharkhand Assembly is set to go for a five-phased election from November 30 to December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.
 
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Congress, RJD release first list for Jharkhand polls

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A day after Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi chaired a Central Election Committee meeting to decide on candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly elections, the party on Sunday released the names of five candidates for the first phase.
 
Congress state chief Rameshwar Oraon has been fielded from Lohardaga seat, former minister Chandra Shekhar Dubey has been given ticket from Bishrampur while K. P. Yadav has been fielded from Bhawanathpur. The party has given ticket to K. N. Tripathy from Daltonganj and Ramchandra Singh from Manika seat.
 
The Congress is fighting the polls in alliance with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). According to the seat-sharing arrangement, the JMM will contest the bulk of the seats -- 43 -- in the 81-member house, the Congress will fight 31 and the RJD seven.
 
The RJD also released names of five candidates on Sunday.
 
November 13 is the last date for filing nominations for the first of the five phases of polling, which will be held on November 30. The other polling dates are December 7, 12, 16 and 20 while counting will be held on December 23.
 
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ISL: Jamshedpur, Bengaluru share spoils in 0-0 draw

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Jamshedpur FC dropped points for the first time in the sixth season of Indian Super League (ISL) after a goalless stalemate against Bengaluru FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Sunday.
 
There were chances created at both ends with Bengaluru dominating the proceedings, but both goalkeepers' excellence came to the fore as the attackers were denied goals.
 
Despite the draw, Jamshedpur remain at the top of the standings with seven points from three matches. Bengaluru, on the other hand, remain winless so far this season and are placed seventh, having registered three consecutive draws.
 
The defenders of both sides were tested within minutes from the kick-off. Sunil Chhetri's piledriver, which swerved in the air as it travelled towards the goal, was punched away by Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subrata Paul. Seconds later, a counter-attack resulted in Sergio Castel having space and time on the ball at the edge of the box, but the striker's low shot ricocheted off the woodwork.
 
Bengaluru attempted to put the hosts under pressure with efforts from Juanan and Raphael Augusto testing the Jamshedpur defence. In the 20th minute, a Dimas Delgado corner was flicked across the goal by Juanan. The ball fell perfectly for Harmanjot Khabra but he was denied by Paul with a spectacular reflex save from close range.
 
Jamshedpur fashioned a chance to score from a corner kick just before the break. Piti received the short corner from the right at the edge of the box, danced past a crowd of Bengaluru defenders before chipping the ball towards the other side of the post, but the cross was aptly cleared by an alert Bengaluru defence.
 
The end-to-end affair continued after the break. Bengaluru's Ashique Kuruniyan set Manuel Onwu free but goalkeeper Paul won the one-on-one contest and kept the scoreline intact.
 
After the moment of brilliance in goal by Paul in the first half, his opposite number Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's reflexes were tested when Farukh Choudhary attempted an audacious bicycle-kick inside the box from a corner but the India No. 1 produced a one-handed save from point-blank range.
 
Paul was called into action again when Ashique burst forward down the left flank in a quick counter-attack. The Kerala-born winger dribbled into the box and tried to beat the goalkeeper at his near post, only for the latter to repel the effort.
 
In the end, neither team was able to fashion a goal as the match ended in an action-packed stalemate.
 
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GAIL’s Jamshedpur City Gas Distribution project inaugurated

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Union Ministers Arjun Munda and Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the supply of domestic piped natural gas (PNG) and a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Jamshedpur today.
 
The projects have been implemented by public sector natural gas major GAIL (India) Limited.
 
During the event, work for laying a 125 km long spur pipeline from Purulia to Jamshedpur was also commenced. This will feed the city gas distribution (CGD) networks of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan geographical areas, a press release from GAIL said.
 
Several rolling-steel, wire and pipe along with automobile industries would be benefited by the availability of cheaper and continuous fuel, it said.
 
GAIL is constructing the prestigious Jagdishpur-Haldia Bokaro-Dhamra and Barauni-Guwahati Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), popularly known as the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and also the CGD projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
 
Initially, natural gas will reach Jamshedpur in special containers called “cascades”, which will be transported by road from Patna, Bihar. Later, it will be supplied through the Purulia-Jamshedpur (spur-line) from the JHBDPL.  
 
The total area of Jamshedpur CGD project is around 3562 sq km, under which more than one lakh households will be benefited. As many as 125 commercial connections, 85 industrial connections and many CNG vehicles will also be benefited. It will also help to increase the possibilities to set up gas-based industries in and near Jamshedpur.
 
In the coming years, 22 CNG stations will be commissioned in Ranchi and Jamshedpur to supply CNG to more than 1.25 lakh vehicles and PNG to 2.43 lakh households.
 
CGD projects in Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being taken up in parallel with the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga pipeline. In Jharkhand, the natural gas pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,366 crore and have a length of about 551 km covering 12 districts i.e. Chatra, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Dhanbad, Saraikela, Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and East Singhbhum.
 
The overall capital expenditure for the Ranchi and Jamshedpur CGD projects will be Rs. 1,500 crore of which Rs. 450 crore will be spent in the next three to five years. Out of these Rs. 450 crore, approximately Rs. 221 crore will be in Jamshedpur, the release added.
 
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Elections to Jharkhand Assembly to be held in five phases between Nov 30 and Dec 20

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today announced that elections to the 81-member Jharkhand Legislative Assembly will be held in five phases between November 30 and December 20.
 
Polling will be held on November 30, December 7, December 12, December 16 and December 20, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said at a press conference here.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on December 23 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening.
 
The current five-year term of the legislative assembly is due to end on January 5, 2020.
 
Of the 81 seats in the assembly, 28 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and nine for Scheduled Castes (SCs).
 
As per the final electoral rolls published with reference to January 1, 2019 as the qualifying date, the total number of electors in Jharkhand is 2,26,58,948.
 
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Thousands of fish die due to lack of oxygen in Ranchi

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Thousands of fish have died in a pond here due to lack of oxygen, government officials said on Monday.
 
The dead fish were found floating on the pond on Monday at Line Tank Pond situated in Chadari in Ranchi. Environmentalists say that the immersion of Goddess Durga idols and Deepawali caused the death of the fishes.
 
"Today I visited the Line Tank Pond and found thousands of fishes dead. The fishes were struggling for oxygen for the last few days. The lack of oxygen due to immersion of idols and Deepawali caused the death of the fishes," Nitish Priyadarshi, an environmentalist told IANS.
 
The ponds were not cleaned after the immersion of the Goddess Durga idols.
 
"The concretisation of the pond is also one of the reasons for the lack of oxygen. The Line Tank Pond has been concretised at the peripheries. The natural way of flow of water and oxygen has been restricted which caused the death of the fishes," said Priyadarshi.
 
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ISL: Ten-man Jamshedpur FC edge past Odisha FC 2-1 in thrilling tie

A 10-man Jamshedpur FC overcame the odds and put up a spirited fight to defeat Odisha FC 2-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
 
Farukh Choudhary broke the deadlock in the 17th minute fortuitously, but the lead was put in danger by a red card that Bikash Jairu picked up with 10 minutes to go for the half-time whistle.
 
Aridane Santana stuck soon after to restore parity for Odisha FC but a fighting second-half culminated in Sergio Castel finding a winner in the 85th minute for the hosts.
 
The teams looked to get on the scoresheet early and it were Odisha FC that threatened first.
 
Xisco Hernandez fed Jerry Mawhmingthanga down the right flank and the winger's floating cross was headed just wide by Aridane Santana.
 
Odisha continued to push and went close again four minutes later. Xisco split the Jamshedpur defence to send Jerry free down the right flank but the former Jamshedpur winger's curling effort ricocheted off the post.
 
Fortune, however, favoured Jamshedpur as they eased into a one-goal lead in the 17th minute. Noe Acosta found Farukh Choudhary in space on the right flank and the Indian forward's drilled effort into the box took a deflection off defender Rana Gharami and bulged the net.
 
Jamshedpur bossed the midfield after scoring the opening goal but Odisha's efforts to get back into the game were helped by a straight red card for Bikash Jairu. With Jerry getting in behind the defence and having just the goalkeeper to beat in the 35th minute, Jairu slid in and brought the 22-year-old down.
 
The visitors made the most of the one-man advantage and equalised five minutes later. Jerry was influential again as he sent a low cross into the centre from the right for Santana who produced a stunning first-time strike to silence the home crowd.
 
Odisha had more of the ball after the break, utilising the space that was opened up due to the sending off. However, there were chances created at both ends of the field.
 
Santana set Nandhakumar Sekar up perfectly inside the box after a neat one-two but Joyner Lourenco's timely intervention denied the visitors a shot on target. Jamshedpur then found themselves in a two-on-one attacking scenario but Farukh's cross, intended for Castel in the centre, was cut off by Shubham Sarangi just in time.
 
The game was stretched and the teams found space on counter-attacks. Farukh missed a glorious chance to score in one such speedy push forward as Piti lobbed the ball into space for Sergio Castel to chase. The striker squared it to the India forward who wrongly chose to return the favour and lost the ball.
 
The 10-man Jamshedpur were finally rewarded for their resilience in the 85th minute. Piti found Castel in space once again on the counter and the striker dinked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro to net what turned out to be the crucial match-winner.
 
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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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