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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Ranchi in one of the several cases related to the Rs 950 crore scandal, in which Rs 37.70 crore had been fraudulently withdrawn from the treasury at Chaibasa.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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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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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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Four people die in blast in Jharkhand

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Four people were killed on Sunday in Jharkhand's Giridih district when some men were unloading explosives from a motorcycle, police said.
 
The incident took place in Pandanatand village when Siraj Ansari along with Jabbar Mia were unloading the explosives.
 
The explosives suddenly went off, killing three people instantly and injuring three others, one of whom died while being given medical treatment.
 
A police officer said the explosives were to be used for blasting the rocky surface to make a well.
 
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Priest, others convicted in gang rape case in Jharkhand

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A Christian priest and three others were convicted on Tuesday for the gang-rape of five girls in Jharkhand's Khuti district.
 
"Four people including Father Alphanso have been convicted by the Additional District Judge. The quantum of sentence will be delivered on May 15," Sushil Jaiswal, Public Prosecutor of Khuti district, told reporters.
 
Five girls were gang-raped in June 19, 2018 in Arki in Khuti district. Based on the statement of the victims, police arrested four people including the priest.
 
The five girls had gone to Arki to perform a play to create awareness regarding government schemes. They were abducted and raped.
 
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One body recovered as rescue operations start at Hindalco

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One body was recovered on Wednesday by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from the debris of the caustic pond of aluminium major Hindalco, which had collapsed the previous day near here.
 
"One body has been recovered. The NDRF team has started rescue work," Ranchi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rai Mahipat Ray told IANS.
 
The NDRF team launched the rescue operation on Wednesday amidst heavy security arrangements. The debris has spread over the area causing a threat to the environment.
 
Hindalco, however, has said that only four people were injured, and no damage has been done to the environment.
 
Many people were trapped and swept away in the debris as the caustic pond suddenly broke up following a land cave-in at Muri, situated around 25 km from Ranchi.
 
According to local residents, the incident occurred at the red mud store point which is left after manufacturing aluminium from bauxite.
 
According to an eyewitness, the heap of mud caved in, causing the debris to spread rapidly, following which many workers were trapped.
 
Hindalco was sealed in 2017 on order of the pollution control board for not following the environment and safety rules. The company was restarted last year.
 
Opposition parties have alleged that the relief work started late. 
 
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Many trapped as caustic pond of Hindalco collapses

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Many people were said to be trapped and several vehicles buried as the caustic pond of aluminium and copper manufacturers Hindalco collapsed in Jharkhand on Tuesday, officials said.
 
Jharkhand Chief Secretary D. K. Tiwari has ordered a probe. 
 
Shubhra Verma, Commissioner of North Chhotanagpur, will probe the accident, a government press release said.
 
"The Chief Secretary has directed to probe all angles of the accident and submit a report to the government. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been sent to the spot for relief work," the release said.
 
Many people were trapped and swept away in the debris as the caustic pond suddenly broke up following a land cave-in at Muri, situated around 25 km from Ranchi.
 
According to local residents, the incident occurred at the red mud store point which is left after manufacturing aluminium from bauxite. 
 
According to an eyewitness, the heap of the mud caved in due to which the mud started spreading away rapidly following which many workers were trapped.
 
Opposition parties have alleged that the relief work started late.
 
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BJP axes two sitting Jharkhand MPs, fields former RJD leader

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced its remaining three candidates from Jharkhand, dropping two sitting MPs and fielding the RJD state President who had joined it last month.
 
While the BJP had announced 10 candidates for 13 of the state's 14 parliamentary constituencies last month, it was yet to announce its nominees for the Ranchi, Koderma and Chatra seats. The Giridih seat, which was also held by the party, has been given to ally, the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).
 
The party has fielded sitting MP Sunil Singh again from Chatra but denied ticket to Ram Tahal Chaudhary (Ranchi) and Rabindra Rai (Koderma).
 
In place of Chaudhary, Khadi Board president Sanjay Seth, a close associate of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, will fight from Ranchi while Annapurna Devi, who quit the Rashtriya Janata Dal to join the ruling party, has been fielded from Koderma. 
 
In its earlier list, the BJP had fielded all the sitting MPs except Kariya Munda, a former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker. Former Chief Minister Arjun Munda will contest from Khuti in his place.
 
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Economist Jean Dreze detained in Jharkhand briefly on Thursday

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Noted economist Jean Dreze was detained in Jharkhand's Garwah district on Thursday for allegedly holding a public meeting without permission, an official said. He was later released.
 
The Belgian-born Indian economist and activist and two others were taken into custody when they were holding a public meeting in Vishunpur market of Garwah.
 
According to police, holding any public meeting without permission is violation of the Model Code of Conduct in place after the Lok Sabha elections were announced.
 
The meeting, in which Dreze was invited as the main speaker, was organised by a social organisation.
 
"The organisers had sought permission but they did not provide the name of the main speaker. The district administration did not give permission for the public meeting for this reason," Sub Divisional Officer Kamleshwar Narayan told reporters.
 
According to reports, Dreze was in police custody for two hours before being released.
 
Terming the event a "peaceful and non-political meeting", Dreze said: "Understanding of democracy is shrinking. Gradually, all freedom being curbed."
 
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi expressed concern over Dreze's detention and alleged that the BJP was in a "state of war" with everybody who works for the poor and the downtrodden. He made the remarks in a Facebook post.
 
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Congress wins Jharkhand assembly bye-election

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The Congress on Sunday won the Kolebira assembly bye-election in Jharkhand, said an Election Commission official.
 
Congress candidate Naman Bixal Kongari defeated the BJP candidate by over 9,000 votes, the official said. Kongari polled 40,343 votes while the BJP candidate Basant Soreng managed to get 30,685 votes.
 
The sitting legislator Enos Ekka's wife Menon Ekka managed to get only 16,445 votes. The polling took place on December 20.
 
The seat fell vacant following conviction of former Minister Enos Ekka in the murder of a school teacher. There were five candidates in the fray. 
 
The Congress candidate was ahead of his BJP rival from the first round, sources said.
 
"It's a victory of secular forces in the country. People of the country have started rejecting the BJP," said Alok Dubey, Congress general secretary.
 
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Shatrughan Sinha, Congress, JMM leaders meet ailing Lalu

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Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leaders met jailed and ailing RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a hospital in Ranchi on Saturday.
 
Sinha met Lalu along with former Central minister and Congress leader Subodh Kant Sahay in the paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi. 
 
Lalu is suffering from multiple diseases and is admitted to RIMS for treatment.
 
After meeting Lalu, Sinha said: "I enquired about his health. We have family relations, and our conversations were related to family. No political matters were discussed." 
 
Replying to a query about his younger son Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu said, "Tejashwi is a good and promising youth. He is the face of Bihar."
 
Besides Sinha and Sahay, senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad also met Lalu. 
 
Former Chief Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president Hemant Soren, too, arrived in the hospital to meet Lalu on Saturday.
 
Soren said, "There is a wave against the BJP in the country. We discussed ways to form a strong platform to defeat the BJP in Jharkhand and the country."
 
Lalu was convicted in three cases in the fodder scam by a CBI court in December last year. He is serving a jail term of 14 years.
 
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Jharkhand Literary Meet 2018 to be held in Ranchi on December 8-9

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Eminent writers and personalities such as Ruskin Bond, Uday Prakash, Mahadev Toppo, Alok Rai and Rekha Bhardwaj will be among the doyens of Hindi and English literature who will congregate for the second edition of the Jharkhand Literary Meet (JLM) here on December 8-9.
 
The event promises to be a literary high point encompassing writing, short films and evening performances, the organisers, Tata Steel, said.
 
Bond, the author practically every English-speaking child in India has grown up reading, will be present for two sessions -- one of which will be on the Bollywood adaptations of his stories.
 
Chanakya Chaudhary, vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel, told a press conference here on Thursday that the event would build on the "resounding success" of the first edition of the JLM last year.
 
“We initiated the first Jharkhand Literary Meet with the belief that a culturally rich region such as Jharkhand must have its very own festival celebrating literature and allied cultural pursuits, like dance, music, recitation, cinema and theatrical performances. The focus has been to engage premier authors, speakers and performance artists from the region and across India.
 
“It was our privilege and pleasure to have hosted, in the very first year itself, eminent writers and personalities such as Ashok Vajpeyi, Mark Tully and Sharmila Tagore, among others. We hope to make the Jharkhand Literary Meet an integral part of Ranchi cultural canvas as well as the region’s premier literary event,” Chaudhary said.
 
Festival director Malavika Banerjee said, “We are privileged to have iconic author Ruskin Bond to inaugurate and be a part of JLM 2018, especially as this his first-ever visit to Ranchi. Uday Prakash, one of the stalwarts of modern Hindi literature, is another author we are privileged to bring to JLM 2018.”
 
Banerjee also spoke of the presence of authors from the region who are making a mark on the country’s literary scene, such as Mahadev Toppo, Mohua Maji and Anuj Lugun. “This is part of our continued, strong focus on making the meet a balance between writing from the region and elsewhere,” she added.
 
The formal inauguration of the event will take place on December 8 morning, with Bond and Prakash doing the honours. The venue for this year’s meet is Audrey House, a gracious colonial-era bungalow near Raj Bhavan.
 
A curtain-raiser has also been planned at Jamshedpur on December 7, featuring Bond, to flag off the Tata Steel Literary Meet Season, which includes ‘Kalam’, the Kolkata Literary Meet, and BLM, the ‘Bhubaneswar Literary Meet’.
 
Rekha Bhardwaj’s performance will be another major highlight of the festival. 
 
"The National Award winning singer would surely be a perfect fit for the Jharkhand Literary Meet, not only because of her reputation as a powerhouse performer but because of her known interest in Hindi / Urdu literature," a press release from the organisers said.
 
A session on late film music composer S D Burman’s music, as explored in an award-winning book, would be an added draw for music lovers. For the millennials, a session on the advent and mass popularity of web-streamed content aided by platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be discussed with the cast of ‘Mirzapur’ (an Amazon Prime original).
 
A stand-up comedy performance by renowned comic and writer Sorabh Pant and a musical tribute to Begum Akhtar will round up the offerings at JLM 2018.
 
Ashutosh Chaturvedi, chief editor, representing event media partner ‘Prabhat Khabar’ and Shailesh Verma, chief resident executive, Tata Steel, based at Ranchi were also present on the occasion.
 
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Jharkhand declares drought in 18 districts

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The Jharkhand government on Monday declared 129 blocks in 18 districts drought-affected and released Rs 49 crore for immediate relief, an official said.
 
A communication in this regard has been sent to the central government asking for assistance, the Disaster Management official told IANS following a survey conducted by the Raghubar Das government. 
 
"Rs 49 crore have been sent to the affected districts to be used for drinking purposes, fodder for animals and help to farmers," he added.
 
The survey came after Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathy conducted a meeting in October. 
 
As per the data, Jharkhand received 72 per cent average rainfall in 2018. However, at some places it was less than 50 per cent. The worst affected are Pakur and Koderma. 
 
Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Garhwa, Latehar, Dumka, Jamtara, Deoghar and others received more than 50 per cent but less than 75 per cent rainfall.
 
The drastic lack of rainfall affected paddy sowing, which was less than 16 per cent of the average.
 
According to the official, paddy sowing is done on 18 lakh hectares of land in the state. However, this year sowing took place only in 15.27 lakh hectares. 
 
The average rainfall in the state is 1,027.7 mm, but in 2018 it received only 741.9 mm. 
 
In August and September, the normal rainfall in Jharkhand is 276.2 mm and 235.5 mm, respectively, but it received only 213.2 mm and 133.6 mm. The shortfall in the September rainfall damaged the crops, the official added.
 
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