2nd fire in 4 days razes Kishoreganj Puja pandal

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Pragati Pratik Club’s Durga Puja pandal at Kishoreganj was razed to the ground in a fire that broke out during Mahashtami rituals at 9am on Wednesday. Even the idol of the Goddess was gutted in the blaze, which is suspected to have been triggered by lit diyas. Though, no casualties have been reported, sources said at least half a dozen devotees sustained minor injuries in the incident.

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Short-circuit guts portion of puja pandal, major mishap averted in Ranchi

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RANCHI: A day before its opening, a major mishap was averted at a puja pandal in Kishoreganj under Sukhdeonagar police station in Ranchi on Sunday due to a short circuit charring portions of the pandal, the incident again putting a question mark on the seriousness of fire safety measures in Jharkhand’s capital. This year over 150 puja pandals have come up in Ranchi out of which fire department sources maintained that barely half a dozen have applied for fire clearances while others continue to remain apathetic towards this issue. Two…

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Shibu Soren’s close aide Suraj Mandal joins BJP in Jharkhand

RANCHI: Suraj Mandal, a veteran of Jharkhand movement and a close associate of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren, joined the ranks of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ranchi on Sunday afternoon. Mandal was the second prominent tribal politician in Jharkhand who switched camps within a week, giving signals that Netas in Jharkhand have begun party-hopping despite Lok Sabha polls still being six months away. Geeta Koda, the wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda, joined the Congress fold on Thursday in New Delhi. Koda, a sitting legislator from…

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Panel to secure child protection mechanism

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RANCHI : The Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR) identified eight districts which need major strengthening of child protection mechanism as they are highly affected by human trafficking. The vulnerable districts are Simdega, Gumla, Chaibasa, Khunti, Lohardaga, Godda, Dumka and Latehar. JSCPCR chairperson Arti Kujur said, “These districts are highly affected when it comes to human trafficking. Moreover, there are a number of other cases of child rights violations being registered in these districts which include child marriage, corporal punishment and others.” She added, “There is a…

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Marandi accuses AG Ajit Kumar of economic fraud, seeks judicial probe

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RANCHI : JVM (P) president and former chief minister Babulal Marandi on Saturday wrote to chief minister Raghubar Das accusing advocate general (AG) Ajit Kumar of ‘economic fraud’. Marandi said Kumar is helping Shah Brothers avoid paying compensation against illegal mining by filing a false affidavit in court. He asked Das to remove Kumar from the post and initiate a judicial inquiry against him for “misleading the state”. Shah Brothers is one of a dozen-odd firms in Jharkhand against whom the state mines department slapped penalties for excessive production –…

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Property ownership among women go up after goverment waives off registration fee

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RANCHI : Gomti Devi, 35, did not just buy a land in her name but also became the proud owner of a business as she managed to save money on registration of the land after the state government launched Re 1 registration scheme for women. In June 2017, the state government decided to waive off the registration and court fees on properties registered in the name of women. Jharkhand is the only state in the country to waive off the entire 7% fees for registration of property in a woman’s…

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Ramdas Athawale wants SC/ST, OBC quota hiked to 75%

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RANCHI : Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Friday called for an increase in caste-based reservation from the existing 50% to 75% for SC/ST and OBCs, contrary to the 50% ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court. “While I respect the Supreme Court, at the same time, Parliament is supreme to all as laws are made there. I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the reservation to 75% to accommodate the demands coming from different communities like the Patels in Gujarat, Thakurs in Uttar…

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Winnability factor should be the only basis of seat sharing: JVM chief Babulal Marandi

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RANCHI: Former chief minister and JVM (P) chief Babulal Marandi on Saturday said that only ‘winnability’ factor should be the basis of seat sharing if opposition parties tend to unite to form grand alliance in Jharkhand ahead of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls. Marandi who met with Congress national president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi two days back, speaking to journalists at his office, said that ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) in Jharkhand is still working under progress. “Yes, I met with Rahulji in Delhi two days back and we discussed on…

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