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Debashish Sarkar is a special correspondent based in Jamshedpur. He has been covering government, administration, politics and crime among other things.

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Jharkhand police identify 3 of 4 bodies found on rail track, arrest 4 for murder

Three dead bodies were identified as that of a 35-year-old woman and her two children from Tungubasa Tollah in Nurda village in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district

Police said the fourth dead body with severed head was yet to be identified conclusively. (Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 06:13 PM IST

Four mutilated bodies found on rail line in Jharkhand; murder suspected

The dead bodies included that of a man, a woman and a child while another dead body was tied in a gunny bag and its gender is yet to be established

The train operation has been stalled on the route following the incident. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Man at forefront of stir for Jharkhand tipped to be CM

Champai Soren’s nomination was endorsed by the Congress and other partners of grand alliance in Jharkhand, said Rajesh Thakur, chief of Jharkhand Congress

Champai Soren was inducted as minister for the first time by Shibu Soren in 2005 when the latter was the CM for nine days (HT)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand minister appoints top official on ‘letter pad’, kicks off row

The matter came to light after Jamshedpur (East) MLA Saryu Roy posted an executive order signed by the health minister Banna Gupta, appointing National Health Mission (NHM) director in Jharkhand, Aloke Trivedi, as the state’s health secretary in-charge.

Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta has landed in a row after he allegedly “appointed” state health secretary (PTI)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 10:08 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Political upheavals in 2024 will wipe BJP out, says Jharkhand CM Soren

“The year 2024 is going to be a year of great political upheavals - both in Jharkhand and the nation. They are not in power in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha. They are in power in a few states after recent elections. But after the mahasangram of 2014, they will be wiped out completely,” said chief minister Soren.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren said on Monday that 2024 will be a year of great political upheavals (ANI)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 10:13 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

6 men die in Jamshedpur car crash after New Year’s Eve party; 2 injured: Police

Bistupur police station officer-in-charge inspector Anjani Kumar said the eight men were going towards the city’s Marine Drive when the car lost control

Sunil Jha, father of one of injured men, said their children were partying in the neighbourhood and they did not know when the children left for a drive (Video Screengrab)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 02:07 PM IST

Jharkhand govt initiates industrial township in Jamshedpur

“According to the state cabinet resolution, state urban development secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey issued the notification forming the Jamshedpur Industrial Township (JIT) and establishing the Jamshedpur Industrial Township Committee (JITC) under the order of the state Governor on Thursday,” the official communique regarding the notification read.

Jharkhand government issued a notification forming an industrial township and Jamshedpur Industrial Township Committee (PTI)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:02 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

IT raids 7 locations of Jamshedpur-based iron scrap dealer, associates

Teams of I-T sleuths from Odisha and Ranchi swooped on the residence and office of Bhalotia near Firangi Chowk under Jugsalai police station limits in Jamshedpur early Thursday morning

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 09:00 PM IST

Waiting for 16 days, father dies hours before son’s rescue from Silkyara tunnel

According to the family members, Baset Murmu has been depressed since he came to know about the tunnel trap incident.

The 41 trapped workers were rescued from the Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in Uttarkashi district on Tuesday evening (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 02:24 PM IST

JMM leader, kin arrested for opening fire in Jharkhand's Jamshedpur; 1 injured

The incident occurred when the JMM leader Satyanarayan Gound Resorted to indiscriminate firing on an angry crowd protesting rash driving by his son in a colony.

Police arrested a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader, his son and his nephew in connection with a firing incident in Jamshedpur (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Probe ordered, says Jamshedpur SSP after cops accused of releasing rape accused

Jamshedpur SSP Kishore Kaushal said he ordered the probe on a complaint from the woman’s father who alleged that they were being threatened

Parsudih police station in-charge Ram Kumar Verma said the rape case was still being investigated (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 17, 2023 03:47 PM IST

1 killed, 4 injured as truck crashes into people at immersion ghat in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur SSP Kaushal Kishore and DC Manjunath Bhajantri are camping at the immersion ghat after the tragic accident

Police said the four people injured in the accident were from West Bengal’s West Midnapore district (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 24, 2023 09:38 PM IST

Jharkhand govt seeks explanation from agency over deaths due to ambulance delay

“We have sought an explanation from EMRI-GHS regarding the inordinate delays and, in some cases, the non-arrival of ambulances. They have been instructed to streamline their system and network to ensure the smooth functioning of the 108 ambulance service, especially intended for the poor and needy,” said Alok Trivedi, special secretary in the Jharkhand health department and the National Health Mission (NHM) director in the state, speaking to HT on Sunday evening.

Jharkhand government has sought an explanation from the Hyderabad-based agency EMRI Green Health Services (EMRI-GHS). (HT File/Representative use)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Anganwadi workers stage sit-in protest in Jharkhand seeking amendment of service rules

“We staged a one-day sit-in in Ranchi on Wednesday demanding corrective amendments in service rules framed for Anganwadi sevikas and sahaiyaks by the state government on September 30, 2022, such as the absence of employees provident fund (EPF), gratuity and such mandatory provisions,” Jharkhand State Anganwadi Karmachari Sangh president Anita Birua told HT on Thursday.

3000 sevikas and sahaiyaks representing 38,500 Anganwadi centres across Jharkhand, staged a day-long sit-in protest in Ranchi (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2023 09:40 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur MLA Saryu smells medicine scam, writes to Speaker

“The state health minister had given a misleading reply to my question regarding this matter in the assembly on March 17 this year. This amounts to contempt of the House and calls for action for contempt against the health minister (Banna Gupta) and the health department,” Roy wrote in his letter to Speaker Mahato.

Saryu Roy, Jamshedpur (East) MLA, has written to the Jharkhand assembly Speaker regarding an alleged medicine purchase scam (Agencies/File)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 09:44 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Railways cancels 66 trains ahead of festive season in Jharkhand

66 trains have been cancelled, five diverted, and two short-terminated/originated due to the non-interlocking (NI) developmental works at different locations, mainly in the Bilaspur division and only Rourkela in the Chakradharpur division for the period between September 28 and October 16.

Ahead of the Dussehra and Diwali festive season, the Railways cancelled 66 mail, express and passenger trains (PTI)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

CRPF jawan killed, another injured in IED blast in Jharkhand

COBRA Battalion-209 constable Rajesh Kumar died of excessive blood loss during treatment while inspector Bhupendra Kumar sustained serious injuries in the blasts of three IEDs planted by the Maoists in the hilly forests between Tumbahaka and Sarjamburu villages under Tonto PS around 12:15 PM on Thursday

A constable of the CRPF’s COBRA-209 was killed, and an inspector was seriously injured in IED blasts (ANI)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 09:32 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Two COBRA commandos injured in Maoist IED blasts in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum

Officials said that the blasts were carried out allegedly by the suspected members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned organisation. The incident took place during CRPF’s combing operation in the hilly forest between Tumbahaka and Sarjamburu villages

COBRA battalion-209 Inspector Bhupendra Kumar and constable Rajesh Kumar sustained serious injuries (Representative Photo)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 07:09 PM IST

Centre, Jharkhand govt close to a deal on Dhalbhumgarh airport project

Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahato said the breakthrough came after the Jharkhand government gave its nod for 65 hectares of forest land for the airport project out of the 99 hectares demanded by the AAI.

The Centre and Jharkhand government will soon agree in principle on the revival of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 crore Dhalbhumgarh airport project. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Doctors call off strike in Jharkhand after four held for thrashing medico

IMA-Jharkhand secretary, Dr Pradeep Kumar Singh, and IMA-Jamshedpur secretary, Dr Saurabh Chaudhary, announced the end of their indefinite strike after Jamshedpur rural superintendent of police (SP) Rishabh Garg, who is also in charge of Jamshedpur city SP, confirmed the arrest of the main accused in a meeting with an IMA delegation.

Patients wait for medical treatment as doctors in Jharkhand boycotted work over an assault on a colleague at a hospital, in Ranchi. (PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 09:34 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Over 12k doctors announce strike across Jharkhand after medico assaulted

Dr. Kamalesh Oraon of the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH), was allegedly beaten following the death of a minor girl during treatment late Monday night.

Over 12,000 government and private doctors have announced an indefinite strike across Jharkhand from 6 am on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 09:32 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

26 trains cancelled as rail blockade turns violent in Jharkhand

The Adivasi Kurmi Samaj (AKS) has called for an indefinite ‘Rail Teka-Dagar Chheka’ (rail blockade movement) at eight railway stations across Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha from September 20.

Violence erupted during the first day of the indefinite rail blockade called by the Kurmi community (HT photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 09:27 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Stir by Kurmis: Rlys vows to run trains amid blockade threat today

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday declared the “Rail teka Dahar Chheka” movement illegal, after which West Bengal faction of the Adivasi Kurmi Samaj withdrew itself from the blockade.

The Calcutta High Court. (HT file)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 10:19 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Kurmi community warns of rail blockade for ST status

“Our rail roko will continue until the Centre includes the Kurmi community in the ST list and our language Kurmali, in the eighth schedule of the Constitution, and a separate religion code for us. We appeal to railway passengers to bear with us since we have been left with no other option. We have been agitating for the past 73 years,” said AKS central secretary Jairam Mahato.

The AKS has called for an indefinite ‘Rail Teka-Dagar Chheka’ to push their demand of getting the Kurmi community included in ST. (HT File)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Mother tries to sell newborn for 6000 in Jamshedpur, detained: Police

Sakchi police station officer-in-charge (OC) Sanjay Kumar said it has been confirmed that the woman from Balarampur in Purulia district of West Bengal is the mother of the newborn baby

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 05:42 PM IST

Jharkhand dept gives nod for DPR of Jamshedpur-NH 33 bypass

Engineer-in-chief (EIC) of the Jharkhand road construction department, KK Lal, directed the department’s Central Design Organisation (CDO) on Saturday to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the second Jamshedpur-NH 33 bypass, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

File photo of the National Highway 33 near Jamshedpur. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

4 deaths in 4 days triggers panic in Jharkhand’s Maoist insurgency-hit area

Twelve civilians and three security personnel have been killed in Maoist violence in the Kolhan forest division over the last 10 months

Police said the Maoists were desperate. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Jharkhand: Don Akhilesh acquitted in Sreeleathers baron Ashish Dey’s murder

Shoe baron Ashish Dey, owner of the famous brand Sreeleathers, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne shooters on 2 November 2007 near his residence

Representational image.
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 09:51 AM IST

Maoists kill 62-year-old amidst rising menace in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum

This marks the 11th civilian killed in Maoist-related violence in the past ten months in the hilly-forested terrain within Saranda and Kokhan reserve forests in the district, officials added.

Naxalites from the banned CPI (Maoist) killed a 62-year-old villager, accusing him of being a “police informer”, near Gitilata Chowk (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 09:53 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Maoists kill villager branding him as police informer in Jharkhand

This is the 11th civilian killed in Maoist violence - either killed by them or died in their IED blasts - in the past 10 months in the hilly terrain inside Saranda and Kokhan reserve forests in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district

Police said the Maoists killed the villager by slitting his throat. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 05:10 PM IST
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