Debashish Sarkar

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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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

CM Soren asserts domicile based on 1932 Khatiyan, job quota

“We were working on an employment policy based on the Khatiyan of 1932. It was stalled due to a conspiracy by opposition parties. However, you need not worry. We will introduce a strong law to secure jobs for future generations,” chief minister Hemant Soren said, addressing an employment fair at the Tata College Ground in Chaibasa in West Singhbhum district on Friday.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren reiterated his resolve on Friday to enact a state domicile policy based on the 1932 Khatiyan (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 09:19 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Two personnel of Jharkhand Jaguar Force killed in gunfight with Maoists: Police

The incident took place in a forest between Tumbahaka and Sarjomburu villages in Tonto police station area late on Monday night

The joint team was returning after search operation when Maoists ambushed the Jharkhand Jaguar battalion. (Representative file image)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 01:11 PM IST

Jharkhand faces food grains shortage under PMGKY

According to the officials, the issue came to light when several PDS shops in Jamshedpur posted notices declaring a lack of food grain stock for August, thus preventing them from distribution.

Many of PDS shops across Jharkhand have not yet received food grains for August (ANI)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 10:08 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Manipur footballer deletes Insta post on Amit Shah, apologise after BJP ire

Tagging the official Twitter handles of Jamshedpur FC, Jamshedpur Police and district administration, the district BJP chief warned that they will not allow Jamshedpur FC to play in Jamshedpur if the player fails to apologise

Union home minister Amit Shah (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 04:44 PM IST

Battle rages between Maoists, police forces in Jharkhand

Police verified on Saturday that top three Maoist leaders, Misir Besra, known by aliases Bhaskar and Sunirmal-ji, central committee members Asim Mondal (also called Akash or Timir) and Patiram Majhi (referred to as Anal-da or Ramesh), have taken refuge within the dense terrains that traverse the boundaries of the three districts West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, and Khunti.

Items recovered by the security forces after they busted Maoist bunkers in Chaibasa on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 10:08 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Two CRPF jawans injured in encounter with Maoists in Jharkhand: Police

According to officials, the encounter broke out when police and CRPF were carrying out a joint search operation for the Maoist squad led by Maoist commander and central committee member Misir Besra

The injured CRPF jawans have been identified and are undergoing treatment. (Representative file image)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 02:04 PM IST

Villages in East Singhbhum seek ban on non-tribals, allege encroachments

The development came after the alleged encroachment and construction of houses in a tribal cremation ground in Tilkagarh, under Parsudih police station in Jamshedpur city of East Singhbhum district for the past three to four months. Tilkagarh is a semi-urban census town on the fringes of Jamshedpur.

Two dozen villages in Haludbani and Purihasa gram sabhas in East Singhbhum district decided to ban the settlement of non-tribals (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 09:46 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

20 railway stations in Jharkhand to be redeveloped, PM Modi lays foundation stone

This initiative is part of the Centre’s ambitious Amrit Bharat Stations Scheme (ABSS), under which redevelopment work has begun on 508 stations in 27 states and Union Territories (UTs).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation for the redevelopment project of 20 railway stations in Jharkhand (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 10:21 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren approves project to build hydrogen plant

“This MoU will pave the way for the country’s first hydrogen fuel-related plant in Jamshedpur where the latest technology for making hydrogen engines will be used, which will benefit the entire country in the coming times. This plant is expected to generate direct and indirect employment for 310 persons,” said Soren.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren has approved a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>354.28 crore investment to build country’s first Hydrogen fuel plant in Jamshedpur (ANI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 09:39 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

NSUI leaders’ expulsion: Probe panel formed, BJP terms Cong as ‘Ramdrohi’

The Congress has initiated a probe into recent expulsion of seven leaders from its students’ wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) for allegedly posting religious chants on its official WhatsApp district unit group, East Singhbhum (Jamshedpur) district party president said on Sunday

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Published on Jun 20, 2021 10:27 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Chief economic advisor to GoI addresses students at XLRI webinar

The Indian economy is making a V-shape recovery, and this decade will be the decade of India, according to Dr Krishnamurthy Subramanian, chief economic advisor (CEA) to Government of India (GoI)

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Published on Jun 20, 2021 10:27 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Chaibasa post offices to book mails with Yoga Day stamps

Jamshedpur and Chaibasa head post offices will put a special cancellation marking International Yoga Day on all mails booked on Monday, a top official said on Sunday

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Published on Jun 20, 2021 10:27 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Admn joins hands with firms to set up Oxygen plants in E Singhbhum

Jamshedpur (East Singhbhum) district administration and corporate firms have joined hands to set up Oxygen plants in rural hospitals and ensure round-the-clock oxygen availability across the district ahead of the probable third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Saturday

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Updated on Jun 19, 2021 10:11 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Man with multiple wives held in Bengal for ‘abducting’ girl

A man having multiple wives was arrested on Friday from West Bengal’s Purulia district for allegedly abducting a 25-year-old woman from Parsudih police station area in Jamshedpur, police said on Saturday

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Published on Jun 19, 2021 10:11 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Man held for dowry demand, sexual abuse of minor daughter

A 30-year-old man was arrested late Friday evening following a complaint by his wife that he forced her into unnatural sex and sexually abused one of their two minor daughters while keeping them in captivity for past 15 days at their house in Jamshedpur, police said on Saturday

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Published on Jun 19, 2021 10:10 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Saryu Roy highlights more anomalies in auction of iron ore mines, stocks

Jamshedpur (East) MLA Saryu Roy has tweeted to chief minister (CM) Hemant Soren, demanding stalling of auction of “illegally mined” iron ore stock from Ajitaburu mine leased to a firm in West Singhbhum district

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Published on Jun 18, 2021 10:03 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur shelter home case: 2 more girls, who went missing after shifting, recovered

Two more girl inmates, who recently went missing from a Patamda-based shelter home in the district, were recovered safely on Friday from Telco-based Mother Teresa Welfare Trust (MTWT) children’s home, officials said

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Published on Jun 18, 2021 10:02 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

BJP, former CM Koda warn of iron ore scam in Jharkhand

BJP state president Dipak Prakash met state Governor Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday and submitted a detailed memorandum apprising her of alleged loot of iron ore, coal and sand in the state since the UPA government came into power in Jharkhand

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Published on Jun 17, 2021 10:06 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Get free petrol, discount coupons after first dose of vaccine in W Singhbhum

Rotaract Club of Chaibasa and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) announced on Thursday to hold a special vaccination camp at Singhbhum Trading Company Petrol Pump near Shahid Chowk in Chaibasa on June 21, during which people getting vaccinated would be given 1-litre petrol for free

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Updated on Jun 17, 2021 10:05 PM IST
By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand home director, wife held for sexual abuse of minors

On June 5, two girl inmates aged 16 and 17 escaped from the children’s home run by an NGO called Mother Teresa Welfare Trust and were later rescued by the police.

On June 5, two girl inmates aged 16 and 17 levelled scharges of rampant sexual abuse at the shelter.
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 04:03 AM IST
By, Jamshedpur
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