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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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School hostels turning into juvenile crime hub

Grim situation: Many running in Ghatsila sub-division without proper registration

Ghatsila DSP Sanjiv Besra at Bethany House, the private hostel where Class 3 student Ramchandra Giri was murdered on the night of June 26.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2016 04:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Gay teen booked for murder, sodomy at Ghatsila boys hostel; minor also held

A 19-year-old and a minor were arrested for the murder of a class three student who allegedly saw them engage in a homosexual act at a private hostel in Jharkhand’s Ghatsila town, police said on Friday.

The 19-year-old accused was of sexually abusing many other boys in the hostel.(Shutterstock photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2016 09:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand ATS chargesheets al Qaeda member, seeks more time for terror probe

In its first ever charge sheet filed at the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Jamshedpur, the ATS said there are 26 suspected AQIS active operatives in Jharkhand.

In its first ever charge sheet filed at the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Jamshedpur, the ATS said there are 26 suspected AQIS active operatives in Jharkhand.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Jul 26, 2016 02:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Rs 9,300-cr Lafarge-Nirma deal may hit Jharkhand roadblock

France-based Lafarge Holcim announced a divestment deal to sell its five units in India, including the one at Jojobera in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, for an estimated enterprise value of $1.4 billion or Rs 9,300 crore to Nirma Limited.

Lafarge India operates three cement plants and two grinding stations with a total capacity of around 11 million tonnes.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2016 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Mining forces Dalma elephants to stray into human habitats

A five km area around the sanctuary and the sanctuary itself has been notified as an eco-sensitive zone.

Experts say crushers, illegal mining and brick kilns operate in Dalma illegally, due to which the elephants frequently stray into Jamshedpur.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 12, 2016 03:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Pratyusha’s parents demand CBI probe, to seek euthanasia if probe fails

Shankar and Soma Banerjee, parents of TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee, who died in April, are demanding an impartial CBI probe and have started a signature campaign for the same.

Shankar and Soma Banerjee are seeking an impartial CBI probe.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2016 09:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Special schools for boys hit by Maoist menace

Jharkhand will soon open Centre-funded residential schools for boys from families affected by Maoist violence and migration, sons of single mothers and orphans.

These institutions, on the lines of Kasturba Gandhi Girls Residential Schools, will enroll students this academic session itself for class 6 to 12.(Representation picture)
Published on Jun 08, 2016 03:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Facebook friend loots 4.5L from teacher

HT Image
Published on May 20, 2016 06:13 PM IST

Jharkhand: Facebook ‘friends’ loot teacher of Rs 4.5 lakh

A schoolteacher of this steel town in Jharkhand was robbed of Rs 4.5 lakh by a Facebook friend, a suspected US national who has befriended her through the social media platform.

A schoolteacher in Jharkhand was robbed of Rs 4.5 lakh by a Facebook friend.(Photo for representation)
Published on May 20, 2016 01:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Dalma geared up to save wildlife from hunting ritual

Dalma is the only eco-sensitive zone in Jharkhand where 36 species of animals and birds have been classified as ‘endangered’.

Tribals will embark upon their annual hunting ritual ‘Sendra’ inside Dalma on Monday.(Arvind Sharma / HT File)
Updated on May 15, 2016 04:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur: The city where notes get soiled, coins vanish

Jamshedpur on an average generates soiled and mutilated currency notes worth around `500 crore a year.

Jamshedpur has RBI currency chests in six banks — SBI, BoI, Central Bank of India (CBI), Bank of Baroda (BoB), Canara Bank and Punjab National Bank (PNB) — each generating about `30-50 crore of soiled notes twice a year.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2016 04:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand: Al-Qaeda suspects sent to seven-day police custody

A court of chief judicial magistrate on Tuesday sent suspected al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) terrorists Abdul Rahman Katki and Abdul Sami to a seven-day remand.

Police escort suspected al-Qaeda operative Abdul Rahman Katki after he was sent on a seven-day police remand by a Jamshedpur court on Tuesday.(Arvind Sharma/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2016 06:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand launches single-window facility for farmers, wins PM praise

Jharkhand has become the first state in India to launch a single-window facility for farmers, an initiative that earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited Jamshedpur on Sunday.

The Jharkhand government has come up with a single-window solution to address farmer woes.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2016 07:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Using cricket as cover, teens rob valuables of Rs 10 lakh to bet on T20

A gang of teenagers in Jamshedpur used neighbourhood cricket games as a cover-up to steal valuables from houses and use the money to bet on T-20 ties.

(Representative image) A gang of teenagers in Jamshedpur used cricket games as a cover-up to steal valuables from houses and use the money to bet on T-20 ties.(Picture courtesy: Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 20, 2016 11:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand woman says found condom in food ordered online

If you thought a hair in your food was bad, imagine how finding a condom in your meal would feel like.

Updated on Apr 16, 2016 07:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand government’s biometric push fails to move staff

The state employees in Jharkhand have literally thumbed their nose at the government’s biometric attendance system despite it being linked to the salary disbursal, according to a report.

A random check showed that 27,717 employees marked their presence through 1260 AEBAS active devices across the state. However, a reality check showed that about six were not on duty despite marking themselves present.(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2016 01:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Pak businessman bails out Indian students stranded at Dallas airport

Amaad, hailing from Karachi, played Good Samaritan to a team of National Institute of Technology-Jamshedpur students who were asked to pay a fine of $260 because their package contained a model aircraft that exceeded prescribed dimensional limits.

The NIT-J team with their award-winning aircraft model at a competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design in Texas between March 11 and 13.
Updated on Apr 05, 2016 09:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Pratyusha Banerjee, with hope of success from Jamshedpur

Jamshedpurians have reasons to be worried as Pratyusha was not alone to have failed to cope with high life in Mumbai’s glamour world.

Like Pratyusha Banerjee, Sweta Prasad and Tanushree Dutta too were from Jamshedpur.
Updated on Apr 03, 2016 02:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Sand ghats without green clearance in Jharkhand asked to shut down

The Kolkata bench of the National Green Tribunal has ordered the immediate closure of 28 sand ghats in East Singhbhum district for not having an environmental clearance certificate and consent to operate.

All deputy commissioners and superintendents of police have been directed to close down all sand ghats operating without environmental clearance certificate and consent to operate.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 12, 2016 04:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Fast-track courts to hear witch-hunting cases in Jharkhand

Five fast-track courts in as many Jharkhand districts will deal exclusively with cases related to torture and murder of women branded witches out of superstition or malice, officials said on Tuesday.

Several survivors formerly labelled witches and NGOs battling to end this social curse said the move was welcome but its impact would be limited as over 60% such cases went unreported.(Diwakar Prasad/HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2016 11:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi plays politico-cum-cricketer

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday played a cricketer as well as a politician on his visit to the steel city.

Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday played a cricketer as well as a politician on his visit to the steel city.(PTI photo)
Published on Feb 04, 2016 05:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDebashish Sarkar/PC Jha, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand hospital head sacked after guard rapes minor rape victim

The Jharkhand government on Tuesday removed the superintendent of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM) Hospital in Jamshedpur, where a security guard allegedly raped a minor rape victim undergoing treatment there.

The minor was allegedly raped by a private security guard on duty in the hospital on Sunday night.
Updated on Feb 03, 2016 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Minor rape victim raped again in Jamshedpur hospital by security guard

A minor rape victim admitted to a government hospital in Jamshedpur was allegedly sexually assaulted by a security guard, police said on Monday.

The minor was allegedly raped by a private security guard on duty in the hospital on Sunday night
Updated on Feb 02, 2016 11:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand man kills four of a family to avenge wife’s murder

A 48-year-old man hacked to death four members of a family in Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum on Wednesday, in what police said was a revenge attack as one of the victims’ brother had branded his wife a witch before she was killed

A 48-year-old man hacked to death four members of a family in Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum on Wednesday, in what police said was a revenge attack as one of the victims’ brother had branded his wife a witch before she was killed
Updated on Jan 21, 2016 08:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Kher demands Smart City for Kashmiri Pandits

Noted theater and film personality Anupam Kher on Tuesday said the Narendra Modi government at the Centre should come up with country’s first Smart City in Kashmir for the Kashmiri Pandits who have been living a life of ‘refugees in their own country’ for the last 26 years.

Anupam Kher said the Modi government should build nation’s first Smart City in Kashmir for Kashmiri Pandits separately in a colony.(IANS Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2016 05:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur: Digging roads, wasting water may land you in jail

If you are a resident of Jamshedpur, be prepared to pay fines ranging from `5,000 to `25,000 or even be sent to jail for wasting water, damaging roads or urinating in public

The Mango Notified Area Committee too has issued an order stipulating that persons found damaging roads would attract a fine of `5,000, with the possibility of one month in jail.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2016 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Jharkhand: Call woman a witch, pay Rs 5000, face social boycott

A panchayat in Chaibasa decided on Wednesday to slap a fine of Rs 5,000 against villagers for accusing a woman of practising witchcraft, the first such step against superstition rampant in the tribal-dominated state, a village headman has said.

Published on Jan 07, 2016 06:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur

Al-Qaeda links traced to Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur has come under the police scanner after investigation agencies stumbled upon leads linking arrested al-Qaeda-India (AQ-I) operator Abdurr Rehman Kataki with AQ-I chief Md Asif and terrorists involved in a suicide attack at Glasgow Airport on June 30, 2007.

Representative purpose only: Asif and Abdurr had close links with Bangalore-based terrorist Kafeel Ahmad and his brother Shabil. Kafeel and Shabil’s sister is married to a man from Jamshedpur.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2015 04:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jamshedpur
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