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Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

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Jharkhand assembly: Govt, Oppn clash over drought relief

The state has recorded less than 50 per cent of monsoon rain this year, but the weather department has predicted good rain over the next one week, which could help reduce the deficiency.

Members of the ruling alliance in Jharkhand stage a protest outside the assembly over the Manipur violence. (HT)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Arrested Ranchi bizman a land shark, ED tells court

Agrawal, a well-known businessman in Ranchi who owns shopping malls in the city, was arrested Monday night for alleged land scam.

Bishnu Kumar Agrawal in custody. (HT)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 09:15 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Cong revokes suspension of 3 MLAs caught with cash in WB

Announcing the decision, Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said the party has decided to revoke the suspension of Irfan Ansari, Naman Bixel Kongari and Rajesh Kacchap because “nothing came out in police investigation” and since the three legislators have “accepted their mistake and tendered apology”.

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur meets CM Hemant Soren. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 09:22 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand cabinet nod to launch probe against 5 BJP ex-ministers

The Jharkhand cabinet on Tuesday greenlit a proposal by the state’s anti-corruption bureau to kick off a preliminary probe into a case of alleged disproportionate assets of five cabinet members in former BJP chief minister Raghubar Das’s government.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2023 12:57 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Guv returns Jain University bill to govt

Sources in the government, however, said they are still assessing why the Raj Bhawan has returned the Jain University Bill though it has cleared another private university Bill — Durga Soren University bill, 2023, brought earlier this year.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren distributes assets of public welfare schemes to a beneficiary in Giridih on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 10:26 PM IST
By, Ranchi

J’khand: JMM, RJD eye more seats in LS polls

The three parties in Jharkhand had contested both Lok Sabha and assembly elections in alliance in 2019 as well. As per the seat sharing agreement, while Congress led the alliance with maximum seats to contest in Lok Sabha elections, the JMM led the alliance in the assembly polls.

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur met CM Hemant Soren at the latter’s residence in Ranchi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Ranchi

BJP picks ex-CM Marandi, its old tribal face, as new Jharkhand unit chief

Marandi, 65, who started his public life with the RSS and VHP, has the distinction of being the first chief minister of Jharkhand after it was carved out of Bihar in 2000.

Former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi. (HT)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 09:45 PM IST
By, Ranchi

No coercive action against Rahul Gandhi: Jharkhand HC on Modi surname case

The special court hearing MP, MLA cases in Ranchi rejected Gandhi’s petition for exemption from personal appearance in the case on May 3

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi filed the petition in the Jharkhand high court to seek exemption from personal appearance (PTI File)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Jharkhand’s Budha Pahad soon to become soft release centre of Palamau Tiger Reserve

Budha Pahad, the mountainous terrain once dotted by land mines installed by the Maoists, was ‘freed’ from the clutches of the extremist group in 2022 after months-long special operation by the security forces

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 04:45 PM IST

Jharkhand: 10 convicted in Tabrez mob lynching case, sentencing on July 5

24-year-old Tabrez Anasri was beaten to death for allegedly attempting burglary at a house in Dhatkidih village in the intervening night of June 17-18, 2019.

A protest against the 2019 lynching. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Have support base in seven LS seats in J’khand, but open to negotiations for seat sharing, says Raja

Raja was in the state to hold consultations with his state executive about the future prospects. A delegation of the party led by Raja also met chief minister Hemant Soren on Sunday.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren meets CPI general secretary D. Raja, in Ranchi, on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 09:32 PM IST

‘Con man’ held for fleecing people in Jharkhand, Bihar

Khunti superintendent of police (SP) Aman Kumar said during the investigation it came to light that the accused committed similar crimes across several districts in Bihar and Jharkhand and conned different persons to the tune of around ₹25 lakh since November 2022.

The accused was arrested from Jharkhand’s Khunti district on Wednesday. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 10:07 PM IST

Demand to change ministers, state president grows in Jharkhand Congress

On the issue of changing the PCC chief, insiders said some within the party want to replace Rajesh Thakur, Bhumihar by caste, with someone from the backward community, preferably a tribal

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Defence land deal: ED arrests Kolkata bizman ‘linked to Soren’

Earlier, eight persons, including IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan, have been arrested in the case, allegedly for hatching a conspiracy to registering the property in name of the company owned by the Kolkata businessman

Kolkata-based businessman Amit Agarwal arrives to be produced at the ED Court, in Ranchi on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 08, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Ranchi

‘Constitution can’t be at mercy of state govts’

Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan spoke to Vishal Kant about a series of issues, including his decision to return the reservation bill to the state government, his next move on the election commission’s opinion on mining lease case of chief minister Hemant Soren, and accusations by non-BJP-ruled states against the governors across the country

Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 10:45 PM IST

‘Constitution can’t be at mercy of state govt’: Jharkhand governor Radhakrishnan

Governor says Jharkhand is a very resourceful state but there is a huge mismatch in terms of development

Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan was appointed on February 18. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 03:52 PM IST

Make rules to implement judicial orders: President Murmu

Murmu, who inaugurated the new building of the Jharkhand High Court in state capital Ranchi, was addressing a gathering which included chief justice of India DY Chandrachud, union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Governor CP Radhakrishnan, chief minister Hemant Soren, besides serving and former judges of Jharkhand high court.

President Droupadi Murmu is received by Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan and chief minister Hemant Soren upon her arrival at Ranchi airport on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:52 PM IST
By, Ranchi

NCR belt emerges new cybercrime epicentre

The highest number of cybercrimes in the country over the last three years originated from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan

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Updated on May 22, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Rahul Gandhi defamation case: J’khand HC reserves order on quashing petition

The complaint case was filed by Navin Jha with Ranchi court on April 28, 2018, against the statement Rahul Gandhi made at the plenary session of his party on March 18, 2018.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi . (PTI)
Updated on May 16, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Nitish meets CM Soren, says will work together for 2024 LS polls

The Janata Dal (United) leader, who leads a coalition government in Bihar, has been meeting leaders from various parties as part of his campaign for the last several months.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with his Jharkhand cointerpart Hemant Soren and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav in Ranchi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 10, 2023 09:35 PM IST
By, Ranchi

IAS Ranjan was principal conspirator in fraudulent sale of army land, ED tells Ranchi court

The directorate of enforcement (ED) on Friday told the special PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court that IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan misused his office of Ranchi deputy commissioner and connived with land brokers, officials and other beneficiaries to facilitate fraudulent sale of atleast three land plots at premium locations in Jharkhand’s state capital, including one under possession of the Indian army since independence, by manipulation of official records in Ranchi and Kolkata

He was arrested after 11 hours of questioning in connection with the money laundering probe. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 05, 2023 07:03 PM IST

ED arrests Jharkhand IAS officer in land deal case

ED on Thursday arrested Jharkhand IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan, after around 11 hours of questioning in connection with its money laundering probe related to alleged illegal land deals.

ED is probing a money laundering case related to alleged illegal land deals.
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Ranchi court rejects Rahul’s plea for appearance exemption

The defamation case in Ranchi court was filed by an advocate, Pradip Modi, for Gandhi’s alleged remark that “all Modis are thieves” at an election rally in Ranchi in 2019.

Rahul Gandhi (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Congress cautious over minister’s viral video as BJP seeks action

BJP MP from Jharkhand’s Godda Nishikant Dubey on Sunday night had shared a video clip on social media purportedly showing Gupta engaging in an “obscene” phone conversation with a woman

Minister Gupta on the other hand filed a case against unknown persons with cyber police station in Jamshedpur. (ANI image)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 01:18 PM IST

Jharkhand: Congress cautious over minister’s viral video, BJP seeks action

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said the party was keeping a watch on the developments and party would take a call over the issue at opportune time.

Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta . (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Ranchi

J’khand guv again returns bill to increase reservation

A senior Raj Bhawan official said that the bill has been returned to the government based on legal opinion provided by the Attorney General of India.

Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan was appointed onFebruary 18. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand governor returns OBC reservation bill to Soren govt for review

A senior official in Raj Bhawan, however, said the bill has been returned back to the government based on the legal opinion provided by the Attorney General of India.

Jharkhand Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 10:26 PM IST

Jharkhand governor returns quota increase bill for review

An official in the governor’s office said the bill was returned on the basis of the legal opinion from the attorney general of India

The bill was passed in November. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Ranchi land scam case: ED summons IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan for questioning

The ED summon to IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan comes four days after the federal agency raided 21 locations across three states including the official and private residence of Ranjan and others on April 13

IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Land scam case: ED arrests seven, sent to judicial custody; hearing on remand today

The ED crack down is related to money laundering probe in connection with fraudulent sale of around 4.5 acres land, in possession of the Indian army since independence, besides one acre land in Cheshire Home road in upscale Bariatu area in Ranchi.

The residence of IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan in Ranchi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 10:01 PM IST
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