Jamshedpur, 8th March 2014
Jindal plant: Villagers statements recorded for NOC
Jamshedpur, Mar 8 Statements of around 27 villagers have been recorded at the public hearing organised to seek ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the Union Environment Ministry for the proposed Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) was today held at Asanboni, about 25 kms from here.
Among others, JSPL regional officer R N Choudhury, vice-president (project) Naresh Kumar and deputy general manager Subrata Das were present at the hearing presided by ADC Ganesh Kumar.
Expressing satisfaction over the hearing, JSPL sources said the company has a proposal to set up a six million tonne integrated Greenfield steel plant in phases and 1,320 MW power plant in Asanboni under Potka block of East Singhbhum district.
The plant was to be set up with an investment of Rs 22,000 crores including Rs 5,000 crores for the first phase of three million tonne capacity.
Sources said the company required about 1,400 acres of land covering twelve villages including Asanboni within a radius of eight kilometres for the proposed project, which would be commissioned between 48 to 60 months from the date of commencement of construction work.
The company would invest Rs 1,063 crores under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), taking up projects for promotion of sectors such as education, health, construction of hospital, schools and skill development trainings etc.
The plant would generate employment for over 6,000 people directly while 7,500 would be taken on contractual basis.
Jamshedpur, 8th March 2014
Last chance to be a voter
Here's the final chance for voters to register their names on the electoral list ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Special enrolment camps will be held at 24,648 poll booths across the state on March 9, Sunday, to add names to the voter list in accordance with a Election Commission (EC) directive. Booth-level officers have been asked to be present at their respective booths from 9am to 5pm to help bona fide residents register their names on the electoral list.
There are over 18 lakh voters and 2,358 polling booths in Ranchi district, which covers the three constituencies of Ranchi, Lohardaga and Khunti. The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency has 15,51,297 voters and 1,626 booths.
While Lohardaga will go to polls on April 10, Ranchi, Khunti and Jamshedpur will follow suit on April 17.
"The booth-level officers will be armed with form 6, which is used for inclusion of names in voter list, form 7 for correction in voter list and form 8 for deletion of names. People must use the opportunity to include their names or rectify errors on the electoral roll," said election officer of Ranchi district and returning officer of Ranchi Lok Sabha constituency Vinay Kumar Choubey.
Though the camp is for one day, the process of inclusion, correction and deletion of names will continue till March 26. Voters can contact the election officers at district headquarters or visit the EC website in this regard.
Training for booth-level officers started at some places in the district on Friday and will continue on Saturday.
In Jamshedpur, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, also district election officer and returning officer for Jamshedpur constituency, has directed subdivisional officers (SDOs) of Ghatshila and Dhalbhum to ensure attendance of all booth-level officers on Sunday.
"This will be our final thrust to the drive to include names of those, who have been left out, in the electoral rolls. So far, 63 per cent of the population of East Singhbhum have been registered as voters in the sense that their names are on the electoral list," said Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan, who conducted training for booth-level officers at Town Hall in Sidhgora on Friday.
Another session was held at Ghatshila subdivisional office by SDO Gauri Shanker Mishra.
As most of the 1,626 booth-level officers are government school teachers and are busy with the ongoing matriculation and intermediate exams, they could not attend Friday's meetings.
"We knew that a large chunk of booth-level officers would not be able to attend the trainings at Jamshedpur and Ghatshila owing to exam duty. So we have sent written notifications to them, asking them to be present at the respective polling booths along with the electoral rolls on Sunday. Their attendance is mandatory," said district sub-election officer Geeta Choubey.
"The EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Card) is only an identity document and does not confer the right to vote on any person whose name is not on the electoral roll," the official reminded.
The Election Commission also made it clear that the law does not allow inclusion of names on the electoral rolls after 3pm on the last date of filing nominations.
Jamshedpur, 8th March 2014
Swadeshi Mela kicks-off, handicraft products grab attention
With a promise to serve quality indigenous products and services, week-long 'Swadeshi Mela' kicked-off at Gopal Maidan in Bistupur. BJP MLA Raghuwar Das, inaugurated the fair.
In his address he said that there is an urgent need to promote indigenous products that are manufactured by our artisans and craftsmen. He said that there is also a need to keep a check on the increasing foreign investments.
"The western world is ruling the markets despite the fact that the products produced in our country are equally competitive. With increasing flow of western products multinationals are minting money at our own cost. It is our duty to consume 'swadeshi' products for the sake of our own people," he noted.
The national coordinator also lauded the efforts of Center for Bharatiya Marketing and Development for hosting the fair. Prior to this he released a souvenir on the Swadeshi Mela.
Organised by the local chapter of the Center for Bharatiya Marketing and Development (CBMD) about 300 stalls exhibiting the finished products of the rural entrepreneurs along with several food stalls have been put up.
A fair coordinator, said that the apart from sale of products, the fair would also host talks and panel discussions on national and social issues at the venue. Moreover, during the evenings cultural programmes based on folk dances of various States would be presented.
An array of products from, computers produced by national companies to furniture have been made available in the fair.Artists from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and host Jharkhand are participating in the fair.
Jamshedpur, 7th March 2014
Residents block Jemco Main Road in protest against potholes
Over 200 residents blocked Jemco Main Road near Telco over poor condition of the road. The blockade was removed after assurance by Telco police station officer-incharge, Kamleshwar Pandey about informing SDO Dhalbhum for immediate steps to repair this road stretch. The Telco police official also arranged for temporary filling of potholes through fly-ash from a private company through a local contractor.
Sources informed the protests sparked after a youth of Mahanand Basti fell from his bike this morning due to bad condition of the road.The Jemco Main Road which is maintained by Tata Steel subsidiary JUSCO has around 100 meters stretch in a ramshackle condition. The road, apart from being used by heavy vehicles for private companies is also used by residents as it is the sole connecting road to residential area like, Azad Basti, Laxminagar, Prem Nagar, Ramadhin Bagan and Manifit.
" The situation is grave. Every day an incident is reported we have no choice but to block road in protest. This road has not been repaired for more than two years. The potholes make it difficult to commute especially on the 100 meter stretch due to numerous potholes," said a protestor.
Jamshedpur, 2nd March 2014
Spontaneous response to Bandh, 1000 activists court arrest
Normal life was paralyzed in the city on Sunday as opposition parties called for a shutdown, seeking to press their demand for a "special status" for the state. The two opposition parties — All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) -----were supported by the Janata Dal-United in enforcing the shutdown. Hundreds of party workers were arrested.
Normal life was paralysed as, shop and commercial establishments barring medical stores and hospitals downed shutters in all the major localities of the city. However, no major disturbances was reported from any part of the city as the public apprehending trouble due to the bandh call stayed in-door. Some incidents of violence was reported at Bistupur when ther bandh supporters attacked a few shops.
The public transport modes including city buses and auto rickshaws were off the road in the city till evening.
Trains services at Tatanagar remained unaffected as bandh protagonists failed to turn up at the railway station. However, movement of passengers, apprehending trouble due to the bandh call, was abysmally low at the station.
The AJSU activists forced automatic teller machine kiosks and petrol pumps to remain closed for the day. Stray incidents of violence including damage to glass panes of auto rickshaws were reported during the day.
AJSU MLA Ramchandra Sais "We struggled for the formation of a separate state and are proud to be in a state with the richest mineral reserves. But owing to central norms, the state cannot utilize its own resources. Several thousand people have already expressed their willingness to join the movement." The party needed to expedite the organisational and associational activities in the districts, he added.
Rai said that the coming two months were crucial for the party during which the workers would try to establish direct contact with the people in the State.
Shedding more light on the factors favouring special status the senior leader said that around 67 percent area of the state has minerals. But most of the iron ore are exported to different states using the infrastructure of Jharkhand while the maintenance cost is bear by the State only. He also said that since most of the Public Sector Units have headquarters in major cities outside the State Jharkhand incurs a lossx of Rs 10,000 crores.
He claimed that the Central Government is not concern about effective human development in Jharkhand or else it would have accorded the special status to the state and allotted additional funds by now. Goswami noted that funds allocated under the special status category would play major role to ensure inclusive growth of Jharkhand.
Jamshedpur, 2nd March 2014
Tata Zoo gets new family members from Sri Venkateswara Zoo
After a gap of two years, the Jamshedpur Zoo today welcomed 13 new animals in their family that arrived today in the afternoon from the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, Tirupati after travelling a marathon on road journey of 1600 km all the wander the watchful eyes of five member team from Tirupati Zoo led by their veterinary officer, Mr. Naveen Kumar. They left Tirupati in the evening of 28 February and reached Jamshedpur today in the afternoon. Today being Jharkhand bandh, the team which arrived at Ghatshila at 12 noon were escorted by Jamshedpur Zoo curator, Mr. S.K. Mahato with Field Asset Mr. Ali Akhtar Khan.
Under the exchange programme two Mandrills (one male one female) will be leaving Jamshedpur Zoo today itself in the same truck that brought six Indian Star Tortoise (three female, three males), four Indian Porcupine (one male, one female, two unsexed off springs) a pair of Grey Jungle Fowl and a White Tiger (male) named "Kailash".
Kailash, the male White Tiger (born on 02.05.2010) will be encouraged to mate with Jamshedpur Zoo’s young tigress, "Dona" (born on 16.04.2012).
An exclusive quarantine has been created by the zoo management to house these animals in order to help them assimilate to the environment initially and will be kept off-exhibit for a few weeks. They will be later housed permanently in a spacious new enclosure.
Tomorrow 3rd March though being a Monday Jamshedpur Zoo will remain open on the occasion of Founders Day.
Jamshedpur, 1st March 2014
Exciting line-up of events to celebrate 175th birth anniversary of JN Tata - founder's Day Celebration
Tata Steel will celebrate the 175th birth anniversary of its Founder, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, on March 3, 2014. Like previous years, all divisions of the Company as well as other Tata Group Companies based in Jamshedpur, will pay homage to the Founder on that day. The celebration reinforces our commitment to the vision, ideals, and values of the great visionary who paved way for the development of an industrial India.
Cyrus P Mistry, Chairman, Tata Sons will be present along with his family to pay homage to the founder. I am very excited and geared up for founder's day celebrations as it will be the first time that I will be in Jamshedpur to witness the event in my 26 years long career with the Tata group, said Sunil Bhaskaran, Dy. VP (Corporate Services) Tata Steel while addressing a press conference at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Saturday, March 1.
Talking about the events, Ashish Mathur, MD Jusco said that Inauguration of Illumination at Jubilee Park will be done by Ishatt Hussain, Member, Board of Directors, Tata Steel, who will switch on the Illumination at the Founder's Statue in Jubilee Park at 6:30 pm on 2nd March, 2014. It will be open for public viewing from March 2-5, 2014. It will be put up adjacent to Nicco Jubilee Park. The theme of this year's exhibition is 'J N Tata'. It will be inaugurated by B Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, at Jubilee Park at 6:45 p.m. The exhibition will be open to all visitors from March 3-5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to &:00 p.m.
This year extended Illumination of several roads leading to and around Jubilee Park will be done to create a carnival and Festive look. Mathur added that simultaneous illumination of Nildih Park, near Tube Makers Club, Bhetia Park, Kadma, Children's Park, Kagalnagar, Golmuri Park, Baridih Picinic-cum-Joggers Park, Jamshedpur Eye Hospital, Sakchi, Beldih Lake, Jayanti Sarovar(inside Jubilee Park) along with Jubilee Park will be done. Several raods that will be lighted up include IC Road- from Power Substation traffic island till Jubilee Park gate near CFE, Office Road – from CFE traffic island till Modi Park traffic island, St. Mile Road – from Modi Park traffic till Baug-e-Jamshed School traffic island, Pipe line Road - from Baug-e-Jamshed School traffic island till Jubilee Park Sakchi gate, Bistupur Central Verge, Kadma Soanri Link Road and Voltas Island, Bistupur.
On Monday, March 3 founder's day celebration will be held inside the Steel Works were Tata Steel, Associate Companies and others Tata Group companies will pay homage to the Founder at his statue near the Steel Works Main Gate. The Founder's Day Procession will begin at 07:00 a.m. The event will also homage to J N Tata by all dignitaries present. Founder's Day Pageantry in Town: With the support of the citizens of Jamshedpur and the Local Administration, a spectacular pageantry will be organized. This will be flagged off by Cyrus P Mistry, Chairman, Tata Sons, in front of the Founder's Statue near General Post Office, Bistuour, at 09:30 a.m. The pageantry will include tableaus from Associate Companies, Social organizations, Para- Military forces, etc. Approximately 2000 participants will take part in the pageantry.
Founder's Day Sports: A befitting sporting tribute to the Founder, the Founder's Day Sports involving around 800 participants from various Tata Group Companies will begin at Gopal Maidan at 01:00 p.m. on March 3, 2014.
Dare Devil show
The special attraction for the day will be 'Dare Devil' show which will be organized at 4 pm at Gopal maidan. Team Galley Stallions, comprising 21 people from Punjab regiment, will be seen in action to woo the students with their 'Dare Devil' acts.
For people visiting Jubilee Park, following parking areas has been earmarked which includes Loyola School ground in front of Beldih Club, In front of Sacred Heart School and Behind Sir Dorabji Tata Park.
Timings of vehicular movement inside Jubilee Park and at all Drop Gates- The entry of vehicles into Jubilee Park would be restricted and redirected from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on March 2, 2014. Vehicular movements at all Drop Gates will be restricted from 6:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.
From March 3- 5 vehicular movement inside Jubilee Park will be from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. One way traffic movement inside Jubilee Park and on I C road and Jubilee Road from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm on 3rd,4th & 5th March. Entry to Jubilee Park will be from Beldih Triangle Traffic Signal via Jubilee Road to Jubilee Park Gate and Exit from Jamshedpur Cricket Association Traffic Island via Jubilee Park CFE Gate. Inside Jubilee Park traffic movement will be from the right to left using JN Tata status Road to Nicco Jubilee Park to Jayanti Sarovar to Jamshedpur Kennel Club Road to CFE Gate.
Jamshedpur, 28th Feb 2014
Youth killed by looters in Jamshedpur
A youth was today gunned down after he resisted unidentified gunmen from looting valuables at his house at Birsanagar in Jamshedpur, the police said.
The 18-year-old youth, Rahul Shukla, put up strong resistance against the looters after they entered his residence and was shot dead, Senior Superintendent of Police Amol V Homkar said here.
Shukla was alone when the incident occurred, he said.
Jamshedpur, 28th Feb 2014
District police ties up with local company to install CCTV cameras
Jamshedpur police have decided to take a leap ahead of the administration for installation of CCTV cameras across the city. Police have marked 11 such points in Sakchi, termed as escape routes where these electronic eyes will keep round the clock vigil on criminals. The step has been taken to curb increasing criminal activities in town.
To crack a whip on the movement of criminals in the city, the police have finally selected a local company for installing the scanners on pilot project basis. In the first phase, 11 CCTV cameras will be installed at strategic locations in Sakchi areas and on the basis of the review of the electronic gadgets, the police will be giving further order. Revealing about the move, superintendent of police (city) Karthik S said that they gave work order today to a local company, Ain Ad.com for installing the CCTV cameras.
"With this we have also decided to keep round the clock vigil on the movement of criminals and bad elements on the city roads. For this we have mooted a proposal to install CCTV cameras on escape routes. The plan has been made on scientific basis keeping the crime point in the view. The move will not only curb the movement of criminals and bad elements but will also impart the sense of security amongst the residents," he noted.
Karthik said while giving the work order to the citybased firm, the district police has also sent papers to the state police headquarters for necessary clearance. He informed that the police headquarters clearance is likely to be obtained by the beginning of next week. He pointed out that for the CCTV pilot project, they will set up a monitoring cell at Police Control Room (PCR) located on the Sakchi police station premises and the cameras will be connected to the monitoring cell through overhead cables.
With the crime-graph soaring in the steel city, the district police seemed to have prompted to get the city covered with the electronic gadgets. According to Kartik, the roads in important localities like Bistupur, Sakchi and Golmuri will be given priority in the first phase of the CCTV camera installation and in the later stage the localities with lesser civic importance will be selected for the same.
The Sakchi square is notorious for traffic snarls, thanks to unruly auto drivers who blatantly flout every rule in the book and often park their vehicles blocking the freeway. Most of these auto drivers often escape penalty by bribing the traffic constable on duty. Besides, the CCTV camera may also go a long way in tracking perpetrators of crime or vehicles involved in accidents in the area, he pointed the police officer. The camera will help in easily identifying people involved in antisocial activities in the area.
Jamshedpur, 9th Nov 2013
Fans gather to see 'Banana' shooting of John Abraham in Loyala School
The local police had a tough time controlling people, who turned in large number to have a glimpse of a Bollywood actor-turned-producer John Abraham at Loyola school here today.
Abraham was in the steel city for the shooting of his forthcoming film 'Banana', which he claimed that the movie will surprise the audience and make them nostalgic.
'Banana' is a slice-of-life film, which traces the journey from adolescence to teenage.
The shooting of Abraham's home production movie 'Banana' began on 28th October last and it was being filmed in the steel city for the first time in Loyola School today.
The shooting of the movie was expected to be completed by 22nd December.
An ex-Loyolian Sajid Ali, who is the younger brother of Bollywood hit 'Jab We Met' fame director Imitiaz Ali, is being launched as director from the home production banner.
Abraham was playing the role of an ex-Loyolian, who returned to the city matured and look back on past life.
Earlier, on his arrival at Sonari Aerodrum here on Thursday, Abraham expressed confidence that the people would like the movie just like they did his home production films 'Vicky Donor' and 'Madras Café'.
Some students of DBMS English School, Carmel Junior College, J H Tarapore have been selected following an audition and will play a role in the movie.
Besides others, a school assembly scene was filmed in the Loyola school campus today.
Meanwhile, the local police had a tough time controlling large people, who assembled outside the Loyola School gate since morning to have a glimpse of their bollywood heart-throb and continued to stay put till evening.
The turn out was natural as the people wanted to see the celebrity act but no untoward incident happened, said Inspector Officer-in-charge of Bistupur police station A K Yadav.
Yadav appreciated the patience of the film actor, who continuously gave autographs to his fans and acknowledged them smiling amidst the shooting.
According to sources, a sequence on the road could not be filmed due to heavy turn out of fans.
Jamshedpur, 14th Aug 2013
Security forces corner Reds in West Singhbhum
An over three-hour gunbattle on Tuesday between joint forces and CPI(Maoist) cadres in the mineral-rich West Singhbhum ended with the rebels retreating into the Saranda jungle.
The joint forces, comprising CRPF jawans and police personnel, successfully cornered the Maoists who fled into the nearby Saranda jungle along Ganjara village.
No report of casualty was obtained. Police recovered belongings of the ultras which were lying strwen in the jungle area when police reached the site. "Few utensils, Maoist literature, clothes (of both men and women) were recovered by the police," said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kolhan Division, Arun Kumar Singh.
The top police official further said about 50 Maoist rebels opened fire on the forces when it reached the site but the men in uniform were able to confront them. "The encounter began around 9am and lasted for over three hours," said the DIGP adding that the security personnel had reached the remote area on tip-off about the presence of the Maoists there.
Police, on record, did not inform exactly how many rounds of firing was made by the two sides but sources said several rounds of intermittent firing was made by the rebels that evoked befitting retaliation from the cops. According to the district police, a massive search operation has been launched in the forest cover under Tebo police station area and in adjoining places within the forest cover to nab the rebels.
"The search operation will continue as we have sound information about the Maoists camaping in this part of the jungle," said a police sub inspector who was part of the team that fought gun battel with the rebels.
In the last few weeks, the joint team of paramiltary and district police has intesnfieid its operation in the Maoist hit areas of the district resulting in successful arrest of the several hard-core Maoists.
Jamshedpur, 14th Aug 2013
Some lessons on patriotism this Independence Day
This year, Independence Day celebrations in city schools will not merely be all about hoisting a flag and singing patriotic songs. Rather celebrations for the day will be grand with a thrust on educating the young minds about their responsibilities towards the nation.
Making a shift from the traditional monotonous Independence Day functions, about 15 English medium schools in the city have announced an elaborate arrangement to enlighten students about the painful saga of the freedom struggle and at the same time motivate them to become proud citizens of the country and work towards nation building.
"The idea is to go beyond symbolism," said Loyola School principal Fr Sebastian Puthenpura sharing the series of events lined up to mark the 67th Independence Day celebrations in the school.
He said attendance of students, from Class IV to Class XII, is compulsory on Independence Day. "Students up to Class III are too young to understand much about freedom struggle. So we have decided to exclude them from compulsory attendance," said Fr Puthenpura.
St Mary's English School has invited 85-year-old Dr S K Chatorai to deliver a speechon freedom struggle. "Dr Chatorai witnessed the Independence movement from close quarters. Therefore his account of the ups and downs of the freedom struggle will be more appealing to the students," said a senior faculty at St Mary's English School.
"The main focus of the Independence Day celebrations this year will be on youth education and creating an in-depth interest about the cultural and historical past of India," said a school teacher of Kerala Public School, Kadma.
"The overall theme of the Independence Day event's will be based on the spirit of India and shall be appreciated considering its impact on today's youth who are born in India in the post economic liberalization period," said the St Mary's English School faculty.
Jamshedpur, 13th Aug 2013
Stunt-biking championship likely in January
For all those who enjoy magic on two wheels and love dangerous stunts, here's the good news.
XDL India Ambassador, which is hosting the XDL Motorbike Freestyle League Championship Series in India later this year, has invited professionals and amateur stunt bikers to participate in the championship that is likely to be held in January 2014 in Goa.
"Stunt biking will be the next big sport in India," said Ashish Ranjan, the official ambassador of the XDL Championship Series, beginning his talk about the street freestyle league championship.
Interacting with TOI here on Monday, the young biker said freestyle league is a new thing to happen in India as far as motorbike racing is concerned.
"The freestyle series is like a T20 cricket match where uncapped stunt bikers could earn name and fame showcasing exceptional stunts on motorbikes," said Ranjan, an alumnus of Rajendra Vidyalay.
Ranjan, who is a senior team member of India's best recognized freestyle stunt riding team - ThrottlerzIndia - said success and recognition is the result of sheer hard work and dedication.
He also took the opportunity to criticize hooliganism in the name of stunt biking. The professional freestyle stunt biker said any sport that does not follow rules and lack discipline cannot qualify as a sport.
"Stunt racing that has the potential to put lives of others in danger, in particular, can never be described as sport, and more so if it is performed without a recognized regulating body," said Ranjan.
Ranjan's comment assumes significance in the backdrop of a Delhi incident in which a stunt biker was shot by police who were trying to stop a group of youth on two-wheelers.
Jamshedpur, 13th Aug 2013
Dreaded rebel nabbed in W Singhbhum
Notorious ultra Bir Singh Hansda was nabbed by a joint team of police and CRPF from West Singhbhum district on Monday.
Hansda, a resident of Hatnaburu village under Gua police station and an active member of banned outfit Johnson squad, was arrested from the Sonapi village under Chotanagara police station. "He is a notorious criminal who was wanted in at least six murder cases including that of special police officer Sushil Aaind on February 13, 2012," said deputy police superintendent , B N Singh.
A member of the joint team informed that Hansda is an accused in the November 26, 2012 incident in which six iron ore survey vehicles of Tata Steel were put on fire in the Saranda forests. "Hansda was also involved in setting ablaze four vehicles and equipments of a private road construction company between Hatnaburu and Baliba," said the officer. "The ultra is also suspected to have killed one Chandra Mohan Kumihar, his wife and father from Hatnaburu in 2008. Besides, he is also accused of kidnapping and killing another couple in February in the same year," informed the deputy SP.
Police have recovered one pistol and two live cartridge from him.
Jamshedpur, 10th Aug 2013
All is not lost yet, more rain likely
A good spell of rain in Jharkhand in the last two-three days stopped the alarming rise in the state's average monsoon deficit, while encouraging forecasts for the coming week held out hope of salvaging farmer fortunes.
The low pressure-induced rain bounty over the last 48 hours meant that Jharkhand's average monsoon deficit had, in fact, decreased from 31 per cent (on August 8) to around 29 per cent (on August 10).
So far, the state has received 457.6mm rain against a seasonal average of 648.7mm.
The low pressure system, that led to the much-needed wet spell, has become weak and has moved towards Madhya Pradesh. But Patna Meteorological Office predicted another spell of rains from tomorrow.
"The low-pressure area over Jharkhand, which led to widespread rain across the state, has moved towards north-east Madhya Pradesh. It led to normal rainfall in most parts of the state, although on August 7, some districts even experienced above normal showers," said A.K. Sen, director of the Patna Met office.
He predicted more rains in Jharkhand.
“There will be another spell of good rains from Sunday as the axis of the monsoon trough is passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. That will bring down the rain deficit further."
The good news for Jharkhand is that the rain deficit had not spiralled in the last three days.
"Jharkhand will have rainfall activity till August 21 and we are hopeful that the speculation of drought will die down with rainfall across the state in the next few days," added Sen, referring to the spectre of the “D-word” hanging over the mineral-rich state.
This year, the monsoon arrived in Jharkhand on June 10, well within schedule. But, the rainfall dramatically dipped in July due to frequent shifting of the monsoon trough.
Meteorologically, a state is declared drought-hit if the monsoon deficit reaches 59 per cent or above.
As of today, only four districts - Koderma (59), Chatra (58), Dumka (50) and Seraikela-Kharsawan (50) - were close to the deficit danger mark. Gumla continued to enjoy surplus rain - 5 per cent now, down three points from August 8 levels.
Chatra, which had way surpassed the drought mark with 69 per cent on August 8, improved to 58 per cent today, a notch less than the D-mark.
The state experienced wet spells in the last 24 hours. While Sahebganj (59.4mm) witnessed a boom, other districts that got soaked were Dhanbad (29.3mm), Hazaribagh (21.1mm), Pakur (17.7mm), Giridih (14.4mm), Dumka (14.1mm) and West Singhbhum (12.8mm).
But, state capital Ranchi (1.5mm) and steel city Jamshedpur (0.5mm) bucked the trend with scanty showers, recording a mere 0.1mm and 0.5mm, respectively.
Jamshedpur, 9th Aug 2013
Jamshedpur man hosts iftar for the poor
To share his blessings, one PappuSardar, owner of a roadside food joint, has been quietly arranging iftar for the modest and the underprivileged rojedars (Muslim brethren who fast in the holy month of Ramzan) in the busy Sakchi market for the last 10 years.
"Muslims pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the holy month of Ramzan. Hosting Iftar for the rojedars is a religious work that should be organized quietly," said Sardar. while replying to a query on why he never allowed press coverage of his act of philanthropy.
However, every year Sardar celebrates the birthday of Hindi film actress Madhuri Dixit with much fanfare.
For the last 28 days, this eatery is the only shop in the market that hosts Iftar (evening meal) for the rojedars each day, without break. The eatery near the now-closed Basant Cinema theatre, popular among the residents here, particularly the girls and women for its lip smacking delicaies, remains virtually closed for about an hour in the evening for Iftar.
"The delicious Iftar menu, comprising plateful of dates, fruit chaat, fruit custard, papdi chaat, chana chaat, green salad and pakora besides, soft drinks and lemon juice, provides a welcome break from the day-long fast to the rojedars.
When asked what motivated him to host Iftar for the poor, Sardar said, "I noticed the poor rojedars take their Iftar on the roadside of the Sakchi main street. They hardly manage to buy dates, fruits and a glass of water".
The shopkeepers, in the vicinity, assist Sardar in his initiative. The logistic support in terms of arranging chairs and tables comes from the shopkeepers in the neighbourhood.
"Given that Pappuji organizes Iftar for the poor without seeking any financial support from outside, we arrange seating tables and chairs to accommodate the rush of the rojedars," said a 38-year-old shopkeeper who owns an eatery adjacent to that of Sardar's shop.
A 69-year-old rojedar who breaks his fast at Pappu's eatery, said, "On Eid day, we receive new clothes and cash money in gift from Pappuji each year."
Source:Times of India
Jamshedpur, 9th Aug 2013
Schools turn away Below Poverty Line children
City-based English medium schools which always look for excuses to deny admission to the poor candidates have now started turning down poor parents' appeal citing the state government's indifference towards Below Poverty Line (BPL) students. The schools say the government is reluctant to provide financial aid to the institutions for the admission of poor students.
According to Section 33 (II) of the Right To Education Act 2008, the state government is supposed to provide financial assistance to the private schools so that they can admit the BPL children to their schools. Each class has 25% seats reserved for these children.
But owing to disagreement between the state government and the schools over the assistance amount for each child, the government has delayed releasing the assistance funds to the schools for 2012-13. Citing this, several English medium schools are demanding admission money from the BPL families. Else the schools are refusing to give the children admission.
"Since February, I have been trying to get my child admitted to a Sonari-based missionary school. But every time, I was turned down. I have now realized that they want money for admission," said Gautam Dhibor, who along with 30 other BPL parents went to the deputy commissioner's office on Thursday to submit a memorandum to the state government seeking immediate release of the assistance funds to the schools.
According to a conservative estimate, more than 50% of the seats that are reserved for the BPL candidates are lying vacant in the private English medium schools for the current academic year 2013-14. Unwilling to contest the fact about vacant seats, a senior functionary of the Jharkhand Unaided Private English Medium School Association (JUPESA) said the state government should settle the assistance funds issue at the earliest and release the funds soon in the larger interest of the BPL children.
"I agree Jharkhand government is unwilling to be on a par with Delhi and Gujarat where per child fund assistance is over Rs10,000 annually. But it should also not be rigid with its existing figure of Rs5,100 per child annually and settle the issue at the earliest," said the JUPESA functionary.
DC Dr Amitabh Kaushal assured the BPL families that he would soon prepare a special report on the matter and send it to the government, said RTE activist Dr Umesh Kumar who led the delegation.
Source:Times of India
Jamshedpur, 7th Aug 2013
UCIL contract workers rally for permanent jobs
About 500 people, including 341 contract employees of the Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL)'s open pit Bandurang mine, on Tuesday staged a demonstration at the district headquarters seeking restoration of their the jobs. The agitating employees who arrived at the deputy commissioner (DC's) office travelling50km from Bandurang, suspect foul play behind the corporation's decision to terminate the private firm GOIL from the job that had employed them at the open cast mine.
"In any case, the UCIL management should have hired another firm and ensured continuation of our jobs, "said Jharkhand Kranti Mazdoor Union (JKMU), president, Supai Soren, who led the demonstration. Soren, claimed that GOIL contract was originally scheduled to last till March 23, 2014, but the private firm contract was suspended mid-way in December 2012 without prior notification and subsequently the company was given seven months extension that expired in July 2013.
"Since July, we are sitting idle despite the fact that several among us have given our land to UCIL for its Bandurang mine project," said Soren. He said that in the wake of frequent demand for observing them in the plant as permanent employees, the management conspired to terminate the contract of the private firm itself so that its employees are stripped of the opportunity to demand enrolling them as permanent staff at UCIL.
DC Dr Amitabh Kaushal assured the employees of looking into the matter. "He also asked us to approach the district labour office for judicious outcome of the agitation," said Soren.
When approached, no senior UCIL official was ready to speak on record regarding the issue raised by the Bandurang mine contract employees. However, they maintained in private that efforts are on to hire a new firm for the Bandurang mine. "Exercise is on to hire a new firm for the Bandurang mine and probably the process shall over sometime in coming weeks," said an UCIL official.
Source:Times of India
Jamshedpur, 20th July 2013
Fly to Babadham for Rs 14,999 this season
If you are keen to experience a hassle-free and quick visit to Baidyanath Dham temple to offer prayers during the holy Shravani season then the civil aviation department of the state government will surely fulfill your wish for Rs 14999 special package.
The government has introduced a special three and half hour tour package for the kanwariya (devotees) interested in a comfortable journey and quick darshan of Lord Shiva in the holy season starting from July 23.
"Special Shravani air package will cost Rs 14999 which will include return journey within three and half hours along with special darshan of Baba at the temple and a meal in Deogarh," said principal secretary civil aviation department Sajal Chakravarti at the press conference here on Friday.
The special darshan package includes air service to Deogarh airport from Sonari aerodrome and a meal at the local restaurant on reaching the holy town.
Thereafter, the pilgrims shall be ferried to the temple in a taxi. The pilgrims, carrying special darshan pass, will join the special queue for them to offer prayers at the temple. After the rituals are over they will go to the airport for their return journey to Jamshedpur on the same day.
"A nine-seater charted plane (of a city based business family) has been hired for the service," said Chakravarti to the reporters at the Sonari aerodrome.
The special service will be begin on August 1 and will end on August 21. "Tickets will be available at Alchemist aviation center in Sonari aerodrome, JMA store in Bistupur and JCCN cable network office in Sakchi," said Chakravarti.
The pilgrims need to converge at the Sonari airport on the due date and time of their booking from where the chartered plane will take them to Babadham.
"Deoghar is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the country with lakhs visiting Baidyanath Dham every year. I am sure the special air tour package for the Shravani pilgrims shall receive good response," said Chakravarti.
The civil aviation secretary said as of yet the frequency of the chartered plan has not been decided. "Depending on the response we will decide whether the plane should fly once or twice or thrice each day to Deogarh," said Chakravarti.
The project has been undertaken jointly by the Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) and state civil aviation department.
Jamshedpur, 18th July 2013
Milk parlours eye August debut in Jamshedpur
Jharkhand's fledgling brand Medha is set to take on Bihar biggie Sudha in the steel city.
After Ranchi, Khunti, Hazaribagh, Lohardaga, Gumla and Ramgarh, Medha milk parlours will debut in Jamshedpur by the end of August.
The East Singhbhum district administration has already launched a plot hunt to set up 10 milk parlours under Jharkhand Dairy Project, a unit of the state animal husbandry department. District dairy development officer Arun Kumar Sinha said the administration had assured them room by next month.
The efforts come in the light of a letter from principal secretary (agriculture) Nitin Madan Kulkarni the week before last, urging the district administration to identify suitable places at the earliest for setting up state-of-the art Medha milk parlours.
Confirming the directive, deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said: "We are looking for land and hope to identify them soon, keeping the customers' interest in mind."
Dairy development officer Sinha said each of the 10 parlours would boast an area of 100sqft. "We have a tie-up with Mother Dairy, Calcutta. Apart from Medha milk, the parlour will also sell products such as ice creams, curd, flavoured lassi, paneer and cheese of Mother Dairy. The construction of one parlour will cost around Rs 3.8 lakh, including putting up of sign boards and appliances such as a deep freezer," he added.
Once ready, these 10 will be the first exclusive milk parlours of Medha in the entire Kolhan region. Currently, Jamshedpur has outlets of only Sudha Dairy, a unit of Bihar State Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation.
Since the Medha products will come from Ranchi, they will cost more.
"The price of milk will increase by Re 1 per litre in satellite areas, while that of its products will increase by Rs 5 per kg compared to Ranchi," said a dairy official.
State deputy director (dairy) Mukul Prasad said plans were also afoot to start construction of a production centre in Jamshedpur, which could bring prices in the steel city at par with that in the state capital and, at the same time, tackle the perennial milk crisis.
"We have identified around five acres near Baliguma in Mango. A corpus of Rs 2 crore has been earmarked for construction of the production centre. We hope to make it operational by the year-end," Prasad added.
Jamshedpur, 16th July 2013
Tribal girls' gangrape: JCC for arrest of all accused
Terming as "brutal and inhuman" the rape of four minor tribal students in Jharkhand's Pakur district, the newly-formed Jharkhand Co-ordination Committee today demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and security to adivasi girls.
Jamshedpur, 15th July 2013
Tata steel exchange programme to begin in Jamshedpur today
Long products division of Tata steel, India will organize a two-day International Rolling Mill exchange programme at Jamshedpur on Monday.
Delegates from various long product mills such as New Bar Mill, Wire Rod Mill (E), Wire Rod Mill (W), Merchant Mill, ISWP, Nat steel china, Nat steel Singapore, Tata Steel Thailand, and Tata Steel Europe will mark their presence on this gracious occasion, a Tata Steel release on Sunday said. This year's theme was Towards Rolling Excellence, and the programme will be conducted at TMDC, Dimna in Jamshedpur.
The experts from various plants will exchange their knowledge and experience on various topics Improvement, the release added.
Jamshedpur, 14th July 2013
Ex-army man seeks amendments to dowry act
Retired army man Ramnath Das, who had in January submitted a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking approval for mercy-killing after he and his family members were allegedly implicated in a false anti-dowry case, has filed a fresh petition to the President but this time for a public cause.
Das (57), who was employed with the mechanical wing of the Electronic Mechanical Engineering Corp of Army, submitted a petition to the Rashtrapati Bhavan through East Singhbhum deputy commissioner's office on Saturday, seeking amendments to Section 498A of the IPC (anti dowry act).
"In this petition I have sought effective cooperation from the President in amending the 498A," said Das.
He said hundreds of innocent families in the country have fallen prey to the (IPC 498A) Act that unjustifiably favours women.
"The Act favours women unreasonably resulting in its gross misuse. It's high time the Act should be amended in the larger interest of those languishing in prison or facing potential threat from 498A," said Das.
A resident of Gadra under Pursudih police station area, Das claims he and his family of seven are victims of the loopholes that exist in the anti dowry Act.
"Inept handling of the anti dowry cases by the law enforcing agencies and time-consuming justice delivery mechanism has further aggravated the sensitive issue," said Das, who retired from Army in October 1989 following his last posting in Pune.
Apparently, annoyed over slow pace of the justice delivery system, Das had appealed to the President on January 29 this year to ensure early justice to him in the case or permit him to end life, willingly.
"Since my petition for mercy-killing is lying with the Rashtrapati Bhavan I am not going to re-approach for the same. In fact, now I want to dedicate my life fighting for the innocent lives jailed under IPC 498a," said Das.
Das's son Praveen, who is employed with Navy Mumbai based JSW Ispat Ltd, was married to Vibha of Kasidih on November 23, 2010 but following marital discord the matter reached police and eventually to the court.
Das, his wife Sunita and son Praveen, are out on bail at present. They were arrested under various sections of Anti dowry Act about sixteen months ago.
Source:the times of India
Jamshedpur, 13th July 2013
3 students to represent India at Novartis biocamp in Basel
Three students from Jamshedpur, Mangalore and Delhi would represent India at Novartis' International BioCamp at Basel, Switzerland.
Jamshedpur student Shreetam Subhrankar is an alumnus of XLRI, Nehul Saxena is from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) Delhi, and Ankith Rai is from Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore, and they took the top honours at the recently concluded Novartis biotechnology leadership camp (BioCamp) in Hyderabad, a note from Novartis said.
Jamshedpur, 11th July 2013
KPS Burmamines School bags NCERT award
The new academic session started on a positive note for the Kerala Public School (KPS) Burmamines, which won a national level award in a competition held for school teachers and educational institutions.
Organized by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the all-India competition on 'Innovative Practices and Experiments in Education for School Teacher Education Institutions', saw the faculty of KPS winning the title round with their exceptional project work 'Leverage to Success'.
"A NCERT letter addressed to the school declared us one among the schools selected for the award along with the certificate and award money," said the school principal.
The team members, Sashi Singh, Roshni Kharbanda, Gurmeet Sachdev, Sangeeta Gupta, Bibha Kumari, Purna Choudhary, Ganita Singh, Indira Sreekumar, Jagpreet Kaur and S Anju were the faculty of the school that earned prestigious national level award for the cradle.
Source:The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 11th July 2013
Explosives found in Saranda
The security forces recovered a powerful can bomb, weighing 30kg from Saranda forest area in West Singhbhum district on Wednesday. A joint patrol team of the CRPF and district police unearthed the powerful bomb and few other explosives planted in Gundijoda village under Chotanagra police station. "Thirty detonators, 10kg of gelatin and 100 m-long wires were also recovered from the spot during the search operation," said West Singhbhum police superintendent, Pankaj Kamboj.
The SP added that the ongoing search operation will further intensify in the Jambaiburu and Thalkobad areas of the district, in the coming days.
Source:The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 9th July 2013
Tease vigil near cradle campuses, Romeos may land in jail
Girls, heave a sigh of relief. Men in uniform — and plain clothes — are looking out for you.
In a move aimed at stemming cankerous cases of eve-teasing and groping in the city, police and administrative officers are keeping their eyes peeled on school and college areas, which are frequent and favourite haunts of road Romeos.
The drive was launched on Monday by Dhalbhum SDO Subodh Kumar. He was accompanied by DSP (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhyay and other senior officers from Bistupur thana.
"A directive came from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal. We will keep tabs on eve-teasers and bike gangs. They usually throng school and college areas. The drive will be carried out at regular intervals, mostly after class hours when students leave the safety of their campuses," the SDO said.
The Monday vigil started near Loyola School. The sight of a police vehicle was enough to send a group of youths scurrying away from campus. The patrol then continued towards Beldih Triangle near Beldih Church School.
The team also scoured Keenan Stadium, Sacred Heart Convent School, Rajendra Vidyalaya and Motilal Nehru Public School areas. Two youths, suspected to be trouble-mongers, were pulled up. Their names, phone numbers and registration number of bike were jotted down before they were let off with a warning.
A senior officer, who was part of the team, said road Romeos and reckless drivers would be warned twice, but they will be third time unlucky.
"We will book them either under CrPC Section 151 (arrest made to prevent commission of cognisable offences) or the Motor Vehicles Act or both," he added.
Vaishali Sharma, a Class VIII student of Beldih Church School, gave a thumbs up to the campaign. "It was long due and should continue for long, until tease gangs are weeded out."
Another student, not willing to be named, said: "Eve-teasing and groping are common near both girls' colleges and co-ed institutions. There isn't much you can do because people stare at you if you protest. I hope the drive changes the situation."
Jamshedpur, 5th July 2013
Ex Tata Steel employee commits suicide
Charrudatta Deshpande, an ex Tata Steel employee committed suicide last week under mysterious circumstances. Deshpande's close friend say that he had on repeated instances hinted to them that he would share something important, but eventually failed to do so.
"Tula sangayche ahe kahi tari’ (I want to share something with you)." This was Charrudatta Deshpande’s words to his close family friend Veena Gavankar (70) and her husband Chandrakant (78), as he sat down to lunch at her Vasai bungalow, on the afternoon of June 28. Hours later, he was found hanging in his ground floor flat just down the road. Charru, a former chief of Corporate Affairs and Communication at Tata Steel, had phoned Gavankar around 11.30 am on Friday, after reaching Vasai Gaon, and insisted on meeting her. She visited him at his apartment in Pant Nagari Society.
Veena, who is a writer, recalled, "That day Charru was not the same man who cracked jokes and spoke openly. He looked disturbed and would reply only to the questions that were put forward to him. He told me that he had come to clear some society maintenance dues and we sat on the divan in his front room. He was about to narrate something, when suddenly the power went off. Since he did not have an inverter connection, I suggested he come to my place and join me for lunch. He agreed," said Veena.
Like many of Charru’s close friends and family members, the Gavankars too find it hard to believe that Charru took his own life. "We have known him for over 40 years, and we know he could never commit suicide. He was strong mentally to handle any pressure. But something was bothering him, ever since he returned to Mumbai from Jamshedpur on May 25, after resigning from Tata Steel. Since then, he had hinted many times to me that he would share something important; but unfortunately the day never came."
A week before his death, Charru invited Veena to his Borivli residence, where he made an attempt to speak to her, saying, "I made a mistake, I should not have gone to Jamshedpur. I should not have taken the job, I do not like their work culture."
According to Veena, Charru was initially very happy after he joined Tata Steel, Jamshedpur last year. "He even invited the Gavankar couple to stay with him in Jamshedpur. All this changed soon. In April, he came home and informed me that he was resigning as he was not happy. He was also seeking advice from my son, an IT consultant, about an alternate career."
After lunch at 1 pm, I accompanied Charru in his car to his residence. Charru opened the door, and standing at the entrance, I asked him, how long he would wait at home. He promptly replied that he would take 10-15 minutes. I took spare keys from him and his driver dropped me to my residence at 1.05 pm," said Veena, adding, "I handed him a candle asking him to give a good rub to the main door frame, as it had become creaky in the rain".
Around 3.30 pm, Charru’s wife Nivedita (50) phoned Veena, saying that Charru was not responding to calls, and that she was worried. Even the driver had said that he was still at Vasai, and that Sir was not answering the doorbell. Chandrakant accompanied the driver with the spare keys. Reaching Charru's residence, he found the door was bolted from inside. "We informed the police and with the help of painters working at my house, broke open the window. To our shock, we found him hanging in the passage. The local doctor from a nearby hospital was called in, who declared him dead," said Chandrakant.
Though an offence was registered under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the task of handling the case has been given to police constables – R S Nikumbhe of Vasai Road police station are investigating the case. Even five days after the incident, they have not been able to activate Charru's iPad, which might hold crucial clues. No call data has been collected nor any letter sent to Charu's mobile service provider till yesterday to ascertain the names of those people who had phoned Charru in the days prior to his death.
Superintendent of Police Anil Kumbhare, when informed that a constable is probing the matter, refuted the claims, saying, "A police constable cannot be the investigating officer, he can only assist a police officer, who might be supervising the matter.” Regarding the delay in collection of evidence, he said, "I will have to look into the case papers and only then reply."
Scene of crime?
Charru Dutt had occupied flat 1 on the ground floor of Pant Nagri building for last five to six years. The double bedroom flat is done up well, with air-conditioning in both rooms. The small passage connecting the bedrooms passing through the kitchen has a cast-iron chair below a small fan. According to the police, Charru, who is approximately 155 cm in height, used this chair to reach the fan. His shirt is still on the kitchen counter. He was wearing a vest and trousers when he was hanging. His slippers were still on his feet. A speaker and the AC were switched on in the apartment. Police claim while the wings of the fan were intact, the cup on the fan was broken, owing to the strain of his weight.
Questions loom large
While the autopsy has concluded that the cause of death was 'asphyxia in a case of hanging,' many unanswered questions still will need to be answered by the investigators.
*Why the police did not call the forensic team to inspect the scene of crime?
*Why did the medical officer from Primary Health Centre, Vasai not insist for photography and preserved the viscera for chemical analysis to rule out any foulplay?
*Why did the police not send Charru's phone and iPad to the Kalina forensic laboratory for testing?
* Why was the crime scene not preserved? The broken windowpane and grill gives easy access to the flat.
*Why did Charru phone Gavankar's family that morning and agreed for lunch, if he had come prepared to kill himself?
*What happened in Jamshedpur?
*Why was Charru not able to speak out to his close friends?
*Why did Charru not leave any suicide note?
The other side
Tata Sons in a statement stated that a committee chaired by Ishaat Hussain, Non-Executive Director of Tata Steel, and including NS Rajan, the group's Chief Human Resources Officer, and Bharat Vasani, the Group General Counsel, has been constituted to ascertain the facts of the case. Mukund Rajan will also be a part of the panel as Chief Ethics Officer.
"The committee has been mandated to convey its findings direct to the Board of Tata Steel within the next two months," the statement said.
Jamshedpur, 4th July 2013
Tata Steel installs Rainwater Harvesting Structures
Due to rapid urbanisation, ground water level has receded drastically in the recent years. This has resulted in scarcity of water. The issue of water scarcity can only be addressed by conserving water that comes to us through rains. In the recent years, rainwater harvesting has emerged as one of the most sustainable ways to conserve rainwater that otherwise gets wasted by getting drained off.
Over the last two years, Tata Steel Rural Development Society has installed rainwater harvesting structures at various places around Jamshedpur as well as in mines and collieries. Installation of rainwater harvesting structure helps in channelising precious rainwater to percolate down and replenish underground water table.
Continuing with this initiative, rainwater harvesting project was inaugurated on June 29, 2013 at the following locations in Bagbera - a) Road No. 4 & 5; b) Shiv Mandir Premises, Bagbera
Nearly 75 households will benefit from this intervention. Top Water Experts from around the country inaugurated the Rainwater Harvesting Project.
Mr. Biren Bhuta, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel and other staff members of the Tata Steel Rural Development Society also attended the programme.
Jamshedpur, 4th July 2013
Jamshedpur cops arrest gangster for loot and murder
The city police have arrested gangster Md. Salauddin on Wednesday in connection with the loot and murder of transport firm employee PappuYadav.
The victim, Yadav, who was employed to collect money from the clients on behalf of his Rajasthan Jharkhand Transport (RJT) company, was shot dead near Chepa bridge under Azadnagar police station area on the night of May 22, 2013.
The cash Rs.4lakh, which the victim was carrying with himself, was also looted from him before he was assassinated.
"Salauddin is the main accused in the Pappu Yadav murder case," said superintendent of police (city), Karthik S to the reporters announcing the arrest of Salauddin.
According to the police, Salauddin, 45, a history sheeter who has been to the jail in connection with his involvement in several criminal cases in the past, fled the city after committing the heinous crime.
The police have claimed that Salauddin was arrested by the Azadnagar police this morning, following a tip-off but it is learnt that he was under police detention for the last few days.
The police had recently recovered the motor-cycle and the Scorpio vehicle that were used in executing the crime.
According to police sources, Salauddin, resident of Azadnagar, Mango, is also suspected in the trader Vinod Agarwal murder case who was shot dead on June 21 night in Burmamines locality while on way to his Golmuri residence."Investigation into the matter is still on," said Karthik when asked whether gangster Salauddin is a suspect in the Agarwal murder case.
Jamshedpur, 3rd July 2013
Khadi Park in India's Jharkhand state to be ready by 2014
Jharkhand State Khadi and Village Industries Board has extended an assurance that the Khadi Park being set up in Aamda village of Kharsawan district of Jharkhand state in India would be ready by next year.
Speaking at a banker's meet on Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme in Jamshedpur, the Board Chairman Jainandu said the park with a proposed outlay of Rs. 50 million shall be ready by March next year, The Telegraph reported.
The park spanning on an area of two acres would serve as a one-stop khadi hub. It would prove to be an integrated park undertaking all activities ranging from raw material processing, washing and dyeing, designing, cutting and stitching to branding and packaging for khadi garments. Also, there would be a special store which would sell the khadi apparels produced within the park.
The park would extend entrepreneurial opportunities for over 500 villagers from the region. It would also house special training centers and housing accommodation facilities for artisans.
The Board is planning to frequently host rural fairs to further direct sales opportunities to artisans, Mr. Jainandu said.
The initial investment for the said park at the time of its launch in September 2011 was pegged at Rs. 10 million.
According to a Jharkhand Department of Industries report published earlier this year, the other projects that the state government is working on includes a mega handloom cluster at Godda in Santhal Pargana, a silk park at Ranchi, and a khadi park at Deoghar.
Jamshedpur, 2nd July 2013
HR professional Ramkumar asks Tatas to probe death of Charudatta Deshpande
Three days after Charudatta Deshpande, Tata Steel's former corporate affairs and communications head, committed suicide at his house in Vasai, Mumbai, K Ramkumar, an executive director of ICICI Bank, has written to Ratan Tata, Cyrus Mistry and Krishna Kumar expressing shock over the manner in which Tata Steel had behaved with Deshpande. He has also urged for a probe into the circumstances surrounding Deshpande's death.
In an email sent on Sunday, Ramkumar, a well-known HR professional, writing in his personal capacity alleges that Tata Steel terminated Deshpande's services in a "disgraceful manner". The mail, quoting people who had met Deshpande in the past four weeks, alleges that the late corporate affairs head was under "untold pressure and threat at Jamshedpur" in the weeks preceding his death.
Responding to questions from this paper, Tata Group chief ethics officer Mukund Rajan, in an email response, said the group is taking the allegations raised in Ramkumar's letter seriously. "We will establish an appropriate process to ascertain the facts and take action accordingly. No Tata company would condone or authorise any action or behaviour as suggested in the same," he said.
"Charudatta Deshpande was a loved and respected former colleague. We are shocked and distressed by his passing away. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time," he added.
Ramkumar's letter, referring to the claims of the people who met Deshpande in the four weeks preceding his death, alleges that he was "confined" for over two weeks at Jamshedpur.
"I have made no allegations in my letter," Ramkumar told ET. "I believe the Tatas are an upright organisation and they will probe the death of Charudatta Deshpande and bring it to a proper closure."
"We also categorically deny any action by the company concerned and/ or its partners to sully the name of the deceased," Rajan said, responding to a claim by Ramkumar that a PR agency had attempted to "sully" Deshpande's name after his death.
On Monday, senior Tata Group representatives visited Deshpande's family to pay their respects. ICICI Bank has also organised a job at the bank for Deshpande's son who graduates from an engineering college in two weeks.
Ramkumar has also raised the issue with many other senior managers and HR heads across India Inc, including the past and present HR heads of the Tata Group, Satish Pradhan and NS Rajan, respectively. He has also taken up the issue with senior representatives of Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, HUL, IBM, RPG, among others.
Former chairman of Hindustan Unilever Keki Dadiseth too has been approached.
Deshpande, 58, a former journalist-turned-PR professional, worked in The Economic Times in the 1990s in the political bureau and later went on to work with ICICI Bank, the Mahindra Group and Tata Steel. He was to join a leading public relations firm this month.
ET spoke to Ramkumar's HR colleagues and they acknowledged having heard from him on this issue. "I have received the letter and will write to Cyrus Mistry with my cover note. This is a matter that deserves his attention," a senior official, also a board member in many Indian corporates, said on condition of anonymity.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 2nd July 2013
Rise in petrol price set to affect auto fares
Commuters in the city will have to bear the burden of the recent hike in petrol price with auto-rickshaw drivers here announcing an increase in fares effective from this week onwards.
A section of auto-rickshaw drivers, under the patronage of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) district president, Feroz Khan, announced an increase in fare from the first week of July. They claimed that running their business with the existing fare rate was not feasible any more.
"You cannot expect passenger fare to remain constant when the petrol price has crossed Rs 70 per litre," said Khan adding that the passenger fare was last revised when petrol price was Rs 54 per litre.
Sources said the group of auto-rickshaw drivers led by Khan is dominant in the Azadnagar-Mango-Sakchi-Dimna route. So, majority of the routes within the city periphery shall not be affected, immediately.
"It is very much possible that taking cue from Khan's group the auto-drivers who ply their vehicles on different routes (under the patronage of Congress MLA Banna Gupta) shall also do the same in the next few days," said a member of the Jamshedpur Sikshit Berojgar Tempo Chalak Sangh.
Incidentally, a week ago the auto-rickshaw unions had unanimously announced rolling-back the fare hike they had announced following traffic police's crack-down on passenger overloading in auto-rickshaws.
After, an alleged clandestine deal between the district administration and the auto-rickshaw unions it was declared by the unions on June 24, 2013, that they have rolled-back the increased fare as they have been permitted to ferry five passengers on each auto-rickshaw which the traffic police had been opposing all along.
Although, senior officials in the traffic police department sounded ignorant about any such deal but department sources confirmed that under political pressure the administration decided not to persist with the overloading issue and let the auto-rickshaw unions roll-back the increased fare and carry five passengers, as usual.
"It's very unfortunate that the district administration is finding itself in a corner when it comes to regulate the auto-rickshaws," said 27-year-old Amita Gupta, a school teacher who is a daily passenger and takes a auto-rickshaw from her Kadma Farm Area residence.
There are over 15,000 auto-rickshaws plying in 14 different routes in the city.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 1st July 2013
Tata Power's Jojobera thermal power station installs automatic ash bagging machine
Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, has organised various initiatives and conducted various educational workshops on the utilisation of fly ash from thermal coal based plants for construction. In a recent development, Tata Power’s Jojobera team has installed an automatic ash bagging machine at its Jojobera power plant.
The newly installed machine will enable efficient management of fly ash around the plant. Not only would the installation of this plant minimise dust emission during bagging, but will also keep a control on the quantity and quality of the bagging process, thus ensuring enhancement of ash to the cement industry. The total installation cost has been approximately Rs50 lakh and the machine currently ensures cost optimisation for bagging and safety of operation due to the compact nature of the system. It saves on time and provides for automatic loading on to trucks/dumpers.
"Safety of our employees and our environment has always been top priority for Tata Power and we had been looking for sustainable and safe solution for fly ash, which is a challenge for thermal power plants. The automated ash bagging machine will improve safety for people and the environment and in addition enhance quality, cost and cycle time of bagging to help our business proposition," stated DS Kudalkar, head, Jojobera station, post the installation of the machine.
Earlier, water was being utilised to suppress the floating fly ash particles around the silo, and the machine was installed in order to resolve this issue. Tata Power has also set up a special fly ash brick manufacturing plant at Jojobera in 2011.
Jamshedpur, 27th June 2013
Jamshedpur bandh peacefull
Jamshedpur: Around 100 bandh supporters including the functionaries of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry were rounded up as a dawn to dusk Jamshedpur bandh called by SCCI remained peaceful here on Thursday.
The bandh, which was being observed following the expiry of 48-hour ultimatum served by them to the district administration to apprehend the culprits, was called by the apex industrial body in protest against the killing of a rice merchant Vinod Agarwal on last Saturday.
All financial institutions including banks, petrol pumps, business establishments, shop and markets downed their shutter to express solidarity against the killing of Agarwal.
The road traffic was also hit by the bandh but the train services remained unaffected, Railway sources said.
Barring sporadic incidents of smashing of glasspanes of some vehicles including a bus in Mango, the bandh was peaceful and spontaneous, official sources said.
The bandh was supported by various organisations and political parties including Congress, BJP and JVM (P).
Expressing his gratitude towards people for extending support to the bandh, Suresh Sonthalia, vice-president of SCCI, expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the steel city.
He warned that if immediate steps were not taken to improve the situation, no investors will come to Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, police rounded up about 100 bandh supporters including Sonthalia and Bharat Vasani, secretary of SCCI, activists of BJP, Congress, ABVP.
Jamshedpur, 25th June 2013
Jamshedpur, India: Working Towards an Animal-Friendly City
The Sri Dorabji Tata Trust will invest USD $1 million over the next three years to make Jamshedpur, India an animal-friendly city. HSI is the lead implementing agency and has begun work on a project to raise community awareness.
"HSI will build a model for humane animal birth control practices in India. Our motive in seeking this collaboration was to be able to demonstrate success for a humane dog management plan—from monitoring and gathering information to humane handling and community participation," says Rahul Sehgal, Director, Asia for HSI.
The program has so far undertaken scientific surveys, based on which the ABC project will be planned. The University of Glasgow will set up a database to help with data collection/analysis, a significant part of this model and a learning process.
Jamshedpur, 23rd June 2013
JAMSHEDPUR TRADER SHOT DEAD, CHAMBER WORRIED
A city-based rice wholesale merchant was shot at while he was on his way back home late night on Friday. According to information, two armed motorcycle borne unidentified assailant fired shot at the trader from point blank.
The wholesaler, 45-year-old Vinod Agarwal, was returning home after closing his shop in Parsudih Mandi when two persons on a motorcycle shot him thrice and snatched away his bag containing Rs 4 lakh near a roundabout, the sources said. Agarwal was rushed to the Tata Main Hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Saturday Senior Superintendent of Police Richard Lakra, who visited the spot, last night, said that four persons were detained for questioning. The police were searching for the killers.
"We have started investigation into the shooting incident and have rounded up some suspects for interrogation. As per initial investigation it seems to be a case of extortion," said SSP.
The traders under the banner of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry( SCCI), the leading trade body of Kolhan visited the Golmuri market for taking stock of the situation. Vice-President of the chamber, Suresh Sonthalia, said a 48-hour ultimatum has been given to the police to arrest the gunmen otherwise the industry body would be forced to think of a future course of action. Sonthalia said earlier another businessman Tushar Bagaria was shot dead near Modi Park in 2011. Sources said that as the trader was carrying the cash in a bag, the duo appeared there and asked him to handover the bag. Talking to the media, Sonthalia said that the rising crime was a matter of concern and traders need to be provided with proper security. He said that East Singhbhum is fast developing due to it's proximity with the mineral rich area. This has seen a massive influx of population from all over the country. This also brings in the bad and rogue elements with it. Law and order is becoming an issue of concern. Parvinder Bhatia n Jamshedpur A city-based rice wholesale merchant was shot at while he was on his way back home late night on Friday. According to information, two armed motorcycle borne unidentified assailant fired shot at the trader from point blank. The wholesaler, 45-year-old Vinod Agarwal, was returning home after closing his shop in Parsudih Mandi when two persons on a motorcycle shot him thrice and snatched away his bag containing Rs 4 lakh near a roundabout, the sources said.
Agarwal was rushed to the Tata Main Hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Saturday Senior Superintendent of Police Richard Lakra, who visited the spot, last night, said that four persons were detained for questioning. The police were searching for the killers. "We have started investigation into the shooting incident and have rounded up some suspects for interrogation. As per initial investigation it seems to be a case of extortion," said SSP.
The traders under the banner of the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry( SCCI), the leading trade body of Kolhan visited the Golmuri market for taking stock of the situation. Vice-President of the chamber, Suresh Sonthalia, said a 48-hour ultimatum has been given to the police to arrest the gunmen otherwise the industry body would be forced to think of a future course of action. Sonthalia said earlier another businessman Tushar Bagaria was shot dead near Modi Park in 2011. Sources said that as the trader was carrying the cash in a bag, the duo appeared there and asked him to handover the bag. Talking to the media, Sonthalia said that the rising crime was a matter of concern and traders need to be provided with proper security. He said that East Singhbhum is fast developing due to it’s proximity with the mineral rich area. This has seen a massive influx of population from all over the country. This also brings in the bad and rogue elements with it. Law and order is becoming an issue of concern.
Jamshedpur, 20th June 2013
Parking rejig on Bistupur Main Road
A narrower pavement equals wider parking space.
With a little construction ingenuity, parking woes on Bistupur Main Road - the main artery of Jamshedpur - may soon be a horror of past, but pedestrians will have to adjust to a cramped footpath.
Utilities firm Jusco, a Tata subsidiary, is widening the existing parking space along Bistupur Main Road.
"Modification of the parking lot will be done on the 500m stretch starting from Hotel Boulevard to N-Road Crossing. If possible it will go beyond upto Bistupur Ram Mandir," Rajesh Rajan, head of corporate communications, Jusco, said.
But where is the land on this prime piece of realty?
According to Rajan, existing parking slots are being demolished and flattened to make more space for stationary vehicles on the footpaths.
"In doing so, it is true that the width of the footpaths will get a bit narrow, but space for cars and vehicles will be adequate. At least Bistupur Main Road should be made free from parking," said Rajan.
Parking slots before Narbheram Motors have already been pulled down.
Dismantling of the others is in progress.
"Once this modification work is over, parking along the main thoroughfare in Bistupur will be an easier deal than today," promised a Jusco senior official.
"We are looking forward to making the road free of standing vehicles by widening existing parking zones," he added.
Parking on Bistupur Main Road space is common practice for thousands of office-goers, traders, shopkeepers and shoppers-cum-visitors in the busy commercial and residential hub of the city.
"A considerable part of Bistupur Main Road is encroached upon by parked vehicles, increasing congestion. The situation worsens when a vehicle moves in back gear to get out of the parking slot. You run the risk of denting your car. If the modified parking works out as planned, there will be enough room for keeping and taking out vehicles from the earmarked zones,” said Sanjiv Srivastava, an executive posted at a leading automobile showroom on Bistupur Main Road.
Parking along the main road apart, Bistupur has other earmarked zones - on L Road near Bank of Baroda and on N Road, behind the Congress office. One is also coming up facing Chuna Baba Bazar, also on N Road.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 17th June 2013
Jamshedpur gears up for disaster management to control flash floods
In the wake of frequent flash floods during monsoon, the district administration has decided to put rescue and relief mechanism in order to minimize damages to life and property, if any.
Dhalbhum subdivisional office, which generally oversees the arrangements to control such floods in the areas located on the periphery of the two adjoining rivers Kharkhai and Subarnarekha, reviewed the measures at the onset of the rainy season.
The meeting was held at the SDO office on Sunday. "Measures to be taken up for rescue and relief operation in case of flash floods was taken up in the meeting," said SDO Subodh Kumar.
The agencies concerned have been asked to be on alert. Directives for the arrangement of rescue boats, life jackets, dragon lights, tarpaulin sheets, among other safety equipment have also been issued
Health department officials have been ordered not to overlook the health and sanitation issues of low-lying and river-bank areas, which are prone to flash floods.
Nirmal Nagar, Ramnagar, Domuhani, Shastri Nagar block no. 2,3,4, Baghbera new colony, Daiguttu, Azadnagar, Mango, Jugsalai, among other areas, have been identified for continuous vigil.
The executive engineer and in charge of the flood-control cell at Subarnarekha multipurpose project (SMP), has been asked to be in regular touch with the officials of Mayurbhanj, Odisha-based Banckwal dam, which is the main source of rise in water-level of the Kharkhai river, to preempt damages.
Release of excess water into Kharkhai river from the Banckwal dam leads to increase in the water-level of the river, often to dangerous limits with a potential threat to the flora and fauna of the Steel City.
Chandil dam officials in Seraikela-Kharswan too have been asked to inform the East Singhbhum district administration before releasing excess water in Subarnarekha.
"The review meeting largely focused on ensuring sound disaster management mechanism to the people in time of exigency," said an official of the Mango notified area committee.
The meeting was attended by industry representatives, Jamshedpur and Mango notified area committee officials, Jugsalai municipality officials, health department personnel, among others.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 13th June 2013
Woman kills husband, arrested
A 40-year-old man was killed by his wife and her paramour in Harhargutu on the outskirts of Jamshedpur.
Police said the victim, Gopal Yadav, was brutally attacked with a sharp iron-rod and was left injured at the paramour's abandoned house near Bada Talab area in the wee hours of June 12.
The wife, Soni Devi, in her late 30s and her paramour Rajesh Sow, in his mid 30s, had left the victim to die after the attack and fled from the spot following the incident.
Suspecting foul play the neighbours informed police on the same day. Police on reaching the site found Yadav's body lying in a pool of blood. The accused, who were absconding, were arrested by the police.
"The body has been sent to MGM hospital for autopsy. Investigation is on," said Baghbera police station in charge Mahesh Prasad.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 12th June 2013
Man beaten to death for protesting kin's molestation
A man was beaten to death by his friend and some others when he protested against the molestation of his sister-in-law in Jamshedpur district, police said on Wednesday. According to the police, Krishna, a resident of Birsanagar colony in Jamshedpur, was returning home along with his sister-in-law late on Tuesday when he met his friend Bhaskar and two or three others, who began to accompany them. On the way, Bhaskar and his friends allegedly molested and tried to rape Krishna's sister-in-law. When Krishna protested, he was beaten up brutally by Bhaskar and his friends, who then fled. Krishna was admitted to a local hospital where he died during course of treatment early Wednesday. Police have arrested one person in this connection.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 11th June 2013
Pacer Varun Aaron raring to get back into India team
Remember Varun Aaron?
The quickie from Jamshedpur with only five international caps showed a lot of promise to start with. But his success story ground to a halt when he picked up a lower back stress fracture just before In-dia's tour of Australia in December 2011.
The right-arm bowler played in only eight matches in IPL 2012 when the in-jury relapsed. He then headed back to the NCA for rehab, raising concerns whether he will be able to retain his pace at all when he comes back. But Va-run dismissed all speculation as he recovers and told TOI that he was in no mood to slow down his tempo.
"The surgery that I had undergone, fixed the troubling L5 disc. I don't think clocking 140km/h or above will be a trouble at all. I am not mulling over checking my speed as of now," Varun said.
The 23 year-old, whose last international appearance came way back in De-cember 2011 against West Indies, underwent a surgery in England three months back. And as he gradually gets back in shape, his eyes are glued on that blue jersey that once shot him to prominence. The road to regaining a berth in the Indian team will probably not be a smooth one though. Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan have been almost regu-lar faces in the squad. The bench appears strong too as the likes of Praveen Kumar, Shami Ahmed and Ashok Dinda wait for their respective turns.
Varun, however, is not losing sleep over that. He is confident it is only a mat-ter of time before he strikes form in domestic cricket and makes his way back. "I don't really bother which bowler is doing what. I am confident I can break back into the national team once again. My lookout will be to get better as a bowler and not ponder too much over selection. I have started light training and will soon be taking up with the ball," he remarked.
"Though my physio Ashish Kaushik and trainer Sudarshan have been working hard on me, it is unlikely that I will get back into action before August. County season will also get over by then. So, I will look forward to capitalizing on the domestic tournaments, starting off with Buchi Babu and then JP Atray followed by the Duleep Trophy," he added.
Though India have done pretty well in the bowling department of late, one can't ignore the fact that most of our bowlers belong to the medium pace seam bowling pedigree. Varun's striking pace will definitely be considered as an X-Factor, provided he mixes it up with impeccable line, length and variations.
Former India cricketer and chairman of selectors, Dilip Vengsarkar felt Va-run's return to mainstream cricket will not take much time once he regains his fitness. "Varun is out of action for more than a year. He has to feel fit and find his rhythm first. Once he gets that back, I'm sure the selectors will consider him.
"Injury is a part and parcel of the game. One and a half years is a long time. But if he performs well domestically, he will definitely get his share of chances," he said.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 10th June 2013
Water supply restored in Baghbera
There is good news in store for the residents of the parched periphery in the southern outskirts of the industrial town.
The Baghbera colony drinking water supply line, built on a budget of Rs 1.10 crore, has started operating after several delays. It has started supplying water to the dwelling units with 140 units receiving water on the first day. Its foundation stone was laid by former chief minister Arjun Munda in April 2012 and it was supposed to have started the water supply in April 2013. But the project missed the deadline owing to operational glitches.
The day-to-day affairs of water supply to about 1200 dwelling units, will be managed by the Gram Jal Swachhata Samiti, a local outfit of the residents headed by mukhiya Raj Kumar.
"The public health engineering department (PHED) will only monitor the running of the supply line whereas the local samiti will take care of monthly fee collection, visiting each household to see the status of the water supply connection, etc," said Subodh Jha, member Gram Jal Swachhata Samity.
For securing the tap water connection, each dwelling unit has to pay Rs 1000 besides Rs 100 every month as usage charge. Of the 1200 families, about 415 have filled the registration form for seeking tap connection while over 700 have bought the registration form so far. The cost of a registration form is Rs 50.
The dry run of the supply line from the intake reservoir on the banks of Kharkhai river to the treatment plant in Baghbera and then to the 50,000 gallon litre capacity tower was conducted in May this year and, subsequently water from the new pipeline was released to the few households early this week.
"Twice a day i.e. in the morning and in the evening, filtered water will be released to the dwelling units that have secured tap connections legally," said Jha.
For several years, the 1200 odd families of the Baghbera colony faced acute water crisis owing to the defunct supply line.
The locals took to the streets on several occasions to seek the restoration of the new pipeline and in the course of agitation they met all important political leaders and concerned administrative officials. At last, Munda, in the capacity as CM, laid the foundation stone of the new pipeline in 2012.
"About 350ft long pipeline laying work is left and will be completed in a few days time," said a PHED official.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 9th June 2013
Rain pushes up footfall at Dalma sanctuary
Bouts of pre-monsoon showers and a lush green ambience have turned the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary into a haven for tourists. Though the tourist flow here had seen a rapid decline owing to the Maoist fear, the presence of over 150 elephants coupled with favourable climatic conditions, are bringing back wildlife enthusiasts to the sanctuary.
The forest department, keen to cash in on this trend, has made adequate arrangements to ensure tourists spend quality time with their family and friends here. "Following the elephant-man clash in the sanctuary early this month, we had temporarily closed entry of the tourists to the hilltop for a few days. During that period, we put up adequate arrangements, both security and hospitality, and reopened the sanctuary for tourism purpose," said Mangal Kachap, Dalma forest ranger.
Manmade arrangements apart, the weather and ambience are ideal for bird gazers and wildlife enthusiasts to climb on to the hilltop. "With rains not being incessant, the approaching roads to the hilltop are smooth and dry, facilitating the smooth journey of the tourists to and from the sanctuary," said Kachap.
Herds of elephants that have arrived in the Dalma sanctuary from Bengal and Odisha are likely to spend considerable time here. "We are taking utmost care of the elephants so that they spend some time on the hilltop," the ranger added.
Makulakocha, with a museum-cum-interpretation centre, bamboo hut, a basic forest resthouse and a deer rescue centre, marks the entrance of the wildlife sanctuary. The forest department has deployed about 40 guides at the identified tourist hotspots across the 98sqkm sanctuary. "We have employed the local village youths as tourist guides for a daily wage of Rs 160 each. Besides, the tourists also pay them handsomely for showing them around as a goodwill gesture," said a Dalma range forest officer.
The popular elephant sanctuary that witnessed 23,500 tourists in 2012-13 is expecting to see a huge leap in footfall in the current financial year. "It is too early to assume what the (tourists) numbers would be by the end of the current fiscal year, but efforts are on to provide an inviting atmosphere so that more and more tourists from across the country flock to the sanctuary," said Kachap.
Source: The Times of India
Jamshedpur, 3rd June 2013
Citizens, it's your turn to show some civic sense
Jusco to launch year-long campaign to make people value urban amenities they take for granted
Do you dump garbage on the road or turn a blind eye to water theft from pipes, thinking it's Jusco's problem?
Jusco, wholly owned Tata Steel subsidiary and civic provider for the bulk of Jamshedpur, now wants city residents to value what they get in terms of cleanliness, water and power supply and maintenance.
Zimmedar Nagrik, Zimmedar Shahar - responsible citizen and city - a Jusco-funded year-long campaign from mid-June, intends to make denizens aware of civic responsibilities and the role they need to play in Jamshedpur's upkeep.
In the course of the campaign, Jusco will collaborate with all major social outfits such as Rotary and Lions' clubs.
On Tuesday, outfits, schools, media houses and community centres will meet Jusco officials to chalk out the campaign's roadmap.
The campaign will try and drive home the point that citizens need to stop wasting electricity and drinking water, flouting traffic rules or messing up public spaces and property. Awareness vehicles include anything from nukkad natak, short films for public viewing and hoardings to shramdaan.
"We need to join hands in our efforts to make Jamshedpur an even better place to live in. We should be proud that we stay in India's first planned industrial city and try to maintain that reputation," said Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur.
Rajesh Rajan, head of Jusco corporate communications, said lack of citizen ownership was at the root of civic negligence. "Most people feel corporate houses should provide utility services but as citizens they don't have any duty. People throwing wastes anywhere and everywhere is a common sight. Most feel why take the trouble when Jusco will clean up anyway. The campaign will try to make people realise their duties towards the city," he said.
Rajan added it was also the duty of citizens to plug power and drinking water waste. "The average daily consumption of water in Jamshedpur is 220 litres compared to the national average of 135 litres. While municipalities cut down on water supply during summers, Tata lease areas get supply thrice a day. We do our best to take care of citizens' needs, but they also have some duties," Rajan told The Telegraph.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 3rd June 2013
Bridge boon not too far
The second Kharkai Bridge, which promises quick and easy travel between Jamshedpur and Adityapur, will be at your full service after Durga Puja.
Construction of the approach road from Bistupur end that had hit the slo-mo button following an alignment problem will now be ready by the end of October. Vehicles, which currently follow an uneven stopgap road to the bridge, can hope for a smooth ride thereafter. Once complete, the half-kilometre stretch will also pave the way for toll collection on the Tata-Kandra four-lane.
Tata Steel is sponsoring the Rs 10-crore Bistupur approach. Earlier, Mangotia Construction Private Limited, which built the bridge, was roped in for the job. But, it failed to comply with terms of agreement set by the public works department's road construction wing. On the administration’s request, the steel major chipped in and the approach is now being made by another private agency, Vindhyachal Construction.
Sources said the under-construction approach road was being stretched up to Votas Building because the flank of the bridge towards Bistupur was 8ft higher than the existing road.
A senior official of Tata Steel's logistics department said that the approach would be a 16-metre-wide four-lane. "The width of the road has to match that of the bridge. Hence, it will be divided into two seven-metre-wide carriage lanes divided by a two-metre-wide walkway for pedestrians," he added.
The official further informed that their handpicked agency was trying to complete work by September. "But, taking peak monsoon into consideration, we believe the project will extend to October. However, by no means will it drag beyond that month,” he added.
Head of Tata Steel's corporate communications Prabhat Sharma too confirmed that the bridge would be functional, complete with approach roads — the Adityapur end being ready, in another five months.
The Bistupur approach is being constructed on one side of Outer Circle Road, whereas the other side is open to vehicles, resulting in regular congestion.
An official of Vindhyachal warned that the stretch between Voltas Building in Bistupur and Adityapur would witness worse snarls once they dismantled the existing roundabout near Kharkai Bridge to fix alignment issues for hassle-free commuting when the approach road got ready.
Will the bridge be able to meet its October deadline?
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 3rd June 2013
Colourful last day of girl child campaign
Gifted playback singer and Jamshedpur's own ShilpaRao put fire to the stage with her scintillating performance at XLRI Auditorium on Saturday evening, apparently giving a colourful end to a relatively serious subject of promoting a month-long campaign launched by the Times Group in association with shoe manufacturing company Sreeleathers.
"Encourage Girl Child" campaign was launched in May 5 coinciding with the 90th birth anniversary celebrations of Kiranmoyee Dey, wife of Sreeleathers founder Ramesh Chandra Dey. Owner of shoe firm Sekhar Dey was also present.
Save the Girl Child, a month-long campaign launched by the Times Group in association with shoe manufacturing company, Sreeleathers, the young and vibrant Shilpa made the lively audience dance to her numbers and at the same time made the audience recognize woman talent by her sheer presence on the stage.
The two-hour long event, which also included felicitation of young women achievers and awarding essay and drawing competition winners who put their heart out in scripting and sketching the women world in black and white, was largely ruled by the 'Mudhi Mudhi Ittefaq Se' girl.
The lower tier of the two-storied auditorium was almost turned into DJ space courtesy, the young diehard music lovers, who constituted half the strength of the near full-capacity presence of the audience. Giving a perfect touch to the live concert, the teenager danced to the popular numbers of Shilpa for over several minutes. Ishq Shava (from film Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Dhol Yaara Dhol (from film Dev D), Wo Ajnabee (from The Train), Mudhi Mudhi Ittefaq Se (from film Paa) were some of the songs which Shilpa was driven to sing multiple times on demand from the spectators.
The musical evening that commenced with the soulful 'Tose Naina Lage' (from film Anwar) ended on a rather higher pitch with ever-popular bachelor's hit Saiyyaan Re (from film Salam-e-Ishq).
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the evening presenting live performance in the presence of lively audience," said Shilpa in her thanks giving to the spectators.
Earlier, in the evening young mountaineer and first tribal woman from Jharkhand to climb Mt Everest, Binita Soren and promising national woman boxer from Jamshedpur, Laxmi Padiya were felicitated for achieving feats in their respective world.
Besides, ten schoolchildren including girl students of different schools were rewarded for their impressive work on issues related to the women world.
Kolhan division commissioner Rakesh Kumar Singh and pro vice-chancellor of Kolhan University Shukla Mohanty praised the two sports girls for their remarkable achievement and also applauded the Times Group for carrying out a month-long campaign for a noble cause.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 2nd June 2013
Steel City cops to get speed guns to nab errant drivers
The district traffic police are trying to identify accident-prone zones and work out measures to curb over-speeding that often leads to fatal accidents.
Owing to the absence of automated speed regulating system, motorists often break speed limits.
"Several motorists and heavy vehicles tend to rush through huge traffic even at accident-prone zones. They do not bother about consequences," said a member of Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE), an organization that works towards spreading traffic awareness.
The five accident-prone zones that have been identified by the district administration are Hathigora Temple area (close to Sakchi-Mango Road and Subarnarekha Link Road), Jubilee Park gate (near district collectorate), Garam Nullah (near Tata Steel Security Training Centre), Voltas Building turnaround in Bistupur (the Bistupur-Jugsalai intersection) and the road between Litti Chowk in Bhuiyandih and Slag Road in Humepipe.
Traffic police have put up speed limit hoardings at sensitive zones. But the hoardings seem to have failed to meet the purpose. "Automated speed regulating system with provisions for hefty fine will check rash driving," said a traffic police sub-inspector. The speed gun device can accurately record speed of a vehicle from a distance of 1.2km, thereby allowing traffic police to act against those offending the speed limit.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 28th May 2013
Science student district topper
The CBSE Class XII results witnessed Aishwarya Dandapath of Atomic Energy Central School, Narwapahar, bagging topper's position in the district with 96.6% marks in the science stream followed by Rohit Kumar of DAV Bistupur who scored 95.8% marks.
Aishwarya Dandapath of Atomic Energy Central School, Narwapahar, topped the district in science subject with 96.6 percent marks while Rohit Kumar of DAV Bistupur came second with 95.8 percent marks.
Although Aishwarya could not be contacted, her school teachers, who were equally glad on hearing the news, said the young girl had always been a rank holder and Monday's result just showed her dedication to the studies. Rohit, however, said he was preparing for IIT and confident of scoring good marks in the entrance examinations.
"I was sure of good performance but I wasn't sure about the marks (in the examination)," said Rohit, the son of government school teacher A K Singh and Sarita Devi, a housewife.
Commerce topper Priyam Rathor, also from DAV Bistupur, scored 96% marks. "Since my early days in the school, I aspired to become a business manager and my aim is to do masters in business administration (MBA) from one of the reputable business schools of the country," said the son of businessman R K Rathor and Anju Rathor.
The second topper in commerce in the city is Shubra Jyoti of Jamshedpur Public School who scored 95% marks.
The Bistupur school that produced highest number of performers in science and commerce stream has expressed satisfaction about the overall performance of the students.
"Although, the pass percentage of the school is 100 but there's always room for improving the performance," said school principal Pragya Singh. She congratulated the students for performing outstanding in the board examination.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 26th May 2013
Five Maoist sympathisers arrested
Five sympathizers of outlawed CPI (Maoists) including Dilip Murmu, a resident of Belpahari police station in adjoining West Bengal, were arrested from Chakulia police station under naxal-affected Ghatsila sub-division, a senior police officer said today.
The arrested persons have been engaged in collecting levy in the area on behalf of the Maoists, Devendra Thakur, Superintendent of Police (Rural).
Acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted the raid and arrested them when they arrived to collect levy.
Thakur, however, said it was yet to ascertained about the person from whom they came to collect levy.
Asked whether any cash or arms were recovered from them, Thakur said the details were being gathered in this regard.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 25th May 2013
JSCA incumbents sure of win
Despite controversy over alleged wrongdoings, the ruling faction in the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) is confident of comprehensively winning the May 25 elections. The confidence of the treasury benches apparently stems from what they claim is impressive work done by the association during their term in office.
The construction of the world class stadium in Ranchi for about Rs 200crore and successfully hosting an One-Day International Match between India and England in January this year and two Indian Premier League matches at the international stadium earlier this month are expected to help incumbent president Amitabh Chaudhary's re-election.
JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma said: "We won't claim that our achievements are enough, but at least the association's efforts and pain pursuing the objectives should be recognized." He also said that steady growth in the performance of the state cricket team in various board tournaments over the last three years is the outcome of the innovative planning of the association.
Verma, who is aspiring for the second term as the JSCA secretary, added: "During the course of campaigning, several members applauded us for the work put in by the association. Whether their appreciation will transform into votes or not is something only time will tell. But we are confident of earning their mandate."
Refraining from making a direct comment on the series of allegations levelled by the DIG Praveen Singh camp about violation of by-laws and virtual termination of 194 members from association, Verma, a key strategists of the ruling group, said the matter is in the IG (registrations cooperative societies) court and it would only be correct to respond at an appropriate forum. "All I will say at this juncture is that we have adhered to the principles and provisions of the JSCA constitution and our conscience is clear," said Verma.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 25th May 2013
JSCA polls today, opposition dismayed
Much to the dismay of the opposition faction, elections to the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) will be held, as scheduled, at the international cricket stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.
Deputy inspector general (DIG) Parveen Singh-led opposition camp, which was pinning hope on the Dhalbhum subdivisional officer (SDO) Subodh Kumar to take a favourable decision such as deferring the polls till the outstanding issues are resolved, had to settle for the scheduled elections.
The SDO said he had little to do in this matter. "The IG (registration-cooperative societies) has asked the JSCA secretary to address the (alleged) anomalies (mentioned in the complaint) and the secretary has submitted his reply to the IG. Therefore there's little for me to do now," Kumar said.
Deputy commissioner Himani Pandey, who was earlier asked by the IG to enquire into the complaints, had directed the SDO on Thursday to look into the matter.
"By the time any decision comes, elections will be (apparently) over. So the best thing for us is to prepare for the elections and our entire team is heading for Ranchi for Saturday's elections," said Manoj Yadav, a treasurer aspirant who is also one of the complainants to the IG (registration -cooperative societies) against the alleged irregularities being practised by the present managing committee to serve its purpose of retaining power through backdoor.
A magistrate-rank officer said, "If at all they (the opposition camp) wanted us to intervene into the JSCA elections, they should have approached us little earlier. How could they expect us to deliver in the eleventh hour that too without sufficient materials at hand," he added.
In the meantime, a sealed envelope sent by the IG (registration-cooperative societies) reached the JSCA office in the evening but none confirmed about its contents.
However, outgoing JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma said, "I am in Ranchi preparing for elections and unaware about any such letter."
In the midst of complaints and counter-complaints, the candidates are making all-out efforts to win the confidence of the 750-odd association members. All eyes are on outgoing president Amitabh Chaudhary, an additional director general of police who is pitted against Praveen Singh, DIG, special task force.
Saturday's election will elect a new team of office-bearers comprising one president, two vice-presidents, one secretary, one treasure, and five committee members for a tenure of four years (2013-17).
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 24nd May 2013
MP embarks on Rs 80cr tree plantation project
Jamshedpur MP Ajay Kumar made the announcement of an ambitious tree plantation project worth Rs 80 crore on Thursday. Following preliminary rounds of discussion with two major corporate houses, Tata Motors and Tata Steel, the MP declared that the work of planting the 80 lakh saplings spread over four years, would start after the completion of requisite formalities with the department of forest and environment.
"Our target is to plant 20 lakh saplings each year beginning 2014 and we intend to involve the society at large to make this a total success," said Kumar at a press conference here on Thursday.
He added that the forest department has a provision of funds for forestation work in urban areas and efforts would be made to tap those funds and put them to effective use. "The MP local area development funds along with funds collected from the common people and institutions will be utilized for plantation work," said the MP.
He however, didn't elaborate on whether Tata Motors and Tata Steel will contribute funds to the project or carry out plantation work independently, merely to help the MP in meeting the plantation target.
The MP said several places in the city and in the periphery have been identified and several more would be identified for the green project. Junctions such as Mango, Azad basti, Pursudih, Baghbera, Jugsalai and some areas in Potka and Patamda blocks, shall receive special attention for the plantation project.
"We will be submitting our proposal to the department of environment and forest for a formal approval, soon," said Kumar. The MP said Jamshedpur city with a population of over 10 lakh deserves a thick plantation cover as the city is surrounded by industrial houses. "Given the kind of environment we are living in, we need to expedite work to improve our surroundings," said the MP, while making an appeal to the clubs, social organizations, public and private institutions, to come forward in lending support to the tree plantation project.
He said water in the two adjoining rivers, Subarnarekha and Kharkahi, is drying up and the river area is becoming narrower, thereby emphasizing the need to expedite work.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 22nd May 2013
JIC, CII team up for PDS innovation
Jhakahnd Innovation Council (JIC) will team up with the state chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote, replicate and sustain ideas in public distribution system.
Chief secretary R S Sharma on Tuesday said JIC was keen to explore and accommodate fresh ideas to improve public distribution mechanisms the and CII, in particular, could play an important role in this regard. Addressing a press meet at the Beldih Club, Sharma said: "The delivery mechanism in social and health sectors is very bad across board. The government is keen to absorb innovative ideas on ways and means to improve the delivery system."
Earlier in an interactive session with various industrialists and CII members, Sharma said funds to the tune of Rs 24 crore (Rs 1 crore for each district) were lying with JIC for the one year, but the allocated budgetary funds were not utilized for promotion of innovative ideas owing to the poor approach of authorities concerned.
"We want these funds to be put to effective use for greater good and inclusive development of Jharkahnd, and CII should play the anchor's role in bringing forth fresh ideas with appropriate utilization of the allocated funds," said Sharma. He said the State Development Plan (SDP) jointly with JIC have potential to push the growth engine of Jharkhand in the long run.
Sharma also said the state was in the last leg of the reforms, particularly in the energy sector, and coming days will witness the fruits of largescale reforms in the power sector. He also informed that the progress of the Rs 1,200-crore flyover project (East-West Corridor) in Jamshedpur was smooth and would go to the state cabinet for final approval soon.
Sajal Chakraborty, principal secretary of the state aviation and tourism department, assured that the international airport in Chandil in adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan will soon become a reality. Industry secretary A P Singh said the state had attracted investments to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore in the past eight years, recording 12.66% industrial growth during the 11th Five Year Plan. He however, added that the growth had not been reflected on the ground. Earlier, CII Jharkhand, chairman, R K Behera welcomed the guests with his address, while T V Narendran, CII vice-chairman, Jharkhand chapter, delivered a vote of thanks.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 21st May 2013
Mom survives suicide bid, loses kids
A woman survived a suicide bid on Monday but lost her two children, whom she killed before consuming poison.
Shabnam Parveen, who lived on Luka Road in Sakchi, slit the veins of her two sons - two-year-old Taj Hasan and four-year-old Mumtaz Hasan - and then poisoned them. Acute poverty apparently drove the woman, in her thirties, to take the extreme step.
Police recovered the razor that was used to slit their veins.
However, after preliminary investigation, police did not rule out sexual exploitation as a reason behind such move.
"Going by preliminary investigation and confession made by Parveen, financial hardship appears to be the apparent cause behind the incident," said SP (city) Karthik S.
Police also detained Parveen's husband Mohd Rakeeb, a contract labourer. According to Rakeeb's statement, Parveen was sexually exploited by someone known to family, but did not name him. Police too did not reveal the information.
However, Parveen contested this claim, said the SP adding that police would work on both leads.
The cops also detained a friend of Rakeeb's, who regularly visited the family.
Sources in the police department said owing to the poor mental condition of the accused, they are having a bit of a trouble in recording her statement.
"She cannot speak clearly. Sometimes she is contradicting her earlier statements. We need to wait for her to recover," said an investigating officer. Doctors treating her said Parveen was stable.
It is learnt that police have also detained a close aide of Rakeeb, who has been a regular visitor to his house for a long time. Bodies of the two children have been shifted to the MGM hospital for post-mortem.
Parveen had consumed excess is being treated at the government-run
MGM hospital here as she consumed excess poison after killing her children. "She tried to kill herself after annihilating her two sons in the wee hours of Monday," said police.
Bodies of the children have been sent for postmortem.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 20th May 2013
Dalma sanctuary revives waterbodies
The timely action of the forest department has ensured that the 88 small water bodies in the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary are filled to the brim. The tuskers, especially baby elephants, at the sanctuary have enough water to help them cool off even as the Steel City residents are facing shortage of water.
The Dalma forest department has revived 26 chotka bandhs (water holes) in time so that the tuskers, who move to the paddy fields in search of water, get enough of water within the sanctuary.
Of the 88 water bodies, spread across 98 sq km area of the sanctuary, the 26 chotka bandhs that had almost dried up at the beginning of the year was revived by the Dalma forest officials to ensure adequate water for the baby elephants. "Baby elephants prefer chotka bandhs to cool off because of its modest height. The kutcha road, which is the approach road connecting the chotka bandhs, is also relatively smooth," said Dalma forest ranger Mangal Kachap.
Two years ago, the forest department built several kutcha drains, measuring 2x2 (ft and width), in the sanctuary area connecting all three category of water bodies namely badka bandh, majla bandh and chotka bandh, for rerouting buffer rainwater to the three types of water bodies. This rainwater otherwise runs down the Dalma hills. Their course of flow was directed towards these bandhs with the help of the drains.
"The badka bandh and majla bandh that received buffer rainwater from kutcha drains have sufficient water for this summer but water from chotka bandh dried up ahead of summer owing to which we had to put in additional effort to revive it," said the forest ranger.
Dalma forest personnel sourced water to chotka bandh from badka bandh and majla bandh, said the authorities. If the authorities had not attended to the chotka bandh water shortage on time then probably incidents of baby elephants entering the paddy fields to quench thirst would have been reported more with the onset of the summer.
The forest officials said that baby elephants, moving in groups with grown-up elephants, get agitated when they find insufficient water in the chotka bandhs. "The baby elephants are afraid of venturing into the deep reservoirs and prefer modest size reservoirs (chotka bandhs) to cool off in summer," said a forest official.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 20th May 2013
JSCA opposition camp accuses returning officer of being partial
The opposition camp in the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has cast aspersions on the returning officer (RO) AmrendraPratap Singh's integrity. Ahead of the May 25 elections of the various posts of the association, the opposition camp led by Hazaribagh District Cricket Association president, Praveen Singh, criticized the returning officer of functioning in a biased manner.
"We would approach the RO tomorrow and protest against his unfair conduct and should ask him to be neutral," said Praveen talking to the press at a city hotel on Sunday. He said he would also approach the judiciary, if necessary, for appointing an independent and neutral RO to ensure free and fair elections.
"Election would take place six days from now and surprisingly the RO is saying he has no data available with him for the postal addresses of the 800-odd association members. How could it be possible? It is his duty to make sure the postal address of all the bona fide members are available to the candidates for effective canvassing," said Praveen. He also alleged that the RO is hardly available in his chamber to listen to the grievances of the candidates.
Praveen, an IPS officer, alleged that the incumbent managing committee is functioning in an arbitrary and non-transparent manner to spoil the process of law.
"The annual general meeting (AGM) and election would be held simultaneously which means that the member has to be present at the AGM and at the polling booth at the same time between 9.30am to 12.30pm which is difficult for the members," said Praveen. He also pulled up the ruling benches for scheduling the AGM and election on a working day which is May 25, a Saturday.
Responding to a particular query, Praveen denied that he gets backdoor support from a leading corporate house which is not in good terms with Amitabh Chaudhary, the JSCA president.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 19th May 2013
Jharkhand climber conquers highest peak in the world
Susen Mahato, a rural youth from Jharkhand, climbed the Mt Everest Sunday morning to become the fourth person from the state to conquer the highest peak in the world.
Another climber in the expedition team, Arunima Sinha, an amputee, is on the verge of creating history as she is expected to scale the peak tomorrow.
If she is successful, she would be the first amputee from India to achieve the feat.
Arunima, 26, was a national-level volleyball player who had lost one of her legs after being thrown off a moving train by hooligans two years ago.
The expedition team was supported by the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation.
Mahato's success coincided with the 60th anniversary of the first climb of the peak by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay May 29, 1953.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 19th May 2013
Auto-rickshaw rally stalls traffic for an hour
Traffic on the busy District Headquarters road, connecting Mango to Bistupur, was thrown out of gear for about an hour on Saturday owing to a protest rally by diesel-run auto-rickshaw drivers seeking permission operate within the city periphery. The serpentine queue of over 100 diesel autos and about 200 people, including drivers and owners of the vehicles, was spread up to 2km stretch.
The protesters took to the streets following the regional transport authority (RTA)'s directive allowing only three-seater autos (small autos running on CNG and LPG) to run within the 16-km radius of the city. The orders were issued to rein in diesel autos and check rising levels of air and noise pollution and fatal road accidents in the city. The directive, in effect, banned five-seater diesel autos that constitute an overwhelming chunk of such vehicles from doing business in the Jamshedpur notified area.
Abhay Singh, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha central committee functionary, who led the rally, said: "Instead of banning diesel autos, the government should focus on the big industries that are polluting the environment," said. He added that an RTA permit before 2013 had allowed autos of all segments within 16-km from Sakchi.
Deputy police superintendent (traffic), Rakesh Mohan Sinha "The road traffic rules clearly allow only small autos (three-seaters running on LPG and CNG) in the urban periphery." He said several autos are flouting norms and traffic police has decided to impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on drivers found guilty on the first instance. "The fine would increase with repetition of the offence," he said. Cancellation of driving licenses and city permits of habitual offenders are among the steps the traffic police is considering.
By conservative estimate, there are over 20,000 auto-rickshaws plying on various routes in the city and peripheral area and nearly 60% of these autos fall are violating the new permit rules. "The agitation will continue until permission to run diesel autos in the city area is not granted," said Ajit Shankar, a senior functionary of Jamshedpur Sikshit Berojgar Tempo Chalak Union, after filing a petition to the ADM, law and order, in this regard.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 19th May 2013
Tatkal touts under railways scanner
Amid reports of bona fide passengers encountering problems in reserving tickets under the tatkal ticket reservation system at railway booking counters in the city, the Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway (SER) zone has decided to crack the whip on the offenders that include touts and booking clerks.
The commercial department has announced that two CRPF men along with commercial inspection department personnel, will be deployed at the three booking centres in the city and at the Tatanagar station ticket reservation counter, to keep an eye on touts during the opening hours of the ticket booking duration.
"In some cases, we have found that within 30 minutes of opening of the ticket booking counter, tatkal tickets are completely sold out (whereas the stipulated period for tatkal ticket booking is two hours i.e., from 10 to 12 in the morning), suggesting that there is some kind of mischief at play," said K N Biswas, senior divisional commercial manager.
The CRPF men will be deployed to keep an eye on the berth seekers at the booking counter from now on. "In addition to this, regular checks will be conducted by senior officials at reservation offices particularly during opening hours, to keep a strict vigil on the touts and other unscrupulous elements," said Biswas.
He added booking clerks will be asked to keep their phones switched off during tatkal booking hours. "We will issue tokens to the passengers in queue, who in turn will be called for tatkal reservation, according to his/her turn and will be entertained only after s/he produces a valid identity proof," said a senior rail official. Officials said some agents demand a service charge of anything between Rs 500-Rs 900 per ticket to get confirmed bookings under the tatkal scheme.
Source: Times of India
Jamshedpur, 16th May 2013
Red card for budding talents
Beckham and Messi dreams of around 60 schoolchildren have clashed with harsh reality.
An ambitious training launched by Tata Football Academy (TFA) for students under the age of 10 stands discontinued for a month now for want of adequate mentors.
The training had started in June 2011 and uncertainty looms over resumption of what was supposed to be a four-year programme.
Promising players would have received a chance to learn the game better at the elite academy.
Sources said crisis struck when three of the four coaches associated with the programme quit TFA in quick succession. Coaches Richard Hood and Indranil Chakraborty as well as strength and conditioning trainer Dana Sekara Pandian left in January, March and April, respectively, in pursuit of better offers.
TFA insiders said the academy’s training apparatus was currently being handled single-handedly by former international P. Vijay Kumar.
The training of residential cadets is continuing on a regular basis, but schoolchildren are not as fortunate.
"Look, training children needs enough hands. One person, who’s also training senior cadets, can't handle it on his own. We were forced to discontinue it," a TFA functionary, not willing to be named, said.
Tata Steel spokesperson Prabhat Sharma said the training would resume. "We are working on it. It won't take much time for things to fall in place," he said.
TFA had chosen the children based on their performance at an inter-school tie in April 2011 where 17 cradles had taken part.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 16th May 2013
Private push empowers govt enterprise
If power cuts aren’t tormenting Adityapur this summer, it is because competition with a private service provider has forced the state-run power utility to pull up its socks.
As a result, the industrial township near Jamshedpur is sleeping better at night, enjoying uninterrupted power to run fans and ACs, a luxury that till recently eluded the Seraikela-Kharsawan district conclave.
"We had never imagined that we would get uninterrupted power supply during the night in our colony. But since the last year or so, we have hardly any complaint against Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB)," said Ram Gyani.
The resident of Road No 11 in Adityapur Colony also said: "Power doesn’t trip during nights and load-shedding during the day is only for two hours."
Tata subsidiary Jusco started providing power to the industrial township three years ago. And things started to change from then on.
Today, Jusco has about 6,000 consumers, including 250 industrial consumers, said spokesperson Rajesh Ranjan. During peak hours, it supplies 70-80 MW, sourcing power from Tata Power and DVC when required.
Recently, it started catering to three villages in the outskirts of Adityapur and is now looking at spreading out to another 25 villages in the vicinity.
JSEB consumers - 22,000 in all, including 1,000 industrial units - are now reaping the benefits as efficiency breeds efficiency, competition has always shown.
G. B. Sahu has his own story to tell.
"When Surangini Apartment beside our house got power from Jusco three years ago, we used to stare at their lit up flats in envy while we suffered in the dark, courtesy JSEB. But this year, we are feeling better as the power supply at night has become as good as Jusco's," he told The Telegraph.
Obviously, JSEB has made improvements. The board installed over half a dozen new transformers and stepped up maintenance of feeders and overheard cables.
Officials admitted they had also asked central load despatch in Ranchi to ensure adequate power - at least 100 MW - to the Gamharia grid sub-station that supplies to Adityapur.
O.P. Ombasta, JSEB general manager for Jamshedpur area, however, denied the improvements had anything to do with Jusco's arrival in Adityapur. "We are paying equal attention to all JSEB command areas, including Mango, Azadnagar, Olidih. Jugsalai, Parsudih and Sundernagar," he claimed in typical bureaucratic fashion.
But residents of Mango, Azadnagar, Olidih, Parsudih, Jugsalai and Sundernagar, all under JSEB, do not agree. Supply was still at best erratic, they claimed.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 16th May 2013
No truck with school woes, vows district
Push off, please. The campus of twin Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel schools in Chhota Govindpur near Telco in Jamshedpur will soon be a no-parking zone for heavy vehicles, East Singhbhum district promised.
Since the past 18 months, students, especially girls, of state-run Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Smarak High School and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Smarak Madhya Vidyalaya, had been putting up with taunts and lewd remarks of truckers who parked vehicles on the campus.
The Telegraph, on Wednesday, May 15, reported on the menace ("Nightmare parked on campus"). Acting within 24 hours of the report, East Singhbhum district education officer (DEO) Ashok Kumar Sharma on Thursday issued a circular addressed to Jamshedpur circle officer Prabhat Bhushan to undertake identification and survey work of the school acres at the earliest to facilitate a boundary wall around the plot.
School authorities candidly told The Telegraph that Govindpur police as well as East Singhbhum education office had not listened to their complaints while truck owners and contractors had abused them when they mustered courage to protest against the illegal parking.
Sharma, speaking to The Telegraph on Thursday, said he had called a meeting with Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Smarak High School principal Jitender Prasad on Wednesday itself - right after he read the report - to get details.
"I read about the heavy vehicles parked on school campus in the newspaper and called a meeting with the high school principal to know the exact nature of problems they face and land status. Today, I have issued a circular addressed to the Jamshedpur circle officer, requesting identification and survey of the twin school grounds via an amin (state land surveyor)," DEO Sharma said.
According to school records, the twin schools have their campus spread across 1.65 acres. The absence of a boundary wall makes it child's play for owners and contractors to muscle their way in with heavy vehicles - trucks, trailers and excavators.
Truckers, who also drink booze on campus, use school toilets at will and pass comments on the already scared girl students. The high school with Classes IX and X has 227 students, of which 117 are girls, The middle school from I to VIII, has 400 students, of which 219 are girls.
DEO Sharma added he asked the high school principal to submit a written proposal after the land survey is over for the boundary wall construction.
"After getting the proposal from the school authority, we will send it to state HRD for funds to put up a cement wall. Till the time we get that money, we will use school development funds to construct a temporary boundary wall with iron rods and barbed wire to deter vehicle parking. But all this will happen only after the land survey," the DEO added.
DEO has also asked the school principal to lodge a written complaint with Govindpur police station.
For now, it looks like school principal Prasad has to write a fresh round of letters to the police and district education department.
"I will give a written complaint tomorrow (Friday) to Govindpur police station officer-in-charge K.D. Jha on the DEO’s directive," Prasad said. "I've spoken to Jha, who's assured me of initiating steps to prevent parking on campus immediately once a formal written complaint is lodged," he added.
Don't worry, Mr Principal. The city will watch and wait.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 15th May 2013
Housing company manager arrested
District police on Tuesday arrested zonal manager (East) of Welfare Building and Estate Private Limited, a housing company, R S Madhav Rao (57) in front of the circle jail when he was trying to meet his sub-ordinate officer, lodged in the jail. Police said the company is part of the Welfare group of companies of Visakhapatnam and Rao was heading the zone office at Jamshedpur.
"Today we got information about his arrival and arrested him," said IIC of Dhanupali police station P K Rout. On Saturday, Dhanupali police arrested the branch head of the company Dilip Mallick and he was sent to jail for duping people promising them housing plots.
Police said the company had bought landed property worth a few crores of rupees in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rairangpur and Semiliguda but till date it has not provided a single plot to investors. "Though we do not have all information about property at other places, the company has bought 24 acre at Jogipali in Sambalpur, where documents were signed by Rao on the company's behalf," Rout said.
Jamshedpur, 14th May 2013
A Royal Bengal love story
Approaching adolescence, Dona may be eager to watch some regal romance from close quarters. But, the 13-month-old Royal Bengal cub has been consigned to her cell at Tata zoo, while mommy and daddy revel in their new-found love.
After more than a year, an estranged Shanti has returned to beau Raghav's arms, er paws, and their togetherness is a treat for both visitors and zoo officials, the latter keeping their fingers crossed for good news.
"Shanti is cosying up to her partner again. They are let out in the enclosure till late in the afternoon, giving them ample time to overcome the pangs of separation. They are mating. We are very happy with the reunion. Expect another cub later this year," said vet Manik Palit.
He added that the 16-year-old female was in heat and might conceive. "Despite Shanti's age (a tigress normally gives birth till 13 years), we are hoping for best results."
Zoo sources said the femme fatale, who had once mauled Raghav for his advances, began cosying up to the eight-year-old big cat a week ago.
"Shanti had remained aloof ever since she gave birth to Dona on April 16 last year. She had become very close to her daughter and had almost abandoned her partner. But Raghav did not give up. He continued to woo his lady and has, finally, won her over," a caretaker said.
In 2011, Tata zoo had made an almost Herculean endeavour to make the tigers mate.
"Raghav was brought from Guwahati zoo in 2010. We were keen to make the couple mate. But, Shanti threw tantrums. She even attacked the male," recalled Palit.
Shanti's mother Shyamali was also a stumbling block in the courtship. "Things changed after she passed away in February 2011. After a stormy courtship, the two had finally mated. And Dona was born," he said.
The experienced vet conceded that chances of a second pregnancy were limited at Shanti's age. "But miracles do happen. Tigers normally have a gestation period of 105 days and give birth to three-four cubs at a time."
Palit maintained that close watch was being kept on Shanti so that no pregnancy-related symptoms were missed. "Caretakers have been specifically instructed to keep tabs on her diet and behaviour," he said, adding that both the male and female were in good health.
A zoo caretaker said they were not letting Dona out because she might play gooseberry in the blossoming romance of her parents.
"Dona is very playful. Besides, she is very attached to her mother. She may create nuisance if out in the open. We don't wish for such a situation now. The adults are released in the morning and are back in their cells at 4pm for their meal," he added.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 14th May 2013
Blame snag & not summer for sour milk
A partially functioning refrigeration unit at Jamshedpur Dairy led to a spurt of consumer complaints about the company's best-selling milk Sudha Diary turning sour, but the firm, Kolhan’s largest supplier that caters to 1.25 lakh customers a day, denied the charge.
Gautam Dutta, a faculty of IIM-Ahmedabad, now visiting his parents at Adityapur, came to The Telegraph on Monday, asking for a probe. "I am here for a week and am seeing for the past two days that Sudha milk curdles on boiling. My sister, based in Kadma, has similar complaints. What’s going on?" he asked.
When The Telegraph asked retailers across the region, Dutta's accusations seemed justified.
In Mango's Dimna Road, an employee of a grocery store-cum-Sudha Dairy retail outlet said there were numerous complaints from consumers over the weekend about milk turning sour.
"We keep the milk packets in the refrigerator soon after it is supplied by Sudha Dairy's delivery van. We really don't know why milk is turning bad now. Maybe it's due to summer," he said.
Tulsi Sona, owner of Tulsi Confectionery at Bistupur market, added they had been forced to cut down on Sudha Dairy milk packets from 100 to 40 a day due to complaints.
Summer may have added to the sourness, but malfunctioning cooling units were the real culprits.
Jamshedpur Dairy, the Adityapur unit of Bihar State Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation (Comfed), was gripped by technical glitches from Friday, May 10, chief executive Mohammed Zamiruddin said on being asked.
Two out of their three ammonia compressors in their refrigerator section had suffered a breakdown on Friday.
"Ammonia compressors help maintain cold-storage temperatures for milk packets. Due to malfunctioning units, we did not supply milk yesterday (Sunday) evening, but engineers from Calcutta-based M/s Frick India Limited repaired last night itself. Since this morning (Monday), the refrigerator section is fully operational," said Zamiruddin.
But in the same breath, the official denied receiving consumer complaints about milk turning sour.
"Isolated cases can occur due to summer," he added.
Zamiruddin said they distributed milk packets to retail outlets via 29 delivery vans that were insulated - "like a thermos" - but not air-conditioned.
"In rare cases, milk may be dispatched in private non-insulated vans. But is very rare," the official stressed.
Dairy experts said lactic acid in milk led to its sourness.
"Milk contains lactose sugar and lactobacillus, a bacteria. The latter consumes the former to create lactic acid as a bi-product. Lactic acid sours milk. When milk is pasteurised, lactobacillus is reduced. But in warm conditions, the bacteria flourish again, producing lactic acid that changes the smell, taste and texture of milk," the expert added.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 14th May 2013
3 arrested for raping pregnant sister-in-law
Three brothers were arrested for allegedly raping their sister-in-law in their house here, police said today.
Gautam Gorai, Govinda Gorai and Gopal Gorai were arrested after their sister-in-law lodged an FIR yesterday accusing them of raping her.
The 22-year-old pregnant woman, who hails from Purulia district of West Bengal, alleged that all the brothers-in-law had sexually assaulted her, but her husband, eldest among the siblings, did not pay any heed to her complaint.
Police also arrested the woman's husband and her other in-laws this morning for allegedly inflicting mental torture on her by demanding a motorcycle.
Jamshedpur, 13th May 2013
Abandoned cub dead
Tata zoo's worst fears have come true on Mother's Day.
Abandoned by mommy, the 38-day-old leopard cub - which was being hand-reared by zoo officials since Thursday evening - breathed its last at 4pm on Sunday for lack of nutrients in mother's milk.
The female cub was born to seven-year-old Basanti and her beau Ved on April 4. Though she gave birth to twins, the leopard mom stopped suckling her daughter after a month.
The gender of the other cub, which is still bonding well with its mother, is yet to be confirmed though.
Leopards are classified as "near threatened" on the IUCN list. Only two per cent of cubs abandoned by their mothers survive if hand-raised by humans.
"For wild animals it is very rare to survive without the multi-nutrients they receive from their mothers. We tried our best, but we could not save the leopard cub," said an official at Tata zoo.
"Staff at our veterinary hospital gave her lactogen, multi-vitamins and gripe water. The cub was fed seven times a day and at regular intervals. But, still we could not turn around the situation. The cub had become very weak ever since she was rejected," he added.
Deeply saddened zoo authorities have decided to preserve the cub at its Nature Education Centre. Visitors will be able to see her within the next couple of days.
Basanti and Ved, who is now six years old, were rescued by Kaziranga National Park from a tea estate in Assam. After their stay at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga, the couple was brought to Jamshedpur in November 2008.
This was the second time that Basanti had given birth. She already has a four-year-old daughter named Etu.
Meanwhile, the cub born to Ved and his other woman, Sheeba, on May 5 is doing fine. "We have lost a cub, but we will not lose the others. We pray that the two surviving cubs grow up to be healthy," said Rajnish Kumar, a member of Tata Steel Zoological Society.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 13th May 2013
Safety tips for autos
The traffic department along with Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) Club organised a short training session on road safety for city auto-rickshaw drivers on Saturday.
Sixty auto drivers attended the 90-minute-long training at Utkal Association in Sakchi.
Akhilesh Kumar Jha, SSP, East Singhbhum, the chief guest on the occasion, addressed the drivers. SAFE had also invited Dheerendra Samieni, a road safety trainer with Safe Drive India, Hyderabad, an outfit that designs professional modules to educational institutes, industries and drivers, for expert tips.
This event is the first joint effort of district administration and SAFE, an autonomous body backed by Tata Steel's ergonomics department.
Around 25,000 autos ply on city roads without stage carriage permit (needed for an operator to drive the vehicle on a specific route) as well as 60 per cent running without an urban permit. "But most shocking was the fact that most drivers have never attended a driving school and don't even know simple traffic rules, the real cause for accidents," said Chandra Sharan, SAFE convener.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 13th May 2013
Special probe teams to break pending case jinx
Divide and rule is the new motto of East Singhbhum's men in uniform.
To ensure better policing in crime-hit Jamshedpur and its sullied suburbs, the district force has formed special investigation teams (SITs) to isolate probe of pending cases from routine law and order duties.
SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha confirmed that the district police had been bifurcated into "investigation" and "law and order" officers. "The idea is effective investigations into criminal cases," he said.
Records culled from 17 police stations point to 2,000-odd unsolved crimes across the city. "In the first phase, we have formed SITs at four police stations - Sakchi, Bistupur, Mango and Jugsalai. Later, more thanas will subscribe to this new system," Jha said.
According to plan, these four probe squads will directly report to DSP-rank officers, while Jha himself will monitor their functioning. The system has begun working from this weekend.
While DSP (control room) Rajkishore Prasad is supervising the Bistupur SIT, the one at Sakchi is under DSP (city) K.N. Chowdhury. DSP (headquarters-I) Birendra Prasad and DSP (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhyay is supervising the SITs at Mango and Jugsalai, respectively.
Explaining why this bifurcation had become necessary, sources in the police said manpower crunch often forced officers trailing absconding criminals to help in maintenance of law and order. "This practice delays probe into important cases, which cannot be allowed if we wish to stem crime in Jamshedpur and elsewhere. The SITs will exclusively probe pending cases. The team won't be part of routine law and order duties," a source said.
Jha added that till the other 13 police stations had dedicated investigation teams, the four SITs at Bistupur, Sakchi, Mango and Jugsalai would also handle their pending criminal cases.
On how the district force planned to beat the human resource crisis, the SSP claimed there was none. "Our strength is adequate. Forming SITs has in no way hampered monitoring of law and order," he said.
Jha further said that the bifurcation of police stations, which is allowed under Section 157 of CrPC, would serve a dual purpose. One, it will expedite probe into cases pending for years. Two, and more importantly, it will leave a section of laggard policemen with no excuse of not doing their job in time.
"At times, some officers don't file case reports on the pretext that they are busy maintaining law and order. The new system will make them more accountable. There will be no leeway to neglect duty," the senior officer added.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 13th May 2013
Students wrack nerves with twin exams
Students trudging out with a heavy heart was a common sight at ComedKUGET-2013 examination halls on Sunday. While the 'difficult Physics' paper left several students with long faces, back-to-back engineering papers and little time gap made the first session arduous for many aspirants.
D V Kirti, a student of Hill Top School in Jamshedpur, was yet another candidate, who couldn't complete the paper. "The exam turned out to be difficult due to back-to-back papers. Moreover, the paper had equal share of numerical and theory-based questions. I'd have preferred more time," said Kirti, who wrote the test at BNM Institute of technology in Banshankari.
Jamshedpur, 12th May 2013
Steel city remembers
Eminent geologist Pramatha Nath Bose was reverently remembered on his 158th birth anniversary on Sunday. Bose's pioneering research in iron ore deposits over a century ago had spurred Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata to set up the country's first iron and steel plant in Sakchi, then known as Kalimati village.
Senior Tata Steel officials, including vice-president (raw materials) Partha Sengupta, garlanded the bust of P.N. Bose near Armoury Ground, Bistupur.
Tata Workers' Union members and other employees were also present on the occasion.
"It is because of P.N. Bose that we can boast of being one of the best steel plants globally in terms of raw material accessibility. He insisted on establishing Tata Steel here," Sengupta, addressing the gathering, said.
He added that Bose's advice went a long way in carving into reality the industrial dreams of J.N Tata.
Deputy president of Tata Workers' Union S.K. Choudhary spoke about Bose's contribution towards technological and scientific developments in India and praised his vision.
"Besides providing technical advice to J.N Tata, Bose played a key role in setting up Bengal Technical Institute and discovering petroleum resources in Assam," Choudhary told The Telegraph.
Bose was born on May 12, 1855 in a remote village called Gaipur in Bengal's 24-Parganas district.
He went on to study at London University and was a Royal School of Mines alumnus. During his years as a geologist, he discovered iron ore mines in Dhuli and Rajhara in Madhya Pradesh.
He also has several firsts to his credit. He was the first Indian graduate in science from a British University, the first to discover petroleum in Assam, the first to set up a soap factory in India and the first to introduce the micro sections to aid petrological work.
But posterity will remember Bose for discovering iron ore deposits in the hills of Gorumahisani, Mayurbhanj, writing a letter to Tata and putting in motion a chain of events that led to the establishment of the steel plant.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 12th May 2013
Nay to trips, yay to camps
Gone are the days when summer vacation would be spent travelling or watching TV. Parents now choose to let youngsters get creative in camps.
The maximum rush is at the JRD Tata Sports Complex with over 1,500 kids participating in 16 events. The camp will continue till May 25.
Among the other camps in the city is one organised by Matribhasha Prasar Samity from May 12 to May 19 at Community Development Centre, Sonari. Eye check-up, water and power saving, road and home safety, theatre, numismatics, journalism, collage and mental health are big draws.
Blossoms, a teachers' outfit hosting a summer camp for the past eight years, has started activities at Hotel Boulevard from May 9. Indoor activities include abacus, puzzles, nail art and fireless cooking.
Summer Funk of Marwari Yuva Manch, taught photography, gift-wrapping, table manners, self-defence and others from May 6 to May 9.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 11th May 2013
Employment exchange to offer online service
The office of Sub-Regional Employment Exchange here will be the first to offer online service in Jharkhand and Bihar to candidates registered with it.
The online service, to be launched in a couple of months, will do away with complaints by candidates that they were receiving as late information about interviews, employments melas and recruitment camps which were sent by post, the exchange assistant director (employment and training) Shashi Bhusan Jha said today.
A software has been developed which will provide information about the date, time and place of interviews much in advance through SMS on mobile phones, he said.
New candidates registering with the exchange were being asked to provide their mobile numbers since last year, while those who registered earlier were being asked to provide it at the time of renewal, he said.
The economic slowdown has, however, led to the placement rate dropping by half.
While 2962 candidates received placement in 2011, the number declined to 1301 in 2012, he said.
As on December 2012, 33,797 candidates were registered with the exchange.
Jha said the employment exchange has therefore taken the initiative to attract employers to pick suitable candidates registered with the exchange.
He said two special recruitments camp will be organised in the exchange next week for registered candidates, seeking employment.
Jamshedpur, 10th May 2013
Pay a fine for helmets without ISI mark
Wearing ordinary helmets is now an offence and will invite a fine of Rs 200 landing the ones riding on two-wheelers in trouble. The district administration has made it mandatory for two-wheeler riders to wear helmets bearing the ISI mark in Jamshedpur. This is approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Though it has long been compulsory for two-wheeler riders to wear helmets, the sharp rise in the number of fatal accidents in the city in the last fortnight, has compelled the traffic police to take such a step. The decision comes in the wake of two road mishaps in Jugsalai and Golmuri where the victims suffered serious head injuries despite wearing helmets as they were of inferior quality. "We have taken such a step keeping in mind the best interest of the two-wheeler rider," said Rakesh Mohan Sinha, deputy police superintendent (traffic).
Those caught flouting the rule will be charged a fine of Rs 200 as per the traffic rules. The drive for the ISI mark helmet will be launched soon, said Sinha.
There's no available data to identify the number of people who wear ISI mark helmets and those who prefer ordinary helmets. However, going by the assertions of the helmet retailers, one can easily conclude that a vast majority of two-wheeler riders prefer buying helmets of non-recognized companies.
"Most would settle for a helmet of an ordinary company as they come cheap," said a helmet retailer of Sakchi market. He added that customers generally tend to buy helmets to avoid paying fines to the traffic police and not really to avert accidents. "The threat to life is perhaps the last thing on their minds," said the shopkeeper. If some retailers are to be believed, of every 10 helmets sold every day, six are of an inferior quality.
People seem to have hailed the move of the district administration. "It is better to be safe than sorry. If parents can spend so much in buying the latest bike or scooty for their wards, they might as well spend a little more in buying recognized helmets," said 52-year-old Awadesh Narayan Singh, a resident of Sonari. The traffic police and motor vehicle department jointly launched a drive recently to ensure that pillion-riders also wear helmets.
Jamshedpur, 10th May 2013
BJP gears up for assembly polls
With the possibility of state assembly polls anytime soon, the BJP has apparently kicked off election preparations with former state party president of BJP Dineshanand Goswami, senior party leader Raghuvar Das and Potka MLA Menaka Sardar discussing ways to strengthen the organization.
The three-hour long executive committee meeting of the Jamshedpur Mahanagar unit, held at Dhalbhum club, was chaired by district in-charge Gama Singh on Thursday.
Among other things, coordinating with new voters for enrolling them in the electoral rolls and streamlining polling-booth level committees was the thrust area of the meeting.
"Ahead of the elections, the party needs to be fully prepared for the poll battle. We discussed strengthening booth level committees that play an important role in bringing our voters to the polling booths ," said Goswami.
Former finance minister and Jamshedpur (East) MLA Raghuvar Das appealed to the workers to switch to their election mode.
"Assembly election is certain now and will be held in a few months' time from now. Therefore, party activists should get into election mode from here on," said Das.
Sources present at the meeting, however, said delay in the completion of the Rs 60 crore Baghbera rural area drinking water project was aggressively taken up by several executive committee members in the meeting.
"Water scarcity and poor electricity supply in Jugsalai and Baghbera are the burning issues of the people that require immediate attention from the party as far as associating with the voters is concerned," said Anil Modi, spokesperson, district unit of BJP.
Recently, the Centre gave indications of dissolving the state assembly and hold fresh elections in the state in the next couple of months.
The state is under President's rule since January 18 after Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) pulled out of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government.
Jamshedpur, 10th May 2013
Steel City pays homage
The Steel City paid homage to Rabindranath Tagore on his 152nd birth anniversary through the versatile poet's popular songs, poems and other compositions.
Rabindra Kalamandir in Sakchi was the centre of celebration activities with people from all walks of life participating in the daylong function to pay their homage to the bard.
School and college students paid their respects to Tagore through readings of his famous works, renditions of Rabindra Sangeet and recitation competitions.
"Tagore will keep inspiring the generations to come through his touching and meaningful poems," said Adhir Choudhary, a senior functionary of the Rabindra Kalamandir addressing the gathering at homage paying function at Rabindra Kalamandir
Jamshedpur, 5th May 2013
Fury over 'random' school fees hike
Stiff hike in fees across board in several private English medium schools has driven parents to sit on an indefinite hunger strike here.
Several parents came out on to the streets and started agitation outside DAV Public School in Patelnagar on Friday.
They alleged that the DAV school management refused to roll back the increased fee and challenged them to take any action.
"Instead of inviting us for a dialogue to resolve the matter amicably, the DAV school management announced summer vacation from May 4 (instead of scheduled May 6) to demoralize us," said a parent sitting outside the school campus.
The parents have alleged that tuition fee, examination fee, building fund fee and re-admission fee have been increased disproportionally to the tune of Rs 3,000 per child in elementary classes.
"The irony is that the district administration (the education department in particular) is indifferent to our pleas," said Umesh Kumar, a Right to Education (RTE) activist who is heading the protest strike.
The DAV school management, however, said fee hike had been done to meet the hike in salaries of the school staff. "The cost of imparting education is increasing with every passing day. The fee hike of the students is a rational step and it should be welcomed," said school chairman Hare Ram Singh.
The confrontation between the parents and the school management reached the flash on Friday after a series of negotiations between the two groups failed. Similarly, several parents are sitting on a three-day strike outside Baldwin Farmarea High School in Kadma to protest against the hike in the annual fee.
"The school management is reluctant to roll back the fee hike hence we are on a three-day strike," said Sunish Singh, a parent. Since the beginning of the new academic year (2013-14), the city has witnessed several unpleasant episodes in view of private English schools increasing fees without taking the parents into confidence. There are about a dozen English schools that have increased the annual fee.
District education superintendent Ajay Shankar was not available for comment. However, junior officials in his office said they were aware of the hunger strike and were working to resolve the stand-off.
Jamshedpur, 27th April 2013
Jamshedpur MP knocks at Bill Gates' doors for funds
Realizing the need of additional funds for the speedy development of the constituency, Jamshedpur MP Dr Ajay Kumar has sought financial assistance from Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates.
Kumar, who met Gates on the sidelines of the World Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi on April 26, sought his cooperation in addressing issues related to education and health in Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency.
"Gates has agreed in principle to extend all possible help. He has given his consent for a visual presentation session in Delhi next month (likely on May 29) for a better understanding of the issues," said Kumar in the press communique.
Gates is scheduled to visit Delhi in the last week of May to participate in several social and health programmes organized by government agencies and NGOs.
Given that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been working tirelessly to improve the health and socio-economic condition of people across the world, the IPS officer turned politician found reason in seeking help of the Gates couple to improve the overall health of his constituency.
"We would also urge Bill Gates to adopt one or two villages in the extremely backward and Maoist-affected blocks in the Ghatshila subdivision of the district," said a close aide of the MP.
The MP is preparing a detailed report of the health and education condition of the district for effective presentation before the BMGF team in the national capital.
"To enhance the self-earning prospects of the village youths, the MP also planned to seek financial aid from BMGF for the revival of defunct ponds (for promoting fishery among other things) in the district," said personal secretary to MP C H Rammurthy.
During his brief one-on-one meeting with the acclaimed software tycoon, Kumar also took up the issue of growing vector-borne diseases that are affecting the health of people in the East Singhbhum district in particular.
"It would be great if diseases like brain malaria and chikungunya are also included in the vaccination drive of the BMGF," said an aide alluding to the possibility of the MP seeking BMGF help in this regard also.
Jamshedpur, 26th April 2013
International trade fair extended by three days
Encouraged by the response of the people of Jamshedpur, organizers of the India International Mega Trade and Industry Fair have extended the event by three more days.
The 10-day fair that was to conclude on April 25 initially will now go on for three more days till April 28. A first of its kind multinational participatory fair in the Steel City, it has been a hit from day one with decent footfalls across all pavilions at Gopal Maidan, the fair site.
Pakistan and Bangladesh pavilions are drawing huge crowds. "Businesswise, the fair has been modest. Crowd flow to our stalls has been impressive from the beginning," said a salesman at Dhakai Muslim House Jamdani.A total of 75 companies from six countries are participating in the event that is hosting over hundred stalls and six AC pavilions.
The fair is being jointly organized by GS Marketing Associates and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA), Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA) and Jamshedpur Advertisers Association.
"There's been a good response to the trade fair and encouraged by the average crowd turnout during the last 10 days we decided to extend the event by three more days," said a functionary of the fair organizing committee.
The participating companies are confident of making good business during the extended days. "We are confident of improving our business in the last three days," said a salesman at the Pakistan Handloom and Crafts stall. From real estate companies to Tata Motors ancillaries, automation companies to textile firms, a wide cluster of industry is present at the fair.
Jamshedpur, 26th April 2013
Rs 200 crore fraud by private firm busted in Jharkhand
The regional unit of the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), which has jurisdiction over Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, has brought to light Ramgarh-basedRungta Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd's fraudulent transaction of Rs 200 crore.
The DGCEI officials unearthed the huge fraud after conducting simultaneous raids at five different offices of the company in Ramgarh district last week.
The Jamshedpur-based regional office of the DGCEI on Thursday said Mahaveer Rungta, the owner of the company, evaded excise duties on transaction of up to Rs 200 crore consecutively for the past three years.
"The raids eventually led to revealing of the fraud which is huge," said an DGCEI official at the Jamshedpur office.
The search and seizure team, headed by DGCEI additional director Debashish Sahu and assistant director Vishal Pratap Singh, booked a case against the defaulter and imposed Rs 20 crore fine on him.
Rungta, however, deposited Rs 5 crore with the DGCEI on the spot and agreed to pay the rest of the penalty amount soon.
"We are investigating into all the transactions since 2010 and are confident that the fraud amount would exceed Rs 200 crore as we conclude the probe," said the DGCEI official.
Jamshedpur, 26th April 2013
Pressure horn fine for motorists
The incessant honking on roads which deafens your ears will soon be a thing of the past. Following a directive from adviser to the Jharkhand governor K Vijay Kumar early this month, the district traffic police and motor vehicle department have joined hands to discipline motorists who use pressure horns against the provisions of the noise pollution (regulation and control) rules.
"First time offenders will be fined Rs 1,000, while repeat offenders will have to pay Rs 2,000," said district traffic police superintendent, Rakesh Mohan Sinha. He said the administration is serious about checking pressure horn menace in the city.
On the first two days of the drive, administration has punished over 20 motorists and has announced to intensify the drive in the coming days. Although there are no records available for the number of pressure horns in use at present, according to conservative estimate about 50 auto spare stores in the city sell around eight air pressure horns each day. "Pressure horns are found in pairs of high and low sounds that distinguish them from normal horns. The price varies from Rs 700 to Rs 1800," said a Kadma-based spare part retailer. The air pressure and double-sound electronic horns come in pairs, with variable frequencies of 300Hz and 400Hz.
A Supreme Court ruling, under section 119 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, has banned the use of hooters and pressure horns within a 100m radius around schools, hospitals, and residential and commercial areas. Using pressure horns is also an offence under section 190 (2) of Motor Vehicles Act (1988).
"Over 50% of noise pollution on roads is owing to blowing horns," said an official at the regional office of the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board. "Pressure horns do not only irritate but it also increases the blood pressure while driving the vehicle," said a 32-year-old general insurance executive Ranjeet Rajak.
Jamshedpur, 25th April 2013
Man run over by train
A 32-year-old man was run over by a train on Wednesday around 8.30am when he tried to get inside the train and instead slipped on to the tracks at Adityapur railway station. Owing to this accident, the Tatanagar-Asansol up line was affected for about 40 minutes.
The government railway police (GRP) Tatanagar in charge, Ramchandra Ram said the victim was identified as Sanjay Mishra who was a resident of road number 32, Adityapur in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district.
He was talking on his mobile phone when he tried to board the Tatanagar-Danapur Express up train (no 18183). "He was probably unable to get a grip of the coach bar and slipped on to the tracks. The train must have run over him," said Ram.
Mishra, an employee of the Adityapur industrial area based Ramkrishna Forging Company, is a native of Bhojpur district of Bihar and was staying in Adityapur for quite sometime after joining the private company that manufactures railway equipment.
Contrary to police report, some people at the Adityapur railway station said the victim jumped before the train apparently with a motive to commit suicide. The GRP has denied all such claims.
The GRP has found the body and has sent it to the MGM hospital for postmortem.
Jamshedpur, 24th April 2013
Two-day national meet on higher education
Loyola College for Education will convene a two-day national conference on 'Quality assurance in higher education: challenges, trends and priorities' at TMDC auditorium on April 25 and 26.
The idea behind convening the meet, for the first time in the Steel City, is to help academic and professional institutions to shape the pattern of teaching and research, the services which educational institutions for higher learning are structured to support.
"This exercise is an attempt to find ways in the elusive quest for quality in higher education that is contested with new challenges such as inclusion, expansion and excellence," said principal of Loyola College of Education Fr V Kuruvilla.
The National Accreditation and Assessment Council ( NAAC) sponsored conference shall witness about 40 research scholars and academicians from various states across the country. The delegates will present their research papers on the mentioned topic.
"Today, education is compounded with a number of pressures as a consequence of changing social, economic and political conditions," said Fr Kuruvilla. He, however, said that quality in higher education cannot be compromised.
"To plan and execute quality education there's a need for a multi-pronged audit in higher education and the proposed conference will dwell with this comprehensive subject," said faculty of Loyola College of Education Dr Tony P Raj.
Vice-chancellor of Kolhan University Dr Salil Kumar Roy will inaugurate the meet while dean of education, RIE, Bhubaneswar Dr Sabita Patnaik will deliver the keynote address. Dean of education St Xavier's College, Kolkata Swati Sarkar will be the guest speaker on the occasion.
Jamshedpur, 24th April 2013
Ace climber to lead middle-aged homemakers to greater heights
Housewives aspiring to scale mountains can now find a mentor in ace mountaineer, Premlata Agarwal, the 47-year-old record-holder who was honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee with the Padma Shri award for her outstanding contribution in the field of mountaineering on April 20, 2013.
The oldest Indian woman to have conquered Mt Everest is planning to set up a training camp to coach middle-aged women and housewives willing to take up trekking as a sporting career.
"I know several housewives who are keen on learning trekking and also a few who wish to become mountain climbers. I want to open a training centre to inspire and motivate such women," Premlata said while talking to TOI on Tuesday.
However, the mountaineer mom knows that opening a training centre is not child's play and that it will take time. "My next aim is to conquer the highest peak in the United States, Mt McKinley (20,320ft), situated in North America. Once I have done that, I will be through with the seven tallest peaks of the world and only then will I get down to the nitty-gritty of the matter and plan on opening the training camp," said Premlata, who has planned to leave for Mt Mckinley in May this year.
Premlata realizes her responsibility towards Jharkhand and says she knows she needs to do something in order to contribute towards the upliftment of tribals and other backward sections of the society in the state.
"I will definitely work in the direction of promoting tribal women who are keen to pursue mountain climbing in their life," said Premlata.
When Premlata was felicitated by the state government in Ranchi on National Sports Day on August 29, 2012, she had assured then sports minister, Sudesh Mahato of extending her cooperation in identifying and promoting tribal women who are keen to take up mountaineering as a sports career. "I still believe that if the state focuses on training women, several of the likes of Binita Soren and Meghlal Mahato (the two from Jharkhand who conquered Mt Everest in June 2012), will come out of their cocoons from backward villages of the state," Premlata said, who has always emphasized on tribal and women empowerment.
The mother of two married daughters, Premlata has successfully climbed Mt Everest (29,029ft), Mt Elbrus (18,510ft), Mt Aconcagua (22,841ft), Cartendeze Pyramid (16,024ft), Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341ft) and Mt Vinson Masiff (16,050ft). so far in her mountaineering career spanning over a decade.
Jamshedpur, 23rd April 2013
Peak of popularity
Jamshedpur's mountaineer mom Premlata Agarwal (47) made headlines again when she got her Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on April 20, 2013.
During award rehearsals a day before at Darbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Premlata, the oldest Indian woman to have aced the Everest and only a step away from becoming the first Indian lady to wrest the world's seven tallest peaks, was lost amid high-wattage celebrities.
Everything changed once she received the award.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi spoke to Premlata personally and congratulated her.
"Soniaji said she was amazed. She also wished me luck for upcoming expeditions," the Jugsalai homemaker said. "The Prime Minister shook hands with me and offered his heartiest congratulations."
Bollywood celebrities Nana Patekar, a fellow Padma Shri winner, and Twinkle Khanna, who came with mother Dimple to take the posthumous Padma Bhushan for Rajesh Khanna, personally congratulated the petite lady.
"I was having snacks when Twinkle came up to me and praised my efforts. I was over the moon when Nana Patekar saluted me. I felt very nice. All the disappointment of nobody recognising me during rehearsals vanished in a trice," she beamed widely.
She added that other celebrities might have started recognising her after through brochures that highlighted her achievements as a mountaineer.
The highly-experienced climber has already wrested Mount Everest (29,029ft), Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341ft), Mt Elbrus (18,510ft), Cartendeze Pyramid (16,024ft), Mt Aconcagua (22,841ft) and Mt Vinson Masiff (16,050ft).
Her next venture is Mt McKinley, or Denali (20,320ft), early in May. "I am confident of annexing Denali. I underwent extensive training in Darjeeling," Premlata, who missed it last year, told The Telegraph over phone from Siliguri, where she received yet another felicitation.
On June 3, 2012, she was forced to cut short her attempt an hour from the peak to help bring down a fellow climber - an instance when her humanity proved taller than personal ambition.
Tata Steel had sponsored all her seven expeditions, including the one to Denali in 2012. This time, Premlata's Denali venture is being funded by Chaibasa-based mine baron Nandlal Rungta.
Jamshedpur, 23rd April 2013
Helmet protest at crumbling MGM
Helmets were the talking point at Sakchi's MGM Medical College and Hospital on Monday. No, the hospital staff were not playing any game or taking part in a bike rally.
Instead, members of the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee's East Singhbhum unit were donning the headgear on the hospital premises and urging the staff to do the same to protect themselves from crumbling chunks of concrete. The unique form of protest was aimed at underscoring the risks that the dilapidated buildings pose to staff and patients alike.
During the agitation, which continued for two hours, party supporters went around different wards, requesting hospital staff to wear helmets while on work.
"MGM is the biggest government hospital in Kolhan region, but it is wallowing in neglect, thanks to zero maintenance. The hospital has witnessed several incidents of roof cave-ins, yet no measure was taken to repair the buildings. Hence, we thought of staging a protest by wearing helmets so that the hospital administration and the district health department take notice," said Bharat Singh who led the protests.
A senior functionary of the district unit of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee, Singh, with more than 50 protesters in tow, threatened to beef up the agitation if no action is taken.
MGM had its first major brush with mishap when the blood bank building collapsed in October, 2011.
Next year in April, the roof of the burns care unit gave in. The same month, the roof of the orthopaedic ward collapsed.
Again in September 2012, a portion of the emergency ward caved in. It was the turn of corridor that leads to the orthopaedic ward this January.
Superintendent of MGM S.S. Prasad said: "We have sent an estimate for repairs to the building construction department. Funds is yet to be sanctioned," he said.
Notably, a corpus of Rs 5.5 crore, which the health department had sanctioned this year for renovation of the Sakchi hospital, was returned because the district health office could not float a tender within the 2012-13 fiscal.
Jamshedpur, 23rd April 2013
Singhbhum pin hopes on big-ticket investments
With a number of big-ticket investment projects lined up in Singhbhum, industrialists of the Kolhan division are confident of the region becoming the industrial hub of the state soon.
With leading names like Tata Steel, Jindal Steel, Bhushan Steel, Adhunik Steel and Abhijeet Steel, planning to set up shop here in the near future, prospects of economic prosperity in the districts of Seraikela-Kharswan, East and West Singhbhum, is almost certain.
Businessmen of the city are optimistic about the future despite the economic downturn across the world. Suresh Sonthalia, regional convenor, Jharkhand Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JFCCI), said, "India's economy is connected with the world economy. So the economic recession that we are witnessing today is a direct fallout of global factors. It is a passing phase and we are confident of reclaiming our robust growth rate that will boost economic activities in the Singhbhum region." Sonthalia's confidence can be attributed to several greenfield and brownfield industrial and power projects coming up in the two adjoining districts of East Singbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan.
According to sources, investments worth Rs 70,000 crore will be made by various companies in Singhbhum, for setting up greenfield and brownfield projects in the next five years.
Bhusan Power and Steel Ltd is investing about Rs 25,000 crore in its 1 million tonne per annum plant and 300MW power plants on 500 acres, in Potka block of East Singhbhum. Jindal Steel and Power Ltd has acquired around 300 acres in Asanbani, bordering Ghatshila and Potka in East Singhbhum district, for a proposed 5MTPA integrated steel plant project worth Rs 11,500 crore.
Besides, a 2.5 MTPA integrated steel plant and 280 MW power plant of the Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd, also known as Abhijeet Group is coming up at Begnadih in Seraikela, with an investment of over Rs 10,000 crore.
The recently inaugurated 4x270MW thermal power plant of the Adhunik Power and Natural Resources (APNRL), a subsidiary unit of Adhunik Group, at Padampur in Seraikela, will also see an investment of about Rs 4000 crore.
Besides, global steel maker Tata Steel has increased its Jamshedpur plant production capacity from 7MTPA to 10MTPA. Tata Power is also coming up with its power project in Chandil block of Seraikela.
"Brighter days are ahead. All we need is patience and hard work," said a CII Jharkhand functionary.
The Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA), on the other hand, said as along as political instability in the state will continue, speedy development of the industrial zone will remain a distant dream.
"We also seek partnership with the government for speedy growth of the region," said ASIA general secretary, Suresh Khetan. ASIA is the representative body of about 1000-odd industrial units, including global automaker Tata Motors ancillaries.
Jamshedpur, 22nd April 2013
2 akharas clash in Sonari, RAF put on vigil
Five persons, including two women, were injured when a clash broke out between two rival akharas in Sonari on Sunday morning, prompting the deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in the area.
East Singhbhum deputy superintendent of police (DSP), headquarters II, Rajkishore Prasad said he did not want to take any chance, as there was a possibility of the minor scuffle between Lahiri and Ganesh akharas snowballing into a major fight.
"Although five persons sustained minor injuries, the situation was still tense. We deployed RAF at the troubled area," Prasad said.
However, no one has been arrested in this regard. "Those who fought from either side managed to flee. But we have initiated talks with members of Ganesh and Lahiri akharas to find an amicable solution," added the DSP.
Among those injured, two belonged to Lahiri akhara and one to Ganesh akhara. The two injured women - both in the 40s - had no allegiance to any of the two akharas. They were mere residents who tried to intervene and prevent the clash from going out of hand. .
But Sunday's clash had its roots in an earlier scuffle that took place between the same two akharas on April 20 over a jhanda (flag) procession.
According to sources, members of Lahiri akhara allegedly tried to overtake their counterparts in the Ganesh group during back-to-back jhanda processions.
Soon, the pushing and shoving escalated, injuring three youths.
A team of police personnel had even then immediately swung into action, bringing the situation under control. Then, the processions passed off peacefully without any further hitch, but the simmering resentment between Lahiri and Ganesh members spurred the bigger clash on Sunday.
Residents of Sonari termed the incidents as unfortunate. "It’s for the first time in recent years that two Ramnavami akharas indulged in a clash. Otherwise, the rallies are peaceful," said Janardhan Sahu, a Sonari resident.
Jamshedpur, 22nd April 2013
Friend on pillion dead
One youth was killed and three others seriously injured when the two-wheelers they were riding on collided head-on near the post office on Kadma Main Road in the small hours of Sunday.
Pillion-rider Amritesh Gupta, 28, a resident of Bhatia Bustee, died on the spot at 1am, when a speeding bike dashed into the scooter his friend Manoj Kumar was riding.
Amritesh, who was coming back home from a jagran, was flung off his seat, hit his head on the metalled road.
A young entrepreneur, Amritesh is survived by his wife and one-year-old son.
Manoj, as well as the two youths on the bike, Jairam Prasad and Ashok Kumar were rushed to Tata Main Hospital's emergency ward by bystanders.
Manoj's condition is stated to be critical.
Police have sent the body of Amritesh for post-mortem and seized both the vehicles.
Kadma police station officer-in-charge (OC) Raju Thakur said they were yet to ascertain how the two vehicles collided on a nearly-empty road.
"We are waiting to take statements of the injured youths, but are waiting for their condition to improve. Currently, we are not in a position to know exactly how the mishap took place," the OC told The Telegraph.
Police have, however, registered a case based on the statement of the victim's younger brother Rajiv Gupta.
Source: The Telegraph
Jamshedpur, 22nd April 2013
2000km for hat-trick on tracks on Tatanagar-Howrah
Groundwork for the third Tatanagar-Howrah railway line till Nagpur, a 2,000km mega plan aimed to decongest traffic on tracks, has begun in earnest, with a project completion deadline of 2015.
RITES Limited, a public sector undertaking specialising in engineering consultancy on rail transport, and Railway Vikas Nigam Limited, an Indian Railways construction wing, are carrying out work of laying new tracks.
Confirming the development, senior divisional commercial manager K.N. Biswas, also a spokesperson for Chakradharpur railway division, said: "The third railway line will connect Howrah and Nagpur via Tatanagar. Passenger and goods trains can use the new line. The project, aimed to streamline the ever-increasing train traffic, is covers 2,000km. Construction is being carried out on different stretches."
The spokesperson said movement of passenger and goods trains on the Tatanagar-Howrah-Nagpur stretch - to be popularly referred to as the Mumbai route - had been rising, which had spurred the demand for a third line.
"With the expansion of corporate biggies such as Tata Steel and its group companies, freight movement is up. Goods trains now run on the Chakradharpur section, sometimes delaying passenger trains. This third railway line will widen the choice of tracks for trains," said Biswas.
Tatanagar officiating station manager Rajendra Prasad sounded upbeat. "The third railway line will prove a boon as attempts are being made to convert Tatanagar into a key railway junction after Howrah under South Eastern Railway," he beamed.
Jamshedpur, 22nd April 2013
India’s first industrial city youthful yet historic - Intach to conserve heritage buildings in Tata township
Jamshedpur is only a sprightly nonagenarian, but its fascinating heritage as India’s first planned industrial city has now attracted the attention of Intach (Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage), Jharkhand chapter.
In 1919, then Indian viceroy Lord Chelmsford named India's fledgling industrial township Jamshedpur after Tata Steel's visionary founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. Though the founder had died in 1904, his son Dorab got Tata Steel plant, then called Tisco, up and going in 1907 in the already chosen village, Sakchi.
The city of Jamshedpur, therefore, is 12 years younger than the plant. Its colonial architecture - which saw the two world wars - has a mix of British, American and Indian influences in bungalows, churches, clubs and schools.
But Intach (Jharkhand), which will list out heritage structures, has started its conservation agenda with an offbeat choice. The state chapter has identified Haldipokhar station in Potka, about 35km from Jamshedpur, as a proposed site for renovation.
"Haldipokhar station is a site that we have chosen for restoration," Amitava Ghosh, Intach (Jharkhand) co-convener, said.
The outfit will also team up with Rotary Club of Jamshedpur, which has been crusading for vintage buildings since the past three years.
Rotary has identified 15 such city sites and will launch this year's Heritage Calendar at Beldih Club on Monday, said Ronny D'Costa, Rotarian, hotelier and conservator, whose been a front-runner of this crusade.
"As far as the city is concerned, we will definitely support Rotary Club of Jamshedpur's initiative to restore heritage. We will prefer to collaborate with them and identify more sites for preservation and restoration," Ghosh said.
Intach and Rotary will also start a heritage walk in the city, a concept gaining ground in many cities of the globe. Here, interested tourists or citizens take a stroll on a specific route with guides offering them historical information and anecdotes.
Meanwhile, to hook GeNext to GenEx structures, Intach sent proposals to 25 private English-medium schools and colleges to start heritage clubs in schools where students can learn and perform conservation activities.
Heritage clubs will encourage youngsters to understand, appreciate and revive the city's historical structures in simple ways.
For instance, an aware student can tell pedestrians not to spit on or paste pamphlets on heritage surfaces.
Clubs in schools and colleges will spread awareness through various collective measures, too. They will invite local and foreign experts and personalities for conferences and interviews, host talks at culture hubs, halls and other public spaces, set up exhibitions and fete personalities engaged in contributing in heritage preservation.
Jamshedpur, 21st April 2013
Industry, administration join hands to ensure jobs for youth
Industrialists, district administration, and the Indo Danish Tool Room (IDTR), came together for the first time on Saturday to ensure adequate employment opportunities for skilled youths of the three districts of Kolhan division.
At the meeting in Gambharia, attended by the deputy commissioners of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan, IDTR officials and local industry representatives, a unanimous decision to form a joint panel of the three respective organizations to thrash out measures to increase job opportunities for the local youth was taken.
"Significant suggestions regarding advanced skill development courses and subsequent employment to local youth came from the two deputy commissioners and the industry representatives," said Ashutosh Kumar, senior manager (administration), IDTR.
Currently, 400 matriculate youths, including about 100 girls, from the West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts, are undergoing advanced skill development training at IDTR under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) of the Union government.
The issue of adequate salaries and annual increment of skilled youth employed in the local industries was also taken up in the meeting. The debate on salary assumes importance at a time when reports of several advanced skilled trainees of IDTR not being paid adequately are doing the rounds.
"The ancillary units and medium and small enterprises in general do not offer hefty pay packages. However, in the wake of rising prices of essential commodities and particularly after Saturday's meeting, the industry is ready to think about revising the packages of the skilled employees," said a senior official of a private firm.
The macro small and medium enterprises (MSME) unit, IDTR, is a central government project assisted by the Denmark government. IDTR serves the needs of the industry related to tool room, technical know-how and trained manpower. The representatives of about 30 companies including Adhunik Group, Abhijeet Group, GMT, participated in the meeting.
Jamshedpur, 21st April 2013
Ram Navami ends with a bang
The nine-day Vasanti Durga Puja and Ram Navami, which concluded on Saturday, witnessed Jamshedpur streets teeming with people who wanted to watch the colourful immersion procession by the Ram Navami akhara samities. While in Hazaribag, to instill a sense of security and confidence in the people , security forces took out a flag march comprising RAF, JAP and district police, which passed through all the major routes of the Ram Navami processions.
In Jamshedpur, people jostled for space at every junction of the city to catch a glimpse of the procession in their respective areas. Large welcome gates adorned the entire city right up to the river bank where the akharas immersed the idols. Over 150 akharas took out processions amid adequate security arrangements.
"A joint team of about 2,550 magistrate and police officers are overseeing the procession arrangement in addition to 700 armed jawans of district police, Jharkhand Armed Police and Rapid Action Police," said Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Subodh Prasad. Besides, 300 armed motorcycle-borne district police jawans were active in the sensitive lanes.
Several of the akhara samities displayed martial arts skills that witnessed overwhelming response from the crowd as usual. Some of the akharas that invited Manipur artists for the act enthralled people with their breathtaking stunts at the Sakchi roundabout.
The tableaus featuring different aspects of Rama, Sita and Hanuman's life were also attractions of the procession in both the towns. While in Hazaribag, over two lakh men, women and children from rural parts of the district - Ichak, Bishnugarh, Barkagaon, decked out in colourful costumes poured onto the streets to participate in the Ram Navami procession, that included attractive tableaus. The revelries will continue till Sunday evening.
In Hazaribag, the administration made elaborate security arrangements and set up more than eight barriers in different parts of the city for the peaceful and smooth passage of the procession, particularly in the stretch of the Juma Masjid road.
Jamshedpur, 21st April 2013
Immersion fervour in city
All roads led to the river in Jamshedpur today. Thousands took part in Ramnavami immersion processions of akharas at different ghats. As the day passed, numbers swelled as a mammoth crowd gathered at Sakchi square and Mango Bridge to catch a glimpse of the rally.
Almost all thoroughfares, including Sakchi, Bistupur, Kadma, Sonari, Jugsalai, Baridih, Mango and Telco, wore a festive look since morning. Members of 158 licensed akharas carried huge saffron and red flags to seven major ghats — Subernarekha (Sakchi), Kapali (Sonari), Sati (Kadma), Domuhani (Sonari), Bhuiyandih (Sitaramdera-Sidhgora), Bodhanwala (Bistupur) and Baroda ghat (Bagbera).
"Immersions were held in seven ghats mostly on Subernarekha banks. The Subernarekha ghat in Sakchi itself saw 58 immersions — the highest in any ghat. Bhuiyandih followed with 26 immersions," said central peace committee official Ram Babu Singh.
Given the sweltering heat, NGOs and social organisations lined up cool comforts - packaged Mango beverage drinks, sherbets and water — at roadside kiosks set up on the thoroughfares that led to the ghats.
East Singhbhum district administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure that devotees had a hassle-free Ramnavami immersion experience. It joined hands with Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality to supply tankers so that there was no shortage of drinking water.
Keeping in mind the huge turnout of people, the district police administration prohibited movement of all kinds of vehicles on city roads. Plying of commercial vehicles like auto-rickshaws, buses and cars was put to a halt after 1.30pm. The district traffic police also clamped a no-entry ban on heavy vehicles from 1pm onwards till the immersion processions were over.
Inter-state and other long-distance buses left Sitaramdera bus terminus before 1pm and were parked at Pardih square and Dimna square in Mango.
"We posted our men at Sitaramdera bus terminus to inform people who wanted to take long-distance buses," said Jamshedpur Bus Owners' Association member Upendra Sharma.
To avoid any untoward incident, strict security arrangements were made with units of Quick Response Team, Rapid Action Police, JAP and 900 jawans deployed at different strategic locations.
"Armed and baton-wielding forces were strategically deployed, particularly at sensitive areas. The processions were largely peaceful," said East Singhbhum SSP Akhilesh Jha.
East Singhbhum civil surgeon Jagat Bhusan had directed all the government health centres to be prepared for emergency cases.
Similar directives were issued to corporate hospitals and private nursing homes.
Jamshedpur, 21st April 2013
Tech stint for shuttle umpires
Two badminton umpires from the steel city will have special duty at the India Open Series, 2013.
They will keep an eye on technical aspects of the game scheduled to be held in New Delhi from April 23 to 28.
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has appointed Ranjeet Kumar Singh and Raju Kumar as technical officials for the prestigious tournament, which is the only international-level competition organised in the country.
Renowned players from across the world, including Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal and Shejian Wang, will vie for the top honours at the tourney.
Jharkhand Badminton Association secretary K. Prabhakar Rao, who is also joint secretary of BAI, said the appointment of Singh and Kumar as officials at the tournament was a commendable feat.
"Both the umpires are experienced and we are sure that they would ably discharge their responsibilities at the India Open Super Series," Rao added.
Raju Kumar had topped the national-level umpires' examination in 2010. "Kumar is the first umpire from the eastern region to secure the first position," informed Rao.
Jamshedpur, 20th April 2013
Daredevil acts for revellers -Manipuri show in steel city
Watching artistes dressed as traditional warriors, brandishing swords, knives and axes with dexterity is a visual experience in itself.
Meet the 20-member team - 12 boys and eight girls - from Association for Paona Memorial Arts and Rural Development Services, a national martial arts troupe from Manipur.
Besides Thang Ta, the troupe also performed Thang Laiteng Haiba and Thang Yahum Yannaba on Thursday and Friday.
These artistes are mostly college students, but watching them perform, one forgets they can ever be seen in jeans and tees.
Brought to the city by Lallan Akhara in Sonari, this is the eighth Jamshedpur visit for the troupe of Northeast martial artistes.
The group is now stationed in the city to take part in the Ramnavami procession.
The members - aged between 16 and 28 years - promised to put up a stunning show on Saturday as well.
"These are traditional defence techniques practised by different tribes. Later, these got transformed into art forms and that need finer skills and aesthetics. We promote the art in and outside Manipur. My students will give a stunning performance and I am sure the audience will love the displays," said veteran K. Hemchandra Sharma, instructor at the association.
Revellers also enjoyed a Thang Ta performance by the same group in Harharguttu on Wednesday, invited by Kalimandir Akhara Samiti.
Another akhara, Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurender Singh Club, has invited a group of 17 performers from Manipur University.
For the first time, the club invited artistes - both from far-flung places like Manipur and also from places closer home - to perform twin martial art forms. Thang Ta was the cynosure of all eyes.
A group from Mayurbhanj in Odisha also entertained the audience with traditional chhau dance. "We took out a rally on Friday for Ramnavami. This time we have also invited performers of martial arts from Manipur and Odisha," said Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurender Singh Club president Nirbhay Singh.
Jamshedpur, 20th April 2013
British Council award for Hill Top
Hill Top School has added a feather in its cap.
The Telco-based cradle has received the International School Award (ISA), an accreditation accorded by the British Council for 2013-2016.
The school, which had applied for the recognition in 2011-12, got its due, as it was successful in maintaining its academic standard besides fulfilling the given criteria. A trophy and a certificate will be handed over to it at a national-level ceremony. Hill Top will be also able to use the ISA logo in its publication/stationery for three years. The award function is expected to be held sometime in November.
"The ISA accreditation means a lot to us as it recognises all the good work we have done so far. I think the doors have opened for collaborations with more schools. Our school has been regularly participating in British Council programmes and our students have had their share of global exposure at their own level," said Puneeta B. Chouhan, principal of Hill Top School.
The ISA is an accreditation scheme that recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. ISA provides a framework for schools to develop an action plan and implement international activities throughout the year.
As such, Hill Top School had collaborated with around 17 schools from countries like the UK, France, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Africa to work on seven projects. Some of the projects were on animal life, Indian values and tradition, food health and hygiene, communication and electricity and conservation.
This apart, Hill Top students took part in interactive programmes with other schools on Skype and also through Face to Faith Foundation. It has been a part of UK-India Education Research Initiative and the Global School Programme.
Jamshedpur, 20th April 2013
Vaccine blow after bear bite
For a 50-year-old mason, a single dose of injection was more painful than bear wounds.
Bhadao Soren was taken to MGM Medical College and Hospital after he was mauled by four sloth bears at Dhubrajpur village in Rajnagar block of adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district early on Friday.
However, his pain became actually unbearable when the daily-wager had to cough up Rs 2,000 for a single vial of anti-rabies vaccine, Tetglob. As the injection was not available at MGM, Soren, who ekes out a living by working as a mason, had to buy it.
To add more salt to his wounds, the doctor attending Soren told his relatives that he would have to be administered five more doses of the injection in as many days.
"We could arrange Rs 2,000 with great difficulty to buy one vial of the injection today. But how will we buy the remaining five vials needed for complete treatment? The total cost will add up to Rs 10,000" Soren's relative Supai Mardi told The Telegraph.
Mardi added that treatment in the state-run hospital was a very expensive affair.
The doctor, who was attending Soren, said the patient needed a high-powered dose of anti-rabies injection as his was a serious case.
"He was badly mauled in the bear attack. We have a stock of anti-rabies injection at our OPD. But as far as this patient is concerned, we have prescribed him Tetglob, a high-powered antibiotic injection, which is not available at the hospital. The patient's family will have to arrange all the vaccine doses from outside," said the doctor on condition of anonymity.
When contacted, SS Prasad, superintendent, MGM Medical College and Hospital, said, "We do not keep stock of rare medicines such as Tetglob."
When told about Soren’s financial status, Prasad said he would see if the injection in question could be bought by the hospital through the local purchase system on humanitarian grounds.
Early on Friday morning, Soren had gone to the nearby Rodaburu jungle for relieving himself when four sloth bears attacked him.
"A giant sloth bear suddenly attacked me first. Soon, three others followed. After clawing my left thigh and right hand, they left the spot and went deep into the jungle," Soren, a father of three, recounted his horror story.
Jamshedpur, 20th April 2013
Superfast repair for Mango bridge - Ramnavami alert: Jusco fixes divider
That is precisely the time Jusco took to repair the dislodged and damaged iron divider on Mango bridge in one of the swiftest trouble-shooting jobs in the steel city.
On Friday, The Telegraph carried an extensive report on the perils posed by jutting-out iron railings on the bridge.
The East Singhbhum district administration sent Jusco an SOS to repair the railings as quick as possible ahead of the Ramnavami procession to prevent devotees from getting injured.
On Saturday, as many as 70 akhara committee processions will use the bridge for their Ramnavami rallies, with members performing martial arts. Over a lakh will be on the Mango bridge to watch the immersions at various ghats along the Subernarekha.
Jusco, understanding the gravity of the situation, responded promptly.
It started repairing the divider on the 800-metre-long bridge at 1pm and finished the work by 3pm.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said subdivisional magistrate (Dhalbhum) had asked their general manager (town services) Dhananjay Mishra to take up the repairs on a war footing.
"We had to complete it in a steep two-hour deadline i,e. during the no-entry period for heavy vehicles on the bridge between 1pm and 3pm," he said.
In all, eight workers and their supervisor armed with a gas-cutter carried out the repairs. "We cut into the rods and removed the jagged edges at nearly 10 points," said a Jusco employee.
Shiv Shastra Sena, an organisation that had threatened to block the bridge if the divider was not repaired before the festivities, expressed satisfaction. "We sincerely thank Jusco and the district administration for responding to our plea on time," the outfit's district president Shambhu Choudhary said.
Jusco had installed the railing-divider in November 2011 at the behest of East Singhbhum traffic police. Poor upkeep had resulted in the railings getting damaged at several places, their jagged edges posing a threat to vehicles and pedestrians alike.
Jamshedpur, 20th April 2013
Akharas neglect directive
The directive of the district administration asking the akharasamities to refrain from displaying acts of valour, popularly referred to as martial arts, in the processions taken out during Ram Navami, hasn't gone down well with a section of the samities who are adamant that they will perform their acts.
The immersion processions will be taken out here on Saturday. They are held in phases to minimize the chances of communal clashes during this period. "People should desist from the performance of any act of valour that may be fatal to one's life during the processions as crowds keep pouring into the streets at that time," said Ajit Shankar, ADM (law and order).
But the functionaries of several akhara samities are firm in their stand about the performance. Their argument is that they have been practicing this for decades and cannot do away with it all of a sudden. Many eke out a living by doing this.
"Traditionally, martial arts has been an integral part of the Ram Navami procession and we are not prepared to drop it this year," argued Ashok Kumar Singh of Mahaveer Akhara in Mango.
He also said dangerous acts have been the main attraction of the immersion procession and that such a step will mar the enthusiasm. tnn of the akhara samiti volunteers, who have been rehearsing for it for months now.
"If the administration had any issue with the demonstration of martial arts skills, the matter should have been taken up in the joint meeting of the administration, the peace committee and akhara samities," said Nitin C Trivedi of Tarun Sangh Akhara in Mango.
Jamshedpur apparently prides itself on being the trendsetter in the display of latest, at times deadly forms of martial arts on Ram Navami and Muharram, every year.
The Kasidih Akhara Samity that has roped in 17 martial artists from Manipur to perform during the procession fears financial loss if the administration prevents it from performing such acts.
"So far we have not received any directive asking us to refrain from performing martial arts, but if the administration gets tough, we will have to abide by their decision," said a functionary of the Kasidih Akhara Samity.
Do bhalua, talwar, guhar, harshinga and do dhai ghar apart from the traditional lathi and sword-fencing skills, are popular forms of deadly acts that have long been the crowd-pullers.
Jamshedpur, 19th April 2013
Elite schools skirting RTE provision
Problems for economically backward students, seeking admission in English medium schools as mandated in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2008, is far from over.
Even two months after the admission process began and fortnight after the new session started, most of the English medium schools are yet to admit BPL students, whose parents are bombarded with counter queries from school authorities.
On Thursday, a parents' delegation met ADC Ganesh Kumar and sought his intervention into the matter to ensure rightful admission.
"The schools ask for BPL cards. When we furnish documents (like income certificate) they say they will verify the documents and later call us and subsequently say they don't approve income certificates," said Sitaram Dera, a daily-wage earner, who was trying to get his son Karma Minz admitted to Tarapore Agrico English School.
Although, ADC has assured of inquiry into the Tarapore school episode there are several such English schools that are apparently unsympathetic to the cause of the economically poor children. "Fact of the matter is that schools are unwilling to take BPL candidates admission because by admitting economically poor candidates they fear loosing liquid money that comes in hundreds and thousands from the well-off candidates (in the admission season)," said RTE activist, Dr Umesh Kumar.
Though, the district administration has assured the private English medium schools that government grant to the schools in lieu of admitting BPL candidates, upto 25 percent of the available seat capacity, will be released to them but administration officials word has apparently failed to persuade the wary schools.
"What more do I need to say. Several of the schools are yet to receive last academic year (2012-13) funds in lieu of admission of the BPL candidates," said a vocal functionary of the Jamshedpur Unaided Private English Medium School Association, maintaining anonymity.
To ensure free and compulsory education to all the children the government enacted the RTE law but several of the English schools here are perhaps not very keen to the idea of 'free education'.By conservative estimate over 100 BPL candidates are still waiting for school admission. "Sooner I receive the complaint report (from the ADC) I will conduct thorough probe into the Tarapore school matter," said DSE, Ajay Shankar, to the delegation that approached him separately for probe into the admission fiasco.
Jamshedpur, 18th April 2013
Administration unwilling to allow martial art display
As the city prepares to celebrate Ram Navami this weekend, the district administration has appealed to the Ram Navamiakharasamities to desist from displaying martial arts skills during religious processions.
In the event of martial arts players sustaining critical injuries while performing acts of valour during the procession every year, the administration has asked the akhara samitis to abstain from performing various martial arts that are lethal in nature.
"The best thing one could do this Ram Navami is to avoid performing martial arts that may lead to death. The akhara samitis should ensure that people do not flaunt their martial arts skills during the Ram Navami procession," said Ajit Shankar, ADM, law and order to the representatives of the akhara samities in the meeting.
The city that claims to be the trendsetter in demonstrating latest and deadly form of martial arts on two religious occasions, namely Ram Navami and Muharram every year, has traditionally greeted martial arts performers with warmth and affection. The present crop of martial arts performers are apparently unhappy with the administration's stand regarding its demonstration during the Ram Navami procession.
"I enjoy performing stunts like do talwar, guhar, harshingar, do dhai ghar and do bhalua," said 37-year-old Ratnesh Shau of Sonari who performs every year on Ram Navami.
"We have been displaying acts of valour without compromising on the safety and security of the crowds during Ram Navami for years now," said 48-year-old Md Akhtar of Dhatkidih.
He added that martial arts form the main attraction drawing crowds to watch the procession year after year. Akhtar specializes in skills involving the sword, lance and some other pointed instruments. Thousands of youngsters associated with hundreds of akharas in the city and its peripheral area practice martial arts, apart from the traditional lathi and sword weilding skills, days ahead of Ram Navami.
"Since the administration has asked us to desist from displaying martial arts of serious nature we will abide by it," assured a functionary of the Jamshedpur akhara samity.
Jamshedpur, 17th April 2013
Bangladesh pavilion a hit at international trade fair
The 10-day long India International Mega Trade and Industry Fair opened on Tuesday and the Bangladesh pavilion is already popular with all. Also, the number of queries pouring in at the various stalls has encouraged the traders to replenish stocks.
The pavilion, erected on the right side of the fair ground, has trendy attires manufactured in Bangladesh, handicraft material, kitchen utensils and food court which witnessed good footfall on the second day of fair.
In particular, the sari stands in the pavilion were more in demand. "Several people who started visiting since Wednesday have enquired about Bangladeshi Jamdani saris. We are confident of doing good business here," said Mujibur Rahman of Dhakai Muslim House Jamdani.
He said Jamdani saris, that are popular in Bangladesh and in several towns in eastern India, are always in demand at international fairs. "In Cooch Behar, Kolkata and Delhi we had received good response (in the fairs) in the past and going by the footfall (at the pavilion) we are confident of doing good business in Jamshedpur too," said Rehman.
The Manipuri tant sari is also high on many buyers list who were seen asking about its price at the stalls. "The Manipuri tant sari comes in varied price range and is within everyone's budget," said Nur Hossain, a trader.
The fair that is being jointly organized by GS Marketing Associates and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the first time in Jamshedpur was inaugurated by the state industry secretary, A P Singh, at Gopal Maidan on Tuesday.
Some stalls hoped for customers who would strike a good deal with them. "There are no special offers in the kitchen gallery but we will give discount to the customers who will buy in bulk," said a staff attending the crockery stand.
Adnan Silk Sari House is still waiting and watching which way the trends will go. "We are waiting for the tempo of the fair to pick-up before commenting on anything relating to the business prospects," said a staff.
Some of the boutique stalls and handicraft stalls are also waiting for the fair to gain momentum. It will conclude on April 25.
Jamshedpur, 16th April 2013
Jharkhand's haunted highway where prayers don't work
Prayers and safe driving tips fail to save many lives on Ranchi Jamshedpur National Highway 33 in Jharkhand. People religiously stop by a Van Devi Temple in Jamshedpur and those from Ranchi stop by Taimara Ghati Hanuman & Kali Mandir (in Bundu) for safe passage. The religious obeisance, however, has not worked for many and a surprisingly large number of people are killed in road accidents between Bundu to Tamar, 40km stretch of the highway.
The travellers, who are in hurry even donate some money by throwing it towards the temple, and pray for safety. A number of people are in hurry especially after sunset at the area is Maoist hit and no one is ready to take risk as rebels has looted a cash van carrying around Rs 5 crore in broad daylight in 2008.
The unheard prayer is evident from the fact that a total of eight persons have been killed and over 60 injured between Bundu and Tamar (police stations of Ranchi district) in the last 20 days itself. A total of 245 persons have died here in the last three years. It is probably the only place in the country where the number of fatal accidents is more than the number of non fatal accidents, said sub divisional police officer Nausad Alam.
No other highway in the state has claimed so many lives. A boy was killed on Sunday afternoon in Taimara valley, the center point of road accidents.
To make the passage through the valley safe, a temple of Lord Hanuman and goddess Kali was constructed in Taimara valley four decades ago. Constables at the local police outpost claim that the valley is haunted and an evil soul is behind most of the accidents. Priests of various temples dotting the 40km NH-33 stretch agree.
The chief priest of Taimara Ghati Hanuman & Kali Mandir, Suresh Singh Binjiya said a lady walks through the valley at night. "At night a white dressed tall lady could be seen standing by the highway or crossing it. It looks as though she is waiting for someone," said Vinod Swasi, a night guard at the Taimara valley passengers' shed which has turned into a police post.
Many of the drivers have lost control of the vehicle while trying to save the lady who crosses the NH at night and meet an accident. Most of the accidents occur at night on this stretch of the highway. A total of 22 passengers had died when an iron laden trailer had collided head-on with a passenger bus in Taimara Ghati, 40km away, at midnight in September, 2011.
A total of 163 fatal accidents have taken place in Bundu and Tamar police station area in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The number of non-fatal accidents in both of these police stations for the same period is 147.
The cops, however, do not buy the ghost theory. "The accidents occur because of narrow highway and sharp curves," said Ranchi SP (rural) A V Minz. The Ranchi Jamshedpur highway is 20 feet wide and has over 40 sharp curves in 125km. The highway is being widened under National Highway Development Project. "The work is likely to be completed in two years," said an official in the road construction department.
In Naxalite-hit Tamar and Bundu, the ghost story has become folklore and tribals say that even divine intervention fails to help people on the national highway. The central general secretary of Jharkhand's one of the largest regional political party, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), Vikash Singh Munda, who lives in Bundu, said, "I have asked my workers not to go on the highway after sunset. It is better to be safe." A couple of weeks ago an activist of AJSU had lost his life in Taimara Ghati.
The Taimara Ghati Hanuman & Kali Mandir is earning more thanks to this folklore. "Travelers stop by and offer money here. I collect Rs 350 to Rs 400 every day. In 2009, when I joined, the collection was Rs 50 to Rs 100," said Suresh Singh Binjiya, the priest of the valley temple. Most of the locals, who are aware of the folklore, stop and pay donations.
Jamshedpur, 16th April 2013
Jamshedpur temple to give women members more power
Taking cue from the clamour for women empowerment, the 90-year-old Jamshedpur-based Andhra Bhakta Shri Ram Mandir, in a deviation from norm, has come out with an idea of promoting women members for larger role in the running of the day-to-day affairs of the temple.
Ahead of the April 21 election to the temple's executive body, senior member and contestant for the post of general secretary, V Ravi Shankar, announced that the temple's management committee shall ensure larger involvement of women members in the decision-making body and day-to-day affairs of the temple, if their faction wins the proposed elections. This is trend that is hitherto seen in this part of the country.
"To begin with we have put up advocate B Kameshwari (Uma) in fray for the assistant secretary's post," said Ravi Shankar at the press conference on Monday.
He said the 1919 established temple, has never given its women members reasonable representation in the decision-making body till this date but in the light of the changing times they have realized the competence of the women and therefore resolved to push women members forward for crucial roles.
"In our (temple) constitution we have a provision to co-opt competent women member in the executive body from outside also and we shall do that," said Ravi Shankar alluding to the possibility of women member failing to get elect to the executive body. "The fresh membership drive that shall be carried out once again following the elections will make sure women members are enrolled in greater strength," said a senior mandir functionary.
There are about 1,560 members in the temple committee eligible for electing the executive body consisting of president, one general secretary, three joint secretaries, one assistant secretary and treasurer respectively, and 11 committee members. "Out of 1560 total members women member's strength is very small," said a temple committee member.
The temple located in the heart of the town in Bistupur boasts of being the only temple in Jharkhand to have e-darshan counter of Tirupati, the hilly temple of Lord Venketeshwara in Andhra Pradesh.
"Increasing the frequency of the e-darshan counter is also on our agenda," said Ravi Shankar.
Jamshedpur, 16th April 2013
South Eastern railway project stuck on blame game
The South Eastern Railway's ambitious project of railway ticket booking from post office in the Chakradharpur division has been hanging in the balance in spite of the agreement reached upon eight months ago.
Both the central government organizations are playing blame game accusing each other of a lethargic approach towards the effective implementation of the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) at the identified post offices in Kolhan division.
"I have been taking up this matter personally with the divisional railway authorities in Chakradharpur, but all I have got every time is an ambiguous response," said N Sarkar, head, Kolhan postal division.
In an attempt to check the rush at booking counters in Tatanagar railway station and to make railway tickets more accessible, SER tied up with the Kolhan postal division to provide the booking facilities in 18 identified post offices of Seraikela-Kharswan, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts in Kolhan in September 2012.
The General Post Office at Bistupur, post offices at Agrico, Golmuri, Jugsalai, Sakchi, Burmamines, Indranagar, Telco, Baharagora, Ghatshila, Chaibasa, Chakulia, Jhinkpani and Seraikela, are among some of the approved post offices.
It was assumed at the time of agreement that the ground work would resume in 90 days. Eight months have passed since then, but there's been no progress so far. "We are anxiously waiting for the postal department to come forward with a requisite response," said A N Biswas, senior commercial divisional manager of Chakradharpur.
Sources in the railways have confirmed that although the ground work for the PRS project did start on time, but it was subsequently grounded for undisclosed reasons.
"Now, the matter is between the railway headquarters in Garden Reach (Kolkata) and the Railway Bhavan (railway ministry). We need to wait and see when the software and hardware implementation work will resume," said a railway officer posted at the headquarters.
Suresh Sonthalia, a senior member of the Zonal Railway Users' Consultative Committee (ZRUCC), said he would raise take up the matter again with the general manager during a meeting slated in Kolkata later this month.
"We were told that work will resume in three to four moths time. I am amazed that work is yet to take off," said Sonthalia who being a member of the advisory board of the post and telegraph department was actively involved in the successful inking of the deal between railways and postal department.
Jamshedpur, 15th April 2013
Oldest school set for revamp
St Mary's English School, one of the oldest schools in the city, is set to get a hi-tech building soon.
H M Nerurkar, Tata Steel MD, laid the foundation stone of the hi-tech multipurpose building on the school campus on Saturday.
Estimated to be built at a cost of Rs 6 crore, the three-storeyed building will boast of an e-library, e-learning hi-tech laboratory, and computer centre, among other facilities. Tata Steel will extend Rs 2 crore support to the project.
"The company is committed towards skill development of youngsters. We will offer all possible help in this regard," said Nerurkar addressing a small gathering at the foundation laying ceremony.
He praised the school for its desire to keep abreast of the times and for its commitment to imparting good education to the students. The building will be constructed by 2015 and begin functioning by 2015-16 academic year.
"The school was in dire need of a multipurpose building with modern and hi-tech features for effective conduct of the academic courses," said the school principal, Fr David Vincent.
Extending gratitude to the company for providing monetary support for the noble cause, The principal said the funds involved in constructing the state-of-the-art building, will help in spreading knowledge among the youth.
The newly formed St Mary's English School Alumni Association said it would co-operate with the school in its efforts to introduce high-end infrastructure in the school.
"The school was in want of a hi-tech building wherein all necessary electronic tools would be available for easy and speedy access to knowledge by the students. The alumni association will join hands with the school in this noble exercise," said Bharat Vasani, the school alumni association functionary.
Jamshedpur, 15th April 2013
Warring tribes agree to one-day fest
Following two days of persuasion, the forest department has succeeded in convincing two warring tribal outfits to observe one of their major festivals on one day. The main purpose behind the administrative exercise is to see that fewer wild animals are killed as mark of ritual by the festival enthusiasts.
The Dalma Buru Sendra Samity (DBSS) and the Dalma Buru Sendra Disuwa (DBSD) have agreed to observe "Bishu Parva", popularly known as "Sendra", on May 6, instead of two dates in April and May.
Dalma forest ranger Mangal Kachap, who held multiple rounds of meeting with the representatives of both the bodies on Friday and Saturday, succeeded in convincing them.
"During the course of discussions, members (of the two outfits) realized that observing the festival on one day will prevent the forest department from making additional security arrangements to ensure bloodless conduct of the annual ritual," said the ranger.
Till recently, Like every year, the two outfits were insisting on observing the festival on two dates in April and May, apparently putting pressure on the Kolhan divisional forest department that makes adequate arrangement at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary to minimize hunting and killing of wild animals by the enthusiast hunters.
Normally, the forest personnel and police of the three districts of Seraikela-Kharswan, East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum work jointly to put up an effective security network at about dozen entry points to the 98 sqkm Dalma sanctuary and atop the Dalma hill to thwart the hunting of the wild animals in the forest.
"Putting up security arrangement on two dates has always been a tiring and tedious exercise, therefore we wanted the festival enthusiasts to observe it one particular day," said a Kolhan forest officer.
"Earlier, we had planned to observe the festival on April 29 but following request from the forest officials we assured them that we will observe the festival on May 6," said Fakirchandra Soren of DBSD. Similar views were expressed by a DBSS functionary. who had planned to observe the ritual on May 6 earlier.
The main purpose behind the entire exercise of the administration is to see that wild animals are not hunted and killed as mark of ritual by the festival enthusiasts.
Hunting and killing of wild animals have been banned in the sanctuary area. Despite this, the tribals venture into the forest in search of animals around this time every year.
Armed with lethal weapons, the tribals from West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand beat drums and chant hymns before entering the forest to hunt the wild animals. On reaching a particular point, they perform puja and set on a hunting drive.
It is considered inauspicious if a tribal returns home without a kill. They usually kill birds, wild pigs and barking deer on "Sendra" day.
Durgapur, 14th April 2013
Tatas to set up technical centres for rural youth
Tata Steel is working towards involving the rural youth brigade in productive channels and to ensure effective skill development of these financially weaker people, the company has announced setting up two technical institutes in the adjoining Seraikela and Tamar blocks.
Seraikela falls in the neighbouring Seraikela-Kharswan district and Tamar in the Ranchi district.
The managing director of Tata Steel, H M Nerurkar, said on Saturday the company is keen on playing an important role in the effective and sustained skill development of the youths and in this regard it has planned to establish the two technical learning centers at the respective places.
"In association with NTTF (nettur technical training foundation) the two learning centers will come up," said Nerurkar. He laid the foundation of a building at a private English school in the city on Saturday.
Apparently, realizing the contemporary needs of today's youths, the company has resolved to partner with the forces that are pivotal in enhancing the skill development of the village youths.
"Insufficient resources prevent many of our boys and girls in pursuing skill development courses," said Nerurkar. He however refrained from divulging the specifics of the plan about the technical education centers. Tata Steel currently runs an industrial training institute (IT) in Tamar in association with NTTF.