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Ranchi, Dec 10 (IANS) An alert was sounded in Jharkhand after a terror email threatened to carry out blasts in Ranchi and other places in the state, police said Monday.
“A terror email was sent by Danish Aalam to Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Delhi, some news channels and print media houses. The mail threatened that they had planted bombs in Ranchi and the bombs’ remote control was in their hands. The bombs will be blasted,” a police official told IANS.
The email, which originated in Singapore, was sent from a fake email ID.
Police said security checks at railway stations, bus stands, government installations and public places were intensified.
Police suspect the email was a hoax.
Ranchi, Dec 10 (IANS) The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday dared the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to withdraw support to the BJP-led Arjun Munda government in the state.
The BJP challenge came after the JMM sided with the government in parliament five days ago over the issue of foreign direct investment in retail trade, causing unhappiness in BJP ranks.
“JMM should go to Raj Bhavan. Why should we fell our own government?” asked Harendra Pratap, a BJP leader in charge of the party unit in Jharkhand.
He added that the BJP did not want President’s Rule in the state.
In response, JMM legislator Lobin Hembrom said: “The BJP is hungry for power. We dare the BJP to take a stance like it did in April 2010.”
JMM MP Kameshwar Baitha voted for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government while MP Shibu Soren abstained from voting in the Lok Sabha during the vote on foreign equity in retail trade.
As the Rajya Sabha voted on the matter Dec 7, the JMM abstained.
In April 2010, after Shibu Soren voted for the UPA government in the Lok Sabha on a BJP motion on price hike, the BJP withdrew support to the JMM government.
“Let the BJP decide whether they want to be in the (Jharkhand) government or not. We have taken a stand on FDI,” Deputy Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren told reporters Sunday.
The BJP took power in Jharkhand with JMM’s support in September 2010.
Ranchi, Dec 9 (IANS) The JMM Sunday dared the BJP to walk out of the Jharkhand government after the former sided with the UPA and voted for FDI in retail in parliament.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MP Kameshwar Baitha voted for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government while MP Shibu Soren abstained from voting in the Lok Sabha.
The motion against foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail was moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the Rajya Sabha voting, the JMM abstained.
The JMM supports the BJP-led government in Jharkhand.
In April 2010, after Shibu Soren voted for the UPA government in the Lok Sabha on a BJP motion on price hike, the latter withdrew support to the JMM government.
“Let the BJP decide whether they want to be in the (Jharkhand) government or not. We have taken a stand on FDI,” Deputy Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren told reporters.
Shibu Soren had on several occasions said he supported the central government despite being allied to the BJP in Jharkhand.
The BJP took power in Jharkhand with JMM’s support in September 2010.
Ranchi, Dec 7 (IANS) Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) employees Friday called off their two-day strike after the High Court ordered them to do so.
The JSEB unions had called a strike Wednesday after the state government inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Power and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) to hand over the billing and distribution of power in Ranchi and Jamshedpur to them. The unions had gone on strike saying they were not taken into confidence before inking the MoU.
The strike had plunged the state into darkness. Many parts of the state, including capital Ranchi, remained without power for more than 24 hours. This led the Jharkhand High Court Thursday to take suo motu cognizance of the strike.
“The High Court took exception of the strike and asked the unions to end the strike,” said Vimal Kriti Singh, power secretary.
“We have decided to end the strike in light of High Court observations. Our motive is not to create trouble to people of the state,” said Prasant Chaturvedi, a union leader.
Ranchi, Dec 5 (IANS) The Jharkhand assembly was adjourned twice Wednesday after most members boycotted the proceedings of the house over delay in releasing of local area development funds.
When the house assembled at 11 a.m., there were only eight members on the treasury benches of the total 82. There were no members in the opposition.
Both ruling and opposition members boycotted the proceedings as local area development funds meant for them had not been released by the state government in the current financial year.
Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh adjourned the house till noon.
When the house reassembled, the minimum numbers required were again missing, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house till 2 p.m.
The state government provides Rs.3 crore every year to each legislator for development of their constituencies.
“This is not a question of treasury or opposition. These issues are related to legislators’ fund,” Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Shashank Shekhar Bhokta told reporters.
Congress legislator C.S. Dubey said the government should either release the funds or scrap the fund. “We feel embarrassed to meet people in our constituencies.”
Ranchi, Dec 4 (IANS) Farmers protesting against the government for taking over farmland for setting up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and a law university presented bouquets made of paddy to legislators here Tuesday.
The villagers of Negri on the outskirts of the state capital have been protesting against the acquisition of more than 200 acres, calling it agricultural land.
They gathered outside the state assembly and handed over the bouquets to legislators going inside the house to attend the winter session.
“We want the legislators to raise the issue in the assembly. There is no coal or iron ore under our land. It is agricultural land where paddy is grown. Many families will lose their source of living,” Shanku Chatterji, the activist who handed over the paddy bouquets to the legislators, told IANS.
Supporting the farmer’s demand, K.N. Tripathy, a legislator from the opposition Congress party, told reporters: “We received the paddy bouquets from the farmers. They want their land to be spared. There are many barren lands where the law university and IIM could be set up.”
The Nagri villagers have already lost their case in Jharkhand High Court and Supreme Court.
The state said the land was acquired around 50 years ago for an agricultural university. It remained unused and villagers then began growing crops on it.
Later, the state government, on the directions of the Jharkhand High Court, formed a committee led by land and revenue minister Mathura Mahto to look into the issue.
The panel has submitted its report, and, according to sources in the government, has recommended hiking the compensation to the affected villagers.
Ranchi, Dec 3 (IANS) The Jharkhand assembly Monday passed a Rs.524-crore supplementary budget without discussion amid protests by the opposition alleging that the state government had failed to spend the money allocated in the general budget.
The opposition parties have questioned the passing of the supplementary budget alleging that the state government has failed to spend the money allocated in the annual budget. The departments have spent merely 25-30 per cent of the Rs.16,300 crore budget, they alleged.
The supplementary budget was passed without discussion as the opposition parties were demanding constitution of a committee to look into the displacement issue of Panem coal mines in Pakur district.
The supplementary budget was tabled Friday by Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren who is in charge of the finance department.
Ranchi, Nov 30 (IANS) Suspected Maoist guerrillas torched eight vehicles of a private company involved in road construction work in Jharkhand’s Dumka district, police said Friday.
According to police, 30 to 35 suspected Maoist guerrillas attacked the office of the private company Thursday night and torched eight vehicles including dumpers and tractors.
The guerrillas escaped after torching the vehicles.
No one was injured in the incident, which took place near Jamni village of Dumka district, around 350 km from Ranchi.
Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of state’s 24 districts.
Indo-Asian News Service
Ranchi, Nov 29 (IANS) The number of pregnant women testing HIV positive in Jharkhand is a cause of concern, a Unicef statement said Thursday.
According to data released by the Jharkhand unit of Unicef, based on National Aids Control Society (NACO) findings, till September this year, 66 of 69,200 pregnant women were found to be HIV positive. The number was 76 of 61,500 in 2011.
The adult HIV prevalence was 0.11 percent in 2005 and 2006, which increased to 0.13 percent in 2007 and 2009.
Out of the 23,600 HIV positive people in the state, 91 percent are aged between 15−49 years, 2.5 percent are children and 6.5 percent are aged over 50 years.
In 2009, there were 3,814 new cases compared to 1.2 lakh in the country, and 836 deaths in the state.
“The transmission of the HIV virus from mother to child could be prevented if all pregnant women are tested every year. At present only eight percent were tested,” said a Unicef release.
“In 2011, only 61,500 pregnant women were tested for HIV, against total number of about 8.2 lakh pregnant women. Out of this, only 38 received treatment to prevent parent−to−child transmission (PPTCT), against the estimated number of 527,” it said.
It is estimated that there are 40,476 female sex workers (FSW), 3,295 men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1,805 injecting drug users(IDU) in Jharkhand.
According to a Unicef official, the cause of the spread of AIDS needs to be addressed.
Transmission of HIV can be prevented by practicing safe sex behaviours such as use of condoms. The large share of migrant population also pose as a challenge.
The UN body suggested that the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV−AIDS needs to be checked by awareness among service providers and communities.
The Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS) has adopted many methods to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.
“We have set up six Anti−retroviral treatment (ART) centres and 17 link ART centres for treatment in the state. Jharkhand has a network of 42 blood banks of which 24 are in the government sector and 18 in the voluntary sector,” a JSACS official told IANS.
“We have also initiated several programmes for targeted interventions among high risk groups,” he added.
Ranchi, Nov 28 (IANS) Three guerrillas were killed by members of a rival Maoist group in Jharkhand’s Palamau district, police said Wednesday.
Members of the banned Communist Party of India−Maoist (CPI−Maoist) gunned down Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC) chief Babulal alias Avinash and two other members of the group, a police official said.
The incident took place late Tuesday after JPC members were abducted in the jungle area at Taal village of Palamu district, around 145 km from here. The bodies have been sent for post−mortem, said a police officer.
In another development, police seized huge cache of arms in Ramgarh district Tuesday. Two rocket launchers, more than dozen grenades, 5,000 bullets and lives cartridges were recovered in a forest.
Ranchi, Nov 27 (IANS) Unidentified criminals looted Rs 4.46 lakh from a bank in Jharkhand’s Garwah district at gun point Tuesday, police said.
According to police, five unidentified criminals looted the Gramin bank at Chandawa in Garwah, around 130 km from Ranchi.
According to police sources, the bank lacked proper security arrangements.
Police have launched search operation to nab the criminals.
Ranchi, Nov 26 (IANS) Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Heman Soren Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Coal Minister Sri Praksh Jaiswal in New Delhi and requested them not to cancel eight coal blocks allocated to a state−run company.
“Hemant Soren met the PM and the coal minister and requested them not to cancel the coal blocks allocated to Jharkhand State Mineral Development Council (JSMDC). The cancellation will push the state in heavy financial loss,” an official release said here.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Soren, who holds charge of mines department, said: “We have spent crores of rupees for developing the coal blocks. Coal blocks are not developed in a short span of time. Jharkhand is a tribal dominated, backward state and it needs centre’s help to improve its condition.”
A Group of Ministers has recommended cancelling the coal blocks allocated to the JSMDC.