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Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

21st century police has to be civilised, can’t be a brute force: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister also urged the police forces, both under the Centre and the states, to adapt new technology and psychological solutions to “control and divert the minds” of the rampaging crowds during a protest or a riots-like situation.Singh made the remarks while addressing the personnel of the blue dungaree-donning Rapid Action Force (RAF) at their base here on the occasion of their silver jubilee (25th) anniversary.Singh urged the security personnel to keep an effective check on the incidents in which attempts are made to break the country on the lines of casteism, religion or regionalism.”The police of the 21st century cannot be a brute force.It will have to be a civilised force. Patience and control has to be practised and followed by police forces and the personnel on ground while dealing with hard and challenging situations like riots and protesting crowds.”I understand sometimes police forces have to use slight force but in such situations too, prudence is required,” he said.Singh said he has already asked the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to look for “less-lethal” solutions to be used in policing tasks and crowd control.The head of the country’s internal security mechanism asked the forces to apply “minimum force” and obtain maximum results.While lauding the efforts of the RAF, he said that five new battalions of the force will be made fully operational from January 1 next year.The RAF, at present, has ten operational battalions and they are based in ten cities that are regarded as sensitive from the communal and the security point of view.The home minister also declared that personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will be granted an annual allowance of Rs 10,000 to get stitched uniforms and the practise of providing them ready-made uniforms has been discontinued.He said that he was “seriously” thinking about ways to ensure timely promotions to the about 10 lakh personnel of these forces.He also took a dig at those who say that only taking a pledge does not transform the country.”We took a pledge in 1942 and called it the ‘Quit India’ movement…we achieved independence in the next 5 years, that is in 1947. This is the power of determination and pledge,” Singh said.The minister asked the forces to contribute to the 2022 ‘new India’ vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The RAF is a specialised anti-riot and crowd control unit under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and it was raised and made fully operational this day in 1992.It has ten battalions (of about 10,000) based in various parts of the country in order to cut down response time to counter an incident of trouble.The ten RAF bases are in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Aligarh, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut.

Jharkhand: 52 infants dead in 30 days at Jamshedpur’s MGM hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Weeks after the Gorakhpur tragedy, 52 infants have been reported dead at Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) hospital in Jharkhand.According to reports, the infants died in the last 30 days.The hospital superintendent has blamed malnutrition for the deaths.The hospital was established on November 14, 1961. It was undertaken by the Government of Bihar in the year 1979. Since 2010, the college has been affiliated by Chaibasa’s Kolhan University.Meanwhile, in the Gorakhpur tragedy, at least 30 children died in 48 hours at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College’s hospital on August 10 and 11 and more than 70 children reportedly died in a week, inviting rage from across the country.

Man commits suicide after killing wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man, who used to run a school at a village in East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand allegedly hacked his wife to death and committed suicide, police said today. The incident happened at Tikar Serendih village about 40 km away from Jamshedpur. The students of the school raised an alarm when the couple did not come out of their house on Friday and sought the help of villagers. The villagers in turn informed the police, sources said. The police had to break open the main door of the house since it was locked from inside. While Rajiv Pratap Rana was found hanging from a ceiling fan, his wife Renu Devi’s body was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood, a police officer said. The couple had four minor children – three daughters aged between three and ten years and an eight-month-old son, the officer said. A blood stained axe and a mobile phone was also recovered from the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem, he said. Though the exact reason behind the incident could not been ascertained, preliminary investigation suggested that Rana killed his wife suspecting that she had an illicit relationship. “We are verifying the call details on the mobile phone recovered from the spot,” the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rains disrupt normal life in many districts of Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rains disrupted normal life in Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Bokaro and Giridih districts today as many rivers in the state were in spate. The district administration of Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih have declared school holiday tomorrow for students up to class 8 in view of incessant rains, official sources said. Ranchi today received 70.8 mm of rainfall, the MeT sources said. Many rivers including Damodar, Konar and Siwane were in spate owing to continuous rains since last four days. The movement of traffic on Tati-Jharia, Hazaribag-Katakumsandi has been stalled, officials sources said, adding that many rivers were flowing over the bridges. The local Met sources said Hazaribag has received 196.8 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, six sluice gates of Charowa Dam reservoir was opened today as it crossed the red level. Water-logging was reported from several parts of Hazaribag, including Hurhuru, Kumhartoli, Ramnagar, where several houses inundated. Though the situation has improved compared to yesterday, the reports of water logging was pouring from parts of the Dalbhum sub-division, said Normal life continued to be affected in the Jamshedpur, which has registered a record rainfall yesterday after several years, even though water level in Kharkhai and Swarnarekha rivers receded a bit today. “We are monitoring the situation round the clock as heavy rain was predicted, Sub-Divisional Officer (Dhalbhum),” Prabhat Kumar said. A Giridih district report stated that a diversion on Giridih-Dhanbad main road was washed away in the rain. Normal life was also affected in Seraikela-Kharswan and West Singhbhum district due to continuous rains.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

East Singhbhum sounds alert due to incessant rains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Singhbhum administration sounded an alert to people living in catchment areas today after 300 families were affected as various parts of the city inundated due to heavy rains in the last 48 hours. The water level in rivers Kharkhai and Swarnarekha was increasing and the district officials were asked to be vigilant to meet any eventuality in case of flood-like situation, official sources said. The water level at Kharkhai river was flowing over danger level said Sub-Divisional Officer (Dhalbhum), Prabhat Kumar. Kumar said normal life was affected since various areas were submerged. More than 150 families were shifted to safer places in Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee command areas of the city today, he said. We are prepared to meet any eventuality and we are monitoring the situation, he said. He also admitted that the water level in Kharkhai would increase further if the sluice gates of Bankabal dam in adjoining Mayurbhanj district of the Odisha are opened. Four sluice gates of Chandil dam in adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district were already open. Kumar said reports of waterlogging from various of the city was received but situation has not yet turned alarming. The district administration has geared up to meet any eventuality and set up five relief centres in Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee command areas. Meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar, the special officer of Mango Notified Area Committee visited the affected areas. Khusbunagar, Kalikanagar, Chandraprabhanagar, Jawaharnagar Road 13 and 14, Barinagar, Noor colony were among the badly affected due to inundation, he said. He said over 50 families were shifted to relief camps set up apprehending flood-like situation arisen due to the rains. Kumar said people living in low lying areas are being alerted over public address systems urging them to shift to safer places in case water level of river further increased. He said five relief camps have been set up in Mango Notified Area Committee. The Mango Notified Area Committee also dug out trenches besides the national highway 33 to drain out water accumulated to ensure smooth traffic, he added. Movement of vehicles to neighbouring Bengal and Odisha affected badly after a diversion on national highway 33 near Gopalpur in Ghatsila sub-division was washed away on Sunday. Met office sources said Jamshedpur has recorded 324.8 mm rainfall during the last 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI conducts searches at 10 locations including Kolkata, Gurugram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today conducted searches at ten places including Kolkata, Gurugram, Jamshedpur, Nagpur and Kanpur in connection with the allegation of cheating against Kolkata’s Union Bank of India (UBI) and CFB. A case has been registered on complaint of the UBI against accused Ashish Jhunjhunwala, Naveen Gupta, Ayush Lohia, Lalit Mohan Chatterjee, Bimal K. Jhunjhunwala, all private persons and directors and public servants working then as nominated and independent directors of Ramsarup Industries Ltd., namely Debashish Sarkar, presently General Manager of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), former executive director of Vijaya Bank and retired IAS officer Krishan Murari Lal. The allegations are that the accused cheated the UBI, the CFB, Kolkata to the tune of Rs. 184.43 crore (approx) through the loan account of Ramsarup Utpadak (Unit-II) of Ramsarup Industries Ltd. by diverting a sum of Rs. 130.95 crore to a group company M/s RAV Dravya Pvt. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

An airport will be set up at Dalbhumgarh : minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A world-class airport will be set up at Dalbhumgarh in Ghatsila sub-division of Jharkhand, Union minister Jayant Sinha said today. A high-level technical team of Airport Authority of India has visited the place and identified land which is to be acquired by the state government, the minister of state for civil aviation told reporters here. He said 300 acres of land would be required to set up the airport. The proposed site is situated near an abandoned airport that was built during the 2nd World War at Chakulia in the sub-division. Sinha also said an air service between Jamshedpur and Kolkata would be started in July/August as a bidder had been finalized under ‘UDAAN’ scheme of the government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lynch: man held for objectionable social media post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested one person for allegedly posting objectionable materials in the social media in connection with post-child lifting related violence here on Saturday, officials said. The arrested person, a resident of Industrial township of Adityapur, had posted objectionable materials in Facebook on the violence at Mango, East Singhbhum district Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police, Anoop T Mathew told a joint press conference. A protest against Thursday’s lynching of four persons in suspicion of being child lifters turned violent in Mango and several other areas of Jamshedpur on Saturday. “We are interrogating the person,” they said adding that a case has been registered against him under IPC and IT Act. He was one of the 18 persons arrested today in connection with the lynching.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police fire in the air to disperse lynch protesters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today fired in the air to disperse a mob which blocked roads here, demanding arrest of those involved in the lynching of four persons of a community in Seraikela-Kharswan district. “Police fired in the air and hurled tear gas shells to disperse the mob. However, the situation is under control now and adequate force have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order, Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum district Amit Kumar said. The protesters gathered in the Mango area here demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the lynching of four person of their community under Rajnagar police station area, police said. The members of a community also put up road blockade in Dhatkidih under Bistupur police station area of East Singhbhum district, disrupting traffic movement. Four persons were lynched on Thursday by villagers suspecting them to be child lifters in Seraikela-Kharswan district. Three others were also lynched on the suspicion of being child lifters on the same day at Nagadih in East Singhbhum district. Meanwhile, Muslim Ekta Manch (MEM) today submitted a memorandum to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das through the deputy commissioner demanding arrest of the culprits. The MEM demanded stringent action against those involved in spreading child lifting rumours. The Congress today alleged that there was “jungle raj” in the state. “Beginning from Jamshedpur, Seraikela, Dhanbad and Bokaro, the rumours of child lifting has been gaining ground for the last seven days, which led to lynching,” AICC spokesperson Ajoy Kumar in a statement. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das had yesterday announced Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family members of each victims lynched by the villagers in Seraikela-Kharswan and East Singhbhum districts on the suspicion of being child lifters. Das had strongly condemned the incidents and directed the officials to identify the miscreants who spread rumours about child lifters and those taking law in their own hands.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India: Six killed over child kidnap rumours

The six died in two separate incidents in Jharkhand that police attributed to rumours of a child abduction ring.

Jamshedpur school goes green, plans to construct toilet using plastic bottles!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A school in Jamshedpur is all set to have an environment-friendly toilet made of plastic bottles and other materials.The proposed toilet would be set up on an experimental basis. Later such toilets would be set up at other places depending on the success of the first toilet, Deputy Collector in the chief minister’s camp office, Sanjay Kumar Pandey said.The pilot project would be implemented at Manav Vikas School managed by retired employees at Garudbasa in Telco.The authorities of Manav Vikas School lauded Pandey since the school only has only one toilet.The facility is negligible when compared to the number of students studying in it and therefore the pilot project would be started from here, Pandey said.Mondrita Chatterjee, a STD VII student of the city-based Hill Top School, and her family would bear the financial expenses to be incurred for the toilet.Chatterjee had already spent her savings for the construction of toilets in the periphery of the city and was also felicitated in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a function held here few months ago.During his visit to the school on Monday, Pandey encouraged the teachers of the school as well as Chatterjee and her family to give the proposal a concrete shape.”Our target is to implement the project before Environment Day on June 5,” Pandey said.Elaborating about the environment-friendly toilet, Pandey said the empty unused water bottles would be filled with sand, iron-ore dust and slag ash. These materials would serve as alternative to bricks.He said that construction work of the toilet would be started in couple of days.The objective behind the proposed toilet was to utilise unused plastic bottles and slag ash, which were available in and around the city in plenty, he said claiming that it would help maintain the cleanliness in the city.Besides, it would also send out a message to the society that unused items could be utilised for constructive purpose, he said.Pandey said around 3000 empty plastic bottles would be required for construction of the toilet.The bottles would be collected from the nearby residential colony and majority of the bottles would be collected by the students from their homes, he said.Chatterjee expressed happiness on being involved in this pilot project.

Mercury soars above 40 degrees Celcius in Jamshedpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The steel city of Jamshedpur and the areas surrounding it continued to reel under severe heat with the mercury soaring above 40 degrees Celsius today. The severe heat affected normal life. The maximum temperature recorded on Monday was 43 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal, and the minimum temperature registered at 23.7 degrees Celsius, Met office sources here said. The streets of the city wore a deserted look particularly during daytime since people preferred to remain indoors. Most of the schools in the city had already rescheduled their school timings and dismissed classes by 11.30 am due to the heat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From May 1, fuel bill will swing daily to mirror global crude price

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could soon see your fuel bill swinging daily, state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) are looking at revising prices of petrol and diesel every day to keep them in line with global crude oil and currency rates.This new pricing model will first be implemented in five cities of Puducherry, Vizag, Udaipur, Jamshedpur and Chandigarh from May 1 and then gradually rolled out nationwide.Currently, government-owned OMCs – Indian Oil Company (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) –review fuel prices every fortnight to tune them to international crude prices.This leads to manipulation of fuel prices for political gains by various governments. The new pricing method will reduce political interference in the pricing of fuel and enhance transparency, which would eventually lead to a more stable margins for OMCs, controlling around 95 per cent of the market today.The remaining 5 per cent is held by private auto fuel retailers Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Essar Oil despite the fact that they own 8.5 per cent share in terms of number of outlets and 27 per cent share of the domestic petroleum refining business.E S Ranganathan, managing director of Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), said with a day-to-day revision of fuel prices, consumers would have a better understanding of pricing than when it was calculated on a fortnightly basis.He said it would mirror the published international crude price of the day as against the 15-day average that is being used at present for calculating the price.He, however, wondered how dealers would be able adjust their pricing daily as most of them buy huge stocks of fuel and store it. Ranganathan said only those with high daily turnover bought from OMCs on a day-to-day basis.“OMCs will have to find a way to index the (fuel) price. Most dealers buy stock for a longer period and if crude dip during this period then OMCs would have to compensate them for the hit they would take by selling at lower price to customers,” he said.Over the last few years, the government has been gradually freeing fuel prices from the regulatory control. Petrol price was deregulated in 2010 and diesel in 2014. The latest move, which was a long-pending demand of the sector, is another step in that direction.The most recent slash of Rs 3.77 per litre in petro price and Rs 2.91 per litre in diesel price on April 1 came after three months because of election in five Indian states.Ranganathan said the new pricing model would reduce the scope of such manipulation of fuel prices for political dividends and would facilitate in consumers getting immediate gains from any drop in global crude price.

Respite from heat not far away: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The summer’s first heat wave that had vast regions of the country reeling is set to abate soon as rain showers, coupled with favourable winds, will bring the mercury down. While in the past week, clear skies and the absence of any significant weather system led to a rise in mercury, the impact of a Western Disturbance is going to bring down the mercury from the middle of this week, the Met Department said.The Western Disturbance will cause rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Even, Delhi-National Capital Region is likely to see rainfall due to change in winds, Met officials added.Over the past week, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh witnessed an early heat wave with day temperatures soaring 5-7 degrees Celsius above normal. Across cities like Akola, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Gwalior and Ahmedabad, maximum temperatures were consistently above 40 degrees Celsius the past week. The early heat wave also led to three deaths in Maharashtra, a state that does not usually witness heat-related deaths. With the abatement of heat wave, temperatures are now expected to come back near normal.In Maharashtra, maximum temperatures in several cities across Vidarbha and central Maharashtra still remained over 40 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, however, the temperature in Mumbai reached 38.4 degrees Celsius.”Mumbaikars can be thankful to the change in wind direction as well as the sea breeze that helped temperatures to drop. On Sunday, the maximum temperature in Colaba was 33 degrees Celsius while Santa Cruz recorded 33.4 degrees Celsius,” said an official from the regional IMD office in Mumbai.Officials said that temperatures across Maharashtra in Vidarbha too will nosedive, but it might take a couple of days. On Sunday, Chandrapur saw a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, Wardha (43 degrees Celsius), Yavatmal (42.5 degrees Celsius) and Nagpur (42.5 degrees Celsius).

Tata Steel celebrates World Forestry Day in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tata Steel today observed World Forestry Day to spread awareness about the significance of forests in human lives. A programme was organised on the theme “Snakes and Friends” to spread awareness about snakes and forests. Several school students also participated in a drawing competition on the occasion. “The subject chosen by Tata Steel for the World Forestry Day is very interesting. New species of snakes are being discovered everyday and we need to understand the benefits we get from it,” Chief Guest of the function and MLA from Jagannathpur Geeta Koda said. “Snakes are our friends and they help in maintaining ecological balance. This is our small contribution to National Biodiversity Target. Such programmes will create awareness and lead to effective conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem,” Tata Steel General Manager Pankaj Satija said. Snake catchers from Jamshedpur, N K Singh and Asgar Imam, talked about various myths related to the species, saying most snakes are harmless to humans.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Apply for passports at select post offices from next month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From next month, people in select cities will be able to apply for passports in post offices under an ambitious initiative of the External Affairs Ministry. This is aimed at making the passport issuance process hassle-free and ease burden on passport offices across the country which are grappling with large volume of applications. In the first phase of the project, passport services will be made available in select post offices in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Jharkhand and some other states. The External Affairs Ministry, which issues passports, is making all required arrangements for roll-out of the scheme in some of the select cities in first half of March. Currently, 89 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) are operating across the country as extended arms of the 38 Passport Offices. According to the MEA, the government rendered 1.15 crore passport and other related services during 2016. In Rajasthan, passport services will be available in Kota, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu and Jhalawar while in West Bengal it will be in Asansol, Nadia, North Dinajpur North Kolkata. In Jharkhand, services will be offered in Deoghar, Jamshedpur and Dhandbad. “It is our effort that Post Office Passport Sewa Kendras announced in the first phase should start functioning before 31.3.2017,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. In Tamil Nadu, passport services in post office will be rolled out in Salem and Vellore while in Karnataka, it will be in Belgaum, Davangere, Hassan, Gulbarga and Mysuru. According to MEA, the objective of the government has been to cater to the demand for passports and to reach out to the people located far away from the passport offices. The MEA had recently liberalised norms for certain categories of citizens as part of efforts to streamline the passport issuance process.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four gets lifer for murdering a transporter in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court here today awarded life imprisonment to four persons in connection with murder of a transporter Kulraj Singh alias Raju in Bistupur area of Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur town 12-years ago. Additional District Judge S Singh, who had convicted BJP Olidih Mandal committee President Niraj Singh, Santosh Agarwal alias Daboo Seth, Surya Patel and his wife Uma Patel in connection with the case on Saturday last, pronounced the quantum of punishment today under sections 302/120B/34 IPC. While Niraj and Santosh were sentenced to life, the other two were also awarded similar punishment under section 120B of the IPC. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each, failing which they will have to serve an additional jail term. However, both the sentence will run concurrently. A case was registered on the statement of the victim’s relative, after Raju was shot dead near his home in Gurudwara bustee under Bistupur police station in April 2005. Prime accused of the case, Krishna Rao was absconding. Following conviction, Niraj had resigned from the post of President of Olidih Mandal Committee of BJP as well as primary membership of the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jharkhand CM meets RSS chief in Jamshedpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was in the steel city to attend the oufit’s North East workers meet. The Chief Minister flew to Jamshedpur from Ranchi this evening and was closeted with Bhagwat for around 20 minutes before he returned to the Jharkhand capital. BJP Jharkhand unit spokesman Rajesh Shukla confirmed the meeting and said it was a courtesy visit as “Bhagwatji is in the city for the last four days” to attend the RSS North East workers meet. Earlier, on Saturday, former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda had an informal meeting with the RSS chief.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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