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Jharkhand News Roundup
Surendra Kumar | 31 Mar 2008

Shopping mall spins traffic out of gear

We have enough space to shoot high, but there is dearth of land to set ones foot. This is what the Mahatma Gandhi Road, Ranchi has been witnessing since Friday evening, after the opening of the multistoried shopping - 'Big Bazaar'.

The first complete departmental in the State Capital is facing huge rush and rejoicing the business boom but seems to have added to the woes of the common commuters.
Apart from the 13,000 sq feet underground parking space that is left with no space once the shutters of the shop is up, people park their vehicles on the roadside leading to heavy traffic jams.


Rama Khalko to be mayor and Ajaynath Sahdeo to be deputy mayor

Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch supported candidate Rama Khalko to be the Mayor of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) while independent candidate and Jharkhand Cable Operator's Association president Ajay Nath Sahdeo to be Deputy Mayor.
The RMC would finally have a full-fledged elected body, including mayor and deputy mayor after a gap of 22 years. The two candidates took the pole position after the seventh round of counting of votes late on Saturday night.


Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate reopens case against DGP's 'aide'
The court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Saturday reopened the case of a sub-inspector threatening Jharkhand's Accountant General (AG). The court reopened the case pointing out several glitches in investigation report submitted by the Doranda police some four months ago clearing the accused, a reader of the then Director General of Police (Reforms), Jharkhand, VD Ram of the charges. Sub-inspector Nand Kishore Singh, who was then reader of Ram (now DGP Jharkhand), in April last year, had allegedly threatened Jharkhand AG Rakesh Kumar Verma and his staff with dire consequences while demanding the pay slip of Ram after visiting the grievance cell of the AG office at Doranda.
Some six months later the police's final investigation report, which it submitted to the Court, absolved Singh of all the charges. The Doranda police station had instituted the case initially against one AK Singh on the basis of an FIR lodged by Deputy Accountant General Arun Goyal. Investigations however, revealed that NK Singh had been wrongly identified as AK Singh.

IOA President Kalmadi to visit Jharkhand to check National Games readiness
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President, Suresh Kalmadi would be reaching State Capital Ranchi on April 12 for taking stock of the on-going preparations for the 34th National Games, scheduled for later this year.
Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) Secretary, SM Hashmi said the IOA chief would be holding a meeting of the National Games Organising Committee (NGOC) at the National Games Secretariat, Morhabadi. Kalmadi, along with NGOC members would discuss various issues related to the mega event. The most awaited 'final date' of the National Games is likely to be finalised and announced during the visit.
The JOA secretary pointed out that IOA has sent a list of the number of players likely to participate in the Games. "Some 11,000 athletes, 2,200 officials and 460 federation officials are likely to attend the Games. The JOA has already sent the list of events as also the cities where they would be staged," Hashmi said.

Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi wants TB wiped out
Health Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi on Saturday urged medical professionals to help the department wipe out tuberculosis, a disease that claims some 40 human lives each day here, from Jharkhand.
Inaugurating a continued medical education programme at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on the occasion of the World Tuberculosis Day, the minister said it was the duty of all departmental officials to extend the benefits of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme to each and every village in the state. "Some 60,000 individuals fall to tuberculosis in the state each year. This needs to be checked immediately," he said while flagging off a TB 'rath' that would traverse the State spreading awareness about the disease wherever it goes.

Smriti Van to mark CCL achievement of target
In order to celebrate the achievement of production target, Central Coalfields Limited is going to create Smriti Van in all its zonal areas in which plantation will be done by its employees. This will be in addition to the regular plantation of the company.

According to the sources, in order to make a green CCL, the management has decided to set up smriti van in its areas. Each employee of the company will plant a tree there which can be dedicated to any of his relatives. The plantation will be done in selected place within barricaded boundary. The CCL management will do the future maintenance of the saplings.

Experts ask IIT aspirants to focus on exam plan
With exactly a fortnight left for the IIT-JEE examination for the aspirant engineers, the coaching institutes across the city are busy conducting the model tests and providing the last minute tips to the students.
According to FIITJEE, a renowned institute for preparation of different engineering examinations, this year also there will be three-hour objective type papers with each subject divided into two parts. "Cut-off marks will be decided by summing up the marks of the subject in both the papers. Each subject will thus have its own cut-off percent," said Tirumala Roy, Manager - Corporate Communication. FIITJEE Delhi.