Negligence Will Not Be Tolerated: Jharkhand CM To All Govt Hospitals.

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Jharkhand: Chief Minister recently expressed disappointment at the alleged negligence of doctors at a government hospital in Koderma where they allegedly kept an elderly accident victim waiting till his relatives reached from neighbouring Bihar.

It took the Koderma district police two days to find out a relative of the patient and his family members complained that he did not get any treatment during this period. The chief minister took exception to the conduct of the management of the Koderma Sadar Hospital where 60-year-old Bihar resident, was admitted with a fractured leg following a road accident.

The injured, who was at the Koderma hospital since the mishap took place 14 days ago, was referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Tuesday following the instruction of the CM. Instead of giving him priority treatment, the hospital waited for his relatives to reach there, the chief minister said after receiving a complaint from the patient’s family. “This attitude has been there for the last few years.

Instead of taking the responsibility to solve the problem – every officer wants to shift it. This is really sad, but the situation will change now. This attitude will no longer be tolerated,” the CM said in a tweet. In a tweet, the CM directed the management of all (government) hospitals to treat patients with sensitivity. “The police has the responsibility to locate relatives of unknown issues while doctors should focus on the treatment of the patients,” th CM said in his tweet. The CM asked the RIMS management to treat the patient and asked Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray to arrange for sending him to his home at Ekangar Sarai of Bihar’s Nalanda district after treatment.

Sources in the Koderma hospital said, after the police took the man to the facility 14 days ago, the elderly man could not properly tell anything about himself. The police found out a nephew of his after two days and he started staying with him, sources said. They also claimed that the Koderma hospital also lacked the specialist orthopaedic required to treat the patient.

Hemant Soren Hints At Cabinet Expansion, Likely In A Few Days.

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Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Wednesday hinted towards the expansion of his Cabinet likely to be done in next couple of days.

Mr Soren in Delhi held a meeting with Congress leaders regarding power sharing in the Jharkhand government.

While talking to media after returning from Delhi Mr Soren said in Ranchi,”Lots of discussions were done there. Everything will be clear very soon.. Let’s keep something for us to decide.”

Earlier it was being said that the alliance in the state is facing some sort of disagreement as Congress is demanding five seats in the Cabinet, but Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is willing to give only four.

“Everything will be done by agreement,” said Mr Soren

On the other hand, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will hold meeting of all newly elected legislators in Delhi on January 17. It is expected that Jharkhand Cabinet expansion will be announced after that.

Jharkhand BJP to revamp after poll debacle.

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The BJP in Jharkhand has started the exercise of looking into the reasons for the humiliating defeat in the recently held assembly elections. The party is planning to axe those district presidents who could not win a single seat in their respective areas. According to party sources, preparations are also underway to bolster the party units at the district levels to overcome the deficiencies that led to the debacle.

A top functionary of the BJP said the exercise to pick new state office bearers is on and is expected to be completed in 50 per cent of the districts soon. This time the party faced big reverses in Kolhan region (24 districts) where most of the functionaries are likely to be axed.

The party is planning to appoint new district presidents this time and will not elect them, as was the practice earlier, sources said. The party will first get a new state chief and then the district presidents will be appointed, sources added.

BJP spokesman Pratul Shahdeo told IANS that the party has begun reviewing performances of its functionaries and is looking into the reasons of the defeat. “We do this exercise after every election. This is a normal process,” he said.

Laxman Giluwa has already resigned from the party president post taking moral responsibility for the defeat though his resignation is yet to be accepted.

The BJP is also reviewing the performance of the members of Parliament who could not help win seats in their assembly constituencies, sources said adding that Jharkhand election in charge Om Mathur has sent a report to the the party high command in which he has questioned the role of MPs during state elections.

Apart from the new party president in Jharkhand, BJP is also yet to appoint its legislature party leader. Sources say that talks are going on for the merger of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) president Babulal Marandi with the BJP. If that happens, BJP may pick a tribal face for one of the two posts – legislature party leader and party president.

Bihar BCECE Board recruitment 2020: 1,767 vacancies on offer, check details here.

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The land and Revenue Department, Bihar has released an official notification regarding the recruitment to fill 1,767 vacancies of Amin on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Candidates interested and eligible for the post can apply online at from December 23, 2019, onwards. The registration process will end on January 22, 2020. However, candidates are required to submit application fee till January 20, 2020.

The recruitment exam will be conducted on February 15 and 16, 2020, at various examination centres. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the computer-based examination.

Application fee:

Male candidates belonging to the general, OBC and EWS category are required to pay an application fee of Rs 200, whereas for female candidates the application fee is worth Rs 100.

For candidates, both male and female, belonging to the reserved category the application fee is Rs 100.

Educational qualification:

Candidates must have passed class 12th intermediate examination from recognized board/institutions.

RJD MLA Faraz Fatmi attends JD(U) feast, backs Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on NRC.

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Amid the fast-changing political equations in Bihar, an RJD MLA Faraz Fatmi on Wednesday attended the feast organised by the ruling JD(U) on the occasion of Makar Sankranti here in the State Capital.

Lauding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for clearing the air that “NRC won’t be implemented in Bihar,” the RJD MLA questioned his own party leader Tejashwi Yadav for taking out a ‘Pratirodh yatra’ (Protest march) on January 16 from Muslim-dominated Kishanganj.

“When Nitish ji has made his stand on NRC loud and clear, what is the justification for Tejashwi to embark on a yatra on this contentious issue,” said Faraz, whose father MAA Fatmi was Union Minister in UPA-I when RJD was an alliance partner in the Congress-led Government.

The senior Fatmi had represented Darbhanga as RJD MP after defeating BJP’s Kirti Azad in 2004. However, denied Lok Sabha ticket in 2019, MAA Fatmi quit RJD and joined the JD(U).

His son Faraz continues to be RJD MLA and is the second legislator in Lalu’s outfit to have openly spoken against Tejashwi Yadav. Earlier, Maheshwar Yadav, the RJD MLA too had praised Nitish and questioned Tejashwi’s leadership.

“As of now, in Bihar, there is no bigger face than Nitish. I am sure he will form the Government again in 2020,” said Faraz, one of the prominent Muslim face of the RJD.

Meanwhile, the Bihar JD(U) president Vashishta Narayan Singh, who hosted the chuda-dahi bhoj (feast of flattened rice and curd), said, “From today onwards, the sun has moved Uttarayan. In this auspicious period, you will see many prominent leaders deserting their parent party and joining the JD(U).”

At Bihar rally, Yogi Adityanath says anti-CAA protests are conspiracy hatched ‘from afar’, slams Opposition for ‘adding fuel to fire’.

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Gaya: The countrywide anti-CAA protests are a “conspiracy” hatched from afar by those resentful of a united and grand India and these are being aided by a “crooked” opposition, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath alleged on Tuesday.

Addressing a rally organized by the BJP in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which was passed less than two months ago, the firebrand BJP leader charged that those opposing the legislation were committing the “paap” (sin) of working against national interests.

Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar deputy chief minister) and Sanjay Jaiswal (state BJP chief) have articulated very well how the CAA is about granting citizenship to persecuted refugees and not about taking it away from anybody, he said.

“For taking such a step, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah deserve acclaim. Instead they are being attacked”, Yogi lamented.

“Protests are taking place across the country and a ‘kutil’ (crooked) Opposition is adding fuel to the fire. But the people of the country need to understand that it is a conspiracy hatched from afar.

“The strings are being pulled by those who are resentful of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat’ (united India, grand India) which is becoming a reality under Modi”, he claimed.

Seeking to underscore that the Modi government did not discriminate against people on the basis of their religious identity, Yogi asked so many people have benefitted from the welfare schemes like Ujjwala Yojana and the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

“Was anybody asked, before being included as a beneficiary, as to what is his or her religion or caste?” he remarked.

But those feeling threatened by the new India keep looking for an opportunity to thwart Modis efforts to build Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat, he said.

“This new India does not cower, like the Congress did, before Pakistan’s atomic power.

“The neighbouring country is today fearful that it may end up losing even the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, after the Article 370, which Jawaharlal Nehru wrongly introduced, was abrogated”, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said, evoking wild applause.

The monk-turned-politician, who also heads the Gorakhnath Temple, began his speech recalling his spiritual ancestors deep links with Gaya and the ancient links between eastern Uttar Pradesh and this central Bihar town pointing out that Lord Buddha came from Kapilavastu situated in Siddharthnagar district in the adjoining state  and attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya.

In the town after which a reserved Lok Sabha constituency is also named, Yogi appealed to Dalits reverence for BR Ambedkar.

“The revolutionary-turned-freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo had said that the biggest virtue, in current times is to work for national interest and the biggest sin is to work against it. The Opposition is committing a paap (sin). To understand this, you should take the contrasting examples of Ambedkar and Jogendra Nath Mandal”, Yogi said.

“Ambedkar remained loyal to his country while Mandal fell for Jinnah’s designs, helped the creation of Pakistan and became a minister in that country.

“While Ambedkar is a revered figure, Mandal felt so stifled in Pakistan that within a decade he resigned and came to Kolkata where he spent his last years living a life of anonymity. Let it be known to whoever works against national interests shall be condemned to a similar fate”, he added.

He said while coming to the venue he was bemused to see posters put up on the walls by the RJD-Congress combine opposing CAA in the name of the Constitution.

“A party which had strangled the Constitution by imposing the Emergency has the audacity to do so”, Yogi said taking a swipe at the grand old party.

The Congress always surrendered before those who ran their “shops of fatwas” and expected the country to be run as per their decrees and not the Constitution. They never cared for the humiliation faced by Muslim women because of triple talaq and it required a Narendra Modi to illegalize this practice, he said.

“Congress, similarly, played a scare-monger on Ram temple issue, claiming blood will be spilled on the streets if the matter was taken to its logical conclusion. Now it has been settled once and for all and on this auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti I declare that Ayodhya in my state  will soon be ready with a Ram Mandir”, he added.

Before ending his speech, Yogi said he would like to underscore the need for the society at large to be on guard against “deplorable attempts” (kutsit cheshtaein) to mislead the nation on CAA.

He exhorted those gathered at the programme to fan out and tell the people that this law is about granting citizenship and not taking it away and that it has nothing to do with NRC. NRC was an exercise that took place in Assam, upon the Supreme Courts direction, the UP CM added.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Tejashwi Yadav is scheduled to attend a dharna against CAA in the evening here at Shanti Bagh, barely a km away from  Gandhi Maidanm, the venue of Yogi’s function.

As part of the BJP’s nationwide pro-CAA campaign, party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to address a rally in Vaishali on coming Thursday.

No parking charge for pick-and-drop vehicles at airport.

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Pick-and-drop vehicles will be freed from parking charges at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi soon, Airport Director Vinod Sharma said on Wednesday, adding that the decision was officially announced at the meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) recently.

However, Sharma added that the vehicles will have to drop or pick passengers and leave within a stipulated period of time in order to avoid parking charges. “We do not wish to charge any money from the pick-and-drop vehicles, but we have to fix a maximum time for which the vehicles can stay on the airport premises without paying for parking as no upper limit on the free-parking-period will cause overcrowding of vehicles,” Sharma said.

The vehicles, he added, will be given three to four minutes for dropping or picking up passengers, so the free-parking period will be around five minutes. On Tuesday, an AAC meeting was presided over by Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth and attended by Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Poddar, who has been an active member of the committee. Hatia legislator Navin Jaiswal also attended the meeting.

Besides taking the decision of relieving pick-and-drop vehicles from parking charges, the AAC also decided to use funds from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) treasury of the airport to rehabilitate the villagers who had lost land due to construction and expansion of the airport and beautify the villages surrounding the airport.

Poddar highlighted loopholes in the parking arrangements at the Ranchi airport and said that the airport needs to fix all the anomalies in the system in order to leave a good impression on visitors. “The visitors coming from other cities and countries get the first impression of the city by seeing the arrangements at the airport. Any mismanagement at the airport leaves a bad impression,” said Poddar.

The Birsa Munda Airport is fast growing in terms of connectivity with other cities. The largest airport in Jharkhand already has 30 flights connecting Ranchi to important cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The airport also has an international bay, but is yet to get any international flights. The increasing passenger traffic in Ranchi demands for better facilities and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is consistently working on finding new ways to enhance the travel experience of passengers, said airport officials.   

Meanwhile, the airport authorities here have also floated tenders for restaurants and bar in the airport premises. Besides, several shops and showrooms have come up in the airport terminals in order to provide entertainment, refreshment and quality shopping experience to passengers here.

Kanke Dam park to get Rs 2-crore facelift.

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The Kanke Dam in Ranchi will be developed into an amusement park by next year.

Kaveri Divya Hotels Private Limited, owner of Capitol Hill Residency and Kaveri Restaurant in Ranchi, has bagged the tender and a formal agreement will be inked between Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) and the state capital-based hospitality group later this month for operation of the facility under public private partnership mode.

Sources in the JTDC, which owns the 6-acre park near Kanke Dam, said that the private firm has to complete the process of renovation, operation and maintenance of the park within one year of setting up the facility after getting the work order.

“Kaveri Divya Hotels has bagged the tender and we will be signing a formal agreement soon for development of the tourist spot into tourism hub and amusement park,” JTDC general manager Anmol Kumar Singh said. “It will operate and maintain the infrastructure for a period of 25 years. The firm will have to pay an annual fee to us. We hope it would be a major tourist attraction by the first half of next year.”

The estimated cost of renovation of the amusement park is nearly Rs 2 crore, JTDC sources said.

“The private firm will soon be presenting us a detailed project report on the renovation of the existing infrastructure and addition of facilities as mentioned in the tender bid,” a source said.

A senior JTDC official said: “We would have liked the work order to have been issued earlier so that actual work could have commenced by now, but the tender process was delayed due to festivities and the model code of conduct for the Assembly elections,” said a senior JTDC official.

More than 6,000 visitors, including morning walkers, use the Kanke Dam park every day. It has a jogger’s track of nearly 400m, facilities for a light and sound show, space for a food court, restaurant, a landscaped garden, toilets, children’s play area, and a shed.

The play area will be renovated and enhanced, JTDC sources said. There will be a musical fountain, boating and water sports facilities, new joyrides, landscaping, open gyms, an area designated as a rain forest, an urban haat (market), in addition to theatres and connectivity with an existing rock garden.

“Musical fountain and laser show facilities need proper maintenance which the JTDC is unable to do, resulting in regular complaints from visitors,” said a senior JTDC official. “This is the reason behind outsourcing the project to a private agency so that existing facilities are maintained property and additional features attract more tourists.” JTDC officials also promised there would be parking bays.