Uber goes full throttle in Jamshedpur.

Source – telegraphindia.com

App-based taxi service Uber on Tuesday announced the launch of its operations in Jamshedpur, making it the 58th city in India where people can book rides by downloading the Uber app on their smartphones.

The steel city is the second city in Jharkhand, after Ranchi, where the American company has launched its services.

Jamshedpur reported one of the fastest adoptions of the Uber service in comparison to all new Uber city launches in 2019 since the soft launch — with very few cars — of operations here in December last year.

In Ranchi, Uber had launched its services in April last year.

For now, steel city users can only book UberGo, the lowest in the category of rides in terms of quality and size of cars that the company offers.

Ratul Ghosh, head of Uber, East India and Bangladesh, who was present at the launch function at a Bistupur-based hotel, said the company plans to soon launch UberPremier (bigger and better cars than UberGo) and UberIntercity service between Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

“We believe that the introduction of our service in this city will provide riders a reliable and economical travel solution to fully experience the city,” Ghosh said.

“Major areas in and around the city, including Jugsalai, Sonari, Golmuri, Gamharia, Chhota Govindpur to the serene Dimna Lake, are now accessible on UberGo.”

The launch, he added, “will help us in providing convenient mobility options to riders as well as create micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for those who sign up as driver-partners in the steel city”.

Uber has around 600 vehicles in Jharkhand and the intercity service between Jamshedpur and Ranchi is expected to be rolled out by April this year, he said.

Ghosh said that in the past one year, Uber has introduced various safety features such as pin verification for extra security, ride check for proactive help, call anonymity to protect the privacy of riders, background checks of drivers, reminders to check one’s ride before boarding, and 24/7 safety helpline for any urgent assistance during the trip.

Damp to give way to dry chill.

Source – telegraphindia.com

Several parts of the state, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, were rainy from Wednesday to Thursday, the untimely showers causing days to get colder and nights warmer .

However, weathermen have predicted a dry Friday with a mercury freefall.

However, Data revealed that light to moderate rain occurred at most places over Jharkhand in the past 24 hours (8.30am Wednesday to 8.30am Thursday).

Simdega recorded 32.8mm, the heaviest rain in the state. Ranchi and Torpa (in Ranchi district) recorded 18.5mm of rain. Hindgir (again Ranchi district), Ramgarh, Pakuria (Pakur district), Latehar, Hazaribagh, Tenughat (Bokaro district) were among places that saw rainfall of 10mm each.

Moderate to dense fog was observed at places including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and other parts of Kolhan. Dense fog reduced surface visibility soon after the sunrise around 6.30am. Shallow and moderate fog prevailed till afternoon at many places.

Director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre S.D. Kotal said a cyclonic circulation over central parts of south Uttar Pradesh persisted and extended up to 1.5km above mean sea level. A trough also existing 0.9km above mean sea level.

Kotal, however, predicted dry weather and a dip in mercury from Friday.

Ranchi Met Centre predicted fall of four to five notches in night readings in the next 72 hours. Shallow to moderate fog would also prevail in many pockets of Jharkhand during the next 48 hours.

Ranchi on Thursday recorded a minimum temperature of 13.1°C, three notches above normal. On Wednesday, Ranchi had recorded a minimum of 9.2°C. Jamshedpur clocked a minimum of 15.7°C, five notches above normal. On Wednesday, the steel city had recorded a minimum of 11.8°C Daltonganj on Thursday clocked a night reading of 14.5°C against Wednesday 10.1°C. Thursday’s night reading in Daltonganj was five notches above normal.Tags

Sweaters team up with raincoats in Jharkhand.

Source – telegraphindia.com

Chilly, foggy and wet. Jharkhand woke up to a freaky Thursday, with the weather god showering unseasonal rain at many places, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

Kuru in Lohardaga district topped the rain-o-meter with 28mm while the IMD observatory in capital Ranchi recorded over 20mm of rain.

Ramgarh, Hindgir (Ranchi district), Putki (Dhanbad district), Dhanbad town and Tenughat (Bokaro district) recorded around 10mm rain in the past 24 hours (between 8.30am of Wednesday and 8.30am of Thursday).

Intermittent rain was also reported from Bokaro, Khunti, Chaibasa and places in Seraikela-Kharsawan. Steel city Jamshedpur also saw light intermittent showers.

The weather conditions resulted in an interesting temperature flip-flop. Maximum or day readings came down by 4-6°C notches below normal , while minimum or night readings rose due to formation of clouds and heavy moisture inflow into the atmosphere.

Ranchi on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 16°C against Wednesday’s 19.7 °C. Thursday’s day reading was four notches below normal. In Jamshedpur, the day reading dropped to 19.4°C on Thursday, five notches below normal. On Wednesday, the IMD observatory here had recorded day temperature of 24.9°C. Day temperature also saw a fall in several other districts, including Daltonganj, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribgah, Koderma and other districts in Santhal Pargana.

Minimum temperatures hovered between 12 to 15 °C (three to four notches above normal) in most parts of the state on Thursday.

S.C. Mandal, the acting director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre, predicted an improvement in weather condition from Friday. “Light rains will be experienced in several pockets till late in the night today (Thursday). But, we are expecting dry weather from Fridat as the impact of the anti-cyclone prevailing over Jharkhand and neighbouring Chhattisgarh would wane, ” he said.

The weatherman extended the forecast of shallow to moderate fog for the next 48 hours.

Residents scurried for cover as the day temperature saw a plunge. I prefered to stay indoors while my husband wore a raincoat to office,” said Purnima Singh, a homemaker in Sonari.

Train timings hit

The prevailing cold wave in northern parts of India has thrown into disarray the schedules of many long-distance trains coming to Tatanagar from New Delhi and other destinations.

Thursday’s Rajdhani Express between New Delhi and Bhubaneswar via Tatanagar ran 10 hours late. The schedule arrival time of Rajdhani Express at Tatanagar is 10.30am but the train was expected to reach around 9pm.

The Puri-bound Purushottam Superfast Express, scheduled to reach Tatanagar at 8pm, was also late by three hours. The Haridwar to Puri Utkal Kalinga Express was also running late for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Against its correct arrival time of 8.20pm the train was expected at Tatanagar on Thursday around 10.30pm.

The New Delhi-Puri

Neelanchal Express fared no better. Against its arrival time of 7.30am on Thursday, it reached Tatanagar at 2.30pm. The Amritsar-Tata Jammu-Tawi Express, scheduled to reach Tatanagar at 10.30am, reached at 1.30pm, after a delay of three hours.

Railway authorities blamed the fog and cold wave for the delays.

Jharkhand polls: Campaigning ends for second phase.

Source – indiatoday.in

The campaigning for the second of the five-phase Jharkhand assembly elections scheduled to be held on Saturday ended on Thursday, officials said.

Of the 20 seats, polling will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 18 seats, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two seats — East Jamshedpur and West Jamshedpur.

Sixteen of the 20 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) and one for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates.

There are a total of 260 candidates in the fray including 29 women.

The highest number of candidates are in East Jamshedpur and West Jamshedpur with 20 on each seat while Seraikela has the least number – seven candidates.

The second phase of the Jharkhand assembly polls will decide the fate of heavyweights in the state.

The constituencies comprise all 14 seats in the Kolhan division and another 6 in South Chottanagpur division. Kolhan is a stronghold of the JMM if the results of 2014 are taken into consideration. Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “wave”, JMM had won eight seats.

The focus is on the Jamshedpur East seat from where Chief Minister Raghubar Das is contesting. He is pitted against his old cabinet colleague Saryu Rai and Congress spokesperson Gaurabh Vallabh.

The 20 seats which will go to the polls in this phase are in Maoist infested areas.

In the second phase, besides Chief Minister Raghubar Das, more than half of the candidates in the fray are VIPs.

Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Dinesh Oraon, Urban Development Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda, Water Resources Minister Ramchandra Sahis, former Cabinet Minister Saryu Rai and state BJP president Laxman Giluwa are in the fray.

Jailed Maoist commander Kundan Pahan is contesting from the Tamar assembly seat.

The BJP has fielded its candidates on 20 seats which include 2 female candidates, the Congress has pitted 6 candidates, the AJSU 12 candidates including 2 women contenders, the JVM 20 candidates including 4 female candidates and the JMM 14 contenders including one woman candidate.

TMH first Jharkhand hospital to get Bone Marrow Transplant facility.

Source – avenuemail.in

TV Narendran, CEO and MD, Tata Steel today inaugurated the recently established 2 bed Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility at the JGMH Block of Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in the presence of R Ravi Prasad, President Tata Workers’ Union. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel and Air Marshal (Dr) Rajan Chaudhry, AVSM, VSM (Retd.), General Manager (Medical Services) were also present on the occasion.

The BMT facility – the only one its kind in Jharkhand and one of the few in the Eastern region – is a standalone dedicated facility which would bring international level care to patients from Jharkhand and adjoining areas at reasonably affordable rates. A team led by eminent Medical Oncologist Dr (Brig) Anil Kumar Dhar, ably supported by the departments of Medical Oncology, Pathology, Critical Care and Nursing under the guidance of Dr. Rajan Chaudhry has already conducted a successful transplant for a complicated case of Lymphoma. The transplant has given new lease of life to the patient.

Narendran said, “TMH has been selflessly serving the community in and around Jamshedpur for more than a hundred years. The addition of the Bone Marrow Treatment facility is a testament to the continuous effort to bring in advanced treatment for cancer care. The new facility addresses the complete ecosystem involving the entire ecosystem involving infrastructure, medical resources and research with the objective to offer state-of-the-art treatment to patients.”

R Ravi Prasad said, “With advanced treatment such as Bone Marrow Transplant now available in Jamshedpur, patients from this region will no longer need to travel across the country for such facilities. It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that a successful transplant has already taken place. I congratulate the entire TMH team on this momentous occasion and wish them all the best in their efforts to alleviate the pain and suffering of cancer patients.”

Bone Marrow Transplant is a therapeutic treatment modality which is a boon for patients of leukemia (blood cancer), lymphomas (malignancies of the lymph nodes) and multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow itself). It is also the only curative therapy for non-malignant disorders like Thalassemia and Sickle cell anemia which are endemic in this part of the country. BMT is a procedure in which the diseased bone marrow is destroyed and replaced by healthy bone marrow or stem cells transplanted from healthy cells of the patient or a matched donor.

Chhath tale of Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

Source – telegraphindia.com

Civic bodies in both Ranchi and Jamshedpur are racing against time to deck up the ghats ahead of the four-day Chhath that begins from Thursday with Nahay Khay.

While heavy rains of last week and subsequent immersion of Kali and Chitragupta idols have increased the workload of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), the steel city is comparatively better placed with most major ghats in the final stages of being spruced up for the biggest festival of Jharkhand and Bihar.

“We have deputed our enforcement teams at major ghats to prevent dumping of puja paraphernalia,” RMC CEO Manoj Kumar said on Wednesday. “We are planning to depute guards at night from today at the major ghats. We are working against time to prepare the ghats as heavy rains, garbage-choked drains and dumping of idols and puja paraphernalia have compounded our problems. Despite the odds we are trying to prepare the ghats in the best possible manner for the devotees by Saturday,” he said.

Saturday is Pehli Arghya, when devotees offer prayers to the setting sun while standing in water.

Ranchi has nearly 60 ghats where devotees offer prayers to the sun god during Chhath. Some of the major ponds are Bada Talab, Karamtoli Talab, Line Tank Talab, Jail Mor Talab, Batan Talab, Hatania Talab and Kanke Lake.

“We are trying our best to clear the Ranchi Bada Talab of massive growth of water hyacinth,” Kumar said. “We have pressed into service nearly 15 heavy vehicles and 150 workers to clear the water hyacinth ahead of the festivity. Similarly, workers have been deputed to clean the other major ponds on a war footing under the supervision of specially constituted 10-member team of senior officials. We have appealed to all the (53) ward councillors to spread the message for cooperation in cleaning the ghats.”

The RMC will also be putting up bamboo made structures to demarcate danger zones at the ponds by Saturday morning, said an RMC health division official.

The roughly 30 ghats on the Subernarekha and Kharkai rivers and ponds across the steel city are a tad better prepared.

“We are taking help of (Tata Steel subsidiary) Jusco and other corporate groups (which maintain ponds in their areas) and also employing our resources to clean the ghats,” said Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) city manager Sonal Singh. “We had done the cleaning of the ghats completely after Durga Puja. However, after Kali Puja and Lakshmi Puja, puja paraphernalia and idols had to be cleaned again from the ghats which we are continuing till today (Wednesday). We hope to clean all the ghats by this evening.”

The JNAC will also install facilities such as changing rooms and mobile toilets at the major ghats. “Corporate groups and Jusco will be putting up lights at the major ghats. The approach roads to the ghats have been levelled,” Sonal Singh added.

Danger spots at the ghats will be demarcated with red and white tapes by Saturday morning.

Coal town ready

Dhanbad Municipal Corporation has completed clean-up operations at almost all the 90 ponds of the coal town except the historic Raja Talab of Jharia and Khokhan Talab of Hirapur.

Dhanbad mayor Chandrashekhar Agarwal, who inspected Raja Talab on Wednesday afternoon, said: “We faced some problem due to huge amount of hyacinth in the pond, but we will hopefully make it ready for Chhath by tomorrow (Thursday).”

Jharkhand CM celebrates Diwali in Jamshedpur, performs rituals on Gobardhan Puja.

Source – avenuemail.in

Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das celebrated ‘festival of lights’ Diwali with spouse Rukmini Devi, son Lalit Das and daughter-in-law and family members at Agrico area on Sunday. He met well-wishers and extended warm wishes to the people. The Chief Minister prayed for the welfare of the State.

On Monday, Das performed rituals to mark Govardhan Puja. After the rituals, he inspected several areas under his Legislative Assembly Area Jamshedpur East. Das, who was in city to celebrate Diwali, went to various areas in Burmamines and personally interacted with residents and took stock of development schemes. According to information, he asked authorities to focus on cleanliness of the areas.

He went to Raghubarnagar and met with locals. Talking to local citizens he said that the Government is dedicated towards development of State with special focus on cleanliness and infrastructure. He said that the people are reaping the benefits of the several welfare schemes is his Government’s priority.

 Das further added that the government would work efficiently in bringing speedy development, providing basic amenities and improving policing. He also said that ensuring corruption free governance will be his foremost priority. He also emphasised that his government would be accountable and ensure rapid development by utilising the abundance of natural resources.

Chief Minister’s legislative assembly area representative, Pawan Agarwal said that the Chief Minister has sought a report on two acre vacant land at Raghubarnagar. He asked local authorities to prepare a report so that the land can be used to develop G+ 8 residential areas for the needy families.  

Meanwhile the Chief Minister also visited several Kali Puja Pandals and sought blessings. The festival of lights, Diwali, also marks the beginning for worship  of deity, Goddess Kali. Festivities and enthusiasm for Kali Puja in city is same as seen for Diwali. Performing the Puja with faith devotees seek

protection against drought and war and blessings of general happiness, health and prosperity.

In Jamshedpur a number of Kali Puja pandals were constructed for the occasion. On Sunday the pandals were inaugurated amidst enthusiasm.

“Kali puja is also an important occasion for us and every year we look forward to celebrate in traditionally. A massive pandal have been constructed for the occasion. The festival is usually celebrated

during the Diwali,” Tapas Sen, senior functionary of Five Star Kali Puja Committee in Pursudih.

He said that though the pomp and show during Durga Puja is much higher but the devotion and festivities for Kali Puja are none the less. Meanwhile a number of Kali puja pandals have been constructed at Sonari, Burmamines and Pursudih.

Mad rush among Congress, JMM MLAs in Jharkhand to join BJP.

Source – indiatoday.in

Speculations are rife that three MLAs from the Congress and three MLAs from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) camp may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on October 23.

The reports come just ahead of formal announcement for Assembly elections in Jharkhand.

It may come as a jolt for the Congress and JMM. The list doing rounds in political circles includes the name of former state Congress president and MLA from Lohardagga Sukhdev Bhagat, formidable MLA from Barhi (Hazaribag) Manoj Yadav and Badal Patralekh from Jarmundi (Dumka).

The JMM is also said to face desertion.

MLA from Bahragora Kunal Sarangi (Jamshedpur), Chamra Linda from Bishunpur (Gumla) and MLA from Mandu (Ramgarh) JP Patel are likely to join the BJP on Wednesday.

The Congress had nine MLAs. The party will be reduced to six if the three MLAs make their way to join the BJP. Similarly, the JMM will also be left with 16 MLAs if the three MLAs say goodbye to the party.

Most of the MLAs could not be contacted. Their phones are either switched off or not reachable hinting at them joining a new party.

Kunal Sarangi has confirmed that he will join the BJP. He said that he has no differences with Hemant Soren and will continue to enjoy a very good personal rapport with him in future.

The MLAs and many leaders aspiring for a good career in politics see prospects and a bright future for themselves in the BJP.


Source – skymetweather.com

Many parts of Jharkhand have observed light to moderate rain and thundershowers during the last 24 hours. The capital city of Ranchi recorded 37 mm rain, while 17 mm of rainfall was recorded in Daltonganj from 8:30 am on Saturday. Meanwhile, traces of rain have been recorded over Jamshedpur.

All these weather conditions were a result of the Cyclonic Circulation over the east-central parts of Madhya Pradesh along with an Anti-Cyclone over North Bay of Bengal off Gangetic West Bengal Coast. The same system is feeding moisture from the Bay of Bengal over Jharkhand and adjoining region.

According to our meteorologists, the above systems would remain intact for another 24 to 36 hours and bring more moderate rain and thundershowers for the state.

After 24 to 36 hours, rains would taper over the region, however, moderate spells of rain would keep lashing South Jharkhand for another 3-4 days.

Meanwhile, the capital city of Ranchi would observe comfortable yet humid weather along with moderate rain for another 24 hours. The highest relative humidity will be around 95%, while minimum around 75%.

These rains would reduce slightly after 24 hours. However, another spell of moderate rain is likely between October 23 and 25. Rains during this time would occur mostly during the late afternoon or early evening hours. The day temperatures would settle between 27 and 29-degree Celcius, while minimums would be somewhere close to 18 degree Celcius.

Not only Ranchi, but many other places like Jamshedpur, Bokaro, and Gumla in Jharkhand stand a chance to see post Monsoon showers for the next few days.

Jharkhand lynching case: Murder charge reimposed against 11 accused of killing Tabrez Ansari

Source: hindustantimes.com

The Jharkhand police on Wednesday reimposed section 302 of the Indian Penal Code ( murder) in a supplementary charge sheet filed against 11 accused in a case involving the mob lynching of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari in Dhatkidih village under Seraikela police station (PS) on the night of June 17-18 this year, district police officials said.

Police also pressed the same charge against two others accused in the case.

The police dropped the charge of murder in the first charge sheet submitted in the Seraikela court on July 23 and charged the 11 jailed accused under section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) citing the autopsy report and viscera report that mentioned cardiac arrest as the cause of Ansari’s death on June 22.

Ansari died during treatment at Seraikela Sadar Hospital, four days after he was brutally beaten up by an angry mob for allegedly trying to burgle the house of Kamal Mahato in Dhatkidih village during the intervening night of June 17 and 18. He was handed over to the police by villagers on June 18 and sent to jail the same day. His thrashing was captured on a video.

The absence of the murder charge in the original charge sheet prompted outrage; the police were already under fire for not admitting a clearly injured Ansari in hospital soon after it apprehended him.

“Seraikela police submitted a supplementary charge sheet in Setaikela court today under section 302 of the IPC after ongoing investigation against two more accused was completed. Since the second autopsy report has further elaborated and pinpointed cause of death and the forensic report has also confirmed the integrity of the lynching video, section 302 of IPC has also been re-imposed against all the 11 jailed accused,” said Navin Kumar, South Chotanagpur inspector general of police (IGP).

Kolhan DIG Kuldeep Dwivedi in a statement on Wednesday said that viscera report from forensic science laboratory (FSL), Chandigarh, attributed Ansari’s death to cardiac arrest but added that it did not pinpoint the exact cause of death.

The police got another an autopsy test done by a board of doctors of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH) in Jamshedpur, he added.

This showed that the cardiac arrest was caused by heart chambers filling with blood as a result of the beating he received, he explained in the statement. “The forensic report of the lynching video also confirmed its integrity and stated that no tampering was done with the video, therefore, section 302 is being imposed against all the 13 accused.”

Ansari’s widow Sahista Parveen expressed her happiness that the murder charge has been reimposed against all the accused but sought a CBI investigation into the case.

“This is victory of our fight for justice. Imposing section 302 sure has sparked hope for justice but I still demand a CBI probe so that the culprits can’t escape by any chance. I want all of them to be hanged to death,” Parveen said.