MS Dhoni determined in setting up a cricket academy in Ranchi.

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While the Indian cricket team keeps scaling new heights each time they take the field in all the formats of the game, veteran MS Dhoni’s speculation on making a comeback is still dominating the news. It remains under a cloud of uncertainty whether the 38-year old will retake the field or the semi-final game against the Kiwis in the World Cup 2019 was his swansong.

However, Dhoni has remained in touch with the sport outside the field as well and is reportedly determined to open an academy in his hometown of Ranchi. The wicketkeeper-batsman is set to fulfill his desire of opening a center of learning in Ranchi where aspiring cricketers can harness their skills to make it big.

As reported by Times Now, Arka sports, an organization of Dhoni’s long-time friend Mihir Diwakar, has been searching for a piece of land and considering all goes as planned, the academy could be fully set up in two years. Besides that, the reports also say that they also have the option of tying up the academy with a local school.

The source was quoted as saying “Aarka Sports, a company of Dhoni’s childhood friend and manager Mihir Diwakar, has been looking for a piece of land to open an academy and if all goes as per plan, we shall see an academy in the city in the next couple of years,”. The Ranchi-born batsman has also established academies in Indore, Delhi, Patna, Bokaro, Nagpur, Varanasi. An academy is also planned to be built in Siliguri.

Ravi Shastri firm on letting MS Dhoni decide on his future

Speaking of Dhoni’s immediate future, coach Ravi Shastri was crystal clear in his words, conceding that the former captain has earned the right to retire from the game as desired. He also criticized the people calling for his retirement and hailed him for what he has achieved for the nation.

Shastri said, “Half the guys commenting on Dhoni can’t even tie their shoelaces. Look at what he’s achieved for the country. Why are people in a hurry to see him off? Maybe, they don’t find enough talking points,” Shastri said. “Let me say this: M.S. Dhoni has earned the right to retire when he wants to. And let this debate end once and for all”.

Three Bokaro sites to be tourist spots


With an aim to promote tourism and boost revenue generations, Garga Dam, Satanpur Hill and Bhandaridah in Bokaro district have been selected to be developed as tourist spots.

This decision was taken in the district level meeting of Tourism Promotion Committee headed by Bokaro Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar.

These three selected sites will be inspected soon by a committee and after inspection, one of these three proposed tourists destinations will be developed immediately, said Kumar adding “The remaining two destinations will also be developed later.” Besides giving a boost to economic activities, this tourist destination will give people living in the surrounding districts a chance to spend a few moments of leisure with nature too, he said.

This will work towards the collective goal of fostering visitor’s enjoyment and earning money for the respective destinations as well as for the local people residing within the catchment’s areas, said an official. Tourism is more effective than other industries in generating employment and income in the less developed often-outlying regions of a country where alternative opportunities for development are more limited, he said. It could have positive impacts on the local communities. Like other export industries, tourism can flow huge revenue to the government, creates an individual’s business turnover, household income and employment, said the official.

Not only Bokaro but entire Jharkhand has tremendous tourism potential considering its demography, rich ancient tribal culture and wildlife sanctuary. Blessed with nature’s unlimited bounty and blessings like hills, mountains, forests, and waterfalls, Jharkhand makes for a perfect holiday destination.Tourism must be utilized as a vehicle for economic development, he said.

During the meeting, Triloki Nath Singh representative of local MP PN Singh, Sushant representative of Minister of tourism, PBN Singh Tourism Officer-in-charge, Vikash Kumar Hembram District Public Relations Officer along with other executive engineers were present.

Jharkhand school lessons on bolt safety


ightning, which kills over 130 people in Jharkhand on an average every year, will be a part of the academic curriculum in over 2,000 government schools from the next session.

A proposal by the disaster management department to include lightning and related safety parameters in the syllabus has been accepted by the state executive committee, which, led by chief secretary D.K. Tiwari, coordinates and monitoring its many initiatives.

“The executive committee will hold a final discussion, primarily the nitty-gritty, at its meeting soon. After that the chief secretary will issue formal guidelines,” said Manish Kumar Tiwari, joint secretary, home, prisons and disaster management.

Sources said the executive committee meeting would have senior bureaucrats of various departments, including principal secretary of school education and literacy A. P. Singh, who will be a special invitee since the proposal deals with his domain.

“The meeting is scheduled to discuss threadbare details like contents of the proposed chapter on lightning and the subject under which the chapter would be included for teaching in classes 8, 9 and 10. The subject will be introduced from the 2020-21 academic session,” said an official.

The state disaster management department will also be sending directives to deputy commissioners of all 24 districts, asking them to disseminate information on lightning safety during assembly in schools.

“Deputy commissioners of Bokaro and Hazaribagh have already started talking about the dos and don’ts on lightning safety during assembly at state-owned primary, middle and high schools. We would like other districts to do the same,” said Tiwari.

The state disaster management authority, which functions under the department, is planning to launch its own GPS-based software project to prevent casualties arising out of lightning strikes.

Officials said the software, designed by Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAPIT), aims to issue alerts to people in lightning-prone areas based on inputs from Ranchi Met office.

“The software will automatically send text messages to smart phones in the area (the phones need to switch on their location service) asking users to take precautionary measures. Our motto is to curb casualties. We are planning to roll it out on Independence Day,” Tiwari said.

Bokaro gets double boost for economy


nion minister of petroleum and natural gas and steel Dharmendra Pradhan and chief minister Raghubar Das on Sunday jointly laid the foundation stone of two projects worth Rs 350 crore of Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) in Bokaro, including a Rs 100-crore LPG bottling plant and a Rs 250-crore petroleum, oils and lubricants (POL) depot, during an event held at the Library Ground here.

Pradhan also promised to expand Bokaro Steel and bridge the “distance” between the steel major and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the industrial district.

The LPG bottling project, to come up on 20 acres provided by Jharkhand government to BPCL in a plot of the Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority at Balidih, would be completed by September 2020. The POL depot, to come up on 77.5 acres at Radhanagar is likely to be ready by 2022.

Jharkhand’s existing 101 LPG distributors currently get supplies from Durgapur and Patna LPG plants. Once the Balidih bottling plant is ready, these distributors and 53 more will get supplies from here.

Right now, there are three supply depots of BPCL in Jharkhand — Dhanbad, Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

Pradhan said: “The two projects will generate employment for 1,000 people.” He also announced investments worth Rs 10,000 crore in Jharkhand for the near future.

Pradhan spoke about the expansion of Bokaro Steel in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to increase India’s steel production from the existing 108MT to 300MT by 2030. BSL at present has a capacity of 5.6MT. Pradhan said BSL’s expansion would be carried out on the lines of Jamshedpur (Tata Steel and Tata Motors).

On problems being faced by MSMEs in Bokaro, he said his ministry had taken note of the issue. “I assure you that Bokaro Steel will have to walk along with local industries. Our officials have made enquiries about the distance between BSL and local industries. Major industries like BSL will have to give preference to products of local industries for the area’s development,” he said.

The Telegraph on July 19 and again on August 10 this year had highlighted the problems faced by over 250 MSMEs in Bokaro.

CM Das said that apart from these two projects, 47 investors who had signed MoUs at the global investor summit in Ranchi in 2017 would “invest Rs 4,303 crore on different projects in Bokaro”. “These will provide jobs to more than 20,000 people soon.”

Das added that under PM Ujjwala Yojana, they would distribute second LPG cylinders to 43 lakh women of the state before September 30. Before that, 13 lakh more women will get their first LPG cylinder. At present, 30 lakh women in Jharkhand have one cylinder.

Government nod for 30 bed ESIC hospital in Bokaro


Bokaro will soon get an Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital which will offer medicine at subsidised rates and provide out-patient and in-patient facilities at a nominal cost.

Establishment of an ESIC Hospital at Bokaro was a much awaited demand of the locals. Jharkhand Government has finally given its nod to erect the 30-bed hospital, the tender for which will be floated soon, informed an official.

“Over 70,000 workers and their families are associated with ESIC at Bokaro and they are not being able to avail the health benefits under the scheme as ESIC does not have its own hospital at Bokaro,” said SK Verma President of BMS.

“The move may help decongest private and government hospitals in the district. It will also reduce healthcare cost for millions by easing dependence on private-run medical facilities,” he said.

The Government has taken this decision on the initiative of Bermo MLA Yogeshwar Mahato Batul, who raised the issue in state assembly, claimed Ranjan Mahato an MLA supporter and party worker.

Meanwhile, run by labour ministry ESIC has over 150 hospitals and 1,500 dispensaries across the country which are catering to the healthcare need of industrial workers (who are subscribers of the corporation), said an official requesting anonymity.

The hospital will provide the out-patient facility to common people at just Rs 10 per visit, for in-patient treatment, it will charge one-fourth of what CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) hospitals charges, he informed.

The ESI Act applies to organisations where 10 or more persons are employed and all employees drawing salary up to Rs 21,000.

Under the Act eligible employees contribute 1.75 percent of their salary (basic+ allowances) and employers contribute 4.75 percent to the ESI corpus every month. Now the Government had recently sought an amendment of the Draft Rules concerning ESI contribution. The Gazette Notification dated February, 15, 2019 proposes a reduction in both the employees’ and employers’ ESI contribution towards the scheme which would be 4 percent–for the employers and 1 percent–for employees.

“Recently ESIC has taken a decision to set up one super speciality hospital in each State,” said the official.

Land Issues – JMM youth wing leader shot in Bokaro

BOKARO: Four motorbike-borne miscreants shot dead Amit Manjhi, district president of the Jharkhand Chatra Yuva Morcha (JCYM), students wing of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), while he was on his way to residence at Adarsh Cooperative under Sector-XII police station here on Saturday night. Land dispute with local builders is said to be the reason behind his murder.

Police have arrested three accused whom the kin of the deceased have named in the FIR soon after his murder. The incident has sparked off protest among JMM workers, who assembled at the Bokaro General Hospital (BGH) in large numbers and raised anti-slogans against district police demanding arrest of the murderers soon.

JMM leaders, including Basant Soren, youngest son of party chief Shibu Soren, and the state president of JCYM, Dumri MLA Jagarnath Mahto have given a 24-hour ultimatum to the district police officials to solve the case and arrest criminals or else the party workers will launch an agitation.

Based on the complaint lodged by elder brother of the deceased, Karamchand Manjhi, police have arrested Manoj Pandey, Virender Yadav and Pinto Singh alias Druv Kumar Singh from their homes. Pinto is a resident of Sector-VI, Yadav resides in Chas and Pandey is from Sector-XII. “We are interrogating the trio – all involbed in land business – to bring the truth. A few days ago, they have entered in an altercation with Manjhi because he was opposing them from leveling lands at Satanpur,” he said.

According to sources, the incident occurred on Saturday night when Manjhi was riding his motorbike on his way back home. The miscreants opened fire on his running motorbike following which he fell down. Manjhi struggled to escape but criminals again shot him dead. The local police reached the spot after residents informed them about the gun firing and recovered Manjhi’s body lying in a pool of blood around 300 meters from his motorbike near Adarsh Cooperative.

Police also found two country-made pistols along with two used cartridges from the spot. Criminals have shot four bullets on his head, hand and back side. Manjhi, son of a retired Bokaro Steel Ltd employee, was a resident of Bharat Ekta Cooperative. Before the incident, he had food at a makeshift shop with his father Jaleshwar Manjhi and mother in Sector XII/C Shopping Center. Later, he went alone saying that he will reach home soon.

Karamchand said two days ago, Pinto had called him on his phone and told him to stop Manjhi from interfering their business or it will be bad for him. However, a month ago Virender and Manjhi also had a fight over a land issue of which FIR has been lodged with the police station. “These builders were leveling a land which is worship place of tribal and Manjhi has stopped them doing so. This has developed enmity against Manjhi for them,” said Karmchand.

Basant Soren said, “The incident is very unfortunate. Manjhi was a good student leader and helped poors and so he has been targeted by land mafias. “The JMM has taken the incident very seriously and we will not remain quiet until each of the criminals will be sent behind bars,” he said. Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said it was a planned murder following a land dispute. Police have arrested three accused and raids are on to nab other absconding person.

Probe reports point to land loot in Bokaro

  1. Bari cooperative colony,
  2. Manmohan Singh cooperative,
  3. Adarsh cooperative,
  4. Sattan hillocks,
  5. Chira Chas, Chas,
  6. Jogidih colony and
  7. Kuer Singh colony

The spectre of a land scam has raised its head in Bokaro with outgoing deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal saying that non-transferable land in various areas might have been sold off illegally by government officials.

This comes at a time a multi-crore scam involving 800 acres of non-transferable state and private land has rocked Deoghar.

In August, Kaushal had ordered an inquiry after laying hands on incriminating documents that suggest illegal sale of at least 20 acres at Bari cooperative colony, Manmohan Singh cooperative, Adarsh cooperative, Sattan hillocks, Chira Chas, Chas, Jogidih and Kuer Singh colony. The DC had formed a team, comprising deputy collectors and Chas (Bokaro) SDO Sudhir Ranjan, to conduct preliminary investigations.

The team inspected the sites under scanner and detected irregularities in allotment of land, including gair majrua, tribal land and forestland. They found out that even the Garga riverbed has been encroached upon.

“A massive land loot cannot be ruled out in Bokaro. But I do not want to take any measure in haste. Rather, all documents of the disputed land must be studied thoroughly first. If foul play is detected, an eviction drive will be carried out and the plots handed over to their rightful owners,” Kaushal, who has been transferred to Ramgarh as DC, said.

“But as I have been transferred, the ball will be now in the new deputy commissioner’s court,” he added.

Asked whether his transfer had anything to do with exposure of the land scam, the DC said: “No comments. It’s the prerogative of the government.”

Incidentally, the land controversy at Bari cooperative and nearby areas first broke in 2005-06 during the tenure of former deputy commissioner Amrendra Partap Singh (now industries secretary). Singh had also ordered an inquiry, but the matter was swept under the carpet soon after his transfer. Reports of illegal land dealings have also come from another posh locality, Lohanchal cooperative, prompting the deputy commissioner to stop the ongoing registration process of land there.

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Beware of land scammers: Bokaro DC

BOKARO: Taking a note of a steep rise in incidents of land scams that dupe many people, Bokaro deputy commissioner Uma Shanker Singh on Wednesday urged the residents to verify land-related documents from the government office concerned before buying flats or houses from builders and real estate agents.
TNN | Feb 20, 2014, 10.07AM IST

Singh made this appeal after a fresh case of land scam was busted in an inquiry constituted by him. A builder launching housing project named Golden City in Chas block has allegedly duped more than 100 people for a sum of about Rs 3 crore. The company had purchased 71 acres of land, but sold a chunk of more than 10 acres on the basis of fake documents.

After receiving complaints from the residents, Singh constituted an inquiry headed by Chas circle officer Naresh Soni and special officer Krishna Kumar. They found that the builder has fraudulently sold land to the residents showing fake sale deed and agreements. Singh said that a notice was sent to the builders asking them to present documents before the officials, but they failed to appear before the panel. However, when residents started demanding their money back, the builder threatened them with dire consequences.

The accused have been identified as Sushil Kumar Singh, Sunil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, Anil Kumar and five others. “Based on the report, I have directed the officials to take strict legal action against the accused. We have also asked the police to take necessary measures to ensure that those cheated by the builder get their money back,” said Singh. He also urged the people of the district to “verify land status before purchasing flats or bungalows from builders or middlemen. Do not keep your eyes closed while buying houses as it will make you suffer”

Bokaro has witnessed many lands scam cases in which builders first acquire lands in an unauthorized manner and then sell it to residents. Singh also warned builders to not to indulge in such unfair practices because they are not being spared if caught someday. Rising population and rapid industrialization has inflated land prices and boosted the real estate business here.