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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The newly created Jharkhand state is situated in the southern part of Bihar on the north, West Bengal on the south, Madhya Pradesh on the west and Orissa on the south.  Jharkhand accounts for the 45% of former Bihar’s geographical area.  About 28 per cent of the population of this area are tribal.

Jharkhand’s economy is sustained by mining and heavy industry.  It is India’s second most important source of coal, mining 26% of the total.  Jharkhand has rich reserves of iron ore and coal.  The largest four cities are Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Ranchi, and Bokaro Steel City.

Prominent tourist centers are Belta National Park (Palaman), Ichagarh Bird Sanctuary, Nehru Zoological Garden (Bokaro), Bhagwan Birsa Zoological Gardens (Ranchi), Tata Steel Zoo (Jamshedpur), Birsa Deer Sanctuary, Tatoloi hot water system (Dumka).


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Expressing its deep concern at the recurrence of violence in Nandigram, the CPM today said those who continue to project the trouble in Nandigram as a land issue were deliberately covering up disruptive activities aimed at the physical elimination of poli (Maoists Behind Violence: Cpm , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

None of the 55 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) inked between the Jharkhand Government and private firms last year have been operationalised yet, but Chief Minister Madhu Koda is eyeing for more. (Infrastructure, Naxal Nightmare Don’T Interrupt Koda’S Dreams, Indian Express, Manoj Prasad, Nov 08, 2007)

Maoists are exploring newer ways to intensify the people's war by increasing their mass base across the country. (Indian Maoists: Changing Tactics , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

What started off as a violent agitation against a rumour of land acquisition in Nandigram block in West Bengal’s East Midnapore (Purba Medinipur) district 10 months ago has, in fact, taken the form of a struggle for turf control between the . . . . (Fanning The Flames In Nandigram, Frontline, SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

The Railways seemingly continues to thrive on "Lalunomics", as it is the LJP now, on the pattern of the RJD, that is targeting this biggest public sector unit(PSU) to ferry its supporters from Bihar and Jharkhand during its proposed rally. . . (Now, Ljp Wants To Use Railways For Its Rally , Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Nov 06, 2007)

The spectre that haunts India has claimed fresh victims even as the Government seems utterly clueless as to how to tame it. There is no end to the spate of terror unleashed by the Maoist menace, with 16 policemen who died on November 1 in . . . . (Maoists On Rampage, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

The reaction of 10 High Courts to the Judges (Inquiry) Bill envisaging the National Judicial Council (NJC) is quite interesting. (Special Article, Statesman, DEBAKI NANDAN MANDAL, Nov 06, 2007)

Mohammed Tauheer, a poor office helper, fought back tears as he was shown the door at a police station where his sons were being questioned after a rescue operation for child workers. (Police Action Exposes Child Workers’ Plight , Dawn, Parul Gupta, Nov 06, 2007)

Most child workers come from the poor states, where many are bought from parents for as little as 1,000 rupees with the frequently false promise of monthly salary (Crackdown Highlights India’S Cycle Of Child Labour, Daily Times, Parul Gupta, Nov 06, 2007)

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren sounded the early election bell, while a crucial UPA meeting called tomorrow left the state Congress in the cold. (Congress Cold To Meet, Soren Sounds Alert, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Indian Left is much larger than its most visible face, the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It is split three ways, each currently pointing in three directions. (Left With An Alternative, Asian Age, M.J. Akbar, Nov 05, 2007)

The Punjab government’s decision to implement police reforms in the state is welcome. (Reforming The Police, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 05, 2007)

At least 18 policemen were feared killed in a Maoist rebel ambush on Friday in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, AFP quoted officials as saying. Also, seven paramilitary officers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by Dimasa . . . . (18 Policemen Feared Dead In India Ambush, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

The BJP high command has asked its Karnataka leadership to negotiate a dilution of the 12-point pre-nuptial agreement sought by Janata Dal Secular national president H D Deve Gowda in order to forge a renewed alliance. (Bjp Deputes State Unit To Try To Dilute Gowda Conditions, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

THE ghost of an outspoken judge is haunting the Indian establishment. A pronouncement by Justice Anand Narain Mulla of the Allahabad High Court nearly half a century ago is often quoted even today. (A Criminal Force?, Tribune, PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA, Nov 03, 2007)

This seems to be the season for Maoist strikes. Last Saturday night, the son of Babulal Marandi, former chief minister of Jharkhand, was gunned down at a football match along with 18 others, including women and children. (Red Terror, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Oct 31, 2007)

The Maoist upsurge may not be confined to backward districts. Latest intelligence inputs with the Centre indicate that the Maoists are gearing to strengthen their bases in urban areas, especially in the National Capital Region . . . . (Maoists May Now Target Urban Areas: Ib, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

Mounting pressure on Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who is yet to invite the BJP-JD(S) combine to form Government even four days after staking claim, coalition MPs on Tuesday decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Bjp-Jd(s) Mps To Call On Pm, Pioneer, KUMAR UTTAM, Oct 31, 2007)

In a major offensive Maoist guerrillas, also known as Naxals, blasted a railway track in Begusarai district of Bihar today. (After Bihar, Maoists Target Jharkhand, Tribune, Ambarish Dutta, Oct 31, 2007)


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