Fans urge Dhoni to reconsider decision to retire from Test cricket

Mahendra Singh DhoniRanchi/Vadodara, Jan. 1 - Fans of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took to streets in Ranchi and Vadodara yesterday to urge him to reconsider his decision to retire from Test cricket.

" Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not only Jharkhand's, but also India's pride. The players of the Jharkhand State Disabled Cricket Association and other people here are demanding that he change his decision. It is difficult to even think of cricket without him," said Hiten Bharadwaj a fan of Dhoni's who is based in Ranchi.

Jharkhand CM-elect Raghubar Das meets Governor, stakes claim to form govt.

Raghubar DasRanchi, Dec 26 : Jharkhand Chief Minister-elect Raghubar Das, who would be the first non-tribal to take over the top post in the state, on Friday met Governor Syed Ahmed to formally stake claim to form the government.

The oath-taking ceremony has been fixed on December 28 at 11 am. The ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among other dignitaries.

"A delegation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) met Governor Syed Ahmed and requested him for the swearing-in on December 28, which was accepted by him...," Das told mediapersons after his meeting with the Governor.

Black magician ruling India, says Modi

Narendra-ModiRanchi, April 10 : India has been ruled by a "black magician" for the past 10 years, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Thursday.

Quoting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who said the Bharatiya Janata Party has brought in a magician who claims to change everything overnight, Modi said: "The central government has been run by a black magician for the last 10 years."

"Employment opportunities vanished, farmers' plight increased and armymen beheaded," he said at a rally in the steel city of Jamshedpur Thursday.

11 percent voting in Jharkhand

11 percent voting in JharkhandRanchi, April 10 - Around 11 percent voting has taken place in the first three hours in Jharkhand's four Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is underway.

Voting began in Koderma, Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra constituencies at 7 a. m. and will end at 4 p. m.

Koderma witnessed highest polling with 13.5 percent of the electorate voting, and Chatra around 8.5 percenttill 10 a. m.

"As many as 1,193 video cameras are recording the polling. Webcasting will be done at 271 booths and 1,189 still cameras have also been pressed into service," an election official told IANS.

Don't elect 'a big liar' as PM, says Sonia

Sonia-GandhiRanchi, April 4 : In one of her strongest attacks on BJP star Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Friday asked people not to elect "a big liar" as the country's next prime minister.

Without taking Modi's name, Gandhi told an election rally in Jharkhand that some opposition leaders were selling dreams, as if "they will change everything in one day with a magic wand".

"Will the country chose a prime minister a person who will be a big liar?" she said at Ramgarh in Hazaribagh district.

Rahul Gandhi interacts with Jharkhand tribal women, pitches for minorities

Rahul-GandhiRanchi (Jharkhand), Feb 7 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday interacted with tribal women in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and said the party would like to support minorities in their battle and help them grow.

Gandhi was on a visit to Jharkhand to interact with tribal women party workers as a part of his nationwide tour ahead of the parliamentary elections in April.

During the interaction, Gandhi talked to the women party workers about their complaints and suggestions on various issues like governance, education and employment opportunities.

Rajnath compares Modi with Lord Rama

Rajnath compares Modi with Lord RamaRanchi, Dec 29 : BJP president Rajnath Singh Sunday compared the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with Lord Rama.

"As Manthara in the Ramayana hatched a conspiracy to prevent Rama from becoming the king of Ayodhya, similarly the Congress is hatching a
conspiracy against Modi," Rajnath Singh told a public rally here.

"But despite Manthara's conspiracy, Rama became the king. Similarly, Modi will become the prime minister," he added to loud cheers.

Center escaping from responsibility: Modi

Narendra ModiRanchi, Dec 29 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday accused the central government of "escaping from its responsibility in dealing with corruption and price hike".

Addressing a rally at Prabhat Tara ground here, Modi said: "The government in Delhi is escaping from its responsibility on price hike, corruption and other issues. Like previous eras, the central government believes in akashvani. The central government comes out with akashvani on price hike, corruption, but it has no plans to fight them."

Army Chief Bikram Singh presents 'Standard' to 89 Armoured Regiment

Bikram-SinghRanchi, Nov 30 : Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh presented 'Standard' to the 89 Armoured Regiment, on behalf of the President, at the Namkum Military Station here on Saturday.

This rare honour has been bestowed upon the 89 Armoured Regiment for the dedicated and meritorious service rendered by the Regiment since it's raising on February 1, 1980.

"It is a great honor when any unit receives Colours or Standard from the President. For this 89 Armoured Regiment, this is a very important day. A regiment receives this honour when it does extraordinary work," General Bikram Singh told media here today.

Lalu Prasad held guilty in fodder scam case

Lalu Prasad held guilty in fodder scam caseRanchi, Sep 30 - Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was Monday held guilty in a fodder scam case by a Special CBI court here. The quantum of sentence will be announced Oct 3.

The multi-million animal husbandry department scam, popularly known as the fodder scam, accuses Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, both former chief ministers of Bihar, and ministers from the department, two IAS officials and others of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 37.70 crore from Chaibasa district treasury of Jharkhand. After the division of Bihar, the district is now in Jharkhand.

Dhoni and Shikhar fined for slow over rate

Dhoni-and-ShikharRanchi, Sep 27 : Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhnoi and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan were fined after their teams maintained a slow over rate during the Champions LeagueT20 match here Thursday night at the Jharkhand State Cricket Stadium (JSCA).

Madhu Koda walks out of jail after 44 months

Madhu-KodaRanchi, July 31 : Jharkhand's former chief minister Madhu Koda walked out from jail Wednesday on bail in corruption cases after 44 months and said he would prove his innocence.

He told reporters: "I will prove my innocence."

Jharkhand High Court Tuesday granted bail to Koda in the Rajiv Gandhi rural electrification scam. This was the fifth case in which he was granted bail.

Hemant Soren to be sworn-in Jharkhand chief minister Saturday

Hemant-SorenRanchi, July 11 : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren will be sworn-in as Jharkhand's ninth chief minister state on Saturday, informed sources here said.

"Hemant Soren has desired to take oath around 10 a. m. Saturday. Governor (Syed Ahmad) has agreed to the request. It will be announced officially once the president approves lifting of the president's rule in the state," a source in the Raj Bhavan told IANS.

Hemant Soren Tuesday staked claim to forming the government, handing over to the governor letters of support of 43 legislators in the 82-member house.

Lalu seeks transfer of fodder case

laluRanchi, June 24 : RJD chief Lalu Prasad has moved the Jharkhand High Court seeking transfer of a fodder scam case whose verdict has been fixed for July 15.

Lalu Prasad sought the transfer on the ground that Special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh, who is hearing the case, was related to a Janata Dal-United leader.

Lalu Prasad's lawyer also informed the CBI court not to deliver the judgment till the Jharkhand High Court gives a ruling on a petition from the former Bihar chief minister.

Koda surrenders, sent to 14 days judicial custody

Madhu-KodaRanchi, May 10 : Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda surrendered in a Ranchi court Friday and was sent to 14 days' judicial custody. He was on three weeks provisional bail that ended a day before.

"I was granted provisional bail to look after my ailing mother. My mother needs my support. She is unwell and hospitalised," Koda told reporters before surrendering.

Koda has been in jail since November 2009 on several graft cases.

Koda released from jail after three years

Madhu-KodaRanchi, April 18 : Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was Thursday released on a three-week provisional bail after spending about 40 months in jail for his involvement in various graft cases.

Koda was granted three weeks' provisional bail by the Supreme Court Tuesday.

After his release from the Birsa Munda central jail here, the tainted politician went straight to a hospital to meet his ailing mother.

"My mother is everything for me. I pray to god that she recovers," Koda told reporters after meeting his mother.

Ranchi ready to host its first international cricket match

JSCA-International-StadiumRanchi, Jan 18 : Jharkhand's capital is set to host its first international cricket match when India take on England in a One-Day International (ODI) in the newly built 39,000-capacity JSCA International Stadium here Saturday.

The stadium, located in the outskirts of the city in Dhurwa, is around 10 minutes away from the Birsa Munda Airport.

''Maoists are taking advantage of technical advancements'': Jharkhand DGP

/Gauri-Shankar-Rath.Ranchi, Jan 11 : Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Gauri Shankar Rath, who has condemned the barbaric and cowardly act of the Naxals to surgically implant a bomb inside the stomach of a CRPF jawan killed in an encounter, on Friday said the ultras have grown stronger technically with external support.

"Maoists are taking advantage of the technical advancements that are coming up. So it is not really surprising. I would call them technically advanced, but I would surely call them techno savvy," said Rath.

JMM MLAs to meet Governor today to withdraw support from Munda Govt

JMM MLAs to meet Governor today to withdraw support from Munda GovtRanchi, Jan 8 : The legislators of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will meet Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday to formally withdraw support to the BJP-led government in the state.

Shibu Soren''s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Arjun Munda Government on Monday evening, reducing it to minority after talks between two the sides fail to reach an agreement.

JMM to decide on supporting Jharkhand's BJP-led government

s/Jharkhand-Mukti-MorchaRanchi, Jan 4 : After Chief Minister Arjun Munda denied any agreement on rotation of power, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Friday said it will take a decision at a party meeting on whether to continue in the BJP-led Jharkhand government or pull it down.

Munda, in a written reply to JMM chief Shibu Soren, had Thursday said that when the government was formed in September 2010, there was no agreement on rotation of power after completion of 28 months, said a source in the chief minister's Office.

The government completes 28 months June 10.

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