The death of a woman after delivering a child has brought to fore Jharkhand’s poor maternal health status.

In an unusual turn to the process of land acquisition for industrial projects, Latehar district’s Jala village has split along caste lines, with one group demanding that the Gram Sabha be convened a second time to overturn an earlier rejection of a mining project. On the other hand, a group of villagers opposing the project claim that the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee, a Left Wing Extremist group, is in favour of mining and has even threatened to kill one of them if he does not relent.