Children walk on tracks after rain disrupted rail traffic in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Prashant Mitra

Ranchi, July 22: Heavy rain lashed the state capital today, inundating several areas and swamping railway tracks.

Movement of several trains was affected, though the situation was not as alarming as it was in Jamshedpur when it experienced record rainfall in a day in June.

The Ranchi-Lohardaga railway tracks at Ranchi Junction were waterlogged.

Ranchi, July 22: Iron ore mining is set to start at Ankua in West Singhbhum.

Sajjan Jindal-owned JSW Steel Limited has employed the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Training (ICFRE) for an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Representatives of JSW Steel Limited and ICFRE today presented terms of reference for carrying out the assessment with the Union ministry of environment and forests appraisal committee in New Delhi.

-NGOs, activists point to government mismanagement


An activist addresses NGO members at the symposium on Monday. Picture by Manik Bose

Ranchi, July 21: Repeated reminders to the Jharkhand government to safeguard the common man's right to food have fallen on deaf ears in the state, some activists believe.

Public problems and solutions were brought forth today in a symposium held by a group of activists, all working in the development field, especially for the right to food.

Ranchi, July 21: The government today acknowledged that there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of tuberculosis cases in the city and its suburbs.

"Reports filtering in from various government hospitals and healthcare centres indicate that, of late, there has been a rapid increase in the number of tuberculosis patients in Ranchi and in its adjoining rural areas,' Ranchi civil surgeon Geeta Kanth said.

Ranchi, July 21: The progress in the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana in the state has been miserable and the implementing agencies

-State government to promote forests to woo visitors with lodges & safaris in parks, tiger reserves


A restaurant nestles on the banks of a placid lake in Hazaribagh national park. The government wants to develop such places with private participation

Ranchi, July 21: The state forests would be used to promote tourism in a major way.

The tourism department is trying to get into public-private partnerships with well-known names in the field of eco-tourism and develop a project according to the demands of tourists.

Ranchi : The Birsa Munda Airport (BMA) authorities would have to part with some land for a four-lane approach road to the terminal from Hinoo Chowk.

Officials said they are planning to expand the approach road to 25m. The Rs 3-crore project is being planned in view of the National Games.

According to the plan, the boundary wall of the airport from Hinoo Chowk to where the state government's hangar begins would be demolished to make way for the road.


Ranchi, July 20: Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) owes Rs 800 crore to Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and is the only defaulter for the past couple of years.

Top government sources said the matter was strongly raised during the July 18 review meeting of DVC by a consultative committee for ministry of power chaired by Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Ranchi, March 24: It appears that aam aadmi will have to shell out more for petrol and diesel for better roads.
The Assembly today passed Jharkhand State Road Development Fund-2011 Bill proposing to levy Rs 2 surcharge per litre of fuel to build a corpus fund for development of road networks, despite protests from the Treasury and Opposition benches.

Though the bill proposes a maximum cess on

Ranchi, March 22: Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has turned its attention on illegal meat and fish sellers, mobile towers and water connections in the state capital as part of its ongoing anti-encroachment drive.

The municipal corporation has asked roadside meat and fish vendors to wind up shop immediately or face the music.