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Suspense over Soren resignation

Despite the JMM-BJP agreement over power-sharing, there is profound suspense in Jharkhand over JMM supremo and chief minister Shibu Soren keeping his promise of resigning on May 25 to let the BJP lead the five-party coalition government for the next 28 months. Both parties have entered into a complex set of agreements and JMM

Shibu agrees,first BJP rule, then JMM


JMM supremo Shibu Soren finally broke his enigmatic silence on Tuesday to begin melting Jharkhand’s 21-day political impasse.

Is Munda closer to 3rd chance of CM post?


Tuesday’s agreement between the BJP and JMM in Jharkhand has brought Mr Arjun Munda, 42, closer to his third chance to become CM even as it makes way for the smooth exit of Mr Shibu Soren, 66 and freq

Three get life in Japanese rape

Three of the five men who gangraped a Japanese tourist near the holy town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar a month ago were on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast-track court that delivered the verdict just 26 days after hearings began, thus making it one of the fastest trials.

Jharkhand talks fail to end crisis


Jharkhand’s political riddle refuses to emerge from the depths it sank following the BJP’s threat of withdrawing support from the JMM-led coalition government over a fortnight ago.

Shekhar Suman plans big film on JP

Socialist legend Jayaprakash Narayan and the rip-roaring waves of agitational politics he unleashed in the 1970s aiming at cleansing of India’s political system are now shaping up for a celluloid celebration on nearly the same massive scale as Richard Attenborough’s unparalleled film Gandhi.

Cong, JVM warm up to JMM

The Congress and the JVM may have lost the 2009 Assembly polls in Jharkhand — more so because the two pre-poll allies did not try to cobble up a coalition with the numbers needed to rule — but the two resurgent parties certainly had not allowed the ruling post-poll coalition of the JMM and the BJP to win those polls.

Journo death now battle of families

May 11: Even as the mystery surrounding the death of Delhi-based Business Standard journalist Nirupama Pathak at her home in Jharkhand’s Koderma refuses to recede despite the police investigating the case for the past 12 days, it has now become a judicial battlefield for the dead girl’s family and that of her boyfriend, also a journalist in Delhi.

BJP still unsure on next Jharkhand CM


May 11: Jharkhand’s prolonged political uncertainty deepened further on Tuesday as the BJP’s two central observers failed to decide the party’s chief ministerial candidate through talks with the MLAs in Ranchi and an equally divided JMM debated if letting the BJP to head the government for the rest of its term was the

‘Family choked journalist, then hanged her body’

May 3: The puzzling death of Business Standard journalist Nirupama Pathak at her home in Jharkhand’s Koderma district, first reported to be a suicide, is now believed to be a case of honour killing that was triggered by opposition from the Delhi-based journalist’s well-educated family to her inter-caste love affair and pregnancy before marriage.

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