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Ranchi: One person was arrested and RDX and other explosive materials were seized on Thursday from a train in Jharkhand, police said.

Acting on a tip-off from army intelligence, police raided the Hatia-Barddhman passenger train at Kita station, situated around 30 km from here.
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Police said they recovered half kg RDX, six bombs, 24 gelatin sticks, six timers and some documents.

A police officer said the arrested person was being interrogated.

(IANS)

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‘Tribes of India’ : An Online Database to Document the Lives of Indian Tribes

The database would contain rare and exclusive videos and photographs, above thousands, which have been collected from various Tribal Research Institutes around the country

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Tribal culture. Wikimedia
  • The ‘Tribes of India’ will showcase the lifestyle, culinary culture, conditions of living of the tribes
  • It is going to be amazing to form a database collecting all the information regarding the characteristics of the tribes, as those will be accessible in the distance of a click
  • Experts from the ministry has also stated that the database would be frequently updated with new research inputs from sources and scientists

New Delhi, August 10, 2017: The very first attempt at producing a documentation of the lives of the tribal in India, is ongoing. The ‘Tribes of India’ will showcase the lifestyle, culinary culture, conditions of living, and historical and chronological facts regarding the evolution of their traditions and culture. The ‘repertoire’ is focusing on answering questions such as- the difference between the Gond tribe of Uttar Pradesh and the Gonds of Jharkhand, whether the tribes in Jharkhand possess a secret cure for anemia, and the status of living of the Santhals in the remote forest-zones.

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A database on the tribes of India is to be created by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The project aims to bring into light the art and culture, history of evolution and anthropological facts, lifestyle and eating practices, the rate of mortality, education system, architecture and the contribution of the tribals in India’s struggle for freedom, Economic Times has reported.

It has been planned that the database would contain rare and exclusive videos and photographs, above thousands, which have been collected from various Tribal Research Institutes around the country. It is true that the research institute has always showcased such collections, but this is the first time it is going to be saved in an exclusive database.

It is going to be amazing to form a database collecting all the information regarding the characteristics of the tribes, as those will be accessible in the distance of a click, from now on. Techniques to introduce a feature that would enable a viewer to take a virtual tour of the architecture of a tribal hut is also going to be implemented, a senior ministry official said to Economic Times.

According to the report, about 10 crore scheduled-tribe people form an 8.6% of the entire population of the country. But it has been observed that there has been no sincere attempt to showcase and explore the unique lifestyle of the tribes. The official further stated that the database would pose as an excellent guide for the research-scholars because it will contain the necessary statistics. Experts from the ministry have also stated that the database would be frequently updated with new research inputs from sources and scientists.

The database is to follow the effort of the government to explore and showcase the lifestyle of the Indian tribes and dedicate some museums as well to the tribes. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi addressed the nation and asked all to explore and research on the contributions made by the Scheduled Tribes in India’s freedom struggle, Economic Times has reported.

The database will also include links to the museums of various states post their construction.

-prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Exclusive: Journalist Sanjay Mehta’s Report On Plight of The Tribes in Jharkhand

Journalist Sanjay Mehta, who went and stayed in Saranda village in Jharkhand, witnessed the plight and the worsened living conditions of the tribes people in the area

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Sanjay Mehta, a journalist from Jharkhand, with children from Saranda region. Sanjay Mehta
  • Sanjay Mehta is a journalist and a student of law hailing from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
  • The journalist went and stayed with the tribes people of Saranda, thereby witnessing their living conditions
  • Sanjay Mehta’s report reveals the plight of tribes have been completely neglected by the system and the government leading to their shambolic living conditions

July 06, 2017:

Sanjay Mehta, a student of law at Vinoba Bhave University, is also a journalist hailing from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. On 21st June, Mehta decided to visit Saranda forest region to get a closer glimpse of the various tribes that inhabit the place. This was Sanjay Mehta’s own initiative as he considers himself personally bonded with the clan.

Having visited many villages in the region and living among these tribes, Mehta developed a deeper understanding of the poor living conditions of these people who are ignored by both, the system as well as the government.

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A tribe woman with her child. Sanjay Mehta

The Saranda forest, which lies in the West Singhbhum district, is approximately 200Kms away from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Mehta reports that the living condition of the people is inhumane. The tribal clan is desperate for a better life. He continues that the offsprings of these people are victims of malnutrition and their present condition is fretting.

The pregnant women have frightful conditions to encounter every day throughout their pregnancy. Additionally, there are problems with the drinking water due to its high iron ore content. Mehta has discovered these problems since his visit to the region where the entire atmosphere is tragical and disappointing. Ignored by the authorities, it is as if these people are left to work things out on their own. Such situations suffered by the entire ethnic group is ridiculously disturbing.

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Villages like Meghahatuburu, Kotgarh, Gua, Tatiba, Lokasi, among many others, are struggling for basic necessities of life. The doctors in the hospitals are under-staffed, schools lack students who suffer from malnutrition while the entire community have only the nature for survival (which isn’t enough in today’s world). Having failed completely, the questions should be aimed towards the Govt.

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The children of families in Saranda, Jharkhand suffer from malnutrition and malaria. Sanjay Mehta

Sanjay Mehta also alleges that the Feb 2017 report prepared by UNICEF and the Central Govt has falsely estimated that only 20% of the kids in the Saranda region suffer from malnutrition. Having lived there for 15 days now, the journalist estimates a much higher statistic than 20%. He reports that almost every kid is under-nutrition and often even minor diseases are life threatening. These deaths go unnoticed and often ignored.

The Govt. facilities are non-existent. The water problem combined with extreme unemployment implies just how badly the Govt has been performing. Even basic electricity is a rare thing in some villages. In some areas, the roads are constructed badly, and in others, you can only see crooked paths.

The region is a mining paradise making it complicated for development policies to be implemented here. Most of the land is leased out to SAIL, a public sector company, and thus the amount of money received from the centre for development is often sent back. SAIL has its own CSR initiative and therefore, do not provide an approval certificate. Although the officers have been urged time and again to look into the matter, there still has been no progress.

In his report, Sanjay Mehta has also documented the experiences of the villagers. Many people also told that the poor quality of water has infected their feet and nails. The women of Noamundi grieved that they fry insects as their meal. It is, in fact, an essential nutrition in their diet at this time of the season.

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The drinking water has a high content of Iron ores making it a health issue. Sanjay Mehta

One villager has expressed his frustration aimed at the government. He said that the kids of the village are dying of malnutrition and malaria. The government is paying no attention to it.

Another man from a village called Kiriburu has declared the government’s policies as a complete failure. The people of the village have not reaped any benefits that the government had promised.

Juda Bodra, hailing from the Gua village, stated “I am unemployed and have no benefits from the state. This is very difficult for us”

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Badapasia women selling insects which are an essential part of the daily meal of this tribe. Sanjay Mehta

Badapasia village resident Ghanshyam Bobonge said that the conditions for tribe’s people are miserable. “We are living the lives’ of the lowest class. No officials come and address our griefs”

When the journalist highlighted this issue in a Facebook post, it was reported and henceforth removed. The Journalist also concludes that gradually the villagers are getting more and more angry towards the establishment, which is unhealthy for any political system. Sanjay Mehta can be followed on Twitter @JournalistMehta

By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Flashback to Terror: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Judgement to Hail on June 27 After 24 Years

The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively

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Mumbai Blasts took a massive toll in the year 1993. Pixabay
  • On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai
  • The judgment of the 6 out of 7 accused has been adjourned till June 27

June 24, 2017:

Twenty-four years after the horrific blasts which shredded the Mumbai city into tears and despairs,  a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court convicted 1993 Mumbai blasts accused gangster Abu Salem along with five others under the charge of the criminal conspiracy. However, Abdul Qayyum Ansari has been acquitted. The judgment of the accused has been adjourned till June 27.

Flashback: Black Friday in Mumbai (1993)

On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai then Bombay, shedding lives of at least 257 people and 713 injured. The harrowing attack is also known to be the most coordinated terrorist attacks on the grounds of India. The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively. The Supreme Court confirmed this in 2014 calling the attack to be the first terror attack after the second world which had used RDX in bulk.

Series of 12 Deadliest Bomb Blasts in 2 hours

Bombay Stock Exchange

A powerful car bomb exploded in the basement of Mumbai Stock Exchange building. The 28 story building was set ablaze leading to 84 deaths and 217 injuries.

Katha Bazar

4 people died in South Mumbai after Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh parked the RDX-laden scooter at Katha Bazar.

Shiv Sena Bhawan

A bomb exploded at a gas station opposite of Shiv Sena Bhawan.

Air India Building

A car bomb exploded in the basement garage of the building, leading to 20 deaths and 87 injuries. Farooq Pawale was convicted and sentenced to death for planting the attack.

Mahim Causeway

Three died in hutments near Mahim Causeway after convicted Salim Rahim Shaikh hurled hand grenade in the area.

Century Bazar

RDX was placed under manhole at Century Bazar the convicted Abdul Gani Turk. The explosion took place when a bus ran over the explosive, killing about 113 people, which was the highest casualty amongst 12 explosions.

Zaveri Bazar

Mohd Shoaib Ghansar had placed RDX filled scooter in the area that killed 19 people in the explosion.

Hotel Sea Rock

A man placed the bomb in the room of the hotel two days prior to the explosion but never stayed in the room. The device exploded shattering every window in the building.

Plazma Cinema

The explosion occurred when an RDX filled Maruti Van was placed at the Plazma Cinema

Hotel Juhu Centuar

The bomb in the hotel was hidden in a room and injured three staff members.

Hotel Airport Centaur

The attack was compiled and combined by Nibandh Vinod. The bomb exploded leaving 2 deaths and 8 injuries.

Conspirator of the Mumbai Blasts

Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family are believed to be the masterminds behind the Mumbai blasts. Dawood is the famous underworld don whose name also appears in United Nations Charter list of dreadful criminals. The mastermind is said to be hiding since the blasts and is believed to be in Pakistan. He is also alleged to have ties with terror group Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba.  While Dawood, Tiger and Ayub are still absconding, Yukub Memon was sentenced to death in 2015.

The rationale behind the Attack: Why Mumbai?

Many Muslims died in communal riots which broke out in the year 1993 following the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and successive construction of a temporary temple in its place. The terror attack was a well-constructed revenge planted by the conspirators to arouse fear in the minds of people and create disharmony among the different sections of society.


– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94