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Swami Vivekananda’s statue will be built in Ranchi Lake

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Ranchi: A statue of Swami Vivekananda will be built in the middle of the Ranchi Lake in the Jharkhand capital.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das laid the foundation stone for the statue on the 153rd birth anniversary of Vivekananda on Tuesday.

“The statue of Swami ji will remind people about his ideal life and his positive outlook towards life. Swami Vivekananda was a great philosopher, who dreamed about a Great India”, the CM said.

 

The government organised many programmes on Tuesday to celebrate the birth anniversary.

(Inputs from IANS)

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With a Headless Women’s Commission, Jharkhand is working through a Surge in Crimes against Women

A 19-year-old engineering student was raped, strangulated and set afire on December 16

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Ranchi, December 26, 2016: Jharkhand is working through a surge in crimes against women with a headless women’s commission.

More than a month and a half has passed since the three-year tenure of Mahuwa Manjhi, the last Chairperson of the Jharkahnd Women’s Commission, ended on November 10 but the top post at the women’s rights panel is still lying vacant.

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This year till October, more than 1,000 rape cases were reported in the state. In December alone, four women were burnt to death in the state, besides the rape and murder of a four-year-old girl, whose mutilated body was found on December 22.

A 19-year-old engineering student was raped, strangulated and set afire on December 16.

On December 14, an elderly woman and her husband in Simdega district were burnt to death on allegations of practicing black magic.

Another woman was burnt alive on December 12 in Khuti district, also on wild charges of practicing black magic.

Earlier, a minor girl was burnt and thrown in a well after she protested alleged gangrape attempt in Seraikela-Kharsawa district.

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“Now the commission is handicapped as police officials are least bothered to reply to the queries of the commission. The chairperson of the commission has many powers, which help us to ensure justice to the victims,” an official of the commission told IANS.

The opposition parties have criticised Chief Minister Raghubar Das and his Bharatiya Janata Party government for keeping the constitutional posts vacant.

“Raghubar Das has demeaned the dignity of constitutional posts. A PIL is pending against Health Minister, Chief Minister and others. Despite the corruption charges, the Lokayukta and other posts are lying vacant,” Jharkhand Congress General Secretary Alok Dubey told IANS.

“Shameful incidents against women took place this month as JCW chairperson post has been lying vacant for over a month,” he added.

The posts of Lokayukta, Chairperson of the Minority Commission and Chief of the state Election Commissioner are lying vacant from last six months to one year.

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No arrest has been made in the rape and murder case of the 19-year-old engineering student so far. A Special Investigating Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the incident.

The Ranchi police have also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for the person who provides information on the case. (IANS)

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Jharkhand being one of India’s Poorest States aspires to be the country’s first Cashless State

The state government has decided that VAT would not be charged on smartphones priced at Rs 5,000

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Ranchi, December 13, 2016: It’s one of India’s poorest states and yet aspires to be first in the country to go cashless — if one is to believe Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

However, given the state of power, internet connectivity and other related infrastructure in the state, the idea looks more like a pipedream than anything that can become a reality any time soon.

The state is also known for its difficult geographical terrain, with the majority of its 3.3 crore (2011 census) population living in rural areas — and that too below the poverty line.

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None of the telecom service providers in the state provide internet speeds of 2 MBPS despite the claims of providing speeds up to 5 MBPS. Be it private companies like Airtel, Vodafone or Aircel, or the state-run BSNL, they have all failed to provide high-speed internet services so far.

While Airtel and Reliance Jio have launched their 4G operations in the state, one wonders what miracles these services would provide given that 2G and 3G speeds are disgustingly slow, .

The number of mobile phone users in the state stands at 1.59 crore, but they suffer for want of good connectivity. Many of these users live in rural pockets and villages where the access to internet is negligible, to say the least.

To top it all, as of now only 1,427 panchayts in the state have access to broadband, while 4,459 panchayats do not have the broadband or internet facility — something that is almost a precondition for successful accomplishment of the Digital India initiative.

Lack of adequate power supply is also cited as one of the prime reasons for hindrance in internet connectivity in the state.

Since Independence in 1947 — Jharkhand was a part of Bihar and was hived off as a separate staste only in 2000 — power has reached only 38 lakh homes in the state and there are still 30 lakh unlit homes.

Coming to banks, of the 2,900 branches in the state, nearly 70 per cent are located in rural areas or smaller towns. They, of course, have core banking facilities but unavailability of internet, WiFi or broadband connectivity renders them as good as not being there at all.

An official of a leading state-run bank pointed out that connectivity was their biggest problem, because of which at least 30 per cent of the branches remain paralysed.

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“The dream of cashless Jharkhand would only be realised if internet connectivity improves in the state. On several occasions, this issue has been put before the Chief Minister,” a bank official told IANS.

Even in the state capital Ranchi, one can frequently find a ‘link fail’ board hung outside ATMs and bank counters, mocking at customers.

Another factor is that most of the app-based payment services work on Android-supported smartphones that are available with, and used only by, the youth in cities and urban pockets, but many beyond urban areas can’t afford such devices.

So, how will the state government first make Android-based phones available to the people and then train them in their use remains a question without a satisfactory answer.

With Jharkhand grossly unprepared to embrace the cashless concept, let alone becoming the first cashless state, the Chief Minister and his team should have first worked towards putting in place the basic requirements for this.

But, surprisngly though, Chief Minister Das has urged the people to contribute to make Jharkhand a cashless state by December-end. He also launched the “Cashless Jharkhand” campaign from the state capital, saying: “Small steps lead to big goals.”

He urged the people to make more and more use of IT, which would help curb corruption. A cashless economy would also help tackle terrorism and extremism, Das said.

The Chief Minister said: “In the entire world, digital transactions takes place and the people of Jharkhand should contribute to make it a cashless state.”

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He also urged every youth to train at least five people in carrying out cashless transactions.

In another key decision, the state government has decided that VAT would not be charged on smartphones priced at Rs 5,000 and also on debit/credit card swipes until March 31, 2017.

The VAT exemption of 5.5 per cent on smartphones and 14.5 per cent on PoS machines has been introduced to promote cashless transactions in the state. (IANS)

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National Youth Day: Swami Vivekananda’s message to Youth

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Nithin Sridhar

Swami Vivekananda was one of the tallest person the world has ever seen in the last few centuries. He was a monk, a patriot, an excellent orator, and a lifelong Karmayogi, who dedicated each and every second of his adult life for the sake of country, its people, and Sanatana Dharma.

His life’s mission was to see India and its people rise and reclaim its past glory. His work aimed at uplifting the poor and establishing of Dharma. His call for action, his call for strength and renouncement of weakness not only led the foundation for India’s freedom struggle, but also showed the path which Indians must travel to attain progress and well-being.

Today is 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and the whole country rightly celebrates it as National Youth India. Swami Vivekananda firmly believed that the nation’s youth held the key for solving various problems facing India. He repeatedly gave the call for the youths to awake, arise, and work for the nation and its people.

Here are the twelve quotes that summarizes Swami Vivekananda’s message for the Youth.

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1. Swami Vivekananda’s message to youth

“I have faith in my country, and especially in the youth of my country. My hope is in you. With an immense amount of feeling and enthusiasm in the blood, will come heroes who will march from one corner of the earth to the other, preaching and teaching the eternal spiritual truths of our forefathers.”

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