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Ranchi: Traders, truck drivers’ association and political parties in Jharkhand on Thursday opposed the hike in petrol and diesel prices, which was approved two days ago by the state cabinet, threatning to stop truck services.

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The state government’s decision on Tuesday to increase petrol and diesel prices by 11 percent invited a sharp reaction from the Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, Jharkhand Truck Association and political parties.

After the application of new taxes, petrol will get costlier by Rs.4.54 per litre and diesel will get costlier by Rs.4.21 per litre. At present the price of petrol is Rs.60.26 per litre and that of diesel is Rs.47.41 per litre respectively.

“We will go to New Delhi to meet the PM to take up the issue. We will meet ministers in New Delhi, and if the issue would not resolve, we will hand over the keys of petrol pumps resulting in all 1,000 petrol pumps in the state automatically shutting down,” Ashok Singh, president of Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association, told reporters here on Thursday.

Echoing the sentiment, Uday Shankar Ojha, president of the Jharkhand Truck Association, said: “First we will present our demands to CM and if the issue is not resolved, we will not allow trucks to ply.”

Petroleum dealers said they feared that trucks would get their fill from neighbouring states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

The Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and political parties have also opposed the state government’s move.

The Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Wednesday burnt effigies of the chief minister, demanding a rollback of the new rates.

(With the inputs 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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  • 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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