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Jharkhand government orders probe into police firing

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Ranchi: Police in action against angry protesters during a clash after beef was found near a temple in Doranda in Ranchi on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI9_26_2015_000153B)

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Thursday ordered a probe into violence and subsequent police firing at a ‘ghost fair’ organised on the banks of Jhariwa river in Palamau district of the state.

A ‘ghost fair’ in Palamau district, held on Wednesday despite prohibitory orders by the district administration, saw a mob pelting a police team with stones when it went there to arrest a sorcerer.

One person was killed and five others were injured in the police action. Several policemen too suffered injuries in the mob-violence.

Meanwhile, the women in the Jharkhand Women’s Commission said it was serious about tackling such issues and wished to stop torture of e name of superstition.

“The ‘ghost fair’ and other similar fairs are linked to the traditions of the state’s people. Use of locally brewed liquor at such fairs makes people unwilling to hear any logic. Neither the state government not we can pass orders to stop such fairs.

“We are concerned about women’s issues and we will take up with the government how such fairs could be banned or torture of women stopped,” Commission chairperson Mahua Manjhi told IANS.

There was a need to spread literacy among the people in the state, she said.

(IANS)

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Jharkhand Government Bans Sale and Usage of E-cigarettes

Jharkhand bans e-cigarettes

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In this April 11, 2018, photo, an unidentified 15-year-old high school student uses a vaping device near the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that's sold in sugary flavors like mango and mint — and often with the addictive drug nicotine. VOA

The Jharkhand government on Tuesday banned the sale and usage of e-cigarettes in the state, according to an official notification.

“E-cigarettes are the new method of nicotine use. It affects the embryos in pregnant woman. It also causes mental problem. The sale, distribution, advertisement, import and usage of e-cigarettes have been banned with immediate effect,” the notification issued by the state’s health department said.

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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette in London, Aug. 19, 2015. VOA

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“E-cigarettes usually contain ingredients like propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol, mixed with concentrated flavors and optionally, a variable percentage of nicotine,” it added. (IANS)