Arjun Munda,recovering but not idle
Chief Minister Arjun Munda has been restricted to bed since he fractured an ankle in the crash-landing of his helicopter on May 9,but that does not mean he has been out of action. From his residence,he has been taking a number of decisions. These include allotment of government land to private coal companies Panem Coal and Eastern Mineral Trading Agency in Santhal Pargana,distribution of uniforms to students in government schools,and constitution of a committee to identify who had taken part in the movement that brought Jharkhand statehood,so that they get a special pension.
A case that fell flat
In an embarrassment to the police,a local court absolved 12 alleged Maoists in Dhanbad last week for lack of evidence. They had been chargesheeted for an attack on a police picket at Topchanchi on October 31,2001,killing 13 personnel. The police had based their chargesheet on the statements of 41 eyewitnesses. The court observed that the eyewitness accounts were not corroborated by any material evidence. Now out of jail,the alleged Maoists have hailed the verdict.
Probe after poll
After the alleged horse-trading for the March 30 Rajya Sabha polls,since countermanded,a CBI has investigated MLAs regardless of party lines,launching simultaneous raids on the homes of 14 of them. They have sealed the Ranchi house of Sita,daughter-in-law of ruling party president Shibu Soren,after seizing bags of documents from there. A scrutiny has apparently found that instead of backing her party nominee,she had voted for Independent Pawan Dhoot. Also,a CBI oficer said,she owns three companies whose details she has refused to share.
Grounded & hounded
The state government last year sponsored and sent 15 tribal youths to Sai Flytech Aviation Academy at Bilaspur,Chattisgarh. They had to return because DGCA rules say the course is for meritorious science undergraduates with physics and maths,and none of them had such qualifications. Put up in a government-run hostel in Ranchi,they were then served a notice asking them to leave. Now,the government is exploring the possibility of setting up a pilot training centre of its own.