Deepu, a 2015 Asia Journalism Fellow, has been based in Ranchi since 2012 as the newspaper’s Jharkhand correspondent. He tweets at @deepusebastian

Nitish Kumar ups the ante against BJP, says Bihar will progress on its own efforts
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday seemed to be opening a new avenue in his verbal battle with PM Narendra Modi, appealing to voters at Begusarai district to not let outsiders lead them. The CM spoke at Ulao village, hardly a kilometer from the venue of Modi’s rally on Thursday. Party insiders admitted that […]

Lalu abusing Yaduvanshis, my people: PM Modi
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

At the Begusarai helipad, he did not touch upon the lynching of a man in Greater Noida’s Dadri for allegedly consuming beef. He chose to hammer home a very specific electoral point.

Rahul Gandhi takes credit for making Narendra Modi quit wearing suits
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Rahul spoke at Begusarai, Sheikhpura and Rohtas districts, his muse being Narendra Modi, his motif the suit.

Jitan Ram Manjhi’s birthplace still hopes all will ‘vote for bhaiyya’
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Jitender Choudhary, of the Mahadalit caste Pasi, insists he will vote “for Manjhi”. “He was a former chief minister; that makes him a bigger leader than Paswan any day,” he reasoned.

From boatman to Rs 15 lakh suit, Rahul Gandhi harps on old tunes in Bihar
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

"Have you seen Modiji with the labourer, the unemployed, the farmer? But you might have seen him flanked by people wearing suit-boot," said Gandhi.

In affidavits, Lalu’s elder son is 25, younger 26
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Lalu Prasad had held back Tejashwi from contesting the 2014 general elections saying he was one year away from being eligible to contest elections.

Terming Gandhi his ‘inspiration’, PM Narendra Modi bats for saving environment
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

However, massive crowds greeted him at both venues, giving an indication of how robust the BJP's organisational machinery remains, as well as the PM's popularity in the state.

Ranchi: Police detain 45 people for communal violence
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

The police officers speaking on condition of anonymity said about 25 of the arrested individuals are Hindus while the rest are Muslims.

Ranchi: Meat found outside 2 more places of worship, firing overnight
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Meat was found outside two places of worship in Ranchi on Monday: outside the Kali Mandir off Mandir Road and outside a masjid in Ormajhi, on the outskirts of Ranchi.

Meat found outside 4 temples in Jharkhand, police order probe
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

"Three people - all Muslims - were arrested after they were named in the FIR, but we prima facie think they were not involved. Investigation is ongoing," said SP.

Hardik Patel hints at support for Nitish Kumar in Bihar polls
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

"He is from our community....We have to support someone in the (assembly elections).....We will support someone from our community," said Patel, when asked his stance on extending support to the Bihar CM.

Ranchi simmers after communal incident
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Police spokesperson and ADG said 65 people have been detained; no arrests had been recorded at the time of filing. Prohibitory orders have been issued for the city.

Jharkhand govt withdraws two proposals in a day after protests
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

While Chief Minister Raghubar Das had to put on hold the film shooting regulations, his cabinet decided to alter a proposed diesel tax hike later in the day.

World bank report becomes first report card for Jharkhand govt
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

The report became the first pat on the back for the Raghubar Das govt, which managed to pull the state up the ranks from 29th on the list in March to third by the time the report was prepared.

Ease of doing business: ‘Early-adopter’ Jharkhand comes from behind, takes 3rd place
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Jharkhand is the only state that has complied 100 per cent with the suggested labour regulations.

Villagers thrash youth for ‘knocking at doors during night’ in Jharkhand
Fri, Sep 11, 2015

The police FIR does not mention any perpetrators by name; it merely says that 200 unknown people had assaulted the youngster.

Das’s first rural sleepover as Jharkhand CM not a perfect start
Mon, May 25, 2015

This was the first rural chief ministerial sleepover in a state, 76per cent of whose general population lives in villages.

Jharkhand MLAs get 80 percent hike in salary
Wed, May 13, 2015

The Jharkhand cabinet gave itself a raise, with MLAs getting a hike of 80.06 per cent over existing monthly salaries.

8 Jharkhand tribals in jail for 3 months for killing ox
Sat, May 09, 2015

According to villagers, besieged by diarrhea, fever and a poor harvest this year, the adivasi residents of Jatni Toli decided to perform a ritual they had conducted over 10 years back as part of their Sarna belief system.

Bihar Migrant returns unscathed from Nepal only to find his cousin dead
Fri, May 01, 2015

Stranded without information about evacuations, migrant labourers from East Champaran paid thrice for return tickets.

Nepal Earthquake: With transit visa from India, foreigners relieved at exit
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Bihar has intensified relief and rescue operations by setting up camps in four districts and sending buses for evacuating people.

Earthquake, cyclonic storms bring villagers to their knees in Bihar
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

One disaster after other in Bihar; earthquake hit before farmers could cope up from the storm.

Bihar village waits for Nepal migrants to return
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Saturday in Nepal left them one short, with the earthquake killing Rajesh Kapar (23), Sonpi's youngest son.

Earthquake aftershock in Patna: Some attend weddings, others sleep in parks
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

A police case has been registered against former MLA Dayanand Rai for spreading rumours about another earthquake through WhatsApp.

Shaken by quake, Patna starts feeling at home in Gandhi Maidan
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Residents of Patna camp in Gandhi Maidan after Saturday's earth earthquake.

Jharkhand: ABVP ruckus at missionary schools, 16 detained
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The Principal of one of the schools said, 'they wanted to know why we did not have a photo of PM Modi in the school'.

Hazaribagh: ABVP threatens two Christian schools, forces one to close
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

The ABVP was unhappy that Holy Cross and St. Xavier's, CBSE-affiliated, were open despite an education bandh call by the organisation.

Melinda Gates visits Maoist-hit village
Mon, Apr 20, 2015

After interacting with villagers, Melinda visited Pradan’s Khunti office and she left for Delhi in the evening.

Ranchi residents provide ‘Mukti’ to unclaimed bodies at hospital
Tue, Apr 14, 2015

An NGO had come forward to perform the last rites for unclaimed bodies at the RIMS hospital.

Jharkhand takes no-compromise approach to Left Wing Extremism, PLFI leader killed
Sat, Apr 11, 2015

Security forces on Thursday night gunned down the seniormost PLFI leader in Jharkhand.

Dalits complain of forced eviction after houses set on fire in Jharkhand
Fri, Apr 10, 2015

The residents of the three hamlets agree that they were there illegally.

Jharkhand official removed from office for acting in item song
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

The song depicted various VIPs dancing alongside a scantily-clad woman.

The Big Picture: RTE Scorecard – 0/4
Sun, Apr 05, 2015

The Sunday Express visits four schools in four states, not far from the homes of their education ministers, and finds that none strictly conforms to all norms laid out in the Act.

What the photo didn’t show: 1700 students, 5 rooms, 2 math teachers
Fri, Mar 27, 2015

The school has only two classes, and claims to have an average pass percentage of at least 70 per cent in Class X boards.

Three teachers arrested for extorting student
Sun, Mar 22, 2015

The three are teachers at DAV Public School-BSEB Colony, from where plus two student Priya Roy went missing on February 28.

Bihar mass cheating: ‘Happened last year too, no one noticed’
Mon, Mar 23, 2015

Security stepped up at exam centres after photographs go viral.