Deepu is based in Ranchi as the newspaper’s Jharkhand correspondent. He tweets at @deepusebastian

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.

Prisoner returns jail on his own, policemen detained near red light area in West Bengal
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

Baij Yadav, who is on trial for petty offences, was being taken from Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences.

To protest land bill amendments, Jharkhand adivasis defecate in public
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

The protest organisers said they have received invitations from six other sites to conduct such protests.

Adivasis defecate on copies of Land Acquisition Bill in show of protest
Wed, Mar 18, 2015

The protest was organised by a platform called the National Campaign on Adivasi Rights (NCAR).

With clear strategy, specialist officers, Jharkhand govt to go all out against Naxals
Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The last time someone from security forces died at the hands of the Naxals in the state was at Itkhori in Chatra on December 24 last year, days ahead of Raghubar Das being sworn in as the CM.

Poppy cultivation goes up as splinter groups enter business
Mon, Mar 16, 2015

Traditionally, the Maoists have considered opium poppy cultivation a major source of revenue and influence in the state.

Minor who worked as help at ex-Jharkhand minister’s home alleges sexual assault
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

Ranchi police are set to file an FIR against former Congress minister Mannan Mallick based on a statement made by a 13-year-old girl.

Five Maoists killed in encounter, claim Jharkand Police
Sat, Mar 14, 2015

Maoist sources said that the dead man was part of the PLGA team commanded by Nakul Yadav.

Jharkhand budget: Big promises but no word on roadmap
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

CM Raghubar Das said that the Jharkhand government would hire one lakh employees over the next fiscal.

My dream made in India: Arun Kumar Sao
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

There are other reasons for this hope. Local MP Jayant Sinha has selected Jarba under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

Only survivor struggles to explain mystery suicide of five girls
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Girls may have entered into pact after one was scolded for talking to boys

Jharkhand cabinet meets in JMM stronghold Dumka
Mon, Feb 23, 2015

The cabinet announced the maintenance of multiple roads and also a meeting in Dumka once every 3 months.

Jharkhand CM holds cabinet meet in rival JMM bastion
Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Sunday’s meeting was only the third time that the state’s sub-capital has hosted the cabinet.

Top Maoist ‘injured’ in Jharkhand gunbattle
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Jharkhand police holds Arvindji responsible for almost all major operations by the Maoists in Palamu and Chhotanagpur.

Congress yet to apologise for coal loss, says PM Narendra Modi
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

"Those who sinned, those who looted Jharkhand, they have no shame," said Narendra Modi.

Jharkhand’s most-wanted Maoist leader injured in police ambush
Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Maoist leader Arvindji, who carries a total bounty of Rs. 1.32 crore, was injured in the police encounter.

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das expands his cabinet; oppn calls event as ‘horse-trading’
Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Thursday's event takes the strength of the state cabinet to 11, one less than the maximum permissible number.