Gautam Mazumdar

Gautam Mazumdar

Gautam Mazumdar writes on contemporaneous issues, power scenario, changes and happenings in and around Jharkhand for the past 23 years. Politics and government related subject are his focus area.

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JMM working president Hemant Soren launched the party’s poll campaign from Jhargram on January 28. (PTI PHOTO).
JMM working president Hemant Soren launched the party’s poll campaign from Jhargram on January 28. (PTI PHOTO).

JMM preps for polls in neighbouring Bengal, wants to contest 25 to 30 seats

PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 12:09 AM IST
  • The JMM is eyeing to contest 25 to 30 seats in Bengal in the upcoming assembly polls. The JMM had contested 22 assembly seats in the 2016 state polls in West Bengal.
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Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Thursday launched the party's West Bengal assembly poll campaign from Jhargram. (HT FILE PHOTO).
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Thursday launched the party's West Bengal assembly poll campaign from Jhargram. (HT FILE PHOTO).

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren launches JMM poll campaign in Bengal, Mamata fumes

PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 12:46 AM IST
  • The JMM had contested 22 assembly seats in the 2016 state polls in West Bengal. This time the party is eyeing 25 to 30 seats in the neighbouring state.
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Lalu, 72, has tested negative for the coronavirus disease, the doctors said.(PTI)
Lalu, 72, has tested negative for the coronavirus disease, the doctors said.(PTI)

Lalu Prasad Yadav airlifted to AIIMS Delhi as health worsens

PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:28 AM IST
An eight-member medical board at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) recommended that the former Bihar chief minister be shifted to a higher institute after he developed breathing trouble on Thursday evening.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav being shifted to AIIMS Hospital in Delhi due to his ill health from Ranchi on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO).
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav being shifted to AIIMS Hospital in Delhi due to his ill health from Ranchi on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO).

Lalu Prasad Yadav shifted to AIIMS Delhi as health worsens

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 08:47 PM IST
  • He will be admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as decided by his family members in consultation with the doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
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The RJD chief has been at the RIMS since December 2018 for kidney-related ailments.(PTI)
The RJD chief has been at the RIMS since December 2018 for kidney-related ailments.(PTI)

Lalu Prasad under observation at RIMS after contracting pneumonia

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:41 AM IST
  • RIMS Director Dr Kameshwar Prasad said it seems to be a case of acute pneumonia and he has been put under round-the-clock observation.
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File photo: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(PTI)
File photo: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(PTI)

After stone-pelting on carcade, Jharkhand CM diverts route to reach home

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:58 PM IST
The attack was made near Kishoreganj in the state capital in the evening while chief minister Soren was on his way back from project building.
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A cutout of Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren being installed at Morhabadi ground on the eve of the first anniversary of Soren's government in Ranchi, Monday.(PTI)
A cutout of Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren being installed at Morhabadi ground on the eve of the first anniversary of Soren's government in Ranchi, Monday.(PTI)

Jharkhand: JMM-led govt completes one year in office

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:47 AM IST
Hemant Soren on Monday met top officials, including chief secretary Sukhdev Singh, to prepare an outline of key achievements of his government
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Detailing the move, cabinet secretary Ajoy Kumar said those farmers who have paid at least one EMI in the loan tenure period will be eligible. (Photo@HemantSorenJMM)
Detailing the move, cabinet secretary Ajoy Kumar said those farmers who have paid at least one EMI in the loan tenure period will be eligible. (Photo@HemantSorenJMM)

Jharkhand government to waive farm loans up to Rs 50,000

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:17 PM IST
The government has got Rs 2,000 crore budgetary sanction for the move in the current fiscal.
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Farmers at the Singhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Farmers at the Singhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Jharkhand govt looks to bypass new farm laws

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:10 AM IST
State agriculture minister Badal Patralekh said he recently met chief minister Hemant Soren in this regard.
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is suffering at several ailments and was admitted to RIMS in December 2018 before he was shifted to the Kelly’s bungalow four months ago.(HT Photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is suffering at several ailments and was admitted to RIMS in December 2018 before he was shifted to the Kelly’s bungalow four months ago.(HT Photo)

Lalu Prasad stays in bungalow, allottee in guest house; BJP questions ‘irony’

By Gautam Mazumdar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:40 PM IST
BJP state president Deepak Prakash questioned Lalu Prasad’s continued stay at the bungalow of RIMS director.
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The BJP named Babulal Marandi the leader of Opposition after he returned to the party.(HT PHOTO)
The BJP named Babulal Marandi the leader of Opposition after he returned to the party.(HT PHOTO)

Jharkhand Speaker sets up court to hear JVM(P)’s merger under anti-defection law

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 04:15 PM IST
The JVM (P) witnessed a split after the assembly polls when party chief Marandi decided to return to the BJP after the state poll results and merged his party with the saffron party in February after adopting a resolution at the party’s national convention.
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JMM working president and Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Monday had a talk with RJD leader and Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on seat adjustment. They failed to reach an agreement, following which the JMM decided not to be a part of the grand alliance. (Photo @JharkhandCMO)
JMM working president and Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Monday had a talk with RJD leader and Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on seat adjustment. They failed to reach an agreement, following which the JMM decided not to be a part of the grand alliance. (Photo @JharkhandCMO)

JMM to go solo in Bihar polls, accuses RJD of ‘political betrayal’

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:29 PM IST
As alliance partner, the JMM felt it should have been given at least seven seats. However, the RJD-led grand alliance was unwilling to give more than two seats.
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The 73-year-old JMM leader, who had undergone open heart surgery about two years back, was admitted to Medanta on September 23 after he tested Covid-19 positive.(HINDUSTAN HINDI.)
The 73-year-old JMM leader, who had undergone open heart surgery about two years back, was admitted to Medanta on September 23 after he tested Covid-19 positive.(HINDUSTAN HINDI.)

Jharkhand minority welfare minister Haji Hussein Ansari dies battling Covid-19

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 10:00 PM IST
Born in Pipra village in Madhupur block of Deoghar district, Ansari started his political journey in late eighties with the Congress. Influenced by JMM chief Shibu Soren, he joined the regional party in the nineties when the Jharkhand movement was at its peak.
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File photo of JMM youth wing chief Basant Soren. (Videograb)
File photo of JMM youth wing chief Basant Soren. (Videograb)

JMM youth wing chief Basant Soren to fight Dumka bypoll

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindusatn Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Basant Soren was nominated, said party general secretary, after the JMM received multiple requests and feedback from various quarters.
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File photo: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(ANI)
File photo: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(ANI)

Jharkhand CM meets Lalu Yadav, says ‘will contest Bihar polls together’

By Gautam Mazumdar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 05:41 AM IST
It was the second meeting between the two leaders after CM Soren took charge as Jharkhand chief minister.
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The JSIC continued with acting chief information commissioner (CIC) Himanshu Chaudhary and two ICs for nearly three years in the past, as the previous BJP government was reluctant to fill in the vacancies. (HT File photo)
The JSIC continued with acting chief information commissioner (CIC) Himanshu Chaudhary and two ICs for nearly three years in the past, as the previous BJP government was reluctant to fill in the vacancies. (HT File photo)

Congress’ RTI in poor shape in Jharkhand where it is a coalition partner

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 04:34 PM IST
The salary payment of two on contract, four daily wage earners and 10 home guard jawans deputed in JSIC were on hold since June in want of the disbursing officer - the CIC.
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Lalu Prasad was admitted to RIMS in December 2018 after his conviction in a fodder scam case.(PTI PHOTO.)
Lalu Prasad was admitted to RIMS in December 2018 after his conviction in a fodder scam case.(PTI PHOTO.)

RJD chief Lalu Prasad tests negative for Covid-19 in Ranchi

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 09:53 PM IST
The swab samples of the fodder scam accused serving jail term was taken on Saturday along with his helpers, as one of the three helpers had developed some symptoms. The attendant has tested coronavirus positive.
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Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren went on home quarantine soon after one of his cabinet colleagues - Mithilesh Kumar and one JMM lawmaker Mathura Prasad Mahto tested Covid-19 positive on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO.)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren went on home quarantine soon after one of his cabinet colleagues - Mithilesh Kumar and one JMM lawmaker Mathura Prasad Mahto tested Covid-19 positive on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO.)

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, wife test negative for Covid-19

By Gautam Mazumdar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 11:12 PM IST
The swab samples of Hemant Soren, his wife Kalpana along with their two sons besides 19 official and household staff of the chief minister’s residence were taken on Saturday morning by a team of doctors and medical staff led by civil surgeon VB Prasad.
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The BDUs have been asked to improve loading and unloading environment as well to map invisible cargoes like vegetables, foodgrains, fertilizers, building materials, and automobiles, Kumar said.(HT photos)
The BDUs have been asked to improve loading and unloading environment as well to map invisible cargoes like vegetables, foodgrains, fertilizers, building materials, and automobiles, Kumar said.(HT photos)

Ranchi rail division aims at revenue boost after losses

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 09:26 AM IST
The BDU, led by senior divisional operating manager (DOM) Niraj Kumar, on Wednesday met with Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) representatives in this regard.
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The FJCCI energy sub-committee chairman said open conductors connected with the transmission grids often cause power cuts, resulting in interruptions in productions of industrial units.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times/For Representative Purposes Only)
The FJCCI energy sub-committee chairman said open conductors connected with the transmission grids often cause power cuts, resulting in interruptions in productions of industrial units.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times/For Representative Purposes Only)

FJCCI opposes Jharkhand-owned power discom’s tariff

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 11:20 AM IST
Addressing the media, FJCCI energy sub-committee chairman Binod Kumar Tulsyan and sub-committee member Ajay Bhandari said the audit report of JBVNL accounts has mentioned that it cannot be relied upon.
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Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad.(Representative Photo/HT)
Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad.(Representative Photo/HT)

Tribals in 3 states against Centre’s decision to auction coal mines, say it would displace them

By Gautam Mazumdar/Debabrata Mohanty/Ritesh Mishra | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Bhuvaneshwar/Raipur
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 01:40 PM IST
The central government had, on June 18, approved auction of 41 coal mines for commercial usage to private players. Jharkhand government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision.
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Former chief minister of Jharkhand Shibu Soren is set to enter the Upper House for the second time from Jharkhand.(Bijay/HT Photo)
Former chief minister of Jharkhand Shibu Soren is set to enter the Upper House for the second time from Jharkhand.(Bijay/HT Photo)

Rajya Sabha polls: JMM chief Shibu Soren set to enter upper house, advantage BJP on second seat from Jharkhand

By Gautam Mazumdar | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 12:37 PM IST
The BJP leadership, however, is cautious, as the party is short of one vote (lawmaker) against the required 27 first preference votes in the Rajya Sabha polls.
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Jharkhand planning and finance minister Rameshwar Oraon said about five lakh workers returned to Jharkhand during lockdown.(Diwakar Prasad/HT file photo)
Jharkhand planning and finance minister Rameshwar Oraon said about five lakh workers returned to Jharkhand during lockdown.(Diwakar Prasad/HT file photo)

Skilled workers should not sit idle, says Jharkhand’s finance minister

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2020 11:40 AM IST
“Big cities are favourable for skilled workers and those who returned home during lockdown should go back to their workplace soon after things start normalising in order to help push the country’s economy,” Jharkhand planning and finance minister Rameshwar Oraon said
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50 Lakh students in Jharkhand to get PDFs of books on Diksha portal

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2020 12:59 PM IST
He said the department has procured the new textbooks but could not provide it to the students through schools due to the lockdown. It will be distributed soon after classes begin, he said.
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Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren took oath as CM on December 29 along with three ministers — two from the Congress and one from the RJD. He was due to expand his cabinet on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren took oath as CM on December 29 along with three ministers — two from the Congress and one from the RJD. He was due to expand his cabinet on Friday.(HT PHOTO.)

Hemant Soren decides to expand cabinet on Friday, then has second thoughts

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 10:56 PM IST
Soren had met the Governor in the morning before leaving for Burugulikera village in Chibasa to meet the family of those killed. After his return to Ranchi, he again went to see the Governor.
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Some of tribal belts, especially in Khunti district had witnessed a separatist movement--Pathalgadi. Pathalgadi is a practice of raising stone plaques at village outskirts with warnings and declarations inscribed on it. The plaques declared village gram sabha, the only sovereign authority.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)
Some of tribal belts, especially in Khunti district had witnessed a separatist movement--Pathalgadi. Pathalgadi is a practice of raising stone plaques at village outskirts with warnings and declarations inscribed on it. The plaques declared village gram sabha, the only sovereign authority.(Parwaz Khan/ Hindustan Times)

On Day 1, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren withdraws Pathalgadi sedition cases

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 05:41 AM IST
Cases related to Pathalgadi movement and connected with opposition to proposed amendments in land tenancy laws will be dropped and FIRs lodged in various police stations will be withdrawn.
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Hemant Soren presided over the first cabinet meeting of the newly elected coalition government in Jharkhand hours after taking oath as the state Chief minister.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Hemant Soren presided over the first cabinet meeting of the newly elected coalition government in Jharkhand hours after taking oath as the state Chief minister.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

In first cabinet decision, Hemant Soren govt drops Pathalgadi sedition cases

By Gautam Mazumdar | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:39 AM IST
The BJP which is now the main opposition party in the state has slammed the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) led government’s decision to let off Pathalgadi accused.
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