News-makers From Jharkhand For The Year 2016

In a couple of days from now, the year 2016 will end and the new year 2017 will be here. Before we say goodbye to 2016, our team decided to share few of the stories about Jharkhandi news-makers.

Simon Oraon Was Awarded Padma Shri

Jharkhand’s Waterman Baba Simon Oraon lives and works in the Bero block of Jharkhand. Aged over 80 years, he has been waging a war against drought since the day he dropped out of school as a Class IV student. His hard work over the last few decades have finally borne fruits when the water level rose to facilitate agriculture even in the wasteland of his work-area; today, his Bero Block, is one of the agriculture hub of the state.


His silent but relentless war was recognized in 2016, when Government awarded him Padma Shri for his contribution to environment conservation.


Nikki Pradhan Became State’s First Woman Hockey Olympian

Nikki Pradhan comes from a non-descript village named Hesel, Murhu block, Khunti district. When she was selected in Indian Women Olympic team, many of her fellow residents of her small village did not know about her rare feat. She lives in thatched mud house and belongs to an ordinary family, her father Soma Pradhan, who works with Bihar Police while her mother Jitni Devi is a housewife.


In 2005, she shifted to Ranchi to join coaching camp in Ranchi and in 2015; she got selected into the national team. It has been a difficult and ardours journey for her.


Sylvanus Dungdung Was Given Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2016, Hockey star from Simdega, Sylvanus Dungdung won Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.He vividly remembers his glory days. It was July 26 in 1980, when India was playing against the Spain in the Olympics field hockey men’s final in Moscow. Both teams were locked in a keen hockey battle as the scores were levelled at 3-3. At that time, our hockey star player Dungdung made a perfect long pass to the forward, Surinder Sodhi, who grabbed the opportunity to score a goal and India won Gold medal by winning 4-3.

Sylvanus Dungdung )Picture Credit: The Telegraph)
Sylvanus Dungdung (Picture Credit: The Telegraph)

Recently, when a news-reporter asked him about the poor health of hockey in Jharkhand, he replied dejectedly, “It’s not very good.”


Kalyani Kullu, an Adivasi Matriarch donated her land for a Police Station

In a state dominated by the left-extremists, an Adivasi Matriarch Kalyani Kullu and her three sons Basant, Nutan and Bhushan of Kochedega village stepped up and donated an acre of land to the District Police in Simdega at no cost. This land is to be utilized by the District Police to construct a Police Station, which would serve the rural population of over 20,000 people residing in the different villages located in the Kochedega, Tamra, Sewai, Kullukera and Taisera panchayats.

Kalyani Kullu (left) hands over land transfer papers to SP Rajeev Ranjan Singh as MLA Vimla Pradhan (centre) looks on (Picture Credit: The Telegraph)

“The mother and her three boys have not only donated us one acre free of cost, they have also set a unique example to fight Maoism and control crime in the area,” an elated Simdega SP Rajeev Ranjan Singh told the news-reporters.

Pratyusha Banerjee, A Young Bright Star Is Being Missed

At the young age of 24, the famous TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee from Jamshedpur was snatched away by the cruel destiny. With her honest portrayal of grown-up “Anandi” in the very popular series “Balika Vadhu” and her participation in the reality show “Big-Boss”; she touched rare heights of popularity in television stardom. Always conscious of her roots, she used to state confidently, “You mark my words. I am going to make Jhakhand proud.”

And she was so right. She was far too young to die was only starting out in life. We miss her.

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We are bunch of commoners and our bloggers' e-magazine focuses on the AlterNative Voices from Jharkhand, India.
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We are bunch of commoners and our bloggers' e-magazine focuses on the AlterNative Voices from Jharkhand, India.


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