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Ranchi: Eighteen picnic spots will have a magistrate and a dozen jawans to monitor New Year eve celebrations. Over two lakh revellers are expected to visit Rock Garden, Nakshatra Van, Machli Ghar, Sidho Kanho Park, Hatia Dam, Hundru Fall, Jonha Fall, Sita Fall, Rukka Dam, Subernarekha River, Crocodile Park, Birsa Zoo, Fun Castle, Science City, Tagore Hill, Machli Ghar, Pahari Mandir and Sai Mandir. City parks will also have security. Ranchi SDO Ameet Kumar has taken help from block development officers (BDOs) of Kanke, Namkom, Angara, Lapung and Bero blocks to maintain law and order. State tourism secretary Sajal Chakraborty, who had a near escape from drowning when he was on a motorboat in Ranchi Lake on December 15, has issued directions to all district commissioners and superintendents of police to ensure full security to revellers in each picnic spot, particularly reservoirs. “Police and administration must work together to ensure safe revelry for all,” said Chakraborty

Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration has drawn up a convergence plan of traffic police, thanas and excise department to keep New Year revellers on leash in and around Jamshedpur on December 31 night and January 1 morning. The thrust will be on approach roads to clubs, restaurants and bars and public places on December 31, and picnic hotspots — Jubilee Park (Bistupur), Dimna Lake (Patamda), Hudco Lake (Telco), Domuhani (Sonari), Rankini Mandir (Kadma), Narwapahar (Jadugora) and Bhetiya Park (Kadma) — on December 31 and January 1. Jamshedpur excise department has formed a 25-member taskforce, divided into four groups and armed with breathalysers, to work with traffic police and stop youths from driving under the influence of booze. Surprise midnight raids at hotels and bars are also slated as serving liquor beyond 12am is banned. “If anyone is proved to be driving under influence of alcohol, he or she will be fined Rs 1,000. Any establishment serving liquor after midnight will be fined Rs 10,000 and get a licence-cancel warning. IMFL liquor outlets must shut shops by 10pm on December 31,” said assistant commissioner excise department (Jamshedpur) Rakesh Kumar

Dhanbad: Dhanbad district administration and police have made tight security arrangements for December 31 and New Year revelry. DSP law and order Amit Kumar said extra policemen, including women, will be deputed at different picnic spots such as Maithon Dam, Bhatinda Falls, Moonidih, and Birsa Munda Park at Baramuri. The officers-in-charge of respective police stations under which the picnic spots fall will personally monitor the crowd at the picnic spots. The district administration has also deputed magistrates at these places. Road patrol will also be beefed up. “If residents face any problem, they can call up 0326-207807,” Kumar said

Bokaro: Policemen are monitoring major picnic spots such as Tenughat and Garga dams, City Park, Jagannath Temple, Hatia Hills and Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park from Monday to Wednesday. The teams are in touch with the police control room. “We are monitoring revellers and are on the lookout for rash or drunken driving, teasing, snatching, among others. Magistrates will be deputed at the request of the police at different picnic spots,” Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi said


If your idea of welcoming 2014 is with a drunken roar in a smoky haze, Ranchi event management company Antariksh has decided to be bravely different. “No booze, no drugs, no smoke,” said Rakesh Jaiswal, partner of Antariksh. “We have come up with a new format of partying, which is clean and safe but great fun. At Milan Palace, opposite Gossner College, our first event in the city, we will have a rock band Highway 69, events and games, surprises and gift vouchers, good food and loads of mocktails, a non-stop DJ and much more. Stags, couples and families, including children, can have a blast.” TV personality Abigail Jain of Hamse Hai Life will be the celebrity hostess. Stag entry is Rs 1,000 per head, while couples need to shell out Rs 1,800. Jaiswal, an alumnus from International School of Broadcast and Journalism, Pune, started his business with Nitin Jiwal, a former student of ISB & M Group of Institutions, Pune, who has worked in the television industry. “A New Year bash is more than a liquor bottle,” Jaiswal said



The spanking new station in Hazaribagh (in picture) is having its selfie moment this season. Citizens, used to travelling 52km to the nearest Koderma station, can’t believe their luck. So instead of going to scenic spots Hazaribagh Lake, Canary Hill, Konar or Telaiya dams, they are heading for the town’s very own station in Kud locality — to take its pictures, pose for their own pictures against its backdrop and turn it into a bona fide celebrity. Interest has grown after the December 22 trial run of a diesel engine on the 79km-stretch between Koderma and Hazaribagh. Septuagenarian ‘tourist’ Shatrughan Pandey, who brought his two grandsons to see the station, said: “I never dreamt Hazaribagh would have a station in my lifetime.” On the start of train services on this track, Hazaribagh MP Yashwant Sinha said it would take another three months once safety checks are done


In the corridors of power, a tourism revolution is taking flight. Many bigwigs are opting to go abroad in this traditional holiday season. Sources in the chief minister’s secretariat confirmed that CM Hemant Soren last week sanctioned the request of foreign trips of at least three IAS and IPS officers. “Earlier, an official travelling to a foreign country meant getting special permission. The process, tedious earlier, is now simplified. Only the chief minister is authorised to grant leave,” a senior official said. Those who are abroad include police ADG (CID) S.N. Pradhan (in Dubai), water resource department secretary Avinash Kumar (Bangkok) with his family and labour commissioner Puja Singhal (also Bangkok) with her family. What about Hemant’s New Year plans? “He will stay in Ranchi or visit his father (Shibu Soren) in Bokaro. He’ll stay in Jharkhand,” said the CM’s media advisor Himanshu Shekhar Choudhary