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Those who neither want to rub shoulders with candidates and aides at tents near Ranchi’s Pandra Bazaar Samiti counting venue or control rooms at party headquarters nor want to sit in front of TV at home, can head to Jharkhand Small Industries Association (JSIA). The JSIA has installed a big projector screen in its office hall at Kokar Industrial Area to beam election results. JSIA president Vikas Kumar Singh and vice-president Sharad Kumar Poddar said they expected their own members and that of Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries to come and watch. “Witnessing history in a group gives special enjoyment. We have made arrangements for tea and cold drinks as well,” Singh said

NUMBER CRUNCHING

Coal belt Dhanbad is sweating over its Friday numbers. In Jharkhand, it will be the last to announce Lok Sabha results as it has the most number of polling booths, 2,228. The counting venue, Government Polytechnic Institute, will be abuzz with 340 officials across 100 tables in over 139 rounds. Not to forget, there’ll be a positive mela outside the venue as hundreds of supporters of the 31 candidates in the fray with be camping with bated breath. Long day ahead

TRENDS ON TV

Hazaribagh district administration has decided to telecast election trends on local cable channels to prevent enthusiasts from crowding the counting centre at Bazaar Samiti in Sindoor on the Ranchi-Patna stretch of NH-33, near VBU.

Traffic curbs will be in place. Trucks coming from Barhi will be stopped at Nagwa, whereas those from Ranchi will be stationed at Massipiddi. But, cars and minibuses can continue their journey using diversions via University Road to Lake Road and then taking NH-33

HOW HOT?

Heat wave versus Modi wave? Candidates and supporters camping near counting centres and party offices across the state on Friday need to drink plenty of water, ganne ka ras, daab ka paani and so on. Daytime temperatures promise to hover around 40°C everywhere coupled with dry winds. If the results of a war between regional satraps Shibu Soren and Babulal Marandi with BJP dark horse Sunil Soren aren’t hot enough in Dumka, expect the temperature — over 43°C on Thursday and likely to stay so across Santhal Pargana — to be sizzling. Compared to that, Ranchi will be positively pleasant at 36.6°C (maximum) and 23.4°C (minimum)