: 79,714 sq.km.
The new State Jharkhand
formerly a part of Bihar state, was formed on November 15th, 2000 with Ranchi
as its capital. Jharkhand
is the 28th state of the Indian Union. The districts are Garwa, Palamu, Chatra,
Koderma, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Deoghar, Dumka, Godda, Pakur, Sahibganj, Dhanbad,
Bokaro, Ranchi, Lohardagga, Gumla, West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum.
The new state largely comprises of the forest tracks of
Chhotanagpur plateau and Santhal Pargana and has distinct cultural traditions.
in and around the districts of Chotanagpur and Santhal Parganas was formerly Southern
Bihar and is thickly
wooded and consists of a succession of hills.