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Everything you need to know about Chhattisgarh: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Chhattisgarh: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

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May 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM

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Sukma District Collector to be released tomorrow: Chhattisgarh CM

May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Raipur, May 2(ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon would be released on Thursday by the Maoists.

Maoists to release collector Thursday

May 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Raipur, May 2 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas Wednesday said they will release kidnapped Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon Thursday.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Experts have described Maoists as the growing threat to India's internal security, and one of the ways it can be tackled is by focussing on inclusive growth in areas under their influence.

SP MP wants action for remarks against MPs

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Samajwadi Party leader Shailendra Kumar Wednesday demanded action against those making derogatory remarks against MPs saying these were lowering dignity of parliament.

Abducted Chhattisgarh collector may be freed Wednesday

May 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Raipur, May 1 (IANS) Maoists may set abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon free Wednesday, official sources in Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

Chhattisgarh CM says Sukma District Collector will be released soon

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, would be released soon.

Chhattisgarh CM says Sukma District Collector will be released soon

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said that abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, would be released soon.

Baba Ramdev begins third phase of India tour to awaken people to fight for their rights

May 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), May 1 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev began the third phase of his nationwide tour on Tuesday from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, to fight corruption in public life and unearth unaccounted money stashed to off shore banks.

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

London, May 1 (ANI): A London-based human rights activist has accused the Maoists of running an extortion economy under the guise of a popular revolution.

Abducted Chhattisgarh collector may walk free Wednesday

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Raipur, May 1 (IANS) Maoists may set abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon free Wednesday, official sources in Chhattisgarh said Tuesday.

Government-Maoist mediators reach agreement over Sukma Collector's release

May 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Raipur, May 1 (ANI): Following several rounds of talks, the Chhattisgarh Government and Maoist mediators have reportedly reached an agreement over terms for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Abducted Chhattisgarh district collector's release likely

April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The release of abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon seemed likely with the Maoist interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators agreeing Monday night to form a high-powered panel to deal with the Maoists' demands.

No breakthrough in Government-Maoist talks over Sukma Collector's release

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Raipur, Apr 30 (ANI):The deadlock over the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon persists, with yet another round of talks between the representatives of Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoist rebels ending in a stalemate.

Collector's abduction: Mediators meet fail to break deadlock

April 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Raipur, April 29 (IANS) Maoists interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators ended their meeting here Sunday night here but failed to find way out to ensure release of Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by guerillas at gun point April 21, an official said.

Sukma collector safe, say mediators after meeting Maoists

April 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Raipur, April 29 (IANS) Abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon is safe, two interlocutors who met Maoists in their jungle hideout said Sunday, adding the rebels had replied to the Chhattisgarh government's message on their demands for his release.

Mediators say Sukma Collector is safe

April 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Raipur/Chintalnar (Chhattisgarh), April 29 (ANI): Mediators holding the first round of talks with the Maoist abductors of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon on Sunday said he was safe and in good health.

Armed Maoists receive interlocutors in Chhattisgarh jungle

April 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Armed Maoists received both of their interlocutors, bearing the Chhattisgarh government's response to their demands for release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, in a jungle pocket in violence-hit Bastar region Saturday afternoon, raising hopes of the official's safe and early release.

Abducted collector: Maoists' mediators fly to Bastar

April 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Exactly a week after Maoists abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon at gun point, two interlocutors named by them Saturday flew in to Bastar to brief the rebels about the government's response to their demands set for safe release of the young officer, an official here said.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Third round of talks today

April 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Raipur, Apr 28 (ANI): The fate of abducted Sukma District Collector is undecided even a week after his kidnapping, and interlocutors of the Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoists are meeting for the third time today to find a way out.

Mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands, justify abduction

April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demands, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

Maoists' mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands

April 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demand, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

Chhattisgarh Government intensifies efforts to free abducted Sukma Collector

April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Raipur, Apr 27 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Government has intensified efforts to free Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon from Maoists captivity.

Maoists up demand for releasing Menon, want 17 rebels freed

April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) In a fresh demand, Maoists holding Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon hostage have asked for 17 of their jailed associates to be released, sources said after the mediators appointed by the government and the guerrillas met here Friday.

Bhopal activist requests Maoists to release Menon 'unharmed'

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhopal, Apr 26 (ANI): The public concern over the health and safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector got a sentimental touch on Thursday, as a local activist in Bhopal organized a blood 'satyagraha' and wrote a letter addressed to the Maoists to release Alex Paul Menon 'unharmed'.

Maoist mediator confident that there would be no loss of life

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Raipur, Apr 26 (ANI): Human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal, who has been named as another mediator by the Maoists for talks with the government to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, on Thursday said that he would ensure that there is no casualty on either side.

Abducted collector: Government, Maoist mediators hold talks

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Raipur, April 26 (IANS) In a bid to ensure release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, the two mediators named by Maoists and two former bureaucrats appointed by the Chhattisgarh government held a lengthy closed door meeting here Thursday evening.

11 killed, 88 abducted by Maoists till April

April 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) A total of 88 people were abducted and 11 of them killed in six Maoist affected states till April 17 this year, parliament was informed Thursday.

Two kidnappings: Maoists release MLA, hold on to collector

April 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Balipeta (Odisha)/Raipur, April 26 (IANS) Freedom for one, continuing captivity for the other. Maoist guerrillas Thursday released Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka more than a month after they kidnapped him but their comrades in neighbouring Chhattisgarh continued to hold collector Alex Paul Menon hostage amid fears for the asthma patient's health.

Maoists' mediators reach Raipur

April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Raipur, April 26 (IANS) Efforts for release of Alex Paul Menon, the Sukma collector whom Maoists kidnapped on April 21, picked pace Thursday after two mediators named by the rebels - Hargopal, a professor from Hyderabad, and B.D. Sharma, former collector of Bastar - reached Raipur.

Abducted Sukma collector's health condition improving, says Raman Singh

April 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said that health of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon had improved after medication.

Collector abduction: Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrives in Raipur

April 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Raipur, Apr 26 (ANI): Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrived in Chhattisgarh's Raipur District on Thursday to secure the release of abducted collector Alex Paul Menon.

New strategies reducing malaria deaths in Odisha (April 25 is World Malaria Day)

April 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) India's health ministry is pinning its hopes on new strategies to bring down malaria deaths in Odisha's tribal and urban populations.

Collector's abduction: tension as Maoist deadline nears

April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Raipur, April 25 (IANS) Tension spread in Chhattisgarh as the deadline set by the abductors of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon lapses at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Reports coming in from the Maoists stronghold of Bastar said the deadline could be extended.

Activists flay Maharashtra's new stringent RTI rules

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Social activists in Maharashtra Tuesday flayed amendments in the state's Right To Information (RTI) rules which could bestow discretionary powers on officials to deny information to the public.

Medicines rushed for abducted Menon amid uncertainty over talks

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Raipur/New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Emergency medicines were rushed Tuesday for abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, who is being held by Maoists in Chhattisgarh for the past three days, even as uncertainty prevailed over talks for his release.

Chhattisgarh collector's in-laws spend sleepless nights

April 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Chennai, April 24 (IANS) As their daughter puts up a stoic face in Chhattisgarh, the family of Asha Paul Menon - wife of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon - is spending sleepless nights here.

Chhattisgarh names two mediators for Menon's release

April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Raipur, April 24 (IANS) With just a day to go for the Maoist deadline, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday named two former chief secretaries to negotiate with the guerrillas who have kidnapped Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon.

Chhattisgarh CM urges Maoists not to fix deadline

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Raipur, Apr 24 (ANI): With the deadline looming large for the safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday urged the Maoists not to fix a deadline till the negotiations are over.

Maoist-nominated mediator urges Govt. to resume talks

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): B. D. Sharma, one of the Maoist-nominated mediators for negotiations with the government, on Tuesday stressed on the need to have a dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict following the abduction of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Government losing its way in Maoist minefield

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Two Italians kidnapped in Odisha, then a legislator and now a collector in Chhattisgarh. The high profile abductions have again focused attention on the government strategy to counter Maoists and even officials are asking whether there is any clarity of thought in the twin approach of development and military action.

Collector's abduction: Two of three 'mediators' say no

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Two of the three mediators named by Maoists to negotiate the release of Chhattisgarh district collector Alex Paul Menon have refused to join talks. While lawyer Prashant Bhushant said he could not mediate while Menon was still in Maoist custody, tribal leader Manish Kunjam cited political reasons.

Sukma Collector's abduction: Chhattisgarh Govt. names mediators

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Raipur, Apr 24 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Government on Tuesday named two former bureaucrats for holding talks with Maoists to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi seek safe release of kidnapped collector

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her predecessor and DMK chief M.Karunanidhi Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take urgent steps for the release of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, kidnapped by Maoists Saturday.

Anti-naxal operations in Bastar suspended to facilitate collector's release

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): As uncertainty looms over the release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, the state government has reportedly suspended the anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.

Chhattisgarh slows down anti-Maoist drive till Menon's release

April 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Raipur, April 23 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government has virtually called a halt to its anti-Maoist offensive till Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is released from captivity, official sources said Monday.

Centre in touch with Chhattisgarh Govt. on Maoist kidnapping: Home Secretary

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Monday said the Centre is providing all support to the Chhattisgarh Government for the safe release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Raman Singh convenes high-level meet

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): With the Maoists forwarding their demands in exchange for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has reportedly convened a high-level meeting to decide on the future course of action.

BJP expresses concern over rise in Maoist abduction cases

April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday expressed concern over the rising number of abduction by the Maoists, calling for concrete action to be taken against them.

Need law against Maoist kidnappings: Congress

April 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

New Delhi/Raipur, April 22 (IANS) A law must be enacted to prevent kidnappings such as that of the Chhattisgarh collector Alex Paul Menon by Maoists, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Sunday.

Collector's abduction: Agnivesh asks Maoists to come forward for talks

April 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday condemned the abduction of the Collector of Chhattisgarh's Sukma District, Alex Paul Menon, and asked the Maoists to come forward for talks.

Abducted Chhattisgarh collector traceless

April 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Raipur, April 22 (IANS) Chhattisgarh police were Sunday yet to find a clue about Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, a day after he was abducted from a forested area at gun-point by Maoists while he was interacting with tribal farmers about their problems.

Naxals abduct District Collector in Chhattisgarh

April 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Sukma (Chhattisgarh), Apr 21 (ANI): The Maoists have abducted the District Collector of newly formed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Maoists abduct Chhattisgarh collector

April 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Raipur, April 21 (IANS) The Maoists Saturday abducted the Sukma district collector in Chhattisgarh, police said.

No green clearance to Jindal mining project in Chhattisgarh

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Friday cancelled environment clearance to the coal mining project of MP Naveen Jindal's steel and power plant in Chhattisgarh on grounds of faulty public hearing.

Maoists say Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka will be tried on April 25

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Apr 20 (ANI): The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, the Maoist group responsible for the abduction of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Friday saying the MLA will be tried in a people's court on April 25.

Maoist group meet to focus on Green Hunt, economic crisis

April 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Resistance group Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), at its first conference here April 22-23, will demand an end to the anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt and discuss how to turn the current economic crisis in the country into a revolutionary opportunity.

Centre willing to support steps taken by state governments

April 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the Central Government is willing to support steps taken by the State Governments in the fight against the Naxals.

Congress to take Chhattisgarh's coal mining expose to public

April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Raipur, April 16 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress has decided to take to the public a recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on coal mining in order to "expose" the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, party sources said Monday.

Raman Singh defends government in wake of CAG report

April 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Defending his government in the wake of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report pointing to lapses in awarding a coal exploration contract, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said Wednesday the decision on pricing was taken by the Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC).

Congress attacks Gadkari

April 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday attacked BJP president Nitin Gadkari and demanded the resignation of his party colleague and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh over a CAG report pointing to lapses in awarding a coal exploration contract to a firm linked to Gadkari's associate and MP Ajay Sancheti.

Maoists kill civilian on spying charge

April 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Raipur, April 9 (IANS) Maoist militants shot dead a tribal youth Monday in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region on suspicion he was spying for the police, police said.

BJP gags Chhattisgarh seniors over CAG report

April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Raipur, April 9 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gagged at least two of its senior leaders in Chhattisgarh after they slammed their own government for not taking the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report seriously, sources say.

'More autonomy for states to implement rural schemes'

April 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) As part of innovations in the 12th Five Year Plan, the centre plans to introduce flexibility in implementing its flagship rural development programmes all over the country, a top official said here Sunday.

95 percent schools lack RTE infrastructure

April 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Two years after the Right to Education (RTE) Act came into force, more than 95 percent of schools across India still don't comply with RTE standards for infrastructure, a study suggests.

Use land reforms not gun to check Maoism: Experts

April 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Distribution of surplus land to landless tribals would be more effective than using the paramilitary forces to check Maoism, experts suggested to Saturday.

PMRDF programme for Maoist-affected districts launched

April 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Hyderabad, April 7 (IANS) Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF) programme was formally launched here Saturday with the induction of 156 fellows, who will work in 78 Maoist-affected districts in nine states.

"Sanjeevani 108"-lifeline of Chhattisgarh

April 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Kanker, Apr 7 (ANI): Chhattisgarh brings to life the "gory" elements any state would fear - violence, struggle and bloodshed. For over three decades Chhattisgarh and its people have been fighting with all this and have not lost - neither the battle nor the courage to keep combating.

Chhattisgarh government hauled up over CAG expose

April 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Raipur, April 4 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress grilled the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state assembly Wednesday over a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointing to lapses that had led to huge revenue losses.

'Chhattisgarh coal block rates led to Rs. 1,000 crore loss'

April 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Raipur, April 3 (IANS) The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Tuesday slammed the state-owned Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) for accepting lower rates for commercial mining of coal blocks in the state which had led to a revenue loss of over Rs.1,000 crore.

Chhattisgarh IPS officer dies of cardiac arrest

April 3, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Raipur, Apr 3 (IANS) Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer B.S. Maravi died of cardiac arrest in Chhattisgarh Tuesday, an official said.

59 MoUs for power plants in Chhattisgarh

April 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Raipur, April 3 (IANS) Chhattisgarh, which has roughly one-fifth of India's total known coal reserves, has signed 59 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) since January 2007 with various power plants, the state assembly was told Tuesday.

Chhattisgarh IPS officer dies of cardiac arrest

April 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Raipur, April 3 (IANS) A senior IPS officer, B.S. Maravi, died of cardiac arrest in Chhattisgarh Tuesday, an official said.

Maoists injured in Chhattisgarh gunfight

April 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Raipur, April 2 (IANS) Several Maoists were injured in a lengthy gunfight with paramilitary forces in the early morning hours Monday in a remote jungle area in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said.

PLA, Maoists signed MoU for fighting war against Govt., claims Delhi Police

April 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Delhi Police Special Cell has found emails exchanged between two members of the Manipur-based banned outfit People's Liberation Army (PLA) and top Maoist leaders Kishenji and Ganapathy.

'Want consensus on common engineering entrance test'

April 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal Monday said the central government will consult every state government and move forward on a common entrance test for engineeering courses only after consensus is arrived at on the issue.

International conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India: Chhattisgarh CM

April 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Raipur, Apr.1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh believes there is an international conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India, and adds that the motive is to destabilise and weaken the country economically.

An adrenaline rush inside the exhilarating caves of Chhattisgarh

April 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), April 1 (IANS) Walking down the narrow, steep staircase in a rock crevice surrounded by dense foliage, one enters through a small iron door the pitch dark and intimidating Kutumsar caves. Considered one of the longest caves in the world, the exhilarating journey which lasts for about an hour is a must for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

Chhattisgarh tribal boy flees from Maoist captivity

March 31, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Raipur, March 31 (IANS) A minor Chhattisgarh tribal boy who was abducted by Maoists on charges of acting as a police informer, managed to flee from the rebels' captivity in restive Bastar region and reached safety after a night-long walk through the jungle, police said Saturday.

Chhattisgarh shutdown against hiked excise duty on gold

March 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Raipur, March 30 (IANS) A daylong shutdown Friday, called by gold traders and backed by various trade bodies, against the central government's decision of hiking excise duty on gold in this year's budget, affected normal life in Chhattisgarh.

$826 million ADB loan to India for power transmission

March 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Friday offered $826 million in loans to India for improving the power transmission systems in the country.

Tripura tops in average employment under rural jobs scheme

March 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Agartala, March 29 (IANS) Tripura continues to be the leading state in the country in terms of average employment under the rural jobs scheme, with the state providing 72.39 person-days of work in the current fiscal, state's Rural Development Minister Jitendra Chaudhury said Thursday.

498 killed in Maoist violence since March 2010: Chhattisgarh

March 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Raipur, March 28 (IANS) As many as 498 people were killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh since March 2010, the state assembly was informed Wednesday.

Masked men shoot bank cashier, loot Rs.1 million

March 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Raipur, March 28 (IANS) Four masked men shot dead a bank cashier in full public view in Chhattisgarh Wednesday and fled with his bag containing Rs.1 million, police said.

Chhattisgarh heightens security along Maharashtra

March 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Raipur, March 27 (IANS) Chhattisgarh deployed more troopers Tuesday in its insurgency-hit Rajnandgaon district bordering Maharashtra's Gadchiroli where Maoists killed paramilitary troopers.

Congress creates uproar in Chhattisgarh assembly

March 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress raised slogans and created ruckus in the state assembly Monday over the recent custodial death of a youth and the gang-rape of a minor girl in state capital, Raipur.

Maoists kill CRPF trooper in Chhattisgarh

March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was gunned down and his colleague injured in a gunfight Monday with Maoists in a forested area in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, police said.

Chhattisgarh legislators advised to be alert while on tour

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) Police in Chhattisgarh have urged the state's legislators to be on high alert while trekking through Maoist jungle strongholds in the wake of the abduction of a BJD MLA in neighbouring Odisha, a top police officer said Monday.

Maoists restore promotion of education in Palamu in wake of public ire

March 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Palamu (Jharkhand), Mar.26 (ANI): Public anger has had its impact on a Maoist outfit in Palamu, Jharkhand, and it sought to restore education in the area and urged villagers to reopen schools, with a motive to avert any kind of inconvenience caused to the students.

Facts at a Glance (To go with Ganga story)

March 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Here are some facts on the river Ganga

Parle eyeing 25 pc market share in snacks segment

March 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Biscuits and confectionary major Parle Products is betting big on the snacks segment for its higher growth trajectory, aiming at more than 25 percent market share by March 2014, a top company official has said.

Three tigers among 69 animals killed in Chhattisgarh

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Raipur, March 23 (IANS) Three tigers were among 69 animals killed in the wild in Chhattisgarh since 2009-10, while the state government has spent a little over Rs.116 crore on the protection of animals during the period, an official said Friday.

New poverty line theory a joke on poor: Chhattisgarh CM

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Raipur, March 23 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Friday hit out at new poverty line definition of the Planning Commission and termed it a "joke with poor people".

Police clueless on CRPF trooper's killing

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Raipur, March 23 (IANS) Police in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district Friday failed to get any clue about Maoists who had brutally killed a paramilitary trooper in full public view Thursday.

Maoist negotiator declines to act as mediator to free Italian hostages

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Bhubaneshwar, Mar 20 (ANI): Maoist interlocutor Biswapriya Kanungo has refused to mediate in the ongoing Italian hostage crisis in the state, after the Maoists named him as one of three negotiators to hold talks with the government.

Govt. report says poverty declines in India by 7.3%

March 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

The overall poverty has declined in India by 7.3% points to 29.8% of the total population, said Planning Commission today in its released report of "Poverty estimation for 2009-10."....

Swadeshi Products soon to be launced in India by Baba Ramdev

March 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Famous Yoga guru Ramdev, who has been in the news for sometimes due to his anti-black money campaign, announced his entry to the business world in the FMCG and herbal retail sector with his 'swadeshi' line of ayurvedic products.

Chidambaram terms internal security a 'very complex issue'

February 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Kolkata, Feb 18 (ANI): Emphasizing that internal security is a 'very complex issue', Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the Centre is working in coordination with the various state governments so that they can maintain law and order and quell any militancy or rebellion.

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