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Chhattisgarh News

Chhattisgarh iron ore, coal output take a hit

Raipur, Feb 21 (IANS) The second consecutive day of trade union strike Thursday took a heavy toll on iron ore and coal mine output in Chhattisgarh as workers stayed away, officials said.

Strike hits iron ore, coal output

Raipur, Feb 20 (IANS) A two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions Wednesday hit iron ore mining and coal production in Chhattisgarh, officials said.

Botched eye surgery: Chhattisgarh acts against drug suppliers

Raipur, Feb 19 (IANS) Taking a tough stance against suppliers of sub-standard medicines for botched-up eye surgery camps in the state since last year, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday decided to file court cases against them.

People desire development: Chhattisgarh governor

Raipur, Feb 18 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt Monday said that the Raman Singh government had made "all possible efforts" to give shape to the people's desire for development and peace.

Chhattisgarh to get India's first geothermal plant

Raipur, Feb 17 (IANS) Chhattisgarh has signed an agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to set up the country's first geothermal power plant in its newly-formed Balrampur district, an official statement said Sunday.

Maoists suspected behind Chhattisgarh scribe's murder

Raipur, Feb 13 (IANS) Maoists are suspected to have killed a journalist of a Hindi newspaper in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said Wednesday.

Chhattisgarh BJP core group discusses poll strategy

Raipur, Feb 7 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a crucial core group meeting here Thursday in which key leaders devised strategy to retain power in the state, which goes to the polls later this year, sources said.

Chhattisgarh seeks Rs.100 crore under National Dairy Plan

Raipur, Feb 6 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu Wednesday demanded Rs.100 crore from the central government under the National Dairy Plan.

Maoists torch four construction vehicles

Raipur, Feb 5 (IANS) Maoist insurgents Tuesday torched four heavy machines engaged in road construction in violence-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, damaging them badly, police said.

Third front emerges in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Nine of the smaller parties in the state, including Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) Monday formed a third front here and announced that they would work in unison to vote out the saffron regime in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh tribals defy Maoists, attend R-Day

Raipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's tribal population in the Maoist bastion Bastar Saturday defied Maoist dictates and celebrated Republic Day although the rebels blocked dozens of roads in forested interiors.

Chhattisgarh firm turns to Gandhi to fight alcoholism

Raipur, Jan 25 (IANS) It is entirely in fitness of things that Mahatma Gandhi be the brand ambassador of a campaign to combat alcoholism. It is slightly bizarre that the campaign has been launched in Chhattisgarh by a state-run firm that is engaged in liquor business.

Maoists attack Chhattisgarh police station, beaten off

Raipur, Jan 21 (IANS) Maoist militants attacked a police station located alongside a key national highway in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar district early Monday but the alert cops repulsed them, police said.

IAF chopper attacked by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, crew safe

Raipur, Jan 18 (IANS) An Indian Air Force helicopter had to make an emergency landing at a forested location in Chhattisgarh Friday evening after Maoist rebels opened fire on it, police said. The crew, one of whom was injured, safely reached a nearby paramilitary camp.

Chhattisgarh reluctant to tackle Maoists: Ajit Jogi

Raipur, Jan 14 (IANS) Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi Monday accused the BJP-led state government of not being serious about solving the Maoist issue plaguing the state since the late 1980s.

Soumyajit Ghosh becomes youngest National TT champion

Raipur, Jan 12 (IANS) Soumyajit Ghosh Saturday became the youngest men's National champion at 19, denying India's top player Sharath Kamal his seventh title while Shamini Kumaresan culminated her season on a high note by dethroning Poulomi Ghatak in the women's singles event at the National Table Tennis Championships here.

National table tennis: Roy, Manika and Madhurika bow out

Raipur, Jan 11 (IANS) Petroleum Sports Promotion Board's (PSPB) Soumyadeep Roy was the lone seed to fall Friday in the men's singles while Delhi's Manika Batra and PSPB's Madhurika Patkar also made early exits from the women's singles of the 74th National Table Tennis Championships here.

National TT: Delhi upset PSPB for women's title

Raipur, Jan 10 (IANS) Delhi women's team beat fancied Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) 3-1 for a title at the National Table Tennis Championships here Thursday.

Chhattisgarh passes Food Security Bill

Raipur, Dec 21 (IANS) Walking one step ahead of the central government, the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Chhattisgarh emerged the leader in ensuring availability of food as a right to its citizens as the state assembly on Friday passed its food security bill unopposed.

Probe nails Balco for Chhattisgarh industrial tragedy

Raipur, Dec 21 (IANS) The judicial probe report into Chhattisgarh's biggest industrial tragedy at Balco power plant when a chimney collapsed in Sept 2009, killing 40 workers, was tabled in the state assembly Friday. The report blames Balco and others for the incident.

Chhattisgarh suspends BALCO power plant's licence

Raipur, Dec 20 (IANS) In a major blow to controversy-hit, under-construction thermal power plant of Vedanta Resources-controlled Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) in Korba, the Chhattisgarh government has suspended the project's factory licence, the state assembly was told Thursday.

Uproar in Chhattisgarh assembly on botched up eye operations

Raipur, Dec 19 (IANS) The issue of an eye operation camp which left 12 people blind in Chhattisgarh rocked the assembly Wednesday with the opposition Congress terming the lapses "most grave" and staging a walkout over their demand for discussion.

Errant Chhattisgarh doctors to face action for negligence

Raipur, Dec 17 (IANS) A day after 15 people were hospitalised here after botched up eye surgeries at a camp, Chhattisgarh Health Minister Amar Agrawal Monday met the victims and assured strong action against the erring doctors.

Chhattisgarh to pay for treatment of botched eye camp victims

Raipur, Dec 16 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government admitted Sunday that 15 people had developed eye infections after they were operated upon at a community health centre recently, and assured their treatment at state expense.

Chhattisgarh misleading farmers for GMR project: Legislator

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) A legislator from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday accused the Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) of acquiring land for GMR Energy from farmers in his constituency by misleading the revenue department.

Chhattisgarh paid Kareena Rs.1.40 crore for dance show

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government admitted Thursday that it paid a whopping sum of Rs.1.40 crore to Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor for her performance last month at the state's anniversary function.

Chhattisgarh assembly winter session to be stormy

Raipur, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh assembly's winter session, starting Tuesday, will be stormy with the opposition Congress deciding to raise issues of corruption and scandals allegedly engineered by the Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Congress slams Chhattisgarh over coal blocks' allocation

Raipur, Dec 7 (IANS) The Congress Friday alleged that the Chhattisgarh government's decision to allot two coal blocks to a private firm owned by BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti resulted in a loss of Rs.50,000 crore to the state exchequer.

Chhattisgarh slams coal blocks de-allocation

Raipur, Dec 3 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) Monday questioned the coal ministry's decision to de-allocate its two coal blocks in Surguja district and said it would take the matter to court, if required.

Bastar deserted during PLGA week

Raipur, Dec 2 (IANS) Violence-hit Bastar region wore a deserted look as the PLGA Week observed by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) commenced Sunday, police said.

Bastar deserted day before PLGA Week

Raipur, Dec 2 (IANS) Violence-hit Bastar region wore a deserted look Sunday a day before the week-long PLGA Week observed by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), police said.

Kasab's hanging a warning to militants: Raman Singh

Raipur, Nov 21 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Wednesday welcomed the hanging of Pakistan−based militant Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and termed it "an appropriate decision".

Explosives seized from Chhattisgarh Maoist hideout

Raipur, Nov 20 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Police Tuesday engaged Maoists in a gunfight and seized a large quantity of ammunition and explosive materials used for making bombs, from a forested hideout in Gariaband district of the state.

Chhattisgarh offers free religious trips for aged

Raipur, Nov 17 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government has signed an agreement with the Indian Railways for free−of−cost pilgrimage schemes for the state's senior citizens, officials said Saturday.

'No to pneumonia' campaign launched in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 12 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) Monday launched a 'say no to pneumonia' campaign in all the 27 districts of the state to mark World Pneumonia Day, Nov 12.

Pranab inaugurates new airport terminal in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 7 (IANS) The 12-year-old mineral rich Chhattisgarh got a new state capital - Naya Raipur - Nov 1 and now an airport terminal which was Wednesday dedicated to the people by President Pranab Mukherjee here, an official said.

President inaugurates secretariat in Naya Raipur

Naya Raipur, Nov 6 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday visited Naya Raipur, the new capital of Chhattisgarh, and inaugurated the Capitol Complex, which will serve as the administrative capital of the state.

Three Maoists held, tiffin bomb found

Raipur, Nov 6 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Police arrested three Maoist insurgents Tuesday from the jungles of Koilibeda area in Kanker district, which is part of a sprawling Maoist hotbed in Bastar region.

Maoists kill two CISF men in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 4 (IANS) Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constables were killed early Sunday in a firefight with Maoist guerrillas near an iron ore mine in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said.

Chhattisgarh inks MoUs worth over Rs. 1.22 lakh crore

Naya Raipur, Nov 3 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Saturday inked nearly 300 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) worth over Rs. 1.22 lakh crore in non-core sector like solar energy at the end of the two-day Global Investors Meet held here.

Chhattisgarh is land of opportunity: India Inc

Naya Raipur, Nov 2 (IANS) Top guns of Indian industry Friday said they were keen to invest in Chhattisgarh, the land of opportunity.

New Chhattisgarh capital to be developed as IT hub

Raipur, Nov 2 (IANS) Chhattisgarh new capital, Naya Raipur, will be developed as an IT hub, Chief Minister Raman Singh said Friday.

Chhattisgarh land of opportunity: India Inc

Naya Raipur, Nov 2 (IANS) Top guns of Indian industry Friday said they were keen to invest in Chhattisgarh, calling it a land of opportunity.

Environment clearance just a click away in Chhattisgarh now

Raipur, Oct 30 (IANS) Ahead of the first ever Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Chhattisgarh from Nov 2, the state government Tuesday launched an online system for businessmen and industrialists to apply for and obtain environment clearances without repeated trips to government offices.

Naya Raipur farmers get a better deal

Raipur, Oct 29 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government has announced an additional rehabilitation package in a bid to appease protesting farmers whose lands were acquired by the state for the construction of Naya Raipur, the upcoming capital of the 12-year-old state. Dozens of affected families will benefit from this decision, official sources said Monday.

Maoists to boycott Chhattisgarh anniversary Nov 1

Raipur, Oct 28 (IANS) Security has been beefed up in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region Sunday after the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) announced it will observe black day Nov 1, the day the state was formed 12 years ago, police said.

Third front a waste of time in Chhattisgarh: CPI-M

Raipur, Oct 27 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday rejected a call by smaller parties to form a third front in Chhattisgarh.

Dantewada to get Rs.50 crore for development

Raipur, Oct 15 (IANS) Chhattisgarh will invest Rs.50 crore in Maoist-hit Dantewada district to improve infrastructure of the region, an official said Monday.

Four Chhattisgarh cops injured in Maoist ambush

Raipur, Oct 15 (IANS) A police squad had a narrow escape after Maoist guerrillas ambushed it with a landmine blast and engaged it in a gun battle on the Bijapur-Gidam Road in Dantewada in southern Chhattisgarh, officials said.

Bastar finally linked with Raipur by rail

Raipur, Oct 10 (IANS) Bastar was finally linked to Chhattisgarh capital Raipur Wednesday when Chief Minister Raman Singh and union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Charandas Mahant jointly flagged off the Jagdalpur-Durg tri-weekly express train at Jagdalpur.


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