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Petrol pumps in Chhattisgarh shut down to protest hike, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Petrol pumps across Chhattisgarh shut down on Sunday, in response to the call of the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protest the latest hike in petrol price.

All pumps remained shut in capital Raipur. Reports from other parts of the state confirm that petrol pump owners have joined in the shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

The central government had raised petrol prices by over Rs 3 per litre on Thursday, triggering protests countrywide.

Sen airs views on fasting, unveils plan against sedition laws, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Pune While over 47 per cent of children below the age of five in India are malnourished, as per the Sachar Committee report, the figures for minority communities go beyond 50 per cent, said human rights activist Binayak Sen, addressing a gathering of students here. Addressing the lecture organised by Lokayat, Pune, Sen and his wife also gave their views on fasting by leaders like Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and activists like Anna Hazare and Irom Sharmila. He also spoke of his campaign against several provisions of sedition under Section 124(A) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In Chhattisgarh, a cement grinding unit grows in a greenbelt, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

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A silhouette of upright silos and inclined conveyor belts has arisen amongst the tall chimneys that dot the skyline of this industrial township built around the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh. The new structure is a cement grinding unit, and the subject of vociferous protests from a section of Bhilai residents and public representatives.

Mangalore beedi industry gasping, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Beedi contractors in Dakshina Kannada say that the Mangalore beedi industry may survive only for three more years. “It will go the Mangalore tiles way,” according to J. Ibrahim, General Secretary, Karnataka State Beedi Contractors' Federation. He was addressing presspersons on the sidelines of a press meet here on Monday.

The industry is facing a severe crunch of workers, according to beedi contractors, who source raw material from companies and get them rolled into beedis by workers, who are usually women.

UltraTech to spend Rs 11,000 cr on new buys, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Aditya Birla group company UltraTech Cement said on Friday that it would spend Rs 11,000 crore over three years to enhance various manufacturing facilities and was also looking for acquisitions under an expansion plan. "These (new projects) include clinkerisation plants through brownfield

expansion at Chhattisgarh and Karnataka together with additional grinding units, installing waste-heat recovery systems and instituting bulk packaging terminals and setting up of ready-mix concrete plants," company chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said at the firm's annual general meeting.

ADB approves $500 million loan to Indian Railways news, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending loans of up to $500 million to help India improve rail services along some of its busiest freight and passenger transport routes.

The ADB Board of directors late last week approved a multitranche financing facility for the Railway Sector Investment Program. It will finance additional lines and the electrification of hundreds of kilometers of existing track, along with installing new signaling. ADB will also support accounting reforms to improve operational efficiency at Indian Railways.

Niche metal firms like Adhunik Metaliks, Monnet Ispat, Ess Dee Aluminium and others forge path to profit, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

KOLKATA: It's all about 'striking whilst the iron is hot'. A new breed of entrepreneurs has crossed over to the big league by reposing faith in iron and steel at a time when the spotlight was on other sectors.

About a decade and a half ago, when the country was witnessing big investments in telecom, IT and consumer goods, these young, first-generation industrialists, mostly based in the mineral-rich eastern states, started rolling out niche products for which competitors were few and the returns high.

Department of Information Technology expects 11 states to adopt e-payment gateway by March, 2012, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: The government will throw open a single payment gateway for e-governance services in 11 states by March, 2012, which will facilitate collection of fees for licences and other chargeable services over the internet.

"We are done with proof of concept with Maharashtra and are ready with standard guidelines to replicate the whole process throughout the country. NSDL has been selected for this service," Department of Information Technology Additional Secretary Shankar Aggarwal told PTI.

Puducherry seeks Centre's help, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry's fight for statehood has gathered momentum with its state association urging the Centre to give it affiliation to BCCI.

Currently, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland - and five union territories - Puducherry, Diu and Daman, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands are not affiliated to the BCCI.

Mineral rich states are top choice for investors: DIPP, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

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New Delhi: Mineral-rich states Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh have caught the fancy of investors, attracting proposals worth Rs 8.06 lakh crore last year from India Inc's nation-wide investment plans of Rs 17.40 lakh crore.

Orissa was the top choice of investors and attracted Rs 3.16 lakh crore, followed by Chhattisgarh - Rs 2.86 crore and Madhya Pradesh, Rs 2.04 lakh crore, as per the data compiled by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

In a power deficit country, electrical equipment emerged as the number one choice of investors.

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