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NAXAL-HELICOPTERS 2 LAST, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

"We are also training our pilots at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore for recruitment in the air wing,"�Ranjan said.Out of the total nine helicopters, four MI-17 choppers of the IAF are located in Chhattisgarh, two each at Raipur and Jagdalpur, while amongst the five 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the BSF, three are placed at Raipur and two at Ranchi in Jharkhand.Helicopters are the most vital machines when it comes to assisting troops deployed in far-flung areas.More than 70,000 troops are catered to by these machines in various states.

India Speaking up for integrity

DP Singh Ram Lakhan

After the Arab Spring, an Indian Summer. In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets to support an Indian activist's calls for stronger anti-corruption legislation, in the form of the Jan Lokpal bill, which would set up an independent anti-corruption body, and to protest his initial arrest on 16 August 2011.

Pearson to publish customised books for seven universities in Maharashtra

Pearson Education will publish customised text books for seven universities in Maharashtra.

These universities include: University of Mumbai; University of Pune; Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University; Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; Shivaji University, Kholapur; Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon.

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Chhattisgarh to get air ambulances soon

Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has finally given approval for air ambulances in the state. These ambulances will be of extreme help especially in the fight against Maoist violence.

The proposed air ambulances will also facilitate mini operation apart from having the basic first aid facilities. These can also be used in flood relief and relief work in other natural calamities.

Flying Doctors’ Unit, as the ambulances have been named, will have a team of 12 doctors, blood bank, life-saving drugs and oxygen along with highly trained medical staff.

Giving 'em a new lease of life

NAGPUR: Ramchandra Baghel was the son of a poor farmer from a small village in the infamous Bastar area. Given to the vice of alcohol addiction, the father had leased his farmlands. The habit resulted in the family losing their own lands and Baghel's father was forced to work as a daily wager on his own land. Today, Ramchandra has been able to buy back his forefathers' land. He also supplements his earnings by working as a driver, ferrying school children in his run-down jeep.

9 new districts in Chhattisgarh

Nine new districts will be created in Chhattisgarh and they will start functioning from January next year. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, while taking part in Independence Day celebrations, said the move will help bring the administration to people.

With the new additions, the total number of districts in the state is now 27.

The Congress, however, demanded that at least 11 should be created instead of just nine. The new districts are Sukma, Kondagaon, Gariyaband, Baloda Bazaar, Mungeli, Balod, Bemetra, Surajpur and Balrampur.

Chhattisgarh to have nine new districts

Raipur, Aug 15 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today announced creation of nine new districts that will come into effect from 2012.The chief minister announced new districts of Sukma, Kondagaon, Gariaband, Balaudabazar, Balod, Bamtera, Mungeli, Surajpur and Balrampur, thus taking the total number of administrative districts in the state to 27, at the Independence Day parade here.The Raman Singh government had in year 2007 declared Narayanpur and Bijapur as new districts.

Chhattisgarh bucks Court order

In the last week of July, the Chhattisgarh government passed an ordinance that sought to dispel the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the State's 5,269 registered Special Police Officers (SPOs) who operate as the vanguard of the government's battle against the guerilla army of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Good response to population control fortnight in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Aug 6 (PTI) Over 20,000 vasectomy and tubectomy operations were conducted in Chhattisgarh during the population control fortnight, official sources said today.During the fortnight - July 11 to July 31 - special camps were organised at district hospitals and primary health centres in the state. As many as 18,390 women and 1,866 men underwent surgical operations as part of population control methods, they said.Last year, only 3,000 such operations were conducted during the fortnight, the sources said.

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