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Only 5 states exceed 11th Plan growth targets: Govt, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Only five states, including Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, have registered growth rates higher than their respective targets set for the 11th Plan period (2007-12) so far, Parliament was informed today.
"The states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have realised growth rate higher than the target. Other states have experienced lower growth vis-a-vis the target...," Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

New training facility for Army in Chhattisgarh. Raipur, Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Army has set up a new permanent training facility in the Naxal-affected area of Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh to train its troops in jungle warfare.

The manoeuvre ranges in Narayanpur have been earmarked as a permanent training facility to train troops in jungle warfare. The first army brigade deployed in the area has completed its training and the second batch will move in soon, army sources said here.

The first army brigade from Lucknow was stationed in Narayanpur in June and it successfully completed its training in the third week of August, they said.

Chhattisgarh moves SC over Polavaram Dam, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking directions to restrain Andhra Pradesh from continuing with construction of a dam on Godavari at Polavaram. The state says the clearances given to the project are illegal and the project threatens the environment and tribals

of the state.
"The project will threaten valuable ecology and wildlife. The project will bring misery to tribals by submerging more than 300 villages in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa," Chhattisgarh government said.

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.

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