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51 get life imprisonment for killing sarpanch

Soon after he won the elections in 2005, Bholaram Bhardwaj had the title ‘Sarpanch' [headman] etched out in large Devnagari letters above the entrance to his two storey house in Phulwari. The letters are still brightly outlined in red and green, but the house has been deserted since Mr. Bhardwaj was hacked to death by a village mob from Nevari in January 2008.

On Friday, November 4, a Raipur district court sentenced 51 residents of Nevari to life imprisonment for participating in Mr. Bhardwaj killing, a member of the Satnami scheduled caste.

City comes alive with dance contest

GURGAON: Children from across the country participated in the 11th all-India dance & drama competition which concluded here on Friday. More then 700 children from different states including Orissa, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Manipur took part in the week-long event which began on October 30.

More Army soldiers reach Bastar for training

Raipur: The Maoists, who have virtually commandeered the jungles in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region since the late 1980s will feel the pressure as over 2,500 army soldiers have descended in their stronghold this week for training, police said Friday.

This is the second batch of soldiers after the return of the first batch in August that went through tough jungle warfare training in Bastar for several weeks. Bastar is spread over nearly 40,000 sq km.

Second batch of army troops to train in Red-hit Bastar

RAIPUR: After a hiatus of two months, the Army has returned to Bastar to resume its training regime in jungle warfare. Fresh units, comprising 2500-3000 men of three battalions, have begun proceeding southwards from the state capital Raipur, confirmed an Army spokesperson.

This is the second batch of soldiers that would train in the jungles of Bastar, the adivasi region in south Chhattisgarh under the sway of Maoist guerillas. The first batch of troops arrived in June and stayed till mid-August.

Three held with leopard skins

Raipur: Three people were arrested in Chhattisgarh Wednesday with leopard skins worth Rs.10 lakhs in the international market, police said.

The arrests were made from Mahasamund district, some 75 km from state capital Raipur.

"The Crime Branch arrested three people while they were waiting for a few others to hand over a bag filled with leopard skins," a source at the police headquarters told reporters.

They are believed to be members of an inter-state poaching gang.

Chhattisgarh cinema halls to play Jan Gan Man from today

Chhattisgarh cinema halls to play Jan Gan Man

Raipur: For the first time after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000, national anthem would be played before screening of movies in 55 theatres and malls across the state from Wednesday.

The national anthem would be shown in the form of a film titled Jan Gan Man. The excise department is issuing a notification to all cinema hall owners in this regard.

Tribals gherao CM’s house, demand reservations

Raipur: Tribals from various regions across the state gheraoed the residence of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Tuesday.

The tribals were armed with arrows and bows and pressed for their 15-demands to be met soon.

As soon as the police received information on the arrival of the tribals, they arrived at the CM’s residence and tried to persuade them to leave. There was a tussle between the police and tribals each trying to push the other group out. Noone was injured in the tussle.

Chhattisgarh anniversary event starts, Jogi boycotts

Raipur, Nov 1 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt Tuesday formally inaugurated a five-day state foundation anniversary celebration here, but former chief minister Ajit Jogi kept away.

But several opposition leaders included Jogi skipped the inaugural, saying the government was spending too much money on the event.

A series of cultural programmes will be held here and in all 18 districts till Saturday.

The government will give away awards to leading personalities of the state. This would include Indian women's hockey team captain Saba Anjum.

Man kills brother over land tensions, witchcraft

Raipur, Nov 1 (IANS) A Chhattisgarh villager was arrested Tuesday after he confessed to burning to death his elder brother who he suspected was involved in witchcraft, police said.

Police believe that Ramesh Sahu, 40, who was arrested from the poverty-hit village of Sankri in Raipur district, about 60 km from here, also wanted to usurp his brother's land.

The incident took place Sunday.

Acid rain in Orissa?

with the first spell of monsoon in mid-June people in Bargarh, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Sambalpur districts in Orissa experienced something they had never seen before: a grayish layer on leaves, vehicles and elsewhere. "I was surprised to see the leaves of trees in my medicinal plant nursery covered with white and grey mud-like substances," said Biswanath Hota, a retired divisional forest officer, who believed it to be acid rain.

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