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India Briefs: Recent Incidents of Persecution

Orissa, India, July 25 (CDN) — Hindu extremists on July 14 summoned three Christian families of Missionary Grace Fellowship and demanded that they abandon Christ or face a social boycott in Lathikata, Banapur. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reported that a Christian woman identified only as the wife of Sarat Naik declared before the intolerant Hindus and others that she and other Christians were prepared to undergo persecution, but that under no circumstances would they abandon Christ. She said relationship with Christ had transformed their lives, according to the GCIC.

I will visit Bastar every three months: Jairam

RAIPUR: On his first trip as minister of rural development, Jairam Ramesh visited North Bastar, the Maoist affected region of Chhattisgarh, and said he would return to the region every three months for a quarterly review of the progress of nine programmes in ten Maoist affected districts in the state.

"The single most important challenge for me is to use rural development schemes as an instrument in the transformation of ground situation in the left wing extremism affected districts," he said on Saturday.

Police door opens for rebel vigilantes

Raipur, July 23: The Chhattisgarh government has decided to ease recruitment rules for constables in Bastar in order to absorb special police officers, who are part of a counter-Maoist vigilante force the Supreme Court has forbidden from operating.

On July 5, the apex court barred the Raman Singh government from arming tribals to fight the Maoists and pulled up the Centre for looking the other way as the state raised a private militia.

The Chhattisgarh cabinet decided on Friday to relax rules on educational qualifications and height requirements for the SPOs.

Another air tragedy averted: Chhattisgarh governor, 130 passengers escape unhurt

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Raipur: Thursday was a day of air emergencies as three major tragedies were averted in various parts of the country. While a mid-air collision was reportedly averted over Patna, an Air India Mumbai-Bhopal flight landed at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport with jammed wheels. Raipur’s Mana airport also witnessed an emergency situation with Jet Lite’s Delhi-Raipur-Delhi flight developing some technical fault.

Jashpur Diocese Of Chhattisgarh Welcomes Don Bosco With Open Arms

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New Delhi, Jul. 22. "We will welcome the sacred remains of Don Bosco as a diocese. He is the saint of the Universal Church. He is our saint." said Rev. Fr. Sikander Kispotta Vicar General and the local clergy of Jashpur diocese in one voice. That is exactly what they did as the ``right hand of Don Bosco`` entered Chhattisgarh from Orissa at about 2.00 p.m. A month back when the Salesians working in three centres in Chhattisgarh mentioned to the Church authorities about the visit of the relic of St.














4-state HRD meet over school funds

RANCHI: Union ministry of human resource development (HRD) secretary Anshu Vaishya chaired the 15th project approval board meeting of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan here on Tuesday.

Senior HRD officials of four states, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand, are participating in the two-day meet.

The focus was on Orissa and Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, while Jharkhand and Bihar will come under the glare on Wednesday.

Rains ignore Raipur on Tuesday

Raipur: On Tuesday, many parts of Chhattisgarh received rains, but Raipur remained rainless. Since the night of Monday until now, Raipur has not even received one mm of rainfall.

Although the sky was overcast many times on Tuesday, it did not rain in Raipur. The Meteorological Department has forecasted rains in the next 24 hours.

No part of Chhattisgarh received over seven mm of rainfall, which the Meteorological Department considers a sign of heavy rainfall in the coming days.

Naxalism biggest challenge before C''garh : new state DGP

Raipur, July 18 (PTI) The newly appointed Director General of Police (DGP) in Chhattisgarh, Anil Nawani, today said that Naxalism is the biggest challenge before the state and that the strategy adopted by police to tackle it would be reviewed from time to time. He was speaking to reporters after taking up the charge as the DGP. "The campaign against the Naxalites will continue and police have an efficient strategy in place to combat that menace. However, depending upon the situation, this strategy will be reviewed whenever required," he said.

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