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Chhattisgarh promises millions for insurgency-hit district

Raipur, Dec 15 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government announced Wednesday it would pump in over Rs. 260 million of development funds in one of the worst Maoist-hit districts, Narayanpur, in Bastar region.

Making the announcement at a public function at district headquarters Narayanpur, Chief Minister Raman Singh said the investment will be mainly for constructions of roads and school buildings.

Singh stated at the gathering that his Bharatiya Janata Party government was working on several welfare schemes and infrastructure projects in insurgency-hit districts to improve people's life.

8 persons killed in Chhattisgarh road accident

At least 7 persons were killed in a road accident in Chhattisgarh on Monday night.

The accident occurred when a speeding van bus rammed into a truck near Simga in the Raipur district of the state late last night.

6 persons died at the spot while one succumbed to injuries during treatment. 4 persons were also injured in the accident, who have been admitted to the government hospital in Raipur. Police have arrested the driver of the truck.

One more person injured in the accident also breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon in the Government hospital in Raipur taking the toll to 8.

Building collapses in Chhattisgarh city, none hurt

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) A three-storey commercial building collapsed Tuesday in Chhattisgarh's industrial city of Bhilai, police said, adding that no one was injured.

The building in the heart of Bhilai, some 30 km from here, caved in but a few shopkeepers who were inside managed to escape, D.S. Parihar, the police officer investigating the case, told reporters.

He said that a first information report (FIR) against several people was lodged as a preliminary inquiry showed that the building collapsed because several big ditches had been dug up around it for constructing shops.

Vanvasi Hit Raksha Sammelan by Kalyan Ashram in Chhattisgarh An effort to prevent non-Vanvasis cornering Vanvasi certificates

RECENTLY three Vanvasi Hit Raksha Sammelans were organised by the Vanvasi Hit Raksha Samiti of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Chhattisgarh. The Vanvasis assembled at the Sammelans demanded the government authorities to stop issuing bogus certificates to non-Vanvasis. They also said the encroachment of Vanvasi land should be stopped and the Vanvasis should be saved from Bangladeshi infiltrators. Addressing a Sammelan, Kalyan Ashram general secretary Shri Gunvant Singh Kothari said protection of forest is the prime demand of Vanvasis.

Sarda Energy expands power plant capacity by 20 MW

Sarda Energy & Minerals announced that Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board has granted its consent to operate 3rd FBC Boiler installed at the company`s Captive Power Plant to generate additional 20 MW power.

With this, the capacity of the company`s Captive Thermal Power Plant has gone up from 61.5 MW to 81.5 MW.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past one month till Dec. 10, 2010, falling 21.77% compared with the Sensex`s 6.55% decline. It outperformed the market in past one quarter, gaining 6.68% as against 3.77% rise in the Sensex.

Six Naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Six suspected Naxalites, including a woman, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh''s Kanker district, police said.
The accused were arrested in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages by a joint team of the BSF and state police, Kanker SP Ajay Yadav told PTI on the phone.
They were identified as Shaniram, Nohru, Tunsingh, Maniram, Ramlal and Sitaibai, he said.
Many cases, including those of firing at police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused, the officer said.

Seven killed in Chhattisarh road accident

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) Seven people were killed when their car collided with a speeding truck in Chhattisgarh, police said Tuesday.

The accident took place around midnight on national highway 200 on the Raipur-Bilaspur road in Simga area, around 50 km from here.

'The deceased were in a Maruti Van that collided head on with a speeding truck. Five people were killed on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries on way to a government hospital in Raipur,' said B.N. Sharma, in-charge of the Simga police station.

Technology to unlock the future in villages

In 20 years of working as a physician in Karnataka's Hassan district, Kumaraswamy N E often found himself irked by the blurred readings on the electrocardiography (ECG) machine. Often enough, it just broke down, which meant that the high cost of measuring heart activity had to be passed on to the patients. Last year, Kumaraswamy stumbled upon GE Healthcare's Mac i ECG unit. It was conceptualized and developed in India, has remote connectivity and provides clear readings. Kumaraswamy says it's been a boon – he now charges just Rs 100 per test. Presumably, his patients are happy.

How The PDS Is Changing in Chattisgarh

Probably the only thing extraordinary about Manglu is that he is the perfect example of an ordinary tribal.The 60-year-old belongs to the Pahadi Korba tribe and lives in Govindpur village of Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh.
He best represents what modern India calls a below poverty line (BPL) beneficiary of various government schemes.Manglu earns just about Rs. 200 a month and has a family of four to support.

Chhhattisgarh Public Security

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh special prosecutor TC Pandya on Friday claimed that civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's wife Ilina was in correspondence with the ISI — a huge gaffe. For, the ISI she had links with was the Indian Social Institute, not the Pakistani intelligence agency.

Pandya was deposing in a local sessions court and said that Sen had dealings not just with local Maoist networks but also international terrorist groups as well.

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