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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.

Web designer falls to death

A freelance web designer from Chhattisgarh, Sourabh Behra (25), was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the early hours of Saturday here.

The Cubbon Park police recovered the body in front of Sheraton Grand on Church Street at 2.30 a.m. and shifted it to the Victoria Hospital mortuary.

According to the police, Behra, a native of Raipur, who shared a room with his student-friend, C. Vijaykumar, in Kumaraswamy Layout, had gone to Blue Waves Lounge Bar, on the fifth floor of the Sheraton Grand, from where he fell to his death.

Power project’s expansion plan hits green hurdle

The Korba district administration has cancelled the public hearing for the Lanco group’s thermal power plant expansion plan as the company is facing massive protests for its alleged indifference to environmental concerns.

The hearing had been convened to seek environment clearance
for expanding the capacity of the company’s thermal power project by 1,320 MW from the existing 1,920 MW.

‘GMR Energy to have 5,000 MW thermal capacity in 3 yrs’

RAIPUR, India: GMR Energy, owned by India’s GMR Infrastructure, plans to have nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW) of coal-based power operating capacity over the next three years, its chief executive officer told Reuters on Saturday.
GMR Energy currently has three power plants in operation, with a combined capacity of about 820 MW. None of these plants are coal-based.
The company has an “investment commitment” of about 300 billion rupees ($6.2 billion) in the energy sector, Raaj Kumar said in an interview, without giving a timeframe.

Maoists Oppose Chhattisgarh's Foundation Anniversary

Raipur, Oct 28 (IANS): The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has opposed Chhattisgarh's foundation anniversary Nov 1 and asked the people in its strongholds to stay away from the function, officials said Friday.

Several pamphlets were found Friday on Narayanpur-Sonpur road in Narayanpur district which falls in the violence-hit Bastar region.

"The guerrillas have opposed to Chhattisgarh's foundation anniversary and asked its cadres and people to stay away from the functions," a senior officer at the police headquarters told IANS.

‘Special jungle roads needed to combat Maoists’

Raipur: India needs to build a chain of roads exclusively for forces in the jungle terrains of leftist insurgency-hit areas to silence guerrilla guns and regain authority in areas commanded by rebels, a top counter-insurgency expert said.

"Developing a chain of roads exclusively for the use of forces engaged in anti-Maoist operation in jungle terrains and establishing counter-Naxal bases in rebels zones are the best ways to neutralize Maoist guns," B.K. Ponwar told reporters.

Mumbai-Howrah rail route traffic resumes

Raipur: Rail traffic resumed early Sunday on the busy Mumbai-Howrah route in Chhattisgarh, nearly 10 hours after a speeding train mowed down 12 people at a manned railway crossing.

The incident occurred around 7 pm on Saturday at Tarbahar railway crossing on the outskirts of Bilaspur town.

"There was a huge protest by locals after the tragic incident. It went on till late night as they set 10 vehicles of railway officials and district authorities on fire.

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