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Raman Singh presents Rs 1034-crore second suppementary demand

The Chhattisgarh government today sought the approval of Legislative Assembly to spend additional Rs 1034 crore during 2010-11.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the second supplementary demand for grants for spending Rs 10,33,72,59,800 in the current fiscal. The House would debate on the demands on Wednesday.

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Woman held for trying to set ablaze husband

Raipur, Dec 7 (PTI) A woman was arrested for allegedly trying to set afire her husband, a Judicial Magistrate in Chhattisgarh''s Korba district, police said today.

Magistrate K P Bhadoria, in a police complaint, alleged that his wife Mannu tried to kill him, setting him on fire. Based on the complaint, she has been arrested, Korba Superintendent of Police Ratanlal Dangi told PTI.

Mannu poured petrol on her husband and tried to set him ablaze, but he managed to save himself, police said, quoting the complaint.

A probe into the matter has been launched, Dangi said.

Crops worth millions washed off in Chhattisgarh rains

After braving a poor monsoon, farmers in Chhattisgarh are again facing testing times as unabated rains since Tuesday have destroyed their paddy crops stored in open grounds. "Despite a poor monsoon, the farmers showed courage this kharif season and somehow managed through loans. They had stocked
the paddy in open fields for procurement process but the heavy unseasonal rains destroyed their paddy," said an official of the agriculture department.

The agriculture department has estimated the loss in millions.

345 rural roads found substandard in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 9 (IANS) As many as 345 Pradahan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) roads were found to be sub-standard in Chhattisgarh and 17 of them are to be rebuilt, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ramvichar Netam said Thursday.

'A total of 3,647 roads were constructed in the state last year and 345 of them reported to be sub-standard,' Netam told the state assembly in a written reply to a question from Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey of the Congress.

Raman govt attacked for mining scam

RAIPUR: The case of Pushp Steel and Mines reverberated in Chhattisgarh assembly, as the congress party attacked Chief Minister Raman Singh, asking him to divulge the name of the owner of the dubious firm that had been granted coveted mining rights in the state in violation of rules. The congress alleged the firm is covertly owned by a senior BJP leader. The persistent uproar finally led the speaker to adjourn the assembly indefinitely.

Elephants killed six in Chhattisgarh in 2010

Raipur, Dec 8 (IANS) Wild elephants trampled six people to death in Chhattisgarh's Surguja district this year, Forest Minister Vikram Usendi said Wednesday.

'As many as six people were killed and 527 houses destroyed by elephants this year,' the minister said in a written reply to Congress legislator Premsai Singh Tekam.

Usendi said the government paid Rs.1 million as compensation to each family which lost a member in the elephant attacks. Over Rs.5 million was paid to people whose houses were brought down.

Chhattisgarh modifies footwear scheme for women

Woman tendupatta (tendu leaf) collectors in Chhattisgarh will now get a pair of chappals instead of shoes. Under the charan-paduka (footwear) scheme, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is providing a pair of shoes to tendupatta collectors to facilitate smooth movement inside the forests. The scheme was launched in November 2005.

Under the scheme, a male member from each family engaged in plucking green-gold in the forests was covered in the scheme and was given a pair of shoes every year. In all, 1.3 million families were listed to get the benefits of the scheme.

CPI leaders being targeted in Chhattisgarh: D. Raja

The Communist Party of India on Sunday condemned the attack by the police on its leaders in Chhattisgarh and demanded that the Centre question the State government's role in the attack after branding them Maoists.

The CPI said 12 of its prominent leaders were subjected to atrocities at the hands of both the State and the Central police. Ahead of a demonstration to protest the police action, (permission for which had been secured from the Dantewada administration) the party leaders were attacked.

Rs 3,300 cr plan for Maoist zones

Govt unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for Naxal areas

The Centre cleared an ambitious plan on Friday to give Rs 3,300 crore directly to 60 Naxal-affected districts to create basic facilities for the millions living on the fringes of existence and try to make up for decades of alienation and misgovernance. Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Rs 25 crore

was being sent to each of the 60 districts for the next four months, and another Rs 30 crore next year to build facilities such as schools, health care centres, roads, and improve food distribution.

India unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for naxalite hit districts

Govt unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for Naxal areas

India has unveiled a Rs 3300 Cr plan for development in 60 naxalite affected tribal and backward districts in nine states. Under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), the move will address the healthcare, drinking water, education and roads. The IAP would be given as an additional central assistance scheme on 100 percent grant basis to be implemented in two years.

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