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Resistance is crucial to the survival: Dr. Binayak Sen

At the outset, I would like to thank the New York Academy of Sciences for conferring on me the prestigious Heinz R. Pagels Award for Human Rights. I wish it were possible for me to be with you in person on this occasion. Besides my gratitude for this great honour, I also have a personal reason to celebrate a connection with the Academy. My father was a pharmacologist whose research was on melanocyte stimulating hormone. He worked in the Medical Corps of the Indian Army and taught for some time at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India.

No conditions: talk to us, PC tells Maoists

In the government’s most forceful call for peace to the Maoists, union home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday urged the rebels to come to the dialogue table without laying down arms or leaving their ideology behind. “I am requesting you on behalf of the central and state governments

that are negotiating with you, please stop the violence. We are ready to talk without any precondition,” he said during a programme of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here.

CM visits Jagdalpur Collectorate on surprise inspection

Raipur: Chief Minister Raman Singh visited the Jagdalpul Collectorate on a surprise inspection today. He had gone to Jagdalpur on a review meeting of Bastar Development Authority. He expressed his displeasure at the mismanagement in the Department of Woman and Child Development.

In Bastar he undertook a review of the development work being done and ordered speedy construction of roads and schools in Naxal infested areas. After this he visited the Collectorate.

Digvijay attacks Anna Hazare again, says RSS backed his protest

Digvijay Singh

Raghogarh (Guna)/Bhopal: Targeting Gandhian activist Anna Hazare once again, controversial Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has said that Hazare's crusade was backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Talking to reporters, Digvijay took a jibe at Anna's crusade saying the whole protest at the Ramlila Maidan at New Delhi made the RSS to identify the importance of the tricolour and Gandhi 'topi' (cap).

On Sept 23, university polls after 24 years

Indore: After 24 years, universities and colleges of Madhya Pradesh would be a hub of politicking with the state government declaring student union polls on September 23.

Unlike in the last election in 1987, when the university president and other university functionaries were elected through voting, the government has decided that the posts would be filled on academic merit basis.

The university representatives, elected in the various colleges, would be the candidates for the university body and would be selected on merit, three days after the colleges hold their elections.

Apply Chhattisgarh's special security law to Essar, says Cong

RAIPUR: The opposition Congress here has asked Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to proceed under the state's stringent public security law against the Essar group, which is alleged to have provided huge protection money to Maoist rebels.
"I demand that cases be registered against Essar Group owners for handing over massive amounts as 'protection money' to various factions of Maoists," state Congress president Nandkumar Patel told IANS Friday.

The poverty trap

In the good old days, the poverty line was a relatively simple concept. By and large, it was just a statistical benchmark for making ‘poverty comparisons’ — for instance, to track poverty over time, or to compare poverty levels in different parts of the country.
Many of these

A high-water mark for BJP-ruled states TNN Sep 23, 2

NEW DELHI: After ensuring drinking water in all government schools by fixing October 15 as the deadline, the Supreme Court on Thursday took the next step by asking the states and Union territories to fix a time period within which boys and girls would get separate toilet facilities.

A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma did a roll call of the states and UTs about drinking water facility in government schools and complimented states which have achieved cent per cent target.

Chhattisgarh engineer owns assets over Rs 60 mn

RAIPUR: A Chhattisgarh government engineer has assets worth Rs.60 million disproportionate to his known sources of income, an official said on Thursday.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Wednesday raided the residence of the Public Works Department (PWD) engineer Vijay Kumar Bhatpahri. He is the chief engineer of PWD's Raipur circle.

"He has assets of at least Rs 60 million disproportionate to his known sources of income. He owns a petrol pump, a massive home, a farm house and a rice mill, besides half a dozen vehicles," EOW Additional Director General DM Awasthi told reporters.

Chhattisgarh on high alert as Maoists begin anniv

Raipur: Alert was sounded across Chhattisgarh Wednesday and extra troops deployed in jungle areas as the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) began its weeklong foundation anniversary celebrations, police said.

"There are attacks feared in state's jungle areas during the weeklong celebrations," a top police official said.

"Forces have been relocated in areas vulnerable to attacks and civilians are cautioned while travelling on roads filled with landmines in the interiors of Bastar, Raipur and Rajnandgaon districts," he said.

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