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CPI opposes review of court order on Salwa Judum, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary D. Raja on Sunday came down heavily on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for supporting the Chhattisgarh government in forming the vigilante group, Salwa Judum, for tackling the Naxalite movement. He termed such a force a threat to democratic politics.

Cong demands Raman Singh's resignation after Lokayukta report, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Opposition Congress on Friday demanded Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh's resignation following Lokayukta's statement that government lacked the political will to act against corruption. Chief Lokayukta Justice LC Bhadu has written on the issues pertaining to corruption in the

preface to the annual report of the Lok Aayog.

MLA’s driver escapes with vehicle, AK-47, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 14 (IANS) Chhattisgarh police have failed to trace a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker’s driver who escaped on Sunday with his private vehicle and an AK-47 belonging to the bodyguard, sources said Wednesday.
Officials here at the police headquarters in Raipur said that Avinash Bhadoria Sunday escaped with a car of Bhima Mandawi, legislator from the Maoist-affected Dantewada constituency and an AK-47 lying in the Bolero vehicle. Officials say the driver is possibly hiding somewhere in Bastar region.

BJP MLA''s driver disappears with car, AK-47 rifle, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 14 (PTI) The driver of a BJP MLA in Chhattisgarh has fled with the legislator's car and an AK-47 rifle belonging to one of his security guards, police said today.Avinash Bhaduria, driver of BJP legislator from Naxal- hit Dantewada region Bheema Mandavi, fled with his Bolero car and the automatic rifle on Sunday night, Raipur SSP Deepanshu Kabra told PTI.The AK-47 rifle belonged to Hemlal, one of the guards provided to the ruling party MLA, he said.Bhaduria had started working for Mandavi only a fortnight ago, Kabra said.A probe has been ordered, police added.

A man of God or an agent of war?, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

They lock the door when a post-mortem is under way, but the smell of death seeps through the exhaust vents of the mortuary at the Medical College Hospital in Raipur. Outside the morgue, a pack of dogs sniffed the air experimentally; inside, the corpse of Gangraj, a middle-aged Adivasi man lay in body bag in a refrigerated chamber.

PM to Review Development Strategy in Maoist Areas, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will review the government's "development strategy" in the 60 Maoist-affected districts across nine states Sep 13.

"The main concern is to push developmental strategy in the Maoist affected areas. Rural road connectivity and land reform is a problem in these areas," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters Saturday.

The rural ministry is organising the meet.

‘Proposed Communal Violence Bill against states’, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday opposed the proposed Communal Violence Bill saying it was against the federal structure of the country and will directly interfere with the legitimate authority of states.

"The proposed bill has many structural loopholes. The biggest problem is that this bill is against India's federal structure. The national authority set up with the help of this bill will have the power to issue directions to any state authority for any investigation," he said during the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) here.

Violence as tool of protest biggest challenge: Chidambaram, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the use of violence as an instrument of protest was the biggest challenge before the country.

While the old evils such as communalism, casteism and parochialism remain, there are new challenges as well, he said in his address at the National Integration Council (NIC) meeting, attended by over 100 members, including chief ministers, Union ministers and other eminent persons from different fields.

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