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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.
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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.

HC relief for in-laws in domestic violence case

NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court has stayed notice issued under Domestic Violence (DV) Act, 2005, by JMFC court against a couple accused of alleged ill-treatment of their daughter-in-law. Justice Prasanna Varale also issued a notice to daughter-in-law Mamta Pandey and Maharashtra government directing them to file a reply by September 29. Rajendra Daga was counsel for the petitioners.

President appeals to Naxals to shun violence

President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday appealed to Maoists to shun violence and join the mainstream, stressing that peace and stability were imperative for development in the country. "I would like to appeal to those involved in Naxalism to shun violence and join in the progress and peace of
the country," Patil said after unveiling a statue of CRPF officer Satyawan Singh Yadav who was killed in an encounter with the Maoists last year.

This is the first the first time that such an honour has been bestowed on a central police force officer who lost his life in an anti-naxal operation.

Chhattisgarh govt slams legal notice to Jindal Group on coal royalty

Jindal Group, the single largest private investor in Chhattisgarh, had been served notices by the state government to pay the due royalty on coal that it had been mining in Raigarh district.

While the Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) had to pay about Rs 10.64 crore, the government had to recover Rs 7.48 crore from the Jindal Power Limited (JPL).

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