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CPI demands withdrawal of anti-Naxal armed force act in Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

The CPI today demanded withdrawal of a new law aimed at establishing the ‘Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Armed Force’, saying it was meant to legalise an illegal army called Salwa Judum.

The Chhattisgarh Auxiliary Armed Force Act by the state Legislature is to “legalise an illegal army”, the party’s Central Secretariat said, demanding the Centre to “advise the state government not to implement such gross undemocratic legislation”.

Now, Chhattisgarh Lokayukta targets Raman govt over graft, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

While senior BJP leader LK Advani announced his nationwide yatra against corruption in Delhi, Chhattisgarh Chief Lokayukta Justice L C Bhadoo in his annual report has indicted the Raman Singh-led BJP government for rampant corruption in every department, equating corrupt officers with “fish in the pond dying to consume more and more water”.

The 2009-10 report, handed over to the Chief Minister on Tuesday, blames the state government first for patronising corruption and then ignoring the recommendations of Lokayukta.

Staged Gunfights: Congress Walks out of Chhattisgarh Assembly, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 9 (IANS): The opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh Friday walked out of the state assembly after charging the police with branding tribals as Maoists and killing them in staged gunfights.

Raising the issue in the state assembly, Congress members cited the case of a village head who was picked up by paramilitary troops and was later found killed.

Irregularities in foreign welfare fund in Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Chharrisgarh

Raipur: On Thursday, the Chhattisgarh government admitted irregularities in the use of a welfare fund provided by the European Commission for purchase of school bags for tribal students in one of the state's most backward districts.

The European Commission's welfare fund of Rs 2,84,39,806 was spent for purchase of school bags for tribal students in Surguja district during the 2010-11 fiscal, tribal welfare minister Kedar Kashyap told the state assembly in a written reply.

Foreign funds to promote Raman image?, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

A European Commission sponsored welfare scheme, which got mired in corruption, has been used to promote chief minister Raman Singh’ image in Chhattisgarh, dismaying the Opposition parties here.

The `5.60 crore programme has been launched a couple of years ago to provide school bags free of cost to nearly two lakh school students in the state.
The entire cost of the scheme was borne by European Commission.

Youth Congress to stage protest demonstration on September 9, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: On September 9, the Chhattisgarh Youth Congress will stage a protest demonstration demanding their 11-point demands in front of Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha. About 50,000 Youth Congress workers are expected to participate in the protest. Earlier, the Youth Congress declared that it would protest in front of Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha on September 5. However, as the September 5 meet of Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha got adjourned, the Youth Congress also delayed their protest.

Bihar shows anything’s possible, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Arun Nehru

The first bout for the Lokpal Bill has been won by the people and Anna Hazare, but it is still early to guess what shape the bill will eventually take. Even while Mr Hazare was recovering from his 12-day fast in hospital, he kept firing missiles directed at Parliament on the right of the electorate to reject provisions in the official bill.
There will be demands on several issues and I think both Team Anna and the UPA, along with the Opposition, have sufficient time to think and deliberate.

38 opposition MLAs suspended in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Aug 29 (IANS) Thirty-seven legislators of the opposition Congress in Chhatisgarh and one from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were suspended on the first day of the state assembly's monsoon session Monday for storming the well of the house.

Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik took the decision when the members ignored his repeated appeals to maintain claim and rushed towards his podium protesting against a shortage of fertilizers in the state this kharif season.

The suspension was for a day and the members are free to attend the rest of the session ending Sep 9.

Anna Hazare's movement reaches Naxal heartland in Chhattisgarh

Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption had reached the terrains where even security personnel have failed to reach.

In the Chhattisgarh’s Naxal heartland of Bastar, people from the interior areas had come out in support of Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption. Rallies coupled with small meetings in the interior areas of Bastar marked Anna’s agitation that finally concluded on Sunday in New Delhi.

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