Vehicle thieves change tactics for better returns

NAGPUR: Gangs stealing vehicles are nothing new in the city which has already witnessed 950 such thefts in this year. Now, the challenge before the police is their innovative modus operandi.

The recent detection of a gang by crime branch revealed that the thieves are now adopting tactics to gain more from what they did earlier after stealing a vehicle, particularly four-wheelers and heavy carriers.

Chhattisgarh govt proposes life, health insurances for media

Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has decided to make the journalists in the state happy with its policies. The state government spokesperson and chief secretary Baijendra Kumar said on Thursday that the government has offered life and health insurance policies to journalists working in the state.

Kumar said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has approved the proposal and the cabinet will soon decide on the implementation of the proposal.

Naxal leader Narayan Sanyal’s bail plea rejected

Bilaspur: The Chhattisgarh High Court has dismissed the bail petition of Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal, who is serving life-term on charges of sedition and colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

A division bench of justices TP Sharma and Ranganath Chandrakar yesterday struck down Sanyal's petition after the state government opposed it, saying the bail cannot be granted since the high court had earlier rejected a similar request by PUCL leader Vinayak Sen.

Magma aims 50% growth in Chhattisgarh

The company, which disbursed Rs 240 crores in Chhattisgarh in FY 11, plans to romp up disbursements by another 50% in retail loans in the state in FY12. Magma, headquartered in Kolkata, already has a footprint in the state with its 10 offices.

Govt gives green signal to metal park in Chhattisgarh

The proposed Metal Park in Chhattisgarh would soon be put on roll as the authorities had approved the plan to start the work on the project at the earliest.

The Park would be developed by the state-run Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC). The crucial meeting of the CSIDC board held on Thursday afternoon gave nod to the proposal for allocating land for the project and expedite the work.

Chhattisgarh eyes 5.5 mn tonnes paddy procurement

Raipur, Nov 24 (IANS) Chhattisgarh, one of the country's leading paddy producing states, has set a procurement target of 5.5 million tonnes in the current season, an official said Thursday.

'Procurement has already started from Nov 5 by the state government and we are encouraged by the amount of paddy the farmers are bringing daily to over 1,850 procurement centres in all the 18 districts,' an official with the agriculture department said.

The state government has been paying Rs.1,080 per quintal for common variety and Rs.1,111 per quintal for grade-A quality paddy.

Chief Electoral Officer wants Chhattisgarh border sealed

With the Maoist fear gripping the by-election-bound Umarkote Assembly constituency in Nabarangpur district, State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Srinivasan has urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to ensure sealing of the border with neighbouring Chhattisgarh. Srinivasan, who is worried over the growing Maoist presence in tribal-dominated Umarkote, in a letter to the ECI, gave the latter suggestions for conduct of free and fair polls.

‘Ultra mega power plant in Chhattisgarh may get delayed'

Bids for the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project at Sarguja in Chhattisgarh may get delayed by at least six more months as validity of coal excavation from the mines allocated for the project expires in March 2012 and would require a fresh approval from the Coal Ministry.

As per the guidelines of power sector regulator, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, the exploration work at the coal blocks allotted for the UMPPs should start within 730 days of the Coal Ministry's approval. The deadline for the Sarguja coal blocks expires in March 2012.