College student held with leopard skin

Raipur, Dec 17 (IANS) A 20-year-old college student was arrested in Chhattisgarh for carrying a leopard skin, a banned item, a forest official said Friday.

The arrest was made on a tip-off by a forest department team who caught the student carrying leopard skin in a bag, in a bus Thursday in state's Kanker district, about 150 km south from capital Raipur.

Man-elephant conflict: Chhattisgarh plans experts' panel

Raipur, Dec 17 (IANS) Chhattisgarh said Friday that it has plans to set a panel of wildlife experts to tackle cases of man-elephant conflict.

'A meet of the Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh decided to set up a sub-committee comprising of elephants experts, forest officials and representatives of the NGOs of the affected areas to offer suggestions to tackle rising man-elephant conflict cases,' a government press statement said.

Chhattisgarh to launch Rs 260mn infra projects

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government would pump in over Rs 260 million of development funds in one of the worst Maoist-hit districts, Narayanpur, in Bastar region.

Making the announcement at a public function at district headquarters Narayanpur, Chief Minister Raman Singh said the investment will be mainly for constructions of roads and school buildings, reports IANS.

Singh stated at the gathering that his government was working on several welfare schemes and infrastructure projects in insurgency-hit districts to improve people's life.