BJP leader's driver escapes with vehicle, AK-47, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: The driver of a private vehicle owned by a legislator of Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party escaped with the vehicle and a rifle of his security guard in Dantewada district, police said on Tuesday.

Officials 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.

The driver, who was appointed recently, managed to drive away with an AK-47 rifle which was kept in the vehicle.

Trapped In An Arsenic Net!, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Arsenic Trap

Hundreds of people in a central Indian village are battling cancer after their drinking water contaminated by arsenic.
Chhattisgarh of India has millions of tons of iron, bauxite and other minerals. The huge mineral deposits have, of late, attracted millions of rupees as investment from industrial groups. The government, which favors fast industrialization, has been clearing hundreds of proposals, over half of which are for thermal power projects.

Arsenic in their Glass!, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Hundreds of people in a central Indian village are battling cancer after their drinking water was contaminated by arsenic.

Chhattisgarh state of India has millions of tons of iron, bauxite and other minerals. The huge mineral deposits have, of late, attracted millions of rupees as investment from industrial groups. The government, which favors fast industrialization, has been clearing hundreds of proposals, over half of which are for thermal power projects.

Cash to Maoists: Essar not cooperating says police, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

The Ruias-led Essar Group in Chhattisgarh is reportedly not cooperating with the Chhattisgarh police investigating the company’s alleged role in giving cash to Maoists in Dantewada, 400 km south of Raipur.

On Friday last the Danewada police caught a civil contractor BK Lala working for

Essar and Lingaram Kodopi (suspected Maoists supporter) and recovered Rs 15 lakhs from them. The money according to the contractor was to be given to the guerillas on behalf of the Essar.

Kodopi has been sent to jail and Lala taken into police remand.

ADB approves $500 million loan to Indian Railways news, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending loans of up to $500 million to help India improve rail services along some of its busiest freight and passenger transport routes.

The ADB Board of directors late last week approved a multitranche financing facility for the Railway Sector Investment Program. It will finance additional lines and the electrification of hundreds of kilometers of existing track, along with installing new signaling. ADB will also support accounting reforms to improve operational efficiency at Indian Railways.

Niche metal firms like Adhunik Metaliks, Monnet Ispat, Ess Dee Aluminium and others forge path to profit, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

KOLKATA: It's all about 'striking whilst the iron is hot'. A new breed of entrepreneurs has crossed over to the big league by reposing faith in iron and steel at a time when the spotlight was on other sectors.

About a decade and a half ago, when the country was witnessing big investments in telecom, IT and consumer goods, these young, first-generation industrialists, mostly based in the mineral-rich eastern states, started rolling out niche products for which competitors were few and the returns high.

Journalism goes into the slums, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Slum Area

As mainstream newspapers and television stations increasingly leave out the voices of the marginalised, an alternative press is emerging that's trying to correct the anomaly. This new breed does not possess any fancy journalism degrees. They are just slum dwellers, farmers and diamond polishers who want to tell their story

In Anna Bhau Sathe Nagar, one of Mankhurd's larger slums, 26 year-old Amol Lalzare emerges from his 20x7 feet one-room home, ready for work.

NCC - Secures orders aggregating Rs. 629 crores, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

NCC Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has secured new orders aggregating Rs. 629 crores. One order valued at Rs. 399 crores is secured from the Water Resources Division Raigarh, Chhattisgarh for construction of Saradih Barrage with vertical lift gates to be completed over a period of 24 months. One order valued at Rs. 159 crores is secured from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL), Mumbai for Turnkey Contracts for Single Phasing Scheme to be completed over a period of 12 months. One Order valued at Rs.

Department of Information Technology expects 11 states to adopt e-payment gateway by March, 2012, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: The government will throw open a single payment gateway for e-governance services in 11 states by March, 2012, which will facilitate collection of fees for licences and other chargeable services over the internet.

"We are done with proof of concept with Maharashtra and are ready with standard guidelines to replicate the whole process throughout the country. NSDL has been selected for this service," Department of Information Technology Additional Secretary Shankar Aggarwal told PTI.