Naxalism cannot be tackled with guns: Binayak Sen

Human rights activist, Binayak Sen, on Saturday claimed Naxalism cannot be tackled with guns. He was speaking to media persons at a function organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ).

Slamming the government’s Salwa Judum initiative of arming tribal youth to police the forest areas, Sen claimed it amounted to tribals fighting tribals. Naxalism had to be solved in a non-violent manner. He accused the government of conducting fake encounters in which tribal youth were killed and labelled as Naxals.

State failed to tame flood: Jagdish Tytler, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

BHUBANESWAR: Describing the flood as man-made, senior Congress leader and Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler on Saturday criticised the State Government for its ‘failure’ to tackle it properly.
When the State Government had information that there was heavy rain in Chhattisgarh, why 40 to 44 gates of the Hirakud dam were not opened a couple of days before they were opened eventually, he asked. Tytler said the flood could have been averted had the water release from the dam managed in a more efficient manner.

Tamil Nadu to launch IGNOU's 'Grama Vaidya' certification to traditional healers, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Tamil Nadu will soon become the first state in the country to launch the national scheme to be implemented by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for Accreditation and Certification of Prior Learning (ACPL) of the country’s traditional health practitioners. The University will honour the traditional healers with an award, ‘Grama Vaidya’.

Two girls gangraped in police station, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur/ Raigarh: In a shocking incident revealing the face of police authorities in the state, two girls were allegedly gang-raped by the police constables at the Dharamjaigarh Police Station of Raigarh district. One of the two girls is said to be a minor. The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday night.

Local people say that the police was not even filing complain against the culprits and it was after their pressure that an FIR was lodged against all the four accused.

Sex racket busted in Raipur: Two actors arrested

Raipur: A sex racket was busted on Sunday and two women were arrested. The women have worked in Chhattisgarhi movies.

They were caught in RDA colony along with their customers. Several Chhattisgarhi actors arrived at the place when the arrests were made but most of them preferred to escape from the eyes of the police and media that had gathered there. Police have also arrested the customers.

Shivkumari Sharma alias Madhu Sharma, 33-year-old, and Kiran Pandey were found in a house that was rented by Sharma for her residence. Both women have acted in few Chhattisgarhi movies.

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla university exam schedule, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: The annual examinations at the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla will be held from March 10.

The examinations will continue till May 18. The BA papers, which were till now conducted from 11 am to 2 pm would this time be held from 3 pm to 6 pm.

The BCom papers will be held in the second sitting.

This arrangement has been made as the number of BA aspirants is more than those in B Com.

University registrar K K Chandrakar said that the examinations would be held on time as per the academic calendar.

Examination dates:

LLB Part 1 – 7 am to 10 am – March 10 to April 9

Sex racket busted; blue films shot in city hotels

Raipur: The city police are on their toes these days because of the reports of blue films being filmed in big hotels across the city.

The cops arrested one woman accused of running a sex racket at Awanti Vihar. A Bengal-based callgirl was also arrested by the police. They recovered two blue film CDs as well.

Police officials suspect that the movies have been shot in city hotels. The police have initiated a probe into the matter.

Petrol pumps in Chhattisgarh shut down to protest hike, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Petrol pumps across Chhattisgarh shut down on Sunday, in response to the call of the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protest the latest hike in petrol price.

All pumps remained shut in capital Raipur. Reports from other parts of the state confirm that petrol pump owners have joined in the shutdown called by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

The central government had raised petrol prices by over Rs 3 per litre on Thursday, triggering protests countrywide.

Maoist attack claims CRPF trooper in Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur: On Sunday, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, the police said.

Shivnath was killed when Maoists carried out a flash attack on a 60-member contingent of the CRPF's 168th Battalion at Murtanda village in Bijapur district, about 500 km south of Raipur.

According to the police headquarters in Raipur, the Maoists could have inflicted more casualties, but the CRPF men retaliated and forced the guerrillas to retreat for cover in the dense jungle.