8 persons killed in Chhattisgarh road accident

At least 7 persons were killed in a road accident in Chhattisgarh on Monday night.

The accident occurred when a speeding van bus rammed into a truck near Simga in the Raipur district of the state late last night.

6 persons died at the spot while one succumbed to injuries during treatment. 4 persons were also injured in the accident, who have been admitted to the government hospital in Raipur. Police have arrested the driver of the truck.

One more person injured in the accident also breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon in the Government hospital in Raipur taking the toll to 8.

Building collapses in Chhattisgarh city, none hurt

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) A three-storey commercial building collapsed Tuesday in Chhattisgarh's industrial city of Bhilai, police said, adding that no one was injured.

The building in the heart of Bhilai, some 30 km from here, caved in but a few shopkeepers who were inside managed to escape, D.S. Parihar, the police officer investigating the case, told reporters.

He said that a first information report (FIR) against several people was lodged as a preliminary inquiry showed that the building collapsed because several big ditches had been dug up around it for constructing shops.

Two innocent tribals killed as Maoists, police admit

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) A senior officer in Chhattisgarh Police admitted Tuesday that two tribal men killed on suspicion of being Maoists were most probably innocent civilians.

A day after policemen got a pat for supposedly displaying heroism, a preliminary inquiry has showed that the deceased were local civilians, probably killed in cross-firing.

The incident took place early Monday on the outskirts of Jagdalpur town, headquarters of the restive Bastar region.

Vanvasi Hit Raksha Sammelan by Kalyan Ashram in Chhattisgarh An effort to prevent non-Vanvasis cornering Vanvasi certificates

RECENTLY three Vanvasi Hit Raksha Sammelans were organised by the Vanvasi Hit Raksha Samiti of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Chhattisgarh. The Vanvasis assembled at the Sammelans demanded the government authorities to stop issuing bogus certificates to non-Vanvasis. They also said the encroachment of Vanvasi land should be stopped and the Vanvasis should be saved from Bangladeshi infiltrators. Addressing a Sammelan, Kalyan Ashram general secretary Shri Gunvant Singh Kothari said protection of forest is the prime demand of Vanvasis.

Sarda Energy expands power plant capacity by 20 MW

Sarda Energy & Minerals announced that Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board has granted its consent to operate 3rd FBC Boiler installed at the company`s Captive Power Plant to generate additional 20 MW power.

With this, the capacity of the company`s Captive Thermal Power Plant has gone up from 61.5 MW to 81.5 MW.

The stock had underperformed the market over the past one month till Dec. 10, 2010, falling 21.77% compared with the Sensex`s 6.55% decline. It outperformed the market in past one quarter, gaining 6.68% as against 3.77% rise in the Sensex.

Six Naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Six suspected Naxalites, including a woman, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh''s Kanker district, police said.
The accused were arrested in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages by a joint team of the BSF and state police, Kanker SP Ajay Yadav told PTI on the phone.
They were identified as Shaniram, Nohru, Tunsingh, Maniram, Ramlal and Sitaibai, he said.
Many cases, including those of firing at police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused, the officer said.

Seven killed in Chhattisarh road accident

Raipur, Dec 14 (IANS) Seven people were killed when their car collided with a speeding truck in Chhattisgarh, police said Tuesday.

The accident took place around midnight on national highway 200 on the Raipur-Bilaspur road in Simga area, around 50 km from here.

'The deceased were in a Maruti Van that collided head on with a speeding truck. Five people were killed on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries on way to a government hospital in Raipur,' said B.N. Sharma, in-charge of the Simga police station.

BSF and state police arrest six Maoists in Chhattisgarh

n Chhattisgarh, six suspected Maoists including a woman have been arrested in Kanker district.

Talking to PTI, the police said that the accused were arrested during a seize in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages, under the Raoghat station area, by a joint team of the Border Security Force and state police.

Many cases, including those of firing at police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused.

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Three Congress legislators held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Three legislators of Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress party were arrested Sunday evening in Surguja district for leading a demonstration against the allegedly deteriorating law and order situation in the state, police said.

T.S. Singhdeo, Premsai Singh and Ramdev Ram were arrested along with 250 supporters at Ambikapur town when they refused to stop demonstrating on a road on which Chief Minister Raman Singh was scheduled to travel, officials here at police headquarters told IANS.

Technology to unlock the future in villages

In 20 years of working as a physician in Karnataka's Hassan district, Kumaraswamy N E often found himself irked by the blurred readings on the electrocardiography (ECG) machine. Often enough, it just broke down, which meant that the high cost of measuring heart activity had to be passed on to the patients. Last year, Kumaraswamy stumbled upon GE Healthcare's Mac i ECG unit. It was conceptualized and developed in India, has remote connectivity and provides clear readings. Kumaraswamy says it's been a boon – he now charges just Rs 100 per test. Presumably, his patients are happy.