How The PDS Is Changing in Chattisgarh

Probably the only thing extraordinary about Manglu is that he is the perfect example of an ordinary tribal.The 60-year-old belongs to the Pahadi Korba tribe and lives in Govindpur village of Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh.
He best represents what modern India calls a below poverty line (BPL) beneficiary of various government schemes.Manglu earns just about Rs. 200 a month and has a family of four to support.

Chhhattisgarh Public Security

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh special prosecutor TC Pandya on Friday claimed that civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's wife Ilina was in correspondence with the ISI — a huge gaffe. For, the ISI she had links with was the Indian Social Institute, not the Pakistani intelligence agency.

Pandya was deposing in a local sessions court and said that Sen had dealings not just with local Maoist networks but also international terrorist groups as well.

Chhattisgarh starts sealing illegal cellphone towers

RAIPUR: The authorities in Raipur have begun sealing 144 mobile phone towers installed by cellular operators without obtaining permission, an official said Friday.

"There are a total 333 mobile towers in Raipur and 144 of them have been installed by cellular companies illegally. We served a series of notices to them but they did not even respond and that finally forced us to begin the move to seal off these towers," a senior official in the urban administration department told IANS.

Chhattisgarh raises tribals' job quota

Raipur, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Friday raised reservation quota for tribals in government jobs to 32 percent.

Chief Minister Raman Singh announced the hike in the quota from existing 20 percent, a statement said.

An official said tribals make up to 32 percent of the state's total population, at present estimated to be around 20.08 million.

The tribal leaders were pressuring the state government to raise the quota in government jobs in proportion to their population. They took out several rallies in recent months to build pressure on government.

Sonia's birthday celebration in C'garh runs into controversy

RAIPUR: The celebration of Sonia Gandhi's birthday by Congress party here has run into controversy with the BJP strongly protesting cutting of a tricolour-shaped cake on the occasion, calling it an insult to the national flag.

Local newspapers carried photographs of Chhattisgarh Congress party leader Subhash Sharma celebrating Sonia's birthday by cutting tricolour-shaped cake.

Taking objection to it, the state BJP unit today staged a protest rally and demanded the Congress leaders apologise for the blunder.

Fortis takes over Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital

NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare on Thursday said it has taken over the operation and management of Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital, which is situated within the integrated township catering to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd's 3 MMT steel plant in the region.

The healthcare major has taken over the operation and management of the 100-bed O P Jindal Hospital in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.

Chhattisgarh to get Rs 1500cr ADB loan for road infra

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Rs 1500-crore loan to Chhattisgarh for developing road infrastructure in the state.

A high-level delegation of ADB met the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, and discussed about the project. The Chief Minister had directed the state's public works department officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).According to department officials, after getting the DPR, tenders will be invited for the work. The Chief Minister had asked to complete the tendering process at the earliest and start work on the project by December 2011.

PRSU Raipur MA Exam March/April 2010 Result Declared

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University (PRSU), Raipur, Chhattisgarh, on December 2, 2010, has declared the result of Master of Arts (MA) Final Geography, MA (Final) Sociology and MA (Previous & Rev) History exam. The exams were held in March/April 2010. To know more about the results, candidates can visit the university's official website:

Student powers

The popular item song of Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg had spelt trouble for many a munni (girl) in a prestigious school in the Chhattisgarh capital. School authorities were stunned recently when a group of girls came up on the stage soon after morning assembly and started performing the suggestive song. Not unexpectedly, the performers were suspended for the day. Later, it transpired that these students were forced to perform the song-and-dance sequence under pressure from senior students. But no senior student was suspended for ragging.

Miners should fund local development, says Raman Singh

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Monday said that mining companies operating in the state should spend at least 26 percent of their profits on local development.

'The companies should set up production units in areas where they have been excavating minerals and spend at least 26 percent of their earnings on local development and welfare works,' he said in a statement.

The statement claimed that the per capita annual income in the state has risen to over Rs.38,000 as compared to Rs.10,600 in 2000 when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.