Congress MLA seeks CBI probe in boy''s abduction and murder

Raipur, Dec 7 (PTI) Main Opposition Congress today demanded a CBI probe into the abduction and murder of a 10- year-old boy in Chhattisgarh's Sarguja district. Talking to reporters here, Congress legislator T S Singdev alleged that the BJP Government in the state was trying to shield the accused in the case. The victim, Hrithik, was abducted and killed a few days ago. Singdev, the MLA from Ambikapur in Sarguja district, said one of the accused, Pradeep Gupta, had worked for Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch leader Anuraj Singdev.

Jindal Power may launch Rs 7,000-cr IPO by March

Navin Jindal-led Jindal Power is likely to launch a Rs 7,000 crore initial public offer (IPO) before March 2011.

"There is a tentative planning that we would bring the IPO before March 2011," Jindal Power Managing Director RS Sharma told reporters here.

When asked about draft herring prospectus and other plans, he said, "They are being worked out and are in discussion. Other than that we can not comment right now."

The company had earlier said the proceed of public offer would be utilised to part fund its around Rs 22,000-crore expansion projects in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

An abandoned island in the heart of the country

Jagargunda (Chhattisgarh): Fifty-six km down a fork off National Highway 221 in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, a pock-marked road meanders through miles of stifling forest before faltering at a fortified barricade. Beyond the bristling barbed wire lies Jagargunda, its watchtowers manned by heavily-armed sentries, its searchlights piercing the evening twilight like a predator's eyes.

* Reforms needed along with tech

Internet kiosks have been popular in the assisted delivery of services. But in the future, we will see more mobiles because they have greater penetration among the rural poor, and have almost as much functionality as desktops.

Mobiles can be used for disbursing and receiving payments—taxes, fines, utility bills. But kiosks and mobiles will complement each other, because you can’t do everything on cellphones; you can’t print a birth certificate, for example.

It’s already happening.

Crops worth millions washed off in Chhattisgarh rains

After braving a poor monsoon, farmers in Chhattisgarh are again facing testing times as unabated rains since Tuesday have destroyed their paddy crops stored in open grounds. "Despite a poor monsoon, the farmers showed courage this kharif season and somehow managed through loans. They had stocked
the paddy in open fields for procurement process but the heavy unseasonal rains destroyed their paddy," said an official of the agriculture department.

The agriculture department has estimated the loss in millions.

345 rural roads found substandard in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 9 (IANS) As many as 345 Pradahan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) roads were found to be sub-standard in Chhattisgarh and 17 of them are to be rebuilt, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ramvichar Netam said Thursday.

'A total of 3,647 roads were constructed in the state last year and 345 of them reported to be sub-standard,' Netam told the state assembly in a written reply to a question from Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey of the Congress.

Raman govt attacked for mining scam

RAIPUR: The case of Pushp Steel and Mines reverberated in Chhattisgarh assembly, as the congress party attacked Chief Minister Raman Singh, asking him to divulge the name of the owner of the dubious firm that had been granted coveted mining rights in the state in violation of rules. The congress alleged the firm is covertly owned by a senior BJP leader. The persistent uproar finally led the speaker to adjourn the assembly indefinitely.

Chhattisgarh trounce Arunachal

Shillong, Dec. 8: Chhattisgarh defeated Arunachal Pradesh by nine wickets in the BCCI Associate Members Tournament for senior women played here today.

Chhattisgarh, after winning the toss, elected to field. Arunachal Pradesh could manage to score a paltry 12 runs in 8.3 overs losing all wickets. Gora Jully topscored with four runs from six balls. Buddhi Prada claimed six wickets while Neha Varu took three.

In reply, Chhattisgarh scored 15 runs by losing one wicket in 2.5 overs.

Achala Vishwakarma scored six runs from seven balls while Pebi Gara took a wicket.

Din in Chhattisgarh Assembly; House adjourned for day

Raipur, Dec 8 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Assembly saw uproarious scenes for the third straight day, leading to the adjournment of the House for the day.Main Opposition Congress accused the BJP Government of betraying farmers in the state.Leader of Opposition Ravindra Chaubey said the ruling party has not fulfilled the assurances given to the farmers in its manifesto.Following din created by the Opposition members, Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik adjourned the House for 15 minutes.When the House assembled there was slogan shouting by the Congress MLAs, which forced another break.

Elephants killed six in Chhattisgarh in 2010

Raipur, Dec 8 (IANS) Wild elephants trampled six people to death in Chhattisgarh's Surguja district this year, Forest Minister Vikram Usendi said Wednesday.

'As many as six people were killed and 527 houses destroyed by elephants this year,' the minister said in a written reply to Congress legislator Premsai Singh Tekam.

Usendi said the government paid Rs.1 million as compensation to each family which lost a member in the elephant attacks. Over Rs.5 million was paid to people whose houses were brought down.