Slow paddy procurement in Chhattisgarh

Paddy arrival in the societies set up by the state government to procure the yield at minimum support price (MSP) is yet to take pace in Chhattisgarh.

Procurement of paddy at MSP started across the state from November 1 and will continue till January 31, 2011. The state marketing federation has set up 1587 procurement centres under 1333 primary cooperative societies.

Chhattisgarh farmers not keen on bamboo cultivation

Chhattisgarh is facing difficulty in finding farmers who are ready to take up bamboo cultivation in the state under National Bamboo Mission.

The insufficient grant given to the farmers to cultivate bamboo was cited as one of the reasons for the reluctance. The National Bamboo Mission (NBM) is mooting a proposal to increase the grant given to the farmers, a senior officials with the mission said.

Chhattisgarh Police arrests two Maoists in Dantewada

Chhattisgarh Police took into its custody two suspected Maoists with arms and ammunitions here on Thursday.

Dantewada Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) SRP Kaluri said the police had prior information about Maoists and their movements that helped them in nabbing the two Maoists in the region.

It has been reported that the police had prior information about the female Maoist cadre being unwell and staying with another Maoist named Arjun.

Remove forces from schools: SC to Chhattisgarh

The Supreme Court on Thursday disapproved a proposal by the Chhattisgarh government to have schools functioning in alternative sites so as not to disturb paramilitary personnel occupying current ones at Naxal-hit areas in the state. “We are not going to buy this argument. You have to vacate the schools,” a Bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar dismissed the state submission that it was substituting the school buildings billeted with security forces.

Chhattisgarh zoo closed to mourn death of tigress

World'S Oldest Tiger

Raipur, Nov 19 (IANS) A zoo in Chhattisgarh was closed Friday to mourn the death of one of the world's oldest tigresses.

The tigress died Thursday at the age of a little over 22 years and 10 months at the government-run Nandan Van zoo that is based on the outskirts of state capital Raipur.

'Shankari was ailing for a few days and had enjoyed a lot of affection of visitors and even residents of nearby villagers,' Rakesh Chaturvedi, conservator of forests (wildlife), told IANS.

CRPF personnel worst hit in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, November 17: Chhattisgarh holds the dubious distinction of having witnessed the highest number of killing of CRPF personnel for the last 3 consecutive years among all Naxal-hit states.
Even in 2010, the state topped the list. Of the 126 CRPF personnel killed at the hands of Naxals in 2010, 113 deaths were reported in Chhattisgarh.

Similarly in 2009, of the 58 CRPF personnel killed, 32 were killed in the state.

Maoist violence, poverty mar growth in decade-old Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 17 (IANS) In 10 years of existence, Chhattisgarh has become a study in contrasts. While the state recorded a high growth rate at 11.49 percent, people contest claims of development by citing the fast spreading Maoist insurgency, lack of healthcare and poverty.

A state of 20.08 million people today, Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh Nov 1, 2000, to bring prosperity to the neglected region, particularly the tribals.

Chhattisgarh holds emergency meet over rising malaria cases

Raipur, Nov 17 (IANS) Alarmed over reports of malaria cases coming in from various districts, a senior health official Wednesday held here an emergency meeting with chief medical officers (CMO) of all the districts through video conferencing.

Health Secretary Vikasheel asked the CMOs of all the 18 districts to urgently work out a strategy to contain malaria in rural areas and reach out to the patients. Reports suggest the state is adding hundreds of new malaria cases every day.

The young in Chattisgarh have education, but want it linked to careers

Chhattisgarh recently celebrated its 10th year of inception, a momentous landmark in the life of a young state and an old region. It is a challenging region; rich in forests, mineral wealth, home to a large tribal population representing a way of life, culture, language and customs unique in itself, the cultural ethos and socio-economic patterns needed to be factored in while charting a developmental course by the founding fathers of the state and successive governments.

Rift in Raman Singh govt over mega housing scheme

Rift in Raman Singh

Serious differences have cropped up within the Raman Singh Ministry in Chhattisgarh over a controversial mega town development scheme.

Senior BJP ministers and other party leaders have questioned various aspects, including acquisition of land, of the massive project, ‘Kamal Vihar’, proposed to come up on 14,000 acres around the state capital. The Raipur Development Authority (RDA) is executing the Rs 815.38-crore project.