Chhattisgarh asks officers to shun public functions

Raipur, Nov 26 (IANS) In a strongly-worded circular, Chhattisgarh's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has asked officers of all ranks to avoid public functions to gain personal publicity.

In a circular sent by the general administration department to divisional commissioners, district collectors and chief executive officers of the district panchayats, the government has said no official should attend public functions as chief or special guest or preside over such functions.

Chhattisgarh Police arrest Maoist rebel in Bijapur

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh), Nov.27: Chhattisgarh Police on Saturday confirmed the arrest of a senior Maoist rebel during a routine operation near Bijapur.

The arrested Maoist was identified as Median Gucha alias Aitu. Police said that he has confessed to the killing of Special Police Officer Irpa Dinesh.

B. P. Raj Bhanu, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bijapur, said Gucha, along with his Maoist group, had abducted Dinesh and his family while they were travelling in a bus.

He said five members of the family were released one by one, but by the end of October, Dinesh was killed.

Chhattisgarh to get 2000 MW power from NTPC project

IANS reported that Chhattisgarh signed a power purchase agreement with India largest power producer, the National Thermal Power Corporation to get 50% power from its upcoming 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant.

Chhattisgarh will get 2,000 MW at INR.2.59 per unit from NTPC coal fired project that will come up at Lara village in the state's northern coal abundant Raigarh district.

Indian police kill 25 suspected Maoists

Indian security forces say they have killed 25 suspected Maoist guerrillas in the insurgency-riven central state of Chhattisgarh, while two policemen died in a separate landmine blast.

At least 25 Maoists were killed at Jagargunda village in a fierce gun battle with security forces," the chief policeman in charge of anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh, Ramniwas, who only uses one name, told AFP on Tuesday.

NTPC adds 500 MW unit in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 26 (IANS) The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India's largest power producer, has added a 500 MW coal-fired unit at Korba in Chhattisgarh, a company statement said Friday.

'The new 500-MW unit of NTPC's Korba super thermal power station in Chhattisgarh has been synchronised with the grid,' the statement said.

The Korba project of NTPC, based some 240 km north of capital Raipur, already has three units of 200 MW each in Stage-I and three units of 500 MW each in Stage-II.