Export of natural resources a crime: Raman Singh

Raipur, Nov 25 (IANS) Export of natural resources is a crime and should be banned as early as possible, Raman Singh, chief minister of Chhattisgarh - one of India's most mineral-rich states - said Thursday.

'Exporting natural resources outside the country comes under category of a national crime and it should be banned,' an official press statement quoted Singh as saying.

India 'witch doctor' held over child killings

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Police in India have arrested an alleged witch doctor accused of killing two children.

The man was arrested after a two-year-old boy's body was found in his home in Durg district, 45km (30 miles) from the Chhattisgarh state capital, Raipur.

Raids also revealed the skeletal remains of an eight-year-old girl from the house, police told the BBC.

They say that the accused man confessed to killing both children to acquire "occult power and good fortune".

Witchcraft and occult beliefs persist in remote areas. Some think that child sacrifices will improve their lives.

Chhattisgarh gets four proposals for pvt varsities

Chhattisgarh government has received proposals from four private universities for setting up campuses in the state. "We have received four proposals from private universities for setting up campuses in Chhattisgarh," Chairman of Chhattisgarh Private University Regulatory Commission Ashok Parekh said.

The commission had forwarded the proposals to the state government to examine whether they were at par with the parameters set for opening private university. "After considering all aspects, the state government will give recognition to the private universities," Parekh said.

Chhattisgarh engineer has assets of Rs.40 million

Raipur: Simultaneous raids on Thursday on two houses of a junior engineer in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur town revealed that the official owns assets worth Rs.40 million, sources said.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau raided two locations of Chandrakant Manik, sub-engineer posted with Bilaspur Municipal Corporation, and seized documents, cash and jewellery that confirmed that he has amassed properties estimated at Rs.40 million, disproportionate to his known source of income.

Security forces to be moved out of government schools in Bastar

Security forces will be soon moved out of government schools in the Naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, official sources said today.

The step is being taken to prevent Naxal attacks on these schools, which house security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations, they said.

Besides schools, the personnel reside in state-run hostels and other government buildings, which are often targeted by the Naxals, the sources said.

The security forces will be shifted out of these government facilities and accommodated in safer dwellings which will be built soon, they said.