CBI case against Chhattisgarh Revenue Board member for fraud

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) CBI has registered a fraud case against a member of Revenue Board of Chhattisgarh and some Bank of Baroda officials in Raipur for allegedly changing ownership records of a locker in back date after Rs 15 lakh cash were recovered from it during an Income Tax search.

BJP finds it tough choosing Chhattisgarh by-poll candidate

Raipur, Jan 17 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is finding it tough to choose a candidate to retain the crucial Sanjari Balod assembly seat in the Feb 14 by-poll.

'There are about 10 local BJP leaders in Durg district who have all claimed to fight the election, but the state unit (of the party) is of the view that none of them will be able to pull off a victory...we are facing a real crisis of choosing a winning candidate for Sanjari Balod,' a BJP source here told IANS.

Prayers at Ajmer for RSS activist Indresh

AJMER: A delegation of Muslim leaders from BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, led by the state's Haj committee chairman Saleem Raj, offered prayers at Ajmer dargah for Indresh Kumar, a senior RSS leader who is a suspect in 2007 terror attack on the dargah.

Saleem came to dargah with a delegation that included former chairman of Rajasthan waqf board Salawat Khan and offered a "chadar" at the mausoleum. Minutes after offering prayers, they told reporters that allegations against Kumar in the chargesheet were false and that the Khwaja's divine powers would expose this.

Civil society groups' plea to High Court on Binayak Sen

NEW DELHI: Civil society groups, academics and human rights activists have come together and appealed to the Chhattisgarh High Court to reverse the “injustice” meted out to human rights activist Binayak Sen.

In an appeal sent to the Chief Justice of the High Court, they said that if this was not ensured, India's already dented credentials as a democracy and an upholder of human rights would be irreversibly damaged.

Seven dams to come up on the Mahanadi river

In a move aimed at facilitating water requirement of the industries, Chhattisgarh government has decided to construct seven barrages on the Mahanadi.

Of the seven barrages, four would come up in Janjgir-Champa district, where maximum number of power plants are proposed to be set up if all the Memoranda of Understanding signed by the state government materialised.

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Arms seized from Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh

Security forces seized massive cache of arms and ammunition from a Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh's Bhanupratappur village on Sunday.

"We got the information that four guns were kept somewhere in the nearby forest covered with wild grass. After getting this information security forces along with the Border Security Forces went there immediately and recovered the arms,' said Thakur.

"We are further looking into the matter,"


Chhattisgarh govt scraps elephant reserve plan for coal mining

KORBA: The Chhattisgarh government first shrank a proposed elephant reserve then delayed notifying it and shelved it quietly to clear the way for coal mining in a virgin forest, documents show.

With the prime minister creating a ministerial committee to resolve the coal vs forest tussle over No-Go zones, the trajectory of this aborted elephant reserve holds important insights, particularly, since it falls in Hasdeo Arand, a contentious No-Go area for miners.