Court to hear Binayak Sen’s bail plea on Jan 24

The Chhattisgarh High Court on Friday fixed January 24 for the next hearing of the appeal filed by Binayak Sen and two others against the sessions court order on December 24 sentencing them to life term for sedition.

Admitting the appeal and the application for bail, the bench of Justice T P Sharma and Justice R L Jhanwar summoned the records of the sessions court on Friday. On the next hearing, both the defence and prosecution lawyers are expected to present their arguments for and against the appeal.

Paddy acreage up two-fold in Chhattisgarh

Paddy acreage up two-fold in CG

Govt’s decision to release water for the rabi crop this season benefits farmers.

Jeevanlal Sahu, a small farmer in Kurud block of Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh, had a bitter experience in the last rabi season (2009-10) when he failed to opt for summer paddy. But he is now elated as he is set to overcome the failure in this rabi season.
The reluctance of the Chhattisgarh government to release water from reservoirs for the rabi crop last year prevented Sahu from going for summer cultivation of paddy over the two hectares of land that he holds near Kurud, about 70 km from here.

Farmer couple murdered in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 6 (IANS) A farmer and his wife were stabbed to death by unidentified assailants Thursday in Chhattisgarh, police said.

The bodies of the couple, Narain Sahu, 52, and Sushila, 40, were found dumped in a field outsidevillage Paur in Raipur district, some 45 km from the state capital.

A police team comprising forensic experts rushed to the village from Raipur to investigate the murder which was reported to have fueled anger in the village having population of about 250 people.

Railways still in command

Indian captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored a match-high 13 points to power Indian Railways closer to their third straight title in the 61st IMG-Reliance National basketball championship on Sunday.

With the 19-year-old point-guard in charge, Railways registered a comfortable 83-41 win over Chhattisgarh to reach the semifinal at the Talkatora stadium. Punjab, Kerala and Services joined Railways in the last-four stage. Railways’ women, who also have their sights set on a three-peat, trounced Punjab 142-41.

Chhattisgarh power tariffs to go up

Low tension power consumers, which mainly comprise common man, are set to get a big shock in the New Year in Chhattisgarh. The state-run power company has proposed to increase the power tariff by nearly two folds.

The Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company (CSPDC) has proposed to increase the tariff for the customers consuming power upto 200 units from Rs 1.60 per unit to Rs 3.20 per unit. The hike is exact two folds of the existing power tariff for the common man in the state, which claims to become power surplus in next couple of years.

Maoists may spike UID project in Chhattisgarh

With census work still incomplete due to the opposition by Maoist guerrillas, the Chhattisgarh government is uncertain about the success of the Aadhaar project to provide unique identity numbers in the state’s tribal areas. The government has selected Jagdalpur — one of the five districts of Bastar

Chhattisgarh varsity chief gets death threat

Raipur, Jan 5 (IANS) Chhattisgarh police Wednesday began investigating death threats received by a central university's vice-chancellor and registrar from a caller who claimed to be a Maoist.

Police registered a written complaint in Bilaspur town after Guru Ghasidas University Vice Chancellor Lakshman Chaturvedi and Registrar H.M. Choubey informed them that they were receiving threat calls.

They said the caller claimed to be a member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist.

Four held with deer skin in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 5 (PTI) Four persons were today arrested with deer skin in Chhattisgarh''s Dhamtari district, police officials said.

Acting on a tip off, the police intercepted a car near Nagari village and seized the skin of ''barasingha'' (a species of deer) which is estimated to be worth Rs Rs 1.5 lakh, they said.

The arrested persons were identified as Vikas, Lekharam, Thakurram and Leelaram. They were on way to Dhamtari to sell the skin, they added.

To fund Rs 3300cr expansion largely via debt: Jayaswal Neco

Jayaswal Neco recently announced a big ticket expansion plan of Rs 3,300 crore. In an exclusive interview with CNBC –TV18’s Soniya Shenoy and Reema Tendulkar, Basant Lall Shaw, Chairman of Jayaswal Neco explained the breakup and expectations from the expansion.
“The total expansion is for Rs 3,300 crore, out of which the debt is of Rs 2,143 crore. The balance will come from equity, inter accruals and maybe, some part of QIP," Shaw disclosed.