NMDC steps up iron ore supply to sponge iron units in Chhattisgarh

BL reported that NMDC Ltd has initiated a move this week to meet the burgeoning demand of Chhattisgarh sponge iron producers for iron ore.

Mr Rana Som CMD of NMDC told Business Line that “From Monday, we have started moving three rakes of ore a day, totaling about 12,000 tonnes, into Chhattisgarh to meet the requirement of mini steel plants located in the state and it will continue for some time.”

Fire breaks out at BJP headquarters in Chhattisgarh

A minor fire broke out on Friday at the State BJP headquarters in Raipur, fire officials said. No casualty was reported in the fire which was brought under control within half-an-hour, they said. According to the officials, passersby spotted smoke billowing out from the third floor, which houses guest rooms, of 'Ekatma Parisar' - the state headquarters of BJP, and alerted the party officials who in turn called the fire office.

CM tells steel firm to pay compensation to explosion victims

Raipur, Dec 1 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today expressed shock over the death of five employees in an explosion at a steel facility here and asked the factory management to pay adequate compensation to the families of the victims.

Singh asked officials of Euro Pratik steel facility to provide compensation to the kin of each of the labourers and other officials killed in the tanker explosion yesterday, sources said.

State has over 8,000 HIV +ves

School students assemble to form AIDS symbol on the eve of World AIDS Day.

According to the Chhattisgarh Government, around eight thousand people in the state are HIV positive.

Bulk of the total patients are in Raipur, P Anabalagan, Project Officer for Chhattisgarh Aids Control Committee said on Wednesday.

There are 3,870 patients in Raipur, 949 in DUrg, 845 Bilaspur, 495 Rajnandgaon, 360 Bastar, 263 in Mahasamund, 181 in Korba, 175 Kabeerdham, 150 Sarguja and 127 and In Raigard district.

The government is making all possible efforts for treatment of these patients, he added.

Fiscal discipline tops Chhattisgarh agenda

In a move aimed at maintaining fiscal discipline, the finance department had dropped most of the proposals submitted by various departments for inclusion in the second supplementary demands.

The state government is likely to present the second supplementary demand for grants for 2010-11 on the second day of the assembly session starting Monday. The size of the supplementary demands had been limited to Rs 1100-1200 crore.

New 500 MW unit added at NTPC Korba

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Korba: The new 500-MW Unit VII of NTPC’s Korba project in Chhattisgarh has been synchronized with the grid yesterday. Shri S K Roy, General Manager, NTPC Korba and all other senior officials were present on this occasion.

The Korba project of NTPC is already having three units of 200 MW each in Stage I and another three units of 500 MW each in Stage II.

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Five killed in explosion in Raipur

Five employees, including a site manager, of Euro Pratik steel facility were killed due to an explosion in an oil tanker at Siltara industrial area, Raipur superintendent of police Dipanshu Kabra told media persons.

The oil tanker of the firm was being repaired after it started leaking, when the explosion took place, he said.

Kabra said that no information could be received about the injured, adding the police have begun rescue operation and fire tenders have been rushed to the accident site.

Chhattisgarh modifies footwear scheme for women

Woman tendupatta (tendu leaf) collectors in Chhattisgarh will now get a pair of chappals instead of shoes. Under the charan-paduka (footwear) scheme, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is providing a pair of shoes to tendupatta collectors to facilitate smooth movement inside the forests. The scheme was launched in November 2005.

Under the scheme, a male member from each family engaged in plucking green-gold in the forests was covered in the scheme and was given a pair of shoes every year. In all, 1.3 million families were listed to get the benefits of the scheme.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists call for 3-week bandh in Bastar

Mounting pressure on government and security forces, Maoists have given a call for a three-week-long bandh in tribal Bastar in Chhattisgarh from tomorrow and asked the people to stock up essential commodities and refrain from travelling outside their villages.

Naxalite posters have surfaced at many remote villages in Dantewada and Bijapur districts in South Bastar regarding rebels’ call for a bandh from December 2 to 21 to observe “PLGA month”. Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) is the military wing of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).