Chhattisgarh raises tribals' job quota

Raipur, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Friday raised reservation quota for tribals in government jobs to 32 percent.

Chief Minister Raman Singh announced the hike in the quota from existing 20 percent, a statement said.

An official said tribals make up to 32 percent of the state's total population, at present estimated to be around 20.08 million.

The tribal leaders were pressuring the state government to raise the quota in government jobs in proportion to their population. They took out several rallies in recent months to build pressure on government.

Sonia's birthday celebration in C'garh runs into controversy

RAIPUR: The celebration of Sonia Gandhi's birthday by Congress party here has run into controversy with the BJP strongly protesting cutting of a tricolour-shaped cake on the occasion, calling it an insult to the national flag.

Local newspapers carried photographs of Chhattisgarh Congress party leader Subhash Sharma celebrating Sonia's birthday by cutting tricolour-shaped cake.

Taking objection to it, the state BJP unit today staged a protest rally and demanded the Congress leaders apologise for the blunder.

Fortis takes over Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital

NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare on Thursday said it has taken over the operation and management of Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital, which is situated within the integrated township catering to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd's 3 MMT steel plant in the region.

The healthcare major has taken over the operation and management of the 100-bed O P Jindal Hospital in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.

Chhattisgarh to get Rs 1500cr ADB loan for road infra

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Rs 1500-crore loan to Chhattisgarh for developing road infrastructure in the state.

A high-level delegation of ADB met the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, and discussed about the project. The Chief Minister had directed the state's public works department officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).According to department officials, after getting the DPR, tenders will be invited for the work. The Chief Minister had asked to complete the tendering process at the earliest and start work on the project by December 2011.

PRSU Raipur MA Exam March/April 2010 Result Declared

Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University (PRSU), Raipur, Chhattisgarh, on December 2, 2010, has declared the result of Master of Arts (MA) Final Geography, MA (Final) Sociology and MA (Previous & Rev) History exam. The exams were held in March/April 2010. To know more about the results, candidates can visit the university's official website:

Student powers

The popular item song of Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg had spelt trouble for many a munni (girl) in a prestigious school in the Chhattisgarh capital. School authorities were stunned recently when a group of girls came up on the stage soon after morning assembly and started performing the suggestive song. Not unexpectedly, the performers were suspended for the day. Later, it transpired that these students were forced to perform the song-and-dance sequence under pressure from senior students. But no senior student was suspended for ragging.

Miners should fund local development, says Raman Singh

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Monday said that mining companies operating in the state should spend at least 26 percent of their profits on local development.

'The companies should set up production units in areas where they have been excavating minerals and spend at least 26 percent of their earnings on local development and welfare works,' he said in a statement.

The statement claimed that the per capita annual income in the state has risen to over Rs.38,000 as compared to Rs.10,600 in 2000 when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

Finally, Army moves into Maoist territory

RAIPUR: The Indian army is moving into the conflict theatre of Bastar, arriving at the doorsteps of what is arguably the strongest military base of the CPI Maoist - not for combat, as yet, but ostensibly for training. "Manoeuvre ranges have been finalised in Narayanpur district where training will be given to our troops," confirmed a highly placed official in the army.

Six Naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Six suspected Naxalites, including a woman, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh''s Kanker district, police said.
The accused were arrested in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages by a joint team of the BSF and state police, Kanker SP Ajay Yadav told PTI on the phone.
They were identified as Shaniram, Nohru, Tunsingh, Maniram, Ramlal and Sitaibai, he said.
Many cases, including those of firing at police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused, the officer said.

Drop charges of insulting tricolour against leaders: Congress

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress in Chhattisgarh Monday urged police to drop charges against two of its state leaders who have been booked for cutting a cake designed like the national flag to mark party president Sonia Gandhi's birthday Dec 9.

A party delegation met Raipur police chief Dipanshu Kabra and requested him to drop a written police complaint against two party leaders - state general secretary Subhash Sharma and Raipur city unit president Inderchand Dhariwal, who are facing arrest under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.