Congress leaders booked for insulting flag on Sonia's birthday

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Two senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh have been booked for cutting a cake designed like the national flag on the birth anniversary of party president Sonia Gandhi, police said Sunday.

The two Congressmen, state general secretary Subhash Sharma and Raipur city unit president Inderchand Dhariwal, were booked under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

Indian iron ore mining mess - Congress seeks Chhattisgarh CM resignation

Dr Raman Singh Chhattisgarh chief minister faced opposition heat in the state assembly as the Congress members pressed for his resignation for recommending an iron ore mine for an allegedly bogus company.

The house was then adjourned sine die, a day before the winter session was originally scheduled to end.

The Congress legislators attacked Dr Singh for recommending to the central government allotment of a mine to Pushp Steel and Mines Ltd that was formed in New Delhi in 2004 with a paid up capital of just INR 100,000.

Three Congress legislators held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Three legislators of Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress party were arrested Sunday evening in Surguja district for leading a demonstration against the allegedly deteriorating law and order situation in the state, police said.

T.S. Singhdeo, Premsai Singh and Ramdev Ram were arrested along with 250 supporters at Ambikapur town when they refused to stop demonstrating on a road on which Chief Minister Raman Singh was scheduled to travel, officials here at police headquarters told IANS.

Delhi institute mistaken for Pakistan intelligence agency

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh special prosecutor TC Pandya on Friday claimed that civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's wife Ilina was in correspondence with the ISI — a huge gaffe. For, the ISI she had links with was the Indian Social Institute, not the Pakistani intelligence agency.

Pandya was deposing in a local sessions court and said that Sen had dealings not just with local Maoist networks but also international terrorist groups as well.

An abandoned island in the heart of the country

Jagargunda (Chhattisgarh), December 10 (Agencies): Fifty-six km down a fork off National Highway 221 in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a pock-marked road meanders through miles of stifling forest before faltering at a fortified barricade. Beyond the bristling barbed wire lies Jagargunda, its watchtowers manned by heavily-armed sentries, its searchlights piercing the evening twilight like a predator’s eyes.

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.

Chhattisgarh starts sealing illegal cellphone towers

RAIPUR: The authorities in Raipur have begun sealing 144 mobile phone towers installed by cellular operators without obtaining permission, an official said Friday.

"There are a total 333 mobile towers in Raipur and 144 of them have been installed by cellular companies illegally. We served a series of notices to them but they did not even respond and that finally forced us to begin the move to seal off these towers," a senior official in the urban administration department told IANS.

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.