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Digvijay attacks Anna Hazare again, says RSS backed his protest

Digvijay Singh

Raghogarh (Guna)/Bhopal: Targeting Gandhian activist Anna Hazare once again, controversial Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has said that Hazare's crusade was backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Talking to reporters, Digvijay took a jibe at Anna's crusade saying the whole protest at the Ramlila Maidan at New Delhi made the RSS to identify the importance of the tricolour and Gandhi 'topi' (cap).

On Sept 23, university polls after 24 years

Indore: After 24 years, universities and colleges of Madhya Pradesh would be a hub of politicking with the state government declaring student union polls on September 23.

Unlike in the last election in 1987, when the university president and other university functionaries were elected through voting, the government has decided that the posts would be filled on academic merit basis.

The university representatives, elected in the various colleges, would be the candidates for the university body and would be selected on merit, three days after the colleges hold their elections.

Robbers loot R 15 lakh from Andhra bank

Bhopal: At least Rs 15 lakh were looted from Bagsewaniya branch of Andhra Bank on Saturday.

Three men entered the branch after throwing chilli powder in the eyes of the security guards. They threatened the staff and customers in the bank and held them as hostages. The miscreants forced the staff to give money and later fled away with Rs 15 lakh.

The robbery hints at a link with other recent robberies in the state that have been carried out in a similar manner. The Hiranagar branch of State Bank of India in Indore was robbed of in a similar manner – holding hostages – recently.

Chattisgarh to give Rs two crore to quake-hit Sikkim

Raipur, Sep 23 (PTI) Chhattisgarh government has decided to extend an aid of Rs two crore to the earthquake-hit Sikkim. The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh decided at a meeting last evening to speed up distribution of compensation to the flood affected people in the state as well as to give financial assistance to Sikkim, official sources said today. Twenty people and 318 cattle have died due to floods in the state, while 7,858 houses have been damaged severely, the officials said. Floods affected 24,000 hectares of agricultural land.

Apply Chhattisgarh's special security law to Essar, says Cong

RAIPUR: The opposition Congress here has asked Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to proceed under the state's stringent public security law against the Essar group, which is alleged to have provided huge protection money to Maoist rebels.
"I demand that cases be registered against Essar Group owners for handing over massive amounts as 'protection money' to various factions of Maoists," state Congress president Nandkumar Patel told IANS Friday.

The poverty trap

In the good old days, the poverty line was a relatively simple concept. By and large, it was just a statistical benchmark for making ‘poverty comparisons’ — for instance, to track poverty over time, or to compare poverty levels in different parts of the country.
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A high-water mark for BJP-ruled states TNN Sep 23, 2

NEW DELHI: After ensuring drinking water in all government schools by fixing October 15 as the deadline, the Supreme Court on Thursday took the next step by asking the states and Union territories to fix a time period within which boys and girls would get separate toilet facilities.

A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma did a roll call of the states and UTs about drinking water facility in government schools and complimented states which have achieved cent per cent target.

Childhood exchanged for a chance at survival

Children of policemen killed in the line of duty in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh are given jobs on grounds of compassion. But not all of them take it willingly
When her friends get ready for school, 15-year-old Kancha Nemadi prepares to head to work. Her office is a police control room in Raipur, the capital of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. The Class 10 student misses school but, made wise beyond her years by circumstances, realises her salary — Rs2,500 (Dh193) a month — is the only source of income for her family.

Chhattisgarh engineer owns assets over Rs 60 mn

RAIPUR: A Chhattisgarh government engineer has assets worth Rs.60 million disproportionate to his known sources of income, an official said on Thursday.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Wednesday raided the residence of the Public Works Department (PWD) engineer Vijay Kumar Bhatpahri. He is the chief engineer of PWD's Raipur circle.

"He has assets of at least Rs 60 million disproportionate to his known sources of income. He owns a petrol pump, a massive home, a farm house and a rice mill, besides half a dozen vehicles," EOW Additional Director General DM Awasthi told reporters.

Firearms behind 12% of murders in India

New Delhi, September 21
The easy availability of illegal firearms made Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand witness to two-thirds of all murders committed using firearms in 2008, the latest year for which the related data is available.

India, as a whole, witnessed 4,101 gunshot murders during the period. These accounted for 12.2 per cent of the 33,727 murders reported during the year. Overall, the country lost 6,219 persons to gunshots - 66 pc of them were murdered, 26.3 pc killed accidentally while 7.7 pc committed suicide using weapons.