Prosecution opposes Sen bail plea, HC to pass order today

The Chhattisgarh High Court will pronounce its order on the bail plea of rights activist Dr Binayak Sen on Thursday. Sen, currently lodged in a Raipur jail, was sentenced to life imprisonment on sedition and other charges by a trial court on December 24.

A division bench of the high court comprising Justice T P Sharma and Justice Rajeshwarlal Jhanwar heard the arguments of the prosecution before reserving its order on the bail plea till Thursday.

Naxals set to release 5 abducted cops in Chhattisgarh on Feb 11

RAIPUR\NEW DELHI: A delegation of civil society activists is expected to travel to Chhattisgarh on Thursday to secure the release of five policemen held hostage by Maoists since January 25.

The initiative comes following a telephonic conversation between Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and social activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday. Swami Agnivesh had been contacted by Maoist leaders, who expressed their willingness to free the policemen in the presence of activists only if the security personnel stay away.

Chhattisgarh to shut 250 liquor shops

Chhattisgarh government has decided to close down 250 liquor shops in the state from the next financial year.

The decision, which is aimed at keeping a tab on increasing liquor consumption in the state, will cause Rs 100 crore loss to the state exchequer annually.
Chhattisgarh at present has 1054 liquor shops spread across the length and breath of the state.

"The state government has decided to close down the shop in the village that house a population of less than 2000 (according to 2001 census)", state excise minister Amar Agrawal said.

Nine Chhattisgarh districts in worst Naxal-infested list

Half of the Chhattisgarh's 18 districts would now come under the category of worst Naxal-infested districts enabling it to be covered under Centre's security-related expenditure (SRE) scheme.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs had given consent to state government proposal to include three more districts under SRE scheme to facilitate effective combat against Naxalites Chhattisgarh government”, official spokesperson said.
The districts include two revenue districts including Dhamtari, Mahasamund and police district Gariyaband part of Raipur revenue district.

Chhattisgarh govt to hire choppers for dealing with Naxals

The Chhattisgarh government is in search of cheap choppers to press it into the operations going on against the Naxal guerillas in the forested pockets of the state.

The civil aviation department of the state government had floated tender inviting proposals from the aviation companies to operate two choppers for anti-Naxal operations. A Delhi-based company had been providing the services at present in the state

Avoid mega proj in coal-rich belts to avoid fuel shortage: Govt

NEW DELHI: The Centre today advised states not to build mega projects in coal-bearing areas, afraid that such a move would "sterilise" at least 20 billion tonnes of the dry-fuel reserves and aggravate coal shortage in the country.

"We have asked Chief Ministers of coal-bearing states to not to allow large super structures or expansion projects on coal-bearing areas, as this would steelies at least 20 billion tonnes of reserves," Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaishwal said.

'Review decision to scrap elephant park

BILASPUR: Expressing shock at Chhattisgarh government's decision to quietly scrap an elephant reserve, environment minister Jairam Ramesh wrote to chief minister Raman Singh, requesting him to review the decision. Jairam reminded the CM that his government itself had asked for two elephant reserves in the state.

NMDC,Tata Steel plans to set up steel plant in Chhattisgarh

NMDC Ltd and Tata Steel is planning to set up its second steel plant in Chhattisgarh, according to a report.
The report stated that NMDC and Tata Steel had signed a memorandum of association in January last year.
Tata Steel has reportedly said that the company and NMDC have agreed to co-operate to explore possibilities of entering into joint ventures for the purpose of acquisition.
The estimated cost of the plant will be Rs. 100bn, adds report

Chhattisgarh moots IT in commercial tax dept

The department of commercial tax in Chhattisgarh is mooting a plan to make the working in the department more hi-tech with the use of information technology (IT).

“We are planning to make the entire working of the department on-line in future,” state's commercial tax minister Amar Agrawal said. The move is powered with the success the department had received in practicing IT in the working earlier.

Jindal Power looks to raise Rs 7,000 cr via IPO

Jindal Power (JPL) is looking to mop up Rs 7,000 crore with its initial public offering (IPO) which is set to hit the market by April this year.

“Jindal Power IPO may come by the end of March or mid-April. We have necessary clearances and the IPO will depend on the market conditions. We are waiting for the right moment,” said Anand Goel, Director, Jindal Power Ltd, and Joint Managing Director, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.

Jindal Power looks to raise Rs 7,000 cr via IPO