Chhattisgarh DGP Vishwaranjan removed, Anil M Nawaney named new police chief

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh director general of police Vishwaranjan was Tuesday night shunted out, apparently as a fall-out of his widening rift with home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar over allegedly inadequate scale of anti-Maoist operations in the state.

Appointed as the state's top cop in July 2007, Vishwaranjan, a 1973 batch IPS officer, has been replaced by 1978 batch IPS officer Anil M Nawaney as the DGP of the state, official sources said.

Chhattisgarh vs Maoists: What's in store?

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh police are probably planning to launch a war against the Maoists in the state.

More than 50 police officials were on Tuesday called to the police headquarters for a special training to combat the Maoists.

This happened as a part of an attempt to make the police officials stand against the Maoists in a new scenario in the forest areas of the state.

The training session was flagged off by Director General of Police Vishwaranjan at around 10.30 am.

Other Columns Now lost in the forest

Incarcerated since May 28, hardware trader-turned-environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal has every reason to feel bitter. Instead, when I met the 52-year-old recently in the prisoner’s ward of the Government Hospital at Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, Agrawal was spirited, joking about the need to lock
up people like him.

Agrawal was arrested after Jindal Power Pvt Ltd, the biggest corporation in Raigarh district, charged him with defamation during an environmental clearance hearing. The case, two months after the actual hearing, suggested vendetta.

Chg govt orders magisterial probe into encounter of minor girl

Raipur, Jul 11 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged fake encounter of a 16-year-old girl in Balrampur district last week, officials said today. Meena Khalko was killed in an encounter by a joint team of Balrampur district police and Chhattisgarh Armed Force near Navadih village on July 6. Balrmapur district police has claimed that Meena was a Naxal who was killed when police retaliated after the outlaws opened fire on the joint team during patrol. Police had also claimed to have recovered a rifle and some Naxal items from the girl.

Maoists freeze development efforts, step up violence spiral in Chhattisgarh

Narayanpur/Raipur, July 11 (ANI): Acting with brazen impunity, Maoists continue to spread their reign of violence and fear by imposing shutdowns and killing innocents across Chhattisgarh, bringing development efforts initiated by the central government to a virtual standstill.

The Maoists fear that construction of roads and development will loosen their hold over the tribals.
Despite stringent measures taken by the authorities in curbing the violence, Maoists have stepped up their attacks on democratic institutions on the pretext of 'fighting for the rights of the oppressed.'

EPF goes online

Raipur: The EPF system of India (Employees Provident Fund) is all set to go online. Now transferring of money and other transactions are going to be completely online.

On an experimental basis, the information on EPF accounts is being provided on SMS since July. However, the shortcomings would be checked and the procedure will be followed in all the states including Chattisgarh. This can take a time of around six months to a year.

Counselling for Law University vacant seats to begin from July 12

Raipur: Counselling for the vacant NRI seats of Hidayatullah National Law University and 8 other quota seats will begin from Tuesday. These vacant seats fall under the All India Quota for which an all India merit list has been formulated.

Till last year, seats under NRI and Foreign students quota were vacant. This year those seats have been filled and the university has collected Rs 43 lakh in form of fees. The money collected will be spent to improve the university infrastructure and for research purpose.

Wasn’t justice blind?

The Supreme Court’s recent order to disband the anti-Maoist special police officers in Chhattisgarh is based on ideology, not on the Constitution. The Supreme Court has quashed the appointment of Special Police Officers (SPOs) by the state of Chhattisgarh as unconstitutional and violative
of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. The effect of the judgement is that the institution of SPOs working in Chhattisgarh and in other parts of the country under similar conditions will cease to operate.

Chhattisgarh Congress chief denies 'Bastar state' remark

Raipur, July 9 (IANS) Head of the Chhattisgarh unit of the Congress party, Nand Kumar Patel, Saturday denied that he supported the formation of a separate state of Bastar and said that he was misquoted by a section of the press.

"I do not favour creation of a separate Bastar state. Bastar is an integral part of Chhattisgarh," Patel told IANS over phone.

All India Bar Exam training on July 10

Raipur: Chhattisgarh State Bar Council will conduct training for those candidates who have applied for the second All India Bar Exam on July 24.

The Council in collaboration with Mats University will conduct a training session for the candidates on July 10. The training will begin from 10 am at the university premises and will last for six hours.

Candidates from all over the state can apply for this training session. University Professor G P Tripathi and his team will counsel students regarding the pattern and important questions of the Bar Examination.