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Priyanka alleges BJPs plan to change the Constitution, urge people to vote for change

RAIPUR: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi alleged on Sunday that the Modi-led BJP government at the Centre has intentions to amend the Indian Constitution, thus undermining the rights guaranteed to the people. Speaking at an election rally in Balod, she accused BJP leaders of making grandiose promises and engaging in lofty rhetoric while sidestepping the concerns of the people. Many BJP leaders and ministers are openly stating in their campaigns that if their party achieves a Lok Sabha majority of 400 seats, they will amend the Constitution. Although PM Modi denies it, this appears to be their strategy. Otherwise, how could BJP leaders openly discuss altering the Constitution without presumed consent from Modi ji? The truth is, they can't be trusted anymore. Once they secure the numbers, they will likely proceed with altering the Constitution, she cautioned, expressing concern that such actions would strip away people's rights and dignity. BJP-ruled Centre is fascist, racist and oppressive government: Priyanka Gandhi Priyanka urged voters to exercise their franchise wisely, emphasizing that they have the power to change the government if it fails to meet their expectations. There is an urgent need for change. Otherwise, if the BJP returns to power for another five years, the country's future becomes uncertain. We may witness changes in the Constitution, restrictions on rights, increased inflation, unemployment, and challenges faced by citizens, while big industrialists gain more influence and leaders become more authoritarian, she asserted. Highlighting the achievements of the previous Congress government in Chhattisgarh, she criticized the new BJP administration for discontinuing welfare schemes initiated by the previous Bhupesh Baghel-led government. Priyanka also took a swipe at the PM, questioning why Modi ji, who is seen as influential on the global stage, hasn't effectively addressed domestic issues like unemployment and inflation. This indicates that his projection of power is superficial, and there may be issues with his intentions, she alleged. Drawing a parallel between PM Modi and Indira Gandhi, she praised the former Prime Minister for her patient approach in addressing people's concerns and ensuring their rights. Indiraji continues to hold a special place in your hearts because she didn't indulge in political theatrics. People need to deeply reflect on the current state of affairs, she urged. Priyanka criticized the BJP's electoral bonds scheme, alleging that it has exposed corrupt practices, particularly after the Supreme Court's intervention. Modiji labels opposition leaders as corrupt, files cases against them, and puts them in jail. However, when corrupt leaders from other parties join the BJP, all investigations and cases are conveniently dropped, she claimed. On what basis is BJP claiming 400 seats: Priyanka Gandhi smells a rat in NDA slogan

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 10:22 pm

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests retired IAS officer Tuteja in liquor scam case

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests retired IAS officer Tuteja in liquor scam case Days after filing a fresh case, the Enforcement Directorate on Sunday arrested retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in connection with a Rs 2,000 crore alleged liquor-scam linked money laundering case in the state, officials said. The federal agency detained the 2003-batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Raipur on Saturday evening where the bureaucrat and his son Yash Tuteja had gone to record their statements in the same case. They were issued a summons by the ED at the EOW/ACB office to join the investigation and record their statements following which they were taken to the central agency's office here. The retired IAS officer was questioned and was taken into custody in the early hours of Sunday under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Yash Tuteja was allowed to leave after questioning. Anil Tuteja was produced before a jurisdictional magistrate that sent him to one-day judicial custody, ED counsel Saurabh Pandey said. He added that the agency had sought a 14-day custody of Tuteja from the magistrate. However, as the special PMLA court was not working on Sunday, the magistrate court sent him to judicial custody for a day, the lawyer said. Tuteja will be produced before a special PMLA court on Monday and the ED will seek his remand afresh for custodial interrogation, he said. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer retired from service last year. He was last designated as joint secretary in the industry and commerce department of Chhattisgarh. The ED had filed a fresh money laundering case in the liquor scam case after the Supreme Court recently quashed its earlier FIR that was based on an Income Tax Department complaint. The apex court ruled that there was no scheduled offence and hence the money laundering case does not stand. The agency, just before this ruling, had shared details of its probe into the case with the state EOW/ACB seeking registration of a criminal case and once they filed an FIR, the ED registered a new money laundering case taking cognisance of that complaint. The EOW/ACB registered this FIR on January 17, about a month after the BJP returned to power in the state by defeating the Congress in the assembly polls. It named 70 individuals and companies, including former excise minister Kawasi Lakhma, former chief secretary Vivek Dhand and others. The ED has estimated the alleged ''proceeds of crime'' in the case at Rs 2,161 crore. Money was ''illegally'' collected from ''every'' bottle of liquor sold in Chhattisgarh and evidence of ''unprecedented'' corruption and money laundering of Rs 2,000 crore generated by an alcohol syndicate led by Anwar Dhebar, the elder brother of Raipur Mayor and Congress leader Aijaz Dhebar, has been unearthed, the ED had alleged. Slamming the BJP government in the state, former chief minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel had earlier claimed that the EOW/ACB action was ''politically motivated''. The ED and Income Tax Department have been probing the cases for the last three years and now they have recommended the ACB to register an offence, Baghel had said. ''Earlier the names of several of our party leaders did not come up in the probe but now their names have been mentioned in the (EOW/ACB) FIRs. It has been done to defame them ahead of the Lok Sabha polls,'' Baghel had told reporters. Refuting these claims, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai had said the ED is ''an independent agency and it has been doing its job. It has nothing to do with elections.'' Anwar Dhebar, businessman Arvind Singh and Arunpati Tripathi, an Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officer and special secretary of the excise department, were arrested by the EOW/ACB as part of the January registered FIR. Anwar Dhebar and Tripathi were arrested by the ED as part of the quashed FIR too. In the past, the ED had also alleged that bribe was collected from distillers in the state on a per liquor case basis procured from the CSMCL (state body for purchase and sale of liquor) while country liquor was being sold off-the-books. ''In this (country liquor) case, not even Re 1 reached the state exchequer and all the sale proceeds were pocketed by the syndicate. The illegal liquor was sold from state-run shops only,'' the agency had alleged. The ED has claimed that bribes were taken from distillers to allow them to make a cartel and have a fixed market share. ''This cartel was exclusively a supplier (of liquor) for the state of Chhattisgarh,'' the ED said, adding the ''commission'' was also generated from the sale of foreign liquor in the state. It alleged the syndicate also ''manufactured and sold'' illicit liquor in the state entirely on cash with no income tax or excise duty being paid. ''The entire sale consideration was siphoned off with each person getting its share, including distiller, transporter, hologram maker, bottle maker, excise department officials and their higher echelons, Anwar Dhebar, senior IAS officers and politicians. ''ED investigation has found that between the years 2019 and 2022, this kind of illegal sale was almost 30-40 per cent of the total sales of liquor in the state,'' the probe agency claimed. It alleged that the commission generated through this illegal sale of liquor was shared ''as per the directions from the highest political executives of the state''.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 7:49 pm

Congress a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism: UP CM Adityanath

Raipur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday hit out at the Congress, claiming the grand old party is a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism. Addressing an election rally in Chhhattisgarhs Kabirdham district, he said the wait of 500 years for Ram Lalla (installation of his idol) in Ayodhya ended because of Prime Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 21 Apr 2024 2:29 pm

Retired Chhattisgarh IAS Officer Anil Tuteja Arrested in Liquor Scam

Raipur: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in connection with an alleged liquor scam-linked money laundering case in the state, official sources reported on Sunday. According to the sources, the federal agency detained the 2003 batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Raipur on Saturday. Tuteja and his son Yash Tuteja had gone to record their statement in the same case. The IAS officer was later taken into custody under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be produced before a magistrate seeking his remand. Tuteja retired from service last year.The ED had filed a fresh money laundering case in the alleged liquor scam case after the Supreme Court recently quashed its earlier FIR, which was based on an Income Tax Department complaint. The agency shared details of its probe in the case with the state EOW/ACB, seeking registration of an FIR. Once the FIR was filed, the ED registered a new money laundering case, taking note of that complaint. According to the ED, money was illegally collected from every bottle of liquor sold in Chhattisgarh. The agency alleged that evidence of unprecedented corruption and money laundering of Rs 2,000 crore was generated by an alcohol syndicate led by Anwar Dhebar, the elder brother of Raipur Mayor Anwar Dhebar. Israeli Strike on Iranian Air Defenses with Supersonic Missile, Reports Claim Change in School Timings in Jharkhand Due to Heatwave Conditions Patanjali Yogpeeth to Pay Service Tax for Yoga Camps, Supreme Court Upholds CESTAT Decision

News Track 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

Security Forces Encounter Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, One Killed

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Police reported an encounter with Naxalites in the Keshkutul area of Bhairamgarh, Bijapur district, resulting in the death of one Naxalite. Police confirmed the recovery of weapons from the site. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Jitendra Yadav stated that the encounter operations are ongoing, and further details are awaited. This incident follows a recent encounter earlier this week in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, where 29 Naxals were killed, and three security personnel sustained injuries. Bastar Inspector General of Police (IG) P Sundarraj declared that 71 Naxals have been neutralized since January 2024, marking significant progress in the fight against Naxals. 71 Naxals have been gunned down to date since January 2024. This is one of the major breakthroughs in Chhattisgarh on the Naxal front. The fight against Naxals is at a decisive step. Our endeavor in the future will be to build on what we have accomplished against the Naxalites. Preparations have started to give a new identity to the area and its people, said IG Sundarraj. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai commended the District Reserve Guard and BSF personnel after the encounter in Kanker district, terming it a significant achievement. The operation resulting in the death of 29 Naxals is considered one of the most significant counter-Naxal operations in recent times. Father Allegedly Murders Children, Found Dead on Railway Tracks; Mother Seriously Injured BJP's Moradabad Lok Sabha Candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh Passes Away Enhanced Efficiency of Enforcement Directorate under NDA Government, says PM Modi

News Track 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

Retired Chhattisgarh IAS Officer Arrested in Connection with Liquor Scam Money Laundering Case

RAIPUR, April 21: In a significant development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in connection with a money laundering case linked to a liquor scam, as reported by the Press Trust of India (PTI). The former 2003 batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) was []

thehillstimes 21 Apr 2024 11:49 am

ED Arrests Retired IAS Officer Anil Tuteja In Chhattisgarh 'Liquor Scam' Case

The agency had detained the 2003 batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing/Anti Corruption Bureau office in Raipur on Saturday where the bureaucrat and his son had gone to record their statement in the same case

News18 21 Apr 2024 9:29 am

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests retired IAS officer Tuteja in liquor 'scam' case

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests retired IAS officer Tuteja in liquor 'scam' case The Enforcement Directorate has arrested retired Chhattisgarh IAS officer Anil Tuteja in connection with an alleged liquor scam linked money laundering case in the state, official sources said on Sunday. The federal agency had detained the 2003 batch officer from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW)/Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Raipur on Saturday where the bureaucrat and his son Yash Tuteja had gone to record their statement in the same case. The IAS officer was later taken into custody under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be produced before a magistrate seeking his remand, the sources said. The officer retired from service last year. The ED had filed a fresh money laundering case in the alleged liquor scam case after the Supreme Court recently quashed its earlier FIR that was based on an Income Tax Department complaint. The agency shared details of its probe in the case with the state EOW/ACB seeking registration of a FIR and once they filed a FIR, the ED registered a new money laundering case taking cognisance of that complaint. Money was ''illegally'' collected from ''every'' bottle of liquor sold in Chhattisgarh and evidence of ''unprecedented'' corruption and money laundering of Rs 2,000 crore generated by an alcohol syndicate led by Anwar Dhebar, the elder brother of Raipur Mayor Anwar Dhebar, has been unearthed, the ED had alleged.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 9:02 am

First day, First show and the polling begins

The first round of 7-phase parliamentary polls was held across 21 states, with sporadic incidents of violence being reported from Manipur and West Bengal. In the biggest round of the elections, all 39 seats of Tamil Nadu, 12 of Rajasthan and 8 of Uttar Pradesh went to polls. With PM Modi eyeing a third term in office, the BJP hopes to win 22 of the 25 seats in Northeast, hold on to its 2019 tally in the Hindi heartland and Maharashtra and better its show in West Bengal as well as in the South. The Opposition INDIA bloc insists that it will do well across the country, especially in the saffron bastion of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar this time. The counting of votes will take place on June 4 Rajasthan: Total seats - 25 1st phase - 12 It was subdued enthusiasm among voters in 12 seats. Voting was largely peaceful in most constituencies, though some witnessed sporadic clashes. In Kuchera, Nagaur, one of the hot seats, supporters of BJP candidate Jyoti Mirdha and INDIA Alliance candidate Hanuman Beniwal of RLP clashed with each others, injuring Tejpal Mirdha, the chairman of Kuchera municipality. Nagour is a Jat-dominated seat. In another hot seat of Jhunjhunu in the Shekhawati region, BJP candidate Shubhakaran Chaudhary fought with security personnel and in Churu, an MLA was involved in altercation with a policeman Uttar pradesh: Total seats - 80 1st phase - 8 The overall turnout seemed to be lower than the 2019 elections. The eight constituencies which went to the polls included Saharanpur (63.29%),Pilibhit (60.2%), Kairana (58.68%), Nagina (SC) (58.05%), Moradabad (57.65%), Muzaffarnagar (54.91), Bijnor (54.68%), Rampur (52.42%). No major incident was reported during the polling. Last time, a turnout of 66.47% was recorded in the eight constituencies. Overall turnout in Uttar Pradesh during 2019 was 59.21%. In the Neuria area of the district, villagers said they would not vote as they are peeved at man-animal conflict Bihar: Total seats - 40 4 A low turnout of 48.23% was recorded in four constituencies where 38 candidates were in the fray. In 2019, 53.47% voters had exercised their franchise. Gaya has the highest 14 candidates in the fray. There is a decrease of around 5.24% of turnout in 2024. According to chief electoral officer H R Srinivasa, Gaya (SC) recorded the highest 52% turnout, Jamui (SC) and Aurangabad 50% each. In Nawada, only 41.50% voters exercised their franchise. In 2019, Aurangabad had recorded 53.63% turnout, Gaya 56.16 %, Nawada 49.33% and Jamui 55.21%. Voters called for poll boycott in six stations, there was no report of clashes or violence though, according to Srinivasa. WEST BENGAL: Total seats - 42 1st phase - 3 Sporadic incidents of violence marred the first phase, with TMC and BJP workers clashing in Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri. Three reserved seatsJalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Beharin North Bengal went to polls. The TMC and the BJP lodged 80 and 39 complaints, respectively, related to violence, voter intimidation, and assaults on poll agents in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. Union MoS Nisith Pramanik is contesting from Cooch Behar. TMC leader Udayan Guha said that the BJP, along with central forces, unleashed a reign of terror to rig the elections. The BJP, however, denied the allegations. chhattisgarh: Total seats - 11 1st phase - 1 The voters defied the Maoist threat, as the encouraging turnout eclipsed the terror that haunted Bastar zone ahead of the polling. A CRPF personnel, Devendra kumar, was killed in an IED blast at Usoor in an edgy district of Bijapur during an area domination operation. He died of his injuries while on the way to Raipur in a chopper. In the same district, an assistant commandant of CRPF was injured during a poll-related duty at Bhairamgarh. Barring the two incidents, the polling across Bastar remained peaceful. For the first time, 102 new polling stations were set up for the convenience of voters. Madhya Pradesh: Total seats - 29 1st phase - 6 Six constituencies recorded around 67% turnout till 6.30 pm and the figure is likely to go up. The six seats had registered 75.23% polling in. The high-profile Chhindwara seat (where ex-CM Kamal Naths MP son Nakul Nath took on BJPs Vivek Sahu) stood on top in terms of poll percentage with 78.67% as shared by chief electoral officer Anupam Rajan. Another key constituency Mandla-ST (where sixth-time BJP MP and Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste was pitted against ex-minister and fourth-time Congress MLA Omkar Markam) reported 72.92% polling. The Maoist-hit Balaghat seat reported 72.60% polling Jammu & Kashmir: Total seats - 5 1st phase - 1 For the first-time in over three decades, residents at the International Border in Hira Nagar sector of Kathua district exercised their right to vote for the Udhampur seat without any fear or threat of cross-border firing. It was the first major electoral exercise in J&K since the abrogration of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile J&K state into two Union Territories. People men, women, including young and old thronged at the polling station in Kadyala village close to International Border. India and Pakistan on February 24, 2021, announced to strictly uphold the November 2003 border ceasefire pact between the troops of two countries. Residents said due to the ceasefire, more people have come to vote in this election UTTARAKHAND 5 5 Despite clear weather and relatively low temperature, the turnout was below expectation. Villagers of Jalal in Nainital and Tehri parliamentary constituency boycotted the election for lack of infrastructure, posing risks to their travel and safety. Newlywed couples, dressed in their wedding attire, arrived at several polling stations to cast their votes. However, around 350 were not able to vote on polling day due to wedding ceremonies. Bhagwan Singh, father of the groom from village Chhedi in Srinagar, expressed regret for not being able to vote on polling day due to clash over marriage date Maharashtra: Total seats - 48 1st phase - 5 Voting for the five seats took place without untoward events in Maharashtra. The voting began on a slow pace due to the scorching heat in the Vidarbha region. The tribal and Naxalite district of Gadchiroli witnessed the highest turnout at 64.95%, while Nagpur reported lowest at 47.91% till 5pm. In Ramtek-SC seat, 53.38% turnout was reported, 56.87% in BhandaraGondia and 55.11% in Chandrapur seat. To avoid technical snags cropping up in EVMs in the remote polling booths in Gadchiroli, three spare EVMs were dispatched by a helicopter to the Sironcha area of the district, said an official. Manipur: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 Sporadic incidents of gunfire and intimidation of voters as well as Congress workers by armed miscreants marred Lok Sabha elections in ethnic violence-hit Manipur on Friday. The turnout was 72.32% in the Inner Manipur seat and 61.98% in Outer Manipur. The violence occurred in places falling under the Inner Manipur seat which straddles the Meitei-majority Imphal Valley. The armed men fired several rounds outside a polling station at Thamnapokpi in Bishnupur district. Three persons were reportedly injured.The voters and the Congress polling agents were intimidated by the armed miscreants Tamil Nadu: Total seats - 39 1st phase - 39 The polling began at 7am amid tight security in most of the 39 constituencies. Argument broke out between voters and officials in some polling stations as authorities did not allow people to carry their smartphones/mobiles inside the booths. People belonging to Parandhur village with over 1,000 voters near Sriperumbudur did not turn up to vote till 9.30 am. Around 1,000 voters of Ennore who had called for boycott of the election over the ammonia gas leak incident at Ennore Creek withdrew their decision and decided to vote Puducherry: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 The Union Territory gets to elect their lone representative to the Lok Sabha. A visit to some of the polling stations in rural areas brought to the fore a mixed picture. Pink booths were the centre of attraction. The green environment at a booth housed on the premises of the more-than-century-old VOC Government Boys school in the town added to the lustre of the arrangements. Gruel, nutritious cereals, millets and buttermilk were given to the voters Lakshadweep: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Nearly 60% voter turnout was recorded until 5pm in the Lakshadweep constituency spanning across 10 inhabited islands of the Lakshadweep Archipelago, with an electorate of 57,784, as per data shared by the Election Commission. Out of this total, 28,506 are women. The polling began at 7.30am across the 10 inhabited islands and concluded at 6.30 pm. An official said that the figures provided are preliminary, as voters who were in line by this deadline were given the opportunity to cast their votes Andaman & Nicobar islands: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Around 3,15,148 voters in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have exercised their franchise till 3pm for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the Union Territory. Seven members of the Shompen tribe, a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTGs) of the Great Nicobar Islands, on Friday exercised their voting rights for the first time, an election official said. Other two primitive tribes, too, exercised their voting rights like in 2019, the CEO said Arunachal Pradesh: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 The unique Malogam polling station in Anjaw district of the state recorded cent per cent polling with the lone female voter, exercising her constitutional right on Friday, officials said. Supporters of two candidates clashed at the Bameng Assembly constituency in East Kameng. Irate mobs damaged EVMs in polling stations elsewhere in the state. Miscreants tried to snatch EVMs in three polling stations in the Nacho constituency in Upper Subansiri and in one in Kurung Kumey district, where polling was also suspended Assam: Total seats - 14 1st phase - 5 Long queues were seen outside booths since morning as polling was underway for five constituencies. Poling began at 7 am in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Kaziranga seats, and 86.5 lakh voters are eligible to vote. Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal of BJP and Congresss deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi were among those who cast their votes in the first hour Meghalaya: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 2 Voters at numerous polling stations were seen queuing up as early as 6 am, underscoring their enthusiasm to participate in the electoral process. The first five voters were rewarded with mementoes and first-time voters were also felicitated. Voters in a model polling station planted trees after casting their votes. Polling was being held at 3,512 polling stations in which 10 candidates are in the fray Mizoram: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 At least 6,500 polling personnel, over 3,500 policemen and 12 companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been deployed for the polls in the state. All international borders and inter-state borders have been sealed to ensure peaceful elections, a senior police officer said. Although there are six contenders, it is believed that the fight will be mainly among ZPM, MNF and Congress Nagaland: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Polling personnel in six eastern districts of Nagaland waited for nine hours in booths, but not one of the four lakh voters of the region turned up following a shutdown call given by an organisation to press for its demand for Frontier Nagaland Territory (FNT). Of the 13.25 lakh voters in Nagaland, 50.41 per cent have exercised their franchise, the officials said. Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan exercised his franchise at Model Polling Station Sikkim: Total seats - 1 1st phase - 1 Over 50% of the 4.64 lakh voters in Sikkim exercised their franchise in the 32 Assembly seats and in the lone Lok Sabha constituency till 3 pm on Friday, an official said. Thirteen companies of CAPF have been deployed in Sikkim, of which five companies are from ITBP and eight from SSB, he added. Former Indian Football captain and SDF vice president Bhaichung Bhutia who is contesting from Barfung (BL) assembly seat voted Tripura: Total seats - 2 1st phase - 1 The opposition Congress and CPM alleged that largescale rigging in several places across the constituency, with the Election Commission saying that it received some complaints and was looking into those. In the bypolls to the Ramnagar assembly seat, which was being held simultaneously, a turnout of 56.68% was recorded. Altogether 14.61 lakh people are eligible to vote in this phase of Lok Sabha polls in Tripura

The New Indian Express 20 Apr 2024 8:06 am

Court Closes Corruption Case Against Ex-Aide Of Raman Singh

A trial court in Raipur accepted the closure report filed by the Economic Offences Wing of the Anti-Corruption Bureau after no case of disproportionate assets was made against Aman Singh - principal secretary to former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 9:00 pm

Court Closes Case Against Former Principal Secretary Aman Singh To Chhattisgarh CM

The trial court in Raipur has accepted the closure report filed by the state EOW-ACB after finding no case of disproportionate assets against former principal secretary Aman Singh and his wife Yasmin Singh.

Bloomberg Quint 19 Apr 2024 8:20 pm

Chhattisgarh: Court accepts closure report in disproportionate asset case against Raman Singh's ex-Principal Secretary

Chhattisgarh: Court accepts closure report in disproportionate asset case against Raman Singh's ex-Principal Secretary The trial court in Raipur accepted the closure report filed by Economic Offenses Wing-Anti Corruption Bureau (EOW-ACB) in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case against Aman Singh, the former Principal Secretary to former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, after no evidence could be found to substantiate the allegations. The court, while accepting the closure report, stated that no case of disproportionate assets could be made against Aman Singh and his wife, Yasmin Singh. The ruling marks the culmination of a prolonged investigative process led by the EOW-ACB, which failed to substantiate the allegations. The FIR in the case was lodged in 2020 on the orders from former Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel after RTI activisit Uchit Sharma had accused the couple of amassing unaccounted wealth. However, even after over three years of investigation, the EOW couldn't find any evidence to substantiate the allegations, following which the closure report was filed. Notably, the closure report was filed by the EOW in December last year, before the current Vishnu Deo Sai-led BJP government took the oath of office in Chhattisgarh. Legal circles have closely monitored the proceedings, noting the case's implications for bureaucratic integrity and legal accountability. Noted criminal lawyer and senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, who represented Aman Singh, has criticized the motives behind the FIR, describing it as a ool for political retribution rather than justice. Bhupesh Baghel's government was one of the most corrupt and vindictive regimes this country has ever seen, said Jethmalani. They weaponized the FIR to unjustly target Aman Singh, an honest officer, and his wife Yasmin Singh, a renowned artist, forcing them to undergo trials and tribulations for several years. Targeting an officer's wife was a new low, even by Bhupesh Baghel's standards. However, the justice has finally been served with their discharge by the court. Former Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar, who worked with both Congress and BJP chief ministers, also drew attention to the adverse impacts of political victimization on governance and the morale of public servants. It's tragic that an officer who contributed immensely to Chhattisgarh's transformative development had to face what turned out to be baseless accusations, said Kumar. Officers of integrity being targeted for political considerations is demoralising because not everyone can withstand the personal costs of incorruptibility in public service as Aman has been able to. I am happy for Aman Singh and his wife that the truth has prevailed. The case has also seen judicial scrutiny at various levels, including a notable moment when the Bilaspur High Court quashed the FIR, citing a lack of substantive evidence. However, the Supreme Court later revived the FIR on an appeal by the Congress government of Bhupesh Baghel, saying that a thorough investigation would better serve to maintain public trust and accountability. We quite appreciate that there could be cases of innocent public servants being entangled in investigations arising out of motivated complaints and the consequent mental agony, emotional pain, and social stigma that they would have to encounter in the process, but this small price has to be paid if there is to be a society governed by the rule of law, the apex court said. The trial court's closure of the case, after hearing all perspectives, including the complainant's agreement with the closure report, brings to an end a high-profile legal battle. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 8:11 pm

Chhattisgarh: 42.57% turnout recorded till 1pm in Bastar LS seat; CRPF officer hurt in IED blast

Raipur/Jagdalpur: A voter turnout of more than 42 per cent was recorded till 1 pm Friday in the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh, which saw a CRPF officer getting injured in an explosion of a pressure IED planted by Naxalites, officials said. Amid tight security, polling in the Bastar seat started at 7am []

orissapost 19 Apr 2024 3:04 pm

Remarks on modern medicine: SC asks Ramdev to...

The Patna and Raipur chapters of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have lodged complaints in 2021 alleging Ramdev's remarks were likely to cause prejudice to Covid control mechanism and may dissuade people from availing proper treatment.

Rediff 19 Apr 2024 2:45 pm

Remarks On Allopathy | SC Asks Ramdev To Implead Complainants In His Plea For Stay Of Criminal Probes

NEW DELHI, Apr 19: The Supreme Court on Friday asked yoga guru Ramdev to implead the complainants, who have lodged cases against him over his alleged remarks against the use of allopathic medicines during the Covid pandemic, as party in his plea seeking stay of criminal proceedings. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp The Patna and Raipur chapters of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have lodged complaints in 2021 alleging Ramdevs remarks were likely to cause prejudice to Covid [] The post Remarks On Allopathy | SC Asks Ramdev To Implead Complainants In His Plea For Stay Of Criminal Probes appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 19 Apr 2024 12:27 pm

Remarks on Allopathy: SC asks Baba Ramdev to implead complainants in plea for stay of criminal probes

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked yoga guru Ramdev to implead the complainants, who have lodged cases against him over his alleged remarks against the use of allopathic medicines during the Covid pandemic, as party in his plea seeking stay of criminal proceedings. The Patna and Raipur chapters of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have lodged complaints in 2021 alleging Ramdev's remarks were likely to cause prejudice to Covid control mechanism and may dissuade people from availing proper treatment. A bench of Justices MM Sundresh and PB Varale, which was hearing Ramdev's plea seeking stay on criminal proceedings, said he needs to implead the complainants for securing relief in the matter. The bench granted liberty to Ramdev to implead the complainants and posted the matter for hearing after the summer vacations of the apex court, which are starting from May 20. The counsel appearing for the Bihar government said he needed time to file reply in the matter. In his plea, Ramdev has impleaded the Centre, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and IMA as parties. The top court had issued notice to them on October 9, last year. Patanjali ads case: Baba Ramdev, Balkrishna ready to issue public apology; next hearing on April 23 Earlier, senior advocate Siddharth Dave, appearing for Ramdev, had said the yoga guru had made a statement in 2021 that he does not believe in allopathic medicines to which some doctors took offence and lodged multiple cases against him. As an interim relief, Ramdev has sought a stay on investigation on the criminal complaints. The IMA has lodged complaints in Bihar and Chhattisgarh over Ramdev's remarks against the use of allopathic medicines during the pandemic. The yoga guru has been booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Ramdev, whose statements stirred a nationwide debate on Allopathy versus Ayurveda had, however, withdrawn them after receiving a letter from then Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who had called his remarks inappropriate. The Delhi Medical Association (DMA), meanwhile, has sought permission to become a party to the case, alleging that Ramdev insulted Allopathy and instigated people to disregard vaccines and treatment protocols. The DMA, having 15,000 doctors as members, has claimed that Ramdev's Patanjali earned over Rs 1,000 crore by selling Coronil kits which were not approved by the competent authority.

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 12:18 pm

One hurt in firing during Ram Navami procession

BERHAMPUR: Kantamal police in Boudh district arrested a 21-year-old youth who allegedly opened fire during a kirtan procession on the occasion of Ram Navami, leaving a person injured on Wednesday. The victim, Biswamitra Jani (29), was rushed to the local hospital and later transferred to Raipur as his condition worsened. The accused, identified as Balabanta Nayak (21) from Sana Manamunda village of Khatkhatiya panchayat, was detained by villagers and subsequently handed over to the police. Reports indicate that the incident occurred on Wednesday night during the Namayajna procession at Pipalpali village, where two rounds were fired into the crowd, causing panic and chaos. Following the gunfire, Jani was found to have sustained serious injuries and taken to Kantamal hospital before being transferred to the district headquarters hospital and then to Raipur after his condition deteriorated. While the motive behind the shooting has not been determined, preliminary investigations suggest a history of enmity between the two groups involved. As of now, the firearms used in the incident have not been seized. The police registered a case against Nayak and presented him before the court. Further investigation into the matter is currently underway.

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 8:02 am

Chhattisgarh: Bastar goes to polls under shadow of Naxal threat

Raipur: Insurgency-hit Bastar (ST) Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh is going to polls in the first phase of elections on Friday amid unprecedented security arrangements. Around 80,000 security personnel including 35,000 Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) have been deployed across the LS constituency to blunt any Maoist threat and ensure smooth polling on the day, a senior police officer told this newspaper on Thursday. For the first time in this poll, nine choppers have been deployed in Bastar to deal with any attempt by Maoists to disrupt elections on the polling day, the police officer said. Bastar is going to LS polls four days after the killing of 29 Maoists by security forces in a jungle in the region. We have made all arrangements to ensure that the election is held smoothly and in a secured environment, Bastar inspector general of police P Sunderraj said. As many as 159 of the total 1961 polling booths established in the constituency fall under no internet network zone area, sources in the chief electoral officers office here said. Of them, 61 polling booths have been declared vulnerable while 196 others have been identified as critical booths. Ninety polling booths falling under no internet zone area have been supplied with walkie-talkies to keep in touch with them during the polling, while runners have been deployed in the remaining 69 polling booths to serve as couriers to exchange official communications during the period, an election officer said. As many as 156 polling parties comprising 919 election officials deployed in remote and sensitive polling booths have been flown to their respective booths by choppers. Significantly, Bastar is the only LS constituency in Chhattisgarh where female voters outnumber male voters. There are 7, 00,476 male voters and 7, 71,679 female voters in the LS seat. Mahesh Kashyap of BJP is pitted against former minister Kawasi Lakhma of Congress in an 11-cornered contest in the seat. Congress has dropped sitting MP Deepak Baij, who is also state Congress chief, in the seat and replaced him with Mr Lakhma.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Apr 2024 7:39 am

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals celebrates completion of 30,000 paediatric heart surgeries

Jammu Tawi: Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in Mumbai, Maharashtra; Raipur, Chhattisgarh; Palwal, Haryana celebrated the completion of 30,000 free paediatric heart surgeries and interventions under the Gift of Life program, in the presence of Dr C Sreenivas, Chairman and Sunil Gavaskar, Trustee and Former Captain, Indian Cricket Team.The completion of 30,000 free of cost [] The post Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals celebrates completion of 30,000 paediatric heart surgeries appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 19 Apr 2024 12:32 am

Chhattisgarh: Naxal group releases statement, gives names of 27 of 29 slain ultras

Raipur: A frontal group of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Thursday released a statement giving the names of 27 of the 29 ultras who were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kanker in Chhattisgarh on April 16. A top police official said the Naxalites were in disarray and the statement Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 18 Apr 2024 10:03 pm

Bastar battle between BJP, Congress even

RAIPUR: The Maoist-affected Bastar Lok Sabha seat in south Chhattisgarh will witness a keen contest between a relatively unknown new face from BJP and a senior Congress leader in the first phase of polling on April 19. The elections in the reserved seat with predominantly tribal population will not just decide the political fortune of the candidates but also test the leadership potential of state party chiefs from Bastar region Kiran Dev (BJP) and Deepak Baij (Congress). The BJP is strongly relying on PM Modis magic. In the 2023 Assembly polls, the party believed the religious conversion issue worked for them in nearly half of the 12 assembly seats of the Bastar zone. Apparently relying on such perception, the saffron party has picked a locally known Hinduvta face Mahesh Kashyap, a senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Rahul goes to Bastar, says Congress committed to caste survey The Congress candidate Kawasi Lakhma, former excise minister in the Bhupesh Baghel-led government and a six-time MLA from Konta seat, is a familiar face in Bastar. He is known to stir up rows with his remarks to remain in vogue. Since the imposition of model code of conduct, there have been three FIRs lodged against him in Bastar. Both Lakhma and Kashyap went full throttle across the constituency during the last few days before the campaign ended on Wednesday. Your vote is for Modi, not for me, Kashyap was often heard as he harped on Modi Ki Guarantee during his election campaign. Lakhma, appealing to local tribal sentiments, reiterated the five guarantees of the Congress aimed for women, farmers, youths and poor tribals. BJP added religious conversion issues to the state politics in the poll season. The Maoists threat, evidently seen as a challenge in the restive Bastar that included most of the hypersensitive areas with around 40% area of the constituency cited to have the presence of Maoists. The only military battalion of the banned outfit is said to be based in Bastar. Bastar seat covers eight assembly constituencies. Some polling booths owing to security reasons have been shifted 99 (Bijapur), 42 (Dantewada), 42 (Konta), 41 (Narayanpur), 9 (Chitrakot). Polling team for 156 booths in hypersensitive and inhospitable terrain have been air-lifted by nine choppers. Interestingly despite the poll boycott call given by the Maoists and persisting threat perception during every Lok Sabha elections, the Bastar has witnessed an increase of 27 percent on voter turnout in 2019 compared to 2004 when the first parliamentary polls were held in Chhattisgarh after the state was carved out. In 2004 the voter turnout was 43.3% and it gradually rose to 47.3 (2009), 59.3 (2014) and 70.3% in 2019. Bastar with over 60 percent tribal population also has 1,086 women voters for every 1,000 men electorate. With Adivasi voters playing a decisive role in the four scheduled tribe reserved seats of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had addressed big rallies from the tribal heartland of Bastar the previous week.Since 1999 till 2014, the BJP remained a winner in the Bastar constituency. The Congress won the seat in 2019. Chhattisgarh: Barring Bastar in 19, 5 reserved seats have always stood by BJP The Chhattisgarh police and the paramilitary forces have jointly worked out strategies and deployment plans to ensure the polling on Friday remains free, fair and peaceful. Over 80000 personnel are to be deployed including 350 companies (around 80-90 jawans in each) of paramilitary forces. As many as 75 new operational security base camps have been set up in strategic locations during the last five years in Bastar zone. The presence of more camps as a development bubble led to building infrastructure, gaining trust of local tribals and diminishing the impact of Maoist strongholds, said Sundarraj P, Bastar range inspector general of police.

The New Indian Express 18 Apr 2024 7:40 am

Chhattisgarh: Kanker encounter video surfaces, security forces breach Naxal-den Abujhmad for first time

Raipur: A day after 29 Maoists including two Naxal commanders were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in a forest in Kanker district under Bastar in Chhattisgarh, a video of the incident on Wednesday surfaced. The 7.08-minute-long video clip has captured the jawans advancing towards the Maoists camp in Hapatola jungle under Chhotebetiya police station while exchanging fire with the Naxals. The jawans were seen taking cover behind the trees in the jungle from time to time not to get hit by bullets fired by Maoists before scaling a small mound where the Naxals had taken position. Dont advance hurriedly....take cover behind the trees.....the forces in the back must not fire... dont get too close (to Maoists), a voice in the purported video was heard saying. The encounter site resembled a war field with bullets seen flying and hitting the trees. Sources disclosed to this newspaper that one of the jawans who took part in the search operation in Hapatola jungle may have taken the video and circulated it in social media network sites. We are verifying the authenticity of the video. But, the area captured in the video resembles the encounter site, a senior police officer of Bastar told this newspaper, unwilling to be quoted. Sources said that acting on specific intelligence inputs that around 40-50 Maoists lead by the commander of North Bastar Division of Maoists Shankar Rao had been camping in Hapatola jungle, a joint party comprising personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) launched a search operation in the area. The Naxls had barely finished their lunch when security forces surrounded them and appealed to them to surrender. However, the Maoists opened fire on the security personnel, leading to a fierce gun battle between them in which 29 rebels were killed and three jawans, including a Border Security Force (BSF) inspector, injured. As many as 22 weapons including five Ak 47 assault rifles, INSAS and Self-Loading Rifles and huge quantities of explosives were recovered at the encounter site, police said. It was the biggest ever casualty suffered by Maoists in Bastar in one encounter , so far. Tuesdays counterinsurgency operation in Hapatola jungle is viewed in the security circles as significant since it had taken place at the strategic place, a tri-junction of Narayanpur and Kanker districts under Bastar in Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. Security forces have for the first time breached Abujhmad, a 4,000 sq km area extending from Bastar in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra '', a senior police officer of Bastar said. Abujhmad, the only patch in the country that has remained un-surveyed till date, is also considered a safe haven for Maoists.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Apr 2024 12:03 am

29 Naxals killed in biggest encounter ever in Chhattisgarh; this year's toll in Bastar rises to 79

KANKER: Ahead of the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh, security personnel gunned down 29 Naxalites, including some senior cadres, in Kanker district on Tuesday in the biggest encounter ever in the state, police said.This was the highest fatalities suffered by Naxalites in a single encounter in the history of the state's fight against Left Wing Extremism. Since the start of 2024, as many as 79 Naxalites have been killed in separate gun-battles with security forces in the Bastar region, a Maoist stronghold. Three security personnel also suffered injuries in the fierce gun-battle and a large quantity of weapons was recovered from the spot, officials said. Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma, who holds the home portfolio, hailed the encounter as a surgical strike and a major success, and asserted credit for it goes to brave security personnel. The latest gunfight took place at around 2 pm in Hapatola forest between Binagunda and Koronar villages under Chhotebethiya police station limits, when a joint team of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the state police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said. The operation was launched based on inputs about the presence of senior cadres of north Bastar division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Shankar, Lalita, Raju and others, he said. During patrolling in the area, a fierce gun-battle broke out between the two sides, the senior IPS officer said. Bodies of 29 Maoists along with a huge cache of weapons, including AK-47, SLR, Insas and .303 rifles, were recovered from the spot, the IG said. Polling in the Naxalite-hit Bastar Lok Sabha seat will take place on April 19 in the first phase, while the Kanker constituency, part of the Bastar region, will vote in the second round of general elections on April 26. The search operation was still underway in the area, said Sundarraj. Three security personnel sustained injuries in the gunfight and their condition was stated to be out of danger, he said, adding they were being airlifted to state capital Raipur for treatment. The slain Naxalites were yet to be identified, but prima facie it seems senior cadres of the north Bastar division of the CPI (Maoist) were are among them, Sundarraj added. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said three security personnel -- two BSF inspectors and one DRG trooper -- were injured in the gunfight. The operation was launched on late evening of April 15 based on various inputs of Maoists' movement in Binagunda and adjoining areas. We shared five inputs, including two inputs giving the exact location of the North Bastar division committee of Maoists in Binagunda area, underlining the fact that it acted like a permanent camp of Maoists since April 5, they said. Shankar and Lalita, both divisional committee members of the north Bastar division of Maoists, are believed to be amongst the deceased, the sources added. After the latest encounter, 79 Naxalites have been killed in separate gun-battles with security forces in the Bastar region, comprising seven districts, including Kanker, so far this year. On April 2, as many as 13 Naxalites were killed, while six Maoists were gunned down on March 27 in encounters with security forces in Bijapur district. Terming the encounter as a surgical strike by the Bastar police on Naxalism, deputy CM Sharma said, It was for the first time on the anti-Naxal front that in a face-to-face fight, security forces were completely dominant over Naxalites and did not give them a chance to recover. We want talks (with Naxalites)....whether they do it in a group or through representatives. Bastar needs peace. We are committed to this, he added. The operation was conducted in an area of Abhujmaad (a Maoist stronghold), which falls in southern part of Kanker district and northern part of neighbouring Narayanpur district wherein 29 Naxalites were gunned down, Sharma said. The credit for this successful operation goes to security forces. This has been possible due to the strength and courage of soldiers. We are working under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah ji and the leadership of Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai, Sharma said. Tuesday's operation has boosted the morale of security forces, he maintained. Ever since the 'double engine' government (BJP in power at the Centre and a state) has taken office in Chhattisgarh, positive things have happened on the anti-Naxal front, the state home minister noted. New security camps have been set up in the den of Naxalites in the Bastar region as part of a strategy to root out the menace, the deputy CM emphasised. In four months, around 80 Naxalites have been killed in separate encounters with security forces, he added. Sharma reiterated his government is committed to restore peace in Bastar. The people of Bastar should get clean drinking water, electricity and benefits of development.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Apr 2024 11:02 pm

Chhattisgarh Encounter: 29 Maoists Including Top Naxal Commanders Killed

Raipur: In an encounter on Tuesday, at least 29 Maoists were killed in deep forests of Kanker district of Bastar region. The gunfire was exchanged between a combined squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG) of the Chhattisgarh Police in the forest areas under Chhotebethiya Police Station. Prominent Maoist [] The post Chhattisgarh Encounter: 29 Maoists Including Top Naxal Commanders Killed appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 16 Apr 2024 9:06 pm

At least 18 Maoists killed in encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: At least 18 Maoists were killed in a major clash with security forces in the deep forests of Kankar area of Bastar district on Tuesday afternoon. During this conflict, three members of the Border Guard and District Reserve Guard security forces were shot dead and the evacuation process is underway. The exact number of ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 16 Apr 2024 7:06 pm

Chhattisgarh: Women, young voters may play crucial role in outcome

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh witnessed significant active participation of women who outnumbered men as voters in the electoral processes during the 2023 Assembly polls. Now, it will also find the youths choice as decisive factor for the contestants in the poll fray in the upcoming Lok Sabha polling. Among the voters in the state, the women and the youths have been cited to carry latent capacity that can give a boost to a political fortune of candidates in the eleven Lok Sabha constituencies. Out of the 2.05 crore voters, there are over 52.88 lakh (which is 23 per cent of the total) belonging to the age group 18-29. And the total strength of the voters is beyond the fifty per cent of the total in the age group of 18-49. In the intense battle of bipolar politics, the election campaigns by the BJP and Congress had led to a noteworthy increase in the voting turnout of women and young voters in the 2023 Assembly polls. Both the parties now kept a strong focus on women and youths while declaring their pledges for them in their recently released respective manifestos to persuade the voters ahead of the polling. The pre-election campaign for young and new voters launched by the electoral office in the state has delivered better results with now more youths to exercise their right to franchise, said Reena Babasaheb Kangale, chief electoral officer, Chhattisgarh. The women voters are 1.03 crore while men 1.01 crore out of the over 2.05 crore electorates in the tenth largest state of the country. With women playing a significant role with their choice in elections, the political parties believed they carry a strong impact in the overall poll results and consequently they attempt to woo them with focus on issues that affect them. Womens political participation Chhattisgarh did better in womens political participation. The state Assembly currently has the highest percentage of women MLAs, which is 21.11 per cent among total lawmakers, with 19 legislators in the 90-member House

The New Indian Express 16 Apr 2024 9:14 am

Narrow Escape for 17 AS Bus Catches Fire

Hyderabad : A private bus caught fire while in motion due to a short circuit, causing panic among passengers and bystanders. The bus was en route to Raipur via Paradise and Suchitra when the incident occurred at about 8 pm. Petbasheerabad inspector K. Vijaya Vardhan said, Quick thinking of the driver saved many lives. He sensed danger and alerted the passengers to evacuate alight immediately. Despite the bus being completely engulfed in flames, no casualties were reported. Passengers' luggage suffered damage in the fire, he said. The fire erupted due to a short circuit, reportedly caused by overheating. The intense heat generated by the electrical malfunction ignited the fire which engulfed the bus in seconds. A fire engine was summoned to douse the fire. There were 17 passengers at the time of the incident, according to sources.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Apr 2024 1:07 am

Maoists will be ousted in 3 yrs, SC/ST quota to stay, says Shah

RAIPUR: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the menace of Maoists in Chhattisgarh will get eliminated in the next three years if the BJP is voted to power led by PM Narendra Modi. Addressing a poll rally at Khairagarh in Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, Shah accused the Congress of spreading lies that Modi will abolish the Constitution and the reservations policy will be terminated. Rajnandgaon is cited as the BJPs citadel where the former CM Bhupesh Baghel is pitted against the saffron partys sitting Lok Sabha member Santosh Pandey. As long as BJP remains in politics, we will not allow the reservations for dalits, tribals or backward classes to end. Today is the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. We cannot forget his work towards upliftment of dalits, backwards, tribals and poor. But the Congress continues to spread canards. After losing Assembly polls for Congress, Baghel is yet again in the fray. The people should now defeat him with a bigger margin, Shah said. During his speech, he congratulated the chief minister Vishnu Deo Sai and the state home minister Vijay Sharma for eliminating over 53 Maoists besides 150 cadres arrested and more than 250 surrendered during a short span after the fight against the left-wing extremists intensified. The campaign against the Maoists had weakened under the Bhupesh Baghel government, he added. Chhattisgarh remains the worst Maoist-hit state. Shah said that the nation has never witnessed any scam committed in the name of a God (Mahadev). Baghel didnt spare the name of Mahadev (in reference to Mahadev online betting app probed by agencies) and a scam of Rs 508 crore committed under his tenure. In Chhattisgarh there have been several scams in coal levy, public service commission, liquor, district mineral funds, ration, Gauthan, sand among others. With so many scams committed during his regime, Baghel has now come to Rajnandgaon to contest polls, he stated. Citing the achievements of the Modi government on Article 370, Ayodhya Ram temple, against terrorism, Shah claimed the country now has been secured and strengthened. Shah also talked about the BJP manifesto highlighting uniform civil code, one nation one election, all elderly to get medical benefits as he exhorted the people to vote for his party. Will implement UCC under Modi Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the BJP will never allow reservations to end and nor will it let Congress do so. Speaking on the BJPs manifesto released earlier in the day, he said when Narendra Modi becomes PM for the third time, UCC will be implemented and One Nation One Election will be introduced. Shah asked people to give Modi a third term as prime minister to eliminate Naxalism can be eliminated.

The New Indian Express 15 Apr 2024 8:07 am

Heart-Wrenching Night: Three Siblings Perish in Ambikapur Hut Fire

Raipur: In the village of Barima, located within the Kamleshwarpur police station area of Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, a heart-wrenching tragedy unfolded late one Saturday night. The tranquility of the evening was shattered by a devastating fire that engulfed the humble hut of a family, claiming the lives of three innocent siblings. As the night settled in, Sudhani Bai, the mother of the children, lit an earthen stove within their modest dwelling around 9 p.m. She then stepped out momentarily, perhaps to attend to a task or seek assistance from a neighbor. Little did she know that this brief absence would lead to an unimaginable tragedy. During her short absence, a raging inferno erupted within the confines of the hut, consuming everything in its path with merciless ferocity. Bai returned around 3 a.m., only to be met with a scene of utter devastation. Her cherished home was now a charred shell, and her beloved children were nowhere to be found. The grief-stricken mother's worst fears were realized as she discovered the fate of her three precious offspring. The flames had mercilessly claimed the lives of Kumari Gulabi, just eight years old, her younger sister Sushma, aged four, and their two-year-old brother, Ram Prasad. Upon receiving word of the tragic incident, authorities swiftly responded, dispatching a team of police officers to the scene. Initial investigations pointed to the earthen stove as the likely source of the fatal blaze, which rapidly engulfed the entire structure. Authorities launched a thorough inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak, seeking answers to the harrowing questions that lingered in its wake. Amidst the devastation and loss, the tight-knit community rallied together to offer support and solace to the grieving family. Yet, the scars left by this unfathomable tragedy would endure long after the embers had faded. Escalating Tensions: Indian Airlines Consider Suspending Flights to and from Israel Nisha Bangre's Political Disillusionment: Former Deputy Collector's Exit from Congress Amid Ticket Denial Fatal Car Accident Claims Four Lives in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar District

News Track 14 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

Rahul goes to Bastar, says Congress committed to caste survey

RAIPUR : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Lok Sabha polls are an ideological war to protect the Constitution and democracy. Modi-led regime and the RSS are aiming to knock down the Constitution but the Congress remains firm to protect it along with other democratic forces, Gandhi said at a poll rally in Bastar, one the four reserved tribal seats in Chhattisgarh. Highlighting how the Congress brought in Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas Act to safeguard the tribal rights, anti-poverty scheme MGNREGA, tribal rights and land acquisition bills, Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP for calling the adivasi as vanvasi. On Maharashtra tribal turf, Rahul Gandhi raises pitch for caste survey The BJP discredits tribal communities as the expression vanvasi is also an attack on their culture, history, beliefs and rights, he said, We call them adivasi that signifies the original inhabitants with rights over jal, jungle, zameen. Congress intends to give you (tribals) your deserving rights. Gandhi said if the Congress is voted to power, it will conduct a caste census. We will make recruitments to 30 lakh vacant government posts, start apprenticeships for the youth. Youth will be given the right to apprenticeship before getting a job. All the educated youth will get one years apprenticeship in government or private companies, and Rs 1 lakh annual stipend, he said and promised to abolish contractual recruitment in government companies and waive crop loans.

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 8:56 am

Cgarh: Congress, if voted to power, will remove poverty in one stroke : Rahul Gandhi

Raipur : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday pledged to eradicate poverty in the country in one stroke, if his party is voted to power in the April-May general elections. Addressing a rally in Lal Bahadur Shastri Ground in the village of Bastar in Bastar district in Chhattisgarh, Mr Gandhi said that Congress would implement the promises made in its poll manifesto as soon as it came to power in the general elections to remove poverty in the country. Mr Gandhi listed out the guarantees of his party and said that under the Mahalaxmi Yojana, Rs one lakh would be provided annually to a woman in a family. Congress, if returned to power at the Centre, would introduce a quota of 50 percent in government jobs for women. Thirty lakh vacant jobs in the government would also be filled. Besides, right to apprenticeship would be legislated to make skill development for the educated unemployed youths mandatory. Such youths would undergo apprenticeship training in the public sector undertakings for a year with an annual stipend of Rs one lakh. He also pledged to abolish the contractual system in the government services if his party is voted to power in the general elections. Mr Gandhi said that his party, if formed government at the Centre, would immediately conduct a caste census in the country. He described the forthcoming general elections as a battle between two ideologies involving those seeking to protect the Constitution and those out to destroy it. Mr Gandhi said that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS are trying to destroy the Constitution, Congress and its INDIA bloc partners are out to save it. He attacked BJP for terming adivasis as Vanvasi (forest dwellers), saying that the tribals are the original owners of the lands and the country. Mr Gandhi said that President Draupadi Murmu was prevented from attending the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya because she is a tribal, and it reflects BJPs mentality. In the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on April 19, only one seat, Bastar (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, is scheduled to go to the polls. Kawasi Lakhma of Congress is pitted against Mahesh Kashyap of BJP in a multi-cornered contest in the constituency. Congress has dropped the sitting MP in Bastar Deepak Baij, who is also state party chief, to field the six-time MLA from Konta Mr Lakhma in the seat in the poll.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Apr 2024 9:26 pm

Krishna River Management Board decides to release 8.5 tmcft water to Telangana, 5.5 tmcft to AP

HYDERABAD: The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Friday decided to release 8.5 tmcft of water for Telangana and 5.5 tmcft for Andhra Pradesh to meet the drinking water needs in summer. The available water in Krishna river is 14 tmcft. The total available water was distributed between the sibling states. The three-member committee of KRMB, which met here, took a decision to this effect. Though the meeting was scheduled on April 4, it was postponed, as the engineers-in-chief of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana did not attend the meeting. Thus, the meeting was held on Friday. As less water is available in Krishna River this year, the KRMB meeting concluded to utilise the available water judiciously for drinking water needs till June. Telangana engineer-in-chief G Anil Kumar and AP engineer-in-chief C Narayana Reddy were present in the meeting, which Board member-secretary DM Raipure chaired. AP ENC said that the KRMB allotted 45 tmcft for AP and 35 tmcft for TS in October, 2023. Out of their quota, AP did not use 5 tmcft, he claimed. However, Telangana ENC said that AP utilised more than its quota and wanted the KRMB to ensure that it would not draw more water from Srisailam. Anil Kumar explained that people of Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahabubabad and Khammam were purely depended on Krishna water in Telangana. The once-mighty Krishna river is now crossable by foot

The New Indian Express 13 Apr 2024 7:37 am

Power Block in Raipur Division Geetanjali Exp cancelled on Apr 14, 16

Nagpur: The popular Geetanjali Express, renowned for shuttling passengers between Howrah and Mumbai, will face disruptions in its services on April 14 and 16. This cancellation stems from a proposed power block in the Raipur Division during the night of April 14. The block is necessitated by the construction of a Road over Bridge (RoB) [] The post Power Block in Raipur Division Geetanjali Exp cancelled on Apr 14, 16 appeared first on Nagpur Today : Nagpur News .

nagpurtoday 12 Apr 2024 10:53 am

Digi Yatra Likely at 14 More Airports

New Delhi : Digi Yatra is likely to be rolled out at 14 more airports by the end of this month and efforts are on to make the facility more user-friendly with certain changes in the architecture, according to a top executive. Based on Facial Recognition Technology (FRT), Digi Yatra provides for contactless, seamless movement of passengers at various checkpoints at airports and currently, there are nearly 5 million users. The facility is now there at 14 airports for domestic passengers and discussions are ongoing with various stakeholders concerned to make it available for international travellers as well. Digi Yatra Foundation CEO Suresh Khadakbhavi said that Digi Yatra is expected to be available at 14 more airports by the end of April. A not-for-profit entity, the foundation is the nodal agency for Digi Yatra, which was introduced in December 2022. The 14 new airports where the facility is to be rolled out soon are Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dabolim, Indore, Mangalore, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Trivandrum and Vishakhapatnam. While Digi Yatra is slowly gaining traction, there have been concerns expressed in various quarters about the privacy of the data of the passengers. Seeking to assuage the concerns, Khadakbhavi said Digi Yatra does not have any passengers data. It is only in the phone (of the user) that the data is residing and it is in the control of the passenger himself or herself, he said. The data shared by a passenger for Digi Yatra is stored in an encrypted format. To avail of the service, a passenger has to register his or her details on the Digi Yatra app using Aadhaar-based validation and a self-image capture. In the next step, the boarding pass has to be scanned and the credentials are shared with the airport. At the airport e-gate, the passenger has to first scan the bar-coded boarding pass and the facial recognition system installed at the e-gate will validate the passengers identity and travel document. Once this process is done, the passenger can enter the airport through the e-gate. The passenger will have to follow the normal procedure to clear the security and board the aircraft. Personnel at the airports have been directed to enrol passengers only with their informed consent. Khadakbhavi said work is going to ensure a more user-friendly experience for Digi Yatra users.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Apr 2024 11:54 pm

The Man With A Golden Hand

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edtimes 11 Apr 2024 4:13 pm

Chhattisgarh: Death toll in Durg accident rises to 14, President, PM express grief

Raipur, April 10 (UNI) The death toll in a bus accident in Kumhari of Durg district in Chhattisgarh has increased to 14 after more injured succumbed, police sources said on Wednesday. President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chhattisgarh CM expressed grief and condoled the loss of lives in the Tuesday evening accident. According... The post Chhattisgarh: Death toll in Durg accident rises to 14, President, PM express grief first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 10 Apr 2024 3:14 pm

Home Minister Amit Shah expresses grief over loss of lives in Chhattisgarh road accident

Home Minister Amit Shah expresses grief over loss of lives in Chhattisgarh road accident Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief on Wednesday over the loss of lives in the Chhattisgarh road accident that killed 12 passengers and injured 14 others in the Kumhari area of the state's Durg district. The bus accident in Durg, Chhattisgarh, is sad. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. 12 people lost their lives in the accident, posted Amit Shah on X. At least 12 passengers were killed and 14 injured after a bus overturned and rolled over into a ditch in the Kumhari area of the Durg district, an official said. The incident took place at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, the official informed. Sharing details of the incident, Durg Collector Richa Prakash Choudhary said 12 passengers were killed and 14 grievously hurt after the bus, packed with workers, fell into a ditch in Durg. The bus carrying labourers fell into a ditch near Kumhari around 8.30 pm, resulting in the deaths of approximately 12 individuals while 14 others were injured and admitted to a hospital, Choudhary said. Twelve of the injured were referred and shifted to AIIMS (Raipur), while the remaining two are receiving treatment at a private hospital. All of them are currently in stable condition and we are providing them with the best possible care, the collector added. The process of evacuating passengers still trapped inside the bus was underway, she had said, adding that the cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained. (ANI)

devdiscourse 10 Apr 2024 10:08 am

Leaders line up to defect, Chhattisgarh Congress back to drawing board

RAIPUR : In the wake of several party leaders defecting to the arch-rival BJP in the state, the Chhattisgarh Congress has initiated a damage control strategy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The party has established a state-level samvad evam sampark samiti (dialogue and communication committee) aimed at engaging extensively with Congress members. As per the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), the newly formed 14-member committee, led by former state president Dhanendra Sahu as its coordinator, will immediately take action to facilitate regular amicable discussions and maintain strong connections with party leaders and cadres across the state. The committee includes three former PCC presidents, six former state ministers, the PCC vice-president, chairman of the PCC war room, two former MLAs and an AICC member. It has been ensured that the committee comprises members representing various regions of the state, enabling them to maintain regular communication with party leaders and workers in their constituencies. In recent weeks, several disgruntled Congress leaders, office-bearers and senior party members have joined the BJP in the state. Responding to this apparent exodus, Congress spokespersons have stated that some leaders left the party due to self-centered motives, while others were allegedly either enticed or pressured into joining the BJP. For instance, Chintamani Maharaj, who joined Congress in 2013 from BJP, returned to the saffron fold after being denied a Congress ticket in the 2023 assembly polls, citing it as a Ghar Vapsi for him. The departing leaders from Congress have cited grievances such as not receiving adequate attention, lack of recognition from party leaders, dissatisfaction with election management, and disappointment over ticket allocation both in the current and previous assembly polls. Party general secretary Chandrashekhar Shukla, who left Congress after remaining associated with the party for over two decades, said that brokers and people with the leftist mindset have intruded the party and the workers felt demoralised as their voices were being suppressed.

The New Indian Express 10 Apr 2024 9:04 am

Tragic Accident: Bus carrying distillery employees plunges into soil mine pit in Durg, claiming 12 lives

Tragic Accident: Bus carrying distillery employees plunges into soil mine pit in Durg, claiming 12 lives At least 12 people were killed and 14 injured -- all employees of a private firm -- as a bus they were on fell into a 'murum' soil mine pit in Chhattisgarh's Durg district on Tuesday night, officials said. The incident took place around 8.30 pm near Khapri village under Kumhari Police Station limits when the victims were returning home after work from a distillery, Durg Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla said. According to preliminary information, the bus with more than 30 people onboard skidded off the road and plunged into the 40 feet deep 'murum' mine, he said. ''12 people, including three women, were killed in the accident,'' he added. Shukla had earlier confirmed the death toll to be 15. Murum, a type of soil, is mostly used for construction. Soon after being alerted, a police team reached the spot and launched a rescue operation along with the teams of State Disaster Response Force and locals, Shukla said. Durg Collector Richa Prakash Choudhary told reporters a magisterial probe had been ordered into the incident. ''The bus was carrying workers of Kediya Distilleries located in Kumhari area. So far the deaths of 12 people have been confirmed. Of the 14 injured, 12 have been taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur ,while two others are undergoing treatment at a hospital here,'' she said. The company has offered compensation to the victims, the collector said, adding, they will also get similar help from the administration. A magisterial enquiry will be conducted into the incident and action will be taken against the guilty, Choudhary said. Visuals of the spot showed bus turning turtle after falling down. Amid darkness, the rescuers had to toil hard initially President Droupadi Murmu in in a message on social media platform X said, ''I am deeply saddened by the news of deaths of several people in a bus accident in Durg district of Chhattisgarh. My deepest condolences to all the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of the injured.'' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ''The bus accident that happened in Durg, Chhattisgarh is very painful. My condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration has been engaged in providing all possible assistance to the victims.'' Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai expressed grief over the accident and said adequate arrangements have been made for treatment of the injured people. ''Received the news about the death of employees of a private company in a bus accident. I pray that departed souls rest in peace and may God give strength to the bereaved family members,'' Sai said.

devdiscourse 10 Apr 2024 2:42 am

PMLA case against Chhattisgarh IAS officer, son quashed

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the money laundering case against former IAS officer Anil Tuteja and his son Yash Tuteja in the alleged Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam in Chhattisgarh, saying there were no proceeds of crime. A two-judge bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan quashed the case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), after noting that since no ex-facie scheduled offence (main offence) exists against the accused, no offence was made out by the probe agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It pronounced the order after hearing a batch of writ petitions filed by six accused, including IAS officer Tuteja, his son and some other personnel. Mondays court order has come as a major blow to the ED, which failed to gather evidence against the accused. As there is no scheduled offence, there cannot be any proceeds of crime as defined under clause 2(u) of the PMLA. If there is no proceeds of crime, the offence under PMLA is not made out, the bench of the top court said in its order. The court also made it clear that it was quashing the case, as the complaint and case filed by the ED, was based on an IT act offence, which is not a scheduled offence as per the PMLA. There is no predicate offence, therefore there cannot be proceeds of crime, the SC said in its order. In its complaint the probe agency claimed that a person named A Tiwari was the mastermind behind the multi-crore liquor scam. The ED has named around 50 people, including the then excise minister Kawasi Lakhma, former IAS Vivek Dhandh, Congress leader Anwar Dehbar, IAS officer Anil Tuteja, his son Yash Tuteja and others. The ED has in its complaint, alleged money laundering in the case in which it has named Anwar Dhebar brother of Congress leader and Raipur Mayor Aijaz Dhebar; Managing Director of Chhattisgarh State Marketing Corporation Limited (CSMCL) Arunpati Tripathi, liquor businessman Trilok Singh Dhillon, hotelier Nitesh Purohit and Arvind Singh as accused. The probe agency maintained that the accused persons pleas for quashing of the case, could not be maintained, in view the 2022 apex court verdict which upheld the EDs power to search, seize and arrest. Section 50 gives ED the power to summon people. Also in top court Maha reply sought on ex-cops bail In a relief to former Mumbai Police officer Pradeep Sharma, the Supreme Court on Monday said he need not surrender till further orders to undergo the life sentence awarded to him in a 2006 fake encounter killing case. The apex court also sought a response from the Maharashtra government on his bail plea in the case. SC favours release of lifer in terror case The Supreme Court favoured remission to an ailing 96-year-old convict who is serving life term in the 1993 train blast case in Rajasthan and is currently on parole, saying continued incarceration is like capital punishment. Habib Ahmed Khan had moved the SC seeking permanent parole given his deteriorating health condition and age.

The New Indian Express 9 Apr 2024 9:29 am

Chhattisgarh liquor 'scam': SC ruling has exposed Centre and ED, claims ex-CM Baghel

RAIPUR: Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel has claimed the Supreme Court's decision in connection with the alleged liquor scam in Chhattisgarh had exposed the Centre for using the Enforcement Directorate to target opposition parties. The apex court on Monday quashed the money laundering case against former IAS officer Anil Tuteja and his son Yash in the alleged Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam, saying there were no proceeds of the crime. In a post on X on Monday, former Chhattisgarh chief minister Baghel said the commitment of agencies like the ED should be towards the Constitution and not any political party. Shameful political misuse of ED has been proved and the Modi government has been exposed. Today's decision of the Supreme Court has proved that at the behest of BJP, the ED has been conspiring to defame the opposition parties by making every case a case of money laundering, Baghel claimed in the post. . . Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) April 8, 2024 The ED registered a case in the alleged liquor scam just before the 2023 assembly polls to defame the previous Congress government and give a political weapon to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he alleged. It has become clear from the SC ruling that the BJP was only spreading lies, the former CM claimed. The conspiracy of the BJP-led Centre to defame its political opponents by misusing democratic institutions has been unearthed and the public will see that cases lodged to defame the Congress will also be quashed in a similar manner, he said. In July last year, the ED submitted a prosecution complaint (chargesheet) in the alleged liquor scam case in a PMLA court in Raipur in which it claimed Rs 2,161 crore of corruption money was generated in the alleged 'liquor scam' that began in 2019 in Chhattisgarh and the amount should have gone to the state exchequer. BJP misused central agencies to garner Rs 400 crore through electoral bonds: Congress A criminal syndicate led by Anil Tuteja and businessman Anwar Dhebar (brother of Congress leader and Raipur Mayor Aijaz Dhebar) had turned these objectives upside down, the ED claimed. This syndicate comprises senior bureaucrats of the state, politicians, their associates and officials of the excise department, it had said. Early this year, Chhattisgarh's Economic Offence Wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau also registered a case in the alleged liquor scam against 70 persons, including Congress leaders, and companies based on a report of the ED. The ACB/EOW last week arrested Anwar Dhebar and Arvind Singh, who was an employee of the Bhilai Steel Plant, in connection with the alleged scam. Central agencies asking TMC leaders to join BJP or face action: Mamata

The New Indian Express 9 Apr 2024 9:19 am

Ex-CM Baghel claims SC ruling in Chhattisgarh liquor 'scam' has exposed Centre and ED

Ex-CM Baghel claims SC ruling in Chhattisgarh liquor 'scam' has exposed Centre and ED Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel has claimed the Supreme Court's decision in connection with the alleged liquor scam in Chhattisgarh had exposed the Centre for using the Enforcement Directorate to target opposition parties. The apex court on Monday quashed the money laundering case against former IAS officer Anil Tuteja and his son Yash in the alleged Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam, saying there were no proceeds of the crime. In a post on X on Monday, former Chhattisgarh chief minister Baghel said the commitment of agencies like the ED should be towards the Constitution and not any political party. ''Shameful political misuse of ED has been proved and the Modi government has been exposed. Today's decision of the Supreme Court has proved that at the behest of BJP, the ED has been conspiring to defame the opposition parties by making every case a case of money laundering,'' Baghel claimed in the post. The ED registered a case in the alleged liquor scam just before the 2023 assembly polls to defame the previous Congress government and give a political weapon to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he alleged. It has become clear from the SC ruling that the BJP was only spreading lies, the former CM claimed. The conspiracy of the BJP-led Centre to defame its political opponents by misusing democratic institutions has been unearthed and the public will see that cases lodged to defame the Congress will also be quashed in a similar manner, he said. In July last year, the ED submitted a prosecution complaint (chargesheet) in the alleged liquor scam case in a PMLA court in Raipur in which it claimed Rs 2,161 crore of corruption money was generated in the alleged 'liquor scam' that began in 2019 in Chhattisgarh and the amount should have gone to the state exchequer. A criminal syndicate led by Anil Tuteja and businessman Anwar Dhebar (brother of Congress leader and Raipur Mayor Aijaz Dhebar) had turned these objectives upside down, the ED claimed. This syndicate comprises senior bureaucrats of the state, politicians, their associates and officials of the excise department, it had said. Early this year, Chhattisgarh's Economic Offence Wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau also registered a case in the alleged liquor scam against 70 persons, including Congress leaders, and companies based on a report of the ED. The ACB/EOW last week arrested Anwar Dhebar and Arvind Singh, who was an employee of the Bhilai Steel Plant, in connection with the alleged scam.

devdiscourse 9 Apr 2024 8:58 am

From Maoist terrain, Modi says government working for welfare of poor

RAIPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government remained committed to the empowerment of the poor, and targeted the Congress over corruption. Addressing the BJPs Vijay Sankalp Shankhnad rally at Narayanpur district of Bastar which will go to polls on April 19, Modi said that as a son of the poor he can better realise their pressing needs. He said his governments welfare schemes enabled the poor people to save their money for a better, as he sought their support saying every vote for the lotus symbol will strengthen Modis power to develop the nation as a Viksit Bharat. He listed welfare programmes, such as Ayushman Arogya Mandir, Jan Aushadhi centres, Eklavya residential schools, MSP for nearly 100 forest produce, Mahtari Vandan Yojana, and separate ministry for tribal welfare. The PM said his government after coming to power at the Centre in 2014 has cancelled the Congress licence to loot. When I initiate action against corruption, some people get upset and protect the corrupt. But Modis guarantee will ensure that the corrupt individuals will have to go to jail, he said. The priority of a stable strong government of BJP was the welfare of the poor. After independence, the Congress government ignored the needs of the poor for decades and never bothered about their problems or existence, he alleged. In reaction, Chhattisgarh Congress president Deepak Baij asked, Why PM Modi is silent on rising inflation, unemployment, and problems faced farmers and tribal? Citing the upcoming Ram Navami, the PM drew the attention of the people towards the Ram Temple built in Ayodhya. Instead of a tent for our Ram Lalla, now there is a magnificent temple. The Congress and the INDI Alliance expressed discontent over the temples construction that shows Congress inclination towards appeasement. The Congress manifesto carried the imprint of Muslim League, he said. He added it was natural for people of Chhattisgarh, the nanihal (birthplace of maternal grandparents) of Lord Ram, to be most happy on this dream (of a grand temple) being fulfilled after 500 years. Reiterating his guarantee to ensure a better life for tribal families, Modi said, It was the BJP that not only facilitated a tribal woman to become President of the country but also appointed the states first tribal chief minister. Welfare schemes enable poor to save money Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his governments welfare schemes enabled the poor people to save their money for a better, as he sought their support saying every vote for the lotus symbol will strengthen Modis power to develop the nation as a Viksit Bharat. He listed welfare programmes, such as Ayushman Arogya Mandir, Jan Aushadhi centres, Eklavya residential schools, MSP for nearly 100 forest produce, Mahtari Vandan Yojana. said his government after coming to power at the Centre in 2014 has cancelled the Congress licence to loot

The New Indian Express 9 Apr 2024 8:24 am

Chhattisgarh liquor 'scam': Chief Minister Baghel accuses Centre and ED of corruption following SC ruling

Chhattisgarh liquor 'scam': Chief Minister Baghel accuses Centre and ED of corruption following SC ruling Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel on Monday said the Supreme Court's decision in connection with the alleged liquor scam in Chhattisgarh had exposed the Centre for using the Enforcement Directorate to target opposition parties. The apex court earlier in the day quashed the money laundering case against former IAS officer Anil Tuteja and his son Yash in the alleged Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam saying there were no proceeds of crime. In a a post on X, Baghel said the commitment of agencies like the ED should be towards the Constitution and not towards any political party. ''Shameful political misuse of ED has been proved and the Modi government has been exposed. Today's decision of the Supreme Court has proved that at the behest of BJP, the ED has been conspiring to defame the opposition parties by making every case a case of money laundering,'' Baghel said on X. The ED registered a case in the alleged liquor scam just before the 2023 Assembly polls to defame the previous Congress government and give a political weapon to the BJP, Baghel alleged. It has become clear from the SC ruling that BJP was only spreading lies, he added. The conspiracy of the BJP-led Centre to defame its political opponents by misusing democratic institutions has been unearthed and the public will see that cases lodged to defame the Congress will also be quashed in a similar manner, the former chief minister said. In July last year, the ED had submitted a prosecution complaint (charge-sheet) in the alleged liquor scam case in a PMLA court in Raipur in which it claimed Rs 2161 crore of corruption money generated in the alleged 'liquor scam' that began in 2019 in Chhattisgarh and the amount should have gone to the state exchequer. A criminal syndicate led by Anil Tuteja and businessman Anwar Dhebar (brother of Congress leader and Raipur Mayor Aijaz Dhebar) had turned these objectives upside down, the ED had claimed. This syndicate comprises senior bureaucrats of state, politicians, their associates and officials of the excise department, it had said. Early this year, Chhattisgarh's Economic Offence Wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau also registered a case in the alleged liquor scam against 70 persons, including Congress leaders, and companies based on a report of the ED. The ACB/EOW last week arrested Anwar Dhebar and Arvind Singh in connection with the alleged scam.

devdiscourse 8 Apr 2024 10:27 pm

Congress overlooked needs of poor for decades since independence, never understood their pain: PM Modi

RAIPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hit out at the opposition Congress, saying it overlooked needs of the poor for decades since independence and never understood their pain. Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, which will go to polls on April 19, he also said that the Congress' manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections has the Muslim League imprint. During the Congress regime, corruption had become the country's identity, he said. Since independence, the Congress overlooked needs of the poor for decades and never understood their pain, the PM said. People said what will happen to the poor during the COVID-19 pandemic, but I said I will give free vaccine and ration to them, he said, adding that due to my government's efforts, 25 crore people have risen above the poverty line. The prime minister said he had come to thank the people for supporting his government in the last 10 years. Crores of my countrymen, my mothers and sisters have become my raksha kavach (protective shield), he said.

The New Indian Express 8 Apr 2024 3:16 pm

Chhattisgarh: Barring Bastar in 19, 5 reserved seats have always stood by BJP

RAIPUR: In the Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh so far, the BJP held the sway over the five reserved constituencies, the Election Commission data shows. Of the 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, four are reserved for the scheduled tribes (ST) and one for the scheduled caste (SC). Barring the victory by Congress candidate Deepak Baij from Bastar ST-reserved seat in the 2019 polls, the grand old party drew a blank in the reserved constituencies in the four Lok Sabha elections held in the state in the last two decades. Baij, now the state Congress president, is not contesting this time. The BJP has been winning the reserved tribal seats of Kanker, Raigarh, Sarguja and Bastar, and the SC-reserved constituency of Janjgir-Champa. According to analysts, the poll battle in Bastar, where the Congress stalwarts like Shankar Sodhi and Mahendra Karma couldnt win, seems evenly poised this time with six-time Congress MLA Kawasi Lakma pitted against the BJPs first-timer Mahesh Kashyap who is closely associated with VHP. The BJP has been wining Kanker and Bastar seats from the 1999 elections onward. The Raigarh seat remains a BJP stronghold with present CM Vishnu Deo Sai winning from there three times in a row from 2004. The BJP has given ticket to Congress turncoat Chintamani Maharaj, who was earlier named as a beneficiary by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged coal levy scam, to contest from Sarguja in north Chhattisgarh. All the reserved seats in Chhattisgarh have more women voters than men, EC data shows. More women exercising their franchise shows the level of awareness among the voters, analysts say. In the 2023 Assembly polls, the BJP returned to power in the state getting 46.27 per cent vote share. Analysts in the know of the state politics said the BJP hopes to make inroads into the Congress vote bank as several leaders have defected to the saffron party.

The New Indian Express 8 Apr 2024 7:35 am

Chhattisgarh's Durg district takes centre stage ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Chhattisgarh's Durg district takes centre stage ahead of Lok Sabha polls Chhattisgarh's Durg district, a bustling metropolis which played a key role in the state's economic and educational growth, has turned into a political hotspot ever since the declaration of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Four candidates of the opposition Congress, including former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, and two of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the Lok Sabha elections hail from Durg district, bringing it to the centre stage ahead of the polls. Durg district was founded in 1906 after being carved out from Raipur. In 1973, the district was divided and a separate Rajnandgaon district came into existence. Durg was bifurcated again in 2012 and two new districts - Bemetara and Balod - came into existence. With the establishment of the Bhilai Steel Plant, a flagship unit of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), in 1955 in Durg district, it has grown rapidly and become a hub of economic activity, attracting people from all over the country. After the formation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, Bhilai city developed as an educational hub with the setting up of technical institutes and coaching centres for engineering and medical entrance exams. With the announcement of candidates by the BJP and Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the political significance of the district has become a point of discussion among experts in the state. Congress's candidate Bhupesh Baghel from Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat, Devendra Yadav from Bilaspur seat, Tamradhwaj Sahu from Mahasamund seat and Rajendra Sahu from Durg seat, all hail from the Durg district. Former chief minister Baghel is an incumbent MLA from Patan assembly seat (Durg district) and Yadav is the sitting legislator Bhilai Nagar seat (Durg). Tamradhwaj Sahu was the home minister in the previous Congress government in Chhattisgarh and lost the assembly polls from Durg Rural seat. Similarly, BJP candidates Vijay Baghel from Durg Lok Sabha seat and Saroj Pandey from Korba seat are also natives of Durg district. Vijay Baghel is the sitting MP from Durg, which Pandey earlier represented in the Lok Sabha from 2009-14. ''The district has been politically relevant since long as it had been the home turf of late political stalwarts like Chandulal Chandrakar and Motilal Vora of the Congress and BJP's Tarachand Sahu (who later quit the BJP),'' political analyst R Krishna Das told PTI on Sunday. After the formation of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh in 2018, Durg hogged limelight as a political hub with then CM Bhupesh Baghel and his then two cabinet colleagues Tamradhwaj Sahu and Guru Rudra Kumar elected from different assembly constituencies of the same district, he said. Durg is also a revenue division comprising seven districts - Durg, Rajnandgaon, Balod, Bemetara, Mohla-Manpur-Ambagarh Chowki, Khairagarh-Chhuikhadan-Gandei and Kabirdham. Three other leaders, Mohammad Akbar, Ravindra Choubey and Anila Bhedia, who were ministers in the previous Congress government, belonged to different districts in Durg revenue division, Das noted. Even Raman Singh, who has served as Chhattisgarh's chief minister thrice, has been elected four times from Rajnandgaon seat which comes under Durg revenue division, he pointed out. Singh is currently speaker of the Chhattisgarh assembly. The focus of the ruling BJP and opposition Congress on Durg while choosing nominees for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls shows the district's crucial role in the state politics, Das said. Prof DN Sharma, a renowned educationist from Bhilai, said, ''Durg district has been politically significant for a long time. Motilal Vora from the district had served as chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh and governor of Uttar Pradesh.'' One of the best things is that Durg has never seen communal violence as leaders from the district never did politics on communal lines, Sharma said. The upcoming Lok Sabha polls have once again brought Durg to centre stage in the state politics as the two main parties have shown faith in leaders from the district in the selection of candidates, he added. Elections to the 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh will be held in three phases on April 19, April 26 and May 7, and votes will be counted on June 4.

devdiscourse 7 Apr 2024 3:30 pm

Fake online ads: Man held in Raipur for duping people

NEW DELHI: A 25-year-old man was arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of selling machines and spare parts by posing as a wholesale trader and posting fraudulent advertisements on social media, the police said on Saturday. The accused Raushan Kumar, resident of Bihar, was arrested on Friday from Raipur in Chhattisgarh. DCP (Northeast) Joy Tirkey said the accused posed as a wholesale trader, posting ads on social media for machine tools and spare parts at cheaper rates. He would provide fake invoices from reputed firms in Raipur to the victims. During the investigation, all the invoices and courier slips were found to be forged, the officer said, adding that the cheated amount was withdrawn through ATMs in Raipur. A police team was dispatched to Raipur and after a 3-day chase, the suspect Raushan Kumar was nabbed. Under interrogation, the accused confessed, revealing he had cheated over 20 people in the past year.

The New Indian Express 7 Apr 2024 12:24 pm

Chhattisgarh: Leader of Oppn booked for 'objectionable PM remark

RAIPUR : A case has been registered against Congress leader of opposition Charan Das Mahant for his alleged objectionable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally. An FIR has been registered at Kotwali police station in Rajnandgaon where Mahant, during an election rally held in support of the former CM Bhupesh Baghel, said that the people need to choose a person who has the guts to carry a lathi and strike, boldly take a stand against Modi while raising issues as a protector. According to the Kotwali police station in Amen Sahu, an FIR has been lodged against Mahant under the IPC section 506 (criminal intimidation). Baghel filed his nomination papers from the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat for the second phase of polling scheduled on April 26. Citing it as a hate speech, the state BJP complained to the chief electoral officer (CEO), alleging that by giving such undignified statements, the Congress leader targeted the elected PM, provoking the Congress workers and the people towards violence and attempting to influence the polls. This is a violation of the model code of conduct, the complaint letter stated. The Election Commission (EC), taking cognisance of the complaint and the remark, recommended action by the rules. Mahant, though tendered his apology for his statement, argued that the media and the BJP have distorted his remarks. What I said was in the context of the Chhattisgarhi proverb; my words were misinterpreted. I didnt intend to accuse anyone and am fully aware of the dignity of the PMs position, the Congress leader said as he also asked his party cadres to remain cautious as there are attempts to poach upon the party leaders and workers owing to fear among the rival party about the defeat in the upcoming elections.

The New Indian Express 7 Apr 2024 7:23 am

Delhi police cyber cell arrests fraudster from Chhattisgarhs Raipur

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The News Mill 6 Apr 2024 4:54 pm

Breaking! Fire Breaks Out at NTPC's Kaniha Power Plant in Odisha's Talcher

Fire erupted at NTPC's Kaniha power plant in Odisha's Angul district, causing damage to a section of the conveyor belt and engulfing the area in smoke, according to fire service officials. The incident occurred in the Talcher region of the district. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries so far. Two fire tenders have been dispatched to douse the flames. NTPC officials have yet to provide any comments regarding the incident. Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire, which originated from the coal transporting conveyor belt at the plant. The incident has raised concerns about safety measures at the facility. Firefighters are working diligently to contain the blaze and prevent further damage to the area. Residents in the vicinity have been advised to stay indoors and avoid the affected area until the situation is under control. Efforts are underway to assess the extent of the damage caused by the fire and to ensure the safety of nearby communities. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of stringent safety protocols in industrial settings. Authorities are urging NTPC officials to provide a statement regarding the incident and to cooperate fully with the investigation. As the situation develops, updates will be provided to keep the public informed. Massive Blaze Engulfs Power Company in Raipur: Residents Evacuated Heartbreaking Tragedy: Two Brothers Burnt Alive in House Fire

News Track 6 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

Chhattisgarh: 3 Naxalites killed in encounter with security forces along Telangana border

Raipur: Three Naxalites were gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in a dense forest in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district bordering Telangana on Saturday, a senior police official here said. The encounter took place in Pujari Kanker forest along the interstate border when a team of Greyhounds, Telanganas elite anti-Naxal force, was out Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 6 Apr 2024 2:08 pm

Amit Shah to kick off BJPs LS campaign in Chhattisgarh today

Raipur: Union home minister Amit Shah is scheduled to launch BJPs campaign for the April-May Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh from Kawardha on Saturday. This would be Mr Shahs first visit to Chhattisgarh after the model code of conduct for elections came into force a couple of weeks ago. Mr Shah is scheduled to address a public meeting in the district headquarters of Kawardha to kick off the party's campaign for LS polls in Chhattisgarh, a BJP functionary said here on Friday. Kawardha is falling under Rajnandgaon LS constituency where BJP pitted its sitting MP Santosh Pandey against former chief minister and senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel. Kawardha is known to be communally sensitive and has witnessed several incidents of communal strife ahead of the November 2023 Assembly polls in the state. Chhattisgarh is going to LS polls in three phases on April 19, April 26 and May seven. In the first phase, only one seat, Bastar (ST), will go to the polls. BJP had won nine out of 11 LS seats in the state in the 2019 polls, leaving the remaining two seats to Congress. The Congress has fielded party heavyweights such as former chief minister Mr Baghel (Rajnandgaon), former minister Tamradhwaj Sahu (Mahasamund) and Kawasi Lakhma (Sukma-ST) in the polls to wrest the seats from BJP.

Deccan Chronicle 6 Apr 2024 10:38 am

Panic Grips As Massive Fire Breaks Out At Fire Distribution Company in Raipur's Kota

people staying near the power distribution company soon started vacating their homes

News18 5 Apr 2024 6:08 pm

Chhattisgarh: Massive fire breaks out at power distribution company in Raipurs Kota

No deaths or casualties were reported in the incident.

The Hindu 5 Apr 2024 5:17 pm

Massive Blaze Engulfs Power Company in Raipur: Residents Evacuated

A massive fire erupted at a power distribution company in the Kota area of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. According to reports, police and firefighters are on the scene. Images shared by the media depict a massive blaze and thick smoke pouring from the building. Nearby residents were observed evacuating their homes as a precautionary measure. Residents living near the power company in Raipur were evacuated as the fire threatened to spread to surrounding areas due to chemical hazards. Authorities urged nearby residents to leave the vicinity to ensure their safety. Footage shared seen captured the extensive blaze and dense black smoke visible from afar. Firefighters swiftly arrived to combat the inferno following reports from locals who alerted the fire brigade and police. #WATCH | Massive fire breaks out in a power distribution company in Raipur's Kota area; police and firefighters present on the spot #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/Sr86gmFmEL ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2024 Three fire tenders were dispatched to the site. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries. The cause of the fire remains unknown, stated Additional Superintendent of Police (Urban) Abhishek Jha. Meanwhile, containers holding flammable materials were safely removed from the premises. Heartbreaking Tragedy: Two Brothers Burnt Alive in House Fire Tragic House Fire Claims Lives of Family of Four in Gujarat's Dwarka District

News Track 5 Apr 2024 5:11 pm

Supreme Court Grants Bail to Bhima Koregaon Case Accused Shoma Sen

New Delhi: In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to professor and women's rights activist Shoma Sen, who is an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. The decision came after a bench comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Augustine George Masih overturned the Bombay High Court's previous rejection of her bail plea. The apex court's decision to grant bail to Sen was based on the fact that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) did not oppose her bail. The bench, considering her advanced age, medical conditions, and the potential delay in the trial, deemed it appropriate to grant her bail.However, certain conditions were imposed on Sen as part of her bail agreement. She is required to remain within the State of Maharashtra and surrender her passport. Additionally, Sen must inform the NIA about her place of residence and use only one mobile number, which she must keep active and charged. The GPS of her mobile should also be active, and her phone should be paired with that of an NIA officer for location tracking purposes. The bench made it clear that if Sen breaches any of these conditions, the prosecution reserves the right to seek the cancellation of her bail. The NIA had earlier informed the court that it no longer required Sen's custody as the investigation was complete, and a chargesheet had been filed.Sen had applied for interim bail citing deteriorating health conditions and had challenged the Bombay High Court's decision to deny her bail. The High Court had directed her to approach the special NIA court for bail before seeking relief from the High Court. Shoma Sen, an English literature professor and former departmental head at Nagpur University, has been in custody since June 6, 2018, facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). She had previously applied for bail in the Pune Sessions Court, but her applications were rejected.Sen, along with others, was implicated under the UAPA for her alleged involvement in the 2018 caste-based violence at Bhima Koregaon in Pune and purported links with the banned organization, Communist Party of India (Maoists). Massive Blaze Engulfs Power Company in Raipur: Residents Evacuated Heartbreaking Tragedy: Two Brothers Burnt Alive in House Fire Rouse Avenue Court Grants Interim Bail to Three Accused in Chinese Visa Scam Money Laundering Case

News Track 5 Apr 2024 5:11 pm

Tragic Bomb Blast Incident Unfolds in Muliyathode, Kannur: Two Individuals Sustain Severe Injuries

Kochi: During the early hours of Friday morning, a bomb blast rocked Muliyathode, an area falling under the jurisdiction of the Panoor police station in Kannur. The explosion occurred while individuals were reportedly engaged in the hazardous activity of bomb-making, resulting in severe injuries to two people involved in the process. The injured individuals have been identified as Vineesh from Muliyathode and Sheryl from Puttur. Both victims were swiftly rushed to a hospital in Kannur to receive urgent medical attention following the tragic incident. Upon learning of the explosion, the police promptly registered a case and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the blast. Expressing concern over the incident, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President and UDF candidate for the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency, K Sudhakaran, emphasized the need for a comprehensive inquiry. Sudhakaran pointed out that the explosion occurred amidst the context of bomb-making, suggesting a potential political motive behind the incident, particularly given its occurrence shortly before the elections. As a result, Sudhakaran announced his intention to lodge a formal complaint with the Election Commission, urging for a thorough investigation into the blast and its underlying causes. Supreme Court Grants Bail to Bhima Koregaon Case Accused Shoma Sen Massive Blaze Engulfs Power Company in Raipur: Residents Evacuated Heartbreaking Tragedy: Two Brothers Burnt Alive in House Fire

News Track 5 Apr 2024 5:11 pm

Congress Manifesto Faces Scrutiny Over Foreign Images, BJP Alleges Misinformation

New Delhi: Allegations have emerged against the Congress party regarding the use of images from Thailand and New York in its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. This revelation has ignited controversy, casting doubts on the authenticity and credibility of the partys campaign material. Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), launched a strong criticism against the Congress party for disseminating misinformation. He remarked, There is a picture on water management in Congress manifesto. This picture is of the Buffalo River in New York state. Till now they have not been able to find out who was tweeting from their social media chairpersons Twitter, but who sent them this picture? Under the Environment section, a picture from Rahul Gandhis favoured destination, Thailand has been put. Who is putting all this in their manifesto? These images were purportedly included in the manifesto to depict various development projects and initiatives proposed by the Congress party. However, upon closer examination, it was revealed that the images had no connection to any projects in India but were sourced from foreign locations, including Thailand and New York. He further criticized, stating that Kharge Saheb said that he will give Rs 1 lakh to all the women. In 2019 also he had said that if he would give Rs 72,000, how much would he give to the governments of his state. They named the manifesto as Nyay Patra. Those who did not do it with the people of India, with the students, with the soldiers, are now talking about Nyay Patra. They come in disguise. These people also started posting photographs by borrowing from abroad, earlier they used to try to portray the image of India in foreign countries. Tragic Bomb Blast Incident Unfolds in Muliyathode, Kannur: Two Individuals Sustain Severe Injuries Supreme Court Grants Bail to Bhima Koregaon Case Accused Shoma Sen Massive Blaze Engulfs Power Company in Raipur: Residents Evacuated

News Track 5 Apr 2024 5:11 pm

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NDTV 5 Apr 2024 4:50 pm

Chhattisgarh: BJP moves EC over Congress leaders offensive remarks against PM

Raipur : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday moved the Election Commission (EC) seeking registration of a criminal case against Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in Chhattisgarh Assembly Charan Das Mahant for trying to instigate violence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A BJP delegation led by partys state unit general secretary Sanjay Srivastav submitted a memorandum to the EC seeking action against Mr Mahant for his offensive remarks against Mr Modi made while addressing an election meeting in Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh a couple of days ago. Mr Mahant said that a leader who could build a stick and break Mr Modis head is needed now to take on the PM and former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel who is seeking election from Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming polls is the right person to take on Mr Modi in the parliament, the BJP memorandum quoted Mr Mahant as saying in the election meeting. The saffron party also accused Congress of intimidating the BJP workers to create a fear psychosis among them ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh chief minister Vishnu Deo Sai on Thursday dared the Congress leader to break his head first before targeting the PM since I belong to the Modi family. Congress has already realised that it is going to face a massive defeat in the upcoming LS polls in the country and hence, the party leaders have started talking the language of violence targeting PM Mr Modi out of frustration, he said. Meanwhile, Mr Mahants remarks have set the social media on fire with the post Break my head first, I am from Modis family trending on various social media networking sites.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Apr 2024 11:13 am

'Hit me with a lathi first': Chhatisgarh BJP targets Congress following remarks against PM Modi

RAIPUR: Several BJP leders in Chhattisgark took out a campaign against the Congress and the Opposition leader for his controversial remarks asking the public to elect someone who has the guts to hit the Prime Minister with a lathi. Leader of the opposition Charandas Mahant during an election rally at Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, appealed to the voters to choose their leader who has the guts to hit PM Modi with a lathi while raising issues. We need such persons who can strenuously corner Modi. So, elect (Baghel) and send him to Delhi, Mahant, former Assembly Speaker, is said to have stated in a public rally. The state BJP lodged a complaint with the chief electoral officer alleging that the Congress leader was indulging in hate speech against the PM and is provoking people and Congress towards violence. This is a violation of the model code of conduct, the complaint letter stated. The saffron party later also turned the event and ran a poster campaign Mai Bhi Hun Modi Ka Parivar, Pahli Lathi Mujhe Maro (I am also a family of Modi, First hit me with a stick), on social media and in different poll rallies. Baghel filed his nomination papers from the Rajnandgaon seat on Tuesday for the second phase of polling scheduled on April 26. Its a matter of shame when a senior Congress leader has given such deplorable remarks and should seek apology from PM Modi, said Vishnu Deo Sai, Chief Minister. The BJP also planned to hold a protest outside the residence of Mahant. Mahant however argued that his remarks have been distorted by the media and the BJP. Those who are unaware about the culture and traditions of Chhattisgarh are presenting my statements and appeal in the wrong context. I am aware about the dignity of the PM post and the parliamentary traditions. I have cordial relations with PM Modi who also knows me well since he was the Gujarat chief minister, said the Congress leader.

The New Indian Express 4 Apr 2024 12:15 pm

SECR Railway Recruitment 2024: Apply for 1,113 Apprenticeship positions at apprenticeshipindia.gov.in

The South East Central Railway (SECR) Raipur Division and Wagon Repair Shop, Raipur, have initiated recruitment for 1,113 apprenticeship positions under the Apprentice Act 1961 for the year 2023-24. Eligible candidates can apply online through the official website from April 2 to May 1, 2024. Various trades are available, including welder, fitter, electrician, and more. Applicants must possess ITI certificates and meet educational qualifications. Don't miss this chance to begin a career in the railway sector. Apply now!

The Times of India 4 Apr 2024 11:59 am

Wyndham to debut Trademark Collection brand in India with opening of The Earth Amritsar

Wyndham Hotels & Resortsannounced the opening of The Earth Amritsar, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, its first for the brand in India. The 57-room heritage hotel operates in collaboration with Earth Suites & Resorts Private Limited, a hotel operator with properties currently in Amritsar, Goa and Raipur. Located in the heart of Amritsar, the northwestern Indian... The post Wyndham to debut Trademark Collection brand in India with opening of The Earth Amritsar first appeared on Hospitality Biz India : India hospitality news, hospitality business analysis . The post Wyndham to debut Trademark Collection brand in India with opening of The Earth Amritsar appeared first on Hospitality Biz India : India hospitality news, hospitality business analysis .

hospitalitybizindia 4 Apr 2024 11:36 am

PM to address rally at Udhampur on Apr 12, Shah at Jammu on Apr 9

Yogi to join BJP campaign at Kathua on Apr 10 *Candidate for APR seat to be announced soon Sanjeev Pargal Jammu, Apr 3: To boost the BJP campaign for Parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a massive rally at Udhampur in Udhampur-Doda Parliamentary constituency on April 12 while Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a huge election rally in Raipur-Domana on April 9 falling under Jammu-Reasi Lok Sabha seat. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will [] The post PM to address rally at Udhampur on Apr 12, Shah at Jammu on Apr 9 appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 4 Apr 2024 5:07 am

Chhattisgarh: Dy CM Vijay Sharma hold protest against Charan Das Mahant for his alleged remarks against PM Modi

Chhattisgarh: Dy CM Vijay Sharma hold protest against Charan Das Mahant for his alleged remarks against PM Modi Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma and BJP leader Gajendra Yadav held protest against Congress leader Charan Das Mahant at Raipur for his alleged remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma said, We have not come to gherao or protest. We have come to get beaten with stick. Charan Das Mahant said that he needs a person who can break the head of Prime Minister Modi. We are the family members of PM Modi. He should hit us first. We will go everywhere, Election Commission office and to the voters and ask them, should such a person be elected who will go to Delhi and break the head of the PM? He said that this is a clear indication that Charan Das Mahant wants to provoke his workers, as he knows that he is going to lose in the polls so he is spreading hatred. BJP leader Gajendra Yadav said that we have come to protest. We are family members of PM Modi so first hit us with the stick. The voters will answer the hit statement, he said. Earlier, Congress leader Charan Das Mahant triggered a controversy at the rally held on Tuesday at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh when he said that they needed someone who could hold a stick and confront PM Narendra Modi. He was speaking in support of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, the party's Lok Sabha candidate. Mahant, the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, called for support for Baghel's victory in the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat, hailing him as a champion of women and farmers. During his speech in the local dialect, Mahant urged the public to ensure Baghel's success for their future well-being. ''We need a protector who can stand up against Narendra Modi, and your MP (referring to Baghel) is that person. We want someone who can hold a stick and confront Narendra Modi'', he said. These remarks stirred controversy, drawing a swift response from the ruling BJP. Elections in the 11 parliamentary constituencies of Chhattisgarh will take place in three phases on April 19, 26 and May 7. The counting of votes will be done on June 4. The BJP, which has a stronghold in Chhattisgarh, won 9 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha, while the Indian National Congress (INC) was limited to only 2 seats. In the 2014 election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 10 seats, while the INC only managed to win one seat. (ANI)

devdiscourse 3 Apr 2024 11:10 pm

SEC Railway Apprentice Recruitment 2024: Apply Online for 1113 Vacancies

South East Central Railway has issued an employment notification for the recruitment of Apprentice under The Apprentice Act 1962 in SECR Raipur Division. Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria and are interested in the vacancy details can read the notification and apply online.

Naukrinama 3 Apr 2024 12:50 pm

3 bodies of Naxalites found after encounter in Chhattisgarh; toll rises to 13

Raipur: Three more bodies of Naxalites were recovered on Wednesday morning in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district where a fierce encounter took place between security personnel and Naxalites the previous day, police said. With this, the number of Naxalites killed in the gun battle on Tuesday has risen to 13, they said. Also ReadNaxalite killed in encounter Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 3 Apr 2024 9:55 am

Three more bodies of Naxalites found after encounter in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Three more bodies of Naxalites were recovered on Wednesday morning in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district where a fierce encounter took place between security personnel and Naxalites the previous day, police said. With this, the number of Naxalites killed in the gun battle on Tuesday has risen to 13, they said. Following the major anti-insurgency operation ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the police on Tuesday found bodies of 10 Naxalites, including a woman. During the search operation still underway in the area, the bodies of three more Naxalites were recovered on Wednesday morning from a dense forest where the encounter took place, a senior police official said. The identity of the dead Naxalites was yet to be ascertained but prima facie, it appears that they belonged to the PLGA (People's Liberation Guerrilla Army) company no.2 of Maoists, the official said. On Tuesday, the gunfight broke out between security forces and Naxalites at around 6 am in the forest between Lendra and Korcholi villages under the Gangaloor police station area, where a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation. The intermittent firing lasted for a long time and the security forces continued search operations in the area. A light machine gun (LMG), a . 303 rifle, a 12-bore gun, a large number of barrel grenade launchers and shells, and other arms and ammunition were also seized from the spot, police earlier said. Bijapur district comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase of the general elections on April 19.

The New Indian Express 3 Apr 2024 9:21 am

Nine Naxalites Killed in Encounter with Security Forces in Chhatisgarh's Bijapur

Raipur: Nine Naxalites have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhatisgarh's Bijapur, according to police officials. The search operation is ongoing, they informed. Following the encounter, Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma stated that it occurred after three villagers were murdered by Naxalites. Bodies of Naxals are being recovered after an encounter operation by security forces in response to the killing of three villagers by Naxalites. Further search operation is underway, Vijay Sharma informed the media. The encounter took place around 6 am on Tuesday at Lendra village in Bijapur as part of a joint search operation by the District Reserve Group (DRG), Special Task Force (STF), CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), initiated on Monday night from Gangalur police station area, the police disclosed.We recovered the bodies of four Naxals after an encounter with the security forces near Kendra-Korcholi forest in Gangalur police station area of Bijapur district, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, P Sundarraj, briefed reporters on Tuesday. One light machine gun (LMG), barrel grenade launchers (BGL) launchers, and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot. The search operation is still underway, he said. BJP's Arun Govil Files Nomination from Meerut, Pledges Support to PM Modi's Vision India Records Over 43.3 Cr Monthly Digital Transactions, Reports Union Minster Nirmala Sitharaman Kamal Nath Denounces BJP's Alleged Coercion Tactics in Chhindwara Constituency

News Track 2 Apr 2024 4:11 pm

8 Naxalites killed in encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur

Raipur: In a major anti-insurgency operation, eight Naxalites were killed in an encounter with security personnel in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said. Bijapur district comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase of general elections on April 19. The gunfight took place at around Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 2 Apr 2024 1:38 pm

4 Naxalites killed in encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur

RAIPUR: Four Naxalites were killed in an encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Tuesday, police said. The gun battle took place in a forest near Lendra village under Gangaloor police station area at around 6 am, when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P told PTI. Personnel belonging to the District Reserve Guard, Special Task Force, Central Reserve Police Force and its elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were involved in the operation, he said. After the exchange of fire stopped, the bodies of four Naxalites along with a light machine gun and other weapons were recovered from the spot, the official said. Search operation was still underway in the area, he added. Bijapur is located more than 400 km away from state capital Raipur. With this incident, 37 naxalites have been killed in separate encounters with security forces in Bastar region, comprising seven districts including Bijapur, so far this year, according to police. Bijapur district comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which will go to polls in the first phase of general elections on April 19. Two Naxals killed in encounter with police in Madhya Pradesh

The New Indian Express 2 Apr 2024 11:05 am

Naxalite killed in encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur

Raipur: A Naxalite was killed in an encounter with security personnel in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said. The gun battle took place in a forest under Gangaloor police station area at around 6 am when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 2 Apr 2024 9:49 am

Chhattisgarh: Maoist gunned down in Bastar, 33 ultras killed in 4 months

Picture for representation purpose (Photo - AP) Picture for representation purpose (Photo - AP) Raipur: A suspected Maoist was on Monday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in the forest under Kistaram police station limits in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, police said. A search party comprising personnel of District Reserve Guard (DRG), counterinsurgency wing of Chhattisgarh police, and CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the elite unit of CRPF, came under attack by armed Naxalites in the Kistaram forest, leading to an encounter between them, a district police officer said. Security forces later recovered the body of a Maoist along with a weapon at the encounter site, police said. The slain ultra was yet to be identified. With this, 33 Maoists have so far been killed in separate encounters in Bastar division comprising seven districts in the current year so far.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Apr 2024 8:40 am

Cong made poor homeless, time to eliminate it in Chhattisgarh in LS polls: CM Sai

Cong made poor homeless, time to eliminate it in Chhattisgarh in LS polls: CM Sai Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai on Sunday claimed it's time the Congress, which faced a crushing defeat in the recent assembly elections, was eliminated in the state in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He accused the Congress of making the poor homeless during its tenure and targeted the grand old party over alleged scams at that time. The CM was addressing a public meeting at Harvel village under the Keshkal assembly segment. The area is a part of the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency. All of you trusted BJP in the last assembly elections and elected a BJP MLA in Keshkal, he said, seeking public support in the general elections. In Kanker, BJP's Bhojraj Nag is pitted against Biresh Thakur of Congress. Elections to the 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh will be held in three phases between April 1 and May 7 and votes will be counted on June 4. Kanker constituency goes to polls in the second phase on April 26. The Congress government had made the poor homeless by not providing them pucca houses in the last 5 years, but as soon as our government was formed, we approved permanent houses for 18 lakh families, Sai said. Referring to the alleged scam in Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission, the CM said Congress played with the future of promising sons and daughters of the state. As promised by our government, a CBI investigation into the scam has started and the culprits will soon be in jail, he said. The Congress was uprooted by the public in the 2023 assembly polls and now is the time to ''eliminated'' it the state in the Lok Sabha polls, the CM said. Sai appealed to the masses to elect BJP candidates to ensure a third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As soon as the double engine government (BJP in state and Centre) is formed, major attention will be given to the development of Raipur-Jagdalpur railway line besides a permanent solution to the problem of low voltage in the area and highway connectivity in Keshkal, he said. The BJP government in Chhattisgarh has fulfilled the promises made by PM Modi during the assembly polls within three months of retaining power in Chhattisgarh, Sai claimed. The state government has started Niyad Nellanar Yojana with the motto to boost development in Maoist-affected areas in the states Bastar division, the Chief Minister added. Of the 11 seats in the state, the BJP had won 9 last time. The other two seats were bagged by the Congress.

devdiscourse 31 Mar 2024 8:58 pm

IndiGo enhances connectivity in Chhattisgarh

Commences operations to/from Hyderabad and Raipur from March 31 and April 01, respectively

Deccan Chronicle 31 Mar 2024 4:43 pm

LS polls: Cong eyes win in 6 seats which BJP never lost since formation of Chhattisgarh

LS polls: Cong eyes win in 6 seats which BJP never lost since formation of Chhattisgarh Six out of the 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh have been the Bharatiya Janata Party's bastions where it never lost the elections since the state's formation in 2000. While the Congress has expressed confidence of breaching the saffron citadels this time, the BJP is hopeful of retaining them and also pocketing the other Lok Sabha seats in the state. Of these six seats, Kanker, Surguja and Raigarh are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, Janjgir-Champa for the Scheduled Castes, while Raipur and Bilaspur are for the general category candidates. In Rajnandagon Lok Sabha seat, the BJP never tasted defeat since 2000 but in a 2007 bypoll, the Congress emerged victorious. This time, the Congress has fielded former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel from Rajnandgaon. After Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP fared well in both the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state. The saffron party ruled the state uninterrupted for 15 years from 2003 to 2018 and came to power for the fourth term in the 2023 assembly polls. The BJP won 10 Lok Sabha seats in 2004, 2009, and 2014. Despite a severe loss in the 2018 assembly elections, the BJP won nine seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Both the parties have declared their candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state, to be held in three phases on April 19, April 26 and May 7. The Congress has pinned hopes on a sitting MLA, two former legislators including a minister, two fresh faces and an experienced leader to breach the BJP's six strongholds. In Raipur Lok Sabha seat, the BJP has fielded Brijmohan Agrawal, an eight-term MLA and minister in the Vishnu Deo Sai-led present state government, dropping sitting MP Sunil Soni. In 2019, Soni defeated Congress' Pramod Dubey by a margin of 3,48,238 votes. Ramesh Bais, currently the governor of Maharashtra, won Raipur seat seven times- 1989, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 - on BJP's ticket. The Congress has this time fielded former MLA Vikas Upadhyay from Raipur. Upadhyay was elected MLA for the first time in 2018 from Raipur City West assembly seat but he lost the 2023 state polls. In Kanker Lok Sabha seat also, the BJP has denied ticket to sitting MP Mohan Mandavi and fielded former MLA Bhojraj Nag, while the Congress has nominated Biresh Thakur, who represented panchayat bodies in the past. Thakur lost to Mandavi in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll from Kanker by 6,914 votes. This seat was won by BJP's Vikram Mandavi in 2014 and Sohan Potai in 2009 and 2004. The BJP has also denied ticket to incumbent MP Guharam Ajgalle from Janjgir-Champa seat and fielded woman leader Kamlesh Jangde, a fresh face. Ajgalley defeated Congress' Ravi Bhardwaj by 83,255 votes in 2019. This time, the Congress has fielded former state minister Shiv Kumar Dahariya. BJP's Kamla Devi Patle won this seat in 2014 and 2009 and Karuna Shukla in 2004. In Surguja, the BJP has changed its candidate in every election and won the seat. In 2019, Renuka Singh defeated Congress' Khel Sai Singh. This time, the BJP has fielded former MLA Chintamani Maharaj, who switched over from the Congress before the last assembly polls. The Congress has fielded its youth leader Shashi Singh, daughter of former state minister Tuleshwar Singh. BJP's Kamalbhan Singh Marabi, Murarilal Singh and Nand Kumar Sai won the Surguja seat in 2014, 2009 and 2004 respectively. Raigarh seat is the home turf of Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai. The BJP leader represented this parliamentary seat four times - 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2019, the BJP fielded Gomti Sai, who defeated Congress' Laljeet Singh Rathia. This time, the BJP has given ticket to Radheshyam Rathiya, a fresh face, while the Congress has pinned hopes on Menka Devi Singh, who belongs to the politically influential erstwhile Sarangarh royal family in the state. The Bilaspur seat will see a contest between BJP's Tokhan Sahu, a former MLA, and Congress' incumbent legislator Devendra Yadav. In 2019, BJP's Arun Sao defeated Congress' Atal Shrivastav. BJP's Lakhanlal Sahu, Dilip Singh Judev and Punnu Lal Mohile won this seat in 2014, 2009 and 2004 respectively. Arun Sao, Renuka Singh and Gomti Sai were elected as MLAs in the last assembly polls. In Rajnandgaon, BJP's sitting MP Santosh Pandey is seeking a second straight term while the Congress has fielded former CM Baghel. After the state's formation, the Congress won Korba seat twice and Bastar, Mahasamund and Durg seats once in the general polls. State Congress spokesperson Dhananjay Singh Thakur claimed his party will this time breach the six ''so-called'' BJP bastions. ''With a strong strategy in these seats, we have fielded strong candidates, we have been propagating five guarantees of the Congress and failures of the Modi government among the people,'' Thakur said. On the other side, an upbeat BJP, after registering a landslide victory in the 2023 Chhattisgarh assembly polls, is now eyeing a clean sweep in the parliamentary elections. CM Sai recently said the Congress is a ''sinking ship'' and not united in the state. ''We will win all 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state,'' he added.

devdiscourse 31 Mar 2024 12:15 pm

LS polls: Cong releases list of 40 star campaigners for Chhattisgarh

Raipur:Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are among the opposition partys 40 star campaigners for the Lok Sabha polls in Chhattisgarh. The list of star campaigners was shared on Saturday by the state unit of the Congress.Others on the list include the partys state in charge Sachin Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 30 Mar 2024 7:27 pm

Many Congress, NC, PDP leaders from Nowshera join BJP

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Mar 29: Putting faith in the development-oriented governance by PM Modi, hundreds of passionate political and social personalities and ex-servicemen from border Mandal Lam, Laroka, Pukherni, Kampla, Raipur, Bhata, Qila Darhal, Naryian and adjoining areas joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Ravinder Raina, president, J&K BJP, at party Headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, here, today. Ravinder Raina, while welcoming the new entrants into the party fold, said that the ex-servicemen who have served the Bharat Mata during [] The post Many Congress, NC, PDP leaders from Nowshera join BJP appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 30 Mar 2024 5:53 am

Seizures Worth Rs 20.40 Crore: Election Commission's Crackdown on Illegal Activities in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Since the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission has been vigilantly monitoring both legal and illegal activities in Chhattisgarh. Monitoring teams have been deployed in every district to oversee election-related activities and take action against any irregularities. The Model Code of Conduct came into effect immediately after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 dates, prompting the Chhattisgarh Election Commission to take necessary precautions. Checkpoints have been set up at various locations across the state for thorough inspection. According to official data provided by the Chhattisgarh Election Commission, goods with a total value of Rs 20.40 crore have been seized during these inspections. Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Apoorva Priyash Toppo reported that since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 16, seizures have included Rs 4.82 crore in cash, liquor worth Rs 37 lakh, medicines valued at approximately Rs 1.5 crore, precious metals worth Rs 94 lakh, and other goods worth over Rs 12 crore. Significant actions have been observed in Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, and Mahasamund districts, with the Income Tax Department taking prominent action in Raipur district. Shibu Soren's Daughter Anjani to Contest Lok Sabha Elections Again Team Analysis: RCB's Strategy to Overcome KKR's Dominance Sourav Ganguly's Insights on Prithvi Shaw's Exclusion from DC's Opening Match

News Track 29 Mar 2024 4:11 pm

Consumer durables industry: Demand for temporary workers increase in small towns & hinterlands by up to 30% from last year

The demand for more workers is mainly from places such as Panipat, Varanasi, Asansol, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Raipur, Nagpur, Jaipur, Patna, Salem, Calicut, Coimbatore, Vizag, Cuttack, Guntur, Nellore and Madurai, as large Indian companies and multinationals look to expand their network amid a rise in demand for air-conditioners, coolers, refrigerators, fans and inverters in tier 2 and 3 regions.

The Economic Times 28 Mar 2024 8:49 pm

Bank Holidays: Banks will remain closed for so many days in April, check the complete list here...

There are only a few days left in March. Also, the financial year 2023-24 is about to end. It is being told that there will be no bank holiday in many states on April 1. If we talk about the entire month of April, then in this month of 30 days of April, according to RBI, there will be holidays for 14 days. During this period, banks will remain closed due to Navratri, Eid, and other special occasions. On which day and on which occasion, where will the banks be closed by RBI (RBI Latest Updates)? Let us know about it through the bank holiday list in April (bank holiday list in April 2024). Banks will remain closed for a total of 14 days in April Date Day Holiday Bank closure in the entire country or state Monday, April 1, 2024, will be a holiday due to the closure of bank accounts at the end of the financial year. Kochi, Kohima, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Panaji, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram. Banks will be closed on Friday, April 5, 2024, due to the birthday of Babu Jagjivan Ram and Jamaat-ul-Vida. Hyderabad-Telangana, Jammu and Srinagar Banks will remain closed across the country on 7 April 2024, a Sunday, a weekly holiday. 9 April 2024 Tuesday Gudi Padwa/Ugadi Festival/Telugu New Year and 1st Navratri Banks will remain closed in Belapur, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Imphal, Jammu, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji and Srinagar. Banks will remain closed in Kochi and Kerala on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, for Eid. Thursday, April 11, 2024, is Eid, a bank holiday across the country. Banks will remain closed across the country on 13 April 2024, Saturday, the second Saturday of the month. Banks will remain closed across the country on 14 April 2024, a Sunday, a weekly holiday. Banks will remain closed in Guwahati and Shimla on 15 April 2024, Monday, Himachal Day. 17 April 2024 Wednesday Shri Ram Navami Ahmedabad, Belapur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Shimla, Mumbai and Nagpur. There will be a bank holiday in Agartala on Saturday, April 20, 2024, for Garia Puja. Banks will remain closed across the country on 21 April 2024, a Sunday, a weekly holiday. Apart from this, there will be a bank holiday on 27th April and 28th April 2024. The fourth is Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. In such a situation, all the banks across the country will remain closed. Online services will continue when banks are closed Many important works cannot be done when banks are closed. In such a situation, you can do bank-related work sitting at home through mobile or net banking. You can use an ATM to withdraw cash. Apart from this, you can also make digital payments through credit cards and debit cards. PC Social media

Kalam Times 28 Mar 2024 2:45 pm

Car driver mows down a dog in Raipur, FIR lodged

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh police has registered a case against a car driver for fatally running over a community dog at Shanti Nagar area of Raipur. The civil lines police station in Raipur registered an FIR under IPC Sections 279 ((or rash, negligent driving) and 429 (for maiming or killing an animal) acting on the information received from eyewitnesses and CCTV footage of the dog being run over by a car. According to eye witnesses, the accused driver didnt make any effort to stop to help the injured dog. The case was registered following a complaint lodged by Dr Kiran Ahuja of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) along with the local activists. The accused, who is the owner of a private car, has been identified and summoned to the civil lines police station that proceeded further to investigate the incident. Such an incident draws the attention toward the importance of responsible driving and also the necessity of stopping to make humane efforts if any untoward eventuality occured, says PETA India Cruelty Response Coordinator Sunayana Basu. The swift action of the Raipur police was commended for sending across a message that careless driving and leaving afflicted animals to suffer wont be tolerated.

The New Indian Express 28 Mar 2024 11:39 am

Chhattisgarh encounter: Two women among 6 Maoists killed in gun battle with security forces

Raipur: Security forces gunned down six rebels of outlawed CPI (Maoist) including two women cadres in a fierce exchange of fire at Chipurbhatti area of an edgy district of Bijapur, about 350 km south Raipur on Wednesday. According to the Bijapur police, a joint party of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Elite CoBRA unit and District Reserve Guards (DRG) had launched a search operation in the region after the Maoists had killed three villagers in the area on the day of Holi festival. The security forces moved out on the operation on Tuesday late night following a tip-off about the presence of Maoists in the region. The gunfight occurred between the forces and the Platoon no. 10 of Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of the Maoists close to Talperu river, a police officer told TNIE . PLGA is cited as the military wing of the banned outfit. So far six bodies have been recovered by the forces and are yet to be identified.Further details are awaited. The forces claimed that after the encounter there remains a strong possibility that several Maoists might have sustained injuries. There was however no report of any injury sustained by the forces that comprised personnel from 210, 205 battalion of CRPFs elite commando unit CoBRA, 229 battalion of CRPF and the DRG from Bijapur district police force. Bijapur is among the seven Maoists-affected districts in the conflict zone of Bastar, south Chhattisgarh.

The New Indian Express 27 Mar 2024 1:29 pm

Congress declares candidates for remaining 4 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Mar 26 (PTI) The Congress on Tuesday declared its candidates for the remaining four Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh and the list features an MLA who is facing an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe, and two women. With this, the main opposition party has announced candidates for all the 11 Lok Sabha seats in the state, which will vote in three phases in April-May. The BJP has also announced all its candidates in the state. The four Congress candidates are Devender Singh Yadav (Bilaspur), Biresh Thakur (Kanker-Scheduled Tribe reserved), Shashi Singh (Surguja-ST) and Dr Menka Devi Singh (Raigarh-ST). Yadav, a second-term legislator, represents the Bhilai Nagar seat in Durg district in the assembly. Yadav is an accused in the alleged coal levy scam-linked money laundering case being probed by the ED. The state's anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in January this year also registered a case in the alleged coal levy scam based on a report submitted by the ED in which Yadav has been named as accused. Thakur had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections from Kanker in 2019. He had then lost to BJP's Mohan Mandavi by a thin margin of 6,914 votes. Thakur's father late Satyanarayan Singh Thakur was the Congress MLA from 1972-1977 from Bhanupratappur in Kanker. Shashi Singh is a member of the Surajpur Zila Panchayat. Her father late Tuleshwar Singh had served as a minister in the Ajit Jogi-led Congress government (2000-2003) in Chhattisgarh. Menka Devi Singh hails from the erstwhile Sarangarh royal family. She is the daughter of Raja Nareschandra Singh, who had served as chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh. Her sisters late Rajni Devi Singh and Pushpa Devi Singh had served as Congress Lok Sabha MPs in the past. Menka Devi Singh's another sister Kamla Devi Singh has been an MLA for 18 years. Three women, including a sitting MP, are among the 11 candidates of the Congress. The Lok Sabha polls will be held in three phases in the state on April 19, April 26 and May 7 and votes will be counted on June 4. The Naxal-hit Bastar (Scheduled Tribe) constituency will alone witness polling on April 19 in the first phase of general elections and filing of nominations for the phase started on March 20. Three constituencies - Kanker (ST), Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund - will vote on April 26 in the second phase, while the remaining seven - Surguja (ST), Raigarh (ST), Janjgir-Champa (SC), Raipur, Durg, Korba and Bilaspur will witness polling on May 7. PTI COR/TKP RSY Disclaimer: This article is published from a syndicated feed and has not been edited by the Deccan Chronicle team

Deccan Chronicle 26 Mar 2024 11:18 pm

NIT Raipur Technical Assistant Vacancy 2024: Check Eligibility and Apply Procedure Here

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the position of Technical Assistant. There are two vacancies available, one each for the departments of Architecture and Biomedical Engineering. The recruitment will be conducted on a direct basis, and interested candidates can apply online through the official website of NIT Raipur.

Naukrinama 24 Mar 2024 6:50 pm

Liquor scam: Congress LS candidate from Chattisgarh's Bastar seat among the accused

RAIPUR: Kawasi Lakhma, former excise minister in the Bhupesh Baghel-led Congress government and an accused in the liquor scam is the Congress candidate from the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh. Lakhma's name was among the 70 other accused in thealleged liquor scam by the states Anti-Corruption Bureau. Kwasi Lakhma, a prominent tribal face who has won the Konta (Sukma, south Bastar) Assembly seat for the sixth consecutive time in 2023, has replaced the sitting Congress MP from Bastar Lok Sabha constituency and the state president Deepak Baij, as the partys choice. His name appeared in the fourth list, released by the Congress party on Saturday late night. The Maoist-affected Bastar seat which consists of a pre-dominant tribal population is scheduled to go on the first phase of polls on April 19. The ED had submitted an application last year for registering the case against Lakhma under the previous Congress regime. However, it is only now that the Chattisgarh police have lodged an FIR. It was estimated that Proceeds of Crime of around Rs 2,161 crore have been generated by the suspects in the alleged scam. Meanwhile, the Congress denied the charges against its party candidate and claimed that naming the former minister in the FIR is an attempt to defame the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The New Indian Express 24 Mar 2024 1:39 pm

CBSE cancelled the recognition of 20 schools from 10 states...here is the list

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled the recognition of 20 schools in different states of the country. These 20 schools are in many states of the country including Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled the recognition of 20 schools in different states of the country. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, these 20 schools are also from Kerala and Uttarakhand. CBSE Secretary Himanshu Gupta said in this matter that these 20 schools were not only behaving against the rules but were also involved in malpractices. How many schools are there in which state? States whose schools have been cancelled. Among them, there are 5 schools in Delhi and three in Uttar Pradesh. There are two schools each in Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Whereas, there is one school each in Jammu-Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Assam whose recognition has been cancelled by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Recognition of these schools was cancelled Siddharth Public School, Delhi-81 Marigold Public School, Delhi-39 Bharat Mata SaraswatiBalMandir, Delhi-40 National Public School, Delhi-40 Chand Ram Public Senior Secondary School, Delhi-39 Loyal Public School, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh Crescent Convent School, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh Trinity World School, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh Prince UCH Secondary School, Sikar, Rajasthan Global Indian International School, Jodhpur, Rajasthan Dronacharya Public School, Raipur, Chhattisgarh Vaikan School, VidhanSabha Marg, Raipur, Chhattisgarh Rahul International School, Thane, Maharashtra Pioneer Public School, Pune, Maharashtra PV's Public School, Malappuram, Kerala Mother Theresa Memorial Central School, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Kartar Public School, Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir SAI RNS Academy, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam Sardar Patel Public School, MisroadHuzur, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Gyan Einstein International School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand CBSE downgraded the recognition of these schools Among these three schools is Shri Ram Academy, Barpeta, Assam. The Vivekananda School, Narela, Delhi and The Shri Dasmesh Senior Secondary Public School, Talwandi Sabo, District Bathinda, Punjab.

Kalam Times 24 Mar 2024 1:29 pm

Nari Nyay guarantee on top of party agenda: Sachin Pilot

RAIPUR: The Congress in Chhattisgarh is set to launch a campaign to assist women fill up the forms on Nari Nyay guarantee promising a direct annual fund transfer of Rs 1 lakh into the bank accounts of poor women. Galvanising the party cadres into a battle-ready mode for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, State in-charge for Congress Sachin Pilot on Saturday asserted that the fight is now to save the country. The Congress candidates in fray, party campaigns, the guarantees on Nyay, 10-year of misgovernance and failures of the BJP-led Centre and the soon to be released manifesto will boost the prospect of the Congress party. The Modi government is misusing the central agencies like Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Income Tax raids in targeting opposition leaders, he added. Pilot chaired separate crucial meetings of senior Congress leaders, office-bearers, party functionaries and coordinators at Rajiv Bhawan in Raipur, where he took feedback to chalk-out a strategy for the forthcoming elections on 11 Lok Sabha constituencies. The ruling BJP has nine MPs, while the remaining two seats are with the Congress. Besides, with the key issues of high inflation, problems faced by farmers and unemployment remaining, the country today faces threats to the Constitution and the democratic institutions are under attack. So the upcoming elections are not ordinary polls. To prevent the main opposition Congress from accessing a level-playing field to contest the elections, the bank accounts of the party have been frozen. The onus now lies more on the Congress workers to take up the challenge and be a part of various organised aggressive campaigns, he said. Pilot exuded hope that there will be unprecedented results in favour of the Congress with far-better success in the Parliamentary polls. The Congress will soon declare the candidates for the remaining five constituencies as the party is focusing on women, farmers and youth through various pledges declared for them. The BJP, however, has been asserting that the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections assume much significance as it will determine the future of the country. High inflation, farmers issues threat to constitution Pilot chaired separate crucial meetings of senior Congress leaders, office-bearers, party functionaries and coordinators at Rajiv Bhawan in Raipur. He points out key issues of high inflation, problems faced by farmers and unemployment remaining as threats to the Constitution. Pilot said that the onus now lies more on the Congress workers to take up the challenge and be a part of various organised aggressive campaigns. He exuded hope that there will be unprecedented results in favour of the Congress with far-better success in the Parliamentary polls. Minister Nisith Pramanik. BSP MP expelled for indiscipline Ram Shiromani Verma, the Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Uttar Pradeshs Shravasti, was expelled from the party on Saturday on charges of indiscipline and anti-party activities. A letter by BSP district president Lal Chand Kori stated that Verma was continuously involved in anti-party activities and indiscipline. He was warned several times but there was no improvement. Keeping this in mind, the MP was expelled, the letter said. 14 criminal cases against Pramanik Union minister Nisith Pramanik, who has been renominated by the BJP in Cooch Behar seat for the Lok Sabha elections, has 14 criminal cases pending against him, according to an affidavit filed by him along with his nomination paper. Of the 14 cases pending against the Union Minister of State for Home, nine were registered between 2018 and 2020. The other cases were filed between 2009 and 2014, as per the affidavit. He joined the BJP in 2019 after he was expelled from the TMC. BJP ally refuses to campaign for BJP The Mahayuti ally Prahar Janshakti Party led by MLA Bacchu Kadu threatened that if BJP nominates sitting independent Lok Sabha MP Navneet Rana from Amarawati Lok sabha seat, then he will not campaign for BJP or may field his own candidate. Kadu and the Rana couple MLA Ravi Rana and his spouse Lok Sabha member Navneet dont see eye to eye. Kadu, therefore, was against the fielding of Navneet. She was jailed for chanting Hanuman chalisa in front of ex-CM Uddhav Thackerays residence.

The New Indian Express 24 Mar 2024 7:16 am