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Sonia, Nadda get RS seats

New Delhi: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda and new party entrant Ashok Chavan and Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and L. Murugan were among the 41 candidates elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, while Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will witness polling on February 27. The BJP has won the highest number of 20 seats, followed by the Congress (6), Trinamul Congress (4), YSR Congress (3), RJD (2), BJD (2) and NCP, Shiv Sena, BRS and JD(U) one each. As there were no other candidates in the fray on these 41 seats, the respective returning officers declared them winners on the last date of withdrawal of nominations. The ruling Congress from Telanagana bagged two seats - Renuka Chowdhury and Anil Kumar Yadav - and BRS one seat V. Ravichandra. While in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress won all the three seats G. Babu Rao, Y.V. Subba Reddy and M. Raghunath Reddy. Nadda and the partys other nominees Jasvantsinh Parmar, Mayank Nayak and diamond baron Govindbhai Dholakia were declared winners from Gujarat. The Congress, which has only 15 MLAs, and other Opposition parties had preferred not to put up candidates against the BJP, which has 156 legislators in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. From Rajasthan, Sonia Gandhi was elected unopposed so were BJPs Chunnilal Garasiya and Madan Rathore. All the six candidates from Maharashtra -- BJP's Chavan, who joined the party only last Tuesday after quitting the Congress, Medha Kulkarni and Ajit Gopchhade; Shiv Sena's Milind Deora, who also resigned from the Congress last month, Praful Patel (NCP) and Chandrakant Handore (Cong) were elected unopposed. In Bihar, JD(U)'s Sanjay Kumar Jha, BJP's Dharmshila Gupta and Bhim Singh, Manoj Kumar Jha and Sanjay Yadav (both RJD) and Akhilesh Prasad Singh (Congress) were declared winners. Uttar Pradesh will see 11 candidates vying for 10 seats. The BJP has fielded eight candidates - former Union minister R P N Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, state party general secretary Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant, party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, former MLA Sadhna Singh, former Agra mayor Naveen Jain and local industrialist and former SP leader Sanjay Seth who joined the BJP in 2019. The Samajwadi Party (SP) has renominated Jaya Bachchan and also announced the candidature of former MP Ramjilal Suman and retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan. In Karnataka, five candidates are contesting for the four seats. The Congress has fielded Ajay Maken, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar, while Narayansa Bandage is the BJP candidate. JD(S) leader and former Rajya Sabha member D Kupendra Reddy is also in the fray. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has forced a contest by fielding Harsh Mahajan against Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi for the single seat despite not having enough MLAs to win. In the evening, TMC's Sushmita Dev, Sagarika Ghose, Mamata Thakur and Md Nadimul Haque and Samik Bhattacharya (BJP) were declared winners from West Bengal. Union minister Murugan, Valmiki Dham Ashram head Umesh Nath Maharaj, Kisan Morcha's national vice president Banshilal Gurjar, and Madhya Pradesh BJP's women wing president Maya Naroliya bagged four seats for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh while Ashok Singh of the Congress also got elected unopposed. From Odisha, Union minister Vaishnaw (BJP) and BJD's Debashish Samantray and Subhashish Khuntia were declared winners. BJP nominees in Uttarakhand (Mahendra Bhatt), Subhash Barala (Haryana), Devendra Pratap Singh (Chhattisgarh) were elected unopposed. The biennial elections were announced for February 27 in 56 seats. While 50 members will retire on April 2, six will do so on April 3. Now polling will be held for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh from 9 am to 4 pm and counting will be held on the same day from 5 pm onwards.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Feb 2024 2:52 am

JSW, Tata Steel, ACC bid for coal mines

Jharkhand received six bids, the highest number of bids, followed by Lamatola in Madhya Pradesh with five bids and Baisi in Chhattisgarh with four bids

Livemint 21 Feb 2024 1:25 am

UAVs to bridge the gap for healthcare in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai says that using drones for delivering medical facilities in these areas will overcome the supply-chain shortcomings

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 11:29 pm

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates IIT Bhilai in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday inaugurated the Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai and two newly constructed Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) buildings in Chhattisgarh. At present, the IIT Bhilai has a strength of 1,250 students and in next three-four years its capacity will be increased to accommodate nearly 2,500 students, an official said after the PM []

orissapost 20 Feb 2024 3:33 pm

PM Modi inaugurates IIT Bhilai, two KVs in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai and two Kendriya Vidyalaya buildings in Chhattisgarh. The IIT Bhilai campus was constructed with a budget of Rs 1,090 crore and features lecture halls, seminar rooms, and class rooms. The buildings are named after major rivers and mountains of Chhattisgarh.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 2:51 pm

Chhattisgarh: Tricolour hoisted for first time in Maoist stronghold, engage with insurgent leader's family for peace

RAIPUR: Persistence and resilience were critical to success in the core stronghold of banned CPI (Maoist) for the Chhattisgarh police in the strife-torn district of Sukma, some 500 km south of Raipur. For the first time, not just an Indian flag was hoisted by Sukma district police but a security camp has also been set up at Puvarti village inside the Maoist liberated zone. Puvarti, around 125 km from the district headquarters of Sukma towards the Telangana border, is the dwelling of the dreaded elusive Maoist leader Madvi Hidma, chief of the military unit of People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) battalion and promoted as Central Committee member (among highest rank) of the Maoist organisation. While pursuing measures to build a relationship between the local inhabitants and the security forces remains paramount, the Sukma district police chief Kiran Chauhan interacted with the mother of Hidma in Puvarti. The aim was to convey that the reason for the presence of forces was not to harm but to connect, inspire, raise hopes in the conflict zone and ensure development in the backward region. Sukma SP Kiran Chauhan interacting with dreaded Maoist Hidma's mother Initially Hidmas mother appeared a bit anxious, later when I communicated in a local Gondi dialect taking the help of my staff as an interpreter for us, she realised there was nothing to worry about. I tried to convince her and other inhabitants of the futility of the violence unleashed by the Maoists and their hollow ideology, Chauhan told this newspaper. With the Tricolour unfurled and a new security camp in the Maoist hotbed, the Sukma police hoped to bridge the evident trust deficit with the tribal people. Quite inquisitive to learn that 80-90 inhabitants of Puvarti village, according to available information, are present in the banned outfit at higher ranks. They are across India in various positions in the CPI (Maoist) organisation, the SP said. The people were apprised that along with development initiatives, the various welfare campaigns of the government and basic amenities will reach the area. The locals who fled the village after the forces came to establish the camp are now said to be returning to their habitat. The new camp is having the combined unit of the state police force and the CRPF. Hidma is synonymous with terror in areas having substantial influence from the Red Brigade. We strive to remove that prevailing fear from the minds of locals and also the Maoist cadres encouraging them to surrender, the officer added. Amid the ongoing operations in Bastar, the Chhattisgarh police endeavour to connect either directly or indirectly with the family members of the Maoist cadres with an appeal to convince them to renounce the banned outfit, shun violence and return to the mainstream.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 2:36 pm

Mahadev Betting App: ED To Question Nitish Dhawan

Rustam Sadhua was arrested on Thursday by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and is accused of obtaining his National Identity Card (NIC), issued only to Pakistani nationals, through fraudulent means. (Representational Image) Rustam Sadhua was arrested on Thursday by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and is accused of obtaining his National Identity Card (NIC), issued only to Pakistani nationals, through fraudulent means. (Representational Image) Visakhapatnam: ED has taken up an investigation on the Mahadev betting app scam registered in Vizag. One person was arrested in the case. The court allowed the probing agency to arrest Nitish Dhawan, already in Chhattisgarh jail. The court permitted ED to take Dhawan for remand for eight days. ED will produce Diwan in Visakhapatnam Court and investigate. Dhawan has collected thousands of crores through the Mahadev betting app across the country. ED has taken up an investigation on the Mahadev betting app scam registered in Vizag on Monday. Earlier, the agency found that the Mahadev betting app was moving money through hawala under the guise of a betting app. In the past, assets worth `417 crore were seized. Many names from Bollywood have also come to light in this case. It was then the ED arrested Mahadev betting app director Nitish Diwan.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 2:06 am

BJP Trying To Poach Congress MLAs In Chhattisgarh, Alleges Bhupesh Baghel

Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday accused the ruling BJP of trying to poach his party's MLAs in Chhattisgarh by luring them with ministerial berths and tickets for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 12:22 am

BJP trying to poach Congress MLAs in Chhattsigarh, alleges ex-CM Baghel

BJP trying to poach Congress MLAs in Chhattsigarh, alleges ex-CM Baghel Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday accused the ruling BJP of trying to poach his party's MLAs in Chhattisgarh by luring them with ministerial berths and tickets for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Talking to reporters at the Swami Vivekananda Airport here, he claimed the BJP is resorting to such tactics as it anticipates defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May. Responding to a query, Baghel said, ''An MLA (of Congress) recently told me in Vidhan Sabha that they (BJP) approached him promising a Lok Sabha poll ticket and a ministerial berth if they retain power at the Centre. Such talks are going on continuously.'' BJP leaders were not available for comment on Baghel's claim. Recent political developments in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra clearly indicate the BJP is going to face defeat in the 2024 national elections. Therefore, it has been engineering divisions in other parties as it does not have confidence to face polls on its own strength, the former CM stated. Baghel, who was Chhattisgarh CM from 2018 to 2023, was ousted from office after the Congress lost the November Assembly polls to the BJP.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 12:05 am

Chhattisgarh: Anti-conversion Bill to be Tabled in Budget Session

Raipur: A new Bill providing a minimum of two years and maximum of ten years in jail to those, who illegally convert the minors, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, is going to be tabled in the current budget session of Chhattisgarh assembly. The draft legislation, christened Chhattisgarh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, also provides that for mass conversion, the punishment will be a minimum of three years and maximum of ten years. A compensation of up to Rs five lakh may be awarded to the victim of illegal religious conversion by the court, the draft Bill says. The anti-religious conversion Bill will be tabled in the house on February 27 or February 28, Chhattisgarh parliamentary affairs minister Brij Mohan Agrawal told this newspaper on Monday. The draft Bill states that those who opt to change religion have to inform the local district magistrate two months in advance and the permission will be granted for this only after a police probe to ascertain if the conversion is not being under allurement or duress. Those who convert will have to inform the local district magistrate one month in advance, the draft Bill says.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 11:38 pm

Chhattisgarh cow shelter workers murder an act of terror, say police

UAPA slapped on two of the six accused; police say the motive was to spread panic

The Hindu 19 Feb 2024 9:26 pm

740 MLAs, MPs joined BJP from different parties in past 10 years, claims JMM

740 MLAs, MPs joined BJP from different parties in past 10 years, claims JMM Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Monday claimed that over the past 10 years, as many as 740 MLAs and MPs have joined the BJP against whom the saffron party had directly or indirectly leveled allegations of corruption. Attacking the Centre, the party also alleged that the BJP has adopted the adage either my way or highway, pointing to Jharkhand as the prime example. Speaking to reporters, JMM general secretary and spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya alleged that the country has witnessed many strange things including directives on what to eat, wear, study, and even hear, from 2014 to 2024. ''According to them, anyone in the opposition is corrupt, while those in BJP are clean. They have said those who are against the policies of the government are anti-national,'' he added. He claimed, ''In the last 10 years, 740 MLAs and MPs, mostly from the Congress, have joined the BJP on whom the saffron party had directly or indirectly leveled allegations of corruption. These people are now their favourite.'' Taking a further dig at the BJP, Bhattacharya said the saffron party had once given slogan of 'Congress Mukt Bharat' and now it is 'Congress Yukt BJP'. ''The BJP has adopted the adage either my way or highway and Jharkhand is the best example for that. They (BJP) said tribal respect is utmost priority for them, but they do not want tribal chief minister. If there is a tribal CM, his place will be in jail,'' Bhattacharya said. Reacting to the JMMs allegation, BJP spokespersons Saroj Singh said JMM is making false allegations in frustration. ''JMM should not talk about corruption. It has history of corruption. Its former CM is in jail because of corruption. BJP cannot tolerate corruption as it follows the rule of zero corruption,'' Singh said. Singh dismissed the JMM's claim that the BJP doesn't want a tribal chief minister as ''ridiculous.'' He pointed out that the BJP has a history of supporting tribal leaders in significant roles, citing examples such as India's first tribal President and the presence of a tribal chief minister in Chhattisgarh. ''BJP has given India its first tribal President. It has a tribal CM in Chhattisgarh. Jharkhand also saw two tribal CMs during BJP regimes,'' he said.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 8:05 pm

CGPSC State Service Answer Key 2024 Prelims Model Answer Key & Objections Out

Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC) has released a notification to conduct the State Service Exam 2023 for the recruitment of State Tax Inspector, Cooperative Inspector & Others. Candidates who are interested in the vacancy details and have completed all eligibility criteria can read the Notification and Apply online.

Naukrinama 19 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Priyam Garg slams second century in Ranji Trophy 2024

Uttar Pradesh opener Priyam Garg scored a stunning ton in his side's drawn clash against Chhattisgarh in the ongoing 2024 Ranji Trophy.

NewsBytes 19 Feb 2024 4:21 pm

Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attains samadhi in Chhattisgarh

Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attains samadhi in Chhattisgarh

India Today 19 Feb 2024 2:21 pm

CAF officer in Chhattisgarh hacked to death by Naxals

RAIPUR : A small action team of the outlawed Maoists hacked a company commander of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) to death at Kutru village market place in strife-torn Bijapur district about 350 km south of Raipur on Sunday. According to the Bijapur police, the incident occurred when the CAF officer Tijau Ram Bhuvariya, along with a personnel Shyam Bihari, moved some 100 metres away from the small party of the fourth battalion of the CAF that had gone to the weekly haat bazar (market). The Maoists attacked Bhuvariya with a sharp-edged weapon and he died at the spot. The constable who accompanied him fled back to the camp, which was some 200 metre away from the incident site. Before the forces could rush to the area from the camp, the Maoists escaped into a forest. Reinforcement has been sent to the area and the search operation intensified, the Bijapur police stated. The incident occurred a day after the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) had responded to the peace dialogue proposal by the BJP regime specifying some preconditions. The rebels asked to halt police operations, release of their jailed cadres among others.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 7:32 am

Fencers Shreya, Chhavi to participate in Asian Cship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent JAMMU, Feb 18: The ace fencers of J&K-UT Shreya Gupta along with first timer Chhavi Sharma are going to participate in the upcoming Asian Fencing Championship being held at Manama, Bahrain from February 16 to 25, 2024. As per statement Shreya has qualified for this prestigious tournament on the basis of her 1st ranking being gold medallist in 31st junior National Championship held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh earlier this year whereas Chhavi secured place in this event by [] The post Fencers Shreya, Chhavi to participate in Asian Cship appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 19 Feb 2024 5:06 am

Jain seer Vidyasagar Maharaj attains samadhi through 'sallekhna'

Renowned Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attained samadhi at Chandragiri Teerth of Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon. PM Narendra Modi expressed condolences. Maharaj was the most renowned saint in the Digambar Jain community and was initiated as a Digambar monk by Acharya Gyansagar Ji Maharaj.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 1:41 am

Cgarh: CAF commander hacked to death by Naxals

Ramati Praveen Kumar, a first-year student of Basar IIIT from the EEE branch, died by suicide in a hostel room on the campus on Sunday afternoon. (Representational image: DC) Ramati Praveen Kumar, a first-year student of Basar IIIT from the EEE branch, died by suicide in a hostel room on the campus on Sunday afternoon. (Representational image: DC) Raipur: A commander of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was on Sunday hacked to death by Maoists in a local weekly market in Jaigur under Kutru police station limits in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, police said. According to the police, a CAF team led by commander Tejau Ram Bhuarya went to the local market to buy vegetables at around 9.30 am. Two Maoists suddenly attacked Bhuarya with axes in the market and fled the spot. The CAF commander died on the spot. Security forces later launched a combing operation in the area to nab the killers.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 1:05 am

Chhattisgarh: Eminent Jain Seer Passes Away Through Sallekhana

Bhopal : Famous Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj on Sunday passed away at Chandragiri teerth in Dongargarh in Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh after undertaking the religious practice of sallekhana involving voluntary fasting unto death for spiritual purification. Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attained Samadhi through sallekhana at Chandragiri teerth at 2.35 am, a statement issued by the teerth said. The statement added, Maharaj was staying on the teerth in Dongargarh for the last six months and was unwell for the last few days. For the last three days, he was observing sallekhana, a religious practice of voluntary fasting to death, and had quit intake of food and liquids. According to Jainism, it is a vow taken for spiritual purification. The final rites of the seer were performed in Chandragiri teerth on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolence over the demise of the seer, describing his death as an irreparable loss for the country. His valuable efforts for spiritual awakening among the people will always be remembered. My meeting with him last year at Chandragiri Jain temple in Chhattisgarh will be unforgettable for me, Mr Modi in his condolence message said. Mr. Modi had paid a visit to the Jain seer in Dongargarh during his visit to Chhattisgarh ahead of the November Assembly elections in the state. The seer, who enriched the country and the world including Chhattisgarh with his dynamic knowledge, will be remembered for ages for his exemplary works for the country and the society, he added.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 12:52 am

Chhattisgarh security force officer axed to death by Maoists

Inspector Tijau Ram Bhuvarya, from the Chhattisgarh Armed Force, was hacked to death by a Maoist hit team in Bijapur district. The attack occurred near the Jaigur security camp in Kutru, close to the Maharashtra border. The region is a Maoist hotbed. Bhuvarya was accompanied by head constable Shyam Bihari. He hailed from Bargaon village in Kanker district.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 12:33 am

CAF Commander hacked to death by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district

The attack occurred in a village under Kutru police station limits, where a CAF team was deployed for security at a market, a senior official said.A small group of Naxalites attacked company commander Tijau Ram Bhuarya, who was leading the CAF team, he said. The Naxalites hacked Bhuarya to death with an axe before fleeing the scene, he said.

The Economic Times 18 Feb 2024 11:31 pm

Indian Veteran Premier League Moved From Dehradun To Greater Noida, Set To Debut On Feb 23

Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports: Just a few days before it would kickoff, the organisers of the Indian Veteran Premier League (IVPL) have moved the event from the original venue Dehradun to Greater Noida and will now start on February 23. Six strong teams comprising some of the legends of the game will be fighting for honours in the first edition of the Indian Veteran Premier League (IVPL) at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida from February 23 to March 3. The field includes VVIP Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan Legends, Red Carpet Delhi, Chhattisgarh Warriors, Telangana Tigers, and Mumbai Champions in the event being organized by the Board for Veteran Cricket in India (BVCI) and managed by 100 Sports. The announcement was made on Sunday by Praveen Tyagi, Acting President, Board of Veteran Cricket in India and Sudhir Kulkarni, Secretary, Board of Veteran Cricket in India during a press conference at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida. We are delighted to announce the new venue for the Indian Veteran Premier League, that is Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida. This decision aims to ensure the seamless staging and smooth execution of the league, providing an enhanced experience for both players and fans, said Praveen Tyagi, the Acting President of BVCI and Chairman of IVPL. An International Cricket stadium with a pavilion having facilities of two dressing rooms for playing teams, Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex is sure to enthral fans with its captivating beauty. The Stadium was also the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team a few years ago. We are excited for the first edition of the Indian Veteran Premier League. As Secretary of the Board of Veteran Cricket in India, I believe in honouring the veterans of the past while inspiring the stars of the future. Today we are here to celebrate not just the skill, but the enduring spirit that defines our cricketing veterans, Sudhir Kulkarni, Secretary, BVCI said. The IVPL promises an extraordinary showcase of cricketing talent, bringing together veterans such as Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Chris Gayle, Praveen Kumar, Herschelle Gibbs, Rajat Bhatia and many more. The players are excited to be playing in the league in Greater Noida. The IVPL will witness fierce competition among six formidable teams, including VVIP Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan Legends, Red Carpet Delhi, Chhattisgarh Warriors, Telangana Tigers, and Mumbai Champions. Each team boasts a roster of iconic players from around the globe, enhancing the league's allure and competitiveness. The matches will be broadcast live in India on the Eurosport channel, DD Sports, and Fancode.

CNMSports 18 Feb 2024 7:00 pm

Congress on edge as Kamal Nath and son mull BJP switch, prompting fear of mass exodus in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Rewind back to March 2020, when 22 Congress MLAs (mostly loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia) walked out of the Congress pulling down the 15-months-old Kamal Nath-led Congress regime in Madhya Pradesh. Nearly four years later, the grand old political party is apprehensive of another exodus of its sitting and former MLAs in Madhya Pradesh, if its former state party chief Kamal Nath or his first-time MP son Nakul Nath or both of them actually join the BJP. While the Congresss central leadership, including former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi, are reportedly making all possible efforts to convince Nath to respect his decades-old bonding with the party and the Nehru-Gandhi family, back in Bhopal, the state Congress leadership too is engaged in damage control measure. The state Congress leadership is already talking to its 66 sitting MLAs one-on-one, to ensure no damage or least damage to its ranks ahead of the February 22 arrival of Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in MP. According to sources in Naths camp, if Nath or even his son Nakul Nath and daughter-in-law Priya Nath switchover to BJP, they will be accompanied by 15-20 sitting MLAs, 5-8 former MLAs (many of whom lost the 2023 assembly polls) and two mayors. Several MLAs loyal to Kamal Nath reach Delhi amid talk of switch to BJP The majority of sitting MLAs who might follow Nath and his family includes the six MLAs of Chhindwara and Pandhurna districts, besides MLAs from adjoining Balaghat, Seoni, Mandla and Dindori districts, ex-minister and third-time sitting MLA from Jabalpur-East seat Lakhan Ghanghoriya, second-time MLA from Paraswada seat Madhu Bhagat, Baihar MLA Sanjay Uike and Waraseoni MLA Vicky Patel (all three from Balaghat district). These districts form part of Naths home region Mahakoshal which sends 17 out of the 66 present Congress MLAs. Not just MLAs from the tribal-dominated Mahakoshal region, but some MLAs loyal and close to Nath from other regions such as Dinesh Gurjar, the first-time MLA from Morena seat of Gwalior-Chambal region. Also, many of Congress 2023 assembly polls' big losers, including ex-ministers Sajjan Singh Verma, Tarun Bhanot, Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Ravi Joshi and Sukhdev Panse (Verma and Panse are reportedly camping in Delhi) and fourth-time former MLA from Chhindwara seat Deepak Saxena (who had vacated his seat for Nath in 2018) are likely to walk behind Nath. However, its not clear whether senior MLA from Rajpur-ST seat of west MP and ex-home minister Bala Bachchan also follows Nath into the BJP or not. The Congress circles are also worried over the possibility of its two mayors Vikram Ahke (Chhindwara) and Sharda Solanki (Morena) following Nath into the BJP, just a few weeks after Jabalpur mayor Jagat Bahadur Singh Annu dumped the Congress to join BJP. Kamal Nath in Delhi amid buzz on joining BJP A senior Congress MLA who too was a minister in the 15 months long Kamal Nath-led regime in MP between 2019 and 2020, told this newspaper, Though its yet not clear whether Nath or his son will actually join the BJP or not, even if it happens, just handful of MLAs, particularly from Chhindwara, Pandhurna and Balaghat districts of Mahakoshal region will follow their leader into the BJP. Meanwhile, four-times former Congress MLA from Chhindwara seat Deepak Saxena, who is considered very close to Nath, made it clear that the possible big move by Nath will happen, largely due to the veteran politicians repeated insults and ignorance from the party. He has served for nearly five decades in Congress. Congress lost assembly polls in Chhattisgarh (which was ruled by Rahul Gandhis man Bhupesh Baghel), Rajasthan and MP, but only Kamal Nath was being targeted and blamed by the Congresss top brass. The humiliation was continuous since the polls were over, including removing him as MP Congress chief and then not naming him the RS polls candidate from MP. He (Nath) has always stood by the Gandhi family, right since the days of Indira Gandhi. Earlier, he (Nath) was part of all key committees of the Congress, but its not the same now. Given the current situation, the big move by Nath and his son might happen in the next one or two days, Saxena told this newspaper. Continuing to put on a brave face, former MP CM Digvijaya Singh told journalists in Bhopal, We all have always regarded him as Indira Gandhis third son and he too has always been committed to the Congress and has been among the prime pillars of the party. Spanning from posts of union minister, and AICC secretary to MP Congress chief and MP CM, he has been given all major responsibilities. The pressure of ED, income tax and other agencies is on him also, just like its on the others. But Im still confident that hell not leave the party. Congress senior leader confirms Kamal Nath's loyalty amid BJP switch rumours

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 6:39 pm

Chhattisgarh Armed Force personnel hacked to death by Naxalites in Bijapur

Chhattisgarh Armed Force personnel hacked to death by Naxalites in Bijapur

India Today 18 Feb 2024 5:43 pm

Imrana Baba Arrested: Ordered Time Bombs from Javed Shaikh, Plan for Violence Post-CAA Implementation

Lucknow: Imrana, identified as Imrana Baba, was apprehended from her residence in Prempuri on the 17th of February by a combined team of the Special Task Force (STF) and local police. The arrest was made following her alleged involvement in ordering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) worth Rs 50,000 from Javed Shaikh, who was previously detained by the STF Meerut on the 16th of February. Imrana, aged 45 and residing in the village of Bantikhera, Shamli district, is recognized for her occult practices. She is the wife of a man named Azad and has long-standing ties within her community. Imrana's activities came under scrutiny after Javed Shaikh, during interrogation, disclosed her involvement in commissioning explosive devices for a sum of Rs 50,000, with an initial payment of Rs 10,000. These explosives were purportedly intended for causing unrest, particularly protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It is alleged that Imrana has a history of involvement in such activities, having ordered over 200 explosives back in 2013 during the Muzaffarnagar riots. These were purportedly distributed during the unrest. The recent order placed by Imrana was reportedly aimed at utilizing the explosives post the implementation of the CAA, possibly before the Lok Sabha elections, to incite fear and turmoil. Upon her arrest, Imrana was taken to the Kotwali police station for questioning by the STF team. Subsequently, the Delhi Intelligence Bureau (IB) team also joined the interrogation. However, Imrana's daughter Rukhsar alleged that her mother was handed over to the police by them. The investigation into Imrana's activities suggests a possible terrorist conspiracy, prompting further scrutiny into her connections and motives. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Brijesh Singh of the STF emphasized Imrana's long-standing association with Zarif Ahmed, the father of Javed Shaikh, dating back to 2009. Ahmed, a Hakim by profession, had reportedly provided Imrana with traditional remedies for her ailments, thus establishing a connection between them. Imrana's history of ordering explosives from Javed Shaikh, some of which were allegedly used in past riots, underscores the gravity of her involvement in such activities. Imrana's interrogation is expected to shed light on the individuals and organizations backing her, as well as their sinister agendas, as mentioned by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abhishek Singh. The authorities are determined to unravel the full extent of Imrana's network and thwart any potential threats posed by her associates. Fatal Ambush: Maoists Attack CAF Personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District Union Ministers to Hold Fourth Round of Talks with Farmer Leaders Amidst Ongoing Protests Gang Rape Shocks Vadodara: Vakil Ahmed, Chaman Khan, Shaukat and Pathan arrested

News Track 18 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

PM Modi Urges BJP Workers to Focus on Voter Outreach for Next 100 Days

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Sunday to dedicate the next 100 days to reaching out to new voters and securing their confidence, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the party's return to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In his impassioned address to party cadre and leaders on the concluding day of BJP's National Convention in New Delhi, PM Modi emphasized the importance of every single member of the party making it a mission to gain the trust and support of voters. Over the next 100 days, each one of us has to go out and reach out to new voters, every beneficiary, and every community. We have got to win everyone's trust and support. Our sincere workers stay with the people 24X7 and all through the year, doing something or the other to gain their trust and confidence. However, over the next 100 days, we have to work with renewed enthusiasm and vigour, the Prime Minister said. Today is February 18 and the youth who have reached the milestone of 18 years in this period are going to elect the 18th Lok Sabha of the country, he added. The Prime Minister further emphasized that he was not seeking a third term to enjoy power, but to work for the nation. If I had thought of my home, it would not have been possible to build homes for crores of people, he said. Attributing the success of his governance, PM Modi reiterated that he is working for 'rashtraniti' (national policy) and not 'rajneeti' (politics). A senior leader once told me I had done enough as PM and CM, I should rest. But I am working for 'rashtraniti', not 'rajneeti', he said. Discussing the BJP's strategy for a Viksit Bharat, PM Modi underscored the party's unity, bringing together the power of youths, women, farmers, and the youth. We asked those who were not acknowledged by anyone, and not just that, we have also worshipped them, he said. Taking a jibe at Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's Abki baar, 400 par gaffe in Parliament, PM Modi said, Today, even some leaders in the Opposition are chanting 'NDA sarkar 400 par. However, to take NDA past 400 in Lok Sabha polls, the BJP has to cross 370 seats. Imrana Baba Arrested: Ordered Time Bombs from Javed Shaikh, Plan for Violence Post-CAA Implementation Fatal Ambush: Maoists Attack CAF Personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District Union Ministers to Hold Fourth Round of Talks with Farmer Leaders Amidst Ongoing Protests

News Track 18 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

JP Nadda's Tenure Extended as BJP Chief Until June 2024

New Delhi: The tenure of BJP chief JP Nadda has been extended until June this year, a decision initially announced in January by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and later approved by the party's national council on Sunday.In addition to the extension, JP Nadda has been granted the authority to autonomously make significant decisions, which will subsequently be subject to approval by the party's parliamentary board. This decision was reached during the second day of the BJP's national council meeting in Delhi, where a multitude of party members and top leadership congregated to deliberate on the party's strategy and campaign themes for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. JP Nadda assumed the role of BJP's working president in 2019, following the transition of then-party chief Amit Shah to a Union minister. Nadda subsequently assumed the full-time position of party president in 2020. Amit Shah, while announcing the extension of Nadda's tenure as BJP's national president in January, highlighted the party's achievements under Nadda's leadership, citing successes such as the highest strike rate in Bihar, victories in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, and substantial gains in West Bengal and Gujarat. Furthermore, during the national council meeting, Nadda expressed his unwavering confidence in the abilities of party workers and called upon all BJP members to strive for even greater success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. I have full faith in the strengths and capabilities of our karyakartas. We must continue to strengthen our booths. Let us collectively channel our efforts towards surpassing 370 seats for the BJP and ensuring the NDA secures over 400 seats, Nadda emphasized. PM Modi Urges BJP Workers to Focus on Voter Outreach for Next 100 Days Imrana Baba Arrested: Ordered Time Bombs from Javed Shaikh, Plan for Violence Post-CAA Implementation Fatal Ambush: Maoists Attack CAF Personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District

News Track 18 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

CAF personnel hacked to death by Naxalites in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur

The Naxalites hacked Chhattisgarh Armed Force personnel Tijau Ram Bhuarya to death with an axe before fleeing the scene

The Hindu 18 Feb 2024 5:03 pm

Chhattisgarh police set up camp in top Naxalite leader's stronghold in Sukma

Chhattisgarh police set up camp in top Naxalite leader's stronghold in Sukma In a significant move, the Chhattisgarh police have set up a camp in Sukma district's Puvarti village, the native place and stronghold of dreaded Naxalite leader Hidma, who is believed to be the architect of deadly attacks on security forces in the Bastar region. According to experts, the move is a major achievement for the security forces in their fight against Left Wing Extremism, and setting up a police camp will help psychological warfare against Naxalites. A joint team of the state polices special task force (STF), district reserve guard (DRG) and Bastar Fighters, along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite CoBRA (commando battalion for Resolute Action) and local police set up a camp at Purvati on Friday, said Sundarraj P, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range). Puvarti, which comes under Jagargunda police station limits, is located along the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts, he said. Surrounded by dense forests around 150 km away from Sukma district headquarters, Puvarti has been deprived of development works and basic facilities due to the Naxalite menace and its location, the official told PTI. Notably, it is the native village of Hidma, the former commander of Maoists' PLGA battalion no. 1, and incumbent commander Barse Deva, he said. The People's Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) battalion no. 1 formation has been instrumental in carrying out several deadly attacks in south Bastar. Last month, Barse Deva took over the command of this formation after Hidma was elevated to the central committee of Maoists, he said. Senior policemen and CRPF officials, including Sukma Superintendent of Police Kiran G Chavan and Bijapur SP Jitendra Kumar Yadav, have been at the ground to boost the morale of security forces in setting up camps in the interior areas along the inter-district border, the IG said. ''Setting up security camps in remote and heavily Naxalite-affected areas like Puvarti will help thousands of villagers get rid of the Maoist menace and benefit from development works and welfare schemes of the government, he said. The IG exuded confidence about positive results in the coming days on the efforts of the Bastar range police, local administration, and security forces. At least 14 new security camps were set up in the Bastar region since November last year, and of these, six were in Bijapur, seven in Sukma and one in Kanker district, he said. On January 30, security forces had set up a camp in Tekalgudem, a few kilometres from Puvarti, when an encounter broke out between security personnel and Naxalites. Three CRPF personnel, including two CoBRA commandos, were killed and 17 others injured in the incident. Sukma district, in extreme south Bastar, lies on the tri-junction of three states Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with the Maoists dominating the region through an extensive network of 'Janatana Sarkar' units coupled with dreaded guerrilla fighter battalions. Naxalites have inflicted maximum casualties on security forces in Sukma, including the killing of 76 security personnel in Tadmetla in 2010, in the last one-and-a-half decade. The camp in Puvarti is like other strategically important similar facilities in Bastar, but the important thing is that it will have a great psychological impact on the movement as the village belongs to Hidma, and it was his den, Professor Girishkant Pandey, HoD of Defence Studies at Government NPG College of Science here, told PTI. Apart from this, the state governments Niyad Nellanar scheme, under which villages falling within a 5 km radius of a security camp will be developed through camps, will help the police to reclaim the region, he said. Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai had on Thursday announced that his government would launch the 'Niyad Nellanar' (your good village) scheme to ensure basic amenities and benefits of welfare schemes reach villages in Naxalite-affected areas of the state through nearby police camps. The scheme will help the police keep records of people and families living in Puvarti and other villages near the camp and facilitate basic infrastructure such as schools, health centres, ration shops, anganwadis and mobile network connectivity, Pandey said.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 3:26 pm

Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar dies via 'sallekhna'

Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dongargarh, a popular pilgrimage spot, and met Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj on November 5 and took his blessings.

Rediff 18 Feb 2024 3:07 pm

Fatal Ambush: Maoists Attack CAF Personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District

Raipur: In a tragic incident in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, a member of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) fell victim to a deadly attack by Maoists at a village market. The ambush took place at around 9:30 am in a village under the jurisdiction of Kutru police station. The CAF team was stationed there to provide security at the market, as per reports from a senior official. The targeted attack was directed at company commander Tijau Ram Bhuarya, who was leading the CAF team at the time of the assault. According to the official's statement, a small group of Maoists launched the attack, brutally hacking Bhuarya to death with an axe before swiftly retreating from the scene. Bhuarya, a member of the 4th battalion of the CAF, tragically lost his life in the line of duty during the onslaught. Upon receiving information about the attack, a police team promptly responded to the scene and initiated a search operation in the vicinity in an attempt to track down the assailants. The incident underscores the ongoing challenges posed by insurgency in the region and highlights the risks faced by security personnel operating in such volatile environments. Union Ministers to Hold Fourth Round of Talks with Farmer Leaders Amidst Ongoing Protests Gang Rape Shocks Vadodara: Vakil Ahmed, Chaman Khan, Shaukat and Pathan arrested Unveiling the Rise of Sandeshkhali's Strongman: TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan

News Track 18 Feb 2024 2:11 pm

Condolences from PM Modi and BJP President Nadda on the Passing of Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda expressed condolences on the passing of renowned Jain muni Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj on Sunday. The revered Jain seer breathed his last at Chandragiri Teerth in Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh. PM Modi paid tribute to Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj's contributions to society, highlighting his efforts towards spiritual enlightenment, poverty alleviation, healthcare, education, and more. He reminisced about receiving the muni's blessings and recalled his visit to the Chandragiri Jain Mandir in Dongargarh, where he had the privilege of spending time with the revered saint. Similarly, JP Nadda expressed shock at the demise of Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj, lauding his profound impact on Jainism's spiritual heritage. Nadda praised the muni's teachings, characterized by knowledge, compassion, and goodwill, which continue to guide society and culture. Acharya Vidhyasagar Maharaj, born on October 10, 1946, in Sadalga, Karnataka, was revered as a towering figure in the Digambar Jain community. Initiated as a Digambara monk at the age of 22 under Acharya Gyansagar Ji Maharaj's tutelage, he embarked on a dedicated spiritual journey, eventually ascending to the esteemed position of Acharya in 1972. Throughout his life, Acharya Vidhyasagar Maharaj devoted himself to the study and application of Jain scriptures and philosophy. His mastery over Sanskrit, Prakrit, and other languages facilitated the creation of numerous insightful commentaries, poems, and spiritual treatises, enriching Jain literature. Among his notable works are the Niranjana Shataka, Bhavana Shataka, Parishah Jaya Shataka, Suniti Shataka, and Shramana Shataka, cherished within the Jain community for their profound wisdom. Additionally, Acharya Vidhyasagar Maharaj advocated for the promotion of Hindi and its adoption in the justice delivery system, showcasing his commitment to linguistic and social causes alongside his spiritual pursuits. Jharkhand CM Champai Soren Meets Congress Leadership in Delhi Following Cabinet Formation Concerns Over Law and Order: Kailash Vijayvargiya Criticizes West Bengal's Situation Suspension of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Rahul Gandhi's Sudden Visit to Kerala

News Track 18 Feb 2024 1:11 pm

Chhattisgarh Security Personnel Killed With Axe By Maoists In Bijapur

A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel was hacked to death by Maoistsat a village market in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district on Sunday, police said.

NDTV 18 Feb 2024 12:31 pm

CAF personnel hacked to death by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur

CAF personnel hacked to death by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel was hacked to death by Naxalites at a village market in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district on Sunday, police said. The attack occurred around 9.30 am in a village under Kutru police station limits, where a CAF team was deployed for security at a market, a senior official said. ''A small group of Naxalites attacked company commander Tijau Ram Bhuarya, who was leading the CAF team,'' he said. The Naxalites hacked Bhuarya to death with an axe before fleeing the scene, he said. Bhuarya belonged to the 4th battalion of the CAF, he said. On being alerted about it, a police team rushed to the spot and launched a search in the area to trace the assailants, the official said.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 12:14 pm

Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) company commander hacked to death by Naxalites in state's Bijapur district: Police.

Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) company commander hacked to death by Naxalites in state's Bijapur district: Police. Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) company commander hacked to death by Naxalites in state's Bijapur district: Police.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 12:10 pm

Chhattisgarh's Proposed Anti-Conversion Bill: Declarations, DM Scrutiny & Stricter Regulations

Although the draft is prepared, sources indicate that there may be some amendments before its formal presentation in the State Assembly, as reported by The Indian Express.

News18 18 Feb 2024 11:51 am

Renowned Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj embraces death through 'sallekhna'

RAJNANDGAON: Renowned Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj breathed his last on Sunday at Chandragiri Teerth in Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district after undertaking 'sallekhna'. Sallekhna is a Jain religious practice involving voluntary fasting unto death for spiritual purification, a statement from the teerth said. Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj attained Samadhi through 'Sallekhna' at Chandragiri teerth at 2:35 am, the statement said. Maharaj was staying on the teerth in Dongargarh for the last six months and was unwell from the last few days. For the last three days, he was observing sallekhna, a religious practice of voluntarily fasting to death, and had quit intake of food and liquids. According to Jainism, it is a vow taken for spiritual purification, the statement said. A procession will be taken out at 1 pm on Sunday for people to pay tribute to the departed seer and the final rites will be held in Chandragiri teerth, it added. Ahead of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Dongargarh, a popular pilgrimage spot, and met Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj on November 5 and took his blessings. In his condolence message, Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai said, Received the the news of the world revered and national seer Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Mahamuniraj ji's samadhi at Chandragiri Teerth in Dongargarh. Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj, who enriched the country and the world including Chhattisgarh with his dynamic knowledge, will be remembered for ages for his exemplary works for the country and society, sacrifice and penance. I bow down to the feet of Acharya Shri Vidyasagar ji, he added.

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 11:43 am

Jain Seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj Dies In Chhattisgarh

Renowned Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj breathed his last on Sunday at Chandragiri Teerth in Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district after undertaking 'sallekhna'.

NDTV 18 Feb 2024 11:11 am

Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj dies, PM offers condolences

Renowned Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj passed away in Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh, through the practice of 'sallekhna,' a voluntary fasting unto death for spiritual purification. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and observed a minute of silence at the National Convention 2024 with BJP leaders. Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai praised Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj's contributions and expressed sorrow at his passing.

The Times of India 18 Feb 2024 11:06 am

Jain Sage Acharya Vidhyasagar Maharaj Passes Away; PM Modi Condoles, Recounts Last Visit

Last year, PM Modi had gone to the popular pilgrimage stop during his visit to the then poll-bound state of Chhattisgarh

News18 18 Feb 2024 10:56 am

Jain seer Acharya Vidyasagar passes away; PM Modi and others pay tributes

Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj, the Jain seer, passed away in Dongargarh, Chhattisgarh after beginning the process of Samadhi and taking a Maun Vrat. He was born on Sharad Purnima in Karnataka. PM Modi and several leaders paid tribute to the seer.

The Economic Times 18 Feb 2024 10:53 am

Crackdown on fraudulent and coerced conversions in Chhattisgarh as state government prepares to present religious conversion bill

The Chhattisgarh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill has various provisions to prohibit fraudulent religious conversions.

OpIndia 18 Feb 2024 10:35 am

Odisha: Wait for online ticketing gets longer than patients queues at VIMSAR

SAMBALPUR: With uncertainty looming over implementation of online OPD ticket service at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences And Research (VIMSAR), Burla, patients continue to suffer amid an uncontrollable rush at the offline counters. On an average, VIMSAR witnesses a footfall of more than 2,500 patients each day. Not only Sambalpur but patients come from far-flung areas in large numbers. Moreover, patients from neighbouring states Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand also depend on VIMSAR for health services. However, due to the long queues in front of the OPD ticket counters, these patients do not get timely consultation. The proposal of the online OPD ticket service at VIMSAR was first moved in May 2022. Though the VIMSAR authorities had floated a tender and selected a private firm for implementation of the project, during the same period, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India evinced its interest in the project. Subsequently, hoping that the C-DAC will take over the project, the VIMSAR authorities did not go ahead with the firm that was selected. However, there has been no visible progress in this direction ever since. In absence of the online ticketing system, patients have to stand in queue for hours to get an OPD ticket. However, their struggle doesnt end here. They have to again stand for a long time outside the respective OPD departments until they reach the doctor. On an average, it takes a patient around two hours to finally get consultation. It is because of this delay, the patients often fall prey to middlemen. There are six OPD ticket counters at VIMSAR, including one for the staff and students, one for the senior citizens and the challenged besides the rest four for other patients. Many times patients have alleged middlemen offer to get them OPD tickets from the staff/student counter immediately and demand Rs 100 for it. Superintendent of VIMSAR, Dr Lalmohan Nayak said, The online ticket service project has been taken over by C-DAC so we do not have any say over the progress of the project. However, we will follow up with them. The superintendent also admitted that the OPD counters remain overcrowded most of the times and said, currently the OPD counters are opened at around 8.30am. If we open it an hour earlier, the problem of overcrowding could be resolved to some extent. Official sources informed that the C-DAC is currently in the process of selecting a firm which will manage and maintain the online ticketing system. However, no physical work of installation of cables etc., has been carried out yet.

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 9:57 am

Cultural travesty of abandoning the old

They say old is gold, but it is certainly in the cold. A UN report recorded 149 million senior citizens living in India in 2022, a number predicted to more than double to 347 million by 2050. As the number multiplies, India faces a serious senior citizen problem which will explode as an economic and health catastrophe for the government. If age is just a number, it is a wrong number. Last week, a WhatsApp chat about Jaya Bachchans parliament speech exposing the abominable plight of Indias ageing and aged population and the governments indifference towards them struck a chord. In spite of the flood of memes and deepfakes, truth cant be hidden. Social media went berserk when the father of Indian cricket star Ravindra Jadeja complained of being left to fend for himself, alleging machinations by his daughter in law Rivaba, a BJP MLA. Previously, industrialist Gautam Singhania was in the news for throwing out his father Vijaypat Singhania from his luxurious home after getting control of the business. Senior Singhania, 85, the founder of the Rs 8,300-crore Raymond empire, is now living in a small apartment in Mumbai on his personal savings. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows his mission of Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas and Sab ka vishwas, the executive, corporate leaders and others are creating an environment of exclusion over inclusion. Older Indians are denied health insurance, bank loans and visas or a driving licence after they cross 70. Now they must also scrap their 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol cars. With no income except their pension, they are forced to depend on an inadequate and inefficient public transport system. In the West, the elderly are perceived as non-productive human assets. With the growing influence of Western lifestyles leading to a breakdown of the united family system in India, senescent individuals who become unemployed after retirement are shown the door by their children from the very homes they built. After feeding families and giving their progeny a good education, some of them arent given a bed at home or are taken to a hospital if they fall sick. Over 150 million sexagenarians, septuagenarians and octogenarians are deprived of social and economic security because of the avaricious financial and legal ecosystem, which treats them as liabilities rather than assets with experience and wisdom. One out of every ten Indian is kept out of the various sarkari concessions and facilities such as pensions and old age benefits. Strangely, none of the government bodies have made any attempt to keep the ageing and the aged within the ambit of Indias welfare and monetary framework. There are the odd pension schemes at the state level. One of the provisions is that an old woman or man is entitled to a monthly stipend of just Rs 1,000-1,500. Even to get that measly amount, old people have to make numerous trips to meet local babus, who torture them with contempt or ask for bribes. Hardly has any state evolved a direct transfer mechanism for pensions. There is hardly any post-retirement scheme for private sector employees or businesspeople who are unable to run their businesses after sixty. While Indias fast-growing private sector is reeling in profits, it has few pension schemes for workers who give them the best part of their lives for three decades. Millions of older people don't get enough nutrients how to spot it and what to do about it Ironically, when it comes to ensuring the financial security of retired persons, the system discriminates in favour of state, government and public sector employees. Both politicians and governments have promised senior citizens a post-superannuation life of comfort and safety. All 4,200-odd MLAs and 790 MPs of Indias lawmaking monolith are ensured lifelong pension and benefits. All IAS, IPS and other service officials have devised a lucrative pension scheme that gives almost 40-50 percent of their salaries as pension. The average pension of a senior officer is ten times the average per capita income. Even banks discriminate against senior citizens. While they offer the additional interest on fixed deposits, the elderly are denied loans for the most-talked-about buzzword: start-ups. The cash flow of sexagenarians and above is further eroded by paying income tax on the interest from their FDsa bizarre cruelty since they have already paid tax on that income previously. As corporate giants take over Indias healthcare system, medical help is becoming out-of-reach for the poor or middle-class septuagenarians. Private insurance companies dont sell policies to people above 70 years of age, or charge exorbitant premiums. On the other hand, all government officials and politicians get lifelong medical facilities for free post-retirement. According to unofficial estimates, over 90 percent of old and ill people die before they can reach the hospital. Elderly couples living alone often die alone, their rotting bodies discovered by a neighbour alerted by the stench. A few charity organisations have set up old age homes, which have now become another money-spinner for the corporate sector, which is launching luxurious old age homes for huge prices, once again leaving the middle and lower middle class sexagenarians to octogenarians to die in isolation. In the absence of any support from their callous progeny, elderly parents are soft targets for criminals. Senior citizens are stuck in a permanent state of limbo, socially or physically immobile. The reason for such neglect could be that senior citizens arent a vote bank yet. Politicians are ignorant of the reality that one in five Indians above 60 live below the poverty line, with one in every two elders in Chhattisgarh facing poverty. By one estimate, one in every three Indians in 2050 will be a senior, and a large section of them may face poverty. Unless a solid blueprint with a time-bound action plan is evolved urgently, the resource-less, insecure and ailing elderly Indian will damage Indias reputation as a viksit and surakshit Bharat. Just as the rich and famous cannot be allowed sole entitlement of national infrastructure and social security, Indias unprotected senior citizens cannot be denied their legitimate share. In this Age of Ayodhya, it should be recalled that Lord Ram went into exile obeying the wishes of his parents. Today, it is the parents of Bharat who are being exiled. India cannot abandon its tradition and heritage of filial duty, which is one of the cornerstones of Hindu belief. Guard our guardians should be the mantra of the New Bharatiya Yug. Prabhu Chawla prabhuchawla@newindianexpress.com (Follow him on X @PrabhuChawla)

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 12:25 am

Coal satyagraha: Adivasis reclaim their natural resources

People in Chhattisgarhs Raigarh district have set up their own coal company and built an ecosystem for sustained resistance against corporate mining. On January 5, 2008, the people of Khamariya village, and the villages nearby,...

The Times of India 16 Feb 2024 11:35 pm

UP team for Ranji match against Chhattisgarh

The Times of India 16 Feb 2024 9:02 am

Odisha: Nabarangpur farmers head to Chhattisgarh to sell paddy, procurement hit

UMERKOTE : The preference of Nabarangpur farmers to sell their paddy in neighbouring Chhattisgarh has left the administration struggling to meet its kharif procurement target in the district. Lured by the high minimum support price (MSP) of paddy in Chhattisgarh, farmers are reportedly selling their produce in the neighbouring state and are reluctant to come to mandis in the district. While paddy is being sold at Rs 3,100 per quintal in Chhattisgarh, the MSP in Odisha is Rs 2,183 per quintal. Sources said a lions share of Nabarangpurs paddy was already sold in Chhattisgarh before the commencement of procurement in the district. Farmer leader Brundaban Tripathy said mandis were opened late in the district on December 15 last year. Supply of paddy to mandis in all the 10 blocks of the district is on the decline. He said for the first time in Nabarangpur, there has been a scarcity of paddy at mandis as farmers are opting to sell their produce in the neighbouring state. Besides, even discoloured paddy is being sold at good price in Chhattisgarh. As per reports, Nabarangpur had received a target to procure 24 lakh quintal of paddy this kharif season. Of the 20 lakh quintal target in the first phase, only 11 lakh quintal could be purchased in the district by the end of January. In the last kharif season, 21.547 lakh quintal of paddy were procured in the district by January end. Sources said the mandi at Nandahandi was given a target of purchase 1,300 quintal per week. However, only 400 quintal of paddy could be procured so far. Similarly, the target for Maidalpur mandi was 3,200 quintal of paddy per week of which only 1,300 quintal could be procured. At Nabarangpur mandi, only 1,000 quintal of paddy was purchased against the target of 7,000 quintal. In the bordering Chandahandi block, a total of six mandis were opened for paddy procurement. The administration was forced to close two mandis due to lack of paddy. Sources said since the last one week, farmers have not brought paddy to several mandis in the district. Contacted, civil supplies officer (CSO) of Nabarangpur Benudhar Panigrahi admitted about the shortage of paddy at mandis. He also expressed doubt over achieving the paddy procurement target this kharif season. In last kharif season, 23,67,392 quintal of paddy were purchased in Nabarangpur in two phases.

The New Indian Express 15 Feb 2024 6:59 am

Rajasthan on top after Chhattisgarh follow-on

The Times of India 14 Feb 2024 8:42 am

2014 Chhattisgarh ambush case: NIA court sentences four Maoists to life imprisonment

New Delhi: A special NIA court in Chhattisgarh has sentenced four members of the proscribed CPI (Maoist) to life imprisonment for their involvement in an ambush in the state in 2014 that left 16 people, including 11 CRPF and four police personnel, dead. The court in Jagdalpur convicted Mahadev Naag, Kawasi Joga, Dayaram Baghel, and []

orissapost 13 Feb 2024 8:22 pm

CGPEB Chhattisgarh Announces B.Ed. and Other Entrance Exams Dates for 2024-25; Check here

The Chhattisgarh Professional Examinations Board (CGPEB) has released exam dates for the 2024-25 academic year, commencing on April 30, 2024. Interested candidates can access the exam schedule on vyapam.cgstate.gov.in. Application form submission dates will be announced later. The CGPEB has announced various entrance exams, including Pre-BEd, Pre-DElEd, BSc, PET, PPT, MCA, and nursing. Pre-BEd and Pre-DElEd exams on June 2 cater to eligible candidates for BEd and D El Ed colleges, with no application fee for Chhattisgarh residents.

The Times of India 13 Feb 2024 3:01 pm

Drug peddlers nabbed after 30 km chase on highway in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: City police on Sunday busted an inter-state racket of drug peddlers and arrested three members after a chase of around 30 km on the national highway. About 300 kg ganja worth Rs 30 lakh was seized from them. Police said the trio belonged to Jharkhand and identified the gang leader as Ravi Shankar Das. Acting on a tip-off, the Special Crime Unit (SCU) of Commissionerate Police blocked NH-16 on Sunday and intercepted the car loaded with ganja near Pitapalli. However, Das was travelling in a Ford Endeavour and sped away before police could nab him. The SCU team led by additional DCP Sanjeev Satpathy then chased Das on the highway and caught hold of him near Pahala area on the outskirts of the city. Police said the trio had kept the contraband in secret chambers underneath the car seats and was supposed to deliver the consignment in Kolkata. Sources said SCU had got information that the accused would travel on NH-16 about 10 days back but were forced to take forested routes due to stringent checking by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in wake of the recent Naxal related incidents in Odisha and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The accused are natives of Jharkhand. We will request the court to grant three-day remand for further questioning them. We will contact our counterparts in Jharkhand to elicit more information about them, said Sanjeeb Panda, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack police commissioner. Police said the accused were procuring ganja from Malkangiri district and were transporting it to Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Two cars including the Ford Endeavour bearing West Bengal registration number were seized from them.

The New Indian Express 13 Feb 2024 9:06 am

Food poisoning: Two labourers die, 15 hospitalised in Karimnagar

PEDDAPALLI: As many as 17 migrant brick kiln labourers were hospitalised due to food poisoning. Of them, two died on Saturday, while one was shifted to Hyderabad for treatment, and the remaining are receiving treatment at a hospital in Karimnagar. Sources said that initially, authorities had suspected that the workers fell ill after consuming meat that had reportedly been stored in unhygienic conditions for almost two days. However, unofficial reports suggest that all the labourers had consumed locally sourced pork, which was contaminated. ACP, Peddapalli, A Mahesh informed TNIE that postmortem reports have been sent to a forensic lab for analysis. Once the results arrive, a thorough investigation into their deaths will be conducted. Currently, a case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPc, he informed. Meanwhile, Karimnagar Assistant Commissioner of Labour Koteshwarlu said that the brick kiln owners concealed information about the incident, about which they learnt through the media. He said that the Labour department is gathering information, and appropriate action will be taken according to labour laws once the reports are received. It may be worth mentioning that 10 months ago, the CID had sent back several migrant labourers from Odisha and Chhattisgarh working in brick kilns in Peddapalli district due to reports of ill-treatment, including being forced to work during night, lack of toilets and shelters.

The New Indian Express 12 Feb 2024 9:42 am

BJP announces candidates for Rajya Sabha biennial elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha Biennial Elections across several states on Sunday. From Bihar, the BJP has nominated Dharmsheela Gupta and Bhim Singh, and from Chhattisgarh, Raja Devendra Pratap Singh.

thehillstimes 11 Feb 2024 9:54 pm

Rajya Sabha elections: RPN Singh, Sudhanshu Trivedi in BJP`s list of candidates

BJP on Sunday announced its candidates from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal for the upcoming 2024 Rajya Sabha elections

Mid Day 11 Feb 2024 8:24 pm

BJP-RSS spreading hatred, civil war underway in Manipur, alleges Rahul Gandhi in Chhattisgarh India TV News

BJP-RSS spreading hatred, civil war underway in Manipur, alleges Rahul Gandhi in ChhattisgarhIndia TV News

Manipur 11 Feb 2024 5:24 pm

Three of family asphyxiate to death at brick kiln in Odisha

Dhenkanal: Three members of a family asphyxiated to death at a brick kiln in Odishas Dhenkanal district, police said Saturday. The incident took place near Kamalanga village in Kantabania police station area Friday night when a migrant family from neighbouring Chhattisgarh was sleeping near the kiln. The deceased were identified as couple Meghna Bhoi (50) []

orissapost 10 Feb 2024 8:56 pm

IMD Weather Update Today: There is a possibility of rain in 11 states including Bihar, Chhattisgarh for the next 5 days, then the weather will change.

IMD Weather Update Today 10 February 2024: India Meteorological Department has predicted rain in many states of the country for the next 4-5 days. The Meteorological Department says that there may be light to moderate rain in 11 states of the country including Bihar and Chhattisgarh. According to IMD, due to cyclonic circulation, light rain [] The post IMD Weather Update Today: There is a possibility of rain in 11 states including Bihar, Chhattisgarh for the next 5 days, then the weather will change. first appeared on discountwalas .

DiscountWalas 10 Feb 2024 6:38 pm

Three die, one critical due to suffocation at a brick kiln in Odisha's Dhenkanal

DHENKANAL: In a shocking incident, three members of a family died due to suffocation at a brick kiln near Kamalanga in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha. A pall of gloom descended the village following the mishap that took place in the wee hours of Saturday. The deceased are identified as Meghanath Bhoi (50), his wife Neera Bhoi (45) and their son Jitu Bhoi. Another of the couple's sons, who was sleeping with them is in critical condition and under treatment at Talcher Thermal hospital. According to the police, one Binay Sahoo had employed the labourers from Chhattisgarh in his brick kiln at Kamalanga. Along with their two sons, the Bhoi couple had slept over one of the klins, which was set on fire on Friday morning. Smoke emanating from the kiln left the four suffocated. Hindol SDPO, Dipak Jena said when a fellow labourer went to check on the family, they did not respond. One of them climbed on top of the brick kiln and found them unconscious. The family was soon rushed to Talcher sub-divisional hospital where the doctors declared three of them as brought dead. The SDPO said that the family had slept over the kiln assuming that fire would only catch slowly and there would be no harm. A case of 'unnatural death' has been registered in the Kantabania police station and investigation has started, informed the police. In November last year, two people had died after being suffocated in their room during the night near a brick kiln in Kantabania.

The New Indian Express 10 Feb 2024 3:31 pm

Chhattisgarh's TS Singh Deo On North vs South Battle Over Central Funds

In an exclusive conversation with NDTV, Chhattisgarh's former deputy Chief Minister TS Singh Deo decodes the north vs south battle over funds allocation. Tune in to Big Fight on NDTV.

NDTV 9 Feb 2024 11:07 pm

Rahul takes potshots at PM over expensive suits

JHARSUGUDA : Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his expensive sartorial choices. Addressing the public at Mahima Chowk in Jharsuguda during his Odisha leg of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Rahul said, Do you think Narendra Modi buys his own clothes? A PM draws a salary of Rs 1.60 lakhs every month but he has been changing three sets of clothes every day. The Congress leader said Modi wears a suit worth Rs 2-3 lakh in the morning. He wears a shawl and suit worth Rs 4-5 lakh in the evening. During lunch time, Modi again wears a new suit and shoes worth Rs 3-4 lakh. On an average, he spends Rs 7-8 lakh on clothes every day. Where is the money coming from? It is being looted from people, he claimed. Rahul further said, You are definitely not poor Modiji. You wear new suits worth crores of rupees. This man has been fooling the people of India round the clock. Launching an attack on Odisha government, the Congress leader said BJD and BJP together are looting the farmers of the state. The only difference between the two parties are the letters P and D. Both the parties are involved in snatching land from the tribals by running a nexus with capitalists, he alleged. The MP said 73 per cent of the population consisting of tribals, oppressed and the backward castes are facing neglect. Criticising the collection of GST, he alleged that a few individuals were siphoning off the funds. He claimed GST and demonetisation primarily favoured business tycoons, hindering the growth of small businesses and exacerbating social and economic crises in the country. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Sarat Pattanayak, AICC in-charge of Odisha Ajoy Kumar, and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh were present. Later in the day, the Rahul-led Nyaya Yatra entered Chhattisgarh through Kanaktura border amid tight security.

The New Indian Express 9 Feb 2024 9:32 am

Mumbai to rest in-form pacer Avasthi for Chhattisgarh tie

The Times of India 9 Feb 2024 8:19 am

Chhattisgarh High Court dismisses PIL seeking direction to follow relocation plan issued by National Tiger Conservation Authority

The Chhattisgarh High Court dismissed as withdrawn a Public Interest Litigation filed seeking direction to the respondents to follow in letter and spirit the Guidelines (Format For Preparation of Village Relocation Plan from Core/Critical Tiger Habitats, February 2008 issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi). The PIL filed by one Nitin Singhvi further [] The post Chhattisgarh High Court dismisses PIL seeking direction to follow relocation plan issued by National Tiger Conservation Authority appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 8 Feb 2024 5:21 pm

Chhattisgarh High Court directs petitioner to approach Collector for setting-up energy plants in the Bhatapara

The Chhattisgarh High Court directed the petitioners to approach the Collector, Balodabazar-Bhatapara (C.G.) for redressal of their grievance regarding establishment of Enery plants in the village Mohbhattha of Balodabazzar-Bhatapara District. The post Chhattisgarh High Court directs petitioner to approach Collector for setting-up energy plants in the Bhatapara appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 8 Feb 2024 5:14 pm

Maoist posters resurface in Odisha's Kandhamal district after exchange of fire, locals panic

BERHAMPUR : Despite recent security operations targeting Maoist activity in Kandhamal and Boudh districts, the Red rebels of Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) group once again asserted their presence on Wednesday by putting up posters at Kataribhata, Kamberikia chowk under Sudra panchayat of Baliguda in Kandhamal district. Through the posters, the Maoists demanded to stop arresting innocent locals in the name of Maoists. Refuting police claims that their cadres had surrendered, the Maoists stated in the posters that their people were arrested. They also demanded to stop combing operation in the area. Just four days ago, a top Maoist leader, Dasuru, was killed during an exchange of fire with security forces in the Baliguda area of Kandhamal. Although a Maoist camp was destroyed, arms and explosives seized, and the Maoists reportedly fled into dense forests, the posters reasserted their presence creating panic among the local populace. Security officials have intensified efforts to counter Maoist activities, deploying CRPF, SOG, BSF, and DVF personnel in affected areas. However, the Maoists exploit the rugged terrain to maintain their presence, with the KKBN and Bansadhara-Ghumusur-Nagavali (BGN) divisions active in Odishas forests. Most-wanted Maoist commander Nikhil reportedly leads these outfits, which recruit youths and coerce tribal villagers to support their cause. Incidently, the police had identified Boudh district free of ultras in 2020. As general elections approach, these ultras aim to instill fear and disrupt the democratic process, threatening rural communities against cooperating with law enforcement agencies. Police have urged villagers to resist Maoist intimidation and assured all help. However, a police official, on condition of anonymity said Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Boudh districts have emerged as the new flash point of Maoist activities. These three places are acting as a corridor for cadres active in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to remain connected. Inspector general (Southern Range) JN Pankaj spoke on the need for heightened focus on Kandhamal and Boudh districts, which serve as critical links between Maoist strongholds in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Efforts are underway to deploy drones for surveillance, enhancing the authorities ability to track Maoist movements and maintain security in the region, he added.

The New Indian Express 8 Feb 2024 10:42 am

PM selling countrys assets to friends: Jairam Ramesh

ROURKELA : Launching a tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader and former union minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said the PMs intention was to sell the countrys assets to his selected industrialist friends. Addressing mediapersons at Rajgangpur in Sundargarh district during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Ramesh said the Congress had built the country with economic initiatives and set up of heavy industries including the Rourkela Steel Plant, NTPC power plant at Talcher, NALCO at Angul, Hirakud dam and oil refinery among others. Congress built the country and all these assets are now in danger due to the intention of the PM to sell everything to his selected friends. There is no doubt that if the PM returns to power for the third time, airports, ports, railway assets and iron industries along with RSP and NALCO would be sold, he claimed. Ramesh described the BJD and BJP as two sides of the same coin as both the parties have an uncaring attitude for the people of Odisha. He said the BJD supports BJP on every issue in the Parliament. Besides, the BJD never criticises the BJP government over any issue at Delhi, but engages in shadow boxing in Odisha. Congress is the only party fighting the ideology of the BJP and RSS. Stating that Rourkela has an important place in the economic history of the country, the Congress leader said in 1950s, then PM Jawaharlal Nehru had laid a significant milestone by setting up the RSP with German collaboration. He informed that Wednesday was the 25th day of Nyay Yatra which ended in Sundargarh. The yatra would cover Odishas Jharsuguda on Thursday. After rest on Friday and Saturday, it would resume from Chhattisgarh. Among others, AICCs Odisha in-charge Ajoy Kumar, all India in-charge of NSUI Kanhaiya Kumar, Congress MP Saptagiri Ulaka and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Sarat Pattanayak were present.

The New Indian Express 8 Feb 2024 10:37 am

Uproar in Chhattisgarh Assembly over coal mining in Hasdeo region, Cong MLAs suspended

RAIPUR, Feb 7: Opposition Congress on Wednesday created an uproar in the Chhattisgarh Assembly over tree felling for a coal mine project in the biodiversity-rich Hasdeo-Arand area, saying it will affect flora and fauna and tribals in the region and demanding discussion over it. Amid pandemonium, the proceedings had to be adjourned once and the []

thehillstimes 8 Feb 2024 1:05 am

2 women Maoists of Chhattisgarh lay down arms in Boudh

BERHAMPUR : Two women cadres of the banned CPI (Maoist) surrendered before IG, Southern Range JN Pankaj in Boudh district on Tuesday. Manisha Thati (21) and Champa Koram alias Sajanti (22) were members of Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the CPI (Maoist). Police said both of them belong to neighbouring Chhattisgarh and were working in the banned outfit since 2018. They were involved in several violent incidents, both in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Their task was to reactivate the north-south corridor from Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh through south-centre Odisha. According to the duo, they were disturbed and frustrated by unethical activities in the organisation like sexual harassment of female cadres, extortion of funds through intimidation and induction of young boys and girls in the outfit by false promise and propaganda. They also expressed that they were disillusioned by the high-handed activities and rude behaviour of senior leaders towards the lower rank cadres, said police. Boudh SP Raj Prasad assured the surrendered Maoists that they would be suitably rehabilitated under the surrender and rehabilitation scheme of the government which includes financial, house building and education assistance besides homestead land and vocational training with monthly stipend. IG Pankaj said it has come to light that another 10 to 12 members of the banned outfits Chhattisgarh cadre have fled from the Maoist camp in the last two months. We are trying to establish contact with them. The two women have also given us information about the nexus of Maoists in narcotics trade and extortion activities. We appeal to all disillusioned cadres to come forward and surrender before us. The surrender policy of Odisha government will help them lead a normal and happy life in the mainstream, he added.

The New Indian Express 7 Feb 2024 11:09 am

Odisha: Maoist leader killed, jawan injured in exchange of fire at Kamberikia forest area

PHULBANI / BERHAMPUR: A top Maoist cadre Dasru alias Dudu Mundari was reportedly killed in an exchange of fire with security forces at Kamberikia forest area under Baliguda police limits on Saturday. Dasru was the chief of Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh Nayagarh (KKBN) division of CPI (Maoist). A jawan of the district voluntary force (DVF) Jitendra Nayak was also injured in the firing. He suffered a bullet injury in his left hand. He was rushed to Phulbani district headquarter hospital and then shifted to MKCG medical college and hospital for treatment. He is stated to be stable. According to Kandhamal SP Suvendu Kumar Patra, on receiving intelligence input about the presence of Maoists in the Kamberikia forests, the DVF on Saturday conducted a combing operation in Odabali, Sikati, Larabura, Banjipara and Kakerkupa areas at around 7.40 pm. As they reached the area, the Maoists started heavy firing besides launching IEDs on the police team. In defence, the police too started counter fire. Taking advantage of the dense forests and difficult terrain, the Maoists escaped from the area but the body of Dasru was located during search operation. A rifle and incriminating materials were seized from the spot. Gelatin sticks, IED wires of 20 mtr length, electric wire 30 mtr, Maoist literature, solar plates, medicines and other articles were also recovered from the forests, the SP said. The IG (Southern Range) Jay Narayan Pankaj who was present in the district headquarters to monitor the situation informed that Dasru had taken over as district commander of KKBN after the killing of David in an operation in 2018. He was on the most wanted list of Chhattisgarh Police as well as Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He was very active in Kandhamal region, said the IG. Dasru belonged to Chhattisgarh and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh. He was involved in 20 criminal cases in the Kandhamal district and one in Boudh district. He was also involved in cases during the 2019 elections, Pankaj said.

The New Indian Express 5 Feb 2024 10:45 am

Modi Fragmenting opposition unity

Should there be a political IPL, Captain Narendra Modi would be hailed for his masterstroke on the Patna pitch. Bowled over and caught behind the sticky wicket is the Jumping Jack of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. Modi has managed to not only expose the brittle marriage called the INDIA alliance, but also thrown shade on the credibility of the ragtag bunch of regional rajas and ranis. The truth is that the Opposition has nothing to offer. Words without context are as real as bread pakodas in a Michelin restaurant. Rahul Gandhi was on steroids after the Congress won the Karnataka Assembly polls; a victory attributed to the Bharat Jodo Yatra. But karma is a bitch; his party was eviscerated in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The Yatras message was that India is broken and Rahul will glue it back. He is yet to credibly explain where India is broken. Whats his panacea? Love? The meaning is as clear as a Delhi airport runway in January. His new yatra tagline is Nyay. Justice, for who? The Modi government has redesigned India as a welfare state that works; in the words of Benjamin Disraeli, Power has only one dutyto secure the social welfare of the PEOPLE. Government funds being spent on health, insurance, education, direct transfers of dole, schemes and loans for hawkers and domestic help could not get more socialist. The difference: Modivaad ensures last-mile delivery unlike Rajiv Gandhis admission in 1986 that out of every government rupee spent on welfare, only 25 paise reaches the average Joe. Even when he was PM, Rajiv couldnt get the people their 75 paise. Modi did. If the Congress is serious about its survivalmy bet is Modis BJP will cross the 320-350 mark if elections were held todayit should minimise Rahuls decision-making and forget about the 2024 polls. Concentrate on rebuilding the party in states; Uttar Pradesh is its crematorium. Modi aint going anywhere, his genius for calculated reinventionBalakot, CAA, Triple Talaq, Kashmir, Ram Mandirwill keep the woefully inadequate Rahul on his toes. He should call off his yatra. Even considering Rahul an alternative to Modi is laughable: blowing kisses works for Netflix, not at a pilgrim queue in Ayodhya. In 1976, during the Emergency, Indira Gandhi amended the Constitution to add socialist and secular in the Preamble using the 42nd Amendment. Removing Emergency patois from Indias sacred book is indeed a national emergency. The Congress is running on grouses: the new copies of the Constitution given to MPs dont include socialist and secular. This is the 21st century, folks, socialism is as relevant as a circus clown at a funeral. It is a tired trope that insists on the separation of religion and politics. In India, religion is and was politics. Indira Gandhi was advised by Dhirendra Brahmachari and conducted a mahamritunjaya paath at home before Operation Blue Star. This was not soft Hindutva, but the real thing. The Bhagalpur riots of October 1989 in Bihar killed 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, when her son was in power: Manipurs Biren Singh could take heart that Rajiv blocked the transfer of Bhagalpur SP KS Dwivedi who had taken the Hindu side. The INDIA alliance is yet to formulate the meaning of its message. For this, it needs a unified message that makes sense succinctly. Modis message is always clear: janta, bhagwan, desh. Modi is the man whose hour keeps coming. Rahul may be counting the minutes to his coronation, but his timing, as usual, is wrong again. Nitish, the master of timing and the leader of Janata Dal (U)-turns may have a word or two to say about that.

The New Indian Express 4 Feb 2024 5:00 am

Chhattisgarh's Education Minister urges centre to open of Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas in all districts

Chhattisgarh's School Education Minister requested the Centre to open Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas in all districts of the state. He also urged the Centre to increase its share in government-sponsored schemes related to education. The minister emphasized the need for more funding in higher education and the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.

The Times of India 2 Feb 2024 9:54 am

Maoist couple surrender before police in Telangana

HYDERABAD, Feb 1: A Maoist couple allegedly involved in extremist offences in Chhattisgarh, surrendered before police in Mulugu district of Telangana on Thursday, police said. N Bheema alias Sanju, working as Section Commander of the second Central Reorganisation Committee (CRC) of the banned CPI (Maoist) party and his wife Muchaki Duldo alias Soni, Area Committee []

thehillstimes 2 Feb 2024 1:45 am

CGPSC PCS Prelims 2023 Admit Card Released at psc.cg.gov.in; Download Here

Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission has released admit cards for the State Service Preliminary Examination 2023 (CGPSC PCS Prelims), scheduled for 11th February. The exam, spanning 28 districts, will recruit for 242 posts. Notable positions include Cooperative Inspector and Cooperative Extension Officer. Admit cards can be downloaded from psc.cg.gov.in, with the main examination anticipated between 13th to 16th June 2024. Notably, DSP positions will remain vacant this time.

The Times of India 1 Feb 2024 2:04 pm

Why LS poll campaign in TN will be DMK vs BJP

In less than three months, India will go to polls. With impressive victories in the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and another coup in Bihar that got Nitish Kumar by its...

The Times of India 29 Jan 2024 10:17 pm

Explore this 'mini Shimla' of Chhattisgarh, the beauty is amazing

Chhattisgarh, a state blessed with natural beauty, holds a hidden gem often referred to as the 'Mini Shimla.' This picturesque destination captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes and serene ambiance. Let's delve into the enchanting allure of this lesser-known haven. Unveiling the Beauty Nestled amidst lush green hills, 'Mini Shimla' is a visual delight for nature enthusiasts. The pristine beauty of the surroundings is reminiscent of the famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh. A Glimpse of Tranquility As you wander through the quaint pathways, you'll encounter a sense of tranquility that sets this destination apart. The soothing sounds of nature and the crisp mountain air create an idyllic atmosphere for relaxation. Lush Greenery Everywhere The landscape is adorned with verdant greenery, providing a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Every corner seems to be painted with vibrant hues of nature, making it a paradise for those seeking respite. Architectural Marvels Apart from its natural splendor, 'Mini Shimla' boasts architectural marvels that add to its charm. Colonial Influences The colonial architecture in this region reflects a rich history, offering a glimpse into the past. The quaint buildings with their vintage charm transport visitors to a bygone era. Blend of Tradition and Modernity The seamless blend of traditional and modern architecture creates a unique visual appeal. It's a testament to the region's cultural heritage, evolving harmoniously with the contemporary world. Local Flavors Exploring the culinary delights of 'Mini Shimla' is a must for any visitor. Gastronomic Delights The local cuisine showcases a diverse range of flavors, from traditional Chhattisgarhi dishes to fusion delights. Food enthusiasts will find themselves on a gastronomic journey, savoring the unique tastes of the region. Chai Stops with a View Sipping on a hot cup of chai while enjoying panoramic views of the hills is an experience that lingers in the memory. The tea stalls strategically located offer the perfect pit stops for tired souls. Activities and Adventure For those seeking adventure, 'Mini Shimla' doesn't disappoint. Trekking Trails The region is dotted with trekking trails that cater to various difficulty levels. Each trail promises breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment for trekkers. Nature Walks Casual nature walks unveil hidden spots, allowing visitors to connect intimately with the surroundings. The chirping birds and rustling leaves provide a soundtrack to these serene strolls. Accommodation with a View Choosing the right accommodation enhances the overall experience of visiting 'Mini Shimla.' Hilltop Resorts Several resorts nestled on hilltops offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Staying in these establishments provides a perfect blend of comfort and proximity to nature. Cozy Homestays For a more intimate experience, cozy homestays welcome guests with open arms. The warmth of local hospitality adds a personal touch to the sojourn. Capturing Moments Photographers, amateur and professional alike, find 'Mini Shimla' a treasure trove of captivating moments. Photogenic Landscapes Every corner seems to be a frame-worthy shot. The changing hues of the sky during sunrise and sunset create a mesmerizing canvas for photographers. Candid Culture Capturing candid moments of local life adds a cultural dimension to the photo album. The vibrant traditions and daily life scenes tell a story of their own. Sustainability Initiatives In the midst of preserving its beauty, 'Mini Shimla' has embraced sustainable practices. Eco-Friendly Tourism Efforts to promote eco-friendly tourism are evident, with initiatives to minimize the environmental impact. Visitors are encouraged to be responsible stewards of this pristine destination. Community Involvement The local community actively participates in preserving the natural beauty. Collaborative efforts ensure that 'Mini Shimla' remains an unspoiled haven for generations to come. Exploring Nearby Attractions For those with an extended stay, nearby attractions offer additional experiences. Waterfalls and Caves Scenic waterfalls and mysterious caves in the vicinity add to the adventure. Exploring these natural wonders complements the 'Mini Shimla' experience. Cultural Festivals Participating in local cultural festivals provides insight into the vibrant traditions of the region. It's an opportunity to celebrate with the locals and embrace their cultural heritage. Final Thoughts In conclusion, the 'Mini Shimla' of Chhattisgarh is a treasure waiting to be discovered. 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News Track 25 Jan 2024 8:07 pm

Over 98,000 trees cut for coal mining project in Chhattisgarh, activists allege underreporting

Strap: Last month, locals and activists alleged that they had been detained for protesting against the tree felling NEW DELHI, Jan 24: Amid a political uproar over tree felling in Chhattisgarhs biodiversity-rich Hasdeo Aranya, the state government has informed the National Green Tribunal that more than 98,000 trees were cut for coal mining in []

thehillstimes 25 Jan 2024 1:35 am

Jalandhar Police Encounter: Lawrence Bishnoi Gang Members Injured in Early Morning Operation

Chandigarh: On the morning of January 21st, Jalandhar Police engaged in an encounter with two members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, resulting in critical injuries for both gangsters. The police arrested the wounded duo and promptly transported them to the hospital for treatment. During the exchange of fire, a police officer also sustained injuries. The operation unfolded in the Gulmohar Colony of Jalandhar, falling within the jurisdiction of the Bhargo Camp police station. Videos circulating online depict the aftermath, with smashed window panels of the police vehicle and the apprehended gangsters being taken away by officials. Commissioner of Police Swapan Sharma led the early morning operation. Sharma, the former DIG of the Jalandhar Range, had previously played a significant role in the manhunt against Khalistani separatist 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh, who was arrested last year. The two arrested gangsters affiliated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang were reportedly involved in various criminal activities, including murder, extortion, contract killing, and drug smuggling. According to sources, a CIA team received specific intelligence prompting a raid at Nakha Wala Bagh near Gulmohar Colony in the early hours of the morning. During the raid, the police discovered a suspicious car parked on a road, leading to the encirclement of the vehicle. In response, the suspects inside the vehicle opened fire at the CIA team, injuring a police officer. In the ensuing exchange, both assailants were critically injured. Recovered from the scene were weapons and other items associated with the criminal activities of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. CIA in-charge Surinder Singh Kamboj stated that the accused were wanted in multiple cases registered with the Jalandhar Commissionerate. Lawrence Bishnoi, the notorious gangster, faces over two dozen criminal cases, including charges of targeted killing and extortion. His gang had previously issued threatening warnings to Bollywood actor Salman Khan regarding his alleged involvement in the black buck case. Tragic Death of Maldivian Child: Allegations Surface That President Mohammed Muizzu Denied Approval for Indian Plane Revocation of Rs 218 Crore Contracts: Chhattisgarh Government Takes Strict Action Rameshwaram Pilgrimage: PM Modi's Puja at the Sacred Kothandaramaswamy Temple

News Track 21 Jan 2024 5:01 pm

Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha: School holidays announced in these states for January 22, here's the full list

On January 22, 2024, the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony in Ayodhya will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In preparation, numerous states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Maharashtra, Assam, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Gujarat, have declared school holidays, allowing students to witness the event.

The Times of India 21 Jan 2024 10:23 am

Telangana needs to help bring peace in Chhattisgarh!

Last peace talks to solve the Maoist problem took place 20 years ago in then Andhra Pradesh in 2004. The epicentre of the movement has moved to Chhattisgarh state since. Recently the new Home minister...

The Times of India 12 Jan 2024 9:29 pm

Chhattisgarh declares Dry Day for Ram Mandir consecration ceremony

The Consecration Ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir is scheduled for January 22, 2024. The post Chhattisgarh declares Dry Day for Ram Mandir consecration ceremony appeared first on Fusion - WeRIndia .

Fusion WeRIndia 3 Jan 2024 10:09 am

BJP's Big Caste Push In Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Swearing In: Will Rajasthan Follow Same Model?

Twelve days after Mohan Yadav, a first time MLA, took oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, his council of ministers, 28 in all, were sworn in today. BJP's caste balancing act was complete - 11 of the 28 are OBCs, five are from the Schedule Caste and three from Scheduled Tribes category. The party also balanced veterans with fresh faces. After Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, all eyes are now on Rajasthan, where despite a clear majority the BJP government is yet to put together a cabinet and ministers. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal has made two trips to Delhi and it is believed that the list of ministers is final. The BJP in Rajasthan is waiting for the high command to give a go-ahead for the formal swearing in that could happen anytime in the next two days. In 'The Last word' we discuss Madhya Pradesh ministers sworn in: BJP'S balancing act. Will Rajasthan follow MP model?

NDTV 25 Dec 2023 9:29 pm

Rajasthan BJP Readies For New Cabinet

After the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh cabinet swearing-in, all eyes are now on Rajasthan where despite a clear majority the BJP government is yet to have a cabinet and ministers in place. Chief Minister Bhajan Lal made two trips to Delhi and it is believed that the list of ministers is final. The BJP in Rajasthan is waiting for the party high command to give a go ahead for the formal swearing in that could happen anytime in the next two days.

NDTV 25 Dec 2023 4:42 pm

Vulnerable Opposition with a losers mentality

Opposition parties, including the Congress, are aggrieved by its defeat in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The mother-son duo and other leaders of the Congress were almost confident of their victory...

The Times of India 25 Dec 2023 11:47 am

Selection of Senior Leadership in BJP Ruled States

BJP surprised one and all by its selection of the three Chief Ministers for the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. None of the established names that were doing the rounds figured in the...

The Times of India 22 Dec 2023 3:09 pm

'Must Eradicate Skin Colour Bias': Chhattisgarh High Court Dismisses Divorce Appeal

The Chhattisgarh High Court has dismissed a man's challenge to the rejection of his divorce petition, ruling that society as a whole must work to rid itself of skin tone bias. While the man claimed that his wife deserted him due to his financial condition, his wife alleged torture based on skin colour. NDTV's Divya Wadhwa discusses this with experts.

NDTV 22 Dec 2023 11:02 am

Sai & Yadav: Big Boss, Season 1

New CMs of Chhattisgarh and MP have it doubly tricky they must work to Delhis brief and under the glare of ex and wannabe CMs When BJP wants to make a point, it tends...

The Times of India 18 Dec 2023 8:23 am

New CMs are kar sevaks, not caste captains

The common factor among all the three novitiates is their hardcore Hindutva accreditation, having begun their political journey through the RSS. It is NaMoste to new politics. In this new age politics, the media hasn't got the message. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the message, messenger and mediumall rolled into one. What other mystic formula can explain the new normal in BJP culture, where the new state leaders are total surprises? Not one political soothsayer or media maven remotely guessed who the new political CEOs of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh would be after the Modi deluge swept the state elections. Once the trimurtis names flashed on screens, hundreds of journalistssome establishment-velcro, others saffron-repellentdiscovered the virtues of the three new chief ministers. Their most obvious trait: each one is a Modi manifestation. The common thread that knit the ascension of first-time MLA Bhajan Lal Sharma of Rajasthan, three-term MLA Mohan Yadav of Madhya Pradesh, and former state party chief Vishnu DeoSai of Chhattisgarh was Sangh ideology. Having sprung a surprise by elevating national nobodies, Modi provided fulsome fodder to primetime punditocracy. The avoidably unavoidable talking heads dissected the decisions using weary algorithms of caste, region and Sangh connectivity. And, of course, their relevance in the 2024 elections. A study of their profiles as new power players tells a different story. Has Modi invoked caste politics? Absolutely not. His selection of Cabinet ministers and chief ministers over the past nine years reflects an unvarying pattern of sanguine surprises. In addition to the jaw-dropping element of unexpectedunanimity, Modi's search for new faces to replace old ones with their own coteries successfully continues. The selection of ST leader Vishnu Deo Sai for Chhattisgarh was influenced by the BJPs huge electoral dividends gained from the tribal belt, which the PM hopes will continue well into mid-2024.Of the 29 reserved seats for STs, the BJP won 17 this time, as against just three in 2018. After Raman Singh, who governed the state for 15 years, there was no one other than Sai to replace such a tall leader. Sai has been the state party chief, a three-time MLA and an MP. In Rajasthan,Bhajan Lal Sharma,a Brahmin, first-term MLA,was the PMs choice over Vasundhara Raje, who has done two stints as chief minister. Since the Rajasthan BJP is faction-riddled, Modi handpicked a back-bencher with a clean track record. He took a calculated risk by ignoring the claims of the powerful Gurjars, Meenas and Jats who account for more than a third of the 115 seats won. In Madhya Pradesh, 58-year-old Mohan Yadav became CM because he is a three-time, faction-free MLA who stood by patiently as local luminaries clamouredfor favoured candidates. In the numbers game, Yadavs are hardly a significant factor in the MP election next year. Neither are Brahmins in Rajasthan. The common factor among all the three novitiates is their hardcore Hindutva accreditation, having begun their political journey through the RSS. Caste was just a coincidence in Modis choice of deputy chief ministers,too. Of the new six players, only two are Brahmins: Rajendra Shukla in Madhya Pradesh and Vijay Sharma in Chhattisgarh. The remaining four are from different communities. These choices are a continuation of Modis philosophy of either breaking caste barriers or weakening them. The process began in Maharashtra and Haryana. Devendra Fadnavis, a young Nagpur Brahmin, was picked to run Maratha-dominated Maharashtra. Haryana got its first Punjabi RSS pracharak in the catbird seatManohar Lal Khattar became CM in spite of being a first-time MLA. Yogi Adityanath was a last-minute choice for UP when he wasnt an MLA. After Anandiben Patel was sent away from Ahmedabad to be UP governor, her replacement was not another Patel, but Vijay Rupani, a Jainit caused a political earthquake in Gujarat. The current crop of 12 BJP chief ministers does not reflect caste contours in any state. One is a Brahmin, two are OBCs, another from a scheduled tribe, and the rest from upper castes. There isn't a single female BJP chief minister, although women voted for Modi in large numbers. Is it the end of vocal for local in BJP? The manner in which the new breed was chosen is a clear indication of a future where the BJP high command will bet on local leaders to become regional saffron ambassadors and carry forward the Sangh agenda unconditionally. The choice of state observers and the limited secret parleys in Delhi indicated that state leaders had little say in choosing their CMs. Observers from Delhi landed in the state capitals just before the meeting. In the old BJP, its parliamentary board would meet to choose a CM based on reports submitted by observers. This time, no such formal meeting happened; the observers carried a sealed envelope bearing a name chosen by the prime minister, to be opened at the last minute. Yadavs name was announced on national TV even before the legislative meeting. None of the reporters flown to Bhopal by the national TV channels had an inkling about the events unfolding within the meeting hall. ALSO READ | Plane truths making flyers weep The selection of central observers made it obvious that they had already been briefed on the names. Modi had entrusted the task only to staunch followers: Khattar for Madhya Pradesh, Rajnath Singh for Rajasthan and Arjun Munda for Chhattisgarh. They are neither media-hungry, nor do they socialise with the Lilliputians of LutyensDelhi. Tribal neta Munda, a former Jharkhand CM, wentto Chhattisgarh to felicitate another tribal as chief minister. Khattar was conscripted to assuage the feelings of the wildly successful and popular Shivraj Chouhan. Rajnath Singh, a formidable Rajput veteran and former BJP president, was tasked with inducting a new, unconventional face in a feudal state dominated by Thakurs and royals. Will the new order help in 2024? Very unlikely. Both the 2014 and 2019 national elections were won not by the state satraps, but by the overpowering charisma of Narendra Modi. He has been crowned by Ram and Ram bhakti drives his chariot. He is the alpha and the omega of his new cohorts united by faith in Lord Ram. In 2018, the BJP had lost three state polls. Yet, Modi netted 62 out of 65 seats from these states in 2019. His proactive involvement in state affairs is designed to align a strong state with a stronger Centre. Modis agenda is One Nation, OneLeaderhis rubric to ensure Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas. Modi is the BJPs caste-neutral mascot of surprises who sacrifices at the altars of immediacy, over-expediency and predictable experience. With such calculated moves, thePM has proved to be the master mentor of his party, as well as its strategic mental master. Prabhu Chawla prabhuchawla@newindianexpress.com Follow him on X @PrabhuChawla Click here for all the earlier columns

The New Indian Express 17 Dec 2023 12:06 am

Viksit Bharat Yatra: PM Modi Interacts With Beneficiaries Of Government Schemes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. He also interacted with the beneficiaries from various states who have availed various government schemes.

NDTV 16 Dec 2023 4:32 pm