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Union Minister hits out at Congress for criticising Centre on ‘bull taming sport’ row

Perumal, a temple priest, said organisers had come to the Ayyanar temple with a bull and prayed for revival of the sport.

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Odd-even move only to avoid media glare on MLAs’ salary hike, asks Congress

Starting January 1, the odd and even car number formula will be applied here on a trial basis for 15 days with an aim to curb pollution in the national capital.

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Kashmir problem will be solved once Art 370 is removed: Anupam Kher

“It is not possible (to return to the old houses)..Memories remain, the way they were thrown out, how can they live in that house”, Kher said.

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DDCA scam: AAP stages protest demanding Arun Jaitley’s resignation

Jung wrote to the Home Ministry saying that the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 allows only states and Centre to order a commission of inquiry and Delhi, a union territory can only do so in partnership with Centre. Kejriwal has reacted saying that he objects to the letter leaked to the media.

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Pak opposition parties welcome Modi’s visit, say constant engagement only way to resolve all issues

Sirajul Haq, chief of right wing Jamaat-i-Islami, said it was unfortunate that Modi was welcomed in Pakistan.

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Groundwater status alarming across 16 states and 2 UT’s: House panel

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While reviewing the status of groundwater, the standing committee of parliament on water resource, river development and Ganga rejuvenation noted that groundwater across 1071 locations across 16 states and two union territories is being over exploited.

Worried about the indiscriminate extraction of groundwater for irrigation, industries and domestic use and its groundwater contamination, a parliamentary panel has asked the Union ministry of water resources to carry out a study to detail impact of groundwater extraction on farming, health and environment. The panel has asked the ministry to submit the report in six months from now.While reviewing the status of groundwater, the standing committee of parliament on water resource, river development and Ganga rejuvenation noted that groundwater across 1071 locations across 16 states and two union territories is being over exploited. These locations comprise of blocks, mandals, talukas and districts are spread over a total area of 5 lakh square kms of the country and have been termed as ‘dark blocks’. These dark blocks stretch from plus localities such as the capital’s Defence Colony and Hauz Khas to districts in southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The committee are gravely concerned that the country is on the path towards a serious water crisis in the near future due to over-extraction and quality deterioration of groundwater,” the parliamentary panel said. While recommending that a study be carried out, the panel specifically asked the ministry to map agricultural land falling in dark blocks. According to the the data provided on the annual ground water withdrawal, irrigation sector accounted for the maximum share; 90.75%, followed by domestic and industrial sector, whose combined share was 9.25%.The committee noted that states such as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan saw high levels of groundwater extraction for irrigation. In Punjab, irrigation accounts for 97.9% groundwater withdrawal while in Haryana and Rajasthan, the figures stand at 94.5% and 88.4% respectively.Along with indiscriminate groundwater extraction, high contamination of water in rural habitations was reported in the year 2015. The parliamentary panel was informed that as of May 2015, states have reported that water in 63,282 rural settlements was contaminated by heavy metals or toxic metals such as arsenic, flouride, salinity, iron and nitrate. Some of the states worst hit due to groundwater contamination are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab, Assam and Tripura.

Chhatisgarh Assembly: Congress stages walkout over farmers suicides

All these things and the poor and anti-farmers policies of the government was compelling the farmers to take extreme steps,” Baghel said.

10 have reportedly committed suicide in Rajnandgaon district from where Chief Minister Raman Singh contested election: Congress

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Opposition Congress on Thursday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Assembly to protest statements made by ruling BJP over farmers’ suicide in the state. Raising the issue of farmers’ suicide after the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo, Congress MLA and party’s state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel, senior Congress Satyanaryan Sharma and other opposition members sought a discussion on the issue. Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal allowed the discussion from 3 PM onwards.Baghel said farmers are bearing the brunt of drought in the state and alleged that the government was neither fulfilling its promise to procure paddy at support price of Rs 2,100 nor providing bonus of Rs 300 to farmers. “Scarcity of relief work and no sanctioned work under MNREGA further added woes for farmers. All these things and the poor and anti-farmers policies of the government was compelling the farmers to take extreme steps,” Baghel said.Over 25 drought-hit farmers have so far committed suicide, of whom 10 have reportedly committed suicide in Rajnandgaon district from where Chief Minister Raman Singh contested election, he claimed. “According to a report, Chhattisgarh is the third highest in farmers’ suicides in the country,” Singhdeo said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Owing to the insensitiveness of the state government towards farmers and its poor policies, farmers are trapped under the burden of debt after shortfall in rains ruined their crops in the state, he alleged. Responding to it, state Revenue Minister Premprakash Pandey said that the state government had already initiated relief measures for farmers anticipating a drought-like scenario.

Coal scam: Court concludes recording of statements of accused

The court had earlier framed charges against RSPL and its three officials for the alleged offence of criminal conspiracy read with cheating under the IPC.

A special court on Wednesday concluded recording of statements of accused in a coal block allocation scam case in which firm Rathi Steel and Power Limited (RSPL) and its three officials are facing trial.Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar has now fixed the case for January 13 next year for recording of defence evidence in the matter.During the recording of statements of the accused, the court asked 98 questions each from the firm RSPL and its three top officials – Managing Director Pradeep Rathi, Chief Executive Officer Udit Rathi and AGM Kushal Aggarwal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had earlier framed charges against RSPL and its three officials for the alleged offence of criminal conspiracy read with cheating under the IPC.While framing charges against them, the court had observed that they had conspired and furnished wrong information to get coal block and misappropriated nationalised natural resources.The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to RSPL. All the accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by CBI.The three accused were earlier granted bail after they had appeared before the court pursuant to the summons issued against them.CBI had chargesheeted RSPL and Udit Rathi only as an accused for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating.After considering the charge sheet, the court had issued summons to all the four accused, including Pradeep Rathi and Kushal Aggarwal.It had noted that these officials had appeared before the screening committee to make a representation and had submitted a feedback form on February 7, 2008 on behalf of RSPL.CBI had lodged an FIR against RSPL, its directors, Udit Rathi and members of the 36th screening committee and other unnamed persons for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating of IPC and under Prevention of Corruption Act.A charge sheet was later filed against RSPL and Udit Rathi only. Regarding other directors of RSPL or members of the 36th screening committee, CBI had said allegations against them could not be substantiated during the probe.

1.5 million children in India die due to diarrhoea: Report

The report says that by 2015, the figure of malnutrition should have dropped to 26% as per the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) but the country fell short of the goal by 7%.

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Out of more than 35 million Indians who are affected by water-borne diseases annually, 1.5 million children die due to diarrhoea alone, a Centre for Science and Environment report revealed on Tuesday. The latest publication ‘Body Burden 2015- State of India’s Health’ which examines the linkage between environment and health quite comprehensively said that a number of public health catastrophes arising out of environmental reasons are staring the people of India in the face.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “The report informs that about 37.7 million Indians are affected by water-borne diseases annually. Around 1.5 million children die due to diarrhoea alone, and 73 million working days are lost due to water-borne illnesses each year. Estimates suggest India loses Rs 36,600 crore every year due to water-borne diseases,” CSE said.Referring to the connection between water and sanitation and malnutrition, the report says that by 2015, the figure of malnutrition should have dropped to 26% as per the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) but the country fell short of the goal by seven per cent. Notwithstanding the progress, CSE said that India still cannot answer why the malnutrition rate among its children is so high. “The world’s largest programme to tackle child malnutrition, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), has been in force in the country since 1975, much before any other country, save the US, introduced measures to tackle the problem,” points out the report. Noting that malnutrition is prevalent in comparatively richer states as well, the report indicates that higher income does not necessarily correlate with better health of children. “India loses over US $12 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies among its population. Malnutrition is not just about access to food. “Children who are constantly exposed to faecal microorganisms demonstrate Environmental Enteric Dysfunction or EED, where the gut becomes permeable and brings microbial products in contact with blood.” “This leads to activation of the immune system which down-regulates the growth factors in the body and leads to stunting. States like Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand where more people defecate in open, have more malnourished children, comparatively,” it said.

98% houses built under JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana vacant

As many as 98% of the houses built in Delhi under the previous government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojana are lying vacant.

Union minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation Babul Supriyo on Thursday reeled out shocking statistics in the Rajya Sabha on how the poor are not interested in a large number of houses built by the government in big cities and towns.As many as 98% of the houses built in Delhi under the previous government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awas Yojana are lying vacant.The empty houses constructed under the two schemes account for 79% in Madhya Pradesh, followed by Punjab 78%, Himachal Pradesh 63%, Chhattisgarh (48%), Maharashtra (43%), Sikkim (43%), Andhra Pradesh (38%) and Telangana (29%).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a written reply to a question, Supriyo said under JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana, a total of 1,695 housing projects were sanctioned at a total cost of Rs 40,536 crore, involving Central assistance of Rs 21,101 crore, for construction of 13,92,589 houses.As many as 9,80,216 dwelling units under the two schemes have been completed, but 2,37,546 of them, which is one-fourth of the houses built, are not yet occupied by the beneficiaries, Supriyo disclosed, pointing out that the highest number of 52,966 houses out of 1.23 lakh in Maharashtra are vacant, followed by Gujarat where 29,126 out of 1.18 lakh houses are vacant and Delhi where 26,759 out of 27,344 houses are unoccupied.Other states with poor vacancies are Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. These ten states account for 92% of vacant houses.MNREGA: The Government in Lok Sabha demolished the Congress claim of downgrading the UPA government’s flagship programme under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) by slashing 40% expenditure on it and reducing the number of beneficiaries.Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia sought to put the government on the mat during question hour in the Lok Sabha, accusing the government killing the programme that was once dubbed by Narendra Modi as an example of failure of the Congress-led UPA government but included in his government’s success story in a U-turn. His contentions were, however, demolished with statistics by none else but Birender Singh, a former Congress leader from Haryana, who is now the rural development minister in the Modi government. Noting that the UPA Government had certainly allotted Rs 40,000 crore for MGNREGA in each financial year of 2010-11 and 2011-12 while spending only Rs 35,841 crore and Rs 40,000 crore respectively, the minister said actual expenditure as also allotment has gone up since the Modi government came to power.

Married daughter eligible for deceased father’s govt job on compassionate grounds: Chhattisgarh HC

The HC cited that “policy of compassionate appointment excluding married daughters for consideration is a retrograde policy of the welfare state, and violative of Article 16 (2) (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex etc) of the Constitution.”

A married daughter is eligible to get government job of her deceased’s father on compassionate grounds, the Chhattisgarh High Court has observed. Justice Sanjay K Agrawal made the observation on Tuesday while hearing a petition filed by Sarojani Bhoi (28) who had challenged the state government on the ground that she was not given the job of her father who passed away in 2011.The HC cited that “policy of compassionate appointment excluding married daughters for consideration is a retrograde policy of the welfare state, and violative of Article 16 (2) (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex etc) of the Constitution.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Father of Sarojani, Jaldev Pradhan who was working as Amin Patwari in the water resources department of the state s Mahasamund district, died on January 6, 2011. He left behind his wife Hemkanti and two married daughters Sarojani and Sanyukta, he said.The petitioner made an application for compassionate appointment pleading that after the death of her father she is maintaining her family including her mother as she has no other source of income. The state government had rejected her application holding that as per clause 3 (1)(c) of the policy dated 10/06/2003, the married daughter of the deceased government servant is not entitled to compassionate appointment. Thereafter, Sarojani filed the writ petition challenging the legality and validity of the clause,Contending that the state policy is “unconstitutional” Sarojani said a married daughter holds equal rights as that of a married son to get her deceased father’s government job. After hearing arguments from both sides, Justice Agrawal observed that prohibiting the consideration of the married daughter from seeking compassionate appointment merely on the ground of marriage is plainly arbitrary and violative of constitutional guarantee envisaged in Article 14, (equality before law) 15 (no discrimination on grounds of religion, caste and sex etc) and 16 (2) of the Constitution of India, he said.The court further held the state government’s policy of 2003 in this regard was “void and inoperative” and ordered the state government to reconsider the claim of the petitioner within 45 days.

Landmine blast injures two jawans in Chhattisgarh

The explosion occurred on Wednesday morning when a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force was out on an operation under Koyalibeda police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.

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Two police jawans were on Wednesday injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, as the rebels struck on the first day of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army week being observed by CPI (Maoist).The explosion occurred on Wednesday morning when a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force was out on an operation under Koyalibeda police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.When the security forces were cordoning-off a forested patch near Markanar village, located nearly 300 kms in north Bastar, the Naxals triggered the blast in which two jawans were injured, Meena said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Assistant Constable Baijuram Potai and constable Santram Netam, belonging to district police, sustained injuries in the incident,” the SP said. Reinforcement was soon rushed to the spot and the injured policemen were being airlifted to Raipur for treatment, he said.A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added. Security has been heightened across the insurgency-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, particularity in Bastar region, as the Maoists are observing the PLGA week from December 2-8 to commemorate their slain leaders. The Naxals hold meetings and gatherings during this period to spread their propaganda, recruits new members, review military operations besides carrying out attacks on security forces

Journalists appeal to the government for the release of two Chhattisgarh reporters

A petition was submitted to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram, on Friday.

Some 160 journalists and members of civil society from across India have appealed to the central government and to the Chhattisgarh state government to release two journalists in jail in the state, on charges of supporting Maoists. Santosh Yadav, a resident of Darbha and a journalist for Hindi publications such as Dainik Navbharat and Dainik Chhattisgarh, and Somaru Nag an Adivasi journalist and stringer for Rajasthan Patrika were arrested by the state police in September and July this year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A petition was submitted to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram, on Friday.According to the petition, under the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act, Yadav has been charged under the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Chhattisgarh Public Security Act (CPSA). The petition adds, “there is no clarity as to the charges against them, or the evidence which the police hold about their alleged involvement with Maoists.”Media reports and the July edition of People’s Union for Civil Liberty bulletin said that Yadav was first called to a police station in June 2015, where the police told him a warrant for his arrest had been issued. The police then took him to the lock up, stripped him off his clothes and was about to, according to the bulletin, start beating him when Yadav told him that he was a journalist who would report everything they did to him. Only this stopped the police hand, something that Yadav told the bureau chief at Dainik Chhattisgarh, Harjit Singh Pappu, according to a report on the media watchdog journal The Hoot.The police pressure on Yadav started when he was first on the scene to report on the Maoist attack that killed Congressman and Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, in May 2013. Apparently, to the police that was a sign that Yadav was in cahoots with the Maoists.According to the petition, Yadav has been dragged into a case that charged 18 villagers with an encounter in August that killed a Special Police Officer. Nag has been named in a case, for keeping a lookout on police movements as a group of people “burnt a crusher plant employed in road construction in Chote Kadma on 26th June”.The PUCL bulletin recounted how the police had been pressuring Yadav to become their informer, by trying to give him five lakh rupees to catch Naxals, which Yadav refused.Yadav and Nag are hardly the only people to be harassed by a state police long infamous for the number of adivasis it picks up and jails on trumped up charges, where they languish for years as undertrials. According to the NCRB data, Chhattisgarh’s jails are 260 percent overcrowded, and human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover stated previously at a press conference in New Delhi that the actual conviction rate in Chhattisgarh for undertrials is 1 per cent to 3 per cent.

Solar power set to light up 140 Naxal hit villages in Chattisgarh

Raipur: As many as 140 remote villages and hamlets in Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh which have no electricity supply even 68 years after the country’s independence will soon be illuminated with solar power.

The villages, mostly located in the dense forests of Bastar division and some in Sarguja division, will soon have solar power through a project being executed by the state-run Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) under the Remote Village Electrification Programme.

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CREDA has provided power in around 1,700 villages/hamlets across the state since 2003, where there is no reach of conventional source of electricity, and very soon 140 more villages in Bastar and Sarguja divisions will have the facility said, CREDA Executive Engineer Rajiv Gyani. These villages fall under the Maoist-hit Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sarguja and Dantewada districts, he said.

According to a power department official, the number of electrified villages has now increased to around 19,567, from 17,682 at the time of formation of the state in 2000. Similarly, the number of electrified hamlets has gone up to around 25,168 from 10,375 during the same period. The solar power systems were installed in 102 villages between 2000 and 2003.

“A major number of villages/hamlets (not connected to the national grid) in the state are either situated in or around the close vicinity of national parks, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries and these have been electrified with solar energy,” Gyani said.

Almost all villages under Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, located around 100 kms away from here, are now electrified by CREDA under the remote village electrification programme, he informed. The agency has also involved local villagers to facilitate proper functioning and maintenance of solar set-ups installed in their respective areas.

In all these places where the solar set-ups have been installed, a villager has been appointed as local operator. To fix technical problems, the agency also employs a technician who serves a cluster of 10-15 villages, while major snags are resolved by CREDA’s experts, Gyani said.

The capacity of the solar set-ups of some villages has been enhanced after sensing the growing demand for power and efforts are on to increase it further in other villages, he added.

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Naxals torch passenger bus in Chhattisgarh; none hurt

The incident occurred last night near restive Tahakwada village on NH-30 under Tongpal Police Station limits, a short distance from the spot where 15 security men and a civilian were killed in a Maoist ambush in April last year, a senior police official said.

Naxals torched a private travel bus in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, after asking its passengers to alight, police said on Tuesday.Rebels also fired upon an anti-landmine vehicle in which security forces had rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers.However, no one was hurt in the incident, they said.The incident occurred last night near restive Tahakwada village on NH-30 under Tongpal Police Station limits, a short distance from the spot where 15 security men and a civilian were killed in a Maoist ambush in April last year, a senior police official told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bus was heading to Hyderabad from Jagdalpur (Bastar s district headquarter) when it was attacked.Around 50 cadres, most of them armed, surrounded the bus in a thickly forested patch near Tahakwada and asked the passengers to get down before setting it ablaze, he said.Subsequently, security forces were rushed to the spot in a Mine-Protected Vehicle keeping in view the sensitivity of the region.Near Tahakwada, naxals fired few rounds on the MPV but soon fled from the spot as the back-up forces reached there and launched retaliatory action, he said.Later, the evacuated passengers were sent to their destinations in other buses, the official said.Yesterday afternoon, a government-run passenger bus too was torched by naxals in neighbouring Dantewada district.

Maharashtra poll panel issues notice to 280 parties

Of 280 political parties, most of them are from Mumbai, Thane and Western Maharashtra, while few of them are from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, State Election Commissioner J S Saharaiya said.

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The State Election Commission (SEC) has issued show cause notices to 280 political parties in Maharashtra for not submitting audit and income tax return, announcing they will face de-registration if they fail to submit it before December 30.Of 280 political parties, most of them are from Mumbai, Thane and Western Maharashtra, while few of them are from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, State Election Commissioner J S Saharaiya said.Mumbai has 40 political parties which are on radar of the SEC, while 20 are from Thane district, 25 political parties got notice from Jalgaon, 24 from Pune, 22 from Ahmednagar, 13 from Solapur, 21 from Satara, 13 from Sangli and 14 from Kolhapur includes Tararani Aghadi Paksha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The show cause notice, issued to 280 parties includes Ramdas Athawale’s Republican Party of India (RPI), Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, ruling BJP ally Mahadeo Jankar’s Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), underworld don turned politician Arun Gawli’s Akhil Bhartiya Sena (ABS), Rajan Vichare’s ‘Dharmarajya Paksha’, and Sharad Joshi’s ‘Swatantra Bharat Paksha’.These 280 political parties might lose the recognition and registration if they fail to submit their accounts, income tax returns and audit report to the SEC till December 30, the SEC said.On the same ground ‘Lok Bharati’ a party represented by MLC from teacher’s constituency, Kapil Patil in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, was de-registered recently by SEC.”In June 2015, the SEC has issued notices to 19 political parties including Lok Bharati, RPI (A), Swabhimani Paksha and Jansurajya Paksha. Of 19, 3 turned up while others failed to submit IT returns and audit accounts. The SEC, thus de-registered 16 parties. After which RPI (A), Swabhimani Paksha and Jansurajya Paksha pleaded SEC and sought more time to submit relevant documents to save registration. Now they have time till December 30 to file documents,” Saharaiya said.

Naxal menace: Senior cadres now on radar of Chhattisgarh police

“On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Encouraged by their recent success against Naxals, security forces in Chhattisgarh are focusing on targeting the senior rung of the ultras in South Bastar, the strongest base of the outlawed Maoists in the country.Atleast 10 rebels, including five self-styled “commanders”, were gunned down in the past 17 days in Sukma and Bijapur districts where paramilitary forces along with the state police are engaged in intense anti-Maoist operations since early this month.”On the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, the state authority has been focusing on uprooting Naxals from a major portion of Sukma and Bijapur, which is very important from a strategical point of view,” a senior police official involved in anti-Naxal operations told PTI on condition of anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The forests of Sukma and neighbouring Bijapur, located around 450 kms from Raipur in the state’s extreme south, not only help rebels in movement across Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra through Chhattisgarh, but are also ideal for guerrilla warfare training due to dense tree cover, he said.The region is also considered an ideological base of Maoists and Sukma and Bijapur are among the highly militarised districts in the country.While as many as 11 battalions (nearly 1,000 personnel each) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including its elite CoBRA wing, have been deployed in Sukma, eight battalions of paramilitary forces are stationed in Bijapur, he said.Nearly 13,000 and 10,000 security personnel (including of state force) are engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Sukma and Bijapur, respectively, the official said.”The recent operations have considerably weakened the morale of the cadres in their base area and the security forces do not want them to re-group. Therefore the strategy is to target the prominent and senior leaders, rather than going after the foot soldiers,” he said.Senior Maoist leaders Papa Rao, Ganesh Uike, besides “commanders” Hidma, Nagesh and Sonu, active in South Bastar, are among those on the radar, he said.”We have got success in recent operations conducted in core areas of Sukma and more intense operations are in the offing to cripple Maoist cadres in their stronghold,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.The strategy is to target some crucial restive locations of the region and set free those areas from the clutches of ultras, said Singh, who is handling anti-Maoist operations wing in the district.He said the forces were continuously tracking the locations of senior leaders and dreaded commanders and launching exercises based on intelligence inputs.An operation yesterday was based on a tip-off about presence of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the self-styled head of “1st military battalion” of Naxals, in Bhejji area of Sukma.Although Hidma managed to escape as the encounter broke out between security forces and ultras, but two cadres, including a woman, were gunned down.The deceased were identified as Aaytu, head of Janatana Sarkar in Jagargunda area of Sukma, and woman Naxal Jogi, who was a local area “commander”.Similarity, Rainu, who was “commander” of Bairamgarh area committee’s action team, was among the four rebels killed by security forces in Bijapur on November 13.

Detained Naxalite commits suicide in police custody, five policemen suspended

Raipur: A detained Naxalite, who was allegedly involved in the deadly 2013 Jiram Valley attack, allegedly committed suicide at a police interrogation cell in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said on Tuesday.

Following the incident, five policemen, including a sub-inspector, have been suspended.

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“Baman alias Dinesh (26) was found hanging from a window of the interrogation cell in Police Line area at Narayapur district headquarters last evening,” Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.

Baman, who was active as a lower rung cadre in Sukma district for past three years, was taken into custody from his native village Todarbeda under Orchha Police Station limits a few days back, Meena said.

He was allegedly involved in the Jiram Valley attack by Naxals on 25 May, 2013, in Darbha (Bastar) in which 31 people, including top Congress leaders from the state, were killed and the Tahakwada ambush in Tongpal area of Sukma in April last year in which 15 security personnel and a civilian were killed, the SP said.

The cadre was voluntarily cooperating with police and had revealed crucial details about the locations of Maoist’s weapon dump and their movements in the region during his interrogation, he said.

The rebel had even decided to surrender before senior police officials and therefore was brought to Narayanpur and kept in police line for a final interrogation, the SP said.

“During the course of interrogation last evening, he allegedly locked himself inside the interrogation room when the police personnel were out of the cell. When he did not respond to the repeated knocks, some police personnel entered the cell after breaking its door and found him dead,” he said.

Following the incident, five police personnel, including sub-inspector Surendra Baghel, who was in-charge of interrogation cell, a constable and three assistant constables were suspended for dereliction of duty and an inquiry was ordered, he said.

The SP said he has written to higher district authorities to constitute a judicial inquiry into the matter, and added that further action will be taken in this regard after the probe.

PTI

Bihar elections 2015: Here are 11 reasons which could have led to BJP’s loss

Here are some points after talking to scores of BJP leaders and activists on ground.

The electoral match which was looking a close-call finally appeared a cakewalk for Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance. What went against NDA. Here are some points after talking to scores of BJP leaders and activists on ground. 1. Overlooking dedicated cadres in ticket distribution 2. Overemphasis on youth, that led insecurity amongst old workers, who have built party over the years 3. BJP workers didn’t go home to home unlike last Lok Sabha elections 4. Cadres from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and even from Jammu region and Andhra Pradesh were air-dashed, rendering local cadres ineffective. The strategy misfired. And it also augmented argument of Bihari v/s Bahri, when they roamed in villages asking for votes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> 5. While selecting village panchayat members and influential village men to tour Maharahstra and Gujarat ahead of elections to show them best practices and development, many others were ignored. Angry at being denied a free train ride and hospitality, they worked against party candidate. 6. In a hurry to fracture other parties, BJP encouraged defection from JD (U), and even gave defectors tickets, ignoring those vying for tickets. 7. Ignoring of women candidates. In Raghavnathpur—sitting MLA Usha Vidhyanath was denied ticket. Women voted in large numbers to Nitish. 8. Above all, was the statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat statement to review reservation. Though, he may not have meant it, it was used to the hilt by Lalu Prasad Yadav. 9. Lynching of Ikhlaq Ahmed in Dadri created fear psychosis amongst minorities. They voted in large numbers, just to defeat NDA, ensured there is no division of their votes. 10. Dalits and Maha-Dalits lost confidence in Ramvilas Paswan and Jatin Ram Manjhi. 11. Absence of local face. Not projecting a chief minister, that gave liver to Nitish, Lalu combine to portray battle between Bihari and Bahri (outsider).

Chhattisgarh: Tribal women allege molestation by security forces in Bijapur

Medical examination of the women were also conducted and the matter is being investigated on all the angles.

The incident came to light when some women activist visited the villages and met with the alleged victims.
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Tribal women from three villages in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district have accused security forces of molestation and manhandling, officials said on Monday.A case has been registered in this connection based on the complaint of women from Peddagelur, Chinnagelur and Pegdapalli villages of Basaguda block on Sunday, Bijapur Collector Yashwant Kumar told PTI.As per the complaint, security forces molested, attempted to rape and thrashed some women during their operation on October 19-20 in the Basaguda region, located around 450 kms away from the state capital Raipur, he said. However, the incident came to light when some women activist visited the villages and met with the alleged victims.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”After registering the complaint, we have recorded the statements of four women who have complained of beating by the policemen and molestation,” the Collector said.Medical examination of the women were also conducted and the matter is being investigated on all the angles, he said adding that stringent action will be taken against those who will be found guilty.

Chhattisgarh: Naxalites kill two, torch 29 vehicles

As per reports, 60-70 armed Naxalites cordoned off at Chargaon mines and set ablaze the vehicles, including three JCBs, two tippers and trucks.
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Naxalites killed two people and set ablaze as many as 29 vehicles in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh on Friday.In Rajnandgaon district, Maoists killed two villagers, whom they had abducted from from inter-state border with Maharashtra while they were returning to their native Kherketta village. While at Chargaon mines in Kanker District, Naxalites on Thursday night set ablaze 29 vehicles and fired several rounds of gunshots at security forces.As per reports, 60-70 armed Naxalites cordoned off at Chargaon mines and set ablaze the vehicles, including three JCBs, two tippers and trucks. As per reports, panic-gripped villagers fled from their houses.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoists have stepped up violence during the last one month in Chhattisgarh, setting ablaze vehicles in tribal Bastar region. On Thursday night, the rebels poured petrol and set ablaze five vehicles at Gumda village where the work on double line of railways was in progress.In another incident, Maoists set ablaze a passenger bus on National Highway near Bhopalpattanam in Bijapur district. Earlier, Maoists had caused extensive damage to 36 vehicles engaged in road construction work on the national highway. Maoists have been using this tactics to unleash terror and to stall the ongoing road construction activities and other development works in the region.

How Amit Shah is burning the midnight oil to micromanage in Bihar

From six in the evening to 1 am, Shah meets different sections of society including local intellectuals, teachers, various activists’ groups, RSS members and party units, a senior BJP leader said.

It was 3 am by the time BJP President Amit Shah retired for the day. That night it got unusually late after a series of rallies and meetings, but he has not been sleeping before one am, said sources close to him.Shah was ready by seven in the morning for another round of meetings, another set of people and another rally. The sources said they have lost count of the number of nights Shah would have spent in Patna or district headquarters in the state.From six in the evening to 1 am, Shah meets different sections of society including local intellectuals, teachers, various activists’ groups, RSS members and party units, a senior BJP leader said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not only has Shah got around a dozen union ministers involved in the Bihar election, delegating each a specific task, he has also brought in state units to work in various phases besides getting backward caste faces to accompany BJP leaders for rallies. Around a 150-strong team from Madhya Pradesh, under the leadership of Arvind Menon, the state’s organising secretary and RSS Pracharak, has been assigned to work in the fourth phase of the five-phased election. Party units from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chhattisgarh are also in Bihar.In the heat of a high stake battle for Bihar, Shah, known to be a strategist who keeps an eye on every detail, is leaving no stone unturned and no section ignored. He himself admits that in a state with complex politics, there was a lot more political awareness. “Because of this the voters cannot be misled,” he said, rushing between meetings.Shah is counting on the Bihar package, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘uneroded popularity’, Nitish Kumar joining hands with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress and the reaction of the Extremely Backward Castes to the grand alliance giving more tickets to Yadavs.But, on the ground he is relying on his organisational acumen, micromanaging right to the booth level.Party insiders admit that the state leaders have not demonstrated the kind of commitment that the Prime Minister and Shah have shown in the Bihar election. For Modi, it is crucial for more than one reason. After Delhi, the BJP would not like another defeat as it would be seen to be on the losing streak, the government would like a bipartisan Rajya Sabha to ensure passage of legislations and the foe before the NDA was Nitish Kumar.Shah divided the state into four parts and further 12 areas, each of which has two prabharis besides the prabharis in each of the 38 districts. The prabharis give feedback to Shah. Those who have worked with Shah say he gives a task and time and then calls when the deadline is over to seek the status report.Besides taking feedback on candidates, he meets them himself. “He generally listens and then decides what corrective measures to take and where to focus,” said the BJP leader.”My way of working depends on a particular state’s needs, which are different in every state,” Shah said.Confident about the third and fourth phase, Shah is preparing for the challenging fifth phase, which has a sizeable Muslim population, a party leader said , adding that it would be the most interesting and complex.

Upset with ‘anti-people’ acts, Maoist couple surrenders

A Maoist couple carrying cash reward on their heads, surrendered along with weapons in Raipur on Thursday citing disappointment with the “anti-people” activities by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in Bastar, police said.

A Maoist couple carrying cash reward on their heads, surrendered along with weapons in Raipur on Thursday citing disappointment with the “anti-people” activities by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in Bastar, police said.”Sannnu Poyam (40) and his wife Maini Majji (22) turned themselves at the police headquarter, Naya Raipur, expressing their desire to join the mainstream,” Additional Director General of Police (anti-naxal operations) R K Vij said in a press conference.The commander of military platoon No. 13 of Maoist, Sannu, a native of Jangla in Bijapur district, has been involved in several naxal incidents in south Chhattisgarh during past a decade, Vij said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He surrendered along with an AK-47 rifle.Sanuu had joined the banned outfit as a member of its frontal wing-Dandakaranya Adivasi Majdoor Sangh in 2003 and since then has served in different capacities within it, the ADG said adding he was carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head.Similarly, Maini was also a crucial member of the outfit who was delivering the role of a doctor for Bhairamgarh Local Guerilla Squad (LGS) in Bijapur.She also worked in the press section of the rebels for sometime as she had studied till class seventh, he said.A reward of Rs 1 lakh was announced for her arrest.The two will be rehabilitated as per the policy of the state government, Vij said.Talking to reporters, surrendered cadre Sannu said, “I was disappointed with the activities of my colleagues like destroying school buildings, halting development works and snatching ration and ration card of villagers.People were both afraid and troubled with the activities of Maoists which prompted me to quit the movement.”Besides, exploitation of local leaders from senior cadres of Andhra Pradesh was also one of the reasons for surrender, he said.Moreover he claimed that the platoon that he had left has been going through a tough time in dearth of cadres and armoury.

Senior Congress leader Parasram Bhardwaj passes away due to cardiac arrest

Raipur: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Parasram Bhardwaj died on Monday in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.

Parasram Bhardwaj. Image courtesy: @News18Hindi/Twitter

Parasram Bhardwaj. Image courtesy: @News18Hindi/Twitter

“68-year-old Bhardwaj died of cardiac arrest early this morning at a hospital in Bilaspur town,” state Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.

His final rites were performed at his native place Kharoda village in Janjgir-Champa district this evening, he added.

Bhardwaj represented Sarangarh Lok Sabha Constituency in undivided Madhya Pradesh for six times in a row from 1980, Trivedi said.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed heartfelt condolence on Bhardwaj’s demise, an official statement here said.

In his condolence message, Singh said Bhardwaj had maintained healthy relation with the public of his area, owing to which he was elected as MP for six times.

His sad demise is an irreparable loss, he added.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Congress also expressed its profound grief on the demise of the veteran leader.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh also expressed grief over his death.

Singh termed Bhardwaj’s demise as his personal loss and prayed to god to give strength to the family to bear the loss.

Bhardwaj was the state party president in undivided Madhya Pradesh when Digvijay Singh was the Chief Minister of the state.

PTI

Meet Salim, a Muslim man in-charge of Durga Puja celebrations for 23 years in Raigarh

Raigarh (Chhattisgarh): In a unique example of communal harmony, a Muslim man has been presiding over Durga Puja celebrations in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district for the past 23 years.

Sheikh Salim Niyariya, a 50-year-old Congress Corporator, has been managing ‘Handi Chowk Durga Committee’ at Handi Chowk area in Raigarh since 1992.

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“Handi Chowk Durga Committee has three Muslim office bearers (out) of the total 25 members who play an active role in organising the puja,” Niyariya told PTI.

Muslim ‘karigars’ (artisans) are also a part of the team that decorates the deity’s pandal, he said.

Niyariya presently holds the post of Speaker of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation.

He not only incepted the Durga Puja by installing the Goddess’ idol but also initiated the culmination procession before idol immersion on Navmi (the ninth day).

He has also set up a Hanuman temple in the area.

“Peace and harmony of this locality is an example to the nation. Both Muslim and Hindu communities take part in each other’s festivals with full enthusiasm,” Niyariya asserted.

PTI

Train services paralysed in Punjab due to farmers’ agitation

Farmers in large numbers squatted on railway tracks at various places, leading to cancellation of 13 trains and diversion of six and thus causing inconvenience to passengers.
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Train services in Punjab were paralysed today as farmers began a two-day ‘Rail Roko’ agitation, over which the state government accused some unions of politicizing the agriculture issues and misleading the masses for “petty gains”.Farmers in large numbers squatted on railway tracks at various places, leading to cancellation of 13 trains and diversion of six and thus causing inconvenience to passengers. As many as eight farmers’ organisations including BKU Ekta (Dakunda), BKU Ekta (Ugrahan), BKU (Krantikari), Kirti Kisan Union are participating in the agitation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Agitating farmers, who will continue their protest tomorrow as well against the state government’s “anti-farmer policies”, claimed that 5,000 of them were arrested by police from different locations in the state. The protesting farmers were critical of the “indifferent” and “anti-farmer” policies of the state government. They said leaders of eight farmers’ organisations will meet at some undisclosed place tomorrow to decide future course of action in order to further intensify their stir.During the stir today, Ludhiana-Amritsar, Ludhiana-Jammu, Fazilka-Ferozepur, Ferozepur-Bathinda, Kotakpura-Fazilka sections were “severely” hit, railway officials said.Among 13 trains which were cancelled included Amritsar-Chandigarh intercity (12412), Amritsar-Howrah (13050), Amritsar Dehradun (14632), Hirakund Express (18508), Amritsar-Darbhanga (15212) and a few DMUs between Ferozepur -Fazilka, and Fazilka-Bathinda, the officials said.Farmers’ protest forced railway authorities to divert six trains via Tarn Taran which included Amritsar-Sahrasa (14604), Chhattisgarh Express (18238), Golden Temple (12904), Amritsar-Howrah mail (13006), Delhi-Pathankot (14037) and Jammu Tawi-Tata Nagar Muri (18012), they said.Two trains Swarn Shatabdi (12029) and Garib Rath (14606) were short terminated near Beas, railway officials said. They would return from Jalandhar and Beas respectively.Commenting on the agitation, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said in Ludhiana that it was painful that some farmer unions are “politicizing” the issues related to farmers for “petty gains”.

In Bhagalpur, PM Modi makes fresh appeal to Naxals to give up guns

Banka: Discard your guns and be part of the mainstream. Guns bring only destruction. This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Maoists in Banka on Friday.

It was his first rally in the Maoist hotbed of Bihar. The district of Banka, a subdivision of Bhagalpur, lies adjacent to Jamui, one of the worst affected by Naxalism in the state. It is also included in the Red Corridor, as the region in the east of India where the Naxals are said to hold sway, is known.

Reiterating his previous stand on Left-wing extremism, the PM asserted, “On this day of Gandhi Jayanti, I urge you all in the name of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of peace, to discard your guns and join the mainstream. Let me tell the youth, who join the Maoists that you won’t be able to change your destiny by shedding blood of others and following the path of violence.”

Banka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTIBanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTI

Banka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTI

“Bullets give birth only to destruction, whereas ballot gives birth to development. So, discard your guns and have faith on ballot and not bullet. Be a part of the development process. If Bihar doesn’t progress, the nation won’t develop. The need is to develop Bihar,” Modi said in his speech that lasted about 45 minutes.

The PM had made similar appeals to the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand in the past as well.

Before the Maharashtra polls, the PM in a rally in Chandrapur on 10 October, 2014, had asked youngsters to shun guns and take up ploughs instead to transform their lives.

On 21 November, 2014, Modi in a public rally at Latehar in in Jharkhand had asked Maoists to give up their guns and to become part of the process of developing the country.

On 9 May this year, he became the first prime minister to visit Dantewada, a hotbed of Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh for the past three decades. There he had asked Naxals to allow peace in order to pave the way for development.

“The birth place of Naxal movement, Naxalbari, has already given up this violent means. Only plough on the shoulders and not guns can bring development. And this will bring everyone to the mainstream of the country. There is no future for violence. The future is only of peaceful means,” he had said.

The PM’s Friday rally, that saw nearly two-lakh people from Banka district and its neighbouring areas attend, was a high security zone with the presence of many fully armed men in uniform. From Bihar police personnel to special commandos—a large number of security personnel were deployed to ensure the safety and security of the VVIPs and the common man.

“Whenever our PM visited any Maoist-infested place, he always gave a strong message to the Left-wing extremists of that state, to give up guns. The government’s crackdown on Maoists has helped in reducing their menace in Bihar in comparison to the past,” a Central Paramilitary Force official said on condition of anonymity.

In Maoist affected area of Bihar, PM Modi makes fresh appeal to Naxals to give up guns

Banka: Discard your guns and be part of the mainstream. Guns bring only destruction. This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Maoists in Banka on Friday.

It was his first rally in the Maoist hotbed of Bihar. The district of Banka, a subdivision of Bhagalpur, lies adjacent to Jamui, one of the worst affected by Naxalism in the state. It is also included in the Red Corridor, as the region in the east of India where the Naxals are said to hold sway, is known.

Reiterating his previous stand on Left-wing extremism, the PM asserted, “On this day of Gandhi Jayanti, I urge you all in the name of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of peace, to discard your guns and join the mainstream. Let me tell the youth, who join the Maoists that you won’t be able to change your destiny by shedding blood of others and following the path of violence.”

Banka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTIBanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTI

Banka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, RLSP supremo Upendra Kushwaha and other NDA leaders during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTI

“Bullets give birth only to destruction, whereas ballot gives birth to development. So, discard your guns and have faith on ballot and not bullet. Be a part of the development process. If Bihar doesn’t progress, the nation won’t develop. The need is to develop Bihar,” Modi said in his speech that lasted about 45 minutes.

The PM had made similar appeals to the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand in the past as well.

Before the Maharashtra polls, the PM in a rally in Chandrapur on 10 October, 2014, had asked youngsters to shun guns and take up ploughs instead to transform their lives.

On 21 November, 2014, Modi in a public rally at Latehar in in Jharkhand had asked Maoists to give up their guns and to become part of the process of developing the country.

On 9 May this year, he became the first prime minister to visit Dantewada, a hotbed of Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh for the past three decades. There he had asked Naxals to allow peace in order to pave the way for development.

“The birth place of Naxal movement, Naxalbari, has already given up this violent means. Only plough on the shoulders and not guns can bring development. And this will bring everyone to the mainstream of the country. There is no future for violence. The future is only of peaceful means,” he had said.

The PM’s Friday rally, that saw nearly two-lakh people from Banka district and its neighbouring areas attend, was a high security zone with the presence of many fully armed men in uniform. From Bihar police personnel to special commandos—a large number of security personnel were deployed to ensure the safety and security of the VVIPs and the common man.

“Whenever our PM visited any Maoist-infested place, he always gave a strong message to the Left-wing extremists of that state, to give up guns. The government’s crackdown on Maoists has helped in reducing their menace in Bihar in comparison to the past,” a Central Paramilitary Force official said on condition of anonymity.

Here’s how prisoners can be productive too

The training and subsequent job help inmates get back on their feet and ensures employment after the release.

As Indian prison system seeks more and better jobs for the swelling ranks of inmates, Tamil Nadu’s effort to provide vocational training has made the state highest gross earner. In 2014, Tamil Nadu had reported the highest gross value of sale proceeds of Rs 36.97 crore followed by Kerala where inmates produced goods worth Rs 21.43 crore. Bihar was on third position with Rs 15.74 crore and Maharshtra was ranked fourth with Rs 14.34 crore.The training and subsequent job help inmates get back on their feet and ensures employment after the release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, when it comes to meaningful employment that resulted in highest earning per inmate (value of goods produced per inmate) Kerala was on top of the chart with Rs. 30,285 followed by Tamil Nadu at Rs 23,291 as compared to all-India average of Rs 3,628 during the year 2014.According to Prison Statistics of India 2014 report, prisons across the country were housing 4,18,561 inmates as on December 31, 2014. Of the total, 1,31,517 (31.4%) were convicts and 2,82,879 (67.6%) were under trials. Interestingly, highest annual expenditure per inmate Rs 85,193 was reported from Delhi followed by Telangana Rs 81,551, Nagaland Rs 75,886, Arunachal Pradesh Rs 71,878 and Bihar Rs 57, 507 during the financial year 2014-15.According to the report, highest numbers of 11,344 inmates in Punjab followed by 8,251 in Rajasthan were provided with vocational training last year. Tamil Nadu’s prisons trained 3,043 inmates, including 116, in weaving.Tamil Nadu has 15,874 inmates in its prisons across the state. The report has highlighted seven types of vocational training -? Agriculture, Canning, Carpentry, Handloom, Soap and Phenyl making, Tailoring and Weaving.Report says a total of 63,256 prison inmates were provided with various vocational training last year with maximum number 6232 (9.85%) trained in weaving followed by 4916 (7.8%) in tailoring, Agriculture 4556 (7.2 %) and Carpentry 3303 (5.2%).”The training facilities available in jails depend on the local conditions. The availability of raw materials, local market needs, demands and marketing of finished products mainly decide the vocational training facilities available in any jail premise,” the report stated.Crowded PrisonsThe report recorded 4,18, 536 jails inmates till 2014 against the capacity of 3,56,561 in the country. The highest number 88,221 inmates including 3,572 female were reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Madhya Pradesh 36,443, Bihar – 31, 295, Maharashtra -27,868 and Punjab – 26,007 at the end of the year 2014. Dadra & Nagar Haveli reported the highest overcrowding in prisons — over 331% of the capacity — followed by Chhattisgarh – 258.9% and Delhi – 221.6 %. Murder alone accounted for 60.9 % (69,773 out of 1,14,584) of the total convicts under IPC crimes.”A total of 390 women convicts with their 457 Children and 1,172 women under trials with their 1,320 children were lodged in various prisons in the country at the end of 2014,” report further stated.

New Lord Balaji temples proposed in capitals of Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat

Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanas is expanding in the country with new temples of Lord Balaji in capitals of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat respectively.

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Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanas is expanding in the country with new temples of Lord Balaji in capitals of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat respectively.The work on other two temples in Kurukshetra, New Delhi and Kanyakumari is already underway.To develop these new temples, TTD will need 5-7 acres of land. Chhattisgarh and Gujarat governments will donate the land and TTD will bare the cost of construction, reports an English daily.There are new Balaji Bhavans proposed attached to these temples. These Bhavans take care of pilgrims, devotees can book tickets for darshan, accommodation and other things. These Bhavans will also have ‘laddu’ sale counters. Priests trained by TTD will perform the daily rituals.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These proposed Bhavans will increase TTD revenue. According to the TTD officials, these new temples are for devotees who cannot go on the pilgrimage.

dna Must Read: From Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir issue to missing Hadrik Patel

1) Kashmir is a core issue, to be raised at every forum, says Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

1) Kashmir is a core issue, to be raised at every forum, says Pakistan PM Nawaz SharifAhead of the United Nations General Assembly Session, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again reiterated that Kashmir is a core issue and that must be resolved. Sharif made the statement while talking to reporters as he arrived in UK’s capital en route to the United States, where he will attend UN General Assembly’s 70th session. Read More<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Quota row: Is Hardik Patel missing? High Court tells Gujarat government to find himIn a dramatic post-midnight development, the Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to find Hardik Patel, spearhead of Patel quota stir, after an aide moved a habeas corpus petition alleging that Hardik had been illegally detained by police. Read More3) Class 10 textbook in Chhattisgarh cites working women as cause of unemployment: ReportIn fresh controversy, reports have emerged from BJP-ruled Chhattissgarh of a class 10 textbook that not only promotes patriarchy but is also blatantly misogynist in nature. According to a report in a leading daily, the class 10 social science textbook says that ‘working women are one of the causes of unemployment in the country’. The book has been published by the Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education. Read More4) India, US ask Pakistan to act against 26/11 perpetratorsRecognising the threat posed by outfits like the al-Qaeda, LeT and the D-Company, India and the US today agreed to deepen cooperation in fighting terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring to justice the 2008 Mumbai attack perpetrators. Read More5) In Ayodhya, a fitting lesson for every meat ban supporterAmidst ongoing raging controversy regarding meet and beef ban in India, the temple town of Ayodhya has a different example of harmony and respect for religious customs. In Ayodhya, there is a complete ban on sale of meat throughout the year except on the three days of Eid when Muslims can freely perform qurbani and even the sants don’t object to it, reports a leading daily. Read More6) What will Deepika Padukone gift Ranbir Kapoor on his birthday?Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone says she wishes love and happiness for former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor, who will turn 33 on September 28. It will be a working birthday for the actor, who is starring with Deepika in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha. Read More

Class 10 textbook in Chhattisgarh cites working women as cause of unemployment: Report

In a chapters on economic problems and challenges, the textbook explains that the percentage of unemployment after independence increased as women in all sectors started working.

In fresh controversy, reports have emerged from BJP-ruled Chhattissgarh of a class 10 textbook that not only promotes patriarchy but is also blatantly misogynist in nature.According to a report in a leading daily, the class 10 social science textbook says that ‘working women are one of the causes of unemployment in the country’. The book has been published by the Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education.The report also said that a young teacher Soumya Garg in tribal Jashpur district has confronted the government over the issue and has petitioned the state women’s commission.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a chapters on economic problems and challenges, the textbook explains that the percentage of unemployment after independence increased as women in all sectors started working.Speaking to the daily, Garg questioned whether the percentage of unemployment was measured on parameters that kept only men in mind. She also said that women had as much right to jobs as men. Garg has, however, not received any reply from the women’s commission to the letter she had written a month ago. A women’s commission member told the daily that she would personally write to Chief Minister Raman Singh and Education Minister Kedar Kashyap to consider the matter.

Congress delegation meets President Pranab; demands CBI probe in 2013 Naxal attack

A delegation of Congress leaders on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee to demand CBI probe in the 2013 naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in which nearly 30 of its leaders, including former Union Minister VC Shukla, were killed.

Congress leader VC Shukla, who was killed in the Naxal attack

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A delegation of Congress leaders on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee to demand CBI probe in the 2013 naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in which nearly 30 of its leaders, including former Union Minister VC Shukla, were killed.In a memorandum, it alleged that the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case, has completely ignored the alternative theories and has ruled out the possibility of any political conspiracy.Heavily-armed maoists had attacked a convoy of Congress party leaders on May 25, 2013 at the Jagdalpur-Sukma highway in Chhattisgarh when they were on a ‘Parivartan Yatra’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The NIA has even not compared and investigated the security arrangement on previous days i.e. May 23 and 24, 2013 in Bastar region where the Parivartan Yatra was provided with better security,” the memorandum said.The Judicial Commission of Inquiry which has been constituted in the incident does not have “probing conspiracy angle” in its term of reference, it said. It is necessary that CBI is asked to investigate any conspiracy angle or other security lapses that happened in the incident, the memorandum said.The delegation was led by party’s Treasurer and senior leader Motilal Vora and comprised Rajya Sabha MP from the state Mohsina Kidwai, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly TS Singhdeo among others.

Dera Sacha Sauda followers protest against no ‘MSG-2’ screening in Punjab

Despite of no ban had been imposed on the film’s screening, still many owners of multiplexes and cinema owners were not exhibiting it.

Supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda blocked rail and road traffic at various places in Punjab for the second day today demanding screening of MSG-2 film starring Dera chief Gurmit Ram Rahim in cinema halls.The followers said no ban had been imposed on the film’s screening, but still many owners of multiplexes and cinema owners were not exhibiting it. The Sirsa-headquartered sect followers blocked rail and road traffic from Moga to Kotakpura, to Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Amritsar and Jalandhar, which remained suspended, putting a number of passengers to inconvenience, police said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Read: MSG-2: The Messenger Trailer will leave you speechlessThough the film MSG-2 has not been banned in the state, the state police had asked all District Police Chiefs to ascertain whether the release of the movie will pose any threat to law and order in the state. Despite incessant rains the followers of Dera blocked rain and road traffic by squatting on the roads and railway tracks, officials said.Many cinema owners have refrained from screening the movie fearing backlash from Sikh protesters as the Dera head had been at loggerheads with the community earlier for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments.Dera followers have declared that they would not lift their blockade unless the film MSG-2 was screened in theatres.Also read: Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh govt ban ‘MSG-2 The Messenger’Senior police officials of the Bathinda district said they were keeping a strict watch on the situation. Messenger of God 2 (MSG 2), a sequel of MSG, hit over 2000 screens across the country on 18th September, 2015. The film’s overseas release is slated for next week.

India will not hesitate to retaliate if disturbed, says Rajnath Singh

Bhopal: In a strong warning to those disrupting border peace, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the country will not hesitate in retaliating if someone fires first and asserted the government is ready to talk to Pakistan over PoK and not Kashmir.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

“India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.

He was addressing an inaugural programme of the first YN Singh Memorial Foundation Lecture Series on ‘National Security, Challenges and Strategy’ here last night.

Late YN Singh had served in co-operative department of Madhya Pradesh government. He was remembered for enhancing agriculture production through fertiliser distribution strategies.

On Pakistan raising the issue of Kashmir, Rajnath said, “During my meeting with the Pak Rangers and its delegation, I have cleared to them, Kashmir was, is and will remain India’s integral part and if you wish to talk, then talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) only.”

“I have also tried to convince?? Pak Rangers that why they fire at the uniform (soldiers). First you fire, then we retaliate. Why not both of us will together fire at terrorism to end the menace,” he said.

The Home Minister said it was a challenge to protect the country’s over 23,000-km-long border, but assured it was well protected.

He also exuded confidence that India will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years.

“The world over it was believed that down the line India will emerge as a major economy along with US and China. However, I am confident that because of India’s core strength, it will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years. But, some anti-national forces don’t want to see India in that position,” he said.

Singh said India believes in co-existence and it is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 ‘firke’ (sects) exist. In no other country, even in Islamic nations, all these 72 firkes were found. The same thing also applies for Christianity and Buddhism, he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s diplomatic skills, Rajnath said it is because of his leadership quality that even a country like United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stood with India on the issue of fighting against terrorism.

“It was unthinkable earlier,” he said.

On the steps taken by the government to enhance vigil on borders, he said in the last one year, the smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has come down to 2.5-3 lakh from the earlier figure of 22 lakh.

“This figure is not just provided by the Border Security Force (BSF) but also by NGOs working on the issue,” he said.

Referring to North East region, he said 70 terrorist organisations are active there and dealing with them is a challenge, but added that change is visible there also while citing the recent agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to prove his point.

On the issue of Naxalism, he said 26 districts in the country are affected with the menace and that the respective state governments are dealing with the problem in an effective manner with the active support from the Centre, both in terms of deploying Central forces and required funds.

Earlier, addressing the function, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed “Naxalism as a bigger threat than terrorism.”

It (Naxalism) is persisting in the country because of an international conspiracy to destabilise India’s economy, he said.

The Chhattisgarh CM also highlighted various steps taken by his government, including setting of educational hubs in hardcore Naxal areas, to deal with the problem which helped in checking the menace to a great extent, especially in the state’s Sarguja district.

Chhattisgarh Government’s Principal Secretary Aman Singh, in whose father’s memory the lecture series was launched, highlighted the objectives of the YN Singh Memorial Foundation.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo and a host of retired and serving bureaucrats were among others present on the occasion.

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Meat ban reaches Haryana as Fatehabad prohibits meat slaughter and sale during Jain festival

Fatehabad: Joining the list of authorities that have prohibited meat sale in view of religious observances, Fatehabad Municipal Council (FMC) has banned the slaughter of animals for nine days on account of the Jain ‘Paryushan Parv’ festival.

The notice issued by FMC to slaughterhouse owners has warned them of legal action in case they violate the order, which came into effect on Friday.

The move by the civic body comes even as a row has erupted over meat sale ban in some parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan during the Jain festival.

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Chhattisgarh government on Friday had ordered suspension of sale of meat for the eight-day-long fasting period and ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ festival while the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate imposed a one-day ban on the sale of non-vegetarian items during the Jain festival of ‘Samvatsari’ on 17 September.

However, a key municipal body in Mumbai n Friday withdrew its ban on slaughter and sale of meat for two days in the wake of widespread protests and criticism as well from high court, which said such restrictions cannot be imposed in a city like Mumbai. The civic body’s decision means that the Maharashtra state capital will now go without meat only on  17 September.

The order by FMC evoked sharp reactions from the Meat Market Association here, whose spokesman Salim said that they held a protest over that outside their shops.

“This is the first time that such a ban order has been issued. It is ironical why no such order is issued during Navratri,” Salim told reporters.

The state government had last month asked its officers concerned to appeal to slaughterhouse owners in the state to stay closed for business between September 11 and 19 in view of Paryushan Parv.

Noting that the nine-day annual festival is observed by the Jain community for “self-purification”, Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain had earlier said that the commissioners of municipal corporations and deputy commissioners, executive officers of municipal councils and municipalities have been asked to appeal to the owners of slaughterhouses not to slaughter animals during that period.

The minister had said that representatives of Jain community had met her and urged her to ban slaughter of animals during the festival. She further said that the festival was one of non-violence and friendship and is for bringing peace in society.

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Meat ban now implemented in Chhattisgarh and Ludhiana too

The ban has created an outrage especially in Mumbai and Rajasthan and was strongly challenged by mutton traders.

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Meat ban has now been imposed in five regions, Chhattisgarh and Ludhiana being the new entrants.The ban on sale of non-vegetarian food has been has been implement in BJP-ruled regions for the Jain festival ‘Samvatsari’ on September 17.The ban has created an outrage especially in Mumbai and Rajasthan and was strongly challenged by mutton traders and opposed by many political parties including the ruling BJP’s ally Shiv Sena.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The orders stated that the ban was imposed as the sale of such items on the occasion may hurt religious sentiments of the people, particularly of the Jain community.The ban would be applicable in Ludhiana at various places, including hotels, meat shops and places serving non-vegetarian food, for a day. In Chhattisgarh, the sale of meat is banned till September 17. The Rajasthan government has prohibited the sale of meat and fish on September 17, 18 and 27 on account of various festivals, including the Jain festival. The Bombay High Court is expected on Thursday to decide on a petition challenging the meat ban in Mumbai. Mutton traders have said that it discriminates against their right to a livelihood. The court said on Thursday, “An eight-day straight ban can’t be a formula. Mumbai is a modern city.”

Congress red-flags government’s attempt to call special session of Parliament

They have also dismissed the government’s allegation that they are blocking the development agenda of the nation.

Delhi government’s call for a special session of Parliament rejected by Congress

Congress on Tuesday virtually red-flagged Government’s attempts to call a special session of Parliament, telling it bluntly such an exercise would serve no purpose unless action was taken against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.At the same time, the party sought to dismiss the government’s allegation that Congress was blocking the development agenda of the nation saying, “we are for the passage of GST if our amendments, which are in national interest are accepted.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while briefing the reporters after Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, charged the Modi dispensation of practising “politics of confrontation” with the Opposition. “The ruling party and the ministers under Modi’s leadership are always in an aggressive mode against the Opposition and have never tried to reach out to us. We hear on television that talks are on with the Opposition but that happens only on telephone.”There is always a word about holding talks with Pakistan at the Foreign Secretary or at the NSA level but they cannot talk across the table with the Opposition. We condemn this objectionable behaviour,” Azad said, adding that Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu “did talk to me but on telephone”. He insisted “convening of special session of Parliament will serve no purpose unless the government takes action against Sushma Swaraj and BJP Chief Ministers.” Azad made these assertions on a day when the party’s apex decision-making body, CWC, held a detailed discussion on this key reform measure and decided to stick to at least three of its key demands on GST.

Strike hits NMDC; iron ore production down 75,000 tonnes

Nearly 80 per cent of the 12,000 workforce of Visakhapatnam-based Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) participated in the strike, an official spokesperson of the steel-maker said.

The day-long nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions on Wednesday crippled iron ore production of state-owned NMDC by nearly 75,000 tonnes across all its mines, a senior official of the PSU said.”As many as 4,200 employees participated in the strike affecting the production by nearly 75,000 tonnes in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka,” the official said.However, he said the strike will not impact the overall production target.Nearly 80% of the 12,000 workforce of Visakhapatnam-based Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) participated in the strike, an official spokesperson of the steel-maker said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said all the 6,000 officials belonging to executive cadre were present on duty today.The PSU has three blast furnaces and currently it is operating only two as one of them is under revamp.”On an average we produce 12,000 tonnes of hard metal.In view of today’s strike, we will reschedule the target,” the official said.The strike was near total in Telangana-based Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) with about 80% of its 58,000 employees participating in the protest.”In the first shift the attendance was only 15 to 20 per cent. Out of 35,000 employees we see only 5,000 working in the shift. The daily coal production of 1.5 lakh tonnes may come down to one lakh tonnes today. Underground mines in most of the areas did not operate today,” an SCCL official said.

Unemployment in Chhattisgarh: Post-grads and engineers among 75,000 applicants for 30 peon jobs

That government jobs are highly sought after in India is common knowledge. After all, they offer several benefits along with job security, and so candidates are known to go to great lengths to secure one — from lining up for hours to taking extensive exams. Not even the disparity between the the number of vacancies and applications deters them.

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However, the flood of applicants for for the post of a peon in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in Chhattisgarh showed just how highly disproportionate the jobs to applicants ratio is in many parts of India.

An unprecedented 75,000 people applied for the position that only has 30 seats available, according to a report by Hindustan Times. The sheer magnitude of the aspirants was so high, that the examination, which was to be held on 30 August, was cancelled as the department was unable to handle the numbers.

Amitabh Panda, commissioner of the department, told Hindustan Times“We were left astounded. For the vacancy of 30 posts of peon required across the state, as many as 70,000 applications were received online and over 5,000 through the post.”

However, what’s striking about this rush of applicants is the qualification — the job was that of a peon, which doesn’t necessarily require a college education, but several graduates, post-graduates and engineers have also applied for the job, reports Hindustan Times.

Indeed, this incident highlights the issue of unemployment and underemployment in India, where post-graduates and engineers are wiling to to work as peons.

More than half the country has received normal rainfall: IMD

According to the India Meteorological Department data, of the 36 sub-divisions across the country, 20 have received normal monsoon.
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Even as fear of drought looms large in some parts of the country, more than half of India has received normal rainfall while some regions in central and southern parts have got deficient rains so far.According to the India Meteorological Department data, of the 36 sub-divisions across the country, 20 have received normal monsoon. The data shows that 58 % of the country has received normal rainfall, 29 % witnessed deficient and 13 % excess. Overall, a deficiency of 9% was recorded in the whole country.Among the four divisions, northwest received the most rains with only 2% lesser than the normal levels followed by a deficit of six % in the east and north east, 11 % in central India and 20 % in southern peninsula. In a positive sign, no sub-division has recorded “scanty” or “no-rain” precipitation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sub-regions like Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jharkhand and Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and east Rajasthan, Odisha, east Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and south interior Karnataka have received normal rainfall.At least 13 sub-divisions especially in the southern peninsula and central India, have been left wanting for more showers. With a deficiency of 44 and 46 %, north interior Karnataka and Marathwada region of Maharashtra have been the worst affected in the country so far.The rainfall deficit in Central Maharashtra was 36 %, Konkan and Goa 33 %, eastern UP 34 pc, Punjab 31 pc, Kerala 30 pc, western UP 29 pc, coastal Karnataka 26, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi 25 pc, Telangana 22 pc, and Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh 21 %. North-eastern states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura have recorded a shortfall of 28 % till now.Only three sub-divisions in the country – Gangetic west Bengal (32 pc), west Rajasthan (76 pc) and west Madhya Pradesh (35 pc) have witnessed excess rainfall. The Met department has forecast a “deficient” monsoon this season with the shortfall expected to be about 12 % across the country.Of the two months of the season, June has received excess rainfall of 16 % while July witnessed deficient rainfall of minus 17 %. August too is expected to bring in a deficiency of 10 % rainfall.

Steep decline in number of Naxal attacks in India, says Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that there has been a steep decline in the number of Naxal attacks in the country.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that there has been a steep decline in the number of Naxal attacks in the country.”There has been a steep decline in such incidents,” Singh told reporters when asked about Saturday’s attack in insurgency-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh in which an STF officer was killed and a jawan injured.The attack occurred at 2 am when a contingent of Special Task Force (STF) was out for an operational task on NH30 in Darbha region of Bastar district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The location of the ambush is close to Jeeram Ghati area of Bastar where the top Congress leadership of the state was wiped out by Maoists in May, 2013, killing 31 people.Assistant Platoon Commandant (APC), STF Krishna Pal Singh was killed while a constable Santosh Yadav sustained minor injuries in the incident. Asked about Bihar elections, Singh exuded confidence about BJP performing well and forming government in the state.

Salwa Judum movement making a comeback in Bastar: Prashant Bhushan

A group of activists on Tuesday claimed that the Salwa Judum movement is “making a comeback” in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, and alleged that it was being done to drive away the tribal people from their land.

Prashant Bhushan

A group of activists on Tuesday claimed that the Salwa Judum movement is “making a comeback” in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, and alleged that it was being done to drive away the tribal people from their land.Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan said, “Operation Green Hunt is making a comeback slowly and is a modified form of a low-intensity war. Salwa Judum is too making a comeback. Adivasis are officially made as SPOs (Special Police Officers) and killing the adivasis.””The only intention is to grab their land to make them disappear and do it in a way that the world should not know about it,” Bhushan said, addressing a news conference.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Salwa Judum was a militia mobilised and deployed as part of anti-insurgency operations in Chhattisgarh, aimed at countering the Naxal violence in the region. In 2011, the Supreme Court declared it as illegal and ordered its disbanding.However, Bhushan said efforts are being made to make a similar front like Salwa Judum. The earlier movement was led by the late Mahendra Karma while the new one, called Vikas Sangharsh Samiti, is headed by his son Chhavindra.He added that there were many cases of fake encounters, but the state lacked any proper redressal means. “Guidelines laid by SC on encounters are not followed by judiciary there… After spending years and years as under-trails and upon acquittal they are not provided any compensation, their life is not rehabilitated, the police who is responsible for all this is not punished,” he said.Tribal activist Lingaram Kodopi claimed that the return of Salwa Judum is leading to fleeing of villages by the adivasis. “Almost half the villages in Bijapur district are deserted now,” Kodopi said.Tribal activist Soni Sori, who was also at the press conference, alleged that Bastar Range Inspector General SRP Kalluri was threatening her to leave the district. Earlier this month, Sori had also challenged her for allegedly calling her a “Maoist sympathiser”. She further alleged that the police was terrorising her and claimed that the incidents of people surrounding claiming to be Naxals have risen dramatically.

CRPF jawan killed in gun-fight with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

A CRPF jawan was killed and another injured in a gun-fight with Naxals today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district.

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A CRPF jawan was killed and another injured in a gun-fight with Naxals today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district.The skirmish took place near Guttum village forests under Basaguda police station limits when the paramilitary forces were carrying out a search operation in the region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.A squad of CRPF’s 168th battalion was carrying out the combing operation in Basaguda, located around 450 kms away. When they reached near Timapur village, a group of armed cadre opened indiscriminate fire on the security personnel, leaving two of them injured, the ASP said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the Naxals fled to the forests when jawans retaliated, he added.”Constable Sunil Ram succumbed to his injuries while being taken out of the jungle and the other injured constable Dharmendar Singh Bhadoria was being airlifted to the state capital – Raipur for treatment,” he said. Following the incident, additional forces have been rushed to the spot, the officer said, adding, a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

CRPF jawan killed in gunfight with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: A CRPF jawan was killed and another injured in a gunfight with Naxals on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district.

The skirmish took place near Guttum village forests under Basaguda police station limits when the paramilitary forces were carrying out a search operation in the region, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.

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A squad of CRPF’s 168th battalion was carrying out the combing operation in Basaguda, located around 450 kms away from Raipur.

When they reached near Timmapur village, a group of armed cadre opened indiscriminate fire on the security personnel, leaving two of them injured, the ASP said.

However, the Naxals fled to the forests when jawans retaliated, he added.

“Constable Sunil Ram succumbed to his injuries while being taken out of the jungle and the other injured constable Dharmendar Singh Bhadoria was being airlifted to the state capital – Raipur for treatment,” he said.

Following the incident, additional forces have been rushed to the spot, the officer said, adding, a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

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Madhya Pradesh has made historical progress in power generation: CM Shivraj Chouhan

Asia’s largest solar power project is commissioned in Neemuch district and the world’s largest green project is also coming up in Rewa district of the state showing that they are having good economic growth.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said that the state has created a history of sorts by enhancing the power generation to 15,500 mw from 4,000 mw after Chhattisgarh was carved out of it.”MP has made historical progress in power generation. When Chhattisgarh was carved out of MP, the state was left with just 4,000 mw power. Now the state power generation capacity is 15,500 mw,” Chouhan said, while addressing the Independence Day function at Motilal Nehru Stadium here after unfurling the tricolour. Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1,2000.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chouhan said that Asia’s largest solar power project of 135 mw has been commissioned in Neemuch district. “Now the world’s largest green project of 750 mw was coming up in MP’s Rewa district. The work of commissioning this project will commence shortly. “I feel proud of stating that with the efforts and labour of all, the state has come out of the BIMARU (laggard -a term used for states Bihar, MP, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh) tag,” Chouhan said.He said that efforts were on to bring prosperity in the lives of the people since last 10 years. The Chief Minister said that MP’s economic growth was constant at two digits and it was just double the country’s economic growth last year.

Madhya Pradesh to form its own force for internal security, fight naxalism

He said the force will be available for other states to help them in maintaining law and order related issues.

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Madhya Pradesh has decided to form a Special Indian Reserve Battalion (SIRB), a force, that can be deployed across the country for maintaining law and order and fighting naxalism. A total of seven companies and 1,107 posts will be created in the special force. “The SIRB is being established in MP to combat the naxalites. Its headquarters will be at village Kanki of Balaghat district, neighbouring naxal-hit Chhattisgarh,” state Home Minister Babulal Gaur told reporters here.He said the force will be available for other states to help them in maintaining law and order related issues. “In this case, the reimbursement of the expenditure will be done by concerned state government,” Gaur said. The central government will provide Rs 19 crore for arms and ammunition, among others, he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gaur, however, refused to answer questions on Vyapam scam. “The CBI is probing the case. Then matter is also subjudice,” he said. Gaur said his department is also implementing a scheme to ensure on-the-spot-registration of FIR.A project Dial 100, with total cost of Rs 632.94 crore, will be launched from November 1, this year with an aim to ensure quick response of police to help citizens in time of crisis. Under this scheme, 1,000 special vehicles will be deployed in all the 51 district of Madhya Pradesh. These vehicles will be deployed at the major public places in cities and rural areas, the Home Minister said.These vehicles will be on the road 24×7. “One vehicle will be given to every police station under the scheme. Thus 40 vehicles each to Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior, 20 each to Jabalpur and Ujjain will be given,” Gaur said. The vehicles will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), first aid kit, accident extraction kit and fire extinguisher, among others, he said.

Greenpeace cautions bidders on 39 coal blocks ahead of auction

NGO Greenpeace India on Friday claimed that a significant number of coal blocks which would be up for auction later this month fall in ecologically critical areas due to which they are likely to face delays in securing clearances and “advised” the bidders to stay away from them.

NGO Greenpeace India on Friday claimed that a significant number of coal blocks which would be up for auction later this month fall in ecologically critical areas due to which they are likely to face delays in securing clearances and “advised” the bidders to stay away from them.The NGO, which has been mired in controversy of late over alleged violations of rules, alleged that by continuing to put forests up for mining, government is being “short-sighted” as it will harm the environment and at the same time mean higher risks for project developers as well.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Out of the 101 blocks earmarked for auctioned by the coal ministry this year, at least 39 are in ecologically critical areas, covering a total forest area of more than 10,500 hectares.”These blocks are likely to face significant delays in securing clearances, apart from the likelihood of legal challenges and opposition from affected communities,” the NGO which conducted a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis said in a statement and added that auction of another set of coal blocks is likely to take place between August 11-17.It said that the blocks were spread in eight different states including Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal.About 35 blocks are in tiger, leopard or elephant habitat and 20 are within 10 kilometres of a protected area or identified wildlife corridor.”Potential bidders are advised to stay away from at least these 39 identified blocks and to assess independently the forest, livelihoods and wildlife issues of the blocks they intend to bid on,” the NGO said.”By continuing to put good quality forests up for mining, the government is being short-sighted. This will harm the environment and will also mean higher risks for project developers, investors and shareholders as it will lead to more conflict, legal challenges and community opposition, as we saw in the case of the Mahan coal block in Singrauli,” said Nandikesh Sivalingam, a Greenpeace activist.Noting that the coal scam and the Supreme Court verdict presented a golden opportunity to make amends, he said that a transparent, scientifically rigorous inviolate forest policy was the right thing to do in order to rearrange coal mining in such a way that it had less impact on forests, tribal communities and wildlife.”At the same time, this would have ensured a greater certainty for investors and project developers but the Environment Ministry has showed it is unable or unwilling to protect some of India’s last remaining forests from mining,” said Sivalingam.

Chhattissgarh: Naxals set drill machine on fire in NMDC’s mine area

On sensing the presence of ultras, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel rushed to the spot and opened fire on the rebels, forcing them to retreat to core forests, the SDOP said.

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Naxals stormed into a mining region of the state-run NMDC in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district and set ablaze a drill machine and a vehicle, police said today.”A group of Maoists raided the mines deposit no.5 of National Mineral Development Corporation, located on Bailadila hills mining area under Bacheli police station limits late last night and torched the machine and a dumper engaged in mining work,” Kirandul Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) MZ Baig told PTI.On sensing the presence of ultras, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel rushed to the spot and opened fire on the rebels, forcing them to retreat to core forests, the SDOP said. He said a combing operation has been launched in the region by police, located around 450 kms away from the state capital. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Capital challenge

Amaravati is being billed as a world-class smart city that will even put India’s newest state capital, the in-the-works Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh, in the shade.

Chhattisgarh to include Abdul Kalam’s biography in school curriculum

The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.
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Condoling the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said the former’s biography will be included in the state’s school curriculum.”He was fond of Chhattisgarh. We have decided to include his biography in the textbooks so that the coming generations know about such a humble personality,” said Singh.Dr. Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening. He collapsed after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Kalam became the11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

75 cases of sexual harassment in higher edu institutes

UGC has sent advisory to all the institutes to have a committee and a separate cell to deal with issues of gender based violence.

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Seventy five cases of sexual harassment cases in higher educational institutes have been reported from across the country between April 2014 and March this year, 27 of which are from Delhi alone, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the annual return received by UGC about the cases of sexual harassment against women lecturers, professors and research scholars between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and on the basis of responses from 84 universities showed that there has been 75 such cases. The figure in Delhi is 27, Uttar Pradesh 23, Haryana 7, Odisha 6, two each in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Tripura and one each in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka and Assam, she said in a written reply.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apart from them, two cases have been received from NIT, one from IGNOU and NEUPA. “UGC has also reported that complaints have been received against the heads or members of faculties of Punjab University, Jadavpur University, TERI and St Stephens College, Delhi,” she said. Cases have also been reported against faculty members of Dr B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar and Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, she said.While UGC has sent advisory to all the institutes to have a committee and a separate cell to deal with issues of gender based violence, most of the higher educational institutes have reported concurrence, she said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel refutes UNICEF’s malnutrition data

According to an official release, during her speech at Vaso taluka in Kheda district, Patel said on Monday that figures quoted about malnutrition in Gujarat is of 2004-05 vintage.
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Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel refuted media reports based on data from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) survey on malnutrition and claimed that figures quoted by these reports are ten years old.According to an official release, during her speech at Vaso taluka in Kheda district, Patel said on Monday that figures quoted about malnutrition in Gujarat is of 2004-05 vintage.”In reality, there has been a sharp decline of almost 25 per cent in malutrition rate in the last five years,” Patel said, as per the release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per media reports, Gujarat ranks 21 out of a total 29 states surveyed by the Women and Child Development Ministry along with the United Nations Children”s Fund (UNICEF) to find out the health and well being of children in India.Though the Centre is yet to make the report public, it has been claimed that states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh scored better then Gujarat in implementing child immunisation schemes.Media reports also claimed that the survey revealed that 33.5 per cent of children in Gujarat are underweight, which is more than the national average of 29 per cent.During her speech, the Gujarat CM rejected these findings by claiming that these figures are old and also requested prominent citizens to come forward in order to eradicate malutrition from the state by adopting state-run child care centres, the release stated.

India, top steriliser of women, needs new contraceptive ideas | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Eighty-five percent of India’s family planning budget is used to promote and conduct sterilisations on women, the head of a prominent charity said on Friday, calling for more funds to be channelled towards providing alternative forms of contraception.

Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI), said an analysis of the national family planning programme’s budget for 2013/14 found that 3.4 billion rupees ($53 million) out of a total 4 billion rupees ($63 million) was spent on female sterilisation.

“There is a total emphasis on sterilisation in India. Eighty-five percent of the expenditure for family planning is on incentives for sterilisation, 13.5 percent is on equipment and salaries, and just 1.5 percent is on other forms of contraception,” said Muttreja.

India’s efforts to rein in population growth have been described as the most draconian after China. Birth rates have fallen in recent decades, but population growth is still among the world’s fastest.

The world’s top steriliser of women, India came under global scrutiny for its sterilisation drive last November when 15 women died and scores of others were hospitalised after surgery at a sterilisation camp in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.

Investigations found the deaths in Bilaspur district were due to unhygienic conditions, dirty medical instruments and equipment and an overall lack of care for the patients who were poor tribal and low-caste women.

Authorities have since put in place guidelines and are training local health workers on conducting safe and sanitary surgeries, based on findings of a PFI study into the deaths, but incentivised, target-driven sterilisation continues.

Doctors, nurses and health workers receive cash incentives for promoting and carrying out sterilisations. Patients are also given compensation – ranging from 600 rupees ($10) to 1,100 rupees ($17) for tubectomies and vasectomies respectively.

“The doctor is getting 250 rupees per surgery. Why would he bother to do only 10 or 20 surgeries when he can do 80? In the Bilaspur case, this is what happened,” Muttreja said.

“The doctor did not even change his laparoscope once during the 86 operations. He didn’t change his gloves once. He didn’t have the time.”

The doctor denies charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the deaths were caused due to spurious medication supplied by the authorities. The trial is yet to come before the court.

CUTTING MATERNAL MORTALITY

With more than four million Indians sterilised every year, the incentive system encourages officials and doctors to cut corners and uneducated women are often given money for surgery without knowing the risks, say activists.

Muttreja said India had to improve access to other forms of contraception, widen the basket of contraceptives on offer and invest in providing better reproductive health services.

The government currently offers only five choices to men and women — female sterilisation, male sterilisation, Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (IUCD), oral contraceptives, and condoms.

In contrast, other countries in the region such as Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Indonesia have seven contraceptive methods available which include injectables and implants.

An estimated 32 million Indian women do not have access to any form of modern contraception and providing more choice, together with screening and follow-up, will reduce numbers of unintended pregnancies and help accelerate a fall in maternal mortality rates.

In 2012, 178 women died per 100,000 live births in India, down from 212 in 2007, according to the U.N. children’s agency. Despite the falling rates, the U.N. says India has made slow progress on development targets on maternal deaths, assisted births and ante-natal care.

“Women do need sterilisation as a option of family planning, but we need it conducted properly and under hygienic conditions. The manner in which sterilisation is being done in India currently is unethical,” Muttreja said.

“We will see a huge reduction in maternal mortality if we invest in other methods of family planning also.”

(Reporting by Nita Bhalla. Additonal reporting by Jatindra Dash in Bhubaneswar. Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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Vyapam scam: CBI takes on the heavyweights of Madhya Pradesh government

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered a set of FIR’s in three cases of illegalities committed during the pre-medical examination conducted by the Vyapam in 2009 to 2011 and named at least eight key officials of the Madhya Pradesh government. Among the names is the state’s Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son. Sources also said confirmed that the CBI has also asked for files relating to MP governor’s deceased son who was accused in the Vyapam scam.The investigation into cases between 2009 to 2011, as well as naming of key officials in the first set of FIR’s, takes the probe into areas which were not looked into the state constituted Special Task Force which was primarily looking into cases between 2012 and 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Records related to Shailesh Yadav, the deceased son of MP governor, who was one of the key accused in the Vyapam scam, have also been asked by the CBI as conformed by the probe agency’s spokesperson Kanchan Prasad.She added that records have also been called from the District Police of Ujjain, Kanker, Gwalior, Jhabua and Indore relating to the deaths of Namrata Damor, Vijay Patel, Rajendra Arya, Akshay Singh and Deepak Verma.The CBI has named 21 candidates in the FIR in connection with Pre-Medical Test 2010, booking them under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery among others. In the second case against eight suspects in Pre-PG examination 2011, the agency has registered FIR under same sections along with the Section 3/4 of the Madhya Pradesh Recognised Examination Act.Among the heavyweights named in the FIR include Gulab Singh Kirar, a member of the MP Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son Shakti Singh Kirar.Others named include Sudhir Bhadauria and Pankaj Trivedi, both former controllers of examination with Vyapam who were not named in any cases by the STF so far. According to official sources, Gulab Singh Kirar as well as Bhadauria, were considered to be close to the Chief Minister.The premier investigative agency has constituted a 40-member team headed by Joint Director RP Agarwal to probe the scam after the Supreme Court handed transferred all Vyapam related to the CBI. More than 40 people associated with the massive admission and recruitment scam have died mysteriously since 2009 including a journalist.Namrata Damor whose body was found on the railway tracks in Ujjain, underwent two autopsies one of which claimed that her’s was a case of homicide while the other one (conducted at the behest of local police) called it suicide due to disappointment love. Akshay Singh, died mysteriously while interviewing Namrata’s father.Earlier this year Both Yadav and Patel were found dead under mysterious circumstances, when they were Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively. Patel, on the day of his death, had apparently called his lawyer, and had asked him to meet in Bhopal. His phone has been missing ever since and the CBI is currently in correspondence with the Chhattisgarh Police Dealt with urgencyWhile speaking on the cases of alleged deaths related to Vyapam, CBI officials said for now the most crucial cases are being probed on urgent basis which include that of journalist Akshay Singh, Namrata Damor, Shailesh Yadav and Vijey Patel.