Unidentified burglars decamp with valuables worth Rs 1.75 lakh

In broad day-light, unidentified burglars stormed into a flat at posh Avnish Pride locality under Kabir Nagar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 1.75 lakh..

JCC(J) MLA raises issue of egg distribution to students in mid-day meal

Pandemonium was witnessed in the House on Monday, when Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) Legislative Party Leader Dharamjit Singh raised up the issue of egg distribution to students in mid-day meals...

BJP moves Adjournment Motion on spurt in Maoist killings

Hectic discussions between the opposition and treasury benches on the Adjournment Motion moved by principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party demanding clear-cut policy on Left Wing Extremism and State Government’s stand on ongoing NIA investigation in the killing of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, again failed to churn out any concrete strategy to contain Left Wing Extremism...

Judicial employees go on mass leave demanding action against judge

In an unexpected turn of events, the class-3 and class-4 employees of the District and Sessions Court, Durg on Monday went on mass leave protesting alleged misconduct of a Sessions Judge with a peon and also demanding her removal...

CG 10th in enrollment of children in private schools

Chhattisgarh stands at 10th position amongst all States in terms of maximum admission of children in private schools...

How long will Chhattisgarh reel under Naxal violence?

How long we will keep paying tributes to the martyrs killed by the Maoists? Many valuable lives of security personnel, political personalities and innocent tribal villagers have fallen victims to the Maoist violence and now people want that such unwanted violence and blood shed should come to a halt...

1 dead, another injured in jail break attempt

TWO under-trial prisoners from Katghora sub-jail attempted jail break on Saturday night. However, both of them were caught by the jail administration...

In blatant violation CRSCS DG occupying post for 8 yrs

Dr P K Bhatt, who has been appointed as Director General (DG) of Chhattisgarh Regional Science Center Society (CRSCS) on May 23 in 2011 has occupied the post of DG for last eight years...

Monsoon Session from today, likely to remain tumultuous

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR The Second Session of Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly (Monsoon Session), will commence from Friday. The Monsoon Session, although short, is likely to remain tumultuous with opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) along with Bahujan Samaj Party, cornering the ruling Congress on various burning issues. It may be recalled that the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Secretariat had on June 9, 2019, had issued notification for ..

Wildlife Vet successfully removes fish hook stuck in turtle’s throat

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Good Samaritans of the Nova Nature Welfare Society pulled out a miraculous rescue of a Flapshell turtle, which was on the brink of dying after ingesting a fishhook pierced deep into his mouth. Nova Nature Society Durg In-charge M Suraj told The Hitavada that the rescue operation began when someone called up Avinash Mourya of Nova Nature Welfare Society from Bhilai-3, Durg (Chhattisgarh) about a turtle caught from nearby pond. It was an Indian Flapshell turtle ..

Naveen Jindal visits BSP

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI Naveen Jindal, Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited(JSPL) visited Bhilai Steel Plant and went round a few units of the plant during his short stay on Thursday. Anirban Dasgupta, Chief Executive Officer of Bhilai Steel Plant and AK Bhatta, General Manager In-charge (Projects) were present. Jindal began his plant visit by visiting the Safety Excellence Centre, located near the Main Gate initially, where he apprised self with information related to steps regarding ..

ITI, Amadi Nagar celebrates annual day

 Business Reporter: Bhilai,  The ITI, Amadi Nagar celebrated its second annual day with zeal and vigour. The chief guest of the programme was J P Yadav of BJYP. After performing all rituals as well as customs, Director of the institute Deepankar Samadhar gave the annual report of the institute to the guests. Later, Deepak Rudra, President of the samiti; Subrat Majumdar, Secretary and other office bearers of the samiti expressed their views. Then 14-year-old girl Sharmistha Ghosh ..

Cops start modification of ‘Black Spots’ to curb road mishaps

 Staff Reporter  RAIPUR To check road fatalities, Raipur Traffic Police have recently carried out a survey, wherein it identified as many as 19 Black Spots (accident prone spots) on National Highways (NHs) passing from the district as well as other roads  Raipur Traffic Police have initiated extensive efforts to curb flaws on roads and undertook requisite modifications at identified ‘Black Spots’ (accident prone spots) across the district. In its mission to check ..

‘I-T collection of over 12 pc across CG is encouraging’

 Business Reporter: RAIPUR  “THE growth rate of Income Tax collection of over 12 per cent across Chhattisgarh against 2 per cent recorded at the national-level is encouraging and the balance target will be achieved in within few months,” said Member (A & J) and Zonal Member of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) P K Dash. He was addressing the media here on Wednesday. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT) Raipur S S S B Ray, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income ..

Youth attempts to loot ATM machine, police launches search for accused

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR No offence in this connection has been registered as the bank personnel did not turn up to lodge a complaint   A youth, equipped with rod-like tool, allegedly attempted to rob an ATM kiosk of Punjab National Bank in Raipur on Wednesday. The incident kept local police and media on tenterhook after a screenshot of a CCTV footage, claimed to be of Punjab National Bank’s ATM kiosk located at Telghani Naka under Ganj police station circulated on online ..

Voc teachers protest on various issues

 Staff Reporter: Raipur The specific objectives of the centrally sponsored scheme of Vocationalisation of secondary and higher secondary education seems to have suffered a major setback in Chhattisgarh due to alleged apathy of the state government. Vocational teachers appointed in 546 government schools across the state took to the street in protest against the harassment being meted out to them by their employers and subsequently state government’s callousness to sort-out the ..

Strike of junior doctors enters day-5 with no result

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Strike of junior doctors continues on fifth day on Sunday. No fruitful results obtained so far through series of meetings with higher authorities. Dr Pushpendra Kumar Rathore, Junior Doctors Association (JDA), Secretary member informed that nine point demands pressed by the JDA are minimum stipend to be paid to Post Graduate resident doctors. Presently the stipend paid to first year intern is Rs 42,500 and proposed stipend is Rs 75,913. Similarly, for second ..

Mountaineer Yashi Jain calls on Assembly Speaker

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Mountaineer Yashi Jain, hailing from Raigarh district, called on Speaker of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Dr Charan Das Mahant at Speaker House, Shankar Nagar recently. Yashi Jain left here for Europe. She will climb Mount Elbrus in the month of July.  Assembly Speaker Dr Mahant wished good luck to Yashi Jain for this trip. It may be noted that Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia. Earlier, she climbed upto base ..

New team of Lions Club Pinnacle takes oath

 Staff Reporter:  DURG The oath taking ceremony of the new team of Lions Club Pinnacle was held at Hotel Amit International the other day. The chief guest on the occasion was District Governor Ranjana Kshetrapal while the oath was administered to the new office bearers by Returning Officer Amarjeet Singh Dutta while Cabinet Secretary (Administrative) Vibha Bhutani and District Treasurer, Chaya Kataria graced the occasion with their presence.  Those took oath were Annapurna Agrawal ..

C’garh bids tearful adieu to CM’s mother Bindeswari Baghel

 Staff Reporter: DURG  Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel lit the pyre to bid a tearful adieu to his mother, Bindeswari Baghel, at Bhilai-3 Muktidham on Monday. People had started gathering at the residence of Chief Minister at Bhilai-3 since morning for the last glimpse (antim darshan) of her.  The funeral procession started from CM’s residence at about 11 am and went through the streets of Bhilai. Apart from the immediate family, former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Cabinet ..

FIR against Swamy for accusing Rahul of taking cocaine

 The Hitavada State Bureau: JASHPUR/RAIPUR JASHPUR police registered an FIR against BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy for alleging that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi takes cocaine. Raising strong objection over the allegation, Jashpur district Congress President Pawan Agrawal lodged a complaint with Patthalgaon police station. According to police sources, in his complaint, the Congress leader termed the alleged statement as baseless and a deliberate move to malign the image of ..

Anirban Dasgupta’s name recommended for Dir, Projects and Business Planning

 Staff Reporter: DURG, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) Govt. of India has recommended BSP-CEO, Anirban Dasgupta’s name for the post of Director (Projects and Business Planning), Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) out of the seven contenders who were in the fray for the post. In the selection meeting of PESB held on July 8 (Monday) seven applicants were interviewed after which CEO-BSP, Anirban Dasgupta’s name was finalised.  The seven applicants including ..

Chain snatcher arrested

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR,   A joint team of Raipur Police’s Cyber Cell and Pandri police arrested a chain snatcher and recovered valuables worth Rs 1 lakh from his possession. “Based on precise tip-off coupled with ongoing investigation, the team has arrested a chain snatcher identified as Vijay Yadav (32), a resident of Pandri locality. From his possession, investigators have seized a stolen motorcycle and a gold chain snatched from a woman at Mowa locality.  The ..

Mahout complaints about food for captured elephant

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Office of the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Raigarh was taken aback when a Mahout suddenly turned up with his elephant, accusing the Forest Department of not giving enough food to his elephant. As the Save Forest Committee came to know about the issue, he held a discussion with the DFO. Notably, Forest Department has taken a serious stance after the death of a captive elephant in Sarangarh due to the extreme torture subjected to the animal by Mahout. Nearly, ..

CM’s mother passes away Last rites to be performed in Bhilai today

 Staff Reporter  RAIPUR Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s mother Bindeswari Baghel passed away at a private hospital, following her prolonged illness, here on Sunday afternoon. She was 78. She was undergoing treatment at Ramkrishna Care Hospital for the last several days. “Bindeshwari Baghel was admitted at Ramkrishna Care hospital on June 24 after she had suffered cardiac arrest,” Consulting Physician of the Ramkrishna Care Hospital Dr Abbas Naqvi, who ..

‘Chhattisgarh is still in a nascent stage in field of art’

 By Kanchan Koshle:  RAIPUR  One of the most renowned Kathak Dancers of Chhattisgarh, an actor, a news anchor and Mrs Classic Chhattisgarh 2018-19, Dr Anuradha Dubey is a multi-faceted woman, who has also been a great exponent of Indian Classical Art at national and international platforms for past many years. In a candid interview with The Hitavada, Dr Anuradha Dubey shared her plethora of experience, views on the current scenario of the Classical and Folk arts in Chhattisgarh.  A ..

Significant decline in Naxals’ number in State

 Bodies of 10 Maoist rebels and huge cache of weapons recovered by security forces after an encounter in insurgency-hit Bijapur on Feb 7 this year. (The Hitavada photo archives)  Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Extensive anti-nNaxal operations coupled with meticulous planning and surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy of Chhattisgarh Government has resulted in significant decline in number of Maoists cadres across insurgency-hit districts in the State. In past few years, large number ..

Officials asked to conduct plantation drive

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Additional Chief Secretary of Forest Department and Bilaspur District In-charge Secretary R P Mandal held a meeting with officials from Bilaspur division at the Collectorate in Bilaspur on Saturday. Addressing the meeting, R P Mandal asked the officials to conduct a plantation drive and distribution of saplings in all gauthans and grazing land. Mandal directed the officials to adopt scientific approach for implementation of Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa and Badi scheme. ..

CPSS thank CM for declaring public holiday

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR A delegation of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Sahu Sangh (CPSS) called on Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at his official residence here on Saturday. The office-bearers of the CPSS thanked Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for declaring public holiday on the occasions of Hareli, Teeja and Karma Jayanti.  The Chief Minister informed the members of the CPSS about Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa and Badi scheme. CPSS State President Vipin Sahu, General Secretary Motilal Sahu, Akhil ..

Sutraa, premium expo-cum-sale begins with a bang

RAIPURSUTRAA’s, the premium exhibition with a vision to provide its patrons best selection of well curetted fashion and lifestyle products was packed with elite shoppers on the opening day at Zone By The Park Hotel, Raipur on Friday.The three-day exhibitors who are best in the field of wedding have come to Sutraa and showcasing their best wedding dresses, jewellery, bridal shoes, handbags, clutches and much more. Apart from array of designer collections, the exclusivity of Sutraa is introduction ..

BJP mega membership drive to begin from today

RAIPURBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be launching mega membership drive from July 6, the birth anniversary of Late Syama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The membership will continue till August 11 in State to mark ‘Sanghatan Parv’. The mega membership drive will be launched by Dr Thawar Chand Gehlot Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.  Dr Thawar Chand Gehlot  After registering membership through online process, it would get a ..

Poster of ‘Taiy Mor Love Story’ released

RAIPURChief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nandkumar Baghel released the poster of upcoming Chhattisgarhi movie ‘Taiy Mor Love Story’ in a simple function held here recently. Producer Ajay Verma, co-producer Ramesh Patel, director Danesh Nishad, Hero Satish Sao, Sanjay Sahu, Dinesh Sahu, Mahendra Meeraj, Lokesh Sahu, Kishan Sahuand others were present on the occasion.  Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nandkumar Baghel releasing the poster of upcoming Chhattisgarhi ..

IDH fashion and lifestyle exhibition recieves grand opening response

INDIAN Designer Haat (IDH), a fashion and lifestyle exhibition by Fayre Media Private Limited received grand opening day response here at Hotel Babylon Inn on Friday.  Fashion lovers and shoppers busy selecting the latest designer collection being introduced by exhibitor at India Designer Haat exhibition in progress at Jail Road-based Hotel Babylon Inn on Friday.  The three-day 27th edition of IDH has shoppers awestruck and overjoyed with the wide range and latest collections introduced ..

CM writes to PM for amendment in Forest Conservation Act

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR  Highlighting the plight of forest dwellers, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the Central Government to take necessary steps to include establishment of non-polluting micro and small industrial units and 1-5 MW solar power projects, within the ambit of Indian Forest Act, 1927 and Forest Conservation Act, 1980. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in his letter to the Prime Minister said that Chhattisgarh has a forest cover ..

Police crack six burglary cases

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Raipur Police claimed to have cracked six cases of burglaries with the arrest of a man named Yousuf Khan on Thursday. Police also recovered Rs 5.70 lakh in cash and a Pulsar motorcycle used in the theft. On the direction of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shaikh Arif Husen, Cyber Cell constituted a special team to search out the culprits of strings of burglaries in different parts of the city. The team scoped out the crime scenes while also interrogating ..

Guest faculties being exploited in Govt colleges

 Staff Reporter: Bhilai They work equal or more than regular professors of colleges, but in terms of salary per month, there is a difference of over 200% in of regular faculties and these guest faculties of different subjects who render their teaching services at colleges of State. At present, 70% of the teachings in all of government as well as government aided colleges across State have been managed by these guest teachers or faculties. They have equal qualification, knowledge and ..

Rungta engineering students fetch big packages campus drive

 Business Reporter: Bhilai  It is the dream of every youth to secure a lucrative job soon after completing graduation. The students from Engineering Colleges Rungta College of Engineering & Technology (RCET)-Bhilai and Rungta College of Engineering & Technology (RCET)-Raipur run by Santosh Rungta Group in Bhilai and Raipur have proved their mettle by securing job offers in prestigious national and multinational companies during campus placement drives organised at Group’s ..

Baghel launches Jan Chaupal

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR IN A BID to hear the grievances of common people, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has started the ‘Jan Chaupal’ programme at Chief Minister’s official residence on Wednesday. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel directly met the people and heard their grievances at his official residence.  The Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 11,000 financial assistance to Deepak Gupta of Kawardha and Rs 20,000 to Kamla Bai treatment. Baghel sanctioned Rs 3 lakh financial ..

State to celebrate ‘Rath Yatra’ today

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR THOSE unable to visit Puri to witness the world famous ‘Rath Yatra’ (Chariot Festival) need not be disappointed as the festival will be celebrated in Raipur with religious fervour on Thursday. Though, the celebration won’t be as big the in Puri, the tradition and customs followed in Puri ‘Rath Yatra’ can be seen during the celebrations at Jagannath Temple in Gayatri Nagar, Raipur, Neelkantheshwar temple at Trimurti Nagar, Raipur, ..

Environmentalist suggests CM to develop Sky Garden in Sky Walk

 Staff reporter: RAIPUR Environmentalist Vishwanath Panigrahi from Baghbaraha submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel during ‘Jan Chaupal’ in Raipur on Wednesday and urged him for transforming the much-talked Sky Walk into a Sky Garden.  Panigrahi also presented the Chief Minister some photographs of garden. Panigrahi said, if sky garden is developed and plants like Erika Palm, Mother-In-Law Tang and Moneyplant are planted, there will be reduction in ..

Swami Vivekananda Airport gets PET bottle shredder machines

 Staff Reporter: Raipur Terming it as ‘Swacch Bharat Recycling Machines’, Raipur Airport Director (APD) Rakesh Ranjay Sahay said that the equipment could recycle plastic bottles into recyclable raw material   Taking another step forward towards environment conservation, Swami Vivekananda Airport (SVA) unveiled two automatic PET Bottle Shredder Machines, here on Wednesday. The installation of machines at Security Hold Area (SHA), one each on ground and top ..

Monsoon covers entire C’garh

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR THE eagerly awaited Southwest Monsoon finally covered the entire State giving much needed respite from the parched conditions and infused life into the slow paced farming activities. During the last 24 hours, wide spread showers had its maximum concentration over central part of Chhattisgarh while the extreme north and southern districts of Surguja and Bastar recorded isolated showers. With the continuous drizzles across State for last 24 hours, the overall 29 ..

Minister Patel asks for uniform admission fees in Govt varsities

 Staff Reporter: Raipur A committee would be formed to monitor and improve online admission systems  State Higher Education Minister Umesh Patel on Monday said that all Government universities in State should have uniform admission fees and directed the officials of his department to prepare a proposal for further course of action on it. He stated this in a review meeting of the department at the Mantralaya on Monday. Also present on the occasion were vice-chancellors and ..

Anganbadi workers cheer honorarium hike

 Staff reporter: RAIPUR State Government’s decision to increase the honorarium of Anganbadi workers by Rs 1,500, Rs 1,250 and Rs 750 respectively has brought cheer on their faces. According to the decision, Anganbadi workers would get the benefit of Rs 1,500 each, Mini Anganbadi workers would get the benefit of Rs 1,250 each and Anganbadi assistants would get benefit of Rs 750 each.  Chaman Netam, who is a worker of Anganbadi Centre-2 of village Kherthadih of Block Balod ..

15 rescued children reunited with their families

 Our Correspondent: SUKMA,  July 2 FIFTEEN children who were kept hostage in Olang village near Vijaywada district in Andhra Pradesh were rescued in joint operation of police and district administration. The children were reunited with their families. District Child Protection Officer Jitendra Kumar Baghel said that parents have given written complaint that a contractor lured their children of employment in Vijaywada and is not allowing them to come back.  The complaint also included ..

Powerful blast in BSP sends tremors across 2 km

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI No one was injured nor any significant loss was recorded owing to high intensity blast  STRUCTURES in two-kilometre radius area were shaken with high intensity blast that occurred in Steel Melting Shop-III (SMS-III) of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) on Monday morning. Since it was a strong explosion, panic created in SMS-III as the workers started running helter-skelter on the apprehension of earthquake tremors. However, the situation was normalised later. ..

Students demand closure of liquor shop

 Staff Reporter  RAIPUR The agitation, which started around 11 am, concluded after Excise Minister Lakhma directed officials to take requisite action for shifting of liquor shop  Disappointed by lewd comments passed by boozers, students of Government and private schools on Monday staged a massive demonstration in front of a liquor shop located in Raipur’s Gokul Nagar demanding its immediate closure. However, the agitation came to an end after Chhattisgarh’s Excise ..

Netam raises river pollution issue in RS

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) SC Cell National President and Rajya Sabha Member from Chhattisgarh Ramvichar Netam raised the serious issue of pollution in river pollution in Chhattisgarh during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha. Raising the issue, Netam asked what steps are being taken by the Government towards controlling pollution in five main rivers in Chhattisgarh which include Mahanadi, Kharun, Hansdeo, Kelo and Sheonath after Central Pollution Control Board has ..

BJP submits memo against de-limitation process to SEC

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR THE BJP on Monday submitted a memorandum to State Election Commission (SEC) against the alleged irregularities in the de-limitation process of urban areas coming under the Raipur Municipal Corporation. They termed the de-limitation process undertaken as highly impractical and suggested measures for consideration. A BJP delegation, led by BJP State Spokespersons Sanjay Srivastava and Sachidanand Upasne and comprising of Chaggan Mundra, Praful Vishwakarma, Ramesh ..

Voc teachers protest on various issues

 Staff Reporter: Raipur   The specific objectives of the centrally sponsored scheme of Vocationalisation of secondary and higher secondary education seems to have suffered a major setback in Chhattisgarh due to alleged apathy of the state government. Vocational teachers appointed in 546 government schools across the state took to the street in protest against the harassment being meted out to them by their employers and subsequently state government’s callousness to sort-out ..

Strike of junior doctors enters day-5 with no result

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Strike of junior doctors continues on fifth day on Sunday. No fruitful results obtained so far through series of meetings with higher authorities. Dr Pushpendra Kumar Rathore, Junior Doctors Association (JDA), Secretary member informed that nine point demands pressed by the JDA are minimum stipend to be paid to Post Graduate resident doctors. Presently the stipend paid to first year intern is Rs 42,500 and proposed stipend is Rs 75,913. Similarly, for second ..

Bomb scare at Mana Camp

 Staff Reporter: The entire rank and file of Raipur Police remained on tenterhooks after bomb-like material was spotted at Mana Camp in limits of Mana police station on Sunday morning. Sensation prevailed in the area as the news of bomb spread like wildfire. However, senior police officials confirmed the suspected bomb-like material in polythene was not a bomb and possibly, placed by mischievous elements to create sensation.  After being informed about the suspected object wrapped with ..

Gang of tricksters busted

  Staff Reporter: RAIPUR With the arrested of a fraudster, Raipur police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of tricksters indulged in cheating people on the lure of helping them to get their insurance money. Recently, the gang has duped retired project manager of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) of over Rs 2.42 lakh on the pretext of help him to get his insurance money. Amanaka police arrested a fraudster identified as Sanjay Singh Gangwar (34), a native ..

One detained with 13 children after child trafficking tip-off

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI In preliminary investigation, Durg RPF ruled out any possibility of foul play  Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members in coordination with the district police are further investigating into child trafficking complaint in which one was detained by Railway Protection Force (RPF), Durg team and thirteen children were rescued at Durg railway station on Saturday morning. However in the preliminary investigation RPF, Durg ruled out any possibility of foul ..

Tributes paid to martyrs

Staff Reporter; RAIPUR Rich tributes were paid to the three security personnel including two officers and one Head Constable from 199th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force at Chhattisgarh Armed Force 4th Battalion Shaheed Smarak grounds on Saturday by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Home Minister Tamradhawaj Sahu. These three bravehearts were martyred during an ambush laid by Maoists im Bijapur district. Director General of Police (CG) Durgesh Madhav Awasthi, Special DG (Intelligence) ..

Mohan Markam takes charge as CPCC Chief

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Kondagaon MLA and senior tribal leader Mohan Markam assumed charge of office as new President of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) at state Congress party office Rajiv Bhawan on Saturday. Markam was appointed as the CPCC President in place of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was the President of CPCC for over five years. Mohan Markam, who comes from Bastar region, took the charge of office of the CPCC President from outgoing CPCC President Bhupesh ..

Fresh posting orders for 18 IAS officers

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR,  Effecting a major reshuffle of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, State Government on Friday issued fresh posting orders for 18 IAS officers. According to the order issued by General Administration Department, Dr Maninder Kaur Dwivedi IAS (1995 batch), presently posted as Residential Commissioner, Chhattisgarh Bhawan, New Delhi, has been posted as Principal Secretary Gramodyog department with additional charge of Principal Secretary Agriculture (with ..

Direct flight service started between Raipur-Prayagraj

  A NEW Raipur-Prayagraj direct flight service was started on Friday. Raipur is now connected to 13 cities through non-stop flights. Airport authorities greeted the first passenger of the Raipur-Prayagraj flight, Colonel Siddique with flowers and gift before handing him the boarding pass.  The first flight from Prayagraj was welcomed with water canon as it landed in Swami Vivekananda Airport at 11:45 am and each passenger was gifted a book on Swami Vivekananda. The flight was off ..

Durg District Bar Assn polls to be held today

 ELECTIONS for the various posts of Durg District Bar Association (DDBA) will be held on Saturday at District Collectorate premises. Total 48 candidates are in fray for eight different posts and as many as 1,359 voters will exercise their franchisee for the two-year-long tenure of DDBA. The results will be declared on Sunday and Advocate Brijendra Gupta is acting as an election officer.  Reliable sources informed that total 1,359 voters, including 1,083 males and 276 females, will cast ..

Mystery shrouds death of Bilaspur girl in Abu Dhabi

IN A HEART rending incident, a gold medalist of Guru Ghasidas Central University (GGCU) and daughter of a senior journalist was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her husband’s house in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The victim had an estranged relationship with her husband and who, according to her parents, is the prime suspect. The body, after autopsy, has been preserved by Dubai Police and after formalities will be sent to Bilaspur.The deceased Priti Chaddha, daughter of senior journalist ..

Kondagaon MLA Mohan Markam appointed new CPCC President

ALL INDIA Congress Committee (AICC) President Rahul Gandhi has appointed Kondagaon MLA and senior tribal leader Mohan Markam as new President of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC). The letter appointing him as the CPCC President was issued by AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal on Friday. Mohan Markam has been appointed as CPCC President in place of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Chhattisgarh Congress In-charge P L Punia, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Health Minister T S Singhdeo ..

Health Minister takes crucial decisions at DKS review meeting

  Health Minister T S Singhdeo took review meeting of working of Dau Kalyan Singh Post Graduate Institute and Research Centre and ordered new fresh tenders for all services in DKS. The meeting took place at new Circuit House. He directed the hospital administration to provide best treatment facility to the patient as per super-speciality hospital. He asked the administration to call fresh tenders for the works carried out by the private agencies. It was decided that under Chirayu Yojana ..

Response to pvt engg colleges remains dismal in Chhattisgarh

Nearly 50 per cent colleges failed to attract even 10% studentsOut of total 13,466 seats, only 3701 seats, including 899 Government college seats, could be allotted under first phase By Partha Sarathi BeheraRaipur, June 27 Will it be wise to do engineering from Chhattisgarh? If yes, then you must be very careful in picking your college as data available with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Government of Chhattisgarh, might disturb you and make you think twice before taking ..

Alertness of lawyer leads to rescue of 34 minor children

Alertness of a lawyer from the capital, who was going to Rajnandgaon to meet some legal responsibilities by Howrah-Mumbai Mail, led to rescue of 34 minor children from the train, who’re reportedly being trafficked to Maharashtra from Bihar. Police who swung into action after the alert sent by the lawyer, also managed to arrest two persons accompanying the kids.  Lawyer Smita Pandey had boarded Howrah-Mumbai Mail from the capital for Rajnandgaon on Thursday to attend some legal work ..

State Government notifies new transfer policy for current year

The State Government on Thursday notified the much awaited Transfer Policy for the year 2019. According to the notification, state-level transfers will be effected from July 15, 2019 till August 14, 2019 while at the district-level (Class-3 and Class-4) transfers would be affected from June 28, 2019 till July 12, 2019. A complete ban would be imposed on transfers after July 12 at the district-level and after August 14 at the state level.  According to the notification issued by the state ..

‘Stopping Naxal allowance will demoralise cops deployed in insurgency-hit areas’

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Payment of allowance being given to police personnel, deployed in Naxal-affected areas, has been suspended since April 2019  Coming down heavily on the incumbent Congress Government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel over the issue of reported suspension of allowance being given to police personnel deployed in LWE areas, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice-President Dr Raman Singh said stopping this allowance amounts to demoralisation of police ..

CM Bhupesh Baghel launches ‘Digi Dunia’ at Marra village

 Staff Reporter  RAIPUR: As many as 1,246 schools of far-flung regions in State will be covered under the project  CHIEF Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday launched ambitious ‘Digi Dunia’ project during a ‘shala praveshotsav’ (school entrant fair) at Marra village of Patan. As many as 1,246 schools of far-flung regions in State will be covered under the project which is being implemented as part of the ICT. The objective of the project is to take ..

3 employees sustain severe burn injuries in mishap at BSP

  Staff Reporter: BHILAI THREE, including a Junior Officer, sustained severe burns when suddenly a huge electrical flash occurred at Main Substation Distribution System-II (MSDS-II) in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) on Wednesday morning. The victims were immediately taken to JLN Hospital, Bhilai and their condition was stated to be stable. According to information, at about 11:20 am on Wednesday, necessary work was being undertaken at 15(A) Substation of MSDS-II in BSP when a huge spark from ..

Rare surgery on bone disorder performed at NH MMI Narayana Hospital

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR, A 46-year-old woman, suffering from a very rare bone disorder, got new lease of life after she underwent a rare surgery at NH MMI Narayana Multispeciality Hospital here on Wednesday. Consultant Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr Ankur Gupta informed that due to disorder abnormal growth and bulging of bones took place, randomly at different parts of her body. For the first time in 2008, she noticed a bulging in her neck which later turned out to be ..

6 killed, 43 hurt as bus plunges into gorge

 Our Correspondent & Agencies  AMBIKAPUR/RAIPUR, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has expressed deep sorrow   SIX people were killed and forty-three injured after a bus skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Anuraj Valley in Jharkhand’s Gadwa district during early hours on Tuesday. The accident occurred at about 3.30 am and the officials informed that dead bodies of six passengers have been fished out of the gorge while there is a possibility that some are ..

13 teachers get notice for dereliction of duty

 Staff Reporter: Raipur Collector of Kawardha Awanish Sharan conducted a surprise inspection at five schools on the second day of current academic session, which resumed on Monday, on Tuesday. The District Collector issued warning to thirteen teachers who were absent from their duty. L Dhruv, principal and three teachers of three schools were issued show cause notice.  The teachers Kamalkant and Hemant Sahu were found watching movie during school time. Teacher Premlal Rajak was ..

IAS officer plants 1 lakh saplings in waste land

 Special Correspondent: Raipur Can a mining area be eco-friendly? In Raigarh district, yes it can as the administration is creating a man-made forest. With an initiative taken six months back, former Raigarh Collector Shammi Abidi adopted miyawaki method - a Japanese method of developing a forest with rich bio-diversity of plantation. Though the idea is relatively new in India, it has been successfully implemented across the world. Currently, the project has been implemented at two ..

Fire breaks out in building 3 of BSP

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI No one was injured only four employees were trapped inside the building and were rescued safely  PANIC prevailed after fire broke out at Building-3 of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) on Tuesday noon. On information, BSP fire fighting squad reached the troubled location immediately and initiated measures for safe rescue of employees trapped inside the building.  However, no one was injured in the mishap. According to information, at about 2:15 pm on Tuesday, ..

3 more children found encephalitis positive in Bastar

 The Hitavada State Bureau: Jagdalpur/Raipur,   After a 4-year-old boy died of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) at Dimrapal Medical College Hospital in Jagdalpur, three more positive cases of JE have come to fore in Bastar district. Although, all these cases are stated to be out of danger, panic is prevailing among the villagers. Meanwhile, confidence building measures have been taken by the State Government by sending subsequent medical teams from Jagdalpur and Raipur, who’re ..

Deliberations held on insurgency in CG

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR A discussion on insurgency in Chhattisgarh – Orienting the approach to ‘Peace-Security-Development’ initiated by Bangalore-based Synergia Foundation was held here at New Circuit House. The session was chaired by Home Minister of Chhattisgarh Tamradhawaj Sahu. Former Chief Secretary and CG-RERA Chairman Vivek Dhand, Chief Secretary Sunil Kujur, DGP D M Awasthi, D G (Anti Naxal Ops) Giridhari Nayak, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) C K Khetan ..

Burglars loot mobile phones worth over Rs 10 lakh from showroom

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI unidentified burglars struck at a mobile phone showroom and decamped with several expensive mobile phones worth over Rs 10 lakh from the showroom, located in Supela, Bhilai during early hours on Monday. The police are investigating into burglary to track down burglars on basis of modus operandi recorded in the course of spot inspection. According to sources, on early Monday morning, some unidentified burglars broke into Semi Conductor World, the mobile phone ..

BRAMH docs implant artificial Y-shaped dacron graft in AAA patient’s abdomen

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR A patient got new lease of life at Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH) after he underwent a first of its type operation in this Government hospital. The patient was suffering from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). Dr Krishana Kant Sahu, Head of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, informed that the patient, named Linkan Cristian (54), a resident of Bhilai Sector-I, was suffering from severe flank pain for past four months. He consulted doctors ..

SAFC in doldrums as Govt denies funds

 By Partha Sarathi Behera: Raipur  The State Govt rejected the Fencing Association’s request for Rs 30 lakh for hosting the championship n  The Commissioner of Sports and Youth Welfare had earlier given a go ahead to the proposal seeking Rs 30 lakh, but later, the Finance Deptt rejected the proposal in guise of rules  The prestigious Third South Asian Fencing Championship (SAFC), proposed to be held in Chhattisgarh, face a major roadblock in the form of financial ..

4 from CG to participate in world yoga fest

 Staff Reporter: DURG Four, including three players and their coach, from Chhattisgarh have been selected in Indian team for the 4th World Wealth Yoga Festival and Championship to be held in Europe. The 4th yoga festival has been organised by World Real Yoga Alliance at Hristo Smirnenski, Bankya Bulgaria from June 28 to 30. Those selected from Chhattisgarh include, Anand Singh as International Coach along with Damini from village Darra (Dhamtari), Toran Yadav from village Khatti (Mahasamund)..

BJP to launch mega membership drive across State from July 6

 Staff Reporter:  RAIPUR Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be launching mega membership drive from July 6, the birth anniversary of late Syama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The membership will commence from July 6 and will continue till August 11 across State to mark the occasion of ‘Sanghatan Parv’. Regarding this, a special meeting was held at BJP State HQ Kushabhau Thakre Parisar on Sunday, wherein, District Membership In-charges and Co-incharges ..

CM ayes setting up sports university in State, organising National Games

 Sports Reporter: Raipur Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given a positive indication to set up a sports university in State and hold National Games, bringing cheer on the faces of office bearers of various sports organisations. A delegation of sports associations of State met the Chief Minister at his official residence on Saturday to get him acquainted with various issues related to sports associations, sportspersons and other stakeholders. Chhattisgarh Olympic Association Vice President ..

BJP blasts Cong for forgotten promises

 Staff Reporter:  RAIPUR At every district head-qaurter, senior BJP leaders led the state-wide Mahadharna and highlighted the failures of Congress Government  Staging statewide Mahadharna against the failure of Congress Government in delivering its promises, Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday put the incumbent Congress in the dock. At every district head-qaurter, senior BJP leaders led the state-wide Mahadharna and highlighted the failures of Congress government. In the ..

‘By opposing Triple Talaq Bill, opposition meting out injustice to Muslim women’

 The Hitavada State Bureau  Rajnandgaon/Raipur,  Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh asserted that by opposing the Triple Talaq Bill, opposition parties including Congress, are meting out injustice to Muslim women. The Union Minister was talking to media persons in Rajnandgaon district after the inauguration of a day long workshop - ‘Meeting of Minds’ on agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry farming here. Commenting on the ..

C’garh not happy with allotment of seats to medical colleges under EWS Quota

 Staff Reporter: Raipur,   DME Dr S L Adile said that they had demanded at least 50 seats for each medical colleges of State  Chhattisgarh has expressed discontentment over the allotment of medical seats to its medical colleges by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW), Government of India. According to a notification issued by MHFW increasing number of MBBS seats by 10 per cent under EWS Quota for the academic year 2019-20, Chhattisgarh would get 120 seats ..

Parents demand harsh punishment

    Staff Reporter: BHILAI Shrikhala murder case  Though the law will take its own course yet considering it as rarest of rare case police and judicial system should initiate for ensuring strong prosecution and harsh punishment subsequently as the minor involved in the heinous offence was merely four days short to complete eighteen years of age, appealed, Mamta Yadav and Avdhesh Yadav, the parents of Shrinkhala Yadav, brutally killed by a minor in one-sided ..

CM sanctions Rs 51.20 lakh for scholarships

Taking cognizance into the grievances of tribal students from Bastar and Surguja divisions who have not received scholarships since last two years, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had issued necessary directives. Acting upon the directives, Rs 51.20 lakh has been sanctioned from Bastar and Surguja Development Authorities for providing scholarships to these students. Member Secretary of Bastar Development Authority and Bastar Commissioner has sanctioned total Rs 35.2 lakh for 22 girl students from ..

Yoga camp organised at Rajbhavan

 On the occasion of International Yoga Day, a yoga camp was organised at Raj Bhavan on Friday morning. At this camp, Secretary to Governor Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, Deputy Secretary Roktima Yadav, Governor’s Legal Advisor N K Chandravanshi, Governor’s personal Assistant Anant Shrivastava, Controller Harbansh Miri along with all the officials-employees of Raj Bhavan Secretariat practiced yoga under the able guidance of Yoga Instructor A K Sahu and his students taught them about ..

60 lakh perform yoga to create record

The fifth International Yoga Day was observed all over the State with much zeal and enthusiasm. Collective yoga was practiced in all district head-quarters, schools, colleges, all urban bodies and village panchayats, where over 60 lakh people participated. The yoga practice in State was recorded by the Golden Book of World Records. The main function was held in Sardar Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in the capital, where 600 school students along with officials, employees and public representatives ..

5 killed, 23 injured in road accident

 The Hitavada State Bureau: Jagadalpur/Raipur Five persons were killed on the spot and 23 sustained injuries when a pick-up van rammed into another pick-up van coming from opposite direction near village Pandeymurga on Wednesday late night. The deceased were identified as Dhrava Vekko (30), Budhani Lekam (45) and Somari Vodla (50). The injured have been admitted in District Hospital of Biajpur, Bhiramgarh and Nelsanar. The driver of another vehicle died in the accident was identified ..

WRMDC inaugurated at Pt Ravishankar Shukla University

 Staff Reporter: Raipur Workstation for Research on Micro Data from Census (WRMDC) was inaugurated at Pt Sundarlal Sharma Library, Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (PRSU), Raipur on Wednesday. It is to be mentioned, this project was approved on December 7, 2015 following a MoU between PRSU and Census Directorate of Chhattisgarh. As many as 18 workstations had been proposed to be developed across the country and PRSU is one of them. The workstation will allow researchers work on household-lev..

Two mahouts, elephant trying to enter Sarangarh, caught from Odisha border

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Raigarh Forest Division officials caught two mahouts entering Sarangarh with an elephant from Odisha border recently. Elephant aged around 50 years was confiscated as the Mahouts failed to produce any requisite document. Raigarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Manoj Kumar Pandey informed that Banaras resident Nanku had rented elephant to Nageshwarnath Ojha for vagrancy. They were wandering with elephant for past four months. Both of them stayed at Ambikapur for ..

Swami Mahesh to give lecture on Yoga today

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Foreigners accept Science behind Yog and follow it religiously, whereas Indians take Yog for granted and do not practice it so seriously. Health and exercise culture are more significant outside India, says Swami Mahesh  SWAMI Mahesh, the first wandering Yogi born and brought up in Raipur will give a glimpse of what wonders Yoga can make if combined with Science on International Yoga Day in the capital city on Friday. He will be apart of the Positive ..

Chief Minister reshuffles Distt in-charge Ministers

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR CHIEF Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday reshuffled the charge of District In-Charge Ministers. Accordingly, Agriculture and Bio-technology, Water Resources Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Choubey has been given charge of Raipur district with additional charge of Raigarh district. Panchayat and Rural Development, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister T S Singhdeo has been given charge of Janjgir-Champa, Balodabazar-Bhatapara and ..

JP Nadda conducts video conferencing meet

 Staff Reporter; RAIPUR Newly-appointed Bharatiya Janata Party Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda conducted video conferencing meeting with all state BJP units on membership drives and future programmes on Wednesday. BJP National General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, National Members In charge Shivraj Chauhan and BJP IT Cell National Convener Amit Malviya accompanied with the BJP National Working President. After the video conferencing, BJP State President Vikram Usendi held ..

Bhilai Niwas handed over to Indian Coffee House

 Staff Reporter: BHILAI, Bhilai Niwas, formerly known as Bhilai Hotel, has been handed over to Indian Coffee House for maintaining services, catering and other operations  Bhilai Steel Plant has handed over the services of Bhilai Niwas to Indian Coffee House. The outsourcing of services to ICH was a long drawn conclusion after the normal operation of Bhilai Niwas was severely affected since a long owing to staff crunch. Bhilai Niwas, formerly known as Bhilai Hotel, has been ..

Forest Department jails mahouts, owner of deceased elephant

 The Hitavada State Bureau: RAIGARH/SARANGARH Setting an exemplary precedent, Chhattisgarh Forest Department booked and subsequently jailed the mahout and owner of a elephant named ‘Ganga’ for meting out extremely inhumane torture on the animal for their personal gains. The elephant had recently died after being subjected to prolonged cruelty in Sarangarh.  The Forest Department had booked mahout Lalamani Gautam and owner Tarkeshwar under relevant Sections of the Wildlife ..

CG kids locked in Mah Protection Home returned home

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR  Two children from Chhattisgarh returned home after spending nearly 7 months in a child protection home in Pune of Maharashtra. The kids were released with the efforts of Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya. It was a moment of overflowing emotions when the children hugged their parents while tears of pleasures trickling down from their eyes. Parents failed to contact the Government of Maharashtra owing to their illiteracy.  So, they requested ..

BPL kids not getting full quota of RTE, alleges CPA

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Chhattisgarh Parents Association (CPA) has alleged the Schools of depriving the Below Poverty Line (BPL) children from full quota of Right the Education (RTE) Act. Association State President Christopher Pail made this accusation on private schools in a press conference on Tuesday. He even went on to say that School Education Department and Directorate of Public Instruction are also hand-in-glove with the private schools in this act.  Thousands of children ..

State Govt claims its special initiatives, achievements

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Chhattisgarh government on Monday listed out its initiatives and achievements which it had carried out in last six months since it came to power. Addressing a joint press conference while highlighting the achievements and initiatives, Excise Minister Kawasi Lakhma and Women and Child Welfare Minister Anila Bhedia said the Congress Government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel have not only fulfilled its promises made to farmers, tribal, poor and common people, ..

Mayor Pramod Dubey counts achievements of RMC, RSCL

 Staff Reporter: RAIPUR Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Mayor Pramod Dubey gave out a laundry list of successful infrastructural projects launched or completed in Raipur in the six months after the formation of government in a press conference on the theme of ‘Nava Anjor Se Gadhbo Nava Raipur’ on Monday. Talking about the projects implemented under the RMC and Raipur Smart City Limited (RSCL), Mayor stated that project ‘Clean Kharun’ is central India’s ..