Union Budget is a reflection of vision and resolve: CM Sai

Reacting to the Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday, Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai praised the Budget as a reflection of vision and resolve. He characterised it as a comprehensive budget aimed at holistic development. The Chief Minister highlighted the significant focus on agriculture and employment, deeming the Budget historic. A key feature for Chhattisgarh is the allocation of Rs 1.52 lakh crore for agriculture, which is anticipated to drive a new green ..

Rare Albino snake spotted

In a remarkable discovery in Bhilai, a rare Albino Checkered Keelback snake was recently rescued by wildlife enthusiast Avinash Mourya. Avinash received a call about a white snake inside a house, a situation he has often encountered where people kill snakes out of fear. Upon reaching the site, he discovered a snake with an unusual red and white coloration, characterised by its red eyes. Over the past decade, Avinash has conducted over 5,000 rescues, but this particular colour pattern has been seen ..

Attack on businessman 3 more accused brought to Raipur

The Raipur Police’s cyber team brought the three suspects to Raipur from Jharkhand after arresting them in connection with the recent shootout involving a businessman in Telibandha. Among those apprehended is the primary mastermind, Amandeep Balmiki, also known as Ammu. Along with Amandeep, two other suspects, Laxman Das Bajigar and Ravi Kumar Sen, have been brought to Raipur on transit remand for further interrogation. This brings the total number of arrests to six, with three of the accused previously ..

Minister honours fencer Rupali Sahu

Fencing athlete Rupali Sahu paid a courtesy visit to Sports Minister Tank Ram Verma. Rupali Sahu, along with Reeba Benni, secured a silver medal for India in the Junior Commonwealth Fencing Competition held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from July 12 to 19. The Sports Minister commended their outstanding performance, emphasising that the daughters of Chhattisgarh have not only brought pride to the state but also to the nation. He highlighted the state’s commitment to fostering a supportive environment ..

Dr Biswas does study of the cave system of Mandhip Khol

Mandhip Khol gufa is located at about seven kilometre from Thakurtola village in an area declared as a Protected Forest in the Khairagarh. Mandi means ‘gathering’ and gufa means ‘caves.’ There is a big festival on first Monday after ’Akshay Tritiya’ in Mandhip Khol. Raipur to Mandip Khol distance is around 110 km on the Kanha National Park Road. One can reach Mandip Khol from Raipur through Kumahri, Dhamdha, Kandei, NarmdaThakurtola.February to April is the best season to visit cave because of ..

Loan settlement issue Three attack bank employees

In a shocking incident, three persons attacked the manager and field officer of the State Bank of India (SBI) in the Takhatpur police station area on Monday. The attackers entered the bank and assaulted the bank employees, causing a stir among other employees present at the scene. The entire incident was captured on CCTV, showing the youths fiercely beating the bank manager Ankit Bhushan Lal and field officer Prem Kumar Jaiswal. The altercation reportedly began over a dispute regarding loan settlement, ..

Heavy rainfall expected in a few districts

INTENSE Monsoon rains have drenched the entire State with rivers in Dantewada, Bijapur and Kondagaon districts breaching the banks and submerging several surrounding villages blocking major thoroughfares. The daylong showers, the first in ongoing rainy season brought smiles while the repeated drenching slowed down the hectic traffic and public movement across the Raipur city. With 100 per cent overcast condition, the capital city recorded around 23 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours. However, ..

ABVP holds protest in alleged assault of student by teachers

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday held a protest at Holy Hearts School, following the alleged assault of a student by five teachers on Saturday, July 20. The incident has sparked serious concerns about student safety and welfare at the school. The ABVP strongly condemned the teachers’ behaviour, stressing that such actions are entirely unacceptable and contrary to the values of education and student safety. They highlighted the severe mental and physical effects ..

Aishwarya Raj in lead role in Hindi movie ‘Pride’

Actor Aishwarya Raj, hailing from Chhattisgarh, will be in lead role in the upcoming Hindi movie ‘Pride’, which will be released on July 26. Pankaj Kumar Virat is the director of the movie. Tilak Raj Gupta is the producer of the movie. Actors Mahakshay Chakraborty, Arif Zakaria, Shubhangi Latkar, Abram Puttan and Raju Srestha have acted in the movie. Earlier, Aishwarya Raj had acted in Hindi movie ‘Prithviraj Chauhan’. She also acted in five South Indian movies. She is a resident of Jeevan Vihar Colony ..

Monsoon Session begins today

The Monsoon Session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly beginning at 11 am on Monday will have a total of five sittings held from July 22 to 26. The first Supplementation Budget for 2024-25 will be tabled in the House. Discussions on demand for grants for the first supplementary budget will be held in the House during the monsoon session. Question hour, zero hour and Government businesses will be transacted and several bills will be passed in the House during the Monsoon Session...

Deepak Baij slams BJP

State Congress President Deepak Baij has criticised Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for the deteriorating law and order situation and inadequate health facilities in State. Speaking to the media at the state Congress party office, Rajiv Bhawan, in the state capital, Baij stated that the law and order situation has worsened over the seven months of BJP rule. He highlighted that crimes are rampant, even in the state capital, with inter-state gangsters expanding ..

N-1B Dam breach submerges homes

The N-1B Dam, constructed by NMDC in the Kirandul Hills of Dantewada district, has sustained damage due to excessive rainfall, resulting in flood damage to numerous houses on Sunday. The district administration promptly evacuated affected residents to safe locations. Waterlogging near the Gatar bridge and CSC Centre in Kirandul has been addressed, and JCB machines have been deployed to clear the roads. Due to the flood, the administration is also relocating people from low-lying areas to safer places. ..

Titanium stock gutted in massive fire at factory

TITANIUM stock was gutted in a massive fire outbreak at a factory at Industrial Estate, Bhilai on Thursday. Upon information the well equipped fire fighting squads from various agencies including District Fire Services and the nearby cement factory reached the troubled locations immediately and doused the fire completely. However no one was hurt in the fire mishap...

State now home to world’s 2nd largest coal mine

Chhattisgarh-based Coal India subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Limited’s (SECL) Gevra and Kusmunda coal mines have secured the 2nd and 4th spot in the list of the world’s 10 largest coal mines released by WorldAtlas.com. Located in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh state, these two mines produce more 100 million tons of coal annually accounting for about 10% of India’s total coal production. The Gevra opencast mine has an annual production capacity of 70 million tons and produced 59 million tons ..

Rainfall causes gridlock on MH 63

the isolated rains in ongoing Monsoon created panic as the ground water level has not increased so far. In Raipur, the hour-long steady drizzles the seasons longest spell in the capital on Wednesday gave some respite. During the hour-long steady showers, Raipur received 19.3 mm rainfall. Meanwhile, light to medium rainfall was recorded at many places while one or two places received heavy to very heavy rainfall in the State on Wednesday. Bhopalpatnam recorded highest of 170 mm rainfall followed ..

BMC in action mode Malaria case surfaces

A resident of Model Town Bhilai has tested positive for malaria PFR (Plasmodium Falciparum) fever. The patient, living in house number 351, Vinoba Nagar, Ward No 3, was reported to be suffering from malaria. Given the risk of dengue and malaria, Senior Sanitation Inspector K K Singh of Bhilai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Dengue-Malaria Prevention and Mosquito Eradication team conducted a thorough cleaning operation at the site. The team sprayed Temephos and Malathion inside and outside the ..

Head-on collision leaves 20 injured

A bus and a truck collided head-on, resulting in injuries to more than 20 passengers on Wednesday. The collision, which took place near Semriya village in the Vidhan Sabha police station area, was so severe that bus seats were uprooted, and many passengers sustained head injuries, causing blood getting spill out throughout the bus. The accident occurred around 10 am when the bus, travelling from Raipur to Kharora, lost control and collided with a truck. The force of the impact caused passengers to ..

‘A developed C’garh for developed India’

‘Mor Sapna Mor Vikas Chhattisgarh’ event held July 16 Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai said that vision document is being prepared with everyone’s participation to make Chhattisgarh a developed state. He was addressing a state-level programme ‘Mor Sapna Mor Vikas Chhattisgarh’ at New Circuit House in Raipur city. Chief Minister Sai further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make India a developed country by the year 2047. “To fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream to make India a developed ..

Pain - Like a pinch of salt on a platter

“Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” – Rabindranath Tagore Salt is the seasoning that pulls a dish together and enhances its flavor, but a little extra can ruin it. Pain is that extra pinch of salt for a patient with cancer. It not only causes physical harm but also obliterates our internal identity. Living with chronic pain is often an immense challenge. It affects all dimensions of life by destroying one’s self esteem and has devastating effects on one’s ..

Biker chased by stray dogs hits stationary truck, dies

A MOTORCYCLIST being chased by stray dogs crashed into a stationary truck-trailer and died on spot in a road mishap that occurred at Hathkhoj Road in Bhilai-3. The police reported that after an autopsy the body was handed over to the family members on Monday, the police said. Police sources informed the deceased has been identified as Horilal Sagar (55), son of S Sagar, a resident of Umda, Bhilai-3. As per the sources at about 4:45 pm on Sunday, Horilal Sagar was riding his motorbike home when he ..

NIT Raipur concludes high-end workshop

DEPARTMENT of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur organised a weeklong high-end workshop sponsored by SERB on ‘Exploring Semiconductor Devices: A Practical Approach to VLSI. The workshop concluded on Tuesday. Chief Patron of the workshop was Professor Dr N V Ramana Rao, Director of NIT Raipur. Patrons included Dean Academics Dr Shrish Verma, Dean R&C Dr Prabhat Diwan and Chairman CEC Dr Shubhojit Ghosh. Chairman for the workshop was HoD ..

July 16: World Snakes Day Nova Nature Welfare Society raised awareness about mysterious lives of King Cobra snakes

The Nova Nature Welfare Society raised the awareness about Mysterious lives of King Cobra snakes and emphasised the importance of their conservation on World Snakes Day, celebrated annually on July 16, in Korba Forest Division. Korba district holds significant wildlife importance as it is home to a variety of species including leopards, elephants, otters, flying squirrels, and notably, the King Cobra. This district is the only natural habitat of the King Cobra in central India. The conservation of ..

CM Sai inaugurates Sankalp Jashpur

Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai inaugurated the Sankalp Jashpur programme in Duldula area of Jashpur district on Sunday. This programme has been initiated with the objective of creating societal awareness and behavioral change across the district and to educate women on preventing child marriage, vaccination, sickle cell disease, and snakebite prevention. Supported by district administration, UNICEF, Women and Child Development Department, Health Department, Education Department, and NRLM, volunteers ..

Former IAS Anil Tuteja taken by UP Police

One of the accused in the Chhattisgarh liquor scam former IAS officer Anil Tuteja has been taken into custody on a production warrant by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Tuteja is expected to be presented in a Meerut court on Monday. It is alleged that Tuteja is also involved in a case in Uttar Pradesh related to the production of fake holograms. Previously, the UP Police had arrested Anwar Dhebar and former Special Secretary Arunpati Tripathi in connection with the case. In July 2023, the Deputy Director ..

Govt’s NRLM Bihan scheme helps Pushpa Yadav in becoming Lakhpati Didi

Pushpa Yadav, a woman from Gullu village in Arang, has turned her dreams into reality, becoming a Lakhpati Didi through sheer determination and the support of the central Government’s NRLM Bihan scheme. Pushpa, who once found it challenging to drive a scooty, has now mastered flying drones to spray pesticides in the fields. Pushpa shared her journey, recalling a time when she was confined to household chores and couldn’t imagine herself doing anything beyond that. Her selection for drone training ..

BMC holds plantation drive

The staff of Bhilai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and volunteers of Oxyzone have planted saplings as part of Ek Pedh Maa campaign in different parts of steel city. The members of organisations have invited personalities of different section in society and plant sapling with an oath to take care of it as like their own mother. The members of Oxyzone are planning to make entire city as green city and in this noble cause, BMC is also supporting the organisation. One of the members of Oxyzone, Hemant Kumar ..

Durg Police organise workshop for journalists on new criminal laws

Following the directives received from the Police Headquarters, Nava Raipur, Durg Police on Thursday organised a daylong workshop on new criminal laws for journalists. The workshop aimed at providing necessary information to the journalists on Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam implemented from July 1st so that the journalists can provide accurate and detailed information to their readers and viewers. Durg Range Inspector General (IG) of Police, ..

Women entrepreneurship development event held

A Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme was held in Material Management Department of SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant, at Ispat Bhawan recently. The programme is aimed at developing women as entrepreneurs. K C Misra, CGM (MM) was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Office-bearers of Bhilai Mahila Samaj (BMS), one of Bhilai’s foremost women's organisations, known for operating various enterprise units in women's welfare were invited in first phase of initiative. Information was sought from women entrepreneurs ..

Mishra praises co-working centre

The Central Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Roopa Mishra, praised the co-working centre established by Raipur Municipal Corporation in collaboration with the Raipur District Administration. Under the guidance of the Urban Administration and Development Department of the Chhattisgarh Government, this facility, located on the third floor of the multi-level parking near the heart of the capital city, Jaistambh, aims to promote and support startups for youth welfare and women’s ..

CM Sai Inaugurates ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam’ campaign

Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam’ Mahavriksharopan Abhiyan-2024 at the Biodiversity Park in Atal Nagar, Nava Raipur. The campaign aims to plant 4 crore trees across 33 districts in Chhattisgarh, encouraging citizens to plant a tree in the name of their mother...

MLA Yadav moves HC against police’s notice

Bhilai Nagar MLA Devendra Yadav has moved High Court (HC) against the notice served to him by the police for questioning in the Balodabazar violence case. It was believed that Yadav will be going to Balodabazar on Thursday due to which large number of police personnel was also deployed in the Balodabazar Kotwali Police Station but MLA Yadav skipped the same and instead filed a petition in the court. In his submissions made before the High Court, MLA Yadav said that no reason was mentioned in the notice ..

Ranu Sahu denied bail

Special Court (Prevention of Corruption Act) in Raipur on Wednesday denied bail to suspended IAS Officer Ranu Sahu arrested previously in connection with the coal levy scam. The State Economic Offence Investigation and Anti Corruption Bureau (SEOIACB) had opposed her bail plea and the court took note of the fact that the suspended officer after being released on bail may influence the ongoing investigations. While dismissing her bail plea, Special Judge Nidhi Sharma Tiwari observed that the involvement ..

Central Finance Commission delegation reach Raipur

A team of 16th Central Finance Commission, headed by its Chairman Dr Arvind Panagariya, arrived at Raipur on Wednesday evening. Chairman Dr Arvind Panagariya and the members of the Central Finance Commission were accorded a warm welcome by the senior officers at Swami Vivekananda Airport. Members of the Commission Ajay Narayan Jha, Annie George Mathew, Dr Manoj Panda, Dr Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Secretary Ritvik Pandey, Joint Secretary Kamal Kumar Mishra, Joint Director Raghavendra Singh, and other delegation ..

Verma honored with Innovative Farmer Award

ANESHWAR Verma, a contract farmer of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rajnandgaon was honoured with the Innovative Farmer Award for excellent contribution in the field of agriculture and allied activities. President and Director of Indian Agriculture Institute, New Delhi, Dr Ashok Singh presented the award to contact farmer Aneshwar Verma of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rajnandgaon. It is worth mentioning that Aneshwar Verma, a farmer of village Paragaon Khurd of Dongargarh development block is an innovative farmer ..

Flesh Trade racket busted; 6 including 3 women held

POLICE busted the sex racket, being operated at a lodge in Power House, Bhilai and arrested six including three women in this connection. However, the accused pimp in the flesh trade racket is absconding while police are on look-out for him. Acting in the matter Chhavni police registered the offence under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). Police sources informed that on Wednesday, while acting upon the complaints of mushrooming flesh trade racket at a lodge in Power House, Bhilai; a Chhavni ..

Order on suspended officer Ranu Sahu’s bail plea reserved

A day after suspended IAS officer Ranu Sahu was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court till August 7 in connection to the coal levy scam case registered against her by the Directorate of Enforcement, the officer moved another bail application in the Special Court at Raipur seeking her release in the similar coal levy scam case registered by the State Economic Offences Investigation and Anti Corruption Bureau (SEOIACB). The hearing on her bail application was held in the Special Court of judge Nidhi ..

State Head of Prism holography security films arrested

The State Economic Offences Investigation & Anti Corruption Bureau has seized crucial evidence related to duplicate holograms in the ongoing excise scam investigation. Dilip Pandey, State Head of Prism Holography Security Films Pvt. Ltd., a company supplying duplicate holograms, has been arrested. Based on information obtained during the inquiry, the Bureau has seized the hard drive of the industrial computer connected to the hologram printing setup in the ground floor room of the GST office in Nava ..

Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars on 3-day strike from today

The Chhattisgarh Kanisth Prashasnik Sewa Sangh, along with the District Executive, has reviewed the ongoing work being done by Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars in State. They highlighted severe resource shortages and security concerns affecting their ability to perform their duties. Consequently, a decision has been made for all Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars to go on a three-day strike from July 10, 2024, to July 12, 2024. The review revealed that Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars are working under significant ..

Coal levy Three separate FIRs registered

The State Economic Offences Investigation and Anti-Corruption Bureau (SEOIACB) have registered three separate FIRs in connection with the Chhattisgarh coal transport levy scam. The FIRs name suspended IAS officers Ranu Sahu, Sameer Bishnoi, and State Administrative Service Officer Saumya Chaurasia, charging them under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Each of the accused faces separate cases filed by SEOIACB and it has revealed that Saumya Chaurasia and her family possess 29 immovable properties valued ..

Bansal reviews preperation for CFC team’s C’garh visit

A twelve-member team of Central Finance Commission (CFC), led by its Chairman Arvind Panagariya will reach Raipur on the visit to State on July 10. This team will discuss with Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai and cabinet members and officials on various issues including financial needs, infrastructure development and economic progress of the state. The Finance Commission will also be on visit to Jagdalpur on July 12 and 13...

Man beats dog with stick, hangs it on tree

THE Mahatari Vandan Yojana has sparked widespread enthusiasm among women in Chhattisgarh, particularly benefiting those from poor, middle, and lower-middle-class backgrounds. This initiative, hailed for its timely financial support, has significantly bolstered the confidence and self-esteem of its beneficiaries. Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai's effective governance is credited for seamless monthly disbursement of funds under scheme. This month, women received the fifth installment, amounting to one ..

Jai Shri jagannath! Governor, CM participates in Rath Yatra

Rathyatra Mahotsav was celebrated with religious fervour in Raipur on Sunday. Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan and Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai participated in the Rath Yatra Mahotsav of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath at Jagannath Temple in Gayatri Nagar in Raipur on the occasion of Rath Yatra. The Governor worshiped Lord Jagannath and wished for the happiness and prosperity of the country and the people of state. Governor Harichandan performed the ritual of Chhera-Pahra as the first Sevak of God. Agriculture ..

Mysterious deaths of youths sparks sensation

mysterious deaths involving a young man and woman have created a sensation in Raipur. The body of a young woman was discovered in room number 416 of Hotel Babylon Inn on Jail Road, while the body of a young man was found on the railway tracks at Urkura. The deceased woman, identified as 25-year-old Vani Goyal from Ambikapur, had been reported missing at Saraswati Nagar police station. Her friend, Vishal, was found dead near Urkura railway station the previous night. The police are treating the girl’s ..

New criminal laws Need more tech-savvy police investigators

Even though the new criminal law codes which came into effect from July first aims to modernise the criminal justice system in the country, the not so tech-savvy investigators of the Police Department in Durg district seem to be grappling with the changes as it is becoming harder for them to adapt to the use of technology. The new provisions of the criminal laws are aptly being implemented in the district but most of the police investigators are finding it a daunting task to record audio-video during ..

Pratibha Samman, Agra Gaurav Samman programme held

AGRAWAL Sabha and Agrawal Yuva Mandal organised Pratibha Samman and Agra Gaurav Samman programme jointly with Anjaneya University at Maharaja Agrasen International College (MAIC), Raipur. MP brijmohan Agrawal graced the programme as chief guest. Bhagran Tiwari, a prominent personality in Chhattisgarhi films and theater was keynote speaker. Publicity in-charge of Agrawal Yuva Mandal Ayush Murarka said that all the Agrawal MLAs along with MP Brijmohan Agarwal were honored on the occasion...

9 killed after entering wells in Janjgir-Champa, Korba

Nine persons, including a man and his two sons as well as a father-daughter duo, were killed on Friday in two incidents in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa and Korba after suspected inhalation of poisonous gas inside wells, police officials said. In Kikirda village under Birra police station limits in Janjgir-Champa, Ramchandra Jaiswal (60), Ramesh Patel (50), his two sons Rajendra (20) and Jitendra (25), and Tikeshwar Chandra (25) died, said Bilaspur Range Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Shukla. ..

Nitin Nabin is BJP State In-charge

Bharatiya Janata Party’s National President Jagat Prakash Nadda has re-appointed Bihar’s Cabinet Minister Nitin Nabin as the State In-charge of Chhattisgarh BJP after previously appointing him as the Election In-charge. In a similar move, BJP National Vice-President-Chhattisgarh MLA Lata Usendi has been appointed as the Co-In-Charge of Odisha State BJP. BJP State President Kiran Singh Deo congratulated Nitin Naveen and Lata Usendi for their new roles and expressed gratitude to National President ..

Four more bookies arrested from Pune

The Raipur Police on Friday arrested four more bookies from Pune, Maharashtra, for their involvement in operating the Mahadev Reddy Bat Book – 23. These arrests made following the inputs given by five others arrested a day ago. The accused had been deceitfully obtaining bank accounts from unsuspecting individuals to facilitate their betting transactions. The suspects were found using these bank accounts without the account holders’ knowledge for the Mahadev Satta operations. Acting on this information, ..

Notice to RTI activist Kunal Shuklafor comments against LS Speaker

A TEAM of Rajasthan police on Friday reached Raipur from Kota to serve a notice to RTI activist Kunal Shukla. Earlier, the police team also raided the house of RTI activist Kunal Shukla in Shailendra Nagar. The development comes in the wake of an objectionable comment posted by the RTI activist against Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. In this regard, Kota (Rajasthan) police had registered an FIR on April 13 against Kunal Shukla under multiple Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 419, 500, 171-G, ..

Gambling accused succumbs to injuriesafter jumping off 3rd floor during raid

A GAMBLING accused triple-storey building during a police raid in Hyderabad succumbed to injuries in hopsital. Following an autopsy, Gowlidoddi police handed over the body to the family, who have since transported it to Bhilai, police reported. According to police sources, the deceased has been identified as Sujit Sao, 24, son of Pramod Sao, a resident of Road No. 18, Camp-1, Bhilai. The police stated that on June 28, while attempting to crack down on an online gambling racket, the Durg police team ..