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NTPC to invest Rs 3,300 crore to expand capacity at Chhattisgarh

SIPAT, CHHATTISGARH: Country's largest power producer NTPC plans to invest about Rs 3,300 crore to expand capacity of its existing power project at Sipat in Chhattisgarh. The company is exploring possibility to set up a 660-mw power-generating unit at the site, its regional executive director for western region II SN Ganguly told reporters on Thursday.

The proposal, if implemented would increase the generation capacity of the Sipat power station to 3,640-mw. NTPC is undertaking capacity expansion at most of its power stations for optimal utilisation of land.

NMDC in striking range of buying coal mines in US, Russia

State-owned NMDC, which today struck a deal to acquire 50% in Australia's Legacy Iron Ore for AUD 18.89 million, is within the striking distance of acquiring one coking coal mine each in the US and Russia.
"It is in the final stages...We are almost there (of reaching an agreement for the two mines in US and Russia), NMDC Chairman Rana Som told reporters here.
He added that "for the mine in US, we will decide in maximum three weeks, while for the Russian mine, it would take about 3-4 weeks."

ABB secures $71m substations contract in India

Power and automation technology group ABB has secured an order worth $71m from Steel Authority of India to supply a substation package for the Bhilai Steel Plant located in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

The company will design, supply, install and commission these new high voltage substations, which will enable the additional power supply needed to support a planned increase in the steel plant's annual production capacity.

CM visits Jagdalpur Collectorate on surprise inspection

Raipur: Chief Minister Raman Singh visited the Jagdalpul Collectorate on a surprise inspection today. He had gone to Jagdalpur on a review meeting of Bastar Development Authority. He expressed his displeasure at the mismanagement in the Department of Woman and Child Development.

In Bastar he undertook a review of the development work being done and ordered speedy construction of roads and schools in Naxal infested areas. After this he visited the Collectorate.

Chattisgarh to give Rs two crore to quake-hit Sikkim

Raipur, Sep 23 (PTI) Chhattisgarh government has decided to extend an aid of Rs two crore to the earthquake-hit Sikkim. The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh decided at a meeting last evening to speed up distribution of compensation to the flood affected people in the state as well as to give financial assistance to Sikkim, official sources said today. Twenty people and 318 cattle have died due to floods in the state, while 7,858 houses have been damaged severely, the officials said. Floods affected 24,000 hectares of agricultural land.

Apply Chhattisgarh's special security law to Essar, says Cong

RAIPUR: The opposition Congress here has asked Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to proceed under the state's stringent public security law against the Essar group, which is alleged to have provided huge protection money to Maoist rebels.
"I demand that cases be registered against Essar Group owners for handing over massive amounts as 'protection money' to various factions of Maoists," state Congress president Nandkumar Patel told IANS Friday.

Rs 35,77,000 allocated for govt college playground

Raipur: Doodhadhaari Bajrang Women’s College will have a new playground soon. A budget of Rs 35,77,000 was allocated for the same on Tuesday.

Minister for PWD, School Education, Culture, Tourism and Parliamentary Affairs Brijmohan Agrawal said the amount for the construction of a new playground at the government college has been allocated from the interim budget of Chhattisgarh government.

Ending the leakage raj

Just as economic reforms 20 years ago liberated India from the licence raj, governance reforms now underway promise to liberate the country from the leakage raj. Deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia recently pointed out that corruption has a direct effect on the economy: it dries up domestic and foreign investment, hits social sector projects (food security, education, healthcare) which most affect the poor, and shaves up to 2% off annual GDP growth.

Law University recruits 'student spies' to curb ragging

Raipur: The Hidayatullah National Law University has formed an anti-ragging squad to eliminate the menace from the campus and the hostel premises. The squad was formed in a meeting chaired by the vice-chancellor of the university on Friday.

The five-member squad will include two students. However, the names of these two students will not be disclosed so that they can keep a closer eye on the ragging in the university. They have to inform the university officials about any ragging activity that's taking place.

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