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Chhattisgarh starts sealing illegal cellphone towers

RAIPUR: The authorities in Raipur have begun sealing 144 mobile phone towers installed by cellular operators without obtaining permission, an official said Friday.

"There are a total 333 mobile towers in Raipur and 144 of them have been installed by cellular companies illegally. We served a series of notices to them but they did not even respond and that finally forced us to begin the move to seal off these towers," a senior official in the urban administration department told IANS.

Chhattisgarh raises tribals' job quota

Raipur, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Friday raised reservation quota for tribals in government jobs to 32 percent.

Chief Minister Raman Singh announced the hike in the quota from existing 20 percent, a statement said.

An official said tribals make up to 32 percent of the state's total population, at present estimated to be around 20.08 million.

The tribal leaders were pressuring the state government to raise the quota in government jobs in proportion to their population. They took out several rallies in recent months to build pressure on government.

Fortis takes over Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital

NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare on Thursday said it has taken over the operation and management of Raigarh-based O P Jindal Hospital, which is situated within the integrated township catering to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd's 3 MMT steel plant in the region.

The healthcare major has taken over the operation and management of the 100-bed O P Jindal Hospital in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement.

Chhattisgarh to get Rs 1500cr ADB loan for road infra

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Rs 1500-crore loan to Chhattisgarh for developing road infrastructure in the state.

A high-level delegation of ADB met the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, and discussed about the project. The Chief Minister had directed the state's public works department officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).According to department officials, after getting the DPR, tenders will be invited for the work. The Chief Minister had asked to complete the tendering process at the earliest and start work on the project by December 2011.

Student powers

The popular item song of Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg had spelt trouble for many a munni (girl) in a prestigious school in the Chhattisgarh capital. School authorities were stunned recently when a group of girls came up on the stage soon after morning assembly and started performing the suggestive song. Not unexpectedly, the performers were suspended for the day. Later, it transpired that these students were forced to perform the song-and-dance sequence under pressure from senior students. But no senior student was suspended for ragging.

Miners should fund local development, says Raman Singh

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Monday said that mining companies operating in the state should spend at least 26 percent of their profits on local development.

'The companies should set up production units in areas where they have been excavating minerals and spend at least 26 percent of their earnings on local development and welfare works,' he said in a statement.

The statement claimed that the per capita annual income in the state has risen to over Rs.38,000 as compared to Rs.10,600 in 2000 when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

Finally, Army moves into Maoist territory

RAIPUR: The Indian army is moving into the conflict theatre of Bastar, arriving at the doorsteps of what is arguably the strongest military base of the CPI Maoist - not for combat, as yet, but ostensibly for training. "Manoeuvre ranges have been finalised in Narayanpur district where training will be given to our troops," confirmed a highly placed official in the army.

Chhattisgarh raises tribals' job quota

Raipur, Dec 10 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Friday raised reservation quota for tribals in government jobs to 32 percent.

Chief Minister Raman Singh announced the hike in the quota from existing 20 percent, a statement said.

An official said tribals make up to 32 percent of the state's total population, at present estimated to be around 20.08 million.

The tribal leaders were pressuring the state government to raise the quota in government jobs in proportion to their population. They took out several rallies in recent months to build pressure on government.

Raman Singh presents Rs 1034-crore second suppementary demand

The Chhattisgarh government today sought the approval of Legislative Assembly to spend additional Rs 1034 crore during 2010-11.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the second supplementary demand for grants for spending Rs 10,33,72,59,800 in the current fiscal. The House would debate on the demands on Wednesday.

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Woman held for trying to set ablaze husband

Raipur, Dec 7 (PTI) A woman was arrested for allegedly trying to set afire her husband, a Judicial Magistrate in Chhattisgarh''s Korba district, police said today.

Magistrate K P Bhadoria, in a police complaint, alleged that his wife Mannu tried to kill him, setting him on fire. Based on the complaint, she has been arrested, Korba Superintendent of Police Ratanlal Dangi told PTI.

Mannu poured petrol on her husband and tried to set him ablaze, but he managed to save himself, police said, quoting the complaint.

A probe into the matter has been launched, Dangi said.

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