Sonia's birthday celebration in C'garh runs into controversy

RAIPUR: The celebration of Sonia Gandhi's birthday by Congress party here has run into controversy with the BJP strongly protesting cutting of a tricolour-shaped cake on the occasion, calling it an insult to the national flag.

Local newspapers carried photographs of Chhattisgarh Congress party leader Subhash Sharma celebrating Sonia's birthday by cutting tricolour-shaped cake.

Taking objection to it, the state BJP unit today staged a protest rally and demanded the Congress leaders apologise for the blunder.

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.

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.

Chhattisgarh records 358 rapes, 394 killings in 135 days

Chhattisgarh has registered 358 rape cases and 394 killings in 135 days, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said Tuesday.

The state also recorded 45 dacoity and 214 loot cases between July 1 and Nov 15, Kanwar told the assembly in a written reply to a question of Congress member and former home minister Nandkumar Patel.

The minister said the police arrested 342 rape accused, 500 murder accused, 166 accused for dacoity and 282 people for their alleged involved in loot cases.

24 malaria deaths in Chhattisgarh this year

Raipur, Dec 7 (IANS) Twentyfour people have died of malaria and over one lakh people have tested positive for the disease in Chhattisgarh this year, Health Minister Amar Agrawal informed the state assembly Tuesday.

Till Nov 15, 122,939 people were found positive for malaria, the minister informed the house in a written reply to a question by Congress member and Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey.

Between 2004-09, 26 people died due to malaria, he said.

Chhatisgarh Assembly: 36 Protesting MLAs Suspended

Thirty-six opposition legislators, were today suspended from proceedings of the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly after they stormed into the well of the House over "poor law and order situation in the state."

As the proceedings began, Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choubey raised the issue of increase in the number of kidnapping and murder cases and said that the state government had failed in maintaining law and order.

Congress MLA seeks CBI probe in boy''s abduction and murder

Raipur, Dec 7 (PTI) Main Opposition Congress today demanded a CBI probe into the abduction and murder of a 10- year-old boy in Chhattisgarh's Sarguja district. Talking to reporters here, Congress legislator T S Singdev alleged that the BJP Government in the state was trying to shield the accused in the case. The victim, Hrithik, was abducted and killed a few days ago. Singdev, the MLA from Ambikapur in Sarguja district, said one of the accused, Pradeep Gupta, had worked for Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch leader Anuraj Singdev.