Security forces to be moved out of government schools in Bastar

Security forces will be soon moved out of government schools in the Naxal-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, official sources said today.

The step is being taken to prevent Naxal attacks on these schools, which house security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations, they said.

Besides schools, the personnel reside in state-run hostels and other government buildings, which are often targeted by the Naxals, the sources said.

The security forces will be shifted out of these government facilities and accommodated in safer dwellings which will be built soon, they said.

Chhattisgarh to get 2,000 MW power from NTPC project

Raipur, Nov 25 (IANS) Chhattisgarh signed a power purchase agreement Thursday with India's largest power producer, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), to get 50 percent power from its upcoming 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant.

Chhattisgarh will get 2,000 MW at Rs.2.59 per unit from NTPC's coal-fired project that will come up at Lara village in the state's northern coal-abundant Raigarh district.

Tata Motors opens Tata Nano sales in Chhattisgarh and other states

Mumbai: Tata Motors, today, announced open sales of the Tata Nano in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh from November 22, 2010. Residents of these states, who are desirous of driving home a Tata Nano but had not booked the car during 2009, will be able to purchase a Tata Nano now.

Customers will be able to take a closer look at and test drive the Tata Nano across all Tata Motors dealerships and special Nano access points.

Police jawan killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

A jawan of Chhattisgarh police was killed in a Naxal attack in Bijapur district today, police said.

The jawan Potiram Hakka was killed in a Naxal attack on a police party in the jungles of Mankeli in Bijapur district, additional superintendent of police BPS Rajbhanu told PTI.

A team comprising 75 policemen, which was returning to base after patrolling, was attacked by Naxals, he said.

The Naxals fled the scene after a retaliation from police party that lasted for three hours, he said.

Govt not to ban BALCO's mining projects in Chhattisgarh

The government Wednesday said there is no proposal to ban public sector firm Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd's (BALCO) bauxite mining projects in Chhattisgarh. "The environment ministry has accorded environmental and forest clearance to the two bauxite mining projects after following due process.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh replied to a written question in the Lok Sabha.

Tantrik's house of horror? Boy sacrificed, bones found

Raipur, Nov 25 (IANS) A tantrik, his wife and five disciples have been arrested in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, for sacrificing a two-year-old boy in the belief that it would bring them wealth, police said Thursday, adding this may not be the first such killing by him.

The arrests were made Wednesday night from the industrial town, some 30 km from here, at the Ruabandha locality workers colony.

Chhattisgarh getting schools vacated by security forces

Raipur : Chhattisgarh has begun vacating dozens of schools occupied by security forces who are stationed for anti-Maoist offensives in its southern restive tip, an official said Thursday.

"The authorities in the 40,000 sq km restive Bastar region (made up of five districts of Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker and Dantewada) have been instructed to urgently arrange alternative buildings where the central forces can be shifted from schools to abide by instructions given by the Supreme Court," a top official source told IANS.