A Chhattisgarh court recently received a criminal complaint against Chief Minister Raman Singh and former chief minister Ajit Jogi that they had committed an offence under the Public Gambling Act,1867,by placing a bet on a cricket match. The complaint said that Singh and Jogi had placed a bet of
Rs 101 on a match between IPL teams Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors played at Naya Raipur Stadium in April. Singh lost the bet and gave the amount to Jogi,it said. The complainant,Rajkumar Gupta,first approached a police station,and when he found that the police did not take any action,he moved the court. While the case is likely to be disposed off,gamblers in the state are not amused.
Thirteen years after the state was formed,the Ravi Shankar University of Raipur is introducing a post-graduate course in Chhattisgarhi language from this academic year. It will be the first instance in the state when a postgraduate course in the language would be taught in any university. The course will have four semesters and will include papers like grammar,development of language,major writers and their works. The university is,however,yet to recruit teachers. The teachers would be employed on contract basis initially. Durg MP Saroj Pandey has already introduced a Bill in Parliament for including the Chhattisgarhi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
A Raipur court last week became the first in the state to issue e-summon. The summon was sent through email to the chief election officer and other officers of a social organisation for denying voting rights to a member. The Akhil Bhartiya Maheshwari Mahasabha conducted elections for its various posts in Raipur on June 30,with its members forming the electorate. As the name of one Kishan Kumar Dammani did not figure in the voters list,he wrote to the chief election officer,president and general secretary of the Mahasabha. When his grievance was not resolved,he moved the court. As the three respondents live in Nagpur,Mumbai and Rajasthan,respectively,it was impossible that summons through post would have reached them before the election date. Hence,the court used the electronic mode to issue the notice.
With the Assembly polls just a few months away,the Raman Singh government recently announced two interesting decisions targeted towards two communities. While the first was to accord minority status to the Jain community,the second dealt with journalists. For journalists above 62 years of age,the Chief Minister launched the Chhattisgarh Varishtha Mediakarmi Samman Yojna under which they will be given an allowance of Rs 5,000 per month. For retired journalists,there may not be a better farewell gift than this monthly allowance.