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Ground Zero, new Maoist zone: No teachers, hospital 35 km away
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

As The Indian Express reported Thursday, a 25-page document recovered from the Maoists in April details plans to cash in on local issues, such as the price of bamboo, to gain local support in the new zone, as they did in Bastar.

Bamboo prices to jobs, Maoists tap local issues in new zone
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Warning cadre in the new zone to “proceed with caution”, it says, “Secrecy is not being kept, there is hurriedness, those we taking into the organisation are not being talked to in depth about our politics and work.

Use mobiles, tap WhatsApp: Maoist paper reveals propaganda machine tech upgrade
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The 25-page document, recovered after an encounter in April, states that for the first time, cadre up to the level of divisional commander have been allowed the use of mobile phones and tablets for easy access to reading material.

Spreading their footprint, Maoists map new zone of operations in three states
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The new area covers forested pockets in districts such as Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, Gondia in Maharashtra, and northern Rajnandgaon and parts of CM Raman Singh’s home district Kabirdham and Mungeli in Chhattisgarh.

Amit Shah on Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Bahut chatur baniya tha… he could presage Congress’ bleak future’
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

BJP President Amit Shah was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” of Chhattisgarh, on the second day of his three-day trip to the state, with a view to strengthening the party before elections in late 2018.

Under govt pressure, five dailies refused our ads: Chhattisgarh Congress to Press Council
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The advertisements were meant to appear on Thursday — the day BJP president Amit Shah flew to state capital Raipur

Chhattisgarh tweaks 38-year rule for tribal sterilisation, but govt nod still required
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

While government officials said the amendment passed on May 26 was a “step forward”, activists denounced the amendment. They said the amendment continued the inhuman practice of not giving the tribes “autonomy over their own bodies”.

Bastar’s first in UPSC top 100 wants to bring change to region
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Namrata Jain has cracked the UPSC, will become an IAS officer, and is the first person from Bastar to break into the top 100, with a rank of 99.

BHU professor’s appointment as V-C stalled amid protests
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

The ABVP had begun protesting Shahi’s appointment on May 23, saying that he was a proponent of “Left-wing thought”.

Maoists condemn aid given to CRPF men by Akshay, Saina
Mon, May 29, 2017

A Maoist pamphlet that emerged on Friday said, "We appeal to famous figures, film actors, sportspersons and celebrities to stand with the revolution and poor people."

Chhattisgarh: President, PM, CM photos must in govt schools
Fri, May 26, 2017

The government has also asked all primary schools to install mirrors, “42 x 18” inches in size, at an appropriate place and keep a comb and a nail-cutter in their premises.

Maoist killed in Bastar encounter
Mon, May 15, 2017

Senior police officers said that Vilas was a very “important symbol” for Maoists in the area, and that his death was a big blow to them.

For first time, Naxal heartland begins to be mapped — plot by plot
Tue, May 02, 2017

On April 22, for the first time since Independence, the process of demystifying Abhujmaad began

In Chhattisgarh, security forces stop road-opening operations
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Senior Chhattisgarh police officers, however, said another reason why road-opening operations had been stopped was to carry out a review based on the Bhejji and Burkapal attacks.

In Chhattisgarh, security forces stop road-opening operations
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Officials said that all security camps in Bastar will be operating in their respective areas for the next few days.

Long road to Bastar
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

With roads, bridges and Railways, the government is betting on a Rs 3,270-crore infrastructure push to make inroads into Bastar. But as the attack on a CRPF road opening party by Naxals that killed 25 shows, it is up against violence, and more.

Sukma attack on CRPF to avenge Odisha, Bastar ops: Maoists
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

A CPI (Maoist) spokesperson said that “they were not violent” but had to carry out this “necessary violence” to stand for “exploited people”.

At Sukma camp, CRPF DIG speaks out: Kept telling Chhattisgarh govt to speed up road
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The Indian Express reported Wednesday that a proposal to adopt a new technology that would cut time taken to construct a 1-km road stretch to just around two days had been gathering dust with the Chhattisgarh government for at least three years.

25 CRPF personnel killed in Sukma: Day after, ground Zero; ‘intel failure, human shields and huge arms loot’
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Around 200m from the road, the trees allow very little sun, and the terrain is rocky and uneven. In one corner, next to a stone, is a small patch of leaves now shaded red.

In an early warning, Naxals killed Sarpanch 2 months ago
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

CRPF officers admitted that they had little or no intelligence of the build-up of Maoist cadre for such an attack, barely a kilometre away from the 74th Battalion camp.

Blood on road: CRPF men killed on key Sukma stretch
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

The 56-km under-construction stretch has five police stations and 15 CRPF camps. Burkapal has CRPF’s 74th battalion camp, which came under fire today.

Worst in Chhattisgarh in seven years: 25 CRPF men killed by Maoists in Sukma
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Senior police officers said the ambush took place after personnel from the 74th battalion of CRPF had emerged from their camp to secure an under-construction road in a Maoist stronghold in south Sukma.

Tribals want govt to scrap 1979 order denying sterilisation access
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Baigas in court against order issued by govt of undivided MP

Chhattisgarh: Backward district’s Dream 30 grooms poor kids with quality education
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The initiative was launched in May 2016 in the impoverished district with 67 per cent tribal population to educate meritorious children from poor families.

Chhattisgarh: News anchor learns of husband’s death while reading live bulletin, finishes telecast
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Chhattisgarh: Supreet Kaur had heard enough to know that she was reading out the news of her husband's death live on television.

Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Two and a half years, deaths of 13 mothers later
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

They died following sterilisation operations in Chhattisgarh, conducted in government camps. The Sunday Express returns to fathers struggling to raise their children and families holding on to fraying memories.

Raman Singh to start Suraj Abhiyan today
Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Under the Abhiyan, Singh, now in his third term as CM, travels to blocks across the state with officials to identify problems and listen to grievances.

Will hang cow killers: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

A senior official from the Chief Minister’s Office, however, sought to play down Singh’s statement and said it had been “lost in translation.”

Over Rs 1,095 crore spent on incomplete anicuts in Chhattisgarh: CAG report
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Criticising the state government for lack of any plan for management of water supply from the anicuts.

Canadian missing in Maoist zone Sukma
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Chhattisgarh Police said Szlazak was stopped by Maoists and dalam members to enquire about his presence in the area.

Chhattisgarh: How a 1,400-km road trip to Maoist heartland changed a doctor’s life
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Gynaecologist Dr Arun Choudhary, 29, is among the young, first-generation specialists offering hope and relief at the Bijapur district hospital

Chhattisgarh: No ambush, CRPF fired on us, ‘encounter’ victims argue
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Arguing for the villagers, advocate Yug Choudhary said that there were many holes in the state’s version of the events. He said medical evidence has shown wounds from sharp-edged objects on the injured.

Doctors respond to Chhattisgarh SOS, Naxal-hit area sees their numbers triple
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Director, Health Services, R Prasanna says funds were used from the District Mineral Foundation and National Health Mission to create these incentivised slabs

Day after sukma ambush: Bombs in tiffin carriers, arrows with explosives among leftovers
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

'This is considered their stronghold. That weakens if a road is built. At least half of the 18-km road has been built, and they were desperate,” an official said.

Worst attack in two years, Maoists kill 12 CRPF men in Sukma
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The Maoists struck at 9 am, a kilometre from the Bhejji camp, towards Kottacheru, when more than hundred CRPF personnel were on their way for an area-domination exercise.

Journalist’s daughter to finally get a name as he returns home on bail
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Yadav, who freelanced for two newspapers, was arrested hours after he had an altercation with police officers at the Darbha police station.