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Monday, December 09, 2019

Dipankar Ghose


Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

On June 28, 2012, 17 people were killed in Chhattisgarh in what was then called “the biggest Maoist encounter”. With a judicial commission now punching holes in the official version of the incident, The Indian Express travels to Sarkeguda and finds that while much has changed in these years, some things haven’t — the memories of that night, and the wounds that refuse to heal

Sarkeguda killings: Villagers, activists demand fresh FIR against Raman, cops
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

The encounter in question occurred in June 2012, in which 17 people were killed and 10 were injured after security forces claimed they were attacked by a Maoist meeting and opened retaliatory fire in Sarkeguda village. 

Chhattisgarh ‘encounter’ report in House, Bhupesh Baghel says guilty won’t be spared
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Baghel said, “It is unfortunate that there was no FIR or action taken then (in 2012). Seven years later, a report like this has come. Whoever is responsible will be punished.”

Tremors within Chhattisgarh govt over encounter probe report: ‘Cabinet misled’
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Sources told The Indian Express that the state government decided to table the report after a hurried Cabinet meeting late Saturday. During the meeting, sources said, at least two ministers claimed the Cabinet had been “misled” earlier about the contents of the report.

Chhattisgarh: A single healthcare scheme to raise efficacy, accountability
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

The idea, the state government said, was to fix accountability on the state health infrastructure itself, and to lessen the amount of public money that was going to the private sector under the insurance model.

Chhattisgarh ‘encounter’ probe indicts security forces: No firing by villagers, no proof they were Maoists
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Security forces fired in panic, 6 of them injured in friendly fire, one villager shot next morning: Justice V K Agarwal

Baghel’s paddy MSP promise: Chhattisgarh CM says remaining amount to be given in new scheme
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

In the Assembly on Tuesday, Baghel said that “nothing could stop farmers from getting their Rs 2500 per quintal”.

Bhupesh Baghel goes back on paddy MSP promise, blames Centre
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Baghel met Union ministers, arguing that this leeway was given to the previous BJP government led by Raman Singh in 2016-17 and 2017-18. The Centre, however, has said that keeping the fiscal balance in mind, this is not possible.

Chhattisgarh cabinet nod for one disabled person in each panchayat
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

The cabinet has also moved to remove educational qualification as a requirement for panch members.

In hardcore Maoist country, teens play for hope
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

In 2016, the district administration of Bijapur, one of India’s worst Left-wing extremism-related violence-hit districts in the country, decided to invest in sports by opening a sports academy in the district headquarters, to bring children out of the cycle of violence.

Chhattisgarh to develop 8 sites under Ram Vangaman Path plan
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Civil society activists said that the government's priorities were skewed, and there was little difference between the Congress and BJP governments.

Chhattisgarh: After cases, threats, interfaith couple finally reunited
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

According to Ibrahim and Anjali, both from Dhamtari district in Chhattisgarh, they married secretly last year as they anticipated opposition from their families.

Chhattisgarh moves closer to journalist protection law, releases draft
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

The draft envisages a "Register of Mediapersons" for which an "Authority for the Registration of Mediapersons" will be set up, including senior journalists and officials of the Department of Public Relations.

Chhattisgarh govt sets up panel to probe WhatsApp snoop cloud
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

The committee will also look into allegations that residents of the state have been subject to snooping, officials said.

Mumbai-bound flight makes emergency landing in Raipur
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

Fire reported in aircraft’s tail soon after takeoff; 182 passengers and crew disembark safely

After tail fire, Air India flight makes emergency landing
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

An Air India spokesperson said that there was “only a tail fire” which could be due to “engine blades damage and incomplete combustion in the engine” of the Airbus A321 aircraft.

Chhattisgarh: Families of two ‘Maoists’ claim fake encounter, refuse to take bodies
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

According to the police, Tuesday’s encounter took place in the jungles of Munga and Badegadam, where Hidma and Lakhma — both in black uniform — were killed and Maoist material recovered.

Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel keeps up pressure on BJP over paddy procurement
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

The Baghel government has been buying paddy from farmers at the rate of Rs 2,500 per quintal — higher than the MSP of Rs 1,815 per quintal — arguing that the step is putting money into the hands of the farmers and is helping the economy.

Chhattisgarh govt to protest against Centre over paddy procurement
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had reiterated in October the demand to let them acquire paddy at Rs 2,500 per quintal from the Centre and for it to buy excess paddy into the central pool.

Reducing Hunger In Dantewada — combating malnutrition, one hot meal a day
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

Under the scheme, children under the age of 5, girls, and young mothers are given one cooked meal a day at the GP headquarters.