Dipankar Ghose


Bastar opens up: 6-hour drive from Raipur is now a 40-minute flight
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

As the Air Odisha plane passed through the celebratory water cannon salute in Jagdalpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi waved a green flag in Bhilai, 300 km away, in a symbolic gesture to mark the beginning of commercial flights linking Bastar under the UDAAN regional air connectivity scheme.

Chhattisgarh: Development only answer to violence and conspiracy, says PM Modi
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

With the first flights taking off from Bastar on Thursday, and the full schedule connecting Raipur, Jagdalpur and Visakhapatnam beginning on Friday, the PM said that earlier Bastar was known for “bombs and guns” but now it is known for the airport.

Top Maoist propagandist Abhay Devdas Nayak held: Chhattisgarh Police
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Police say he is CPI (Maoist) spokesman Abhay, important link in urban Maoist network; he claims to be journalist, posted articles on Maoism.

Rahul Gandhi must answer for four generations of misrule: Amit Shah in Chhattisgarh
Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Speaking at a rally at Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, which goes to polls later this year, Shah said he was confident that Chief Minister Raman Singh’s government will return.

Amit Shah to attend Vikas Yatra in Chhattisgarh today
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

BJP chief Amit Shah will attend the party’s ‘Vikas Yatra’ campaign, which seeks to highlight the achievements of the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh in the past 15 years, at Ambikapur in Surguja district on Sunday.

‘No respect for us… The hospital was a mess while we were away’
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Beginning May 18, close to 3,000 government nurses from across Chhattisgarh went on strike, for better pay. On June 2, 607 nurses were arrested.

Chhattisgarh: Businessman questioned in ‘sex CD’ case found dead, family cries foul
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

The first FIR in the case was based on a complaint by a BJP worker named Prakash Bajaj, who alleged that he had received a threatening phone call where he was told that the caller had explicit CDs of his “aaka”, and that if he did not pay money, they would be defamed.

Rahulji repeatedly said that, on case-to-case basis, we will go for alliance: P L Punia
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

In July 2017, the Congress brought in P L Punia as general secretary in-charge of the state, nearly 18 months to go for the polls. In a freewheeling interview, he speaks to The Indian Express about why coalitions are very much on the cards.

State-of-the-art, 24×7 public learning centre launched in Raipur
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Officials said membership fee has been kept at a nominal Rs 500 per month for general students, and a monthly Rs 200 for those below the poverty line.

Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi airlifted to Gurgaon’s Medanta hospital
Wed, May 30, 2018

Ajit Jogi was admitted to Raipur's Ramkrishna Care Hospital for the past week after he showed signs of pneumonia.

Congress to launch Bastar leg of ‘Sankalp Shivir’
Fri, May 25, 2018

This comes at a time when Chief Minister Raman Singh is on a statewide “Vikas Yatra”.

Is the Salwa Judum back?
Fri, May 25, 2018

Chhattisgarh’s new Bastariya Battalion evokes memories of disbanded force, and of concerns associated with it.

CBI questions Chhattisgarh Congress chief over ‘sex CD’ case
Thu, May 24, 2018

It was in this case that the Chhattisgarh Police had controversially arrested former BBC journalist and member of the Editors Guild Vinod Verma in October 2017, who was then given bail by a Raipur court in December.

Echo from the hills of Chhattisgarh: ‘We are the first Bastariya Battalion’
Tue, May 22, 2018

Monday was the day, battalion 241, called the “Bastariya Warriors” came into being, with 534 personnel. Each of the 534, including 189 women, were recruited for the first time from deep within the jungles of Bastar.

Seven Chhattisgarh policemen killed in IED blast triggered by Maoists
Mon, May 21, 2018

The attack comes two days before Chief Minister Raman Singh’s scheduled visit to Bacheli, less than 20 km from Sunday’s blast site, as part of his “Vikas Yatra” tour throughout the state. Officials said Singh would go ahead with his visit.

Karnataka tussle: Constitution, MLAs on one side, Governor on another, says Rahul Gandhi
Fri, May 18, 2018

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the “Constitution and the MLAs are on one side and the Governor is on another.” He was speaking at a gathering of Congress-elected Panchayat representatives in Raipur on the first day of his two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, where state elections are due in six months.

Rahul Gandhi in Chhattisgarh today: Congress chief to meet party workers in Jogi bastion
Thu, May 17, 2018

The visit of the Congress chief, six months ahead of the state polls, has been welcomed by local party workers, even as party insiders say Rahul’s visit to Kotmi — considered to be the bastion of Ajit Jogi and son Amit — could be an indication of its direct contest with the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC).

Trafficking victims script success story with bakery in Chhattisgarh town
Sat, May 12, 2018

In early-2017, 20 such victims of trafficking, from in and around Jashpur district, had been rescued. Some like the 22-year-old had worked in homes, others found themselves in prostitution rings.

Chhattisgarh election: BJP to flag off ‘Vikas Yatra’ today, Cong plans ‘Vikas Khojo Yatra’
Sat, May 12, 2018

In the second phase, 55 lakh free smartphones will be distributed under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana — a move that, party sources say, will be the government’s big-ticket to woo the youths ahead of the elections.

Tribal practice takes religious overtones in Chhattisgarh, BJP sees church hand
Thu, May 10, 2018

What the tribals see as assertion of their rights, “as guaranteed by the Constitution”, has been dubbed by the ruling BJP as a “missionary tactic to mislead the tribals”.