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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Gargi Verma


As Chattisgarh’s vaccination website throws up bugs, officials forced to take offline route
Mon, May 17, 2021

Meanwhile, Health Department Deputy Secretary Surendra Singh Baghe Sunday sent a strongly-worded letter to the CEO of CHiPS (Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society), complaining of “non-cooperation” from the firm.

In Chhattisgarh’s newest district, crucial posts still vacant, cases see a surge
Sun, May 16, 2021

Today, the Covid graph of Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, or GPM, with a population of about 3,36,000, reflects the trajectory of the infection’s rural spread in the state -- a swell last November following a bypoll, a lull early this year, and now a devastating second wave.

Chhattisgarh pauses vaccination after High Court says reconsider policy
Thu, May 06, 2021

The health department has issued a circular to district collectors informing them about the same, as vaccinating under the current policy could be construed as "contempt of court".

Explained: What is Chhattisgarh’s vaccination policy, and why is it being opposed in court?
Thu, May 06, 2021

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, while speaking to the press, said that 43% population of the state, which is 1.20 crore, will be vaccinated. However, the state has around 14 lakh Antyodaya card holders and around 42 lakh beneficiaries.

Beds, oxygen, medicines: How Chhattisgarh dropped Covid ball
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Documents accessed by The Indian Express also show that the actual number of ventilators in the state is 497, about half the number, 937, mentioned by the state on a government portal.

Raipur: Blaze at pvt hospital leaves five Covid patients dead
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Nine patients were inside Rajdhani Hospital’s Covid ward where the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon, allegedly due to a short circuit.

Second wave hits much harder in Chhattisgarh: 100 deaths a day, space running out
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

With around 100 Covid deaths being recorded every day since April 10, with Raipur and Durg districts seeing the highest toll, Chhattisgarh has been reeling under the second wave of the pandemic.

Remote Covid ward in Chhattisgarh tells new story of death, despair
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Bemetara's numbers capture in a nutshell the impact of the second wave of the pandemic in the state. And its lone Covid ICU facility — 8 beds at the district hospital — the damage and despair that it has caused.

Officials chased away: Two Chhattisgarh villages stop public hearings on industry
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

The villagers chased away the officials and government representatives, which was recorded on camera by local journalists. One officer who was left behind was chastised by the protestors and he fled later, local residents said.

Why Naxals continue to hold out in Chhattisgarh
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

Another Naxal attack, 22 more security personnel killed, more calls for action. Amid this familiar pattern that plays out with alarming frequency in Bastar, The Indian Express on the lessons not learnt, and why Naxals continue to hold out in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh attack: Five days later, Maoists free CRPF commando
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

Rakeshwar Singh Manhas had gone missing after a gun battle between the security forces and Maoists on April 3. Three days later, the Maoists had said the jawan was in their custody.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists release picture of the jawan in their custody
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

In the picture released by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat under a temporary shelter, possibly at a Maoist camp.

Chhattisgarh: In village of ambush, locals ‘beaten’ by cops; I-G to look in
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

In Teklagudam village, the epicenter of the gunbattle between Maoists and security forces on Saturday, Barse was one of the few who stayed back till late, and was allegedly beaten up by police personnel, an allegation the police chief said he would look into.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists ask govt to name interlocutors for release of abducted CoBRA constable
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

In a statement on Tuesday, Inspector General of Police of Bastar range, P Sundarraj, said the police have so far not been able to locate Manhas.

Chhattisgarh: Shah, Baghel attend wreath ceremony, tell forces that battle against Maoists will go on
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

On Saturday, a fierce battle broke out between the security forces and Maoists in which 31 people were injured. On Sunday, the police released information that 22 men had died in the incident, after their bodies were retrieved.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists suspected to have abducted CRPF man missing after attack
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

In the aftermath of the ambush in Teklagudam on Saturday, bodies of 22 security personnel had been recovered.

Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: In Bijapur, a deafening silence
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

Of 22 personnel killed in the Maoist attack, CRPF lost eight men, including seven commandos of its elite CoBRA unit, and one of its Bastariya battalion personnel. The state forces lost eight District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel and six Special Task Force (STF) personnel.

Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: How a massive security operation was planned and how it went wrong
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

It was a massive operation that included the STF, DRG and District Force of the Chhattisgarh Police, the CRPF and its elite COBRA unit, with close to a 1,000 personnel from Bijapur alone.

Day after Chhattisgarh Maoist ambush: bodies of 20 personnel recovered, toll 22
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

On April 2, more than 2000 personnel from at least five camps in Sukma and Bijapur had gone into the forest around Tarrem in Bijapur district, 60 km from the district headquarters.

Chhattisgarh: Five security personnel killed in 3-hr gunbattle
Sun, Apr 04, 2021

Officials said the body of only one of those killed could be recovered by late tonight. Seven personnel were in a “critical condition,” police said, and were airlifted to Raipur – the others were brought to the Bijapur district hospital.

Caught in crosshairs of Chhattisgarh’s police-Naxal war, 14 who surrendered
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Under an initiative launched last June called ‘Lon Varattu’ (which in Gondi dialect means ‘return to your village’), the state police appeals to those who have turned naxals to come back home.

Before Chhattisgarh blast: Message over wireless, IEDs covered with carbon paper
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

A day earlier, more than 100 DRG personnel from five camps on the Dantewada-Naraynpur axis had embarked on an anti-Maoist operation that yielded little success.

Chhattisgarh: Five security personnel killed in IED blast in Naxal-hit Narayanpur
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

The incident occurred when the security personnel -- mostly policemen -- were returning after an anti-Naxal operation, state Director General of Police D M Awasthi said.

Unpaid bonuses, irregular incentives: Pandemic is not the only battle for ‘mitanins’ in Chhattisgarh
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

A mitanin– which means “female friend” in the local dialect– is a community health volunteer assigned to each village under the Chhattisgarh government’s health programme.

BharatNet deadline extended thrice, notice to Tata but no penalty yet: CM in Assembly
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Awarded to Tata in July 2018, the project was originally scheduled to be completed in a year. It involves laying an optical fibre network covering 32,466 km, linking 85 blocks and 5,987 gram panchayats across 27 districts in the state.