First Unit of GMR's 1370 MW synchronized successfully

First Unit of GMR's 1370 MW synchronized successfullyRaipur, Oct. 7 - The first 685 MW unit of GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited's (GCEL) 1370 MW supercritical coal-based thermal power plant at Raikheda here has successfully achieved synchronization with the grid on 2nd October, 2014.

GCEL is the GMR Group's first supercritical coal-based thermal power plant. The unit used fuel oil to achieve this first synchronization.

The project has been implemented on multiple packages concept by Doosan of Korea and the work on commissioning GCEL's second unit of 685 MW is in progress.

CLT20: Bowlers to be blamed for defeat, says Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad-HafeezRaipur - Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez blamed his bowlers for his team's crushing 72-run defeat against Northern Knights in their second qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Saturday.

"The decision of electing to field was right because the pitch was helping the seamers. We didn't bowl well. We as a team didn't bowl well, didn't field well and I think their partnership for fourth wicket (between DR Flynn and DJ Watling) took the game away from us," Hafeez said in the post-match press conference at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

CAG report slams Chhattisgarh government run tribal hostels

CAGRaipur: Chhattisgarh government-run tribal hostels and residential schools lack basic infrastructure and proper security arrangements, a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report said on Friday.

The CAG report on the state's General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) sectors for the year-ended March 2013 was presented on today in the House.

There are 1,254 pre-matric tribal hostels and 1,153 tribal residential schools for scheduled tribes and scheduled caste students in the state, of which 371 hostels and 254 residential schools covering eight districts were audited, Accountant General (Audit) Chhattisgarh B K Mohanty told reporters at a press conference.

Congress using secularism to digress from real problems: Modi

Narendra-ModiBilaspur (Chhattisgarh), April 20 : BJP leader Narendra Modi Sunday accused the Congress of using secularism as a tool to divert attention from addressing the country's real problems.

"I talk about ending graft, benefitting the farmers, protecting our mothers and sisters, giving jobs to the youth but all they talk about is secularism... why are they not addressing the real problems of the country?" Modi asked at a public rally here.

"I am thinking of ways to solve these problems but the Congress is busy finding out a solution for Modi," he added.

Gandhi family's secrets will be out May 16: Modi

narendra-modiDhamtari (Chhattisgarh), April 11 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said Friday that the "secrets" of the Gandhi family will be out when the results of the general elections are declared May 16.

"Ajit Jogi knows some secrets of the Gandhi family... he is indispensable to Sonia Gandhi," Modi said as he took a dig at Chhattisgarh Congress leader Ajit Jogi at a rally in Dhamtari, some 65 km from state capital Raipur.

"There are secrets because of which the family is scared. When the results come out on May 16, all the secrets will be out."

Bhilai Steel Plant output rises

Bhilai Steel PlantBhilai (Chhattisgarh), March 3 - Bhilai Steel Plant, the flagship unit of public sector SAIL, concluded the April-February period of fiscal 2013-14 by registering growth of 3.4, 2.4 and 3 percent over corresponding period last year in cumulative hot metal, crude steel and saleable steel production respectively.

The plant achieved its annual business plan targets in hot metal, crude steel and saleable steel production. Cumulative hot metal production in the period has been 4.92 million tonnes (MT), while the plant produced 4.69 MT crude steel and 4.11 MT saleable steel during the period.

Modi to address four rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today

Narendra ModiRaipur, Nov 15  : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is set to address four rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Friday.

According to TV reports, the Gujarat Chief Minister will address rallies in Raigadh, Korba, Bilha and Mahasamund.

Modi had addressed four rallies in Chhattisgarh on Thursday as well.

Accusing the Congress Party of seeking to form a government in Chhattisgarh via the backdoor, Modi, on Thursday, challenged the latter to openly name its chief ministerial candidate for the state.

Modi hits back at SP leader's jibe

Narendra-ModiDurg (Chhattisgarh), Nov 14 : A day after Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal took a jibe at Narendra Modi saying a tea seller can't become the prime minister, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate hit back Thursday accusing the rich of making fun of the poor.

Addressing an election rally at Durg, the Gujarat chief minister said: "Those born in rich houses are mocking the poor... A leader of a Congress ally has said something, the comment does not reflect on Modi but reflects their mentality.

Modi attacks 'arrogant' Nitish, Congress 'shahzada'

Narendra-ModiJagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 7 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and called him an "arrogant" man whose government appeared to be "happy" after the Patna blasts.

BJP shed 'crocodile tears' over Maoist attack: Sonia

Sonia-GandhiKonda Gaon (Chhattisgarh), Nov 7 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday recalled the Maoist attack on its frontline leaders in Chhattisgarh, and accused the BJP government in the state of shedding "crocodile tears" over the incident.

Addressing a crowd of around 20,000 people here, Sonia Gandhi reminded them of the May 25 incident when the party's frontline leadership was wiped out in the rebel attack.

"Congress is a party of sacrifice and development. Our leadership sacrificed their lives. We are missing them," she said.

Rahul addresses Chhattisgarh tribals, promises implementation of tribal bill

Rahul-GandhiJagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Sep 26 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said the Congress will ensure the implementation of the tribal bill when it comes to power in the state to prevent illegal acquisition of tribal land.

"When land is taken from the rich it is bought, but when it comes to the poor and adivasis (tribals) their land is grabbed. Our fight is for the poor," said Gandhi dressed in a white kurta pyjama and sporting a stubble.

"When the Congress party comes to power, we will ensure that the tribal bill is implemented so that your land is not snatched away from you," he said.

PM commissions NTPC's 2,980 MW plant in Chhattisgarh

PM commissions NTPC's 2,980 MW plant in ChhattisgarhSipat (Chhattisgarh), Sep 19 :  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday commissioned the NTPC’s 2,980 MW Super Thermal Power Station to the nation at a grand function held at Sipat, in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.

He also laid the foundation stone of 1,600 MW stage-I of NTPC’s Lara Super Thermal Power Project through remote control. The project to come up at Lara village in the state's coal-rich Raigarh district will have two 800 MW units in stage I and an ultimate installed capacity of 4,000 MW.

Modi blames PM for weak economy

Narendra-ModiAmbikapur (Chhattisgarh), Sep 7 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Saturday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and blamed him for a slowing down economy while saying the Congress treats people as a vote bank.

"Singh is a doctor of the rupee which is hospitalised and is fighting for life," Modi said referring to the sliding rupee while addressing a rally in Ambikapur, some 250 km from Raipur.

Modi, seen as a top contender to be the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also used the occasion to attack the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi without naming him.

Chhattisgarh farmers to earn Rs.1,900 crore as bonus

Chhattisgarh-farmersRaipur, March 8 : In a bid to bag the mandate of rural families to form the government for the third consecutive time, Chhattisgarh's BJP government has decided to speed up disbursal of paddy bonus, a touchy issue for this agrarian state.

Official sources said that in the next four months, each farmer out of over 10 lakh families will get his share in the Rs. 1,900-crore (approximately $340 million) bonanza forked out by the BJP regime in its recently proposed budget estimates.

Chhattisgarh tribals defy Maoists, attend R-Day

Chhattisgarh tribals defy Maoists, attend R-DayRaipur, Jan 26 - Chhattisgarh's tribal population in the Maoist bastion Bastar Saturday defied Maoist dictates and celebrated Republic Day although the rebels blocked dozens of roads in forested interiors.

Reports from Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanaker, Bastar and Kondagaon districts which together form the Bastar region said tribals came out in large numbers to attend Republic Day celebrations.

Chhattisgarh firm turns to Gandhi to fight alcoholism

Raman-SinghRaipur, Jan 25 : It is entirely in fitness of things that Mahatma Gandhi be the brand ambassador of a campaign to combat alcoholism. It is slightly bizarre that the campaign has been launched in Chhattisgarh by a state-run firm that is engaged in liquor business.

"Chhattisgarh is the first state where its State Beverages Corporation Ltd. has launched an awareness drive for a liquor-free society to build a healthy society. It has made the Father of the Nation', Mahatma Gandhi its brand ambassador because he fought against this social evil (alcoholism) all his life," the corporation statement said.

IAF helicopter makes emergency landing in Naxal-hit area in Chhattisgarh

/IAF-helicopter.Dantewada, Jan 18 : A chopper of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which was sent to rescue two army personnel who were injured in Naxal attack, went missing from Dantewada in Chhattisgarh today.

The chopper was, however, found around 40 minutes at Timarpur in Chhattisgarh, IBN Live reports.

The helicopter, which had gone from Jagdalpur to Sukma to pick the injured jawans, went off radar in the region.

According to certain media reports, suspects Naxals fired at the chopper.

Further details into the incident are awaited. (ANI)

Soumyajit Ghosh becomes youngest National TT champion

/Soumyajit-GhosRaipur, Jan 12 : Soumyajit Ghosh Saturday became the youngest men's National champion at 19, denying India's top player Sharath Kamal his seventh title while Shamini Kumaresan culminated her season on a high note by dethroning Poulomi Ghatak in the women's singles event at the National Table Tennis Championships here.

Top-seed Ghosh beat the 30-year-old Sharath 4-2 and took home the Maharaja Pitampura Cup and Rs. 2.30 lakh for his efforts, while Shamini won 4-1 to receive the Travancore Cup and a cheque of Rs. 1.45 lakh.

Vibha Rao denies making ''women equally responsible for crimes against them'' remark

Vibha Rao denies making ''women equally responsible for crimes against them'' remark Raipur, Jan 5 : Vibha Rao, the chairperson of Chhattisgarh State Women Commission, on Saturday denied making the controversial remark that women are ''equally responsible'' for the sexual offences committed against them.

CRPF trooper kills four colleagues in Chhattisgarh

CRPF trooper kills four colleagues in ChhattisgarhRaipur, Dec 25 - A CRPF trooper shot dead four of his fellow troopers and injured another at a camp in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-infested Dantewada district, police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 1 a. m. at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Aranpur village, around 60 km from Dantewada town and 440 km from Raipur.

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