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 2014: Clinical Hobart Hurricanes thrash Northern Districts by 86 runs

Hobart HurricanesRaipur : Hobart Hurricanes produced a commanding performance to beat Northern Knights by 86 runs in a Group B match to keep their hopes afloat in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Tuesday.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes rode on a brilliant half century from Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Maik's quickfire 45 to score 178 for three before Ben Hilfenhaus (3/14) came up with a lethal opening spell to derail the Knights' chase. Chasing the challenging total, the Knights' innings never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Probe ordered in Chhattisgarh tigress lynching

Probe ordered in Chhattisgarh tigress lynchingRaipur, Sep 28 : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Wednesday ordered a probe into the lynching of a tigress by a mob in Rajnandgaon district, a statement said.

"Singh held a meeting with Forest Minister Vikram Usendi and forest officials at his residence and termed the killing as 'extremely unfortunate and sad'. He announced a probe into the matter by the National Tiger Conservation Authority," an official statement said.

The chief minister said his government would take action based on the findings of the authority's probe report.

Essar officials questioned over payment to Maoists

Essar officials questioned over payment to MaoistsRaipur, Sep 20 : Senior officials here of the Essar Group have been questioned and others based outside Chhattisgarh will also be interrogated for allegedly paying 'protection money' to Maoists, a senior police official said Tuesday.

"Some Essar Group officers, including a general manager posted in Dantewada, have been interrogated and notices have been sent to several others for their role in payment of massive money to Maoists," Ankit Garg, superintendent of police (Dantewada district), told IANS over phone.

Obama, Sonia, Rahul photos found at Maoist camp

Obama, Sonia, Rahul photos found at Maoist campRaipur, Sep 6 : US President Barack Obama, President Pratibha Patil, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul... amongst the several leaders whose photographs were found in a deserted Maoist camp in Chhattisgarh, police officials said Tuesday.

The photographs, also including those of Chief Minister Raman Singh and some ministers, were found pasted at a camp in a jungle area in Raipur district that was deserted by Maoists after a fierce 15-minute gun battle, officials at the police headquarters told IANS.

'Jamunia' All Set To Hit TV Screens On March 08

'Jamunia' All Set To Hit TV Screens On March 08Launching 'Jamunia' to the TV screen was not simple for makers Yash Patnaik and Ajit Andhare.

From discovering the true actors to shooting in a rural community to combating mosquitoes, they experienced their hands full.

Andhare said, "Before us, nobody dared to come and shoot here." Kawardha is situated 120 km away from Raipur.

The new TV serial, which revolves around the trials and pains of an orphaned girl Jamunia, is ready to hit screens on NDTV Imagine on March 8.

SAIL Bhilai unit set to return to normal production

SAIL Bhilai unit set to return to normal productionRaipur, Feb 9 - Fire-hit Bhilai Steel Plant, the largest unit of public sector Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), will soon return to its normal production of about 17,000 tonnes hot metal a day.

Production of hot metal in the unit based in Chhattisgarh's Durg district, about 30 km west of capital Raipur, was severely hit after a fire broke out in the cable tunnel of its power and blowing station (P and BS) early Feb 1. The P and BS supplies compressed air to the steel plant's blast furnaces which produce hot metal.

PVR Opens a New Multiplex in Raipur

PVR-LOGOMultiplex chain PVR announced the launch of its prestigious multiplex in Raipur, Chhattisgarh is named as `Magneto Mall'.

The multiplex is reported to have four mainstream digital Audis with total seating capacity of 1350 seats, situated at Magneto Mall, Labhandi, NH-6, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

The new multiplex features a 2k digital cinema, compliant with DCI technology, advanced sound, and picture quality and digital technology slated to bridge the demand supply gap.

Three Chinese engineers arrested in Balco chimney crash case

Raipur-Chhattisgarh-MapRaipur, Jan 11 : Chhattisgarh police Monday arrested three Chinese engineers in the case of the under-construction chimney crash at Vedanta Resources Plc-controlled Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (Balco) that killed 41 workers Sep 23 last year.

The engineers were employed with the Chinese construction major, Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO) that was building Balco's 1200-MW thermal power plant in Korba town, about 240 km from state capital Raipur.

Chhattisgarh top cop reacts strongly to lawyer's remark

Raipur-Chhattisgarh-MapRaipur, Jan 11 : Chhattisgarh police chief Vishwa Ranjan Monday reacted strongly to leading Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan's comment that he would either end up in jail or himself become a victim of violence.

A section of media here carried a report Monday that the lawyer, during his just ended trip to the state to probe alleged police atrocities on civilians of Maoist-hit areas and human rights violations, said that the Chhattisgarh director general of police would either be shot dead or put behind bars.

Chhattisgarh to beef up security in Maoist-hit areas

Chhattisgarh to beef up security in Maoist-hit areasRaipur, Jan 11 : Chhattisgarh will focus on strengthening security and building infrastructure in Maoist-hit areas to maintain law and order, Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan said Monday.

"The state government is making continuous efforts to increase security forces and develop necessary infrastructure, particularly in the Maoist-affected areas, to effectively maintain law and order," he told the state assembly on the opening day of the budget session.

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