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Modi appeals to left-wing extremists to shun violence, join mainstream

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made an emotional appeal to left-wing extremists to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream of development.

 
Violence does not have any future, peace does: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made an emotional appeal to left-wing extremists to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream of development.
 
Addressing a large public meeting at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, one of the hotbeds of Naxalism in the country, Mr Modi urged all misguided youth to cast aside their weapons and spend a few days with children who have lost their parents to incidents of left-wing extremism.
 
He said those children would inspire such youth to lay down arms forever. "The shoulders of youth should now bear ploughs, rather than guns," he said.
 
Mr Modi, who had an extensive interaction with children of Dantewada earlier in the day, said that those children had both the dreams and the confidence to achieve them. He said those children and the state of Chhattisgarh needed an atmosphere of peace for their dreams to be realized. 
 
Mr Modi pointed out that Punjab had successfully overcome violence, and expressed confidence that Chhattisgarh too would be able to overcome left-wing extremism.
 
He said Chhattisgarh had the potential to emerge as one of the most developed states in India. He added that the investment of Rs. 24,000 crore that would flow into the region, as a result of the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed at Dantewada today in his presence for projects in the railways and steel sectors, would bring about a big change in the lives of people. 
 
The Prime Minister said that employment for youth was the first and foremost requirement of all parts of India, and his Government was working to achieve that goal. He said India had successfully left behind its past of corruption and slow pace of development. He said the whole world had now recognized India to be one of the fastest growing economies. 
 
The Prime Minister, who had visited the Livelihood College before arriving for the public meeting, appreciated the initiatives for skill development being taken by the Government of Chhattisgarh. 
 
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Vishnudeo Sai were amongst those present on the occasion. 
 
The MoUs signed today in the presence of Mr Modi include one between the government of Chhattisgarh, NMDC, IRCON and SAIL for a 140 km rail line between Rowghat and Jagdalpur at an estimated project cost of Rs 2000 crore.
 
An MoU was signed between the Ministry of Steel, government of Chhattisgarh, SAIL and NMDC fo a 3 million ton Ultra Mega Steel Plant with an investment of approximately Rs. 18,000 crore. 
 
The third MoU was signed between the Chhattisgarh government and NMDC for a slurry pipeline and a 2 MTPA pellet plant at Nagarnar in Bastar district with an investment of Rs 4000 crore.
 
The fourth MoU was signed between the Chhattisgarh government and SAIL for setting up a 1 MTPA pellet plant at Dalli-Rajhara, Balod district with an investment of Rs. 826 crore. 
 
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Earlier, at his interaction with students at Education City at Jawanga n Dantewada, Mr Modi called for development of the innate sporting talent that exists among the tribal youth. 
 
He said tribal youth could excel in the global sports arena. He added that sports was important for children, because it led to the development of sportsman spirit in society. 
 
Responding to questions from students, the Prime Minister said life should not be measured on a scale of success or failure. Talking about his own experiences, he said he had faced failure often in life. However he added that one could learn more from failure, than from success. He said one should be clear about one's goals, and have a firm resolve, in order to achieve success. 
 
The Prime Minister also visited 'Saksham' - a school for specially-abled children - and interacted with students there. 
 
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Modi attacks Congress, says every rupee now reaching desired end

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Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that, unlike earlier times, there is no corruption in his government and every rupee meant for development is reaching the desired end.
 
He said that after coming to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government ended the system of giving benefit of social schemes selectively to those who voted for a particular party, or those close to some politicians.
 
Speaking at a rally here, Modi said more roads were constructed in Chhattisgarh in the last four years than built since Independence. 
 
"Wasn't there money available before? (Road Transport and Highways) Department before? Engineers before? And people's demand before? Yet it didn't happen. Why? 
 
"That's because, as one of the Congress Prime Ministers said, only 15 paise out of every rupee spent on development reached the villages," the Prime Minister said. 
 
Making a reference to Congress' election symbol, he said: "Which was this hand which made rupee to value only 15 paise?"
 
"Today, the development is happening for one reason -- the same rupee, which then accounted for 15 paise worth of work, is today leading to 100 paise worth of work. That's why the work is now visible," Modi said.
 
He added that while poor always demanded that they should be given homes and many political parties promised it during polls, this never happened.
 
"There were big slogans about eliminating poverty. But did poor get homes? And even if they did, it were the peons of some big bureaucrat, or a servant of some politician," he said.
 
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The Prime Minister added that his government changed the system and decided there will be no discrimination based on caste, religion or vote bank. 
 
"We decided that schemes will be made for all and they should benefit everyone. We decided that by 2022 -- which marks 75 years of Independence -- no family in India would be left without a home and the poorest of poor will have a roof over their heads...not just those who are thought of as a vote bank," he said.
 
He said similarly, when the government decided to build toilets, they chose those villages where people voted for them.
 
"But we decided that this won't work. If toilets will be built, they will be built for all."
 
"If rich families get LPG connection, then poor will get it, too. In four years, we gave as many LPG connections as earlier governments gave since Independence," Modi said.
 
He said the government also decided to fulfil the long-time demand of farmers to get fair price for their produce.
 
"For 60 years, they ran the government. But it was when our government came to power that we agreed to their demand and announced that farmers will get minimum support price one-and-a-half times their production cost," Modi said.
 
He hailed Chief Minister Raman Singh for his initiatives to end the "menace of naxalism" and bringing development at the doorsteps of poor and tribal.
 
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Mayawati jolts Congress, ties up with Jogi in Chhattisgarh

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday jolted the Congress by announcing an electoral pact with former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi in poll-bound Chhattisgarh.
 
As per the agreement between the two parties, Jogi's Janta Congress Chhattisgarh will contest 55 of the 90 Assembly seats in the state while the BSP will field candidates in the remaining 35 segments. 
 
BSP chief Mayawati said that Jogi will be the Chief Minister in case the alliance won the state polls. 
 
She said that the "historic alliance will bring development and prosperity to the downtrodden, the poor, Dalits, minorities, tribals and marginalised sections of society".
 
The 62-year-old Dalit leader also said that the two parties had come together to boot out the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state and ensure that there is fair and not selective development, as is taking place under the watch of the present dispensation.
 
The development is seen as huge blow to the Congress, which was hoping for an alliance with the Dalit powerhouse from Uttar Pradesh and thus brighten its chances against the Raman Singh-led BJP government in the tribal-dominated state. 
 
Known for springing surprises on foes and friends alike, Mayawati has also named 22 party candidates for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, also due this year.
 
For some time now, she has been warning wannabe allies against taking her lightly and to be respectful to her party. By tying up with Jogi, a Congress rebel and the first Chief Minister of the separate state of Chhattisgarh, the mercurial Dalit leader has once again proved that she cannot be taken for granted.
 
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Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel to hold additional charge of Chhattisgarh

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The President today appointed Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel to discharge the functions of the Governor of Chhattisgarh, in addition to her own duties, following the demise of Mr. Balramji Dass Tandon, who was holding the position.
 
The arrangement will continue until regular arrangements for the office of the Governor of Chhattisgarh are made, a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
Mr. Tandon passed away in Raipur earlier in the day. He was 91.
 
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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon passes away

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon died here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Raman Singh said. He was 91.
 
The Governor was put on life support earlier in the day after his health condition turned critical, hospital sources said.
 
Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday after he complained he was not feeling well. On Tuesday, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
 
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SC to hear plea against killing of 15 Maoists in Chhattisgarh

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The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a plea seeking a CBI inquiry into the killing of 15 alleged Maoists by security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on August 6.
 
The plea was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which posted it for hearing on August 13.
 
An NGO, Civil Liberty Committee, approached the apex court seeking investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or constitution of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the killings.
 
It sought direction to constitute a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of high hourt.
 
On August 6, 11 alleged Maoists were killed and two others, including a senior cadre and an injured woman rebel, were held after a gun battle with security forces in Sukma district.
 
The police had said that operation was based on an intelligence input about the presence of a large number of Maoists in the area and they were killed as they retaliated with firing when the police asked them to surrender.
 
Eight Maoists, including four women, were gunned down in a similar operation conducted by security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on July 19.
 
In April, eight Maoists -- six of them women -- were killed in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh and Telangana security personnel near the inter-state boundary in Bijapur.
 
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14 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

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Fourteen Maoist guerrillas were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said on Monday.
 
The gun battle occurred when a joint team of Special Task Force of Chhattisgarh Police and the District Reserve Guard headed to Miltkatong area during August 5 night following information about the presence of the Maoists, a police officer told IANS.
 
The Maoists started firing at the security forces, said the officer, based on reports received at Raipur. 
 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran confirmed the deaths and said CRPF personnel had been rushed to the area.
 
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4 women among 8 Maoists gunned down in Chhatisgarh

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Eight Maoists, including four women, were shot dead on Thursday in an encounter with security forces in an area adjoing the border of Dantewada-Bijapur districts in Chhattisgarh, an official said. Several sophisticated firearms were recovered from them.
 
Confirming the incident, Inspector General of Police - Bastar Range, Vivekanand Sinha said patrolling and search operations in the area have been intensified ahead of the President's visit to Dantewada on July 25 in connection with a programme.
 
During a search operation in the Timenar forests, the police and the Maoists had an exchange of fire around 6.30 a.m, he said.
 
"A joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard was patrolling the Bailadila hills in Dantewada district. As the patrol party reached Timenar forests along the Dantewada-Bijapur border, Maoists started indiscriminate firing on them," Sinha said.
 
In response, the forces also fired back, killing eight of the outlaws, including four woman Moists, he added.
 
Additional police forces were rushed to the site -- around 450 km from the state capital Raipur -- as the gunbattle started.
 
Eight high-tech weapons, including two INSAS rifles, two .303 rifles, two .315 rifles, a pen gun and a 12-bore gun were recovered from their possession.
 
Bodies of all the eight killed Maoists have been recovered, but their identification is still awaited, the officer said.
 
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Eight Maoists killed in shootout with security forces in Chhattisgarh

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Eight Maoists, including four women, were gunned down in a shootout with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district early on Friday, police said.
 
The incident took place around 6.30 a.m. in a forest near Timenar village along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts when a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and Special Task Force were out on an anti-Maoist operation. 
 
The area is located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur.
 
"The joint team had launched the search operation near Timenar village forest on a tip off when the exchange of fire broke out," said the official. 
 
Additional police forces were rushed to the spot after the incident and eight bodies of Maoists were recovered. "Four of the dead Maoists are women." 
 
Five weapons, including two Insas rifles, were also recovered from the site.
 
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2 BSF troopers killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

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Two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were killed and one was seriously injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on Sunday, officials said.
 
The deceased BSF personnel have been identified as Lokendra Singh from Rajasthan and Mukhtiyar Singh of Punjab. The injured trooper, Sandeep, has been admitted to a hospital.
 
Kanker Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruv said: "A BSF patrol party was attacked by the Maoists following which there was a gun battle."
 
The exchange of fire lasted for about an hour in which the two BSF personnel were killed.
 
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Two Maoist guerrillas killed in Chhattisgarh

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Two Maoist guerrillas were killed and a Reserve Police Force (RPF) jawan seriously injured during a shootout in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday.
 
Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said that an RPF team from Chintagufa police station was on a routine patrol during a downpour on Tuesday evening when Maoists triggered a landmine blast in a forested area near Minpa village, injuring one jawan. 
 
In the ensuing gunfight, Maoists Hukka and Uika were killed and two guns seized from the site. Hukka was said to be an area commander of the Maoists.
 
Meena said injured jawan, Hurra, was airlifted to Raipur hospital for treatment.
 
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Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh posted to J&K

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B.V.R. Subramanyam, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in Chattisgarh, was posted to Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday following the imposition of Governor's Rule in the state
 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet cleared his posting on Tuesday evening.
 
Governor's Rule was imposed in the state on Wednesday with President Ram Nath Kovind approving the measure after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led state government which was immediately followed by the resignation of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
 
Subramanyam is an IAS officer of the 1987 batch. He has served as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's personal secretary from 2002 to 2007.
 
It was not immediately clear if he would be appointed as an advisor to Governor N.N. Vohra or as the chief secretary of the state.
 
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Modi to visit Chhattisgarh on Thursday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Chhattisgarh tomorrow when he will, among other engagemetns, dedicate the modernized and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant to the nation. 
 
The modernization includes installation of cutting-edge technologies for improvement in productivity, yield, quality, cost competitiveness, energy efficiency and environmental protection, an official press release said.
 
During the same event, Mr. Modi will lay the foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIT Bhilai. He will also unveil a plaque to mark the commencement of Phase 2 of BharatNet, which envisages connecting Gram Panchayats with underground optical fibre network.
 
The Prime Minister will inaugurate air services between Jagdalpur and Raipur. He will also distribute laptops, certificates and cheques to beneficiaries under various schemes. He will also address a public meeting.
 
Before arriving in Bhilai, the Prime Minister will visit Naya Raipur Smart City, where he will inaugurate the Integrated Command and Control Centre for the city, an official press release added.
 
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Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on life support

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Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi is on life support and his condition is stable, senior doctors said at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram of Haryana.
 
The former IAS officer and first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was brought to Medanta Hospital by an air ambulance on Wednesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
 
Earlier, the 72-year-old Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief was undergoing treatment at a Raipur hospital.
 
"Jogi's condition is stable and he is on ventilator support. The next bulletin will be shared at 10 a.m. on Thursday," Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. A.K. Dubey told IANS.
 
Jogi is being treated by a team of doctors led by Yatin Mehta.
 
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CRPF trooper killed, another injured in Chhattisgarh

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A CRPF trooper was killed and another injured when Maoists triggered a powerful blast when they targeted security personnel in a forested part of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, officials said.
 
Sub-Inspector Rajesh Kumar Bind was killed when the improvised explosive device (IED) exploded around 7.45 a.m. between Pushwada and Tamilwada when the 206 Cobra Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force was on a routine operation. 
 
Constable Manik Pinri was injured, CRPF Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran told IANS. 
 
"The mortal remains of Rajesh Kumar were taken to the Ambedkar Hopital in Raipur for post-mortem while Pinri was admitted to Balaji Hospital," he said. 
 
The CRPF's 74 Battalion later recovered an IED from the site. 
 
In a similar IED blast on March 13 also in Sukma, nine CRPF personnel were killed and nearly 10 seriously injured when Maoists blew up a vehicle carrying troopers of the 212 Battalion of the CRPF. 
 
Two Chhattisgarh policemen were killed and six others injured in a gun battle with the Maoists at Bhejji in Sukma on February 18. 
 
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Maoist landmine kills seven security personnel in Chhattisgarh

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Seven security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Sunday when a landmine planted by Maoists ripped through the vehicle they were travelling in.
 
According to officials, of the seven - three of the state police and four of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) - five died on the spot and two succumbed to their injuries in hospital. While four hailed from the state, two were from Uttar Pradesh and one from Bihar.
 
Additional Superintendent of Police, Naxals (Maoists) J.N. Baghel said that injured trooper Arjun Rajbhar was referred to Raipur and airlifted to the state capital and admitted to a private hospital, but died.
 
He identified the three state police personnel as Ramkumar Yadav and Shaligram Sinha of Kanker, Tikeshwar Dhruv of Dhamtari, while the CAF troopers were Vikram Yadav of the state's Kodegaon, Rajesh Singh of Bihar's Begusarai, Ravinath Patel of Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi and Rajbhar of Ghazipur. 
 
Earlier Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dantewada Range, P. Sundarraj had told IANS that six personnel were killed while one was seriously injured.
 
Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Bastar Range) Ratan Lal Dangi said a road was being built between Kirandul and Cholnar. 
 
"A joint team of Chhattisgarh Armed Force and district police personnel was travelling to Kirandul to provide security to the labourers and officials there."
 
The Maoists had reportedly planted a landmine in the Cholnar jungle area which exploded as the police vehicle drove over it, detonating with a deafening roar.
 
The powerful explosion shattered the jeep into many parts and left a 10-feet crater. The Maoists who were apparently watching from a distance took away the weapons including two AK-47s, two Insas and two SLR rifles.
 
Inspector General of Police, Bastar, Vivekanand Sinha told the media: "We have sounded a high alert in the area and launched a search operation for the Naxalites."
 
The blast took place two days before Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is set to hold a public meeting in Dantewada. Officials said security would be further increased for the Chief Minister's meeting.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the deaths.
 
"Deeply anguished to know about the death of Chhattisgarh police personnel... My thoughts are with the bereaved families of the martyred police personnel," Rajnath Singh tweeted.
 
Calling the news "very sad", Gandhi tweeted: "My condolences to the families of those killed."
 
Maoists have been active in the Dantewada region for decades, running a state within a state. 
 
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Six security personnel killed in Maoist blast

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Six security personnel were killed and another was critically wounded on Sunday when Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district.
 
The deafening blast, on the Bacheli-Cholnar road, targeted a jeep in which seven security personnel were patrolling in a remote area, killing five of them instantly, Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Vivekanand Sinha told the media. 
 
A sixth person succumbed to his injuries later. The explosion was so powerful that the jeep was shattered into many parts.
 
The team was surveying a road being built between Kirandul and Cholnar when it was attacked. 
 
"We have sounded a high alert in the area and launched a search operation for the Naxalites," Sinha said, adding that the lone survivor would be taken to Raipur for better treatment.
 
The blast took place two days before Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is set to hold a public meeting in Dantewada. Officials said security would be further increased for the Chief Minister's meeting.
 
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Judges being intimidated, as happens in Pakistan: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Narendra Modi government, saying the Supreme Court judges had to go to people with their complaints -- a phenomenon that happened only in Pakistan and some African countries and now for the first time in India.
 
Gandhi, who was addressing "Jan Swaraj Sammelan" as part of the Congress preparations for assembly polls in Chhattisgarh later this year, accused the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)-led central government of trying to create an atmosphere of fear across the country.
 
Gandhi targeted Modi government on a range of issues concerning farmers, women and the Dalits.
 
He cited the issues raised by four senior judges of the Supreme Court in January this year to target the Modi government and compared it to dictatorships.
 
"Usually, people go to the Supreme Court for justice. But for the first time in 70 years, we saw Supreme Court judges coming to the people complaining that they were being intimidated and they not being allowed to do their job," Gandhi said. 
 
"Something like this happened for the first time in a democratic country. It happens in dictatorships. It happened in Pakistan and Africa. But this happened for the first time in 70 years in India," he said.
 
The Congress President said both the Narendra Modi government and the BJP government states had failed to create job opportunities.
 
"They don't want Dalits, backward classes and women to fulfil their dreams," he said. 
 
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"The BJP claims that women are not in a position to stand as equals alongside men. The only job of women is to cook at home. Only job of the Dalits is to clean and sweep and not dream of a better future," Gandhi alleged. 
 
He said the Modi government did not waive off loans of farmers and alleged that it sought to snatch their land as also that of tribals. 
 
"Modiji considers the farmers a burden on the nation. We consider the farmers to be the backbone of our country. Our duty is to enhance the Panchayati Raj system to protect and restore their rights that the BJP is trying to deprive them of," he said.
 
"Water, forests and land rights belong to Adivasis and these should be handed over to them. They should be given the power to be self-sufficient. Every citizen of the country must be part of the progress of the country, be it a Dalit or an Adivsi," he noted.
 
Gandhi alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological patron of BJP, was trying to capture institutions.
 
"The ideals of Mahatma Gandhi are threatened everyday but the spirit of people of India will stand strong," he said.
 
If Congress won the 2019 Lok Sabha election, it would focus on education, healthcare, and employment. "We will work on education in government schools and make it more accessible," he added.
 
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All-round fear in country; Judges, media scared: Rahul

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Hitting out at the BJP-led central government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said an atmosphere of all-round fear prevailed in the country and even the Supreme Court Judges and the media are panicky.
 
Addressing panchayat representatives at Jan Swaraj Sammelan in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said: "Even Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and MPs cannot open their mouths before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
"Who is spreading this fear? Who is gaining from this atmosphere? Several BJP members of Parliament told me that no one can speak before Modi."
 
He said that the Indian Constitution was under "severe attack" and the current state of the judiciary was like that of Pakistan.
 
"Usually people go to the Supreme Court for justice. But for the first time in 70 years, we saw Supreme Court Judges coming to the people to complain that they are being intimidated and they are not being allowed to do their job," Gandhi said.
 
Such a thing, the Congress leader said, would normally happen in a dictatorship. 
 
"It happened in Pakistan and Africa. But this happened for the first time in 70 years in India," he said, referring to the Supreme Court Judges' press conference in January.
 
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Durg-Ferozpur Antyodaya Express flagged off

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A new weekly train, 22895/22896 Durg-Ferozpur-Durg Antyodaya Express, was flagged off by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways and Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh yesterday.
 
Speaking on the occasion yesterday, Mr Gohain said the Antyodaya Express has been launched to ensure a comfortable journey to all the sections of the society as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
This train and all other Antyodaya Express trains running from different parts of the country have multiple facilities at affordable rates. He also expressed satisfaction that the Indian Railways have been working on several projects that will take care of all the sections of the society.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Raman Singh said the people of Chattisgarh will be immensely benefitted by this new Antyodaya train. Indian Railways and the State Government have been the fast-tracking development of Infrastructure creation project in PPP mode. Passenger amenities in Chattisgarh major stations have been increased significantly.
 
The Durg- Ferozpur Antoyodaya Express has 16 general coaches plus two power cars. 
 
The train No. 22895 departs from Durg on Sunday 7:10 and arrives at Ferozpur the next day at 13:00. Train No. 22896 departs from Ferozepur at 00:20 on Tuesday and arrives at Durg on Wednesday 06:30.
 
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Eight Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh gunfight

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Eight Maoists -- six of them women -- were killed in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh and Telangana security personnel near the inter-state boundary in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Friday, police said.
 
Chhattisgarh's Director General, Anti-Naxal (Maoist) Operations, D.M. Avasthi told reporters that the gunfight between the Maoists and the security forces which included Chattisgarh's DRG and STF, Telangana's elite Greyhounds and the Central Reserve Police Force's Cobra Battalion, took place in the Eyrmidi police station area.
 
The Indian Air Force also played a key role in recovering the bodies from the spot, he said, adding that the killed rebels were being identified.
 
According to Avasthi, a large haul of arms, ammunition and explosives recovered after the two-hour gunfight in the mountainous area.
 
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CRPF trooper killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

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A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper has been killed during a gun battle between the security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, an official said on Saturday.
 
The gunfight took place on Friday night. The slain CRPF trooper has been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Anil Kumar Maurya, who hailed from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
 
"The Maoists suddenly opened fire on a CRPF patrol party in Kistaram area. The exchange of fire continued for around half an hour," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bastar Range Sundar Raj P said.
 
Patrolling has been intensified in the area following the attack, the police officer said.
 
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Nine CRPF men killed in ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

 
Nine CRPF personnel killed in Sukma attack
Nine men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two others suffered injuries when suspected Maoists ambushed their Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh today, official sources said.
 
The sources said those killed included an assistant sub-inspector, a head constable and seven constables.
 
Official sources said the Maoists targeted the vehicle with the blast and also resorted to firing. They said security forces had rushed reinforcements to the spot. Senior police officials had also reached the scene, they said.
 
The sources said the Maoists had targeted the 208CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) in the morning but were repulsed by the CRPF personnel.
 
Later, around 12.30 pm, the Maoists targeted another team of security forces from the 212 Battalion between Kistaram and Palodi. The MPV was blown away by the IED, they  said.
 
Helicopters were deployed to recover the bodies and to take the injured personnel to hospital, the sources said.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack.
 
"India salutes the brave @crpfindia personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the brave martyrs. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of grief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the blast was "deeply distressing". "I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation," he said.
 
"My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans," he said on Twitter.
 
He also said he had spoken to the Director General of CRPF and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.
 
Sukma is one of the regions in Chhattisgarh that are worst-hit by Left-wing extremism (LWE).
 
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10 Maoists, one commando killed in gunbattle on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

 
10 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Pujari Kanker
At least ten suspected Maoists were killed in a gunbattle between them and the police in Pujari Kander on the border between Telangana and Chhattisgarh early this morning.
 
The Maoists killed in the incident included six women, official source said.
 
A constable of the Greyhounds commando force of the Telangana Police was also killed in the incident. His body was recovered from the scene and flown to Bhadrachalam, they said. Three other police personnel suffered injuries and were airlifted to a hospital.
 
The sources said the encounter took place when a joint team of the Telangana and the Chhattisgarh Police began a combing operation in the area following a tip-off that Maoists were present there.
 
They surrounded the Maoists and asked them to surrender but were greeted, instead, with gunfire, after which the police retaliated, the sources said.
 
The incident has come about two and a half months after eight Maoists were killed in an encounter in the Mellamadugu forest in Tekulapalli mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district on December 14, 2017.
 
Additional police forces were rushed to the area and have launched combing operations.
 
Some automatic weapons and ammunition, a laptop computer, a scanner and about Rs. 40,000 in cash were recovered from the slain Maoists, the sources said.
 
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Cabinet okays proposal for constitution of tribunal on Mahanadi Water Disputes

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The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal for constitution of a Tribunal under the Inter-State River Disputes Act, 1956 for adjudication of the dispute on the Mahanadi River Waters on a request from the State of Odisha.
 
The Tribunal shall determine water sharing among basin States on the basis of the overall availability of water in the complete Mahanadi basin, contribution of each State, the present utilization of water resources in each State and the potential for future development, an official press release said.
 
As per provisions of the Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956, the Tribunal shall consist of a Chairman and two other Members nominated by the Chief Justice of India from amongst the Judges of the Supreme Court or High Court. Further, services of two Assessors who are water resources experts having experience in handling sensitive water-related issues will be provided to advise the Tribunal in its proceedings.
 
The release said the Tribunal is required to submit its report and decision within a period of three years which can be extended to a further period not exceeding two years due to unavoidable reasons.
 
"It is expected that with adjudication of dispute by the Tribunal, the long-pending dispute between States of Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Mahanadi river will come to a final settlement," the release said.
 
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